The Great Gustie Gathering
September 26, 2020

Thank you to those that participated in the Gustavus Virtual Homecoming LIVE event schedule, it was a great day to be a Gustie as hundreds of alums came together in celebration of our alma mater. Additional thanks to those that participated in our pre-recorded programming. Our office was thrilled to visit with alumni from Norway, Sweden, Mexico, and throughout the nation. Although we would have preferred to gather in-person, it was immensely rewarding to connect with our Gusties that are limited by proximity restraints. 

For additional information regarding the first ever Gustavus Virtual Homecoming overview click the link here. Additionally, our inbox was flooded with numerous alumni requests, surrounding LIVE event recordings, and we are proud to announce that our office has released our video recordings this week. Click the event listing links below to participate.

This year our office offered LIVE virtual events, pre-recorded programming, and our Gustavus Homecoming-at-Home checklist for alumni and friends!
2020 Virtual Homecoming: Pre-Recorded Programming

Unable to participate in the LIVE events this year? For those that are unable to engage in the LIVE Virtual Homecoming 2020 programing, we offer additional virtual content. Engage in lifelong learning lectures, go on a number of virtual tours, and enjoy family-friendly activities. 

Memorial Service:
Service of Remembrance - Join Grady St. Dennis '92, Gustavus Chaplain and Director of Church Relations and Chad Winterfeldt, Cantor of Christ Chapel, as we prayerfully remember our Gustavus friends and colleagues who have passed away during the year. 
For those interested in observing the Service of Remembrance click the link here
Please join us for this meaningful annual Gustavus Homecoming tradition. All are welcome. The service bulletin can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Service of Remembrance Bulletin
Campus Virtual Tours:
Gustavus History Walk and Talk - Glenn Kranking '98 - Associate Professor in History and Scandinavian Studies, Director in Russian, and Adviser in Gustavian Weekly - to participate click the link here
Walk through Gustavus history with Professor Kranking as he highlights the growth and development of the College. 
Video made in partnership with TRoss Films.
Granlund Sculpture Tour - Steve Hogberg '69 - Former Alumni Trustee - to participate click the link here
Did you know that five sculptors whose works appear on the Gustavus campus are said to be part of a “sculptural succession” from Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) who taught Carl Milles (1875-1955) who taught Donald Gregory ’47 (1913-1986) who taught Paul Granlund ’52 (1925-2003) who taught Nicholas Legaros '77 and Greg Mueller?
Join the guided Sculpture Walking Tour to visit some of the public and not-so-public works that truly make Gustavus a sculpture garden. If you prefer to explore on your own, a self-guiding brochure is available at the registration desk or Christ
Chapel’s entrance.
Video made in partnership with TRoss Films.
Nobel Hall Expansion Tour - Provost Brenda Kelly - to participate click the link here
Wishing for a glimpse of the renovations and expansion to the Nobel Hall of Science? Provost Brenda Kelly presents a virtual walk through and gives updates surrounding the building. 
Alumni College Lectures:
"Edgar Carlson - the Man Behind the Building" - Joanna Carlson Swanson '64 - Daughter of Edgar Carlson - to view the presentation click the link here
Ever wonder about the Admin Building – like who was Edgar Carlson? If you are a Gustie grad, love all things Gustavus, or a curious history buff, you'll want to hear about our ninth president, for whom the building was named. During Carlson's tenure as president (1944-1968), Gustavus changed from a small college on a no-frills, post World War II campus, to a vibrant community with impressive buildings, matched by a distinctive history and a promising future. Based on the book, Bold Visions Daring Dreams, the author and Carlson daughter describes the growth of the college, building of Christ Chapel and original Nobel Hall, origins of Nobel Conference, and interesting quirks from student days.
For additional information view the PowerPoint that accompanied Joanna's presentation - by clicking the link here
Kids Zone:
Read Aloud and Storytime Activities - Prince and Pirate - Charlotte Gunnufson '93 - to participate in the read aloud activities click the link here 
Listen to the tale of two little fish with whale-size personalities. Learn some pirate-y lingo, play a silly guessing game, and groove to fun, kid-friendly music.
Charlotte Gunnufson writes children's books and is the author of Prince and Pirate, Halloween Hustle, and more than thirty poems for Cricket and Highlights. She graduated from Gustavus in 1993 with a BA in English and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching. For additional content visit her website by clicking the link here
Read Aloud and Storytime Activities - Halloween Hustle - Charlotte Gunnufson '93 - to participate in the read aloud activities click the link here
Listen to the story of Skeleton and his friends, Mummy, Ghost and Zombie. Play a silly guessing game, do the Halloween Hustle, and groove to spooky tunes like Monster Mash.
Charlotte Gunnufson writes children's books and is the author of Prince and Pirate, Halloween Hustle, and more than thirty poems for Cricket and Highlights. She graduated from Gustavus in 1993 with a BA in English and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching. For additional content visit her website by clicking the link here
Gustavus-Themed Coloring Sheets: print out our Gustavus-themed coloring sheets and have your little one(s) participate in our coloring contest. Take a picture of them holding up their finished product and send our office an email containing your future Gustie's name, age, interests, and a fun fact. Submissions sent to: alumni@gustavus.edu
2020 Virtual Homecoming : LIVE Event Schedule

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (CDT)
Coffee Talk with President Bergman: Grab your Gustavus-themed mug and join fellow alumni throughout the United States as President Bergman speaks on the current state of the college and the Fall semester. The updates from the college will be coupled with time for socialization and story telling.
Click the link here to view the LIVE event recording.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Alumni College Lecture:
Sit in on a lecture by Greg Kaster, James M. McPherson Professor of American History titled "Envisioning the Civil War: The Visual Culture of America's Second Revolution"
The U.S. Civil War was rich in visual imagery, particularly in the North--imagery that took a variety of forms, including photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, and cartoons. This talk explores how that imagery contributed to and reflected an understanding of the war as both a war for Union and a revolutionary war for the abolition of slavery.
Click the link here to view the LIVE event recording.
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. (CDT)
Presidential Message - Homecoming Tent Unveiling: The Homecoming Tent is the crown jewel of our in-person programming and our office sought to present a similar experience virtually. Therefore, we have organized presentation times with our partners: Chankaska and BET Vodka, as well as, our Gustie-Owned Breweries. In addition, there will be raffles taking place after each presentation, a Presidential Message, a walk through Gustavus football history, poll questions, and more. Raffle items will be given out to a randomized individual after each presentation.
Join President Bergman and members of the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement as we welcome all Gusties and inviting our community to participate in the festivities of the day and celebrate what it means to be a Gustie.
Those in attendance during this presentation will be entered to win the (Gustie-Owned) Spilled Grain Brewhouse raffle item package! Including: a Spilled Grain sweatshirt, hat, sticker, can coozie, T-shirt, an empty growler, and a free growler refill certificate. 
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Alumni College Lecture:
Sit in on a lecture by Richard Leitch, Associate Professor in Political Science, Environmental Studies, Japanese Studies, and Peace Studies titled "The Coming Age of Chinese World Leadership"
Professor Leitch will build off the following questions: What is the potential for Chinese world leadership, what might it look like, and why should we care? Are we already in a transition period from US to Chinese world leadership?
Click the link here to view the LIVE event recording.
12:15 p.m. - 12:35 p.m. (CDT)
Bloody Mary Kickoff with Gustie-Owned BĒT Vodka: Local sugar beet vodka, BĒT Vodka (pronounced "beet"), has quickly become the go-to vodka for our recent homecoming festivities. And did you know it's Gustie-owned? Pull up a chair and join '05 alum Ben Brueshoff - the company's founder and owner - for a virtual demonstration on how to make the perfect bloody mary! First, delight in an initial tasting experience of BĒT VODKA and learn about the story behind the brand. Then, partake in a step-by-step process on how to build the perfect bloody mary and learn about a few other Gustie-theme cocktail recipes as an added bonus.
Rooted in the pioneering spirit of American sugar beet connoisseur Henry Oxnard - and cultivated through generations of family farmers – BĒT is the Midwest’s first sugar beet vodka born in a farm cooperative, distilled to its essence, and revealed in a beautiful sipping experience made for sharing. With a clean, crisp and velvety-smooth flavor profile, you’ll discover why it’s SIMPLY NEAT. BĒT.
Those in attendance during his presentation will be entered to win the BĒT Vodka raffle item package! Including: a pack of custom felt cocktail coasters (4 coasters total), Collins ice-tray, BĒT t-shirts, and mini bottles of BĒT VODKA.
Presentation Materials/Ingredient list:
  • BĒT Vodka
  • Tomato juice
  • Fresh lemon juice 
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Prepared horseradish 
  • Celery salt 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: lemon wedge, celery, cheese and meat skewer
  • Glass: pint glass
** These materials should be purchased in advance if you are interested in participating in the bloody mary construction event. 
12:35 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.(CDT)
Virtual Road Trip Introduction: Join fellow alumni as we embark on a virtual road trip spanning all of Minnesota demonstrating the reach of our Gustie network. For this tour we will visit with our Gustie brewers throughout the state and take a pitstop at Chankaska for our wine-lovers. Sport a beverage from your favorite Gustie-Owned Brewery or Gustavus-partnered winery. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. Each presentation will be followed up by a randomized raffle care package winner. Those in attendance for each presentation window will have the chance to win!
12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery, Kasota: Just 6 minutes from campus, Chankaska Creek Ranch, Winery and Distillery is the 2nd largest winery in Minnesota focusing on artisans wines, spirits and kreme. Along with 6 gorgeous venues to host anything from corporate outings to weddings. Chankaska Creek is a true gem of southern Minnesota.
Chankaska has been a partner in Gustavus Events for years, participating in Homecoming festivities and hosting class events on Reunion Weekend.During their presentation, Spencer Vanderhoof, Chankaska Event and Sales Coordinator, will be speaking on the Chankaska origin story, partnership with Gustavus, event venues on their property, distribution, and processes of the winery. 
Chankaska has generously offered a $100 gift basket to be raffled off at the end of their presentation. In addition, all Gustavus alumni will be eligible to receive the following discounts from September 26 - October 3 at Chankaska. 
20% of any bottle of wine - No limit on amount purchased
10% of glasses of wine - No limit on glasses purchased
1:00 p.m. - 
1:20 p.m.
Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, Warroad:
Gustie-Owned Lake of the Woods Brewing Company is located in Northern Minnesota where it is always lake time! Brewing beer on the shores of Lake of the Woods was no accident. Lake of the Woods water is perfect for brewing beer, and since beer is about 95% water, it’s a pretty darn important ingredient. The low mineral content and softness of Lake of the Woods water is one of the many things that makes our beer stand out in a crowd of many. Grab a pint and let's Make it Lake Time. During their presentation Eric Nerland '03, Brewery Co-Owner, will speak on the origins of Lake of the Woods, the brewing process, their location, venue events, and his Gustavus story. Eric and his wife Lindsay Parker Nerland '03 are both Gustavus graduates and Co-Owners of the brewery.
Lake of the Woods has generously offered three $100 gift cards to be raffled off at the end of their presentation. Gift cards redeemable online or in-store.
1:00 p.m. -
2:00 p.m.
Alumni College Lecture:
Sit in on a presentation put on by the environmental activism groups on campus: Environmental Action Coalition, Sustainability Interns, Linnaeus Arboretum, President's Environmental Sustainability Council, Big Hill Farm, and Building Bridges - "Environmental Activism and Sustainability at Gustavus."
Join student leadership as they give remarks surrounding the sustainability initiatives of the college. As the urgency of the climate challenge grows, young people around the world, and at home here on the Hill, are stepping up. Gustavus has a strong history of student leadership and environmental activism that has paved the way for students to carry on that legacy. Through organizing and collaborating, current student efforts continue to challenge Gustavus to live up to its core values in a sustainable way.

In addition, this presentation will honor the Gustavus Greens as they celebrate their 40 year anniversary this year - having been formed in the 1980s. The Gustavus Greens were one of the first environmentally conscious organizations on campus and sparks the creation of further student environmental activism.
Click the link here to view the LIVE event recording and here to observe the waste systems established at Gustavus. 
1:20 p.m. -
1:40 p.m.
Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors: Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors: Gustie-Owned Castle Danger Brewery has been brewing dangerously good ales and lagers on the North Shore of Lake Superior since 2011. Their beers are clean, balanced, and approachable; brewed with Lake Superior water by hearty souls that embody the North Shore. Wherever or whenever you enjoy a Castle Danger beer, you can taste a little bit of the North Shore in every sip. During their presentation, Mandy Lind Larson ‘91, Co-Owner & HR Manager, and Jamie MacFarlane ‘03, Co-Owner & CFO, will be speaking on the Castle Danger origin story, partnership with Gustavus, events, distribution, and brewing process.
Castle Danger has generously offered a $50 gift certificate to be raffled off at the end of their presentation.
1:40 p.m. - 
2:00 p.m.
Bent Paddle Brewing Company, Duluth: Gustie-Owned Bent Paddle is a 30-barrel production craft brewery and taproom located in the beautiful Great Lakes port town of Duluth. The brewers of Bent Paddle Brewing Co. use the amazing water of Lake Superior to brew the freshest and most dependable craft beer possible. Producing beers that “Bend the Tradition” of the classic style that they represent. Striving to make drinkable, balanced beers with an edge of inventiveness for all beer lovers to enjoy. Bent Paddle has been a Gustavus partner throughout the years providing craft beer for signature events of the college. During their presentation Brewer Colin Mullen '02, President and Director of Brewery Communications, will be speaking on the Bent Paddle origin story, partnership with Gustavus, events, distribution, and brewing process.

Bent Paddle has generously offered a swag prize pack that includes a personalized brewery tour with GAC alumni Colin Mullen in Duluth. This prize pack is to be raffled off at the end of their presentation.
2:00 p.m. - 
2:20 p.m.
Spiral Brewery, Hastings: Join the Gusties of Spiral Brewery to help celebrate Gustavus Homecoming! The owners of Spiral Brewery carry the Gustavus pillar of community through all they do, and they can’t wait to have you in the taproom! Opened in 2018, Spiral is one of our newest brewery partners as they were featured at Homecoming last year. Spiral’s mission is to brew community through quality beer and rich history. Spiral has a taproom, a patio, and a rooftop patio with both drink-in and beer-to-go options. Utilizing a 15 barrel system, with 30 barrel fermenters, Spiral self-distributes to 50 different cities throughout the metro area and into Wisconsin. Whether you have been to Spiral dozens of times or you will virtually enter for the first time, it always feels like you are coming home. During the presentation Jen Fox '12, Vice President of Communications, Marketing, Sales and Distribution, will be speaking on the Spiral Brewery origin story, partnership with Gustavus, events, distribution, the brewing process - all while taking us on a virtual tour!
Spiral Brewery has generously offered a raffle care package that includes: a Spiral sweatshirt, growler, and hat combo. As if that wasn't enough, Spiral will also be offering a buy-one-get-one beer promotion to all Gusties that visit their taproom from September 26 - October 3. Gustavus alumni must be wearing Gustie Gear, demonstrate their student ID picture, or dig up a picture of your time as a student at Gustavus. 
2:20 p.m.
3:20 p.m.
A Walk Through Gustavus Football History - Conversations with Coach Dennis Raarup '53
Join the winningest coach in Gustavus football history and Hall of Fame inductee, Coach Dennis Raarup, as he regales participants with stories of his time at Gustavus, covering both his era as a dual sport athlete and throughout his coaching career. Coach Raarup won three MIAC Championships as a player and carried that success into his career as the head coach of the Gustavus football team from 1971-1987. During the Raarup era, the Golden Gusties accumulated three conference titles (two of which took place his first two years as head coach), took second in the conference four times, and placed third two times. His 1987 team finished with a perfect 10-0 record. Coach Raarup was named MIAC Coach of the Year four times, NAIA District Coach of the year in 1972, and the American Football Coaches Association's Area 6 Coach of the Year in 1987. Raarup ended his coaching career with a record of 99-68-1. 
As if that wasn’t enough, Coach Raarup coached the baseball team to the conference title in 1971, went on to earn a master's in physical education from the University of Minnesota, a doctorate in physical education from Northern Colorado University, served as a member of the physical education faculty at Gustavus for 37 years, including 11 as chair of the department. Raarup and his wife, Sharon, have three children Todd ’88, Tami, and Troy. We welcome all football alumni, sports enthusiasts, or those that have been impacted by Coach Raarup to participate in the event.
Click the link here to view the LIVE event recording.
This presentation will also feature guest speaker, current Head Coach, Peter Haugen as he shares remarks about Coach Raarup and updates on the 2020 Gustavus football season. 
2:30 p.m. -
3:30 p.m.
Updates and Discussion about Racial Justice, Inclusion, and Equity - with Campus Leadership
Join this conversation with Gustavus leaders who are advancing racial justice and inclusion on campus and beyond. Hear updates about new and current campus commitments, learn how alums can get involved, and join in a discussion with those gathered about how we can work together to create a more just and equitable world.
Click the link here to view the LIVE event recording.

Gustavus 2020 Anniversaries 

There are a number of notable anniversaries taking place this year on campus. Should you be interested in carrying out an anniversary group reunion or virtual gathering in commemoration reach out to the alumni office via email: alumni@gustavus.edu

Year Established Anniversary Event
1890  Alumni Association is created.
1915  Alphi Phi Rho created.
1920 Gustavus joined the MIAC, REDs and Grays first recognized as membership societies, Kappa Sigma Chi was created. 
1925  Education major came into existence - click the link here to view the affinity gathering carried out over Virtual Homecoming. 
1955  Sorenson Hall was built. 
1960  Religion major was created (changed from Christianity) - click the link here to view the affinity gathering carried out over Virtual Homecoming.
Gustavus celebrated the first nursing class graduates. 
1965  Nobel Conference began. 
1980s Gustavus Greens were formed. 
2000 International Center constructed and the new Swedish House was attached to it, Campus Center built. 
2005 Southwest Hall was built. 
Gustavus Homecoming-at-Home Checklist

Sing the Rouser

Call each of your Gustavus roommates

Duplicate a famous 21249580_RecipeCard1

Throw on your favorite Gustie Gear and post a Homecoming picture on social media 

Purchase some Gustavus memorabilia from the BookMark

Update your contact information with the Alumni Office

Take a walk in your Gustie Gear and meet an unknown alum in your area

Purchase a 6-pack from one of our Gustie-Owned Breweries

Refer a senior

Write a note to a faculty member who impacted your life

Alumni Choir
Football Game