Class of '65
October 1998

Dear Classmates from the Class of 1965,

This has probably been one of the nicer fall seasons in memory. Almost as nice as when we were "younger" and living in the early ‘60’s in one of our dorms at Gustavus.

I was at the college the weekend of September 25th for the fall Alumni Board meeting and homecoming. The Friday night before there was a concert by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. (Preceded by HeyDay, a band made up of a few Gustie alumni.) The proceeds went to Gustavus and the city of St. Peter to help with the rebuilding. Some of us on the alumni board provided support by selling and taking tickets, crowd public relations and management, and clean-up. It was a very fun evening. After the concert, a few of us checked out The Flame. It was the same, except everyone was much older! Saturday morning was the board meeting, an alumni memorial service, a picnic lunch and the football game. The alumni memorial service is to remember those Gusties who have died within the past year. Among the names were three of our classmates. Sadly, the members from our class who have died in the past year were: Pamela Erickson Conner, Douglas F. Dahlberg, and Owen O. Olson.

I was not able to be at the Class Agents’ meeting in September, but I did receive the information in the mail and I continually keep in touch with the Alumni Office. The Alumni or Annual Fund now has a new name: The Gustavus Fund. Before, the fund was separated by those who contributed ie. alumni, parents, friends etc. Now the Gustavus Fund will encompass all into one fund. The future of a greater Gustavus is in the hands of those who give often and generously to a Fund for general support of the college.

"We" (you and I) have some work to do. Last year 46.7% of our class gave to Gustavus. This is 119 of 255 class members participating. We gave $10,376.41 in unrestricted dollars for a total of $20,073.10 in total giving. I thank you, the students thank you, and the college thanks you. The class of 1965 is in the 4th decade along with the classes of 1959 through 1968. In that decade we are in last place. Let me show you the comparison of the class ahead and the class after us.

1964 - $107,996.93 TOTAL CREDIT

1965 - 20,073.10 TOTAL CREDIT

1966 - 89,989.80 TOTAL CREDIT

We have some work to do. I encourage you to participate in the Gustavus Fund and to respond generously to Gustavus student callers. Hopefully, you should all be reached sometime during this year before the fund year closes. Please think seriously about your giving.

Here’s news that classmates have sent our way:

  • Iris Benson Smith has a son, Peter, who was married in Arizona last April. Peter is a pilot and his wife is in graduate school studying human factors in the field of aeronautics.
  • Judith Swanson Grabow is now an advanced registered nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health nursing and is working in this position at the Lincoln Regional Center in Lincoln, NE and also has a private practice.
  • Dr. Chuck Berry is a certified PSIA instructor. He writes from Bellevue, WA, "Come west and learn to snowboard."
  • Oren Quist writes from Brookings, SD that he is now head of the physics department at South Dakota State University.
  • Jean Olmanson Andreen retired from teaching last June. Jean and her husband, Wayne, plan a driving trip through South America beginning in July for one year.
  • Joan (Robertson) and Dennis Bellig traveled through France (Joanie’s dream) last summer for ten days. This summer Dennis traveled to Africa (Den’s dream) with a group of Gustavus alumni. They write that middle age is great, especially when there are grandchildren around to keep them young.
  • Marlyce Pedersen DeRosa was honored to be invited by the state of New Jersey Department of Education to serve on the Arts Assessment Development Committee. The committee is responsible for formulating the arts section of statewide grade for elementary school proficiency assessment. Work began during the summer of ’97 and will continue into ’99.
  • Colin Kivi continues to be employed by the State of Minnesota, Department of Corrections. He was promoted in January 1998 to career corrections agent.
  • Rev. Paul Hammar is presently senior pastor at Geneva Lutheran, Geneva, IL. His wife, Carolyn, is supervisor in the public health nursing office of Kane County.
  • Linda Engstrom Dahlgren and husband, Gary ’64, live in Golden Valley, MN. Gary retired from Quality Park Products and is a consultant for the Talus Group, Inc., in St. Louis Park. He is currently working on Project Year 2000 for Norwest Banks.
  • Arlyn Tolzmann and wife, Jeanne (Mingus) ’67, live in Westminister, CO. Jeanne is a master teacher at the Early Childhood Development Center at Metro State College in Denver. Arlyn is pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran in Wheat Ridge.
  • Steve Lindholm and wife Sandy (Johnson) ’67 live in Omaha, NE. Steve has changed jobs and now is executive director of Emmanuel Charitable Foundation.
  • Bill Holm spoke at the Cokato Historical Society’s annual meeting last March. Bill is a professor at Southwest State University in Marshall and was a recipient of a 1997 Minnesota Book Writers Award.
  • Delight Licklider White is close to halfway through the graduate program in Gerontology at Mankato State University. She is also doing the course work in nursing home administration. Her youngest daughter, Stephanie, is a 4th year student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her oldest daughter, Katie, graduated last year and is a teacher with Talent + in Lincoln, NE.

I’m closing here, but read on for news from the campus and from Co- Class Agent Elaine Buck Stenman. We hope to hear from you soon! Send your news to Gustavus or to Elaine or me. In the next letter that you receive from us we will update you on the status of our giving, both in percent and dollar amount.

Best wishes to you and your families!


Bev Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-Class Agent

Campus News:

The 1998-99 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,470 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,389 set in 1988), including a record 700 incoming students (compared to 648 of 1987). Contributing to the record enrollment is the stable 94 percent full-time student retention rate. Students returned to a campus that has been newly landscaped with 400 trees planted last spring and nurtured over the summer. They also discovered that 95% of all repairs made necessary by the tornado of March 29 are now completed. They returned to find Johnson Hall gone as it proved to be "beyond repair," but they also were greeted by a new College View Apartment addition, which houses 92 upper-class students, and the recently purchased Jefferson Avenue apartments (now known as Arbor View), which houses 60 upper-class students. In addition to new carpeting, painting, and furnishings, the campus is sporting 300 new state of the art computers for students and faculty, 28 new Steinway pianos (making us a member of a very elite circle of "All Steinway" campuses), 13 new high-tech multimedia systems for classrooms, new and upgraded outdoor and indoor athletic facilities, and new scientific equipment.

What remains to be done? The Prairie View Residence Hall, to be in place and opened in October, will house 60 students. It will be located west of Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Physically and symbolically the repair/restoration era will end with the placement of the spire and the cross back on the top of Christ Chapel. The spire will go up in sections over a two-day period and the cross is scheduled to be set on Thursday, October 22, weather permitting.

Students also noted the beginning stages of construction on the new Campus Center. This project, part of our strategic plan, was accelerated by the storm. The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place Monday, October 19. This $18.6 million, 51,000 square foot construction project will double the size of the Dining Service Building, providing students, faculty and staff with expanded and improved dining, meeting and office spaces. The Dining Room will, appropriately, be named for Evelyn Young ’33, longtime director of the Dining Service at Gustavus. In progress also is an addition to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to house the Department of Environmental Studies.

National Rankings

US News and World Report continues to give Gustavus high ranking. This fall’s issue again placed Gustavus in the top half of the 162 national liberal arts colleges in the country. Gustavus is one of four colleges in Minnesota to be in this category. The others are Carleton, Macalester and St. Olaf. The other ELCA schools in addition to Gustavus and St. Olaf are Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and Augustana (IL). Many of the schools with which you are familiar are classified as either a "national" or a "regional" college. National liberal arts colleges have the most selective admission policy, recruit nationally and offer most of their degrees in the liberal arts. Regional liberal arts colleges are less selective in admitting students and grant fewer than 40% of their degrees in the liberal arts.

US News further honored Gustavus by ranking the College third nationally (out of 90 schools) in operating efficiency. This ranking measures academic quality and dollars spent to deliver that quality. Gustavus was the only Minnesota college ranked in this comparison of national liberal arts colleges.

Newsweek magazine’s college publication again listed Gustavus as a "buried treasure." These are colleges that are known as "Hot Schools, Cool Spots." The magazine describes Gustavus as a place where "Personal attention rules--can’t slide by here." Other buried treasures include: Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; Pomona College, Claremont, CA; Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; and College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Good company, indeed.

Children of alumni continue to be honored for their academic achievement and potential when they enroll at Gustavus. The Alumni Scholarship of $2,500 (renewable to $10,000 over four years) is awarded to children and grandchildren of alumni with high school grade point averages of 3.5 or better, or SAT scores of 1170 or an ACT of 26. This fall Gustavus welcomed to campus 70 new entering students who are children of alumni. Sixty-seven legacy students were awarded an Alumni Scholarship. This number includes 54 children of alumni and 13 grandchildren of alumni.

Nobel Conference XXXIV, Virus: The Human Connection was October 6 & 7. The Nobel Conference magazine was again inserted in the August Minnesota Monthly magazine and sent to the entire Gustavus mailing list.

Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 4, 5 & 6. The theme this year is The Holy Family. A ticket order form was inserted in the center of the Summer Quarterly and another form is enclosed with this class letter.

The Gustavus Orchestra will perform its Autumn Concert at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Saturday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. The featured violin soloist is Siqing Lu, one of the most important Chinese violinists of his generation. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office (612-624-2345) or Gustavus Ticket Center at (507-933-7598).

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was a huge success for another year. Alumni, parents and friends gathered on Saturday, October 3 to work together in the spirit of service to better their communities. An impact was made around the country as nearly 1,000 Gusties worked in nine cities including: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Duluth, MN; Fargo, ND; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Orlando, FL; Saint Peter, MN; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.

Recycle your Quarterly – after reading each issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we encourage you to "recycle" the magazine by taking it to your place of business or worship and sharing it with others. Spread the good word about Gustavus!

Alumni Chapters will be meeting in cities around the country near you! Mark your calendars today for the following Alumni Association chapter visits: Chicago, November 14; Atlanta, November 19; Washington, DC, November 20; Boston, November 21; Denver, February 1 (Gustavus Band concert); Fargo, Feb. 20; Seattle, March 5; San Francisco, March 6; Los Angeles, March 7; Phoenix, March 8; and Sun City, March 9.

Dear Classmates,

We are high up in the mountains of Colorado, somewhere between Colorado Springs and Leadville. Although it is foggy and a light misty rain is falling, it is still so very beautiful. The bright yellow of the aspens and the dark green pines are such a great contrast with the dull browns and greens of the grasslands and the grey to red rock of the Rockies. If you have not been here, do put it on your must do list. We are on our way back over to Denver to do a show and we took some extra time to enjoy the mountains.

It’s sometimes strange how Gustavus Adolphus College connections are made. I have a black Gustavus seat cushion that I bring to shows and classes and it has caused several people to ask about it. In Boulder Junction, Wisconsin Trudy Harris Ferschl ’66 and Todd ’67 Harris’s mother talked to us. I think Todd and a few other classmates are in the Denver area¾ I hope to make some calls while here.

Bev Nordskog Hedeen has already reported the class news so I’ll just add to that the news I have. Oren Quist talked to us briefly when we taught a wood carving class in Brookings, SD last spring. He later e-mailed us and mentioned the great changes to the Gustavus campus after the tornado. He is the head of the physics department at South Dakota State University at Brookings and he enjoys woodcarving as a relaxing hobby.

I want to thank all of you who donated to Gustavus, especially in response to the aftermath of the tornado. While getting four children through college has kept us from being a financial supporter of Gustavus before, it felt good at this point to send contributions this spring. It was even better that it could be matched by Lutheran Brotherhood and/or by Aid Association for Lutherans. There are still matching funds available through AAL and Lutheran Brotherhood and you can take advantage of these when you send in your gift. I really enjoyed doubling our donation this way.

It is time to look forward to our class’s next reunion¾ only one and a half years away. This time it should be easier to come, since many of you will have empty nests. We are enjoying not being responsible for our children¾ they are well on their own way. Let’s all get a bunch of old roommates and friends together for the reunion. At this time we’re still young enough to have lots of fun.

There are a number of classmates who are lost (at least there is no current address listed). Can you help determine their current status? Contact the Alumni Office with any information at 800-487-8437 or Gary Erickson, Linda Richert Kruse, Wayne Lovemark, Joey Carlson Master, Joyce Rudeen Nenninger, Dr. Alan D. Olson, Bruce R. Olsen, David Olson, Jane Strathern Olson, Kurt Preblick, Beverly Bellig Ryan, Kathleen Solberg, Cynthia Stordahl Sullivan, Wayne Walters and Carol Tewes Walford

Fred and I will be spending a month in the south of France (to welcome a new grandchild) and two weeks in Hawaii. Retirement is nice! Linda Larson McNary will write the January guest letter.

Until next spring…

Elaine Buck Stenman

1965 Co-Class Agent