Class of '77
August 2007

30-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― October 12 & 13, 2007

Dear friends from the Class of 1977,

“50 Days and Counting”

These are the words that I received by email to remind me of the need to compose a short note to remind you all of our 30-year reunion on Homecoming, Saturday, October 13, and to encourage you to go on-line and register for the celebration.  In addition to the football and soccer games in the afternoon, the day is filled with a worship service in Christ Chapel, receptions, lunch and seminars.  As always, the folks in Alumni and Gustavus Fund Offices have arranged for a great day to spend in the community once again.  And don’t forget, the main event is the 30th Anniversary Dinner in Alumni Hall at 5:00 p.m.

Over the past 30 years, many changes have occurred on the campus.  The ’98 tornado brought about some of those changes, but you’ll be amazed how the campus has recovered in the past nine years and continues to be a better place for current students to live and learn.  The new stadium is nearly completed (check out the web-cams on the Gustavus home page and the old stadium is history.  Johnson Hall fell victim to the tornado, but its replacement, Southwest Hall, is state-of-the-art and the Evelyn Young Dining Center is the best place to eat in town, both in terms of value and nutrition.

I could write pages on change, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you’ll find the same basic values, sense of community and belonging that brought us to St. Peter 34 years ago.  The very best of what you remember as Gustavus has not changed.

So, plan to be here on October 13.  Go on-line to register: or call 800-487-8437 and let your friends from the class know that you expect them to be here as well.  We will have a great day.  Fifty days and counting…it’s time to register to attend―October 13.

It’s time to come home.

Al Behrends

1977 Co-class Agent


It’s late August on campus and summer activities have come to an end.  The fall sports players have returned to campus.  Soon to follow will be the Gustie Greeters and all the incoming freshmen.  Classes start on September 4.

Construction Update

Work on the new football stadium has progressed at a quick pace.  Considerable progress has been made with most major elements of the stadium now in place.  The stadium will be ready for the opening game on Saturday, September 8 when the Gusties host Willamette, OR.  It’s really awesome and will be a great place for Gusties to gather!  Take a daily peak at  Physical Plant crews are also busy constructing additional intramural and club sport fields west of the Swanson Tennis Center.  These fields will replace the fields that were previously on the stadium construction site.

Athletics Hall of Fame ― Gustavus will induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on November 3.  They are:  Tim DeJarlais ’91, golf; John Erickson ’81, hockey; Dave Hultgren ’92, baseball; Craig Miller ’91, cross country; Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88, softball, soccer; Mike Schumacher ’91, football; Ann Sommerness Simms ’92, swimming; and Ryan Skanse ’92, tennis.

Dr. Mary Morton, Gustavus’ new provost and vice president for academic affairs, assumed her position on Monday, July 2.  In this role as chief academic officer, she oversees academic programs and strategic planning at Gustavus.

Gusties Gather! – September 30

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, September 30.  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  If there is a gathering in your area, we hope you will consider attending.  Check it out on-line at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Booth at Minnesota State Fair, Education Building, August 23-September 3
  • Twin Cities Breakfasts, September 19
  • Gusties Gather! – September 30
  • Nobel ConferenceHeating Up The Energy Debate - October 2 & 3
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 12-14
  • A Royal AffairRazzle Dazzle, October 27
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet – November 3
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – November 30-December 2

Don’t forget to register for the reunion!  Log on to: to register or use the enclosed form/envelope to send in your registration by October 5.

See you on October 13!