Class of '77

October 2011

35-Year Reunion - October 12-14, 2012

Hey Gusties!

Hope this greeting finds you & your family well!  I am writing to you in the role of class officer and agent for several reasons, one of which is to start the planning for our 35th reunion next fall!  (You know how much I like a good party!)

I will send more information to you in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, I would appreciate if each of you would send any of the following information to me ASAP to be used in The Gustavus Quarterly and the next class letter:

  • Brief professional title/occupation and any significant update (promotions, etc.)
  • Personal/family updates
  • Contact information updates
  • Ideas for small/large group social gatherings or activities (service projects, coffee shops/happy hours, watching Steve Bohlig fly in aerial shows, etc.)

This fall, my son Chris ʼ15 started his Gustie years.  As he has been making some wonderful new friends and is finding some inspiration in his classes, I am reminded again of the immense value of friendships and the Gustavus community in my life.

As we approach this significant reunion, let's begin preparation for that event by renewing ties and communicating together as a class.  Please let me know if you are interested in being involved in any way with this endeavor.  In the meantime, warmest greetings and all the best!

Go Gusties!!!

Dave "Ole" Olson

1977 Class President (goes to me and Gustavus Alumni Office)

cell:  952/240-3011

P.S.  Following is a list of our lost or unlocated classmates.  If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these folks, please let the Alumni Office know (800-487-8437) or

Shareen Ali Abadi

Jonathan C. Addison

Nancy Alton

Barb K. Bening

Diane Hillman Bowers

Lee A. Brudvig

Steve M. Carlson

Stephen J. Dohl

Laurie A. Dumdie

Joan Foley

Parker Foley

Kim Gerzog

Julie Asendorf Grunke

Lulu Doby Hasan

Larry G. Haugen

Melody Herbst

Michael Hewitt

Rita L. Johnson

Bruce J. Kane Jr.

Moses T. Kata

Norman Kam Keung Chau

Shaheen N. Khan

Janet Kinney

Linda M. Knowles

Marilou Kundmueller

Debra Ralph Lansdowne

Paul E. Larson

Sonja J. Lindlan

Judy Thompson Lobdell

Gwendolyn F. McClinton

David W. Metzger

Mary Ellen Morris

Debra S. Mulholland

Lucy J. Nelson

T. Richard Nelson

Kathie S. Nichols

Gary W. Nystedt

Bonnie L. Peterson

Kathryn R. Preeshl

Terry R. Robinson

Will Rossbach

Deborah Doolittle Smith

Robin K. Smith

Seth H. Soule

William T. Swanson

Gerald Taylor

Annette Setterlund Thomson

Craig C. Thorsen

Laura J. Wayne

Campus News

Campaign Gustavus Announcement

At the Sesquicentennial and Campaign Kickoff Dinner held on campus on Friday Sept. 30, Board of Trustees Chair Mark Bernhardson announced the official kickoff a comprehensive fundraising campaign, Campaign Gustavus.  The financial goal of the campaign is to raise $150 million by the end of 2015 to fund the strategic initiatives of Commission Gustavus 150.  The focus of Campaign Gustavus is to ensure the College has the resources to continue providing opportunities for teaching and learning in a caring community.  To find out more about Campaign Gustavus and how you can be involved, visit:

2011 Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on October 15.  Inductees for 2011 are Owen Sammelson ’58, benefactor; Amanda Murdock Diehl ’92, gymnastics; Jay Klagge ’92, basketball; Bryan Ripken ’94, swimming; Todd Anderson ’95, soccer; Tracy Erickson McMorrow ’95, tennis; Scott Moe ’95, golf; Laura LeVander Peters ’96, softball; and Colleen Barland Sherman ’96, soccer.  The Hall of Fame Moment is the 1991 Women’s Gymnastics National Championship, won with the final routine of the meet. 

Christmas in Christ Chapel

As the College’s Sesquicentennial Christmas in Christ Chapel, Julljus:  Light from the Old World, Light to the New brings us to the celebration of Christ’s light—to Sweden in the Middle Ages; to Minnesota in the 19th century; and to our fractured and darkened world today.  At the center of the 39th annual community celebration is Julotta, the traditional Christmas matins service brought by Swedish immigrants to the New World.  Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2011 go on sale online on October 17 at noon at  If you do not have access to the Internet, please call 507-933-7520 after noon on October 17 to place your credit card order.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  November speaker will be Rob Gardner, interim artistic coordinator for Christmas in Christ Chapel.  The St. Peter Breakfast will be held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 9, and the Twin Cities Breakfast will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on Nov. 16.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail Hope to see you bright and early!