Inside Gustavus (October 31, 2013)

Volume 46, Number 9

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kathy Lund Dean (Economics & Management) was elected external reviewer for the MSc in Business Management program by the faculty of the National University of Ireland at Maynooth. As a part-time, application-oriented graduate program, the MSc at NUIM is unique and relatively new for Irish schools. NUIM is Ireland’s second oldest university and still serves as the national seminary. The election carries a three year term, beginning in June 2014. Kathy also published two companion articles about re-designing syllabi (with co-author Charles Fornaciari) in the Journal of Management Education. The theoretical arguments for re-design are in, “The 21st century syllabus: From pedagogy to andragogy” and are followed by practical advice in, “The 21st century syllabus: Tips for putting andragogy into practice.” Both articles will appear in the same issue and are available online.

The Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest (Bob Weisenfeld; President; Gustavus Corporate and Foundation Relations) has recently won the Yale Board of Governor's Excellence Award for its superior accomplishments as an outstanding mid-size city alumni club.

Sean Easton (Classics) and Mimi Gerstbauer (Political Science) attended the Peace and Justice Studies Association annual meetings at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON October 17-19, 2013. Gerstbauer presented in a panel on The Middle East, Conflict, and Peace. The conference concluded with a live concert of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem", celebrating the100th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Kathi Tunheim (Economics and Management) and Senior Communication Studies and Management student, Elizabeth Johnson, will be presenting a paper at the International Leadership Association Conference in Montreal, Quebec, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Their paper, "Sweden: Pioneering Gender Equality and Advocacy for Women in Contemporary Enterprises and the Home," will be a part of a panel titled, "Progress for Women and Leadership in Qatar, Sweden, and the UAE: Opportunities and Challenges of a Shifting Planet."

Glenn Kranking (History and Scandinavian Studies) was the keynote speaker at the Fall Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota conference. He gave two addresses titled "On the Eastern Shores of the Baltic: Swedes in Estonia and the Pan-Swedish Movement" and "Leaving Sweden Behind: A Look at the Social History in the 19th Century".

On September 18, 2013, The Postmaster General of the United States, Patrick Donahoe, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Naomi Quiram, Director of Print and Mail Services, for her significant contributions to the Postal Customer Council, and her service as a member of the National PCC Advisory Committee, including the Chairperson of the Membership Subcommittee. The presentation took place in Bloomington, Minn., during National PCC week. The Postmaster General also expressed gratitude to Gustavus for allowing Naomi’s active leadership in improving the partnership between the PCC’s and Postal Services.

Funding Opps

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

  • Support for Host Institutions for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes

    The NEH provides grants to host national faculty development programs in the humanities for high school teachers, or for college and university faculty. Awards for summer seminars range from $70,000 to $140,000, and awards for institutes range from $90,000 to $200,000. The tentative deadline for project directors to submit an application to host seminars and institute in summer 2015 is March 4, 2014. Updated guidelines will be posted in January 2014. In the meantime, last year’s program announcement can be referenced online.

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

News & Announcements

Alumni Awards...Help us honor alumni and friends of the College who have notably advanced and aided the College. Nominate them for an alumni award. For more information on the awards and to access an online nomination form go to

Toner Scam...It starts with a phone call to your office. The caller may ask for your copier/printer model or may say they have supplies for your equipment. If you give any information or acknowledge you are low on toner they will send it to you and a bill will follow. Often they send $400 worth of toner and bill you $1500 or more. It's a scam being pulled off nationwide. At some businesses, they are even sending multiple invoices marked "past due" and threatening to send businesses to collections if they don't pay up. They often hide behind an out-of-state post office box address, and can't be tracked down. If you have any questions, please contact Naomi Quiram, Director of Print and Mail Services, or x7599.

Vote for Gustavus and Support Special Olympics...Gustavus has been nominated for this month's NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll as a result of hosting a Special Olympics unified flag football tournament. The school with the highest number of votes at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 will be given $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. You can vote for Gustavus by going online to

Perry the Corpse Flower...As you may have heard, the College's Corpse Flower is blooming today, Thursday, Oct. 31 just in time for Halloween! In the past when Perry has bloomed, thousands of people have come to see him. Please be aware that there might be visitors and extra traffic on campus today and Friday. Public viewing hours are Thursday from 2-9 p.m. and Friday from 12-8 p.m.

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 Updates will be given regarding the presidential search, the shared governance meetings, and the 2013-14 budget.

Shared Governance Discussion...Members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend an open meeting from 2:30-4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Three Crowns Room, in order to contribute their viewpoints as we work toward a shared understanding of shared governance at Gustavus. Specific focal topic areas for each discussion date and suggested background readings are available online.

Campus Happenings

Trojan Barbie...The Theatre and Dance Department at Gustavus Adolphus College is proud to present Trojan Barbie by Christine Evans, an award-winning play that thrusts a 21st century heroine into a prisoner-of-war camp alongside famous characters from Greek playwright Euripedes’ Trojan Women, such as Hecuba and Cassandra. Directed by Amy Seham, Trojan Barbie will be performed in the Anderson Theatre on Oct. 31, and Nov. 1-2 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance scheduled for Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets for this exciting production are available online at or by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at (507) 933-7590, or in person  at the Campus Activities desk in the lower level of Jackson Campus Center. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and non-Gustavus students. Gustavus students and staff are eligible for one complimentary ticket. Tickets not purchased in advance may be purchased at the Anderson Theatre Box Office beginning one hour prior to curtain.

Football Hosts St. John's on Hall of Fame Day...The Gustavus football team will host St. John's at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Eight individuals who make up the 2013 Hall of Fame class will be honored at halftime. Those individuals include Todd Bowlby '98, Rebecca Wold Freeman '98, Alecia Tromiczak Gazzola '98, Scott Lauinger '96, Shasta Lininger Johnson '95, Mark Lynch '95, Shannon McGee '96, and Dave Newcomer '91.

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 the worship services at 10 a.m. weekdays in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 4 (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, Nov. 5 (Discuss): Sujay Rao, History
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6 (Celebrate): Morning Praise with the Gustavus Choir
  • Thursday, Nov. 7 (Re:vive): Worship led by Re:vive; Emily Ford '15 preaching.
  • Friday, Nov. 8: International Day

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will be hosting a weekend confirmation retreat for First Lutheran Church of Waconia on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, and a day confirmation retreat for Cross of Peace Lutheran Church of Shakopee on Saturday. The retreat programs are offered as a resource to ELCA churches 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 concludes on Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in Olin 103. Brian Konkol and Marcia Bunge will present about lessons for North Americans. This session outlines some of the broad principles, practical lessons, and resources that North American Christians can gather from a deeper understanding of and engagement with companion churches around the world. Exploring Religious Questions is sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership.


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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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