Class of '68
October 2007

40-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― October 3 &4, 2008

Greetings ’68 Classmates,

We certainly hope that this letter finds each and every one of you enjoying life to it fullest!  This letter kicks off not only our annual class and campus news but it’s the beginning of our preparation for our 40th Class Reunion coming up in 2008!  We all know that it’s extremely hard to believe that what seems like just yesterday (1968) has actually turned into 40 years since we were introduced to “Hello Walk” and we became members of the Gustie Family.  Nevertheless, it’s time to plan for our 40th Reunion get together and it’s all starting right now!

First thing to do is get out your calendars and put this weekend aside:  October 3 – 4, 2008!  It’s Homecoming 2008 and this will be the weekend of our celebration.  Paula Navarro, Kris Lundberg Moorhead and I (John Moorhead) have been meeting with the Alumni Office and we are putting together the schedule of events but this is only the beginning!  What we can tell you is that on Friday night October 3rd we’ll gather at the Marriott Minneapolis Airport Hotel (right across from Ikea on the 494 strip) for an evening of memories, renewing old friendships and just plain, good, old Gustie fun over cocktails and hor d’oeuvres.  On Saturday we’ll continue to celebrate on campus with a “beer-bust” (that’s right beer and wine on campus―you bet things have changed in 40 years!) followed by the football game or campus tours.  That’s the beginning of the plan and we certainly hope that you’ll do your part by making room on your schedule to join us for this celebration.

Over the next twelve months we will be putting all the details together and as we do we’ll be keeping you up-dated.  One of the most important pieces is that we are asking for HELP and we’ll be reaching out to many of you asking for a devotion of a small portion of your time to be part of a calling committee so that we can contact and personally invite all our classmates to our 40th!  Naturally, all volunteers are welcome, so don’t be bashful.  If you’d like to be part of the planning committee please let us know!

Class News and Notes:

Donna Widstrom Dunn is associate director for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  She resides in St. Paul.

John Blair ’66 reports that his wife, Starr Hall Blair, has been ill recently.  We’ll certainly keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.

Jack Niemi who was vice president for development at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA has resigned due to a heart condition.  Jack reports that the future is bright and we certainly hope so!  Jack and Ruth (Johns ’69) you will be in our thoughts and prayers.  Our wish is, Jack, that you’ll be back to 100% soon and able to join us in October ’08!

Carl Zaar was in town recently and Paula, Kris, Sue Swanson Foster and I all got together for breakfast at Ikea.  It was great to see Carl after 40 years and do some serious catching up!  We look forward to seeing you, Carl, at the 40th!

The Alumni Office recently sent out a reunion questionnaire asking for your updated information, so please take a few minutes to complete the form and return it so that we can keep current with you.

Since this is one of many “letters” you’ll be receiving over the next twelve months we’ll keep it short and simple.  After reading this, if you do nothing more than put the weekend of October 3-4, 2008 on your calendars and start making plans to be part of our 40th celebration, we couldn’t have asked for more!

All our best!  More 40th details to follow soon!

Paula, Kris and John

1968 Co-class Agents

And yes………“Still Crazy After All These Years

Campus News

President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

New football stadium opens

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus will induct the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame: Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, October 17

Professor Jeff Jeremiason, recap of Nobel Conference

Wednesday, November 21

Winter sports coaches – Jon Carlson ’88 (men’s and women’s swimming & diving), Mark Hanson ’83 (men’s basketball), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey)

Wednesday, December  19

Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Inaugural “A Royal Affair” Online Auction

“A Royal Affair,” the biennial fundraiser for the Gustavus library, is October 27.  New to A Royal Affair this year is an online auction that will be activated the week of October 22. This online auction will have unique items available only for bidding online and not at the evening event.  These items can be viewed through the Gustavus website and bidding will close prior to the October 27 Razzle Dazzle*A Royal Affair.  Also, the online auction is open to everyone – parents, alumni, students, faculty, and friends of Gustavus – even those unable to attend Razzle Dazzle*A Royal Affair.  Watch the Gustavus Library Associates website at for up-to-the-minute details on the online auction.

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $2 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Calendar of events:

  • October 13                  Homecoming & Family Weekend
  • October 27                  Razzle Dazzle*A Royal Affair, Gustavus Library Associates
  • November 3                 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2        Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • December 6                 St. Lucia Day celebration on campus