Inside Gustavus 

November 3, 2011 | Volume 44, Number 9

Faculty/Staff Activities

Thia Cooper (Religion) translated three articles from Portuguese to English for a special issue of the International Journal of Public Theology dedicated to Latin American Public Theologies.

Tom Huber (Physics) was recently awarded a patent titled "Vibroacoustic system for vibration testing" with Jim Greenleaf and Mostafa Fatemi of the Ultrasound Research Group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. They collaborated to develop a technique where a pair of ultrasound transducers is focused on an object to selectively excite vibrations without any physical contact. Huber, and his students, have used this technique to study vibration of objects ranging in size from the face of a guitar, to atomic force microscope microcantilevers that are smaller than the diameter of a hair.

Seán Easton (Classics) contributed a chapter entitled "Envy and Fame in Lucan's Bellum Civile" to Brill's Companion to Lucan (Edited by Paolo Asso. E. J. Brill, 2011).

Helena Karlsson and Kjerstin Moody (Scandinavian Studies), attended the annual conference of ASTRA (American Swedish Teachers and Researchers Association) at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 13-15. The conference theme was the Swedish Welfare State.

Student Achievements

The Gustavus forensics team placed first at both the Twin Cities Forensic Leauge Tournament #1 and the Vocal Viking at Bethany Lutheran College on Oct. 29-30. Students who placed first in various events included senior Luke Youngvorst and first-year students Brittany Knutson, Matt Timmons, Nick Gersch, Carl Cronin, and Courtney Train.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

    The NSF’s MRI program supports the purchase of research instrumentation and instrumentation development. Awards range from $100,000 to $4 million. The next deadline for this annual competition is Jan. 26, 2012. The program announcement can be found at

    Since Gustavus is limited to two proposals each grant round, faculty interested in submitting an application should send an email so indicating to Bob Weisenfeld ( by Dec. 1. Bob will follow up in December with those interested regarding the selection process in the event that more than two faculty are interested in submitting a request.

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:

  • Doug Minter (Financial Aid) was quoted in a Sunday, Oct. 30 Star Tribune story regarding net price calculators.
  • Leila Brammer (Communication Studies) and Jill Locke (Political Science) were both quoted in an Oct. 27 Times Higher Education (UK) article on anti-intellectualism.
  • President Jack Ohle was quoted in an story about the Division III President’s Council getting a behind the scenes look from NCAA staff on what goes on during an enforcement case.
  • Gustavus was mentioned in an Oct. 27 St. Paul Pioneer Press article regarding alumnus Joe Campbell being named communications director for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

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 (x7510 or

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Jean Noren, Administrative Assistant, President's Office

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

News & Announcements

Safe Zone Training...Gusties in Ongoing Leadership Development (G.O.L.D.) is presenting Safe Zone Training on Friday, Nov. 11 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Safe Zone Training is open to all members of the Gustavus community and involves training for allies who would like to learn more about supporting their LGBT friends, community, peers, students and colleagues.

At the completion of the training you will receive a placard, identifying that you are Safe Zone certified, which you may post at your office, desk, etc. G.O.L.D. is a collaboration between the Student Activities Office and the Center for Servant Leadership.You do not need to sign up for the Safe Zone Training ahead of time, simply show up! If you have any questions please feel free to email

Holiday Health Challenge...Challenge yourself and your friends to maintain or lose weight this holiday season. Gustavus Health Promotion (GHP) is sponsoring a holiday health challenge. To participate, you must make an appointment at the Human Performance Lab in the Lund Center. Make your appointment online at At the appointment we will record your starting weight and if you prefer you can have a full fitness assessment to evaluate your body composition before and after the holidays. To participate you must weigh in by Nov. 22. The final weigh-in will be after the holidays as you must make another appointment to weigh in again by Jan. 18. If you successfully complete the challenge (maintain or lose weight) you win an "I survived the GHP Holiday Health Challenge) t-shirt. Contact Rachelle Dosch with questions at or x6468.

Reading in Common...We are beginning the search for next year's Reading in Common book! The committee gives preference to books which have a living author, are less than 300 pages, and provide rich themes for discussion among first year students. We have chosen fiction, memoir, and non-fiction in the past. Please send book suggestions by the end of the day on Nov. 16 via the following link: Contact Megan Ruble with any questions at

Campus Happenings

Service Award...The Gustavus Association of Congregations and Alumni Service Award for 2011 will be presented to the Reverend Gerald (Jerry) Hoffman '59 on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. during daily Chapel. Hoffman is being recognized for his vision and leadership in the field of stewardship education, having developed a multifaceted program based on best stewardship practices in congregations. He has been an influence and mentor to seminarians, pastors, and to faculty colleagues at Luther Seminary. Hoffman will have opportunities to speak with Gustavus students and faculty throughout Monday and Tuesday. All are invited to Tea Time at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Center for Servant Leadership.

National Lutheran Choir in Concert...The National Lutheran Choir, under the direction of David Cherwien, will perform its annual All Saints concert, Kyrie: Journey to Light, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in Christ Chapel.

Alma Lopez on Campus...Los Angeles based digital artist Alma Lopez will be at Gustavus Wednesday, Nov. 9 to talk about her newly released book Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez’s Irreverent Apparition, and screen her new documentary “I LOVE Lupe.” The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Auditorium, located in the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science.

Exploring Religious Questions Series...Session 4 of "Creeds, Beliefs and Life Today," continues on Monday evening, Nov. 7, in Olin 103, 7-9 p.m. J. Blake Couey (Religion) will present sessions on the relationship of creeds to the Bible, their content and their context, and how they are related (what is included and what is left out?). Discussion will also include how creeds relate to the lens through which we read the Bible. For questions, call x7001.

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship and devotions from 12:30 -1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Linner Lounge.

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. McBride's lecture is titled "Bonhoeffer and Repentance: A Constructive Proposal for Christian Public Witness." The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture this year is part of a three part series on Lutheran peacebuilding, sponsored by Peace Studies, LALACS and the Gustavus Sesquicentennial Fund. In the Spring, Gustavus will host speakers from Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Peace Fellowship. For more information contact Mimi Gerstbauer at

Faculty Shop Talk...Sean Easton (Classics) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2011/12 academic year. His talk titled, “Absent Mothers, Absent Fathers: Greek Myth and Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Gustie Breakfast...You are invited to a Gustie Breakfast, Wednesday, Nov. 9. Reserve your spot by e-mailing or call 507-933-6042. Engage with other friends of Gustavus and learn something about the College at the St. Peter Gustie breakfasts. The on-campus breakfasts will be held at 7:30 a.m.on the second Wednesday of each month in a campus banquet room. Cost is $8 for an individual or $15 per couple, payable at the door.

This month’s breakfast will feature Rob Gardner, artistic director of this year's Christmas in Christ Chapel. Upcoming breakfasts include David Kenney, the author of the two Gustavus Sesquicentennial books on Dec. 14, and Jeff Owen '92, assistant professor in economics and management and environmental studies on Jan. 11. Visit for more information.

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, Nov. 4 - Chris Gilbert
  • Sunday, Nov. 6 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Nov. 7 - Glen Kranking
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 - GACAC Service Award, Rev. Jerry Hoffman
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Nov. 10 - Inter-Religious Observance
  • Friday, Nov. 11 - J. Blake Couey

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Free Night of Fun...The Creative Play Place invites you to attend a FREE night of early-learning information and dozens of fun, hands-on activities developed and presented by the Gustavus Developmental Psychology classes. The event will take place between 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the St. Peter Community Center. No registration is required. For more information and a calendar of events visit or contact or 507-386-0279.

Creative Play Place Fall Festival...Students of the Gustavus Developmental Psychology classes have teamed up with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and the Creative Play Place to put on the 3rd Annual Fall Festival! This early-learning event will be filled with fun, hands-on activities for children and valuable information for parents and guardians. It will take place at the St. Peter Community Center (600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter) on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5-7 p.m. and is free and open to everyone! For more information please visit

Bingo for a Good Cause...The Red Men Club in St. Peter will host an evening of Bingo on Saturday, Nov. 5 with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The first game will start at 4 p.m. $1 per game. Must be 18 to play. Contact Candace Witte with questions at

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.


  • Delores L. Gregory Stark, age 84 of St. Peter, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at River's Edge Hospital in St. Peter. Delores worked at The Book Mark at Gustavus for 41 years. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with Rev. Charles Christensen and Rev. Eric Natwick officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of The Donald Gregory Art History Scholarship Fund at Gustavus Adolphus College. Delores is survived by her daughter, Ann Elizabeth Bruggeman; four siblings: Duane (Bev) Usher of Minneapolis, Gordon (Lynn) Usher, David Usher, and Joy (Antonio) Ramirez, all of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

To inform the campus community of the death of a current student, employee, or trustee; an emeritus professor or trustee; or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or Death announcements and funeral notices for students, current and emeritus faculty and employees, and trustees will be sent to the community via written notice from the president, posted on community-l, the official campus-wide e-mail list, and published in the Inside Gustavus or Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in the Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education...Presentations scheduled for this week include Darrell Jodock (Religion) who will speak for a men's breakfast on the topic of "Hope in an age of anxiety and fear" at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley on Saturday, Nov. 5; Jodock will also speak at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, on "Our calling as Christians living after the Holocaust" (part 2 of 2). Grady St. Dennis (Chaplains' Office) will give a series of presentations on "Cultivating Servant Leaders" for the prayer team retreating on campus from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove.

Retreats...The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership, will host a retreat for the Prayer Ministries Leadership Team from Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Maple Grove overnight Friday & Saturday, Nov. 4-5. Overnight retreats will also be hosted for confirmation youth from Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Hastings and for Trinity Lutheran Church of Cyrus on Friday & Saturday, Nov. 4-5. These retreat programs are hosted by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership as a resource offered to ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Telecommunications Updates

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

  • Mary Angeles Enriquez, Modern Foreign Languages, phone: x6081, e-mail: menrique, Deletion
  • Javier Mateos, Modern Foreign Languages, phone: x6081, e-mail: jmateosm , Addition

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


For Sale... Dishwasher, Kenmore Elite, four years old, bisque-colored door, very quiet, cost $900, selling for $300 (firm). Contact J. Lammert at 934-4767.

For Rent...3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom house in St. Peter. Central location across from Minnesota Square Park. Detached 3-car garage. Available early November for a short-term lease. No smoking and no pets allowed. Call Brian at 651-792-5139 if interested. Address is 225 College Avenue.

"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"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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

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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