Inside Gustavus 

April 16, 2015 | Volume 47, Number 27

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kathi Tunheim (Economics and Management) was nominated and attended the Oxford University Women in Education Round Table over Spring Break. She presented a paper, "Lessons Learned from the Experiences of U.S. Women College Presidents: What They Wish They Would Have Known When They Began Their Presidencies."

Kate Keller (History) gave the keynote lecture at the 37th annual Warren I. Susman graduate history conference at Rutgers University where she earned her Ph.D. in 2007.

Lisa Dembouski (Education) had her presentation "Multiple Literacies: A Few of My Favorite Things!" accepted as a break-out presentation for the Minnesota Professional Collaborative and Symposium for teachers of the Deaf/DeafBlind/Hard of Hearing at Breezy Point, Minn., on April 17. In addition to sharing some of her favorite elements of multiple literacies, Lisa's presentation will also highlight the work of her students in EDU 350 (Reading in the Content Areas) whose book talks, app slams, and artists S=statements will be used as models for presentation-goers. Less than 24 hours later, on April 18, Lisa will be a proud speaker for TEDxGustavus 2015. At TEDx Lisa will encourage her audience to grow as leaders who are allies for--and practice the inclusion of--all people, particularly those who "fake it" every day (she'll explain).

Student Achievements

Kendra Frey '16, Paul Lucken '15, Alina Peter '15 and Joe Warner '16 have been elected to the Gustavus Chapter of Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society. They were inducted into the Delta Omicron Chapter at a ceremony held on April 8th in the Phi Beta Kappa Room. Membership in Dobro Slovo is offered to those who, having sustained a record of academic excellence, show an active and continuing interest in studying and promoting Russian and Slavic languages, literatures, cultures and related fields of Russian and Slavic studies.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Administrators

  • Jay Bresnahan, Assistant Baseball Coach
  • Benton Frayne, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, April 14 and discussed the following items:

  • Discussion was held regarding the FY 2016 operating budget, including possible restructuring opportunities as a result of positions that will be vacated. 
  • Members approved the hiring of three part-time custodial positions.
  • Members discussed the importance of the attendance of all first-year students at new student orientation and how to handle conflicts that may arise.

News & Announcements

Upcoming CREF Multi-Class Implementation...Over the past few months TIAA-CREF has provided participants with information about a change expanding CREF's current single-class structure to three classes effective April 24. All Gustavus CREF accounts are moving from an R1 to an R2 class designation. Since the establishment of a multi-class structure involves a sale and a subsequent purchase of units in the new CREF class, all participants whose accounts are moved to a new class designation will receive a confirmation of the transaction(s) starting April 26. In addition, the transaction resulting from the CREF multi-class implementation will be reflected in the participant’s next quarterly statement. The implementation of this change is scheduled to occur over the weekend beginning April 24, 2015 at 4 p.m. (ET) and conclude by the start of business on April 27, 2015. No action is required on the part of participants. During this period, participants will be unable to request financial transactions from their retirement accounts, including a change of investments, loans and withdrawals. Account information will continue to be available; however, until the implementation is completed, the balances reported will be those as of the close of business on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Participants requesting a transaction will be asked to log on to or call their phone center on Monday prior to 4 p.m. (ET). There will be no delay in processing. On Monday, April 27, all systems should be fully transactional and available. All participants will be fully invested at all times, and any transactions requested by 4 p.m. (ET) Friday, April 24, will be reflected when the systems are fully functioning.

Summer Literary Festival...The campus community is invited to Word Play Camp: a Literary Festival, being held July 24-26, 2015 on campus and select local sites. Organized by a group of alumni, the goal of the festival is to bring together those who love literature and Gustavus. Scheduled speakers include: Elsa Cornell '61, actress; Cheryl Downey, television producer; Barb Laman, James Joyce scholar; Larry Owen, actor; John Rezmerski, poet; Dave Solheim '69, poet. The weekend also features a tribute to poet Bill Holm '65 and Rev. Richard Elvee preaching at Sunday worship. The cost of the entire weekend, including meals, is $230 (on-campus housing and golf outing are extra). For more information, please contact Julie Johnson '69 at

Campus Happenings

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.

Jazz Lab Band Home Concert...The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and Director Dave Stamps will present their 2015 Home Concert in Bjorling Recital Hall at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. The performance is free and open to the public.

Physics Research Lecture...Kathleen DeWahl '08 will deliver a lecture, "On the Harsh Continent: Life and Science in Antarctica" on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Olin 220. DeWahl is Research Associate, and Cryogenics Technician for the U.S. Antarctic Program, and spent 1.5 years at the South Pole. The talk is free and open to the public.

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

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar...The Gustavus Adolphus College Eta Chapter will welcome Dr. Philip J. Deloria to campus April 23-24. Dr. Deloria will deliver a public lecture titled, "American Indians in the American Popular Imagination" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in Confer Hall 127. A reception in the Phi Beta Kappa Room will floow the lecture.

April Faculty Meeting...The regular monthly meeting of the faculty will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24 in Alumni Hall.

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.

Junior Art Major Exhibition...Junior art majors will have their work displayed at the Schaefer Gallery from April 27 through May 16. A public opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 27.

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 17: Tanzania J-Term Class
  • Sunday, April 19: Chaplain Grady St. Dennis
  • Monday, April 20: David Loy, Zen Teacher and Author; Tony Ouradnik, organ
  • Tuesday, April 21: Tom Young '88, VP for Advancement; Jess Backes and Kenzie Perry, Flute Duets
  • Wednesday, April 22: Morning Prayer; Choir of Christ Chapel; Christ Chapel Bells; David Lim, organ
  • Thursday, April 23: Chaplain Brian Konkol; Re:vive
  • Friday, April 24: Service of Recognition for Newly Tenured Faculty; Chapel Brass

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • The softball team will host a doubleheader agains Bethel University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.
  • The men's tennis team will host DePauw University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.
  • The men's golf team will host the Bobby Krig Invitational on April 19-20.
  • The men's tennis team will host St. Cloud State University at noon on Sunday, April 19.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership will host weekend confirmation retreats for Zion Lutheran Church of Milaca and Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch, April 17-19.The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.


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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.

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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