Class of ’84

April 2012

Dear Gustie:

Happy Spring!  Around much of the country we had an early arrival of spring in probably the warmest March on record, but now spring as we usually know it is really here.  That means changes are afoot—longer days, likely more time spent outdoors, different wardrobe, and the return of certain seasonal activities.

Another change is in our class letters.  I know it’s been a while since you received a class letter, but you might recall that class news, written by yours truly, is now included only in the Quarterly.  So, please be sure to send in news and updates so we can add some column inches to our part of the alumni news section.  You can send news via:

  • mail to the College
  • e-mail (
  • website (

Class letters will now be more about the “business” of the class, such as reunions and other gatherings, fundraising, and the like.  We’re not yet in a reunion year (although that isn’t so far away anymore), but Ken Ericson wanted to share some thoughts with you in this letter about fundraising.  And now a word from Ken:

First of all, a big THANK YOU to the 126 classmates who have already donated $34K to the Annual Fund this year.  Within our class we have had some significant donations to the capital campaign as well.  Even though this is not a reunion year for us, we are in second place in total donors for all graduating classes.  The Class of 1981 is in front of us by seven people, and they just had a reunion!

Gustavus has issued a Sesquicentennial challenge to alumni classes.  There is a “friendly” competition to see which class can raise the most money and have the highest percentage of participation (I, Ken, am lobbying for a “total donor” category).  Please consider a donation in any amount to help us show the rest of the alumni how the Class of 1984 absolutely ROCKS!  The fund year ends May 31, 2012, so get your donations in today (

To Ken’s encouragement, I add my own for participation at any level that is meaningful and appropriate for you.  Thank you.

In addition to any contributions you might make to support the College, you can lend support by recommending students who might be a good fit for Gustavus.  You can do this online at

That’s a wrap for now.  Please send news and updates and stay in touch.

Go Gusties!

Carole Arwidson

1984 Class Officer

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!

MayDay! Conference

On Wednesday, May 2, Gustavus will host the 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference.  “Multicultural Sweden” is the topic of the 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference.  Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, Swedish journalist and media contributor on such topics as integration and amnesty, opens the daylong conference at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel.  There are many other events scheduled for the remainder of the afternoon.  The conference, an event designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice, is open to public at no charge.

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.