Inside Gustavus (March 1, 2012)

Volume 44, Number 22

Faculty/Staff Activities

Mark Kruger (Psychology) has had a paper accepted for publication in the March 2012 issue of the International Trumpet Guild Journal (Volume 36, 3, pages 12-19). The article’s title is, “More Air, Less Air, What is Air?” and was written with his co-authors, Dr. Jonathan Kruger (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Dr. James McLean (SUNY-Geneso). The paper provides an empirical investigation of the use of air as energy to produce tones that differ in pitch and loudness by musicians playing the trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba.

Audrey Russek's (History) article, "Appetites Without Prejudice: U.S. Foreign Restaurants and the Globalization of American Food Between the Wars," was nominated by the editors of the journal Food & Foodways for the Berks Article Prize, which is awarded by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians in recognition of an outstanding article in any field of history published by a woman resident of North America.

Yuki Sakuragi (MLC and Japanese Studies Program) published the final installment of his one-year series, “Experiencing Intercultural Communication through Film” in the March issue of The English Teachers’ Magazine (Eigo Kyooiku in Japanese). The 12 issues of the magazine featuring his articles had the total circulation of 600,000 copies in Japan.

Dr. Sidonia Jessie Alenuma-Nimoh (Education and Peace Studies) has been selected by the 2012 AERA Annual Meeting Committee to Chair the Paper Session titled “Teacher Perspectives on English Language Learners and Diverse Learners: Translations of Theory Into Classroom Practices.” The abstract for this collection of seven papers is as follows: “In this session persistent and salient issues in teacher education are explored through an examination of preservice, in-service and teacher educators’ practices and applications of these practices to classrooms: The relationship between preservice and in-service teachers’ sense of self efficacy and effective teaching of ELLs; how teachers’ sense of self and other impact the teaching and learning of ELLs; teachers’ perspectives on effective school-wide programs for ELLs; and the impact of professional development on teachers of ELLs."

Nicole Roberts Hoiland (Art and Art History) will be exhibiting her ceramic sculptures at the ArtExchange Gallery in Seattle, Wash. This exhibition will be opening during the annual convention for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in late March. The convention is a showcase for national and international artists working primarily in clay as well as three days of lectures and roundtable discussions regarding the field. Nicole presents a series of screens exploring Moorish pattern aesthetics as well as the symbolism and function of screens throughout many cultures.

Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History) has accepted the role of contributing writer covering contemporary art for Minnetonka Times magazine, Minnetonka, Minn. The March article features a behind the scenes preview of the Ellen Richman and Maren Kloppman exhibition at Circa gallery in downtown Minneapolis. Lowe also recently served as a guest critic in the MFA Professional Practice seminar course at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis.

Kate Knutson (Political Science) and Mikka McCracken ('09) had their article, "Sharing the Faith: The Building of Successful Media Strategies by Liberal and Conservative Religious Advocacy Groups," published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Communication and Religion.

Sujay Rao (History and LALACS) presented his paper "The Holy Man of Mandisovi: Popular Dissent in Federalist Argentina" for discussion at the 3rd annual meeting of the Rio de la Plata Working Group in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 25.

Steve Wright (Music) has been a featured soloist and clinician at three recent jazz festivals. On Feb. 7, he was part of the Palace Jazz Festival in Mitchell, SD. He worked with area jazz ensembles and performed with the Mitchell High School Jazz Ensemble and the South Dakota Jazz Orchestra, a professional big band based in Sioux Falls. On Feb. 18, Wright worked at a similar festival in Wisconsin - the 22nd annual Sun Prairie Jazz Festival - which he has participated in for all but a few of those years. On Feb. 27, he rehearsed two Sartell, Minn., Middle School Jazz Ensembles and the High School Jazz Ensemble in preparation for the 15th annual Jazz Extravaganza at the school.

Student Achievements

On Monday, Feb. 27, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Wright, performed for several hundred students, parents, and faculty as part of the 15th Annual Jazz Extravaganza concert at Sartell High School. The first half of the concert featured jazz ensembles from the Sartell Middle School and High School.

Senior student-athlete Seth Anderson is one of ten finalists for the Jostens Trophy - an award that takes into account basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service. Anderson was also recently named the MIAC Player of the Year.

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:

  • Numerous media outlets covered the announcement from Gustavus and the American Swedish Institute that the King and Queen of Sweden will visit campus in October, including the Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, KARE-11, KSTP-TV, Minnesota Public Radio, Mankato Free Press, KEYC-TV, St. Cloud Times, Duluth News Tribune, Fargo Forum, Rochester Post-Bulletin, Winona Daily News,, and others.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Saturday, Feb. 25 about ROTC students at Gustavus. Students Lance Switzer and Osa Donovan were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Tuesday, Feb. 28 about the men's basketball team receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Head coach Mark Hanson and student-athlete Tyler Grey 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

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Administrators

  • Laura Burnett-Kurie, Head Women's Soccer Coach, Athletics

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, and discussed the following topics:

  • Professors Steve Mellema and Sujay Rao, Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair respectively, gave a brief update on the activities of the Faculty Senate, including a discussion on the work of the Personnel Committee in 2012-13 (19 faculty members up for tenure).         

  • President Ohle indicated that the membership of the Special Task Force to develop medium-term revenue and spending plans will be announced to the campus community later this week. The roster includes President Ohle (Chair of the Task Force), Bruce Aarsvold, Becky Bergman, Mark Braun, Amy Brown, Jolene Christensen (Secretary of the Task Force), Tom Crady, Carolyn Dobler, George Hicks, Tim Kennedy, Steve Kjellgren, David Menk, Chuck Niederriter, JoNes VanHecke, Ken Westphal, and Tom Young.
  • President Ohle gave a brief report on the recent Sesquicentennial events in California and Arizona. 
  • Discussion was held regarding continuing the College’s practice of offering an insurance plan to students.Due to the newly mandated health care changes, the College will not be able to offer a limited insurance plan to students.Further discussion will be held regarding whether the College should offer a full plan to students or eliminate this option and recommend that students purchase plans from other private sources, if necessary.    
  • Associate Dean of Students Steve Bennett and Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise Science Stephanie Otto presented a powerpoint presentation and a video concerning the College’s wellbeing initiative.President Ohle asked Vice President for Student Life JoNes VanHecke to continue to lead the Wellbeing Task Force to discuss next steps related to integrating wellbeing initiatives into campus activities and academic programs.

News & Announcements

Staff Reclassification Committee...The next meeting of the Staff Reclassification Committee will be held on March 23 to evaluate requests for grade changes for support staff positions. In order to be considered at this meeting, a complete request for position review must be received in the Office of Human Resources by March 16.

Health and Wellness E-Magazine...Check out the Gustie Health and Wellness e-magazine Student Health 101 online at This online magazine is available to the entire Gustavus campus community and no registration is required. In the March issue you will find information about Gustie events, Marketplace fun facts, ways to super charge your eating with super foods, dealing with stress, plus much more!

Campus Happenings

Faculty Shop Talk...Ana Adams (MLLC - Spanish and LALACS) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2011-12 academic year. Her talk titled, “From Seville to Peru, Chile, and Back: an Unknown Travel Account by Fray Pedro de Manzanares from Around 1595- 1602,” will be presented on Friday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the 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 Talks website.

Building Bridges Conference...The 17th annual Building Bridges Conference, "Unresolved Conflict: Remember Our Forgotten History," will take place Saturday, March 10, and will address the impact of colonization on American Indians, past and present. Charlotte Black Elk will deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. A highlighted workshop will be given by John Trudell at 12:15 p.m. More information is avilable on the Building Bridges website.

Author Event...Ed Bok Lee, author of Real Karaoke People and Whorled, will read from his works at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center.

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join us for devotions, Bible study, and fellowship from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, in Linner Lounge.

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, March 2 - Gayle Gaskill, University of St. Catherine
  • Sunday, March 4 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, March 5 - Tasha Ostendorf and Irma Marquez
  • Tuesday, March 6 - Mary Solberg and Beth Winterfeldt, Music of Johannes Brahms
  • Wednesday, March 7 - Lenten Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, March 8 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Friday, March 9 - Casey Elledge

Internship Fair...The 12th annual Gustavus Internship Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Heritage Banquet Room.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Wizard of Oz Interactive Movie Party…The Creative Play Place’s third annual Interactive Movie Party is coming up on Saturday, March 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Saint Peter High School Theatre. Fun activities for the whole family throughout the movie! Dress as your favorite character to enter the costume contest or just come watch the movie.Tickets are available online at or call 507-387-1008 for more information.

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.

Sport Shorts

  • The Gustavus men's basketball team received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The Gusties will play Wheaton College at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 2 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. With a win over Wheaton, the team would play a second round game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, also at UW-River Falls.
  • The Gustavus men's hockey team will host the MIAC Championship game against St. Olaf at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Don Roberts Ice Rink. The winner will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
  • The Gustavus women's hockey team will host Bethel in an MIAC Playoff semifinal game at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Don Roberts Ice Rink. The MIAC Championship game will be played on Saturday, March 3.

Telecommunications Updates

The following are additions/changes for the “Personnel Phone Directory 2011-12”:

  • David Lachman, Tennis and Life Camp, phone: x7712, e-mail: dlachman, addition
  • Laura Burnett-Kurie, Athletics, phone: x7619, e-mail: lburnett, addition

For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe (x6261 or

Upcoming events
Date Event
Tomorrow 4 pm Women's Hockey vs. Elmira College (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
Nov 2529 Thanksgiving Recess Campus
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 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: Hymns on Tap Dive
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.
3 pm Women's Basketball at Augsburg College, Minn.
3:305 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Magic Mike XXL Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Dec 6 3:305 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
Dec 7 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 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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