Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Preseason Underway

Today we hit the one week marker since the girls arrived on campus here at Gustavus for the 2014 fall season, and we couldn't be more excited. The team has been working hard every day and the coaching staff is incredibly excited about what the incoming class has to offer, as well as the returning leadership from many of the upperclassmen veterans on the team.  We have a very young team, so many of the returners have been working to help many of the newcomers adapt to the new faster speed of play as we approach our first games coming up soon in Gettysburg, PA. The coaching staff has been very impressed with the new talent on the team, as they'll be excellent additions to an already exciting group team dynamic. As three-a-days have been winding down, the team has been focusing much more tactically all coming together to introduce our new players to our Gustie style of play.

Women's Soccer Preseason Update
Posted on August 20th, 2014 by Nick Hoelmer 

The Gustavus Adolphus women’s soccer team returned to campus to begin preseason training on Friday, Aug. 15 and has been hard at work ever since.  With 10 incoming freshman, the team looks to be young once again, but head coach Laura Burnett-Kurie is optimistic about the progress that has been made in less than week’s time.

“We have a fairly young team, but everyone is coming together really well,” said Burnett-Kurie following Wednesday’s practice. “The upperclassmen are leading a lot and taking the new players under their wing and we’re seeing a huge amount of progress. We’ve rebuilt the system…and now that the culture is established, we can focus on being a lot more dangerous and competitive.”

The Gusties will kick off their season by heading east to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to take part in the Gettysburg College Tournament on August 29 and 30. There, Gustavus will compete against Carnegie Mellon University on Friday at 4 p.m. and Gettysburg College on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What We are All About

Who are we?  What are we about?  What does that mean for your development? How will you grow as a player and person during your career at Gustavus?  Do we care about our student-athletes more than soccer players?  Are there open lines of communication?

Ahhh, the questions circling every recruits head.  So many questions and all of them play a pertinent role in making your college decision.  One blog post will not answer them all, but we hope as you keep up to date with our new posts and learn more and more about our wonderful program, most of them will be answered.  So for today, lets start with our program philosophy:

What is the program GROUNDED in?

The mission of NCAA Division III athletics is to provide student-athletes with an opportunity to excel on the field, in the classroom, and within the greater community.  Our program philosophy emanates from this mission and is grounded in encouraging and supporting our student-athletes to be the best individuals they can be in all aspects of their lives.  Our success as a program is not measured solely by a win-loss record, but also by all the accomplishments of our women’s soccer players.  This is achieved by building a team culture that develops the individual assets of each player and prepares the team to succeed at the next level, with a simultaneous understanding that the game, program and athletes are constantly evolving.  

We develop students of the GAME.

We believe in developing students of the game.  For our program to succeed at the highest level, each individual within the program should have a strong understanding of the game as a whole: know how to develop rhythms and movement, possess the ability to think and adjust on her feet, and appreciate each position’s and student-athlete’s role and responsibilities on and off the field.  The best way to accomplish this is to develop the all-around soccer player.  To be a great forward an athlete needs to recognize the perspective of a goalkeeper, the vision of a defender and the movement of a midfielder, as everyone connecting and working together on the field is key to accomplishing our program goals.  It is through the asking of questions that engage players in the analyzing and dissecting of the game and the exposure to situations that force them to read their surroundings and make quick decisions that this understanding is reached.

Relationships and RAPPORT are a cornerstone.  

For our approach to prove successful, it is important to develop a relationship and rapport with the players where they respect and listen to their coaches and fellow teammates, while feeling comfortable voicing new ideas and concerns.  We believe in having a two-way dialogue allowing players to share ownership of the objectives and goals of the program, emphasizing leadership development, and improving mental toughness.  By providing athletes with ownership of plans, decisions and goals, their motivation and effort increases. We strive to think about our athletes and find time in our days to talk to every player as we feel this is vital to the program’s success both on and off the field.  It is critical to not confine one’s relationship with players to soccer alone as it is our responsibility as their coaches to help them achieve excellence in all aspects of their lives. 

We believe in empowering YOU

Ultimately, soccer is an expression of creativity, intelligence, teamwork, communication, leadership skills, competitiveness, and athletic skills.  To achieve greatness on the field, each player needs to be comfortable expressing their abilities and passion for the game. The more comfortable players feel with one another and their skills, the more ownership they take of the program, and the more they will hold themselves and their teammates accountable.  By empowering student-athletes, inspiring them to strive for excellence, engaging them in their collegiate athletic experience, developing them as leaders and encouraging them to learn and work hard in all aspects of their lives, we strongly believe the Gustavus Women’s Soccer program will be able to compete on a conference, regional and national level.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summertime Adventures: Karlye Smith

We have a team of achievers.  They achieve success in the classroom. They achieve success on the soccer field.  They achieve success within the greater community.  And their achievement doesn't stop once summer vacation starts.  Here is Part One of our "Summertime Adventures" piece about the achievements of our Gustavus Women's Soccer players over summer 2014.

Name: Karlye Smith
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Athletic Training
Position: Center Back
Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
Summertime Adventure: Internship at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

What are you doing over the summer in Florida?

I received an offer for an internship with RehabWorks at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. RehabWorks is a on base free therapy center where all employees of KSC can come are get treatment, whether it's post-op, a nagging problem or an acute injury. It is staffed with two certified athletic trainers. RehabWorks offers one-time 30-minute consultations and in-patient therapy. Being an intern allows my to gain exposure to an industrial/corporate setting in which athletic trainers are staffed. It is completely different from being in an athletic training room. It has allowed me to branch out and do something new and different and where I'm scared, but leaps of faith are good and opportunities like this are far and few between. 

You had several internship opportunities this summer, why did you choose Florida?

I chose to take an internship in Florida, first, because it's Florida.. who the heck wouldn't!? Second, it's an amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge of athletic training and because I don't get the exposure to and industrial/corporate setting while attending school. Third, the other places I applied too didn't get back to me in a timely manner. 

How will this experience help you going into your senior year and post-college?

This experience has given me an opportunity to grow as a person, individually and in the major of athletic training. Coming into senior year, I have a new perspective. The more you communicate, the better you understand, the more questions you ask for clarification and plain curiosity,  the mistakes you make, the lessons you taken away from something, the more you grow as a person. I have become more confident, I'm not as afraid to make mistakes and have them backfire. The fact that I moved to a city I didn't know and where I knew no one, has allowed me to become stronger as an individual knowing that I am capable of taking on new challenges and risk failure and not accomplishing goals I have set for myself. I have more of a "be yourself, don't be afraid to make mistakes, failure is an option but strive to be better" mentality. I'm almost done with my internship and I have found out a lot about myself. I am proud of myself to taking this challenge. For moving somewhere where I didn't have any friends, knew nothing about the town, and getting myself into an internship that is in a totally different setting that what I'm used to. Overcoming the fear of failure has been a big part through this internship for myself. No one likes failure. Everyone is scared of failing, but you never know how strong you are until you take a leap, small or big, into something that you've never done before. I have found that out about myself. I am stronger. This new-found feeling will allow me to enter into my senior year, not afraid to go into something blind or scared. This same feelings I can transfer to post-college into the real world. The fact that failure is an option and not taking it as a bad thing but a good things. This is the biggest experience I have taken away from this internship. 

Who is the coolest person you've met down there? 

I have met a bunch of people! But the coolest person I have meet was the "big man on top", the guy in charge of all of KSC. 

What's it like living on the beach with three swimming pools and tennis courts within your apartment complex?

Unfortunately, I have not been able to spend quite as much time as I would have liked enjoying my apartment. But, when I do.. best vacation! Living on the beach is great. Running on the beach is not as enjoyable as I would like, but it works. I don't take advantage of the tennis courts or the pools.. I mean, there's a beach and the ocean.. who needs the pool!? There is a colony of peacocks.. not good. They are very loud and obnoxious at the wrong time of day and they walk around like they own the place. I have heard that sea turtles come and lay their eggs in the sand dunes, but I have not seen one yet and from what I've been told, it's very rare. Still hoping though. I also live within a half mile from the Port. This is where all of the cruise ships come and go. It's quite a sight to see such massive ships. Also on the Port, such great food! I spend most of my weekends there and on the beach. Livin' la vida loca! (;

How tan are you?

Tan... very tan. Pictures will prove it!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Healthy Mind, Body and Soul

Gustavus Wellbeing Initiative

Changing the culture is a big undertaking, the Women's Soccer program knows this as we have worked tirelessly over the last two years to create a new and improved culture of success and teamwork.  The larger campus community of Gustavus is undertaking an initiative to focus on the "interdependence of purpose, vitality, and connection to live the College's core values of faith, justice, excellence, community and service."

A quick glance at new programs on campus to foster a better wellbeing in all aspects of one's life:

Be U Peer Coaching Groups: "More than 180 students and employees are participating in peer coaching groups to identify and reach their individual well-being goals in a confidential, small-group setting."

Financial Literacy Program: "Nearly 500 students are engaged in a financial literacy program run by the Finance Club."

Mindful Eating Program: "20 employees are participating in a pilot program to learn to eat instinctively and create a healthier attitude toward food."

The Wellbeing Initiative is all about helping the Gustavus community thrive with authenticity, purpose, health, and balance to meet the challenges of a world in need.  The Wellbeing page will feature stories to help inspire and motivate Gusties to live healthy, happy and satisfying lives.  Also a way to connect with the initiative via Facebook, Twitter and their blog.

Their overall message: When it comes to our individual and collective well-being, remember: every choice counts! 

Information and quotations taken from Gustavus Quarterly Summer 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014


Alumnae Win 2nd Annual Spring Alumnae Game

There was #trashtalk being thrown around all week on Twitter from the Alumnae, who had dubbed themselves the #grandmas.  The hype was there, the anticipation at a head, with the Gusties coming off three weeks of spring practices, they were sharp, ready and raring to go!  The #grandma's had a late addition, with Jess Richert '13, goalkeeper standout from 2008-2012 joining their force the week of the game.  Perhaps it was the late addition, perhaps it was the injuries and loss of Heather Goff to her Malaysian Adventure, but the Gusties couldn't muster a full comeback for the victory, eventually falling 2-1 at the final blow of Coach Burnett-Kurie's whistle.

Maggie Lane '13 had an early goal to put the #grandmas up 1-0.  Despite some attack from the current Gusties, the #grandmas would take the lead into halftime.  After the half, Maddi '17 would knock in a cross that Britt would get a piece of and knock off the crossbar.  A scrum in front of the net insured and the ball would end up in the back of the net... at this moment we still have to check the "official scorebook"to see who was eventually awarded the goal (check back for an update!).  Abby Stenoien '11 would put in the game-winning goal shortly after and the #grandmas would hold on to the one goal lead and come out victorious.

The Gusties gathered after for some food and to watch the men's team take on their Alumni, getting current Gusties to being to connect with their ladies who once walked in their footsteps and held it down on the Gustie Soccer Field.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Study Abroad, Broaden Your World

Junior Heather Goff is studying abroad in Malaysia this spring semester.  We have been keeping up with her AMAZING blog and pictures and we wanted to share with you too!!  We took an excerpt here for you to read and view.  There's so much to say about getting outside your comfort zone and spending time in a foreign place... so we will let Heather tell you about one of her experiences!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hindu Temple, Orangutans, and a Sticky Hike

This weekend was a busy one, which made me very happy! Friday morning a few of us went into Georgetown in an attempt to cross off some of our “Shirley and Steve Bucket List for Penang.” We walked down the historic Armenian street, which had a ton of murals, and found a batik shop, which is a cool art form. To cool down, we ate at what is my favorite restaurant thus far, despite the higher prices: China House. I got toasted banana bread and sliced bananas with cinnamon. Heaven. To cap off the morning, we walked out along the Chew Jetty. This was where typical Chinese houses on stilts are. It was neat to be out near the water. For being on an island, we don’t see it too much!

Later that evening we were given a tour of a Hindu Temple. This one was dedicated to the deity Muruga and is one of the largest outside of India. After paying initial respects in the temple at ground level, we hiked up 513 steps to the main temple, were we got to observe the prayer ceremony. Afterwards, we were given a free meal. Our leaders didn’t know about the free meal though, so we had reservations after the temple to eat at a typical Indian restaurant where you eat with your hands and the food is served on a banana leaf. Locals swear that the food tastes better when you eat with your hands... but I’m not convinced.

Saturday we went to Orang Utan Island, as our first outing for our biology class. This is an island that is dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of the pongo borneo species of orangutans. It was set up so that the visitor’s walk in cages, and the apes have free range of the island. Neat inverse of a typical zoo! We were lucky enough that some orangutans came quite close to our cage and we got to watch them play. They are smaller than I imagined, but way more adorable!

            Sunday our professor’s brother-in-law brought some of us up to the national park on the north side of the island, Taman Negara, or known locally as “the end of the world.” We accomplished a treacherous, winding, hot hour and a half hike to Monkey Beach, were we ate lunch and cooled off in the water before making our way back. And yes, there were monkeys there. This is the first time I’ve personally seen monkeys in Malaysia and they are a little frightening. Do not feed them, or they will attack! It was a long, tiring day. I enjoy hiking though, so it was time well spent. 

If you want more, go check out her entire blog!  We highly recommend #malaysiaprobs ... it's insightful and hilarious!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Let's Talk R.O.E.: No, Not Fish Eggs

Leading a Revolution - Return on Education

Down to the numbers, to the nitty gritty, to the nuts and bolts of it all... What will I get in return for four years at Gustavus?  Gustavus not only interested in helping you determine your ROI, but further revolutionize it and help you determine your R.O.E.!  Here's some insight from the institution itself:

What is COLLEGE R.O.E. (Return On Education)?

College R.O.E. is a multi-year intercollegiate, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational initiative being led by Gustavus to do what’s never been done before: quantify the holistic return on a college investment.

Why are we leading COLLEGE R.O.E.?

To help you make the best decision on where to invest your hard-earned college education dollars.

How are we leading COLLEGE R.O.E.?

We think an effort this bold will take the requisite amount of time and collaboration to deliver a truly effective measurement tool, with the work organized over three phases

Phase One

Phase one will define a set of investment dimensions and develop algorithms to
measure return on those dimensions.

Phase Two

Phase two will beta test the dimensions and algorithms with a co-hort of college alumni,
including but not limited to Gustavus.

Phase Three

Phase three will fine tune the model and establish a new standard for measuring the
return on your college investment, at Gustavus or anywhere else.

Rather than the traditional ROI, which is measured in some charts below, the R.O.E. will give you a new insight into what you are really getting in return for four years at Gustavus.

Retention and Graduation Rate

Gustavus Adolph...Peer InstitutionsAnnapolis GroupMinnesota Private...1/21st to 2nd Year Retent...4 Year Graduation Rate5 Year Graduation Rate6 Year Graduation Rate0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%
* 5 year data not available

Post-Graduation Status


Class of 2013


Class of 2012

Conventional return-on-investment (ROI) measures can be found throughout this site
—and we have many to share, like those listed here in regards to our outstanding 
graduation and retention rates and our post-graduation placement rates. In addition, 
you will be able to see the outstanding companies where our graduates are finding 
employment, the range of salaries our graduates are reporting they are making, 
and the elite caliber of graduate schools they are attending.

Gustavus graduates are well prepared to go out and “Make Their Lives Count” and 
statistics show that they are receiving a strong return on their investment. But, we 
are also aware that the true return on an investment like Gustavus is impossible 
to capture in financial terms alone, and therefore marginalized by rankings and polls 
that measure only those terms.

Gustavus ROE website