Class of '79
October 2008

30-Year Reunion

Reunion date ― September 26, 2009

Greetings class of 1979!

Fall is here, and it’s easy to picture those leaves turning, falling, and blowing around the campus up on the hill.  Like us, many of you may have had the experience of dropping off your own child for his/her freshman year of college.  And like us, that experience may have caused flashbacks to September 1975 when your parents were dropping you off at Gustavus.  What were your first impressions?  How did you survive that first semester when you realized many of the people in your classes just might be smarter than you?  Do you remember some of your first professors?  Do you recall the first party you went to, or your first night at “The Nic?”  Unfortunately, some memories are clearer than others, but the three of us are blessed to say that the friends we made that first semester are still some of our closest friends today.  That is what makes Gustavus so dear to us.

Since we left campus almost 30 years ago, there have been many changes.  Most recently, a new football stadium has been built, and a new president has been installed.  Would you like to reconnect with your classmates and see some of the new additions to campus?  Would you like to see some of your former professors and meet President Jack Ohle?  Class of 1979...It’s time to celebrate!

We are planning a party for our class on Saturday, September 26, 2009, and we are giving you one year’s notice!  We will have a pre-game picnic on the terrace behind the Student Union.  (Beer and wine will be available!)  We plan to invite some of our former professors, and President Ohle, too.  We will also have a tent set up for our class inside the new football stadium, where we can gather before the game, and during halftime.  We can all cheer for the Gusties as they take on St. John’s.  Following the game, the celebration will move down to Patrick’s a new gathering place just a few steps from The Nic.

Over the next year, you will receive letters written by some of your fellow classmates.  We hope you enjoy reading them.  Whether you see classmates often, or haven’t seen any of them in 30 years, we hope you can join us next September 26.  Yes, 30 years is a long time, but it’s also a great reason to celebrate.  Please save the date!

Katy Lockhart Bennewitz, Joyce Slater Poppe, and Kristin Carlson Vlasak

1979 Reunion Planning Committee

Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Various inaugural events were held over a four-day period.  On Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4 the celebration was capped-off with an Oktoberfest; a buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV held Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Twin Cities lecture on international terrorism

Dr. Magnus Ranstorp '85, research director for the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defense College in Stockholm, Sweden, will present a public lecture titled, “The Threat of Global Terrorism,” on Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Interlachen Country Club, 6200 Interlachen Blvd., Edina, MN.  Ranstorp, who will be in the United States to cover the presidential election for Swedish television, will address some of the key terrorism trends and challenges for the next U.S. presidency.  He will also be presented a Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation in international relations.  RSVP to the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Need medical insurance?

Are you between jobs?  Self-employed?  Not covered by an employer health plan?  If you need health insurance you can find the right coverage for yourself and your family through the alumni association.  Whether you need temporary or permanent coverage, please visit to learn more about the range of coverage options available.

Legacy Award for Gustavus admission

The Gustavus Legacy Award was created for new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to scholarship recipients who have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information, contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15
  • Gustavus Library Associates Fall Author Day — Nov. 5
  • Twin Cities Lecture, “The Threat of Global Terrorism,” Dr. Magnus Ranstorp '85 — Nov. 6
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Thomas Young ’88 — Nov. 19
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – Joyeux Noel – December 5-7
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Kjellgren ’86 — Dec. 17