Class of '79
March 2009

30-Year Reunion - October 10, 2009

TO:  The Class of 1979

A representative of our alma-mater, Gustavus Adolphus College, called to inform us that we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary since graduating―which is especially amazing when you consider it really only feels like a decade or two, versus three!!

Make Note:  Our Reunion Is Definitely On October 10, 2009

You will not want to miss our nostalgic return to the ’70s, and some of our traditional activities in St. Peter!!  Do you remember trap shoot at the Nic?  Football games with Keith Bettes, Bill Ingaldson, Bob Dehnke, and Reid Katzung?  The ups and downs of life in the dorms?  Ma Young’s meals?  Greek activities―back when we had sororities and fraternities?  Studying in the library after dinner?  Chapel at 10:00 a.m.?  Or were you getting an early start on a Starbucks habit in the canteen?

This is a once in a life-time event – please join our class celebration October 10, 2009

Did you know?  Our class started the 1979 Class Endowed Scholarship back at our 25th Reunion.  In order to activate an annual scholarship each year for a needy student, we need to raise $12,000 to reach the required $25,000 for it to be fully endowed.  Let’s make this a year to remember Gustavus and make it a record year for class gifts to our class scholarship or to the annual fund!!

Listed below are some of the critical reunion details for you to add to your calendars:

Date:  Saturday, October 10, 2009   (10-10)

  • 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – Campus Tours
  • 11 a.m. 1979 Class BBQ (prepared by the Gustavus foodservice in the YOUNG tradition) Location:  Tent near football field with seating at tables Cost:    $10
  • The Barn on Campus – cash bar closes when the game begins
  • 1:00 p.m. Football Game – Gustavus vs. Pacific Lutheran
  • Snacks available in tent all day! (Cash bar available to all classes behind tents until start of game).
  • ’70s music woven throughout each venue – we’ll have a bit of déjà-vu!!
  • Our new President Ohle and other key faculty will be joining us for visits in the tents
  • Meet up with classmates afterwards at Patrick’s (bar in town)
  • Lund arena, October Fest – in the afternoon

Next steps:  Committee members will be calling around for all kinds of scoop to include in our subsequent and frequent communications to re-connect everyone!  IF you would like to help in any capacity or you have information to share please let us know; there is plenty to do for many volunteers!!!  Book your flights and travel arrangements EARLY!!  Connect on Facebook @Gustavus Class of 1979.

We hope to see YOU in October!

Nancy Miller Johnson                                  Boofie Longley Graham                            

Campus News

Haugen Named Head Football Coach

Peter Haugen was named the new head football coach in mid-December.  Haugen posted a 111-44 record in 15 years at Washburn High School.  He is the 17th head coach in the 93-year history of Gustavus football and started his new position the second week of January.

President Ohle is on the road!

Please join President Ohle, his wife Kris, and other Gustavus staff at a chapter dessert reception near you.  President Ohle has a couple of stops left (Seattle and San Francisco) as he visits 11 cities around the country greeting all alumni, parents, and friends of the College.  Dates are listed below or check out the Alumni website to find out more details.

Mustaphi Named Michelle Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary

Semonti Mustaphi ’03 was recently named Deputy Press Secretary for First Lady Michelle Obama.  Mustaphi worked on the Obama campaign, and has also held communications positions for three senators.  Mustaphi graduated with a political science and communication studies double major, danced in the Gustavus Dance Company, and was an Anderson Scholar.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join us for the “Come on You Gustie” Breakfasts.  The breakfasts are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy 394 and Hwy 100).  The breakfast runs from 8-9:30 and is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at (763) 533-9083.  March’s speaker will be Steve Wilkinson, men’s tennis coach.

Upcoming Alumni Events

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