Inside Gustavus 

September 8, 2016 | Volume 49, Number 2

Faculty/Staff Activities and Student Achievements

Michael Hvidsten, (Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics), gave a presentation titled "Concrete Conics and Pencils in Projective Geometry" at the Mathematical Association of America MathFest meeting in Columbus Ohio on August 3. 2016.

Don Myers (Hillstrom Museum of Art) received a grant from the Minnesota historical Society. This grant application is to fund a general survey of the Museum’s collection, to assess the environment in the Museum and its art storage areas, to assess the policies and procedures related to the Museum’s care and use of its holdings, and, ultimately, to produce a long-range preservation plan.

New Faces

Marty Braun, Athletic Office Bus Driver, On-Call

Robert Bresnahan, Athletic Office Assistant Baseball, Coach

Lydia Francis, Theatre and Dance Visiting Assistant, Professor

Christina Gullickson, Dining Service, Dishroom

Allyssa Hagen, Dining Service, On-Call

Joshua Hopkins, Peer Education Substance Use, Educator

Kayla Kuczaboski, Athletic Office Assistant Women's Soccer, Coach

Sara Leanio, Nursing Adjunct, Instructor

James Loken, Athletic Office Bus Driver, On-Call

Samuel Lundberg, Athletic Office Assistant Football, Coach

Eric Mattson, Athletic Office Assistant Football, Coach

Olivia Nguyen, Dining Service, Bakery

James Nickras, Library Digital Collections, Manager

Cheryl Peterson, Dining Service, Marketplace Cashier

Melony Ramsey, Dining Service, On-Call

Gregory Rausch, Lund Center Control Desk, Monitor

Tristan Richards, Community-Based Service and Learning, Temporary

Samantha Sack, Dining Service, On-Call

Linda Zuhlsdorf, Dining Service, On-Call

Position Openings

-Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Finance and Business Economics) 
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Management (Accounting)
-Assistant Professor of Mathematics
-Computer Science, and Statistics (Computer Science OR Discrete Mathematics)
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies
-Director of Building Services,
-Administrative Manager,
-Associate Vice President,
-Financial Planning and Analysis
-Title IX Coordinator/Sexual Misconduct Prevention Coordinator
-Admission Counselor,
-Full-Time Custodian (Two Positions),
-Part-Time Custodian (Multiple Positions)

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

President Cabinet Summary   

1.  Members confirmed the 2016-2017 institutional goals, including the additional goal related to financial modeling. These goals will be presented to the Board at its September meeting.

2.  Members reviewed the agenda for the September 29-30 Board of Trustees meeting.

3.  Members approved the hiring of two Facilities replacement positions (Director of Building Services and Lock Shop Manager).

4.  Members approved the hiring of a GTS replacement position (Information Systems Development and Support Specialist).

5.  Discussion was held regarding reconstituting the Benefit Advisory Committee and members approved the updated charter with minor amendments.

6.  Vice President Tom Rooney introduced the creation of an Employee Engagement Committee with the mission to enable high levels of employee engagement throughout the organization. Members supported the creation of this Committee.

7.  Vice President Tom Rooney introduced a Leadership 101 training proposal. The mission of the six training sessions is to provide training for individuals in leadership roles to ensure the College builds a foundation of management best practices that support employee success. The sessions will be led by Associate Vice President for Human Resources Julie Kline. Members supported the proposal.

8.  Members approved the hiring of an Admission Counselor replacement position.

9.  Members reviewed the activities surrounding new student orientation and move-in weekend.

News and Announcements   

About Inside Gustavus...With the beginning of a new school year comes Inside Gustavus, the campus's weekly, online, internal newsletter. Inside Gustavus will be posted online each Thursday except during academic breaks. Here's some technical stuff that you'll want to keep in mind regarding submissions and publication:

  • How should items be submitted? Fill out an online news submission form, click the Inside Gustavus box, and click the submit box.
  • What is the deadline? It is preferred that all submissions must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. There may be some exceptions.
  • Who may submit items? Anyone who has pertinent news or information for the campus community. Keep in mind that the newsletter is not a vehicle for personal thank-yous or a market for local businesses, and the editor retains the right to edit material and refuse material deemed inappropriate.
  • How many times may an item run? Generally, twice, so plan your event and promotion accordingly. Sometimes, we can run an advance notice (perhaps 6-8 weeks out) and then run two closer to the date of the event.
  • When is the newsletter distributed? Each week of the academic year except during the week of Thanksgiving, the weeks of Christmas break, Touring Week, and the week of spring break. You will receive an e-mail when the most current edition of Inside Gustavus is available online. You can always read the most current edition and editions from years past online at

Calendar Submissions and Gustavus-L... A reminder for members of the campus community about submitting "events" and "announcements" to the College calendar and how they appear on the gustavus-l email. Here are some helpful hints and instructions and as always, feel free to call the Office of Marketing and Communication (933-7520) for further help.

  • To submit events and announcements to the College calendar, go online to
  • When you submit an EVENT to the College calendar it will appear on the calendar after it is approved, but will only appear on the gustavus-l on the date of the actual event.
  • You can also submit an ANNOUNCEMENT about an event to help publicize the event and drive attendance. The announcement would have all the details of the event in the description, but it would say "save the date" or "plan to attend" in the body of the announcement. You are limited to three announcement submissions per event, but these will appear on the calendar AND on the gustavus-l prior to the event.

Parking Reminders: Please park according to permit color. Citations for non-registered vehicles in red and green permit lots began at 7 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 6. Vehicles parked without displaying a valid parking permit or in the wrong colored lot will be cited. Visitor parking is always closed to students and employees and is always enforced. Register in person in the Campus Safety office before parking your vehicle. Campus Safety is reachable 24 hours a day at 507-933-8888 if you have any parking questions. 

Reminder to all users of Gustavus Motor Pool Vehicles: 
Certification is required for all Gustavus Motor Pool Vehicle drivers:
-Drivers of cars and 7-person minivans will need to be Defensive Driver online certified before keys will be issued. This certification level is valid for four years.
-Drivers of 8- or 10-person large vans will need to have the online certification as well as behind the wheel instruction through the Campus Safety office. This certification level is valid for two years.

Please take care of your certification needs and plan ahead for fall semester to complete this in a timely manner. To initiate certification, please fill out the web form at the following link:

To check the expiration date of a prior certification or to renew an expired certification, contact Lisa Octigan (

Mandatory training requirements...In campus mail you recently received an updated copy of the brochure entitled “2016-2017 Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students Who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct or Harassment.” Included was a letter with information about the new mandatory training procedure.

Please be reminded that all College employees must participate in this required training every academic year. This year, the required Title IX annual training and post-training assessment must be completed before Friday, October 3, 2016. Many employees are Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) under the Clery Act in addition to being Title IX responsible employees. Those employees will need to complete both required courses.

If you did not receive the email with your username and password for online training (sent August 23rd), or need your training re-set (for anyone who does not pass the post-test with at least 80% in 3 attempts), please contact Lisa Octigan,

If you need another copy of the “2016-2017 Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct or Harassment” or have any questions, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Julie Kline, at 507-933-6075 or

Take Your Professor to Lunch...The Student Senate's program Take Your Professor to Lunch (TYPTL) is a great opportunity for students to have a one-on-one with their professors. This program allows the student and the professor to connect in a more personal level than the classroom would allow for. If you have any questions please feel free to email Cristhian Martinez

Run for Kicks 5k...Check your calendars and sign up for the second annual Gustavus Women's Soccer Run for Kicks 5k through the arboretum on Sun., Sept. 18. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5k. The arboretum course includes paved and limestone trails. 

Included in registration, each participant will receive a custom designed shirt and post race goodies. The race will be individually timed and results will be posted at www.runningventures.comThe race start time is 10 a.m. Race headquarters, check-in, and packet pick-up will be located at the arboretum entrance. Registration fee is $25 for adults, $15 for students. You can register online or students can register from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. outside the Market Place. Students must show school ID at packet pick-up. All proceeds will go to support the Gustavus Women's Soccer Team.

Swimming Lessons Available...Let the Gusties teach your children how to swim. Each teacher will work with an average of three children to guarantee your child plenty of expert personal attention. More personal attention means that your child will improve their swimming skills very quickly. Our instructors (Gustavus Adolphus College swimmers) have the teaching experience, skills, maturity, and passion to make this an enjoyable experience for children of all abilities and ages. Register on-line or contact Luke Weyandt for questions at 57-933-7693.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program...As Gustavus Human Resources strives to educate our employees on various benefits either through the college or externally. We would like to make you aware of a federal program called The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. This program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after 120 monthly payments have been made under a repayment plan if you are working on a full-time basis for a qualifying employer. Gustavus is a qualifying employer because we are a not-for-profit organization that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3). More information about this benefit is online

Saint Peter Weekly Newsletter...As we continue to find ways to strengthen our partnership with the City of Saint Peter we would like to share this link to their weekly newsletter. Be sure to read it for the latest information about the greater Saint Peter community. 

Campus Happenings   

Reading in Common Lecture: The New Student Orientation Reading In Common selection is Between the World and MeA reading in common event is scheduled at 7 p.m. on  Tues., Sept. 13, in Christ Chapel. Jamelle Bouie is the guest speaker. He is a Chief Political Correspondent, Slate Magazine & CBS News Political Analyst. Jamelle will offer thought-provoking insight and raise questions about current national issues.

Three Weeks and Counting...The 52nd annual Nobel Conference is less than three weeks away. Be sure to visit for information and answers to most of your questions. Faculty, staff, and students are reminded to secure their one complimentary ticket by going online to  All Gustavus faculty, staff and students are required to have a ticket on or before September 23 to attend the conference. 

Weekend Home Athletic Events

Support the Golden Gusties at one or more of these home athletic events this weekend:

  • 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 women’s soccer hosts Crown

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 cross country hosts Alumni Meet

  • 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 football hosts UW-River Falls

  • 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 women’s soccer hosts Macalester

  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 men’s soccer hosts Macalester

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 volleyball hosts Bethel

Weekend Fine Arts Events

  • 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12  A Guest Artist Recital with pianists Nikki Melville, Mark Mazullo, Claudia Chen,
    Heather McLaughlin and Esther Wang
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.16  The Turtle Island String Quartet in Concert *  A Gustavus Artist Series Presentation
  • 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sep. 19  Pianist Naomi Niskala, guest artist 

In The News

Gustavus is mentioned in a Mankato Free Press piece looking back on a 1970 canoe trip from the Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico by alum Barry Lane.

KEYC covered first-year move-in day on Friday, Sept. 2. First-year Leif Engen and Gustie Greeter Emma Myhre were interviewed.

Off Campus Events of Interest

Ben Franklin to Visit Saint Peter...Union Presbyterian Church will host “An Afternoon with Benjamin Franklin” on Sun., Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. Dr. Franklin, as portrayed by historian Christopher Lowell, will be speaking on faith, diplomacy, and his remarkable life on the eve of our own national elections and the anniversary (September 17) of the signing of the Constitution. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The St. Peter Choral Society welcomes new members to prepare Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's cantata Hiawatha's Wedding-Feast and Howard Hanson's Song of Democracy for two concerts on February 5 And 12, 2017, as well as Carmina Burana with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra in the new Performing Arts Center in Mankato, April 8, 2017. Rehearsals begin Monday evening, September 12, from 7:15 - 9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 South Fifth Street. For more information contact director Sara McKay 934-6176.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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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