Class of '78
June 2007

30th -Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― October 3 & 4, 2008

Dear Class of 1978,

Well, it’s hard to believe but our 30th Class Reunion is coming up on October 3-4, 2008.  I say it’s coming up because we need to get organized now to have a great attendance and response.  Here is a bit of a letter I received from Gustavus that outlines the process and people required for a great reunion.

Happy Summer!  Now is the time to move forward with your reunion planning!  One of our first tasks is recruiting people to be on the reunion committee!  One of the goals is to have the reunion committee reach the majority, if not all of your classmates.  In order to contact all of your classmates―we will need lots of people on each committee.  My goal is to have at least 15 people on each of your committees (not limited to this number though!).  Not everyone will play a major role, but we need lots of people to help make calls.  We can use people from all over the country to make calls, so don’t limit your choices to just those in Minnesota.

Here is the list of commitments we will be asking of each person on the committee.  We will also be in need of three Chairs for each class―Communication Chair, Giving Chair, and Event Chair, so there will be more of a commitment needed from those people.

Basic Time Commitment:

*September 15, 2007 - Volunteer Leadership Day on campus 8:30am – 3:00 pm

*February 23, 2008 - Winter Retreat in Twin Cities, 8:30am – 3:00 pm

March 1-15, 2008 - Place up to 20 calls to classmates―can be done from home or group setting

October 3-4, 2008 - Reunion Weekend

(*Out of state reunion committee members aren’t required to come for the meetings, but would be welcome and encouraged to attend.  All Chair positions should attend―and transportation will be assisted by Gustavus).

Calling Commitment:

Willing to include the following key conversations in the phone contact.

A.  Invite to reunion, October 3-4, 2008

B.  Invite them to make a gift during the reunion year―give information on class goals.

C.  Gather class news/notes to include in future class letters.

Pledge Commitment:

In taking this leadership role on the reunion committee, we hope everyone will make a three year pledge commitment with their first gift arriving between June 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007, so be thinking of your own commitment―remember the key is participation!

Please make sure that I have the names of those that have agreed to the commitments above so that they will receive official invitations to the meetings.  We should have the majority of your committees formed by August 31.

I look forward to meeting with each of you and discussing your reunion plans.  Also, let me know if you have any questions.  Take care and enjoy the beginning of a wonderful summer!  I’ll be in touch.

Kathryn Erlandsen

Associate Director of the Gustavus Fund

Gustavus Adolphus College


866-487-3863 toll free

Because I live out of town, I will not be able to actively lead one of these committees so I am inviting you to become active in this effort.  I’m pretty sure I will attend some of the sessions but it will be up to you to make this a success.  You can email me with any questions at 

Let me next give you the recent news from my family.  My wife, Barb, and I live in North Aurora, IL with our two daughters, Emily, 16 and Julia 11.  We have lived here for almost thirteen years.  Emily will be a junior next year and Julia is going into middle school as a sixth grader.  Barb works as a school nurse and I just recently took a new job with an energy services company called Lime Energy.  I am a senior sales executive―not so much for my gray hair but for my experience.  It is a great opportunity because our electric company just raised their rates here and they are not very popular now.

Now on to the news notes:

  • Jan Dauphinias Manary is the director of emergency services at EMH Health Systems in Ohio.  She also is in the Naval reserve and served on a humanitarian mission to El Salvador several years ago.
  • Donna Salisbury received her Ph. D. in linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2005 and lives in Greensboro, NC.
  • Elizabeth Walker Anderson is the director of community relations and director of community grants programs for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
  • John Olson is a philosophy professor at Normandale Community College and lives in St. Paul, MN.
  • John Bergstrand works at Best Buy in the human resources area as a learning technologies specialist.
  • Ann Youngdahl Boline and husband, Chuck ’77, live in Eden Prairie and Ann is a teacher at Maple Grove Senior High.  Two of their sons attended Gustavus.
  • Mark Pearson finished a master’s degree in law enforcement education, management and leadership from St. Thomas and works for the St. Paul Police Department.
  • Tina Wold Royer is the provost of Mesabi Range Community and Technical College and lives in Eveleth, MN.
  • Rev. Dan Carlson is associate vice president for marketing for the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA serving Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.


Gustavus Forensics Team Continues to be National Leader

The Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team participated in the 30th American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in April, earning a top 20 national ranking for the first time in school history.  Fourteen of the top 20 schools are Division I institutions.  The team has had a full schedule of tournaments this year, although the AFA-NIET is considered by many to be the most competitive collegiate forensics tournament in the country.

Refer a Gustie

Are there outstanding students in your church or neighborhood?  Are there sophomores or juniors in high school who are related to you or are friends of your family and whom you think could be a good fit at Gustavus?  Please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.

Gusties Gather!  Hosts Needed

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, September 30th.  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a day to intentionally connect with other Gusties.  In its inaugural year last August, 60 hosts planned events.  Want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Sign up to host a Gusties Gather! event for your neighborhood or with your friends.  Sign up by contacting Alumni Board member Dick Swenson ’62 at: or 612/824-8052.

A Royal Affair — Razzle Dazzle

Save the date!  Saturday, October 27, 2007 is Gustavus Library Associates’ biennial benefit for the Gustavus Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It will be held at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, MN.

If you have volunteer time to offer . . .

If you have an auction item to donate, or know someone who does . . .

If you know someone who should receive an invitation . . .

If you would like to contribute financially to defray expenses . . .

We’ll welcome your call today!

Co-chairs:  Susan Engelsma Wilcox ’73, 952/944-5972 and Nacia Dahl ’92, 952/808-3212.

Rare Flower Bloomed at Gustavus

A Titan Arum or Amorphophallus titanum, otherwise known as a Corpse Flower, bloomed in the Department of Biology’s greenhouse.  The first known Corpse Flower to bloom in Minnesota, this rare flowering plant is found only in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia.  The largest un-branched inflorescence in the world, the flower’s name comes from the repulsive scent it omits during and after its bloom period.  The plant’s cluster of flowers can grow to almost 10 feet, although the plant at Gustavus was slightly smaller.  “This plant is one of the wonders of the botanical world,” says Brian O’Brien, associate professor of chemistry who received and planted the seeds in 1993.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus at the State Fair – August 23-September 3
  • Gusties Gather! – September 30
  • Nobel Conference – October 2-3
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 12-13
  • Razzle Dazzle – A Royal Affair – October 27

Some of the news I had in my file seemed outdated so feel free to update me so I can let others know what you are up to.  We need to start now to get our class together and have a successful reunion.

Well, that’s all the news for now.  I hope to hear from you in the coming year as we plan and get ready for our 30-year reunion in 2008!

In God’s Grace,

Mike Stanch

1978 Class Agent