Inside Gustavus 

September 16, 2010 | Volume 43, Number 3

Faculty/Staff Activities

Lois Peterson and Kris Lowe (both art & art history) have work included in an exhibition currently mounted at Luther College. The exhibition, titled "Second Wind," is being shown in conjunction with Luther College's installation of a wind turbine, scheduled to start operation this academic year. Their work was selected from the exhibition "Winds of Change," which was first shown at the Hillstrom Museum here on campus last fall.

Lois Peterson (art & art history) has been selected by the Minnesota State Arts Board to serve as a member of the review panel for the Artists Initiative-Visual Arts Grants program.

Philippe Gagnon (religion) contributed an article, "What We Have Learnt from Systems Theory about the Things that Nature's Understanding Achieves," to the monograph How Do We Know? Understanding in Science and Theology, in the Yearbook of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, Studies in Science and Theology, No. 12 (Dirk Evers, Antje Jackelén, and Taede A. Smedes, eds.; Tübingen: Forum Scientiarum, 2010), pp. 23-42.

Student Achievements

Summer Research Symposium... On Friday, Sept. 17, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Gustavus students who have been engaged in research over the summer will present their projects and results during talks and poster sessions in Nobel Hall. (There will be a break in the symposium from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for the Nobel Conference Preview lecture by Professor Ford Runge; see "Campus Happenings," below.)  A schedule of speakers and abstracts will be posted.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)... The NSF’s MRI program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research. This program supports the purchase of instrumentation and instrumentation development. Awards range from $100,000 to $2 million. The next deadline for this annual competition is Jan. 27, 2011. For more information, see the NSF website. Please check in the fall for an updated program announcement.

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

Social Media

MYLC on the Homepage... This week "Make Your Life Count" feature stories were added to a new spot on the Gustavus homepage (link to—a shaded box in the upper right (just below the large top photo). Stories highlight Gustavus students, alumni, groups, events, and more. These stories continue to also be accessible by clicking on the Make Your Life Count link in the header (above the large top photo) on every Gustavus web page. Stories ideas are welcome; submit them to or contact Stacia Vogel in marketing and communication (x6395, Individuals may sign up to receive notice when new stories are posted, join the Facebook group, and more at

Reading in Common Author Blogs about Gustavus... A large photo of the SRO crowd at Reading in Common author Jamie Ford's presentation in Alumni Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 14, is featured on the author's "Bittersweet Blog" (, along with some kind words about the College and its community.

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:

  • On Aug. 31, the Decorah Journal published a feature story on an abbreviated version of the Hillstrom Museum of Art's exhibition Winds of Inspiration, Winds of Change currently on view at Luther College. The article mentioned the College, the Museum, Donald Myers, and the artists being shown, which include Gustavus faculty members Kristen Lowe and Lois Peterson.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed two color photographs from first-year student move-in day on the front page of its Tuesday, Sept. 7, edition.
  • The Free Press printed a story on Friday, Sept. 10, about Derek Walcott’s upcoming residency at Gustavus through the Rydell Professorship. Rydell coordinator Tom Lofaro (MCS) is quoted in the story.
  • Cynthia Favre (Career Center) was quoted in a story on on Sept. 13 about getting your foot in the door at a company with an informational interview.
  • The Free Press printed a story on Tuesday, Sept. 14, about Gustavus's partnership with Tiny Footprint Coffee. Steve Kjellgren (Dining Service) 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

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Maria Jeremiason, administrative support (Swanson Tennis Center; temp.)

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on Sept. 14, joined by Professors Steve Mellema and Sujay Rao, Faculty Senate chair and vice chair respectively. Items discussed include the following:

  • Dr. Mellema and Dr. Rao briefly summarized the most recent Faculty Senate meeting.
  • Assistant to the President for Special Projects Barb Larson Taylor joined the meeting to discuss the establishment of national advisory boards to further engage external constituencies in the life of the College.
  • The group reviewed the agenda for the September meeting of the Gustavus Board of Trustees, including the initial meetings of the newly formed Board Groups.
  • President Ohle gave a progress report on the searches for the provost and dean of the college and for the vice president for student life and dean of students.
  • The Cabinet reviewed and approved the revised Guest House/Retreat Center guidelines. These guidelines will be available on the College's website for viewing by the campus community.

News & Announcements

Letters Sought for Tenure Candidates... The following members of the faculty are currently being considered for appointments with continuous tenure:

  • Thia Cooper, Religion
  • Kate Knutson, Political Science
  • Baker Lawley, English

Letters written on behalf of these candidates should be sent to Provost David Fienen and should address the criteria for tenure as stated in the Faculty Manual (see below). Letters are due by Monday, Sept. 27, at 4:30 p.m. All members of the Gustavus community are invited to submit letters. Candidates will have access to their letters. The specific criteria for tenure are as follows:

  1. Excellence as a teacher as reflected in quality of and enthusiasm for work, effectiveness of methods, interest in subject matter, concern for student learning, effective advising of students within and outside the major and continued academic preparation and improvement.
  2. An emerging pattern of professional activities as reflected, for example, by publications, presentations at scholarly meetings or conferences and, in the arts, by manifestations of creativity demonstrated through exhibits or performances; another example may be involvement in professional and/or public organizations, boards, and commissions related to one's academic fields or college assignments.
  3. An emerging pattern of involvement in the activities of the College.
  4. Continuing evidence of sympathy with the aims and purposes of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Homecoming Event Judges Needed... The Campus Activities Board is looking for volunteer judges for the Homecoming Competition 2010. Judges are needed for the Variety Show on Friday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., and the Parade on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 11:30 a.m. Please contact Ellen Liebe and Ashley Neaton at if you are interested.

Provost Search Consultants on Campus... Academic Search, Inc., has been engaged by the College to help with the search for the next provost and dean of the college. The consultants, Dr. Tom Courtice and Ms. Julie Tea, will be on campus next week visiting with a number of groups and individuals. They look forward to talking with you regarding your perspectives about future needs and priorities of the College that will be helpful in their work with the search committee and with prospective candidates. Two open sessions for faculty have been scheduled: Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room, and Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. in Linner Lounge. One open session for administrators and staff is available: Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. in Linner Lounge. We hope you will be able to attend one or more of these sessions.

Dig Out Your Dancing Shoes... The Campus Activities Board invites you to participate or to nominate a colleague to participate in the fifth annual "Dancing with the Profs." Dancing pairs will have the opportunity to select a local charity or non-profit they wish to raise money for. This will give the pairs the chance to invest themselves in the fundraising process for 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 event, which is Saturday, Nov. 6. 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 your colleagues, students, and community member to help a cause you are passionate about, please contact Ashley Neaton, co-executive, Special Events, at

Vacation Donations Being Accepted... Employees who would like to donate vacation hours for a Gustavus employee who will be on an approved FMLA leave and will run out of paid-time benefits should complete and sign a request for transfer of vacation hours available at the Office of Human Resources (x7304).

Mentoring Program for First-Year Students of Color... Are you interested in working with first-year students of color to help them succeed personally and academically at Gustavus? If so, please consider joining the Diversity Center’s Mentoring for Academic Success program, which has paired first-year students of color with Gustavus faculty, administrators, and staff since 2006. Potential mentors will commit to meeting with their mentee regularly for the entire academic year; have a sincere interest in the life experiences and academic success of new students of color; and possess the ability to listen without judgment, offer encouragement when needed, and persist in sustaining the mentoring relationship. If you are interested in this opportunity, or have questions, contact Virgil Jones (vjones, x7449), Sujay Rao (srao, x7434) or Carolyn O’Grady (cogrady, x7454).

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, Sept. 17 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Sunday, Sept. 19 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Monday, Sept. 20 - Dag Hammarskjold Remembrance: Glenn Kranking (Scand. studies/history)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Sept. 23 - Andrew Griesman (senior student)
  • Friday, Sept. 24 - Thomas Crady (enrollment mgmt.)

Nobel Preview Slated for Friday Afternoon... Professor Ford Runge will help us prepare for Nobel Conference 46, "Making Food Good," with his lecture "Rivers of Gold: Where Does Corn Flow and Does It Make Sense?” on Friday, Sept. 17, at 2:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Auditorium. With his recent research on U.S.-European agricultural trade and comparative soil and water conservation policies, he plans to focus on the unusual relationship between the landlocked agricultural powerhouse of the Upper Midwest and the rest of the world. Professor Runge is a professor of applied economics and law at the University of Minnesota, where he also holds appointments in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Department of Forest Resources. His teaching and writing interests concentrate on trade and natural resources policy.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Minnesota Welsh Hymn Festival Scheduled... This year's 75th anniversary of the Minnesota Welsh Hymn Festival will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Mankato. The nationally known festival conductor will be Harvard graduate and New England lawyer Meirwyn Walters of Boston, Mass.; the festival organist will be 1979 Gustavus graduate Karen Jones Wojahn, Windom, Minn.; and the festival pianist will be Ryan Jones, St. Peter. The performing choirs will be the Minnesota Valley Chorale and the Mankato Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus. Gustavus faculty and students may recall the annual St. David's Day in Chapel service at Christ Chapel on or around March 1 when four Welsh hymns were sung. The Sept. 26 event will focus on 16 hymns sung in parts by the congregation. The event is open to all who enjoy four-part congregational singing of traditional Welsh hymns sung mostly in English.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Darrel Jodock (religion) presenting "The Mystery of God" and "Understanding Christian Identity and Religious Pluralism" at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, Minn., at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 19; Grady St. Dennis (church relations) at First Lutheran Church in Little Falls, Minn., at 8 and 10 a.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 the following confirmation retreats this weekend: Peace Lutheran Church of Bloomington, Minn., Sept. 17-19; Faith Lutheran Church of Waconia, Minn. Sept. 17-18; Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Maple Grove on Sept. 19.

Events... The Office of Church Relations will be hosting a Seminary and Divinity School Day on Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Transportation is provided and there is no fee to attend. Lunch will be provided if you register by Sept. 23. Contact Ellen Miller ( with questions.

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

Safety Snips

Automated Lightning Detection System... The College has an automated Thorguard Lightning Detection System mounted on top of Lund Center and the football stadium building. The system is designed to predict a lightning strike within a defined geographical area (15 miles) and will provide advance warning even when there appears to be no evidence of lightning in the area. When the sensors detect conditions for a lightning strike, the automated system will sound 15-second blast from its horns to warn those working or playing outside to immediately seek shelter, and a yellow strobe will activate and stay on until danger has passed or at least 10 minutes after the last detection of lightning. Once the system has detected an all-clear, you will hear three short blasts and the yellow strobe will go off. The lightning detection is operational daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If the system activates, you should immediately go inside the nearest building. Do not seek shelter under trees or other tall objects, which can attract lightning. Motor vehicles can provide shelter; however, once inside the vehicle, do not touch any metal that is part of the motor vehicle frame.



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "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
Tomorrow Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. 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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
910 a.m. Teaching Discussions
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
23 p.m. Teaching Discussions
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
8:309:30 a.m. Teaching Discussions
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 Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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.
Oct 5 Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, 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.


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