Class of 2010
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have enjoyed watching the seasons change as much as I have! The temperature is dropping and the winter gear is quickly coming out, I’m surprised the snow has stayed away as long as it has! I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before those trays start flying down by Rundstrom as many students enjoy J-term on the hill. This past weekend marked another great year of Christmas in Christ Chapel performances- I hope some of you were able to get back on campus and enjoy the wonderful music and festivities of that great Gustavus tradition! I had the wonderful opportunity to be in the audience as the choirs filled the chapel with the sounds of “O Come All Ye Faithful” yet again. It brought back many great memories of such a great (and busy!) time of the year!
As one semester draws to a close and another one is in the works, I would like to remind you all of what a great opportunity these next couple months are for all those prospective Gusties out there. Many students are making their decisions on where to attend college, and the winter months offer great chances to show what a wonderful place our alma mater is. Whether it’s during the business of the semester’s end or J-term where students have some chances to relax and look at some really fun topics, I think it’s so important for students to come and take a look at life on the hill. For some students, when they see those Gusties working, playing, and enjoying their time at Gustavus, they will want to be a part of that magical place and lifestyle as well (as was the case for so many of you)!! So remember, keep your eyes out for those students who you think would really enjoy that Gustavus experience−neighbors, community and family members, maybe students at your church.
With so many opportunities to learn about our great college (the admission office, campus visit days, overnight stays, even the Minnesota State Fair!), it’s easier than ever for us to spread the word about being a Gustie!!
I know many of you are enjoying transitions to new jobs, new homes, new cities and new lives right now, but I hope you are all taking time to be thankful for the many blessings in your life. That might mean your family and friends, your workplace, a favorite pet or maybe even your time at GAC! All in all, tis the season to be merry and joyful and I wish you all the greatest of holiday seasons. Take care, stay warm, enjoy the snow (when it comes), and GO GUSTIES!!
2010 Co-Recruitment Officer
Bill Klein is working for Micron Technology in Boise, ID.
Ryan McGinty is a marketing communications specialist at Appelman Law Firm.
Kayla Nelson is studying at Luther Seminary and recently became engaged to Garett Monson.
Samantha Maranell is teaching English in Samoa with the Peace Corps.
Mark Scheer is working for Americorps through YIPA and is currently living in St. Paul.
Sam Paulson is working for John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group and recently moved to Des Moines, IA.
Megan Thompson is working for the University of Minnesota Veterinary School.
Rochelle Molitor is attending medical school at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN.
Anne Opseth is living in Colombia, SC and is studying marine science at the University of South Carolina.
Katie Peterson is a graduate student at the University of Idaho and is teaching at the McCall Outdoor Science School in McCall, Idaho.
Great news―since the campaign announcement on September 30, Gustavus has secured an additional $5 million in commitments. We are now over $76 million toward our $150 million goal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. Everyone can participate with your annual fund donation this year and be included in the overall total.
We are especially excited that we have recruited a tremendous Major Gift Committee for the campaign under the leadership of Committee Chair, George Hicks ’75. He is working with five dedicated Major Gift Committee Captains, including: Diane Mickelson Brady ’70, Rob Linner ’74, Paul Batz ’84, Kathy Villars Harms ’85, and Scott Anderson ’89.
When you see these great Gusties, say a word of thanks for what they are doing to help secure the financial future of the College.
National Sesquicentennial Celebrations
Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future. In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them. Here is a list of some upcoming chapter events. You can view them all and register for an event at gustavus.edu/150.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Dallas: Lawry’s Prime Rib
Thursday, January, 19, 2012 - Houston: The Remington Restaurant at St. Regis Houston
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - Naples, FL: Naples Beach Club and Hotel
Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Tampa: Malio’s Prime
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - San Francisco: Hs Lordship
Sunday, February 19, 2012 – Los Angeles: The Paley Center
Monday, February 20, 2012 - Palm Springs: Escena Golf Club
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Sun City: Briarwood Country Club
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Phoenix: Rita’s Kitchen
Friday, February 24, 2012 - Tucson: Warren and Donna Beck’s Residence
Friday, March 16, 2012-Seattle: The Swedish Cultural Center
Sunday, March 18, 2012 - Denver: Three Tomatoes Steakhouse and Club at Fossil Trace
Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts. November speaker will be Rob Gardner, interim artistic coordinator for Christmas in Christ Chapel and December’s speaker will be Dick Kenney, author of two Gustavus Sesquicentennial books. The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you bright and early!
Join Gustavus Library Associates
“Whether you went to the college library to study, do research, meet a hot date, or create (or look for) a library prank, the library was an almost daily stop during our college years. What better way to acknowledge that important relationship than by joining the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA)? GLA's mission is to promote literature, learning, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College. All of its membership dues go directly to the annual acquisitions budget of the Library; income from the Royal Affair, Books and Bloom, and other major fundraisers goes to the Library’s endowment.
With this in mind, I encourage you all to become GLA members. You can find the application form on the web at: gustavus.edu/gla. You’ll find all the news about the organization’s events and the membership forms along with a list of membership options.