The Gustavian Weekly

Gustie of the Week

Gustie of the Week – Noah O’Ryan

Noah’s passion for filmmaking led him to start the Gustavian Society of Filmmakers as a first-year and develop his own Film and Media Studies Major at Gustavus.

As a child, Noah O’Ryan and his father would spend their quality bonding time taking regular trips to the movie theater. Now a junior in college, their tradition remains just as strong as the passion that Noah developed for filmmaking. […]

Gustie of the Week (10/2/15) – Emilie Benson

Emilie is a leader in organizations including the Society of Physics Students and the Newman Center, as well as being a member of the Chemistry Club, a TA, a tutor, and working for the Physics dept. and observatory.

As a child, Emilie Benson was always what her brother calls a “goody-two-shoes.” Now a senior at Gustavus, she’s maintained a reputation as what others like to call an “upstanding student.” “Emilie has always been the very straight-laced child in […]

Gustie of the Week

Hubert’s fearless attitude in approaching new people allows him to form deep relationships in a short period of time.

Traveling from his home in Burundi, Africa, Sophomore Hubert-Christian Ngabirano joined the Gustavus community spring semester of last year. For any student, let alone an international one, joining half way through the school year when social circles have already been […]

Gustie of the Week

Basra’s Greeter-quality smile lights up the Halls of Gustavus.

Originally from Somalia, Senior Basra Osman had no trouble fitting in with the Gustavus community. In fact, putting herself out there and meeting new people is one of her passions and an ability that many took notice of immediately. “I […]

Gustie of the Week

While in Nepal, Megan helped deliver a baby who would be named after her.

Since transferring to Gustavus in the spring of her sophomore year, Megan has become a role model to many. For others, she has become a hero. Megan found herself driving home every weekend during her time at the College of […]

GUSTIE of the WEEK: Kory Kolis

Kory is enjoying success after four years of hard work. One of his art pieces is featured in the Hillstrom Museum and was purchased by Gustavus.

While many would struggle to find any relation between Biology and Studio Art, senior Kory Kolis is a testament to the liberal arts education as he’s taken an interest in both. He’s found his own way to contribute to the […]


Friends describe Haley as authentic, confident, and a good example for others.

When asked about their first impression of Junior Haley Coller, every one of her friends answered that they were immediately drawn toward her genuine and contagious laughter. As each of them grew closer to Haley, it didn’t take long to […]

GUSTIE of the WEEK: Daniel Felton

In the future he hopes to open his own school for music and help students study their own interests.

During his first couple of years at Gustavus, now senior Daniel Felton went through many of the normal doubts about his decision to attend the College. Social issues coupled with the rigor of academia and desire to fit in seemed […]

GUSTIE of the WEEK: Matt Rasmussen

After graduating from Gustavus the year of the tornado, Matt volunteered for the Peace Corps in Papua New Guina from 1999 to 2001.

As a first-year student at Gustavus, Matt Rasmussen had his eyes set on a major in Computer Science, but like the typical college student, he soon found greater passions elsewhere. Unlike the average college student, those passions have brought him […]

GUSTIE of the WEEK: Hayley Nemmers

Hayley is involved in many campus organizations, including Fair Trade, Diversity Leadership council, and Gustavus Ambassadors.

As a family oriented and somewhat introverted person, Junior Hayley Nemmers still gets sick for her home back in Des Moines, Iowa. However, as a social justice oriented leader and outgoing, cheerful student, Hayley has found herself a comfortable niche […]