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FIT Course Fun!

Nate Otto’s HES-100 Dance FIT class was sweating to the 70’s and 80’s! They worked on their leg lifts, toe pointing and doing 80’s aerobic style plies (French pronunciation: ?[plije]; literally ‘bent.’). With their Richard Simmons swag they rocked out to Cher, Abba, Bee Gee’s, and some Cyndi Lauper to name a few. “I have […]


Aaron Banks and Kubb

In an effort to bring theory to life, students enrolled in the History of Sport & Physical Education course enjoyed participating in an ancient Scandinavian tradition today! Kubb, also known as Viking Chess, dates back a thousand years and is currently enjoying a resurgence of interest in the upper Midwest, being played with a fevered […]

Aaron Banks and Bonnie Reimann

Dr. Aaron Banks and Dr. Bonnie Reimann, Department of Health and Exercise Science, team-teach a January Term course called Olympic Quest that focuses on the Olympics, Sport, Leisure and Society.  They have taken students to Scandinavia, Western Europe, and China, and during January 2016, they will travel to Australia and New Zealand.

Melissa Bruninga (’90)

Melissa writes: I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, where I teach everything but US history. One of the classes I created is History of Gender, and I find myself returning again and again to ideas I learned at Gustavus, in classes such Dr. Kate Wittenstein’s Women’s History […]

Samantha Manick (15)

Samantha Manick is working as a baker at River Rock Cafe in St. Peter, a community institution much beloved for its excellent homemade treats. Sami follows in the footsteps of fellow philosophy graduate Kate Goodpaster, who also began her baking career at River Rock. (Kate now is the (philosopher) queen of the laminated dough machine, […]

Austin Conrad (15)

Austin writes: “I’m currently working at the Leo Hoffmann Center [in St. Peter] as a Night Youth Counselor. My primary job responsibility is providing supervision at night (doing bed checks, etc.) while the kids are sleeping. The Leo Hoffmann Center is a residential treatment center for male adolescent sex offenders. Apart from night supervision, most of what […]


A few of our graduates…and most of our faculty

  Three of our twelve (TWELVE!!!) graduates gathered with their profs before graduation, 2014. Pictured in the front row are Sam Hoppe, Elizabeth Spaulding  and Dan Gronau. Alas, not pictured are Jill Smith, Megan Maricle-Roberts, Kyle Hilding, Stetson McAdams, Darailia Evans, Eric Gazette, Adam Larson, Sam Olson-Anstett and Weston Kloster. As for the Motley Crue […]

Kara Barnette (’05)

2005 graduate Kara Barnette is a member of the philosophy department at Westminster College in Salt Lake City Utah. Kara’s path took her first to graduate school at the University of Oregon, and then to a stint teaching back in her old department at Gustavus. While her teachers-then-colleagues miss her, we’re delighted that she found […]