Inside Gustavus (May 8, 2014)

Volume 46, Number 30

Faculty/Staff Activities

Darrin Good (Provost's Office) is one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. Good will participate in two seminars, one in Portland on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014 and one in Washington, D.C., on June 24-26, 2015. He will also undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the 2014-15 academic year.

Eric Dugdale (Classics) has been awarded a Fellowship by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (Harvard University) to support his sabbatical research.

Lynnea Myers (Nursing) was selected as the 2014 Recipient of the 2014 MN Chapter of the National Assosciation of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Presidential Award. The award recognizes pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) who have demonstrated leadership in the PNP profession.

On May 4, Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) awarded Professor Emeritus Darrell Jodock an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

James Dontje (Johnson Center), Laura Lindell (Academic Support Center), and their daughter, Halla Dontje Lindell, will be riding in the Habitat 500 bike ride July 13-19 to raise funds for Habitat's home building efforts in the St. Peter area. If you want to support their effort, go online to learn more about the ride and how to contribute.

On May 7, Steve Mellema '72 (Physics) gave an invited lecture titled "Advances in Physics Education in the 21st Century" at the School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.

Student Achievements

The Paul Magnuson Student Leadership and Service Awards were established in 1991 and annually supported by the Hon. Paul Magnuson '59, chief judge of the U.S. Federal District Court in St. Paul and former trustee of the College (served 1986–1993), to recognize the significant contributions that individual students and student groups make to campus life. Each year, outstanding students and student organizations are nominated by fellow students, faculty, administrators, or staff for recognition, and a selection committee assembled by the dean of students reviews nominations and determines honorees in three categories: individual student leaders, campus organizations, and student-initiated events. Here are this year's honorees:

Student Leaders, 2013-14: Torey D. Asao '14, Comfort G. Dolo '14, Rebecca J. Eastwood '14, Anna S. McDevitt '14, and Brooke A. Meyer '14.

Student Events, 2013-14: Sophomore Showcase, GAC Talks, and the Women in Leadership Conference

Student Organizations, 2013-14: The Fourth Crown

In The Media

  • Chaplain Brian Konkol’s article titled “Minnesota Should Crackdown on Payday Lending” was published by the Mankato Free Press.
  • KEYC ran a story on April 30 about the MAYDAY! Peace Conference. Deane Curtin 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.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Beck Hall earning LEED Platinum certification in its Thursday, May 1 edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about Beck Hall earning LEED Platinum certification in its Sunday, May 4 edition.

Position Openings

  • Head Gymnastics Coach

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, May 6 and discussed the following items:

  • Discussion was held regarding requests from departments/programs and students for funds for lecturers/speakers on an annual basis. Vice President Kennedy agreed to lead an effort that would permit the College to review how we could maximize programming activities.
  • A brief discussion was held regarding the progress of the development of the FY 2015 budget.
  • Members agreed to approve the hiring of a head gymnastics coach (replacement position).
  • Members agreed to approve the hiring of an Admission replacement position (Associate Dean).
  • Vice President VanHecke gave an update on the 2014-15 on- and off-campus housing related to the anticipated enrollment.
  • Members agreed to provide an additional insurance plan option for students through EIIA.

News & Announcements

Cantor Search...The Office of the Chaplains is currently conducting a search for a Cantor. The finalists for this position will be on campus starting Tuesday, May 13. Students, faculty, and staff can meet the candidates at open sessions and listen to the musical leadership of each candidate during Daily Sabbath. Evaluation forms for each candidate will be available at the open sessions and Daily Sabbath services:

  • Open session for Aaron Sunstein: Tuesday, May 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Board Room
  • Daily Sabbath featuring Aaron Sunstein: Wednesday, May 14, 10-10:20 a.m., Christ Chapel
  • Open session for Chad Winterfeldt: Tuesday, May 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Board Room
  • Daily Sabbath featuring Chad Winterfeldt: Wednesday, May 21, 10-10:20 a.m., Christ Chapel

Prairie Burn...The Linnaeus Arboretum conducted the first controlled burn of the new Coneflower Prairie on Wednesday afternoon. Arboretum Director/Naturalist Scott Moeller reported a very successful burn thanks to the joint efforts of MN DNR staff, St. Peter Fire Department, and volunteers from the Many Rivers Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts organization.  Tallgrass prairie habitat must be burned every few years to maintain the health of the prairie.

April in Pictures...You can watch a slideshow video on YouTube of pictures taken at various College events during the month of April.

Audio/Video Equipment Checkout...Due to staff reduction, video camera kits, tripods, and/or projectors will not be available for checkout from the library from June 15 to August 15. If you were planning on using such equipment during these dates, please contact Mark Kump (x7571 or prior to June 15 to make permissible arrangements.

Thank You...On behalf of the MAYDAY! 2014 Committee, thank you to the entire Gustavus community for making this year's MAYDAY! Conference, Tibet: Finding Hope in Exile, a success. Our friends in Web Services/Technology Services provided three cameras to livestream the creation and deconstruction of the sand mandala in the Chapel, and they have produced a time lapse video of this three day process.

Farewell Reception for Chris Johnson...The Gustavus Center for Servant Leadership is hosting a farewell reception for Chris Johnson from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16 in the Heritage Banquet Room with a program to begin at 6 p.m. Chris was the inaugural director of the Center for Vocational Reflection (CVR) and currently the Director of Vocation and Integrative Learning in the Center for Servant Leadership. We want to thank Chris for his valuable work with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. All are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to leave a note for Chris for inclusion in the book, please pick up a card in the Center for Servant Leadership and return it to Amy Pehrson in the CSL by May 14.

Paul Tillquist Retirement Celebration...Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Paul Tillquist from the Advancement Office. The celebration will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 in the Three Crowns Room. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to

Lets Play Tennis...How would you like a weekly date with your tennis racquet? Did you know that you can reserve annual permanent court time at Swanson Tennis Center? Gather a group or hit on the ball machine for great exercise all year. We're currently taking reservations for day and evening court time. For more information, please contact Heidi Carlson at or Maria Jeremiason at

Campus Happenings

Gustie Breakfast...The Gustie Breakfast on Wednesday, May 14 will feature Dan Mollner, associate professor in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. It has been a big year for the library with an extremely succesful Royal Affair put on by the Gustavus Library Associates, announcements for future renovations, and so much more. Dan will share more about the library, where it has come in the last decades, and where it is going in the future. Reserve your spot by emailing or by calling 933-6664.

Faculty and Administrator Service and Retirement Dinner...Faculty and administrators are invited to attend the annual Faculty and Administrator Service and Retirement Dinner on Wednesday, May 21 in Alumni Hall. The event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $15 per person. You are asked to contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement with your reservation(s). Please respond by Friday, May 16 to 933-7511, or by email at or online at The College and the Alumni Association will recognize the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years at the College, as well as those who are retiring. You can view the list of those being honored online.

Tennis Tournament...Gustavus has been selected as one of eight regional host sites for the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament, being held May 9-11 at the Brown Outdoor Courts near the Swanson Tennis Center.

Big Concert...Timeflies and Mike Stud will be in concert Friday, May 9 in Lund Arena. Tickets are sold out. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Orchestra & Choirs Performing...The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, will present its Spring Concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 in Christ Chapel. The performance will include the premiere of Steve Wright's "Cinema" for trumpet and wind ensemble, the Symphonia Resurrectus from The Easter Symphony, David Holsinger, composer and Antiphon, Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, with The Gustavus Choir and Choir of Christ Chapel.

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.

Schaefer Gallery Hosting Elementary Art Exhibition..."Art is Elementary: A South Central Regional Elementary Art Show" will open on Sunday, May 11 in the Schaefer Art Gallery. More than 80 works will be on display by artists who range in age from kindergarten through sixth grade and represent eight schools in the region from Le Sueur, Sibley East, New Ulm, St. Peter, and Tri-City United. Their works are a mixture of media from watercolor, crayon, acrylic, pastel and tempera paint, to pencil, ceramic, and paper. The exhibition will be open for viewing daily from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m., May 11-30. More information about the exhibition is available online.

George Hall Lecture...The annual George Hall Lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 in the President's Dining Room. This year's lecture will feature Sara Puotinen who will speak on "Living Beside/s the Academy: Ethical Response." Puotinen is an educator, writer, storyteller and troublemaker. She earned her Ph.D in Women's Studies at Emory University and has taught courses in feminist and queer ethics and pedagogy at the University of Minnesota in the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department. In her current work, she is experimenting with new media to create an ethical/pedagogical vision of the un-disciplined scholar who functions in spaces besides the Academy.

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

  • Monday, May 12: Chaplain Brian Konkol
  • Tuesday, May 13: Anna Versluis, Geography, Environmental Studies
  • Wednesday, May 14: Morning Praise
  • Thursday, May 15: Schwalm Brostrom Leadership Award, Re:vive
  • Friday, May 16: Draw Your Vocation, Christ Chapel


For Rent...Three bedroom, 1 bathroom house, energy efficient, partially furnished, bamboo floors, AC, stove, refridgerator, W/D, DW, 1-car garage, 3-season room, a clothesline in the backyard, nice neighbors, walking distance to schools and parks. $900 per month plus utilities. No smoking, no pets. Power lawn mower provided; snow removal is the responsibility of the renter. Garden and tree care is the responsibility of the owner. Damage deposit required as well as a 30 days notice before vacating. Available Sept. 1, possibly sooner. Contact Ruth Johnson at 934-2075 or

Family Seeking Housing...Professional couple with twin 10-year old daughters relocating to St. Peter. Seeks rental housing beginning July 1. Contact Paul at 507-381-1833.

Seeking Housing...A female visiting professor is seeking housing in St. Peter for next year. She is Chinese and will be teaching Chinese language courses at Gustavus. She would like to rent a room from a Gustavus faculty member or a local person or family. I am a non-smoker and very quiet. I spend most of my time on campus and cook light dishes. I can provide references to any potential landlord. The closer to campus, the better. Contact Nan at

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 11:59 am to 4 pm New Faculty Tenure Track Welcome Lunch Room C - St. Peter Banquet Room
Tomorrow 8:45 am to 4:30 pm New Faculty Orientation Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
Aug 31 8:30 am to 2 pm Faculty Development Day Room B - Heritage Banquet Room
36 pm 2016 Opening Reception Hall and Eckman Mall
Sep 1 9 am to 1:30 pm Faculty Meeting Campus Center
3:304:30 pm IEX Course Proposal Workshop for Faculty Peter Room, Jackson Campus Center
4 pm Women's Soccer at Nebraska Wesleyan, Neb.
7 pm Men's Soccer at Wartburg, Iowa
Sep 25 New Student Orientation Campus
Sep 2 2 pm Volleyball vs. Elmhurst (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
34 pm Convocation for New Students and Families Chapel
4 pm Volleyball vs. UW-Whitewater (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
Sep 34 Men's Golf at Transylvania Invite
Women's Golf at Saint Ben's Invitational, Minn.
Sep 3 9 am Volleyball vs. North Park (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
10 am Women's Cross Country at Crown Invite Bonifacius, Minn.
10:50 am Men's Cross Country at Crown Invite Bonifacius, Minn.
noon Women's Soccer hosts UW-La Crosse Peter, Minn.
1 pm Football at Westminster, Mo.
1 pm Volleyball vs. Benedictine (Elmhurst College Tournament), Ill.
3 pm Men's Soccer hosts St. Scholastica (Gustavus Classic) Peter, Minn.
Sep 4 10:3011:30 am Sunday Worshiping Community Chapel
3 pm Men's Soccer hosts Knox Peter, Minn.
Sep 6 Fall Semester Begins Campus
66:40 am WE- Bootcamp with Brenda 224 (Aerobics Room)
910 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
12:401:20 pm WE- Pilates with Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
Sep 7 6:407:20 am WE- Pure Movement with Gabe 224 (Aerobics Room)
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE- Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:401:20 pm WE- Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
2:304:30 pm Foreign Language Equivalency Exams Language Learning Center, Vickner 108
5 pm Men's Soccer hosts Martin Luther Peter, Minn.
5 pm Women's Soccer at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
7 pm Volleyball hosts Martin Luther Peter, Minn.
79 pm Men's Hockey Informational Meeting Center room 207

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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