Class of '82
October 1999

Dear Classmates,

We hope this letter finds each of you healthy and happy, and that your summer was relaxing and enjoyable!

Having just returned from our annual class agents’ meeting at Gustavus, we felt it necessary to inform you the campus looks beautiful and the Gustie spirit is thriving more than ever. We were truly amazed at the renovations to campus and the progress that is slowly being made in St. Peter. You may feel taking a few hours out of your busy schedule to visit campus isn’t a top priority, but we guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised. You can also set up a tour with a Gustavus Pride person by phoning the alumni office.

The new Evelyn Young Dining Room is complete and out does any other college cafeteria! It is called the Marketplace, with multiple eating options. From a soup and salad bar to a Belgian waffle bar, international food station (appropriately called "Hello Wok") to a great greasy food grill station or ham or chicken on the rotisserie and much more. There’s a new campus post office (they all have individual boxes now), a new BookMark, print shop and other great changes that each of you and your families would enjoy.

As always, Gustavus continues to top the lists of excellent colleges. Here are some interesting facts and news of Gustavus:

The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,490 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 Book Mark, 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 break-up 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. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.

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, September 25. David Esbjornson ’75 directs 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 has been planned for the fall. Christ Chapel Organist, Dr. David Fienen opened the series with Organ Works by Charles-Marie Widor on October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Volodymyr Koshuba, Organist of the Kiev Concert Hall of Organ and Chamber Music and the Ukraine's "Honored Artist" for 1998, will present a recital on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. 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. The Koshuba recital, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, will have tickets available at the door.

Gustavus will be represented at several Lutheran College Fairs and Festivals around the country this year. Gustavus alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to assist with these events by staffing the Gustavus table to share your experiences with prospective students and their parents. You can also help by bringing students of high potential to the events or encouraging their attendance. Please call the Gustavus Admission Office to volunteer at 800-GUSTAVU(S). Events scheduled include: Omaha, September 19; Kansas City, September 20; Des Moines, September 21; Cedar Rapids, September 22; Quad Cities, September 23; St. Louis, September 26; Denver, October 10; Phoenix, October 11; Santa Ana, October 12; Seattle, October 17; Portland, October 17; Appleton, October 31; Milwaukee, November 2; Madison, November 3; Chicago, November 7; Grand Rapids (MI), November 8; Detroit, November 14; Cleveland, November 15; Columbus, November 16; Pittsburgh, November 17; Saddlebrook (NJ), November 21; Philadelphia, November 21; Baltimore, November 22; and Washington, DC, November 23.

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

Soon you will be getting a phone call from a student on campus for your contribution to the Gustavus fund. We would like to increase our class participation and dollars this year. We feel it’s time to meet the challenge given to us by the college. If each one of us could increase our pledge by 4% it would make a difference in our class participation, including those of you who put off giving for one reason or another, please make this year your year to give.

We have some missing classmates and would like you to help us find them for mailings, reunion notices, etc.. If you know the whereabouts of any of these people, please call: 1-800-487-8437 or write the Alumni Office:

  • Grant T. Amundson
  • Lisa M. Bankey
  • Terry J. Bartz
  • Paula Martinson Bhagyam
  • Scott A. Blair
  • Mark Copenhaver
  • James R. Corda
  • Kim Haavisto Davison
  • Jeff Elliott
  • Ninni Hellquist Ericsson
  • Lisa B. Helgesen
  • Nancy J. Hilleren
  • Karen Holmberg-Smith
  • Sandra J. Holmes
  • Mary Beth Kastelic Johnson
  • Bonnie L. Kirkegaard
  • Jon H. Knudtson
  • Michael J. Law
  • Beth Undlin Lockner
  • Cynthia Miller Martin
  • Betsy Johnson Martin
  • Kristin Malm Matthey
  • Pamela Chapman McAnally
  • Caroline S. Nelson
  • Jeanne M. Nelson
  • Kristen Dunphy Nelson
  • Phillip D. Pauly
  • Michael Perry
  • Steven K. Peterson
  • Joseph M. Polson
  • Deborah L. Scholer
  • Kimberlee Johnke Smith
  • Jeff Thomas
  • Carrie Lewis Wagner
  • Stephen R. West
  • Judi L. Worthington
  • Christine L. Zunkel

Class News:

  • Marie Boyd competed with the U.S. Women’s marathon at the Pan Am Games.
  • Tim Dittberner is a member of the Minnesota State High School Boards of Directors.
  • Cynthia Jacobson is the dean of students at Friends University.
  • Paul Dumdei is the president of First National Bank in St. Peter.
  • Brenda Froberg Legred serves as director of development at Concordia University in St. Paul.
  • Susan Davies recently had her acrylic painting "Margaret" selected to be shown at the 20th Annual Juried Exhibition for Women Artists.
  • Roberta Kitlinski is a rehabilitation teacher of the blind at Pittsburgh Vision Services.
  • Kevin Richardson is a senior consultant for Risk Analysis and Management.
  • Steve Bosacker is Governor Ventura’s chief of staff.
  • Patrice Phelan Lyke earned her doctorate in English.
  • Julie Beckenhauer Leacox is the executive secretary to the assistant superintendent/business operations at Ft. Zumwalt school district.
  • Lisa DeRemee wed Patrick McCormick in June of 1998.


  • Julie Breckenhauer Leacox and husband, David, adopted Spenser and Riley from St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • A daughter, Maya Lauren was born to Quazi Ahmed and his wife, Bonnie.
  • Son, Benjamin Cavanaugh to Patrice Phelan Lyke and her husband, Robert.
  • A son, Chad Daniel, to Dan Musser and his wife, Debra.
  • Daughter, Kjersti Jean, to Kim (Colburn ’84) and John Olson.
  • And a son, by adoption from Guatemala City, Alejandro David, to David and Paula (Ranum) Buxton.

Please remember a contribution to the Gustavus Fund. Our next class letter will have a special guest writer! That’s it for now, stay of good cheer and Happy Holiday’s…have a fabulous 2000!

J. C. Anderson and Ann McGowan Wasson

1982 Co-class Agents