Class of '70

October 2011

Warm greetings to the class of 1970!

Over the last few weeks Linda (Gilkey) and I, Scott Lichty, have had opportunity to be on campus for several functions and I would like to report that the campus is absolutely gorgeous!  The students are much younger than we were when we attended, of course, but so are the children blessing us with grandchildren!

We were delighted to be able to attend this year’s Nobel Conference “The Brain and Being Human.”  It was a wonderful gathering with perfect weather on campus enabling leisurely walks down memory lane, a visit to the new academic building, and a firsthand view of the new campus footprint.  Nobel is a wonderful opportunity in which Linda and I have tried to participate over the last number of years.  What a jewel, this now 47 years of conferences, has been for so many.  This was not the same perspective I had in the late 1960’s!  Next year’s conference will be titled “Our Global Ocean” and held on October 2 and 3, 2012.  Put it on your calendars!  You too, may run in to Wendy Eckman Weil, Steve Waldhauser, Craig Nelson, and/or Sue Jones Turgeon.

One of the purposes of this letter is to inform you of the new Class Leadership structure as recommended by the Alumni Board of Directors.  This new format will give the College a corps of volunteers who are interested in their classmates and the College.  The goal is to “engage more alumni with the College, develop class identity, develop unity with the class and competition between classes, educate and solicit gifts for the Gustavus Annual Fund, provide for special recognition of class performance, help identify alumni for professional recognition and leadership gifts, and help identify and recruit students.”

The class structure will be made up of five officers and their committees.  The officers are Class President, Vice President/Reunion Chair, Annual Fund Chair, Communication Chair, and Student Recruitment Chair.  There are specific job descriptions for each officer that are attached/enclosed with this class letter and I would be delighted to talk with you pursuant to your interest level.  That said, I have taken on the Class President position, pro tem, and three other classmates have volunteered to help with reunion committee, student recruitment, and Annual Fund work.  Thanks to Paul Thompson, Craig Nelson, and Linda Gilkey Lichty for helping in this regard.  I am asking you to consider helping out with the officer needs and would ask that you get back with me as soon as possible to start developing our class plan.

The Class Officer Responsibilities would be to:

  • Attend annual class officer organizational meeting on campus (fun, informative, and nutritional!)
  • Perform the duties of a class officer position with the goal of engaging all members of the class with each other and the College.
  • Make an annual gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund
  • Serve officer role for a loose term of five years, from reunion to reunion.
  • Maintain confidentiality with class contact information.
  • Have Fun!

PLEASE consider joining the team.  I do think it could/would be a terrific opportunity to reunite, reminisce, and in general have fun with people that we may not have seen in decades.  Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

One of the goals for this year will be to fill the officer positions in an effort to start building a new communication and connectedness with the class.  A novel idea after 40+ years, I think.  This group will map out specific goals for the class always looking forward to the next reunion.

In the table below, you’ll see our class’s giving record toward the Gustavus Annual Fund over the last couple of years and how we compare to those classes directly around us by fund year, percent participation in class, and in total dollar giving by the class:

Fund Year



(362 Classmates)



(313 Classmates)



(363 Classmates)






















Current fiscal year giving:








As you can see we have some competition!  Let’s all look to see if we can give something this year and grow our giving as well as our percentage of participation.  The fund year ends May 31, 2012.

I would encourage you to also send your news to the class email site for inclusion in the Quarterly.  That piece will have a new look in the class news information.  Any and all news can be sent to

It was exciting to see the kickoff of the Gustavus Adolphus College Sesquicentennial with the theme “150 and Counting”.  There are many activities and celebrations yearlong in which to participate and can be found on the Gustavus website.

We would encourage all of you to reacquaint yourselves with Gustavus by posting your news online at:, emailing us at or search “Gustavus Adolphus College−Class of 1970” on Facebook and join the rest of us out there.  Please remember to wear your black and gold or Gustavus apparel on Fridays too!  Let’s see how many Gusties we can find!

By the way, I just received and email from Craig Nelson wanting me to extend his greetings (he’s leaving for Italy for three weeks on October 21st).  He said (as the acting Student Recruitment Chair) that we “should encourage anyone they know to go to Gustavus.”  The committee with whom he met during the leadership gathering has some “fun follow-up ideas for potential students, so if anyone is interested in helping, let me (Craig) know at:”  I think any interest can also be sent to the above email (

That’s it for now and I really do look forward to seeing you in the future.  Again, please consider helping grow this group of classmates who care about our Alma Mater in a way that will help keep it be a place for more generations to attend, grow in a liberal arts education, and find a place to cherish for a lifetime.


Scott Lichty

1970 Class President

Here is a list of our unlocated classmates.  If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these folks, please let the Alumni Office know (

Arden Abraham

Barbara Lurth Bolton

Marsha Beeson Bon Durant

Donald D. Campbell

John B. Chogo

David K. Dungey

Terri Lund Gislason

Patricia Wigren Heinze

Shirley Vaughn Kobb

Sandra Tanner Kruse

Thomas Lind

Ingrid Mahlberg

John E. Nelson

Kevin F. O'Brien

Mary Larson Osband

Thomas C. Peterson

Howard A. Pettersson

Nancy Pietsch Seaberg

William S. Seeley

Mark L. Setterholm

Kathleen A. Shumway

Richard Stenman

Laura Nelson Talbutt

Campus News

Campaign Gustavus Announcement

At the Sesquicentennial and Campaign Kickoff Dinner held on campus on Friday Sept. 30, Board of Trustees Chair Mark Bernhardson announced the official kickoff a comprehensive fundraising campaign, Campaign Gustavus.  The financial goal of the campaign is to raise $150 million by the end of 2015 to fund the strategic initiatives of Commission Gustavus 150.  The focus of Campaign Gustavus is to ensure the College has the resources to continue providing opportunities for teaching and learning in a caring community.  To find out more about Campaign Gustavus and how you can be involved, visit:

2011 Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on October 15.  Inductees for 2011 are Owen Sammelson ’58, benefactor; Amanda Murdock Diehl ’92, gymnastics; Jay Klagge ’92, basketball; Bryan Ripken ’94, swimming; Todd Anderson ’95, soccer; Tracy Erickson McMorrow ’95, tennis; Scott Moe ’95, golf; Laura LeVander Peters ’96, softball; and Colleen Barland Sherman ’96, soccer.  The Hall of Fame Moment is the 1991 Women’s Gymnastics National Championship, won with the final routine of the meet. 

Christmas in Christ Chapel

As the College’s Sesquicentennial Christmas in Christ Chapel, Julljus:  Light from the Old World, Light to the New brings us to the celebration of Christ’s light—to Sweden in the Middle Ages; to Minnesota in the 19th century; and to our fractured and darkened world today.  At the center of the 39th annual community celebration is Julotta, the traditional Christmas matins service brought by Swedish immigrants to the New World.  Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2011 go on sale online on October 17 at noon at  If you do not have access to the Internet, please call 507-933-7520 after noon on October 17 to place your credit card order.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  November speaker will be Rob Gardner, interim artistic coordinator for Christmas in Christ Chapel.  The St. Peter Breakfast will be held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 9, and the Twin Cities Breakfast will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on Nov. 16.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail Hope to see you bright and early!