Class of '73
September 2008

Dear Classmates,

Thirty-five years — it seems like yesterday.  We were about to graduate and I was going to become a high school choir and/or band director when President Frank Barth called me into his office and offered me a new position as fine arts coordinator for the College.  I said yes, of course — I was dating a freshman, now Diane Clark Miller ’76.  I took the job for two years and then became the supervisor for my replacement and moved into fund-raising and public relations with Bob Peterson ’58, Cec Eckhoff ’56 and Ren Anderson ’34.

I honed my promotional skills at Gustavus for five years and, in 1978, began my own business, Primarius Promotion (see

Because I promoted Sculptor Paul Granlund ’52 in my roles at the College, he asked me to be his personal representative, a relationship that continued for nearly 25 years.  Thus, I opened Premier Gallery in Minneapolis and, thus, you are all invited to our Friday reunion event at “my place,” 141 South 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis.

My wife, Diane, and I have two daughters, Ann Marie ’04 and Angela ’07, along with our son-in-law, Luke Winskowski ’04.  A few evenings ago, we were having dinner with them.  The conversation turned to religion.  It’s interesting and a lot of fun to engage in such philosophical subjects with your children when they’re grown.  Inevitably, the conversation included the Gustavus factor.  All three credited the current religion faculty with making them evaluate and come to grips with their own faith.  Diane and I have always been grateful for the Gustavus faculty and staff who nurtured us many years ago and it’s great to know that the same academic leadership was there for our kids and exists today for all of the students at Gustavus.

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of one of those influential giants from my life at Gustavus.  I don’t know how often I invoke Evelyn Young’s ’33 method of dealing with challenging individuals.  She would always say, “Kill them with kindness, honey.”  Elvee’s ode to fall or winter or spring, his poetic musings on any subject, still make me appreciate the simple pleasures.  Myron Falck’s proper approach to music and life causes me to review carefully the plans I make as minister of worship and music at our church.  And the suit-and-tie regime of Bob Peterson ’58 reminds me to think twice about what I should wear to work when the business casual attitude interferes with good business practice.

All of us carry great memories of the people and times that make up our Gustavus experience.  Come and share your memories at our “35th” next month.

Registration materials are enclosed.  We look forward to seeing you all at the reunion.

Kelvin W. Miller

1973 Reunion Committee Member

Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College will inaugurate Jack R. Ohle (pronounced OH-lee) as its 15th 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 follow 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.

Alumni Directory Online

The Alumni Directory is password-protected and all alumni have been mailed a user name and password in a postcard within the last couple of months.  If you need this information, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 800-487-8437 or

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.  For more information contact the Office of College Relations 800-726-6198.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Jay Schoenebeck and Al Molde - Sept. 17
  • Gusties Gather! - Sept. 28
  • Presidential Inauguration/Homecoming/Family Weekend - Oct. 3-5
  • Nobel Conference - Oct. 7-8