Class of '70
Spring has sprung in Minnesota! The metro area is showing off gentle shades of green, as leaves are ready to pop with the next wave of unseasonably warm weather. This time of new beginnings and new life is underscored by the message of Easter as we look for hope in a world of violence, weather devastation, and challenges of illness and loss.
Many of us are celebrating new beginnings and new life through the marriages of our children, the gift of grandchildren, retirement, new careers, life-long learning options, and a variety of volunteer opportunities in our churches and communities. For those of you in Minnesota, make plans to volunteer at G.I.V.E. Day on Saturday, April 29th. Join other Gusties in an incredible day of community service as “Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors” work to better the Phillips Neighborhood in Minneapolis. Start with registration and a send-off celebration at 8:30 a.m. at the American Swedish Institute. For more information check out Alumni News at: gustavus.edu.
For those of you who haven’t yet given a financial gift to Gustavus this fiscal year, please consider giving to the Alumni Fund this spring. The Class of ’70 currently ranks sixth in contributions among our decade (years of 1966-1975) with 31.8 percent of our classmates participating. Your gift is very much appreciated and the size of the gift depends on your situation in life―so give what you can! Use the included gift envelope or go online (https://secure2.gac.edu/giving/) to use a credit card. Thanks in advance for continuing to support our alma mater.
Many thanks to our co-class agent, Diane Mickelson Brady, for her many years of service to Gustavus as a member of the Board of Trustees and Class Agent for the Class of 1970. Diane has made a difficult decision to resign from both of these positions to spend more time building her new career as a financial associate at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The time and efforts she has given to support Gustavus and its alumni initiatives have been so appreciated!
Lindy Turner Purdy and I will continue as co-class agents and look for your support and news. We certainly welcome guest writers to pen these quarterly class letters―let us know of your interest.
Lindy serves as minister of youth and families at Wayzata Community Church. Her calling to this position is constantly affirmed as she gives counseling, consolation and a continued message of hope to her parishioners and the surrounding communities.
My job as the special events and arts coordinator for the city of Plymouth is growing in direct relationship to our community growth and development. It’s always great to showcase the talents of our youth and adult visual and performing artists. And, it’s always a pleasant surprise when I connect with other Gusties in our community!
And now for news from some of our other classmates:
- Randy Chase has retired from the 3M Communications Markets Division after 35 years (with 3M). He and his wife, Debbie, have moved to Elgin, TX, to be closer to the Elgin Antique Mall, where they have their main Antique Chasers business.
- Bob Erickson and his wife, Lisa, are living in Orono and still “working hard.” Bob manages commercial properties and Lisa sells homes through Edina Realty’s Wayzata office.
- Dr. John Greupner is the director of the doctoral program in educational administration at Bethel University in Arden Hills. Program enrollment includes international students who participate in campus summer residencies and on-line classes.
- Sharon Nelson Gunberg lives in beautiful Jackson Hole, WY, and works at the Snake River Spa in Teton Village.
- Gail Sova Haake writes: My husband retired from the ministry in 2005, although he continues to preach. Our three children are grown and living in different parts of the U.S. We have moved to St. Cloud, MN, and are enjoying living in my childhood home where I grew up. It is a real joy to have the freedom to travel often and whenever we want.”
- Cherie Harkenrider, of Winona, is a member of the La Crosse, WI Chapter of the Project Management Institute. She earned the designation of Project Management Professional last July. The PMI Certification Department is the first professional certification program of its kind in the world to receive the ISO 9001 certification, a globally recognized mark of a quality management system.
- Mark and Becky (Heath ’71) Johnson has been with JC Penney for 35 years and is presently the store manager at Colony Square Mall in Zanesville, Ohio.
- Mozelle (Davis) and Dr. Talmadge E. King, Jr. continue to live in Oakland, CA. “TK” is the Constance B. Wofsy Distinguished Professor and vice chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and chief of medical services at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). He was recently elected to the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine, considered one the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.
- Sandy MacKenzie Madsen teaches eighth grade health and physical education at Stillwater Junior High.
- Dr. Craig Nelson is in his fourth year as a teacher on special assignment for LeSueur-Henderson Schools and Minnesota State University (MSU), Mankato. He spent three weeks in Thailand volunteering with a teaching program through MSU presenting workshops to teachers of English in Thailand.
- Eric Pietz has a new job as director of sales for the Winter Park & Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce in Winter Park, CO.
- Alice Stohl Roufa lives in Webster Groves, MO, where she is the district visual manager for Ann Taylor.
- Jolly Palm Sikorowski and Kirk ’68 sold their Little Oscar’s Family Restaurant last fall. Jolly continues to teach in Burnsville, but now at the senior high. Kirk works for Silver Sages Financial, providing a full variety of financial services.
- Mary Kaye Springer is enjoying her retirement from teaching in the Hopkins School District. She spent several months in Tucson, AZ, this past winter.
- Judge Bradley C. Walker has been a fifth judicial district trial court judge chambered in Blue Earth County for the past eight years. He was one of three finalists named by Gov. Tim Pawlenty under consideration for a Minnesota Court of Appeals vacancy in the first congressional district this past year.
- Go Gusties!
Karol Klint Greupner
The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:
Greater Gustavus Award: Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.
Distinguished Alumni Citations: Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
First Decade Awards: Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.
The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.
Gustavus Alumni Directory
The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition. PCI: the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information. Call toll free: 1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST. International callers dial: 1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.
Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)
Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate. Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood. This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level. This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute. Come out to help make the community a little better. To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to gustavus.edu/alumni.
Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6! The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other. In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College. Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus? Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event. Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided. Sign-up via e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 800/487-8437.
Upcoming Alumni Events
- Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis – April 29
- Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
- Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
- Commencement – May 28
- Gusties Gather! – August 6
- Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
- Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8