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
TodayTomorrow Men's Track & Field MIAC Indoor Championships, Minn.
Women's Track and Field at MIAC Indoor Championships, Minn.
TodayMar 25 Food Drive for National Athletic Training Month Training Room
TodayMar 20 Today at 3:30 am MCS Department Art Exhibition Floor Olin Foyer
Today 2:303:30 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:306 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
6:309:30 pm Gymnastics at UW-Oshkosh, Wis.
7:309 pm Guest Duo Recital by Tim Lane, flute & Namji Kim, piano Recital Hall
89:30 pm GAC's Got Talent Young Dining Room
810 pm Weekend Movie: Horrible Bosses 2 Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Tomorrow 9 am to 5 pm 20th Annual Building Bridges Conference - "Hidden in Plain Sight: Recognizing and Rejecting Rape Culture" Chapel and Beck Hall
10 am to 1 pm Softball vs. UW-River Falls (RCTC Bubble), Minn.
11 am to 2 pm Men's Tennis hosts UW-Whitewater Peter, Minn.
17 pm Baseball at Mount Marty College (DH), S.D.
36 pm Softball vs. Luther College (RCTC Bubble), Minn.
58 pm Men's Tennis hosts St. Olaf College Peter, Minn.
5:308:30 pm Building Bridges 20th Anniversary Celebration Campus
7 pm Women's Tennis at Augustana College Falls, S.D.
710 pm '90 - '95 Gathering's Restaurant & Bar, 16 North 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
810 pm Weekend Movie: Horrible Bosses 2 Auditorium, Nobel Hall
TomorrowMar 8 Tomorrow at 10:30 pm to Mar 8 at 1 am Saturday Night in Lund: Disney Center
Mar 8 11 am to 5 pm Baseball at Mount Marty College (DH), S.D.
12:30 pm Women's Tennis at University of Nebraska, Kearney, Neb.
34 pm Yoga Sculpt (HWC) w/ Hanna 224 (Aerobics Room)
56 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
Mar 9 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
45 pm Tabata (HWC) w/ Kelsey 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Cardio Dance (HWC) w/ Sydney 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ Megan 217 (Gymnastics Room)
79 pm Exploring Religious Questions Series 103
79:30 pm 2nd Gustavus Hispanic FilmFest - Pelo malo/Bad Hair Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Mar 10 88:45 am Community Mindfulness Meditation with John Cha Space
9:30 am to noon GLA Author Day - Eric Dregni Country Club
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:30 am to 1:30 pm Teachers Talking Writing Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
noon to 12:30 pm WE- TRX with Troy Banse Floor Forum
12:401:20 pm WE-Triple Threat 217 (Gymnastics Room)
57:30 pm Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course Clinic Health System, 1900 North Sunrise Drive, Suite 200, St. Peter
78 pm Cardio Dance HMC Class w/ Gabe 217 (Gymnastics Room)
78:30 pm Sumi Mukherjee, Speaking on the The Long Term Effects of Bullying Hall #103
78:30 pm Vagina Monologues Hall
Mar 11 7:309 am Gustie Breakfast - Tom Crady Center Banquet Rooms
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:30 am to 2:30 pm Gustavus Internship Fair Banquet Room
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE - Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE-Cardio Fit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
3:305 pm Faculty Publication Tea Book Mark
4:305:30 pm HIIT w/ Carrie & Maggie (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
78:30 pm Vagina Monologues Hall
88:30 pm Lenten Vespers Chapel
89:15 pm Coffeehouse: Paint Your Own Canvas Café
Mar 12 6:307:20 am WE-Bootcamp 224 (Aerobics Room)
9:30 am to 2:30 pm Studio Art Centers International Campus Visit Center Lower Level
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:30 am to 1:30 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
12:401:20 pm WE-Kickboxing 217
1:302:30 pm GLBTQA Support Group Resource Room, Old Main 103
2:303:30 pm TRX with Sara Floor mats in Lund
4:305:30 pm Grief Support Group's Resource Room
511:59 pm Disney's Beauty and the Beast Flags
67 pm Cardio Dance(HWC)w/ Sydney 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Gustavus Women in Leadership Balancing Work/Life Evemt 101
8:3010:30 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Mar 13 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: "International Students Celebration" Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE-Step Aerobics 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE-Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:303:30 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
69 pm Africa Night Hall
7:309 pm Tom Coverly - Comedy and Illusion Show Recital Hall
810 pm Weekend Movie: Dumb and Dumber To Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Mar 1415 Women's Golf at George Fox University Invitational, Ariz.
Mar 14 10 am Women's Tennis hosts Hamline University Peter, Minn.
10 am to 1 pm Men's Tennis hosts Hamline University Peter, Minn.
1:303:30 pm Barbara Leibundguth, flute & Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, piano, Faculty Recital Recital Hall
2 pm Women's Tennis hosts St. Catherine University Peter, Minn.
3:304:30 pm Karin Dye, student viola recital Recital Hall
511 pm President's Ball Market Square, Minneapolis MN
6 pm Women's Tennis hosts Morningside College Peter, Minn.
810 pm Weekend Movie: Dumb and Dumber To Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Mar 15 25 pm Gymnastics at WIAC Championships/NCGA Regional Paul, Minn.
34 pm Yoga Sculpt (HWC) w/ Hanna 224 (Aerobics Room)
56 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
69:30 pm Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika Studio - Fine Arts Center
78 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
Mar 16 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
Feb 23 to Apr 19 Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix, and additional 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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