Class of 1952

April 2014

Dear Classmates,

A few weeks ago I attended Building Bridges” at Gustavus.  It is a significant event held each February, noted as the Diversity Conference, 19th in its history, and this year the theme was “Disposable Communities?  Demanding Environmental Justice.”  Outstanding!  I wish you all could have joined me.  Several hundred students attended as well as professors, news reporters and activists from the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, alumni, and many other interested citizens.  It was an impressive, enthusiastic group and the presenters equally so and well-informed.  The keynote speakers were Van Jones, author of New York Times best sellers, and Alexie Torres-Fleming, a visionary environmental justice activist from the Bronx, New York.  Various topics were addressed such as Minnesota’s link to Canadian hydropower dams, nuclear racism, stop trashing the planet, health disparities, food justice, and hidden impacts on fracking.  All worthy, timely issues that deserve exposure and solutions.  Gustavus was really on the front line in this is offering and its impact, I believe, significant.  I was so proud of our Alma Mater, and you would have been too.

This leads me to the main purpose of this letter, as well as its communication with each of you which is now overdue!  Can we blame it on the brutal winter that we endured here in Minnesota and elsewhere?  There were days I would have stayed in bed and hibernated like the bears, but somehow we made it and survived.  There were times, reminiscent of "the hill at GA," when on cold winter days the wind blew us backwards and the snowflakes stung our cheeks like needles.  Remember those January and February months!  We certainly would have welcomed a J-Term then.

Earlier this winter I met Glen Lloyd, our new director of alumni and parent engagement.  Jackie Neeck Peterson ʼ77, associate vice president for Advancement and a friend of mine introduced us over coffee at Caribou in Minnetonka.  Glen is a warm, creative, social young man, full of ideas for Gustavus and more than enthusiastic about the College.  Previously he spent time in a position at St. Olaf and was one of their assistant football coaches.  That’s when the Oles finally beat the Gusties for two years in a row!  He was hired at Gustavus as the assistant director of multicultural programs and also was an assistant football coach here; now he has been appointed as the director of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

Last year for the Annual Fund we proposed that our class donate a gift to the Diversity Center of at least $1,000 to fund the "Building Bridges" conference.  This year, Annual Fund 2013-2014, Glen has proposed another project for our class.  Over spring break, Glen plans to take a number of students, each from one representative group on campus who has never experienced life beyond a very limited area and is not familiar in any way with the historic and geographic areas of other parts of this country, on a cross-country trip to visit some of the highlights well-known to many of us.  The time period will be approximately 10 days and the cost is approximately $4,000.  He has asked us to fund this endeavor.  I was impressed with his proposal and his belief that is empowering this endeavor.  Many of you have already made your donation to this year's Annual Fund, and I thank you for that.  Otherwise, you might also call the Alumni Office and tell someone that you would like your designated gift earmarked for this cause.  I might even suggest that you speak to Glen Lloyd in person and tell him that you would like to support his unique, educational project directed toward students who would benefit immeasurably from this endeavor.   Please consider this appeal.

Of course, I’m delighted to say hello to each of you.  I only wish I had some news to share from some of our other friends.  Please send some tidbits.  Thank you for your support of our beloved college.  You must be as excited as I am regarding the appointment of our first woman president.  Becky Bergman will serve our College well.  She is an incredible woman and brings extraordinary skill and gifts to this position.  I feel very fortunate to have served on the Board of Trustees with Becky for one year before my term ended.  She is personable, intelligent, contemporary, and forward-thinking, good for Gustavus.  We wish her well.

On March 25 I'm leaving for Texas for two weeks, destination Houston, to visit my nephew and family.  The bluebonnets are in bloom.  I can hardly wait!  Happy Spring to all of you!

DWELL IN POSSIBILITY!

Joy and Peace!

Barb Eckman Krig

1952 Class President

Campus News

Rebecca M. Bergman Named 17th President of Gustavus Adolphus College

The Board of Trustees of Gustavus Adolphus College has elected Rebecca M. Bergman to be the College’s 17th president.  Bergman is the first woman in the 152-year history of the College to be named president and will succeed Jack R. Ohle, who is retiring after serving as president of the College since July 2008.  Bergman will officially take office July 1, 2014.

Bergman, who has served on the College’s Board of Trustees since 2007, has spent the past 26 years at Medtronic, Inc., including the last 14 years as a senior executive.  She currently serves as Vice President of Research, Technology, and Therapy Delivery Systems for the company’s Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM) business, where she leads a research and development team of scientists and engineers.

Travel with Gustavus - Exploring Luther’s Reformation – Oct. 4-16

Journey on an educational tour focused on Luther’s Reformation with prominent Lutheran scholar, Gustavus professor emeritus of Religion Rev. Dr. Darrell Jodock.  Travel to Germany and Poland from October 4 to 16, 2014 to learn about the life and teachings of Martin Luther, along with the ongoing significance of his theology.  The trip is open to Gustavus alumni, parents, friends, and non-Gusties.  For more information, please visit gustavus.edu/president/tours/ or email Professor Jodock at djodock@gustavus.edu.  Registration deadline is May 31.

Upcoming Events

April 16 – Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast featuring Marcia Bunge, professor in religion

April 29 - Chicago Chapter Gathering

April 30 – 34th Annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference

May 30-31 – Reunion Weekend