Inside Gustavus 

April 24, 2014 | Volume 46, Number 28

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

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

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


  • 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 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 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 "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 22 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 23 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 24 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
4:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Luther (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Sep 25 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Homecoming Adolphus College Campus
10 a.m. Volleyball at Monmouth (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
noon Volleyball at Coe (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
1 p.m. Football hosts St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Catherine (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1011:59 p.m. Peer Assistants host SNL Arena
Sep 27 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 28 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Sep 29 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.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 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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