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Daniel Sellers '06 

Daniel Sellers ’06: Ensuring All Kids Receive the Education They Deserve

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.

Professor Deane Curtin (right) receives a gift from former Prime Minister Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche. 

Deane Curtin: Joining Research and Teaching in Service to the Tibetan Community

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.

Flannery in front of the U.S. Capitol. 

Jessye Flannery ’13: On Top of the World on Capitol Hill

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.

Habitat Fall Break 2012 

Students Use Fall Break to Give Back

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.

Joe Thayer ’15 next to the AED located in Beck Academic Hall (Photo by Matt Thomas ’00). 

Joe Thayer ’15 Helps Gustavus Become a Heart Safe Community

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.

McCracken speaks at the June 2011 Lutheran World Federation Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by LWF/H. Putsman Penet) 

Mikka McCracken ’09: Working to End Poverty and World Hunger

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.

Amy Brown '02 

Gustavus Honors First Decade Award Winners

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.

Gustavus junior Biology and Environmental Studies majors Mike Howe ’14 and Mary Patterson ’14 have been conducting research with Professor of Biology Pam Kittelson in the College’s Coneflower Prairie this summer (Photo by Matt Thomas). 

A Summer of Research in the Prairie

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.

Kaitie O'Bryan '10 

2010 Alumna Receives Prestigious Teaching Fellowship

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.

Rachel Oien '13 performs field work in the rainforests of Costa Rica. 

Rachel Oien ’13 Participates in Research Program in Costa Rica

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.