Archive for 2011

The Theatre of Public Policy 

Alumni Using Improv to Engage Citizens

Several Gustavus Adolphus College alumni have started a new improv venture that is not only aimed at entertaining audiences, but also at increasing civic engagement and encouraging people to think about bigger issues

Judy Douglas 

Judy Douglas Honored Again by BACCHUS

Gustavus Adolphus College Director of Alcohol and Drug Education Judy Douglas has been honored again by the peer education network BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students).

Leila Brammer, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, monitors a small-group discussion during the Public Discourse class she is teaching during the Fall 2011 semester. From left are Brittany Knutson '15, Breanna Wagner '14, Brammer, Dave Knudsen '14, and Andrew Lewis '12 (Photo by Tim Kennedy '82). 

Discovering the Power of Public Discourse

Communication Studies students at Gustavus Adolphus College are making their lives count through the department's Public Discourse class, which is gaining the attention of colleges and universities around the country.

A Gustavus student tries to get some rest during this year's SleepOut. (Photo by Nick Theisen '15) 

Students Raise Awareness of Homelessness

With uneasy feelings, yet adventurous hearts, members of professor Richard Leitch’s First Term Seminar class, called Politics of Homelessness, along with other students at Gustavus Adolphus College, packed up their necessities and said goodbye to their cell phones, laptops, and personal hygiene.

Bernadette Galvin '57 sharing friendship, love, and diversity in South Sudan. 

Touch the World and it will Touch You Back

When Bernadette Anderson Galvin ’57 offered to help her local Vietnamese community several years ago, she wanted to support newly arrived immigrants in their adopted country of America. She had no idea how this decision would change her own life.

Vince Thomas 

Vince Thomas Named a WCCO Radio ‘Good Neighbor’

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 '01 reacting to the news that he was the recipient of 2011 Milken Educator Award during a Romig Middle School assembly. (Photo by Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News) 

Alumnus Mark Elfstrom Recognized for Excellence in Education

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.

Danielle Justice '12 leads a canoe full of youth at Camp Amnicon. 

A Summer in the Wilderness

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.

As is tradition at Gustavus, the Gustie Greeters welcome first-year students to campus on College Avenue. 

Gustie Greeters Help Usher in New Class

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 '02 and her husband Matty O'Reilly. 

2002 Alumna Raises Money for Minot Flood Victims

Jayne Sommers, a 2002 alumna of Gustavus, recently helped to raise $21,000 for flood victims in Minot, North Dakota.