Inside Gustavus 

March 20, 2015 | Volume 47, Number 24

Faculty/Staff Activities

Scott Ickes (History) gave two invited talks in New York last week relating to his research on race, culture, and regional identity in northeast Brazil, at Columbia University and Queens College, CUNY.

Mark Braun, Provost and Dean of the College, was elected Governance and Board Development Chair for the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD). Braun was reelected to the ACAD board after completing his first three-year term.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hopkins, Minn., March 20-21. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.


Have a flexible schedule? The Mankato Farmer's Market is looking for a Market Manager and an EBT coordinator. Contact Wendy Bachman at for details.

"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.

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Wednesday, March 18 and discussed the following items:

  • Based on nominations received, the Cabinet discussed membership on the strategic planning committees – Planning Leadership Team (PLT) and Strategic Action Team (SAT).  President Bergman will be sending invitations soon  to administrators, support staff, and students inquiring of their interest to serve on the Strategic Action Team.  The initial meetings of the PLT and SAT will be on Thursday, April 9.
  • The voluntary retirement program statistics to date prepared by Director of Human Resources Kirk Beyer were briefly reviewed.
  • Members were informed of the climate conversation follow-up meeting on March 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.
  • Ken introduced a discussion pertaining to terms of service for Internal Budget Committee members.  
  • Members reviewed the April 23-24 Board of Trustees meeting agenda.
  • Discussion was held regarding a request from the members of Epsilon Pi Alpha regarding its Guinness World Record project to benefit the JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes.
  • Members agreed that student organizations will be requested to include the sponsor of the table on their signage and, when appropriate, (e.g., political election candidates or a referendum) include that the student organization’s position does not reflect the position of Gustavus Adolphus College.

News & Announcements

Spring Break Parking Information...The following Parking Lots will be closed for overnight cleaning according to the following schedule. Student vehicles will be towed at owner's expense ($80 minimum) on Monday, March 30 if parked in any lot other than the area designated with Break Parking signs in the gravel section of the Bjorling Lot (if that area fills, use the break parking at Arbor View). Employees should note the lot clearing schedule and park according to permit color in alternate lots.

Lots closed from 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 until Wednesday, April 1 at 4 a.m.:
• Norelius Lot (Green section)
• Norelius Lot (Red section)
• Arboretum Lot (between Fine Arts/Interpretive Center)
• Sorensen Lot (west of North/Gibbs/Sorensen)
• Stadium/Beck lot

Lots closed from 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 until Thursday, April 2 at 4 a.m.:
• Visitor Lot (north of Campus Center)
• Lund Lot (south of Lund Center)
• Olin Lot (south of Olin / International Center)
• Uhler Lot
• Swanson Tennis Center Lot
• Chapel Circle (west of Christ Chapel)
• Southwest Lot (north of Southwest Hall)

Lots closed from 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2 until Friday, April 3 at 4 a.m.:
• Nobel Lot (west of Nobel)
• Heating Plant Lot (east of Heating Plant)
• Rundstrom Lot
• Sohre/Wahlstrom Lot
• College View Lot
• Bjorling Lot (west of Bjorling/south of Prairie View)
• Arbor View Apartments Lot
• Pittman Lot
• Chapel View Townhomes Lot

Citizen Diplomacy on Display at the CSL...Between March16-25, a community-based project completed by Spanish 250 students will be on display at the Center for Servant Leadership. The project consists of 10 banners that introduce aspects of life in Saint Peter in Spanish to continue fostering the relationship between Saint Peter and its sister city, Petatlán, Mexico. The banner display was created in response to a previous one about Petatlán, directed by Ben Leonard from the Nicollet County Historical Society and written in English by students from the 2013 Learning to Serve program. The full Spanish banner display will travel to Petatlán during the forthcoming Spring Break Learning to Serve program as a gift from our community to theirs, fostering the values of the Sister City program of peace, mutual respect and understanding. This project has taken more than a year and is the result of the collaboration between Gustavus and the Saint Peter community, different offices and departments here at Gustavus, and several classes in Spanish from Fall and Spring semesters (Carlos Mejía/ Mayra Taylor/ Ana Adams).

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.

Campus Happenings

Philharmonic Orchestra Concert...Conductor Justin Knoepfel will lead the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra through its spring concert at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 in Bjoring Recital Hall. Admission is free.

An Evening of Jazz Combos...Jazz director Dave Stamps will introduce the first-ever jazz combos concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 22 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Hispanic Film Festival...The 2nd Gustavus Hispanic Film Festival will conclude on Monday, March 23 with the screening of Wilaya/Tears of Sand at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Auditorium.

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!

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.

  • Sunday, March 22: Chaplain Brian Konkol
  • Monday, March 23: Marcia Bunge, Religion; Chapel Brass
  • Tuesday, March 24: Kata Traxler, Multicultural Student Programs & Services; Brass Choir
  • Wednesday, March 25: Lenten Morning Prayer; Lucia Singers; Christ Chapel Ringers
  • Thursday, March 26: Kari Louwagie '16; Re:vive
  • Friday, March 27: Jazz Liturgy

Off-Campus Events of Interest

John Ireland Catholic School will be holding their annual event, Luck of the Irish fundraising event, on Saturday, March 28. The event will include a dinner, silent auction, live auction and raffle. All proceeds for the event will benefit John Ireland Catholic School. The event is open to those 21 and older. For the second year in a row, the Luck O' The Irish 7k Fun Run/Walk and .7 Mile Kid's race will also be held that morning. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Prizes for the top finishers! For tickets to the event and/or the run, contact John Ireland at 931-2810 or go to


  • Michael "Mick" Bohmbach, the father of Megan Ruble (Dean of Students Office), passed away on March 15 from metastatic melanoma at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife Patt; two children, Megan (Jeff) Ruble of St. Peter and Nate (Ashley) Bohmbach of Lakeville; five grandchildren, Breeley, Piper, and Lyric Ruble, and Breckin and Lydia Bohmbach; one sister, Bonnie (Dick) Oelkers of Crystal Lake, Ill.; as well as nieces and a nephew. A memorial service was held Thursday, March 19 at Cornerstone Community Church in Red Wing. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor's choice.

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.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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.
910 a.m. Teaching Discussions
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
23 p.m. Teaching Discussions
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
8:309:30 a.m. Teaching Discussions
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
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
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.
78:30 p.m. Forum with League of Women Voters

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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