Inside Gustavus 

March 29, 2012 | Volume 44, Number 26

Faculty/Staff Activities

Eric Dugdale (Classics), Julie Gilbert (Library), Yurie Hong (Classics), and Provost Mark Braun attended a workshop on "Information Fluency in Ancient Studies" sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges on March 22-24. The team is developing programs for students to obtain a better understanding of information fluency in ancient studies and will also be working on ways to promote information fluency across campus.

Dennis Henry, Professor Emeritus of Physics, was recently promoted to the rank of Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Approximately 8% of IEEE's 416,000 members hold this grade, which requires extensive experience, and reflects professional maturity and documented achievements of significance.

Julie Gilbert (Library) has been named the 2012 recipient of the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award from the Minnesota Library Association. Read more about this honor online.

Lois Peterson (Art and Art History) has been awarded a $10,000 Artist Initiative Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. Peterson will use the grant to expand upon her understanding of minimalist expression by traveling to sites in the United States of well known minimalist art collections. Peterson will also produce 30 new drawings continuing her current work of minimalist/non representational drawings.

Virgil Jones, Assistant Dean of Students, was recently elected as the 2012-13 Chair of the Minnesota State Council of American College Testing (ACT). Jones has served as a member of the council since 2009.

Kyle Momsen (HES) was selected as the lead member of the Sports Medicine team that will accompany the United States Junior and Cadet Fencing delegation as they compete at the World Championships. The event will be held in Moscow, Russia March 30- April 8. Kyle will also be covering events this year in France, South Korea, and Cuba.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Association of University Women Fellowships and Publication Grants for 2013-2014

    The AAUW offers Post-doctoral Research Leave Fellowships and Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants. The former provides $30,000 for one year of support for women in the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The latter provides $6,000 in support for tenure-track women faculty members without a strong publishing record for eight consecutive weeks of final preparation of research publications. The tentative deadline is November 15. More information is available on the AAUW website.

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:

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Thursday, March 29 about the Reading in Common book selection for 2012-13.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story in its April 2012 issue about the 48th Nobel Conference: Our Global Ocean. Joel Carlin (Biology) is quoted in the story.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story in its April 2012 issue about James McPherson's upcoming appearance on campus as Sesquicentennial Scholar.
  • The Mankato Free Press featured student-athlete Lisa Klass in a Friday, March 23 article. Klass and head softball coach Jeff Annis were quoted in the story.
  • The Chaska Herald printed a story about the Gustavus Choir's Friday, March 30 concert in East Union on Monday, March 19.

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

  • Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, and discussed the following items:

  • President Ohle confirmed the date of the faculty tenure service as Monday, May 21, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees spring meeting.
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time replacement Dining Service position.
  • Provost Braun introduced an intellectual property policy for the College. This policy will be reviewed at an upcoming Cabinet meeting.

News & Announcements

Employee Enhancement Day Rescheduled...Employee Enhancement Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 4. This annual event is open to all employees at Gustavus. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 8-9:15 a.m., Life Gifts with Kathi Tunheim
  • 9:15-9:30 a.m., Break
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m., Discovering and Engaging Your Strengths with Kirk Beyer
  • 1-2:15 p.m., Life Gifts with Kathi Tunheim (repeat of 8 a.m. session)

Sandy's Retirement Party...Sandy Grochow (Finance Office) is retiring on Friday, April 13 after 48 years at Gustavus! Come celebrate Sandy's career on Tuesday, April 10 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room.

Faculty and Admin Service Awards Dinner...This annual dinner will be held Wednesday, May 16 in Alumni Hall, beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The College and the Alumni Association will recognize 2012 reitrees and the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years to the College. Cost is $10 per person and registration information will be available in the next Inside Gustavus. A list of those being recognized follows. Please contact the Alumni Office at x7511 or with the name of any person that should be included in the list of honorees or with any questions.

10 Years: Joan Anderson, Aaron Banks, Jeff Dahlseid, Casey Elledge, Jeff Jeremiason, Brenda Kelly, Kristofer Kracht, Matthew Panciera, Janine Wotton

15 Years: Robert Adney, Glenn Barnette, Stephen Bennett, Leila Brammer, Mike Carroll, John Cha, Kris Glidden, Donna Hewitt, Al Molde, Tim Peterson, Deb Pitton, Amy Seham

20 Years: Elizabeth Baer, Jolene Christensen, Carolyn Dobler, Naomi Quiram, Don Scheese, Patricia Snapp, Bruce VanDuser, Warren Wunderlich

25 Years: Barbara Fister, Michael Hvidsten, Robert Irvin, Douglas Nimmo, Jeff Stocco

35 Years: Al Behrends, Deborah Downs-Miers, Julie Johnson, Karen Larson, Steve Waldhauser

40 Years: Dean Wahlund

Retirees: Bob Douglas, Hayden Duncan, John Holte, Karen Larson, Horst Ludwig, Al Molde

Accreditation Update...The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit team arrives at Gustavus in 390 days. Gustavus will be among the first institutions to be reviewed under revised accreditation criteria that take effect January 1, 2013. Criterion 2 is Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct. Our self-study will evaluate the degree to which the institution operates with integrity in all College operations; how we present ourselves to the public; the autonomy of the Board of Trustees to make decisions in the best interest of the institution; the College’s commitment to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning; and ways that we ensure students, faculty, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly. Full details about the Criterion 2 requirements 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).

Reading in Common Selection...The College has selected The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore as its Reading in Common book for the 2012-13 academic year. Moore is tentatively scheduled to make a public appearance on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 11. More information about the book is available online.

Until Next Time...There will be no Inside Gustavus published on Thursday, April 5. The next edition will be published Thursday, April 12.

Campus Happenings

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes...This annual event during Sexual Assault Awareness month has become a Gustavus tradition that supports the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fun opportunity for both women and men to educate the college about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence. Please pre-register in the Peer Assistants Office any time up until the event. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the John’s Family Courtyard with the actual walking beginning at 6 p.m. Taco-in-a-bag dinner will be available at the end of the walk!

Elvee Returns...Rev. Richard Q. Elvee, a fixture at Gustavus Adolphus College for 38 years from 1962 to 2000, will return to the College for a weeklong stint as Chaplain in Residence April 16-22. It will be his first extended visit to campus since his retirement. Read the news story online for more details about his weeklong stay on campus.

Celebrating 150 Years of Faith...Gustavus Adolphus College students, staff, alumni, and friends of the College are invited to a Sesquicentennial celebration of 150 years of faith at the College on Saturday, April 21. The day’s events will include speaking appearances by the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Rev. Mark S. Hanson and longtime Gustavus Chaplain Richard Q. Elvee, as well as a food packing service-learning event with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children. Read more about the day's events online.

Lindau Symposium...Charles Krauthammer will keynote this year's Lindau Symposium at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in Alumni Hall. More information is available online.

Sesquicentennial Scholar...Gustavus alumnus, Civil War historian, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson ’58 will return to his alma mater April 15-17 as a Sesquicentennial Scholar. McPherson will speak publicly during the College's Monday, April 16, daily chapel service at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. More information about his visit to campus is available online.

A Celebration of Minnesota Poetry...Gustavus will celebrate Minnesota poetry in honor of Minnesota Poet Laureate and Gustavus English professor Joyce Sutphen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in Alumni Hall. Several distinguished guests will read from their works at this free and open to the public event.

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 30 - Pastor Don Holmstrom, First Lutheran Church
  • Sunday, April 1 through Monday, April 9 - NO CHAPEL, Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 10 - Festival of Hymns for the Resurrection of Our Lord
  • Wednesday, April 11 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, April 12 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Friday, April 13 - Keisha Betcher and Erica Roelofs, Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Work Trips

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Organ Recital...Twin Cities organist Steve Gentile will present a recital of organ music in honor of his teacher, Heinrich Fleischer at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1 at First Lutheran Church in Saint Peter. Gentile is Associate Organist at Wayzata Community Church and has performed throughout the United States, France, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. His teacher, Dr. Fleischer, taught at the University of Minnesota for many years, and was recognized as a master interpreter of Romantic organ music. April 1 marks Fleischer’s 100th birthday. This recital is free and open to all.

Meditative Music for Good Friday...Mary Solberg, soprano (Religion) & Beth Winterfeldt, piano, will perform music by Johannes Brahms, “Four Serious Songs, Op. 121” at 12:15 p.m. on Good Friday, April 6, in the First Lutheran Church nave. These songs set texts from Ecclesiastes, 1 Corinthians, and the apocryphal book Ecclesiasticus, and dwell upon themes of death, life, and hope. Also, Chad Winterfeldt (Chaplain's Office/Music) will perform organ selections by Brahms.

Facility Hours

Spring Break Library Hours

  • Friday, March 30: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 31-Sunday, April 1: Closed
  • Monday, April 2-Thursday, April 5: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8: Closed
  • Monday, April 9: 8 a.m.-1 a.m.

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.

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.

Sport Shorts

  • The Gustavus softball team kicked off its 2012 MIAC schedule with a convincing sweep of Bethel on Wednesday afternoon in Arden Hills, Minn. The Gusties picked up their first two wins in MIAC play by the scores of 9-0 in five innings in game one and 13-3 in six innings in game two. Gustavus is now 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the MIAC.
  • The Gustavus women's golf team shot a one-round total of 315 (+27) at North Links Golf Course in Mankato to edge Minnesota State University, Mankato by two strokes on Sunday, March 25.
  • The Gustavus baseball team went 5-2 in seven games while in Phoenix, Ariz., March 22-25. The team is now 7-6 on the season and will open its MIAC schedule on Saturday, March 31 at home against Augsburg.


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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants SNL Arena
Sep 27 "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.
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.
Oct 5 Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.

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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