Inside Gustavus 

October 22, 2015 | Volume 48, Number 8

President Cabinet Summary

Faculty/Staff Activities

Kristen Lowe (Art and Art History department) attended a screening of her documentary, Painting the Place Between at the 410 project in Mankato, MN. Lowe and Betsy Byers led a question-and-answer session after the screening.

Blake Couey has written Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah: The Most Perfect Model of the Prophetic Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2015). The book articulates a fresh description of the workings of Biblical Hebrew poetry and applies it to Isaiah 1-39, a sophisticated but underappreciated collection of poems from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. To celebrate its publication, along with the release of Sharon Marquart's new book, there will be a joint book release on Thursday, October 29, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Book Mark.

Sharon Marquart (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) has written On the Defensive: Reading the Ethical in Nazi Camp Testimonies (University of Toronto Press, 2015). The book examines how our ethical responses to the Nazi camps have unintentionally repressed and denied the experiences of their victims. To celebrate its publication and the publication of Blake Couey’s new book, there will be a joint book release on Thursday, October 29, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Book Mark.

Mimi Gerstbauer (Political Science, Peace Studies) presented "Reconciling History: The Vietnam War 50 Year Commemoration" at the 2015 Peace and Justice Studies Association annual conference held at James Madison U. in Harrisonburg, VA, October 15-17.

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
-Director of the Diversity Center
-Administrative Assistant
-Dining Service Staff 

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

  1. Members discussed final preparations for today’s conference call with Moody’s.
  2. Due to recent expressed concerns from the campus community, the Cabinet reviewed the current guidelines concerning pets in the workplace.  Following discussion, consensus was to further explore instituting a pet policy on campus.  Provost Braun will draft such a policy for the Cabinet’s review.  Following this review, feedback from the campus community regarding the proposed pet policy will be solicited from the campus community by the Human Resources Office. 
  3. Discussion was held regarding lighting the pathway from Arbor View to the main campus as well as adding a “blue light phone” along the same pathway.  Provost Braun will inform the Director of the Linnaeus Arboretum Scott Moeller and the Arboretum National Advisory Board of these discussions. 
  4. Members confirmed an earlier email approval for hiring the full-time replacement position of Assistant Director of Church Relations.

News & Announcements 

Gustavus Library Associates is seeking donations for A Royal Affair. Items on the wish list include new paperback books, gift cards (min $25), bottles of wine and items for the silent auction. Donation forms are available. Please deliver all items to Dana Lamb in marketing and communication by Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Tickets to the Nov. 14 event are available. 

Library Hours for Fall Break - Friday, Oct. 23: 8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 24: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 25: Noon-6 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 26: 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 27: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Telecommunications updates:
The following are additions/changes for the “Personnel Phone Directory 2014-15”: Katie Hendrickson, Financial Aid, Phone: x7008, Email: khendri4, Email update
Curtis Sykes, Custodial, Phone: x7643, Email: csykes, Delete
Gustavus Technology Services main phone (and Helpline number): x6111, Change
Vikki Smith, Dining Service, Phone: x7070, New
Allen Johnson, Dining Service, Phone: x7070, Email: ajohns57, New
Heather Ungerer, Career Development, Phone: x6056, Email: hungerer, New
Sara Masters, Church Relations, Phone: x7001, Email: smasters, Delete
Church Relations Office, Phone: x7001, Name Change
For further information or corrections, contact telecommunications at x6261 or e-mail:

Come and join Wellbeing for Employees...Support "ME" with WE! Earn over $80 towards your Wellbeing from WE.  Attend the last speaker in our series from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. The session will be held in the Jackson Campus Center Konferensrum. The session is completely free for employees and will include a free wellness gift along with a healthy snack.

*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. 

Jana and Matt Rasmussen along with Big Sister Lydia welcomed Evi Rasmussen into their family on 10/15/15. Evi weighed 8 lbs 3 oz.

Tickets are now available online at or by calling 507-933-7590 for the Anderson Theatre production of Argonautka: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Henry MacCarthy. Performances will be held Nov. 5-7 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Gustavus students and staff are entitled to one free ticket for the production. Other tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and other students. Tickets not sold before the event will be placed on sale one hour prior to curtain at the Anderson Theatre box office.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College is proud to present Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts. From MacArthur fellow and Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman comes this amazing theatre adaptation of the first epic journey in western civilization. A thrilling adventure ride set in the realm of the impossible and the imaginative: a world of beauty, mystery, and joy.

Tuition Benefit and Exchange Options...Kirk Carlson and Rich Aune will present information about tuition benefit and exchange options at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the St. Peter Room. Contact Kirk Carlson ( if you have any questions. 

Campus Happenings 

Home Athletic Events this Week

Support the Golden Gusties at one or more of these home athletic events this week.

Friday (10/23/15)

  • Volleyball hosts Concordia College, 7-10 p.m., Lund Forum

Saturday (10/24/15)

  • Women’s Soccer hosts Augsburg College, 1-4 p.m., Soccer Field

Tuesday (10/28/15)

  • Men’s Soccer hosts Bethel University, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Soccer Field 
Weekend Fine Arts Events

Through Nov. 8, Hillstrom Gallery  
Hillstrom Museum is open regular hours over break:
Saturday-Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Mankato Area Lifelong Learners, in partnership with Gustavus and MNSU, provides opportunities for individuals 50 and older to engage in enriching educational activities in the company of friends and peers. They provide members with the opportunity to make new friends, challenge them to keep learning, and enhance Greater Mankato's quality of life. Membership is open to the public. Additional information, including registration instructions, is available online 

Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota's 2nd annual "A Taste of Home" event will be held at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in Johnson Hall on Nov. 6, 2015, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. The evening will include a wine and food tasting as well as a silent auction. All proceeds from the event will help build more Habitat homes in the St. Peter area.  Currently the Melby family home is under construction at the High School and will be moved to its permanent location after the foundation is completed. The Melby home will be the 25th home built in St. Peter. TICKETS available at the door or call 507-388-2081, ext 4 or email

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host two weekend confirmation retreats for Bethlehem Lutheran Church of St. Cloud from Friday, Oct. 23 to Saturday, Oct. 24, and for Highview Christiania Lutheran Church of Farmington from Friday, Oct. 23 to Saturday, Oct. 24. There will also be one day retreat that will be hosted on Saturday, Oct. 24 for Cross of Peace Lutheran Church of Shakopee. We will also be hosting the staff of Thrivent's Two Rivers Regional Financial office in the Retreat Center Tuesday, Oct. 27 to Wednesday, Oct. 28. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Preaching in Congregations...Sarah Ruble will preach on "Race in American Religion" at Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. Reverend Grady St. Dennis will speak at a dinner at American Lutheran Church in Gaylord at 6:00pm on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by The Office of Church Relations for Gustavus Association member congregations.

Exploring Religious Questions Series: "The Power of Music in Religious and Spiritual Life and for Human Health and Well-being: Wisdom from Musicians, Religious Thinkers, ad Psychologists"... This mini course continues from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, October 26, in Olin Room 103. The third session in this series will be a lecture by Mark Kruger (Professor in Psychological Science at Gustavus Adolphus College) and Patricia Reeder (Assistant Professor in Psychological Science and Co-director of the Center for Developmental Science at Gustavus Adolphus College) on "The Role of Music in Human Development, Health, and Wellbeing: Exploring and Evaluating Recent Scientific Findings" . Sponsored by the Gustavus Adolphus College the Office of Church Relations; and the Bernhardson Chair communities today. 

Pastor-2-Pastor... Pastors from the Southwestern and Southeastern Minnesota Synods will be on campus for a 24-hour Sabbath retreat beginning Thursday at noon and ending on Friday, Oct. 23. The theme for the gathering will be "The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age". The speaker for this two-day period will be Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile. Pastor-2-Pastor is a program sponsored by the Office of Church Relations, the ELCA synods of southern Minnesota, and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and is open to pastors of the ELCA (and CCM/ecumenical partners). The purpose of the program is to help pastors partner for pastoral excellence, and focuses on professional growth and mutual accountability for wellness.

In The News  


For Rent...St. Peter Duplex -2 bedroom, 1 bath available October 24. Newly painted, hardwood floors your own washer and dryer in the basement as well as tons of storage. Close to downtown, off street parking, small private backyard with access to a clothes line. Lawn and snow services provided. Background/Credit check and references required. Call 507-381-2513 or email

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,restaurants). Most recent updates include new stove, new washing machine, radon mitigation system, basement remodel (including waterproofing the floor) and landscaping with many native wildflowers. Quick possession possible! Come see it.

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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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