Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Hill Crew - Fan Engagment Program Enhanced!

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:

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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Season Ending Shootout

Women’s Soccer Season Ends In Shootout Loss At St. Kate’s

Posted on November 1st, 2016 by

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team’s season was ended in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinal playoff matchup by a shootout loss at St. Catherine University Tuesday afternoon.
With the double overtime tie and shootout loss the Gusties have their season cut short by the Wildcats. Gustavus finishes the season with an overall record of 10-6-3.
No. 4 seed St. Kate’s took down the No. 5 seed Gusties 3-1 in a shootout after two overtime periods left the scored tied 1-1. Sophie Leininger (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) scored the lone shootout goal for the Black and Gold.
Both regulation goals for Gustavus and St. Kate’s came in the second period of play. Chase Miller (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) gave the Gusties a 1-0 lead around the 53rd minute mark, tallying her second goal of the season. The Wildcats responded just a minute later as Iryna Talkachova tied the game up at 1-1 with her fourth goal of the season.
After regulation time and two overtimes, the Gusties and Wildcats were unable to change the score. St. Kate’s led in shots 29-24 while Gustavus led in shots on goal, 8-7. Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) and Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn.) led the Gustie attack with two shots on target each.
In the shootout the Wildcat’s first two shooters put goals past Gustie goalkeeper Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.). Leininger was the lone Gustavus scorer and three Gustie misses along with another Wildcat goal allowed St. Kate’s to prevail, 3-1.
“At the beginning of the season the team set a goal of making it to the playoffs,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “We found ourselves in a tough spot in achieving that goal after the first week of October. At that point the team came together and committed to each other and their goals and we went 5-1-1 in conference play. Making that commitment and achieving that success allowed us to be playing in this game today.  That’s what this season is all about. We overcame adversity multiple times this fall and it was great to see that resiliency. We battled hard today and didn’t end the season on a loss. Not many teams can say that.”
“As for the seniors, they were our first recruited class so they will always hold a special place in our heart. They started at the bottom of the conference and during their four years they qualified for the MIAC playoffs twice, won a playoff championship and was able to experience playing in the NCAA tournament. That alone speaks volumes to their talent and character. They are a pretty great group,” Burnett-Kurie said. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Defeated in Double Overtime

Women’s Soccer Downed By Hamline In Double Overtime, 1-0

Posted on October 29th, 2016 by

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team fell by a score of 1-0 in double overtime Saturday at Hamline University to close out regular season play.
With the loss the Gusties finish the regular season with a record of 10-6-2 (6-5 MIAC).
“We created opportunities for ourselves offensively and our defense battled hard,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “It was a tough, gritty battle and despite our efforts we weren’t able to get the result we wanted.” 
A goal at the 101 minute mark of double overtime by Arendje Louter served as the game-winning goal for Hamline. Louter tallies her ninth goal and third gamer-winner of the season as the Pipers improve their record to 11-6-1 (5-5-1 (MIAC).
In an even matched game, the Gusties and the Pipers both notched seven shots on goal. Gustavus led in total shots, 15-11. They also led in corner kicks, 7-3.
Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) led the Gusties with seven shots and a season-high five of them on target.
Goalkeeper Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) made six saves in goal despite suffering her sixth loss of the season.
“It’s disappointing but at the end of the day, the team put us in a position where we had clinched playoffs regardless of the result. We are still playing well and looking forward to our quarterfinals on Tuesday,” Burnett-Kurie said.
The Gusties travel back to St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday to take on St. Catherine University at 2 p.m. for a MIAC Playoff quarterfinal matchup.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Conquering Concordia

Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Concordia On Senior Day

Posted on October 25th, 2016 by

Sophie Leininger (center) celebrates with teammates. Leininger led the Gusties with two goals and an assist.
Sophie Leininger (center) celebrates with teammates. Leininger led the Gusties with two goals and an assist.
ST. PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s soccer team was lifted by two goals from co-captain Sophie Leininger (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) as the Gusties shut out Concordia College on senior day, Tuesday afternoon at Gustie Soccer Field.
With the win Gustavus improves to 10-5-2 overall (6-4 MIAC), while the Cobbers fall to 4-10-3 (1-8-1 MIAC).
“We wanted to play for the seniors and all the hard work they’ve put in over the last four years,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “What they’ve done for the program and how they’ve helped set our standard of excellence is admirable, so it was great to be able to get the result in honor of them. Ultimately, the team is on a mission to finish the season strong and clinch that playoff spot and they are proving that every game.”
In the first period the Gustie attack peppered the Concordia defense with 19 shots, three of which snuck past goalkeeper Maddy Reed.
Around 12 minutes into the game, Maddison Ackiss (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) took a shot and Leininger buried the rebound to tally her first goal of the season. Leininger added another goal at the 24th minute mark when Emily Skogseth (So., Burnsville, Minn.) centered the ball to Leininger, who put a shot into the top left corner of the goal.
“Sophie is a such a crafty player and despite not having the points to show for it this year, much of our attack still goes through her,” Burnett-Kurie commented. “It was great to see her breakthrough and not only score, but to score a second in the first half.”
At the 32nd minute, Ackiss recorded her team-leading ninth goal of the season to give Gustavus a 3-0 cushion with a great shot from 30 yards out, registering a goal in three-straight games. Leininger was credited with the assist on the goal to notch her fifth point of the game, which is an individual game high for Leininger and the Gusties.
In the second period Concordia stole away some of the Gustavus momentum, outshooting the Gusties 11-3. Despite a strong push-back, the Black and Gold defense stood tall. Goalkeeper Roisen Granlund (Sr., St. Paul, Minn.) came in to assist starting goalie Ashley Becker (So., Farmington, Minn.) at the 75th minute mark and backstopped the Gusties with six saves. Becker was credited with her 10th win of the season.
“We are so happy to see Roisen get some minutes and show what she’s capable of. Everyday she works hard in practice and continues to push herself and everyone within the program to reach that next level. Today she had the opportunity to step onto the field and help hold down the fort to secure that goose egg,” Burnett-Kurie mentioned.
Gustavus closes out the regular season at Hamline University on Saturday at 11 a.m.
“We are very focused on finishing out the season strong, but today’s post-game was all about honoring our spectacular senior class and their families. They’ve given so much to this program it’s difficult to truly honor them,” said Burnett-Kurie.