Inside Gustavus 

November 15, 2012 | Volume 45, Number 10

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kyle E. Chambers (Psychological Science) gave an invited talk "The Statistician with a Pacifier: What Babies Learn about Language & How it Changes Them" in the Institute for Child Development at the University of Minnesota.

Jill Fischer (CICE) and Rachel Schmitt ('11) presented a session at the 6th Annual Minnesota Study Abroad Returnee Conference held at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management on Sept. 22. Their session was created by Fischer and Phil Romine of HECUA and was called "Digging Deeper: Stories and Identities." Twenty-six study abroad returnees from nine Minnesota colleges and universities participated in the session. Fischer also served on the planning and evaluation committees for the conference which attracted over 100 students from across Minnesota.

Sean Cobb (English) signed a contract with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company to publish a film textbook, titled Introduction to Film Studies: History, Production, Genre, and Theory. It will be available in Fall 2013.

Karl Larson (HES), who is the only head coach in St. Peter High School girl's soccer history, has been selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's State Coach of the Year for small schools in Minnesota.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Funding

    The NIH offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate degrees but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. These grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The maximum project award is $300,000 in direct costs, plus indirect costs, and is available for up to three years. Annual deadlines are February 25, June 25 and October 25. More information is available online.

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

News & Announcements

Hispanic Film Festival...The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures was recently awarded a grant by PRAGDA to hold a Hispanic Film Festival in spring 2013. Films shown will feature different Spanish-speaking countries and topics related to human and civil rights. Stay posted for film titles and screening dates! Screenings are open to all!

Farewell Party...The Provost’s Office invites the Gustavus community to join us as we say goodbye and best wishes to Judy Roberts. We will host a farewell reception for Judy on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Dive. Refreshments will be served. We hope you will stop by to wish Judy the best in her well-deserved retirement.

Weight Watchers...Make this year the year you don't pack on the pounds over the Holidays. Join Weight Watchers At-Work, at Scholarship America. Get the tools you need to have a guilt-free holiday season and start 2013 with no need to put "lose weight" on your list of New Year's resolutions. There will be an open house on Thursday, Dec. 6 at Scholarship America. The meetingis from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Bring a lunch and stay for the informational session free of charge. Cost is $39.95 monthly including free e-tools and the flexibility to go to meetings anywhere, anytime. Contact Julie Wilkins at 507-931-0448 or

Give to Gustavus Day Results...On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the College held Give to Gustavus Day. The goal was to raise $24,000 for the Gustavus Annual Fund in 24 hours. We are happy to say that we raised more than $45,000 thanks to gifts from more than 200 donors. It's still National Philanthropy Week, so if you didn't have a chance to participate on Wednesday, and would like to, it's easy to do online at

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 VII: November 19, 2012, 8:00-8:50 a.m.
  • Session VIII: November 19, 2012, 9:00-9:50 a.m.
  • Session IX: November 20, 2012, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
  • Session X: November 20, 2012, 3:30-4:20 p.m.
  • Session XI: November 26, 2012, 8:00-8:50 a.m.
  • Session XII: November 26, 2012, 9:00-9:50 a.m.
  • Session XIII: November 27, 2012, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
  • Session XIV: November 27, 2012, 3:30-4:20 p.m.
  • Session XV: November 28, 2012, 8:00-8:50 a.m.
  • Session XVI: November 28, 2012, 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Each open meeting will be held in the Faculty-Staff Lounge. The Self-Study draft and summary can be found online.

C in CC Tickets...A limited number number of tickets still remain for the Christmas in Christ Chapel services on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Gustavus students, faculty, and staff are allowed one complimentary ticket. Additional tickets are $25 apiece. Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

Campus Happenings

Wellbeing Coffee & Conversation...The Gustavus Wellbeing Initiative and Gustavus Health Promotion are teaming up to co-sponsor a Fika/Coffee Conversation Series on three consecutive Thursdays on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Courtyard Cafe. Please plan on joining Gustavus colleagues for a free hot beverage of your choice and some healthy snacks. Stay to talk about creating a healthier Gustavus community together, as well as learn about the ways in which the Gustavus Wellbeing Initiative and Gustavus Health Promotion are supporting these efforts. Stop by the Dean of Students Office beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28 to pick up your free beverage coupon valid in the Courtyard Cafe between 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, and Dec. 6 and 13. Questions can be directed to Steve Bennett at and/or Laurie Kelly at

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. 16 - Julie Johnson, Academic Advising, Vintage Prairie Dirt Band
  • Sunday, Nov. 18 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, Nov. 19 - Barb Larson Taylor, President's Office
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20 - Thanksgiving Hymn Sing
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Thanksgiving Recess, No Chapel
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Recess, No Chapel
  • Friday, Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Recess, No Chapel

Off-Campus Events of Interest

The Creative Play Place and Saint Peter Library present...Mankato Ballet and Katha Dance Theatre. Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Saint Peter Community Center Gym. Watch the gifted Mankato Ballet dancers perform and then take part in a workshop with the dancers. Following the Mankato Ballet is the premier North Indian Katha dance organization in the Midwest! Come watch beautifully dressed dancers perform the classical Kathak dances of north India. This unique presentation will combine North Indian storytelling and percussive Kathak dance, folk dance of India, stories of myths and legends, music, drama along with creating your own story by the use of hand gestures, expression, rhythm, imagination, and playfulness. Supper to follow, including an Indian rice dish, pasta with choice of sauce, and dessert. Discounted tickets available until Thursday, Nov. 15 at Creative Play Place for $5/adult and $2.50/child 8 & under. At the door cost is $6/adult & $3.50/child 8 & under.


  • Pastor James Wang, father of Esther Wang (Music) passed away on Nov. 7, 2012 in the Dominican Republic. A service was held on Sunday, Nov. 11. He is survived by his wife Sheila Kay, children Joey Wang, Esther Wang, Lydia Adams and Rebecca Rhee, along with other friends and relatives.

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 a weekend Chancel Choir retreat for Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Friday evening until Saturday afternoon, Nov. 16-17, and a confirmation retreat for St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth on Friday evening until Sunday morning, Nov. 16-18. Women from Trinity Lutheran Church and First Lutheran in St. Peter will be on Campus for an overnight retreat on Nov. 17-18. 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 about "Religion in the 2012 Election" at Trinity Lutheran Church on Nov. 18. 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.

Reunion Luncheon...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will sponsor the annual Vocation of a Lutheran College. The conference reunion luncheon is being held Thursday, Nov. 15, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Heritage Banquet Room. A summary of the most recent conference will be presented during the luncheon. On behalf of the college, we thank all faculty and administrators at Gustavus who have been part of the greater team to have experienced this conference.


For Sale...Homemade Lefse and Krum Kake. A delightful treat perfect for holiday gatherings! All batches will be made to order; holiday orders must be submitted by Dec. 8. $10 for a dozen lefse rounds; $10 for two dozen Krum Kake. Contact Jessica at for more information and to submit your order.

For Sale...Unopened Canon ink cartridges numbers 8 and 5, for Canon Model series iP4000, iP5000, iP6000 or MP500-970 series. Two Magenta, 2 Cyan, 3 Yellow, 1 Black, and 1 PGBlack. $5.00 each. Contact Carolyn,

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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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