Class of ’76
November 2010

Greetings Class of ’76,

Please mark your calendars for the weekend of September 30 - October 1, 2011.  Our 35th reunion will be taking place!  A couple of us have met a few times this fall, and are working with the college alumni staff to make it a great weekend for all of us.  Ginny Kirkegaard Leppart has already done a fantastic job getting us a place to get together, see below.  I do need someone to volunteer to be the Giving Chair for our reunion, please send me an email at and I’ll fill you in on what to do.

Because there will be a public kick-off for the Gustavus Sesquicentennial on Friday night we have planned to have our class dinner and entertainment at Stella's Fish Cafe in Uptown Minneapolis for Saturday night, October 1, 2011.

We will have our own room there so there are no worries about being able to get in.  You get to be in the VIP line and get in no matter how many people are at Stella’s for normal frolicking. ;-)  There will be various events going on all weekend with homecoming, and reunion events for other classes on campus.  We do have space reserved for our class already, and we will continue throughout the next year to make plans for the event.  We will also have a space, on Homecoming Day, in the Hospitality Tent on campus (overlooking the football game) where you will get free snacks as well as be able to purchase food and beer.

Our committee is hoping you will contact your friends and classmates, to make the turnout our best ever.  If you would be interested in helping us contact people, email me at or Kathryn Erlandsen at  Kathryn is our contact person for reunion planning, and has been very helpful in terms of making arrangements for our class.  We also welcome you to email us with your ideas and suggestions for the reunion.

We have a FaceBook page at or Search for “Gustavus Adolphus College - Class of 1976.”  We have an event page there for the reunion that we will use for updates to our plans.

We have also lost track of the following classmates, if any of you know how to contact them please let me know at , thanks.

  • Steinlaug Bjarnadottir
  • Perla Cockburn
  • Sue Davies
  • Linda Duepner Donnelly
  • Jeffrey Ellerbush
  • John Erickson
  • Jeanne Evanson
  • Karen Forshell
  • Deb Gee
  • Scott Henderson
  • Knute Hogan
  • Ross Holdahl
  • Janice Heck Houk
  • Janell Jaqua
  • Bryan Klingberg
  • Jerry Klint
  • John Kolander
  • Craig Lehto
  • Jan Lundberg
  • Oliver Malmin
  • Candice Monson
  • Steven Moore
  • Julie Olson Morrison
  • Jean Buckmeier Murphy
  • Mary O’Brien
  • Hattie Peyton
  • Gary Remine
  • Mark Swanson
  • Cynthia Yost


  • Brad Hanson is the western divisional sales manager for First American Funds, the investment arm of US Bank.
  • G. Barry Anderson continues to serve as a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.  There is a great article in the spring 2010 Alpha Kappa Psi magazine called “Administering Justice.”  Check out page 44 in the PDF at
  • Charlie Johnson has now retired after 34 years of teaching music at Pillager Public schools in Pillager, MN.  His wife, Sue, is also retiring from teaching music in Brainerd, MN.  See a day-by-day account of their trip to New England for the fall leaves on Facebook with lots of pictures.
  • Leslyn Skog went back to school at Sacramento State four years ago to get her library media credential.  She has been a teacher for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District in Fairfield, CA for the past three years.  The first two years were as an elementary library media teacher, and last year she was an elementary music teacher.  She says, “This is the first time I have used those classes I took in teaching flute, clarinet, and sax!”
  • Dana H. Halberg is chairman of Georgia, BNY Mellon Wealth Management and recently joined the Buckhead Coalition in northern Atlanta.
  • Jan M. Lundberg, Ph.D. is moving from being the executive vice president and head of global discovery research for AstraZeneca to become the executive vice president, science and technology and president of Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Bruce C. Olson has been elected for a two year term to the Board of Governors for the Audio Engineering Society.

Bruce C. Olson

1976 Co-Class Agent


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.  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.

“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.