Class of ’70

April 2012

Fellow Gusties,

What a beautiful time of year this is!  Spring has sprung with plants coming back to life, trees budding and the smell of spring in the air.  I am writing this letter to you during Holy Week and I hope that by the time this letter finds its way to you that you have had a blessed Easter with family and or friends.

I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the class in some capacity again and ask that you please consider joining the class team.  Linda Gilkey Lichty, Craig Nelson and Paul Thompson have graciously stepped up to the plate and volunteered to help with the Annual Fund Chair position, the Reunion Chair position, and the Student Recruitment Chair positions.  All would welcome more people to their “committees” and we still have positions available for Communications Chair.  I would hope that we could fill each of these positions with people who are ready, willing, and able to lend a hand.  I think it’s a great way to keep in touch with Gustavus and be current with what’s happening at what used to be the “center” of our lives for some period of our lives.

As you may have seen, or more accurately not seen, in the last Quarterly, we had no news notes!  Please keep in touch so that others may come visit you at your lakes places, winter homes, European villas or whatever!  Seriously, we would love to hear from each and every one of you so that we can renew or rekindle old relationships and perhaps create new ones.

Last year we gave as a class with 118 donors a total of $33,867.56 to the Annual Fund.  As of the March 16,  2012 report, we have had 82 donors (26%) pledge or donate $25,524.14.  We encourage all of you to consider a gift this year to the Fund and have your donations to the school by May 31.  It would be wonderful if we could not only meet, but exceed last year’s numbers in donors and amount given.  We can do this!  Thanks in advance for your generous consideration.

With the Sesquicentennial in full swing there have been a multitude of events celebrating our great school and its rich heritage.  I hope you have all been able to enjoy some of the events either in person or by other means.  I encourage you to visit the Gustavus website to keep up on all that is going on.  There is no lack of opportunity to keep in touch with our Alma Mater through a multitude of options – too many to list.

Though I do not wish to speak for any of the other officers, I do want to express encouragement for you all to help with recommendations for potential students, invite you to join the Gustavus Recruitment Network, consider options for off-year class get together options, help with creation of a class web page or Facebook site, or help in any way you feel comfortable and/or moved.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Scott and Linda (Gilkey) Lichty

1970 Class Officers

Campus News

2012 Alumni Association Awards Announced

The Gustavus Alumni Board of Directors has announced its 2012 award recipients:

Greater Gustavus Award – awarded to those “who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College”:

Jon and Anita Thomsen Young ’77 ’77, Eden Prairie, MN, for their volunteer leadership, service and philanthropy to the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations – recognizing outstanding and exceptional professional achievement that brings unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor:

Scott Dee ’81, Farwell, MN, professor of veterinary population medicine, University of Minnesota, swine consultant, and international research veterinarian and director at Pipestone Veterinary Clinic;

Mark Elfstrom ’01, Anchorage, AK, middle school math and science teacher, recipient of a 2011 Milken Educator Award and finalist for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching;

Kurt Elling ’89, New York, NY, Grammy Award-winning vocal jazz artist.

First Decade Awards – recognizing early professional achievement in the 10th anniversary class:

Amy Brown ’02, Pittsburgh, PA, neonatology fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center;

Michael Bland ’02, St. Louis, MO, postdoctoral associate, earth and planetary sciences, Washington University.

The Alumni Association will present Faculty and Administrator Service and Retirement Awards at a dinner at Gustavus on May 16; honorees will be featured in the fall issue of The Gustavus Quarterly.

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.  The president has gone to 14 different locations from New York to LA.  There are still a few left.  You can view them all and register for an event at

Chicago – Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Gleacher Center with Allison Rosati ʼ85

Madison – Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – Harvest Restaurant

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  Speaker for May will feature former Gustavus president Dennis Johnson ʼ60.  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail  Hope to see you bright and early!

MayDay! Conference

On Wednesday, May 2, Gustavus will host the 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference.  “Multicultural Sweden” is the topic of the 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference.  Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, Swedish journalist and media contributor on such topics as integration and amnesty, opens the daylong conference at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel.  There are many other events scheduled for the remainder of the afternoon.  The conference, an event designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice, is open to the public at no charge.

Books in Bloom

Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) is preparing to host the second annual Books in Bloom event May 4-6 at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.  Books in Bloom is a unique event that will highlight books, media, and other resource material within the library through floral arrangements and artistic expression.  More than 20 exhibits will be on display – each of them sponsored by an individual or family and created by professional florists and flower enthusiasts – that represent and illustrate a book or other holding within the library.