Inside Gustavus 

September 19, 2013 | Volume 46, Number 3

Faculty/Staff Activities

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) was an invited presenter at a workshop, "Ethical Issues in New Biotechnology and Agriculture," sponsored by Mistra Biotech, an interdisciplinary research program focusing on use of biotechnology for sustainable and competitive agriculture and food systems. The workshop was held in conjunction with the meeting of the European Society for Agriculture and Food Ethics in Uppsala, Sweden. And yes, she got to lecture in the Museum Gustavianum, in a hall where Carl Linnaeus himself once lectured.

Funding Opps

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

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships and Publication Grants

The AAUW offers Post-doctoral Research Leave Fellowships and Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants to women faculty members who have not established strong publication records. The former provides $30,000 for one year of support for women in the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The latter provides $6,000 in support of tenure-track faculty members for eight consecutive weeks of final preparation of research publications. The 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

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front page story on Thursday, Sept. 19 about the Christ Chapel Memorial Garden. Barb Larson Taylor (President's Office) was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story previewing this year's Nobel Conference on the front page of its Thursday, Sept. 19 Valley section. Steve Mellema (Physics) was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Wednesday, Sept. 18 about Matt Rasmussen's (English) book of poems, Black Aperture, being nominated for a National Book Award. Rasmussen is quoted in the story.
  • The Star Tribune also posted a story online on Tuesday, Sept. 17 about Rasmussen being nominated for a National Book Award
  • The Huffington Post posted a story on Tuesday, Sept. 17 about a set of rankings put out by the website The list names 25 schools with the best professors. Gustavus was ranked #16 on the list.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Nicole Goebel, Administrative Assistant for Psychological Science, Sociology & Anthropology, History

* New Administrators

  • Carol Brewer, Director of Campus Safety

Position Openings

  • Administrative Assistant in the Admission Office
  • Full-time Custodian

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and discussed the following items:

  • Members reviewed the approved agenda for the Sept. 26-27 Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time custodial replacement position.
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time Enrollment Management replacement position (Administrative Assistant in the Admission Office).
  • Members discussed the fiscal year 2014 budget as well as budget priorities for the fiscal year 2015 budget.

News & Announcements

Presidential Search Website...A new website with information regarding the presidential search process will be live on the morning of Friday, Sept. 20. The page can be accessed at

Flu Shot Clinic...A flu shot clinic will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Friday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Heritage Banquet Room of the Jackson Campus Center. Please bring your insurance card. We will bill to all insurances, except Medicare. If you have the Gustavus Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance your flu shot will be covered at 100 percent (your cost will be zero). If you have another type of insurance please call them ahead of time to check your preventative care coverage. Current employees, spouses and dependents over the age of 18 are welcome at the flu shot clinic. We are not able to administer to retired employees. For more information please contact the Health Service at x7630.

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 to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday while school is in session. Please bring your insurance card and Gustavus ID to each appointment. Please call 507-933-7630 with questions and to schedule your appointment. Please visit the website for a list of services offered.

Harassment Advisors, Grievance Officers and Sexual Misconduct Investigators Needed...We are in the process of recruiting staff and faculty to serve in employee or student investigations for sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. For an allegation against an employee, positions for which we are recruiting include Harassment Grievance Officers and Advisors. Harassment Grievance Officers conduct investigations of alleged discrimination and/or harassment whether brought against faculty members, staff members, or students and issue findings of fact and recommendations for disposition of complaints according to Section 5 of the Gustavus Adolphus College Policy Against Harassment and Sexual Harassment.

Harassment Advisors hear complaints regarding harassment and/or sexual harassment, speak with the complaining party to discuss any necessary interim accommodations and process the case according to Section 5 of the Gustavus Adolphus College Policy Against Harassment and Sexual Harassment.

Investigators of Student Sexual Misconduct meet with all parties in a sexual misconduct case, create a report of their findings and assist with adjudication of the complaint. It is expected that staff involved with this effort would be involved in one or two cases in a given academic year and the time commitment would be on the order of 10 to 12 hours over a two-week period.

We are seeking employees with a high degree of sensitivity and empathy as well as a strong sense of confidentiality to serve in this role. All positions will receive training in the early Fall. After consultation with your supervisor or chair, please contact Kirk Beyer, x6075, Paula O’Loughlin, x7541, or Steve Bennett x7526 to discuss your interest.

Campus Happenings

Friday's Daily Sabbath...Friday's Daily Sabbath will feature a celebration of environmental stewardship as at least 300 people will lineup between the campus center loading dock and the College's new food composter near Big Hill Farm for a food relay. Everyone including students, faculty, staff, and friends of the College are invited and encouraged to participate. Between 10 and 10:10 a.m. people will begin lining up from the campus loading dock. Follow the line until you reach the end to find your place in the relay. Once the line is formed, fresh vegetables will be passed from Big Hill Farm up the line to Dining Services. At the same time, small buckets of food waste will be passed from Dining Services to the composter.

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. 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.

Homecoming Week...Homecoming Week activities will take place between Monday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 29. The annual Window Painting Contest will kick things off between 6 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. The Homecoming Medallion Hunt will also begin on Sept. 23 with new clues posted each morning at 8 a.m. in front of the Campus Activities Office. Stay updated on Homecoming events throughout the week by visiting the College Calendar.

Two Weeks and Counting...The 49th annual Nobel Conference is less than two 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).

Free Webinar...The College Assessment Director and Office of the Provost are sponsoring the webinar, “Accreditation and Student Learning.” This webinar explores multiple factors impacting accreditation and how institutions can optimize their demonstration of student learning and institutional effectiveness. This webinary will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the 49er Room. No need to RSVP, just bring yourself (and perhaps your lunch).

Daily Sabbath Schedule... All are invited to the worship services at 10 a.m. weekdays. The upcoming schedule is as follows.

  • Friday, Sept. 20 (Fun): Food Relay from Campus Center Loading Dock to Composting Site
  • Monday, Sept. 23 (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, Sept. 24 (Discuss): Chaplain Siri Erickson will consider "How Big is God?"
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25 (Celebrate): Morning Praise with the Gustavus Choir
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 (Re:vive): Worship led by Re:vive; Nate Paulsen '15 preaching

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Cancer Prevention Study...One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime – the fight to end cancer. Today, we need your help to finish the fight. The Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join a historic research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations. CPS-3 is a grassroots effort across the country through which you can advance cancer research by participating actively in a historic research study.

Participation is easy and is being brought to the St. Peter / Mankato area in partnership with River’s Edge Hospital, Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato and Mankato Family YMCA along with the American Cancer Society. Once you schedule your appointment, you will receive instructions on how to complete your first, most comprehensive survey online. This survey will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.

Your onsite enrollment will take approximately 20-30 minutes and will involve:

  • Completing a short survey
  • Signing a consent form
  • Providing a waist circumference measurement
  • Providing a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit).

Enrollment will take place at select sites from October 29 – November 2, 2013. For more details about enrollment locations, dates and times and to schedule your appointment, visit
Following enrollment, you will receive mailed surveys at home every few years to update your information. You will also receive annual study newsletters to update you on research results.

Whether or not you are able to enroll, please forward this email to friends, coworkers, and family members and encourage them to help make this cancer’s last century by enrolling in CPS-3. For more information about CPS-3, please visit or email or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.


  • Opal Elaine Hedlund, mother of Linda Hewitt (Administrative Assistant for Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics) and great-grandmother of Maggie Hedlund (Institutional Advancement), passed away on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the age of 93. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at North Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Cokato with Rev. Michael Nelson officiating. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 at North Crow River Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the services. She is survived by her five children, Kay Anderson of Dassel, Dean of Annandale, Darrel (Nancy) of Kingston, Linda (Alan) Hewitt of Kasota, and Dale of Kingston. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and five great 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

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a confirmation retreat from St. John's Lutheran Church of Northfield on Saturday, Sept. 21. 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.


For Sale...Mahogany, solid wood, high quality American made high-boy chest of drawers $450 OBO. Contact

Librarian with black lab seek housing...I'm looking for a reasonably priced room, small apartment, or the like in which I and my 11 month-old lab can stay a few nights a week to cut down on commuting miles. The pup very sweet, house-trained and crated when left unsupervised. I am too (except for the crated bit). If you know of anything, please contact me, Mary Anderson, at

"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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