Inside Gustavus 

May 9, 2013 | Volume 45, Number 27

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kate Knutson (Political Science) published a book, Interfaith Advocacy: The Role of Religious Coalitions in the Political Process (Routledge, 2013). The book examines the impact of Minnesota's Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, an advocacy group representing Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims, in Minnesota politics.

Barbara Fister (Library) delivered the opening plenary address at the annual LOEX library conference in Nashville last week. She also published an article titled "Playing for Keeps: Lifelong Learning in the Ludic Library" in the inaugural issue of a new open access journal, Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice.

Matt Rasmussen '98 (English) has been awarded a Pushcart Prize for his poem, "After Suicide," which appeared in Water~Stone Review, Issue #12, in 2012. Pushcart Prizes celebrate the best work published by small presses from the previous year.

Student Achievements

Senior Julia Tindell has been chosen by a committee of faculty, staff, and students to speak at the College's commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 2. Tindell is a native of Apple Valley, Minn., who will graduate with a major in English and a minor in theatre. Read more about her online.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Application Materials Now Available

    The NEH Summer Stipends program provides individuals with an opportunity to pursue research in the humanities. Each stipend provides $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time independent research and writing. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions; only two faculty members may be nominated each year. The online application deadline is September 26. For more information, please see

    Faculty interested in submitting an application should send an email so indicating to Bob Weisenfeld ( by July 1. Bob will follow up in July with those interested regarding the nomination process.

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, May 7 and discussed the following items:

  • Professor John Cha, Faculty Senate Chair, reported on the activities of the Senate, including elections, and members briefly discussed the plans for the columbarium and the 2013-14 budget considerations.
  • President Ohle announced that the staff picnic will be held on Tuesday, June 4.
  • An all-employee meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 1 p.m, in Alumni Hall.
  • Vice President Young indicated that the Advancement Office has scheduled a mass calling event, Coffee with the Cabinet, for Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Over 12,000 alumni will be called and invited to pose live questions to the Cabinet and disucss college activities.

News & Announcements

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

Valleyfair Discounts...Gustavus is participating in the "Good Any Day Discount Program" at Valleyfair. New at Valleyfair this year is Dinosaurs Alive, which features over 30 life-sized animated dinosaurs. Tickets are just $5 with paid admission (you must have a park admission ticket and Dinosaurs Alive admission ticket to get into the exhibit). Employees may purchase tickets for regular admission (ages 3-61 and 48" or taller) at $28.00 (savings of $15.99) and Junior/Senior for $28.00 (includes admission to Dinosaurs Alive), to be used any day of the Valleyfair 2013 operating season. Tickets are available for purchase in the Office of Human Resources located in the Carlson Administration Building.

Commencement Ushers Needed...Volunteers are asked to arrive at noon and stay until commencement starts. If interested in ushering, please contact Lorie Siebels at extension 7520 or

Campus Happenings

Jerry Kill at Gustavus...Jerry Kill, head football coach at the University of Minnesota, will be speaking in Lund Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The event is sponsored by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce and is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.

Anderson Theatre Presents Machinal...The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College is proud to present the finishing act of its 2012-13 season with Machinal, a groundbreaking American Expressionist play by Sophie Treadwell, directed by Amy Seham. Performances of Machinal will be presented in Anderson Theatre May 9-11 at 8 p.m. and May 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets for all four performances are available online at or by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at (507) 933-7590. 

Psychological Science Spring Research Symposium...The Spring 2013 Psychological Science Research Symposium on Friday, May 17 is an opportunity to learn about the research conducted by students in the department. Senior Psychological Science Honors students will explain poster presentations describing their research in room 211 of Beck Academic Hall beginning at 2:45 p.m. Methods students, research apprentices, and those conducting directed research projects will prepare and explain the poster presentations of their studies in the Beck Academic Hall Atrium from 4 to 4:45 p.m. 

Firethorne Release Party...Come support student writers and artists and celebrate the release of the Spring 2013 issue of Firethorne. Grab a copy, listen to readings, and enjoy refreshments. The event will take place between 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, May 17 in the Courtyard Cafe.

George Hall Lecture...Gustavus alumna Sarah E. Fredericks '01 will speak at this year's George Hall Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 in the St. Peter Banquet Room. Fredericks is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the sciences, philosophy, and religion, particularly with respect to environmental issues including energy use, sustainability, and justice.

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 12 - Chaplain Rod Anderson
  • Monday, May 13 - Chaplain Candidate Pastor Kathryn Tiede
  • Tuesday, May 14 - Andrei Hahn '13
  • Wednesday, May 15 - Chaplain Candidate Pastor Brian Konkol
  • Thursday, May 16 - Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Friday, May 17 - Tristan Richards and Megan Maricle-Roberts, Schwalm Brostrom Award

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. 


  • Professor Emeritus in Religion, Merritt Conrad Hyers, passed away on March 23 in East Fallowfield Township, Pennsylvania. Professor Hyers taught at Gustavus from 1977 to 1997. He was born July 31, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a minister, professor, and author. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1965. Served as pastor in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Professor of history of religions at Beloit College and Gustavus. Author of many books and journal articles on world religions. Survived by his wife, Geraldine Hyers, three children, and three grandchildren. Funeral and burial was held at the historic Doe Run Presbyterian Church in East Fallowfield Township. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Audibon Society at or 225 Varick Street New York, NY 10014.

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.


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.

Seeking Home...Gustavus professor looking for 3 bedroom home (apartment, condo, townhouse, etc.) for family of four. We are flexible on lease terms and move-in/out dates (between August 2013 through May 2014). Open to sabbatical home. Good local references. Please call or email Kristian Petersen at 303-589-4395 or

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 Senior Week! Schedule for Details
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closing Time: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2022, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. All-employee Meeting on May 19 at 10:30 a.m. Eckhoff Alumni Hall
3 p.m. Men's Track & Field at UW-La Crosse Final Qualifier Crosse, Wis.
3 p.m. Women's Track & Field at UW-La Crosse Final Qualifier Crosse, Wis.
4:306 p.m. Kendall Center Grant Reception & Info Peter Room
4:306 p.m. Kendall Center Mini Grant Social Peter Room
68 p.m. President's Banquet Young Dining Room
89:30 p.m. Gustavus Choir Home Concert Chapel
Tomorrow Senior Week! Schedule for Details
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closing Time: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2022, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
78:30 p.m. Gustavus Wind Orchestra Finale Concert Chapel
89:30 p.m. Night to Unite Chapel
May 21 910 a.m. Baccaulaureate Services - 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Chapel
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Closing Time: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2022, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
10:3011:30 a.m. Baccaulaureate Services - 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Chapel
1:453:45 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Field
May 23 89:30 p.m. Gustavus Choir in Seattle, WA, WA
May 24 9:3010:30 a.m. Career and Vocation Champions Training for Career Development
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. End of the Year Celebration: All Employee Picnic! Arena
78:30 p.m. Gustavus Choir in Portland, OR, OR
May 25 78:30 p.m. Gustavus Choir in Eugene, OR, OR
May 26 Men's Track & Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ohio
Women's Track & Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ohio
May 27 Men's Tennis at NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship, Fla.
Men's Track & Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ohio
Women's Track & Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ohio
78:30 p.m. Gustavus Choir in Palo Alto, CA Alto, CA
May 28 Men's Tennis at NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship, Fla.
Men's Track & Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ohio
Women's Track & Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ohio
7:309 p.m. Gustavus Choir in Hawthorne, CA, CA
May 29 Men's Tennis at NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship, Fla.

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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