Class of '73
September 2001

Dear Classmates and Friends:

The unthinkable has happened.  You’re going to find this hard to believe.  You may even cheer or breathe a sigh of relief.  Last Tuesday’s tragic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center has left me at a loss for words.  It’s time for the poets, novelists and journalists among us to speak.  With their eloquence, they will express the horror, sadness and anger we all feel.  Here is my hope:  that we as a country and especially our government will search for and accept responsibility for anything we have done to cause such hatred, for while the people who died were innocent, we as a country are not.  That we will continue to strive for understanding and tolerance of differences, for we cannot live in isolation and globalization is here to stay.  That we will strike back out of a sense of justice and not retribution.  That the guilty will be found and severely punished.  That as a people we will remain spiritually strong.  Any writers out there, I invite and encourage you to help us express our feelings by making your contribution to the next class letter.  To any of you who may have lost family or friends in the attack, my sincerest condolences.

On September 8th, I spent the day at Gustavus with class agents.  We met for the entire day this year, meeting in conjunction with the National Campaign Council.  I know what you’re thinking:  she’s going to ask us for money again.  You’re right, you clever Gustie grads!  And I’ll tell you why.  Because Gustavus needs you.  Needs your support, financial and spiritual and philosophical.  Remember back to our time at Gustavus.  What are your fondest memories?  What about Gustavus sticks out in your mind?  What stories can you tell?  What part did Gustavus play in making you the person you are today?  What can you do to help ensure that Gustavus will be able to continue providing the education, support and environment that will nurture the young people who are our future leaders. 

During my day on campus, I had a chance to tour the arboretum.  The arboretum was just getting started when we graduated.  I didn’t even know what an arboretum was.  When I asked where it was, an arm swept in a southwesterly direction over an area that looked to me like a vacant lot.  There may have been pencil-sized trees planted there, but nothing that was obvious to me.  And I still didn’t know what an arboretum was.  After the tornado, I helped clean up the area that had been the arboretum, and it wasn’t obvious to me what the arboretum had been.  Mrs. Mason led us around the arboretum.  She showed us a place of peace and tranquility.  A place where the environment and ecology can be preserved.  She and her husband “do what they can, with less than adequate funds.”  The arboretum needs your support.

Old Main needs renovation, including an elevator to make it accessible.  Wahlstrom needs major work to bring it up to code.  Did you live in Wahlstrom?  Did you love it as much as I did?  If you didn’t, that probably means you had your own room before going to Gustavus.  I didn’t.  For 16½ years, I shared a room with my sister.  As a freshman at Gustavus, for the first time, I had my own room.  No matter that it was small, it was MINE!  Six women and a living room.  Only one stereo was necessary; then all of us contributed our LPs (remember LPs?!!) to the collection.  Is your experience and the chance to provide such an experience for a current or future Gustie worth $100, $500, $1,000 a year?  I think so, and I hope you agree.

Here’s the campus news:

The Alumni Office is sending this class letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail and also e-mail to those alumni for whom we have an e-mail address.  Eventually class letters will be sent via e-mail only, when an address is available, unless you notify the Alumni Office that you prefer to continue to receive your letters via U.S. Postal Service.  Contact the Alumni Office at alumni@gustavus.edu.

As Gustavus enters its 140th academic year, the 2001-2002 year opened with an enrollment of 2,540 full-time students including 670 first-year students.  The Class of 2005, selected from a record number of applications (2,163), includes 18 National Merit Scholars and 18 international students, doubling last year’s number of nine international students.

Last year Gustavus athletic teams finished 18th out of 395 competing in the NCAA Division III national Sears Directors Cup Standings.  Standings are based on national tournament finishes.  The Gustie women athletes won the MIAC All-Sports title for the first time in its 18-year history.

Gustavus ranked among top colleges – Gustavus is ranked in the second tier and one of the top 114 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Gustavus ranked in the first tier in two categories, retention and graduation rates.  Gustavus’ first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92 percent ranks in the top 15 percent of all national liberal arts colleges and graduation rate of 76 percent ranks in the top 20 percent of all national liberal arts colleges.  Alumni giving ranks in the top 25 percent, down from the top five percent and a tier one ranking five years ago.  Raising the percentage of participation of alumni giving is of highest priority for the college and the offices of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Alumni Fund.

Gustavus named Best Buy... Gustavus has been named one of the best colleges in America and a Best Buy by The Fiske Guide to Colleges.  In the 2002 guidebook, the College is one of 300 best American colleges and one of 43 Best Buys nationwide.  Within Minnesota, Gustavus is among seven best colleges and is one of two private college Best Buys.  To determine which colleges make the annual Best Buy list, Fiske researchers combine cost data with academic and lifestyle information about each college and university.  Those institutions named to the Best Buy colleges list are said to offer “remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.”  Gustavus is also included in The Princeton Review’s 2001 edition of The Best 331 Colleges.

Nobel Conference XXXVII, What is Still to be Discovered?, is October 2 & 3.  This year’s conference includes five Nobel laureates and three other experts who will give participants a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be as we look toward the second Nobel century.  This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prizes and the conference will include the premier of Steve Heitzeg’s ’82 The Nobel Symphony, two art exhibitions in the Hillstrom Museum, and an exclusive 10-course banquet with a menu recreation of the Nobel dinner 100 years ago.  Alumni are invited to visit the Alumni Hospitality Room during the conference located in the Hall of Fame Room on the second level of Lund Center.  Conference information and registration material was inserted in the Fall Quarterly or call Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520 or on the web at gustavus.edu.

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, is scheduled for Saturday, October 13.  Numerous sites have been identified in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country are participating in the event.  Contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or alumni@gustavus.edu for more information or visit the events section of the alumni page at gustavus.edu.

Comprehensive alumni directory – In partnership with Publishing Concepts, the Gustavus Alumni Association is publishing its fourth comprehensive alumni directory.  Surveys were sent to all alumni in August and information will be used only for publication of the directory and updating database information in the Alumni Office.  The book is available for purchase only by former students of Gustavus.  Please correct or update any information and return to Publishing Concepts in the enclosed envelope provided with the survey.

New chaplain announced - The Rev. Rachel Larson has joined Rev. Brian Johnson ’80 in the Office of the Chaplain.  Larson will work in partnership with Chaplain Johnson and the other members of the Office of the Chaplain to provide spiritual guidance, worship, leadership, counseling, teaching, and other pastoral services to Gustavus students, staff, and their families.  Larson is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and of what is now Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is November 30 & December 1-2.  A ticket order form was inserted in the Fall Quarterly.  Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.

The News About US

It has come up in discussions among class agents that some people think only news about our friends and people we know appears in these class letters.  That is definitely not so.  I get most of my news from the Alumni Office, which gets its news from you with your annual contribution to Gustavus or through a clipping service.  I also receive some news directly from classmates via email.  I’d love to hear from all of you, whether you contribute to the Alumni Fund or not.

  • Larry Mundahl, Spokane, is an attorney with Huppin, Ewing, Anderson & Paul, P.S.  He and his wife, Janet, recently co-produced “Nautical Nonsense,” a musical comedy.  They raised $67,000 for the local high school.
  • Kristine McQuin Cassar, New Milford, CT, is still teaching French and Spanish at Shepaug Valley Middle/High School in Washington, CT.  Her husband teaches English at Danbury High School in Danbury, CT.
  • Linda Dangel Sieracki, Palos Park, IL, works part-time as a medical technologist at Christ Hospital Medical Center and has three children at home.
  • Jane Peterson Holmquist, Lawrenceville, NJ, continues as astrophysics librarian at Princeton University and is currently serving as Chair of the physics-astronomy-mathematics division of the Special Libraries Association.  Her husband, Jonathan, is Chairman of the Spanish and Portuguese department at Temple University in Philadelphia.  Their son, Carl, is at St. Olaf (Jonathan’s alma mater), where he has been awarded a Regent’s Scholarship and plans to major in music education.
  • Dale Fredell, Lindstrom, MN, is in his 24th year at Ecolab, where he currently is manager, education services, food & beverage division.
  • Charles Ortloff, Mankato, MN, is pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church.  He and his wife, Karen, have three adult children.  On June 10th, Charles preached the first of the 125th Anniversary Service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, his hometown.
  • Carroll F. Burgoon, III, Santa Fe, NM, is a portrait artist and author.  He also serves on the board of the Santa Fe Boys & Girls Club.
  • Pam Pietz, Jamestown, ND, is still working for the US Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown. 
  • Paul Anderson, Cordova, TN, is director of sales and marketing for Federal Express.
  • Paul Maatz recently (last year) became the new administrator of the 9th Judicial District of Northwest Minnesota, located in Bemidji.  This is the largest judicial district in Minnesota in terms of land area.  Paul had served as 9th District Deputy Court Administrator for 9 years, and he is a fellow of the Institute for Court Management, which is operated by the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, VA.  His wife, Pam, is supervisor in registration area of Meritcare clinics in Bemidji.  Kids are sophomore and junior at St. Cloud State.
  • LeAnn Peterson Metzger lives with her husband, Kirk Metzger ’70, in Appleton WI, where Kirk works for Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
  • Joanne McConnell,  Belle Plaine, MN, teaches music for ISD #716.
  • Elaine Sooger McGillivray, Arden Hills, MN, is an adjunct professor of education for Bethel College and is a child’s attorney for the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota.  No date stamp on her note to Alumni Office, but I think her son, Joe, graduated from Gustavus in May.  (Elaine, please correct me if I’m wrong).  Elaine and I were at the University of Minnesota together in 1974, working on our library sciences master’s degree.  Look where we are now, living testimonies to the value of a liberal arts education!
  • Muriel Selen, Barnum, MN, is system administrator for a computer-based transcription system (Medical Records) for a multi-specialty clinic in Duluth.
  • Brad Swanson owns and operates his own law firm in Pine River, MN.  He serves on the advisory board for Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center and was recently appointed to the board of the St. Joseph’s Foundation.
  • Thomas J Swanson, Greenfield, MN, is co-owner of G L Contracting in Medina and works at C F Haglin & Sons, Edina, as manager.  He was running for re-election as mayor of Greenfield in the clipping I received, with no date.  Maybe last fall.

E-mail Addresses

Paul Anderson              phanderson@fedex.com

Paul Maatz                   paul.maatz@courts.state.mn.us

Joanne McConnell        JoMcConn@aol.com

Additional e-mail addresses are available on the Gustavus website:  gustavus.edu

Now I need your help.  One of our classmates suffers greatly from migraine headaches and has for years.  Every sort of treatment has been tried, to no avail.  If anyone of you has had success treating migraines, please send me an e-mail and tell me what worked for you.  I’ll share your responses in the next newsletter.

Phonorama Dates:

Oct. 15, 16, & 18 – Phonorama at Hilton Garden Inn, Shoreview

Oct. 22, 23, & 25 – Phonorama at Radisson South, Bloomington

As always, if you have any feedback or ideas about class letters, Phonorama, or the Gustavus Quarterly, please let us hear from you.  You can e-mail the Alumni Office or me.  We’d love to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Marcia Stephens

1973 Co-Class Agent

marcia.l.stephens@aexp.com