Inside Gustavus 

February 14, 2013 | Volume 45, Number 17

Faculty/Staff Activities

In late December, Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History) gave a talk at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as part of a community snowshoe walk and conversation through the Japanese Garden with curator, Mary Bigelow and painter, Holly Swift. In January, Lowe spoke at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St Paul. The subject of her lecture was on contemporary developments in documentary film and how these changes have influenced her own documentary, Painting the Place Between.

Mark Bjelland's (Geography) book, Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, was released by McGraw-Hill in January 2013. Dr. Bjelland paired with Dr. Daniel Montello of the University of California-Santa Barbara in assuming the authorship of this established undergraduate text. Gustavus' Big Hill Farm appears in the chapter on agriculture in a special feature on eating locally on college campuses.

Doug Huff (Philosophy) was notified that his play, A Far Shore, was named runner-up for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize. Doug will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire for a staged reading of his play during the 2013-14 academic year. Doug also received notice that he was elected by the faculty of St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, as an Associate Member of the College for three years.

Barbara Zust (Nursing) along with two former students (Lydia Busiahn and Kelly Williamson Janisch) published
"Nurse's Experiences in Caring for Incarcerated Patients in a Perinatal Unit" in the January 2013 edition of Issues of Mental Health Nursing.

Betsy Byers (Art and Art History) was one of the featured artists during an open studio event at the Walker Art Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 in conjunction with the exhibition "Painter Painter." An interview with Byers is currently on the Walker Art Center Blog. Byers also has new work in a group exhibition titled "Interaction" at the Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis. The exhibition runs through Feb. 24.

The College and Lutheran Church Archives (Michelle Twait and Jeff Jenson) received a $1000 grant from the Swedish Council of America to digitize Scandinavian-American sound recordings. During the initial phase of this project, they focused on our recordings of spoken and musical humor. They plan to add popular and sacred music in the future. This collection was selected because it represents a time period when nearly a million Swedes immigrated to the United States, bringing their cultural traditions with them. Their goal for the digitization of these materials is to preserve and provide greater and more enhanced access to the collection of early 20th century Scandinavian-American sound recordings. These recordings will be an important resource for students on campus taking courses in music, history, and Scandinavian Studies. The collection can be accessed online at (scroll down to the link for Scandinavian-American Recordings).

Lois Peterson (Art and Art History) is an invited artist for the inaugural exhibition of the new Waseca Art Center. The exhibition is in part sponsored by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and opens on Feb. 7 with a free public reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by an artist panel discussion in the new Schultz Auditorium at 7 p.m. The panel features artists/professors Jill Ewald from St. Olaf, Brian Frink from Minnesota State, Mankato and Peterson. The topic of the exhibition and panel is "Seeing ourselves, the role of the Self Portrait". Peterson has also been awarded a $500 artist grant from the Capelli Foundation in Canton, Conn. The Capelli Foundation supports the production of art and work of women artists living and working with cancer.

Chuck Niederriter (Physics) was invited to present a poster, “Integrating Sustainability Across the Science Curriculum of Gustavus Adolphus College,” at a recent conference for principal investigators of CCLI/TUES grants in Washington, DC. The conference was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jessie Petricka (Physics) and Chuck Niederriter (Physics) attended the winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in New Orleans, La.. Jessie presented a paper titled “Complementary Nuclear and Optical Scattering Experiments as a Capstone Laboratory,” and Chuck presented another titled “Using Astronomy to Teach Physics.”

Marie Walker (Psychological Science), Karl Brudvig ('13), Emily Lindberg ('13), Amy Beck ('13), Patrick Clark ('13) and Rebekah Jimenez ('14) presented a poster, "A Comparison Of Meditation And Self-Regulation Techniques For Reducing Angry Affect And Cognition" at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans this January, 2013.

Jeff Rosoff (Mathematics and Computer Science) gave a presentation titled "The Monoid of Effective Divisor Classes on an Algebraic Surface" at the joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, held Jan. 9-12 in San Diego, Calif. He also chaired a session on "Algebraic Varieties, Moduli Spaces and Singularities" at that meeting.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) Program

    The TUES program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, utilize instrumentation for pedagogical purposes, implement educational innovations, assess learning, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program typically supports three types of projects, differentiated by size and scope. Grant awards of up to $200,000 for Type 1 proposals have been available for two to three years. The anticipated deadline for Type 1 proposals is May 27. New guidelines are expected to be posted in the next couple of months. Please go online to see the former guidelines, which should be used only for reference.

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Administrators

  • Patrick Clark, Assistant Men's Tennis Coach, Athletics

* New Support Staff

  • Rochelle Compart, on call cashier, Book Mark
  • Carol Johnson, on call cashier, Book Mark

Position Openings

  • Electric Shop Supervisor, Physical Plant

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

News & Announcements

U.S. Civil War Study Tour...Experience Antietam, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. with Gustavus Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War Historian Dr. James McPherson ’58 from October 20 to 26, 2013. Dr. McPherson’s vast and insightful knowledge will bring to life all the drama of events at Antietam and Gettysburg. With unquestionable authority and skillful narrative, he will explain the momentous issues of the time and why the Civil War still resonates today as a “second American revolution." For more information, visit the Study Tours website.

Alumna Wins New York Times Contest...Erin Luhmann '08, who majored in English at Gustavus, has been named the winner of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's annual Win a Trip contest. Luhmann will accompany Kristof to a poverty-striken area of Africa for a 10-day reporting trip sometime this summer. Luhmann is currently a journalism graduate sudent at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

USPS Changes...The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering and collecting letters and other first-class mail on Saturdays beginning Aug. 5, although packages will continue to be delivered. There also will be no changes to post offices that are currently open on Saturday and mail will continue to be delivered to PO boxes. This change will not impact the processing of incoming mail at the College. When preparing outgoing mail you should keep in mind that first class letters will not be collected or delivered on Saturdays and alter the sending date as necessary. As the USPS continues to enhance automation and restructure their workforce, we will need to change to meet the requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Naomi Quiram at or x7599.

Dream Job Workshop...The Gustavus Center for Servant Leadership is thrilled to offer “Dream Job Workshop” along with support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Saint Mary's University, and Catherine Beyer Breet ( This course is designed for anyone who is: unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed. It takes participants from naming gifts, talents, and passions to finding a dream job. Dream Job Workshop is presented in a four-part classroom series (also available in webinar format) and all access to the Online Job Hunt Coaching System. Please visit the website for more details or to sign up! Call or stop by the Center for Servant Leadership if you have questions.

Campus Happenings

Accreditation Webinar...The HLC Steering Committee and College Assessment Director are co-sponsoring the webinar, “The Shifting Sands of Accountability: Its Impact on HLC Accreditation.” This webinar highlights specific HLC federal compliance areas, assumed practices, and new criteria as they relate to continued accreditation and institutional operations. We hope you'll join us at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Beck Hall Room 121.

Gustavus Choir Home Concert...The Gustavus Choir will present its annual Home Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel. Under the direction of Dr. Gregory J. Aune, the choir is returning from its nine-day concert tour through California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The concert is free and open to the public.

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Home Concert...The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will present its Home Concert at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, the orchestra is returning from a 10-day concert tour thorugh the Midwest. The performance is free and open to the public.

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship and devotions from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in The Dive.

Aftonbön and Lenten Talks...Chaplain Sabina Koij and Cantor Mattias Koij will host Aftonbön (Evening Prayer) from 8 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Chaplain Sabina will then host "Lenten Talks" from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Both events will take place in Christ Chapel.

Anderson Theatre Production...Anderson Theatre will present The Government Inspector Feb. 21-24. In this fast-paced version of Nikolai Gogol's 1836 farce, directed by Henry MacCarthy, the inhabitants of a small town mistake a low rank civil servant staying at the local inn for a government inspector in disguise. Chaos endures when the town's officials bend over backwards to impress the "inspector" and save their jobs. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21-23 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students. One complimentary ticket is available for Gustavus students and staff. Purchase tickets at

African Night...The College's annual African Night will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The event will celebrate African cultures through food, performances, and a fashion show.

Hispanic Film Festival...The first film in the Hispanic Film Festival this spring, Even the Rain, will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Contact Angelique Dwyer at x7419 for further information.

Pancake Burnch in the Arb...Enjoy a delicious pancake brunch (with bacon, eggs, fruit, orange juice and coffee) and learn how you can make your own maple syrup in your own back yard. Event is Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. Registration and pre-payment is required no later than Wednesday, Feb. 27. $8 for Arb members, $10 for non-members. Register online at

Film Screening...The film "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts" will be screened at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in Wallenberg Auditorium. A SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age. A Q & A with Howell will follow the screening. Contact Jill Locke at x6226 for more information.

African Studies Lecture...The African Studies Program will host South African writer Dr. Zanemvula Mda. His lecture is titled "Write What You Don't Know: Readings from the Novels of Zakes Mda," and will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in Confer Hall Room 127.

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, Feb. 17 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Feb. 18 - Eric Carlson, History
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 - Lenten Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, Feb. 21 - Alexa Johnson '13, Re: vive music leadership
  • Friday, Feb. 22 - Mark Bjelland, Geography

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Oscar Party…The Creative Play Place invites you to join us in celebrating the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Patrick's on Third. There will be Oscar watching, Oscar trivia, silent auction, contests for best and worst dressed, and much more! Tickets are $30 per couple and include appetizer, red velvet cake, and choice of pitcher of beer or bottle of wine; $10 per child includes red velvet cake and root beer. Purchase tickets in advance at the Creative Play Place, Patrick’s, or through a Creative Play Place board member. Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep the Creative Play Place open and free for all!


  • Adrianus G. Koomen, the father-in-law of Michele Koomen (Education), passed away on Jan. 26, 2013.

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...Mary Gaebler will preach at Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Crystal at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. 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 an overnight confirmation retreat for First Lutheran Church from Le Sueur from Sunday, Feb. 17 to Monday, Feb. 18. These retreat programs are a resource offered to ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Exploring Religious Questions Series..."The Changing Religious Landscape in the U.S." This mini-course continues on Monday, Feb. 18 (7-9 p.m., Olin 103), in Session 3 with a discussion led by Jeremy Myers (Religion) about the "rise of nones", cultural and ecclesiastical shifts, and possible ways forward. The content for this mini-course has been organized by Professor Darrell Jodock and sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership.


For Sale...Two story cedar-sided 4-bedroom home three blocks north of campus on a large lot in a quiet neighborhood. Living space of 2500 square feet includes 3-season sun room and finished basement. 2 ½ baths, one on each level. Home has passive solar design, attached 1 ½ car garage, main floor laundry, wood burning stove and lots of storage space. There’s a brand new deck out back. This is a single owner home, built in 1982. Call 507-934-6087 or e-mail

For Sale...Rowe furniture brand couch and chair. Light green in color. Asking $300 for both. Can send pictures or arrange a time to come see the pieces. Please contact Sara Orth at ext 7502 or

Now Hiring...The Woods Grill & Bar at Shoreland Country Club is now taking applications for all part time positions including waitstaff, bartenders, beverage cart staff, dishwashers and cooks. Email for an application. Review of applications will begin in early February. Opening date is tentativly set for April 1.

"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.


The Staff Personnel Committee would like to thank everyone for their generous donations to the St. Peter Food Shelf. We collected 360.5 pounds of food and $534 in cash, with the match from Gustavus of $400, that's a total of $934! Thanks again to everyone in helping us achieve the highest cash donation we have yet to gift to our local food shelf. This could not have been done without the giving spirit of the entire campus.


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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