Inside Gustavus 

September 24, 2015 | Volume 48, Number 4


Faculty/Staff Activities

Marcia J. Bunge (Religion) was invited to be a visiting scholar at the University of Oslo. She spent six weeks in Norway, co-editing an interdisciplinary collection of essays entitled: Nordic Childhoods 1700-1960: From Folk Beliefs to Pippi Longstocking. The book is part of a larger research project on the history of childhood funded by a $1.3 million grant from the Norwegian Research Council.

Anna Versluis received a nine-month Fulbright to teach and research in Haiti during her 2015-16 sabbatical.

The Center for Developmental Science at Gustavus Adolphus College, Kyle Chambers and Patricia Reeder and the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota (Deb Johnson and Megan Flod Johnson) were awarded a $3000 stipend from the National Living Laboratory Initiative . These funds will support the development of Research Toys for the Children's Museum by students in PSY234: Developmental Psychology during the upcoming academic year.

Henry MacCarthy, (Theatre & Dance and LALACS) participated in the NEH Summer Seminar "Latin American Theatre Today" in Buenos Aires. While in Argentina he also participated in the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires's (MALBA) seminar "Memories of the Conquest."
Upon returning to the US he was the stage director for Opera Omaha's "Opera Outdoors" concert featuring Leah Partridge, soprano; Sandra Piques Eddy, mezzo-soprano; John Moore, baritone; Andrew Bidlack, tenor and the Opera Omaha chorus. The concert took place on September 11 at the Pavilion in Turner Park attracting over three thousand patrons.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

  • Brianne Twaddle, Office Coordinator and Technology Support
  • Judy Douglas, Special Assistant to the Dean of Students and Interim Director for the Diversity Center
  • Bryan Messerly, Study Away Program Coordinator
  • Joshua Owens, Admission Counselor
  • Maggie Sotos, Admission Counselor
  • Megan Bisek, Administrative Assistant
  • Keith Kunkel, Operating Engineer
  • Ryan Wendelschafer, Dishroom
  • Caroline McGowan, Custodian

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
-Multifaith Advisor

-Custodial Staff,
-Dining Service Staff 

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


President's Cabinet Summary 

  1. Vice President VanHecke gave a brief update on the circumstances surrounding the hiring of a Director of the Diversity Center.  The College will re-initiate a search for a Director.
  2. Chaplains Brian Konkol and Siri Erickson were present to discuss a Multifaith Advisor position in the Office of the Chaplains.  Members approved the hiring of a part-time (4-5 hours per week) advisor position.
  3. Members approved the hiring of custodial replacement positions (totaling 120 hours per week).
  4. Members approved the hiring of a full-time replacement position of an Assistant Director for Faculty Grants.
  5. Discussion was held regarding the agenda for the upcoming Internal Budget Committee.
  6. A special Cabinet meeting was scheduled on October 1, 10:30 a.m., to discuss FY 2017 budget initiatives.
  7. Vice President Westphal offered a number of beginning-of-year reminders, including the following:
    1. The President and CFO, as approved by the Board of Trustees, are the only authorized contract signers.
    2. Refer to the Accounts Payable section of the Finance Office website for important information about disbursements, travel policy, gift policy, honorariums, etc.
    3. Remind staff of the timelines for the processing of bi-weekly time cards.
    4. Notify the Human Resources Office if an employee ends their employment.

News & Announcements 

Insurance Reminder...Employees covered under the dental insurance offered by Gustavus should have received a Coordination of Benefits Questionnaire in the mail from EBSO, Inc. Please be sure to complete this information and return to EBSO, Inc. Failure to complete this form could result in your dental claims not being processed. Please direct any questions regarding this questionnaire to EBSO, Inc. Customer Service at 800-486-7664. 

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions…A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on November 23, 24, and 25. Schedule an appointment, online or contact (800) 732-8353, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Thank You...We are so grateful for the wonderful support nursing was given by the Gustavus community during our accreditation site visit last week! We deeply appreciated your time and effort in meeting with the site visitors. Your support was very important in helping us receive an excellent report. Thank you again and again.
--- The Department of Nursing.

Come and join Wellbeing for Employees Support "ME" with WE! Earn over $80 towards your Wellbeing from WE.  Attend four different speaker series from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, and 30. These sessions will be held in the Jackson Campus Center Konferensrum. The sessions are completely free for employees and will include a free wellness gift every week along with a healthy snack.

The four sessions include:
1. October 2: Informational Session with Interactive Activities
-Come and start your wellbeing journey and become acclimated to the next three speaker series. Receive a wellness welcome gift if you attend.
2. October 9: Physical Wellbeing
-Come learn about the importance of nutritional and physical wellbeing. Exercises you can do at work or right at your desk will be taught and each participant will receive a free resistance band.
3. October 16: Relational Wellbeing
-Come learn about compassionate care and treat yourself and a friend with a $10 gift card to the Courtyard Cafe.
4. October 30: Financial Wellbeing
-Don't let your finances haunt you! Come for a "frost your own" and a no-trick way to healthier finances.

*If you attend ALL four speaker series you will receive a $25 gift card to the St. Peter Co-op.*  Please pre-register for each speaker series to ensure that you will receive a free gift. If you do not pre-register you can still come, all employees are welcome. Register online here.

Online Backup service available...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 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 CrashPlan webpage.  If you have questions or concerns regarding CrashPlan PROe, please contact the Technology Helpline at 507-933-6111 or

Two Weeks and Counting...The 51st annual Nobel Conference is less than two weeks away. Be sure to visit for information and answers to most of your questions. Faculty, staff, and students are reminded to secure their one complimentary ticket by going online to Students without a ticket will be asked to view the conference from Lund Forum in the overflow viewing area.   

Campus Happenings 

Save the Date...All members of the Gustavus community are invited to attend the All-Campus Strategic Action Conference to discuss a draft action plan outline and questions posed by the Strategic Action Team (SAT). This planning conference is scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2015 at 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Lund.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • The women’s tennis team hosts the 2015 ITA/USTA Midwest Regional Championships on Sept. 25-27.

  • The football team hosts Augsburg College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

  •  The men’s soccer team hosts the University of St. Thomas at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

  •  The women’s soccer team hosts the University of St. Thomas at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

David Fienen, Emeritus Professor of Music and former Provost, will play an organ recital at Elliott Chapel, Presbyterian Homes, Evanston, IL, on Monday, September 28, 2015. The venue houses a tracker pipe organ built by Lynn Dobson and sponsors monthly noon-time recitals, including international organists from 21 countries. Fienen's program will include works by Mendelssohn, Jan Bender, Larry Long, and Bach.
He recently was substitute organist at Union Presbyterian in St. Peter (Sept. 13) and guest organist (Sept. 20) for the 160th Anniversary Service, including Installation of their new Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing (where Eric Norelius started a school in 1862 that eventually became Gustavus Adolphus College).

In The News 

Social Media Updates

Celebrate the Great Gustie Gathering by using #GoGusties during Homecoming! Remember to follow @gustavus on Twitter and @gustavusadolphuscollege on Instagram for updates throughout the day.


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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