Class of '65
December 2004

Dear Gusties from the class of ’65,

This is your fall letter, and you are receiving it in December!  The mail is slow this time of year, as you know!  The fall months zoomed right past me.  How about you?  Curt and I arrived at our Florida condo the end of October, and how quickly it’s time to return to Minnesota for some holiday shopping, baking, decorating and Christmas gatherings.  Here in Florida there are Christmas lights on houses, the stores are decorated and advertising like crazy, holiday songs are on the radio, but still it’s not quite the same as Christmas in Minnesota.  I look forward to returning in a few days.

The Gustavus campus was beautiful this fall…I was there for the Class Agents’ meeting in September.  This was probably my 15th year of attending, and the alumni staff continues to impress me with their organization, content of the meeting, and just what a nice and competent group of people they are!  If you have any questions about anything related to your giving, they are available to you at 1-800-Gusties.

Curt and I were also on campus in October, as we attended the 40th Nobel Conference on “The Science of Aging.”  This was our first time to participate.  It was outstanding!  We attended for the two days, and stayed through every lecture that was available.  As the scientist lecturers introduced themselves, a common element among their remarks was how unique and very special this college is.  Tim Robinson was director of the conference.  It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Tim was doing experiments at Old Main when he was taking those psychology classes.  I did not get a chance to say hello to Tim at the conference, as he was moderator of the panel discussions and often with guest speakers.

Campus News…

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 657 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President’s Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall.

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this summer and fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field, will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie!  The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen eight individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2004 inductees include Lori Allen ’88 (golf), Jim Chalin ’76 (basketball), Bruce Edwards ’77 (ice hockey), Barb Jaeger ’88 (soccer), Dean Kraus ’89 (football), Pachi Lopez ’71 (soccer), Greg Peterson ’88 (golf), and Gary Reinholtz (long-time athletic trainer, benefactor).  This group was honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which was Saturday, October 16.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John’s).  The ranking groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional master's degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine’s, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

Upcoming Events

Stockholm Sweden Chapter Event -- Dec. 12
Boston Chapter Event -- Jan. 25
New York Chapter Event -- Jan. 26
Washington, D.C. Chapter Event -- Jan. 28
Tampa Bay Chapter Event -- Feb. 2
Vero Beach Chapter Event -- Feb. 4
Marco Island Chapter Event -- Feb. 5
Tucson Chapter Event -- March 18
Phoenix Chapter Event -- March 19
Sun City Chapter Event -- March 20
Seattle Chapter Event -- April 1
Bay Area Chapter Event -- April 2

Class of 1954 and 50 Year Club Reunion – May 27-28

Class Reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 – October 7-9, 2005

Class News….

Sandy Jameston Greer and husband, Dave, live in the Dallas area.  They spend winters in the Caribbean.  Summers are spent in the Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada area as they have friends and relatives in that area……Dr. Hans Engman is a retired endocrinologist and was honored as the 2004 recipient of the CentrCare Health Foundation’s Caduceus Award.  The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding humanitarian and/or charitable medical efforts for the St. Cloud community and regional area.

Linda Engstrom Dahlgren and her husband, Gary ’64, are retired and enjoying volunteering, golfing, bowling, working on their family genealogy, traveling, and time with their six grandchildren.  They live in Golden Valley, MN……Karen Nilsson Nelson lives in Staples, MN and serves on the Minnesota Department of Terrorism and Health Task Force.  Their daughter, Lisa Nelson ’95, received her doctorate in psychology from the Alfred Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago……Jean Olmanson Andreen and her husband, Wayne, took a four-week trip to Cambodia and Myanmar.  Jean substitute teaches in Huntington Beach and keeps busy with many volunteer opportunities……Bea Webster Roscoe lives in Aitkin, MN and is a pre-school teacher in the Early Childhood Family Education Program for the Brainerd School District, working with four and five year olds.  Her husband, Bernie, is vice president with Security State Bank of Aitkin.  Their son, Matt, lives in Mound, MN and daughter, Leah, is married and lives in Eagle Lake, MN.  Their first grandchild, Kyle, was born in February.

Marlyce Pedersen De Rosa has accepted the position of music director at a local church.  She traveled back to Tanzania (her first time to return) this summer.  She wrote the music for an operetta, which is finished, along with a sampler CD and now is looking for a producer!……Eunice Madsen Carlson and her husband have sold their Alexandria, MN home and are building their new home on Norris Lake in East Tennessee……Jean Brinkman Seppelt is a substitute teacher and works with the Respect Life Committee at her church to try to help restore the sanctity of life from conception to natural death through education and prayer.  She also participates in the Archdiocesan A Community Caring for Life “Cribs for Kids” program.  Husband, Dave, guides summers at Lake Vermillion, son, Michael, is newly married and son, Jon, is a freshman at the University of Minnesota.

Michael Sponberg completed 15 years of teaching at Laredo Community College in May.  He serves as board secretary of Literacy Volunteers in Laredo, as well as on the communications and public relations committee, and is an Elder at Faith Lutheran Church……Bill Holm has a new book from Milkweed Edition:  Playing the Black Piano.  He spends summers at his little house in Hofso’s North Iceland……Ethel Lind Richard and her husband are retired and living in Austin, Texas where both of their children and three grandchildren live.

Do you realize that next year, 2005, is the 40th anniversary of our graduation?  Gustavus’ Homecoming and our reunion is the weekend of October 7, 8 and 9.  Let’s put these dates on our calendars.  It would be so great to see many of you there.  Call an old pal and make a plan with them.  I talked with several people from the class of ’64, and they had a great turnout and a great reunion last year.  Let’s do the same.  For those of you that reside out of Minnesota, the fall is a great season to return for a visit.  The Friday evening gathering is in Minneapolis and on Saturday the luncheon, football game, and other events are on campus.

As we are close to this season of giving, I am hopeful that we all can remember to send a gift to the Gustavus alumni fund!  Some of you have already sent a gift, and I thank you very much for remembering Gustavus!

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday season!

Beverly Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class Agent