Class of '67
January 2002

Dear Classmates,

I write to you with a special appeal!  Do you realize this year is our 35th reunion year?  Wouldn’t it be great if we all resolved to honor Gustavus with two things this year:  a monetary gift and an effort to attend the reunion in the fall!!

Gustavus provided us with so many things that helped shape who we are today―a great education and so many life-long friends, as well as those “college experiences” that varied with each one of us.  Many of you married another Gustie.  Many of you have sent your kids to Gustavus.  Surely, you must have reason to give back to our Alma Mater.

I was really impressed by Donna (Gabbert ’66) and Warren Beck’s challenge―they will match up to one million dollars given for the refurbishment of Old Main.  Warren graduated with us―let’s stand behind him!  A donation of any size would be meaningful.  As of now, less than half of our class members send a gift of any size.  Dawn Ekstrom Michael and I would really love to see that number increase this year.

We’d also love to see you at our Homecoming reunion next September 20 & 21.  Call your friends to encourage them to meet you there.  It’s always so much fun once you get there (and no one needs to go on a diet!)  Just bring some pictures of your adorable grandchildren and be ready to dig deep for some favorite memories.  I’ll see you there!

Class News:

Jean Fennie Young is currently a school psychologist in Monrovia, CA.  Her husband, Ed, is a retired South Pasadena firefighter.  They have been blessed with four grandchildren.

John Folkerds is senior pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN.

Janet Anderson Carter retired three years ago after teaching high school biology for 31 years.  She and her husband, Harold, have been touring the U.S. and Canada in their 1912 Oakland brass era car.

Jay Fogelberg and his daughter participated in the G.I.V.E. workday (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), an annual day of community service.  (There will be another G.I.V.E. workday in the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 27, 2002.)

On a personal note, I am looking forward to the alumni gathering in Naples, Florida, on February 16.  If you will be in the area at that time, come.  It’s really fun!  Dawn and Ted will host a similar event on the other coast the next day at their Vero Beach home.  Jack and I are spending our second full winter in Sanibel, a reward for having the kids raised.  We’ll return home briefly in March to welcome our second granddaughter.

And I must put in a plug for the new Gustie Gourmet cookbook, a long-awaited by-product of the Gustavus Library Associates.  It’s full of terrific recipes including Evelyn Young’s and is available for $20.  The Gustavus Book Mark has a supply.  They make a wonderful gift.  (Bridal showers coming?)

Thanks for considering my appeals.  I do love Gustavus and all it stands for.  I’m looking forward to greeting many of you in person next fall.

Karen Gruber Pagel

1967 Co-class Agent

P.S.  Here is some news from the campus:

Campus News

Hi!  My name is Tracey Hanson.  I’m a senior, double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I’ve worked in the Alumni Office all four years and can hardly believe that I’m in the middle of my last J-Term!  After a longer-than-usual Christmas break, it’s great to be back on campus.  Instead of taking a class (and doing homework) this J-Term, I’m spending my time slaving away in the Alumni Office.  It’s great to have the extra time to relax and do other activities that J-Term allows.  Having unlimited time at home each night has made for some great cooking!  And getting to watch “Friends” without worrying about the homework you should be doing instead is also a plus! 

The campus is full of life and excitement.  The theme for J-Term 2002 is "Our Global Village," and the month will be a celebration of cultural diversity as we grapple with social, political, economic and philosophical aspects of our ever-shrinking world neighborhood.  Faculty are offering 29 different classes that tie into this global theme, many of which are travel courses.  Examples include Islam and Culture, and Chinese Cooking and Culture.  This year, 2319 students are enrolled in J-Term courses, with many studying abroad, participating in internships, student teaching or studying at other domestic institutions.  I get very jealous when I read e-mails from my roommates who are studying in warm, sunny Australia.  J-Term themes for the coming years include “Service-Learning” (2003) and “Undergraduate Research.” (2004).

Winter athletics are also in full swing!  Gustie teams are off to a great start and all are near the top in the MIAC.

Gustie music ensembles are also very busy.  The Gustavus Band will embark on an international tour this J-Term.  The band is touring Sweden and Norway, presenting “Music from America.”  The tour dates are January 16 through February 10.  The tour concludes with a homecoming performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir is busy preparing for their tour of the Midwest during Touring Week in February, concluding with their home concert Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Orchestra will tour Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.

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

February 2      Chicago Chapter event - 6:00 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m.

Gustavus Choir Concert

                        Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL

February 16    Naples Chapter event - Naples Beach Club

                        851 Gulf Shore Boulevard, Naples

                        11:30 a.m. social, 12:30 p.m. luncheon

February 17    Vero Beach Chapter event - Dawn (Ekstrom ’67) and Ted Michael residence

                        2506 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

                        12:30 p.m. social, 1:30 p.m. luncheon

March 7          San Diego Chapter event

March 8          Tucson Chapter gathering

March 9          Phoenix Chapter gathering

March 10        Sun City Chapter gathering

More information will be sent to alumni and friends in these chapter areas.

RSVP to Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or e-mail alumni@gustavus.edu.

As I prepare to graduate in June, I find it increasingly hard to think about leaving this place.  It hardly seems possible that four years have flown by, and that in six months I, too, will be considered an alum.  I will always carry with me fond memories of my four years here.  GO GUSTIES!!!