Class of ’77

April 2012

35-Year Reunion ― October 12-14, 2012

Greetings to all from Greg Nelson,

When I think back to our first year at Gustavus, I remember we had these small get together groups organized by the administration to help us get acquainted.  The first person I can remember meeting was Rad Royer.  Now, thirty-five years later plus four, I am working with him on our reunion.  Two other good friends from the Omega Kappa fraternity that are still good friends today are Dave Olson and Bob Vukas, who are the other two on this reunion committee.  You should hear our conference calls!  We get the work done, but keep going off on tangents on memories of old.

I am also presently working on my thirty year dental school reunion.  Many of these people are scattered all over the state and country but through letters and emails, I am able to become reacquainted with several of them again.  Many classmates from the University of Minnesota Dental School Class of 1982 will be here in April to attend that reunion.  At our age, I think it is likely that this reunion could very well be our last significant reunion because of the many changes that occur in our lives as we get older.  As time passes, retirements, family commitments, and of course, health issues, affect our ability to attend events such as this.

When Ole looked at the meeting room at L’Hotel Sofitel and called to express how thrilled he was with it, I remembered from the past not to get too excited.  Ole and I were roommates for two years – one year in college and one year after college.  I recall that he often got very excited about something, but that excitement was often followed by a letdown!  But after personally seeing the actual venue, I realize that this room has the perfect design for our reunion.  It even has a great bar!  The room also features quiet areas to talk and outside tables too, if we happen to have a nice, warm October evening.

I remember our OK frat initiation in the spring of 1974 in back of Sohre Hall.  We had to do calisthenics at about 6 a.m. .Then, we had water balloons thrown at us.  These activities were led by fellow OK Paul “Hecktor “ Heckt from the Class of ʼ75.  I think many of us knew Hecktor as well as we knew our own classmates.  Over the years, I kept a close association with Hecktor as a friend, personal and business lawyer and patient.  We met at home, at work and at restaurants.  But no matter where we met, always talked about the great times at Gustavus and especially the frat stuff.  Hecktor died the week before Christmas last year.

We just don’t know when these friendships are going to end.  So maybe we should all get together to reminisce about the old times and get updated on the current stuff in each others’ lives too.  The 35 Year Gustavus Class of 1977 Reunion is definitely the one you should plan to attend!

Greg “Nels” Nelson

1977 Guest Letter Writer

Reunion Dates:  OCTOBER 12-13, 2012

Friday, October 12

Class of 1977 Pre-Event at the Sofitel - 7 p.m.

Call to book your room at the great low price of $95 – only offered to the Class of 1977!

Sofitel Minneapolis - 5601 West 78th Street (494/Hwy 100)

952-835-3888 or toll free 800-876-6303 - Ask for group reservations and reference the Gustavus Adolphus Reunion Class of 1977

Saturday, October 13

Festivities on Campus

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Class tent space near football field

Beer and wine for sale before and after the football game

Small group lunches or lunch under the tent

Live Music after the game - City Mouse

Tours - self guided and led campus tours

Sporting events; football, volleyball,

Open houses

5 p.m. - Custom tour of campus for Class of 1977

Class of 1977 Class Social and Casual Dinner – 5:30 p.m.

Buffet style

Student musicians or entertainment

Update on the college by college representative


Dear Classmates of 1977,

Would you like to share your thoughts and photos with the rest of the class?  These are to be shown on our class webpage and in a PowerPoint presentation to be shown during our reunion this fall.  If so, will you send those valuable memories to me electronically?  Listed below is a free access file transfer drop box from You Send It.  Follow the easy steps and your materials will be shared and appreciated by all.

2.  This window will open


3.   Fill in the blanks listed.  Select the photo and word documents you wish to submit.

4.  Push the Send IT button.  I will receive a notice of your submission and you will receive a delivery receipt.

lalaIf you have any questions you may reach me at:  Bob Vukas, Jostens, 4000 SE Adams St., Topeka, KS  66609.

Work:  800-262-9725, ext. 5260

Home:  785-267-1367

Cell:  785-231-4921



My home address is:  3806 SW Mission Ave., Topeka, KS  66610.  I am looking forward to hearing from you and also to know what you have been doing since graduation.


Bob Vukas

1977 Reunion Committee Member

Campus News

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.  The president has gone to 14 different locations from New York to LA.  You can view them all and register for an event at

Upcoming Chapter Events

June 5, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Rochester (Somerby Golf Club, Byron MN)

June 18, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - St. Cloud (St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud MN)

June 19, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Willmar (The Oaks at Eagle Creek, Willmar MN)

June 20, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Fargo/Moorhead (Stokers at Hotel Donaldson)

June 25, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Sioux Falls (Minerva’s Restaurant and Bar, Sioux Falls, SD)

June 26, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Omaha (Spezia Restaurant, Omaha NE)

June 27, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Des Moines (The Wakonda Club, Des Moines IA)

July 16, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Grand Rapids (Timberlake Lodge Hotel, Grand Rapids MN)

July 17, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Duluth (Clyde Park Restaurant, Duluth MN)

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  Speaker for will feature former Gustavus president Dennis Johnson ʼ60.  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail  Hope to see you bright and early!

MayDay! Conference

On Wednesday, May 2, Gustavus will host the 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference.  “Multicultural Sweden” is the topic of the 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference.  Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, Swedish journalist and media contributor on such topics as integration and amnesty, opens the daylong conference at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel.  There are many other events scheduled for the remainder of the afternoon.  The conference, an event designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice, is open to public at no charge.