Inside Gustavus 

September 5, 2013 | Volume 46, Number 1

Faculty/Staff Activities

Glenn Kranking (History & Scandinavian Studies) was interviewed and quoted by one of the main Norwegian newspapers "Aftenposten" regarding the history of Swedish-American relations ahead of President Obama's visit to Stockholm. Kranking also served as a Study Leader for a Smithsonian Journeys tour of Scandinavia in August. As Study Leader, he gave a series of lectures, and acted as a cultural and historical expert for the tour group, arranged through the Smithsonian Institute.

Two recent online publications have highlighted the work of Priscilla Briggs (Art and Art History). Hyperallergic published a piece about Priscilla's work in Shantou China titled "Documenting China's Burgeoning Bra Industry". OtherPeoplesPixels Blog published an artist interview with Priscilla.

Kathy Lund Dean (Economics & Management) facilitated or chaired four sessions at the Academy of Management annual meeting, held August 8-14 in Orlando. She chaired a writer’s workshop roundtable for the Journal of Management Education, helping authors develop their research for publication. With her co-authors, she facilitated a teaching philosophy creation workshop [similar to the workshop for the Kendall Center in June]. Part of her role as a member of the Academy’s Ethics Education Committee, she facilitated a research ethics session at a Ph.D. student consortium. Finally, she facilitated a session about the future of learning and teaching practice as technology pressures faculty to demonstrate more concrete value for students. Kathy also earned an outstanding reviewer award from a member of the Editorial Board, from the Academy of Management Learning & Education. AMLE is the premier management education empirical research journal, on whose Board Kathy has served since 2011.

Justin Knoepfel (Music) conducted, performed, and taught at the Dorian Summer Music Camps in June (Luther College, Decorah, IA). He also was on the faculty of Lutheran Summer Music (June 21- July 22) teaching viola and playing in the Omega String Quartet with members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Knoepfel recently performed Dvorak's Quintet Op. 97 on the Bridge Chamber Music Series (August 22) on the campus of St. Olaf College with member of the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and colleagues from St. Olaf College.

Heidi Meyer (Nursing) presented “Enhancing Clinical Reasoning: Teaching Thinking through Debriefing” at the International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Las Vegas, NV. The pre-conference session engaged participants in working through an active debriefing strategy through simulation. It also highlighted research findings from a pilot study conducted by the Minnesota Consortium for Nursing Education Research with nursing faculty membership from Bethel University, St. Catherine University, and St. Olaf (Lynnea Myers, Assistant Professor of Nursing, is also a member).

Yuki Sakuragi (MLC and Japanese Studies) and Judy Fuller (English, retired) published an article titled "Shape and Function in Hmong Classifier Choices" in Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Vol. 42, Issue 4, pp. 349-361. This study was supported by Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grants, and Bao Xiong (‘09) and Mai Lee Vang (’09) provided assistance in collecting data.

A festschrift in honor of Barbara Fister (Library), Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study, edited by Danielle Theisse and Diane K. Kovacs, has been published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Eric Vrooman (English) gave a reading in Northfield, Minn., on Aug. 7, led a workshop for teens at the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent on June 27, and had a story ("WataPark") published in on July 25.

Chuck Niederriter (Physics) presented an invited talk, "Renewable Energy and Sustainability at Gustavus Adolphus College", at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Portland Oregon in July. The talk highlighted the work of Chuck, Jeff Jeremiason, Jim Dontje, Colleen Jacks, and numerous students on the NSF funded project to develop new laboratory exercises involving renewable energy, as well as other work in sustainability at Gustavus.

Jill Locke (Political Science and GWS) has signed a contract with Cambridge University Press for her book manuscript, Democracy and the Death of Shame: Political Equality and Social Disturbance (expected publication is fall, 2014). Her article, "Little Rock's Social Question: Reading Arendt on School Desegregation and Social Climbing," was pre-released in July by the journal Political Theory as an OnlineFirst selection. The print edition will appear at the end of August (Volume 41, issue 4: 533-561).

Laurent Déchery (French and Philosophy) gave a paper titled "Diderot as a Smugler: Reading Two Friends from Bourbonne" for the 300 year anniversary of Diderot's birth in his native town of Langres, France. The celebration was organized by La Société des amis de Diderot and the towns of Langres and Bourbonne-les-Bains.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)

    The RUI program supports research for faculty members of predominately undergraduate institutions through support for 1) individual and collaborative research projects, 2) the purchase of shared-use research instrumentation, and 3) Research Opportunity Awards for work with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. These RUI programs are described at ( For more information, contact the NSF program director of the research program to which a proposal might be submitted. To locate the appropriate program officer, click on

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

In The Media

  • The Star Tribune printed a news obituary about former President Frank Barth in its Sept. 5 edition. President Ohle was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Friday, Aug. 30 about Gustavus being ranked highly by Washington Monthly Magazine. V.P. for Enrollment Management Tom Crady was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Saturday, Aug. 31 about legacy students in the Class of 2017. Beth Jones ’82, William Jones ’17 and Sydney Franklin ’17 were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed information about the Gustavus Artist Series in its Aug. 30 edition.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Mary Ann Felmlee, PM Cook, Dining Service
  • Diane Harms, On Call Cashier, Book Mark
  • Aaron Johnson, Ministry Associate, Chaplain's Office
  • Mark Kump, Media Collections Specialist, Library
  • Theodore Rosenback, Market Place Supervisor, Dining Service

* New Administrators

  • Michael Asmus, Worship Curator, Chaplain's Office
  • Justin DeGrood, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Athletics
  • Craig First, Assistant Men's and Women's Track Coach, Athletics
  • Kelly Hanson, Disability Specialist, Academic Support Center
  • Laura Lindell, MELL Academic Support Specialist
  • Jody Lunz, Assistant Softball Coach, Athletics
  • Angela Potts, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Athletics
  • Brittany Salsman, Interim Assistant Director of Student Activities

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Aug. 20, Aug. 27, and Sept. 3 and discussed the following items:

  • Vice President Westphal reviewed the activities of the meeting of the August 12 Budget Committee of the Institutional Resources Group. The Committee gave its preliminary approval of the 2013-2014 operating budget, and departmental budgets have been posted to WebAdvisor.
  • Members discussed the timetable for the work of the Internal Budget Committee during this academic year, and Vice President Westphal reminded members to respond to his request for suggestions on ways to improve the process for the development of the 2014-2015 operating budget.
  • Vice President Westphal offered a number of beginning-of-year reminders:
    • The President and CFO, as approved by the Board of Trustees, are the only authorized contract signers
    • Employees who wish to drive a College van should contact Dale Plemmons, Assistant Director for Campus Safety, for training
    • Refer to the Accounts Payable section of the Finance Office website for important information about disbursements, travel policy, gift policy, honorariums, etc.
    • Remind staff of the timelines for the processing of bi-weekly time cards
    • Notify the Human Resources Office if an administrative employee ends their employment
  • Members reviewed the comments offered by employees regarding the draft pet policy.  Consensus was to defer any written policy for a year to see if issues can be handled through self-regulation and good community citizenship.
  • Members approved the hiring of an Institutional Advancement replacement position (Director of the Call Center).
  • Director of Human Resources Kirk Beyer was present to give an overview of the Affordable Care Act, specifically regarding the employer mandates and penalties.
  • Associate Provost Paula O'Loughlin was present to discuss membership of the HLC Committee.
  • The following meetings were confirmed:
    • Administrative Council -- October 4, 2 p.m.; November 25, 8:30 a.m.
    • All-employee Forum -- November 1, 11 a.m.
  • Members discussed the tentative agenda for the September 26-27 Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Discussion was held regarding activities during the weekend of new student orientation, especially eliminating events on move-in days, i.e., weddings, athletic events, etc.

News & Announcements

Presidential Search Information...The search firm of Myers McRae has been engaged by the College to help with the search for the new president. The consultants, Dr. David Gring and Mr. Kenny Daugherty, will be on campus September 9 and 10 visiting with a number of individuals and groups. We hope you will be able to attend one of the following meetings to share your perspectives about future needs and priorities of the College that will be helpful in their work with the Search Committee and with prospective candidates. All meetings will be held in the Heritage Room.

  • Meeting for all administrators and support staff: Monday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m.
  • Meetings for all faculty: Monday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m.
  • Metting for Faculty Senate and department chairs: Monday, Sept. 9, 4:30 p.m.
  • Meeting for selected students (by invitation): Monday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m.

Gustavus Employee Health Service...Located in the Health Service, just down from the Book Mark. Appointments can be made in advance or walk-ins are welcome! Hours are 7-10 a.m., Monday through Friday while school is in session. Please bring your insurance card and Gustavus ID to each appointment. Call 507-933-7630 with questions and to schedule your appointment. At this time, services are limited to current Gustavus employees only. Please visit our website for a list of services offered.

City Parking...The City of Saint Peter reminds residents that parking on Capitol Drive requires a City of Saint Peter permit. If you plan to or need to utilize on-street parking, please stop in the Community Development Office at the Municipal Building, 227 South Front Street between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and purchase a permit. Beginning Monday, September 23, 2013 cars will be ticketed if they are parked on Capitol Drive without proper parking stickers/permits. Please note there will be a fee of $15 per parking permit. If you have any questions please feel free to call 934-0661. The City of St. Peter website is also available for additional information.

Staff Reclassification Committee...The next meeting of the Staff Reclassification Committee will be held on September 19 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 September 16.

Parking Enforcement...Red and green permit enforcement started on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Non-registered vehicles or those parked in the wrong permit color will be cited. Visitor parking is closed to students and employees at all times and is always enforced. Specially marked spaces and fire lanes are also always enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the campus parking lots and all available lots in your permit color. Please review the parking and traffic regulations on the Campus Safety web page.

Campus Happenings

Friday's Daily Sabbath...The Gustavus community is invited to gather on the West Mall and Sesquicentennial Plaza at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 for Daily Sabbath.

Student Involvement Fair...The annual Student Involvement Fair will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 on Eckman Mall. More than 100 campus organizations, churches, and community businesses will be there to provide information, coupons, and freebies.

Fall Research Symposium...This year's Fall Research Symposium will take place between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 in the Nobel Hall of Science. The Symposium features Gustavus students who engaged in scientific research either at Gustavus or off-campus over the summer. The event will begin with a poster session in the Nobal Hall atrium, and will also include oral presentations and a social time with refreshments.

Reading in Common Lecture...Author Tori Murden McClure, author of this year's Reading in Common book A Pearl in the Storm will speak in Christ Chapel at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Nobel Conference Preview...As a prelude to the 49th Nobel Conference, "The Universe At Its Limits", Professor S. James Gates will be on campus to deliver a talk titled "Symmetry and the Quincunx Nexus". Gates will speak at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 in Alumni Hall. His presentation will explore symmetry in nature and how theoretical physicists make use of symmetry to understand our universe.


Carpooling...Are you or do you know someone interested in carpooling to St. Peter from Northfield? If so, please contact Mary Anderson at

House For Sale...4 bedroom/3 bath within one block of campus, close to South Elementary, MN square park and shopping on a low-traffic street. Professionally-finished wood floors throughout. Landscaped yard that is fenced and features a nice, private patio. A large 3-season sun room overlooks the patio. Move-in Bethany at 608-780-3599

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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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