Class of '73
October 2000

Dear Classmates and Friends:

It was another beautiful Saturday for the class agents’ meeting. Again, many changes on campus. The north drive has been rerouted to accommodate the new track. The new International Center is at the south end of the football field. Johnson Hall had housed the International Center for the past few years. You’ll remember that Johnson could not be saved after the tornado. The new International Center has much the look of Johnson Hall, dark bricks and simple lines. I thought the architect did a good job. Hillstrom Museum of Art opened this fall in the lower level of the student center. Each year there seems to be a new building, but Old Main is still the first building you see as you drive up College Avenue.

4%. Less than the interest on your money market account. $2.25 million. Still sounds like a lot of money to me. $2.25 million is the size of the Gustavus Fund. 4% represents its part of the budget. Not a lot, 4%. Without it, the college would continue to function– faculty would be paid, the buildings would be maintained, the heat would stay on all winter. So what’s the big deal? 4% is the big deal. Think of it as "value added." 4% provides financial aid which is granted to 60% of the students. 4% funds the Service Learning Program and student-faculty research. 4% helps 40% of the students to study abroad. 4% supports Christ Chapel Activities. The 4% you contribute make Gustavus unique. What about your four years at Gustavus was most important to you? What Gustavus memory stands out in your mind? How did Gustavus influence the person you are today? Are you willing to help make the Gustavus experience available to future students? Consider investing 5% of your annual income in your favorite charities, and let Gustavus be near the top of your list.

The Olympics are over, and it’s past time for me to get this letter to you. I did enjoy watching the Olympics, especially the upsets: Misty Hymans winning a gold in swimming and breaking a record, Laura Wilkinson moving up from 8th place to take the gold for platform diving, Romania upsetting Russia. And then there was Marian Jones, participating in five events and taking home five medals. And Cathy Freeman, winning one gold medal and placing 7th in the race with Marian Jones, a hero and role model to her Aboriginal people. I think the Olympics provide a fitting metaphor for our fund-raising effort. Our goal is 60% participation. All we want from you is your personal best–and only you know what that is.

Here’s the news:

Our Kids are Gusties (and more are listed in News)

  • Signe Peterson GAC ’04 – daughter of Matthew Peterson
  • Ryan Litfin GAC ’04 – son of Marcia Johnson Litfin
  • Jon S. Meyer GAC ’02 – son of Barbara Olson Meyer
  • Mark Bogenschutz GAC ’01 – son of Greg and Susan (Kreisch ’75) Bogenschutz
  • Karen Bogenschutz GAC ’02 – daughter of Greg and Susan (Kreisch ’75) Bogenschutz

The News About US

  • David C Anderson, Columbia, SC, is a prosthodontist at a "new" clinic just opened April 15th; also retired Army Lt. Colonel on March 1, 2000.
  • William Beslock, White Lake, MI, has two children, Christie (13) and Billy (9). He is returning to the field of education of 25 years in manufacturing. Working on administrative master's in education at Wayne State University, Detroit.
  • Kathy Boehmke Janacek, Lake Elmo, MN, and her husband, Cal, adopted an older child (4-1/2), Jacob Kenneth, Feb. 15th, 1998. He’s from Guatemala and joins his siblings Brian 8, Michelle 14, Stephanie 15, and Justin 16.
  • Gail Johnson Speckmann, Plymouth, MN, enjoyed seeing several classmates at her annual painting exhibition in her home this past April. If you would like to be on her mailing list, give her a call at 763-449-8640.
  • Linda Dangel Sieracki, Palos Park, IL, is still working part-time at Christ Hospital and Medical Center as a medical technologist. Her twin sons, Mark and Dan, are in college and daughter, Laura, started high school this September.
  • Marty Daly Dennis, Edmonds, WA, continues to work at Northwest Hospital in Seattle as a clinical services outreach manager. She also does lots of volunteer work.
  • Marcia Alexander Meier, Eden Prairie, MN, is a pediatric diabetes nurse specialist at the International Diabetes Center in St. Louis Park. Her oldest son, Marcus, is a sophomore at St. Olaf, and her youngest son, Milo, is in 5th grade. Her husband is owner of Meier Sales Co.
  • Lois Olson Sater, continues as vice president at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in the Madison area, and her husband, Gary ’72, is a psychologist.
  • Peggy Seymour Joseph, Great Neck, NY, has been promoted to vice president of Compliance, NYC Housing Development Corporation, overseeing a mixed portfolio of affordable housing in the NYC area.
  • Frank Zima, Leawood, KS, became a shareholder and owner of Haake Companies, an all-lines insurance and consulting firm located in Kansas City, in 1999.
  • Kristine McQuin Cassar, New Milford, CT, still teaches French and Spanish at Shepaug Valley Middle/High School in Washington, CT. Her husband teaches English at Danbury High School in Danbury, CT. They traveled to Costa Rica in April, and their daughter graduated from law school in May.
  • Becky Hokenson, Bloomington, MN, is campaign manager for fundraising and ticket sales at the Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis.
  • Deborah Jean Templin, New York City, performed at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis in the National Touring Company of TITANIC in May.
  • Greg Quist, Spring, TX, is still flying as a captain for Southwest Airlines based in Houston. He also flies customers on air combat "dogfight" flights in a military T-34 training aircraft for Texas Air Aces in Spring. The flights are video-recorded by onboard video cameras for the customer.
  • Mary Dittrich Footh, had the opportunity last September to volunteer as a security guard on the competition floor for the USA World Team Gymnastic Trials held in Kansas City. It was a dream come true to be in the presence of such incredible gymnasts.
  • Karen Taylor Larsen is a nurse at the New Ulm (MN) Medical Center.
  • Paul Maatz is deputy administrator in the Ninth Judicial District, Bemidji, MN. His wife, Pamela, works for Meritcare Health Systems, Fargo.
  • Ron M Nelson, Arden Hills, MN, is an accountant for Intra Therapeutics, Inc. His wife, Ana, is a homemaker.
  • Teresa Hays Crowley, Iona, MN, received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the College of St. Catherine this year.
  • Scott C Johnson, Stillwater, MN, is a commercial banker with Firstar Home Mortgage.
  • Noni Hove Threinen, Eden Prairie, MN, closed her private practice last November and is now teaching chiropractic interns full time at Northwestern Health Sciences University.
  • Jeanne Henningsen Olson, Apple Valley, MN, teaches at Guardian Angels School in Chaska. Her husband, Gary, is administrator for Aetrium, Inc.
  • Jacalyn Loe Oreiro teaches school in Suquamish, WA.
  • Mark O Eklund, Maple Grove, MN, is in retail sales and wholesale trade for Dayton’s Commercial Interiors.
  • Virginia A Caine, Indianapolis, IN, teaches medicine at Indiana University. In 1999, she was named National Medical Association Physician of the Year.
  • Gary J Wiens, Helena, MT, is an environmental scientist with the Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Mark A Norgaard, Richfield, MN, is in management with the architectural firm Bonestroo/Ronsne/Anderlik & Associates. His wife, Patty (Tasa ’75), is in elementary education in Burnsville/Eagan/Savage. Ted 14 is in 9th grade in Richfield, Dan 17 is a senior at Richfield High School, and Joe 19 is a freshman at U of MN/Morris, interested in foreign language.
  • Mark Gustafson is a dentist in Edina, MN. His wife, Liz (Joas ’75), is an elementary teacher. They have two girls and a boy, ages 16, 12, and 9.
  • Bob Koepp, St. Paul, MN, works at the University of Minnesota.
  • Mark Sallmen, Pietarsaari, Finland, is currently on disability leave from his position as pastor at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church.
  • John Apitz, St. Paul, MN, is an attorney with Messerli & Kramer. His wife is also an attorney.
  • Christine Schatz Fredrickson, Fargo, ND, works with her husband in his dental practice.
  • Mike Steinbring, Brooklyn Park, MN, works for Hennepin County Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement.
  • Joanne McConnell, Belle Plaine, MN, just started teaching elementary music at St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in New Prague, and she still has about 16 private piano students. This is her first full time job, and she sounds pretty excited about it. She also plays for Mass. This Lutheran girl has a lot to learn, but she said everyone is very patient with her and truly appreciates her being there.
  • Steve Skelly, Burnsville, MN, works for EDS as a project manager for the time recording system, using the SAP system, a time module. Steve’s daughter is a student at Northwestern and his son is in 9th grade and is on the track team.
  • Janet Westerlund Carlson, Maple Grove, MN, does home day care for babies only, up to 12 months and continues as director of music for Osseo United Methodist Church. Her husband, Peyton, does systems/programming for Aveda Corp. Their daughter is a public relations/mass communications major at St. Cloud State.
  • Marcia Johnson Litfin, Chaska, MN, is an elementary teacher for Shakopee ISD #720. Her husband, Randy, is an independent insurance agent. The family travels with Randy when he goes on convention trips. For relaxation, Marcia enjoys walking and reading.
  • Gregg Duncan, Mount Prospect, IL, has been a distributor of sporting goods equipment for 27 years. His daughter is in 8th grade. Last spring, Dad beat daughter in a parents vs. kids volleyball game. Betsy (Lee) continues to fight diabetes and the resultant leg surgeries.
  • Cynthia Nelson Korpela, Lakeville, MN, is a homemaker. Her husband, Daryl, is director of Environmental Health and Safety for Sea Gate.
  • Jim Robinson, Rapid City, SD, is a self-employed dentist. His wife, Doris, is a dental hygienist.
  • Larry Cruse, Carver, MN, is district finance manager for the U.S. Postal Service. His wife, Janet, is a religious worker for the Bloomington Public Schools. Larry thinks he’s about two years away from retirement and is thinking about his next career. He is working on a computers master's in organizational leadership from Augsburg College. Larry has three and a half acres on the Carver River near East Union (old Gustavus birthplace).
  • Christine Fernlund-Robson, Minneapolis, is a cashier at Ace Nicollet Hardware.
  • Victor Shaffer, Memphis, TN, is a general laborer for Tomas & Betts.
  • Laurie Sorensen Button, Estes Park, CO, is an administrative assistant for the Town of Estes Park.
  • Phil Holt, Fargo, ND, is an insurance agent with Baumer Health System.
  • Adele Gunvaldson Giusto, Silver City, NM, teaches music at Cobre Consolidated Schools.
  • Mary Moore Schwab, St. Paul, MN, is teaching 4th grade at Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth. Byron ’70 is principal of Pilot Knob Elementary School in Eagan.
  • Mark Jensen, Minnetonka, MN, has his own dental practice. His wife, Heidi (Hayde ’75) is a nurse for the Hopkins School District. Mark and Heidi have two children in college (University of Minnesota and Middlebury in Vermont) and two children still at home.
  • Jan Cahill Zimdars, Minneapolis, is a nurse at North Memorial Medical Center. Her husband, Steve, is a financial officer for Hennepin County.
  • Cynthia Schaeffer and Robert Westmoreland live in Rock Hill, SC, where Cynthia teaches for Bernina and Robert works for Celanese Corp.
  • Lynne Burcky Proctor was recently promoted to branch manager of Pike’s Peak Library in Colorado Springs, CO. Her husband, William, sells investments for Linsco Private Ledger. Their daughter, Melissa, is a student at Southern Oregon University.
  • Vicki Ojala Fink, is a teacher in the Bemidji School District. Her husband, James, has retired from teaching.
  • Laura Hendrix is a research assistant at Texas A & M University and lives in College Station.
  • Sally Johnson West, Anoka, MN, is a Web designer for Medtronic, Inc. Her husband, Marvin, is in sales with Mereen Johnson Machine Co.
  • Louise Larson Riddle and her husband, Larry, live in Rapid City, SD, where she is a personnel assistant for Ridco and Larry is in sales for the same company.
  • Marlee Ninde Khastou is a travel agent with North Gate Travel & Cruise in Seattle. Her husband, Reza, teaches mathematics.
  • Kris Breneman Fuller lives in Sherburn, MN and teaches science at Southern Plains Area Learning Center.
  • Bill Butsic, Menomonie, WI, is a manager for ConAgra, which is a grocery product company. His wife, Jane, teaches elementary school.
  • Carmel Biggers, Columbus, GA, is administrator at Cussata Road Elementary School. His wife, Vanessa, is an elementary teacher at Johnson Elementary.
  • Karen Bukosky Snedeker, Woodbury, MN, is a partner at Blue Fire Partners, a public relations firm. Her husband, Bill, works for Ecolab.
  • Gerald Bakke, Buffalo, MN, teaches social studies for Buffalo Public Schools. He was inducted into the Minnesota State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • Cindy Schwake Anderson lives in Murray, KY, where she is a social worker for Murray Head Start.
  • Brad Swanson is an attorney in Pine River, MN. His wife, Joanie, assists him in his law practice.
  • Barbara Olson Meyer teaches kindergarten in Owatonna, MN. Her husband, Dennis, is in sales for Wenger Corp.
  • Erling J Anderson, Plymouth, MN, is controller for Lester Building Systems, a division of Butler Manufacturing Company, providing commercial wood frame construction. His wife, Julie (Jacobson x’75) teaches preschool for the Minneapolis Public Schools. Their daughter is a sophomore at the University of Puget Sound.
  • Greg Bogenschutz, Minnetonka, MN, is a consultant for Born Information Services. His wife, Susan (Kriesch ’75) is a homemaker. Greg and Susan took a trip to Florida over last Christmas break with their children Mark and Karen, both students at Gustavus.
  • Gary Liupakka, Superior, WI, teaches social studies for Toivola-Meadowlands Charter School.


We extend our condolences to the families of:

  • Greg Ritter, Parkers Prairie, MN, March 9th
  • Bob Steinke, Blue Earth, MN, August 28th

E-mail Addresses

Janet Boyce

Paul Maatz

Ron Nelson

Scott Johnson

Kris Cassar

Gary Wiens

Mark Norgaard

Mike Steinbring

Joanne McConnell

Janet W Carlson

Gregg and Betsy Duncan

Laurie Sorensen Button

Jan Cahill Zimdars

Vicki Ojala Fink

Karen Bukosky Snedeker

Brad Swanson

Erling Anderson

Greg Bogenschutz

Campus News:

The 2000-2001 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,510 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,490 set last year), including 675 first-year students. When students arrived on campus in early September they were welcomed by the newly completed Carlson International Center/Swedish House, a new outdoor track/soccer field, and a newly completed Courtyard Café in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center. This new café offers specialty coffees, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches, and opens to an outdoor eating area on the Johns Courtyard between the Jackson Campus Center and Lund Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal

arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 14th 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 tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80.

Gustavus recently received the results of a comparative alumni survey that measures alumni responses to a series of questions about their college experience. The study provides comparisons to other groups of colleges including Lutheran colleges, member colleges of the Minnesota Private College Council and, most importantly, with large public universities. We will share with you results of the survey in class letters this year. A sampling of responses to remembrances of college academic life include the following:

· Alumni agree that professors often challenged them, but also personally helped them to meet the challenge. Gustavus alumni agree 78%, large public universities 38%.

· Alumni agree that a large majority of classes were taught by professors as compared to teaching assistants. Gustavus alumni agree 90%, large public universities 32%.

· Alumni remember a high quality, teaching oriented faculty. Gustavus alumni agree 61%, large public universities 25%.

· Alumni remember many small classes with fewer than twenty students. Gustavus alumni agree 50%, large public universities 9%.

Gustavus has received word from the Lilly Endowment that it was one of 20 awardees (out of a pool of 31 colleges and universities) of a $1,963,425 implementation grant. It is the largest program grant the College has ever received. The award will support a comprehensive initiative to more effectively carry out some key aspects of the College's mission statement and encourage theological reflection and moral questioning that forms character, shapes lives, and guides career choices. It will build upon the ethos and climate of Gustavus by supporting already-existing programs, adding new ones, and creating a center to coordinate and intensify those vocation-oriented activities. In doing so, it will provide students with the foundational tools necessary for a lifelong exploration of their calling and a lifetime of community leadership and service to others.

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, was held on Saturday, October 7. Numerous sites were selected in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country participated in the event.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Heaven and Nature Sing, is December 1-3. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly. Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.

Thanks in advance for your support. Gail Johnson Speckmann, Matt and I (and anyone else we can recruit) will be phoning October 16, 17, 19, 23, 24 & 26. We’re looking forward to talking with as many of you as we can and experiencing your generosity.


Marcia Stephens

1973 Co-Class Agent