GACTALKS Spotlight #2

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by

Today we will be spotlighting four presenters for GAC TALKS: Sarah Wolter, Christina Swenson, Sam Hoppe and Charlie Potts.

Sarah Wolter ’02: Media Representation of Female Athletes

Sarah is a graduate from Gustavus with a degree Honors Communication Studies. Sarah received a Masters Degree from Minnesota State Mankato and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. She currently lives in Northfield, MN with her family. In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing golf, boating, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah will be talking on analysis of mediated representations of female athletes from a critical feminist perspective. Sarah’s dissertation research was on the website espnW, ESPN’s first business initiative geared toward female fans and female athletes.

Christina Swenson ’16: Identity: Finding Unconditional Value

Christina is a Sophomore at Gustavus, she is a Health Fitness Major from Marion, Iowa. Christina is a third generation Gustie; her grandfather studied at Gustavus nearly 50 years ago. Christina serves as a Collegiate Fellow in Norelius Hall and is a lifegaurd in the Vic Gustafuson pool. She loves to pursue faith at the Pepare bible study, sing in the Choir of Christ Chapel and run with the GAC Running Club. In the future, she plans to become a physical therapist. Christina’s topic is Identity: Finding Unconditional Value. She has found her identity through her faith and Christina wants to help others find things that give them their sense of identity in the long term like she did in her faith.

Sam Hoppe ’14: Empathy is it Enough?

Sam Hoppe is a senior Philosophy major from Rochester, Minnesota.  He is involved in Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Student Senate. His talk will be examining how we act empathetically when others are suffering.  He will asking whether or not we need to do more before we act.  He will be argue when we feel empathy and understand that somebody is in pain or is suffering, we shouldn’t just act from that initial feeling; when we act solely from empathy we can potentially harm somebody more than help them.  How we act towards suffering influences how we interact both in our private lives and in our public lives; thus this presentation aims to effect the way we think about other people’s suffering.

Charlie Potts ’01: 

Charlie Potts is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life.  Charlie graduated from Gustavus in 2001. Living, studying and working away from Gustavus for a decade after graduating allowed him to understand the significance of this place and the community it inspires. Passionate about the residential experience and liberal arts education, Charlie is interested in finding creative ways to engage students in the life of the college.

Charlie is married to Angie, a 2004 Gustavus graduate, and is the proud parent of four-year old twin boys Ethan and Owen.


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