Class of '79
Holiday greetings from Gustavus!
Christmas in Christ Chapel was celebrated this past weekend along with the emotional finale, “O Come All Ye Faithful.” First-year students and their parents may have heard it for the first time, seniors with tears in their eyes performed it for their last time, and thousands of alumni returned to experience it once again. Capsulated in that moment is so much of what makes Gustavus special―it’s about family and friends, welcoming new members into the Gustavus family, remembering our past and being a part of the present.
The Gustavus family is dependent on you, our faithful alumni who support Gustavus with your gifts, your time, and prospective students. As classmates and members of the Gustie family, please consider Gustavus with your support this season.
Most of the class news we’ve received is published in the recent Quarterly and we would like to include much more in future issues. Please use the enclosed envelope to send us your news and support. Some items of interest from campus are included below. Our College is doing well.
Gustavus Designated an “All Steinway School”
Steinway and Sons, makers of what many would say are the best pianos, has added Gustavus to its “All Steinway Schools” list. This is an exclusive list of just 66 colleges, universities, or conservatories in the world. To be considered for the Steinway designation, a school must first have at least 90 percent of its performance, practice, and teaching pianos be Steinways.
Gustavus Excels in Fitness and Dining
Men’s Fitness magazine has named Gustavus as one of the top 10 colleges in America for fitness. Among the things considered in the rankings were nutrition and dining choices, whether physical fitness is included in the curriculum, and availability of workout equipment. They also examined individual student responses to questions on topics such as alcohol consumption, tobacco use, fast-food indulgence, and exercise habits. On a related note, the Gustavus Dining Service was listed in the top 10 in a U.S. News and World Report survey on the best campus food in America. On that note, enjoy the holiday season but get your exercise in!
Gustavus Alumni Professional Apparel
Check out the two new oxfords on sale online through the Gustavus Book Mark. The Book Mark is offering a women’s and men’s long sleeve shirt in a variety of colors and sizes. The shirt features an embroidered three crowns and Gustavus. This is a great idea for holiday shopping for your favorite Gustie. Check them out online only at www.bookmark.gustavus.edu/.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
On Saturday, September 30, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame: Deborah Jungwirth Borman ’87 (volleyball), Tina Pulido Draper ’87 (gymnastics), John Huepenbecker ’80 (football), John Jambeck ’62 (swimming), Deanne Sand Johnson ’89 (tennis), Dick Kumlin ’55 (posthumously, basketball), Dan Prochnow ’78 (golf), Jerilyn Ree ’88 (basketball), and Stacey Rodman ’89 (swimming).
The baseball field has been relocated and construction has begun and will continue through the winter on the new football stadium. A web camera is in place to show progress on stadium construction―available at http://gustavus.edu/campusprogress/footballstadium/webcam/.
Honor Roll of Donors
If you haven’t had a chance to find yourself online, please go to gustavus.edu/giving/honorroll to check out the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors. The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006. To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer. For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).
Obtain Life Insurance at Group Rates
The Alumni Association sponsors a life insurance plan, Life for Life, with exceptional features and low initial rates. Obtain information online with the Alumni Association partner, www.meyerandassoc.com/ma/gustavus or call 800-635-7801 for more information about this and other sponsored insurance.
Gustavus Legacy Award for Gustavus Admission
Mark Anderson ’66, vice president of admission and student financial assistance, is pleased to announce the Gustavus Legacy Award for new students beginning with the incoming class of 2007. Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni. Scholarship recipients must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or an 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT. For more information contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S) or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Upcoming Gustavus Events
- Jacksonville Chapter Gathering – February 11
- Orlando Chapter Gathering – February 13
- Tampa Bay Chapter Gathering – February 15
- Naples/Marco Island Chapter Gathering – February 17
- Tucson Chapter Gathering – March 16
- Phoenix Chapter Gathering – March 17
- Sun City Chapter Gathering – March 18
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Director of Alumni Relations