Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Honorable Mention: Paula Miller's Goal

It was her first collegiate goal and it was a beaut.  Sophomore playmaker Sophie Leininger played the ball out to Brittany Chase on the right flank, who, with a slight hesitation move, beat her defender on the outside to create enough separation to get off a pinpoint cross to the head of fellow forward Paula Miller.  Paula made perfect contact, sending the ball back the way it came into the side right side netting for her first collegiate goal at Gustavus.

Watch the video below and you'll understand why this received our first Honorable Mention Award.


Check back in tomorrow, Wednesday May 4th for the next goal on our Top Five Goals of the 2015 Season Countdown. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

#WhyGustavus Series: Möbius Initiative

Here is our second post in our #WhyGustavus series.  Gustavus is taking liberal arts education and raising it to a whole new level, because at Gustavus we care about helping produce well-rounded individuals who are prepared to positively contribute to the greater community after graduation. 

Möbius Initiative Highlights Value of Liberal Arts through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Gustavus Adolphus College’s new Möbius Initiative is offering faculty and students an innovative way to explore the liberal arts by connecting teachers and learners from different disciplines in a series of collaborative projects.

The initiative symbolically takes its name from the Möbius strip, a continuous curve with only one side, and celebrates the breaking of disciplinary boundaries and spirit of interdisciplinary cooperation that characterizes the liberal arts tradition and equips its students to challenge old paradigms and to anticipate and innovate throughout their lives.

Now in its first year, the program is already supporting projects ranging from a chaplain and economics professor presenting on the subject of dehumanization under capitalism, to a student/professor pair serving as artists-in-residence in a month-long chemistry lab, to a co-authored article on restorative justice in ancient Greece by a political science professor and classics professor.

“I’m excited about the willingness of early participants to engage outside their area of expertise,” Hanson-Peterson Chair of Liberal Studies and classics professor Eric Dugdale said. “These projects are often process-oriented, not goal-oriented, which gives participants the freedom to experiment and make mistakes as they learn.”

Eric Dugdale
Dugdale, one of the driving forces behind the initiative, hopes that the interdisciplinary liaisons will allow both students and faculty members to see the multifaceted nature of a liberal arts education. As the program continues to grow, he looks forward to including staff members and alumni in the projects to further expand the initiative’s scope and depth.

“Gustavus has a community in which faculty, students, and staff cooperate in many different configurations,” Dugdale explained. “There’s a spirit of collaboration on campus that Möbius supports by encouraging people to learn across departmental boundaries.”

The Möbius initiative is supported by the College’s John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, the Office of the Provost, and the generous benefactors of the Hanson-Peterson Chair for Liberal Studies. Visit the Möbius Initiative website to learn more, see other ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations, or submit a project proposal.

Direct Link to Article: https://news.blog.gustavus.edu/2016/02/29/mobius-initiative-highlights-value-of-liberal-arts-through-interdisciplinary-collaboration/

Article courtesy of gustavus.edu, written by Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin, jakin@gustavus.edu.  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

#WhyGustavus Series: TEDx at Gustavus

Here is our first post in our #WhyGustavus blog series.  This blog series is to show you reasons why Gustavus is an impressive and wonderful institution that provides a well-balanced liberal arts education for all students, including offering unique opportunities for our student-athletes.  The #whygustavus series will offer you a glimpse of some of these unique opportunities.  After all, don't you want to attend an institution that helps develop you as an entire person and provide you with a blueprint to be the best individual you can be in all areas of your lives?!  

Gustavus Adolphus College’s Center for Community-Based Service and Learning will host the College’s third annual TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Wallenberg Auditorium. The conference theme is “ENGAGE!” and will feature a series of eight live speakers and two TED Talks via video.

Tickets for the independently organized event, licensed by TED, are $5 for Gustavus Students and $25 for the general public, and are limited to 100 tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at gustavustickets.com. The presentation will be recorded and archived online following the event.

Speakers will give presentations between five and 18 minutes, followed by a brief opportunity for audience members to discuss and share new learning and insights with each other. Scheduled presenters and topics for the TEDx event at Gustavus include:

Paul Batz

Talk Title: Sparking Goodness

​​Founder/president of Good Leadership Enterprises, Paul Batz will show that with shared values, good intentions and concern for people both personally and professionally, good leaders thrive in all kinds of market conditions and placate the complexities that test our resilience.

Annika Erickson

Talk Title: Making the Most of Life on Earth

Annika Erickson will suggest that more of us can and should make engagement with the richness of this world a priority. She will share her own strategies for overcoming challenges, and for moving beyond tourism to more satisfying forms of intercultural engagement

Fardousa Jama

Talk Title: Knowing Your Worth

“Volunteer of the Year” winner Fardousa Jama will talk about our mission to create a reason for being here. As we engage our goals there will be obstacles, but if you believe in yourself and believe in your decisions you will move forward.

Ryan Johnson

Talk Title: Engagement on the Big Science and Technology Issues

Ryan Johnson is a nationally recognized lawyer for innovative health care and life science companies. Johnson will show how he engages the public and policymakers on several of today’s biggest science and technology issues, including genome editing, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and energy.

Kathy Lund Dean

Talk Title: Why can’t we just all get along? Title VII religious protections 50 years on

Kathy Lund Dean currently holds the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics at Gustavus. Her session will describe research on how American workers have responded to religious diversity in all types of organizations, and how this research engages by sharing workplace experiences.

Carol Markham-Cousins

Talk Title: What Does it Take to Push the Racially Biased System, and Fail?

Carol Markham-Cousins has experienced both the teaching and administrative aspects of education. After being removed as the principal of Washburn High School for standing up for equity in education, Markham-Cousins will talk about how she continues to find ways to engage all students in education.

Carry Metkowski

Talk Title: The Art and Science of Engagement

Part design thinker, part producer, and part coach, Carry Metkowski says that the jury is still out on a repeatable set of conditions needed to create engagement. In this session, Metkowski will take an unorthodox approach at examining what science is available behind engagement.

Thomas Thibodeau

Talk Title: Positive Power of Servant Leadership

Thomas Thibodeau is a distinguished professor of servant leadership at Viterbo University. He will speak about the act of servant leadership being both timely and timeless, and how it is expressed every day through our words, presence and commitment to the common good. ​

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

For more information on tickets or the conference in general, please e-mail tedx@gustavus.com, call organizer Dave Newell at 507-933-6069, or visit tedxgustavusadolphuscollege.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Article courtesy of gustavus.edu, written by Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin, jakin@gustavus.edu.  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Magical Recruiting Seasons: Spring and Summer 2016

Spring is upon us, which means the domes are coming down and grass fields are being lined.  Cross our fingers we don't get any spring snowstorms that will hinder our Spring and Summer recruiting efforts!

Every weekend of recruiting means an opportunity to find Future Gusties.  It also means we can continue to build our relationship, evaluate your play and provide you with feedback as to where we see you fitting into our program.

Read through the list of tournaments, showcases and cups we plan to attend over the next 4+ months; if your team will be attending any of them, please send us an email (Coach Burnett-Kurie, lburnett@gustavus.edu or Assistant Coach Benton Frayne, bfrayne@gustavus.edu) with your schedule! Make sure to include in the email your Name, Graduation Year, Team, Game Schedule, Jersey Number and Position.  Bonus information would be your mailing address, contact number and the home and away colors of your team uniforms!

May 2015

May 2-5th: MN State Cup Play In Games
May 7-8th: MN State Cup in North Mankato, MN 
May 14-15th: MN State Cup in North Mankato, MN 
May 21-22nd: MN State Cup Semi-Finals and Finals in North Mankato, MN 

June 2016

June 15-16th: CollegeGoal ID Camp in St. Paul, MN
June 17-19th: MTA Academy College Showcase in Rosemount, MN 
June 24-29th: US Youth Soccer Region II Championships in Westfield, IN
June 24-16th: Prairie Cup in Eden Prairie, MN 
June 28-July 1st: Midwest Elite Soccer Camp at Hamline University, Session I 
July 5-8th: Midwest Elite Soccer Camp at Hamline University, Session II

July 2016

July 6-9th: Gustavus High School Girls Soccer Camp (GREAT RECRUITING OPPORTUNITY!!) 
July 15-17th: USA Cup Weekend in Blaine, MN 
July 19-23rd: Schwans Cup Week in Blaine, MN
July 28-29th: College Search Kickoff (CSK) in Muscatine, IA 

If you are attending a showcase that is not listed above, send us an email to let us know and we will do our very best to get out and see you play!  We also enjoy watching league games, so please send us your upcoming league game schedule as well as showcase schedules. 

Tournament/Showcase Schedules can be sent to: Coach Burnett-Kurie; lburnett@gustavus.edu or Assistant Coach Benton Frayne; bfrayne@gustavus.edu

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Waffles With Benton

What better way to celebrate his one year anniversary of joining the Gustavus Women's Soccer Program than WAFFLES WITH BENTON?!  Having breakfast and getting to know Coach Benton a little bit better was such a sweet treat.  I (Junior Jana Elliott) always leave with a smile on my face after talking to the coaches, but after this conversation of laughs, it was too good not to share with you...

So, it's now your time to realize how awesome Benton is and why we love having him as a coach at Gustavus.  He is so intelligent on the field, and a pretty cool dude off of it...

1. What did Benton do over J-Term?
Since he has his other job, it was a lot of work. He also went to Florida and got his Advanced National Diploma for coaching through the NSCAA. This was over his 30th Birthday. He also spent time with his family, "did the Christmas thing, pretty low-key."

2. What’s a winter tradition he does with his family, if any?
They always go to a movie when they celebrate Christmas and then come back and open presents. The first time he remembers going was to go see the first Toy Story because he thought it was cool that the toys came alive.

3. Who is Benton's favorite professional player?
David Beckham because it is "the perfect storm of him being good, of him being famous, of him marrying a spice girl. We played the same position and him revolutionizing the position by him being dominant at one skill." And I asked Benton, "which was?" So quickly, and without hesitation he answered, “Crushin’ balls” (aka accurate long passes).

4. Most memorable moment of His soccer career?
Benton's last summer soccer season because they were a pretty good team. It was a big game against his team (the #2 seed) and the #1 seed, and he scored a gimme goal late in the game. Probably looking a little ridiculous, but relishing in the sweet moment, Benton took off his jersey and whipped it around his head. It was the game winning goal.

5. What is Benton's hidden talent?
"I don't know if it’s a talent, because I'm not really talented at anything but...compassion, being able to put myself in other people’s shoes, relate to their situation and being there to support them in time of need." This helps give him an edge as a soccer coach because it is hard to connect with players if you cannot relate to them, and he does a phenomenal job with us and all of his players.

6. If he could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would we find Benton, and why?
"When I’ve imagined this, I've always imagined myself wealthy enough to have smaller dwellings in multiple places."

Dwelling #1: An apartment in New York City. He likes the city life, but not enough to have it be his permanent home. He would enjoy people watching, going to the MET, Broadway shows, and sitting court side at the Knicks games.
Dwelling #2: Have something tropical. It doesn't matter where, just to get away from the cold.

Dwelling #3: In Minnesota, he would like to convert a barn into a house. By growing up in Iowa, it gives him the feel of home. It would be a dream to have "wide open spaces, a flexible floor plan…house would be pretty epic."

7. What is the best part of his job here at Gustavus?
The best part of Benton's job here at Gustavus is being around the team - " With any relationship you get to know each other and be real, the relationship just keeps growing everyday."

8. Highlight of his first season with the team?
"The Hamline game…we had been good, but it was the first game we had something on the line…its was an important game…the way we squeezed out the win in overtime was quite the accomplishment to hang our hats on, that we finished second in regular season."

9. What did Benton enjoy studying the most in school?
He had a coaching minor so those classes were his favorite. He had to coach different sports too, so it was a challenge to figure out a new game and come up with a philosophy for that and then tie it into thinking about how he thinks soccer should be played.

10. Most epic embarrassing moment
In Disney world as a family, his mom gave him and his brother camel packs instead of water bottles while at the park. The two were leaving the park together and Coach B needed a bathroom, but they got on the pivot bus back to the hotel instead. Thinking he could make it all the way back to the hotel without relieving himself, the bus had to stop at a hotel just before theirs. Little B didn't make it to the bathroom and wet himself. His brother felt bad, pushed Benton into the pool after so no one knew he wet himself.

11. Favorite breakfast food?
BACON -would eat bacon on anything. Has eaten a pound of bacon in one sitting and within the last week.

12. How would Benton spend his ideal Sunday?
Sleeping in. 9 hours of watching football

13. Motto to live by?
Find what makes you happy, and just do it.

14. Best advice from Benton's mom?
"She’s a pretty smart lady… 'treat a game like it’s practice…get out of your own head, it’s a bad neighborhood.' 'Do you want to facilitate recess the rest of your life?"...changed his path in life. 

"Grandma said…'I never did see straight with the world.'”

15. What’s something that makes Benton happy?
"Completing a workout, winning soccer games. Having a positive influence with soccer players, whether it be at Gustavus or at Mankato United. It's a great feeling to have when players remember the things you helped them with, it feels like you’re making an impact."

16. 3 CD’s Benton would want with him on a deserted island?
Melissa Ethridge –Brave and Crazy
Rage against the machine –Bulls on parade
TV on the Radio - no specific disk 


Do you have other questions for Benton?  Ask him at bfrayne@gustavus.edu 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

DIII Week April 4th-10th!

Simply, it is a celebration of your campus and conference's outstanding student-athletes. Division III Week is an opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution or conference to recognize the powerful impact of athletics and student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community.


During April 4-10, Gustavus DIII athletes will participate in:

  1. Window Painting in the Marketplace on Tues., April 5 @ 7pm. All teams are encouraged to participate.
  2. Table event on Thursday, April 7 outside the Marketplace. We will table about our connection with Special Olympics and sign a pledge to End the R-Word #RESPECT campaign:
  3. We wil also be highlighting 1 male and 1 female athlete throughout the week. Course has a list of student-athletes who will be highlighted.
  4. SAVE will be kicking off our Gusties on the Go Bike program.

• ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE: Passion and sportsmanship are attributes of the "athlete" in the Division III "student-athlete" paradigm. The athlete plays for the love of the game, strives for excellence in all facets of life and perseveres through adversity. During Division III Week, celebrate the athletic component of our identity - a true homage to the symbiotic relationship of athletics and higher education- by hosting a banquet for your student-athletes or a clinic for local youth teams.

• ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENT: In Division III, we realize the classroom is the primary setting for preparing student-athletes. However, Division III also understands academics are more than just GPAs, test scores and majors; it is a comprehensive learning experience that develops successful leaders and professionals.

Citizenship and responsibility are Division III attributes. Student-athletes giving back not only adds to the comprehensive learning component of Division III, but also provides a venue for passion and service. While Division III institutions are encouraged to engage in a Special Olympics activity during Division III Week, other possible activations include: organizing a leadership symposium; scheduling a motivational speaker; or engaging with another community service partner or charity.