Class of ’56

September 2012

Dear Classmates of 1956,

In April Mimi Johnson Eisele wrote, “By now you know that Gustavus is well into the celebration of 150 years of educating men and women...”  Well, I am writing you today to tell you that the celebration is quickly coming to an end.  In about one month we will celebrate on Friday, October 12th (Homecoming Weekend) the Sesquicentennial Year of Celebration.  “This year we have reflected on the Gustavus story, filled with the dreams and accomplishments of generations of Gusties woven together for 150 years.”

This past year has been a celebration of what we have been, and each of us are a part of that.  Each of us in the class of 1956 have done great things that reflect upon the education we got here on “The Hill.”  Our memories are boundless and our caring is deep.  If we were here for only a semester, a few years, or maybe we didn’t get a diploma from Gustavus on graduation day, we are Gusties through and through.

The campus has displayed many parts of what we have been.  Lund Center is alive with posters, trophies and pictures of athletes, coaches and sporting events.  The large collage in Beck Hall shows our history, and various aspects of college life have shown up on the walls in the Campus Center.  I hope all of you have had an opportunity to see these displays.  Steve Waldhauser ʼ70 has done a fantastic job describing this past year in the Quarterly.

The office of Institutional Advancement at Gustavus College is proud to announce that thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends the Gustavus Annual Fund achieved its goal for the 2012 fiscal year raising more the $4.5 million from 9,925 donors.  From the the 144 members of the class of 1956 the fund received $37,662.42 from 83 donors 58% of the class!  Thank you!

A first year class of 715 young men and women arrived on campus on August 31, eager to start classes and participate in other aspects of a college education.  Some of those 715 had arrived earlier to participate in practice readying them for intercollegiate sports.  To mention only a few of the events the first week of school; the football team traveled to Simpson College in Iowa and won 35-24.  The Gustie women's soccer team defeated Crown College 3-0 and the Men’ s soccer team defeated North Park 1-0 in Chicago.  Women’s golf tied for second place at the Wartburg Invitational.  Students participating in women’s and men’s cross-county both had good showings in their events.  All this took place the first weekend of school!  The Gusties are on a roll!

Please send us news, by way of the Alumni Office:  we want to hear from you.  Class news is also printed in the Quarterly

Class News

Jo Cipra (Santa Rosa, CA) reported that part of a choir group called California Redwood Choir competed in Venona, Italy last April.  Tom and Carolyn (Clogston ʼ58) Engquist (Prior Lake) wrote that they are both enjoying retirement.  Tom plays and sings in six musical groups and Carolyn is involved in peace activities and the Friends of the Library.  They love visiting their grandchildren in Portland, OR and Texas, as well as those here in Minnesota.  Our scholarship recipient Dee Dee Arnold ʼ12 graduated this spring so we will get another one, named later in the semester.  We will let you know about the person that it is awarded to in the next class letter.

The new Class Officers program is working well.  We had a well-attended meeting at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis on August 25.  The goal is to have more classmates share the work.  I am happy to report to you that all our class chair positions are filled.  Mimi Johnson Eisele you know is our President, I am Communication Chair, Don Roberts is Recruitment Chair, Bob Erdman is Reunion Chair and VP and Faye Reber is Annual Fund Chair.  Please contact any one of us with your news and concerns.  The Alumni Office can tell you how to get in touch with us.

Go Gusties.

Kay Rethwill Moline

1956 Communications Chair

Campus News

Alumni Career Exploration

Where Dreams Meet Reality: Alumni Networking and Transition” will be offered again with support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Catherine Beyer Breet (  This program is designed for anyone who is unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed.  It takes participants through the process of naming gifts, talents, and passions and finding where to use them in the world.  This event is scheduled at St. Mary’s University this fall on Tuesdays Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and 23, and Nov. 6, from 6–8 p.m.  This four-part classroom series includes full access to the Online Job Hunt Coaching System.  The series is being offered for $199 (Gustavus alumni $149).  Live outside the Twin Cities metro area?  The series will be offered in webinar format for $149 (Gustavus alumni $99).  Register at:

Nobel Conference – “Our Global Ocean”

October 2-3 – Nobel Conference 48 examines, “Our Global Ocean” as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  The conference will examine our oceans as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  We know less about our own oceans than we do about the surfaces of other planets hundreds of millions of miles away.  Top researchers in biogeochemistry, oceanography, deep-sea biology, molecular genetics, and coral ecology will discuss the most relevant topics concerning our mysterious oceans.  Tickets for this year’s Nobel Conference are available at:

The Royal Visit

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will visit Gustavus in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.  The Royal Visit to Gustavus will be Friday, October 5, 2012.  For the full schedule of the day’s events, visit visit.  Many events require tickets.

Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has selected nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees include Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football),Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country),Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field),Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball),Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis),Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey),Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).  This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, following the Hall of Fame football game between the Gusties and Hamline University, which is set to take place at 1 p.m. at Hollingsworth Field.

Homecoming 2012

October 12-14 – Homecoming 2012 will include the Sesquicentennial Closing Dinner, reunions, a football game, a performance by The Bend of the River Big Band, and more.  For information on reunion registration and the entire homecoming schedule, visit

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 – July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10—21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

October 17 – Nobel Conference Recap

November 21 – Donald Ostrom – November elections

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Time and location details will be forthcoming.

Nov. 8 – New York City

Nov. 10 – Boston

Nov. 10 – Dallas

Nov. 11 – Houston

Nov. 13 – Washington, DC

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago

Apr. 11 – Atlanta