Class of '85
May 2009

Dear Classmates,

May Day!  May Day!  Your class agent is drowning!  Figuratively speaking, of course.  Work, family, church, home, volunteer, work, family, church, home, volunteer and try to get some exercise and sleep in there somewhere.  It was with great joy that I watched my oldest daughter affirm her baptism this morning.  Unfortunately, my mind kept wandering during the service to the Power Point that needs to he done and the presentation given tomorrow afternoon, the mound of work I left on my desk Friday afternoon as I dashed out to attend my other daughter’s final elementary music program, the windows that desperately need washing at home, and the friend I need to call after her surgery last week.  Sound like your life too?  Thus, this letter is late!  Thus, I hope you will write a guest class letter the next time you are asked or even share some class agent responsibilities with me.

Kari Hoffman Christensen has stepped forward to help plan our 25th class reunion―thank you!  This is a big job that will be easier for all if more classmates are involved.  Let me know today what you want to do to reconnect and re-engage with Gustavus.

Our class is currently at the bottom of the third decade in giving to the Annual Fund during this academic year.  Let’s do something about that―today!  The fund year closes on May 31 but there is still time to make a gift to Gustavus.  Do it online at:

Class News

Just a few pieces of class news to report: Deirdre Dahlstrom Hultgren is a personal shopper at Macy’s.  She and her husband, Chris, live in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Tom Wolf works at Nebraska Furniture Mart.  He and his wife, Julia, live in Kansas City, Kansas.

Beth Ewald Dammann earned a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota in October 2008.  Congratulations!

Campus News

Update on Commission Gustavus 150

Recently posted to the Commission website is a summary of the common issues and “big ideas” discussed at the first nine National Summit meetings regarding the College’s five core values (Excellence, Faith, Justice, Service, and Community).  The participants were asked how the College might ensure that the core values would be lived out in the lives of alumni, faculty, staff, and students.  The summary is being shared with all members of the eight task forces of Commission Gustavus 150.  The common issues and big ideas will help shape the recommendations made by the Task Forces to the Gustavus Board of Trustees and ultimately form the basis for the College’s long―range strategic plan.

Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22. Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points). Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings.  First-year student, Chloe Radcliffe, placed first in the individual sweepstakes and senior, Tasha Carlson, will represent Minnesota at the 2009 Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest―the oldest speaking competition in the country―on April 25 in Oxford, Mississippi.

Hockey Finals

The men’s hockey team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game at Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, March 21.  They lost a great game to Neumann College, 4-1.  The women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to UW-River Falls in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Gustavus's Day at the Capitol

Hundreds of students and financial aid supporters from Gustavus Adolphus College and other Minnesota private colleges and universities gathered on various days at the state Capitol this spring to advocate for need‑based student financial aid. Gustavus’s Day at the Capitol was March 5, shared with Hamline University and St. Mary’s University.

"Come on You Gusties" Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  Our featured presenter for May will be Kathi Tunhelm, assistant professor for economics and management.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.

Susan Johnson Chwalek

1985 Class Agent

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