Inside Gustavus 

May 2, 2013 | Volume 45, Number 26

Faculty/Staff Activities

Communication Studies Visiting Assistant Professor Sarah Wolter's '02 Media & Society class will be hosting approximately 175 9th graders on campus for a media literacy workshop on May 8. The 9th graders are part of Kate Bergstrom's '02 health classes in Jordan, Minn. Wolter and Bergstrom were roommates and golf teammates at Gustavus from 1998-2002. The students will also be working with Gustavus Health/Physical Education majors in Bonnie Reimann's classes.

Gregory Mason (English, Emeritus) has been appointed a faculty member on the Fall 2013 voyage of Semester at Sea. Greg, who will be accompanied by his wife Ruth (International Education, Emeritus) will teach three courses on the MV Explorer, a "floating residential campus" sponsored by the University of Virginia, comprising 700 students and 40 faculty. Embarking from Southampton, UK in late August, the four-month voyage entitled Atlantic Explorations will make port stops in Saint Petersburg, Russia; Hamburg, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Le Havre, France; Dublin, Ireland; Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Tema, Ghana: Cape Town, South Africa; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Rio de Janeiro, and Manaus, Brazil, before completing the voyage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Glenn Kranking (History, Scandinavian Studies) recently gave a series of talks in Sweden including:

  • "A Feuding Good Men: The 1930s Leadership Crisis in the Estonian-Swedish Community" for a seminar at the Centre for Baltic and Easter European Studies at Södertörn University on Monday, April 22.
  • "From Cultural Interactions to Repatriation: the Estonian-Swedes and their 'Ancient Homeland'" at the Conference on Migration and Cultural Exchange in the Baltic Sea Region, held at Södertörn University on Friday, April 26.
  • "Estlandssvenskarna under den första sovjetisk ockupationen" [The Estonian-Swedes during the First Soviet Occupation], for Svenska Odlingens Vänner in Stockholm on Saturday, April 27. (lecture in Swedish)

Kyle E. Chambers (Psychological Science) presented a poster co-authored with Caitlin Bayer '14 and Suzanna Massaro '13 titled "Constraints on phonotactic learning" to the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle, Washington.

Heidi Meyer and Lynnea Myers (Nursing) presented a podium session on an original research project titled "Enhancing Clinical Reasoning: Teaching Thinking through Debriefing" at the Bethel University Nursing Research and Practice Symposium on April 25, 2013. Meyer and Myers participated as co-researchers in a study analyzing clinical reasoning following high-fidelity simulation and debriefing using the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning instrument. Meyer and Myers are members of the Minnesota Consortium for Nursing Education Research with nursing researchers from Bethel University, St. Olaf College, and the University of St. Catherine.

Mimi Gerstbauer (Political Science and Peace Studies), presented her paper, "A Humbled Superpower: Contrition and US Policy in the Middle East" at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meetings in April 2013. She also served as a discussant for a panel on Justice and Memory in Post-Conflict Countries.

Annabel Landaverde '12 (Admission) presented her senior thesis entitled "Ya Basta: The Politics of Femicide" at the 5th Annual USEU (Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios) conference in UCLA. She was one of eight students to present at a conference attended by Salvadoran academics and community members, and three representatives of the Salvadoran government.

Anna Versluis (Geography) organized and chaired a session on the pedagogy of human-environment geography at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on April 8-13. I also participated in "Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches," a workshop held at Carleton College on April 14-16.

Eric Dugdale (Classics, Three Crowns) presented a paper titled "Coincidence in Menander's Dyskolos" at the Integrating Approaches to Ancient Drama Conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also gave a paper titled "Identity and Status in Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos" in Iowa City at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

Student Achievements

Senior Sarah Lucht has received a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Iceland for 2013. Read more about what Sarah will be doing online.

Laurel Boman '14 was awarded a 2013 Manson A. Stewart Scholarship by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, given to outstanding young Classicists. She was selected from a field of 23 highly qualified applicants, alongside scholarship recipients from Baylor University, College of William and Mary, Creighton University. Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and University of Tennessee.

Phi Beta Kappa Inductions...Thirty-nine juniors and and seniors will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, on Thursday, May 2 in the Three Crowns Room. The ceremony is open to invited guests only. More information and a list of inductees is available online.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants for All Disciplines

    Franklin Research Grants support the cost of research leading to publication in all disciplines, with a funding preference toward junior faculty. The program helps meet such research costs as travel to libraries and archives, purchase of research materials, and the costs associated with fieldwork or laboratory expenses. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000 for use in calendar year 2014. The tentative deadlines are October 1 and December 1. For more information, see

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

Position Openings

  • Director of the Academic Support Center

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on April 16 and 23 and discussed the following items:

  • Professors John Cha and Mary Solberg, Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair respectively, reported on the activities of the Senate, including elections to standing committees, the discussion topic at the upcoming faculty meeting (institutional student learning outcomes), and the 2012-13 faculty satisfaction survey.
  • Members reviewed the activities on the campus through the next week, including the Crown Council meeting, April Board of Trustees meeting, GACAC Faith Conference, and the campus visit by the HLC reviewers.
  • Provost Braun indicated that Gustavus will send a team to the ELCA Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference scheduled for July 2013 at Augsburg College.
  • President Ohle indicated that the ELCA announced a new initiative for the network of ELCA colleges and universities introducing faculty and staff to core elements in Lutheran higher education. Grant monies are available for one person from each ELCA institution to attend the conference. It will be held in July 2013 at Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Members approved the hiring of the full-time replacement position of Director of the Academic Support Center.
  • Members approved the revised all-college policy against harassment and sexual harassment.
  • A donor recognition program for the arboretum was discussed.  Further discussion will be held at a future Cabinet meeting.
  • The 2013-2014 budget was discussed.
  • Members briefly reviewed the information to be sent to department heads and program directors regarding the second round of restricted funds allocated by the Board of Trustees.
  • Members reviewed the activities of the April 18-19 Board of Trustees meeting.

News & Announcements

Chaplain Candidates Campus Visits...Four Chaplain candidates will be on campus beginning May 6. Please refer to the website for the schedule of each visit as well as each candidate's résumé when they become available.

Faculty and Admin Service Awards Dinner...This annual dinner will be held Wednesday, May 22 in Alumni Hall, beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The College and the Alumni Association will recognize 2013 retirees and the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years to the College. Cost is $15 per person and you can register online now. A list of those being recognized follows. Please contact the Alumni Office at x7511 or with the name of any person that should be included in the list of honorees or with any questions.

  • 10 years: Dale Bahr, Laurie Bickett, Margaret Bloch Qazi, Priscilla Briggs, Scott Bur, Mary Gaebler, Anna Hulseberg, Lynne Johnson, Steven Jones, David Maas, Paul Matzke, Thomas McHugh, Dan Oachs, Sujay Rao, Jane Schuck, San Skulrattanakulchai
  • 15 years: Mark Bjelland, Michael Ferragamo, Nancy Hanway, Scott Moore, Donald Myers, Wayne Norman, Sara Orth, Ray Thrower, Kelly Waldron, Marie Walker, Suzanne Wilson
  • 20 years: Kirk Beyer, Diane Christensen, Paul Saulnier, Joyce Sutphen, Terena Wilkens
  • 25 years: Tami Aune, Laurent Dechery, Anne-Marie Gronhovd, Lisa Heldke, Colleen Jacks, Daniel Mollner, Michele Rusinko, Robert Weisenfeld, Ken Westphal
  • 30 years: Karl Knight, Garrett Paul, Lawrence Wohl
  • 35 years: Lynn Burg, Deane Curtin, Jeanne Herman, Richard Hilbert, Terry Morrison
  • Retirees: Marilyn Beyer, Judy Douglas, Anne-Marie Gronhovd, Richard Hilbert, Julie Johnson, Karl Knight

Campus Happenings

Dances of Universal Peace...Come to the Johns Family Courtyard (Heritage Room in case of rain) at 6 p.m. on May 10 for this special event. Dances are done in a circle using music, chants, phrases, and movements from many spiritual traditions. They promote peace within individuals and throughout the world, and are a joyous, simple, and meditative experience. This event is sponsored by the Interfaith Advisory Committee, Diversity Leadership Council, Chaplain’s Office, and Departments of Philosophy, Religion, and Theater/Dance.

Sigma Xi Symposium...The Sigma Xi Symposium will be held on Friday, May 3. Gustavus students will present their research in the areas of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics, and psychology. Sigma Xi oral presentations will be held in the Nobel Hall of Science, rooms 201 and 222 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Schedules will be available on the Sigma Xi website and outside of the classrooms. There will also be a Sigma Xi new member recognition ceremony and social in the Nobel Atrium from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. In addition, research posters will be displayed during the Celebration of Creative Inquiry in the Jackson Campus Center from 5 to 7 p.m.

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.

Honors Day...Gustavus will host Honors Day on Saturday, May 4. This is an annual event that recognizes the academic excellence and achievement of hundreds of students. More information is available online.

Seniors to Display Artwork at Hillstrom Museum...Six senior studio art majors at Gustavus Adolphus College will have their work displayed at the College’s Hillstrom Museum of Art beginning May 4 through June 2. The exhibition, !Look At That, Art Attack! Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2013 will hold an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.On display will be works by Miranda Bickett (North Mankato, Minn.), Margit Bren (Chatfield, Minn.), Karl Brudvig (North Oaks, Minn.), Leif Erik Estenson (St. Peter, Minn.), Olivia Thao Nguyen (Mankato, Minn.), and See Thor (St. Paul, Minn.). More information is available online.

Triathlon is Saturday...The Epsilon Pi Alpha Fraternity will host the sixth annual Take the Hill Triathlon on Saturday, May 4. The event is a benefit for Insulindependence, a nonprofit organization that aims to help type-1 diabetics live active and healthy lifestyles. The organization was founded by Gustavus and Epsilon Pi Alpha alumnus Peter Nerothin ’02. More information is available online.

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, May 5 - Chaplain Sabina Koij
  • Monday, May 6 - Chaplain Candidate Rev. Dr. Beth Marie Halvorsen
  • Tuesday, May 7 - Chaplain Rachel Larson, Commemoration of Julian of Norwich
  • Wednesday, May 8 - Chaplain Candidate Siri Erickson
  • Thursday, May 9 - Chaplain Rod Anderson with music leadership re: vive
  • Friday, May 10 - Garrett Paul, Religion, with music by Flood Plain Four

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Riverlights Spring Concert...Come to Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 for an evening of vocal jazz from the 1930s and 40s, to benefit the Bennett Clayton Foundation for Childrenwith OI Scholarship Fund. The Riverlights is a vocal octet including Cary Albers, Marci Elofson, Brenda DeBlicek, Annette Meeks, Paul Albers, Don Myers, Doug Kvidera, and Ron Rietz. The mission of The Bennett Clayton Foundation for Children with OI is to assist children and families who have been diagnosed with Osetogenesis Imperfecta, often known as "brittle bone disease." Donations will be accepted at the door.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Christus Victor Lutheran Church of Apple Valley from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5. We will also be hosting an adult retreat for Our Savior's Lutheran Church of East Bethel from Monday, May 6 to Tuesday, May 7. These retreat programs are offered as a resource to ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Facility Hours

Library Hours for Friday, May 3...The library will be closing one hour early on Friday, May 3, to accommodate Creative Inquiry participation as well as the Books in Bloom Reception. Hours will be 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


For Rent...Two 2-bedroom units now available, located in an 8 plex at 605 Swift Street in St. Peter. Units have new carpeting, updated and available now with a single garage. Heat/utilities are included, except for electrical. Call 507-469-8527.

For Sale...4-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home on a quiet street just north of campus. Easy walk or bike ride to GAC, schools, recreation field and downtown. 1756 square feet of primary living space on two floors PLUS finished full basement and sun room. A new maintenance-free deck was built last fall. Energy-efficient passive solar design keeps utility costs low and provids lots of natural light. There's an attached 1 ½ car garage, main floor laundry, wood burning stove and lots of storage space. Home was built in 1982. Call Nancy Walbek at 507-934-6087 or e-mail

Seeking House...My husband, daughter and I are looking for housing in St. Peter starting July 1, 2013. We have been renting a house in town that was on the market and recently sold and so our search time is short! At best we would like to find a house that has 3+ bedrooms, is right in town, and has some character. If you have any ideas for us we would appreciate it! We have excellent references. Please contact Hannah Godbout

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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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