Vince Thomas, Internship Director in Gustavus Adolphus College’s Center for Servant Leadership, is the recipient of WCCO Radio’s Good Neighbor Award for his volunteer work at Minneapolis South High School. Thomas turned in more than 100 volunteer hours during the 2010-11 school year, assisting South High students with college admission and scholarship applications.
Mark Elfstrom, a 2001 alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College, recently received a Milken Educator Award for his work as a math and science teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage, Alaska.
Fall has indeed arrived and students are back in class, but two current Gustavus students are still reflecting on their experiences this summer as counselors at Camp Amnicon on the shores of Lake Superior.
It’s a tradition now ingrained in the fabric of Gustavus Adolphus College: you are sitting in your car with your parents, driving up College Avenue, about to step foot on the hill where you will call home for the next four years, and who is there to welcome you and break the ice? The Gustie Greeters.
Jayne Sommers, a 2002 alumna of Gustavus, recently helped to raise $21,000 for flood victims in Minot, North Dakota.
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.
Who are you and how are you going to change the world? What really matters? What is your purpose? Who do you want to be? These are the "big," challenging questions. Mary Duvall ’05 is one Gustavus graduate who asked such questions at Gustavus and let them lead her on a journey of helping others.