2023 Gustavus Alumni Association Awards CelebrationSeptember 22, 2023 at 58 p.m.


Each year, the Gustavus Alumni Association recognizes members of our community for professional achievement and service to the College. This year's honorees will be celebrated on Friday, September 22 in Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a special program at 6 p.m., featuring inspiring stories and touching tributes from and about our honorees. We'll be seated theatre-style for the ceremony, and the program should conclude by 7:30 p.m.

This celebration is open to all members of the community; simply email alumni@gustavus.edu if you plan to join us so that we ensure enough refreshments and seating.

This year's award winners include:

Distinguished Alumni Citations

Shirley Gholston Key ‘71 - biology and medical technology majors, career in education

Scott J. Luhmann ‘86 - biology major, career in medicine

Dawn McDougal Miller ‘84 - music major, career in medicine/music therapy

Golden Anniversary Award

David “Daudi” Peterson '73 - biology major, career in ecotourism/conservation

Silver Anniversary Award

Carl Jorgensen ‘98 - biology major, career in entomology/forest service

First Decade Award

Andre Creighton ’13 - public accounting major, career in finance/entrepreneurship

Honorary Gusties

Axel and Loreli Steuer - former president and first lady of Gustavus

John and Katha Chamberlain - long-time supporters of Gustavus Fine Arts and Music

Barb Wilkinson - ambassador and supporter of Gustavus' core values, athletic and academic programs, Tennis and Life Camps, and more

Dr. Bob Olson - crucial mental health resource supporting Gustavus students, faculty, and staff