When news came of severe tornadoes sweeping through Gustavus Adolphus College,
lovers of other beautiful campuses must have caught their collective breath.
The pictures that followed confirmed some of those fears – four buildings destroyed and
most others damaged. Perhaps more heartbreaking was how the lovely 330-acre campus was
heavily denuded of trees. Insurance covered most of the damage, except for the landscaping.
That is why the Wittenberg Student Senate voted in the spring to donate $1,500 to Gustavus's
tree replacement fund.
Still, for a college it could not have been better timing for a disaster. The 200 mile per
hour winds struck campus during spring break, late in the afternoon on a Sunday. Consequently,
no one on campus was injured, although some college employees lost their homes in the
surrounding community of Saint Peter, Minn.