Class of '64
October 1998

35th Anniversary Class
May 28 & 29, 1999

Dear Classmates:

Before I tell you about next spring’s reunion plans, let me compliment you on your generous giving this past year. One hundred and fifty three of us contributed $107,997! What a great tribute for Sandy Lipke, who loved Gustavus so much. What tremendous response to the damage done by the tornado. Thanks to all the Phonorama callers. Everyone in our class was contacted (or at least dialed). Many of you responded generously.

Since this is, would you believe, a reunion year, normal class letters have been set aside. We’ll spend more space talking about the reunion, convincing you that there is no other place to be but celebrating your ties to Gustavus on May 28 & 29, 1999.

A new format (an adaptation to the tornado but a very good change) splits the reunion between the Twin Cities on Friday night and the campus on Saturday. On Friday evening, reunions will be held at the Hotel Sofitel on the corner of Hwy. #100 and #494. It is a good location, close to the airport and on major freeways. On Saturday, the college will host seminars, class luncheons, concerts, a vespers service and the alumni banquet. More details to follow.

Put the date on your calendar, contact your friends, and start thinking what would make this a great weekend. Linda Hallman and I want this to be a spectacular event. Ideas of what would be fun should be passed on to either of us.

    You’re not sure you want to come? Why?
      More than one of us is gray,
        Heavier than in ’64,
          A little disappointed about something in the past few decades,
            Shy and reserved,
              Been out of touch for a while.
But, it’s time to see again the people who were important in our youth and see for us how strong and resilient the college remains.

Here is some more information (maybe not so dull and boring).

Phonorama begins in October. You will not want to use your voice mail or caller ID those nights. Reunion classes will be called by classmates and trained Gustavus student callers.

For those of you who marvel at the number of ways the college offers to help you part with your money, there is another change. The annual fund is now called The Gustavus Fund. That fund includes your alumni, arboretum, library associates, chapel endowment, athletic programs, etc. The college loves unrestricted money – not designated to a particular category such as mentioned above. So you can give to your favorite program or leave it unassigned, and someone on the hill will be ecstatic. You can charge your gifts, have automatic bank withdrawal, and make payments on a monthly or quarterly basis. Anything to accommodate your giving pattern.

Now for class news:

Congratulations to Burtman Johnson who married Renee Synder on January 5, 1998. We wish you much happiness.

Marcia Johnson Lindseth completed her fifth year as an elementary principal in the Stillwater, MN, district. Daughter, Anna, completed her freshman year at California Lutheran. She loves California and CLU and plays basketball. Son, Matt, moved to Houston. Son, Erik, was in Tanzania, Africa, in July and August. He walked across Rift Valley (211 miles) to help Operation Bootstrap, an effort to help Africa build primary schools in Tanzania. The Lindseths live in Tanzania in 1978-79.

Nancy Johnson Vrieze is a business instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake.

Nicky Bredeson is a psychotherapist, organizational team builder and consultant and executive coach. She recently completed a one-year training in personal effectiveness coaching in San Francisco at New Ventures West. Her business is Nicky Bredeson and Associates, Edina.

Donna Olsenius Hammer added this: "The Gustavus campus was badly damaged but its spirit will never be diminished. I’m convinced that there will be a greater Gustavus."

Jane Chelgren McFadden has a two-year position as Ohio state chairman for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. She is traveling and directing more. Her son, J.D., is a Lieutenant in the Navy and Kevin is a sophomore at Kenyon College.

Helen Brostrom Ihrig is teaching at the elementary level in Naperville, IL.

Kirsten LeVander Dawson finished her 34th year of teaching/counseling at Mounds View High School. Husband, Glen, works for H.B. Fuller as a chemist. Sons are in their second year of high school and college.

Sue Toftey Hildebrand has lived 25 years in Rice Lake, WI. Still loving her job as executive assistant at the NW Synod of WI.

Congratulations to Kathleen Felsted Matson who completed her master’s degree in computer technology. Son, Noah, married last June and is working on his master’s degree in environmental studies at Yale.

Gary Dahlgren retired from Quality Park Products and is a consultant for the Talus Group, Inc. in St. Louis Park. He is currently working on Project Year 2000 for Norwest Banks.

Carla and Ted Stoneberg sent the following news: Carla is AAUW branch president and also prepared a seminar for women in transition (returning to school). She continues as a supportive services nurse (hospice, oncology, and supportive care). Ted is in his 17th year of teaching pastoral care and counseling at Anderson University School of Theology. They also helped provide vacation church school on a Cree Reservation in Norway House, Manitoba.

Karen Buss Torgerson also had some first hand tornado experience last May in Shoreview. Their daughter, Brenda, is an associate pastor at Salem Lutheran in Peoria. Son, Dana, is at Bradley University in Peoria.

Last April, Rose Ann Skoog Parks was looking forward to an era of "no tuition payments." Is it as wonderful as you thought? Who graduated last May?

Carole Erickson Larsen is employed as a senior business systems analyst for Norwest Services, Inc.

Campus News:

The 1998-99 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,470 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,389 set in 1988), including a record 700 incoming students (compared to 648 of 1987). Contributing to the record enrollment is the stable 94 percent full-time student retention rate. Students returned to a campus that has been newly landscaped with 400 trees planted last spring and nurtured over the summer. They also discovered that 95% of all repairs made necessary by the tornado of March 29 are now completed. They returned to find Johnson Hall gone as it proved to be "beyond repair," but they also were greeted by a new College View Apartment addition, which houses 92 upper-class students, and the recently purchased Jefferson Avenue apartments (now known as Arbor View), which houses 60 upper-class students. In addition to new carpeting, painting, and furnishings, the campus is sporting 300 new state of the art computers for students and faculty, 28 new Steinway pianos (making us a member of a very elite circle of "All Steinway" campuses), 13 new high-tech multimedia systems for classrooms, new and upgraded outdoor and indoor athletic facilities, and new scientific equipment.

What remains to be done? The Prairie View Residence Hall, to be in place and opened in October, will house 60 students. It will be located west of Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Physically and symbolically the repair/restoration era will end with the placement of the spire and the cross back on the top of Christ Chapel. The spire will go up in sections over a two-day period and the cross is scheduled to be set on Thursday, October 22, weather permitting.

Students also noted the beginning stages of construction on the new Campus Center. This project, part of our strategic plan, was accelerated by the storm. The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place Monday, October 19. This $18.6 million, 51,000 square foot construction project will double the size of the Dining Service Building, providing students, faculty and staff with expanded and improved dining, meeting and office spaces. The Dining Room will, appropriately, be named for Evelyn Young ’33, longtime director of the Dining Service at Gustavus. In progress also is an addition to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to house the Department of Environmental Studies.

National Rankings

US News and World Report continues to give Gustavus high ranking. This fall’s issue again placed Gustavus in the top half of the 162 national liberal arts colleges in the country. Gustavus is one of four colleges in Minnesota to be in this category. The others are Carleton, Macalester and St. Olaf. The other ELCA schools in addition to Gustavus and St. Olaf are Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and Augustana (IL). Many of the schools with which you are familiar are classified as either a "national" or a "regional" college. National liberal arts colleges have the most selective admission policy, recruit nationally and offer most of their degrees in the liberal arts. Regional liberal arts colleges are less selective in admitting students and grant fewer than 40% of their degrees in the liberal arts.

US News further honored Gustavus by ranking the College third nationally (out of 90 schools) in operating efficiency. This ranking measures academic quality and dollars spent to deliver that quality. Gustavus was the only Minnesota college ranked in this comparison of national liberal arts colleges.

Newsweek magazine’s college publication again listed Gustavus as a "buried treasure." These are colleges that are known as "Hot Schools, Cool Spots." The magazine describes Gustavus as a place where "Personal attention rules--can’t slide by here." Other buried treasures include Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.; Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa; Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.; Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas; and College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. Good company, indeed.

Children of alumni continue to be honored for their academic achievement and potential when they enroll at Gustavus. The Alumni Scholarship of $2,500 (renewable to $10,000 over four years) is awarded to children and grandchildren of alumni with high school grade point averages of 3.5 or better, or SAT scores of 1170 or an ACT of 26. This fall Gustavus welcomed to campus 70 new entering students who are children of alumni. Sixty-seven legacy students were awarded an Alumni Scholarship. This number includes 54 children of alumni and 13 grandchildren of alumni.

Nobel Conference XXXIV, Virus: The Human Connection is October 6 & 7. The Nobel Conference magazine was again inserted in the August Minnesota Monthly magazine and sent to the entire Gustavus mailing list.

Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 4, 5 & 6. The theme this year is The Holy Family. A ticket order form was inserted in the center of the Summer Quarterly and another form is enclosed with this class letter.

G.I.V.E. (Gusites In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was a huge success for another year. Alumni, parents and friends gathered on Saturday, October 3 to work together in the spirit of service to better their communities. An impact was made around the country as nearly 1,000 Gusties worked in nine cities including: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Duluth, MN; Fargo, ND; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Orlando, FL; Saint Peter, MN; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.

The Gustavus Orchestra will perform its Autumn Concert at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Saturday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. The featured violin soloist is Siqing Lu, one of the most important Chinese violinists of his generation. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office (612-624-2345) or Gustavus Ticket Center at (507-933-7598).

Recycle your Quarterly – after reading each issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we encourage you to "recycle" the magazine by taking it to your place of business or worship and sharing it with others. Spread the good word about Gustavus!

Alumni Chapters will be meeting in cities around the country near you! Mark your calendars today for the following Alumni Association chapter visits: Chicago, November 14; Atlanta, November 19; Washington, DC, November 20; Boston, November 21; Denver, February 1 (Gustavus Band concert); Fargo/Moorhead, February 20; Seattle, March 5, San Francisco, March 6; Los Angeles, March 7; Phoenix, March 8; and Sun City, March 9.

Phonorama will take place October 19-22 & 24 at Deli Express in Eden Prairie, and October 26-29 at Alliant Foodservice in Eagan. Volunteers should call the Development Office at 1-800-726-6192 or e-mail at gustavusfund@gustavus.edu. Alumni are encouraged to respond generously when called by a classmate or GusLink, the new Gustavus Fund program featuring Gustavus student callers.

You will be receiving a reunion survey in a few weeks. Please fill them out and return quickly. Contact your friends; encourage everyone to come to some part of the reunion. Minneapolis on Friday and Gustavus on Saturday will make a great weekend.

Hope to talk to you in October. Think gratefully. Act generously. Have a good fall.

Joanna Carlson Swanson

1964 Co-Class Agent