Inside Gustavus 

December 8, 2011 | Volume 44, Number 13

Faculty/Staff Activities

Blake Couey (Religion) presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 22. The title of the paper is "Isaiah 10:10-11 and Neo-Assyrian Royal Ideology: A Suggestive Non-Parallel."

Kate Keller (History) presented a paper entitled "Cosmopolitanism and “Suspicious” Activity in French West Africa, 1922-1939" at Western Society for French History Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 12.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) gave two talks for the Community and Environmental Sociology Department, School of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Judy Douglas (Drug and Alcohol Education) received the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award from the BACCHUS Peer Education Network at their national conference held Nov. 3 - 6 in Reston, Va.

A haiku by Horst Ludwig (German) has been accepted for the first national German haiku anthology by a major publishers house (dtv [German Pocketbook Publishers]). It will be available in May 2012. Two of his haiku also appeared in recent haiku sections of the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

Betsy Byers (Art and Art History) will be one of the featured artists at Midway Contemporary Art's Fourth Annual Drawing Rally on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Watch as artists draw live - then buy drawings for a flat price of $35. Midway’s Monster Drawing Rally is one of the Twin Cities' most anticipated art events of the year. See over 50 artists making work in the gallery and bring home the drawings you love. All proceeds benefit Midway's 2011-2012 programming. Drawing rounds begin at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Admission is free. Midway Contemporary Art is located at 527 Second Avenue in Southeast Minneapolis.

Student Achievements

Sophomore Jennifer Werness was crowned St. Lucia on Thursday, Dec. 8. Werness is a sophomore from Burnsville, Minn., who is a Collegiate Fellow and a leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization.

Senior football player and biology major Brad Kruckeberg has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Football team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Kruckeberg is from Ellendale, Minn., and has a GPA of 3.88.

Junior athletic training major Kelli Buerman has been selected for the Sports Medicine Internship at TRIA for January of 2012. She will observe all aspects of a sports medicine practice including clinical evaluation and diagnosis, imaging techniques and therapies, surgical procedures, rehabilitation, and also be included in continuing education experiences offered to TRIA medical students and orthopaedic fellows.

Gifts & Grants

Gustavus recently received funding totaling $575,418 that will be used toward four strategic initiatives of its Environmental Studies Program. Those initiatives include an endowment to establish a summer research fund for Environmental Studies students; the creation of a compost system for campus food waste; a greenhouse for the student-run organic farm; and purchase of instrumentation for Environmental Studies. The funding of these initiatives is made possible by a donation from The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes for Summer 2012

    The NEH annually offers faculty opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes throughout the country. The available stipends for travel, books, research and other living expenses are $2,100 (two weeks), $2,700 (three weeks), $3,300 (four weeks), or $3,900 (five weeks). Requests for application materials are made directly to the seminar or institute director. The application deadline is March 1, 2012. The list of seminars and institutes is available online.

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 photos from Christmas in Christ Chapel.
  • Click here to view photos from the Festival of St. Lucia
  • Click here to watch a You Tube video on The Making of Christmas in Christ Chapel.

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:

  • Sophomore Jennifer Werness, St. Lucia for 2011, was featured in an article by the online news outlet Burnsville Patch. Click here to read the story.
  • Sophomore Ellen Krueger, a member of the 2011 St. Lucia Court, was featured in an article by the online news outlet Minnetonka Patch. Click here to read the story.
  • Sophomore Elizabeth Peterson, a member of the 2011 St. Lucia Court, was featured in an article by the online news outlet Plymouth Patch. Click here to read the story.
  • St. Lucia Court members Jennifer Werness and Ellen Krueger spoke on KNUJ (AM 860) during halftime of the men's basketball broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story and photo about the upcoming Neal & Leandra concert in its Thursday, Dec. 8 Currents section.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, Dec. 8 issue regarding the Gustavus volleyball team and its Pen Pal Program with the Ecumen Sand Prairie Senior Living Center.

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

Live Streaming...The Office of Marketing and Communication announced on Wednesday, Dec. 7 that it will begin regularly live streaming campus events through a partnership with Stretch Internet. Plans are to stream 2-3 daily chapel services a week along with select academic lectures, student life activities, fine arts events, and more. For more information, contact Vice President of Marketing and Communication Tim Kennedy at

Campus Happenings

Neal & Leandra...Singers, song-writers and guitarists Leandra Peak '83 and Neal Hagberg '81 return to the Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall stage on Friday, Dec. 9 to present a concert sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Gustavus Artist Series. Tickets are available online at The concert will also be streamed live online.

Release of Firethorne...The Fall 2011 issue of Firethorne will be released at a release party begining at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 in the Courtyard Cafe. Student writers and artists will read and discuss their work, while frost-your-owns will be served.

Forensics Showcase...The nationally ranked Gustavus Forensics Program will present its annual showcase from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the Beck Hall Atrium. Team members will perform events in public address, oral interpretation of literature, and limited preparation.

Faculty/Administration Holiday Party...This year's Faculty/Administration Holiday Party will take place 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in Alumni Hall. RSVP by Dec. 14 to Jean Noren, x7538 or

Support Staff Christmas Luncheon...This year's support staff Christmas luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Alumni Hall. Attendees are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items for the St. Peter Food Shelf. Last year 254 pounds of food and $360 were donated.

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. 9 - Senior Peter Michaletz
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, Dec. 12 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 - Chaplin Grady St. Dennis
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Dec. 15 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Friday, Dec. 16 - Chaplain Rod Anderson

Bible Study Fellowship...Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Linner Lounge. Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship and devotions from 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Art Show and Sale...Margaret Grahn watercolors and Gretchen Koehler photography will be on display and for sale through Feb. 1 at Wells Federal Bank in St. Peter.

Parenting for Purity Seminar...This seminar will take place from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Word of Life Church in Le Sueur. You can register in advance for $12 (individual) or $20 (couple) or pay $15/$25 at the door. Price includes meal.


  • Adeline (Addy) Roadfeldt, Northfield, died Nov. 18, 2011 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester. Addy was a 1963 graduate of Gustavus in Nursing, and from 1974-77 was a faculty spouse when her husband, Bill, taught in the Gustavus Department of Economics and Management. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at noon at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield. Memorial gifts may be directed to a charity of your choice, and cards of condolence may be sent to Bill Roadfeldt at 2119 Park Pointe Drive, Northfield, MN 55057.

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...Sarah Ruble (religion) will be speaking at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m. She will be speaking on "Conversion and Evangelism in a Pluralistic World."

Gustavus Youth Outreach...A GYO team of students will be spending the night of Friday, Dec. 9 at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia, Minn.

Telecommunications Updates

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

  • Jerry Salfer, Physical Plant, phone: x7624, e-mail: jsalfer2, Addition
  • Scott Moeller, Interpretive Center, phone: x6182, e-mail: smoeller, Addition

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

Safety Snips

Walking safely in a Winter Wonderland...The winter season is upon us again and it's time to review a few safety tips for safer winter foot travel. Just as we adjust our driving habits in the winter season, so should we adjust our walking procedures:

  • Wear appropriate footwear with good traction in the ice and snow. Dress shoes can be very slippery and should be brought to, or kept at, the office.
  • Walking pace should be adjusted for conditions and hold onto handrails on stairways.
  • Be aware of walking surfaces that can have ice and look forward at your path of travel, not at the cell phone in your hand.
  • Avoid carrying too many items to make you off balance or unable to see ahead.
  • Yield to snow and ice removal equipment such as plows, powerbrooms and snow throwers because they are there to assist in making your walkway safer. Remove headphones to hear equipment backup alarms and warning devices when they approach.
  • Wintery conditions sometimes change rapidly so report icy walkways or stairways to the Physical Plant at extension x7504.

Winter walking can sometimes be hazardous, but by following a few pedestrian safety tips, we can all have a safe walk through our wonderful winter wonderland.


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.

Seeking...A house-sitting or rental opportunity during January. Peter Shea teaches "Philosophy for Children" during J-term. He seeks a house-sitting or rental opportunity for that month, preferably close to campus. Ideally, the arrangement could continue on a limited basis into Spring Semester. Shea is allergic to cats and to cigarette smoke. He has previously taken care of houses for Gustavus faculty; references are available on request. Contact: or 612-250-4207.

"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 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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