Gusties Connect!

January Term Courses in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Gusties Connect! J-Terms support learning about creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and business engagement through a variety of activities, site visits, readings, research, service work, and reflection. The goals of the course are:

  • Support the growing focus at Gustavus on entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Connect students with Gustie alumni groups around the country through curriculum
  • Help students see & practice different types of creative thinking and innovation through site visits, executive engagement & project work
  • Offer a study away opportunity that supports 'having an experience of the world' in a cost-effective way

Gusties Connect! courses are generally organized in three parts:

  • Week 1: on campus prepping and research about the area, economic threats and opportunities, and firms we will visit
  • Weeks 2-3: on site with alumni groups for site visits, social events, service opportunities, and tourism
  • Week 4: on campus with wrap up debriefing work

January 2016 in Las Vegas

Site coordinator Paul Schiminsky ’93

LVCVAService Day

January 2017 in Seattle

Site coordinator Kari Patrasek Merz ’99. In Seattle, students focused on technology start ups and small businesses.


January 2018 in the Upper Midwest

Duluth, Two Harbors & the Twin Cities

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January 2020 to be announced!