Class of '65
October 2004

Dear Gusties,

2004 is fast approaching. . .and. . .Gustavus-wise. . .the 50th anniversary of the Alumni Fund is approaching as well.  On September 13th I was at Gustavus for Class Agents' Day. Joining us were three people who sat in on the initial Gustavus Alumni Association meeting held in 1954. C. Eddie Johnson, '42, was one of those people and he talked about that early meeting. He showed us a folder with vintage documents that have been used over the years! That pioneer group of Gusties had this vision. . .a view of a realistic future that is better than the present state. Pretty amazing!

So what does this 50th anniversary and "continued vision" of the Promise of Gustavus, mean for us….the Gustavus graduates of 1965? It means that if we are going to contribute to the goal of 50% by our 50th anniversary, we will have to do our best to encourage one another to keep in touch, "report in", and support Gustavus. It's going to take ALL of us. Whether you have or have not given a gift to Gustavus at some time in the past. . .please. . .give one this year. Can the class of 1965 achieve the goal of 50% by 50? YES!  We can make a difference. Your college needs you.  Our college needs us. Please send your best gift!

Also, it was great to see again and meet our newly appointed 14th president of the college, President James Peterson '64. The First Lady of Gustavus is our classmate Rev. Susan Pepin Peterson! Susan is senior pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul. We look forward to President Peterson's leadership.

Campus News:

College opens 142nd Academic Year -- More than 700 new students, including transfer students and international students, joined the Gustavus community this fall, keeping the total student population around 2,515. The retention rate of students from the first to second year remains at 90 percent. These students will be taught by 198 full-time and 55 part-time faculty. Gustavus was again ranked in the top third of the 214 national liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.

Sculptor Paul Granlund '52 dies -- Paul Granlund died on September 15, 2003, the same day his exhibit Retrospective opened as scheduled in the Hillstrom Museum of Art on the Gustavus campus.  He was sculptor-in-residence at Gustavus from 1971-1996.  His figurative bronze sculptures are found in private collections and public installations nationally and internationally, including 30 bronze works on the Gustavus campus.  Retrospective will be displayed until November 9.

Alumni Board members selected

Seven alumni have been selected to serve a three-year term on the Alumni Board.  They are Liesl Batz '90, Minneapolis, senior vice president and director of marketing, Lakeside Investment Partners; Jan Eiffert Hoomani '62, Raleigh, NC, Realtor, JB Realty; Jim Malmquist '53, Scandia, MN, retired athletics director, Gustavus; Jan Ledin Michaletz '74, Edina, volunteer/homemaker.  Incumbents to serve a second term include Vivian Foyou '02, Mankato, graduate student, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Jason Sawyer '93, Plymouth, vice president, Cronin & Co.; and Dan Currell '94, Alexandria, VA, director of corporate leadership council, Corporate Executive Board.

Gustavus Finishes sixth in Directors' Cup

Gustavus finished sixth out of 395 Division III institutions for the 2002-03 Director's Cup announced recently by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, the award honors four-year institutions with the best overall athletic programs.  Last year Gustavus placed 10th.

Chapel Program

The Gustavus Chapel program is one of the strongest in higher education averaging 350 students attending Daily Chapel.  In addition, there are many student-led programs including: Apprentice - students who are interested in being part of ministry and open to see where the Spirit might be leading; Christ Chapel Volunteers - assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assisting ministers; Community Service Center Programs - one-time and on-going service programs; Fellowship of Christian Athletes - athlete or not, time for fellowship, worship, speakers, service projects and mission trips; Gustavus Youth Outreach - committed to sharing the Gospel and providing opportunities to serve by participating in off-campus youth ministry; Habitat For Humanity/Spring Break Work Trips - Habitat works locally and Spring Break Work Trip nationally to fundraise for and build affordable housing; Jewish Organization of Gustavus - for students, faculty and staff who were either Jewish or interested in the Jewish faith; Newman Center - dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith; Prepare - build a new generation of believers through mentors, mission trips, Bible study, prayer and worship; Proclaim - Bible-based contemporary worship and teaching; Taizé - a contemplative worship service of music, prayer, readings and silence; Wednesday Friends -- visits St. Peter Regional Treatment Center residents weekly.

Don't miss A Royal Affair . . . pa rum pum pum pum -

Gustavus Library Associates is presenting their biennial benefit for our College's Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on Saturday, November 15, at the Radisson Hotel South in Bloomington, Minnesota. If you have names for invitations (reservations are due by October 31), an auction item to donate (no later than October 15 please), volunteer time to offer, or if you wish to contribute financially to help defray expenses, we welcome your call today; Marty Penkhus, 507/388.5474 and Susan Wilcox, 952/944.5972, Co-Chairs.

Upcoming Events -- call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437

  • Charlotte, NC, Gustavus Gathering - October 18
  • Phonorama -- October 12-16 and 19-23, Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington
  • Our Story Conference, The Growing Gender Gap in the African American Community -- October 24-25, Campus
  • Reformation Festival featuring the Gustavus Choir, Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis -- October 25
  • JFK Assassination 40 Years Later, presented by David Jones '83 and Political Science Professor Chris Gilbert at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington-- November 4
  • A Royal Affair, benefit sponsored by Gustavus Library Associates in the Twin Cities -- November 15

We have news from our classmates:

  • Jim '64 and Shannon Shawbold Foster completed an Atlantic crossing in December 2002 in 18 1/2 days aboard "Gustie" their 42-foot sailboat. They spent the winter in the Caribbean Islands entertaining relatives and friends. After returning to White Bear Lake, MN for the summer, they hope to return to "Gustie" and continue their journey this fall through the Panama Canal to the Sea of Cortez and on to the Pacific.
  • Sharon Hansen Johnson '64 and Bill Johnson sent news from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Sharon is retired from teaching and Bill continues in his role as vice president at Merrill Lynch. Each of their three children have presented them with two grandchildren, so they stay busy visiting six grandchildren in different cities and states.
  • Wayne Erickson is General Manager of Kampgrounds of America (KOA).
  • Karen Moormann Beach continues her teaching duties at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the Medical Science Department and at NTID in biological sciences. She has six grandchildren ages 2 to 10 years. Regrettably, her beloved husband of 37 years recently passed away. Karen spent the summer traveling to see her three children, sister, and parents.
  • Allan Bailey, Jr. sends greetings to the class of '65 and all Gusties.
  • Iris Benson Smyth recently resigned as a geriatric nurse practitioner with EverCare. She is currently spending time with family and looking for part-time employment. Daughter, Lisa, is graduating from Bethel College this spring. Iris lives in Arlington, MA.
  • Mary Lee Sellergren Killion, from Red Oak, Iowa, and her husband were awaiting the birth of two grandchildren in June, bringing the total to 6!
  • Eunice Madsen Carlson and her husband wintered in East Tennessee where they look forward to building a home. They presently live in Alexandria, MN.
  • Milo and Judy (Boline '66) Larson live in Canby, MN are loving retirement and are busier than ever! They are enjoying their three grandchildren!
  • Glady Aagard Laughlin returned to work as principal of Bennett Elementary School in Laughlin, Nevada in the fall of 2002 after having been out for 1 1/2 years fighting an illness that turned out to be a rare form of liver cancer. She received the Spirit of Nevada Award from Senator Jon Porter and a Freedom Award in Education from Seroptomists International.
  • Julie Stensland Andrews, Merritt Island, Florida, is communications manager for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. at Cape Canaveral, FL.
  • Ann Gustafson Mallett recollects how Cec taught her that the personal approach works. As she fundraises for Lamoille Home Health and Hospice she includes hand written notes more often than not.
  •  Jean Olmanson Andreon reported in from Los Alamitos, California. She and her husband spent two months in Nepal hiking in the Himalayas last October and November.
  • As for Curt and me, we had a great "winter" in Florida. We had much fun in the sun golfing, walking the beach, being with friends, and having our sons and their families come to stay with us whenever they could get away.  We also enjoy our time in Minnesota, and it's hard to leave here, too.  In August we spent ten days in Ireland with couples from Florida. We golfed at four different courses, traveled the beautiful countryside, and had some good times in the local pubs! We leave for Bonita Springs the end of October so that we get there in time for the Halloween Party!

We have several "opportunities" coming up. We would like to have one of you be our guest writer for January 2004. As guest writer news from classmates will be sent to you. Your job will be to write it up, add a friendly note, email it to Gustavus so the college can add campus news and presto you have helped!

Also, we have a reunion coming up in 2005. We need two people to be chairpersons of the Reunion/Anniversary committee and then several additional people to be on the committee. Call me @ 763-473-8389 and I will get your name on the Reunion/Anniversary Leadership Committee.  Be thinking about it!

Please let us hear from you.  You can call 1-800-GUSTIES (800/487-8437), write a note in the gold envelope provided in this letter or the Quarterly, or e-mail to It's always good to read your news - wherever you are and what you are doing.

Best Wishes,

Beverly Nordskog Hedeen

Co-Class Agent