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Gustavus Campus News - 1 hour 2 min ago
Economics majors Yee Chang ’15 and Anh Tran ’16 are the inaugural recipients of the Mairs and Power Award for Investment Study. The award, established this fall by Mark Henneman ’83 and Terri Henneman ’83, will provide scholarships to one junior and one senior student pursuing an education in finance and investment at Gustavus. The award will also give support to the senior recipient to take the Charter Financial Analyst Level 1 Exam in June following graduation from Gustavus.
Associate Professor in Economics and Management Sheng Yang believes the award is important because, in addition to helping and inspiring students, it will raise awareness among students of the CFA certification and the financial industry in general.
“The CFA certification is one of the most difficult and prestigious credentials in the financial industry,” Yang said. “Those financial professionals with the certification will become the most sought after. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the financial industry should definitely consider getting the CFA certification.”
The founders of the award want to encourage and inspire Gustavus students to pursue careers in financial and investment industries. Recognizing the lack of gender diversity in financial investment, the founders want to place a special emphasis on women students to help them succeed as finance professionals.
In addition to the scholarship award, recipients will be partnered with Mark Henneman for the academic year, who will serve as an alumni mentor by answering questions for students and assisting them in their pursuit of a career in investment, as well as helping the senior award recipient in their preparation for the CFA exam. Henneman, a CFA holder himself, is currently Executive Vice President at Mairs & Power, an investment firm based in St. Paul.
Yee Chang ‘15
Senior award recipient Yee Chang ‘15, a member of the Finance Club, enjoys learning about numbers and how money works, and hopes to pursue a career as a financial analyst. She isn’t sure if she would like to work in corporate finance or an investment firm, but one thing she does know is that she wants to give back to her Hmong community one day.
“Hmong people have just been coming to the United States for the past 40 years and haven’t really been exposed to the financial markets and instruments. They are becoming more successful and their businesses are flourishing, and I wish to use the knowledge I have cultivated now and in the future to assist Hmong people and businesses on how to invest,” Chang said.
Along with the scholarship, as the senior recipient, Chang’s award comes with the resources to take the CFA exam in June. She is thinking about opening her own financial services and investment company one day, and knows that the CFA certification will help her credibility greatly when that day comes.
“Even if I don’t open a business, receiving the CFA certification would open the doors to other opportunities and help me move up in my career, whether it is in corporate finance or in an investment firm,” Chang said.
Chang is excited to be one of the inaugural recipients of the award knows that it will help her achieve her goals to work in the financial industry.
“I feel honored to receive this award knowing how competitive and rare this opportunity is. I will most definitely take the chance to provide knowledge to fellow peers that such opportunities like the Mairs and Power Award are available,” Chang said.
Anh Tran ‘16
After completing an internship with Standard Chartered Bank in her hometown of Hanoi, Vietnam, junior award recipient Anh Tran ‘16 knew she wanted to pursue a career in finance and investment.
Tran, an international student, is an active member of the Investment Club at Gustavus and enjoys hearing professors’ stories about gaining or losing money in investment. Tran is one of few female members in the club and felt overwhelmed at first, but she hopes to change this dynamic and help empower other women students interested in investment.
“I was amazed to find that the female members rarely asked questions or spoke about the stocks, whereas male members were more vocal about the stocks in which they were interested. This observation made me want to be more active so that our voices, as women, could be heard. I am researching a few stocks that I find interesting so that I can present them in the next meeting. I believe this is a necessary step to be a more involved member of the club,” Tran said.
This award will help Tran pay for her tuition and work toward a career in finance and investment. She also plans to take the CFA certification after her senior year and then get a job as a financial professional.
“I am very grateful and happy to receive this award. When I got the announcement letter, I couldn’t believe the news and had to ask my friend to read it again for me,” Tran said.
For more information about the Mairs and Power Award for Investment Study, contact Sheng Yang, Associate Professor in Economics and Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barb Larson Taylor, Director of the Center for Servant Leadership, at email@example.com, or visit the Center for Servant Leadership website at www.gustavus.edu/servantleadership.
Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
Gustavus Campus News - 2 hours 5 min ago
The New York Times recently used a piece written by Gustavus Adolphus College Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Peg O’Connor on its blog, The Learning Network, which uses Times content to create daily cross-curricular materials that teach skills, invite inquiry and engage students with current events.
On Oct. 22, the Times paired O’Connor’s essay “In the Cave: Philosophy and Addiction” with Plato’s well-known allegory of the cave from “The Republic,” as part of a text to text lesson.
The Times gave this as background to the lesson: “Plato’s allegory is a powerful metaphor for contemplating a divide between ignorance and enlightenment — between the “visible” world and the “intelligible” realm — and writers have applied it to all sorts of subjects. Ms. O’Connor, a professor at Gustavus Adolphus College, uses Plato’s allegory to better understand and explain the crisis of the addicted individual.”
O’Connor’s “In the Cave” piece was originally published on Jan. 8, 2012 on The Stone, a Times forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless.
O’Connor also has a regular blog on Psychology Today focused on philosophy and addiction called “Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken.” She teaches courses at Gustavus such as “Applied Ethics,” “Feminist Controversies,” “Racism and Sexism,” and “Introduction to Women’s Studies.” She is the chair of the 51st annual Nobel Conference, which is titled “Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition.”
Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
University of St. Thomas Campus News - 3 hours 25 min ago
Three Twin Cities congregations – representing the Islamic, Christian and Jewish faiths – are sponsoring a series of four mid-November programs dealing with peacemaking. The programs will be led by Rabbi Amy Eilberg and will be based on her recently published book From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace.
Sponsors of the series are the Islamic Center of Minnesota, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Mount Zion Temple. Co-sponsors are the St. Paul Interfaith Network and Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, a partnership of the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University. This marks the fifth year this group has joined to sponsor collaborative programs.
The four programs planned for November are free and open to the public. Titles, dates and locations are:
- “The Nature of Conflict and Vengeance: Why do we Fight” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Eilberg will speak during Shabbat services at about 8 p.m. and at a question-and-answer session following services.
- “The Practice of Peace: Training the Heart and Mind for Peace” from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul.
- “Seek Peace and Pursue It” on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul. Eilberg will speak during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services and will lead a question-and-answer session from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
- “Peace Among Religions” at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Islamic Center of Minnesota, 1401 Gardenia Ave. NE, Fridley.
Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. After many years of work in pastoral care and hospice, she now serves as a spiritual director, directs interfaith programs, teaches at United Theological Seminary and is a consultant to the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. Co-chair of the Civility Initiative of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, she teaches the art of listening and peacebuilding throughout the country.
In From Enemy to Friend, she blends ancient Jewish sacred texts on peacebuilding, real-life descriptions of conflict engagement and conflict theory. What emerges is a portrait of peacemaking as a spiritual practice that can guide people seeking peace in their lives and in the world. The book concludes with practical disciplines to cultivate the qualities essential to the art of pursuing peace.
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University News - 3 hours 25 min ago
The 17th annual Festival of Cultures will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Clemens Field House, Haehn Campus Center, CSB
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University News - 3 hours 25 min ago
The play, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Gorecki Theater, Benedicta Arts Center, CSB, will be staged as a comedy. The production continues at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16; and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 21 and 22, all at the Gorecki Theater.
Concordia University Campus News - 10 hours 12 min ago
Concordia University, St. Paul professor of history Dr. Thomas Saylor was selected among 18 other renowned athletics representatives from across the country to develop an enhanced understanding of the roles and critical functions of a Division II Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) at the eighth FAR Fellows Institute in Indianapolis. Presentations and discussions covered leadership and collaboration skills, the role of the FAR in communications among different campus constituencies, and protection of student welfare, with a special emphasis on concussions.
"Thomas has a passion for Concordia athletics, the student-athletes and our student body as a whole," said Tom Rubbelke, director of athletics. "He's valuable to the athletics department and we appreciate everything he does for us in athletics as well as his role as a professor and leader on campus."
One of the highlights of the weekend agenda included a presentation by Dr. Brian Hainline, M.D., chief medical officer of the Sports Science Institute of the NCAA. He addressed, among other topics, how concussions can affect the return of a student-athlete to our classrooms. Although the physiological and psychological understanding of concussions continues to develop, what is known is that there should be policies and protocols in place to help student-athletes return to play and the classroom.
Dr. Saylor has constructed an action plan to initiate conversations with campus constituents about concussion protocols. The role of administrators, faculty, disability support services, athletic trainers, coaches, and students in such an action plan is critical to the success of all Concordia University students.
In his role as Faculty Athletics Representative, Dr. Saylor is responsible for a number of activities related to institutional control of intercollegiate athletics at Concordia. The role of the Faculty Athletics Representative is an integral element of an intercollegiate athletics program.
Concordia College Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:00pm
If a picture is worth a thousand words, Concordia students are telling stories from around the world.
Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:55pm
WINONA, Minn. — Two new works for choir by Saint Mary’s University music professors Dr. Patrick O’Shea and A. Eric Heukeshoven will receive their world premiere by the La Crosse Chamber Chorale as part of the ensemble’s “Words to Music” project. Words to Music is a project in which poetry written by local students is [&hellip
Carleton College Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:22pm
Carleton College is pleased to host the 33rd International Conference of the Haskins Society, a three-day gathering focused on all dimensions of medieval history. Featuring panels and lectures on medieval archaeology, manuscript studies, art history, history and literation, the conference will take place Friday, Nov. 7 (12-5:30 p.m.), Saturday, Nov. 8 (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.), and Sunday, Nov. 9 (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) in the Weitz Center for Creativity Larson Family Meeting Room (Room 236). This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:20pm
A new exhibit in the Carleton College Laurence McKinley Gould Library explores medieval manuscripts and how medieval peoples produced and derived meaning from word and image. The “Process of Illumination: Word, Image and the Scribal Imagination in the Middle Ages” investigates the relationship between word and image in the Middle Ages by critically examining a variety of medieval manuscripts in facsimile. The exhibit opens Wednesday, Nov. 5 and will be on display through Jan. 5, 2015. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 5. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:11pm
Are you familiar with the many local races that will be on the ballot come November? Want to meet the candidates who may end up deciding Northfield's future? Join us on Thursday, October 30th from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Boliou Hall Auditorium for a public forum with all your local city council candidates. Audience members will have the ability to submit questions during the forum and hear how potential City Councilors would respond to issues that are important to them.
Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:17am
Gustavus Adolphus College Associate Professor of Chemistry Dwight Stoll was recently honored by the magazine The Analytical Scientist when the publication included him on its annual Power List, which this year features 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are already having a big impact on the field of analytical science.
“Last year we profiled the top 100 most influential analytical scientists, shining the spotlight on some of the scientists, engineers, and business leaders at the top of their game,” said Rich Whitworth, editor of The Analytical Scientist. “This year we wanted to shift the focus to the next generation. The new list loses none of the diversity found in our inaugural Power List, and also proves just how bright the future of analytical science is.”
Stoll adds this latest accolade to several other recent accomplishments including being named the 2014 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Dr. Sut Ahuja Young Investigator Award in Separation Science, and receiving a $60,000 unrestricted research grant from the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation as part of its Teacher-Scholar Awards Program.
Stoll is currently in the middle of a six-month sabbatical in Germany working at a research and development site of Agilent Technologies—a leading provider of bio-analytical and measurement solutions in life sciences, chemical analysis, and diagnostics.
Since joining the Gustavus faculty in 2008, Stoll has successfully established an independent research program focused on the development and application of two-dimensional high performance liquid chromatography for the analysis of samples of moderate to high complexity. In addition to authoring 16 journal articles and book chapters since 2009, Stoll has secured 13 external research grants from funders such as the National Science Foundation and the Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources.
The Analytical Scientist launched in January 2013 and encompasses a print magazine, a global website optimized for tablets and smart phones, and an iPad app. You can read more about the publication’s Top 40 Under 40 list on the magazine’s website. For more information about Stoll and his research, you can link to a previous story on the Gustavus website.
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University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:00am
Emily Hulstein knew she wanted to find something meaningful.
That thought underscored everything last year as she dug through research articles, conversed with peers and professors, and tried to determine what she might look into for her required class project. Then a senior in Dr. Lesley Scibora’s Research Methods in Exercise Science course and zeroing in on completing a major in the Health and Human Performance Department, Hulstein discovered the kind of research gap that often means one of two things: “You either have something that no one cares about,” Scibora said, “Or something that is untapped and is important. … I think in Emily’s case it’s very important.”
That gap came between a wealth of studies on how adolescent mental development is tied to physical activity – as well as many similar studies entailing the elderly – but no research regarding college-aged students. She set out to remedy that situation with a 30-participant study gauging the correlation between students’ exercise frequency and intensity, and their GPA. Hulstein used the International Physical Activity Questions form to determine the students’ detailed exercise habits and compared those to self-reported grades.
The findings were decidedly clear: If you want to help your GPA, ditch the books for a bit and get up for some vigorous exercise. While the study worked with female non-athletes, the striking correlation delivered a strong message to all St. Thomas students who cite academic focus as a reason not to exercise at any given time.
“A lot of times I knew if I exercised it would be better for me overall,” Hulstein said. “But to really see that correlation firsthand in the St. Thomas community gives it more validity and volume.”
Now an alum and working in the health care sector to help keep people in her community well, Hulstein finds her professional life tied on a daily basis to the ideas her research experience cultivated.
“I wanted to do something that would apply to people I spend my time around every day,” she said. “Something everyday individuals could apply to their life and have it be beneficial.”
Settling on research all her peers could relate to, Hulstein is an example of HHP’s emphasis on having students explore topics they’re passionate about. That not only helps prepare them for what career they may pursue, but fuels their desire to contribute something personally meaningful.
“That is important and empowering for the students,” Scibora said.
It also positions them to tap into their surrounding resources; many students conduct studies that aid in the proficiency of athletic teams they’re on (think, “A study on how one stretch versus another prepares sprinters to run the 100-yard dash.”) Other times – as in Hulstein’s case – the studies can help give knowledge to the entire student community the researchers are part of at St. Thomas.
“It’s likely to impact you more to see a study done with kids you go to school with,” Hulstein said. “A good chunk of students want a higher GPA. If they see evidence that can be as simple as taking a half hour to raise their heart rate, they’ll likely make some time for that. It’s different when it’s close to home.”
While St. Thomas is no longer technically “home” for Hulstein, she remains connected: She and Scibora have continued working with the research this fall and recently submitted the project to the American College of Sports Science’s annual conference. Its continued attention in the scientific community could add even more value to Hulsteins’ contribution, research that yielded exactly what she set out to find: something meaningful.
Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:34am
Three members of the Gustavus Adolphus College community were honored during the Friday, Oct. 31 Daily Sabbath service as recipients of the College’s annual outstanding employee awards. The awards are given out in conjunction with Founders Day, which recognizes the dedication of Old Main on Oct. 31, 1976.
Dana Lamb, Administrative Coordinator in the Office of Marketing and Communication, received the 2014 Augusta Carlson Schultz Award, given annually to a support staff employee who exemplifies outstanding dedication and spirit of service. Lamb holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwest State University and has worked at Gustavus since 2002. Her duties in the Office of Marketing and Communication include managing the department’s budget, working with the Gustavus Library Associates Board of Directors on their fundraising events including A Royal Affair, logistics and hospitality for many of the College’s signature events including the Nobel Conference and Christmas in Christ Chapel, and working as a marketing partner for the academic departments to help create department brochures, event publicity, and other marketing materials.
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and current chair of the Faculty Senate Max Hailperin received the 2014 Faculty Service Award, given annually to a faculty member whose service has improved the college. Hailperin joined the faculty in 1990 and has served on a number of important committees over the past 24 years, including the Personnel Committee, the Provost Search Committee, the Strategic Framework Planning Committee, and the Nobel Conference committee, among others. He recently worked closely with the College’s Board of Trustees to lead a discussion about and define shared governance on campus. He has also helped to rewrite parts of the Faculty Handbook and Faculty Manual to help make those documents more clear and useful. Hailperin’s colleagues praise him for helping to create a climate of cooperation among different constituencies on campus.
Kirk Carlson ’95, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment, Associate Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, and Tuition Benefit & Exchange Officer, received the 2014 Eric Norelius Award, given annually to an outstanding administrative employee who has demonstrated exceptional service and dedication to the College. Carlson spends much of his time meeting with prospective students and families to ensure that a Gustavus education is affordable for them. Carlson also provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction in helping Gustavus meet its enrollment goals and objectives.
Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:07pm
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University “Off the Page” series invites audiences to explore the intersection of Western and Eastern music with a visit from the Twin Cities-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist, with guest artist Nirmala Rajasekar on veena. “Summer Rain” is a new production, with music developed and performed by Zeitgeist with composer [&hellip
Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:58pm
Dr. Chérif Këita, Professor of French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures at Carleton College will visit Gustavus Adolphus College on Wednesday, Oct. 29 to present his documentary film Remembering Nokutela. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. in room 127 of Confer Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Remembering Nokutela chronicles Këita’s four-year journey to uncover the story of Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), the long-forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa, and is the latest chapter in Keita’s series on early South African liberation. Woven into this deeply emotional and eerily serendipitous journey are the little-known connections between the director’s hometown of Northfield, Minn., and the birth of an important pro-democracy and social justice movement, the African National Congress, in Inanda (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), in the early 20th century.
Këita, a native of Mali, previously directed Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube (2005), which looks at the life of John L. Dube, founding president of the African National Congress (then called the South African Native National Congress) and an early figure in the struggle against white rule in South Africa; and Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa (2010), a sequel of sorts to Oberlin-Inanda, as Këita charts the connection between Dube and William and Ida Belle Wilcox, an American missionary couple who lived in South Africa in the 1910s.
Dr. Këita’s visit is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and the African Studies Program, and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures.
University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:11pm
Please remember in your prayers Donald Conway, a longtime member of the University of St. Thomas community. He died at age 92 with family by his side Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home in St. Paul.
A St. Paul native and longtime Edina resident, Conway was a St. Thomas student, faculty member and administrator. And, as noted in an obituary in the Star Tribune, he “will be missed by all for his unparalleled sense of humor, love of an occasionally ribald joke and his unique talent for spinning a lengthy tale.”
“When Don started to tell one of his stories, the room would fall silent. Everyone knew they were in for a real treat,” recalled Jim Winterer, whom Conway hired in 1980 as St. Thomas’ news director. “Don loved the Catholic and liberal arts mission of St. Thomas as much as anyone I know. And when I hear people talk about the ‘Greatest Generation,’ Don always comes to mind.”
Arlene Leyden, a retired St. Thomas special events director whose late husband, Donald Leyden, was a former vice president of St. Thomas, recalled that Conway “was the heart and soul” of a St. Thomas dinner group that met regularly for nearly 30 years, starting in the early 1960s.
“We were a group of husbands and wives who all were connected through St. Thomas,” Leyden said. “We’d get together at our homes, and at first we called ourselves the ‘cazzerole’ club, but then we started getting fancy and called it the dinner club.”
In addition to Don Conway and Don Leyden, members of the club included Dr. Fred Flynn, Dr. Joseph Connors, Jack Farley and Dan Fiedler.
“We all had our talents,” Arlene Leyden said, “my Don played the banjo, Fred Flynn could dance an Irish jig and Don Conway would sing a terrible rendition of ‘Mother Machree.’”
Conway started at St. Thomas as a freshman in 1940 but left in the middle of his sophomore year to serve in the Army. He returned in fall 1946 and graduated in 1948 with a degree in English. He also did graduate studies in English at the University of Minnesota.
Shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree, Conway became St. Thomas’ director of public relations and a member of the English faculty. He left St. Thomas after five years and went on to serve in executive roles at Prudential Insurance, Pillsbury, St. John’s University, Catholic University of America and St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. He spent 1964 in Washington, D.C., as a fellow at the Brookings Institution. There, he worked on a number of task force projects and as a speechwriter for the secretary of health, education and welfare. He also wrote some short, ceremonial speeches for President Lyndon Johnson.
Conway returned to St. Thomas in 1974 as director of public affairs, a position he held until his retirement in December 1986. Among his responsibilities was coordinating the many observances of St. Thomas’ centennial in 1985.
Conway was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Anne (D.A.), and two sons, Christopher and Peter. He is survived by children Marnie, Mark, Tricia and John, his brother, Roger, and his sister, Sally.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at O’Halloran and Murphy, 575 S. Snelling Ave., and one hour prior to the Mass of Christian Burial, which will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Assumption Catholic Church, 51 W. Seventh St. in downtown St. Paul.
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:00pm
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Nursing Department is moving forward with a major renovation to their nursing facility.
Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:59am
The next Under-Told Stories Project asks the question, “Is What You’re Wearing Enslaving or Liberating?” A panel of speakers will conduct a public discussion about issues related to the garment industry Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11-12, at Saint Mary’s University’s Twin Cities and Winona Campuses. The event’s keynote speaker is Joe Bozich, CEO of Knights [&hellip
Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:08am
The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has selected nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2014 class of inductees includes Tara Joosten Bubar ’98 (Soccer), Stephen Erickson ’99 (Golf), David Jussila ’91 (Tennis), Melissa Ring ’99 (Track & Field), Luke Schmidt ’99 (Basketball), Aaron Smith ’99 (Track & Field), Bob Southworth ’99 (Football, Basketball), Brent Staples ’99 (Football, Hockey), and Dee Swenson (Benefactor). This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, following the Hall of Fame football game between the Gusties and Bethel University set to take place at 1:00 p.m. on Hollingsworth Field.
Individuals eligible for induction into the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame are athletes, coaches, and benefactors. Selection of athletes is based on athletic achievements while a student at Gustavus. Eight of the nine members of the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted for their accomplishments on the playing field, while one will be inducted as a benefactor.
Tara Joosten Bubar, a native of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was a standout goalkeeper on three MIAC Championship teams (1994, 1995, 1996) and three NCAA Tournament teams (1995, 1996, 1997). She played in a total of 75 games compiling a record of 57-15-3 overall with a 0.650 goals against average and a .865 save percentage while also recording 43 shutouts. An all-conference and all-region honoree in 1995, Bubar holds school records in career saves, shutouts, goals against average, and minutes.
Stephen Erickson, a native of Bemidji, Minnesota, played at the top of the Gustavus men’s golf team’s lineup as it shined at both the conference and national levels during the late-1990s. Erickson earned all-conference honors three times — including runner-up performances in 1996 and 1997 — as the Gusties won MIAC Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998. He led the team at the NCAA Championships in three of his four years, earning All-America honors in 1996, 1998, and 1999. He finished a career-best fifth in the nation in 1999.
David Jussila, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, was a key singles contributor and a standout doubles player for the men’s tennis teams of the late 1980s and early-1990s. A three-time All-American (1989, 1990, and 1991), Jussila and his doubles partner, Ryan Skanse, won the 1991 NCAA Division III Doubles Championship over No. 2 seeded Tom Dailey and Steve Tignor of Swarthmore in Claremont, California. With four MIAC titles (2 singles, 2 doubles), Jussila helped the Gusties to four consecutive MIAC Championships.
Melissa Ring, a native of Anoka, Minnesota, was the track & field program’s first shot put specialist to consistently compete on the national stage during the late1990s. Ring was the first Gustie to earn All-America honors in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a fourth place finish in 1999. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Melissa achieved All-America status in the shot put three times, placing eighth in 1997, fifth in 1998, and sixth in 1999. She won the MIAC indoor and outdoor shot put titles in 1999, and tallied a total of six all-conference honors.
Luke Schmidt, a native of New Ulm, Minnesota, established himself as one of the men’s basketball program’s most lethal scorers in just three seasons from 1996 to 1999. A three-time all-conference performer who also earned all-region honors in 1997 and 1998, Schmidt ranks fifth all-time in scoring at Gustavus with 1,607 points. He holds the school-record in career field goals (663), blocked shots (160), single-season points (604) and field goals (245), and sits fourth in rebounding (785). Schmidt helped the Gusties win MIAC championships in 1996 and 1997, MIAC playoff titles in 1997 and 1998. He was also a part of teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 1997, 1998, and 1999.
Aaron Smith, a native of Jackson, Wisconsin, was the track & field program’s first NCAA champion and still remains one of the most decorated throwers in school history. Highlighted by a gold medal performance in the hammer throw at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Smith compiled a total of six All-America performances over his career including one indoor and five outdoor in the shot put (3), hammer throw (2), and discus (1). At the conference level, Aaron recorded 14 all-conference performances, which included four indoor titles in the shot put (2) and weight throw (2), and five outdoor titles in the shot put (2) and hammer throw (3). He still holds the school-record in the indoor shot put and outdoor hammer throw.
Bob Southworth, a native of Gibbon, Minnesota, stood out as a quarterback on the football team and a shooting guard on the basketball team. A two-time all-conference performer on the gridiron, he graduated as the school-record holder in career passing yards (7,085), touchdowns (59), completions (561), and completion percentage (56.9%), and still holds records for passing TDs in a season with 31 (1998) and passing TDs in a game with six (1998 vs. Hamline). On the hardwood, Bob was a three-year starter and two-time all-conference selection on Gustavus teams that won MIAC championships in 1996 and 1997 and made NCAA tournament appearances in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.
Brent Staples, a native of Windom, Minnesota, terrorized opposing offenses as a defensive lineman for the football team during the late 1990s. A two-time all-conference performer in 1997 and 1998, Staples graduated ranked third in school history in tackles with 258 (105 solo) and remains the program’s top tackling defensive lineman. In his senior season, Staples received the Mike Stam Award as the MIAC Lineman-of-the-Year, was named a Football Gazette All-West Region First Team honoree, and received honorable mention on the Football Gazette’s All-America team. He is the football program’s all-time leader in tackles for loss with 67 and ranks second in sacks with 21.5.
Delores “Dee” Swenson, a native of Willmar, Minnesota, was the administrative assistant and office manager for the athletics department from 1974 to 2000. Swenson, the cheery and professional public face of the athletics department, juggled an impressive array of responsibilities including budget manager, travel manager, ticket manager, assistant eligibility coordinator, and NAIA/NCAA Championship liaison to name just a few. It was Swenson’s genuine care for the faculty, staff, and student-athletes and her positive, can-do attitude that was the driving force behind the family atmosphere that existed in the athletics and physical education departments during her 25-year tenure.
The selection of inductees to the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame is made by the Gustavus Hall of Fame Board which is a 13-member group consisting of current athletic administrators, and former coaches and alumni.