Inside Gustavus 

September 20, 2012 | Volume 45, Number 4

Faculty/Staff Activities

Dr. Beatriz Torres (Communication Studies) is currently involved in community based participatory research with the School of Public Health (University of Minnesota) and SoLaHmo Partnership for Health & Wellness (West Side Clinic) in St Paul. The aim of this study is to evaluate the program effectiveness and acceptability of radio stories, a health communication intervention that addresses family eating behaviors and physical activity among immigrant Somali, Latino, and Hmong families with children ages 3-12 years in St Paul. Two grants totaling $114,000 from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and U-Care of Minnesota were secured to develop and implement this health intervention initiative.

Works by Priscilla Briggs (Art and Art History) are included in an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. "Art in the Age of Globalization" is a series of eight installations, or "mini-exhibitions," each designed around a specific narrative or theme related to globalization. Priscilla's work is part of the installation titled "Outsourced" and can be found in the Linda and Lawrence Perlman Gallery (262). The exhibition runs Saturday, August 4, 2012 through Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Peg O'Connor (Philosophy and GWS) published an article, “The Cartesian Mind in the Abused Body: Dissociation and the Mind Body Dualism,” in the book Dimensions of Pain.

Amanda Nienow (Chemistry) was recently awarded a three year, $139,500 National Science Foundation grant for her project "Systematic Analysis of the Photodegradation of Pesticides on Heterogeneous Surfaces: The Photolysis of Imidazolinone Herbicides on Two Midwest Crops". The funds will support the purchase of new equipment and lab materials as well as two student research positions for three summers.

Ryan Bergstrom (Geography) has achieved three publications since August 1, including "Perceptions of Sustainable Community Development in Jackson, Wyoming," in Papers of the Applied Geography Conference; "Perceptions of Neighborhood Park Quality: Associations with Physical Activity," in Annals of Behavioral Medicine; and "Environmental Justice and Physical Activity: Exploring the Distribution of Park Availability, Features, and Quality across Kansas City, Missouri," in Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Leila Brammer (Communication Studies) received a fellowship from the Center for Engaged Democracy for work with a team identifying core competencies in civic engagement programs. The result of the work was "Core Competencies in Civic Engagement," a new Working Policy Paper from the Center for Engaged Democracy.

Martin Lang and Leila Brammer (Communication Studies) published an article, "Discourse and Democracy," in Diversity and Democracy, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The article was an invited piece to discuss Public Discourse. In the same issue, Madison Pettit '12 published a companion piece, "Realizing our Potential as Active Citizens," which detailed student outcomes of Public Discourse.

Aaron Banks (Health and Exercise Science) was recently awarded the Lou Keller Award by the Minnesota Association for Physical Education, Health, Recreation and Dance. The Lou Keller Award is awarded to a college or university professor who has exhibited outstanding services and contributions to related fields in Health and Exercise Science.

The photo project "Traditional Hmong Medicine Project", created by Priscilla Briggs and Blong Lor '12 as part of a Presidential Faculty/Student Collaboration Grant, is included in the exhibit "What Cannot Be Cured Must Be Endured" at the Paul Robeson Gallery of Rutger's University in Newark, NJ. The exhibition runs September 4, 2012 through January 9, 2013.

Kathleen Keller (History) published an article titled "Political Surveillance and Colonial Urban Rule: 'Suspicious' Politics and Urban Space in Dakar, Senegal, 1918-1939," in the fall 2012 issue of French Historical Studies.

Student Achievements

Junior physics major James Trevanthan '14 is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). MHTA offers the scholarships to Minnesota undergraduate students working toward their degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

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 St. Paul Pioneer Press quoted Kate Knutson (Political Science) in a Sept. 18 article about religion and the proposed constitutional amendment regarding same-sex marriage.
  • Chuck Niederriter (Physics) was interviewed on KNUJ (AM 860) on Tuesday, Sept. 18 regarding the 48th annual Nobel Conference.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front page story on Monday, Sept. 17 about the Coneflower Prairie. Arboretum Naturalist Scott Moeller and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Pam Kittelson were quoted in the story.
  • Gustavus was featured in the September/October 2012 edition of AAA Living Magazine in a section about day trips to college towns.
  • Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Kristen Lowe was featured on Twin Cities Public Television’s MN Original program on Sunday, Sept. 16.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story and several photos on Sunday, Sept. 16 about the current exhibit at the Hillstrom Museum of Art. Don Myers was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Sept. 16 Sports section about the football team’s 26-24 loss to Augsburg. Head coach Peter Haugen and student-athletes Muresuk Mena and Jake Forcier were all quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Saturday, Sept. 15 about Celebrate St. Peter Day. Shirley Mellema was interviewed for the story.

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 Support Staff

  • Leila Giesler, part-time cashier, dining service
  • Ashley Huggins, part-time cashier, dining service

News & Announcements

C in CC Tickets...Tickets for this year's Christmas in Christ Chapel services (Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 2) are now onsale for Gustavus students and staff. All Gustavus students and staff are allowed one complimentary ticket. Additional tickets for the worship service can be purchased for $25. Tickets are also available for the traditional Swedish buffet at $25 apiece. Tickets can be purchased by going online to

Accreditation Update...After taking a summer hiatus, the accreditation countdown is back! There are now 214 days until the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit team arrives at Gustavus; mark your calendars for the site visit on April 22-24, 2013. The Self-Study Steering Committee has spent the summer drafting the college’s self-study showing that Gustavus meets the five criteria for accreditation. This draft will be reviewed by several campus readers in October, aiming for release to the full Gustavus community on or around November 1, to be followed in November and December by open forums and ample opportunities to provide input into the final document. Look for more details each week in Inside Gustavus. For more information on the accreditation process and the Gustavus self-study, contact co-chairs Carolyn Dobler (, x7481) or Chris Gilbert (, x6093).

Fulbright-Hildeman Fellowship Program...This program invites American colleges and universities to apply to host a Fulbright scholar specializing in Swedish language, literature or Scandinavian area studies for one semester during the 2013-14 academic year. The award provides the fellow with a stipend, round-trip travel and insurance. Interested institutions need to submit a detailed proposal by November 5. Please contact Bob Weisenfeld (x7049 or if your department is interested in pursuing this opportunity.

CICE External Review...The Center for International and Cultural Education will have external reviewers on campus October 28-30, 2012. To read the CICE Self Study, go to the CICE website and click the link on the left for CICE External Review. To participate in the review process, contact Carolyn O'Grady.

Kudos...The Communication Studies Department has been recognized by the National Communication Association as the 2012 Rex Mix Program of Excellence. The award is given annually to departments that embody the best in undergraduate communication studies education. The Department's innovative Public Discourse course and the infusion of social justice and civic engagement in the curriculum were emphasized by the award selection committee.

Save the Date...The faculty/administrator holiday open house will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 in Alumni Hall.

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

Fall Research Symposium...The Fall Research Symposium will be held Friday, Sept. 20 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Nobel Hall of Science. This event will feature Gustavus students who engaged in scientific research either at Gustavus or off-campus over the summer. The symposium will include a poster session, oral presentations, and a social time with refreshments.

Get Your Flu Shot...A Flu Shot Clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Heritage Banquet Room. Please refer to last week's edition of Inside Gustavus for more information.

Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet...The 2012 Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet will take place between 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the Johnson Student Union with dinner to follow at 5 p.m. upstairs in Alumni Hall. Cost is $15 per person and registration is required.

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. 21 - Ben Whalen '13
  • Sunday, Sept. 23 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Monday, Sept. 24 - Peter Haugen, Head Football Coach, HES
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 - Alisa Rosenthal, Political Science; Inter Religious Observance, Yom Kippur
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 - Tasha Ostendorf and Josh Sande, Student Senate Co-Presidents
  • Friday, Sept. 28 - Joel Carlin, Biology

Off-Campus Events of Interest

St. Peter Oktoberfest...The City of St. Peter will celebrate Oktoberfest, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29 in downtown. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Polka music will be featured in the afternoon with rock music in the evening. A variety of food and beverages will be available. An Oktoberfest button is needed to attend the evening events, which begin at 7 p.m. Complimentary buttons are available! Stop by the Office of Marketing and Communication at the Lundgren House during business hours to get a button.


  • Margaret M. Matalamaki, who served on the Gustavus Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1995, passed away at the age of 91 on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Matalamaki recived a home economics certificate from Itasca Community College in 1941 and then earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota's College of Human Ecology in 1943. From 1942 to 1969, she was a high school and vocational education teacher in various Minnesota districts, including Grand Rapids High School. From 1970 to 1978, she was an instructor in the vocational division of Itasca Community College. She is survived by daughter Judith Marie Matalamaki, son and daughter-in-law William Michael (Barbara) Matalamaki, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, sisters Winona Mittelstedt and Elizabeth Dundas, and brothers Ben and Paul Myers. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

To inform the campus community of the death of a current student, employee, or trustee; an emeritus professor or trustee; or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or Death announcements and funeral notices for students, current and emeritus faculty and employees, and trustees will be sent to the community via written notice from the president, posted on community-l, the official campus-wide e-mail list, and published in the Inside Gustavus or Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in the Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host three confirmation retreats this weekend. Faith Lutheran Church of Waconia will have an overnight retreat on Sept. 21-22. High school youth from Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Maple Grove and confirmation youth from St. John Lutheran Church of Northfield will also be on campus for one-day retreats on Saturday, Sept. 22.


For Rent...Very nice room for rent for a female - close to campus. Includes all utilities, furnished if needed, attached garage, includes Wi-Fi. Private bathroom. No smoking or pets. Quiet home and neighborhood. $400 per month. Call 507-340-5656 or email

Wanted...Copies of Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawandi. If you or someone you know would have a copy of this book and would be willing to donate it, it will be going to the classroom of a Gustavus first year teacher. Rachel Long is a new teacher of Social Studies at Maranatha High School and wants to use it for one of her classes. Send copies to Jane Schuck in the education department and she will mail it to Rachel. Your donation is much appreciated!

For Sale...2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS Quad Cab 4WD, 3.7L V-6. Looks and runs great. All preventative maintenance done. Oil changed every 3,000 miles. Good tires. Power locks, windows, alloy wheels, running boards, retractable bed cover, 78,900 miles, $12,500 Firm. Very nice mid-size pick-up. Email Photos available upon request.

For Sale...Two girls winter jackets and snow pants. One is a lime green Columbia jacket with a matching hat size 7/8, asking $10.00. The other one is a pink and purple Zeroxposur ski jacket in size 10/12 (Worn one winter season brand new cost was $150.00) with matching London Fog snow pants in purple (never been worn), asking $50.00 for both. Children's Laura Ashley bedding set for a twin bed. It is pink with fairies. Set includes comforter, bed skirt, pillow sham, one set of cotton sheets, two sets of flannel sheets, and two window valances (never used). Asking $30.00 for full set.
If interested contact Sara at 7502 or email Can email photo.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 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. Peer Assistants host 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.

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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