Inside Gustavus (November 8, 2012)

Volume 45, Number 9

Faculty/Staff Activities

Barbara Fister (Library) contributed an essay, "The Millennium Trilogy and the American Serial Killer Narrative: Investigating Protagonists of Men Who Write Women" to the book, Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and Beyond: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction edited by Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter and Tanya Horeck, which has just been released by Palgrave.

Sujay Rao (History and LALACS) has signed a contract with University of New Mexico Press to complete his book manuscript, tentatively titled A Republic of Equals: Political Conflict in Argentina's Littoral from Artigas to Rosas.

Debra Pitton (Education), the newly appointed editor of the Minnesota Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development's (MNASCD) state wide publication has just launched her first issue. Under Dr. Pitton's direction, this newsletter has been revised and expanded into a peer review publication with consistent columns and a thematic topic for each issue.

Sarfo Nimoh (Nursing) and Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh (Education) gave a workshop titled "Caring Enough to Question and Act on Behalf of Students of Poverty," at the MN-NAME (Minnesota-National Association for Multicultural Education), conference that was held in New Hope, Minn., on Oct. 27.

Position Openings

  • Full-time Custodian
  • Coordinator, Custodial

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and discussed the following topics:

  • Professors John Cha and Mary Solberg, Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair respectively, gave an update on the recent activities of the Faculty Senate, including student learning outcomes and the listening sessions with faculty.
  • Due to the MIAC's football schedule changes in 2013, the date for Homecoming 2013 was changed from October 5 to September 28.
  • President Ohle indicated that the listening sessions with faculty are going well and that six sessions will be held over the next few weeks.
  • Vice President Westphal indicated that the 2012-13 operating budget summary will be uploaded to the Finance Office's web page this week.
  • Members approved the hiring of a custodial replacement position (30 hours per week).
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time mail room replacement position.
  • Members dicussed the next steps in the College's campus-wide sustainability efforts. Provost Braun will meet with Director of the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation Dr. Jim Dontje to draft statements/resolutions for the Cabinet to review regarding a statement of support and Gustavus's commitment to sustainability.
  • Professors Carolyn Doblem and Chris Gilbert, co-chairs of the HLC self-study committee, were present to discuss specific criteria for the HLC self-study.

News & Announcements

Give to Gustavus Day...On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the College will hold Give to Gustavus Day and attempt to raise $24,000 for the Gustavus Annual Fund in 24 hours. An anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $10,000 donated on Give to Gustavus Day. Your contribution will have an immediate and profound impact on an area of your passion: athletics, music, scholarships, faculty resources, or greatest need. All gifts given between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will count toward the total. To make your gift, visit any time on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and fill out the online giving form.

Benefits...Benefit enrollment information was sent via campus mail the week of Oct. 22. On-line enrollment will be open 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 Nov. 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.

C in CC...Christmas in Christ Chapel 2012, JUBILEE: Proclaiming the Year of the Lord’s Favor, comes as the crowning event in the 50th year—the Jubilee year—of Christ Chapel. Jubilee presents the opportunity to reflect upon our relationship with God, one another, the earth, and the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. Join us on the weekend of November 30-December 2 as we celebrate JUBILEE: Proclaiming the Year of the Lord’s Favor through music, dance, the spoken word, and the magnificent images from the Saint John’s Bible. Complimentary tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel are available to the Gustavus community online at Contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520 for additional information. 

Campus Happenings

International Festival...On Saturday, Nov. 17, the International Cultures Club will sponsor its International Festival in Alumni Hall. The festival is an annual event featuring music, dancing, cultural displays, world cuisines, and a fashion show. All are welcome. The festival begins at 6 p.m. with cultural displays. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free!

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship and devotions from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the 49er Room.

Food Security Talk...Dr. William Moseley of Macalester College will speak at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in Confer Hall 128 on "The Causes and Consequences of the 2008 Global Food Crisis: Neoliberal Policy Reform and Food Security in West Africa." The event is free and open to the public.

Accreditation Open Meetings...All Gustavus employees (faculty, staff, administrators) are encouraged to participate in a series of accreditation open meetings focusing on the draft of the Self-Study report to be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission. Representatives of the HLC Steering Committee will facilitate discussion on the ways in which the College satisfies Criteria for Accreditation. Participants will have the opportunity to provide the committee with suggestions, comments, or feedback on the Self-Study draft. The schedule for the open meetings is:

  • Session I: November 9, 2012, 2:30-3:20 p.m., Faculty-Staff Lounge
  • Session II: November 9, 2012, 3:30-4:20 p.m., Faculty-Staff Lounge
  • Session III: November 12, 2012, 8:00-8:50 a.m., Faculty Staff Lounge
  • Session IV: November 12, 2012, 9:00-9:50 a.m., Faculty Staff Lounge
  • Session V: November 15, 2012, 2:30-3:20 p.m., Beck Hall 111
  • Session VI: November 15, 2012, 3:30-4:20 p.m., Beck Hall 111

Subsequent meetings in November will be announced in the next issue of Inside Gustavus. All open meetings are posted on the College calendar under "Accreditation Open Meetings."

Case Management Roundtable...The 2nd Annual Midwest Case Management Roundtable will be held at Gustavus on Friday, Nov. 9. This year's conference will include a keynote address beginning at 8:30 a.m. by Keith Robinder, Director of Case Management Services at Iowa State University. Robinder's talk will provide an overview of case management services in higher education including a review of survey data collected from professionals in the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA). In addition, there will be a panel discussion with experts representing various branches of case management services including threat assessment/behavioral intervention teams, counseling centers, and dean of students interface is planned. Conference attendees will include student life and case management professionals from twelve Midwest colleges and universities.

Gustie Breakfast...You are invited to a Gustie Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the campus banquet rooms. Reserve your spot by e-mailing or call 507-933-6664. This month’s breakfast will feature Donald Ostrom, Professor Emeritus in Political Science. Don will reflect on the most recent 2012 election. Cost is $8 for an individual or $15 per couple, payable at the door. Go online for more information.

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, Nov. 9 - Blake Couey, Religion
  • Sunday, Nov. 11 - Chaplain Sabina Koij preaching, Chaplain Rachel Larson presiding, Choir of Christ Chapel conducted by Brandon Dean
  • Monday, Nov. 12 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Vince Thomas, Center for Servant Leadership
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 - Morning prayer, Lucia Singers conducted by Brandon Dean, Chapel Bells conducted by Chad Winterfeldt
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 - Scott Moore, Music, re:vive
  • Friday, Nov. 16 - Julie Johnson, Academic Advising, Vintage Prairie Dirt Band

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Concert...Sara Groves and Bebo Norman will perform at the LeSueur/Henderson High School at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. More info available online.


  • Joel Carlin (Biology, Env Studies) and Susie Carlin are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Simon Frederick Carlin. Born at 5:56 a.m. on Sunday, Oct 21, Simon arrived 23" long and 8lbs., 0.8oz. He was delivered 11 hours after the first early labor contractions, with the final two hours at ISJ in Mankato. Delivery was without medications, under the supervision of family practitioner Dr. Katie Anderson (a Gustavus graduate), and was expertly supported by the presence of Jen Baxa (doula), Dr. Brandy Russell (Chemistry) and Pastor Amy Jo Bur. Simon is doing well and now weighs 8lbs 11oz. Joel continues to waiver between joy and blind panic.

Congregational Outreach

SleepOUT...The fourth annual SleepOUT for senior high youth from congregations in southern Minnesota will be held from 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. This is a collaboration between Grady St. Dennis (Center for Servant Leadership) and Richard Leitch (Political Science). The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger issues in our communities. Gustavus students will facilitate discussions with the high school youth.

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a one-day confirmation retreat for Hosanna Lutheran Church from Rochester on Friday, Nov 9. The adult choir from St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Roseville will be on campus for an overnight retreat Nov. 9-10. These retreat programs are offered as a resource offered to ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Partners in Education...Kate Knutson (Political Science) will give a presentation on "American Politics - Dysfunctional by Design" at Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 9:15 a.m. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Exploring Religious Questions Series: "Christianity and Judaism after the Holocaust"...This minicourse will conclude at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 in session five with a discussion led by Darrell Jodock (Religion) on religious and inter-religious implications. These include Judaism after the Holocaust, Christianity after the Holocaust, and Jewish-Christian relations since the Holocaust. The minicourse is sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership.


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Upcoming events
Date Event
TodayApr 21 Easter Recess Campus
Today 26 pm Softball at Bethel University (DH) Peter, Minn.
2:156:30 pm Women's Golf vs. Carleton College Sueur, Minn.
2:307:30 pm Baseball hosts Macalester College (DH) Peter, Minn.
Tomorrow Men's Track & Field at Carleton Relays, Minn.
Women's Track & Field at Carleton Relays, Minn.
11 am to 3 pm Softball hosts Macalester College (DH) Peter, Minn.
16 pm Baseball at Bethel University (DH) Hills, Minn.
25 pm Women's Tennis hosts Carleton College Peter, Minn.
Apr 1420 Market Place Hours Easter Break Place
Apr 20 78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
89 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Hayley 224 (Aerobics Room)
YesterdayApr 21 Library Hours for Easter Break Bernadotte Memorial Library
Apr 2122 Men's Golf hosts Bobby Krig Invitational Sueur, Minn. & Jordan, Minn.
Apr 2125 Gustavus Philanthropy Week Adolphus College Campus
Apr 2126 Greek Week Campus
Apr 21 11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Yoga with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm GHP-Zumba with Jill VanOsdol 224 (Aerobics Room)
17 pm Baseball hosts Dakota Wesleyan University (DH) Peter, Minn.
45 pm Tabata (HMC class) with Kelsey 224 (Aerobics Room)
56 pm Cardio Dance Conditioning (HMC class) with Samara 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
Apr 22 to May 1 Fall Registration Campus
Apr 22 78 am Insanity (HMC class) with Hanna 224 (Aerobics Room)
99:50 am Assistant Director of Campus Activities Candidate - open session for campus community Lounge
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
16 pm Baseball at Concordia College (DH), Minn.
2:303:30 pm Assistant Director of Campus Activities Candidate - open session for students Lounge
3:304:30 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:306:30 pm Softball at St. Catherine University (DH) Paul, Minn.
46 pm Earth Day Rally for Clean Energy & Jobs State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN
46 pm Gustavus Finance Club Annual Banquet Peter Room
4:305:30 pm Study Abroad Returnees at the Caf' - Tuesday Coffee Breaks Young Dining Room
67 pm La mesa de español
78 pm Step Interval (HMC class) With Cassie 224 (Aerobics Room)
89 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Hayley 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 23 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Bootcamp with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:307:30 pm Softball hosts Augsburg College (DH) (Senior Day) Peter, Minn.
45 pm Cardio Strength (HMC class) with Carrie and Maggie 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:306 pm New Faculty Mentor Mentee Social Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
78 pm Cardio Sculpt (HMC class) with Ashley Gymnastics Room
78 pm Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture by Dr. Philip J. Deloria Auditorium, Nobel Hall
78:30 pm Senior Class Wine Tasting Event Hall
79 pm Lecture by Prof. Olof Hedling, Lund University Confer Hall
89:15 pm Jake Jones Coffeehouse Café
911 pm Swing Dance Hall
Apr 24 Inside Out Day Campus
Apr 2426 Men's Track & Field at Drake Relays Moines, Iowa
Women's Track & Field at Drake Relays Moines, Iowa
Apr 24 6:307:20 am GHP-Cardio Mix with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
8 am to 2 pm "Theology + Graduate School = Possible?" Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
2:303:30 pm Parking Forum Hall
2:307:30 pm Baseball hosts St. Olaf College (DH - Non-Conference) Peter, Minn.
3:304:30 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:307:30 pm Women's Tennis at St. Olaf College, Minn.
55:45 pm Study Abroad Returnee Session: "Going Abroad Again" Lounge - Johnson Student Union
56 pm Insanity (HMC class) with Carrie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Yoga (HMC class) with Lindsay Gymnastics Room
78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
89:30 pm Guest Speaker: Arn Chorn-Pond Hall
Apr 1525 Second Annual Nuss Young Alumni Challenge
Apr 25 Withdraw Deadline Campus
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Yoga with Kelly Holland 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Exemplary Leadership - Mastering Self-Leadership 117
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Self Leadership - Personal Branding 101
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Servant Leadership - Stewardship 119
2:304:30 pm Faculty Meeting Hall
4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
79 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall
79:30 pm Celebrating Philanthropy Dinner Young Dining Room
7:309:30 pm Dan Leifermann, Student Trumpet Recital Recital Hall
89 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
Apr 2526 Apr 25 at 10 pm Weekend Movie: The Lego Movie Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Apr 25 at 11 pm to Apr 26 at 1 am Dive Dance Dive
Apr 26 Men's Track & Field hosts Drake Alternative/Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
Women's Track & Field hosts Drake Alternative/Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
Apr 2627 Men's Golf at Saint John's Spring Invitational Cloud, Minn. & Monticello, Minn.
Women's Golf at Carleton Invitational, Minn.
Apr 26 9:30 am to 3 pm 2014 Student Leadership Day Hall, The Dive
10:45 am to 3 pm GACAC Faith Conference Chapel and Alumni Hall
noon to 3 pm Men's Tennis hosts Carleton College Peter, Minn.
15 pm Softball at Hamline University (DH) Paul, Minn.
1:303:30 pm Katie Landreville, bassoon, and Anthony Afful, oboe, Joint Student Recital Recital Hall
36 pm Women's Tennis hosts University of St. Thomas Peter, Minn.
3:305 pm Dempsey Schroeder Senior Viola Recital Recital Hall
5:307:30 pm Weekend Movie: The Lego Movie Auditorium, Nobel Hall
6:307:30 pm The World of the Brothers Grimm - Kaitlyn McElrath Dive
6:3011 pm Diversity Awards Banquet Hall
7:309:30 pm Nick Mason, Senior Trumpet Recital Recital Hall
89 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
810 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Apr 27 10 am to 1 pm Men's Tennis hosts University of St. Thomas Peter, Minn.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm The World of the Brothers Grimm - Kaitlyn McElrath Dive
1:303:30 pm Chris Allen, Senior Bass Trombone Recital Recital Hall
23 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
24 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall
35 pm The Gustavus Choir with Philip Brunelle's VocalEssence in Concert University's Benson Great Hall
3:305:30 pm Aleksi Moran, Student Piano Recital Recital Hall
56 pm Worship Service of Holy Communion Chapel
6:307:30 pm The World of the Brothers Grimm - Kaitlyn McElrath Dive
78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:309:30 pm The Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert Chapel
89 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Hayley 224 (Aerobics Room)

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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