Inside Gustavus 

November 13, 2014 | Volume 47, Number 11

Faculty/Staff Activities

BraekkanKristian Braekkan (Economics & Management) had his co-authored article "A new approach to analyzing the Achilles' heel of multi-source feedback programs: Can we really trust ratings of leaders at the group level of analysis?" accepted for publication in Leadership Quarterly. The article was co-authored by colleagues at Virginia Tech and James Madison.

AmamotoFlorence Amamoto (English) presented "Obasan and beyond: landscape, displacement, and healing in Japanese Canadian Literature" at the 49th Western American Literature Association conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on Nov. 6, 2014. She also chaired the Susan J. Rosowski Award for Outstanding Teaching and Creative Mentoring committee. With Susan N. Maher, Dean of Liberal Studies, University of Minnesota--Duluth, she was named co-Vice President of the Western Literature Association. As co-Presidents, they will be responsible for organizing and hosting the 2017 Western Literature Association conference to be held in Minneapolis.

LoFaroTom LoFaro (Mathematics and Computer Science) had the paper "The Temporal Dynamics of Cortical Normalization Models of Decision-making" accepted to the journal Letters in Biomathematics. This paper was co-authored with Kenway Louie and Paul Glimcher of New York University and Ryan Webb of the University of Toronto.

In The Media

  • KSTP-TV ran a feature on Gustavus student-athlete Mitch Hendricks on its Nov. 6 newscasts. Hendricks, fellow student-athlete Jake Forcier and head football coach Peter Haugen were all interviewed for the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Nov. 4 about Gustavus receiving the 2014 Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association for its work and ongoing commitment to the Nobel Conference.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story on Thursday, Nov. 13 about Gustavus receiving the 2014 Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award.

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Nov. 11 and discussed the following items:

  • Discussion was held regarding the Shared Governance Principles document, specifically concerning the Mission and Vision paragraph.  President Bergman will reach out to Trustee Dan Currell for his feedback and then send the new draft to the Shared Governance Task Force members for their review.
  • Members reviewed the agenda for the Administrative Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, 10:30 a.m., in the Heritage Room.
  • Members discussed and approved hiring a part-time replacement Campus Safety officer.
  • Vice President Westphal reviewed the snow emergency procedures and communications. 
  • Members agreed to reinstitute the pandemic planning committee. Chair of the Committee will be Director of the Health Service Heather Dale.

News & Announcements

giveGive to Gustavus Day a Huge Success...Give to Gustavus Day, which was held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, raised $133,296 for the Gustavus Annual Fund thanks to more than 452 donors. The total exceeded the goal of $100,000 and shattered last year's total of $65,446. In addition, approximately 50 Gustavus employees contributed a gift on Give to Gustavus Day. Those contributions will also count toward the College's 2014 Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign which runs from Nov. 12 through Dec. 5. Any questions related to staff giving can be directed to

Clarification Regarding New Konferensrum...While the name and the furniture configuration will be changed, the use and function of the space formerly known as the Faculty/Staff Center will remain much the same. As in prior years we will continue to allow groups to reserve the space for meetings. As in the past, individuals are welcome to and indeed INVITED to use the space when it is not reserved. College community members are also welcome to use Linner Lounge in this same manner. As always, signage is posted near the door indicating when the room is reserved. As a reminder from the previous message, maximum capacity for the Konferensrum is roughly 25-30 depending on set up, and dining services can serve meals in the space. Plans are in the works to order new furniture for the space that will accommodate 16 people at tables. Please call x7590 or visit to reserve this room.

PartnersDonations Sought During SleepOut...During this year’s Gustavus Sleepout, students in The Politics of Homelessness FTS will support Partners for Affordable Housing, owners and operators of the Welcome Inn and Theresa House in Mankato, by collecting necessities for their operation. There are 11 families staying in these two homes at any one time, and demand is constant for after-school treats for the children staying with them; paper products such as toilet paper, napkins and paper towels; personal hygiene products like shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste; and cleaning supplies. St. Peter does not have any shelters for people experiencing a temporary or long-term housing crisis.

FTS Sleepout participants will be carrying a cardboard box, donated by the BookMark, to collect any of the above items. Look for them—they will be visible. Additionally, the BookMark has created hygiene kits for purchase at the registers for a modest charge; purchased kits will also be brought to the two shelters. Thank you in advance for contributing what you can.

Administrative Council Meeting...All administrators are invited to attend an Administrative Council meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Heritage Room. Agenda items will include porgress on the Shared Governance Principals document, fiscal year 2016 budget planning, an enrollment update, information regarding the Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign, and other items. Administrators are encouraged to bring questions with them for President Bergman and the members of the President's Cabinet.

film reelMLLC Announces Second Hispanic Film Festival...After receiving the PRAGDA Spanish Film Grant by Spain's Ministry of Culture for a second time, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will host the second Hisanic Film Festival on campus this spring. The festival will be held during five consecutive Mondays, starting on Feb. 23 and running through March 23. Films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Auditorium and the line up will cover a diversity of countries, languages, and contemporary topics. If your department would like to co-sponsor this event, contact Angelique Dwyer or Dario Sanchez.

Gustavus and Nobel Conference Recognized...Gustavus Adolphus College will receive the 2014 Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) at the Tekne Awards celebration on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Minneapolis. Gustavus will receive the award for its work and ongoing commitment to the Nobel Conference. “With the Nobel Conference, Gustavus Adolphus College ignites questions that lie at the heart of science and society—and it’s been doing so for half a century,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Gustavus alumna and president and CEO of MHTA. “It’s this kind of dedication that embodies the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

umcesGustavus to Host 2015 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit...Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin Campus Compact invite proposals for the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit, which will be hosted here at Gustavus next June 9-10, 2015. The conference theme is: The Global Is Local: Civic Engagement across Cultures, Communities, and Nations. The Summit will provide opportunities for faculty, professional staff, and student and community leaders interested in higher education civic engagement activities to network and learn from one another while engaging in skill-building sessions as well as discussing important issues for our campuses and communities.

Faculty, staff, student and community leaders are encouraged to propose a session or two. The deadline for submissions is February 13, 2015; the planning committee will review all proposals and contact presenters no later than March 13, 2015. Conference details may be found online, and proposals may be submitted online. Questions may be directed to the Executive Director of Minnesota Campus Compact, Julie Plaut or Jeffrey Rathlef, Director for Community-Based Service & Learning at Gustavus.

CCCC in CC Livestream...For the first time in the 42-year history of the event, Christmas in Christ Chapel, the annual holiday tradition at Gustavus Adolphus College, will be live streamed to the public on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 6. Heroic Productions, which annually provides audio, video, and lighting solutions for both Christmas in Christ Chapel and the Nobel Conference, will produce the live stream with the use of at least six different cameras. Please help spread the word to interested parties. More information is available online.

C in CC Tickets...Tickets are still available for all five of this year's Christmas in Christ Chapel services, though the number is currently limited for the afternoon services. Gustavus students and employees are allotted one complimentary ticket, while additional tickets can be purchased for $30 apiece. Tickets may be purchased online at

Thanksgiving Recess...No classes will be held Nov. 26-28 and most offices on campus will be closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving Recess.

Campus Happenings

Orchestra Concert...Conductors James Patrick Miller and Karrin Meffert-Nelson will lead the Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras through their annual fall concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Brassworks! 2014...Brass ensembles from throughout the Department of Music at Gustavus will come together for this annual performance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in Bjoring Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public. flags

International Festival...On Saturday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m., the International Cultures Club will sponsor its International Festival in Alumni Hall. The festival is an annual event featuring music, dancing, cultural displays, world cuisines, and a fashion show. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Philharmonic Orchestra Concert...Conductor Justin Knoepfel will lead the Gustavus Philharmonic in its annual fall concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Fall Jazz Concert...Director Dave Stamps will bring the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble to the Bjorling stage for the bands' annual fall concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. The performance is free and open to the public.  

Woodwind Chamber Ensembles Concert...The Department of Music will present its annual fall Woodwind Chambers Ensembles' concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Percussion Ensemble Concert...Director Paul Hill will lead the members of the Gustavus Percussion Ensemble through their fall concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Faculty Meeting...A regular monthly meeting of the faculty will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 in Alumni Hall.

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

  • Friday, Nov. 14: Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Sunday, Nov. 16: Chaplain Brian Konkol
  • Monday, Nov. 17: Mary Gaebler, Religion and GWS
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: Matt Swenson '06, Press Secretary for Governor Mark Dayton
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19: Morning Praise, Gustavus Choir, Chapel Bells
  • Thursday, Nov. 20: Shelby Roles '15, Chapel Brass
  • Friday, Nov. 21: Hymns on Tap, The Dive

Off-Campus Events of Interest

JUSTHREE BRASS will play at morning services at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The group consists of Jack Graber, trumpet (a Gustavus alum), David Schultz, horn (former horn instructor at Gustavus), and Mark Lammers, trombone (Research Professor at Gustavus and former music department chair). They will join David Fienen, organ (Emeritus Professor of Music and former Provost at Gustavus) who is currently Interim Cantor at First Lutheran. They will play selections by Robert King, Orlande de Lassus, Gabrieli, and Bach.

Telecommunication Updates

The following are additions/changes for the “Personnel Phone Directory 2014-15”:

Hannah Birkholz, Nursing, Phone: x7317, Email: hbirkhol, New
Leigh Pomeroy, English, Phone: x7391, Email: lpomeroy, New
Abby Travis, English, Phone: x 7391, Email: atravis2, New
Justin Hicks, GTS, Phone: 7403, Email: jhicks, New
Barb Wright, Dining Service, Phone: x7070, Email: bwright2 , New
Kelly Karstad (Hanson), Advising Center, Phone: x7138, Email: kkarstad, Name and email change

For further information or corrections, contact Telecommunications at x6261 or e-mail:

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • The women's hockey team will host Concordia College at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15.
  • The women's basketball team will host Crown College at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 and Martin Luther College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16.


  • Former Gustavus administrator Dr. Robert E. Karsten passed away on Nov. 12 in a care unit in Columbus, Ohio. Karsten served at Gustavus from 1973 to 1983 as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. After leaving Gustavus he went on to serve as Provost of Capital University in Ohio, President of Upsala College in New Jersey, and Interim President at Notre Dame College in Ohio.

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

Partners in Education...Deborah Goodwin (Religion) will give a presentation on "Christian Theology before and after the Holocaust" at Shepherd of the Valley in Apple Valley from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Photo of the Week

Gusties celebrated the Hmong New Year on Nov. 8 in the St. Peter Banquet Room. You can view more pictures from this event and other events on campus by visiting the Gustavus Flickr page.



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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "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.
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.

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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