Inside Gustavus 

May 12, 2011 | Volume 43, Number 32

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kyle Momsen (HES) presented "Research: Is it really that scary?" at the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association annual symposium. The presentation was designed to encourage student (or student-faculty) research and was requested due to the successful program of student-faculty research in the Gustavus HES Department. Momsen and colleague Mary Joos (HES) also sat on a panel for students interested in advanced degrees in athletic training.

The faculty of the Department of Scandinavian Studies attended the 101st annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study in Chicago, Illinois, April 28-May 1. Helena Karlsson presented a paper titled "Let the Right One In: The Politics Behind Romance and Nostalgia." Glenn Kranking chaired a panel on Sami history, and Kjerstin Moody chaired a panel on Swedish and Finnish.

In June 2011 Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh (education) will be presenting a paper at the 11th International Conference
on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations in Cape Town, South Africa. The title of her paper is "Exploring the Complexities of Gendered Globalization."


Student Achievements

Athletic training major Annika Ferber has been selected to author a blog about athletic training- and skiing-related topics on The blog is titled "Skis, Strains, and Sprains" and is a wonderful way to combine her passion for athletic training, skiing, and writing.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants for All Disciplines... Franklin Research Grants support the cost of research leading to publication in all disciplines, with a funding preference toward junior faculty. The program helps meet such research costs as travel to libraries and archives, purchase of research materials, and the costs associated with fieldwork or laboratory expenses. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000 for use in calendar year 2012. The tentative deadlines are October 1 and December 1. For more information, see

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


Position Openings

  • Assistant director of multicultural programming (student affairs)
  • Customer support specialist, telecommunications (GTS)

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



News & Announcements

The Market Place Has Been Mugged!..."Well, technically, it has been UNmugged," laments Dining Service director Steve Kjellgren. "Can you help? Last Friday morning we found we had only 18 ceramic coffee mugs in the building—having started the year with over 300. Please check your offices or closets or other spots wandering mugs might congregate and bring 'em on back to the Campus Center. I'd be happy to come and pick them up if you want to give me a call. I can be right over!"

Newly Tenured Professors to Be Recognized... Three faculty members who were recently tenured and will be promoted to associate professors effective for the fall 2011 semester will be honored during the chapel celebration on Monday, May 16. The honorees are Thia Cooper (religion), Kate Knutson (political science), and Baker Lawley (English).

Ushers Sought for Commencement... Ushers are needed for the Gustavus commencement exercises on Sunday, May 29. Ushers should arrive by noon, and may leave after the ceremony starts at 2 p.m. Contact Dana Lamb at or x7550 to volunteer.

One More Newsletter This Year... Next week's Inside Gustavus (May 19) will be the final one of the 2010-11 academic year. Weekly online publication will resume on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, for the 2011-12 year. To announce events and information to the College community during the summer months, the Office of Marketing and Communication will publish the Summer Scoop online on a monthly basis (tentatively June 23, July 21, and August 18).

Valleyfair Discounts... Gustavus is participating in the "Good Any Day Discount Program" at Valleyfair. Employees may purchase tickets for regular admission (ages 3-61 and 48" or taller) at $27.00 (savings of $12.99) and Junior/Senior for $9.99, to be used any day of the Valleyfair 2011 operating season. Tickets are available for purchase in the Office of Human Resources, located in the Carlson Administration Building.

Service Awards Dinner on May 19... The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards dinner on Thursday, May 19, will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The College and the Gustavus Alumni Association will recognize 2011 retirees and the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served the College 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years. All are welcome to attend; register online or reply to the Office of Alumni Relations by Friday, May 13. Dinner is $10 per person. View a complete list of awardees and retirees.

City Commission Openings... The City of St. Peter has openings on the Human Rights Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission, and Tourism & Visitors Bureau. To be appointed, one must be a St. Peter resident. Contact Todd Prafke, city administrator, at 934-0663 for more information.

Retirement Reception for Darrell Jodock... The Gustavus community is cordially invited to attend a farewell reception for retiring Professor of Religion Darrell Jodock on Friday, May 13, 10-11 a.m., in conjunction with Daily Chapel.  Professor Jodock will deliver the homily during chapel, and a reception will follow the service. The Reverend Doctor Darrell Jodock came to Gustavus in 1999 to serve as the first Drell and Adeline Bernhardson Distinguished Professor of Lutheran Studies.

Farewell Receptions in the Division of Student Life... Two individuals from the Division of Student Life will be leaving their positions at the College later this summer. Deirdre Rosenfeld, associate dean of students, has been accepted into the Higher Education and Student Affairs doctoral program at the Ohio State University. Charlie Strey, director of residential life and assistant dean of students, will be the new associate dean of students at Central College (Pella, Iowa). Students and staff will have the opportunity to say goodbye and show appreciation to each of them at upcoming farewell receptions: A reception for Strey will take place on Monday, May 16, 2-4 p.m. in the Heritage Banquet Room, with a brief program at 3 p.m. A reception for Rosenfeld will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 3:30-5 p.m. also in the Heritage Banquet Room.

And a Retirement Reception for Karen Zins... After 30+ years at Gustavus and the Book Mark, Karen Zins is retiring. Join her and her staff at coffee on Thursday, May 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the St Peter Room. No formal program will be presented. Her official retirement date will be in June.


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, May 13 - Darrell Jodock (religion)
  • Sunday, May 15 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Monday, May 16 - Recognition of Newly Tenured Faculty: David Fienen (provost)
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Wednesday, May 18 - Morning Praise: Farewell and Godspeed to Chaplain Brian
  • Thursday, May 19 - Brenda Nadeau (senior student)
  • Friday, May 20 - Bethany Ringdal (senior student)

George Hall Lecture Tonight... Jews and Christians have been interpreting some of the same scriptural texts in different ways for the last two thousand years—what role has the interpretation of scripture played in ongoing relationships and conflicts, and how should we interpret scripture in light of each other today? That is the topic of the Religion Department's annual George Hall Lecture this year, to be presented tonight (Thursday, May 12) in honor of Darrell Jodock's service as the Bernhardson Chair of Lutheran Studies as Jodock retires from the department. Professor Esther Menn of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Chicago will deliver thelecture, on an area of scholarship that Jodock particularly enjoys, and brief prepared responses will follow from Rabbi Barry Cytron, director of spiritual life and visiting professor at Macalester College, and Prof. David L. Tiede, president emeritus of Luther Seminary. All are welcome.


Off-Campus Events of Interest

Cox House Schedules Plant Sale... The annual Cox House plant sale will be held Saturday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 500 North Washington Avenue in St. Peter. A variety of perennials and other plants from local gardeners will be available at reasonable prices. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Proceeds from the sale benefit the historic Cox House and yard. For more information about plant donations or the sale, phone Marilyn Robertz at 934-3883.

You Can Make an Impact!... It's easy—just shop the garage/bake sale hosted by Candy Witte (Dining Service), friends, and family on Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Red Men Club (412 So. 3rd St, St. Peter; back entrance).
One hundred percent of your purchase will go to the Minnesota Race for the Cure, and 75 percent of all money raised by the Race stays in Minnesota. That means under-insured women in Minnesota can get free mammograms, and women going through treatment can get help with the everyday tasks (shopping, cooking, cleaning, transportation, day-care, etc.).
The garage/bake sale features yummy baked goods, NEW & gently used items, jewelry, rubber stamps, holiday decorations, toys and books, and MORE! Bring your co-workers, friends, and family, and "shop 'til ya drop."

Alumna Artist Exhibits in St. Peter... Watercolor artist Alumni Gail Johnson Speckmann '73 will have a reception Thursday May 19, 2-4 p.m., at Wells Federal Bank in St. Peter. She will also be at the Stones Throw Gallery from 4-6 p.m. to showcase her art.


Telecommunications Updates

Following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2010-11."

  • George Meyer, physical plant: x7623 (addition)
    Jane Kraus, custodial, phone: x6186 (deletion)
    Kimberly Hogg, custodial, phone: x7655 (deletion)
    Troy Seppelt, residential life: x7522 (deletion)
    Stacia Vogel, marketing and communication, phone: x6395 (deletion)

For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe (x6261 or



Looking for a Home... "I am a Gustavus employee, and my husband has recently started working in Le Sueur. We are currently living in Waseca and are looking to relocate to the Le Sueur/St.Peter/Mankato area. We are in our early 30s, we do not have any children, but we do have one (very well behaved) cat. We are especially interested in renting a house but may be willing to consider a duplex/triplex or townhome. We are especially interested in homes with character. For example, we love hardwood floors, open floor plans, built-ins, radiated heat, porches, and yards with space to garden. We are excellent renters, have fantastic references if needed, and will be looking for a place this summer." Contact Hannah Godbout (Counseling Center) at

Fun Car for Sale... 1975 Corvette convertible, runs great but could use some body work. Call 507-380-8885 or e-mail for more info or pictures.

Home for Sale... Nice ranch-style home with a beautiful yard in a quiet neighborhood: 3 bedrooms/2 baths; 1,600 square feet. Many updates, including dishwasher, deck, new windows, and newer furnace. Energy-efficient and priced to sell. Contact Beth and Chad Winterfeldt for details: 934-1836;

For Sale... Lift Chair/Recliner, purchased new, used six months, excellent condition. Call Ann at x7027 or 246-5286 evenings.

"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"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants SNL Arena
Sep 27 "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.
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.
Oct 5 Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.


Inside Gustavus is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the Office of Marketing and Communication. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during the week of Thanksgiving, the Christmas break, Touring Week, and the Spring and Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: Inside Gustavus, Office of Marketing and Communication. Items must reach the office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The week of Nobel Conference the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact Steve Waldhauser ( or x6413).

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