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Class of 1968: 50th Reunion

Oct. 5-7, 2018

A message from the Class of 1968 Leadership Team

In October 2013, we celebrated the 45th anniversary of our graduation at Augustana’s Homecoming weekend.

That Friday, we gathered for the re-dedication of the refurbished Old Main and then had our reception at House on the Hill. On Saturday, we had our group photo taken in Wallenberg Hall, enjoyed lunch on the Quad, were amazed at the how the football field has been transformed, and really celebrated our friendships at our own dinner gathering at the Abbey.

Those of us who attended had a great time and are in the photo gallery. To our classmates who were not able to attend, we really missed you! Picture yourselves in these photos and plan to attend the 50th!

Leadership Team

Marcia Lutz Blust, John Dahl, Carla Edlefson, Allan (Tony) Ekdale, Kent and Katherine (Anderson) Eklund, Toria Olson Emas, Christine Mathson Holmer, Sherry Esposito Kuehnle, Carol Schersten LaHurd, James Lundeen, Ward Nelson, Jeanne Donstad Olsen, Karen Olson Roloff, Barry Stoughton, Sharon Anderson Telleen, Bill and Pam (Caldwell) Telleen.

class of 1968 gift chart

Gift Planning

The funds raised for the 45th reunion gift to the college are now a jump start toward the goal of raising a total of $2.5 million for Augustana’s endowment to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our graduation.

The Leadership Team announced at the 45th reunion dinner that part of the $2.5 million gift would be to endow the Presidential Initiatives Fund and to name it for the Class of 1968.

We need to raise at least $500,000 to endow the Class of 1968 Presidential Initiatives Fund. To achieve that goal and to reach the $2.5 million goal, ALL gifts, pledges, and estate provisions to Augustana will count.

Class members should watch their mail and emails for opportunities to contribute and return to this webpage regularly for fundraising updates.

President's Initiative Fund

president's initiative fund



New program development

  • Interdisciplinary Film and Media major
    • Offering new format for presenting ideas
    • Program to develop high school summer institutes
  • Varsity men's volleyball

Enhancing existing programs

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders Masters Program
    • Self-study to secure accreditation
    • Current students benefit by 4 + 1 program design
    • Attractive incentive to recruit new students

More projects from the President's Initiative Fund


Class Photos

class of 1968 at 45th reunion
Attendees at the 45th reunion during Homecoming 2013 posed for a group photo. Click the picture to view the full-sized image with a complete name list of those pictured.
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Singing "Back Home Again" at the 45th reunion. Lyrics written by class member Ed Holtom.

45th Reunion Class Gift

As part of the 45th reunion celebration, the Class of 1968 Leadership Team decided to ask classmates to help raise the money needed to name the Quad Entrance to Old Main. This is where most students enter the building, and the Leadership Team wanted current and future students to know that this entryway is named for the Class of 1968. By the time of the 45th reunion, the Class of 1968 raised over $75,000 for Old Main renovations.

Why I Attend Reunions

"One great thing about these "older" reunions is that there's really little left to prove. We've now lived the largest part of our lives and more or less accomplished what we set out to accomplish. Pressures felt earlier are now gone, and many of us are off following new passions or pathways. The same guys or gals we knew way back when are still there, but the fascination is remembering that and hearing about where they are heading now."
— Bill Lorimer '68 (more)

Why I Give

"Why give money to Augustana? Why would I NOT give money to Augustana?! My formative experiences as an Augie student back in the turbulent 1960's were uplifting and broadening to me in more ways than I can count. At that time, I would not have had sufficient personal resources to get through college without the generous scholarship assistance provided by donations from others who had gone before me. Now, in my long career as a university professor myself, I interact daily with students who struggle with the financial challenges of seeking their own educational dreams. That's why I feel a joyful desire - not a disgruntled obligation - to contribute what little I can to the educational future of those students who are coming along the path after me." 
— Tony Ekdale '68 (more)

Stay in Touch

Go to Class of 1968 Facebook page to keep up with your classmates.