Class of '66
December 2010

45-Year Reunion ― May 27, 2011

Dear Class of ’66,

Holiday greetings to all of you!  Last week I cleaned up my golf clubs, put them away and dug out my scraper and snow brush to put them in my car.  It has been a quick change of seasons but will definitely put us in the spirit of the holidays.

A couple weeks ago several of your classmates met to discuss and plan our 45th Class Reunion.  You have received your “Save the Date” card and so you are aware that it really has been 45 years since we walked as students down “Hello Walk.”  As we discussed the reunion weekend, we felt that some changes needed to be made.  Instead of having the event over two days, we have decided that the Friday evening gathering on May 27 would be the one to focus on and not have a luncheon on Saturday.  We are hoping that the attendance will be better this way as we are not split up at two events.  We will be on campus (yes, we are old enough for that to happen!!) and it will be a casual evening.

Many events will be going on around the campus all weekend so that may be of interest to you as well.  You will receive more detailed reunion information in the early spring of 2011, but here’s a tentative schedule for Friday, May 27:

1-7:00 p.m.     – Registration

2:00  p.m.        – Take a Campus or a Granlund Tour

2:30p.m.          – Seminar

4:00 p.m.         – Class of 1966 Social Hour

5:00 p.m.         – Class of 1966 Photo

5:30p.m.          – Class of 1966 Dinner and Gathering

If you have not been back on campus for a while, you are in for a real treat.  It is BEAUTIFUL.  We were at graduation this past spring to see my husband’s grandniece receive her diploma.  The ceremony is still held at the football stadium but now it is a BRAND NEW stadium with back rests on the bleachers.  What I also noticed was the bond that existed between students and their professors.  Lots of hugs and real encouragement was being given to the graduates.  I was very proud of my college.

One thing that is clear to me is that our grandniece would NOT have been able to attend Gustavus if she had not received scholarships from the college.  This is a very important opportunity that we, as alumni, have to be able to help by contributing to the scholarship fund.  This program will be explained at the end of this letter.  I hope you will consider this giving option this year.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank Joyce Henrikson Ramseth and Sharon Anderson Engman for serving these past several years as our class agents.  GREAT JOB ladies!  It is with a sad heart that I share with you that they have both stepped down from their roles as class agents, but with a happy heart that they are still willing to help us plan our reunion!

I look forward to seeing each of you on Friday, May 27th to celebrate our 45th reunion and share memories and renew friendships.


Vicki Brown Johnson

1966 Reunion Committee Member

Class News

  • Eric Gustavson is retired from Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church as associate pastor.  He and Deidra (Moehring) live in Plymouth.  Eric continues to plan and lead trips all over the world.  Ask him where he is going next.
  • Bob Therien continues as professor of art at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE.  He was awarded the Nancy Pate Award in “Watercolor USA 2010” at the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO.  He misses talking to his old Gustavus buddies.
  • Karen Bossart Rusthoven has written a book entitled “Success in Education Through Peace, Healing and Hope.”  She continues as principal of Community of Peace Academy, a very successful Charter school in East St. Paul.  She was profiled in the March issue of Minnesota Women’s Press.
  • Richard Leider has revised and expanded “The Power of Purpose.”  The first edition was published 25 years ago.  This new edition was published in May, 2010
  • Sherry Berthelsen Schley is currently employed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and lives in Grain Valley, MO.
  • Wendee Forsberg Johnson has retired from teaching.  She lives in Phoenix, AZ

We’d love to hear from more of you!

Please send in your class news or a memory to share with your classmates for the next class letter−either by email to or by mail to:  800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN  56082.

1966 Class Endowed Scholarship

Back at our 40th class reunion, our class embarked on creating the 1961 Class Endowed Scholarship.  It was hoped that by our 50th reunion, we would reach the minimum it takes to endow it − $25,000.  Great news!  We are almost half way there!  With over $11,000, our scholarship endowment has continued to be invested and will continue to grow, if we continue to invest in it.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could have that scholarship working before our 50th?  Once our class has invested the $25,000 – EVERY YEAR a student with financial need will receive a scholarship from a percentage of the earnings it produces.  Currently that percentage is 4.5% which would give out $1,125 to a student.  What a great opportunity our class has to leave a legacy!  Think of it, a student receiving notice that the Class of 1966 has given them over $1,000 – EVERY YEAR in perpetuity.  WOW!  We’re excited to be a part of that − and we hope you will be too.  All you have to do is direct a portion of your gift this year to the 1966 Class Endowed Scholarship (writing that on the memo line or in a note is perfect!).

Class Reunion Information

Did you know you’ll be able to stay on campus the weekend of the reunion?  What better way to rekindle the memories than to stay in the dorms?  No need to reserve your spot yet, there will be a place to do so on the registration materials that will come out in the spring of 2011.

If you’d prefer not to stay on campus, or need more suitable accommodations, make your reservations early – as it will also be commencement weekend on campus!  Here are some choices to look into and there are more online at

            AmericInn, St. Peter – 507-931-6554

            Locust Street Hotel (B&B), St. Peter – 507-934-5602

            AmericInn, Belle Plaine – 507-873-6017

            Country Inn & Suites, Mankato – 507-388-8555

            Fairfield Inn, Mankato – 507-386-1220

            Grandstay Residential Suites, Mankato – 507-388-8688           

Wherever you decide to stay – we hope you will join us for the reunion gathering, Friday, May 27th.  Here’s to a great reunion!

45-Year Class Reunion Committee,

Eric Gustavson, Margaret Raedeke Holste, Sharon Anderson Engman, Vicki Brown Johnson, Loel Johnson Kuehne, Joyce Henrikson Ramseth

Campus News

150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory

The Gustavus Alumni Association is bringing together about 25,000 Gusties to celebrate the College’s 150th anniversary.  In partnership with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), Gustavus will produce the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Alumni Directory.  Over the next couple of months, PCI will be contacting Gustavus alumni via phone, mail, and e-mail to request that you update your information.  We know you don’t want to provide your information to just anyone, so we want you to be aware of this project and encourage your participation.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus inducted new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on October 9.  Inductees for 2010 are:  Evie Cieslar Erdman ’73, benefactor; Duke Paluch ’84, tennis; Erik Allen ’92, basketball; Peter Anderson ’92, golf; Leigh Stocker Berger ’92, volleyball; Angela White Vick ’92, track and field; Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, tennis; Erik Hendrikson ’94, hockey, football; Paige Tierney Sullivan ’95, soccer; and the Hall of Fame Moment−1990 Women’s Tennis National Championship.

“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 breakfasts include:  Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.


December 10, 4-6 p.m. – Melva Lind Interpretive Center.  To usher in the winter season and holiday spirit, the Linnaeus Arboretum will be hosting its third annual Julgran celebration.  This year’s Julgram, which means “Christmas Tree” in Swedish, will once again be highlighted by a cookie contest with hundreds of cookies to sample!  The contest results will be announced at 4:30, followed by live music courtesy of our own talented Gustavus students, and hot cider (as well as the requisite milk) may be enjoyed by the Interpretive Center’s log fireplace.  Or, if the weather is nice, stand by the outdoor fire pit and roast a marshmallow or two.

Chapter Gatherings

This year and next, President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

  • Palm Springs – January 7
  • Los Angeles – January 8
  • San Francisco – January 9
  • Seattle – January 27
  • Tucson – February 8
  • Phoenix – February 10
  • Denver – February 11
  • Boston – March 2
  • New York – March 4
  • Washington, DC – March 5
  • Jacksonville, FL – March 26
  • Orlando – March 28
  • Tampa – March 29
  • Naples – March 30
  • Chicago – April 29