Inside Gustavus 

September 30, 2010 | Volume 43, Number 5

Faculty/Staff Activities

Henry MacCarthy (theatre/dance) directed Thrill Me: The Story of Leopold & Loeb at the Lowry Lab Theatre in St. Paul (Sept. 16-19). Thanks to a Presidential Student/Faculty Collaboration Grant, students Christian DeMarais (theatre '11), Michael Davidson (theatre '11), and Sam Grace (music '11) presented this musical in the Twin Cities. The scope of the project also allowed for other students and alumni to participate: Kristen Weller (theatre '10), Kimberly Braun (theatre '11), and Patrick McDougle (computer science '11).

Gifts & Grants

Trustee Endowment Gift... Six trustees of the College have anonymously committed $5 million to the College’s endowment. Their gifts will establish an endowed Distinguished Professorship as well as an endowment to support an existing faculty member’s position, both of which will be in the Department of Economics and Management.

Funding Opps

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

  • 2011-2012 Fellowships at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for Natural Scientists and Mathematicians... Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment. Stipends are funded up to $65,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Residence in the Boston area and participation in the Institute community are required during the fellowship year, which extends from September 2011 through May 31, 2012. The next deadline is November 15. For more information, application materials, and a list of past fellows, 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

Tweet... Join Twitter to receive updates about the campus and campus happenings. Twitter is an almost instantaneous communication tool that's quick and easy to use to pass along bits of information. The Office of Marketing and Communication, the Career Center, and the Campus Activities Board are just a few of the Gustavus Twitter accounts in which one can engage. To engage in one or more of Gustavus's Twitter accounts, visit:

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:

  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Wednesday, Sept. 22, newscast about Nobel Prize-winning poet-playwright Derek Walcott’s residency on campus. Walcott was interviewed for the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Wednesday, Sept. 22, about the NSF grant to update physics laboratories in Olin Hall. Tom Huber (physics) was quoted in the story.
  • Finance & Commerce magazine mentioned Gustavus and the NSF grant to update physics laboratories in a Sept. 22 story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Thursday, Sept. 23, Currents section about alum Scott Novotny’s performance on campus during Homecoming Weekend.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Homecoming Week events on-campus in its Thursday, Sept. 23, edition. The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, Sept. 23, edition about the NSF grant to update physics laboratories in Olin Hall.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed three color photos on the front page of its Sunday, Sept. 26, Valley section from Homecoming festivities at Gustavus.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story on Monday, Sept. 27, on the Gustavus equestrian team. Students Paige Yahnke, Alexandra Grandelis, and Abby Johnson were all quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Tuesday, Sept. 28, about the $5 million pledge from six trustees. President Jack R. Ohle was interviewed for 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

  • Joshua Forbord, dishroom (Dining Service)

Position Openings

  • Laboratory technician (Department of Chemistry)

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on Sept. 28 and discussed the following items:

  • The Cabinet reviewed the activities surrounding the recent meeting of the Board of Trustees, including the Leadership Dinner and Homecoming Weekend.
  • A net price calculator will be developed for the College’s website to help students and families estimate the cost of tuition.
  • A draft updated policy was distributed regarding fundraising by faculty, staff, and student organizations for review and discussion at an upcoming Cabinet meeting.
  • On Friday, Oct. 1, Senator Kathy Sheran will host a public higher education policy summit in Mankato, with representation by colleges and universities in the region, including Gustavus. This session is open to the public.

News & Announcements

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Employee Awards... Nomination forms for the Augusta Carlson Schultz (outstanding support staff employee) and the Eric Norelius (outstanding administrative employee) awards are now available. Any member of the Gustavus community may nominate a regular support staff employee and/or an administrative staff employee for these awards. President Ohle will present the awards on Founders Day, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. This ceremony is open to the entire College community. An engraved plaque and a cash award will be presented at the award ceremony, and the names will be added to the permanent display in the Carlson Administration Building. The Office of Human Resources will coordinate the selection process with the Office of the President, and the award ceremony with the Office of the Chaplain.

Provost and Dean of the College Search Update... Committee chair Darrel Jodock (religion) writes, "As the elected chair of the Provost Search Committee, part of my responsibility is to provide reports regarding our progress.  This is the first such report to the Gustavus community. Our search consultants, Tom Courtice and Julie Tea of Academic Search, Inc., visited campus last week to meet with the search committee and to conduct the very important pre-search study. On behalf of the search committee, I extend our thanks to the many Gustavus community members who took time to meet with the consultants and share their views about the institution’s future. The next step is to draft the search prospectus. It will outline the College’s needs and propose a set of attributes and skills desired in candidates.  The search prospectus will provide information for potential candidates, serve as the primary aid in generating a pool of candidates, and guide the selection of candidates to be interviewed.  Once it has been prepared—likely in mid-October—the search prospectus will be shared with all of you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. As the search process proceeds, I will write again with additional updates."

On-Campus Parking during the Nobel Conference... The Lund parking lot and the Norelius visitor lot will close at 11 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, and remain closed through Wednesday, Oct. 6, due to the Nobel Conference. Anyone arriving on campus during the Nobel Conference should allow additional time for travel and parking around campus. Traffic will be directed by college personnel at each entrance. With the exception of the Lund lot and the Norelius visitor lot, all red, yellow, and green parking lots will be considered "open parking" during the Nobel Conference. Vehicles may be parked in any red, yellow, or green parking space without regard to permit color Tuesday, Oct. 5, through Wednesday, Oct. 6. Visitor parking, disability access parking, and specialty marked parking spaces (i.e., 30-minute, maintenance, head resident, etc.) are always enforced.

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, Oct. 1 - Taizé
  • Sunday, Oct. 3 - Chaplain Brian Johnson; the Gustavus Choir, Gregory Aune, conductor
  • Monday, Oct. 4 - Nobel Conference preview—Chuck Niederriter (physics)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 - NO CHAPEL—Nobel Conference
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 - NO CHAPEL—Nobel Conference
  • Thursday, Oct. 7 - Paul Lutter (religion)
  • Friday, Oct. 8 - TBA

Faculty Shop Talk... Rich Hilbert (soc. & anthro.) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2010-11 academic year. His talk, titled "How People Tell Dreams," will be presented on Friday, Oct. 1, 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

Piano Recital... Julie Sweet, pianist and accompanist at Gustavus Adolphus College, and Joseph Kapla, a collaborative pianist and instructor in the Twin Cities, join forces Sunday, Oct. 3, for a duo piano recital on the Jussi Björling Recital Hall stage. The performance includes The Hallelujah Junction for Two Pianos by John Adams, the Sonata in F minor for Two Pianos by Johnnes Brahms and concludes with Le carnaval des animeaux by Camille Saint-Säens. The recital begins at 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Book Sale... The library is having a book sale from Tuesday, Oct. 5, through Friday, Oct. 8. All VHS movies and books are only 50 cents each, with a clearance sale on Friday (fill your bag for only $2!).

Nobel Conference Concert Takes Playful Look at Food... Following the tradition of presenting a concert in Christ Chapel that complements the annual Nobel Conference, the Department of Music will present "Making Food Good: Courses in a Culinary Cabaret" on Tuesday, Oct. 5, beginning at 8 p.m. The players include members of the faculty and student musicians in solo and ensemble performances guaranteed to make your mouth water! A Culinary Cabaret is free and open to the public. Under the artistic direction of Christ Chapel organist Chad Fothergill, the evening includes a full menu of music from hors d'oeuvres to dessert, with readings between the courses. Fothergill notes that the evening "samples the fruits of a long and often-colorful relationship that composers have had with food, spices, beverages, and imaginative combinations thereof. Our six-course program presents a diverse palate of styles and timbres—from Renaissance to Disney to sacred to scintillating—and features music and texts by Garrison Keillor, Bill Holm, John Rutter, Pulitzer-prize winning composer William Bolcom, and others."

Fall Fest... The Linnaeus Arboretum's annual Fall Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This year's fest will be highlighted by hay rides, guided arboretum tours, live alpacas on exhibit, live music from a student jazz trio, pottery-making, and the presentation of the arboretum's new Chimney Swift nesting tower. For more information call the arboretum at 933-6181 or visit FallFest2010. Come enjoy a sunny fall day in the Arb!

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Shredding for a Cause... Have personal documents that need shredding? Want to support the St. Peter School District and Make A Difference St. Peter? Here's your chance. Elite Shredding will be in St. Peter with their shredding truck. Bring your personal documents to be disposed of swiftly and securely. The shredding will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, 9-11 a.m. in the Capitol Drive parking lot at St. Peter High School. The cost is $5 per foot of papers (payable by cash or check). For questions, contact Heidi Rimstad, volunteer coordinator (

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters for this week include Casey Elledge (religion), speaking on the topic "The Dead Sea Scrolls." He will be speaking at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 3. 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 groups this weekend: First Lutheran Church of Le Sueur for the day on Oct. 2, and Trinity Lutheran Church of Owatonna for the day on Oct. 3.

Special Events... The Office of Church Relations will be hosting a group of Gustavus students at the Seminary and Divinity School Day at Augsburg College on Sept. 30. It will be a day for students to connect, reflect, and explore theological graduate study options.

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

Telecommunications Updates

Following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2010-11."

  • Rick Bruns, physical plant, phone: x7626 (deletion)
  • Joshua Forbord, Dining Service, phone: x7608 (addition)

For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe (x6261 or


For Sale... 2009 Toyota Corolla four-door sedan LE. Driven only 5,000 miles. Automatic transmission, A/C, power windows & steering, CD player, AM/FM radio, dual & side curtain airbags, factory warranty. $12,999. Contact Carolyn at 612-481-5771.

For Rent... Two-bedroom apartment in a four-apartment building. Available October 1. Call Elizabeth at 931-5601 for further information.

"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 "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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