Class of ’59
Here we go again—another school year has begun—and time for another class letter. I was on campus on September 11 for the annual Volunteer Leadership Day. I couldn’t help but remember back fifty-five years ago when we were the freshman. Did we really look as young as some of the ones I saw on Saturday?
As usual, I was struck with what was new or had changed in the last year. Minnesota Avenue in downtown St. Peter has been completely redone. It is now a boulevard with trees and flowers planted in the middle of the road—very attractive and it makes it easier to cross the busy highway too.
On campus the biggest change I saw was the building of a new academic building that will house five departments. It is located on the west side of campus. Eventually, there’ll be a mall connecting this building to the Chapel and the Arboretum.
On the lawn in front of the Campus Center, students had planted small United States flags to represent the Twin Towers of 9/11. That was nine years ago and many of the students were only ten years old.
Many of the dorms have been renovated with new windows to become more energy efficient and they encourage bicycles on campus along with skateboards and roller blades.
I picked up the Weekly and was interested in reading that all freshmen were encouraged to read “On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” before they arrived on campus as part of the Reading in Common project. The idea is that all students have one book to relate to and discuss as they begin their career at Gustavus. The author, Jamie Ford came to campus to speak about his book.
We heard from Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement. He noted that Gustavus had placed higher in standings in U S News and World Report, and that Forbes had placed us ahead of St, Olaf. The new marketing slogan is “Make Your Life Count” and that students are taking this seriously. Commission 150 is striving to engage more volunteers be they students, parents, alumni or churches. There will be an emphasis on the volunteers and “friends” groups to report to the board with their input.
President Ohle spoke to the future and the need to truly grow our endowment to allow Gustavus to remain strong. He referenced the transitions the school has gone through since his arrival and indicated that everyone now is going forward together.
The classes of 1965 and 1985 were recognized as Classes of the Year due to their use of technology in keeping in touch with classmates. Class Agents of the Year were: Bernhard Erling ’43, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Paul Tidemann ’60 for having 69.2%, 69.1% and 71.2% participation respectively in the Annual Fund drive.
We heard an exciting speaker—Paul Batz ’85. Watch for his book, “What Really Works.” It’s a book on discovering what’s really important in your life—Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friends, Fun and Future---and how to keep from falling behind. I spoke with him afterwards and he said that he feels it’s very important for our generation to keep examining where we are and how we might change even at this point.
The last speaker was Chris Rasmussen ’88 from the Alumni Board. He spoke on the changing role of class agents. I’ve been thinking about this a lot myself. All the energy and communication we had going into our 50th reunion seems to have fallen by the wayside. One of the ideas about the class agent program is that we could have multiple agents for each class handling different aspects of the job—communications, fund raising and reunion planning or simply agents to write the three separate letters. The class of 2010 has come up with 12 agents and they plan to write a letter each month and they also plan to divide their class and have each agent take 50 names and contact them on a regular basis. This sounds a lot like what we did for the reunion—and it worked! I don’t think we have to get this ambitious—but I’d like to have some new plan for our class. I’m also looking into trying to have a Facebook page for just our class—I have a personal one, but I’d like to have one limited to our class. Let me hear your thoughts.
And now for the little bit of news that has come my way.
Gustavus women’s softball team played St Mary’s here in Winona this spring. Don and I went to watch them. Gustavus won both games. I’ll never get over seeing young women being so athletic─and good.
John Nelson emailed me that he and Mary have moved permanently to Estero, Florida. Their new address is: 20240 Calice Ct., Estero, FL 33928.
While in LaCrosse, I picked up a magazine and found an article about Marilyn Zahl Hempstead. As a member of AAUW, she became involved in Pennies for Peace, which is the project of collecting pennies for Greg Mortenson’s schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The schools Marilyn contacted raised over $41,000 for the schools.
Larry and Deone (Nordquist) Cartford were in Washington D.C. this spring to see their granddaughter receive a national award for a film she and other fifth graders made. They spent the summer at the lake in Wisconsin. Larry has written a book, “From Pastor to Atheist” He discusses religion and its way with people and how life need not be lived controlled by religion but free to be what we are.
Don and I spent a wonderful evening with Avis (Baldwin) and Bill Rill in June. They have a lovely home on a lake and you’d never know they were near Seattle at all. I had called Avis before traveling to Seattle and she suggested inviting other Gusties in the area to their home for dinner. I discovered that Avis is a perfect hostess and Bill is a master BBQer!
Others at the party were Marian Fickes Borg, recovering from knee surgery and her husband Paul ’58. They celebrated their 50th anniversary later that month. Muriel Doherty Haegele brought the most delicious smoked salmon. She has a great contact if you ever need some. Her husband, Lee, is a master bartender—especially with Rob Roys. Connie Ostrom Lund was as peppy and caring as ever and Roger ’57 hasn’t changed at all except for white hair. Look for a picture in the next Gustavus Quarterly.
I hope you all saw in the last Quarterly the picture of Tusa Johnson Bergman and Marilyn Espeseth Erickson entertaining many of our classmates at her new condo. She wrote that Marcia Hedberg Wallin played the piano and everyone sang the old Gustie songs.
Warren Woods sent me another of his creative writings titled, “Dreams…Dreamers… Dream Girls.” And he has seen the Twins at the new Target Field. How many others have been there?
That’s all the news I’ve received in the last few months—I’d better start making some phone calls or emails to get more current news. The good thing is that no one has died since our reunion. Stay well!
And one final word. Remember the Annual Fund goes on all year. Your gift can be sent at any time from now until May 31, 2011.
Carol Johnson Heyl Stone
1959 Class Agent
The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary. In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory. Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information. We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation. For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.
What is Good Food? The Nobel Conference® 46, Making Food Good, was held Oct. 5-6. It explored the many levels of this question from our seven distinguished panelists. We considered varied and various conceptions of goodness and the challenges involved with the way they intersect with each other. Contemporary food issues like community food security; the local foods movement; food crops as fuel crops; school lunches; genetic modification of food plants and animals; molecular gastronomy; and protecting genetic diversity of plants and animals were considered.
Athletics Hall of Fame
Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on Sat., Oct. 9. The Hall of Fame Moment is the 1990 women’s tennis team’s national championship. Team members were invited to return to revisit this memorable sports moment. Inductees for 2010 are: Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; 1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship―Hall of Fame Moment.
The Gustavus Library Associate’s Fall Author Day with Minnesota award-winning mystery writer William Kent Krueger will be on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Edina Country Club. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with brunch. A book-signing will follow his presentation. Purchase tickets online at gustavustickets.com or by calling 507-933-7550.
“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 breakfasts include Jim Dontje, Oct. 20, on the topic of Nobel; Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17; Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.
Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010 will be available on Monday, Oct. 18 at noon. Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at: www.gustavustickets.com. If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.
- Oct. 8-9 – Family Weekend
- Oct. 9 – Hall of Fame
- Oct. 20 – Gustie Breakfast
- Dec. 3-5 – Christmas in Christ Chapel