Inside Gustavus (November 4, 2010)

Volume 43, Number 10

Faculty/Staff Activities

Janet DeMars (dean of students' ofc.) and Peg O’Connor (philosophy and GTS) presented 'OnGUARD: Guided Understanding of Alcohol’s Real Dilemmas,' at the Department of Education-sponsored National Meeting on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence (AODV) Prevention in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. OnGUARD is an educational program DeMars and O’Connor designed as an alternative to the judicial system for students who have received the most serious alcohol infractions at the College. Additionally, they represented the College at an invitation-only session about addiction and recovery services, which are becoming a cornerstone in the Obama Administration policy on alcohol and drugs.

Philippe Gagnon (religion) has published an article, "L'exigence de l'explication en biologie au regard d'une philosophie de la morphogenèse"("The requirements of explanation in biology in light of a philosophy of morphogenesis"), in Eikasia, Revista de Filosofía, Vol. 6, No. 35 (November 2010): pp. 123-180.

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 $4 million. The next deadline for this annual competition is January 27, 2011. For an updated program announcement, please see the NSF website.

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

Social Media

'Make Your Life Count'... Read "Make Your Life Count" feature stories on the Gustavus homepage (right-hand box). Recent features include Abby Andrusko '00 (who started the Grass Fed Cattle Company), Big Hill Farm, the Nobel Conference-HHMI program, and Ellery Peterson '49 (who was named Nicollet County outstanding senior citizen of the year). On this website, individuals are invited to submit story ideas, sign up to receive e-mail alerts whenever a new story is posted, or "Like" the Make Your Life Count Facebook page.

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 Oct. 28 about Gustavus being ranked by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine as a Best Value among private liberal arts colleges.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of Shakespeare's R&J. Henry MacCarthy (theatre & dance) 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

  • David Christopher Harmes, laboratory technician (chemistry; part-time)
  • Linda Steinhaus, administrative assistant (provost's ofc.)


News & Announcements

Thrivent Financial 'Lunch and Learn'... "What's yours is your heirs' . . . or is it?" is the topic of a Thrivent Financial program being presented twice on Wednesday, Nov. 17: as a lunch buffet beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Banquet Room, and as a cookies-and-beverages presentation beginning at 1 p.m. (also in the Campus Center Banquet Room). You've worked hard to earn what you have today. When the time comes, will your assets pass according to your plans? "Focus On Estate Conservation" is a free, one-hour educational workshop that focuses on helping you learn how to preserve your estate—regardless of its size. You'll also learn how to take steps to manage your assets during your lifetime, transfer assets smoothly and reduce family stress, and avoid void probate to make sure your wishes are carried out. Sign up today! Register by e-mailing Rachelle Dosch (GHP) at Please include your name and what time you will attend (11:30 or 1). This workshop, offered through Gustavus Health Promotion, will be presented by Stacey Jones, attorney at law. Cost is $3.00 if you attend the 11:30 lunch (bring $3.00 to the Gustavus buffet), but the program itself is free.

Thanksgiving Baking... Let the bakers in the Gustavus Dining Service bakery help you with your Thanksgiving planning this year. Order forms for baked goods are available in the Dining Service office, or e-mail Orders will be accepted until Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Ushers In Advent Season... You are invited to join the Gustavus community for "A Renaissance Nativity," this year’s Christmas in Christ Chapel worship celebration, on the weekend of December 3-5. Complimentary tickets for the services are available online at (one per employee or student). Tickets for the buffet are $17.50 each. To order, go to ticket site, choose "Login” from the top menu, then click on "Gustavus Students/Employee login” on the left side of the page. You will not be eligible for a complimentary ticket if you do not login to the correct side of the page. First-time users will be asked to set up a profile. (The billing address should match the address used for any Mastercard/Visa purchases.) To purchase additional tickets, the verification process will confirm that the address matches the credit card information. (The shipping address should be changed to 800 West College Avenue if that is possible. It helps us save on postage if we can use our delivery system instead of the postal service.) Returning users should verify their billing/shipping information and update as necessary. You may order your complimentary ticket and any additional tickets through this site. Performers may request a complimentary ticket and give it to friends or family, but the ticket must be ordered by the student. If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 933-7520. Invite your campus colleagues to attend—talk it up at the coffee table!

And Speaking of 'Ushering'... Ushers/hosts are needed to welcome Christmas in Christ Chapel guests at each of the five services (Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.). Volunteers would need to be at Christ Chapel 90 minutes before the service starts and may stay for the service or leave once the service begins. If interested, contact Dana (x7550 or dlamb) or Lorie (x7520 or lsiebels) at your earliest convenience. Gustavus is all about  hospitality, so . . . attend one time and host another!   

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, Nov. 5 - Taizé
  • Sunday, Nov. 7 - "A Service of Global Worship": Chaplain Brian Johnson with Youth Encounter and the Choir of Christ Chapel
  • Monday, Nov. 8 - Sarah Ruble (religion)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 - Mary Bull, Youth Encounter
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 - Morning Praise (and Holden Evening Prayer 7:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 - Adam Snyder (senior student)
  • Friday, Nov. 12 - Doug Huff (philosophy)

2010-11 Gustavus Technology Training Classes... Want to feel more comfortable using technology, software, and online resources? Take advantage of free hands-on technology training for faculty and staff. Classes meet in Olin Technology Classroom 9-10 a.m. and are aimed at all skill levels. To sign up or view a full list of class offerings, descriptions, visit and click "Schedule an Appointment," or call x6111. For more information, visit the User Services blog.

Home Free in Concert Saturday... The award-winning a cappella sensation Home Free comes to Gustavus’s Jussi Björling Recital Hall for an Arts Performance Series event Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Conceived in Mankato, the five-voice ensemble features Mankato natives and Gustavus alumni Chris and Adam Rupp along with Mankatoan Matt Atwood. With a genre of music that covers an expansive mix of pop, jazz, classical, and country, all songs are  performed with only the human voice and microphones, resulting in a truly unique and incredible sound. The group recently took first place in the Harmony Sweepstakes Chicago Regional and has performed for a diverse and extensive clientele. In addition to touring and performing, it devotes time to educating and encouraging music in the public schools through innovative workshops and concert fundraising. Tickets for Saturday’s performance of Home Free are available online at or at the door one hour prior to showtime. Prices are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Gustavus employees; and free for Gustavus students with ID.

Fall Warmer... Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum hosts its annual Fall Warmer on Sunday, Nov. 7, this year, beginning at 12:30 p.m. A lunch (and short meeting) precedes the featured presentation, "Without Geography We're Nowhere." The presenter, Christian Gilbert '98, is an eighth-grade geography educator and avid 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." 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 questions, call 507-933-6181 or e-mail

Wallenberg Lecture Scheduled for Monday... 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 on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Auditorium. Her talk is titled "Not a simple story: Mass media and mass violence, the African case" and will address American media images of conflict in Africa. The lecture is sponsored by the Gustavus Peace Studies program. For more information about the annual Wallenberg Lecture, contact Mimi Gerstbauer (political science) at 507-933-7421 or

Faculty Shop Talk on Nov. 12... Debra Pitton (education) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2010-11 academic year. Her talk, titled "Study away in Peru 2010: Unexpected learnings," will be presented on Friday, Nov. 12, 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

Gardner Returns for 'A Walk In The Woods'... Long-time theatre director Rob Gardner (theatre & dance, emeritus) returns to Gustavus in an Iowa Theatre Artists Company production of Lee Blessing's A Walk In The Woods on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The story for the play was inspired by the real-life meeting of U.S. negotiator Paul Nitze and Soviet negotiator Yuli Kvitsinsky, who arranged to meet in the woods of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1982 to draft an arms reduction proposal, which was eventually rejected by both countries. This one-night-only performance features Gardner as Soviet negotiator Andrev Botvinnik alongside movie and television actor Patrick Thomas O'Brien as the American agent John Honeyman. General admission tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Gustavus students and staff will be admitted at no charge thanks to funding support from the Johnson Endowment for the Arts.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

In the Genes... Congratulations to the St. Peter High School girls soccer team on their first-ever trip to the state tournament. This talented team is rich with Gustavus blood . . . led by Head Coach Karl Larson (HES), Asst. Coach Andy Sharp '12, Captain Dani Larson (father Karl-HES), Captain Mari Aune (father Richard-Admission, mother Tami-GTS, sister Melissa '12), Ivy Estenson (father Paul-E/M, brother Leif '13), Stephanie Bauman (mother Teri-GTS), Faith Dontje-Lindell (father Jim-Johnson Ctr.), Maria Siebels (mother Lorie-Mktg./Comm.), Alina and Chloe Bachman (father Woody-athletics, mother Wendy-Book Mark, brother Beau '14), Aricka O'Gorman (brother Aaron '14), and Sally Morrow (father Terry-comm. studies).

Lutefisk on Saturday... 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.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters for this week include Grady St. Dennis (church relations), speaking on the topic "Observing the Speed Limit of Life" at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, Minn. at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, and Darrell Jodock (religion), speaking on the topic "The History of Lutheranism" at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato from 9:30-10:20 a.m. on Sunday. 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.

Gustavus Youth Outreach... A GYO group will be traveling to Mound, Minn., Nov. 5-6. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations.

Special Events... "Exploring Religious Questions" will have its last session on Monday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Darrell Jodock (religion) will be speaking on the topic "The Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus, and Judaism." "Exploring Religious Questions" is brought to you by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Maple Grove, Minn., Nov. 5-6. Also the Youth Encounter Team will be using the Retreat Center from Nov. 6-7. The Office of Church Relations will be hosting the following confirmation groups this weekend: Our Father's Lutheran Church of Rockford, Minn., Nov. 5-6, and St. John's Lutheran Church and Cross of Peace from Shakopee for the day on Nov. 6.

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 8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Nov 28 4 pm Women's Hockey vs. Elmira College (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
YesterdayNov 29 Thanksgiving Recess Campus
Nov 29 1 pm Women's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh State University (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
46:30 pm Men's Basketball hosts Buena Vista University Peter, Minn.
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
Nov 30 Career Exploration Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11 am to noon Tech Bytes: Virtual Meeting Spaces Hall 124B
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:455:45 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:308:30 pm WRITI Dinner and Workshop: Using Writing to Assess Student Learning in the WRITI Course's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting- Come for Community Comment! Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 1 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:306:30 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
7:308:30 pm Yoga w/ Rachel (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 2 911 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
7 pm Men's Basketball hosts Saint Mary's University Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball at Saint Mary's University, Minn.
78 pm Jen Onsum- An advocate for people with disabilities Hall 101
78 pm Zumba w/ Megan (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 3 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:308:30 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Dec 45 Men's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Women's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Dec 4 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: Hymns on Tap Dive
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
4:306 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
7:0510:05 pm Men's Hockey hosts Saint John's University Peter, Minn.
7:30 pm Women's Hockey at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Magic Mike XXL Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Dec 5 1 pm Women's Basketball at Augsburg College, Minn.
2 pm Women's Hockey hosts College of Saint Benedict Peter, Minn.
25 pm Men's Hockey at Saint John's University Cloud, Minn.
3 pm Women's Basketball at Augsburg College, Minn.
3:305 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Magic Mike XXL Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Dec 6 3:305 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)

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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