Class of '66
March 2002

Dear ’66 Gusties,

Today is the first day of spring–the sun is shining majestically, the birds are chirping merrily and we are nearing the end of an unusually mild winter.  Last week’s surprise 12 inch snowfall is melting, and things are looking up.  But what is the meteorologist predicting–the coldest March ever!  However, in just a couple of months, Minnesota spring will truly have arrived and May 31 will be the close of this year’s Alumni Fund Drive.  Thank you to those who have already contributed to the Fund and to future donors, please consider the following:

THE TOP 10 REASONS ’66ers GIVE BACK TO GUSTAVUS

10)  To make up for the number of times my pillow was chosen over Chapel.

 9)  To get my name on the Gustavus Development Office list.

 8)  To do my part insuring that “Gusties Will Shine.”

 7)  To be able to tell other fundraisers that I’ve already selected my favorite charities.

 6)  To make good use of the matching gift program offered by my employer and to get a tax deduction.

 5)  To help raise this year’s number of donors in our class of 237 students from 90 (38 % of our class) to 109 (45.8% of our class) – just 19 more.

 4)  To help achieve the Gustavus goal of increasing class participation by 5 % this fiscal year.

 3)  To bring honor to the class of ’66 while providing student scholarship resources and attracting and maintaining the best faculty.

 2)  To join my class in a group effort, demonstrating that we are still a remarkably cohesive and committed group.

 1)  To help my college, Gustavus Adolphus, maintain its high standards of quality in a very competitive marketplace, thus ensuring the continuance of Gustavus for generations to come.

Spring Phonorama is also coming up April 22, 23, 24, and 25 at Bloomington’s Radisson South Hotel from 6 - 9 p.m.  Please consider volunteering one evening and calling some old Gustie friends across the country.  We are working toward a goal of just l9 more donors this year!

Evelyn "Ma" Sponberg Young ’33 will even be giving a loaf of her delicious rye bread to each caller.  Just send in the bottom of a recent mailing, register online at gustavus.edu or call (866) 487-3863.

We’ve had some great news from our classmates this winter.  Thanks for keeping us updated and keep the “skinny coming.”

Gerald Boler, Truman, is finishing his first year as Martin County Commissioner.

Bob Bohn, Inver Grove Heights, has retired from 3M while Mary continues as a librarian at St. Paul’s Cretin/Derham Hall High School.

Sandra Gunderson Hoff, Great Falls, MT, teaches a CNA course as part of the med-prep program.  She also continues her involvement in the hospital’s adult and community care.

Carol Senzek Grande, Santa Monica, CA, took a fascinating trip to Finland to visit with the descendants of her great grandfather.

Donley and Kathy Glaeser Johnson, Forest Lake, remain involved in education with Donley, the district director of administration and instruction, while Kathy continues as Century Junior High coach and athletic director.

Trudy Enlund-Johnson, Shoreview, has retired as supervisor of Ramsey County Public Health and board director emeritus of Children's Home Society.

Terry Keating, is “alive, well, and golfing in Florida, Las Vegas, and then Florida again.”

Phil Rogosheske, Saint Cloud, has retired from teaching and recently served as a volunteer at Utah’s Winter Olympics cross-country ski venue.

Richard Leider, Scandia, is a founding partner of the Inventure Group, a 13-year-old-coaching and training firm in Minneapolis.  He has written the best sellers Repacking Your Bags, and Whistle While You Work, with revised editions to be out in June, 2002.

Catherine Anderson Schoonover, Mahtomedi, is the assistant director of nursing at The Minnesota Vets Home in Minneapolis.  She is active in Saint Paul’s Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, the Children’s Hospital Guild, and also volunteers on Gustavus’ G.I.V.E. task force.

Joan Erickson Thompson, Brownsville, OR, will be retiring in June as a public school English teacher, but will continue to teach horseback riding.

Tom Tomfohr from Kent, WA, has given up swimming, but has taken up horse jumping.

Well, that’s it for now.  Please give some serious thought to volunteering for the Phonorama and thank you to all that have already made this year’s Alumni Fund gift.  It’s as simple as mailing a check, calling Gustavus or going online.  HAPPY SPRING!

Sincerely,

Joyce Henrikson Ramseth

1966 Co-class agent

P.S.  Now for some campus news written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News:

Hi!  This is Tracey Hanson again writing from the Alumni Office.  For those of you who haven’t previously heard from me, I am a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I am a seasoned Alumni Office veteran, as this is my fourth (and final) year here.  After not having taken a J-Term class, spring semester and the homework it entails has been hitting me hard.  Contrary to popular belief, the “senior slacker” final semester has been just the opposite for me.  My time at Gustavus has flown by, especially this final year.  The fact that it is March and I am still without a job is beginning to be a constant thought in the back of my mind.  It also seems to be a constant thought in the minds of my parents, although it seems closer to the front of theirs!  Spring semester has also been the final opportunity to be all together with classmates, so much time has been spent socially with roommates and friends.

As I will be graduating in June, this will be the final time you receive updates from me.  I now will also move into the alum category and step into the real world.  I’m not sure I’m completely ready for the change, but I’m darn sure that I better get ready because it’ll be here before I know it!  Here is some news from Gustavus.

Hello Walk On-line Alumni Community (hellowalk.gustavus.edu) has been launched and Gusties of all ages are invited to join this meeting place for anything from small talk to debate to caring conversations.  Hello Walk at Gustavus is the sidewalk running from Uhler Hall on the north side of campus past the front of Old Main to Pittman Hall on the south side, which, for decades, was the main “artery” and gathering point on campus.  Even though the campus landscape has changed, the spirit of Hello Walk continues with you joining the conversation on the virtual Hello Walk.  Associate professor of political science, Chris Gilbert, will guest host a discussion on politics for the months of May and June.  Check it out at hellowalk.gustavus.edu

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1952 is May 31 & June 1.  A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in April.

Homecoming 2002 & All Sports Reunion Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Athletics is September 21.  Homecoming Weekend will include reunion gatherings for classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002.  Class reunions will be held in Bloomington at the Radisson South Hotel Friday evening, and Homecoming events including class and all-sports reunion events will return to campus for activities Saturday.  A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.  A schedule will be published in the summer and fall issues of the Quarterly.

The Alumni Association is on the road this spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.

  • April 5             Bay Area Chapter event, Beauséjour French Restaurant, Los Altos, 6:30 p.m.
  • April 6             Seattle Chapter event, Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant, 12:00 noon
  • April 7             Denver Chapter event, hors d’oeuvre reception, Karen Noren Talle ’62 residence, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • April 11           Brainerd Lakes Area event, First Lutheran Church, 7:00 p.m.

It has been an extremely successful winter sports season at Gustavus.  Women’s hockey won the MIAC regular season championship with an undefeated record and advanced to the Frozen Four National Tournament, finishing third in the nation. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both won MIAC titles, the first time in Gustavus history.  The women’s Nordic ski team won its first MIAC championship.  Men’s basketball placed second in the MIAC during the regular season and MIAC playoffs, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to number one ranked Carthage College.  Men’s hockey finished second in the MIAC regular season and playoffs.  Women’s basketball finished fourth in the MIAC and advanced to the conference playoff for the first time ever. The women’s indoor track team finished second and both the men’s Nordic ski team and men’s indoor track teams placed fourth in MIAC action.  The women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCGA National Championships.  Five Gustavus coaches were named Coach of the Year in their respective sports – Jon Carlson (women’s swimming & diving), Mike Carroll (women’s hockey), Mickey Haller (women’s basketball), Scott Jerome (women’s Nordic skiing), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey).

G.I.V.E. – Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors is moving to the spring.  Work projects will happen in the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 27.  Register on-line at gustavus.edu under the alumni events section.

The 22nd MAYDAY! Peace Conference, May 1 will address the topic "Sanctions and Beyond:  What is the Human Price?"  For conference information and reservations, call the Office of Public Affairs (507/933-7520).

Evelyn Sponberg Young’s 90th birthday celebration

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Alumni Association invites all Gusties and friends of former Gustavus food service director and 2002 Alumni Fund Chair Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 to her 90th birthday celebration on July 25, 2002 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. program.

Evelyn will be serving her famous Red Velvet Cake and all guests will receive a loaf of her famous Swedish rye bread. A book of remembrance will be compiled as a gift for Evelyn.  Please send remembrances and stories of Evelyn to Alumni Office, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.  Reservations should be made with the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at alumni@gustavus.edu or visit our web site at gustavus.edu, alumni, events.

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVIII, The Nature of Nurture – The Early Years, will be held on campus October 1 & 2.  The conference will explore the forces that are most important in shaping a child’s personality, gender identity, and language acquisition and learning ability.  History, discoveries, research, and clinical studies will all be surveyed to draw a better understanding of biological forces and environmental influences on brain development.

For more news and information about Gustavus, check out the web site at gustavus.edu.