Inside Gustavus (May 1, 2014)

Volume 46, Number 28

Faculty/Staff Activities

Anna Versluis (Geography) had her study "Formal and informal material aid following the 2010 Haiti earthquake" published in April's special edition of the journal Disasters.

Ryan Bergstrom (Geography), Anna Versluis (Geography), and Meg Wika '14 attended the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Tampa Florida in April. Wika presented her senior thesis research, "Family, Patriotism, and Land Stewardship: Employing the Rural Ideal to Champion Corn Ethanol in Minnesota." Bergstrom served as the Discussant and Chair for two sessions on rural sustainability and was also a finalist for the J. Warren Nystrom Award. He presented a paper titled, "Change, Control, and Sustainability in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem." He was also elected Chair of the Rural Geography Specialty Group. Versluis presented a study she conducted with Anna Hulseberg (Library) on "Integrating Information Literacy into an Undergraduate Geographic Research Methods Course."

Dwight Stoll (Chemistry) was interviewed by Rich Whitworth about his research in two-dimensional liquid chromatography at the recent meeting of the Pittsburgh Conference in Chicago. This interview resulted an article titled '2D-LC and me' in The Analytical Scientist, a magazine devoted to current events in a variety of fields that rely on some kind of analytical chemistry.

Janine Wotton (Psychological Science and Neuroscience) and Andrea Blom '14 (English Major and Neuroscience Minor) presented their research titled "Word placement and sentence context impact vowel recognition in noise" at the 41st meeting of the American Auditory Society in Scottsdale, Ariz., in March.

Yumiko Oshima-Ryan (Music) had her recording From Afar: Contemporary Japanese Piano Music, published by the Naxos Music Library. Her album is now available online at the Naxos Music Library and at Classics Online.

Mark Kruger' (Psychology) and Mark Lammers' (Research) article titled, "Communication Between Student and Applied Music Teacher: Motivation and Performance Outcomes" is the lead article in the Spring 2014 edition of NACWPI Journal (National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors). Earlier work by the same two researchers is available on the NACWPI website.

Elizabeth Baer (English and African Studies) served on a Higher Learning Commission accreditation team to the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 23-26. The Institute enrolls 200 students, 78% of whom are Native Americnas representing 78 tribal groups.

Marcia J. Bunge (Religion) was named an official "core collaborator" for a 1.3 million dollar project on "Early European Views of Children," directed by Professor Reidar Aasgaard, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and sponsored by the University of Oslo in Norway.

In The Media

  • Chaplain Brian Konkol's article titled, "Minnesota Should Crackdown on Payday Lending" was published by the Mankato Free Press on April 16.
  • KEYC ran a story on April 30 about the MAYDAY! Peace Conference. Deane Curtin (Philosophy) was interviewed for the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a picture of the traditional sand mandala constructed by Tibetan Monks for this year's MAYDAY! Peace Conference in its Thursday, May 1 edition.

Position Openings

  • Assistant Women's Hockey Coach

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, April 22 and discussed the following items:

  • Faculty Senate Chair Max Hailperin reported on recent activities of the Senate, including proposed Faculty Handbook amendments. Other topics of discussion included the proposed changes to the nursing program, review of the IRB's structure, and appointment of the faculty athletic representative.
  • Members briefly discussed the most recent draft of a Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy. Provost Braun indicated that he has asked for further input regarding the policy from other offices. After receiving that feedback, the policy will be reviewed/approved by the Cabinet and shared with the Board of Trustees for its review/approval at the June Board meeting.
  • Provost Braun will meet with Librarian Dan Mollner and GTS Director Bruce Aarsvold regarding the appointment of a copyright compliance officer for the College.
  • Vice President Westphal made his annual reminder to the Cabinet that the College's Educators Legal Liability (ELL) insurance requires the institution to provide timely notice of ELL of any actual claim as well as any incident that may develop into a claim. This policy requires that incidents be reported to the insurer as soon as they are known by the institution.
  • President Ohle briefly commented on the agenda of the Crown Council meeting scheduled for April 23. Five new members will be in attendance.

News & Announcements

Planned Burn...A planned burn of the Coneflower Prairie on the west edge of the Linnaeus Arboretum is tentatively planned for Tuesday, May 6 depending on favorable weather conditions. The burn will begin at approximately noon and will end by late afternoon or early evening. Highly-trained Minnesota DNR staff will lead Gustavus staff and other experts in conducting this burn, which has been approved by the St. Peter Fire Department, St. Peter Policy, and the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office. Depending on wind conditions, you may notice smoke drifting through campus. If you have questions you can call the Linnaeus Arboretum Hotline at 933-6184.

Administrative Council Meeting...All administrators are invited to an Administrative Council meeting at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 in Alumni Hall. Attendees can come to the meeting with questions for President Ohle or any of the Vice Presidents.

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

Honoring Dr. Lammert...As you may know Dr. John Lammert (Biology) is retiring the end of this academic year, or as he states it, he is ‘graduating’. We all will miss him, as no one can replace Dr. Lammert. The Biology Department will be gathering comments and pictures from faculty, staff, current students, and graduates for a memory book to honor Dr. Lammert. This is where you can help. Send us your wishes, stories, remembrance or comments regarding Dr. Lammert. We would love to hear a few words from you of how Dr. Lammert has touched your life. These will be gathered and shared with Dr. Lammert at his ‘graduation’ (retirement). Please send comments, memories, stories, and photos to Dr. Cindy Johnson ( Please send them by May 5 for inclusion in the memory book. Thanks for all your assistance with this project.

Campus Happenings

Books in Bloom...This annual fundraising initiative of Gustavus Library Associates will take place May 2-4 at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Modeled after Art in Bloom, the annual spring event celebrated by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Books in Bloom will highlight 26 books, media, technology, and other resource materials within the library with specially-designed floral arrangements. The blooms will be on display from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. The event is free and open to the public.

Dance Concert...Tickets for the Anderson Theatre production of Grace: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concertare available online at Show dates and times are 8 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Gustavus students and staff are entitled to one free ticket, while other tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.

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.

Honors Day...Gustavus will host Honors Day on Saturday, May 3. This is an annual event that recognizes the academic excellence and achievement of hundreds of students. This year's Honors Convocation will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel.

Senior Honors Recital...The Department of Music will present its Senior Honors Recital in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Honors Recital is an annual event held on Honors Day and features the finest musicians studying in the department. This year's event will feature performances by eight students including Gabriel Hanson, Erik Blomquist, Kaylena Greenwell, Madeline Cacciatore, Karl Grant, Daniel Leifermann, Chris Allen, and Eric Ewazen. The Senior Honors Recital is free and open to the public.

Swim, Bike, Run...The Take the Hill Triathlon, a philanthropic event organized by the Epsilon Pi Alpha fraternity and in support of the non-profit organization Insulindependence, will take place Saturday, May 3, beginning at 9 a.m. Visit for more information.

Garrett Paul's Final Public Lecture...Professor of Religion will deliver a public lecture titled "Either/Or/Or/Or: or Why the End of Dualism means the Death of Existentialism, Humanism, and Anthropocentrism, but not the Death of Brahman, the Buddha, or God" at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 in room 103 of Olin Hall. The lecture commemorates more than 30 years of outstanding teaching and service that Professor Paul has contributed to the College during his career.

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.

Six Appeal...Six Appeal, a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band, will perform at Gustavus at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 in Alumni Hall.

Big Concert...Timeflies and Mike Stud will perform in concert in Lund Arena on Friday, May 9. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with Stud taking the stage at 8 p.m., and Timeflies following at 9 p.m. Tickets for Gustavus students and staff are $12 and are currently available online at Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the concert will be $20. Questions about this event can be directed to the Campus Activities Board at

Artist-in-Residence...Swedish author Jan Arnald, whose pen name is Arne Dahl, is this year's Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence and will be on campus May 10-17. Dahl is an award-winning and bestselling crime fiction writer who will give a public lecture titled "Why Crime Fiction?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. More information about Dahl and the Out of Scandinavia program can be found on the program's website.

High School Speech Tournament...More than 700 high school students and coaches from 125 high schools will be on campus May 9-11 when the College hosts the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions. Contact Kris Kracht at if you have questions about this event.

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

  • Monday, May 5: Mary Gaebler, Religion, GWS
  • Tuesday, May 6: Chaplain Siri Erickson
  • Wednesday, May 7: Morning Praise, Lucia Singers
  • Thursday, May 8: Jacob Borgman '14, Re:vive
  • Friday, May 9: Planting in the Arb (Meet at the Interpretive Center)

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Plant Sale...The annual Heritage Plant Sale will be held on the front lawn of the Cox House (500 N. Washington) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Proceeds are used to maintain this historic house and grounds. For more information call Marilyn Robertz at 934-3883.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Minneapolis on May 3-4. The office will also host an adult retreat for the St. Paul Area Synod Pastor's Retreat from on May 4-6. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Telecommunication Updates

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

  • Jeanne Ogaard, Custodial, Phone: x6162, Email: jogaard, Delete
  • John Shortall, Custodial, Phone: x6119, Email: jshortal, Delete


CORRECTION: Summer Lawn Service...The corect email contact for Bennett Summer Lawn Service is If you sent an email to the old address please re-send your email and we will get back to you ASAP. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Sincerely, Sam and Will Bennett.

"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
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

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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