Inside Gustavus 

December 9, 2010 | Volume 43, Number 14

Faculty/Staff Activities

Lisa Heldke (philosophy) has an essay being included in a new book, Storied Dishes: What Our Family Recipes Tell Us About Who We Are and Where We've Been (Praeger, $34.95).

Florence Amamoto (English) presented a paper titled "Riffing on Race, Place, Boundary Crossing, Performance, and Ethnic Identity: Lawson Inada's Legends from Camp" at the Western Literature Conference in Prescott, AZ, Oct. 20-23. In her first year on the Executive Council, she also chaired the committee for the Susan J. Rosowski Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring and was a member of the committee for the J. Golden Taylor Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference.

Dwight Stoll (chemistry), along with collaborators Xiaoli Wang (Agilent Technologies) and Peter Carr (University of Minnesota), published a paper in LC-GC titled "A simple approach to performance optimization in HPLC and its application in ultrafast separation development." The article appeared in the November issue of the magazine, which is the mostly widely read in the separation-science community.

Michael Ferragamo (biology/neuroscience) published an article in Hearing Research describing evidence of a functional stream in the brain putatively specialized to process spectral information (which contributes to how we perceive speech and music). His collaborators were in Madison, Wis., and in Turkey. Recently, at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, he presented work done with Janine Wotton (psychology/neuroscience)) describing the nature of a computation that transforms the temporal discharge patterns of sensory neurons into a rate-based code.

Thia Cooper (religion) has had an article, "Fair Trade Sex: Reflections on God, Sex, and Economics," published in Feminist Theology, Volume 19, Issue 2, January 2011.

Jessie Petricka (physics) co-authored a paper, "Universal Quantum Viscosity in a Unitary Fermi Gas," published in the journal Science on Nov. 9. The paper is currently accessible online at the journal's website and will appear in an upcoming print edition.

Gifts & Grants

Hildeman Grant... The Fulbright Commission in Stockholm, Sweden, recently announced that Gustavus is one of two institutions in the nation (the other is Harvard) that will receive a Hildeman Grant for the 2011-12 academic year. The Hildeman Grant provides funding for a Swedish scholar to travel to the United States and teach at an institution for one semester in a selected field. The scholar, who has yet to be selected, will teach an upper-level course on “Gender and Sexuality in Scandinavia,” during the fall semester of 2011. The scholar will also hold a public lecture and engage in campus life in other ways.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes for Summer 2011... The NEH annually offers faculty opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes throughout the country. The available stipends for travel, books, research, and other living expenses are $2,100 (two weeks), $2,700 (three weeks), $3,300 (four weeks), $3,900 (five weeks), or $4,500 (six weeks). Requests for application materials are made directly to the seminar or institute director. The application deadline is March 1, 2011. The list of seminars and institutes is on the NEH website.

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

Social Media

Flickr Photostream... Visit the Gustavus Adolphus College Flickr photostream to view images of various campus happenings, including scenes from this year's first snowfall, the PA's annual Angel Tree, and today's 70th Festival of St. Lucia. A link to the College's Flickr page appears in the lower left corner of the Gustavus homepage or directly to

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, Dec. 2, about former student Heather Klosterman, who is now skating for Disney on Ice.
  • Phil Bryant (English) provided a commentary for Minnesota Public Radio on Friday, Dec. 3, about area college Christmas concerts including Christmas in Christ Chapel.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Saturday, Dec. 4, about the College receiving the Hildeman Grant. Helena Karlsson (Scandinavian studies) was quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Saturday, Dec. 5, about Christmas in Christ Chapel. Stacia Vogel (marketing and communication) 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


News & Announcements

Publication Reminder... With the end of fall semester and the holiday break, Inside Gustavus will not be published for two weeks following the Dec. 16 posting. The next Inside Gustavus following Dec. 16 will be posted on Jan. 6, 2011. Those wishing to announce any events or activities occurring between Dec. 17 and Jan. 6 will need to submit them by the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 14, in order to have them listed in the issue posted on Dec. 16.

Reading Group to Discuss New Book on Integrative Education... All faculty and staff and are invited to join a reading/discussion group that will meet in January to discuss Parker Palmer and Arthur Zajonc's new book, The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal. Co-sponsored by the new Center for Servant-Leadership and the Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, and facilitated by Carolyn O'Grady (education/CICE) and Chris Johnson (CVR/CSL), the group will meet each Wednesday throughout the month at 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty-Staff Center. Books and refreshments will be provided; faculty should contact Cathy Blaukat in the Kendall Center (cblaukat) to reserve your copy, while staff and administrators should contact Amy Pehrson in the CVR (apehrson). The book discusses integrative education, a model of liberal-arts learning that "engages students in the systematic exploration of the relationship between their studies of the 'objective' world and the purpose, meaning, limits, and aspirations of their lives." Palmer, master educator and author of several books including The Courage to Teach, and Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst College and director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, advocate a holistic approach to teaching and learning that honors the whole human being.

Food Shelf Donations Requested... A collection for the St. Peter Food Shelf will be made at the Staff Christmas Party on Dec. 21. Bring non-perishable items to the luncheon; gift certificates or cash will also be accepted and greatly appreciated. The College will match donations to around the same amount as was given last year. Thank you in advance for your generosity during the Holiday season.

West Mall Project Preview Sessions... Gustavus plans to begin redevelopment work on the campus's West Mall this summer. The College is working with landscape architects from the firm Perkins+Will on the concept plans for the project. On Monday, Dec. 13, two of the firm's architects will lead a series of one-hour open sessions of the plans under consideration for the project. They will present for about 15 minutes and then invite questions and discussion. These sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. in Linner Lounge, and they will be  open to anyone from the campus community. Attend one of these as your schedule permits; this is a good opportunity to view drawings, ask questions, and provide input to the planning process.

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 and descriptions, visit and click "Schedule an Appointment," or call x6111. For more information, visit the User Services blog.

Don't Get Towed... The City of St. Peter reminds the campus community about its snow emergency ordinance: Snow emergencies will be declared before 5 p.m. and disseminated to local media. When it snows, check local media outlets for information or call the City Information Line at 934-0675. When a snow emergency is declared, there is NO PARKING on any of the posted SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES for the entire 48-hour period (even if the street has been plowed curb-to-curb). Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on the day a snow emergency is declared, for two days (48 hours) there is NO PARKING on residential streets from midnight until 7 a.m. (again, even if the street has been plowed), and beginning at 2 a.m., for two days there is NO PARKING on downtown streets from 2 to 6 a.m. Vehicles parked in violation of the snow emergency ordinance will be ticketed (fined $15-50) AND towed at the owners' expense. For more information about this ordinance and which streets are considered snow emergency routes, visit the City of St. Peter's website.

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, Dec. 10 - Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Angelique Dwyer (MLLC-Spanish)
  • Sunday, Dec. 12 - Doug Huff (philosophy); Chaplain Rachel Larson presiding
  • Monday, Dec. 13 - The Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14 - TBA
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Dec. 16 - TBA
  • Friday, Dec. 17 - Taizé

Shakespeare Performance Showcase to Be Staged This Weekend... Building on the success of last season’s Physical Theatre Project, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present a Shakespeare Performance Showcase, directed by Amy Seham, in Anderson Theatre, Dec. 9-11 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. The Showcase uses Shakespeare’s classic  A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a loose framework, and includes sonnets, monologues, and scenes from many other works by the famed playwright. The evening culminates in a delightful rendition of Dream’s hilarious play-within-a-play, "Pyramus and Thisbe." Tickets are available online at and at the Ticket Center in the Jackson Student Center. General admission seats are $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Tickets remaining on the day of the performance will be available in the Anderson Theatre lobby one hour prior to curtain.

Julgran Celebration... To usher in the winter season and holiday spirit, the Linnaeus Arboretum is hosting its third annual Julgran celebration in the Interpretive Center on Friday, Dec. 10, 4-6 p.m. The "Julgran" (Swedish for "Christmas tree") will again be highlighted by a cookie contest featuring hundreds of cookies baked by various student organizations at Gustavus. Enjoy hot cider and milk as you sample the cookies; results of the contest (and prizes for the winners) will be announced at 4:30 p.m. One of the College's very own student musicians will perform at 5 p.m., and local artists will be present throughout as a warm fire burns in the Interpretive Center's fireplace. Or, if the weather is nice, stand by the outdoor fire pit and roast a marshmallow or two! Individuals and teams interested in participating in the cookie contest should contact Bob Dunlap (x7199 or rdunlap) no later than today (Thursday, Dec. 9).

Michael Johnson Returns... Singer, songwriter, storyteller, and guitarist Michael Johnson returns to Björling Recital Hall on Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., renewing what is now a 40-year tradition. This concert on the Gustavus campus is the only performance the national recording artist will present in southern Minnesota this Christmas season. Johnson first performed at Gustavus in April 1968 with the late John Denver as part of the trio of Denver, Boise, and Johnson. Since that time, he has studied and toured internationally eight times and has recorded 11 albums, which include 10 hit singles and two #1 Country Songs of the Year. Tickets are available (at $20 for adults and $17 for students, senior citizens, and Gustavus staff) through or by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at 507-933-7590.

Old and New Carols for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany... The Sioux Trails Chapter of the American Guild of Organists invites you to a carol sing-along, to be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, in Christ Chapel. Carols from across Europe and the Americas, from the eleventh through the twentieth centuries, will be sung. The program will also feature organ carol settings performed by members of the Sioux Trails Chapter of the AGO. This event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Chad Winterfeldt (music), dean of the chapter, at 507-934-3060 or

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Riverlights' Christmas Concert... The Riverlights, with Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen, will present "A Riverlights Christmas," a concert of secular and sacred Christmas music, on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church (730 South 3rd Street, St. Peter). Donations at the door will go to the Bennett Clayton Scholarship Fund, for children with OI.


  • June J. (Nelson) Solberg, mother of Mary Solberg (religion), died Dec. 2, in Grass Valley, Calif., after an extended struggle with Alzheimer’s disease; she was 90. Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley; interment will be in Madison, Wis. Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church.

To inform the campus community of the death of a current student, employee, or trustee; an emeritus professor or trustee; or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or Death announcements and funeral notices for students, current and emeritus faculty and employees, and trustees will be sent to the community via written notice from the president, posted on community-l, the official campus-wide e-mail list, and published in the Inside Gustavus or Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in the Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats... Darrell Jodock (religion) is hosting a retreat for members of the Education for Vocation group in the Retreat Center this weekend. This group includes participants from five different colleges: Luther, Augsburg, Gustavus, Concordia/Moorhead, and Augustana/Sioux Falls. Also, the Office of Church Relations will be athletics retreat for Central College of Pella, Iowa.

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

Web Tips

Events Need to Be Listed in the College Calendar... If you are responsible for producing or publicizing any events of interest to the College community, you need to submit them to the College Calendar. They will not only automatically receive a lot more publicity just by being there (the Web team pulls calendar events to a lot of places on the website and sends out a daily e-mail newsletter with events in it), but they also can pull just your events onto your website (e.g., as they have with Global Insight). This is very customizable. Additionally, events on the College Calendar will show up next to your pages in Google search results.


For Sale... Love seat, TV stand, dining room table & four chairs, five-piece bedroom set, end tables, and small microwave. Call Ann at x7027 or 507-246-5286 (evenings) for any or all.

"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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants SNL Arena
Sep 27 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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.
910 a.m. Teaching Discussions
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
23 p.m. Teaching Discussions
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
8:309:30 a.m. Teaching Discussions
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.
Oct 5 Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
78:30 p.m. Forum with League of Women Voters

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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