Inside Gustavus 

May 5, 2016 | Volume 48, Number 31

Faculty/Staff Activities and Student Achievements

Ursula Lindqvist (Scandinavian Studies) presented a paper on Caribbean writer Tiphanie Yanique's 2014 novel Land of Love and Drowning at the 2016 Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies annual meeting in New Orleans on April 29. She also moderated a panel on whiteness in print and digital media and co-hosted a book release party for her co-edited anthology New Dimensions of Diversity in Nordic Culture and Society.

Debra Pitton (Education), had a book recently published by Rowman & Littlefiled, entitled: Supporting Teacher Development - New Skills for Principals in Supervision and Evaluation.

Kristen Lowe, (Art and Art History) screened her documentary, Painting the Place Between at the Minnesota State Arts Board film Festival during the St. Paul Art Crawl on April, 23. The Minnesota State Arts Board Film Festival showcased work by more than 25 Arts Board grantees from 2013-15 whose projects resulted in a film or video.

Rachel Sherman Johnson '03, (CICE) successfully defended her dissertation in the University of Minnesota doctoral program in comparative and international development education on April 27. The dissertation, titled "Creative Minds Abroad: How Design Students Make Meaning of Their International Education Experiences," uses a constructivist lens to examine the ways in which architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, and retail merchandising majors use what they learned during study abroad in their creative work.

Ashley Krug '12 (Athletics) received the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association's Outstanding Athletic Athletic Trainers Recognition Award at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium for her outstanding care in a crisis injury situation.

Michelle Twait (Library) has been elected incoming Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the College Libraries Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries, the major national higher education association for librarians.

Baker Lawley's (English) short story "Fenced" is published in the current issue of Mud Season Review, the literary journal of the Burlington Writers Workshop. The story was selected for the annual print issue and he will be featured in an upcoming interview series.

Alisa Rosenthal (Political Science) has been named an ACE Fellow for the academic year 2016-17. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration.

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 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 agenda for the all-employee meeting on May 19. Topics will include progress on the 2015-16 goals, strategic planning update, advancement and enrollment updates, curriculum goals approved by the faculty, and the FY 2017 operating budget.

2. Members approved the hiring of a part-time dietician replacement position.

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. 

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.

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 2015-16 institutional goals and an update on the 2016-17 operating budget.

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.

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.

2016 Valleyfair Ticket Tickets...Discounted Valleyfair tickets are available to purchase in the Office of Human Resources, located in the Carlson Administration building. Tickets are good for any day during the 2016 season. Tickets may be purchased for regular admission (Ages 3-61 and 48” or taller) for $32.25, junior/senior (Ages 3-61, under 48” tall or 62+ years and includes admission to Dinosaurs Alive!) for $32.25, Dinosaurs Alive! tickets for $2.75 with adult park admission, parking $12.00, and ride & refresh (Ages 3-61 and 48” or taller plus unlimited drink wristband) for $39.75. Cash or checks payable to Gustavus.

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions… A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2016. To schedule an appointment, go to or contact (800) 732-8353, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (ET).

Campus Happenings   

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.

Bloom Where You Are Planted...The Gustavus Library Associates 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.

Strategic Planning...Thank you to those members of the community who have attended recent strategic planning sessions and provided feedback to consultant Ann Duffield and/or others on campus regarding drafts one and two of the Gustavus ACTS strategic plan. Based on that feedback, a third draft of Gustavus ACTS is being prepared and will be available early next week. Please read draft three and provide feedback at one of the meetings that will be attended by President Bergman and facilitated by consultant Ann Duffield on Thursday, May 12 or Friday, May 13, or via email to Alisa Rosenthal or Siri Erickson.

Draft 3 Meetings:
Thursday, May 12
8-9 a.m. — Faculty Feedback Session — Heritage Room
9-10 a.m. — Faculty Feedback Session — Heritage Room

Friday, May 13
8-9 a.m. — Community Feedback Session (all employees and students) — St. Peter Room
9-10 a.m. — Planning Leadership Team and Strategic Action Team — St. Peter Room
11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Community Feedback Session (all employees and students) — St. Peter Room

Faculty and Administration Retirement Dinner...The Alumni Association will honor and recognize 2016 faculty and administrator retirees with a dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 in Alumni Hall. The cost is $15 per person and registration is available online. Please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at x7511 or with any questions. Those will be recognized at the dinner include:

Max Hailperin, math, computer science, and statistics
Rick Orpen, professor of instrumental music, composition, and theory
Lois Peterson, professor of art and art history
Ken Westphal, vice president for finance and treasurer
Warren Wunderlich, director of physical plant

Faculty and Administration Service Awards...The College and the Alumni Association will recognize the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years with a special Gustavus community gathering at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 in Christ Chapel. A reception will immediately follow for guests and honorees. Please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at x7511 or with any questions. Those being recognized include:

10 years
Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh, associate professor in education, peace studies, gender/women/sexuality studies
Joel Carlin, associate professor in biology and environmental studies
John Engebretson ’91, adjunct instructor/director of the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble
Jeff Engelhardt ’93, visiting instructor in math, computer science, and statistics
Julie Moberg Gilbert ’99, associate professor in the library
Maria Kalbermatten, associate professor in Spanish
David Newell ’03, director for community-based service
Shanon Nowell, assistant to the provost
Jeffrey Owen ’92, associate professor in economics and management and environmental studies
Matthew Rasmussen ’98, visiting assistant professor in English
Mayra Taylor, adjunct instructor in Spanish and LALACS
Jessie Twaddle, assistant director of core services, lead information security specialist for GTS
Tommy Valentini ’02, head men’s tennis coach, assistant director of Tennis and Life Camps.

15 Years
Jeffrey Anderson, international student services coordinator
Teri Bauman, information systems development and support specialist in GTS
Eric Dugdale, professor of classics
Patricia English, associate professor in communication studies, gender/women/sexuality studies
Sarah Erickson-Lume, adjunct instructor of music
Mimi Gerstbauer, associate professor of political science, peace studies, LALACS, and African Studies
Deborah Goodwin, associate professor of religion, gender/women/sexuality studies, and environmental studies
Jon Grinnell, associate professor of biology
Elizabeth Jenner, associate professor of sociology and anthropology
Ann Johnson, director of advancement services
Mary Milbradt, administrative information systems development and support specialist

20 Years
Kirk Carlson ’95, assistant vice president for enrollment
Paul Jacobson, assistant director of dining services
Richard Leitch, associate professor of political science, environmental studies and Japanese studies
Doug Minter ’79, associate vice president for enrollment and dean of financial aid
Peg O’Connor, professor in philosophy and gender/women/sexuality studies

25 Years
Tom Brown, director of intercollegiate athletics
Chris Gilbert, professor of political science
Mary Gunderson, assistant registrar
Michael Jorgensen, professor of music
Paschal Kyoore, professor of French, African, Caribbean studies in modern languages
Barb Lundgren, interim director of human resources
Amy Gerber Pehrson ’91, assistant director of campus activities/director of mentoring and peer education

30 Years
Paul Estenson, associate professor of economics and management
Mark Hanson ’83, head men’s basketball coach, HES instructor, and director of outdoor education
Greg Kaster, professor of history and gender/women/sexuality studies
Steve Mellema ’72, professor of physics
Kate Wittenstein, professor of history and gender/women/sexuality studies

35 Years
Mark Kruger, professor in psychological studies
Rick Orpen, professor of instrumental music, composition, and theory

The WORD Play Festival will be held at Gustavus on May 26 and 27. The literary gathering will include readings by Gustavus faculty, an open mic session, and a buffet dinner. Full event details are available online, additional information can be requested from Julie Johnson.

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

  •  Men's tennis hosts Saint John's at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the MIAC Semifinals
  • If men's tennis wins Friday, it hosts the MIAC Championship at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 8

Fine Arts Events


May 6, 7:30 p.m.    The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and Adolphus Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert,
                               Dave Stamps & John Engebretson, directors

May 7, 1:30 p.m.    The 2016 Senior Honors Recital

May 7, 7:30 p.m.    Choral Mosaic Concert, featuring the Gustavus Choir, Choir of Christ Chapel & Lucia Singers, 
                              Gregory Aune & Brandon Dean, conductors

May 8, 1:30 p.m.    Shannon Graham, piano  A Student Recital

May 8, 3:30 p.m.    The Woodwind Chamber Ensembles Spring Concert, 
                              Karrin Meffert-Nelson, Heidi Johanna Miller, James DeVoll, John Engebretson,
                              Melissa Morey & Rena Kraut, directors

May 8, 7:30 p.m.    Chelsea Rojas, soprano  A Student Recital


Tickets are on sale for NEXT BEST STEPS, the Spring Dance Concert in Anderson Theatre, May 13-15, at the Gustavus ticket center or online at

Hillstrom Museum of Art
EPOCH, the Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2016 will open on Honors Day, May 7, at 10 a.m. The opening reception is set for 4-6 p.m. that day. The exhibition will be open through May 29. 

In The News

The College and Lutheran Church Archives of the Folke Bernadotte Library contributed to a St. Peter Herald piece on a local connection to the Symbionese Liberation Army and the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

A young Twins fan sporting a Gustavus t-shirt was spotted by the The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., at spring training last month.

KMSP Fox 9 interviewed senior Matt Boyce and head football coach Peter Haugen about Boyce's invite to the Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp. The St. Peter Herald also covered the announcement.

Out of Scandinavia artist-in-residence Sofia Jannok was on KFIA-FM yesterday afternoon to discuss indigenous issues in conjunction with Turtle Island Indigenous People's Day.

Gustavus and the Nobel Conference feature prominently in a letter to the editor about energy responsibility in the Mankato Free Press.

The Mankato Free Press announced Orange is the New Black cast member Lea DeLaria's lecture at Gustavus that will take place on Tuesday, May 10.

The St. Peter Herald announced professor Alisa Rosenthal's selection as an American Council on Education fellow for 2016-17.

Head baseball coach Brad Baker and his staff were profiled in the Mankato Free Press.

The St. Peter Herald featured Fulbright finalists Ben Dipple, Travis Sigafoos, and Joey Wiley. Fellowships coordinator Amanda Nienow was also interviewed for the piece.

A spring carnival fundraiser that will be hosted on May 14 by Queers and Allies, Hmong American Cultural Outreach, and the Nu Epsilon Gamma fraternity was previewed by the St. Peter Herald.

Off Campus Events

Have a very Swedish day! Prior to the Sofia Jannok concert in Linnaeus Arboretum, Swedish Kontur Imports will be hosting Frida Jonsson of Arctic Collections in the shop on from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Frida will be showing her handcrafted Sami bracelets. Anders Bjorling and the ladies at the shop invite you to join us for wine, saft, coffee and treats. Come see what's new, and let us wrap it for you!

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

On May 22, 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.

Inviting all children and their families to THE ECFE VEHICLE FAIR! 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, (rain date: May 19) First Lutheran Church Parking Lot, 1114 West Traverse Road. Come to look at, climb on, and even sit in a fire truck, police car, school bus, and more! Food will be for sale at the concessions stand. This is a FREE event sponsored by the Early Childhood Family Education/School Readiness Advisory Council.


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 Sale: 1104 Kristine Court St. Peter.  5 bedroom 2 story house with finished basement, beautiful private backyard. Large foyer entry leads into living room with gas fireplace and bay window. Main level has open floor plan with large living room, formal dining room and kitchen. Lots of windows throughout to let in natural light. Sliding door off dining room leads to deck. Kitchen has a built in desk and box window above sink. Large main floor laundry room off oversized double garage. 4 bedrooms and 2 baths on upper level. Huge family room in finished basement and 5th bedroom with egress window and large closet. Very large landscaped yard with numerous trees for privacy and entertaining. If interested, contact or to see complete listing contact



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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