Class of '82
With all the school aged children getting the next few weeks off from school, I was reminded of the 2002 spring trip I took with Jim Macaulay, Mark Bartlett, Jim Bjork and Mike Daum. We got into Mike’s Cutlass in the spring of that year and headed to South Padre Island, Texas (I had $200 to my name).
The four of us experienced a 24 hour car ride, cheesy fries at “What-A-Burger,” Texas Pride beer, sleeping on the beach in sleeping bags, eating at the Pizza Hut buffet around 2:00 p.m. so we could combine lunch and dinner, and jumping in the local hotel pools in the morning to wake up and get the sand off us. For some reason, that I cannot recall today, I decided to ride home with Randy Allen, Scott “Soupy” Bowell ’83 and Tim Hoover, in Tim’s AMC Pacer. It must have been a chance to ride in a Pacer! On the trip back to Gustavus, we stopped at Soup’s parent’s home for a visit; we also went through Austin, Texas and took in the sights at Barton Springs.
This was a great college experience because of the time together with friends and best of all the memories that stay with you even after 24 years. As they say―priceless!
25th Class Reunion
Dates that you will want to pencil in on your calendar are October 7-8, 2007―our 25th Anniversary Class Reunion. In preparation for this weekend, JC, Ann and I are trying to form a Reunion Committee comprised of our classmates from all the different groups and organizations that Gustavus offered in 1978-82―fraternities, sororities, musical groups, sports, academic, theatre, residence halls, government, arts, religion, etc. We are therefore once again inviting you to be a part of the committee. I have heard from Greg Laszewski, Rod Provart, Duncan Puffer, and Tim Kennedy about joining the committee and we are still looking for more classmates―how about Tom Bergstrom, Paul Dumdei, Mark Altman, Lindi Odell Bitter, John Kellen, Tom Niebeling, Beth Sparboe Schnell, Kevin Kramer, Jeanette Wayne Pospesel, Susie Erickson Peterson, Dawn Abraham Erickson??????
I know one of the first questions you might ask is “how much of a commitment are we talking about?” Here are the basics about the committee:
- Help recruit other members to the committee
- Build class-wide support of the reunion
- Make personal contact with classmates and encourage them to attend the reunion events and participate in the reunion class gift
- Attend two gatherings of the committee – the first on campus on September 9, 2006 and the second in Minneapolis on February 24, 2007.
The September meeting will focus on event planning: when, where, and what will the reunion look like; the February meeting will focus on distributing contact cards for calling classmates.
Please give it some thought and let me know if you are interested in joining us in planning and putting on the 25th Class Reunion
Here is how our Class is doing in terms of gifts this fund year as of March 31, 2006 as compared to last year at that date:
Total Donors Last Yr.
Unrestricted Alumni Fund
Total Dollar Credit This Yr.
Unrestricted Alumni Fund
Total Dollar Credit Last Yr.
You still have until May 31st to make a gift this year. JC, Ann and I would love to be the “Class Agents of the Year,” but the only way this is going to happen is by increasing our number of classmates who make gifts. Therefore, contact Gustavus and make a gift no matter what the dollar amount by using the envelope enclosed with this letter, going online at: https://secure2.gac.edu/giving/, or by calling: 800-487-3863.
Athletic Fundraising Efforts
As many of you are aware Gustavus is currently in the process of raising funds to move the football stadium behind Lund Center, move the baseball park, and build new practice fields. These improvements to the athletic sites are in preparation for expanding the campus to the west, where a new social science building is planned. This would give the campus more of a center-focus on Christ Chapel, with walkways leading away from the chapel.
Currently, fundraising efforts have passed the $2.5 million-dollar mark. It is wonderful, and maybe historic, that so many are lining up to help achieve the goal of raising six million dollars to build these new facilities and fields for Gustavus. You can get a good glimpse of this project online at: http://gustavus.edu/campusprogress/footballstadium/morephotos.
If this is something you would like to get behind – contact Stephen Hogberg ’69, Associate Vice President, Gift Planning, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your pledge.
Okay, let’s see what I have learned over the last few months about our classmates:
- J.C. Anderson and Lori (Rutter ’81) Anderson have been busy with their son, Spencer, a senior at Edina who played goalie for the Edina varsity hockey team, and most importantly has recently been admitted to the honors program at Boston College for the fall. Congratulations, Spencer! Their daughter, Hannah, is a freshman at Minnehaha Academy and competed in the USA Junior’s Ski Program in Colorado this winter. After a week in Colorado, the Andersons spent a week in Costa Rico for a break.
- Ann McGowan Wasson, Karl, and family spent spring break in Sanibel Island, FL. After a winter of traveling with their son’s hockey team all over the state, they needed a rest. One of the highlights of my involvement in youth sports in Edina has been becoming friends with Ann’s older brother, Mike. He must be a wonderful brother, because he is a great guy to be around.
- Duncan Puffer and his wife, Stephanie, are raising their three children (oldest is 5 and youngest is 9 months) in Hermantown, MN. So, needless to say he is extremely busy. When he is not being a father, Duncan is an oral surgeon. He recently had ACL surgery but has recovered nicely. I guess being an old-jock finally catches up with everyone.
- Bill Michael is heading up the white-collar crime unit at Lindquist and Vennum, PLLP in Minneapolis. Laurie (Schroeper ’80) and Bill will be earning frequent flier miles as they commute between Cambridge, MA where the daughter, Alex, is attending Harvard and playing volleyball, and Fort Collins, CO, where their son, Aaron, will be a freshman next fall at Colorado State, and skiing quite a bit.
- I expect to see a lot of Carrie Nelson Levine this summer because her son, Mickey, and my son, Spencer, will be playing on the Edina U11 soccer team together. I will have more to write about regarding Carrie after the season―stay tuned.
- Greg Laszewski told me that his daughter, Catie Leigh, is a senior this year at Wauwatosa East High School. She plans to attend college next year and wants to go into musical theatre and wants to be in a large city so they have been going to Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburg and St. Louis. Lazoo said it is a very tough program to get into at any school as she has to audition to get in. Good luck Catie.
- Bruce Bade continues to teach in the Shakopee district, and coaching the girl’s JV fast-pitch softball team. His son is in 8th grade and waiting to hear what baseball team he will be playing on, and his daughter who is in 5th grade is excited about the softball team she will play on this summer. Bruce is looking forward to traveling around the area on the weekends to watch his progeny.
- Dave Carlson and his father, A. C. Carlson, have opened a new 17,130 square foot appliance showroom and warehouse in New Hope. A. C. Carlson started the store 50 years ago. The store sells dishwashers, washers and dryers, freezers, microwaves, ranges, refrigerators, water softners and water heaters. Dave became president in 1994 after working for the family business since graduating in 1982. Good luck.
- Jim and Susan (Terry) Macauley visited Marcia Page and John Huepenbecker ’80 at their London home over Thanksgiving. Marcia is in London for a year to develop her companies’ business overseas. Marcia, John and their family will be back this summer. In addition, Dawn Abraham Erickson, Susie Erickson Peterson, Nancy Davis Haugen, John’s family, Marcia’s family, and friends from Minnesota visited them over the past few months. For pictures of their adventure, go to www.huepsinlondon.com.
- Tom and Christine (Oas) Franz have been busy with sports! Their two sons Kevin (5th grade) and Brian (6th grade) are playing football, hockey, and soccer. Tom is coaching and Christi is managing.
- Speaking of sports, I saw Jon and Dawn (Abraham) Erickson at Braemar Arena where Luke was playing in the year-ending hockey tournament in Edina for Woodbury. Luke has some very big shoes to fill if he is going to play like his father.
- I also saw Sharon Sestak Brings at the arena this winter as she was watching her son, who is a senior at Edina, play hockey.
- Jim Huepenbecker is living in Owatonna, MN and working at Federated Insurance and has celebrated his 21st Anniversary this year. He has not visited his brother, John, in London, but Elwood and Doris are making the trip at the end of April. Jim’s time, when he is not at Federated, is spent on the golf courses around Southern Minnesota.
- Tom Swansson’s son, Grant, is a three-sport player―he plays football, hockey and is now in baseball for the Woodbury Royals youth sport teams. But best of all he is a very nice young man.
- Tim Dittberner, principal at a New Prague Middle School, has opened a workout facility in Byron, MN. Jane Dittberner is a Realtor in New Prague.
- Luther and Lori (Bergstrand) Swenson are in their 11th year of being co-pastors at Ascension Lutheran Church in Green Bay, WI. They live in DePere with their three teenagers―Nathan, Matthew and Kiersten.
- Jim Bjork and Sheryl (Anderson ’85) Bjork have opened their home again to a foreign student―Edgar, who is from Latvia. Over the past three years they have had students from Spain and Germany stay with them for the school year.
- Mike Daum, his wife, Lisa, and children, Logan, Nick and Carly, are enjoying life in Lakeville. His son, Logan continues to be in demand as an actor in school and community theatre. He has had some very demanding roles.
- If you get to Greenfield, IN, look up Carol Robertson Plouch and her family. Carol is currently a principal research scientist in the neuro-sciences at Eli Lilly.
- Cindy Kyllo Ostrem is living with her husband, Mark, in Westby, WI, where she is continuing to work as an exercise physiologist at Vernon Memorial. Cindy is also serving on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
- Combining two hobbies is keeping Paul Richard, of Allenspark, CO, busy. Paul has combined his love of travel and use of home exchanges with his pursuit of a pilot license. The website is www.homeandhangarexchange.com and provides a mechanism for general aviation pilots to arrange home and hangar exchanges. In addition, he continues to work for IBM as a project manager. Laura Kuehn Richard ’83, is working a registrar and marketing director for Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center.
- Michael Kelby was married to Jill Scheider on September 9, 2005. Congratulations!
- News from my hometown, Rochester, MN, Gary Gittus opened his own law practice last year in Rochester―Gittus Law Office. Good luck with the practice.
- Lisa Bankey Bale is practicing law and living in Edina with her husband, Richard Bale.
- Dixie Tronrud Vornbrock is currently promoting and compiling a C/D for Independent Artists. The C/D was voted best compilation by the European Country Music Association. Please bring a copy to our 25th Anniversary Reunion for a musical break.
- Moving from the governor’s office, under Gov. Ventura, to Mayor Rybak’s Office, is keeping Steven Bosacker busy. Under Ventura he was chief of staff. In the Mayor of Minneapolis Office he will be the city coordinator, a position that oversees agencies in charge of finances, inspections, and other functions.
- Marcia Page is not the only classmate living in another country―Shig Yoshikawa is living in Japan. She is an office worker at a small school―Tokyo Kasei-Gakuin University in the suburbs of Tokyo. There are 2,500 students who are studying home economics (food, clothing, housing, and matters between men and women) and humanities. Hopefully Shig will make it back to Gustavus for our 25th Class Reunion.
All the best,
Richard “Dick” Olson
1982 Co-class Agent
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 Alumni Directory
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Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)
Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate. Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood. This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level. This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute. Come out to help make the community a little better. To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to gustavus.edu/alumni.
MAYDAY! Peace Conference: "AIDS + Africa, the Unfolding Crisis"
The 26th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 19. This year's topic is AIDS in Africa. The conference will feature a keynote address by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the HIV virus, and Marjorie Mbilinyi, social activist and professor in Tanzania. The AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on campus for viewing. Robert Gallo is spending time on campus during March and April sponsored by the Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Distinguished Professorship, a residency program for Nobel Laureates and similarly distinguished scholars. For more information, go to gustavus.edu/events/mayday/.
Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6! The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other. In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College. Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus? Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event. Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided. Sign-up via e-mail at <email@example.com> or call 800/487-8437.
Upcoming Alumni Events
- MAYDAY! Peace Conference on AIDS – April 19
- Gustavus Association of Congregations Meeting, keynote address, "Discipleship in Today's Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis – April 29
- Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
- Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
- Commencement – May 28
- Gusties Gather! – August 6
- Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
- Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8