Inside Gustavus 

November 11, 2010 | Volume 43, Number 11

Faculty/Staff Activities

Barbara Zust (nursing) presented a paper titled "Exploring nurses' experiences in caring for incarcerated pregnant women during labor and delivery" at the Second International Violence in the Health Care Sector Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Oct. 28. The paper was based on a student project. In the State of Minnesota and 39 other states, incarcerated patients in labor are shackled to the beds and have a guard watching inside the room. Although nurses are the only source of support an incarcerated laboring patient has, nurses are often indifferent. A case was made that nursing indifference is a form of violence toward the patient and that further education is needed to assist nurses in caring for this vulnerable population of patients.

Julie Gilbert and Barbara Fister (both library) have had an article, "Reading, Risk, and Reality: College Students and Reading for Pleasure" accepted by the journal College & Research Libraries. A preprint is available at the journal's website.

Dwight Stoll (chemistry), along with current and graduated Gustavus students Scott Simpkins '10, Jeremy Bedard '09, Steve Groskreutz '12, Michael Swenson '10, and Tomas Liskutin '09 have a published a research paper in the Journal of Chromatography titled "Targeted three-dimensional liquid chromatography: A versatile tool for quantitative trace analysis in complex matrices." The paper is currently accessible online at the journal's website, and will appear in print soon. The work was funded by a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Faculty Start-Up Award and a small grant from the Minnesota River Board.

Amy Gratz, Anna Hulseberg, and Sarah Monson (all library) presented a session titled "The Library through Students' Eyes: Exploring Student Research Needs in the Brick and Click Space" (prepared with fellow librarian Julie Gilbert) at the annual Brick and Click Libraries Symposium in Maryville, Mo., on Nov. 5. Gilbert, Gratz, Hulseberg, and Monson also wrote a paper for the conference proceedings.

Michael Hvidsten (MCS) and colleague Douglas Anderson of Concordia College presented "Teaching Computer Science and Math in China through the MPCC" at the fall meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting was held Oct. 22-23 at the University of Sioux Falls.

Student Achievements

International Photo Contest Winners Announced... The following students are winners in the Center for International Education's 21st annual International Photo Contest: Rebecca Beebe, Liz Bowman, Chaz Brown, Zach Hanson, Mara Johnson-Groh, Catherine Keith, Kristin Kennedy, Victoria Lund, Daniel Mellema, David Pederson, Dave Schutt, and Jacqueline Schwerm. Each winner receives a cash prize. Please congratulate these individuals and come see their winning photographs, along with honorable mention photos, beginning Nov. 18 in a Campus Center hallway display. CICE's 2011 calendar, displaying winning photos, goes on sale the same day. Contact CICE (507-933-7545) to purchase.

Funding Opps

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

  • Summer 2011 Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program for Students... The DOE Scholars Program offers summer internships with stipends of up to $650 per week to undergraduate students. Majors accepted include physical sciences, environmental sciences, computer science and information technology, physics, program management, math, statistics, safety and health, accounting and finance, and other related discipline areas. Internships provide participants with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research and give them a unique career exploration opportunity with DOE. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2011. For additional information, including requirements, please see Bob Weisenfeld is available to assist students in proposal preparation.

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

Social Media

YouTube... Visit the Gustavus News YouTube Channel to view short highlight videos of Gustavus people, events, and programs. Recent features include Gustie Buddies, the Nobel Conference-HHMI program, and Big Hill Farm. This Gustavus YouTube page is online at:

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 on Thursday, Nov. 4, about the Gustavus women's hockey team being ranked No. 5 in the preseason national poll. Head coach Mike Carroll was quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Wednesday, Nov. 9, about Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom's visit to campus. Hafstrom was interviewed for the story.
  • The Chaska Herald printed a story on Nov. 11 about Minnesotans who received Fulbright scholarships in the past year and made note of Don Scheese (English), who is teaching in the Ukraine on a Fulbright.

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on November 10, 2010, and discussedthe following items:

  • Provost Fienen reported on a recent meeting of Midwest Alliance for Learning in the Liberal Arts.
  • Vice President and Treasurer Westphal reported on his recent meeting with the College’s insurance consortium.
  • Vice President Young highlighted the day’s scheduled campus visit by the Swedish Ambassador to the United States.
  • Open sessions for campus community members to view and provide feedback on potential designs for the West Mall will be held soon. Date, times, and location will be announced via a campus e-mail and in Inside Gustavus.
  • Vice President Stocco reported that Manager of Environmental Health Jason Stratman will be departing Gustavus for a new position at another institution at the end of December. There was initial discussion of a replacement plan for the position.
  • The Cabinet approved Fundraising Guidelines for Faculty, Staff, and Campus Organizations. The new policy will be posted online in the All-College Policies document. The Division of Student Affairs is preparing a written proposal for Cabinet consideration regarding the handling of requests from students to live on campus during January Term.
  • Plans for the Nov. 12 Campus Forum on Civility were reviewed. The forum, which will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, in the Heritage Room, is open to all members of the campus community.  

News & Announcements

Campus Civility Forum... The entire campus community is invited to participate in a campus discussion on Friday, Nov. 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m., in the Heritage Room of the Jackson Campus Center. Civility will be the focus of the conversation, with presentations and responses focused on three of the College’s core values—community, justice, and faith: 1) How can we, as a college that values community, support and respect each other, given our diverse opinions and attitudes? Jeff Stocco (dean of students) will comment on students' responsibilities and rights as well as standards of our community. 2) How can we support each other in our faith journeys and respect each other when our particular faith journeys are quite different? Darrell Jodock (religion) will address how our faith traditions inform this conversation. 3) As a college that values justice, how can we support each other in our right to express our opinions while at the same time recognizing the rights of others and maintaining respect for each other even when we disagree? Kate Knutson (political science) will offer her perspective on free speech as it is expressed and challenged on a college campus. The format calls for three short presentations and discussion among the panelists, followed by questions and comments from those in attendance.

Baking Assist... Let the bakers in the Gustavus Dining Service bakery help you with Thanksgiving baking this year. Order forms are available in the Dining Service office, or e-mail Sharon Anderson. Orders will be accepted until Wednesday, Nov. 17.

'Lunch and Learn'... Gustavus Health Promotion is sponsoring two Thrivent Financial "Lunch and Learns" next week. On Wednesday, Nov. 17, "What's Yours Is Your Heirs' . . . or Is It?" will be presented twice: at 11:30 a.m. in combination with a lunch buffet ($3) in the Jackson Campus Center banquet room, and at 1 p.m., also in the banquet room (free cookies and beverages provided). "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. Register by e-mailing Rachelle Dosch. Include your name and what time you will attend (11:30 or 1). Cost is $3 if you attend the 11:30 lunch (bring $3 to the Gustavus buffet). The second "Lunch and Learn" is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, and focuses on "Creating a Holiday Spending Plan." This is a free, one-hour educational workshop that focuses on managing your budget during the holidays. (Cost is $3 if you choose to buy the lunch; bring $3 to the Gustavus buffet). Again, register by e-mailing Rachelle Dosch with your full name. This workshop will be presented by a professional financial planner.

'Inside Gustavus' Publication Reminder... Due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 25 and 26, Inside Gustavus will not be published on Thursday, Nov. 25. Announcement of events and activities occurring between Nov. 19 and Dec. 2 should be submitted by Tuesday, Nov. 16, to be listed in the Nov. 18 edition of Inside Gustavus. The next publication date after Nov. 18 is Dec. 2.

In the Event of a School Closing or Delay... When College facilities will be closed or classes delayed or canceled during a work day due to inclement weather conditions, announcements will be made as soon as possible via the College's multi-layered emergency communication system, so make sure your emergency contact information is updated in the Gribly online. Individuals may also check for updates by calling the College's new Emergency Voicemail Hotline at 933-8444. We will also alert the following media:

If the College makes the decision to close, individuals will be paid for regularly scheduled hours for that day. If the College remains open but individuals choose to leave early due to inclement weather, the time off should be taken as unpaid leave, vacation, or PTO time with supervisor approval. Factors that influence the College's decision to delay or cancel classes include the following: expected precipitation, road conditions, visibility, and wind-chill factor. Please be aware that the College's decision to delay/cancel may differ from area K-12 schools; Gustavus is influenced by the needs of the more than 2,000 students who live in campus housing, as contrasted with different factors and conditions at K-12 schools (e.g., busing, young children, etc.).

Open House... Members of the marketing and communication staff invite the Gustavus community to check out their new digs during an open house at the Lundgren House on Tuesday, Nov. 23, running from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come when you can; leave when you must. Food will be available.

'Twelve Days of Wellness'... Want to start your holiday season feeling healthy, refreshed, and full of energy? All Gustavus employees and their spouses are invited to participate in the "Twelve Days of Wellness" challenge sponsored by the Gustavus Health Promotion (GHP) program. Each person who registers for the program is challenged to complete 24 wellness activities over the first 12 days of December. Registration opens on November 18 and closes on December 1 (the first day of the challenge). To register, go to the GHP website and click on "12 Days of Wellness." After you register you must pick up your calendar of activities at the SAO desk in the Campus Center. You are to complete and mark off all 24 activities by December 12. At the most, you may mark off three activities per day. The first 150 people who register and complete all the activities over the 12 days will receive a holiday gift as a reward for finishing the wellness challenge. You must turn in your calendar and pick up your gift in Lund 131 (Rachelle Dosch's office) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on December 13 or 14.

Ushers Needed... Ushers still are being sought for all Christmas in Christ Chapel 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 the chapel 90 minutes before the service starts and may stay for the service or leave once it begins. If interested, contact Dana (x7550 or dlamb) or Lorie (x7520 or lsiebels) at your earliest convenience.

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. 12 - Douglas Huff (philosophy)
  • Sunday, Nov. 14 - Chaplain Rachel Larson, with the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Monday, Nov. 15 - Mary Gaebler (religion)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17 - Morning Praise, with the Lucia Singers
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 - Rebecca Rasp (senior student)
  • Friday, Nov. 19 - Deborah Goodwin (religion)

Faculty Shop Talk on Friday... 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 a one-night-only Iowa Theatre Artists Company production of Lee Blessing's A Walk In The Woods tomorrow evening (Friday, Nov. 12) at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. 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.

American Composers Featured in Orchestra Program... The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and new conductor Ruth Lu Lin will present a concert of all-American music on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The concert of works by American composers George Whitefield Chadwick, Aaron Copland, and Alan Hovhaness is free and open to the public. The concert opens with George Chadwick’s four-movement Symphonic Sketches followed by the “Orchestral Suite” from Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land. The concert concludes with Symphony No. 2, Op. 132, “Mysterious Mountain,” by Alan Hovhaness.

Environmental Architect's Campus Visit Includes Home Tour... Acclaimed "green" architect Sarah Nettleton will present a lecture in Wallenberg Auditorium, Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 4:30 p.m. As part of her day-long residency, one of Nettleton's creations—the Spear House on the Ottawa Road—will be open to the public to tour from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. that same day. Buses will leave the Three Flags Circle every 30 minutes to take students and staff to the house for the tours. The house tour and the lecture are free and open to the public. Nettleton's residency is supported by funding from the Department of Art and Art History and the Johnson Endowment for the Arts.


  • Andrea Junso (student activities) and her husband, TJ, are proud to announce the birth of a son, Kellen Glen, on Nov. 4. Older brother Cole is ecstatic.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters for this week are Mimi Gerstbauer (political science), who will be speaking on the topic "The Quality of Mercy: Forgiveness in International Relations" at First Lutheran Church in Le Sueur, Minn., on Nov. 14 at 9:15 a.m., and Sarah Lutter, speaking at St. John Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Minn., Nov. 14 at 9:30 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.

Special Events... This weekend, the Office of Church Relations will be hosting an event called the "Sleepout." It will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, and last until 5 p.m. on Saturday. This event is for senior high youth and will help them understand homelessness experientially through sleeping outside in cardboard boxes if they choose, relying only on each other, and not eating as much as they normally do. The chapel will be open to those who choose to sleep inside, and non-perishable food items will be located inside the chapel for them to eat. The event aims to help raise awareness about homelessness and hunger.

Partners in Education... Blake Couey (religion) will be presenting an adult forum at Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 9:30 a.m. on the topic of "Varieties of Prayer in the Book of Psalms."

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Nov. 12-13 for St. Michael's Lutheran Church of Roseville, Minn.

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


Two Printers for Sale... 1) HP Deskjet 845C inkjet printer. Prints in both B/W and color, about 8 ppm; comes with power cord and USB cable (but no user guide). Works well, but ink cartridges need replacing; asking $30. 2) HP All-in-One inkjet printer, 4300 series. Prints, faxes, copies in B/W and color; a couple of years old but not used much. Comes with power cord and user guide (but no USB cable). Works well, but ink cartridges need replacing; asking $100. Call x7545 and ask for Carolyn.

Babysitter Available... Local MSU graduate student willing to do babysitting and/or dog-sitting during the winter months. References available. If interested, call Teresa at 618-977-6057.

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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.


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