Class of '68
September 2008

Dear Classmates,

After our final meeting with the Airport Marriott Hotel completed on Thursday September 4 and with many planning sessions with the college over the last year, we’re pleased to announce that the “Still Crazy After All These Years” 1968―40th Class Reunion party is READY!  Now the only thing that remains is getting the reservation list finalized!

In preparation for this, you all have received a “Save The Date” postcard, numerous class letters, email invitations to register on line, registration forms sent by mail and just this week another email reminder.  Now, its up to you to get your name(s) added to our guest list and we are counting on that to make this a truly memorable weekend.

There’s no better way to kick off the weekend events than with our reception starting 6:30 p.m. at the Airport Marriott, which will give all of us a great opportunity to mingle and catch up on years past and present.  Picking up where the evening events left off is a breakfast at IKEA on Saturday morning before we head to the campus for a fun filled day of Gustie activities.  Buses will be available to and from campus and you can reserve a seat when you register.  We’ll have lunch outside the new state-of-the-art football stadium at noon, followed be a football game the Gustie vs. St. Thomas.  During the game we’ll make it possible for those who’d like to see the campus and its many changes over the last 40 years to take guided tours.  After all these activities conclude, we’ll met at Al ’66 and Ingrid (Wilson) Molde’s house for a get-together that will put the exclamation mark on this wonderful day and reunion party!  We’ll only have this opportunity to have a 40th reunion party once and we’re counting on you to be part of it!  WE ARE LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY so please take a moment RIGHT NOW, if you haven’t already and get your reservation into the college so that we can add your name(s) to our growing list of attendees!  You can do it online at: and click on 1968 Class Reunion.

For those who would be looking for accommodations for the weekend, the Airport Marriott still has room available for our 40th Reunion, call 952-854-7441 and ask for the “Gustie Special Rate” of $99 per night.  Also, Carl Zaar who works for Hilton Hotels has offered his property at 3900 American Blvd. West (just west of the Marriott, off of Highway 494) at a discounted rate of $89 per night!  You can get that offer by calling Todd Lehrke at 952-830-5257.  Thanks Carl for the very generous offer!!!!!

Our class gift to the college will be a large part of our 40th reunion celebration and we are closing in on our $100,000 goal.  To date we have pledges over $76,000 and we’d like to stress that our class gift is a vital way to keep the college strong!  YOUR dollars make OUR dollars available for students to continue their studies and helps continue Gustavus as a strong educational institution.  A tradition that we’ve already had an opportunity to experience and one we need to help sustain.  Thank you to all of you who have pledged and to those who will help us achieve our goal with pledges to come.

“Still Crazy After All These Years” 1968 40th Class Reunion is right around the corner…don’t miss out…make your plans now to be a part of this wonderful weekend party!  Looking forward to seeing you all on October 3rd & 4th!!

Your 1968 Reunion Committee

Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College will inaugurate Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  The public is invited to celebrate this event along with a reception on Eckman Mall that will follow the ceremony.  On Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 4 Gustavus will celebrate with an Oktoberfest; buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game in the Lund Center Forum.  Cost is $7 per person.  For more information about Inaugural Week events, contact the Office of College Relations at 507-933-7520.

Gusties Gather!  The Reason to Connect with Other Gusties

Gusties Gather! is a day for Gusties across the country to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area.  It is a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and is in no way a fundraiser.  Most gatherings are on Sept. 28.  Watch for gatherings in your area or check out the Alumni website for a location near you.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

The Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast for September will feature Jay Schoenebeck ’80, football coach, and Al Molde ’66, athletics director.  Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV is scheduled for Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 and is focusing on the first humans.  Presenters will consider the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Jay Schoenebeck and Al Molde - Sept. 17
  • Gusties Gather! - Sept. 28
  • Presidential Inauguration/Homecoming/Family Weekend - Oct. 3-4
  • Nobel Conference - Oct. 7-8