Gustavus Faculty Help Build Habitat House in Le Sueur

Posted on December 19th, 2011 by

Byron Nordstrom

Three Gustavus Adolphus College faculty members are among a small group of individuals who were recently able to give a Le Sueur family the gift of a lifetime just in time for the holiday season.

Emeritus Professor of History Byron Nordstrom, Emeritus Professor of Music David Fienen, and Professor of Education John Clementson all contributed to a Habitat for Humanity house that Le Sueur resident Karen Feist and her four daughters are now living in.

Nordstrom was the Lead Builder on the project, which began last spring and concluded with a dedication and celebration on Dec. 11.

“I’ve been working with the Le Sueur Habitat chapter for about the last five or six years,” Nordstrom said. “My main reason for involvement is being able to do something right and good with a group of wonderful people. We work as a team, bring a lot of experience to the project, and try our best to give the recipients a well-built, quality home.”

While Nordstrom had been involved in at least five other Habitiat builds, this was his first time serving as Lead Builder.

“Being the lead guy meant checking to see who would show up to work every day, working with the Habitat folks in the Mankato office, picking up materials, fretting about the details, and chatting with the planned recipient,” Nordstrom said. “I felt married to the project from its beginnings and I’m still the guy Karen will call if there are any issues with the home.”

KEYC-TV in Mankato aired a story about the project on its Sunday, Dec. 11 newscast.


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