Inside Gustavus 

September 11, 2014 | Volume 47, Number 2

Faculty/Staff Activities

Laura TriplettLaura Triplett (Geology and Environmental Studies) and collaborators published an article titled "The potential for multiple signatures of invasive species in the geologic record" in the journal Anthropocene. One of the co-authors is Carson Smith (Geology '12). Also, Laura presented a poster on that work at the 10th International Symposium on the Geochemistry of Earth's Surface in Paris, France.

Kristen LoweKristen Lowe (Art and Art History) was featured in the Arts and Culture section of the September issue of Southwest Metro Magazine. The article talks about her documentary Painting the Place Between and that she is currently working with Emmy Award-winning producer Matt Goldman to co-produce her next documentary, Drawing Hope, about the clandestine art made by prisoners in the concentration camps during World War II.

Kathi TunheimOn July 22, 2014, Kathi Tunheim (Economics/Management) presented a paper titled "Exploring the Role of Calling in the Professional Journeys of Women College Presidents" at The Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference, which was held at Augsburg College.

From July 25-31, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) held its annual national, summer meeting. The venue this year was the University of Minnesota, and it was a wonderful opportunity for current and former Gustavus physics teachers and students to get together to discuss the latest trends in physics education. Five current Gustavus faculty members authored papers or posters at the meeting, and in between the many interesting presentation sessions, there was time to grab meals with former students and colleagues.

Daniel Young presented a poster entitled "Teaching Fluids to IPLS Students via Microscopic Representations", highlighting some of the work he did for his recent Ph.D. thesis on teaching introductory life-science physics students. Tom Huber presented two posters—"Visualization of Vibrating Systems Using a Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer" describing research done with Peter Crady (‘14) and Ed Kleunder (‘14); and "Guitars in the Classroom? Absolutely! Teaching Physics/STEM with Guitars". Tom also presented a paper entitled "Angular Distribution of Na22 Decay Measurements: Novel Results", describing work done last year with seniors Spencer Batalden (’15) and Ross Breckner (’15) in the advanced-lab course. Chuck Niederriter presented a talk on "Getting Students Excited about Science with High Altitude Ballooning", which he co-authored with Steve Mellema. And, Jessie Petricka presented his poster entitled "A Series of Modules for Introducing Computation into the Classroom and the Laboratory".

Student Achievements

Tenzin Choenyi '18 recently received a $20,000 scholarship from the Chicago office of Protiviti, a global consulting firm. Choenyi and one other student were chosen based on grade point average, school activities, and community/civic involvement. A story about Tenzin and the scholarship was posted online at

Paige B. Miller ('15), Oghenemine T. Obrik-Uloho ('15), Mai H. Phan ('14), Christian L. Medrano ('14), Joseph S. Renier ('14), Joseph L. Thayer ('15), and Gregory Wiessner ('14), students in Margaret Bloch-Qazi's Directed Research Class (Biology), had their review "The Song of the Old Mother: Reproductive Senescence in Female Drosophila" accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal FLY. This article reviews the current understanding of how female age affects reproductive processes and offspring performance in a commonly-used model system.

In The Media

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Thursday, Sept. 11 about President Bergman being honored by the George Family Foundation.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Tuesday, Sept. 9 that included information about Kelsey Timmerman's appearance and lecture at Gustavus.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Wednesday, Sept. 10 about Gustavus's rise in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. President Bergman was quoted in the story.
  • KEYC ran a story on Tuesday, Sept. 9 about Gustavus's rise in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. President Bergman was interviewed for the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed in its Thursday, Sept. 11 edition about Gustavus's rise in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a news brief in its Thursday, Sept. 11 edition about Cantor Chad Winterfeldt's faculty recital on Sept. 14.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a letter to the editor in its Thursday, Sept. 11 edition from Lake Crystal resident Walter Jones about the Nobel Conference.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, Sept. 7 about the football team’s opening season victory over Crown College. The headline read “Gustavus’ New Offense Gets Passing Grade.” Head coach Peter Haugen and student-athlete Mitch Hendricks were both quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story and photo about the new Spirit Vessel sculpture in its Thursday, Sept. 4 edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a preview story about the Gustavus football team in its Thursday, Sept. 4 edition. Head coach Peter Haugen was quoted in the story.

Position Openings

  • Information Systems Development and Support Specialist

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

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Sept. 2 and discussed the following items:

  • Director of GTS Bruce Aarsvold reviewed the results of the technology security audit that was conducted in early 2014. The current plan is to conduct similar penetration tests of our system every other year. Bruce indicated that one of the campus’s most significant risks is a breach of confidentiality related to email, and he strongly encouraged all employees to password protect all college-owned devices.
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time GTS Administrative Information Systems Replacement Position (Information Systems Development and Support Specialist).
  • Members approved the hiring of an Education Placement Coordinator Replacement Position with the understanding that Provost Braun will work with the Department to determine the best structure for this position.
  • Members approved the hiring of a Dining Service replacement position (cashier).
  • Discussion was held regarding the use of Gustavus email addresses following the ending of employment. Following discussion, members agreed to ask Director of Human Resources Kirk Beyer to work with GTS Director Bruce Aarsvold and the Campus Technology Advisory Committee to develop formal standards for use of Gustavus email addresses following employees’ departures from Gustavus.
  • President Bergman and Vice President VanHecke gave a report on the activities of new student orientation.

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Sept. 9 and discussed the following items:

  • Director of Institutional Research David Menk was present to review the rankings on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list. Gustavus is ranked No. 64 this year, representing a jump of 12 spots from the publication’s 2014 rankings. He presented a brief analysis of Gustavus’ movement in the U.S. News & World Report rankings over the past few years.
  • Members reviewed the October 2-3 Board meeting agenda.

News & Announcements

Mark BraunProvost's Listening Post...Provost Mark Braun will continue a series of informal discussion opportunities with Gustavus students. The “Provost’s Listening Post” will be set up once each month at the tables in upper level of the Campus Center. The goal is to provide a relaxed, informal setting for student questions and discussion about the College. Dates and times during the fall semester are scheduled for:

  • Monday, Sept. 29 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. (this Listening Post will take place in the Diversity Center)
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at 9-10 a.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at 9-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Title IX Training Now Available Online...Employees who would prefer to do their annual mandatory Title IX training online now have an opportunity to do so. Watching the video and doing the required post-test should take no more than an hour. We ask that you do this training by October 1, 2014. Employees should log in to the following site: After logging in, the employee will need to watch a recording of one of the on-campus Title IX presentations and then must do the post-test assessment. Upon completing the assessment, both the individual employee and the college will receive notification that the employee has successfully completed the training. If you need another copy of the 2014-2015 Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct or Harassment or have any questions, please contact Kirk Beyer, the College's Title IX coordinator, at

U.S. NewsMovin' On Up...Gustavus rose 12 spots to No. 64 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges list, which was released on Tuesday, Sept. 9. This is the highest Gustavus has ever appeared on the list. A total of 233 liberal arts colleges are included in this year's list. The top 178 schools are ranking one through 178, while another 55 schools are listed alphabetically under the label "Second Tier" schools. More information is available online.

President Bergman to be Honored...President Bergman will be one of 84 women who be recognized by the George Family Foundation at its first-ever "Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders" event on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Guthrie Theater. More information about this honor is available online.

Campus Maps...The Office of Marketing and Communication has printed a limited number of campus maps for distribution. If you would like some for your office, please stop by the Lundgren House to pick them up for no charge!

CroatiaTravel with Gustavus to Croatia...Experience Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro with Gustavus Professor Emeritus and international scholar of Southeastern Europe, Dr. Tom Emmert. This 13-day Gustavus study tour is focused around three new countries once part of Yugoslavia. The journey, Sept. 9-21, 2015, combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches. For more information and to register, visit the College's Study Tours website or email Tom Emmert at

Calendar Submissions and Gustavus-L...There seems to be some confusion among some members of the campus community about submitting "events" and "announcements" to the college calendar and how they appear on the gustavus-l email. Here are some helpful hints and instructions and as always, feel free to call the Office of Marketing and Communication (933-7520) for further help.

  • To submit events and announcements to the college calendar, go online to
  • When you submit an EVENT to the college calendar it will appear on the calendar after it is approved, but will only appear on the gustavus-l on the date of the actual event.
  • You can also submit an ANNOUNCEMENT about an event to help publicize the event and drive attendance. The announcement would have all the details of the event in the description, but it would say "save the date" or "plan to attend" in the body of the announcement. You are limited to three announcement submissions per event, but these will appear on the calendar AND on the gustavus-l prior to the event.

International Photo Contest...All current Gustavus students who has studied or traveled abroad in the past two years is invited to participate in the 25th annual International Photo Contest, sponsored by the Center for International and Cultural Education. Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 30 and can be made online by going to From Oct. 3-9, photo submissions will be displayed on Facebook for Gustavus community members to vote on. the winners will be announced on Oct. 10.

Campus Happenings

Nobel Hall Fall Research Symposium...This event will be held Friday, Sept. 12 between 1:30-5 p.m. and will feature Gustavus students who engaged in scientific research either at Gustavus or off-campus over the summer. The symposium will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a poster session in the Nobel Hall atrium, and will also include oral presentations and a social time with refreshments. A schedule with times and room locations for presentations will be posted in Nobel Hall.

Hillstrom Museum Opening Reception...The Hillstrom Museum of Art will open its 2014-15 season of exhibitions with Pull Left--Not Always Right: Emerging Contemporary Artists in China. An opening reception will take place between 7 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22. A separate reception will take place during the Nobel Conference from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The exhibition will be on display from Sept. 22 through Nov. 9. More information is available online.

Nobel 50Nobel 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.

chad winterfeldtFaculty Organ Recital...Newly appointed Cantor of Christ Chapel, Organist Chad Winterfeldt will present an organ recital on Christ Chapel's Hillgreen-Lane Pipe Organ at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Admission is free and open to the public. More information is also available online.

Echoes of Spain...Inspired by the avant-garde revolution in Paris in the early 1900's in which the glamour and fire of Spanish dance ignited the art scene, this performance will present songs, music, and dances that echo the past while bringing forth contemporary spirit and virtuosity. Artistic Director Susana di Palma directs master gypsy guitarist Chuscales, powerful flamenco singer Vicente Griego, and dancers Jesús Muñoz, Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde in an evening concert that you will not forget. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12 in Alumni Hall and is free and open to the public.

ChapelDaily Sabbath Schedule...All are invited to the worship services at 10 a.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Services will take place in Christ Chapel unless otherwise noted. The upcoming schedule is as follows.

  • Friday, Sept. 12: Interfaith Peace Celebration, Sesquicentennial Plaza
  • Sunday, Sept. 14: Chaplain Siri Erickson
  • Monday, Sept. 15: Faith and Learning, Matt Panciera, Classics
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Faith and Science, Chuck Niederriter, Physics
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: Morning Praise, Gustavus Choir
  • Thursday, Sept. 18: Student Speaker, Nate Paulsen '15, Re:vive
  • Friday, Sept. 19: Songs of Gratitude, Neal Hagberg, Director of Tennis and Life Camps, Sesquicentennial Plaza

Social Media Updates

FacebookTask Force Info...Last week's edition of Inside Gustavus made reference to the College's Social Media Task Force. Some members of the community have asked questions about the Task Force in regards to what its purpose is, who is currently on the committee, and how often it meets. The purpose of the Task Force is very simply to develop strategies to help promote the College and its programs on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, and LinkedIn. These strategies are meant to help attract prospective students and engage alumni and the campus community. The Task Force is NOT interested in becoming a "watchdog" over the personal accounts of the College's students and employees, nor is it interested in quelling the free speech of community members. Current members of the Task Force include: Tim Kennedy (Marketing & Communication), Jerry Nowell (GTS), Matt Thomas (Marketing & Communication), Corrie Odland (CSL), Charlie Potts (Residential Life), Chris Duhaime (Advancement), JJ Akin (Admission), and Ethan Armstrong (Sports Information/Athletics). The Task Force typically meets once a month. If you have interest in attending an upcoming meeting, please contact Tim Kennedy ( for information about the next meeting date and time.

Nobel Hashtag...With the Nobel Conference less than a month away, the Social Media Task Force would like to suggest that community members use the hashtag #Nobel50 on any tweets related to this year's conference.

Where To Follow Gustavus...Are you wondering where you can follow Gustavus on social media? Here are some helpful links. Also remember that you can access the college's social media accounts by clicking on the respective icons on the far left side of the College's homepage.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • The Gustavus volleyball team will host an eight-team invitational this weekend, beginning Friday, Sept. 12. The Gusties' first match is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday against Buena Vista University. The tournament's entire schedule is available online.
  • The men's soccer team will host St. Scholastica at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 and UW-Oshkosh at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14.
  • A live-stream of the Gustavus football game at Lake Forest College will be available at


  • Kevin Bur, the brother of Associate Professor in Chemistry and Chair of the Nobel Conference Scott Bur, tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident on Monday, Sept. 8. Kevin is survived by his wife Lori, and two children, Austin and Tori; parents Kenneth and Joyce Bur; brother Scott (Amy) Bur; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family members. Visitation will take place at the Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Walled Lake, Michigan from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 3-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, and from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

To inform the campus community of the death of a current student, employee, or trustee; an emeritus professor or trustee; or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or Death announcements and funeral notices for students, current and emeritus faculty and employees, and trustees will be sent to the community via written notice from the president, posted on community-l, the official campus-wide e-mail list, and published in the Inside Gustavus or Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in the Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a weekend confirmation retreat for St. John Lutheran Church of Montgomery, Sept. 13-14. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.


For Rent...Gorgeous Lake Washington Home with 150 feet of lakeshore, 3 BRM, 2 Full Baths, Fireplace and Beautiful Views From all Rooms, Two Car Garage, private access to Connors Pt Picnic Grounds and Boat Launch! Available on 9/15/2014.Call Laurie Henderson at (612) 414-5472 for information.

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

"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 1 p.m. CANCELLED: Softball vs. Saint Benedict (DH) Joseph, Minn.
1:302:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Jakob Larson, Bass Trombone, Student Recitalörling Recital Hall
23:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Choir of Christ Chapel and Lucia Singers Spring Concert Chapel
3:304:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Jocelyn Jaimez, Mezzo-Soprano, and Nathan Thompson, Tenor, Student Recitalörling Recital Hall
Tomorrow 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CANCELLED: Admitted Student Day: Experience Gustavus
68:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Presidential Rollout Tour - Chicago Via Stato - 620 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Mar 31 68:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Presidential Rollout Tour - Milwaukee Olson '82 and Betsy Setzer Olson '82 Residence
Apr 1 23 p.m. Keep Working Series: Screencasting
2:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Baseball at Augsburg (DH), Minn.
3:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Softball vs. St. Catherine (DH) Peter, Minn.
68:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Presidential Rollout Tour - Madison Rooftop Restaurant - 227 State St, Madison, WI 53703
Apr 3 CANCELLED: Men's Tennis hosts UW-Eau Claire Peter, Minn.
CANCELLED: Women's Tennis at Midwest Invite, Wis.
4:307 p.m. CANCELLED: Faculty Shop Talk Center
Apr 4 CANCELLED: Women's Tennis at Midwest Invite, Wis.
CANCELLED: Women's Golf at WashU Invite Louis, Mo.
CANCELLED: Men's Track & Field at Hamline Invite Paul, Minn.
CANCELLED: Women's Track & Field at Hamline Invite Paul, Minn.
1 p.m. CANCELLED: Baseball vs. Saint Mary's (DH) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. CANCELLED: Softball vs. Saint Mary's (DH) Peter, Minn.
Apr 5 CANCELLED: Women's Golf at WashU Invite Louis, Mo.
11 a.m. CANCELLED: Men's Tennis vs. University of Chicago Bend, Wis.
1 p.m. CANCELLED: Softball vs. Concordia (DH), Minn.
Apr 7 2:30 p.m. CANCELLED: Baseball vs. Macalester (DH) Peter, Minn.
4 p.m. CANCELLED: Women's Tennis at St. Olaf, Minn.

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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