Inside Gustavus 

March 11, 2010 | Volume 42, Number 24

Faculty/Staff Activities

David Fienen (provost) was organist for performances of the Mendelssohn oratorio Elijah by the St. Peter Choral Society in New Ulm on March 6 and at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter on March 7. Michael Jorgensen (music) sang the role of Elijah. Several current and retired members of the Gustavus faculty sang in the chorus, which celebrated with these performances the bicentennial of Mendelssohn’s birth and the 30th anniversary of the Choral Society.

Marie Walker (psychology) and Chris Johnson (CVR) presented (with Paul Schadewald, from Macalester College) a paper on "Voices from Holden Village: Young Adult Development in a Mentoring Community" at the Institute on College Student Values in February. The presentation was based on their work (with Lucy Forster-Smith from Macalester and Garry Hesser from Augsburg College) in a three-and-a-half-year research study of "Holden Village as a Mentoring Community," funded by the Lilly Endowment. Holden Village is a Lutheran, ecumenical retreat and education center in Washington State, known around the country as a place of exploration, discernment, and formation of young adults' sense of vocation.

Julie Gilbert (library) and Chris Gilbert (poli. sci.) recently published a book chapter in Collaborative Information Literacy Assessments, edited by Thomas Mackey and Trudi Jacobson and published by Neal-Schuman. Their chapter, "Assessing Integrated Library Components to Enhance Information Literacy in Political Science," outlines the development of a successful semester-long library lab component in the Political Science Research Methods course.

Ray Thrower (Campus Safety) presented at the Career Exploration Day at South Central College on March 9. His program was geared for high school students.

Chris Johnson (CVR) is one of 16 people in the country selected to participate in the two-year Circles of Trust facilitator preparation program of the Center for Courage and Renewal. Johnson joins a national network of some 160 highly skilled facilitators of retreats and programs that encourage people in education, law, health care, ministry, nonprofit and community leadership, and other walks of life to connect the inner life of mind, heart, and spirit with the outer life of work and service in the world. Grounded in the work of author and educator Parker J. Palmer, Circles of Trust retreats help people to renew their vocational vitality and deepen their professional practice; support them in becoming forces for positive change in their workplaces, professions, and communities; and contribute to the growing national conversation about reclaiming integrity and courage in professional and public life.

Mark Lammers (Research Professor, music) had an article published in the Spring 2010 edition of the NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors) Journal. The article is titled "Questions, Answers and Mentoring."

Rebecca Fremo (English) has had three poems accepted for publication. "Country Song" and "Fresh Snow" will appear in the inaugural e-issue of Tidal Basin Review in April 2010. "Farming Dandelions" will appear in the Spring 2010 issue of River Poets Journal.

Social Media

You can view photos from Gustavus's "Day at the Capitol" on March 4 on Flickr, at:

For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Stacia Vogel in Marketing and Communication (x6365 or

In the Media

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

  • Mankato Free Press reporter Shane Frederick wrote a column on Tuesday, March 2, about the men's hockey team's 6-5, four-overtime win over Augsburg College in the MIAC playoffs. Head coach Brett Petersen was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Thursday, March 4, Sports section about men's hockey player David Martinson being named MIAC Player of the Year.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, March 4, edition about the documentary film, Farming Forward, produced by Martin Lang (comm. studies) and senior student Ethan Marxhausen. Lang is quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed information about this year's "Building Bridges" Conference on immigration in its Monday, March 8, Valley section.

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


President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on Tuesday, March 9, and discussed the following items:

  • President Ohle and Vice President Westphal will make a presentation on campus building projects and financing plans at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, in the Heritage Room. This will be the same presentation that was open to all employees on Jan. 28.
  • Student Senate leaders have requested an opportunity to meet with President Ohle and Cabinet members for an "administrative forum." This event will be held on April 12 at 4:30 p.m. The students will create the agenda and have an opportunity to ask questions.
  • Discussion was held regarding the 2010-11 fiscal year operating budget.

News & Announcements

Nominate a Student to Speak at Commencement... The current co-presidents of the Student Senate chair the committee responsible for selecting the commencement speaker for the class of 2010. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit names of students who may have the interest and ability to be that speaker. Candidates should uphold the College’s value of academic excellence, be engaged in a meaningful way in the Gustavus community, and have the ability to reflect upon their experience, articulate a message that resonates with the audience, and bring dignity to the College. Names may be submitted to the Student Senate co-presidents, Matt Olson and Derek Holm, at E-mail them if you have any questions as well.

Gustavus After Hours... The Gustavus After Hours announced by President Ohle at the last faculty meeting to be held on March 19 is rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Linner Lounge on March 22. Faculty and staff are invited to visit with President Ohle over refreshments at the close of the workday. This will be a casual social gathering. All are encouraged to come and enjoy one another's company.  

Faculty Lunches with the President... President Ohle is pleased to invite faculty members to join him for luncheon forums this spring. These events will provide opportunities for regular interaction and a time for sharing ideas. The first forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17. The second will be held on Tuesday, April 6 (date change from April 22). Both lunches will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room.  RSVP at least one week ahead to the President's Office by calling Pat Leagjeld at x7538 or e-mailing her at

Building Projects Presentation Rescheduled... A presentation and discussion to review recently announced building projects and financing plans will be held on Wednesday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room (date/time change from April 6 at 11:30 a.m.).

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, March 12 - Debra Pitton and members of her IEX class, on their experiences in Peru
  • Sunday, March 14 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Monday, March 15 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Garret Paul (religion)
  • Wednesday, March 17 - Lenten Liturgy
  • Thursday, March 18 - Taizé
  • Friday, March 19 - Chuck Niederriter (physics)

'Building Bridges' This Saturday... Student organizers invite the community to attend the "Building Bridges" Conference on Saturday, Mar. 13. The conference officially kicks off at 10 a.m. with a performance by "I Am We Are" and keynote addresses by Kao Kalia Yang, a Hmong American writer, and Paul Hillmer, a history professor from ConcordiaUniversity-St. Paul. Tickets are free to faculty, staff, and students, and can be picked up outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room through Friday, or on Saturday at the Student Activities Desk. "Building Bridges" is a student-initiated, student-led diversity conference dedicated to addressing today’s pressing global and social issues. The students involved work to increase awareness and action through inspirational speakers supplemented by informative workshops and interactive action steps. This year’s conference, "Immigration: Surviving the Land of Opportunity," will focus on the two sides of immigration: the struggles immigrants face and the strength required to survive these struggles every day. For more information and to register for the conference, visit or contact the Diversity Center at x7449.

Mika Kimula Returns to Gustavus for Residency, Recital... As a finale to a residency in the Department of Music supported by the Johnson Endowment for the Arts, traditional Japanese music performer Mika Kimula will join soprano Rebecca McConnaughey and pianist Yumiko Oshima-Ryan (both music) for a recital in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, March 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Kimula's week-long residency on the campus (March 8-14) has included lectures in the Music of World Cultures class, master classes in voice, private voice instruction, and work in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with students in the Japanese studies area. This is her second residency in the department in five years. Kimula began exploring ways to utilize the voice at the Vocal Department of the Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts, where she studied Italian classical and modern songs and performed experimental works using Japanese words and lyrics. Her interests evolved to 20th-century Japanese vocal compositions and traditional Japanese singing styles such as noh chant and nagauta singing. She studied the Noguchi Taisô body awareness methods with Michizô Noguchi, who taught her how language responds to the voice and one’s inner image of the body. (Please note that the date and time of the recital have changed from the original listing in the spring fine arts calendar, to Saturday, March 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m.) The performance is free and will be followed by a reception for the performers in the recital hall lobby.

Faculty Shop Talk... Julie Gilbert (library; faculty associate for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), Julie Bartley (geology), and Kyle Chambers (psychology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2009-10 academic year. Their talk, titled "Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Gustavus," will be presented on Friday, March 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

Annual Women Celebrating Women Event... The seventh annual “Women Celebrating Women” celebration in St. Peter is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the banquet rooms of the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center at Gustavus. The 2010 theme is "Writing Women Back into History." The evening will include a social hour, entertainment, dinner, and an award ceremony. Women from St. Peter’s history will be featured in performances. Held during Women’s History Month, the event is a celebration of all women’s accomplishments and each year honors area women who make a positive difference in the St. Peter area. The event is open to the public, but advance registration is required. To register, contact the office of St. Peter Community Education at 934-3048 or, under the Winter General Interest category. Reservations will be accepted until Wednesday, March 17. The cost is $20 per person. This program is sponsored by the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Peter Herald, St. Peter Community Education, and Nicollet County Historical Society. For more information, contact the chamber at 934-3400.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Krispy Kremes for St. Pat's... Krispy Kreme donuts will be available March 17! You are asked to order and pre-pay $7 per dozen no later than this Friday, March 12, by contacting Tracey Peymann at Donuts may be delivered to your office, or you may pick them up at First National Bank parking lot 3:30-6:30 p.m. during the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Funds raised will benefit the SPHS All Night Graduation Party.

The Circus Comes to Town... Jose Cole Circus is coming to St. Peter on Saturday, March 20. It opens at 5 p.m. at the National Guard Armory (1120 Swift Street, St. Peter). Tickets go on sale beginning at 4 p.m. at the event venue, at $9 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under, and free for ages 2 and under. The circus performance is brought to you by Nicollet County Relay For Life.


  • Margie K. Lohmann, mother of Joyce Aarsvold (GTS), passed away on Friday, March 5. She was 83 years old. Her funeral was held on March 10 at the United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, Minn.

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... Presenters scheduled for this week include the Rev. Darrell Jodock (religion), who will be giving his talk, "Understanding Judaism: Why Is It Important for Christians?" at St. John Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine, Minn., on Sunday, March 14 at 9:15 a.m. 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.

Preaching in Congregations... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will be preaching at the 10 a.m. worship service at Augustana Lutheran Church in Gibbon, Minn., on Sunday, March 14. This pulpit supply program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Highview Christiania Lutheran Church from Farmington, Minn., on Friday and Saturday, March 12 & 13.

Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).


For Sale or Rent... 3-bedroom, 2-bath house built in 1890. All bedrooms are on 2nd floor. Huge detached, heated 2-car garage + workshop. Open floor plan includes large 30 x 13 living room that opens to 4-seasons porch with lots of natural light and 18 x 10 dining room. Kitchen has tons of cabinets and a newish refrigerator with ice and water in the door. Partially finished basement makes a great office. Near St Peter Library/Community Center. See for pictures. E-mail Ethan at or call 469-8574 for more information. Available June 1; $169,000 or $850/mo. to rent.

For Sale: IMac computer, 2 years old. Model 7.1, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 24” screen, 2.8 GHz, 500 GB hard drive, superdrive. Snow Leopord OS. BootCamp partition includes Windows Vista. Mac2Sell website suggests a current used value of $950. Asking $900. Also for sale: HP Photosmart C8180 all-in-one printer/scanner/fax. Printer is 2 years old, like-new condition, very little use. Includes ability to copy slides and films. Some replacement ink included. Original cost was $350 (high-end home printer). Asking $100. If interested in either or both, call 934-1443 or e-mail

"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
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 22 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 23 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 24 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
4:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Luther (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Sep 25 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Homecoming Adolphus College Campus
10 a.m. Volleyball at Monmouth (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
noon Volleyball at Coe (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
1 p.m. Football hosts St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Catherine (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1011:59 p.m. Peer Assistants host SNL Arena
Sep 27 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 28 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.

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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