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

  • Tuesday, February 20: Gustie Greeter Open House from 7 - 8p.m. in The Dive
  • Friday, February 23: Applications are due to the Campus Activities Office by 12p.m. Late applications are not accepted.
  • Tuesday, February 27: Email notification will be sent of applicant status. The written application will determine who will be invited to participate in the group interview.
  • Wednesday, February 28: Reference forms are due to the Campus Activities Office by 12p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1: A required "group interview" for all invited applicants will be held at 6 or 7:30p.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 If you do not attend, it will be assumed that your application is to be withdrawn from consideration.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 28 at x7598 or Missing the group interview may put you at a disadvantage in the process.
  • Friday, March 2: Forty candidates will be invited to participate in the final step of the selection process.
  • March 5 - March 16: Individual interviews will be held.
  • Monday, March 19: 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 23, 2018.
First name Last name Year Major Hometown
Ehsan Ali Asghar Junior Economics Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
John Baron Communication Studies and Political Science Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Brad Basco Psychological Science
Avery Bather Music and Psychological Science Golden Valley, Minnesota, United States
Karrin Becker Sociology and Anthropology and Spanish United States of America
Natasha Behboudi Senior Psychological Science and Elementary Education Minnetonka, MN
Lily Benge Briggs Grantsburg, WI
Adam Bogen Junior Political Science Wausau, WI
Zachary Brown Senior Biology and Mathematics Cambridge, MN
Rachel Bruch-Andersen Senior Sociology and Anthropology United States of America
Kirstin Buck Nursing Northfield, MN
Noah Carlson Senior Biology Viroqua, WI
Joe Cella Senior Political Science and Computer Science Moorhead, MN
Cara Christiansen Computer Science Minneapolis, MN
Charlotte Cowdery Junior Geology and Classics With Greek and Latin Minneapolis, MN, United States of America
Carolyn Del Vecchio Political Science Saint Cloud, MN, United States
Michael Greenberg Senior Health and Physical Ed Teaching mora, mn
Mae Grigsby Senior Elementary Education Superior, CO
Emily Gustafson Nursing Esko, MN, United States of America
Daniella Habib Junior Political Science Providence, RI, United States
Rachel Hain Communication Studies and Sociology and Anthropology New Brighton, Minnesota
Camryn Heckel Senior English White Bear Lake, MN, United States of America
Morgan Hubers Public Accounting Northfield, MN, United States
Laura Isdahl English Plymouth, MN
Callie Johnson Biology and Psychological Science Detroit Lakes, MN, United States of America
MJ Johnson Senior English and History Blaine, MN, United States
Mara Klipfel Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology Shakopee, Minnesota, United States of America
Hannah Markquart Chemistry Oregon
Cristhian Martinez Junior Biology Henrico, VA
Savannah Maynard Senior Biology Minneapolis, MN
Miki Mir Senior Biology North Mankato, MN, United States
Emma Myhre Senior Communication Studies and Theatre Estherville, IA, United States
Nikki Neequaye Junior Nursing Bloomington, MN, United States of America
Cole Nelson Senior Mathematics Teaching Minneapolis, MN, United States of America
Tanner Olson Psychological Science Horace, ND
Adam Peters Biology Montevideo, MN, United States of America
Christine Peterson Communication Studies and Political Science Duluth, MN, United States of America
Kayla Peterson Athletic Training
Kristin Podratz Statistics MN
Kelli Poffenberger Senior Nursing Big Lake, MN
Cameron Reischauer Zearing, IA, United States
Kristine Rogers Nursing Rogers, MN
Ben Rorem Senior Physics North Mankato, MN
Emily Severson Communication Studies Marine on Saint Croix, MN, United States
Maggie Swanson Senior Elementary Education Deer River, MN, United States
Laura Swenson Public Accounting Eagan, MN
Emily Syverud Spanish and Biology Saint Paul, MN, United States of America
Lindsey Taylor Biology
Joren Tengesdal Senior Psychological Science Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Isaak Tjaden Senior Management Eagan, MN
Benissa Uwamwiza Senior Public Accounting kigali, Rwanda
Olivia Ward Senior Management Osceola, WI, United States of America
Jordan Wiest History Le Sueur, MN, U.S.A.