Inside Gustavus 

January 8, 2015 | Volume 47, Number 15

Faculty/Staff Activities

Peg O'Connor (Philosophy and GWS) has had two articles published in the print version of Psychology Today. The first is “Searching for the Self and Other Unicorns,” in the November/December 2014 issue. The second is “Why Do Addicts Need a Sense of Authority over Their Own Narratives,” in the January/February 2015 edition. Each of these originally appeared on her blog titled, "Philosophy Stirred Not Shaken," with the online edition of Psychology Today. The blog has more than 375,000 hits.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy and GWS) served on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Food and Agriculture Ethics, just published by Springer. A paper copy of this reference source is now available in the library.

Julie Bartley (Geology) presented a poster on behalf of the Gustavus InTeGrate team (Laura Triplett, Jim Dontje, Tom Huber, Michele Koomen, Jeff Jeremiason, Jeff La Frenierre, Chuck Niederriter, Anna Versluis), at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. The poster, titled "Climate Science across the liberal arts curriculum at Gustavus Adolphus College," highlights the first semester of work by the InTeGrate project team, which has resulted in the development of four climate science modules that have been delivered to 162 students in six sections of Gustavus courses. The upcoming second semester of module development will see eight modules developed and delivered to students. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation, through SERC's nationwide InTeGrate project, and supported by the Kendall Center.

Julie Bartley (Geology) with coauthors Linda Kah, Tracy Frank, and Tim Lyons published a paper in the journal Geobiology. The article is titled "Deep-water microbialites of the Mesoproterozoic Dismal Lakes Group: microbial growth, lithification, and implications for coniform stromatolites," and also made the cover of the January issue of the journal.

Laura Triplett (Geology) and two of her research students, Rachel Mohr '16 and Russell Krueger '17 presented a poster at the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. The poster, titled "The Physical and Biochemical Alteration of the Platte River by Phragmites australis, and Invasive Species of Wetland Grass", reported results from Triplett's three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Marcia J. Bunge (Religion) has co-edited and contributed to a special journal issue on “Religion and Child Protection” for Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal. The journal issue includes an introduction by Bunge, her article on “Christianity’s Commitments to Nurturing and Protecting Children: Biblical Foundations,” and articles by other contributors on Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and creative partnerships between secular and religious child-focused organizations.

Betsy Byers (Art and Art History) has a solo exhibition, "Indeterminate Present," that will run from Jan. 10 through Feb. 21 at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery in Minneapolis. The opening reception is Saturday, Jan. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., she will be featured as a panelist in a discussion titled, “Color: What Is It Good For? The Facilitator is Dr. Christina Schmid, Assistant Professor of Art, University of Minnesota, and the other panelists are, Mary Abbe, Art Critic, Minneapolis Star Tribune, painter, Jim Denomie, and Kolman & Pryor Gallery artist, Jil Evans.

Chaplain Brian Konkol will be serving as guest preacher at Stanford Memorial Church for its University Public Worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Sandra Kramer, Cashier, Dining Service

* New Administrators

  • Kimberly Meyer, Coordinator of Teacher Education Field Placement & Admissions, Education Department

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Dec. 16 and discussed the following items:

  • President Bergman reported that the faculty endorsed the Shared Governance Principles document at the December 12 faculty meeting.  Cabinet members endorsed the document as well (on behalf of the administration).  The Governance Group will be meeting in the next week to review/recommend the document for Board endorsement at the January Board meeting.
  • Director of the Center for Servant Leadership Barb Larson Taylor was present to give an update on the work of the Center and review the goals and statement of belief for leadership. 
  • The following dates were approved for Homecoming and Family Weekend: Homecoming: October 1, 2016 and October 7, 2017 with September 23, 2017 as an alternative. Family Weekend: October 8, 2016 and October 14, 2017.
  • The following 2015 holiday schedule was approved: April 3 (Good Friday), May 25 (Memorial Day), July 3 (4th of July), November 26 (Thanksgiving Day), November 27 (Day after Thanksgiving), December 24 (Floating Holiday), December 25 (Christmas), December 28-31 (Floating Holidays), January 1 (New Year's Day).
  • Members agreed that the process for reporting bias incidents/hate crimes by employees needs to be clarified.  Further discussion will be held at a future meeting.

News & Announcements

Carnegie Foundation Distinction...The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Gustavus to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Gustavus is now one of 361 campuses out of 4,634 eligible institutions of higher education in the country that have the designation. More information about this honor is available online.

Campus Happenings

MLK Lecture...The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, president and founder of both the Washington Consulting Group in Baltimore and the Social Justice Training Institute, will give the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19 in Christ Chapel. Dr. Washington’s lecture is titled “50 Years Later, The Work Continues: Living the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King In Our Own Time.”

Gustie Breakfast...The January Gustie Breakfast will take place Jan. 14 in the Campus Center banquet rooms and will feature Don Myers '83, Director of the Hillstrom Museum of Art. Check in and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. with the speaker beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $8 per person or $15 per couple. You can register online or by calling 507-933-6043.

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, Jan. 9: Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Sunday, Jan. 11: Chaplain Grady St. Dennis
  • Monday, Jan. 12: Service of Light
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13: Rev. Alan Bray, First Lutheran Church of St. Peter
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Jan. 15: Nate McNab '15, Music by Re:vive
  • Friday, Jan. 16: Taize Contemplative Worship

Facility Hours

Library Hours for January Term are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • The women's hockey team will host Adrian College at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9.
  • The men's hockey team will host Finlandia University at 8:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9.
  • The women's hockey team will host Lake Forest College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10.
  • The men's hockey team will host the College of St. Scholastica at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10.


  • Roy Andrew Miller '46, passed away on August 22, 2014. A linguist and literary scholar, Miller had unusual facility with Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Southeast and South Asian languages. He studied Latin and Greek at Gustavus and then served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1944 to 1946. He was Professor of Linguistics at the International Christian University in Tokyo from 1955 to 163 and then taught at Yale University from 1964 to 1970. From 1970 until 1989 he taught at the University of Washington in Seattle, serving as chairman of the Department of Asian Languages from 1972 to 1975. In 1971, Gustavus awarded Miller an honorary degree. He published many important works on the Japanese language during his career including A Japanese Reader: Graded Lessons for Mastering the Written Language.

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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.

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