Inside Gustavus (February 10, 2011)
Volume 43, Number 20
On Jan. 21-23, Darrell Jodock (religion), Grady St. Dennis (church relations), and Chris Johnson (CVR) represented Gustavus at the 2011 gathering of the Western Mission Network. This ELCA gathering brings together representatives of the colleges, seminaries, and lifelong learning projects in the western part of the U.S. (from Minnesota to Washington and south to New Mexico and California). Since its beginning in 1998, this gathering has fostered a number of new initiatives and cooperative projects. A good deal of attention has been given to generational differences that influence learning, the role and uses of technology, and the importance of a deepened sense of vocation. Stirred by the presenters, those who attend are unusually effective at generating stimulating ideas and networking together to put them into practice.
Kyle Momsen (HES) spoke to the Waseca Rotary about curling ("Who knew sweeping could be so fun") in anticipation of the third outdoor bonspiel during the Waseca Sleigh and Cutter Festival. For more, visit
Joel Carlin (biology, environmental studies) published a section in the online textbook Nature Education Knowledge titled "Mutations are the raw materials of evolution." This online project by the publishers of Nature is meant to provide undergraduate students worldwide with free, peer-reviewed English language articles in ecology and evolution.
On Sunday, Jan. 30, Darrell Jodock (religion) gave the sermon at an ecumenical service in observance of the 2011 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Among the sponsors were the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA and the New Ulm Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. The service was held this year at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter.
Jill Locke (political science) gave a talk, "Freeing the Secret: Feminism and the Politics of Confession," as part of the Feminisms for the 21st Century Hoffman Lecture Series at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. She also presented a paper, "Rousseau, The Misfit's Hero," at the Rockefeller College Political Theory Workshop, SUNY-Albany. Both events were on Friday, Jan. 28.
Lisa Heldke (philosophy) lectured at the University of Oregon at the invitation of the Oregon Humanities Program, the Comparative Literature Program, and the Philosophy Department, as part of the yearlong series "What Sustains Us." Her primary lecture was titled "Pleasure Once Removed: Suffering, Violence and Eating."
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations's weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships... NEH Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Fellowships support a range of projects with a stipend of $4,200 per month, for a minimum of six months to a maximum of $50,400 for a 12-month period. The tentative deadline is early May. The 2010 guidelines should only be used for reference. For more information, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
Choir's Italy Tour Photos on Flickr... View photos from the Gustavus Choir's recent tour in Italy on the Gustavus Adolphus College Flickr site online at www.flickr.com/photos/gustavusadolphuscollege, under the Set, Gustavus Choir Tour Italy 2011 (http://goo.gl/HKFVm). The choir's Home Concert, which is free and open to all, is Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel.
For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Stacia Vogel in Marketing and Communication (x6365 or email@example.com).
In the Media
Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation.
- Max Hailperin (MCS) was interviewed and appeared on camera discussing electronic poll books for a story on KARE-11 News about the voter ID bill that just passed the Minnesota House.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
* New Administrators
Neal Hagberg, director of Tennis & Life Camps
* New Support Staff
- Jeri Miller, administrative assistant (Dining Service)
- Jill VanOsdol, office coordinator (Career Center; moved from administrative position as interim career programs assistant)
* New Part-Time Faculty for Spring Semester
- Jean Byhardt, clinical facilitator (nursing)
- Robin Helgen, visiting instructor (music)
- Evan Hilsabeck, visiting instructor (theatre & dance)
- Anne-Marie Hoskinson, visiting assistant professor (biology)
- Amy Ronnkvist, visiting instructor (sociology & anthropology)
- Part-time cashier, Dining Service
- Administrative assistant, Department of Music
- Manager, Book Mark
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304).
President's Cabinet Summary
The President’s Cabinet met on Jan. 18 and Feb. 1, 2011. The following items were discussed:
- Faculty Senate chair Steve Mellema (physics) provided an update on recent activities of the Faculty Senate.
- Preparations were reviewed for the January 30-31 Board of Trustees meeting.
- Homecoming dates for 2011, 2012, and 2013 were reviewed, particularly regarding special Sesquicentennial events in 2012.
- The latest draft of a new all-College social media policy was distributed and discussed, as well as an all-College trademark policy. College attorneys will be asked to review the same.
- A replacement Web programming position will be posted.
- Campus visuals, including signage, banners, and artwork in high-traffic areas of campus will be assessed and updated with a cross-divisional effort led by Vice President Freed this spring and summer.
- Vice President Westphal reminded Cabinet members to announce to their respective department heads that all contracts must be reviewed and signed by President Ohle or Vice President Westphal.
- Tennis & Life Camps at Gustavus director Neal Hagberg updated the group on progress following the gifting of the program to the College and his transition to leadership of the program.
- The College will be moving toward using 8-passenger vans instead of 10-passenger vans due to insurance implications. All contracts for leasing motor coaches and hiring drivers for off-campus trips must be reviewed and approved in advance.
News & Announcements
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. 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.
Daffodil Days... You may still pre-order daffodils today (Feb. 10) in support of the American Cancer Society. A bunch of daffodils is $10. Other options include a bunch of daffodils and vase, $15; dainty daffodills (mini-bulbs, replantable), $15; Boyds Bear and bouquet, $25; and the "Gift of Hope" (flowers and vase sent directly to a local cancer patient), $25. Orders will arrive the week of March 7; you can also purchase flowers that week at a table in the Campus Center. To place your order: contact Ann Volk at 931-5816 or email@example.com.
TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions... A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on March 23, 24, & 25 and on May 3, 4, & 5, 2011, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, please call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Career Center Announces New Coordinator... The Career Center is pleased to announce that Jill Van Osdol has accepted the position of Career Center Office Coordinator. Jill, who graduated from Gustavus in May 2010 with majors in psychology and dance, was a student employee in the Career Center throughout her four years at Gustavus and also completed an internship in the Career Center. Jill has been a strong asset to the Career Center since last June when she joined the office as interim career programs assistant.
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, Feb. 11 - David Fienen (provost)
- Sunday, Feb. 13 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
- Monday, Feb. 14 - Charlie Strey (residential life)
- Tuesday, Feb. 15 - Mary Gaebler (religion)
- Wednesday, Feb. 16 - Morning Praise
- Thursday, Feb. 17 - Sam Marten (senior student)
- Friday, Feb. 18 - Paul Lutter (religion)
Two Home Concerts Saturday... Following their winter concert tours, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus Choir return to the campus to present their annual Home Concerts on Saturday, Feb. 12. The Wind Orchestra and Conductor Douglas Nimmo open the day's performances at 2 p.m., followed by the Gustavus Choir and Conductor Gregory Aune at 7:30 p.m. Both Home Concerts will be staged in Christ Chapel and are free and open to the public. The Gustavus Wind Orchestra completed an eight-day Midwest tour and presented concerts, clinics, and workshops in Brainerd and Duluth, Minn., and Wausau, Appleton, Hartford, and Middleton, Wis., before returning to Minnesota for a final concert in Owatonna. The Gustavus Choir is fresh off its 16-day international concert tour to sites in Italy, which included concerts in Sorrento, Assisi, Florence, Venice, and Rome.
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 for 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 http://gustavus.edu/events/food/.
Valentine's Day Dance... Join the Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum on Monday, Feb. 14, in Alumni Hall for dinner, live music, and dancing on Valentine's Day. St. 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 gustavustickets.com. For more information, call Shirley Mellema at x6181.
Faculty Shop Talk... Margaret Bloch-Qazi (biology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2010-11 academic year. Her talk, titled “’Between the potency and the creation’: female influences on sperm fate,” will be presented on Friday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Partners in Education... Doug Huff (philosophy) will be giving his Partner presentation at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church in New Hope, Minn., at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13. 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.
Pastor to Pastor... A Pastor to Pastor event is scheduled for today (Thursday, Feb. 10) and Friday. Pastor to Pastor is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations that gives pastors the opportunity to come to the campus to talk with other pastors about things going on at their churches.
Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).
For Sale... 2005 Saturn VUE V6 AWD. Excellent condition, all preventative maintenance performed, oil changed every 3,000 miles, 3.5 Liter Honda engine, runs great, 19/25 mpg, Power locks, 4-wheel ABS, power windows, power driver's seat, heated seats, roof rack, heavy-duty floor and cargo mats, alloy wheels, 5-star crash rating. 92,200 miles. $8,000 (Kelley Blue Book = $8,550). Contact Tyler at 469-8425 or Kathy at x6514.
House for Sale... Spacious 'like new' home in established neighborhood. 4 bedrooms/2 bath; master bdrm. with walk-thru to full bath w/whirlpool tub. Gas fireplace w/wood mantel in living room, freestanding stove in family room. Ceramic tile entry w/2 closets and laundry. Extra large family room & den or rec room on lower level, landscaped and fenced yard with deck & gazebo. 2-car garage, huge pantry, vaulted ceilings, 4 new front windows, water heater new in 2008, and plenty of storage. $212,000. Contact Karl Larson (HES) at 317-3204 or klarson3 for more information.
Huge Jewelry Sale... On Friday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., Teri Baumann (GTS) will be hosting a jewelry sale at her home (1117 S Washington Ave, St. Peter) featuring hundreds of pieces of Lia Sophia jewelry that are no longer available for catalog purchase. Most pieces are marked off up to 70% of their original retail value. There will be sample pieces from five consultants from catalogs dating back four years. Come early for the best selection.
Another Car for Sale... 2004 Honda Accord EX silver sedan, 143,000 miles, cloth interior, 6-CD changer. Asking price $6,900.00 or b.o. Please contact Pat at 507-327-3076 or 507-934-8225
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