Inside Gustavus (September 12, 2013)

Volume 46, Number 2

Faculty/Staff Activities

In July, Yurie Hong (Classics) presented a paper titled "Leto's Wandering Womb and the Barren Island of Delos: In/Fertility and Instability in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo" at an interdisciplinary conference on Infertility and Sacred Space, which was hosted by Cambridge University. She has also published an article titled "Teaching Rape Texts in Classical Literature" in the journal Classical World (Summer vol. 106.4).

Doug Huff (Philosophy) gave a lecture on Soren Kierkegaard ("Fear and Trembling"), and a presentation and discussion of his play, "Emil's Enemies," which is based on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his role in the German Resistance to the Nazis during WWII at the Danabod Folk School in Tyler, Minn., on August 22.

Amy Seham (Theatre & Dance) completed work on her article "Performing Gender, Race and Power in Improv Comedy" to be published inthe Oxford Handbood of Critical Improvisation Studies. Along with two Gustavus students, in June, she travel to Miami University in Ohio to present their panel, "Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool in the fight against sexual assault on campus", at the national Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference. In August, she presented her research at the National Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference with colleagues from several universities across the country. The panel was "Playing with Improvisation: Approaches in Teaching Improv Methodologies when Improvised Performance is the Goal." Her presentation, titled "More Improv that Resists Stereotypes" built on her earlier presentations on improv, race and gender at this and other conferences. Finally, as this conference was held in Orlando, Florida, her daughter Miranda and her research the performance of mothers and daughters in the context of Disneyland and Universal Studios.

Louis Yu (Mathematics and Computer Science) presented "An Evaluation of the Effect of Spam on Twitter Trending Topics" at the 2013 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing in Washington, DC, September 11, 2013. The conference paper acceptance rate is 9.9%. Yu's coauthor, Grant Stafford, is an undergraduate student at Pomona College, where Yu was Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science.

David Fienen, Emeritus Professor of Music and former Provost, had a busy summer. He played for services at two churches in Excelsior and Richfield; was substitute organist at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Minneapolis, Union Presbyterian and First Lutheran in St. Peter; played organ recitals in Rochester, Mankato, and Hutchinson; played concerts at Gramercy Park and Becketwood in the Twin Cities; played two weddings at First Lutheran and at Christ Chapel; and worked as part of the regular core crew building a Habitat for Humanity house in Le Sueur alongside Byron Nordstrom, Emeritus Professor of History.

Linnea Wren’s (Art and Art History) research on ancient Maya art was presented at the Science Museum of Minnesota, in a presentation co-authored with the art historians Travis Nygard and Kaylee Spencer. The presentation, titled “What do Art Historians Contribute to the Maya Picture? Approaches to Understanding Maya Art,” included discussions of identifying Maya personages through portraiture and texts. As co-presenters, we drew on our experiences in working with archaeologists and using interdisciplinary perspectives. Nygard is an assistant professor at Ripon College, Ripon, Wis., and Spencer is an associate professor at the University of Wisconson-River Falls. The event was held on June 8, 2013 in conjunction with the museum's exhibit “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.”

Jeff Rosoff's (Mathematics and Computer Science) article "Arbitrarily Unfair Card Decks and a Conjecture of Artin" has appeared in the current issue of the Mathematical Intelligencer, vol. 35 #3.

During the summer of 2013, Elizabeth Baer (English and African Studies) taught a week-long workshop, with other scholars, on the Holocaust and Memory. The audience was high school and college teachers and the program was offered under the auspices of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities. She also made a presentation, with Ben Leonard from the Nicollet County Historical Society, to the Danebod Folk School on the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862.

In The Media

  • The Mankato Free Press featured student-athlete Jeffrey Dubose in a Sept. 7 story previewing the upcoming football season. Dubose and head football coach Peter Haugen were quoted in the story.
  • The Star Tribune printed an extended news obituary about former President Frank Barth in its Sept. 5 edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Wednesday, Sept. 11 with a headline "GAC jumps 9 spots in national rankings." The story was in regards to the latest rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. President Ohle was quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Wednesday, Sept. 11 newscasts about the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Vice President for Enrollment Management Tom Crady was interviewed for the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story on Thursday, Sept. 12 about a history class of Sujay Rao’s that will spend this fall working on a service learning project that involves the Lac quie Parle Mission site near Montevideo. Gustavus students Sam Luby, Lacie Micek and Katelyn Juni were quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story on Thursday, Sept. 12 about a partnership between Gustavus and St. Peter High School with regards to athletic training services.

News & Announcements

PTO/Vacation Donations Being Accepted...Employees who would like to donate paid time off hours/vacation hours for a Gustavus employee who will be on an approved FMLA leave and will run out of paid-time benefits should complete and sign a request for transfer of PTO/vacation hours available at the Office of Human Resources (x7304).

Van Training...Training for the College's 10-passenger vans is available through the Campus Safety office. Trainings are scheduled on an as-needed basis. To register for the 10-passenger van training, please send your name, e-mail address, student/employee ID number and department/graduation year to Lisa Octigan in the Campus Safety office ( She will set you up for the online portion of the training (Part 1) and coordinate the scheduling of a driving portion (Part 2). Please plan for at least one week advance notice of when you will need to be driving the vehicle for training to be coordinated.

Campus Happenings

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.

Daily Sabbath Schedule...

  • Friday, September 13 (Fun): Meet at Sesquicentennial Plaza
  • Monday, September 16 (Pray): Digital Prayer Well, Prayers of the heart, Prayers for the world. Post your prayers online at Music for prayer in Christ Chapel. Silent prayer in Interfaith Space in the Campus Center
  • Tuesday, September 17 (Discuss): Provost Mark Braun will consider "Are we really SO Lutheran?"
  • Wednesday, September 18 (Celebrate): Morning Praise
  • Thursday, September 19 (Re:vive): Worship led by Re:vive, Chaplain Brian Konkol preaching

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. From the time of the ancient Greeks until today, symmetry has been an important but little understood concept driving advances in physics. In preparation for Nobel Conference 49, "The Universe At Its Limits," this presentation will take the audience from understanding this concept to its direct impact on ideas in string theory and with other human ways of interpreting the universe. Free and open to the public.

Three Weeks and Counting...The 49th annual Nobel Conference is less than three weeks away. Be sure to visit for information and answers to most of your questions. Faculty, staff, and students are reminded to secure their one complimentary ticket by going online to

Nobel Concert Information...The annual Nobel Concert will take place at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. This year's concert is titled "Dark Energy" -- Piano Trios by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Perfomers include Jill Olson Moser (violin), Sharon Mautner-Rodgers (cello), and Yumiko Oshima-Ryan (piano).

Are You Ready For Some Football...The Gustavus football team will open its 2013 regular season schedule on Saturday, Sept. 14 when the Gusties host Simpson College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Singers new to the area are invited to join the Saint Peter Choral Society to prepare a concert of French music featuring the Faure Requiem with orchestra on March 9 and 16, 2014. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Choral Society, now in its 34th season, will be the guest choir at the annual Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh Hymn Festival) on Sunday, Sept. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Mankato at 1:30 p.m. For further information contact director Sara McKay at 934-6176.


  • Ronald A. Jones, who served on the Gustavus Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010, passed away at the age of 64 on Sept. 5, 2013 while traveling in Iceland due to complications from his battle with cancer. After concluding his service with the Board, Ron continued to serve on the Investment Committee of the Institutional Resources Group of the Board of Trustees through 2013. He also served on the Commission Gustavus 150 Task Force on Facilities and Finances. Ron is survived by his wife of 45 years Cindy, sons Eric (Carrie), Ryan, and Mark '00 (Kristy) Jones, along with six grandchildren. The funeral service is being held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Village Church of Barrington in Barrington, Illinois.

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Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a weekend confirmation retreat for St. John's Lutheran Church of Montgomery from Friday, Sept. 14 to Saturday, Sept. 15. The confirmation and youth retreat programs are a resource offered for youth of ELCA congregations who are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.


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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 8 am to 6 pm Family Weekend Class Visits Buildings
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: Sabbath Lab Chapel
1011 am Tech Bytes: Using Student Response Hall 124B
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
1:302:30 pm Support "Me" with "WE" Speaker Series - Session Two Hall, #211
2:304:30 pm Music Colloquium Series: David Folland, American Luthier Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
79 pm Volleyball at Carleton College, Minn.
79 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
89 pm LineUs Improv Comedy Hall
1011:59 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
TomorrowOct 11 Family Weekend Adolphus College Campus
Tomorrow 89:30 am Family Weekend Pancake Breakfast Year Residence Halls (Norelius & Pittman/Sohre)
9:3010:15 am Family Weekend Workshops Center Banquet Rooms
10 am Men's Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10 am Women's Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10:3011:15 am Family Weekend Workshops Center Banquet Rooms
11 am to 4:30 pm Fall Fest at the Arb Arboretum
11:30 am to 1 pm Family Weekend Carnival Lunch Young Dining Room
1 pm Football hosts St. Olaf College (Family Weekend) Peter, Minn.
14 pm Men's Soccer hosts Augsburg College Peter, Minn.
24 pm Volleyball hosts UW-Superior (JV at 12 p.m.) Peter, Minn.
34 pm Family Weekend Trivia Cafe
35 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
3:30 pm Women's Soccer hosts Augsburg College Peter, Minn.
79 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
89 pm Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team Recital Hall
1011:59 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 511 Library Book Sale Bernadotte Memorial Library
Oct 11 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
11 am to 12:30 pm The 2015 Family Weekend Jazz Brunch Young Dining Room
24 pm The Family Weekend Music Showcase Concert Chapel
3:305:30 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
Oct 12 7:3010 am Monday Morning Perk Up with the PAs Education Office
810 am Incarcerated women and their children: Dr. Rebecca Shlafer and Erica Gerrity, Prison Project., Campus Center
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:455:45 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting- Come for Community Comment! Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Exploring Religious Questions Series Hall 103 (Oct. 19 in Rm 214 in Fine Arts Building)
79 pm Volleyball hosts Iowa Lake Community College (JV only) Peter, Minn.
Oct 1213 Oct 12 at 11:30 pm to Oct 13 at 1:30 am Bastyr University Health Professions Graduate Programs Campus Center, Lower Level Tables and 49er room
Oct 13 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
8 am to 4 pm Flu Shot Clinic! Banquet Room
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
10 am to noon Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:305:30 pm Mayday Conference Planning Meeting 301
5:3011:59 pm Trip to see The Little Mermaid Orpheum Theatre
79 pm Panel Discussion on the Culture of Drug and Alcohol Use at Gustavus featuring Nobel Speaker Marc Lewis 103
811 pm Democratic Debate Viewing Party 124
Oct 14 7:309 am Gustie Breakfast - Scott Bur Center Banquet Rooms
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
4 pm Women's Soccer at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
47 pm Men's Soccer at Saint John's University, Minn.
4:305:30 pm Ideas That Create Entrepreneurs 101
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm "Afro-Indigenous Hondurans in Resistance: U.S. Drug War, Violent Displacement, and Migration" Lecture from activist Alfredo Lopez Auditorium, Nobel Hall
79 pm Volleyball hosts Macalester College Peter, Minn.
89 pm Coffeehouse Sushi and Origami Night Café
Oct 15 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session (non tenure-track only) Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustie Tank Café
7:308:30 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Oct 16 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
1:302:30 pm Support "ME" with "WE" Speaker Series - Session Three Hall, #211
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:303:30 pm Music Colloquium Series: Organist Kalevi Kiviniemi "The Art of Improvisation" Chapel
79 pm Concert: Luke Spehar - All Is Gift Tour Dive
79 pm Drag Show Hall
7:309:30 pm Kalevi Kiviniemi, organ & Jukka Pietila, cantor in Concert, A Gustavus Artist Series Event Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Vacation (2015) Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 17 9 am to 5 pm Faculty Writing Retreat at ASI Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
10:30 am Men's Cross Country at UW-La Crosse Invite Crosse, Wis.
10:30 am Women's Cross Country at UW-La Crosse Invite Crosse, Wis.
11 am to 1 pm Women's Rugby Home vs. Macalester the baseball field on the rugby pitch.
noon to 2 pm Volleyball hosts Simpson College Peter, Minn.
1 pm Football at Saint John's University, Minn.
14 pm Men's Soccer hosts Bethel University Peter, Minn.
1:303 pm Melissa Morey, horn, A Faculty Recital Recital Hall
35 pm Volleyball hosts Loras College Peter, Minn.
3:30 pm Women's Soccer hosts Bethel University Peter, Minn.
810 pm Weekend Movie: Vacation (2015) Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 18 9 am to 5 pm Faculty Writing Retreat at Gustavus Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
67 pm Pre-Health Club Meeting Hall Room 111
Oct 19 Volleyball at Northwestern Tournament (JV only) Paul, Minn.
Oct 130 Michal Sagar Exhibition in Schaefer Gallery: The Beginning of the Third Dream Schaefer: Art & Art History

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