Inside Gustavus (January 28, 2012)

Volume 44, Number 18

Faculty/Staff Activities

Provost and Dean of the College Mark Braun was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD).

A collaborative work by Priscilla Briggs (Art and Art History) and senior art major Blong Lor will be part of the group exhibition "Intersections" at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery Jan. 17-Feb. 26. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 20, 6-8 p.m. The work by Briggs and Lor was created as part of a Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration Grant project.

Jill Locke (Political Science, GWS) participated in a seminar, "Capitalism, Entrepreneurship, and Liberty in the Novels of Emile Zola," in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 19-22. The conference brought together fifteen scholars from different disciplines to discuss Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies' Delight) and L'Argent (Money) and was sponsored by Liberty Fund.

Stephanie Otto (Health and Exercise Science), along with faculty colleagues from Middle Tennessee State University, recently had her manuscript titled "Daily Physical Activity and Bone Health Among High School Students," published in the January 2012 issue of International Journal of Sports Sciences and Fitness.

Eric Dugdale (Classics) gave a paper at the American Philological Association conference titled "Classics Pedagogy for Teaching in a Liberal Arts College." He also co-organized a panel with Ronnie Ancona (CUNY).

Bob Douglas (Geography) attended the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers in Merida, Mexico, Jan.10-15, where his presentation, "Reflections on San Lucas Toliman After 25 Years," discussed his service learning involvement in Guatemala.

Douglas Nimmo (Music) served as guest conductor for the Mississippi 8 Band Festival held in Big Lake, Minn., on Jan. 16. The festival involved eight high schools and 100 high school musicians.

Naomi Quiram (Print and Mail Services) and Paul Johnson, Postmaster, Mankato, Minn., presented at the Mankato Area Non Profit Alliance on Jan. 20. The title of the session was "Non Profit Standard Mail, Application and Authorization to Mail."

Funding Opps

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

  • Registration Open for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Workshops

    Through its support of various institutes highlighting digital humanities, the NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. For most institutes, attendance is free and includes reimbursement for travel and lodging. Go online to the NEH website to review the six institutes taking place in 2012.

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

Social Media

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:

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Friday, Jan. 20 about the Symphony Orchestra's tour to South Africa. Al Behrends (Fine Arts) and senior Meghan Peterson were quoted in 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

Campus Happenings

Employee Enhancement Days...Sessions will take place Tuesday, Jan. 31 through Thursday, Feb. 2:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., CPR Certification and Recertification Training, Lund 208, RSVP to Dale x7494;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Discovering and Engaging Your Strengths with Kirk Beyer, Alumni Hall;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Lunch and Learn Workshop on Identity Theft with Patti Kelly, Heritage Room, $5 per person for meal catered by Dining Service, register on the GHP website by Jan. 30;
  • Thursday, Feb. 2, 8-9:15 a.m., Life Gifts with Kathi Tunheim, Alumni Hall;
  • Thursday, Feb. 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Overview of Campus-wide Services, Alumni Hall;
  • Thursday, Feb. 2, 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m., Life Gifts with Kathi Tunheim, Alumni Hall.

If you need more information regarding Employee Enhancement Days, contact Human Resources x7304.

Book Discussion...Join others for a discussion of the book Rediscovering Catholicism at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 in Linner Lounge. Participants are asked to read chapters 1-4 (pages 7-42) before the meeting.

Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance...St. Peter's own Big Band "The Echos" bring back the music of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Come with friends or bring a "dear heart" for a special evening. Tickets are $32 or $25 for Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum members. Tickets available on

Transfiguration Talks...The annual Transfiguration Talks will take place Feb. 20-21 in Christ Chapel during daily worship time (10-10:20 a.m.). This year's invited speaker is Gustavus alumnus Justin Lind-Ayres '99. Since graduating from Gustavus with a degree in religion, Lind-Ayres attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul and has served as an associate pastor at Pilgrim Luthern Church in St. Paul, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodstock, Georgia, and currently serves as pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Sweetheart Dinner...First Lutheran Church in St. Peter invites you to its Sweetheart Dinner -- a candlelight dinner with live musical entertainment from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Tables with seating for two to eight people are available. Childcare, including a meal, is also included and may be requested when you purchase your ticket. The dinner is a fundraiser for the church's youth program as profits from the event will support those youth who attend the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door on Feb. 11 or ahead of time by calling 507-934-3060.


  • Retired custodian Elsie Karl, St. Peter, passed away on Jan. 19, 2012. Elsie is the mother of Carl Gessner (custodial) and the aunt of Teri Knutson (custodial). Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 23 at Woodland Hills in Mankato.

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

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host two weekend retreats. St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Bloomington will be here from Feb. 3-4 for an overnight retreat, and First Lutheran Church of Le Sueur will be here Feb. 4 for a day retreat.

Facility Hours

Library Hours for Touring Week:

  • Friday, Jan. 27: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.;
  • Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 28-29: Closed;
  • Monday, Jan. 30 - Friday, Feb. 3: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.;
  • Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 4-5: Closed.


For Rent...Room with kitchenette area, garage stall, private entrance, utilities, and Wi-Fi. Close to Gustavus. $400 per month. Call Mary at 507-340-5656.

"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
TodayNov 29 Thanksgiving Recess Campus
Tomorrow 8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Nov 28 4 pm Women's Hockey vs. Elmira College (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
Nov 29 1 pm Women's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh State University (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
46:30 pm Men's Basketball hosts Buena Vista University Peter, Minn.
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
Nov 30 Career Exploration Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11 am to noon Tech Bytes: Virtual Meeting Spaces Hall 124B
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:455:45 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:308:30 pm WRITI Dinner and Workshop: Using Writing to Assess Student Learning in the WRITI Course's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
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)
Dec 1 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)
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 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 Women'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.

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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