Inside Gustavus 

February 16, 2012 | Volume 44, Number 20

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kyle Momsen (Health and Excercise Science) served as an athletic trainer for the U.S. Men's Foil team at the Challenge International de Paris. The U.S. earned two individual bronze medals and finished 6th.

Julie Gilbert (Library), Kate Knutson (Political Science), and Chris Gilbert (Political Science), published an article in PS: Political Science & Politics. The article, “Adding an Integrated Library Component to an Undergraduate Research Methods Course,” details the positive impact of a library lab on student research skills.

Julie Gilbert (Library) wrote an invited Guest Forum article for the February edition of The Informed Librarian Online. The column, “Collaborating with Student Research Assistants," outlines the benefits of involving undergraduates in original research projects.

Denis Crnkovic's (MLLC-Russian) article "Bjeline u funkciji razgraničenja riječi u starim tiskanim glagoljskim tekstovima," has appeared in issue number 61 (December 2011) of Slovo, the journal of the Croatian Old Church Slavonic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia.

Chuck Niederriter (Physics) attended the American Association of Physics Teachers annual meeting in Ontario, Calif., serving as the Section Representative from the Minnesota Section (MAAPT).

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or finding oppotunity highlight:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships

    NEH Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Fellowships support a range of projects with a stipend of $4,200 per month, for a minimum of six months to a maximum of $50,400 for a 12-month period. The tentative deadline is early May. The 2011 guidelines should only be used for reference. Go online to the NEH website for more information.

In the Media

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

  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Sunday, Feb. 12 about the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra’s home concert.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story about student-athlete Ross Ring-Jarvi on Sunday, Feb. 12. Ring-Jarvi and men’s hockey head coach Brett Petersen were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, Feb. 12 about the women’s hockey team clinching its 8th straight MIAC title. Head coach Mike Carroll and student-athlete Megan Wanecke were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, Feb. 12 about the men’s basketball team’s victory over Macalester. Head coach Mark Hanson and student-athletes Seth Anderson and Tyler Grey were quoted in the story.
  • The website printed a story about the summer audition boot camp that Gustavus and the Guthrie Theater announced last week.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about alumna Sarah Moe on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Moe is playing on a semi-pro hockey team that played at Don Roberts Ice Rink on Saturday, Feb. 11.
  • The Hillstrom Museum's upcoming exhibition "Now and Then," was featured in a Thursday, Feb. 16 Mankato Free Press article.

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

Daffodil Days...Support the American Cancer Society by purchasing a variety of Daffodil packages March 13-16 in the Campus Center. Packages start at just $10. Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer.

Assassins Opens Feb. 17...The Gustavus Department of Theatre and Dance will present one of Stephen Sondheim's most controversial musicals, Assassins, Feb. 17-26. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 17-18 and 24-25 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 19 and 26 and 2 p.m. Tickets are available at

Poetry Reading...Angela Shannon, a Minnesota author and poet and English professor at Bethel University, will read from her selection of poems from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join others for devotions, Bible study, and fellowship from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Linner Lounge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spring Blood Drive...The Communication Studies Club will hold its spring 2012 American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8 from 12-6 p.m. Those interested in participating can sign up online or outside the Market Place on March 1-2 and 5-6. Questions can be directed to

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, Feb. 17 - Darrell Jodock
  • Sunday, Feb. 19 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, Feb. 20 - Transfiguration Talks with Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres '99
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Transfiguration Talks with Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres '99
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 - Ash Wednesday (10 a.m. and 9 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Friday, Feb. 24 - Doug Huff

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Day at the Capitol...On Wednesday, March 14, Gustavus students and financial aid supporters will travel to St. Paul to meet with state legislators to show continued support and appreciation for the Minnesota State Grant program. The program helps make higher education affordable for 88,000 Minnesota college and university students. One quarter of Gustavus students receive need-based aid through the program each year. Go online to the Day at the Capitol website to sign up for the day's events.

Creative Play Place Fundraiser...Eat at Five Guys Burger and Fries in Mankato on Tuesday, Feb. 21 or Tuesday, Feb. 28 between 4-8 p.m. and 10% of all sales will benefit the St. Peter Creative Play Place.

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.


  • Professor Emeritus and Hall of Fame men's swimming coach Vic Gustafson '42 passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the age of 95. He served as swimming coach at Gustavus from 1945-77 and his teams won eight MIAC championships, including five straight from 1956-60. He received the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Distinguished Coach Award in 1973 and served as a member of the NCAA Swimming Rules Committee from 1967-77.

    Along with his impressive tenure as the men’s swimming coach, Professor Gustafson also coached track and field, hockey, golf, tennis, and cross country at the College. He served as Associate Professor of Physical Education and was the Outdoor Education Specialist for the department – an area for which he was regionally recognized as an outstanding professional. Professor Gustafson was inducted into the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979.

    He is preceded in death by his wife Betty and survived by his three children – Jerry ’66, Judy ’68, and Jan ’74 – along with many other friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church and the Linnaeus Arboretum.

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Congregational Outreach

GYO...There will be one Gustavus Youth Outreach Team going out on Sunday, Feb. 19 to Faith Lutheran Church in Madelia, Minn. GYO is a student led program that goes to churches in the area and teaches them about God, faith, and fun.

Sport Shorts

  • The women's hockey team and head coach Mike Carroll secured the program's 8th straight MIAC regular season title last weekend with two victories over St. Mary's University. The team will be the No. 1 seed when the MIAC Playoffs begin on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The team will host a semifinal round game on Thursday, March 1.
  • The men's and women's basketball teams will conclude their regular season schedules at Gus Young Court on Saturday, Feb. 18 with a doubleheader against Bethel University at 1 and 3 p.m. Anybody wearing a pink shirt to the women's basketball game at 1 p.m. will have the proceeds from their ticket donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
  • The men's hockey team will look to nail down a spot in this year's MIAC playoffs when the team concludes its regular season schedule this weekend with a home-and-home series against St. Olaf. The two teams will face-off at Don Robers Ice Rink at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.
  • The men's and women's swimming and diving teams are competing at the MIAC Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Feb. 16-18.

For more information about Gustavus Athletics, go online to or contact Sports Information Director Ethan Armstrong at


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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 5:306:30 pm Cardio Kickboxing 224 (Aerobics Room)
7 pm Men's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
78 pm Zumba w/McKenzie (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
910 pm Third Street Jazz: Gustavus Jazz at Patrick's's on Third
Tomorrow The Festival of Saint Lucia Adolphus College Campus
66:40 am WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11 am to 1 pm Festival of Lucia Luncheon Hall
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Peter Banquet Room
12:401:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Pyramid with Laurie 224 (Aerobics Room)
1:301:50 pm Meditation Space, Campus Center 104
56 pm Taekwondo Practice 224 (Aerobics Room)
68 pm Kwanzaa Room, Jackson Campus Center
78 pm 2016 Art and Language Showcase Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
78 pm Exploring Sign Languages Meeting Resource Room (Confer 230)
78 pm Zumba w/McKenzie (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78:30 pm Shared Space Studio - Fine Arts Center
910 pm Pure Movement w/Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 9 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
noon to 12:30 pm WE Fitness Class-TRX with Troy Floor Forum
1:301:50 pm Meditation Space, Campus Center 104
2:303:30 pm Queer and Questioning Room, lower level of the Campus Center, next to CAO desk
2:454 pm Liberate the Booty with Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
34 pm Psychological Science Fall Research Symposium Atrium, Beck Hall
4:306:30 pm Geography Research Symposium and Holiday Party Hall, Room 104 (The Map Library)
78 pm Senior Honors Theatre Productions: Andrea Broman and Andy Lupinek Theatre
7:05 pm Men's Hockey hosts St. Scholastica (Parents Weekend) Peter, Minn.
810 pm Michael Johnson in Concert, A Gustavus Artist Series Presentation Recital Hall
810 pm Weekend Movie: The Magnificent Seven Auditorium, Nobel Hall
8:3010 pm Shared Space Studio - Fine Arts Center
Dec 10 10:30 am to noon A Woodwind Chamber Ensembles Concert Recital Hall
1 pm Gymnastics hosts 4th Annual Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
1 pm Women's Basketball at Saint Mary's, Minn.
12:30 pm Shared Space Studio - Fine Arts Center
1:303 pm 2016 Brassworks! in Concert Recital Hall
2 pm Women's Hockey hosts UW-River Falls Peter, Minn.
3 pm Men's Basketball at Saint Mary's, Minn.
45:30 pm Theatre Gallery Black Box - Fine Arts Center
78 pm Senior Honors Theatre Productions: Andrea Broman and Andy Lupinek Theatre
7:05 pm Men's Hockey hosts UW-Eau Claire (Parents Weekend) Peter, Minn.
810 pm Weekend Movie: The Magnificent Seven Auditorium, Nobel Hall
8:3010 pm Theatre Gallery Black Box - Fine Arts Center
Dec 11 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worshiping Community Chapel
12:30 pm Theatre Gallery Black Box - Fine Arts Center
1:303 pm The Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra Fall Concert Recital Hall
23 pm SCWABBLE w/Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
45:30 pm Shared Space Studio - Fine Arts Center
78 pm Zumba w/McKenzie (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78:30 pm Theatre Gallery Black Box - Fine Arts Center
79 pm A String Chamber Concert Recital Hall
910:15 pm Repeat the sounding Joy: A Vespers Service Chapel
Dec 12 6:307:30 am Pure Movement w/Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:309:30 am Leadership 101 Sessions (JCC 203A)
8:3010:30 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
11:30 am to 12:30 pm Gustavus Acts Strategic Planning Open Discussion Session's Dining Room
noon to 12:30 pm WE Fitness Class-TRX with Troy Floor Forum
12:401:20 pm WE Fitness Class - Dance 4 Fun (Cardio Dance) with Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
1:301:50 pm Meditation Space, Campus Center 104
56 pm Tabata w/Lydia and Christina (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Dance 4 Fun w/Tasha (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting- Come for Community Comment! Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
Dec 13 WE- Pilates with Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
66:40 am WE- Bootcamp with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
12 pm Leadership 101 Sessions (JCC 203A)
1:302:30 pm Tech Bytes: Get your class actively engaged by using Student Response Hall Lab 124B
56 pm Liberate the Booty w/Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
7 pm Men's Basketball hosts North Central Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball at UW-Stout, Wis.
78 pm Dance Cardio w/Megan (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 14 Last Day of Classes for Fall Semester Campus
6:407:20 am WE Fitness Class-Pure Movement with Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
5:306:30 pm Cardio Kickboxing 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 15 Reading Day (No Classes) Adolphus College
810 am Workshop Series for Student Employment Supervisors and Academic Advisors Dive on Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and Dec. 15, location TBD on Oct. 20
8:30 am to 5 pm Textbook Rental Returns and Book Buyback Bok Mark
9:30 am to noon Faculty Meeting Hall
34 pm Leadership 101 Sessions (JCC 203A)
56 pm Taekwondo Practice 224 (Aerobics Room)
910 pm Pure Movement w/Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 1620 Fall Semester Final Exams Campus
Dec 16 8:30 am to 5 pm Textbook Rental Returns and Book Buyback Bok Mark
9 am to 5 pm Gradingfest Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
23 pm Leadership 101 Sessions (JCC 203A)
2:454 pm Liberate the Booty with Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 17 8:30 am to 5 pm Textbook Rental Returns and Book Buyback Bok Mark
Nov 21, 2016 to Jan 27, 2017 ACTION! The Anatomy of Leroy Neiman's Champions, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art November 21, 2016 through January 27, 2017 Museum of Art

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