Class of '84
November 2007

Dear Gustie:

It’s a blustery fall afternoon, just days before Thanksgiving.  This time of year, especially as I get older, always makes me pause and take even a moment to take stock of my life, to acknowledge the journey that brought me to where (and who) I am today, to give thanks for all that enriches my life, and to consider where the road ahead may yet lead.  As playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder once wrote, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  So true!

A few classmates have touched base with news of what’s happening in their lives; here’s the latest:

Class News

  • Kari Boorsma wed Bill Woodson on February 3, 2007.  Congratulations on the nuptials!  They met on a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to El Salvador in November 2005.
  • Jeanne Johnson and Todd Hanson were married on June 17, 2006.  Congratulations!  They make their home in New London, Wisconsin.
  • Mary Zalk Neumann (Prior Lake, Minnesota) has formed a community relations consulting firm to help companies implement philanthropic endeavors.
  • John Owens sent an e-mail with the following message:
  • “Thought you might be interested in the update on my work here in the Philippines.  I attached a few articles regarding the work we are doing in the Philippines which is now being highlighted around the world.  We are in the process of making history and helping change the way poor people access the bank.”
  • Allyson Hasselbring Tarnowski (New Hope, Minnesota) is now working as an independent consultant in food service, hospitality, and service.

And no class letter would be complete without some news from the hill:

Campus News

President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

New football stadium opened

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, December  19

Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $1.95 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Calendar of events:

  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2        Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • December 6                 St. Lucia Day celebration on campus

As we approach the end of 2007, like me you may be considering making end-of-the-year financial gifts to organizations and causes you care about.  Gustavus certainly hopes it is among the organizations that are meaningful and important to you.  If you have already made a financial gift this year, or if you will be doing so soon, thank you very much.

That brings me to the close of another class letter.  I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, and that the rest of the holiday season brings you and yours much joy and reason to celebrate.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

Carole Arwidson

1984 Co-class Agent