Class of 1986
25-Year Reunion

May 2011

Reunion Dates- September 30- October 1, 2011

Classmates,

As I write you on this first day of May, 2011, I am watching snowflakes fall from the sky and still wearing a sweater that should have been retired weeks ago!  Is anyone else sick of winter?  For those of us who have not flown the coup to warmer climates and still live in Minnesota, I guess we should know better than to bet against winter.

What has also been puzzling to me this year is the speed at which time is passing.  How could a third of the year be gone already?  Does it seem to you that the statement that I once wrote off as fiction that “time goes faster as we get older” is actually true?

Well I can tell you that our 25th reunion is just around the corner and it too is coming up faster than any of us thought.  Have you made your plans yet?  Called your college buddies and booked a room at the AmericInn, St. Peter?  As we have mentioned in previous class letters it is going to be a great event.  Not only do we have our class plans and program (details and registration information coming soon), but Gustavus has a ton of things going on as part of the school’s 150-year celebration.  Don’t miss the event of the year!

For the latest event information and to catch up with some old friends, I encourage you to “friend” our class Facebook page−Gustavus Class of 1986.  Over 70 classmates have joined and the number is growing daily.

On another note, we would like to personally thank all of you who have donated to Gustavus this past year.  One hundred, fifteen of our classmates have donated just under $18,000 to Gustavus.  Sweet!  While this is not bad for our class based on previous years, we do have some stiff competition from some of the other classes around us.

Class

# in Class

% Participation

Donors

$ Donated

1989

505

16.60%

84

$10,613

1988

466

15.50%

72

$30,256

1987

408

18.10%

74

$90,289

1986

469

24.50%

115

$17,855

1985

442

23.80%

105

$24,049

1984

494

23.50%

116

$44,459

1983

494

22.70%

112

$173,480

1982

462

24.70%

114

$52,092

1981

451

29.30%

132

$270,889

1980

469

29.00%

136

$71,346

Can I be so bold as to issue you a challenge?  Will you join me in increasing your donation to Gustavus this year as a way to honor our alma mater and our class for this our 25th reunion year?  And, if you haven’t donated to Gustavus in a good long time, why not do it now?  $25 for 25?  $250 for 25….  You get the idea.  The class of 1986 has long distinguished itself among the college’s staff and faculty as a great class.  Please consider making a donation to our college and to help commemorate our 25th reunion celebration.  My favorite way is to do it online at:  https://gustavus.edu/give/.  Please hurry as the college closes their fiscal year on May 31st.

In addition to all the reunion stuff, I also have some updates on the latest happenings with a few of your fellow classmates and the latest happenings at Gustavus.

Class News:

Julie Latterell Dickinson:  “I have worked at the Saint Paul Foundation for 25+ years.  My husband and I have been married for 8 years and shortly after our marriage moved to Spring Valley, WI.  We live in an 1870’s built log cabin which my husband and I have been restoring/renovating for um...about 8 years.  We own and I show Bernese Mountain Dogs.  My husband and I are planning a kayak trip to Rossport, Canada this summer to take a week-long paddle on Lake Superior.  We each built our own wood kayaks a number of years ago.  Since then we’ve tried to take annual trips with a group of friends we’ve travelled with for 15 years.

Sandra Setter Larsen is now athletic director/assistant principal at Eagan Senior High School in Eagan, MN.

Summer Get-Together?

For those of you living in the Twin Cities area who still enjoy evening socializing at local venues, we’re looking into arranging a get-together sometime this summer; it’s a good opportunity to take advantage of our four-day Minnesota summers.

GAC Stuff:

Class of 2016 The Admission Department has already received deposits for over 750 new students next fall.  This is way up from previous years when only 50 – 100 deposits would have been received by this time.  Looks like the secret is out about Gustavus!

Hamlet - The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus is pleased to present the timeless classic Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Amy Seham, this production will be performed in Anderson Theatre May 5-7 and May 12-13 at 8 p.m., May 8 at 2 p.m., and May 14 at 7 p.m.

Books in Bloom - Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) is preparing to host the first ever Books in Bloom event May 6-8 at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  Books in Bloom is a unique event that will highlight books, media, and other resource material within the library through floral arrangements and artistic expression.

The Hill Triathlon - The Epsilon Pi Alpha fraternity at Gustavus will host the fourth annual Take The Hill Triathlon Saturday, May 7.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit organization Insulin Dependence.  The triathlon will consist of a 500-yard swim in the Natatorium of Lund Center, a 12.5 mile bike ride through St. Peter and the surrounding countryside, and a 3.3 mile run through the Gustavus campus.  Last year 118 individuals and 18 relay teams competed in the event.

Women’s Tennis Defeats St. Olaf 9-0, Secures 20th Straight MIAC Title - The Gustavus women’s tennis team brought the regular season to a close with a 9-0 win over St. Olaf on Tuesday afternoon in St. Peter.  With the victory, Gustavus locks up its 20th straight MIAC regular season title, improving to 17-9 overall and 10-0 in the MIAC.

Nobel Conference 47 - The Brain and Being Human  Oct. 4 & 5, 2011

In recent years, novel collaborations between neuroscientists and researchers in seemingly disparate fields have forged new ideas and new questions about the working of the brain.  Aspects of daily human life are now incorporated into the scientific arena in a new synthesis to understand the human experience and what it means to be human.  The braiding of neuroscience with the humanities, arts, social sciences, theology, and engineering has empowered explanations of the motivations and operations of our daily activities.  This insight engenders uncertainty in terms of how to best apply this knowledge responsibly and ethically, and perhaps is even challenging the distinctiveness of our own species.

Well that’s about it for now.  We will have more information coming your way in the days to come.

See you on the hill!

David Meyers

1986 Co-Class Agent