Inside Gustavus 

December 2, 2015 | Volume 48, Number 13

Faculty/Staff Activities  

Laurent Déchery gave a paper untitled "Diderot's Tales: A Literature of Ethics" at the 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, which was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, July 27 - 31, 2015.

Jill Locke (Political Science and GWSS) presented a paper, "Unashamed Citizenship," at the Gender and the Politics of Shame Conference at the London School of Economics on Nov. 14. On Nov. 15-16, she participated in Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes?, a workshop with twelve papers under discussion, held at the University College London Institute of Education. Both events were by invitation.

Marcia J. Bunge (Religion) received a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. The grant helps support the work of editing a booklet that introduces aspects of the core values and Lutheran heritage of Gustavus Adolphus College to newcomers. The booklet contains over twenty short essays written by the college’s chaplains and by professors from various backgrounds, religious traditions, and academic departments.

Chaplain Brian Konkol accepted an invitation from the Huffington Post to serve on its signature lineup of contributors for its Religion section. His first piece, "The Domination of Black Friday-ism" was published on Nov. 24 and can be found here

Tom LoFaro, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics, published the paper "Crossing the Threshold: the Role of Density Dependence and Demographic Stochasticity in the Evolution of Cooperation" in the journal Letters in Biomathematics. 

Position Openings

-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)
-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).

Cabinet Summary

Nov. 17, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1

1.  Discussion was held regarding the recent report from Moody’s announcing that it affirmed our A3 rating and stable outlook.  President Bergman expressed her appreciation to Vice President Westphal for his leadership in the process and to other Cabinet members for their good work in preparation for and on the conference call with Moody’s. 

2.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time marketing and communication replacement position (Director of Editorial Services).

3.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time dining service replacement position (Accounts Clerk).

4.  Members reviewed the snow emergency procedures and communications.  Vice Presidents Westphal and Kennedy will further clarify procedures and when reviewed/approved by the Cabinet, the winter weather information will be distributed to the campus community. 

5.  Members reviewed the activities surrounding the Nov. 20 student demonstrations and conversations related to Black Lives Matter.

6.  Following a brief discussion and subsequent clarification regarding implementation, members stated their support for Gustavus being designated as a Fair Trade College.

7.  Members approved a recommendation for FY 2017 tuition, room, and food to be presented to the Institutional Resources Group for review/approval at its Dec. 21 conference call.

8.  Director of GTS Bruce Aarsvold was present to discuss Gustavus email accounts, especially pertaining to options for the continuation/discontinuation of accounts following the departure of an employee/a student from the College.  He and his staff will develop policy recommendations for the Cabinet’s review.

9.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time human resources replacement position (Employment Assistant).

10.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time CICE replacement position (Study Abroad Coordinator).

11.  Members approved additional support staff hours (5 hours per week) in the CICE office.

12.  Members approved the hiring of two full-time advancement replacement positions (Assistant Director, Programs and Engagement and Assistant to the Annual Fund Manager).

News & Announcements 

Christmas in Christ Chapel Parking and Lot Closures...The Lund parking lot will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Employees should make arrangements to move their vehicles prior to 4 p.m. or park in an alternate green permit lot. The lot will remain closed Saturday, Dec. 5 for special event parking for Christmas in Christ Chapel events.

The Norelius visitor parking lot will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and Building Bridges will be offering valet parking for Christmas in Christ Chapel on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday prior to event start times. Visitors may access valet parking at three-flags circle during Christmas in Christ Chapel events or park in any red or green permit space between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Overnight parking will still be enforced and is enforced 7 days a week: Green permit lots are no parking 2 a.m.-7 a.m., both rows of red permit parking in the stadium (Beck) lot are marked No Parking 2 a.m.- 7 a.m., and visitor permits are required for guests to park their vehicles after 2 a.m. in visitor parking. Contact Campus Safety with any questions.

Director of the Diversity Center search update... The Search Committee (listed below) plans on conducted 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

Change in Calendar...Please note a change in the College's academic calendar. By action of the faculty, the calendar was changed to correct a previously published mistake. Spring Break/Easter Recess for the 2015-16 Academic Year will take place Friday, Mar. 25 through Sunday, Apr. 3. Classes will resume on Monday, April 4, 2016. Please note this correction when making planning your spring courses. For your reference, the six-year academic calendar online.

VP Search Committee...Consultants from the search firm of Association of Governing Boards have been engaged by the College to help with the search for the next Vice President for Finance and Treasurer.  The consultants, Dr. Loren Anderson and Dr. Rick Torgerson, will be on campus Monday, Dec. 14 visiting with a number of individuals and groups.  They look forward to talking with you regarding your perspectives on the development of a search profile for this important position.  
Time has been set aside for all employees to have an opportunity to meet with the consultants

Administrators and Support Staff — Monday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m., Heritage Room

Faculty — Monday, Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m., Heritage Room

Campus Happenings 

Gustavus Faculty Teach-In...Professors Paschal Kyoore and Sharon Marquart (French section, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) are co-organizing "Reflections on the Paris Attacks: A Gustavus Faculty Teach-In." The event will take place on Monday, Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Confer 128.

Christmas in Christ Chapel...The 43rd annual Christmas in Christ Chapel services, "Shalom, Salaam Bethlehem" will take place Dec. 4-6. As we enter the last few days before Christmas in Christ Chapel, please take this opportunity take part in this Gustavus tradition.  Historically on Sunday evening there are extra tickets available so this year we are offering an opportunity to Gustavus employees to receive two complimentary tickets for the Sunday night service.  Sunday night is the finale of the five services and therefore the most emotional for the 350 student performers. If you have never been or have not been in a few years, I invite you to take advantage of this chance to support our students and kick off your holiday season.  We are not able to refund tickets that have already been purchased.  If you want to exchange a complimentary ticket requested for another service we can make that change. Just call the marketing office at 507-933-7520.  Tickets can be ordered at

Angel Tree Giving Opportunity...The Angel Tree is a project designed to give children little something extra in their stocking or under the tree. The children that will receive these gifts will not have many presents at Christmas.  Please take a tag from the tree located in the Johnson Student Union. On the back of the tag you will find the gender and age of the child as well as a short “wish list”. Not all items need to be purchased, please do as your budget allows, but $25 and under is appropriate.

We ask that after you have purchased your gift for this special child, you return the wrapped gift with the Angel Tag to the CBSL Office in the Johnson Student Union (Room 222) no later than: Wednesday, Dec. 16th. If for some reason you are unable to purchase a gift, please return the Angel Tag to the tree as soon as possible.

Thank you for helping make this Christmas a little brighter for one child.

Festival of St. Lucia...Gustavus will celebrate its 75th annual Festival of St. Lucia at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 in Christ Chapel. The six sophomore women on this year's St. Lucia Court are: Avery Bather, Jessica Green, Lindsey Kline, Leah Moat, Gisel Murillo, and Solveig Svendsen. Communitity members can vote for this year's St. Lucia online through Friday, Dec. 4.

Health and Wellness Class...The Gustavus community (Students, Staff, Faculty)  has an opportunity to get their new year off to a great start!  The Am I Hungry program teaches mindful eating skills and empowers participants to relearn to use their natural ability to eat just the right amount of food.  Participants are not given rigid rules to follow; instead it is a journey of self-discovery as to why we choose to eat what we eat.  Class discussion involves eating what our bodies need and want, exercising for our mind and bodies, and mindful eating skills.

Classes will meet Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, beginning Jan. 4 and running through Wednesday, Jan. 27.  Classes will be located in the 49er room in the Campus Center. The cost of the program is discounted to $25.00 (a retail value of $45.00 for materials) which covers the cost of the book “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle” and the workbook required for class. 

If you are interested in participating please contact George Elliott at by December 15th. 

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Men's hockey hosts Saint John's University at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
  • Women's hockey hosts the College of Saint Benedict at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

Fine Arts Events

Hillstrom Museum of Art 
Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions

Dec. 8, 10:00 a.m., Christ Chapel
Christmas Winds with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Vasa Wind Orchestra
James Patrick Miller, Karrin Meffert-Nelson and Heidi Johanna Miller, conductors

In The News

The Mankato Free Press profiled the late Ellery Peterson '49, the longtime professor of economics and management and St. Peter community leader who passed away Nov. 18.

Professor Peg O'Connor appeared on MPR News with Tom Weber on Nov. 23 to discuss ADHD prescription drug misuse.

Chaplain Brian Konkol's reflections on "Black Friday-ism" were featured on Huffington Post on Nov. 24.

KEYC covered the Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the student life division for students who stayed on campus over last week's break. Director of Campus Safety Carol Brewer and students Suyoung Han and James Harlan were interviewed.

Mike Marcotte '08 and Adam Carter '98 gave a plug for Christmas in Christ Chapel on WCCO Radio at the 27:00 mark of the 1 p.m. hour on Thursday, Nov. 26.

The St. Peter Herald mentioned the College's upcoming Festival of St. Lucia, which will take place Thursday, Dec. 10.

Social Media Updates

Students, faculty, and staff are reminded to use #CinCC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share the excitement of Christmas in Christ Chapel this weekend.


I will be living off campus in the spring and was wondering if there were any professors going on sabbatical and needed someone to housesit or wanted to rent out their house for the spring semester. If interested, please contact Robert Quintana.



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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