Inside Gustavus 

November 10, 2016 | Volume 49, Number 11

President Cabinet Summary

The President's Cabinet met on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and discussed the following items:

1. President Bergman reviewed the agenda for the Acts Steering Committee Meeting.

2.  Following discussion, members approved the Policy for Submission of Proposals for External Funding and the accompanying External Funding Approval Form.

3.  Members approved the Internal Budget Committee charter as presented.

4.  Vice President Tom Rooney presented immediate and future needs for office space in the Carlson Administration Building. He indicated that President Bergman has asked Facilities Director Fath-Allah Oudghiri to draft suggested office standards for review by the Cabinet.

News and Announcements

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Mail Delivery...There will be no incoming or outgoing USPS mail on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans’ Day. FedEx and UPS will have regular delivery and pick up.

Donations for Partners for Affordable Housing During Gustavus Sleepout...During this year’s Gustavus Sleepout, Sun., Nov.13 - Wed., Nov. 16, students in The Politics of Housing and Homelessness FTS will once again support Partners for Affordable Housing, operators of the Welcome Inn and Theresa House in Mankato, by collecting daily necessities for their operation. There are 11 families staying in these two homes at any one time, and demand is constant for after-school treats for the children staying with them; paper products such as toilet paper, napkins and paper towels; personal hygiene products like shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste; and cleaning supplies. Saint Peter does not have any shelters for people experiencing a temporary or long-term housing crisis. FTS Sleepout participants will be carrying a cardboard box, donated by the Book Mark, to collect any of the above items. Look for them—they will be visible. Additionally, the Book Mark has created hygiene kits for purchase at the registers for a modest charge; purchased kits will also be brought to the two shelters. Thank you in advance for contributing what you can.

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 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. 

Tennis anyone? The Swanson Tennis Center will be having free weekly tennis drills, mixers, and cardio tennis for Gustavus staff and faculty from 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. on Tuesdays. All skill levels are welcome, and there is no obligation to play every week. Please e-mail David at to sign up for a weekly invitation. The first date will be Tuesday, November 15.

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

International Festival...On Saturday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m., the International Cultures Club will sponsor its International Festival in Alumni Hall. The festival is an annual event featuring music, dancing, cultural displays, world cuisines, and a fashion show. All are welcome. Admission is free.

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 #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.

  • Men’s hockey hosts St. Thomas at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11

  • Women’s hockey hosts St. Thomas at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

  • Women’s basketball hosts Martin Luther at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15

Fine Arts Events

Chester A. Johnson Geology Museum
Through early December
Photographs by local artist Kay Helms 

  • November 12   1:30 p.m.  The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller, conductor & Gustavus Wind Symphony, Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor, fall concert
  • November 13   1:30 p.m.  The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, Dave Stamps, director & Adolphus Jazz Ensemble,
    John Engebretson, director, fall concert
  • November 13   3:30 p.m.  The Gustavus Vocal Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos, fall concert, 
    Dave Stamps, Donnie Norton, & Masayoshi Ishikawa, directors

In the Media

Communication studies professor Leila Brammer joined a WCCO Radio panel on Sunday, November 6 to discuss the election.

Political science professor Kate Knutson was interviewed by KEYC yesterday to recap national and state election results.

Photos of Gustavus students following election returns were featured in the St. Peter Herald's coverage of local political races. 


John Rezmerski, English professor emeritus, died on Saturday, November 5 of complications from a stroke. He was 74. Known as "Rez" by students and colleagues alike, he taught in the English department for over 30 years and was recognized for his distinctive ability to relate to students through one-on-one mentoring and advising. A celebrated poet, Rez was described by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as "one of Minnesota's best-known poets and storytellers." After retiring in 2002, he gave public readings and continued to produce poems until his passing. Rez published or contributed poems to over 20 books of poetry during his lengthy career.   A longtime resident of Mankato, Rezmerski is survived by his wife, Lorna Rafness, and three children; Marysia Bubacz, Nicholas Rezmerski, and Peter Jacob (PJ) Rezmerski. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 12 at the Universal Unitarian Fellowship at 937 Charles Avenue, Mankato, Minn.

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. 

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host two overnight youth retreats November 11-12. On campus will be 7th and 8th grade students from Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN.

Off Campus Events of Interest

Ellis Jones Birthday Party... An open house is planned to honor Ellis Jones, emeritus professor, for his 85th birthday. The open house will be held on Sat., Nov. 12 in the Jackson Campus Center from 2-4:30 p.m. Greetings may be sent to 301 South Washington Avenue, Apt. 205, Saint Peter.


House for rent (3 options) in Saint Peter... Located on the north end of Saint Peter right across the street from North Intermediate - great part of town! Rent the basement apartment for $650 (2 bed, 1 bath), the top floor for $1000 (3 bed, 2 bath), or the whole house for $1300 (5 beds, 3 bath). Here are the links to the descriptions:
Contact Dave Newell at 612-709-5683 if you are interested or know of someone who is looking.

For Sale...Maytag Neptune large-capacity washer and dryer (electric), sold only as a pair, $250 for both, you haul. Both are in perfect working order, just down-sizing. Contact Mary at for inquiries.

For Rent... Spacious 1 Bedroom apartment near campus.  301 South Washington Avenue, Size : 725 sq. ft.  Renting to either male or female, available now, $700.00 per month - all utilities included.  Pictures are Available upon request, contact Paul Hart, 415-663-7201 or email

"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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