Make Your Life Count
Sophomore Joe Thayer has helped Gustavus become recognized as a Heart Safe Community thanks to his tireless work getting automated external defibrillators placed around campus. Thayer took his passion for heart health and community safety and combined it with knowledge learned through a Communication Studies course to make the project a success.
The job of attempting to alleviate poverty and hunger in the United States and some 50 other countries throughout the world is by no means a small task. With that being said, those who know Mikka McCracken ’09 from her time at Gustavus Adolphus College say they wouldn’t want anybody else leading the fight.
Gustavus Adolphus College recently recognized Amy Brown ’02 and Michael Bland ’02 as its First Decade Award winners for 2012. The award is presented annually to one male and one female from the 10th anniversary class for early professional development.
Biology and Environmental Studies majors Mary Patterson ’14 and Mike Howe ’14 have spent many hours conducting research in the College's Coneflower Prairie this summer alongside Professor of Biology Pamela Kittelson. Their research will help College officials decide how to manage the 75-acre area in the future.
Gustavus Adolphus College alumna Kaitie O’Bryan ’10 has been named a 2012 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellow, a highly competitive and prestigious award that will provide her with $175,000 in funding and considerable professional development opportunities over the course of the next five years.
Gustavus Adolphus College senior Rachel Oien '13 is one of 12 students taking part in a summer research experience for undergraduates at Texas A&M University's Soltis Center for Research and Education near the Monteverde Forest in central Costa Rica.
More than a dozen Gustavus Adolphus College physics majors are conducting research and completing diverse and prominent internships all over the country this summer.
When Gustavus and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) celebrated the inaugural Division III Week (April 9-13), Gustavus took time to celebrate one of its own former student-athletes, Eric Butorac '03. Butorac has not only gone on to a successful career on the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour, but he has also found a unique way to give back to his home state.
Miriam Lagus ’61 spent more than a dozen years working to raise funds to restore St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Martna, Estonia, a parish her father served in. Inspired to help others by the community and spirit present during her time at Gustavus, her family, and God’s grace, she was able to raise nearly $90,000 to make repairs to this church half a world away.
Gustavus Adolphus College is home to a number of fraternities and sororities that are devoted to aiding and improving the St. Peter community and raising money for charities. Gustavus Greeks are responsible for a number of annual events on campus that raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, diabetes, and world hunger just to name a few.