Teaching and Learning

Campaign Gustavus

Faculty/Student Relationships.
Karin Moe P ’84

Karin Moe was the only female accounting major in her graduating class at the University of Minnesota. That should have been a signal to everyone that she was special. And though her parents never graduated from high school, she was the kind of person who always loved school. She chose the University of Minnesota “because I could afford it” and graduated with honors. Later, Karin became a Gustavus parent; her daughter, Kris, graduated in the class of ’84. That is when Karin became involved.

In 1996, Karin and her husband, Robert, founded the Moe Lecture Series, which brings internationally known speakers to the campus. But what really touched her heart was the Gustavus faculty. “Because they genuinely help kids discover what they want to do. The faculty/student relationship—which I believe is the backbone of learning—couldn’t be richer. The faculty are those great individuals who make a difference in the lives of young people, but they need the resources and time to develop their own work. And that’s the reason my husband and I support the Kendall Center. It’s our opportunity to ensure that this tradition remains strong.” And they continue to do so.

A Cherished Mind.
Will Freiert, emeritus faculty

When asked about his most satisfying moment in his 35 years as an educator, the longtime Chair of the Classics Department immediately answered, “Whenever a student's face lights up and she says, ‘Oh! I get it!’” Will Freiert was the consummate professor. And, he is a man who never stops learning.

As a teacher, he and his wife and fellow classicist, Patricia, took students to Greece so they could feel the thrill of walking in the steps of profound artists and philosophers like Socrates, who said, “The unexamined life is not livable for a human being.” Will asked his students to take charge of their own education, to achieve insight, to learn wisdom and compassion.

So valued was Will at Gustavus, he received the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. He also received the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in Teaching and was a Fulbright lecturer in Sendai, Japan.

Will tells his students that college is the best four years of their lives. The reason? “All you have to do is sit around and think.”