Inside Gustavus 

December 1, 2011 | Volume 44, Number 12

Faculty/Staff Activities

Elizabeth Baer (English) has given four presentations this fall. She organized a panel, with Ben Leonard, Director of the Nicollet County Historical Society, at the Northern Great Plains History Conference in Mankato in September and at the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums in St. Cloud in October; both talks were about their January 2012 course "Commemorating Controversy: The US-Dakota War of 1862." She also presented a paper at the PAMLA conference in Claremont, Calif., in November on the German writer W. G. Sebald and gave a talk at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota about her forthcoming book The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction.

Nicole Roberts Hoiland (Art and Art History) will be participating in an exhibition, "Beyond the Brickyard" at the Archie Bray Center for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from Feb. 4-April 2.

Thomas Sigler (Geography) published an article in Atlantic Cities -- The Atlantic's online feature -- highlighting a local struggle to preserve Panama City's colonial architectural heritage. Sigler has also given talks at both UNC-Chapel Hill and St. Cloud State in the past four weeks on the topic of urban growth in Panama.

Sujay Rao (History) presented a paper titled "The Holy Man of Mandisovi: Popular Dissent in Federalist Argentina, 1821-1827" at the annual conference of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies in Norman, Oklahoma.

Michelle Twait, Jeff Jenson, and Anna Hulseberg (Library) contributed a chapter titled "Creating a Mentoring Community in an Undergraduate Library" to Mentoring in Librarianship: Essays on Working with Adults and Students to Further the Profession (McFarland & Co., 2012).

Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History) will be presenting her research, Comfort Me, Said He, a portfolio examining the mythical and metaphorical potential of a domestic flock of sheep and their keepers, at the Drawing Center in New York City on Dec. 6.

Student Achievements

The Gustavus Peer Assistants were selected to present two distinct workshops at the National Peer Education Network Conference, held Nov. 3-6, in Reston, Virginia. In addition, they received the "Outstanding Network Affiliate Award" and a monetary prize. This award is one of two given to schools with enrollments under 5,000. The Peer Assistants include: David Buckely, Allie Ceranske, Bree Ceranske, Patrick Clark, Mary Dierkes, Blake Gust, Dillon Hall, Jennifer Hanson, Peter Michaletz, Bethany Murray, Josh Owens, Colleen Peterson, Katelyn Warburton, Greg Wiessner and Luke Youngvorst.

Sophomores Susan Crane, Annalise Dobbelstein, Elizabeth Johnson, Ellen Krueger, and Jennifer Werness were named to this year's St. Lucia Court. The Court is chosen based on academic achievement, spiritual leadership, charity, kindness, and service to the College. This year's St. Lucia will be crowned on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel.

Gustavus senior men's soccer player Ben Ceder (Oregon, Wis.) is one of 11 NCAA Division III players to earn a spot on the 2011 Academic All-America Men's Soccer Team. Ceder is a three-time Academic All-MIAC honoree with a GPA of 3.88 in Biology.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Opportunity Awards

    The NSF offers Faculty Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) through its Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program. ROAs enable faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. Most frequently, ROA activities are summer experiences, but partial support of sabbaticals may also be provided. For information about the ROA program, please see Section II D of the RUI announcement by clicking here.

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 of the Woodwind Chamber concert.

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:

  • Senior Seth Anderson was mentioned in Charley Walters' St. Paul Pioneer Press column on Nov. 26 for breaking the school record for points in a game with 45. The old record was set by D.L. Smith in 1957.
  • Minnesota Public Radio featured Joyce Sutphen in a story on Friday, Nov. 25 regarding Sutphen's role as Minnesota's Poet Laureate.
  • Senior men's hockey player Ross Ring-Jarvi was featured in a story on about his bicycle ride across the country last summer.

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

  • Jerry Salfer, Plumber, Physical Plant

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and discussed the following topics:

  • President Ohle gave a report on the recent Sesquicentennial events for alumni and friends held in New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Washington, DC.
  • Professors Steve Mellema and Sujay Rao, Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair respectively, gave a brief update on the discussions of the Faculty Senate, including responses to President Ohle’s memo concerning budget planning, the methodology of identifying a college peer group, and drafting an amendment to the Faculty Manual concerning tenured faculty replacements.
  • Cabinet members reviewed materials relating to the establishment of the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation, including the 2009 strategic plan.  Director of the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation Jim Dontje is drafting a progress report concerning the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, due in early 2012, for the Cabinet’s review. 
  • The process for communicating winter weather advisories/closings to the campus community was reviewed. 
  • Vice President Westphal reviewed a recent communication from the Department of Defense (DoD).  All schools that receive Military Tuition Assistance are now required to sign a Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding with the DoD.

News & Announcements

Angel Tree...Please look for the “Angel Tree” in the Campus Center beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 11. This is an opportunity to help a St. Peter area child in need by granting one special Christmas wish. The Angel Tree was started 14 years ago by a Peer Assistant, and has grown throughout the years. You can participate by taking an ornamental "Angel Tag," complete with the gender and age of the child as well as a short wish list, then purchasing a gift, and returning the wrapped present to the Peer Assistant Office by Monday, Dec. 12. Monetary donations are also helpful for purchasing gifts for unfulfilled requests. The Angel Tree is sponsored by the Peer Assistants and the Theatre and Dance Scene Shop. For more information, please call x7607.

Stehlik Resigns...After 22 years directing the Gustavus women's soccer program, head coach Mike Stehlik has decided to resign. Stehlik compiled an overall mark of 223-137-30 in his 22 seasons and ranks 35th in career victories in NCAA Division III women's soccer history. During his tenure, the Gusties won four MIAC titles and he coached 27 All-MIAC players, six All-Americans, and three MIAC Players of the Year.

Christmas Luncheon Reminder...Donations for the St. Peter Area Food Shelf will again be accepted during the Support Staff Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 21. Please bring any non-perishable items with you to the luncheon. Gift certificates and cash will also be accepted and greatly appreciated. Last year’s cash donations were $180. Our challenge is to do just as well if not better. The college is going to match our cash donations up to $400. Thank you in advance for your generosity during the Holiday Season.

Save the Date...The Faculty and Administrator Service and Retirement Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 with a 5 p.m. reception and a 6 p.m. dinner. Please note the change from Reading Day to the last day of classes. More information will be in the Inside Gustavus this spring. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or x7511 with questions.

Mobile Phone Carriers on Campus...The Telecommunications Department has made arrangements with the following carriers to be on campus the week of Dec. 5. Representatives will be available to assist new and current customers with questions concerning cellular plans, devices and help register for discounts.

  • Sprint - Monday, Dec. 5, 10:30 - 2:30pm - President's Dining Room
  • Verizon - Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 - 2:30 pm - Rundquist - JCC 210
  • AT&T - Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10:30 - 2:30pm - Linner Lounge - JSU 221

Campus Happenings

C in CC...Tickets are available for the Sunday evening Christmas in Christ Chapel service only! Join with campus friends at the finale worship celebration of Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Julljus: Light from the Old World, Light to the New,” on Sunday evening, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Reserve your complimentary ticket online now at It’s a “must see” with 350 student musicians, dancers, faculty, and staff performing in this special worship celebration!

Festival of St. Lucia...Gustavus will celebrate its 71st annual Festival of St. Lucia at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 in Christ Chapel. A traditional Scandinavian smorgasbord luncheon will take place in Alumni Hall at 11 a.m. following the crowning of this year's St. Lucia. The festival service is open to the public, however luncheon tickets are sold out. For more information contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

Neal & Leandra...Gustavus alumni and Red House recording artists Neal & Leandra will play a special pre-Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, students, and Gustavus staff, and free for Gustavus students. Tickets are available online at

Faculty Shop Talk...David Obermiller (History) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2011/12 academic year. His talk titled, “"Submissive" and "Docile" Okinawans and their Resistance to the U.S. Occupation” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 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

American Scandinavian Yuletide Breakfast...Join the Department of Scandinavian Studies at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 for a Yuletide Breakfast celebrating the work of Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who will receive the Nobel Prize in literature on Dec. 10. The Department of Scandinavian Studies will be accompanied by Professor of English Philip Bryant and Professor Emeritus Roland Thorstensson for readings of Tranströmer’s texts and reflections on the poet’s Minnesota connections. The price of the breakfast is $9. Tickets can be ordered at or by calling 507-933-7520. Orders must be placed by Friday, Dec. 9. All tickets are non-refundable.

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, Dec. 2 - Deborah Goodwin
  • Sunday, Dec. 4 - Pastor Sabina Koij
  • Monday, Dec. 5 - Pastor Andy Davis, Union Presbyterian Church in St. Peter
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 - Winds of Christmas
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Dec. 8 - Festival of St. Lucia
  • Friday, Dec. 9 - Peter Michaletz

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a confirmation retreat from St. James Lutheran Church of Burnsville on Saturday, Dec. 3.


For Rent...Short Term Rental Opportunity. Three bedroom house, with office, two bathrooms, living room, dining room, breakfast nook, and basement family room. Available January Term and Spring Semester, dates negotiable. Partially furnished character home with fireplace, piano, and two-car garage. Desirable location, close to campus, downtown, and schools. Rent negotiable. Contact Mark at (360) 945-5130 or

For Rent... 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom house for rent in St. Peter. Central location (225 College Avenue) 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. 

For Sale or Rent...2113 Turpin St., St. Peter (in the Washington Terrace neighborhood on the north end of town). Five year old house, four bedrooms, two full baths, attached two-car garage, finished basement with family room, brick patio outside of dining room, central air. For additional details and photos, email

For Sale...2000 Honda Accord EX. Silver with gray interior, moonroof, A/C, cruise control, CD player, Sirius XM radio receiver, etc. 210,000 miles (mostly highway) and faithfully serviced by Autotronics in St. Peter. Available Jan. 4. For more details, email or call 507-317-7987.

"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"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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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