Class of '68
January 2008

40-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― October 3 & 4, 2008

Dear ’68 Classmates,

The last time I wrote you I had sheaves of paper with great information which you had sent in.  Somehow this time I have nothing.

Nothing, that is, from all of you.  But as a member of our “Reunion Planners” there are some thoughts to share with you…

In the “olden days” at Gustavus, Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays meant various things to us.  There were dances, parties, picnics, and beer busts.  There were papers to write, nails to polish (sorry, guys,) and sports to play, watch, and celebrate.  We caught up on our sleep, our laundry, and our dorm room cleaning.  And then there was the option for those whose homes were within driving/riding/busing distance―to go home for the weekend.

Well, that is what it is all about.  Gustavus was home to us for four years.  And now we are planning a weekend which includes time together at Gustavus, our one time home.  October 3-4, 2008.  A time for us.

I have had a close circle of Gustavus friends for all these decades.  And now I am looking forward to seeing those of you who have been missing for that same amount of time.  In 2006 we held a Gustavus 60th birthday party at Lake Tahoe.  We came together from all over the country.  When I am asked about it I always say that some of us had seen one another frequently.  Others had kept in touch across the miles.  And others had not seen nor heard from each other since we were wearing our graduation robes.  But the time gap didn’t matter.  Friendships were rapidly renewed.

When I think about our 40th Reunion I believe that friendships will, once again, be rapidly renewed…

Think about it.  Get in the spirit.   Plan to be there.

Paula Navarro

1968 Co-class Agent

Campus News

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.  Upcoming speakers:

  • February 20 – Hank Toutain, Dean of Students
  • March 19 – Mary Morton, Provost and vice President of Academic Affairs
  • April 16 – Cindy Johnson-Groh, Executive Director, Linneaus Arboretum
  • May 21 – Tim Kennedy, Sports Information Director

Gustavus Dancing With the Profs

Inspired by the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, a standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and St. Peter community members filled Alumni Hall on November 2 to watch Gustavus students and faculty/staff members swing dance to raise money for the St. Peter United Way.  The event, “Dancing with the Profs 2,” featured six teams of one Gustavus student and one faculty/staff member.  In preparation for the evening competition, the Gustavus Swing Club gave the teams dance lessons, while members of GAC-TV documented the learning to provide a video showcase on each couple.

Gustavus Music Showcase

The three international touring music ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College — The Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra —  will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  Tickets for the concert are on sale through the Orchestra Hall box office and may be purchased in-person, online at:, and via fax or phone at 612-371-5656.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-18 and current Gustavus students with a valid I.D.

College Relations blog

Gustavus College Relations staff has introduced a new blog that will offer commentary and news on a variety of topics pertinent to the campus community as well as some photography, video, and audio content.  During the month of January the blog will feature the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra’s China tour and observations on several January Interim classes.  The new blog can be read at:


Men's tennis coach Steve Wilkinson has been named the national winner of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Recreation Award.  This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to more than 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and junior/community college levels.  Senior goaltender Trevor Brown became the first men's soccer player in Gustavus history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast – February 20
  • Music Showcase – March 9

For more information on alumni events, go to: