Class of '73
Dear Friends and Classmates:
As I was eating lunch today, I happened to look out onto my deck and noticed that the table was in dappled shade at 12:30. The parched part of the back yard was also shady. So, although the autumn solstice doesn't occur until Wednesday, the sun has moved far enough to the south that my neighbor's tree now shades a part of my yard that seemed to be in direct sunlight through mid-afternoon just last week. Fall always sneaks up on me. It's 85 degrees in the shade, and my maple tree is starting to turn orange. The air conditioner still comes on during the day, but we can open our bedroom windows at night. I love this time of year. Maybe it's the cool nights. Maybe it's being able to take a long weekend, knowing that I won't be competing with the crowds of summer. Maybe it's returning to Gustavus the Saturday after Labor Day for the class agents' meeting and seeing the campus in full bloom. Seeing the students on campus puts me in mind of the "beginning of the school year," rather than "the end of summer." Maybe because I'm entering the autumn of my life, and life is good; therefore, autumn is good.
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS
The Alumni Office will insert campus news, so I'll just hit the highlights (my version of them, anyway). First, the good news:
1) 700 freshman entered in September, the largest entering class ever.
2) On October 18, the new spire goes up on the Chapel.
3) On October 19, the cornerstone for the new campus center will be laid (or installed or whatever one does with cornerstones). The new dining room will be called the Evelyn Young Dining Room.
4) Someone gave enough money to purchase 28 Steinway pianos, making Gustavus an all-Steinway campus. I just bought a grand piano in April, and I couldn't afford even one Steinway!
5) The campus is beautiful! The landscaping will knock your socks off. It looks different, but it looks good. I'm excited about the new campus center and the new dorms.
Now, some not-so-good news:
1) Johnson Hall had to be torn down, as the cost of bringing it back was prohibitive. That hurt. I lived in Johnson for my last two years, and I loved it there, a small dorm right in the middle of campus. Although I didn't take time to look at the new Steinways, I did wander over to where Johnson had stood. I thought the dorm was torn down only a couple of weeks ago, but there were more trees behind it than I remembered and the footprint seemed too small for the dorm. So imagine this: you're standing on Hello Walk, on the part that used to be shaded by Johnson in the morning, and you look out toward the east and see a parking lot in the foreground and the Minnesota River valley against a bright blue sky in the distance. In my junior year, I bought a copy of Handel's Messiah. One evening, several of us, maybe 8 or 10, gathered in the first floor hall and sang the Hallelujah Chorus, even the men's parts. Do you have memories of Johnson Hall? If you send them to me, I'll include them in future letters.
2) St. Peter looks really different. In May, as I rode down Hwy 169 through town, many houses were boarded up and without roofs. Last Saturday, many of those houses had been torn down. There are some new houses, some trying to replicate the original style, and there are some vacant lots, where houses have been demolished and not yet rebuilt. The good news is that Gustavus is working with St. Peter, providing help and support when and where they can.
3) The Class of '73 is not the star of the Third Decade (classes 1969-78). Our small claim to fame is Most Improved Gifts to All Funds. I think that means we had a lot of room for improvement. I know we can move up to Numero Uno if we want to, so let's just do it!
YOUR TIME AND YOUR FEEDBACK ARE REQUESTED
As you read in the last issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, Phonorama has changed. Students have been trained to call alums, parents and friends of Gustavus. I must admit, I received this news with mixed feelings. True, Phonorama is a lot of work, it's hard to recruit callers, and it's one more activity in an already-full schedule. On the other hand, I have been calling some of you for over 10 years, and I feel I know some of you better through Phonorama than I did when we were students. So, here's the deal. I will still call one or two nights, and I will invite classmates (Evie, Marcia, Joanne, Gail and anyone else I can get) to call with me. If you have any thoughts about Phonorama, you can e-mail them to me at email@example.com, or Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to share your comments with the student callers, who will pass them on to me and Matt.
Matt talked with the systems people in the Alumni Office, and they are willing to host a home page for our class. We need help designing that page, so if this sounds like your sort of thing, please contact Matt, me or the Alumni Office at email@example.com or 800-487-8437.
The 1998-99 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,470 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,389 set in 1988), including a record 700 incoming students (compared to 648 of 1987). Contributing to the record enrollment is the stable 94 percent full-time student retention rate. Students returned to a campus that has been newly landscaped with 400 trees planted last spring and nurtured over the summer. They also discovered that 95% of all repairs made necessary by the tornado of March 29 are now completed. They returned to find Johnson Hall gone as it proved to be "beyond repair," but they also were greeted by a new College View Apartment addition, which houses 92 upper-class students, and the recently purchased Jefferson Avenue apartments (now known as Arbor View), which houses 60 upper-class students. In addition to new carpeting, painting, and furnishings, the campus is sporting 300 new state of the art computers for students and faculty, 28 new Steinway pianos (making us a member of a very elite circle of "All Steinway" campuses), 13 new high-tech multimedia systems for classrooms, new and upgraded outdoor and indoor athletic facilities, and new scientific equipment.
What remains to be done? The Prairie View Residence Hall, to be in place and opened in October, will house 60 students. It will be located west of Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Physically and symbolically the repair/restoration era will end with the placement of the spire and the cross back on the top of Christ Chapel. The spire will go up in sections over a two-day period and the cross is scheduled to be set on Thursday, October 22, weather permitting.
Students also noted the beginning stages of construction on the new Campus Center. This project, part of our strategic plan, was accelerated by the storm. The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place Monday, October 19. This $18.6 million, 51,000 square foot construction project will double the size of the Dining Service Building, providing students, faculty and staff with expanded and improved dining, meeting and office spaces. The Dining Room will, appropriately, be named for Evelyn Young ’33, longtime director of the Dining Service at Gustavus. In progress also is an addition to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to house the Department of Environmental Studies.
US News and World Report continues to give Gustavus high ranking. This fall’s issue again placed Gustavus in the top half of the 162 national liberal arts colleges in the country. Gustavus is one of four colleges in Minnesota to be in this category. The others are Carleton, Macalester and St. Olaf. The other ELCA schools in addition to Gustavus and St. Olaf are Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and Augustana (IL). Many of the schools with which you are familiar are classified as either a "national" or a "regional" college. National liberal arts colleges have the most selective admission policy, recruit nationally and offer most of their degrees in the liberal arts. Regional liberal arts colleges are less selective in admitting students and grant fewer than 40% of their degrees in the liberal arts.
US News further honored Gustavus by ranking the College third nationally (out of 90 schools) in operating efficiency. This ranking measures academic quality and dollars spent to deliver that quality. Gustavus was the only Minnesota college ranked in this comparison of national liberal arts colleges.
Newsweek magazine’s college publication again listed Gustavus as a "buried treasure." These are colleges that are known as "Hot Schools, Cool Spots." The magazine describes Gustavus as a place where "Personal attention rules--can’t slide by here." Other buried treasures include Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.; Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa; Pomona College, Claremont, Calif.; Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas; and College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. Good company, indeed.
Children of alumni continue to be honored for their academic achievement and potential when they enroll at Gustavus. The Alumni Scholarship of $2,500 (renewable to $10,000 over four years) is awarded to children and grandchildren of alumni with high school grade point averages of 3.5 or better, or SAT scores of 1170 or an ACT of 26. This fall Gustavus welcomed to campus 70 new entering students who are children of alumni. Sixty-seven legacy students were awarded an Alumni Scholarship. This number includes 54 children of alumni and 13 grandchildren of alumni.
Nobel Conference XXXIV, Virus: The Human Connection was October 6 & 7. The Nobel Conference magazine was again inserted in the August Minnesota Monthly magazine and sent to the entire Gustavus mailing list.
Christmas in Christ Chapel is December 4, 5 & 6. The theme this year is The Holy Family. A ticket order form was inserted in the center of the Summer Quarterly and another form is enclosed with this class letter.
G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was a huge success for another year. Alumni, parents and friends gathered on Saturday, October 3 to work together in the spirit of service to better their communities. An impact was made around the country as nearly 1,000 Gusties worked in nine cities including: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Duluth,MN; Fargo, ND; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Orlando, FL; Saint Peter, MN; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.
Recycle your Quarterly – after reading each issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we encourage you to "recycle" the magazine by taking it to your place of business or worship and sharing it with others. Spread the good word about Gustavus!
Alumni Chapters will be meeting at a city around the country near you! Mark your calendars today for the following Alumni Association chapter visits: Chicago, November 14; Atlanta, November 19; Washington, DC, November 20; Boston, November 21; Denver, February 1 (Gustavus Band concert); Seattle, March 5, San Francisco, March 6; Los Angeles, March 7; Phoenix, March 8; and Sun City, March 9.
Phonorama will take place October 19-22 & 24 at Deli Express in Eden Prairie, and October 26-29 at Alliant Foodservice in Eagan. Volunteers should call the Development Office at 1-800-726-6192 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alumni are encouraged to respond generously when called by a classmate or GusLink, the new Gustavus Fund program featuring Gustavus student callers
NEWS ABOUT YOUS
- Bruce Boyce, Waseca: "My family and I have participated in youth mission trips to Mexico, through our church, for the past four summers." Bruce has 2 sons, ages 13 and 11.
- Kim Brown, Fort Myers, FL, is controller for Attitude Network Ltd. "Attitude is [an] internet content company, owner of HappyPuppy.com and Gamesdomain.com, two of the largest computer game related sites on the web (150,000 visits a day, 1 million page views)."
- Jill Fagerlund, Faribault, is a teacher and elementary counselor. During the summer, she teaches for St. Mary's University.
- Barb Hammerstrom Kellar, Apple Valley, is patient information representative and sales coordinator at Fairview Ridge Clinic. She also works part-time as a sales coordinator for Twin Cities Promotions and Apparel in the evenings.
- Barry Lane, Ramsey, is director, Continuing Education and Customized Training for Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Barry passed his professional in human resources (PHR) examination and was certified by the Human Resource Institute. His wife, Terry (Brandt ’76), is state coordinator of the Moms In Touch (MITI) prayer ministry. Their goal is to have a group of moms praying for every school in the state.
- David M Childs, Minnetonka, is city manager for Minnetonka. From September 1997-September 2000 he is serving as midwest regional vice president of the International City/County Manager's Association.
- Steven Rude, Eden Prairie, is a chemistry teacher at Eden Prairie ISD #272. His wife, Patti, teaches French and Spanish at the same school. "I'm the music director at our church. And direct the contemporary group "Joyful Noise" at church."
- Marta Carlson Gisselquist, Minnetonka: "I work as a school psychologist for the Anoka-Hennepin School District at elementary and middle school levels. I've had the opportunity to travel quite a bit with my family, especially the past 5-6 years. Travel to Russia and other central and eastern European countries has been fascinating." Her husband, Joel, is assistant vice president/consumer products with Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
It's been a tough year for our alma mater, both psychologically and financially. It's also been a year of opportunities, such as upgrading the dorms, adding a student center and implementing a landscaping plan. In this year of extra needs, please consider an extra contribution. Make a special gift to the cause or department of your choice or for tornado relief.
Marcia Stephens and Matt Peterson
1973 Co-Class Agents