Inside Gustavus 

December 3, 2009 | Volume 42, Number 13

Faculty/Staff Activities

On Nov. 15 and 22 Darrell Jodock (religion) gave two presentations to the adult forum at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn., on the topic "What's at Stake for Lutherans in the Controversies about Evolution?"

Julie Gilbert and Anna Hulseberg (both library) presented at the 9th annual "Brick and Click" Libraries Symposium on Nov. 6 in Maryville, Mo. Their presentation, "Collection Development in Tight Economic Times: A Homegrown Workflow Analysis Program," explored the changing nature of library work and presented two projects the Gustavus library has undertaken to meet those challenges. Their paper was also published in the conference proceedings.

David Fienen (provost) was the featured soloist in Joseph Haydn's Organ Concerto in C with the American Kantorei Orchestra on the series "Bach at the Sem" at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, on Sunday, Nov. 15. David played this same concerto with the same conductor, Robert Bergt, as part of his master's degree at the Seminary 40 years ago!

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 St. Peter Herald printed a feature story about Gustavus football player Matt Miller in its Thursday, Nov. 19, edition. Miller was quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about the new exhibitions on display at the Hillstrom Museum of Art in its Thursday, Nov. 19, edition.
  • Bob Douglas (geography) had a letter to the editor printed in the Mankato Free Press on Thursday, Nov. 19, regarding Minnemishinona Falls.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a season preview story about the Gustavus women's basketball team in its Thursday, Nov. 19, Sports section. Head coach Mickey Haller and student-athlete Brianna Radtke were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a season preview story about the Gustavus men's basketball team in its Thursday, Nov. 19, Sports section. Head coach Mark Hanson and student-athlete Jesse Van Sickle were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a season preview story about the Gustavus men's hockey team in its Friday, Nov. 20, Sports section. Head coach Brett Petersen and student-athlete Joe Welch were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a season preview story about the Gustavus women's hockey team in its Friday, Nov. 20, Sports section. Head coach Mike Carroll and student-athlete Melissa Mackley were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Friday, Nov. 20, Currents section about Kevin Kling's appearance at Gustavus. Kling and Al Behrends (marketing & comm.) were quoted in the story.
  • The Sioux Falls Argus Leader printed a letter to the editor on Monday, Nov. 23, about global warming that mentioned Gustavus and the Nobel Conference.
  • KEYC-TV mentioned Gustavus and alumnus Kurt Elling in a story on Tuesday, Nov. 24, about the State Dinner at the White House.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Christmas in Christ Chapel in its Thursday, Nov. 26, edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a feature story about Gustavus football player Jason Hankins in its Thursday, Nov. 26, Sports section. Hankins is quoted in the story.
  • An article on new high-speed printing equipment purchased for the College's Printing Services appeared in the November issue of In-Plant Graphics magazine. Director Brad Johnson was quoted in the article, and a photo was included.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about Christmas in Christ Chapel in its Tuesday, Dec. 1, Currents section.
  • Gustavus and its a la carte dining service meal plan were mentioned in a Dec. 1 story about obesity among college students. The story mentioned that the College has cut its food waste by 80 percent.
  • Heather Dale (health services) was quoted in the November/December edition of University Business in a story regarding H1N1 at colleges and universities.
  • First-year student Ally Voss's letter to the editor—submitted as part of a class assignment for her FTS, taught by Richard Leitch (political science)—was published in the "Nation" section of USA Today (p. 22A) on Dec. 1.

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:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes... The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) annually offers faculty opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes. The available stipends for travel, books, research, and other living expenses are $2,100 (two weeks), $2,700 (three weeks), $3,300 (four weeks), $3,900 (five weeks), or $4,500 (six weeks). Requests for application materials or additional information are made directly to the director of the respective seminar or institute. The application deadline is March 2, 2010. The list of seminars and institutes for summer 2010, including contact information and dates of each project, is available at

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

Position Openings

  • Part-time custodian-weekday mornings (physical plant)
  • Part-time custodian-weekend mornings (physical plant)

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

News & Announcements

St. Lucia Court Named... The Guild of St. Lucia proudly announces the 2009 Court of St. Lucia: Mary Dierkes, Jennifer Fox, Rebecca Hohag, Whitney O'Connell, Colleen Peterson, and Anna Swenson. Please vote for St. Lucia on Monday, Dec. 7, or Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Evelyn Young Dining Room. Lucia Day is Dec. 10 this year. The Court of St. Lucia will be caroling in the residence halls beginning at 5 a.m. The Festival of St. Lucia will be marked at 10 a.m. in chapel with a service that includes a procession of the court and the sons and daughters of faculty and staff members as star children.

In the Event of a School Closing or Delay... Now that we've had our first snowfall, it seems like a good time to remind the community of the College's policies and procedures in response to inclement weather conditions. When College facilities will be closed or classes delayed or canceled during a work day due to inclement weather conditions, announcements will be made as soon as possible via campus communications as well as on the following media:

  • WCCO radio, television, and Web, Twin Cities (830 AM, Ch. 4, and
  • KEYC-TV (CBS/Fox), Mankato (Ch. 12 and
  • KRBI (105.5 FM or
  • KEEZ (99.1 FM or
  • KQYK (95.7 FM or
  • KYSM (103 FM or
  • KNUJ radio, New Ulm (860 AM/107.3 FM or

If the College makes the decision to close, individuals will be paid for regularly scheduled hours for that day. If the College remains open but individuals choose to leave early due to inclement weather, the time off should be taken as unpaid leave, vacation, or PTO time with supervisor approval. Factors that influence the College's decision to delay or cancel classes include the following: expected precipitation, road conditions, visibility, and wind-chill factor. Be aware that the College's decision to delay/cancel may differ from area K-12 schools; Gustavus is influenced by the needs of the more than 2,000 students who live in campus housing, as contrasted with different factors and conditions at K-12 schools (e.g., busing, young children, etc.).

Still Seeking Ushers... Ushers are still being sought for Christmas in Christ Chapel services this weekend (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 would 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.

Parking Enforcement Changes for This Weekend... The Lund parking lot and the Norelius Visitor parking lot will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 6, due to Christmas in Christ Chapel and the President's Dinner. With the exception of the Visitor lots, all parking lots will be considered "open parking" this weekend. Vehicles may be parked in any red, yellow, or green parking space without regard to permit color Friday, Dec. 4, until Sunday, Dec. 6. Overnight parking will still be enforced: green and yellow lots are posted for no parking 2-7 a.m., and Visitor permits are required to park after 2 a.m. in Visitor parking. Contact Campus Safety at x8809 with any questions.

Test of Gustavus's Emergency Communication System... Sometime this afternoon (Thursday, Dec. 3) by 3 p.m., the College will conduct a routine test of its emergency mass communication system. In the event of an actual campus emergency, timely communication can make a critical difference to health and safety. To this end, we must test our mass communication systems and protocols. If you have shared your emergency contact data with the College, you will receive automated voice and text messages via landline phones, mobile phones, and e-mail. Your off-campus emergency contacts will not be included in this exercise. You will not need to take any action in response to the test communications that you receive. If you have not already done so, please take this opportunity to enter or update your contact information in Gustavus's password-protected emergency communication database: We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation on Thursday afternoon. If you have any questions before or after the test, contact Lisa Octigan (eoctigan) in the Office of Campus Safety.

Support Staff Employees Honored... The following support staff employees will be recognized for years of service at the annual Staff Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

  • Retirees: Janet Jensen (library/theatre & dance), Sue McClain (Book Mark), Benjamin Zieske (custodial)
  • 45 Years of Service: Sandy Grochow (finance office)
  • 40 Years: Robert Hahn (physical plant)
  • 30 Years: Sue Myrha (residential life), Richard Walter (physical plant)
  • 25 Years: Ginny Bakke (library), Janine Genelin (classics/philosophy/political science/religion), Linda Gibbs (custodial), Karen Kepka (custodial)
  • 20 Years: Vicky Domras (postal service), Tracy Glass (physical plant), David Klein (Campus Safety), Sheila Volk (Dining Service)
  • 15 Years: Dale Flemming (physical plant), Chad Grisim (physical plant), Phyllis Kuhlman (registrar), Thomas O'Brien (custodial), Marshall Powell (physical plant), Sheryl Youngblom (institutional advancement)
  • 10 Years: Lynn Beaty (custodial), Chris Blaschko (physical plant), Stephen Brown (Dining Service), Richard Dahn (custodial), Mary Koch (Book Mark), Julia Krenik (Dining Service), Daniel Rosin (Campus Safety), Gerald Stransky (Dining Service)
  • 5 Years: Michael Boelter (custodial), Cheryl Brown (institutional advancement), Sharon Gaalswyk (Dining Service), Stacy Hahn (admission), Russell Nachreiner (Dining Service), Linda Reuben (custodial), Lorie Siebels (marketing & communication), Kyhl Thomson (Dining Service), Jeremy Walter (physical plant), Gerald Willaert (physical plant)

Nominate a Book for 'Reading in Common'... The New Student Orientation program invites you to nominate books for consideration for the 2010-11 Reading in Common program. A selection committee of faculty, staff, and students will meet for the first time in the next few weeks to begin the months-long process of reading and debating the merits of many great books! Go to Reading in Common and scroll to the bottom of the page to find a list of past titles, criteria we look for in books, and a suggestion form. The deadline to submit is Friday, Dec. 4. This link is active year-round, so if you come across a great book at any point in the year you can nominate it and it will be saved for the next year. The Reading in Common program, which is now entering its second decade at Gustavus, has supported the Global Insight focus the past few years and this is a consideration, though not a requirement, when choosing a book. Next year's Global Insight focus is food/nutrition.

Holiday Schedule Reminder... Due to the way the Christmas and New Year holidays fall on the calendar this year, the College will be officially closed from Dec. 24 until Jan. 3. The following holidays and floating holidays will be observed for Christmas and New Year:

  • Floating Holiday - Thursday, Dec. 24
  • Christmas Holiday - Friday, Dec. 25
  • Floating Holiday - Monday, Dec. 28
  • Floating Holiday - Tuesday, Dec. 29
  • Floating Holiday - Wednesday, Dec. 30
  • Floating Holiday - Thursday, Dec. 31
  • New Year's Day Holiday - Friday, Jan. 1, 2010

Grant a Wish... The Angel Tree is up in the Jackson Campus Center outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room. This is your opportunity to help a St. Peter area child in need by granting one special Christmas wish. The Angel Tree was started 12 years ago by a Peer Assistant, and has grown throughout the years to service approximately 200 children. You can participate by taking an "angel ornament" from the tree, purchasing a gift, and returning the wrapped gift to the Peer Assistant Office. If you don't have time to shop and would like to support this effort, monetary donations are also helpful for purchasing gifts for unreturned requests. For more information, please call Deb Reichel at x7607.

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, Dec. 4 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Sunday, Dec. 6 - Javen Swanson '06
  • Monday, Dec. 7 - AIDS activist and author Kevin Winge, executive director of Open Arms of Minnesota
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Winds of Christmas: Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras, conducted by Douglas Nimmo
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Dec. 10 - Festival of St. Lucia
  • Friday, Dec. 11 - Chris Johnson (CVR)

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. Based in Minneapolis, Kevin 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.

Witness an Aggressive and  Hilarious Physical Theatre Project... The Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Falling Awake," a physical theatre project directed by Henry MacCarthy, on Dec. 10, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the department's Black Box; 49 tickets are available for each performance. Without the normal limitations that classify "theatre" and "dance," this production breaks through the boundaries of everyday entertainment by demonstrating how expressive the body can be without speech. The performance is a collective creation, structured by the director, ensemble, and designers. Flashlights, furniture, and the surfaces of the performance space serve as simple props to help portray the complicated emotions of human beings in a unique and unforgettable way. Tickets are available online at or by calling 933-7590.

Michael Johnson Returns... Singer and guitarist Michael Johnson, who has delighted Gustavus audiences annually for 40 years now, returns to Björling Recital Hall, Friday, Dec. 11, for an 8 p.m. concert. This performance on the Gustavus campus is the only performance the national recording artist will present in southern Minnesota this season. Johnson first performed at Gustavus in April 1968 with the late John Denver as part of the trio of Denver, Boise, and Johnson. Following his departure from the trio one year later, he spent a year acting with an off-Broadway company before returning to Minnesota and to singing. Since that time, he has studied and toured internationally eight times and has recorded 11 albums, which include ten hit singles and two #1 country songs of the year. Tickets for Johnson's annual winter concert are $20 for adults and $17 for students, senior citizens, & Gustavus faculty and staff. Tickets are available at or by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at 507-933-7590. Any tickets remaining will go on sale one hour prior to the concert in Björling Recital Hall box office. 

Annual Scandinavian Breakfast... The annual American Scandinavian Yule Tide Breakfast will be held this year at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Jackson Center Banquet Rooms. This year's breakfast program features stories and photos from Gustavus students and Professor Roland Thorstensson (Scandinavian studies), who were the first to take part in an exciting new Gustavus program, "Term in Sweden," which took them from Jokkmokk in the north to Jönköping in the south. The price for the breakfast is $8.50. Reservations should be sent to Edi Thorstensson (809 S. 7th Street, St. Peter, MN 56082) or by campus mail to Scandinavian Breakfast, c/o Roland Thorstensson.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

A Merry Little Christmas Concert in Mankato... This Saturday, Dec. 5, at  7:30 p.m., Gustavus alumni duo Neal & Leandra (Neal Hagberg '81 and Leandra Peak '83) will be performing a concert at the Eagles Club in Mankato (798 North Riverfront Drive), sponsored by the Bothy Folk Club. Join Neal & Leandra for a night of holiday classics, originals, and also favorites from their regular shows. Tickets ($12 for Bothy members and $15 for nonmembers) are available by phone at 507-947-3356 or e-mail at

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 will take place 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. 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 (gbakke or 933-7571); auction donations should be given to Ann Volk (avolk 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. 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

Preaching in Congregations... The Rev. Mary Gaebler (religion) preached at the 5:30 p.m. service on Saturday, Nov. 28, and the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, Nov. 29, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Minn. This program is sponsored by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for St. James Lutheran Church from Burnsville, Minn., on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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


Seeking January Housing... Peter Shea, who is teaching a January Interim course in philosophy again at Gustavus, is seeking a house-sitting or sublet possibility for January, so that he does not have to commute from Minneapolis. Contact him at or 612-250-4207. (He is allergic to cats.) Gustavus references available.

Housekeeper Wanted... For house cleaning every two weeks. Duties would include vacuuming , dusting, floors, bathrooms, etc. Call Laurie at 507-933-6286 or 507-344-8305.

For Sale... 1999 Chevy Tahoe LT, 115,500 miles, leather, rear A/C, heated seats, power front seats, AM/FM/cassette/CD player. Asking $4,500. Contact Tyler at 507-469-8425 or 952-994-4550, or Kathy at x6514.

"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 "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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

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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