Inside Gustavus (February 9, 2012)

Volume 44, Number 19

Faculty/Staff Activities

Chad Fothergill '06 (Music and Chaplains' Office) served as a discussion moderator at the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Composers' Colloquium on Feb. 3-4 in Chicago. Approximately 40 composers from around the country brought recent works for piano, organ, choir, and brass to share and discuss with ALCM board members and officers.

Chad Winterfeldt (Music/Chaplains' Office) performed a recital of organ music for the symposium "Gregorian Chant and Modern Composition for the Catholic Liturgy: Charles Tournemire’s L’Orgue Mystique as Guide," sponsored by the Church Music Association of America. The symposium was February 2-4, with the recital performed at the Church of the Epiphany in Miami, Florida. The recital featured movements from Frank Ferko's "Hildegard Organ Cycle."

Amy Pehrson (Center for Servant Leadership) and partner members of the Servant Leadership Program, including seniors Ben Batz, Lee Kenyon, Laura Kientzle, Lauren Nelson, Brett Paulsen, and junior Lydia Benge-Briggs attended the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Feb. 2-4. While there, the students did a presentation titled "Community Based Research: A Means to Inform Social Change." The conference was held to examine higher education’s role in helping students to transform their visions for a better world into practical strategies for making a positive difference with their lives.

Douglas Nimmo (Music) served as guest conductor/clinician/presenter at the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday, Jan. 31 - Friday, Feb. 3. His responsibilities included conducting and rehearsing the UMASS Symphony Band, teaching undergraduate conducting class and graduate conducting seminar, teaching private graduate conducting lessons, and presenting a session titled, "A Thoughtful Warmup - the Heartbeat of Ensemble Maturity" to instrumental music majors. In addition, he presented a broad-based discussion session to instrumental music majors covering the topics of rehearsal classroom management, leadership, and career goal setting. Nimmo also served as guest conductor and clinician for three bands at Centennial High School on Jan. 27.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) Program

    The TUES program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, utilize instrumentation for pedagogical purposes, implement educational innovations, assess learning, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program supports three types of projects, differentiated by size and scope. Grant awards of up to $200,000 for Type 1 proposals are available for two to three years. The next deadline for Type 1 proposals is May 28. Please go online to the NSF website for the guidelines.

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

News & Announcements

2012 Academy for Community-Based Learning...From Feb. 1-3, 2012, the Gustavus Adolphus College Center for Servant Leadership, in partnership with the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, executed a faculty development workshop on community-based learning. With visiting community-engaged scholars including Dr. Garry Hesser, Professor of Sociology and Distinguished Chair of the Augsburg College Center for Citizenship and Learning, Dr. Cathy Jordan, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (U. of M) and Executive Director of the Minneapolis Children, Youth, and Family Consortium, and Dr. Julie Plaut, Executive Director of Minnesota Campus Compact, the Academy for Community-Based Learning brought together eight Gustavus faculty, the 2011-12 Faculty Fellows in Community-Based Learning, and various local and regional community partners for a reciprocal learning community experience addressing effective methods of community-engaged scholarship and practice. The eight faculty participants will be working towards the development of community-campus partnerships over the 2012 spring semester and executing community-based learning courses during the 2012-13 academic year.

Participating faculty included: Lynnea Myers (Nursing), Maria Kalbermaten (MLC), Ana Adams (MLC), Beatriz Torres (Communication Studies), Kyle Momsen (Health and Exercise Science), Kristian Braekan (Economics and Management), Mayra Taylor (MLC), and Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh (Education). The Academy was executed in partnership with the 2011-12 Faculty Fellows in Community-Based Learning: Marie Walker (Psychology), Angelique Dwyer (MLC), and Jim Dontje (Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation). Additional workshops were provided by Chris Johnson (CSL) and David Newell (CSL).

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions...A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on Feb. 29, March 1, and March 2, for individual counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment, contact 866-843-5640, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Campus Happenings

Leadership Training in Nonviolence...A workshop offering tools to address conflict, injustice, and violence in our lives and world will take place on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25. This interactive workshop led by Lutheran Peace Fellowship director Glen Gersmehl is open to campus and community and is part of a three part series on Lutheran peacebuilding sponsored by Peace Studies, LALACS, and the Sesquicentennial Fund. Gersmehl had led workshops in 40 states for audiences ranging from activist and college groups to the UN and a White House conference. Glen also has extensive experience in policy development and advocacy and has, for example, written testimony or consulted with twenty government agencies and legislative bodies. Most recently he has offered leadership and conflict training for volunteers working on hunger and homelessness issues in the Pacific Northwest.

Organ Recital...Chad Winterfeldt (Music/Chaplains' Office) will present Supra Cantum Firmum: An organ recital of music based upon plainchant at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 in Christ Chapel. The recital includes music by Bach, Messiaen, Ferko, and others. Admission is free.

Symphony Orchestra Home Concert...Back from it's international tour to South Africa, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Ruth Lin, will perform its home concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 in Christ Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

Africa Night...African Night, a celebration of African culture, music, food, and clothing, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Alumni Hall. The event this year is based on a year-long theme - "Expanding Borders". It will include dances and musical performances from areas of Africa as well as the Caribbean. Food will be prepared with influences from various regions of Pan Afrika, including Ethiopia and the Caribbean Islands. Along with fine arts and cuisine, there will be a fashion show in which students will wear traditional clothing representing the different African influences worldwide.

Faculty Shop Talk...Suzanne Wilson (Sociology & Anthropology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2011-12 academic year. Her talk titled, “Armies to Warlords: Recent Right-Wing Violence in Latin America,” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the Melva-Lind Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed on the Faculty Shop Talk website.

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 $33 or $28 for Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum members. Tickets available on

The Marriage Debate...John Corvino, a writer, speaker, and philosophy professor, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 in Alumni Hall about gay marriage. Corvino, who previously wrote a weekly column called "The Gay Moralist," will assess the current political controversy and make a compelling case for extending marriage to same-sex couples. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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.

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, Feb. 12 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Feb. 13 - With One Voice, Tanzania J-Term
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Feb. 16 - John Cha, Inter-Religious Observance
  • Friday, Feb. 17 - Darrell Jodock

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Open House...There will be an open house for Richard Karstad's (Retired Custodian) 80th birthday at First Lutheran Church from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Coffee and cake will be serviced. Cards welcome, but no gifts.

Luck of the Irish...The 11th annual Luck of the Irish is coming up on Saturday, March 3 in Johnson Hall at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds. A pork roast dinner including all the fixings will be served from 5-7 p.m. for $10. The evening's events begin with bingo from 6:30-8 p.m. There will also be a cash drawing and live auction. Tickets are available at John Ireland Catholic School and at the door. Must be 21+ to attend. Contact Brenda McHugh with questions at 507-931-2810.

Congregational Outreach

GYO...Gustavus Youth Outreach (GYO) will be sending a team to Epiphany Lutheran Church in Eagle Lake on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Pastor-to-Pastor...Pastors will be on campus for a 24-hour Sabbath Retreat beginning Thursday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m. and ending Friday, Feb. 10 at 12 p.m. The theme for the gathering will be "Kindling the Fires for Servant Leadership." Speakers on various topics of cultivating capacity for servant leadership during this two-day period will include Chaplain Rod Anderson and Pastor Grady St. Dennis. Pastor-to-Pastor is a program sponsored by Church Relations in the Center For Servant Leadership. The purpose of the program is to help pastors partner for pastoral excellence, and focuses on professional growth and mutual accountability for wellness.

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center For Servant Leadership will be hosting two overnight confirmation retreats for Faith Lutheran Church from Winona and University Lutheran Church of Hope from Minneapolis from Feb. 11-12.


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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 8:45 am to 4:30 pm New Faculty Orientation Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
Tomorrow 8:30 am to 2 pm Faculty Development Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
36 pm 2016 Opening Reception Hall and Eckman Mall
Sep 1 9 am to 1:30 pm Faculty Meeting Campus Center
3:304:30 pm IEX Course Proposal Workshop for Faculty Peter Room, Jackson Campus Center
4 pm Women's Soccer at Nebraska Wesleyan, Neb.
7 pm Men's Soccer at Wartburg, Iowa
Sep 25 New Student Orientation Campus
Sep 2 2 pm Volleyball vs. Elmhurst (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
34 pm Convocation for New Students and Families Chapel
4 pm Volleyball vs. UW-Whitewater (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
Sep 34 Men's Golf at Transylvania Invite
Women's Golf at Saint Ben's Invitational, Minn.
Sep 3 9 am Volleyball vs. North Park (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
10 am Women's Cross Country at Crown Invite Bonifacius, Minn.
10:50 am Men's Cross Country at Crown Invite Bonifacius, Minn.
noon Women's Soccer hosts UW-La Crosse Peter, Minn.
1 pm Football at Westminster, Mo.
1 pm Volleyball vs. Benedictine (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
3 pm Men's Soccer hosts St. Scholastica (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
Sep 4 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worshiping Community Chapel
3 pm Men's Soccer hosts Knox Peter, Minn.
Sep 6 Fall Semester Begins Campus
66:40 am WE- Bootcamp with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
910 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:401:20 pm WE- Pilates with Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
Sep 7 6:407:20 am WE- Pure Movement with Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE- Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE- Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
5 pm Men's Soccer hosts Martin Luther Peter, Minn.
5 pm Women's Soccer at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
7 pm Volleyball hosts Martin Luther Peter, Minn.
79 pm Men's Hockey Informational Meeting Center room 207
Sep 8 66:40 am WE- Yoga with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010:30 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
10:30 am to 12:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
12:401:20 pm WE- Pyramid with Laurie 224 (Aerobics Room)
57 pm Alumni Gathering - Indianapolis Rail Brewery, 5301 N Winthrop Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

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