Class of '65
October 2001

Greetings to the Class of ’65:

On September 8, I was on campus to attend the Building a Greater Gustavus National Leadership Conference.  There were many people there representing Class Agents, Alumni Board, Campaign Cabinet, Board of Trustees, and Gustavus Staff.  Evelyn Spongberg Young, ’33, the 2002 Gustavus Alumni Fund Chair, spoke so well at her very “young” age!  She continues to be energetic, enthusiastic, knows almost everyone, and truly has a passion for Gustavus and what it stands for.

Did you know that The Gustavus Alumni Fund will soon be 50 years old!  The pioneers, so to speak, were Ren Anderson ’34 and Cec Eckhoff ’56.  With their leadership and the gifts of many alumni, Gustavus was nationally known for having strong alumni support and participation.  However, the strength of the program, strong alumni participation, has fallen off.  Therefore, the campaign of 50 by 50 has begun.  The class of 1965 can help the college achieve 50% participation in the Gustavus Alumni Fund by the year 2004, which is the 50th Anniversary of the Gustavus Alumni Fund.  Will you help us to achieve this goal?  Our class participation last year was 43.7%.  I would personally love to see our class hugely improve in this area.  (I hate to beg, but I will if I have to…) Go ahead, surprise me!  Your gifts are needed.  Education has always cost more than our students pay.  You can give your gift on line, by mail, or by telephone!  Your gifts are valued and appreciated.

Fall Phonorama dates were October 15-25.  Thanks to those from our class who came in to call.  If we didn't reach you, then you will be called by a student.

Campus News:

The Alumni Office is sending this class letter via U.S. Postal Service Mail and also e-mail to those alumni for whom we have an e-mail address.  Eventually class letters will be sent via e-mail only, when an address is available, unless you notify the Alumni Office that you prefer to continue to receive your letters via U.S. Postal Service.  Contact the Alumni Office at

As Gustavus enters its 140th academic year, the 2001-2002 year opened with an enrollment of 2,540 full-time students including 670 first-year students.  The Class of 2005, selected from a record number of applications (2,163), includes 18 National Merit Scholars and 18 international students, doubling last year’s number of nine international students.

Last year Gustavus athletic teams finished 18th out of 395 competing in the NCAA Division III national Sears Directors Cup Standings.  Standings are based on national tournament finishes.  The Gustie women athletes won the MIAC All-Sports title for the first time in its 18-year history.

Gustavus ranked among top colleges – Gustavus is ranked in the second tier and one of the top 114 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Gustavus ranked in the first tier in two categories, retention and graduation rates.  Gustavus’ first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92 percent ranks in the top 15 percent of all national liberal arts colleges and graduation rate of 76 percent ranks in the top 20 percent of all national liberal arts colleges.  Alumni giving ranks in the top 25 percent, down from the top five percent and a tier one ranking five years ago.  Raising the percentage of participation of alumni giving is of highest priority for the college and the offices of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Alumni Fund.

Gustavus named Best Buy... Gustavus has been named one of the best colleges in America and a Best Buy by The Fiske Guide to Colleges.  In the 2002 guidebook, the College is one of 300 best American colleges and one of 43 Best Buys nationwide.  Within Minnesota, Gustavus is among seven best colleges and is one of two private college Best Buys.  To determine which colleges make the annual Best Buy list, Fiske researchers combine cost data with academic and lifestyle information about each college and university.  Those institutions named to the Best Buy colleges list are said to offer “remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.”  Gustavus is also included in The Princeton Review’s 2001 edition of The Best 331 Colleges.

Nobel Conference XXXVII, What is Still to be Discovered?, was October 2 & 3.  This year’s conference included five Nobel laureates and three other experts who gave participants a foretaste of what the next big discoveries might be as we look toward the second Nobel century.  This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prizes and the conference included the premier of Steve Heitzeg’s ’82 The Nobel Symphony, two art exhibitions in the Hillstrom Museum, and an exclusive banquet with a menu recreation of the Nobel dinner 100 years ago.

Comprehensive alumni directory – In partnership with Publishing Concepts, the Gustavus Alumni Association is publishing its fourth comprehensive alumni directory.  Surveys were sent to all alumni in August and information will be used only for publication of the directory and updating database information in the Alumni Office.  The book is available for purchase only by former students of Gustavus.  Please correct or update any information and return to Publishing Concepts in the enclosed envelope provided with the survey.

New chaplain announced - The Rev. Rachel Larson has joined Rev. Brian Johnson ’80 in the Office of the Chaplain.  Larson will work in partnership with Chaplain Johnson and the other members of the Office of the Chaplain to provide spiritual guidance, worship, leadership, counseling, teaching, and other pastoral services to Gustavus students, staff, and their families.  Larson is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and of what is now Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is November 30 & December 1-2.  A ticket order form was inserted in the Fall Quarterly.  Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.

News about Us!…

Linda Larson McNary is joining Elaine Buck Stenman and me as a Class Agent for our class of 1965.  Great!!

Mary Nielson Allan was the recipient of the Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation, which was presented to her at the Alumni Banquet, last May.  What an honor!  Her picture and story is on page 62 of the Fall 2001 Gustavus Quarterly.  Mary, we are proud of you and for you!

Charles Rodning, professor and vice chair, department of surgery and associate professor, department of structural and cellular biology at the University of South Alabama, was featured with his wife, Mary, on the cover and in the lead article about their Japanese art and writing in the June 2001 issue of M.D. NewsNancy Anderson Perrier has completed her 14th year as school nurse for the Fergus Falls, MN School District.  Her husband, Bob, is a band director and teaches instrumental music for the same school district.  She and Eunice Madsen Carlson had a fun visit while at a workshop in Alexandria last spring…Steve and Sandy (Johnson ’67) Lundholm’s oldest daughter, Kate, is married and lives in Chicago, and daughter, Lindsey, graduated from Iowa law school in May.

Last spring while shopping with girlfriends I met Brent Nelson at an antique sale…I received an e-mail hello from Stan Boline a while back...While visiting one of the Parade of Homes I met Ethel Lind Richard and her husband, David.  We had a nice visit and made ourselves comfortable in the kitchen!  Their daughter, Kristin is married to Lance Armstrong…. I see Marilyn Swenson Richter in Wayzata and she works for Roger Fazedin Realtors…I think we all read about author Bill Holm in the news and sometimes I even find him on T.V.

Wayne Erickson is the general manager of Okeechobee, Florida, KOA Resort and Golf Course…Milo Larson and Judy (Boline ’66) retired from teaching in May 2000 and love it.  They enjoyed being at our reunion last fall…Sandy Spaulding Welte and Jim ’64 send news from Rockford, IL.  They have eight grandchildren and report lots of action as at the time they wrote the kids were all under 28 months including a set of triplets!!!…Howard Davis retired in June ’99 and lives in Windom, MN…Louise Woods Rrothrock was working on wedding plans for daughter, Inga’s, wedding last March 2001.

Delight Licklider Wreed joined the Bellevue University faculty, December ’00 and teaches health care management in the college of professional studies.  Daughter, Katie Wreed Bell ’96 and husband, Ryan, live near Washington D.C.  Daughter, Stephanie, husband, Jim, and son, Sebastian, live in Lincoln, NE…Jean Olmanson Andreen lives in Los Alamitos, CA and is a substitute teacher in Huntington Beach, CA…Karen Johnson Chapin of Wyoming, MN has her first granddaughter, Danielle Chapin born November 2000…Rev. Arlyn Tolzmann has completed his third book, Grandma’s Cookies, which his son, Nathan ’92, is illustrating.  Jeanne (Mingus ’67) Tolzmann is a master teacher at Metropolitan State College in the Early Childhood Development Center.

Last winter my husband, Curt, and I rented a golf course villa in Bonita Springs, Florida for the month of January.  We were there less than a week and he was ready to buy our own!  I was surprised because, well, this was a surprise.  So…we did!  I will probably say, “thank you, this was a good idea”, sometime this winter.  We will be there for the month of November and most of January through April.  But for now, it’s hard to leave the kids and grandchildren.  We now have two, adding baby Isak to sister Olivia.  Retirement is good!

I am hoping this letter finds you and yours safe, happy, and enjoying the precious present.

Best wishes always,

Bev Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class Agent