Inside Gustavus (March 15, 2012)

Volume 44, Number 24

Faculty/Staff Activities

Ruth Baker, Thomas Sigler, and Anna Versluis (Geography) attended the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers held in New York City on Feb. 24-28. Dr. Sigler presented a paper titled “Explaining Rapid Growth along Panama City’s Waterfront” and Dr. Versluis presented a paper titled “Formal and Familial Material Aid Following the 2010 Earthquake Disaster in Haiti.”

Tom McHugh (Admission) has been named co-chair of the Member Relations Committee of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). This three-year term includes a position on the MACAC Board.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) was an invited presenter at "Agricultural Ethics in East Asian Perspective," a conference held in Taipei. Her talk was entitled "Theorizing Alternative Agriculture: The Limits of the Global/Local Dichotomy."

Tom LoFaro (Mathematics and Computer Science) was the guest of Nobel Conference 2011 presenter Paul Glimcher at New York University. During his visit to the Glimcher lab, Tom presented a talk entitled "A Period-Adding Bifurcation in a Pair of Coupled Neurons" in the Center for Neural Science at NYU.

Student Achievements

Joey Taylor '13 published an article, "An American's Advice on What is to be Done in Russia" (in Russian) in the Mаrch 12 issue of "Gorod 812," а weekly magazine of arts, politics and society published in Saint Petersburg. Joey is currently studying Russian and Political Science on a student exchange at the Bard-Smolny institute in Saint Petersburg.

Eric Cox '11 had his Political Science thesis, "Modeling Interest Group Interaction: Environmental Groups vs. Auto Companies," published in the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. You can read his article online.

Social Media

For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Matt Thomas or Tim Kennedy in Marketing and Communication at mthomas@gustavus.edu or tkennedy@gustavus.edu).

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 featured women's hockey player Allie Schwab in a Thursday, March 15 article. Head coach Mike Carroll and Schwab were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Tuesday, March 13 about James McPherson's '58 upcoming appearance at Gustavus as a Sesquicentennial Scholar.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, March 11 about the Building Bridges Conference and keynote speaker Charlotte Black Elk's speech. Black Elk and student Tasha Ostendorf were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the Gustavus women's hockey team advancing to the national semifinals in its Sunday, March 11 Sports section. Head coach Mike Carroll and student-athlete Allie Schwab were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a preview story of the Building Bridges Conference on Saturday, March 10.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the Gustavus spring dance concert, Something Like Flight on Friday, March 9. The story also featured Technical Director Terena Wilkens. Wilkens and Michele Rusinko (Theatre & Dance) 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 mthomas@gustavus.edu).

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on March 6 and March 13 and discussed the following topics:

  • Members approved the advertising for a full time Student Life replacement position (Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs).
  • Discussion was held regarding combining student co-curricular recognition events into one large event.  Members liked the idea, and Vice President VanHecke will continue discussions with Student Life staff regarding the feasibility of holding such an event this academic year, possibly in conjunction with Honors Day.
  • President Ohle distributed and reviewed documents outlining a charge, purpose, scope, and desired outcome of the Special Task Force. 
  • Discussion was held regarding a tobacco free policy.  
  • Faculty Senate Chair Steve Mellema gave an update on recent activities of the Faculty Senate, including continued conversations about the work of the Personnel Committee and an amendment to the Faculty Manual concerning the process for considering faculty status for administrators.
  •  President Ohle gave an update on the two Distinguished Chair searches.  He hopes to announce the successful candidate for the Distinguished Chair in Management and Leadership by the end of next week. Two candidates for the Bernhardson Chair have been interviewed and a third candidate will be on campus next week.

News & Announcements

Accreditation Update...The countdown stands at 404 days before the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit team arrives at Gustavus. The college’s primary task for the site visit is the preparation of a self-study that evaluates all aspects of Gustavus. A steering committee of faculty, staff and administrators has been working on the self-study since the summer of 2010, gathering evidence that shows Gustavus meets all five criteria for accreditation. The rough draft of this document will be available in fall 2012, and the steering committee will seek feedback from all corners of the Gustavus community before the finalized self-study is approved by the Board of Trustees and submitted to the HLC in February 2013. For more information on the accreditation process and the Gustavus self-study, contact co-chairs Carolyn Dobler (dobler@gustavus.edu, x7481) or Chris Gilbert (cgilbert@gustavus.edu, x6093).

Spring Fitness Challenge...Registration for the GHP Spring Fitness Challenge can be done online beginning March 19. The team captain must register the team online by April 6 and then pick up the Challenge packet at the Lund Information Desk. The challenge runs for four weeks from April 9-May 7. Each participant who reaches their exercise goal will receive either a state park sticker or a fishing license. Contact Rachelle Dosch at rdosch@gustavus.edu for more information.

Campus Happenings

Empowering Women Week...Watch for tabling and events during the week of March 19-23 in celebration of Empowering Women Week. Guest speaker Stacy Nadeau will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Alumni Hall on "Embracing Real Beauty."

Human Sex Trafficking Documentary...The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will sponsor a screening of the documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in Alumni Hall. The film is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary on the global sex trade that tells the story of millions of women and children around the world who are increasingly becoming the expendable pawns of the demand for illicit sex.

Education Under Fire...This campaign that revolves around the human rights violations in Iran regarding the denial of education to people of the Baha'i faith, is coming to campus Friday, March 23. A 30-minute documentary will be shown, followed by discussion with special guests Dr. Nadar Saidei and Ms. Parva Fattahi. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

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 16 - Senior Ellen Miller
  • Sunday, March 18 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, March 19 - Prayers for Healing, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Tuesday, March 20 - Eric Eliason
  • Wednesday, March 21 - Lenten Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, March 22 - Julie Johnson
  • Friday, March 23 - JoNes VanHecke

Faculty Shop Talk...Dwight Stoll (Chemistry) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2011-12 academic year. His talk titled, “Impacts of a multi-disciplinary approach to training undergraduates in analytical chemistry: Adventures in the analysis of environmental contaminants and chemopreventive compounds in foods” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, 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 at, gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join others for devotions, Bible study, and fellowship from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, in Linner Lounge.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Retirement Celebration...Sandy Grochow is retiring after 48 years at Gustavus. A reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Apri 13 at Shoreland Country Club. Bring a toast and a story to tell.

Musical Event...The St. Peter Choral Society will present Bach’s St. John Passion with an eighteen–piece orchestra at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at the Church of St. Peter. Directed by Sara McKay, soloists include Gustavus professor Michael Jorgensen in the role of Jesus and Gustavus graduate Roy Heilman as St. John the Evangelist. Orchestral members from the Gustavus community include Ann Pesavento (bassoon), Kris Raaen (flute), Helen Baumgartner and Mark Wamma (violin), Warren Friesen (viola), Kate Sonsteby (cello), David Fienen (organ), and four choral scholars including undergrads Gabe Hanson, Rebecca Thompson, and Devon Marschall. Choir members include SPCS president John Holte, Ron Rietz, Bernard Erling, and Steve Hogberg. The concert will be repeated at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at All Saints Catholic Church in Madison Lake. Tickets are $10 in advance at Swedish Kontur in St. Peter and Peoples State Bank in Madison Lake and Eagle Lake. $15 at the door. Students free.

Benefit...There will be a benefit and silent auction for Jerry Thompson April 21 from 5-11 p.m. at the American Legion in St. Peter. Cash donations may be dropped off at Nicollet County Bank. Jerry is recovering from brain tumor surgery.

Sport Shorts

  • The Gustavus women's hockey team will play in a national semifinal game against Norwich College at 6 p.m. Central Time on Friday, March 16. The Gusties will then either play for third place or the Division III national championship on Saturday, March 17.
  • Gustavus men's basketball player Seth Anderson will play in the 2012 Reese's Division III College All-Star Game at 3:30 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, March 17 in Salem, Va.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education...Garret Paul (Religion) will be speaking at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, March 18 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine on the topic "God and Politics." Grady St. Dennis (Church Relations/Chaplains' Office) will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. Sunday March 18 at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth on "Reflections as Chaplain to the Minnesota House of Representatives." Partners in Education is a program coordinated by Church Relations in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

GYO...Gustavus Youth Outreach will travel to Peace Lutheran Church in Cosomos, Minn., March 16-18. GYO is a student led organization that works with the youth from churches on or off campus to help them grow in their faith through games, Bible Studies, and Worship Services.

Retreats...St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth will be having an overnight retreat in the retreat center March 16-17. The Association of Congregations Retreat Center allows churches to bring a small group of adults to campus to focus on a weekend of education and reflection. St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Minn., will hold a confirmation retreat on campus March 16-18.

Exploring Religious Questions Series...This series will hold one more session on Monday, March 19 when Darrell Jodock presents on the topic "Politics and Religion: Sorting Things Out." The sessions are held in Olin 103 from 7-9 p.m. Registration is necessary and space is limited. Exploring Religious Questions gives people the chance to come and learn about topics that are relevant to religion in today's society. Contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001) in Church Relations with questions.

Plugs

For Sale...Historic family home located on North Minnesota Avenue in Saint Peter. Three bedrooms (large master bedroom), 2 1/2 baths, partially finished attic, spacious entrance foyer, formal living room/dining room area, kitchen/prep space, hardwood floor, finished basement with knotty pine paneling featuring hot tub room, unattached two-car garage. Call 507-931-3051.

"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
Today 67 pm Cardio Dance(HWC)w/ Sydneyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/cardio-dance-hwc-w-sydney-2/44334Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
Tomorrow Finals for Half-Semester Courseshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/finals-for-half-semester-courses/35164Gustavus Campus
TomorrowMar 28 NCGA Championshipshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/ncga-championships-2/45017La Crosse, Wis.
Tomorrow 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: "Jazz Liturgy"https://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-jazz-liturgy/44814Christ Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE-Step Aerobicshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-step-aerobics/44549Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE-Yogahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-yoga/44562Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
27 pm Softball at Central College (DH)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/softball-at-central-college-dh-2/43225Pella, Iowa
2:303:30 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/cardio-dance-hmc-class-w-gabe-2/44348Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304 pm Faculty Senate Meetinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/faculty-senate-meeting-2/42403The Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
67 pm Self Defense (HWC) w/ Antonhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/self-defense-hwc-w-anton/44247Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
Mar 28 Men's Track and Field at Point Loma Nazarene University Invitationalhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-track-and-field-at-point-loma-nazarene-university-invitational/43929San Diego, Calif.
Women's Track and Field at Point Loma Nazarene University Invitationalhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-track-and-field-at-point-loma-nazarene-university-invitational/43930San Diego, Calif.
Mar 28 to Apr 6 Spring Breakhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/spring-break-9/35166Gustavus Campus
Mar 28 16 pm Softball at Simpson College (DH)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/softball-at-simpson-college-dh/43226Indianola, Iowa
17 pm Baseball hosts Hamline University (DH)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/baseball-hosts-hamline-university-dh-2/43509St. Peter, Minn.
Mar 29 noon to 5 pm Softball at University of Dubuque (DH)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/softball-at-university-of-dubuque-dh/43227Oskaloosa, Iowa
69 pm Saint Peter Area Robotics Open Househttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/saint-peter-area-robotics-open-house/45009Beck Hall, Room 001
Mar 31 10 am to 1 pm Men's Tennis vs. Williams Collegehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-tennis-vs-williams-college/43806Claremont, Calif.
Apr 1 2:308:30 pm Baseball hosts St. Olaf College (DH)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/baseball-hosts-st-olaf-college-dh-2/43510St. Peter, Minn.
67 pm Self Defense (HWC) w/ Antonhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/self-defense-hwc-w-anton/44248Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 2 1:302:30 pm GLBTQA Support Grouphttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/glbtqa-support-group-2/44115Chaplains Resource Room, Old Main 103
3:308:30 pm Softball at College of Saint Benedict (DH)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/softball-at-college-of-saint-benedict-dh-2/43228St. Joseph, Minn.
Apr 3 Men's Golf vs. Flagler Collegehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-golf-vs-flagler-college-3/44129Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Women's Golf vs. Flagler Collegehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-golf-vs-flagler-college-3/44135Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Apr 34 Women's Tennis at Midwest Invitationalhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-tennis-at-midwest-invitational-3/43677Madison, Wis.
Apr 3 10 am to 1 pm Men's Tennis at Pomona-Pitzer Collegeshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-tennis-at-pomona-pitzer-colleges-2/43807Claremont, Calif.
noon to 5 pm Softball hosts Concordia College (DH)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/softball-hosts-concordia-college-dh/43229St. Peter, Minn.
25 pm Men's Tennis at Cerritos Collegehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-tennis-at-cerritos-college-2/43816Norwalk, Calif.
67 pm Self Defense (HWC) w/ Antonhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/self-defense-hwc-w-anton/44249Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 4 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Men's Tennis at Claremont-Mudd-Scrippshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-tennis-at-claremont-mudd-scripps-6/43808Claremont, Calif.
17 pm Baseball at Augsburg College (DH)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/baseball-at-augsburg-college-dh-2/43511Minneapolis, Minn.
Apr 5 34 pm Yoga Sculpt (HWC) w/ Hannahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/yoga-sculpt-hwc-w-hanna/44363Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
56 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ McKenziehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/zumba-hwc-w-mckenzie/44404Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
Feb 23 to Apr 19 Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix, and additional exhibitions, at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/imagined-worlds-large-and-small-the-photographs-of-sarah-hobbs-and-lori-nix-and-additional-exhibitions-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/44762Hillstrom 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.

News

Alexandra Kopp Set To Represent Gymnastics At NCGA Championships This Weekend

6 hours ago by Ethan Armstrong
From Athletics » Featured Homepage

Lizzy Stanczyk Named MIAC Women’s Tennis Athlete Of The Week

2 days ago by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

Softball’s Doubleheader Against Saint Mary’s Postponed To April 6

2 days ago by Ethan Armstrong
From Athletics

Professor Deborah Goodwin to Give Inaugural Wahlstrom Lecture

2 days ago by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Second

African Studies Program to Host Dr. August Nimtz Jr. on April 8

2 days ago by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Third

Fifth Annual Gustavus Women in Leadership Conference is April 16

2 days ago by Matt Thomas '00
From News » First

Women’s Swimming & Diving Finishes 10th At NCAA Championships

5 days ago by Ethan Armstrong
From Athletics

Women’s Tennis Earns Two Non-Conference Wins Vs. St. Scholastica, MSU, Mankato

5 days ago by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

First-Ever Jazz Combos Showcase at Gustavus Sunday

5 days ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Holt & Fasbender Recital Sunday

5 days ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Philharmonic Orchestra Welcomes Violin Soloists Sunday

5 days ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Wind Orchestras to Present Joint Spring Concert

Last week by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Jennessa Runia Recital Set for Friday

Last week by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

February at Gustavus in Pictures

Last week by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Sixth

Josh Sande ’12 Discovers Academic Curiosity and Passion for Public Service

Last week by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Fourth

 

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