Class of 2003

January 2013

10-Year Reunion― September 27-29, 2013

Dear Gustavus Class of 2003,

Greetings friends far and near!  Well wishes to you and your families from (looking outside my window) ice-covered, central Minnesota.  It has been a “warm” Minnesota January lately in the 20s and 30s, but the last two days have been nothing but rain here and freezing rain followed by a dive in the temperature.  This can be such a challenging part of the year, especially here in the tundra.  The holidays are over, routine sets back in, and so does cabin fever.  And unfortunately our Minnesota Vikings won’t be in the Superbowl this year L…maybe next year!

School has been back in session now for a week and my choirs are back to the initial stages of learning music for contest season.  I am looking forward, however, to bringing my Concert Choir “to the hill” in April for the Gustavus Oratorio Festival to sing with G-Choir and the Orchestra!  But there are many cold Minnesota days before that!

However, I’m warmed by the notion of getting to see many of you in the near future at our 10-year class reunion in October!  Can you believe it has been 10 years?  I can’t—it seems just like yesterday running on ring road with classmates, Amanda Smith Gullickson and Beth Kasid Wakefield at all hours of the night.  Or at this time of the year, think of all of those wonderful J-term experiences we had!  Many of you traveled abroad and saw the world.  Perhaps you went on a Music Department tour?  And many of you stayed on campus and took a class or worked.  And I think all of us (faculty included) breathed a sigh of relief that we didn’t have a full course-load for four weeks.

As we look forward to the coming months, I encourage you to get back in touch with classmates and make plans with friends for Homecoming weekend (September 27-29, 2013) on campus.  We are in the initial stages of reunion planning right now.  If you have ideas or would like to be involved, please email me or our other class officers:  Leslie Wilcox Rosedahl and Carmen Mayo, or Alumni Relations by emailing

Drew Hasty

2003 Class Officer

Campus News

Christ Chapel Cited as One of the Most Beautiful

Here is a link that includes the Gustavus Chapel as one of the thirty most beautiful college chapels in a survey of schools across the country.  Take a look at some of these beautiful chapels including our own Christ Chapel by going to

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.

Jan. 29 – Phoenix – 6 p.m., Rita’s Kitchen

Jan. 31 – Tucson – 5:30 p.m., home of Warren and Donna Gabbert Beck ’67 ʼ66

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles – 12 p.m., FIG Restaurant

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs – 6 p.m., Escena Golf Club

Feb 13 – Tampa – 6 p.m., home of Neil ʼ69 and Robyn Fenske

Feb. 15 – Naples – 6 p.m., Flemings Steakhouse

Feb. 28 – Seattle – 7 p.m., JM Cellars Winery

Mar. 2 – San Francisco – 2 p.m., Rock Wall Winery

Center for Servant Leadership - Dream Job Workshop

Learn how to get more than a job, but the career you crave with this “Dream Job Workshop” sponsored by Gustavus, Thrivant Financial for Lutherans, and Saint Mary’s University.  This course is designed for anyone who is:  unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed.  It takes participants from naming gifts, talents, and passions to finding a dream job.  There are two ways to join in this workshop – in the classroom (at Saint Mary’s University, 2540 Park Avenue South) four Tuesday’s in February and March from 6-8 p.m. or online through a webinar.  Be sure to sign up now because seats are limited.  Learn more at, email or call 507-933-7272.

Music Tours – February 2 - 10

The Gustavus Choir will be on tour in the Southwestern United States, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will be traveling the Midwest:The Gustavus Choir will have concerts and/or worship services in the following cities:  San Diego and Riverside (California); Green Valley, Sun City West, and Phoenix (Arizona); Santa Fe and Albuquerque (New Mexico).

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will have concerts and clinics in the following cities:  Excelsior, Rochester, Winona, and Plymouth (Minnesota), Mason City (Iowa), Lake Forest and Chicago (Illinois), Germantown and Wausau (Wisconsin).

Both ensembles will have their home concerts in Christ Chapel on Feb. 16.  Details are still being worked out, so please continue to check: for more information.