Class of '72
January 2008

To the Class of ’72,


Happy New Year!  I hope the holidays were good to all of you and that Santa brought you all the presents you deserved (depending whether you were naughty or nice)!

35th Reunion Recap

As I sit thinking of the temperatures at -5 degrees and the wind chills at -20, I think back to the beautiful, warm, sunny day we had for our 35th reunion back in October.  I have to say that the day was a resounding success!

We started the day with a continental breakfast followed by Dean Wahlund’s captivating tour of campus (rumor has it that he did break into Reverend Elvee, Ma Young ’33, and Kyle Montague ’34 during this walk).  After that, several of the class went to the football game (although the Gusties could have had a better showing against the Johnnies) while others went to the Arboretum, to one of many seminars on campus, to the Book Mark to purchase their Gustie Alumni gear, etc.  After that, we warmed up to the music of The Lost Walleye Orchestra led by Billy Steiner, partook of refreshments and a Bar-B-Q dinner, and generally enjoyed catching up with classmates and several of the Gustie faculty and staff from our era.

Attendees from our class included:  Merrilee Carlsen Alexander, Marilyn Rauch Benson, Lynn Wiklund Boehne, Todd Dokken, Scott Ebersole, Alexis Smith Edmond, Dan Engstrom (Kathy Talmo Engstrom ’73), Marilyn Foss (Tom), Vicky Johnson Goplin, Mandy Crews Heard (Don Heard), Lynne Burnham Holmquist, Janice Jenson, Cherry Nelson Jordan (Richard Jordan), Erik and Mary (Copouls) Langsjoen, Joy Lumbly, Mary Holmquist Lundahl (Dan Lundahl ’73), Mike Marcotte (Sue Quirt), Greg Mattson (Linda Mattson), Steve Maurer, Peggy Benedict Pallas, Lindy Carlson-Pestello, Arla Walton Prestin, Joy Sauerbrey Prichard, Chuck and Lana Erickson Puffer, Marthea Opsahl Putnam, Keith Radloff (Gay Butterfield Radloff ’73), Linda Pederson Richardson, Cheri Knautz Roberts, Steve Rogosheske, Darling Rooney, Gary Sater (Lois Olson Sater ’73), Judy Dostal Schultz, Dave Severson (Trudy Thomas Severson ’73), Mitzi Ohman Thornberg (Bob Thornberg and family), Penny Peterson Tollefsrud (Lyle Tollefsrud), Ralph Van Hoven, Dean Wahlund, and Carl Zeidler (Sandy Tretter Zeidler ’69).  Great to see you all!

There were a number of faculty and staff that attended:  Claude Brew, Milt Brostrom ’49, Kevin Byrne, Bernhard ’43 and Marilyn Erling, Art Glass ’43, Gretchen Koehler, Willie Lindquist, Horst Ludwig, Richard Martin, Bob and Kay ’56 Moline, Ellery Peterson ’49, Denny Raarup ’53, Don Roberts ’56, Tim Robinson ’65, and Barbara Simpson.  It was fun to relive old stories and memories of our days on campus!

Here are a few pictures of the reunion:

Reunion Tent

Hello Walk

Live Band

35-Year Reunion

The picture above was taken late in the day after some had left the party so it’s not the whole group.  If you are interested in looking at these pictures, they and others are posted on the website at:

For those of you who attended, I hope you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to seeing you in 2012 for our 40th!  For those who could not make it, mark your calendars now for 2012 – we want everybody there!

A special thanks to Nancy Evenson Lindley, Kathie Moline Widen, Vicky Johnson Goplin, Peggy Benedict Pallas, Lindy Carlson-Pestello, Mitzi Ohman Thornberg, Ralph Van Hoven, and Dean Wahlund for all your help in putting the Reunion together and making it such a huge success.  The Alumni Office also played a big part in coordinating the day so our hats off to them as well.

Fund Raising

Our class did a great job of fund raising for our reunion year, tripling the average contributions we get in any other year.  On behalf of the College and the Alumni Fund, thanks to everyone who gave this year and may have given some extra in support of our reunion year.  Keep Gustavus in mind again this year as well if you can find a little extra in the bank account to donate.  Believe it or not, the College could use money this year as well.

Campus News

There is a special program coming to campus on March 8 entitled Building Bridges, a student-initiated and student-led conference dedicated to addressing social and global issues of today.  This year’s focus will be on genocide awareness and the guest speaker will be Paul Rusesabagina, whose life story was the basis of the critically acclaimed movie Hotel Rwanda.  For more information, go to:


Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching, a technique the team has found to be very successful. 

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083.  Upcoming speakers:

February 20 – Hank Toutain, Dean of Students

March 19 – Mary Morton, Provost and vice President of Academic Affairs

April 16 – Cindy Johnson-Groh, Executive Director, Linneaus Arboretum

May 21 – Tim Kennedy, Sports Information Director

Gustavus Dancing With the Profs

Inspired by the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, a standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and St. Peter community members filled Alumni Hall on November 2 to watch Gustavus students and faculty/staff members swing dance to raise money for the St. Peter United Way.  The event, “Dancing with the Profs 2,” featured six teams of one Gustavus student and one faculty/staff member.  In preparation for the evening competition, the Gustavus Swing Club gave the teams dance lessons, while members of GAC-TV documented the learning to provide a video showcase on each couple.

Gustavus Music Showcase

The three international touring music ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College — The Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra —  will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  Tickets for the concert are on sale through the Orchestra Hall box office and may be purchased in-person, online at:, and via fax or phone at 612-371-5656.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-18 and current Gustavus students with a valid I.D.


Men's tennis coach Steve Wilkinson has been named the national winner of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Recreation Award.  This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to more than 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and junior/community college levels.  Senior goaltender Trevor Brown became the first men's soccer player in Gustavus history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Class News

Congratulations go out to Bill Green, Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, who was the guest speaker at the January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Gustavus.

Kris Lein Andrejewski and husband, James, are living in Woodstock, GA and are busy with the kids in school.

LeRoy Telstad and wife, Cindy, are running the Coca-Cola bottling franchise in Winona.  They are the last to create and use the original Coca-Cola 10.5 and 6.5 ounce bottles.  That brings back memories of my youth when bottles of pop were 5 cents!

Coleen Johnson Swanson is living in New London and has retired from teaching.  She is keeping busy working for the Affiliated Medical Community Center as a Spanish interpreter and translator.  Hola, Coleen, como estas?  (Left over from my high school Spanish class.)  Husband, Tom, is owner of a GNC store.

Bruce Wallin has changed jobs and is working for Nose Technologies and he’s living with wife, Janet, in Haverford, PA.  We’re all curious what “Nose Technologies” is, Bruce.

Linda Watson Wilson has moved to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as a leadership talent manager.  She and husband, John, live in Eden Prairie.

Jamesetta Alexander Newland is now managing the nurse practitioner’s journal and she is living in White Plains, NY.  Her husband, Lloyd, works as an x-ray technologist at the Montefiore Medical Center.

Laurie Peterson Strong has moved to Cargill where she is senior human resources generalist.  She and husband, Terry, live in Shoreview.

Paulette Albertson Metts and husband, R. Neal, are in Mundelein, IL where she works managing a nursing staff.

Cindy Beck has retired from teaching third grade at L.O. Jacob Elementary.  I’m sure you can find plenty to keep you busy in retirement!

Bonnie Friesner is an infection control coordinator in Custer, SD.  Hopefully, you don’t have too many infections to battle and hopefully you keep them all in SD.

Terry Anderson Corwin is assistant vice president for academic affairs at Valley City State University, Valley City, ND living there with husband, William.

Vail Rollings Belgard is in Garden City, MN and works for The Land Magazine.  Husband, Hugh, is retired.

Diane Schedin Schimelpfenig is director of teaching and learning for the Hopkins School District.  Husband, Jim Schimelpfenig is church administrator for St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie.

Sandee Brekke is access services manager at Stanford University School of Medicine and lives in Redwood City, CA.

Ted Dedolph is owner of BioEnergy Group out of Fort Collins, CO.

Make sure you send any additional news to the College or to me.  To send to me directly, email:  To reach both the College and me (at the same time), email to:

It helps to make these letters a lot more interesting.

See you all in 2012!

Todd Dokken

1972 Class Agent