Inside Gustavus 

October 8, 2009 | Volume 42, Number 6

Faculty/Staff Activities

Lisa Heldke (philosophy) has had two papers published this fall: “Three Social Paradigms for Access: Charity, Rights and Coresponsibility,” in the volume titled Critical Food Issues: Problems and State-of-the-Art Solutions; and “Cultivating Cosmic Patriotism by Cultivating Cosmos: Urban Gardening and the Creation of Community,” in Culture/Nature: Art and Philosophy in the Context of Urban Development.

Don Scheese (English) presented a paper titled "The Chacoan Outliers: A Still-Inhabited Wilderness" at the annual meeting of the Western Literature Association held in Spearfish, S.D., Oct. 1-4.

Doug Huff (philosophy) will have a staged reading of his new play, The National Endowment, at the Arts Center of Saint Peter on Friday, Oct.16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:00 p.m. each night. The National Endowment is a comedy/farce about a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. The cast includes many people from the Gustavus and St. Peter community, but Doug assures us, on advice from his attorney, that any resemblance to actual events or people, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

On Oct. 3, Darrell Jodock (religion) delivered a keynote address on "What Should We Expect When We Read the Bible?" at the Southeast Minnesota Synod Book of Faith event, held in Owatonna, Minn. He also led two workshops on "The Power of Story: The Witness of Biblical Narrative."

Denis Crnković (Russian) has had a book review of David M. Goldfrank's Nil Sorsky: The Authentic Writings (Cistercian Studies Series, 221. Cistercian Publications: Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2008) published in the October issue of The Medieval Review.

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:

  • The Star Tribune printed a Sept. 30 editorial about Minnesota colleges building for a greener future and mentioned Gustavus’s plans to erect a wind turbine.
  • The Le Sueur News-Herald printed a preview story on the Nobel Conference in its Sept. 23 edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief about golfers Saul Menendez, Taylor Drenttel, and Katie Schenfeld being named MIAC Players of the Week in its Sept. 30 Sports section.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a preview story about the Nobel Conference in its Oct. 1 edition. Mark Bjelland (geography) was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed an editorial about
    Reading-in-Common author Sonia Nazario’s visit to campus and St. Peter in its Oct. 2 edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Oct. 3 about Gustavus students teaching St. Peter elementary students about water issues. Gustavus students Karen Rogotzke and Anne Raetz were quoted in the story.
  • The Star Tribune printed a review of the Hillstrom Museum of Art’s current exhibition “Winds of Change” on Oct. 4. A piece by Bruce McClain (art & art history) was featured in the article.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front-page story previewing the Nobel Conference on Oct. 5. Chuck Niederriter (physics) was quoted in the story.
  • Nobel Conference speaker Nancy Rabalais appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midday Show for a full hour on Oct. 5.
  • Mark Bjelland (geography) appeared on Patrick Reusse’s morning show on KSTP Radio AM 1500 on Oct. 5 to talk about the Nobel Conference.

Anyone who has suggested additions for this list, suggestions for potential future media stories, or interest in being a media source should contact Marketing and Communication (x7520 or

Funding Opportunities

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:

  • NIH Research Funding... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants in an effort to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate degrees and have received less than $6 million in funding from the NIH. These grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The new maximum project award is $300,000 in direct costs, plus facilities and administrative (indirect) costs, and is available for a period of up to three years. Annual deadlines are Feb. 25, June 25 and Oct. 25. For more information, see

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

New Administrators

  • Katherine Holmberg, assistant director of the Gustavus Annual Fund (institutional advancement)
  • Jennifer Hovendick, assistant women's basketball coach (athletics)
  • Britta Nelson, assistant men's & women's swimming coach (athletics)
  • Scott Scholl, assistant men's & women's swimming coach (athletics)

New Support Staff

  • Marty Braun, part-time custodian (physical plant)
  • Nancy Mikelson, part-time custodian (physical plant)
  • Angela Schwartz, part-time custodian (physical plant)


News & Announcements

Nomination Reminder... Nominations for the Augusta Carlson Schultz Award (support staff employee) and the Eric Norelius Award (administrative employee) are due in the Office of Human Resources by Oct. 9.

Gustavus After Hours... On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. in the lobby area of Confer/Vickner, employees are invited to visit with President Ohle over refreshments at the close of the workday. This will be a casual social gathering. All are encouraged to come and enjoy one another's company. The next Gustavus After Hours gathering is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30, in the atrium area of the Nobel Hall of Science.

Faculty Lunches with the President... President Ohle is pleased to invite faculty members to join him for luncheon forums this fall. These events will provide opportunities for interaction and a time for sharing ideas. The first forum is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. The second luncheon will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m. Both lunches will be held in the Heritage Room. RSVP at least one week ahead to the President's Office by calling Pat Leagjeld at x7538 or e-mailing her at

Campus Happenings

Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the worship services at 10 a.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. Sundays in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows.

  • Friday, Oct. 9 - Commission Gustavus 150: Barb Larson Taylor
  • Sunday, Oct. 11 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Monday, Oct. 12 - John de Graaf, educator, activist, and CVR guest
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 - John Clementson (provost's office)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Oct. 15 - Rebekah Schulz (senior student)
  • Friday, Oct. 16 - Richard Leitch (political science)

'Favorite Son' to Perform on Campus... The Gustavus Artist Series is pleased to bring Kurt Elling '89, whom the New York Times has called the "the standout male jazz vocalist of our time," back to Gustavus for his 20th anniversary concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. The site of this concert is the venue where this astounding talent first performed jazz before a live audience, Jussi Björling Recital Hall. For Saturday's performance, Elling is joined by long-time collaborator and musical partner Laurence Hobgood on piano. Bassist Michael Olatuja and drummer Ulysses Owens complete the combo. With Hobgood, Elling has been pushing the boundaries of vocal jazz since they co-produced their first recording, Close Your Eyes, in 1995. In their most recent recording, Dedicated to You, Elling sings the music of John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. In addition to eight Grammy nominations, Elling has been honored with top honors in the Down Beat and Jazz Time readers' polls, four Jazz Journalists Association selections as Best Male Vocalist, and the Prix Billie Holiday from the Academe du Jazz in Paris. Billboard Magazine has selected him as the premiere jazz vocalist for the past ten years. Tickets for his Gustavus concert are available at and at the door.

Campus Music Ensembles Unveiled... Family Weekend events scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11, showcase most of the Department of Music's vocal and instrumental ensembles. The performances are open to the public without charge (although you'll need to pay for your meal at the Jazz Brunch).

  • The worship service in Christ Chapel at 10 a.m. features the Choir of Christ Chapel, the Chapel Ringers, and the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Gustavus Jazz Ensemble entertain at the Jazz Brunch in the Evelyn Young Dining Room, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Finally, the Family Weekend Concert in Christ Chapel at 2 p.m. includes the Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, the Lucia Singers, and the Vasa Wind Orchestra.

'Affluenza' Author Visits... Author, educator, and activist John de Graaf (producer of the PBS documentary and author of the book Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic and executive director of Take Back Your Time) will be on campus Monday, Oct. 12. He will visit several classes, give the homily in daily chapel, and deliver a public address, titled "Taking Back Your Time: For Happiness, Health, Sustainability, and a Purposeful Life," at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Jackson Campus Center.

Sign Up Now for 'Exploring Religious Questions' Minicourse... The third minicourse in the "Exploring Religious Questions" series is a six-week course titled "The U.S. and the Abrahamic Faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam): The Public Role of Religion," taught by Darrell Jodock (religion) with assistance from other professors in the Religion and Political Science Departments. Course sessions will be held on Monday evenings, Oct. 12, 19, & 26 and Nov. 2, 9, & 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The course is for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the impact of religious diversity across the spectrum of traditional differences of the three Abrahamic faiths as well as denominational differences within Christianity. Everyone is welcome; the cost is $30/person (but free for Gustavus students or staff). The deadline was Oct. 7, but if you would still like to attend, contact the Office of Church Relations (507-933-7001) to see if space is still available. The registration form for the series is available online at

Mankato's 'Business After Hours' Here on Tuesday... Gustavus Adolphus College and President Ohle will host the Greater Mankato Growth/Mankato Chamber of Commerce's "Business After Hours" event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Three Crowns Room. Anyone from the Gustavus community with an interest in civic and commercial issues and local business is welcome to attend. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Faculty Shop Talk... Yurie Hong (classics) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2009-10 academic year. Her talk, titled "Classical Conceptions: Ancient and Modern Discourses on Pregnancy and Childbirth," will be presented on Friday, Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lind Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Surplus Sale... A sale of surplus items will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in Building E, Physical Plant Facility, on the west side of campus. On sale are numerous desk/task chairs, desks, and a great deal of Physics Department surplus items including oscilloscopes, electrical/electronic components, etc.

Culturally Relevant Art Education... James Bequette, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, at the University of Minnesota, will visit Gustavus to lecture in the Elementary Education Art Methods class on Monday, Oct. 19. in the Schaefer Art Wing, room 105. His current inquiry in art education centers on Minnesota Native populations and is inspired by 15 years spent teaching in K-12 schools with mostly American Indian students. That practitioner experience along with recent graduate study at Stanford has contributed to his conceptualization of culturally relevant art education theory and practice. All from the campus community are welcome to come and listen.

Bowdoin Classics Professor to Lecture on Campus... Barbara Weiden Boyd, Ph.D., Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College, will lecture on "Example and Imitation: Shared Identity and Living Tradition in Augustan Rome" on Thursday, Oct. 22, 7-8 p.m. in Confer 127. Her visit is sponsored by the Department of Classics. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

The Smell Is in the Air!... Mark your calendars now (to run to or from . . .). Scandian Grove Lutheran Church will hosts its annual Lutefisk Fall Supper on Saturday, Nov. 7. On the menu are meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans, lefse, buns, apple and pumpkin dessert, milk, coffee . . . and the "best" lutefisk around. Come for lunch or dinner—serving times are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Cost is $14 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Scandian Grove is located 10 miles northwest of St. Peter on Hwy 22.


  • G. Howard Mellema, father of Steve Mellema (physics) and father-in-law of Shirley Mellema (arboretum) passed away Oct. 1 at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Grace-Trinity Community Church in Minneapolis (1430 W. 28th St.).

To inform the campus community of the death of a current student, employee, or trustee; an emeritus professor or trustee; or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or Death announcements and funeral notices for students, current and emeritus faculty and employees, and trustees will be sent to the community via written notice from the president, posted on community-l, the official campus-wide e-mail list, and published in the Inside Gustavus or Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in the Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters for this week include the Rev. Darrell Jodock (religion), who will speak on the tension and importance of Israel at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Prague, Minn. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Preaching in Congregations... The Rev. Mary Gaebler (religion) will be preaching at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato, Minn., on Sunday, Oct. 11. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for St. Andrew Lutheran Church from Eden Prairie, Minn., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 15.

Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble of soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).

Telecommunications Updates

Following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2009-10."

  • Marty Braun, custodial, phone: x6029 (addition)
  • Katherine Holmberg, institutional advancement, phone: x6519, e-mail: kholmbe2 (addition)
  • Nancy Mikelson, custodial, phone: x7655 (addition)
  • Britta Nelson, athletics, phone: x7693, e-mail: bnelson2 (addition)
  • Bridget Phillips, admission, phone: x7677 (change)
  • Scott Scholl, athletics, phone: x7693 (addition)
  • Angela Schwartz, custodial, phone: x7655 (addition)

For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe (x6261 or



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 22 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 23 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 24 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
4:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Luther (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Sep 25 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Homecoming Adolphus College Campus
10 a.m. Volleyball at Monmouth (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
noon Volleyball at Coe (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
1 p.m. Football hosts St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Catherine (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1011:59 p.m. Peer Assistants host SNL Arena
Sep 27 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 28 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.


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