Inside Gustavus 

October 12, 2012 | Volume 45, Number 6

Faculty/Staff Activities

Denis Crnković (Russian) had his article "Christian Apatheia in Dostoevsky's 'Dream of a Ridiculous Man'" accepted for publication in the 2012 issue of "Slovo: The Journal of Slavic Languages & Literatures" at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Lauren Hecht (Psychological Science) has been appointed as the campus representative to the Midstates Consortium for Mathematics and Science (MCMS). Programs organized by the Consortium focus on improving undergraduate science and math education. These programs provide opportunities for our students to develop professional skills for presenting the results of their research at two annual symposia, one for life sciences and one for physical sciences and math. Faculty development opportunities include a summer workshop for new science and math faculty. Member schools include eleven undergraduate colleges, as well as Washington University and the University of Chicago. Lauren takes the reins from John Lammert (Biology). She will work closely with Gustavus faculty members and students, as well as Brandy Russell (Chemistry), the new national Director of the MCMS.

A paper by Dwight Stoll (Chemistry) and coworkers Hope Bailey and Dr. Sarah Rutan of Virginia Commonwealth University has appeared in the Journal of Separation Science. This article is focused on the application of chemometric methods to data acquired using UV absorbance Diode-Array Detection following separation of wastewater extracts by three-dimensional liquid chromatography.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) presented a talk at Smith College, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Center for Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability.

Doug Huff (Philosophy) presented a paper, "The CRUCIBLE and Aristotelian Moral Authority: A Case Study in Virtue Ethics," at Minnesota State University Mankato on Sept. 20.

Nancy Scott Hanway's (MLLC-LALACS) short story "Three Stories at Dinner" was published in the Fall 2012 issue of Pearl.

Lynnea Myers (Nursing) was recently selected to have her presentation titled "Developmental and Mental Health Screening and Referral" to be published online through the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) website for online continuing education for a period of two years.

Funding Opps

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

  • Residential 2013-14 Research Fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library

    The John Carter Brown Library contains one of the world’s premier collections of materials related to the discovery, exploration and settlement of the New World to 1825. Approximately 40 residential fellowships will be awarded to scholars and writers. Short-term fellowships are two to 4 months with a monthly stipend of $2,100. Long-term fellowships are for five to 10 months with a monthly stipend of $4,200. The deadline is December 15, and additional information can be found online at

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 Gustavus Department of Nursing was featured in the Oct. 11 edition of the Gaylord Hub. Senior Community Health Nursing students have been designing and presenting classroom presentations to over 50 high school students on health care topics ranging from medication administration to applying to a nursing program. Senior students Alyssa Gaulrapp and Emily Hassenstab were quoted in the article, along with a picture of Assistant Professor Lynnea Myers.
  • The Star Tribune printed a full page story on Sunday, Oct. 7 on the Hillstrom Museum’s current exhibition, 150 Years of Swedish Art. View the story at
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Saturday, Oct. 6 about the Royal Visit. King Carl XVI Gustaf and President Ohle were quoted in the story. The Free Press also posted a video and a photo gallery on its website from the day. You can view the story, video and photo gallery at
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press reprinted the Mankato Free Press in its Saturday, Oct. 6 edition.
  • KARE-11 ran a story on its Friday, Oct. 5 newscasts about the Royal Visit. Those interviewed for the story included students Colin Roberge and Molly Ashwill, as well as Tom Young and Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom. View the story at
  • KSTP ran a story on its Friday, Oct. 5 newscasts about the Royal Visit. Portions of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s remarks in Christ Chapel were aired. View the story at
  • WCCO ran a story on its Friday, Oct. 5 newscasts about the Royal Visit. View the story at
  • KEYC ran a story on Friday, Oct. 5 about the Royal Visit. Portions of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s remarks were aired and those interviewed included students Sarah Cornell and Katie Landreville along with Tom Young. View the story at
  • KEYC ran a story on Friday, Oct. 5 about the College’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Those interviewed included Senator Amy Klobuchar, Willie Lindquist and Matt Thomas. View the story at
  • A number of Swedish media outlets were at Gustavus on Friday, Oct. 5 for the Royal Visit including nationwide evening tabloid newspapers Expressen and Aftonbladet. The story by Expressen can be viewed at
  • KEYC ran a story on Thursday, Oct. 4 previewing the Royal Visit. Matt Thomas was interviewed for the story. View the story at
  • The Star Tribune printed a story on the front page of its Thursday, Oct. 4 Variety section previewing the Royal Visit. Retired Gustavus professors Roland Thorstensson and Byron Nordstrom were both quoted in the story. View the story at Gustavus was also mentioned in Star Tribune stories on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a front page story previewing the Royal Visit in its Thursday, Oct. 4 edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Thursday, Oct. 4 edition previewing the Royal Visit and detailing the planning that went into the visit. Barb Larson Taylor was quoted in the story. The story also included a photo of student Bess Folsom teaching elementary school children about the King and Queen. View the story at
  • posted a “community voices” piece on Wednesday, Oct. 3 written by President Ohle and Bruce Karstadt of ASI. The piece can be viewed at
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front page story on Wednesday, Oct. 3 about day one of the Nobel Conference. The story covered the presentations of David Gallo and Maya Tolstoy.
  • KEYC ran a story on its Tuesday, Oct. 2 newscasts about the Nobel Conference. Co-chair Joel Carlin was interviewed for the story. The story can be viewed at
  • KTOE Radio reporter Pete Steiner filed a news report from day one of the Nobel Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
  • Political Science professor Kate Knutson was once again quoted in an Oct. 2 MinnPost story about marriage amendment ads.
  • Nobel Conference presenter David Gallo appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s show The Daily Circuit on Monday, Oct. 1 with host Kerri Miller. A story and some audio from the interview is available online at
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Monday, Oct. 1 previewing the Royal Visit.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Gustavus senior Anna Eames on Oct. 1 after Eames participated in this summer’s Paralympic games. You can listen to the audio of the interview at

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

From the President's Desk

On behalf of the President's Cabinet, we want to first thank the entire community for making Nobel Conference 48 and the Royal Visit such a success, and to everyone who was involved in the many activities surrounding the Conference and the Visit.

Regarding the Nobel Conference, we especially want to thank Dr. Chuck Niederriter for his leadership as the Director of the Nobel Conference and to the Conference's co-chairs this year, Professors Julie Bartley and Joel Carlin.  We heard comments from the presenters, who expressed their deep appreciation for the planning that went into the Conference. We talked to individuals who attended their first conference as well as those who have attended all 48 conferences. The feeling of gratitude was universal.  We also want to thank all those who coordinated the logistics for the Conference and our faculty and students who hosted the presenters and to those who helped coordinate the visits of our distinguished guests.  We now turn our attention to Nobel Conference 49, and know everyone will now help Professor Mellema and his committee, as we have Professors Bartley and Carlin and their committee. 

Regarding the Royal Visit, words cannot express how much we appreciate all that Dining Service, grounds, security, Marketing and Communication, student leaders, our Chaplains, those faculty and students who participated in the Royal Seminars, the Festival Worship Service, and Royal Luncheon did to make the day so memorable.  Their Majesties enjoyed their day on campus and were especially thankful for the opportunity to visit the College during the celebration of our Sesquicentennial.  

As a community, we should be proud of the activities of this past week.  Now we can look forward to a fantastic Homecoming and the celebration of the end of our Sesquicentennial.  

News & Announcements

Be U--Wellbeing Coaching Groups...The following is a note from Associate Dean of Students Stephen Bennett:

I hope this note finds you well. During this celebratory time at Gustavus, as we continue to celebrate our Sesquicentennial, I want to offer a different kind of celebratory opportunity--the chance to celebrate your own personal wellbeing by participating in a Be U--Wellbeing Coaching Group. Wellbeing is about action and coaching is a powerful catalyst for this action!!  

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a relationship-based practice in which a person is dedicated to serving the long-term development of wellbeing in the other.  Coaching can be done one on one or in a group.  Coaching occurs through the practice of connection and communication that views each individual as healthy, whole, wise, and the ultimate expert in their own life's journey toward optimal wellbeing.  By identifying values, setting priorities, designing goals, developing skills, and determining needed resources, an individual being coached connects their life experience to the wellbeing of their mind, body, and spirit, and chooses a path for achieving their desired outcome.

Background to Group Wellbeing Coaching at Gustavus:

As many of you know, this past June 2012 we held a Wellbeing Campus Kick Off Event to share with our community information about our new Gustavus Wellbeing Initiative, and provided individuals an opportunity to take a Wellbeing Self-Assessment, as well as an invitation to participate in a Be U--Wellbeing Coaching Group.  

18 faculty and staff took us up on the offer to put wellbeing into action and joined one of the 4 coaching groups offered over the summer.  The summer coaching groups were facilitated by Gustavus faculty and staff who were trained in June 2012 by a experts from the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. The feedback from Gustavus faculty and staff who participated in the summer coaching circles was very positive. The average ratings from participants on their personal satisfaction in the coaching groups was 3.6 on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 being "Extremely Satisfied."  Some of the comments from participants in the Be U Coaching Groups were:

"I felt very supported by this group and I appreciate being listened to."

"Thankful for the authenticity and honesty."

"This group helps me feel grounded.  I feel affirmation that I'm doing okay and gain energy and intention about going forward."

"Today helped me realize I am thinking in the right direction and need to move forward."

"Overall, this is a fabulous opportunity to keep employees/students engaged with each other.  It builds a sense of community that could be very useful in any work environment.  Thanks for this opportunity!"

A New Opportunity to Participate in a Coaching Group:

A new round of Be U--Wellbeing Coaching Groups is being offered to any Gustavus faculty, staff, or administrator. We have openings for a total of 12 participants and will take employees on a first come first serve basis. Groups will be co-facilitated by Gustavus staff members at set times for a total of 6 weeks beginning the week of Oct. 15 and ending the week of November 26. Groups are an hour long and will be held on campus. Participants are asked to commit to all 6 group meeting times.  

Please Note: Support staff and hourly staff are encouraged to participate in the Be U Coaching Groups and will not be required to use PTO time to attend but they must seek the approval of their direct supervisor. Please check with your supervisors about participation. If you have questions about this please contact Steve Bennett directly.

Groups will meet on the following days and times:

Mondays 2:30-3:30 p.m. beginning October 15

Tuesdays 9-10 a.m. beginning October 16

Fridays 10:30-11:30 a.m. beginning October 19

Please contact Steve Bennett ( or x7739 to reserve your spot in a Be U--Wellbeing Coaching Group. If you know of other colleagues that might be interested in this opportunity please feel free to pass this along.

*Note: We are planning a second round of Be U Coaching Facilitator Trainings during the 2012-2013. A prerequisite for acceptance is participation in a coaching circle.  If you think you might be interested in being trained as a Be U Group Coaching Facilitator please contact Steve Bennett. Dates are TBD.

Gustavus Seeking National Distinction...An integrated team of faculty and staff will begin initial deliberations on Tuesday, Oct. 16 to identify and formulate the process by which Gustavus will seek the 2015 Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement. The Classification is an elective, voluntary distinction that requires considerable effort on the part of institutions to achieve. The classification evaluates the degree to which community engagement is integrated and institutionalized, and the benefits to receiving institutions rest upon the credibility and prestige associated with the excellence embodied within the classification’s criteria. Eligibility for the classification allows institutions to apply every 5 years, with the next round in 2015. Once “classified,” an institution holds the distinction for 10 years, with only abbreviated applications required thereafter. Currently, more than 300 institutions hold the classification nationwide. In 2010, 115 institutions were classified and 28 of those were baccalaureate colleges. Current Minnesota “classified” institutions include: Macalester College, Augsburg College, Metropolitan State, St. Cloud State, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, University of St. Thomas and Winona State University. More information about the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement is available online.

Special thanks go out to team members who will serve for a 2-year period until the application is submitted in April 2014. They are: Dr. Paula O’loughlin, Dr. Darrin Good, Dr. Kristian Braekkan, Dr. Ana Adams, Virgil Jones, David Newell, Sara Sletten, and Jeffrey Rathlef.

St. Lucia Nominations...The people of Sweden honor St. Lucia for her service to others and standing up for what she knew was right. You are asked to nominate Sophomore women who are similarly a light to others and exemplify these qualities: Courageous Leadership, Service to Others, Strength of Character, and Compassion. Please note that these women do not have to have any Swedish connection or the ability to sing. You may nominate as many women as you wish. Please provide the name of the nominee and the reason for your nomination to The Festival of St. Lucia will be celebrated on Thursday, December 6 during the morning Chapel Service.

More Nominations...Nominations for the Augusta Carlson Schultz (outstanding support staff employee) and the Eric Norelius (outstanding administrative employee) awards should be turned in to the Office of Human Resources by Oct. 19.

Looking for Health Fitness Study Participants...We are Health Fitness majors here at Gustavus and we are doing a research project on the effects of high intensity interval training (HIIT) versus traditional training. HIIT is a new fitness method that is proven to improve your cardio faster than traditional training. We are looking for staff members from the age of 30-50 years old to participate in our study. Our study is an 6-8 week program, consisting of 3-4 workouts per week. Workouts will be 20-40 minutes long on the treadmill. It will consist of a pre- and post-test that will test your maximal oxgyen uptake and your heart rate. Email Lexi Quale ( or Chelsey Richardson ( if you would like to participate in the study. Please let us know by October 16.

Peace Studies Discussion...Interested faculty and students are invited to a discussion about the future of the Peace Studies curriculum and major/minor from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in the President's Dining Room. Conversation will be hosted by the Peace Studies committee, and snacks will be provided. Contact Mimi Gerstbauer, Director of Peace Studies, with questions (x7421 or

Campus Happenings

West Mall Dedication and Beck Hall Donor Recognition...The campus community is invited to attend the West Mall Dedication and Beck Hall Donor Recognition ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 13 in Beck Hall's Torrey Atrium. The West Mall is designed to serve as a transitional gateway from Christ Chapel to the Linnaeus Arboretum. It begins with the Sesquicentennial Plaza, transitions through grass, prairie, savannah, and forest.

Witness for Peace Speaker...Spanish/LALACS/Peace Studies will host a Witness for Peace Speaker, Tomás Gómez Membreño, in a talk titled “United States Intervention in Honduras and the Effects on Indigenous Peoples," a lecture on the current human rights crisis in Honduras and the connections to U.S. policies (including both military aid and presence in Honduras). Gomez Membreno works with COPINH, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. COPINH is an indigenous rights group based in the department of Esperanza, which neighbors the U.S. funded military base. COPINH also works on issues of indigenous land rights, environmental and social justice. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Olin 103.

Documentary Play "8"...The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Chaplain's Office, in collaboration with Queers and Allies, will present a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black's documentary play "8" at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 in Christ Chapel. Featuring a stellar cast of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the College, the reading will be directed by Henry MacCarthy. Attendees are invited to stay for a discussion immediately following the reading.

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

  • Sunday, October 14 - Homecoming Worship Service, Chaplain Rod Anderson, Alumni Choir and Gustavus Choir
  • Monday, October 15 - Mary Gaebler, religion
  • Tuesday, October 16 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Wednesday, October 17 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, October 18 - Prayers for Healing with music leadership by "re:vive"
  • Friday, October 19 - Ann Morton '13

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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