Class of '79
October 1999


With the new millennium upon us (at least I’ve bought into it, I want to begin by sharing some of the campus news from Gustavus:

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,492 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new BookMark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps breakup the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. In February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

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As we look forward to the New Year, century, and millennium, it is exciting to ponder the future…what it might bring to you, friends, and family. However, I think it is also fun to take a look back. The following info might jog some memories from our senior year of 1978-79 at Gustavus:

Top 10 Albums

  1. Bad Girls – Donna Sommer
  2. Blondes Have More Fun – Rod Stewart
  3. Breakfast In America – Supertramp
  4. A Briefcase Full of Blues – The Blues Brothers
  5. The Cars
  6. Dire Straits
  7. Get the Knack – The Knack
  8. In Through the Out Door – Led Zeppelin
  9. The Long Run – Eagles
  10. Minute By Minute – The Doobie Brothers
Top 10 Movies
  1. Kramer vs. Kramer
  2. Star Trek: the Motion Picture
  3. The Jerk
  4. Rocky II
  5. Alien
  6. All That Jazz
  7. The Amityville Horror
  8. Being There
  9. Breaking Away
  10. The China Syndrome
Top 10 Television Shows
  1. 60 Minutes
  2. Three’s Company
  3. That’s Incredible
  4. M*A*S*H
  5. Alice
  6. Dallas
  7. Flo
  8. The Jeffersons
  9. The Dukes of Hazzard
  10. One Day at a Time
Top 10 Singles
  1. "My Sharona" – The Knack
  2. "Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?" – Rod Stewart
  3. "Le Freak" – Chic
  4. "Bad Girls" – Donna Sommer
  5. 5. "YMCA" – Village People
  6. "Reunited" – Peaches & Herb
  7. "Ring My Bell" – Anita Ward
  8. "I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor
  9. "Too Much Heaven" – BeeGees
  10. "Hot Stuff" – Donna Sommer
Miscellaneous "Best" Entertainment
  1. Actor – Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer)
  2. Actress – Sally Field (Norma Rae)
  3. Pop Instrumental – "Rise" – Herb Alpert
  4. Rock Performance – "Heartache Tonight" – Eagles
  5. Children’s Recording – "The Muppet Movie"
  6. Male Rock Vocal – "Gotta Serve Somebody" – Bob Dylan
  7. Female Rock Vocal – "Hot Stuff" – Donna Sommer
  8. New Artist – Rickie Lee Jones
  9. Rhythm/Blues Instrumental – "Boogie Wonderland" – EWF
  10. Country Song – "You Decorated My Life" – Kenny Rogers
Misc. Sports
  1. Pittsburgh defeats Dallas in Super Bowl XIII
  2. Yankees beat Dodgers in World Series
  3. Rick Mears wins Indy 500
  4. Fuzzy Zoeller wins Masters
  5. _______ is men’s champ at Wimbledon
  6. ________is women’s champ at Wimbledon
  7. Michigan State wins NCAA basketball title
  8. Montreal Canadians take the Stanley Cup 0
  9. Seattle tops Washington for NBA title
  10. Twins John Castino is rookie of the year
Bits & Pieces
  • Mother Teresa wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 3 Mile Island nuclear disaster occurs
  • Sony introduces the walkman personal stereo
  • First test tube baby born (in Great Britain)
  • Pope John Paul II is first pope to visit the U.S.
  • Chrysler Corp. asks federal government for $1 billion loan after their largest quarterly loss
  • Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years of exile to establish socialist Islamic republic
  • 900+ American followers of cult leader Jim Jones commit suicide in South America
  • U.S. Embassy in Tehran is seized, 54 Americans are taken hostage with all but 2 held captive for 444 days
  • Egypt’s President Sadat and Israel Prime Minister Begin sign a peace agreement at the White House
Missing in GACtion

The Gustavus Alumni Office would appreciate our assistance in locating the following fellow classmates. Feel free to contact the Alumni Office (addresses below) with any information…

  • William C. Allen
  • William Babcock
  • Sara Barnes
  • Felipe Bernstein
  • Nancy Borchard
  • Paul R. Brown
  • Blanche Skar Cathcart
  • Thabo Chipane
  • Nancy Corcoran
  • Robert Dehnke
  • Stephen Dingler
  • Jane Dosser
  • Steve Ellingson
  • Laurenbrook Swanson Ellingson
  • Marcia Friedrick
  • Daniel Graham
  • Mark Halvorson
  • Kevin Johansen
  • Dave Kunz
  • Steven M. Larson
  • Thomas Michael Leirdahl
  • Barb Engel Lueck
  • Fred Meine
  • Kwame Mends
  • Ruth D. Nelson
  • Fjaere Nilssen
  • Bob Pellikka
  • Diane Gummeson Roth
  • Susan Carroll Saunders
  • Randy Schmalz
  • Jim A. Schmidt
  • David Schubert
  • Peter Sebald
  • Laura Skauge
  • Harry Van Gelder
  • Candis Rosenbrook Kapsner

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has financially supported Gustavus Adolphus College in the past year. In the 1998-99 year, 3

6 percent of our class (171 of 431 graduates) donated money to the College, with a total of $25,359 given (an average of $148 p

er gift.).

I am setting the following goals for the coming year and encourage you to seriously consider either continuing your present support, increasing your current support, or make that first donation to Gustavus:

  • 50% participation by the class of 1979 (that equates to 44 new participants)
  • $30,000 in total annual giving by the class of 1979 (an increase of 18%)
-based on the current 171 participants, their annual giving in 1999-00 would have to increase from $148 to $175

-a better scenario is to consider the goal of 215 participants with an annual giving needing to be $139 per donor (that’s less than $12/month)

I seriously believe we can do this and I look forward to keeping you posted on the progress in meeting these goals!

Hope your New Year is a great one!

Reid Katzung
1361 LaSalle Street
Wayzata, MN 55391

(612) 475-3322