Class of '67
September 1999

Greetings to my fellow classmates!

I’m happy to report to you that the Gustavus campus looks spectacular! Hundreds of new trees have been planted since the tornado, the flowers were blooming in abundance, as usual, and the building projects are nearing completion. The brand new Evelyn Young Dining Hall is worth a trip to St. Peter to see. (Evelyn is also a class agent and it’s fun to see her glowing enthusiasm for EVERYTHING!! She is still a bundle of energy and loves everybody.)

It was a treat to be on campus for the Class Agents’ meeting. The Alumni Office had arranged us at tables by decades and it was a bit unnerving to be sitting next to my parents’ best friends who are members of the class of 1939. They were in the front row. I was in the second. Amazing to see kids younger than my own at these meetings. These young Gusties are really enthusiastic and some of them are out-giving those of us who are near retirement age. So, of course, part of my job is to encourage all of you to reflect on what your Gustavus experience meant to you and take the time to send a donation to the Gustavus Fund. Some of you haven’t been heard from in awhile and others are kind of stuck in a "token amount" rut. So I challenge you to think it over and, hopefully, Gustavus will move to the top end of your giving list. Thanks so much to the many of you who are such faithful supporters.

I would love to share this job with somebody?most classes have two or three class agents. Please let me or Randy Stuckey, Alumni Director, at Gustavus know if you’d like to come on board. The “time thing” is really not an issue?just three class letters a year and some calling at Phonorama during a reunion year.

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,490 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new Book Mark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps break-up the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class, will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, is scheduled for Saturday, October 9. Numerous sites have been identified in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country are participating in the event. Contact the Alumni Office for more information.

The Gustavus Library Associates Once upon a holiday … A Royal Affair, is Saturday, November 13 at the Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington. Information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. The Fall Series opened September 18 with the jazz trio October, featuring Andrew Benson ’95, Brian Rowe ’95 and Nik Lindell ’95; followed by the music of Steve Heitzeg ’82, September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directs a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8; organist Timothy Strand ’82 presents his recital on November 14; and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibiton in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

Following extensive work to Christ Chapel's magnificent pipe organ this summer, a three-concert series of organ recitals has been planned for the fall. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opens the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Volodymyr Koshuba, Organist of the Kiev Concert Hall of Organ and Chamber Music and the Ukraine's "Honored Artist" for 1998, will present a recital on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. The final recital, mentioned in the ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000, is a recital by Timothy Strand ’82, Organist and Music Director for St. Luke's Episcopal in Minneapolis, on November 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Fienen and Strand recitals are free of charge. The Koshuba recital, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, will have tickets available at the door.

Gustavus will be represented at several Lutheran College Fairs and Festivals around the country this year. Gustavus alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to assist with these events by staffing the Gustavus table to share your experiences with prospective students and their parents. You can also help by bringing students of high potential to the events or encouraging their attendance. Please call the Gustavus Admission Office to volunteer at 800-GUSTAVU(S). Events scheduled include: Omaha, September 19; Kansas City, September 20; Des Moines, September 21; Cedar Rapids, September 22; Quad Cities, September 23; St. Louis, September 26; Denver, October 10; Phoenix, October 11; Santa Ana, October 12; Seattle, October 17; Portland, October 17; Appleton, October 31; Milwaukee, November 2; Madison, November 3; Chicago, November 7; Grand Rapids (MI), November 8; Detroit, November 14; Cleveland, November 15; Columbus, November 16; Pittsburgh, November 17; Saddlebrook (NJ), November 21; Philadelphia, November 21; Baltimore, November 22; and Washington, DC, November 23.

Class News

I don’t have too much news to share with you, so send some in! I think Rick Moehring is getting nervous that I’ll keep writing about his great family again.

I do want to congratulate Warren Beck again-this time his award came from Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine for his outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of Gustavus following the tornado. Donna (Gabbert ’66) and Warren have had a difficult few months, with the deaths of Donna’s brother and father, and the loss of Warren’s dad.

Donna Oradei Berger continues to work as director of inpatient behavior health services at Sharp Health Care in San Diego.

Jean (Fennie) and Ed Young also live in Southern California, where Jean is a school psychologist with Baldwin Park U.S.D and Ed is a firefighter in South Monrovia. They are thrilled to report three adorable grandchildren!

Another ’67 Gustie in California is Sally Ranger Firman. Sally is office manager of California Concentrate and lives in Lodi, California.

Our California contingency has really been loyal to our Alma Mater. We have also heard from Larry Philipp, who is an administrator for St. Joseph’s Regional Health. Larry and his wife, Linda, live in Stockton.

Also out there is Helen Malloy Thein, who is moving to the Los Angeles area from Vacaville. Helen has been teaching at St. Mark’s preschool in Fairfield, CA.

Judy Gustafson Von Ahsen continues to live in Jefferson, IA, with her husband, Gary. She has a new job in real estate. Her twin grandchildren reside in Italy with their parents, eldest daughter, Amy, and her husband. Another daughter, Kate, goes to school there. (Judy, I hope you’re able to make a trip to Italy?that’s a long way from grandkids!)

Janet Anderson Carter and her husband, Harold, are in Clinton Township, Michigan. Both of them retired, Janet taught biology and life science for 31 years.

Carol Hildebrand Thorson is director of Christian education at Lake Alfred Presbyterian Church in Poinciana, Florida.

Beate Hein Bennett reports in from NYC. She has a doctorate in English theatre and works for the New York City Board of Education.

I hope I haven’t missed anybody. My information comes right from the Alumni Office, which they get from you. There are a few "lost alumni from the class of 1967" - perhaps you can help:

  • Carter Crane
  • Richard Ekstrum
  • Mary Sue Anderson Finney
  • Sara Philip Gilford
  • Dr. Harold Heijbel
  • L. Gary Larson
  • Godwin Mgendi
  • Timothy Morgan
  • Cherlyn Peterson Morrison
  • Rev. Sande Nelson
  • Don Vroman

There was talk at the class agents’ meeting of class letters going on the Internet. Help!! Am I the only one not there? I’m barely able to get this out on my word processor. We just got cable TV at our house this summer. And we don’t use a cell phone. I guess we’re pretty old-fashioned in this futuristic world. Jack and I will be traveling to some “fun” places once again?Bangor, Maine; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ann Arbor and East Lansing, Michigan; Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Forks, North Dakota; and Madison, Wisconsin. It’s our son’s senior year with the Gopher Hockey Team and then we face the dilemma of an “empty-nesters’ life after hockey.” We may need some counseling for that?it’s been so many years. We will miss it?lots of great friendships have come from that part of our lives.

I hope to find a guest writer for the January class letter?any volunteers? Visit the campus any chance you have?you’ll feel good!!

Thanks you for considering my pleas,

Karen Gruber Pagel

1967 Class Agent