Task Force on Student Life

The Student Life Task Force is charged to review the following Strategic Initiatives as stated in the College’s Strategic Plan: 1.2, 1.5, and 1.6.

The Task Force should take into consideration the impact its recommendations will have in enhancing the students’ total learning experience through their multiple opportunities on and off the campus.

The purpose of the review is to develop recommendations to the Board of Trustees for the College’s future advancement. The Task Force should make its recommendations without consideration of funding requirements. It should not be of concern that in some cases a Task Force recommendation may overlap with the recommendation of another Task Force.

Strategic Goal #1 - Educate for leadership and service.

Our Mission Statement calls us to engage students in transformative education that leads them to attain their full potential as persons, to develop in them a capacity and passion for lifelong learning, and to prepare them for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society. Gustavus will invest in transformative education practices—in classrooms, studios, laboratories, performance spaces, residence halls, support offices, and playing fields—to support individual student success across the campus.

Strategic Initiative: Enhance Gustavus’s strength in student-centered learning through a strong partnership between the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. - Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force and Student Life Task Force
Strategic Initiative: Ensure access to the critical support services needed to ensure students have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. - Student Life Task Force
  • Tactic (e.g.) Create and appropriately staff an Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to cultivate student leadership and access to nationally competitive post-graduate fellowship opportunities.
  • Tactic (e.g.) Ascertain and provide appropriate academic support that meets the needs of the anticipated changing student demographic.
Strategic Initiative: Develop a distinctive Integrated Leadership program that combines rigorous academic study with relevant field experience for the development of students’ leadership skills and competencies. - Academic Programs and New Initiatives Task Force and Student Life Task Force

Task Force Members

  • Chair: Trustee Jan Michaletz '74
  • Facilitator: Hank Toutain, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Catherine Asta '75
  • Tami Linton Aune '82
  • Stephen Blenkush '80
  • Leila Brammer
  • Kelly Chatman
  • Corinne Chilstrom
  • Eric Eliason
  • Wayne Felton '12
  • Elizabeth Joas Gustafson '75
  • Paul Harrington
  • Jon Kietzer
  • Kate Knutson
  • John Lammert
  • Mary Holmquist Lundahl '72
  • Mike Marcotte '08
  • Dan Moos
  • Evan Morud '08
  • Naomi Quiram
  • Sujay Rao
  • Troy Seppelt
  • Betsy Starz '02
  • Emily Thayer '11
  • Mike Wilken '02
  • Steve Wilkinson
  • Jan Wotton