Class of '51
May 2009

Dear Classmates and spouses,

So many wonderful events happen on this great campus!  It is good to see many of you there!  I’m sure you have read about the financial plight of college students.  Let’s hang in there and help as much as we can by giving to the Gustavus Annual Fund by the end of May.  Every gift is important!  Most of it goes for scholarships.

None of us can really know how great Gustavus is, but I try to keep in touch with faculty and students.  I am amazed at what I learn.

One of the top spring stories is “Saying Goodbye to the Ace of Aces,” in the Gustavian WeeklyAfter 39 years of coaching men’s tennis here Steve Wilkinson will retire…an astonishing 334 wins in MIAC play and only one loss…a coaching resume that includes six national doubles champions, four singles champions, 35 conference titles and two NCAA championships in 1980 and 1982.

            …Arthur Ashe’s impact on Wilkinson stretches beyond line calls, transcending even the game of tennis.  Wilkinson bases his coaching, as well as his life, upon the wisdom preached in the words of the Serenity Prayer, an ideology promoted by Ashe before his death.

            Along with the guidance of that prayer, Wilkinson entrusts his players to three ideals, or “crowns”:  positive attitude, full effort and good sportsmanship.

            ‘My players truly succeed when they play with good sportsmanship and attitude.”

            Those principles propel the Tennis and Life Camps (TLC) that Wilkinson and his wife Barb run every summer…

            While Wilkinson will bid farewell to the title of head coach, he will relinquish little else.  Gustavus has certainly not seen the last of Wilkinson.  He will still be heavily involved in the tennis program, helping to run the Swanson Tennis Center and Tennis and Life Camps in the summer.  According to Wilkinson, retirement hardly describes what will follow this tennis season…

            While his presence will not be stripped entirely from campus, he moves into a higher echelon of iconocized individuals, the finest to ever call Gustavus home.”

I am adding that Steve Wilkinson is a huge influence by emphasizing sports ethics in the sports world.  The attitudes help all the teams that play Gustavus feel they are one family.  His successor will teach a course in sports ethics in addition to being head coach.  Steve has touched many students’ lives since he arrived on campus.  The tennis team won their 21st consecutive title in the MIAC here on Saturday.

One student said, “He cares for every student!”

There are still some openings in their Tennis and Life Camps at Gustavus this summer.  Their web site is:  www.gustavus.edu/tlc.

A younger faculty member told a group, “I accepted the job here because of what a colleague in the department told me about Gustavus.”  She knew she would like teaching here.

I asked, “Why did you come to Gustavus?  A first-year, black, male student replied, “I knew I needed help and that I could get what I needed here.”

It was a great day in Chapel on November 3, 2008 when Denny Lofstrom and Mary Tordsen Kitundu ’65 received the Service Award from the Gustavus Association of Congregations for their work in Tanzania with IHP, International Health Partners.  Mary said, “It’s hard, hard work.”  Denny looked really happy.  Denny spoke telling us he received his mission in life when he was 13 and attended a Medical Missionary Conference through their youth program.  He said, “Travel is difficult and challenging in Tanzania.”  Their medical center serves 185,000 patients a year.  There are four doctors and three nurses, but they need more!

Marie (Schafer ’52) and Stan Benson joined us for this celebration and also Dr. Alvin “Bud” Berglund from Cambridge.  At the chapel service Rev. Grady St. Dennis ’92, Director of Church Relations, said, “We love you and we are proud of the work you do!”

It was fantastic that Denny and Paula Lofstrom and Mary could come from Tanzania to be here that day.

More news about six months later:

Denny Lofstrom and Paula are back, hard at work on projects in Tanzania.  Medical students and volunteers have breakfast with Denny and Paula each morning.  Sometimes she fries fish for everyone.  They decide who does what for the day.  “They make suggestions for how to make the clinic run more smoothly and we listen!  We are all learning from each other out here.”

A medical student wrote, “Mwanza has a landscape like nothing I’ve seen and the people have been very welcoming.”  Another medical student wrote, “Paula and Denny have been great hosts as well as educators.”  And from another, “they are amazing from 6:00 a.m. to late at night.”

Paul Nakamura was quoted in an article on Asian ministries in The Lutheran, “Ed was always looking out for people.”  I would say that applies to Paul also, as he continues to serve Lutheran Oriental Church in Gardena, CA.  He has been there 33 years, “He is still going strong and is as energetic as ever,” was on their Christmas card so his wife probably wrote that.

Only written news from our classmates is used in the Quarterly so please write often!  When the students were leaving for Thanksgiving break, I met a first-year co-ed who smiled and told me tenderly, “I’m going home to my family.”  It was her first chance to go home her freshman year.

Bill and Marilyn (Barnes) Robertz have been at almost every Christmas in Christ Chapel and at almost every Nobel Conference.  When Bill had a sabbatical they missed these events because they were living in Sweden.

Christmas in Christ Chapel was as special as ever.  The theme, “Joyeux Noël,” meant a feast of French music until the final hymn, “O Come all Ye Faithful.”  That is the finale which they omitted one year and then received so many letters that they decided to sing it every year.

We all sing just about as loud as we can, joining the three choirs, orchestra and brass.  That means over 300 musicians plus about 1200 audience members were joyfully bringing in the Christmas season.  I noticed a lot of people wiping tears at the end.  Our family can’t cry until the end because we just have to sing (we tell ourselves!).

The 2007 “modern Lucia,” the granddaughter of a 1932 alumnae, talked in chapel at the 2008 Festival of St. Lucia.  She explained that Lucia represents the student body in her passionate, caring and compassionate attitudes.  Marlys Akerson Chase and Art and Amy (Wampler ’54) Adamson were some of the out-of-town classmates at the Swedish Smorgasbord afterwards.  Storyteller, Kevin Kling ’79 was hilarious and profound as he read some of his life stories from The Dog Says How including the one about his near death experience.  His The Dog Says How is excellent!

Gustavus Professor and State Representative, Terry Morrow wrote in the Gustavian Weekly:

Both as an associate professor at Gustavus Adolphus College and as an assistant majority leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives, I am dedicated to supporting higher education.  This year, I have talked with students from virtually every private college in Minnesota and was further inspired by a petition in support of higher education funding signed by hundreds of Gusties.  Your commitment to higher education is critically important to Minnesota.

Professor emeritus, Stewart Flory, told me that the classics department is one of the top in smaller colleges in the United States.  They have a number of distinguished alumni, too.

I asked Professor Steve Mellema, “How come the Gustavus physics department is one of the top ones in the U. S.?”  He humbly replied, “The Office of Admission sends us such good students each year.  Over 70% of the students go on to graduate school.”

A few months later The Free Press, Mankato, had a feature article, “Gustavus Physics Program One of the Best.”  They quoted Prof. Mellema, “I don’t think you can get a better education anywhere else.”  The article continues…He said he’s not exactly sure how Gustavus has transformed itself into a nationally ranked physics-graduate producing college.  But he’s got a couple of theories―and he has the students to back him up.

            First, Mellema said, some of the credit goes to Richard Fuller, a now-retired physics professor who decided the Gustavus way of doing things―tightly knit groups, focus on liberal arts and a sense of family―could do for a physics degree what other schools couldn’t.

            So students who come through the program learn quickly that the faculty are there to help them, not just teach them.

            “We try to provide not just the challenge,” Mellema said, “but the resources they need.”

            Students agree.

            “Amongst students, there are three offices right next to each other, so we often study together.  And older students are nearby and very available to help when we have questions,” student Christina Lewis said.  “Profs are very welcoming to students checking in if they have questions on specific homework or just want to talk about the class, etc.”

            Added Rachel Anderson, “Expectations are high, but we are given the resources and encouragement to learn and succeed,” she said.

Thanks to Ray Lundquist for his superb letter in January.  He wrote, “Thanks again for your fine work.  You really make our class very special.”  I hope to see Ray and Lorraine on Saturday at the Gustavus Heritage Partnership luncheon.  It would be great if more of our classmates would become members.  If you want to know more, call 1-800-726-6192.

Ray Lundquist is very active in the Twin Cities Breakfasts held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Park Place in Minneapolis.  They have terrific programs.

Gustavus emailed our daughter and son-in-law a Valentine’s Day card and note that read, “There are more than 2,700 Gustie couples…you found each other through Gustavus.  This Valentine’s Day, find it in your heart to make a gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund in honor of that love and those memories.”  Lynn and Dan’s wedding photo was one of several on the video we could access.

Linnaeus Symposium Talk:  “It’s a Jungle up There.”

“…for graduation ask for a trip to a rain forest within five years.  They are disappearing fast.  There are opportunities for eco-tourism.  Use sustainable products from the rain forests to help preserve them.  Buy chocolate, coffee and orchids from rainforests.”

Join Friends of the Linnaeus Arboretum!  There are four interesting newsletters a year.  We enjoy David and Delores Johnson’s waterfall near the Interpretive Center.

Prof. Jim Gilbert ’62 said at the Friends of the Arboretum luncheon, “Evelyn Young ’33 was my cheerleader saying “You’re the greatest!”  Prof. Chester Johnson taught me to read the land talking about the Ice Age.  The River Warren was a mile-thick ice here on campus.  Winter in the arboretum is a time to pray and think, the students say.  In November there are clouds, but it has best sunrises and sunsets.”

Jim signed his newest book, Jim Gilbert’s Minnesota Nature Notes.  It is fabulous! 

The Home concerts by the Gustavus Choir, the Chapel choir and the Symphony Orchestra were all so wonderful this spring after their tours.  It is good to see how many parents attend.  It is sad for the seniors when they give their last concert.

Marie Norberg Bergstrom ’50 reminisced about how much Vern Bergstrom used to enjoy the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations annual meeting at Gustavus.  He was often a delegate from Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church.  This year Marie was able to attend along with Stan and Marie (Schafer ’52) Benson.  We also saw Ray and Lorraine Lundquist, Art and Dorothy (Conrad) Gaard.  I know Art Adamson was there because I saw Amy (Wampler ’54).

It was a splendid Saturday!  The offering went to the Christ Chapel Endowment which helps the ministerial staff, worship services, Christmas in Christ Chapel and many student religious organizations. 

President Edgar Carlson’s daughter wrote this:  “The Christ Chapel Endowment ensures that the spiritual center of our campus continues to grow in strength and vibrancy.  That can be our gift to the Gustavus family of the future.”  ~Joanna Carlson Swanson ’64

President Carlson named the building Christ Chapel.  In doing so, he wrote:  “The name which is honored and exalted here is the name which is above every name.  The building of this chapel is part of the extension of His claim to the faith and allegiance of all.  It is a sign that His claim is acknowledged on this campus and in the program of education which is carried on here.  This is Christ Chapel.  We are His guests―by royal invitation.  It is for Him to speak, in Word and Sacrament; it is for us to listen and receive.  He is the Giver and the Gift―this is what we acknowledge with our hymns of praise, our prayers, our reverence, our gifts.”

From a brochure, “Christ Chapel continues to gather Gusties long after their time on campus has ended.  It remains a cradle for our most important moments:  baptisms, weddings, funerals; the College’s annual St. Lucia and Christmas in Christ Chapel festivals.  This is the place that embodies the soul of Gustavus.  You can’t stand anywhere on campus without acknowledging its presence, nor can you drive through town without seeing its illuminated spire.  And its influence extends far beyond St. Peter into God’s world, carried forth in lives of service and faith by those whom God has touched within its walls.”

At the GACAC annual convention Rev. Gary Anderson ’63 received the Covenant Award.  He said, “There were real characters among the faculty and students when I was here.  We formed strong friendships.  I expanded and enriched my faith and got a clear sense of vocation.”  Gustavus has an exciting future!  Don’t let prospective students be frightened by the cost!  Thanks be to God for these good gifts.”

Ray Lundquist and a few others had a perfect attendance record at this 22nd annual convention since the Association of Congregations was formed.

There are 2,600 students at Gustavus.  It is time to mention our two Gustie grandchildren who just LOVE Gustavus!  You can skip this part or you can think of them as general representatives.  As a junior English major, Ryan McGinty was part of a panel at the National Convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.  He teaches in the Writing Center and helps edit the student literary magazine.  He loves his Shakespeare class.  “The English department is famous.”

Our granddaughter, Alyssa McGinty, and her dance team were third in a national competition in California.  Actually, they were the best in Division III which includes colleges the size of Gustavus.  Our enthusiastic granddaughter also hosts prospective students over night sometimes.

One of our granddaughter’s roommates, in Uhler next year, will be Eydie, who told me, “I love Gustavus!  You get to meet lots of people.  It’s fun!”  She is pre-med and plans to be a pediatrician.

Stan and Marie (Schafer ’52) Benson know about the drought in Tanzania.  Their son, John and family escaped to St. Peter from Moorhead, MN because of the floods.  They are back in their schools hoping the next crest won’t be worse.  Stan and Marie were planning to go to Moorhead for Easter but couldn’t because of the flood.

It’s fun to talk with Marilyn Barnes Robertz.  She helps organize a famous plant sale every May to raise money for a historic house, the Cox House in St. Peter.

I am amazed at the enthusiasm that students have for their professors and counselors.  Their eyes brighten and become animated when they tell me how wonderful the profs are and how much the academic counselors help them!

Rev. Ted Zimmerman ’69, missionary to Hong Kong, spoke in Chapel last February for the Transfiguration Talks.  “I have enjoyed being back at Gustavus in this wonderful atmosphere.  I pray that God will continue to bless Gustavus in its mission and the students in their studying.”

I couldn’t stop reading Loyalty, the biography of Dr. Richard Reusch, Betty’s father, written by Dan Johnson ’64.  Richard Reusch was at my baptism in Ruruma, Tanganyika in 1929.  Betty Reusch Anderson-Oussoren autographed my copy, “To friends from my childhood.”  The photos are great!  Mrs. Reusch is related to Stan Benson, as a missionary.  Stan lived with the Reusch family in Tanzania before he was married!  You can read about the frozen leopard near the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Reusch put it there!  Near Mt. Kibo a crater is named after Reusch.

Look for the parts on David Hilding and Clarence Budke and Stan Benson and Betty Reusch.  It is a fascinating book!

It was great receiving a call from Carolyn Peterson Ruggles, Mounds View, MN (with Hank ’52 in the background) about their granddaughter winning speech contests for Gustavus.  I recognized the name of this freshman, Chloe Radcliff, because the Gustavian Weekly had a feature article on her that I just read.  Chloe said, “…a really good speech can make you laugh, cry and persuade you.  That is why I am in speech.”

Carolyn said Chloe is the 10th relative to be a Gustie.  Of course Bill Robertz already knew Chloe!

I hope you found the Swedish music for violin and piano, Ken Samuelson.  Thanks for the program you sent from Post Falls in northern Idaho.

Our sympathy to Dwight and Carol (Matson ) Holcombe on the death of their son, David in March as a result of a snowmobile accident near Grand Marais, MN.

A wonderful article on Don and Norma (Johnson ’52) Carlson appeared in the Mille Lacs County Times in February.  “Commitment, forgiveness and respect are key components in the Carlson’s 57 years of wedded bliss.”  It continues:

            The couple met while attending Gustavus Adolphus College.  Don, a native of Milaca, was a year ahead of Norma.  It was a mutual friend (Norma’s roommate Joanne Cravens [Benson] who introduced the two.

            “You ought to call her for a date,” Cravens told Don.  “So I did.” 

            Ironically, there were four Norma Johnsons attending Gustavus and Don initially called the wrong one.

            But, the two eventually hooked up and attended a dance in Mankato with a group of friends.  Not long after, Norma recalled, “He said, I think I’m falling in love with you.”

            Two other components were key to their successful marriage―being involved and never going to bed mad.  “If we got upset, we never went to bed without settling it.”  Norma said.  “We never stayed mad at each other.  You let it out.”  We talk it through, which is sometimes difficult,” Don said.  “Sometimes it’s good to walk away from it for a while…Church has been very important in our lives,” Don said.

            As for keeping romance alive, Don said romance is more about having an enjoyable life together, respecting each other and giving each other a little space at times.  The Carlsons also believe forgiveness is another important factor.  “We don’t hold grudges,” Norma said.  “You can’t carry things like that on your shoulders.”  If you can’t have forgiveness, it eats you up,” Don added.  “We have things that we believe in, but the good Lord didn’t put me here to be a judge.”

Congratulations to Don Osell on his new book!  The Free Press (Mankato) wrote:

            SugerBrooke Creative Services announced the book release of “Johnny McGovern:  The Little Giant of Minnesota” by Don Osell.

            The story revisits the life of John McGovern, the first All-American Football Player at the University of Minnesota.  McGovern gained the distinction of being named to Walter Camp’s All American Team in 1909.

            The book is available for purchase through the public libraries in Arlington, LeSueur and Henderson.  Suggested retail price is $6 with all proceeds being donated to public libraries.  For more information, contact Don Osell at 218-326-6226 or dmosell@msn.com.

Patricia Oster McCloskey lives in Sarasota, FL.  A musician friend of mine moved there and enjoys the rich musical culture.

Irene Tettam Werner passed away in Sunnyville, CA in April 2008.  Paul ’53, her husband, wrote to me that there is no easy answer to the cause of her painful death.  “It is much easier knowing she is free of pain,” he said.  Irene was born in Vernon Center, MN.  She and Paul were married in 1952.

Gordon Holm, 82, Tonka Bay, MN, passed away in December.  He and Lorraine had been married for 60 years.  After the Navy he graduated from Gustavus.  Gordon worked for First Federal Savings and Loan for many years.  He enjoyed woodworking and golf.

Howard Rundquist, 79, Chatham, NJ, died in December.  He served in the Korean War.  Howard worked at Aubrey G. Lanston & Company in New York City.  He was a member of the Founder’s Society at Gustavus and an active Harvard Business School alumnus.  Howard lived in Chatham for almost 50 years and he also enjoyed time with family at their home in Kennebunk Beach, Maine.

The Rev. Herbert “Burnell” Baldwin, 87, of Litchfield, MN died on October 30 at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.  After Gustavus he graduated from seminary in Rock Island, IL.  He served in the U.S. Army as a radio technician and participated in the Okinawa Campaign.  He married Berniece Wilson in 1949.  During 46 years in parish ministry, he served on various boards of education, community education and worked with the American Legion and other areas of church ministry.  He wrote two books:  Promises Made Clear and Pearls in the Twenty Third Psalm.  His wife still lives in Litchfield.

For more information on these deaths see “In Memoriam” in the back of each Gustavus Quarterly.  Our sympathy to all of their families!

Muriel Setterholm Lundell’s son, Peter ’81, has published his third book.  Did you see this info under the Class of ’81 in the spring 2009 Gustavus Quarterly?  It excerpt from it reads:  “…has published his third book, Prayer Power:  30 Days to a Stronger Connection with God (Revell, 2009), in which he reveals how, through his own screw-ups, extraordinary experiences, and lessons learned from Christians of every stripe, one really can connect with God; more information is on his web-site, www.PeterLundell.com.

In the Winter Gustavus Quarterly, page 35 is a photo of Dr. David Johnson ’84, son of my brother, Wendell ’53.  He is pictured examining a Tanzanian patient’s eyes when he was on an outreach team last July.  He is quoted, “We were each blessed to be a blessing.  To give the gift of sight is a wonderful expression of the gospel.”  His wife and their two teenage kids helped on the project.

I met a Nigerian student when we were both doing weights.  He said, “Gustavus is absolutely amazing!”  He does research at Mayo Clinic in the summer.  After I wrote that, I looked at the Spring Gustavus Quarterly, page 3 and there he was, Vwaire Orhurhu, along with an interesting article.

David Hilding’s grand nephew, Ben Hilding is graduating.  He is very active in the chapel activities and is a sacristan in chapel.  Also, Ben is the youth director at First Lutheran Church where we belong.

Gustavian Weekly in February:  Gustavus ranked number ten on the list of private college and university Peace Corps volunteers in 2008.  Presently there are 18 alumni serving abroad, in addition to a new group of students who will be pursuing this path following graduation.

Almost 26,000 books were collected for the Invisible Children Foundation by the Building Bridges organization at Gustavus.  They will be shipped to Uganda.

There is lots of excitement around here about the athletic teams at Gustavus.  Many of the teams win MIAC titles, etc.  The students are very dedicated and hard working!  They have good sportsmanship, too!  You can follow your favorite team sport at Gustavus in a lot of ways!

Quiz

  • Do students raise organic vegetables on campus and sell them to the dining service?
  • Is Gustavus one of the top colleges in the country in the Campus Energy Challenge?
  • Does the campus compete in Recycle Mania among colleges and universities?
  • Is the Gustavus dining service one of the best in the country?
  • Does Gustavus use their “tree cookies” for biology study at the Arboretum Interpretive Center?

You guessed right if you answered YES to them all!

From the Mankato Free Press:  “Gustavus Adolphus College has once again been ranked in the top 20 of the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report for the total number of students who study abroad.  Gustavus was ranked 18th on the list of baccalaureate institutions, which considered data from the 2006-07 academic year.  With 359 students studying abroad during that time period, Gustavus is one of six Minnesota higher education institutions ranked in the top 20.

Randy Stuckey, our great alumni director, told me how he happened to come to Gustavus to go to college.  He had a baseball scholarship elsewhere, but was invited to come to campus.  He liked Gustavus and within a few hours he was signed up.  “It felt right!”  He has been crisscrossing the country this past spring for alumni meetings in conjunction with the Gustavus Commission 150.  At these meetings they’ve asked, among other things, “What is the GUSTIE SPIRIT?”  Randy said, “Nobody knows.  Nobody can describe it exactly.”

On the Gustie Spirit----

The husband of a Gustie once told me, “There is a Gustie Glue!”

Grady St. Dennis ’92 said, “I think it is service.  At our last Gustie gathering – If you closed your eyes, you would not be able to tell which decade they belonged to!  It wasn’t the football games (etc.), but the things we talked about and did together in service that still holds us together.”

You can give online to the Gustavus Annual Fund, but the deadline is May 31.  In this down economy, your gifts and participation are more important than ever.

It is a friendly feeling to visit with you whenever the opportunity arises.  I’m sorry they don’t have the usual Phonorama anymore.  Please come to the 50-Year Club reunion on Saturday, May 30.

Hope to see you soon!

With lots of Gustie Spirit,

Dorothy Johnson Lutz

1951 Class Agent

P.S.  A few minutes before I was going to hand in the class letter, I read this story in the Mankato Free Press about Don Roberts ’56, headlined:  “Gustavus Legend to be Honored.”

The old timer was hanging around the Gustavus Adolphus College hockey rink with his dog, as he so often does, watching a member of the school’s women’s hockey team skate.

            After he introduced himself to the young player, she looked over his shoulder at the sign on the wall and down toward the floor at the name boldly embedded in the ice.

            “That’s you?” she said to Don Roberts, the man for whom the rink is named.

            “She thought I was dead,” Roberts said with a chuckle.  “She started to say it and then she caught herself.  All of the other buildings (at Gustavus) are named after somebody’s who’s deceased.”

            The 75-year-old is not dead, but he is a coaching legend.

            On Thursday night in St. Paul, he will receive the Hobey Baker Legend of Hockey Award during the annual Hobey Baker banquet, which will also honor this year’s Division I player of the year, Matt Gilroy of Boston University.

            “At my age, it’s nice to get an award when I’m still alive,” Roberts said.  “It’s not a memorial.”

            Roberts finished coaching the Gusties men’s hockey team in 1997 after 33 seasons and 532 victories, but he hardly retired from it.

            He attends several Gustavus practices and goes to games at the Don Roberts Ice Rink, as well as to many road games, riding along on the team bus along with his friend, Stan Solberg, who was his teams’ old bus driver.

            “(Solberg) and I have been doing that since I retired,” Roberts said.  “I keep my nose out of the coaching stuff.  …I enjoy the game, I enjoy the players.  It’s a lot of fun…

            The stories go back to 1959 when he coached football, wrestling and baseball at Gustavus.  Five years later, he was assigned to coach the MIAC’s newest sport, hockey, a sport he knew little about.

            “I got all the football players who owned skates out for hockey through friendly persuasion,” said Roberts, who had to learn to skate as he learned to coach the game.  “Basketball and hockey are similar sports in coverage of zone and breakout, so I had them run basketball drills.”

            Roberts’ first hockey team won one game.  But a year later, the Gusties won 16 games and the first of 11 conference titles.

            Today, Roberts’ win total still ranks 12th among college coaches of all divisions.

            “(The Legend of Hockey Award) has brought up a lot of good memories,” Roberts said.  “There’s been a lot of people involved.  One heroine has been my wife, Nancy [Lea ’56].  She’s been to 800-some games.

            “When I started, I had no idea I’d end up as a hockey coach.  That’s the last thing I would have thought I’d end up doing.”

P.S.S.  The Alumni Office will add a few things here:

CAMPUS NEWS

Commission Gustavus 150

In April, the eight Commission Gustavus 150 Task Forces finished meeting and completed recommendation drafting as part of the strategic planning process.  Starting next week, all recommendations will be posted on a secured website for employees, students, and alumni to provide input regarding the level of importance for each recommendation.  This information will be shared with the Board of Trustees for their August meeting to set priorities for action and funding.

Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22.  Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points).  Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings.  First-year student, Chloe Radcliffe, placed first in the individual sweepstakes and senior, Tasha Carlson, will represent Minnesota at the 2009 Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest―the oldest speaking competition in the country―on April 25 in Oxford, Mississippi.

“Come on you Gusties” Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  All Gusties are welcome and invited to the breakfasts which are held the third Wednesday of each month.  This month our featured presenter is Katherine Tunheim, professor of economics and management.  Tunheim will bring news about the department and speak about business ethics and how it is incorporated in the department today.  The date will be Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ‘55 at 763-533-9083.  Upcoming summer breakfasts include Tom Emmert, professor of history, on June 17; Byron Nordstrom, retiring professor of history and Scandinavian Studies, on July 15; and Megan Ruble, director of student activities, and Mim Kagol, Gustavus Library Associates, on the Reading In Common program, on August 19.

Faculty/Administrator Service Dinner

Gustavus will honor John Bungum, professor of economics and management; Dennis Henry, professor of physics; Steve Hogberg, gift planner; Byron Nordstrom, professor of history and Scandinavian studies; Tom Thorkelson; men’s and women’s track coach, strength coach, and Lund Center special events coordinator, Edi Thorstensson; visiting instructor and academic librarian, and Steve Wilkinson; men’s tennis coach, upon their retirement and other faculty and administrators for their years of service at a May 21 banquet on campus.

Tribute to Bill Holm

Friends of acclaimed writer Bill Holm ’65, who died unexpectedly in February, gathered for a tribute on Thursday, May 7.  John Rezmerski (English, emeritus) emceed and presenters included Phil Bryant (English), Joyce Sutphen (English), Doug Huff (philosophy), Larry Owen (English, emeritus), and Athena Owen Kildegaard ’82, gave brief tributes or readings.  Music was provided by Paul and Helen Baumgartner (music, emeriti).

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