Class of '82
November 2004

Dear Classmates,

I apologize for the length of time between class letters.  Somehow I lost track of time this summer and fall.  However, when I was at J.C.’s house a couple of weeks ago to make some telephone calls for Phonorama, we discussed the letter and I promised to get one out.  So here goes . . .

Yesterday, at our family’s Thanksgiving dinner, we went around the table to give thanks and the common theme was family and friends.  I am thinking that across this country and state, people were giving the same thanks.  I hope you and your family had a warm and inviting time together, sharing stories that one day will bring lasting memories.

One of the things I am grateful for was the chance to attend Gustavus and meet people who I have called “friends” for over 25 years.  This was reinforced this fall when Jim Bjork and I attended Gustavus football games and visited with our college friends.  It does not seem like 22-plus years since we were students on campus, but enjoying a Saturday afternoon at the field and having lunch in the remodeled cafeteria brings back the memories of being a student.

Moreover, calling our classmates for Phonorama (I really enjoyed visiting with Gail Erickson Carlson) was another chance to catch up on what has been happening over the past year.  If any of you want to join J.C. and me in the spring for Phonorama ― April 25-29, let us know.  It is a great time to connect and give something back to our alma mater.  In fact, that night J.C., Lori (Rutter ’81), Susan (Gerlicher ’84) and I made plans to attend, along with Jim and Sheryl (Anderson ’85) Bjork, the Neal and Leandra Holiday Concert (Neal ’81 and Leandra (Peak ’83)) at the Guthrie on December 6.  If you have never seen one of their concerts it is really something to see and hear, check out their website for future performances.

If you plan on making a charitable gift this year, and I would encourage you to do so, you have until December 31.  A gift to the Alumni Fund provides immediate use for current Gustavus students by providing scholarship support (cost this year is $28,765 which is the fourth highest in the MIAC), advancing technology, and maximizing educational opportunities.  In the fiscal year ending May 31, 2003, the Alumni Fund had an increase in donors―7,853, and dollars― $914,000.  I do not have the current numbers for our class, but let’s all try and make a gift this year and bring our class numbers to record levels.

In my next letter, and who knows when that might be, I would enjoy writing about recent events in your lives and sharing this information with our classmates.  So please e-mail me at and give me an update on how things are going.

Have a very nice holiday season and I hope 2005 brings you joy and good times.

All the best,

Richard Olson            J.C. Anderson              Ann McGown Wasson

Campus News

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 657 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President’s Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall.

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this summer and fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field, will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie!  The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen eight individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2004 inductees include Lori Allen ’88 (golf), Jim Chalin ’76 (basketball), Bruce Edwards ’77 (ice hockey), Barb Jaeger ’88 (soccer), Dean Kraus ’89 (football), Pachi Lopez ’71 (soccer), Greg Peterson ’88 (golf), and Gary Reinholtz (long-time athletic trainer, benefactor).  This group was honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which was Saturday, October 16.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John’s).  The ranking groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional master's degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine’s, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

Upcoming Events

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Seasons of Promise” – December 3-5
  • St. Lucia Festival – December 9
  • Class of 1954 and 50 Year Club Reunion – May 27-28
  • Class Reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 – October 7-9, 2005