Inside Gustavus 

December 4, 2014 | Volume 47, Number 13

Faculty/Staff Activities

DugdaleEric Dugdale (Classics) gave an invited lecture titled "Prophecy and Sign Interpretation in Sophocles' Antigone" at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He also signed a contract with Bloomsbury for his book, titled Prophecy and the Polis in Sophocles.

MyersLynnea Myers (Nursing) recently presented two sessions at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Nov. 16-19 in New Orleans: “Partnering to Provide Public Health Nursing at the ‘Top of the World’” and “Speed-dating for Public Health Nursing”. The first session detailed an innovative partnership with the North Slope Borough in Barrow, Alaska to provide a public health nursing rotation for Gustavus students. The second presentation involved a creative learning activity implemented with Gustavus alumni and nursing staff at the Minnesota Department of Health during a public health clinical rotation to expose students to nursing careers at the state health department and systems, leadership, and policy level work in nursing.

KonkolChaplain Brian Konkol was featured in the article, "Having Faith", for the Fall 2014 edition of "Strides", the quarterly magazine of Viterbo University (La Crosse, Wisconsin). Konkol is a 2001 graduate of Viterbo and currently serves on its Board of Advisors.

CrnkovicDenis Crnković (MLLC-Russian) has had his article, "TIme and the Vanities of Existence in Antun Šoljan's Fiction," accepted for publication in the 2015 edition of Slovo, the journal of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Uppsala University, Sweden.

CoueyBlake Couey (Religion) presented a paper titled "Retrospective Patterning in Isaiah 1-33" on Nov. 22 at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in San Diego. The paper included material from his forthcoming book Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

KoomenMichele Koomen (Education) along with Karen Oberhauser and other colleagues at the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab, were recipients of the 2014 Wings Across the Americas 2014 Conservation Award from the U.S. Forest Service. For more than 20 years, the University of Minnesota’s Monarch lab has served to link academic research with community outreach programs associated with monarch conservation. Koomen’s work included professional development for teachers and opportunities for teachers and their students to participate in research. By using a charismatic species such as the monarch, the Monarch Lab team has attracted students of all ages to participate in scientific research and has encouraged students to contribute to conservation.

Student Achievements

NeuroNeuroscience students, Matthew Baker '15, Samantha Banks '15, Jackson Eliason '15, and Lindsay Ortlip '15 presented the results of their work, "The effect of sodium salicylate on rat exploratory and anxiety-like behaviors" at the Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, D.C. A manuscript of the work which includes co-authors Jan Wotton (Neuroscience, Psychology) and Mike Ferragamo (Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology) has been submitted for review to the journal, Behavioral Neuroscience.

April Phillip '15, presented results from her independent study with the North Slope Borough on tobacco cessation among Alaska Natives: "Tobacco Has Never Been Our Way of Life: A Story of One Student's Experience in the North Slope Borough," at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The Peer Assistants (PAs) recently presented their “Power of Positive Action” bystander intervention presentation at the 2014 National BACCHUS Conference in Orlando, Florida. The PAs received acclaim for their peer-based approach to empowering others to identify and intervene in challenging situations. The PAs are available to deliver and/or train on this presentation for other campus entities. 2014-2015 Peer Assistants include Eric Pothen '15, Kelli Remboldt '15, Blake Van Oosbree '15, Krystal Kruetzer '15, Matt Wagle '15, Kacie Foster '15, Jace Riggin '16, Kelly Lindahl '16, Katlynn Alm '16, Nick Mansur '16, Xingzhu Liu '16, Andrew Rome '16, Johnna Bottila '17, Rachel Haefliger '17, and Kaitlyn Reed '17.

In The Media

  • Chaplain Brian Konkol had his op/ed piece "Escape the Enslavement of 'Decemberism' This Year' published in the Rochester Post-Bulletin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stevens Point Journal, Marshfield News-Herald, Wasau Daily Herald, and The Daily Tribune in Wisconsin Rapids.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Thursday, Nov. 27 about the grant received by the College’s Center for Developmental Science to create a permanent Living Lab exhibit in the Southern Minnesota Children’s Museum. Kyle Chambers (Psychology) and students Janey Ross and Emma Nystadius were all quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Christmas in Christ Chapel in its Thursday, Dec. 4 edition.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Jasmine Clavel, Cook/Server, Dining Service

News & Announcements

Winds of Christmas Concert...The President's Office would like to extend an invitation to the entire campus community to attend the annual Winds of Christmas concert during Sabbath time at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Christ Chapel. The concert will be recorded and the footage will be used in our annual Christmas E-Card that is sent to thousands of alumni and friends of the College. We would love to have a full and festive audience on hand to demonstrate the supportive community we have at Gustavus.

Reminder from Advancement Office...As we approach the end of the calendar year, we in the Advancement Office are asking for your help. If you receive donations in your office, please send them to our office by December 31. This will help us ensure a correct and timely receipt to the people who support Gustavus. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Johnson at x6515.

Campus Happenings

Psychological Science Fall Research Symposium...Join psychological science students in the Beck Hall Atrium at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 as they present their recent research.

cccChristmas in Christ Chapel...The 42nd annual Christmas in Christ Chapel services, "Tender Rose, Starry Night," wll take place Dec. 5-7. A limited number of tickets remain for the services on Friday and Sunday. Both services on Saturday are sold out. Gustavus faculty, staff, and students can obtain their one complimentary ticket and purchase additional tickets by going online to

Gustie Breakfast...The next Gustie Breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 in the Jackson Campus Center banquet rooms. This month's speaker is Associate Professor of Political Science Alisa Rosenthal, who also serves as Director of the Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. Alisa will present on the work of the Kendall Center, which supports faculty in achieving their potential as teachers and scholars. Cost is $8 for an individual or $15 per couple. RSVP by calling 933-6664 or by registering and paying online.

Wellbeing Event...The event "Gustie Wellbeing: Sex, Drugs, and Rocky Emotional Health" will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 in Beck Hall 119. Join the Gustavus Nursing Department and the Wellbeing Center in exploring Gustie wellbeing. Students will be presenting their research findings about the following topics: Depression: its relationship with alcohol, gender, and race; Sexual Health: use of contraceptives, sexual behaviors and alcohol use, and self-esteem and body image; Leading Risk Factors for Academic Impediments; and Relationship between Binge Drinking and Eating Disorders (i.e., "Drunkorexia").

Festival of St. Lucia...Gustavus will celebrate its 74th annual Festival of St. Lucia at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 in Christ Chapel. The six sophomore women on this year's St. Lucia Court are Sarah Barnes, Rachel Hain, Janet Jennings, Kendyl Landeck, Sharon Singh, and Laura Swenson. Communitity members can vote for this year's St. Lucia online through Friday, Dec. 5.

Shared Space Dance Concert...The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present Shared Space: Shared Stories.Shared Space is a student directed, choreographed, designed, and performed studio dance concert. The show gives new choreographers an opportunity to present their work to the community. Each year the performance features a diverse collection of dance styles and forms. Because the concert is in the Kresge Dance Studio and the seating is very limited, you are encouraged to get your tickets early. Come and support the choreographers and the dancers and enjoy an amazing performance! Showtimes are as follows: 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 13. Tickets are available online at or by calling 507-933-7590.

mjMichael Johnson Concert...Be a part of a nearly 50-year tradition of concerts by Michael Johnson on the Gustavus campus. The Gustavus Artist Series once again brings this internationally-renowned singer, song-writer and guitarist to the Bjorling Recital Hall stage for an 8 p.m. show on Friday, Dec. 12. Tickets are available online at or by calling 933-7590.

Faculty Meeting...The regular monthly meeting of the faculty will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in Wallenberg Auditorium.

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, Dec. 5: Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Sunday, Dec. 7: Kate Knutson '13
  • Monday, Dec. 8: Advent Service of Light
  • Tuesday, Dec. 9: Winds of Christmas, Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10: Advent Morning Prayer, Zach Anderson (organ), Elizabeth Hable (soprano)
  • Thursday, Dec. 11: Festival of St. Lucia, Lucia Singers, Chapel Bells
  • Friday, Dec. 12: Christmas Carol Sing-along, Frost Your Owns, Gustavus Chamber Winds, Brass Choir

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • The men's hockey team will host St. Olaf at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5.
  • The women's basketball team will host St. Catherine University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.
  • The women's hockey team will host St. Olaf at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.
  • The men's basketball team will host the University of Northwestern at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Telecommunication Updates

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

Hannah Birkholz, Nursing, Phone: x7317, Email: hbirkho2, New, Email change
Christian Harmeyer, Athletics, Phone: x7037, Email: charmeye, New
Melissa Hudson, Dining Service, Phone: x7070, New
Jasmine Clavel, Dining Service, Phone: x7070, Email: jclavel, New
Daniel Dean, Advancement, Phone: x6520, Email: ddean, Delete

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

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host the staff of Thrivent's Two Rivers Regional Financial Office in the Retreat Center, Dec. 4-5. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.


Vacation Rental Available...We have points to share! Must travel by the end of February. Reasonable rates for a week in a Gold Crown Resort Condominium anywhere in the US, Canada, Mexico. Email me with your destination, dates and how many traveling and I will tell you what is available and price. Contact Wendy 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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
Tomorrow 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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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.
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
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
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 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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.

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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