Class of '74
October 2008

35-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― October 16-17, 2008

Dear Classmates from 1974,

My hope is this letter finds you well.  Three weeks ago, I was in Brainerd, Minnesota, golfing with a number of Gusties (12), most of who are from our class.  It is our annual “Baldy” outing, in memory of our friend Steve Baldwin.  I am happy to report that the spirit of Happy Hour lives on.

Jan Ledin Michaletz and I have begun meeting with Marcy Hayenga Revere, Jeanne Longeway Bass, Ed Beadle, Rita Ferguson Maehling and Russ Michaletz, to begin plans for our 35th reunion, to be held next year…2009.  We are hoping to have a series of four meetings and SEVERAL more individuals to join this planning team, between now and the event on October 17, 2009.

We want the team meetings to be as much fun as the event itself.  Would you like to participate?  Please email Jan or me and we will get you in the loop!  Jan Michaletz: or Rob Linner:  Keep in mind, even if you live outside the Twin Cities, we can definitely use help, calling and emailing classmates.

We look forward to seeing all of ’74 next year.  Now for some campus news…

Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Then on Saturday, a beautiful Homecoming day, Gustavus capped-off a four day celebration with an Oktoberfest; buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Gusties Gather!  The Reason to Connect with Other Gusties

Gusties Gather! an annual day for Gusties across the country to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area was held on September 28.  It was a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and in no way was a fundraiser.  More information and pictures will be placed on the Alumni web page.  Check it out at:

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

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 held Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered 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.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15

Rob Linner

1974 Co-class Agent