Inside Gustavus 

April 12, 2013 | Volume 45, Number 24

Faculty/Staff Activities

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) presented talks at two institutions during Spring Break. At Occidental College (Los Angeles), she was sponsored by the Food Studies Cluster. At Southwest Minnesota State (Marshall), she was the guest of the philosophy department.

Kjerstin Moody (Scandinavian Studies) was selected to participate in the NEH Summer Institute "The Centrality of Translation to the Humanities: New Interdisciplinary Scholarship," which will be held at the University of Illinois for three weeks this July.

On March 29, Douglas Nimmo (Music) was one of a committee of five that selected the Artist Round performers for the Minnesota Public Radio Minnesota Varsity Competition at the MPR Studios in Saint Paul. The Minnesota Varsity Performance will occur on Sunday, April 29 at the Fitzgerald Theatre in Saint Paul.

Student Achievements

Junior physics major James Trevathan recently received a Goldwater Scholarship. Trevathan plans to apply for a 7-year graduate school program at the Mayo Clinic that would allow him to earn both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. Read more about Trevathan on the Gustavus website.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Association of University Women Fellowships and Publication Grants for 2014-2015

    The AAUW offers Post-doctoral Research Leave Fellowships and Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants. The former provides $30,000 for one year of support for women in tenure-track positions in all disciplines. The latter provides $6,000 in support for tenure-track and part-time faculty, new and established researchers for eight consecutive weeks of final preparation of research for publication. The tentative deadline is November 15. 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:

  • Peg O'Connor (Philosophy and GWS) had an article printed on the opinion page of The New York Times on April 7. O'Connor's piece is titled "The Light at the End of Suffering."

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

News & Announcements

Annie Meyer Fundraiser...Annie is the sister of Sheri Peterson (Dining Service) and has been missing from her home in Colorado since Feb. 7, 2013. The fundraiser will take place at 7 p.m., May 3 at the Red Men Club in St. Peter. All proceeds will go to investigation costs and family expenses. Raffle tickets are available from Jackie Wettergren (Book Mark x6048). The cost is $10.00 a ticket. First and second prize: $250.00, Third and fourth prize: $100.00. This event is sponsored by the Red Men Club.

Arboretum Prairie Burn...The campus community should be aware that a scheduled burn will take place in the prairie area of the Linnaeus Arboretum on Wednesday, April 17, beginning at approximately 12:45 p.m. Tom Romaine from the Minnesota DNR has done a walk-through to assess the area and will draw up a burn plan. Please note that some smoke might drift through campus during the burn. This event will only take place if weather conditions are favorable.

Campus Happenings

The Arb Turns 40...Join us Wednesday, April 24th from 3-6 p.m., as we celebrate Earth Week, Arbor Week, and the 40th anniversary of the Linnaeus Arboretum on the Gustavus Adolphus campus. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment. Take the Arboretum Unnatural Hike. Take home a free tree sapling! Stay for the whole event, or come and go as you like, according to the schedule of events:

  • 3 p.m.: View displays in the Interpretive Center
  • 3:30 p.m.: Welcome and remarks by Arboretum co-founder Harriet Mason and soon-to-be-retiring Naturalist Jim Gilbert.
  • 4:30 p.m.: Cake and refreshments, followed by live dance and music performances
  • 4:30-6 p.m.: Explore the Arboretum and take home a tree sapling to plant.

Coca-Cola Educational Partnership Grant Reception...The Kitchen Cabinet is hosting a Congratulations! reception for the 2013 Sustainability and Health Partnership Education Grants at 2:30 p.m. on April 26 in the Heritage Banquet Room. The reception will recognize successful grant recipients and will feature brief project presentations and a delightful menu of mid-afternoon snacks and beverages. Please come and celebrate with the recipients of the inaugural round of grant awards and learn more about the Gustavus & Coca-Cola Educational Partnership Grant. All interested campus community members welcome!

Training Sessions...The Student Life Professional Development Committee is sponsoring two training sessions titled "Trans 101" from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Thursday, April 25 in the Heritage Room for faculty and staff and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for faculty, staff and students. "Trans 101" will focus on defining terms associated with gender identity, reviewing current knowledge on the topic and discussing best practices to promote an inclusive environment for transgendered individuals. Presenters for the sessions will be JamieAnne Meyers, Professor Emerita of Geoscience at Winona State University, and Abel Knochel, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Augsburg. Please join us if you are interested in learning more. If you have questions, contact Pete Meagher (x7582) for more information.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes...Slide into a pair of heels and hit the pavement for this walk around campus. This annual event during Sexual Assault Awareness month has become a Gustavus tradition that supports the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fun opportunity for both women and men to educate college constituents about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence. Please pre-register in the Peer Assistant Office any time up until the event. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in the John’s Family Courtyard with the actual walking beginning at 6 p.m. Taco-in-a-bag dinner will be available at the end of the walk!

Lindau Symposium...Dr. Arthur Brooks will keynote the 2013 Lindau Symposium at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in Alumni Hall. Dr. Brooks will address questions such as, what does the “pursuit of happiness” mean in the United States? How is happiness measured and linked to earned success, true fairness, and helping those in need? What is the link among happiness and a moral case for free enterprise? Dr. Brooks is an expert on public policy and economics who has published extensively on social entrepreneurship, the value of non-profits organizations, and the connections between culture, politics, and economic life. This lecture will be web streamed live. For more information, go to

Jerry Kill Speaking Appearance...Jerry Kill, head coach of the University of Minnesota football team, will speak in Lund Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The event is being sponsored by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce and is open to the public. Tickets to the event are $5 per person and can be purchased in advance at the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce (101 S. Front Street), HomeTown Bank of St. Peter, First National Bank of St. Peter, Nicollet County Bank of St. Peter, and the St. Peter High School office. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Hinduism and Christianity in India Lecture...Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Uppamthadathil, Dean and Professor of Philosophy at Suvidya College, Bangalore, India, and currently Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Augsburg College, will present a lecture, "Hinduism and Christianity in India: Impacts and Influences," at 4:30 p.m. on April 16 in Olin Hall 103. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Wellbeing Fair...The 2013 Wellbeing Fair will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in Lund Center. Come for 20-minute Zumba, Bootcamp, and Pilates classes, injury evaluations by athletic trainers, blood pressure and grip-strength assessments, informational booths, the chance to enter drawings for door prizes, free popcorn, and much more. Junior health fitness majors will be tabling outside the caf from April 22-25 with $5 t-shirts and free wristbands.

Babysitting Night...Enjoy a night out and leave your kids in good hands while at the same time supporting a great cause! You are invited to a Babysitting Night hosted by the Kiwanis Circle K volunteer organization at Gustavus. Friday, April 26 from 5-8 p.m. in The Dive. Cost is $20 per child, but family rates are available upon request. Register by Wednesday, April 24 to Lauren Rothschiller at Be sure to include the following information: child's name, age, parent cell phone numbers, and any food/medical allergies.

Bible Study Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship and devotions from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in Linner Lounge.

MAYDAY!...On May 2, Gustavus will host its 33rd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, titled “DECISION: Roe v. Wade.” Forty years after Roe v. Wade, Americans continue to debate the complexities of the decision and its legacy. Rather than frame the conversation around the pros and cons, this year’s conference will open with a series of 21 speaker-led teaching units; exploring the historical, religious, legal, medical, ethical, and social issues related to this monumental decision. Afternoon activities will include three concurrent panel discussions on the aforementioned issues and the final round of the MAYDAY! Oratory Contest. The conference, an event designed to educate the campus community and beyond concerning issues of peace, human rights, and social justice, is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520 or, go online to

Books in Bloom...Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) will present its third Books in Bloom event during Honors Weekend, May 3-5, benefiting the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on campus. Books in Bloom features creative floral arrangements designed by professional florists and flower enthusiasts that interpret a selected book, film, or other academic resource from the library. The event, attended by hundreds of campus visitors the past two years, appeals to a wide range of readers as non-fiction, biographies, children’s books, and classic literature will be represented with imagination and originality. The floral arrangements, called “blooms,” will be on display in the library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Books in Bloom is open to the public at no charge. Guided tours are available throughout the weekend. Visit the GLA website at for more information.

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, April 14 - Chaplain Rod Anderson, Gustavus Choir
  • Monday, April 15 - Ed Sharlau, Water to Thrive
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Lori Carsen-Kelley, Political Science
  • Wednesday, April 17 - Morning Prayer, Lucia Singers
  • Thursday, April 18 - Kate Knutson '13, re:vive
  • Friday, April 19 - Recognition Service for Tenured Faculty, Provost Mark Braun

Off-Campus Events of Interest

GLA Author Day...Gustavus Library Associates will welcome Minnesota writer Peter Geye, author of Safe from the Sea andThe Lighthouse Road, as guest speaker for the annual Spring Author Day on Tuesday, April 16, at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Avenue, Edina, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Make reservations online (cost is $25) for the brunch and presentation at by Wednesday, April 10. Or, call the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7550 for additional information. 

Pottery for Sale...St. Peter Potters will be selling beautiful, locally crafted pottery at the St. Peter Food Co-op, on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity to purchase a unique gift for Mother's Day.


  • Dr. Roger Parsons, the father of Jay Nordstrom (Library) passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the age of 85. Parsons served in the Army until 1946 and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1953. He went on to live in St. James for the next 60 years where he practiced medicine and served as mayor. He is survived by children, Patty (Bob) Anderson, Margaret (Jon) Newberg, Susan (Mike) Brunson, Robert, Kathryn (Steve) Audette, and Jay (Rick) Nordstrom, along with many grand and great-grandchildren.

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

Partners in Education...Dr. Steve Mellema will give a presentation on "Human Rights in Islam" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Circle Pines at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, April 14. Partners in Education is a program coordinated and sponsored by Church Relations in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums in congregations of the ELCA.

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a combined confirmation retreat for Zion and Trinity Lutheran Churches of Milaca from Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14. An overnight retreat will also be hosted for confirmation youth from Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hopkins from Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 14. Church Relations will also host an adult retreat from Pilgrim Lutheran Church of St. Paul from Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 14. These retreat programs are offered as a resource to ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.


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 full 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

For Rent...A two bedroom home on Lake Washington available for a Gustavus employee for the 2013-14 school
year. The lease is $850 per month. Heat, electricity, cable tv, washer/dryer, insulated garage are all
included in lease price as well as many other amenities. Available as partly or totally furnished.
Contact 952-758-3430.

For Sale...Cozy and cute 1880 home on Jefferson St. in Saint Peter. Walk to Gustavus, South Elementary, Minnesota Square Park, and downtown. Two bedrooms, office or mud room, 1 bath, large kitchen, 2 car garage. Cute details of an older home but affordable and ready to move in! New furnace, central AC, and water heater in 2008, new dishwasher in 2009, garage roof in 2012, modern windows throughout. Lovely outdoor spaces with mature trees, back deck, and shaded side patio. Contact Brandy at 507-469-4854 or

"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
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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