Inside Gustavus (January 13, 2011)

Volume 43, Number 17

Faculty/Staff Activities

On Friday evening, Jan. 7, and Saturday, Jan. 8, Darrell Jodock (religion) gave three presentations on "What to Expect in the Bible" to the "NW Cluster Lay School of Theology," sponsored by ten Lutheran congregations in New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley, Brooklyn Park, and Maple Grove, Minn. Jodock also helped to organize this new lay school; his presentations were its first educational offering.

Barbara Fister (library) has had an article, "Liberating Knowledge: A Librarian's Manifesto for Change," published in the journal Thought & Action.

Kjerstin Moody (Scandinavian studies) attended the annual conference of the Modern Language Association, held in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 6-9.


Funding Opps

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

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Start-up Grants... The NEH invites proposals for digital initiatives in all areas of the humanities. Projects may involve a range of topics (e.g., research of new digital approaches, exploration of digital methods for preservation or archival of humanities materials). Level I grant awards range from $5,000 to $25,000, while Level II grant awards range from $25,001 to $50,000. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 23, for projects beginning in September 2011. For current guidelines, please see 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

Choir's Italian Tour Blog... Follow the the Gustavus Choir Tour of Italy 2011, and learn about its academic companion course, online at In this blog you will find stories, photos, and video documenting this unique January Interim Experience. The choir will perform in concert and help celebrate worship services in historic churches in Italy from Jan. 14 through 27.

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 Friday, Jan. 7, about the Gustavus Choir's tour of Italy. Conductor Greg Aune (music) and student Sam Grace were interviewed for the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, Jan. 13, edition about the Gustavus Choir's tour of Italy

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


Position Openings

  • Administrative secretary (Office of Alcohol and Drug Education)

For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304).


News & Announcements

Parking Reminders... Parking and traffic regulations are enforced during January Interim and Touring Week. Please park according to permit color. Note that parking is still enforced during snow emergencies. Employees who need to leave a vehicle overnight should be in the designated overnight employee spaces in the Stadium lot. All Green/Yellow lots are no parking 2 a.m.-7 a.m., 7 days a week. When arriving on campus and parking, please park in areas where snow has already been plowed, and park without leaving large gaps between vehicles. Please be considerate of other people's vehicles and note that parking rules continue to be enforced during times of inclement weather—vehicles parked outside of signs will be cited. To be notified about City of Saint Peter snow emergencies, find more information at

Feedback Wanted for 2011 Reading in Common... The following titles are being considered for the 2011 Reading in Common: The House at Sugar Beach, by Helene Cooper; This I Believe, edited by Dan Gediman & Jay Allison; Listening Is an Act of Love, edited by Dave Isay; The Wolf at Twilight, by Kent Nerburn; Scratch Beginnings, by Adam Shepard; and
A Hope in the Unseen, by Ron Suskind. The selection committee is seeking feedback from the Gustavus community at large! Faculty, staff, and students can read one, some, or all books and complete a feedback form at (find a direct link toward the bottom of the left hand column). The selection meeting will happen in early spring semester, so the deadline for feedback is Feb. 18.

Health Screening 2011... All employees, retirees, and spouses are invited to participate in the 2011 Health Screening free of charge. The health screening will be at the River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic Lab in St. Peter on Jan. 31-Feb. 4, and Feb. 7-11, 2011. Five-minute time increment appointments will be available during these dates between 6:30 and 9 a.m. on a first-call, first-serve basis. Thirty minutes of release time will be allowed for employees to participate in the screening. To sign up for a time, call the Human Resource Office at x7304 Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-4:45 p.m.

Meeting Site Alternative while Linner Lounge Is Unavailable... During the remodeling phase of the "new" Linner Lounge located in the Johnson Student Union, the Faculty/Staff Center has been made more available for meetings and smaller events. Previously, reservations for the Faculty/Staff Center were available only after 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. As of now, reservations have opened up for use prior to 2 p.m. Reservations may be requested at or by calling the Information Desk at x7590.


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, Jan. 14 - Commemoration of Eivund Josef Berggrav, Bishop of Oslo: Chris Gilbert (political science)
  • Sunday, Jan. 16 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18 - Confession of St. Peter: Fr. Phil Schotzko, Church of St. Peter
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 - Andy Davis, Union Presbyterian Church
  • Friday, Jan. 21 - Amy Jo Bur, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church

Bernard LaFayette Jr. to Present Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture... The College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, with a public lecture by civil rights activist Bernard LaFayette Jr. and a performance of African America by Minneapolis’s Mixed Blood Theatre (see separate entry below). LaFayette will present the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at a 10 a.m. convocation in Christ Chapel, with a question-and-answer session following. The lecture is sponsored by the Gustavus Peace Studies program, the Diversity Center, and the Office of the President. LaFayette, who co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960, played a leadership role in several key Civil Rights Movement events in the early 1960s and was chair of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education, and Development (COPRED), a national organization sited at Gustavus in the mid-'70s. He also was the first director of the Peace Education program at Gustavus—the forerunner of the College's Peace Studies program.

Mixed Blood Theatre Celebrates Black Heritage... A performance of African America by Mixed Blood Theatre will take place at 7 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 17) in Alumni Hall. In this insightful look at the modern African diaspora in Minnesota, the unexpected appearance of a magical African man leads a modern interracial couple to a better understanding and appreciation of the experience of immigrants to Minnesota from Liberia, Ethiopia, and Somalia and helps them consider how to connect with and celebrate one’s heritage. The presentation of African America is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.

And, on a Related Note... A display about the early years of the College's Peace Education program and the directorship of Bernard LaFayette isbeing mounted across the hall from the Dean of Students' Office to complement the College's Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities. This display was put together by junior student Bekka Steinwand utilizing research she conducted in the College Archives. It will be on display through January.

Register for Trinity Institute Web Conference... Gustavus will be a partner site for Trinity Institute's 41st national theological conference on January 19, 20, and 21. The national conference, titled "Reading Scripture through Other Eyes," will focus on how we read scripture. The conference will be a live Web broadcast, with keynoters Walter Brueggemann, Mary Gordon, Teresa Okure, and Gerald West. Facilitated small-group discussion will address questions in a theological context. Register now to reserve your place. More information is available from Marilyn Beyer.

Origami Artist in Residence at Gustavus... Robert J. Lang, a physicist who is recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art of origami, will participate in a three-week residency as the Rydell Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. Lang’s residency will be broken up into two stints. He is on campus Jan. 17-28 to co-teach a January Interim Experience course, titled “Mathematics of Origami,” along with Gustavus faculty members Barbara Knight Kaiser and Carolyn Dobler (both MCS). During this first visit, he will demonstrate his mastery as an origami artist at two “Public Foldings,” on Jan. 24 and 26 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. near the Courtyard Café, lower level of the Jackson Campus Center. Then, during the week of March 7, Lang will then return to Gustavus for a series of public events. The Rydell Professorship is a scholar-in-residence program designed to bring Nobel laureates and similarly distinguished scholars to the Gustavus campus as catalysts for enhancing learning and teaching. It was established in 1995 by Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell of Minnetonka, Minn., to give students the opportunity to learn from and interact with leading scholars.

Annual Valentine's Day Dance... Join the Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum for dinner, dance, and live music in Alumni Hall on Valentine's Day! Saint Peter's own big band, "The Echos," brings back the music of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Come with friends or bring a "dear heart" for a special evening. Don't dance? Come and enjoy the music and companionship anyway. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. There will be fun door prizes to bring home! Tickets may be purchased through For more information, call Shirley Mellema at x6181.


Off-Campus Events of Interest

Readers' Theater at Arts Center... The St. Peter Players present a readers' theater production of Oscar and the Lady in Pink by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt Sunday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. art the Arts Center of Saint Peter (315 S. Minnesota Avenue). Doors open a half hour before the performances. Admission at the door: $7 general, $5 Arts Center members.


Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Scheduled this week is Jim Gilbert (environmental studies), who will speak on "Care of Creation." on Sunday, Jan. 16, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. 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 a retreat for the Lutheran Youth Organization Board of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. Hosts are Sarah Hausken from the Southwest Synod and Grady St. Dennis (church relations).

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



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Upcoming events
Date Event
TodayTomorrow Nobel Conference Arena and Lund Center
Today 7:3010:30 pm Men's Soccer at Macalester College Paul, Minn.
810 pm The 2015 Nobel Conference Concert Chapel
Tomorrow Habitat for Humanity Fall Break Trip-Applications Due Oct 9th Based Service & Learning Center
13 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
5 pm Women's Soccer at Bethany Lutheran College, Minn.
5:206:20 pm Music Colloquium Series: Composer Karim Elmahmoudi 106 Band Room
79 pm Pre-Law Advising Meeting Hall 313
79 pm Volleyball at Waldorf College (JV at 5:00 p.m.) City, Iowa
Oct 8 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Oct 9 International January Career Exploration and Spring Semester Internship Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
8 am to 6 pm Family Weekend Class Visits Buildings
1011 am Tech Bytes: Using Student Response Hall 124B
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
1:302:30 pm Support "Me" with "WE" Speaker Series - Session Two Hall, #211
2:304:30 pm Music Colloquium Series: David Folland, American Luthier Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
79 pm Volleyball at Carleton College, Minn.
79 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
89 pm LineUs Improv Comedy Hall
1011:59 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 1011 Family Weekend Adolphus College Campus
Oct 10 89:30 am Family Weekend Pancake Breakfast Year Residence Halls (Norelius & Pittman/Sohre)
9:3010:15 am Family Weekend Workshops Center Banquet Rooms
10 am Men's Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10 am Women's Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10:3011:15 am Family Weekend Workshops Center Banquet Rooms
11 am to 4:30 pm Fall Fest at the Arb Arboretum
11:30 am to 1 pm Family Weekend Carnival Lunch Young Dining Room
1 pm Football hosts St. Olaf College (Family Weekend) Peter, Minn.
14 pm Men's Soccer hosts Augsburg College Peter, Minn.
24 pm Volleyball hosts UW-Superior (JV at 12:00 p.m.) Peter, Minn.
34 pm Family Weekend Trivia Cafe
35 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
3:30 pm Women's Soccer hosts Augsburg College Peter, Minn.
79 pm Volleyball hosts Iowa Lake Community College (JV only) Peter, Minn.
79 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
89 pm Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team Recital Hall
1011:59 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
YesterdayOct 11 Library Book Sale Bernadotte Memorial Library
Oct 11 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
11 am to 12:30 pm The 2015 Family Weekend Jazz Brunch Young Dining Room
24 pm The Family Weekend Music Showcase Concert Chapel
3:305:30 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
Oct 12 7:3010 am Monday Morning Perk Up with the PAs Education Office
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)
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Exploring Religious Questions Series Hall 103 (Oct. 19 in Rm 214 in Fine Arts Building)
Oct 1213 Oct 12 at 11:30 pm to Oct 13 at 1:30 am Bastyr University Health Professions Graduate Programs Campus Center, Lower Level Tables and 49er room
Oct 13 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
8 am to 4 pm Flu Shot Clinic! Banquet Room
10 am to noon Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
5:3011:59 pm Trip to see The Little Mermaid Orpheum Theatre
811 pm Democratic Debate Viewing Party 124
Oct 14 7:309 am Gustie Breakfast - Scott Bur Center Banquet Rooms
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
4 pm Women's Soccer at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
47 pm Men's Soccer at Saint John's University, Minn.
4:305:30 pm Ideas That Create Entrepreneurs 101
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm "Afro-Indigenous Hondurans in Resistance: U.S. Drug War, Violent Displacement, and Migration" Lecture from activist Alfredo Lopez Auditorium, Nobel Hall
79 pm Volleyball hosts Macalester College Peter, Minn.
89 pm Coffeehouse Sushi and Origami Night Café
Oct 15 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session (non tenure-track only) Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustie Tank Café
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Oct 16 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
1:302:30 pm Support "ME" with "WE" Speaker Series - Session Three Hall, #211
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:303:30 pm Music Colloquium Series: Organist Kalevi Kiviniemi "The Art of Improvisation" Chapel
79 pm Concert: Luke Spehar - All Is Gift Tour Dive
79 pm Drag Show Hall
7:309:30 pm Kalevi Kiviniemi, organ & Jukka Pietila, cantor in Concert, A Gustavus Artist Series Event Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Vacation (2015) Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 130 Michal Sagar Exhibition in Schaefer Gallery: The Beginning of the Third Dream Schaefer: Art & Art History

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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