Archive for Benjamin Batz

My name is Ben Batz, I'm a part of the Sesquicentennial class at Gustavus. I will graduate with an Individualized Major in Global Community Development. Born and Raised in Bloomington, MN, my parents, Paul '85 and Melinda Batz '86 are Gustie grads and it has been a thrill to carry on the tradition with my sister Katie '13. I sing tenor in the Gustavus Choir, have been active in the Center for Servant Leadership, the Diversity Center, the Department of Theatre and Dance as well as a number of student led organizations. Feel free to connect with me:


Paulo Ceolho at the Crux of the Semester

For all those of you out there who may have rocky trails ahead in the coming weeks, here are some words of wisdom from Paulo Ceolho’s “Manual for Climbing Mountians.”  Enjoy! A] Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as “that one’s more beautiful” or “this […]

Arundhati Roy writes ever so eloquently…

Hello appreciaters of big questions and such! Hope the crux of the semester is challenging you to push your boundaries a bit this semester (but not too much).  I have had a lot of things swirling in my brain these last few weeks, a LOT has been going on.  Social Justice issues and human rights, […]

Come check out our new space!!!

Well, it looks like we’ll have to change the blog name now, won’t we? The Center for Servant Leadership is open for business this week! We’re not really selling anything, but as a figure of speech, our new space is being furnished by all your favorite faces from the former Community Service Center, Church Relations, […]

a thought about art…

Friends! Happy New Year!  Happy J-term!  Happy fun times, cold weather, and a chance to rest and settle into a less rigorous, but still enlightening, month of exploring the world.  I sincerely hope you all are well after the holiday season and in the beginning of a new year. I got to do some really […]

A word from Kelsey Koch this lovely finals week!

Lovely Friends of the CVR, Ben here again!  Classes are coming to a close!  Hope you are all keeping your head above, well, the snowdrifts that seem to embody finals week.  The blog this week is from my friend Kelsey Koch, Sophomore CVR enthusiast who’s a part of the Servant Leadership Program this year.  I […]

Your Friendly Neighborhood CVR

Hello loves! I just had a really simple thought that didn’t require much research for you this week. I had a flashback this week to an ordinary, warm and beautiful summer evening.  My Dad and I were doing some project in the back yard when my Dad’s friend Mark, completely unannounced and unexpected, showed up […]

Jill asks: Who are you going to be?

Hey friends, This week you get to hear from Jill.  Enjoy! Can you believe it’s December?!  It’s my turn to write the blog this week, I am the lucky intern this week since I am the only one not involved in Christmas in Christ Chapel.  Let me introduce myself. My name is Jill Manthey, I […]

SLP provides some food for thought

Hello there CVR Friends! Have you ever come across the phrase Servant Leadership?  I wouldn’t be surprised, it is not a new idea, and people have been writing books and doctorate thesis on it for decades now (like Robert Greenleaf for example!).  But, the phrase is really catching on here at Gustavus and it’s spreading […]

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail??

Hey again ya’ll! Let me tell you first how excited I am to be interning in the CVR this year.  I have always been so intrigued by this office’s interest in helping me find purpose and passion within my life.  I hope this blog and the ideas expressed through it can help inspire a fulfilling […]

Welcome, friends, to our NEW BLOG!

Hello Friends of the Center for Vocational Reflection! Thanks for tuning in!  My name is Ben Batz, I am a Junior sociology/anthropology major interning in the CVR this year.  We in the office decided we wanted to use a blog to reach out to the big question lovers, the listeners, the searchers, and the Tuesday […]