Class of 1952

February 2011

My friends,

We’re in the middle of our 100th snowstorm here in the Twin Cities area and southern Minnesota as many of you know only too well!  In fact if we hadn’t experienced that few days of spring and thawing, we would no doubt be buried until May or June.  However, there is always the positive side.

It’s beautiful when I look out the window!  Secondly, everything is cancelled today so it reminds me of my teaching years.  When a “snow day” was announced, it was the gift of the school year, and even more than one on Christmas!  Today is like that.  I’m finding time to make necessary (and unnecessary) phone calls, clear my computer messages, read the newspaper and do the crossword, finish the last of my Christmas cards (believe it or not), and yes, even to write my LONG overdue class letter.

I find ecstasy in living…the mere sense of living is joy enough."  Emily Dickinson

I took a class this winter, “Reading Emily Dickinson,” offered by OLLI, through the University and loved every minute of it!  She has forever been my favorite poet and even more so now!

However, I’m not writing to share just weather news or my personal endeavors, but instead to give you some Gustie news.  Are you aware that Gustavus is celebrating its Sesquicentennial anniversary in 2012 (150 years)?  That’s quite remarkable.  As far as I know, Hamline is the only college in Minnesota that is older than we are and only by a few years.  Actually, the celebration will begin in the fall of 2011 and end in the fall of 2012 at Homecoming.  The reason for this is that the school year runs from fall through the year until spring, and it would be awkward to break into the middle of the school year on January 1.  I’ve been a member of the Advisory committee, and I can assure you that numerous exciting events, displays, and opportunities for participation are being planned.

Among them there will likely be a gathering in the Twin Cities during the summer for alumni, several “coffee table” books for purchase, a Gustavus Library “Books in Bloom” exhibit, sporting and musical events, special invitations to visit campus, and on and on.  Keep your eyes and ears in tune.  Publicity will be abundant, and you will be kept well-informed.

Heads up announcement for those of you who live in the Twin Cities and surrounding area:  if you like a good breakfast in the company of Gusties and are curious about activities on campus, what’s happening in sports, music, forensics, etc. and want to meet some of the professors who are teaching there now, mark your calendar for the third Wednesday of every month at 8 A.M. and come to the Doubletree Hotel on the corner of Highways 394 and 100.  You won’t regret it, really enjoyable.  It lasts about 11/2 hours and there is no other agenda, no fund raising, no requests for volunteers or student recruitment, just an information agenda on various topics.

Believe me; it will be well worth your while.  A list of topics, presenters, and dates are published in the Quarterly.  Check it out!

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”

Another classmate has died, Marvin Carlson.  Eighty-five years old, a veteran, and a charter member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church.  Marv had a career at Northwesten Bank for 35 years.  His three daughters were all Gustie grads.  We extend to his family our sincere sympathy, and we grieve too for our colleague.

Bev Luckemeyer Whitney died of cancer this summer.  She was one of my suite mates when I was a freshman; twelve of us lived together in Section 108 in Wahlstrom.  What fun we had, and Bev was such a part of it!  She married Jim Whitney ʼ51, and they lived in Minneapolis during most of their married life.  Jim taught at Hopkins High School.  Bev was from St. Cloud, and that winter before she died we celebrated Lee Jaenson Zopff's and Gloria Anderson Samelian's birthdays at lunch.  Her attitude was amazing.  She was upbeat and positive about her illness, looking forward to being at her cabin which she loved.  That’s where she wanted to die, and she did.  Her spirit and attitude were an inspiration to her family and friends.  Jim comes to the Gustie breakfast once a month so we see him there.  He’s lonely and like many of us, misses Bev terribly.  We hold that family in our prayers as well.

In case you missed it a year ago, Bob Werness and Dick Brown also died last year.  They were well-known members of our class.  It seems like yesterday that we were all on campus together, playing, studying, being Gusties.  We also extend our condolences to their families.  Time and life pass too quickly, don’t they?

Many of you have already sent in your donations to the Annual Fund.  If you are one of those early donors, a thousand thanks!  I’m depending on the rest of you to fill our coffers even higher.  We have big goals to reach!  Private colleges need to depend on large endowments to function and survive during these demanding economic years and higher than ever tuition costs.  The benefits of a private church college education are invaluable as all of you well know.  It made a huge difference in our lives; now it must make a difference for future generations.  PLEASE GIVE as generously as you can!  You know that any amount you make is significant.  Thanks!

No other classmate news this time.  However, check the Quarterly, class of ʼ52.  Don’t forget to send news items about your family, your travels, and your activities when you send your check.  We want to know!

A Blessing for you−

May your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in need.

Peace and contentment in all your days,

Barb Eckman Krig

1952 Class Agent

Campus News

Gustavus Choir Tour

The Gustavus Choir is back from a tour of Italy in January.  The 57 student musicians, under the direction of Greg Aune, traveled and sang at various locations in Italy Jan. 13-28.  As is the case with each Gustavus international music tour, it includes an educational component.  The students learned about the Italian Renaissance in the month-long Cultures of Creativity course taught by Chaplain Brian Johnson ʼ80.

Sesquicentennial Award

In 2011–2012, Gustavus will celebrate its 150th academic year.  The Board of Trustees has established an award in honor of this Sesquicentennial anniversary to recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in the life of the College.  The award, called “The Sesquicentennial Award,” will acknowledge and pay tribute to living alumni, parents, friends, and retired faculty and staff who:

  • Through actions in their personal or professional lives, have advanced the status of Gustavus as a premier liberal arts college;
  • Have set a new precedent in the ways they supported and advanced the mission of the College as an institution dedicated to preparing students “for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society”; and/or
  • Have brought particular dignity or honor to the College.

Please submit nominations online at Gustavus.edu/150.  For more information about the Sesquicentennial Awards, visit https://gustavus.edu/forms/sesquicentennial-award.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  New in January was the start of the breakfasts in St. Peter.  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The speaker at both the breakfasts for March will be Kate Knutson, political science professor.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, March 16, 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 e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@gustavus.edu or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, March 9, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing gustiebreakfast@gustavus.edu or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April and Carolyn O’Grady, international education in May.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

Boston – March 2 – Henrietta’s Table and Marriott Newton

New York – March 4 – The Birdland Jazz Club

Washington, DC – March 5 – Council of Advancement Support of Education headquarters

Jacksonville, FL – March 26

Orlando – March 28

Tampa – March 29

Naples – March 30

Chicago – April 2

Athletics Update

Two Gustavus coaches celebrated milestone victories in January. Women’s hockey coach Mike Carroll pick up his 250th career win against St. Ben’s on Jan. 22.  On Jan. 29, women’s basketball coach Mickey Haller earned her 200th win.  The Gustie women beat Concordia Moorhead 59–53. Congratulations to both coaches!