Inside Gustavus 

April 28, 2016 | Volume 48, Number 30

Faculty/Staff Activities and Student Achievements

The video "The Golden Hour" by Priscilla Briggs (Art/Art History) which featured a sound composition by studio art major Charlie Brace (2015) was included in the Experimental Cinema: Pixels screening at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival on April 15. Priscilla and Charlie answered questions from the audience after the screening. The video was originally created to accompany the George Bellows painting Sunset, Shady Valley in the Hillstrom Museum exhibition Art Inspiring Art this past September. Briggs also presented an exhibition of photographs of her Seamless series in the two-person exhibition Somewhere (Else) with Shannon Estlund at Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis during the month of April.

Joaquin Villanueva (Geography) was recently invited to publish an article in the prestigious journal Annals of the American Association of Geographers on their special issue Social Justice and the City. The article is co-authored and is titled "Enclosure of the Commons? Liberal and Radical Formulations of Social Justice in the City." The article explores recent justice movements within the Mall of America.

Troy Banse, (Athletic Training) was quoted in an article about the implementation of NCAA safety standards in Division III athletics

Amanda Moeller (Library) presented a poster at the Depository Library Council Virtual meeting, a national meeting held on April 27th in collaboration with the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

Position Openings

-Adjunct Instructor of Physics
-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 Music (Theory and Composition)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies
-Visiting Instructor Geography (Geographic Information Science)
-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
-Assistant Vice President for Advancement and Director of Development
-Director of Human Resources
-Director of Physical Plant
Custodian Positions
-Greenhouse Specialist
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call Human Resources (x7304). 

President Cabinet Summary   

1.  Members reviewed the past week’s events, including the Board of Trustees meeting, GACAC Conference, and Celebration of Philanthropy dinner.

2.  The summer Cabinet retreat was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 16-17 in the Interpretive Center.

3.  Continued discussion was held regarding the planning for the FY 2017 operating budget.

News and Announcements   

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. 

All-Employee Meeting...The meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 in Alumni Hall. All employees are encouraged to attend to hear a progress report on the 2015-2016 institutional goals and an update on the 2016-2017 operating budget.

Arboretum Prairie Burn...The campus community should be aware that a scheduled burn will take place in the prairie area of the Linnaeus Arboretum this spring. We are not able to select a specific date at this point but it is scheduled to take place in the next two to three weeks. Please note that some smoke might drift through campus during the burn. This event will only take place if weather conditions are favorable.

Sexual Assult Task Force Update...Information on this task force (their charge, membership, meeting minutes once approved, etc) will be available through a link on the Title IX website. You will need your Gustavus username and password to access this information. The task force values community input. So if anyone would like to contact members of the task force and share your perspective on this important work, please email the group. The student members of the task force will also be keeping Student Senate apprised of the task force's progress on a regular basis.

Gustavus Employee Picnic 2016...The Gustavus Employee Picnic will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. There will be a full picnic menu and entertainment by funny man Bob Stromberg, co-author and one of the original starts of theatrical comedy, Triple Espresso.

Books in Bloom will now be a biennial event, resuming in May 2017. In the meantime, we invite you to attend an event in the library on Saturday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. 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 is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary and refreshments will be served.

Dance Tickets Are Now Available at or by calling 507-933-7590 for Next Best Steps: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert. Performances will be held in the Anderson Theatre May 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on May 15 at 2 p.m. A dance, just like a life, is created through a series of choices. In each moment, we assess the situation, gather necessary information and then make a choice as to our next move. Please join faculty choreographers Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, Melissa Rolnick and Michele Rusinko, guest choreographer and 2010 alumnus Jordan Klitzke, co-director of La Gringa Danza, and select student choreographers as they premiere new dances featuring their next best steps. Directed by Michele Rusinko and Melissa C. Rolnick.

Patricia Lindell Research Prize/Paper...The library is now accepting submissions for the Patricia Lindell Research Prize/Paper. This $400 prize is awarded by the library faculty for a paper already written for a Gustavus academic course. This paper should demonstrate excellent use of source material. Papers may be submitted from Fall Semester 2014 through Spring Semester 2016. As faculty endorsement is required, please encourage eligible students to submit their work. More information about the prize and the nomination process is available online.

Campus Happenings   

Bards in the Arb reading...Gustavus alumna Kaethe Schwehn '00 will be reading from Tailings:  A Memoir, which won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir/Creative Nonfiction, and from a forthcoming chapbook of poetry on Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Kaethe holds MFAs from the University of Montana and from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is the co-editor of Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous journals. Sponsored by the English department. Free and open to the public.

Celebration of Creative Inquiry...This campus-wide forum to publicly share the creative inquiry of students will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in the banquet rooms of the Jackson Campus Center.

Honors Day...Gustavus will celebrate Honors Day on Saturday, May 7. The Honors Day Convocation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel.

Women's Retreat...The Office of Church Relations will host a women's retreat group from Christ Lutheran Church, Glencoe, Minn. in the GACAC Retreat Center April 29-30.

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

  • Track & Field hosts the Drake Alternative on Saturday, April 30

  • Women's tennis hosts Martin Luther at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 

  • Baseball hosts Carleton at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30 

  • Women's tennis hosts Carleton at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 

  • Softball hosts St. Kate's at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1 

  • Baseball hosts UM-Morris at 1 p.m. Sunday, May1 

  • Baseball hosts Bethel at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4

Fine Arts Events


April 29  7:30 p.m.    Joshua Mason, trombone & Joseph Wiley, tuba  A Student Recital
April 30  1:30 p.m.    Danielle Fulghum, clarinet & bass clarinet   A Student Recital
April 30  3:30 p.m.    Erin Grev, flute  A Student Recital
April 30  7:30 p.m.    Connor Dufault, double bass  A Student Recital
May 1    1:30 p.m.    The Gustavus Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
                                 Paul Hill, director
May 1    3:30 p.m.    Iain McCrory, euphonium  A Student Recital
May 1    7:30 p.m.    Chase Fasbender, baritone  A Student Recital


TU Dance in Concert * Anderson Theatre
Tickets available online at or at the ticket center 507-933-7590.
April 29 at 7 p.m. 

DeSENSORized in the Black Box
Senior Honors project by Dan Britt ‘16
(no tickets, limited seating)

April 29 at 10 p.m.
April 30 at 8 p.m.
May 1 at 2 p.m.

In The News

The St. Peter Herald previewed this Friday's Gustavus Artist Series presentation of TU Dance.

The Mankato Free Press ran a feature piece on Hunter Hayes last Friday before he performed on campus Saturday night.

Dave Newell was interviewed in KEYC's segment covering the TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege conference last Saturday.

The Mankato Free Press announced next week's Out of Scandinavia artist-in-residency by Somi musician and activist Sofia Jannok.

The St. Peter Herald announced Tom Rooney's new position as Vice President for Finance and Treasurer of the College.

The MAYDAY! Peace Conference was previewed in the Mankato Free Press.

KEYC covered yesterday's MAYDAY! Peace Conference on divestment and reinvestment.

Off Campus Events

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

David Fienen, emeritus professor of music and former provost, will be one of several area artists to present a MAX REGER Centenary Festival concert on May 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm on the large magnificent pipe organ at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN). Sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, this concert commemorates the life and work of Max Reger (1873-11 May 1916), a prolific composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and teacher. Counted as one of the most influential German composers of his time, he composed a staggering body of works during his short lifetime which exhibited his retrospective yet highly celebrated modern style. Fienen will open the concert playing Reger's "Introduction and Passacaglia." The concert is free and all are welcome. For more information, see

Fienen will also be accompanying the Musicorum spring concert "I Hear America Singing" on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato. Tickets are $15, seniors/students $10/$8. Asst. Prof. Brandon Dean is the conductor.

On May 22, Dr. Fienen will be the guest organist for Sunday morning services (8:30 and 9:45) at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN.


For Rent: We have a number of housing opportunities available in St. Peter within walking distance from Gustavus. 4-Bedroom, 2-Bathroom house - $1,250/month + utilities.  5-Bedroom, 2-Bathroom unit of duplex - $1,600/month + utilities. 1-Bedroom, 1-Bathroom unit of duplex - $850/month + utilities. We are also renting rooms starting at $600/month (which includes all utilities, cable, and internet). All locations include laundry & lawn service. No cats/no smoking.  For inquiries, please contact Sarah by email or at (507) 779-9251.

House for Rent: House is energy efficient, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, bamboo floors, AC, stove, refrigerator, W/D, DW, 1-car garage, 3-season room, a clothesline in the backyard, nice neighbors, walking distance to schools and parks. $900 per month, plus utilities, no smoking, no pets, lawn mowing, power mower provided; snow removal: renter. Garden and tree care: owner. Reasonable access for repairs, gardening. Damage deposit, 30 days notice, Available mid-July.  Contact Ruth Johnson, 934-2075,

For sale: 4 Bridgestone Blizzard snow tires - 215-55-17, Rossignol Caribou Cross country skis - 75 mm, poles and boots size 42 (8 1/2), Lots of jackets, gloves, hats, scarfs, dishes, towels... If you need start up for an apartment/house I have lots to come see. Call Laurel at 928-580-6525.

Looking for Housing: My name is Merry Tesfu and I am looking for a room to rent for the summer in Saint Peter. If anyone is looking a roommate please email or call me at 773-512-1923.  

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "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.
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.

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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