Archive for September, 2014
Nick Atkins '12 graduated from Gustavus with a degree in physics and went on to join the United States Air Force. Last week, KARE-11 reporter Boyd Huppert told the story of Nick and his 92-year old Grandfather, as part of the station’s ongoing series, Land of 10,000 Stories.
Former Trustee, generous benefactor, and longtime friend of the College, Florence Sponberg, passed away at her North Mankato home on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the age of 97.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will visit Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday, Oct. 3, and will speak at the inauguration ceremony of President Rebecca M. Bergman. Bergman, who started her duties as Gustavus’s President on July 1, 2014, will be officially inaugurated as the College’s 17th president at 2:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel.
The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College will open its 2014-15 season with Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, at the Anderson Theatre.
Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Andrew Lilja is pursuing his master’s degree in human-computer interaction at Iowa State University. Lilja’s research focuses on the differences between decision making in novices and experts, and how technology can be used to improve the decision making of novices.
The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team made a strong showing last weekend when it opened its 2014-15 tournament schedule on Sept. 20-21 in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Western Kentucky University’s Fall Fiesta Swing. The Gusties finished in third place in Saturday’s tournament and in first place in Sunday’s tournament, topping teams such as the University of Alabama and Illinois State University in the Team Sweepstakes.
Year after year friends Bruce Gray and Bill Harvey have sat side by side as preeminent scholars and researchers have taken them from the tiniest corners of the Earth to the farthest reaches of the universe. Thanks to the renowned Nobel Conference, held every October at Gustavus, the two friends have been to the bottom of the ocean and inside the human brain. They’ve mapped the path of a virus and learned about the legacy of Albert Einstein.
Gustavus Adolphus College will inaugurate Rebecca M. Bergman as its 17th president at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel. The public is invited to celebrate this event along with a reception in Lund Center that will follow the investiture ceremony at 4 p.m.
Sir Harry Kroto, the 1996 Nobel laureate in Chemistry and a vocal proponent of increased STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education for today’s youth, will speak at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate a half century of bringing breakthrough science to lay audiences in the upper Midwest when it hosts the 50th annual Nobel Conference on Oct. 7-8. This year’s Conference is titled “Where Does Science Go from Here?” and will feature 11 invited speakers who have all spoken at previous Nobel Conferences.