Class of 2010

November 2012

Hey everyone,

I hope this letter finds you well.  It is crazy the ways life can pull you; last January, mine took a completely different turn.  I had been working at 3M in Saint Paul as an analytical chemist since graduation.

During this time, I had also been playing rugby with the Twin Cites Amazons.  In December, I found out that I had been selected as one of eight women in the country to be the first ever contracted rugby players for the USA.  I jumped at the opportunity.  I packed up my life and moved to California.  Now, I am living in Chula Vista, California where I work/train for the USA Woman’s 7’s Rugby team at the Olympic Training Center.  We train five days a week with about 12 training sessions throughout that week.  We do a variety of different things including lifting, sprints, agility, skills, and conditioning.  There are many other activities off the field that go into training as well such as watching and analyzing film, injury prevention, and learning all the detailed laws of the game.  So far, it has been an amazing adventure that changes daily.

Rugby has opened many different opportunities to me.  I currently play for both the USA Woman’s 7’s and 15’s teams.  In the last year, I have traveled to Canada, Dubai, Las Vegas, London, and Amsterdam for international competitions.  My next tours will be in China for some test matches with the USA 7’s team in October, and then to Rome and Paris with the 15’s in November.  Through all of this traveling and competing I have met and became friends with many different people from not only the U.S. rugby team but also other foreign teams from around the world.

It is an exciting time for rugby in the U.S. and world.  It is currently the largest growing sport in the U.S.  Even more exciting, 7’s rugby is the newest sport to be added to the Olympics.  It will debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.  I hope to be there representing the USA.  Tournaments this season will include Dubai, Las Vegas, Houston, Hong Kong, China, London, and Amsterdam all leading up to the World Cup that is being held in Moscow next June.

For me, it is beyond words to think back to the first time I put on a Gustavus rugby jersey during my freshman year, and to see where it has taken me.  I started out knowing almost nothing of the sport and over the years have learned and grown immensely as a player.  Every time I step out onto the pitch to play for our country, it is a very powerful experience.  It is a great honor to represent the United States.

Wishing you all well,

Kaelene Lundstrum

2010 Guest Letter Writer

Campus News

Invitation to Hear Marine Scientist William Fitzgerald

Gustavus invites you to a public lecture at the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul on Monday, December 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the SMM Auditorium to meet and hear Rydell Professor William Fitzgerald, Ph.D., noted geochemist and one of the foremost experts on the chemistry of iron from an oceanographic and environmental perspective.  His presentation is titled “Iron in the Oceans:  What’s the Fuss About?”  A reception at the Elements Cafe will follow the talk.  There is no charge for the event; however, seating is limited so, advance reservations are requested online at gustavustickets.com.  Contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520 for further information.

Upcoming Events:

Nov. 10 – Boston Chapter Event and Dallas Chapter Event

Nov. 10 – Gustavus Symphony Orchestra – Bjorling Recital Hall - 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 11 – Houston Chapter Event

Nov. 13 – Washington, DC Chapter Event

Nov. 14 – St. Peter Gustie Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. – Speaker, Don Ostrom, prof. emeritus

Nov. 14 – Give to Gustavus Day!  Support Gustavus by making a gift.

Nov. 17 – Gustavus Wind and Vasa Wind Orchestras – Bjorling Hall – 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 18 – Adolphus Jazz Ensemble and Gustavus Jazz Lab Band – Bjorling Hall – 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 21 – Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast – American Swedish Institute – 8:00 a.m.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 – Christmas in Christ Chapel – the Jubilee Year

Dec. 6 – Festival of St. Lucia