Inside Gustavus (January 12, 2012)

Volume 44, Number 16

Faculty/Staff Activities

Recent drawings by Lois Peterson (Art and Art History) are on exhibit at the Winona Art Center in Winona, Minn. The solo exhibition of drawings will be on display until Jan. 23. Admission to the Winona Art Center is free and open to the public. Peterson also has drawings included in the Exhibition for the PLRAC McKnight Artist Fellowship Awards at the Arts Center in St. Peter. That exhibition features an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.

A haiku by Horst Ludwig (Modern Foreign Languages) was categorized under Honorable Mention at the 15th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2011) and was as such among the first 50 English language haiku in this contest conducted by one of major daily Japanese newspapers for authors from all over the world.

Douglas Nimmo (Music) presented five clinics to area high school bands during fall semester. Included were the bands of Rochester Century High School, Mankato West High School, Mankato East High School, Bloomington Kennedy High School, and Forest Lake High School. In addition, Nimmo served as guest conductor of the North Central Iowa Band Association Honor Band on Jan. 7 in Mason City, Iowa.

Mark Bjelland, (Geography) wrote the "Letter of the Day" in the Jan. 9 edition of the Star Tribune. Dr. Bjelland argued that Minnesota should consider Vancouver, Canada's approach to remodeling their domed stadium. Dr. Bjelland is spending part of his sabbatical in Vancouver, Canada where he has a grant from the Canadian Embassy to compare the environmental and social sustainability of U.S. and Canadian cities.

Funding Opps

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

  • Article of Interest for Faculty in the Arts and Humanities

    For those arts and humanities faculty interested in applying for a grant, perhaps for the first time, this article may be of interest. The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to assist faculty and staff in identifying potential external funding sources, developing grant proposals for both individual and institutional initiatives, managing funded projects, and reporting on the use of grant funds.

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:

  • Peg O'Connor (Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies) had an article titled "In the Cave: Philosophy and Addiction," printed in the Monday, Jan. 9 edition of The New York Times.
  • Anna Versluis (Geography) was featured on the front page of the Tuesday, Jan. 10 edition of the Mankato Free Press. Versluis talked about her experiences in Haiti in anticipation of the two year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake.
  • The Mankato Free Press wrote an editorial on Tuesday, Jan. 10 urging readers to attend the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 speaker series at the College.
  • The Star Tribune posted a story online about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 lecture series on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Wednesday, Jan. 11 about Dr. Gary Clayton Anderson's lecture that was part of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 lecture series. Gustavus student Victoria Clark was quoted in the story.
  • The St. Cloud Times printed a story on Thursday, Jan. 12 about the women's basketball team's 84-75 victory over St. Benedict. Head coach Mickey Haller was quoted in the story.
  • Taylor Branch, this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecturer, will appear on KFAN (100.3 FM) on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. to promote his Gustavus visit. You can listen to the interview online by going to
  • Gustavus alumnus Jon Keseley '07 was quoted in a Star Tribune story regarding his participation in the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships that are taking in St. Paul this weekend.

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

Parents Blog...The Gustavus Parents Blog is new and improved! If you would like to submit information that you feel would be useful for Gustavus parents, please e-mail it to Megan Ruble ( The blog is usually published during the first week of each month. If you'd like to subscribe so you can see what announcements are going out, visit and click on "Subscribe" in the left hand column under Blogroll.

Blogging From China and England...Aaron Banks' (Health and Exercise Science) January Interim Experience class, which is studying sports, leisure, and the Olympics, and their relationship to society and culture in England and China, is keeping a blog. Visit to stay up to date on the classes travels and activities.

Department Social Media Efforts...The Office of Marketing and Communication is compiling a list of social media profiles for inclusion on the Gustavus website, and would like to include your department! If your department utilizes social media, please use this form to submit links of social media profiles to Marketing and Communication. If you have questions, contact

Forensics Team Heads South...Gustavus' nationally ranked forensics team will participate in the Hell Froze Over Swing on Jan. 14-15 at the University of Texas-Austin.

Campus Happenings

MLK Day Schedule... Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Please note that classes that normally meet at or after 10:30 a.m. will start and end one hour later than they normally would. Thus, classes that begin at 10:30 a.m. will start at 11:30 a.m., classes that begin at 11:30 a.m. will begin at 12:30 p.m., and so on. In the evening, Minneapolis-based Mixed Blood Theater will present "Dr. King's Dream," at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

U.S.-Dakota War Series Continues...Writer Thomas Maltman will deilver the next lecture in the College's U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 lecture series at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Alumni Hall. Maltman's debut novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award from the American Library Association. His second novel, Little Wolves, is a contemporary mystery that takes place in the same prairie country as The Night Birds. Maltman is currently the Visiting Artist in Creative Writing at Normandale Community College. All lectures in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 series are free and open to the public.

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, Jan. 13 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Sunday, Jan. 15 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, Jan. 16 - Taylor Branch (MLK Day)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Chad Fothergill
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 - Sarah Ruble
  • Friday, Jan. 20 - Pastor Dean Wolf, Centenary United Methodist Church, Mankato

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Celebrating 80 Years...An 80th birthday party for Emeritus Professor Larry Owen will take place from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at the St. Peter Community Arts Center.

Gustie Breakfast...Join Gustie alumni, parents, and friends to learn something new about Gustavus at the monthly Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast.This month's guest speaker is Mark Braun, provost and dean of the college. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with breakfast starting around 8:15. Cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. Please RSVP to the Office Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437 or


  • Collin Robert Sletten was born Dec. 21 at 6:10 p.m. to Sara and Cory Sletten, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Baby Collin is home; he and his family are happy and doing well.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership, will host a retreat for the MSU IMPACT Team from Mankato Jan. 14-15. Overnight retreats will also be hosted for youth from Valley of Peace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley Jan. 13-15, and the Lutheran Youth Organization Board of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA Jan. 13-14.

Gustavus Youth Outreach (GYO)...There will be one on-campus booking this weekend from 9:30-11:30am with Valley of Peace Lutheran Church.


Upcoming events
Date Event
TodayTomorrow Saint John's University Spring Invitational Cloud, Minn. and Monticello, Minn.
Women's Golf at Carleton Colllege Spring Invitational, Minn.
Today 9 am to 3 pm GACAC Business Meeting and Faith Conference Chapel and Alumni Hall
9:30 am to 4:30 pm Justice, Faith and Climate Change – Connecting Community and Campus Crowns Banquet Room, Jackson Campus Center
10 am to 2 pm Cheerleading Tryouts 217 (Gymnastics Room)
16 pm Softball hosts Hamline University (DH) (Senior Day) Peter, Minn.
1:302:30 pm Katie Landreville, Senior Bassoon Recital Recital Hall
2:305:30 pm Men's Tennis at Carleton College, Minn.
2:308:30 pm Baseball at Macalester College (DH) Paul, Minn.
3:304:30 pm Kendra Frey, violin and Matt Broschard, percussion, Joint Student Recital Recital Hall
47 pm Women's Tennis at University of St. Thomas Paul, Minn.
56:30 pm DLC BBQ Arb
611 pm Diversity Ball Hall
7:308:30 pm Michael Eastwood, double bass, A Senior Recital Recital Hall
810 pm Weekend Movie: The Wedding Ringer Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Tomorrow 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worshiping Community Chapel
noon Women's Tennis hosts College of Saint Benedict Peter, Minn.
13 pm Men's Tennis at University of St. Thomas Paul, Minn.
16 pm Softball at UW-Stout (DH), Wis.
1:302:30 pm The Gustavus Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert Recital Hall
34 pm Yoga Sculpt (HWC) w/ Hanna 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:304:30 pm Hannah Walters, viola & soprano, and Elizabeth Sherman, trumpet & piano, A Student Recital Recital Hall
56 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:308:30 pm Tony Ouradnik, organ, A Senior Recital Chapel
Apr 27 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
2:308:30 pm Baseball at Martin Luther College (DH) Ulm, Minn.
45 pm Tabata (HWC) w/ Kelsey 224 (Aerobics Room)
57 pm Junior Art Major Exhibition opening reception Gallery
67 pm Cardio Dance (HWC) w/ Sydney 224 (Aerobics Room)
6:3011:30 pm Softball vs. College of St. Scholastica (DH) (U of Minn.), Minn.
78 pm Film Screening: Vessel Hall 301
78 pm Stress Busters, Campus Center
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ Megan 217 (Gymnastics Room)
Apr 28 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
noon to 12:30 pm WE- TRX with Troy Banse Floor Forum
12:401:20 pm WE-Triple Threat 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:307 pm Screening: Poverty, Inc. Fighting poverty is big business. But who profits the most? Auditorium, Nobel Hall
78 pm Cardio Dance HMC Class w/ Gabe 217 (Gymnastics Room)
Apr 29 MAYDAY! Peace Conference 2015 Chapel
Men's Track and Field at MSU, Mankato Invitational, Minn.
Women's Track and Field at MSU, Mankato Invitational, Minn.
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: "MAYDAY" Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE - Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE-Cardio Fit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
2:308:30 pm Baseball hosts William Penn University (DH) Peter, Minn.
4:305:30 pm HIIT w/ Carrie & Maggie (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Self Defense (HWC) w/ Anton 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
78:15 pm Coffeehouse: Paint-A-Pot, DIY Chia Pets, and Disney Music Family Courtyard
78:20 pm China and global environmental change: A personal and limnological perspective 103
Apr 2130 Fall Registration Campus
Apr 30 6:307:20 am WE-Bootcamp 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
1:302:30 pm GLBTQA Support Group Resource Room, Old Main 103
2:303:30 pm TRX with Sara Floor mats in Lund
5:3011:59 pm Jersey Boys Bus Trip Flags
67 pm Cardio Dance(HWC)w/ Sydney 224 (Aerobics Room)
68 pm Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony Crowns Room
8:309:30 pm Living Stateless: Documentary Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker Matt Fillmore 101
8:3010:30 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
May 12 Men's Track and Field at Hamline Meet of the UnSaintly Paul, Minn.
Women's Track and Field at Hamline Meet of the UnSaintly Paul, Minn.
May 1 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Plaza
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE-Step Aerobics 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE-Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:303:30 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304 pm Four Year Planning and Study Abroad Lounge - Johnson Student Union
2:305:30 pm Sigma Xi Symposium Hall of Science, Rooms 201 and 222
36 pm Books in Bloom Bernadotte Memorial Library
57 pm Celebration of Creative Inquiry Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
67 pm Self Defense (HWC) w/ Anton 224 (Aerobics Room)
89 pm The Discovery of Self – A Dance Honors Project Black Box - Fine Arts Center
May 2 Honors Day Campus
May 23 Women's Golf at UW-Eau Claire Invitational Claire, Wis.
May 2 10 am to 4 pm Books in Bloom Bernadotte Memorial Library
10 am to 4 pm Festival of Nations Bus Trip Paul RiverCentre
17 pm Baseball at Saint John's University (DH), Minn.
1:302:30 pm The 2015 Senior Honors Recital Recital Hall
2:303 pm Friends of Music Reception Center Banquet Rooms
3:305:30 pm The Gustavus Choir's Spring Concert, 2015 Chapel
46 pm Senior Art Majors Exhibition opening reception at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7:309 pm The Gustavus Wind Orchestra Spring Concert Recital Hall
89 pm The Discovery of Self – A Dance Honors Project Black Box - Fine Arts Center
May 3 11 am to 3 pm Books in Bloom Bernadotte Memorial Library
23 pm The Discovery of Self – A Dance Honors Project Black Box - Fine Arts Center
34 pm Yoga Sculpt (HWC) w/ Hanna 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:305 pm Vivaldi Gloria: Lucia Singers & Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra Chapel
56 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
56:30 pm Paul Magnuson Award Dinner's Dining Room
78 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:308:30 pm The Gustavus Handbell Ensembles in Concert Chapel
May 4 45 pm Tabata (HWC) w/ Kelsey 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:306 pm Guest Lecture: Economic Freedom of the World by prof. Josh Hall of West Virginia University 101
67 pm Cardio Dance (HWC) w/ Sydney 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ Megan 217 (Gymnastics Room)
8:3010 pm Take Back the Night Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
May 5 noon to 12:30 pm WE- TRX with Troy Banse Floor Forum
12:401:20 pm WE-Triple Threat 217 (Gymnastics 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.


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