Class of '70
September 1999

Dear Classmates,

It is exciting to let you know that we have two new Class Agents representing the class of 1970, Karol Klint Greupner and Gail Linnell Ehlen. Karol and Gail join Diane Mickelson Brady and Lindy Turner Purdy. This ties us with the class of 1999 for most class agents and makes for a lot of fun at meetings. As a matter of fact, we plan to have a few extra meetings this year and would love for any of you to join us. We have the extra fun task this year of planning for our 30-year reunion!!! We are extremely anxious to hear from every one of you about what is happening in your life as the millenium comes to a close. At the end of this letter will be information on how to get that information to us for use in the upcoming class letters and the Gustavus Quarterly. Please respond and let us know if you have an interest in attending our planning sessions for the reunion, or just rekindling an association with Gustavus class of 1970. The remainder of this letter will include a short message from each of your class agents. We love to hear from you, so we assume you love to hear from us. If this is not the case, cut to the end to hear news of your classmates and find out how to be involved in upcoming events.

Greetings from Diane Mickelson Brady:

Dear Friends,

I am looking forward to our next reunion and hoping that you will be there. It seems to be a time of life for looking back and also looking forward. I find myself thinking of you with some frequency as I think about how my life has evolved. I wonder about you and what paths you have taken, how life is now compared to what you thought it would be thirty years ago. We bridged such different times at Gustavus and in the country. I think of arriving on "The Hill” ?dress codes and hours, panty raids and fraternity serenades, and the, three times a year, dorm open house when the opposite sex could visit as long as the door was open (the width of a textbook?). And I think of leaving with degrees and draft numbers and a campus on strike.

We have some time to prepare for our 30th. Your class agents have voted to hold it at Homecoming in the fall of 2000. A reunion and return to campus at Homecoming?what a concept. There will likely be a Friday evening event in the Twin Cities and Saturday events at Gustavus. Plan now on coming and be sure to let us know what you enjoy doing and who you want to see.

I was on campus during commencement and reunion time this past May. Our younger child, Colleen graduated with majors in Communication Studies and Dance and a minor in Women’s Studies. I certainly enjoyed all the activities provided for proud parents, but I especially enjoyed visiting with the class of ’69 who were having their reunion, lots of familiar faces, but a yearbook would have come in handy. John ’69 and Karen Lindberg Schoenrock’s daughter, Katie, was also among the graduates as was Jayne Rydland Magnusons’ daughter, Heather. We were all impressed with the condition of the campus, a recovery that has been nothing short of miraculous. Thanks to everyone whose labor and financial support made that happen.

In June, I joined Lindy Turner Purdy, Karol Klint Greupner, Gayle Sanford Hallin, Sandy Qualley Kuehn and a host of other Gustie alums in a remarkable leadership training event for high school students called "Inside Out: Leading with Passion and Purpose." We all co-facilitated small groups with a current Gustavus student and experienced a powerful, life- enhancing weekend. As you may remember, this was the brainchild of Craig Johnson ’69, who is the associate vice president for church relations at Gustavus. If you work with young people or are a member of a Lutheran congregation, I hope you will keep your eye out for the next event in 2001 (we hope).

I was at United Hospital in St. Paul not long ago and ran into Mae Foster Day. Mae was the nurse manager for the emergency room for years and has recently been working in human resources. She promised to do what she could to come to the reunion and bring Cindy Forsman. Nurses, you know I’m going to plan something for you.

Not long after that, we went to Beth Englund Anderson’s daughter’s wedding. Yes, it is a new time of life for us. Her Katie and our Colleen have been friends since they were baptized the same day at Richfield Lutheran Church. Pastor Dave Swenson might remember that since he was there. It is a wonderful experience to see your child love and be loved by the people who have been important in your life. The circle of life.

OK, I was going to write only one paragraph, but as you can see, I might end up being the long-winded one in this foursome. Lindy will edit, so she might spare you.

Until Phonorama…Diane

Greetings from Karol Klint Greupner:

I experienced another of life's full circle events this summer as I participated in Gustavus' "Inside Out" leadership weekend. As an alumnae facilitator, I was teamed with a current Gustavus student to meet with a group of high school seniors the weekend of June 11-13. It was a wonderful weekend on campus! We discussed leadership principles with a spiritual emphasis, heard great music, saw "old" friends that were alum leaders, worshipped in Christ Chapel, and saw first hand the rebuilding of the Greater Gustavus. My past experience with this event was the summer of 1965 when I attended a Luther League Leadership Conference at Gustavus. It was this experience that led me to make Gustavus my college choice, so it was especially nostalgic to be back 34 years later with a different perspective. Who knows which of the high school students attending this year's leadership weekend will make the same choice?

John and I are enjoying our 50's as active grandparents who got new motorcycles this summer (I got my license in July). We've been in Plymouth for 23 years where John is the principal at Wayzata East Middle School and I work as a special events coordinator for the City of Plymouth. John also teaches part-time in the graduate school at Bethel College and I just completed my Master’s in Business Communication at the University of St. Thomas this spring. But with all these MIAC connections, we still feel Gustavus is the best!! It's great to be a new co-class agent and I look forward to connecting with many of you in the near future!

Greetings from Gail Linnell Ehlen:

During a recent pre-planning meeting of our upcoming reunion I was "volunteered" to be a part of this illustrious class agent group. I agreed, and am actually delighted, to be involved with Gustavus and classmates as we move into this next century and plan for our 30th reunion.

About one year ago, I left the work I had been doing at Allina Health System and have been thoroughly enjoying this break in the action. I have traveled with friends and family and have mostly relished reading the paper in the morning. My son, Ryan, is in his second year at Gustavus and is beginning to feel quite at home on campus. Anne is 17 and a senior at Edina. She will be venturing to a college?that in her words?“is not in Minnesota or in a state that borders Minnesota.” I expect we will have an Easterner in the family.

I have enjoyed re-connecting with Gustavus as a parent of a Gustie and look forward to re-connecting with many of you in the months to come. Gail

Greetings from Lindy Turner Purdy:

I, too, have enjoyed being the parent of a current Gustie. Our son, Ty, is a senior this year and is on track to graduate in May 2000?only 4 years!! He is playing soccer this fall on the men’s team and that has given us the opportunity to be on campus frequently. It has been inspiring to see the “Rebuilding a Greater Gustavus" and the "Building a Greater Gustavus" campaigns take shape. It is well worth your time to visit the new Campus Center. It is magnificent and the best part about it is the new "Evelyn Young Dining Room." It is wonderful to know that after all her years of dedication she is being recognized in this way. The new food service is getting rave reviews from students with many choices of cuisine. I got a kick out of the food station named "Hello Wok." I echo the sentiments of my fellow class agents in saying that in this time in life it is wonderful to be re-connected to that place?that shaped us all?Gustavus. I invite all of you to do the same this next year.

News of the Class of 1970:

  • Congratulations to Dennis Lofgren. Dennis Logren Productions’ television special "Kellier Weather" was the highest rated documentary on TBS in over three years. Dennis has also produced a 30-minute infomercial and a 30-minute special for MTV. He is currently working on a documentary about the National Robot Competition and is developing a feature film.
  • Bruce Jaeger continues as president of Willmar Air Service, Inc. and Janet Rice Jaeger is a practical nursing instructional coordinator at Ridgewater College in Willmar.
  • Mindy Rittenhouse Greiling is serving her fourth term in the Minnesota State Legislature, representing portions of Roseville, Little Canada and Maplewood, district 54B.
  • Carol Kingbay Kuhl teaches pre-school at St. Lukes Christian Preschool in Bloomington.
  • Barb Zakariason Carlson is an agency resource manager at Lutheran Brotherhood and mother of two current Gusties.
  • Tom Thorkelson has been named head coach of the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams at Gustavus.
  • Susan Fish Harney works for the Village of Sleepy Hollow in Illinois. She and husband, Ed Harney, are proud grandparents of Jake Miller, born 9/24/98. Ed is a pilot for American Airlines.
  • Nancy Knox Wellington is the choral accompanist at Monroe High School and organist/choir director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beloit, WI. David Wellington is the district administrator at Juda Public Schools.
  • Rocky (or Richard) Renquist is working as a plant scientist on vegetable and fruit crops with the New Zealand Crop & Food Research Institute and after six years is still enjoying life as a Kiwi (now with dual citizenship).
  • Marcia Gustafson has worked at the Close Up Foundation for more than 15 years. Recently she made her 20th trip to the Pacific Islands (beyond Hawaii). She works with educators to develop civic education materials. In October, Close Up will offer a special program in Washington for Lutheran senior citizens.

Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,490 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new Book Mark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps break-up the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.

Some exciting changes are in store for class reunions. Starting next year, all class reunions, except for the 50-Year Club and the 50th Anniversary Class, will be held in the fall at Homecoming, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30, 2000. Classes celebrating reunions at Homecoming will include ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90 & ’95. Reunion dates for the 50-Year Club and the Class of 1950 are May 26 & 27, 2000, Commencement Weekend.

Nobel Conference XXXV, Genetics in the New Millennium is October 5 & 6. Conference information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly and the August issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine.

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, is scheduled for Saturday, October 9. Numerous sites have been identified in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country are participating in the event. Contact the Alumni Office for more information.

The Gustavus Library Associates Once upon a holiday … A Royal Affair, is Saturday, November 13 at the Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington. Information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.

ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000 - The Gustavus Artist Series -- For 30 years, the Artist Series has brought world-class artists to campus for performances, exhibitions and residencies. This year the tables turn as the Series features and celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni artists as they enter the new millennium, ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000. The Fall Series opened September 18 with the jazz trio October, featuring Andrew Benson ’95, Brian Rowe ’95 and Nik Lindell ’95; followed by the music of Steve Heitzeg ’82, September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directs a one-woman Virginia Woolf play on October 8; organist Timothy Strand ’82 presents his recital on November 14; and tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 will present a vocal recital on November 21. Spring semester events include an alumni art exhibition in February; a concert by Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83 on February 19; pianist Stephen Carlson ’92 on March 4; and Peter Krause ’87, better known as Casey McCall on ABC's SPORTS NIGHT, will be in residency in April. Other events may be scheduled through the fall of 2000 as well. Ticket information and complete schedule will be posted to the Fine Arts Calendar on the Gustavus website.

Following extensive work to Christ Chapel's magnificent pipe organ this summer, a three-concert series of organ recitals has been planned for the fall. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opens the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Volodymyr Koshuba, Organist of the Kiev Concert Hall of Organ and Chamber Music and the Ukraine's "Honored Artist" for 1998, will present a recital on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. The final recital, mentioned in the ALUMNILLENNIUM 2000, is a recital by Timothy Strand ’82, Organist and Music Director for St. Luke's Episcopal in Minneapolis, on November 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Fienen and Strand recitals are free of charge. The Koshuba recital, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, will have tickets available at the door.

Gustavus will be represented at several Lutheran College Fairs and Festivals around the country this year. Gustavus alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to assist with these events by staffing the Gustavus table to share your experiences with prospective students and their parents. You can also help by bringing students of high potential to the events or encouraging their attendance. Please call the Gustavus Admission Office to volunteer at 800-GUSTAVU(S). Events scheduled include: Omaha, September 19; Kansas City, September 20; Des Moines, September 21; Cedar Rapids, September 22; Quad Cities, September 23; St. Louis, September 26; Denver, October 10; Phoenix, October 11; Santa Ana, October 12; Seattle, October 17; Portland, October 17; Appleton, October 31; Milwaukee, November 2; Madison, November 3; Chicago, November 7; Grand Rapids (MI), November 8; Detroit, November 14; Cleveland, November 15; Columbus, November 16; Pittsburgh, November 17; Saddlebrook (NJ), November 21; Philadelphia, November 21; Baltimore, November 22; and Washington, DC, November 23.

SMARTERsource is a new Web-based resume service exclusively for the students and alumni of Minnesota Private Colleges. The site is a job-searching tool for current students seeking internships or part-time employment, new or recent graduates launching a career, or alumni seeking new positions or career changes. The service lists resumes in more than a dozen categories. Check out this site at

As of June 1, 2000, the Career Center will destroy all credential files created on or before June 1, 1974. Credential files include letters of recommendation and/or student teacher evaluations. If you do not wish your file to be destroyed, please contact the Career Center by May 1, 2000, at 507-933-7586; fax 507-933-6277, or e-mail

Missing from the Class of 1970: We need your help in locating the following persons:

  • Arden Abraham
  • Carol Bacon Benetti
  • Vic Benetti
  • Rev. David Berg
  • Marsha B. Bon Durant
  • Dr. David K. Dungey
  • Robert Engebreth
  • Dr. Craig Foster
  • James D. Gunnerson
  • Patricia Wigren Heinze
  • Stephen Helland
  • Steve T. Hoernemann
  • Thomas Lind
  • Ingrid Mahlberg
  • Jacobo Nitsch
  • Lana Elston Olmstead
  • Mary E. Osband
  • Jay D. Paulus
  • Thomas C. Peterson
  • Carol Rodning
  • Nancy Pietsch Seaberg
  • Mark L. Setterholm
  • Richard G. Stenman
  • Steven W. Storlie
  • Laura M. Talbutt
  • Shirley A. Vaughn
  • Dr. Jean Bjorling Young
  • Blair Younger