Class of '51
Dear Classmates and Spouses,
Okay, all of you please come for our 50th on Memorial Day weekend, 2001! We need you! And you’ll feel young again! What a great bunch we have in our ’51 class!
By the time of our reunion the house next to the Guest House will be an Alumni House. Not only will Randy, Barb, Philly and Ron be there to welcome you, but you can do research, see the old yearbooks and look at books and art by alumni!
When you think about whether to come to our 50th, remember Edgar Carlson’s ’33 words, "We need each other to become ourselves." No matter where you live, you can volunteer to be on our reunion committee. Please let the Alumni Office know of your willingness to serve (1-800-487-8437).
We had a wonderful Reunion/Commencement Weekend. "I’m surprised at how many of the students have a great sense of FAMILY. They come from really happy families!" said Dr. Joyce Sutphen, English Prof. and published poet, who spoke at the first Alumni Seminar. I’m jealous that you went to this marvelous college!"
Last year at the 50th anniversary class’s memorial service they honored the 44 members who had passed away. It was the first event of their 50th reunion. The ’49ers, Ellery Peterson, Milt Brostrom, and John Kendall were called "perma-Gusties" since they taught at Gustavus. Ellery and Milt still live in St. Peter.
Almost 500 students started in the fall of ’45. By ’47 there were 1200 (that was our class). John Kendall quoted his father, Rev. Leonard Kendall, who, when asked "how are you?" replied, "I am thankful!" Eighty-five classmates returned for the reunion, plus their spouses for a total of about 150 people and they went over their goal of giving!
Jim Gilbert ’62, Gustavus’ naturalist spoke at the second Alumni Seminar that weekend. He said, "Eat dandelion greens. You need diversity in your yard like dandelions and Creeping Charleys." We saw the Lady Slipper on the first day of summer…I remember the volunteers after the tornado. There were about 700 in the arboretum―all on their hands and knees―picking up glass, building materials, nails, etc. It was a MESS!…There are azaleas on Eckman Mall. We saw cliff swallows on the buildings again. It is important for students to have the arboretum! There are wedding receptions, picnics, modern dance classes, cross-country treks, etc. on the 55 acres. Plant the Asian white spire (birch), which is not affected by the bore." Thanks, Jim!
Kurt Elling ’89, who was one of the First Decade Award Winners and who has been called, "possibly the most innovative and original jazz singer to come along in years," gave a fantastic concert on Saturday evening. At the Alumni Banquet he said, "I need to thank God for this college (past and present). It is part of the HOME I go to in my mind."
At the Sunday Baccalaureate service, Chaplain Elvee said, "from this loveliest of student chapels in America, we send you out to the world so that you can serve the larger good…with power from heaven…that the will of God be done in your life every day. You are incredibly gifted by nature and grace. We have been astonished by your accomplishments…This graduation day is your life’s bright morning. The best is that God is with you. From heaven your power (that is what the Latin means on the Gustavus watch.)."
President Steuer said, "Gustavus is stronger after the tornado. There is an enhanced sense of community. It was a testing of the college’s character!…Luther-Northwestern Seminary requires one year less, and the University of Minnesota Law School guarantees entry and scholarships to our graduates…Average attendance at Chapel is between 200 and 300 even during finals. When incoming students are asked their vocational choice, two or three say they want to be pastors, but 12 to 15 pre-seminary students graduate each year…so something happens here! Lots of colleges will close, but we will not!" Thanks, President Steuer.
The senior class speaker at commencement was Jesse Torgerson. He said, "Few of us will ever forget the tornado! We didn’t know if we’d be able to return. Gustavus was about people, learning, care and respect. Our hearts overflow with love and hopefulness. May your mark be strong on the next millenium!"
Jesse Gustafson Araskog ’56, wife of the commencement speaker, received an honorary doctorate. She told her own story of her father losing his job. She had one year left to graduate from here. Gustavus found out why she didn’t return and helped her finish. She said, "I will be forever grateful to Gustavus! Never ever forget Gustavus as an integral part of your heritage!"
The commencement speaker was Rand Araskog, retired CEO of ITT Corporation. He said lots of wonderful things including, "cherish your family and your hometown. Go back! Start with a hill of memories including here…Be interested in all things. Travel, read, read the New York Times, and keep God with you!"
It was great being back on campus for the Class Agents’ Annual meeting in September. Seventy-one percent of our classmates participated last year! Our class had 181 donors out of 263. Our class had the highest increase in unrestricted dollars in the fifth decade.
At the class agents meeting we did some exercises that were to help us "think outside the circle." Part of this exercise included reminisces from various class agents:
- How Prof. George Hall made those Bible stories real!
- How easy it was to get the cow up the stairs in the Aud, but getting it down the stairs was another matter!
- Being in 20 Christmas in Christ Chapel performances!
- Homecoming floats!
- Halloween Blizzard!
- Back in the 1930s eighteen boys had to stay at the State Hospital because there was no room on campus. One fainted when he was pad-locked in for the night!
- The tornado!
Heather Nancarrow, Director of the Gustavus Fund reported: "42.4% of Gusties gave to the Fund last year. Carlton had 52% of it alumni participate. The spirit of Gustavus should put us higher on the list…Half of our alumni graduated before 1980." Thanks, Heather.
We wrote down ideas for loyal alums like, "tell others about Gustavus," "reunions are fun," "thankful giving," and "pray for Gustavus." Other students need more financial support. Some of them may be building too large of a debt. One girl said that she and many other seniors will owe more than $50,000. Vice-President Dennis Johnson ’60 had guessed $40,000 debt for grads. The class agents were shocked!
Have you ever visited the Gustavus Home Page? gustavus.edu
There are 317 Gustavus alumni living in 63 countries. The highest members: Canada 57, Sweden 44, Japan 39, England 20, Germany 13, and Australia 10. There are 373 clergy and 77 retired clergy grads. There are 1,889 in primary and secondary education, and 857 in college tracking. There are 2,087 retired alumni. Total alumni 19,551, three-fourths of whom have graduated since 1967.
Fall Phonorama will now concentrate on reunion classes. You could get a call from a GusLink student who will be trying to reach alumni from all classes or you may be contacted in the spring. Spring Phonorama will be the last two weeks in March. Please volunteer to help with Phonorama.
The Gustavus Fund includes the Alumni Fund, the Parent’s Fund, and Friend’s Fund all in one. You can give a monthly gift and have it automatically deducted from your checking account. The Gustavus Fund is for the current budget and much of it goes for financial aid. A gift to a department is also very important.
It was great fun staying at the Guest House with its new Scandinavian décor and while I was there I met two British debate students who were from Scotland and England. Christopher, from Scotland, wore his kilts one day! Simon, from England said, "We don’t tease him because it is part of his ethnic heritage." They were very nice. I heard them give a brilliant debate on Saturday night. These were chosen as the best debaters in Britain! They were "world class" debaters according to President Steuer.
Go back as often as you can and go to chapel! It’s easier to pray for the students when you are surrounded by them. The chapel choir sounds so wonderful. Everyone listens to the organ prelude and postlude. Some alums had their baby baptized the Sunday I was there. So everyone gathered around the baptismal font in back. The choir members stood on the stairs. No matter where you stood, you felt like you were in the "cloud of witnesses!"
I saw Prof. Aune afterwards and he said the Gustavus choir’s tour in South Africa last January was tremendous! A new CD of their tour concert music will be out soon! What a wonderful weekend it was at Gustavus.
One professor described the tornado: "the walls came tumbling down…months later people looked up at the long dorm and saw the windows lighted up forming THANK YOU. Many of the townspeople did not realize how much the Chapel spire meant to them until the tornado took it. Now they are so happy to see it again. I saw an eagle circle the cross as it was lifted to the top of the spire. Gustavus is a nurturing place. I just love Gustavus! I came here to teach by accident and stayed on because it is such a wonderful place."
Did you see the photo, in the Gustavus Quarterly, of Carol Hoorn Fraser’s father, Arvid ’12 when he was a student at Gustavus? The article mentions Carol and her sister. (Summer issue, page 32). On page 39 Sonja Langsjoen ’85, (Rosemary Schwartau Langsjoen’s daughter) who lives in Eagan, received an MA in music education from St. Thomas.
Yes, Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 does look young and enthusiastic like she does in the photo! Give her a hug and prayer!! Evelyn is as lively and loving as ever!
They gave us two and one-half pages of student groups (including 30 music ensembles and 31 intramural sports) and organizations (including Bread for the World, Habitat for Humanity, and Amnesty International). This is a unique time in the students’ lives. Someone has said they are in the "critical years of faith development." Twenty-five to thirty percent of Gustavus students will be first generation college grads. Rev. Craig Johnson continues," Great ministry is happening on our campus. Two full time chaplains lead daily chapel, Sunday worship, and meet the pastoral needs of students, faculty and staff. Student Christian groups and support groups meet regularly for fellowship, worship, prayer and peer support."
It was good to talk with Vodie Johnson Hopper, Birmingham, AL. Their first grandson has a National Merit Scholarship and is going to Vanderbilt University.
Robert ’50 and June (Quam) Johnson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Bethel Lutheran in Willmar last June.
Betty Correll moved to Black Mountain, NC. She writes,"I’m doing volunteer work with Christian believers united in North Carolina. Recently returned from a trip to Israel which was very enjoyable."
Jeanne Hanson Peter writes, "My husband, Irvin, and I are both retired. We have lived in Fridley, MN, over 30 years. For the last 10 years, we have spent our summers at Irvin’s family home in the Copper Country of Michigan. We have their children and four grandchildren.
Rose Marie Gregg Mander, Maplewood, MN, wrote, "My husband, Ray, died on February 20th the day after our 50thwedding anniversary. He’d been ill for 11 years." Our sympathy to you, Rose Marie.
Thanks, Bill Doming, Phoenix, AZ, for the teasing about not mentioning "the Klutz’s that never have or never will do anything of interest or importance."
He suggested: "Bill Domning sent a check and a note."
Correction: "Bill Domning sent a note and no check."
Correction to Correction: "Bill Doming sent a note. Gustavus is trying to collect."
(Thanks for perking up this page, but remember I married a Lutz so we don’t talk about Klutz’s! We did not name our daughter Kay!)
From the Gustavus Spire:
"The three goals of the Chaplain’s Apprentice program are to encourage, facilitate, and enhance ministry with the Gustavus community and beyond. The Chaplain’s Apprentices are trained in Lutheran worship and are versed in the worship life of the Church. Students interested in becoming a Chaplain’s Apprentice are expected to make a four-year commitment to the program. The program helps students "figure out" their calling in life, and some eventually go into the ministry."
A friend said that 100 years of teaching in the religion department is represented by Clair Johnson, Bernhard Erling ’43, and Bob Esbjornson ’41. They are all retired and living in St. Peter.
"We’re Still Alive and Kickin” by Heather Larson ’00, Gustavus Band, flute―
All of us here at Gustavus and in St. Peter are still learning to deal with the effects of the unimaginable storm. There have been many adjustments and compromises, but we are all doing fine. To paraphrase one of Dr. Nimmo’s favorite sayings, the tornado did not take the wind out of our sails. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate your support.
Let’s not forget what Gustavus faculty, administration and students went through after the devastation from the tornado. What does it mean to have Gustavus still ALIVE? Each of you can think of answers. We believe in the Lutheran college educational mission for the whole life of each precious student. May we continue to help this mission? The power of LOVE will hold Gustavus together. The trees are growing. More trees are being replaced in the Arboretum.
In memoriam: Theodore R. Thorkelson, Midland, MI, on March 23, 1999. He was a retired toxicologist for Dow Chemical Company and is survived by his wife, Nancy, two daughters and three sons. Our sympathy to his whole family.
George and Ruth Olson still live in Marinette, WI. Ruth is retired. Their son, James, is a Gustavus graduate of 1984.
Ray and Patricia Larson live in Edina. Ray retired from U.S. West. Their sons, Jeffrey ’87 and Dwight ’89 are Gusties.
Shirley (Swanson) and Richard Dye live in Rockford, IL, but spent six months in the Rio Grand Valley of Texas. She wrote, "Our children all came for Christmas. Different, to say the least! Rain―Not SNOW!
John and Arlene (Hansen ’52) Bloom, Maple Grove, MN, wrote that their daughter had a baby in September of ’98. Marcia ’81 and her husband, Mike Bodnar, live in San Diego.
Dr. Weldon Burchill, is a dentist in Mason, MD. He is very concerned about the rebuilding of Yugoslavia.
Fred Tidstrom and his wife, Ellen, live in Ashland, WI. Fred hopes that his knees will allow him to play golf again. He wrote that his brother, Ken Tidstrom, died last November from acute leukemia. Fred wrote, "I always enjoy your class letter…will be there for the 50th! I have stepped aside as state trustee for Northern Wisconsin after nine continuous years of service…and hope to take time to smell the coffee! My son-in-law just passed away (age 47) of acute leukemia so we have been involved with some cloudy sky!"
I met someone who had grown up in Ashland and remembered Fred and his "church dog." They gave the "Dog Sermons." Here are exerts from one of his sermons:
Point III…What counts is our presence! "When the dog barked!" was the boy’s answer to my question on what he liked about my talk. (Everybody in church today is sending a message to the children by your presence.)…There’s a dog in the choir!" the little girl shouted to her mother when Chief stood up with me during the anthem and thumped his tail against the wall as we sang!" ‘An honorary Lutheran’ is what my friend dubbed him as Chief slept through the regular sermon."
Excerpt from a poem about the third "church dog:"
"Heaven is real when we believe in Jesus.
Waiting at the end of the day with all believers,
I pray there will be…
We Shared God’s love and hunted each season.
He showed me that faith is a retrieve
Learned without reason.
He taught us all that when we believe in Jesus
We realize God’s love in every season.
The "Dog Sermon" always closed with Fred’s:
A Believer’s Prayer
Our Father, God of creation, truth, and love. Help us to believe…to dream dreams, to accept the risk of failure, to know the joy of love, to feel the inner peace of accomplishment, to walk on this Earth with your son, Jesus, in Hope and Faith that whosoever believes in him shall inherit eternal life. Give us that Faith to believe and the damnation of doubt shall perish from this world, and the next!
Thanks, Fred and congratulations on your recent award! Fred received the ADA Access Recognition Award. Here are some excerpts from letters from important people in Wisconsin and the national and international dental association:
"Congratulations again on your ADA Access Recognition Award. I was deeply touched with your receiving the award. I cannot think of a better person in the last 25 years than you, to have received the award."
"Your dedication to increasing access to dental care throughout the state and especially in your northern area is admirable, commendable and should be duplicated in each major part of the state. You have been an example of perseverance and determination. I think it shows all of us how to get things done."
"It is with great pleasure that the American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations joins in the recognition of your long-standing commitment to the oral health care needs of low income patients in Wisconsin. Through your leadership and example the profession is inspired to reach out to those in need:"
"It is indeed a honor to receive this most prestigious award from your fellow Colleagues of the State of Wisconsin.
I have always believed recognition of accomplishments by one’s peers to be the greatest compliment in professional life.
You have been a true example to those younger professionals in dentistry, what dedication and hard work can achieve for oneself and the profession.
We are proud of your accomplishments and salute you on receiving this worthy honor."
I’m sure some of you were at "Nobel." Please write it up or any other event you can attend so we have some "live coverage." Associated Press wrote, "A private company expects to have all 100,000 or so genes in a human being mapped out by next year…The more than 6,000 scientists, professors and college and high school students from around the nation are learning about the latest developments in genetics."
We were excited that Tim Eiden ’80, my brother’s son-in-law was elected president of the Alumni Board. Homecoming was a bit cold, but the sun finally melted the snow. Hope to see some of you at Christmas in Christ Chapel Saturday afternoon, December 4.
Here’s a story from the past: A friend told me that Evelyn Anderson convinced former President Edgar Carlson that she needed a trap door cut in the stage floor for The Match Makers! Some of you know Rev. Kay Jurgenson ’62; she was the one down in the hole so she could use a fire extinguisher, etc. during the play!
Burnell and Berniece Baldwin still live in Cloquet, MN. Although retired, Burnell has just finished a second book, Promises Made Clear, A Modern Day Catechism Companion. It is a series of poems on The Lord’s Prayer, etc. You will ponder the poems for a long time. He dedicated it to their late son, Greg, who was an inspiration to those with whom he worked and played."
"I learned things―like the need of the giver to give,” a friend said. "Being generous does something for our spirit," Miller, Money Isn’t Everything.
Vern Bergstrom signed his new book, Home Folks II―and More, "Many thanks for the friendship of all these years since we met at GAC. Your class letter has been invaluable!" Here’s a real recommendation:
“Vern Bergstrom has come out with another ‘Home Folks―’ and it is another ‘must read.’ This fine writer knows his territory and his people―the east central area of Minnesota―and he can write with realism, humor and style. This book is great to read and you will want it in your library to re-read again and again in years to come."
―Phyllis Londgren, former Braham teacher and contributing writer for the Star.
Vern and Marie (Norberg ’50) live in Minneapolis, "but my heart remains in rural East Central Minnesota." When Vern is not writing, he is very busy as head of Minnesotans Against Gambling. Vern arranged for the recent anti-gambling radio ads. One newspaper ad read like this:
…According to the letter, a two-year National Impact study demonstrated that gambling is "not just another form of recreation." Instead, according to the study, gambling is addictive and destructive, and preys on the poor, who spend the most on it.
In one of the radio spots a father urges his son to save his money for college but the son replies, "Dad, I’d rather do it your way…the lottery. You buy a ticket every day after work." His father says, "The lottery is just for adults," to which the son replies, "That’s what you want me to be…more adult!"
From the Metro Lutheran, October 1999:
This is one of two ads that Minnesotans Against Gambling will start running on radio stations next week. (Sept. ’99)
Guy 1: Whatcha got there?
Guy 2: It’s a new lottery game.
Guy 1: What’s it called?
Guy 2: Bubbleball―scratch and lose.
Guy 1: Strange name
Guy 2: It’s for people who know that they won’t win.
Guy 1: Why would you buy it?
Guy 2: Uh…fun. Besides, it takes care of the environment.
Guy 1: How’s that?
Guy 2: You know…fishing, camping, the loon.
Guy 1: (Sarcastically) Oh, so you’re just doing your bit for the environment.
Announcer: Today our Department of Natural Resources is badly in need of funds to preserve the great outdoors. Lottery funds won’t ever do the job. In 1998, only 6½ cents of the lottery dollar went to the environmental trust fund.
Guy 1: You know the odds are 80 million-to-one against you?
Guy 2: Uh…I guess I just always picture myself by a blue lake with a loon and it all seems so (fade out) beautiful and peaceful.
Announcer: Dreams of winning other people’s money is like blowing bubbles that float so high, then burst and die. Pretty looney.
Brought to you by Minnesotans Against Gambling. Call toll-free 1-877-DON’T-BET.
Keep up the good work, Vern!
Donn and Donna Larson live in Duluth, but sail Lake Superior including Isle Royale. It was great to see a long article about Donn in one of our local papers last April. Here’s a quote from that paper: "From an early age…he says he became ‘word struck’ and couldn’t put down the printed page…He navigates his 31 foot pleasure craft ‘Keeper’ between Duluth and Cloud Bay, Ontario, with a confident skill…At college he became the editor of the Gustavian "Weekly" newspaper…Two terms on the Duluth City Council…The ad agency became Westmoreland, Larson and Webster, Inc…today, in semi-retirement, Larson works on special projects." (The article lists about nine organizations that Donn is active in, plus many others from the past.)
The new president of St. Scholastica explains why private, liberal arts colleges with a strong religious tradition are important. "Career preparation must include the study of wisdom!…Why do we work?…What makes work meaningful?…What does it mean to be fully human?…Are all human beings really worthy of respect and, if so, why?…What is the source of human dignity?…In this way we carry out our mission of providing intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work."
Grab your spring Quarterly that’s Denny Lofstrom on the right standing next to his mother on page 46. Our sympathy to Denny and his wife, Paula, on the passing of his Gustie mother at the age of 92.
Here is an excerpt from an email that Denny and Paula sent from the Antartica in August of 1998. "An example of what life can be like at the bottom of the world…"
The Denver ASA office contacted us about possibly filling in at the South Pole for the month of November until the physician who is to cover for the summer is able to get there. The physician now there wants to leave the Ice when his contract is up at the end of October. We would leave here as scheduled on October 14th, spend a couple of weeks in New Zealand, then fly back to McMurdo and on to the South Pole for November. At the beginning of December we would go back to New Zealand and continue our travel plans. They will also create a "bridge" position for Paula. There is a lot going on there and a lot to do at the South Pole. They are building an entire new installation…
On the first flight the dive-master came in and we are revving up the dive chamber and the hyperberic chamber in readiness for the dive program to start next week. That should be interesting. The Kiwis have been out on the ice 30 km. and have found that it is 4½ feet thick on the Sound so the teams coming down will be able to travel across the Sound and to their camp sights safely…With the new influx of people from temperate zones we’re known as the "pale people." Paula, had this to share, "I was told these were among the most intensely colored rainbow clouds ever seen. That night, because of the solar flares (which also messed up the communications for the aircraft) we had extremely bright auroras starting about 7:30 p.m. We had been out walking until 6:45 p.m. and missed those, too."
Welcome back to Minnesota after your long stay in Antarctica and your extensive travels!
The ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 is the Artist Series at Gustavus. Composer Steve Heitzeg’s ’82 Earthworks, Tim Strand’s ’82 organ recital, Mark Thomsen’s ’78 tenor recital, Neal Hagberg and Leandra Peak ’s ’81 ’83 folk music concert, and Stephen Carlson’s ’92 piano recital are all intriguing, musical events I wish I could attend! I can’t believe they also got David Esbjornson ’75 and Peter Krause ’87!
Here is a list of the alumni that are missing or lost from the alumni records. If you have any information on these people, please contact the Alumni Office at: 1-800-487-8437 or alumni @gac.edu.
- George W. Anderson
- Ramona Lindall Arehart
- James A. Bensten
- Eva Holmgren Clemmons
- Arlene Palm Holmgren
- Lt. Col. John Joern
- Lloyd A. Olson
- John M. Solensten
- Dorothy Sundin
- Darrell W. Wahlstrom
Our son said "Some year why don’t you just send a post card and say ‘Hi! Visit Gustavus soon and please send your gift in.’" Wouldn’t that be something!
Maybe next time. Oh, who will write the guest class letter in January?
Dorothy Johnson Lutz
1951 Class Agent
P.S. News straight from Gustavus:
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.