Saturday, March 18, 2017

#WhyGustavus Series: The Hill Crew App

What sets Gustavus apart from other colleges is our community.  We have one of the most supportive communities in the entire country: fueled by our passion for Gustavus and mission to help everyone reach their max potential.  The Hill Crew is HUGE contributor to our exceptional community.  

The Hill Crew is a fan inventive program for all students and faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College. The mission of the program is to unite the student body to support Gustavus Athletic Teams and create an athletic atmosphere that is second-to-none in the NCAA.  We've experienced the support at our soccer games, both at home and on the road, and we are also huge participators in the Hill Crew. Fueled by the Hill Crew, it's easy to say we have the best fans in the MIAC.  Don't believe us? Check out the picture below from the Volleyball MIAC Championships:

Even better than just having the Hill Crew? Now we have a Hill Crew App to enhance our fan engagement.  This sets us apart. This makes us special.  This is the Gustavus Community.

Gustavus Launches “The Hill Crew” App To Enhance Fan Engagement

ST. PETER, Minn. – The fan experience at Gustavus Adolphus College events has received a digital enhancement. The College recently launched a new mobile app, “The Hill Crew,” that allows fans to earn points based on events and activities they attend and check in to. The points can then be used to earn prizes and exclusive experiences from the College.

The app provides other information for fans including athletic team schedules, school news, and an opportunity to share photos through a “fan cam.” There’s a leaderboard to fuel some friendly competition amongst fans as well as a social media module so users can stay up to date with everything going on around campus. The Hill Crew can be downloaded for free at either the Apple iTunes or Google Play online stores.

“We are really excited about launching this new app with our students, fans, and followers,” said Kari Eckheart, Assistant Athletics Director & Senior Women’s Administrator. “It allows us to engage and activate our fans even further at games and events throughout the year. And the best part is that it rewards fans for supporting Gustavus Adolphus College.”

SuperFanU created the app and is a leader in developing innovative platforms that allow the communication and marketing between fans and schools to be more engaging and efficient.

“We know that our partnership with Gustavus Adolphus College will yield lots of excitement this year,” said Kayla Mount, Co-Founder and COO of SuperFan. “The fan experience is so important to engaging students, alumni, and fans, so we look forward to great collaboration with lots of fun outcomes in the near future.”

Fans can download The Hill Crew app by clicking on either one of the following links:


Google Play:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

TOP FIVE GOALS: 2016 Season

For the second year in a row, our players voted on our top goals from the 2016 season. We had many to choose from, 32 in fact, so to be on this short list means these goals are pretty special. Here are some other fun facts about our goal scoring this year: 

- Did you know we had 15 different players score in the 2016 season? Tied for the most (15 in 2009, 2000) since 1998 when 16 different players scored.

- Did you know Maggie Leininger scored the first freshman goal this season vs. Crown? Here are the first freshman goals over the last five years:
2016 - Maggie Leininger vs. Crown College
2015 - Chase Miller vs. St. Thomas 
2014 - Molly Johnston vs. Crown College 
2013 - Maddison Ackiss vs. UW Stout 
2012 - Brittany Chase vs. Martin Luther

- The team scored 32 goals with 28 assists. Those assists came from 13 different players. That's fantastic team play! 

- Senior Maddison Ackiss wrote herself into the record books: 
6th for Career Goals with 36 
7th for Career Points with 83 (36g, 11a)
2013 - 8g, 3a; 2014 - 10g, 2a; 2015 - 9g, 2a; 2016 - 9g, 4a

So here we go, take a look at our top five goals from the 2016 season: 

Honorable Mention: our first HM goal from the 2016 season is Senior Maddison Ackiss's second goal vs. St. Mary's. And yes, that's an assist from Sophomore Ashley Becker! First career point? Excellent. Make sure to watch Maddi take off and cover ground to get on the end of this punt.


Honorable Mention: our second HM goal from the 2016 goes to this goal vs. Eau Claire where Junior Hannah Sturtz plays a cheeky pass to Sophomore Emily Skogseth, who beats her defender and then blasts this dirty shot far post, side netting from outside the 18. Guarantee you can't just watch this goal once.


#5: Goal of the 2016 Season: Here's the scenario, we knew we needed to make a big push to qualify for the conference tournament... big push meaning we needed to win 4 of the last 5 conference games. Heading into the St. Kate's, we had won our previous two and were riding the momentum. We were up 3-2 and looking for a buffer goal to put the game away.

Who else than Junior Hannah Sturtz to make that happen? We moved the ball up the field with Sophomore Emily Skogseth finding Hannah into space. As the keeper approached she calmly placed the ball high and near post.


#4: Goal of the 2016 Season: Sophomore Chase Miller crushes a free kick from half field, ball takes one bounce inside the 18 before hitting the back of the net. The best part? Game was tied 0-0 before this goal in the 87th minute. Talk about clutch.


T-#3: Goal of the 2016 season is Junior Sophie Leininger's second vs. Concordia for senior day. Only 12 minutes after she scored her first goal of the season, Sophie powered this left footed shot into the side netting on the far post to double our lead (as well as her # of career goals). Nice feed from Sophomore Emily Skogseth... her being involved in great goals is starting to become a trend here...


T-#3: The other #3 goal of the 2016 season actually came in the same game. Who could have written a better script than to have Senior Maddison Ackiss score a fantastic left footed bomb from 28 yards out, straight to the top corner in her Senior Game? After writing herself into the record books during her career, she deserved every bit of this fantastic goal.


#2: Goal of the 2016 season goes to Grace Brustad in the waning minute against Macalester. First career goal and an excellent one at that. Shout out to Emily Skogseth beating five Macalester defenders before finding Grace in the slot. Great assist, great finish -- no wonder this goal was voted #2!


And now.... 

our top goal... 

of the... 

2016 Season... 

goes to... 

#1: Our top goal of 2016 goes to Chase Miller's goal to put us up 1-0 vs. St. Kate's in the playoff quarterfinals. Chase destroys this ball one time. Jaw dropping. And then just turns around like it was no big deal.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

#WhyGustavus Series: The Student Experience

Receiving a strong education is the most important reason you attend college, so it's crucial to find an academically strong institution with a great reputation that will help you successfully pursue your career post-graduation.  Well, Gustavus fits those criteria. Not only do we provide a fantastic Liberal Arts Education, but we have amazing graduation outcomes and there are Gusties everywhere just waiting to help students and alums get internships, attend graduate school, enter the work force, etc.  The rankings below by the Wall Street Journal says it all: Gustavus is ranked third among private colleges in Minnesota, only behind Carleton and Macalester.

You want to receive a great education and be part of an unbelievable community that will take care of you for the rest of your life?  Gustavus is that place.

Gustavus Scores Highly in Inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

The College ranks 144th in the nation and third among private colleges in Minnesota.


Gustavus Adolphus College ranks 144th among colleges and universities across the United States in the first-ever Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) College Rankings, which were released this week. The new ranking system assesses education, graduate outcomes, and the student experience to evaluate colleges across four areas: “Capacity” for teaching, “Capability” for engaging students, “Credibility” in terms of producing strong outcomes, and “Community.”
The Gustavus ranking of 144 is out of 1,061 institutions measured, which includes public and private colleges and universities of varying size. The College is third among Minnesota private colleges behind Carleton and Macalester.

The WSJ/THE rankings were created to emphasize student experience and outcomes, a departure from traditional college measurements, which focus largely on an institution’s financial resources and reputation in the marketplace.

Overall, the methodology looks at resources (30 percent), engagement (20 percent), outcomes (40 percent), and environment (10 percent) to assign each college its ranking.

Gustavus garnered particularly strong scores in the engagement category, with student engagement at 88.7, student recommendation at 88.1, and student interaction at 91.0. The outcomes section included high marks for graduation rate (90.5) and graduate salary (84.0).

“At Gustavus, we pair students with talented faculty members who take a personal interest in their development both inside and outside the classroom,” Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission Richard Aune said. “The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings affirm that our focus on the student experience leads to great outcomes after graduation.”

To gather data for the rankings, the WSJ/THE team compiled information from the U.S. government, the Elsevier bibliometric dataset, and surveys of students and academics conducted by Times Higher Education. To learn more about the WSJ/THE methodology, visit the Times Higher Education website.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Best College Food in America

You hear it time and time again: the food at Gustavus is outstanding.  It keeps our campers coming back year after year.  It keeps our assistant coach, Benton, extremely happy day to day.  And it wows our recruits and their families when on a campus visit.  Everyone in the Gustie world knows how good our food is and now the rest of the country will know as well.

Gustavus Ranked Highly By Niche (Especially for Food!)

The College is 58th on the list of Best Liberal Arts Colleges and 20th overall for Best College Food in America.


Gustavus Adolphus College ranks 58th on Niche’s newest list of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America and 20th overall for Best College Food in America. The 2017 lists were released this week by Niche, which provides a wide variety of college and university rankings based on data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as college reviews and survey responses directly from students.
In addition to the Best Liberal Arts Colleges and Best College Food rankings, Gustavus scores highly on the website’s lists of Best Colleges with No Application Fee (26th), Best Christian Colleges (18th), Colleges with the Best Academics (183rd), and the comprehensive list of the Best Colleges in America, which includes public and private institutions of all sizes from across the country (183rd out of 1,647).

niche_2017_best_colleges_badgeWithin the state of Minnesota, Gustavus ranks first for food, second for best value, second for nursing, second for Greek Life, and fourth overall among private colleges.
Perhaps the most important ranking among students is the Best College Food in America list. In recent years, the Gustavus Dining Service has scored high praise for its on-campus dining program, which was recently named a “Power Player” in an extensive feature by Food Management magazine.

“It’s simple, really. We open a dialogue with students about what they want to eat and when they want to eat it. Once two-way conversations happen, we prepare good-tasting food and serve it with a smile,” Associate Vice President and Director of Dining Service Steve Kjellgren explained. “The Dining Service team – from student staff to our cooks, bakers, dishwashers, and supervisors – takes their role in producing an excellent student dining experience to heart.”
Niche’s rankings are compiled after examining data from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census, and other government sources along with over 100 million reviews and survey responses from students, parents, and residents. Their data team uses advanced algorithms and statistical techniques to compare, score, and connect millions of data points to analyze U.S. schools. According to the organization, more than half of all college-bound high school students use Niche to research colleges and universities.

Learn more about Gustavus rankings, classifications, student awards, and service projects online.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Looking Back on 2016

Snapshots of the many events, experiences, and stories of our students, alumni, and faculty who combine to make Gustavus great.

As Gustavus Adolphus College pauses for the holiday break and prepares for the work that awaits in the New Year, we look ahead with hope and excitement to the promise of all that the future holds. As we reflect on 2016, we look back on milestones that have passed while at the same time laying the groundwork for the College’s continued growth as we move boldly forward.

This year our community launched the new Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan, mourned the loss of several legendary professors and staff, celebrated 100 seasons of Gustavus football and 75 years of men’s hockey, and shared the beauty of the fine arts in Anderson Theatre, the Kresge Studio, the Hillstrom Museum of Art, and Christ Chapel.

As 2016 draws to a close, let’s take a moment to look back on the calendar year. A lot can happen on a college campus in 12 months. Here are some snapshots of the many events, experiences, and stories of our students, alumni, and faculty who combine to make Gustavus great…


The renovated Anderson Hall will include a gathering space for students and faculty.

The College announced renovations to A.H. Anderson Hall to prepare the building to house the Department of Education, the Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement and Writing Center, the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, and a new multifaith center. The updated building opens in February 2017.

Jaime Hollis was named the director of the Diversity Center, joining the Gustavus community after serving in a similar role at Gonzaga University.

Dr. Rashad Shabazz, an expert on the implications of geography and race, gave the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture on Monday, January 18.

A three-year, $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was implemented to support January Interim Experience classes that focus on digital humanities.

Three Gustavus seniors were named semifinalists for the prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program.

Students in English professor Baker Lawley’s January Interim Experience class launched Razor Literary Magazine, a national online literature publication.


The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and Gustavus Jazz Lab Band toured Greece and Macedonia in late January and Early February.

The Gustavus Choir completed a ten-day concert tour which showcased its talents in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota.

Five Gustavus alumnae competed in the Women’s World Bandy Championship in Roseville, Minn.

The Department of Theatre and Dance presented Love’s Labour’s Lost: The Musical.

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was announced as the College’s 2016-2017 Reading in Common book.


The annual Building Bridges conference focused on the far-reaching implications on the U.S. War on Drugs.
Dr. Jay Sekulow meets with class on Tuesday, March 15

The chaplains’ office launched a new Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics for high school students after receiving a nearly $600,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Five members of the women’s swimming and diving team competed at the NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Senior Ben Dipple was named a winner of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to teach in Turkey.

Dr. Jay Sekulow, noted Supreme Court litigator and #1 New York Times-bestselling author, visited campus for three days as the 2016 Lindau Resident in Conservative Thought.

Junior Alex Kopp won the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championship in the floor exercise with a Gustavus-record score of 9.850.


Four Gustavus alumnae were honored through the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.

Grammy-nominated country music artist Hunter Hayes performed at Gustavus on Saturday, April 23.

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra toured the Midwest over Spring Break.

Senior Caroline David was named the 2016 winner of the Donald G. Paterson Award in Psychology by the Minnesota Psychological Association.

The Gustavus Department of Theatre and Dance closed the spring season by presenting Samuel Beckett’s absurdist comedy Endgame and six other Beckett short works.

Seniors Joey Wiley (Malaysia) and Travis Sigafoos (Mexico) were named winners of the Fulbright English Teaching fellowship.

Thomas J. Rooney was announced as the College’s new vice president for finance, treasurer, and chief financial officer..

The 36th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference focused on divestment and reinvestment.


Sami Swedish musician and indigenous rights activist Sofia Jannok visited campus for the Department of Scandinavian Studies’ Out of Scandinavia series.

Political science professor Alisa Rosenthal was named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2016-17 school year.

A team of Gustavus students ranked first among American liberal arts colleges in the international Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling.

Ashley Krug ’12 was honored with the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Outstanding Athletic Trainer Recognition Award for her actions responding to a serious on-ice injury during a hockey game in November.

First-year student Karl Satterlund was awarded a Swedish Language Scholarship by the Swedish Council of America to support his study-away experience in Sweden. Senior Griffin Reed won the council’s Glenn T. Seaborg Award.

Professors Mary Joos (Health and Exercise Science) and Dwight Stoll (Chemistry) received College teaching and research awards at the conclusion of the academic year.

587 members of the Gustavus Class of 2016 celebrated commencement on Sunday, May 29. Delaney Sweet served as the class speaker and Dr. Eric Carlson (History) received the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching.


“Perry” the Corpse Flower bloomed for the fourth time since 2007 in early June.

Gustavus was awarded a $10,000 grant from Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and the Teagle Foundation to support development in the area of Interfaith Cooperation in Professional and Civic Life for the College’s students.

Physics professor Steve Mellema ’72 was selected through the Fulbright Scholar Program to travel to Malaysia in 2017 to teach and do research at Universiti Sains Malaysia (The Science University of Malaysia) in Penang.

Laura Triplett conducts research with students on the Seven Mile Creek watershed
Director of International and Cultural Education Roger Adkins was named an Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Presidential Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Britt Stewart was announced as the new head softball coach after the retirement of Jeff Annis.

Three summer research students explored pollution solutions in the Seven Mile Creek watershed under the direction of geology professor Laura Triplett.

Legendary men’s hockey coach Don Roberts ’56 passed away in July and was celebrated by generations of players and fans at a memorial service on campus in November.

The College was ranked in the Top 30 in the nation in five separate categories in Money Magazine’s 2016-17 Best College Rankings.


Junior Casey Decker conducted research on glaciers in Ecuador under the direction of geography professor Jeff La Frenierre.

Longtime Gustavus Athletics Director Moose Malmquist ’53 passed away and was celebrated with a memorial service on Homecoming Saturday.

First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) students concluded a successful summer of on-campus research in a variety of disciplines.

Speakers Sir Paul Collier and Joerg Reiger
at the Nobel Conference

Gustavus welcomed members of the Class of 2020 to campus at move-in day on September 2 and kicked off the 155th academic year on September 6.

The 52nd annual Nobel Conference brought together experts from across the globe to discuss the search for economic balance.

The Hillstrom Museum of Art won a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grant through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Professor Anna Versluis (Geography) returned to campus after serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Haiti for the 2015-16 academic year.


The Gustavus community celebrated Homecoming on October 1 with a record number of attendees consisting of alumni, families, and friends of the College.

The Office of Career Development launched a new “cluster” career model to introduce specialized career guidance in a variety of fields as students prepare for the professional world.

Gustavus ranked 58th among liberal arts colleges in Niche’s annual rankings. The College also ranked highly in several different categories of the organization’s rankings.

Vicki Kennedy (Admission), Paul Jacobsen (Dining Service), and Lisa Heldke ’82 (Philosophy) were honored with annual employee awards at the Founders Day Celebration on October 31.

The Gustavus volleyball team secured its 2nd consecutive
MIAC Championship

Communication studies professor Leila Brammer is partnering with the Kettering Foundation to teach deliberative democracy on campus and beyond.

The Gustavus volleyball team secured its second-straight conference title and returned to the NCAA National Tournament before falling to defending national champion Cal Lutheran in the second round.

The Department of Theatre and Dance presented More Light in Anderson Theatre November 17-20.

Gustavus announced nearly $12 million in gifts in November and early December, including multimillion dollar gifts from President Rebecca and Dr. Thomas Bergman, Bob ’81 and Beth Sparboe ’82 Schnell, and an anonymous donor from the Board of Trustees.

A team of Gustavus students won the Deloitte Audit Case Competition for the second straight year.

2016 St. Lucia Alicia Lhotka (front)
with other members of the Lucia Court
The College’s 44th annual Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services took place Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4. This year’s theme was “Ubuntu, Jesu: From the Cradle of Humankind to the Ends of the Earth.” For the first time, the full performance is available to watch online at any time.

The College announced that the Gustavus baseball field will be renovated beginning after the completion of the 2017 spring season.

Sophomore Alicia Lhotka was crowned as the 2016 St. Lucia at the College’s 76th annual Festival of St. Lucia on December 8.

Chaplain Brian E. Konkol was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA), an organization that brings together professionals from higher education to support pluralistic, inclusive approaches to claiming the role of religion, spirituality, and ethical identity in colleges and universities.

Gustavus won the inaugural Minnesota College Ballot Bowl by registering the highest percentage of students to vote. Run by the Minnesota Secretary State’s Office, the competition included 68 colleges and universities in the state.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Wishing You...

We would like to wish our wonderful team and their families, along with all of our recruits and their families a very joyful, happy, glorious holiday season!  Enjoy this time with family and friends!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Once again, the Gustavus Women's Soccer team did not disappoint with their costumes this year!  The creativity continues to be taken to the next level with every teammates' Halloween spirit.  This year we had people dressing up as food items, puns, super heroes, animals, movies, and more!  Every year we deem one practice for the women to dress up and play soccer in their costume -if they are able.  The team takes this day very seriously, as it is one of their favorite practices of the year.  Below are pictures from our great day:

2016 Gustavus Women's Soccer Halloween Team

 Here we will start with the ever so serious Ginger Bread Man pictured on the left.  This is our witty Head Coach, Laura Burnett-Kurie.  As you can see, Ginger is in her genetics, so the costume just came naturally.

On the right we have our Assistant Coach, Benton Frayne, dressed up as a greaser.  His mother hand sewed his patches onto the jacket, all patches having personal meaning in his life.

Roisen Granlund, Coursey Edwards, Jana Elliott

We had some tough players out on the field, from left to right, "Run for Kills, SLAYER, and Ja-NICE" scaring away their opponents.  These three went from everyday Nursing and Athletic Training majors, to hardcore baddies overnight.  Yikes!  I wouldn't want to be caught in a 1v1 situation with any of these chicks.

Maddison Ackiss
 Next, a field fairy flew out to practice for the day!  Senior, Maddison Ackiss, looked so beautiful playing soccer with her hair down and flying past defenders.  The wings gave her additional turbo speed!
 The "twins" were very hard to tell apart on the field.  Freshman, Abby Mullenbach (left), and Junior, Paula Miller (right) hardly needed a costume on Halloween!  How clever!
Katie Johnson and Ashley Becker

It may be the end of October, but to sophomores Katie Johnson (left) and Ashley Becker (right) it was a perfect summers day.  For these two, the weather was beautiful for a day at the beach!
Judith Hepburn

Coming all the way from Alaska to save the day, we have Blue Ranger Billy...just kidding, it's our freshman, Judith Hepburn!!
 Here we have Freshmen Lucy Thompson (left) saving the day as Super Man with the help of her minion, Maggie Leininger (right).
 Junior, Chase Miller, expressing her patriotism as Lady Liberty!  Very well done.
Hannah Sturtz

Baller on the field, and baller on the court...Junior, Hannah Sturtz with some straight swag.
Trina Rinke, Grace Brustad, Riley Viner

 What is the perfect game day meal?  For us, it is definitely candy corn, grapes, and a Big Mac!  We must point out how creative Trina was crafting her costume, despite her losing her candy corn hat to match.
 Can you name that movie?  Here is a hint:  This little fish swam very far away from home, he touched the butt of a boat, and somehow found himself leaving the sea to be captured in a dentist's office.  Junior, Emily Odermatt (left) is NEMO! And junior, Ellyn Adelmann is Darla from Finding Nemo.
Emily Hilk and Sophie Leininger

Two grumpy cats unhappy about everything.  What is that in the background?  
Kylie Lamberty

On the right we have the talented Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.  It's been a rough season for him, probably because he's been out here focusing more on soccer instead of throwing the ball.