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
TodayNov 29 Thanksgiving Recess Campus
Tomorrow 8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Nov 28 4 pm Women's Hockey vs. Elmira College (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
Nov 29 1 pm Women's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh State University (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
46:30 pm Men's Basketball hosts Buena Vista University Peter, Minn.
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
Nov 30 Career Exploration Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11 am to noon Tech Bytes: Virtual Meeting Spaces Hall 124B
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)
5:308:30 pm WRITI Dinner and Workshop: Using Writing to Assess Student Learning in the WRITI Course's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
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)
Dec 1 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:306:30 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
7:308:30 pm Yoga w/ Rachel (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 2 911 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
7 pm Men's Basketball hosts Saint Mary's University Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball at Saint Mary's University, Minn.
78 pm Jen Onsum- An advocate for people with disabilities Hall 101
78 pm Zumba w/ Megan (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 3 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:308:30 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Dec 45 Men's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Women's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Dec 4 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
4:306 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
7:0510:05 pm Men's Hockey hosts Saint John's University Peter, Minn.
7:30 pm Women's Hockey at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Magic Mike XXL Auditorium, Nobel Hall

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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