Class of '44
October 1999

Dear Classmates,

It is that time again- time for a letter from your tardy Gustavus class agent. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Class Agents’ kickoff meeting on Sept. 18th, but Randy Stuckey and his efficient team put together a packet of information for us, and it was sent on to me.

At the meeting, Dennis Johnson ’60, Vice President for College Relations & Development, gave a "college update". He reported that Gustavus is better today than it was before the tornado―due, in no small part, to your alumni help. We thank you for that support!

There are now 111 class agents working to keep the alumni informed about the work of the college. As you can guess, some of the more recent large classes need several to keep their classmates in touch. Plus, there are chapters of alumni in 20 cities across the nation, who meet several times a year.

Bob Wieman ’47, Pete’s class agent, gave a good accounting of the meeting. I will include some of his remarks, since I was not in attendance. Thanks, Bob.

"It was pointed out that Gustavus ranks very high among American colleges when alumni participation is rated. In our area only Carlton (52%) and Grinnell (48%) have a better record than Gustavus (44%). The goal for the 1999-00 Gustavus Fund is to get near 50% in alumni participation." The class of ’44, with a total of only 143 members had 94 donors for a 53% rate. Congratulations to us. Hopefully we can recruit at least six more and top the 100-donor list for Y2K.

Heather Nancarrow, Director of the Gustavus Fund, said the goal of the 1998-99 fund had been met. She said we have two goals for the coming year:

1) A slight increase in the Gustavus Fund total.

2) A 5% increase in alumni participation in the drive.

I sincerely hope that the members of the class of ’44 will do their part to reach this goal. Please send in news about yourself at the same time. As you saw in the summer Quarterly we were represented by a very small group for our 55th Anniversary. (We were caught off guard by having the picture taken on Friday instead of Saturday, when there were several more classmates in attendance.) Remember, the 50-Year Club members are guests of the college for commencement weekend. Come back, and see how beautiful the campus is after the devastating storm almost wiped it out.

No news from you, so I’ll include mine. I missed two special days on campus because I was en route to Atlanta on Sept. 18th with three lady friends, to attend the Sweet Adelines International Convention. To my pleasant surprise, Sue and Bruce Gray ’61, (Bruce is recently retired from the Gustavus staff) were also there. Sue sings with the Minnesota Valley Chorus, and Bruce with the Riverblenders and the Great Northern Choruses of SPEBSQUA.

The second event I missed was the Heritage Luncheon on Sept. 25th, where my sister-in-law, Alfhild (and Carl Maedl), were honored for the MAJOR gift they had recently presented to the college. For almost their entire careers, they had taught in the U.S. schools in the Panama Canal Zone, later retiring to Springdale and Fayetteville, Ark. In the picture(s) you will see in the next Quarterly, Alfhild is wearing a vest made from a mola, the special needlework of the Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands, off the coast of Panama. Carl is wearing a mola tie. They are a wonderful couple. Pete said he "basked in the glory" of his sister’s gift, and was so proud of her. I was sorry to miss such a special day.

Now I’ll let Randy enclose some campus newns.

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,490 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new Book Mark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps break-up the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class, will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

The Gustavus Library Associates Once upon a holiday … A Royal Affair, is Saturday, November 13 at the Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington. Information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly. Tickets available now for only Friday and Sunday evening performances.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. The Fall Series opened September 18 with the jazz trio October, featuring Andrew Benson ’95, Brian Rowe ’95 and Nik Lindell ’95; followed by the music of Steve Heitzeg ’82, September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directs a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8; organist Timothy Strand ’82 presents his recital on November 14; and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibition in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

Following extensive work to Christ Chapel's magnificent pipe organ this summer, a three-concert series of organ recitals has been planned for the fall. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opened the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Volodymyr Koshuba, Organist of the Kiev Concert Hall of Organ and Chamber Music and the

Ukraine's "Honored Artist" for 1998, will present a recital on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. The final recital, mentioned in the ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000, is a recital by Timothy Strand ’82, Organist and Music Director for St. Luke's Episcopal in Minneapolis, on November 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Fienen and Strand recitals are free of charge. The Koshuba recital, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, will have tickets available at the door.

Gustavus will be represented at several Lutheran College Fairs and Festivals around the country this year. Gustavus alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to assist with these events by staffing the Gustavus table to share your experiences with prospective students and their parents. You can also help by bringing students of high potential to the events or encouraging their attendance. Please call the Gustavus Admission Office to volunteer at 800-GUSTAVU(S). Events scheduled include: Omaha, September 19; Kansas City, September 20; Des Moines, September 21; Cedar Rapids, September 22; Quad Cities, September 23; St. Louis, September 26; Denver, October 10; Phoenix, October 11; Santa Ana, October 12; Seattle, October 17; Portland, October 17; Appleton, October 31; Milwaukee, November 2; Madison, November 3; Chicago, November 7; Grand Rapids (MI), November 8; Detroit, November 14; Cleveland, November 15; Columbus, November 16; Pittsburgh, November 17; Saddlebrook (NJ), November 21; Philadelphia, November 21; Baltimore, November 22; and Washington, DC, November 23.


Joanne Mortensen Peterson

1944 Class Agent