Class of '66
October 2005

Dear Class of 1966,

Summer is gone and fall has arrived.  One beauty of Minnesota is viewing the changing seasons and the color of this season punctuates the artistic beauty of our Creator.

Fall reminds us of football and homecoming.  Do you have memories of Gustavus football or the fall activities on campus?  Hans said the first time he saw me was at a Gustie football game.  He can even remember what I was wearing!!  Makes me wonder what I looked like.  The games were times for developing school spirit and a place to meet other Gusties.

I reminisce and sometimes wish for the good old days.  I’d love to get together with my friends and relive the “Smoker Room” conversations.  I’d love to walk down “Hello Walk” and wonder that I might see!  I’d love to go into the café and have a piece of the almond pie.  I remember meeting Hans in the library.  I remember studying in the “stacks.”  The truth is I really don’t remember much of the information I spent time studying.  I like the quote that says, ”Education is what’s left over after you’ve forgotten all the facts.” I’m happy I don’t have to impress anyone with my knowledge anymore.  I could continue walking down memory lane, but I think I will leave that happening until next year when we will be celebrating our 40th reunion!

It’s hard to believe 40 years have passed.  I know we have a lot of catching up to do.  Won’t you think very seriously about being a part of that celebration?  Call up one of your Gustie friends and make a date to meet them and the rest of your friends on October 7, 2006 in St. Peter.  If you haven’t been back on the Gustavus campus recently you’ll find some tremendous changes.  It’s beautiful!!

One of the secrets of life is keeping your friends within hugging distance.  I’ve also heard that friendship is a rainbow between two hearts.  Frances Farmer, an American actress and writer, said, “I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God’s gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange or payment.”  I’m looking forward to the time I can spend with special friends.

Our friends on the reunion committee are already hard at work planning an evening that will be worth attending.  The committee gathered at Gustavus on Saturday, September 10 to begin the discussions.  The committee will be contacting you shortly to ask you to consider several things:  1).  To attend our 40th Reunion on October 7, 2006.  The reunion won’t be a success unless you come!  You won’t want to miss it, so mark your calendar as soon as you finish this letter.  2).  To consider making a special gift to establish a Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship.  3).  To consider including Gustavus in your estate plans.

The Class Gift results are enclosed with this letter.  It is exciting to see we are already at $175,935 with just 36 gifts.  Again, this includes all gifts, pledges and future estate intentions.  If you have questions about the numbers or would like more information about making your gift, you can contact our staff liaison, Jim Isaak ’86, Director, The Gustavus Fund, or call toll free:  866-487-3863.

  Class of 1966 Anniversary Gift

(June 1, 2005 through October 21, 2005)


Class Total                                         245

Total Donors                                        36

Total Participation                             14.9%


Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship

Gifts                                                    $00

Pledged amounts not yet received   $00

Total Gifts and Pledges                    $00


Anniversary Celebration Gift

Gustavus Alumni Fund                      $     1,838

Designated Gifts                                $        672

Capital Gifts                                       $   56,963

Endowment Gifts                                $   54,763

Matching Gifts                                   $        755

Pledged Gifts                                      $        945

Scholarship Pledges                          $             . 

Total Gifts and Pledges                     $ 115,936

Estate Gift Declarations                    $   60,000


TOTAL CLASS GIFT                       $  175,935


Gustavus Alumni Fund

Gifts to undesignated current operating budget

Designated Current Gifts

Gifts that are designated by the donor to a specific area, i.e., scholarship, athletics, Linnaeus Arboretum, Library Associates or a specific academic department.

Capital Gifts

Includes gifts to “Bricks and Mortar” projects, i.e., Old Main, Athletic Fields, or the Anderson Theatre renovation.

Endowment Gifts

Gifts to ensure the future of the College, i.e., unrestricted endowment, scholarship endowment, professorships, library endowment, Christ Chapel endowment, and Nobel Conference endowment.

Matching Gifts

Gifts received via Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, or a donor’s employer.

Other Credits

Credit for gifts given by a business, family foundation, or “in the name of.”  This ensures that alumni will receive class credit for their gift.

More information will come periodically to keep you informed of the reunion and the reunion class gift efforts.  Reunion Committee members are:  Mark Anderson, Donna Gabbert Beck, Jerry Bowers, Cheryl Downey, Sharon Anderson Engman, Eric and Dede (Moehring) Gustavson, Gracia Luhmann Hegener, Esther Peterson Martens, John Menge, Al Molde and Catherine Anderson Schoonover.

Speaking of special friends, here are some updates from a few Gusties:

Caroline Sandin Basley still lives in Wisconsin and enjoys retirement.  She’s finding time to travel and spend time with three grandsons.

Susan Tillman Hallin is no longer a travel agent but is an art instructor once more.  It is a part- time position through community education for the company “Young Rembrandt’s.”  She is also an Art Adventure Guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts assisting school age children on tours.  She also works part-time at Dana’s dress shop in Minnetonka.  Sue says, “So far being 60 isn’t too bad!”

Joan Erickson Thompson lives in Oregon.  She is retired from public school teaching but is still doing the “politics” part that she so wanted to leave.  She teaches connected riding to students of all disciplines:  endurance, dressage, pleasure, etc.

Trudy Enlund-Johnson is enjoying retirement in Shoreview, MN.  She teaches quilting classes and won 1st place on a queen-sized oriental quilt in last year’s “Quilting on the Waterfront” quilt show in Duluth.

Nancy Emerson Newson writes that retired life continues to be consumed by being a full time “Granny Nanny” for her granddaughter, Cate, who is approaching two years!  Nancy and Dave have two other grandchildren who add much joy to their lives.  Tennis and jogging take up most of Nancy’s free time.  Her husband, Dave, escapes (the full-time nanny job I assume) by traveling around the U.S.A. in his camper.

Judith Lauer Pede lives in California and spends time playing tournament bridge.  She is a retired ESL teacher who taught “at risk” teenagers in Los Angeles.

Catherine Anderson Schoonover lives in Mahtomedi, MN.  She loves her new job as a research nurse at Prison Research.  It is a private company in St. Paul.

Betsy Tripp Schroeder says she loves retirement and spending the summers in Crosslake.  Her daughter, Molly ’98, had a Gustavus baby shower for my daughter, Heidi ’98.  Betsy and I love our daughters’ Gustavus friends.

Joyce Henrikson Ramseth, Mary Strand Slinde, and I would love to hear updated news from more of you.  We are interested in what you are doing and how you are doing.

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of what you already have.  We have much to thank God for and friendships are one of them!

Happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the road.  May you find happiness as you travel your path in life.  See you at the reunion.

Your friend,

Sharon Anderson Engman

1966 Co-class Agent

Campus News:

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum were implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Evelyn Sponberg Young, one of Gustavus' best ambassadors of goodwill, hospitality and spirit, and friend of many, many Gusties through the years, died at her home on September 29, at the age of 93.  Evelyn graduated from Gustavus in 1933 and taught English in several schools in southern Minnesota.  She returned to campus in 1949 as director of the College's dining service, serving the College 32 years until her retirement in 1981.  A memorial service will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College, Thursday, December 8, 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Evelyn Young Dining Room.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests attended First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, was honored posthumously.  The program featured tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and was hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; soccer; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; and Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Jay Rooker ’85 and Mary Mansour ’85, softball, have also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel ― December 2-4
  • St. Lucia Day ― December 8
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27