Class of '66
April 2006

Dear Class of ’66,

When we asked to volunteer or contribute, we generally have some questions.  We want to know the answers to “for what?  When?  And how much?”  A few of the ways Gustavus alumni contribute are as follows:

1.  Submitting information to the Quarterly

2.  Attending Homecoming and other annual events

3.  Contacting the Alumni Office with a new address and phone numbers

4.  Joining the alumni E-Mentoring Program to provide Gusties with information about your company

5.  Attending class reunions

6.  Volunteering for Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors (GIVE), a day of Volunteering

7.  Calling at Phonorama


Our level of involvement and the contributions we make are a measure of pride in Gustavus and of our maintaining a college with high standards.

Last year our Alumni Fund involvement was terrific, and our class of ’66 demonstrated remarkable college support.  We were asked to increase our donor level of 101 to 128, which we did―therby achieving a 52.2% class participation.

Giving to Gustavus through the Alumni Fund is so simple.  You can go online to, call Gustavus at 866-487-3863, or simply mail a gift in the enclosed gold envelope before May 31, 2005.

Class News:

The Community of Peace Academy, a St. Paul Charter School that Dr. Karen Bossart Rusthoven founded in 1995, is now serving 560, K-12 students.  In 2004, following a national search of 3,000 American charter schools, the Community of Peace Academy was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education as one of eight successful charter schools, in addition to being honored with a National School of Character Award.

Bruce Mohs is currently serving on the St. Cloud Area Schools Board of Education.

Gustavus received the sad news that Susan Muehlemeyer Scherer of Holland, PA, died of a massive stroke on January 19, 2005.  Our sympathy to her family.

Cheryl Downey was recently named the executive director of the West Coast Designers Guild.

Campus News:

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

  • Association of Congregations Meeting – April 23
  • G.I.V.E. Community Service Day – April 30
  • 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

Thank you, ’66ers, for your contribution.  It affirms your faith in the college and furthers Gustavus’ significant role in preparing students for lifelong leadership and service to society.

Bye for now,

Joyce Henrikson Ramseth

1966 Co-class Agent