Inside Gustavus 

January 7, 2010 | Volume 42, Number 16

Faculty/Staff Activities

Brandy Russell (chemistry) has had an article on her research published in Nature. The article's title is "Rational design of a structural and functional nitric oxide reductase."

Jeanne Herman (HES) was selected as the recipient of the 2009 Lou Keller Award from the Minnesota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. This award recognizes one college/university faculty member in health education for outstanding service and contributions.

Student Achievements

Russell Heeter, Gustavus student and fall 2009 study-abroad student in Italy, submitted a video that has made it to the Top 5 of the NAFSA Student Diplomat Video Contest. Now he needs the Gustavus community to support him with their votes. To view the videos and vote, check out the NAFSA website. Deadline for voting is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15. The winner receives $300 and the title of Student Diplomat.

Funding Opportunities

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

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants... The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites proposals for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in all areas of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve research of new digital approaches; development of new digital modes of publication; exploration of digital methods for preservation or archival of humanities materials; planning new digital tools; or creating programs that address using innovative digital technologies in formal and informal educational settings. Level I grant awards range from $5,000 to $25,000, while Level II grant awards range from $25,001 to $50,000. The deadline for proposals is March 23. Please see the NEH website for the guidelines.

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

  • Aimee Johnson, cashier/admin. asst. (finance office)

New Faculty

  • Numa Ali, January Interim (MLLC-Arabic)
  • David Campbell, January Interim (army leadership)
  • Durkee Cha, January Interim (art)
  • Jeffrey Haun, January Interim (psychology)
  • Kris Higginbotham, January Interim (art)
  • Marlys Johnson, January Interim (nonprofit mgmt.)
  • Tyler Johnson, visiting assistant professor (history)
  • John Moore, January Interim (army leadership)
  • Travis Nygard, January Interim (art)
  • Peter Shea, January Interim (philosophy)

Position Openings

  • Financial aid assistant (financial aid)
  • Employee benefit assistant (human resources)
  • Market Place supervisor (Dining Service)
  • Payroll assistant (human resources)

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

News & Announcements

'Community Immunity'... Local health care providers—including Nicollet County Public Health, River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic, Mankato Clinic at Daniels Health Center and North Mankato Family Practice, and the St. Peter Clinic and ISJ Clinic Northridge Mayo Health System—are working collaboratively to provide free H1N1 vaccinations to all local residents who wish to be vaccinated. Despite the recent news of the decline in the number of H1N1 flu cases and the end to the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic, local, state, and federal health officials insist that now is the best time to ensure that everyone who wants the vaccine has access to it. "More vaccine is now available, and we are working to distribute and administer vaccine to everyone 6 months of age and older," says Julie Carroll, Nicollet County Public Health Director. "Vaccine is and will continue to be the single most important means to prevent H1N1 illness." The following H1N1 Vaccination Clinics will be held at various sites in Nicollet County and are FREE and available to anyone age 6 months of age and older.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Lafayette Charter School (351 6th St., Lafayette), 3-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 14 - Nicollet Community Center (1 Pine Street, Nicollet), 3-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20 - Nicollet County Government Center (501 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter), 2-7 p.m.

Downloadable consent forms can be found on the Nicollet County website: Any questions, please call 507-934-0459.

New Database/Search Engine for Off-Campus Study... The Center for International and Cultural Education (CICE) has just launched a new off-campus study program search engine and data management/application system called Studio Abroad. Students desiring Gustavus approval to study off-campus for a semester or a year will apply through this new system. Application deadline is March 1, 2010, for all students studying off-campus next fall or spring term or academic year 2010-11. Students planning to study during the fall term or academic year are encouraged to have their Gustavus application complete by February 15, 2010. The Studio Abroad site can be found at Faculty members who are called upon to submit a recommendation will be asked to submit them electronically via this new system. For more information, contact the CICE at 507-933-7545 or

Vacation Donations Being Accepted... Employees who would like to donate vacation hours for a Gustavus employee who will be on an approved FMLA leave and will run out of paid-time benefits should complete and sign a request for transfer of vacation hours available at the Office of Human Resources (x7304).

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, Jan. 8 - Bob Neuman (admission)
  • Sunday, Jan. 10 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Jan. 11 - Tim Kennedy (sports information)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Peter Shea (philosophy)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Jan. 14 - Taizé
  • Friday, Jan. 15 - Todd Ruble (Dining Service)

Special Convocation Set for Martin Luther King Day... On Monday, Jan. 18, the Diversity Center, the Peace Studies program, and the Office of the President are sponsoring a special campuswide convocation for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Rev. Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian, a close friend and lieutenant of King during the critical years of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, will be the keynote speaker at a special convocation in Christ Chapel from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Vivian is a living legend of the Civil Rights Movement and continues his activism today at the age of 85, working for the progress of African Americans and the civil and political rights of all people. He has addressed audiences in 42 states, 10 countries, and on countless campuses nationwide on the issues of civil rights, non-violence, racism, and Dr. King, with whom he worked for many years. The entire campus and St. Peter community are invited to join in on Jan. 18, as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with one of his close friends.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Weight Watchers Offers 'At Work' Program... Scholarship America invites interested Gustavus community members to join its Weight Watchers "At Work" series—a 17-week program that includes free e-tools. An open-house informational meeting was scheduled for earlier today (Thursday, Jan. 7, at 12:15 p.m.) at Scholarship America, but you may still join even if you weren't at the informational session. Cost for the series is $186 (three payments of $62), and the series will run from Jan. 14 to May 6. For more details, e-mail Julie at or phone 931-0433.  


  • The Rev. Dr. Clair E. Johnson (religion, emeritus; taught 1962-1995) died on Dec. 24, 2009. He was 84. Services were held Dec. 30 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Memorials are being designated for the Brostrom Endowment Fund for Christ Chapel at the College.
  • Patti Tutland, mother of Andrea Junso (student activities), died on Dec. 31, 2009, at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wis. She was 53. Memorial services were held on Jan. 6 in Portage, Wis.
  • Marian R. Johnson '41, wife of the late Chester Johnson (geology, emeritus), died on January 1, 2010, at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. She was 89. Services were held on Jan. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Marian was the founder of the libraries in the St. Peter public elementary schools in 1947 and subsequently was an instructor in English and library science and a periodicals librarian at the College.

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... On Sunday, Jan. 3, Darrell Jodock (religion) presented a talk on "Cults & Religious Movements" at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna. 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.

Youth Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host the following groups: on Jan.8-9, ninth-grade youth from Diamond Lake Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; on Jan. 8-9, a confirmation group from Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn, Minn.

Retreats... The Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a leadership retreat of the IMPACT team from Minnesota State University-Mankato on Jan. 8-9.

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 January... Mondays-Thursdays - 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fridays - 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays - 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


Puppy for Sale... Eight-month-old Great Dane pup for sale. She is spayed and fully vaccinated. Coat: blue. Housebroken; is sweet, gentle, and likes children. Must let her go because of allergies. Price is negotiable. Call Chris at 507-993-2023.

For Sale... Weight bench. This bench has been used just a couple of times. It has all the bells and whistles, but it is only the bench, not the weights. Asking $200 or best offer. Contact Nicole Roberts Hoiland (

"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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