Inside Gustavus 

April 14, 2016 | Volume 48, Number 28

Faculty/Staff Activities and Student Achievements

Each year in early February the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) conducts the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), "an international contest for high school students and college undergraduates. It challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems." This year's team from Gustavus Adolphus College with members Zachary Brown, Viet Dao, and Charlie Fossey earned a "Meritorious Winner" designation with their submission "Measuring the Evolution and Influence in Society's Information Networks using the Logistic Equation."

By earning the "Meritorious Winner" designation Zach, Viet, and Charlie placed in the top 20% of the 5025 teams that competed in the 2016 MCM. Of the 864 teams who completed the same problem as them, they were one of the top 6 U.S. teams and the only one of these from a liberal arts institution.

The team was coached by Marian Frazier and Tom LoFaro of the mathematics, computer science and statistics department. All three were students in MCS-358, Mathematical Model Building, this past January which was team taught by Professors Frazier and LoFaro.

For more information on the Mathematical Contest in Modeling visit 

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 Music (Theory and Composition)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies
-Visiting Instructor of Health and Exercise Science (Health and Physical Education)
-Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (French)
Admission Counselor/Assistant Dean of Admission
-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.  President Bergman asked Cabinet members for feedback regarding the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer candidates.

2. Members approved the hiring of a Greenhouse Manager replacement position (6 hours per week).

3. Members approved the hiring of a full-time Admission Counselor/Assistant Dean of Admission replacement position.

4. Members approved the hiring of a full-time Director of Development/Assistant Vice President for Advancement replacement position.

5. Continued discussion was held regarding tailgating at football games. Tom Y. will work on guidelines with the requesting reunion class and others regarding tailgating in controlled areas on campus.

6. Continued discussion was held regarding submitting any claims/potential claims to the College’s Educators Legal Liability (ELL) insurance company.

News and Announcements   

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. on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Carlson Administration Building, Room 206. 

Campus Happenings   

Passover Seder...Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 20 in Alumni Hall for the Gustavus Passover Seder. Passover is a holiday of tremendous importance in Jewish tradition, celebrating freedom from slavery and oppression. For close to two thousand years, Jews have marked the first night or two of Passover with a ritual meal called a seder, filled with prayer, song, special ritual foods, and a fabulous meal. Come join with us for a traditional Jewish seder, enjoy the ritual, the food, the company, learn some new songs, and gain an appreciation of this ancient and modern tradition. YOU MUST HAVE A (FREE) TICKET TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.
Please get your ticket through Eventbrite: For registration questions, please contact Siri Erickson at

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. 

2016 Moe Lecture..."From Rosa Parks to Sandra Bland: Does the Arc of Struggle Bend Towards Justice for Black Women?"
Feminist legal scholar and critical race theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw has been at the vanguard of intersectional theory since coining the term over 25 years ago. Her scholarship and activism have spurred a paradigm shift in the way we think about power and injustice. Intersectional theory reveals how common forms of oppression (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and others) act in interrelated ways to create deep systems of oppression at the “intersections” of identity categories.

Crenshaw’s recent work shines light on the current state of affairs for black women and girls in an era of mass incarceration, institutional violence, and #BlackLivesMatter. Her lecture will examine our important contemporary moment in its historical context as we contemplate the future trajectory of justice for black women and girls…and for us all. The Moe Lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22 in Alumni Hall. No ticket is required. For more information visit

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 there 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)

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Track & Field hosts the Lee Krough Invite at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16
  • Softball hosts Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1
  • Men's Golf hosts the Bobby Krig Invite on Sunday, April 17 and Monday, April 18
  • Women's tennis hosts St. Thomas at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 17
  • Baseball hosts Macalester at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20
  • Softball hosts St. Catherine at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20

Fine Arts Events

April 15  7:30 p.m.    Hannah Jakel, soprano, A Student Recital

April 16  1:30 p.m.    Elizabeth Sherman, trumpet & piano, A Student Recital

April 16   3:30 p.m.    Emily Rudquist, piano, A Student Recital

April 17   1:30 p.m.    Rebecca Ihnen, oboe, A Student Recital

April 17   3:30 p.m.    Lindsey Taylor, viola & Lili Rothschild, mezzo-soprano, A Student Recital

April 17   7:30 p.m.    Cory Lau, bass trombone, A Student Recital

Endgame & other selections *
April 14-16 at 8 p.m., April 17 at 2 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

Gustavus assistant football coach Marc Bachman '88 was named the head coach of the Mankato Loyola football team.

The St. Peter Herald previewed the Handbell Ensembles' participation in a Handbell Festival in Windom this Sunday.

Chaplain Brian Konkol's homily from Monday, April 11 was published in the Huffington Post.

The St. Peter Herald interviewed professors Kyle Chambers and Patricia Reeder about their collaboration with the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.

The Omega Kappa fraternity's upcoming Africa Jam concert was previewed by the St. Peter Herald.

Betsy Byers was profiled in the Mankato Free Press. Her exhibit, Submerge, is at the Hillstrom Museum of Art through April 24. The Star Tribune also ran a short piece on the exhibit.

The St. Peter Herald ran a piece highlighting the winners of the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Awards for Civic Engagement.

The College is mentioned in a Star Tribune article about summer camps and state subsidies for low-income students.

This weekend's Department of Theatre and Dance performances of Endgame and other short plays were previewed in the St. Peter Herald.

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.

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.

The Creative Play Place invites you to join us on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at the Mill Pond in Saint Peter. Race tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Recreation Desk at the Community Center or from any Creative Play Place Board Member. Ducks “race” to the finish line for fabulous prizes: five $100 prizes, Saint Peter family pool passes, restaurant gift cards, summer fun baskets, toys, books, much more! Need not be present to win. Proceeds from this fundraiser help keep the Creative Play Place open and free for all!

First Lutheran Church will host Shetek Day Camp June 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. This camp is open to ALL kids in grades K-6, FLC members and guests! Worship, games, hands-on Bible studies, arts and crafts, spending time with friends in faith and fun, singing and more! It's like "bringing a little bit of camp into our own backyard." Cost is $25/camper for the week! The registration form is online at

Saint Peter’s FRC Team Nordic Storm competed in the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional Tournament last week and came out winners, earning an invitation to the world championships held April 27-April 30 in St. Louis, Mo. The team, consisting of 12 students from Saint Peter, Mankato, and Lake Crystal, had six weeks to build a 120 pound robot to compete in this year’s challenge, FIRST STRONGHOLD. An alliance of 3 robots work together in the medieval castle-themed game to breach the competing alliance's defenses and storm their castle by shooting boulders (foam balls) into high or low goals to weaken the opposing alliance tower and then surround or scale the tower at the end of the round. As a community team, Nordic Storm relies on the generosity of their sponsors for entry fees, travel and other associated costs. The team is grateful for the support Gustavus provides, including space in the basement of Beck Hall to design, build, and test its robots. More information is available at or by contacting one of the mentors, Matt Dobosenski, Chuck Niederriter, or Tom Young.


For sale: Baldwin "Whitney" Piano. $175. Good shape, but needs tuning. Contact Dana at for more information.

"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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