Inside Gustavus (February 25, 2010)
Volume 42, Number 22
On Feb. 11, Mark Bjelland (geography) gave a presentation to government officials from the Highway 169 Corridor Coalition. His talk was titled "Geographic Perspectives on the Importance of Regional Centers and Interregional Corridors." Dean Wahlund (marketing & comm.) then offered his perspectives on the importance of Highway 169 to the St. Peter community and to Gustavus Adolphus College.
Darrell Jodock (religion) is featured in a new set of DVDs, Covenantal Conversations: Christians in Dialogue with Jews and Judaism, produced by Seraphim Communications in St. Paul. It is available from Seraphim and also from Select Learning, an ELCA distribution site for resources useful in adult learning. Included are nine 20-minute interviews. In one, Jodock is interviewed by Rabbi Barry Cytron, the former director of the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at St. Thomas and currently Jewish chaplain at Macalaster College. In the other eight, Jodock interviews individuals involved with Jewish-Christian relations, most of whom are college or seminary professors. Each of the nine interviews is coordinated with a chapter in the book Covenantal Conversations: Christians in Dialogue with Jews and Judaism, edited by Jodock and published by Fortress Press (2008).
Don Scheese (English) published a joint review in the Winter 2010 issue of the journal Western American Literature of Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip through the Land Art of the American West, by Erin Hogan, and Bicycling beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West, by Daryl Farmer.
Troy Seppelt (residential life) presented his research study on "Predictors of Thriving in First-Year Students of Color" at the 29th annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Denver, Colo., on Feb. 16. Troy was joined in the presentation by Dr. Laurie Schreiner and Andrea Kitomary, both of Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif.
In January, Kevin Byrne (history) conducted a workshop for pre-collegiate teachers at the Blue Earth County Historical Society titled "Teaching about the Great War: Approaches for U.S. History." The program was sponsored by South Central Minnesota's Teaching American History grant, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education. Gustavus is a partner in the grant. Byrne's sessions were titled "From Neutrality to War: The Background of U.S. Involvement" and "Creating Enthusiasm: Using Wartime Posters in the Classroom."
Baker Lawley (English) has been awarded an Artist Initiative Grant of $4,500 from the Minnesota State Arts Board, which will be used toward the completion of his short story collection, The Curtain-Puller's Understudy.
Larry Potts (chemistry, emeritus) is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education presented annually by the American Chemical Society. Award recipients are honored for enhancing the personal and professional development of students in the study of analytical chemistry. Potts taught in the Department of Chemistry at Gustavus from 1972 until his retirement in 2008 and continues as a research professor in the department. He will receive the award at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society on Aug. 22-26 in Boston.
Martin Lang (comm. studies) and sophomore student Ethan Marxhausen will host a free public premiere of their new documentary film on the future of Minnesota agriculture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter. The film, titled Farming Forward, brings together people from a number of Minnesota farms to shine a light on the role of sustainability in the future of farming. Lang and Marxhausen pursued their project with the support of a Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration Grant. The film and premiere event are made possible with support from the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, the St. Peter Food Cooperative, and the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Mark Bjelland (geography) was a featured presenter at the Minnesota Earth Sciences Teachers Association conference in St. Cloud on Feb. 5. His presentation was titled "Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink."
On the Feb. 22, Darrell Jodock (religion) was a speaker for the Jewish-Christian Relations Symposium at Texas Lutheran University. He spoke at chapel and, along with Esther Menn of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, led three classes and an evening forum, all of which were open to the public. The topics covered were "The Painful Past," "Progress since 1950," "The Current Situation and Visions for the Future," and "The Land of Israel in Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations." They also spoke at a luncheon and at a dinner. On Feb. 23, Jodock addressed the president's cabinet at Texas Lutheran and invited guests on "The Vocation of a Lutheran College."
Senior Mary Cunningham won four events to claim first place in the Individual Sweepstakes as the Gustavus forensics team won its third straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 21, at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Cunningham's first-place finish in the Oratory event qualified her to represent Minnesota at the 2010 Interstate Oratorical Association (IOA) National Contest, the oldest annual speaking competition in the nation. This marks the sixth consecutive year Gustavus will have a representative at the IOA National Contest, and it will be Cunningham’s second appearance after she represented Minnesota in 2008. The Gustavus team was also awarded the Greg Lapanta Quality Award at the MCFA tournament for the second time in the last three years. The award is based on the number of points earned divided by the number of slots entered. Gustavus averaged 9.19 points per event entered to win the award. Event winners for Gustavus were: Mary Cunningham (Communication Analysis, Informative Speaking, Oratory, and Parliamentary Debate along with partner Claire Sagstuen); senior C.J. Hunt (Prose and Program Oral Interpretation); sophomore Sam Hemmerich (Drama); and first-year Eric Halvorson (Mini Interpretation).
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
- NIH Research Funding... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants in an effort to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate degrees but have not been major recipients of NIH support. These grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The maximum project award is $300,000 in direct costs, plus indirect costs, and is available for a period of up to three years. Annual deadlines are June 25, Oct. 25, and Feb. 25. Due to the logistics of electronic submission, we recommend that proposals be submitted through the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at least one week prior to the deadline. For more information, see the NIH website.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Visit the 'Make Your Life Count' Feature Site... Check out the Gustavus "Make Your Life Count" feature-story site at http://makeyourlifecount.blog.gustavus.edu/. On the site, which is also accessible by clicking on the Make Your Life Count words in the upper right-hand corner of the Gustavus homepage, you may submit a story idea, sign up to receive an e-mail whenever a new story is posted, access the "Make Your Life Count" two-minute video, or become a fan of the "Make Your Life Count" Facebook page. And, on the Facebook page, you can also post your own comments on Make Your Life Count activity you see at Gustavus.
For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Stacia Vogel in Marketing and Communication (x6365 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:
- A new report on terrorism in Indonesia, authored by Magnus Ranstorp '85, research director at the Swedish National Defence College and recipient of a Gustavus Adolphus College Distinguished Alumni Award, was prominently mentioned in a recent Newsweek article by noted columnist Fareed Zakaria. Zakaria's article—"The Jihad against the Jihadis"—appeared in the Feb. 22, 2010, issue of the magazine, citing Ranstorp's work as "a careful study examining Indonesia's success in beating back extremism." Since graduating from Gustavus with a major in history in 1985 and earning his doctoral degree at Scotland's University of St. Andrews, Ranstorp has become a widely recognized authority on political radicalism and terrorism.
- KEYC-TV ran a story on its Feb. 18 newscasts about Gustavus being recognized as a top social media innovator in higher education. Stacia Vogel (marketing & comm.) was interviewed for the story.
- The St. Peter Herald ran a story about the "Building Bridges" Conference in its Thursday, Feb. 18, edition. Student Mayanthi Jayawardena was quoted in the story.
- The St. Peter Herald ran a story in its Thursday, Feb. 18, edition about the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of Urinetown.
- The St. Peter Herald ran a story in its Thursday, Feb. 18
edition about Doug Huff's play Emil's Enemies being performed in Santa Fe, N.M.
- Leila Brammer (comm. studies) was quoted in a
widely distributed Associated Press article analyzing Tiger Woods's public apology. The story appeared in many newspapers across the country, including the Chicago Tribune on Friday, Feb. 19.
- KARE-11 ran a feature story on its Friday, Feb. 19, newscast on men’s hockey player David Martinson. Martinson and head coach Brett Petersen were interviewed for the story.
- KEYC-TV ran a story about alleged sexual assaults on campus on its Friday, Feb. 19, newscasts. Jeff
Stocco (student affairs) was interviewed for the story.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Saturday, Feb. 20, about alleged sexual assaults on campus.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief on Saturday, Feb. 20, about the College being recognized as one of the nation’s top social media innovators. The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Thursday, Feb. 25, about the "Building Bridges" Conference. Students Rebekah Schulz and Mayanthi Jayawardena were quoted in the story.
- On Sunday, Feb. 21, the Jobs section of the New York Times featured a narrative by Luther Luedtke '65, chair and CEO of the Education Development Center (EDC), Newton, Mass., and former president of California Lutheran University, on his educational and career path. The essay, as told to a Times reporter, is titled "Educator to the World" and is part of an ongoing Jobs feature series called "The Boss."
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).
President's Cabinet Summary
The President’s Cabinet met on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, and discussed the following topics:
- A report on the activities of the Faculty Senate was given, including continuing its work on revisions to the Faculty Handbook and Manual. The revisions to the manual will be submitted to the Board for its review/approval. Discussion was also held concerning voting rights of ex officio members of the Probation Committee.
- A request for the College’s participation in the Livestock program was discussed. The Livestock program’s purpose is to raise money to purchase livestock to be distributed to families and communities around the world. Livestock board members are seeking business and personal sponsorships to help defray some of the costs of advertising and logistics. As an active member of the community, members agreed that sponsorship was appropriate.
- Implementing a series of in-service meetings for all employees was discussed. Possible issues to discuss include how we as an institution and individually respond to and deal with student alcohol abuse, mental heath issues, harassment, sexual assault, disabilities, etc.
- BD&E representatives are on campus this week to meet with a number of campus constituents to discuss the promotion of the Nobel Conference, including reviewing a post card, media plan/relations, timelines for materials, positioning for donors, website, ticketing, etc.
- Audio/visual support needs for all events on campus was discussed. A gathering of selected employees will meet to review these staffing and equipment needs.
- The development of written materials describing the three major projects recently approved by the Board, namely, the new academic building, the renovation of the Social Science Center and, the construction of the West Mall, was discussed. Specific needs for printed promotional materials will be determined soon.
- The need for a chief information officer on campus was discussed. The position would include overseeing the integrity of our overall information as a corporate asset.
- Monthly administrative vacation reports are being developed.
News & Announcements
Looking for the New Logo?... Downloadable, electronic versions of the College's new logos, and many other tools intended as helpful resources for communicating, are now available on the Gustavus website (http://gustavus.edu/marketing/). This Marketing and Communication site includes:
- Graphic Standards Guide (...marketing/files/graphicstandards.pdf)
- Usage and Style Guide
- Guide to the Office of Marketing and Communication
- Brand Resources
(https://gustavus.edu/marketing/brand/) Logos, stationery templates, an e-mail signature, Word-based newsletter templates, Powerpoint templates, and more. These brand resources are accessible to College employees only. All the other resources are publicly available without a Gustavus username and password.
This spring, Vice President for Marketing and Communication Gwen Freed will visit campus offices and departments to discuss these tools and answer questions. To inquire about scheduling such a meeting, call x7520 or e-mail email@example.com.
Day at the Capitol... Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join Student Senate and Campus Activities Board for the 2010 Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 4. The day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and includes meetings with your legislators, group discussions with key lawmakers, a tour of the Capitol, and dinner before returning to campus. Pre-registration is required and can be done at www.mnprivatecolleges.org/events/day.php.
For the Birds... The Gustavus birding e-mail group is back in action! Subscribers to this list receive up-to-date posts on where and when birds are being seen on campus or in the vicinity of St. Peter, as well as information on upcoming fields trips in the Arboretum or elsewhere. To subscribe to this list, please e-mail Bob ("the Birdman") Dunlap at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at x7199. Good birding!
Lunch & Learn... "2010 Roth IRA Conversions – The Opportunity Ahead" is the title of a luncheon seminar being held twice on Thursday, March 4—at 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.—in the Jackson Campus Center Banquet Room. This is your opportunity to make your retirement savings work for you in retirement. At this Lunch & Learn, hosted by Thrivent Financial representatives Patti Kelly and Brian Jones and guest speaker Ron Lutes, you will find out about the new rules surrounding Roth IRA conversions and the opportunities that lie ahead in 2010. To register, please call or e-mail Kari Eckheart at x6416 or email@example.com. Participants may come with their own lunch or go through the buffet line for $3. Please note that no Thrivent products will be sold at this event.
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. 26 - Sidonia Alenuma (education)
- Sunday, Feb. 28 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
- Monday, March 1 -
St. David's Day: mini gymanfa ganu
- Tuesday, March 2 - Lisa Gruenisen (senior student)
- Wednesday, March 3 - Lenten Liturgy
- Thursday, March 4 - TBA
- Friday, March 5 - Carolyn Dobler (MCS)
Author to Lecture on Infamous Art Forger... Jonathan Lopez, author of The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren (2008), will discuss van Meegeren (1889-1947) during a public lecture on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall of Science. Van Meergeren, who ranks with Elmyr de Hory (whose work is currently being exhibited in the Hillstrom Museum of Art) as one of the most infamous forgers of art, is known for his fakes after the great Dutch 17th-century painter Johannes Vermeer. Van Meegeren became a folk hero in the Netherlands at the end of World War II when he confessed to selling Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering a fake Vermeer. Lopez will consider the extravagantly sordid life of one of the world's most notorious art forgers and what he did to the image of the Vermeer we all know and love. This free public lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Elmyr de Hory, Artist and Faker, on view at the Hillstrom Museum through April 18. The Museum will be open following the lecture until 7 p.m. Elmyr de Hory, Artist and Fakerand related programming are supported by a generous grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation.
Faculty Shop Talk... Amanda Nienow (chemistry) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2009-10 academic year. Her talk, titled "What happens to herbicides sprayed on Minnesota crops?" will be presented on Friday, March 5, 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/.
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, 30%-off early bird coupon, six 20%-off coupons, and more, all for $5. Community Day is Saturday, Feb. 27, at any Herberger's store, starting at 7 am. (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, please contact Tracey Peymann (health service) at x7621 or Jane Chouanard (Anderson Social Science) at x7414.
And Another Fundraiser... On Monday, March 1, the St. Peter High School Student Council will be hosting a United Way Bake Sale fundraiser at First National Bank. The sale will be held during bank hours. The students will also be taking the bake sale "mobile" for anyone who would like goodies delivered to their office. To find out more about the bake sale or the mobile bake sale, please contact Rachel Larson (the other Rachel Larson) at 507-327-9085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March Campaign Will Benefit St. Peter Area Foodshelf... Co-ops across the state are joining Minnesota FoodShare in their March Campaign, a unique event that unites Minnesota businesses, faith communities, schools, and civic groups for one month to focus on the issues of hunger and raise cash and food donations for more than 250 food shelves throughout the state. As part of the March Campaign, the St. Peter Food Co-op and Patrick's on Third have joined forces to provide an evening of music and good vibes to benefit the St. Peter Area Foodshelf. The event, titled "Groovin' for Grub" and featuring the New Primitives (high-energy rhythm & blues, ska, reggae, calypso, and world dance music) in the name of charity, takes place on Saturday, March 20, at 9 p.m. at Patrick's. All proceeds received at the door will be donated to the St. Peter Area Foodshelf (recommended donation is $5). This is a chance to "give where you live" in a time when the need is greater than it has been in decades. All food and money donated during the month of March stay right here at the St. Peter Area Foodshelf. Community members can make donations at the following locations beginning March 1: St. Peter Food Co-op, River Rock Coffee, St. Peter Lumber, St. Peter Community Center, St. Peter Clinic, Benedictine Living Community, Nu Looks Tanning, and various churches throughout town. To get involved by becoming a donation location or volunteering your time during the March Campaign, please contact Jennifer Luhmann (email@example.com or 507-934-4880). Minnesota FoodShare is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches and has been sponsoring the Campaign since it began in 1983. It is the only campaign of its kind in the United States.
Choral Society to Perform 'Elijah'... The Saint Peter Choral Society will present Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah, accompanied by organist David Fienen (provost), on Sunday March 7, at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. Michael Jorgensen (music) will sing the role of Elijah. Gustavus graduate Roy Heilman '00 will be tenor soloist. Several Gustavus faculty members sing in the Choral Society, including John Holte (MCS; president), Ron Rietz (MCS), Bernhard Erling (religion, emeritus), and former professor Bill Lydecker. Tickets are $8 in advance at Swedish Kontur, $10 at the door. Students are admitted free of charge. The concert will be preceded at 2:50 by a performance of Mendelssohn's Sonata for Organ #6 by Chad Winterfeldt (music), associate organist at Christ Chapel.
- Rita Alice Jewison, mother of Donna Hewitt (GTS-admin. info. sys.) died on Feb. 25, at Pathstone Living in Mankato. She was 90. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Marysburg, with burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery following. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church. Memorials are preferred to Pathstone Living.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Preaching in Congregations... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will be preaching at the 9 a.m. worship service at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapidan, Minn., on Sunday, Feb. 28. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.
Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Hosanna Lutheran Church from Forest Lake, Minn., and St. Barnabas Lutheran Church from Plymouth, Minn., Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28. Church Relations will also host a confirmation retreat for Faith Lutheran Church from Winona, Minn., on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 & 28. The latter retreat will have programming provided by Gustavus Youth Outreach. Also, the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a women's retreat for All Saints Lutheran Church from Minnetonka, Minn., Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28.
Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).
Fun Recycling Facts... From the Burlington Free Press: Since the modern process for producing aluminum was developed by Alcoa founder Charles Martin Hall in 1886, more than 70 percent of all the virgin aluminum ever made remains in use. And, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States could save 470,000 trees, 1.2 million cubic feet of landfill space, and 169 million gallons of water if everyone in the U.S. traded one roll of regular toilet paper for a recycled paper roll. Faculty, staff, and students are all encouraged to make their best efforts to recycle paper, bottles, cans, and cardboard while working to minimize trash and waste. RecycleMania competition continues through March 27.
Conference Bridge Available to Employees... The conference bridge allows up to 16 people in different locations to call in to a common phone number to communicate with each other. There is no cost for use of the conference bridge, but it is scheduled on a first-come, first-serve availability basis and is to be used for College-related calls. The unit is housed on the campus telephone switch and is designed to provide quick, easy access to an audio conferencing solution. For additional information, please contact Laura in the Telecommunications Office, email@example.com or x6261.
For Sale... 2003 Honda Accord EX, 3.0L V6, black, automatic, leather, CD, AC, moon roof, power everything. Very clean, non-smoker, 117,000 miles. $9,500 or best offer. Contact Pat at 933-7538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roommate Wanted... "I am an active senior looking for a female roommate to share my home. I have been in Kasota for 58 years and I love it here. I offer a large bedroom, phone, TV, and bath upstairs. You can cook for yourself or eat with me. If you are working, have references, are respectable and honest, then give me a call." Call Margaret @ 931-4718.
"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.
Last week's "Building Bridges" Conference announcement listed an incorrect phone number for information and reservations. It should have read x7449 for the Diversity Center, not x7499 (which is VP Ken Westphal's number).
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