Class of '64
Another summer raced past and we're back in the rhythm of fall. October always brings Phonorama (and now GusLink, the student callers). Before that transpires, I want to thank all of you for your support of Gustavus. For many of you (138 to be exact) that included a financial gift. Collectively, the class of ’64 gave $84,458. The college loves unrestricted dollars and we helped them with almost $10,000. Some of you show your warmth for Gustavus by attending concerts, sports events, plays, Nobel sessions, calling at Phonorama, or talking up Gustavus to high school students and their parents. Thanks to everyone for your generosity and support.
Maybe you are curious as to what alumni dollars fund. Here's what the Development office told us at the class agents' meeting. The Gustavus Fund, which includes money from alumni, parents, and other sources, contributes 4% of the entire budget. It underwrites some of the distinctive programs at Gustavus including service learning, student/faculty research, study abroad, chapel programs, moral and ethical programs, extra curricular involvement, and financial aid. If you have programs that are particularly important from your perspective, you can designate your gift. Any way you choose you are contributing to a fine institution. I hope you receive a lot of pleasure out of your giving.
Here is news from our classmates. Some news must have come in late spring and summer so it has already appeared in the last Quarterly. This is known as reinforcement learning.
First, we received notice of the death of classmate Ervin Dotseth last December 25, in Buffalo Center, Iowa after a two-year battle with cancer. Ervin taught high school math, science, and computer classes. Our sympathy goes to his wife, Marlys, and their children.
David Garms is currently director of program development for International Relief and Development, a private and voluntary organization specializing in providing humanitarian aid to the most seriously affected victims of civil strife and natural disasters. He also completed the course work for a doctoral degree in public administration and is about to start writing the thesis.
Nancy Jo Johnson Vrieze retired from full time teaching at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake. She is looking forward to some personal time and will teach part time.
Paula Yocum Olson moved to Amery, Wisconsin.
Emily Hanson Abello returned toWisconsin this summer for a 40th high school reunion and a family reunion.
Jane Chelgren McFadden continues her career as organist, hand bell director, teacher and composer. Husband, John, is a Jaguar restorer and computer geek. Son, John, is a Navy Lt. and Kevin a graduate of Kenyon College.
Nicky Kerpen Bredeson worked with Garrison Keillor in the planning of the Anoka High School 40th reunion held in August. "It was her pleasure to dine at his home on two occasions and in addition to being a remarkable man, he is also a great cook."
Portia Mayer is a newly certified Open Water Diver. "I'm enjoying the water environment in Aruba and Baja/Sea of Cortez and look forward to more time in my wet suit."
John ’63 and Marilyn Lawson Tammi have had a year of changes. Marilyn retired from teaching, their daughters, Amanda and Jennifer, both married during the summer, and John has returned to Hope College.
The note from Gerri Bakken Ramsfield mentions that she and her husband adopted nine children with special needs. That sounds remarkable.
Beaty Fritz Graves works as director of a preschool in Anchorage, Alaska. Her oldest son married last March.
Miriam Borg Teeter lives in Palo Alto, California. Their oldest son graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and now works in San Jose.
Gorden Olseen works as a State Farm Insurance agent in Tipton, Iowa. Both of their children are married.
Lee Halgren lives in Evergreen, Colorado and is vice president for Student and Academic Affairs for the State Colleges in Colorado.
Sharon Christensen Vold moved to Dickinson, ND, earlier this year. Her husband, Noel, became pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Dickson. She is involved in teaching piano and ventriloquism ministry, particularly with children.
Sue Bolmgren Anderson spent seven weeks in Puerta Vallarta last winter. She brought her transfers of Gustavus to the beach.
Olivia Moe Hanson lives in Cape Coral, Florida. Her daughter, Julie, wrote a book about parenting.
The ranks of the retired are growing. Here are a few more.
Donna Olsenius Hammer retired from her positions as senior choir director and contemporary worship director when her husband, Hilton, resigned as senior pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in East Bethel, MN. Together, they served that congregation for almost 29 years.
Charles Westerberg retired.
Shirley Schmidt Vold retired from teaching in the Hopkins School district.
Another retiree is Todd Heimdahl.
Richard Dornfeld writes that retirement is great. Joan (Benson ’66) works at the Dodge Nature Center. They have a grandson born on Christmas Day in Montana to daughter Kim and Scott Jensen.
Karen Larvick retired from Eastern Illinois University in ’97. She remarried, moved to Jefferson City, MO and opened a local private piano studio. "I have also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Lincoln University for two years. In August 2000, I will begin a year as a visiting member of the University of Missouri Columbia Music Department, teaching graduate pedagogy and studio piano. Daughter, Camille, graduated from Augustana, (Illinois) and Christine studies at Northwestern University."
We have reached the stage where grandchildren gain a prominent part of one's life:
Karen Buss Torgerson is the grandmother of Sydney Morgen Ulrich.
Caryl Albrecht Peterson became a grandmother for the first time last December. She also rescued a racing greyhound named "Foxy Lady."
Susan (Pepin ’65) and Jim Peterson are new grandparents. The new Science Museum in St. Paul is up and running and getting wonderful reviews. Susan is fully in to a $4 million plus building program at Gloria Dei. Life is full.
Judy Friesen Winters took a trip to France in April and a cruise to Alaska in September. She is grandmother to five.
That is all the class news for this letter. Accuracy is intended, but decoding dates and someone else's handwriting on the forms mailed out is not always simple. Let us know if we made major errors. The campus looks wonderful.
The 2000-2001 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,510 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,490 set last year), including 675 first-year students. When students arrived on campus in early September they were welcomed by the newly completed Carlson International Center/Swedish House, a new outdoor track/soccer field, and a newly completed Courtyard Café in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center. This new café offers specialty coffees, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches, and opens to an outdoor eating area on the Johns Courtyard between the Jackson Campus Center and Lund Center.
Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal
arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 14th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80.
Gustavus recently received the results of a comparative alumni survey that measures alumni responses to a series of questions about their college experience. The study provides comparisons to other groups of colleges including Lutheran colleges, member colleges of the Minnesota Private College Council and, most importantly, with large public universities. We will share with you results of the survey in class letters this year. A sampling of responses to remembrances of college academic life include the following:
· Alumni agree that professors often challenged them, but also personally helped them to meet the challenge. Gustavus alumni agree 78%, large public universities 38%.
· Alumni agree that a large majority of classes were taught by professors as compared to teaching assistants. Gustavus alumni agree 90%, large public universities 32%.
· Alumni remember a high quality, teaching oriented faculty. Gustavus alumni agree 61%, large public universities 25%.
· Alumni remember many small classes with fewer than twenty students. Gustavus alumni agree 50%, large public universities 9%.
Gustavus has received word from the Lilly Endowment that it was one of 20 awardees (out of a pool of 31 colleges and universities) of a $1,963,425 implementation grant. It is the largest program grant the College has ever received. The award will support a comprehensive initiative to more effectively carry out some key aspects of the College's mission statement and encourage theological reflection and moral questioning that forms character, shapes lives, and guides career choices. It will build upon the ethos and climate of Gustavus by supporting already-existing programs, adding new ones, and creating a center to coordinate and intensify those vocation-oriented activities. In doing so, it will provide students with the foundational tools necessary for a lifelong exploration of their calling and a lifetime of community leadership and service to others.
G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was held on Saturday, October 7. Numerous sites were selected in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country participated in the event.
Christmas in Christ Chapel, Heaven and Nature Sing, is December 1-3. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly. Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.
For those with computer access, check out the Gustavus web site for campus news and pictures, Gustie merchandise, events, virtual campus tour, and admission information. The address is: gustavus.edu.
Linda and I plus other classmates will try to reach as many of you as possible to say thanks for your support, inquire about class news, and ask you to consider another gift to Gustavus. For those of you who like electronic banking, you might like Lutheran Brotherhood's program for electronic transfer of your money to Gustavus. It avoids writing checks or forgetting to mail in your pledge. Lutheran Brotherhood provides the service, but doesn't use the information. They call it Simply Giving. AAL also has a new program to allow any graduate of a Lutheran college to, get an associate membership for $10 and then have access to their matching programs.
As you may have noticed, Phonorama comes right before we begin to think about end of the year donations. I'd ask you to once again think generously; knowing that in doing so, both you and Gustavus are winners. We would sure appreciate it if you could come help make a few calls during Phonorama. It takes place on October 16, 17 & 19 at Deli Express in Eden Prairie and October 23, 24 & 26 at Alliant Foodservice in Eagan. Remember Gustavus serves us all supper from 5:30 to 6:30. Calling starts at 6:30. You can sign up by calling 800-487-8437.
Now that we've covered class news, appreciated your gifts and interest in Gustavus, let you in on campus news and events via the alumni office, and reminded you that Phonorama is coming, it is time to sign off,
Wishing you a fall and winter full of all the things you enjoy.
Joanna Carlson Swanson
1964 Co-Class Agent