Inside Gustavus 

November 5, 2009 | Volume 42, Number 10

Faculty/Staff Activities

Sidonia Alenuma's (education) new book, Race and Educational Reform in America: History, Strategies and Ethnography (Libertyville, Ill.: David Publishing Company, 2009) was published in October and will be available at the Book Mark and on various websites. It is also available as an e-book.

Barbara Bjelland (chapel) is having an art gallery show opening tonight (Thursday, Nov. 5), 5-8 p.m. at the Lake Street location of Corazon Gallery & Gifts in Minneapolis. This show features Barbara's original artwork, prints, and greeting cards. Her show runs through Nov. 22 at the Lake St. location, and Nov. 23-Jan. 15 at Corazon's downtown location. For location and map, see For samples of the artwork in the show, see

María Isabel Kalbermatten (MLLC) presented a paper, titled "¿Por qué los hombres son más irónicos que las mujeres? Diferencias de género en el uso de la ironía en la conversación" (Why are men more ironic than women? Gender differences in the use of verbal irony in conversation), at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium and The Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Language, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 24.

Diane Christensen (library) participated in Walk Up Sessions, part of the 2009 Upper Midwest Ex Libris Users' Group Meeting on Oct. 27. Her topic was "Standing Orders in Library Acquisitions."

Sonja Timmerman (library) presented a session at the MnPALS User Group Meeting, Oct. 28, on how to effectively use new Interlibrary Loan notices to communicate with library patrons.

Student Achievements

Kimberley Sukhum '12 and Karla Marz (biology) presented a poster, “Altered Activity and Nuclear Localization of Hybrids of mCRY1 and mCRY2, Circadian Clock Proteins,” at the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science 2009 Undergraduate Research Symposia, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Their research work during summer 2009 was supported by a Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration Grant. Also presenting posters at the meeting were Katherine Linstrand '10 and Linnea Schmidt '11.

The Gustavus Trombone Choir performed for the Upper Midwest Trombone Summit at UW-Eau Claire last weekend. Members of the choir also performed with members of three other collegiate trombone ensembles and attended a master class by Carl Lenthe of Indiana University. Senior biology major Tom Oelfke performed the first movement of the Grondahl Trombone Concerto during Lenthe's class.

Over Halloween weekend, five members of the Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team—Mary Cunningham, Phil Helt, Sam Hemmerich, C.J. Hunt, and Luke Youngvorst—traveled to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., to compete in the first annual "Match Made in Heaven" Tournament, co-hosted by James Madison University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While small in numbers, the Gusties made up in competitive talent, taking second place in team sweepstakes both days of the swing tournament and placing ahead of teams from George Mason University and California State University-Long Beach, both of which are ranked in the top 10 nationally. 

In the Media

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

  • Barbara Fister (library) was quoted in an Oct. 27 Chronicle of Higher Education story about error-ridden copies of a style guide published by the American Psychological Association.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about upcoming theatre productions on the front page of its Wednesday, Oct. 28, Currents section. Amy Seham (theatre & dance), student Andrea Gullixson, and Sally Morrow, daughter of Terry Morrow (communication studies), were quoted in the story.
  • The Star Tribune printed a story in its Wednesday, Oct. 28, Metro section about the gubernatorial candidates' forum that the College will host on Nov. 9. Gustavus students Amanda McCourt and Sean Tessmer were quoted in the story.
  • The Lutheran magazine printed a story in its November issue about how ELCA schools are surviving during hard economic times. President Ohle was quoted numerous times in the article.
  • The New Ulm Journal printed a story in its Friday, Oct. 30, edition about the gubernatorial candidates' forum that the College will host on Nov. 9.
    * Peg O’Connor (philosophy and GWS studies) was quoted in a Saturday, Oct. 31, Faribault Daily News story about provocative Halloween costumes worn by young women.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Monday, Nov. 2, edition about the Gustavus Honor Band Festival. Doug Nimmo (music) was pictured alongside the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Monday, Nov. 2, edition about St. Peter's new sister city. Jeffrey Rathleff (Community Service Center) was quoted in the story.

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:

  • Overseas Regional Research Fellowships... The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, including at least one that hosts a participating American overseas research center (which are located in mostly non-Western countries). Approximately ten awards of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to scholars. Please see for the locations of these centers and application materials, which must be received by January 15, 2010. Given changing travel restrictions and/or security warnings to many countries, applicants should contact CAORC before preparing a proposal.

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).

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on Nov. 3 and discussed the following items:

  • The spread of influenza-like illness (ILI) continues to slow on campus. The past week brought few new cases to Gustavus, possibly mirroring a recent decline in the local St. Peter community.
  • Vice President for Finance Ken Westphal reported that the 2009-2010 budget is being closely tracked and asked the other vice presidents to keep him informed should any unanticipated budget issues arise.
  • Two replacement positions were approved—Finance Office cashier and a custodian.
  • Public accounting majors are required to take 37.5 course credits for certification purposes instead of the 34 required course credits for graduation. Therefore, students may need to enroll for a ninth semester to graduate. Where applicable, students will be eligible to request financial aid for the additional semester through the usual process.
  • Vice President for Marketing and Communication Gwen Freed reported that the Nobel Conference promotion request for proposals, reviewed and approved by the Cabinet and Nobel Conference Director Chuck Niederriter, will be issued to several firms this week.
  • A request for a new staff position was presented and discussed. This year, as usual, all requests for new positions will be discussed by the Budget Committee before approval by the Cabinet.
  • A request for an administrative leave was discussed and approved per the College’s current policy.

News & Announcements

Faculty Luncheon with the President... Faculty members are invited to join President Ohle 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

Passport Application and Renewal Services Offered... From 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, representatives from the Nicollet County Recorder's Office ( will be accepting and processing passport applications (new and renewals) during the Off-Campus (Study Abroad) Program Fair. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to stop by and use their services. They will be set up next door to the fair in the St. Peter Room. Further information and passport applications can be found at: The County Recorder's office will be equipped to take passport photos at the fair (2 for $12.00), or you can get your passport photos done in Olin Hall Room 032 (2 for $5.00) beforehand and bring them with you.

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. 

Student Organization Information Is Online... If you are interested in additional information on recognized student organizations, including contact information, advisers, membership rosters, constitutions, etc., log onto and LOG IN on the upper-right-hand side of the screen. Any member of the Gustavus community has full access to this regularly updated list of recognized student organizations. For additional information and resources for student organizations please click on the Information and Resources tab. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Junso (ajunso), assistant director of student activities.

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, Nov. 6 - International Day
  • Sunday, Nov. 8 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Nov. 9 - "Sacred Steps": Hayden Duncan (MLLC), "Santiago [Saint James]: Slayer of Moors or Pilgrim?"
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 - "Sacred Steps": Chaplain Brian Johnson, "The Medieval Pilgrimage"
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 - Grady St. Dennis (church Relations)
  • Friday, Nov. 13 - Emily Kuenker, senior student

'Sacred Steps' Exhibition in Chapel... "Sacred Steps on the Camino," an exhibition of 39 photographs, paintings, and sketches by eight North American artists that collectively reflect on the experience of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in on view through Nov. 18 in Christ Chapel. Free and open to the public, the Sacred Steps exhibition can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Other upcoming events scheduled to complement the exhibition include:

  • Holden Evening Prayer, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel.
  • "Sacred Space: The Labyrinth as Pilgrimage," Sunday, Nov. 15, 8-10 p.m. in Alumni Hall (an opportunity to walk a labyrinth; visitors may come and go as they please).

Design Exhibition in Schaefer Gallery... Works by furniture designer, sculptor, and Gustavus alumnus Dean Wilson will be on display in Schaefer Gallery in the Department of Art and Art History beginning today (Thursday, Nov. 5) and running through Nov. 30. An opening reception on Nov. 5 will be preceded by the artist's lecture/discussion in the Fine Arts Lecture Hall at 4:30 p.m. Both the lecture and the exhibition are free and open to the public. Wilson attended Gustavus in the late 1960s before transferring to the sculpture program at the University of Minnesota. Since earning his M.F.A. in sculpture in 1975, he has continued to stretch the boundaries of art and function in furniture design. He currently is professor of furniture design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This exhibition has been organized through the Department of Art and Art History's Alumni Artists in Residence program. Schaefer Gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chill Out... The ninth annual Gustavus Chill-Out and Wellness Fair is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jackson Campus Center banquet rooms. The event, which is open to the entire Gustavus community, offers opportunities to unwind in healthy ways and feel the effects of positive campus community interactions. Spend time in the Relax Room (Presidents Dining Room), get a free massage in the Board Room, visit the many vendors, clubs, and organizations from on and off campus in the Heritage and St. Peter Rooms, enjoy complimentary food, and register to win some great prizes. the event is sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection.

Change for Change... This week the Community Service Center has been leading a drive to collect "Change to Change the World." A change box was set out on the CSC's "square table" to collect spare change on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4 and 5. The CSC will also be represented at the Chill-Out and Wellness Fair on Friday, Nov. 6, to encourage your participation. What difference does your change make? One quarter will buy a half pound of seed to grow food; four quarters will buy a chick to help families start an egg business; eight will pay for a water jug to help carry clean water; 100 will provide materials or fees for a child to attend school; 1,000 will stock a community fish farm. More information is available from the CSC's table at the Chill Out.

Symphony Orchestra's Fall Concert Set for Sunday... The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Gregory Aune, will perform Felix Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony (Symphony No. 5) during its fall concert, Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Sunday's concert begins with works by Beethoven and Wagner. The Gustavus Choir then joins the orchestra to present Nänie by Johannes Brahms. Following intermission, the symphony orchestra marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) with his Symphony No. 5. The concert is open to the public without charge.

Dancing with the Profs... The third annual "Dancing with the Profs" fundraiser will be staged in Alumni hall on Saturday, Nov. 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 and are available from the Student Activities Office. The event, which benefits the local United Way drive, is sponsored by CAB, the Swing Club, and GAC TV.

Gubernatorial Candidates' Forum in Alumni Hall... A nonpartisan forum for officially declared Minnesota gubernatorial candidates will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, in Alumni Hall, 7-8:30 p.m. The candidates will speak about their vision for the state and will take questions from students and the community. Kate Knutson (political science) will serve as moderator. A meet-and-greet reception will follow.

Alumnus to Read on Campus... Hip-hop artist, author, dog trainer, and 1996 graduate Tori Sanzone will visit the campus on Tuesday, Nov. 10, to read from his new book, Wolfkeeper. His presentation is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlson International Center's community room. It is sponsored by the departments of English and Philosophy, the Diversity Center, PASO, CVR, the Office of Admission, and the Sponberg Chair.

Faculty Shop Talk Features Political Science Professor... Alisa Rosenthal (political science) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2009-10 academic year. Her talk, titled "Liberal Bodies: State Coercion, Citizens' Bodies, and Liberal Theory," will be presented on Friday, Nov. 13, 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

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Reminder... Scandian Grove Lutheran Church (10 mi. NW of St. Peter on Hwy. 22) will host its annual Lutefisk Fall Supper on Saturday, Nov. 7. 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.

Team Trevor Benefit... A benefit for Trevor Johnson, who was diagnosed in July with a level 4 glioblastoma (cancerous brain tumor), will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 5 o 9 p.m. at Hooligan's Pub in Mankato (1400 Madison Ave.) After having surgery to remove a large portion of the tumor, Trevor is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Join friends and family for a night of live and silent auctions, music, and food.

Kate’s Kourage Benefit... Kate Siebels, daughter of Mark and Lorie Siebels (marketing & comm.), was diagnosed in August with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She has been undergoing chemotherapy at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. A benefit has been scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Red Men Club (412 S. 3rd St., St. Peter) to assist the family with medical and travel expenses. Scheduled activities include:

  • Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-noon: If you are interested in donating bake sale items for the benefit, you're asked to prepare the items and price them at price categories of $3, $5, or $10. If your item should be priced higher than $10 please submit it to the silent auction (below). Please have all items priced and delivered to the Red Men Club after noon on Dec. 11.
  • Food and Silent Auction, 3:30-8 p.m.: To donate food items, contact Ginny Bakke at or 507-933-7571; auction donations should be given to Ann Volk ( or 933-7577).
  • Bingo, 4-6:30 p.m. (must be 18 or older to play)
  • Raffle for Cash Prizes: Tickets available at the Red Men Club.

Supplemental funding for the food and auction is being provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The volunteer coordinator is Karla O'Gorman; please contact her at or 507-380-6037 if you would like to help at the event. Donations via check should be made out to Thrivent Financial and sent to Dana Lamb (2015 Bunker Lane, St. Peter, 56082; please write "Siebels Benefit" in the memo area).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Bruce Johnson (economics & management), who will address "Sweden - Social Welfare: Could It Work Here?" at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. 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. Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will be preaching at the 9:30 a.m. worship service at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Hopkins, Minn., on Sunday, Nov. 8. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host an adult retreat for Our Saviour's Lutheran Church from East Bethel, Minn., Thursday, Nov. 5. The Retreat Center will also host a prayer team retreat for Lord of Life Lutheran Church from Maple Grove, Minn., on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7. The Office of Church Relations will host a retreat for Christ Lutheran Church from Faribault, Minn., on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7. Church Relations will also host a retreat for Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church from St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7.

'Jesus, Justice, Jazz: The Tour'... This Saturday, Nov. 7, Gustavus will be a regional site for a "next step" experience, "Jesus, Justice, Jazz: The Tour." This event aims to re-inspire the spirit and challenges of the ELCA National Youth Gathering that took place in New Orleans this summer. High school students who attended the gathering will meet at Gustavus for an inspirational keynote speaker, small group discussions, a service-learning project, and a concert with Christian singers Agape, Lost and Found, and Rachel Kurtz. Gustavus students will be involved in facilitating the small-group discussions. The cost for the day is $10 for the public and free for Gustavus students who present their 3 Crowns Card. The schedule for the day is as follows: 10:30 a.m. - registration at Christ Chapel; 11 a.m. - welcome and keynote; noon - lunch and small-group discussion; 1 p.m. - service-learning project (meet at 3 Flags); 2:30 p.m. - concert in Christ Chapel; 4 p.m. - benediction and sending.

Music in Worship... A vocal quartet under the supervision of Patricia Kazarow (music) will sing at the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services at Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Crystal, Minn., Sunday, Nov. 8. Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).



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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