Class of '67
July 2007

40-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― October 12-13, 2007

Memories of Gustavus – Priceless!

When Ginger Froyen Haddorff, Frani Peterson Anderson and I met to plan for the upcoming 40th Anniversary Reunion, we kept getting side tracked by memories.  Some were just fun memories―like my memory of Frani and her love for sunflower seeds.  I had never seen anyone eat so many sunflower seeds so fast!  At our meeting, I learned she couldn’t get the kind she liked in St. Peter so her mother had to send them to her.  Probably a lot of us had a favorite from home that we brought with us to Gustavus; mine was snacking on home-canned tomatoes with soda crackers.  I always kept a supply of the tomatoes under my bed―replenished each time I went home. Speaking of food, we all had good memories of the wonderful food served at Gustavus and the many options we had―both choices of food and where we could eat.  For breakfast a favorite of mine was to roll out of bed and go for cinnamon toast in the dorm basement.  Pecan pie on Sunday was another favorite treat.  (We won’t talk about weight gain.) We also talked about campus jobs.  One of my jobs was evening and weekend campus switchboard operator.  While I spent my time connecting people between dorms (no cell phones then), I was seldom there alone because there was usually a line of students waiting to use the "Federal" line.  Remember that line?  With using it, you could call the Twin Cities area for free. As a nursing major, I spent only the first two years on campus.  The other two years I, along with 20 or so other nursing majors, lived at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.  For those two years we lived on the same floor in Mattson Hall which was connected by tunnel to Bethesda Hospital.  All of our classes were with the same 20 classmates so we got to know each other quite well.  Many of our classes were discussions and we combined the discussions with knitting, embroidery and crochet.  We produced wonderful sweaters, afghans, etc. while learning the principles of nursing! I also remember a major snowstorm that prevented some staff from getting to the hospital.  We students were called on to help staff the hospital wherever staff was needed―from washing dishes to direct patient care.  With the direct-link tunnel, the snow didn’t affect our ability to get to the hospital. During the two years at Bethesda, we did stay connected with campus by returning for special events (e.g. Homecoming, sorority/fraternity banquets), participating in activities (ski club trip to Colorado), and enrolling in J-term classes (Art History Tour of Europe). In preparing for the reunion, it has been fun to reconnect by phone with some of my nursing classmates and I hope to see many of my Gustavus classmates at the 40th reunion to continue reminiscing.  So mark you calendar now for the October 12-14 weekend!  (Has it really been 40 years??!)

Your classmate,

Marcia Sylte Belisle

1967 Guest Writer


Linda Ek Asplin works for the Maryland Higher Education Commission in Maryland.  Wayne Swanson is in marketing with Nilfisk-Advance in Minnesota.  Donna Oradei Berger retired on March 31, 2007 and is in San Diego, CA.  Mary Nystrom Brockman teaches at the Community College in Fort Madison, IA and plays cello in the regional orchestra.  They love to go to their condo in the mountains of Colorado.  John Lesselyong has been living happily in Dallas, TX for 37 years now.  He and wife, Diane, will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year!  Janet Anderson Carter and husband, Harold, have been touring around the country in their 1912 Oakland, since they retired 10 years ago.  They do around 10 tours each year and meet up with different people all over the country!  They enjoy being retired and seeing new places.


Saturday, October 13
  • 9 a.m. - Fun Run - Three Flags (5K run around Campus Drive) $3 payable onsite includes a shirt
  • 9 a.m. - Cec Eckhoff Society, Ren Anderson Society, and President's Society Reception – President’s House
  • 9 a.m. - Seminar:  Outsmarting the Idiot Box:  A Critical Approach to TV's Impact on Our Identity - Heritage Banquet Room. Join Communication Studies professor Martin Lang for a look at the impact of television on our lives from the choices we make to how we view ourselves and others.
  • 10 a.m. - Morning Praise Chapel Service
  • 10:30 a.m. - Seminar:  Paying for College - Heritage Banquet Room. College is expensive, yet it’s the best investment you can make in your child or grandchild.  Learn the basics of financing a college education at Gustavus...or anywhere.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1967 Class Luncheon - The Dive
  • 1 p.m. - Gustavus Football vs. St. John’s
  • 1 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Bethel
  • 1:30 p.m. - Discover Linnaeus Arboretum with a Gustavus naturalist at the Lind Interpretive Center
  • 2:30 p.m. - Seminar:  The Global Terrorist Threat - Olin 103, Gustie parent and terrorism expert, Tom Maertens, will reflect on developments in the last year from his vantage point as former U.S. Department of State Deputy Coordinator for Counterterroism.
  • 5 p.m. - Homecoming/Family Weekend Banquet.  All alumni, students, and families are invited to attend this banquet featuring a college update by President Peterson ’64 and the awarding of the 1997 First Decade Awards.
  • 7 p.m. - Chicago Comedy Company - Bjorling Recital Hall
  • 9:00 p.m. - Sky Watch in Olin Observatory
Sunday, October 14
  • 8 a.m. - Complimentary Morning Coffee and Sunday Papers - Courtyard Cafe
  • 10 a.m. - Holy Communion Worship Service
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Jazz Brunch featuring the Gustavus Jazz Ensembles
  • 1:30 p.m. - Music Performances
    Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Lucia Singers, Vasa Wind Orchestra
  • 4:30 p.m. - Diversity Center Banquet


At our reunion, we will celebrate all gifts made between June 1, 2006 and October 11, 2007.  This will include cash, pledges, deferred giving, and estate gift declarations.  If you haven’t yet made a contribution to our class giving – please consider a participation gift to share with the college.  Our participation as a class is only at 46%.  Surely each of you has a special memory of Gustavus that you would be willing to support our alma mater with a gift.  We are currently at $79,199, with a goal of reaching $200,000 together as a class.  Remember – even pledges for the next three years will count towards our totals that we celebrate in October – use the Class Giving Card to share your pledge/gift.  Thank you to the 104 members of our class that are already part of the Class Giving!

There are two new ways to participate this year!  The Gustavus Fund has received a matching grant for any new and increased gifts of $1,000 or more to the Gustavus Fund by May 31, 2008.  If you’ve ever considered this amount for your gift―now would be a great time to share it with Gustavus―as your donation will literally be DOUBLED!  Gifts to the Gustavus Fund of $1,000 - $4,999 qualify for the Ren Anderson Society and gifts of $5,000+ qualify for the President’s Leadership Circle.  Members of both will receive a special invitation to a reception at the President’s house during our reunion weekend.

The second is to participate by giving to the 1967 Class Endowed Scholarship!  A member of our class recently started this scholarship to help provide assistance to a future Gustie.  The scholarship will begin providing financial assistance once it has reached $25,000.  It is then endowed, and will provide assistance FOREVER on behalf of our class.  Please help us reach the $25,000 mark by indicating that your gift is for the 1967 Class Endowed Scholarship.

The Class of ’67 Box Score Board

2007 Reunion Goals

                  Goal                                 Actual

Cash and Pledges                                 $200,000                                 $79,199

New GHP Members                            13                                            1

Total GHP Members                            20                                            8

Number of Donors                               150                                          104

Donor Percentage                                 68%                                         46%

Event Participants                                 75

Event Participation Percentage 35%

GHP stands for Gustavus Heritage Partnership and includes the following:

Deferred Gifts

Gift vehicles such as charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts created by donor(s) at Gustavus and designated by the donor for endowment, the Gustavus Fund, or other purposes, but for which funds are not available for use until the donor(s) or other beneficiaries die.  The amounts reported reflect the commitment for specific purposes by those who choose to use such gifts as part of their financial planning and charitable giving.

Estate Gift Declarations

Future gifts not yet received by Gustavus, but documented by donors to declare the portion of their estate intended for the College at a future date, usually death.

If you are interested in becoming a GHP member or have already included Gustavus in your will and would like to let the college know, please contact the Gustavus Office of Institutional Advancement at 1-800-726-6192.