Class of '66
October 2008

Dear ’66 Gusties,

Saturday, September 13 was the annual Volunteer Leadership Day on campus.  Alumni Hall was filled with enthusiastic alums from the 1930s to last year, and the standing-room only crowd was buzzing with anticipation of the introduction of Jack Ohle, Gustavus’ 15th president.

The morning’s agenda featured comments from the President Ohle during which we learned about the man and his innovative plans for the college.  We were impressed with his broad experience in higher education and with his commitment to excellence.  We came knowing that Gustavus was embarking on a new era and left with the impression that the college’s future has never been brighter.

We also heard from three Class of 2009 Gusties who ventured to St. Peter from the states of New Mexico, Illinois, and Alaska.  These bright and articulate students were successfully recruited to Gustavus for a variety of reasons:  “I had a good feeling about Gustavus from the first time I set foot on campus;” “My sister went to St. Olaf and recommended I check out Gustavus;” and “I knew I could make a home for myself here and find support from an amazing community of learners.”

And then we were introduced to three superb professors who began their 7th, 13th, and 36th years of teaching on the hill.  As was the case with the students, they came to Gustavus from far and wide and chose the school for a variety of personal and professional reasons.  When asked just how they arrived at a small, liberal-arts college south of the Twin Cities, their responses were similar:  “Despite the brutally cold winters, I just knew this was the place for me, and would accept the offer in a nanosecond if they wanted me;” “At Gustavus I met the most interesting faculty and had the most spirited conversations;” and “I was attracted to the intellectual community and a strong belief in a set of standards/core values.”

Steve Kjellgren, ’86, director of the Gustavus Dining Service, closed the program.  We learned that cooking for and catering to today’s college community is an enormous task and that by combining both art and science the college’s dining service now ranks in the Top Ten of all colleges nationwide.  What a great achievement for Steve and for Gustavus!

The strong belief in a set of high standards and core values was evident in each presentation during the day.  Your Alumni Fund support and involvement perpetuates this belief and affirms your faith in the college.

I joined Betsy Tripp Schroeder, Sharon Anderson Engman and Esther Peterson Martens at the annual Cross Lake Wood Boat Show where Ron Martens was awarded the White Fish Chain Best Amateur Boat Restoration Award this year.  He also won a similar award for the Lake Minnetonka wood boat competition.  Congratulation, Ron!

That’s all for now but please keep sending “the news.”  Your stories are what make this letter interesting.  Have a wonderful autumn.

Warmest regards,

Joyce Ramseth

1966 Co-Class Agent

Campus News:

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  It was a beautiful day on Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 4 as about one thousand Gusties ended the four-day long celebration with an Oktoberfest; buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game in the Lund Center Forum.

Gusties Gather!  The Reason to Connect with Other Gusties

Gusties Gather! was held on September 28.  Gusties Gather! is a day for alumni, friends and parents across the country, to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area.  It is a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and is in no way a fundraiser.  Check out the Alumni website for pictures from this last year’s event.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100).  Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.  Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV 00 was focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15