Inside Gustavus (October 27, 2011)

Volume 44, Number 8

Faculty/Staff Activities

Ulrika Dahl (Scandinavian Studies) was published in The Gender of Globalization: Women navigating cultural and economic marginalities by Ann Kingsolver and Nandini Guernewardena. Her essay is titled "Progressive women, traditional men: Globalization, migration and equality in the rural northern periphery of the European Union." The anthology has been awarded the Society for the Anthropology of Work's annual book prize.

Dahl’s essay "The road to writing: An ethno(bio)graphic memoir" will be published in November in the anthology Emergent Writing Methodologies in Feminist Studies edited by Mona Livholts on Routledge. She will be drawing on this essay, which is a series of reflections on Sweden-U.S. migrations, the poetics of family history and the politics of rurality in an age of globalization, during my talk at the Swedish-American Institute in Minneapolis on Nov. 30, 2011 - all colleagues are most welcome to attend.

"Sculpture Works," a solo exhibition by Sesquicentennial Sculptor Greg Mueller, opens this Sunday, Oct. 30 and will run through Nov. 20 at the Bluffton University Albrecht Gallery in Ohio. He is also exhibiting work in "Millenium Sculpture; Concept, Craft, Traditions, and Trends in American Sculpture" at the Bowling Green State University School of Art Bryan Gallery, Ohio. The Closing Reception/Artist Panel Discussion is Saturday, Nov. 19.

An article by Darrell Jodock, "The Vocation of a Lutheran College and Religious Diversity" has been published in the Spring 2011 issue of Intersections.

On October 21, Jodock gave a presentation on "Gustavus and the Third Path" at a Symposium on "Legacy and Leadership," held at Concordia University, Austin, Texas. The Symposium was co-sponsored by that University and the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America (LECNA). Representatives from seven other Lutheran colleges also gave presentations. They were from Luther (IA), Concordia (MN), Pacific Lutheran (WA), Newberry (SC), Concordia (TX), Concordia (WI), and Concordia (AL).

Julie Gilbert (Library) presented a session at the Minnesota Library Association Conference titled "So Many Books, So Little Time: College Students and Recreational Reading." Gilbert was also elected co-chair of the Diversity and Outreach Round Table.

Sonja Timmerman (Library), in collaboration with staff at St. Mary's University-Twin Cities, presented a session on streamlining interlibrary loan workflow and patron communication at the ExLibris Upper Midwest User Group conference in Fargo, ND on Oct. 18.

The latest issue of Argumentation & Advocacy includes an article written by Pamela Conners (Communication Studies) and her co-authors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The article is titled, "'The Research Says': Definitions and Uses of a Key Policy Term in Federal Law and Local School Board Deliberations."

Doug Huff (Philosophy) gave three talks at the Lay School of Theology (a consortium of Lutheran churches in Minneapolis) on Oct. 7-8. The talks were on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Soren Kierkegaard, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.


Funding Opps

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

  • Support for Host Institutions for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes

    The NEH provides grants to support national faculty development programs in the humanities for high school teachers, or for college and university faculty. Awards for summer seminars range from $60,000 to $140,000, and awards for institutes range from $80,000 to $200,000. The tentative deadline for project directors to submit an application is March 1, 2012. Updated guidelines will be posted in January 2012. In the meantime, last year’s program announcement can be referenced at

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:

  • Vince Thomas, Internship Director in the College's Center for Servant Leadership, will be recognized as a WCCO Radio 'Good Neighbor' on Friday, Oct. 28.
  • Gustavus was mentioned in an story on Wednesday, Oct. 26 regarding the Kiplinger's Personal Finance rankings for Best Values in Private Colleges. Gustavus was named the 40th best value among liberal arts colleges in the country.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a special 16-page section on Thursday, Oct. 27 to commemorate the College's Sesquicentennial.

Anyone who has suggested additions for this list, suggestions for potential future media stories, or interest in being a media source should contact Matt Thomas in Marketing and Communication (x7510 or

From the President's Desk

I am pleased to announce that the Augusta Carlson Schultz Award for the Outstanding Support Staff Employee of 2011 will be awarded to Mr. Robert Schlueter, Information Systems Lead/Assistant Chef, the Eric Norelius Award for the Outstanding Administrative Employee for 2011 will be given to Chaplain Rachel Larson, and the Faculty Service Award for 2011 will be given to Dr. John Cha, Associate Professor of Religion.

Please join me and other members of the College community for the award ceremony on Founder’s Day, Monday, October 31 at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel.  We will recognize the contributions of these three exemplary employees as well as the outstanding work of the many Gustavus employees across the campus.  You are invited to a reception in Alumni Hall in honor of the recipients following the award ceremony.

I want to say a special thank you to the members of the Schultz Award, Norelius Award, and Faculty Service Award selection committees and to the many people who wrote such thoughtful and inspiring letters of nomination on behalf of their co-workers.  The wonderful people who work at Gustavus are clearly the College’s greatest resource.


President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on October 18 and 25 and discussed the following topics:

  • Members reviewed a draft of an ADA all-college policy. Consensus was that a Human Resources Office Representative should serve as the College compliance officer. The Board of Trustees will discuss the policy at its January Board meeting. The policy will be reviewed by the College's counsel and shared with the Faculty Senate.
  • A brief report was given regarding last week’s visit by representatives of the architectural firm, Hastings+Chivetta, who have been retained to work with the faculty and the administration on the renovation and addition to Nobel Hall.  Associate Professor of Chemistry Scott Bur is coordinating the work with the architects.  The architects will be back on campus in November to again discuss the project with the faculty.
  • President Ohle and Vice President Young gave a brief report on the Major Gift Committee meeting held on October 24 regarding planning for the solicitation of major gifts for Campaign Gustavus.
  • President Ohle and Vice President VanHecke reported that they met with a number of students on Friday, October 21 regarding the creation of interfaith worship space on campus.
  • Discussion was held concerning the need for continued campus-wide space planning, and hiring an architect for the renovation of the Social Science Building will be the first step in that planning.    


News & Announcements

Ride Share Info...Do you commute between St. Peter and the metro area? Would you like to share rides? Check out the new Gustavus ride share board at The password is "GAC150". Let's save on gas, money, pollution and have some great conversation along the road.


Campus Happenings

Our Story Conference...Dr. Christopher diCarlo, a philosopher of science and ethics, will speak at this year's Our Story Conference at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. To addres the conference's theme "What is African?" diCarlo will speak about the possible beginnings of human species on the continent of Africa and the social implications of this origin in our present life.

OcTUBAfest...Gustavus’ annual OcTUBAfest, featuring compositions for tuba and euphonium by student musicians, will hit the Jussi Björling stage at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, October 29. Saturday’s concert includes six new compositions by Gustavus students. The performance is free and open to the public.

Michael Schut Appearance...The Center for Servant Leadership will host Michael Schut for a public workship titled "Wholistic Stewardship: Living Our Call to Care for All Creation," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Heritage Room. Schut serves as development officer and program director of the Seattle-based, non-profit, Earth Ministry. He is also editor of the best-selling Simpler Living, Compassion Life series and author of its 12 week study guide.

William Reichard Appearance...The Gustavus English Department will host storyteller, poet, and educator William Reichard for a public reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. Reichard is the editor of a newly published anthology of poetry, fiction, and essays addressing the most pressing issues of our time, titled American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice.

Alma Lopez Appearance...At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Los Angeles based digital artist Alma Lopez will present her controversial documentary titled "I Love Lupe," which looks at the Chicano artistic tradition of the reimagining of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A lecture on her newly released book Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez's "Irreverant" Apparition will follow the screening.

Wallenberg Lecture...Dr. Jennifer McBride, Board of Regents Chair in Ethics and Assistant Professor of Religion at Wartburg College, will deliver the 2011 Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in Wallenberg Auditorium, located in the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Blood Drive...Come and give blood on Nov. 2-3 in Alumni Hall during the Gustavus Communication Studies Club's annual blood drive. Walk-ins are welcomed but appointments are strongly preferred. Click here to sign up online.

Faculty Shop Talk...Daniel Moos (Education) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2011/12 academic year. His talk entitled, “’I do not want to hear multiple perspectives!’ Theoretical and empirical perspectives on our students' view of knowledge” will be presented on Friday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m. 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

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. 28 - Luke Paquin, Young Adults in Global Mission
  • Sunday, Oct. 30 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, Oct. 31 - Founders' Day - President Jack Ohle
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1 - All Saints Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Nov. 3 - International Day
  • Friday, Nov. 4 - Chris Gilbert


Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a confirmation retreat for Christ Lutheran Church of Faribault all day Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, morning, Oct. 29. A combined group of confirmation students from St. John's and Cross of Peace Lutheran Churches in Shakopee will be on campus for a day retreat on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Gustavus Youth Outreach teams will work with St. John's and Cross of Peace Lutheran Churches of Shakopee during their time on campus on Saturday, October 29. GYO weekend trips with additional teams of students include a trip to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church of Inver Grove Heights overnight Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, and an overnight lock in at Peace Lutheran Church of Cosmos from Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 29-30, and helping with worship on Sunday morning.



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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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