30-Year Reunion
Class of 1981

July 2011

Sesquicentennial Year- 150 and Counting

Reunion dates- September 30-October 1, 2011

Dear Class of ’81:

Okay, it’s getting close−our 30 year reunion!  Here is some important information relating to this event:

Reunion: Dates − September 30 - October 2.  Our 30-year-reunion from Gustavus!  Look for registration materials from Gustavus in your mail soon.  Our reunion happens to coincide with the kick-off for the college’s 150th year celebration, so it will be a busy weekend in St. Peter.  If you haven’t already, I strongly suggest that you book your hotel rooms.  Our class has rooms booked at the Mankato City Center Hotel – 507-345-1234, www.mankatomnhotel.com.   They are giving us a room rate of $89 per night.

Flashmob:  I can’t tell you how much fun we are having with this−and I think I can speak for everyone who has been involved!  Amy Linner Quarberg has really outdone herself and is leading us in this adventure.  She has done YouTube videos for us to practice, led our first practice session in St. Paul, and will lead us in two or three more.  Amy has done a great job of keeping the dancing simple so that dancers and non-dancers alike can have fun with it.  The next practice session will be August 14th in Stillwater (mark your calendars−details to follow) and the last will be on Friday afternoon, September 30th (probably 4 o’clock for those making travel plans) −maybe at Swede Park.  If you have any interest in joining in the fun, please let us know.  The more the merrier.  We can use all the dancers and non-dancers that are interested−don’t worry if you can’t dance or make practices.  We could also really use help from people who could help with sound or video, (and we need a supportive audience).

To get to the practice videos:

Go to www.youtube.com

Type in amylquarberg   *Don’t forget the middle initial “l”−there are three videos to view

Here is a list of our cast so far:

Mark and Regan (Barke) Allen, Lori Rutter Anderson, Roxanne Fie Anderson, Debra Baker, Marcia Bloom Bodnar, Jacque Schwartz Brunsberg, Denise Connly Fleming, Laurie Sue Larson Hansen, Steve and Susie (Bjorling ʼ83) Heim, John and Ruth ʼ82 Hogenson-Rutford, Barb Nelson Hutson, Mike and Janna (Larson) LaFountaine, Allison McCormack Lee, Sara Sandvig, Ljungman, Marsha Maly Brito, Mary Ellen McGinnis, Gail Brunsberg Nelson, Leslie Nielsen, Tom and Sharon (Borg ʼ83) Opsahl, Debbie Petersen Pasvogel, Dan and Gretchen Poffenberger, Dean Pospesel, Mike and Kris Samelian Potter, Amy Linner Quarberg, Jim & Linda Norman Reding, Jon Rudberg, Betsy Schaller, Bob & Beth Sparboe Schnell, Julie Altman Simacek, Doug Spencer, Beth Onkka Stuckey, Karen Himle Westlund and Darcy Winter.

Class of 1981 Scholarship Endowment Fund:

This is another exciting new concept for our class.  We have begun a class scholarship endowment fund for the purpose of supporting future Gusties financially.  In just a few months, this fund has topped $11,500!  Once the fund reaches $25,000, it will start paying out on an annual basis.  Thank you to those who have contributed and let’s keep this fund in mind in the future!

Okay, that’s all for now.  We really hope to have a well-attended reunion this year!  If you have questions, comments, encouragement, concerns, etc. (or want to sign up for the Flashmob) feel free to contact me at:  sheim81@gmail.com or Leslie Nielsen at:  meloyparkflorist@aol.com.


1981 Co-President