Class of ’90

November 2011

Class of 1990:

What a terrific time to be a Gustavus alum!  This fall, Gustavus welcomed the largest class of incoming first year students at a record-breaking 732 students.  Homecoming weekend, on September 30, the college held a gala in a completely packed Lund Arena to kick off the 150th anniversary of the college (aka “sesquicentennial” – say fast 3 times).  Over 750 people attended, including alumni, past and present board members and past presidents of the college.  Also this fall, Gustavus opened the Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ʼ67 ʼ66 Academic Hall, the new home for the social sciences, including economics and political science.  It’s an amazing facility with all of the latest technology.

Another new and exciting initiative is the Alumni Mentoring & Business Leadership Program.  I participated as a mentor in the pilot program last year, where we had 12 business, economics and accounting majors matched up with alumni for help with resume writing, mock interviews, job shadowing and general guidance as the students made their way into the “real world.”  This year the program had over 50 student applicants, and has 39 juniors and seniors matched with 39 alumni mentors.  Eventually, we’d like to expand the program beyond the economics department so that every student, no matter what their major, has the opportunity to be matched with a mentor in their field.  That means that in 2015 we’ll need 732 alumni mentor volunteers -- so please do let me know if you’re interested in becoming a mentor!  Mentoring at Gustavus is a great way to meet talented and inspiring young Gusties, and live the Gustavus mantra by “making your life count” in the leadership of others.

Finally, I wanted to give an update on Campaign Gustavus.  As part of the recommendations generated by the “Gustavus Commission 150” committee, the college officially kicked off Campaign Gustavus with the goal of raising $150 million for the college by 2015.  The three pillars of the campaign are Opportunity, Teaching and Learning and Community.  A successful campaign will create opportunities for students to experience Gustavus through academic scholarships; provide enhanced teaching and learning from outstanding faculty, focused academic programs, state-of-the-art facilities; and build upon the vibrancy and strength of the community.  At the gala on September 30th, Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Bernhardson ʼ71 announced that the gifts and pledges to the campaign thus far total over $71 million, which is nearly half of the total goal of $150 million.

That’s all from the Hill!  This new class letter format will no longer include class notes and classmate updates, but they will continue to appear in the Quarterly.  As always, send us your news.  You can send it online to: or email your class officers and the Alumni Office by emailing: or contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or any of the Class Officers directly.

On behalf of my fellow class officers,

Liesl Batz

1990 Class President

Dan Michel

1990 Annual Fund Chair

Anne Miller

1990 Communications Chair

Scott Nelson

1990 Recruitment Chair

2011 Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on October 15.  Inductees for 2011 are Owen Sammelson ’58, benefactor; Amanda Murdock Diehl ’92, gymnastics; Jay Klagge ’92, basketball; Bryan Ripken ’94, swimming; Todd Anderson ’95, soccer; Tracy Erickson McMorrow ’95, tennis; Scott Moe ’95, golf; Laura LeVander Peters ’96, softball; and Colleen Barland Sherman ’96, soccer.  The Hall of Fame Moment is the 1991 Women’s Gymnastics National Championship, won with the final routine of the meet. 

Christmas in Christ Chapel

As the College’s Sesquicentennial Christmas in Christ Chapel, Julljus:  Light from the Old World, Light to the New brings us to the celebration of Christ’s light—to Sweden in the Middle Ages; to Minnesota in the 19th century; and to our fractured and darkened world today.  At the center of the 39th annual community celebration is Julotta, the traditional Christmas matins service brought by Swedish immigrants to the New World.  Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2011 are on sale online at:  If you do not have access to the Internet, please call 507-933-7520 to place your credit card order.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  November speaker will be Rob Gardner, interim artistic coordinator for Christmas in Christ Chapel and December’s speaker will be Dick Kenney, author of two Gustavus Sesquicentennial books.  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!