Inside Gustavus (January 5, 2012)

Volume 44, Number 15

Faculty/Staff Activities

Eric Dugdale (classics) had a paper titled “Good Grief: Learning Empathy through Ancient Drama,” published in Institutio, the proceedings of an international conference in Venice, edited by Licia Landi, Bob Lister and Per Rasmussen, Pensa Editore. He also co-edited "Greek Athletics and the Olympics," published by Cambridge University Press (December 2011).

On Dec. 8, Dugdale gave an invited lecture at the National Law School of India, India's top-ranking law school. The lecture was titled "Greek Drama as Political Drama: Responses to Violence in Ancient and Modern Retellings of the Orestes Myth." The lecture was hosted by the Law School's Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) and moderated by Prof. Avinash Govindjee (Head of Public Law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa). Dugdale offered a critique of the shortcomings of retributive justice and procedural justice and articulated the need for restorative justice.

Naomi Quiram (Print and Mail Services) was recently named to the Postal Customer Council Advisory Committee. The PCCAC, the oversight body for councils across the nation, is comprised of four industry members.

Denis Crnković (MLLC, Russian) has been awarded an American Councils Fellowship to pursue advanced studies in Croatian language and literature at the University of Zagreb for the summer of 2012. The fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Student Achievements

602 Gustavus students qualified for the Fall Semester Dean's List by completing three or more courses with a grade point average of 3.700 or higher.

Funding Opps

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

Changes to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant Program.

The NIH offers AREA grants to stimulate research in biomedical and behavioral sciences at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate degrees but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. 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. More information is available online. Additional insight into recent program changes is also posted online.

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or bweis@gustavus.edu).

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:

  • Al Molde (Athletics) appeared on KNUJ Radio's monthly show The Gustavus Journal on Tuesday, Dec. 20 to talk about his retirement.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Dec. 24 Sports Section about Al Molde turning over the Athletic Director reins to Tom Brown. Molde and Brown were both interviewed for the article.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front page story on Dec. 26 about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Speaker Series at Gustavus. Elizabeth Baer (English) was quoted in the article.
  • The St. Peter Herald pritned a story on Dec. 29 about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Speaker Series. Baer was once again quoted in the article.
  • In its 2011 Year in Review story published on Dec. 29, the St. Peter Herald printed a story about the Sesquicentennial. Also included was a large photo of Warren and Donna Beck.
  • Portions of this year's Christmas in Christ Chapel service were aired on numerous radio stations across Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa during Christmas Recess.

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 mthomas@gustavus.edu).

Position Openings

  • Associate Director of Tennis and Life Camp - This position will provide executive and office managerial support to the Tennis and Life Camps Director and to Gustavus auxiliary summer programs, supervise and schedule TLC summer employees, and provide tennis instruction. Go online to the Human Resources website for more information.

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President’s Cabinet met on December 6 and December 20 and discussed the following items:

  • 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 the methodology of identifying a college peer group, the academic strategic plan, and budget planning.
  • President Ohle and Vice President Young reviewed their most recent trip to Sweden, including a significant campaign gift, a meeting with the Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, and other visits with significant leaders in Sweden.
  • President Ohle reviewed the tentative agenda for the January 29-30, 2012, Board meeting.
  • Provost Braun reviewed with members the draft progress report the College will be submitting under the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) framework, written by Director of the Center for Environmental Innovation Jim Dontje. 
  • Provost Braun briefly reviewed a draft donations policy for the Arboretum and a naming opportunity for the Deciduous Forest in the Arboretum.  These documents will be submitted to the Arboretum National Advisory Board for its review.
  • The following revised Lost and Found Policy was approved: There is a campus Lost and Found program managed through the Department of Campus Safety. Students, faculty and staff can submit a Lost Property Report on the Campus Safety web page or safety@gustavus.edu with the subject line 'Lost and Found' and including the following information: Name, contact information, description of item (size, brand, model, color), date lost, and location lost if known; or call Campus Safety at x8809 to report any lost or missing items. Anyone finding clothing, keys, books, jewelry, wallets, electronics, sports equipment or other items on campus should bring these found items immediately to the Campus Safety Department. Lost and Found items will be held for 60 days. After 60 days, clothing and low-value items are donated to area charitable stores/organizations. Each spring, high-value items in the lost and found at least one year are sold at silent auction with the proceeds benefiting alcohol education. The Campus Safety Department understands the impact of losing personal belongings and is committed to ensuring that every effort is made to return lost and found items to the owners as quickly as possible. With your help, we can make Lost and Found work for everyone!

News & Announcements

Event Location Change...Due to a larger than expected audience, the remaining five lectures in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Speaker Series have been moved from the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to Alumni Hall. All of the lectures will begin at 4 p.m. and all will be live streamed and archived for future viewing purposes.

GAC Joins UMW HERC...The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that Gustavus has joined the Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (UMW HERC) -- a partnership of more than 50 colleges and universities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. This collaboration is designed to enhance dual-career and diversity hiring and is a premier example of the higher education community working together to advance the region.

The UMW HERC region consists of five sub-regions: Lake Superior, Lakes and Valley, Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area, Mississippi River Valley, and Southern Prairie. Job seekers may focus their searches on colleges in a particular sub-region.

A vital feature of the UMW HERC is its regional Web site. The site can be used to find faculty and staff job postings at all member institutions. The search engine is free and available to anyone seeking employment in higher education. Dual-academic couples can receive automatic email notifications when positions in their fields open at any of the colleges in their specified sub-region. If one member of the couple is considering or already has an offer, the spouse/partner will be able to monitor opportunities for him/herself. The couple also has access to diversity, cultural, and business resources in their selected sub-region.

Donate Vacation Hours...Employees who would like to donate vacation hours for a Gustavus employee who will be on an approved FMLA leave and will run out of paid time benefits should complete and sign a request for transfer of vacation hours available at the Office of Human Resources (x7304).

Campus Happenings

Martin Luther King Day Celebration...Taylor Branch, arguably the preeminent biographer of Martin Luther King Jr., will deliver the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16 in Christ Chapel. A performance by Minneapolis-based Mixed Blood Theatre at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall will conclude the day's activities. Mixed Blood’s Dr. King’s Dream celebrates the life and career of King through his own letters, sermons, books and speeches, including the timeless “I Have a Dream” speech.

Gustie Breakfast...You are invited to a Gustie Breakfast Wednesday, Jan. 11. Reserve your spot by e-mailing gustiebreakfast@gustavus.edu or call 507-933-6664. Engage with other friends of Gustavus and learn something about the College. 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 Mark Braun, provost and dean of the College. Visit the Gustie Breakfast website for more information.

Documentary Screening...In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program is sponsoring a screening of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Confer Room 127. Rustin was Dr. King's most trusted advisor and the person who introduced King to the principles of Gandhian nonviolence. Rustin's story is largely unknown because he was openly gay. Join us for this award-winning documentary that presents a more complete picture of the civil rights movement and Rustin's pivotal role in it. The film's trailer is available on YouTube. More information about Rustin and the documentary is also available online.

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:

  • Sunday, Jan. 8 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Jan. 9 - Chuck Niederriter
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10 - Vince Thomas
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 - Peter Shea
  • Friday, Jan. 13 - Taize Contemplative Worship

Bible Study Fellowship Group...Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship and devotions from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in Linner Lounge on Thursdays through January (5, 12, 19, 26).

Births

  • Mimi Gerstbauer (Political Science) and husband Fabian welcomed Brennan Michael on Friday, Dec. 16. He joins big brothers Ian (6) and Roan (4).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education...Mary Solberg (Religion) will speak to 9th grade confirmation students, their parents, and other adults at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna on the topic of "Whatever happened to Martin Luther? A fresh look at Luther and his works." Partners in Education is a program coordinated and sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums in congregations of the ELCA.

Preaching in Congregations...Pulpit supply has been arranged for two services at Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Crystal on Sunday, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Dan Buendorf, Three Crowns Ambassador Area Representative for Church Relations, will be preaching.

Facility Hours

Library Hours During January Interim Experience:

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Telecommunications Updates

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

  • Ulrika Dahl, Modern Foreign Languages, x7390, e-mail: udahl, Deletion
  • Numa Ali, Modern Foreign Languages, x 7390, e-mail: nali , Addition (J- Term only)
  • Juavah Lee, Modern Foreign Languages, x7930, e-mail: jlee4, Addition (J-Term only)
  • Roger McKnight, Modern Foreign Languages, x7422, e-mail: rmcknigh , Addition ( J-Term only)
  • Hanna Outakoski, Modern Foreign Languages, x7423, e-mail: houtakos , Addition (J-Term only)
  • Jeffrey Haun, Psychology, x7468, e-mail: jhaun , Addition (J-Term only)
  • Ben Leonard, English, x7324, e-mail: bleonard , Addition (J-Term only)
  • Peter Shea, Philosophy, x 7485, e-mail: pshea, Addition
  • Tom Emmert, History, x6345, e-mail: tomo , Addition
  • Byron Nordstrom, History, x6345, e-mail: byron, Addition
  • Guaarinex Salivia, Math and Computer Science, x7483, e-mail: gsalivia , Addition
  • Kris Higgenbotham, Art, x7019, e-mail: khigginb , Addition (J-Term only)
  • Bruce McClain, Art, x7019, e-mail: bmcclain , Addition (J-Term only)

The following are additions/changes for the “Department Directory 2011-12”

  • Digital Arts Lab, Beck Hall 112, x6837, Addition

For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe (x6261 or lmccabe@gustavus.edu).

Plugs

For Sale...2000 Black Volvo V70 XC with 120,000 miles. New tires, battery, and timing belt. Excellent condition and with many options. Call Brian at 507-327-4335.

For Sale...St. Peter home for sale, available late Spring 2012. Lovely, updated 1915 4-bedroom home with original oak woodwork, newer oversized 2-car garage with attached workshop and matching shed. New efficient furnace (2011). Generous custom cedar fenced yard near city swimming pool and Minnesota Avenue stores. Additional details available online.

Looking For...I am looking for wine corks (cork or plastic) and bottle caps. If you can part with these items after enjoying your beverage, please send them to Esther Wang, ewang2@gustavus.edu, FAM 306. Thank you!

For Sale or Rent...3-bedroom, 2-bath house built in 1890. All three bedrooms are on the second floor. Huge detached heated two-car garage plus workshop. Open floor plan includes large 30 x 13 living room which opens to a four seasons porch with tons of natural light and 18 x 10 dining room. Kitchen has tons of cabinets and a refrigerator with ice and water in the door. Partially finished basement makes a great office. Near St Peter Library/Community Center. See tinyurl.com/320mulberry for pictures. E-mail sommere@gac.edu or call 469-8574 for more information. Available Feb. 1. $159,000 to buy or $900/month to rent.

For Rent...Home in Golden Valley, Minn. 4-bedroom (inc. master bedroom suite), living room w/fireplace, dining room, family room, newly remodeled kitchen, three bathrooms, attached double garage, fenced yard, excellent location. Call Barb at 507-934-3938.

"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 9 am to 5 pm Gradingfesthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gradingfest-4/42027The Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
4:308 pm Senior Week: Kick-Offhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-kick-off/44661Evelyn Young Dining Room
78 pm Cardio Dance HMC Class w/ Gabehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/cardio-dance-hmc-class-w-gabe/44271Lund 217 (Gymnastics Room)
811 pm Senior Week: Johnny Holm Bandhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-johnny-holm-band/44658Alumni Hall
TodayTomorrow Today at 11 pm to Tomorrow at 1 am Senior Week: Dive Dancehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-dive-dance-2/44659The Dive
Tomorrow Senior Week: Wine and Cheese Socialhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-wine-and-cheese-social/45269Beck Atrium
TomorrowMay 28 Tomorrow at 9 pm to May 28 at 1 am Senior Week: Nickelodeon Universehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-nickelodeon-universe/44660Mall of America
May 28 35 pm Sergeant Dave Klein Retirement Receptionhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/sergeant-dave-klein-retirement-reception/45573Heritage Room
68 pm Senior Week: Presidents Banquethttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-presidents-banquet/44662Evelyn Young Dining Room
May 29 Senior Week: Mystic Lake Casinohttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-mystic-lake-casino/45270Mystic Lake Casino
May 2931 Spring Reunionshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/spring-reunions/44944Gustavus Adolphus College Campus
May 29 2:304:30 pm Senior Week: Twins Tailgatinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-twins-tailgating-2/44663President Bergman's House
711 pm Senior Week: Twins Gamehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-twins-game-2/44664Target Field
May 30 89:30 pm The 2015 Season Finale with Gustavus Symphyony Orchestra and Concerto/Aria Winnershttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/the-2015-season-finale-with-gustavus-symphyony-orchestra-and-concerto-aria-winners/44166Bjorling Recital Hall
9:3010:30 pm Senior Week: Celebration of Lighthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-celebration-of-light/44665Christ Chapel
May 431 Free Art Tasting (And False Advertising): Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2015, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/free-art-tasting-and-false-advertising-senior-art-majors-exhibition-2015-on-view-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/45141Hillstrom Museum of Art
May 31 Commencementhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/commencement-5/35177Gustavus Campus
Jun 15 First Term Seminar Faculty Workshophttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/first-term-seminar-faculty-workshop/45180Melva Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
Jun 2 11 am to 1 pm Gustavus Employee Picnichttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gustavus-employee-picnic-4/45533Evelyn Young Dining Room

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

News

Elizabeth Weiers Finishes 11th At NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Championships

3 days ago by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics » Featured Homepage

ALhouni, Saenz Eliminated From NCAA Doubles Tournament

3 days ago by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

Elizabeth Weiers Earns Academic All-District Honors

4 days ago by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

ALhouni, Saenz Advance In NCAA Individual Doubles Tourney

4 days ago by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

Jace Riggin ’16: A Champion for Justice in His Home State

5 days ago by Matt Thomas '00
From News » First

Elizabeth Weiers Named Winner Of Elite 89 Award For Second Straight Season

5 days ago by Ethan Armstrong
From Athletics

Senior Art Majors Exhibition Opens May 2 in Hillstrom Museum

6 days ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

MJ Sun ’15 Takes Unique Path to Veterinary School

6 days ago by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Second

Commencement Scheduled for May 31

Last week by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Third

Dr. Darrin Good Named VP of Academic Affairs at Whittier

Last week by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Sixth

Coming Weekend Concludes Gustavus Recital Season

2 weeks ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Students Compete in Inaugural Gustie Entrepreneur Cup

2 weeks ago by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Fourth

Ruhl’s In the Next Room Opens in Anderson Thursday

2 weeks ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Chapel Choir to Present “The Heart is the Compass” Tuesday

2 weeks ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Chad Winterfeldt Awarded Swenson-Bunn Teaching Award

3 weeks ago by Matt Thomas '00
From Fine Arts

 

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