Inside Gustavus 

September 4, 2014 | Volume 47, Number 1

Faculty/Staff Activities

Lynnea Myers presented two podium sessions at the 8th Annual Conference for the International Council of Nurses Advanced Practice Nursing Network in Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 18-19, 2014. The two presentations were “Engaging the Next Generation of Nurses" and “Best Practices in Pediatric Developmental Screening and Referral."

Reina Nielsen ('16 Biology) and Pamela Kittelson (Biology) co-presented a paper at the Botanical Society of America in Boise, Idaho. They discussed interactions of plant functional traits and genetic diversity for purple coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia, populations. Their work is one of the first to document that inbred plants, more common in prairies that have been fragmented, possess traits that negatively affect plant resource acquisition and fitness. Their work grew out of a collaboration supported by the Gustavus First Year Research Experience (FYRE) program and a NSF grant. A manuscript summarizing this research also was submitted to the journal Ecology.

The Higher Learning Commission has completed its selection process, and has invited Paula O’Loughlin, Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Humanities, to become a member of their Peer Corps as a reviewer in both Open and Standard Pathways. The Commission maintains a Peer Review Corps of approximately 1,300 faculty and administrators from institutions within the 19-state North Central region. Peer reviewers play an important role in all stages of the accreditation process. They are responsible for assuring that an institution is complying with the Criteria for Accreditation as well as for helping an institution advance within the context of its own mission.

Kathi Tunheim (Economics & Management) is one of 20 leaders in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to participate in a year-long Women's Leadership Development Institute . Kathi participated in a seminar from June 9-12 near Seattle, Wash. Tunheim will be part of a mentoring program, work with other experts in higher ed, and job shadow other leaders throughout the academic year.

Justin Knoepfel (Music) was the guest orchestra conductor at the Dorian Music Camp (Luther College, Decorah, Iowa), June 7-20 for junior and senior high students. Knoepfel was also invited to perform as a guest viola artist on several programs at the Bridge Chamber Music Festival (Northfield, Minn.) featuring music of Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky. He collaborated with faculty from St. Olaf College, Carleton College, and members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

In The Media

If you know of other instances where Gustavus has appeared in the media, please contact Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas at or 507-933-7510. College employees are also encouraged to contact Matt if contacted by a reporter and asked to comment on something related to the College.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Tricia Bergeson, Gift Accounting Specialist, Advancement Services
  • Heidi Wobbrock, Administrative Assistant, Book Mark

* New Administrators

  • Casey Gilbert, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
  • Jon Katerba, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
  • Joshua Roy, Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
  • Amanda Trunzo, Assistant Women's Hockey Coach

Position Openings

  • Temporary Custodians (3-11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; 5 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday)

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and discussed the following items:

  • The final draft of the 2014-2015 institutional goals was reviewed.  President Bergman will be sharing these goals with the campus community at Wednesday’s Opening Reception.
  • President Bergman gave an update on the proposed Anderson Hall renovation.  Although several donor requests have been presented, financing for the project has not yet been determined.
  • Vice President Westphal offered a number of beginning-of-year reminders including:
    1. The President and CFO, as approved by the Board of Trustees, are the only authorized contract signers
    2. Importance of workplace safety
    3. Notify the Human Resources Office if an administrative employee/faculty member ends their employment
    4. Security of documents and electronic data
    5. Policy regarding the use of College funds to purchase gifts for employees/students. The policy states that College funds should never be given to employees or students as gifts in any form (e.g. gift certificates). If staff members want to give a gift to employees or students, the funds must come from individuals.
    6. Policy regarding the use of College funds to express condolences at the time of a death or to recognize an individual.

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Aug. 19 and discussed the following items:

  • The proposed 2014-15 institutional goals were reviewed. Presdient Bergman shared these goals with the Executive Committee at its recent meeting.
  • The agenda for the Opening Reception on Aug. 27 was discussed.
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time replacement position of Director of the Center for International and Cultural Education.

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and discussed the following items:

  • Associate Provost Paula O’Loughlin and Director of Human Resources Kirk Beyer joined the meeting to discuss the federal government requirements/recommendations regarding Title IX. Following conversation, members agreed that all faculty members and non-hourly employees should be mandated reporters.
  •  Members discussed the final agenda for the August 6-8 Cabinet retreat.
  • Members approved the hiring of two full-time Advancement replacement positions (gift planners).
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time replacement position of Assistant Director, Programs and Engagement in the Advancement Office.
  •  Discussion was held regarding the need for sexual harassment advisors and grievance officers. An employee-l message will be sent to the campus community from President Bergman asking for volunteers to serve in these roles. The Human Resources Office will be coordinating the training of the advisors and officers during the fall semester.

News & Announcements

Staff Reclassification Committee...The next meeting of the Staff Reclassification Committee will be held on September 15 to evaluate requests for grade changes for support staff positions. In order to be considered at this meeting, a complete request for position review must be received in the Office of Human Resources by September 11.

They Like Us, They Really Like Us...Niche, formerly College Prowler, released its 2015 college rankings recently. Gustavus was ranked No. 125 out of 892 schools in the overall category. The College received its highest ranking in the "Campus Food" category where it ranked No. 7 out of 1,174 schools. Gustavus also ranked No. 44 out of 942 schools in the "Campus Quality" category. The full set of rankings can be seen online.

Title IX Training Sessions...All Gustavus employees are required to attend Title IX training this fall. If you have not attending a session up to this point, please choose from one of the upcoming sessions:

  • Friday, Sept. 5: 2:30-3 p.m. in the St. Peter Room
  • Monday, Sept. 8: 2:30-3 p.m. in the Heritage Room
  • Friday, Sept. 12: 10:30-11 a.m. in the President's Dining Room
  • Friday, Sept. 26: 3:30-4 p.m. in Alumni Hall

Nobel Conference Tickets...The 50th annual Nobel Conference: Where Does Science Go From Here? is about a month away. Gustavus students and empoyees are allowed one complimentary ticket and can obtain that ticket by going online to

New Wireless Networks on Campus...This summer, Gustavus Technology Services upgraded the College's wireless network to improve coverage, speed, and security. As soon as possible, college constituents are asked to connect their devices to one of the new wireless networks. The "GustavusSecure" network is a secure wireless network that will require your Gustavus email username (without and password to connect. The "Gustavus" network is on open wireless network. The existing wireless networks "GACWireless" and "GACSecure" will be disabled on September 10. Addition information on connecting to the new networks is available online.

Professional Headshots...Do you need a professional headshot taken for your Gustavus profile page? You can have your headshot taken in the Office of Marketing and Communication's photo studio. Please sign up for a time by going online to the Office of Marketing and Communication's Photo Studio Calendar.

Business Cards...Do you need to update or order new business cards. Go online to the Office of Marketing and Communication's website to learn about the process for ordering your business cards.

Campus Happenings

God's Work. Our Hands...On Sunday, Sept. 7, members of the Gustavus community will partipate in "God's Work. Our Hands" Sunday, which is a program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), for the purpose of serving alongside our communities in ways that share the love of God will all of God's people. More specifically, community members will help build the Traverse de Sioux Trail with the Mankato Area Mountain bikers, a project that Dave Newell in the Center for Servant Leadership has dedicated a great deal of time and effort toward. Participants will meet on campus at the Three Flags at 3 p.m. and will return to campus no later than 5:30 p.m. Those who wish to participate are asked to wear appropriate clothing and bring a water bottle for proper hydration. Contact Chaplain Brian Konkol if you are interested in partcipating or if you have questions. The first 50 people to sign-up will receive a free t-shirt.

Reading in Common Lecture...Kelsey Timmerman, the author of this year's Reading in Common selections, will give a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Alumni Hall. Timmerman will sign copies of his books after the lecture.

Nobel Conference Preview...As a prelude to this year's 50th annual Nobel Conference, former conference director and Emeritus Professor Tim Robinson will host a preview event titled "Remembering 50 Years of Nobel Conferences" at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 in Alumni Hall. Join Robinson for an hour of memories, photos, and video clips of the people who brought about and sustained this annual event, as well as some highlights and controversies from these conferences.

GLA Fall Founders Celebration...Gustavus Library Associates cordially invites you to its Fall Founders Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the Heritage Banquet Room. This will be a time to gather in fellowship with friends as GLA recognizes its founders and celebrates the inaugural recipients of the new Founders Award.

Daily Sabbath Schedule... All are invited to the worship services at 10 a.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. Sundays in Christ Chapel (unless otherwise noted). The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, Sept. 5: Blessing of the New School Year, Sesquicentennial Plaza
  • Sunday, Sept. 7: Chaplain Brian Konkol preaching
  • Monday, Sept. 8: Faith and Learning, Chaplain Brian Konkol
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9: Faith and Science, Scott Bur, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10: Morning Praise, Choir of Christ Chapel
  • Thursday, Sept. 11: Emily Ford '15
  • Friday, Sept. 12: Interfaith Peace Celebration, Sesquicentennial Plaza

Social Media Updates

Tweet, Tweet...Are you following the College on Twitter? Be sure to follow these official Gustavus accounts for the latest news, photos, and videos: @gustavus @gustiealum @gustieathletics @gustiearts and @gustavusadm.

Hashtags...If you tweet about something that is specific to your class, the College's Social Media Task Force would like to encourage you to use the hashtags #gusties15 #gusties16 #gusties17 and #gusties18. Other hashtags the taskforce would like to promote include #whygustavus when referring to reasons why you love Gustavus or things that make Gustavus great; and #GoGusties when referring to positive accomplishments by campus groups or individuals.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

Support the Golden Gusties at one or more of these home athletic events this weekend:

  • Football hosts Crown College on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m.
  • Women's soccer hosts UW-La Crosse on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Calling All Singers...The St. Peter Choral Society, now in its 35th year, invites singers to join to present two concerts next February 8 and 15 IN MEMORIAM DIANE LOOMER, a Gustavus graduate who became Canada's premiere female choral conductor. Rehearsals begin Sept. 8 and will continue on Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9 p.m. (A break from rehearsals will occur after Nov. 19 until Jan. 5.) No auditions or membership fees. Contact director Sara Mckay 934-6176.


For Sale...Wild-caught Alaskan fish at prices 20-30% less than grocers--available for pick up in Minneapolis or St. Peter. Sockeye salmon, king salmon, halibut, black cod, and Pacific cod in 10-lb and 20-lb boxes. Order deadline for halibut, black cod, and Pacific Cod is Monday, Sept. 8. Order deadline for salmon is Tuesday, Sept. 30. Fish delivery is mid-Oct. Place your order directly at Gustavus Director of Wellbeing Meghan Krause (a.k.a., The Merry Fishmonger) is a seasonal distributor of sustainable and wild-caught Alaskan fish. Contact her (612-396-4962) with questions not answered on the website.

For Rent...Lovely home located in a private neighborhood near the golf course. Enjoy tree top views in this 3-4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. Nicely furnished and ready for entertaining or just curling up by the fireplace with a good book. Available for Spring Semester 2015 (January negotiable) If you have questions, contact Maria at

Seeking Housing...My name is Katy Vrieze and I am visiting instructor who is seeking housing in St. Peter for the year. I live in St. Paul, so I will only be staying in St. Peter 3-4 nights per week. I am a Gustavus alum, and I will be teaching courses in the Biology Department. If you have a room to rent, an apartment or house to rent, please contact me at

For Sale...Winter brand 5 ft Grand Piano. Always well maintained and tuned. Excellent student grade. $2,800. contact Lois Peterson.

"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 "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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