Inside Gustavus 

May 13, 2010 | Volume 42, Number 32

Faculty/Staff Activities

Doug Huff (philosophy) presented a paper, "The Crucible and Aristotelian Moral Authority: A Case Study in Virtue Ethics," at the Minnesota Society for Ancient Philosophy Conference held at the University of Minnesota on May 9.

Ray Thrower (Campus Safety) presented two programs, "Current Tends in Campus Public Safety" and "What Every University Administrator Needs to Know about Emergency Management Planning for Their Institution," at the Canadian Security Association-West,  which was hosted by the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, on May 5-7.

Student Achievements

The History Department is proud to present an Honors Thesis and Independent Study Symposium on Tuesday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Confer 128. All are invited to enjoy the presentations by Aaron Hiltner, Amy Jahnke, and Angela Larson (this year's history honors students) and Laura Baker, Evan Curtin, and Xi He (this year's independent studies students).

Funding Opps

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

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships... The ACLS Fellowship Program supports research in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome. Six to 12 consecutive months must be devoted to full-time research initiated between July 1, 2011, and February 1, 2012. Stipends are based on academic rank. The deadline for applications will be September or October 2010. 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

Share Your Ideas... If you have any “social networking” ideas, please share them with one of the following social networking task force members:
* Stacia Vogel, chair (marketing and communication, stacia or x6395)
* Gwen Freed (vice president for marketing and communication, gfreed or x6355)
* Tim Kennedy (marketing and communication/sports information, timgasid or x7647)
* David Kogler (admission, dkogler or x7004)
* Jerry Nowell (technology/Web services, jerry or x6365)
* Kristine Straumann (advancement/stewardship, kstrauma or x7539)
* Matt Thomas (marketing and communication/media relations, mthomas or x7510)
* Erin Wilken (advancement/alumni relations, ewilken or x7595)

The task force is committed to help the College strategically and creatively use social media (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and LinkedIn) to foster or build relationships with and between various Gustavus audiences, including prospective students, current students, parents, alumni, donors, media, and more. The task force meets once a month.

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 in its Thursday, May 13, edition about the late Professor Emeritus Charles Mason. Colleen Jacks and John Lammert (both biology) were quoted in the story.
  • The Star Tribune printed a review of Barbara Fister's latest mystery novel, Through The Cracks, in its Tuesday, May 11, edition.

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

All-Campus Meeting... An all-campus meeting will be held on Thursday, May 27, 10 a.m., in Alumni Hall. Progress on the 2009-10 institutional goals and information on College finances will be presented. President Ohle will also be sharing an outline of the changes in the Board's governance structure and proposed changes in the College Bylaws.

One More Newsletter This Year... Next week's Inside Gustavus (May 20) will be the final campus newsletter of the 2009-10 academic year. Weekly online publication will resume on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, for the 2010-11 year. To announce events and information to the College community during the summer months, the Office of Marketing and Communication will publish the Summer Scoop online on a monthly basis (tentatively June 24, July 22, and August 19).

Still Time to Reserve Your Seat... The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards dinner on Thursday, May 20, in Alumni Hall begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The College and the Gustavus Alumni Association will recognize 2010 retirees and the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served the College 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years. All are welcome to attend; you can still register online by visiting Contact the Office of Alumni Relations with any questions or for more information. To view a complete list of honorees, go to the Alumni website.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game... Join other Gustavus employees and their families for an afternoon of outdoor baseball at the new Minnesota Twins ballpark on Thursday, June 17, when the Twins host the Colorado Rockies. Game time is 12:10 p.m. and tickets are $24/person. Requests for tickets will be filled in the order payment is received. Seats are located in Sections 308 and 312. Free bus transportation will be provided for those interested and who make reservations in advance. The bus(es) will load at 10:15 a.m. at the Three Flags. Employees may request unpaid release time from their supervisor to attend the game. Since the number of tickets is limited, please limit your purchase to four tickets per family. Make checks payable to Gustavus and direct them to Barb Larson Taylor in the President’s Office. Remember: tickets are limited, so you will want to get them early. Contact or x7515 with questions.

Valleyfair Discounts... Gustavus is participating in the "Good Any Day Discount Program" at Valleyfair. Employees may purchase tickets for regular admission (48" or taller) at $26.50 (savings of $12.49) and Junior/Senior for $17.99, to be used any day of the Valleyfair 2010 operating season. Tickets are available for purchase in the Office of Human Resources.

Join in 'Dancing with the Profs' Next Fall... The Campus Activities Board invites the community to participate in the fifth annual "Dancing with the Profs." Dancing pairs will have the opportunity to select the charity or non-profit they wish to raise money for. This will give the pairs the chance to invest themselves in the fundraising process and support a cause they have a strong interest in supporting. The commitment to participate in "Dancing with the Profs" is 2-5 hours a week beginning early October through the date of the event in November. These hours are flexible and students will work around your schedule and commitments. In the past four years, "Dancing with the Profs" has been wildly successful on campus, drawing crowds of 500 and raising more than $10,000. If you or someone you know on campus is willing to take the risk and dance in front of colleagues, students, and community members to help a cause you are passionate about, please contact Ashley Neaton, co-executive, Special Events, at

Relay for Life Update... As of May 7, the Gustavus Relay for Life has brought in $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. Since the event, numerous people have asked about how to make donations to Relay For Life. If you are one of these people, you may donate online at Colleges Against Cancer co-chairs Haley Prittinen, Whitney O'Connell, and Cory Kasprzak report, "Our original goal was $50,000 and we would love to continue working toward that! Thank you for your continued support of Relay For Life and all student events on campus. We owe so much of our success to you!"

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, May 14 - Paul Lutter, Augsburg College religion faculty
  • Sunday, May 16 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Monday, May 17 - Schwalm-Brostrom Leadership in Service Award Ceremony: Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Tuesday, May 18 - Allison Cooney (senior student)
  • Wednesday, May 19 - Morning Praise, with Chapel music ensembles
  • Thursday, May 20 - Mary Gaebler (religion)
  • Friday, May 21 - Pentecost Hymn Sing
  • Sunday, May 23 - Pentecost: Mary Gaebler (religion)
  • Monday, May 24 - Taizé
  • Tuesday, May 25 - Litany for Travelers

Dance Concert This Weekend... The Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Time to Soar: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert" this weekend. The dance concert, directed by dance faculty members Michele Rusinko and Melissa Rolnick, features a diverse range of faculty-, student-, and guest-choreographed pieces. Performances will be held in Anderson Theatre on Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. Included among the works being performed are two student-choreographed pieces from "The Choreographer’s Gallery: New Horizons" performed at Gustavus in November 2009—Amalgamation, choreographed by seniors Jordan Klitzke and Nina Serratore, and These Walls: who we are and who we may yet choose to be, choreographed by senior Andrea Nelson—which were chosen to be performed at the American College Dance Festival in Stevens Point, Wis., in March. Tickets for this weekend's concert are available online at or by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at 507-933-7590. Adult tickets are $9, student and senior citizen tickets $6, and Gustavus students and staff free of charge with ID. Tickets not purchased in advance may be purchased at the Anderson Theatre Box Office beginning one hour prior to curtain.

Branson Shows Scheduled for Björling... Tickets are now available for two "Branson on the Road" shows on Saturday, June 12. The two shows are being hosted by the Kiwanis Club of St. Peter as a fundraiser for the service club's support of youth activities in St. Peter. Each of the shows will be held in Björling Recital Hall, and organizers anticipate that there will be several hundred people attending from across southern Minnesota. The cost for tickets is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time by calling 507-934-7487 or sending a ticket order to P.O. Box 372, St. Peter, MN 56082.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Birding Big Day... Saturday, May 15, is the "Gustavus Birding Big Day." This is a day when Gusties around the world—including students, staff, alumni, and anyone else related to the College in any way—can go out and find birds and then at the end of the day submit their lists to Bob Dunlap, Arboretum naturalist. A master list of all the species seen that day by Gusties around the world is then compiled. This is something that Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., has done since the mid-'80s, and now it's our turn! Bob will be leading the "home" team this Saturday around campus and elsewhere in the local area (Swan Lake, Seven-Mile Creek). Meeting times are listed in case you would like to join the "home" team members for any or all of their forays (always meet at the Interpretive Center): 5 a.m. - looking for soras, Virginia rails, and bitterns at Swan Lake, then heading to Seven-Mile Creek for a couple of hours for warblers and other migrant songbirds; 10 a.m. - looking for birds on campus/in the Arb, heading over to Kasota Prairie after that; 3 p.m. - looking for birds on campus/in the Arb. Join them if you can (and kudos to anyone who gets up for the 5 a.m. shift!) or, if not, feel free to send Bob a list of birds you see on your own on Saturday.

Annual Heritage Plant Sale... The Cox House's annual Heritage Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cox House (500 N. Washington Ave, St. Peter). A variety of perennials, raspberries, rhubarb, and house plants will be on sale, and several master gardeners will be on hand for gardening advice. Proceeds will benefit the Cox House and gardens.


  • Charles P. Mason (biology, emeritus), the founding executive director of Linnaeus Arboretum, passed away on May 10. He had taught biology at the College from 1967 to 1997 and was also founder and first president of the College's Sigma Xi Club. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 14, at First Lutheran Church in St Peter. Visitation will be held tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to the Linnaeus Arboretum and First Lutheran Church.

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

Representing Gustavus... The Office of Church Relations will be tabling at the Northwest Minnesota Assembly at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., this weekend. They will be sharing information about resources at Gustavus with pastors and church representatives.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a women's retreat for All Saints Lutheran Church of Young America, Minn., from Saturday, May 15, to Sunday, May 16.

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


Crib for Sale... Pottery Barn baby crib for sale. $60 or best offer. Contact Anna Hulseberg (

House for Rent... Lovely Victorian house, 3+ bedrooms, 2 baths, detached 2-car garage; living room, dining room, music room, hardwood floors; close to parks, downtown, and Gustavus. Available July 1, start date flexible. Furnished or partial furnished available. $1,100 plus utilities. Contact

For Sale... Nicole Roberts Hoiland (art & art history) is selling a weight bench. "Has all the fixings (lat pulls and such), brand new, no weights. Poor doctoral student's misguided purchase. $100.00 or best offer." Contact her at

"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.


Inside Gustavus is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the Office of Marketing and Communication. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during the week of Thanksgiving, the Christmas break, Touring Week, and the Spring and Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: Inside Gustavus, Office of Marketing and Communication. Items must reach the office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The week of Nobel Conference the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact Steve Waldhauser ( or x6413).

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