Archive for January, 2013

Liberal Arts at Gustavus 

Gustavus Leaders Meet to Discuss the Future of a Liberal Arts Education

Leaders of Gustavus Adolphus College, including the members of the Board of Trustees, the College’s senior administrators, and a group of faculty members representing multiple academic disciplines, came together for a weekend workshop on January 26-27 to discuss a broad range of issues, including future opportunities and challenges that Gustavus and all liberal arts colleges will face.

Alisa Rosenthal J-Term Class 

Class Reacts to the Past Through Role Playing

Gustavus Adolphus College students in Alisa Rosenthal's January Interim Experience course are using unique role-playing games through a program called Reacting to the Past to debate things such as social changes in early 20th century New York City and the development of India as an independent nation in the post-World War II era.

Sean Cobb J-Term 2013 3 

Dracula and Frankenstein and Zombies – Oh My!

The January Interim Experience at Gustavus Adolphus College is a time to explore new and unique areas of study. For about two dozen Gustavus students this January, that means delving into the world of horror films with Assistant Professor of Film Studies Sean Cobb.

Daniel Sellers Full Body 

Daniel Sellers ’06: Ensuring All Kids Receive the Education They Deserve

Daniel Sellers '06 took his sociology and anthropology degree from Gustavus and had a transformational experience with Teach For America. Now Sellers is trying to eliminate the achievement gap in Minnesota schools as the Executive Director of the non-profit MinnCan.

Members of Thia Cooper's January Term class volunteering at the Salvation Army men's homeless shelter in Mankato. From left to right: Sarah Spande '15, Mari Tabata '16, Taylor Robertson '16, and Kyle Bright '15. 

January Class Focuses on Community Action and Social Change

Students in professor Thia Cooper's January Interim Experience class, Community Action and Social Change, have the unique opportunity to learn about issues such as mass incarceration, immigration, and homelessness, and at the same time serve as volunteers in the local community.

Kevin Gover 

Kevin Gover to Give Sunday’s Lefler Lecture

Kevin Gover, Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), will present this year’s Herbert and Mary Jane Lefler Lecture at Gustavus Adolphus College at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 in Alumni Hall.

Lila Downs 

Student-Faculty Collaboration: Ian Shay ’13 and Angelique Dwyer

Students and faculty members at Gustavus Adolphus College are collaborating on scholarly research more so than ever before. One current example is senior Ian Shay '13 and professor Angelique Dwyer, who are in the middle of a research project on Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs.

Wachutka works with EEG equipment in the Psychological Science Department's Social Neuroscience Lab (Photo by Matt Thomas '00). 

Joe Wachutka ’13: Not Your Average Gustie

Gustavus senior Joe Wachutka did not take a traditional route from high school to College. Wachutka spent six years in the Navy before finding his way to St. Peter. Now, with a prestigious internship at Harvard Medical School under his belt, Wachutka appears destined for success after graduation.

The mass execution in Mankato [Harper's Weekly (January, 1863)] 

Special Events Highlight Dakota Exhibit at Hillstrom Museum of Art

Three special events are planned during the month of January in conjunction with the Hena Uŋkiksuyapi: In Commemoration of the Dakota Mass Execution of 1862 exhibition which is currently on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

Broady standing outside the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford University's School of Medicine. 

Kelly Broady ’11: From Gustavus to Stanford

Kelly Broady '11 was a standout student in the Biology Department at Gustavus Adolphus College and is now pursuing a master's degree in human genetics and genetic counseling at Stanford University. Broady completed an independent research project and a senior honors thesis at Gustavus to gain valuable experience in her future professional field.