Class of '76
January 2005

Happy New Year Fellow Gusties!

College Holidays

I've been thinking about what it was like to finish that grueling December finals week, then have Christmas and January term to look forward to.  That was the life!  Now that I have a son in college, those days are being brought back to me.  He does not attend Gustavus, but many of you do have children there.  I wonder if they feel the same way that we did!

Quarterly Update

If you haven't had a chance to read this winter's Quarterly, it's an interesting issue.  There are features on Gary Hansen and G. Barry Anderson from our class, as well as Jim Chalin being selected for the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame.

I'm always amazed by the number of faculty members we knew who continue to contribute articles and information.  This issue featured an article by Bob Moline (geography), a letter from Frank Barth, and a story about Lloyd Hollingsworth ’36, who recently passed away.  How many of us spent time in his Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs class?

For those of you unable to visit in recent years, the campus looks fabulous.  The recovery from the tornado is amazing, although the absence of the big trees will be felt for years.

Cec Eckhoff Society

This society recognizes people who make a lifelong pledge to commit to the Gustavus Alumni Fund.  It is tied solely to annual support, and not to any specific amount.  What a great way to honor Cec, by pledging to donate something each year.  You may want to consider this.  Just make a note to the Alumni Office next time you send something in, or email them at alumni@gustavus.edu.

Annual Giving Update

I have gone over the giving totals for the Class of ’76 and found that our best totals came in 1991-92.  Yikes!  That's a long way back.  In 2003-04,133 people donated for 32.2% participation.  It would be great to see those totals improve.  There are several classes with 75% participation or better.  A great goal for us in the future!

Alumni Survey Completed

At the annual Class Agents' meeting in September, survey results from reunion classes were presented (1934‑1999).  This included all majors, males and females.  There were some interesting results…82% reported that Gustavus prepared them very well/adequately for employment.

The greatest influences?

1) major 2) quality of Gustavus education 3) other, such as “charming personality!”

Biggest advantages to attending Gustavus?

1) class size  2) reputation  3) relationships with other students

Disadvantages:

1) cost  2) diversity  3) financial support

Alumni Events:

75% have attended class reunions, 66% have attended Christmas in Christ Chapel and 62% have attended homecoming

In terms of overall satisfaction:  82% have maintained contact with other Gustavus alumni and would definitely/probably attend Gustavus again if they had it to do over.  Most people chose Scholarships as their preference for donations.

For preferred method of contact:  75% preferred class letters, 73% the Quarterly, 55% chose email, 36% chose mailings, 23% chose the Gustavus website and 5% or less want phone calls!  (Thanks for talking to us at Phonorama!)

Does this mean that the Class of ’76 really reads these letters?  I hope so, but we rarely receive feedback, so please email and keep me updated on things! gleppart@mn.rr.com

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Class News

  • Mary Raber is a voluntary service worker with Mennonite Central Committee, based in Odessa, Ukraine.  She helps edit a theological journal and teaches church history and other subjects at various theological schools in the former Soviet Union.
  • Diane Moen Jungbluth is now a grandmother of twin girls.
  • John Pillman is a certified registered nurse anesthetist in Sheboygan, WI.  His son graduated from high school last year and his daughter graduated from the University of St. Thomas.
  • Gail Prinz Hennek is in her last year of teaching!  Husband, Matthew, is in the doctorate program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in chemistry, of course!  They thank Dr. O’Brien.
  • Becky Lund Briggs works in the office at Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan while her husband, Steve’s ’77 office has moved to the downtown St. Paul corporate headquarters of St. Paul Traveler's Ins. Co.
  • LaVonne Carlson Moore is teaching German at Belle Plaine High School.  She asks "Is there life after teaching?  Any fascinating part-time jobs you can recommend for a German-English major and her English major husband?”
  • Donna Bergum Miller, Loganville, WI has moved, as her husband is serving as an interim pastor in the area.  She has transferred to Lands' End's Reedsburg Center where she works as a customer service resource specialist and lead.
  • Lorie Armbrust Johansen thanks Gustavus for the opportunity to change her life regarding physical fitness.  She did a lot of swimming in college and today still swims regularly at the local Y.  Obesity runs in her family, but she has managed to ward this off with activity.
  • Tim Lund has moved from Danville, IL to Rock Island.  He is an occupational medicine physician.
  • Mark Hedlund is practicing medicine in Dallas, TX and is director of Millennium State Bank.
  • Kathy Row lives in Minneapolis and teaches special education students in the Robbinsdale district.
  • Marcia Anderson Luedtke has two children attending the University of Montana, Missoula.
  • Reid and Dawn (Hansen ’77) Rischmiller have twins who graduated from Gustavus in 2003.  Son, Greg, has a job in computer software.  Daughter, Lisa, is in grad school for special education.  They both live in the Twin Cities.
  • Greg and Rhonda (Wojahn ’77) Swanson live in Brentwood, TN.  Greg is an administrative director at Vanderbilt University.
  • Mary Lee Brogdon has been working in the country of Jordan, developing a quality assurance for welfare program.
  • I am teaching 4th grade in Eden Prairie, and am fortunate to keep in contact with several Gustie friends.  Last fall I attended many high school marching band competitions and ended up sitting with Brad and Claire Roberts for the last one of the season.  It was fun, even though our daughters were competing for different schools.  The Irondale parents around me were very gracious!

I hope this letter finds you well and ready for the new year!

Sincerely,

Ginny Kirkegaard Leppart

Eden Prairie, MN

P.S.  I thought you'd find it interesting to see the list of current/recent Gustavus students whose parents are classmates from ’76.  See next page list, compiled by the Alumni Office.


Classmate                             Student

Kimberly Anderson-Uzpen      Sarah ‘07

Terry Engdahl Aske               Kimberley ‘07

John E. Bernhardson              David ‘03

                                             Laura x05

                                             Sarah ‘08

Charles B. Cooper                  Holly ‘08

Paul J. Donahue                     Renee ‘05

Kari Hanson Dusich               Stephen ‘06

                                             Rachel ‘07

Cynthia Peterson Gupta          Kristen ‘05

Jon C. Hansen                       Lauren ‘08

Kim M. Erickson                    Eva ‘07

Kenneth R. Kesty                  Jenna ‘08

Leonard and DeAnn               Elizabeth ‘08

(Smith) Klun                          Thomas ‘05

David and June                      Robert ‘06

(Holmstrom) Kroog

Melinda Drysdale Lundberg    Molly ‘05

                                             Melissa ‘07

Classmate                             Student

Brick Johnson MacQueen       Katherine ‘05

Kathy Knudson-Mestnik         Erik ‘06

Diane Clark Miller                  Ann Marie ‘04

                                             Angela ‘07

Candice M. Monson               Sonia ‘05

Mark W. Monson (Deceased)    Briana ‘06

Leslie Horton Nordberg          Eric ‘03

                                             Joni ‘06

Terry A. Pederson                 Brett ‘04

                                             Jamie ‘07

Lee M. Petersen                    Elizabeth ‘07

Ross T. Petersen                    Reed ‘05

                                             Sally ‘07

Todd Rapp                             Morgan ‘06

Bob W. Stoddard                    Maren ‘05

Jennifer Steiner Tongen          Emily ‘05

Debbie Cairns Walker            Katelyn ‘07

Barbara L. Zust                     Matthew ‘03

                                             Kristin ‘06

Campus News:

Old Main has served the Gustavus campus since 1876 when it housed the entire campus.  To keep Old Main a functional part of campus, a complete renovation of the building will begin in February. Classrooms and offices will be reconfigured and updated to accommodate current teaching technology. Central climate control and an elevator will also be added.  Mattson Hall has been built west of Schaefer Fine Arts to house faculty and staff during the renovation. The new residence hall being built southwest of the football field is progressing and will be ready for fall semester

Did you know that the college has gone wireless? Wireless computing, that is? Many buildings support wireless connectivity and outdoor connectivity is being broadcast from several roofs. Gustavus continues to increase the number of wireless locations on campus every month.

Gustavus music ensembles will tour soon.  The Gustavus Choir will take a 17-day East Coast tour (January 20-February 5), the Wind Orchestra (formerly the Gustavus Band) will tour nine days (January 28-February 5) in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana, and the String Orchestra will tour nine days (January 29-February 6) in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado.  The Gustavus Choir, Wind Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Gustavus Music Showcase, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, on March 20.

The Gustavus athletics website received the Pride of CASE V Gold Award at the District V Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Annual Conference in December. The district includes educational institutions from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Announcing a new tool for all Alumni: The Gustavus Gift Planning website is a resource for alums of all ages to learn more about planning for their financial future.

The site explores some basics like the need for a will and health care proxy.  It also provides information about planning for the transfer of assets to benefit you and your family, a gift calculator to see how to make a gift that pays you and also provides tax benefits, e-brochures for more information, and how to have a meaningful impact on a non-profit organization important to you.  Check it out today at gustavus.edu/giving.

The 2003-2004 Honor Roll of Donors is now available under the Gustavus Fund at gustavus.edu/giving. The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2003 and May 31, 2004. To find your name or check out your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer. For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866-487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Boston Chapter with Gustavus Choir– Jan. 24
  • New York Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 and Gustavus Choir – Jan. 26
  • Washington, D.C. Chapter with Gustavus Choir – Jan. 29
  • Tampa Bay Chapter with Gustavus Choir – Feb. 2
  • Marco Island Chapter Boat Cruise Luncheon – Feb. 5
  • Diversity Center Reunion/Building Bridges Conference – March 12
  • Tucson Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 18
  • Phoenix Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 19
  • Sun City Chapter with Professor Dick Martin – March 20
  • Twin Cities Gustavus Music Showcase – March 20
  • Seattle Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 1
  • Bay Area Chapter with President Jim Peterson ’64 – April 2
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) day of community service – April 30