Class of 1968

February 2011

Greetings All,

Some months ago we had a sub teaching our K-2 students one day.  I saw her in the hall and introduced myself.  She replied that she was Kris Awada.  I told her that I had graduated from Gustavus with a Walt Awada---to which she replied that she had married him!  In our little school, the math teacher, Shawn DeLoach is a '96 Gustie graduate −and so, the beat goes on....

I am (49 school days more) on the brink of retirement.  I know that many of you have already passed that landmark.  This leads me to recall the early days of our going out into the world after graduating.  The Quarterly was filled with news of jobs gotten, marriages, births, promotions, and career changes.  Class letters were filled with even more details of the aforementioned.  And now these 43 years later we barely have four lines in the Quarterly−just like those “old folks” had when we were young.  AND really, the news of our retirement activities barely trickles in, thus making this letter writing a bit of a problem.  I say we should reverse this complacent trend and fill the ʼ68 Quarterly blurb with our current activities−volunteerism, travel, whatever.  (It would also make those of us who write these letters very happy.)  Join me in this campaign, please!

I know that you know that John Moorhead held an OK party last summer (inspired by a group who has many gatherings annually and could perhaps win the “Keeping in Touch” award.)  I have gleaned some news from the OKs for starters...

Chuck Lewensten has had a genetic liver disease that has been an issue for the last several years and led up to a liver transplant this November.  Chuck’s daughter, Amy, was cleared to be the donor and Mayo conducted the transplant.  They are both doing fine although there were some “tense” moments following the procedure.  A true story with a happy ending.  Blessings and good health to you both!

The party was such a blast that after Ted and Carol Schramm returned to Arkansas, Ted had to have knee surgery.  We hope all is well.

The Florida guest list at the Moorhead’s Venice condo this winter includes Ron and Wendy Witter and Dick and Karen (Monson) Peterson.  If it gets much worse here maybe we should all go!

Phil and Cheryl (Braunworth) Carlson celebrated his retirement down under.  I can’t wait to hear what Tasmania was really like.

Cheryl Hamer Hauswirth spends parts of her winter in Arizona, but was home for the giant Milwaukee blizzard.  Timing is everything.  Fortunately she and Roy enjoy snowmobiling.

Also in Milwaukee, Carl Zaar continues his work with the Marcus Group.  When will you retire, Carl?

Part of my retirement trip will be a week in the other Venice and so I must end this and see if I can find an apartment there for a week in June.


Paula Navarro

1968 Co-class Agent

Campus News

Gustavus Choir Tour

The Gustavus Choir completed their tour of Italy in January.  The 57 student musicians, under the direction of Greg Aune, traveled and sang at various locations in Italy Jan. 13-28.  As is the case with each Gustavus international music tour, it includes an educational component.  The students learned about the Italian Renaissance in the month-long Cultures of Creativity course taught by Chaplain Brian Johnson ʼ80.

Sesquicentennial Award

In 2011–2012, Gustavus will celebrate its 150th academic year.  The Board of Trustees has established an award in honor of this Sesquicentennial anniversary to recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in the life of the College.  The award, called “The Sesquicentennial Award,” will acknowledge and pay tribute to living alumni, parents, friends, and retired faculty and staff who:

Through actions in their personal or professional lives, have advanced the status of Gustavus as a premier liberal arts college;

Have set a new precedent in the ways they supported and advanced the mission of the College as an institution dedicated to preparing students “for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society”; and/or

Have brought particular dignity or honor to the College.

Please submit nominations online at  For more information about the Sesquicentennial Awards, visit

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  New in January was the start of the breakfasts in St. Peter.  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The speaker for February will be Tom Crady, vice president for enrollment management.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, March 9, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include; Kate Knutson, political science professor, in March; and Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

Phoenix – February 10 – Fired Up Grill

Denver – February 11 – Denver Athletic Club

Boston – March 2 – Henrietta’s Table

New York – March 4 – The Birdland Jazz Club

Washington, DC – March 5 – Council of Advancement Support of Education headquarters

Jacksonville, FL – March 26

Orlando – March 28

Tampa – March 29

Naples – March 30

Chicago – April 2

Athletics Update

Two Gustavus coaches celebrated milestone victories in January. Women’s hockey coach Mike Carroll pick up his 250th career win against St. Ben’s on Jan. 22.  On Jan. 29, women’s basketball coach Mickey Haller earned her 200th win.  The Gustie women beat Concordia Moorhead 59–53. Congratulations to both coaches!