Class of ’67

December 2011

45-Year Reunion ― May 25-26, 2012

Dear 1967 classmates,

When was the last time you saw the Gustavus Adolphus College campus?  How long has it been since you shared the “old times” and caught up on what’s happening with your Gustavus brothers and sisters?  For Carla and I it was a long time (maybe since the 25th reunion) and then we went back there this past October for the 47th Noble conference on neuroscience.  When we returned for our 25th reunion:  Lund arena was there, the new library had been built, there was a new football field and there was a new science building that physics and computer technology had moved into.  This past October, the Beck Academic building had just been opened.  This next spring, May 25-26, we will celebrate the 45th reunion of our graduation from Gustavus.  Come on back and celebrate with “old” friends on an ever-changing campus!

Jon Tollefson

Class of 1967



May 25-26, 2012

Friday, May 25

12:30 -7 p.m.               Registration

1:30 p.m.                     Tours offered 

2:30 p.m.                     Seminar

5:30 p.m.                    1967 Memorial Service

6:30 p.m.                    1967 Class Photo

6:45 p.m.                    1967 Social Hour

Saturday, May 26, 2012

7-11 a.m.                     Breakfast a la Carte in the Cafeteria

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Registration

9:00 a.m.                     Seminar

10:00 a.m.                   Refreshments & Conversation

10:30 a.m.                   Seminar

12:00 p.m.                  1967 Class Luncheon

2:00 p.m.                     Seminar

3:00 p.m.                    1967 Class Gathering

3:30 p.m.                     All Alumni Vesper Service

4:30 p.m.                     President’s Reception

5:00 p.m.                     Alumni Banquet

8:00 p.m.                     Student Music Concert

Registration materials will be mailed in late March or early April.

Reunion Weekend Lodging

Make plans to attend the reunion today!  The Reunion Committee has a block of rooms at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Mankato for the weekend (12 miles away from campus).

Country Inn & Suites, Mankato – 507-388-8555 – Ask for the Class of 1967 room block

Rooms are $109 + tax for a standard, two queen beds, non-smoking room which includes a complimentary breakfast each morning.  A suite can be reserved for $119 + tax.  This block will expire on April 25, so don’t forget to make your reservation early in the New Year.

Campus housing is also an option for lodging, complimentary in Sohre and Pittman Halls.  Rooms have a sink, and bedding and towels are provided.  An extra blanket or a fan, depending on the weather and hangers for hanging clothing are recommended.  Elevators are not available in residence halls.  If you have specific health limitations for using such facilities, you are encouraged to stay in a local hotel.


Dear 1967 Classmates,

Let me share a story.  It all began in August of 1963, I am standing on the curb in front of Sorenson Hall.  I am giving my last hugs and kisses to my parents and watching them slowly drive away.  Tears start rolling down my checks, and I want to shout, “Stop the car!  I want to go back home!”  I am left all alone, without friends, facing an uncertain future.

Fast forward to graduation weekend, 1967.  The Emerson family is enjoying having another college graduate.  I am busy saying my last goodbyes to my friends and gathering my belongings.  I jump in the back seat of my parent’s car, I turn my head and look out the rear view mirror and slowly see Uhler Hall disappearing.  Tears start rolling down my checks, and I want to shout, “Stop the car!  I want to run back to the safety of my dorm room and my friends!”  I am once again facing an uncertain future with the war and finding a job.

Gustavus Adolphus College was and always will be a special place and event for me.  I look forward to returning reunion weekend 2012.

Steve Emerson

A Proud 1967 Classmate


When I moved into Wahlstrom in the fall of ʼ63, I'd never been on the GA campus, in fact I’d never been in Minnesota.  Colorado friends thought I was either crazy or stupid.  Maybe they were right but I know that it was absolutely the best decision for me.  Much of my education first semester had nothing to do with the curriculum or the professors, but it was still important.  What I thought was a grand adventure turned out to be valuable preparation for my future.  I could write about the advantages of small classes, personal contact with professors, dorm life, etc., but many of you would do the same.  Gustavus provided me with the tools and experiences I needed to pursue my teaching career and much, much more.  When our older son applied only to Gustavus I suggested that maybe he should look at other schools as well.  He looked at us and said he didn’t need to look anywhere else.  He said we’d always talked about what a good school it was and how grateful we were to have graduated from there.  He, too, made the right decision for himself and graduated the year of our 25th reunion.  I’ve never lived near Gustie classmates, I’ve only attended a couple of reunions and I haven’t stayed in close touch with very many college friends but I still feel a huge connection with Gustavus and the class of ʼ67.  I know that when we gather for our reunion next spring, we’ll have a great time remembering and reconnecting.  I hope that you’ll plan to attend the reunion!  I look forward to seeing you there.

Jeanne Mingus Tolzmann

Class of 1967


Class News

It’s been awhile since our class has posted any class news – we apologize in advance for any “old” news.  Please send your news to: to be included in the next class letter!

Timothy Morgan is the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency Housing Inspector for Sand Lake Landscaping.  He lives up by a lake in northern Minnesota with five grandchildren nearby.  He enjoys seeing them often.

Jay Fogelberg was inducted as Fellow for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by ones colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.

Jeanne Mingus Tolzmann and husband, Arlyn ’65, moved from Colorado to Illinois and she enjoys volunteering at her church.  Jeanne and Arlyn were recipients of the initial “Impact Award” from Family Tree, Inc. serving the homeless victims of domestic violence and troubled teens.  The award was presented at the annual celebration of Achievement Banquet of Family Tree.

Warren Beck is president of Galleria Hotel L.L.C.

Paul Palm retired after 39 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and over 40 years of service with the U.S. Government.

Susan Gilderhus Zakeer enjoys being involved in pre-school programs where and when she can.  She enjoyed chatting with Marit Kyllo ʼ11 – they found out that they share a Hayfield, MN connection.

Margo Helgerson continues to make an impression as Mayor of Westhope, ND.  Back in 2009 she received the Souris Basin Planning Council’s Basil O’Connell Community Leadership Award.  “Margo’s a recognized leader on our board,” said Greg Hagen, director of Souris Basin Planning Council, Minot.  “She’s been a tireless supporter of everything that goes on in Westhope, from city government to volunteer work to working with the businesses.  She has been a tremendous asset to the city of Westhope.”

Deceased Classmates since our last reunion:

Vickie Bodsberg Galush

Jean Kauppila Kotchman

Beverly Rathcke

Doug Swenson

Kathleen Olson Wood


Class Officer’s Needed!

Our class has been without a class agent for many years.  The college has changed the structure of the class agent program in 2011, allowing multiple people to be involved.  The new structure brings with it new titles – Class Officers.  Please review the following job descriptions of each officer and contact if you are interested in participating.

CLass president

The president will preside over the officers and functions of the class.  Responsibilities include acting as primary leader, coordinator, recruiter and motivator for the class and class officers.  The president will work collaboratively with the Alumni Board of Directors, the Classes Committee of the Alumni Board, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

vice president/reunion chair

The vice president/reunion chair is responsible for recruiting a reunion committee and event chair during the main reunion (5th -70th) for the class, organizing class gatherings outside of the main reunion year, coordinating meetings for reunion committee members, and providing leadership for the reunion committee.  The reunion chair will also work closely with the communication chair and the annual fund chair to coordinate reunion or class gathering messaging.  The vice president will assume the responsibilities of the class president if he or she is unable to fulfill duties.

Annual fund chair

The annual fund chair, in coordination with the Director of the Gustavus Annual Fund, by demonstration, education, and solicitation, develops a culture of philanthropy for Gustavus within each class member so that they will participate in the Gustavus Annual Fund.  Using class letters and other communication methods, the chair should build class awareness of the Gustavus Annual Fund and educate how the Gustavus Annual Fund supports students and the College.  Solicitation of class for gifts should be done in conjunction and coordination with the Director of the Gustavus Annual Fund.

Communication chair

The communication chair is responsible for recruitment and coordination of a class communication team to keep the class informed and connected with each other and the College.  Communication can be done through all communication channels applicable to the class including, but not limited to class news published in The Gustavus Quarterly, email, class web page and social media.  The communication chair should work closely with other class officers to coordinate communication and messaging.

Student recruitment chair

The student recruitment chair is responsible for engaging classmates in recommending to Gustavus quality high school students and recruiting classmates to participate in the Gustavus Recruitment Network program.

All Class Officer roles are currently available for the Class of 1967.  We hope you will consider volunteering for one of the positions this year.  There is a loose term limit of five years for each position, going from reunion to reunion.


The Gustavus class of 1967 reunion is May 25-26, 2012 at Gustavus.  Class reunions are a great way to reconnect with classmates and friends as we share old memories and make new ones, return to our Gustavus "home" and experience the growth and vibrancy of the campus over the last 45 years.  Gustavus is still an amazing place.  The reunion will include a memorial service for our deceased classmates.  Please join us.  We would love to see you again.

Carla Rudquist Tollefson

Class of 1967


Coming to Gustavus:  I was essentially in the first generation of my family to attend college.  Parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents - none had attended college.  In addition, I was the first girl cousin to go to college.  Thus the experience from applying to attending college was new for my family and me.  I had decided when I was five-years-old that I wanted to be a nurse (still have that Little Golden Book) and I never wavered from that choice.

Somewhere along the line, I decided I wanted to go to college and my high school principal encouraged this decision−both to me and my parents.  I also decided that I wanted to attend a Lutheran school not too far from home.  So I chose and applied to three schools that had nursing programs.  Gustavus became the choice because the nursing program was accredited (I had no idea what that meant, but it sounded important) and tuition was less than one of the other schools.  All these decisions turned out to be good.  Gustavus was so friendly−never forgot my first walk down “Hello Walk.”  Accreditation was important−a requirement for my career employer.  Not only was I prepared well for my chosen field of nursing but also life-long learning.

Marcia Sylte Belisle

Class of 1967


1967 Class Endowed Scholarship

At our 40-Year Class Reunion, the Class of 1967 started the 1967 Class Endowed Scholarship.  We are on our way to providing much needed scholarship assistance to a current Gustie.  A total of $6,400 has been contributed by our class.

Scholarships are essential in bringing the very best students to Gustavus Adolphus College and in offering quality education to those who have great potential.  We all know of situations where students could not have attended Gustavus without financial aid.  One such example is one of our classmates from northern Minnesota who had an option of attending a nearby campus of the University of Minnesota and living at home, but with the scholarship funding she received from Gustavus, it was cheaper to travel across the state and live on campus at Gustavus.  She had never visited Gustavus but, because of financial assistance, she chose to enroll at Gustavus.  We have an opportunity to make a difference for future students at Gustavus.  If we can build our scholarship fund to a level that exceeds $25,000 we can create a scholarship that will carry the “Class of 1967” name.  We can help to ensure quality education for deserving students.  Please thoughtfully consider making a contribution each year to the Class of ʼ67 Scholarship.


Thanks for reading one of hopefully many class letters that will lead up to our reunion this year.  If you haven’t yet, SAVE THE DATE for the reunion, we’d love to see you there!

The 1967 Reunion Committee:

Jon and Carla Rudquist Tollefson, Jeanne Mingus Tolzmann, Marcia Sylte Belisle, Steve Emerson, Todd Harris, and Nancy Pierson Laible.

P.S.  We have room for you to join us on the reunion planning committee!  Contact Kathy at Gustavus: or 866-487-3863

Campus News

Campaign Update

Great news―since the campaign announcement on September 30, Gustavus has secured an additional $5 million in commitments. We are now over $76 million toward our $150 million goal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. Everyone can participate with your annual fund donation this year and be included in the overall total.

We are especially excited that we have recruited a tremendous Major Gift Committee for the campaign under the leadership of Committee Chair, George Hicks ’75. He is working with five dedicated Major Gift Committee Captains, including: Diane Mickelson Brady ’70, Rob Linner ’74, Paul Batz ’84, Kathy Villars Harms ’85, and Scott Anderson ’89.

When you see these great Gusties, say a word of thanks for what they are doing to help secure the financial future of the College.

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.  Here is a list of some upcoming chapter events.  You can view them all and register for an event at

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Dallas: Lawry’s Prime Rib

Thursday, January, 19, 2012 - Houston: The Remington Restaurant at St. Regis Houston

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - Naples, FL: Naples Beach Club and Hotel

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Tampa: Malio’s Prime

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - San Francisco: Hs Lordship

Sunday, February 19, 2012 – Los Angeles: The Paley Center

Monday, February 20, 2012 - Palm Springs: Escena Golf Club

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Sun City: Briarwood Country Club

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Phoenix: Rita’s Kitchen

Friday, February 24, 2012 - Tucson: Warren and Donna Beck’s Residence

Friday, March 16, 2012 - Seattle:  The Swedish Cultural Center

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - Denver: Three Tomatoes Steakhouse and Club at Fossil Trace

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  December’s speaker will be Dick Kenney, author of two Gustavus Sesquicentennial books and January will feature Mark Braun, Gustavus Provost.  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail  Hope to see you bright and early!

Join Gustavus Library Associates

“Whether you went to the college library to study, do research, meet a hot date, or create (or look for) a library prank, the library was an almost daily stop during our college years.  What better way to acknowledge that important relationship than by joining the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA)?  GLA's mission is to promote literature, learning, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College.  All of its membership dues go directly to the annual acquisitions budget of the Library; income from the Royal Affair, Books and Bloom, and other major fundraisers goes to the Library’s endowment.

With this in mind, I encourage you all to become GLA members.  You can find the application form on the web at:  You’ll find all the news about the organization’s events and the membership forms along with a list of membership options.