Class of '66
November 2003

Dear Gusties,

It's fall again, and my turn to write the class letter.  Waking up to view God's artistic, creative, abilities, I wondered if it was, indeed, really fall.  The snowflakes were numerous and large making the sight a beautiful one.  It amazes me to think that each snowflake is different from its falling neighbor!  We have a magnificent designer.

We live in Crosslake, on the lake, so that means company.  We love it and want you to know that if you ever get to this part of the country, please give us a call.  All three of our children attended Gustavus, so we are privileged to have many of their Gustie friends visit us during the summer.  Our oldest son, Chad, has been getting together with his Gustavus friends for many years.  His friends are busy having their families and so it's quite the organizational challenge to have them here with 11 children under the age of 8.  It's a blessing for us to see how the young people are so dedicated to their families and take seriously the responsibilities they have as parents.

I'm blessed to see a few classmates during the summer.  Betsy Tripp Schroeder and I play golf every week with each other.  Betsy and her husband, Tom, have a cabin on the Whitefish chain.  Donley and Kathy Glaeser Johnson have a cabin in this area and we try to touch base whenever possible.  There's something special about being in the presence of another Gustie.  I hope you have the same opportunities.


Linda Gulder Huett mentioned a lunch visit she had with Cheryl Downey in New York.  Gustavus connections happen all the time.  Linda also shared that her life is quite hectic but extremely exciting as C.E.O. of a public company known as Weight Watcher's of America as well as a mother to three girls!  She lives on Long Island and works in Manhattan.

Marcia Wilson Borgie and her husband, Jerry, are new grandparents.  Some of us know the excitement that goes with that title!  They had the privilege of traveling to Latvia to visit the Latvian Christian Academy.  It was interesting for them to see the strides the country has made since coming out of the Russian occupation in 1991.  They also visited the beautiful countries of Norway and Sweden!!

Caroline Sandin Basley continues to teach elementary/middle school art in Hartland, Wisconsin.

Judy Boline Larson and her husband, Milo '65, continue to love retirement while enjoying their three grandchildren.  Judy mentioned that they are busier than ever.  Most of us that are retired can underline that statement!

Kitty Carlson Lovitt is now a retired nurse practitioner from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, women's clinic clinical supervisor and associate professor of OB/GYN at the medical school.  She now can spend her winters in Mesa, AZ and her summers at home in Richardson, TX.  Her husband, Bob, is still working as the executive vice president of the University of Texas at Dallas.  Kitty loves retirement and enjoys golfing, hiking, tennis, bicycling, volunteering at a women's shelter and her nine grandchildren!  She says, "Life is good."  I agree with that!

Dian Ring Norby is teaching French and English at the high school level after her job in the middle school was eliminated due to foreign language program cuts.  She is preparing to take a group to Beaune, France on an exchange program this summer.  How exciting!

Connie Tucholke Treis is a marriage family therapist working for Synchrony of Visalia, Inc.  Synchrony received a $250,000 grant that will allow her to work with children with detachment difficulties.

Ray and Kathy Johnson Oleson live in Reston, VA.  Ray founded SI International and it went public on NASDAQ under SINT.

Phil Rogosheske, who is retired, had the great opportunity of being the Nordic Skiing crew chief at the Winter Olympics.  We were in Park City, Utah recently, which brought back scenes from last winter.  What a beautiful part of the country!

Mari Weisert Smith shared the news that her son, Adam, married Diana Johnson in September of 2002.  She is currently leading a women's Bible Study group in Irvine, CA. at Mariner's Church.

Jan Williams Stephen is still working as a Realtor and says if anyone is moving to Denver she'd be happy to give you a tour and help find you a home.

Cheryl Downey called to say that she has been re-elected to another term on the National Board of Director's Guild.  That is quite an honor!  Cheryl continues to be co-producer of the Ted Danson comedy series, Becker. 

Sandra Gunderson Goff is teaching classes for certified nursing assistants to high school seniors. 

Mary Strand Slinde writes that as of June 21, she and Ken '64 (mostly Mary!) will have done three weddings and experienced the joys of a new baby…grandchild that is!!!  What a busy year you've had, Mary.

Nancy Brink wants to wish everyone peace, joy and love for the rest of the year and for all the days to come.  What a nice way to end our class 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.

The Alumni Fund Turns 50 - On June 30, 1954, the first Alumni Fund officially closed with 1,204 donors (32 percent) and $26,013.  The Alumni Fund has had a strong tradition at Gustavus exceeding 50% participation for many years, making Gustavus a national leader recognized with17 national awards.  Help return the Alumni Fund to reach over 50% participation by contributing before May 31, 2004, or responding with a pledge to a Gustavus student volunteer caller during Student Phonorama October 26-November 13.  Do your best to participate in the Alumni Fund to continue the Gustavus tradition of strong alumni support and return the College to national recognition.

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.

2003 Hall of Fame inductees -- Nine individuals were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on September 27. Inductees are Val Flom Ashland '87 (volleyball), Wendy Ericksen Bachman '87 (soccer), Karen Ahlstrom Bishop '86 (gymnastics), Jay Coatta '87 (basketball and golf), Marv Gunderson '53 (football), Jim Hearn '81 (tennis), Dave Najarian '82 (football), Betty Wannarka Ringeisen '84 (basketball and track and field), and Larry Shelhamer '76 (soccer).

Gustavus Finishes sixth in Director's 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

  • JFK Assassination 40 Years Later, presented by David Jones '83 and Political Science Professor Chris Gilbert at Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington - November 4
  • A Royal Affair, benefit sponsored by Gustavus Library Associates in the Twin Cities -- November 15
  • Alumni Chapter Events:  Washington DC - February 6; Atlanta - February 26; Tampa Bay - February 27; Naples - February 28; Sun City - March 19; Phoenix  - March 20; Tucson - March 21

We can't always be together with our Gustavus friends, but the class letter can keep us in touch with one another.  Please continue to send us news about your life.

As I close this letter I'd like to leave you with a thought.  I heard this recently and it impressed me.  "It's not always the ideas that make a difference, it's the changed heart that matters."

With warmest regards,

Sharon Anderson Engman

1966 Co-class Agent