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
Aug 31 8 am to 5 pm Syllabuspalooza!, Campus Center
1011 am Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
noon to 4 pm New Faculty Tenure Track Welcome Lunch Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
Sep 1 8:45 am to 4:30 pm New Faculty Orientation Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
noon to 2 pm Returning Sabbatical Faculty Lunch's Dining Room
1 pm Women's Soccer hosts UW-Eau Claire Peter, Minn.
58 pm Men's Soccer at Martin Luther College Ulm, Minn.
Sep 2 8:30 am to 2 pm Faculty Development Day Crowns Room
911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
Sep 3 8:309 am Morning Prayer Chapel
9 am to 1:30 pm Faculty Meeting Hall
12:152 pm New Faculty Mentors Lunch and Meeting Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
23 pm Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
24 pm Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
Sep 47 New Student Orientation Campus
Sep 4 910 am Title IX Training for Employees Campus Center
911 am Tech Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
58 pm Men's Soccer hosts St. Norbert College (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
68 pm Volleyball vs. Cornell College (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
810 pm Volleyball at UW-Platteville (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
Sep 56 Men's Golf at Augsburg Invitational Lake, Minn.
Women's Golf at Saint Benedict Invite, Minn.
Sep 5 10 am Women's Cross Country hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10 am to noon Volleyball vs. Ripon College (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
10:45 am Men's Cross Country hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
noon to 2 pm Volleyball vs. Westminster College (UW-Platteville Tournament), Wis.
1 pm Women's Soccer at Wartburg College, Iowa
7 pm Football at Crown College Bonifacius, Minn.
Sep 6 36 pm Men's Soccer hosts Viterbo University (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
4 pm Women's Soccer at Luther College, Iowa

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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