Class of 2001

April 2012

Dear Gustavus 2001 Classmates,

Class letters now come twice a year:  April and September.  This is an opportunity for the 2001 Class Officers (see below) to report on their areas of oversight with class business.  To be honest, the current group of class officers is getting on my nerves; please let me know if you would like to replace any of them.

Life events and casual shenanigans can still be submitted to the Gustavus Quarterly online at

Go Gusties!


Hal DeLaRosby

2001 Class Officer

President Report:  (submitted by President Hal DeLaRosby)

My plan to consolidate power is near completion.  With the exception of the Vice President, who may be making subtle moves towards mutiny, the remaining class officers are contributing productively to the new regime.

Vice President (Reunion Chair) Report:  (submitted by VP Hal DeLaRosby)

Executive report:  President DeLaRosby has yet to be recalled by the Class of 2001.  As such, I remain Vice President.

15th Reunion Planning

Only 1649 days until the reunion (estimated date of October 15, 2016).  Surveys from the 10th Reunion activities are in.  Those who came to campus suggested it would be better to meet in the Twin Cities; those who attended the Twin Cities event thought we should hold an event at Gustavus.  We will split the difference and hold the 15th reunion in Jordan, MN.

Annual Fund Chair Report:  (submitted by Chair Hal DeLaRosby)

Dwight Schrute sits down with Annual Fund Chair Hal DeLaRosby for a lively and informative discussion about giving to Gustavus.  (If any of you work for NBC, I promise I have never heard of any television show called “The Office.”)

Hal:     I do give money to Gustavus; I am still paying Gustavus back for my student loans by monthly student loan payments.

DS:      Fact:  You are currently paying the federal government or a third party vendor in return for the money that they gave Gustavus back in the late 1990s.  Paying your student loans is not “giving” to Gustavus.

Hal:     I would love to donate to Gustavus, but I just don’t have the money right now.

DS:      Fact:  Every time you spend $5 on a Starbucks latte instead of donating to Gustavus, the enraged spirit of King Gustav II Adolph terrorizes a Gustavus first-year student in their dreams.

Hal:     I have children and I am saving for their college education.

DS:      Fact:  By the time your child graduates high school it will cost $500,000 a year to go to college.  Their only hope is to cash in on your Gustavus alumni discount…  Unless you decide not to donate and there is no Gustavus in 2025…  Bwah ha ha ha!

Hal:     I can’t donate because I don’t know where to donate.

DS:      Fact:  Now you can with this website:

Communication Chair Report: (submitted by Chair Hal DeLaRosby)

If you are reading this, then I am effectively communicating with you.  Hooray for being a communication studies major!  It finally paid off!

The more you submit your news online for the Quarterly at:, the sassier I get with my comments.

Student Recruitment Chair Report: (submitted by “Top Gun” recruiter Hal DeLaRosby)

Dear Hal,

I am a long time reader, first time writer to your advice column.  I know several high school students who should go to Gustavus, but I just don’t know how to broach the subject.  Any advice?


Gus Davis

Dear Gus,

Great Question!  If there is a high school student in your life, it is best that you recommend that they attend college.  In 2009, the median of the earnings for young adults with a bachelor's degree was $45,000, while the median was $21,000 for those without a high school diploma or its equivalent, $30,000 for those with a high school diploma or its equivalent, and $36,000 for those with an associate's degree (National Center for Educational Statistics).

Remember, if you don’t talk with them about college, someone who graduated from St. Olaf will.  And nobody wants to live in a world like that.

Go Gusties!


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.  Speaker for May will feature former Gustavus president, Dennis Johnson ʼ60.  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!

MayDay! Conference

On Wednesday, May 2, Gustavus will host the 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference.  “Multicultural Sweden” is the topic of the 32nd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference.  Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, Swedish journalist and media contributor on such topics as integration and amnesty, opens the daylong conference at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel.  There are many other events scheduled for the remainder of the afternoon.  The conference, an event designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice, is open to the public at no charge.

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.