Class of 2010
October 2010

Dear Class of 2010,

It’s been about 90 days since we walked across that platform giving a somewhat awkward handshake to President Ohle.  Most of us would hate to admit we thanked that sudden burst of breeze that carried in a near-by rain shower that caused our classmates to walk with a sense of urgency.  We all had our last “Gustie Burger” at Patty’s and finished off our academic year with a round of drinks at the Flame.

Those familiar house names changed to cramped apartments and dormitories in far off states, while others like me, make home in our parent’s basements.  Our hill top campus disappeared to a much larger one of the “real world.”  Our classrooms have changed to large work buildings, lecture auditoriums, education programs, multiple part-time jobs, and the exploration of new countries.  My new “campus” has changed to frequent flights out of Minnesota, as I start a draft of this letter to you all returning from the far off exotic place of─Des Moines, Iowa.

Some of you might be able to relate to the new “homework” that is assigned to us─business requirement documents, business process flows, quality center, and loads of spreadsheets.  We have succumb to a world of new responsibilities─but I admit, I have lacked one responsibility that is most integral as we transition onto our “new campus”─that is to reconnect to those that no longer surround you in conditioning, biology, American literature, or macroeconomics… your 2010 classmates of Gustavus Adolphus College like:

  • Amy Anderson is currently studying Gender and Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Stacey Birk recently married fellow Gustavus graduate of 2010, Ricky Fong.
  • Alex Brakke recently married to Jeff Sedlmayr on August 14, in Lacrosse, WI.
  • Katherine Cichowski is currently studying public health at the University of Iowa.
  • Rose Schwichtenberg is engaged to Anthony Meschke.  Their wedding is scheduled for October 1, in North Carolina.
  • Mengdi Wu is currently studying financial engineering at Baruch College.

For those of you who were unable to clad your black and gold pride at Homecoming in September, look for updates from your Class Agents to inform you on up and coming opportunities to reconnect at our Happy Hours in the Twin Cities.

Until my next flight or drink with you in Uptown, stay connected.


Tara Blinn

2010 Co-class Agent

Campus News

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

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.  Overflow tickets may be ordered online at or by phone at 507-933-7520. Visit for conference updates!

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus will induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 9.  The Hall of Fame Moment is the 1990 women’s tennis team’s national championship.  Team members are invited to return to revisit this memorable sports moment.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; 1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship―Hall of Fame Moment.

Family Weekend Oct. 8-10

Registration is open until Friday, Oct. 1 for Family Weekend 2010.  Please join us Friday, Oct. 8 for open class visits and an evening of Swing Dance hosted by the Gustavus Swing Club.  On Saturday, Oct. 9, a full day of activities is planned, including Breakfast in the Halls, Parent Seminars, Gustavus Football, and a Family Dinner followed by an evening of Musical Improv and Saturday Night in Lund Center!  To conclude the weekend, Sunday, Oct. 10 will include Worship Service in the Chapel, a Jazz Brunch, and other musical performances.  Tickets are required for the dinner and are available at .  Contact the Office of Student Activities at 507-933-7598.

Fall Fest in the Arb Oct. 9

The Linnaeus Arboretum annual Fall Fest will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature hay rides, arboretum walking tours, scavenger hunts, pumpkin decorating, face painting, Master Gardeners on site to answer questions, pottery-making, live animals, and live music!  Come, enjoy a leisurely autumn day in the Arb.

Mysterious Tales & Happenings

Here’s the last chance to make reservations for the Gustavus Library Associate’s Fall Author Day with Minnesota award-winning mystery writer William Kent Krueger on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Edina Country Club.  The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with brunch.  A book-signing will follow his presentation.  Tickets are $25 and must be ordered by Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010.  Purchase tickets online at or by calling 507-933-7550.

“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 breakfasts include Jim Dontje, Oct. 20, on the topic of Nobel; Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17; Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets

Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010 will be available on Monday, Oct. 18 at noon.  Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at:  If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.