Inside Gustavus 

March 10, 2016 | Volume 48, Number 24

Faculty/Staff Activities & Student Achievements

Linnea Wren has co-authored four publications in 2015. Together with Travis Nygard and Kaylee Spencer, she has published “Contemplating Carvings at the Feet of Queen Chaak Kab: Using Mixed Methodology to Understand Sculpture at Yo’okop,” in The Maya of the Cochuah Region: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on the Northern Lowlands, edited by Justine Shaw (University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque); and “Establishing and Translating Maya Spaces at Tonina and Ocosingo: How Indigenous Portraits were Moved, Mutilated, and Made Christian in New Spain,” in Memory Traces: Analyzing Sacred Space at Five Mesoamerican Sites, edited by Cynthia Kristan-Graham and Laura Amrhein (University of Colorado Press, Boulder). Together with Travis Nygard, she has published “The State of Research in the Cochuah Region of Quintana Roo," in The Maya of the Cochuah Region: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on the Northern Lowlands, edited by Justine Shaw (University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque). Together with Travis Nygard and Justine Shaw, she has published “The Shifting Spatial Nexus of an Urban Maya Landscape: A Case Study of Architecture, Sculpture, and Ceramics at Yo'okop,” in Maya Imagery, Architecture, and Activity, edited by Maline D. Werness-Rude and Kaylee R. Spencer (University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque). She is currently co-editing a volume of essays on the Northern Maya Lowlands under contract with the University of Florida Press in which she will be co-author of two papers.

Linnea is living in the Boston area where she is a volunteer for two organizations (Manna and Circle of Hope) that work to alleviate conditions of the homeless in the greater Boston area.

Position Openings

-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 Economics and Management (Accounting)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Management)
-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).


The following are additions/changes for the “Personnel Phone Directory 2015-16”:

Nicole Goebel, Psychology, Phone: x7413, Delete
Nicole Goebel, Advancement, Phone: 6519, Email: ngoebel, New
Laura Boomgaarden, Physics, Phone: x7308, Email: lboomgaa, New
Laura Boomgaarden, MCS, Phone: x 7483, Email: lboomgaa, New
TJ Junso, Dining Service, Phone: x7070. New
Christopher Gilbertson, Campus Safety, Phone: x8809, Email: cgilber6, New
Gary Schubbe, Custodial, Phone: x7655, Email: gschubbe, New
Donna Loken, Finance, Phone: x7503, Email: dloken, Delete
Caroline McGowan, Custodial, Phone: x7655, Email: cmcgowan, Delete
Teresa Neubert, Custodial, Phone: x7655, Email: tneubert, Delete

For further information or corrections, contact Telecommunications at x6261 or e-mail: 

News & Announcements 

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 sent an email last 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

Service Learning Trip Planned...The Diversity Education Exploration Project (D.E.E.P) is a student organization that promotes thematic cultural exploration, strategic service learning, and continuing education at regional graduate institutions. This year, D.E.E.P will be traveling to Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia over spring break to learn about the Gullah Geechee culture. On the trip, Gustavus students will participate in Gullah/Geechee Volunteer Month, helping with community service and transformational learning projects. The D.E.E.P trip will also visit Vanderbilt University to learn about options for post-graduate education. D.E.E.P students are currently collecting funds to support this exciting educational opportunity. To learn more about D.E.E.P, or donate funds, please visit:

Campus Happenings 

African Night...Come and celebrate with the members of the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization and the wider Gustavus community at the annual African Night Celebration. This yearly event is designed to celebrate cultures of Africa and its diaspora. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Food will be provided at the conclusion of the show at about 8:30 p.m. There will be food from West and East Africa, a fashion show, student and outside dance performances, and slam poetry/spoken word. All are welcome and encouraged to bring friends and family. 

Save the Date...Students, faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to hear national CAMPUSPEAK speaker Mark Sterner share his amazing and tragic story about the spring break he never imagined. Over two million students have been impacted by Mark's incredible presentation. As the Gustavus community prepares for spring break trips, join us to hear Mark's powerful message about decision making during spring break. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Contemplative Music Class...The Center for Worship & Music Studies is excited to offer a repertoire class, Contemplative Music for Worship, from 2 - 5 p.m. on Sat., April 23. Teacher Tom Witt will lead participants in contemplative worship music from a variety of sources including Taizé, and demonstrate ways to integrate this type of worship music into services. He will also lead the group through Holden Prayer Around the Cross, the beautiful service that he wrote with Susan Briehl. To register, visit worship or contact Chad Winterfeldt (x7447) for details.

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 take place on Tues., March 15 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Wed., March 16 from 1:30 to 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. to 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. to 1:30 p.m. RSVP required.
  • Please RSVP to attend a meal to Kate Knuston at as soon as possible.

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 103, Dr. Flanagan will present the lecture, “Destructive Emotions and How to Overcome Them: The Case of Anger.” The lecture 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.

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.

Fine Art Events

Sat., March 12, at 1:30 p.m., Vasa Wind Orchestra & Chamber Ensembles, Karrin Meffert-Nelson, conductor 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 a weekend confirmation retreat for Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Minneapolis on Sat., March 12 to Sun., March 13. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

In The News

Gustavus received coverage in the Washington Post, the Star Tribune, on ESPN, KSTP 5, KEYC, and several other outlets after hosting a high school playoff basketball game last week.

KEYC interviewed three students on Thursday, March 3 about the sexual misconduct conversations taking place on campus.

The Mankato Times covered local high school students' visit to Gustavus to for a Youth Energy Summit (YES!) workshop.

The St. Peter Herald and Inside Higher Ed covered the ongoing sexual misconduct conversations at Gustavus. 

KEYC covered the College's student-run Building Bridges conference on the War on Drugs on Saturday, March 5.

The St. Peter Herald announced art professor Lois Peterson's PLRAC/McKnight Fellowship.

Off Campus Events

The annual Luck of the Irish, a fundraiser for John Ireland Catholic School, will be held on March 19, at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds. The delicious pork dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m., and there will be silent and live auctions, games and more! If you are interested in buying a $30 raffle ticket, or $12 dinner ticket, call the school office 507-931-2810 or talk to any John Ireland Family. Tickets will also be available at the door. Everyone age 21 and older is welcome.
The third annual Luck o’ the Irish 7K Fun Run will be held the morning of March 19. A kids .7 mile run will follow the 7K. Register on (search ‘Luck St. Peter’ to find the race).  John Ireland School appreciates the Gustavus community and enjoys welcoming you to our school events.


Janet Virginia Warren, mother of Sue Gunness (Theatre and Dance) passed away on Fri., Feb. 26, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Mon., March 28, at Christ Episcopal Church, 321 West Avenue, Red Wing (651-388-0411). Visitation one hour prior to the service.  The full obituary can be read online. 

Marjorie V. Barth, wife of former Gustavus President Frank Barth, passed away on Thurs., March 3, 2016. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank.  A service for Marjorie will be held on Sat., March 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Asbury Community Chapel, 5025 Saratoga Rd., Dubuque. The full obituary can be read online.


For sale: Be the fifth Gustie in a row to live in this charming, comfortable, and lovely home. Would love to see this house stay in the Gustavus family. Find the listing here.

CSA Shares for Sale...Dan Zimmerli, Gustavus alum and Macintosh Coordinator for Gustavus has several CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares remaining for the 2016 season. Get fresh produce weekly, grown by Dan. For more information visit or contact

"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 "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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