Class of ’82

January 2012

30-Year Reunion ― October 12-13, 2012

Join us for Mini-Reunion

1982 Get Together!

January 20, 2012

6:30 p.m.

Pig & Fiddle

3812 West 50th Street, Minneapolis

Dear Classmates,

In my nearly thirty years as an alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College and six years of serving on the Gustavus Alumni Board, I have been aware of the need for the institution to move forward while remaining true to its Lutheran and Swedish heritages and its five core values:  community, excellence, faith, justice, and service.  The hiring of President Ohle, the review and changes to the Class Agent structure and the recent launch of “Campaign Gustavus” will certainly move Gustavus forward and make the Class of 1982 proud to call Gustavus Adolphus our alma mater.

The completion of Beck Hall is one indication of the new atmosphere around campus.  The campus has a “can-do” attitude and the students, faculty and staff are embracing these positive changes.  If you have not been on campus in the past few years, please make every effort to get back and see how the landscape has changed.

Since we graduated, the school’s liberal arts curriculum has reinforced in me, and I hope it does with you too, the belief that it provided all of us with an outstanding education.  Not a day goes by that I do not use the critical thinking skills our professors instilled in us in the classrooms.  I am thankful to my parents for helping me attend Gustavus Adolphus, and I’m thankful to the faculty and staff for instilling in me these important skills.

As the class president it is my responsibility to keep you connected to our College, keep our class up on the news of the College, and what is happening in our daily lives.  Over the past few years I have not done a good job with this responsibility.  I am therefore asking each of you to put my e-mail address in your “contact” list and keep me informed of what is happening with you both personally and professionally.  I will then send it to the college for inclusion in the Quarterly so that we may all feel connected to each other.  My e-mail address is  Or you can send your news to, that way it will go directly to both me and the Alumni Office.

Another way to feel connected to each other and Gustavus is to plan to attend our 30th Class Reunion, October 12-14, 2012.  As I type away, a group of us met a few weeks ago−J. C. Anderson, John Bergstrom, Tom Bergstrom, Jim Bjork, Mona Anderson Gerike and Jim Thon to start to plan a fun and exciting Homecoming Weekend.  We would love to hear your input on how we can make it a success.  Again, please send me your thoughts and how to get ahold of you, and if you would be willing to help us with the planning.

Looking forward to seeing you at our mini reunion in January and the 30th Class Reunion!

Richard Olson

1982 Class President

Campus News

Campaign Update

Great news―since the campaign announcement on September 30, Gustavus has secured an additional $5 million in commitments.  We are now over $76 million toward our $150 million goal.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed.  Everyone can participate with your annual fund donation this year and be included in the overall total.

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.  Here is a list of some upcoming chapter events.  You can view them all and register for an event at

Dallas - Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Lawry’s Prime Rib

Houston - Thursday, January, 19, 2012 - The Remington Restaurant at St. Regis

Naples - Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - Naples Beach Club and Hotel

Tampa - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Malio’s Prime

San Francisco - Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Hs Lordship

Los Angeles - Sunday, February 19, 2012 – The Paley Center

Palm Springs - Monday, February 20, 2012 - Escena Golf Club

Sun City - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Briarwood Country Club

Phoenix - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Rita’s Kitchen

Tucson - Friday, February 24, 2012 - Warren and Donna Beck’s Residence

Seattle - Friday, March 16, 2012 - The Swedish Cultural Center

Denver - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - Three Tomatoes Steakhouse and Club at Fossil Trace

Join Gustavus Library Associates

“Whether you went to the college library to study, do research, meet a hot date, or create (or look for) a library prank, the library was an almost daily stop during our college years.  All of its membership dues go directly to the annual acquisitions budget of the Library; income from the Royal Affair, Books and Bloom, and other major fundraisers goes to the Library’s endowment.

With this in mind, I encourage you all to become GLA members.  You can find the application form on the web at:  You’ll find all the news about the organization’s events and the membership forms along with a list of membership options.