Class of '68
April 2002

Spring Is In The Air – Greetings to the Class of ’68!

Since our last letter we have had another class tragedy to report with the passing of Dick Little on March 11, 2002.  Dick lived his life helping people with his involvement in programs that were designed to make the Twin Cities a better place to live.  Dick was a key figure in programs such as the Minneapolis Planning Commission; Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing, INTER-RACE, Minneapolis Board of Education, Community Circle Citizen Participation and his dedication to these programs earned him the Minneapolis 2001 Special Citizen Recognition Award.  Dick is survived by his wife, Theresa, and daughter, Kara, and we extend our sincere sympathies to the family.

The final Alumni Fund push comes April 22, 23, 24 and 25 with Phonorama at the Radisson South Hotel.  Calling hours are from 6-9 p.m. with a social hour after the calling and we would encourage anyone who would like to make a few calls to stop out.  Please keep in mind the fund concludes the end of May so we ask that you remember Gustavus and help us achieve our goal of 57% class participation!

We’ve had some fun since our last letter with some very nice emails from around the country, which we would like to share:

Jack Niemi responded to our question on his new job description and has supplied us with this explanation.  In his capacity as vice president of church relations the college has asked Jack to strengthen the relationship with the 456 congregations that make up the Gustavus Association of Congregations.  Also, Jack will be working hard to develop a $5 million endowment for Christ Chapel.  His office is located in the Retreat Center…third house east of the "Co-ed Dorm" (now called Norelius) and the welcome mat is out anytime you’re on campus.  Thanks Jack!

Greg Linnell emailed us to tell us that he has left sunny Arizona for sunny Austin, TX to take a new position with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as regional builder sales manager.  Even though he has relocated to Texas he is keeping his Tempe house for retirement, any time soon, Greg?

Judy Hayenga has just recently remarried and left Lancaster, PA for Ft. Wayne, IN.  On December 21, 2001 Judy married Michael Barone who is an engineer at GE in Indiana so Judy moved her Smith Barney Financial Consulting business to Ft. Wayne.  Along with Judy’s new husband, her family has grown from two children to five, with three in college.  Congratulations Judy!

Both Dawn Nelson and JanaLee Sponberg have let us know that retirement is the “real deal” and both are loving their new lives.  Time will tell however, as to how long they will actually stay retired, looks like we’ll all just have to stay tuned!

Angie Kuper Christmann and her husband, Jim, are alive and well in Santa Cruz with Angie still at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Jim keeps his days busy by operating two marine research vessels.

The Sharps, Russ and Barb (Munson) are still in Dallas with Russ at Comstock Resources and Barb is still teaching five-year-olds.

Jerry Okerman has retired from 3M, but has not put himself out to pasture just yet.  Jerry is CEO/president of Sota Tec which funds research and development projects at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic resulting in business formation and license agreements.  He also continues to serve on the board of J.P. Morgan Investment Management and chairs the board of directors of Veritec, Inc. 

Jon Bortz and his wife, Jeane, are still in Mina, SD where Jon is with Continental Management, Inc. but tells us that in three years he’s reaching the Big “R,” keep us posted.

Stephen Streed is a chaplain at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead, MN.  Along the way Steve has developed his artistic skills and has become an award winning watercolor painter.

Valerie Jungck Sanders and her husband, Bill, are still living in San Diego.  Val is a captain in the San Diego Fire Department and she also has continued to develop her painting skills with watercolors.  Val’s retirement might just be a short step into the painting profession.

Nan Brown Peterson is a service learning teacher at the Blake Schools.

Mark Embretson will be retiring at the end of this school year from his teaching position at Brainerd ISD 181.  Any idea what your next opportunity will be Mark?

While attending the NCAA Frozen Four last weekend with my son, David, and Kris’ father and brother, Vern and David Lundberg we had an opportunity to sample some of Walt Awada’s hospitality at Awada’s on Plato.  Between games on Thursday we had dinner at Awada’s and we all highly recommend a visit.  The food is great and the warm hospitality makes everyone feel at home.  Thanks Walt! 

We wish you all a happy and healthy summer and we look forward to hearing from you!  Pass on your “news” to Kris and John at or Paula at

John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead and Paula Navarro

P.S.  Now for campus news written by a current Gustavus student:

Campus News:

Hi!  This is Tracey Hanson again writing from the Alumni Office.  For those of you who haven’t previously heard from me, I am a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I am a seasoned Alumni Office veteran, as this is my fourth (and final) year here.  After not having taken a J-Term class, spring semester and the homework it entails has been hitting me hard.  Contrary to popular belief, the “senior slacker” final semester has been just the opposite for me.  My time at Gustavus has flown by, especially this final year.  The fact that it is March and I am still without a job is beginning to be a constant thought in the back of my mind.  It also seems to be a constant thought in the minds of my parents, although it seems closer to the front of theirs!  Spring semester has also been the final opportunity to be all together with classmates, so much time has been spent socially with roommates and friends.

As I will be graduating in June, this will be the final time you receive updates from me.  I now will also move into the alum category and step into the real world.  I’m not sure I’m completely ready for the change, but I’m darn sure that I better get ready because it’ll be here before I know it!  Here is some news from Gustavus.

Hello Walk On-line Alumni Community ( has been launched and Gusties of all ages are invited to join this meeting place for anything from small talk to debate to caring conversations.  Hello Walk at Gustavus is the sidewalk running from Uhler Hall on the north side of campus past the front of Old Main to Pittman Hall on the south side, which, for decades, was the main “artery” and gathering point on campus.  Even though the campus landscape has changed, the spirit of Hello Walk continues with you joining the conversation on the virtual Hello Walk.  Associate professor of political science, Chris Gilbert, will guest host a discussion on politics for the months of May and June.  Check it out at

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club and Class of 1952 is May 31 & June 1.  A schedule of events and registration material was sent in April.

Homecoming 2002 & All Sports Reunion Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Athletics is September 21.  Homecoming Weekend will include reunion gatherings for classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002.  Class reunions will be held in Bloomington at the Radisson South Hotel Friday evening, and Homecoming events including class and all-sports reunion events will return to campus for activities Saturday.  A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.  A schedule will be published in the summer and fall issues of the Quarterly.

It has been an extremely successful winter sports season at Gustavus.  Women’s hockey won the MIAC regular season championship with an undefeated record and advanced to the Frozen Four National Tournament, finishing third in the nation. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both won MIAC titles, the first time in Gustavus history.  The women’s Nordic ski team won its first MIAC championship.  Men’s basketball placed second in the MIAC during the regular season and MIAC playoffs, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to number one ranked Carthage College.  Men’s hockey finished second in the MIAC regular season and playoffs.  Women’s basketball finished fourth in the MIAC and advanced to the conference playoff for the first time ever. The women’s indoor track team finished second and both the men’s Nordic ski team and men’s indoor track teams placed fourth in MIAC action.  The women’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCGA National Championships.  Five Gustavus coaches were named Coach of the Year in their respective sports – Jon Carlson (women’s swimming & diving), Mike Carroll (women’s hockey), Mickey Haller (women’s basketball), Scott Jerome (women’s Nordic skiing), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey).

G.I.V.E. – Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors is moving to the spring.  Work projects will happen in the Twin Cities on Saturday, April 27.  Register on-line at under the alumni events section.

The 22nd MAYDAY! Peace Conference, May 1 will address the topic "Sanctions and Beyond:  What is the Human Price?"  For conference information and reservations, call the Office of Public Affairs (507/933-7520).

Comprehensive Alumni Directory

The Alumni Directory being published for the Gustavus Alumni Association by Publishing Concepts is still in production.  Those who purchased directories should expect to receive their copy in September.  Orders for an alumni directory can still be taken by calling 800/982-1590.

Evelyn Sponberg Young’s 90th birthday celebration

The Twin Cities Chapter of the Alumni Association invites all Gusties and friends of former Gustavus food service director and 2002 Alumni Fund Chair Evelyn Sponberg Young ’33 to her 90th birthday celebration on July 25, 2002 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis, at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. program.

Evelyn will be serving her famous Red Velvet Cake and all guests will receive a loaf of her famous Swedish rye bread. A book of remembrance will be compiled as a gift for Evelyn.  Please send remembrances and stories of Evelyn to Alumni Office, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082.  Reservations should be made with the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail at or visit our web site at, alumni, events.

NOBEL CONFERENCE® XXXVIII, The Nature of Nurture – The Early Years, will be held on campus October 1 & 2.  The conference will explore the forces that are most important in shaping a child’s personality, gender identity, and language acquisition and learning ability.  History, discoveries, research, and clinical studies will all be surveyed to draw a better understanding of biological forces and environmental influences on brain development.

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