Class of '55
Dear Classmates of ’55:
I sit at my computer wondering what I can say that you will read. Outside it is overcast and cold, hardly the Spring we had hoped for. My goodness, I am in a dark mood. Perhaps it is not only the unfavorable weather, but the pall of all the bad things that are happening in the world that colors my gloom. Give me a few sentences and I’ll get out of it. To do so I’m going to start with a poem I wrote at Gustavus on the subject of Spring when I was obviously in a better mood. Spring always takes me back to Gustavus; it is for me the signature season there. Here it goes.
With joyful heart I stood in awe to watch sweet Spring dance on the hill
Melting snow with fragrant breath, waking buds, arousing grass.
Beside a brook in Robard’s Glen I saw the act played out
While chorus birds sang arias of where the brook began
Far upland in the hills.
The happy scene gave me a thrill.
Thanking God I thought of love, of life and Spring.
Well, that feels better. Hope you don’t feel it is too corny. Good thing I had medicine to fall back on.
My sincere thanks to my buddy, Dick Lundborg, for his excellent guest class letter. He has always had a way with words and story telling. Lucy and I had a fantastic time with Dick and Jo in Hawaii in early February playing golf and just lazing around. I regret to report that Dick beat me seven out of eight matches.
I’m sure Dick joins me and all former Kappa Sigs in congratulating our frat brother, George Torrey, on his marvelous achievements in the fields of business and philanthropy. George was the president and COO of Herberger’s department stores. He was honored by the Central Minnesota Community Foundation with the 2001 Award in Philanthropy. That a boy, George. We knew you had it in you!
Buck Emberg maintains contact from far away Tasmania. He tells that he recently became an Australian citizen and that he and his wife, Joan, merged their publishing house with another so they could spend more time at their beach cabin. They have been commissioned to write another book on Tasmanian history: “Disasters and Heroes of Tasmania.” (Maybe I can get Buck to publish my poems.)
Arlo and Patty Monk Lien have a grandson at Gustavus. I still remember singing at their wedding.
George Davies is proud to tout the accomplishments of his wife, Dotty, a graduate of the College of St. Catherine. Dotty is a musician singer who gives concerts, programs and workshops of Christian feminist original music.
In my last letter I confessed how difficult it was for me to ask for money. It is difficult, but I can still manage a few words in this regard particularly if it is for Gustavus. Last year out of our class of 153 there were 61 donors, 39.9% of the class. I wish there were some way to persuade more of the class to participate and maybe we could reach the 50% plateau. Just a few dollars would suffice to know you are still with us. That’s all I’ll say on the matter for now.
It was recently announced that President Axel Steuer has resigned effective in June 2002. President Steuer provided strong leadership by increasing the endowment of Gustavus, advancing the academic reputation of the College, increasing the enrollment to 2500 students and leading the campus recovery after the disastrous tornadoes of March 1998. I hope all will join me in sending thanks to him and his wife, Loreli, for their long service to our College and to wish them all good fortune and success in the future.
I hope many of you will contact me regarding news or opinions. Many of you have been receiving the class letters by the e-mail route in lieu of standard mail. It would be helpful to know your feelings about receiving the letter in this way. Please contact me or the Alumni Office directly.
There is still time to volunteer for Phonorama on April 22, 23, 24 and 25. Your participation is eagerly sought.
Wish very best wishes for a happy Spring and Summer,
1955 Class Agent
P.S. Now for some other campus news written by a current Gustavus student:
Hi! This is Tracey Hanson again writing from the Alumni Office. For those of you who haven’t previously heard from me, I am a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management. I am a seasoned Alumni Office veteran, as this is my fourth (and final) year here. After not having taken a J-Term class, spring semester and the homework it entails has been hitting me hard. Contrary to popular belief, the “senior slacker” final semester has been just the opposite for me. My time at Gustavus has flown by, especially this final year. The fact that it is March and I am still without a job is beginning to be a constant thought in the back of my mind. It also seems to be a constant thought in the minds of my parents, although it seems closer to the front of theirs! Spring semester has also been the final opportunity to be all together with classmates, so much time has been spent socially with roommates and friends.
As I will be graduating in June, this will be the final time you receive updates from me. I now will also move into the alum category and step into the real world. I’m not sure I’m completely ready for the change, but I’m darn sure that I better get ready because it’ll be here before I know it! Here is some news from Gustavus.
Hello Walk On-line Alumni Community (hellowalk.gustavus.edu) has been launched and Gusties of all ages are invited to join this meeting place for anything from small talk to debate to caring conversations. Hello Walk at Gustavus is the sidewalk running from Uhler Hall on the north side of campus past the front of Old Main to Pittman Hall on the south side, which, for decades, was the main “artery” and gathering point on campus. Even though the campus landscape has changed, the spirit of Hello Walk continues with you joining the conversation on the virtual Hello Walk. Associate professor of political science, Chris Gilbert, will guest host a discussion on politics for the months of May and June. Check it out at hellowalk.gustavus.edu
Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1952 is May 31 & June 1. A schedule of events and registration material will be sent in April.
Homecoming 2002 & All Sports Reunion Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Athletics is September 21. Homecoming Weekend will include reunion gatherings for classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002. Class reunions will be held in Bloomington at the Radisson South Hotel Friday evening, and Homecoming events including class and all-sports reunion events will return to campus for activities Saturday. A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August. A schedule will be published in the summer and fall issues of the Quarterly.
It has been an extremely successful winter sports season at Gustavus. Women’s hockey won the MIAC regular season championship with an undefeated record and advanced to the Frozen Four National Tournament, finishing third in the nation. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both won MIAC titles, the first time in Gustavus history. The women’s Nordic ski team won its first MIAC championship. Men’s basketball placed second in the MIAC during the regular season and MIAC playoffs, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to number one ranked Carthage College. Men’s hockey finished second in the MIAC regular season and playoffs. Women’s basketball finished fourth in the MIAC and advanced to the conference playoff for the first time ever. The women’s indoor track team finished second and both the men’s Nordic ski team and men’s indoor track teams placed fourth in MIAC action. The women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCGA National Championships. Five Gustavus coaches were named Coach of the Year in their respective sports – Jon Carlson (women’s swimming & diving), Mike Carroll (women’s hockey), Mickey Haller (women’s basketball), Scott Jerome (women’s Nordic skiing), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey).
G.I.V.E. – Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors is moving to the spring. Work projects will happen in the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 27. Register on-line at gustavus.edu under the alumni events section.
The 22nd MAYDAY! Peace Conference, May 1 will address the topic "Sanctions and Beyond: What is the Human Price?" For conference information and reservations, call the Office of Public Affairs (507/933-7520).
Comprehensive Alumni Directory
The Alumni Directory being published for the Gustavus Alumni Association by Publishing Concepts is still in production. Those who purchased directories should expect to receive their copy in September. Orders for an alumni directory can still be taken by calling 800/982-1590.
Evelyn Sponberg Young’s 90th birthday celebration
The Twin Cities Chapter of the Alumni Association invites all Gusties and friends of former Gustavus food service director and 2002 Alumni Fund Chair Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 to her 90th birthday celebration on July 25, 2002 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. program.
Evelyn will be serving her famous Red Velvet Cake and all guests will receive a loaf of her famous Swedish rye bread. A book of remembrance will be compiled as a gift for Evelyn. Please send remembrances and stories of Evelyn to Alumni Office, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082. Reservations should be made with the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web site at gustavus.edu, alumni, events.
NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVIII, The Nature of Nurture – The Early Years, will be held on campus October 1 & 2. The conference will explore the forces that are most important in shaping a child’s personality, gender identity, and language acquisition and learning ability. History, discoveries, research, and clinical studies will all be surveyed to draw a better understanding of biological forces and environmental influences on brain development.
For more news and information about Gustavus, check out the web site at gustavus.edu.