Class of '46
December 2003

Belated holiday greetings to the class of '46:

I apologize for not being able to fulfill my class agent tasks this fall.  I, like some of you, have experienced a miracle in my life.  I have just had that spiritual and physical happening.  I am progressing well since surgery to replace a heart valve and a by-pass.  There have been a few curves that occurred, but the medical folks say that I am doing well.  It is a journey one cannot fully interpret but with caring family and friends to encourage it went well.  I am most grateful for "new life."

I plan to be "up and at it for spring events."  We remind you to return the information card and it being the giving time of year, to place Gustavus on your Holiday list.


Class News:

The news this time comes from classmates who have returned their postcard from the Alumni Office.  Please send those in―we'd like to hear from all of you!

Rev. Robert and Esther Bingea, Delano, MN, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on November 28.  Congratulations Bob and Esther on 50 years together!

Burton Jacobson from Vacaville, CA, wrote that he is retired from Solano College where he taught human anatomy and physiology.  His wife, Elsie, is a retired nursing administrator.  Their daughter, Randi, is an RN working with handicapped children.

Ove Olson returned his postcard and just noted that his wedding date is 9/4/43.  That would mean that he and Betty Hedin Olson '44 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past September!  Congratulations Ove and Betty, that's wonderful!  You should have included more details on how you celebrated.


Campus News:

College opened its 142nd Academic Year – More than 700 new students, including transfer students and international students, joined the Gustavus community this fall, keeping the total student population around 2,515. The retention rate of students from the first to second year remains at 90 percent. These students will be taught by 198 full-time and 55 part-time faculty. Gustavus was again ranked in the top third of the 214 national liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

The Alumni Fund Turns 50 – On June 30, 1954, the first Alumni Fund officially closed with 1,204 donors (32 percent) and $26,013.  The Alumni Fund has had a strong tradition at Gustavus exceeding 50% participation for many years, making Gustavus a national leader recognized with 17 national awards.  Help return the Alumni Fund to reach over 50% participation by contributing before May 31, 2004.  Do your best to participate in the Alumni Fund to continue the Gustavus tradition of strong alumni support and return the College to national recognition.

Sculptor Paul Granlund '52 dies – Paul Granlund died on September 15, 2003.  He was sculptor-in-residence at Gustavus from 1971-1996.  His figurative bronze sculptures are found in private collections and public installations nationally and internationally, including 30 bronze works on the Gustavus campus.

Alumni Board members selected – Seven alumni have been selected to serve a three-year term on the Alumni Board.  They are Liesl Batz '90, Minneapolis, senior vice president and director of marketing, Lakeside Investment Partners; Jan Eiffert Hoomani '62, Raleigh, NC, Realtor, JB Realty; Jim Malmquist '53, Scandia, MN, retired athletics director, Gustavus; Jan Ledin Michaletz '74, Edina, volunteer/homemaker.  Incumbents to serve a second term include Vivian Foyou '02, Mankato, graduate student, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Jason Sawyer '93, Plymouth, vice president, Cronin & Co.; and Dan Currell '94, Alexandria, VA, director of corporate leadership council, Corporate Executive Board.

2003 Hall of Fame inductees -- Nine individuals were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on September 27. Inductees are Val Flom Ashland '87 (volleyball), Wendy Ericksen Bachman '87 (soccer), Karen Ahlstrom Bishop '86 (gymnastics), Jay Coatta '87 (basketball and golf), Marv Gunderson '53 (football), Jim Hearn '81 (tennis), Dave Najarian '82 (football), Betty Wannarka Ringeisen '84 (basketball and track and field), and Larry Shelhamer '76 (soccer).

Gustavus Finishes sixth in Director's Cup – Gustavus finished sixth out of 395 Division III institutions for the 2002-03 Director's Cup announced recently by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, the award honors four-year institutions with the best overall athletic programs.  Last year Gustavus placed 10th.

Chapel Program – The Gustavus Chapel program is one of the strongest in higher education averaging 350 students attending Daily Chapel.  In addition, there are many student-led programs including: Apprentice - students who are interested in being part of ministry and open to see where the Spirit might be leading; Christ Chapel Volunteers - assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assisting ministers; Community Service Center Programs - one-time and on-going service programs; Fellowship of Christian Athletes - athlete or not, time for fellowship, worship, speakers, service projects and mission trips; Gustavus Youth Outreach - committed to sharing the Gospel and providing opportunities to serve by participating in off-campus youth ministry; Habitat For Humanity/Spring Break Work Trips - Habitat works locally and Spring Break Work Trip nationally to fundraise for and build affordable housing; Jewish Organization of Gustavus - for students, faculty and staff who were either Jewish or interested in the Jewish faith; Newman Center - dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith; Prepare - build a new generation of believers through mentors, mission trips, Bible study, prayer and worship; Proclaim - Bible-based contemporary worship and teaching; Taizé - a contemplative worship service of music, prayer, readings and silence; Wednesday Friends – visits St. Peter Regional Treatment Center residents weekly.

Upcoming Events – call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437

Alumni Chapter Events:  Washington DC – February 6; Atlanta – February 26; Tampa Bay – February 27; Naples – February 28; Sun City – March 19; Phoenix  – March 20; Tucson – March 21

Wishing you all the best during this holiday season.


June Naplin Christensen

1946 Class Agent