Class of '86

February 2013

Hi ’86 Classmates,

Sara Hansen, Class Communications Chair, here to update you on late-winter happenings…

If you’re like me and you like to take advantage of opportunities to learn something new (although I soooo don’t miss 8 a.m. classes or blue books), you might want to plan to attend one of the upcoming national chapter events, which will focus on the College's pillar of "Teaching and Learning." Upcoming events are set for Feb. 28 in Seattle, March 2 in San Francisco, March 9 in Madison, March 12 in Denver, March 14 in Chicago and April 4 in Atlanta. For more information go to:

Most beautiful chapel

I know I’m biased, but I’ve always thought Christ Chapel is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever worshipped in. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in thinking that way. Best College Reviews ranks Christ Chapel at No. 18 on its list of the 30 most beautiful college cathedrals.   Take a look at some of these beautiful chapels including our own Christ Chapel by going to:

“On His Watch: John S. Kendall at Gustavus”

Looking for something to read?  The Rev. Dennis Johnson, ’60 and a former Gustavus president, has written “On His Watch:  John S. Kendall at Gustavus,” a book about Dr. John Kendall, ’49 a Gustavus faculty member for 23 years and president for 10 (including our years on campus).  The book is about a man who came up through the academic ranks to lead one of America’s best colleges.  It is about his preparation for that office and his hopes once he occupied it.  It is about passion, purpose, leadership and heart.  It is also about issues still at the core of higher education today.  And, it deals with the frustrations, conflicts and disappointments that go with the job.  It is how this man took on the challenges, met them with humor and persevered to advance the college he loved.  It is what happened “on his watch,” as he often described his time at the helm.  The book is available at the BookMark

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from Sept. 10-21.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  Tom taught Russian history classes when we were on campus and led a great J-term trip to the Capitals of Eastern Europe our senior year.  This year’s trip focuses on three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, email Tom Emmert at

2013 Civil War Tour

Join Gustavus Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War Historian James McPherson ’58 from Oct. 19-25 on a seven-day tour of Civil War battlefields.  The tour starts in Washington, D.C. and includes stops at Shepherdstown, Harper's Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg.  For more information or to register, go to: /tours/mcpherson.php

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  If you want to go, the meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts also are held at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in a Campus Banquet Room. Cost is $8 for an individual or $15 per couple.  For more information go to:

Looking to make a donation?

Support Campaign Gustavus, bold campaign built on three pillars — Opportunity, Teaching and Learning and Community. Its goal of raising $150 million by the fall of 2015 is the largest and most ambitious in Gustavus history.  To learn more go to:

Class news

Nothing new to report from our classmates.  If you’ve got some news to share, please shoot me an email at: or my personal email:


Sara B. Hansen is the communications chair for the class of ’86.  At Gustavus, she was a history and English major and edited both the Weekly and Firethorn.  She’s spent the years since graduation working as an editor for newspapers, magazines and online. Her latest project is, an online magazine for dog lovers.