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

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

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 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 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).


  • 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


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,, 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 for pictures. E-mail 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
Tomorrow 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)
78 pm Chinese Paper Cutting Café
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 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: Hymns on Tap Dive
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
Dec 5 1 pm Men's Basketball at Augsburg College, Minn.
2 pm Women's Hockey hosts College of Saint Benedict Peter, Minn.
25 pm Men's Hockey at Saint John's University Cloud, Minn.
3 pm Women's Basketball at Augsburg College, Minn.
3:305 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Magic Mike XXL Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Dec 6 3:305 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
Dec 7 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:455:30 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
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)
79 pm Reflections on the Paris Attacks: A Gustavus Faculty Teach-In Hall 128
Dec 8 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
810 am Scandinavian Yuletide Breakfast Campus Center-Dining Rooms
1010:30 am The 2015 Winds of Christmas Concert Chapel
10 am to noon Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
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
69 pm 2016 Democratic Election Meeting, Campus Center
7:308:30 pm Yoga w/ Rachel (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 9 7:309 am Gustie Breakfast - Kathy Lund Dean Center Banquet Rooms
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
12:30 pm Webinar: Investigate and Adjudicate Sexual Misconduct Hall 121
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
7 pm Men's Basketball at Bethel University Hills, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball hosts Bethel University Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
78 pm Zumba w/ Megan (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:309:30 pm Coffeehouse Scandinavian Winter Celebration Café
Dec 10 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
910 am Provost Q&A Campus Center - Upper Level Tables
1010:30 am Festival of St. Lucia Chapel
11 am to 1:30 pm Festival of St. Lucia Smörgåsbord Hall
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
noon to 1 pm Authentic People with Real Disabilities: Learn How to Represent this Important Diversity Hall 121
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
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)
5:3011:59 pm The Sound of Music Ordway
7:308:30 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House

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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