Class of '63
May 2000

Volume 37, Number 2

Dear ‘mates:

Oh my, how quickly the time does fly. It seems such a short time ago that I was writing the first class letter of the year and now in just two weeks, Gustavus will graduate one of the top three largest classes in its history. . .about 570. . .assuming that everyone makes it!! I was talking with a friend who graduated in 1950 and is returning to the campus for graduation. He will now join the 50 year club. I reminded him that this year’s graduates will view him the same way as he viewed alumni from the class of 1900 who were back for their 50th reunion! We do have a few more years before we join that esteemed group!


The C. Charles Jackson Campus Center is now the official name of the campus center.  The naming, approved by the Board of Trustees on April 7 and announced at the dedication on April 8, honors the retired Twin Cities business executive and his many contributions to the College.  Jackson was the single largest contributor to the center. Jackson, of Minnetonka, was vice president of Minneapolis-based Champion International Corporation.  He is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees.  His relationship with the College developed in the late 1980s when his son, Bruce, attended Gustavus.  Naming the building for Jackson recognizes his contributions to the College and society.  He has a long record of philanthropy in the state. Many offices have moved to their new location in the Campus Center including Admissions, Dean of Students, Student Activities and Residential Life.

Construction on the International Center and the outdoor track/soccer field are progressing on schedule.  You can view the construction of the International Center on the Gustavus web site at Both projects will be complete before classes begin next fall. If you cannot make it back to campus, but want to stay connected, check out the Internet site. The college has recently hired a web coordinator who has been busy updating the Gustavus home page. Look for more changes to alumni services on the web coming this summer.

Gustavus is once again in the news, making some national rankings. Gustavus ranked 12th among the top 22 leading small colleges in the nation providing active Peace Corps volunteers. Gustavus is ranked 15th in the listing of top 20 bachelor’s institutions that sent the most students overseas for international study during the 1996-97 academic year. Gustavus is ranked 18th of national liberal arts colleges in the number of National Merits with 17 students. Mark Anderson ’66, Dean of Admission, reports that applications for admission for the fall of 2000 are running 20 percent ahead of last year. The Admissions Office instituted several new campus visit days in the summer and fall to account for the fact that few students could visit in the spring of 1998. Alumni are reminded of the Alumni Scholarship Program ($10,000 over four years for children and grandchildren of alumni) available to qualified applicants. Call the Admission Office at 1-800-GUSTAVUS for applications.

Kresge Challenge met! Vice President for College Relations Dennis Johnson ’60 has announced that the fundraising requirements for the Kresge Challenge have been met, qualifying the College to receive $1 million from the foundation. The College was challenged to raise $4.3 million for the Campus Center, an Olympic-sized track, and tree replacement in a 13-month period ending Jan. 31. All three projects have been exceeded. The Gustavus Pride Campaign (campus employee campaign) was a key component in the success of the overall challenge. College officials are pleased that 60% of Gustavus faculty, administrators, staff, and retired employees made gifts and pledges to the College totaling more than $721,530 in the last year and 53% contributed in excess of $375,000 to the "Building a Greater Gustavus" campaign. This is very significant in that it not only helped meet the Kresge Challenge, but also demonstrates to the many foundations, philanthropists, alumni, and friends that the employees of Gustavus share the vision and mission of the College.


There is not a lot of news to report, although I am sure that the College has received many gifts in the last few weeks along with your news notes. Please send notes. If I don’t have enough news to report, then I may have to start making things up!! It does appear that becoming a grandparent and retirement are hot items of news with many of you.

KAREN SWANSON KREISER and Bob continue to live in Fergus Falls. Bob retired after 29-½ years practicing anesthesiology at Lake Region Hospital. They live on a hobby farm and are planning to travel to Zimbabwe in September where they will be on a bow-hunting safari with their family. MARY LOU HAWKINSON FREEMAN is in her 7th year in the Iowa Senate. JAN HEABERLIN has retired from teaching and is a grandmother. BARB ROLIG MORTENSEN is the owner of the Southview Garden Center in West Saint Paul. Congratulations to GARY F. ANDERSON who was recently elected to the Board of Trustees at Gustavus! SHELLIE DAHLEN REED is hoping that her new grandchild will become a fourth generation Gustie!! EDEN HUTABARAT sends his greetings from Sun City, AZ. CLAY PETERSON is presently the administrator of Long Prairie Memorial Hospital and Home, a member of the city council and president of the Rotary. NANCY (GUSTAFSON) is K-12 reading teacher and reading coordinator for the Long Prairie/Grey Eagle School District. They enjoyed having a French foreign exchange student live with them for six months. KATHY WALDEN DALTON and Dick took a trip to Italy last spring. They have also celebrated the 40th anniversary of Dick’s championship football team with a gathering of 40 people at their home in Cannon Falls. All but one of the starting line-up was present for the event. JOHN AND CHAR LUECKE ENGSTROM have been residents of Seattle for over 6 years, the last 3 ½ of which have been spent living on their boat, a 57’ 1969 Chris Craft Cruiser. They are very near downtown Seattle on Lake Union. John is the pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of downtown Seattle, a congregation celebrating its 115th anniversary in 2000. On "GIVE" Day (the nationwide Gustavus volunteer effort) over 20 Gustavus alumni joined them at Gethsemane where they made and served soup and sandwiches for over 100 of Seattle’s homeless population. Gethsemane has an ongoing program each Saturday from September through May. They also house a Women’s Shelter every night. ROGER AND JOYCE GULSTRAND AMDAHL continue to live in Bloomington. Joyce works at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church and Roger continues with Ziegler Caterpillar. Thanks to Roger and Joyce for their continued, faithful work at Phonorama and their attendance at so many Gustie events. NAOMI LINEER DORAU is enjoying her retirement. She and Art purchased an R.V. and have enjoyed motoring all around the U.S.

That’s it for the Class News. Please be reminded that the Gustavus Fund will close on May 31. This is the time to make that final payment on your pledge or make your gift. You all have been so faithful through the years and I thank you for that loyal support. The following list of items may be instructive to you as you consider your gifting opportunities. Of course, unrestricted gifts to the Gustavus Fund are most welcome, but if you wish to be creative, the following list may be helpful. (This is not original with me. . .I "borrowed" it from Owen Sammelson.)

  1. Scholarships, of any kind.
  2. Academic equipment - computers, microscopes etc.
  3. The Christ Chapel Endowment
  4. The Barb Andrews endowment for scholarships for students with physical challenges.
  5. Unrestricted gifts to the Gustavus Fund.
  6. The Campus Center
  7. Athletic facilities, the new track, a football stadium, equipment for a specific sport.
  8. Trees!
  9. Endowment for the chairs honoring Kyle Montague, Art Glass, Arne Langsjoen and Charles Hamrum.
  10. HOCA! (Humor our class agent)

Thanks again good friends. And don’t forget, mail that check today!!! Have a wonderful summer.

Paul F. Tillquist, Class Agent

79 Pleasant Lake Road East

St. Paul, MN 55127