Inside Gustavus 

October 22, 2009 | Volume 42, Number 8

Faculty/Staff Activities

Debra Eckerman Pitton (education) was an invited speaker at "The Edge" Conference at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, Oct. 14-16. Debra gave two talks to participants at the conference, one describing ways to enhance teacher education through the use of mentors and processes for mentor development, the other describing the components of effective middle-level education, a concept new to the provincial educational system. In additional, Debra taught a class of graduate and undergraduate students about middle school philosophy and methodology.

Naomi Quiram (postal services) participated in a meeting with 30 industry leaders across the nation with the Postmaster General, the Executive Committee of the USPS Senior Management, and the Board of Governors on Oct. 13. The purpose of the meeting was to provide leaders of the postal community an opportunity to meet and share ideas on a sustainable model for the 21st century, growth opportunities, and possible legislative change.

Nicole Roberts Hoiland (art & art history) will be exhibiting her sculptures at the Minnesota Women Ceramicist's annual juried show in the Mill District, Minneapolis, Oct. 24-Nov. 15.

Several members of the library faculty and staff participated in the Minnesota Library Association's annual conference in St. Cloud on Oct. 15. Anna Hulseberg and Jeff Jenson presented a session (prepared with Michelle Twait) on "Libraries as Mentoring Communities." Anna Hulseberg and Sarah Monson participated in a session on "Strategic Planning for Electronic Resources Management: Views from the Field."

David Fienen (provost) was a featured presenter at the annual Lectures in Church Music held Oct. 18-20 on the campus of Concordia University Chicago. Fienen presented a workshop (twice) titled "Jan Bender: Lutheran Church Musician in a Century of Turmoil" on Monday. On Tuesday, he played a lecture recital of organ music by Jan Bender (1909-1994) as a centennial tribute. Bender wrote over 2,500 compositions and in his retirement served as composer-in-residence, taught organ, and was associate organist at Christ Chapel 1979-1981. Fienen has published an extensive biographical essay on Bender in a festschrift. That essay, together with a complete annotated catalog of Bender's compositions is also published on Fienen's website at Biographical_Essay.htm The Lectures also celebrated the 80th birthday of Carl Schalk, emeritus faculty member of Concordia and noted composer, author, editor, and scholar of Lutheran church music.

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 Mankato Free Press printed a story about President Ohle and his Twitter account on Wednesday, Oct. 14. President Ohle was quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Wednesday, Oct. 14, newscast about Gustavus education majors spending a day at Mankato's Central High Area Learning Center learning about teaching at-risk students. Amy Vizenor (education) was quoted in the story.
  • The LeSueur News-Herald printed a story about the new brand position, Make Your Life Count, in its Wednesday, Oct. 14, edition. Gwen Freed (marketing & communication) was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the new brand position, the redesigned website, and Commission Gustavus 150 in its Thursday, Oct. 15, edition. Barb Larson Taylor (president’s office) and Gwen Freed (marketing & communication) were quoted
    in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a half page of color photos from Gustavus Homecoming festivities in its Thursday, Oct. 15, edition.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 15, Don Myers (art & art history) recorded a program with Shannon Robinson for KTOE radio's Artcetera program, talking about current and upcoming exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about the new brand position, Make Your Life Count, on its Friday, Oct. 16, newscast. Gwen Freed (marketing & communication) and prospective student Kayla Kampsen were interviewed for the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief about Sierra Krebsbach and Samantha Frank of the women’s tennis team in its Friday, Oct. 16. Sports section.
  • The Star Tribune printed a story about the football team’s 28-21 victory over Carleton in its Sunday, Oct. 18, Sports section.

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:

  • Support for Host Institutions for NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes... The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides grants to support national faculty development programs in the humanities for high school teachers, or college and university faculty. Awards for seminars range from $60,000 to $140,000, and awards for institutes range from $80,000 to $200,000, depending upon the length of the seminar or institute. The tentative deadline for project directors to submit an application is March 2, 2010, for a project beginning in summer 2011. Updated guidelines will be posted early this winter; in the meantime, interested faculty can refer to last year’s program announcement at

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

Position Openings

  • Full-time custodian (physical plant)

For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304).


News & Announcements

Encourage Students to Apply for Scholarship... Applications are now available for the Patricia Lindell Scholarship. The scholarship, established through the generosity of Gustavus Library Associates, awards a junior or senior student $1,200 to undertake a research project for the Gustavus library. This year's project focuses on how undergraduates utilize space in academic libraries. During spring semester 2010, the recipient of the scholarship will work with Assistant Professor Julie Gilbert to design and execute an ethnographic study exploring the use of space in our library; the study will ultimately provide insight into the ways the library can better meet the needs of Gustavus students. To apply, pick up an application at the library circulation desk and complete by Nov. 9. Questions? Contact Julie Gilbert at or x7552.

Tuition Benefits Explained... Kirk Carlson (financial aid) and Richard Aune (admission) will present information about admission, tuition benefit, and tuition exchange options Friday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Board Room. All employees with current high school juniors or seniors are encouraged to attend. Contact Kirk Carlson (x6362 or if you have questions.

Administrators' Meeting... As part of the administration's efforts to encourage open communication across the campus, a meeting for all administrators is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29, 3-4 p.m., in the Three Crowns Room. This session will provide an opportunity for President Ohle to give an update on the state of the College and time for interaction and sharing ideas.

Gustavus After Hours... On Monday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. in the atrium area of the Nobel Hall of Science, 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. 

Faculty Luncheon with the President... President Ohle is pleased to invite faculty members to join him for a luncheon forum this fall. This event will provide an opportunity for interaction and a time for sharing ideas. The luncheon will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in the Presidents Dining Room. RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 11, 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. 23 - Interreligious Observance: Florence Amamoto (English)
  • Sunday, Oct. 25 - NO SERVICE, Reading Break
  • Monday, Oct. 26 - NO CHAPEL, Reading Break
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 - NO CHAPEL, Reading Break
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 - GACAC Service Award: Susan Alexis '71
  • Friday, Oct. 30 - Founders Day: Mark Anderson (admission & fin. aid), homilist; President Ohle, awards presentation

Classics Lecture Tonight... 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" tonight (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.

Welcome Mexican Delegation... International guests from Petatlán, Mexico, are in St. Peter exploring a sister-city relationship and will make a presentation of their community for Gustavus faculty, staff, and students. Hear their impressions of St. Peter. Hear impressions of Petatlán from St. Peter community members who visited there earlier this month. The presentation takes place tonight (Thursday, Oct. 22) in the Interpretive Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy appetizers and beverages and entertainment by the Flood Plains Four or More! Follow the Sister City Blog at Then, on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Senior Center of the St. Peter Community Center, there will be a joint public presentation by the Petatlán delegation and the delegation from St. Peter that recently went to Petatlán. Come hear about the recently matched sister cities and how they plan to maintain their relationship. Light refreshments will be provided.

Service Award to be Presented... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations will present its 2009 Service Award to Susan Alexis '71 during chapel services on Thursday, Oct. 29. for the past 13 years, Alexis has provided interpreting services for the interdenominational Volunteers in Medical Missions (VIMM) in Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Trio of Plays Opens Theatre Season... The Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2009-10 Anderson Theatre season with a trio of short but spellbinding plays: Caryl Churchill’s Far Away and Seven Jewish Children, and Deb Margolin’s Seven Palestinian Children. Performances of the plays, which are directed by Amy Seham (theatre & dance), will be held Oct. 30 and 31 and No. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances on Nov. 1 and 7 at 2 p.m. Far Away is a comical, bizarre, and lively play with an intriguingly serious undertone. Churchill uses a child’s nightmare, an office romance, and a parade of designer hats to challenge us to look more closely at our own actions. Seven Jewish Children was written by Churchill in response to the Israeli incursions into Gaza in 2008-2009. In seven scenes, adult characters urgently discuss how to teach Jewish children (who are never seen on stage) about important events and violence in Jewish history. Since it opened at London’s Royal Court in January 2009, this 10-minute play has been so controversial that many other plays have since been written in response. One of these is Seven Palestinian Children, written by respected American playwright Deb Margolin in a similar format, which gives a fascinating account from a different perspective in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gustavus's social justice theatre class will be performing in Seven Jewish Children with faculty members Mary Gaebler (religion) and Laurent Déchery (MLLC), while Seven Palestinian Children will be performed by seven female Gustavus students. Because of the provocative nature of the plays, talk-back sessions will be held after every performance with the director and cast, led by members of the Curriculum II theatre arts course in dramaturgy. Tickets are available through the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-933-7590) at $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, with Gustavus students and staff able to obtain a ticket free of charge. Tickets not purchased in advance may be purchased at the Anderson Theatre Box Office beginning one hour prior to curtain. **NOTE: Ticket prices refer to Far Away only. In accordance with requirements set by playwrights Churchill and Margolin, admission to the two "children" plays is FREE. These plays will begin after a break approximately one hour after Far Away begins. Donations are requested to Medical Aid for Palestinians and to the One Israel Fund. 

Classroom Technology Is Topic of Next Faculty Shop Talk... Daniel Moos (education) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2009-10 academic year. His talk, titled "Technology in the Classroom: Frustration Meets Theory," will be presented on Friday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Pompeii: Fact vs. Film... Martin Winkler, Ph.D., University Professor of Classics at George Mason University and an internationally recognized expert in classics and film studies, will visit Gustavus to present a lecture titled "The Last Days of Pompeii: From Fact to Fiction to Film." His lecture is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Winkler's visit is part of the College's Lecture Series and is sponsored by the departments of Classics, Art and Art History, and Communication Studies; Curriculum II; and the film studies unit of the Department of English.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Creation Care Workshop... There's still time to pre-register for the Creation Care Workshop being offered by First Lutheran Church (1114 W. Traverse Rd.). The workshop will be held Sunday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church. Presenters will be Pat Benson, Creation
Care coordinator with Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota, and J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director with Fresh Energy. The workshop is free and open to the public. RSVP to or phone 507-934-3060 by Monday, Oct. 26.

Luuutefisk!... Scandian Grove Lutheran Church (10 mi. NW of St. Peter on Hwy. 22) will host 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 lutefisk. 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.


  • Donald Wahlund, father of Dean Wahlund (marketing & communication), passed away on Thursday, Oct. 15. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Dr. Wahlund served most of his career as superintendent of finance for the Minneapolis Public Schools. He was 87. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at Hope Presbyterian Church in Richfield (7132 Portland Ave. S.). Memorials are preferred to Camp Ojibway of Hope Presbyterian Church.
  • Kathleen Hamrum, wife of the late biology professor Charles Hamrum, who taught at Gustavus for 39 years (1949-1988), died on Oct. 19, at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter. She was 87. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter (511 S. 5th St.), followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to the Charles L. Hamrum Scholarship Endowment at Gustavus are preferred.

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 Mary Solberg (religion), who will be giving her talk, "Whatever Happened to Martin Luther? A Fresh Look," at 9:50 a.m. at Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield, Minn., Sunday, Oct. 25. 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.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Christ Lutheran Church from Faribault, Minn., Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24. Church Relations will also host a confirmation retreat for Peace Lutheran Church from Bloomington, Minn., Friday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 25.

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

Facility Hours

Library Hours for Reading Days... Friday, Oct. 23 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. ; Saturday, Oct. 24 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ; Sun., Oct. 25 - noon-6 p.m. ; Mon., Oct. 26 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. ; Tues., Oct. 27 - 8 a.m.-1 a.m.

Health Service Closed during Reading Break... The Student Health Service office will be closed Oct. 26 and 27.

Telecommunications Updates

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

  • Ethan Armstrong, sports information, phone: x8411, e-mail: earmstr2 (addition)
  • John Grabow, sports information, phone: x8411 (deletion)

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


For Rent... New three-room apt. with wood-burning fireplace, private sun deck overlooking wooded creek and gardens. $700/mo. including utilities. Heated garage optional. References required. For appt., call Jeff at 507-248-3719.

Kitties for the Taking... Junior student Katie Winkelman writes, "I found a pair of little orange kittens and need to find a home for them ASAP.  I am having them fostered for the time being, but I need to find a home for them by Friday [Oct. 23] because my mom will kill me if I bring home more cats.  I'm wondering if someone you know would be interested in adopting them. They are the sweetest little kitties! Please let me know as soon as you can! I'm desperate to find them a good home and the shelters are overflowing." If you are or know the perfect home, contact Katie by e-mail at

For Sale... Toro 1028 PowerShift Snow Blower. Electric Start, 10 hp, 4-cycle Tecumseh engine; 28" clearing with breaker bar. Light kit, 4 forward gears, 2 reverse, wheels can automatically rotate to the rear creating a lower center of gravity that's great for packed or heavy snow. Purchased in 2000 but barely used since 2004. $800 or best offer takes it. Contact Michelle or Tyson at 934-6748 for more information.

For Rent... One-bedroom, furnished apartment across from Minnesota Square Park. Available Nov. 1. Contact Craig Nelson '70 at for more information. Online pictures are available.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and/or services to others in the community, or seek the same from them. It is not meant to accommodate ads or announcements from area businesses such as real estate agents or retailers, although from time to time such announcements may be published when deemed to be of particular interest to the community.


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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