Gustavus Reunion Weekend

June 2 - 4, 2017

We can't wait to welcome you back, Gusties!

By now you've probably heard that we've made some exciting changes to reunions at Gustavus. Beginning in 2017, we will welcome back ALL reunion classes (5-year increments) celebrating an anniversary of their graduation. Reunion Weekend is a chance relive your college days, reminisce with friends, reconnect with the campus, and remember those classmates and figures important to your Gustavus experience who have passed.

The Alumni and Parent Engagement Office at Gustavus is pleased to offer a hybrid programming model for reunions, complete with opportunities to celebrate together with Gusties from other reunion classes, partake in optional events coordinated by the College, and spend time with your classmates at activites planned by your reunion committee. While there are plenty of elements still in the works, you can be sure that reunion weekend will incorporate:

  • Campus Tours (learn about changes to campus since your time on campus)
  • Alumni College (engage with faculty, staff and alumni in lifelong learning)
  • Remembrance Services (honor classmates who have fallen before you and listen to the Alumni Choir)
  • Class Dinners and Receptions (spend time catching up and making new memories)
  • Donor Reception (event hosted in appreciation of the generosity of Gusties - make a gift in the year leading up to your reunion to receive an invitation)
  • Rouser Rally and Presidential Message (highlight what makes your class unique, celebrate your philanthropy and contributions to the Gustie community, and hear from President Bergman)
  • Community Concert (featuring professional alumni musicians from across the decades)
  • Wellbeing Activities, Master Classes, a Square Dance AND MORE!

Planning is underway and members of your class have been hard at work. If you are interested in helping plan your reunion please contact alumni@gustavus.edu or call 800-487-8437. We would love to have your assistance in making your reunion unique to your class and an event that you and your classmates will thoroughly enjoy!

For additional information about schedules, pricing and other resources, please read the FAQs below or visit your class' website:

Class of 2012 Class of 2007 Class of 2002 Class of 1997
Class of 1992 Class of 1987 Class of 1982 Class of 1977
Class of 1972 Class of 1967 Class of 1962 Class of 1957
Class of 1952

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why was the decision made to change reunions to a weekend in June?

A: The weekend reunion structure is best practice for many institutions like ours (Carleton, St. Olaf, St. John's/St. Ben's, among others). We tempered our priorities with the realities of the College and our desire to provide an exemplary reunion structure for as many as can possibly attend, revolving around several key issues:

  • Housing: we know St. Peter is a small community and for people wanting to come down to the area, and that it’s not convenient to stay at a St. Peter (or Mankato) hotel and try to coordinate transportation (whether alcohol is involved in the weekend or not). We want people to enjoy themselves, feel like they can “relive their college days” as they reconnect with their classmates and the College, and providing housing for folks was important.  Given the constraints then of when students are in the dorms and summer campers come to Gustavus, early June was the prime opportunity to allow our alumni coming for reunion to feel like the “campus is their playground”.
  • On-campus commitment: we feel strongly about alumni sensing that the Gustavus campus is a place for them to feel welcome and connected. There is much to be said about the energy that comes from being back in the place where you spent those formative years of your life, so with that in mind, we have committed to providing a schedule of robust programming with the understanding that being on campus results in added value for the experience.
  • Competition for facilities and resources: we really want alums to have a wonderful experience and don't want competition for resources that may result from other academic year activities and/or summer camps. We know that most facilities are fully available during a couple of narrow windows, so in order to accommodate a large number of alums, we want to be able to dedicate as much of our physical space and human capital to the efforts as possible. This includes our staff, student employees, other campus staff, and faculty. Since students may be off to summer work, holding them just one week or so after graduation/end of the year isn’t totally cramping their style; faculty are on 10-month contracts and aren’t normally around in the summer months (and are busy during the academic year), so one week after commencement when they’re still in town is a great time to catch them.

Q: Will I still be able to interact with current Gusties? I always enjoy interacting with students and a vibrant campus community...

A: We understand that holding reunions when classes are not in session means the campus will not be bustling with student activity. We are committed to infusing the weekend with student employees and volunteers to ensure you have ample opportunities to connect with them. Students will be assigned to every reunion class, and will extend the Gustie spirit of hospitality to you throughout your time on campus.

Q: What types of housing will be available? How will we decide where to stay on campus?

A: For those who have been away from campus for a while, you should know that the on-campus housing features many amenities that were not available in years past. Many of Gustavus' residence halls feature private or semi-private restrooms and shower facilities, air conditioning, and comfortable lounge and gathering spaces. Staying on campus will ensure convenient access to all the activities of the weekend; scheduled shuttle service will be available to off-campus venues.

  • Prioritization: Reunion committees will provide recommendations to campus staff regarding which halls/sections they would prefer. From there, residence halls will be allocated based on seniority, with consideration for accessibility, comfort and capacity.
  • Organization: All alumni staying on campus will be organized on the same floor(s) as their classmates; single-gender restrooms and showers will organized by floor. If designated sections of a residence hall fill to capacity, general (mixed-age) overflow housing will also be made available.
  • Occupancy: Most rooms are double occupancy (two twin beds); a select number are triple or quadruple occupancy. With a per-room-per-night rate, single occupancy is an option. Habitation in individual rooms may be co-ed or single-gender and preferences will be recorded upon registration; roommate requests will be honored to the extent possible.
  • Common Areas: Each class will be outfitted with a "Class Lounge" in the residence hall, which will serve as an informal gathering space. Light refreshments, memorabilia and entertainment will be available throughout the weekend in that space, and other non-designated common areas will also be available for use as needed.

Q: What is the College's policy on alcohol use on campus?

A: Gustavus is a "wet campus", which means those of legal drinking age are permitted to consume alcohol on campus. Individuals staying in the residence halls are allowed to bring their own alcohol to be consumed within the private areas of the residence halls. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase at on-campus venues where programming takes place throughout the weekend.

Q: What sort of transportation will be available for reunion-goers?

A: Shuttle service around campus and to off-campus locations will be available on a schedule throughout the weekend. For those with mobility challenges, inter-campus transportation (golf carts) will also be available.


 
Q: How much does everything cost and how is pricing calculated?

A: Gustavus has determined an all-inclusive daily rate for programming with a discounted all-inclusive rate for the entire weekend and incentives for early registration. The programming rate includes all meals, group activities, and class-specific gatherings for that day. Housing and alcohol purchases represent additional costs; on-campus housing is paid at time of registration. Please see the pricing overview for specific costs.
 
Q: What if I have additional questions?
 
A: Members of your reunion planning committee may be able to answer many of your questions, and staff in the Alumni and Parent Engagement Office are also happy to do so. Email us at alumni@gustavus.edu or call 800-487-8437.