Class of '65
February 2004

Dear Classmates,

Well here it is February and Fred and I are back in the Rio Grande Valley enjoying being "Winter Texans" again.  Down here you are not "Snow Birds" who may be unwelcome, but "Winter Texans" who are loved.  Almost 250,000 Americans and Canadians come down to The Valley each winter, not to just avoid the cold winter but to golf, dance, relax, dine out, and take any number of classes offered here.  We had our introduction to Yoga and are trying out some new dance steps.  This April we are heading west to Sacramento, California and Reno, Nevada to teach classes.  As usual, we will also take in as many sights as possible.

So, this is some of what we are doing.  I hope that all of you out there have lots of good things going on.  It's time to send off an e-mail ( or snail-mail to Gustavus just to keep in touch.  Our 40th reunion is coming up next year and it would be great to hear from everyone.  We get a little information from some classmates, but how about something from the silent majority?

We'll start with this from Bill Holm who is now retired.  He is encouraging us all to go out and purchase his new book of poetry, Playing The Black Piano.   Bill is still creating, not surprising at all.

A very small number of post-cards gave the following updates:

  • Wayne Erickson is the general manager of the KOA of the Reno Hilton, Reno, NV.  Maybe Fred and I can look him up when we are in Reno this April.
  • Shannon Shawbold Foster has retired, and it looks like she is still living in White Bear Lake, MN
  • Mark Anderson and wife, Lynn Johnson Anderson'66, have moved to Whidbey Island and continue to work by commuting to Seattle 2-3 days a week.
  • Kathy Johnson Solberg has retired from nursing and lives in Plainwell, MI.
  • Barbara Holmgren Edstrom is enjoying retirement and loves being in Minnesota in the summer and Florida in the winter.
  • Cindy Stordahl Sullivan claims to have been "lost" for about 20 years until Gustavus found her in Claremont, CA.  She is the office manager for Patrick Sullivan Associates―her husband's architectural firm.
  • Nancy Anderson Perrier retired in June after 16 years as the school nurse in Fergus Falls, MN
  • Linda Iserman Schlossnagle is the science resource teacher at the Montgomery County Public Schools and lives in Frederick, MD.
  • Karen Johnson Chapin is the health programs manager at the University of Minnesota and lives in Wyoming, MN.
  • Sharon Hansen Johnson has retired and is inviting classmates to come golf or swim when in the St. Augustine, FL area.
  • Ruth Aagard Kinney is planning on another year as resident services director for Kolob in Cedar City, UT.  Her husband died June 2002.
  • One last long e-mail came from Wayne Walters, Belleville PA.  Wayne has served in parishes in Central Pennsylvania since 1968.  He included a lively history of the area, which was very interesting.  He is pursuing a Master of Sacred Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA.

Elaine Buck Stenman

1965 Co-class Agent

Campus News:

Building a Greater Gustavus Reaches Target

Gustavus celebrates reaching the $100 million target for the Building a Greater Gustavus capital campaign.  The campaign includes reconstruction projects following the 1998 tornados, the creation of the Center for Vocational Reflection, growth of the Christ Chapel Endowment, the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center, the Barbro Osher Svenska Huset (Swedish House), the new soccer and track complex, and more than 100 new scholarships.  Efforts continue to raise funds for campaign projects, such as Old Main renovation, Gustavus Alumni Fund, and further endowment growth.  Special thanks! goes to the volunteers and donors who contributed their resources to assist current and future Gusties. 

January Term

The theme for this January Term was "Undergraduate Research and Creativity," to promote course offerings and activities in all fields, not just natural sciences and fine arts.  In addition about 375 students were on travel programs abroad in such places as Europe, Australia, Malaysia, Fiji, and Israel.  Also, 180 students are participating in internships and career explorations, now so essential for many students in securing a job, no matter what career field.

New Gustavus Video

Have you been to campus lately?  Can you remember your first time seeing Gustavus? The Admission Office has created a new video/DVD for prospective students to take a look at the College. Take a look online if you wish at <>.

Fine Arts

The Gustavus Symphonic Orchestra took a 16-day concert tour to China performing in such places as Beijing, the Great Wall, and Tianjin.  The Gustavus Choir took a 10-day concert tour to selected cities in North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, and Minnesota and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, formerly the Gustavus Band, also toured during Spring Break.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is among leaders in Academic All-Americans.  The College Sports Information Directors of America have recently released a list of institutions with the highest number of Academic All-Americans over the past three years. Gustavus ranks 14th out of all programs competing at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, and NAIA levels.

Extraordinary People

Peter Krause '87 returned to Gustavus in November to meet and conduct workshops with students.  Krause has been nominated for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for his role as Nate Fisher in the critically and commercially acclaimed HBO drama, "Six Feet Under."  With the hope that the day would focus more on the students than on his newfound fame, Krause spent the afternoon doing acting work with classes and theatre and dance majors.

Great Teaching

In case you missed the note in the Fall 2003 issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we are asking alumni to send in short reminiscences, tributes, and anecdotes about professors who made a difference in their education -"the teachers and mentors who have made a lasting impression, who have imparted life lessons, whom you remember for their wit, or their mastery, or their encouragement, or their exacting standards . . . or their idiosyncrasies." We are planning to focus an upcoming issue of the Quarterly on "great teaching" and would like to hear from those who experienced the classes of those great professors.  Send your paragraphs and stories to either Randall Stuckey '83, director of alumni relations (, or Steve Waldhauser '70 (, managing editor of the Quarterly, or in the mail to the College.

Upcoming Chapter Events

  • Atlanta, Georgia, Gustavus gathering - February 26
  • Tampa Bay, Florida, Gustavus gathering - February 27
  • Naples, Florida, Gustavus gathering - February 28
  • Vero Beach, Florida, Gustavus gathering - February 29
  • Sun City, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 19
  • Phoenix, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 20
  • Tucson, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 21