Gustavus Sesquicentennial

Daily Fun Facts and Trivia

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Sesquicentennial Year Daily Trivia

  Each day during the Sesquicentennial a new fun fact, story, photo, quote, or trivia question was posted to this Sesquicentennial Blog.  Review all the postings or search for favorite people and places.

Sunday-Funday Gustie Thoughts

Feel free to answer the question below!   Now that the Sesquicentennial Celebration is over, how are you going to carry your Gustie spirit into the future?

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Factoid Friday

In the early years, Homecoming was celebrated during the winter months in conjunction with a basketball game. The first Gustavus Homecoming linked to a football game was in 1926.  The homecoming slogan was “Beat St. Olaf,” which the Gusties did: 7 to 0.

The Gusties riding in this 1973 Homecoming float are "Mr. KGSM,"  Bill Jennings '74, and "Ms. KGSM," Sue Hiner Haynie '75. 

View from the Hill

The Gustavus Homecoming Parade has had a long history, including for many years going through the town of St. Peter.  Now, it is on the Friday night of Homecoming, and goes through campus.

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Words of Wisdom

“Looking back upon its history, I can plainly perceive that the Lord has had our school in his hands.” Gustavus founder, Eric Norelius, on the 25th anniversary of Gustavus Adolphus College in 1887

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Tuesday Trivia: Answered!

In what year was the Gustavus Student Senate created?   C. 1942

Tuesday Trivia

In what year was the Gustavus Student Senate created? A. 1902 B. 1922 C. 1942 D. 1972   The answer will be posted at 6:00 p.m. CST.

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Blast from the Past

Homecoming is a tradition that began in 1922 during the basketball season (as opposed to football). The first Homecoming Queen was elected in 1935. Homecoming Queen coronation was disbanded in 1971 by the student body. The tradition was reintroduced in 1986, but changed to elect both a Queen and a King.   Pictured are the […]

Sunday-Funday Gustie Thoughts

Feel free to answer your questions below!   What Gustavus tradition brings you the most pride? What does being a Gustie mean to you?

The 1923-24 Omega Kappa Fraternity. 

Factoid Friday: Greek Addition

Fraternities at Gustavus grew out of secret societies and literary groups, much like their female counterparts. Currently, the Greek community at Gustavus is involved with philanthropic fundraising events, community service, and peer support. Gustavus has been home to 15 fraternities throughout history. Alpha Phi Alpha―founded in 1995 with hopes of being a nationally affiliated African-American […]