Inside Gustavus 

April 8, 2010 | Volume 42, Number 27

Faculty/Staff Activities

Jill Locke (political science) presented two papers, "Politicizing Authenticity" and "Romantic Dreams and Nightmares: Rousseau and Les Salonnières," at the Western Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco, April 1-3.

Lisa Heldke (philosophy) was one of two principal speakers at the annual Public Issues Forum of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium on March 27, on the topic "The Future of Food." The title of her talk was "Down-Home Global Cooking: Why Cosmopolitanism versus Localism Is a False Dichotomy, and How Our Food Can Show Us the Way to a Third Option."

Student Achievements

On April 2-5, the Gustavus forensics team earned a top-10 national ranking with its best-ever performance at the American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The team earned 197 points to finish in 10th place. Bradley University claimed first in the team sweepstakes with 443 points. Seventeen Gustavus students participated at the AFA-NIET, advancing in an impressive eleven events to quarterfinals, six events to semifinals, and two events to finals. Sophomore Chloe Radcliffe placed 15th in Individual Sweepstakes, aided by her second-place finish in Communication Analysis and fifth-place finish in Drama Interpretation, to become the first Gustavus student to be a national finalist in any AFA-NIET event and the first to place in the Individual Sweepstakes. 2010 marks the fourth straight year that the Gustavus forensics team has earned a top-20 national ranking at the AFA-NIET. The team earned 20th-place finishes in 2007 and 2008 and an 18th-place finish in 2009.

Funding Opps

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

  • Research Publication Grants... The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers eight-week Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants for women college faculty to prepare research for publication. The award is $6,000. Applicants must have received their doctorates by the application deadline of November 15, 2010, and may be tenure-track, part-time, or temporary faculty. This grant program is intended for faculty who have not yet established strong publishing records. For more information, please see the third bulleted item on the program's Web page. Note that the website will have updated applications sometime this summer.

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

Social Media

The Office of Admission has Twitter to communicate with prospective students, or anyone who wants to follow gustavusadm on The tweets also appear in the lower left corner of the Admission homepage at

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

Position Openings

  • Assistant athletic trainer (athletics & HES)

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

News & Announcements

2010 Nobel Conference Tickets Now on Sale... Tickets for the 46th annual Nobel Conference, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5 & 6, went on sale April 1. The 2010 Nobel Conference, titled "Making Food Good," brings in seven distinguished presenters who will offer thought-provoking looks into what makes food good—from the scientific and ethical aspects to esthetic, ecological, and economic considerations. For additional information about the conference, visit Tickets may be ordered online at or over the phone by calling the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520 (mail orders are no longer accepted). Students, faculty, and staff may still obtain a ticket for the lectures at no cost, but they will need to order the ticket online through

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, April 9 - Barbara Bjelland (chaplains' office)
  • Sunday, April 11 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, April 12 - Andrew Yackel-Juleen (senior student)
  • Tuesday, April 13 - Kate Knutson (political science)
  • Wednesday, April 14 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, April 15 - Sue Busch Leaf '75
  • Friday, April 16 - Tenure Service

Faculty Shop Talk... María Isabel Kalbermatten (MLLC) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2009-10 academic year. Her talk, titled "Are Men More Ironic than Women?" will be presented on Friday, April 9, 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

Jazz Lab Band to Perform Home Concert... The Gustavus Adolphus College Jazz Lab Band returns from its six-day concert tour on the East Coast to play its home concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The concert includes works from the tour program written by Billy Strayhorn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Ray Brown, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Thad Jones, among others. Saturday's performance is open to the public without charge. The band’s recent tour included performances at the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village, Tenafly (N.J.) Middle School, The Fairfax at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Arlington, Va. The schedule included music clinics with the students at Tenafly Middle School, attending a performance by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard, and a clinic with the Navy Commodores.

Symphony Presents Home Concert Sunday in Christ Chapel... The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of interim conductor Gregory Aune, has returned from its annual spring concert tour and will present the final concert of the tour in Christ Chapel, Sunday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. The performance will include selections from the tour program, including works by Schubert, Fauré, Elgar, Greig, Amundson, and Bernstein. The symphony’s home concert is free and open to the public. The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra is in its 122nd year at Gustavus.

Community Invited to Groundbreaking... On Friday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m., Gustavus Adolphus College will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of a new state-of-the-art 125,000-square-foot academic building to be built just west of Christ Chapel. Construction will begin on the building this spring, and it is expected that it will be ready to serve Gustavus students and faculty by September 2011. The new academic building, which will house the Departments of Communication Studies, Economics and Management, History, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology, is one component of a $44 million commitment made by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects. Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building. The College intends to have the new academic building achieve at least Gold LEED Certification. The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

Association of Congregations Gathers on Campus... On Saturday, April 17, the 23rd annual Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations convention will be held on campus. This annual convention provides enriching learning and fellowship experiences for pastors and delegates from the 546 ELCA congregations from the region and across the country that are members of the College's Association of Congregations. The morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel will feature the Rev. Stanley Olson as homilist and will include music by the Gustavus Choir and the Christ Chapel Bells. Dr. Pat Taylor Ellison, managing director of research and development at Church Innovations in St. Paul, Minn., will be giving the keynote address, “Building Agreement and Strategies for Spiritual Discernment in Community,” at 11 a.m. At the noon luncheon, the Rev. Terry Morehouse will receive the Association’s Covenant Award, given annually to an individual who has made distinctive contributions toward strengthening the partnership between Gustavus and member congregations. The afternoon will be devoted to discussion designed to rejuvenate congregations. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. - Registration and Coffee, Jackson Campus Center (lower level)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Morning Worship, Christ Chapel
  • 10:10 a.m. - Welcome and GACAC Business Meeting, Christ Chapel
  • 11 a.m. - Keynote Address by Dr. Pat Taylor Ellison, Christ Chapel
  • Noon - Luncheon and Covenant Award Presentation, Alumni Hall, Johnson Student Union
  • 1:30 p.m. - Discussion Groups, Jackson Campus Center
  • 2:45 p.m. - Closing Session by Dr. Pat Taylor Ellison, Jackson Campus Center
  • 3 p.m. - Closing Reception, Johnson Student Union

For more information, or to pre-register for the day, visit or contact Marilyn Beyer in the Office of Church Relations at 507-933-7001 or

Mankato Children's Chorus to Perform Spring Concert on Campus... The Mankato Children's Chorus Spring Concert, "Garden of Music - Where the Music Begins," will be presented on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Sunday's performance will feature all 5 choirs of MCC and over 200 singers from the greater Mankato area. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students 18 and under and will be available at the door.

MAYDAY! Theme Is 'Imagining Peace'... Imaging Peace” is the topic of the 30th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, to be held Wednesday, April 28, on the campus. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, assistant professor of justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas and a nationally recognized writer, public speaker, and activist committed to nonviolent social change, will open the daylong conference at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The afternoon schedule includes an audience-participatory World PeaceGame simulation workshop and the final round of the MAYDAY! Oratory Contest. The conference is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication by calling 507-933-7520, or visit    

Festival of Dionysus V Slated... The Festival of Dionysus, a biennial theatrical festival in which Gustavus students perform scenes from ancient drama, is scheduled on Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in Linnaeus Arboretum. This is the fifth iteration of the festival and promises to be the biggest by far, since this year the Department of Classics is combining it with a reunion of alumni, friends, and classicists to honor Will Freiert (classics) on the occasion of his retirement. The Festival of Dionysus is a striking and visually compelling example of the creativity of Gustavus students. Students direct, choreograph, and perform in their own adaptations of ancient drama. Original musical compositions, performances in masks, choral dances in Greek . . . all have been part of this extravaganza in the past.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

New Exhibition at Arts Center of Saint Peter... Opening at the Arts Center of Saint Peter (315 S. Minnesota Ave.) on the evening of Friday, April 9, is 'Linear Perspectives,' a collaborative display of prints by Shelby Sand and hand-blown glass by Brad LaBadie. The exhibition features recent work from the two up-and-coming artists, who both live and work in River Falls, Wis. Stop in for the opening reception, 5-7 p.m. on Friday. It's free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display at the Arts Center through May 9. New Arts Center hours are 11-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit

Recital Benefits Global Mission Institute... Helen and Paul Baumgartner (both music, emeriti) will play a piano duet recital at Scandian Grove Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. The recital, which features music by the Mendelssohns—Felix and his sister Fanny—will be a benefit for the Global Mission Institute of Luther Seminary.

Spiritual Practices Study Group Meets... The Spiritual Practices Study Group will continue to meet after Lent on third Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Parlor of First Lutheran Church. This group, initiated by Patricia N. Freiert (classics, emerita) and Liz Power Hawkinson, is studying practices in various traditions that have nurtured and enriched spiritual life and opened doorways to the divine and a deeper faith throughout history. The study group's next book, The Sonic Thread by Cynthia Snodgrass, tells of her spiritual journey through music. The author, an Episcopalian priest who uses music from Eastern and Western traditions for healing in her hospice ministry, recounts the stories of her own spiritual journey as a musician and Christian and the results of her studies of music in major spiritual traditions throughout history. More information about her work is available at her website. The plan is to read the first two chapters prior to the next meeting, on April 15. Copies are available from the website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble and we hope to have a copy available in the church library. Please read the first two chapters and join the group on April 15!

Sue Busch Leaf '75 is GLA Author Day Guest... Gustavus Library Associates welcomes Sue Leaf, Class of 1975 and author of The Bullhead Queen: A Year on Pioneer Lake, as guest speaker for its Spring Author Day on Wednesday, April 21, at the Edina Country Club. Leaf will read from her collection of engaging meditations and share her insights on the intersection of nature and faith in her life. Her book is a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in the category of Memoir and Creative Non-fiction. Make reservations online at by Friday, April 16, or by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7550.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include the Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations), who will be giving his talk, "Questions of Meaning, Purpose, and Faith," at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Roseville, Minn., at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 11, and Mary Solberg (religion), who will give a talk at 10:15 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Lake City, Minn., also on Sunday, April 11. 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.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Bone Lake Lutheran Church from Luck, Wis., on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10. Church Relations will also host a retreat for Zion Lutheran Church from Milaca, Minn., Friday-Sunday, April 9-11, and a day retreat for St. John's and Cross of Peace Lutheran churches from Shakopee, Minn., this Saturday, April 10. These retreats will include programming provided by Gustavus Youth Outreach. Also hosted by the Office of Church Relations will be Chisago Lakes Lutheran Church from Center City, Minn., Friday-Sunday, April 9-11.

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


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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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