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
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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