Class of '67
May 2000

Greetings to my Gustie Classmates!

It's been a while since I've written, but first I want to thank my old roomie, Dawn Ekstrom Michael, for actually calling to volunteer to be a co-class agent with me. Thanks, Dawn! What a pleasant surprise to hear from you. Dawn and Ted have just moved from Naples, Florida, to Vero Beach, Florida, but they are in Minnesota from time to time (though I've yet to cross paths with her in recent months.)

Jack and I have just returned from several weeks at our home in Sanibel and it is tough re-entering the real world – lots to do this time of year. Of course, I'll drop anything to take care of our granddaughter, Elizabeth, who is now three. I know many of you are now experiencing the incredible joy of grandparenting. How far we've come from the good old college days!

I don't have too much official classmate news to pass along, but will share what's come in:

Maury Miller is senior vice president, financial services, for Cenex Harvest States in St. Paul. His daughter, Kristin, graduated from Gustavus in the class of 1999. Maury lives in Forest Lake.

As many of you probably remember, Doug and Sandie Swanson's son, Greg, and another Gustie student were killed by a drunk driver ten years ago. Doug and Sandie, along with 90 friends and relatives recently held a dedication ceremony at Gustavus in Greg and Holly's memory. They planted a 20 foot pine tree in front of Pittman Hall, near Holly's tree, to replace the first memorial tree for Greg which was blown away by the tornado. Attending the ceremony were Dan Seaberg and Pete Peterson from our class, as well as Fred Holmquist from ’66.

Eldon Ellison passed away in Glenwood, MN, on October 19, 1999. He was disabled in a car accident in 1975. He is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.

Campus News

International House Being Built - Ground was broken during the first week in March for the new international house. The residence hall will house Crossroads, the Swedish House, and the Office of International Education. This new facility will support the mission of bringing an international perspective to the curriculum and preparing students to communicate and compete in the new millennium. The 80-bed, 30,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000. The $5.4 million building is going up west of Olin Hall.

Forensics Team Earns International Awards ? The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1win-loss record. The team's strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.

Men’s swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at

Upcoming campus and Alumni Association events:

ORBISC dedication, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Cecil Eckhoff, May 27, 3:30 p.m., Campus
Reunion Weekend for 50-Year Club, Class of 1950, War Years, V-12/5, May 26 & 27, all events held on campus
Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors, October 7, Twin Cities and national chapter locations

For more information contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at, or

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at

We are planning on corresponding on a regular basis with all alumni who have e-mail addresses. Please send a message to so we can get you on the list. (Also, be sure to keep us posted on any e-mail address changes.)

If you haven't sent your contribution to our wonderful Alma Mater yet, it's not too late!

There are always so many wonderful things going on at Gustavus – again I encourage you to visit the campus sometime soon. It looks just fabulous with its new plantings and buildings. You won't believe the new Evelyn Young Dining Room! I'm not sure those college kids realize how good they have it (unless, of course, they have parents like us who are reminding them of what it was like for us.)

Have a wonderful summer – it will arrive again, I'm sure.

Take care,

Karen Gruber Pagel ’67