Inside Gustavus 

November 3, 2016 | Volume 49, Number 10

President Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 1 and discussed the following items:

  1. Members approved hiring a full-time Admission replacement position (Admission Counselor).
  2. In preparation for the planning process for the FY 2018 budget, discussion was held regarding the charter and membership of the Internal Budget Committee. Conversation will be held at the next Cabinet meeting regarding assumptions for the FY 2018 budget.
  3. Associate Vice President for Human Resources Julie Kline was present to give Cabinet members an update on the progress on the new regulations for the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  4. In support of the recommendation from the College’s insurance broker, the Benefits Advisory Committee, and Human Resources Office regarding 2017 benefits, members approved moving forward with an enhanced benefits package as presented. Enrollment meetings will be held soon.
  5. Provost Brenda Kelly gave an update on the work being conducted on the general education curriculum. The current framework was presented and discussed at last Friday’s faculty meeting.
  6. Provost Kelly also gave an update on the implementation of the new program for long-term contingent faculty.
  7. Members approved hiring a full-time Advancement replacement position (Gift Planner).
  8. Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) President Paul Cerkvenik was present to discuss the work of MPCC.

News and Announcements

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Benefit Option Meetings...Open enrollment benefit explanation meetings will take place during the week of November 7 in Alumni Hall. These meetings are for Gustavus benefit eligible employees. Plan to attend one of these sessions to learn about your 2017 benefits.

There are several sessions available and space is limited so once you select your date and time, you will be unable to make changes. Please click on this link to select your meeting time.  

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions… A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, 2016. To schedule an appointment, go to or call (800) 732-8353, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

Have you heard...? Exciting changes are on the horizon for our Gustavus alumni events. Join the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement for a wine and cheese reception from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 9 in the Three Crowns Room. Learn more about the switch to a spring reunion weekend for all classes, expanded opportunities for distinguished alumni engagement and affinity-based gatherings at homecoming, and how you and your department can get involved. Please contact Angela Erickson '01,  or at x7595 with any questions. Hope to see you there.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets On Sale...Employees and students each receive one free ticket for Christmas in Christ Chapel, happening December 2, 3, & 4. Tickets are available now. Christmas in Christ Chapel 2016: Ubuntu, Jesu: From the Cradle of Humankind to the Ends of the Earth, celebrates unity by connecting the incarnation of Christ with the creation of humankind in Africa. Ushers are also requested for each service. All ushers may stay for the service at no cost (a great way for family members to attend for free).  For more information, visit or contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520. 

Tickets are now available online or by calling 507-933-7590 for the Department of Theatre & Dance production of More Light by Bryony Lavery. Performances will be held November 17, 18, 19 at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee performance on November 20 at 2 p.m. Gustavus students and staff are entitled to one free ticket for the production. Other tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and other students. Tickets not sold before the event will be placed on sale one hour prior to curtain at the Anderson Theatre box office.

More Light
By Bryony Lavery
November 17-19 at 8 p.m. | November 20 at 2 p.m. | Anderson Theatre
Henry MacCarthy, Director | Aaron Bogen'16, Original Music and Sound Design
This daring story takes us deep within the tomb of a powerful Emperor in a faraway land, where his wives that never bore him sons, have been sealed alive with the former ruler. The play examines the lives of these women and their relationships, as they struggle with moral choices and survival. A poetic, breathtaking journey of loss, discovery and empowerment. 

Phone Books Available...The local Saint Peter and area Mankato phone books are now both available in the switchboard office of Telecommunications in the lower level of Olin Hall. Stop by for updated copies at your convenience.

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

Hmong New Year...Come celebrate the Hmong New Year with Hmong American Cultural Outreach from 5 - 7 p.m. on Sat. Nov. 5 in Alumni Hall.   Doors open at 4:30 p.m. There will be free admission, food, entertainment, and an after party from 8-10 p.m. featuring The Immortal Brothers Band. This  event is centered around Minority Arts in American Culture.  We are excited to announce that our special guest this year is Kao Kalia Yang. She will be speaking about how she expresses art through writing and education. We will also be featuring her newest book called "The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father".

CICE Webinar Series...The CICE and the Provost's office are sponsoring three lunchtime webinars on topics related to intercultural teaching and integrating international students in classrooms and on campus. These webinars are open to all interested faculty, staff, and administrators. Feel free to bring your lunch along.

  • Webinar #2: "Design and Implementation of a Research-Based Pedagogy in Support of Intercultural Learning as a Developmental and Formative Process with an Interculturally Sensitive Study Body as a Goal"
    Thursday, November 10, 12-1 p.m., Old Main 205
  • Webinar #3: "Integrating International Students: The Role of Data, Relationships, and Tenacity”
    Friday, November 11, 12-1 p.m., Board Room

Additional details about each webinar (presenters and topics) are available.

HLC Interim Report Feedback Sessions…The College Accreditation Committee is drafting the HLC interim report that is due on December 31, 2016. A copy of the interim report draft will be shared with the community around November 11, 2016. Community feedback on the report draft is valued and will be received by the College Accreditation Committee in two ways: an online Google form and through open feedback sessions, occurring as follows:

Thursday, November 17 at 10:30-11:20 a.m. in the Konferensrum (Campus Center 203A)
Monday, November 21 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Board Room (Campus Center 201)
Tuesday, November 22 at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Rundquist Room (Campus Center 210)

The committee invites feedback on this draft on or before November 22, so that the report can be finalized for a timely submission in December. This report will inform our HLC on-campus, comprehensive evaluation visit scheduled to take place on March 13-14, 2017. Thank you for your feedback and participation in this important process.

Home Athletic Events

Check the athletics page for updates and support the Golden Gusties at one or more of these home athletic events this week.

  • Volleyball hosts St. Thomas at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3
  • Men’s hockey hosts UW-Stevens Point at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4
  • Swimming & Diving hosts UW-Stevens Point and MSU-Mankato at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
  • Football hosts St. Thomas at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
  • Women’s hockey hosts UW-Stevens Point at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8

Fine Arts Events

Hillstrom Museum of Art
September 12 – November 6, 2016
FINAL WEEKEND:  Exhibition closes at 5 p.m. on Sun. Nov. 6

Animal and Sporting Paintings in the Penkhus Collection: The Very English Ambience of It All

Chester A. Johnson Geology Museum
Through early December

Photographs by local artist Kay Helms 

Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m., Fall Concert by the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Ruth Lin, conductor, in Björling Recital Hall

November 6-7, 2016 Gustavus Honor Bands Festival with over 250 high school musicians from 54 high schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota in attendance.

Monday, November 7, 7:00 p.m., the 2016 Gustavus Honor Bands Festival Concert in Christ Chapel


For Sale...4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house very close to campus. Bathrooms and kitchen have been updated. Perfect for Gustavus students or faculty. Contact Bethany Valentini for more information.

For Sale...Upright piano, antique rolltop desk, misc. other furniture for sale. Call Barbara at 507-993-5575 or email at

"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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