Class of '81
November 2009

Dear Classmates,

As usual, I am sitting to write a class letter and I must excuse myself somehow for all the letters I haven’t written.  It’s been more than a year I think and I’m not really sure why that is.  I have good intentions.  I have ideas.  Sometimes I do sit and try to write, but lately I haven’t liked what I’ve written enough to finish.  I even know that these class letters are not about me, so giving you some insight into my life isn’t a prerequisite to a class letter.  Oh, well─just so I can feel better, I’m going to give you a list of the class letters I haven’t written, with a brief synopsis of each.

“The Graduate” - Our son, Peter Heim, graduated in 2008 from Gustavus.  His parents still feel like they are recent grads.

“Progressive Lenses” - Wow its fun to be able to read menus again─they use a lot of descriptive words these days!

“Gophers Will Shine Tonight” - Younger son, Erik Norelius Bjorling Heim (one Gustie sounding name added for emphasis), chooses the University of Minnesota.  Gustavus finishes a distant second or maybe even third.

“Almost Empty Nest” – Boy, we see that Gopher a lot!

“Can She Cook?” – Son, Peter, announces his engagement to fellow Gustie, Sarah Lee Duncan (add Heim(z) for a clue).  Wedding in Christ Chapel July 2010.

“Gustie Week” - In a week’s span I run into Bob and Judy Douglas (geology professor and head residents) at Jay Cook State Park, visit freshman roommate BOB NARTONIS’ cabin in Two Harbors, go to MARK and REGAN (BARKE) ALLEN’S daughter’s wedding, run into DEAN POSPESEL at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and saw senior year roommate BRIAN FRAGODT’S wife, Kim (Beyer ’83) sing with the Bend in the River Band and wind up with Kim at Paul and Ruth (Anderson) Tillquist’s ’63 ’63 (Advancement Office, both Gusties) house for a glass of wine.

“Colonoscopy” - Actually, I’m not ready to talk about this yet.

“AARP” - I have the discount card, but I haven’t brought myself to use it.

“Inspiration” - See JULIE ALTMAN SIMACEK who asks, “How come you don’t write class letters anymore?”

Enough about me, on to some class news.  DEB SCHAFER ROSE, Boulder, Colorado, is an engineering consultant (rocket scientist) in the aerospace industry.  She recently (this note is a year old) supported GeoEye who just launched the world’s highest resolution commercial earth imaging satellite.  Deb’s husband and son love to ski and snowboard.  BAB NELSON HUTSON is director of donor relations at Augsburg College.  She connects scholarship and endowment donors with the students they help.  Husband DICK HUTSON sold and implemented a storage system for the Cleveland Clinic and got to spend a year traveling back and forth to Cleveland.  Sara Larson, daughter of BARRY and PAM (VANDERVORT) LARSON was crowned the first ever Miss Capital City (a year ago) and competed in the Minnesota pageant.  Congrats parents!

JERI BEDIENT BUCHHOLZ of Silver Spring, Maryland is employed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  CHRISTY KIMZEY RICHMOND, Duluth, Georgia works for G & K Services.  MARCIA BLOOM BODNAR, San Diego, California is human resources manager for Optimer Pharmaceuticals.  SHERILYN JONSON JOHNSON is principal/teacher at Sweep Briar Public Schools in Almont, North Dakota.  DAVE HAKENSEN was awarded the Donald G. Padilla Distinguished Practitioner Award.  This award came from the Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.  Congrats Dave!  By the way, I saw Dave recently and he informs me that he was recently promoted.  Look for that announcement in the next class letter.  I’ll let Leslie write that one while I think of topics for future letters.

Oh yeah, please send money.  I’m sort of required to say that in my role as class agent.  As we have done away with Phonorama (there still is a student-led phoning called Gus Link), this is the only plea you’ll get from me (until I write another letter).  Our class came through as usual last year in the giving department so I want to thank everyone for that.  Keep your charities in mind if possible as the tough economic times have had a big affect on them.  Thanks and keep the class news coming.


Steve Heim

1981 Co-class Agent

Campus News

Gustavus gets High Rankings

Gustavus Adolphus College is listed as the 33rd best liberal arts college in the country according to a new set of college rankings released on Thursday, September 3, by Washington Monthly magazine.  The publication states on its website that schools were ranked based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:  social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Gustavus once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.  Gustavus moved up eight places from last year’s rankings to 80th on the magazine’s “Best Liberal Arts College’s” list.  Gustavus is one of six Minnesota colleges that placed in the top 100 in this year’s rankings.  One of the measures used to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college is alumni giving percentage; therefore, participating in a giving program at Gustavus, regardless of amount given, is important to the College.

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speakers:  Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18, Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16.

Upcoming Events

  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – December 4-6, 2009
  • Festival of St. Lucia – December 10, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

a royal affair