Class of '68
April 2005

Happy Spring!

Nowadays there are some pretty fun emails going around and one of my favorites is:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in side-ways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOOHOO what a ride!”

I hope you are enjoying life and making the most out of it like the saying goes!

Thanks Paula for providing us with a great 2005 winter class letter.  We all appreciate hearing from you and all the personal news provided.

John and I had Gustie friends visit us in Naples this past winter.  Karen Monson Peterson and Dick Peterson came and stayed with us for five days and then Ted Schramm and his wife, Carol, were in Naples for a church retreat and we also got together.  Ted or “Ozzie” as we called him way back when, is making plans to retire from Fed Ex in a couple of years.  We love showing off our little piece of paradise in Naples, you all are welcome to come and visit!

The Class news/notes from the Alumni Office were very slim this spring meaning very few of you wrote to let us know what was going on so I’m going to ad lib a little.  Barb Gray Wenschlag is retiring this May from teaching, has sold her house in Pequot Lakes and is building a new house on a golf course in Brainerd.  Good luck, Barbie!  Angie Kuper Christmann is retiring from teaching at USC, Santa Cruz this year and this fall it will be the first time she hasn’t gone “back-to-school” in a million years.  I’m sure there are others out there retiring―let us know.  We’d love to share your information in the next class letter.  Rick Zweig’s wife, Ann Marie (Dovenberg ’70) and their daughter, Keri, stopped into Lindskoog Florist last month to plan and order flowers from John for Keri and Jamie’s upcoming wedding in July ’05.

John continues to love working downtown and sees a few Gusties on a regular basis.  Blake Shelton ’69 is one block over and works for Wells Fargo and stops in the shop often.  Steve Kagol works with a contractor in the building and when he is in the skyway he’ll stop in.  There is an open invitation for any of you in downtown or passing through to stop in and see John.  Ron Witter stops in a couple of times every month to have lunch with John.  Keith Keller is just getting over from back surgery in December and after a lengthy recovery he is back to work and doing fine.

Connie Bohn Edwards is planning a wedding for her daughter, Ann, this coming October.  Ann is teaching in Austin, MN...like mother like daughter!  Paula Navarro just returned from Austria where she toured with her mother’s three cousins.  This was Paula’s 25th trip to the Austrian region!  Wedding bells for Kathy Eaton Asted in May ’04 to Paul Asted, congratulations!  Kathy is a dental consultant and the couple is living in Andover.  Mark Youngstrom, after 34 years in the public education field, retired in July 2004, his latest position was director of the State Arts High School at the Perpich Center for Art Education.

John keeps asking me to talk about the Alumni Fund for 2004-05 so here goes.  There is only roughly one month before this year’s fund closes and we need a little help.  The number of donors and total dollars pledged is running a little behind last year, so if you are planning to help out this year please have your pledge in by May 31, 2005.  No donation is too small and all donors are greatly appreciated.  Three easy ways to give – send your check to the Alumni Office (by using the enclosed envelope), call 866-487-3863, or on-line at https://secure.gac.edu/giving/giving.cfm. 

Thank you.

Campus Briefs
Gustavus has been known for its strong tradition of alumni participation in annual giving.  Gusties support their Alma Mater in many ways and show their pride with their gifts.  All alumni and current students have benefited from previous and current support.  Gustavus will be as strong as its alumni want it to be.  The 2005 Alumni Fund closes May 31.  Make sure you are included with many members of your class and other alumni that have chosen to keep Gustavus strong.  Three easy ways to give – send your check to the Alumni Office (by using the enclosed envelope), call 866-487-3863, or on-line at https://secure.gac.edu/giving/giving.cfm.

Alumni Awards
The Gustavus Alumni Association has announced 2005 award recipients.  The Greater Gustavus Award to George Torrey ’55 for his lifetime volunteer service and philanthropy to the College. Distinguished Alumni Citations to G. Barry Anderson ’76, Apple Valley, MN, associate justice, Minnesota Supreme Court; Deanna Nelson ’64, Cary, NC, president/founder, BioLink Life Sciences, Inc.; Rick Webb ’73, Edina, MN, owner of Ciao Bella, Zelo and Bacio Restaurants; and John Wirth ’75, Pacific Palisade, CA, writer/executive producer, Paramount Studios.  First Decade Awards to Joe Gaugler ’95, Lexington, KY, assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Debbie Lightly Mascaro ’95, Fargo, ND, research scientist, North Dakota State University Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Sports
The Gustavus women’s hockey team finished third at the NCAA national championship after winning the MIAC title, the men’s basketball team won the MIAC regular season title and conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA national tournament, the men’s swimming and diving team won the MIAC title and placed seventh at the NCAA national tournament and had seven swimmers earn All-America honors and the women’s team had four swimmers earn All-America honors.

Extraordinary Students
Senior Rachel Batalden, a double major in mathematics and secondary education with a 3.898 grade point average and two-time MIAC All-Conference selection at setter for the women’s volleyball team, has been selected as one of 56 student-athletes from across the country to receive a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Senior Paul Fraser, a music and computer science major has been selected as the winner of the second annual Caltech-Occidental Composition Contest for new music for concert band. The contest drew entries from all over the world, and as the winner, Paul will receive a cash award and a recording of the world premiere of the work at a concert by the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band in Pasadena, Calif., in May.

Bricks and mortar
Southwest Residence Hall
is being constructed across the Campus Drive from the arboretum on the west side of the campus and is scheduled to be finished by June.  The L-shaped facility is configured with apartments for four and six and will accommodate nearly 200 students.  A hostel space for summer programs and confirmation retreat groups is included in the residence’s plans.

With the new Southwest Residence Hall coming on-line, the College will be taking down Wahlstrom Hall to make way for future residential construction.  Crews will start the dismantling process in July with asbestos abatement, and the Kasota-stone residence hall will be razed in August.  Alumni returning for reunion and commencement festivities on May 27–29 will be able to take a last tour through the building’s public areas, stairwells, and walk-through sections following a “decommissioning” ceremony to be held on Saturday morning, May 28.

Construction crews working on the renovation of Old Main discovered a cistern under the basement flooring in March.  Gutting the interior has provided evidence of layers upon layers of remodeling done over the years, including an old stairwell in the middle of the building and what appears to be an attempt to raise the third-floor ceiling.  The Old Main project, which includes the installation of an elevator in the northwest corner of the building, is scheduled to be completed in August.

The education and nursing departments have been relocated to the newly erected Mattson Hall, which is sited just west of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center and Prairie View Residence Hall, on the south side of the campus.  These departments will remain there until a new social science center is built at some point in the future.

Upcoming Events

  • Association of Congregations Meeting – April 23
  • G.I.V.E. Community Service Day – April 30
  • Class of 1955 and 50-Year Club Reunions – May 27 & 28
  • Commencement – May 29
  • Alumni Fund closes – May 31
  • Reunions on Homecoming – October 7 & 8
  • Nurses Reunion – October 8

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Kris Lundberg Moorhead

1968 Co-class Agent