Class of '68
September 2002

Greetings to the Class of ‘68

With the Class of 2006 just beginning their college journey on “The Hill” this month it amazes us that we are one step further away from our college days.  In fact, next year around this time, on September 26 & 27, we will be participating in our 35th reunion (where have the years gone?) during the Homecoming celebrations here in the “Cities” and on campus.  At this point, we do note have any of the details worked out, but rest assured that you’ll be hearing more as we move through the school year.  The new school year for the Class Agents began on September 7 when we gathered on campus to renew old friendships, meet many of the college staff, enjoy the beautiful facilities and hear about the many exciting events planned for the college this year and beyond.

As we all know the college is very “rich” in history with strong academic programs, world-class musical programs and consistently strong athletic programs.  As part of our program we had the opportunity to lean more about two of the disciplines celebrating anniversaries this academic year.  Doug Nimmo, Director of the Gustavus Band, gave us a wonderful overview of the 125th Anniversary of the Gustavus Band and then Al Molde, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, added stories about athletics that have been part of the campus life for over 100 years.  Both these programs have made their mark on the Gustavus College “experience” and both of the programs are drawing for the their respective pasts to continue to offer the highest quality programs in the Division III Intercollegiate segment.  Those of us that had the opportunity to participate in either one or both of these programs know of their true value is to the college.  Congratulations to both of these programs on their accomplishments and dedication to making these programs prosper in the years to come.

After guiding a very spirited Alumni Fund, Ma Young ’33 the 2002 Chair, passed on the torch to the Peterson Family (Bob ’58, Ranae, Mark ’88, Kip ’94 and Heidi ’96) who will be the Chairs for the 2003 Alumni Fund.  The challenge for this years campaign is to continue the momentum of increasing Alumni participation.  The goal is to be at 50% by the 50th anniversary of the Alumni Fund by 2004.  Our class had participation last year of 44.8% with total dollars given of $32,962.  For the 2003 drive we need to add an additional 30 donors if we are to keep our up with our part of the challenge.  Frankly, with our 35th reunion around the corner this would be a great time to be remembering the college.  It’s not the dollars we’re asking for but rather your support NO MATTER what the gift amount might be!

To kick off the 2003 fund drive there will be two Fall Phonoramas.  The first is at the Doubletree Hotel by the airport  (7901 24th Ave.) Oct. 8, 9 and 10th and the following week at U.S. Foodservice (2864 Eagandale Blvd., Eagan) Oct.14, 15, 16 and 17th.  Time for calling is from 6:00-9:00 and we would greatly appreciate it if you could come out and make a few calls for the class.  There will be a social gathering after the calling with appetizers and refreshments served.  Hope to see YOU there!

Class Notes:

Anne Berg Carlson is a parent educator with the St. Louis Park and Edina schools.  Paul Carlson ’66 is in his 25th year with the Park Nicollet Clinics.

Jim Schoenrock is still senior pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, CA.  Jim has taken exception to my description of his three-month sabbatical last year as a “vacation.”  Jim has told me in no uncertain terms that the “vacation” was a working one with study in Oxford, England and in Rome, Italy.  Ok Jim, sorry, didn’t mean to make light of your studies.

Lynn Harter Kelley is executive director for Student Achievement Services in the Cherry Creek School District.  Lynn reports that she is one year away from retirement and when that happens she and her husband, Jim are off to Steamboat Springs to ski, fish, garden and any other outside activity that comes their way.

Kenric Johnson and his wife Linda still own and operate the Evergreen Inn and the Texaco station in Sheridan, WY.  When Kenric isn’t making beds or pumping gas he can be found in the classroom teaching science in the local high school and college.  Ken tells us that he often fondly remembers his time in Noble Hall with Glass, Hamrum and Langsjoen.

Paul Nick is currently chairman of the Financial Planning Association of Illinois and has celebrated 25 years with Lincoln Financial Advisors.  In Paul’s own words “life is good!”

Judy Opheim Schwakopf celebrates 15 years at St. Joseph Health Center and is currently taking on a new responsibility of education coordinator in the Performance Consulting Department.

Bob Roepke was recently elected to the Board of Director of the First National Bank of Chaska, which adds to his resume of HR director at 3M and Mayor of Chaska.  The only thing we want to know Bob is what do you do with your free time?

Rodney (Rod) Dahlquist continues to teach at Duluth East High School but hasn’t lost his love for the audience.  This spring Rod portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the Bennett’s Change of Pace Dinner Theatre’s production of Sherlock Holmes & the Curious Adventure of the Clockwork Prince.

Dr. Sam Carlson has been named the chief medical officer for Park Nicollet Heath Services.

Dr. Joel Bexell and his wife Donna (Davies ’67) recently helped move their youngest daughter, Barbie, to Gustavus where she joined her 2006 classmates.

Rev. Stephen Bomgren recently retired from a 20 year career in the medal heat-treating industry to return to the ministry.  Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Kelliher extended a call to Steve and he is now back in the pulpit and is very happy to be back!

While Carl Kaar was visiting his mother in Hudson he took a side trip to Afton to meet up with Paula Navarro in July.  They spent their time together remembering their Gustavus years and trading stories of their worldly travels.  Before Carl settled into the travel industry, he worked for a food distribution company that sent him around the globe and with Paula’s passion for travel they had lots of experiences to share. 

Campus News:

Welcome Class of 2006

Approximately 700 new students arrived on campus this fall keeping the total student enrollment just over 2500.  Almost 40% of the new class were in the top 10% of their high school class.  There are many interesting opportunities for first year students even before school starts with a community service immersion experience in Twin Cities, a cultural study in Paris and a wilderness experience in the Boundary Waters.

Gustavus name a “Best Buy”

The Fisk Guide has again named Gustavus one of forty-three “Best Buys” in the country.  This is based on an exceptional investment of tuition money for an exceptional education.

Hello Walk Online Community is featuring several discussions this fall including Nobel Conference Director Tim Robinson discussing nature vs. nurture, and Political Science Professor Don Ostrom discussing the upcoming elections.  Join the conversation by going to <>

Building a Great Gustavus Campaign was launched to the public on Saturday, September 7.  Since the tornadoes of 1998, the campaign has raised $77 million toward a $100 million goal.  The focus of the remainder of the campaign is on funding renovations in Old Main, growing endowment, and increasing gifts and participation in the Gustavus Alumni Fund.  Your personal financial support  and your leadership are needed and greatly appreciated.

Minnesota Legislature Cuts Financial Aid

Due to cuts with the Minnesota State Legislature, Gustavus lost $400,000 in money for student employment.  The college continues to work hard to meet financial needs of students since nearly 80% of Gustavus students receive financial assistance.  This includes $14 million from the colleges own budget.  Your support of the annual fund goes directly to help these students and is especially needed to help make up the financial gap for these current students.

We would like to hear from you so we can add your info to our Class Notes.  Please feel free to email us, John & Kris Moorhead or Paula Navarro

There are many things to come with reunion plans, more class news and the Alumni Fund update so we’ll be in touch.  Have a happy and safe fall and happy and safe holiday season!

John and Kris Moorhead                      Paula Navarro

1968 Co-Class Agents