Class of 2004

June 2014

Greetings 2004 Classmates,

I would first like to apologize for my absence.  I missed the deadlines for the last two Quarterly submissions─big fail and I apologize.  I used to get a reminder and that fell off and I meant to set it back up and you know the story.  That’s my excuse.  I know you have had exciting things happen in your life that most likely outshine all other classes (I’m being humble here) and I feel really bad about not getting to show that off, I mean to share, those things with the remainder of the Gustavus community.  But don’t worry I will make sure all of your accomplishments are highlighted in the next Quarterly!  So, send them my way!  You can email them to (Gustavus and I will both receive it) or directly to me at me at or send them to me on Facebook.

Now that we’ve gotten that formality out of the way, we have something very important to discuss:  Our 10-Year Reunion!  Pull out your finest because I want to see YOU struttin’ into the caf on October 4.  Our committee – Dan Myers, Andrea Wellman Kath, Mark Apfelbacher, Dan Norgaard and Beth Boser – have been planning the big event.  Details are not finalized but this is kind of what we know:

Date:  October 4, 2014

Location:  Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

Time:  ALL WEEKEND – ok, sort of a joke, but I encourage you all to make a weekend of it.  A firm agenda will be provided at a later date, but here is a rough timeline to consider:

11am-ish - Beer Tent opens near football field

1pm-ish - Game Starts

5pm-ish - 2004 Alumni gather for cocktails and appetizers in Alumni Hall

As I said above, we are still working on the grand plan so this will change and we’ll keep you posted as we finalize the events of what promises to be a very fun day!

I also genuinely ask you to consider making a gift to Gustavus this year.  Our goal for our reunion year is to have 50% participation.  Knowing what a rock star class we are I know we can meet this goal.  Some things to know about giving:

  • It does not matter how big or small your gift is.  Every gift counts!
  • You can designate your funds to specific departments to include academic, sports and student activities.  Your gift does not have to go to the General Fund.  You have the power to give to the part of Gustavus that meant the most you!  Exercise that power!
  • You can give easily online at  If you are marking your donations for a specific department, please note this in the comments section.  If you aren’t comfortable with that, call Robyn Rost, Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement at 507-933-6514.
Finally, if you are considering making it a weekend in St. Peter or staying overnight please consider booking a room.  Gustavus has reserved blocks of rooms at several hotels in Mankato.  For details, visit You can also try these local places:

1.  AmercInn (

2.  Konsbruck Hotel (

3.  St. Peter Camping (

More to come on a more regular basis from me and the Reunion Committee. See you soon!

Sarah Nelson Conlon

2014 Communications Officer

Campus News

Rydell Professor Presentation – June 30

Dr. David Sedlak, a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California-Berkeley, will be speaking about meeting the future challenges of providing adequate water resources to a growing population in a changing world.  Please join us for a reception at Irvine Park on Monday, June 30 in St. Paul beginning at 5 pm.  Dinner and Dr. Sedlak’s presentation will follow at 6:30 at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jeff Jeremiason (, professor of chemistry and environmental studies.

Summer Smörgåsbords

The Alumni and Parent Engagement Team is “on the road” this summer, and we are road tripping to see all the Gusties across Minnesota!  You will have a chance to meet the new Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement, Glen Lloyd, and hear what is new on campus and what is next for Alumni and Parent Engagement in the 2014–15 academic year.  There is no cost for these events.  Each gathering will gather from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and brats, beverages, and paper goods will be provided.  Please bring a dish to pass.  The dates and locations include:

July 15 – Grand Rapids, MN

July 17 – Duluth, MN – Tom ’53 and Mary Boman home

July 22 – Brainerd, MN,

July 24 – Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN - Teresa Harland ’94 home

July 29 – St. Cloud, MN – Mike and Janna (Larson) LaFountaine ’81 ’81

July 31 – Willmar, MN

August 5 – St. Peter/Mankato, MN  - Sibley Park

August 7 – Rochester, MN