Inside Gustavus (May 23, 2014)

Volume 46, Number 31

Faculty/Staff Activities

Tom LoFaro (Mathematics and Computer Science) gave a short presentation titled "A Dynamical Model of Cortical Normalization: Valuation in Decision Circuits" at the Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Also presenting at this conference was Paige Miller '15 who presented a poster titled "Factors that lead to increased transmission and drug resistance emergence of heartworm in the United States."

Julie Bartley (Geology) has been awarded a grant from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society to conduct a comparative study of stromatolites of different ages and from different environments. Stromatolites are limestone structures built by microbes, and in the distant past they played a role similar to that of coral reefs in today's oceans. This project will involve several Gustavus research students over the three year funding period.

Julie Bartley (Geology), Laura Triplett (Geology), Jim Dontje (ES), Jeff LaFrenierre (arriving in Geography 2014), Cindy Johnson (Biology), and Michele Koomen (Education) have been awarded a grant from the InTeGrate Program. InTeGrate aims to increase geoscience literacy in all students and to connect the earth sciences to issues of societal relevance. Gustavus's project will create a set of climate science teaching modules for use in non-geoscience courses, to support teaching of topics related to climate change.

Melissa Rolnick (Theatre and Dance) was awarded the Lenz Foundation Residential Fellowship at Naropa University for the spring of 2015.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) gave a lecture, “On Being a Liberal Artisan: John Dewey, Food Studies, and the Nature of the Liberal Arts," at the University of Oregon. While there, she also spoke with students about a forthcoming book, Philosophers At Table. Her visit was sponsored by Food Studies Program, the Department of German and Scandinavian, the Humanities Program, and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Facility Hours

Library Hours for Finals and Senior Week:

  • Thursday, May 22 & Friday, May 23: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 24: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 25 & Monday, May 26: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 27 to Friday, May 30: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Danielle Willson, Administrative Secretary, Registrar

In The Media

  • President-elect Rebecca Bergman was mentioned inStar Tribunecolumnist Gail Rosenblum's Tuesday, May 15 column headlined"More Women in Minnesota Colleges' Top Job Shows Progress."
  • The Star Tribune included the Hillstrom Museum of Art in its “Best of Minnesota 2014” special section on Sunday, May 18. The newspaper called the Hillstrom the “Best Unexpected Place to Find Great Art.”
  • Max Hailperin (Math & Computer Science) was quoted in a May 13 Mankato Free Press story regarding the state legislature approving new regulations for electronic poll books. The story pointed out that Hailperin was part of a 15-member task force that Gov. Mark Dayton appointed to investigate e-poll books.

Position Openings

  • Admission Counselor/Assistant Dean
  • Campus Safety Officer (Part-time on call)

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on May 13 and May 20 and discussed the following items:

  • Discussion was held regarding the current first-year enrollment and the budget scenarios related to the enrollment.
  • Members discussed the agenda and format for the all-employee meeting on May 22.
  • President of the Own Yourself Committee Wes Kloster and other students who are members of the  Committee made a presentation regarding maintaining the current smoke free policy on campus.
  •  Members agreed to continue utilizing the current harassment and sexual harassment policy.  The Human Resources Office will continue to organize the training of grievance officers. 
  • President Ohle reviewed the tentative June Board meeting agenda.
  • Members discussed the continuing planning for the FY 2015 budget.
  • Members agreed to approve the hiring of the grant-funded position of Assistant to Athletics Director for Marketing and Assistant Volleyball Coach.
  • Members agreed to approve the hiring of a head gymnastics coach (replacement position).
  • Members agreed to approve adding a Campus Safety Office to the pool of on-call officers.
  • Members approved a revised IRB policy, including the membership of the committee.

News & Announcements

Funeral Arrangements for Ken Larson...Ken Larson, the father of Barb Larson Taylor (President's Office) has passed away. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 28 from 5-8 p.m. at Community of the Cross Lutheran Church in Bloomington. A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at Community of the Cross with visitation one hour prior to the service. The church is located at 10701 Bloomington Ferry Road in Bloomington.

Employee Health Service Availability...Employee Health Service appointments will be available through May 30, 2014. The clinic will then close for the summer and re-open next Fall. Thank you!

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions…A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on June 24 and 25, 2014. Go online to schedule an appointment or contact (866) 843-5640, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Commencement Ushers Needed...Volunteers are asked to arrive at noon and stay until commencement starts. If interested in ushering, please contact Lorie Siebels at extension x7520 or lsiebels@gustavus.edu.

Parking Enforcement...Permit parking enforcement continues through Commencement. Please park according to permit color and note that parking is enforced during finals and Senior Week. Summer parking begins June 2. Vehicles on campus may park in any red or green permit space after Commencement through August 24, when we ask all employees and returning students to park according to permit color. Visitor parking is closed to students and staff at all times and is always enforced.

Plugs

Seeking Housing…A female visiting instructor is seeking housing in St. Peter for next year. A Gustavus alum, she will be teaching various courses in the Health & Exercise Science Department. If you have a room to rent, an apartment or house to rent, please contact Dr. Aaron Banks, Chair of HES, and he will pass along your information. Dr. Banks can be reached at abanks@gac.edu.

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

For Rent...A two bedroom home on Lake Washington available for lease to a Gustavus contracted employee for the 2014-15 school year. The lease is $850 per month. Heat, electricity, cable tv, washer/dryer, dishwasher, insulated garage are all included in lease price as well as many other amenities. Available partly or totally furnished. Contact Mike at mbiehn@comcast.net or 952-758-3430.

"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
Today 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 4Tomorrow 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
YesterdayTomorrow Spring Reunionshttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/spring-reunions/44944Gustavus Adolphus College Campus
Tomorrow Commencementhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/commencement-5/35177Gustavus Campus
910 am Baccalaureate Worship with Holy Communionhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/baccalaureate-worship-with-holy-communion/45589Christ Chapel
10:3011:30 am Baccalaureate Worship with Holy Communionhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/baccalaureate-worship-with-holy-communion-2/45590Christ Chapel
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
Jun 89 First Term Seminar Advising Workshophttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/first-term-seminar-advising-workshop/45181Old Main Hall
Jun 910 2015 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summithttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/2015-upper-midwest-civic-engagement-summit/43415Gustavus Adolphus College Campus

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

News

Professor Mimi Gerstbauer Serving as Fulbright Scholar in Poland

13 hours ago by News Office
From News » Second

Symphony Finale Features Aria/Concerto Winners

16 hours ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Motasem ALhouni Named ITA’s Most Improved Player

2 days ago by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

Dr. Brenda Kelly Named Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Sciences and Education

2 days ago by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Sixth

Senior Rosalie Repke Chosen as Commencement Speaker

2 days ago by Matt Thomas '00
From News » First

Gustie Athletics Unique Path Series—The Cancun Connection

3 days ago by Lara Youngquist
From Athletics » Featured Homepage

Elizabeth Weiers Finishes 11th At NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Championships

Last week by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

ALhouni, Saenz Eliminated From NCAA Doubles Tournament

Last week by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

Elizabeth Weiers Earns Academic All-District Honors

Last week by Nick Hoelmer
From Athletics

Jace Riggin ’16: A Champion for Justice in His Home State

Last week by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Fourth

Senior Art Majors Exhibition Opens May 2 in Hillstrom Museum

Last week by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

MJ Sun ’15 Takes Unique Path to Veterinary School

Last week by Matt Thomas '00
From News » Fifth

Coming Weekend Concludes Gustavus Recital Season

2 weeks ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Ruhl’s In the Next Room Opens in Anderson Thursday

3 weeks ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

Chapel Choir to Present “The Heart is the Compass” Tuesday

3 weeks ago by Al Behrends
From Fine Arts

 

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