Class of '73
May 2000

Dear Classmates and Friends:

I love spring. Every morning, when I go out before breakfast to do plant patrol, there’s something new in my gardens. First, I look for tiny green shoots poking out from under the wood chips. The crocuses come up first, but not many bloom because the rabbit, squirrel or chipmunk chomps off their little heads. Fortunately, my critters don’t like daffodils, so I have daffodils smiling at me every morning for about 3 weeks. They’re done now, but the tulips are beautiful, the day lilies are turning into nice plants and the hostas are coming up. Last summer my neighbor gave me some bee balm; I think it has taken over half of my perennial garden. One plant at a time, each does its part to make my gardens full and beautiful (she said humbly). I give them food, space and attention; they give me color, beauty and peace; they provide a habitat for the birds and butterflies.

That’s how giving to Gustavus works, too. No one of us is expected to fully fund the college, but each one of us, doing our small part, giving what we can, contributes to a healthy, giving Gustavus. We give time and money to Gustavus; Gustavus provides education and a healthy, nurturing environment in which its students can grow to be learned and giving adults. The International Center is being built to replace Johnson Hall. New soccer stadium and outdoor track are being developed in the area north of Lund Arena. The new Student Center is already nearly one year old. Bottom line: Gustavus needs your support. If you haven’t yet fulfilled your pledge, now is the time. If you didn’t make a pledge, surprise Gustavus with your gift. The fund year ends May 31st. If you pledged and paid, THANK YOU!!

Other campus news

International House Being Built - Ground was broken during the first week in March for the new international house. The residence hall will house Crossroads, the Swedish House, and the Office of International Education. This new facility will support the mission of bringing an international perspective to the curriculum and preparing students to communicate and compete in the new millennium. The 80-bed, 30,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000. The $5.4 million building is going up west of Olin Hall.

Reunion Weekend for the 50 Year Club (including The War Years), Class of 1950, and V-12/5 is May 26 & 27. A schedule of events and registration material was sent in mid-April. Homecoming 2000, September 29 & 30, will feature gatherings for anniversary classes from 1955-2000. Class reunions will be in the Twin Cities Friday evening, and events will return to campus on Saturday. A schedule of events and registration material will be mailed in August.

Everyone is invited to an hors d’oeuvres supper and tribute to retiring Chaplain Richard Q. Elvee on Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. A program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person. RSVP to the Alumni Office by May 12, 800-487-8437, e-mail, or in Alumni Events at

Eckhoff Memorial Sculpture – ORBISC, a Granlund sculpture in memory of Emeritus Vice President for Alumni Affairs Cecil F. Eckhoff ’56, will be dedicated on campus, Saturday, May 27, 3:30 p.m. near Hello Walk.

Forensics Team Earns International Awards ― The College speech and debate team captured two championships and six other awards at the recent International Forensics Association tournament in Paris, France. Both Gustavus debate teams compiled a 3-1win-loss record. The team's strong overall performance earned Gustavus a fourth-place Sweepstakes Award. Gustavus attends international forensic competitions every other year.

Men’s swimming and diving team completed its most successful season in Gustavus history finishing undefeated in both non-conference meets, with a record of 7-0, and conference meets, at 6-0. At the MIAC Championships, Gustavus placed first for the first time since 1960. They beat conference power St. Olaf, who had won 20 consecutive MIAC titles before this year. Earlier in the year, the Gusties also handed the Oles their first conference dual meet loss since 1981, breaking an Ole streak of 96 straight wins. Please read the Spring Quarterly for complete winter sports recaps or visit the athletics site at

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at

Phonorama News

I’ll try to recall my conversations during Phonorama. Details will be sketchy because I’m doing this from memory. Matt Peterson phoned with me one evening (and without me one evening). His daughter will be starting college this fall. Joanne McConnell Brenke is teaching school music part time and giving piano lessons. Denise Olson Rogers still lives in Iowa, where her husband works for a cabinet company. Gratia Hokanson Johnson has a daughter at Luther College. One nice day she drove her youngest daughter down to visit her oldest daughter. The girls didn’t want Mom with them all day, so Gratia drove on down the road to spend a few hours with Denise. I remember when I first met Gratia and Denise. They lived in the section next to mine in Wahlstrom, they were both blond, both nursing students and both in Chapel Choir. I knew that as a pair they were Gratia and Denise, but it was awhile before I knew which one was which. Talked to Terri Ziegler. She’s still doing the concession wagon and catering. If you need a caterer, I’m sure she’d love to help you out. Both Matt and I tried to call Linda Langsjoen, without success. Does anyone ever talk to her? Made my annual trek to Plymouth for the 17th annual Gail Johnson Speckman art show. (I think I got that number right). I have saved all her invitations, as they’re prints of her paintings. I found that I have been attending her shows since the 9th, and they just keep getting better. Saw Shelby Slick Phillips at Gail’s show. She’s teaching in Faribault, and this was her first trip to one of Gail’s shows. During Phonorama I also talked with Marcia Woie Robertson, Paul Maatz, Cindy Schwake Anderson , Janet Westerlund Carlson, Steve Lee, and Marcia Johnson Litfin. Their news will appear in the next letter.

Our Kids are in College

  • William Hartman lives in West St. Paul with his wife, Claire, and works for Triple Seven Ent., Inc. Their daughter, Rena, is in the class of 2002.

The News About US

  • Kevin J. Swanson is a consultant for Cigna in Sudbury MA.
  • Congratulations to Gail Wohlman Mulder, Marshall, MN, high school teacher, for receiving the Teacher of the Year award for District 413. Gail made a "career change" this year, switching from teaching science to teaching four levels of French.
  • Bruce Boyce is personal director for Waseca County, or at least that’s what his title was when he started that job in 1977. Now he’s called county coordinator, negotiating between the county and its unions. Bruce and wife, Sally, have two sons, Brian 14 and Jay 12. He must be a popular guy because he was featured recently in the Waseca Area Shopper’s Around Town column, Oct. 31, 1999. He got two pages, more than I can reproduce here, but very flattering.
  • As for myself, in January I completed the 10th and final course for my Chartered Financial Consultant designation. I’ve been taking courses off and on for about 6 years. As most of you probably know, there really is no good time to study, unless maybe it’s winter quarter. I’m glad to have the ChFC designation and glad to be done studying. Now I can return to reading whatever I want, whenever I want, without pressure―except for the monthly meeting of my book group, to which I look forward.

We’re Still Having Babies

  • John Apitz and Mary Magnuson, proud parents of twins Zachary and Nicholas, born April 7, 1999.

E-mail Addresses

Kevin Swanson

Marcia Woie Robertson

I need email addresses for these people:

Paul Maatz

Dennis Wellnitz

Stu Waldhauser

That’s all for now. Please remember The Gustavus Fund with your gifts, of whatever size. Gustavus needs your support.

Happy Summer!!

Marcia Stephens