Inside Gustavus (November 10, 2011)

Volume 44, Number 10

Faculty/Staff Activities

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) presented a lecture for the Civitas Honors Program at Augustana College, Sioux Falls. She also gave a talk for the University of Minnesota Department of Philosophy.

Professor Emeritus Bernhard Erling (Religion) had his work A Reader's Guide to Dag Hammarskjold's Waymarks published on the internet by The Dag Hammarskjold Foundation in Uppsala, Sweden as part of the Foundation's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dag Hammarskjold. Erling's work can be downloaded free of charge at

Asli Ilgit (Political Science) was selected to serve as a Visiting Faculty at the McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Georgetown University's study abroad program, in Fall 2012 in Alanya, Turkey.

Student Achievements

Renee Guittar, senior dance major, performed "Excess" at the Hillstrom Museum of Art on Sept. 12 and Oct. 4. The solo was collaboratively choreographed with Melissa Rolnick (Theatre & Dance) in response to Kristen Lowe's (Art and Art History) exhibit, " Comfort Me, Said He."

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team placed third out of 51 teams at the prestigious 64th annual L.E. Norton Memorial Tournament on Nov. 5-6 at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Senior Chloe Radcliffe captured the Individual Events Sweepstakes Award by accumulating the most points of any competitor. Radcliffe took first place in the Open Program Oral Interpretation category, while first-year student Kate Spaulding placed first in in Novice Impromptu Speaking.

Students Dawn Comstock '13, Anna Nelson '12, Kyle Radtke '13, and Anna Swenson '12, along with Sanjive Qazi (Biology), visited the Mayo Clinic on Friday, Oct. 28 as part of the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program (MISP). MISP is a unique opportunity for undergraduate science and business/economics students along with a small group of graduate students to research new product ideas and innovations submitted by Mayo Clinic physicians and professionals. Teams of undergraduate and graduate students are given a product or innovation in development at Mayo Clinic to research; they also assess and analyze its market viability and potential applications. The Program culminates with team presentations of their findings and recommendations at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in March.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Funding

    The NIH offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate degrees but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. These grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The maximum project award is $300,000 in direct costs, plus indirect costs, and is available for up to three years. Annual deadlines are Feb. 25, June 25 and Oct. 25. For more information, see

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 Flickr photo gallery from the Nov. 2-3 blood drive on campus.

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

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

News & Announcements

Ushers Needed...Ushers are being sought for all Christmas in Christ Chapel services (Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.). Volunteers would need to be at the chapel 90 minutes before the service starts and may stay for the service or leave once it begins. If interested, contact Dana Lamb at or x7550 or Lorie Siebels at or x7520 at your earliest convenience.

Sister City Visitors...Six sister city committee members from Petatlán, México will be visiting St. Peter in the spirit of furthering our sister city relationship through people-to-people contact and the building of global friendships. They will be in St. Peter from Saturday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 20, and will be staying with local St. Peter homestay families as well as engaging with broad sectors of the St. Peter community, including numerous engagements here on campus. They will be exploring continued exchange and collaboration in areas of education, culture, business, health, and agriculture/ecology.

Within a very full itinerary for the week, we wanted to highlight for you some specific opportunities to meet, greet, and engage with them!

  • Monday, Nov. 14: All-Campus Meet and Greet; Center for Servant Leadership; 1:30-3 p.m.; Drop by the CSL to meet and greet our guests. Beverages, snacks, and interpreters will be present!
  • Friday, Nov. 18: Christ Chapel; 10-10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, November 18: Thanksgiving Dinner; Senior Center, St. Peter Community Center; 7-9:30 p.m.; Bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish and join our guests, their homestay families, and fellow community members for an evening of reciprocal and cultural sharing and exchange. Learn about Petatlán’s Day of the Dead traditions, share in Thanksgiving dinner together, and learn about some of the similarities between these two traditions.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19: International Festival; Alumni Hall; 5:45 p.m.; Come visit with our Petatlán guests who will be tabling at the international Festival and exhibiting Petatlán’s Day of the Dead traditions.

Any questions or inquiries may be directed to any of the following Gustavus sister city steering committee members: Annabel Landaverde (2011-2012 sister city student intern), Dr. Karla Marz, Dr. Joel Carlin, Dr. Barbara Zust, and Jeffrey Rathlef.

Coke vs. Pepsi...As you may or may not be aware, Gustavus' current beverage provider contract with Coke will expire in April 2012.  In an effort to prepare content for the request for proposals that will be sent to aspiring beverage companies - namely, Pepsi and Coke - the Kitchen Cabinet has enlisted a handful of interested parties to research things like corporate ethics, consumer preferences, and educational partnership opportunities. One such group, E/M-261-001, Organizational Behavior, has developed a Survey Monkey survey that invites the Gustavus Community to weigh in on their taste preferences and current consumer practices in the world of soft drinks. You are invited to participate in the good work being done by Dr. Kathi Tunheim's students on behalf of current and future Gustavus students, faculty, and staff. 

Student Teachers in Spain and New York...Several Gustavus education majors are currently student teaching in Spain and New York. You can follow the students via their respective blogs, here and here.


Campus Happenings

Theatre Production...The Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the Ethan Bjelland ’12 translation of Swedish playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Five Times God. Three performances of Bjelland’s senior honors project in translation and direction in the Black Box (Nov. 11 & 12 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.) are sold out. An additional performance of Five Times God has been added on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 p.m. Seating is limited for the production. Tickets for the additional show will be available online at

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. The lecture is free and open to the public. Contact Mimi Gerstbauer (Political Science) with any questions.

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

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. 11 - J. Blake Couey
  • Sunday, Nov. 13 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, Nov. 14 - Alan Bray, First Lutheran Church
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Student Veronica DuBose
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Friday, Nov. 18 - Student Rebecca Hohag

Veteran's Day Ceremony...Gustavus Veterans will host a ceremony honoring veterans in the Gustavus community, as well as Gustavus's contributions and commitment to veterans between 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in Alumni Hall.

Jazz Concert...Director Steve Wright will lead the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band in their annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in Bjorling Recital Hall.

Symphony Orchestra Concert...Conductor Ruth Lin will lead the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra in their fall public performance in Christ Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.


Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a confirmation retreat from Transfiguration Lutheran Church of Bloomington on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12.

Gustavus Youth Outreach...Weekend GYO overnight booking includes a lock-in at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia with a team led by Mark Nissen and Stephanie Glaser. GYO, a program sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including church services, family night programs, and leading lock-ins.

SleepOUT!...Grady St. Dennis (Church Relations, Center for Servant Leadership) and Richard Leitch (Political Science) will collaboratively host the annual SleepOUT!, an educational event for high school youth to visit campus to learn about hunger and homelessness. The event will be held from 7 p.m. Friday until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11-12.

Partners in Education...A presentation this week includes Sarah Ruble (Religion) speaking at 10 a.m. at Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield on Sunday, Nov. 13 on the topic of "Conversion and Evangelism in a Religiously Diverse World." Partners in Education is a program coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Winter Warm-Up...A high school youth event sponsored by Mankato area congregations and hosted by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will be held in Christ Chapel on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Praise band from Messiah Lutheran Church of North Mankato will open the event. Speaking will be Collins Tuohy, from the family featured in the movie "The Blind Side." Event open to high school youth; admission charged.


Telecommunications Update

Following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2011-12."

  • Pat Leagjeld, Admission Office, phone: x7676, e-mail: pleagjel, Change
  • Jean Noren, President’s Office, phone: x7538, e-mail: jnoren2, Addition
  • Barbara Leibundguth, Music, phone: x7341, e-mail: bleibund, Change

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

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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