Class of '65
May 2003

Dear Classmates,

I'm not going to make this a real long letter, mostly because I don't have a lot of information from you.  I don't normally do a lot of fund raising rhetoric.  Our class has been a very low profile group in alumni giving.  If every single one of you reading this letter would just sit down and write a check for $10 or $20 (or more) and send it out by May 31, would we ever surprise the Alumni Office.  We just sent ours out today and it felt really nice to get that done.  Bev Nordskog Hedeen e-mailed us May 17 and wanted to let you all know that gifts to the Alumni Fund can be returned in the envelope provided in the Quarterly or you can call toll free 866-487-3863 or log on to The big goal is to have 50% participation for all classes by the 50th anniversary of the Alumni Fund in 2004.

Bev and Curt have been in Bonita Springs, FL most of the winter, spent December in Minnesota for Christmas, and went to Chicago to celebrate their 60th birthdays.  While in Florida, they golfed a lot, tried many new restaurants, made new friends, had lots of company including family and friends, attended the Naples Area Alumni luncheon in February, and had a visit from Brenda Moore, Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement.  As nice as Florida is in the winter, they look forward to their time in Minnesota this summer.

Other information from classmates contacted during Phonorama included news that Rose Ann Farmer Hoekstra (Naperville, IL) is retiring in June from teaching English and math.  I'll bet they will miss her―I'm sure she was good at her job.  Husband, Al, owns the Ink Well and I suppose he's still sailing a lot.  If I read the note correctly, Diane Wajda Johnson (Chaska, MN) was a 2002 graduate of Luther Seminary and is serving as director of Lifelong Learning and Ministry at Augusta.  V. Delight Licklider Wreed (Omaha, NE) is a health care management professor at Bellevue University.  She has a new grandson, born March 2003.  Janell Larson Peterson (Pewaukee, WI) is retired and enjoying her grandchildren.  Barbara Olson Miller (Lake Elmo, MN) is working as a parish nurse.  Her husband, Michael, is retired.

Kathy Pappas Carlson (Balsam Lake, WI) is a school nurse for the Amery public schools and has two new grandchildren.  Irene Pierson Suddard (St. Paul, MN) has retired from her position as executive director of Young Audiences of Minnesota.  Last, but certainly not least, Kathy Collins Jager (Glendale, AZ) works as a home health RN case manager for MD Home Health.  I think you would all enjoy reading the article on Kathy in the St. Peter Herald, where she's billed as the world's fastest grandma.  She competes in Masters Track and Field in sprints, pole vault, hurdles, high jump, long jump, javelin, shot put, discus, and hammer throw, as well as pentathlon and heptathlon events.  She also coaches high school pole-vaulters.  And I think I'm doing well walking 2 miles most days.

Well, goodbye for now.  Please include a note of what you are doing and have a great summer.

Elaine Buck Stenman

1965 Co-class Agent

Campus News

Dr. James Peterson Named 14th Gustavus President

James Peterson ’64, president and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, was selected as the next Gustavus president.  Peterson is married to Rev. M. Susan Pepin Peterson ’65, senior pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul.  They have two married children including Erika Peterson Eklund ’94.  Jim will start his official responsibilities at Gustavus in July 2003.

Alumni Fund Closes May 31 – 1000 new donors needed

The Alumni Fund closes May 31.  Gustavus alumni are trying to again be the best Lutheran college in percentage of alumni annual giving.  The goal is to reach 45% participation this year.  If you have already given, THANK YOU!  If you have given in the past and not yet this year, Gustavus students need your support again.  If you have missed giving, Gustavus needs only 1,000 new donors to reach the goal.  Give online at <> or call 800/487-8437.

Gustavus Band 125 Year Celebration

What started as 13 silver instruments in 1878 has evolved into the Gustavus Band, which is celebrated its 125th anniversary in May.  Highlights for the weekend included the performance of the 100+ member alumni band and the commissioned work, Of Wind and Wood, by composer Steve Heitzeg ’82.

Men’s Basketball Team National Runner-up

The men’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker in the NCAA Division III championship game 67-65 to Williams, on two game-winning free throws in the final seconds of play.  Gustavus was the first MIAC team to ever make it to the championship game.

Celebration of Community Service

The Community Service Center at Gustavus is ten years old.  Since its creation, students participating in community service and service learning in the classroom has dramatically increased.  Currently 60% of the student population participates in some sort of community service program while at Gustavus.  The annual G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors) day of community held May 10 was a time for alumni and students in Minnesota to gather at Gustavus to celebrate and serve, while alumni in other cities also were doing service projects in their own communities.

Upcoming Events

  • 1953 and 50 Year Club Reunion – May 30 & 31
  • Alumni Fund Fiscal Year Closes – May 31
  • Commencement – June 1