Class of '58
February 2007

Dear ’58ers,

Only those of you who live or stay for the winter in these northern climes can enjoy/suffer/understand a classic Minnesota snowstorm.  It can be wonderful and frustrating at the same time.

News from classmates:  SUSAN ELAM O’CONNOR has begun violin lessons after a hiatus of many years.  “A new (old) violin and a French bow have made playing sheer joy.  My instructor is the concert master of Symphony New Brunswick.”

JIM EDMAN is into birding, as am I, and has traveled to Alaska, Costa Rica, southeast Arizona and even back to Minnesota looking for birds to add to his list.  He said only the Minnesota birds can sing in Norwegian!  By the way, Jim, there is now a birding club at Gustavus.

BARBARA JENSEN OLSON has five beautiful grandchildren (aren’t they all), three boys and two girls, ages eight months to four years.  Andrea Busch ’06, granddaughter of CHUCK BUSCH, graduated from Gustavus this past spring.  SHIRLEY LUNDGREN KANNE is retired and living in Bloomington.  PAT (TRENCH) and DUANE ROSENBERG welcomed the arrival of their third grandchild and first granddaughter.

I am sorry to report the loss of two classmates:  MARLENE GASTLER PETERSEN passed away last August in Owen, WI.  Marlene had been a social worker, day care center director and elementary school aide.  She is survived by three children and their families.  DAVID WAGNER died on December 3 after many years of battling MS.  Dave, one of my former college roommates, had been a pastor and high school counselor.  He was very active in retirement as a stained glass artist and many of his works are in Marshfield, WI.  He is survived by his wife, Darlene, and three children and their families.  Our sympathies as well, to KAREN HOLMEN HUBBARD on the loss of her brother, Bobby ’59 earlier this month.

Thanks to those of you who have contributed to one of the Gustavus funds since the last class letter.  Again, at the risk of missing someone, thanks to the following: 

BILL BINGER, NOEL BEHNE, LEE ANDERSON, WESTEN ANDERSON, JAN (NEIDT) and ANDERS BJORLING, PAUL BORG, BETH CHOI, MIKE DALE, DICK EKLUND, LOREN HERBST, ELLWOOD JOHNSON, MARLYS JOHNSON JOHNSON, SHIRLEY LUNDGREN KANNE, STAN LARSON, RUTH RAARUP MITCHELL, BARBARA JENSEN OLSON, PAT TRENCH ROSENBERG, CAROLYN LUND SANDVIG, DICK SODERGREN, SONYA (HARBO) and DUANE TALUS, CHUCK BUSCH, KAY JACOBSON CARLSON, DICK JAMESTON, MERYL NELSON JESSEN, ROBERTA WALKER LORENO, MARJORIE McKAY MILLER, MARTHA TELLEEN PETERSON, NANCY JOHNSON PETERSON, and LENIDA JEPSON SANDAHL.  Thanks to all of you!

If your name is not listed and you have given, let me know!  If you have not given, there is an easy way to add your name to the class of 1958 donors!

BETH CHOI, widow of classmate CHANGIK CHOI, writes that her grandson, Sam, is at age 10, following his grandfather’s interest in playing soccer.  LENIDA JEPSON SANDAHL lives in Stillwater and volunteers at Bethesda Hospital and works on the archives committee.  The History Center opened in 2005.  BILL and MARLYS BINGER have a grandson, Benjamin, who is a sophomore at Gustavus.  As an old admissions person, I love to see these legacies continue!  Bill and Marlys continue their art and volunteer activities.

A group of women in our class gathered last summer in Stillwater to celebrate their 70th birthdays and remember their days at Gustavus.  Laughter, memories, times of catching up, stories and more laughter were all part of the celebration.  A group photo will be in the spring Quarterly, having missed the deadline for the winter issue.  Some of the group traveled to the campus for a tour and a luncheon with President Peterson.  Among those attending were:    NORI HEINE BECKER, RUTH LIND CHRISTENSON, BARB BENNETT CHRISTOPHERSON, MARTHA BANKE CURTIS, HEATHER PETERSON DAVIS-PEABODY, CAROLYN CLOGSTON ENGQUIST, KAREN HOLMEN HUBBARD, MARCIA AMUNDSON JANASZ, LOIS WALFRID JOHNSON, MARLYS JOHNSON JOHNSON, JEANETTE WESTBERG JOHNSTON, SHIRLEY LUNDGREN KANNE, JODY SPRINGER LANGE, ELIZABETH NELSON LEMPP, ROBERTA WALKER LORENO, RUTH PEIKERT MADDOX, JOYCE STRAND MARVEL, MARGARET STEENERSON MOONEY, CLAUDETTE ANDERSON McCOLLAR, RUTH RAARUP MITCHELL, BARBARA JOHNSON MORRIS, JAN TOMERDAHL NORTHFIELD, MIRIAM ANDERSON OLSEN, BARBARA JENSEN OLSON, NANCY JOHNSON PETERSON, MARTHA TELLEEN PETERSON, JANET THOMAS PRITCHARD, PAT TRENCH ROSENBERG, MARILYN CARLSON SHERMAN, DONNA ELVESTROM SPONBERG, SONYA HARBO TALUS, CHARLENE BUKKILA WESTRUM, JOYCE BEBENSEE YOUNG, MARY ELLEN YOUNG, BARB CARLSON GLENZINSKI, JOANNE OLMANSON PEDERSEN and CAROLYN LUND SANDVIG.  And, of course, with all lists, advance apologies for omissions.  I especially appreciate that some of the group came to the campus!

MARLYS JOHNSON JOHNSON is co-author of a book “Giving Voice to the Leader Within;” full of practical ideas for parents, grandparents and adults who work with young people.  Co-authored with Donna Gillen and Jackie Sinykin, who share their experiences in working with young  people. “The book illustrates, with stories of and interviews with young people, the four dimensions we believe are critical to engagement: support, opportunities, space and resources.”  The authors have been doing presentations and workshops to educators, social workers and church youth leaders.  Marlys also does consulting for the Search Institute and enjoys her four grandchildren!

NOEL BEHNE is senior vice president, business development for First Community Bank in Corrales, NM.  Noel is active in many organizations and boards, among them New Mexico First executive committee, ARCA Foundation Board of Directors, Bernalillo County Investment Committee, ACI Board of Directors, Treasurer of Bernalillo County Bond committee and president of ACTS Worldwide, a non-profit formed to spread the gospel world-wide.  This man is filled with energy!

Reunion time is coming!  We will celebrate 50 years at commencement in May 2008.  Are you ready?  I am not!  I am again calling for volunteers!  Thanks to early responders, BEV DUNCAN ANDERSON, CAROLYN CLOGSTON ENGQUIST, PAT TRENCH ROSENBERG , MARLYS JOHNSON JOHNSON and BOB PETERSON.  Once we finish with the winter in Minnesota, I hope that a preliminary group can meet to begin the planning and organization of other volunteers.

Let me know at:  swansam@hickorytech.net or at 507-934-4790 or 618 West Nassau, St Peter, MN  56082

Meanwhile, don’t forget the GUSTAVUS ANNUAL FUND!

Cheers!

Owen Sammelson

1958 Class Agent

CAMPUS NEWS

Alumni Awards Announced

The Alumni Association announces the following 2007 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors.  Greater Gustavus AwardGiven to those who, by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College:  Russ and Jan (Ledin) Michaletz ’74 ’74

Distinguished Alumni CitationsRecognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement

Paul Peterson ’94, principal, St. Peter High School, Minnesota State High School Principal of the Year.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, house speaker, Minnesota House of Representatives.

First Decade AwardsRecognizes early professional achievement

Jennifer Pleuss Spande ’97, diplomat, Political and Economic Section, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Alexander Hill ’97, senior scientist, Medtronic, Inc.

The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 26, and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, October 13.

Energy Wars

Minnesota colleges and universities competed during February in the Campus Energy Wars.  The Campus Energy Wars challenge was to see which campus conserved the most energy throughout the month.  Gustavus students and faculty made a concerted effort to change their behaviors by turning off unused lights in their dorm rooms or classrooms, unplugging appliances, and lowering thermostats to reduce energy consumption.  The culminating event was a campus competition to pedal stationary bicycles to see who could pump the most energy into an electrical generator supplied by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Linnaeus Symposium Celebrates Birth of Carl Linnaeus

In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist who established genus/species used today, Gustavus will host its second Linnaeus Symposium: Linnaeus @ 300 on Wednesday, April 25, 2007.  The daylong conference will feature presentations by ethnobotanists, Mark Plotkin and Paul Alan Cox, Linnaean scholar and impersonator Hans Odoo, and author Paula Robbins, who has written about Pehr Kalm, one of Linnaeus’s “apostles” to America.  The day will also include tours of Linnaeus Arboretum, a special photography exhibition by Anders Bjorling ’58, music, dance, and a Scandinavian feast.  The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m., so save the date and join us at Gustavus this spring.  For more information, go to <gustavus.edu/arboretum/> or call 507/933-6181

Building Bridges Diversity Conference

The 12th annual student-led “Building Bridges” Diversity Conference is scheduled for March 10, 2007.  The conference is titled “Finding Your Voice: Putting Awareness Into Action.”  The Conference focuses on the power we have within our society, culture, and world to provoke and promote change.  The keynote speaker this year is Lisa Ling, special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show, host of the award-winning documentary series Explorer on the National Geographic Channel, and contributor to the Oxygen Network.  For more information, go to:  <gustavus.edu/diversity/buildingbridges/>.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Building Bridges Conference - March 10
  • Tucson Gustie Gathering - March 16
  • Phoenix Gustie Gathering - March 17
  • Easter Bunny Breakfast at Mt. Olivet Church in Minneapolis - March 17
    Sun City Gustie Gathering - March 18
  • Linnaeus Symposium - April 25
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations – April 28
  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference: Community Food Security - May 2
  • Celebrating 75 years of the Gustavus Choir - May 5
  • Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion  - May 11-12 <gustavus.edu/alumni/reunion/Theatre/index.cfm>
  • Class of 1962 - 45th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • Class of 1957 - 50th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
  • 50 Year Club Reunion – May 26