Class of '79
November 1998


I am pleased to have been asked to serve as a ’79 class agent and accept the opportunity to periodically share Gustie News, provide some occasional gossip on some of our classmates, and if needed, encourage you to support Gustavus financially.

My goal is to assist you as a member of the class of ’79, so if there is anything I can do for you related to our alma mater, please feel free to contact me. I have provided various means in which you can contact me later in this newsletter. For now, allow me to share some info:

"The Storm" Progress Report

Having had a chance to visit the Campus on several occasions since the March 29th storm, I am repeatedly amazed at the incredible work that continues to be done. A Great Gustavus has already been re-built and there are many visible signs that an even Greater Gustavus is being built as I write! I offer this brief progress report:

Student Housing

    • Johnson Hall was the most notable building that did not survive and was demolished this past summer.
    • New construction provides more student housing space than before the tornado with a maximum occupancy of 2,085 (compared to 1,870 in the fall of 1997). About 85 percent of Gustavus students reside on campus.
    • Prairie View Residence Hall opened this past October, housing 60 students, and is located on the west side of campus near Schaefer Fine Arts Center.
Academic-Related Areas of Improvement
    • About 300 new, state-of-the-art computers for student and faculty members
    • 13 new, high-tech multimedia systems for classrooms
    • New and upgraded outdoor and indoor athletic facilities
    • Extensive new scientific equipment
Campus Beautification/Enhancements
    • Although 90 percent of (or about 2,000) campus trees were lost, more than 400 mature trees were planted before school started in September, and 400 more were planted this fall.
    • All recreational/athletic outdoor fields have been completely re-sodded.
    • An addition to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center in the Arboretum is being built to house the Department of Environmental Studies.
    • The official ground breaking for a new Campus Center was held in October. With the primary stage to be completed in the fall of 1999, this $18.6 million, 51,000 square foot construction project will double the size of the current dining service building, providing the Gustavus Community with expanded and improved dining, meeting, and office spaces.
    • Finally, the ending of storm-damaged repairs occurred in mid-October when the spire was replaced on Christ Chapel…Amen!
’79 Reunion

I hate to be the one to break this to you, but come next spring, it will be 20 years since the class of ’79 walked across the graduation stage on the football field….Ouch! I would like to take this time to encourage you to mark your calendar for Friday, May 28th and Saturday, May 29th, 1999, to celebrate this anniversary. The Friday evening gathering will in the Twin Cities at the Hotel Sofitel. Saturday activities for all reunion classes

will take place on campus in St. Peter. More details will follow in future correspondence. If you are interested in assisting with reunion planning, or have any suggestions that will enhance your classmates to attend, please contact me.

Financial Giving

The track record of financial support by Gustie Alumni in our "era:"

Year Class Size Total # of Donors Percentage Total Giving
1977 435 202 46.4% $54,140.68
1978 417 160 38.4% $19,645.82
1979 431 171 39.7% $18,429.60
1980 463 208 44.9% $36,133.31
1981 441 217 49.2% $31,270.89
My competitive nature is disappointed to see where our class stacks up against the other Gusties, so I hope you will consider making Gustavus a part of your regular giving as the new year quickly approaches. In the past, I personally found it very confusing when it came to financially supporting Gustavus because there were so many different options (i.e. Greater Gustavus Fund, G-1000, etc.) Although I was sure any financial gift would go to good use by the College, I hesitated giving because I wasn’t sure what my money was going toward specifically.

It’s much easier today because there is just one fund, The Gustavus Fund, and your support can be designated as "unrestricted" (money is used for whatever the Colleges deems necessary), or "restricted" (you may request the money go to a specific department, program, etc.).

I offer two specific programs currently in place to enhance your gift to The Gustavus Fund:

Lutheran Brotherhood Challenge Grant

Lutheran Brotherhood will match all gifts through April 15, 2000 with one dollar for every two dollars given. The goal is to raise $4 million in order to receive the maximum $2 million in matching funds. LB members will have the first $100 of a gift matched under their annual IMPACT program and the balance matched under this challenge program.

Aid Association for Lutherans Matching Gift Program

Running through January 31, 1999, AAL will match all gifts to Gustavus between $50 and $1,000 that are made by AAL’s members. Persons wishing to give more than $1,000 and have them matched may call (920) 734-5721, ext. 2591. Non-members may have gifts matched by becoming an associate member of AAL for one year. I am told there is no obligation to AAL as an associate member.

Class News

We have plenty of class news that you can read in the up-coming Quarterly. I don't have any more class news to add at this time. But please send in your reunion survey and any other news so you can be included in future issues of the Quarterly or class letters.

National Rankings

US News and World Report continues to give Gustavus high ranking. This fall’s issue again placed Gustavus in the top half of the 162 national liberal arts colleges in the country. Gustavus is one of four colleges in Minnesota to be in this category. The others are Carleton, Macalester and St. Olaf. The other ELCA schools in addition to Gustavus and St. Olaf are Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and Augustana (IL). Many of the schools with which you are familiar are classified as either a "national" or a "regional" college. National liberal arts colleges have the most selective admission policy, recruit nationally and offer most of their degrees in the liberal arts. Regional liberal arts colleges are less selective in admitting students and grant fewer than 40% of their degrees in the liberal arts.

US News further honored Gustavus by ranking the College third nationally (out of 90 schools) in operating efficiency. This ranking measures academic quality and dollars spent to deliver that quality. Gustavus was the only Minnesota college ranked in this comparison of national liberal arts colleges.

Newsweek magazine’s college publication again listed Gustavus as a "buried treasure." These are colleges that are known as "Hot Schools, Cool Spots." The magazine describes Gustavus as a place where "Personal attention rules--can’t slide by here." Other buried treasures include: Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; Pomona College, Claremont, CA; Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; and College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Good company, indeed.

Children of alumni continue to be honored for their academic achievement and potential when they enroll at Gustavus. The Alumni Scholarship of $2,500 (renewable to $10,000 over four years) is awarded to children and grandchildren of alumni with high school grade point averages of 3.5 or better, or SAT scores of 1170 or an ACT of 26. This fall Gustavus welcomed to campus 70 new entering students who are children of alumni. Sixty-seven legacy students were awarded an Alumni Scholarship. This number includes 54 children of alumni and 13 grandchildren of alumni.

Nobel Conference XXXIV, Virus: The Human Connection was October 6 & 7. The Nobel Conference magazine was again inserted in the August Minnesota Monthly magazine and sent to the entire Gustavus mailing list.

Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 4, 5 & 6. The theme this year is The Holy Family. A ticket order form was inserted in the center of the Summer Quarterly.

The Gustavus Orchestra will perform its Autumn Concert at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Saturday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. The featured violin soloist is Siqing Lu, one of the most important Chinese violinists of his generation. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office (612-624-2345) or Gustavus Ticket Center at (507-933-7598).

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was a huge success for another year. Alumni, parents and friends gathered on Saturday, October 3 to work together in the spirit of service to better their communities. An impact was made around the country as nearly 1,000 Gusties worked in nine cities including: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Duluth, MN; Fargo, ND; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Orlando, FL; Saint Peter, MN; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.

Recycle your Quarterly – after reading each issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we encourage you to "recycle" the magazine by taking it to your place of business or worship and sharing it with others. Spread the good word about Gustavus!

Alumni Chapters will be meeting in cities around the country near you! Mark your calendars today for the following Alumni Association chapter visits: Chicago, November 14; Atlanta, November 19; Washington, DC, November 20; Boston, November 21; Denver, February 1 (Gustavus Band concert); Fargo, Feb. 20; Seattle, March 5; San Francisco, March 6; Los Angeles, March 7; Phoenix, March 8; and Sun City, March 9.

Parting Note

As we approach the 20th anniversary of our Gustie graduation, I leave you with a "Top Ten List,"

comparing the Gustie Class of ’79 with the Gustie Class of ’99:

Class of ’79 Class of ’99
2259 students Enrollment 2474 students
$3,535 Comprehensive Fee* $18,520 (Freshmen paid $20,710 this fall)
24 Average ACT of entering freshmen 26
1,101 # of applications for freshmen class 1,859
628 size of freshmen class 695
Vic Gustafson (35 years) Professor with most Seniority Mike Anderson (40 years) Nancy Baker (40 years)
0 # of dorm rooms with telephones All of them, with each student having voice mail!
Business (20%) Most Popular Major Biology (13.5%)
$12.95 Cost of Intro. To Economics Text $38.95
A What? Student Access Computers** 525
*Remember the guaranteed cost plan? For a single $100 payment when you were a freshman, it guaranteed that your comprehensive would stay at $3,535 for all four years. When we graduated, the cost had risen to $5,250.

**In addition to the 525 computers, each dorm room is hard wired for direct network access and all students have e-mail, too.

As I mentioned, I would like to hear from you if there is anything you would like to share, complain about, suggest, or just to say hello. Specifically, I want future newsletters to contain the type of information you want to see, so your feedback is appreciated:
Reid Katzung
1361 LaSalle Street
Wayzata, MN 55391
Home Phone
(612) 475-3322