Class of '86
December 2005

20-Year Reunion ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Greetings fellow 1986 Gusties!

The holiday season is upon us, and we hope you and your families are enjoying the festivities.  Many of you have been receiving calls from those of us on the 1986 Reunion Committee, and we love hearing your stories!  This is my first year participating on the Reunion Committee, and calling fellow classmates regarding our upcoming 20-year reunion on Saturday October 7, 2006.

Our committee has set some very exciting goals for us celebrating our 20th Reunion.  If you are able to help us reach these goals – we thank you in advance.

25% Reunion Participation in the Event – (that’s 120 of us together again!)

42% Participation in Giving – (that’s only 202 of us.)

$25,000 in Giving – (that would only be $124 each if 202 of us give!)

I hope everyone remembers the wonderful times we had at Gustavus and will be willing to give a gift as we celebrate our reunion next year.  We all accomplish some pretty special things in our lives, and I enjoy hearing about the great contributions so many make to others.  It is a lot of fun to touch base with everybody, and I anticipate that we will have a great time next fall.  So mark your calendars and come prepared to meet up with old friends and make some new ones!  Speaking of accomplishments, on with the news…

  • Dan Murray was recently promoted to vice president of the American Trucking Association and its research institute, ATRI.  Way to go Dan―congratulations!
  • Andrea Sjogren is an administrator for the Burnsville/Eagan/Savage school district, and has received her master’s from Concordia University in St. Paul.
  • Jackie Hunt Christensen has a newly published book this fall, The First Year:  Parkinsons Disease, An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.  Earlier this year, Jackie spoke in favor of expanded embryonic stem cell research at a press conference for the advancement of medical research on the morning of the House vote on HR 810 – the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.  She was also interviewed by the Star Tribune for an article on stem cell research that appeared Monday 8/8/05.  You know―I didn’t know Jackie at all in our college days, but I must say I have always looked forward to reading about her current causes and adventures.  Best of luck in this current battle against Parkinson’s, Jackie!  Looking forward to your next update.
  • Kevin Huggett is director of new customer marketing with Fingerhut Corporation.
  • Craig Engwall joined the American Swedish Institute Board of Directors in September.  Craig will be serving a three-year term, renewable one time following his first term.  If you have never been to the Swedish Institute―I encourage you to do so.  Years ago I loved getting the Christmas tour and stopping in the shop afterward for Christmas goodies.  What a fun place to be Craig―good luck!
  • Joe Sunder is with Farmer’s Insurance, and busy raising his cute boy, Charlie.
  • Judie Thompson Thompson works as the elementary gifted/talented coordinator for the Lakeville School District, and really enjoys her job challenging bright young children.  She also is busy keeping up with her own three children.
  • Beth Grossman Oestreich lives in Farmington and works for Archivers―a scrapbooking company.  Beth says she has trouble keeping up with her own scrapbooking between work and her own 3 kids―ages:  12, 14 & 16.  (A driver – ugh!)
  • Barb Jones Guffey is a new partner in Market Street Partners – a business/marketing strategy company in Minneapolis.  Best of luck in your new venture Barb!
  • Kristy Peterson Bjerk does substitute teaching in Stillwater and Hudson, and is busy raising her two children.
  • Julie Dressel Goettl is an underwriting service manager with St. Paul Travelers.  She and her husband Jeff live in Scandia, MN.
  • I, myself, Lisa Johnson Wentz, live in Scottsdale, Arizona and am busy raising two kids (5 and 8 years old), and am an active volunteer at their school and our church.  After having lived all over the country for the last 11 years, we have set a record staying in one place for three years.  My husband, Todd, works in the packaging manufacturing industry.

If you have news you’d like to share with our class―please contact me!  We’d love to share your news and successes with our classmates.

Happy Holidays!

Lisa Johnson Wentz

Communications Chair, 1986 Reunion Committee

P. S.  The Alumni Office will add some campus news here:

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests attended First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, was honored posthumously.  The program featured tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and was hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; soccer; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; and Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Jay Rooker ’85 and Mary Mansour ’85, softball, have also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • St. Lucia Day (Evelyn Young Memorial Service 2:00 p.m.) ― December 8
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27
  • Vocation Conference – February 11-18, 2006
  • Gustavus Music Showcase, Orchestra Hall – March 12