Entries tagged with ‘Alumni’
Professor Emeritus Larry Owen used to welcome incoming first-year students by saying, “Welcome to the conversation.” Gustavus has always been a place where great conversations happen, and last night the Gustie conversation moved off the hill and into the homes of alumni, parents, and friends.
After graduating from Gustavus in 2001 with a double major in honors music and physics, Jason Haaheim didn't stop learning and he didn't stop pursuing his dreams. After earning a master's degree and spending 10 successful years as a scientist, Haaheim is now the Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York.
Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Matt Wood '10 made his way from Pennsylvania to Gustavus and then to the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. After primarily training teachers in entrepreneurship for the past two years, he will return to the U.S. in July to pursue a master's degree in international business.
From the time she was three years old through her four years in high school, Gustavus Adolphus College alumna Katie DeSantis ’10 found herself in and out of various Minneapolis homeless shelters. The difficulties and uncertainties of growing up in poverty left a lasting impact on her, which is why she is where she is today: working with children in Minneapolis who are faced with clearing the same hurdles she did as a youth.
Recent graduates Pete Schwingler '05, Hailey Harren '07, Krista Hiner '07, and Derek Hilding '10 say that their undergraduate experience at Gustavus Adolphus College prepared them to excel in law school and in the professional world.
Matt Swenson '06 made the most of his four years at Gustavus Adolphus College and left the hill inspired to change lives through a career in public service. Today, he serves as Communications Advisor to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and has a bright future ahead of him.
Thanks to alumni networking and the work of several Gustavus administrators and faculty members, senior Alyssa Gaulrapp '13 had the opportunity to complete a once-in-a-lifetime type internship during the month of January in Atlanta, Georgia.
Teaching and service are two passions that Kevin Matuseski '10 developed during his four years at Gustavus Adolphus College. Today, he is fulfilling those passions by teaching English and life science to sixth graders and volunteering in several ways in Barranquilla, Colombia.
When alumna Keisha Bates ’11 made a visit to Gustavus Adolphus College as a high school senior she remembers her admission counselor telling her that ‘Gustavus is a safe place to do extraordinary things.’ That statement resonated with Bates during her four years on the hill, and sticks with her today as she is in the early stages of her professional career at one of the top research universities in the world.
After graduating from Gustavus in 1997 and spending three years working multiple jobs in the Twin Cities, Ellen Ruiters felt a calling to step out of her comfort zone, leave the safety of home and family, and travel the world. Her journey took her to Cape Town, South Africa, where she began an adventure that would change not only her life, but the lives of thousands of youth.