Inside Gustavus 

April 9, 2015 | Volume 47, Number 26

Faculty/Staff Activities

Eric Dugdale (Classics) presented a paper titled "Prophecy and the limits of human knowledge in Sophocles’ Ajax" at the CAMWS conference in Boulder, Colorado.

Matt Rasmussen (English) has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize. The distinction is awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. More information about this honor is available online.

Chaplain Brian Konkol served as guest-chaplain for the Minnesota Timberwolves (National Basketball Association) on March 30th for their contest against the Utah Jazz. Konkol met with players and coaches for both teams, spoke at the pre-game chapel service, and visited with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and other team personnel during a private dinner.

Denis Crnković (MLLC and Russian & Eastern European Studies) has had his review of Đorđe Bubalo's "Pragmatic Literacy in Medieval Serbia: Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy v.29," published in the online edition of The Medieval Review.

Chad Winterfeldt (Chaplain's Office) and six members of the Gustavus Organ Studio visited several pipe organs in the La Crosse area and in Madison, Wisconsin as part of a trip to hear a concert by international concert organist Cameron Carpenter. Prior to the concert in Madison's Overture Hall, Mr. Carpenter personally provided a 45 minute exploration of the traveling concert organ he plays and discussed his approach to performance with the students, both on stage and in his dressing room. Students included David Lim, Kirsten Larsen, Emily Rudquist, Rachel Bachman, Hannah Walters, and Katelyn Graham. Following the concert, Cameron posted a personal thanks to the Gustavus musicians on his Facebook page.

Lynnea Myers, Jessica Stadick, and Jessica Helget (all Nursing) had an article published in the April 2015 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education. The article is titled: "Giving Back: Using Alumni for a Nursing Skills Day". The article details the use of Gustavus nursing alumni to help run a skills day for nursing students and feedback from both students and alumni on the experience.

Student Achievements

  • Junior mathematics major Eric Hanson is the recipient of a 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award for students pursuing careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. More information about Hanson and this award will be released on the website soon.
  • Sophomore geology major Russell Krueger was recently awarded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship. More information about Krueger and this award will be released on the website soon.

In The Media

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about Matt Rasmussen (English) winning the Theodore H. Holmes and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize in its April 3 edition.

  • Brian Konkol had an op-ed titled, "Invest in transportation to better community connection" printed in the April 2 edition of the St. Peter Herald.

  • Dean Paula O'Loughlin is scheduled to appear on Jearlyn Steele's WCCO Radio show on Sunday, April 12 around 7:30 p.m. to discuss the topic "STEM vs. Humanities".
  • Professor Kathi Tunheim (Economics & Management) is scheduled to appear on Roshini Rajkumar's WCCO Radio show on Sunday, April 12 as part of a "Workplace Roundtable" discussion.

Position Openings

  • Multilingual/English Learner Academic Specialist, Academic Support Center

For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304).

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, April 7 and discussed the following items:

  • Discussion was held regarding the Special Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program and the next steps and possible restructuring opportunities as a result of positions that will be vacated.
  • Members approved the hiring of a replacement position in the Academic Support Center (Multilingual/English Language Learner Academic Support Specialist).
  • Members approved the hiring of a full-time Marketing and Communication replacement position (Sports Information Director). 

News & Announcements

Forensics Team Places 11th at National Tournament...The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team continued to assert itself as one of the country’s top collegiate programs when it placed 11th at the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) on Monday, April 6 in Portland, Oregon. More information about the team's accomplishments is available online.

Civic Engagement Awards Announced...Gustavus Adolphus College has announced that Nicole Ektnitphong ’15, Dr. Sarah Wolter ’02 and Dr. Paul Peterson ’94 are the College’s winners of the 2015 Minnesota Campus Compact (MNCC) Presidents’ Awards for Civic Engagement. More information about these awards is available online.

Reading in Common Selection...The College has selected The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot as its Reading in Common book for the 2015-16 academic year. The book touches on themes such as race, trust, ethics, human culture, and social standing while telling the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor, southern, African American farmer diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s. Two members of the Lacks family are scheduled to come to Gustavus on Sept. 15, 2015 for a Q&A and meet and greet. More information about the book is available online.

Dakota-U.S. War Exhibit on Display in Washington...A 12-panel exhibit commemorating the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862 created by Gustavus students in 2012 is now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The museum will have the exhibit on display through December 29, 2015. The exhibit, which is titled “Commemorating Controversy: the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862”, was born out of a January Term class of the same name co-taught by Professor of English Elizabeth Baer and then-Executive Director of the Nicollet County Historical Society Ben Leonard. 

USPS Delays Rate Increase...On Friday, March 27, the USPS announced that the implementation of the price and classification changes, originally scheduled for April 26, 2015, will be delayed until further notice. This delayed increase applies to all international and domestic services.

Severe Weather Awareness Week April 13-17...Saint Peter will set off the tornado sirens as a part of Tornado Drill Day on Thursday April 16 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Please treat this as a test and make yourself aware of the severe weather information and shelter locations on campus. More information about Severe Weather Awareness Week can be found at and more information about severe weather and campus resources can be found at

Campus Happenings

Lefler Lecture...Theodicy Jazz Collective will be in residence at Gustavus presenting the 2015 Herbert and Mary Jane Lefler Lecture titled, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: Jazz, Justice, and the Journey of Tradition” at 4:30 p.m. and a Jazz Vespers service at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The residency concludes with worship featuring the Canterbury Jazz Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 12. All events are in Christ Chapel on the Gustavus campus and are free and open to the public. For more info contact Dr. Chad Winterfeldt at 933-7447 or visit

Men's Chorus to Perform...The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will perform at Gustavus at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The concert is free, but donations are invited for a local charity.

Geology Museum Grand Reopening...The Geology Department will host a grand reopening celebration of the College's Geology Museum from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. The Museum is located on the first floor (Room 122) of the Nobel Hall of Science.

Science on Saturday...Gustavus students from the chemistry, biology, physics, geography, and geology clubs will lead a variety of science demonstrations and experiences for children in grades 1-6 from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11 in the Nobel Hall of Science. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $5.

Gustavus Dance Company in Concert...Tickets are now available online at for the Anderson Theatre production of How I Know The World: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert, directed by Michele Rusinko. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on April 17-18, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 19.

Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence...The Department of Scandinavian Studies will welcome Swedish poet Aase Berg to campus in mid-April as the College’s Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence for 2015. Berg will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center titled, “To Lose Control over the Words.” Berg's English-language translator, poet Johannes Göransson, will also be present. Berg and Göransson will be on campus, visiting classes and students, the week of April 20, and they will present a talk on "New Swedish Poetry" at 6:30 p.m. at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis on April 23.

Wahlstrom Lecture...Gustavus Associate Professor of Religion Deborah Goodwin will give the College's first annual Matthias Wahlstrom Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 in room 101 of Beck Academic Hall. Goodwin's lecture is titled "The Liberal Arts and Class Warfare" and will be free and open to the public.

Relay for Life...The Gustavus Relay for Life event will take place April 17-18 in Lund Arena. This American Cancer Society fundraiser will have music, entertainment, activities, education and food for all to enjoy. More information is available online at

TEDx Conference...The Center for Servant Leadership will host the College’s 2nd annual TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18 in Wallenberg Auditorium. The conference is titled “Leading the Way Forward: Being, Seeing, Doing” and will feature nine live speakers and two TED Talks via video. More information about the conference is available online.

Geography Symposium...Undergraduate geography students from Gustavus and other colleges and universities in the region will present their student/faculty research at the 2015 Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium (MUGS) on April 18 in the Jackson Campus Center.  This year's symposium, hosted by the Gustavus Geography Department, will feature a keynote address "A River Runs Through It: Creating Rivers in the Basin and Range" by Dr. Phillip Larson from Minnesota State-Mankato. .

CAB's Big Speaker...Scott Dikkers, founder and editor-in-chief of The Onion will present "The Funny Story Behind the Funny Stories" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in christ Chapel. Tickets are free for the Gustavus community and can be obtained at the student activities information desk or online at

MAYDAY! Peace Conference...The 35th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College is titled “The War Within: Can the Soldier Be at Peace?” and will be held Wednesday, April 29. This year’s Conference will feature a morning keynote address by Major Matthew Scherer ’93, an afternoon keynote address by photographer Devin Mitchell (Veteran Vision Project), and three panel discussions focusing on the challenges veterans face upon returning from military service. All events are free and open to the public. More information is available online.

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, April 10: Taize Contemplative Worship
  • Sunday, April 12: Theodicy Jazz Collective
  • Monday, April 13: Creating Litany, Tony Ouradink, organ
  • Tuesday, April 14: David Obermiller, History, Environmental Studies, and Japanese Studies
  • Wednesday, April 15: Morning Prayer, Faculty/Staff Choir, Flute Choir, Christ Chapel Ringers
  • Thursday, April 16: Deborah Goodwin, Religion, GWS, Environmental Studies
  • Friday, April 17: Tanzania J-Term Class

Off-Campus Events of Interest

GWIL Conference...The fifth annual Gustavus Women in Leadership (GWIL) Conference is titled “Drive, Thrive, Revive: Setting Your Pace Through the Journey of Life” and will take place Thursday, April 16 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. This year’s conference will feature Gustavus President Rebecca Bergman and alumna Semonti Stephens ’03 as keynote speakers. More information about the conference is available online.

Telecommunications Updates

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

Jennifer Vickerman, Advancement/Special Gifts Officer, Phone: x7045, email: jvickerm, New
Carol Ann Jutting, Music, Phone: x7364, email: cjutting, Delete
Martin Lloyd, Psychological Science, Phone: x7413, email: mlloyd, Phone Number Change

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

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • The men's and women's track and field teams will host the Lee Krough Invitational on Saturday, April 11.
  • The women's tennis team will host St. Mary's (11 a.m. ) and St. Olaf (4 p.m.) on Saturday, April 11.
  • The men's tennis team will host St. Mary's (12 p.m.) and Macalester (3 p.m.) on Saturday, April 11.


  • David Grimmius passed away on March 28 at the age of 60 after a battle with lung center. Grimmius spent 32 years as a social worker at the Security Hospital in St. Peter and also spent time working at various Gustavus athletic events. David is survived by his wife, Doreen; sons, Tanner (Annie) and Will (Anne); grandchildren, Miles and Weston; mother, Helen Grimmius; brother, Gary (Orleen) Grimmius; and sister, Eileen (Klaas) Snater. A visitation was held April 1, and at David's request, a private family celebration was held in place of a funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in David's memory to John Ireland School of St. Peter and the Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato--Palliative Care and Hospice programs.
  • Nelda Thun, the mother of Judy Roberts (retired), passed away on March 26 at the age of 94. She is survived by daughters Judy Roberts and Shirley (Jim) Basenhofer; grandson Lance (Diane) Hoenig; great grandchildren Ethan, Ella, and Addison Hoenig. A funeral service was held April 1 in Northfield.

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 the men's adult retreat of Incarnation Lutheran Church of Shoreview in the Retreat Center, April 10-11. We will also host a few of the Southeast Minnesota Synod Clergy, April 12-14. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Pastor-2-Pastor...Pastors from the Southwestern and Southeastern Minnesota Synods will be on campus for a 24-hour Sabbath retreat, April 9-10. The theme for the gathering will be "Hosting Conversations that Matter". The speaker for this two-day period will be Katie Boone. Pastor-2-Pastor is a program sponsored by Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership, the ELCA synods of southern Minnesota, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and is open to pastors of the ELCA (and CCM/ecumenical partners). The purpose of the program is to help pastors partner for pastoral excellence, and focuses on professional growth and mutual accountability for wellness.


For Sale...1998 Honda Goldwing SE Red in color with 42,000 miles. Asking $7,500 Will take reasonable offers. Contact Jeff at 507-381-7485 for photos or more information.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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

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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