Inside Gustavus 

April 22, 2010 | Volume 42, Number 29

Faculty/Staff Activities

Chris Gilbert (political science) was an invited speaker at the ELCA Church & Society unit staff retreat, held at the Lutheran Center in Chicago on April 14. He presented a talk on "Congregations as (Political) Communities" and led several discussion sessions with participants.

Julie Bartley (geology) and colleagues from the University of West Georgia published "Making chemistry relevant to science and engineering majors," a chapter in a new book titled Making Chemistry Relevant. This contribution outlines ways to integrate science learning objectives across the first-year curricula of science and engineering majors within the context of an interdisciplinary first-term seminar.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends... The NEH Summer Stipends program provides individuals with an opportunity to pursue research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Each stipend provides $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time independent research and writing. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions; only two faculty members may be nominated each year. The online application deadline is typically October 1. For more information, please see the NEH website. Updated guidelines should be posted soon. Faculty interested in submitting an application should send an e-mail so indicating to Bob Weisenfeld ( by July 1. Bob will follow up in July with those interested regarding the nomination process.

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

Social Media

Twitter as a Tool... President Barack Obama used it to help get elected, actress Demi Moore used it to help save a life, and now the Library of Congress wants to use it for research. What is it? Twitter. Recognized by some social media thought leaders as a pot of gold, Twitter is an almost instantaneous communication tool that’s quick and easy to use to pass along bits of information (140 characters at a time to be exact). To engage in one or more of Gustavus’s Twitter accounts, visit There you can sign in and choose to follow Gustavus News, Athletics, Alumni, the President, and more.

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 Mankato Free Press printed a story on Thursday, April 15, about 2009 Gustavus graduate Anders Ringdahl-Mayland being named the new president/CEO of the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • KEYC-TV led off its Friday, April 16, newscast with a story about the groundbreaking for the new academic building. The story included clips of President Ohle and Provost Fienen speaking at the podium.
  • The New York Times printed a photo of the "Rock' taken by Gustavus senior Alex Messenger in its Sunday, April 18, Education section.
  • KARE-11 Sports anchor Dave Watkins blogged about an upcoming event at Gustavus on on Sunday, April 18. Watkins and fellow KARE-11 anchor Eric Perkins will attempt to break a Guinness Book of World Records mark for longest tennis match on May 3.
  • KEYC- TV ran a story on its Monday, April 19, newscasts about Patty Dawson (health services) receiving a Distinguished Service Award from Crime Victim Services. Dawson was interviewed for the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Tuesday, April 20, newscast about Gustavus being included in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 286 Green Colleges." Jim Dontje (Johnson Center) was interviewed for the story.
  • The Star Tribune printed a story in its Wednesday, April 21, Sports section about Steve Wilkinson's upcoming induction in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief in its Wednesday, April 21, Valley section about Patty Dawson's award from Crime Victim Services.

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

Position Openings

  • Assistant director, financial aid
  • Financial aid counselor
  • Graphic designer (marketing & communication)
  • Head men's soccer coach (athletics)

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on April 20 and discussed the following items:

  • The Cabinet reviewed the highlights of the April 16 meeting of the Board of Trustees, including the approval of recommendations on board structure from the Governance Task Force and the groundbreaking ceremony for the new academic building. The Board also enthusiastically passed resolutions recognizing Board Chair James H. Gale and Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid Mark Anderson for their exemplary service to the College.
  • The Cabinet approved a graphic designer position in Marketing and Communication at a net savings compared to what is being spent to outsource a number of design and print projects.
  • Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tom Young reported that the College recently received a $500,000 gift for the College’s endowment to support student scholarships. 

News & Announcements

Enrollment VP Candidate to Visit... The search committee for Gustavus's next vice president for enrollment management is pleased to make available to the campus community material for the first VP candidate, who will be on campus on Monday and Tuesday, April 26-27. The material is located at the following link:
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend one of the following open sessions available to the community:
* Monday, April 26 - 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room
* Tuesday, April 27 - 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room
Evaluation forms will be available at these two sessions.  The Search Committee would very much appreciate your feedback.

United Way Auction Closes Tomorrow... Gustavus students have organized and are promoting an online auction in support of the United Way of St. Peter. The auction, which began last Tuesday (April 20), runs through noon tomorrow (Friday, April 23). You can go online at to bid on items. The United Way of St. Peter helps to support 17 local non-profit agencies, including Little Saints Preschool, Habitat for Humanity, and the Gustavus Big Partners, Little Partners. For more information, contact Hannah Nordell at or Maria Jeremiason at

Retirement Celebration for Mark Anderson... The Gustavus community is cordially invited to attend a celebration honoring Mark Anderson, vice president for admission and financial aid, on Wednesday, May 5, in Alumni Hall. The reception will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a formal program starting at approximately 4:15 p.m. Mark will retire this spring after 32 years of service to his alma mater. In honor of his service to Gustavus, Mark has also been awarded the Greater Gustavus Award, which is given by the Alumni Association in honor of those "who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College." This special award will be presented to Mark at the Alumni Banquet during Reunion/Commencement Weekend at the end of May.

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 23 - Chad Fothergill (music/chaplains' office)
  • Sunday, April 25 - Mary Gaebler (religion)
  • Monday, April 26 - Matt Schueffner (senior student)
  • Tuesday, April 27 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Wednesday, April 28 - Mayday! Conference
  • Thursday, April 29 - Nicole Welke (senior student)
  • Friday, April 30 - Pamela Kittelson (biology)

Conversation Tonight on High-Risk Drinking... Jeff Stocco (dean of students) invites all members of the Gustavus community to a conversation on high-risk drinking tonight (Thursday, April 22), 5:30-7 p.m., in the Heritage Room, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center. Several incidents this year involving alcohol point to the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption. A brief introduction and information session will be followed by small-group discussions, guided by a series of questions that address the extent of the issue, what is currently being done, and what more needs to be done, as well as suggestions for continued conversation.

Arabian Nights at Gustavus... The spring 2010 mainstage production of the Department of Theatre and Dance, The Arabian Nights, directed by Henry MacCarthy (theatre & dance), opens tonight (Thursday, April 22) and runs through April 25 in Anderson Theatre. Playwright Mary Zimmerman’s adaption of One Thousand and One Nights, has been heralded as a “celebration of the salutatory powers of storytelling." This world of ancient (and not so ancient) Persia will be presented starting at 8 p.m. on April 22, 23, and 24 and at 2 p.m. on April 25. Order tickets online at or call the ticket center at 507-933-7590.

Faculty Shop Talk Tomorrow... Seán Easton (classics) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2009-10 academic year. His talk, titled "Ancient Greece in U.S. Popular and Political Culture during the Second Gulf War," will be presented on Friday, April 23, 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 the shoptalks website.

Choir of Christ Chapel Presents Home Concert... Following a four-day concert tour which included performances in Sun City West, Phoenix, and Tucson, the Choir of Christ Chapel and Conductor Patricia Kazarow return to the campus for the ensemble's home concert on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Chad Fothergill, visiting instructor of music and the organist-cantor at Christ Chapel, is the organist for the concert. Chaplain Rachel Larson will serve as program narrator. The concert is free and open to the public.

Percussion and Jazz Concerts Sunday... Spring concerts for the Gustavus Percussion Ensemble and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble are scheduled for Sunday, April 25. Both performances are scheduled in Jussi Björling Recital Hall, with the percussion ensemble taking the stage at 1:30 p.m. and the jazz band at 7 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public. Paul Hill (music) will lead the Gustavus Percussion Ensemble through a program that includes Sibelius's Finlandia and Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28. Steve Wright (music) directs the Gustavus Jazz Ensemble, whose program features jazz standards like "Body and Soul" by Heyman, Sour, Eyton, and Green; "Smack Dab in the Middle" by Sammy Nestico; and "Moanin'" by Charles Mingus.

Swedish Choir Here on Monday... The Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola Choir of Jönköping, Sweden, will present a concert at Christ Chapel on Monday, April 26, as part of its concert tour of the U.S. The choir's touring program includes works from the world-famous musical Kristina från Duvemåla written by Bjorn Ulveaus and Benny Anderson (of ABBA fame), which is based on the well-known novel The Emigrants, by author/historian Vilhelm Moberg. A private school in Jönköping, Sweden, Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF) is one of 150 schools for adult education known as "folkhögskola." The relationship between Gustavus and SVF has been in place for many years, as Gustavus classes and tours often use the campus facilities while in Sweden. The choir's performance is free of charge and begins at 4:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

'Imagining Peace'... The College's 30th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference will 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. The conference is open to the public without charge. Gustavus faculty, staff, and students are welcome to participate. For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication by calling 507-933-7520, or visit

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Jim Dontje (Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation) will be presenting an adult forum at First
Lutheran Church in Le Sueur, Minn., Sunday, April 25, at 9:15 a.m. Dontje will also be giving an Earth Day presentation to youth at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Sunday evening at 7 p.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.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Peace Lutheran Church from Bloomington, Minn., Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25.

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



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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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