Class of 1986

March 2011

25-Year Reunion

Reunion dates ― September 30 – October 1, 2011

Hello ’86 Classmates!!

Sara B. Hansen here, reaching out to you as this month’s “Guest Writer”…

Five years ago, when I returned home after our 20th reunion, I was standing at the baggage claim at Denver International Airport wearing my newly purchased Gustavus sweatshirt.

Another woman approached me, asked if I’d just been on campus and told me she was from the class of 1991.  When I told her I graduated in 1986, she said, “You’re from the fun class.”

Apparently our reunion was the talk of the campus that weekend for being one of the biggest and best.

Now we just need to top that for our 25th!

I know when I learned the dates, the first thing I did was send emails to Tracey Anderson, Julie Folkvord Jordan and Libby Copeman Gould.  But I was so excited I booked us into the AmericInn before I even got their emails back saying they’d be there.

Hope the rest of you feel that same excitement so we can make our 25th the talk of the campus, too.

There is SO MUCH planning and activity underway, but a teaser of the OCTOBER 1 event includes:

  • Reunion Kick-Off at The Dive (the relatively new hang-out in Alumni Hall where the old pool used to be; anyone remember the old 3-lane pool?);
  • Giant All-Reunion Tent right next to the Homecoming football game (against Concordia);
  • Afternoon BBQ dinner, music and presentation;
  • Night-time “Flame Function” that many (but not all) should remember from last reunion…

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about this fall’s Class of 1986 Reunion!  BE SURE to visit our Class Reunion Facebook page; just Google “Facebook Gustavus Class of 1986”.

We also want to hear what’s up in your life, so please send us updates and announcements!  We’ll be running a long list of updates in next month’s class letter.

Look forward to seeing everyone back on the Hill in six months!

- Sara B. Hansen lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is the owner of SaraBee Enterprises, a media strategy, writing and editing firm


Alumni Association Awards Announced

The Greater Gustavus Award is the highest award given to those, who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College.  Walter Youngquist ’42, Eugene, OR, chair emeritus, Department of Geology, University of Oregon, and consulting geologist, was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Greater Gustavus Award.  Youngquist has established five different endowed funds at the College and is the recipient of a Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation in the field of geology in 2002.  Walter’s father, Walter Youngquist ’16, received the Greater Gustavus Award in 1953.

Distinguished Alumni Citations recognize outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as unusual honor accorded to the individual in his or her field of endeavor.  Named as 2011 recipients are John “Jack” Bergman ’69, St. Francisville, LA, lieutenant general, retired, United States Marine Corp., in the field of military service; Robert Brown ’83, Rochester, MN, John T. and Lillian Matthews Professor of Neuroscience, Chair of Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, in the field of medicine; and Mark Thomsen ’78, Henderson, NV, professional operatic tenor, in the field of music.

The First Decade Award recognizes early professional achievement to one female and one male in the 10th Anniversary Class.  Selected were Kirsten Cullen Sharma ’01, New York, NY, clinical assistant professor, New York University Child Study Center, New York University Langone Medical Center, and Jonathan Poole ’01, Washington, DC, special agent, violent crime branch, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State.  The Awards will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 28.

Sesquicentennial Award

In 2011–2012, Gustavus will celebrate its 150th academic year.  The Board of Trustees has established an award in honor of this Sesquicentennial anniversary to recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in the life of the College.  The award, called “The Sesquicentennial Award,” will acknowledge and pay tribute to living alumni, parents, friends, and retired faculty and staff who:

  • Through actions in their personal or professional lives, have advanced the status of Gustavus as a premier liberal arts college;
  • Have set a new precedent in the ways they supported and advanced the mission of the College as an institution dedicated to preparing students “for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society”; and/or
  • Have brought particular dignity or honor to the College.

Please submit nominations online at  For more information about the Sesquicentennial Awards, visit

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  The speaker at both the St. Peter and Minneapolis breakfasts for April will be Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, April 20, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, April 13, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

Jacksonville, FL – March 26 – Bill and Sharon (Hansen) Johnson ’65 ʼ64

Orlando – March 28 – Orlando Airport Marriott

Tampa – March 29 – Tampa Marriott Westshore

Naples – March 30 – Island Country Club

Chicago – April 2

Books in Bloom

“Books in Bloom,” a new initiative hosted by GLA to benefit and celebrate Folke Bernadotte Library, will be held on Honors Weekend, May 6-8 2011.  Based on the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Art in Bloom,” floral arrangements depicting more than 20 different books, films, and periodicals will be placed throughout the library.  Each arrangement is sponsored by a $500 donation with all proceeds going to fund new acquisitions for the library.  Professional floral designers as well as those who simply love plants and flowers will create the arrangements.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Hours are Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  A brochure with a brief description of the materials and a map for self-guided tours will be available.  Also, student led tours are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Women’s Hockey

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s hockey coaches recently released its 2010-11 Post-Season Awards and Gustie players Kirstin Peterson, Lindsey Hjelm, and Amanda Cartony were named to the All-Conference Team, while Mike Carroll was named Coach of the Year.  Women’s Hockey finished their season in fourth place at the NCAA championship playoffs in Rochester, New York.