Inside Gustavus (May 19, 2011)

Volume 43, Number 33

Faculty/Staff Activities

John Lammert (biology) wrote story-based clinical cases that accompany chapters in Bauman, Microbiology with Body Systems, 3rd ed, (Pearson Benjamin Cummings). He is listed as a clinical consultant on the title page.

Barbara Fister (library) has been asked to speak at an international symposium at UCLA on "Steig Larsson and Scandinavian Crime Fiction," to be held May 20-21. Her talk, "Conventionally Unconventional: Lisbeth Salander's Sisters in Crime," will focus on the Millennium Trilogy's roots in feminist crime fiction of the 20th century.

Work by Priscilla Briggs (art & art history) is featured in “EA$T/WE$T: A Global Look at Capitalism” from May 14 through June 18, 2011, at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Ind.

Ron Rietz (MCS) gave a talk titled "An Elementary Integral Formula for Products of Functions with Proportional Second Derivatives" at the spring meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America at Carleton College.

John Holte (MCS) gave a talk titled "Small-sample confidence intervals for proportions" at the spring meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America held at Carleton College.

On May 5, Judy Douglas (drug & alcohol education), Sara Sletten, and Amy Pehrson (both Center for Servant Leadership) completed "Connecting Nicollet County", a year-long community and leadership development program. In its inaugural year, a cohort group of 22 participants met monthly from September to May. Participants visited all the communities in Nicollet County, touring businesses, agricultural industries, natural resources, and historic sites. They met community leaders and explored community assets, along with participating in leadership sessions and skill development.

Ray Thrower (Campus Safety) presented a training session on "Critical Incidents That Happen on Campuses of Higher Education" on Tuesday, May 10, at the University of Saskatchewan. The audience consisted of the University of Saskatchewan Board of Regents, the president, president's cabinet, and local city officials. On Thursday, May 12, he presented a training session on "Community Policing" to the Canadian Association of Campus Public Administrators-West. On Wednesday, May 18, he was the keynote presenter at the Bose Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A solo exhibition by Greg Mueller (Sesquicentennial Sculptor) opens Thursday, May 26, and runs through Sept. 1 at the Anne Wright Wilson Gallery of Georgetown College, Ky. “(un)-Realized Visions” will include sculpture of reclaimed agricultural salvage and recycled cast iron. Also on view will be large-scale print compositions documenting his collaborative process with art students, dancers, local communities, and his public art team, GMW.

Coughlan Companies of Mankato recently provided $500 worth of books from among their publications to Debra Pitton (education). The texts, primarily Spanish-English children's books, will be shipped to Chimbote, Peru, for use by the students in Pitton's course in January 2012. Gustauvus students will be establishing a small English language library and teaching basic English language skills to the children and youth of a mission complex in Chimbote.

Funding Opps

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

  • Fulbright Scholar Program... The Fulbright Scholar Program of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) offers grants for college faculty to lecture and conduct research in more than 130 countries around the world. Faculty at every academic rank are eligible. Fulbright awards are available from two months to an academic year or longer. Grant stipends and benefits vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline for applications is August 1. For more information, please visit the CIES 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:

  • Gustavus senior Chris Wiens is featured in the Minnesota Private College Council's May Newsletter.  Link:
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story written by Gustavus student Lauren Damrow about a group of Gustavus nursing students who participated in a service-learning program in Petatlán, Mexico (St. Peter's sister city). The article appeared in the Thursday, May 19, edition of the newspaper.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its May 19 edition about the Rev. Rodney L. Anderson being named Interim Senior Chaplain at the College.
  • Gustavus women's golfer Rikka Holiday was featured in a Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Montana) story regarding her performance at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships. Holiday finished in a tie for sixth place individually.

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



President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on May 10 and May 17, 2011, and discussed the following items:

  • Emergency operations training was planned for incoming Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Braun and Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life JoNes Van Hecke, and any existing emergency operations personnel interested in refreshing skills. Arrangements were discussed for the next periodic tabletop exercise for emergency operations personnel. Both training and exercise will take place this summer.
  • The Cabinet approved increased hours for the High Risk Drinking Initiative’s administrative assistant. Grant funds will be used for this purpose
  • A faculty proposal for a Sexual Assault Education and Title IX Coordinator was discussed.
  • Given the expected strong first-year and transfer enrollment for the fall, members reviewed plans for adjustments in housing, budget, courses, etc.
  • Departmental budgets were discussed, including questions about summer expenditures, particularly related to student employment.
  • Activities of the May 15-16 Board of Trustees meeting were reviewed.
  • The agenda of the all-employee meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 26 was discussed. Progress toward the 2010-11 institutional goals will be reviewed at the meeting.


News & Announcements

All-Employee Meeting... All employees are invited to attend an all-employee meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall. Progress on 2010-11 institutional goals and information on College finances will be presented. 

Campus Drive and Campus Main Entrance Closure Notification... Portions of Campus Drive will be closed for roadwork May 31-June 8.

  • The main College Avenue entrance will be closed May 31-June 3. Use an alternate entrance (Jefferson Ave./south entrance or Grace Street/north entrance).
  • Campus Drive from the main entrance at College Avenue up the northside hill to the corner at Uhler Hall will be closed May 31-June 3.
  • Campus Drive from the main entrance south to the Jefferson Avenue entrance will be closed May 31-June 8. The Jefferson Avenue entrance will remain accessible throughout, but traffic will only be able to turn to the left (west) at the junction with Campus Drive.
  • The main entrance at College Avenue should reopen June 3, with traffic only able to turn north toward Uhler/Complex until June 8.

Closure dates are subject to change due to weather/work progress; check the Campus Safety web page for updates at and note posted barricades and signage. Please allow extra travel time for entering campus, inform any campus visitors you might have about the closing, and contact Campus Safety or Physical Plant if you have any questions.

Ushers Still Needed for Commencement... Ushers are still needed for 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.

Last Newsletter of the 2010-11 Academic Year... This week's Inside Gustavus (May 19) is 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).

New Photo Kiosk in Print Services... Print Services now has a picture kiosk. It prints while you wait on Kodak photo paper. There's no need to go downtown or to Mankato for photos anymore. Greeting cards, thank you cards, and calendar templates are also available. Selected prices for personal photos: 4” x 6” = 25¢, 5” x 7” = $1.49, 6” x 8” = $1.89; for greeting cards: 4” x 6” = 52¢; for personalized 12-month calendar: $2.49. Stop in and check it out today.

Reminder from Advancement... As we draw close to the end of the current fiscal year, please be sure to check your campus mail for any gifts to the College. If you receive any donations to Gustavus or your department, deliver them to the Office of Institutional Advancement on or before May 31, 2011. Thank you for your help and promptness with this request. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Johnson at x6515 or

Printer/Copier Open House... Three vendors will participate in an Open House on Tuesday, May 24, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Jackson Campus Center. During the open house the equipment with computer connection will be available for testing. Please stop by and feel free to bring a memory stick with documents you want to print. You may either work on the machine directly or through a computer connection set up in the Heritage Room. After the demo, Naomi quiram (Print & Mail Services) would like your feedback on what meets your needs as well as the needs of your department.

Farewell Reception for VP Gwen Freed... The Offices of the President and Marketing and Communication invite the campus community to a farewell reception in honor of Gwen Freed, Vice President for Marketing and Communication, on Friday, May 27, 9:30-11 a.m., in the Heritage Room. A brief program will be held at 10:15 a.m. Please join us as we bid farewell to a great colleague.


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 20 - Bethany Ringdal (senior student)
  • Sunday, May 22 - Paul Lutter (religion)
  • Monday, May 23 - Taizé
  • Tuesday, May 24 - Litany for Travelers

Staff Picnic Coming Up on June 1... All College employees are invited to the annual Staff Picnic, to be held this year on Wednesday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Evelyn Young Dining Room.


Off-Campus Events of Interest

Documentary on Dakota Conflict Will Show... A free public showing of the documentary Dakota Conflict will be held at the Nicollet County Historical Society Treaty Site, Saturday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m. Garrison Keillor narrates a balanced look at both sides: settlers and native Indians. The showing is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, which will also tour the Sioux Agencies with a program featuring original music by Native American composer Brent Michaels Davids. Tour kickoff is Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m. at West High School in Mankato. Guest performers include Davids on flute and the Maza Kute Drummers.

Public Health Forum Offered... A public forum on "Health Care in St. Peter: You Have Choices" is scheduled for Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in the Senior Room at the St. Peter Community Center. Representatives from St. Peter Clini -Mayo Health System, River's Edge Clinic and Hospital, Daniels Clinic, and Nicollet County Public Health will be speaking about current offerings and new initiatives at their respective facilities. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

County Fair Sponsors Barbecue... The Nicollet County Fair board announces its second "Kick 'n Country Barbecue" event on Saturday, May 21, 4 p.m. to midnight. Bands featured are the Eagle River Band and Bad Habits. Zesty barbecue will be grilled by Nicollet County Pork Producers and 2 Pigs BBQ. Full bar, pop, snacks and fun! Cost is $5 per person (12 and under free). Outdoor event if the weather permits; in the Annexstad Building if cold or rainy. Corporate sponsors are Swine Vet Clinic, Volk Electric, Locher Bros., Red Men Club, and Kwik Trip. All proceeds from this event go to improving the Nicollet County Fairgrounds. Any questions, contact Ann Volk at or 931-5816.


Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations... Grady St. Dennis (Center for Servant Leadership) will be preaching at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm on Saturday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 22, at 9 a.m. Christ the King is a member of the Gustavus Association of Congregations. This ministerial program is a resource coordinated by Church Relations and Community Engagement in the Center for Servant Leadership.


Facility Hours

Library Hours for Finals... Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, May 21: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, May 22, and Monday, May 23: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Tuesday, May 24: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Library Hours for After Finals... (Post Finals and Commencement Weekend) Wed., May 25-Friday, May 27: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sat., May 28-Mon., May 30: CLOSED.

And, Library Hours for Summer... Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.



House/Farm and Alpacas for Sale... Picture-perfect country living at its best. Newly remodeled two-story home on 10 acres, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Updates include mechanicals, windows, siding, roof, kitchen, flooring, and more. All 4 bedrooms on the same floor w/ main-floor bathroom & laundry. All appliances included. Newer well & septic. Full attic for future expansion. Outbuildings include 80x46 barn with hayloft, fencing, and stables, 100x48 machine shed, 84x40 Quonset, additional 24x16 shed, 50x15 chicken barn w/ additional granary and grain bins. Alpacas sold separately as well; 17 available—inquiries welcome. Contact Kathy at x6514 or 952-994-4560 (cell) or for more information.

Basement Apartment for Rent... Private entrance. Large living room, bedroom, kitchen, bath. Partially furnished. No pets; no smoking. Two blocks from Gustavus campus (818 Grace St.). Monthly rent $500 including utilities. Available July 2011. Contact Aaron or Mary Everett at 507-934-0048 or

For Rent... One-bedroom apartment. Completely furnished, all utilities except laundry and phone. No smoking, no pets. Call Gene Lund at 931-1913.

For Sale... 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LSE, 73,000 miles, new tires, leather seats, power AM/FM/cassette/CD radio. Driver and passenger 8-way power seats with lumbar support. Traction control, heated power side mirrors. NADA listed at $9550, selling for $7995. Very clean. Please call Pat at 507-327-8161.

"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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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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