Class of ’88

April 2012

Class President/Luther Hagen update:

Consider Internship opportunities at your company for current Gusties starting fall 2012 or January 2013, call Corrie Odland at Gustavus (507) 933-6337 for details.

Consider mentoring an economics/management major starting this fall if you’re in the business community, contact Professor Kathi Tunheim at Gustavus (507)933-7409.

Consider helping one of your class officers with their current officer responsibilities.  We will be starting a reunion committee soon to plan for our upcoming 25th reunion the fall of 2013 during Homecoming weekend.  Please let us know if you’re interested in helping plan this event.

Consider attending a Gustavus event on campus or off campus, go to for a calendar of events.

Consider joining other Gusties at the fourth Annual Run for Blood Quarter Marathon & 5K, which benefits the American Red Cross, being held Saturday, July 28th at Lake Calhoun in South Minneapolis.  Go to for more information.

Vice President/Reunion Chair Jo Jo Wackerfuss Quackenbush update:

A fun multi-class reunion is being planned for Thursday, May 3, for the Classes of 1987, 1988 and 1989.  It will be held at Tavern on France in Edina, and remember this will only be fun if we have good attendance.  So mark your calendar and call your friends!

Text Box: Multi Class Reunion – 1987, 1988 & 1989  Thursday, May 3, 2012  5:30 p.m.−??    Tavern on France  6740 France Avenue South  Edina, MN 55435

Annual Fund Chair/Luther Hagen update:

Thank you to classmates that have supported Gustavus this fiscal year with their time volunteering, attending a Gustavus event, or making a financial gift to Gustavus.  I encourage all of you to help support Gustavus, which will make a difference in keeping Gustavus the great college that it is.  Last fiscal year just under 25% of our class made a gift to Gustavus.  If you have never given to Gustavus or have not made a gift in the past five years, please consider a gift of $25-$100 before the end of the fiscal year May 31, 2012.  The average gift last year was $388.

Communication Chair/Kaari Olson Frondal update:

It’s been fun collecting updates about many of you to report to the Gustavus Quarterly!!    I’d love to be sharing something fun and interesting about ALL of you, so please send your update to the Gustavus Alumni Office.  You can send a copy to us officers and to the Alumni Office both by emailing:  Or you can do so by sending info by one of the following options: Online through the Alumni page:

Via email at:

OR by traditional 'snail' mail:  Gustavus Adolphus College

Alumni Relations Office

 800 West College Ave.

St. Peter, MN 56082

We love hearing about your career updates, but would also really love to hear even more about what's going on in your 'non-work' life, too!  What about your recent family vacation (i.e. Luther - I expect news about your recent Spring Break cruise with your family!!); what are your kids up to;  fun stories about reconnecting with an old roomie from Gustavus; you name it!!

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Enjoy your spring!  Hope to see you all on May 3rd at Tavern on France in Edina!  Details to come via email soon!

Luther, JoJo, Kaari and Marc

1988 Class Officers

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!

Celebration of Minnesota Poetry

On April 17 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gustavus will host “A Celebration of Minnesota Poetry in Honor of Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen.”  The renowned poet, and Professor of English at Gustavus, will read from her work, and she’ll be joined by six local Minnesota poets:  Candace Black, Rebecca Fremo, Matt Rasmussen, John Rezmerski, Richard Robbins, and Richard Terrill.    The evening promises to be a memorable one, as the Gustavus community gathers to celebrate not only Sutphen’s remarkable achievements but also the rich range of poetry being produced right here in Southern Minnesota.  The event takes place in Alumni Hall and is free and open to the public.  The evening is made possible thanks to the generous support of the English Department, the Office of the President, Curriculum II, and the Writing Program.

McPherson Lecture

Gustavus alumnus, Civil War historian, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson ’58 will return to his alma mater April 15-17 as a Sesquicentennial Scholar.  On Tuesday, April 17, McPherson will speak at Interlachen Country Club in Edina at an event that is also open to the public. McPherson’s lecture will be titled “Why the Civil War Still Matters” and will address the ways in which the war’s impact on America is still being felt today.  Those interested in attending this event, which will include a reception at 4:30 p.m., McPherson’s lecture at 5 p.m., and a book signing at 6 p.m., should RSVP by going online to, or by contacting the Gustavus Office of Alumni Relations at 507-933-7511.

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.