Gustie Greeters and Orientation Groups

Gustie Greeters


Gustie Greeters are a group of fifty upperclass student leaders who plan, organize, and lead incoming students through New Student Orientation. Each Gustie Greeter leads activities, discussions, and events during the four day Orientation program, and continuing throughout the entire year. Gustie Greeters are resources, friends, mentors, and leaders on campus for incoming students. The Orientation program is designed to offer incoming students an easier transition to their new life at Gustavus. Gustie Greeters answer questions, provide support, organize activities to meet other new students, and generally help incoming students through the "bumps" college life can present.

Orientation Groups


Incoming students are divided into small groups of ten to fifteen students, and assigned to a Gustie Greeter. This group of students is also paired with a faculty member, administrator, or staff member to assist the Orientation group with discussions and activities all year long. Orientation groups are a wonderful way for incoming students to meet other new students.

Gustie Greeter Selection Process

  • Monday, February 13:  Gustie Greeter Open House from 7 - 8p.m. in The Dive
  • Friday, February 17:  Applications are due to the Campus Activities Office by 12p.m.  Late applications are not accepted.
  • Tuesday, February 21:  Email notification will be sent of applicant status.  The written application will determine who will be invited to participate in the group interview.
  • Thursday, February 23:  A required "group interview" for all invited applicants will be held at 7 or 8p.m. in Confer/Vickner Hall (applicants are assigned a time).  If you do not attend, it will be assumed that your application is to be withdrawn from consideration.
    - If you have an academic or varsity athletics conflict, please contact Cassandra Nelson by Wednesday, February 22 at x7598 or  Missing the group interview may put you at a disadvantage in the process.
  • Friday, February 24:  Reference forms are due to the Campus Activities Office by 12p.m.
  • Friday, February 24:  Twenty-five candidates will be invited to participate in the final step of the selection process.
  • February 27 - March 10:  Individual interviews will be held for 25 finalists.
  • Monday, March 13:  Those interviewed will be notified of their final status through the P.O.s.
  • Signed contracts must be returned to Campus Activities Office by March 24, 2017.

Apply to be a Gustie Greeter


2016–2017 Greeter Staff

First name Last name Year Major Hometown
Ehsan Ali Asghar Sophomore Economics Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
John Baron Senior Communication Studies and Political Science Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Brad Basco Senior Psychological Science Medina, MN
Avery Bather Senior Music and Psychological Science Golden Valley, Minnesota, United States
Karrin Becker Senior Spanish and Sociology and Anthropology Lakeville, MN, United States of America
Natasha Behboudi Senior Psychological Science and Elementary Education Minnetonka, MN
Lily Benge Briggs Senior Art Education Grantsburg, WI
Adam Bogen Sophomore Political Science Wausau, WI
Zachary Brown Senior Biology and Mathematics Cambridge, MN
Rachel Bruch-Andersen Junior Communication Studies and Sociology and Anthropology Hastings, MN, United States of America
Kirstin Buck Senior Nursing Northfield, MN
Noah Carlson Junior Biology Viroqua, WI
Joe Cella Junior Political Science and Computer Science Moorhead, MN
Cara Christiansen Senior Computer Science North Mankato, MN, United States
Charlotte Cowdery Sophomore No Declared Major Minneapolis, MN, United States of America
Carolyn Del Vecchio Senior Political Science Saint Cloud, MN, United States
Michael Greenberg Junior Health and Physical Ed Teaching mora, mn
Mae Grigsby Junior Elementary Education Superior, CO
Emily Gustafson Senior Nursing Esko, MN, United States of America
Daniella Habib Sophomore No Declared Major Providence, RI, United States
Rachel Hain Senior Communication Studies and Sociology and Anthropology New Brighton, Minnesota
Camryn Heckel Sophomore English White Bear Lake, MN, United States of America
Morgan Hubers Senior Public Accounting Northfield, MN, United States
Laura Isdahl Senior English Plymouth, MN
Callie Johnson Senior Biology and Psychological Science Detroit Lakes, MN, United States of America
Megan Johnson Senior English and History Blaine, MN, United States
Mara Klipfel Senior Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology Shakopee, Minnesota, United States of America
Hannah Markquart Senior Chemistry Oregon
Cristhian Martinez Sophomore Biology Henrico, VA
Savannah Maynard Junior Biology Minneapolis, MN
Miki Mir Junior Biology North Mankato, MN, United States
Emma Myhre Junior Communication Studies and Theatre Estherville, IA, United States
Nikki Neequaye Sophomore No Declared Major Bloomington, MN, United States of America
Cole Nelson Senior Mathematics Minneapolis, MN, United States of America
Tanner Olson Senior Psychological Science Horace, ND
Adam Peters Senior Biology Montevideo, MN, United States of America
Christine Peterson Senior Duluth, MN, United States of America
Kayla Peterson Senior Athletic Training
Kristin Podratz Senior Statistics MN
Kelli Poffenberger Senior Nursing Big Lake, MN
Cameron Reischauer Senior Social Studies Teaching Zearing, IA, United States
Kristine Rogers Senior Nursing Rogers, MN
Ben Rorem Junior Physics North Mankato, MN
Emily Severson Senior Communication Studies Marine on Saint Croix, MN, United States of America
Herchran Singh Senior Biology Rochester, MN
Maggie Swanson Senior Elementary Education Deer River, MN, United States
Laura Swenson Senior Public Accounting Eagan, MN
Emily Syverud Senior Biology and Spanish Saint Paul, MN, United States of America
Lindsey Taylor unknown
Joren Tengesdal Junior Psychological Science Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Isaak Tjaden Junior Management Eagan, MN
Benissa Uwamwiza Junior Public Accounting kigali, Rwanda
Olivia Ward Junior Management Osceola, WI, United States of America
Jordan Wiest Senior History Le Sueur, MN, U.S.A.