Class of 2010

March 2013

Hello Class of 2010,

Your class officers have been staying busy so far this year!  We are planning a May Gustie Gathering, have started the Class of 2010 Endowed Scholarship and are working on plans for our 5-Year reunion.  Keep on reading to check out some awesome ways you can stay involved with Gustavus!

Upcoming Events:

Rounded Rectangle: Mark your calendars!  We have secured the Uptown Cafeteria in Minneapolis for our third annual Gustie Gathering on May 18.  Stop by for a drink or to grab a bit to eat and catch up with fellow Gusties from the Classes of 2008-2012, between 8-11pm.

We have started the planning for our five year reunion, but we need your help.  There are a number of ways you can help-spreading the word, planning event logistics, researching potential venues…the list goes on and on.  If you are interested in being a part of our reunion planning or if you have ideas or suggestions for our reunion please let Mariah Bierl ( know.

Giving back to Gustavus:

As we approach the third anniversary since our commencement from Gustavus and face the realization that our five-year reunion is just two years away, it is exciting to see the impact we have made in our short time since leaving the hill.  We’ve gone on to further our education, start successful careers, and find our place in the world, but we always remember the impact Gustavus had in our lives.  Many of us have continued to support Gustavus, whether it is volunteering at alumni events, mentoring a student, or giving gifts to the college.

We are very excited to start the Class of 2010 “Shine On” Scholarship as a new way for our class to support our alma mater.  Our goal is to raise $25,000 by our five-year reunion and we have no doubt that we can make it happen.  If each of us contributes a small amount we will be able to start a new legacy at Gustavus that will impact future Gusties for generations.  Keep a look out for emails and mailings about the scholarship and reach out to any of your class agents if you want more information.  Please join us by giving your gift so that current and future Gusties have the opportunity to experience all that Gustavus has to offer.

DOUBLE YOUR GIFT!  Recently some alumni offered out a challenge match for gifts made to the college.  This is the best time to make your gift, as you make double the impact.  Make your gift by May 31, 2013 and it will be doubled, just like that!  Did you know that over $200,000 was donated to the college last year by gifts of $50 or less?  That’s called teamwork.  Let’s go team!


We would like to thank everyone for continuing to contribute to the class news section of each Gustavus Quarterly.  Please remember that you can always update your contact information or share news at  You can even upload photos to be included in the alumni blog!  Make sure to keep your email address up to date as well, so that we can continue to reach out periodically for updates and other important information.

Student Recruitment:

Check your mail!  You recently received communication on our Class of 2010 Endowed Scholarship launch – an exciting endeavor to ensure future Gusties can afford college.  Do you know of some great future Gusties?  The Admission Office welcomes alumni recommendations for Gustie applicants.

Here’s how you can make sure Gustavus maintains its outstanding student community:

  • Give to the Class of 2010 Endowed Scholarship.  We’re looking to fully fund it by our 5-year reunion – together, we can do it!
  • Tell prospective students about Gustavus.  Tell them about our world class education and your own unforgettable experience on the hill.  Tell their parents, teachers, relatives, friends, pastors, and siblings, too!
  • Spread the word about scholarships (like our 2010 Endowed Scholarship) and financial aid. It can help make Gustavus’ top-notch liberal arts education a reality for them.
  • Encourage them to
  • Share the student’s name with your class officers.  We’ll pass it along to the admission office, so Gustavus can reach out to them about majors, programs, and opportunities that match their interests and fit their future career goals and needs.

Your 2010 Class Officers,

Alison Utke, Cathryn Nelson, Derek Holm, Jenny Broman, Katelyn Johnson, Mariah Bierl, Matt Olson, Matt Schueffner, Steve Andres, and Sara Schnell Elenkiwich

Campus News

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends have been taking place throughout the 2012-13 academic year and have focused on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.

Apr. 4 – Atlanta  - 5:30 p.m., The Carter Center

Apr. 12 – Portland – 7:00 p.m. – Portland Trailblazers Game

June 5 – St. Cloud – 6:00 p.m. - Le St. Germain Suite Hotel

June 6 – Willmar – 6:00 p.m. – The Oaks at Eagle Creek

July 9 – Duluth – 6:00 p.m. – Northland Country Club

July 10 – Grand Rapids – 6:00 p.m. – Sugar Lake Lodge

July 18 – Sioux Falls – 6:00 p.m. – Callaway’s

Aug. 19 – Rochester – 6:00 p.m. – Rochester Golf and Country Club

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.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Upcoming breakfasts include:

April 17 – Scott Moe ʼ95, head men’s and women’s golf coach

May 15 – Tim Kennedy ʼ82, vice president for marketing and communication