Inside Gustavus 

May 7, 2015 | Volume 47, Number 30

Faculty/Staff Activities

Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh (Education) recently presented a paper titled, "Blame the Victim, Blame Society Explanations of Poverty: Some Pedagogical Implications" at the International Journal of Arts and Social Sciences Conference, held April 18-23 in Vienna, Austria.

Steve Mellema (Physics) and Chuck Niederriter (Physics) presented a two part talk on the Physics Department's new introductory physics sequence at the Spring Meeting of the Minnesota Area Association of Physics Teachers at Saint Cloud State University on April 25. The title of the talk was "New Introductory Physics Major Course Sequence at Gustavus Adolphus College". Mellema gave an overview of the Gustavus physics major curriculum and discussed the motivations for the changes in part one, while Niederriter discussed the details and outcomes.

Michele Koomen (Education) was elected President-Elect for the Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MnSTA) beginning July 1. MnSTA’s mission is to stimulate, coordinate, and improve science teaching and learning for all. The organization works to promote development of active interest in the natural sciences and related disciplines among students and teachers at all levels, public and private, and the general public. The presidential term is for four years, with one year as President-Elect, two years as President and one year as Immediate-Past President.

Brian Konkol (Chaplains' Office) has been invited to serve as Guest Chaplain and offer the opening prayer for the Minnesota State House of Representatives, for the start of their upcoming legislative session, this Friday, May 8 at 9 a.m. For those interested, the live webcast can be found online.

Julie Gilbert and Barbara Fister (both Library) published their article, "The Perceived Impact of E-books on Student Reading Practices: A Local Study," in the most recent issue of College & Research Libraries. The article specifically focuses on how Gustavus students imagine their research would be impacted (often negatively) if the library invested in ebooks. A PDF of the article can be found online.

Lisa Heldke (Philosophy) received the 2015 Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award on May 2 at the College's Honors Day Convocation. More information about this award is available online.

Chad Winterfeldt received the 2015 Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence on May 2 at the College's Honors Day Convocation. More information about this award is available online.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Jay Janowski, part-time custodian
  • Cheryl Newmy, part-time custodian

* New Administrators

  • Marni Dunning, Associate Director for Instructional Services, GTS

Position Openings

  • Administrative Coordinator, Education Department

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

News & Announcements

All-Employee Meeting...The annual end of the year all-employee meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in Alumni Hall. All employees are encouraged to attend to hear updates from President Bergman and members of the cabinet.

Strategic Planning Open Meetings...Open meetings with consultant Ann Duffield regarding the College's strategic planning process will take place Thursday, May 21 in the President's Dining Room. A meeting for administrators and support staff will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; a meeting for faculty will take place from 3 to 4 p.m.; and a meeting for students will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Faculty and Admin Retirement Dinner...The Alumni Association will honor and recognize 2015 faculty and administrator retirees with a dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 in Alumni Hall. The cost is $15 per person and registration is available online. Please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at x7511 or with any questions. Those will be recognized at the dinner include Elizabeth Baer, Kirk Beyer, Lynn Burg, Deane Curtin, Darlene Dillavou, Carolyn Dobler, Deborah Downs-Miers, Bruce Johnson, Barbara Kaiser, Donna Loken, Carolyn O'Grady, Jeffrey Rosoff, Linda Shaw, Mary Solberg, Ron Timmerman ’75, Dean Wahlund ’72, Steve Waldhauser ’70, Robert Weisenfeld, and Linnea Wren.

Faculty and Admin Service Recognition...The Alumni Association will recognize the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years at the College with a special Gustavus community gathering at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 in Christ Chapel. A reception will immediately follow in Torrey Atrium in Beck Hall for guests and honorees. Please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at x7511 or with any questions. Those being recognized include: 

  • 10 Years: Jeff Annis, Paul Hill, Jerry Nowell, Thia Cooper, Katherine Knutson, Martin Lang, Karl Larson, Baker Lawley, James Miller, Kyle Momsen ’01, Rebecca Richards, Brandy Russell, Sonja Timmerman ’98, Beth Winterfeldt, Sarah Wolter ’02, and Thomas Young ’88
  • 15 Years: Rebecca Fremo, Michele Koomen, Jane Lalim ’95, Jillian Locke, Thomas LoFaro, Brett Petersen, Michelle Twait, and Barbara Mattson Zust ’76
  • 20 Years: Jennifer Ackil, Greg Aune, Heidi Rostberg Carlson ’93, Kari Eckheart, and Cindy Johnson
  • 25 Years: Florence Amamoto, Eric Carlson, Laurie Dietrich ’80, Max Hailperin, Alan Meier ’87, Janice Nordstrom, and Phil Voight
  • 30 Years: Richard Aune ’81, Charles Niederriter, Brian O'Brien, and Randall Stuckey ’83
  • 35 Years: Bob Neuman ’80 and Ron Timmerman ’75
  • 40 Years: James McGuire

Campus Happenings

Coca-Cola Grant Reception...The Kitchen Cabinet will host a congratulatory reception for the 2015 Coca-Cola Education Partnership Grant recipients from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8 in the Heritage Banquet Room. Grant recipients will be recognized and will feature brief project presentations. Snacks and beverages will be provided and all are welcome to attend.

Arb Bash...The Linnaeus Arboretum will host an end of the year party from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 8. Hot dogs and smores will be provided and there will be a variety of yard games and music.

Gustie Entrepreneur Cup...The inaugural Gustie Entrepreneur Cup will take place between 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 in Torrey Atrium of Beck Hall. Gustavus students who have developed new business ventures as part of a project in their Entrepreneurship Seminar will compete for first, second and third place. The schedule for the event is as follows:

  • 2 p.m. / Welcome and orientation
  • 2:30 p.m. / Student presentations
  • 4:30 p.m. / Break
  • 4:45 p.m. / Update from Gustavus Social Entrepreneurs
  • 5:15 p.m. / Winners announced
  • 5:30 p.m. / Dinner reception in Campus Center

Africa Jam Charity Concert...Rap artists Mill City Collective, Trinh, Karizma, and ZelooperZ will perform in Lund Center from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 with proceeds going to Africa Jam, a non-profit youth empowerment organization in Capetown, South Africa, founded by Gustavus alumna Ellen Ruiters '97. The event is sponsored by the Omega Kappa fraternity. Tickets are $5 for Gustavus students and $9 for non-students and can be purchased in the Jackson Campus Center or online at

Woodwind Chamber Ensembles Concert...The Woodwind Chamber Ensembles Spring Concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert...Conductor Brandon Dean will lead the Choir of Christ Chapel in its 2015 Home Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 in Christ Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

Gustie Breakfast...The next Gustie Breakfast event will take place on Wednesday, May 13 with Director of Dining Service and the Book Mark, Steve Kjellgren, presenting. Steve will share about his experiences with dining service and how it effects the campus life. Check in and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with the speaker beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $8 per person or two for $15. Register by calling 507-933-6664, emailing, or register and pay online.

Theatre and Dance Production...The Department of Theatre and Dance will present In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play, May 14-17. Directed by Henry MacCarthy, In The Next Room will be performed in the Anderson Theatre at 8 p.m. on May 14-16, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on May 17. Gustavus students and staff are alotted one free ticket, otherwise tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and other students. Tickets can be purchased online at

St. Peter Book Festival...The 4th annual St. Peter Book Festival will take place Saturday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon in the Jackson Campus Center. Michael Perry, author of The Jesus Cow will speak at the event. Register through St. Peter Community Education by Monday, May 11. Cost is $22 and includes a brunch.

Celebrate the Dining Service...It's time to celebrate the Dining Service and its No. 7 ranking on the Niche College Rankings for "Best On-Campus Food." Please join the Kitchen Cabinet and the Office of Admission as we pay tribute to our outstanding dining staff from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22 in Alumni Hall. Cold Stone ice cream and all the trimmings will be served along with some other surprises.

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, May 8: Creation Liturgy; Chamber Winds
  • Sunday, May 10: Sunday Worship
  • Monday, May 11: JoNes VanHecke; Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble
  • Tuesday, May 12: Schwalm Brostrom Service Award, Jennifer Viveros '15; Trombone Choir
  • Wednesday, May 13: Morning Prayer; Choir of Christ Chapel; Christ Chapel Ringers
  • Thursday, May 14: Nate Paulsen '15; Re:vive
  • Friday, May 15: Hymn Sing with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra Musicians

Weekend Athletic Events

  • The men's and women's track and field teams will compete at the MIAC Championships on May 8-9 at Macalester College.
  • The women's softball team will begin play in the Division III National Tournament on May 8 at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
  • The men's tennis team will begin play in the Division III National Tournament on May 9 at UW-Whitewater.

Telecommunication Updates

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

  • David A. Swanson, Custodial, Heavy Duty/Custodian, Phone: x6029. email: dswanso3, New
  • Sally Neary, Custodial, Phone: x6029, email: sneary, New
  • Marni Dunning, GTS, Phone: x7179, email: mdunning, New
  • Catherine Harty, Dining Service, Phone: x7070, email: charty, Delete

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


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eeking Housing...Family of four looking for a new home in town to rent or potentially buy. 3 bedroom, 2 bath preferred but we would consider other for the right place. Looking for a year lease at minimum starting any time after June 1st. We love the older homes with hardwood floors and character and can do some fixing up, but we would need the house to also be move in ready. We have rented a few places in town already (and outgrown them) and have excellent references, in fact we tend to significantly improve the properties we rent. Any leads or ideas would be appreciated. Please contact

Seeking Housing...I am a new faculty member in the biology department starting at the end of August. In my attempt to balance the two-body problem, I am looking at living partially in Minneapolis. However, the idea of commuting every day from Minneapolis sounds like too much driving. Therefore, I am looking for a small apartment or room for rent to stay in Saint Peter, 3-4 nights a week starting sometime in August. I would also be interested in exploring carpooling options to/from Gustavus from the Twin Cities. Any leads on either of these would be very helpful. Please contact me, Dr. Laura Burrack, at

Seeking Temporary Housing...Semi retired couple (physics professor and attorney) looking for a house or rooms in a house to rent for two to three weeks between the middle of June and middle of July (dates somewhat flexible). If you know of something that might work, please contact Chuck Niederriter ( or Larry Weaver (

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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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