Inside Gustavus 

April 19, 2012 | Volume 44, Number 28

Faculty/Staff Activities

Dr. Justin Knoepfel, Dr. Karrin Meffert-Nelson, and Paul Hill, members of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, each had a hand in the newly awarded Pulitzer Prize for 2012, "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts," by composer Kevin Puts. Commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November 12, 2011, it is a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I. Libretto by Mark Campbell.

Lynnea Myers (Nursing) presented two sessions at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference March 27-31, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. The presentations were titled "Ready, Set, Screen- Developmental and Mental Health Screening for Young Children" and "What's Quality Got to Do With It."

Steve Wright (Music) was a judge for the annual Iowa Jazz Championships in Des Moines on April 10. During the day, he and two others listened to and critiqued 15 bands in the 2A division - one of four divisions. As an evening judge (with four others), he judged the IJC finals, which featured the top two bands in each division. In total, there were 60 jazz ensembles competing for four top ratings by the end of the day. Wright's father - Maurice Wright - was considered a pioneer of jazz education in Iowa, having formed a school big band in Burlington, Iowa in the 1950s.

In February of this year, Dwight Stoll (Chemistry) was appointed to the editorial board of LCGC Magazine, the primary trade publication for separation science. More details are available online.

A book chapter titled "Principles of Online Comprehensive Multidimensional Liquid Chromatography," by Dwight Stoll (Chemistry) and co-authors Peter Carr, Joe Davis, and Sarah Rutan, and Dwight R. Stoll, appeared in the 50th volume of Advances in Chromatography, released in January of 2012.

Elizabeth Baer (English) has published her fourth book, titled The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction. It was released by Wayne State University Press on April 16. The book traces the history of the Jewish legend of the golem and its appropriations in German texts and film as well as in post-Holocaust Jewish-American fiction, comics, graphic narratives, and television.

Baer served as the external reviewer for the English Department at St. John's/St. Ben's this spring term. She will serve on the accreditation team for Hebrew Theological Institute in Chicago in May.

Student Achievements

Fourteen Gustavus students participated in the annual Arrowhead Model United Nations, a regional Model UN with several hundred participants from universities and colleges in the upper midwest. This year, the conference was hosted by Minnesota State University, Mankato and Gustavus represented Belgium, Guatemala, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea). The Gustavus DPRK team was nominated for the best delegation award, and senior Sam Burnton won awards for his work on the environmental committee and for his policy speech as a delegate from the DPRK. Students interested in joining the Gustavus Model UN team for our fall and spring conferences should contact Mimi Gerstbauer.

Funding Opps

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

  • ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

    ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships support digitally-based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The program provides scholars the means to pursue intellectually significant projects that deploy digital technologies intensively. The award includes a stipend of up to $60,000 and up to $25,000 in project costs. The tentative deadline is September 28. More information can be found online.

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

Social Media

  • A video with interviews from students who participated in various Habitat for Humanity service trips during Spring Break is now available on YouTube.

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:

  • James Dontje (Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation) was interviewed by KEYC for a story regarding the College's inclusion in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges."
  • Sesquicentennial Scholar James McPherson appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s show The Daily Circuit on Tuesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • The popular conservative blog PowerLineBlog printed a story on Thursday, April 12 about Charles Krauthammer’s speech at the Lindau Symposium.
  • KEYC-TV ran stories on its 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts about Krauthammer and the Lindau Symposium.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front page story on Friday, April 13 about Charles Krauthammer’s speech and the Lindau Symposium.

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, April 17 and discussed the following items:

  • Professors Steve Mellema and Sujay Rao, Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair respectively, gave a brief update on recent actvities of the Faculty Senate, including a discussion regarding tenure track position requests. Committee elections/appointments will be reviewed at Friday's faculty meeting.
  • Members approved moving forward with the hiring of an Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs.

News & Announcements

Accreditation Update...The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit is now just over one year away – 369 days, to be exact. One major section of the College self-study will center on Criterion 4, Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement. The self-study will evaluate how Gustavus determines and maintain the quality of our academic programs, how we assess the success of our graduates, ways in which we are committed to improving our programs, and how we assess student learning and use this information to improve all aspects of our academic programs. Full details about the Criterion 4 core components 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 (x7481) or Chris Gilbert (x6093) or e-mail us at

Campus Happenings

Celebrating 150 Years of Faith...This Sesquicentennial celebration will take place Saturday, April 21. Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA will give the keynote address at 11 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Longtime Gustavus Chaplain Rev. Richard Q. Elvee will give the homily at the 10:15 a.m. morning worship ceremony. A food packing service-learning event in assocation with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children will take place in the afternoon. More details are available online.

Diversity Week...Gustavus's annual Diversity Week will take place April 22-27. Here is a schedule of events:

  • Sunday, April 22 - People Behind the Posters (Gender Bender Campaign), 7-8 p.m., Courtyard Cafe
  • Monday, April 23 - Paper chain and petition signing, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Campus Center
  • Monday, April 23 - Dream Act Open Forum & Candlelight Vigil, 7-8 p.m., Heritage Banquet Room
  • Tuesday, April 24 - Wear Your Cause on Your Sleeves, 6-9 p.m., Johns Family Courtyard
  • Wednesday, April 25 - Use Your Voice Workshop, 7-9 p.m., Courtyard Cafe
  • Thursday, April 26 - Wall of Release, 2:30-5 p.m., Eckman Mall
  • Thursday, April 26 - Identity Parade, 6 p.m., Eckman Mall
  • Thursday, April 26 - Bonfire, 6:45 p.m., Outside Complex
  • Friday, April 27 - Diversity Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Alumni Hall

Accreditation Open Forums...All Gustavus employees are invited to participate in the second round of accreditation open forums covering the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) criteria for accreditation. Week two is focused on Criterion 2, Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct. Sessions will be held Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25 with two hour-long sessions (2:30 and 3:30 p.m.) each day. HLC Self-Study Steering Committee representatives will review the criterion and evidence gathered thus far, followed by guided discussion of ways in which Gustavus meets or does not meet Criterion 2 requirements. Light refreshments will be provided. Anyone who cannot attend the open forums will still be able to comment via an online feedback form. All open forums will be held in the Faculty-Staff Lounge in the Jackson Campus Center.

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, April 20 - Chaplain Richard Elvee, "Looking Back at This Year's Easter"
  • Sunday, April 22 - Jubilee Festival Worship Celebration, Chaplain Richard Elvee, "Remembering Jesus Christ"
  • Monday, April 23 - Garrett Paul
  • Tuesday, April 24 - David Nissen '12
  • Wednesday, April 25 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, April 26 - Alaina Ramsburg '12
  • Friday, April 27 - Janet DeMars

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join us for devotions, Bible study, and fellowship from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in Linner Lounge.

Benefit Enrollment Meetings...Benefit Enrollment Meetings will be held in the Heritage Room on Tuesday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 25 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Please plan to attend one of these meetings to learn about changes being made. Benefit information was distributed via campus mail.

Author Tea...The College will celebrate publications in the past academic year by faculty and others with a strong Gustavus connection. This year's authors are Elizabeth Baer, Kathryn Christenson, Bob Douglas, Barabara Fister, Sun Hee Lee, Paschal Kyoore, Karl Larson, and Joyce Sutphen. Refreshments will be served and all are encouraged to attend this free event.

Faculty Shop Talk...Asli Ilgit (Political Science) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2011-12 academic year. Her talk entitled, “Diaspora as ‘Agent of Influence’? American-Turks in Turkish-American Relations” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 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 online.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Bob Peterson Memorial Service...A memorial service for longtime Gustavus administrator Bob Peterson will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter with visitation one hour before the service. Memorials are preferred to the Ranae J. and Robert A. Peterson Scholarship Fund at Gustavus or to First Lutheran Church in St. Peter.

Theatre at Patrick's...Benjamin Kolis '12 creates and directs GLASS, as part of his senior honors project in physical theatre, at Patrick's on Third in St. Peter. GLASS is a movement-based work that blurs the lines between movement and theatre. It combines normal human behavior and unplanned, yet everyday performance. Performers draw from their own experiences and strengths to uncover the quiet beauty of normal scenes. Performances are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22.

Congregational Outreach

GACAC..."Celebrating 150 Years of Faith at Gustavus" is the theme of the 25th Annual Convention of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations. The day will begin with a breakfast business meeting for voting delegates and their guests in Alumni Hall, where association business will be conducted, Board of Trustees and Association Board elections completed, and the 2012 Covenant Award will be presented. This year's honoree for the award is Marie Benson. At this sesquicentennial event celebrating faith, key individuals will also be presented the Gustavus 150 awards in recognition for their contributions to Faith in the work of the College. Contact Marilyn Beyer in Church Relations with questions.

Student Leadership Day...Student Leadership Day 2012 is for high school youth and their youth leaders. They are invited to come to Gustavus for a one-day event to develop, learn, and hone the skills to reach their leadership potential -- and to explore and expand leadership possibilities. The keynote address will be given by Tiger McLuen, of Youth Leadership in St. Paul. Gustavus students will facilitate discussion groups with the high school youth. Tiger will lead the adult group as they work on practical ideas for growing a vibrant youth ministry. Also featured will be music by the band of Ryan McLuen. The cost is $12/person. Contact Gina DeNucci in Church Relations with questions.

Telecommunications Updates

Following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2011-12."

  • Nathaniel Johnson, Athletics, phone: x7606, e-mail: njohns17, addition
  • Carlin Shoemaker, Athletics, phone: x8449, e-mail, cshoema2, addition
  • Lori Carsen Kelly, Political Science, phone: x7172, e-mail: lcarsenk, correction
  • Madeline (Mickey) Haller, Athletics, phone: x6145, e-mail: mhaller, deletion
  • Sandra Grochow, Finance, phone: x7500, e-mail: sgrochow, deletion
  • Richard Heilman, Custodial, phone: x6156, e-mail: rheilman, deletion

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


For Sale...Four bedroom, 3 bath home for sale. Adorable cape cod with many extras: screen porch, built-ins, tons of storage, craft room with sink, brick gas fireplace and sauna, hardwood floors and more. If interested call 420-8263.

For Sale or Rent...St. Peter home. Lovely, updated 1915 4-bedroom home with original oak woodwork, newer oversized 2-car garage with attached workshop and matching shed. New efficient furnace (2011) and updated kitchen. Generous cedar fenced yard near city swimming pool and Minnesota Avenue stores. Call 507-469-9105 or email Additional details available online.

For Sale...Three bedroom, three bathroom home adjacent to Pittman Hall on Jefferson Avenue. Quiet faculty neighborhood. Hot water heat, air conditioning, three fireplaces, finished basement, two-car heated and attached garage, yard shed. Lot has lovely evergreens, maples and birches. For more information or to see the house call 507-382-7168 or 507-382-1349.

For Sale: Country living in the middle of town. Two story colonial sits on a large lot with views of the valley. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, family room, 4 season porch, large mud room. Energy efficient. View pictures online. Call Dick Martin at 507-380-5496.

For Sale...A four-bedroom home located in St. Peter is available for sale immediately. The home has roughly 2,600 square feet and includes: four bedrooms, living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, family room, and beautiful three-season porch. In addition to an attached garage, the home has a washer/dryer, refrigerator, range/oven, water softener, central air, and fireplace. Inquiries should be made by phone to 740-326-6711.

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.


Gustavus Friends:

Special thanks to all of you for the cards, gifts, phone calls, and many wishes for my recent retirement. Your kindnesses shared will always be remembered. The friendships made in 48 years are many. Thanks for being part of my journey. I will miss you all.

Sandy Grochow


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "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. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (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.

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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