Class of '66
April 2010

Dear ’66 Gusties,

I saw a stat the other day, a telling fact to share;

 it gave the giving-back rate of college grads, and showed how we compare.

To the Annual Fund, 28% of Gustie grads give reg-u-lar-ly;

while St. Olaf claims 32, and Carleton boasts of 53.

Regular giving is what counts, not how much – but how long;

Participation, as a percentage of the alumni, is what makes a college strong.

A good alumni giving rate draws corporate and grant support;

attracts the media and ups our rank in U.S. News and World Report.

Surely we value the Gustavus experience as much as Carls and Oles value theirs;

GA’s fiscal health and future rank really high for each Gustie grad who cares.

I encourage all my classmates to give annually to our school;

to make a statement by sending a check – or by using the online tool.

Please mail a gift before May 31st or give hassle-free by going online;

access , and the ‘66ers will surely shine.

Class News

John Anderson and his wife Judith, Duluth, GA, have sold their company, Perfect Printing, and are enjoying retirement.

The Alumni Board of Directors has announced that Mark Anderson, Gustavus VP and Dean of Admissions, will be the recipient of the 2010 Greater Gustavus Award.  The award will be presented at the Alumni Banquet, Saturday, May 29.

Kitty Carlson Lovitt, Plano, TX, has retired from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as a women’s healthcare nurse practitioner.  She and her husband are enjoying their 13 grandchildren, golf, tennis, hiking and friends.

Al Molde, Director of Gustavus Intercollegiate Athletics, is a scheduled speaker at the May 19, Gustie Breakfast.  All are welcome to come to the monthly breakfast, the third Wednesday of the month, at 8:30 a.m., Doubletree Hotel (Hwy394 and 100).  Call 800-487-8437 for reservations.

Oakley Pearson has retired as executive director of the Staunton, VA, Public Library.

Kathryn Siddall Jensen Rynders, Red Wing, MN is an account specialist at Financial Crime Services.

Several ’66ers have found warmth and sunshine in the Phoenix/Tucson area during the winter months.  Sue (Schoening) and Jerry Gustafson and Wendee (Forsberg) and David Johnson are permanent residents of the state, while Kitty Carlson Lovitt, Esther (Peterson) and Ron Martens, Kathy (Glaeser) and Donley Johnson, and Sharon (Anderson) and Hans ’65 Engman have found Arizona a great place to live part-time.

We were saddened to learn of the death of Ann Johnson Swanson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on October 23, 2009.  She was a teacher, homemaker, and volunteer, and is survived by her husband, Bruce ’65, son Eric ’91, and a daughter.

Campus News

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

At its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects.  The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building.  Construction timelines for the projects are not yet finalized, but the College expects to break ground on the new academic building late this spring.

The effort is a significant early implementation step of Commission Gustavus 150, an innovative, constituent-based strategic planning process that has engaged hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders over the past year.  “These projects will greatly enhance learning and teaching, student recruitment, and institutional advancement for many years to come,” said President Jack R. Ohle.

Groundbreaking for New Academic Building

Gustavus will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of a new 125,000 square foot academic building just west of Christ Chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16.  The new academic building is part of a $44 million commitment made by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects.  Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building.  The academic departments that will be housed in the new academic building include communication studies, history, psychology, economics and management, and sociology and anthropology.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.  Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.  First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

Wind Orchestra Tour

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, has returned from a 15-day concert tour through Germany, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Austria.  The Choir of Christ Chapel will be traveling to the Phoenix/Tucson area this spring.  On April 15 they will be at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, April 16 at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Phoenix, and on April 17 at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson.  For other campus news please check the website at

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Attend a Chapter Event Near You!

There will be Gustavus alumni chapter events in the following cities:  New York, April 22; Boston, April 25; Chicago, May 3 and Denver, May 4.  President Ohle will be attending most of those events so we hope that you will make an attempt to attend and hear what he has to say.  He is providing outstanding leadership!

“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 speaker:  Virgil Jones, director of multi-cultural programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 10 – Gustavus Jazz Lab Band Home Concert
  • Apr. 11 – Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Home Concert
  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event

Thanks so much for keeping us connected with your interesting news and also remembering the Gustavus Annual Fund which closes May 31st.  Have a wonderful summer.

Sincerely yours,

Joyce Henrikson Ramseth

1966 Co-Class Agent