Inside Gustavus (October 21, 2010)
Volume 43, Number 8
Kjerstin Moody (Scandinavian studies) attended the 2010 Swedish Teachers' Conference in North America, held at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Oct. 14, through Saturday, Oct. 15. This year's conference theme was "Sustainability" and featured lectures on "Green Trends in Literary Studies" and "Ecocritical Paradigms for the Scandinavian Context: A Workshop on Swedish Environmental Expression" by Professor Scott Slovic of the University of Nevada, Reno; "Sweden and the Greening of Capitalism," by Professor Christine Ingebritsen of the University of Washington; and "Sustainability in Research on Sweden" by Professor Linda Rugg of the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Professor Chip Oscarson of Brigham Young University. Professor Sören Holmberg of Gothenberg University presented an analysis of the outcomes of the recent election in Sweden. The conference was arranged and sponsored by the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Svenska Institutet in Stockholm, and ASTRA (the Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America).
Julie Bartley (geology) co-authored a paper, titled "Making chemistry relevant to the engineering major," that appeared in the November issue of the Journal of Chemical Education.
Mary McHugh (classics) attended the Imagines II Conference at the University of Bristol, England, and delivered her paper, "Constantia Memoriae: The Reputation of Agrippina the Younger," which has been accepted for publication in a volume of the proceedings from the conference. This meeting was the second in a series of major international and interdisciplinary conferences focusing on the reception of antiquity in the performing and visual arts.
The Golden Gustie football team is sending $3387.57 to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation to fight breast cancer. They raised the money by selling T-shirts and also added money that they had raised by hauling furniture and and other personal possessions into the residence halls during First-Year Move-In Day.
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)... The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers the SURF program for students majoring in science, mathematics, or engineering. Students participate in one of six laboratories and receive a $4,500 stipend for 11 weeks, plus housing and travel costs. The deadline for summer 2011 is February 15. The application includes a portion completed by an institutional representative (see below) and a set of materials provided by student applicants. For more information about the program, see www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/. Bob Weisenfeld serves as the institutional representative and is available to assist students in proposal preparation. He can be reached at x7049 or email@example.com.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Blogs... Visit Gustavus Blogs to read about what is on the minds of people from various departments and programs at Gustavus. Some of the blog categories include sports, featured alumni, arb sightings, and many more. There will be something new to read almost every day on the Gustavus Blog site. The Gustavus Blog page is available at: http://blog.gustavus.edu/.
For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Stacia Vogel in Marketing and Communication (x6365 or email@example.com).
Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:
- KNUJ Radio, New Ulm (860 AM), in launched a new monthly program on Tuesday, Oct. 19, called "The Gustavus Journal." The program will air from 1:15 to 1:30 on the third Tuesday of every month and will discuss anything and everything related to Gustavus. Kristofer Kracht, communication studies instructor and director of the College's forensics program, appeared on program on Oct. 19. If you have suggestions for topics and guests on future shows, contact Media Relations Manager Matt Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com).
The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
* New Support Staff
- Curtis Sykes, part-time custodian (physical plant)
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. 22 - Interreligious Observance: Carolyn O'Grady (CICE)
- Sunday, Oct. 24 - NO SERVICE, Reading Days
- Monday, Oct. 25 - NO CHAPEL, Reading Days
- Tuesday, Oct. 26 - NO CHAPEL, Reading Days
- Wednesday, Oct. 27 - Morning Praise
- Thursday, Oct. 28 - International Day
- Friday, Oct. 29 - Founders Day: David Fienen (provost)
New Theatre Season Opens with Shakespeare Adaptation... The Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2010-11 season with Shakespeare’s R&J, the Joe Calarco adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. This adaptation of the classic love story Romeo and Juliet is directed by Henry MacCarthy, with performances Oct. 28, 29, and 30 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in Anderson Theatre. Set in an all-boys boarding school where Shakespeare’s works have been banned, R&J is the story of four young boys who come across a hidden copy of the play. As they read the banned text, they take on the roles within the play and, in the process, learn more about themselves and the world they live in. Tickets for Shakespeare’s R&J are available online at www.gustavustickets.com and at the Gustavus Ticket Center. Following the opening night performance, the audience is invited to attend a candlelight vigil outside the theatre in memory of the gay and lesbian students from across the country who have recently committed suicide.
Faculty Shop Talk Continues... Patric Giesler (soc. & anthro.) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2010-11 academic year. His talk, titled "Inducing Belief in the Impossible: 'Otherworldly' Theatricality and Belief in the Ritual Performances of a Little-Known African-Brazilian Secret Society," will be presented on Friday, Oct. 29, 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 gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Autism Spectrum Is Topic of Mixed Blood Presentation... The Mixed Blood Theatre will present Theory of Mind at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Alumni Hall. Written by veteran company member Ken LaZebnik, the play tells the sensitive yet unsentimental story of a young man with Asperger's syndrome whose outing with a young woman becomes a memorable, insightful look at the tugs, shifts, and about-faces found on the autism spectrum. The presentation is underwritten in part by Legacy Amendment Funds, which will bring Mixed Blood—a professional, multi-racial theatre company based in Minneapolis that promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence—to the Gustavus campus for two different performances during the 2010-11 academic year. The activity is also made possible by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; it is sponsored on campus by the Diversity Center, CAB, and the Office of Student Activities. The presentation of Theory of Mind is free and open to the public. For more information about this collaborative effort, contact Virgil Jones (Diversity Center) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-933-7449.
Fall Warmer Set for Nov. 7... The Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum is sponsoring a Fall Warmer at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. A lunch (and short meeting) precedes the presentation, "Without Geography We're Nowhere." The presenter, Christian Gilbert '98 is an eighth-grade geography educator and mountain climber. He is also co-founder of G4theSummit, "an online learning environment geared to serve learners of all ages in order to provide a deeper understanding of world places and culture." A seasoned mountain climber, Gilbert has climbed Mt. Aconcagua (2008), Mt. Kilimanjaro (2009), and Mt. Elbrus (2010). His next destination is Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia. He and fellow teacher Brian Honkomp spent two weeks in Russia last spring attempting to climb the 18,510-foot peak of Mt. Elbrus. Gilbert will be breaking down the geological and geographic stories of the Mt. Elbrus area by "climbing" the mountain during this talk. He will also be making quick stops in St. Petersburg and Moscow to share some of the images of this unique country. A variety of visual media will be used throughout this presentation to tell the story of Mt. Elbrus and Russia. The event will be held in Alumni Hall; admission including the luncheon is $10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $5 for students (free admission for lecture only). To register, or if you have a question, please call 507-933-6181 or e-mail email@example.com.
Wallenberg Lecture Brings Media Specialist to Campus... Jo Ellen Fair, Ph.D., professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give this year’s Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture. The lecture, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in Wallenberg Auditorium, is titled "Not a simple story: Mass media and mass violence, the African case," and will address American media images of conflict in Africa. Much of Fair’s research has focused on how American notions of race have shaped the telling of African conflicts and catastrophes, but she also has explored the ways that African media influence popular culture to create new social realities for Africans. She has examined television culture in Senegal and has challenged the simple linkages made between hate media and violence in the Rwandan genocide. In 2001, Fair was invited to Ghana to develop a training protocol for Ghanaian journalists preparing to report on the proceedings of the country’s National Reconciliation Commission, charged with uncovering abuses of past authoritarian governments. The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture was established at Gustavus in 1983 and honors the heroism and legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, whose support of persecuted Jews during World War II saved the lives of many. The lecture is sponsored by the Peace Studies program at Gustavus. For more information about the annual Wallenberg Lecture, contact Mimi Gerstbauer (political science) at 507-933-7421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bingo for Breast Cancer... Candy Kisses' annual Bingo for Breast Cancer fundraiser takes place on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the St. Peter Red Men Club (412 So. 3rd St.). First game starts at 4 p.m. (must be 18 to play). Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "We hope to see you there!"
Lutefisk!... Scandian Grove Lutheran Church, Norseland, Minn., will hold its annual Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Supper this year on Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Cost is $15.00 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Scandian Grove Lutheran Church is located 10 miles west of St. Peter (take Hwy. 22 to Co. Rd. 52, turn north and go about a half mile). Take-outs are available.
Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will be hosting a confirmation group from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minn., on Thursday, Oct. 22.
GYO... Upcoming GYO events include St. Andrew Lutheran Church from Mahtomedi, Minn., on Oct. 22. This church group will be on campus, so GYO will not be traveling. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including leading church services, family-night programs, and lock-in type events.
Events... The third session of "Exploring Religious Questions" will be held on Monday night, Oct. 25, in Olin from 7 to 9 p.m. Casey Elledge (religion) will be speaking on "The Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus, and Judaism."
Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).
Market Place to Close Early during Reading Break... The Market Place will close at 7 p.m. during Reading Break (effective Friday, Oct. 22, through Monday, Oct. 25).
Library Hours for Reading Days... Friday, Oct. 22: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 24: Noon-6 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 25: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 26: 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Headings... While headings help with scanning, they are also important for search engines and are very helpful for people who have vision problems and are using a screen reader. Remember that headings are hierarchical—heading 1 being the topmost level and heading 6 being the innermost level. For Gustavus pages, start at heading 2 and work your way down to 6.
Printers for Sale... 1) HP DeskJet 845C inkjet printer. Prints in both BW and color, about 8 ppm. Comes with power cord and USB cable. No user's guide. Works well but ink needs replacing. Asking $30. 2) HP All-in-One Injet printer 4300 series. Prints, faxes, copies, in color and B&W. A couple of years old but not used much. Comes with power cord, user's guide, but no USB cable. Works well but ink needs replacing. Asking $100. Call x7545 and ask for Carolyn.
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