Class of '46
February 2002

Dear Classmates in the Fifty-Year Club,

When one becomes a member of the Gustavus Fifty-Year Club there are so many memories of yesteryear that come to mind and we are thankful for them.

As I look up the avenue and see Old Main standing so nobly at the crest of the hill I am impressed that it is truly a special landmark.  I am overwhelmed and thankful that the early immigrants to this area felt that higher education was most important and built that sturdy edifice.  And I recall climbing the stairs of Old Main to third floor for speech class with Professor Evan Anderson.  My class was the smallest section so we had the advantage of giving twice the number of speeches that other sections had to give.

At the head of the list of memories for which to be thankful, I think of family who sacrificed much in order for me to attend college.  There was no question, but that I would enroll at a private college, namely Gustavus.  Work opportunities in those days were meager, especially if one came from rural areas.  One did not enroll in college with extra funds in pocket, but there were a few "on campus" work possibilities such as correcting math papers for Professor Nelson, cleaning a faculty apartment on Saturdays, or being a cashier or salad girl in the cafeteria.  Whatever the work, one was paid twenty-five cents ($.25) per hour.  The advantage of cafeteria work was the opportunity to eat some leftovers.

Some of the prized bonuses of attending Gustavus are the long-lasting friendships that have continued through the years.  These friendships developed not only in the classrooms, but also by sharing bacon and eggs or corn on the cob at our picnics in the parks and by our hitchhiking jaunts to the big town of Mankato.

Recall of faculty members also causes us to be thankful.  They were really our family because they had a concern for us Prof. George Anderson, Dr. Langsjoen, Dr. Francis Gamelin to name a few.  Always I will remember Dr. Gamelin for giving us, as sophomores, an appreciation for Greek plays.  As a senior I took classes by correspondence because of illness and I will always be grateful to Dr. Gamelin, then registrar, for his thoughtfulness in writing to ask if I would be able to march with the class at graduation.

One could go on and on reflecting on memories¾chapel services, classes with V-12 military, beautiful campus and view of the Minnesota Valley.

There is also much reason to view the present time, the changes that have come into place, and to envision the future of Gustavus.  It is exciting to learn that enrollment is at a record high.

The Gustavus Quarterly gives us a thrilling picture of campus opportunities for students and how life at Gustavus eventually leads to a variety of worthy pursuits for the graduates many opportunities far beyond the graduate's wildest dreams.

As we further view the future of Gustavus, we become aware that we can have a significant role in the unfolding future.  Our hearts overflow with thanksgiving for what has become our heritage.  May we share our gratitude by our continued support of Gustavus for the generations to come.

A thankful and proud Gustie,

Shirley Ledin Medin

1946 Guest Letter Writer

P. S. Now for some campus news written by a Gustavus student:

Campus News

Hi!  My name is Tracey Hanson.  I’m a senior, double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I’ve worked in the Alumni Office all four years and can hardly believe that I’m now starting my final semester!  Instead of taking a class (and doing homework) this J-Term, I spent my time slaving away in the Alumni Office.  It was great to have the extra time to relax and do other activities that J-Term allows.  Having unlimited time at home each night made for some great cooking!  And getting to watch “Friends” without worrying about the homework you should be doing instead was also a plus!  The start of the spring semester (thus, the start of homework) has been a sudden shock to my system! 

The campus is full of life and excitement.  A successful and busy J-Term just ended, and spring semester is now underway.  The theme for J-Term 2002 was "Our Global Village," and the month was a celebration of cultural diversity as we grappled with social, political, economic and philosophical aspects of our ever-shrinking world neighborhood.  Faculty offered 29 different classes that tied into this global theme, many of which were travel courses.  Examples include Islam and Culture, and Chinese Cooking and Culture.  This year, 2319 students enrolled in J-Term courses, with many who studied abroad, participated in internships, student taught or studied at other domestic institutions.  I got very jealous when I read e-mails from my roommates who were studying in warm, sunny Australia.  J-Term themes for the coming years include “Service-Learning” (2003) and “Undergraduate Research.” (2004).

Gustie winter sports teams are having a great year, as all are near the top in the MIAC.

Gustie music ensembles just returned from their tours.  The Gustavus Band embarked on an international tour this J-Term.  The band toured Sweden and Norway, presenting “Music from America.”  The tour dates were January 16 through February 10.  The tour concluded with a homecoming performance on Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir toured the Midwest during Touring Week in February, concluding with their home concert Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Orchestra toured Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.  The orchestra concluded their tour with a home performance Feb. 17 in Christ Chapel.

The Alumni Association is on the road this winter and spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Director of the Linnaeus Arboretum and Instructor of Environmental Studies, Jim Gilbert ’62, will travel along to provide an interesting and informative program.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.

February 23    Orlando Chapter event – Sam Snead’s Tavern

                        301 East Pine Street, Orlando

                        7:00 p.m. Dutch treat dinner

March 7          San Diego Chapter event

                        Dinner hosted by John and Paula Penrod ’79, ’79

March 8          Tucson Chapter gathering 

Dinner - Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67, ’66 residence

March 9          Phoenix Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Pera Club, Tempe

March 10        Sun City Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Bella Vista Restaurant, Peoria

April 5 Bay Area Chapter event

April 6 Seattle Chapter event – Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant

April 7 Denver Chapter event

More information will be sent to alumni and friends in these chapter areas.

RSVP to Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or e-mail alumni@gustavus.edu.

As I prepare to graduate in June, I find it increasingly hard to think about leaving this place.  It hardly seems possible that four years have flown by, and that in six months I, too, will be considered an alum.  I will always carry with me fond memories of my four years here.  GO GUSTIES!!!