Class of 2004

March 2013

Class of 2004!

It is now spring in Minnesota and soon the weather will be above 30 and we can start wearing flip flops again!  Hurray!

I, like many of you, received our last Quarterly and noticed our class was not being represented in the Quarterly.  I quickly inquired with the wonderful people in the Alumni Office as to what needs to be done about this and I was quickly put in the position of the Communications Chair.  I also was then brought into the top secret class officer meetings and what I discovered is that without representation we have been getting the short end of the stick.  For instance the Class of 1984 has started planning our 10 year reunion at the Gibbon Ball Room to coincide with their 30th.  Don’t know what or where that is?  Well apparently, it was quite the happening place in 1984.  SO, with that said, we need officers!

                                                Officer Position Needed:


Vice President/Reunion Chair

Annual Fund Chair

Recruitment Chair

If you want more information on any of these positions you can reach out to me at or 612-300-9449 OR you can contact Erin Holloway Wilken ʼ02 in the Office of Alumni Relations.

In the meantime, Paul Richardson has volunteered to have weekly meetings at his parents’ house in Northfield to identify strategy on how we are going to regain our domineering class status among the Gustie Alumni Elite.  These meetings will promptly start at 6:00 p.m. and it is recommended you bring a hot dish to pass.

New Facebook Page

Well, this page isn’t exactly new, but we are going to be reviving it.  If you aren’t a member, please join:  This is a great place for us to reconnect, share updates and recap after Hot Dish Dinner Thursday’s at the Richardson’s.

Mentor Program at Gustavus:

We are looking for Gustavus alumni willing to mentor a current Gustavus student one-to-one.  You will be partnered with upper-class economics, management, accounting and international management majors for career preparation assistance.  Our hope is to soon be able to expand this program to other majors and departments.  Mentors and their mentees connect regularly throughout the academic year to discuss everything from study habits to career choices.  Mentors also show the ropes by encouraging students to watch them in action, learn how to develop relationships with others, and contribute to their community.  If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful program please contact Amy Gerber Pehrson ʼ91 in the Office of Servant Leadership at Gustavus: or 507-933-7169.

2004 Class News

We need you to submit your news!  There are different ways to send your news; you can send an email to:, by using this you will be sending to me and to the Alumni Office so they get the news updated; or you can submit online to our class page at: or on our Facebook page or email the Alumni Office  Stay tuned!

Best Wishes,

Sarah Nelson Conlon

2004 Communications Chair

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Campus News

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends have been taking place throughout the 2012-13 academic year and have focused on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.

Apr. 4 – Atlanta  - 5:30 p.m., The Carter Center

Apr. 12 – Portland – 7:00 p.m. – Portland Trailblazers Game

June 5 – St. Cloud – 6:00 p.m. - Le St. Germain Suite Hotel

June 6 – Willmar – 6:00 p.m. – The Oaks at Eagle Creek

July 9 – Duluth – 6:00 p.m. – Northland Country Club

July 10 – Grand Rapids – 6:00 p.m. – Sugar Lake Lodge

July 18 – Sioux Falls – 6:00 p.m. – Callaway’s

Aug. 19 – Rochester – 6:00 p.m. – Rochester Golf and Country Club

On His Watch:  John S. Kendall at Gustavus

Dr. John Kendall ’49 served Gustavus as a faculty member for 23 years and as president for 10 years.  Rev. Dennis Johnson ’60, also a former president of Gustavus, wrote a book about the record of John Kendall as a professor and as a president.  As such, it is a study in leadership.   It is about a man who came up through the academic ranks to lead one of America’s best colleges.  It is about his preparation for that office and his hopes once he occupied it.  It is about passion, purpose, leadership and heart.  It is also about issues still at the core of higher education today.

Former First Lady Joanne Kendall will host a book signing in the Twin Cities on April 14, 4-6 p.m., wine, coffee and appetizer reception with a program at 5:00 p.m., Loring Green West, Fireside Room, 1235 Yale Place Minneapolis.  Please reserve a space by calling 800-487-8437 or email

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

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10-21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at:

U.S. Civil War Study Tour

Experience Antietam, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. with Gustavus Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War Historian Dr. James McPherson ’58 from October 20 to 26, 2013. Dr. McPherson’s vast and insightful knowledge will bring to life all the drama of events at Antietam and Gettysburg.  With unquestionable authority and skillful narrative, he will explain the momentous issues of the time and why the Civil War still resonates today as a “second American Revolution.  For more information, visit Study Tours.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Upcoming breakfasts include:

April 17 – Scott Moe ʼ95, head men’s and women’s golf coach

May 15 – Tim Kennedy ʼ82, vice president for marketing and communication 

Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom is an initiative of the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) that pairs books and other library materials with floral arrangements, by sponsoring several of the blooms! 

To participate contact Gustavus Marketing/Communications Office at 507/933-7550 with your commitment to sponsor, or partially sponsor, a bloom for 2013.  All designers and sponsors are invited to an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 on May 3.  Great wine and snacks!  Good company, too.