October 10, 2013 | Volume 46, Number 6
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".
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
|Today 3:30–5 pm||Build Your Resume!https://gustavus.edu/calendar/build-your-resume/51302Career Development|
|3:45–4:45 pm||Faculty and Staff Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Waltonhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/faculty-and-staff-discussion-with-dr-jonathan-walton/51240St. Peter Room|
|4:30–5:30 pm||5 Steps to $5,000https://gustavus.edu/calendar/5-steps-to-5-000/51242Beck 101|
|7 pm||Men's Basketball at Hamlinehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-basketball-at-hamline-2/49179St. Paul, Minn.|
|Tomorrow 6–6:40 am||WE Fitness Class - Boot Camp with Brendahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-boot-camp-with-brenda-3/50908Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|10–10:20 am||Daily Sabbathhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-459/51130Christ Chapel|
|11:40 am to 12:20 pm||WE Fitness Class-Pure Movement with Gabehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-pure-movement-with-gabe-2/50912Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|12:40–1:20 pm||WE Fitness Class - Meditation with Bhantehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-meditation-with-bhante-2/50920Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|4–5 pm||Bootcamp w/Gabe & Stasiahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/bootcamp-w-gabe-stasia/51046Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|5:30–7 pm||CBSL Olympicshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/cbsl-olympics/51289The Dive|
|8–9 pm||Pure Movement w/Gabe (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/pure-movement-w-gabe-hwc-3/50993Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|Jan 18 10–10:20 am||Daily Sabbathhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-460/51131Christ Chapel|
|11:40 am to 12:20 pm||WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Kellyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-yoga-with-kelly-5/50916Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|12:40–1:20 pm||WE Fitness Class - Dance 4 Fun (Cardio Dance) with Gabehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-dance-4-fun-cardio-dance-with-gabe-2/50924Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|3–4 pm||Liberate Revolution w/Gabe (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/liberate-revolution-w-gabe-hwc/50956Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|6–8 pm||Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan Rollout Gathering: San Franciscohttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gustavus-acts-strategic-plan-rollout-gathering-san-francisco/51139Cambria Gallery, 1045 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103|
|7 pm||Women's Basketball hosts St. Catherinehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-basketball-hosts-st-catherine/49116St. Peter, Minn.|
|7–8 pm||Becoming a Digital Humanisthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/becoming-a-digital-humanist/50795Alumni Hall|
|7:30–9 pm||Pinterest Partyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/pinterest-party-9/51292Courtyard Café|
|Jan 19 6–6:40 am||WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Brendahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-yoga-with-brenda-4/50928Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|10–10:20 am||Daily Sabbathhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-461/51132Christ Chapel|
|11:40 am to 12:20 pm||WE Fitness Class-Pyramid with Lauriehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-pyramid-with-laurie-4/50932Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|1–2 pm||January Term Reading Grouphttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/january-term-reading-group-2/50545Phi Beta Kappa Room|
|3:30–5 pm||Excel at Using Spreadsheetshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/excel-at-using-spreadsheets/51300Gustavus Board Room, Jackson Campus Center|
|4–5 pm||Bootcamp w/Gabe & Stasiahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/bootcamp-w-gabe-stasia/51047Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
||Swing Dancing at Wabasha Street Caveshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/swing-dancing-at-wabasha-street-caves/51294Wabasha Street Caves, Saint Paul|
|Jan 19 8–9 pm||Pure Movement w/Gabe (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/pure-movement-w-gabe-hwc-3/50995Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|Jan 20 10–10:20 am||Daily Sabbathhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-462/51133Christ Chapel|
|10:30 am to 12:15 pm||Presidential Inaugurationhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/presidential-inauguration-2/51234The Board Room|
|11:40 am to 12:20 pm||WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Kellyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-yoga-with-kelly-6/50936Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|noon to 12:30 pm||WE Fitness Class-TRX with Troyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-trx-with-troy-6/50940Lund 3rd Floor|
|1–2 pm||Kendall Center J-Term Reading Grouphttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/kendall-center-j-term-reading-group-3/50802Phi Beta Kappa Room|
|2–3 pm||Yoga w/Kitty (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/yoga-w-kitty-hwc/51029Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|3–4 pm||Liberate Revolution w/Gabe (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/liberate-revolution-w-gabe-hwc/50957Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|4–5:30 pm||Day of Inaugurationhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/day-of-inauguration/51184Diversity Center|
|4:30 pm||Macalester Kilt Classichttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/macalester-kilt-classic/51200St. Paul, Minn.|
|4:30 pm||Macalester Kilt Classichttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/macalester-kilt-classic-2/51201St. Paul, Minn.|
|5 pm||Men's Swimming and Diving hosts Hamlinehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-swimming-and-diving-hosts-hamline/49158St. Peter, Minn.|
|5 pm||Women's Swimming and Diving hosts Hamlinehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-swimming-and-diving-hosts-hamline/49159St. Peter, Minn.|
|6–8 pm||Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan Rollout Gathering: Seattlehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gustavus-acts-strategic-plan-rollout-gathering-seattle/51140Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134|
|7:05 pm||Men's Hockey hosts St. Olafhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-hockey-hosts-st-olaf/49064St. Peter, Minn.|
|7:30 pm||Women's Hockey at St. Olafhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-hockey-at-st-olaf/49091Northfield, Minn.|
|8–10 pm||Weekend Movie: The Girl on the Trainhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/weekend-movie-the-girl-on-the-train/50829Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall|
||Cosmic Bingohttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/cosmic-bingo/51307Mystic Lake Casino|
|Jan 20 at 9 pm||Nine Square in the Airhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/nine-square-in-the-air/51191Alumni Hall|
|Jan 21 9 am to 5 pm||Faculty Writing Retreat at ASIhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/faculty-writing-retreat-at-asi-24/49897American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407|
|9 am to 5 pm||Faculty Writing Retreats at Gustavushttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/faculty-writing-retreats-at-gustavus/49896Board Room, Jackson Campus Center or American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407|
|1 pm||Gymnastics hosts UW-Whitewater (Alumni/Youth Day)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/gymnastics-hosts-uw-whitewater-alumni-youth-day/49129St. Peter, Minn.|
|1 pm||Women's Basketball hosts Macalesterhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-basketball-hosts-macalester/49117St. Peter, Minn.|
|2 pm||Women's Hockey hosts St. Olafhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-hockey-hosts-st-olaf/49092St. Peter, Minn.|
|3 pm||Men's Basketball hosts Macalesterhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-basketball-hosts-macalester/49180St. Peter, Minn.|
|7:30 pm||Men's Hockey at St. Olafhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-hockey-at-st-olaf/49065Northfield, Minn.|
|8–10 pm||Weekend Movie: The Girl on the Trainhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/weekend-movie-the-girl-on-the-train/50830Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall|
|Jan 22 10:30–11:30 am||Sunday Worshiping Communityhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/sunday-worshiping-community-20/48983Christ Chapel|
|noon to 1 pm||Yoga w/Kitty (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/yoga-w-kitty-hwc/51030Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|Jan 23 10–10:20 am||Daily Sabbathhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-463/51134Christ Chapel|
|noon to 12:30 pm||WE Fitness Class - TRX with Troyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-trx-with-troy-5/50902Lund 3rd Floor|
|3–4 pm||Liberate Revolution w/Gabe (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/liberate-revolution-w-gabe-hwc/50958Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|3:30–5 pm||What are You Doing With Your Life?https://gustavus.edu/calendar/what-are-you-doing-with-your-life/51303Career Development|
|5:30–7 pm||Courageous Conversation: Social Justice Movementshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/courageous-conversation-social-justice-movements/51185Diversity Center|
|7–9 pm||Spoons tournamenthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/spoons-tournament/51280Heritage Room|
|9–10 pm||Presidential Inauguration Prayer Vigilhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/presidential-inauguration-prayer-vigil/51320Christ Chapel|
|Jan 24 6–6:40 am||WE Fitness Class - Boot Camp with Brendahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-boot-camp-with-brenda-3/50909Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|10–10:20 am||Daily Sabbathhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-464/51135Christ Chapel|
|11:40 am to 12:20 pm||WE Fitness Class-Pure Movement with Gabehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-pure-movement-with-gabe-2/50913Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|12:40–1:20 pm||WE Fitness Class - Meditation with Bhantehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-meditation-with-bhante-2/50921Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|4–5 pm||Bootcamp w/Gabe & Stasiahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/bootcamp-w-gabe-stasia/51048Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|8–9 pm||Pure Movement w/Gabe (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/pure-movement-w-gabe-hwc-3/50997Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|Jan 25 10–10:20 am||Daily Sabbathhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-465/51136Christ Chapel|
|11:30 am to 1:20 pm||Teachers Talkinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/teachers-talking-131/49898Heritage Banquet Room|
|11:40 am to 12:20 pm||WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Kellyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-yoga-with-kelly-5/50917Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|12:40–1:20 pm||WE Fitness Class - Dance 4 Fun (Cardio Dance) with Gabehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-dance-4-fun-cardio-dance-with-gabe-2/50925Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|3–4 pm||Liberate Revolution w/Gabe (HWC)https://gustavus.edu/calendar/liberate-revolution-w-gabe-hwc/50959Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|5:45 pm||Women's Basketball at Concordiahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/women-s-basketball-at-concordia/49118Moorhead, Minn.|
|7 pm||Men's Basketball at Concordiahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/men-s-basketball-at-concordia/49181Moorhead, Minn.|
|Jan 26 6–6:40 am||WE Fitness Class-Yoga with Brendahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-yoga-with-brenda-4/50929Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|10–10:20 am||Daily Sabbathhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/daily-sabbath-466/51137Christ Chapel|
|11:40 am to 12:20 pm||WE Fitness Class-Pyramid with Lauriehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/we-fitness-class-pyramid-with-laurie-4/50933Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|1–2 pm||January Term Reading Grouphttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/january-term-reading-group-3/50546Phi Beta Kappa Room|
|3:30–5 pm||Digitize Yourself Using Page Layouts & Templateshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/digitize-yourself-using-page-layouts-templates/51301Library E-Classroom|
|4–5 pm||Bootcamp w/Gabe & Stasiahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/bootcamp-w-gabe-stasia/51049Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)|
|Nov 21, 2016 to Jan 27 All day||ACTION! The Anatomy of Leroy Neiman's Champions, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art November 21, 2016 through January 27, 2017https://gustavus.edu/calendar/action-the-anatomy-of-leroy-neiman-s-champions-on-view-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art-november-21-2016-through-january-27-2017/50619Hillstrom Museum of Art|
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