Class of 1981

35-Year Reunion, September 30 - October 2, 2016

When we had our 30th reunion 5 years ago, we thought we'd never be able to top that. With some planning, though, we're poised to have a weekend every bit as fun as the last time around! Here's a schedule for the weekend; we hope you'll join us for the entire weekend but welcome you throughout as you're able.

Friday, September 30    
6:00 PM Registration Beck Hall Atrium
6:30 PM Class of '81 Reception and Dinner Beck Hall Atrium
7:00 PM Performance by G-Sharp, Gustavus' a capella group Beck Hall Atrium
7:30 PM Program and Presentation Beck Hall Atrium
Following Dinner Afterglow Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato
Saturday, October 1    
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Information Desk, Jackson Campus Center
10:00 - 11:00 AM Alumni Choir Rehearsal Bjorling Recital Hall
10:30 AM Class of '81 "Easy Ryder Cup" Mini-Golf, Tailgaiting and Reunion Class Photo Parking Lot near Hollingsworth Field
10:30 AM Alumni College and Kids' Corner Banquet Rooms, JCC
11:15 AM Celebration of Life & Remembrance Service and Alumni Choir Performance Christ Chapel
11:30 AM Family Fun Zone: Inflatables, Auntie Wendy's Kettle Corn and Petting Zoo Homecoming Tent
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM All-Gustie Lunch & Beer Garden Homecoming Tent
1:00 PM Football Game vs. Concordia Moorhead Hollingsworth Field
2:30 PM I Am, We Are Social Justice Theatre Performance Bjorling Recital Hall
4:00 - 6:00 PM 5th Quarter Celebration: 80s Cover Band "Retrofit" Homecoming Tent
4:30 - 6:00 PM 100th Football Season Celebration (Program @ 5:00 pm) Alumni Hall
6:30 PM Class of '81 Reunion Dinner Banquet Rooms, JCC
Sunday, October 2    
Time TBD Class of '81 Brunch Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato


Friday evening only (dinner + "Cooking With Class of '81" cookbook): $40

Saturday only (breakfast, lunch, dinner, homecoming festvities and cookbook): $50

Friday + Saturday all-inclusive (all festivities and cookbook): $81 (see what we did there?!?)

Sunday brunch: $17

Additional Cookbooks

Each registered classmate will receive a copy of the "Cooking with Class of '81" cookbook. If you would like to purchase additional cookbooks to pick up at the reunion, please do so on the registration form ($15/each). If you are unable to attend the reunion but would like to order a cookbook and have it shipped to you ($20/each), please fill out the cookbook order form.


Our class has rooms blocked at two Mankato hotels. Please contact them directly and ask for the Gustavus reunion block.

Hilton Garden Inn Mankato Downtown

20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, Minnesota, 56001

TEL: +1-507-344-1111 FAX: +1-507-344-2129

Mankato City Center Hotel
101 East Main Street • Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 345-1234 • Fax: (507) 345-1248
Toll Free: (877) 345-5577

Map, Parking and Additional Information

Friday night's festivities will take place in the atrium of Beck Academic Hall, just south of Lund Center and east of the President's Residence. Registration on Saturday will take place on the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center. Please consult the campus map for additional information; parking is open that weekend and will only be ticketed in unauthorized 20-minute or handicapped parking areas.

Did you know...

The Class of 1981 established its legacy when we created the 1981 Class Endowed Scholarship! Our class is paying it forward to the next generation of Gusties. Each year we are helping to support a student to attend the place we love. Thank you for your support, your generosity, and your involvement.

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Jean Andreasen ’81

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