Inside Gustavus 

April 10, 2014 | Volume 46, Number 25

Faculty/Staff Activities

Yurie Hong (Classics) was selected to participate in a four-week NEH Summer Institute titled "Facing Mortality: Death in Ancient Greece" to be held in Athens this summer.

Priscilla Briggs' (Art and Art History) solo exhibition "Making Mona Lisa" opened March 17 at George Mason University's Mason Hall Atrium Gallery. The exhibition explores ideas of industry and authorship related to the oil painting industry in Xiamen, China. The work in the exhibit was partially funded by the Gamelin Endowment for research in China. The exhibition will run through the first week of May.

Barbara Fister (Library) gave the keynote address at the 2014 LACUNY Institute, "Information Literacy to Empower: Theory and Practice" held in New York City on April 4.

Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History) was invited to screen her documentary and discuss the process at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design on February 24. Lowe will also speak and participate in a panel discussion with two artists profiled in the film, Jil Evans and Holly Swift and screen her documentary at the University of Minnesota, Regis Center for the Arts on April 16.

Eric Dugdale (classics) gave invited lectures at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Asheville over spring break.

Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh’s (Education) NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education) Book chapter proposal was accepted for the upcoming first book of the NAME Series. The Diversity, Equity and Social Justice Handbook for Practicing Educators is a four-book series. This first handbook, Leadership, will provide school leaders with practical steps for implementing multicultural education into schools.

Greg Kaster (History) has been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War, at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), July 7-18, 2014. He has previously participated in a six-week NEH Summer Seminar on U.S. labor history.

Kathi Tunheim (Economics and Management) was a panelist in the session, "Women and Leadership in Schools/Colleges" at the 2014 Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development Chautauqua Conference at the University of Minnesota on March 1. In addition, she provided a panel response to the keynote Speaker, Dr. Susan Madsen, Professor of Management, from Utah Valley University.

Student Achievements

The Gustavus forensics team earned its best ever finish at the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), when it placed sixth in the Team Sweepstakes on Monday, April 7. The team earned 261 points during the three-day tournament, which took place at Arizona State University in Tempe. This is the fifth straight year that the team has finished in the top 10 at the AFA-NIET after placing eighth in 2013, ninth in 2012, and back-to-back 10th place finishes in 2010 and 2011. Gustavus had three competitors place in the top 20 of the Individual Sweepstakes. Senior Shelby Wilds placed ninth in the individual standings, while senior Kelsey Abele and junior Karin Nordin finished in a tie for 16th place. More information about the team's performance at the AFA-NIET is available online.

Will Doebler, a junior physics major, was named a Rossing Physics Scholar--Honorable Mention. Doebler was one of nine students to receive a scholarship award this year. The Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education makes available scholarships annually for exemplary students in physics. The awards are made possible through generous gifts from Dr. Thomas D. Rossing who created the fund through the Foundation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Ana Cerritos, PM Cook, Dining Service

News & Announcements

Forum on Campus Parking...Parking on campus effects nearly 80% of our campus population. In an effort to make our campus parking system more transparent, the parking advisory committee will be holding a public forum to hear community members suggestions and feedback. The forum will be held on April 24, 2014 at 2:30p.m. in Alumni Hall. The forum is intended to be a listening session for the committee to hear from community members regarding any changes that may improve our parking system.

Special Parking Spaces in Stadium Lot...In the Stadium Parking Lot, adjacent to Beck Academic Hall, perferred parking is now available for vehicles qualifying as "low-emitting" and "fuel-efficient." These spaces are identified with signage and will be available to visitors, students, and employees. To qualify, vehicles must have achieved a minimum score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy annual vehicle rating guide. A list of qualifying vehicles is available at

Insurance Meetings...Human Resources will be holding meetings in the Heritage Room in the campus center to explain changes made by Blue Cross and Blue Shield or those mandated by the government. The meetings will take place on Tuesday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Tennis Program...Cardio Tennis will be available again this summer at the Swanson Tennis Center, sponsored by Tennis and Life Camps! We incorporate a high-intensity morning workout with the sport of tennis. Sessions will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7-7:45 a.m. Sessions will begin in early June and go through early August. The cost for approximately 15 sessions is $60, and all participants will receive a TLC t-shirt! Gustavus faculty, staff, students, and members of local communities are welcome to participate.For more information and to register, email David Lachman at Space is limited.

Alumni Awards Announced...At their December meeting, the Alumni Board of Directors announced 2014 award recipients: The Greater Gustavus Award was given to Raymond Lundquist ’51, Golden Valley, Minn., for life-long service and support of Gustavus and its mission; and to President Jack and Kris Ohle, St. Peter, Minn., president and first lady of Gustavus Adolphus College 2008-2014. Distinguished Alumni Citations were awarded to Nancy Johnson Dahl ’83, Bloomington, Minn., president and chief operating officer, Lifetouch National School Studios; Dr. James Wade ’86, Bolton, Mass., vice president, Raytheon, Boston; and Rev. James Lobdell ’71, Inglewood, Calif., pastor, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. First Decade Awards were awarded to Emily King Meserve ’04, Brookline, Mass., residency in pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston; and Luke Benoit ’04, Maple Grove, Minn., PGA teaching professional, University of Minnesota-Les Bolstad Golf Club, St. Paul. The awards will be presented during Reunion Weekend, on Saturday, May 31 at the Alumni Banquet on campus.

Severe Weather Awareness Week...Saint Peter will set off the tornado sirens as a part of Tornado Drill Day on Thursday April 24 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Please treat this as a test and make yourself aware of the severe weather information and shelter locations on campus. More information about Severe Weather Awareness Week can be found at and more information about severe weather and campus resources can be found at

Reading in Common Selection...Gustavus Adolphus College has selected the books Where Am I Wearing and Where Am I Eating by author and journalist Kelsey Timmerman as its Reading in Common books for the 2014-15 academic year—the 15th year of the program at Gustavus. More information is available online.

Campus Happenings

Africa Night...A celebration of African culture, music, food, and clothing will take place between 6 and 9 p.m. Friday, April 11 in Alumni Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The event will include dance and musical performances from various regions of the continent, including Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria, and more. Food will be prepared with influences from various regions including Morocco, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Along with fine arts and cuisine, there will be a fashion show, skits, and dances performed by Gustavus students.

Relay For Life...The annual Relay For Life at Gustavus will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11 and conclude at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 12. This event celebrates those fighting cancer or who have beat cancer and remembers those who have lost the battle. This is a team event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society to continue the fight against cancer through research, patient services, education, and advocacy. This year's speakers at the 7 p.m. program include brain cancer survivor Mandy Schlauderaff '16 and caregiver Ann Volk. More information can be found online at

MAYDAY! Peace Conference...The 34th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College will take place Wednesday, April 30 and is titled Tibet: Finding Hope in Exile. This year’s conference will present the story of the Tibetan people—their exile experience and their efforts to maintain their identity and build a global democratic culture under difficult circumstances. The Conference will feature a morning keynote address by Dr. B. Tsering, principal of the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bangalore, India, as well as an afternoon panel discussion featuring Tsering, Tenzin Sonam, Midwest regional coordinator of Students for a Free Tibet, Norzin Wangpo, president of the Tibet American Student Association at the University of Minnesota, and Ngawang Gonsar, a visiting instructor in biology at Gustavus who was born to parents who served the Tibetan community in exile and grew up splitting time between boarding school in northern India and her home in Kathmandu, Nepal. All events are free and open to the public. More information is available online.

String Moves...Guest choreographer and dancer Kim Neal Nofsinger and musicians from the SPCO and St. Olaf College will present a program of movement and sound on Sunday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Torrey Atrium of Beck Hall. Free admission.

Calligraphy Event...Liu Zhenxiong, an artist from Hohot, Inner Mongolia, will share his passion for art and calligraphy in a live demonstration to the Gustavus community from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in room 301 of Beck Hall. The talk and demonstration will explore the place of writing in Chinese culture, from early wisdom of Confucius to the continued primacy of learing in Chinese culture today. Mr. Liu will create several four-character banners, each inscribed with sayings to promote learning and wisdom. These will be presented as a gift to the College.

Student Organ Recital...Student David Lim '15, who recently won the 12th annaul Immanuel Lutheran Church Organ Competition in Evanston, Illinois, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 in Christ Chapel.

Philharmonic Orchestra Concert...The Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Justin Knoepfel, will perform in concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in Bjorling Recital Hall.

Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the worship services at 10 a.m. weekdays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows.

  • Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday Processional Worship, An interactive worship experience beginning at the South doors of Christ Chapel at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 14: Mary Solberg, Religion, LALACS, GWS
  • Tuesday, April 15: Barb Larson Taylor, Assistant to the President for Special Projects
  • Wednesday, April 16: Lenten Taize Service
  • Thursday, April 17: Maundy Thursday Service
  • Friday, April 18: Good Friday, College Closed - No Service

Off-Campus Events of Interest

The 6th Annual Duck Race…The Creative Play Place invites you to join us on Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. at the Mill Pond in Saint Peter. Race tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the recreation desk at the Community Center or from any Creative Play Place Board Member. First prize is $500! Lots of other great prizes too. Need not be present to win. Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep the Creative Play Place open and free for all!

Arts Center Performance Series...The Arts Center of St. Peter is bringing the sound and feel of late-night urban jazz clubs to early-evening St. Peter audiences with "Hot Jazz for Decent People" -- a four concert series debuting in May and running through August. For one Friday night each month, the lower level of the Center will host a different jazz ensemble from Southern Minnesota. Each concert will feature introductory remarks by Gary Campbell, host of KMSU-FM's Maverick Slim Jazz Show and Gustavus professor Phil Bryant. Admission is $10 at the door. Cash bar by Patrick's on Third opens at 7 p.m., introductory remarks begin at 7:30 p.m., and the music will begin at 8 p.m. Performance dates and bands are as follows:

  • Friday, May 16: The Blue Earth Collective
  • Friday, June 13: The E.Z. Jazz Trio
  • Friday, July 25: The Dan Duffy Orchestra
  • Friday, August 15: The Ben Marti Jazz Trio


  • Dr. Arthur W. Glass, an alumnus and Professor Emeritus at Gustavus and father of Physical Plant employee Tracy Glass, passed away on Saturday, April 5 at the age of 93. Dr. Glass majored in biology, education, and German at Gustavus and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1943. After serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the Marine Corps during World War II, he went on to earn his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Glass taught at Gustavus from 1950 until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Glass was active in the St. Peter community. He served as chairman of the St. Peter Planning Commission, head of the Youth Hockey Program, a teacher in the Omnibus Reading Program, a member of the American Legion and VFW, president of the Last Man’s Club, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and a church council member at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church. Dr. Glass is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gladys; children Sherry (Bernie Lacher), Jeff (Janet), Cindy Hovgaard, and Tracy (Carol); seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11 at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Peter with Pastor Matthew Rauh officiating. Visitation is scheduled for one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church or the American Legion.

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

Pastor-2-Pastor...Pastors from the Southwestern and Southeastern Minnesota Synods will be on campus for a 24-hour Sabbath retreat beginning Thursday at noon and ending on Friday, April 10-11. The theme for the gathering will be "Renewing the Church through Music and Worship". Pastor-2-Pastor is a program sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership, the ELCA synods of southern Minnesota, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and is open to pastors of the ELCA (and CCM/ecumenical partners). The purpose of the program is to help pastors partner for pastoral excellence, and focuses on professional growth and mutual accountability for wellness.

Partners in Education...Chaplain Brian Konkol will be giving a presentation at St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 12 from 9-11:30 a.m. He will be presenting on the theme of "We're Goin' Back to School: Learning About Campus Ministries." Partners in Education is a programming resource coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership, in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums in congregations.

Facility Hours

Market Place during Easter Break are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 20: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For Sale...Four level custom built home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 4 car garage with a 2 car detached RV garage. 9 ft. ceilings and radiant floor heat. Built in 2004. Beautifully landscaped. Located on a 1.89 acre wooded ravine lot in Skyview Ridge near the Shoreland Golf Course. Very desirable location. Contact Nancy Plamann at Serious inquiries only.

"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
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
4:306:30 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
23 p.m. Teaching Discussions
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
8:309:30 a.m. Teaching Discussions
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
34 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
6:308 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
34 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.
34 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
Oct 5 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
34 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
34 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
78:30 p.m. Forum with League of Women Voters
Oct 6 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nobel Conference 56 Conference
34 p.m. Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot Mall North by the sukkah!
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Thomas (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 7 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nobel Conference 56 Conference
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 8 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
7 p.m. Volleyball at UM-Morris (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 9 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art

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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