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.

"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
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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