Inside Gustavus (January 28, 2010)

Volume 42, Number 19

Student Achievements

3-D Drawing students are celebrating the end of their January IEX class with Nicole Roberts Hoiland (art) by hosting a closing of their evolving, month-long art exhibition of work created for the class. It takes place this evening (Thursday, Jan. 28) from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Fine Arts Gallery, in the Art Wing of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:

  • Several media outlets covered the situation in Peru involving 21 Gustavus students and two faculty members who are currently stranded near Machu Picchu due to heavy rains and flooding. The story was carried by the following news outlets: The Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Mankato Free Press, KARE 11, KSTP 5, FOX 9, WCCO, KEYC, KTOE, MPR, the Minnesota News Network, elca.org, and insidehighered.com. Carolyn O’Grady (CICE), Gwen Freed (marketing & comm.), Matt Thomas (marketing & comm.), and trip leader Debra Pitton (education) were quoted in these reports.
  • On Jan. 27, Carolyn O’Grady (CICE) was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in an article regarding the benefits of study-away programs.
  • Al Molde (athletics) was quoted in the Star Tribune and the St. Peter Herald in a story regarding the Vikings/Saints NFC Championship football game. During his tenure as head coach at Eastern Illinois, Molde coached the current New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton.

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 ga_news@gustavus.edu).

Funding Opportunities

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

  • Major Research Instrumentation Program... The National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. The maintenance and technical support associated with these instruments is also supported. The maximum award is $4 million. The next deadline for this annual competition is April 21, 2010. For more information, please see the nsf.gov/publications website.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships... National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities that contributes to scholarly nowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Tenure normally covers an uninterrupted period lasting from six to 12 months, with a stipend of $4,200 per month with a maximum stipend of $50,400 for 12 months. Electronic proposal submission through a federal grants system is required, which is coordinated through the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. The deadline is May 4. For more information, please see the neh.gov/grants guidelines.

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or bweis@gustavus.edu).

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Deanna Ernsting, financial aid assistant (financial aid)

 

News & Announcements

No Newsletter Next Week... Inside Gustavus will not be published on Thursday, Feb. 4, during Touring and Activity Week. Next publication date is Feb. 11, following the start of the spring semester.

Health Screening Reminder... All employees, retirees, and spouses are invited to participate in the 2010 Health Screening free of charge. The health screening will be at the River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic Lab in St. Peter on Feb. 1-5 and Feb. 8-12. Five-minute time increment appointments are available during these dates between 6:30 and 8:55 a.m. on a first-call, first-serve basis. Thirty minutes of release time will be allowed for employees to participate in the screening. To sign up for a time, call the Human Resource Office at x7304 Mon.-Fri., 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-4:45 p.m.

Announcing a New Library Catalog... The staff of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new library catalog. It's the same great data with a bold new look. MnPALS Plus, which was developed locally by our library consortium, boasts improved location information, sophisticated ways to refine searches, and a number of other features that make it more user-friendly and in line with the next generation of library catalogs. MnPALS Plus will become the library’s default catalog, but fans of the old catalog (Classic MnPALS) will still be able to access it from the library’s homepage. The transition will be completed by the beginning of spring semester, but you can preview MnPALS Plus now.

Employee Enhancement Days Next Week... The 2010 Employee Enhancement Days are scheduled during the Touring and Activity Week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Feb. 2-4. This year's program features two prominent workplace trainers: Tuesday's guest speaker, Bob Ash, has provided training and education to 1,200+ organizations and businesses, numbering over 320,000 individuals, through his company, Life Lessons. Wednesday's speaker, Fran Sepler, is a nationally recognized expert in employment investigations who founded a company in 1991 to provide high-quality, rigorous training focused on the prevention of harassment and discrimination, improved communication, and conflict management/resolution. The schedule of presentations follows.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, Alumni Hall:
    -8:15 a.m. - "Providing World Class Customer Service," Bob Ash (session repeated at 1 p.m.)
    -10 a.m. - "Managing Difficult People and Issues," Bob Ash
    -2:45 p.m. - "Earning the Right to Lead," Bob Ash
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, Alumni Hall:
    -8:15 a.m. - "What Employees Need to Know about Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace," Fran Sepler (session repeated at 1 p.m.)
    -10:30 a.m. - "What Supervisors Need to Know about Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace," Fran Sepler        
  • Thursday, Feb. 4, Linner Lounge:
    -8:30 a.m. - "CPR Certification and Recertification Training," Jason Stratman (space is limited; please reserve a place by calling Jason at x7494)

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions... A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on Feb. 17, 18, and 19 for individual counseling sessions. There are a limited number of openings. To schedule an appointment, go to the TIAA-CREF website at www.tiaa-cref.org/events. You must have a username and password to enroll online. If you do not wish to enroll online, you may call 1-952-830-3118 to schedule an appointment.

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. 29 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Sunday, Jan. 31-Sunday, Feb. 7 - NO CHAPEL, Touring Week
  • Monday, Feb. 8 - Jeff Stocco (dean of students' office)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Anna Versluis (geography)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 - Nick Strimple, "Music in the Holocaust," with the Choir of Christ Chapel
  • Friday, Feb. 12 - Transfiguration Talks: Peter Shea (philosophy)

'Music in the Holocaust'... In partnership with the St. Peter Choral Society, Gustavus welcomes Nick Strimple, author and professor at the University of Southern California, for a public lecture on music as a central part of the culture of the concentration camp Theresienstadt in 1944. His presentation, "Music in the Holocaust," begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in Nobel Hall's Wallenberg Auditorium. This lecture precedes the society’s performance of Mendelssohn’s famed oratorio Elijah on March 6 and 7.  Strimple also is the homilist at Christ Chapel on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The Choir of Christ Chapel, directed by Patricia Kazarow (music), will perform Strimple’s composition Valley of Bones. For more information, contact the Office of Fine Arts Programs at 933-7013.

Special Kendall Center 'Teachers Talking' Event..."Seven Liberal Arts and Counting," a symposium with Deborah Goodwin (religion), Max Hailperin (MCS), Lisa Heldke (philosophy), Doug Huff (philosophy), and Brian Johnson (chaplains' office), will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lind Interpretive Center. What do Brancusi and William Morris have to do with the liberal arts? What does it mean to MAKE your life count? This year's Hanson-Peterson Chair event is a special Kendall Center Teachers Talking, co-sponsored by the Sponberg Chair.

Noted Environmentalist to Speak on Campus... Environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author Paul Hawken will deliver a free public lecture at Gustavus on Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., in Alumni Hall. Hawken has started and managed ecological businesses, written and taught about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulted with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He is the author or co-author of dozens of articles and papers, as well as six books. His 1999 book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, is published in 14 languages. His latest book, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No One Saw It Coming, was published in 2007. Hawken’s appearance is sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation, the Gustavus Lecture Series, and the Center for Vocational Reflection.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Only a Few Spaces Remain... Classes in making hand-felted Scandinavian Slipper will be held at the St. Peter Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, but only a few spots remain. Two classes are available: Class 1 at 8:30 a.m.-noon, or Class 2 at 2:30-6 p.m. You will learn to lay out fibers, employ a wet-felting technique, and custom-make seamless slippers, with no knitting involved. Register at www.stpetercommunityedonline.com for one of the two sessions available. You may also call 507-934-3048 for more information. Cost is $40 + fiber costs (available from instructor or bring your own).

Benefit Breakfast for SPHS Grad Party... The 22nd Annual SPHS All Night Graduation Party Pancake and Sausage Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7, at the St. Peter American Legion, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets are available from any SPHS student or at the door. All proceeds help sponsor the St. Peter High School All-Night Graduation Party. Supplemental funds are being provided by Thrivent for Lutherans.

Facility Hours

Library Hours for Touring Week... Friday, Jan. 29 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 30, & Sunday, Jan. 31 - CLOSED; Monday, Feb. 1-Friday, Feb. 5 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 6, & Sunday, Feb. 7 - CLOSED.

Lund Center Building Hours for Touring Week... Friday, Jan. 29 - 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 30 - 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 31 - noon-5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 1-Friday, Feb. 5 - 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 6 - 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 7 - noon-10 p.m.

Fun Facts from RecycleMania

2009 RecycleMania Results... Gustavus is again participating in a recycling competition among colleges and universities across the country. For a 10-week period beginning Jan. 15, data on waste and recyclables is being collected and reported to RecycleMania officials. To provide perspective on our efforts and encourage participation, campus RecycleMania coordinators have supplied last year's campus results:

  • In the 2009 Grand Champion Contest (combined trash and core recyclable materials), Gustavus placed in the first quartile, 49th out of 206 participating schools with 36.64% recycling rate.
  • In the Per Capita Recycling Contest (combined amount of paper, cardboard, and bottles and cans per person), Gustavus placed 52nd out of 293 participating schools with 20.06 pounds recycled per person.
  • In the Waste Minimization Contest (least amount of combined waste and recyclables), Gustavus placed 83rd out of 148 participating schools with 54.74 pounds of waste produced per person.
  • In the "Gorilla Prize" Contest (highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard, and bottle and cans during the ten-week competition, regardless of campus population), Gustavus placed 151st out of 293 participating schools with 72,900 total pounds recycled.
  • In the Paper Category, Gustavus placed 73rd out of 204 participating schools with 6.05 recycled pounds per person.
  • In the Corrugated Cardboard Category, Gustavus placed 31st out of 204 participating schools with 8.57 recycled pounds per person.
  • In the Bottles and Cans Category, Gustavus placed 29th out of 210 participating schools with 5.34 recycled pounds per person.

IT Tips

Technology Training... Gustavus Technology Services is pleased to announce the availability of free, hands-on technology training sessions for faculty and staff. These training sessions will be in small groups held in the Olin Technology Classroom (Room 124B) beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting about an hour. They are aimed at all different skill levels, so all are welcome. Our goal is to make you feel more comfortable using technology, software, and other online resources. Topics and dates for this upcoming semester include:

  • Technology: Classroom Techniques - Feb. 2
  • Hands-On Moodle - Feb. 16
  • Podcasting at Gustavus - Feb. 23
  • Google Calendar - March 2
  • Windows: Getting Started - March 9
  • Macintosh: Getting Started - March 16
  • Introduction to Social Networking - March 23
  • Gustavus Online Resources - April 6
  • Basic Word 2008 for Macintosh - April 13
  • Basic Word 2007 for PC - April 20
  • Proper Data Backup Techniques - April 27
  • Internet Safety - May 4
  • Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop - May 11

For more information, see the GTS blog post. To sign up or view a full list of class offerings and descriptions, please visit gustavus.edu/gts. Then click the "Schedule an Appointment" link. Click the topic titles on the classes you are interested in, or click "Book Now" to sign up for the class. You may also call the Technology Helpline (x6111) to schedule a session. Remember, these are in small groups so attendance is limited. Take advantage of this opportunity to better understand and utilize the resources available to you. If you have any questions regarding the classes, feel free to call Gustavus Technology Services at x6111 or e-mail helpline@gustavus.edu.

Plugs

For Rent... Two-story Victorian farmhouse with two porches, situated just outside St. Peter along a wooded ravine and fields. Available for term rentals to faculty or visiting faculty, etc. Spacious and newly restored, complete with a country kitchen and pantry w/ “secret stairway” to the cellar, front-parlor family living room, dining room, den, and half bath on 1st floor. Three bedrooms, plus a library or nursery, full bath, and sitting hall upstairs. Hardwood floors throughout. New appliances including washer and dryer. Room for extra storage in the basement. May be made available furnished (monthly fee listed is for unfurnished). One-car detached garage. $1,350 per month plus utilities, etc. References, background check, and security deposit required. Please contact Patti at patrock59@aol.com or by phone at 574-276-6303.

For Rent... Semi-furnished one-bedroom duplex near College. Free satellite TV and Internet. $450 per month plus $50 for utilities. Available any time. Call Marilyn Wood at 934-2414.

"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.

Corrections

The summary notes from the President's cabinet meeting published in the Jan. 21 Inside Gustavus stated that Mimi Gerstbauer (political science) chaired the MLK Day Lecture Planning Committee. Mimi writes that that honor goes to Virgil Jones (Diversity Center) this year. "Just want to give credit where credit is due!"

 

 

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 68 pm Senior Week: Presidents Banquethttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-presidents-banquet/44662Evelyn Young Dining Room
Tomorrow Senior Week: Mystic Lake Casinohttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-mystic-lake-casino/45270Mystic Lake Casino
TomorrowMay 31 Spring Reunionshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/spring-reunions/44944Gustavus Adolphus College Campus
Tomorrow 2:304:30 pm Senior Week: Twins Tailgatinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-twins-tailgating-2/44663President Bergman's House
711 pm Senior Week: Twins Gamehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-twins-game-2/44664Target Field
May 30 89:30 pm The 2015 Season Finale with Gustavus Symphyony Orchestra and Concerto/Aria Winnershttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/the-2015-season-finale-with-gustavus-symphyony-orchestra-and-concerto-aria-winners/44166Bjorling Recital Hall
9:3010:30 pm Senior Week: Celebration of Lighthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-celebration-of-light/44665Christ Chapel
May 431 Free Art Tasting (And False Advertising): Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2015, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/free-art-tasting-and-false-advertising-senior-art-majors-exhibition-2015-on-view-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/45141Hillstrom Museum of Art
May 31 Commencementhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/commencement-5/35177Gustavus Campus
Jun 15 First Term Seminar Faculty Workshophttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/first-term-seminar-faculty-workshop/45180Melva Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
Jun 2 11 am to 1 pm Gustavus Employee Picnichttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gustavus-employee-picnic-4/45533Evelyn Young Dining Room

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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