Class of 200

March 2013

Fellow Gusties:

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost FIVE years since we’ve graduated.  These years have brought new adventures for all of us – grad school, career opportunities, travel, weddings and babies.  Even the campus has seen big changes – the beautiful new Beck Academic Hall, a new campus mall, and a Royal Visit.

One thing that hasn’t changed is our love of Gustavus and the wonderful memories we share of our time on the hill.  For the past five years, our class giving participation has increased.  This milestone year is the perfect time to raise the bar even more.  On behalf of the 2008 Class Officers, I thank those who have given to Gustavus in the past and challenge everyone to participate in class giving between now and our Five Year Reunion on May 4, 2013.

You can contribute in two ways:  1) return the enclosed form or 2) visit  Your gift – large or small − will help Gustavus thrive for years to come.  Even giving $5, the price of one coffee, will bring us closer to our goal!  Please join me in making a gift in honor of our upcoming reunion.

Let’s show our Gustie pride by achieving 100% participation!

John Michaletz

2008 Class Officer

Reunion Information:

Saturday, May 4 – Pinstripes in Edina – 7pm

Our class will gather to re-connect and celebrate on Saturday, May 4 at Pinstripes in Edina.  Check in begins at 7 p.m.  The Class of 2008 Reunion Committee will welcome you and there will be complimentary appetizers for you to enjoy.  Bowling and Bocce games are also included in your registration fee and are available from 8-10 p.m.  A cash bar will be available throughout the night.

The cost for this event is $25 per person.  Guests are welcome.  Everyone that pre-registers for the event will be entered to win Gustavus gear and Pinstripes gift cards.  Register online at  Please pre-register by April 26 to ensure we have the right amount of food.  We appreciate your pre-registration, but a limited number of walk-in registrations will also be accepted at the door.  The cost at the door will be $30 per person.

Campus News

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.

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

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

Mar. 9 – Madison – 11:30 a.m., Quivey’s Grove

Mar. 12 – Denver – 6 p.m., 240 Union

Mar. 14 – Chicago – 6 p.m., Hotel Lincoln

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.

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.