Inside Gustavus (May 3, 2012)
Volume 44, Number 30
Kirk Beyer (Human Resources) will be presenting workshops on May 7 and 8 at the Midwest Region CUPA-HR annual conference in Milwaukee. In an all-day series of sessions in a pre-conference workshop specifically for human resources professions new to higher education, the focus will be on "Understanding Higher Education"; sessions will include providing an understanding of the characteristics of higher education and how it differs from the rest of the world of work; an explanation of protocols, traditions and vernacular specific to higher education; a tutorial on the budgetary and financial aspects of colleges and universities; and a discussion about the future of higher education and its effects. With John Toller of East Carolina University, he will lead a session on "Key Strategies and Implementation Tools for a Successful Diversity Initiative," explaining the importance of diversity in higher education and discussing diversity initiatives at Gustavus Adolphus College and Aetna.
Yurie Hong (Classics) published a book chapter titled "Collaboration and Conflict: The Maternal-Fetal Relationship in Hippocratic Gynecology and Embryology" in the edited volume "Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome" from University of Texas Press.
Rebecca Fremo (English) has an essay forthcoming in the next issue of READER: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy (spring 2012). The essay is titled "'You Are a Reader, and That’s What I Need': Expectations of Proximity, Authority, and Enjoyment at a Liberal Arts College."
Junior Dawn Comstock is the 2012 recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Science Award. Since 1979, this award has been given annually by the Swedish Council of America as a means of honoring the accomplishments of students from Swedish founded colleges. Comstock will travel to Sweden this December to participate in a week of festivities centered on the Nobel Prize as part of the Stockhom International Youth Science Seminar. The Gustavus community is invited to a reception and award presententation for Dawn from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10 in the Heritage Banquet Room.
Sophomore Megan Wika has been awarded a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)/German Academic Exchange Service that will allow her to study in Freiburg, Germany next fall through the IES Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program. More information about Wika's scholarship is available online.
Senior Brad Kruckeberg has been named the recipient of the 2012 Bob Stein College Scholar Athlete Award by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Kruckeberg, a biology major and management minor, was a four-year letterwinner on the football team and has maintained a 3.88 GPA. More information is available about his honor online.
Geography students Peter Westby, Jory Birkeland, and Emery Ellingson presented papers at the Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium on April 28. Peter's paper was titled "Growth in Nashville," Jory's was titled "The Future of Public Transportation in the American West,"' and Emery's was titled "Corn Ethanol and CRP Enrollment in Minnesota."
Gifts & Grants
The Mankato Clinic Foundation has awarded Gustavus a $5,000 grant to be used to help facilitate the development and implementation of an innovative peer-group wellbeing coaching initiative.
- American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants for All Disciplines
Franklin Research Grants support the cost of research leading to publication in all disciplines, with a funding preference toward junior faculty. The program helps meet such research costs as travel to libraries and archives, purchase of research materials, and the costs associated with fieldwork or laboratory expenses. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000 for use in calendar year 2013. The tentative deadlines are October 1 and December 1. More information is available online.
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 Sunday, April 29 about the site-specific dances choreographed and directed by Stephan Koplowitz in honor of the College's Sesquicentennial. Koplowitz and Melissa Rolnick (Theatre and Dance) were quoted in the story.
- The Star Tribune printed a news brief regarding Books in Bloom in a Sunday, April 29 article.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the Theatre and Dance production of Origin Story on Friday, April 27.
- The St. Peter Herald printed stories about Books in Bloom, the two Fulbright Scholarship winners, and James McPherson's visit to campus in its Thursday, May 3 edition.
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 email@example.com).
The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
* New Administrators
- Michael O'Brien, Computer and Electronics Technician, GTS
News & Announcements
Twins Tickets...Tickets are still available to join other Gustie employees and their families for an afternoon of outdoor baseball at Target Field on Wednesday, June 27 when the Minnesota Twins host the Chicago White Sox. Game time is 12:10 p.m. and tickets are $25/person. Requests for tickets will be filled in the order payment is received. Seats are located in the sections 310 and 311. Each person will receive a voucher for a pop and hotdog. Free bus transportation will be provided for those interested and who make reservations in advance. The buses will leave at 10 a.m. at the three flags. Employees may request unpaid release time from their supervisor to attend the game. Please make checks payable to Gustavus and send payment to the President’s Office. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or x7538 with questions.
Twins and Trumpets...Twelve Gustavus trumpeters played as part of the Bemidji State Trumpet Invitational performance of the National Anthem at the Minnesota Twins game at Target Field on April 25. The music arrangement was written by Steve Wright (Music) and featured trumpeters Cory Ruegg, Julie Hill, Matthew Martin, Nick Mason, Tim Grev, Nick Hamberg, Mariah Krusemark, Dan Leifermann, Karl Boettcher, Chris Allen (bass trumpet), plus faculty members Douglas Nimmo and Steve Wright. 120 trumpeters of all ages participated in this year's performance. This is the 2nd annual Twins event, which began in May of 2011 when Wright co-hosted the 37th annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in Minneapolis. That five day conference broke an all-time attendance record, with over 1,400 trumpeters from all over the world attending. You can watch the performance on YouTube.
Lecture Canceled...The Thursday, May 3 lecture featuring Dr. Brian Holmes has been canceled due to an illness with the speaker.
Summer Snapshot Visit Days...The Gustavus Admission Office will welcome prospective students to campus for our annual Summer Snapshot visit days on July 20, August 3, and August 17. The Summer Snapshots serve as an introduction to Gustavus for high school juniors and seniors. During the day, prospective students can learn more about Gustavus through interest sessions, mini-classes, and campus tours. If faculty members are interested in teaching a mini-class, please contact JJ Akin by phone (x7004) or email (email@example.com).
Benefit enrollment deadline is Wednesday, May 9. As a reminder, if you do not enroll online by May 9, your benefits will default and you will be automatically enrolled in the same coverage you had during the 2011-12 benefit plan year for Medical, Dental, Voluntary Life Insurance, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment. You will not be enrolled in Medical Reimbursement, Dependent Care or Additional Retirement.
The Gustavus community is cordially invited to attend a reception from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, May 14 in the Heritage Room to thank Barbara Kaiser and Kevin Byrne for their work as Deans in the Office of the Provost. After serving three years as Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Programs, Barbara will resume her role as professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Kevin will retire (again) after 41 years of service to the College, first as professor in the History Department and in this past year as Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty. We hope you will stop by to wish them well in their future endeavors.
Accreditation Update...The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit occurs in 355 days, next April 22-24. Besides covering the five criteria for accreditation, the College Self-Study must contain a Federal Compliance Section that reviews several areas of federal law pertaining to higher education. In this section we will discuss student loans and default rates; how the college counts credit for our students and how we evaluate transfer credits; verification of student identity; and how we track and respond to student complaints. Full details about federal compliance 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 (x7481) or Chris Gilbert (x6093) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLA Writers Workshop...Gustavus Library Associates invites you to attend their spring Author Day at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. Dr. Rebecca Fremo, aka "The Writing Person" will lead the writers workshop. Join us for an evening full of writing, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at gustavustickets.com. You do not have to be a GLA member to attend, everyone is welcome!
Gustie Breakfast...Join Gustie alumni, staff, and friends to learn something new about Gustavus at the monthly St. Peter Gustie Breakfast. This month, our presenter is Rev. Dennis J. Johnson '60. Dennis served as President of Gustavus from 2002-2003. Please join us in a banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center on the Gustavus campus. Cost is $8 for an individual or $15 per couple. RSVP to 507-933-6664 or email@example.com.
Accreditation Open Forums...All Gustavus employees are invited to participate in the fourth round of accreditation open forums covering the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) criteria for accreditation. Week four is focused on Criterion 4, Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement. Sessions will be held Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9 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 4 requirements. Light refreshments will be provided. Anyone who cannot attend the open forums will still be able to comment via an online feedback form (URL will be posted on Gustavus-l next week). 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, May 4 - Matt Panciera
- Sunday, May 6 - Chaplain Rachel Larson, Lucia Singers
- Monday, May 7 - Senior Ben Batz
- Tuesday, May 8 - Schwalm Brostrom Service Awards
- Wednesday, May 9 - Morning Prayer
- Thursday, May 10 - Justin Knoepfel
- Friday, May 11 - Eric Dugdale
Choir Concert...The 36-voice Thiel Choir from Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. The performance is part of the Thiel Choir’s 2012 concert tour season. Thiel College is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and its 135-acre campus is located in College Heights in Greenville, Penn. The choir will perform a variety of sacred works by Palestrina, Hovland, Lauridsen, Ijames, Madiera, Tate, Raminsh, Lutheran composers F.Melius Christiansen and Robert Wetzler, as well as arrangements of spirituals by Howard Helvey, Moses Hogan and Paul Weber. The program will include sacred works which celebrate hope and love, and works of the Native American culture and earth consciousness. There will be no charge for admission, however, a freewill offering will be taken. For more information about the concert, contact the church office at 507-934-3060.
The Sibley County Historical Society and the Joseph R. Brown Society will present "An Afternoon with Alice" at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at the Minnesota New Country School in Henderson, Minn. The program will feature the songs of Alice Tegner, much loved Swedish song writer from the mid-twentieth centure, performed by Swedish children who entertain with puppets, dancing, singing and acting out songs in Swedish and English. Refreshments will be served following the performance which is free and open to the public.
Flute Recital...Gustavus junior Antonio Herbert, flute, will present a recital of music for flute and classical guitar with guitarist Mike Pettman at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at Union Presbyterian Church in St. Peter. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be collected.
Family Improv Night...The Creative Play Place presents Family Improv Night with Walrus Improv Comedy. Come join the acclaimed Walrus Improv Comedy troupe for a family improv workshop followed by a family-friendly improv comedy performance (Ages 4 and up). The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5 @ in front of the Saint Peter Community Center (Gorman Park) if the weather holds out. If not, it will be in the community center gym at 1:30 p.m. Suggested Donation $1 per person.
Partners in Education...Darrell Jodock (Religion) will be doing an on-campus presentation for Messiah Lutheran Church from North Mankato, which will be on campus for a day retreat. Jodock will be presenting on the topic "Martin Luther and Civil Disobedience." He will be speaking at 1 p.m. Monday, May 7. Partners in Education is a program sponsored by Church Relations that allows participating faculty and staff to speak to congregations about topics that are relevant in today's world.
Confirmation Retreats...Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will be on campus May 4-5. The confirmation retreats program is a program sponsored by Church Relations that allows churches to bring their youth here for a night of faith, learning, friends, and fun.
Adult Retreats...Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park will be here for an overnight retreat May 7-8. Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato will be here for a day retreat May 7. The adult retreats program is a program sponsored by Church Relations that allows churches to bring members of their congregation here for a night of learning about their church in a setting that is away from their church.
Dr. Daniel R. Gilbert, Sr., father of Chris Gilbert (Political Science) and father-in-law of Julie Gilbert ’99 (Library), died on April 25 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, at the age of 87. A World War II veteran, Dr. Gilbert earned his B.A. degree from Middlebury College in 1948 and his Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. He served as Professor of History at Moravian College from 1953 through 1988, specializing in American colonial and Civil War history, then served another thirteen years as Moravian’s first College Archivist. A full obituary can be found online. Funeral services will be held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on May 5.
Wanted...Tutoring jobs. I am a non-traditional Gustavus student finishing coursework for my K-6 teaching license. I home-schooled my children for four years, and worked as a paraprofessional at South Early Learning Center and North Intermediate the last five years. If your K-6 student(s) could benefit from some extra help with any subject, I would love the opportunity to work with them! I am committed to building relationships with students, engaging them fully in their learning, and tailoring my teaching to fit individual learning styles. For more information, please call Robin (Ms. Larson) at 507-351-2903 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Sale...Great house, white cape cod with all the extras. 3,000+ square feet, sauna, hardwood floors, heated garage, 4 bedrooms, screen porch. If interested call 420-8623.
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