Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summertime Adventures: Karlye Smith

We have a team of achievers.  They achieve success in the classroom. They achieve success on the soccer field.  They achieve success within the greater community.  And their achievement doesn't stop once summer vacation starts.  Here is Part One of our "Summertime Adventures" piece about the achievements of our Gustavus Women's Soccer players over summer 2014.

Name: Karlye Smith
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Athletic Training
Position: Center Back
Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
Summertime Adventure: Internship at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

What are you doing over the summer in Florida?

I received an offer for an internship with RehabWorks at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. RehabWorks is a on base free therapy center where all employees of KSC can come are get treatment, whether it's post-op, a nagging problem or an acute injury. It is staffed with two certified athletic trainers. RehabWorks offers one-time 30-minute consultations and in-patient therapy. Being an intern allows my to gain exposure to an industrial/corporate setting in which athletic trainers are staffed. It is completely different from being in an athletic training room. It has allowed me to branch out and do something new and different and where I'm scared, but leaps of faith are good and opportunities like this are far and few between. 

You had several internship opportunities this summer, why did you choose Florida?

I chose to take an internship in Florida, first, because it's Florida.. who the heck wouldn't!? Second, it's an amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge of athletic training and because I don't get the exposure to and industrial/corporate setting while attending school. Third, the other places I applied too didn't get back to me in a timely manner. 

How will this experience help you going into your senior year and post-college?

This experience has given me an opportunity to grow as a person, individually and in the major of athletic training. Coming into senior year, I have a new perspective. The more you communicate, the better you understand, the more questions you ask for clarification and plain curiosity,  the mistakes you make, the lessons you taken away from something, the more you grow as a person. I have become more confident, I'm not as afraid to make mistakes and have them backfire. The fact that I moved to a city I didn't know and where I knew no one, has allowed me to become stronger as an individual knowing that I am capable of taking on new challenges and risk failure and not accomplishing goals I have set for myself. I have more of a "be yourself, don't be afraid to make mistakes, failure is an option but strive to be better" mentality. I'm almost done with my internship and I have found out a lot about myself. I am proud of myself to taking this challenge. For moving somewhere where I didn't have any friends, knew nothing about the town, and getting myself into an internship that is in a totally different setting that what I'm used to. Overcoming the fear of failure has been a big part through this internship for myself. No one likes failure. Everyone is scared of failing, but you never know how strong you are until you take a leap, small or big, into something that you've never done before. I have found that out about myself. I am stronger. This new-found feeling will allow me to enter into my senior year, not afraid to go into something blind or scared. This same feelings I can transfer to post-college into the real world. The fact that failure is an option and not taking it as a bad thing but a good things. This is the biggest experience I have taken away from this internship. 

Who is the coolest person you've met down there? 

I have met a bunch of people! But the coolest person I have meet was the "big man on top", the guy in charge of all of KSC. 

What's it like living on the beach with three swimming pools and tennis courts within your apartment complex?

Unfortunately, I have not been able to spend quite as much time as I would have liked enjoying my apartment. But, when I do.. best vacation! Living on the beach is great. Running on the beach is not as enjoyable as I would like, but it works. I don't take advantage of the tennis courts or the pools.. I mean, there's a beach and the ocean.. who needs the pool!? There is a colony of peacocks.. not good. They are very loud and obnoxious at the wrong time of day and they walk around like they own the place. I have heard that sea turtles come and lay their eggs in the sand dunes, but I have not seen one yet and from what I've been told, it's very rare. Still hoping though. I also live within a half mile from the Port. This is where all of the cruise ships come and go. It's quite a sight to see such massive ships. Also on the Port, such great food! I spend most of my weekends there and on the beach. Livin' la vida loca! (;

How tan are you?

Tan... very tan. Pictures will prove it!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Meet our new Assistant Women's Soccer Coach: Bulut Ozturk

    The Gustavus Women's Soccer team is proud to announce our new assistant coach: Bulut "Turk" Ozturk. 

    Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Ozturk immigrated to the United States where he graduated from Biloxi High School (Biloxi, Mississippi) in 2003.  From there, he traveled north to Minnesota where he earned an associate degree in psychology from Normandale Community College in 2005.  Ozturk continued his education at Metropolitan State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2007.  He later completed his graduate work in 2014, receiving master’s degrees in sports management and sports coaching from the United States Sports Academy. 
    Since moving to Minnesota in the mid-2000s, Ozturk has made numerous coaching stops at the college, high school, and club levels.  He is currently the Director of Coaching and Player Development for girl’s soccer at the Minnesota Thunder Academy South Metro Program - a position he has held since 2013.  As a coach at the club level, he has guided teams to three summer state championships, and tournament wins at the Disney Showcase, Mayor’s Cup, International Showcase, and Capital Area Soccer League.  In 2013, Ozturk’s U15 team won the national title at U.S. Club Nationals, becoming the first Minnesota team to accomplish such a feat. 
    Prior to his experience at the club level, Ozturk worked as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer programs at Hamline University and Concordia University, St. Paul before breaking into the high school ranks as the head boys varsity coach at Concordia Academy in 2010.  Following a year at Concordia Academy, Ozturk was hired as the head varsity coach at Lakeville North High School. During his three-season tenure at Lakeville North, Bulut compiled an overall record of 57-7-7, won two South Suburban Conference Championships (2011, 2012), and won Section 1AA three times (2011, 2012, 2013).  The Panthers went on to finish fourth in 2011, third in 2012, and runner-up in 2013 at the Minnesota High School State Girls Soccer Tournament within that time. 

      Ozturk also holds his USSF B License, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and NSCAA GK State, Regional and National Licenses.

  Our program is very luck to have Turk on the coaching staff as he will bring vast knowledge to our player development on and off the field, as well as help immensely with recruiting and continuing to bring in top players into the program.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Healthy Mind, Body and Soul

Gustavus Wellbeing Initiative

Changing the culture is a big undertaking, the Women's Soccer program knows this as we have worked tirelessly over the last two years to create a new and improved culture of success and teamwork.  The larger campus community of Gustavus is undertaking an initiative to focus on the "interdependence of purpose, vitality, and connection to live the College's core values of faith, justice, excellence, community and service."

A quick glance at new programs on campus to foster a better wellbeing in all aspects of one's life:

Be U Peer Coaching Groups: "More than 180 students and employees are participating in peer coaching groups to identify and reach their individual well-being goals in a confidential, small-group setting."

Financial Literacy Program: "Nearly 500 students are engaged in a financial literacy program run by the Finance Club."

Mindful Eating Program: "20 employees are participating in a pilot program to learn to eat instinctively and create a healthier attitude toward food."

The Wellbeing Initiative is all about helping the Gustavus community thrive with authenticity, purpose, health, and balance to meet the challenges of a world in need.  The Wellbeing page will feature stories to help inspire and motivate Gusties to live healthy, happy and satisfying lives.  Also a way to connect with the initiative via Facebook, Twitter and their blog.

Their overall message: When it comes to our individual and collective well-being, remember: every choice counts! 

Information and quotations taken from Gustavus Quarterly Summer 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014


Alumnae Win 2nd Annual Spring Alumnae Game

There was #trashtalk being thrown around all week on Twitter from the Alumnae, who had dubbed themselves the #grandmas.  The hype was there, the anticipation at a head, with the Gusties coming off three weeks of spring practices, they were sharp, ready and raring to go!  The #grandma's had a late addition, with Jess Richert '13, goalkeeper standout from 2008-2012 joining their force the week of the game.  Perhaps it was the late addition, perhaps it was the injuries and loss of Heather Goff to her Malaysian Adventure, but the Gusties couldn't muster a full comeback for the victory, eventually falling 2-1 at the final blow of Coach Burnett-Kurie's whistle.

Maggie Lane '13 had an early goal to put the #grandmas up 1-0.  Despite some attack from the current Gusties, the #grandmas would take the lead into halftime.  After the half, Maddi '17 would knock in a cross that Britt would get a piece of and knock off the crossbar.  A scrum in front of the net insured and the ball would end up in the back of the net... at this moment we still have to check the "official scorebook"to see who was eventually awarded the goal (check back for an update!).  Abby Stenoien '11 would put in the game-winning goal shortly after and the #grandmas would hold on to the one goal lead and come out victorious.

The Gusties gathered after for some food and to watch the men's team take on their Alumni, getting current Gusties to being to connect with their ladies who once walked in their footsteps and held it down on the Gustie Soccer Field.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Study Abroad, Broaden Your World

Junior Heather Goff is studying abroad in Malaysia this spring semester.  We have been keeping up with her AMAZING blog and pictures and we wanted to share with you too!!  We took an excerpt here for you to read and view.  There's so much to say about getting outside your comfort zone and spending time in a foreign place... so we will let Heather tell you about one of her experiences!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hindu Temple, Orangutans, and a Sticky Hike

This weekend was a busy one, which made me very happy! Friday morning a few of us went into Georgetown in an attempt to cross off some of our “Shirley and Steve Bucket List for Penang.” We walked down the historic Armenian street, which had a ton of murals, and found a batik shop, which is a cool art form. To cool down, we ate at what is my favorite restaurant thus far, despite the higher prices: China House. I got toasted banana bread and sliced bananas with cinnamon. Heaven. To cap off the morning, we walked out along the Chew Jetty. This was where typical Chinese houses on stilts are. It was neat to be out near the water. For being on an island, we don’t see it too much!

Later that evening we were given a tour of a Hindu Temple. This one was dedicated to the deity Muruga and is one of the largest outside of India. After paying initial respects in the temple at ground level, we hiked up 513 steps to the main temple, were we got to observe the prayer ceremony. Afterwards, we were given a free meal. Our leaders didn’t know about the free meal though, so we had reservations after the temple to eat at a typical Indian restaurant where you eat with your hands and the food is served on a banana leaf. Locals swear that the food tastes better when you eat with your hands... but I’m not convinced.

Saturday we went to Orang Utan Island, as our first outing for our biology class. This is an island that is dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of the pongo borneo species of orangutans. It was set up so that the visitor’s walk in cages, and the apes have free range of the island. Neat inverse of a typical zoo! We were lucky enough that some orangutans came quite close to our cage and we got to watch them play. They are smaller than I imagined, but way more adorable!

            Sunday our professor’s brother-in-law brought some of us up to the national park on the north side of the island, Taman Negara, or known locally as “the end of the world.” We accomplished a treacherous, winding, hot hour and a half hike to Monkey Beach, were we ate lunch and cooled off in the water before making our way back. And yes, there were monkeys there. This is the first time I’ve personally seen monkeys in Malaysia and they are a little frightening. Do not feed them, or they will attack! It was a long, tiring day. I enjoy hiking though, so it was time well spent. 

If you want more, go check out her entire blog!  We highly recommend #malaysiaprobs ... it's insightful and hilarious!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Let's Talk R.O.E.: No, Not Fish Eggs

Leading a Revolution - Return on Education

Down to the numbers, to the nitty gritty, to the nuts and bolts of it all... What will I get in return for four years at Gustavus?  Gustavus not only interested in helping you determine your ROI, but further revolutionize it and help you determine your R.O.E.!  Here's some insight from the institution itself:

What is COLLEGE R.O.E. (Return On Education)?

College R.O.E. is a multi-year intercollegiate, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational initiative being led by Gustavus to do what’s never been done before: quantify the holistic return on a college investment.

Why are we leading COLLEGE R.O.E.?

To help you make the best decision on where to invest your hard-earned college education dollars.

How are we leading COLLEGE R.O.E.?

We think an effort this bold will take the requisite amount of time and collaboration to deliver a truly effective measurement tool, with the work organized over three phases

Phase One

Phase one will define a set of investment dimensions and develop algorithms to
measure return on those dimensions.

Phase Two

Phase two will beta test the dimensions and algorithms with a co-hort of college alumni,
including but not limited to Gustavus.

Phase Three

Phase three will fine tune the model and establish a new standard for measuring the
return on your college investment, at Gustavus or anywhere else.

Rather than the traditional ROI, which is measured in some charts below, the R.O.E. will give you a new insight into what you are really getting in return for four years at Gustavus.

Retention and Graduation Rate

Gustavus Adolph...Peer InstitutionsAnnapolis GroupMinnesota Private...1/21st to 2nd Year Retent...4 Year Graduation Rate5 Year Graduation Rate6 Year Graduation Rate0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%
* 5 year data not available

Post-Graduation Status


Class of 2013


Class of 2012

Conventional return-on-investment (ROI) measures can be found throughout this site
—and we have many to share, like those listed here in regards to our outstanding 
graduation and retention rates and our post-graduation placement rates. In addition, 
you will be able to see the outstanding companies where our graduates are finding 
employment, the range of salaries our graduates are reporting they are making, 
and the elite caliber of graduate schools they are attending.

Gustavus graduates are well prepared to go out and “Make Their Lives Count” and 
statistics show that they are receiving a strong return on their investment. But, we 
are also aware that the true return on an investment like Gustavus is impossible 
to capture in financial terms alone, and therefore marginalized by rankings and polls 
that measure only those terms.

Gustavus ROE website

Monday, March 3, 2014

High School Girls Summer Camp

Summer Campin'

  Despite the frigid temperatures, summer is right around the corner and we want YOU to attend our Gustavus Women's Soccer H.S. Camp this summer at Gustavus Adolphus College!  If you are looking to play at the next level, especially if Gustavus is on your list of potential schools, we recommend you attend our summer camp, July 6-9th, 2014.  

Why attend a summer soccer camp?
College coaches can watch you play for a game or two with your club or high school team, but there is so much more to playing at the collegiate level than you'll receive from those evaluations.  This deeper evaluation and development is the heart of our camp, which is designed to provide you a great opportunity to showcase your ability over 4 days through position specific drills, small sided games and full-sided scrimmages.  You will also get a feel for the campus, meet several of our current players, and be coached and evaluated by the Gustavus Women's Soccer coaching staff in practices and games. 

Camp Philosophy:
    Our summer camp is designed to provide an environment for players who aspire to take their game to the next level through advanced player development and exposure to NCAA collegiate coaches.  We will prepare high school students for college soccer both on and off the pitch through quality position based coaching, college level sessions, and evening matches based on different formations.  We will also hold daily presentations focused on recruiting, diet and nutrition, optimal performance and injury prevention. 

  Our camp brochure and registration is attached, or you can go to GACsummercamps.comfor online registration (note there is a non-refundable credit card fee if you pay online).  You can read more about our camp director and staff on our website.  

Closing Remarks: 
 What other opportunity will you have to spend four days on the wonderful Gustavus campus, with college players as mentors and the chance to play with future teammates? It's easy: register now to showcase your talent, personality and work ethic in July.  If you have any questions let us know!  Hope to see your registration soon.