Inside Gustavus 

November 11, 2015 | Volume 48, Number 11

Faculty/Staff Activities

Roger Adkins (Director of International and Cultural Education) presented at the CIEE annual conference in Berlin, Germany, at a session titled "Immediacy, Engagement, and Immersion: Critical Pedagogy and the Study Abroad Mission." His co-presenters were Cari Vanderkar Moore, Director of the International Center, Cal Poly; Josh Macahamer, Associate Professor of Theatre, Cal Poly; and Leslie Steeves, Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. While abroad, Roger also participated in site visits at CIEE Budapest, CIEE Berlin, and Bard College Berlin, and met with representatives from AIT Budapest (computer science program), the Budapest Semester in Mathematics program, Haifa University (Israel), Champlain Abroad programs, Diversity Abroad, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ursula Lindqvist, Kjerstin Moody, and David Jessup (Scandinavian Studies) all participated in the Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America (ASTRA)'s annual Sweden Symposium at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 22 to 24. This year's theme was "Visions and Realities in Contemporary Swedish Film." Ursula Lindqvist also presided over the organization's annual business meeting on Oct. 24 as current ASTRA president.

Photography by Priscilla Briggs was included in the group exhibition "This From There" at Circa Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. The exhibition closes Dec. 5.

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)
-Director of Government, Foundation and Corporate Relations
-Director of the Diversity Center
-Campus Safety Officer (Part-Time on Call)

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

News & Announcements 

The Office of Advancement has won two awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V. They won a silver award in the category of best electronic newsletter for the monthly @Gustavus alumni enewsletter and gold award for online innovation for alumni relations for last year's live stream of Christmas in Christ Chapel. These Pride of CASE District V awards are given annually and this the third consecutive year the Advancement team has taken home honors. The awards will be formally presented at the CASE District V conference in December in Chicago.

New Assistant Director...The Student Life division is excited to announce the hiring of our new Assistant Director of the Diversity Center, Kenneth Reid. Kenneth comes to us from the University of Northern Iowa where he recently earned his Master of Arts degree in Postsecondary Education.  While there, Kenneth served in various capacities with the College of Education, the Dean of Students Office, the Center for Multicultural Education, and the Office of Residence Education. Kenneth has been involved with numerous diversity initiatives including Mentors in Violence Prevention, Safe Zone, Black Male Initiative, Black Male Leaders Union, Multicultural Teaching Alliance, "We Can Do Better" campaign, and bias response team.

Kenneth will formally join the Gustavus administration on Nov. 16.  Please stop by the Diversity Center during a welcome reception from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Director of the Diversity Center search update... The Search Committee (listed below) plans on conducting telephone interviews on Nov. 23 and 24 and anticipates bringing candidates to campus the week of Dec. 7.  The on-campus interview schedule features an open session for students and an open session for faculty, staff and administrators.  Please consider placing a hold on your calendars today for the up coming interviews:

Date                                       Student Session                  Employee Session

Monday, Dec. 7                        3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 8                     12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 9                  3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 10                   12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                   2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 11                          3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                   2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Once we have scheduled the on-campus interviews, I will communicate again indicating which of the aforementioned dates will be used and where the open sessions will be held.

The following people have kindly agreed to serve on the search committee.  Please feel free to communicate with any of them if you have insights, feedback or questions:

David Obermiller
Florence Amamoto
Andrea Garcia
Awushie Fayose
Jace Riggin
Andrea Junso
Cynthia Yang
JoNes VanHecke

The Reading in Common Selection Committee is soliciting suggestions from the Gustavus community for next year's Reading in Common book. If you have any books that you would like to suggest for this program, please email Andrea Junso the name of the book, the author, and a short summary (or the amazon link).

Telecommunication Updates

The following are additions/changes for the “Personnel Phone Directory 2015-16”:

LuAnn Schloesser, Advancement, Phone: x6664, Email: lschloes, Delete
Kenneth Reid, Diversity and Multicultural Programs, Phone: x7449, Email: kreid2, New

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

Campus Happenings 

International Festival...On Saturday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m., the International Cultures Club will sponsor its International Festival in Alumni Hall. The festival is an annual event featuring music, dancing, cultural displays, world cuisines, and a fashion show. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Donations for Partners for Affordable Housing During Gustavus Sleepout...During this year’s Gustavus Sleepout, Sun., Nov.15-Wed., Nov. 18, students in The Politics of Housing and Homelessness FTS will once again support Partners for Affordable Housing, owners and operators of the Welcome Inn and Theresa House in Mankato, by collecting daily necessities for their operation. There are 11 families staying in these two homes at any one time, and demand is constant for after-school treats for the children staying with them; paper products such as toilet paper, napkins and paper towels; personal hygiene products like shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste; and cleaning supplies. St. Peter does not have any shelters for people experiencing a temporary or long-term housing crisis.

FTS Sleepout participants will be carrying a cardboard box, donated by the BookMark, to collect any of the above items. Look for them—they will be visible. Additionally, the BookMark has created hygiene kits for purchase at the registers for a modest charge; purchased kits will also be brought to the two shelters. Thank you in advance for contributing what you can.

Write a Prayer for Peace...As a part of this year’s electronic Christmas card to students, employees, and alumni, members of the community are invited to write a message for peace based on their own hopes and beliefs. The ribbons containing these prayers for peace will then adorn a tree outside Christ Chapel. Participate Nov. 18, 19, and 20 by writing a message at a table outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room.

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Smimming & Diving hosts St. Olaf at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13
  • Women's Hockey hosts St. Thomas at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13
  • Football hosts St. Thomas at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
  • Men's Hockey hosts St. Thomas at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
Fine Arts Events

Nov. 21-22 is the Celebration of 20 years of Social Justice Theatre at Gustavus. The weekend includes the return of many I Am We Are alumni for panels, workshops, conversations and performances. Registration for all events is online at Tickets for the Sunday, Nov. 22 performance of We Were, We Are are available at or by calling the Ticket Center at 507-933-7590. 

Music for next week:

Nov. 14  1:30 p.m.  The Gustavus & Vasa Wind Orchestras Fall Concert, 

Nov. 15  1:30 p.m.  The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band Fall Concert, Dave Stamps, director

Nov. 15  3:30 p.m.  The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos Fall Concert,  John Engebretson & Donnie Norton, directors

Nov. 16  7:30 p.m.  Voz en Punto – Mexico’s Premiere Vocal Ensemble – in Concert , A 2015 Gustavus Artist Series Event

Tickets for Voz en Punto available at or by calling 507-933-7590

Congregational Outreach

Retreats ... The Office of Church Relations will host three weekend confirmation retreats one for Mount Olivet Chancel Choir of Edina from Friday, Nov. 13 to Saturday, Nov. 14, one for Peace Lutheran Church of Bloomington from Friday, Nov. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 15, and one for Laurentian Area Youth Group of Northern Minnesota from Saturday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 15. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

In The News  


Robert “Bob” Bernard Rassier, the father of Joyce Sutphen (English) passed away on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, at the age of 90. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Rita of St. Joseph; children, Joyce Sutphen (Walt Cannon) of Chaska, Mike of St. Joseph, Joe (Fiona) of Deephaven, Dan of St. Joseph, Nancy (Greg) of Orono, Kevin (Etta) of Maple Grove, Rick (Penny) of Sauk Rapids, Tony (Julie Neuwirth) of St. Joseph; thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Robert “Bob” Bernard Rassier was held on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph.  His obituary can be read online. 



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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