Inside Gustavus 

January 17, 2013 | Volume 45, Number 15

Faculty/Staff Activities

Eric Dugdale (Classics) co-organized a round-table session with James Morwood (Oxford University) on the new college edition of the Oxford Latin Course at the American Philological Association conference in Seattle.

Funding Opps

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

  • Support for Host Institutions for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes

    The NEH provides grants to host national faculty development programs in the humanities for high school teachers, or for college and university faculty. Awards to conduct seminars range from $70,000 to $140,000, and awards to conduct institutes range from $90,000 to $200,000. The deadline for project directors to submit an application is March 5, 2013. The program guidelines can be found online.

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 website Best College Reviews ranked Christ Chapel as the 18th most beautiful college cathedral in the world in its recently published list of the top 30 college cathedrals.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Monday, Jan. 14 about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture. Mimi Gerstbauer (Political Science) was quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald posted a story on Sunday, Jan. 13 about the impact of Gustavus students voting in the special election to fill Terry Morrow's state House seat. Kate Knutson (Political Science) was quoted in the story.
  • Political Science professor Mimi Gerstbauer appeared on KNUJ Radio's monthly show The Gustavus Journal on Tuesday, Jan. 15 to talk about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture and the Peace Studies Program at Gustavus.
  • Leila Brammer (Communication Studies) is quoted in an Agence France Presse story about President Obama's upcoming inaugural address.

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

  • Jacob Clark, Interim Area Coordinator, Residential Life
  • Nicholas Dobie, Web Application Programmer, GTS

* New Support Staff

  • Dana Schultz, Part-time Cashier, Dining Service

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and discussed the following items:

  • The following holiday schedule was approved: Good Friday (Friday, March 29, 2013), Memorial Day (Monday, May 27, 2013), Fourth of July (Thursday, July 4, 2013), Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 29, 2013), Day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 29, 2013), Floating Holiday (Monday, Dec. 23, 2013), Floating Holiday (Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013), Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013), Floating Holiday (Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013), Floating Holiday (Friday, Dec. 27, 2013), Floating Holiday (Monday, Dec. 30, 2013), Floating Holiday (Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013), New Year's Day (Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014)
  • Members discussed the updated Memo of Understanding from the Department of Defense concerning higher education institutions accepting course credits from veterans who wish to transfer military coursework. Institutions are now required to develop a plan for how they will accept coursework from veterans.
  • Discussion was held regarding the January 25-27 Board workshop schedule and the topics for discussion.
  • As a result of an inquiry, members discussed the record retention and destruction policy. Futher discussion will be held regarding location of documents, etc.
  • Members approved an Institutional Complaint Policy. It is an all-college policy and will be communicated to the campus community via Inside Gustavus.
  • Members approved an early arrival housing policy. Residential Life staff will develop a form for supervisors to complete prior to vice presidential approval.
  • Discussion was held regarding all-employee summer programs, i.e., Twins game, trip to the zoo, etc. Previous opportunities have been very well received. President Ohle will talk with Barb Larson Taylor, Assistant to the President for Special Projects, regarding possibilities for this coming summer.

News & Announcements

Library Receives Grant...Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library is among the 842 libraries and state humanities councils around the nation chosen to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf award. The award is a collection of 25 books and three films from the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative, to be used to address the need of the American public for credible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage of Islam.

The recipients are being recognized for their ability to foster community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways. Over the period of the award, each of the awardees will be expected to stage an event that will increase use of the collection and to collaborate with at least one community partner. The Journeys Bookshelf project is part of NEH Chairman Jim Leach’s Bridging Cultures initiative, which has highlighted the role of libraries in bringing civility into American life. If you have any questions or would like more information about the grant, please contact Michelle Twait (mtwait, x7563).

Health Screenings...2013 employee health screening is happening now! Dates are: Jan. 15, 17, 23, 30 and Feb. 5 and 12. For all current employees the klocation is Gustavus Health Service from 6:30-10 a.m.. Please call x7631 anytime Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to sign up! All retiree health screening will still take place at River's Edge Hospital.

Campus Happenings

Dino Day...The students of the J-term course, "Dinosaurs and their Food" will be hosting a Dino-Day on Thursday, Jan. 31. Come see real dinosaur bones, tour the geology museum, and do fossil-related activities. Drop in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Events will be in Nobel Hall, rooms 122 and 123. No need to RSVP unless you're bringing a crowd. For questions or group visits, contact Julie Bartley (

Good Food for Busy Gusties...The Kitchen Cabinet and Gustavus Wellbeing Initiative are co-sponsoring a student focused program called "Good Food for Busy Gusties". This program is designed to get students together and cook a nutritious meal as well as promote several aspects of their wellbeing. The event is on Jan. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the International Center Residence Hall Kitchen. We are making Moroccan style couscous with chicken cutlets. The cost per student is $3 or $10 for a group of 4 students. This is a great opportunity for students to learn how to cook good meals while they are busy and on a budget.

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.

The Provost's Listening Post...Provost Mark Braun will continue his series of informal discussion opportunities with Gustavus students. The “Provost’s Listening Post” will be set up once each month in upper level of the Campus Center. The goal is to provide a relaxed, informal setting for student questions and discussion about the College. Spring 2013 dates and times are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 18, 12-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Mar. 14, 9-10 a.m.
  • Monday, Apr. 29, 12-1 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17, 12-1 p.m.

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. 20 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Monday, Jan. 21 - Cathy Cohen, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Dawn Comstock '13
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Jan. 24 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Friday, Jan. 24 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 - Chaplain Rod Anderson


For Rent...Nice, big house close to campus available for rent starting Feb. 1. Single family or four separate tenants. On the corner of Pine St. and 5th St. Reasonable rent. Snow shoveled and grass mowed by landlord. Call or text Pat at (507) 380-1739.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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.
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

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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