Class of '84
February 2007

Dear Gustie:

Recently I was searching for something on Google and the results page revealed something entirely different from my original search:  a poem.  As I read this poem, I thought how fitting it might be for those of you who are parents, but also how apropos it seems now reflecting back on our time on the hill as we were about to take leave of our alma mater.  In some ways, had Gustavus been able to speak to us directly, she may have had this advice for us.

“These Are My Wishes for You”

~ By Sandra Sturtz Hauss

May you find serenity and tranquility

in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known

and the conflict you have experienced

give you the strength to walk through life

facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those

whose love and understanding will always be there,

even when you feel most alone.

May a kind word,

a reassuring touch,

and a warm smile

be yours every day of your life,

and may you give these gifts

as well as receive them.

May the teachings of those you admire

become part of you,

so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched

and who have touched yours

are always a part of you,

even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.

It is the content of the encounter

that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters,

but instead place immeasurable value

on the goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day to see beauty and love

in the world around you.

Realize that what you feel you lack in one regard

you may be more than compensated for in another.

What you feel you lack in the present

may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.

Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength

to determine your own worth by yourself,

and not be dependent

on another’s judgment of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.

Although I don’t have a great deal of news to share from classmates, here’s the latest from Andrea, Monica, Brenda, Kathy, and the Hagens:

  • Andrea Dillenburg (Nashville, TN) assumed the executive directorship of the Nashville Ballet last year, an arts organization she previously served as the director of marketing.  Prior to returning to Nashville, Andrea served as both the director of corporate relations at the Atlanta Symphony and the director of development at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.  Congratulations! 
  • Laurie (Berge) and Scott Hagen and most of their kids have moved to Tampa, Florida, where Scott is now working full-time as an Army Reserve chaplain.  (Their oldest son stayed behind in Minnesota to finish his senior year in high school.)  Scott is stationed at the Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park, supporting all of the chaplains and assistants throughout the country who are part of Army Reserve medical units.  In an e-mail, Scott wrote that they are enjoying sitting by the pool, teasing friends and family in the Midwest about the 80 degree weather there, and getting used to the way things are done in Florida. Since he wrote last fall, he added, “It will be odd, though, to celebrate the holidays with green swaying palm trees and 75 degrees, but who’s complaining?!”  Given the minus temps we’re experiencing right now, that sounds quite lovely.
  • Monica McGraw Hammersten (Edina, MN) has begun her internship year at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (she is pursuing her master of divinity degree at Luther Seminary).  As an intern pastor, Monica is working alongside the pastoral staff, sharing in the responsibilities of the pastoral care of the congregation.  Monica and her husband, Tom Hammersten, have three sons:  Jackson, Benjamin, and Elijah.
  • Belated congratulations on nuptials go to Brenda Kolstad (Ortonville, MN) and Dan Kafka.  The couple was married on July 14, 2006.
  • Kathy (Sutherland) Lutes (Maplewood, MN) is currently the program coordinator for Junior Achievement in the Exchange City Program.  She is also coaching tennis at New Life Academy in Woodbury and is a Creative Memories consultant.

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.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, Realtor, or other professional?  Make it a Gustie!  Look in the Gustie Pages, an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs, or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to become your customers.  Go to the Gustie Pages at the alumni website at:  <gustavus.edu/alumni>.

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!

Summer Sport Camps at Gustavus

Gustavus’ strong athletic tradition is evident with numerous summer sports camps featuring knowledgeable coaching staffs, acclaimed athletic facilities, and quality dining service and housing accommodations.  Camps offered this year include: golf, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, throwing, and swimming.  For more information go to <gustavus.edu/athletics/camps/> or contact the Athletic Department at

507/933-7617.

Upcoming 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 scheduled for Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Grenada, and Madrid.  The Wind Orchestra toured Minnesota, Madison and Milwaukee, WI and Chicago.  The String Orchestra toured 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

With that, I leave you now until I write again in the spring.

Go Gusties!