Make Your Life Count
When alumna Keisha Bates ’11 made a visit to Gustavus Adolphus College as a high school senior she remembers her admission counselor telling her that ‘Gustavus is a safe place to do extraordinary things.’ That statement resonated with Bates during her four years on the hill, and sticks with her today as she is in the early stages of her professional career at one of the top research universities in the world.
Gustavus juniors Anna McDevitt and Jill Oxborough plan to spend this year's Spring Break in West Virginia, where they will volunteer for the non-governmental organization Coal River Mountain Watch -- a group attempting to prevent the coal industry from using mountaintop removal methods in the region.
Alumni of Gustavus Adolphus College have a long tradition of involvement in Minnesota politics dating back to the late 19th century. Continuing this tradition of service – one of the College’s five core values – are more recent alumni who are working their way up the political ladder, determined to become tomorrow's leaders.
Kelly Broady '11 was a standout student in the Biology Department at Gustavus and is now pursuing a master's degree in human genetics and genetic counseling at Stanford University.
Daniel Sellers '06 took his sociology and anthropology degree from Gustavus and had a transformational experience with Teach For America. Now Sellers is trying to eliminate the achievement gap in Minnesota schools as the Executive Director of the non-profit MinnCan.
Gustavus Adolphus College Professor of Philosophy Deane Curtin is on sabbatical halfway around the world, in the midst of a groundbreaking project at the request of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
While most students at Gustavus followed this fall’s election through computer and television screens, political science major Jessye Flannery ’13 has had an up close and personal experience with politics thanks to a semester-long internship in the very heart of the nation’s political system, Washington, D.C.
For most Gustavus students, Fall Break is a time to return home and visit family, reflect on the first half of Fall Semester, and rejuvenate the mind and body in preparation for the second half of the semester. But for a group of 16 Gustavus students, Fall Break (Oct. 20-23) was a time to bond together and serve a community in need through the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity.
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.
Mikka McCracken majored in political science at Gustavus and is now attempting to alleviate poverty and hunger as a Program Director for ELCA World Hunger.