‘Make Your Life Count’ Category

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Kristina Fosse ’13: Living Her Dream in the Peace Corps

Kristina Fosse '13 is serving in the Peace Corps in China, where she is teaching English as a foreign language at a political science and law university in Lanzhou.

Daniel Venn ’15: Making a Difference in South America

Since transferring to Gustavus as a sophomore in 2011, Daniel Venn '15 has developed a passion for teaching English to students in South America. The secondary education major spent this past summer in Ecuador and is currently in the middle of a three month stint in the Galapagos Islands.

Dan Dewey ’93 Receives GACAC Service Award

Dr. Dan Dewey received the 2013 Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations and Alumni Service Award. Dewey is recognized for his vision and leadership in co-founding World Altering Medicine, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical care for needy patients in resource poor areas of the developing world.

Matt Wood ’10: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Nicaragua

Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Matt Wood '10 made his way from Pennsylvania to Gustavus and then to the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. After primarily training teachers in entrepreneurship for the past two years, he will return to the U.S. in July to pursue a master's degree in international business.

Alumna Helps Kids Dealing with Homelessness

From the time she was three years old through her four years in high school, Gustavus Adolphus College alumna Katie DeSantis ’10 found herself in and out of various Minneapolis homeless shelters. The difficulties and uncertainties of growing up in poverty left a lasting impact on her, which is why she is where she is today: working with children in Minneapolis who are faced with clearing the same hurdles she did as a youth.

Matt Swenson ’06: Living a Mission-Driven Life

Matt Swenson '06 made the most of his four years at Gustavus Adolphus College and left the hill inspired to change lives through a career in public service. Today, he serves as Communications Advisor to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and has a bright future ahead of him.

Kevin Matuseski ’10: An Educator with a Passion for Service

Teaching and service are two passions that Kevin Matuseski '10 developed during his four years at Gustavus Adolphus College. Today, he is fulfilling those passions by teaching English and life science to sixth graders and volunteering in several ways in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Keisha Bates ’11: Striving to be Extraordinary

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.

Gusties Seek Social and Environmental Justice on Spring Break

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.

Young Alumni Make Their Mark in Political Arena

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.