Class of '68
As you’ll note this class letter comes to you a little abbreviated but I’m in a little bit of a hurry to get back to the pool, I’ll explain that in a minute. Anyway…
Gustavus is quickly coming to the end of the 2008-2009 academic year and it’s time for us to sign off for the season as well. It’s been a year of many ups and downs (especially our 401k’s) but the future holds many hopes for brighter days!
This academic year holds a special place in our college history as we celebrated our 40-year reunion and what a wonderful celebration it was. Much was written about our weekend in the fall class letter but we just wanted to thank you all again for your continued support. Hard to tell when we’ll get the opportunity to gather again but when we do we hope that we’ll be able to generate the same sense of fond memories as we all shared last October. We’re not sure if the next opportunity will be 45 or 50 years (it’s way too early for those thoughts) but when we do we certainly hope to see you all there.
As we all know life has a way of writing history as we live it and for me that became abundantly clear when I was diagnosed with heart disease in late February, which landed me up on the operating table March 6th to have open heart surgery. Fortunately for me no damage was done prior to that and the results of the operation turned out wonderfully. As a write this letter I’m rehabbing in Naples, FL (that’s why I’m in a hurry) and am on target to resume work shortly with the ultimate prize of being able to play golf by June 1st! Fortunately for me this story has a very happy ending and has helped me to appreciate everyday and I’m trying to take advantage of the opportunity that has been given to me. As Kris has told me for years life is short better not let it slip by!
Several months ago while I was attending to a business matter at the Westin Hotel in Edina I ran into Jerry Del Pino who was in town for a Gustavus board meeting, which happen to be held at the hotel. We had a few minutes to chat and it was wonderful to see Jerry and get caught up. As it turns out Jerry still is a very busy man traveling internationally, mostly in the Far East and Africa with the Untied Baptist Church. Jerry had fully expected to be at the 40th reunion but due to some last minute business travel plans he was unable to attend. As we parted he did want me to extend his best to you all!
Since many of you are retired we where thinking that you might have the opportunity to spend time in a “winter” destination and we’d like to ask so we could come and visit. For instance: Don Waterbury splits his time between Cincinnati, OH and Vero Beach, FL. Harry Dinwiddie leaves lovely Minnesota in the winter to spend time in Ft. Myers, FL. Mary Beth Anderson Bohn stores her snow shovel for a beach towel in Punta Gorda or Port Charlotte, FL. We’re sure that there are many more of you out there so let us know―we promise we’ll call before coming. Oh yes, the Moorhead’s are in Naples, FL and would very much enjoy having company.
Please keep in mind that as the academic year comes to a close so does the Gustavus Annual Fund, so if your plans had included a pledge to Gustavus it’s not too late to get that in by the end of May. A big thank you to all of you who have given a gift this year! As of March 31, our class contributed $21,228 from 102 donors; we’re behind last year’s gifts at this time ($39,162 from 121 donors). That was our big reunion year, but let’s not let Gustavus down, even during these tough economic times.
We wish you all a healthy and safe summer and we’ll look forward to getting in touch with you in the fall!
John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead and Paula Navarro
1968 Co-class Agents
Update on Commission Gustavus 150
Recently posted to the Commission website CommissionGustavus150.org is a summary of the common issues and “big ideas” discussed at the first nine National Summit meetings regarding the College’s five core values (Excellence, Faith, Justice, Service, and Community). The participants were asked how the College might ensure that the core values would be lived out in the lives of alumni, faculty, staff, and students. The summary is being shared with all members of the eight task forces of Commission Gustavus 150. The common issues and big ideas will help shape the recommendations made by the Task Forces to the Gustavus Board of Trustees and ultimately form the basis for the College’s long-range strategic plan.
Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22. Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points). Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings. First-year student, Chloe Radcliffe, placed first in the individual sweepstakes and senior, Tasha Carlson, will represent Minnesota at the 2009 Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest―the oldest speaking competition in the country―on April 25 in Oxford, Mississippi.
The men’s hockey team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game at Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, March 21. They lost a great game to Neumann College, 4-1. The women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to UW-River Falls in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Gustavus’s Day at the Capitol
Hundreds of students and financial aid supporters from Gustavus Adolphus College and other Minnesota private colleges and universities gathered on various days at the state Capitol this spring to advocate for need-based student financial aid. Gustavus’s Day at the Capitol was March 5, shared with Hamline University and St. Mary’s University.
“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast
Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation. Our featured presenter for May will be Kathi Tunheim, assistant professor for economics and management. All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard. Cost is $10 at the door. Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.
The Linnaeus Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 and included Dr. Margaret Lowman, a tree ecologist and Gustavus alumnus, Gail Johnson Speckmann ’73, whose water color art display were premiered during the conference; along with a special choreographed dance production on the theme of trees.
MayDay! Peace Conference
“Tiananmen + 20 Years” is the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 29th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 on the college campus.