Class of '85
April 2004

Dear Classmates:

The deadline for this letter has come and gone, so I think I'll make this short and sweet!

A year from now will mark the 20th anniversary of our graduation from Gustavus.  I hope you are making plans to attend our reunion in the fall of 2005.  Call those Gustavus friends you may not have seen in a few years (maybe 18 or 19) and make arrangements to see them during the reunion weekend of October 7 & 8.

The end of the academic year is fast approaching and that means the end of the year for the Alumni Fund.  We can reach the goal of 50 percent participation in this 50th year of the Alumni Fund with your help!  Please remember to make your donation by May 31.

Please send your professional, volunteer and family news to Gustavus!  You can send it with your Alumni Fund donation or get online and send it through email.  I know my classmates are doing great things and I hope you'll want to share it.  Here is our class news this time:


Angelie Barton LaBounty is the manager of Calico Corners in Edina, Minnesota.  Chris Barrett Kroschel received another grant from the State of New York to continue an oral history project in East Aurora.  John Kroschel '86 is an assistant to the bishop in the New York State synod of the ELCA.  Julie Kumble is a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine and lives in Leverett, Massachusetts.  Jill Vegoe Baltrusch works at home and is busy volunteering at her children's schools and at church.  Jill and her family live in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Congratulations to Colleen Davenport-Adiyia and her husband, Fred, on the birth of their daughter.  Giselle Akua Asantewaa was born April 9, 2003.  Colleen, Fred and Giselle live in Edina, Minnesota.


President Peterson to be inaugurated

Dr. James Peterson '64 will be inaugurated during a ceremony in Christ Chapel on Friday, April 16.  Other inaugural events scheduled April 15-18 include a symposium featuring Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, tree dedication, Gustavus Association of Congregations meeting, G.I.V.E. community service day in St. Peter, music concert, art exhibition, and an alumni reception preceding the Nobel Symphony Concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  A complete schedule of events is posted on the Gustavus web site.

50th Anniversary Alumni Fund Closes May 31

The 2004 Alumni Fund will close May 31 with a goal of 50 percent alumni participation. Thanks to everyone who has already participated with a gift.  If you haven't given, please think about sending a gift along with your news in the enclosed gold envelope. Gustavus alumni have a long tradition of strong alumni participation.  Help maintain our national ranking by participating in the 50th anniversary year of the Alumni Fund.

Scholarships and financial assistance at Gustavus

Did you know that scholarships and financial assistance for Gustavus students totals $18M, almost 25 percent of Gustavus' annual budget?  Alumni Fund gifts, including designated and unrestricted gifts, help enable students to receive a Gustavus education.  Gustavus offers two types of scholarships to students -- merit awards given to recognize academic achievement, and tuition grants are used to assist students with recognized financial need.  Endowed scholarships are an important part of the Gustavus grant program and currently nine percent of scholarship funds come from the endowment.

Alumni survey

An alumni survey was sent to 2,000 members of reunion classes.  Approximately 600 have responded as of April 1.  Questions on the survey consist of how well Gustavus prepared them for employment and graduate education, activities involved in while at Gustavus, personal growth skills, alumni events and services, and overall satisfaction with the College.  Results of the survey will be included in the Fall Quarterly.

Winter sports summary

Women's basketball finished third in the MIAC and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs.  Men's basketball won the MIAC regular season and playoff championship titles before losing to eventual national champion UW-Stevens Point in the NCAA national tournament.  Men's hockey posted a third-place finish in the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs.  Women's hockey finished second in regular-season MIAC play, but won the post-season tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.  Men's swimming won its third consecutive MIAC championship and completed their season by finishing ninth at the NCAA championships.  Women's swimming won the MIAC championship and completed their season by finishing 13th at the NCAA championships.  Men's Nordic skiing won its first-ever MIAC championship and finished fourth at the NCAA Central Region meet.  Women's Nordic skiing claimed their third consecutive MIAC title and completed their season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Central Region meet.  Gymnastics posted a 6-1 dual meet record and a second-place finish at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) West Regional.  The women's indoor track and field team finished second and the men fifth at the MIAC championships.

Did you know …

  • Nearly 80% of Gustavus students graduate in four years, compared with 56% of students from other Minnesota private colleges; the national average is 17%.
  • There are seven choral ensembles and 23 instrumental ensembles, two jazz, four woodwind and three brass ensembles.
  • More than 40 percent of Gustavus students volunteer through the Gustavus community service center on a regular basis.
  • For student safety, the campus is well-lit, there is 24-hour Safety and Security patrol and escort service, residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, and there are blue light emergency phones throughout campus linked directly to Safety and Security.
  • And looking back -- during the college's early years, students were awakened by a bell at 5:45 a.m. and all lights had to be out by 10:30 p.m.

Upcoming events

  • President Jim Peterson '64 Inauguration - April 16
  • Association of Congregations Meeting - April 17
  • G.I.V.E Community Service Day - April 17
  • Reception for President Peterson and Nobel Symphony Concert in Minneapolis - April 18
  • Phonorama - April 25-29, Central Lutheran Church
  • Cec Eckhoff Society Reception - May 1
  • Class of 1954 and 50 Year Club Reunions - May 28 & 29
  • Commencement - May 30
  • Alumni Fund closes - May 31
  • Class reunions on Homecoming & Family Weekend - October 1 & 2

Best regards,

Susan Johnson Chwalek

1985 Class Agent