Inside Gustavus (October 10, 2013)

Volume 46, Number 6

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kathy Lund Dean (Economics & Management) published an article titled, “Religious accommodation in the workplace: Understanding religious identity threat and workplace behaviors in legal disputes” in Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. Kathy and her co-authors Scott Safranski (Saint Louis University) and Scott Lee (Idaho State University) examined religious accommodation disputes (resulting from Title VII violations) that had been adjudicated by the U.S. Circuit Courts for a 12 year period. Among other findings, results indicated that American managers still significantly struggle to accommodate Muslim employees’ religious practice requirements. They also found that even though Title VII protections do not include sexual orientation, the courts’ decisions indicated de facto protection for gay employees. The article can be read online.

Mike Ferragamo (Biology, Psychology and Neuroscience) published "Studying Temporal Properties of Stimulus-Evoked Responses in the Ventral Nerve Cord of Insects" in the peer-reviewed Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. It was the second article from an NSF funded project to develop technical and analytical approaches to physiologic systems-level questions for an undergraduate laboratory setting. Ferragamo wishes to thank the 200 or so Gustavus students who provided feedback data and assessment.

Thia Cooper (Religion and LALACS) was an invited speaker at the Transhistorical and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Slavery Conference at Purdue University, Sept. 26-27. Her lecture was titled "God, Sex and Slavery".

Student Achievements

Gustavus was well represented at the Midbrains Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference on October 5 at Carleton College. Neuroscience students Andrea Blom '14, Kendyl Greimann '15, Travis Sigafoos '16, Brianna Titus '16 and Grant Walters '14 all made separate presentations of their original scientific research to an audience of faculty and students from across the Midwest.

The Gustavus forensics team placed first at the Great Minnesota Get Together on Oct. 5-6. Nine teams from Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska came to Gustavus to compete in the inaugural tournament. Six Gustavus team members earned individual championships including Brittany Knutson in After Dinner Speaking, Shelby Wilds in Communication Analysis, Jalen Gray in Dramatic Interpretation, Kate Spaulding in Impromptu Speaking, Karin Nordin in Persuasive Speaking, and Kelsey Abele in Prose Interpretation.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Administrators

  • Larry Dvorak, Custodial Director
  • Charles Aydt, Head Gymnastics Coach
  • Aryn Bell, Assistant Gymnastics Coach
  • Zachary Wagner, Assistant Nordic Ski Coach

Position Openings

  • Assistant Manager of the Book Mark

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and discussed the following items:

  • Members discussed the parameters for the fiscal year 2015 budget.
  • Provost Braun reviewed a draft employee/student rooming policy recommended by the Faculty Committee on Student Life. Consensus was to ask the Human Resources Office to share the draft policy with the campus community for feedback.
  • Discussion was held regarding using available retention data in a more meaningfuly way. Provost Braun will ask Director of Institutional Research David Menk to provide annual reports regarding students' departures from Gustavus.
  • Provost Braun presented a plan for assessing institutional student learning outcomes.
  • Vice President VanHecke indicated that Director of Campus Safety Carol Brewer is planning an emergency response tabletop exercise for early spring.

News & Announcements

A Royal Affair Invitation...Gustavus Library Associates invites you to join friends, family, and alumni for an evening of merriment, creative auctions, wonderful food, music, and dancing on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. Please make reservations online or by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7550. For more than three decades, GLA's primary mission has been to raise significant funds for acquisitions and endowment purposes in an effort to make the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library one of the premier libraries in the Midwest. Your presence at the gala will make the difference as GLA strives to support our students and showcase the value of a Gustavus education.

Coca-Cola Educational Partnership Grants...Application materials for the $20,000 annual Gustavus Coca-Cola Educational Partnership grant funding are now available. Funding is available for projects initiated by departments, programs, campus-wide initiatives or advocacy groups that focus on enhancing sustainability and community health. Priority will be given to student-focused initiatives achieving the greatest impact on community well-being, broadly understood. While the highest priority will be accorded to campus initiatives, the committee will also consider projects involving Gustavus students in partnership with the surrounding communities. Eligible applicants include existing student groups whose staff or faculty advisors agree to provide project oversight; classes and their instructors; individual students working with faculty or staff supervision. Other categories of participants, representing a variety of campus initiatives, may be eligible; check with the committee. A grant review committee composed of Gustavus faculty, students, and administrative staff along with representatives from Coca-Cola Refreshments began accepting applications beginning May 1, 2013.  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013. Announcement of awardees may begin by November 15, 2013. Detailed funding materials including application information, grant categories, budget forms, and submission-reporting contact information can be found online.

Emergency Communication System Test...Between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, Gustavus will conduct a routine test of its emergency mass communication system. You will not need to take any action in response to the test communications that you receive. If you have shared your emergency contact data with the College, you will receive automated voice and text messages via landline phones, mobile phones, and e-mail. Your off-campus emergency contacts will not be included in this exercise. If you have not already done so, please take this opportunity to enter or update your contact information in Gustavus's password-protected emergency communication database.

Softener Salt Available...Because of changes to the city water treatment, Physical Plant finds itself with surplus softener salt. We will be offering these to Gustavus employees on a first-come-first-serve basis starting Friday, Oct. 11 after 4 p.m., and continuing through the weekend until it is gone. The price will be $1.00 for each 50 pound bag. The salt will be located just outside the Physical Plant gate and can be picked up anytime. An "honor system" payment, cash or personal check, will be made in the drop box mail slot inside the office vestibule. This transaction is entirely self-service and is intended for Gustavus employees only.

Welcome New Custodial Director...Please welcome our new Custodial Director, Larry Dvorak, who starts this week. He replaces Chris Sutton who is retiring after more than two decades in that position. Larry comes to us from Eastern Carver County Schools where he was responsible for custodial services at all fifteen schools in the district. Larry lives with his family in Belle Plaine.

Reading Days...No classes will be held Monday, Oct. 21 or Tuesday, Oct. 22 as both days are designated as Reading Days.

Campus Happenings

Shared Governance Open Sessions...Faculty and administrators are encouraged to attend one or more of the following Shared Governance Open Sessions:

  • Friday, Oct. 11, 2:30-4 p.m., Heritage Room
  • Friday, Nov. 8, 2:30-4 p.m., St. Peter Room
  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Beck Hall 101

Deane Curtin's Year With the Dalai Lama...The Philosophy Department is hosting a talk by Professor Deane Curtin at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the Heritage Room of the Campus Center. Curtin spent the past year living in the Himalayas of northern India, working for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan refugee community. In this illustrated talk he will discuss his personal impressions of the Dalai Lama, as well as his encounters with others in the exile community.

Friday's Daily Sabbath Activity...In honor of Coming Out Week on campus, please come "Wrap the Chapel in a Rainbow of Love" during Daily Sabbath this Friday, Oct. 11 from 10 to 10:20 a.m. Wear a top (shirt or jacket) that is one of the colors of the rainbow on Friday. We will all meet inside Christ Chapel at 10 a.m. to get people organized. Then we will go outside to create a beautiful rainbow around the Chapel as a sign of God's love for all people.

Family Weekend...Family Weekend will take place Oct. 11-13 with a number of activities planned. Families are invited to attend classes throughout the day on Friday, Oct. 11. Pancake breakfasts will be hosted on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Norelius, Pittman and Sohre Halls. Workshops and panel discussions will take place on Oct. 12 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. in the Jackson Campus Center banquet rooms. Fall Fest in the Arb will take place between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Linnaeus Arboretum on Oct. 12. A Family Weekend Worship Service will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 in Christ Chapel. The Family Weekend Music Showcase will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. on Oct. 13 in Christ Chapel. Visit the College Calendar for a full list of Family Weekend events and activities.

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.

Bards in the Arb Visiting Writers Series...Join creative nonfiction writer Kate Neely Meadows '06 as he reads from her book, Tough Love: A Wyoming Childhood, a memoir recently published by Pronghorn Press. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. Meadows graduated from Gustavus with a degree in English and went on to earn her master's degree in creative and professional writing from Western Connecticut State University in 2010.

Physics Seminar...Dr. Joseph Shaw of Montana State University will present a seminar titled "Color and Polarization in the Atmosphere: a Tribute to Lord Rayleigh" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Olin 220. The talk incorporates many photographs that illustrate both the science and beauty of atmospheric optical phenomena at a level that is enjoyable by optics experts and non-experts alike.

Peril in the Ponds Lecture...Dr. Judy Helgen, author of Peril in the Ponds, and a retired research scientist from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will present "Peril in the Ponds: Deformed Frogs, Politics, and a Biologist's Quest" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in Olin Hall Room 103.

Faculty Meeting...The regularly monthly meeting of the faculty will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in Alumni Hall.

All-Employee Forum...An all-employee forum will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in Alumni Hall. The budget approved by the Board of Trustees at their September meeting will be discussed and questions will be answered by President Ohle and his Cabinet.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant leadership will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Cross Lutheran Church of Maplewood from Friday, Oct. 10 to Sunday, Oct. 12. We will also be hosting St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Wyoming and Christ Lutheran Church of Faribault from Saturday, Oct. 11 to Sunday, Oct. 12. The confirmation and retreat programs are a resource offered to youth of ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Exploring Religious Questions Series..."World Christianity: The Growth of Christianity in Contemporary Asia, Latin America, and Africa." This mini-course continues on Monday, Oct. 14 from 7-9 p.m. in Olin 103. Deborah Goodwin (Religion) and Mimi Gerstbauer (Political Science) will be leading a presentation about Latin American Christianity. This session will examine the current growth of Protestant churches in Latin America, the history of the Catholic Church in the region and its responses to contemporary Protestant movements, and the role of both Catholic and Protestant churches as facilitators of social justice. Exploring Religious Questions is sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership.


Upcoming events
Date Event
TodayOct 11 Library Book Sale Bernadotte Memorial Library
Today 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 Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm "My So-Called Enemy" Special Film Screening Arena
7:308:30 pm Music Colloquium Series: Emily Ondracek Peterson "New Music and Extended Techniques for Strings” Recital Hall
7:309 pm Food Chemistry: The Tastiest Science Pit
Tomorrow Habitat for Humanity Fall Break Trip-Applications Due Oct 9th Based Service & Learning Center
TomorrowOct 7 Nobel Conference Arena and Lund Center
Tomorrow 45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
6:157 pm This I Carry - Dance Performance in Conjunction with The Nobel Conference Museum of Art
79 pm Volleyball at Martin Luther College Ulm, Minn.
7:158 pm This I Carry - Dance Performance in Conjunction with The Nobel Conference Museum of Art
7:3010:30 pm Men's Soccer at Macalester College Paul, Minn.
810 pm The 2015 Nobel Conference Concert Chapel
Oct 7 Habitat for Humanity Fall Break Trip-Applications Due Oct 9th Based Service & Learning Center
13 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
5 pm Women's Soccer at Bethany Lutheran College, Minn.
5:206:20 pm Music Colloquium Series: Composer Karim Elmahmoudi 106 Band Room
79 pm Pre-Law Advising Meeting Hall 313
79 pm Volleyball at Waldorf College (JV at 5:00 p.m.) City, Iowa
Oct 8 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics 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 Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Oct 9 International January Career Exploration and Spring Semester Internship Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
8 am to 6 pm Family Weekend Class Visits Buildings
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
Oct 1011 Family Weekend Adolphus College Campus
Oct 10 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 12:00 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 Volleyball hosts Iowa Lake Community College (JV only) 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 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
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 Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Exploring Religious Questions Series Hall 103 (Oct. 19 in Rm 214 in Fine Arts Building)
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
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)
5:3011:59 pm Trip to see The Little Mermaid Orpheum Theatre
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)
Oct 130 Michal Sagar Exhibition in Schaefer Gallery: The Beginning of the Third Dream Schaefer: Art & Art History

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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