Class of '61
January 2002

From Deep in the Woods of Northwest Wisconsin…

Haiku to 2002….by your surprise guest writer, Carolyn Wedin (you won’t remember her….she was very shy….though the only one to speak up sometimes in Bernard Erling’s ’43 classes…)

Since creativity is allowed—even encouraged—and also crucial at our age to possibly produce a new brain neuron, I have decided to turn the news into an old poetic art form: Haiku.  Now this has nothing to do with my having been an English professor for—eee gads―40 years:  in Kansas (well, a teaching assistant), North Carolina, Wisconsin, England, Poland, Norway, two universities in Sweden, including last year down in the south, across the new bridge from Copenhagen, at Lund University.  And now, in one of those lovely full circles of life, here from the woods where I grew up, I do an Internet course in American Minority Writers for Swedish students enrolled through Lund.  As I sit at my magic keyboard sending my words around the world, I recall when we didn’t even have electricity, either at home or across the creek at the one-room Round Lake School, which was my first academic window on the world.  Which is better?  Well, I am convinced that the sense of community around that little school can’t be duplicated on the Web, but then about the only things I would really miss if I could go back to the 19th century would be antibiotics and my SAAB.

No, you don’t have to be a literature freak, or even remember clearly the voices or paper grading of Gerhard Alexis or Gordon Bennett or Richard Lindemann.  (I do credit Bennett, though, with unwittingly convincing me that passion for poetry can be an enriching basic life force.  It was the day he was talking about some poem or other, and he put one hand on his desk, one on the chalk board tray—remember chalk?―and gave a little leap!)

No, you needn’t worry that this will be anywhere beyond your grasp.  Haiku is accessible, on the creating or receiving end, to anyone, age 4 to 104.  By the time you finish this letter (not “if you finish…") you, too, should be able to create verse, and just in time for Valentine’s Day!  All you have to know is what a “syllable” is; all you have to be able to do is count.  (Even St. Olaf class of ’61 can probably do that).  Haiku consists of three lines.  Line One:  five syllables; line two:  seven syllables; line three:  five syllables.  Got it?

I, and my husband, Tony Rolloff, as of last July, live in the old log farm homestead, which my parents lost in the Great Depression, now enveloped in an unfinished glass extravaganza.  They called it “Pinehurst,” so we call it Pinehurst, too, and, indeed, many of the same pines are still here, cradling the Big Dipper all summer long in their fringy arms.  We would love to have a visit from any of you.  Here is my name and address in the form of a couple Haiku.  Please note that the mark of punctuation is done a la Richard Reusch dictations to us in GAC Christianity 101, Old Testament:  “and then Ya-cop, com-ma, seeing the an-gel, com-ma….”)


Carolyn Wedin

One one zero eight zero

Highway forty-eight

Frederic com-ma

Wis.  54837

(Paradise on earth)

And Now:   

News That’s Fit to Print

Great Gustavus Grads

Prime of their lives now!

Don Fultz, Shoreview, MN; Tanzania

Tanzania,Wow!

Half a year, then Shoreview, MN

What a great job split!

Sally Johnson Audiss, Byron, MN

Believe it or not:

Subbing and enjoying it!

Daughter home, Midwest

Son marries with flu

’Mongst San Diego Surfers

Clam bake on the beach

John Van Deusen, Columbia, SC

Great Reunion, folks!

Redskins? Eagles? Which is yours?

Why not the Packers??

Dick Dalton, Cannon Falls, MN

Four generations

Editing the great Beacon

Light of Cannon Falls

Evelyn Madsen Schroeder, Apple Valley, MN

Retirement last year

5th grade, Westview El., Rosemount     

We all thank teachers!

Raymond J. Rapp, Cannon Falls, MN

Ray still in business

With five grandchildren, no less

What is the secret?

Thirty years Fireman

Citizen of the Year now

Front page in Goodhue

Julie Nelson Neyhart, Juneau, AK

Sad loss of father

But birth of granddaughter, too

Leah Catherine

Lowell Rasmussen, Nevis, MN

Florida snow bird

And Warm Springs, Georgia treatment

Lowell and FDR

Karl A. Ostrom, Tacoma, WA

Stuck in Tacoma

(But Minnesota better)

Kids and grandkids there

Lyle Nelson, La Grande, OR

“Everybody should

Get to the Northwest sometime

Beautiful country!”

Marlene Vartdal Meyer, Mission Viejo, CA

Dick Lippert shopping

Our California village

Yells “Farmer Meyer!”

Jim Mansfield Jr., Winston Salem, NC

Marketing models

For R. J. R. Tobacco

A promotion, too!

Jeanne Dahlen Lewis, Boulder, CO

Devoted doctor

Has cared for sick in Ukraine   

And taught their doctors

Dave Frykman, Evansville, MN

9/11 abroad

England and Scotland and Wales

Now own family farm

Jan Sanftner Elvekrog, Birmingham, MI

Married 40 years!

Family all in Chicago

Portrait in the rain

Success with time-shares

Missouri and Mexico

Family gatherings

Alan L. Eliason, Eugene, OR

Why not a Volvo?

Pick it up and drive in Sweden

Then write a book!

(Retirement great!)

Maralyn Magnuson Anderson, Lancaster, PA

Will see the whole gang

At reunion No. 60!

“Hello” to you all

Carol Ann Cope Nord, Glen Burnie, MD

This the month of

Retirement! Just back from

Trip to Germany

Mary Beth Longe Malloy, Cedar Rapids, IA

Still making music,

Malloy Custom Pianos

Two grandchildren, too!

Tom A Norquist, Modesto, CA

In order to have

(Our best on back surgery)

More traveling soon

Marilynn Clark Tanner, Hot Springs Village, AR

Motor home travel

Hot Springs hot in October

So why not Texas?

Gordon L. Thies, Temecula, CA

Growing part of Cal

Five to sixty thousand folk

In just five year’s time

Jacob now five years

Don’t think I could do it now!

We admire you!

Jo Hanson Johnson, North Mankato, MN

Living near G. A.

We get there for some events

But not all you think!

Jo Linnee, Winona, MN

Sing!  I love to sing!

This spring in Carnegie Hall!     

Many in chorus

Paul Thompson, Greeley, CO

In June, retired

As Aims College President

Now fighting cancer

(We wish you our best!)

Miriam Lind Lagus, St. Croix Falls, WI

A bicycle tour

In homeland of Estonia

Fantastic travel!

Sally J. Enstrom, St. Louis Park, MN

Caught making lefse

(Now isn’t that Norwegian?—

Like day-old pancakes?)

Barging down rivers

Like the great Mississippi

Gives my heart a thrill

Gloria Eckberg Swenson, Plymouth, MN

Remodelling home

Help! Windows, roof, you name it        

“Everything is fine”

Carol Olson Heath, Minneapolis, MN

Reunion cancelled

We teachers from Africa

Back in the Sixties

Loves to travel now

Where? “Anywhere, everywhere”

See you in Fred’ric!

Alan Roalson, Sugar Land, Texas

Just getting older

Remember Lutfisk suppers?

Any in Texas?

Lorraine Sandvig Carlson, Fairmont, MN

“Any news, Lorraine?”

“Say I washed my car today”

…And Europe last spring

(A World War II Tour)

Wayne Kneeskern, Richland, IA

Reverend Ron Koch

Last summer drove through

And we had a lunch

Sam Dahlquist, Vassalboro, ME

Gorgeous fall colors

Work in Vet’rans’ Hospital

While my wife travels

Elsa M. Cornell, St. Peter, MN

Found a wand’ring dog

I think he looks like a wolf

So named him Juneau

Mary Strand Anderson, Springfield, VA

I love to quilt now

They go around the whole world

Pieces of my life

Rudy E. Gulstrand, Jr., Rocky River, OH

New Russian grandchild

In Asia on 9/11

And climbed Mt. Rainier!

Arlyn W. Kettner, Fort Collins, CO

Four grandchildren here

And two out east, New York State

Music talent—voice!

John W. Domes, Albert Lea, MN

Fantastic travel

Germany, Nova Scotia

Summer?  Alaska

Karen Lacher Dowd, Duluth, MN

Grandchild number nine

Has neat name of “India”

But “Indy” for short

Marilyn Heier Gustafson, Milt Gustafson, Fort Washington, MD

Marilyn retired

Milt still keeping our Archives

Precious heritage

Alice Nelson Holm, Paul Holm, Crookston, MN

Paul is still teaching

Alice not teaching, but works

Two new grandchildren

Sandy Allumbaugh Bolin, Garvin, MN

“Lovely time of year”

Have eight grandchildren now

Enjoy retirement

What can I say now?

This has been great fun for me

Perhaps for you, too?

Some themes reoccur

We love our grandchildren so

And music, art, trees

We pray for good health

Love seeing one another

Remember good times

Would you send pengar?  (oops, too much time in Sweden, MONEY)

And write some news there also?

Gustavus needs us!


Carolyn Wedin

1961 Guest Letter Writer

P.S.  Now for some campus news:

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 in the middle of my last J-Term!  After a longer-than-usual Christmas break, it’s great to be back on campus.  Instead of taking a class (and doing homework) this J-Term, I’m spending my time slaving away in the Alumni Office.  It’s great to have the extra time to relax and do other activities that J-Term allows.  Having unlimited time at home each night has made for some great cooking!  And getting to watch “Friends” without worrying about the homework you should be doing instead is also a plus! 

The campus is full of life and excitement.  The theme for J-Term 2002 is "Our Global Village," and the month will be a celebration of cultural diversity as we grapple with social, political, economic and philosophical aspects of our ever-shrinking world neighborhood.  Faculty are offering 29 different classes that tie into this global theme, many of which are travel courses.  Examples include Islam and Culture, and Chinese Cooking and Culture.  This year, 2319 students are enrolled in J-Term courses, with many studying abroad, participating in internships, student teaching or studying at other domestic institutions.  I get very jealous when I read e-mails from my roommates who are studying in warm, sunny Australia.  J-Term themes for the coming years include “Service-Learning” (2003) and “Undergraduate Research.” (2004).

Winter athletics are also in full swing!  Gustie teams are off to a great start and all are near the top in the MIAC.

Gustie music ensembles are also very busy.  The Gustavus Band will embark on an international tour this J-Term.  The band is touring Sweden and Norway, presenting “Music from America.”  The tour dates are January 16 through February 10.  The tour concludes with a homecoming performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir is busy preparing for their tour of the Midwest during Touring Week in February, concluding with their home concert Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Orchestra will tour Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.

You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming alumni events:

February 2      Chicago Chapter event - 6:00 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m.

Gustavus Choir Concert

                        Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL

February 16    Naples Chapter event - Naples Beach Club

                        851 Gulf Shore Boulevard, Naples

                        11:30 a.m. social, 12:30 p.m. luncheon

February 17    Vero Beach Chapter event - Dawn (Ekstrom ’67) and Ted Michael residence

                        2506 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

                        12:30 p.m. social, 1:30 p.m. luncheon

March 7          San Diego Chapter event

March 8          Tucson Chapter gathering

March 9          Phoenix Chapter gathering

March 10        Sun City Chapter gathering

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!!!