Inside Gustavus 

January 27, 2011 | Volume 43, Number 19

Faculty/Staff Activities

Lisa Heldke (philosophy, GWS) has a chapter in a new book, Being for the Other: Ethics and Animal Rights in Literature and Religion, edited by Manish Vyas. The chapter is titled “‘Hush,’ Said His Mama, ‘You’re Gonna Be a Pig’: A Pragmatist Philosophical Consideration of the Pig in Literature, Song and Film, With Special Emphasis on the Ones That Got Away.”

Kyle Momsen (HES) offered an Adult Education Forum at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna on "Concussions and What Families Should Know about Them."

Ray Thrower (Campus Safety) was an invited speaker at the 2011 Annual NASCAR Summit held in Concord, N.C., on Jan. 10-13. During his interactive presentation, titled "Active Shooter and Other Critical Incidents at Large Venues," he provided participants with vital information on lessons learned when dealing with an active shooter encounter and other critical incidents, as well as what measures should be taken to be better prepared. Additionally, the presentation covered case histories, police and security response, training, and communication.

John Holte (MCS) presented a talk titled “Coping with Random Interest Rates” at the fall meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America, held at the University of Sioux Falls. In January he attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, where, as past president, he represented the North Central Section at the section officers’ meeting.


Funding Opps

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

  • Support for Host Institutions for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes... The NEH provides grants to support national faculty development programs in the humanities for high school teachers, or for college and university faculty. Awards for summer seminars range from $60,000 to $140,000, and awards for institutes range from $80,000 to $200,000. The deadline for project directors to submit an application is March 1, 2011. The program guidelines can be found 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


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 the front page of its Thursday, Jan. 27, Sports section about women's hockey coach Mike Carroll recording his 250th victory. Carroll is quoted in the story.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press printed a story on Wednesday, Jan. 26, about 2003 alumnus and tenmnis pro Eric Butorac's performance in the doubles bracket of the Australian Open. The story made mention of Butorac's Division III doubles championship at Gustavus.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Wednesday, Jan. 26, Valley section about the Reading in Common program receiving the 2010 Human Rights Award from the St. Peter Human Rights Commission.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front-page story and several photos on Tuesday, Jan. 25, of Rydell Professor Robert Lang conducting a public origami folding demonstration.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Jan. 18 about Bernard LaFayette's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture. LaFayette was quoted extensively in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a photo and news brief in its Jan. 20 edition of Bernard LaFayette from his appearance at Gustavus as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecturer.

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

  • Kyle Massey, mail room/post office clerk (Print and Mail Services)


Position Openings

  • Web developer (Gustavus Technology Services)

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


News & Announcements

No Newsletter Next Week... Inside Gustavus will not be published on Thursday, Feb. 3, during Touring & Activity Week. The next publication date is Thursday, Feb. 10, following the start of the spring semester.

Promotion Letters Invited... The following members of the faculty are currently being considered for promotion to the rank of professor:

  • Mark Bjelland (geography)
  • Pamela Kittelson (biology)

Letters written on behalf of these candidates should be sent to Provost David Fienen and should address the criteria for promotion as stated in the Faculty Manual (see below). Letters are due by Monday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m. All members of the Gustavus community are invited to submit letters; tenured department colleagues are expected to do so. Candidates will have access to their letters. The specific criteria for promotion are as follows:

  1. The continuing excellence and growth as a teacher, as evidenced, for example, by student and peer evaluations, course and program development, or participation in workshops and seminars related to one's field of expertise or teaching.
  2. Established record of professional accomplishments as evidenced, for example, by demonstrated research activities in private, public, or corporate settings; publications; presentations at scholarly meetings or conferences; (in the arts) exhibits or performances; and leadership in professional and/or public organizations, boards, or commissions related to one's academic field(s) or assignments.
  3. An established record of leadership in the governance of the College in the candidate's department, in the faculty and its committees, or in other College positions.
  4. Continuing evidence of sympathy with the aims and purposes of Gustavus Adolphus College as stated in the Mission Statement of the College.

Health Screening Reminder... 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.

Employee Enhancement Days Next Week... The 2011 Employee Enhancement Days are scheduled during the Touring & Activity Week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Feb. 1, 2, & 3. This annual event is open to all employees at the College. The schedule of presentations follows. (All sessions will be held in Alumni Hall unless otherwise indicated.)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 1
    8:15 a.m. - "To Live with Intention," Amy Dee-Kristensen, the Truth Fairy (repeated at 1 p.m.)
    10:00 a.m. - "What Really Works: Discovering the Seven Fs," Paul Batz (repeated at 2:45 p.m.)
    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.)

  • Wednesday, Feb. 2
    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 (repeated at 2:45 p.m.)
    9:15 a.m. - "Personalities at Work: What Sled Dogs Know that We Don’t," Chris Heeter (repeated at 1 p.m.)
    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.)

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

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 tonight (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. A Good Food for All concert sponsored by Proclaim and the Office of Church Relations is scheduled for Friday night, 7-8:30 p.m., to kick off the weekend event. Organizers are hoping to attract more than 1,200 volunteers to participate in the food pack; volunteers may sign up for two-and-a-half hour shifts on Saturday (Feb. 12) between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. and/or Sunday (Feb. 13) from noon to 5:30 p.m. For more information and to sign up, go to


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. 28 - Commemoration of Thomas Aquinas, Teacher: Deborah Goodwin (religion)
  • Sunday, Jan. 30-Sunday, Feb. 6 - NO CHAPEL, Touring & Activity Week
  • Monday, Feb. 7 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8 - TBA
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 - TBA
  • Friday, Feb. 11 - TBA

Art Reception... A closing reception for Liz Miller's installation and the J-Term Drawing and Sculpture class will be held in the Schaefer Fine Arts Gallery tonight (Thursday, Jan. 27) from 5 to 7 p.m.


Off-Campus Events of Interest

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser... The St. Peter High School Graduation Party Committee is hosting its annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Fundraiser this year on Sunday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the St. Peter American Legion. All monies raised will be used for the SPHS Class of 2011 All Night Graduation Party. This event is sponsored by the St. Peter Masons' Lodge #54.

Women in Leadership Luncheon... Gustavus women faculty, staff, students, and alumnae are invited to attend the Gustavus Women in Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Minneapolis Club (729 Second Avenue S., Minneapolis). The luncheon topic will be “Women in Leadership,” presented by Kathi Tunheim (E/M), who 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. 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.

Benefit for the Jeff Lau Family... A turkey dinner organized to benefit the late Jeff Lau (physical plant), his wife, Cindy, and the Janesville Youth Programs is scheduled on Sunday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Janesville American Legion Post 281, The Purple Goose. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12. There will also be a silent auction during the dinner to benefit the Lau family. Anyone willing to donate auction items or bake pies for the dinner, or wanting to purchase advance tickets, may contact Amy Brown ( or Nancy Petrich ( Tickets will also be available at the door.



  • Jeffrey Lau (physical plant), who worked as a carpenter for the College for the past 10 years, died at home in Janesville on Tuesday evening, Jan. 25, after battling a brain tumor. He was 55. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28, 4-8 p.m., at the Arnoldt McRaith Funeral Home in Janesville, with a funeral service at Faith Lutheran Church, Janesville, at 11 a.m.

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 campuswide e-mail list, and published in Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l.



Two Developments from the Development Offices...

  • Sally Lynn Wilken was born to Erin Holloway Wilken (alumni relations) and Mike Wilken on Friday, Jan. 21, at 5:34 p.m. She was 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 1/2" long.
  • Henry Charles Johnson was born to Ann Johnson (advancement services) and Charlie Johnson on Friday, Jan. 21, at 6:26 p.m. He was 8 lbs. 7oz. and 21" long. All are doing well.


Facility Hours

Library Hours for Touring Week... Friday, Jan. 28 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 29 & 30 - CLOSED; Monday, Jan. 31-Friday, Feb. 4 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 5 & 6 - CLOSED.



Habitat News... Are you (or someone you know) seeking home ownership at a monthly payment you can afford? Are you low or medium income? St. Peter Habitat for Humanity is looking for its next family. For a confidential conversation as to whether you might qualify, contact Lynn at 934-6514 or

"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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