Class of 1989
Reunion date ― October 4, 2014
For the past six months I have gotten a weekly text reminder from Mike Dueber which read, “How is the class letter coming?” My reasons back to him for the delay have stretched from writer’s block to travel conflicts to just outright procrastination. The real reason was that I was searching for inspiration. So I got in my car to head down to Gustavus for a meeting and cranked up the ʼ80s on 8 Sirius channel. The “classic rock/pop” washed over me as I made my way south on Hwy. 169. Bobby Brown singing Roni, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Winger, Bon Jovi, Falco, Madonna, Human League, The Bangles, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Whitney Houston, Poison…I could go on forever. This great music reminded me of a debate Mike “Keesh” Erickson and I got into our senior year when I proclaimed that Falco would be looked at just like the Beatles or Springsteen at our 25th college reunion. Obviously time has proven my assertion correct as who does not go crazy when they hear “Rock me Amadeus”? It was hard to even sit through the daylong meeting knowing that I was ready to get this letter to press.
I write to you, my beloved classmates, from the third floor of the Gustavus library. I am in my favorite spot next to the window looking out at Christ Chapel. I am happy to report that the library still smells the same and the study cubicles remain as they were from 1985-89. It is funny to see the looks from students as a 47-year-old guy in a suit plops down in their midst. When I finish this I may bring them all down to The Flame and tell them what life was like before the internet.
BIG 25TH REUNION COMING UP ON OCTOBER 4, 2014
We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary as a class over homecoming this fall. Block off the calendar for October 4 and get a room in St. Peter or Mankato if you want to close the town down. We class officers will be paying for all refreshments at The Flame and Patrick’s (or Schoop’s as we like to call it).
More than ever we need to all just come back to campus to see each other and renew friendships. Reach out to your Gustie classmates and firm up your plans to come down to St. Peter. We will have some scheduled events planned but more than anything we will have a day on our great campus to reconnect and catch up.
The college is planning some really cool things for all alumni this homecoming so don’t miss this one. More details to follow in the coming months.
There are many exciting things going on down on campus. Becky Bergman recently was named to become our next college president. She is an amazing person and will lead Gustavus to great things in the decade ahead. She will transition into her position on July 1, upon President Ohle’s retirement. President Bergman’s official inauguration ceremony will be on Friday, October 3. This will add some additional excitement to our reunion on campus. There will be opportunities for you to meet and say hello to Becky.Gustie students are amazing and are having great success landing jobs and graduate program admission. One of the great ways to keep connected to the school is through the Alumni Mentoring program. Drop Duebs a line and he will get you set up if you are interested.
LET’S MAKE OUR REUNION HUGE!!!!
So I will close not by asking for money but simply to say we want to get a really big group of ʼ89ers to come back to campus for Homecoming. The campus is beautiful and has some new buildings to explore but much is just as we remember it. So come down and start your day with a meal in the Caf and end it singing “American Pie” with your classmates.
Go Gusties!!!Scotty Anderson
1989 Class President
P.S. I have had a recurring dream for 25 years that I still have one final to take at Gustavus in order to graduate. I went to the first class then skipped the rest and only the final exam is left. After spending more than an hour in the library I am feeling a bit anxious and need to get out of here.Can’t wait to see you all on campus for our 25th reunion!!!!
Rebecca M. Bergman Named 17th President of Gustavus Adolphus College
The Board of Trustees of Gustavus Adolphus College has elected Rebecca M. Bergman to be the College’s 17th president. Bergman is the first woman in the 152-year history of the College to be named president and will succeed Jack R. Ohle, who is retiring after serving as president of the College since July 2008. Bergman will officially take office July 1, 2014.Bergman, who has served on the College’s Board of Trustees since 2007, has spent the past 26 years at Medtronic, Inc., including the last 14 years as a senior executive. She currently serves as Vice President of Research, Technology, and Therapy Delivery Systems for the company’s Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM) business, where she leads a research and development team of scientists and engineers.
Gustavus Library Associates
Members of Gustavus Library Associates invite you to celebrate the arrival of our long-awaited spring at our annual Books in Bloom event held on campus at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library over Honors Day weekend, May 2–4. There is no fee for admittance, and you will be amazed by the many floral arrangements that represent a variety of materials found in our library. Find out more at gustavus.edu/gla. Gustavus Library Associates promotes learning, literature, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus.
Travel with Gustavus - Exploring Luther’s Reformation – Oct. 4-16
Journey on an educational tour focused on Luther’s Reformation with prominent Lutheran scholar, Gustavus professor emeritus of Religion Rev. Dr. Darrell Jodock. Travel to Germany and Poland from October 4 to 16, 2014 to learn about the life and teachings of Martin Luther, along with the ongoing significance of his theology. The trip is open to Gustavus alumni, parents, friends, and non-Gusties. For more information, please visit gustavus.edu/president/tours/ or email Professor Jodock at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is May 31.
May 2-4 – Gustavus Library Associates Books in Bloom
May 14 – St. Peter Gustie Breakfast – Dan Mollner, professor and academic librarian
May 21 – Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast with Dan Mollner
May 30-31 – Reunion Weekend
June 1 - Commencement