Inside Gustavus 

October 31, 2012 | Volume 45, Number 8

Faculty/Staff Activities

Barbara Fister (Library) gave the opening keynote address, "Librarians as Agents of Change," at the Oregon and Washington Association of College and Research Libraries annual conference.

Barbara Simpson (Psychological Science) chaired a Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association accreditation site visit, October 15-17 to Defiance College, Defiance Ohio.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) served as an invited plenary speaker at the conference "Feminist Pragmatism in Place," sponsored by the University of Dayton Department of Philosophy, held October 19-20.

Sujay Rao (History and LALACS) presented his paper "A Republic of Equals: Conflicting Notions of Equality in Argentina's Littoral from Artigas to Rosas" at the conference of the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies in Louisville, Kentucky.

Peg O'Connor (Philosophy and GWS) presented a paper, "Addiction! Science Proves It's All in Your Head (Brain, Actually)" at the biennial conference of the Radical Philosophy Association.

Rebecca Fremo (English) has published her first chapbook of poems. Chasing Northern Lights will be released by Finishing Line Press in November, 2012. In addition, "A Good Sister-Wife" was recently accepted for publication by Paper Darts.

Angelique Dwyer (Spanish, LALACS) and Ian Shay '13 attended the Latinos in the Midwest Symposium at the University of Iowa where they met and interviewed Mexican-American singer Lila Downs. Dwyer and Shay are currently engaging in research on how this artist Performs Ethnicity Transnationally. Their research will be presented at the XII Congress of Hispanic Literatures and Cultures in the Dominican Republic in April.

Student Achievements

Joe Thayer '15, through his project with the Public Discourse class in the Communication Studies Department, has helped Gustavus become recognized by Allina Health as a Heart Safe Community. Read more about Thayer and his project online.

Funding Opps

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

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers the SURF program for students majoring in science, mathematics, or engineering. Students participate in one of six laboratories and receive a $5,000 stipend for 11 weeks, plus housing and travel costs. The anticipated deadline for summer 2013 is February 15. The application includes a portion completed by an institutional representative (see below) and a set of materials provided by student applicants. For more information, see

    Bob Weisenfeld serves as the institutional representative and is available to assist students in proposal preparation. He can be reached at 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 Metro Lutheran printed a photo on the front page of its November 2012 issue of President and Kris Ohle along with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia during the Festival Worship Service during The Royal Visit.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story about Bruce Gray’s book Black and Bold in its November 2012 issue.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story about the iPad application in its November 2012 issue. Tom Crady was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Oct. 19 about Gustavus sophomore Ben Westphal for his appearance on the reality show The X Factor. Westphal is quoted in the story. KEYC also did a story about Westphal.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Friday, Oct. 26 about Campaign Gustavus reaching the $100 million mark. Vice President for Advancement Tom Young is quoted in the article.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the U.S. Army Field Band's concert at Gustavus in its Friday, Oct. 26 Entertainment section. Al Behrends and Doug Nimmo were quoted in the story.
  • KEYC ran a story on Monday, Oct. 29 about Campaign Gustavus reaching the $100 million mark. Tom Young was again interviewed for the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the Wallenberg Lecture in its Tuesday, Oct. 23 edition. Mimi Gerstbauer was quoted in 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

Position Openings

  • Administrative Assistant, Theatre and Dance

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

News & Announcements

Benefits…Benefit enrollment information was sent via campus mail the week of Oct. 22. Online enrollment will be open beginning Nov. 1 through Nov. 12 until midnight. To make salary contributions to medical and/or dependent care flexible spending accounts, or to change your 403(b) optional salary reduction for calendar year 2013 you must log into WebAdvisor and enroll by November 12. If you wish to not make any contributions to the flexible spending accounts or change your current 403(b) election, nothing needs to be done.

The Provost's Listening Post...Provost Mark Braun has announced a series of informal discussion opportunities with Gustavus students. The “Provost’s Listening Post” will be set up once each month at the tables in upper level of the Campus Center. The goal is to provide a relaxed, informal setting for student questions and discussion about the College. Fall dates and times are scheduled for: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9-10 a.m.; Monday, Nov. 26, 12-1 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 11, 12-1 p.m.

Health and Wellness E-Magazine...Check out the Gustie Health and Wellness e-magazine Student Health 101 online at This online magazine is available to the entire Gustavus campus community and no registration is required. In the October issue you will find information about Gustie events and resources, the UCookbook, Exercise your Way to Success, Eat Right Now: Nutrition Essentials Made Easy, 3 Steps to Self Esteem,Creative Ways to Connect, plus much more!

USPS Announces New Prices for 2013...Effective Jan. 27, 2013 postage prices will increase. Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include:

  • Letters (1oz.) – 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) - $1.10
  • Postcards – 1-cent increase to 33 cents

A new First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp will allow customers to mail one ounce letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10. Additional increases go into effect January 27, 2013. If you have any questions on the increase and the impact it may have on your postage budget, please contact Naomi Quiram at 7599 or

Campus Happenings

Student Senate Election Forum...Student Senate's final election forum will be this Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. They will be hosting Allen Quist, the Republican Candidate for Congress in the 1st District of Minnesota, for a Town Hall style forum.

Employee Awards...Three Gustavus employees will be honored for their contributions to the College at an award ceremony on Founders Day, Friday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The Augusta Carlson Schultz Award for the Outstanding Support Staff Employee of 2012 will be awarded to Philly Kauffmann (Alumni Relations). The Eric Norelius Award for the Outstanding Administrative Employee for 2012 will be awarded to Randall Stuckey (Alumni Relations). The Faculty Service Award for 2012 will be awarded to Dr. Chuck Niederriter, Professor of Physics.

Honor Band Festival Concert...The Gustavus Honor Band Festival Concert will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 in Christ Chapel. The concert will feature the Gustavus Honor Band and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Nimmo. Admission is free.

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

  • Thursday, Nov. 1 - All Saints Day, Antonio Herbert '13, Music Leadership with re:vive
  • Friday, Nov. 2 - Fouders' Day, Chaplain Grady St. Dennis
  • Sunday, Nov. 4 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Nov. 5 - Chris Gilbert, Political Science
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 - International Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7 - Morning Prayer with Gustavus Choir and Chapel Ringers
  • Thursday, Nov. 8 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Friday, Nov. 9 - TBD

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host weekend confirmation retreats for Christ Lutheran Church of Faribault on Friday morning until Saturday afternoon, November 2-3, and for Trinity Lutheran church of Cyrus from Friday evening until Saturday afternoon, November 2-3. The confirmation and youth retreat programs are a resource offered for youth of ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Exploring Religious Questions Series..."Christianity and Judaism after the Holocaust." This minicourse continues with a 90-minute documentary, Weapons of the Spirit, being shown at 7 p.m. Sunday Nov. 4 or 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The fourth lecture session at 7 p.m. Monday will be a lecture and discussion focusing on the rescuers, and God and human suffering by Darrell Jodock (Religion). This week's topic includes disucssion on Nechama Tec and the story of Le Chambon. The minicourse is sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Family Event...The Creative Play Place invites you to experience the rich sounds, stories and traditions of Indonesia on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Saint Peter Community Center Gymnasium! The Sumunar dance and music group is among the Twin Cities’ cultural treasures, one that can be enjoyed by all ages. Come watch their beautifully dressed dancers and listen to traditional instruments. Then take part in workshops to learn Indonesian music and dancing. A fantastic cultural event for the whole family!

Lutefisk Supper...Scandian Grove Lutheran Church will host its annual Lutefisk Fall Supper on Saturday, Nov. 3. On the menu are meatballs, mashed potatoes, peas/carrots, lefse, buns, apple and pumpkin dessert, milk, coffee...and of course lutefisk. Open for both lunch and dinner, serving 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. The church is located 10 miles west of St. Peter on Hwy 22 and 1/2 mile North on County Road 52. Take outs will be available.


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, 79,000 miles, $11,995. Very nice mid-size pick-up. Email Truck can be seen at the sales lot next to the Express Car Wash at the North end of St. Peter on Hwy 169. Photos also available upon request.

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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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