Inside Gustavus 

September 26, 2013 | Volume 46, Number 4

Faculty/Staff Activities

On Sept. 20, Elizabeth Baer (English) and Ben Leonard, Executive Director of the Nicollet Country Historical Society, received the National Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local Historians. Presented at the AASLH national conference, the award recognizes the IEX course which Baer and Leonard team taught in 2012 titled "Commemorating Controversy: the US-Dakota War of 1862." The citation given to Baer and Leonard states: "This project illustrates how a mid-sized museum and a college collaborated, made connections in Dakota communities, and led the statewide effort to commemorate a dark period in its history that remains a living wound today. The traveling exhibit served thousands of people and was a leader in the statewide event and discussions of the war during the sesquicentennial celebration."

The twelve panel exhibit was created by the fifteen students in the IEX course and has now been seen by more than 30,000 Minnesotans in such venues as libraries, historical societies, schools and several colleges. In January 2014, the exhibit will be on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City and in mid-2014, it will travel to the National Museum of the American Indian on the mall in Washington, DC. Baer and Leonard also gave a panel presentation at the conference on the class and the process by which the exhibit was created. For the panel, they were joined by Victoria Clark '14, who is currently studying at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where she is researching captivity narratives, a topic she began studying in the IEX class. Students in the class have created a Facebook page where they can continue to be the lively community they became in January, 2012!

Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History) will have her documentary film, Painting the Place Between premiered at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday, Dec. 6. Betsy Byers (Art and Art History) is one of the four artists showcased in the film. Tickets go on sale Oct 1. MPR members can call the Fitzgerald box-office directly for tickets.

Joel Carlin (Biology, Environmental Studies) gave an invited lecture to the LIFE program, Rochester Technical and Community College, Rochester MN. The topics were "Evolution of sex and beauty" and "Where the blues led: Lyricism in rap music."

Mark Lammers, Research Professor in Music, was cited in the 2013 issue of Nordic Kultur, a publication of the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington. The cite was in a quote by Lisa Bergman who credited Mark and his catalogue titled, Nordic Instrumental Music for Colleges and Universities, with the establishment of the, Mostly Nordic Music series at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Jill Fischer (CICE) completed her M.S. degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University, Mankato in July. For her capstone project, she created a website, Engaging Study Abroad, which houses resources and a curriculum designed for study abroad students to enhance and deepen their learning.

Student Achievements

Gustavus' national fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon won several national awards this summer at its 78th John O. Mosely Leadership School, which, takes place on a cruise ship that goes down to the Bahamas. The fraternity was awarded the Chapter Achievement Award making it one of the 25 chapters and in the top 10% of all SAE chapters in the nation. The Chapter Achievement Award is the award earned by the best chapters in the Fraternity that excel in the core, fundamental areas of chapter operations. The fraternity was also awarded the Kimball-Phelps Award for Chapter Singing making it the number one singing Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter in America. The Kimball-Phelps Award for Chapter Singing provides recognition to the chapter that uses the songs of the fraternity as an integral part of its operations and brotherhood-building events. Fraternity member Erik Bryz-Gornia '13 was awarded the Besser-Lindsey Scholar Athlete Award making him the number one ΣΑΕ Scholar Athlete. This award recognizes a man who has excelled in every area of college life — on the athletic field, in the classroom and in campus organizations. The winner must have met the following four qualifications: Maintain a B average during his four years in school, hold two major letters in some college sport, have held chapter and/or campus leadership positions, and be a senior in academic standing.

Funding Opps

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

  • National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

    The NSF’s MRI program supports the purchase of research instrumentation and instrumentation development. Awards range from $100,000 to $4 million. The next deadline for this annual competition is January 23, 2014. The program announcement can be found online.

    Gustavus has enjoyed much success with this program and Bob Weisenfeld can share lessons learned. Since Gustavus is limited to two instrumentation acquisition proposals each grant round, faculty interested in submitting an application should send an email so indicating to Bob ( by November 30. Bob will follow up in January with those interested regarding the selection process in the event that more than two faculty are interested in submitting a request.

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 story on Friday, Sept. 20 about the Reading in Common lecture featuring author Tori Murden McClure.
  • KEYC ran a story on its Friday, Sept. 20 newscasts about the Nobel Conference Preview Lecture by James Gates.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed an opinion piece by Chaplain Brian Konkol in its Tuesday, Sept. 17 edition.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Julie O'Malley, On-call Cashier, Book Mark

* New Administrators

  • Robyn Rost, Assistant Director of Reunion Giving, Institutional Advancement

News & Announcements

Proposed Postage Price Increase...The United States Postal Service announced proposed price changes, including an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents. The proposed changes, which would go into effect in January 2014, are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 26, 2014 include:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — 1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents

Pricing for Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services also will be adjusted. The PRC will review the prices before they become effective Jan. 26, 2014, and must agree the prices are consistent with applicable law. The new price proposals are scheduled to be filed Sept. 26 and will be available on the PRC website at and also will be available at

Free Webinar...Learn about a new tool for HERC member institutions to diversity the pipeline of qualified applicants with disabilities. As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), HERC is co-sponsoring a webinar with the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Employer Assistance Resource Network (EARN) that will allow access to a free, powerful tool, the Workforce Recruitment Program database, that will give your department immediate access to qualified recent graduates and military veterans with disabilities. Webinar will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Board Room. No need to RSVP, just bring yourself (and perhaps your lunch).

Campus Happenings

Nobel Conference...The 49th annual Nobel Conference will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1-2. If you don't have a ticket for this year's Nobel Conference, get your one complimentary tickets at or you can watch the lectures live online at Also be aware that Conference presenter Dr. S. James Gates is scheduled to appear on the Minnesota Public Radio show The Daily Circuit during the 10 a.m. hour on Monday, Sept. 30. You can listen to the interview live on Beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, traffic on Ring Road will be switched to one-way as we welcome guests to the Conference. Parking options during the two-day Conference will be limited. Plan ahead.

Homecoming Saturday...Saturday, Sept. 28 will be full of Homecoming Weekend events for alumni, current students and current employees. Several classes will be celebrating reunions, the football team will host St. Olaf at 1:30 p.m., and the night will conclude with a "Glow Rave" inside the giant Homecoming tent from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Find a list of all the day's events on the College Calendar.

Installation Service for New Chaplains...During the College's 2013 Homecoming Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m., Siri C. Erickson and Brian E. Konkol will be formally installed as Chaplains of Gustavus. Bishop Jon Anderson will preach and conduct the installation, Erickson and Konkol will preside over Holy Communion, and musical selections will feature the Gustavus Alumni Choir and Chapel Brass. This gathering is open to the public and to those of all religious affiliations, and all faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to attend and welcome our new chaplains to Gustavus.

Christ Chapel Memorial Garden Dedication...The Gustavus community is invited to attend the dedication of the Christ Chapel Memorial Graden on Studay, Sept. 29, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Homecoming Worship Service in Christ Chapel. The dedication will take place outside on the east side of the chapel and is expected to start at approximately 11:30 a.m. The College is grateful to the Nancy and Phil '58 Lindau family whose gift made the construction possible. The College expects to be ready for inurnments starting in November.

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions…A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on October 29, 30, and 31, 2013 for individual counseling sessions. Go online to schedule an appointment, or contact (866) 843-5640, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

  • Friday, Sept. 27 (Play): "Hymns on Tap" Join us in The Dive for singing and a keg of root beer
  • Sunday, Sept. 29: Homecoming Worship with Alumni and Gustavus Choirs and Chapel Brass. Bishop Jon Anderson preaching. Installation of College Chaplains
  • Monday, Sept 30 (Pray):
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1: No Daily Sabbath, Nobel Conference
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2: No Daily Sabbath, Nobel Conference
  • Thursday, Oct. 3 (Re:vive): Chaplain Siri Erickson preaching
  • Friday, Oct. 4 (Play): Commemoration of St. Francis with blessing of the animals.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a confirmation retreat for Trinity Lutheran Church of Owatonna this weekend on Sunday, September 29th. 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.


Seeking Housing...Peter Shea, visiting in Philosophy this year, seeks reasonably priced room or house-sitting arrangement. I commute from Minneapolis for the week, prefer not to travel back and forth. Contact: 612-250-4207 or

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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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