Inside Gustavus 

February 11, 2016 | Volume 48, Number 20

Faculty/Staff Activities & Student Achievements

Roger Adkins (CICE) was recently appointed to the national advisory board for CIS Abroad, a study abroad provider organization that serves thousands of U.S. students each year through semester, summer, and customized (faculty-led) study abroad programs. The advisory board is composed of academics and administrators with substantial expertise in the field of intercultural education and helps guide CIS policies, program development, fiscal management, and academic standards. Dr. Adkins will serve a three-year term (May 2016 through May 2018).

An article by Ursula Lindqvist (Scandinavian Studies), "The Cultural Archive of the IKEA Store," originally published in the journal Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces in 2009, has been included in Volume 4: Development, Globalization and Sustainability of the four-volume anthology Design: Critical and Primary Sources, edited by D. J. Huppatz (Bloomberg Academic Press, 2016).

Eric Dugdale (Classics) published an article titled "Who named me? Identity and status in Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus" in the American Journal of Philology vol. 136. Founded in 1880, AJP is the oldest classical journal in North America. Read the article in the Gustavus Institutional Repository

Position Openings

-Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Finance and Business Economics),
-Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Macroeconomics and Statistics),
-Athletic Training Clinical Education Coordinator and Instructor,
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History (Photography/Video),
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Biochemistry),
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Organic),
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Public Discourse and Political Campaign Communication),
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics (Computer Science),
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics (Mathematics),
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy,
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychological Science (Experimental Psychology),
-Visiting Instructor of Health and Exercise Science (Health and Physical Education),
-Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (French),
-Visiting Instructor of Nursing (Pediatrics, Public Health, and Nursing Research)
-Director of Human Resources,
-Director of Physical Plant,
-Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
-Administrative Assistant

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

News & Announcements 

Save the Date...Max Hailperin, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics, will present the second annual Matthias Wahlstrom Lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016, in Beck Hall 101. The talk is titled "Liberal Arts Education in the Age of Accountability."

The Matthias Wahlstrom lecture, funded by an anonymous donor, is intended to be an annual lecture by a Gustavus faculty member on the possibilities of the liberal arts in the 21st century. The donor's intent is to annually showcase a Gustavus faculty member's thoughts on this important topic for the college community as whole.

President Bergman will introduce Professor Hailperin and refreshments will be provided for after-lecture conversation. 

Join the Choir...Singers from the Gustavus community are invited to assist with Wednesday Morning Praise, 10:00 am in Christ Chapel, several times during Spring Semester. All Staff, Administrators, and Faculty who would like to “join the choir” are welcome to lead this familiar liturgy. Rehearsals are minimal – once or twice before each Wednesday service. The first Wednesday date is Feb. 17. Please contact Cantor Chad Winterfeldt   x7447 to volunteer.

ClearCost Health...ClearCost is a service that will enable you to save on your out of pocket expenses by shopping for health care services such as office visits, lab tests, radiology services, basic procedures and prescription drugs based on cost, quality and convenience. Registration takes two minutes. This service is available to all South Central Service Cooperative pool members on a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota health plan, their spouses and dependents over age 18. If you have questions, call a ClearCost Health Shopper at (866) 381-9961 weekdays from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Central Time or e-mail

Campus Happenings 

All-employee meeting...Faculty and staff should plan to attend the all-employee meeting at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, in Alumni Hall.  Topics to be discussed will include the FY 2015-2016 budget, progress on the 2015-2016 institutional goals, and an update on the strategic planning process. 

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Men's hockey hosts Bethel at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12
  • Men's tennis hosts UW-Eau Claire at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
  • Men's basketball hosts Hamline at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
  • Women's hockey hosts Bethel at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
  • Women’s tennis hosts Southwest Minnesota State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
  • Women’s tennis hosts Sioux Falls at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
  • Women's basketball hosts Hamline at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

Fine Arts Events

  • Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. - The Gustavus Choir Home Concert,
    Christ Chapel, Gregory Aune, conductor
  • Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. - The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & Gustavus Jazz Lab Band International Tour Home Concert,
    Bjorling Recital Hall, Ruth Lu Lin & Dave Stamps, conductors

The new exhibition in the Hillstrom Museum of Art opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 15 and will remain open through the opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m.

Submerge, Recent Paintings by Betsy Ruth Byers, and FOCUS IN/ON: B.J.O. Nordfeldt’s Two Pigeons

Open Feb, 15 through April 24, 2016

Opening reception Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m.  

Betsy Byers will give a gallery talk about her works in Submerge that evening starting at 7:30 p.m.

Love's Labour's Lost...Tickets are now available online or by calling 507-933-7590 for the Department of Theatre & Dance production of Love's Labour's Lost, a new musical based on the play by William Shakespeare. Performances will be held Feb. 19-20 & 26-27 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances on Feb. 21 & 28 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. 

"We'll have it all, while we are young.” In this contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy, music and lyrics create a sexy and irreverent look at love, homecoming and hookups.

Love's Labour's Lost is a new musical based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Songs by Michael Friedman, book adapted by Alex Timbers.
Henry MacCarthy, Director; Samuel Grace '11, Music Director
Lydia Francis ‘11, Scenic Design; Terena M. Wilkens, Lighting Design;
Elsa Larsen ‘17, Costume Design

Workshop "Understanding White Culture as a 21st Century Leadership Skill”... All Gustavus faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a workshop "Understanding White Culture as a 21st Century Leadership Skill" from 2:30-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Alumni Hall. This interactive session, led by Dr. Shakti Butler, will help participants understand racial inequity as a precursor to building strategies that address racial and socio-economic barriers and will cover history, identity, and culture; internal components of bias, privilege and internalized racism; and external components consisting of relationships that are interpersonal, institutional and structural. Dr. Shakti Butler, facilitator, lecturer, trainer, and activist around race and social justice and is the founder and president of World Trust.

Gustavus United Way Rally… All faculty, staff and administrators are invited to join us from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Leap Day, Feb. 29, in the Heritage Room us for a fun hour to learn about the 2016 United Way on-campus campaign. Come for…

• A chance to win a $100 Bookmark gift certificate (no pledge necessary…all attendees will be in the drawing),
• Frost-your-own sugar cookies,
• Hot chocolate,
• Information about all of the GREAT things our area UNITED WAY does for the Saint Peter and Mankato communities – we will hear from President Becky Bergman as well as area United Way President Barb Kaus,
• The opportunity to make a one-time pledge or a calendar year 2016 payroll deduction pledge for the United Way, and
• Information about Gustavus’s decision to LEAP AHEAD in future years and hold the employee United Way campaign in the fall instead of in the spring. 

In The News

The Star Tribune mentioned Director of the Diversity Center Jaime Hollis in its "Business People" listing on Feb. 1.

The Star Tribune mentioned Gustavus and Perry the Corpse Flower during its coverage of the University of Minnesota's corpse flower on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8.

Senior swimmer Adam Peters was featured on KSTP on Feb. 2 to promote the upcoming JDRF walk on Feb. 20.

Chaplain Brian Konkol's reflection on transpartisanship and political conflict was published by The Huffington Post on Feb. 5.

Professor Emeritus David Fienen's organ performance at Wartburg College was previewed by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

MPR News ran Rashad Shabazz's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture in its entirety on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Professor Peg O'Connor was interviewed on The Charles Butler Show on Feb. 10 to promote her new book, Life on the Rocks.

Multifaith Advisor Ailya Vajid was featured in the Star Tribune on Thursday, Feb. 11.

 Off Campus Events

  • Mark your calendars for March 19, 2016. There are two big events for John Ireland Catholic School that day. Join us in the morning for the Luck O' The Irish 7k Fun Run. It is a flat course and lots of fun. Pre-registration is requested. Then join us that evening for the Luck of the Irish Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser. Contact any John Ireland family for tickets. If you have questions, contact Ann Johnson  or x6515.

  • Please join Chad Winterfeldt (Chaplain's Office) and members of First Lutheran Churc for an Organ Vespers, at 7 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 12 in the First Lutheran Church nave. In recognition of the 400th anniversary of 17th century composer Matthias Weckmann, the service will present several organ works of Weckmann, as well as Buxtehude and Bach within the context of the ELW Vespers liturgy. A freewill donation will benefit Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

  • St. Peter Reads is pleased to announce its upcoming Annual Spring Author event. Allen Eskens, Mankato lawyer and author, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter. Mr. Eskens’ recently published second book, The Guise of Another, is not a direct sequel to his debut novel, but in an interesting twist, the main character is a brother to the first book’s detective.

    Mr. Eskens was a favorite at the 2015 Spring Book Festival when he presented his first book, The Life We Bury. That book went on to win many awards and accolades, including a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly, the Rosebud Award for Best First Mystery Novel, finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award for Best Genre Fiction. He is truly a treasure in southern Minnesota – you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear more about his books and combining his day job along with his writing life.

    This event is free and open to all. Partners for this event include The Book Mark of Gustavus, Community and Family Education, Nicollet County Historical Society, and Friends of the St. Peter Public Library. For more information, please check out St Peter Reads on Facebook.


Daniel Johnson '64 died on January 28, 2016. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. Dan is the brother of Julie Johnson '69, retired from the Academic Support Center.

Wayne Maas, 77, father of David Mass,  died peacefully Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls. with his family by his side.  Services 11:00 am Saturday, February 13, 2016 at St. Peter Funeral Home. Visitation is 4:00 – 700 Friday and 10:00 am Saturday at the funeral home. His full obituary can be read online

To inform the campus community of the death of a current student, employee, or trustee; an emeritus professor or trustee; or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or Death announcements and funeral notices for students, current and emeritus faculty and employees, and trustees will be sent to the community via written notice from the president, posted on community-l, the official campus-wide e-mail list, and published in the Inside Gustavus or Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in the Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l.


Room for Rent...Furnished room for rent in rustic/historic home on N. 8th street, just north of Broadway. $300/month including utilities, or will negotiate for a commuter seeking lodging for a few nights per week. This is a private room with shared use of kitchen, living room, bathroom, and laundry. Non-smoking house with cat and dog. Large yard and space for gardening. Length of lease is flexible--let me know your desired time frame. I may be seeking a house & pet-sitter for the summer, too, so that could be a couple months free rent for the right person. Contact Annika Ericksen,

CSA Shares for Sale...Dan Zimmerli, Gustavus alumn and Macintosh coordinator for Gustavus has some CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for sale for the 2016 season. Get fresh produce weekly, grown by Dan. For more information contact

Piano Student Opportunity...The Piano Lab School has an opening for an elementary level piano student. Interested parents should email Rebekah Richards, director of the program or call 651 468-7058. Follow the link for more information about the program.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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.
Sep 29 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art

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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