Class of '63
December 2006

Dear ’63ers,

The “Winter” Quarterly arrived in the last few days and I was reminded that I had yet to send my fall tome to my favorite classmates.  I decided that I had better get this letter off before Christmas arrived.  Maybe you can consider this as an early Christmas present.

I commend to your reading, President Peterson’s letter in the Quarterly.  He portrays what I feel to be a very accurate picture of what the College is striving to do regarding the important issue of civil discourse.  In some ways, a college campus is nothing more than a reflection of what goes on in society.  However, at a church-related college like Gustavus, we are called upon to actively engage some of these issues which are thrust upon us by secular society.  Gustavus tries very hard to provide opportunities for members of the Gustavus community, students/faculty/staff, to have conversation about a variety of issues without that conversation turning ugly.  This fall, there was a lot of political activity with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all communicating their point of view.  Other issues such as religion, sexual orientation, cultural differences, and racial differences are addressed within the community better to understand varying points of view.  In the Lutheran realm, we do not fear to tackle difficult issues knowing that we have a firm foundation in our faith which permits us to struggle with tough questions.  The struggle reflects the core values which hold Gustavus together:  Justice, Faith, Community, Excellence, and Service.  I have digressed far from my main point:  carefully read President Peterson’s letter.

The fall semester began with one of the largest freshman classes in history.  Twenty percent of students are from out-state.  The female/male ration is 58/42.  The average GPA is 3.7 Thirty-seven percent of students come from the top 10% of their class.  10.5% of the first year class are students of color.  Remember that students can now opt to send their ACT/SAT scores to Gustavus.  The admission office looks very closely at a student’s coursework, GPA, rank, extracurricular activities, along with their ACT/SAT scores if they choose to send them.  The sophomore class IS the largest in history.  Retention of students has been a goal at Gustavus for at least three decades.  Over 90% of freshman students return to begin their second year.  It has been a busy fall.  One only needs to read through the Quarterly and see the large number of activities which go on during the semester.  As I write this letter, the students involved in the music program (over 600 strong) are in rehearsal for the celebration of Christmas in Christ Chapel when over 5,000 people will come to the campus for this annual event.

CAMPUS NEWS

If you have been on campus in the last three weeks you will have noticed the gigantic mound of dirt to the west of the Lund Center.  This is the start of the construction of the new football stadium.  The master plan for the campus calls for the extension of a new mall going west from Christ Chapel.  The expansion will provide space for a new social science academic building and an addition to the Bernadotte Library.  In addition, it meant that the almost 80 year old venerable stadium would have to be moved.  Many different sites were considered for the stadium, but finally the athletic department decided that the best spot would be adjacent to the Lund Center.  It is an exciting plan which calls for a sunken field about 15 feet below the bottom row of seats and surrounded by a berm on both ends with a slope towards the field.  Gusties love to stand/or sit on the grass and watch football games.  The grassy berm will allow for this great tradition in fine style!

Steinway and Sons, makers of what many would say are the best pianos, has added Gustavus to its “All Steinway Schools” list.  This is an exclusive list of just 66 colleges, universities, or conservatories in the world.  To be considered for the Steinway designation, a school must first have at least 90 percent of its performance, practice, and teaching pianos be Steinways.

Men’s Fitness magazine has named Gustavus as one of the top 10 colleges in America for fitness.  Among the things considered in the rankings were nutrition and dining choices, whether physical fitness is included in the curriculum, and availability of workout equipment.  They also examined individual student responses to questions on topics such as alcohol consumption, tobacco use, fast-food indulgence, and exercise habits.  On a related note, the Gustavus Dining Service was listed in the top 10 in a U.S. News and World Report survey on the best campus food in America.  Ma Young would be proud!!!!

Looking for a Christmas gift suggestion:  check out the two new oxfords on sale online through the Gustavus Book Mark.  The Book Mark is offering a women’s and men’s long sleeve shirt in a variety of colors and sizes.  The shirt features an embroidered three crowns and Gustavus.  A great idea for holiday shopping for your favorite Gustie.  Check them out online only at www.bookmark.gustavus.edu/.

On Saturday, September 30, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Deborah Jungwirth Borman ’87 - Volleyball, Tina Pulido Draper ’87 - Gymnastics, John Huepenbecker ’80 - Football, John Jambeck ’62 - Swimming, Deanne Sand Johnson ’89 - Tennis, Dick Kumlin ’55 (posthumously) – Basketball, Dan Prochnow ’78 - Golf, Jerilyn Ree ’88 - Basketball, and Stacey Rodman ’89 - Swimming.

If you haven’t had a chance to find yourself online, please go to gustavus.edu/giving/honorroll and check out the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006.  To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Mark Anderson, Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Assistance, is pleased to announce the Gustavus Legacy Award for new students beginning with the incoming class of 2007.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Scholarship recipients must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or an 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S) or email <admission@gustavus.edu>.

MIAC Champions:  2005 National Division III Women’s Cross Country Champion Hailey Harren ’07 won her second consecutive MIAC individual title.  Harren took the lead in the first half-mile and ran away from the pack to break a course record and became the first cross country runner from Gustavus to ever win two MIAC individual titles.  The men’s soccer team defeated Hamline University 2-0 to claim its third MIAC Playoff Championship in the past four years.  The football team finished their season by winning their last three games.  The football stadium was decommissioned and a ground breaking ceremony took place October 28.  Alumni Board member and former athletic director Moose Malmquist ’53 was the speaker at the decommissioning and his meaningful comments are included with this newsletter.  Head coaches and family representatives taking part in the ground breaking ceremony included current coach Jay Schoenebeck, and former head coaches Dennis Raarup, Lee Zopff (widow of Jocko Nelson), Don Roberts, and Jim Krough (son of Lee Krough).

CLASS NEWS

DAVID WICKLUND, Registrar at Gustavus, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the year.  Thus ends a distinctive career of service spanning with service ranging from the admission office to the office of registrar.  SANDY BROWN JOHNSTON writes her newsy December tome.  Sandy’s volunteer efforts still focus on Queen Lili’uokolani’s home where she gives tours to school children and others.  She also works on fundraising at the Contemporary Art Museum.  She also is a volunteer at the Hawaii Theater where she is now vice president of a supporting group called the “Stars.”  As if that wasn’t enough, she has worked with Jim in a Rotary project presenting personal dictionaries to third graders.  KEN JOHNSON continues to receive awards for his firm.  They were selected as an Ernst and Young finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Minnesota and the Dakotas.  They were also named “Direct Marketer of the Year” by the Midwest Direct Marketing Association.  JANET RYAN TIDEMANN has been a pastor at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Minneapolis for 17 years.  She is primarily doing visitation work on a part-time basis.  She enjoys five grandchildren including twin girls (age 5).  BONNIE LEWIS MCCLEES is no longer doing taxes for H & R Block and has moved to a small CPA firm where she enjoys the very busy nine week tax season.

NANCY JOHNSON KNOELL shared news that her daughter was inducted into the St. Olaf 2005 Athletic Hall of Fame for track and cross country.  Nancy and Larry spent last February in Orange Beach, AL where Hurricane Ivan in 2004 devastated the area and reconstruction is still going on.  They are also enjoying their grandchildren.  MIRIAM BORG TEETER will retire in June after 31 years in California.  Husband, Dan, retired from his hardware store last May.  Last July they went on a cruise of the Norway fjords with several of their friends.  KAREN LINDBORG JONAITIS and Chuck continue to enjoy work in the community in their church and Tohono Chul Park, a 49 acre preserve and museum in the Tucson area.  Their travel has included birding trips to Mexico visiting the Acoma and Zuni pueblos in New Mexico and celebrating Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca City, Mexico.  Chuck and Karen also motored back to Minnesota for the Nobel Conference in October.  EDNA RASK ERICKSON is enjoying being a grandmother and works as a management consultant in her spare time.  CHARLENE LUNDAHL NORRIS and Lyle ’62 have been retired for three years.  They spend winters in a 12’ x 40’ park model in Apache Junction, AZ, spring and fall in their home in Fairmont, and summers at the YMCA of the Rockies.

CLAUDIA HAYDEN SCHROEDER announces that “life is fabulous in the mountains of Northern Arizona.”  Her children and six grandchildren live nearby.  Claudia does volunteer work in Flagstaff.  EUNICE HOLM FULTZ and Don continue to volunteer in Iringa Diocese, Tanzania, as congregational coordinator for the Saint Paul Area Synod and Iringa Diocese Partnerships.  They spend January, February, March, and part of April in Tanzania and then return to Minnesota to spend time with family and keep church partners happy!  GARY ANDERSON has failed in his retirement again and is now working part-time for the Saint Paul Area Synod in raising funds for a special “Crossing Bridges” project.  Gary and MARY ANN CARLSON ANDERSON enjoy spending time at their summer home on Ten Mile Lake near Hackensack.  DONALD ‘GHOST’ GRANBERG was named an emeritus professor after 34 years on the sociology faculty at the University of Missouri.  He and his wife, Beth, have moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.

MIKE HOLM and his wife have moved back to Cincinnati from Baltimore to be closer to grandchildren.  Mike is currently working for the American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and the Insurance Institute of America as marketing director for the Midwest Region which includes Minnesota.  He does seminars, on professional development, for insurance companies/agents.  TIM and Sue (Widstrom ’65) GAMELIN are enjoying work as co-pastors of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in High Point, NC.  They participated in a 40 Days of Purpose Campaign (purpose driven life) and engaged in an exciting relationship with Sudanese immigrant Christians.  CAROLYN WEBSTER is semi-retired but still teaches a math class at Fullerton College and supervises student teachers for math and education students at California State University, Fullerton.  She loves going to a classroom, spending one hour and leaving…no grades or homework to do!!!

On a sad note, MARY LOU HAWKINSON FREEMAN died unexpectantly in her home in Iowa.  She was serving as a state representative for Iowa.  She is survived by her four children and their families, including:  Mark ’85, Sara ’86, Cary ’90 and Maret ’92.  A brief announcement was in the Quarterly.  Also, DON FARRINGER died on June 18, 2006.  He is survived by his wife, Gloria, two daughters and six grandchildren.  Our sympathy goes out to Mary Lou’s and Don’s families.

That’s all the news for now.  I will be sending out another letter in late January.  If anyone has a desire to write a page or two on your favorite life topic, please let me know.  I love to have guest writers.  It means that I don’t have to make up as much news about classmates.

And, since you will be receiving this letter in December, don’t forget to get your Gustavus Fund check in the mail. Many of you have already received a phone call from a student caller asking for your pledge.  We have gotten quite a few gifts already.  Please keep the gifts and, most especially, the news coming.  Retirement, volunteer activities, travel, and grandchildren seem to occupy the time of many of you.  We live in a great time and are so blessed with friends.

Warmly,

Paul F. Tillquist

1963Class Agent

79 East Pleasant Lake Road

Saint Paul, MN  55127

ptillqui@gustavus.edu


Decommissioning Hollingsworth Field – October 28, 2006

Remarks by Jim “Moose” Malmquist ’53

Today I am the voice of the past ― I am the voice of history.

I speak first for all of our comrades those who are no longer with us; who have gone to their greater glory.

I speak for those soldiers, sailors , marines and airmen who joined our countries fight and helped win WWII; those young men who in the forties and early fifties interrupted their lives to serve their country then came flocking home, traded their military uniforms for football uniforms; started their families, lived in the college’s trailer village, came here to this place this small town and this small college to stand tall and leave us the legacy often called the golden football years.

I speak for George Myrum whose life, along with two of his players, came to a tragic end in a team bus accident on the return from an away football game.  It was his vision, his dreams and his efforts that led to the creation of this stadium he sadly never saw finished.

I speak for the men, veterans most, who actually lived inside this stadium structure undoubtedly the cheapest housing ever offered here on campus.

I am the voice of the 28 All Americans who earned those honors here on this much loved ground.

I speak for the 21 championship teams who here left their thumbprint on the on the pages of our athletic history.

I speak for teammate, Cal Roberts, whose picture, biography and accomplishments are now a part of history in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend Indiana , the first Divion III football player ever inducted.  Our Gustie flag flies there today.

I speak for the man who personally cut, hauled and laid this sod watered it, nurtured it and cherished it, our mentor, our coach,our friend Lloyd “Holly” Hollingsworth.  He now sleeps just over the hill to our south.

I speak for all our head coaches, who for the past 77 years led their Golden Gustie teams to battle right here on this storied field.  They are George Myrum, Tuddie Lindenberg, Howie Nelson, John Ronning, Lloyd “Holly” Hollingsworth, Lee Krough, Don Roberts, Jocko Nelson, Denny Raarup, Steve Byrne and Jay Schoenebeck.

I speak for the hundreds of young men whose path to manhood was in part paved with the lessons learned here on this turf, lessons learned through the joy of victory through the crush of defeat, through hard work, and team work, the satisfaction of a job well done and the reality of sometimes failing to live up to one’s own expectations.

I speak for the cherished friendships, life-long friendships built here, nurtured here and to this day held close to our hearts.

I speak for Willie Lindquist who on so many golden autumn days lined this field with love, with pride with unerring accuracy then crowned it with the distinctive Gustie helmet on the 50 yard line.

I speak for the best grounds crew in the country; our loyal and faithful Gustie crew who adopted this field and treated it as if it were their own.

I speak for the Gustie chain gang whose 150 cumulative years of service is living proof that old is good.

Today I am the clear voice of the thousands of Gustie graduates who sat here on this turf, in this stadium on those warm May afternoons, walked forward to the podium, as they accepted their diplomas and from this ground took the next big step in their life journies.

I speak for this small college, who loved us, cared about us, educated us, provided us a wonderful opportunity to play the game we loved then sent us on our way, safe in the knowledge of God’s redeeming grace.

I am proud to be Gustie, a Gustie coach , a Gustie gridder, a linebacker, a full back.  I am proud to have worn the black and gold and I am proud to know that my college cares enough about this game we love to reinvest their resources and their trust in building a new place for the next generations of Gustie footballers to take on the welcome and always daunting task of beginning the next Golden Gustie era.