Class of '70
January 2010

40-Year Reunion ― September 25, 2010

Hello Gustie Classmates!

Forty years ago this month, the “Aud,” burned down throughout the night, while most of us students were on break or away for winter J-term activities.  Remember how we had to re-register because our records were gone?

Our 1970 Gustie class saw many other changes as well during our campus tenure and broke some ground.  Girls went from garter belts to panty hose and dorms that were promptly locked after curfew gave way to more freedom.  The first coverage began of girls’ sports in the “Weekly,” encouraged by girls’ athletics director, Nancy Baker ’56.  The 1970 “Gustavian” yearbook, however, contained 44 pages about male sports as opposed to two for females on cheerleading.

We traveled in our four years from dorm panty raids to voting in Christ Chapel on moratoriums and strikes protesting the Viet Nam War and Kent State.  Race riots rocked our country, and Shirley Vaughn was named Gustavus Homecoming Queen, the first black student to be crowned.

I really hope many of you can make it to our class reunion on September 25 so we can discuss our class memories of these events and many others that forged our strong common bonds, as well as the many things we have all been doing in the last forty years since we started our young lives together in St. Peter.

See you September 25th!

Mindy Rittenhouse Greiling

1970 Guest Letter Writer

Just to show how alike memories are, here’s a note from Nina Malo West:

Oh, the memories…Alike for many of us, yet, oh so different:  Here are a few for you to relive:  The spectacular Old Main fire, blazing late into the night, fire hose water forming long icicles in the below zero temps, and we senior women able to check out dorm keys so we could be spectators up close and personal; Women students, bathrobe clad, rollers in their hair, being “buzzed” to the dorm lounge to share in the exciting news as the candle was passed hand to hand around that special circle; Homecoming concerts, John Denver style, and come from behind wins for sports teams; All night cramming for tests or typing…and retyping (no delete keys) papers due at that 8:00 A.M. class; Sharing the memories…Come to our 40th class reunion, a part of Gustavus Homecoming on September 25, 2010, and spend some time sharing memories and catching up on each other’s lives.  Those good or bad or funny happenings can be brought alive once again when you share with your old Gustie buddies who have “been there.”  If you’re willing to share a few memories prior to the reunion, send us an email to: or note to:  1970 Class Notes 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.

If you’d like to be involved in the reunion plans, join us on February 27, 2010 from 8:30am – 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN.  For more information, contact Kathy at 866-487-3863.

Campus News

Health Insurance Available through Alumni Association

During this time of economic uncertainty, many of our alumni, new graduates, and their family members are in need of health insurance.  Short-term and permanent health insurance options are available through the alumni insurance program.  The program is typically promoted to new grads just before and after graduation, but in response to the rising unemployment rate and in an effort to help all of those in need, we’re spreading the word more broadly this year.  This is also perfect for children of alums who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus Adolphus College) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  For more information, individuals can contact the alumni office or contact the program manager directly or 800-635-7801.

Martin Luther King Day Events

The Diversity Center is sponsoring two events in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaking at Chapel on Monday, Jan. 18 will be C. T. Vivian, a minister, author, and close friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the American Civil Rights Movement. Daily chapel will begin at 10 a.m., with Rev. Vivian speaking from 10:20-11 a.m. and answering questions from 11-11:15 a.m. Also on Jan. 18, Mixed Blood Theatre will be presenting the play “Daughters of Africa” at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

New “Make Your Life Count” Website and Facebook Page

Gustavus has created a new “Make Your Life Count” website that includes a variety of feature stories exemplifying the College’s new brand position launched last month.  The stories celebrate Gustavus students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, and organizations.  The website may be accessed from the Gustavus homepage by clicking on the “Make Your Life Count” brand line (in the upper right hand corner) or by visiting  The “Make Your Life Count” stories are also posted on a new Facebook page.  Become a fan and share your own Gustavus story.  When new feature stories are published, they will be communicated on the Gustavus News Twitter, and you may also subscribe (on the Make Your Life Count website) to receive e-mail updates.  To submit a “Make Your Life Count” story suggestion, click on the “Submit your story” link or e-mail the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speakers:  Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives – Jan. 20; Doug Minter ’79 Director of Student Financial Aid and Kirk Carlson ’95, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid – Feb. 17.

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 20 – Twin Cities Breakfast, guest speaker - Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90
  • Jan. 26 – Job Transition Workshop – Transfiguration Lutheran Church
  • Feb. 9 – Destin, Florida brunch – Another Broken Egg Cafe
  • Feb. 17 – Twin Cities Breakfast – Gustavus Financial Officers
  • Feb. 19 – Tucson Chapter Event – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67 ’66 residence
  • Feb. 20 – Phoenix Chapter Event – Larry and Deone (Nordquist) Cartford ’59 ’59 residence

cwedding picture

The Alumni Office received this family photo of Sam and Barb Zakariasen Carlson’s family taken at their son, Josh’s ’05 wedding on 6/20/09.  Left to Right:  Jeff and Laura (Carlson ’00) Ross, and daughter Noella; Matt and Angela (Carlson ’95) LaJoy and children Madeline and Jaden; Josh Carlson and Renee (Donahue) Carlson ’05 ’05; Sam and Barb (Zakariasen) Carlson ’68 ’70; Adam and Britt (Miller) Carlson ’00 ’99 and their children Brendan and Svea.