Inside Gustavus (February 18, 2010)
Volume 42, Number 21
Baker Lawley (English) had his short story "Tracks" published in Copper Nickel, the literary journal of the University of Colorado at Denver. The Spring 2010 issue of Copper Nickel, #13, is available for preview on the journal's website.
Jane Coleman (nursing, emerita) presented her research study on "Spring Forest Qigong and Chronic Pain" at Grand Rounds for the Department of Rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., on Feb. 12. Coleman, a board-certified advanced holistic nurse, also is scheduled to present her research at the annual American Holistic Nurses Association conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., in June. For more information, visit www.springforestqigong.com or www.healinghandswaseca.com.
Emil’s Enemies, a play written by Doug Huff (philosophy), will be performed at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe, N.M., Feb. 19-21 and 25-28. The play, which received its premiere at Gustavus in 1993 under the direction of Rob Gardner (theatre & dance, emeritus), is inspired by the actions of the German opposition to the Third Reich during World War II and specifically the participation of Lutheran theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who, in spite of his pacifism, joined a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. The play was staged in New York in 2001 at Theatre M, and in 2003 was produced in Bangalore, India, under the direction of the legendary stage and film director MS Sathyu. More recently it was brought to the English stage by Bernd Wannenwetsch for the 2006 International Bonhoeffer Conference held at Oxford University. Huff will be in Santa Fe to participate in an informal discussion of the play on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Direct links to the College's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr social networking sites appear on the Gustavus homepage (icons in the bottom right-hand corner). Watch this space in Inside Gustavus in future weeks for Gustavus social media highlights.
For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Stacia Vogel in Marketing and Communication (x6395 or email@example.com).
Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:
- Gustavus and the "Changing the World" January Interim Experience class were noted in USA Today Higher Education reporter Mary Beth Marklein's blog on Jan. 26 for their fundraising efforts for Haiti.
- WCCO, KMSP Fox 9 News, and KEYC all ran stories about student Brendan Loney's visit to Gustavus as he recovers from a severe diving accident on their Friday, Feb. 12, newscasts. Head men's hockey coach Brett Petersen and Loney's parents were interviewed for the stories.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, Feb. 14, about several Gustavus alumni who play for the U.S. National Bandy Team. 2007 alumnus John Arundel was quoted in the story.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the men's hockey team looking to clinch the conference championship this weekend. The story also talked about student-athlete David Martinson's bid to become conference player of the year. Head coach Brett Petersen was quoted in the story.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
- NEH Fellowships... National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Fellowships support a range of projects lasting from 6 to 12 months, with a stipend of $4,200 per month. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a 12-month tenure period. All applicants are required to submit their proposals electronically through a federal grants system, which is coordinated through the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. The deadline is May 4. For more information, please see the NEH website.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or email@example.com).
- Barbara Lundgren, from Finance Office to Human Resources, director of benefits and payroll (title and reporting change)
- Kristianne Reinholtzen to Kristianne Westphal, registrar (name change)
News & Announcements
Promotion Support Letters Due Monday... Three members of the faculty are currently being considered for promotion to the rank of professor: Jennifer Ackil (psychology), Leila Brammer (comm. studies), and Amy Seham (theatre & dance). Letters written on behalf of these candidates should be sent to Provost David Fienen and should address the criteria for promotion as stated in the Faculty Manual. Letters are due by Monday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. All members of the Gustavus community are invited to submit letters; tenured department colleagues are expected to do so. Candidates will have access to their letters.
An Innovator in Social Media... Gustavus has earned recognition as a top social media innovator in higher education. Gustavus is a Gold Medal Winner—one of nine and among an elite list of 50 colleges and universities in the nation to be considered gold, silver, and bronze medal winners in social media innovation. The CollegeSurfing.com judges said, "This school gets props for tweeting fun videos like 2009 Commencement in Less Than One Minute and Gustie Rouser by the Greeters. Gustavus Adolphus might be a mouthful to say, but there’s plenty of easy chatter in its Twitter stream about all that’s happening on campus. Add to this a strong presence on LinkedIn and Flickr, and you’ve got a school that knows how to work the Web." Gustavus is the only Minnesota college or university on the list, which includes schools like Yale (a gold medal winner), Princeton (a silver medal winner), and Harvard (a bronze medal winner). The full ranking is online at collegesurfing.com. To keep abreast of Gustavus innovations in this realm of communication, refer to Inside Gustavus's new Social Media section.
Guild of St. Lucia Nominations Sought... The Guild of St. Lucia was established in 1958 to honor women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College and others. Fifteen juniors are elected in the spring of each year. Please send names of nominations with a brief explanation of your nomination to Barb Larson Taylor (president's office) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Feb. 19 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
- Sunday, Feb. 21 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
- Monday, Feb. 22 - Mary Solberg (religion)
- Tuesday, Feb. 23 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
- Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Lenten Liturgy
- Thursday, Feb. 25 - Taizé
- Friday, Feb. 26 - TBA
Environmentalist Paul Hawken Speaks Tonight... Author, environmentalist, and entrepreneur Paul Hawken will deliver a public lecture tonight (Thursday, Feb. 18) at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Hawken, who has started and managed ecological businesses and consulted with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy, is the author of six books. His 1999 book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, is published in 14 languages; his latest book is Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No One Saw It Coming. His appearance is sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation, the Gustavus Lecture Series, and the Center for Vocational Reflection.
Faculty Shop Talk... Sidonia Alenuma and Jane Schuck (both elementary & secondary education) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2009-10 academic year. Their talk, titled "Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students with Emphasis on ELLs (English Language Learners): Some Dos and Don'ts," will be presented on Friday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Theatre Department Presents 'Urinetown'... The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College announces its production of Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's musical, Urinetown. Directed by Amy Seham, with musical direction by Christina Dryland Smith, the play will be performed in Anderson Theatre on Feb. 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances on Feb. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Urinetown imagines a future in which poor citizens must pay for the "privilege to pee," a law enforced by a corporate power working to manage a water shortage. Comical chaos culminates in a rebellion after a popular leader is sentenced to "Urinetown" for failing to pay. Tickets are available online at www.gustavustickets.com or by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at 933-7590. Adult tickets are $9, student and senior citizen tickets are $6, and Gustavus students and staff are admitted free of charge with ID. Tickets not purchased in advance may be purchased at the Anderson Theatre Box Office beginning one hour prior to curtain.
Faculty Clarinet Recital Saturday... Clarinetist Richard Weber (music) will present a faculty recital Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall. Weber, a former member of the United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., who currently teaches clarinet at both Gustavus and Minnesota State Mankato, will be joined by Music Department colleagues Esther Wang (piano), Sharon Mautner-Rodgers ('cello), and Michael Jorgensen (narrator). On the program are works by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, as well as R. Murray Schafer's Wizard Oil & Indian Sagwa (with Jorgensen supplying the narration). Weber's recital is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in the recital hall lobby.
Pavia Winds in Concert at Gustavus Sunday... The Pavia Winds, one of the Midwest's most exciting young chamber ensembles, will present a guest artists' concert in Björling Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3:30 p.m. The wind quintet, which includes flutist Emily Sapa (music), is best known for its focus on contemporary compositions and has presented concerts and workshops throughout Minnesota, with a goal to encourage enthusiasm for chamber music of all kinds at all ages. The ensemble's Sunday program includes works by Astor Piazzolla, John Harbison, and Vincent Persichetti, as well as the seven-movement Aires Tropicales by Paquito d'Rivera. The performance by the Pavia Winds is presented free of charge; a reception for the performers will follow the concert in the recital hall lobby.
Alumna Historian to Lecture on Swedish Immigrant Women... Joy Lintelman, a 1980 graduate of Gustavus who has been a professor of history at Concordia College, Moorhead, since 1989, returns to her alma mater Thursday, Feb. 25, to deliver a free public lecture titled “Having Things Better: Swedish Immigrant Women in America.” Lintelman, author of the recently published I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the F.W. Olin Hall for Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. In addition to her lecture, she will visit classes on Feb. 24-25. Copies of I Go to America are available for purchase at the Book Mark. For more information about Lintelman’s visit to campus, contact Tom Emmert (history) at email@example.com.
‘Building Bridges’ Looks at Immigration... The 15th annual “Building Bridges” Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 13. The theme of this year’s conference is “Immigration: Surviving the Land of Opportunity,” focusing on the struggles immigrants face and the strength required to survive those struggles on a daily basis. Kao Kalia Yang, a Hmong American writer, and Paul Hillmer, a history professor at Concordia University-St. Paul, are this year’s keynote speakers. In addition, three workshop sessions in the afternoon will allow attendees to hear personal immigration stories from Gustavus students and staff members, receive a crash course on immigration in the United States and Minnesota, and learn about some of the legal aspects of immigration. There will also be opportunities for conference attendees to take action by writing a letter to Congress, donating food to the Trinity Lutheran Church’s St. Peter Soup Kitchen, assembling care packages for recent immigrants, or by making a monetary donation toward a scholarship for an immigrant. The student-led, student-initiated diversity conference is open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are $10 per person, but are complimentary for college students, high school students, and Gustavus students, faculty, and staff with valid ID. For more information and to register for the conference, visit gustavus.edu/diversity/buildingbridges or contact the Diversity Center at 507-933-7499.
South Elementary Fundraiser... A "Flapjack Fundraiser" breakfast will be held at Applebee's in Mankato on Saturday, Feb. 20, 8-10 a.m. to benefit St. Peter's South Elementary School. Funds raised will go toward new playground equipment and teacher supplies. Tickets are $6 per person. South Elementary will receive all proceeds minus a small fee to cover some of the food cost.
Stations of the Cross... The Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists invites you to a performance of The Stations of the Cross, Opus 29, by Marcel Dupré, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel (170 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato). Five organists, including Chad Winterfeldt (music), will collaborate to perform the 14 movements of this work. Each movement is associated with a "station" of the familiar devotional exercise known as the Stations of the Cross. Enhancing the performance will be the projection of photographs of station icons found in nine Roman Catholic parishes in southern Minnesota and poetry directly linked to Dupré’s composition by French poet Paul Claudel. Admission is free; donations will be accepted to defray costs. This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature. Questions can be directed to Chad Winterfeldt, dean of the Sioux Trails Chapter, at 507-934-3060.
Coupon Booklets Support SPHS Grad Party... Herberger's Community Day coupon booklets are for sale to support the SPHS All-Night Graduation Party. You will receive a $10-off coupon, a 30%-off earlybird coupon, six 20%-off coupons, and more . . . all for a $5—and the entire amount benefits ANGP! Community Day is Saturday, Feb. 27,at any Herberger's store, starting at am. Remember: if you are unable to shop that day, you can shop earlier in the week and have your merchandise held to be picked up on or after Saturday. To purchase a Community Day coupon booklet, contact Tracey Peymann (Health Service; x7621) or Jane Chouanard (SSC 104; x7414).
Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a women's retreat for Hope Lutheran Church of Jordan, Minn., on Friday, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 21. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Faith Lutheran Church from Coon Rapids, Minn., on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20. This retreat will have programming provided by Gustavus Youth Outreach.
Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).
Faulty Best Buy Recycling Link... The recycling review link to Best Buy listed in last week's note on the company's electronics recycling program does not work properly. Use the following link instead:
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