Class of 1967

December 2013

Greetings Classmates!

Before the busy holiday season, I just wanted to share information, news and thoughts regarding current events at Gustavus.

The really interesting big news is the recently announced Ren Anderson Award which annually recognizes the class with most dollars raised.  The winner this year is the Class of 1967 with $219,000.00!  The Gustavus Annual Fund year was from June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013.  Interestingly our friends in the class of 1966 raised $217,000.00.  Congratulations to both classes for their leadership

I know many of you are following the Gustavus staff and leadership changes.  Change is always one of those things that may make people uncomfortable and can raise questions.  In talking and listening to fellow classmates and members of the Board of Trustees, I am reassured that these changes will bring continued improvements and innovations to Gustavus as we move forward.  2014 will be a year of change and we look forward to the upcoming developments.

No matter what changes are planned the underlying strength of Gustavus is evidenced in the very strong enrollment numbers of the 2013 incoming class—this year there were 650 incoming students.  This signifies the commitment and trust students and parents place in Gustavus.  One new important factor for the 2013 incoming class is the initiative that future tuition increases will not exceed the national consumer price index for urban areas (CPI-U).  This policy was implemented after hearing from many parents and students concerning the need to implement affordable tuition costs as part of the college experience.

Many of you will be addressing your tax planning and charitable giving plans as 2013 draws to a close.  I encourage you to include Gustavus in your plans…be it the 1967 Class Endowment, Annual Fund, Capital Campaign or other individual giving.  All of us as alumni are vital to the success of Gustavus as we move forward in making Gustavus a prominent liberal arts college.

On behalf of your class officers, Jeanne Mingus Tolzmann, Marcia Sytle Belisle and me, we wish you a warm holiday greeting.  May 2014 find you with good health, happiness and prosperity.


Steve Emerson

1967 Class President

Campus News

President Ohle Announces Retirement

Jack R. Ohle, the 16th President of Gustavus Adolphus College, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2013-14 academic year when he will complete his sixth year as president of the College.  He began his service to Gustavus on July 1, 2008, and will officially retire on June 30, 2014.  Ohle submitted, and the Board accepted, a letter announcing his retirement to the Board of Trustees at its June meeting.  The Board of Trustees has initiated a search to find President Ohle’s successor who will begin serving the College in the summer of 2014.

Nobel Conference XLIX

What is the universe made of?  Where did it come from?  Where is it going?  These questions were explored at Nobel Conference 49, “The Universe at Its Limits,” held October 1 and 2.  Eight invited speakers and about 5,000 guests explored these questions in the light of recent discoveries and spent time contemplating both their scientific and philosophical implications.

Upcoming Events

Festival of St. Lucia – Dec. 12

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast – Dec. 18

Phoenix Chapter gathering, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort - Feb. 4

Tucson Chapter gathering - Feb. 6