Class of '70
April 2004

Greetings to the Gustavus Class of 1970,

Randy has just let me know for the third time that a class letter is due.   Where does the time fly?  We all live such full and busy lives, but I know that one of my favorite diversions is finding out about "old" friends and the new developments around the campus of our Alma Mater.  I feel privileged to be spending my fourth year as a member of the Alumni Board, which gets me back on campus at least three times per year.  So much is happening at Gustavus, that each trip is exciting.  Back in February we nominated and selected the recipients of the Greater Gustavus Award and the Distinguished Alumni citation awards.  It is always amazing to find out what Gustie alums do in the world.  I am in awe of the accomplishments of so many of them.

The Greater Gustavus Award is the highest award given to those alums that have "notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College."  This year that award went to Steve and Barb Wilkinson and to Richard Hillstrom '38.  If you haven't been to the (relatively) new Hillstrom Museum in the Campus Center, be sure to visit the next time you are on campus.  Alumni are always welcome on the campus, even if the Alumni Office remains hidden in the basement of the Administration Building.  It's fun just to see what has changed, and what remains from our era. 

Coming up on April 16 is the inauguration of Gustavus' new president, James L. Peterson '64.  I have had the privilege of meeting him and his family and seeing him in action on the campus and we are truly blessed to have him as our leader for the future.  To read more about this or any of the campus news, the web site is great:

The next alumni event will be graduation weekend, when the 50th anniversary class and the 50 Year Club meet on campus.  Our next reunion will be during Homecoming of 2005, but don't wait that long to visit the campus.

Now for the news you have been waiting for:

  • Ruth Carlson Anderson has been working for the City of Bloomington, Division of Public Health since May of 1973.  She has worked in almost all of the public health programs.  In an internal memo she was cited for her tactfulness and for the great job she does making phone calls to families with new babies where there are health concerns.  Congratulations Ruth!  Thirty plus years is a wonderful accomplishment.
  • Congratulations to Jill Conway Crue, married to Mark Crue on December 23, 2002.  Jill and Mark live in Canon City, Colorado.
  • CORRECTION:  I want to apologize to Carolyn Duncan Glenz.  We really botched the update she sent.  Thank you Carolyn for sending us the correction.  Carolyn accepted a new position last fall with Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center as the stroke coordinator.  Congratulations Carolyn and thank you for the update.
  • Way to go Ron '69 and Marci Gustafson Kirchoff's daughter, Krista, who is a member of the Gustavus class of 2007.  They also have a son, Jon, graduating from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management this year.
  • Would you believe…we are in that age and stage of becoming grandparents?  I am personally a gramma-wanna-bee, with no immediate prospects.  But congratulations to Mike Polkowske and Genevieve (Houlmiere '71) of Billings, Montana, they have a three-year-old grandchild.  (Better start saving for the Gustavus tuition bill).
  • Congrats also to Linda (Gilkey) and Scott Lichty who are proud grandparents to a two-year-old granddaughter.  Linda is still with St. Paul Children's Hospital and Scott is with Metro Intercom.
  • Mary Johnson is a volunteer and resident of Willmar, Minnesota and proud grandma to Katie and Tyson.  Mary sent a picture, I wish I could include it for all of you to see―I can hardly tell which is Mary and which is her daughter.  You look great for a "grandma."
  • This message surfaced a while ago:  Hi you…I've got a great new job for this year.  I'm a teacher on special assignment at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  I've been teaching social studies for elementary teachers on campus and supervising student teachers in the Le Sueur-Henderson School District.  Next semester, I'll teach the same and have students in LeSueur-Henderson and St. Peter districts.  It's challenging to try something new and be exposed to all of these young minds who aren't jaded yet.  Don't worry, I'll take care of that and get them to see the REAL world.  Hope you all have a good Christmas, if this letter goes out before then.  Otherwise, Happy Whatever you want to celebrateCraig Nelson
  • Eric Pietz is senior sales manager at Copper Mountain & Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, CO.  He sends his greetings and invites you to look him up for any ski trips.
  • Greetings from Mike Bartlett, who has a daughter at Gustavus.  Well done!
  • Carol Rodning is a professor at the University of California, teaching developmental psychology.
  • Shari Johnson is a clinical audiologist at the Brainerd Medical Center.
  • Gail Sova Haake and husband, Charles, moved to St. Cloud in September.  Greetings Gail, I want more information about what you are doing.
  • Ann Dovenberg Zweig is still living on Lake Minnewashta in Excelsior and works at General Mills as a product researcher.  I see Ann occasionally around the area; she hardly looks any different from our days at Gustavus.
  • Karen Bottge Landry and husband, Chuck, live in York, Maine with their two daughters Alex and Kelly.
  • Wendy Eckman Weil and husband, Chuck, live in Woodland with sons, Will and Luke.  Wendy wiles her days away playing golf at Wayzata Country Club where she runs into Jann Olsten all the time.  Chuck is the CEO of Gedney Pickle in Chaska.
  • Alice Stohl Roufa teaches visual merchandising at Fontbonne University in Webster Groves, MO.  She is anxious to connect with classmates, so if you are in the area, give her a call.  We hope you will come back to Minnesota for the next reunion.
  • Gail Linnell Ehlen is back in town although I have not actually seen her yet.
  • Jolly Palm Sikorowski lives and teaches in Burnsville and I have the opportunity to see her on occasion.  How about an update Jolly?

My big news is that I accepted a position at Wayzata Community Church as minister with youth and families on February 1, and was ordained to the United Church of Christ on March 14.  Now I have no free time, but I am loving it.

Greetings again to all of you―and keep the news coming―we love to receive it and pass it along.  Gustavus was and is an amazing place of transformation and growth and our contributions make all the difference in the world to young people seeking lives of service and leadership.


Lindy (Turner) Purdy

1970 Co-Class Agent

It's your turn next co-agents Diane (Mickelson) Brady and Karol (Klint) Greupner!

Campus News:

President Peterson to be inaugurated

Dr. James Peterson '64 will be inaugurated during a ceremony in Christ Chapel on Friday, April 16.  Other inaugural events scheduled April 15-18 include a symposium featuring Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, tree dedication, Gustavus Association of Congregations meeting, G.I.V.E. community service day in St. Peter, music concert, art exhibition, and an alumni reception preceding the Nobel Symphony Concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  A complete schedule of events is posted on the Gustavus web site.

50th Anniversary Alumni Fund Closes May 31

The 2004 Alumni Fund will close May 31 with a goal of 50 percent alumni participation. Thanks to everyone who has already participated with a gift.  If you haven't given, please think about sending a gift along with your news in the enclosed gold envelope. Gustavus alumni have a long tradition of strong alumni participation.  Help maintain our national ranking by participating in the 50th anniversary year of the Alumni Fund.

Alumni survey

An alumni survey was sent to 2,000 members of reunion classes.  Approximately 600 have responded as of April 1.  Questions on the survey consist of how well Gustavus prepared them for employment and graduate education, activities involved in while at Gustavus, personal growth skills, alumni events and services, and overall satisfaction with the College.  Results of the survey will be included in the Fall Quarterly.

Winter sports summary

Women's basketball finished third in the MIAC and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs. Men's basketball won the MIAC regular season and playoff championship titles before losing to eventual national champion UW-Stevens Point in the NCAA national tournament. Men's hockey posted a third-place finish in the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs. Women's hockey finished second in regular-season MIAC play, but won the post-season tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Men's swimming won its third consecutive MIAC championship and completed their season by finishing ninth at the NCAA championships. Women's swimming won the MIAC championship and completed their season by finishing 13th at the NCAA championships. Men's nordic skiing won its first-ever MIAC championship and finished fourth at the NCAA Central Region meet. Women's nordic skiing claimed their third consecutive MIAC title and completed their season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Central Region meet. Gymnastics posted a 6-1 dual meet record and a second-place finish at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) West Regional. The women's indoor track and field team finished second and the men fifth at the MIAC championships. 

Did you know …

  • Nearly 80% of Gustavus students graduate in four years, compared with 56% of students from other Minnesota private colleges; the national average is 17%.
  • There are seven choral ensembles and 23 instrumental ensembles, two jazz, four woodwind and three brass ensembles.
  • More than 40 percent of Gustavus students volunteer through the Gustavus community service center on a regular basis.
  • For student safety, the campus is well-lit, there is 24-hour Safety and Security patrol and escort service, residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, and there are blue light emergency phones throughout campus linked directly to Safety and Security.
  • And looking back -- during the college's early years, students were awakened by a bell at 5:45 a.m. and all lights had to be out by 10:30 p.m.

Upcoming events

    • President Jim Peterson '64 Inauguration - April 16
    • Association of Congregations Meeting - April 17
    • G.I.V.E Community Service Day - April 17
    • Reception for President Peterson and Nobel Symphony Concert in Minneapolis - April 18
    • Phonorama - April 25-29, Central Lutheran Church
    • Cec Eckhoff Society Reception - May 1
    • Class of 1954 and 50 Year Club Reunions - May 28 & 29
    • Commencement - May 30
    • Alumni Fund closes - May 31