Class of '66
November 2009

Dear Gustie Friends,

It’s that time of year again to write the fall newsletter.  Greetings to all of you!

We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other with us.  We have connections from Gustavus that are special to us and it is so interesting to read about the lives of Gustavus friends who have made a difference in our lives.  I would encourage you to send in your updates to Gustavus so we can put them in the newsletter.

Many of you have been so faithful in your giving to Gustavus.  Gustavus thanks you for that act of support.  It is a way of showing appreciation for the education and friendship we received at Gustavus.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which has the potential to turn a life around.”  The quote by Leo Buscaglia reminds us that it’s the little things in life that can make a big difference.

Hans ’65 and I live in Crosslake, MN for most of the year.  We winter for three months someplace warm.  This year we will be in Arizona.  It seems to be harder each year to endure the cold weather so we look forward to our Minnesota departure.  We keep ourselves busy in many ways but one thing we do that we enjoy is facilitating the video series called “Love and Respect” by Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs.  It is a biblically based marriage course that has impacted so many couples in positive ways.

Class News

Now for more news from some of our classmates:

Wendee Forsberg Johnson writes that after 43 years in nursing and nursing education at a variety of nursing schools, colleges and universities, she retired at the end of August from Arizona State University.  She states, “Arizona State University has been my professional home for the past years and I will leave with a great sense of satisfaction for my role in mentoring students and contributing to the evolution of the University’s nursing program.”  Now it’s time for you to enjoy the freedom of retirement.

Caroline Sandin Basley sent a note to me saying, “The older I have gotten, the more I have appreciated and valued my Gustavus education and all of the lifelong friendships I am fortunate to have from those years.”  I think many of us can relate to your thoughts.  Seecy is retired but keeps busy with her family and teaching a few art classes.

Kathy (Glaeser) and Donley Johnson are retired and enjoying that.  They are busy with their grandkids, but always find time to golf.  Hans and I have enjoyed playing golf with them this summer.

Mary Strand Slinde says she and Ken ’64 are very busy for people in their “golden” years.  Ken sings with the Great Northern Union in Minneapolis and Mary is the associate principal at Hopkins High School.  She is also serving as an adjunct professor for Saint Mary’s University and has done both curriculum writing and teaching for them.  Put this together with your privileges as grandparents of six grandchildren, it is great that you are blessed with high energy!

John Anderson lives with his wife, Judith, in Duluth, GA.  They own a company called Perfect Printing.

Kathleen Kelsey Grindstaff is recovering after her second open heart surgery.  I’m sure spending time and enjoying your five grandchildren is precious to you.

Connie Tucholke Treis resides in Fresno, CA.  While some of us have a full life as retirees, you have a full life as an ordained minister for New Thought Community Church.

Rachel Gilbertson Lind wrote in the nursing news that she is retired and enjoying life!  She and her husband love to travel, tend to their two granddaughters two days a week, and planted a perennial garden.  I’m sure you enjoyed all your efforts as the plants bloomed this summer.

Daryl Batalden and his wife, Carla (Anderson ’67) live in Dayton, MN.  Daryl is a surgeon with Specialists in Surgery and Carla is self employed as an artist.

Bob Hoekstra lives in Stokesdale, NC.  Bob is employed by Nylstar, Inc. and his wife, Donna, works for Northwest Airlines, Inc.

Peter Manfred and his wife, Jean (Thompson ’68) live in San Antonio, TX.  Peter is the senior pastor at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church.  Jean is a kindergarten teacher.

Remember, we want to receive information from more of you to put in the next newsletter.  Thanks to all of you that did send some news.

Campus News

Gustavus gets High Rankings

Gustavus Adolphus College is listed as the 33rd best liberal arts college in the country according to a new set of college rankings released on Thursday, September 3, by Washington Monthly magazine.  The publication states on its website that schools were ranked based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:  social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Gustavus once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.  Gustavus moved up eight places from last year’s rankings to 80th on the magazine’s “Best Liberal Arts College’s” list.  Gustavus is one of six Minnesota colleges that placed in the top 100 in this year’s rankings.  One of the measures used to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college is alumni giving percentage; therefore, participating in a giving program at Gustavus, regardless of amount given, is important to the College.

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speakers:  Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18, Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16.

Upcoming Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – December 4-6, 2009
  • Festival of St. Lucia – December 10, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

May each one of you be blessed in some profound way this year,

Sharon Anderson Engman

1966 Co-class Agent

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