Class of '77

December 2012

Fellow classmates of 1977,

It was great seeing so many of you at our 35th reunion.  Even though for many of us our paths don’t cross that often, it was great “catching up.”  If you were one who couldn’t make it, many questions were asked about fellow classmates with many updates given by those in attendance.  If you didn’t make it to campus during reunion weekend or haven’t been there since we graduated, things are dramatically different.  Campus is literally filled with new buildings and athletic fields intermixed with the more familiar places.

If you received this update via the USPS, it means we don’t have your email.  We would love to have it so we can keep you updated on upcoming events at Gustavus and classmate news.  And as you know, communicating via email saves Gustavus some money along the way!  You can send your email address (and news) to both Gustavus and to your class officers by sending it to: or you can send it directly to Dave “Ole” Olson at: or to me at:  We are also looking for class officers to join our team – we would greatly appreciate your enthusiastic help!

Go Gusties!

Rad Royer

1977 Vice President/Reunion Chair


Greetings Class of 1977!

I'm writing to express my sincere appreciation to Kathy Erlandsen from the Annual Giving Office and the 35th Reunion Committee (Rad Royer, Greg "Nels" Nelson, Bob Vukas) for their combined efforts to make the 35th Class Reunion the success it was!  It was a genuine pleasure to see so many of the class at the Sofitel social on Friday night, followed by the large gathering at the football game reunion tent and around the campus the next day.

From what I could see and hear Friday night, there was an instant and on-going connecting and reminiscing that lasted in a robust fashion until closing time (for a few of us, well past closing time).  For myself personally, I deeply appreciated each of the conversations and hugs/laughs that I had a chance to share, and was sorry that this long anticipated evening seemed to go by as quickly as it did.  For myself, lots of memories were revived, that old sense of camaraderie and humor was re-experienced, all of which reminded me how important the people were to me that I was socializing with.  That boisterous Gustie spirit was definitely rekindled by the presence of each individual there!

Another very special highlight for me was the Saturday night dinner that a number of us shared with President Ohle and professors from our era, a truly intimate time to visit in a very personal way with instructors in an elegant, but also informal setting in the Campus Center banquet room.  For those that were unable to attend any of the reunion activities for whatever reason, be assured that your name was probably raised by someone there in an inquiry about how you are or when you were last seen or heard from.  Several folks asked me personally about how to increase communication and updates amongst our class, plan more frequent gatherings (other than every five years), and also about the possibility of having reunions with other classes of the ʼ70s.  This can all be done!

With that in mind, my first invitation/request of each of you is to send updated information to me or the Alumni Office before December 7th (the submission deadline for the Spring 2013 Quarterly).  This information can include whatever you wish, such as job/career involvement or retirement, family-related updates including spouse/significant other and children, exciting travel/adventure, volunteer/mission trip experiences, or whatever you wish others to know.  Secondly, I am looking into arranging quarterly happy-hour gatherings at a suitable location in the Twin Cities, probably at one of the new inviting craft beer brew pubs (Fulton?  Indeed?  Northbound?) or beer geek pubs (Town Hall?  Muddy Pig?  Stella’s?  Pig & The Fiddle?  Psyco Suziʼs?) as an opportunity to gather on a periodic Friday afternoon (I will send more information about this opportunity in a subsequent newsletter).

Lastly, there will be some upcoming discussion about how to put together an all-ʼ70s class reunion on the campus in the future.  Please feel invited to get involved and volunteer in any capacity if you are interested!

Until we gather again, sincere and warm regards to each of you!

May God bless.  Go Gusties!

Dave “Ole” Olson

1977 Class President

Campus News

The Royal Visit

On Friday, October 5, their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Gustavus in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.  Look for photos in the newest issue of the Quarterly, out now.

Hall of Fame

On September 29, the Gustavus Athletics Department inducted nine new individuals into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees included:  Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football), Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country), Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field), Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball), Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis), Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey), Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 – July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10—21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

January 16 – Kathy Lund Dean – Distinguished chair of Leadership and Ethics

February 20 – Philip Brunelle – Artistic Director, VocalEssence

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Time and location details will be forthcoming

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago

Apr. 11 – Atlanta