Class of 2011

April 2012

Class of 2011,

We hope this letter finds you well.  It’s been nearly a full year since we graduated, and for many of us, the days of spending our afternoons attending lab, lecture, or practice are gone.  Our mornings aren’t spent waking up late, getting coffee from the Courtyard Café, or spending the day in the library tackling “big projects.”  While we may not miss the homework, the looming cloud that was our final month’s to-do list, or the anxiety of planning for life post-Gustavus, many of us carry with us the lessons we learned in those experiences.

Our lives have changed much in the past year.  It’s easy to feel distant from the college as we spend each day in the office or new buildings on a new campus.  Although our daily routines have changed, there are many pieces of Gustavus that remain with us.  These pieces, the friendships, the advice from professors, peers, and advisors alike, and the knowledge gained, we remember when work is tough, or in the moments we find meaning in our current endeavors.

As each day carries us further from graduation, we hope you will remember these friendships, conversations, and moments, sharing them with those in your current life.


Bergit Nerheim, Emma Strand, Haley Carpenter, Justin VerMeer, and Phil Helt

2011 Class Officers

Stay Connected to Gustavus

There are many ways to stay connected to the college.  Check out the following events coming up this spring and summer.

Gustie Breakfasts

Gustie Breakfasts are a great way to engage with other alumni and learn something new about Gustavus.  Breakfasts occur monthly at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis, located at 1500 Park Place Boulevard on the third Wednesday of each month.  The cost is $10.00.  There is also a Gustie Breakfast on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

May 9, 7:30 a.m. - Dennis Johnson ’60, Former President - On Campus

May 16, 8:00 a.m. - Dennis Johnson ’60, Former President - Doubletree Hotel

June 13, 7:30 a.m. - Kristofer Kracht, Forensics - On Campus

June 20, 8:00 a.m. - Kristofer Kracht, Forensics - Doubletree Hotel

You can find more information about Gustie Breakfasts here:

Upcoming Chapter Events

April 24, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Madison (Harvest Restaurant, Madison WI)

April 26, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Chicago (University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center, Chicago IL)

June 5, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Rochester (Somerby Golf Club, Byron MN)

June 18, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - St. Cloud (St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud MN)

June 19, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Willmar (The Oaks at Eagle Creek, Willmar MN)

June 20, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Fargo/Moorhead (Stokers at Hotel Donaldson)

June 25, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Sioux Falls (Minerva’s Restaurant and Bar, Sioux Falls, SD)

June 26, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Omaha (Spezia Restaurant, Omaha NE)

June 27, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Des Moines (The Wakonda Club, Des Moines IA)

July 16, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Grand Rapids (Timberlake Lodge Hotel, Grand Rapids MN)

July 17, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Duluth (Clyde Park Restaurant, Duluth MN)

To register for any of these events, please visit:  

Class Events

It's Time for the 2012 Gustie Night Out!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Gluek's Restaurant and Bar

Downtown Minneapolis

8:00-11:00 p.m.


The Gustavus Young Alumni have teamed up with class officers to plan an alumni event in downtown Minneapolis at Gluek's Restaurant and Bar.

Round up your old Gustie roommates and join us!  Gluek's will have live music later in the evening and the cover fee at the door will be waived for all Gusties.  Sign up isn’t necessary, but it is appreciated to help us give accurate numbers.  Hope to see you on Saturday, May 12 at Gluek’s!

Sign up here:

Remember to contact Bergit if you are interested in helping with future class events!

Class Giving

Thanks to all of you who have donated to Gustavus this year.  We hope you will continue to support the Gustavus Annual Fund and Campaign Gustavus if you are financially able.  Campaign Gustavus hopes to raise $150 Million by the end of 2015.  The campaign focuses on three areas:  Opportunity, Teaching and Learning, and Community.  Make a donation to Campaign Gustavus by visiting

Give Your Time

This month, you can give back to Gustavus by taking the time to write a card or letter to a graduating senior.  Think about a graduating friend or classmate and how they might be feeling in this time of transition.  We didn’t get where we are without the support and help of others−now, it is time to share what we’ve learned in the past year with someone else.

Share Your News

Remember to share your news with the college.  We would love to hear about new jobs, engagements, weddings, births, travel, volunteer work, continuing education, or anything else you would like to share!  Individual news is published in the Gustavus Quarterly.  Submit your news by visiting

Contact Us

Email us and the Alumni Office at: or

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