Inside Gustavus 

May 15, 2014 | Volume 46, Number 31

Faculty/Staff Activities

Betsy Byers (Art and Art History) had artwork selected through a blind jury process for inclusion in the 2014 Minnesota Biennial, organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art. The competition was open to all Minnesota artists to offer the public a snapshot of the best art and craft being made throughout the state today. The 2014 Minnesota Biennial is poised to be a remarkable mixture of paintings, photography, sculpture, installation, ceramics, and other forms, from artists within the Twin Cities to parts Outstate—a showcase of the many different and unique forms that artistic ingenuity takes in Minnesota. The exhibition takes place from June 12 to August 3.

Mimi Gerstbauer (Political Science, Peace Studies) has been granted a 2014-2015 Fulbright Award to Poland. In Spring 2015 she will be teaching at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland, an institution with a reputation as one of the best places in Central/Eastern Europe to study international, social and political science in English. Poland was chosen because of Gerstbauer's interest in international reconciliation. This summer, she will travel to Germany and Poland with the CIEE international faculty development seminar "Ruin & Revival: History, Modern Memory & Identity".

Marcia J. Bunge (Religion) is one of 25 scholars to be selected from a nationwide pool of nominees to participate in a five-day faculty summer on “Teaching Interfaith Understanding.” The seminar is co-sponsored by Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges, and Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. The seminar will take place June 15-19 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and be led by Catherine Cornille (Boston College) and Diana Eck (Harvard University).

Tom McHugh (Admission) has been selected as a faculty member for the 2014-2015 Leadership Development Program (LDP) coordinated by the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). LDP is an 11-month professional development program designed to enhance the leadership experience of emerging leaders in the college admission profession. Tom is a 2010 graduate of the program.

Student Achievements

Seniors Victoria Clark and Valentina Muraleedharan have been chosen as this year's commencement speakers. Clark is an English major from St. James, Minn., who was Editor-in-Chief of the Gustavian Weekly for two years. Clark is also a member of the English department honor society Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Beta Kappa. Muraleedharan is a communication studies and gender, women, and sexuality studies double major from Tlokweng, Botswana. She has been co-president of the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization for two years and chair of the Diversity Leadership Council for one year. She is also involved with the Interfaith Advisory Board, I Am, We Are, the Collegiate Fellow program, and the communication studies honor society Lambda Pi Eta.

In The Media

  • President-elect Rebecca Bergman was mentioned in Star Tribune columnist Gail Rosenblum's Tuesday, May 15 column headlined "More Women in Minnesota Colleges' Top Job Shows Progress."
  • Student Logan Boese was quoted in a May 8 Star Tribune story regarding the recent fad on social media known as the cold water challenge.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Campaign Gustavus reaching the $125 million milestone in its Thursday, May 8 edition. Warren Beck and President Ohle are quoted in the story.

Position Openings

  • Assistant to the Athletic Director for Marketing and Assistant Volleyball Coach - NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant

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

News & Announcements

All-Employee Meeting...All Gustavus employees are invited to attend the annual end of the year all-employee meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22 in Alumni Hall.

Valleyfair Discounts...Gustavus is participating in the "Good Any Day Discount Program" at Valleyfair. Employees may purchase tickets for regular admission (ages 3-61 and 48" or taller) for $29.00, Junior/Senior (under 48” tall or age 62 & older) for $29.00 (includes admission to Dinosaurs Alive), Dinosaurs Alive tickets for $2.50, and new this year Ride & Refresh tickets for $34.00 (ages 3-61, 48” or taller) includes unlimited soft drink wristband. All tickets may be used any day of the Valleyfair 2014 operating season. Tickets are available for purchase in the Office of Human Resources located in the Carlson Administration Building.

Campus Happenings

Theatre Production...The Department of Theatre & Dance is proud to present a workshop production of Shakespeare's romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, on May 15-18 at 7 p.m. in the Linnaeus Arboretum. Follow the adventures of a group of desperate lovers, comedians, and supernatural creatures during the course of one magical night deep inside the forest. Lawn seating only. Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair. No tickets required, free and open to the general public. In case of rain the performance will be cancelled.

Retirement Celebration...Join us to celebrate the outstanding careers of Dr. Tim Robinson and Dr. Barbara Simpson on Tuesday, May 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Three Crowns Room. We have been honored by their impact and dedication to our college and look forward to sharing memories and fellowship as we congratulate them on their success at the college. Please RSVP to if you are attending.

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.

Festival of Dionysus...The seventh biennial Festival of Dionysus will take place between 12 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18 in the Linnaeus Arboretum. Students in the Classics Department will be performing scenes from ancient Greek and Roman plays. In the case of rain, the event will be moved to Alumni Hall. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

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.

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.

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

  • Monday, May 19: Garrett Paul, Religion
  • Tuesday, May 20: Doug Nimmo, Music
  • Wednesday, May 21: Morning Praise, Gustavus Choir (Final Daily Sabbath Service)

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations...Rev. Rod Anderson will preach at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 18. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership for Gustavus Association member congregations.


For sale…Leather IKEA Kramfors contemporary sofa and chaise combo in espresso. Like new. $400. (Dimensions: loveseat 60x38x29 in. and chaise 41x63x29 in.) See photo here. Contact Kristina at

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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants SNL Arena
Sep 27 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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.
910 a.m. Teaching Discussions
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
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
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
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.
Oct 5 Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
78:30 p.m. Forum with League of Women Voters

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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