Inside Gustavus 

October 13, 2011 | Volume 44, Number 6

Faculty/Staff Activities

Douglas Nimmo (Music) was inducted into the Society of Prometheans by the School of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Click here to read more about this honor.

A solo exhibition of drawings titled "Space Equals Oxygen" by Lois Peterson (Art and Art History) will open Oct. 13 and run through Dec. 23 in the Kader Gallery, located in the Pumphouse Art Center, LaCrosse, Wis. An opening reception will be held Nov. 4 at 5-7 pm. The Pumphouse is located at 119 King Street in downtown, LaCrosse. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Chad Wintefeldt (Chapel/Music) will present a recital of organ works by J. S. Bach at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 in the sanctuary of First Lutheran Church, 1114 W. Traverse Road, Saint Peter. As part of the ongoing celebration of the 30th anniversary of the installation of Hendrickson Organ Company’s Opus 45, the recital features chorale preludes from the collection known as the “Leipzig Chorales.” Admission is free. The recital precedes a book signing event of “A Journey of Grace,” the autobiography of Rev. Herbert W. Chilstrom, first presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Tom Huber (Physics), Nathaniel Beaver '12 and Justin Helps '11 had their paper "Elimination of standing wave effects in ultrasound radiation force excitation in air using random carrier frequency packets" published in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. The new technique described in this paper was developed when they worked together during the summer of 2010 with funding support from the National Science Foundation.

Stephanie Otto (HES) recently presented two projects at the International e-Conference on Kinesiology and Integrated Physiology. The first as a lead author was titled "Daily physical activity and bone health among high school students". The second was co-authored with Gustavus students Kelly Maloney '12 and Sandie Walker '12 and titled "The effect of treadmill versus elliptical exercise on calcaneal stiffness index among college age females."


Student Achievements

The Gustavus Forensics Program won the team sweepstakes at the Jackrabbit Jousts, hosted by the South Dakota State University on Oct. 7-8. Senior Sam Hemmerich placed first in two individual events, while junior Hannah Engel also won an individual event championship. Click here to read more about the team's performance.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Short- and Long-term Visiting Research Fellowships…

    The AAS offers a wide range of visiting short-term research fellowships tenable for one to three months of research in the AAS library. It provides a stipend of $1,850 per month or $1,350 per month plus housing. Please see AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities long-term research awards support four to 12 months of residence. The maximum available stipend is $50,400. More information can be found at The deadline for both awards is January 15.

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 see a Flickr photo gallery of the dedication of Beck Academic Hall
  • Click here to see an updated Flickr photo gallery of the Homecoming Parade.
  • Click here to see a Flickr photo gallery of the Steven Crowder speaking appearance.

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


New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Catherine Tholkes, Gift Accounting Specialist, Institutional Advancement


Position Openings

  • Assistant Director of Residential Life - Posted 10/5/11

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

News & Announcements

Update on Search for New VP of Marketing and Communication...The Search Committee for the Vice President for Marketing and Communication is pleased to announce that candidates for the position will be on campus in the next ten days. We are excited to have you meet with them. We are pleased to make available to the campus community materials for the three candidates. Although the names of the candidates are now known by the Gustavus community, we remind you that confidentiality regarding the finalists is important. Please bear in mind that each of the candidates holds a significant position elsewhere; any further inquiries about them should be handled with sensitivity and discretion. The candidates' material and information concerning open sessions available to the community are located at the following link: We encourage you to attend the open sessions with the finalists, as your schedules permit. Evaluation forms will be available at the open sessions. The Search Committee would very much appreciate your feedback.

C in CC Tickets...Do you have your tickets purchased for Christmas in Christ Chapel yet? Tickets will go on sale to the general public at noon on Monday, Oct. 17. Gustavus students and staff are allotted one complimentary ticket. Other tickets are $17.50 each. Purchase your tickets online at

HR Announcement...Please refer to the online version of the Employee Benefits Booklet and the Administrative and Support Staff Handbook for the most current version. It can be found under Human Resources, and then click on Restricted Employment Resources.

Employee Benefits Booklet: The Employee Benefits Booklet has been updated to reflect that in the event your employment ends, you may continue your medical, dental, and life insurance coverage for up to three months.

Administrative and Support Staff Handbook: A new safety policy was added to the Campus Safety section.


Campus Happenings

Faculty Shop Talk...Elizabeth Baer (English) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2011/12 academic year. Her talk entitled, "How I Spent my Summer Vacation: Travel to Dakar, Senegal, for Scholarly Research” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 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,

Tuition Benefit Meeting...There will be a Tuition Benefit meeting open to all employees from 12-1:15 p.m. Thursday, October 27 in the Dive. Kirk Carlson and Richard Aune will present information about admission, tuition benefit and tuition exchange options. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please contact Kirk Carlson at or x6362 if you have questions.

Arb Lecture Series...The Third Saturday at the Arb lecture series begins this Saturday, Oct. 15 with Cindy Johnson (Biology), on the topic of “Lions, Cheetahs, and Students, Oh My! Teaching and Living in Tanzania: A Fulbright Scholar’s Perspective.”  The time is 9:30 a.m. and the place is the Melva Lind Interpretive Center.  

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, Oct. 14 - Senior Matthew Swenson
  • Sunday, Oct. 16 - Holy Communion, Choir of Christ Chapel, Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, Christ Chapel Handbells
  • Monday, Oct. 17 - Andrea Junson
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 - Chaplain Grady St. Dennis
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 - Healing Service, Chaplain Grady St. Dennis
  • Friday, Oct. 21 - Chaplain Rod Anderson

Seminary & Divinity School Day 2011...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership is hosting Seminary & Divinity School Day on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 9:30am-4:00pm, in Christ Chapel, the Jackson Campus Center, and Alumni Hall. Eighteen seminaries and divinity schools from across the country will be represented at tables in the Heritage Room throughout the day and participating in presentations during the morning and afternoon. Keynote address to be presented by Sarah Ruble (religion); Dwelling in the Word for discernment presented by Blake Couey (religion). All Gustavus students and staff are welcome for events throughout the day; lunch only for those who pre-registered, please.


Off-Campus Events of Interest

Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative Fundraiser...Monday, Oct. 17 from 6-8:30 pm at the Red Sky Lounge in Mankato on 2nd Avenue. Three fabulous local musical acts, Fish Frye, the Jim McGuire Jazz Trio, and Sister Gin will perform, and appetizers will be served; beverages will be for sale, including fair trade wines. Fair trade educational materials will be available, as well as fair trade products for sale. Tickets are $25 each. The Fair Trade movement supports the purchase of products that pass Fair Trade Certification. These products enable producers in the global south to make a fair wage and support their families and the environment. Fair trade also includes a social premium that helps communities to improve water quality, education, and healthcare.

GLA Fall Author Day...Gustavus Library Associates is hosting senior book editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Laurie Hertzel, for GLA Fall Author Day on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Edina Country Club, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tickets ($25) are still available for the brunch and the talk by contacting the Office of Marketing and Communication at 933-7520, or visiting

Oktoberfest...St. Peter Oktoberfest opens with New Ulm’s famous Wendinger Band beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in downtown St. Peter (Grace Street and Minnesota Avenue).  Rock band 69 Cents is on stage at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 15, polka legends, The Bockfest Boys of New Ulm play at 2 p.m. with Mankato’s premier rock band IV Play headlining at 7 p.m.  Music, great food and drink, and a Sauerkraut Eating Contest await you at St. Peter Oktoberfest 2011!  An Oktoberfest button ($5) is needed for the evening events!  

Lutefisk Supper...Scandian Grove Lutheran Church will host its annual Lutefisk Fall Supper on Saturday, Nov. 5. On the menu are meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans, lefse, buns, apple and pumpkin dessert, milk, coffee...and of course lutefisk. Open for both lunch and dinner, serving 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. The church is located 10 miles West of St. Peter on Hwy 22 and 1/2 mile North on County Road 52. Take outs will be available.    


Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education...Darrell Jodock (Religion) will give a presentation on "Science and Religion and Faith" at Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Partners in Education is a program coordinated and sponsored by Church Relations in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums in congregations of the ELCA.

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host weekend confirmation retreats for St. Paul Lutheran Church from Wyoming, MN, and for Central Lutheran Church of Minneapolis on October 14-16. Confirmation youth from First Lutheran Church of LeSueur, MN, and Woodlake Lutheran Church of Richfield, MN, will also be on campus for one-day retreats on Satuday, October 15.

Gustavus Youth Outreach (GYO) teams will be working with youth groups from St. Paul Lutheran Church of Wyoming, MN, and Central Lutheran Church of Minneapolis. GYO teams are planning to lead games and activities, music, and Bible Study with the groups. Gustavus Youth Outreach, sponsored by Church Relations, consists of student teams who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations.


Telecommunications Updates

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

  • Georgianna Elliott, Dining Service, phone: x7608,e-mail: gelliott, Change dept and phone
  • Shari Jacobson, Dining Service, phone: x7070, e-mail: sjacobs2, Addition
  • Catherine Tholkes, Advancement, phone: x6155, e-mail: ctholkes, Addition

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



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Seeking Room or Apartment...I will be teaching a January-term course at Gustavus Adolphus College in January 2012, and I am looking for a room/small apartment to rent during that month. I used to live in Saint Peter, and I taught January-term courses at Gustavus in the past 3 years. All I am looking for is a place to stay during that month, preferably not far from campus.You can reach me at my e-mail: or phone number 403-487-0979.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 22 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 23 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 24 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
4:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Luther (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Sep 25 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 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. Peer Assistants host 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.

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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