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 "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 22 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 23 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 24 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
4:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Luther (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Sep 25 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Homecoming Adolphus College Campus
10 a.m. Volleyball at Monmouth (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
noon Volleyball at Coe (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
1 p.m. Football hosts St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Catherine (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1011:59 p.m. Peer Assistants host SNL Arena
Sep 27 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 28 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Sep 29 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art

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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