Inside Gustavus 

October 17, 2013 | Volume 46, Number 7

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kristian Braekkan (Economic & Management) had his empirical study "Union yes: The moderating effects of union instrumentality on psychological contract violations" accepted for publication in The Journal of Workplace Rights. This journal is solely dedicated to the proposition that human rights should not be compromised by employers.

Elizabeth Baer (English and African Studies) delivered one of the keynote addresses at the Sociologists of Minnesota Conference at the William Mitchell College of Law on Oct. 11. The title of her talk was "Shattered Glass, Feathers Flying: Women's Experiences in the Holocaust."

Anna Hulseberg and Michelle Twait (both Library) attended the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in St. Cloud on Oct. 10-11. They presented a session, "The (Not So) Lazy Days of Summer: Library Support for Summer Academic Programs." Michelle Twait presented a poster session on "Undergraduate Marketing Interns: Peer-to-Peer Outreach and Promotion" with former library marketing interns Baileigh Faust ('13), Tristan Richards ('13), and Erin Simon ('12). Anna Hulseberg received the 2013 MLA President's Award for her contributions as treasurer of the association.

Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh will present at the 23rd International NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education) conference on Nov. 7 in Oakland, Calif. The title of her presentation is "Embracing the light and re/visioning multicultural education from a Ghanaian-American perspective".

Student Achievements

Two Gustavus Nursing Students, Joshua Heinzen and Madeline Randall, recently presented their independent nursing research projects at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Annual Research Forum in Mankato. Joshua and Madeline were selected through a competitive abstract process as the only students to present a podium session. Madeline's presentation was titled “An Exploration of the Perceptions of High School Students Related to the Profession of Nursing” and Joshua's presentation was titled “Compassion Fatigue in Rural Midwestern Nurses”. Joshua co-presented with a student researcher at St. Olaf College and her faculty advisor, Nicole Beckmann '05. Lynnea Myers, Assistant Professor of Nursing, serves as the students' faculty sponsor.

The Gustavus forensics team placed first out of 20 teams at the Jackrabbit Joust, hosted by South Dakota State University, Oct. 12-13. The team won six out of the 11 individual events including Shelby Wilds in both Communication Analysis and Impromptu Speaking, Jalen Gray in Dramatic Interpretation, Karin Nordin and Wilson Fields in Duo Interpretation, and Kate Spaulding in both Informative Speaking and Persuasive Speaking.

Funding Opps

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

Scholarly Residencies Available in Various Disciplines

The Rockefeller Foundation offers Scholarly Residencies that last four weeks and align with the Foundation’s areas of interest, which can be found online.  Applications from scholars from various disciplines at all career stages with a record of significant achievement in their field will be accepted until December 3 for residency between mid-August 2014 and mid-November 2014. Guidelines can be found online.

In The Media

  • The Star Tribune and Mankato Free Press printed stories on Thursday, Oct. 17 about Matt Rasmussen being named a finalist for a National Book Award for his debut collection of poems, Black Aperture.
  • Rich Aune (Admission) was quoted in a Bloomberg News Service story about problems with the Common Application. The story appeared in numerous publications including the Chicago Tribune.
  • Star Tribune sports columnist Patrick Reusse wrote a column for the Sunday, Oct. 13 edition about the Gustavus/St. Thomas football game. Head coach Peter Haugen was heavily featured in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, Oct. 13 about the latest exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art. Don Myers was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the College tying tuition costs to the Consumer Price Index in its Friday, Oct. 11 edition. President Ohle was quoted in the story.

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and discussed the following items:

  • Director of Campus Safety Carol Brewer was present to review with members the discussions at the Town Hall Meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 10 regarding the recent racially motivated incident.
  • Members continued their discussion regarding the fiscal year 2015 budget. The following Cabinet meetings were scheduled to continue budget discussions: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-5 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Members approved a policy regarding the use of college funds to express condolences at the time of a death or to recognize an individual.
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time Book Mark replacement position (Assistant Manager)
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time Dining Services replacement position (Cook/Server)

News & Announcements

The Gribly is Back...The bound print version of the College’s student and staff directory was not produced last year, a victim of budget cutting, but entreaties from the Staff Personnel Committee and other staff and faculty have caused us to rethink the situation.

The 2013–14 Gribly has been produced as a PDF document and linked to the Office of Marketing and Communication’s homepage, from where it may be viewed or downloaded to be printed at your discretion. In addition, a limited number of spiral-bound print copies (around 200) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need the print record or who are without easy access to a personal computer. However, we are forced to charge $7 each for these copies, as we remain without a budget for the project and must recoup our print and production expenses.

You have three options:

  • The online directory continues to be a good resource, especially for looking up random lists of individual students and employees;
  • If you wish to use the PDF version of the Gribly, just click on the document link on the Marketing and Communication homepage to read it, or download it to give you the option of printing part or all of it; and/or
  • Send an interdepartmental funds transfer for $7 per directory, with department and budget line number filled in (or bring in $7, check or cash), to Steve Waldhauser or Lorie Siebels in Marketing and Communication to obtain the spiral-bound printed booklet version.

Submit Questions for All-Employee Meeting...An all-employee forum will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in Alumni Hall. Questions for President Ohle or any of the cabinet members can be submitted ahead of time via email to Vice President for Marketing and Communication Tim Kennedy at

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. 25 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.

Academic Support...Laura Lindell is the English Learning Specialist for the Academic Support Center. She holds consulting hours for multilingual students who need extra help with academic English. She’s available for appointments or walk-in meetings Sundays-Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-8:30 p.m. in Library 203A, and on Wednesdays from 4-8 pm. in the Diversity Center. Multilingual students have different strengths in different languages, so students may consult about specific assignments or choose to work on more general aspects like practicing what to say in class. They can make appointments by calling the ASC office, (507) 933-7027, or by emailing Laura at

Perry is Peeking Out...The Corpse Flower housed in the College's greenhouse, affectionately known as "Perry", is showing signs that it will soon bloom for the third time in the last six years. You can track Perry's progress thanks to a live webcam that can be accessed online at Students and staff should stay tuned for possible oppotunities to volunteer during public visiting hours once Perry opens up.

Reading in Common Suggestions...The Campus Activities Office is in the beginning stages of selecting our Reading In Common book for the next academic year! We'd love to hear about books you've read that you feel would be a great fit for the program. Here are a few things to consider as you make a recommendation:

  • Is the book a manageable summer read for students 18 years of age?
  • How does this book relate on a variety of levels to students in transition?
  • Is the book shorter than 300 pages?

Please complete the recommendation form online.

Employee Award Nominations...Nominations for the Augusta Carlson Schultz (outstanding support staff employee) and the Eric Norelius (outstanding administrative employee) awards should be turned in to the Office of Human Resources by Oct. 18.

Input Requestion on College Policy...The President's Cabinet is seeking comments on the following proposed policy regarding Employee/Student Rooming: "Employees of the College are prohibited from sharing private sleeping accommodations, including but not limited to hotel rooms, dorm rooms, tents and similar accommodations, with students while traveling unless the employee and student are immediate family such as parent, guardian, brother, sister, or spouse."
Comments may be submitted to Kirk Beyer in the Department of Human Resources at

Condolences Policy Approved...The Human Resources Office asked the Cabinet to review a policy regarding the use of college funds for expressing condolences and to recognize individuals. After much discussion regarding current practice and appropriate use of college funds, an all-college policy was approved at the October 15 Cabinet meeting as a reaffirmation of current practice. A copy of the policy can be obtained through the Human Resources Office and will soon be posted online with other all-college policies.

Library Hours for Reading Days...Please beware of the following hours for the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library for Oct. 18-22:

  • Friday, Oct. 18: 8 a.m to 4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 19: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 20: Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 21: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Gustavus Named a Best Value...Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranked Gustavus No. 47 on its list of the top 100 liberal arts college in the country according to Best Value.

Campus Happenings

Daily Sabbath Friday...On Friday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m., at the north entrance of Christ Chapel we will welcome the wonders of fall break with a Daily Sabbath Fall Break Dance. Please join us for this time of joy, celebration, and praise!

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.

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

Employee/Student Christian Fellowship...Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship and devotions from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Linner Lounge.

Retirewise Workshop Series...It’s never too late or too early to get the guidance you need to feel confident about your road to retirement. Gustavus is offering Retirewise, a four-part retirement education opportunity, to employees and their partners. The first two parts will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30; the third part from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6; and the final session will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13. All sessions will be held in the St. Peter Room in the Campus Center. You can register for this series online by going to and entering “Gustavus” or by calling 866-801-3547.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

A Royal Affair...Gustavus Library Associates invites you to join other employees, friends, family, and alumni to celebrate A Royal Affair on Saturday, November 16 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. This evening of merriment, wonderful food, creative auctions, music, and dancing raises funds for the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus. When you support this event, you are helping maintain a very important resource for Gustavus students and faculty. Make reservations at or by calling 1-507-933-7550. RSVP by Friday, November 1.

Lutefisk Supper...Scandian Grove Lutheran Church will host its annual Lutefisk & Meatball Supper on Saturday, Nov. 2. This year they will serve continuously from Noon-6 p.m. On the menu are meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberries, lefse, buns, apple and pumpkin dessert, milk, coffee and of course the highly desired, lutefisk. Cost is $16 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. The church is located 10 miles west of St. Peter on Hwy 22 and 1/2 mile North on County Road 52. Take outs will be available.

Networking Event...A Gustavus Networking Event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Westin Edina Galleria. This is an opportunity for current students to meet Gustavus alumni in various professional fields. The cost is $10 for current students and that includes bus transportation from the Three Flags. More information, including how to register, is available online.


  • Michael T. Peloquin, the father-in-law of Steve Miller (Chemistry) passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 9, 2013. He is survived by loving wife of 41 years, Ruth; children Christie (Steve) Miller, Marianne (Chuck) Gross, Joseph (Chrissy); grandchildren Max, Grace, Charlie, Fred, Anna, Zac; brother Garland (Sheila); and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Monday, Oct. 14 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Memorials preferred to United Hospital Foundation.
  • Dale Bartley, the father-in-law of Julie Bartley (Geology), passed away on Oct. 5, 2013. He is survived by Colleen, his wife of 56 years; son Dr. Scott Bartley (Julie); daughter Susan Novak (Jerry); grandson Bruce Bartley; sister, Donna Brimacomb (Gary); brother Rodney (Barbara); and four nephews. Services were held Saturday, oct. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Fullerton, Calif.
  • Eugene Klann, the father of Susan Owen (formerly Library) and the father-in-law of Jeff Owen (Economics and Management) passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2013. He is survived by wife Ruth; children Karen (Wayne) Volkart, Susan (Jeff) Owen, Kenneth (Lucinda) Klann, Jeanine (Doug) Brieske, Jennifer (Trevor) Burke, and Amanda Klann; daughter-in-law Caroline Klann; 18 grandchildren; sister Marlene Benzschawel; brothers Robert (Margaret) and Jerry (Susan); sisters-in-law LeAnn Gotz and Barbara Masche; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Church of the St. Bernard in Stewartville.

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

Exploring Religious Questions Series..."World Christianity: The Growth of Christianity in Contemporary Asia, Latin America, and Africa". This mini-course continues on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Olin 103 with a presentation by Sarah Ruble (Religion) on "Contemporary Asia with focus on China". This session explores the complex reality of Christianity in contemporary Asia by examining the reasons for the missionary zeal of the South Korean churches, the apparent lack of "success" of Christianity in Japan, and most especially, the contested nature of Christianity in China today. Exploring Religious Questions is sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership.

Pastor 2 Pastor...Pastors from southern Minnesota will be on campus for a 24-hour Sabbath retreat beginning Thursday at noon and ending on Friday, Oct. 24-25. The theme for the gathering will be "Theology of Pastoral Leadership". Speakers include Kathi Tunheim, Scott Frederickson, Pastor April Ulring Larson and Tammy Devine, DM. Pastor 2 Pastor is a program sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership, with help from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and is open to pastors of the ELCA and our ecumenical partners. The purpose of the program is to help pastors partner for pastoral excellence, and focuses on professional growth and mutual accountability for wellness.

Telecommunication Updates

The following are additions/changes for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2013-14":

  • Lawrence (Larry) Dvorak, Physical Plant/Custodial Supervisor, Phone: x7655, Email: ldvorak, New
  • Julie O'Malley, Book Mark, Phone: x6010, Email: jomalley, New
  • Zachary Wagner, Athletics, Phone: x7632, Email: zwagner, New


Librarian and lab still homeless in St. Peter...I'm still looking for a reasonably priced room, small apartment, or the like (perhaps even a house that is for sale that needs someone to keep an eye on things, especially over the winter months) in which I and my one year-old black lab can stay a few nights a week to cut down on commuting miles. The dog is very sweet, house-trained, non-chewer, and crated when left unsupervised. I’m nice too and an accomplished snow shoveler. If you know of anything or have some ideas, 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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