Inside Gustavus (October 24, 2013)

Volume 46, Number 8

Faculty/Staff Activities

Mark Lammers (Music) was quoted in the June 2013 issue of, WASBE World (World Association of Symphonic Band Ensembles). The article titled, "Csaba Deak, born 16th April 1932, Hungary", was written by Tim Reynish, a past president of WASBE. Much of the article is taken from, Nordic Instrumental Music for Colleges and Universities, a catalog published by Lammers in 1991. Csaba Deak was commissioned to compose a work for the Gustavus Band, Directed by Doug Nimmo and premiered here in 1989 with the composer present. The composition was tilted, Gustadolphony.

Ana Adams (MLLC) and Angelique Dwyer (MLLC) published an interview with Nicaraguan film director Florence Jaugey entitled "Cine nacional comprometido con la juventud nicaragüense: Una entrevista con la directora Florence Jaugey" (National Cinema Engaged with Nicaraguan Youth: An Interview with Film Director Florence Jaugey). The interview was published this fall by Confluencia, the journal of the University of Northern Colorado. The interview was made possible by the PRAGDA film grant that Adams and Dwyer obtained from Spain's Secretary of Culture to hold the spring 2013 Hispanic Film Festival on campus. It was during this festival that Jaugey's film "La Yuma" was screened along with a post screening Q&A with Jaugey. It was this skype interview that initiated the conversation between Jaugey, Adams and Dwyer. We thank all of the departments that graciously donated towards securing the PRAGDA grant. Without them this interview and publication would not have materialized.

Paul and Helen Baumgartner, emeritus professors of music, have been busy with four-hand piano performances of selections from Dvorak's "Slavonic Dances." In August they appeared at Morgan Creek Vineyard (along with Ben Marti '03, Helen's student). In September they played in St. Paul for Mu Phi Epsilon (International Music Fraternity), in October for a monthly book club meeting at the Gustavus President's House, and they were also featured on the Artist Series of Thursday Musical at the Bloomington Arts Center. Upcoming appearances include the Minnesota Valley Music Teachers Association annual Christmas brunch, and the GSR Fine Arts Festival at the Mankato Verizon Center in December.

Student Achievements

The Gustavus forensics team took first place at the Larry Schnoor Invitational at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Oct. 19-20. Two team members won individual titles including Brittany Knutson in Informative Speaking and Karin Nordin in both Persuasion and Prose Interpretation. Shelby Wilds took second place in Impromptu Speaking, while Knutson placed second in After Dinner Speaking.

Funding Opps

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

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers the SURF program for students majoring in science, mathematics, or engineering. Students participate in one of six laboratories and receive a $5,500 stipend for 11 weeks, plus housing and travel costs. The anticipated deadline for summer 2014 is February 15. The application includes a portion completed by an institutional representative (see below) and a set of materials provided by student applicants. For more information, see

    Bob Weisenfeld serves as the institutional representative and is available to assist students in proposal preparation. He can be reached at x7049 or

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

In The Media

  • Several media outlets across the state have published stories regarding Perry the Corpse Flower including the Star Tribune, Mankato Free Press, St. Peter Herald, KEYC-TV, KSTP-TV, WCCO-TV, KARE-TV, KAAL-TV, Minnesota Public Radio, Crookston Daily Times, and the Fargo Forum.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Friday, Oct. 18 about Gustavus being named the 47th best value among private liberal arts colleges in the country by Kiplinger Personal Finance. President Ohle was quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on Friday, Oct. 18 about Gustavus and the Kiplinger's rankings. Vice President for Enrollment Management Tom Crady was interviewed for the story.

News & Announcements

St. Lucia Court Nominations...You are asked to nominate sophomore women who are similarly a light to others and exemplify these qualities: courageous leadership, service to others, strength of character, and compassion.
Please note that these women do not have to have any Swedish connection or the ability to sing. You may nominate as many women as you wish. Please provide: Name of sophomore woman and reason for your nomination. Send your nomination(s) to the Guild of St. Lucia members at by October 29.

Corpse Flower Volunteers Needed...Perry the Corpse Flower is getting ready to bloom once again. When it does, the College is expecting thousands of visitors. Volunteers are needed to help greet and direct visitors. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to expressing your interest.

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 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30; the third part from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6; and the final session will be held from 5-6:30 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.

Event Services Reminders...Event Services would like to remind the campus community that our event support staff can easily be reached for assistance with your event technical support needs and/or emergencies by calling x7373 from on campus phones or 507-933-7373 from your cell phone. This number is actively staffed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, with someone 'on-call' on the weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Staff availability may be limited over breaks where students are expected to move out of the residence halls, so please contact us in advance to arrange assistance if your need falls on a break and we will arrange to have someone available to help). This campus number is set up to roll over or forward to a duty cell that is carried by our staff should we be called away from our office, so we highly recommend calling x7373 if you ever need help since there could be times where our staff has stepped away to assist someone else. If we are not able to answer the phone right away, please leave a detailed message including your name, a call back number, and a description of what you need assistance with. and someone will follow up with you as soon as possible.

Request Gus for Your Event...Do you want Gus at your event? If you do, a request form is now online for you to fill out and submit to the Campus Activities Office. You will then receive a confirmation e-mail from a staff member in the Campus Activities Office regarding your request. You can also go to the Campus Activities Office webpage and find the link to request Gus in the side column. If you have any questions, please contact Katelyn Spooner in the Campus Activities Office at 507-933-7282.

New Group Long-Term Care Insurance Program...To address the need for long-term care insurance, Gustavus is partnering with the LifeSecure Insurance Company to offer group-discounted long-term care insurance with one-time simplified underwriting. To be eligible for the simplified underwriting, employees must be age 68 or under and work at least 20 hours per week. Employees who do not meet this criterion may still apply for coverage with full underwriting; and, spouses/partners, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents, grandparents-in-law, siblings and adult children are also eligible for discounted premiums with full underwriting.

In order for you to learn more about long-term care insurance and the new program, please attend one of the educational workshops listed below. Following the workshops, an advisor will be available to meet or set up times to meet with employees and their spouses as well as extended family members.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9-10 a.m., Board Room
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Board Room
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Board Room
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m., Board Room
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 9-10 a.m., Linner Lounge
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Linner Lounge
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 49er Room
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 5-6 p.m., 49er room

Campus Happenings

Friday's Daily Sabbath...Daily Sabbath on Friday, Oct. 25 will feature "Hymns on Tap" in The Dive from 10-10:20 a.m. The Office of the Chaplains will provide mugs, drinks, and classic Lutheran hymns.

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.

Zorongo Arts Tour...Celebrate the exotic and sultry ambiance of the early 1900's in Spain known as "Café Cantante" when flamenco dancers, singers and musicians performed for glamorous patrons in cabarets. This will be an evening of traditional Spanish Flamenco dance and music with master guitarist Chuscales, vocalist Vicente Griego and dancers Antonio Arrebola, Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde, with choreography by Zorongo Flamenco founder Susana di Palma. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Alumni Hall. Gustavus is among the seven Greater Minnesota communities to receive the Zorongo's Arts Flamenco Show, supported by the State Arts Board's Arts Tour Minnesota program and the Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Amendment funding.

Gustavus Honors Band...The Gustavus Honor Band Festival and Concert will celebrate its 25th anniversary on November 3-4. The band, 100 high school students from 47 high schools in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin and conducted by Douglas Nimmo, will present the festival concert on Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

Daily Sabbath Schedule...All are invited to attend Daily Sabbath at 10 a.m. weekdays in Christ Chapel. To receive mobile updates from the Chaplains, text @GACCHAPLAINS to 23559. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 28 (Pray): Digital prayer wall, prayers of the heart, prayers for the world. Post your prayers online at Music and silent prayer in Christ Chapel. Silent prayer in the Interfaith Space.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29 (Discuss): Sujay Rao, History
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30 (Celebrate): Morning Praise with Choir of Christ Chapel
  • Thursday, Oct. 31 (Re:vive): Worship led by Re:vive; Chaplain Siri Erickson preaching
  • Friday, Nov. 1 (Play): Day of the Dead


  • Emeritus Professor in Philosophy George Georgacarakos passed away from complications related to pneumonia on Oct. 23. He is survived by his sons, Nik and Alex. Georgacarakos taught at Gustavus from 1980 until his retirement in 2011. He began his teaching career in 1974 at Kansas State University. He was born and raised in southern Maine and received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Maine at Orono. He later earned his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia. A memorial remembrance will be held at a future date.

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

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host weekend confirmation retreats for Light of Christ Lutheran Church of Delano and Trinity Lutheran Church of Cyrus on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. The retreat programs are offered as a resource to ELCA congregations who are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.


For Rent...House for rent - available immediately. Charming 1950s rambler one block from Gustavus. 1,300 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Full size washer and dryer. One stall garage with additional off-street parking. Contact Mitch - 651-214-3912.

"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
TodayApr 21 Library Hours for Easter Break Bernadotte Memorial Library
Today 3:304:30 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:307:30 pm Softball at Bethel University (DH) Hills, Minn.
56 pm Insanity (HMC class) with Carrie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Yoga (HMC class) with Lindsay Gymnastics Room
78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
TomorrowApr 21 Easter Recess Campus
Tomorrow 2:156:30 pm Women's Golf vs. Carleton College Sueur, Minn.
2:307:30 pm Baseball hosts Macalester College (DH) Peter, Minn.
Apr 19 Men's Track & Field at Carleton Relays, Minn.
Women's Track & Field at Carleton Relays, Minn.
11 am to 3 pm Softball hosts Macalester College (DH) Peter, Minn.
16 pm Baseball at Bethel University (DH) Hills, Minn.
25 pm Women's Tennis hosts Carleton College Peter, Minn.
Apr 1420 Market Place Hours Easter Break Place
Apr 20 78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
89 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Hayley 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 2122 Men's Golf hosts Bobby Krig Invitational Sueur, Minn. & Jordan, Minn.
Apr 2125 Gustavus Philanthropy Week Adolphus College Campus
Apr 2126 Greek Week Campus
Apr 21 11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Yoga with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm GHP-Zumba with Jill VanOsdol 224 (Aerobics Room)
17 pm Baseball hosts Dakota Wesleyan University (DH) Peter, Minn.
45 pm Tabata (HMC class) with Kelsey 224 (Aerobics Room)
56 pm Cardio Dance Conditioning (HMC class) with Samara 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
Apr 22 to May 1 Fall Registration Campus
Apr 22 78 am Insanity (HMC class) with Hanna 224 (Aerobics Room)
99:50 am Assistant Director of Campus Activities Candidate - open session for campus community Lounge
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
16 pm Baseball at Concordia College (DH), Minn.
2:303:30 pm Assistant Director of Campus Activities Candidate - open session for students Lounge
3:304:30 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:306:30 pm Softball at St. Catherine University (DH) Paul, Minn.
46 pm Earth Day Rally for Clean Energy & Jobs State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN
46 pm Gustavus Finance Club Annual Banquet Peter Room
4:305:30 pm Study Abroad Returnees at the Caf' - Tuesday Coffee Breaks Young Dining Room
67 pm La mesa de español
78 pm Step Interval (HMC class) With Cassie 224 (Aerobics Room)
89 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Hayley 224 (Aerobics Room)
Apr 23 1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Bootcamp with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
3:307:30 pm Softball hosts Augsburg College (DH) (Senior Day) Peter, Minn.
45 pm Cardio Strength (HMC class) with Carrie and Maggie 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:306 pm New Faculty Mentor Mentee Social Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
78 pm Cardio Sculpt (HMC class) with Ashley Gymnastics Room
78 pm Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture by Dr. Philip J. Deloria Auditorium, Nobel Hall
78:30 pm Senior Class Wine Tasting Event Hall
79 pm Lecture by Prof. Olof Hedling, Lund University Confer Hall
89:15 pm Jake Jones Coffeehouse Café
911 pm Swing Dance Hall
Apr 24 Inside Out Day Campus
Apr 2426 Men's Track & Field at Drake Relays Moines, Iowa
Women's Track & Field at Drake Relays Moines, Iowa
Apr 24 6:307:20 am GHP-Cardio Mix with Brenda Haugen 224 (Aerobics Room)
8 am to 2 pm "Theology + Graduate School = Possible?" Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
2:303:30 pm Parking Forum Hall
2:307:30 pm Baseball hosts St. Olaf College (DH - Non-Conference) Peter, Minn.
3:304:30 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
4:307:30 pm Women's Tennis at St. Olaf College, Minn.
55:45 pm Study Abroad Returnee Session: "Going Abroad Again" Lounge - Johnson Student Union
56 pm Insanity (HMC class) with Carrie 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Yoga (HMC class) with Lindsay Gymnastics Room
78 pm Zumba (HMC class) with Paige 224 (Aerobics Room)
89:30 pm Guest Speaker: Arn Chorn-Pond Hall
Apr 1525 Second Annual Nuss Young Alumni Challenge
Apr 25 Withdraw Deadline Campus
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:40 am to 12:20 pm GHP-Yoga with Kelly Holland 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Exemplary Leadership - Mastering Self-Leadership 117
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Self Leadership - Personal Branding 101
2:304 pm G.O.L.D. - Servant Leadership - Stewardship 119
2:304:30 pm Faculty Meeting Hall
4:307 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
79 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall
79:30 pm Celebrating Philanthropy Dinner Young Dining Room
7:309:30 pm Dan Leifermann, Student Trumpet Recital Recital Hall
89 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
Apr 2526 Apr 25 at 10 pm Weekend Movie: The Lego Movie Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Apr 25 at 11 pm to Apr 26 at 1 am Dive Dance Dive
Apr 26 Men's Track & Field hosts Drake Alternative/Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
Women's Track & Field hosts Drake Alternative/Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
Apr 2627 Men's Golf at Saint John's Spring Invitational Cloud, Minn. & Monticello, Minn.
Women's Golf at Carleton Invitational, Minn.
Apr 26 9:30 am to 3 pm 2014 Student Leadership Day Hall, The Dive
10:45 am to 3 pm GACAC Faith Conference Chapel and Alumni Hall
noon to 3 pm Men's Tennis hosts Carleton College Peter, Minn.
15 pm Softball at Hamline University (DH) Paul, Minn.
1:303:30 pm Katie Landreville, bassoon, and Anthony Afful, oboe, Joint Student Recital Recital Hall
36 pm Women's Tennis hosts University of St. Thomas Peter, Minn.
3:305 pm Dempsey Schroeder Senior Viola Recital Recital Hall
5:307:30 pm Weekend Movie: The Lego Movie Auditorium, Nobel Hall
6:307:30 pm The World of the Brothers Grimm - Kaitlyn McElrath Dive
6:3011 pm Diversity Awards Banquet Hall
7:309:30 pm Nick Mason, Senior Trumpet Recital Recital Hall
89 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
810 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Apr 27 10 am to 1 pm Men's Tennis hosts University of St. Thomas Peter, Minn.
11:30 am to 12:30 pm The World of the Brothers Grimm - Kaitlyn McElrath Dive
1:303:30 pm Chris Allen, Senior Bass Trombone Recital Recital Hall
23 pm Mendacity - Rob Ward and Comfort Dolo Black Box - Fine Arts Center
24 pm Weekend Movie: Her Auditorium, Nobel Hall

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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