Inside Gustavus 

May 14, 2015 | Volume 47, Number 31

Faculty/Staff Activities

Jill Locke (Political Science and GWSS) has recently given three presentations to communities at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, where she is a member for the 2014-15 year. She delivered a public lecture, "What's Wrong with Revolting Children?" as part of the School of Social Science weekly seminar; a shorter research presentation to AMIAS (Association of the Members of the Institute for Advanced Study) Board Members; and last (but definitely not least), she gave a brief overview of what happens in the School of Social Science and her own research to second graders (including her son) who visited the Institute on a field trip.

Florence Amamoto (English) presented the keynote address "The Importance of Stories" at the 3rd annual English graduate student conference "More than Writing" at MSU-Mankato on April 25, 2015. She has also accepted an invitation to join 11 other scholars in the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project on Vocational Exploration in a Multi-Faith World. This is the third in a series of three seminars for the NetVUE Scholarship of Vocation initiative to develop new resources related to vocational exploration. The other two focus on "Vocational Discernment as Pedagogy" (work nearing completion) and "Integrating Vocation across Diverse Fields of Study" (work in progress).

Jeff A. Jenson (Archives/Library) presented on May 9 at the annual Midwest Archives Conference held Lexington, Kentucky. The session, titled "Wrangling Bits and Herding Cats: Donor Relations in the Digital Era" included archivists from Northwestern University, Iowa State University, Ohio University, Ball State University, and Virginia Tech. Jenson discussed the continuum of building digital collections through leveraging, pragmatic decision making, and relentless forward progress.

Glenn Kranking (History, Scandinavian Studies, Russian) presented "Venturing in the Bear's Den" at the annual Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study Conference in Columbus, Ohio. He is currently on the Executive Board for SASS. He also started his two-year term as President of the Society of Historians of Scandinavia. On Wednesday, May 20 he will present "Alfred Nobel: From Dynamite King to Purveyor of Peace" at the American Swedish Institute.

Kjerstin Moody (Scandinavian Studies) attended the 105th annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study in Columbus, Ohio. She chaired the panel "Contemporary Poetry between Genres, Art Forms, and Media" and presented the paper “‘A Living Home’: Conceptions of Childhood in the Paintings of Carl Larsson’s Sundborn."

Student Achievements

  • Juniors Chloe Altmann and Danielle Kirchner won the inugural Gustie Entrepreneur Cup on Saturday, May 9, for their proposed business, C&D Campus Maps. Junior Gary Gooper took second place, while seniors Amy Medearis and Michael Houg were awarded third place. More information about this event is available online.
  • Junior nursing major Katherine Kemp has been elected president of the Minnesota Student Nurses Association.

In The Media

  • Art and Art History professor Kristen Lowe was featured in the "Art Spotlight" by art critic Mary Abbe in the Star Tribune on May 6 for her solo exhibition at Flanders and Associates Gallery in Minneapolis.
  • KEYC ran a story on Monday, May 11 about student use of the social media app Yik Yak. VP JoNes VanHecke and students Logan Boese and Jenny Marquette were interviewed for the story.
  • The Hillstrom Museum of Art was featured in a May 5 Star Tribune article titled “Art worth the drive: 20 great museum artifacts in outstate Minnesota”
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story on Thursday, May 7 about Gustavus students bringing prom to senior retirement communities.

President's Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, May 12 and discussed the following items:

  • Discussion was held regarding the FY 2016 operating budget
  • Members discussed the agenda for the May 19 all-employee meeting. The meeting will focus on the progress on the 2014-15 institutional goals and an update on the 2015-16 operating budget.
  • Members approved the hiring of the Administrative Assistant position in the Music Department.
  • Members approved the hiring of the Dining Service replacement positions as submitted.
  • Members approved the hiring of the Cataloging Coordinator replacement position.
  • President Bergman, Provost Braun, and Vice President Young will plan to meet to discuss how/when to proceed with the hiring of two grant writer replacement positions.

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. Those interested in attending should RSVP by contacting Jolene Christensen in the President's Office by emailing

2015 Wellbeing Fellows Announced...The College's Wellbeing Initiative recently announced the 2015 Wellbeing Fellows. This cohort of fellows will focus on enhancing individual and community wellbeing through a range of projects. The 2015 Wellbeing Fellows are: Aaron Banks, Leila Brammer, Nicole Goebel, Brenda Haugen, Dave Newell, Michele Rusinko and Sanjive Qazi.

Yearbooks...Yearbooks are now available for purchase. You can purchase a book through our yearbook vendor site (choose the 'Shop Your School’ to get started). Yearbooks will be on sale through graduation day, May 31, 2015. The 2015 Gustavian yearbook will be completed over the summer and shipped as soon as they’re printed. This year, each book will cost $52, which includes both the book itself and shipping costs (if you're an on-campus department, please contact Chris Duhaime,, for no shipping cost options).

For seniors, if you weren’t able to get a yearbook photo at Grad Finale, you can schedule a photoshoot with the Marketing and Communication Office then submit it once it’s received. If you'd like to submit a photo, you can upload a photo at, or email it to (please include full name: first, middle, last). If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact yearbook advisor Chris Duhaime.

Commencement Ushers...Any students or staff who are willing to serve as commencement ushers this year should contact Lorie Siebels in the Office of Marketing and Communication at 933-7520 or

Kudos...Gustavus was recently honored at the 2015 Association of College & University Printers (ACUP) Awards program. Gustavus received first place in the "Digital Muliple Piece" category for a series of pieces that were created for President Bergman's inauguration. The pieces were designed by the College's Office of Marketing and Communication and printed in College's Print and Mail Services Office.

Valleyfair Discounts...Gustavus is participating in the "Good Any Day Discount Program" at Valleyfair. Employees may purchase tickets for regular admission (ages 3-61 and 48" or taller) for $31.00, Junior/Senior (under 48” tall or age 62 & older) for $31.00 (includes admission to Dinosaurs Alive), Dinosaurs Alive tickets for $2.50, and Ride & Refresh tickets for $36.50 (ages 3-61, 48” or taller) includes unlimited fountain drink wristband. All tickets may be used any day of the Valleyfair 2015 operating season. Tickets are available for purchase in the Office of Human Resources located in the Carlson Administration Building (cash or checks payable to Gustavus).

Postal Customer Spam...Some postal customers are receiving bogus emails about a package delivery or online postage charges. The emails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your PC. The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service. You are instructed to click on a link, open the attachment, or print the label. Don't do it! Clicking on the link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information—such as your user name, password & financial information. If you have questions about a delivery or wish to report postal-related spam, please call 1-800-ASK-USPS or email

Community Engagement...The departments of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Psychological Science and Education have each been accepted in the Community Engaged Departments Grant Program. Each department has selected cohorts comprised of faculty, staff, students and community members who will work collectively to achieve their proposal community engaged goals, over the one and a half year grant period.

Campus Happenings

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.

Pyschology Research Symposium...The Psychological Science Spring Research Symposium will take place from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, May 15 in the Beck Hall Atrium. Come see what your fellow classmates have discovered in their most recent research.

G-Sharp in Concert...The Gustavus men's acappella ensemble G-Sharp will present its 2015 spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Brass Concert...Conductors Heidi Johanna Miller, James Patrick Miller, and Trygve Skaar will lead the Brass Chamber Ensembles in concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Admission is free.

George Hall Lecture...The Gustavus community is invited to attend the annual George Hall Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18 in the President's Dining Room. This year's speaker is President Rebecca Bergman, who will speak about "Liberal Arts, Religion, and a Life Well-Lived."

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 15: Hymn Sing with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra Musicians
  • Sunday, May 17: Sunday Worship
  • Monday, May 18: Dean Wahlund '72; Borealis String Quartet
  • Tuesday, May 19: Edward Broadbridge; Trombone Choir
  • Wednesday, May 20: Morning Prayer; Gustavus Choir; G-Sharp; Chapel Brass; Symphonic Ringers

Off-Campus Events of Interest

First Lutheran Church will host Shetek Day Camp June 22-25, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. This camp is open to ALL kids in grades K-6, FLC members AND guests! The theme for this year is "A Love that Never Ends." Worship, games, hands-on Bible studies, arts and crafts, spending time with friends in faith and fun, singing and more! It's like "bringing a little bit of camp into our own backyard." Cost is $25/camper for the week! The registration form is online.

The Creative Play Place is participating in the Saint Peter city-wide garage sale! Join us on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Traverse des Sioux Room at the Saint Peter Community Center. Come shop for an excellent selection of toys and kids clothing! Proceeds support the Creative Play Place, keeping us free and open to all! (We will also be accepting donations of new and gently-used kid’s items for the sale; drop off at the Traverse des Sioux Room in the Community Center on Friday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

The Creative Play Place invites you to join us on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10 a.m. at the Mill Pond in Saint Peter for the 7th Annual Duck Race. Race tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Recreation Desk at the Community Center or from any Creative Play Place Board Member. Ducks “race” to the finish line for fabulous prizes: five $100 prizes, Saint Peter family pool passes, restaurant gift cards, summer fun baskets, toys, books, much more! Need not be present to win. Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep the Creative Play Place open and free for all!

Telecommunication Updates

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

Jay Janowski, Custodial, Phone: x6029, Email: jjanowsk, New
Cheryl Newmy, Custodial, Phone: x6029, Email: cnewmy, New
Ronald Statham, Custodial, Phone: 6089, Email: rstatham, Delete

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


  • Erling Olofsson of Gothenburg, Sweden, passed away on April 21. Erling conducted the Gustavus Orchestra during the 1982-83 school year as a leave replacement. In addition to excellent work as a teacher and conductor, Erling was very popular with students, the faculty, and the Saint Peter community.

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.


Seeking House Sitter...Do you like cats? Want to live rent free this summer? We're looking for someone to house-sit our newly renovated house in Belle Plaine this summer, while also taking care of our three indoor cats. If interested, please send me an email at

For Rent...House for rent in Mankato Lincoln Park neighborhood for fall semester 2015 (dates negotiable). 3 bedrooms, off street parking, very reasonable. Ideal for sabbatical replacement or new faculty looking for a more permanent place. No smoking, please, and no pets. Contact Denis at 507-387-2622.

"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.


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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