Class of ’85
May 2010

25-Year Reunion ― September 25, 2010

Hey Class of ’85

It’s less than five months until our 25-year reunion─as we all keep asking ourselves, where did the years go?  For those of you planning on attending, great!  I’ll see you there!

For those of you who are undecided or, for the moment, not planning on attending, I ask you to consider an excerpt from a Mark Twain quote:  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”  I think you will regret not attending far, far more than whatever the time and expense of attending costs you.  A couple years back I attended my law school reunion, somewhat hesitantly and more at the insistence of a close friend, and what a surprising treat it turned out to be─admittedly, for all the usual reasons, especially the obvious one of seeing friends with whom I had long since fallen out of touch─I know in hindsight it was well worth the time and effort to attend that reunion.

As for our Gustavus reunion, I am of course excited at the prospect of reconnecting with friends, but I am also especially excited to see the campus─unfortunately for me, I haven’t been back to Gustavus since our 5-year reunion─I haven’t seen how the campus has been rebuilt since the devastation of the tornadoes that hit in 1998 or any other changes over the past twenty-plus years.  I’m amazed (but I guess I really shouldn’t be) that Whiskey River is still in business!  So please, join me at the reunion and enjoy the reminiscing and reconnecting so that twenty years from now you’ll have the happy memories from attending, not the disappointment of asking yourself why you didn’t go.

See you in September!

Leslie E. Lehnert

1985 Reunion Committee Member


Hey Class of 1985!

Top Ten Excuses heard over the years for not making a gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund:  

10.  “I'd rather give to 'the church' instead of Gustavus.”

Gustavus still has a Lutheran affiliation and maintains an Association of Congregations with congregations from a variety of Lutheran denominations.  Christ Chapel remains the center of the campus for a reason.

9.  “I think Gustavus is too liberal”

A gift to your college isn’t a political contribution─you can write off a gift to Gustavus!  It’s an investment in the students enrolled there today and in the future.

8.  “I'm still paying off student loans.”

Ten-year loans usually─congratulations you paid them off 15 years ago!

7.  “I’d rather make a contribution to a charity that really needs it.”

No doubt people are in need all over the world─Haiti, Chile, Sudan to name just a few─and in our own communities.  Your gift to Gustavus does support students and is an investment in their future.  They need it.

6.  “We make a gift to one of our colleges a year and this year it’s not Gustavus.”

What?  How about splitting your contribution between the two colleges and both benefit every year!

5.  “I didn't get any financial help from Gustavus so I’m not sure it would really go to students.”

Actually, you did.  Previous alumni support paid the difference between what you paid to go to Gustavus and what it actually cost.  Gustavus exists to educate students.  Your gift doesn’t go directly to the pocket of a student─it helps keep their tuition as low as possible, it supports the faculty, the departments, and the physical plant from which the students benefit every day.

4.  “Students get financial aid, they don’t really need money from me.”

See #5 and remember─tuition does not cover the entire cost of an education at Gustavus (or any post-secondary institution)─your gift helps cover the difference.

3.  “I can’t make a huge donation, what good does my little gift do?”

Your participation in the Annual Fund is what counts, not the size of your gift.  Every gift whether it be $10 or $10,000 is important and appreciated.  If all Gustavus alumni who did not support the institution made a gift of just $25, Gustavus would receive over $400,000 in support each year!

2.  “I have a kid at Gustavus right now so that’s my donation.”

See #3 and remember it’s participation that matters.  Various college rankings, like the US News & World Report, look at alumni participation to determine the scores.

1.  “I can’t afford to make a gift this year.”

It can be hard to make ends meet particularly in a down economy.  Is there room in your budget for $19.85 in honor of our class or $25 in honor of our 25th reunion?

THANK YOU to the 87 classmates who have made a gift to the college so far!  If you have a pledge card sitting on your desk, thank you for sending your gift in soon.  Typically, the Fund year ends on May 31, but our class gift will continue to grow until the reunion on September 25, 2010.  Join us, won’t you?

Rebecca Albrecht, Lance Anderson, Tracy Overmoen Anderson, Paul Batz, Cindy Kohls Beaver, Dan Beckman, Terri Bergeron, Sheryl Anderson Bjork, Angie Blomberg, Cheryl Brust Buck, Thomas Buie, Cheryl Bratt Bungum, Jim Christensen, Kari Hoffman Christensen, Susan Johnson Chwalek, Donald Coe, Donna Buland Cook, Rene Vadnais Cronquist, Scott Croonquist, Lisa Dahill, Steve Dahl, Carol Dallman, Beth Ewald Dammann, Chuck Day, Bo DeRemee, Kimberly Devine Devine-Johnson, William Doering, Brad Duhaime, Cindy Stark Dysthe, Mike Dysthe, Bruce Eaton, Jann Eichlersmith, Jack Elvestrom, Kathryn Hall Elvestrom, Lynn Wolters Ennis, Paul Fogarty, Cameron Foster, Scott Frederickson, Beth Bean Fritz, Scott Fritz, Lisa Pearson Gilyard, Wendy Gilliand Haagenson, Dan Hainlin, Kathy Dyste Hainlin, Carron Harris, Katie Thompson Holzerland, Scott Holzerland, Laura Abele Huls, Marc Illies, Sara Johnson Illies, Sharon Jacks, Amy Johnson, Chris Johnson, Tom Johnson, Chris Barrett Kroschel, Becky Deters Kruse, Michael Langert, Mark Lantz, Tom Mittelstaedt, Ruth Nelson-Lau, Jo Nord, Zibby Tully Nunn, Chad Olinger, Terry Olson, Beth Haen Orlowsky, Eric Peterson, Karen Hovren Peterson, Nels Peterson, Kurt Ploeger, Paul Radke, Andrea Hasse Richert, Randy Richert, Teri Van Meter Roberts, Jean Koep Rumbaugh, Lynn Schut Schafer, Bret Smith, Kristin Norderhus Smith, Mark Stenzel, Scott Swanson, Jody Swanson Ross, Dean TeBrake, Todd Thayer, Lori Boyce Thomsen, Craig Wiese, Kim Anderson Wiese, Lisa Koenig Wolff, Pam Olson Wollenburg.

I hope to see you on the Gustavus Adolphus College Class of 1985 Facebook page soon.  Paul Batz has produced several video blogs you can enjoy and someone found and posted some pictures from college on there.  Feel free to add to the page!  You can link to the Facebook page from the Gustavus alumni page as well.  Share your news on our web page!   It’s a quick five step process:  Click on Submit Your News in the left hand column, share your news in the box provided, select photos (optional), fill out your information and click Submit!

Be sure to make your travel plans and hotel reservations for the 25th reunion at Gustavus on September 25.  Looking forward to seeing you then!  Look for registration information in August.

Susan Johnson Chwalek

Class Agent on behalf of the 25 Year Reunion Committee~

Rebecca Albrecht, Char Ecklund Altman, Paul Batz, Sheryl Anderson Bjork, Kari Hoffman Christensen, Jann Eichlersmith, Cathy Villars Harms, Tom Johnson, Chris Barrett Kroschel, Leslie Lehnert, and Scott Swanson


Campus News

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Health Insurance Available through Alumni Association

During this time of economic uncertainty, many of our alumni, new graduates, and their family members are in need of health insurance.  Short-term and permanent health insurance options are available through the alumni insurance program.  The program is typically promoted to new grads just before and after graduation, but in response to the rising unemployment rate and in an effort to help all of those in need, we’re spreading the word more broadly this year.  This is also perfect for children of alums who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus Adolphus College) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  For more information, individuals can contact the alumni office or contact the program manager directly or 800-635-7801.

Former President Peterson Honored

James L. Peterson ’64, who served as the 15th president of Gustavus Adolphus College from 2003 to 2008, was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star at a special, private luncheon Thursday, April 29, on campus.  The honor was bestowed by the Swedish crown in appreciation and recognition of Dr. Peterson’s service to Gustavus and his continued work to foster relationships with individuals and organizations to strengthen ties with Sweden.

Nobel Conference Preview

David Tilman, a prominent American ecologist and a Regent’s Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology at the University of Minnesota, will give a free, public lecture at Gustavus Adolphus College at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 14.  Tilman’s talk, titled “Can We Feed the World and Save the Earth?” will serve as a preview to the 46th annual Nobel Conference in October, which is titled “Making Food Good.”  Tilman’s lecture will take place in Wallenberg Auditorium, in the Alfred Nobel Memorial Hall of Science.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speaker, May 19:  Al Molde ’66, athletic director and Tim Kennedy ’82, director of sports information.

Upcoming Events

  • May 19 – Twin Cities Alumni Breakfast
  • May 20 – Faculty and Administrator Breakfast
  • May 28-30 – Reunions/Commencement Weekend
  • June 4-6 – Nurses Reunion - 50 Years of Nursing
  • June 8 – Omaha Picnic – Zorinsky Lake Park
  • June 9 – Des Moines Picnic – Pearson Park