Inside Gustavus 

November 18, 2010 | Volume 43, Number 12

Faculty/Staff Activities

Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh (education) presented a paper at the 20th-anniversary Conference of National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). The title of the paper is "Is There a Way of Teaching for Social Justice: A Multiculturalist Perspective." The presentation begins with operational definitions of social justice and multicultural education to set the stage for discussing specific strategies of teaching for social justice. It makes the argument that true multicultural education embodies social justice as a major component and, therefore, multicultural education is an indispensable tool in teaching for social justice.

Naomi Quiram (print & mail services) was a guest of the USPS Board of Governors on Oct. 19 at Postal Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The BOG invited 24 mailers from across the country and asked that them to share ideas about the Postal Service and the mailing industry and to generate ideas for moving forward.

Anna Versluis (geography) presented a paper, "Extra-local constraints, changing land uses, and deteriorating ecosystem services in a Haitian watershed," at the Global Land Project Open Science Meeting at Arizona State University on Oct. 19.

Deane Curtin (philosophy) has been appointed the Hanson-Peterson Professor in Liberal Studies at Gustavus. This endowed position seeks to honor a distinguished faculty member who has significantly contributed to the intellectual life of the College. It was created by the Board of Trustees in 1992, and designated the Dorothy Peterson, Mildred Peterson Hanson, and Arthur Jennings Hanson Professorship in Liberal Studies.

Jeff A. Jenson (library/archives) taught two classes at the 10th annual South Central Minnesota Genealogy Expo at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Oct. 30. In a session titled "Church Records of the Swedish Lutherans," he discussed the Lutheran Church Archives held at Gustavus and resources available from local congregations and other regional and national organizations. His second presentation was "Resources in Action: The Hunt for Mrs. Buckmaster." Participants learned about the research process and the skills and resources necessary to conduct reliable genealogy.

On Nov. 4 Chad Fothergill (music/chaplains' office) presented a demonstration-lecture on Spanish Renaissance organ music in Boe Chapel at St. Olaf College. Topics included styles of organ building during the Siglo del Oro, function of repertoire in the Catholic Mass, and adaptive performance practice techniques for present-day instruments.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Funding... The NIH offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate degrees but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. These grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The maximum project award is $300,000 in direct costs, plus indirect costs, and is available for up to three years. Annual deadlines are Feb. 25, June 25, and Oct. 25. For more information, see the NIH grants website.

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

Social Media

LinkedIn... Visit the Gustavus Adolphus College LinkedIn group to connect with alumni. LinkedIn is an online social media tool with the purpose of providing a balance of networking and social opportunities in the business community. The Gustavus LinkedIn site is available on the College's homepage (click on the LinkedIn icon in the lower left corner) or directly at

For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Stacia Vogel in Marketing and Communication (x6365 or


News & Announcements

Angel Tree... Look for the "Angel Tree" in the Campus Center outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room beginning Dec. 1. This is your opportunity to help a St. Peter area child in need by granting one special Christmas wish. The Angel Tree was started 13 years ago by a Peer Assistant and has grown throughout the years to service approximately 200 children. You can participate by taking an “angel ornament” from the tree, purchasing a gift, and returning the wrapped gift (along with the ornament tag) to the Peer Assistant Office. Monetary donations are also helpful for purchasing gifts for unreturned requests. For more information, call x7607.

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.

Complimentary Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel Still Available... You are invited to join the Gustavus collegiate community for "A Renaissance Nativity," this year’s Christmas in Christ Chapel worship celebration, on the weekend of Dec. 3-5. Each year a complimentary ticket is set aside for each College employee. Those tickets are available online at 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 and witness a spectacular worship presentation featuring nearly 300 student musicians and staff!

Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students Search Update... VPSL Committee chair Steve Kjellgren (Dining Service) writes, "The VPSL application submission deadline of Nov. 12 has now passed, and I was pleased to hear from consultant Peter Rosenberg of The Spelman & Johnson Group that 72 applications have been received, with additional submissions likely over the next few days.  Mr. Rosenberg will filter applications to ensure completeness and accuracy and will then provide candidate data access to the search committee in early December 2010.
"The comprehensive VPSL Position Specification document, which is sent to all applicants, is the product of collaboration between the search committee, select campus constituents, and Mr. Rosenberg. It is intended to give applicants a common foundation of knowledge of Gustavus and of the position of Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students.
"The VPSL Search Committee is actively considering candidate interview strategies and developing interview questions in preparation for first round candidate interviews (off-site) in mid-January 2011 and final candidate campus visits in February. Mr. Rosenberg will meet with the search committee on campus on December 16 to assist the process of narrowing the candidate pool and moving forward to the January interviews.
"I will continue to share updates as the search process continues, and please do contact me if you have search-related questions or comments."

Still Looking for a Few Good Ushers... Ushers still are being sought for 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 should 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.

Use the Newly Branded Graphic Standards Properly... Now that departments and offices throughout the campus are becoming familiar with the newly branded wordmark, thumbprint/icon, and templates when developing print materials, it's a good time to remind those responsible for communication that the Office of Marketing and Communication is your go-to resource for answering graphic identity questions related to print pieces, merchandise ordering, and more (e.g., the ordering of such items as staff apparel incorporating department sub-logos). Have a question about the College's new graphic identity or use of its standards? Visit the Marketing and Communication website (click on Brand Resources in the left column) or contact Neely Prenzlow, Anna Deike, or Gwen Freed.

'Twelve Days of Wellness'... 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 today (Nov. 18) and closes on Dec. 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), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 13 or 14.

No 'Inside Gustavus' Next Week... Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Inside Gustavus will not be published on Thursday, Nov. 25. The next publication date is Dec. 2.

Provost/Dean of the College Search Update... Provost Search Committee chair Darrel Jodock (religion) writes, "The search committee met recently to discuss our progress and initiate a systematic review of applications. This initial review, the first of several stages in the candidate vetting process, will continue in the weeks ahead, leading up to the Dec. 8 application deadline. 
"The multi-faceted process of building a robust and diverse pool of highly qualified candidates continues in earnest. Since late October, the position has been advertised in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Women in Higher Education, Hispanic Outlook, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and Diverse. Placements have also been made with the American Conference of Academic Deans, the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and ELCA-related websites. Roughly 3,700 copies of the search prospectus have been distributed nationally to inform selected individuals about the search and to request their suggestions regarding prospective applicants. The search prospectus is available for review at the College’s recently established Provost Search Web page.
"We renew our request that you suggest persons who can be considered in this search. Please contact our consultants, at and, with names and additional contact information related to any potential candidates. The nominations that we receive from those closest to the Gustavus program may be among the most significant additions to our list. Be assured that all information will remain confidential.
"The search committee members will meet again in mid-December to judge our general progress and begin reducing the candidate pool to a smaller group. Our current timetable expects that we will have finalists on campus the week of Feb. 14. On behalf of the search committee, I will continue these reports throughout the selection process. Please feel free to contact me at with questions you may have. Thank you for your interest and support."

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. 19 - Deborah Goodwin (religion)
  • Sunday, Nov. 21 - Chaplain Brian Johnson, with the Gustavus Choir
  • Monday, Nov. 22 - Chaplain Rachel Larson, with musical leadership by Proclaim
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Hymn Festival, with the Christ Chapel Brass
  • Wednesday, Nov. 24 - NO CHAPEL, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Thursday, Nov. 25 - NO CHAPEL, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday, Nov. 26 - NO CHAPEL, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Sunday, Nov. 28 - NO SERVICES, Thanksgiving Holiday

Wind Orchestras' Fall Concert Friday... The Gustavus and Vasa wind orchestras' fall concert will be presented Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Douglas Nimmo conducts both ensembles. This annual performance, which is free and open to the public, brings the College’s two wind orchestras together for a combined concert of compositions written or arranged for concert band. The Vasa Wind Orchestra opens the concert with the Centennial Fanfare by Roger Cichy, selections from the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, John Stevens' Benediction, and Mark Watters's Forged in Fire. Following a short break to reset the stage, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will perform Bombasto by Orin Farrar and the Mass from H. Owen Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana. Also included is a work by David Gillingham, Light of My Soul, commissioned by the wind orchestra for its 2005 concert tour in central Europe.

Senior Honors Project Part of Theatre Gallery... One of two productions scheduled for this weekend's 2010 Theatre Gallery is the intriguingly seductive and aggressive Pains of Youth. Pains of Youth, written by Ferdinand Bruckner and adapted by Martin Crimp, is a theatre honors project directed, designed, acted, and produced entirely by nine senior theatre students. Performances will take place in Anderson Theatre Nov. 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. Pains of Youth is set in a 1920s Vienna boarding house, where six medical students and their maid attempt to survive in a war-torn bourgeois society. These characters surround themselves with ideas of philosophy, psychology, religion, and medicine as they attempt to deal with emotional pressures by abusing drugs, sex, alcohol, material possessions, and most of all, each other. Tickets are available online at All tickets are general admission at $5 each, with Gustavus students and staff free of charge with ID. Tickets not purchased in advance may be purchased at Anderson Theatre beginning one hour prior to curtain.

And a Second Gallery Production This Weekend... Swedish playwright August Strindberg's one-scene naturalistic drama The Stronger is being produced as a part of this year’s Theatre Gallery. The play is directed and translated by junior theatre and Scandinavian studies major Ethan Bjelland and will be performed Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Nov. 20 at 5 p.m., and Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Black Box. The Stronger is set in a café on Christmas Eve, where two nameless actresses, once very close, confront one another. Through the course of the play we learn of a dark secret that would challenge the strength of these two women. This production has two parts with two different casts: it will be performed in its native Swedish, and then performed again in Bjelland’s English translation. Tickets for The Stronger are available online at All tickets are general admission at $5 each, with Gustavus students and staff free of charge with ID. Tickets available at showtime will be available at the Black Box beginning one hour prior to curtain.

International Festival... On Saturday, Nov. 20, the International Cultures Club sponsors its International Festival in Alumni Hall. The festival is an annual event featuring music, dancing, cultural displays, world cuisines, and a fashion show. All are welcome. "Country" tables with ethnic food samples open at 6 p.m. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free!

Gustavus Jazz Returns to Bjorling Saturday... The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble, both directed by Steve Wright, present their combined fall concert Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The fall jazz concert is free and open to the public. The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble opens the evening's performance with a set of contemporary jazz compositions by Mike Tomaro, Frank Mantooth, Matt Harris, Jeff Jarvis, and Rick Lawn. The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band will continue with such well-known works as Johnny Mercer's Tangerine, Wayne Shorter's Yes or No, and Dizzy Gillespie's Salt Peanuts and Manteca.

Gustavus Philharmonic Concert Sunday... Under the direction of first-year conductor Justin Knoepfel (music), the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra will present its fall concert Sunday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. The 16-member ensemble opens the concert with Handel's Concerto Grosso in G major, followed by two suites from The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell. Following a brief intermission, the Philharmonic returns to the stage to present the concluding work on the program, Benjamin Britten's four-movement Simple Symphony.

Woodwind Chamber Concert Includes Four Ensembles... Under the leadership of Ann Pesavento, Sarah Erickson Lume, and John Engebretson (all music), four woodwind ensembles of the Department of Music will present their fall recital Sunday, Nov. 21. This event, which includes performances by the TLTD Quartet, the Kalmar Quintet, the MECC Quartet, and the Quintrivium Winds, begins at 3:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall and is free and open to the public. Composers programmed for the recital include Grieg, Dvorak, Scott Joplin, Poulenc, and Holst.

Alumni Artists Featured in New Hillstrom Exhibition... The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents Alumni Invitational Art Exhibition: Ars Longa, Academia Brevis, on view from Nov. 22, 2010, through Jan. 28, 2011, with an opening reception on Monday, Nov. 22, 7-9 p.m. This exhibit features over 60 recent artworks by Gustavus studio art majors ranging from the class of 2009 back to the class of 1951 (the earliest year students could graduate with the major). All of the nearly 500 past studio art majors of the College who have contact information with the Office of Alumni Relations were invited to participate, and around half of the artists exhibiting are from the Class of 1990 or earlier. Many of the participants have continued to be active in art since leaving Gustavus. As with all exhibitions and programs of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, this exhibition and its opening reception are free and open to the public. The Museum's regular hours are weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and weekends, 1-5 p.m. Additional information can be found on the Museum's website at, including hours of closure during the College's Thanksgiving and Holiday breaks.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Developmental Psychology Exhibits Featured at Play Lab... Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation and the River Hills Mall, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is making the most of a donated six-month lease of the old Pier 1 in front of the River Hills Mall. Getting kids up and active with fun-filled activities that can easily be replicated at home is a great way to kick off the opening of the Play Lab on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join the Children's Museum for this FREE family event that celebrates the beginning of another season of Children's Museum programs. The "Minnesota All-Star Games" features a Minnesota All-Star obstacle course provided by the MN All-STARS Challenge; hands-on activities from Gustavus developmental psychology students; music provided by Jump Around Entertainment; Children's Museum exhibits; and awesome arts creativity activities. This is a free event with all donations benefiting the establishment of a permanent Children's Museum in the Greater Mankato Area.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters for this week include Sarah Lutter, who will be at St. John Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Minn., at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 21. 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 on campus this weekend: Mount Olivet Lutheran Church from Minneapolis (Nov. 19-20), Central Lutheran Church from Minneapolis (Nov. 19-20), and Hosanna Lutheran Church from Rochester, Minn., for the day on Nov. 19.

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

Bein' Green

A Recycling Opportunity... We have a surplus of outdated envelopes for on-campus mailings. The envelopes may have a department name, retired branding, or special event logo. They are for internal use only. If you do on-campus mailings and can use the envelopes, please stop by the mail room in the Jackson Campus Center and pick them up. If you would like them delivered to your department, contact Naomi Quiram at Please provide the number of envelopes needed and the delivery location. The envelopes will be available through Nov. 30, 2010.

Web Tips

JPEG = Photos, PNG = Graphics... Photos should be JPEG format, graphics should be PNG format. If the folks in GTS are creating your pages for you, please send them any images you want to use in their original size and format (the larger the better, as it is always bad to enlarge images).

Safety Snips

Safety Training Videos... The Campus Safety Web page hosts a number of safety training videos available to the Gustavus community.  Visit to view safety videos on the topics of:

  • Common Sense Defense
  • Controlling Behavior
  • Everyday Safety
  • Protect Your Possessions and Identity
  • Safe Travel
  • Shots Fired On Campus: Guidance for Surviving an Active Shooter Situation
  • Stalking
  • Student Assaults


Situation Wanted... Peter Shea will again be teaching in the Philosophy Department during the January Term. He is looking for a house-sitting opportunity, preferably close to campus, for the month of January. He is unfortunately allergic to cats and smoke. He can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 612-250-4207.

"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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