Class of ’86

December 2011

Hello Fellow ʼ86ers!

Hope your winter is going well!  If you live in Minnesota you may be in my “please drop eight inches of snow on us quickly or else we’ll have our first brown Christmas in a long time” camp.  I was traveling this week and it was warmer in Minnesota than it was in DC and Atlanta.  Hmmm....

As you know, there have been many recent changes at Gustavus−including new academic buildings, an exciting new endowment initiative, and a restructuring of the class agent program.  The Alumni Association (and hence, your class agents) have created new areas of emphasis that include communications, fundraising, reunion/event planning, and new student outreach and recruitment.  In total, there’s definitely a renewed sense of excitement around Gustavus, and I’m confident you’ll experience it in multiple ways in the coming year!

Please feel free to contact us any time for any reason if we can be of assistance.  You can e-mail me directly at or contact us through our Gustavus class of ʼ86 e-mail at:  Also, be sure to check out (and like) our new class Facebook site (Gustavus Class of 1986).  You’ll find lots of great photos and interesting updates (thanks again to Scott Shekels for his help!).

For those of you who are planning ahead for April 15th and are thinking “Gee, I really need some more tax write-offs,” don’t forget that your end-of-year contribution to Gustavus is a fully deductible charitable contribution!

Well, that’s it for now...  Hopefully in the hullabaloo of the holidays you’ll find some time to relax with family and friends, reflect on your many blessings, and remember that the best gifts in life don’t come from a store.

Talk to you again soon,

Dan Murray

1986 Class President

Hello Classmates!

by Melinda Moen Batz

1986 Student Recruitment Chair

In my new role as a class officer, or Student Recruitment Chair, I am responsible for engaging classmates in recommending to Gustavus quality high school students.

I also want to encourage all of you to participate in the Gustavus Recruitment Network.  The GRN is a volunteer network of Gustavus alumni, parents and friends who actively support the work of the Admission office.  Alumni around the country are especially helpful for this group, but all support is welcomed and encouraged.  It may include calling admitted students to congratulate them and provide information, or even to volunteer at an admission fair in your area.  If you are interested in helping in this way, please let me know.

I was fortunate enough to attend an event at Gustavus recently for 75 Dean’s Scholars and their parents.  These were students that had been accepted, but had not yet committed.  I was able to mingle with the groups, and answer questions from both the perspective as an alumni and a parent of current students.  It was a joy to be able to talk to these students and share my enthusiasm for the college.

To date, applications are up 30% over last December, and the admission office is feeling very good about the amount of highly qualified students who have accepted the offer of admittance.

I will continue to send updates through class letters regarding student recruitment.  Contact me at any time if you have questions or would like to help.

Online Gribly

by David Meyers

1986 Reunion Chair/VP

Remember the hours you spent flipping through the Grib, circling people and folding down the pages?  Well, now the Gribly is online!

You can search alumni, faculty, and staff through the new online Gribly.  Update your information, include a photo, write a bio, share your resume, find your's all right there!  Also, current students have access to the alumni section, which helps them find internships, job opportunities, and is just a fun way to what great things Gustavus alumni are up to!

It's pretty easy -- just visit  The page will show you what to do, but will also encourage you to sign in.  Your user name is the first initial of your first name, followed by the first 7 letters of your last name (in college), and then _1986.  My usernames is dmeyers_1986.

Contact the Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or if you have any questions!

Improved Communications

by Sara B. Hansen

1986 Communications Chair

As the new class communications chair, I’ll be coordinating our class letters.

We want these letters to be useful and helpful to you, so let me know what you’d like to see in them.  Want more news about what’s happening on campus?  More news about your fellow classmates?

In addition to the snapshot updates, we’ll also start featuring a short classmate feature in each issue.

If you’re interested in being featured, let me know at

In this issue, we’ll feature Libby Copeman Gould, who came to our 25th reunion – the first one she’s attended.

Libby Copeman Gould, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Libby is in her 25th year of teaching vocal music.  She lives in Sioux Falls, SD, and is married to Jeff, mom to four daughters --Mallory, Maggie, Meridith and Madeline.  They are members of Hilltop United Methodist church.  Jeff is the sales/marketing advisor for Pioneer Enterprises.

In her spare time she is a dance mom, pageant mom for Miss America competitions, (local/state) Quiz Bowl advisor, National Honor Society advisor, Region III Vocal Contest judge, All-State Chorus spot check judge, guest conductor for Regional Middle School Festivals, and most recently, a coordinator of local Flash Mobs.

In what spare time is left, Libby is the music director for the Dance Gallery's Summer Broadway Camp and also directs a regional honor choir called the Sioux Empire Fair Singers.  She was also named Teacher of the Year by VFW Post 628 in honor of her special Veterans’ Day program.

Jeff and Libby enjoy taking ballroom dancing classes and have appeared on numerous local news programs to exhibit their skills.  They enjoy refurbishing their 130-year-old Victorian home, located on three acres south of Sioux Falls...most recently home to 10 deer that are taking refuge from the local hunters.  They (the deer) enjoy snacking on all of the trees and perennials year round.

Classmates News

Joyce Evans Burke, Mooresville, NC stays busy doing fund-raising for her daughter’s school, a leading charter school based on The Basic School approach.

Jeff Elder, Chanhassen, is the medical director of the emergency care center at the Maple Grove Hospital.

Nancy Frerk Grandy works in acquisitions at the Pentagon.

Linda Green, Arden Hills, completed an ironman competition.

Sara B. Hansen, Denver, is the communications specialist for Agloves, the top-rated touchscreen gloves.  Agloves are made with silver thread knitted into the glove which allows you to use all 10-fingers on all touchscreen devices.  Really cool (er warm) gloves that work beautifully.

Mark S. Hanson, Edina, is senior risk manager at Land O’Lakes.

Maynard Manthe is a data analytics manager at Navitor, Inc.

Michele Vossen Martin, Plymouth, is managing director at J.P. Morgan.

Tim Mettler, Byron, is an information technology unit head for the Enterprise Resource Planning Unit at the Mayo Clinic.

Karen Lanin Mullery is the director of imaging marketing at Boston Scientific.

Charlotte Pratt Nordstrom, Minneapolis, received from Century College in White Bear Lake, Outstanding Faculty Award for 2010-2011 for her work serving students.

Laura Peterson Olson, Burnsville, is the director of operations for Healtheast Medical Transportation.

Jackie Attlesey Pries is a nurse administrator at Mayo Clinic.

Kathleen Howe Prouty, Plymouth, has spent the past 10 years working as the HR/IT manager at Minnetonka Animal Hospital.

Mark Roesner, Lakeville, is working at Total Filtration Services.

Kristin Rowe, Paramus, NJ is the assistant provost, advisement, at Berkeley College.

Jay Sieling, Alexandria, has been teaching in the Liberal Arts Department Alexandria Technical and Community College for the past five years.

Jonathan Steele is a chiropractor at Blake Chiropractic in Hopkins.

Gretchen Wagoner Touchette, Dundas, is working as a legal assistant at Larson King.

Kristin Johns Young is a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial Services and has started a three-year term on the Gustavus Alumni Board of Directors.

Campus News

Campaign Update

Great news―since the campaign announcement on September 30, Gustavus has secured an additional $5 million in commitments. We are now over $76 million toward our $150 million goal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. Everyone can participate with your annual fund donation this year and be included in the overall total.

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.  Here is a list of some upcoming chapter events.  You can view them all and register for an event at

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 -  Dallas: Lawry’s Prime Rib

Thursday, January, 19, 2012 -  Houston: The Remington Restaurant at St. Regis Houston

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - Naples, FL: Naples Beach Club and Hotel

Thursday, February 9, 2012 -  Tampa: Malio’s Prime

Saturday, February 18, 2012  - San Francisco: Hs Lordship

Sunday, February 19, 2012  –  Los Angeles: The Paley Center

Monday, February 20, 2012  - Palm Springs: Escena Golf Club

Tuesday, February 21, 2012  - Sun City: Briarwood Country Club

Tuesday, February 21, 2012  - Phoenix: Rita’s Kitchen

Friday, February 24, 2012  - Tucson: Warren and Donna Beck’s Residence

Friday, March 16, 2012-Seattle:  The Swedish Cultural Center

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - Denver: Three Tomatoes Steakhouse and Club at Fossil Trace

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  December’s speaker will be Dick Kenney, author of two Gustavus Sesquicentennial books and January will feature Mark Braun, Gustavus Provost.  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail  Hope to see you bright and early!

Join Gustavus Library Associates

“Whether you went to the college library to study, do research, meet a hot date, or create (or look for) a library prank, the library was an almost daily stop during our college years.  What better way to acknowledge that important relationship than by joining the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA)?  GLA's mission is to promote literature, learning, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College.  All of its membership dues go directly to the annual acquisitions budget of the Library; income from the Royal Affair, Books and Bloom, and other major fundraisers goes to the Library’s endowment.

With this in mind, I encourage you all to become GLA members.  You can find the application form on the web at:  You’ll find all the news about the organization’s events and the membership forms along with a list of membership options.