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,, and 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

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 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 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

  • 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 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 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 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


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 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.


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
TodayApr 21 Easter Recess Campus
Tomorrow 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.
Apr 1420 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)
YesterdayApr 21 Library Hours for Easter Break Bernadotte Memorial Library
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
46 pm Gustavus Finance Club Annual Banquet Peter Room
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.
55:45 pm Study Abroad Returnee Session: "Going Abroad Again" Lounge - Johnson Student Union
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 1525 Second Annual Nuss Young Alumni Challenge
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
Apr 26 Men's Track & Field hosts Drake Alternative/Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
Women's Track & Field hosts Drake Alternative/Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
Apr 2627 Men's Golf at Saint John's Spring Invitational Cloud, Minn. & Monticello, Minn.
Women's Golf at Carleton Invitational, Minn.
Apr 26 9:30 am to 3 pm 2014 Student Leadership Day Hall, The Dive
10:45 am to 3 pm GACAC Faith Conference Chapel and Alumni Hall
noon to 3 pm Men's Tennis hosts Carleton College Peter, Minn.
15 pm Softball at Hamline University (DH) Paul, Minn.
1:303:30 pm Katie Landreville, bassoon, and Anthony Afful, oboe, Joint Student Recital Recital Hall
36 pm Women's Tennis hosts University of St. Thomas Peter, Minn.
3:305 pm Dempsey Schroeder Senior Viola Recital Recital Hall
5:307:30 pm Weekend Movie: The Lego Movie Auditorium, Nobel Hall
6:307:30 pm The World of the Brothers Grimm - Kaitlyn McElrath Dive
6:3011 pm Diversity Awards Banquet Hall
7:309:30 pm Nick Mason, Senior Trumpet Recital Recital Hall
89 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
810 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Apr 27 10 am to 1 pm Men's Tennis hosts University of St. Thomas Peter, Minn.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm The World of the Brothers Grimm - Kaitlyn McElrath Dive
1:303:30 pm Chris Allen, Senior Bass Trombone Recital Recital Hall
23 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
24 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall
35 pm The Gustavus Choir with Philip Brunelle's VocalEssence in Concert University's Benson Great Hall
3:305:30 pm Aleksi Moran, Student Piano Recital Recital Hall
56 pm Worship Service of Holy Communion Chapel
6:307:30 pm The World of the Brothers Grimm - Kaitlyn McElrath Dive
78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:309:30 pm The Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert Chapel
89 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Hayley 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 28 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
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)
2:307:30 pm Baseball hosts Martin Luther College (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)
57 pm Take Back the Night 111
6:3010:30 pm Softball vs. College of St. Scholastica (DH) (University of Minnesota), Minn.
78:30 pm Shelly Tochluk Hall
79 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting Board Room, Jackson Campus Center

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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