1967 Class Letter

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Dear Class of 1967,

Time again for another class letter and no class news! So I took to the phone and harassed a few of you for information. I was pleased to find that the Class of ’67 has been quite active in year 2000.

Class News

For a perfect beginning to the upcoming Holiday Season, those of you in the Minneapolis area may wish to attend the Mt. Olivet Bazaar, November 4th at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church. The annual bazaar has been expanded to include artist and craft booths to make the event even more spectacular than in the past.

Marilyn (Turnquist) Hoch is the chairman of the event. She suggests that everyone come early to get the choice items. The Bazaar is open from 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. only. Good luck Marilyn.

Mim (Sponberg) Kagol continues as a St. Louis Park teacher and faculty advisor to the school newspaper. It has been a very successful year for the paper and Mim. This spring the paper won national recognition as an exceptional school paper. Mim and one of her students traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the national award.

To make the trip even more exciting, Mim visited a past student of hers who now works as a columnist for the New York Times newspaper in Washington, D.C. That earned her a tour of not only the New York Times office, but also the pressroom at the White House.

Many of you may have heard of this St. Louis Park graduate, Tom Friedman. He is the author of the book, Lexus and the Olive Tree.

While in D.C. Mim toured the Pentagon as a guest of her cousin, JanaLee Sponberg ’68. JanaLee works for the Department of Defense. Congratulations to Mim and St. Louis Park High School newspaper staff.

Ginger (Froyen) Haddorff has completed her graduate studies in International Education. She is presently completing her thesis on problems experienced by expatriates re-entering their home country environment after living abroad.

After having the opportunity to travel extensively during the years (28 countries), Ginger wants to encourage young people to broaden their horizons and enrich their lives through international travel. She plans to work with various study abroad programs once she receives her Master's Degree.

Ginger’s research indicated certain groups of students are less likely to study abroad. This group includes minorities, varsity athletes, as well as students majoring in education, business and science. Based on these findings, she has set up a Ginger Froyen Haddorff Scholarship for studying abroad. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a Gustavus student that falls within one of the above-mentioned categories. The first scholarship was awarded this year. Ginger and Bob look forward to meeting the scholarship recipient at Gustavus later in October.

Sheri (Anderson) and John Menge have increased the staff at their company by one. Their daughter, Andrea ’98, has joined the company. She and her mom are also advising Sandy (Chandler) Williamson and Sandy’s daughter, Heidi, on Heidi’s wedding plans for her Holiday wedding the end of December. Best wishes to all.

Mary (Lipke) Rodning has become a world-renowned calligrapher. She has been selected to accompany an international contemporary calligraphy show to the far-east. A piece or her calligraphy will be a part of the show that will take Mary to Taipei, Taiwan, and Korea. Mary stayed closer to home this summer by canoeing the Boundary Water Canoe Area.

For all of you on e-mail, please feel free to contact me with anything you might want to add to the next class letter. My e-mail address is: emichael@gateway.net. I hope to hear from you all soon.

Phonorama is scheduled for October 16, 17, and 19 at Deli Express in Eden Prairie. Otherwise participate at Alliant Foodservice in Eagan on October 23, 24, or 26. I hope some of you living in the cities will consider attending one of these sessions. You will help not only raise money for the Alumni Fund at Gustavus, but also have fun reconnecting with those old Gustavus buddies of yours. If you can attend, just contact the Alumni office by phoning 1-800-487-8437 or e-mail the office at gustavusfund@gustavus.edu.

Campus News:

The 2000-2001 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,510 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,490 set last year), including 675 first-year students. When students arrived on campus in early September they were welcomed by the newly completed Carlson International Center/Swedish House, a new outdoor track/soccer field, and a newly completed Courtyard Café in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center. This new café offers specialty coffees, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches, and opens to an outdoor eating area on the Johns Courtyard between the Jackson Campus Center and Lund Center.

Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal

arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 14th 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 tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80.

Gustavus recently received the results of a comparative alumni survey that measures alumni responses to a series of questions about their college experience. The study provides comparisons to other groups of colleges including Lutheran colleges, member colleges of the Minnesota Private College Council and, most importantly, with large public universities. We will share with you results of the survey in class letters this year. A sampling of responses to remembrances of college academic life include the following:

· Alumni agree that professors often challenged them, but also personally helped them to meet the challenge. Gustavus alumni agree 78%, large public universities 38%.

· Alumni agree that a large majority of classes were taught by professors as compared to teaching assistants. Gustavus alumni agree 90%, large public universities 32%.

· Alumni remember a high quality, teaching oriented faculty. Gustavus alumni agree 61%, large public universities 25%.

· Alumni remember many small classes with fewer than twenty students. Gustavus alumni agree 50%, large public universities 9%.

Gustavus has received word from the Lilly Endowment that it was one of 20 awardees (out of a pool of 31 colleges and universities) of a $1,963,425 implementation grant. It is the largest program grant the College has ever received. The award will support a comprehensive initiative to more effectively carry out some key aspects of the College's mission statement and encourage theological reflection and moral questioning that forms character, shapes lives, and guides career choices. It will build upon the ethos and climate of Gustavus by supporting already-existing programs, adding new ones, and creating a center to coordinate and intensify those vocation-oriented activities. In doing so, it will provide students with the foundational tools necessary for a lifelong exploration of their calling and a lifetime of community leadership and service to others.

G.I.V.E. (Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors), a day of community service, is scheduled for Saturday, October 7. Numerous sites have been identified in the Twin Cities and alumni in other cities around the country are participating in the event.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, Heaven and Nature Sing, is December 1-3. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly. Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.


Dawn Michael

1967 Co-Class Agent