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
Today 78 pm Cardio Dance Jam w/ Kayla (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Tomorrow Spring Academic Internship Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
12 pm CIC Grant Opportunity Webinar's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
68 pm Fair Prep Party Hall
7 pm Men's Basketball at St. Olaf College, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball hosts St. Olaf College Peter, Minn.
78 pm Dance 4 Fun w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
89 pm Coffeehouse Guitarist Dustin Kaiser Café
Feb 11 66:40 am WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath: "Student Speaker" Chapel
10:30 am to 12:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
11:30 am to 1 pm Jaime Hollis Welcome Reception Center
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
12:401:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Pyramid with Laurie 217 (Gymnastics Room)
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
56 pm Tabata w/Lydia and Christina (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Cardio Dance Jam w/ Kayla (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Feb 12 6:307:30 am Cardio Dance w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:45 am to 12:15 pm WE Fitness Class-TRX with Troy Floor Forum
12:401:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Dance4Fun (Cardio Dance) with Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304 pm All-Employee Meeting Hall
2:453:45 pm Liberate the Booty w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:308:30 pm Spread the Love Food Pack Service Banquet Rooms (St. Peter, Heritage, and Three Crowns)
6:30 pm Gymnastics at UW-La Crosse Crosse, Wis.
7 pm Women's Hockey at Bethel University, Minn.
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:0510:05 pm Men's Hockey hosts Bethel University Peter, Minn.
810 pm Weekend Movie: The Intern Auditorium, Nobel Hall
811:59 pm Laser Tag Hall
Feb 13 8:30 am Men's Tennis hosts UW-Eau Claire Peter, Minn.
10:30 am to noon Around the World w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:30 am Men's Track and Field at Carleton Meet of Hearts, Minn.
11:30 am Women's Track and Field at Carleton Meets of Hearts, Minn.
1 pm Men's Basketball hosts Hamline University Peter, Minn.
1 pm Women's Tennis at University of Northern Iowa Falls, Iowa
2 pm Women's Hockey hosts Bethel University Peter, Minn.
2 pm Women's Tennis hosts Southwest Minnesota State Peter, Minn.
3 pm Women's Basketball hosts Hamline University Peter, Minn.
4 pm Men's Tennis at Saint John's University, Minn.
6:30 pm Women's Tennis hosts University of Sioux Falls Peter, Minn.
710 pm Men's Hockey at Bethel University, Minn.
7:309:30 pm The Gustavus Choir Home Concert, 2016 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: The Intern Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Feb 1314 Feb 13 at 10 pm to Feb 14 at 1 am PA SNL - Date Night on Ice Center
Feb 14 10 am to 5 pm Special Olympics Basketball Center Forum
10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
1 pm Gymnastics at Hamline Paul, Minn.
3:305:30 pm The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & Gustavus Jazz Lab Band Internation Tour Home Concert Recital Hall
5:307 pm Friends of Music Reception for Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Lab Band Lind Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
67 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Dance 4 Fun w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Feb 15 Gustie for a Day Campus
Feb 1517 Intern in Sweden through the Wallenberg Internship Award Development
Feb 15 6:307:30 am Pure Movement 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE-Pyramid w/ Laurie 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:306:30 pm Spring Involvement Fair Center Banquet Rooms
56 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
66:45 pm Strength Training w/Mata (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
68 pm Gusties Connect 2016 - Sioux Falls Lounge, 601 W 33rd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Exploring Religious Questions Series Room 103
Feb 16 66:40 am WE Fitness Class-Boot Camp with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:309:30 am Writing Program Open Help Sessions Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:45 am to 12:15 pm WE Fitness Class-TRX with Troy Floor Forum
2:305 pm Dr. Shakti Butler Workshop: Understanding White Culture as a 21st Century Leadership Skill Hall
56 pm Liberate the Booty w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Cardio Dance Jam w/ Kayla (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Feb 17 11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
68 pm Gusties Connect 2016 - Phoenix Karsten, 1125 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281
7 pm Men's Basketball hosts Saint John's University Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
78 pm Dance 4 Fun w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Feb 1820 Men's Swimming and Diving at MIAC Championships, Minn.
Women's Swimming and Diving at MIAC Championships, Minn.
Feb 18 66:40 am WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session (tenure-track only) Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
12:401:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Pyramid with Laurie 217 (Gymnastics Room)
45 pm Thought Forms: A Fireside Chat at the Intersection of Science and Art Café
56 pm Tabata w/Lydia and Christina (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:308:30 pm Gusties Connect 2016 - Tucson, AZ
78 pm Cardio Dance Jam w/ Kayla (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:308:30 pm Physics Seminar - Industrial Machine Automation Hall Room 220
Feb 19 Registration Deadline Campus
6:307:30 am Cardio Dance w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
10:30 am to 3 pm Summer Camp Fair Banquet Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:45 am to 12:15 pm WE Fitness Class-TRX with Troy Floor Forum
12:401:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Dance4Fun (Cardio Dance) with Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:453:45 pm Liberate the Booty w/ Gabe (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
57 pm Chili and Pie-Off Center
6 pm Gymnastics hosts UW-Eau Claire (Senior/Parent Night) Peter, 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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