Class of 2010
July 2010

Hello Class of 2010,

 I hope everyone is doing well!  This is the first of 12 class letters you will be receiving.  Some will be written by class agents, or by guest writers.  If you would like to be a guest writer, please let me, or another class agent know!  Also, if you received this through your Gustavus email and wish that we used a different email; please let the Alumni Office know.  If you would like to keep your Gustavus email address, but would like all of your mail forwarded to a different account, such as Gmail or Yahoo, you can do this very easily!

1.  Go to

2.  Click on “current students”

3.  Go to the bottom of the page and find Online Services, click on “forwarding”

4.  Sign in with your Gustavus ID and password.

5.  Enter in the email address you would like mail forwarded to.

Your emails will be forwarded forever, even after you lose access to your account sometime next year.  However, you can only forward your messages when your account is still active.  So do it today!!


And now…Here are some updates from other 2010 classmates:

  • Alex Brakke will be getting married on August 14, and is living in Alma, Wisconsin.
  • Mary (Cunningham) and Cole Carlson were married June 26 at Gustavus and have moved to Boulder, Colorado.
  • Chelsie Deno has moved to Hopkins, MN and is interning at Lifeworks.
  • Carissa Keith married David Lick ’09 on June 5 at Gustavus.
  • LeeAnna Pekel is teaching English in Jinju, South Korea.
  • Jordan Smith married Laura Hunter on November 28, 2009.
  • Sara Thorstenson is interning at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and studying for the GRE.
  • Cynthia Yang has taken an admission counselor position at Gustavus and is living in St. Peter.

A strange thing happened to me at Target the other day that I thought I would share with you.  If you haven’t been to your local Target lately let me tell you what is currently on special.  School supplies!  And this is the first time in about 15 years that I, and most of you, have absolutely no school supplies to buy.  Now for the people in graduate school, medical school, other advanced degrees, or teaching majors you may continue to need pencils and notebooks.  However, for the majority of us, this is a thing of the past.  We were given shopping lists by our teachers kindergarten through senior year.  Moving into the dorms and starting college was a whole other list of things we needed to buy or find.  But now in our post-Gustavus lives there isn’t a shopping list.  I hope you are having good luck finding the supplies you need.

So classmates, I hope you enjoy August and do all the fun summer things you had planned on doing.  Although, I suppose, since we aren’t going back to school, those fun summer things could probably still be done on warm September days.  So if you don’t get everything done, no worries.  For those of you (myself included) who haven’t found that post-college job, don’t worry too much.  It will all work out eventually, however, this does not mean you should sit on Facebook everyday and post perfect Texts from Last Night to all your friends.  Or maybe you should, they’re pretty funny!

Gusties will Shine,

Katie Cummings ’10

2010 Class Agent

Campus News

2010 Commencement

On Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m. 593 of us graduated and received diplomas from the faculty chair in our respective major, a tradition that began in 1973.  Mary Cunningham gave a fantastic senior student speech and Leila Brammer, associate professor of communications studies, was awarded the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching.  Also, if you haven’t already gone on line and taken a look at a time lapse replay of the whole event (in 1:08 sec.)!  You can find it at:

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

The new 125,000 square foot academic building construction continues on track.  You can watch that action via live web cam at:  The building will have a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

Admission News

Mark Anderson ’66 retired at the end of the academic year and after a long search, Gustavus hired Thomas Crady as vice president for enrollment management to replace him.  Tom just assumed his duties as of mid July.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Health Insurance Available through Alumni Association

During this time of economic uncertainty, many of our alumni, new graduates, and their family members are in need of health insurance.  Short-term and permanent health insurance options are available through the alumni insurance program.  The program is typically promoted to new grads just before and after graduation, but in response to the rising unemployment rate and in an effort to help all of those in need, we’re spreading the word more broadly this year.  This is also perfect for children of alums who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus Adolphus College) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  For more information, individuals can contact the alumni office or contact the program manager directly at 800-635-7801.

Nobel Conference

What is Good Food?  Join us on October 5 & 6, 2010, for Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, as we explore the many levels of this question and hear answers from our seven distinguished panelists.  We will consider the ways in which varied and various conceptions of goodness intersect with, challenge, and are challenged by each other.  We will consider contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals.  You can order tickets online at

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speaker, Peter Haugen, head football coach on August 18.

Upcoming Events

  • July 28 – Robbins Island Park, Willmar
  • Aug. 18 – Gustie Breakfast, Doubletree Hotel – Football Coach, Peter Haugen
  • Sept. 11 – Volunteer Leadership Day
  • Sept. 25 – Homecoming – St. Olaf