Class of '68
October 2000

Have any of you noticed how much closer to the front we are in the Quarterly? We are getting older even if we don't feel like gosh, we graduated from Gustavus 32 years ago.

John has graciously let Paula and me write the class newsletter for this Fall. So here goes. Saturday, September 16th we had our class agents meeting down at Gustavus which is always a fun day plus it was a beautiful fall day for the drive down to St. Peter. The campus is magnificent and there are several new additions: the newly completed Carlson International Center/Swedish House; new outdoor track/soccer field; and the completed Courtyard Cafe in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center (the student union). The 2000-2001 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,510 full-time students including 675 first-year students.

Paula is remarkable because she keeps in touch with so many people.

Santa Cruz, CA…Jim & Angie (Kuper) Christmann celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on September 27 by going to their cabin in the mountains for a five-day get-away with friends.

Los Gatos, CA…Diane (Ostrom) Morgensen went deep-sea diving in Curacao with 14 family members, did a 70-mile (with 3,000 vertical feet drop) bike ride, and still found time to start a little sewing business for people in San Francisco. Send your material, etc. to Diane's This & That. Joe ’66 & Diane will be first-time grandparents in January.

Mendota Heights, MN…Cheryl (Braunworth) Carlson is a delegate to the UNESCO Conference for Children and Women. It is a 10-day meeting in November in the Cook Islands. Enjoy the flights!

Lancaster, PA…Judy Hayenga changed careers two years ago and moved on up to vice president of Smith Barney in those two years. She is active in Lancaster City schools.

Oro Valley, AZ…Jean (Henke) Dowdy is a new grandma¾ welcome to the world Joshua Ryan Elliott, son of Kirsten and Alex.

Washington, D.C….JanaLee Sponberg is on the circuit again with senior leaders for the Department of Defense on the East Coast, Miami & Tampa.

Washington, D.C….Dawn Nelson just returned from a trip to Japan¾ Okunichiwa, Dawn. You learned that in our comparative religion class in ’68!!!

Detroit Lakes, MN…Connie (Bohn) Edwards is starting year 11 as a fifth-grade teacher at Rotham Elementary.

Lakeville, MN…Sue (Zielske) Drexler & Fred just returned from two weeks in Guatamala on a mission trip and met with their sponsored godchild and family.

Minnetonka, MN…Cherry (Norberg) Marcelius teaches first grade in Hopkins, MN as she has for the last 30 years. Dana, an insurance agent, offices at home. Five-year-old, Lily, attends kindergarten.

Hastings, MN…Lee Casperson is a doctor of chiropractic with a focus on a functional medicine approach to integrated health care.

Duluth, MN…Jim & Kathleen (Cottingham ’70) Skoog's daughter, Carin, went to India with Gustavus and graduated last May, 2000.

I had fun running into Harry Dinwiddie¾ we must have kibitzed for half an hour. He spends several weeks in Florida (Fort Myers) in the winter with his wife, Dorothy. My college roommate, Karen (Monson) Peterson, is working on her master's degree at Bethel College and teaching EBD at St. Paul Central, which is where Paula, Jerry Del Pino, Judy Opheim, and Laurel Beedon went to high school. John & I are heading out to the West Coast in October and looking forward to seeing Angie (Kuper) Christmann and Jim in Santa Cruz.

Campus News:

The 2000-2001 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,510 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,490 set last year), including 675 first-year students. When students arrived on campus in early September they were welcomed by the newly completed Carlson International Center/Swedish House, a new outdoor track/soccer field, and a newly completed Courtyard Café in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center. This new café offers specialty coffees, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches, and opens to an outdoor eating area on the Johns Courtyard between the Jackson Campus Center and Lund Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal

arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 14th 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 tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80.

Gustavus recently received the results of a comparative alumni survey that measures alumni responses to a series of questions about their college experience. The study provides comparisons to other groups of colleges including Lutheran colleges, member colleges of the Minnesota Private College Council and, most importantly, with large public universities. We will share with you results of the survey in class letters this year. A sampling of responses to remembrances of college academic life include the following:

· Alumni agree that professors often challenged them, but also personally helped them to meet the challenge. Gustavus alumni agree 78%, large public universities 38%.

· Alumni agree that a large majority of classes were taught by professors as compared to teaching assistants. Gustavus alumni agree 90%, large public universities 32%.

· Alumni remember a high quality, teaching oriented faculty. Gustavus alumni agree 61%, large public universities 25%.

· Alumni remember many small classes with fewer than twenty students. Gustavus alumni agree 50%, large public universities 9%.

Gustavus has received word from the Lilly Endowment that it was one of 20 awardees (out of a pool of 31 colleges and universities) of a $1,963,425 implementation grant. It is the largest program grant the College has ever received. The award will support a comprehensive initiative to more effectively carry out some key aspects of the College's mission statement and encourage theological reflection and moral questioning that forms character, shapes lives, and guides career choices. It will build upon the ethos and climate of Gustavus by supporting already-existing programs, adding new ones, and creating a center to coordinate and intensify those vocation-oriented activities. In doing so, it will provide students with the foundational tools necessary for a lifelong exploration of their calling and a lifetime of community leadership and service to others.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Heaven and Nature Sing, is December 1-3. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly. Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.

In the last newsletter we gave you our e-mail address: and Paula's: (her two favorite places in the world). How about sending either of us two or three lines or more of information on what's going on in your lives? It won't take very long...just log on. That information will be included in the next newsletter. If you want to be mentioned in the Quarterly you must e-mail or mail that information directly to Gustavus.

Fall Phonorama is coming up¾ one of the things we get at the class agents meeting is a listing of all our classmates. However, several addresses are missing…please fill in the blanks:

  • Arlene Anderson Abraham
  • John T. Gustafson
  • Joel Hanson
  • E. Gregory Koivisto
  • Peter Martin
  • Cheryl D. Myer
  • Carolyn Evenson Leopold "Bunny" (Sandy Silrum Eberhardt, can you help?)
  • Charles L. Nelson
  • Beth Rasmussen
  • Kathleen Ruthenberg
  • James Sewagudde, Jr.
  • Anne Sullivan (Cindy Tripp Anderson, can you help?)
  • Sharon Bowers Toscano
  • Nancy Vong Vandenberg
  • John W. Weigelt

As we get older, our friends and getting/keeping in touch becomes more important.

Another thing we get is a class listing by decade of the monies each class has contributed and how many donors from each class has given. First, thank you to everyone who has contributed to the annual fund over the years. Second, if everyone who has not contributed would send $10 or $20 (or more) our numbers would be raised significantly.

For the past two years our giving rate has been about $28,000. Last year there were 158 classmates out of 347 who donated.

Comparison to the class of: 1967 - $71,000

1969 - $36,000

1966 - $64,000

1970 - $39,000

You can see that we have lots of room for improvement.

If you would like to be a part of Phonorama¾ grab a friend or two and come down to the Deli Express in Eden Prairie, October 16, 17 & 19 or Alliant Foodservice in Eagan, October 23, 24, & 26. Dinner is served from 5:30 - 6:30 and calling begins at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested, please call 1-800-487-8437.

Have a great fall and send in those e-mails or mail.

Paula Navarro John & Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead

1968 Co-Class Agents