Inside Gustavus 

March 25, 2010 | Volume 42, Number 26

Faculty/Staff Activities

Douglas Nimmo (music) served as clinician for the 29th annual Classic Lakes Band Festival at Wayzata High School on March 16. The CLBF includes some of the finest high school bands in the Twin Cities metro area. Most of the involved schools are annual sources for some of the very best students at Gustavus!

Denis Crnković (Russian studies) has had his article "Symbol of Undetermined Faith: A note on Aleksei Kruchenykh's vowel poem 'Heights,'" accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of Studi slavistici at the University of Florence (Italy).

Student Achievements

The Diversity Center, Student Activities Office, and Campus Activities Board are sponsoring the attendance of 13 student delegates and three faculty/administrators at the 11th annual National White Privilege Conference in La Crosse, Wis., April 7-10, 2010. The student delegates are Alex Christensen, Elizabeth Coco, Joshua Connell, Jen Fox, Kareen Getfield, Daniel Martin, Nicole Meyer, Megan Miller, Ali O'Neal, Tasha Ostendorf, Jasmine Porter, Rebekah Schulz, and Abdul Suleyman. The White Privilege Conference serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore issues of white privilege, diversity, multicultural education, multicultural leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, and other systems of privilege/oppression. It provides opportunities to discuss ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege. For more information about privilege or the WPC in particular, visit the WPC Website ( or contact Virgil Jones (Diversity Center) at or Andrea Junso (student activities) at

After winning its third consecutive state championship, the Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team went on to take first place in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 19-21 in Minneapolis. Gustavus amassed 306 points to edge Ohio University (305). Bowling Green State University, Carson-Newman College, and Miami University of Ohio rounded out the top five in the team standings. A total of 57 colleges and universities participated in the tournament. Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events. Radcliffe took first place in the Prose Interpretation event, second place in Communication Analysis, and advanced to the semifinal round in both Dramatic Interpretation and Program Oral Interpretation. First-year student Kate Bissen took first place in Informative Speaking and added a fourth-place showing in Communication Analysis. Senior C.J. Hunt also took home a first-place trophy, in the Program Oral Interpretation event.

Senior David Martinson has been chosen by the American Hockey Coaches Association as the 2010 winner of the Sid Watson Award Award, symbolic of the nation’s best Division III men’s hockey player. Martinson, the Player of the Year in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), earned first team All-American status this season after leading the MIAC in scoring with 23 goals and 13 assists for 36 points. Nationally, he led the NCAA with 1.04 goals per game. He helped the Gusties to a 20-7-2 record and a spot in this year’s NCAA tournament.

Funding Opps

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

  • Artist Residencies Available... The Yaddo Mansion artists' community offers residencies in Saratoga Springs, New York, to creative artists including highly qualified writers, visual artists, composers, choreographers, performance artists, filmmakers, and video artists. Residencies vary in length from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio. Deadlines are August 1, 2010, for residencies taking place any time from late October to May, and January 1, 2011, for residencies taking place any time from mid-May to February. 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

GACDADDY... Check out this self-proclaimed “Gustavus Geek/GACDADDY” video on the Alumni website at This blog post is one of several videos that will be posted prior to the Class of 1985’s 25th reunion during Homecoming in September.

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:

  • Karl Larson (HES) was interviewed by WXIN Fox 59 of Indianapolis, Ind., for a March 18 story about an incident of sexual assault and hazing involving the nearby Carmel High School boys' basketball team; Larson was in Indianapolis for the annual American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention, at which he presided over a session about sexual violence among teens.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about the Winds of Spring concert in its Thursday, March 18. edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, March 18, Sports section about men’s basketball players Phil Wirtjes and Ryan McPartland being named all-conference.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, March 18 Sports section about Gustavus hosting the women’s hockey Frozen Four. Head coach Mike Carroll is quoted in the story.
  • posted a story on Thursday, March 18, about Gustavus hosting the women’s hockey Frozen Four. Athletics Director Al Molde was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story on women’s hockey player Lindsey Hjelm in its Friday, March 19 Sports section. Hjelm, her father, Rick Hjelm ’83 (who also played hockey as a student here), and head coach Mike Carroll were all quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press's Opinions page mentioned Gustavus and the women’s hockey Frozen Four in a note about women’s athletics in its Saturday, March 20, edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Saturday, March 20, Sports section about men’s hockey player David Martinson being named Division III Player of the Year. Martinson and head coach Brett Petersen were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Saturday, March 20, Sports section about women’s hockey
    players Melissa Mackley and Kirstin Peterson being named to the American Hockey Coaches Association All-America team.
  • KEYC-TV ran stories about the women’s hockey team on Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20.
  • Gustavus was mentioned in stories about the women’s hockey Frozen Four in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Elmira (N.Y.) Star-Gazette, Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, and Montpelier (Vt.) Times.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story in its April 2010
    edition about Anna Versluis (geography) and the research she recently conducted in Haiti. Versluis is quoted in the story.
  • The Metro Lutheran also printed shorter stories in its April 2010 editionabout the Gustavus forensics team and about Larry Potts (chemistry, emeritus) receiving the J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education.

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

Personnel Changes

  • Sidonia Alenuma to Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh, education (name change)

Position Openings

  • Head resident (residential life)

For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304).

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on March 23, 2010, and discussed the following topics:

  • Faculty Senate Vice Chair Alisa Rosenthal reported on several items. Proposed changes to the faculty manual revisions are nearly complete. When Provost Fienen receives the proposed final revisions, he will take them to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees for its review. Faculty committee elections are underway. Faculty Senate leaders look forward to consulting with President Ohle on the search for Provost and Dean of the College. Faculty members also are looking forward to hearing a presentation to all employees this week regarding three board-approved building projects and the related financing plans.
  • The Cabinet approved a fee increase for the nursing program for 2010-11 recommended by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium. The fee will enable students to take advantage of the Kaplan program to prepare for a capstone exam in their field.
  • The College plans to acquire a four-color digital press in order to fulfill more printing needs on campus, resulting in savings of time and money. The Cabinet reviewed a selection of types of printing projects that would be processed on the new machine.
  • The Cabinet discussed risk and mission considerations related to public events on campus that seek to raise money for outside charities. Next year’s Gustavus Guide (student guide) will include language to clarify criteria for College sponsorship of such events in the future.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony for the new academic building is scheduled for Friday, April 16, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees' meeting.

News & Announcements

Carlson Award Nominations Sought... The Provost's Office invites all members of the Gustavus community to nominate a faculty member for the Gustavus Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. Nominations are due on April 15, 2010.

No Newsletter Next Week... Inside Gustavus will not be published on Thursday, April 1, during Spring Break and Easter Recess. Publication resumes on April 8.

Faculty Lunch with the President... President Ohle invites 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

Reminder about Parking Lot Closings... 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. Parking lots will be closed for overnight cleaning between Tuesday, March 30, and Friday, April 2, according to the schedule published in last week's Inside Gustavus. Vehicles parked in these locations during cleaning hours will be towed at the owner’s expense. Questions? Contact Campus Safety at x8888.

Nominate for Diversity Awards... The Diversity Leadership Council bestows "Diversity Honors Awards" to annually recognize the ongoing efforts and accomplishments of a student, a faculty/staff member, and a campus event that embody and exemplify the values of diversity at Gustavus. The three awards recognize and foster future acceptance and integration of all communities. Nomination forms for Students, Faculty/Staff, and Events are available from the Diversity Center. They are due Friday, April 2. Winners of these awards will be announced at the annual Diversity Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 8. The Diversity Leadership Council and the Diversity Center thank you again for supporting their efforts to further diversity in our community and making this event a huge success.

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 26 - John Clementson (provost's office)
  • Sunday, March 28-Monday, April 5 - NO CHAPEL (Spring Break & Easter Recess)
  • Tuesday, April 6 - Easter Celebration: Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Wednesday, April 7 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, April 8 - Doug Nimmo (music), Luleå Youth Chamber Orchestra from Sweden
  • Friday, April 9 - TBA

Moe Lecture Scheduled for April 8... Drucilla Barker, professor of women’s and gender studies and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of South Carolina, is the invited speaker for this year’s Moe Lecture in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus. Barker is a feminist economist who will present a lecture titled “Caregivers and Other Dangerous Strangers: Rethinking the Paradox of Caring Labor.” This free public lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Alumni Hall. For more information about this year’s Moe Lecture, contact Peg O’Connor (philosophy & GWS) at 507-933-7573 or

Home Concerts... Two of the College's touring music ensembles present their annual home concerts on the weekend following Easter. The Jazz Lab Band, directed by Steve Wright, will perform the music it played on its tour to New York and Washington, D.C., in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gregory Aune, returns from a regional tour of Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota to present its home concert in Christ Chapel on Sunday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. Both concerts are open to the public without charge.

Lefler Lecture Brings NYU Professor to Campus... Diana Taylor, a world-renowned expert in the fields of performance studies and Latin American studies, will speak at this year’s Herbert P. and Mary Jane Lefler Lecture. Taylor’s presentation is titled "Performing Democracy in Mexico," and will address the Mexican cabaret artist Jesus Rodriguez and her work in organizing political action following the contested national elections of 2006. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Alumni Hall; it is free and open to the public. Taylor is a professor of performance studies and Spanish at New York University, where she is also founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.


  • Ron Green (education, emeritus) passed away Sunday, March 21. He was 80. Visitation will be Thursday, March 25, 4-7 p.m. and at 10 a.m. before the Friday funeral service at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. The funeral (also at First Lutheran) is scheduled for Friday, March 26, at 11 a.m.

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

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

Facility Hours

Library Hours for Spring Break... Friday, March 26 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, March 27, & Sunday, March 28 - CLOSED; Monday, March 29-Thursday, April 1 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Friday, April 2-Sunday, April 4 - CLOSED.

Special Hillstrom Museum Hours... A special spring break schedule has been announced for the Hillstrom Museum of Art. During Spring Break, the Museum will be open limited hours, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, March 29-April 1, and Monday, April 5. The regular museum schedule will resume on April 6. The current exhibition at the Museum, Elmyr de Hory, Artist and Faker, runs through April 18.

Market Place Spring Break Hours... Friday, March 26 - 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, March 27-Sunday, March 28 - CLOSED; Monday, March 29-Thursday, April 1 - 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday, April 2-Sunday, April 4 - CLOSED.


For Sale... Very hip three-season retreat/cabin, located a block off the Mississippi River between Winona and LaCrosse, in the small town of Dakota, Minn. Converted from a barn into a summer art studio and living space, it is a great family summer place or quiet place to work. Has a kitchen area, a full bath and laundry area and a great studio or workshop. Two blocks from a local boat landing for easy access to fishing, kayaking, or boating. Close to a state park and hiking trails. Asking price: $91,000. E-mail Lois Peterson (art & art history) at for more information and photos.

For Sale... Nice 2 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath townhome with beautifully landscaped yard. Ceramic tile foyer, concrete patio, 6 panel doors, master bathroom, all appliances included (most are only 1 yr old!) , 30-yr. warrantied shingles, cement board siding, Andersen windows, and double garage. 1,300 square feet. Don't let the dues scare you—they include exterior insurance on the bldg., lawn mowing, snow shoveling, and garbage pickup. Just move in and enjoy!!! Contact Kristen Hartz (Career Center) at or x6056 with any questions.

"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.


Congratulations! The President's Cabinet wants to thank everyone for their efforts this past weekend when the College hosted the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey National Championship games. It took tremendous collaboration and hard work to put together such a large and high-profile event in a very limited time period. Our women hockey players are excellent representatives of the College. It was an honor for Gustavus to host the tournament.



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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.
Sep 29 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art

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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