Class of ’68
April 2010

Greetings ’68ers,

It’s been a while since we had the opportunity to chat so we thought that before the 2009-10 academic year comes to a close we better, at least, let you know that your class agents are alive and well and we certainly hope that all of you are as well!

Spring in Minnesota this year hasn’t sprung─it has exploded with record temps in March and April resulting in the earliest ice-out on Minnesota lakes in some parts of the state in over 100 years.  Mind you there are no complaints from the locals after a winter that brought more snow and cold than we have been use to in many years.  The same feelings are probably shared by those of you on the East coast and in the south where old man winter didn’t just interrupt lives it almost brought life to a halt several times.  I know first-hand from being in Florida in early January and then again in mid-February that when the temps in southern Florida don’t get above 50 degrees, it’s darn cold!

In fact, the first trip in January, Kris (Lundberg) and I were there when the temps never made it to 50 degrees, which set a record for the most consecutive days under 50 degrees in 40 years!  Can’t tell you how “lucky” we felt about being there for that historic milestone.  The real sad part about it is that things really didn’t improve in Florida until late March just in time for most of the snowbirds head back up north.  One experiences this type of weather change and global warming theories are certainly questioned.  However, all this will soon be forgotten as the rite of passage in Minnesota of “opening up the lake place” takes center stage and summer activities get a jump-start with green grass, budding trees, blooming flowers and those wonderful early rounds of golf!

While in Florida this year Kris and I got a chance to visit Harry Dinwiddie in Ft. Myers Beach where he winters for several months.  We had a great time catching up and exchanging Gustie stories over a few “brews” and lunch.

I received a note from Dick Scherer and he wrote, “still working as a district court judge in Hennepin County.  Now fifteen and a half years.  My wife, Nancy, retired three years ago as a senior human resources manager at Wells Fargo.  I think about two and a half years is what I have left—then retirement, travel and enjoy!  Our son is on Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s (a Gustie ’90) staff in her run for governor.  Our daughter will be graduating from Tuffs University this spring.  How time flies, although I know many of you are already grandparents!!  Life has been fun and a blessing with much fun at Gustavus!!”  Dick, we couldn’t agree more─thanks for those thoughts!

I ran into Blake Shelton ’69 in downtown Minneapolis last month, Blake retired several years ago from his position at Wells Fargo and now he and Nancy (Carlson) Shelton ’70 are enjoying some of these golden years, although a little tarnished.  It’s always good to run into Blake─he can still spin a great story and he makes me laugh without even trying.

Keith and Liz (Vinz) Keller’s son, Ethan, has retired from the Marines after his deployment in Middle East and returned home safely after being in a very hostile environment.  Lots of prayers answered there!

JanaLee Sponberg and Dawn Nelson hosted the gang:  Kris Lundberg Moorhead, Paula Navarro, Cheryl Braunworth Carlson, Angie Kuper Christmann, Karen Monson Peterson, Diana Dornack Hoffman, Diane Ostrom Morgensen, Cheryl  Hamer Hauswirth, Connie Bohn Edwards, Kathy Eaton Asted and Susan Swanson Foster in Washington, DC in October for a fun time of sight-seeing and as you can imagine, lots of laughs.

Several days ago I received an email from Gustavus, actually from the advisor of the Greeks on campus and found the content very interesting.  I’m attaching/enclosing it with this letter for those who haven’t seen it and are interested, you can take a look and see what the Greeks are doing on campus today.  My biggest surprise and disappointment was to learn that the OK’s, as of 2006, are no longer…WOW!

For our last letter of the year we wouldn’t be doing our job if we weren’t remindful that the 2009-10 Annual Fund comes to a close on May 31.  As is our on-going duty we ask those of you who haven’t made a pledge or donation to this year’s drive to give it some strong consideration.  As we all know, the Annual Fund dollars go directly back to the current students to assist them with their financial aid.  Every dollar, no matter the amount goes a long way to help these students achieve their dreams.  Thank you!

Please have a happy, healthy and safe summer and remember any and all feedback is appreciated.  What we’d really like to get more of, is news from classmates, so don’t be bashful about dropping a line letting us know what’s going on in your lives.  We’ll catch up with you in the fall!

1968 Class Agents,

John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead

Paula Navarro

JanaLee Sponberg

Campus News

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

At its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects.  The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building.  Construction timelines for the projects are not yet finalized, but the College expects to break ground on the new academic building late this spring.

The effort is a significant early implementation step of Commission Gustavus 150, an innovative, constituent-based strategic planning process that has engaged hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders over the past year.  “These projects will greatly enhance learning and teaching, student recruitment, and institutional advancement for many years to come,” said President Jack R. Ohle.

Gustavus Forensics Wins Nationals

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team took first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis.  Gustavus amassed 306 points to narrowly defeat Ohio University, which scored 305 points.  A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament.  Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.  First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Fantastic Winter for Gustie Athletics

The Gustavus winter athletic teams had great success including MIAC championships in men’s and women’s hockey, women’s basketball, and women’s swimming.  The Gusties finished second in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s indoor track and field.  Gustavus also played in and hosted the NCAA Div. III Women’s Frozen Four National Hockey tournament in March.

Admission News

Applications for next year are ahead of where they were last year at this time which makes Mark Anderson ’66, the director of admission, very happy.  We graduated two very large classes in the last two years so we need to have somewhat larger classes in order to maintain our enrollment at about 2,500.  Mark Anderson will retire at the end of the academic year so a search is going on to replace him.  Gustavus has had only three directors of admission since 1950 (Howard Holcomb ’49, Owen Sammelson ’58, and Mark Anderson ’66) which is quite an amazing track record.

Attend a Chapter Event Near You!

There will be Gustavus alumni chapter events in the following cities:  New York, April 22; Boston, April 25; Chicago, May 3 and Denver, May 4.  President Ohle will be attending most of those events so we hope that you will make an attempt to attend and hear what he has to say.  He is providing outstanding leadership!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speaker, April 21:  Virgil Jones, director of multi-cultural programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 21 – Gustie Breakfast – Doubletree Hotel
  • Apr. 22 – New York Chapter Event – The Core Club
  • Apr. 23 – Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert
  • Apr. 25 – Boston Chapter Event - Bay Back Hotel
  • Apr. 28 – May Day! Peace Conference
  • May 1 – Gustavus Choir Home Concert
  • May 3 – Chicago Chapter Event – The Chicago Club
  • May 4 – Denver Chapter Event – Denver Athletic Club


This family photo came to us from Sam and Barbara (Zakariasen ’70) Carlson at their son Josh’s wedding last June.  8 Gusties in all!  L to R:  Jeff and Laura (Carlson ’00) Ross and daughter Noella; Matt and Angela (Carlson ’95) LaJoy and their daughter, Madeline, and son Jaden; Josh and Renee (Donahue) Carlson ’05 ’05; Sam and Barb; Adam and Britt (Miller) Carlson ’00 ’99 and their son Brendan and daughter, Svea.