Class of ’71
October 2010

Once again, greetings to the Gustavus Class of 1971!

It’s time to think about the fact that next fall we’re going to be celebrating our 40th reunion and, like I’ve said so many times before, it will be the most fun if YOU are there!  The more, the merrier!  Special thanks to Cathy Howard Waldhauser, Jana Soeldner-Danger and Mike Ablan for volunteering to help the Alumni Office and me begin to plan the reunion, which, by the way will be Friday and Saturday, September 30 - October 1, 2011, homecoming weekend.  You will be receiving a “Save the Date” card in the mail and a reunion survey.  As soon as you receive the survey, please complete it and send it back.

This wonderful weekend will start on campus Friday evening with a dinner in Lund Arena for all Gusties where we’ll be seated at tables by classes.  It’s going to be a great kick-off for the Gustavus Sesquicentennial.

Following is a note from Mike Ablan with some things we’ve talked about for Saturday fun:  “Our reunion committee is talking about some new and exciting things for our 40th reunion!  Our own golf tournament, a special breakfast gathering and an upscale event with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres in the evening will give us many opportunities to bond and get reacquainted with classmates.  After 40 years I’m sure many of us are grandparents and possibly even great-grandparents.  I hope everyone brings photographs!”

Mike has already booked six tee times at Shoreland Country Club starting at 9:15 Saturday morning.  They’re offering a special − $20 for 18 holes plus a cart!  There are no minimums and no advanced deposits.  If you’re interested in golfing with ’71 friends, please call Shoreland and ask for Mark.   The number is (507) 931-3470.

Also on Saturday there will be a class hospitality tent set up on campus between Lund Center and the football field for gathering before the homecoming football game.  It promises to be a memorable weekend but it will certainly be more fun if YOU make it back to St. Peter and up the hill to campus!

Last spring when I suggested making a gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund to honor the memory of a friend from the Class of ’71 no longer with us, Diane Preblick Moerer and Mike Ablan reminded me that I inadvertently left off two names:  Mary Ann Peterson Shuter and John Andren are also on the list of those who died too soon.  Thanks, Diane and Mike.

This year at Gustavus −640 incoming first-year students, 56 percent female, 44 percent male.  700 students is the enrollment target for next year!

For many years when the Admission Office asked young men and women applying to Gustavus where else they might be applying, the two institutions most often named were Saint Olaf College (not surprising) and the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  That was true for many years, but is true no longer.  The two institutions to which most students apply (when also applying to Gustavus) are the University of Saint Thomas and the University of Minnesota.  Interesting.

Speaking of Saint Olaf, I know that last year more than 12,000 alumni, parents and friends gave $3.83 million to the college to support current and future Oles and six classes raised $100,000 or more!  Wouldn’t it be incredible if the Gustavus Class of 1971 could do that?  You already know how important your Gustavus gift is and that it supports the incredible educational experiences for Gusties now and in the future!  You also know that gifts of any amount are appreciated.  It shows how you believe in your alma mater, that your gift is your vote of confidence in Gustavus and it will help secure more dollars from grant-making organizations as well.

From the Gustavus Admission Office comes the following:  “If you believe in a liberal arts education that can take your mind to a thousand different places, you’ve found a home away from home.  If you believe in a college where professors will challenge you, treat you with respect and encourage open dialogue, look no further.  If Beethoven or Ellington is your inspiration…If Picasso or Cassatt keeps the brush in your hand…If Ballet Russes or Pilobolus is the glorious goal, then welcome to Gustavus, home of art for art’s sake.  If you want to play sports for an athletic department that just placed 8th out of 435 NCAA Division III programs nationwide, we’ll see you at practice.  If you see yourself exploring the ruins of Athens or hiking the Swiss Alps, riding camelback to Giza or relaxing in Venice, it all starts in St. Peter, Minnesota.  If you believe in the greater good and the power of the human spirit, there’s no place like Gustavus.  No place.  If you’re getting the idea that Gustavus Adolphus College is all about helping you make your life count, you would be right!  Make Your Life Count!”

We’d really like to hear from YOU!  How about sending in some news?  Last spring someone wondered why there couldn’t be more news in the “Quarterly” from the Class of ’71, possibly not remembering the only way Gustavus can print news about an alum is if that person has actually sent news in to the Alumni Office.

Thanks, as always, for your Gustavus support!  I hope things are going well for you!  More to come!  Stay tuned!


Bruce Johnson

1971 Class Agent

Campus News

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Nobel Conference

What is Good Food?  The Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, was held October 5-6.  It explored the many levels of this question.  From our seven distinguished panelists we considered varied and various conceptions of goodness and the challenges involved with the way they intersect with each other.  Contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals were considered.  You can hear the talks online at:

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Saturday, October 9.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; and the Hall of Fame Moment−1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship.

Alumni Art Show

Over 60 alumni will participate in an Alumni Art Show in the Hillstrom Museum, November 22 through the end of the semester.  A reception will take place on Monday, November 22, 7 p.m.  This will be the first alumni art showing in the Hillstrom Museum.

Arboretum Fall Warmer

The arboretum is hosting a lunch/speaker event at its Fall Warmer on Sunday, November 7, 2010.  The speaker, Mr. Christian Gilbert ʼ98, is an 8th grade geography educator as well as being an avid mountain climber.  He is co-founder of “Go4theSummit”an online learning environment geared to serve learners of all ages in order to provide a deeper understanding of world places and culture.  Mr. Gilbert has climbed Mt. Aconcagua (South America, 2008), Mt. Kilimanjaro ((Africa, 2009) and Mt. Elbrus (Russia, 2010).  His next destination is Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia.  Tickets are $10 members and $12 non-members.  Register by November 2 at or call 507/933-6181.

“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 breakfasts include: Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17; Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets

Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010, “A Renaissance Nativity,” are available online.  Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at:  If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.