Class of '65
May 2005

Greetings to the class of ’65,

Here’s hoping this letter finds you in good places in your lives with health and wealth surrounding you!

I wanted to send a little note with our campus news!  Our 40th reunion is planned for October 7th and 8th, Homecoming weekend.  The Friday evening event will be in the Twin Cities and Saturday and Sunday events will be on campus.  Additional details will be sent to you and published in a future Gustavus Quarterly issue.  It would be wonderful to see and greet many of you.  Help us to make it a very fun and interesting weekend by joining us!!!  To encourage you, I am including an e-mail from Stein Mydske…………….

Thanks to Bev for another class letter!  I plan to come from Norway for our reunion 7-9. October next fall.  If I can make it, most of you certainly can!  Hope to see you all there!

2004 has been a great year:  turning 60, another grandson (3 in all now) and a new job (certainly not retirement!).  Starting from 1 February 2005 I will be serving as the General Secretary of the Norwegian Bible Society.  That means some less traveling than these seven last years as a consultant for the United Bible Societies.   Warm greetings, Stein Mydske!

I hope that this note from Stein inspires you to make plans to be with us!

We have news from other classmates as well…

Arlyn Tolzmann is in his sixth year as a Colorado senate chaplain…Our sympathy to Alice Schuft Ward as her husband, Wesley, has passed away…Tim ’63 and Sue (Widstrom) Gamelin write, “we are back in pastoral ministry together, co-pastors at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in High Point, North Carolina.  We are in the second year of a three-year term call to do healing ministry in a congregation that has been through some difficult times.  We love our ministry here.  We also love staying in monthly contact with our four grandchildren.

Campus News…..

Gustavus has been known for its strong tradition of alumni participation in annual giving.  Gusties support their Alma Mater in many ways and show their pride with their gifts.  All alumni and current students have benefited from previous and current support.  Gustavus will be as strong as its alumni want it to be.  The 2005 Alumni Fund closes May 31.  Make sure you are included with many members of your class and other alumni that have chosen to keep Gustavus strong.  Three easy ways to give – send your check to the Alumni Office (by using the enclosed envelope), call 866-487-3863, or on-line at 

Alumni Awards

The Gustavus Alumni Association has announced 2005 award recipients.  The Greater Gustavus Award to George Torrey ’55 for his lifetime volunteer service and philanthropy to the College. Distinguished Alumni Citations to G. Barry Anderson ’76, Apple Valley, MN, associate justice, Minnesota Supreme Court; Deanna Nelson ’64, Cary, NC, president/founder, BioLink Life Sciences, Inc.; Rick Webb ’73, Edina, MN, owner of Ciao Bella, Zelo and Bacio Restaurants; and John Wirth ’75, Pacific Palisade, CA, writer/executive producer, Paramount Studios.  First Decade Awards to Joe Gaugler ’95, Lexington, KY, assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Debbie Lightly Mascaro ’95, Fargo, ND, research scientist, North Dakota State University Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.


The Gustavus women’s hockey team finished third at the NCAA national championship after winning the MIAC title, the men’s basketball team won the MIAC regular season title and conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA national tournament, the men’s swimming and diving team won the MIAC title and placed seventh at the NCAA national tournament and had seven swimmers earn All-America honors and the women’s team had four swimmers earn All-America honors.

Extraordinary Students

Senior Rachel Batalden, a double major in mathematics and secondary education with a 3.898 grade point average and two-time MIAC All-Conference selection at setter for the women’s volleyball team, has been selected as one of 56 student-athletes from across the country to receive a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Senior Paul Fraser, a music and computer science major has been selected as the winner of the second annual Caltech-Occidental Composition Contest for new music for concert band. The contest drew entries from all over the world, and as the winner, Paul will receive a cash award and a recording of the world premiere of the work at a concert by the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band in Pasadena, Calif., in May.

Bricks and mortar

Southwest Residence Hall is being constructed across the Campus Drive from the arboretum on the west side of the campus and is scheduled to be finished by June.  The L-shaped facility is configured with apartments for four and six and will accommodate nearly 200 students.  A hostel space for summer programs and confirmation retreat groups is included in the residence’s plans.

With the new Southwest Residence Hall coming on-line, the College will be taking down Wahlstrom Hall to make way for future residential construction.  Crews will start the dismantling process in July with asbestos abatement, and the Kasota-stone residence hall will be razed in August.  Alumni returning for reunion and commencement festivities on May 27–29 will be able to take a last tour through the building’s public areas, stairwells, and walk-through sections following a “decommissioning” ceremony to be held on Saturday morning, May 28.

Construction crews working on the renovation of Old Main discovered a cistern under the basement flooring in March.  Gutting the interior has provided evidence of layers upon layers of remodeling done over the years, including an old stairwell in the middle of the building and what appears to be an attempt to raise the third-floor ceiling.  The Old Main project, which includes the installation of an elevator in the northwest corner of the building, is scheduled to be completed in August.

The education and nursing departments have been relocated to the newly erected Mattson Hall, which is sited just west of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center and Prairie View Residence Hall, on the south side of the campus.  These departments will remain there until a new social science center is built at some point in the future.

Upcoming Events

  • Class of 1955 and 50-Year Club Reunions – May 27 & 28
  • Commencement – May 29
  • Alumni Fund closes – May 31
  • Reunions on Homecoming – October 7 & 8
  • Nurses Reunion – October 8


I sincerely want to thank each of you who have remembered Gustavus with a gift to the Alumni Fund this year.  And for those of you who will still do so, I thank you ahead of time.  The Alumni Fund closes May 31, 2005.  To make your gift, go online to or call 866-487-3863.

Remember: The Alumni Fund closes on May 31, 2005.  Can we count on you?

Best wishes,

Beverly Nordskog Hedeen

1965 Co-class Agent