Inside Gustavus 

September 13, 2012 | Volume 45, Number 3

Faculty/Staff Activities

Mary R. McHugh (Classics) delivered a paper titled “The Art of Safe Speech: Schünzel’s Amphitruo” at Il Congresso Brasileiro de Retórica, convened at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on Aug. 29.

Anna Versluis (Geography) will have a paper titled "Formal and Familial Material Aid Following the 2010 Earthquake Disaster in Haiti as Reported by Camp Dwellers," in Disasters Journal. Six weeks after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Versluis interviewed displaced persons living in the tent camps of Port-au-Prince and her study results suggest that informal material aid from families played nearly as large a role as aid from relief agencies.

Twin Cities Public Television will air a MN Original profile on Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History) and musician Mason Jennings at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. During the show, Lowe will discuss her sheep shearing drawings and her current documentary project, Painting the Place Between.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships and Publication Grants

    The AAUW offers Post-doctoral Research Leave Fellowships and Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants to women faculty members who have not established strong publication records. 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 of tenure-track faculty members for eight consecutive weeks of final preparation of research publications. The deadline is Nov. 15. More information is available online.

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

Social Media

For more information on social media, or to make a suggestion, contact Matt Thomas or Tim Kennedy in Marketing and Communication at 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:

  • Professor of Economics and Management Larry Wohl was quoted in a Sept. 9 Star Tribune article about the Minnesota job market.
  • The Golden Valley Patch posted a story on Sept. 12 about senior Anna Eames winning a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London.
  • The Star Tribune printed a news brief on Sunday, Sept. 9 regarding the opening of the 150 Years of Swedish Art exhibit at the Hillstrom Museum of Art.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, Sept. 9 about the Wes Moore lecture and the Reading in Common Program. Megan Ruble was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, Sept. 9 about the Gustavus football team’s 35-26 victory over Simpson College on the front page of its Sports section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief about the upcoming dedication ceremony of the Coneflower Prairie in its Monday, Sept. 10 edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Celebrate St. Peter Day in its Thursday, Sept. 13 edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a news brief about the dedication of the Coneflower Prairie in its Thursday, Sept. 13 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

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Administrators

  • Katie Olson, Head Women's Gymnastics Coach, Athletics

* New Support Staff

  • Adam Ellefson, Greenhouse Specialist, Biology

Position Openings

  • Assistant Director of Peer Education and Chemical Health/Intervention Specialist

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and discussed the following topics:

  • Professors John Cha and Mary Solberg, Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair respectively, gave a report on recent discussions/activities of the Faculty Senate, including the Marriage Amendment and Voter ID Law, Title IX, Faculty Manual and Handbook amendments, and the change in reporting of restricted funds.

  • Discussion was held regarding the new internal Budget Committee.
  • The preliminary October Board meeting schedule was reviewed. 

  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time custodial supervisor.
  • Members approved a full-time Institutional Advancement position (gift planner).
  • Members were reminded that College policy states that only President Ohle or Vice President Westphal can sign contracts with vendors. 

News & Announcements

Calling All Volunteers...Plans for the Royal Visit on Oct. 5, are well underway. We are in need of an abundance of volunteers to help at events of the day. This will include staffing sidewalks, the Festival Worship Service, the Sesquicentennial Plaza Dedication, and the two afternoon seminars. We have over 100 volunteer slots to fill to deliver the level of hospitality and security that we wish to provide. We need everything from ushers, to ticket-takers, to door openers, and security during events. Employees, retirees, alumni, and students are all welcome to volunteer. All those interested in volunteering should contact Maggie Hedlund in the President’s Office by Friday, Sept. 14 at or 507-933-6525.

Nobel Conference Tickets...There are still tickets remaining for faculty, staff, and students to attend this year's Nobel Conference: Our Global Ocean. If you wish to attend this year's conference, please reserve your ticket online today at Faculty should be advised that if you plan to attend any further lectures following the opening lecture on Tuesday morning that you do need a ticket. Gustavus students and staff are allotted one complimentary ticket. Other general admission tickets can be purchased for $65 apiece. If you don't have a ticket, remember that the conference will be streamed live on the web and that there is no ticket required for the 6:30 p.m. lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 2 featuring Dr. William F. Fitzgerald.

Campus Happenings

Nobel Conference Preview Event...As a prelude to the 48th Nobel Conference, Professor William F. Fitzgerad will speak on campus at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in Alumni Hall. Fitzgerald's talk is titled, "Iron In The Oceans: What's the Fuss About?"

Celebrate St. Peter Day...The second annual Celebrate St. Peter Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 in honor of the town that has been the home of the College since 1876. All events on campus are free including Fall Fest in the Arboretum, Gustavus football vs. Augsburg, Gustavus women's soccer vs. Concorida, tours of the Olin Observatory, Geology Museum, and the Hillstrom Museum of Art, and more! More information about the day's events is available online.

Fall Fest...2012 Fall Fest in the Arb will take place Saturday, Sept. 15. The day's events include the MN Kite Society stunt kite demo and kite-making workshop, Amber's snakes, unnatural Arb hikes, leaf print t-shirts, face-painting, alpacas, music, concession stand, and lots more.

GLA Membership Tea...Gustavus Library Associates will hold its Fall Membership Tea from 10:30 a.m. to Noon on Monday, Sept. 17 at the President's House. All friends and friends of friends are welcome!

Art Exhibition...150 Years of Swedish Art: Highlights from the Swedish National Collections in Stockholm (Moderna Museet and Nationalmuseum) will be on display at the Hillstrom Museum of Art from Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 2. There will be a reception during the College's Nobel Conference, on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Flu Shot Clinics...There will flu shot clinics held on campus on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Heritage Banquet Rooms from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. These clinics are available for current students and employees and employee spouses, partners, and dependents over the age of 18. The clinics are not available to retirees or employees with Medicare.

Payment Methods:

Billing Insurance: Bring your insurance card. For faster check-in, bring a copy of the front and back of your insurance card. We will need to know who the policyholder is – name, address, date of birth. Gustavus International student insurance does not cover the flu shots – take advantage of our same day cash price. Flu shots will be billed at $49 to insurance. Should your insurance plan not cover this service you will be billed the balance in full. Check your insurance policy for coverage. We are unable to bill Medicare – all other insurances accepted.

Same Day Cash: If your insurance does not cover the flu shot, take advantage of our same day only cash price of $25. We accept cash or check payable to Gustavus, or you can bill your Gustavus account. No debit or credit cards accepted. The same day cash price will not be honored after the date the flu shot is given.

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, Sept. 14 - Claire Curren '13
  • Sunday, Sept. 16 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Sarah Ruble, Religion
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 - JoNes VanHecke, Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Friday, Sept. 21 - Ben Whalen '13

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations...Grady St. Dennis (Center for Servant Leadership & Chaplain) will preach at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch, Minn., at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership for Gustavus Association member congregations.

Telecommunications Updates

  • All information for usage of the new voice mail system is now posted on our website and includes a web tutorial for user preferences as well as the Quick Use Navigation Guide. If you have not done so, please initialize your voice mail box at this time so that you may receive and retrieve messages for the semester. Motor pool information is now available as its own contact site in addition to being linked on our Telecommunications site. You will still need to fill out the 2-part Vehicle Authorization Invoice to pick up keys so it may be processed and have a copy returned to your department for each trip. As noted, reservations may be done via email to or by phone.

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


New Daycare Service...Building Blocks Christian Learning Center, a ministry of Word of Life Lutheran Brethren Church in Le Sueur, aspires to provide a loving and caring child care that reflects the love that Jesus has for all people. Enrolling now.,, 507-665-9919

"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 "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 22 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 23 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 24 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
4:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Luther (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Sep 25 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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. Peer Assistants host SNL Arena
Sep 27 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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

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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