Inside Gustavus 

March 3, 2016 | Volume 48, Number 23

Faculty/Staff Activities & Student Achievements

Gustavus senior Dang Le spoke at the Minnesota Private Colleges' Job and Internship Fair as a panelist for the International Student Round-table.

Position Openings

-Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Finance and Business Economics)
-Athletic Training Clinical Education Coordinator and Instructor
-Instructor of Music (Jazz Piano)
-Instructor of Music (Trombone)
-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 (Mathematics)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Theory and Composition)
-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
Assistant Director of Campus Activities
-Administrative Assistant
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304).

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

* New Support Staff

  • Laura Boomgaarden, MCS & Physics, Administrative Assistant
  • TJ Junso, Dining Service, On-Call
  • Christopher Gilbertson, Campus Safety, On-Call
  • Gary Schubbe, Custodial, Custodian

*New Faculty

  • Matthew Klun, Chemistry, Visiting Instructor
  • Caitlin McHugh, English, Visiting Instructor


President's Cabinet Summary

1.  President Bergman reviewed the topics for discussion for Dr. Bob Zemsky’s campus visit Tuesday and Wednesday.
2.  A draft relationships policy was reviewed.  Provost Braun will revise the document based on suggested changes, and an updated version will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting.
3.  Members reviewed and approved a pet policy and a communication that will be sent by the Human Resources office to the campus community regarding the policy.
4.  Members discussed a proposed schedule for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2016 worship services, which would include adding a Thursday evening performance and holding one Sunday performance.  Further conversation will be held at the next Cabinet meeting.
5.  Discussion was held regarding the benchmarks and priorities for the FY 2017 operating budget.  A special Cabinet meeting was scheduled for March 10 to further discuss budget planning.
6.  Members approved the hiring of a Physical Plant replacement position (Shop Supervisor, Carpenter).   

News & Announcements 

Campus Forum on Sexual Misconduct...Student Senate, the Diversity Center, the President’s Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Dean of Students office, and President Bergman are hosting a campus forum on sexual misconduct on Monday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The campus forum will consist of opening remarks, a question-and-answer period, small group discussion and large group sharing. To help facilitate the question-and-answer portion of the meeting, you are invited you to submit your questions via this webpage. You must be logged into your Gustavus account to access the form, though all responses will be anonymous. Responses will be sorted and summarized by a committee of students and administrators for efficient response during the event. If possible, please try to submit your questions prior to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Students are also welcome to ask questions in person at the forum.

Pet Policy...The College pet policy will take effect on June 1, 2016. An campus-wide email with the policy was sent on Wed., March 2. Please review the document and contact the Department of Human Resources with any questions. 

Commencement Student Speaker Nominations...Faculty, administrators, and staff are encouraged to submit names of senior students who may have interest and ability to serve as the student speaker at Commencement. Candidates should uphold the College’s value of academic excellence, should be engaged in a meaningful way in the Gustavus community, should have the ability to reflect upon their experience, articulate a message that resonates with the audience, and bring dignity to the College. Names should be submitted to Alex Johnson, chair of the selection committee.

2016 MAYDAY! Peace Conference...Mark your calendar for the 2016 MAYDAY! Peace Conference on Wed., April 27. Titled “Divestment & Reinvestment: Making Money Count,” the conference will consider whether or not divestment is an effective tool for building peace. Speakers with a wide range of perspectives will examine past divestment initiatives and current strategies, investigate the impact of power structures, and explore the complexity and commitments surrounding the ongoing debate on the morality and mechanics of divestment. The event is free and open to the public and will be streamed live online. More information is available online.

Swimming lessons are back...Gustavus Swimming and Diving is excited to offer spring swimming lessons for children ages four-years old and up. Follow the link for registration and information.  Lessons begin April 4 and run through May 4.

Learn to Live Mental Health Program...Gustavus is excited to announce the launch of a new resource for our students called Learn to Live.  We believe this premium online mental health service will enhance our well-being offering by providing our students an alternative that has proven to be as successful as in-person behavioral health counseling. We are happy to pass along the following introductory note from our new partner:

Hello from Learn to Live!  We are excited to partner with Gustavus to bring top notch mental health programs to your students.

Learn to Live is an online option for students who struggle with stress, depression or social anxiety to receive help in the privacy of their own residence, at any time. Students can enroll for free in any of Learn to Live’s three interactive programs – Social Anxiety, Depression, or Stress, Anxiety & Worry – or take Learn to Live’s quick assessment to find out if stress, anxiety or discouragement could be impacting other areas of their life. Students can visit and enter code “GUSTAVUS” for access.

The Dean of Students office will be sending an email later this week to all students on our behalf, announcing the availability of our programs. You will likely encounter us through our awareness and engagement initiatives as we reach out to your students on campus as well.

As faculty and staff, you may be aware of the significant impact of a student’s mental health on classroom performance. Untreated conditions like stress, depression and anxiety may contribute to decreased motivation and attendance, and increased short and long-term disability. You are often the first to see these issues arise in a student’s life and are well-positioned to encourage their use of available resources.

As a third party service, we want to assure you that our member information is completely confidential and student information will not be shared with Gustavus administration, faculty or staff. If you have any questions, please contact us at You may also contact Gustavus’ program representative – Jessica Braun RN, CNP, Health Service, at 507-933-7630, or

It's that time of year again... Endowed Scholarship Thank-You Time! Please encourage students to complete their scholarship thank yous. If you could make an announcement in your classes, to your student employees, or to the student group you advise to encourage students to express their appreciation to those folks who continue to provide opportunities for Gusties. It is a quick and easy process, and is all online. Email links will be in their email inbox and the Thank-You Portal will be open until March 25, 2016. Questions can be directed to Maggie Hedlund Forster '09 or by calling 507-933-6513.

Campus Happenings 

Tickets still available...This year’s Building Bridges Conference will be held on Sat., March 5 and will focus on two major aspects of the War on Drugs: the effects of the United States Government's massive spending on drug-fighting efforts, and the role of United States Drug Policy in the creation of international and domestic violence. Through this conference, we hope to educate our community about the average US citizen’s proximity to instances of violence that may seem far removed from their daily lives, but nonetheless contribute to loss of life, liberty, and human dignity. Tickets can be requested at

AdventuRing 2016 – Handbell Concert...A free public concert of handbell music performed by the 30+ participants in AdventuRing 2016 will be presented at 3:30 p.m. on Sat., March 5, in Bjorling Recital Hall on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. This concert is the conclusion of a day-long festival of handbells involving area high school choirs and members of the Gustavus handbell ensembles. Dr. Chad Winterfeldt, director of handbells at Gustavus is the festival clinician. Sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America, the day-long festival incorporates musical rehearsals, a glimpse into college life, and a service project for area teens.

The Saint Peter Choral Society and a 23-piece orchestra will present Bach's Mass in B Minor (Credo through Dona Nobis Pacem) directed by Sara McKay at 2:30 p.m. on Sun., March 6, 2016 in Christ Chapel: Soloists are Gustavus professor Dr. Michael Jorgensen, bass, Gustavus grads Naomi Karstad, soprano and Roy Heilman, tenor, and Cassandra McNally, alto. The concert will be repeated on March 13 at 2:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, Madison Lake. Singing in the choir will be Gustavus choral scholars Lily Benge-Briggs, Antonia Hopkins, Carly Mau, Kalyna Rieland and Cameron Jarvis, as well as Professor Ron Rietz and retired professors John Holte and Mary Solberg. Gustavus grad Lara MacLean is concertmistress of the orchestra. Other Gustavus personnel are Ann Pesavento, bassoon, David Fienen, organ, Rolf Erdahl, double bass, and Gustavus student Anna Hughes, oboe. Tickets are $10 in advance at Swedish Kontur, and $15 at the door. Students are admitted free of charge. 

Lecture in the Interpretive Center...Dr. Rebecca S. Richards, St. Olaf College, will present a talk, "'The Last of Us': Queer Procedural Rhetorics in Videogames," at 7 p.m. on Mon., Mar. 7, in the Interpretive Center. Dr. Richards' recent book, "Transnational Feminist Rhetorics and Gendered Leadership in Global Politics" (Lexington 2014), explores the challenges national leaders who are women face in the traditionally masculine spaces and vocabularies of politics. Please join English, Communication Studies, and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies in welcoming Dr. Richards as she shares some of her current research.

Lindau Residency...Gustavus Adolphus College is delighted to host Dr. Jay Sekulow as the 2016 Lindau Resident in Conservative Thought from March 14-16. Dr. Sekulow is Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice. He is an accomplished Supreme Court advocate, having argued before the Court on numerous occasions. He is also a renowned expert on religious liberty, a #1 New York Times-bestselling author, and a respected broadcaster.

In conjunction with his visit to campus, there are several opportunities for interactions with the Gustavus campus community.

Campus open house reception on Tues., March 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Konferensrum. All are welcome!

  • Office hours when he is available to work with students on assignments or answer questions about his work or a career in law on Tues., March 15 at 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Wed., March 16 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the Courtyard Cafe. No appointment necessary.
  • Complimentary lunch and discussion about “faith in public life” on Tues., March 15 from 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. RSVP required.
  • Complimentary dinner and discussion for college Republicans on Tues., March 15 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP required.
  • Complimentary lunch and discussion for pre-law students on Wed., March 16 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. RSVP required.
  • Please RSVP to attend a meal to Kate Knuston at by Wed., March 9.

For more information, visit

Rydell Professorship...Dr. Owen Flanagan, speaker at the 2015 Nobel Conference, will return to campus for several weeks in March to serve as the Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Professorship scholar-in-residence. In addition to visiting numerous classes, there are three public appearances. On Thurs., March 10 at 7 p.m. in Olin 2013, Dr. Flanagan will present the lecture, “Destructive Emotions and How to Overcome Them: The Case of Anger.” The lecture will take place in Olin Hall room 103 and is free and open to the public. A dessert reception and book signing will follow. On Fri., March 11 at 10 a.m. Dr. Flanagan and Dawn Mikkelson will present a Daily Sabbath homily focused on the power of forgiveness. On Fri., March 11 at 3 p.m. in Olin 103, Dr. Flanagan and Dawn Mikkelson will present a lecture focused on moving from anger to forgiveness.

Internship Fair...Career Development is pleased to host the annual Internship Fair. Organizations from the St. Peter/Mankato and Twin Cities areas will be on campus from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wed., March 9 recruiting for summer and fall internship opportunities. Faculty and staff are welcome to stop by and encourage students of any major who may be considering an internship to attend.

Event details can be found online. Questions can be directed to Janine Knutson

Registered Organizations:

-Amicus Publishing
-Cannon River Winery
-Cigna - IT
-Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc.
-Greater Mankato Area United Way
-Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota
-Harry Meyering Center, Inc.
-Insightformation, Inc.
-KEYC News 12 & FOX 12 Mankato
-LifeWorks Services, Inc.
-Mankato Symphony Orchestra
-Minnesota Historical Society
-Nicollet County Environmental Services
-Northwestern Mutual - Bohannon Group
-Northwestern Mutual - Minneapolis
-Office of Congressman Tim Walz
-Patterson Companies
-Project for Pride in Living
-Project GEM
-Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
-Target Corporation

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Men's tennis hosts Central at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5
  • Women's tennis hosts Morningside at 9 a.m. Saturday, March
  • Men's tennis hosts UW-Whitewater at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5
  • Women's tennis hosts Minnesota-Duluth at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5
  • Men's tennis hosts Martin Luther at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5
  • Men's tennis hosts DePauw at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 6

Fine Art Events

March 5, all day in Björling Recital Hall, AdventuRing 2016 Handbell Conference, Chad Winterfeldt, director

March 5, 3:30 p.m., AdventuRing 2016 Closing Concert in Björling Recital Hall, Chad Winterfeldt, director

March 6, 7:30 p.m., Laura Johnson Senior Clarinet Recital in Björling Recital Hall

Hillstrom Museum of Art 
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

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host three weekend confirmation retreats one for Chisago Lake Lutheran Church of Center City from Fri., March 4 to Sun., March 6, one for Jackson Lake Retreat of Amboy from Fri., March 4 to Sat., Mar. 5, and one for Mount Calvary of Eagan from Sat., March 5 to Sun., March 6. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Preaching in Congregations...Rev. Grady St. Dennis will preach at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi on Sun., March 6. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by The Office of Church Relations for Gustavus Association member congregations.

In The News

Last week's forum on student debt was covered by the St. Peter Herald and included quotes from students Taylor Wicklund, Laura Carpenter, Andrew Deziel, Adrienne Gruenes, and Jace Riggin.

The St. Peter Herald announced the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics, which will take place June 24-30.

The St. Peter Herald mentioned the large contingent of Gustavus students and employees that turned out for Tuesday's caucuses.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune covered Gustavus as part of its piece on Muslim student advisors on Minnesota campuses.

The Mankato Free Press and St. Peter Herald both announced the upcoming Hunter Hayes concert on April 23, which is hosted by the Campus Activities Board.

Student Danny Pavek and administrator Jim Dontje were interviewed in a Mankato Free Press feature on the Gustavus greenhouse and other sustainability initiatives.

This weekend's Building Bridges Conference on the War on Drugs was announced by the Mankato Free Press and St. Peter Herald.

Political science professor Kate Knutson was featured in the KEYC's recap of Super Tuesday.

Off Campus Events

  • David Fienen, Emeritus Professor of Music, to present 70th birthday ORGAN RECITAL with Gala Reception at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter on March 12, 2016 at 4 pm. His program will include compositions by Max Reger, Jan Bender, Felix Mendelssohn, Larry Long, César Franck, and three Chorale Preludes dedicated to him. Sponsored by First Lutheran Music for Missions, a free will offering will benefit Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. 


Housing opportunity for new and visiting faculty during the academic year (including commuters who wish to stay just a few nights a week). Possible summer sublet for the right person or family. I live in a beautifully restored Victorian house on Minnesota Square Park, centrally located, perfect for someone who wants to walk to campus (just a few blocks up the hill), downtown, etc. Renter has own private room, shared bath, and access to kitchen, laundry, and common areas in the house. Non-smoking, no pets. For more information, please email Mary R. McHugh.

Condo For Rent...2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo for the week of July 16-22, 2016.
Location: Palace View by Spinnaker, Branson, MO.  Priced below standard rental rates. Lots of fun things to do in the Branson area in the summer! Contact Dana Lamb for more details.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and/or services to others in the community, or seek the same from them. It is not meant to accommodate ads or announcements from area businesses such as real estate agents or retailers, although from time to time such announcements may be published when deemed to be of particular interest to the community. 


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
57 p.m. Destress Fest with the PAs Room
67:15 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
68 p.m. DIY Hot Chocolate Making Event Cafe
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
7:05 p.m. Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
Tomorrow 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: Lucia Festival Chapel
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: mindfulness mediation multifaith center
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Festival of St. Lucia Luncheon and Program Eckhoff Alumni Hall
1:302:30 p.m. DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music Peter Room, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
Dec 9 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
Dec 10 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Augsburg Peter, Minn.
15 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Women's Hockey hosts UW-River Falls Peter, Minn.
24 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
3 p.m. Women's Basketball hosts Augsburg Peter, Minn.
4:305:30 p.m. Calvin Gehring, Piano Recital Björling Recital Hall
4:306:30 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
6:307:30 p.m. Alex Terpkosh, Senior Recital Björling Recital Hall
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Concordia-Wisconsin Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
Dec 11 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
15 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
24 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
35 p.m. Gusties Will Shine Field
4:306:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Community Chapel
Dec 12 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
23 p.m. Virtual Meeting: INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 via Google Meet Meeting
Dec 13 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: chapel and chill Chapel
56 p.m. Gustie Runners Weekly Group Run Center, outside the east/Campus Center-facing entrance, at the semicircle wall/benches
Dec 14 Last Day of Fall Classes
9 a.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: morning praise Chapel
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Bethany Lutheran Peter, Minn.
8:3011 p.m. Midnight Express with the PAs Young Dining Room
Dec 15 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: holy communion Chapel
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: mindfulness mediation multifaith center
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Faculty Meeting Eckhoff Alumni Hall
Dec 16 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Dec 17 Finals
15 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, 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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