Class of '67
January 2000

Greetings in the new millennium from your new class co-agent!

I trust everyone had a memorable passage into 2000. Karen and I hope you all had a happy holiday season and wish you all the best in this new millennium.

There is not much alumni news this month. Please keep us posted as to what you are doing. The more news we have for these letters the better.

Each summer Ted and I run into Bob Lind in Bayfield, WI. Bob has been the radiologist in that area for many years. He has now retired and is living the good life in God’s country of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. His boat, the SKÅNE, is always distinguishable with its Swedish flag next to its name.

Mike ’65 and Gayle Gayman Pearson were back in St. Paul just before this last Christmas. Mike is a professor at Loyola University in New Orleans where he is having fun working with students with entrepreneurial interests. Besides teaching, he and Gayl really enjoy the history and music of the area. They live in the Garden District with all the old history-filled homes and within walking distance from some of the best music hotspots of the town. Mike swears that Gayl has become an accomplished New Orleans historian.

Spring Phonorama is scheduled for March 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, and 30. It is a great time to make contact with all those Gusties that you have not spoken to for so many years. If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and would like to participate, call the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437. Or if you prefer, email the office at alumni@gustavus.edu.

For those of you not living in Minnesota, note below the alumni get-togethers that are planned in other locations.

The Gustavus Library Associates had its Royal Affair auction and dinner-dance at the Radisson South Hotel again this last November. For those of you who have never attended, it occurs every other year as a benefit for the Gustavus library. This year’s auction included over 800 items including four Grandlund sculptures, a darling yellow lab puppy, and a wonderful trip to Sweden.

The hotel stretched the seating to include about 200 more guests than in the past. Instead of 1200 there were about 1400 in attendance. We still had a waiting list. Other organizations would kill to get that kind of response from its supporters. Besides being a benefit for Gustavus, I think so many attend because it is always a surprise to see so many old friends from our times at school.

For those of you who were elementary education majors, I just was informed that Dorothy M. Anderson (fondly referred to as DM by her students) died January 7, 2000. She taught at Gustavus from 1955 (we were in 5th grade) until 1976. She became a volunteer development associate at the College during her retirement.

Campus News:

The Gustavus campus is in the midst of January term with over 20% of the student body away from campus this month participating in internships, study abroad programs, student teaching or studying at other domestic institutions. On campus there are many unique classes being offered such as Archeology and the Bible and Analyzing Japan in addition to numerous classes and programs around a J-Term 2000 theme - Focus on Women's Studies. Next year January Term will focus on environmental studies. Winter sports, fine arts and extra-curricular activities are also in full swing. Even though there is little snow at Gustavus the new Nordic Ski Team is preparing for competition. The band and choir are preparing for southern tour destinations—the band to Florida and the choir to Texas.

Construction on campus continues, as the new Campus Center will be finished in February with the completion of renovating the former dining service building. Many offices will then move to their new location in the Campus Center including Admission, Dean of Students, Student Activities and Residential Life. Construction of the new International House-Swedish House, a new residence hall/international center to replace Johnson Hall and the Swedish House that were destroyed in the March 1998 tornado, will begin this spring. Construction on an outdoor track and new soccer field stadium will begin this summer. If you have not been back to campus lately, you are encouraged to make a visit to see these exciting changes.

If you can not make it back to campus, but want to stay connected, check out the Internet site at gustavus.edu. The college is thrilled to recently have hired a web coordinator who has been busy updating the Gustavus home page. Look for more changes to alumni services on the web coming this spring.

You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming alumni events:

  • Naples gathering February 5 (Marco Island gathering cancelled)
  • Tucson Chapter gathering February 7
  • Phoenix Chapter gathering February 8
  • Sun City Chapter gathering February 9
  • Seattle G.I.V.E. project February 19 and Seattle Chapter gathering on March 2
  • Bay Chapter gathering March 4
  • Los Angeles Chapter gathering March 5
  • San Diego Chapter gathering March 6
  • Helen and Paul Baumgartner, Gustavus music faculty will perform two piano recitals in the Twin Cities on March 19, 7:00 p.m. at Wayzata Community Church and on April 9, 10:00 a.m. at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Center.
  • 50th Anniversary Class and 50 Year Club reunions - May 26-27

A reminder that all other reunion classes (1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990 and 1995) will have their reunions at Homecoming on September 29-30.

A new method of giving to the College is now available! Lutheran Brotherhood created a highly successful and popular program for Lutheran churches called Simply Giving and has just extended this opportunity to Gustavus and other Lutheran colleges. Simply Giving is an automatic bank draft program that allows you to make regular monthly gifts from a checking or savings account to the College. You do not need to be Lutheran to participate, there is no cost to you or the College for this service, and you can make changes at any time. For so many people, it is much easier to give $50 a month than to write a $600 check once a year. Please call Heather Nancarrow at (800) 726-6192 or (507) 933-7518, or e-mail her at hnancarr@gustavus.edu to request more information.

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at gustavus.edu.

We are planning on corresponding on a regular basis with all alumni who have e-mail addresses. Please send a message to alumni@gustavus.edu so we can get you on the list. (Be sure to keep us posted on any e-mail address changes, also.)

Dawn Ekstrom Michael ’67

1967 Co-Class Agent