Class of '74
March 2002

Dear Class of 1974,

Greetings to all of us who are turning 50 this year!  Happy Birthday.  My hope is we are all well and living life filled with hope.

We are a class of 322.  We have a goal that 121 of us will make a contribution to the college this year.  So far 78 of us have made a gift, by the way I am not one of them…yet.  So we are hopeful 43 of us will ‘step up to the plate’ in the next three months.  I will mail mine today.  Remember it is not the amount that counts; it is the gift…from many of us.  So please give, as you are able.  It means a great deal to the College to have the support of the alumni, especially the class of 1974!

Minnie Neidt Johnson has started an email communication group that has been fun to be a part of.  Jeff Pinkham has added his colorful comments and great stories as well as others from the class.  If you would like to be part of some ‘on line’ communication please send me an email and I will get you in the group.  You can reach me at  You can reach Jan at

Many of you know David Hann.  He actually started in the fall of 1969 and after some time in Viet Nam ended up graduating with a class later than his scheduled class of 1973.  Well, David and I work together at Deli Express and we were talking this morning about the fullness of life.  It seems to be at such a fast pace for me right now that in the rush I wonder what impact my life is making.  While it is clearer as you look over your shoulder it is in the moment that sometimes I wonder.  I know one thing, in the moment I want to be engaged and I want to be of good cheer.  I cannot always control the agenda, however, I can, to some degree control my response.

We had President Bush drive by our building this week.  He was here in Eden Prairie, addressing the student body and others at the high school.  The police had closed Highway 5 and the President’s motorcade went by on the way to and from the high school.  Several from our building were outside waving and cheering as he went by.  On the return trip we all had a clear wave and big smile from him.  Regardless of my political beliefs, it was a cool deal to see our President here in our town.  In fact it was fun to see the reaction of so many in our company, as he went by.

This brings my total to three Presidents that I have seen.  I am told I saw Eisenhower (I don’t remember it), I remember seeing Johnson, in fact he came to Mount Olivet on a Sunday morning and now Bush.  Oh, I saw Gorbachev’s plane take off when he was here.J

Enough trivia, again, thank you for your gifts to the college.  Please contribute, as you are able.  Good things are happening in the lives of students on that campus!  The college is worthy of our financial support.

We look forward to hearing from you.  Try the email and have a great spring. 

Rob Linner               Jan Ledin Michaletz

P. S. Now here is some news from campus written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News

Hi!  My name is Tracey Hanson.  I’m a senior, double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I’ve worked in the Alumni Office all four years and can hardly believe that I’m now starting my final semester!  Instead of taking a class (and doing homework) this J-Term, I spent my time slaving away in the Alumni Office.  It was great to have the extra time to relax and do other activities that J-Term allows.  Having unlimited time at home each night made for some great cooking!  And getting to watch “Friends” without worrying about the homework you should be doing instead was also a plus!  The start of the spring semester (thus, the start of homework) has been a sudden shock to my system! 

The campus is full of life and excitement.  A successful and busy J-Term just ended, and spring semester is now underway.  The theme for J-Term 2002 was "Our Global Village," and the month was a celebration of cultural diversity as we grappled with social, political, economic and philosophical aspects of our ever-shrinking world neighborhood.  Faculty offered 29 different classes that tied into this global theme, many of which were travel courses.  Examples include Islam and Culture, and Chinese Cooking and Culture.  This year, 2319 students enrolled in J-Term courses, with many who studied abroad, participated in internships, student taught or studied at other domestic institutions.  I got very jealous when I read e-mails from my roommates who were studying in warm, sunny Australia.  J-Term themes for the coming years include “Service-Learning” (2003) and “Undergraduate Research.” (2004).

Gustie winter sports teams are having a great year, as all are near the top in the MIAC.

Gustie music ensembles just returned from their tours.  The Gustavus Band embarked on an international tour this J-Term.  The band toured Sweden and Norway, presenting “Music from America.”  The tour dates were January 16 through February 10.  The tour concluded with a homecoming performance on Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir toured the Midwest during Touring Week in February, concluding with their home concert Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Orchestra toured Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.  The orchestra concluded their tour with a home performance Feb. 17 in Christ Chapel.

The Alumni Association is on the road this winter and spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Director of the Linnaeus Arboretum and Instructor of Environmental Studies, Jim Gilbert ’62, will travel along to provide an interesting and informative program.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.

March 8          Tucson Chapter gathering 

Dinner - Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67, ’66 residence

March 9          Phoenix Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Pera Club, Tempe

March 10        Sun City Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Bella Vista Restaurant, Peoria

April 5             Bay Area Chapter event

April 6             Seattle Chapter event – Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant

April 7             Denver Chapter event

More information will be sent to alumni and friends in these chapter areas.

RSVP to Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or e-mail

As I prepare to graduate in June, I find it increasingly hard to think about leaving this place.  It hardly seems possible that four years have flown by, and that in six months I, too, will be considered an alum.  I will always carry with me fond memories of my four years here.  GO GUSTIES!!!