Class of 1979

February 2014

Hi Everyone!

I was “volunteered” to be the new editor of our class letter.  It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with many of you as our 35th reunion is approaching.

First, a quick update on me.  Back at Gustavus I was one of the many Deb/Debbie/Debra Johnsons on campus and am now Deb Rosenberg.  I lived in Sorenson for three years and then in Uhler my senior year.  I was a business major with a psych minor.  Hi to those of you who were in Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity!  I’m currently working with retirement plan sponsors from an investment advisory firm in Edina.

I’ve been married to Bob for 25 years and we live in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  I have two grown step kids and four grandkids.  And, Bob and I have a daughter, Andrea ʼ14, who is a senior at Gustavus.  This has allowed me to reconnect with campus and attend some events:

Nobel Conferences – If you’ve never attended, I highly recommend that you go.  We were at the Conferences in 2011 and 2013 and loved them.  The speakers are excellent!  And, this year will be the 50th Nobel Conference, a huge milestone that I’m sure you’ll hear more about.

Christmas in Christ Chapel – Having once been a participant, it’s fun to be back in Chapel to experience the beautiful surroundings and hear some great music.  It’s a fabulous way to start off your holiday season.  Be sure to go to the buffet while you’re there, too.

Hockey games – My daughter’s boyfriend is on the team and it’s been really fun to be back cheering for one of Gustavus’s teams.  (He’s the one from Sweden, Gustav Bengtson ʼ14.)

In addition, I’ve been involved in some other events that I would encourage you to consider:

Mentoring – There is a great program for alumni to act as mentors to current students.  This is my second year of participating and it’s wonderful to be able to help someone think about their career path, their resume and cover letters, and how to start their job search.

Women in Leadership – There are events during the year that bring together alumni, female students, and some great speakers.  For those of you in the Twin Cities area, it’s easy to attend at the American Swedish Institute.

Please watch for information in the upcoming months regarding our reunion.  There is a committee that is working on plans for the weekend of October 3-5.  We hope many of you will be able to attend!  There is a Facebook page set up for the reunion that you should be sure to join – it’s Gustavus Seventy-Nine.  If you’re in contact with classmates that have lost touch with the college, please let us know how to reach them.

Two other requests:

First, please send in news!  We’ve been sadly lacking in updates for the Quarterly.  You can send them to Gustavus (, to all your class officers and to Gustavus by using or to just me at

Second, in honor of our reunion year we are looking to bring in donations from our class and support our class endowed scholarship.  You’ll hear more about this, too.  Please consider joining in this effort since we are within reach of hitting the $25,000 minimum for a scholarship to begin producing an award for a worthy current Gustie.

This will be a special year for our family as my dad has his 60th reunion (Class of ’54), we have our reunion, and my daughter graduates.  Gustavus has played a big part in our lives and I hope you have good memories of your time there.  This is a good time to get reconnected with our class and the college if you’ve been out of touch.  Please give me your updates and please watch for additional letters in the upcoming months.

Deb Johnson Rosenberg

1979 Class Officer

Campus News

Gustavus Ensembles Travel

As many students head home for Touring Break, Gustie musicians are on their annual music tours.  Concert touring provides an opportunity to perform a concert program numerous times, fostering a deeper artistic understanding and expression of the music.  This year the Gustavus Wind Orchestra is touring internationally to Eastern Europe, and the Gustavus Choir is touring the Upper Midwest.  Both ensembles will have their home concerts in Christ Chapel on Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively.

Gustavus Networking Event

All alumni and current students are invited to the third Gustavus Networking Event on Thursday, March 13 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place (1500 Park Place Blvd., Mpls.).  Starting at 5:30 the evening will include networking, a light meal and dessert, and a short program.  Registrants will be asked to select a career area from business, finance, marketing/communications, public service, law or technology.  Register online at

Gustavus Passion for Life Long Learning Series

The Offices of the Provost and Alumni and Parent Engagement are pleased to partner and present a series for lifelong learners titled Gustavus Passion for Lifelong Learning held twice yearly each spring and fall.  Dr. Kathy Lund Dean, Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics in Economics and Management will be the featured speaker at the next event.  To be held Thursday, March 20 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

Dr. Lund Dean teaches courses in Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, and Conflict Management at Gustauvs. At this event, you will hear about her research on how religious accommodation and discrimination disputes in the workplace are being resolved by the courts. Cost is $10 per person and registration is online, by email or by calling 800-487-8437.

Exploring Luther’s Reformation and the Nazi Holocaust – Oct. 4-16

Journey on an educational tour of Germany and Poland with Gustavus professor emeritus of Religion Rev. Dr. Darrell Jodock from October 4 to 16, 2014.  The first focus of the trip is on the life and teachings of Martin Luther.  The year 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of his 95 Theses.  Luther was seeking an academic debate, but the document had an unexpected result.  Visit sites associated with Luther’s life and examine together Luther’s ideas and their ongoing significance.  For more information visit:

Upcoming Events

February 19 - . Gustie Breakfast @ASI – Doug Nimmo, Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour Recap

March 4 - Naples, FL Chapter Gathering

March 13 - Gustavus Networking Event @ Doubletree at Park Place

March 19 - Gustie Breakfast @ ASI Chris Johnson ʼ85, Director, Center for Servant Leadership

March 20 – Passion for Life Long Learning Series @ ASI

April 29 - Chicago Chapter Gathering