Inside Gustavus 

October 9, 2015 | Volume 48, Number 6


Faculty/Staff Activities

Kathy Lund Dean (Economics & Management) attended the Midwest Academy of Management meeting in Columbus Ohio on October 1-3 and participated in two panel sessions. The first, entitled "Evolving Faculty Roles" shared with the audience her research on how faculty positions increasingly include external stakeholder engagement responsibilities. The second panel on which Kathy served, "Ask the Editors!" offered a lively forum for participants to ask publishing questions of editors of 'A' level management journals.

Eric Dugdale (Classics) and Ellen Sassenberg (Century High School) co-presented a talk titled "Digital Humanities in Schools and Colleges" at the Classical Association of Minnesota annual meeting.

Chaplain Brian Konkol was invited to speak at Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Hopkins, MN) on October 4th, as part of an educational series on Global Mission. His presentation was titled, "Mission as Accompaniment for the Conversion of Connections."

Student/Young Alumni Achievements

David Nelson '17 has been selected as one of 5 vocalists to participate in a master class with world-renowned Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegåard on Oct. 17, 2015, in the Guild Hall of Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis.  Håkan Hagegård will be in town for a private function and has agreed to offer this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with Philip Brunelle. Hagegård, the Swedish operatic baritone, has performed on stages around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Carnegie Hall and La Scala. He played the role of Papageno in Ingmar Bergman's acclaimed film version of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and in 1985 was appointed vocalist to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.  He is currently Senior Lecturer in Music at Indiana University as well as Professor in Vocal Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway.


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 for Church Relations and Assistant to the Chaplains
-Assistant Director of the Diversity Center
-Assistant Director of the Gustavus Annual Fund
-Director of Faculty Grants
-Director of Government, Foundation and Corporate Relations
-Administrative Assistant
-Dining Service Staff 

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


News & Announcements 

Court of St. Lucia...We invite your nomination of sophomore women who exemplify these qualities: courageous leadership, service to others, strength of character, and compassion. Please note that these women do not have to have any Swedish connection or the ability to sing. You may nominate as many women as you wish, using this form.

Submit your nomination(s) by Friday, October 23. The Festival of St. Lucia will be celebrated on Thursday, December 10 during the morning Chapel service.

Upcoming Webinar...The Office of the Provost invites you to join us for this webinar. No need to RSVP…just bring yourself (and perhaps your lunch). We will register for the webinar, although we have provided registration links in case you are unable to attend from campus and would like to register individually.

Courageous leadership: Recruiting and Retaining Latino(a) Faculty and Higher Education Professionals
Thursday, October 15, 2015, Noon @ Beck Hall 121
This program has been approved for 1 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours. Register online.

This professional webinar session provides higher education administrators and staff an opportunity to learn about the importance of developing a comprehensive strategy to recruit and retain Latina/o faculty members and professional staff. The demographic reality of the growing Hispanic undergraduate and graduate student population compels higher education leaders to employ courageous leadership to create proactive measures that ensures their faculty and leaders reflect the diverse communities that they serve. Towards that goal, this webinar highlights key programmatic and policy recommendations, based on empirical evidence, to support institutional initiatives to improve Latino(a) faculty and professional staff representation.

2016 MAYDAY! Peace Conference - Divestment: A Tool for Peace?
The 2016 MAYDAY Peace Conference will consider whether or not divestment is an effective tool for building peace. Through a diversity of speakers with a wide range of perspectives, we will examine past divestment initiatives and current strategies, investigate the impact of power structures, and explore the complexity and commitments surrounding the ongoing debates. This conference will probe the morality and mechanics of divestment in order to inspire effective action for building peace.  Community members interested in working with the planning committee or who have ideas on possible speakers are invited to attend the next meeting in Beck 301 on Tuesday, October 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The conference chair is Kristian Braekken.

C in CC Tickets...Gustavus students and staff interested in attending one of this year's Christmas in Christ Chapel tickets should reserve their tickets before the end of this weekend. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at Noon on Monday, Oct. 12 and can sell out fast. All Gustavus students and employees are allowed one free ticket to one of the worship services. Additional worship service tickets can be purchased for $30 each. Buffet tickets can also be purchased for $25 each. To purchase your tickets, go online to

Volunteers Sought...The Center for International and Cultural Education (CICE) is seeking volunteers for its International Friendship Family Program. Each Gustavus international student is matched with a local family. The family will typically invite the student to their home for an occasional dinner, family function, or trip, and go to events in which the student is involved. It is a great opportunity for the family and the student to share cultures! If interested, please contact Jeff Anderson at 507-933-7493 or 

 Voicemail Updates...With the semester well under way the Telecommunication Office would like to remind you of services through our voice mail system that may available to help you manage your voice mail messages.

Benefits and Features Overview:
• Easy to Use Telephone Interface Prompts - Utilizes the same command structure as most cellular providers (7 to delete, 9 to save, etc.)
• Unified Communications - listen to voice mail messages via e-mail and smartphones/cell phones.
• Self Administration - ability to change many voice mail settings via a web portal to your own preference. If you are off-campus, you will only be able to make preference changes through the phone messaging system.
Follow the link, for more information of each feature (if available to your department) and instructions to set them up for your use.  Questions may be directed to:

From the Telecommunications Office...The new Fall 2015 employee (light green) and department/FAX (yellow) directories are now printed. They are being sent through the campus mail to your departments. If you are in need of more, or have been inadvertently missed, please inform the Telecommunications Office at Likewise, if you received excess copies, please return them to the Telecommunications Office. Note that new hires will be receiving them in their voice mail information packets when they arrive on campus.

Coca Cola Educational Partnership...Faculty and advisors of student organizations are encouraged to apply for funds from the Coca Cola Educational Partnership. This fund supports projects initiated by departments, programs, campus-wide initiatives or advocacy groups that focus on enhancing sustainability and community health. Priority will be given to student-focused initiatives achieving the greatest impact on community well-being. While the highest priority will be accorded to campus initiatives, the committee will also consider projects involving Gustavus students in partnership with the surrounding communities.  Grants may range between $1,000 and $10,000.  Follow the link for information about how to apply.

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 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 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. 

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host weekend confirmation retreats for Cross Lutheran Church, Maplewood on October 8-10; First Lutheran Church, Le Sueur on October 10; First English Lutheran Church Faribault on October 10; and Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD, on October 10-11. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Preaching in Congregations...Pastor Rod Anderson will preach at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Le Center on Sunday, October 11 at 9 a.m. Pastor Dan Buendorf will preach at Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Ulm this Sunday also at 9 a.m. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations for Gustavus Association member congregations.

Exploring Religious Questions Series...The mini-course: "The Power of Music in Religious and Spiritual Life and for Human Health and Well-being: Wisdom from Musicians, Religious Thinkers, and Psychologists" will start on Monday, October 12 from 7-9 p.m. in Olin 103. In this first session, Jay Beech and Chad Winterfeldt will lead a discussion on "The Power of Music in Christian Faith and Life: Biblical, Theological, and Contemporary Sources." This series is sponsored by the Office of Church Relations and the Bernhardson Chair.

Campus Happenings 

Saint Peter Gustie Breakfast...Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 14 to hear Scott Bur, the Director of the Nobel Conference, speak on the highlights and surprises from the conference. This year's conference focused on Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition. Register by calling 933-6043 to join us for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. Program will begin at 8:00 a.m. If you wish to attend only the speaker, please feel free to come at 8 a.m. 

Family Weekend...Oct. 10-11 is Family Weekend at Gustavus. Go online to see the long list of events.


Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • Football hosts St. Olaf College at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
  • Men's soccer hosts Augsburg at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
  • Volleyball hosts the University of Wisconsin-Superior at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10
  • Women's soccer hosts Augsburg at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Weekend Fine Arts Events

Through November 8, Hillstrom Gallery
Grant Wood’s Lithographs: A Regionalist Vision Set in Stone 
Art Inspiring Art: George Bellows’ Sunset, Shady Valley   
October 1 - 30, Schaefer Gallery Exhibition of Works by Michal Sagar: The Beginning of the Third Dream 

  • October 11, 2:00 p.m., Christ Chapel
    Family Weekend Music Showcase featuring the Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Vasa Wind Orchestra and the Choir of Christ Chapel

  • October 16, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel
    Finland's Kalevi Kiviniemi, organ and Jukka Pietila, baritone, in a Gustavus Artist Series Performance: Finlandia 150

    Tickets available at, by calling 507-933-5790 or at the door

Off-Campus Events of Interest

The Creative Play Place is a FREE indoor play area for parents/grandparents to play together with their children, ages birth to 6 years. Hours for the 2015-16 school year have just been announced. We are located in the Saint Peter Community Center, Room 127. Come play with us! 

The Truth About Cancer – A Special Storytime at the Saint Peter Library at 10:30 on Saturday Oct. 10...Kelly Strenge’s book, “The Truth about Cancer” speaks to children about what cancer is, how it is treated, and the effect it can have on someone's life. Kelly Strenge’s hope is that after reading this book, children will no longer be afraid of cancer and come to have a better understanding of it. The book works for children who have cancer or children who know someone that has it. To find out more, visit her website

Kelly writes, “My husband has been battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma for the past 8 years so I am very familiar with it. He has endured chemotherapy, radiation, two stem cell transplants and two study drug programs through Mayo Clinic. Because of this I am also giving half of all my profits back to cancer charities such as Leukemia Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Mayo Clinic for cancer research.”

What others say about the book:
“I highly recommend this book for any child who has ever heard the word cancer. An informative and uplifting story that will open the doors of conversation.” - Luis F. Porrata, MD, Mayo Clinic, Division of Hematology
“Beautifully written children’s book! This is a lovely story that outlines the facts about cancer. It offers hope and understanding to a child faced with cancer or who knows someone diagnosed with cancer.” – Crystal Curtis, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker, Mankato Clinic

At this special story time at the Saint Peter library, Kelly will read the book, talk about the book with the children and then make cards with kids to give to cancer patients at the Andreas Cancer Center. Half of all book sale profits will go back to cancer charities such as Leukemia Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Mayo Clinic for cancer research.  

In The News  


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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