Inside Gustavus (March 24, 2011)

Volume 43, Number 26

Faculty/Staff Activities

Nicole Roberts Hoiland's (art & art history) new work, "Line and Shape," will be on display at Riverland Community College from March 21 through April 24

Chad Fothergill (Chaplains' Office/music) led an evening festival of hymns on March 16 at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, commemorating the 30th anniversary on the church's Hendrickson Organ and the congregation's "Growing God's Mission" building project. He will also perform with other area organists at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato on Friday evening, March 25 in a recital commemorating the Feast of the Annunciation.

On March 18, Darrell Jodock (religion) spoke to a group of about 50 retired pastors and their spouses in Northfield, Minn. His topic was "Hope in an Age of Anxiety and Fear."

Kyle Momsen (athletic training education), has once again been asked to provide athletic training services at the Junior/Cadet Fencing World Championships. This year the event will be held "at the lowest point on Earth", the Dead Sea in Jordan. Kyle provides medical care for U.S. fencers both domestically and internationally and has been able to involve several students in his work.

On March 9, Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh presented at the Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MN ASCD). The title of her presentation was "Teaching Them All: Blending Differentiated Instruction with Multicultural Instruction."

Glenn Kranking (history/Scandinavian studies) published "Incorporating the Baltic Region into Western Civ Courses" in the most recent issue of the Baltic Studies Newsletter, from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.


Student Achievements

Junior student dancer/choreographer Renee Guittar's dance, "Temporary," was selected for performance at the Regional Gala Concert of the American College Dance Festival, held on March 22 at St. Olaf College. Guittar's work is one of only 9 dances out of 37 entries selected for the finale of the conference. This year's American College Dance Festival featured 25 college and university dance programs from around the North Central Region. It welcomed three internationally-renowned dance professionals to adjudicate the 37 pieces in three different concerts. Following the performances, critical feedback was received from the adjudicators regarding dance pieces "2x2" by Melissa Rolnick (theatre & dance) and "Temporary" by Renee Guittar, and special mention was given regarding the "conviction and clarity" of the performances by Gusties Katherine Arndt '13, Taylor Cook '11, Emily Hassenstab '13, and Alyssa McGinty '12. Guittar's solo work was selected to be among the elite group of dances to be presented at the finale concert. Her performance in the 2011 American College Dance Festival Gala is the third time in four years that a submission from the Gustavus Department of Theatre and Dance has been selected for the finale concert, but the first time the distinction has gone to a student choreographer.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships... ACLS Fellowships support research in all humanities disciplines and humanities-related social sciences. Six to twelve consecutive months must be devoted to full-time research initiated between July 1, 2012, and February 1, 2013. Stipends are based on academic rank. The tentative deadline is late September 2011. For more information, please see, which provides a link to the 2010 competition guidelines, to be used only for reference. Updated application guidelines will be available in summer 2011.

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


New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Carol Ann Jutting, administrative assistant (music)
  • Jennifer Weber, custodian (physical plant)



News & Announcements

No 'Inside Gustavus' Next Week... Inside Gustavus will not be published next Thursday, March 31, during Spring Break. The next publication date in Thursday, April 7.

Diversity Honors Awards Nominations Sought... The Diversity Leadership Council annually bestows “Diversity Honors Awards” to recognize the ongoing efforts and accomplishments of a student, a member of the faculty or staff, and a campus event that embody and exemplify the values of diversity at Gustavus. This award recognizes and fosters future acceptance and integration of all communities. The council welcomes nominations from any member of the Gustavus community for any or all of the awards: one or two for students, one for an event occurring during the current academic year, and one—now named the Mark H. Anderson Faculty/Staff Award—for an employee. Nomination forms are available from the Diversity Center. Please return nominations to the Diversity Center by April 6. Winners of these awards will be announced at the annual Diversity Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 14. Over 150 students attend this event to honor recipients who have gone above and beyond to improve campus climate. Thank you for supporting efforts to further diversity in the Gustavus community and for making this event a huge success.

Center for Servant Leadership Open House... The members of the newly consolidated Center for Servant Leadership (Church Relations, Career Center, Center for Vocational Reflection, and Community Service Center) invite the Gustavus community to an open house of Phase 1 of their new space (formerly the CVR and Linner Lounge) on Wednesday, April 6, between 1:30 and 4 p.m.. Refreshments and tours of offices will be available. A blessing of the space is scheduled at 3 p.m. Stop in!


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, March 25 - The Annunciation of Our Lord: Lucia Singers, Patricia Snapp, conductor; Chapel Brass
  • Sunday, March 27-Sunday, April 3 - NO CHAPEL OR SUNDAY SERVICES, Spring Break
  • Monday, April 4 - Paul Lutter (religion)
  • Tuesday, April 5 - Jay Walljasper, author and commons advocate
  • Wednesday, April 6 - Lenten Liturgy
  • Thursday, April 7 - Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trips: Whitney Westley (senior student)
  • Friday, April 8 - Kathi Tunheim (E/M)
  • Saturday, April 9 - Gustavus Association of Congregations Convention; 10 a.m. worship: the Rev. Rod Anderson
  • Sunday, April 10 - Chaplain Rachel Larson

Award-Winning Journalist to Visit... Jay Walljasper, award-winning journalist, author, former editor of the Utne Reader, and activist on community and urban issues, ecological and social sustainability, and “the commons,” will give a public lecture Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Banquet Room. He will speak about his latest book, All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons (2011), and the Minneapolis-based organization, a citizens’ network that highlights the importance of the commons and promotes innovative commons-based solutions to create a brighter future. He will also speak in Chapel (April 5), visit classes, and meet informally with interested students, faculty, and staff over meals and throughout the day. His visit is sponsored by the Center for Servant Leadership. Contact Chris Johnson (cjohnso5) for more information.

CSA Fair on April 8... Are you and your family interested in receiving locally-grown fresh and organic produce on a weekly basis? Representatives of local farms will be on campus providing Gustavus employees with useful information about their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares. GHP will host a CSA Fair on Friday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. The CSA Fair utilizes a drop-in format to allow interested employees to meet local farm representatives face-to-face to learn about the farms' philosophies, operations, and specific share offerings. Employees will have the opportunity to register for shares during the fair. If there is enough interest from Gustavus employees in purchasing shares, there is a possibility of a Gustavus Campus drop-off site. Confirmed farms attending the CSA Fair are:

'Women Discovering Leadership'... A new student organization at Gustavus, Women in Business Leadership, will be hosting the first annual Women in Leadership conference, "Women Discovering Leadership," on April 8. This year's keynote speaker will be Susan Madsen, Ph.D., associate professor of management at Utah Valley University and an author and expert on women in leadership. Following Madsen's presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to take in two of the six breakout sessions available; topics include Career Advice for Female Students, The Importance of Mentoring in the Real World, Using Your College Connections to Network, a CEO Panel, an Entrepreneurs Panel, and Communication and Gender. Following a luncheon, the closing speaker will be Nancy Johnson Dahl '83, CEO of LifeTouch Studios, Eden Prairie. Tickets are required (at $15 for students, $25 for Gustavus employees, and $30 for general admission) and are available through

Michael Novak to Speak at Lindau Symposium... "Battle Cries of Our Time: Social Justice, Common Good, and Personal Liberty" is the subject of the address by Michael Novak for this year’s Lindau Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Novak, a theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, has written over 30 books on the intersections of culture, politics, and economics. His work relating theology to economics won the million-dollar Templeton Prize in 1994. For more information, go to


Off-Campus Events of Interest

Former Cantor to Lead Hymn Festival at Union Presbyterian Church... Former visiting music professor, organist, and cantor David Cherwien will present a hymn festival at Union Presbyterian Church (Locust and Third Streets in St. Peter) on Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m. The festival will also feature reflections written by Susan Palo Cherwien. The event is free and open to the public.

Two Erdrich Sisters at GLA Author Day... Gustavus Library Associates will offer up a double delight—two of the gifted and celebrated Erdrich sisters—at their Spring Author Day brunch on Tuesday, April 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Edina Country Club. The engaging sisters will share the podium to talk about books, writing, storytelling, and art. The cost of the event is $25, and you are welcome to make reservations online at or call the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7550. RSVP by Wednesday, March 30


Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Doug Huff will speak on March 27, 9:45 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna on the topic of "Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Ethical Responsibility and Resistance to Tyranny." 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.

Guest House Keys... Now that the Church Relations office has moved, keys for Guest House or Retreat Center can be picked up during office hours in Room 216, Center for Servant Leadership, in the Johnson Student Union. (Please do NOT plan to pick up keys during Chapel break.) Guests may check in after 3 p.m. on the day of arrival, and check-out time is 10 a.m. (unless other times are pre-arranged).

Retreats... The church council of Scandian Grove Lutheran Church of Norseland (rural St. Peter) will be having a day retreat at the Association of Congregations Retreat Center on Sunday, April 3. This retreat is hosted by Church Relations, a part of the Center for Servant Leadership.

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


Facility Hours

Health Service Closed Next Week... The Student Health Service will be closed Monday, March 28, through Friday, April 1. It will re-open with regular office hours Monday, April 4th.

Library Spring Break Hours... Sat. & Sun., March 26-27 - CLOSED; Mon-Fri., March 28-April 1 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sat., April 2 - CLOSED; Sun., April 3 - 6 p.m.-1 a.m.



Home for Sale... Wonderful lower North Mankato property. Pleasing to the eye inside and out, this cottage-style brick home has been well cared for, updated, and is move-in ready. Natural woodwork, built-ins, gorgeous wood-burning fireplace, arched doorways and entry ways make this home stand apart from the others. All new appliances, roof, newer windows, furnace and central air. Basement was recently finished to add to the overall charm. See photos. Contact Steven Vogt (507-933-7174;

Wanted...  Apartment (or house) to rent. Must be as close to the College as possible. One or two bedrooms, and ideally furnished. Move-in date flexible. Contact Mike by e-mail ( or phone (507-933 7699).

"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
TodayNov 29 Thanksgiving Recess Campus
Tomorrow 8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Nov 28 4 pm Women's Hockey vs. Elmira College (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
Nov 29 1 pm Women's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh State University (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
46:30 pm Men's Basketball hosts Buena Vista University Peter, Minn.
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
Nov 30 Career Exploration Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11 am to noon Tech Bytes: Virtual Meeting Spaces Hall 124B
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)
5:308:30 pm WRITI Dinner and Workshop: Using Writing to Assess Student Learning in the WRITI Course's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting- Come for Community Comment! Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 1 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:306:30 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
7:308:30 pm Yoga w/ Rachel (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 2 911 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
7 pm Men's Basketball hosts Saint Mary's University Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball at Saint Mary's University, Minn.
78 pm Jen Onsum- An advocate for people with disabilities Hall 101
78 pm Zumba w/ Megan (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 3 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:308:30 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Dec 45 Men's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Women's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Dec 4 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
4:306 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
7:0510:05 pm Men's Hockey hosts Saint John's University Peter, Minn.
7:30 pm Women's Hockey at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Magic Mike XXL Auditorium, Nobel Hall

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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