Archive for April, 2011
Walking into the nursing lab in P.A. Mattson Hall, one’s attention is immediately drawn to the row of mannequins in hospital beds lined up and awaiting treatment. One special mannequin, called iStan and in a room by itself, is a new learning tool for nursing students. iStan simulates human symptoms making it possible for the students to practice real-life medical scenarios.
Kermit says, "It isn't easy being green." But, Gustavus begs to differ. It's as easy as printing less paper. And, through ongoing paper conservation, Gustavus students have helped reduce paper use by more than 1.5 million sheets of paper in 1 year. That’s a savings of close to 150 trees, 52,500 gallons of water, 22.5 cubic yards of landfill space, 450 pounds of air pollutants, and 14 barrels of oil, which is enough energy to power the average American home for almost 4 years.
John Banitt '91 and Shannon Banitt '93 give back to their community in Florida, specifically Indian River County where the illiteracy rate among adults, at 20 percent, is 6 percent higher than the national average. That means that 1 in 5 adults in the county can't read and write well enough to fill out a job application. John serves as volunteer President of Literacy Services in the county and Shannon, who previously served as a volunteer tutor with the program, now helps plan and organize fundraising events for the now 40-year-old organization.
The Minnesota state capitol was abuzz Thursday, April 7, 2011 when more than 50 current Gustavus students made their way to the annual Day at the Capitol to lobby for the State Grant program.