Class of '68
October 2009

Greeting ’68ers:

Do you notice that as we age (gracefully, of course) that the days, weeks and months seem to go by much faster than they used to?  I’m thinking that summer just started in Minnesota, but I woke up this morning in Minnetonka to SNOW on the ground.  Okay, it’s just a dusting and I know that it won’t last but seriously, it’s the end of summer, a season that we wait so long to arrive, then it just disappears before we get the porch furniture arranged.  The days get shorter, the temps cool and all Minnesotans know what comes next…hibernation.  Or, as is the case with many of us, heading south to really enjoy winter.  Whatever your escape is, get ready, the change is right around the corner!

A few months ago Kris ran across an article in More magazine by Pamela Redmond Satran entitled “How NOT to Act Old”, which outlines how our generation should interact with younger generations.  Her insights are certainly humorous but as you read through them they make so much sense.  There are 21 guidelines or tips, too many to cover here but we’d like to paraphrase a few just for a few laughs and your thoughts….

“Unstrap Your Rolex” ― take off the watch!  The younger generations don’t wear anything on their wrists, they use their cell phones to tell time.  The young just flip open their phones (one handed, of course) for the time of day, so if you want that younger look go “bare-wristed!”

“Don’t Spout Any History” ― what happened before 2001 the younger generation’s reaction is “who cares!”  Old people like history, so the message is clear:  hold off on the nostalgia.

“Don’t Leave A Message” ― the younger generation does not want to hear your message on their cell phones be it short or long all they want on their phone is the missed call number or better yet a text message.  Anything other than that and your call most likely will be ignored.

“Don’t Do Long Range Planning” ― looking too far ahead, wanting firm communications on time, plans greater than a couple of day is an old thing.  Want to stay young or appear young the advice is “wing-it.”

“Type With Your Thumbs” ― anything other than using your thumbs is old school and tips to the younger generation that texting is not part of your routine and texting is most certainly a younger skill.  In my opinion, if texting is the path to a more youthful appearance, I’m out!

These are only a few of Pam’s guidelines to “How Not To Act Old” and if you want to read them the entire entire article it’s in the July/August 2009 More magazine.

Class News & Notes:

Sam Carlson has resigned his position as chief medical officer at Park Nicollet Clinic and is now taking some time to review his next steps.  Keep us posted Sam.

John Vandree has retired from Western Washington Medical Group.  John and his wife, Linda, are in Everett, WA.

Carol Challberg Beausang, Ph.D., RN continues to work as associate professor in the Department of Family Health at Indiana University School of Nursing.  Carol’s primary responsibility is teaching and coordinating the graduate major for pediatric clinical nurse specialist.

JanaLee Sponberg spent the better part of the summer at her new lake home in southern Minnesota enjoying all the beauty of Beaver Lake.  We’re thinking that negotiations should start with JanaLee to hold our 45th reunion at Beaver Lake, we’ll keep you posted!

Barb Rinehart Cameron is recovering from knee surgery and word has it that the recovery isn’t going as quickly or smoothly as she had hoped.  Hang in there Barb keep doing those exercises and it will come around.  We’re wishing you the best for a speedy recovery.

Rick and Ann (Dovenberg ’70) Zweig are still living on Lake Minnewashta in Excelsior.  Rick has added a new job to his retirement resume; he is a member of the Excelsior Garden Club.  The club is responsible for planting and maintaining the beautiful Excelsior city gardens every summer.  So when Rick is not fishing, hunting, traveling, going to U of M athletic events or enjoying his grandson, Chase, he’s giving his green thumb a work-out.

Final results for the 2008-09 Annual Fund for our class were $28,877 total dollars credited with participation at 37.3%.  Thank you all for keeping Gustavus in your financial considerations even in these tougher economic times.

As always, we’d love to hear from you no matter what the occasion or circumstances might be so feel free to email us at 1968classofficers@gustavus.edu.

John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead

Paula Navarro

JanaLee Sponberg

1968 Co-class Agents

Campus News

Gustavus get High Rankings

Gustavus Adolphus College is listed as the 33rd best liberal arts college in the country according to a new set of college rankings released on Thursday, September 3, by Washington Monthly magazine.  The publication states on its website that schools were ranked based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:  social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Gustavus once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.  Gustavus moved up eight places from last year’s rankings to 80th on the magazine’s “Best Liberal Arts College’s” list.  Gustavus is one of six Minnesota colleges that placed in the top 100 in this year’s rankings.  One of the measures used to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college is alumni giving percentage; therefore, participating in a giving program at Gustavus, regardless of amount given, is important to the College.

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at www.gustavus.edu/GLA!!!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speakers:  Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18, Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16.

Upcoming Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – December 4-6, 2009
  • Festival of St. Lucia – December 10, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

royal affair