Class of ’81

April 2012

Dear Class of ’81:

Bucket List

I have never been one to have a bucket list.  If I did, here are four things that would never have been on the list:

  • Perform in a Flashmob
  • Win a Class Agent of the Year award from Gustavus
  • Hang out with the Minnesota Lingerie Football Team
  • Learn the sport of Curling

The Flashmob and Class Agent of the Year Award may be related.  They came about during the same weekend anyway.  Other than being known for a short time in college as “Disco Heimer,” there has never been much of a connection between dancing and me.  I can’t even dance to X-Box games.  I have consistently finished behind my kids (who can’t dance).  I have to say that performing our flashmob at halftime of the Gustie football game was a blast, and a memory I often flash-back to.

Description: C:\Users\kerlands\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\XQJP35SL\MC900437082[1].pngIf you have seen the most recent edition of the Gustavus Quarterly, you were inundated with pictures of Linda Norman Reding and me (we’re just trying to bring recognition to our class).  I’ll explain a bit about one of the pictures I was in.  This January, Mike Potter and I travelled out to Portland/Eugene Oregon to be present at our classmate, Tom Renn’s investiture as a federal judge.  Wow!  Now I know a new word (investiture) and it was an honor to be there as Tom took this step in his career.  Congratulations Tom!  But of course, you’re wondering about the lingerie football.  On the flight to Oregon, Potts sat next to, and partly on the same seat with, Everett Lindsay (6’8’’ 280 lbs.), former Viking, and current coach of the Minnesota Valkyrie. (of the Lingerie Football League).  I got to sit next to the Valkyrie trainer (5’0”, 110 lbs.).  A number of rows ahead of us were about 20 young women who have football talents and/or look good in lingerie.  They were wearing sweats, but looked like really good football players to us.  When we got to our hotel I Googled the lingerie football thing and it exists.  Hmmm…  Actually, we didn’t hang out with the team, but it sounded good as a bucket list item.

Description: C:\Users\kerlands\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\FZ3AW796\MC900446512[1].wmfOK, now it is time for Curling!   

Having nothing really to say about curling myself, I will share a quote that Bruce Rehwaldt passed along: “It’s not just a rock.  It’s forty-two pounds of polished granite, with a beveled underbelly and a handle a human being can hold.”  (“Men with Brooms” – the movie)

The curling event is Friday, April 20th.  Why not try something new?  You don’t have to curl to be part of the fun.  There is plenty of room, food and drink for people who want to come, but would prefer to be observers.  To register, go to https:/

An evening of fun with Gusties, curling food and beer/soda is $40 (everything but the curling - $25).  We will be at the St. Paul Curling Club, 470 Selby Avenue in St. Paul from 6-10 p.m.

Thanks to Bruce and Kathy (Hoff) Rehwaldt and Jon ʼ79 and Jacque (Schwartz) Brunsberg for putting this on.  I can only wonder what the class of ’81 will come up with next for my bucket list!

Text Box: This just in… we have been invited to join the class of ’82 for another mini-reunion!  Join us Wednedsay, May 9th at Jake’s in Eden Prairie (corner of Prairie Center Drive and Singletree Lane) for a happy hour type gathering starting at 6pm.



of Heimer & Leslie

1981 Class Officers

P.S.  Just a reminder that the end of the Annual Fund is approaching fast, if you haven’t made a gift to Gustavus you have until May 31 to get your gift in for this year [].  A sincere thank you to those of you that have made a gift.

Campus News

2012 Alumni Association Awards Announced

The Gustavus Alumni Board of Directors has announced its 2012 award recipients:

Greater Gustavus Award – awarded to those “who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College”:

Jon and Anita Thomsen Young ’77 ’77, Eden Prairie, MN, for their volunteer leadership, service and philanthropy to the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations – recognizing outstanding and exceptional professional achievement that brings unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor:

Scott Dee ’81, Farwell, MN, professor of veterinary population medicine, University of Minnesota, swine consultant, and international research veterinarian and director at Pipestone Veterinary Clinic;

Mark Elfstrom ’01, Anchorage, AK, middle school math and science teacher, recipient of a 2011 Milken Educator Award and finalist for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching;

Kurt Elling ’89, New York, NY, Grammy Award-winning vocal jazz artist.

First Decade Awards – recognizing early professional achievement in the 10th anniversary class:

Amy Brown ’02, Pittsburgh, PA, neonatology fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center;

Michael Bland ’02, St. Louis, MO, postdoctoral associate, earth and planetary sciences, Washington University.

The Alumni Association will present Faculty and Administrator Service and Retirement Awards at a dinner at Gustavus on May 16; honorees will be featured in the fall issue of The Gustavus Quarterly.

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.  The president has gone to 14 different locations from New York to LA.  There are still a few left.  You can view them all and register for an event at

Chicago – Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Gleacher Center with Allison Rosati ʼ85

Madison – Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – Harvest Restaurant

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  Speakers for April and May will feature former Gustavus presidents, Jim Peterson ʼ64 and Dennis Johnson ʼ60 (respectively).  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail  Hope to see you bright and early!

Books in Bloom

Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) is preparing to host the second annual Books in Bloom event May 4-6 at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.  Books in Bloom is a unique event that will highlight books, media, and other resource material within the library through floral arrangements and artistic expression.  More than 20 exhibits will be on display – each of them sponsored by an individual or family and created by professional florists and flower enthusiasts – that represent and illustrate a book or other holding within the library.