Class of ’64
April 2010

Hi…all you Gusties from the class of 1964

I just spoke to Joanna Carlson Swanson and we decided we had better get to the class letter.  I agreed to begin…and right away!  So here goes!

First, thank you all for staying in touch with Gustavus and for your generous giving...  The year ends on May 31 as far as the Annual Fund is concerned, so I (we) should get your gift for this year in before the deadline…  Thanks ahead of time.

Writing to your class is kind of scary because I think I have not much to say….but here goes.

On March 17, 2010 I attended the Twin Cities Alumni Breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park.  Wow…besides a good breakfast and good conversations the speaker was really interesting.  Amanda Niewow, assistant professor of chemistry was speaking about her January term class “Chemistry and Crime:  Examination of CSI type TV Shows and Real Life Forensic Science”

She had speakers come from The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.  Their officers work all over the state.  BCA Special Agents and Analysts─these individuals are strategically positioned in twelve offices around the state and provide high quality investigative assistance to local law enforcement 24/7.  Services include immediate investigative, analytical, crime scene, tactical team responses and longer term assistance with complex investigations.  These are essential services that many law enforcement agencies throughout the state cannot support locally.

The class also had speakers about DNA evidence and firearm markings….  So during this January term they learned all this and then finally divided into groups they set up a crime scene with evidence and then the others had to solve the crime based on the evidence.  Amanda Niewow said the kids were really creative in their work.  That certainly sounded like a fun class to take during J-term.

I have found some of our classmates on Facebook…I am slowly figuring it out.  Take a look─you can see who from our class is on it.  It’s not as scary as it seems….

I was looking at Facebook one night and Rod Bahnson (Jean Axdahl) wrote that he thought he felt an earthquake!  He and Jean are now getting settled in a house in Casa Grande, Arizona.  Anyway he did feel the earth quake!  Knowing it was close to San Diego, I sent a message to see if Dan Johnson (living south of San Diego, in Mexico) was aware of the earthquake…. He wrote back….

“Well, I was word processing yesterday afternoon, and you know how one gets after staring at the screen for a long time─what’s this?!  Am I dizzy and going to fall down or what?  The floor was moving forth and back like being in a canoe, the dogs were upset, and I finally got to the front room and just in time caught the bottled water jug from toppling off its stand!  By the time I got to the front door it was over.  No damage around here, thank goodness.  My neighbors, however, were all out on the street.  Only once before, maybe five years, there was a BANG in Acapulco.  But that was it, just one jolt.  Yesterday was something else!”

Now we have the volcano under the glacier in Iceland.  Should we be offering some lovely virgin or something to quiet down the earth???

Florida was cold this winter…I was visiting twice and wore my jacket a lot.  Char Jerney Olson (nurse ’64) rented for four months in Jupiter Florida…north of Palm Beach.  As of March 1, she had not been to the pool.  Char visited with Tim ’65 and Sharon (Peterson) Robinson and Terry and Joan (Carlstrom) Morehouse during her stay.

We had a great time!  That part of Florida was interesting.  We had a water taxi tour around Palm Beach and saw Singer Island.  Had a fine lobster dinner.  I met some fun friends of Char from Farmington, Connecticut.  We also saw sea turtles, being rehabilitated from the icy waters.  We looked, but did not see the sea turtles laying eggs in the sand.  They turn out lights so the turtles can lay their eggs at night.  The beach was being reconstructed at the time so I do not know how the turtles got past the heavy equipment and pipes on the beach.

I finally got to meet Char’s dog, Riley.  What a fine life he has!  Char thinks she is going back to her job in Columbus, Ohio, although her home is in Verona, Wisconsin, outside of Madison.

Char, Sue Bolmgren Anderson, Gary Kenning, Rick Hokanson ’65, Al Henderson ’62 plus others are going rafting in May on the Green River in Utah….sounds wet and a little wild.

A few of us artists have pieces in the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Foot in the Door Show” open now through June.  Linda Larson McNary ’65 also has a piece in the show; as well as Gary Kenning, me and my son, Gus Hallman’00.

March 20-30 I had my trip with family and friends to Crested Butte, Colorado as well as Aspen, Colorado.  We drove out and back, thankfully in good weather.  The snow was good, cold and fun.  I am not as adventurous as I once was on skis…now I am just happy not to fall!!

Later this month my son and I are driving to North Carolina to the Smokey Mountain area.  We are attending a Mini Cooper rally.  There is a road in Tennessee and North Carolina known as “The Tail of the Dragon”…318 turns in 11 miles!  It is a fun place to drive the Mini Cooper.  We plan on stopping to see Marcia Weyrauch Sympson in Louisville, Kentucky.

Later in May, Nancy Johnsen Martin and I plan to visit New York City…always something to do there…

Now, on to cleaning up the yard, fertilizing the grass, etc. spring here has been so warm….

Oh yes, don’t forget to send a gift to the Alumni fund before May 31!


Linda Leonardson Hallman

1964 Co-class Agent

Now Joanna will write a little and then the Alumni Office will add their news…

Greetings, Classmates,

Unlike last year, when you were deluged with monthly class letters and earnest pleas for something or other, this year we’ve been under the radar.  As Linda noted, we are short on news, especially compared with last year.  That means, please send information along with your gift.

The wedding of Joanna Lundgren Kuehn’s daughter, Katie to Mark Stevenson, provided the opportunity for a number of classmates to join in the festivities.  Jim and Susan (Pepin ’65) Peterson, Denny and Cathy (Moe) Dietz, Lynn Ostebo Peterson, Kirsten LeVander Dawson, Mary Lou Zimmerman Magnuson, Nicky Kerpen Bredeson, Donna Olsenius Hammer, Joan Carlstrom Morehouse, and myself all enjoyed celebrating.  Katie found very touching ways to remember her dad, Paul Kuehn.

The most exciting news from our class involves Carolyn Kruger.  She will receive a Distinguished Alumni Citation this spring.  She also had coverage in the Washington Post for her work in Haiti this past winter on January 22nd and again on the 28th.  Here is a quote from the paper:

Carolyn Kruger, a health specialist for World Vision, arrived in Haiti on the day of the earthquake and had barely cleared Port-au-Prince when the temblor struck.  For the next few days, she and other World Vision U.S. colleagues helped out at a hospital in Mirabalais that was overrun with wounded.  “We left Port-au-Prince, weaving through the city and taking pictures of the President’s Place, the main square, and the port cranes.  As we drove into the mountains, we looked back at the city—unaware, of course, that it would never be the same.  About one hour after leaving Port-au-Prince, we saw a truck with people desperate to get off.  Others were running out of their homes, and our own car seemed to be riding over excessive bumps.  We stopped and were told that there was an earthquake in Port-au-Prince.”  She described the medical emergencies and the work done in triage.  It is quite a harrowing story.

In the second article, she concludes with this statement:  “We did a lot of praying for the Haitians and their families.  I still do that.  I still feel a sense of sadness that stays with me.”

Carolyn will receive a Distinguished Alumni Citation at Commencement this year.  Here is the citation.  She was nominated by classmate, Barbara Nelson Kroll.

Carolyn Kruger ’64, Ph.D., Purcellville, VA, maternal and child health specialist, World Vision, in the field of social work.  This award will be given by the Nursing Department and bestowed at the senior Pinning Ceremony on May 16th.  So many of our graduates have led distinguished careers, and honoring and highlighting their contributions to society seems a fitting thing to do as we send off a new class of highly competent Gustavus nurses.  Carolyn has spent over 30 years in international program development in the areas of maternal and child health.  She currently is a maternal and child health sector specialist with World Vision U.S. in the International Programs Group.  Prior to this position, Carolyn was a senior technical manager for the LINKAGES Project/USAID Global Funded Project focusing on nutrition issues, and including the transmission of HIV from mother to child.  She also spent some years as professor and Chair, Health Science Division at Maryville University in St. Louis.

She has worked all over the world and surely fulfills the Gustavus mission of a “fulfilling life of leadership and service in society.”

Nice honors!  Congratulations from all your classmates.

Wishing all of you a wonderful spring and a summer full of everything you enjoy.

Joanna Carlson Swanson

1964 Co-class Agent

Campus News

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

At its January 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects.  The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building.  Construction timelines for the projects are not yet finalized, but the College expects to break ground on the new academic building late this spring.

The effort is a significant early implementation step of Commission Gustavus 150, an innovative, constituent-based strategic planning process that has engaged hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders over the past year.  “These projects will greatly enhance learning and teaching, student recruitment, and institutional advancement for many years to come,” said President Jack R. Ohle.

Alumnus, Kurt Elling ’89, Wins Grammy Award

Kurt Elling, a 1989 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, took home his first Grammy Award Sunday, Jan. 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  Elling won the “Best Jazz Vocal Album” category for his album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman. This year marked the ninth time Elling was nominated for a Grammy.  Elling typically performs annually at Gustavus and did so most recently on Oct. 10, 2009 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall.  He has also had the distinct honor to perform in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their 350 guests at the White House State Dinner on Nov. 24, 2009.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.  Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.  First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

“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 speaker, May 19:  Al Molde ’66, athletic director and Tim Kennedy ’82, director of sports information.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event – Denver Athletic Club