Inside Gustavus (November 19, 2015)

Volume 48, Number 12

Faculty/Staff Activities and Student Achievments

Travis Sigafoos '16 presented his research, "Circadian influence on the salicylate-induced changes in the acoustic startle responses of rats" at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago on October 18. His co-authors included Brianna Titus '16, Mike Ferragamo (Neuroscience, Biology, Psychological Science) and Janine Wotton (Psychological Science, Neuroscience).

New Faces 

Jessica Thelen, Dining Service, Maketplace cook/Server
Kathryn Hanson, Advancement Services, Administrative Assistant, Gustavus Annual Fund
Allison Kanaman, Custodial, Custodian
Jacob Larson, Custodial, Custodian
Heather Olson, Custodial, Custodian
Joseph Wray, Custodial, Custodian
Cynthia Berg, Church Relations, Assistant Director for Church Relations and Assistant to the Chaplains Office
Kenneth Reid, Diversity Center, Assistant Director of the Diversity Center
Jennifer Graft, Custodial, Custodian
Alissa Lager, Athletic Office, Assistant Men's and Women's Diving Coach
Shelby Nosan, Athletic Office, Assistant Softball Coach 
Ailya Vajid, Chaplain's Office, Multifaith Advisor

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)
-Dining Service Accounts Clerk


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

News & Announcements 

New Director...After a national search that yielded a large and strong pool of candidates, Sarah Bridges will be joining our community in the Office of Government Grants and Sponsored Programs beginning Jan. 18, 2016.

Bridges will assume the role of director of faculty grants. This hiring is part of a planned transition upon the retirement of the recent director, Dr. Robert Weisenfeld. In this role, Bridges will work with faculty to secure and administer external grants/sponsored programs and contracts primarily from government agencies (as well as private foundations and corporations) in support of institutional priorities. Please welcome Sarah Bridges to Gustavus when she arrives on campus this January.

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, JoNes VanHecke 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).

Free Cupcakes...Students involved in a group project for organizational behavior are conducting a survey to gather research for Diamond Dust Bakery, a bakery/coffee shop coming to St. Peter in the spring of 2016. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to take the 10 question survey and be entered into a drawing for one dozen custom designed FREE CUPCAKES!! The survey can be found at the link above and will take no more than 5 minutes of your time.  Thank you for supporting Diamond Dust Bakery! 

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.

Christmas in Christ Chapel...Employees and students each receive one free ticket for one Christmas in Christ Chapel service, which will take place Dec. 4-6.  Order your tickets now.  

Last year, for the first time, 7,500 people viewed Christmas in Christ Chapel via live stream.  Due to the success of the last year, the Saturday evening service will again be live streamed.  Here is a clip from last year’s performance of O Come All Ye Faithful to get a sense of this incredible experience.  Watch the live stream of Christmas in Christ Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 5.  Coverage begins at 7:15 p.m.  

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. 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.

  • Swimming and diving hosts the Gustie Sprint Invite at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
  • Women's basketball hosts UW-Stout at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
  • Men's hockey hosts Augsburg at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
  • Men's basketball hosts Buena Vista at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
  • Swimming and diving hosts the Grace Goblirsch Invite at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Women's hockey hosts Ausgburg at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Women's basketball host UW-River Falls at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Men's basketball hosts Simpson at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
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. 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. 

Monday, Nov. 23, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., opening reception in the Hillstrom Museum of Art 

Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions

Nov. 21  1:30 p.m.  The Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra Fall Concert, Justin Knoepfel, conductor

Nov. 21  3:30 p.m.  Bailey Hilgren, oboe & Paige Schoenherr, bassoon, A Student Recital

Nov. 21  7:30 p.m.  Karin Dye, viola  A Student Recital

Nov. 22  1:30 p.m.  Lisa Slaikeu, flute and voice, A Student Recital


In The News

Gustavus was mentioned in the Mankato Free Press's coverage of Minnesota's Give to the Max Day on Nov. 12.

Roger Adkins, director of the Center for International and Cultural Education, was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio in the wake of the Paris attacks on Friday, Nov. 13 to discuss how colleges respond to emergencies that may affect students studying abroad.

Gustavus retiree and longtime employee Joel Jackson '71 will have a photography exhibition at the Arts Center of St. Peter Nov. 27-Dec. 27. The St. Peter Herald previewed the exhibition on Monday, Nov. 16.

The Star Tribune mentioned Gustavus as one of the two bike-friendly colleges and universities in Minnesota in a piece on Mon., Nov. 16.

KEYC covered professor Richard Leitch's Politics of Housing and Homelessness class sleepout on Mon., Nov. 16.

Social Media Updates

Use #CinCC to share your experiences as the Colleges prepares for and celebrates Christmas in Christ Chapel!


Ellery Olof Peterson of St. Peter died Nov. 18 at the Benedictine Living Community.  He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter in 1949 where he later taught for 35 years, retiring in 1990. Ellery was mayor of St. Peter from 1992 to 1996. In 2010 he received the Nicollet County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award.  A service celebrating Ellery’s life will be held at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at the church from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. The committal service and inurnment will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at Long Lake Lutheran Church, Isanti, Minnesota.  Memorials are preferred to the “Ellery and Aileen Peterson Scholarship Fund” at Gustavus Adolphus College or to First Lutheran Church.



Upcoming events
Date Event
TodayNov 29 Thanksgiving Recess Campus
Tomorrow 8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Nov 28 4 pm Women's Hockey vs. Elmira College (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
Nov 29 1 pm Women's Hockey vs. Plattsburgh State University (Panther/Cardinal Classic), Vt.
46:30 pm Men's Basketball hosts Buena Vista University Peter, Minn.
56 pm Tabata (HWC) w/Emily and Alex 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/McKenzie 224 (Aerobics Room)
Nov 30 Career Exploration Registration Deadline Development (lower level Campus Center)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11 am to noon Tech Bytes: Virtual Meeting Spaces Hall 124B
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga with Kelly 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:351:15 pm Pyramid Circuit 217 (Gymnastics Room)
4:455:45 pm HIIT (HWC) w/ Morgan and Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:308:30 pm WRITI Dinner and Workshop: Using Writing to Assess Student Learning in the WRITI Course's Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center
67 pm Straight Up Strength (HWC) w/Mata 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Gustavus Student Senate Meeting- Come for Community Comment! Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
78 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Megan 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 1 66:40 am Fitness Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
5:306:30 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
7:308:30 pm Yoga w/ Rachel (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 2 911 am Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Cardio Dance 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
4:305:30 pm Kickboxing (HWC) w/ Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
7 pm Men's Basketball hosts Saint Mary's University Peter, Minn.
7 pm Women's Basketball at Saint Mary's University, Minn.
78 pm Jen Onsum- An advocate for people with disabilities Hall 101
78 pm Zumba w/ Megan (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
Dec 3 66:40 am Strictly Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath Chapel
11:35 am to 12:15 pm Yoga 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:301:20 pm New Faculty Orientation Session Beta Kappa Room
12:351:15 pm Step with Steph 224 (Aerobics Room)
45 pm Tabata (HWC) with Lydia and Christina 217 (Gymnastics Room), Aerobics Room
5:306:30 pm Power Bootcamp w/ Kaitlin (HWC) 224 (Aerobics Room)
7:308:30 pm Zumba (HWC) w/Christina 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm FIKA! at the Swedish House House
Dec 45 Men's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Women's Swimming and Diving at Jean Freeman Invite, Minn.
Dec 4 11:35 am to 12:15 pm Pilates 224 (Aerobics Room)
12:1512:45 pm TRX with Troy Hockey Arena
24 pm Moodle Drop-in Hours 124 Lab
4:306 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
7:0510:05 pm Men's Hockey hosts Saint John's University Peter, Minn.
7:30 pm Women's Hockey at College of Saint Benedict Joseph, Minn.
7:309 pm Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015 Chapel
810 pm Weekend Movie: Magic Mike XXL Auditorium, Nobel Hall

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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