Class of '76
March 2006


Reunion dates ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Hello 76ers!

As I, Leslie Horton Nordberg, write this letter it is exactly 30 weeks until our 30th reunion!  I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking about how I can lose 30 lbs and recreate my hair color from 30 years ago by October 7th!

Actually, you can come as you are.  Returning to Gustavus is like going home.  It is a comfortable, secure, friendly place.  I should know.  I’ve been home a lot the past seven years.  My husband Paul ’75 and I have had the privilege of reliving our Gustie days through our children.  Eric graduated in 2003 and Joni will graduate this May.  We’ve walked “hello walk,” attended fabulous band and choir concerts, worshipped in Christ Chapel, eaten meals in the new, improved “caf,” crammed three rooms of stuff into one dorm room, spent $1000’s of dollars at the Book Mark, and had a few beers at the “Flame.”  Gustavus has helped equip our children for their future―a top-notch education through caring professors, lasting friendships, and tons of fun.

The ’76 reunion committee invites you to come “home” the weekend of October 6-7.  We will be having a dinner party at Gustavus in the new, beautiful Alumni Hall.  (Probably not a good idea to fling pats of butter and mashed potatoes on the ceiling while we are there!)  Plans are to reserve motel rooms in Mankato, with shuttle service to and from Gustavus.  (Yes, we will be serving spirits.)  More details to follow.

When you return, I hope you get the same warm feelings Paul and I get each time our car travels slowly up the big hill, savoring the beauty of the great institution we called home for four years.

Now for the Class News:

  • Kathy Kilgust Welch, Covington, WA is a research technician for Weyerhauser Company and is getting married to Dave Marsh on Sept. 16th. Congratulations Kathy!
  • Steve Gartland, Long Lake, MN is pastor of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Lakeville.  His wife, Merlajean (Nielsen ’77) owns her own business, Merlajeans Parading Puppets.  Their daughter, Janna teaches high school English in Chicago and their son, Luke attends St. Cloud State.
  • Nancy Frinkman, Prior Lake, MN works for Target Corporation in remittance processing.
  • Lee and MariJane (Loken) Dummer are searching for colleges for their daughter!  (Could I suggest Gustavus?!)
  • Diane Moen Jungebluth, Owatonna, MN should be bragging about her adorable twin granddaughters.  (From what I see from Diane’s Christmas card, they look just like their Grandma!)
  • John Bernhardson’s daughter is a sophomore at Gustavus. Yeh!
  • Diana Henderson Harper is currently teaching 2nd grade in Jordan.
  • Rebecca Eckman Sidhu has 2 daughters; age 7 and 9, and her husband works for General Dynamics in Bloomington.
  • Jean Swanson Broberg, Shoreview, MN is employed as a Systems Analysis Supervisor for the State of Minnesota, Dept. of Human Services, working on a case management system for county child welfare social workers.
  • Monica Welwert works as a Swedish translator at the European Commission in Luxembourg.
  • Cindy Holberg Metzroth, San Antonio, TX is teaching kindergarten part-time at The Acorn – A School for Young Children.  Her husband, Tom, is a project manager for Internal Control Systems.
  • Jeffrey Parks, Sioux Falls, SD works at Parks Insurance Inc. in sales and marketing.  He is coming to the reunion!

Campus News:

The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Checks

Show your Gustavus pride every time your write a check.  You can now order checks with Old Main, Three Crowns, or the Gustavus football helmet at:

Gusties Helping Hurricane Victims

A group of 23 students spent three weeks during January in Mississippi aiding in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts of a town hit hard by Hurricane Katrina.  The group was student-led and sponsored by Men’s Christian Fellowship at Gustavus and coordinated through Lutheran Disaster Response.  While there the students provided many services, including clearing houses to the bare structure, rebuilding homes, working in kitchens, distributing supplies, and working in pastoral care, child care, and medical clinics.  The group was housed and fed in a “tent city” on the grounds of Christus Victor Lutheran Church.  This was one of the several vocation month experiences from which Gustavus students had the opportunity to choose.


Nordic Ski Team senior Erich Ziegler had a first-place finish among collegiate skiers in the15K freestyle at the NorAm SuperTour stop at Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin.  Ziegler’s win was the first by a Gustavus skier in an NCAA/CCSA qualifier.  Men’s hockey continues to win, with a 7-1 record in the MIAC.  Men's swimming is 7-0 on the season and recently set two Lund Center pool record times.  Brad Hanson ’08 was victorious in the 1000 freestyle in a pool-record time of 9:51.46, and Matt Stewart ’09 posted a pool-record time of 1:44.49 to win the 200-freestyle. 

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates’ “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis — March 25
  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference on AIDS — April 19
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations Meeting — April 22
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis — April 29


It is great to already see our class coming together―here are the updates on our class giving this year.  Thank you to everyone who has already given or pledged to give this year on behalf of our reunion!



Number of Donors



Class Gift



Looking forward to our reunion,

Leslie Horton Nordberg

1976 Reunion Committee Member