Class of '70
February 2007

Dear Classmates,

We all had our own reasons for making Gustavus our college of choice in 1966.  For some, it was the Lutheran church affiliation and liberal arts curriculum.  Others looked to the school’s quality academic and athletic options, midwest small town setting, available financial assistance, and/or carrying on a Gustie family tradition.  Whatever your motive(s), you’ve probably reflected on how your Gustavus experience has impacted your life over the past 36 plus years.

Our classmate, Mindy Rittenhouse Greiling, is an eighth-term member of the Minnesota House of Representatives serving the Roseville District 54-A.  The following is a testimony, written by Mindy, on how her Gustavus years have affected her personal and professional life:

“A lot of who I am today originated at Gustavus.  However, I never would have guessed when I was a Gustie that I would end up in the Minnesota House of Representatives, chairing the powerful K-12 Education Finance Committee.

I did major in “El Ed,” under the strong hand of Dr. D. M. Anderson (remember how we always had to wear dresses to class, as proper teachers-to-be?) and was active in the state student education association.  In fact, as an officer in that organization, I had my picture taken at the Capitol with another Gustie, Governor Harold LeVander ’32, as he signed the education bill.  I have that framed photo in my office today, where a few point-scoring people even recognize me.

I also minored in psychology at Gustavus, again never dreaming that I would become the Legislature’s point person on mental illness.  I was interested then because my grandmother had schizophrenia.  I was glad to learn at Gustavus that I did not have to worry about my children developing that devastating illness because mental illness was caused by “cold” mothers.  Imagine my shock when our son was diagnosed with the same illness when he was in college.  I was glad to then plug into current research and learn that there were new and different facts on the matter.

I worked on the Gustavus newspaper, mainly initiating coverage of girls’ sports, prodded on by physical education professor, Dr. Nancy Baker ’56.  She definitely sparked my feminist bent.  I recall racing over to the campus newspaper office after girls’ evening sports events to meet deadline, freshly typed articles in hand, with the dorm housemother kindly holding the door open for me, after the time she was supposed to lock in the girls.  How times have changed.  While I became a teacher and legislator, our daughter is now a journalist, covering Congress in D.C.

Gustie legislators and staff network at the Capitol.  I believe we share core values we learned at Gustavus, including working hard to benefit all people, especially those in need.”

Thanks, Mindy, for your update on your post-Gustavus journey.  If any of you other classmates are interested in sharing your thoughts on your Gustavus experience and how it’s shaped your world, please contact:  1970classofficers@gustavus.edu.  By using that address you will contact us class agents, as well as the Alumni Office so you can be included in the next class letter.

Go Gusties!

Karol Klint Greupner

1970 Co-class Agent

Campus News:

Alumni Starring in The Cherry Orchard

The Department of Theatre and Dance is celebrating 75 years of theatre at Gustavus this year with two featured events:  Theatre Reunion May 11-12 and a gala performance of The Cherry Orchard followed by admission to the cast party on February 10.  The Cherry Orchard will be Professor Rob Gardner’s final directing work before retirement.  A cast of professional theatre alumni will join the student actors for this very special production.  The alumni cast includes:  Peter Breitmayer ’87, Karen Esbjornson ’80, Kevin Kling ’79, Scott Novotny ’75, and Michael Glenn (Waldhauser) ’97.  A sold-out performance is expected for this unique celebration, so order your tickets soon.  For more information and to order tickets, go to the Cherry Orchard site from <gustavus.edu/alumni>.

Lindau Symposium brings Richard John Neuhaus to campus

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a well-known conservative Catholic intellectual, will address “Religion in American Public Life” at the inaugural Lindau Symposium at Gustavus on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  A gift to the College from Phil ’58 and Nancy Lindau, given prior to Phil’s death last April, established the symposium at Gustavus that bears his name.  Lindau, a commodities broker and executive who served Gustavus as a board member, campaign chair, and longtime volunteer leader, was passionate about the faith-life intersection and the church-relatedness of his alma mater.  The symposium, which the Lindau family and College officials anticipate will be an annual event, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment.

Career Connections with Students

Sign up now for the 2007 Gustavus Career Connections Reception.  The reception will be Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton.  The gathering allows Gustavus alumni to provide advice, encouragement, and career networking opportunities to Gustavus students seeking internships and career opportunities.  Alumni are invited to attend and assist current students in their career search.  You do not have to be hiring at your company to attend – just willing to share your experience.  E-mail the Career Center at career-center@gustavus.edu or call 507/933-7586 if you can attend or want more information.

Give Every Year to Gustavus?

Do you give to Gustavus every year and plan to give every year in the future?  Then you should become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society.  Members of the Cec Eckhoff Society simply make the public commitment that they plan to give financially to Gustavus every year.  It does not matter how much you give and this is not a formal pledge for a certain amount of money.  Cec Eckhoff ’56 led the alumni office from 1963-1994.  Cec believed that part of being an alum of Gustavus was to give monetarily each year to the College.  To become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society, please call The Gustavus Fund office toll-free at 866/487-3863 or e-mail <gustavusfund@gustavus.edu>.  Thank you for your support of Gustavus!

Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students participated in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus String Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir toured Spain and Portugal January 11-30.  Performances were held in Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Grenada, and Madrid.  The Wind Orchestra toured Minnesota, Madison and Milwaukee, WI and Chicago.  The String Orchestra was in Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • The Cherry Orchard Gala Performance – February 10
  • Orlando Gustie Gathering – February 13
  • Tampa Bay Gustie Gathering – February 15
  • Naples/Marco Island Gustie Gathering – February 17
  • Tucson Gustie Gathering – March 16
  • Phoenix Gustie Gathering – March 17
  • Sun City Gustie Gathering – March 18
  • Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion – May 11-12