Inside Gustavus 

January 10, 2013 | Volume 45, Number 14

Faculty/Staff Activities

Greg Kaster (History) has had his commentary on the movies "Lincoln" and "Django" accepted and distributed by the History News Service to 200 U.S. newspapers. Thus far it has appeared in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle, the Sunday Bakersfield Californian, the Bismarck Tribune, and online at History News Network under "Culture Watch." The commentary argues that for all their differences, both movies are complementary, especially with respect to the law and slavery.

Eric Dugdale (Classics) had an article titled “Classics Pedagogy for Teaching in a Liberal Arts College” published in the journal Classical World. Dugdale also had his paper "Up Close and Personal: Encountering Ancient Drama through Performance" as well as a review published in vol. 9.12 of Didaskalia, the journal for ancient performance (

Suzanne Wilson (Sociology/Anthropology) gave a coffee-hour presentation, “A Trade without Borders: The Cocaine Trade and U.S. Drug Policy” at Global Citizen’s Network in Minneapolis on December 1.

Sarah Wolter (Communication Studies) had the article, "Gender representation in 2010 NCAA Division I media guides: The battle for equity was only temporarily won" accepted for publication in the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. Wolter co-authored the article with Dr. JoAnn Buysse (Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities).

Lianying Shan (Japanese Studies) had her article, “ The Anti-Hero, Black Humor, and Violence in East Asian War Films,” published in the October 2012 issue of the journal Asian Profile (Vol. 40, No. 5, pp 463-476). Asian Profile is an international journal published by Asian Research Service in Canada.

Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History) was awarded $10,000 for her documentary film, Painting the Place Between from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Student Achievements

  • 639 students were named to the Dean's List for the Fall Semester.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant Program

    The NIH offers AREA grants to stimulate research in biomedical and behavioral sciences at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate degrees but that have not been major recipients of NIH support. 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. Go online for more information.

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:

  • A commentary by Greg Kaster (History) regarding the recent films Django Unchained and Lincoln and what they reveal about slavery and law has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bakersfield Californian, and the Bismarck Tribune.
  • Gustavus was mentioned in numerous news articles and television stories, both regionally and nationally, on Jan. 4-5 relating to the Hamline men’s basketball team forfeiting its game against Gustavus after team members and the coaching staff were suspended.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed articles on Jan. 3-4 about how Gustavus students might affect the outcome of the special election to fill the seat left behind by Terry Morrow.
  • The St. Peter Herald posted a story on Friday, Jan. 4 about the upcoming Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture. Virgil Jones was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Dec. 28 about hockey player Corey Leivermann’s plans to transfer from Minnesota State University, Mankato to Gustavus.
  • Gustavus was mentioned in numerous news stories and articles on Dec. 19-20 when Terry Morrow announced he was resigning from both his faculty position at Gustavus and his legislative seat in the Minnesota House to accept a job in Chicago.
  • 2005 graudate Nicole Porath was featured in several news stories on Jan. 8-9 for setting a new world record time by a female in an indoor marathon. Porath crossed the finish line at the eighth annual Zoom! Yah! Yah! indoor marathon at St. Olaf in 2 hours, 57 minutes, and 34 seconds.

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

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Administrators

  • Matthew Lewis, Assistant Baseball Coach, Athletics
  • Cory Starkweather, Gift Planner, Institutional Advancement

* New Support Staff

  • Samantha Gappa, Part-time Cashier, Dining Service
  • Jennifer Harbo, Administrative Assistant, Provost's Office
  • Cindy Shumate, Custodian, Custodial

Position Openings

  • Chaplain of the College and Chair of College Ministries

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Dec. 18 and discussed the following items:

  • Members agreed with the recommendations from the HLC self-study steering committee to establish an ongoing standing accreditation committee.
  • Members approved the hiring of a residential life area coordinator replacement position.
  • Vice President Westphal gave a report on a recent Economic Development Initiative meeting, focused on several transportation and housing projects in St. Peter.
  • Vice President Westphal reported on the interim financial statements through November 30, 2012.

News & Announcements

Book Discussion...All staff and faculty and are invited to join a reading/discussion group during January, around Robert Nash and Michele Murray’s book, Helping College Students Find Purpose: The Campus Guide to Meaning-Making. Co-sponsored by the Center for Servant Leadership and the Kendall Center for Engaged Learning, and facilitated by Chris Johnson of the CSL, the group will meet each Tuesday throughout the month at 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty-Staff Center/Lounge, in the Jackson Campus Center. Books and light refreshments will be provided. Faculty, please contact Cathy in the Kendall Center (e-mail cblaukat); staff and administrators, please contact Sara in the CVR (email sletten) to reserve your copy.

Postage Changes...Effective January 27, 2013, the United States Postal Service is increasing postage prices. One ounce letters will increase to 46 cents and postcards will increase to 33 cents. Additional increases will be effective January 27th. Please contact the College Post Office or with any questions.

HLC Review Open Meetings...The Steering Committee for the Higher Learning Commission Review will hold open meetings in January to discuss the draft of the self-study document in preparation for the visit from reviewers. All members of the community are welcome to attend one of these sessions, hosted by two members of the steering committee:

  • Friday, January 11, 2:30 p.m., Faculty-Staff Lounge
  • Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m., Board Room
  • Thursday, January 17, 12:30 p.m., Faculty-Staff Lounge

The draft of the self-study document is available online. A Gustavus e-mail username and password are required to access this site. Please note this draft is intended for internal audiences only. For the integrity of the process, there can be no unauthorized distribution to anyone other than Gustavus employees and students. You can also provide written feedback on the "Self Study Draft Feedback Form" which is also available online. Please provide written feedback by Feb. 1.

Campus Happenings

MLK Memorial Lecture...The College's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture will take place Monday, Jan. 21 as Dr. Cathy Cohen will speak in Christ Chapel at 10 a.m. Mixed Blood Theatre will give a performance of Dr. King's Dream at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

Round Table Discussion...A discussion with artists and other members of the Dakota community will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 in Alumni Hall. This discussion will be moderated by Dakota Elder Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa and will include a musical prelude in the form of a performance by a group of Dakota Elders of the Dakota hymn Lac Qui Parle.

Kevin Gover Lecture...Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian Kevin Gover will give a free public lecture at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 in Alumni 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:

  • Sunday, Jan. 13 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Monday, Jan. 14 - Sean Easton, Classics
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Mimi Gerstbauer, Political Science
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Jan. 17 - Re:vive
  • Friday, Jan. 18 - Chaplain Rod Anderson


  • David H. Vrooman, father of Eric Vrooman (English) and father-in-law of Jill Locke (Political Science) passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 8. Dr. Vrooman was Professor of Economics, Emeritus at Saint Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, NY.
  • Darwin D. Sargent, father of Amy Brown (Physical Plant) passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Church of St. Peter. Sargent worked for the Dotson Company in Mankato for 46 years, retiring in July of 2003.

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.

Facility Hours

Library Hours for J-Term:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.;
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.;
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.


For Rent...Great 4-bedroom house for rent. Three blocks from campus on quiet street. Big back yard with fire pit, two car garage, big basement. Available March 1. Contact Pat if interested at (507) 380-1739.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and/or services to others in the community, or seek the same from them. It is not meant to accommodate ads or announcements from area businesses such as real estate agents or retailers, although from time to time such announcements may be published when deemed to be of particular interest to the community.


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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