Class of '73
November 1999

Dear Classmates and Friends:

This is the last class letter of the millenium, so roll it up and put it in your time capsule.

In August, I joined my family (parents, sisters and their families) at Myrtle Beach. I had alerted Janet Hilton Peterson that I would be there, and she and Ed ’68 drove from Raleigh, NC (about four hours away) to see me. We hadn’t seen each other since 1973, and none of us had changed a bit. Now you’re probably thinking you’ll see a picture of the three of us in the next edition of the Quarterly. Well, no. You see, those pictures appear when the people who are together have the presence of mind to use the cameras they brought on vacation. Lacking that presence of mind (call it a senior moment), there are no pictures. So, that’s how it is.

Remember the Caf when we were at GAC? Remember how much food you could―and could not―have? Remember the ladies at the end of the line, staring into your face, comparing it with the picture on your ID? Just try getting through the line using someone else’s ID! When Janet Hilton (now Peterson) lived with me during January of 1973, she could not use my ID for lunch, even though I skipped lunch. I had to go through the line and get food for her. Remember having to choose between fruit and dessert? (A fairly easy choice for me). Or between pecan pie and almond cream pie? (The choices are becoming more difficult). Well, things can change in 26 years! When I was on campus in September for the class agents meeting, I had a chance to tour the new Campus Center, which includes the new cafeteria. It was gorgeous! (Never mind that the sign over the door said, Evelyn Young Di’ing Room). The students have more choices than take it or leave it. They can get Chinese food at "Hello Wok." Or burgers and fries from the grill. Or rolls from the bakery. Or soup. Or wrapped deli sandwiches, packaged chips and bottled beverages to take back to the dorm for later consumption. The Caf is open till 11:00 p.m. And students can now feed their guests, all on one meal card. How can this be, you say? Technology, my friends! The college issues debit cards, with original values that correspond to about $10 per day, the amount included in the comprehensive tuition. When the big eaters have used up their allotment, they simply pay to have more added to their card. Isn’t it wonderful? So is the dining area. More space, light tables, skylights, windows on two sides. You have to see it.

This letter is too late to encourage you to participate in G.I.V.E. Saturday (October 9th), so I’ll tell you about my experience. Karen Bukosky Snedeker and I spent the day at St. Joseph’s Hope Community in the infamous Philips Neighborhood, near downtown Minneapolis. Hope Community provides low-cost housing and is attempting to reclaim its neighborhood from the drug dealers and prostitutes. A new duplex was nearly ready for occupancy, and our group built a retaining wall across the front yard, the walls being a symbol of properties owned by Hope Community. We had a beautiful fall day, golden yellow leaves against a crisp October sky. In addition to the labor we contributed, we learned a lot, both about Hope Community and building retaining walls. It’s a very fulfilling experience, and I hope more of you will be able to join us on the 2nd Saturday in October 2000.

I ran into Ivy Schutz Bernhardson at a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert last month. At that time, she had auditioned for the Dale Warland Singers and was hoping to sing the Messiah with them this December.Campus News:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,492 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 BookMark, 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 breakup 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.

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. Tickets only available for Friday and Sunday evenings. Contact Office of Public Affairs, 507-933-7520.

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, on September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directed 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 was planned for the fall. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opened the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10. A recital by Volodymyr Koshuba, Organist of the Kiev Concert Hall of Organ and Chamber Music and the Ukraine's "Honored Artist" for 1998, was presented on November 4. 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.

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

Our Kids are in College

  • Jeanne (Henningsen) and Gary Olson’s daughter, Aimee, is a senior at Gustavus. Actually, looking at the date of receipt of this information, I think Aimee graduated in May.The News about US
  • Julie Lindahl moved back to Minnesota (Minnetonka) from Dayton, Ohio, August 1998. She works for United Health Care.
  • J. Patrick Bailey lives in New York City and is employed at the New York Stock Exchange, performing quality assurance for trading systems.
  • Janet Boyce is still in Richmond, VA, where she is Administrative Manager for Quality Administration Department at the Port, owned by Federal Marine Terminals (Richmond) Inc. Got ISO 9002 certification 7/98, after one and a half years developing plan.Anne (Voorhees) Chmielewski continues to work for the State of New Jersey. She is currently working on special projects in the Office of the Governor.
  • Mary (Dittrich) Footh enjoyed being back at Gustavus in March to work at the National Collegiate Gymnastic Meet, hosted by Gustavus. She lives in Lenexa, KS, where her husband, Brad, is in management with the Neurology Division of Dupont Pharmaceuticals. Mary and Brad celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in August. Congratulations!!!!
  • Kristine (McQuin) Cassar is still teaching Spanish and French at Shepaug Valley Middle/High School in Washington, CT.
  • Rebecca Mueller passed the licensing exam and is a clinical psychologist. She opened a private practice office in Evanston, Ill. Her daughter, Kate Varde, successfully rehabbed after an ACL repair, is the starting point guard at New Trier High School, where she is a junior.
  • Susan Pastika has been promoted to vice president of human resources for Minnesota Vikings Food Service Inc., Edina, MN.
  • Noni Hove Threinen is a full-time assistant professor in the Clinical Internship program at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. She enjoys working with students as they begin to translate and communicate what they have learned in the academic areas and apply it to their student patients. She still has a private chiropractic practice in Minneapolis. Her other professional interest is in public speaking in the areas of vitality and life balance. She is also in the process of developing a doctor/patient communication-training program. Her sons are 21 and 18 (or at least they were in May when she shared this information with me).
  • Deb Templin is on tour through the year 2000 with the national tour of TITANIC. She covers seven roles and is on "the boards" quite regularly. When not in the show, she says she gives excellent backstage tours. She will be in Minneapolis May/June 2000. She visited with Gail Matthius Wirth ’75 in Los Angeles when the company opened at the Ahmanson Theatre. She has a website ( on which she highlights her storytelling and singing.
  • Becky Hokenson has recently taken a job with The Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis. She is working both in membership and marketing, which means she works many hours and has little time for play.
  • Kelvin Miller’s CD, Winds of Mars, is receiving lots of media attention. It probably doesn’t hurt that he’s in the PR industry himself. I purchased a copy of the CD in the new Bookmark when I was in St. Peter for the class agents’ meeting in September. The winds sound like any other winds to me, but the Bach piano music is nice to listen to in my office, and it inspired me to get out my Bach piano books and do some practicing.
  • Dale Fredell lives in Lindstrom, MN and is program leader for food and beverage division research and development for Ecolab. (Imagine trying to get all that on an employee name tag!)
  • Dennis Wellnitz is currently working on the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission to the Asteroid Eros, as well as continuing his work on the comets and in astronomy education. This is taking place in Deerwood, MD.
  • Kurt Larson works for the State of Minnesota. His son, Eric, is a junior at the University of Minnesota. He’s an offensive tackle and has a good shot at the starting position.
  • Tim Berg is campus chaplain for the United Christian Ministry of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Quoting from a letter from the Chair of the UCM Board, "Our very own Campus Chaplain, Rev. Tim Berg, was the recipient of the "Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award" at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Tim was quoted as saying that he was especially honored by the award because there are so many able advisors at the University and also because the award, while given by the University, is student nominated." Congratulations, Tim!
  • William Stiles is a self-employed real estate agent/appraiser/broker. His business, Oak Crest Mortgage, is located in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Jeanne (Henningson) and Gary Olson live in Apple Valley MN, where Jeanne is a 6th grade reading teacher for Apple Valley/Rosemount/Eagan ISD 196.
  • Barry Lane teaches at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College. He has been, or still may be, teaching in Taiwan. (Sorry, I’m trying to make sentences out of the caller’s notes). His wife, Terry (Brandt ’76), is state coordinator for Mom’s in Touch.

Tough Times

  • Matt Peterson’s mother died in August. Our condolences to Matt and his family.
  • Marcia Woie Robertson had surgery in September. She had been having multiple migraine headaches each week for the past couple of years. I hope the surgery helped.

E-mail Addresses

Deb Templin

Janet Hilton Peterson

Tim Berg

Marcia Woie Robertson

I’m trying to organize the news into a few broad categories. I hope this will give you some ideas of information to share with our classmates. Matt and I want to make the Class Letter something you look forward to receiving, something that meets your needs for news of your Gustavus classmates. We’ve probably gotten most of the degrees we’re going to get, and we’re fairly well established in our careers. We’re raising our children and not moving around as much as we did earlier in our lives. So, what new information can we share with our classmates? How about if you tell me about the most fun experience that you and your family have had in the last five years. Send me an e-mail, or a letter, and I’ll write it in the class letter. If I hear from lots of you, I’ll write more often so the letters won’t be so long. I know this letter is late, and I apologize. I’m thinking I might like writing shorter letters more often. Getting gobs of news from the Alumni Office twice a year is sort of overwhelming.

I have good news and not-so-good news about the Gustavus Fund drive ending May 31, 1999. The GREAT news is that the Gustavus Fund exceeded its goal by $60,000, making it the best fund-raising year ever. The less good news is that our class is just above average. That’s where we’ve always been, but I think we can do better than that. In our decade (1969-1978), we ranked 4th in percentage of class participation (42%) and 6th in overall dollars given ($35,585). If we can get participation up to 45%, we’ll be tied for 2nd place! Let’s just do it!!


Marcia Stephens

1973 Co-class Agent