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Coach Mark Hanson Spends Fall in South Africa

Head Men's Basketball Coach Mark Hanson '83 recently returned from an educational and service-learning journey in South Africa just in time to begin another basketball season.

Program Benefits Local Youth

Gusties have busy schedules, yet each Tuesday several students take a break to just hang out. Not with their peers, but with children in the St. Peter area through the Gustie Buddies program. The program to mentor developmentally delayed youth was created five years ago by two Gustavus students working with the college's Community Service Center.

The Path to a Passion

Some students leave Gustavus with a clear plan for their life; others choose to be surprised by the path on which life takes them and hope for the best. Gustavus alumnus Abby Andrusko '00 fits in the latter category. Her path to becoming a small business owner came about through many twists and turns until she found herself combining a passion with a product of which she could be proud. Andrusko's Grass Fed Cattle Co. is a venture that offers naturally raised and local grass-fed beef as a convenient and affordable health-food option to residents in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

HHMI Grant Leads to Good Food in the Classroom

In 2008, Gustavus received a $1 million HHMI grant. Part of the grant was designated to support the implementation of the science outreach program. Focusing on the topic of each year’s Nobel Conference, this program seeks to help improve the high school science curriculum, increase high school students’ interest in the sciences, and better prepare teachers participating in the program and their students for the Nobel Conference.


Living in a residence hall can be a challenge. Luckily for students, a friendly, helpful face is available just down the hall in each Gustavus residence. These helpful fellow students are CFs, or Collegiate Fellows. The CFs are student residence hall leaders, hired and trained by the Office of Residential Life.

THE “YES” MAN: The community contributions of Ellery Peterson ’49

Ellery Peterson, a member of the Gustavus class of 1949 and professor emeritus, is a Gustie who has demonstrated the Gustavus core value of community. Through all his efforts over the years, Peterson has made a difference by helping build a stronger greater St. Peter community, volunteering his knowledge, and bringing people together for a common good in the place that he lives. In 2010 he was named Nicollet County Outstanding Senior Citizen.

Steve Wilkinson: Tennis and Life

For the past 40 years at Gustavus, the name “Wilkinson” has been synonymous with “tennis.” Steve Wilkinson that is. Wilkinson's achieved the status of winningest coach in men's tennis collegiate history with his team's overall record of 929-279 (.768) and a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) mark of 334-1 (.997). He is also the founder of the Tennis and Life Camps (TLC)—the largest tennis camp in one location in the country.

Making the Most of Summer Months

With class recess during the months of June, July, and August, most Gustavus students pack up and head home. For some Gustavus students, however, summer provides a three-month opportunity to conduct research or work on an independent, academic project with professors. Participants in research this past summer talk about their experiences.

High Goals, High Success

It might look like a typical camp: high school students spending a week on campus, trying out the dorms, getting a taste of what college might be like, and honing a skill. But that’s where the similarities stop. While most camps are based in athletics, music, or faith, Gustavus has a unique offering—speech camp.

Soccer and Sanneh

Summer camps are a great way for junior and senior high school students to spend a few days improving their skills on the basketball court, honing their technique in the pool, or developing their abilities as a public speaker. Camps such as these were in full swing at Gustavus this summer. One camp, the Sanneh Soccer Camp, combines athletic development with social awareness and healthy lifestyle programming.