The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 1, 2007

Meet and greet at GAC

Students move in at Gustavus

By Pat Christman

slideshow Click here to see a photo gallery of Gustavus Adolphus College's move-in day for incoming first-year students..





It’s a day that teenagers and their parents both look forward to and dread for months: college move-in day. A day when some parents shed tears as they leave their children behind after a long, hot day of standing in line, unloading boxes and boxes of stuff and carrying it up flights of stairs to a room that can’t possibly hold it all.

For the first-year students themselves, move-in day is full of excitement and nervousness. Who’s my roommate? Where can I get a loft for my bed? Where do I check in? Where did my mom go?

Fortunately for Gustavus Adolphus College students there is the Gustie Greeters, a high-energy group of students whose job is to help keep spirits high and welcome incoming students. Lined up along College Avenue in St. Peter Friday, they greet vans full of family and boxes as they head toward the college, pointing them in the right direction, and doing a little dance in the process.

Gustie Greeters work their way through the school’s dorms, singing the Gustie Rouser, chanting, and challenging people to dance. Even the school’s football team gets into the fun, helping exhausted students move the heavy stuff into their dorm, and making the day a little easier.