Inside Gustavus 

December 17, 2015 | Volume 48, Number 15

Faculty/Staff Activities & Student Achievements

Ursula Lindqvist (Scandinavian Studies) was quoted in The Britton Blog on November 17, 2015 in a story about IKEA's use of "Swedishness" in global branding. 

Elizabeth Baer, Research professor in English and African Studies, presented a paper on Nov. 21 at this year's African Studies Conference in San Diego. Entitled "Gustav Frenssen's PETER MOOR'S JOURNEY TO SOUTHWEST AFRICA: A Colonial blueprint for Racial Hierarchy, Genocide of the Herero, and the Nazi Holocaust," the paper is excerpted from Chapter 2 of her monograph in progress, with an anticpated completion date of March, 2016. With RSC support, Professor Baer visited the African Colonial Archives in Frankfurt, Germany in early December to further research on the monograph.


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)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics (Computer Science)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics (Mathematics)
-Director of the Diversity Center
Assistant Director, Programs and Engagement
Assistant to the Gustavus Annual Fund
-Administrative Assistant The Gustavus Annual Fund 
-Campus Safety Officer (Part-Time on Call)
-Dining Service Accounts Clerk


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

President Cabinet Summary

1.  A brief discussion was held regarding the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Search Committee membership and Monday’s visit to campus by the search consultants.
2.  Members approved the hiring of two full-time Physical Plant replacement positions (administrative assistant and landscape specialist).
3.  Student Senators Herchran Singh, Bobby Rasmussen, and Sam Panzer made a presentation to the Cabinet regarding Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  The Student Senate’s recommendation is to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day and place the holiday on the official college calendar. Cabinet consensus was to place all federal holidays on the college calendar, including replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
4.  President Bergman and strategic planning consultant Ann Duffield gave an update of the strategic planning process and a review of the agenda for the joint meeting of the Planning Leadership Team/Strategic Action Team scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

News & Announcements 

Library Hours for Finals and Christmas Break
Wed., Dec. 16 – Fri., Dec. 18: 8:00 am – 1:00 am;
Sat., Dec. 19: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm;
Sun., Dec. 20: 11:00 am – 1:00 am;
Mon., Dec. 21 - Wed., Dec. 23 8:00 am – 4:45 pm;
Thurs., Dec. 24 - Sun., Jan. 3: Closed.

The Season of Giving...The Staff Personnel Committee has begun gearing up for our traditional Staff Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 22. This gathering is always an exciting time as we try to incorporate the spirit of giving. One of the ways we do this is by providing door prize drawings. Although we have a small budget for purchasing items to give away, we traditionally rely on departments around campus to donate any items as they feel appropriate. Donations may range from a gift card for a campus service to complimentary gifts received from outside vendors to handmade/homemade items that reflect your skill/talent that could be passed on to fellow co-workers as a wonderful gift.

Please watch for items that may come into your office/department and/or items you might already have that you would be willing to donate as a gift. To make a contribution, please contact or send items to Jeannie Peterson ( in the library, Jean Noren ( in the president’s office, or Anna Mae Barklow ( in custodial service. Your generosity and thoughtful consideration during this Season of Giving is greatly appreciated.

Parking Info for Christmas Break, J-Term, and Touring Week...If you are leaving your vehicle on campus during Christmas break, you must park in the designated break parking in the Bjorling Lot directly west of the music building or, if that fills up, the designated break parking section in the Arbor View Lot. Any vehicles not moved to this location during break will be towed at the owner’s expense. Look for the Break Parking signs to park in the correct area – cars parked in the wrong rows of Arbor View/Bjorling will still be towed at owner’s expense ($80 minimum).

Regular parking enforcement is in effect finals week, all of January Term and Touring week; always assume parking is enforced. Always register your vehicle with Campus Safety and have a valid permit displayed before parking. Please park according to permit color and note that visitor parking is closed to students and employees at all times (24/7/365). Green permit parking lots are always no parking 2-7 a.m., seven days a week; as are the red permit parking rows in the Stadium (Beck) parking lot.

Please contact Campus Safety with any questions 24-hours a day at 507-933-8888. Emails sent to are answered during business hours.

Academic building hours...Academic buildings will be open normal hours through Monday, Dec. 21, and 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Wednesday, December 23. All academic buildings will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 2 (check the Lund Center for their posted hours). Normal building hours resume Sunday, Jan. 3.

Students requiring access to academic buildings outside of these hours or when buildings are closed will need to have a gold "Permission for Admittance Card" issued by a faculty or staff member. Supervisors can request cards in advance from Lisa Octigan (, or contact their department's administrative assistant.

Hillstrom Museum of Art will maintain regular hours through Monday, Dec. 21, M-F 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sat/Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

GWSS Research and Scholarship Grants...Thanks to the generous support of alumni through GWSS endowment funds, the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies program is able to distribute a small number of research grants to support scholarship or creative work that contribute to the fields of gender, women, and/or sexuality studies. Faculty or staff with limited or no access to other College resources will receive priority (e.g. adjunct faculty, especially in first year). Grant amounts will vary based on the number of applications but will likely range from $200-$400.

The deadline for applications is midnight on March 6, 2016. Applicants may request funding for expenses incurred between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016. For more information about the application process, please visit this link. If you have questions about propriety of expenses or means of documentation, please make inquiries with the chair of the GWSS program (currently Martin Lang, before you file an application.

Mugging the Market Place...Dining service is asking for mug donations again this year. When you have time over break, please consider gathering any unused mugs less than 4.75 inches tall and dropping them off on the tray carousel when you return to campus. Dining service will wash the mugs and get them into circulation on campus.

Campus Happenings 

Donate to the St. Peter Food Shelf during Holiday Parties...Please bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations for the St. Peter Food Shelf to one of the employee Holiday Parties. The College will again this year offer to match cash donations up to $500. In addition, Professor Kathy Lund Dean and Dan Dean have offered a generous new challenge. They will also match cash donations up to $500. These two matching gifts mean we have the potential to raise $1500 or more for the St. Peter Food Shelf this year!   

Faculty and Administration Holiday Party - Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, 4-6 p.m., Alumni Hall

Support Staff Holiday Luncheon - Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Alumni Hall

If you are unable to attend your holiday celebration, please feel free to drop off food items or monetary donations to either Jenny Tollefson (Confer/Vickner Halls) or Nancy Petrich (Physical Plant).

If you haven't already done so, please RSVP to Jean Noren (faculty/administrator) or Lisa Octigan (support staff).

In The News

KEYC covered the 75th annual Festival of St. Lucia on Thursday, Dec. 10.

The St. Peter Herald interviewed first-year student Alicia Lhotka after she played viola at the St. Peter Public Library's holiday open house last Thursday.

Photographs of the St. Lucia celebration were on the front page of the Mankato Free Press on Friday, Dec. 11.

KEYC featured Gustavus Student Entrepreneurs' holiday sales push for Doc E's Life Changing Salsa on Sunday, Dec. 13.

The Mankato Free Press interviewed senior Abby Nistler and administrators Steve Kjellgren and Margo Druschel in an article on the College's designation as the first Fair Trade College in Minnesota. The St. Paul Pioneer Press also picked up the piece.

Off Campus Events

New Year's Eve Fundraiser for the Ladies Auxiliary of the William R. Witty American Legion Post 37.  Kick off your New Year's Eve celebration with Bingo and a Baked Potato Bar. We'll be playing some new games in celebration of the evening. New games will include a champagne glass, bow tie, top hat, diamond and more. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. The Baked Potato Bar will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Toppings will include: Bacon, Green Onions, Broccoli, Shredded Cheese, Cheese Sauce, Chili, Sour Cream and Chicken.  We'll have a number of new, fun prizes and surprises that night so make sure you join us AND invite your friends. American Legion, located in St. Peter, Minn. at 229 W. Nassau Street. Must be 18 to play. 


Joan McCabe, mother-in-law of Laura McCabe, (Telecommunications) passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9. Visitation will be on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 21 also at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Le Center with visitation one hour prior at church.

Eugene Matthew Zins, husband of Karen Zins, passed away of natural causes on Dec. 10 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. He was 71. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Karen (nee Langsjoen); son John; daughter Rebecca (Jeff Moeller), stepfather Jack Miska; grandson Christopher Menton, grandsons Joshua, Jonah, and Ezra Moeller; brother Don, sisters Donna, Marlene, Brenda, and Karen, and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Per Gene's wishes, there will be no funeral service.



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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