1971 Class Letter

Gustavus Adolphus College gustavus.edu alumni@gustavus.edu

May 2001

Greetings to all you Gusties in the Class of ’71!

I haven't written a class letter for a while and I hope this one finds you healthy, enjoying life and looking forward to a fun summer!

First things first! Take out your calendar and mark down September 21 and 22! Our 30th reunion! Did you recently receive the reminder postcard? Friday night's event will be at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington. I'd really appreciate your input as to what you want to happen! Hors d'oeuvres? Dinner? Is there someone you'd like to hear from? Someone who's Gustie faculty or staff―currently or from our time on the hill? Someone in particular from our class? If you have some ideas about Friday evening and how you'd like to celebrate please feel free to call me at 651-291-2537 or let me know by e-mail at JOHNSOBE@cp.isd196.k12.mn.us!

Saturday is Homecoming and it starts with a morning praise and memorial service in Christ Chapel. Next are the homecoming parade, tailgate party and the football game against Bethel! I'd really like to hear from you and think it would be great if we had the best turnout ever for the Class of ’71! Thirty years! How can it be possible?

Next "business" item! The Gustavus Fund closes May 31! Please, if you haven't already done so, send in your Gustavus gift by this date! (Did you receive the postcard telling you about making gifts online? "gustavus.edu" will do it. Then just click on "Giving to Gustavus."

Thank you!

One more date. Saturday, October 13. It's the day of Gusties doing community service in the Twin Cities and in other locations in the country. You'll be hearing more about G.I.V.E. - (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors) as the date gets closer. To say nothing of the service provided for the community agencies, it's a fun way to meet and work with Gusties of different classes - always a great, rewarding time!

Now For Some News From Our Classmates...

Chad Miller, son of Dave "Highlife" Miller, was awarded the academic excellence ribbon during his first term at The Citadel in South Carolina. Dave teaches criminal justice at Vanguard High School in Ocala, Florida...

Gail Polk Mitchell is an ESL instructor at Johnson Community College in Overland Park, Kansas...

Randy Beahrs continues to practice urology in St. Paul with Metropolitan Urologic Specialists...

Warren Mullen owns a real estate company in Mill Valley, California. His wife, Christine Mathews, is the west-coast sales manager for Vogue...

Diane Herath Roberts lives in Webster, Wisconsin, and is a nursing instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Her husband, Carl, died in December of ’99...

Kathy Blad Cassavant is administrative assistant for the West Group in Eagan...

Jim ’70 and Barbara Anderson Swanstrom live in Duluth where he's a dentist and she's a dental hygienist...

Susan Grant Nystrom lives in Atlanta where she's the executive director of the Atlanta Blood Center...

Linda Gruber Fritz is self-employed in sales and retail. She and husband, Tom, live in Excelsior and have a second home in Breckenridge, Colorado...

Ward Merrill continues to teach social studies in Blackduck...

Norm Quinn teaches marine biology and fish ecology at the University of Papua New Guinea...

Susan Alexis is employed by American Home Furnishing in Albuquerque...

Nan Mizuhata is principal at St. Paul's Harding High School...

Lynne Mattke Schulz is substitute teaching and is also publicity officer for the Wayzata Women's Chorus...

Warren "Buster" West is with The Principal Financial Group in St. Peter...

In 1999 Ted Peterson was named Minnesota Community Educator of the Year for his work in Proctor and Hermantown...

Richard Otto lives in Eden Prairie and is employed by Minnesota Maintenance Equipment...

Brad Burch is administrator with Deco Tool Supply Company in Omaha...

Nick Gisslen works for Taylor Truck Lines. He and Jane live in Red Wing...

Lenore White Flinn is a legal mediator and serves on the school board in Hutchinson. Husband, Steve, is a dentist...

John Orrison owns One World Landscape in Minneapolis...

Rachel Jones retired from nursing and now runs a llama farm out of Gleason in northern Wisconsin. Besides caring for the llamas, Rachel shears them and spins and knits their yarn...

Richard Swenson continues as professor in the department of biochemistry at Ohio State University. He's associate director of the biophysics graduate program and the chair of the graduate studies program as well...

Carol Hamrum Rutz completed her Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition at the University of Minnesota and continues as the director of writing programs at Carleton College...

Becky Heath Johnson and husband, Mark ’70 live in the Zanesville, Ohio area...

Dale Isaacson lives in Dassel and works as a warehouse supervisor at Saunatec in Cokato...

The Gary Gustavson family has made three Pacific to Atlantic family bicycle trips, starting at the Santa Monica Pier and arriving a month later at the Washington Monument...

Kathryn Rydland Gilbertson works part-time as an adult nurse practitioner with her husband, David, who's in family practice in St. Paul...

Larry and Kathy (Urtell, ’72) Johnson are currently in LaGrange, Texas where Larry's serving as interim senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Kathy job-shares as director of Christian education at Mount Olive Lutheran Church...

Helen Sutter Gudeman is division chair of language arts and world languages at Streamwood High School in Streamwood, Illinois...

Karen Leonardson Borre, Minnetonka, was director of training at Employers Association for ten years. She's now training manager at MTS Systems Corporation doing organizational development with the executive staff...

Marjorie Aasness Schaffer is director of the graduate nursing program at Bethel College and co-authored a chapter in Service Learning: Curricular Applications in Nursing...

Maggie Ista Swanson lives in St. Paul where she's a nurse and an investigator for the Minnesota Attorney General's Office...

Diane Havlik Shallue is working on her doctorate in education leadership at the Univeristy of St. Thomas and co-authored a chapter in a book about intergenerational ministry with Roland Martinson, Across the Generations...

Berit Peterson was last year's Minnesota School Nurse Administrator of the Year. She's been the school health services coordinator for the Edina Public Schools since 1985...

Other Campus News:

Gustavus was included in a March 30 Wall Street Journal feature on "College Admissions: The New Safety Schools." The front-page article listed 50 colleges and universities that top students are scrambling to get into as backups to Ivy League and other super-selective institutions. As competition for places in the classes of the most prestigious institutions has increased, some quality colleges and universities traditionally considered as "safety-net" schools have become just as hard to get into. The guidance counselors and college experts assembled by the Journal identified a new group of safety-net schools that are growing in reputation but may not yet be widely known. Their list is arranged in four categories, ranging from the "New Ivies" to the safest fallbacks. Only a few Midwestern schools, and only one other in Minnesota, were included on the list. (St. Olaf joins Gustavus in the "safest" category.)

Gustavus had been cited in the Top Ten in International Study Ranking. The college ranks seventh in the nation among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students sent overseas. For the year 1998-99 statistics, 408 Gustavus students studied abroad, and 43 percent of the graduating class of 2000 had an international educational experience.

This past winter the TV game show "Jeopardy" had this question, "It follows the name Gustavus in the name of a St. Peter, Minnesota college." The guess was "Augustus." No one got it right. Let’s all work on getting the word out!

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1951 is May 25 & 26. A schedule of events and registration material was sent in early April. Homecoming 2001, September 21 & 22, will feature gatherings for anniversary classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001. Class reunions will be held in the Twin Cities Friday evening, and events will return to campus for activities Saturday. A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August. Complete schedules will also appear in the Spring and Summer issues of the Quarterly.

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVII, "The Second Nobel Century: What Is Still to Be Discovered?" will be held on campus October 2 & 3. What is next? What is still to be discovered? As the world embarks on the 21st century, these questions rise to the surface of popular speculation. Scientific frontiers of the mind and body, space, energy, and materials have expanded immensely during the past 100 years. Great thought and writing, the laudable pursuit of peace, and the ability to observe and participate in a global economic system have been stretched, challenged, and embraced. As we stand at a pivotal point between centuries, we can only imagine what greatness lies ahead, what contributions will be made for the well being of all peoples on Earth. As we commemorate the first Nobel Prizes, given in 1901, Nobel Conference® XXXVII brings together five Nobel laureates, two respected science writers, and the secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences—the organization charged with selection of Nobel Prize-winners in physics, chemistry, and economics—to give us a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be, as we look toward "The Second Nobel Century."

On Saturday, November 17, 2001, the Gustavus Library Associates will sponsor Delight in the Season ¾ A Royal Affair, at the Radisson Hotel South in Bloomington, MN. The realized proceeds from this biennial event are designated for the library endowment. This will be the 13th Royal Affair and each event is unique in itself. The hallmark of our party is the expansive silent and live auction. We encourage you to participate by donating an item to the auction, volunteering in the preparation for the party, and/or attending the event. Invite your friends, fill a table and welcome the holiday season together. For more information, contact one of the co-chairs: Lois Allen 952-888-2735; Susan Wilcox 952-944-5972; Fran Engelsma 952-929-0671. You may also contact Dean Wahlund, Executive Director, Gustavus Library Associates at 1-800-726-6198.

All the best to each of you! I'll be sending another letter with more from ’71 friends soon! Thanks for remembering Gustavus!

Take care...

 

 

Bruce Johnson

1971 Class Agent