Inside Gustavus (March 22, 2012)

Volume 44, Number 25

Faculty/Staff Activities

Steve Wright (music) was interviewed for an article in the March 11 Mankato Free Press about Gustavus music education graduate Erik Hermanson. In 18 years, Hermanson has created an instrumental music program that now involves almost 70% of the students at Cleveland (MN) High School.

Peg O'Connor (Philosophy, GWS) is featured in a podcast interview on the blog Working Nine to Five for a series titled "All In A Day's Work." In the interview, O'Connor discusses the onGUARD high risk drinking program and she and Janet DeMars created.

The latest issue of Intersections (Fall, 2011) contains an article by Darrell Jodock, "Gift and Calling: A Lutheran Perspective on Higher Education" and a sermon he delivered during a Convocation of Teaching Theologians, "Fumbling Toward Integrity: A Sermon on Mark 8:34-38 Pastor Kaj Munk and Father Maximilian Kolbe." Munk was Danish; Kolbe was Polish; both were killed by the Nazis.

Lynnea Myers (Nursing), has been nominated for the position of Chapter's Chair on the Executive Board of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Myers currently serves as the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Myers also presented a webinar on March 14 titled "Getting Kids off to a Great Start: Early Childhood Screening" for the Working Family Resource Center.

The Washington Post printed a review of the exhibit "Terraforming: Contemporary Discourse in Landscape Photography," which features the work of Priscilla Briggs (Art and Art History) and five other artists, on March 16.

Raymond Thrower, Director of Campus Safety, conducted two sessions at the annual high school students Career Day. He talked about careers Law Enforcement and Security.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships

    ACLS Fellowships support research in all humanities disciplines and humanities-related social sciences. Six to 12 consecutive months must be devoted to full-time research initiated between July 1, 2013, and February 1, 2014. Stipends are based on academic rank. The tentative deadline is late September 2012. For more information, please see, which provides a link to the 2011 competition guidelines to be used only for reference. Updated application guidelines will be available in summer 2012.

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

  • Gustavus senior student-athlete Seth Anderson was featured by KEYC-TV on Saturday, March 17 for being named to two All-America teams.
  • The Chaska Herald printed a story on March 19 about the Gustavus Choir's upcoming performance at East Union Lutheran Church on Friday, March 30.

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

Position Openings

  • Head Women's Basketball Coach
  • Assistant Football Coach

For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304).

News & Announcements

Koij Family Joins Ministry Team...Rev. Rodney Anderson announced Thursday, March 22 that Rev. Sabina Koij and her husband Mattias E. Koij will join the Chaplains' Office staff for two years beginning in August 2012. Rev. Koij will serve as Visiting Chaplain, while Mattias will serve as Visiting Cantor.

Nominations Sought for the Guild of St. Lucia...The Guild of St. Lucia was established in 1958 to honor women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College and others. Fifteen juniors are elected in the spring of each year. Please send names of nominees with a brief explanation of your nomination to Barb Larson Taylor at

Spring Break Parking Lot Closures...The following lots will be closed from 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 until 4 a.m. Wednesday, April 4: Norelius Lot, Arboretum Lot, Sorensen Lot, and Stadium/Beck Lot. The following lots will be closed from 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 until 4 a.m. Thursday, April 5: Visitor Lot, Lund Lot, Olin Lot, Uhler Lot, Swanson Tennis Center Lot, Chapel Circle, and Southwest Lot. The following lots wil be closed from 5 p.m. Thursday, April 5 until 4 a.m. Friday, April 6: Nobel Lot, Heating Plant Lot, Wahlstrom/Sohre Lot, College View Lot, Bjorling Lot, Arbor View Apartments Lot, and Pittman Lot. Those leaving a vehicle on campus over Spring Break must park in the gravel section of the Bjorling Lot of the purple permit section in the Arbor View parking look. Student and non-registered vehicles not moved to these locations during break will be towed at the owner’s expense ($70 minimum charge) on Tuesday, April 3 at 4pm if parked in any other areas. Employees should note the lot clearing schedule and park according to permit color in alternate lots.

Accreditation Update...The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit team arrives at Gustavus in 397 days to review evidence showing how Gustavus meets all five criteria for accreditation. Criterion 1 is Mission: “The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.” The College self-study will evaluate how our mission guides the operations of the College, ways that we articulate our mission publicly, how our mission relates to the diversity of society, and how our mission demonstrates commitment to the public good. Full details about the Criterion 1 language can be found on the HLC’s website. For more information on the accreditation process and the Gustavus self-study, contact co-chairs Carolyn Dobler (dobler, x7481) or Chris Gilbert (cgilbert, x6093).

Campus Happenings

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 23 - JoNes VanHecke
  • Sunday, March 25 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, March 26 - Zoraida Castillo, guest of Peace Studies Program
  • Tuesday, March 27 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Wednesday, March 28 - Lenten Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, March 29 - Order of Corporate Confession and Forgiveness, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Friday, March 30 - Pastor Don Holmstrom, First Lutheran Church of St. Peter

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. The event is free and open to the public.

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 and is free and open to the public.

Fiction Reading...Authors John Jodzio and Alethea Black will read from their works at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center as part of the Bards in the Arb Series. Free and open to the public.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

  • The Mankato Interfaith Coalition will be hosting a gathering entitled "People of Faith Coming Together: Examining Life, Death and Beyond" on Saturday, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church (501 S. 2nd St., Mankato). The event will feature a panel representing the Hope Interfaith Center as well as Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. There will also be a question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and refreshments will be served before and after the event.
  • 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.
  • The Gustavus Music Showcase event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. The event will feature performances from the Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band. Tickets are available online at

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...This weekend there will be two confirmation retreats coming to campus. Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City, Minn., will be here March 23-25 and Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora, Minn., will be here March 23-24. The Confirmation Retreats program is sponsored by Church Relations and it allows churches to bring their youth here for a weekend of fun, friends, and faith.

GYO...A GYO team will be going to St. John's Lutheran Church in Owatonna, Minn., to host a lock-in. Gustavus Youth Outreach is a student led organization that allows students to go to churches in the area to host lock-ins and provide a night of building relationships, teaching of faith, and fun.

Facility Hours

Spring Break Building Hours...On Friday, March 30 through Thursday, April 5, academic and administrative buildings will close at 6 p.m. each day. On Thursday, April 5, academic and administrative buildings will close at 6 p.m. and remain closed until 7 a.m. on Monday, April 9. Please check the posted hours for the Campus Center, Lund Center, and the Library for specialized closing times. If the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs, please contact Lisa Octigan or Campus Safety to make the necessary changes. Students requiring access to academic buildings after-hours or to secured areas during this period will need to have a "Permission for Admittance Card" issued by a faculty or staff member. Additional cards can be requested from Lisa Octigan.

Lund Center Closure...Lund Center and Lund Arena will be closed to all activity April 2-8 as the Physical Plant performs extensive plumbing work.


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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 8:30 am to 2 pm Faculty Development Day Crowns Room
911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
10:3011:10 am Campus interviews for Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Banquet Room
Tomorrow 8:309 am Morning Prayer Chapel
9 am to 1:30 pm Faculty Meeting Hall
10:3011:10 am Campus interviews for Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Banquet Room
12:152 pm New Faculty Mentors Lunch and Meeting Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
23 pm Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
24 pm Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
Sep 47 New Student Orientation Campus
Sep 4 910 am Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
34 pm Convocation for New Students and Families Chapel
58 pm Men's Soccer hosts St. Norbert College (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
68 pm Volleyball vs. Cornell College (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
810 pm Volleyball at UW-Platteville (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
Sep 56 Men's Golf at Augsburg Invitational Lake, Minn.
Women's Golf at Saint Benedict Invite, Minn.
Sep 5 10 am Women's Cross Country hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10 am to noon Volleyball vs. Ripon College (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
10:45 am Men's Cross Country hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
noon to 2 pm Volleyball vs. Westminster College (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
1 pm Women's Soccer at Wartburg College, Iowa
7 pm Football at Crown College Bonifacius, Minn.
Sep 6 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
36 pm Men's Soccer hosts Viterbo University (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
4 pm Women's Soccer at Luther College, Iowa
Sep 7 24 pm Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
89 pm Life of a Gustie Athlete Hall Atrium
Sep 8 Fall Semester Begins Campus
911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
1010:20 am Convocation for the Opening of the 154th Academic Year Chapel
35 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams - Fall 2015 Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
68 pm Class of 2016 Ice Cream Social!'s Family Courtyard
Sep 9 7:309 am Gustie Breakfast - Thomas Young '88 Center Ballroom
24 pm Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams - Fall 2015 Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
67:30 pm Women's Hockey informational Meeting Center Classroom 208
78:30 pm Men's Hockey Informational Meeting Center room 207
Sep 10 911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session's Dining Room
34 pm Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
35 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams - Fall 2015 Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
Sep 11 11 am to noon Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
24 pm Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:303:30 pm Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
46 pm First Friday Faculty Social Center
46 pm Volleyball vs. Western Connecticut State University (Johnson & Wales Tournament), R.I.
68 pm Volleyball vs. Salve Regina Univeristy (Johnson & Wales Tournament), R.I.
710 pm Men's Soccer at Principia College, Ill.
Sep 12 Men's Cross Country at UW-River Falls Invite Falls, Wis.
Women's Cross Country at UW-River Falls Invite Falls, Wis.

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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