Inside Gustavus (January 16, 2014)

Volume 46, Number 16

Faculty/Staff Activities

Laura Triplett (Geology and Environmental Studies) and four of her research students presented posters at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco in December. One poster reported progress on Laura's National Science Foundation-funded project studying silica transport in the Platte River, Nebraska. The other poster reported on her research group's findings about sediment transport and pollution in the Minnesota River watershed.

Recently, Larry Potts, Emeritus and Research Professor of Chemistry was coauthor of a paper titled "Analysis of the temporal performance of one versus on-line comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography", in the Journal of Chromatography A (Elsevier): Lawrence W. Potts and Peter W. Carr, Journal of Chromatography A, 1310 (2013) 37 – 44. The subject was a comparison of the performance of 1 vs 2-dimensional optimized high performance LC methods, and expectations researchers can have in using them in designing methods for separating highly complex mixtures of samples such as metabolites and peptides. Larry will gladly provide a 5-minute back-of-the-envelope discussion of the ideas for the price of a cup of coffee.

JoNes VanHecke, Vice President of Student Affairs, co-authored a chapter titled "Assessing campus and divisional cultures" in the book Executive Transitions in Student Affairs: A Guide to Getting Started as the Vice President.

Provost and Dean of the College Mark Braun authored a chapter titled "The art and science of good decision making" in the book The Resource Handbook for Academic Deans, which was edited by former Gustavus faculty member Laura Behling.

Student Achievements

The Gustavus forensics team competed at the University of Texas at Austin on Jan. 11-12 and finished in fifth place out of 41 schools. On day one of the tournament, Shelby Wilds '14 took second place in Extemporaneus Speaking and Kelsey Abele '14 took third place in Dramatic Interpretation. Individuals who advanced to the semifinals in various events included Abele, Wilds, Karin Nordin '15, Sonja Johnson '14, and Brittany Knutson '15. On day two of the tournament, Nordin placed second in Persuasive Speaking and fourth in Poetry Interpretation, while Abele finished third in Prose Interpretation. Individuals who advanced to the semifinals in various events on the second day included Abele, Johnson, Knutson, Nordin, Wilds, Wilson Fields '16, and Kari Roll '16.

In The Media

Junior history major Micah Thornquist '15 had a commentary published by the Star Tribune on Jan. 13 regarding contract negotiations between the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) and the Minneapolis School District.

Kari Eckhart (HES, Peer Education and Chemical Health) was quoted in a Jan. 16 Inside Higher Ed story about Division III college athletes and drug use.

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Monday, Jan. 13 and discussed the following items:

  • Members reviewed the final agenda for the January 23-24, 2014, Board of Trustees meeting.
  • Discussion was continued regarding budget planning for 2014-2015 and projections for subsequent years.
  • Members approved the following 2014 holiday schedule: Friday, April 18 (Good Friday), Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day), Friday, July 4 (Independence Day), Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Day), Firday, November 28 (Day after Thanksgiving), Wednesday, December 24 (Floating Holiday), Thursday, December 25 (Christmas Day), Friday, December 26 (Floating Holiday), Monday, December 29 (Floating Holiday), Tuesday, December 30 (Floating Holiday), Wednesday, December 31 (Floating Holiday), Thursday, January 1 (New Year's Day), Friday, January 2 (Floating Holiday).
  • Members approved the updated college policy (see attachment) 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 campus safety office/sergeant replacement position.

News & Announcements

Registration Open for Women in Leadership Conference...Registration is now open for the fourth annual Gustavus Women in Leadership Conference, which will take place on April 10 at the American Swedish Institute. This year's conference is titled "Leadership For the Greater Good: How Talented Women Thrive" and will feature keynote speakers Sarah Cuthill '85 and Margaret Anderson Kelliher '90, along with several other business professionals who will lead various breakout sessions. Tickets are $25 for students, $35 for recent graduates and $75 for the general public, and can be purchased online. More information is available on the Conference's website.

No Mail...There will be no incoming or outgoing mail (USPS) on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in observance of the federal holiday.

Mark Your Calendars...Employee Enhancement Days will be held Feb. 4-6. Details will be available soon.

Campus Happenings

Film Screening...As a preview event for Martin Luther King Day, the Diversity Center will host a screening and discussion of the film, "Soundtrack for a Revolution" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The film explores the music that created a sense of solidarity during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Refreshments will be served.

MLK Memorial Lecture...Diane Nash, a key figure during the nonviolent and civil rights movements of the 1960s, will give the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in Christ Chapel. Nash's lecture is titled "Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement" and is free and open to the public.

Bruce McClain Gallery Talk...Bruce McClain will repeat his Hillstrom Museum of Art gallery talk at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. This talk will be held in the Museum, amidst the works on view in the exhibition Bruce McClain: A Retrospective Exhibition, which is on view through Jan. 31.

Daily Sabbath Schedule...All are invited to the worship services at 10 a.m. weekdays. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, Jan. 20: Commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Diane Nash - Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21: Dan Currell '94, J.D.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22: Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Jan. 23: Re:vive, Bethany Ringdal, Camp Amnicon
  • Friday, Jan. 24: "Speed Faithing" Meet in The Dive to have some fun and guided conversations about faith in a format similar to speed dating. Led by Darcy Coulter '14.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a weekend retreat for the Southwest Minnesota Synod Lutheran Youth Organization Board from Friday, Jan. 17 to Saturday, Jan. 18. The retreat program is a service offered to ELCA congregations that are members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Facility Hours

Library Hours for J-Term are as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


For Rent...House for rent - perfect 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.

Looking for Summer Housing...A Gustavus alumni couple ('70, '73) who have recently retired to Florida, are seeking a furnished house for some or all of the summer months. Our needs are pretty basic and we are open to any ideas that might be mutually beneficial. Contact Le Ann and Kirk Metzger at

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Upcoming events
Date Event
TodayNov 29 Thanksgiving Recess Campus
Tomorrow 8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Nov 28 4 pm Women's Hockey vs. Elmira College (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
Nov 29 1 pm Women's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh State University (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
46:30 pm Men's Basketball hosts Buena Vista University Peter, Minn.
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
Nov 30 Career Exploration Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11 am to noon Tech Bytes: Virtual Meeting Spaces Hall 124B
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)
5:308:30 pm WRITI Dinner and Workshop: Using Writing to Assess Student Learning in the WRITI Course's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting- Come for Community Comment! Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 1 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:306:30 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
7:308:30 pm Yoga w/ Rachel (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 2 911 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
7 pm Men's Basketball hosts Saint Mary's University Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball at Saint Mary's University, Minn.
78 pm Jen Onsum- An advocate for people with disabilities Hall 101
78 pm Zumba w/ Megan (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 3 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:308:30 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Dec 45 Men's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Women's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Dec 4 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
4:306 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
7:0510:05 pm Men's Hockey hosts Saint John's University Peter, Minn.
7:30 pm Women's Hockey at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Magic Mike XXL Auditorium, Nobel Hall
Dec 5 1 pm Women's Basketball at Augsburg College, Minn.
2 pm Women's Hockey hosts College of Saint Benedict Peter, Minn.
25 pm Men's Hockey at Saint John's University Cloud, Minn.
3 pm Women's Basketball at Augsburg College, Minn.
3:305 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel

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