Class of ’90
May 2010

20-Year Reunion ― September 25, 2010

Dear Class of 1990,

After moving away from Minnesota over fifteen years ago to live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming there are certain times of year that I get hit with a distinct pang of homesickness.  At the top of that list is early autumn or “back to school” time of year.  Each fall, I think back to those autumn days at Gustavus─walking to class with the leaves falling, lounging with friends on a sunny afternoon or watching a football game.  Given my weakness for autumn in Minnesota, I’m definitely planning on attending our 20th Reunion and thought I’d outline my top ten list to sway those out-of-towners who may be on the fence about attending.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in September!


Lori Ostrom Crabtree

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Class of 1990’s 20th Reunion

10)  Try to remember your old post office box number and dorm rooms.

 9)  Tour the campus and see all the major changes.
 8)  Sing “Beat ’em, bust ’em, that’s our custom!”

 7)  Drive past the Jolly Green Giant on your way down to St. Peter.
 6)  Get a big helping of “Minnesota Nice” – you know you miss it.

 5)  Check out the Flame Bar – will Ace be there and is Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” still on the jukebox?
 4)  Look fondly at old photos of great hair – perms, mullets, and BIG hair. 

3)  Walk down memory lane with old friends.

 2)  Start remembering peoples’ names/faces now so the 50th reunion won’t be so difficult.

 1)  See if Michelle Dressel Meiners will twirl her fire batons one more time.

Lori currently lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming working as a public relations consultant.  She tries to head outside and enjoy the surrounding mountains with her husband and two children as often as possible.

Class News

Text Box:  The Twin Cities law firm of Bassford Remele announced that Kelly Christensen Putney has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of personal injury litigation and professional malpractice law.  Kelly was also elected to serve on the Bassford Remele Management Committee.  Her practice consists of representing various professionals, including attorneys, architects, accountants, real estate agents, and healthcare professionals and providers in professional negligence litigation.

Your Reunion Committee

Dan Michel, Dan Holmstad, Liesl Batz, Sherra Ekloff Buckley, Scott Nelson, and Anne Miller gathered on February 27 with 58 Gusties for a Winter Retreat to discuss reunion planning.  Whether attending for their spring reunion during commencement weekend or their fall reunion during homecoming weekend, each reunion committee came together to make decisions for their class in regards to their reunion activities, reunion giving, or the communication pieces that will be sent out to each class.

Campus News

Groundbreaking for New Academic Building

Gustavus held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of a new 125,000 square foot academic building just west of Christ Chapel at on April 16.  The new academic building is part of a $44 million commitment made by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects.  Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building.  The academic departments that will be housed in the new academic building include communication studies, history, psychology, economics and management, and sociology and anthropology.

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!!!

“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, April 21:  Virgil Jones, director of multi-cultural programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event – Denver Athletic Club