Inside Gustavus 

March 18, 2010 | Volume 42, Number 25

Faculty/Staff Activities

Bob Douglas (geography) presented a talk on his book, A Field Guide to Historic Sites in Olmsted County, Minnesota, at the annual meeting of the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners at the American Legion in Eyota, Minn., on March 13.

Lisa Heldke (philosophy) presented a paper titled "Jane Addams and Liberty Hyde Bailey: Two Models of Democratic Inquiry Community," at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in Charlotte, N.C.

Jim McGuire (music) recently was commissioned to write a work for the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival, to be held March 19-21, 2010. The commission, a five-movement work titled Festival Suite for Guitar Orchestra, will be premiered at the Festival Concert, Sunday, March 21, at St. Cecelia Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., with Jim in attendance. It will be performed by a massed ensemble of guitar quartets from colleges throughout the Midwest in attendance at the festival.

Jill Fischer (CICE) co-facilitated a workshop titled "Foundations of Education Abroad" at the NAFSA: Association of International Educator's Academy VII Spring Training in Atlanta, Ga., March 10-13. The NAFSA Academy for International Educators is an intensive nine-month training program comprising three training events, complimented by written assignments, regular cohort conference calls, and guidance from a coach. For 2010, Jill was selected to be a NAFSA Academy Coach and will work with six Academy participants based in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Missouri throughout the year.

Former Gustavus men's tennis coach Steve Wilkinson has been chosen to receive the 2010 Tennis Educational Merit Award by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. He will receive the award at the organization's award luncheon on Saturday, March 20, in Dallas. The prestigious Tennis Educational Merit Award is presented annually to those "who have made notable contributions in th etennis education field at the national level and have demonstrated leadership and creative skills in such areas as instruction, writing, organization, and promotion of the game of tennis." Wilkinson, a member of the USTA Northern Hall of Fame, retired last year as the all-time winningest coach in men's collegiate tennis history, with more than 920 victories.

Funding Opps

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

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program... Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record. Awards provide the opportunity to lecture and/or do research in twelve European countries, two South American countries, Russia, Canada, and Australia. Grants are available from three months to twelve months and vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline is August 2. For more information, please see

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

Social Media

Handy Website... You can access many of the Gustavus social networking sites from one Gustavus webpage:

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:

  • The Star Tribune printed an article in its Sunday, March 14, edition about the current exhibitions on display at the Hillstrom Museum of Art. Don Myers (art & art history) was quoted in the article.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Sunday, March 14, Valley section about this year's "Building Bridges" Conference. Mayra Taylor (MLLC-Spanish) and students Irma Marquez and Adriana Flores were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Sunday, March 14, Valley section about the upcoming Lupe Fiasco concert. Student Kyle Goodfellow 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


News & Announcements

Newsletter Publication Reminder... Inside Gustavus will not be published on Thursday, April 1, during Spring Break and Easter Recess. Announcements of events or deadlines occurring between March 26 and April 8 should be submitted by the end of the day on Tuesday, March 23, to be included in the March 25 posting of the newsletter. The next publication date after March 25 is April 8.

Spring Break Parking and Lot Cleaning... Students leaving their vehicles on campus during Spring Break MUST park in the Campus Drive Lot (gravel lot), north of Southwest Hall. If that lot fills up, park in the Björling Lot (gravel lot) west of Björling Recital Hall. Any vehicle not moved to one of these two locations during Spring Break will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

The following parking lots will be closed for overnight cleaning according to the following schedule. Vehicles parked in these locations during cleaning hours will be towed at the owner’s expense. Questions? Contact Campus Safety at x8888.

  • Lots CLOSED from 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, until Wednesday, March 31, at 4 a.m.
    - Norelius Lot (Green section)
    - Norelius Lot (Red section)
    - Arboretum Lot (between Schaefer Fine Arts Center and Lind Interpretive Center)
    - Sorensen Lot (west of North/Gibbs/Sorensen)
  • Lots CLOSED from 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, until Thursday, April 1, at 4 a.m.
    - Visitor Lot (north of Jackson Campus Center)
    - Lund Lot (south of Lund Center)
    - Olin Lot (south of Olin and Carlson International Center)
    - Uhler Lot
    - Swanson Tennis Center Lot
    - Chapel Circle (west of Christ Chapel)
    - Stadium Lot
  • Lots CLOSED from 6 p.m. Thursday, April 1, until Friday, April 2, at 4 a.m.
    - Nobel Lot (west of Nobel Hall of Science)
    - Heating Plant Lot (east of Heating Plant)
    - Rundstrom Lot
    - Wahlstrom Lot
    - College View Lot
    - Björling Lot (west of Bjorling Recital Hall and south of Prairie View Hall)
    - Arbor View Apartments Lot
    - Pittman Lot

Employee Position Review Requests Due... The next meeting of the Staff Reclassification Committee will be held on March 25 to evaluate requests for grade changes for support staff positions. To be considered at this meeting, a complete request for position review must be received in the Office of Human Resources by Friday, March 19.

Gustavus After Hours... The Gustavus After Hours announced by President Ohle at the last faculty meeting to be held on March 19 has been 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.

Building Projects and Financing Plans Presentation... A presentation and discussion to review building projects and financing plans will be held on Wednesday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall (note new location).

Faculty Lunches with the President... President Ohle is pleased to invite faculty members to join him for a luncheon forum this spring. This gathering will provide opportunities for regular interaction and a time for sharing ideas. The luncheon forum will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Presidents Dining Room. RSVP at least three days ahead to the President's Office by calling Pat Leagjeld at x7538 or e-mailing her at

Nominations Sought for Faculty Service Award... The Provost's Office invites nominations of faculty members for the Gustavus Faculty Service Award. Accomplishments from both Gustavus service and wider-community or professional service are appropriate. Nominations are due by April 15, 2010.

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 19 - Chuck Niederriter (physics)
  • Sunday, March 21 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, March 22 - Paula Swiggum (nursing)
  • Tuesday, March 23 - Scott Bur (chemistry)
  • Wednesday, March 24 - Lenten Liturgy
  • Thursday, March 25 - Annunciation of Our Lord: music festival
  • Friday, March 26 - John Clementson (provost's office)

Faculty Shop Talk... Julie Gilbert (library & Kendall Center 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

'Winds of Spring' Concert on Friday... A number of small ensembles will join with the Gustavus and Vasa wind orchestras to present their annual "Winds of Spring" concert in Christ Chapel, Friday, March 19. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes performances by the two wind orchestras as well as the Department of Music's Saxophone Quartet, Wind Sinfonia, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and Kalmar Wind Quintet. This performance is free and open to the public. Douglas Nimmo (music) will lead the two wind orchestras and the Gustavus Wind Sinfonia in their performances. Conductors and coaches for the smaller ensembles include John Engebretson, Ann Pesavento, Scott Moore, and Paul Budde (all music).

Leibundguth-Witt Duo to Perform on Sunday... "Five Brits & a Witt: Music from the British Isles and America” is the theme of a recital to be performed by the Leibundguth-Witt Duo in Jussi Björling Recital Hall, Sunday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m. This performance by Gustavus flute instructor Barbara Leibundguth (music), a member of the Minnesota Orchestra for 20 years, and Carl Witt, pianist and composer, which includes five works by British composers and one by Witt, is free and open to the public; a reception for the musicians follows in the Björling lobby. The Leibundguth-Witt Duo began working together in 1994, and their CD, Visionary Duos, was released in 2001 on the Albany label. In 2002 they won a $25,000 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists.

Lecture Complements Forger's Exhibition at Hillstrom Museum... Mark Forgy, friend and assistant of one of the most notorious art forgers in history, will present a public lecture, "Elmyr de Hory, the Man, the Myth, the Artist: A Personal View" on Sunday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Wallenberg Auditorium of Nobel Hall of Science. This free public lecture is presented in conjunction with the Hillstrom Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Elmyr de Hory, Artist and Faker, which considers Hungarian-born de Hory (1906-1976), some of whose forgeries after modernist artists such as Henri Matisse (1869-1954) or Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) are believed to still be undetected in prominent public and private collections. Forgy has appeared in several films and documentaries about de Hory. His lecture draws on his recently written memoirs of his friendship with de Hory, titled The Forger’s Apprentice: Life with the World’s Most Notorious Artist. The exhibition Elmyr de Hory, Artist and Faker is on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art through April 18. It includes more than 70 works given or bequeathed by de Hory to Forgy, plus related works lent by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibit and lecture are supported by the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, and the lecture is also supported by the Lecture Series of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Bluegrass at the Bothy... The Bothy Folk Club and the MBOTMA (Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association) are teaming up to host Blake Williams and his group, "The Expedition Show," on Friday, March 19, at 8 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Mankato. Tickets are $16 at the door, $8 for teens, and free for children 12 and under. Williams has been a professional bluegrass musician for over 34 years, as a banjo player for Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass until Lester’s death in 1979, and then with Bill Monroe for 10 years (making him Monroe’s longest tenured banjo player). He has played Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Lincoln Center. He recorded two albums with Lester Flatt and six albums with Bill Monroe, one of which, Southern Flavor, won the first Grammy for "Bluegrass Album of The Year." For more information on Williams and his group, visit their website at

Give Where You Live... As part of the March Campaign, the St. Peter Food Co-op and Patrick’s on Third have joined forces to stage "Groovin' for Grub," an evening of music benefiting the St. Peter Area Food Shelf. Enjoy the music of the New Primitives in the name of charity 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 Food Shelf (recommended donation at the door is $5). More information is available at the St. Peter Food Co-op and at For more on Minnesota FoodShare and the March Campaign, visit More information on Second Harvest may be found at


  • Niva Ray, mother of Rita Ray (E/M), died on March 12 in Calcutta, India.

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

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for the Wildfire Youth Group Saturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21. The Wildfire Youth Group consists of youth from Elim and Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Churches from Robbinsdale, Minn., House of Hope and Holy Nativity Lutheran Churches from New Hope, Minn., and First Lutheran Church from Crystal, Minn. 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).

Telecommunications Updates

Following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2009-10."

  • Andrew Grace, English, phone: x7395, e-mail: agrace (addition)
  • Anthony Konicek, athletics, phone: x6297, e-mail: akonice2 (addition)
  • Katy Young, English, phone: x7395 (deletion)

For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe (x6261 or


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For Sale... Turn-of-the-century caned solid hardwood daybed/couch. Good condition. Asking $150 (firm). Contact Kristen Lowe

"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 Women's Swimming and Diving at UW-Stevens Point Point, Wis.
100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
1 p.m. Women's Basketball hosts Bethel Peter, Minn.
2 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Concordia Peter, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Hockey at Concordia, Minn.
Men's Track & Field at Macalester Vanessa Seljeskog Classic Paul, Minn.
Women's Track & Field at Macalester Vanessa Seljeskog Classic Paul, Minn.
3 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Bethel Peter, Minn.
4 p.m. Gymnastics at UW-Whitewater, Wis.
TodayTomorrow Today at 10 p.m. to Tomorrow at 1 a.m. LineUs SNL Event Center
Tomorrow 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
23 p.m. Gallery Talk THIS SUNDAY by Kristen Lowe, Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Community Chapel
Jan 24 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
10 a.m. to noon COVID-19 Testing Today Center - Second Floor overlooking Gus Young Court
Jan 25 7 p.m. Women's Hockey hosts Bethel Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Men's Hockey at St. Olaf, Minn.
Jan 26 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
8:3010:30 a.m. COVID-19 Testing Today Center - Second Floor overlooking Gus Young Court
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: Morning Praise Chapel
1010:50 a.m. Don't just Say it, Show it! Center
1111:50 a.m. You Belong Here- Bias Response Workshop Center
noon to 12:50 p.m. Beginner Yoga
11:50 p.m. College Archives Tour
13:30 p.m. New Faculty Retreat
22:50 p.m. Farm to Table and the Health Benefits Behind it Center
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
Jan 27 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
1010:50 a.m. The ACT of Adjusting Center
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: Holy Communion Chapel
10:3011:30 a.m. Yoga for Winter Wellness
noon to 1:30 p.m. Cake Decorating Center
22:50 p.m. Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback Center
Jan 28 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
1011:30 a.m. Canvas Painting Center
1111:50 a.m. Trends in Substance Use, How to Support our Students Center
11:50 p.m. Social Media Tips! Center
22:50 p.m. Creating Inclusion Through Our Words Center
2:303:30 p.m. Reading Group - "My Grandmother's Hands" by Resmaa Menakem (Zoom)
Men's Track & Field at St. Olaf Quadrangular, Minn.
Women's Track & Field at St. Olaf Quadrangular, Minn.
6:30 p.m. Gymnastics at Hamline (Triangular) Paul, Minn.
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Saint Mary's Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Hockey at Saint Mary's, Minn.
Jan 29 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
Men's Tennis at Keiser University (Scrimmage) Nona, Fla.
11 a.m. Men's Tennis at Southeastern University (Scrimmage), Fla.
1 p.m. Men's Swimming and Diving vs. Saint John's Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Basketball at Macalester Paul, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Swimming and Diving vs. Saint Benedict Peter, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Hockey hosts Saint Mary's Peter, Minn.
Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Jack Johnson Classic, Minn.
3 p.m. Men's Basketball at Macalester Paul, Minn.
Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Jack Johnson Classic, Minn.
7 p.m. Men's Hockey at Saint Mary's, Minn.
Jan 30 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
Jan 31 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details
1010:50 a.m. College Archives Tour
10 a.m. to noon COVID-19 Testing Today Center - Second Floor overlooking Gus Young Court
10 a.m. Men's Tennis at Eastern Florida State (Scrimmage), Fla.
Men's Tennis at Warner University (Scrimmage) Nona, Fla.
noon to 12:50 p.m. Wellness Workshop: Envision - Explore - Discover Center
11:50 p.m. Racial Battle Fatigue Center
22:50 p.m. Food Shelf Packing Center
3 p.m. Men's Tennis at St. Leo (Scrimmage) Leo, Fla.
Feb 1 100 Hour Challenge: Register HERE! Schedule for Details

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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