Monday, August 17, 2015

Did you hear about the $25 million?

Gustavus is known for their sciences.  With science majors ranging from geology to biology and chemistry to environmental studies, along with research opportunities abound, Gustavus will help you land sought-after internships or jobs after graduation.

And now, with the largest single gift in school history earmarked for the renovation and expansion of Nobel Hall of Science, there is no denying the fact Gustavus will springboard you into future opportunities within the sciences.

Gustavus Adolphus College Announces Largest Single Gift in School History

Posted on August 17th, 2015 by 

Nobel Hall Exterior
The gift will serve as the cornerstone of the $65 million renovation of Nobel Hall of Science.
An extraordinary $25 million gift, the largest single contribution in the history of Gustavus Adolphus College, will serve as the cornerstone of the $65 million complete renovation and 50 percent expansion planned for Alfred Nobel Hall of Science. This important project will give the College the facilities necessary to prepare students for successful careers in the physical sciences and health careers in the 21st century. The family making this gift — long-time Gustavus supporters and Twin Cities entrepreneurs — wishes to remain anonymous.
“The Nobel Hall of Science has served the college well for 52 years,” said President Rebecca Bergman, “but the time has come to upgrade the College’s principal science building. This transformational gift will allow the College to continue to provide a world-class undergraduate science education rooted in the liberal arts tradition.”
Nobel interior“This generous donor is a family with five Gusties that recognizes the role that sciences play at Gustavus and the critically important role that physical space (classrooms, labs, and group learning spaces) plays in facilitating great teaching, learning, and research,” Bergman added.
The historic gift puts an exclamation point on Campaign Gustavus, the College’s current $150 million campaign, which will wrap up in late September of this year. The campaign, which is the most successful and significant campaign in the history of the College, is built on three pillars—Opportunity, Teaching and Learning, and Community.
“At its core, the campaign is about people and active involvement in the future of the College,” said Bergman. “It is about people who believe in creating opportunities for engaged teaching and learning in a nurturing community, people who are passionate about Gustavus and its students.”
Gustavus prides itself on a commitment to producing strong graduates in the sciences. It emphasizes attracting and supporting an outstanding faculty, small class sizes, engagement with preeminent scholars through the prestigious Nobel Conference and Rydell Scholar programs, and ample opportunities for student-faculty research. In fact, Gustavus was recently ranked third-highest in the nation among liberal arts colleges as the baccalaureate origin of physics PhDs.
“We are moved both by the generosity of this special family, and their humble and powerful commitment to Gustavus and its mission of preparing young people for lives of leadership and service,” said Vice President for Advancement Tom Young. “The family has shared with me their deep appreciation for the quality of education and meaningful personal relationships their children experienced at Gustavus, and they are honored to be able to give back in a way that will help so many others pursue that same life-changing opportunity.”

Thursday, July 30, 2015

We are Up and Running!

The Gustavus Women's Soccer Team is Up and Running.  Yes, you heard us correctly: we have racked up the mileage this summer in a great variety of races from 5K's to Half Marathons.  Here is a quick rundown of the players and races they've participated in so far this summer:

Name: Brittany Chase
Class in Fall: Senior
Position: Forward
Race: Grandma's Half Marathon in Duluth, MN

Name: Coursey Edwards
Class in Fall: Junior
Position: Midfielder
Race: Lola's Half Marathon
Upcoming: Will be running Gopher-Badger Half Marathon in August

Name: Molly Johnston
Class in Fall: Sophomore
Position: Midfielder
Races: Minneapolis Half Marathon and The Color Run

Name: Sophie Leininger
Class in Fall: Sophomore
Position: Midfielder
Race: The Color Run

Name: Hannah Sturtz
Class in Fall: Sophomore
Position: Forward
Race: Warrior Dash 5K

Have you run a race this summer? We'd love to have you tell us! Email a picture to Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie at

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top 10 Reasons Gustie Soccer is the Greatest

Here is our Top 10 Reasons Gustie Soccer is the greatest.  We had a long list of reasons to choose from, but these are our top ten.  Note: they are in no specific order! ... maybe that will be a future blog post.  Enjoy!

1.  Sense of Family.  The strong bonds and connections between players last for years beyond their time here at Gustavus. Everybody involved in the program immediately becomes part of the Gustie soccer family that remains strong through weekly in-season team bonding activities, team volunteering events, and consistent alumnae games and events.

Pasta Dinner at the Seniors House

2.  Gustie Tradition.  The Gustavus soccer program has historically been one of a winning tradition and every season the program pushes to continue that tradition of competitively pushing for conference excellence.  It is through our very skillful style of play, utilizing a quick paced "Gustie Tempo" in our possession throughout the field, that we are able to continue this tradition of excellence.

Always training at a high level 

3.  Coaching Staff.  Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie heads into her fourth year at Gustavus after gaining coaching experience at two very successful programs: University of Redlands in Redlands, CA and Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.  During her playing career, Burnett-Kurie enjoyed NSCAA All-American honors at William Smith College as well as reaching the 100 point milestone with 42 goals and 18 assists during her career.

Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie 

4.  Facilities.  Gustavus offers some of the top facilities in the region, providing three and a half full size training fields on campus, in addition to a professionally dimensioned soccer-specific grass field right in the heart of campus.  The Gustavus sports facilities also offers a turf football stadium, separate baseball and softball facilities, an indoor driving range golf space and 400m track.  Indoors, Gustavus has a newly renovated volleyball and basketball court and weight room, on campus ice-hockey rink, which is transformed into indoor turf when the hockey rink is not in, racquetball courts, cardio section, "blue" which is used for futsal leagues in the off-season, and our beautiful indoor pool with hot tub and sauna.  Oh, did we mention we have a state of the art dome for our indoor tennis facilities?

Soccer Game Field at Gustavus

5.  Off-season Opportunities.  Off-season training offers a number of great training options for athletes to utilize to continue improving strength, quickness, endurance, and skill.  There are multiple TRX workouts each week in addition to agility training and circuits run by our four certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches.  In addition to consistent intramural futsal leagues both in the fieldhouse as well as the hockey arena once artificial turf is laid provide opportunities throughout the winter and spring for our student-athletes.

Speed and Agility Sessions

6.  Travel Opportunities.  There are various opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally as a Gustie soccer player. Every 4 years the team travels for out of region exhibition matches, such as our most recent trip to Gettysburg, PA. There are also international opportunities every 3 years to travel as a team during our January term, to spend time abroad touring and participating in international matches. In the past, the class has traveled to Italy and Spain; next up: Greece in 2017.

Team at National Mall, Washington DC
Camp Nou visit during J-Term Trip to Spain

7.  Competitiveness.  The MIAC is currently rated as the 4th most difficult and competitive conference in the country, meaning every game is a tight battle and the high level of play doesn't stop there. With the addition of our non-conference matches, the Gustavus schedule ranks one of the highest strengths of schedule in the region, ensuring the team will be facing the highest level of competition.

8.  Supportive Fan Base.  Having numerous alumni and family nearby and abroad, there are consistently high turnouts for Gustie soccer matches, whether at home or away. The support of our fans and families is unmatched, as they endure any trip or weather to cheer the girls on, in addition to providing fantastic post-game meals and tailgates for the players and supporters to all relax and enjoy their time together.

Tailgate at the Smith's after the Eau Claire Game
Post Game Tailgate with Family and Friends

9.  Strong Education.  Gustavus offers a top notch liberal arts education, ranking 64th of the nation's best liberal arts colleges. It's sense of community and location in Saint Peter, MN allows for the development of strong relationships not only within the student body, but also with faculty as Gustavus offers a very strong student/faculty ratio, boasting one faculty member for every eleven students.

 Kendyl Landeck during St. Lucia Ceremony celebrating five sophomore women chosen for leadership, service to the College and others, charity, kindness and thoughtfullness

10.  Alumnae Support.  One thing Gustavus is extremely proud of is its strong support by alumnae, both academically and athletically. Gustavus alumnae are continuously excited to support current students in any way, shape, or form. This means both helping in both educational manners as well as looking for any times to come out and support our Gustie soccer players.

Group Shot from Alumnae Game, May 2015

The list goes on and on, but these are our top ten.  Is your top ten different? Let us know!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gustie Co-Ed Youth Camp 2015

Wow. What a fantastic week at our Gustie Co-Ed Youth Camp.  The weather was beautiful, the campers were talented, and the staff was full of energy, all making our 2015 Co-Ed Youth Camp one to remember.  Make sure you read until the end to get the link to our camp Flickr page!

We had many returning faces along with a whole crew of new campers this year which made for a fun, hard working dynamic.

Take a look at our impressive coaching staff: 

Head Coaches: Laura Burnett-Kurie (Head Women's Soccer Coach at Gustavus), Benton Frayne (Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Gustavus and DOC at Mankato United), Armando Oster (Club coach at Eden Prairie and Edina SC, Coach at East Ridge High School), Maggie Lane (Gustavus Alum '13, Head JV Coach at Marshall High School).

Assistant Coaches (current players at Gustavus): Anna Basil '16, Rachel Spiering '17, Ellyn Adelmann '18, Josie Mazzone '18, Emily Odermatt '18

Breaking Down the Soccer: 

SUNDAY: With the camp starting on Father's Day, Sunday started off with campus tours, ice breaker games and dinner at the coveted Evelyn Young Dining Hall.  The evening session kicked off with a 3v3 tournament followed by full sided games before an evening of pizza and getting to know our friends.

Evening Games! 

Combination Play
MONDAY: The morning session focused on combination play building to goal in small training groups led by a head coach and assistant coach.  After the morning session, the camp enjoyed free time where they were encouraged to swim in the pool!
The afternoon session focused on 1v1's, 2v1's, 2v2's (attacking and defending) with the entire camp coming together for relay races lead by Benton Frayne.  For the evening, we started out with 5v5 games before once again finishing with full sided competition.  The evening activity was to watch the USA Women's Soccer team play Colombia in the knock-out stage of the World Cup!

The Crew watching USA vs. Colombia in the World Cup!

TUESDAY: We started out with a camp game of Cream and Crackers before splitting up into our
Cream and Crackers

small training groups where we focused on Wide Play and Crossing and Finishing.  Again, the campers found themselves with free time where many enjoyed the free swim at the pool.  In the afternoon, we had a "Recovery" session where we played the camp favorites: Touch Ladders, Burger Ball and Touch Post followed by a camp game of World Cup!
Campfire with S'Mores

During the evening, we build to 8v8 games followed by full-field scrimmages before enjoying a campfire with S'Mores.  We had a Youth Camp record of 9 S'Mores consumed!

WEDNESDAY: Wednesday morning was all about our Street Soccer Competition where we played six 4v4 games with the teams changing between each game!  We capped off our morning session with our awards ceremony for our week long competitions!

Street Soccer Set Up!

Celebrating with their favorite Staff!

Camp Competitions Explained: 

With our camp theme of the Women's World Cup we had several competitions throughout the week.

To start we had our Theme Day competition with Monday's theme: Favorite Color and Crazy Sock Day; Tuesday's theme: Jersey Day; Wednesday: Camp T-Shirt Day.  Here are the winners:

Favorite Color and Crazy Sock Day

Jersey Day!
Next up, we had Women's World Cup trivia questions!  We had so many campers know the answers to the trivia questions sometimes we had to ask up to four questions to narrow down the winners! Here are the ultimate winners:

 Finally, we had our ultimate competition called the WORLD CUP.  On Sunday evening, we randomly chose teams of two who were assigned to represent a country who were currently participating or had previously participated in a Women's World Cup.  Every night when we played small sided games and full-sided scrimmages the campers could earn points towards their country.  After Wednesdays street soccer competition the final numbers were calculated and we had our top three:

3rd Place

2nd Place

1st Place and World Cup Champions!


Overall, we had a FANTASTIC youth camp! For more pictures please check out our Gustavus Flickr account at:

We loved having every camper there and hope they will all come back next year.  Don't forget to invite your friends!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to Play for Gustavus Women's Soccer

Prospective Athletes

Gustavus has been an established soccer program since the early 90s, winning numerous conference championships over the program's history.  Gustavus soccer is a program with a winning tradition and prides itself on the competitiveness of every match in the schedule. Those who are naturally competitive at heart strive well within our programs.

We continuously strive to push ourselves more and more every year by strengthening our schedule and challenging ourselves with difficult opponents.  Not only is the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference one of the most competitive and strongest conferences in the nation, we also test ourselves in our non-conference matches, facing some of the top teams in the nation as well.

Our program is also very well known for its sense of family that is created amongst the girls on the team.  Every member of the program, present, past, and future, are genuinely connected to each other as they create lifelong bonds with everybody on their team.  We work very hard to ensure that any prospective athletes will not only succeed athletically in our program, but also socially through strong relationships with their teammates who support each other both on and off of the field, all year round.

The Recruiting Process

Our goal through the recruiting process is to find the top-level players who fit in well with not only our soccer program here, but also with Gustavus in its entirety, making sure to ensure that all prospective athletes are set up to have the best college experience possible.  This is why a large portion of our recruiting process is based around building strong relationships with our future Gusties and providing them with as much information as possible about Gustavus academically, athletically and socially.  

Here are some steps to help you get started with your recruiting process at Gustavus: 

Fill out recruit questionnaire.  It's very important to first fill out the recruit questionnaire so that we are able to easily keep track of our contact with recruits as well as being sure to send any important information to them.  This also helps for setting up visits to campus.

Send in highlight film and/or game schedule.  Throughout the recruiting process, one thing that's very important is for us to be able to see a recruit play, whether it's through a highlight film or personally at a game.  If possible, we would love to see a recruit play 3 times in person or on film so that we can gain a strong sense of their skills and strengths in order to provide an honest evaluation as to how they can fit in with our program.  This evaluation and relationship we build will also help us understand how to help them become the best individuals they can be in all areas of their lives during their four years at Gustavus.

Make a visit to campus.  One of the best ways to begin getting a feel for Gustavus is to visit the campus and "experience" the school.  You can schedule a visit to campus by contacting the admissions office at (507)933-7676 and make an appointment which will include: a campus tour, meeting with an admissions counselor, a chat with the coaching staff and the opportunity to eat in our Nationally recognized dining hall.  

Schedule an overnight visit.  One of the great ways to ensure that Gustavus is a good fit for recruits is to have them come for an overnight visit with one of the girls on the team and really experience Gustavus from a student's perspective as well as get to know members of the team on a personal level.

Come see a game!  It's very helpful to get an idea of the level and speed of play by seeing it in person, as well as experiencing the fan support during the games and afterwards at our post game tailgate meals with family and friends of the team.

Consider attending a summer camp.  Attending a summer camp is another fantastic way for recruits to spend time on campus with the team and coaching staff, but it's also another great way for the coaching staff to see you play. More information can be found about our summer camps at:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Life as a GUSTIE by Jana Elliott '17

One of the many appealing aspects of being a DIII athlete is the emphasis on being a student-athlete.  Here at Gustavus, the Women’s Soccer Team stresses school comes first, while still showing great dedication to the sport and the team.  Being a Gustie soccer player means being passionate about the game, driven to succeed on and off the field, and pushing yourself and others to the next level –all while making the best memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Being part of this team has shaped our lives in many ways.  We have become young women who bring hard work and laughter together to be successful.  From organizing extra drills/practices outside of scheduled practice time to dancing to a little R. Kelley in the locker room on game day, we have created team chemistry and a drive for greatness unlike any other team.  We are growing into a strong force to be reckoned with.  As one of our freshmen strongly points out, “we are working hard in the offseason, we are playing together this summer, we are developing positivity and community, and we are cutting out excuses.  We believe in where we are going and we are making every bit count.”

Along this road, we have created fun activities and challenges for our teammates to keep the competitive edge and motivation stirring.  A personal favorite has been the weight room photo contest challenge –teammates submit pictures of other teammates in the weight room mid action –where many funny faces are made! For example…

Besides the soccer related activities, our team stays well connected throughout the rest of the school year too.  We tie together our academic events and friendships to get the full Gustie Experience.  See below for a taste of our life as a Gustie: 

We play dress up at practice one day of the year: 

Stay up all night walking for Relay For Life, participating in zumba, minute-to-win-it games, playing Cards Against Humanity, coloring, and the fun goes on... 

Volunteer over spring break with our college’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, traveling to different states to help those in poverty better their living conditions.

And just team bonding and hanging out with each other off the field in general, whether it be taking road trips, going out to eat, or just hanging out in the dorms we have become teammates and friends for life! 

From meeting each other for the first time to months later: 
To supporting our super successful Gustavus Hockey programs: 

and even a Spring Break trip to Chicago!

We head to Spain with Coach for a J-Term class:

And get decked out to cheer on the Wild: 

Sometimes we just take a day trip to an apple orchard... 

All in all, there is nothing ordinary about being a GUSTIE.  So come be extraordinary with us. 

- Jana Elliott '17