Inside Gustavus (November 29, 2012)

Volume 45, Number 11

Faculty/Staff Activities

Doug Huff (Philosophy) was notified that his play, A FAR SHORE, was selected as a finalist for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize (University of New Hampshire). The Prize Committee received 148 submissions representing playwrights from North, Central, and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe. The purpose of the Woodward Prize is to promote international cultural awareness through excellence in playwriting.

Audrey Russek (History and GWS) co-organized the panel, "Culinary Occupations: Migratory Identities and the Geopolitics of Public Food Consumption" for the 2012 American Studies Association Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she presented a paper titled, "You All Look Alike: Discriminating Dining and Passing as Foreign in American Restaurants."

Jill Locke (Political Science and GWS) had her article, "Little Rock's 'Social Question': Reading Hannah Arendt on School Desegregation and Social Climbing," accepted for publication in the journal Political Theory. She has been invited to present this article at a colloquium at the Institute for Advanced Study in in Princeton, NJ, in March 2013.

Marie Walker (Psychological Science) co-authored a paper published in the November issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science titled "Harnessing the Undiscovered Resource of Student Research Projects."

The Minnesota Museum of American Art will open it's new Project Space doors in St Paul on Dec 1, with an exhibition co-curated by Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History). The exhibition will offer preview clips of her film, Painting the Place Between and exhibit works by each of the four artists profiled in her documentary. Gustavus Alum, Song Thao's ('08) work will also be included in this show. Minneapolis-St Paul magazine also voted Painting the Place Between as one of the "must see" exhibitions of the fall.

Margaret Bloch Qazi (Biology) is the co-first author of a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, titled "A requirement for the neuromodulators octopamine and tyramine in Drosophila melanogaster female sperm storage" Bloch Qazi is also the senior author of an invited review in the journal Spermatogenesis titled "Oh, the places they'll go: female sperm storage and sperm precedence in Drosophila melanogaster."

Chuck Niederriter's (Physics) paper, "Astrophotography on the Cheap," was published in the December 2012 issue of The Physics Teacher. The cover of the December issue features a photograph from the paper that was taken during last May's Venus transit by co-author Mario Belloni of Davidson College with his daughter's iPhone.

Heidi Meyer (Nursing) presented at AACN's 2012 Baccalaureate Education Conference, Nov. 15-17, in San Antonio, Texas. The podium presentation was titled, "Senior Nursing Students' Perceptions of a Leadership Role During High-Fidelity Simulation: A Phenomenologic Study."

Mark Bjelland (Geography) authored a comparative book review of Justice and the American Metropolis and Searching for the Just City: Debates in Urban Theory and Practice, which appeared in the latest edition of the Journal of Regional Science.

Student Achievements

The Gustavus Peer Assistants were chosen to present two of their workshops at the National Peer Education conference, held Nov. 1-4, 2012. Traveling to Orlando, Fla., were: Connor Haugen, Bethany Murray, Katie Barta, Pat Clark, Semyon Rozin, Katelyn Warburton, Joe Poblocki, Dillon Hall, David Buckley, Eric Pothen, Mara LeBlanc and Allie Ceranske along with their advisor, Judy Douglas, and outreach coordinator, Cinde Wiebusch. The female PAs presented "Girl's Night Out" which is a popular offering in our residence halls that deals with safety issues and alcohol. The second workshop, "How We Did It; a Successful Small Group Model" detailed the non-hierarchal structure of the Peer Assistant group along with various recruitment, selection, and training components that promote trust, community, and volunteer campus involvement.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

    The NSF’s MRI program supports the purchase of research instrumentation and instrumentation development. Awards range from $100,000 to $4 million. The next deadline for this annual competition is February 21, 2013. The program announcement can be found online. Gustavus has enjoyed much success with this program and Bob Weisenfeld can share lessons learned. Since Gustavus is limited to two instrumentation acquisition proposals each grant round, faculty interested in submitting an application should send an email so indicating to Bob ( by December 31. Bob will follow up in January with those interested regarding the selection process in the event that more than two faculty are interested in submitting a request.

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 St. Peter Herald printed a story on Thursday, Nov. 29 about Christmas in Christ Chapel. Chaplain Rod Anderson and first-year student Kari Louwagie were both quoted in the story.
  • The Star Tribune printed a story on Friday, Nov. 24 about a group of Gustavus alumni who have gathered together every month for the last 40 years. The group calls itself “The Gourmet Club.”

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and discussed the following items:

  • Members discussed apporpriate funding for student organizations through Student Senate.
  • Following a discussion, consensus was to add Gustavus students to the Inside Gustavus distribution list.
  • Vice President Westphal reminded members that Wells Fargo College credit cards must be in the hands of the designated cardholders at all times. Wells Fargo's fraud protection policy is very clear regarding personal possession of the card.
  • Vice President Westphal asked members to ask their colleagues in their respective divisions for agenda items for the Benefits Committee to discuss in their upcoming meetings. This topic will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting.

News & Announcements

Vote for St. Lucia...The Festival of St. Lucia will be held during Daily Chapel on Thursday, Dec. 6. Please select one of the following women from the Lucia Court to serve as St. Lucia: Maura Bremer, Dani Cabrera, Carolyn Draayer, Nicole Ektnitphong, Mara LeBlanc, and Nikki Rom. Selection should be based on the following attributes: courageous leadership, service to others, strength of character, and compassion. Voting will close on Monday, December 3 at 11 p.m and can be done online.

Student Org Info...If you are interested in any information on recognized student organizations please visit This new page is updated daily and is accessible to current members of the Gustavus community as well as prospective students. There is additional information and resources for student organizations on the left side panel of the page. If you have any questions please contact Andrea Junso, Assistant Director of Student Activities.

Chaplain Search Discussions...Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in any one of three conversations with members of the Chaplain Search/Call Committee about the position currently held by Rod Anderson. Questions to be discussed include the following: What leadership does Gustavus need from a Chaplain? What experience and credentials will best prepare someone for this role? What competencies, character, and commitments will be most important? For more information, contact Darrell Jodock at x7472 or 

Community Gathering Dec. 7...One of the annual goals of the Provost’s Office is to foster a sense of community at Gustavus. To this end, we have partnered with the Theta’s semi-annual babysitting event to create a time for faculty, staff, and administrators to relax, laugh, and commune a bit…to build community. The Theta sorority will offer free babysitting in the Dive on Friday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. During this time we have reserved a room at Jake’s Pizza in Saint Peter for employees and their significant others to gather. Come and enjoy time to catch up with folks you know and to meet new Gustie friends. Come for some or all of the three hours. There will be an optional pizza buffet and pop for $7. Come and socialize!! If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Darrin Good by Dec. 4 (x6223 or and let him know who is attending and if you plan to eat at the buffet (you may order off the menu or just order drinks as well, but we’d still appreciate an RSVP). Other events occurring on campus during Theta babysitting include Faculty Shop Talk, the Firethorne Release Party, a men’s hockey game, and a Michael Johnson concert…to see all events, go to:

Elf The Musical...The Campus Activities Board is taking students, faculty, and staff to Elf The Musical at The Ordway in St. Paul on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for faculty/staff and went on sale Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the SAO Information Desk. Note: bus transportation is only available to students and there are 10 tickets available for faculty/staff to purchase. Please contact Ellen Liebe with any questions.

Donations for Staff Christmas Party...The Staff Personnel Committee has already begun gearing up for our traditional Staff Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 21. Our Staff Christmas Party is always an exciting time as we try to incorporate the spirit of giving. One of the ways we do this is by providing door prize drawings. Although we have a small budget for purchasing items to give away, we traditionally rely on departments around campus to donate any items as they feel appropriate. Donations may range from a gift card for a campus service to complimentary gifts received from outside vendors to handmade/homemade items that reflect your skill/talent that could be passed on to fellow co-workers as a wonderful gift. In the next few weeks, please watch for items that may come into your office/department and/or items you might already have that you would be willing to donate as a gift. To make a contribution, please contact or send items to Tracey Peymann ( in Health Services, Jeannie Peterson ( in the library, or Anna Mae Barklow ( with Custodial Service. Your generosity and thoughtful consideration during this Season of Giving is greatly appreciated.

Campus Happenings

Reflections on a Canoe Trip...Natalie Warren, who along with Ann Raiho, were the first women to canoe from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay following the route taken by Eric Severeid in 1930, will be at Gustavus Tuesday, Dec. 4, to present her reflections on the trip, recounting what they observed along the way, and lessons learned about life and pursuing once's dreams passionately. Warren's presentation will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 103 of Olin Hall.

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, November 30 - Diane von Arx, calligrapher for The Saint John's Bible.
  • Sunday, December 2 - Adam King Butler '08, Luther Seminary
  • Monday, December 3 - Chaplain Grady St. Dennis
  • Tuesday, December 4 - Winds of Christmas
  • Wednesday, December 5 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, December 6 - Festival of St. Lucia
  • Friday, December 7 - Chaplain Sabina Koij

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education...Chuck Niederriter (Physics) will give a presentation titled "Pop Tops" at Nativity Lutheran Church in Saint Anthony, Minn., on Dec. 2. 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.

Events...This Sunday, Dec. 2, prior to Christmas in Christ Chapel there will be a reception for the Gustavus Ambassadors and the Minnesota Valley Conference Pastors. The reception will be located in the Center for Servant Leadership.


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Upcoming events
Date Event
TodayTomorrow Family Weekend Adolphus College Campus
Today 89:30 am Family Weekend Pancake Breakfast Year Residence Halls (Norelius & Pittman/Sohre)
9:3010:15 am Family Weekend Workshops Center Banquet Rooms
10 am Men's Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10 am Women's Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10:3011:15 am Family Weekend Workshops Center Banquet Rooms
11 am to 4:30 pm Fall Fest at the Arb Arboretum
11:30 am to 1 pm Family Weekend Carnival Lunch Young Dining Room
1 pm Football hosts St. Olaf College (Family Weekend) Peter, Minn.
14 pm Men's Soccer hosts Augsburg College Peter, Minn.
24 pm Volleyball hosts UW-Superior (JV at 12 p.m.) Peter, Minn.
34 pm Family Weekend Trivia Cafe
35 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
3:30 pm Women's Soccer hosts Augsburg College Peter, Minn.
79 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
89 pm Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team Recital Hall
1011:59 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 5Tomorrow Library Book Sale Bernadotte Memorial Library
Tomorrow 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
11 am to 12:30 pm The 2015 Family Weekend Jazz Brunch Young Dining Room
24 pm The Family Weekend Music Showcase Concert Chapel
3:305:30 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
Oct 12 7:3010 am Monday Morning Perk Up with the PAs Education Office
810 am Incarcerated women and their children: Dr. Rebecca Shlafer and Erica Gerrity, Prison Project., Campus Center
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:455:45 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting- Come for Community Comment! Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Exploring Religious Questions Series Hall 103 (Oct. 19 in Rm 214 in Fine Arts Building)
79 pm Volleyball hosts Iowa Lake Community College (JV only) Peter, Minn.
Oct 1213 Oct 12 at 11:30 pm to Oct 13 at 1:30 am Bastyr University Health Professions Graduate Programs Campus Center, Lower Level Tables and 49er room
Oct 13 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
8 am to 4 pm Flu Shot Clinic! Banquet Room
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
10 am to noon Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:305:30 pm Mayday Conference Planning Meeting 301
5:3011:59 pm Trip to see The Little Mermaid Orpheum Theatre
78 pm Mental Health Allies Kick-Off House
79 pm Panel Discussion on the Culture of Drug and Alcohol Use at Gustavus featuring Nobel Speaker Marc Lewis 103
811 pm Democratic Debate Viewing Party 127
Oct 14 7:309 am Gustie Breakfast - Scott Bur Center Banquet Rooms
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
4 pm Women's Soccer at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
47 pm Men's Soccer at Saint John's University, Minn.
4:305:30 pm Ideas That Create Entrepreneurs 101
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
58 pm BBQ&A House
78:30 pm Erik Evensen, Designing the World of the Norse Gods in Gods of Asgard 301
79 pm "Afro-Indigenous Hondurans in Resistance: U.S. Drug War, Violent Displacement, and Migration" Lecture from activist Alfredo Lopez Auditorium, Nobel Hall
79 pm Volleyball hosts Macalester College Peter, Minn.
89 pm Coffeehouse Sushi and Origami Night Café
Oct 15 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
noon to 1 pm Courageous leadership: Recruiting and Retaining Latino(a) Faculty and Higher Education Professionals Hall 121
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session (non tenure-track only) Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustie Tank Café
7:308:30 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Oct 16 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
1:302:30 pm Support "ME" with "WE" Speaker Series - Session Three Hall, #211
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:303:30 pm Music Colloquium Series: Organist Kalevi Kiviniemi "The Art of Improvisation" Chapel
79 pm Concert: Luke Spehar - All Is Gift Tour Dive
79 pm Drag Show Hall
7:309:30 pm Kalevi Kiviniemi, organ & Jukka Pietila, cantor in Concert, A Gustavus Artist Series Event Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Vacation (2015) Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 17 911 am Run for Kicks 5k Center, Gustavus Campus
9 am to 5 pm Faculty Writing Retreat at ASI Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
10 am to noon Gustavus Women's Soccer "Run for Kicks" 5K Arboretum
10:30 am Men's Cross Country at UW-La Crosse Invite Crosse, Wis.
10:30 am Women's Cross Country at UW-La Crosse Invite Crosse, Wis.
11 am to 1 pm Women's Rugby Home vs. Macalester the baseball field on the rugby pitch.
noon to 2 pm Volleyball hosts Simpson College Peter, Minn.
1 pm Football at Saint John's University, Minn.
14 pm Men's Soccer hosts Bethel University Peter, Minn.
1:303 pm Melissa Morey, horn, A Faculty Recital Recital Hall
35 pm Volleyball hosts Loras College Peter, Minn.
3:30 pm Women's Soccer hosts Bethel University Peter, Minn.
810 pm Weekend Movie: Vacation (2015) Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 18 9 am to 5 pm Faculty Writing Retreat at Gustavus Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
noon to 1 pm Catholic Mass Chapel
67 pm Pre-Health Club Meeting Hall Room 111
Oct 19 Volleyball at Northwestern Tournament (JV only) Paul, Minn.
7:3010 am Monday Morning Perk Up with the PAs Education Office
8:309:30 am Information Session: Proposed WRITI/ WRITD Language, Campus Center
8:309:30 am Information Sessions: Proposed WRITI/ WRITD Language, Campus Center
9:30 am to 4 pm Seminary and Divinity School Day Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
3:306:30 pm Men's Soccer hosts Bethany Lutheran College Peter, Minn.
4:455:45 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting- Come for Community Comment! Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
79 pm Exploring Religious Questions Series Hall 103 (Oct. 19 in Rm 214 in Fine Arts Building)
79 pm Screening and debate of film "La Sombra Azul" from independent Argentinian filmmaker Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 130 Michal Sagar Exhibition in Schaefer Gallery: The Beginning of the Third Dream Schaefer: Art & Art History

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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