Class of '86
October 2006

20-Year Reunion ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Dear ’86ers,

This will likely be the shortest and most important class letter of the year…  We want to provide you with important information on our upcoming 20th anniversary class reunion!  Be sure you’re in St. Peter on October 7th, 2006!

We have an amazing host of activities arranged for you―by an equally amazing planning committee (with particular thanks to Dave Meyers, Melinda Moen Batz, Leslie Boyer Dwyer, Ann Wilsey Gesme, Jim Isaak, and Lisa Johnson Wentz!!).

Based on registrations to date, it looks like everyone is registered but YOU.  Seriously though, right now we’re expecting well over 100 people at this point and assume that number will go up considerably.

Several things you’ll need to know:

Dress code is CASUAL.  We’ve ordered “nice weather” and “beautiful fall colors”, so everything should be set in that regard.

The downtown St. Peter AmericInn is booked solid, but there is availability at some of the south-end hotels.  If you need a room (particularly for Saturday night), check out:

St. Peter Motel

Highway 169 North

(507) 931-3100

Minnesota River Inn (St. Peter)

1321 South Minnesota Avenue

(507) 931-4100

Viking Jr. Motel (St. Peter)

Jct. Highway 169 & 99

(507) 931-3081

Best Western Garden Inn (Mankato)

Highway 169

(507) 625-9333


AmericInn Motel (Mankato)

240 Stadium Rd.

(507) 345-8011

Budget Host Inn (Mankato)



Best Value Inn (Mankato)

Hwy. 14 & 169

(507) 345-8800

Comfort Inn (Mankato)

131 Apache Place

(507) 388-5107

Country Inn & Suites (Mankato)

1900 Premier Road

(507) 388-8555

We will be holding several of our major class events at the Class of 1986 Tent which will be centered right in the Mall between the Caf, Admin. and Christ Chapel next to Old Main.

As most of you know, we’ve lost some wonderful ’86 classmates along the way.  We will have a special memorial board for all of them at the Tent.  In addition, Julie Pinomaki is spearheading a presentation of some of the beautiful and unique artwork of Shawn Spurgin.  Many people have different items or doodles that Shawn produced over the years.  If you would be willing to include yours, please send me a note at:

Immediately following the reunion weekend, Laura Peterson Olson has volunteered to produce and distribute the first class “Plimp” Sheet in more than 20 years.  She’ll be keeping tabs and notes on all the goings-on over the reunion weekend and providing an insider’s viewpoint a la Joan Rivers…

You’ll experience great(?) flashbacks of all your favorite ’80s artists, such as:  The Clash, Meatloaf, Prince, Van Morrison, Billy Idol, Talking Heads, Romantics, etc.  While Ann Wilsey Gesme is providing lots of great song suggestions, we’ll primarily be relying on R. J. Sass―as a charter member of the Lover Boy Fan Club―to get us some musical goodies…

We’ll also have a running trivia contest and prizes during dinner…Be sure to bone up on important recollections.  (Sure you can remember your CF’s name from freshman year, but what about senior year?  Do you recall the name of our senior year QB?  Do you know who in our class has a regular show on XM Radio?  Can you accurately recount the number of times that either Al Farnell or Jim Isaak was listed on J-Board?  Me neither.)

We have invited a number of our old professors to join us for part of the Saturday evening festivities.  It should be very interesting to reflect back with these folks on why you got a B instead of an A in poli sci.

Additional details follow…

Saturday, October 7th

8:00 – 4:00 p.m.           Registration in the Jackson Campus Center by the Book Mark (Pick up

tickets and name tags)

  9:00 a.m.                    Homecoming “5K Fun Run”

  9:00 a.m.                    Cec Eckhoff Society Reception (by invitation)

10:00 a.m.                    Morning Praise Service at Christ Chapel

11:00 a.m.                    ’86 Tailgate Party – ’86 Tent @ Eckman Mall (by Old Main)

  1:00 p.m         .           Homecoming Football Game – Gusties vs. Bethel

(All-Class Gustie Greeter Reunion at northeast corner of football field)

  1:00 p.m.                    Gustie Women’s Soccer vs. Macalester; Soccer Field

  4:00 p.m.                    ’86 Post-Game Party/Dinner―’86 Tent @ Eckman Mall

  7:30 p.m.                    Neal and Leandra Concert – Bjorling Recital Hall

  8:00 p.m.                    Guided Tours of The Flame and/or Patrick’s (formerly Schoops)

10:00 p.m.                    Weekend Movie:  Pirates of the Caribbean II―Wallenberg Auditorium

Sunday, October 8th

  8:00 a.m.                    All Class Coffee Hour―Courtyard Café

10:00  a.m.                   Communion Worship Service

12:30 p.m.                    Jazz Brunch (Evelyn Young Dining room)

  1:30 p.m.                    Music performances by the Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Wind Orchestra,

Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and Lucia Singers

Haven’t registered yet?  Go to: and register today!!

If you have any other questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me ( or any of the reunion committee members…  More information is available on the website under Alumni News.


Take Care,

Dan Murray

1986 Co-Class Agent