Inside Gustavus (December 5, 2013)

Volume 46, Number 13

Faculty/Staff Activities

Pamela Conners (Communication Studies) co-authored “The Business of School Board Deliberation” with Ryan Solomon of Colgate University. The chapter appears in the recently published volume Communication and the Economy: History, Value and Agency.

Lynnea Myers (Nursing) was selected as a reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Education. She will serve a three-year term.

Patty Dawson, Kelli Miller, Jill VanOsdol, Kristen Nelson and Sara Sletten presented a session called "Building a Campus Sexual Assault Response Team: What Does it Take?" at the North Central College Health Association annual conference in Minneapolis on Nov. 14.

Becky Fremo (English) published two poems in Mankato Magazine in the December 2013 issue. A third poem was a semi-finalist in the Naugatuck River Review's annual narrative poetry contest. That poem will appear in the winter 2014 issue of Naugatuck River Review.

Student Achievements

Gustavus Nursing students Madeline Schmitz, Laura Dack, and Josh Heinzen were featured on KBRW, Public Radio in Barrow, Alaska, on Wednesday, Nov. 13 for a special presentation on handwashing. The teaching session was broadcast to residents in the North Slope Borough.

In The Media

  • Gustavus nursing students and Professor of Nursing Barbara Zust and Assistant Professor of Nursing Lynnea Myers, were recently featured in an article in the Arctic Sounder titled "Nursing students visit Barrow". The article featured the nursing student rotation in Barrow, Alaska that took place this fall.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, Dec. 5 edition previewing Christmas in Christ Chapel. Students Gabriel Hanson and Bri Malacha and Chaplain Siri Erickson were quoted in the story.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Thomas Rose, Dish Room, Dining Service

* New Administrators

  • Erin Kuiper, Assistant Manager, Book Mark

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on November 26 and December 2 and discussed the following items:

  • Faculty Senate Vice Chair Eric Dugdale gave a brief report on the current discussions of the Faculty Senate, including the role of the senate as "the primary long-range academic planning body for the faculty."
  • Members reviewed the Administrative Council meeting held on November 25 and discussed expanding the group to include all administrators.
  • Discussion was held regarding the challenges and opportunities of budget planning for the future.
  • President Ohle shared an announcement regarding the 2014 Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference scheduled for July 21-23 at Augsburg College.
  • Members approved the hiring of a dining service (Bakery) replacement position.

News & Announcements

Shared Governance Discussion...All administrators are encouraged to attend a discussion with members of the Board of Trustees and faculty regarding shared governance on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Beck Hall 101. This discussion will help inform the joint working group's writing process. The agenda of discussion topics and a list of suggested readings are available online. This month's theme is "Our Roles in Working Together." Specific discussion topics will include faculty status, facilties, selection and evaluation of presidents, and initiation and termination of programs.

C in CC Tickets...Gustavus students and staff are allotted one complimentary ticket to Christmas in Christ Chapel. Tickets are still available for the evening performance on Friday, Dec. 6 and both performances on Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets can be obtained by going online to This year's service is themed Holy Wisdom, Holy Word and is a must see!

Festival of Lucia Luncheon...Tickets are still available for the Festival of Lucia Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. The luncheon features a Swedish Smorgasbord and guest speaker Dave Kenney, author of the College's two Sesquicentennial history books. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at or by calling 507-933-7520.

Vote for St. Lucia...The Festival of St. Lucia will be held during Daily Sabbath on Thursday, Dec. 12. The Gustavus community is asked to vote for one woman to serve as St. Lucia. This year's Lucia Court consists of Emily Albrecht, Haley Coller, Casey Lindquist, Hayley Nemmers, Christina Swenson and Mikaela Warner. Selection should be based on the following attributes: courageous leadership, service to others, strength of character, and compassion. Vote online at Voting will close on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Physical Theatre Project Tickets...Tickets for the Physical Theatre Project are now available online at or by calling 507-933-7590. Performances will be held Dec. 13-14 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in Kresge Studio. Devised by the members of the ensemble and directed by Henry MacCarthy, the Physical Theatre Project will explore the expressive possibilities of the body in the construction of commonplace narratives for an exhilarating theatre experience. Gustavus students and staff are entitled to one free ticket for the production. Other tickets are $5 and can be specified for chairs or cushions on the floor. Please note that the performance is not appropriate for young children.

The Season of Giving...The Staff Personnel Committee has already begun gearing up for our traditional Staff Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 20. This party is always an exciting time as we try to incorporate the spirit of giving. One of the ways we do this is by providing door prize drawings. Although we have a small budget for purchasing items to give away, we traditionally rely on departments around campus to donate any items as they feel appropriate. Donations may range from a gift card for a campus service to complimentary gifts received from outside vendors to handmade/homemade items that reflect your skill/talent that could be passed on to fellow co-workers as a wonderful gift. In the next few weeks, please watch for items that may come into your office/department and/or items you might already have that you would be willing to donate as a gift. To make a contribution, please contact or send items to Jeannie Peterson ( in the library, Teri Bauman ( with GTS, or Anna Mae Barklow ( with Custodial Service.

Campus Happenings

Artist Lecture...Artist, teacher, and youth mentor Iris Dawn Parker will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Parker’s presentation is titled “Africans & Photography: We wish to tell our own stories, now!” Parker was born in North Carolina and now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa as a teacher and mentor to emerging photojournalists and documentary photographers exploring issues of identity formation, gender, family, and community. She will discuss her work with these emerging South African photographers as well as her own current projects, including the Apartheid Archive Book Project, done in collaboration with Witwatersrand University.

Matt Rasmussen Reception...A reception will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Book Mark on Thursday, Dec. 5, to celebrate the accomplishments of Visiting Professor of English Matt Rasmussen '98. Rasmussen's debut collection of poems titled Black Aperture was a finalist for this year's National Book Award in Poetry. Refreshments will be served, Rasmussen will read several of his poems and also sign copies of the book.

The Politics of School Reform...On Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Linner Lounge, the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program and The Diversity Center are co-sponsoring a colloquium on the racial politics of school reform and school choice with Kevin L. Henry, Jr. Henry was born and raised in New Orleans and received his bachelor's degree in political science from Tulane University. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work, broadly conceived, looks at identity politics in urban educational spaces; educational reform movements--most specifically around school choice; critical and culturally relevant theories and pedagogies of race, gender, class, and sexuality; and educational equity. Kevin's dissertation investigates African Americans' engagements with educational reforms. Kevin has circulated a short article he co-authored on this topic. Please email Jill Locke ( if you would like an advance copy. Coffee and pastries will be served, and an informal pizza dinner in the Diversity Center will follow (6-7 p.m.). Join us!

Gustie Breakfast...The next Gustie Breakfast is Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 a.m. in one of the Jackson Center banquet rooms. Cost is $8 for an individual or $15 for two, payable at the door. This month's presenter is Dr. Lisa Heldke '82, professor of philosophy and gender, women, and sexuality studies. Reserve your spot by e-mailing or call 507-933-6043. Go online for more information.

Firethorne Release Party...Stop by the Courtyard Cafe between 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 to celebrate the release of the newest edition of Firethorne - the College's student literary and graphic arts magazine. Grab your free copy, listen to student readings, and enjoy refreshments.

Kwanzaa Celebration...Join us between 6:15-8 p.m. in Alumni Hall on Friday, Dec. 13 to celebrate Kwanzaa. Keith A. Mayes, a professor from the African American and African Studies Department at the University of Minnesota will be speaking about the history, impact, and current culture of this holiday. Sign up in the Diversity Center to guarantee your spot.

Michael Johnson in Concert...Michael Johnson returns to Gustavus for his annual pre-Christmas concert in Bjorling Recital Hall. Johnson has been performing at Gustavus since his days with John Denver in the trio of Denver, Boyce and Johnson and continues to attract audiences for this intimate concert. Tickets for this Gustavus Artist Series presentation are available online at or by calling 507-933-7590.

Daily Sabbath Schedule...

  • Friday, Dec. 6: Carols and Hot Cider, The Dive
  • Monday, Dec. 9: Post your prayers online at Music and silent prayer in Christ Chapel.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10: Winds of Christmas, Vasa and Wind Orchestras
  • Wednesday, Dec. 11: Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Dec. 12: Festival of St. Lucia

Telecommunication Updates

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

  • Marlys Huber, Dining Service,Phone: x7070, ,New
  • Lisa Wojcik, Advancement, Phone: x7045, Email: lwojcik, Delete
  • Joanne Derner, Physical Plant, Phone: x 6232, Email: jnimps, Delete
  • Gary Miller, Physical Plant, Phone: x6232, Email: custodial, Change
  • Thomas Rose, Dining Service, Phone: x7070, Email: trose, New

For further information or corrections, contact Telecommunications at x6261 or e-mail

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Documentary Premiere...Painting the Place Between, a new documentary film produced by Gustavus art professor Kristen Lowe, will premiere at St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theatre (10 East Exchange Street) on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. A reception at 6:45 p.m. will allow members of the audience to meet the four artists featured in the documentary and to view their work prior to the premiere. A question and answer session with the artists and the producer will follow the screening. Tickets for the premiere of Painting the Place Between are available at the Fitzgerald Box Office.


  • Tucki Bellig '60, the wife of Emeritus Professor of Biology Robert Bellig, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Bemidji at the age of 75. After graduating from Gustavus, Tucki spent most of her professional career teaching special education at Mankato East High School. She is survived by her husband Robert, brother Roger Lund, daughters Robyn (Bob) Rode, Stacey (Todd) Ellestad, and Paige Bellig, and six grandchildren: Josh, Kara, Cortney, R.J., Ashley, and Mitchell.

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.


Dog-Sitter?...Looking for someone to take in a golden retriever over the holiday break (Dec. 14 to Jan. 9). 7-year-old, house broken, wonderful companion and great with other dogs. Fee of $200. If interested, please contact

For Rent...House for rent for spring semester! Charming 1950s rambler one block from Gustavus. Approximately 1,300 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Full size washer and dryer. One stall garage with additional off-street parking. Available immediately and for short-term lease. 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
TodayTomorrow Faculty Writing Retreat at Mt. Olivet Conference & Retreat Center Olivet Conference and Retreat Center
Women's Tennis at Rapid City College Invite City, S.D.
TodayOct 5 Men's Golf at MIAC Championships Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships Rapids, Minn.
TodayTomorrow Today at 10 pm to Tomorrow at 1 am SNL with the PA's Center
YesterdayTomorrow Men's Tennis hosts USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships Peter, Minn.
Women's Tennis at Creighton Invite, Neb.
Tomorrow 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Nobel Conference 51 Preview Lecture Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Oct 5 Habitat for Humanity Fall Break Trip-Applications Due Oct 9th Based Service & Learning Center
Oct 511 Library Book Sale Bernadotte Memorial Library
Oct 5 7:3010 am Monday Morning Perk Up with the PAs Education Office
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:30 am to 1 pm Physician Assistant Information Session's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:455:45 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm "My So-Called Enemy" Special Film Screening Arena
7:308:30 pm Music Colloquium Series: Emily Ondracek Peterson "New Music and Extended Techniques for Strings” Recital Hall
7:309 pm Food Chemistry: The Tastiest Science Pit
Oct 6 Habitat for Humanity Fall Break Trip-Applications Due Oct 9th Based Service & Learning Center
Oct 67 Nobel Conference Arena and Lund Center
Oct 6 45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
6:157 pm This I Carry - Dance Performance in Conjunction with The Nobel Conference Museum of Art
79 pm Volleyball at Martin Luther College Ulm, Minn.
7:158 pm This I Carry - Dance Performance in Conjunction with The Nobel Conference Museum of Art
7:3010:30 pm Men's Soccer at Macalester College Paul, Minn.
810 pm The 2015 Nobel Conference Concert Chapel
Oct 7 Habitat for Humanity Fall Break Trip-Applications Due Oct 9th Based Service & Learning Center
13 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
5 pm Women's Soccer at Bethany Lutheran College, Minn.
5:206:20 pm Music Colloquium Series: Composer Karim Elmahmoudi 106 Band Room
79 pm Pre-Law Advising Meeting Hall 313
79 pm Volleyball at Waldorf College (JV at 5:00 p.m.) City, Iowa
Oct 8 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Oct 9 International January Career Exploration and Spring Semester Internship Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
8 am to 6 pm Family Weekend Class Visits Buildings
1011 am Tech Bytes: Using Student Response Hall 124B
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
1:302:30 pm Support "Me" with "WE" Speaker Series - Session Two Hall, #211
2:304:30 pm Music Colloquium Series: David Folland, American Luthier Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
79 pm Volleyball at Carleton College, Minn.
79 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
89 pm LineUs Improv Comedy Hall
1011:59 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 1011 Family Weekend Adolphus College Campus
Oct 10 89:30 am Family Weekend Pancake Breakfast Year Residence Halls (Norelius & Pittman/Sohre)
9:3010:15 am Family Weekend Workshops Center Banquet Rooms
10 am Men's Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10 am Women's Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet Peter, Minn.
10:3011:15 am Family Weekend Workshops Center Banquet Rooms
11 am to 4:30 pm Fall Fest at the Arb Arboretum
11:30 am to 1 pm Family Weekend Carnival Lunch Young Dining Room
1 pm Football hosts St. Olaf College (Family Weekend) Peter, Minn.
14 pm Men's Soccer hosts Augsburg College Peter, Minn.
24 pm Volleyball hosts UW-Superior (JV at 12:00 p.m.) Peter, Minn.
34 pm Family Weekend Trivia Cafe
35 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
3:30 pm Women's Soccer hosts Augsburg College Peter, Minn.
79 pm Volleyball hosts Iowa Lake Community College (JV only) Peter, Minn.
79 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
89 pm Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team Recital Hall
1011:59 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Oct 11 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worship with Holy Communion (Sunday Worshipping Community) Chapel
11 am to 12:30 pm The 2015 Family Weekend Jazz Brunch Young Dining Room
24 pm The Family Weekend Music Showcase Concert Chapel
3:305:30 pm Weekend Movie: Inside Out Auditorium, Nobel Hall
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
Oct 12 7:3010 am Monday Morning Perk Up with the PAs Education Office
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:455:45 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
79 pm Exploring Religious Questions Series Hall 103 (Oct. 19 in Rm 214 in Fine Arts Building)
Oct 1213 Oct 12 at 11:30 pm to Oct 13 at 1:30 am Bastyr University Health Professions Graduate Programs Campus Center, Lower Level Tables and 49er room
Oct 13 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
8 am to 4 pm Flu Shot Clinic! Banquet Room
10 am to noon Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room)
5:3011:59 pm Trip to see The Little Mermaid Orpheum Theatre
811 pm Democratic Debate Viewing Party 124
Oct 130 Michal Sagar Exhibition in Schaefer Gallery: The Beginning of the Third Dream Schaefer: Art & Art History

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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