Inside Gustavus 

September 3, 2015 | Volume 48, Number 1

Faculty/Staff Activities

The Living Arts New Genre Festival will host "Seamless", an exhibition of photographs by Priscilla Briggs (Art and Art History Department), in Tulsa, Oklahoma, opening September 4, 2015.

Kristian Braekkan (E/M & GWSS) and Victoria Sowa '16 had their empirical study "Exploitation by Economic Necessity: Using the Marxist’ Conceptualization of Exploitation to Investigate the Impact of Workplace Violations" published in the Journal of Workplace Rights, a journal dedicated to the proposition that human rights should not be compromised by employers. It uses an expansive definition of human rights, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as passed by the United Nations in 1948. 

Kristen Lowe, Art and Art History department was featured on TPT's MN Original program in August. Her documentary, Painting the Place Between was aired on  TPT, August 31.  Professor Betsy Byers from the Art and Art History department is one of the four artists featured in Lowe's documentary.

Lauren Hecht (Psychological Science) had an article titled "A Dynamic Neural Field Model of Temporal Order Judgments" accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

New Administrators:

Courtney Boucher, Athletic Office, Assistant Women's Hockey Coach

Jodi Bruns, Advancement Services, Assistant Director of Advancement Services

Jody Bryant, Academic Support Center, MLL Specialist

Curtis Crane, Athletic Office, Assistant Football Coach

Rory Dynan, Athletic Office, Assistant Men's Hockey Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coach

Amanda Fairbrother, Residential Life, Area Coordinator

Lindsay Henderson, Residential Life, Area Coordinator

Katie Hendrickson, Financial Aid, Financial Aid Counselor

Riley Karbon, Advancement, Gift Planner

Phillip Klaphake, Athletic Office, Assistant Football and Baseball Coach

Janine Knutson, Career Development, Assistant Director of Career Development: Internship Program

Ashley Krug, Athletic Office, Athletic Trainer - Graduate Assistant

Christopher Moelter, Athletic Office, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

Jasmine Porter, Admission, Admission Counselor

John Rasmussen, Advancement, Special Gift Officer

McKenna Reagan, Athletic Office, Assistant Volleyball Coach

Rachel Sherman Johnson, International and Cultural Education, Interim Enrollment and Logistics Coordinator

Melissa Shugarman, Residential Life, Assistant Director of Residential Life

Cameron Siewert, Marketing and Communication, Director of Communication Services and Sports Information

Zachary Vine, Athletic Office, Assistant Football Coach

Brett Ylonen, Athletic Office, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

New Faculty:

Cynthia Ahler, Nursing, Visiting Instructor

Laura Boehm Vock, Mathematics and Computer Science, Assistant Professor

Marian Broida, Religion, Visiting Assistant Professor

William Bruce, Classics, Visiting Assistant Professor

Laura Burrack, Biology, Assistant Professor

Haoran Chen, Mathematics and Computer Science, Visiting Assistant Professor

Allison Fritz, Philosophy, Visiting Instructor

Wei Fu, Economics and Management, Visiting Assistant Professor

Jane Giering-De Haan, Music, Adjunct Instructor

Trisha Haapoja, Nursing, Visiting Instructor

Meilin Huang, Chemistry, Assistant Professor

Taneem Husain, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Visiting Assistant Professor

Gary LaVanchy, Geography, Visiting Assistant Professor

Marc Lewis, Rydell, Visiting Professor

Maddalena Marinari, History, Assistant Professor

Sharon Marquart, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Visiting Assistant Professor

Kristin Mead, Theatre and Dance, Visiting Instructor

Melissa Miller, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Visiting Instructor

Johnathan Moeller, Music, Adjunct Instructor

Sadredin Moosavi, Geology, Visiting Assistant Professor

Jennifer Nevitt, Art and Art History, Visiting Assistant Professor

Donnie Norton, Music, Adjunct Instructor

Carol Prindle, Sociology and Anthropology, Visiting Assistant Professor

Loronda Schuler, Nursing, Visiting Instructor

Sarah Shields, Biology, Visiting Assistant Professor

Jacob Siehler, Mathematics and Computer Science, Visiting Assistant Professor

Li Sun, Economics and Management, Visiting Assistant Professor

Gerard Sundberg, Music, Adjunct Instructor

Cassondra Winters, Nursing, Visiting Instructor

Amy Zsohar, Communication Studies, Visiting Assistant Professor

New Support Staff:

Rebecca Blomgren, Dining Service, Marketplace Cashier

Andrey Chouanard, Dining Service, Marketplace Cook/Server

Ann Christnagel, Dining Service, Bakery

Jennifer Kruse, Biology/Psychological Science, Technical Coordinator

Keith Kunkel, Heating Plant, Operating Engineer

Caroline McGowan, Custodial, Custodian

Teresa Neubert, Custodial, Custodian

William Patnaude, Dining Service, PM Cook

Position Openings

-Assistant Professor of Biology (Cell Biology),
-Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Finance and Business Economics),
-Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Macroeconomics and Statistics),
-Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise Science (Health and Sport Psychology),
Assistant Professor of Psychological Science (Clinical)
-Assistant Director of the Diversity Center,
-Director of Government, Foundation and Corporate Relations
-Custodial Staff,
-Dining Service Staff

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

President's Cabinet Summary

1.  Discussion was held regarding the agenda and materials for the September Board meeting.
2. Members reviewed the agenda for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 2.  Following the State of the College address by President Bergman, the draft 2015-2016 institutional goals will be shared with attendees. 
3.  Members briefly discussed the FY 2016 budget, including the enrollment projections for the fall semester.
4.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time replacement position in Student Life (Assistant Director of Diversity Center).  
5.  Vice President Westphal reported that the phone call with Moody’s will be scheduled in mid-October.

News & Announcements

Title IX Training...In campus mail you recently received an updated copy of the brochure entitled “2015-2016 Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students Who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct or Harassment.” Included was a letter listing dates for upcoming Title IX training sessions.

Please be reminded that all College employees must participate in this required training every academic year. This year, the required Title IX annual training and post-training assessment must be completed before Friday, October 2, 2015. You have the option to complete the training in-person or online.

In-Person Training
The college will offer the following in-person training sessions:
• Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10-11 a.m. (President’s Dining Room). Intended for new faculty and staff, but all employees are welcome.
• Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 2-3 p.m. (President’s Dining Room). Intended for new faculty and staff, but all employees are welcome.
• Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9-10 a.m. (Heritage Room). All new and returning employees welcome.
• Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 3-4 p.m. (Saint Peter Room). All new and returning employees welcome.
• Friday, September 11, 2015 at 11 a.m.-noon (Heritage Room). All new and returning employees welcome.
• Friday, September 11, 2015 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Heritage Room). All new and returning employees welcome.

Please note: You must sign in with your name and employee identification number so we have a record of your attendance.

Online Training
If you prefer to do the mandatory Title IX training online, you can do so beginning Monday, September 14, 2015. Watching the video and completing the mandatory post-test should take no more than an hour.

Log in at:

After logging in, you will watch a recording of one of the on-campus Title IX presentations and then must do the post-test assessment. Upon completing the assessment, both you and the college will receive notification of successful completion.

If you need another copy of the “2015-2016 Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct or Harassment” or have any questions, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Paula O’Loughlin, at 507-933-7541 or via email at or

Remember, you are required to complete either the online training or one of the in-person sessions before October 2, 2015.

Parking Reminders: Please park according to permit color.  Citations for non-registered vehicles in red and green permit lots begins at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. Vehicles parked without displaying a valid parking permit or in the wrong colored lot will be cited. Visitor parking is always closed to students and employees and is always enforced.  

Please note that on Saturday, September 5th the Lund lot is closed for the annual Square Dance.  Any vehicles in the Lund lot when setup begins for the dance will be towed at owner's expense.  Please park in alternate lots on Saturday.

State Fair: Remember to wear your Gustie gear to the great Minnesota get together thisyear.  Make sure you stop and visit the Gustavs Booth in the Education building as well.

CrashPlan PROe backup service now available for all Gustavus Employees.We are pleased to announce that Gustavus Technology Services is providing a CrashPlan PROe online cloud backup service for Gustavus-owned computers.Once you install CrashPlan PROe, this will back up your data from anywhere you have an internet connection, and is replacing the external (or extra internal) hard drive backup solution. You will no longer need to use the the external backup drive after setting up CrashPlan PROe on your computer. CrashPlanPROe will also allow staff and faculty to use their credentials to back up student stations, workstations in faculty labs, or any other Gustavus owned machines.

By default, the GTS CrashPlan PROe service will back up the entire system drive to the CrashPlan PROe cloud, excluding certain file types and directories. If you are unsure where your data is located, please contact the Technology Helpline to schedule an appointment to configure CrashPlan PROe.

To learn more or set up your CrashPlan PROe backup, please visit the following page:

If you have questions or concerns regarding CrashPlan PROe, please contact the Technology Helpline at 507-933-6111 or


Campus Happenings

The Opening Convocation: for the Opening of the 154th Academic Year at Gustavus Adolphus College will be from 10 - 10:20, on September 8, in Christ Chapel. The faculty will process in academic regalia, President Rebecca Bergman is preaching, and Chaplain Konkol and Chaplain Erickson are leading. All are welcome.  

You are invited to a Gustie Breakfast...This month, our presenter is Thomas Young '88, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. The topic of philanthropic support towards colleges and universities has swept through many news and political circles as it affects the cost of higher education. Tom will provide some insight into the work of Institutional Advancement and what it means specifically here at Gustavus. Please join us at 7:30 a.m. on September 9, in the Campus Center Banquet Rooms.  If you wish to attend only the speaker, please feel free to join us at 8 a.m. Please make your reservation by calling 507-933-6664, by e-mailing or you can register and pay online at 

Nobel Conference 51 Campus Preview...Peg O'Connor, 2015 Nobel Conference Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies will provide a glimpse into the topic of addition and this year’s Nobel Conference from 3-4 p.m. on Friday, September 18 in Alumni Hall.  Come and start thinking about the complex topic of addiction and learn a bit more about the upcoming Nobel Conference “Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition.”

Reading in Common Lecture:  The New Student Orientation Reading In Common selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Two members of the family will be on campus to share experiences and answer questions at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on September 15 in Alumni Hall.

NATURE FOR THE NATION, Linnaeus Arboretum, in collaboration with the Gustavus Department of Theatre/Dance, presents the highly acclaimed Twin Cities outdoor show, Nature, produced by TigerLion Arts. Nature is a professionally produced family-friendly outdoor experience like no other. An award-winning ensemble of actors brings audience members into a playful outdoor journey filled with music, song, story and celebration through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. The play will be held completely outdoors, rain or shine. Blankets and folding chairs are welcome. Audience should expect to walk from scene to scene with actors as story unfolds.

For more info, visit, or call 507-933-6181. You can see a photo slideshow of previous performances here.

Four performances:
Friday, September 25, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.*
Saturday, September 26 at 12:00 noon and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m.

* A special FLA members only Meet & Greet Actors' Reception will be held following the first performance on September 25th.

Tickets: or 507-933-7590
General admission: $15 in advance; $18 at the gate
Current Gustie students/staff: $5 in advance (limit one per Gustie)
Kids 12 and under: Free

Partnership with the Center for Worship and Music Studies announced:
Gustavus Adolphus College is moving into an exciting new partnership with The Center for Worship & Music Studies, a new venture designed to prepare, equip, and train today’s musicians for leadership in the church. With the full support of the Chaplain's Office, Church Relations, and the Department of Music, it will now be possible for Gustavus students to complete The Center's Certificate in Worship & Music Leadership on campus. Funding has been secured to provide scholarships for students to enroll this fall in Worship 101, one of The Center's core classes.

Jay Beech, the Executive Director of The Center for Worship & Music Studies said, "This unique partnership will equip these gifted young adults for thoughtful and vibrant music ministry in a wide variety of settings. We are excited and honored to work with Gustavus in this important and innovative venture."

"This partnership is valuable in so many ways for the vocational, musical, and faith development of our students," said Dr. Chad Winterfeldt, Cantor of Christ Chapel and music department faculty member. "Through the offerings of The Center, students will learn from mentors who are active in a variety of music ministry settings and will enrich the worship life on campus through practical application of new skills and ideas. Combined with the breadth of academic and musical experiences Gustavus offers, this is a remarkable opportunity for our students.”

Both Beech and Winterfeldt are instructors for classes offered by The Center, including Worship 101 and Leading Congregational Singing, the latter being a one-day intensive class that will be held on the Gustavus campus November 21.

For more information about the program, visit The Center's website at Gustavus students wishing to apply for a scholarship should contact Dr. Winterfeldt in the Chaplain’s Office at (507) 933-7447 or

Reminder to all users of Gustavus Motor Pool Vehicles: 

Beginning September 1, 2015, certification will be required for all Gustavus Motor Pool Vehicle drivers:
-Drivers of cars and 7 person minivans will need to be Defensive Driver online certified before keys will be issued. This certification level is valid for 4 years.
-Drivers of 8 or 10 person large vans will need to have the online certification as well as behind the wheel instruction through the Campus Safety office. The behind the wheel instruction portion is valid for 2 years.

Please take care of your certification needs and plan ahead for fall semester to complete this in a timely manner. To initiate certification, please fill out the web form at the following link:

To check the expiration date of a prior certification or to renew an expired certification, contact Lisa Octigan (

Facility Hours

Library Hours during Move-In Weekend: Friday, Sept. 4: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm; Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 5 & 6:  Closed.  Monday, Sept. 7: 8:00 am – 4:45 pm.

In The News 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story on August 18 about the $25 million gift the College received to support the renovation and expansion of the Nobel Hall of Science. 

Minnesota Public Radio included a story about $25 million gift the College received to support the renovation and expansion of the Nobel Hall of Science on its morning news cycle on August 17. 

Minneapolis Star Tribune sports reporter Rachel Blount wrote a feature story on Gustavus football players Mitch Hendrickson and Matt and Gabriel Boyce to highlight the start of the small college football season in Minnesota. The story appeared on Wednesday, September 2.

Social Media Updates

Gustavus faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the hashtag #gusties19 on Move-In Day when tweeting pictures and thoughts.


For Rent...Large 1 bedroom apartment in duplex near Gustavus. Newly refinished hardwood floors, central air, washer & dryer included. Beautiful yard with screen porch. Off street parking, possible garage available .$600 +utilities. No pets, no smoking, references required. Snow removal provided. Jane Johnson,, 507-382-3809

For Sale...Be the fifth Gustie in a row to live in this beautiful, well-maintained home. One easy mile from campus, walking distance to all downtown amenities (grocery, coffee, post office, banks). Most recent updates include new stove, new front-loading washing machine, radon mitigation system, and basement re-model (including waterproofing the floor). Flexible close/move-in dates but prefer some time this fall if possible. Come see it.

For Sale...A small Werlitzer paino.
The Wurlitzer family were German instrument makers dating back to the 17th century with Hans Andreas Wurlitzer, a violin maker. Soon after coming from Germany, Franz Rudolph Wurlitzer established himself in 1856 in New York, importing German pianos. Has been tuned on a regular basis. It is an apartment size piano, in very good condition, has only moved 2 times. The dimensions are: 49" long, 25" deep and 34" high. I am selling it for $975. Interested parties should email

Has minor water damage on faux leather top cover

For Sale...1213 Pine Pointe Curve - Single story Town home w/1982 sq. ft. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, 3 way fireplace, MBR suite, formal DR, eat-in kitchen, guest BR w/3/4 bath, office, utility Rm, 36" wide doors w/lever handles, in-floor heating and cooling. Attached oversized DBL garage. Attic storage. Fenced Patio. Walk to Gustavus and the Arboretum. PRICE REDUCED: $220,000. Available to show any time. Barb Haack, Broker. St. Peter Real Estate Co. 507-934-3650 or 207-934-3938. Email:

Seeking Housing...Incoming visiting faculty seeking housing for next school year (Aug-May). 2+ bedroom, 1+ bath, in St. Peter or surrounding area. On-site laundry preferred. No Pets, Non-smoker, references available. Please contact Meilin Huang - email:, cell: 414-243-25


"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"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
Tomorrow 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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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.
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
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
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 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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.

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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