Class of 2012

June 2012

Class of 2012,

First of all, congratulations!  The last time I wrote you, we were 100 days away from graduation, and today we have completed the journey.  We did it!  What a whirlwind these past few months have been:  final classes, final papers, final tests, tippy cup tournament, spring fest, senior week, and commencement.  It’s strange to think, come September, we won’t be returning to the hill; no more moving into dorms/houses, purchasing textbooks, and connecting with friends about our summer adventures.  While these thoughts might bring sadness to your hearts, it’s important to remember what Chloe said in her address to us at graduation, we went through a commencement ceremony.  This isn’t a celebration of the end; it’s a celebration of the beginning.

We’re transitioning into the “real world.”  Some of us are heading into the work force, some of us are continuing our education, and some us (like me) are still trying to find that next beginning.  I hope with these class letters I can help to keep us as classmates connected.  To share news from on campus and off, as well as to share your news about new jobs, travel adventures, weddings, births, etc.  Also, keep your eyes open for the fall Gustavus Quarterly.  I’ll be sharing the most recent class news that includes information about after graduation plans for many of our classmates.

So, we’ve left the hill, which means keeping in contact with the class is going to become a bit tricky, but there are a few ways we can minimize this disconnect.  First and foremost, these class letters, as I mentioned, will go out every-so-often sharing news about the college and our fellow classmates.  Second, we have a Class of 2012 Facebook group (link below) that any member can use to communicate with the class.  And third, you all have the ability to continue your use of the Gustavus Gribly.  Yes, that’s right; you don’t lose access to that.  You can continue to update your profile with pictures and personal information for as long as you want; this is accessible to you FOREVER!

Which brings me to my next thing, technology after Gustavus.  Unfortunately, we don’t get access to our home directories and emails forever, so there are a few things to help you make the transition.  First, many questions can be answered at this webpage; I will cover a few below:

Since your access to email storage will only last one year, it is often times good to set a forwarding address.  This can be done from your tools page.  Just click the login button on the top of any Gustavus webpage.  Once logged in, you can click on your name and you will be redirected to your personalized tools page.  See the forwarding link on the left hand navigation menu to set that new email address.  Once your forwarding email is set, whenever someone sends you an email to your Gustavus email address, it will automatically be sent to your new address until you change it/disable it.  Along these lines, unless you have already indicated a new email address to the Alumni Office, updating your email on your Gribly profile is a really good thing to do.  That way Gustavus can continue to keep you up-to-date!

Moving on, as you heard a million times over Senior Week, we reached 70% participation on our Senior Class Legacy gift.  This is truly incredible, as it is the highest participation rate ever by a graduating senior class.  We raised a total of $2,785.36 and it will be donated to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  Thank you so much for your support; it will go a long way!

Finally, I just wanted to fill you in on some upcoming Alumni events that you may be interested in participating in.  Since the Sesquicentennial isn’t technically over until October, there are still summer and fall celebrations planned.  Sesquicentennial Celebrations will be happening in St. Cloud, Willmar, Fargo/Moorhead, Sioux Falls, Omaha, Des Moines, Grand Rapids, and Duluth this summer. More detail on these can be found on the Gustavus alumni webpage.  Also below is a list of Gustavus events you may want to keep on your radar; just because you’ve left Gustavus doesn’t mean you have to completely disconnect!

Upcoming Events

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.

Gustie Breakfast (Kristofer Kracht) – June 20  |  8:00am  |  Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis

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)

July 18, 8:00 a.m. - Gustie Breakfast (Tom Brown) Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis

August 15, 8:00 a.m. - Gustie Breakfast (Mike Wobschall ʼ06) – Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis

September 19, 8:00 a.m. - Gustie Breakfast (President Ohle) – Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis

Nobel Conference 48 – October 2 & 3, 2012

The oceans have long been a source of fascination, from the tales of Sinbad to the popular Blue Planet documentary.  The marine world provides us with necessities like seafood and medicines, fertilizers and petroleum.  But the oceans are also associated with danger, from the devastating hurricanes we face each year to the under-reported facts of the oceans’ roles in climate change.  Nobel Conference 48 examines “Our Global Ocean” as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  To order tickets online go to: or call the Office of Marketing/Communications at 507/933-7520.

Sweden’s King and Queen to visit Gustavus – October 5

Their majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will visit Gustavus on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 and ASI on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  The visit will commemorate the sesquicentennial at Gustavus and the opening of the new Nelson Cultural Center at ASI.  It comes after a long period of planning by both parties.

Homecoming – October 12-14

Enjoy the next step in your journey,

Chris Duhaime

2012 Communications Chair