Class of '49
April 2010

Dear ’49er,

            Alumni Director, Randall Stuckey ’83 has asked me to take over as the ’49er class agent.  As you know, Pete Erickson, our class agent forever, passed away last summer.  He had served in that position since 1970─that’s 39 years, folks,─ certainly one of the longest tenures of any of the Gustie class agents.  So it is with a deep sense of gratitude and thanks to Pete that I try to continue in his stead.  May God bless the memory of Pete Erickson among his classmates.

            Before we left from St. Peter for the Florida Panhandle on our usual three-month stint as snowbirds, Elaine and I were privileged to attend the annual Christmas in Christ Chapel service presented by the various student musical groups on campus.  The theme this year was A Liturgy of Letters and Carols, with the music and readings skillfully chosen and performed around a series of five Christmas letters written by the prophet Jeremiah, Hildegard of Bingen, Garrison Keillor, Joyce Sutphen, and the apostle Paul.

            As I reflected on the use of letters in forming this worship service, it occurred to me that more and more (or less and less) letter-writing is becoming a lost art.  With the advent of email and cell phones, and the deluge of communication devices which has taken place in the last decade, a good old letter in the mail is almost unheard of these days.  All of which leads me to my point─ the class letter still is a good means (at least for our generation) of keeping ourselves informed about our classmates and alma mater.

            I will try to keep the “class letter tradition” going, but, as they say, “It takes two to tango.”  Please keep me and/or the Alumni Office informed of any newsworthy items concerning yourselves or our classmates.  So far, Randall has forwarded on to me several updates.

Ellen Stahlberg Schroder, Littleton, CO, has traveled widely in the USA, Europe and Asia, especially enjoying trips to Sweden.  She has been teaching Swedish at the University of Denver and Arapahoe Community College.

Paul Kinney and his wife, Nova, a Concordia grad, have been entertaining folks at nursing homes for 32 years.  They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in January.

            The spring edition of The Gustavus Quarterly will be in your mailboxes shortly with all the news about the class reunions and the 50 Year Club activities, taking place on May 28-30, Memorial Day weekend.  If you haven’t done so yet, please remember a gift to the 2010 Annual Fund closing on May 31.

Hoping to hear from you,

Milt Brostrom

1949 Class Agent

500 West Jackson Street, Apt 217

Saint Peter, MN  56082

Campus News

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

At its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects.  The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building.  Construction timelines for the projects are not yet finalized, but the College expects to break ground on the new academic building late this spring.

The effort is a significant early implementation step of Commission Gustavus 150, an innovative, constituent-based strategic planning process that has engaged hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders over the past year.  “These projects will greatly enhance learning and teaching, student recruitment, and institutional advancement for many years to come,” said President Jack R. Ohle.

Groundbreaking for New Academic Building

Gustavus will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of a new 125,000 square foot academic building just west of Christ Chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16.  The new academic building is part of a $44 million commitment made by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects.  Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building.  The academic departments that will be housed in the new academic building include communication studies, history, psychology, economics and management, and sociology and anthropology.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.  Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.  First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Attend a Chapter Event Near You!

There will be Gustavus alumni chapter events in the following cities:  New York, April 22; Boston, April 25; Chicago, May 3 and Denver, May 4.  President Ohle will be attending most of those events so we hope that you will make an attempt to attend and hear what he has to say.  He is providing outstanding leadership!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speaker, April 21:  Virgil Jones, director of multi-cultural programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event – Denver Athletic Club