Inside Gustavus 

November 19, 2009 | Volume 42, Number 12

Faculty/Staff Activities

Jill Fischer (CICE) attended an International Educators' professional conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 11-15. The conference, sponsored by CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, was titled "Cultivating Culture: Local Foundations, Global Perspectives." Jill participated in a pre-conference workshop, "Advising Identity in Education Abroad," made a site visit to Koç University, one of Gustavus's approved study-abroad program sites, and attended a variety of conference sessions on current education-abroad research and theory, as well as best practices in the field.

Chad Winterfeldt (music) performed a noontime organ recital at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth on Thursday, Nov. 12. The half-hour recital was sponsored by the St. Barnabas Center for the Arts, a ministry of the church. Part of the half-hour program featured works by Dr. Paul Manz, who died Oct. 28. Chad will return to the Twin Cities on Tuesday, Nov. 24, to perform a noontime recital at the Church of St. Louis, King of France, in downtown St. Paul. The program will feature selected movements from La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of Our Lord) by Olivier Messiaen; this program is especially suited to the French-style instrument housed in the historic space.

Bob Weisenfeld (corp. & foundation relations) has accepted an invitation to serve on a six-person Leadership Team to plan the 2010 national CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Conference for Corporate & Foundation Relations Officers, to be held in San Francisco in June 2010. Other members of the Leadership Team include colleagues from Cal-Berkeley, Cornell University, Lewis & Clark College, Stanford University, and UCLA. At the 2009 CASE conference in New York last June, Bob was co-facilitator of a half-day Affinity Session discussion involving colleagues from liberal arts colleges throughout the country.

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 Gaylord Hub printed a story about the gubernatorial candidates' forum in its Thursday, Oct. 29, edition.
  • posted a news brief about the Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine rankings and mentioned Gustavus on Thursday, Nov. 5.
  • The Minnesota Daily printed a story on Tuesday, Nov. 10, about the gubernatorial candidates' forum.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Tuesday, Nov. 10, about the gubernatorial candidates' forum.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about the Kiplinger
    Personal Finance
    magazine rankings that included Gustavus for "best value." President Ohle was quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, Nov. 12, edition about the Choreographers' Gallery concert presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed news briefs about Little Gusties, student music ensemble performances, and the Dean Wilson art furniture exhibition in its Thursday, Nov. 12, edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a feature story about football
    player Matt Knutson in its Thursday, Nov. 12, Sports section. Knutson was quoted in the story.
  • Barbara Fister (library) wrote an article about the state of
    libraries that appeared on on Thursday, Nov. 12.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Saturday, Nov. 15, edition about the gubernatorial candidates' events hosted by Gustavus and Minnesota State Mankato.
  • The Fargo Forum printed a story in its Sunday, Nov. 15, edition about the football team’s 20-19 victory over Concordia. Student-athlete Greg Lane was quoted in the story.
  • The Star Tribune printed an editorial by Terry Morrow
    (communication studies) on Monday, Nov. 16, about media members using partisan labels. Gustavus was mentioned in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Monday, Nov. 16, edition about the Kiplinger Personal Finance rankings for "best value." President Ohle and Mark Anderson (admission) were both quoted in the story.
  • Freelance writer Maggie Koerth Baker posted a story on on Monday, Nov. 16, on this year’s Nobel Conference. The story focused on Asit Biswas's lecture.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Monday, Nov. 1,6 about Hunger and Homelessness Week at Gustavus. Student Derek Ikeogu was interviewed for 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:

  • Travel Funding for Literature, Film/Video, and Dance... The Jerome Foundation’s Travel and Study Grant Program awards grants to emerging creative artists including writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and spoken word; film and video artists; and choreographers. Awards range from up to $1,500 for travel of three to six days to up to $5,000 for trips of one week or longer. The anticipated deadline is mid-February. Guidelines (which should only be used only for reference) may be found at /C~Travel_and_Study/Default.aspx.

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 Support Staff

  • Adan Hussein, custodian (Physical Plant)


President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on Nov. 16 and 17 and discussed the following items:

  • The Commission Gustavus 150 recommendations were discussed by the vice presidents, and plans for monitoring and implementing the recommendations will continue to be regularly on the Cabinet’s agenda. The Cabinet continued its discussion of general strategy for developing the implementation plans and the importance of involving faculty and staff in the development of those plans. Members also discussed the assignment of responsibility for specific action steps within and across divisions.
  • Continued progress toward realizing the Board-approved 2009-10 institutional goals was discussed.
  • Vice President Westphal reviewed the new IRS procedures for expense reporting and documentation.
  • Two custodial replacement positions were approved. 

News & Announcements

No 'Inside Gustavus' Next Week... Due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 26 and 27, Inside Gustavus will not be published on Thursday, Nov. 26. The next publication date is Dec. 3.

'Attention, Market Place Shoppers'... No, not a "Blue Light Special" in Housewares . . . but sort of related. The Dining Service is trying to track down about 400 white stoneware coffee mugs that have wandered away since Sept. 1. Replacements have been ordered but won't arrive before Thanksgiving, so if you happen to have a mug or two in your office, in your apartment, in your residence hall room . . . kindly return it/them to Evelyn's Dining room so they can be used by others (and you) again. And, as long as you are dropping off the mugs, how about grabbing the GustieWare too? Some 3,000 sets are "somewhere" other than in the Market Place. That's a $12,000 investment—replacements aren't being ordered anytime soon, so let's each do what we can to put the program back in play.

Call for Ushers... Ushers are still being sought for all Christmas in Christ Chapel services (Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.). Volunteers need to be at Christ Chapel 90 minutes before the service starts and may stay for the service or leave once the service begins. This is a great option for getting into a service if you forgot to order a ticket. If interested, contact Dana (x7550 or dlamb) or Lorie (x7520 or lsiebels) at your earliest convenience.

A Holiday Baking Assist... The Dining Service is once again offering to help Gustavus community members with their Thanksgiving baking. To order pies, breads, and rolls, pick up a form in the Market Place. Orders and payments were to be received at the Dining Service office by Wednesday, Nov. 18, but you still might be able to place an order if you sweet-talk Steve (or return some GustieWare—see above). Students may pick up ordered items between noon and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from tables set up outside the entrance to the Evelyn Young Dining Room; faculty, administration, and staff may pick up their orders between noon and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

New 'Make Your Life Count' Website and Facebook Page... Gustavus has created a new "Make Your Life Count" website that includes a variety of feature stories exemplifying the College's new brand position launched last month. The stories celebrate Gustavus students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, and organizations. The website may be accessed from the Gustavus homepage by clicking on the "Make Your Life Count" brandline (in the upper right hand corner) or by visiting The Make Your Life Count stories are also posted on a new Facebook page. Consider becoming a fan or even sharing your own Gustavus story. When new feature stories are published, they will be communicated on the Gustavus News Twitter and you may also subscribe (on the Make Your Life Count website) to receive e-mail updates. To submit a Make Your Life Count story suggestion, click on the "Submit your story" link or e-mail the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at Contact Stacia Vogel (, x6395) with comments or questions.

2010 International Photo Contest Calendar Now Available... Winning and honorable mention photographs from the 2009 International Photo Contest recently mounted in Linner Lounge are featured in the recently released 2010 International Photo Contest calendar. Purchase calendars now ($8 each), either at The Center for International and Cultural Education office or the Book Mark. Calendars may be reserved by calling Linda at x7545 or e-mailing your quantity to Proceeds from calendar sales go to CICE's study-abroad scholarship fund.

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. 

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. 20 - Doug Huff (philosophy)
  • Sunday, Nov. 22 - Christ the King Sunday: Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Nov. 23 - Mimi Gerstbauer (political science)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24 - Taizé
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 - NO CHAPEL, Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, Nov. 26 - NO CHAPEL, Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, Nov. 27 - NO CHAPEL, Thanksgiving Break
  • Sunday, Nov. 29 - NO SERVICE, Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, Nov. 30 - Darrell Jodock (religion)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 - TBA
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Dec. 3 - TBA
  • Friday, Dec. 4 - TBA

Choreographers' Gallery This Weekend... The Department of Theatre and Dance presents its 2009 Choreographer’s Gallery, New Horizons, in Anderson Theatre Nov. 19, 20, and 21 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. . The dance concert, directed by Melissa Rolnick, features 11 student choreographers and more than 40 dancers. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at 507-933-7590. Reserved seating tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for Gustavus students and staff.

International Festival... On Friday, Nov. 20, the International Cultures Club sponsors its International Festival in Alumni Hall. The festival is an annual event featuring music, dancing, cultural displays, world cuisines, and a fashion show. All are welcome. "Country" tables with ethnic food samples open at 6 p.m. Performances begin at 7 p.m.

Wind Orchestras Combine for Concert... The Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras' fall concert will be presented Friday, Nov. 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. This annual performance brings the College’s two wind orchestras, both conducted by Douglas Nimmo (music), to Christ Chapel for a combined concert of compositions written or arranged for concert band. The Vasa Wind Orchestra opens the concert with several selections and, following a short break to reset the stage, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra starts the second half with the five-movement Othello by Alfred Reed. The two ensembles join forces to conclude the evening’s concert with Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Kevin Kling Returns... Nationally known playwright, storyteller, and author Kevin Kling will read from his latest book, Kevin Kling's Holiday Inn, on Friday, Nov. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. His appearance is sponsored by the Book Mark, Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, St. Peter Reads, and Friends of the St. Peter Public Library and is open to the public without charge. Copies of his books, The Dog Says How and Holiday Inn, will be available for purchase. For more information about this event, contact Judy Schultz in the Book Mark at 507-933-6017 or

Gustavus Jazz Saturday... The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble, both directed by Steve Wright (music), present their combined fall concert Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public. The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble opens the evening's performance with two jazz standards; "Blue Train," by John Coltrane, and "Body and Soul," written by John Green. Fresh from a performance for Gustavus Library Associates' guests at this year's A Royal Affair, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band continues the concert with selections from their performances at the Nobel Conference and Family Weekend.

Hmong New Year... The Crossroads Program and the Asian Cultures Club are sponsoring a Hmong New Year celebration on Nov. 22, 6-9 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Come for traditional food, a fashion show, traditional performances, a raffle drawing for a $50 gift card, and other activities, and to listen to speaker Lee Pao Xiong.

Recital Celebrates Mendelssohn's 200th... Piano duettists Helen and Paul Baumgartner (music, emeriti) will present an all-Mendelssohn recital Sunday, Nov. 22, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. This program includes only works written by Felix Mendelssohn or his sister Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix. It is free and open to the public. A reception for the recitalists will be served in the recital hall lobby following the performance.

New Exhibitions Open in Hillstrom Museum... The concurrent exhibitions Connected with Water (Paintings by Gudrun Westerlund) and Swedish-American Works from the Hillstrom Collection will be on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art from Nov. 23, 2009, through January 29, 2010. There will be an opening reception for the exhibitions on Monday, Nov. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Swedish artist Gudrun Westerlund will be in attendance and will make informal comments on her paintings and also guide a tour of her exhibition on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m. in the Museum. The tour and the reception the evening before are free and open to the public. Connected with Water is presented with the support of a generous grant from the Swedish Council of America, headquartered in Minneapolis. The exhibition is also supported with generous assistance from the Scandinavian Studies program of Gustavus Adolphus College. Concurrent with Connected with Water, the Museum is presenting a selection of Swedish-American Works from the Hillstrom Collection, including works by Dewey Albinson (1898-1971), B.J.O. Nordfeldt (1878-1955), John F. Carlson (1874-1945), Henry Mattson (1887-1971), Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), and Carl Sprinchorn (1887-1971). The Museum’s regular hours are weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and weekends, 1-5 p.m. See the Museum’s website at for additional information, including limited hours during the holiday breaks.

AIDS Activist to Visit Campus... Kevin Winge, the executive director of Open Arms of Minnesota and author of Never Give Up: Vignettes from Sub-Saharan Africa in the Age of AIDS, will be on campus Monday, Dec. 7, and will give a public presentation, "Nourishing Social Change: Everyday Acts that Impact the World," at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Banquet Room of the Jackson Campus Center. While on campus he will also visit several classes, offer the homily in Chapel, and be available for informal conversations with students and employees throughout the day. As part of his 2002 Bush Leadership Fellowship, Kevin earned his master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and worked in South Africa, establishing programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. Based in Minneapolis, Kevin travels and speaks extensively on the subject of HIV/AIDS and the national and international disparities in access to health care, and makes frequent trips to South Africa where he continues his work to educate and bring hope to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

'The Amazing Castle' Exhibition Opening... Tonight (Thursday, Nov. 19), bring the entire family to help celebrate the grand opening of The Amazing Castle, a 2,000-square-foot traveling exhibition from Minnesota Children’s Museum now mounted at Madison East Shopping Center in Mankato. The Amazing Castle will be open to visitors starting Nov. 27 and continuing through early May 2010 for $3 per visitor over the age of one year or by purchasing a $35 family membership for unlimited visits. The grand opening event is free and runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Madison East, with memberships available for purchase at that time. Gustavus developmental psychology students will be presenting exhibits at the museum's Amazing Castle grand opening.

Holiday Fare... Join the Arts Center of Saint Peter for this year's Holiday Fare, taking place Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Saint Peter Community Center (Senior Center, Suite 219). The event will offer a selection of artwork from regional artisans and the opportunity to purchase home-baked favorites such as pie, cookies, and lefse. This event is free and open to the public. All donations, and a portion of the proceeds, go to benefit the Arts Center.

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, 5-9 p.m. at Hooligan's Pub in Mankato (1400 Madison Ave.). Join friends and family for a night of live and silent auctions, music, and food.

Echo's at Kato Ballroom... Yes, we know the name is not spelled correctly, but the music is good and it's always fun to dance the night away. The Echo's Big Band will be performing at the Kato Ballroom (200 Chestnut St., Mankato) on Friday, Nov. 27, 7:30-10:30 p.m. It's only $5 at the door and the bar will be open. Gusties in the Echo's include saxophonists Tom Thorkelson (Lund, ret.), Don Myers (art & art history/Hillstrom), and Nancy Baker (HES, emerita); trumpeter Tim Robinson (psychology); trombonist Kirk Beyer (human resources); and Al Behrends (marketing & communication) on bass.


  • Ellie and Stewart Flory (classics, emeritus) announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Marleen, who was born on Oct. 26.

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will be preaching at the 7:30 a.m. worship service at United Lutheran Church in Red Wing, Minn., Sunday, Nov. 22. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Hosanna Lutheran Church from Rochester, Minn., Friday, Nov. 20. Church Relations will also host a retreat for Mount Olivet Lutheran Church's Chancel Choir from Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21. The Mount Olivet retreat will include programming provided by Gustavus Youth Outreach.

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

Facility Hours

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break... Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Wednesday, Nov. 25 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. ; Thursday, Nov. 26-Saturday, Nov. 28 - CLOSED; Sunday, Nov. 29 - 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Lund Center Holiday Hours... Tuesday, Nov. 24 - 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 25 - 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 26-Saturday, Nov. 28 - CLOSED; Sunday, Nov. 29 - noon-10 p.m. (Please check at the Red Desk for pool and weight room hours during the break).


Two Vehicles for Sale... Vehicle #1: 2001 Volvo S40 1.9T, $4,900 Details: 100,000 miles, extended warranty included through July 2011 or 109,350 miles. Timing belt, water pump, front brakes, and trans flush all completed at 98,000 miles. Vehicle #2: 1999 Chevy Tahoe LT, $4,500 Details: 115,500 miles, leather, rear A/C, heated seats, power front seats, AM/FM/cassette/CD player. Contact Tyler at 507-469-8425 or 952-994-4550, or Kathy at x6514.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
Tomorrow 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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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.
Sep 29 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.
Oct 5 Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, 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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