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
TodayApr 25 Second Annual Nuss Young Alumni Challenge
Tomorrow Baseball hosts Macalester College (DH) Peter, Minn.
Gustavus Library Associates Spring Author Day Country Club, Minneapolis
7:309 am Gustie Breakfast - Marcia Bunge Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:30 am to 1 pm April 16 Soup and Sandwich Seminar Lind Interpretive Center
11:30 am to 1:30 pm Teachers Talking Writing Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Bootcamp with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Cardio Strength (HMC class) with Carrie and Maggie 224 (Aerobics Room)
45:30 pm Chinese Calligraphy Live! A Demonstration by Liu Zhenxiong Hall 301
46 pm Chinese Calligraphy Event Hall 301
78 pm Cardio Sculpt (HMC class) with Ashley Gymnastics Room
911 pm Swing Dancing Hall
Feb 17 to Apr 17 Exhibitions, Gallery Talks at Hillstrom Museum of Art, starting Monday, February 17, 2014 Museum of Art
Apr 1721 Library Hours for Easter Break Bernadotte Memorial Library
Apr 17 6:307:20 am GHP-Cardio Mix with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
3:304:30 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:307:30 pm Softball at Bethel University (DH) Hills, Minn.
56 pm Insanity (HMC class) with Carrie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Yoga (HMC class) with Lindsay Gymnastics Room
78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 1821 Easter Recess Campus
Apr 18 2:156:30 pm Women's Golf vs. Carleton College Sueur, Minn.
Apr 19 Men's Track & Field at Carleton Relays, Minn.
Women's Track & Field at Carleton Relays, Minn.
11 am to 3 pm Softball hosts Macalester College (DH) Peter, Minn.
16 pm Baseball at Bethel University (DH) Hills, Minn.
25 pm Women's Tennis hosts Carleton College Peter, Minn.
YesterdayApr 20 Market Place Hours Easter Break Place
Apr 20 78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
89 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Hayley 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 2122 Men's Golf hosts Bobby Krig Invitational Sueur, Minn. & Jordan, Minn.
Apr 2125 Gustavus Philanthropy Week Adolphus College Campus
Apr 2126 Greek Week Campus
Apr 21 11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Yoga with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm GHP-Zumba with Jill VanOsdol 224 (Aerobics Room)
17 pm Baseball hosts Dakota Wesleyan University (DH) Peter, Minn.
45 pm Tabata (HMC class) with Kelsey 224 (Aerobics Room)
56 pm Cardio Dance Conditioning (HMC class) with Samara 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
Apr 22 to May 1 Fall Registration Campus
Apr 22 78 am Insanity (HMC class) with Hanna 224 (Aerobics Room)
99:50 am Assistant Director of Campus Activities Candidate - open session for campus community Lounge
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
16 pm Baseball at Concordia College (DH), Minn.
2:303:30 pm Assistant Director of Campus Activities Candidate - open session for students Lounge
3:304:30 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:306:30 pm Softball at St. Catherine University (DH) Paul, Minn.
46 pm Earth Day Rally for Clean Energy & Jobs State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN
4:305:30 pm Study Abroad Returnees at the Caf' - Tuesday Coffee Breaks Young Dining Room
67 pm La mesa de español
78 pm Step Interval (HMC class) With Cassie 224 (Aerobics Room)
89 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Hayley 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 23 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Bootcamp with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:307:30 pm Softball hosts Augsburg College (DH) (Senior Day) Peter, Minn.
45 pm Cardio Strength (HMC class) with Carrie and Maggie 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:306 pm New Faculty Mentor Mentee Social Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
78 pm Cardio Sculpt (HMC class) with Ashley Gymnastics Room
78 pm Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture by Dr. Philip J. Deloria Auditorium, Nobel Hall
78:30 pm Senior Class Wine Tasting Event Hall
79 pm Lecture by Prof. Olof Hedling, Lund University Confer Hall
89:15 pm Jake Jones Coffeehouse Café
911 pm Swing Dance Hall
Apr 24 Inside Out Day Campus
Apr 2426 Men's Track & Field at Drake Relays Moines, Iowa
Women's Track & Field at Drake Relays Moines, Iowa
Apr 24 6:307:20 am GHP-Cardio Mix with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
8 am to 2 pm "Theology + Graduate School = Possible?" Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
2:303:30 pm Parking Forum Hall
2:307:30 pm Baseball hosts St. Olaf College (DH - Non-Conference) Peter, Minn.
3:304:30 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:307:30 pm Women's Tennis at St. Olaf College, Minn.
56 pm Insanity (HMC class) with Carrie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Yoga (HMC class) with Lindsay Gymnastics Room
78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
89:30 pm Guest Speaker: Arn Chorn-Pond Hall
Apr 25 Withdraw Deadline Campus
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Yoga with Kelly Holland 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Exemplary Leadership - Mastering Self-Leadership 117
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Self Leadership - Personal Branding 101
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Servant Leadership - Stewardship 119
2:304:30 pm Faculty Meeting Hall
4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
79 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall
79:30 pm Celebrating Philanthropy Dinner Young Dining Room
7:309:30 pm Dan Leifermann, Student Trumpet Recital Recital Hall
89 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
Apr 2526 Apr 25 at 10 pm Weekend Movie: The Lego Movie Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Apr 25 at 11 pm to Apr 26 at 1 am Dive Dance Dive

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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