Class of '76
July 2006


Reunion dates ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Greetings members of the 30th anniversary class from 1976!!

Have you got the date on your calendar yet?  It’s October 7-8, 2006.  Yes, THIS year! 

We’re going to have the party on campus this year, see the invitation included with this letter.  I’d like to thank the Co-Chairs of the Reunion Planning Committee, Diane Clark Miller and Eric Larson, and the rest of the Committee, for all their hard work organizing and coordinating the party.

We had a great turnout last time and we were the party that all the rest of the reunion years came to visit because we were having the most fun.  If you missed the last one you can see the pics at:

After all, we have a tradition to continue, and that requires your participation to make it happen.

The Reunion Committee would like you to also consider participation in giving a special contribution toward our “30-year reunion class gift” to the college.  It’s easy to do online, just go to:

The majority of the funds donated to the Alumni Fund provide scholarships for the next generation of Gusties!

Reunion Committee:

  • Ginny Kirkegaard Leppart
  • Bruce Olson
  • Greg Boehmke
  • Eric Larson
  • Bradford Roberts
  • Diane Clark Miller
  • Diane Moen Jungbluth
  • Cynthia Simonett Hackworthy
  • Todd Zwickey
  • Janna King
  • Leslie Horton Nordberg


Test-Optional Admission Policy

Continuing their tradition of innovative and competitive admission policies and practices, the Gustavus Admission Office announced this spring that applicants for the Class of 2011 can choose whether or not to submit their standardized test scores for consideration in the admission process.  Gustavus’ high admission standards have not changed; this policy emphasizes that the College’s application-review process focuses on the abilities and experiences of the whole person, not just one number.  As the first MIAC college and Phi Beta Kappa institution in Minnesota to allow this option, Gustavus is receiving very positive feedback from prospective students and has received excellent coverage in local and national media. 

Gustavus Legacy Award

New Gusties enrolling next fall have a new financial aid opportunity.  Awards of $2,500 are given to students whose siblings are current Gustavus students or graduates or whose parents or grandparents are Gustavus alumni.  Scholarship recipients must have a grade point average of at least 3.5, or an ACT of 26, or an 1170 on the SAT.  The Gustavus Legacy Award expands upon the previous Alumni Scholarship by recognizing and awarding students who have Gustie siblings.  By applying for admission, students are automatically considered for this scholarship and awarded if they qualify.

Summer Reading

Each summer, incoming Gustavus students are asked to complete a “Reading in Common” that will be discussed during New Student Orientation and, for some students, during their First Term Seminar course.  The Reading in Common selection for 2006-07 is Honky by Dalton Conley.  This intensely personal and engaging memoir is the coming-of-age story of a white boy growing up in a neighborhood of predominantly African American and Latino housing projects on New York’s Lower East Side.  Dalton Conley will give a campus lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Christ Chapel.  Feel free to join us in this common Gustavus experience.

Extraordinary Athletics

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the United States Sports Academy have announced the final totals for the 2005-06 Directors’ Cup and Gustavus finished 10th out of 435 competing NCAA Division III institutions.  The Directors’ Cup, which is the only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, is awarded to four-year institutions in the NCAA and NAIA with the best overall athletic programs.  In Division III, standings are based on national tournament finishes in 25 sports with points awarded based on the number of teams participating in each specific national championship.  Gustavus is one of only seven institutions in Division III to have posted top 10 finishes in four of the past five years and is the only school from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to place in the top 20 this year.

Upcoming Events:

  • Nobel Conference: “Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow” - October 3 - 4
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend - October 7 - 8


  • Dave Martens retired as chief of police in Lakeville, MN and has been appointed regional security director for Associated Banc Corp, N.A.
  • Matthew Barnes has a new baby girl, Grace Curoe Barnes born 3-12-05.
  • LaVonne Carlson Moore finished teaching after 30 years and is now working part-time.
  • Brian Falk and Betty (Serra ’77) are still involved with music.  They have six children, from grown to third grade!
  • Judith (Tynjala) Murphy is a senior vice president for Investor Relations at U.S.Bancorp and Dennis Murphy works for GE as the director of marketing, GE Consumer Finance.
  • Len Klun has been named general manager of the Microelectronics Division at HEI in Victoria, MN and DeAnn (Smith) Klun continues as the band director at Orono Middle School.
  • Melanie Williams Frank has a new career!  Since December of 2005, she is working in the corporate world of clinical oncology research.  Melanie works for the Pharmaceutical Product Development firm and manages cancer drug trials on behalf of the company.  She says it’s been a large learning curve, and a move to Wilmington, NC.
  • Gregg Waldhauser ’75 is the president and owner of Universal Telephone and Wendy Plaschko Waldhauser says she is a Domestic Goddess (I just type them as they send them).  They live in Midlothian, Virginia.
  • Leanne Baker and Guy Ogburn were married March 23, 2003 and live in Nashville, TN.  Guy is the owner of Shins Tae Kwon Do and Leanne is a partner in the Dozier Consulting Group.
  • Barbara Moore Cope teaches French in a private school to 1st, 4th, 6th, and 7th grade students.  Her son graduated from high school and her daughter from college.
  • Leslyn Skog and her husband, David, run a childcare business from their home and she also finds time to be an elementary school substitute teacher.  With their three kids in college, I understand.
  • Rescue nurse Candice Anderson is now director of nursing at Sunrise Assisted Living in Edina, MN.  She has also now gotten her master’s in health administration from the University of Phoenix.
  • Thomas L. Motter is president of The NTI Group and Kimberly is the owner and general manager of Adelante.  They live in Seal Beach, CA.
  • Jim Chalin has a new job as controller for Cretex Concrete Products North.  Janet continues as a Remax agent.

I continue consulting in acoustics, sound systems, and technical systems for performing arts centers, churches, and recording studios with my firm Olson Sound Design.  I also am involved with partners in Berlin, Germany, developing software for the prediction and measurement of acoustics, loudspeakers, and sound systems.  In my free time, I also continue to play with the Bend in the River Big Band, consisting of members who have graduated from Gustavus over the last thirty years.  See the schedule at

I’ve been back to campus quite a lot myself this year as I was advising Dorea Ruggles ’06 for her independent study in physics on the acoustics of Christ Chapel.  See the article from the Mankato Free Press at:

Make your connections in October, see you at the reunion!

Bruce Olson

1976 Class Agent