Inside Gustavus (September 15, 2011)

Volume 44, Number 2

Faculty/Staff Activities

  • Julie Gilbert and Barbara Fister (Library) had an article published in the journal College & Research Libraries titled "Reading, Risk, and Reality: Undergraduates and Reading for Pleasure" which reports on a study of Gustavus students' attitudes toward voluntary reading conducted with the help of student Amara Berthelsen '10.
  • Julie Gilbert (Library) and Amy Gratz published "Meeting Student Needs at the Reference Desk" in Reference Services Review. The article was later selected as a feature article for September by Informed Librarian Online.
  • An essay by Darrell Jodock (Religion), "Carrying on the Muhlenberg Tradition and Mission," has been published in a new book from Eerdmans Publishing Co, Muhlenberg's Ministerium, Ben Franklin's Deism, and the Churches of the 21st Century: Reflections on the 250th Anniversary of the Oldest Lutheran Church Body in North America, edited by John Reumann. The "Muhlenberg" in question is Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, who came to Pennsylvania from Germany in 1741 and in 1748 organized a gathering of Lutheran clergy and laity. It was the first such gathering that grew into an organized synod and is one of the historical roots of the ELCA.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships and Publication Grants:

    The AAUW offers Post-doctoral Research Leave Fellowships and Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants to women faculty members who have not established strong publication records. The former provides $30,000 for one year of support for women in the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The latter provides $6,000 in support for tenure-track faculty members for eight consecutive weeks of final preparation of research publications. The deadline is November 15. For more information, please see

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

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


Social Media

  • Click here to view a photo gallery from the Tuesday, Sept. 13 Involvement Fair.
  • Be sure to follow Gustavus on Twitter! @gustavus

For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Tim Kennedy in Marketing and Communication (x6365 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:

  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Wednesday, Sept. 13 regarding the College's placement in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Provost and Dean of the College Mark Braun was interviewed for the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Wednesday, Sept. 13 Valley section regarding the College's placement in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. President Ohle was quoted in the story.
  • Recent alumna Nadvia Davis '11 (Communication Studies) was featured on the KARE-11 special program "Be the Change: Mentor" on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Gustavus was heavily featured in the story. Click here to watch the video.
  • The Star Tribune printed a story on Sunday, Sept. 11 about one of the current exhibitions on display at the Hillstrom Museum of Art.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Thursday, Sept. 8 about the World Trade Center beams on display outside of Christ Chapel. Student Ghebriela Araya and the Rev. Rodney Anderson were interviewed for the story.
  • The Rev. Rodney Anderson was interviewed by the Minnesota News Network on Thursday, Sept. 8 regarding the World Trade Center beams on display outside of Christ Chapel.
  • A letter to the editor from President Ohle regarding Celebrate St. Peter Day was printed in the Thursday, Sept. 8 edition of the St. Peter Herald.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front page story on Friday, Sept. 9 about the World Trade Center Beams that were on display outside of Christ Chapel. Sesquicentennial Sculptor Greg Mueller and Interim Senior Chaplain the Rev. Rodney Anderson were quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Friday, Sept. 9 about the Michael Chorost lecture.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a preview of the football team’s game against Wartburg in its Saturday, Sept. 10 Sports section.
  • The St. Peter Herald posted a story and video on its website on Saturday, Sept. 10 regarding the World Trade Center beams on display outside of Christ Chapel. Sesquicentennial Sculptor Greg Mueller along with students Serena Elthon and Sam Warburton were all quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the football team’s 26-21 loss to Wartburg in its Monday, Sept. 12 Sports section.

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 Administrators

  • C.J. Siewert, Sports Information, Assistant

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, and discussed the following topics:

  • Professors Steve Mellema and Sujay Rao, Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair respectively, gave an update on Faculty Senate activities, including planned Faculty Handbook amendments and tying up loose ends from last academic year.
  • Vice President for Marketing and Communication Karin Stone reviewed the news release regarding Gustavus being ranked 81st on the U.S. News “Best Liberal Arts College’s” list.
  • President Ohle reviewed the program for the Sesquicentennial and Campaign Kickoff Dinner on September 30.
  • President Ohle reviewed the current draft of the September 29-30 Board of Trustees meeting agenda. 
  • President Ohle indicated that the Search Committee for the Vice President for Marketing and Communication met last Wednesday and will be reviewing applications throughout the week.
  • The hiring of a Dining Service position (MarketPlace Supervisor) was approved.
  • Vice President Westphal reviewed changes to the Voluntary Early Retirement Program and the Retiree Health Plan that will be presented to the Board for its review/approval at the September Board meeting.


News & Announcements

Nobel Conference Tickets...There are a limited number of tickets remaining for faculty, staff, and students to attend this year's Nobel Conference. If you wish to attend this year's conference, please reserve your ticket online today at Faculty should be advised that if you plan to attend any further lectures following the opening lecture on Tuesday morning that you do need a ticket. If you don't have a ticket, remember that the conference will be streamed live on the web and that there is no ticket required for the 6:30 p.m. lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 4 by Aniruddh D. Patel.

CSL Open House...The Center for Servant Leadership is having an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to stop by the CSL to get a tour, meet the staff, ask questions, or just to grab a snack. Hope to see you there!

Bible Study...Faculty/Staff/Administrator Bible Study Fellowship. Please come join us for a time of fellowship. Our first meeting will be at 12:30-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the new Linner Lounge (near the Center for Servant Leadership). Please join us and feel free to bring your lunch. This group meets about once a month for a time of devotions, encouragement, and prayer, and is also connecting with student groups on campus. If you aren't free on Tuesdays but want to join in, please contact Mimi Gerstbauer ( or x7421).

Flu Shot Clinic...Fight the flu! Wednesday, September 21st and Thursday, October 6th. Heritage Banquet Rooms, 8am - 4pm.

Available for students and current employees. Also available to employee’s spouse, partner and dependents over age 18. Not available to retirees. Watch for information about a future flu shot clinic also available to retirees.

Payment Methods:

Billing Insurance: Bring your insurance card. Or bring a copy of the front and back of your insurance card to allow for faster check-in. We will need to know who the policyholder is - name, address, date of birth. Gustavus supplemental studen insurance does not cover the flu shots - take advantage of our same day discounted price. Flu shots will be billed at $49 to insurance and are not eligible for the same day discounted price. You will be billed the balance due. We are unable to bill Medicare - all other insurances accepted. Check your insurance policy for coverage.

Cash Discount: If your insurances does not cover the flu shot, take advantage of our same day only discounted price of $25. We accept cash, check payable to Gustavus, or bill your student account (we are unable to bill employee accounts). No debit or credit cards accepted. The same day discounted price will not be honored after the date the flu shot is given. Many insurance plans cover the flu shots 100%. Check your insurance coverage.

C in CC Tickets...Christmas in Christ Chapel worship service and buffet tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 19. Tickets are $17.50 each. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 18, for best selection order early.

To order, go to You may order your complimentary ticket and any additional tickets through this site. Performers may request a complimentary ticket and give it to friends or family, but the ticket must be ordered by the student. Tickets will be mailed to the shipping address in mid-October.

Convertibles Needed...The Campus Activities Executive Board is currently looking for convertibles to carry President Jack and Kris Ohle as well as the Homecoming Royalty in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. If you have a convertible we could use, it would be greatly appreciated if we could borrow it. Contact Grace Balfanz at


Campus Happenings

Fall Fest...Come explore the Linnaeus Arboretum for Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 17! Newcomers welcomed. The day’s activities include: Hayrides, guided tours, artisans & artists, music, book signing (Herb Chilstrom, Bob Douglas), pumpkin painting, scavenger hunts, face painting, and a concession stand. Alpacas are returning for another visit! Also, Flood Plain Four (10:15am & 11:30am), Theater in the Arb (11am, 12pm, 1pm), and last but not least, border collies agility & herding demonstration (3pm).

Celebrate St. Peter Day...Saturday, Sept. 17 is Celebrate St. Peter Day as Gustavus will welcome members from the St. Peter Community to come to campus to attend a variety of events at no charge. Please welcome community member to campus that day if you see them around campus.

Support the Black and Gold...The Gustavus football team will play its first home game of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 against Mayville State University.

Nobel Conference Preview...Please encourage your students to attend the Nobel Conference Preview on  Friday, September 23, at 2:30 pm in Alumni Hall. We envision this will be an opportunity to bring all of the students together to give them a sense of the excitement and grandeur of the conference. Contact Chuck Niederriter with questions at

GLA Fall Membership Tea...Join President Jack and Kris Ohle and the Gustavus Library Associates at their Fall Membership Tea. Monday, Sept. 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the President's Home. All friends and friends of friends are welcome.

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, Sept. 16 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Sunday, Sept. 18 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Sept. 19 - Chaplain Grady St. Dennis
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Amy Jo Bur, Good Samaritan United Methodist Church
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 - Adam Tehle, Admission
  • Friday, Sept. 23 - Jen Fox and Nick Prince, Students


Off-Campus Events of Interest

Gustavus Equestrian Team...The Gustavus Equestrian Team will be hosting their second annual equestrian meet. The meet will be held October 1-2 just outside St. Peter at CY Equine Facility in LeSueur. Over 100 riders will be competing as individuals and for their team. Some of the schools attending are South Dakota State University, North Dakota State University, Carleton College, U of M-Twin Cities, U of M-Morris, U of M-Crookston, UW-LaCrosse, UW-Riverfalls, UW-Eau Clare, and several others. Everyone is welcome to attend. We would love to have you! CY Equine Facility is located at 33679 336 Street in LeSueur.

Celebration at Minnesota Security Hospital...A celebration to observe the 100th year of the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, on the St. Peter campus. The celebration will consist of an open house for the public, staff and patients.

Included in the observance will be tours of the historic old center and museum. In addition, a patient art display will be featured in the Tomlinson Building, where a patient band will perform from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.



  • Kate (Political Science) and Brian Knutson welcomed Maya Jayne on September 2nd. All are doing well.


Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host two overnight weekend retreats. Students from Faith Lutheran Church of Waconia will retreat on campus Sept. 16-17 as part of their confirmation program, and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church of Apple Valley will hold a confirmation retreat on Sept. 17-18.

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



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For Sale...Fellowes shredder, model #SB-99Ci. $50. Contact Carolyn O'Grady ( or Linda Shaw (, or come over to CICE to see it.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Tomorrow 11:59 am to 4 pm New Faculty Tenure Track Welcome Lunch Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
Aug 30 8:45 am to 4:30 pm New Faculty Orientation Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
Aug 31 8:30 am to 2 pm Faculty Development Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
36 pm 2016 Opening Reception Hall and Eckman Mall
Sep 1 9 am to 1:30 pm Faculty Meeting Campus Center
3:304:30 pm IEX Course Proposal Workshop for Faculty Peter Room, Jackson Campus Center
4 pm Women's Soccer at Nebraska Wesleyan, Neb.
7 pm Men's Soccer at Wartburg, Iowa
Sep 25 New Student Orientation Campus
Sep 2 2 pm Volleyball vs. Elmhurst (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
34 pm Convocation for New Students and Families Chapel
4 pm Volleyball vs. UW-Whitewater (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
Sep 34 Men's Golf at Transylvania Invite
Women's Golf at Saint Ben's Invitational, Minn.
Sep 3 9 am Volleyball vs. North Park (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
10 am Women's Cross Country at Crown Invite Bonifacius, Minn.
10:50 am Men's Cross Country at Crown Invite Bonifacius, Minn.
noon Women's Soccer hosts UW-La Crosse Peter, Minn.
1 pm Football at Westminster, Mo.
1 pm Volleyball vs. Benedictine (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
3 pm Men's Soccer hosts St. Scholastica (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
Sep 4 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worshiping Community Chapel
3 pm Men's Soccer hosts Knox Peter, Minn.
Sep 6 Fall Semester Begins Campus
66:40 am WE- Bootcamp with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
910 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:401:20 pm WE- Pilates with Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108

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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