Inside Gustavus 

September 15, 2016 | Volume 49, Number 3

Faculty/Staff Activities and Student Achievements

Elizabeth Johnson '14 and Kathi Tunheim (Economics/Management), published an article, "Understanding the Experiences of Professional Women Leaders Living and Working in Sweden," in the Advances in Developing Human Resources Journal. Kathi and Dr. Susan Madsen, Utah Valley University, presented a professional development workshop on "Using Innovative Reflection Practices in Management Education," at the Academy of Management in Anaheim, CA, in August. Finally, Kathi presented to the Women's Leadership Network at Medica, a health insurance company, based in Minnetonka, Minn., in late August.

Henry MacCarthy (Theatre & Dance) was the guest stage director for Opera Omaha's production of Opera Outdoors at Turner Park in Omaha, NE this past Friday, September 9. The production featured soprano Leah Partridge, tenor Jonathan Boyd, and the Opera Omaha Chorus and Children's Chorus, conducted by Aaron Breid. The events was attended by over 2,000 guests.

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
-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 approved the 2017 holiday schedule.

  • Good Friday — Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Memorial Day — Monday, May 29, 2017
  • Fourth of July — Tuesday, July 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Day after Thanksgiving — Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Floating Holiday — Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Christmas Day — Monday, December 25, 2017
  • Floating Holiday — Tuesday, December 26, 2017
  • Floating Holiday — Wednesday, December 27, 2017
  • Floating Holiday — Thursday, December 28, 2017
  • Floating Holiday — Friday, December 29, 2017
  • New Year’s Day — Monday, January 1, 2018

2.  Discussion was held regarding a number of strategic planning documents, including charges for the Acts Steering Committee, Acts Goal Teams, Acts Strategy Teams, and proposed membership lists for the various teams.

3.   Members approved the hiring of a part-time Enrollment Management replacement position (Database Coordinator).

News and Announcements  

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

Tuition Benefits Explained...Kirk Carlson and Richard Aune will provide information about admission, tuition benefit, and tuition exchange options, Thurs., Oct. 13, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Dive. There will be a short presentation with time for questions after. Feel free to bring your lunch. All employees with current high school juniors or seniors are encouraged to attend. Contact Kirk Carlson (x6362 or if you have questions.

United Way Campaign...Join us in helping the Greater Mankato Area United Way kick off their 2017 Campaign.

  • Information about all of the GREAT things our area UNITED WAY does for the St. Peter and Mankato communities. We will hear from President Becky Bergman as well as area United Way President Barb Kaus.
  • The opportunity to throw a paper airplane off the third floor balcony in Torrey Atrium in Beck Academic Hall. (Bring $1 for each airplane…all proceeds go to the United Way). Get your plane into the big target receive a pizza party for five people. Get it into the small target, and you will be eligible for a drawing to win substantial prize from the Bookmark.
  • A chance to win fabulous prizes from the BookMark (no pledge necessary…all attendees can enter the drawing).
  • Frost-Your-Own Cookies
  • The opportunity to make a one-time pledge or a calendar year 2017 payroll deduction pledge for the United Way.

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

College Accreditation Committee Member Needed...We seek one support staff representative to serve on the College Accreditation Committee. More information about the charge and membership of the committee is available online. Please send expressions of interest to Provost Brenda Kelly ( by September 26, 2016.

"Gustie Newswire" Webpage Launched... The Office of Marketing and Communication has a new online news source for members of the campus community and news media. The Gustie Newswire includes short, informative releases about faculty activities, programs, events, and alumni. If you have any questions about the Gustie Newswire page or have ideas for stories that may fit there, please contact JJ Akin (

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   

Two Weeks and Counting...The 52nd annual Nobel Conference is less than two 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:

  • 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 football hosts Augsburg

Fine Arts Events

  • 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 16  The Turtle Island String Quartet in Concert, A Gustavus Artist Series Presentation

  • 7:30 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 19  Pianist Naomi Niskala, guest artist

  • 2:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 25  More Theodora: The Music of Theodora Cormontan with
                                               Michael Jorgensen, baritone & Bonnie Jorgensen, piano

  • 7 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 27  The 2016 Nobel Conference Concert

Congregational Outreach

Retreats ...The Office of Church Relations will host a day confirmation retreat for St. John's Lutheran Church of Northfield on Sat., Sept. 17. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

In The News

The Mankato Free Press discussed the Reading in Common book, Between the World and Me, and the Reading in Common program at Gustavus.

The St. Peter Herald announced the Turtle Island Quartet concert taking place in Bjorling Hall tomorrow night.


A memorial service for Mary Gover, wife of Tom Gover (Professor Emeritus in Chemistry) will take place on Sat. Sept. 24 at 10:30 am in the chapel of the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 7110 France Avenue S. Following the service a reception and luncheon will take place at Gramercy Park Lake Shore senior cooperative at 6711 Lake Shore Drive in Richfield.

John Jacks, 87, father of Colleen Jacks (Biology),  died on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.   Services were held on Wed. Sept 14.  His full obituary 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 of Interest

Girls Night Out in St. Peter...On Thurs., Oct. 6, join the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce and over 40 local businesses in celebrating Girls Night Out, an evening planned by women for women and sponsored by the St. Peter business community. Gather a group of friends and visit your favorite local shops to take advantage of special gifts, promotions, and grab bags.


Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA, St. Peter) is searching for someone to serve as Church Secretary. Tasks include but are not limited to serving as the office receptionist, publishing bulletins and announcements as well as the monthly newsletter and the annual report, providing administrative and clerical support to members of staff as well as the church council, committees, teams and other volunteers of the congregation.  This position is part-time, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (some flexibility)  For pay rate and more information or to apply please contact Pastor Joy Ekstedt at 507-934-4786 or
Deadline for submitting a resume/application is October 3, 2016.

"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 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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