Inside Gustavus 

April 7, 2016 | Volume 48, Number 27

Faculty/Staff Activities and Student Achievements

Caroline David '16 was recently named the winner of the Minnesota Psychological Association's Donald G. Paterson Award in Psychology.

Gustavus alumnae Helen Wauck '14, Michelle Hulke '15, and Paige Miller '15 were recently named National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. Anna Huff '15 received an honorable mention for the fellowship.

Annika Ericksen (Sociology and Anthropology) presented her paper "Practicing on Peers: Engaging Student Diversity to Teach Ethnographic Interviewing" at the Society for Applied Anthropology's Annual Meeting, which took place in Vancouver, BC, March 29-April 2.

On April 2, 2016, Blake Couey (Religion) participated in a panel review session on his recent book, Reading the Poetry of First Isaiah (Oxford University Press, 2015), at the Upper Midwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in St. Paul, MN. One reviewer commented that “his examination of the poetic images reveals a biblical scholar in love with the language of these ancient literary artists,” while another concluded that “Couey’s work provides a welcome model and a high bar for readers of biblical Hebrew poetry going forward.” 

Position Openings

-Adjunct Instructor of Physics
-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 Economics and Management (Accounting)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Management)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Marketing)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Theory and Composition)
-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)
-Director of Human Resources
-Director of Physical Plant
-Study Away Program Coordinator
-Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Custodian Positions

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

President Cabinet Summary

1.  Members were reminded that the College’s Educators Legal Liability (ELL) insurance requires the institution to provide timely notice to ELL of any actual claim as well as any incident that may develop into a claim. This policy requires that incidents be reported to the insurer as soon as they are known by the institution. Cabinet was asked to submit any claims/potential claims to Vice President Westphal at next week’s meeting.
2.  Members approved the hiring of four custodial replacement positions – two full-time and two part-time positions.
3.  Vice President VanHecke presented a proposed change to the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Task Force on Sexual Misconduct and the Student Life Committee of the Board’s Institutional Mission Group will be asked to review this proposed change prior to the Board of Trustees’ review/approval of the policy change at its April meeting. 
4.  Members were reminded of the following policy regarding the use of College funds to recognize an individual:
“…expenditures for gifts or flowers that a department would like to make to recognize a colleague or other community friend or family member on any occasion, i.e., birth, retirement, illness, etc., are encouraged and must be paid for by funds personally contributed by members and friends of the department.”
5.  Members were asked to review a special report from iJET International regarding global terrorist threats.

News & Announcements 

Experience Gustavus...We are welcoming over 90 admitted high school students to campus on Friday, April 8, as they make their final college decision.  Please allow extra time for parking, and if you usually park in the Green lot between Norelius and the Campus Center, please consider parking in the Beck or Lund parking lots to leave a convenient space available for our VIP visitors! They will be arriving on campus between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., and parking has been an issue in the past.

Strategic Planning Update...We hope to have the 5-10 page draft of the strategic plan in your hands by early Tuesday, April 12. Consultant Ann Duffield will be on campus next week April 13-15 and plans to meet with a number of campus constituents to receive feedback on this initial draft. Members of the campus community are invited to meet with Ann at one of the following times:
Wednesday, April 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m. — President’s Dining Room
Friday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — President’s Dining Room

Faculty Award Nominations...The deadline for submission of nominations for faculty awards is April 15. You can nominate online via the following links: Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching, Gustavus Faculty Service Award, Gustavus Scholarly Accomplishment Award.

Applications are now open for the Gustie Entreprenuer Cup 2016...To be eligible, all participants must have been students at Gustavus Adolphus College as of Dec. 1, 2015.

The winner of the 2016 Gustie Entrepreneur Cup will receive $5,000, second place will receive $3,000, and third place will be awarded $1,000.

In addition to the cash prize, the winner of the Gustie Entrepreneur Cup automatically progresses to the semi-finals of the Minnesota Cup student division where the winner is awarded $30,000 and gets a chance to compete for the Minnesota Cup Grand Prize of $50,000.

Competition process:

1. Submit Business Plan to YouNoodle by Sunday, April 24. Your applications will be reviewed by a panel of faculty. Teams selected for the final round will be announced on Monday, May 2.
2. Meet with the members of the Entrepreneurship Task Force to present and review your pitch. This meeting is mandatory and needs to take place before Wednesday, May 11. Teams enrolled in the E/M 367 Entrepreneurship Seminar will complete this step during class time.
3. Pitch your business to the panel of judges on Saturday, May 14.

If you have any questions, please contact professor Marta Podemska-Mikluch or professor Russ Michaletz. Gustie Entrepreneur Cup is a focal point of the effort to create a space at Gustavus where students can experiment with putting innovative ideas into action. Entrepreneurship requires critical thinking, promotes creativity and resilience, teaches how to deal with ambiguity, and allows students to learn what questions to ask and where to look for answers. We also believe that entrepreneurship is the perfect way of blending vocational preparation, service, and liberal arts education. Go Gusties!

Leadership ISLO Volunteers Needed…We seek volunteers for the working group on the assessment of our institutional student learning outcomes (ISLOs) on LEADERSHIP. The working group will ideally be comprised of at least two faculty members, two students, and two administrative/staff representatives. The College Assessment Committee has already identified the "Socially Responsible Leadership Scale" (SRLS) as the instrument for this assessment. The task of the working group will be to meet once in May 2016 to advise the Director of Institutional Research and the College Assessment Director on planning associated with such details as subject sampling and instrument administration timelines. The Working Group will then gather next year to aid in the analysis and dissemination of the data. Please send expressions of interest to Provost Mark Braun ( by April 20, 2016.

Lund Center Maintenance...The Vic Gustafson Pool will be closed from May 9 to late May or early June so physical plant employees can install a new filtration system and perform other pool maintenance. Gus Young Court will be closed from May 8 to May 27 to re-surface, paint new arc lines, and apply additional polyurethane to protect the wood floor. 

Books in Bloom will now be a biennial event, resuming in May 2017. In the meantime, we invite you to attend an event at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 in the library. GLA board members Mim Kagol and Bert Ledder will explore the alchemy between flowers and literature with a book review and a floral demonstration based on The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This event if free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary and refreshments will be served.

Grants Open House...The Provost's Office invites the Gustavus community to join us as we welcome Sarah Bridges and Megan Berglund in their respective roles of Director of Faculty Grants and Director of Government, Foundation, and Corporate Relations. Refreshments will be served. We hope you will stop by to welcome them to the Gustavus community from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Carlson Administration Building, Room 206.

Severe Weather Awareness Week April 11-15...Saint Peter will set off the tornado sirens as a part of Tornado Drill Day on Thursday April 14 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. The College will also test its emergency communication system at this time. Please treat this as a test and make yourself aware of the severe weather information and shelter locations on campus. More information about Severe Weather Awareness Week can be found at and more information about severe weather and campus resources can be found at

Campus Happenings  

The Lefler Lecture Series...Dr. William Jennings will present the 2016 Lefler Lecture titled, “Who are My People? Race, Faith, and Belonging” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 11 in Alumni Hall. Dr. Jennings is an associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale University Divinity School and his most recent book is The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. Watch the livestream or archive.

The Lefler Lecture Series and the Gustavus Department of Music are thrilled to welcome GRAMMY® nominated composer and Guggenheim Fellow Chuck Owen to campus on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. An avid outdoorsman and moving water aficionado, Owen will speak to a community audience at 7 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall about his approach to depicting a picturesque aesthetic as an aural soundscape. His lecture will be directed towards music lovers of all skill levels.

"Active Shooter" response and prevention presentation...Active shooter situations are possible wherever people gather: school, work, places of worship, sporting events, etc. With this is mind, the Minneapolis FBI has developed a presentation which addresses the active shooter threat in a diversity of situations. The Nicollet County Office of Emergency Management, Nicollet County Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Campus Safety at Gustavus Adolphus College invite you to attend this Active Shooter presentation at 5:30 p.m.on Wed., April 13, 2016 in Alumni Hall in the Johnson Student Union. The speaker for this 1.5 hour presentation will be Special Agent Joseph Malhoit, who will cover both what to do in an active shooter situation to increase the probability of survival, and how to identify potential pre-event indicators of a person preparing to embark on a mass violence event. He will look at past mass violence events and the research and statistics related to active shooters. Another aspect of this presentation, which is unique, is that Malhoit will instruct attendees regarding “Active Listening Skills.” These skills can be used to assist people with preventing an active shooter situation and not just surviving one. Please RSVP if you would like to attend this presentation.

Relay for Life...On Friday, April 15 Gustavus will be hosting the annual Relay For Life event in Lund Center. The opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. featuring cancer survivor Eric Haffley '19 and Gustavus staff member Margo Druschel, a cancer caregiver. The remembrance ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. By attending the event you can join us as we celebrate survivorship and the hope that one day cancer will be eliminated. Help us remember loved ones lost to the disease while finding comfort and healing.  Through Relay we have built an army ready to fight back and take action against a disease that has already taken too much. For more information visit 

The Gustavus Workshop in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics presents professor Steven Horwitz on his recent book, Hayek's Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 in Beck Hall 101. Pizza will be served before the event.

Horwitz is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Canada and a distinguished scholar at the Foundation for Economic Education. He is the author of three books, Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992), Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000), and Hayek's Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and American economic history. His work has been published in professional journals such as History of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, and The Cambridge Journal of Economics. 

TEDx Conference...Gustavus is hosting the third Annual TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege conference on April 23.
The conference will feature eight speakers that are connected to Gustavus and to the region. The TED platform is a series of short talks that are based on "ideas worth spreading." All the speakers will share ideas, research, and stories that build on the theme for the conference: ENGAGE!
Tickets are available to the Gustavus community and general public. More information is available online.  

Live Raptors at the Arb...At 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 in the Linnaeus Arboretum will be an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day weekend by experiencing live owls, falcons, hawks and eagles up close and personal as the U of M Raptor Center brings their amazing birds of prey to town.  Bring your own blanket for this outdoor event.  In case of rain, the event will occur indoors.
Pre-registration is appreciated, either online or by calling 507-933-6184. 
Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum Members:  $4 per adult,  FREE for students and children of members
Non-members:  $8 per adult,  $4 per student or child  (Member application available on-site)

Contemplative Music Class...The Center for Worship & Music Studies is excited to offer a repertoire class, Contemplative Music for Worship, from 2 to 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 or contact Chad Winterfeldt (x7447) for details.

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.

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Softball hosts Augsburg at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9
  • Baseball hosts Augsburg at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12
  • Softball hosts Macalester at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14

Fine Art Events

April 8  7:30 p.m.    Chad Winterfeldt, organ, A Faculty Recital in Christ Chapel

April 9  1:30 p.m.    The Gustavus Wind Orchestra Home Concert
                               James Patrick Miller, conductor

April 10  3:30 p.m.    Beige McConaughey, flute  A Student Recital

April 10  5:30 p.m.    Tim Lane, guest flute recital, Szu-Ling Wu, piano

April 10  7:30 p.m.    Zachary Anderson, organ  A Student Recital in Christ Chapel

Endgame & other selections *
April 15 & 16 at 8:00 p.m., April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Samuel Beckett, playwright
Amy Seham, director

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

In The News

Dietician George Elliott was profiled in the St. Peter Herald on March 25.

The St. Peter Herald published an editorial about the College's opportunity to lead the conversation around rape culture.

Jim Dontje was quoted in a Mankato Free Press article about solar energy in St. Peter.

Professor Karl Larson wrote an article about Saint Peter native and Gustavus cheerleader Rebekah Berry that ran in the St. Peter Herald.

The St. Peter Herald announced the upcoming Lefler Lecture on race, faith, and belonging that will take place on Monday, April 11.

KEYC television highlighted the Gustavus men's tennis team in a piece that ran on April 5.

The St. Peter Herald interviewed professors Kyle Chambers and Patricia Reeder about their collaboration with the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota. The piece is available online and will run in next week's print version of the paper.

President Bergman was interviewed in Twin Cities Business magazine as a part of a story on women in corporate and nonprofit leadership roles.


  • James T. Neek, father of Jackie Peterson, Advancement, died April 5 at the age of 88. Jim had his own mechanical estimating company for many years and later worked for North Central Sales. In retirement he enjoyed being editor of the PHCC magazine. A longtime member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Jim's favorite place was their lake home on Lake Washington near Mankato. A full obiturary 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.

Off Campus Events

The sixth annual Gustavus Women in Leadership Conference is titled, "Change Management: Drive Change Before it Drives You" and will take place on Thurs., April 28 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year's conference will feature Beth Schnell '82, CEO of Sparboe Farms, and Angie Bastian, Founder of Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP, as keynote speakers. Tickets for the conference can be purchased online through April 14.

Two plays by Doug Huff (philosophy) will be given staged-readings at the Arts Center of St. Peter: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS (a comedy about a small town) will be performed on April 14 and 16; THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT (a comedy about a small private college) will b perfomed on April 15.  All performances will be at 8:00 p.m. No one under 16 will be admitted. Contact the Arts Center 931-3630 for tickets.

At 6 p.m. on Sat. April 16 there will a fundraiser in Johnson Hall at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds supporting the Nicollet County Fair. Entertainment for this event will be provided by Little Chicago playing hits of the 60s and 70s. Admission is $25 per person which includes pork chop dinner, music, and an entry ticket for door prizes. Advance tickets are available by emailing or by calling Ann at 507-327-6534. Proceeds of this event will benefit Nicollet County Fair technology. 


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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