Kevin Grose ’72 credits St. Olaf with opening up his world in many ways, including providing a supportive environment to him as a gay student. By establishing an endowed scholarship for students studying off-campus or abroad and who support LGBTQIA+ initiatives, he’s opening up opportunities for many Oles.
Kevin Bailey '89 included support for financial aid and the St. Olaf Choir in his updated estate to help others access the same opportunities he had at St. Olaf. His gift is part of the lessons he learned about curiosity, drive, being kind, and giving back.
For Ron Hunter ’70, including a gift to St. Olaf in his estate plan was a simple and effective way to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion while honoring the exceptional education he received as an Ole.
Bill Etnyre '69 and his husband Michael Lonesome-Etnyre established an endowed fund to undergird the vice president of student life position at St. Olaf. They also established two additional endowed funds to advance financial aid for underrepresented students and to support the services and programs of the Taylor Center.
"I have such wonderful memories of my four years at St. Olaf — the beautiful campus, caring faculty, the warm family atmosphere," says Jambor. "It seemed natural to do something to help perpetuate all of this for generations to come. I had been thinking about charitable gift annuities. When I saw that St. Olaf could provide one and benefit from it, my decision was easily made."
Philip Moeller '63, a specialist with the World Bank, has led a life that has taken him far from the Hill. From Malaysia to Madagascar, he has engaged people in creating and sustaining institutional change. It's been a fulfilling career he had never considered — one he credits to his St. Olaf education.
John Arenson '72 cherishes his experience singing in the St. Olaf Choir. "That was my goal," he says, "and it took me three years to get there." He also sang in the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir, took private voice lessons, and studied hard as a physics major.
Beth Olson Spande '66 grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, and came to St. Olaf expecting to transfer after one year. She stayed, ultimately double-majoring in English and Norwegian. Like so many Oles, Beth appreciated the rigorous classes and close friendships she formed.
Mike and Donna Wolsted share a passion for music. Mike's a producer, recording and replicating compact discs for choirs, polka bands, jazz ensembles, and earlier, for rock groups. Donna manages the visual art component of its packaging. They've partnered on music projects for St. Olaf College for close to 40 years, producing more than 100 titles in the process.
Beth McDowell Baldwin '90 grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives today, and attended a St. Olaf Choir concert there in her early teens. "I thought it would be awesome to be part of that one day," she recalls. When applying to colleges, she considered music conservatories but chose St. Olaf because of its liberal arts focus combined with musical excellence.
Walter Boge '93 received a postcard from St. Olaf College describing a unique giving opportunity. He read about giving cash or stock in exchange for fixed income during his retirement years. He thought it sounded like a great planning vehicle, so he called for more information.