Inside Gustavus (December 14, 2011)

Volume 44, Number 14

Faculty/Staff Activities

Scott Bur (Chemistry) published a paper titled "Dynamics of Diels-Alder Reactions Involving 2-Trialkylsilyloxyfurans" in the journal Tetrahedron Letters. The article was co-authored by Amanda Franey '09, Nina Serratore '10, and Noah Setterholm '11.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships

    NEH Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities for six to 12 months. The anticipated stipend is $4,200 per month, with a maximum of $50,400. Proposals must be submitted electronically through a federal grants system, which is coordinated through the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. The anticipated deadline is May 1. Click here for more information. New guidelines will be posted online soon, so these should only be used for reference.

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 campus scenery shots after the first snowfall of the winter.
  • Click here to view a Flickr photo gallery of last week's Kwanza Celebration 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:

  • Professor Emeritus Roland Thorstensson (Scandinavian Studies) and Gustavus were mentioned in a Star Tribune story about Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer and a Dec. 12 poetry event in Minneapolis.
  • A story about Gustavus' Summer Speech Coaching Institute was printed in the National Forensic League's Rostrum Magazine. Click here to read the story.

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 Administrators

  • Scott Moeller, Naturalist, Linnaeus Arboretum

News & Announcements

Book Nook...Two books, Gustavus: 150 Years of History and Gustavus: 150 Years of Images & Stories are now available for purchase in the Book Mark or online. Click here for more information about the books.

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.

Campus Happenings

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. 16 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Sunday, Dec. 18 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Dec. 19 - Responsive Prayer
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 - Litany for Travelers

2012 J-Term GHP Fitness Classes...All Classes are free of charge and available to Gustavus employees and spouses. Each class is designed to challenge all fitness levels, and you don’t need to be “in shape” to participate. I encourage everyone to bring a friend and give each class a try (you do not need to sign up or register for classes). Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 3. If you have any questions about any of the programs that are offered, contact Rachelle Dosch x6468.

  • Qi Gong: 12:40 – 1:20 p.m., Monday Instructor: Char Lusher, Lund 224
    In “Qi Gong” you will perform easy yet purposeful body movements that are designed to enhance personal health and reduce pain. What a great way to start your week!
  • 50/50 Mixx: 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., Tuesday Instructor: Brenda Haugen Lund 224
    Calling all early birds! The “50/50 Mixx” is an all-in-one workout that includes cardiovascular strength training and muscular strength training.
  • Yoga: 12:40 – 1:20 p.m., Tuesday Instructor: Kelly Holland, Lund 224
    Kick off your shoes, lay out your mat, and prepare to balance the body and mind. This class is meant for the yoga novice or veteran. A great way to refresh and rejuvenate at the beginning of the week!
  • Zumba: 12:40 – 1:20 p.m., Wed. Instructor: Shawn Grygo & Jill VanosDol, Lund 224
    “Ditch the Workout and Join the Party!” What a great tagline for the latest fitness craze…Zumba! Move and groove to fun music in this fun cardio-dance class taught by certified Zumba instructors, Shawn Grygo and Jill VanosDol.
  • H20 Aerobics: 12:40 – 1:20 p.m., Wednesday Instructor: Kari Eckheart, Lund Pool
    The water is a great place to work out and an excellent way to incorporate some variety into your normal routine! This water class is for participants who are comfortable in the shallow end as well as the deep end.
  • Yoga: 11:40 – 12:20 p.m., Thursday Instructor: Kelly Holland, Lund 217
    Kick off your shoes, lay out your mat, and prepare to balance the body and mind. This class is meant for the yoga novice or veteran. A great way to refresh and rejuvenate at the end of the week!
  • Boot Camp: 12:40 – 1:20 p.m., Friday Instructor: Brenda Haugen, Lund 224
    This class is an easy-to-follow strength and cardio session that includes but is not limited to: rope jumping, squats, push-ups and maybe even a burpy or two! Boot camp class is designed for all fitness-levels!
  • The Movers Walking Club: 12:40 – 1:20 p.m., Friday Meet at Lund Red Desk
    This is an informal class without an instructor that is open to anyone who wants to meet people to walk, jog, and socialize while exercising. Come for 10 minutes or stay for the entire 45 minutes. All participants will meet at the Red Desk and decide where they want to start moving! Participants can use the Lund Center Forum.

2012 Employee Health Screening...All Gustavus employees and spouses are invited to participate free of charge. Dates are Jan. 17-19, 24-26, and Feb. 7-9. Screening takes place between 6:30-9:30 a.m. at Gustavus Health Service. Sign up by calling Health Service at x7631Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4p.m.

Reading/Discussion Group...Faculty and staff are invited to join a reading/discussion group of Parker Palmer’s new book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage To Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. Co-sponsored by the Center for Servant-Leadership and the Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, the group will meet three Wednesdays in January (11th, 18th, and 25th) at 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty-Staff Center. Books and refreshments will be provided. Faculty, please contact Cathy Blaukat in the Kendall Center (; staff and administrators, please contact Amy Pehrson in the CSL ( to reserve your copy.

MLK Memorial Lecture...Taylor Branch, arguably the preeminent biographer of Martin Luther King Jr., will deliver the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at Gustavus Adolphus College at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16 in Christ Chapel. Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1988 along with numerous other awards including the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Melcher Book Award. Click here for more information.

Facility Hours

Academic and Administrative Building Hours During Christmas Recess...

  • Dec. 20-23: Open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Closed

Please note that on Friday, Dec. 30, Jackson Campus Center will be open for mail pick up and drop off only from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Also please note that Lund Center has separate Holiday building hours posted. If programming needs require a building to be unlocked during Christmas Recess, please contact Lisa Octigan at x8809 or

If a student needs access to a building during winter break, they should be issued a gold-colored "permission for admittance" pass by a faculty or staff member. Only students with proper authorization will be permitted access to closed buildings.

Library Hours for Finals and Christmas Recess...

  • Dec. 15-16: 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Dec. 17: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 18-19: 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Dec. 20-23: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 2: Closed
  • Jan. 3: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Lund Center Hours During Christmas Recess...

  • Dec. 18: 12-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 19-22: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 23: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Dec. 24-27: Closed
  • Dec. 28: 4-7 p.m.
  • Dec. 29-31: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Jan. 1: Closed

Parking Information During Christmas Recess...If you are leaving your vehicle on campus during Christmas break, you must park in the gravel parking lot – red permit parking in the Bjorling lot directly west of the music building or if that fills up, the purple permit section in the Arbor View parking lot.  Any vehicles not moved to the marked locations during break will be towed at the owner's expense.

Look for the Holiday Break Parking signs to park in the correct area – cars parked in the wrong rows of Arbor View/Bjorling will still be towed at owner's expense ($70 minimum).

Regular parking enforcement will be in effect for January term and Touring week. Please park according to permit color and note that visitor parking is closed to students and staff at all times (24/7/365). Green and yellow permit parking lots are always no parking 2 a.m. - 7 a.m., 7 days a week.

Questions? Contact Campus Safety at x8888 24 hours a day.


For Rent...Looking for a roommate to share a three bedroom house with office, and two bathrooms. Partially furnished character home with fireplace, piano, and two-car garage. Available January Term and Spring Semester, dates negotiable. Desirable location, close to campus. 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.

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.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
TodayTomorrow Men's Golf at Augsburg Invitational Lake, Minn.
Women's Golf at Saint Benedict Invite, Minn.
Today 10 am to noon Volleyball vs. Ripon College (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
noon to 2 pm Volleyball vs. Westminster College (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
1 pm Women's Soccer at Wartburg College, Iowa
7 pm Football at Crown College Bonifacius, Minn.
Tomorrow 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
36 pm Men's Soccer hosts Viterbo University (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
4 pm Women's Soccer at Luther College, Iowa
YesterdaySep 7 New Student Orientation Campus
Sep 7 24 pm Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
89 pm Life of a Gustie Athlete Hall Atrium
Sep 8 Fall Semester Begins Campus
911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
1010:20 am Convocation for the Opening of the 154th Academic Year Chapel
35 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams - Fall 2015 Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
68 pm Class of 2016 Ice Cream Social!'s Family Courtyard
Sep 9 7:309 am Gustie Breakfast - Thomas Young '88 Center Ballroom
24 pm Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams - Fall 2015 Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
67:30 pm Women's Hockey informational Meeting Center Classroom 208
78:30 pm Men's Hockey Informational Meeting Center room 207
Sep 10 911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session's Dining Room
34 pm Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
35 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams - Fall 2015 Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
Sep 11 11 am to noon Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
11:30 am to 1 pm Open Discussion regarding Women in the Sciences (over lunch)'s Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
1:302:20 pm Talk on Bioengineering and Drug Delivery by Rachel Levine, CEMS Dept., University of Minnesota Hall Wallenberg Auditorium
24 pm Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:303:30 pm Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
46 pm First Friday Faculty Social Center
46 pm Volleyball vs. Western Connecticut State University (Johnson & Wales Tournament), R.I.
68 pm Volleyball vs. Salve Regina Univeristy (Johnson & Wales Tournament), R.I.
710 pm Men's Soccer at Principia College, Ill.
Sep 12 Men's Cross Country at UW-River Falls Invite Falls, Wis.
Women's Cross Country at UW-River Falls Invite Falls, Wis.
10 am Women's Tennis hosts Alumni Match Peter, Minn.
noon to 2 pm Volleyball vs. Connecticut College (Johnson & Wales Tournament), R.I.
1 pm Football hosts Lake Forest College Peter, Minn.
2 pm Women's Soccer at UW-La Crosse Crosse, Wis.
46 pm Volleyball vs. Roger Williams University (Johnson & Wales Tournament), R.I.
710 pm Men's Soccer at Greenville College, Ill.
Sep 1314 Men's Golf at Eau Claire Invite Claire, Wis.
Women's Golf at Eau Claire Invitational Claire, Wis.
Sep 13 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
Sep 14 911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab

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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