Inside Gustavus 

March 12, 2015 | Volume 47, Number 23

Faculty/Staff Activities

Ana Adams' (Spanish, MLLC) interpretation of the Spanish historical novel Urraca (1982) by contemporary feminist writer Lourdes Ortiz was published in Letras Femeninas in an article titled “Urraca, una reina medieval para una España democrática”

Emma Jasnoch's (Spanish/LALACS) paper "El cine y la Guerra Civil española: encuadrando al país a través del pueblo" has been accepted for publication in El Cid, a journal of the national Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi.

Brian Konkol (Office of the Chaplains) spoke on "Common Ground for a Common Good" on March 2 at "Theology Pub", which took place at Shamrock's Pub in St. Paul, Minn. Sponsored by Humble Walk Lutheran Church, Theology Pub is a monthly gathering that features artists and scholars from the region in order to encourage public discourse and community building.

Student Achievements

Gustavus students Mikaela Algren '17 and Grace Kerber '17 have been named Rossing Physics Scholars for 2015-16. Algren is one of five students to receive a $10,000 scholarship for next year, while Kerber is one of seven students to receive a $5,000 honorable mention scholarship for next year. The Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education awards scholarships annually to exemplary students in physics at colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

In The Media

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a preview of the Building Bridges Conference on March 6. Students and Conference Co-Chairs Leah Soule and Kyle Maloney were quoted in the story.
  • KEYC ran a story on March 7 about the Building Bridges Conference.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on March 8 at the Building Bridges Conference.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Administrators

  • William (Bill) Kuehn, Gift Planner, Advancement
  • Jennifer Vickerman, Special Gift Officer, Advancement

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Thursday, March 5 and discussed the following items:

  • Members continued discussions regarding the FY 2016 budget benchmarks and planning, including reviewing a draft of the voluntary retirement incentive opportunity that will be offered to employees in March.
  • Members approved the hiring of a Student Life replacement position (First Year FAIR).

News & Announcements

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions…A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on April 8-10. Go online to schedule an appointment, or contact (800) 732-8353, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Campus Happenings

Campus Forum and Panel Discussion...Members of the Gustavus community are invited to an open campus forum and panel discussion on the topics of Gustavus Free Speech, Social Media & Creating Conversations. This event will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in the Banquet Rooms of the Jackson Campus Center. Questions can be submitted via Yik Yak and will be moderated by students Jennifer Marquette and Logan Boese. Panelists will include JoNes VanHecke, Charlie Potts, Peg O'Connor and Kristian Braekkan.

Introduction to the Pipe Organ...Kids, explore the pipe organ! On Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Sioux Trails chapter of the American Guild of Organists will host a Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza for young musicians ages 8 to 18. This introduction to the pipe organ features demonstrations and hands-on opportunities, as well as pizza for lunch. Locations include Christ Chapel and First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Registration, schedule, and other information can be found online at The event is free to all. Additional questions can be directed to Chad Winterfeldt at or 507.933.7447.

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.

Hispanic Film Festival...The Second Gustavus Hispanic Film Festival will continue at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16 in Wallenberg Auditorium with the screening of the Argentinian drama La sombra azul/The Blue Shadow. Director Sergio Schmucler will be at the screening. After the film, all guests are invited to stay for a discussion with Professor Scott Ickes.

Taking Action on Climate Change...In February, more than 100 members of the Gustavus and surrounding community participated in a conversation to generate a vision for how to address climate change moving forward. The next step is to move towards action. On Monday, March 23, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, a follow-up gathering will be held to move from visioning to specific and tangible actions, name and identify specific actions that can be taken now, and identify who will lead the effort(s) and foster collaboration. To RSVP for the gathering, please fill out this Google Form. If you are unable to attend, but are interested in sharing your thoughts or want to contribute, please email

Geology Museum Grand Reopening...The Chester Johnson Geology Museum has a new look. The Gustavus community is invited to the Museum's grand reopening from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in room 122 of the Nobel Hall of Science. View the glowing minerals, build a dam that can hold back a river, see our international collection of fossils, and learn the ways geology touches all our lives. Geology-themed treats provided!

Faculty Meeting...The regular monthly meeting of the faculty will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 20 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, March 13: International Students Celebration
  • Sunday, March 15: Chaplain Grady St. Dennis
  • Monday, March 16: Kate Keller, History/African Studies/GWS; Justin Knoepfel and Esther Wang
  • Tuesday, March 17: Sarah Ruble, Religion
  • Wednesday, March 18: Lenten Morning Prayer, Gustavus Choir, Christ Chapel Bells
  • Thursday, March 19: Tia Gustafson '15, Fiati Wind Quintet
  • Friday, March 20: Spring Equinox Celebration

Congregational Outreach

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 16 (7-9 p.m., Olin Hall 103). The final session in this series will be a panel led by the Rev. Brian Rusche, executive director of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition. Sponsored by the Gustavus Adolphus College Center for Servant Leadership, Church Relations, and the Bernhardson Chair.


Seeking Summer Housing...Patrick Belmont, Assistant Professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University, is seeking housing for a field crew that will be based in the Mankato/St. Peter area for parts of May, June, July and August of 2015. The field crew is composed of five very responsible graduate and undergraduate students. No smokers or pets. Ideally, we would like 3+ bedrooms in a house or large apartment. Please contact with any information.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "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. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (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.

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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