Class of '67
March 2003

Greetings Fellow Gusties!

I am writing this on an airplane, as I return to Sanibel with my mother.  We will experience a temperature change of about 80 degrees in just three hours.  Jack and I continue to “winter” in Florida, but I flew home to celebrate my granddaughter’s first birthday and my “baby’s” 25th birthday.

Jack and I had the fantastic opportunity and blessing to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. in February.  Actually, this is a series of events and we were thrilled to hear from President Bush and Dr. Condoleezza Rice, as well as many other great speakers.  It was an awesome experience!

The class of 1967 news is a bit scarce again—where are all of you?  If you want to know what your classmates are doing, encourage them to send news to the Alumni Office, (and your donation, too, I hope).

Congratulations are due to several of our distinguished classmates:

Three cheers to Ken Dragseth—National Superintendent of the Year!  Wow—what an honor!  Ken is superintendent of schools in Edina and was first named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year prior to winning the national honor.

Congratulations to Chip Weseloh who will be receiving the Distinguished Alumni Citation at Gustavus during Commencement weekend.  He is being honored for his accomplishments in wildlife biology and lives in Toronto, Canada.  Look him up on campus if you are there and congratulate him in person.

How about the KagolsMim (Sponberg) retired last June after 34 years as an English teacher at St. Louis Park High School.  She was a semi-finalist in the 2001 competition for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.  Steve ’68 successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii last October, with Mim and kids present.

Sandy Chandler Williamson is now president-elect of Gustavus Library Associates—a big job and she’ll be terrific!

And, of course, congratulations go to the many of you who are retiring, becoming grandparents, becoming “in-laws,” and having your youngest graduate from college.  That list applies to most of you in one way or another.

Jean Brittany Grass and Judge Bruce are still in Windom.  Jean is a social worker with Jackson County Human Services and Bruce is a magistrate judge for the State of Minnesota.

Mary Nystrom Brockman teaches at Southeastern Community College and lives in Ft. Madison, Iowa.

Kay Hendrickson Dubbelde works in the Pipestone schools.

Wulf Krause is a social worker at the St. Cloud VAMC.

Jeane Karli Wright is a senior technician at Sioux Valley Hospital in Brandon, SD.

Rick Nelson continues to practice general dentistry in Flagstaff, AZ.

And that’s it for news from you, via Gustavus.  Would sure love to hear from more of you.

Yours truly,

Karen Gruber Pagel

1967 Co-class Agent

Campus News:

New President of Gustavus Named

Dr. James Peterson '64, president and CEO of the Science Museum in St. Paul, MN, has been named the 14th president of Gustavus Adolphus College.  You may read about the president at:

A Study Abroad Leader

Gustavus is a leading institution for the number of students studying abroad, according to an annual ranking recently released by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Reaffirming the mission of giving students an education that is international in perspective, Gustavus ranked 8th in the "Top 20 Baccalaureate Institutions" list of IIE’s "Open Doors 2002" report.  The College has been in the top 20 since 1994-95 and in the top 10 for the past 3 years.  Gustavus was 1 of 5 Minnesota private colleges to make the list.  During 2000-01, 397 Gustavus students studied abroad.  In 2002, 52 percent of the Gustavus graduating class had an international educational experience.

Peer Assistants Making a Difference

Like many colleges, Gustavus relies on a wide range of students to help educate other students about issues.  One such group is the Peer Assistants.  Created in the 1980s, this group of 15 students focuses on teaching Gusties about making healthy lifestyle choices.  They speak in residence halls, conduct workshops and do one-on-one counseling about such topics as alcohol and tobacco use and relationships.  For the 5th time since 1996, the Peer Assistants were presented with an "Outstanding Affiliate" award for colleges with an enrollment below 7,500 at the annual National Peer Educator Conference.

Upcoming Events

  • March 22 – Easter Bunny Breakfast, Minneapolis
  • April 4 – Bay Area, CA Campaign Event
  • April 5 – Seattle, WA Campaign Event
  • May 3 & 4 – Gustavus Band 125th Year Celebration
  • May 10 – G.I.V.E. Service Day

Our Building a Greater Gustavus Campaign Success Interpreted

There are many questions among alumni, students and parents about the College’s financial situation.  People hear of our success in the capital campaign and ask, “How come the budget is so tight and some items are being cut?” 

One might look at an $80 million total to date of the $100 million goal and conclude that we have plenty of spendable resources.  A closer look at the designations of our campaign gift and pledges hopefully provides a helpful explanation.  During the past 5 years of this 6 ½ year campaign:

$23 million has been given for post-tornado rebuilding projects, including the Jackson Campus Center, the new outdoor track, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center, a new residence hall and the replanting of trees.  Another $1 million has been designated for Old Main renovation.

$24 million has been committed to us in the form of “future gift” commitments.  These are typically planned gifts that provide an income to the donor, or they are bequest commitments.   In either case, these are not dollars that are available for the College to use at this time.  However, they hold great promise for the future.

$16 million has been given to the College’s endowment fund to support scholarships, academic chairs and other programs.  While our endowment is significantly below that of our comparison schools, we must continue our progress toward increasing that number well beyond the end of this particular campaign. 

$8 million has been received as restricted dollars for various programs such as the Center for Vocational Reflection funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

$8 million – approximately $1.5 million per year – has been received without restriction.   These are the only dollars raised during the course of the campaign available for use in the College’s $60 million annual operating budget.  Herein lie the concerns related to our present budget challenge and where you can make the greatest impact.  The goal is to achieve 50 percent participation of all alumni in the Alumni Fund by the 50th Anniversary in 2004.  The 1967 class totals through February 28, 2002 are 74 donors and $75,696 in total gifts.  Our goal is to achieve 107 donors by May 31, 2003.  Thanks to those that have made their gift.  If you have not made your gift yet, please respond to the next mailing, log on to, or call toll free 866-487-3863.  Remember, while we were students, we benefited from alumni who made gifts to the alumni fund.  Let’s do our part to help future Gusties.