Friday, February 2, 2018

#WhyGustavus Series: Top Dog Professor

Thinking about being a Chemistry major? Or just interested in Chemistry? Maybe you are thinking ahead to what type of class you are going to take for your science general education credit? Whatever the case may be, Professor Stoll is definitely someone that you should check out! Our amazing Chemistry professor was rated one of the top 10 separator scientists worldwide! We are committed to providing an top notch education with elite professors.

We don't know about you but we are so excited to be able to take classes with him. Just think, maybe you could be one of the top ten separator scientists too.

Stoll Named One of the Top Ten Separation Scientists Worldwide
The Chemistry professor was recognized for his cutting edge work in multidimensional liquid chromatography by The Analytical Scientist

Gustavus Adolphus College chemistry professor Dwight Stoll was recently named to The Analytical Scientist’s power list as one of the top ten separation scientists in the world.

The power list breaks down the best analytical scientists from across the globe into 10 categories based on their area of research. Of the 100 total selections from academia and industry, Stoll is the only honoree from a private liberal arts college.

Within the separation scientists category, Stoll is recognized as one of the foremost experts in multidimensional liquid chromatography, which is a technique that allows researchers to separate complex substances so they become easier to analyze.

“I feel compelled to keep pursuing answers to the questions that will lead us to the next breakthrough,” said Stoll, who recently won an Agilent Technologies Thought Leader award to lead an international team of researchers using two-dimensional liquid chromatography (2D-LC) for biopharmaceutical analysis.

“[Stoll] is a scholar, a deep thinker, a superb motivator of undergraduate students, and a creative, focused separation scientist,” one of his nominations read. “As a leader in the emerging field of multidimensional liquid chromatography separations, Dwight’s influence will be felt for decades.”

“It is humbling to be recognized alongside some of the current leaders in the field of separation science,” Stoll said. “I think this recognition from the community speaks not only to the quality of our work, but also to the increasingly important role that 2D-LC is beginning to play in fields ranging from life science research to environmental analysis.”

Previously, Stoll has been recognized with the John B. Phillips Award, LCGC’s Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award, the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the American Chemical Society’s Young Investigator in Separation Science Award, and was named to The Analytical Scientist’s “Top 40 Under 40 2014 Power List.” He also won the Gustavus Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award in 2016.

“Dwight continues to distinguish himself as one of the nation’s top liberal arts research professors, and this accolade is further proof that one can reach the highest levels of scientific excellence while actively teaching and mentoring undergraduate students,” Gustavus Provost and Dean of the Faculty Brenda Kelly said. “We’re proud of Dwight’s important contribution to the growing field of multidimensional liquid chromatography and look forward to seeing the impact of his research in the future.”

After an open nomination period, Stoll was selected for the honor by a panel of expert judges including The Analytical Scientist editorial team along with 12 well-respected scientists with experience in the field of analytical chemistry. Judges ranked the individuals and the top 10 for each category were named to the list.

To learn more about the Stoll’s work at Gustavus, visit the Gustavus Newswire.

About The Analytical Scientist

The ability to separate, identify, and quantify the chemical components of materials – analytical chemistry – has an enormous impact on our lives; on the food we eat, our environment, energy supply, and the medicines we take. The Analytical Scientist integrates all aspects of the topic, from advances in science and technology to first-hand accounts from the labs that test athlete’s samples; and from progress in business and policy to advice for career development and job satisfaction.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin

Friday, January 5, 2018

#WhyGustavus Series: Big Money

College can be scary. The hope of taking a bunch of classes and then automatically knowing what you are going to be doing for the rest of your life can be intimidating. Thankfully, at Gustavus, we like to take care of our students and help them find that perfect career with our new and improved career development center!

Gustavus was just granted some big money to expand the GAC center for Career Development. How big are we talkin? $25 million dollars to be exact. The anonymous donor was more than willing to put forth the huge amount of money to better our school. What a great end of this semester and what exciting opportunities that lie ahead for our students and this new and expanded career development center!

$25 Million Grant Creates Gustavus Adolphus College
Center for Career Development
The anonymous grant will endow the career development office and provide
support for scholarships and capital projects

Gustavus Adolphus College will launch a new and expanded career development program thanks to an extraordinary $25 million grant, College President Rebecca M. Bergman announced today. In addition to funding the endowed Center for Career Development, the grant will also provide extensive funding for scholarships, financial aid, and capital projects on campus.

The anonymous grant is from a donor advised fund established by an alumni couple with a strong history of engagement with the College and is made in support of the Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan, the College’s bold, 10-year vision to equip students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time through an innovative liberal arts education of recognized excellence.

Coming just months after the Saint Peter liberal arts college announced a $40 million gift this July, the new grant will include $10 million to endow the Gustavus Center for Career Development in support of student vocation and career readiness, a $10 million endowment for scholarships and financial aid, and $5 million for capital projects on campus.

The structure of the grant is distinctive in that it aggressively targets several areas of high priority within the College’s new Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan.

“College access and graduate outcomes are two key factors in higher education today. This multimillion dollar grant for funding scholarships and supporting career development will directly impact our students in these important areas,” Bergman said.

The $5 million designation for capital improvements will go towards the Nobel Hall of Science renovation project and athletics facilities updates.

The endowment for the Center for Career Development will dramatically enhance the College’s already-strong career curriculum by integrating post-graduate preparation into the academic and co-curricular life of Gustavus students and continuing to build intentional mentorship, internship, and career experiences for all students. By 2025, the College intends for all students to engage in an in-depth four-year career development process, participate in at least one career-relevant engaged learning experience, and develop a working relationship with a career specialist in one of seven career interest clusters.

“This transformational grant will make possible the College’s goal for career staff to work one-on-one with all Gustavus students over the course of their four-year experience,” Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students JoNes VanHecke said. “We envision a three-pronged approach highlighted by opportunities to explore, experience, and successfully transition from college to career. We will also build a robust employer outreach program in alignment with the career interests of students.”

“We are excited by the vision described in this generous grant and look forward to putting our plan into action,” Bergman said. “The grant will open the doors to learning by providing scholarships and financial assistance, ensuring top-notch facilities, and equipping our students for successful career outcomes after graduation.”


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin

Monday, December 25, 2017

Santa's Helper!

It is not everyday that you can say you have a teammate who is close personal friends with Santa Claus. Yeah you read that right.. the man, the myth, the legend, SANTA! I had the opportunity to get to talk to Sophomore, Judith Hepburn, who is from North Pole, Alaska!

1. How is Santa Claus as a person? 
Santa is a very nice person I found out. He is always happy and is "always spreading the joy of Christmas to everyone in the North Pole."

2. I know you have lived in multiple places. How did your family end up in Alaska? 
"I have actually lived in 4 different places in my life. I was first born in Wuhan China and was adopted when I was baby. My parents and I then lived in Alaska for a couple years until when I was 3 and we moved to New York. We stayed in New York for about a year, went back to Alaska, then North Carolina, and then back to Alaska." Both of Judith's parents were in the military so they moved around for their jobs.

3. How did you find Gustavus? 
"I had a friend, Maddi Ackiss, who already went here who I knew from Alaska. She talked to the coach about watching me play because I was here for USA cup.  Coach came to watch me and we stayed in contact and I eventually came for a visit and met the team."

4. Do you work for Santa in Alaska?
Unfortunately the answer was no. Judith actually worked for a cruise company. She worked at a tourist hotel and helped the tourists find good places to eat and explore all of the great things that North Pole has to offer.

5. What is your favorite part about living in Alaska?
"I really like the outdoor aspect." We talked about how she grew up hunting and fishing and how she can go to a mountain and hike whenever she feels like it. She also talked about being able to snow board on the mountains in the winter and kayak during the summer.

6. What is the biggest fish you have ever caught?
"When I was younger I caught a 110lb halibut."

7. What is your least favorite part about living in Alaska? 
Judith and I talked about besides the outdoor stuff, there is not a lot to do there. Especially compared to Minnesota, it does have nearly as much there is in the cities She also does not like how hard it is to travel to other places from Alaska. "Living in the middle of the country would be nice, it would be nice to be able to drive or fly and not have it be a 10 hour flight."

8.  Do you want to live in Alaska when you are older?
She definitely wants to move from Alaska. Going to school in Minnesota she really likes it here or she would want to live in North Carolina. Her mothers family is from North Carolina so they go there often for holidays and to visit family.

9. What do you want to do after you graduate from Gustavus?
Judith could see herself moving to Minnesota. She said that she definitely does not want to stay in Alaska. She is a business management major and she wants to get a job in some sort of Sports Marketing. She thinks that it would be really cool to work for the Minnesota Vikings or a professional team like that.

10. Do you have a pet reindeer?
"No but I do have a be black lab, his name is Jack."

11. Is Christmas your favorite holiday?
It actually was! But not because she lives in the North Pole. "I like it because it is the most comforting and chill holiday." Being able to hangout with her family and opening presents on Christmas day was her favorite part!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Our triple sport student athlete!

Some people find that playing one sport in college is difficult.... but have they tried THREE? I (Emily Skogseth) sat down with first year, Maddie McDermott, to find out just how much of a super human she really is! Not only is Maddie involved with three different sports teams on campus, she also takes being a mulitasker one step further and is the 1ST CHAIR (not to mention as a first year) Oboe player in the Wind Symphony
at Gustavus...

1. What three sports teams do you play on and what instrument do you play? 
Maddie is on the soccer team, the track team, and the nordic ski team. She plays the Oboe in the Wind symphony and I want to emphasis that she picked it because, "it just sounded the weirdest."

2. What is the best part about playing three sports at Gustavus?
"Well you are definitely never bored." She expressed how she gets to meet a bunch of different people all on campus. Being in different sports allows her to meet different groups and get to know a lot of people while competing in the sports she loves!

3. What is the hardest part about playing three sports and an instrument?
Maddie said that the hardest part about playing three sports and an instrument on campus was managing her time. She is usually going from one thing to the next so making sure to find time to study and do her homework is sometimes challenging. It's called athlete-student right?! 

4. What is your favorite part about playing an instrument? What is your favorite genre to play?
"There is a lot of different instruments that come together to sound good and to play a song." She expressed how she likes that part about music in general and likes to be apart of that little piece that makes a song sound good. Her favorite genre of music to play is Christmas music of course!

5. How do you manage your time between sports, band, and school?
"Its definitely a compromise. I cannot do full sports but I take it day by day and week by week depending on what sport has what each week." We talked about how great all of the Gustie coaches are with being flexible about her leaving practice early or coming late. As for school its really about getting things done on time and keeping up with school work as she gets it. 

5. What is your favorite thing to do at Gustavus out of all of the actives that you are involved in? (No pressure this is just going on the soccer blog) :) 
She actually said whichever season she was in, she liked that one the best! She expressed how much she likes all activities that she is involved in and she couldn't pick her favorite. (But we of course know that soccer is the best)

6. What is your favorite memory of playing any of your sports careers?
"When my nordic team went to state my senior year. The three years before that I was unfortunately one spot off from going to state each year so when we made it my senior year it was really exciting and it was a really cool experience."

7. Whats your favorite part about Gustavus? 
"I really like that my classes are small and that the campus is small. Especially in the winter it is nice that my walk to my classes are short and I don't have to be in the cold for very long."

8. Most importantly, whats your favorite food to eat?
"I would either pick chocolate or chicken strips." This was then followed by all the weird different combinations that you can eat with chicken strips. Waffles with chicken strips, peanut butter with chicken strips, we decided that chocolate and chicken strips would probably be the best because why not put your two favorite food together?

9. Is there any sport that you ever wanted to play but didn't?
"I always wanted to play volleyball but I was too busy. I also used to play basketball but quickly switched to Nordic."

10. Why don't you play 4 sports? 
(Most serious answer I received through the interview) "Well I don't know, if I was good at another one I would probably play that one too.."

11. How does it feel being the coolest three sport athlete on campus?
My favorite response of the entire interview "Um good."

It was so fun to be able to sit down with our favorite oboe playing, triple sport, student athlete. Thank you Maddie for dealing with my questions and giving us all an insight on what it is like to be the coolest three sport athlete on campus!

Friday, December 1, 2017


SO SO SO PROUD! Ashley Becker was named United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America. To put it into perspective, there are 347 division 3 soccer programs in the country. Many of them have more than one goalkeeper on the roster and Ashley Becker was picked as the one goal keeper on the first team!! From every game and every practice we know how much of a deserving honor this is. We are so pumped that Ashley is a Gustie and so excited for great accomplishment! What a STUD!

Ashley Becker Named United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by 

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  United Soccer Coaches announced Thursday the association’s NCAA Division III Women’s All-America Teams on the eve of the 2017 NCAA Championship semifinals in Greensboro, N.C. and Gustavus goalkeeper Ashley Becker (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) has been named First Team All-America. The First Team consists of 15 players, but just one keeper. Becker is also the only First Teamer from an institution that did not qualify for the national tournament.

Ashley Becker
Becker becomes the ninth United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-American in program history and first since Alecia Tromiczak in 1997. Becker is also just the third First Team All-American in program history, joining Gustavus Athletics Hall of Famers Ginny Schafer in 1991 and Kerri Pool in 1993.
Becker, who was named MIAC Defensive Player of the Year, started all 20 games this season, the most by any keeper in the league, and played 1897:54 (15th/NCAA) between the posts. The Farmington product made a conference-best 98 saves to go along with 10 shutouts. She finished the year with a 0.66 goals against average (42nd/NCAA) and an .875 save percentage (16th/NCAA). Becker, who also earned her third-straight All-Conference nod, is the first Gustie women’s soccer player to be named All-MIAC three consecutive seasons since Renee Beaudry (1999-2002). After three seasons, Becker has 285 saves with a 0.91 goals against average and an .836 save percentage.
A total of 46 women’s soccer players in NCAA Division III received All-America recognition this year, led by a trio of three-time All-Americans: Brandeis University midfielder Josh Ocel, Lynchburg College defender Emily Maxwell and University of Chicago senior midfielder Mia Calamari.
This year’s NCAA Division III All-Americans, along with their families and coaches, will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in downtown Philadelphia.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

All-North Region!!

Three years in a row! Congrats to Junior goal keeper Ashley Becker on receiving her third straight All-Region recognition! Everyone who has seen Ashley play between the pipes knows this is a well-deserved honor. Who votes that she go for a fourth?!

Ashley Becker Earns Third Consecutive All-North Region Nod

Posted on November 29th, 2017 by 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third consecutive season, Gustavus women’s soccer goalkeeper Ashley Becker (Jr., Farmington, Minn.) has been named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-North Team, which was released Wednesday morning. After earning First Team honors in 2015 and Third Team last season, Becker is back on the First Team after claiming MIAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
Becker started all 20 games this season, the most by any keeper in the league, and played 1897:54 between the posts. The Farmington product made a conference-best 98 saves to go along with 10 shutouts. She finished the year with a 0.66 goals against average and an .875 save percentage. Becker, who also earned her third-straight All-Conference nod, is the first Gustie women’s soccer player to be named All-MIAC three consecutive seasons since Renee Beaudry (1999-2002). After three seasons, Becker has 285 saves with a 0.91 goals against average and an .836 save percentage.
Becker joins Clara Webby of Macalester, Ashley St. Aubin of Augsburg, and Mallory DeBoom of St. Thomas as MIAC representatives on the 13-member All-North First Team.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Smart on and off the field part 2!

Sophie Leininger does it again! In addition to being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, Sophie wins her SECOND Elite 22 Award. This award recognizes the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA who plays in the conference championship game. Sophie previously won this award in 2015. We are so proud and this award is very well deserved!

Sophie Leininger Honored With Second MIAC Elite 22 Award

Posted on November 20th, 2017 by 

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced Monday morning its Elite 22 Award winners and Gustavus Adolphus senior midfielder Sophie Leininger (Plymouth, Minn.) has been named the conference’s recipient of the honor for women’s soccer.
Sophie Leininger
The MIAC Elite 22 Award recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the conference championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Modeled after the NCAA Elite 90 Award, the MIAC Elite 22 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (GPA) in each sport who meets similarly high, sport-specific athletic requirements.
The Elite 22 Award is the second garnered by Leininger as she captured the honor after the 2015 MIAC playoff championship. Leininger, who was recently named CoSIDA Academic All-District, boasts a 3.99 GPA, majoring in political science and psychological science. The Wayzata product started all 20 games this season as she scored two goals and helped on six others to lead the team in assists. Leininger finished her career with 76 games played, six goals, and 18 assists, which ranks sixth in program history. She received MIAC All-Conference honors after the 2015 Gusties won the league playoff championship and appeared in the NCAA Championships. She was named All-MIAC honorable mention this season.
In the classroom, Leininger has been on the Dean’s List every semester and was on the President’s Honors List last academic year. She was named the Gerhard T. Alexis Scholar last year, holding the highest GPA among the Gustavus junior class. She was also awarded the Holly M. Bunn and Gregory D. Swenson Scholarship, which is based on academics, activities, leadership, and service.
Leininger may have one more distinguished award this year as she is on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot, which will be announced Dec. 5.