Class of ’89

September 2012

Hello ʼ89 Gusties!

Yep, we are the ONLY people in the whole world that can say we’re the Gustavus Class of ’89.  That’s cool!  Enjoy this little ditty sung to AC/DC’s “Shook Me All Night Long”:

Our class was cool and keen we wore our Levi jean.

We sometimes ate our lunch in the GAC Canteen.

Late night we’d compromise with cheap pizza pies.

Quarter taps at Shoops were a fantastic prize!

The girls had great big hair.  We’d study & play without care.

The boys had abs and…um…still had hair.

Then finals were takin’, now we’re old and achin’,

but our class ain’t shakin’, and we’re all makin’ it!

And you

To ’89 beelong.

Only you can say that you

To ’89 beeelong.

Duebs here (in case the song above didn’t give it away).  You may have noticed a lack of communication lately.  We’ve lost our Faith.  Actually, Faith Farrell is doing great but she resigned her post as Communications Chair due to a new job.  It’s something about working with Kevin Bacon 12-16 hours per day.  This, if you think about it, is really cool since now we are ALL only 2 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.

So, you get to (are forced to?) hear from me again.  I’ll be sprinkling our very limited class news throughout the letter.  You’ll notice that most of it is old and WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOU!  Please submit your news, photos, updates, etc. via the website ( or you can send news to both me and the Alumni Office by emailing or to me directly at:  (

Class Officers Needed!

You may have noticed in the Quarterly that no class officers were listed for our class.  That was a simple printing error and Scotty, Francie, and I are still volunteering for you.  But we really do need some people to fill the Class of ʼ89 Class Officer positions.  Any little bit of help is appreciated.  The ideal arrangement is to have five class officers to share all the duties.  It’s not a big time commitment at all (maybe an hour a month if that’s all you have) and, if we can get 5 or 10 people to pitch in an hour here and there, we can be an even stronger class than we are now.  And we're already Ken Patera strong...He-Man strong...Magnús Ver Magnússon strong...Mongo strong!

Please email me and the school ( to help with any aspects of our class, including our reunion coming up in a few years, planning any additional non-reunion events, being a guest class letter writer, communication, recruitment, the Annual Fund, etc.  We need YOU!  Yes, you.

Scotty Anderson has volunteered to write all the letters for 2012…and he’ll need some help.

Sam Alick is living and working in Chicago as a house manager/personal assistant to a family in Chicago.  He moved to Chicago from Minneapolis in September 2009 and currently resides in Lincoln Park (see what I mean about older news?!?!?!).

Online Gribly

Want to see if any alumni are working at a specific company?  Looking for alumni to contact while travelling?  Remember paging through the Gribly looking for mystery dates?  It’s all online!  Since 1966, the “Grib” ( has been THE index of Gusties.  Now alumni are part of the Gribly too!

Visit the Gustavus website, log in (you already have an ID setup…mine is mdueber_1989), and use the Grib to update your address, your employment, add a photo, and to connect with other Gusties.  You can watch short videos about how to use the Grib at  Contact the Alumni Office if you have questions or for help with your user ID and password.  Rest assured, there are privacy controls built into the online Gribly and you only have to share what you want.  (Note:  Some content above was taken from a GAC blog entry…I’m no plagiarist).

Keith Jackson, former Eden Prairie Homecoming King (he LOVES that title), joined me this month for a three-year term and will be working with the Classes Committee on the Alumni Board.  I continue to serve on the Students Committee.  So now the Class of ʼ89 now has two representatives on the Gustavus Alumni Board.  We represent YOU so be sure to give us any feedback, ideas, thoughts, etc. about the Alumni Association.

Mentoring Program

The Gustavus Mentoring Program is pairing up a junior or senior student with a Gustie alumnus to help the student with job searching, networking, resumes, interviews, internships, etc.  In short, we alumni are asked to share our vast professional wisdom and experience with current students.  This is a great program to help alumni and students connect.  If you’ve ever had a job and you’re a Gustie, you are qualified.

We started with 12 student and alumni mentor pairs in 2010.  Last year we had 39 pairs and, I’m happy to report, we have 75+ pairs this year.  Our goal by 2016 is to be able to provide a mentor for 100% of the students at Gustavus that wants one...yes, EVERY STUDENT that wants one.  We have the students, we need the mentors.

As a student back in the ʼ80s, wouldn’t it have been great to:

  • Have an alumnus to chat with and use for ideas while we were students?
  • Have somebody other than our parents to help us navigate the “real world?”
  • Have some help with networking?  With resumes?  With the language of a new profession?
  • Get some feedback on your approach to finding and landing a job?

That’s what you can provide as a mentor.  Plus, you get to learn a lot about what is going on at Gustavus and the life of the current students.  It’s a big win for the students, the mentors (you), the school and, of course, the students’ parents!

There is more information, including a link to the registration document, here:  We also have a program overview published here: and look for the Mentoring Handbook link there as well.

Please sign-up to be a mentor!  Email Amy Gerber Pehrson ʼ91, as soon as possible at and let her know you’re interested.  It only takes a minute and we need all the help we can get for this year and future years.

The mentoring program is a great way to…wait for it…MAKE YOUR LIFE COUNT!

Email me at with any and all Mentoring Program questions.  It’s a blast!

Greg Meyer started a cruise and vacation planning business last year, and the Meyer family celebrated Greg’s and daughter Ainsley’s birthdays on a cruise in January.  A highlight of the trip was the family zip-lining in the jungle of Roatan, Honduras.

John West is the product development manager, eCommerce, for Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minnesota.

Career Exploration and Transition Course

“Where Dreams Meet Reality: Alumni Networking and Transition” is designed for anyone who is:  unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed.

I took this course last fall and absolutely loved it.  This is a fantastic opportunity for alumni to actually look at your career, discover what you like, what you do not like, and help identify what you really want to do with your life.  The online tools, the class presentation, and the other members of the class were all very helpful to me.  Check it out – the details and registration information are listed below.

That’s all folks!  I hope to see your name on the mentoring list, hope to hear from you to help with the Class Officers, and hope to see your smiling face at Homecoming on Oct. 13.

Duebs ʼ89

Campus News

Alumni Career Exploration

Where Dreams Meet Reality: Alumni Networking and Transition” will be offered again with support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Catherine Beyer Breet (  This program is designed for anyone who is unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed.  It takes participants through the process of naming gifts, talents, and passions and finding where to use them in the world.  This event is scheduled at St. Mary’s University this fall on Tuesdays Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and 23, and Nov. 6, from 6–8 p.m.  This four-part classroom series includes full access to the Online Job Hunt Coaching System.  The series is being offered for $199 (Gustavus alumni $149).  Live outside the Twin Cities metro area?  The series will be offered in webinar format for $149 (Gustavus alumni $99).  Register at:

Nobel Conference – “Our Global Ocean”

October 2-3 – Nobel Conference 48 examines, “Our Global Ocean” as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  The conference will examine our oceans as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  We know less about our own oceans than we do about the surfaces of other planets hundreds of millions of miles away.  Top researchers in biogeochemistry, oceanography, deep-sea biology, molecular genetics, and coral ecology will discuss the most relevant topics concerning our mysterious oceans.  Tickets for this year’s Nobel Conference are available at:

The Royal Visit

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will visit Gustavus in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.  The Royal Visit to Gustavus will be Friday, October 5, 2012.  For the full schedule of the day’s events, visit visit.  Many events require tickets.

Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has selected nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees include Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football),Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country),Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field),Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball),Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis),Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey),Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).  This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, following the Hall of Fame football game between the Gusties and Hamline University, which is set to take place at 1 p.m. at Hollingsworth Field.

Homecoming 2012

October 12-14 – Homecoming 2012 will include the Sesquicentennial Closing Dinner, reunions, a football game, a performance by The Bend of the River Big Band, and more.  For information on reunion registration and the entire homecoming schedule, visit

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 – July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10—21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

October 17 – Nobel Conference Recap

November 21 – Donald Ostrom – November elections

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Time and location details will be forthcoming

Nov. 8 – New York City

Nov. 10 – Boston

Nov. 10 – Dallas

Nov. 11 – Houston

Nov. 13 – Washington, DC

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago

Apr. 11 – Atlanta