Recent News from Campuses

It’s time to start planning for Move-In Day!

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:17pm
The Residential Halls… Not only will your new home away from home be a place to sleep at night, but it will also be a place to meet and hang out with friends, join groups and activities, sing, dance, pray, play, laugh, and study. Our residence hall  rooms are furnished with beds, dressers, a closet

Countdown to College to welcome 86 students

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 8:00am
Countdown to College (C2C) students will be on campus July 5-Aug 2. The first two weeks (July 5-18), Saint Mary’s will welcome cohorts 3 and 4 on campus. A graduation ceremony will be July 18. Parents of the seniors are invited to join the celebration. CAPTION: The first graduating class of Countdown to College. On

Alumnus and Trustee Rev. John Hogenson ’81 Named Senior Pastor at Mount Olivet

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:55pm

Rev. John Hogenson ’81

Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus and current member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Rev. John Hogenson ’81, has been named the new Senior Pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Hogenson will begin his new duties on August 1, 2014.

While growing up in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul just four blocks from Luther Seminary, Hogenson never envisioned himself going to seminary until his junior year at Gustavus.

“If you had told me when my parents dropped me off for my freshman year at Gustavus that I would be considering going to seminary when I graduated I would not have believed you,” Hogenson said. “Somewhere between my sophomore and junior year of college, Christ became real to me. I believed in Christ and felt that I was also being called to ministry and it wasn’t until I went to Gustavus that I felt God’s tug.”

Hogenson was confirmed in the spring of his junior year in Christ Chapel, but remained unsure about the call to ministry. He spent the year after graduating from Gustavus wrestling with the decision to pursue a career as an attorney or a pastor, but in the end felt a call to the ministry so strong that he couldn’t resist.

“I came to Gustavus unchurched and so Gustavus and Chaplain Richard Elvee played a large role in what I do today,” Hogenson said.

Hogenson holds a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary and is a graduate of Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg College and on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services. He is a contributing author to books on servant ministry and preaching and is a national presenter on church leadership and healthy ministry.

He has spent the past 25 years in ministry and has served five congregations. Most recently, Hogenson served as Lead Pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi from 2007 to 2014. With the call to Mount Olivet, Hogenson will have served at three of the 10 largest Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations in the country.

“I have served in every sized church community there is and have enjoyed my time in each of those communities. What I appreciate about a large church like Mount Olivet is that it provides the opportunity to change the world in a way that other churches cannot even begin to imagine,” Hogenson said. “I look forward to God opening the door to new opportunities as God has done in the past for Mount Olivet.”

Mount Olivet is considered the largest Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation in the country with more than 13,000 members. Hogenson will become the church’s eighth senior pastor and the sixth Gustavus graduate to hold the title. Former senior pastors with degrees from Gustavus include Rev. Clarence T. Nelson ’12, Rev. Edgar M. Carlson ’30, Rev. Reuben Youngdahl ’31, Rev. Paul Noren ’31, and Rev. Paul M. Youngdahl ’59. In addition, Rev. Craig E. Johnson ’69 has served the congregation as Interim Senior Pastor since 2011 during the call committee process.

“Gustavus is blessed to have many strong congregational relationships and Mount Olivet Lutheran Church has consistently been a model missional partner within the Gustavus Association of Congregations,” said Grady St. Dennis, director of church relations at Gustavus. “I am thrilled for Mount Olivet. I have known both Mount Olivet and Pastor Hogenson for many years and I am excited for the way God has called their lives together. As a past member and president of the Assocation’s Board of Directors and current Gustavus Board of Trustees leader, Pastor Hogenson has truly been a servant leader and has played an influential role in shaping the church relations outreach efforts of the Gustavus Center for Servant Leadership. We look forward to many years of continued partnership.”

Hogenson lives in Stillwater with his wife of 31 years, Ruth. The couple has three daughters – Kelly (Brian), Jana, and Kate – and one grandson.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Reunion weekend draws 450

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 8:00am
A full weekend of activities drew 450 alumni and family during Reunion Weekend June 20-22. The energy from the weekend was high, and alumni were thankful for the opportunity to connect with each other and with the university. Attendees came from across the United States as far as Alaska and California. Honored were: Outstanding Young

Rachel Usgaard Makes her Mark

Hamline University Campus News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:00am
Biochemistry and psychology student Rachel Usgaard talks about her college experience from academics at Hamline to how she made her mark through athletics.

Three alumni honored at Saint Mary’s Reunion Weekend

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:18pm
WINONA, Minn. — Each year during summer Reunion Weekend festivities, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota honors outstanding alumni. This year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient was Paul J. Meyer ’64, J.D. of Phoenix, Ariz.; the Alumni Appreciation Award was given to Thomas J. Baryl ’58 of Oak Brook, Ill.; and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was

Rebecca M. Bergman Begins Tenure as 17th President of Gustavus

Gustavus Campus News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:35am

Rebecca M. Bergman will be the 17th president in the 152-year history of Gustavus Adolphus College.

On Tuesday, July 1, Rebecca M. Bergman officially began her duties as the 17th President of Gustavus Adolphus College. The College’s Board of Trustees announced in late February that Bergman would replace Jack Ohle, who retired after serving as President since July 2008. Bergman is the first woman in the 152-year history of the College to be named president.

Bergman, who served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2014, spent the past 26 years at Medtronic, Inc., including the last 14 years as a senior executive. Her most recent position was Vice President of Research, Technology, and Therapy Delivery Systems for the company’s Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM) business, where she led a research and development team of scientists and engineers. She previously served as Vice President, CRDM New Therapies & Diagnostics as well as Vice President, Corporate Science and Technology, where she directed biomaterials and biosciences R&D, new therapy development, and information management initiatives.

“Becky is a proven leader as demonstrated not only by her successful 26 years at Medtronic, but also by her seven years of service on the College’s Board of Trustees,” said Warren Beck, Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “Her leadership skills, ability to collaborate and effectively communicate, and knowledge of the College’s strengths and challenges make her uniquely qualified to lead Gustavus at this pivotal time in the College’s history. I couldn’t be more pleased that she will be our next president.”

Bergman earned her B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and undertook graduate study in a Ph.D. program in chemical engineering and material science at the University of Minnesota. Bergman has received a number of Medtronic’s highest technical and leadership awards during her tenure with the company. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2001, and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sigma-Aldrich, on the Board of Directors of The Bakken Museum, and on a number of academic advisory boards. She previously served on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institute of Health and the St. Catherine University Board of Trustees.

“Gustavus Adolphus College is a special place. It has been an extraordinary experience for me to have the privilege to be a member of the Gustavus Board of Trustees and to get to know the campus, the people, and the culture of the institution,” Bergman said. “I have prized the opportunity to work with an institution so strongly committed to education and discovery. I look forward to participating in the next phase of the Gustavus story in whatever ways can best foster the future success of the College.”

Bergman is married to Thomas A. Bergman, M.D., Chief of Neurosurgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Senior Partner with Neurosurgical Associates, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Neurosurgery. The couple has four children including Matthew ’07, Andrew, Laura, and John.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Chad Winterfeldt Named New Cantor at Gustavus

Gustavus Campus News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Dr. Chad Winterfeldt

Dr. Chad Winterfeldt, who has served as an organist and adjunct instructor in the Music Department at Gustavus Adolphus College since 2004, has been named the College’s new Cantor. Dr. Winterfeldt will begin his new duties on August 1, 2014.

“The position of Cantor has been important to the community of Gustavus Adolphus College for decades,” President Jack Ohle said. “As we look to the future, this position will continue to be an essential leadership position for nurturing faith and building community at Gustavus. The search committee and I are confident that Dr. Winterfeldt is the right person for this role.”

The Cantor stewards the musical and liturgical gifts of the entire Gustavus community, building relationships with musicians and worship leaders and calling forth their gifts for the sake of planning and leading worship and events in Christ Chapel and around the campus. As a member of the Office of the Chaplains team, the Cantor works collaboratively with the Chaplains, students, and Music Department faculty to create faithful and beautiful worship and learning experiences for the entire Gustavus community.

Dr. Winterfeldt holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance from Concordia College, Moorhead, a master in music degree in organ performance from Yale University, and a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the recipient of numerous award and fellowships, including the Charles Ives Prize for an outstanding major in organ playing at Yale and the UNL Humanities Center Award for Graduate Research or Creative Activity from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Winterfeldt is an accomplished organist.

An accomplished performer, Dr. Winterfeldt has given more than fifty solo organ recitals around the country. He has served as Dean of the Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is currently the District Convener of the American Guild of Organists, Minnesota Region VI. In addition to his duties at Gustavus, Winterfeldt has recently served as Director of Music at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter.

Gustavus Chaplains Siri Erickson and Brian Konkol were pleased with the group of accomplished candidates that applied for the position from across the country and said that Dr. Winterfeldt rose to the top during the search process.

“Dr. Winterfeldt is an exceptional musician and gifted theologian. He is knowledgeable, wise, committed, and compassionate,” Chaplain Konkol said. “He is accomplished in both college and congregational settings. I fully believe that he will be a tremendous asset as we in the Office of the Chaplains continue to integrate faith and spirituality into the fullness of learning and life.”

“I am excited to have such a talented and passionate musician and worship leader joining our office,” Chaplain Erickson said. “Dr. Winterfeldt has shown a remarkable ability to recruit and engage students in all aspects of worship and music in Christ Chapel. I am confident that in this new role, he will continue to expand his connection with students in order to help them grow as musicians, leaders, and people of faith.”


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

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