Class of '46
It is that season of the year when our minds return to the opening of school and so it is true that we class agents return to Gustavus to get “caught up" on all the goings on within and outside the college. When we arrive, we are divided into the years when we graduated, and this year I headed for nearly the Head of The Class. Yes, it is true that our year is very near the beginning. Time passes swiftly as we look back.
We began our meeting with a welcome by our gracious director, Randall Stuckey ’83. He has a way of making us feel important in this march of continuing the spirit and education that Gustavus instills in its students, which continues from generation to generation. This meeting certainly fosters our relationship with those who proceeded us and those many alumni who have joined the group in more recent years.
There were many informative greetings by faculty and students, but I have chosen to repeat a few comments, which Dean John Mosbo shared with us. He stated that scholarship is high and the college continues to find new and creative ways to foster thinking and awareness of the world in which we live. Some goals are: to raise expectations of students, learn more about cultures of the world and learn to appreciate the connection between the variety of disciplines of present education opportunities. The freshman class is some 660 students this year.
We were reminded that this year will be the 125th anniversary of the Gustavus Band. It was interesting to learn that the city residents of St. Peter collected donations to buy the instruments and necessities to start the Gustavus band in 1875. There is also the 100th anniversary of athletics of the college.
Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 challenged us to be ambassadors for Gustavus wherever we are as we are the persons who carry the spirit and heart of our college into the world. She reminded all of us, as alumni, that we have a responsibility to do our part in sharing our gifts in order that the present students may continue to receive, fully, all the opportunities which are theirs while students at Gustavus, that they too may go out and be ambassadors in their world which requires so much knowledge and wisdom. She is an amazing person and to think that she just celebrated her 90th birthday this year.
We have not received much news from any of you and we will be doing Phonorma now in October and hopefully you will be willing to share some good news about your lives, if you wish. We learned that Harold ’52 and Ruth Seashore Horton now have four grandchildren attending Gustavus and that is really a great accomplishment. Congratulations to you, grandparents!
We are sorry to report the news that Ruth Heipler Homuth died this summer after suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease for some months. She had been awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Social Service Association this past year and honored for her dedicated service to others in church and community. We also have been informed that Emajean Peterson Bryan who lived in DeLand, Florida died recently. She had been ill for some time and she and husband, Lloyd have four children. We extend sympathy to these families as we remember them and their fellowship with us at Gustavus and years after. They had both been roommates of mine. We just learned that Miriam Nelson Lundeen's husband Reuben ’43 has just recently died also. He was living with his daughter, Esther Lundeen Fallen ’68, who also was an alumnus of Gustavus.
We hope this finds you enjoying each day, the Lord gives you, and that you will be able to add your monetary gift to the Gustavus Fund of this year 2003. We thank you for your faithfulness and your continued interest in our alma mater.
June Naplin Christensen
1946 Class Agent
P. S. Now for some news from campus:
Welcome Class of 2006
Approximately 690 new students arrived on campus this fall keeping the total student enrollment just over 2500. There are many interesting opportunities for first year students even before school starts with a community service immersion experience in the Twin Cities, a cultural study in Paris and a wilderness experience in the Boundary Waters.
Gustavus named a “Best Buy”
The Fiske Guide has again named Gustavus one of forty-three “Best Buys” in the country. This is based on an exceptional investment of tuition money for an exceptional education.
Hello Walk Online Community is featuring several discussions this fall including Nobel Conference Director Tim Robinson discussing nature vs. nurture, and Political Science Professor Don Ostrom discussing the upcoming elections. Join the conversation by going to <http://hellowalk.gustavus.edu>
Gustie students start new community service initiative called the AMIGOS program. The 65 Spanish speaking volunteers serve the growing Chicano-Latino population in St. Peter by providing after-school tutoring, teaching ESL classes to adults and serve as big partners. This program is in addition to the other on-going and one-time service opportunities that 75% of students participate in while at Gustavus.
Building a Great Gustavus Campaign was launched to the public on Saturday, September 7. Since the tornadoes of 1998, the campaign has raised $77 million toward a $100 million goal. The focus of the remainder of the campaign is on funding renovations in Old Main, growing endowment, and increasing gifts and participation in the Gustavus Alumni Fund. Your personal financial support and your leadership are needed and greatly appreciated.
Minnesota Legislature Cuts Financial Aid
Due to cuts with the Minnesota State Legislature, Gustavus lost $400,000 in money for student employment. The college continues to work hard to meet financial needs of students since nearly 80% of Gustavus students receive financial assistance. This includes $14 million from the colleges own budget. Your support of the annual fund goes directly to help these students and is especially needed to help make up the financial gap for these current students.
Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 6 & 7. The theme this year will be songs, stories and legends from Scandinavia.