Inside Gustavus (January 20, 2011)

Volume 43, Number 18

Faculty/Staff Activities

Thomas W. Young (VP, advancement) presented a lecture on the Nobel Prize Ceremony and the connection between the Nobel Foundation and the Nobel Conference in November and December 2010.He was the guest of Bethlehem Lutheran in Minneapolis and the Men of Yorke at 7500 York in Edina.

Deborah Goodwin (religion) presented a paper, "A Renaissance for Jews in Twelfth-Century Europe?" at the American Historical Association's recent annual meeting in Boston in a session titled "New Perspectives on the Renaissance of the Twelfth Century," co-sponsored by the Haskins Society and chaired by Thomas Bisson, Harvard University. Goodwin's essay, “‘And Rebekah Loved Jacob,’ But Why? Responses from Two Twelfth-Century Exegetes,” appears in Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer, a collection edited by Franklin Harkins and published by the University of Notre Dame Press in May 2010.

Rob Gardner (theatre & dance, emeritus) is appearing in Park Square Theatre's production of The Odyssey through Feb. 6. The adaptation of Homer's epic is by Gustavus alumnus William Randall Beard ('78).

Eric Dugdale (classics) attended the annual conference of the American Philological Association in San Antonio, Texas (Jan. 6-9), where he moderated a roundtable discussion on "Performance as Scholarship."

Al Behrends (fine arts programs) assisted in the St. Paul Preparatory High School's production of Into The Wood, directed by alum Justin Schramm ('08), at the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center in St. Paul on Jan. 13 and 14. In addition to helping design and construct the stage, Al ran sound and lights for the performances. The Department of Theatre and Dance provided props for the production, including Jack's golden harp and his beloved cow, Milky White. (This is Milky White's sixth or seventh production since her debut on the Anderson Theatre stage 12 years ago.)

Michele Koomen (education) presented a paper with Gustavus graduate Jamie Mitchell '10 at the Association for Science Teacher Education International Conference, Jan. 21, in Minneapolis. Their paper, titled "Descriptive inquiry in the throes of learning to teach: can prospective teachers learn to teach and study their teaching closely?" reported on the results of an innovative elementary science methods course where prospective teachers closely studied their own teaching episodes. 


Funding Opps

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

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)... The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers the SURF program for students majoring in science, mathematics, or engineering. Students participate in one of six laboratories and receive a $5,000 stipend for 11 weeks, plus housing and travel costs. The deadline for summer 2011 is February 15. The application includes a portion completed by an institutional representative (see below) and a set of materials provided by student applicants. For more information about the program, see Bob Weisenfeld serves as the institutional representative and 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


In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:

  • Ray Thrower (Campus Safety) was interviewed for an article appearing on Jan. 18 in Security Director News, the online newsletter for security practitioners. The article detailed Gustavus's switch to an online emergency response system, prompted in part by lessons learned from the 1998 tornado.
  • The January 2011 issue of Metro Lutheran newspaper, currently available, contains a two-page interview with Darrell Jodock (religion). The article, by former editor Michael Sherer, is titled "Lutheran college professor offers insights: Christians and Jews Building Connections." It appears on pages 10-11 and includes a photo.

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

  • Jeanne Miller, cook/server (Dining Service)



News & Announcements

Attention, Dive Habitués... Gustavus student IDs will be required for admittance to Friday night Dive dances starting Feb. 11, 2011. Students will no longer be able to show up at the Dive without a student ID or rely on the Gribly to account for their student status. Guest policy still applies.

Tax Information... IRS FICA tax change for 2011: The employee tax rate for social security (FICA) was changed to 4.2% beginning January 1, 2011. IRS Pension Limitations for 2011: The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in section 403(b) plans remains unchanged at $16,500. The catch-up contribution limit under those plans for those aged 50 and over remains unchanged at $5,500. W2's can be viewed on-line by signing into WebAdvsor. New Box 12 Code: DD — Cost of employer-sponsored health coverage: The amount reported with code DD is not taxable.
This is reporting information signed into law March 21, 2010, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in an effort to provide employees with better information about the value of their health care benefits. If you have any further payroll tax questions, please call Barb Lundgren in Human Resources at x7505.

Employee Enhancement Days... The 2011 Employee Enhancement Days will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, and Wednesday, Feb. 2 (with CPR training scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3). This annual event is open to all employees at Gustavus Adolphus College. The schedule of presentations follows. All sessions will be held in Alumni Hall unless otherwise indicated.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 1
    8 a.m. - Doors open
    8:15 a.m. - "To Live with Intention," Amy Dee-Kristensen, the Truth Fairy
    9:45 a.m. - Break
    10:00 a.m. - "What Really Works: Discovering the Seven Fs," Paul Batz
    11:30 a.m. - Lunch and Learn (Heritage Room): "The Five Essentials of Health and How to Apply Them to Your Life," Tiffany Sayuk & Dr. Jerod Ochsendorf (Register by e-mailing Rachelle Dosch at or calling x6468 by Jan. 28.)
    1 p.m. - "To Live with Intention," Amy Dee-Kristensen, the Truth Fairy
    2:30 p.m. - Break
    2:45 p.m. - "What Really Works: Discovering the Seven Fs," Paul Batz

  • Wednesday, Feb. 2
    8 a.m. Doors open
    8:15 a.m. - "Eyes Wide Open: Identifying and Referring Students in Distress," Steve Bennett, assistant dean of students; Ray Thrower, director of Campus Safety; Patty Dawson, Student Health Service nurse & team leader for SART (Sexual Assault Response Team); & Janet DeMars, High Risk Drinking Initiative coordinator
    9:15 a.m. - "Personalities at Work: What Sled Dogs Know that We Don’t," Chris Heeter
    Noon - Lunch and Learn (Heritage Room): "Important Nutrition Information to Help You Make Healthier Choices Every Day," Georgianna Elliot, registered dietitian (Register by e-mailing Rachelle Dosch at or calling x6468 by Jan. 28.)
    1 p.m. - "Personalities at Work: What Sled Dogs Know that We Don’t," Chris Heeter
    2:45 p.m. - "Eyes Wide Open: Identifying and Referring Students in Distress," Steve Bennett, assistant dean of students; Ray Thrower, director of Campus Safety; Patty Dawson, Student Health Service nurse & team leader for SART (Sexual Assault Response Team); & Janet DeMars, High Risk Drinking Initiative coordinator

  • Thursday, Feb. 3
    9 a.m.-Noon - CPR Certification and Recertification Training. (Space is limited; reserve a space by calling Lisa at x8809.)


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. 21 - Amy Jo Bur, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church
  • Sunday, Jan. 23 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Jan. 24 - Chad Fothergill (Christ Chapel cantor)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25 - Conversion of St. Paul: Chris Johnson (CVR))
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Jan. 27 - Lydia, Dorcas, Phoebe: Nissa Fell (health service)
  • Friday, Jan. 28 - Commemoration of Thomas Aquinas, Teacher: Deborah Goodwin (religion)

Public Foldings... Robert J. Lang, a physicist who is recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art of origami, is currently in residence as the Rydell Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. Lang’s residency is divided 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 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 to 11 a.m. across from the Book Mark, in the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center. He will then return in the first week of March for a series of public events on campus and in the Twin Cities. 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.

RoboPong!... Six robots designed by students in the J-Term Robotics Workshop course will compete in a fast-paced contest of RoboPong in Wallenberg Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Lego robots will battle to push as many ping-pong balls as possible to their opponent's side within 60 seconds. Come and cheer on these digital marvels. For more information, contact Mike Hvidsten at

Gustavus Good Food for All... On Feb. 12-13, Gustavus and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will partner to host an event in the Jackson Campus Center that will address the complexities of food insecurity and local and global hunger through speakers, advocacy work, and an emergency food pack of 250,000 meals with Feed My Starving Children funded by Thrivent Financial. Speakers and educational activities will be from UNICEF, Minnesota FoodShare, Center for Earth Spirituality, Tiny Footprint Coffee, Bread for the World, Heifer International, Open Farms, and ELCA World Hunger. For more information and to sign up, go to


Off-Campus Events of Interest

Reader's Theater at Arts Center... The St. Peter Players present a reader's theater production of Oscar and the Lady in Pink by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt Sunday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 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. The St. Peter Players wish to thank alumnus Lars Lofgren ('58) for his assistance with this project.

Women in Leadership Luncheon... Attention, Gustavus women faculty, staff, students, and alumnae! You are invited to attend the Gustavus Women in Leadership Luncheon. This luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Minneapolis Club (729 Second Avenue S., Minneapolis). A light lunch will be served. The luncheon topic will be “Women in Leadership,” presented by Kathi Tunheim, assistant professor of economics and management at Gustavus. Kathi has recently been named recipient of a grant from the C. Charles Jackson Foundation to fund a leadership conference at Gustavus in April 2011. In anticipation of that conference, Kathi will share key themes identified in her research of women in leadership roles. She will encourage breakout discussions and engaged dialogue and will conclude her presentation with a call to action to inspire faculty and alumnae to better mentor younger women so they will be prepared to take leadership roles more quickly, efficiently and effectively. You will also be invited to attend the Gustavus conference if you want to learn more. Registration for the luncheon is required by Feb. 4; cost is $20. Cancellations are required by Feb. 7 for refunds. Call 507-933-6512 to register by phone, or you may register online at Future luncheons are scheduled for Friday, May 13 (featuring Cheryl Reinitz ‘81, treasurer at H. B. Fuller Company) and Friday, Sept. 23 (featuring Cathy Ten Broeke ’91, coordinator to End Homelessness, Hennepin County). The Gustavus Women in Leadership Luncheon is a thrice-annual luncheon with speakers and discussion forums focusing on issues that affect women in business and community leadership positions. Feel free to bring a friend.


Congregational Outreach

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Bethlehem Lutheran Church from Mankato this weekend. The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for St. John's Lutheran Church from Northfield, Minn.

Events... Gustavus is a partner site for Trinity Institute's 41st national theological conference, "Reading Scripture through Other Eyes," which opened on Wednesday (Jan. 19) and continues through Jan. 21. The conference is being broadcast live over the Internet with keynoters Walter Brueggemann, Mary Gordon, Teresa Okure, and Gerald West. Facilitated small-group discussion is included to address questions in a theological context. If you still wish to participate, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).

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



Thanks for Food Shelf Donations... The Staff Personnel Committee would like to thank everyone for the donations to the Food Shelf at this year's Christmas Luncheon. We raised $180.00, which was matched by the College for a total of $360.  The food donation was 254 pounds.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 8:45 am to 4:30 pm New Faculty Orientation Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
Tomorrow 8:30 am to 2 pm Faculty Development Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
36 pm 2016 Opening Reception Hall and Eckman Mall
Sep 1 9 am to 1:30 pm Faculty Meeting Campus Center
3:304:30 pm IEX Course Proposal Workshop for Faculty Peter Room, Jackson Campus Center
4 pm Women's Soccer at Nebraska Wesleyan, Neb.
7 pm Men's Soccer at Wartburg, Iowa
Sep 25 New Student Orientation Campus
Sep 2 2 pm Volleyball vs. Elmhurst (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
34 pm Convocation for New Students and Families Chapel
4 pm Volleyball vs. UW-Whitewater (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
Sep 34 Men's Golf at Transylvania Invite
Women's Golf at Saint Ben's Invitational, Minn.
Sep 3 9 am Volleyball vs. North Park (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
10 am Women's Cross Country at Crown Invite Bonifacius, Minn.
10:50 am Men's Cross Country at Crown Invite Bonifacius, Minn.
noon Women's Soccer hosts UW-La Crosse Peter, Minn.
1 pm Football at Westminster, Mo.
1 pm Volleyball vs. Benedictine (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
3 pm Men's Soccer hosts St. Scholastica (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
Sep 4 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worshiping Community Chapel
3 pm Men's Soccer hosts Knox Peter, Minn.
Sep 6 Fall Semester Begins Campus
66:40 am WE- Bootcamp with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
910 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:401:20 pm WE- Pilates with Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
Sep 7 6:407:20 am WE- Pure Movement with Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE- Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE- Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
5 pm Men's Soccer hosts Martin Luther Peter, Minn.
5 pm Women's Soccer at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
7 pm Volleyball hosts Martin Luther Peter, Minn.
79 pm Men's Hockey Informational Meeting Center room 207
Sep 8 66:40 am WE- Yoga with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010:30 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
10:30 am to 12:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
12:401:20 pm WE- Pyramid with Laurie 224 (Aerobics Room)
57 pm Alumni Gathering - Indianapolis Rail Brewery, 5301 N Winthrop Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

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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