Inside Gustavus (April 24, 2014)

Volume 46, Number 27

Faculty/Staff Activities

John Braun (Emeritus, Communication Studies) presented a lecture and performance titled "Rakugo: The Sit-down Comedy of Japan" at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst last October, and again in early April this year at Calvin College. Rakugo is a very old form of Japanese comic storytelling that Braun learned and performed with a travelling troupe of rakugo storytellers while living in Japan years ago as part of the Gustavus-Kansai Gaidai faculty exchange.

Andrea Junso (Student Activities) attended the National Association for Campus Activities Regional Conference in St. Paul over Spring Break and presented "Five Exemplary Practices of Leadership and Programming Boards" and "Why Does Your Programming Board NEED to talk about Diversity, Inclusion, and Privilege?" Junso was also awarded the 2014 Outstanding Advisor of the Year award for the National Association of Campus Activities Northern Plains Region.

Kate Knutson (Political Science) presented a paper titled "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Managing Conflict in Advocacy Coalitions" at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Seattle, April 17-19.

Student Achievements

Eight students (Jenny Marquette, Said Mohammed, Andrew Paul, Erika Clifton, Hannah Miller, Marissa Ramos, Alexa Peterson, and Brita VanOsdol) attended the National Association for Campus Activities Regional Conference in St. Paul over Spring Break. Marquette presented to conference delegates on "Professional Publicity: Effectively Branding your Activities Board." Miller and Ramos presented "Giving the Power Away--Utilizing Effective Committees."

The Gustavus forensics team placed seventh overall at the National Forensic Association's 2014 National Tournament with only five students competing. The team took first place in the President's Division I team standings. Junior Karin Nordin placed second in Persuasive Speaking, was a semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking, and a quarterfinalist in three other events. Senior Shelby Wilds was a semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking and quarterfinalist in Persuasive Speaking. Junior Brittany Knutson was a semifinalist in Communication Analysis, and sophomore Wilson Fields was a quarterfinalist in Dramatic Interpretation.

Position Openings

  • Donor Relations Manager, Advancement Services

For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304).

News & Announcements

Nobel Conference Tickets...Tickets for the 50th annual Nobel Conference, Where Does Science Go from Here?, scheduled for Oct. 7-8, are now on sale. Current students, faculty, and staff along with retirees can request their one complimentary ticket to this year's conference by going online to gustavustickets.com.

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions…A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on May 7, 8, and 9. Go online to schedule an appointment, or contact 866-843-5640, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Benefit 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.

Campus Happenings

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.

GACAC Faith Conference...The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Faith Conference will take place from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. The day will open with worship and praise in Christ Chapel with the Rev. Timothy Colvet delivering a message. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Marcia J. Bunge, Bernhardson Distinguished Chair of Lutheran Studies and professor of religion at the College. There is no cost to attend the Faith Conference, however there is a $10 charge for a box lunch and beverage. For questions and lunch pre-orders, contact Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership at 507-933-7001 or go online to gustavus.edu/faithconference.

Diversity Awards Banquet...Come celebrate the accomplishments of the Diversity Leadership Council Organizations and their outstanding members and events from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. The night will include appetizers, awards, dancing, and fun. Tickets are available for $10 at the CAO desk.

Teachers Talking Workshop...Faculty, staff and administrators spend considerable time writing letters of recommendation for students applying for fellowships and graduate/professional school. Please join us for an informal lunch conversation on Wednesday, May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to share ideas on writing effective and compelling letters. The discussion will be led by Heather Banks, Health Professions Coordinator, Eric Vrooman, Fellowships Coordinator, and Jeff Stocco of the Center for Servant Leadership in his role of advising students on graduate school. Grab a complimentary lunch through the Gustavus Buffet. The workshop is sponsored by the Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the CSL.

Celebration of Creative Inquiry...This annual campus-wide forum to publicly share the creative inquiry of Gustavus students through poster presentations will be held form 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 2 in the banquet rooms of the Jackson Campus Center.

Sigma Xi Symposium...Gustavus students will present their research in the areas of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics, and psychology on Friday, May 2. Sigma Xi oral presentations will be held in Nobel Hall of Science, rooms 201 and 222, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Schedules will be available on the Sigma Xi website and outside of the classrooms. There will also be a Sigma Xi new member recognition ceremony and social in the Nobel Atrium from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

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

  • Monday, April 28: Dean Curtin, Philosophy
  • Tuesday, April 29: MAYDAY! Interfaith Observance, Buddhist Monks
  • Wednesday, April 30: MAYDAY!
  • Thursday, May 1: John Yost '14
  • Friday, May 2: Mary Duvall '05

Obituaries

  • Franklin "Frank" Stuckey, the father of Randall Stuckey '83 (Institutional Advancement, Athletics) passed away Tuesday, April 22 at the age of 79 at the New Ulm Medical Center. Visitation is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday, April 25 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home South Chapel in New Ulm. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook, go to mvfh.org. He is survived by wife, Marilyn; sons, Scott (Shannon) Stuckey of New Ulm, Randall (Beth) Stuckey of St. Peter, and Bryan (Stefani) Stuckey of Lakeville; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Bethany Lutheran Church of Nevis, and the New Ulm FFA Chapter.

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 jolene@gustavus.edu). 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.

Telecommunication Updates

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

  • Mary Zernechel, Registrar, Phone: x7684; Email: mzernech, Delete
  • Norma Witter, Campus Safety, Phone: x8985, Change
  • Kim Sogaard, Arboretum, Phone: x6181, Email: ksogaard, New

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host weekend retreats for First Lutheran Church of Le Sueur and Easter Lutheran Church of Eagan, April 26-27. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Preaching in Congregations...Rev. Dan Buendorf will preach at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 27. He will also be leading an adult forum from 9:15-10:15 a.m. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership for Gustavus Association member congregations.

 

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 34 pm Yoga Sculpt (HWC) w/ Hannahttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/yoga-sculpt-hwc-w-hanna/44370Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
56 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ McKenziehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/zumba-hwc-w-mckenzie/44411Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Cardio Dance (HMC class) w/ Gabehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/cardio-dance-hmc-class-w-gabe-3/44385Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
May 21Tomorrow Library Hours for Finalshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/library-hours-for-finals-17/45554Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library
Tomorrow 9 am to 5 pm Gradingfesthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gradingfest-3/42026The Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
45 pm Tabata (HWC) w/ Kelseyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/tabata-hwc-w-kelsey/44211Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
67 pm Cardio Dance (HWC) w/ Sydneyhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/cardio-dance-hwc-w-sydney/44226Lund 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/ Meganhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/zumba-hwc-w-megan/44241Lund 217 (Gymnastics Room)
May 2226 Final Days Sale at the Bookshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/final-days-sale-at-the-books/45560The Book Mark
Spring Semester Final Examshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/spring-semester-final-exams/35174Gustavus Campus
May 26 Spring Semester Endshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/spring-semester-ends-7/35176Gustavus Campus
9 am to 5 pm Gradingfesthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gradingfest-4/42027The Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
4:308 pm Senior Week: Kick-Offhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-kick-off/44661Evelyn Young Dining Room
78 pm Cardio Dance HMC Class w/ Gabehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/cardio-dance-hmc-class-w-gabe/44271Lund 217 (Gymnastics Room)
811 pm Senior Week: Johnny Holm Bandhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-johnny-holm-band/44658Alumni Hall
May 2627 May 26 at 11 pm to May 27 at 1 am Senior Week: Dive Dancehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-dive-dance-2/44659The Dive
May 27 Senior Week: Wine and Cheese Socialhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-wine-and-cheese-social/45269Beck Atrium
May 2728 May 27 at 9 pm to May 28 at 1 am Senior Week: Nickelodeon Universehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-nickelodeon-universe/44660Mall of America
May 28 35 pm Sergeant Dave Klein Retirement Receptionhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/sergeant-dave-klein-retirement-reception/45573Heritage Room
68 pm Senior Week: Presidents Banquethttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-presidents-banquet/44662Evelyn Young Dining Room
May 29 Senior Week: Mystic Lake Casinohttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-mystic-lake-casino/45270Mystic Lake Casino
May 2931 Spring Reunionshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/spring-reunions/44944Gustavus Adolphus College Campus
May 29 2:304:30 pm Senior Week: Twins Tailgatinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-twins-tailgating-2/44663President Bergman's House
711 pm Senior Week: Twins Gamehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-twins-game-2/44664Target Field
May 30 89:30 pm The 2015 Season Finale with Gustavus Symphyony Orchestra and Concerto/Aria Winnershttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/the-2015-season-finale-with-gustavus-symphyony-orchestra-and-concerto-aria-winners/44166Bjorling Recital Hall
9:3010:30 pm Senior Week: Celebration of Lighthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/senior-week-celebration-of-light/44665Christ Chapel
May 431 Free Art Tasting (And False Advertising): Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2015, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Arthttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/free-art-tasting-and-false-advertising-senior-art-majors-exhibition-2015-on-view-at-the-hillstrom-museum-of-art/45141Hillstrom Museum of Art
May 31 Commencementhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/commencement-5/35177Gustavus Campus
Jun 15 First Term Seminar Faculty Workshophttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/first-term-seminar-faculty-workshop/45180Melva Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
Jun 2 11 am to 1 pm Gustavus Employee Picnichttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gustavus-employee-picnic-4/45533Evelyn Young Dining Room

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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