Archive for 2010

Green roof on the Marquette Plaza Building in Minneapolis. Photo: Dawneday, Flickr Green Roof Photoset. 

Alumni Landscape Architects Visit Campus

Green roof on the Marquette Plaza Building in Minneapolis. Photo: Dawneday, Flickr Green Roof Photoset. Mark Apfelbacher, ’04 geography and environmental studies major, and Anna Claussen, ’04 geography and studio art major, came to Gustavus on December 1st to give a talk on landscape architecture. Both Mark and Anna attended the University of Minnesota’s program […]

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Amanda (Peterson) Kolpin Serves as Expert for Swedish Television Program

Amanda (Peterson) Kolpin, a 2003 geography graduate, was interviewed as an expert on Vilhelm Moberg for a popular Swedish television series that focuses on literature. The interview was filmed in Lindstrom, Minnesota, a major center for Swedish settlement in the U.S., at the Karl Oskar House. Amanda is a Ph.D. student in the geography department […]

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Christian Gilbert Talks GeoTech in the Classroom

Geography graduate Christian Gilbert ’98 returned to Gustavus to deliver an impressive talk on the use of Geotechnology in the Classroom. Christian has a Master’s in educational technology which he puts to excellent use. He talked about how fast technology has changed in his career. He has pushed to continually incorporate new technologies into his […]

Alumnus Shows Off Techno Geo-Wizardry for Communicating with the Public

Kyle Chester, a 2007 geography graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, gave a lecture/demonstration on October 20 on techniques he’s developed for communicating spatial information with the public. Kyle is a GIS specialist for Excel Energy and part of his job is creating maps to communicate with the public and solicit their input on new construction […]

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Alumni Urban Planners Return to Campus

Gustavus geography graduates Kyle Klatt ’95 and Kelli (Swanson) Matzek ’03 returned to their alma mater to talk to students about careers in urban planning. Both Kyle and Kelli have Master’s degrees in urban planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. They talked about the political challenges, joys and opportunities in planning. They both […]

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Introducing Grace and Lucia

Twin girls, Lucia and Grace Penner, were born to Geography professor Anna Versluis and her husband Ben Penner on June 28. The girls were born 8 weeks early but are doing very well. Here we are getting ready to leave the hospital nursery.

Bob Douglas on Film on Minnesota River Exploration

Bob Douglas appears on a website on the early European exploration of the Minnesota River valley. It is a real treat and full of historical geography lessons. You really should check it out. Click the Forward Arrow and then click on “About Nicollet. http://mrbdc.wrc.mnsu.edu/mnbasin/flash/nicollet/nicollet.swf

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Dr. Douglas Leads Program for Chinese University Students

Dr. Douglas is hosting a summer academic program for visiting students from the United International College in Zhuhai, China. The students are staying at Gustavus Adolphus College and through lectures and field trips Dr. Douglas is introducing them to the culture of the Midwest.

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Picnic at Borgeson Log Cabin

As usual, the Geography Department held its traditional spring picnic on Reading Day. But this year it was at a new location–the Borgeson Cabin in the Linneaus Arboretum. It was fitting location since Dr. Douglas and a group of geography students saved the 1860s Swedish immigrant log cabin by moving it from a site in […]

2010 Geography Graduates

A new crop of bright geography graduates was launched into the world on May 20, 2010. This year’s graduating seniors included: Benjamin Bauknecht Kelsey Brugger Andrew Byron Skylar Davis Troy French Amy Gosewisch Nathan Gunderson Matthew Horton Matthew Lindholm Andrew Michelson Jordan Smith Karen West (individualized major combining art, geography, and physics)