Class of '66
January 2011

45-Year Reunion ― May 27, 2011

Happy New Year Class of 1966!

This is our year to celebrate!  Can you believe it?  Forty-five years since Gustavus!  We hope you have it marked down on your calendar−Friday, May 27, 2011!  We will be gathering to celebrate and hope each of you will be able to join us for the occasion!

Are you planning to attend?  We’ll be putting up a webpage with a list of those who are planning to attend.  If you are−please email, Kathy, our contact at Gustavus, and she will get the site started for us!

Your Reunion Committee,

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

Thoughts about Gustavus friendships:

I have always been a person who was interested in people:  what they said, what they did, what they thought, what they read, and perhaps most importantly what they felt.  After graduating from Gustavus, I lived with five other Gustavus graduates for a year.  It was our first experience really being out on our own.  We paid $50 each per month for a lovely three bedroom apartment that had banana trees growing in an indoor courtyard!  We shared meals, boyfriend problems and first-year working woes.  It also was the year that my father died.  I remember how supported I felt by those women and how I really felt, as if I was coming back home, when I returned to the Cities after the funeral.  These were friends who felt like family

Over the years, I have drifted in and out of continuing friendships with Gustavus graduates.  We all got very busy with marriages, families, graduate school and jobs.  We were needed in so many places.  It was the beginning of “women working” and some of us did that.  Others of us stayed at home to raise our families.  As our families grew up, we had more time and began to reach out to some of those friends who had to be “put on hold” for a time.  The most amazing thing is that those friendships that began at Gustavus so many years ago….were still going strong.

I gather with several different groups of friends now on a regular basis.  We share stories from the past, stories about our children and grandchildren and concerns about the aging process.  I hear what they say, what they do, what they think, what they read and what they feel.  I am blessed to have these wonderful Gustavus friends in my life.

Mary Strand Slinde

1966 Guest Letter Writer

Do you have a story to share?  Send it to and Kathy will make sure it gets in the next class letter!

Campus News

Dr. Bernard LaFayette to speak in Chapel on MLK Day – January 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 17, with a public lecture by civil rights movement activist Bernard LaFayette Jr. and a performance of African America by Minneapolis’s Mixed Blood Theatre.  LaFayette will give the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture in Christ Chapel as part of the College’s daily chapel service at 10 a.m.  A question-and-answer session will follow LaFayette’s presentation at approximately 11 a.m. LaFayette co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 and played a leadership role in several key Civil Rights Movement events in the early 1960s, including the Nashville sit-ins in 1960, the Freedom Rides in 1961, and the Selma, Alabama, voting rights movement in 1965.

Call for Distinguished Alumni Citation Nominees

Each year the Gustavus Alumni Association presents Distinguished Alumni Citations.  The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor.  Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs.  While the citation is a professional award, humanitarian achievements may also be weighed.  Nominees are now being accepted by the Alumni Board of Directors; please e-mail a resume or curriculum vitae to Randall Stuckey ’83, director of alumni relations, at .  For a complete list of past recipients, view the awards website .

Gustavus Choir Tour

The Gustavus Choir will embark on a tour of Italy this month.  The 57 student musicians, under the direction of Greg Aune, will travel to and sing at various locations in Italy Jan. 13-28.  As is the case with each Gustavus international music tour, it includes an educational component.  The students are learning about the Italian Renaissance in the month-long Cultures of Creativity course taught by Chaplain Brian Johnson ʼ80.  Joining the Gustavus Choir will be a companion tour of 15 Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends.

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour

Under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota and Wisconsin between the January Interim and Spring Semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

  • Saturday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. – Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd
  • Sunday, Jan 30, 3 p.m. – Central High School Auditorium, Duluth
  • Monday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Wausau East High School, Wausau, WI
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. – Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton, WI
  • Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. – Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Hartford, WI
  • Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Middleton, WI
  • Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – St. John Lutheran Church, Owatonna

The tour will wrap up with a home concert on Saturday, Feb. 12. at 2 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts. New this month: breakfasts in both the Minneapolis and St. Peter!  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Speakers at the Minneapolis venue are Brett Petersen, men’s hockey coach, and Mike Carroll, women’s hockey coach.  The event is Wednesday Jan. 19, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter speaker for January is Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.  The breakfast is Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include Thomas Crady, vice president for enrollment management, in February; Kate Knutson, political science professor, in March; and Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April.

Chapter Gatherings

This year 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 2