Class of '45
Dear Gusties of ’45:
You may―or may not―have noted that eight months have transpired since you received a letter from your class agent. My apologies for missing the spring letter. I must also confess I missed the Class Agents' annual meeting in September. Hey, there must be someone out there that would like to take over as class agent for the Class of ’45! Applications will receive immediate attention!
I'm happy to announce that the winter letter will come from the desk of Mary Ann (Peters) Anderson. We made the arrangements at the Nobel Conference a couple of weeks ago. Thanks, Mary Ann.
And now to report on our Alumni giving performance for the past year: Of our 59 class members, 51 contributed a total of $6,143.91 to the Gustavus Fund (unrestricted) and a total of $11,328.91 by including designed funds. Thus, 86.4% of our class participated, down from 93.2% last year. We had pledges from all but two of our members, but perhaps some did not make the May 31 cut-off date for the fiscal year. However, for the first time, we are not only first in percentage of donors for our decade, but we have the top percentage of donors among all classes. Congratulations and thank you!
With that track record, we will look forward to going for 100% as we enter the next millennium. It is attainable.
You have heard through the Gustavus Quarterly and other sources of the excellent progress our college has made in overcoming the ravages of the tornado. When driving through the campus one cannot help but marvel at the overall recovery. The new Evelyn Young Dining Room opened on schedule to accommodate the new school year in September. It is a remarkable facility! Work continues on renovations in the older parts of the Student Center. I'll not say more about that now, as we just hope that most of you will be on hand to experience it next May 26 & 27 when we share reunion with the other 50-Year Club classes.
PLEASE GET IT ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW AND MAKE PLANS TO BE ALONG!
On March 22, 1999 Gail (Bryan) Hardin died. She lived in San Jose, CA. I am sorry, we have no further information.
Genevieve D. (Quam) and Russel D. Anderson ’42 write, "We spend spring to fall at our home on Mille Lacs Lake and winters at our apartment in West St. Paul. We met at Gustavus in the fall of 1941 and celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary in May."
Arlene (Freeburg) Hayda writes, "I have moved and my new address is: 10400 45th Avenue North, Apt. #300, Gramercy Park Cooperative, Plymouth, MN 55442, phone: 612-383-8851.
Gloria (Piesold ’47) and George W. Schwanenberg write, "The Rev. Dr. George W. Schwanenberg will attend the ATF Chaplain School in Washington, DC in April 1999."
A personal note: Renee and I spent ten days with our daughter, Beth x73, and her husband, Jim, at Furnace Creek Ranch and Inn in Death Valley, CA in May and then several days in Zion, Bryce and Arches National Parks in Utah on our return trip. In September we spent fifteen days on a visit to Holden Village―a ghost town become Christian retreat center of our church (ELCA) in the upper Cascade Range of Washington. Travel was by charter bus, arranged yearly by the Green Lake Bible Camps, Spicer, MN. Dorothy (Hanson) and Mel Lofgren were also part of our group of twenty-six. Lots of opportunity for visiting on the 3,000 mile bus trip.
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.
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.
I'll be on the phone with many of you before long. It's Phonorama time again. Your gifts are needed and appreciated. We will want our alma mater to go into the next millenium in a strong and united way.
Blessings on you all, and thanks again for your great cooperation in 1999.
1945 Class Agent