Inside Gustavus (January 24, 2013)

Volume 45, Number 16

Faculty/Staff Activities

Eric Vrooman (English) was awarded $9,600 from the Minnesota State Arts Board for his collection of stories, Work Product.

Michael Hvidsten (Mathematics and Computer Science) gave a presentation titled "Interactive Math Texts on the Web using MathJax, JSXGraph, and HTML5" at the joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, held Jan. 9-12 in San Diego, Calif.

Funding Opps

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

  • Registration Open for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Workshops

    Through its support of various institutes highlighting digital humanities, the NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. For most institutes, attendance is free and includes reimbursement for travel and lodging. To review the seven institutes taking place in 2013, please see

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 was published in the Durham Herald on Sunday, Jan. 11.
  • The St. Peter Herald published an article with the headline “A Look Back on Gustavus’ Historic Women’s Tennis Run” Jon Carlson and Tim Kennedy were both quoted in the story.

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

Position Openings

  • Assistant Controller, Finance Office
  • Assistant Chef, Dining Service

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

News & Announcements

Travel with Gustavus to Central Europe...Experience Central Europe with Gustavus Professor Emeritus of History Dr. Tom Emmert from Sept. 10-21, 2013. The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts. Initial registration requested by February 1, 2013. For more information visit, contact Dr. Tom Emmert at or visit

Lefler Lecture...Kevin Gover, Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), will present this year's Herbert and Mary Jane Lefler Lecture on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The lecture, titled "The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862 and Contemporary Native Memory," is presented by the Hillstrom Museum of Art with support from the Lefler Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Hena Uŋkiksuyapi: In Commemoration of the Dakota Mass Execution of 1862 (on view at the Museum through February 8, 2013).

Cross Cultural Ministry Talks and Songs...The College's annual Transfiguration Talks, which involve inviting alumni ministers to campus to participate in the worship and academic life of the College, will take on slightly later dates this year, on March 18-20. This year, Jim Lobdell '71 and Donnie Williams will come to Gustavus as part of a team from New City Parish, an urban coalition of nine congregations located in Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Compton in California. Rev. Lobdell is a pastor, while Williams is the music director at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Inglewood. Their talks will be titled "Sing a New Song: Doing Cross Cultural Ministry in a New Time." More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. If you have questions about this Cross Cultural Ministry event, contact Chaplain Rod Anderson at

It's Tax Time!...2012 W2s can now be viewed and printed on line by signing on to WebAdvisor. Once signed on, click on W2 Statement to view your W2.

Campus Happenings

Tennis and Life Retreat...Gustavus Tennis and Life Camps is hosting its first ever winter retreat for underserved youth over the weekend of Jan. 25-27. The retreat, titled "I Have a Name," will not only focus on improving tennis skills, but also will use off-court sessions to explore the names we call each other, the way we view each other through our prejudices, applying the 3 Crowns (attitude, effort and sportsmanship) to participants' lives and ways to build bridges using facilitated dialogue with music. Virgil Jones (Diversity Center) will also present to help students explore opportunities and requirements to prepare them for college. Teaching staff will include TLC Director Neal Hagberg, Assistant Director David Lachman, Swanson Tennis Center Director Heidi Carlson, Head Men's Tennis Coach Tommy Valentini, and seniors Megan Born and Amrik Donkena.

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, Jan. 25 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Sunday, Jan. 27 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, Jan. 28 - Richard Leitch, Political Science
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 - Barbara Bjelland, Christ Chapel Sexton
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30 - Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 - Music Leadership with Re:vive
  • Friday, Feb. 1 - Thia Cooper, Religion


  • Harold (Hal) David Rosoff, father of Jeff Rosoff (Mathematics and Computer Science), passed away in his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, after a short illness on Jan. 15, at the age of 90. Hal earned his BS degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in industrial biology and food technology and then served on minesweepers during WWII, attaining the rank of Lt. Commander. After the war, he attended UC-Berkeley, where he earned his MS degree in food technology. He married his wife, Berniece Helzberg, in 1947, and in 1988 retired from Greyhound Corp., where he was a food scientist and vice president. Besides Berniece and Jeff, Hal is survived by his daughter Leslie Westerlind, daughter-in-law Catherine Rosoff, and sister Myrna Silver. Memorials may be sent to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center - Doug Rosoff Room c/o Ms. Alleyne Brown, Director of Philanthropy, Ukia Valley Medical Center, 275 Hospital Dr., Ukiah, CA 95482; or to the David C. Rosoff Memorial Scholarship Fund at Dollars for Scholars, c/o Johnson and Hoehn, 223 W. Nassau St., St. Peter, MN 56082.

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.

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations...Grady St. Dennis (Center for Servant Leadership & Chaplain) will preach at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership for Gustavus Association member congregations.

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a confirmation retreat for Cross Lutheran Church of Maplewood from Thursday, Jan. 24 to Saturday, Jan. 26. They will also be hosting an adult men's retreat from St. John's Lutheran Church of Northfield from Friday, Jan. 25 to Saturday, Jan. 26. These retreat programs are offered as a resource to ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Telecommunications Updates

Following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2012-13."

  • Rosalia Larson, Custodial ,Phone: 6117, email: riarso10,Delete
  • Corey Starkweather, Advancement, Phone: x7006, email: cstarkw2, Addition
  • Jaqueline Brunsburg, Advancement, Phone: x6042, email: jbrunsb2, Delete
  • Cynthia Shumate, SFAM Custodial, Phone: x 6035, email: cshumate , Addition
  • Judy Roberts, Office of the Provost, Phone: x6223, email: jroberts, Delete
  • Jennifer Harbo, Office of the Provost, Phone: x6223, email: jharbo, Addition
  • Nicholas Dobie, Web Services, Phone: x7072, email: ndobie , Addition

For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe (x6261 or


Upcoming events
Date Event
Tomorrow Finals for Half-Semester Courses Campus
TomorrowMar 28 NCGA Championships Crosse, Wis.
Tomorrow 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: "Jazz Liturgy" Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE-Step Aerobics 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE-Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
27 pm Softball at Central College (DH), Iowa
2:303:30 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304 pm Faculty Senate Meeting Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
67 pm Self Defense (HWC) w/ Anton 224 (Aerobics Room)
Mar 28 Men's Track and Field at Point Loma Nazarene University Invitational Diego, Calif.
Women's Track and Field at Point Loma Nazarene University Invitational Diego, Calif.
Mar 28 to Apr 6 Spring Break Campus
Mar 28 16 pm Softball at Simpson College (DH), Iowa
17 pm Baseball hosts Hamline University (DH) Peter, Minn.
Mar 29 noon to 5 pm Softball at University of Dubuque (DH), Iowa
69 pm Saint Peter Area Robotics Open House Hall, Room 001
Mar 31 10 am to 1 pm Men's Tennis vs. Williams College, Calif.
Apr 1 2:308:30 pm Baseball hosts St. Olaf College (DH) Peter, Minn.
67 pm Self Defense (HWC) w/ Anton 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 2 1:302:30 pm GLBTQA Support Group Resource Room, Old Main 103
3:308:30 pm Softball at College of Saint Benedict (DH) Joseph, Minn.
Apr 3 Men's Golf vs. Flagler College Vedra Beach, Fla.
Women's Golf vs. Flagler College Vedra Beach, Fla.
Apr 34 Women's Tennis at Midwest Invitational, Wis.
Apr 3 10 am to 1 pm Men's Tennis at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Calif.
noon to 5 pm Softball hosts Concordia College (DH) Peter, Minn.
25 pm Men's Tennis at Cerritos College, Calif.
67 pm Self Defense (HWC) w/ Anton 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 4 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Men's Tennis at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Calif.
17 pm Baseball at Augsburg College (DH), Minn.
Apr 5 34 pm Yoga Sculpt (HWC) w/ Hanna 224 (Aerobics Room)
56 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
Feb 23 to Apr 19 Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix, and additional 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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