Inside Gustavus 

March 15, 2013 | Volume 45, Number 21

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kyle Momsen (HES) gave a talk titled "Women Athletic Trainers in Leadership: How Far We've Come and How Far We Need to Go" at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Symposium in Wheeling, Illinois.

Lynnea Myers (Nursing) presented a poster titled "Nursing Student Counselors' Perceptions of their Role in a Summer Institute of Nursing" at the Midwest Nursing Research Society in Chicago, Illinois on March 8, 2013. Myers also presented a webinar on March 13 to more than 350 participants through the Working Family Resource Center. The webinar was titled "Social-Emotional Development in the Earliest Years".

Audrey Russek (History) is the recipient of two awards for 2013-14: a Lemelson Center Grant from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History to conduct research on the history of invention and innovation related to sanitation and odor removal in 20th-century American restaurants and the Andersen Fellowship in American Studies from Carleton College.

Student Achievements

First-year student Paget Pengelly recently testified in front of the Minnesota Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee at the State Capitol. Pengelly's testimony was part of her project for the Civil Discourse class. More information about Pengelly's testimony is available online.

Funding Opps

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

  • Fulbright Scholar Program

    The Fulbright Scholar Program of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars offers grants for college faculty to lecture and conduct research in over 130 countries around the world. Faculty at every academic rank are eligible. Fulbright awards are available from two months to an academic year or longer. Grant stipends and benefits vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline for applications is August 1. 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:

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front page story on March 11 about the College's Study Buddies program. Student Danielle Mangine was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front of its March 10 Valley section about the Building Bridges Conference. Keynote speaker Angela Davis and Gustavus student Jasmine Porter were 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

  • Director of Peer Education and Chemical Health
  • Director of the Diversity Center and Multicultural Programs
  • Dining Service Staff

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, March 5 and discussed the following items:

  • Vice President VanHecke announced that the 2013-14 Student Senate co-presidents are Danielle Cabrera and Matthew Timmons and that the Dive renovation project resolution was defeated.
  • Members reviewed an update of the eight action steps outlined in President Ohle's letter to the faculty and staff.
  • President Ohle will be sending a letter to returning students and their parents this week regarding the 2013-14 tuition, room, and food charges approved by the Institutional Resources Group of the Board of Trustees.
  • Members approved the hiring of a Dining Service position (PM cook)

News & Announcements

Listening Sessions...As indicated in the President’s email to the faculty on Feb. 13, 2013, a series of Spring 2013 Faculty Listening Sessions has been scheduled for the times/dates listed below. All faculty are invited to attend.

  • April 10, 2013 at 12:30-2 p.m. in Faculty Staff Center
  • April 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in PBK
  • April 25, 2013 at 2:30-4 p.m. in PBK
  • May 8, 2013 at 8:30-10 a.m. in PBK

Participate in Next Week's Gospel Choir...Gustavus faculty, staff, students, and friends are encouraged to participate in the Gospel Choir during Cross-Cultural Ministry Days (March 18-20) that will be directed by Mr. Donnie Williams of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Inglewood, Calif. Rehearsals will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18 (Christ Chapel) and Tuesday, March 19 (Bjorling Room 214). The choir will then perform during daily chapel time on Wednesday, March 20. Contact the Chaplains' Office if you have questions about participating.

Reading in Common...The Student Activities Office has announced that A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure will be the College's Reading in Common book for the 2013-14 academic year. Murden McClure is tentatively scheduled to make a public appearance on campus on Sept. 19-20. More information about the book is available online.

Kudos...Congratulations to Katelyn Warburton '13, Dr. Elizabeth Baer, and the Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato on being honored by Gustavus Adolphus College as its recipients of the 2013 Presidents’ Student Leadership Award, Civic Engagement Steward Award, and Community Partner Award! Honorees of the Presidents’ Awards across Minnesota will celebrate the nature and results of this exemplary work at a special awards ceremony and luncheon during Minnesota Campus Compact’s Annual Summit and Awards Ceremony to be held April 1, 2013, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Recipients receive a certificate and recognition in the event program, and a brief profile provided will be posted on Minnesota Campus Compact's website. Honorees are also invited to present their work through a poster session if they choose.

National Recognition...Gustavus Adolphus College has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of our commitment to service and civic engagement on our campus and in our nation.

Staff Reclassification Meeting...The next meeting of the Staff Reclassification Committee will be held on March 26 to evaluate requests for grade changes for support staff positions. In order to be considered at this meeting, a complete request for position review must be received in the Office of Human Resources by March 20.

Items to Donate...Do you have new or mildly used items such as the ones listed here that you wish to donate to people who are in dire need of them? Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh (Education) is taking a 40 foot container to Ghana and would appreciate your help in gathering items to fill it. These include, but are not limited to: mildly used or new clothing, shoes, kitchen appliances, crock pots, microwaves, irons, deep freezers/fridges, laptops, school supplies, mattresses, futons, etc. Many thanks in advance, for your generosity.

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Award...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 collection of 25 books and 3 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 books are currently on display in the library (on the main level, near the entrance). If you have any questions or would like more information about the grant, please contact Michelle Twait (mtwait, x7563).

Campus Happenings

Phi Beta Kappa Talk...The Eta Chapter of Minnesota of Phi Beta Kappa is excited to welcome Doug Huff as our "Eta Talk" speaker for the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Huff will be presenting on "The Crucible and Aristotelian Moral Authority" Please join us at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 in Confer 128. There will be a reception to follow in the Phi Beta Kappa room in Vickner Hall.

Arboretum Egg Hunt...It's not quite Easter yet, but it's the perfect time of year to get outside and search for Easter egg treasures down the trails of the Arboretum. The event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23 in the Interpretive Center. Registration is required and can be done by calling the program hotline at 507-933-6184. Free for Arboretum members. Free-will donation asked of non-members.

Soup and Sandwich Seminar Series...On Wednesday, March 20, the Linnaeus Arboretum will host visiting psychology professor Russell Webster to discuss "The Psychology of Evil." Can a person be truly evil or can anyone, given the right circumstances, be pushed to commit evil acts? Webster will discuss historical analyses, field studies, and even controlled lab studies to help shed light on the psychological processes involved in radical eveil. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m., while the speaker will begin at 12 p.m. Cost is $8 for arboretum members and $9 for non-members. Go online to to register.

Sigma Xi Lecture...The Gustavus Adolphus College chapter of Sigma Xi will host Dr. Richard (Rikk) G. Kvitek for a pair of free public lectures on March 21-22. Dr. Kvitek is a Professor in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University Monterey Bay, where he directs the CSUMB Seafloor Mapping Lab. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Kvitek will deliver a lecture titled ““You’ve Got to Be Kidding!” to “Ah-Ha”: Hope for our oceans through insight and innovation”. At 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, Kvitek will present a more technical seminar appropriate for an audience with an introductory science background, titled ““Mediation of the foraging behavior, spatial distribution and ecological influence of sea otters and shorebirds by harmful algal blooms”. Both lectures will be held in the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science’s Wallenberg Auditorium.

Poetry Reading...Join award winning poets, Patricia Kirkpatrick and Tim Nolan, for an evening of good poems and good company. Thursday, March 21 in the Interpretive Center. Contact Joyce Sutphen (x6083) for more information.

Celebrating 25 Years of Dance...The 25th Anniversary Concert of the Gustavus Dance Company will take place March 22-24 in Anderson Theatre. Please join us as we celebrate 25 years of creating and presenting dances that challenge, inspire and push us to see the world through different lens'.  Dance that questions boundaries, preconceptions and physical limitations. Dances that matter. In addition to new works created by current Gustavus dance faculty Jennifer Glaws, Sarah Hauss, Melissa Rolnick and Michele Rusinko, the concert will also include work by returning guest artists Cynthia Gutierrez Garner (Gustavus dance faculty 2006-2009), Philip Flickinger ('01, and former performer with Diavolo Dance Theatre) and selected student choreographed work. Concert times are 8 p.m. March 22-23 and 2 p.m. on March 24.

Climate Change Lecture...Professor James White, Fellow and Director of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will deliver a lecture on the science of ice cores at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in Olin 103. The lecture is titled "Ice Core Stories: Abrupt Climate Change and Future Sea Level." Professor White will also deliver a lecture geared toward a general audience titled "Sustainability, Climate Change and You" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 25 in Olin 103. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship & devotions from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 in Linner Lounge.

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, March 15 - Joshua Connell '13
  • Sunday, March 17 - Fifth Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, March 18 - Cross-Cultural Ministry Days, Pastor Jim Lobdell and Donny Williams
  • Tuesday, March 19 - Cross-Cultural Ministry Days, Pastor Jim Lobdell and Donny Williams
  • Wednesday, March 20 - Cross-Cultural Ministry Days, Pastor Jim Lobdell and Donny Williams
  • Thursday, March 21 - Steve Hilding '13
  • Friday, March 22 - Neal Hagberg, Swanson Tennis Center, Tennis & Life Camps

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Prairie Celebration at MSU…Kids bring your siblings and parents out to the Prairie Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, in the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University-Mankato. This is a fun-filled family event for children and their parents to learn about and celebrate prairies. There will be a series of kid-friendly talks about prairie, local ecology, and history along with booths where kids and families can come explore hands-on activities. Free giveaways! Free Parking! For more information, call 507-384-8890.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host weekend confirmation retreats for Cross Lutheran Church from Maplewood on March 14-16, Chisago Lake Lutheran Church from Center City on March 15-17, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church from Wyoming on March 16-18. These retreat programs are a resource offered to ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.


For Sale...2003 Mercedes C-C40 4-matic hatchback for $8,700 OBO. Excellent condition, all-wheel drive, heated front seats, 6-disk CD changer in glove-box, new breaks, automatic transmission, moon-roof.121,000 miles. Contact Adam at or 701-367-3749.

For Sale...Large 3 or 5 bedroom house with office. Excellent location just blocks from Gustavus, library, parks, and shopping. Lovely wood floors, large kitchen with adjoining sunroom eating area. Amazing light throughout including atrium with skylights. 2 of the 5 bedrooms are part of a downstairs apartment and can be rented or included in the full living space. Apartment has high ceilings and natural light, and has a full bath and own laundry. House has a new roof. $190K. Contact Katy at 934-4900 (or, if needed, David/Susan 902-455-0175).

For Sale...Passive solar home three short blocks north of campus. This two story cedar-sided 4-bedroom home is 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. There's an attached 1 ½ car garage, main floor laundry, wood burning stove and lots of storage space. Also, a brand new deck out back. This is a single owner home, built in 1982. Call Nancy Walbek at 507-934-6087 or e-mail

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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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