Class of '66
November 2006

[Editor’s Note:  This letter was written in November, hence all of the references to fall activities.  The Alumni Office had delays in getting it out and we apologize to you and the Engmans.  Merry Christmas to you all.]

Dear Class of 1966,

Each fall it’s my turn to write another class letter.  It’s amazing how fast a year slips by!

Forty-four years ago we walked “Hello Walk” wondering about how we would make it through four years of college and where that would lead us in life.  Forty years later we have learned a lot and cried some.  We have many wonderful memories, much to be thankful for and we still have questions about ourselves and our life.  As I look back, Hello Walk represents a part of Gustavus that never changed.  Hello Walk was always welcoming, friendly and led me to my destination.

Hans and I walked Hello Walk this fall while attending the Nobel Conference, Medcine; Prescription for Tomorrow.  We learned some of the paths medicine is taking and hope the future holds.  It was so exciting to hear about research that is being done that someday may benefit you and me, or surely our families.  The health care financing issue is always a difficult topic, but we became aware of the concerns from different perspectives.  As always, it was a wonderful way to stretch our minds and to relive our years on the campus.

Another fall highlight was the 40-year class reunion.  The good news is that we all looked like we did while at Gustavus!  The bad news is that we can’t see like we used to!

Before the actual reunion, Hans and I experienced the activities that take place on the campus during the Homecoming Weekend.  The cafeteria was decorated with balloons, there was face painting for the little ones, and the Gustie Lion was there for picture taking.  The children loved the picture button they received standing with the Gustie Lion.  It was so impressive to see all the young families that came to attend the football game, reunions and the other homecoming activities.  There were many activities for the children and my grandchildren enjoyed every minute of the day.  What a way to recruit for the future!

Our reunion started at 4:00 p.m. and counted about 70 people at the Shoreland Country Club.  Some only attended the morning gathering time in the faculty lounge.  Reunions are a great way to reconnect with “old” friends and talk about fond and funny memories of the past.

After the dinner, a program emceed by Mary Strand Slinde provided a time to share Gustavus memories.  I’m surprised at those who can still remember back that far!  “All the way with Yahweh,” was a memory Rosie Johnson Mix shared that brought much laughter.  If you don’t remember the incident, it was a sign put up on Old Main in response to Dr. Bernhard Erling’s lectures on the Old Testament “Yahweh!”

Other memories included the food man serenading Mrs. A. and her sweeping presence, chickens and pigeons in the library, women’s hours, trying to pass swimming and many other personal stories about the good old days!

We have some pictures that we’ll share in the next newsletter that Hans and I took at the reunion.  For those of you who were unable to make it, we missed you and hope that you will be able to make it to a future reunion.  We hope you thought about your classmates gathering together and some special memories of your alma mater.  We are getting older and life is changing.  I hope and pray that we can all adjust with joy to the challenges that are with us and ahead of us.

Hope you have a great year.  See you at our next reunion!

Sharon Anderson Engman

1966 Co-class agent


Gustavus Designated an “All Steinway School”

Steinway and Sons, makers of what many would say are the best pianos, has added Gustavus to its “All Steinway Schools” list.  This is an exclusive list of just 66 colleges, universities, or conservatories in the world.  To be considered for the Steinway designation, a school must first have at least 90 percent of its performance, practice, and teaching pianos be Steinways.

Gustavus Excels in Fitness and Dining

Men’s Fitness magazine has named Gustavus as one of the top 10 colleges in America for fitness.  Among the things considered in the rankings were nutrition and dining choices, whether physical fitness is included in the curriculum, and availability of workout equipment.  They also examined individual student responses to questions on topics such as alcohol consumption, tobacco use, fast-food indulgence, and exercise habits.  On a related note, the Gustavus Dining Service was listed in the top 10 in a U.S. News and World Report survey on the best campus food in America.

Gustavus Alumni Professional Apparel

Check out the two new oxfords on sale online through the Gustavus Book Mark.  The Book Mark is offering a women’s and men’s long sleeve shirt in a variety of colors and sizes.  The shirt features an embroidered three crowns and Gustavus.  A great idea for holiday shopping for your favorite Gustie.  Check them out online only at

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, September 30, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Deborah Jungwirth Borman ’87 - Volleyball, Tina Pulido Draper ’87 - Gymnastics, John Huepenbecker ’80 - Football, John Jambeck ’62 - Swimming, Deanne Sand Johnson ’89 - Tennis, Dick Kumlin ’55 (posthumously) – Basketball, Dan Prochnow ’78 - Golf, Jerilyn Ree ’88 - Basketball, and Stacey Rodman ’89 - Swimming.

Honor Roll of Donors

If you haven’t had a chance to find yourself online, please go to to check out the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006.  To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer.  For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Obtain Life Insurance at Group Rates

The Alumni Association sponsors a life insurance plan, Life for Life, with exceptional features and low initial rates.  Maximum coverage is $2 million and insurance can increase repeatedly even if your health fails and you become uninsurable.  Obtain information online with the Alumni Association partner, or call 800-635-7801 for more information about this and other sponsored insurance.

Gustavus Legacy Award for Gustavus Admission

Our classmate, Mark Anderson, Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Assistance, is pleased to announce the Gustavus Legacy Award for new students beginning with the incoming class of 2007.  Renewable awards of $2,500 per year are given to new students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Scholarship recipients must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 or an ACT of 26 or an 1170 (Critical Reading + Math) on the SAT.  For more information contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S) or email <>.

Upcoming Gustavus Events

  • Orlando Chapter Gathering – February 13
  • Tampa Bay Chapter Gathering – February 15
  • Naples/Marco Island Chapter Gathering – February 17
  • Tucson Chapter Gathering – March 16
  • Phoenix Chapter Gathering – March 17
  • Sun City Chapter Gathering – March 18