Inside Gustavus 

March 5, 2015 | Volume 47, Number 22

Faculty/Staff Activities

LangMartin Lang's (Communication Studies) article "Written Out of Their Own Story: The Rhetorical Colonialism of Journalistic Practice" was published in the January-March 2015 issue of Communication Studies, the journal of the Central States Communication Association.

MoodyKjerstin Moody (Scandinavian Studies, GWS) attended the Midwest Faculty Seminar on "Everyday Life" at the University of Chicago, March 26-28.

LoFaroTom LoFaro (Mathematics and Computer Science) was invited to present his research in a seminar of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the Washington University Medical School. The title of his talk was "The temporal dynamics of cortical normalization models of decision-making."

Student Achievements

The Gustavus club tennis team won the Leader of the Year, Club of the Year, and Team Spirit Awards at last weekend's USTA Tennis On Campus Section Championship.

club tennis

In The Media

  • Gustavus and alumnus Ty Moore ’12 were featured in a Star Tribune feature story on DeLaSalle student-athlete Jarvis Johnson. Moore, who is Johnson’s brother, was quoted extensively in the story.

  • The Mankato Free Press posted a story online on March 5 previewing the Building Bridges Conference. The story will appear in the March 6 print edition of the newspaper.

News & Announcements

Swimming Lessons Offered...Interested in signing your kids up for swimming lessons? Learn to Swim with the Gusties would love to teach your kids how to swim! Current Gustavus swim team members can also help refine stroke mechanics and help your kids advance in all four strokes. Go online for more information or email Luke Weyandt if you have questions. Lessons begin on April 7.

New Academic Lecture Announced...The Matthias Wahlstrom Lecutre, funded by an anonymous donor, is intended to be an annual lecture by a Gustavus faculty member on the possibilities of the liberal arts in the 21st century. Deborah Goodwin, Associate Professor of Religion, will give the inaugural Wahlstrom Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 in Beck Hall 101. Goodwin's talk is titled "The Liberal Arts and Class Warfare." Matthias Wahlstrom served as the College's fifth president from 1881 to 1904 and helped transform Gustavus from an academy to a degree-granting college.

Wellbeing Fellows Program...Are you passionate about wellbeing? This could be just the opportunity you are seeking. The Wellbeing Initiative is pleased to announce the 2015 Wellbeing Fellows Program. Funding is available for projects initiated by individuals, departments, or programs that focus on enhancing individual and community wellbeing. See full program details and application online. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23.

Be U Wellbeing Coaching Groups...Slots are still available for people to join a Be U group. Join a confidential supportive community to help you explore the life you want to be living, both personally and professionally. Take time for yourself to talk, listen and just BREATHE! Groups start Tuesday, March 10. Available group times inlucde Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Register online or contact Cinde Wiebusch with questions.

Register for Day at the Capitol...On Thursday, March 19, Gustavus Adolphus College students and financial aid supporters will travel to St. Paul to meet with state legislators to show continued support and appreciation for the Minnesota State Grant Program, as part of the College’s annual Day at the Capitol event. In addition to scheduled events at the Captiol, participants will have a chance to meet alumni who work in government and public service at a networking event at the University Club in St. Paul. Register for this event online at

Spring Break Trip Opportunity...The organization Students Today Leaders Forever is organizing a Spring Break Pay It Forward Tour. The trip is a multi-day, multi-city experience that engages students in service and leadership. Students will travel to a new city each day, learning about social issues, building lasting relationships, and and making a commitment to continued action when they return home. The Gustavus trip will travel to Rockford, Ill., Chicago, Ill., Joliet, Ill., Angola, Ind., Akron, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Washington, D.C. Any students interested in participating should contact Gustavus student Grace Holbrook at

Campus Happenings

Building Bridges Conference...The 20th annual Building Bridges Conference will be held on Saturday, March 7, and is titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Recognizing and Rejecting Rape Culture.” Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include Jessica Valenti and Kyle Tran Myhre, better known by his stage name, Guante. Valenti will speak at 9 a.m. in Christ Chapel, while Guante will speak at 12 p.m. Conference organizers have also recently received confirmation that U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will deliver a welcoming address and discuss some of her work on sexual assault/rape culture at the onset of the conference. More information including the entire schedule for the Conference is available online.

Inaugural Christenson Lecture...The inaugural Ronald S. and Kathryn K. Christenson Lectureship in Politics and Lawwill take place at 7 p.m. on March 5 in the Wallenberg Auditorium. This year's speaker is Georgetown University Professor David Cole, co-author of the book Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror. Cole's lecture is titled “After Edward Snowden: The NSA, Your Cellphone, and the Challenge of Preserving Privacy in the Digital Age.” More information is available online.

GAC's Got Talent...Don't miss it! Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. Audience member will have the opportunity to win small prizes throughout the evening by answering Building Bridges trivia questions between each act.

MCS Art Exhibition...The Mathematics and Computer Science Department is pleased to invite the Gustavus community to the opening of its second MCS faculty art exhibition, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 in the foyer of the third floor of Olin Hall. The exhibit will feature works by the MCS faculty, and range from works of fiber, nature, wood and other media. Light hors-d'oeuvres will be served.

Children's Theatre...Students in the Theatre & Dance course Intermediate Acting will be presenting two short children's plays in the Black Box, starting at 1 p.m on Friday, March 6. One is an excerpt from a theatre adaptation of very well known story of a girl from Kansas and her little dog, and the other is a short piece titled "A New Leash on Life", about a mad scientist and the invention of a machine that transforms kids into dogs. Both short plays are directed primarily for an audience of young children; however, older children and adults are also welcome. The entire program runs about 25 minutes and is free and open to the public.

Hispanic Film Festival...This event continues at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 9 in Wallenberg Auditorium with the screening of the Venezuelan drama Pelo Malo/Bad Hair.

Gustavus Internship Fair...All students are encouraged to attend the 15th annual Gustavus Internship Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 in the Heritage Banquet Room. A wide variety of organizations,many from the St. Peter, Mankato, and Twin Cities area will meet with students of all years and all majors.

Gustie Breakfast...Tom Crady, Vice President for Enrollment and Retention, will speak at the next Gustie Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11 in the Jackson Campus Center Banquet Rooms. Cost is $8 per person and $15 per couple. Register by calling 507-933-6664 or by emailing You can also register and pay online.

Africa Night...This celebration of African culture, music, food, and clothing will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in Alumni Hall. Sponsored by the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization, the event is free and open to the public, and will include dance, food, speakers, musical performances, and a fashion show.

Fika with Nobel Museum Director...The Director of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Dr. Olov Amelin, will be at Gustavus on Tuesday, March 17. Gustavus faculty and staff are invited to Fika with Dr. Amelin on March 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Konferensrum in the Jackson Campus Center. Dr. Amelin will provide an informal overview of the work of the Museum and Bruce Karstad from the American Swedish Institute will share briefly about the current exhibit at ASI, Nobel Creations: Inspired by the Nobel Prize.

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, March 6: Interfaith Peace Prayers
  • Sunday, March 8: Chaplain Siri Erickson
  • Monday, March 9: Yumiko Ryan & Barbara Leidundguth, Music
  • Tuesday, March 10: Elizabeth Flomo, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, High Five Wind Quintet
  • Wednesday, March 11: Lenten Morning Prayer, Choir of Christ Chapel
  • Thursday, March 12: Megan Klapperich '17, Re:vive
  • Friday, March 13: International Students Celebration

Off-Campus Events of Interest

St. Peter Schools Referendum...After years of planning, discussing, and community input, the School Board of Saint Peter Public Schools will hold a Facilities Bond Referendum on March 10. The District is seeking voter authorization for funding to address ongoing facility needs and to improve the teaching and learning environments for all District learners.

Saint Peter Public Schools is proposing a single-question bond in the amount of $58,595,000 which will address issues relating to building capacity, safety and security, 21st Century learning, and community use. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on March 10. More information about the scope of the project and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the St. Peter Schools website under the "Referendum" tab.


  • Maurice Alton Peterson, the father-in-law of David Menk (Institutional Research), passed away on Feb. 6, 2015, at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; three daughters: Valerie (Lawrence) Day, Anne (Mark) Janda, and Rebecca (David) Menk; two step-sons: Glenn (Teressa) Gramer and Gary (Wendy) Gramer; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Zumberge. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at First Baptist Church of Webster, Wis.
  • Agnes Louise Peterson, the mother-in-law of David Menk (Institutional Research), passed away on Feb. 11, 2015, at the age of 91. She is survived by daughters Valerie (Lawrence) Day, Anne (Mark) Janda, and Rebecca (David) Menk; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, friends and extended family. Services were held on Feb. 17 at Grace Baptist Church in Grantsburg, Wis.

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 Jackson Lake Lutheran Church of Amboy, March 6-7, and another retreat for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of St. Paul, March 6-7. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Exploring Religious Questions Series...The mini course "Interfaith Understanding and Cooperation: Historical and Contemporary Approaches among Jews, Christians, and Muslims" will continue on Monday, March 9 (7-9pm, Olin Hall 103). Dr. Fuad Naeem a religion professor at Gustavus will give the third lecture in this series. Sponsored by the Gustavus Adolphus College Center for Servant Leadership, Church Relations, and the Bernhardson Chair.


Seeking Housing...Roger Adkins, set to join Gustavus in June 2015 as the next director of the Center for International and Cultural Education, is seeking rental housing in St. Peter, beginning in early June 2015. ISO 2-bedroom home (house or apartment), ideally with a garage, in-unit laundry or hook-ups, and central air. Non-smoker with no pets. If anyone has a property to let or any leads, please email Roger at

Furniture For Sale...Antique and near-antique furniture in fine condition from a smoke-free home. Photos and prices are available online at Contact Deborah Goodwin for more information.

"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 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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