Inside Gustavus 

February 9, 2017 | Volume 49, Number 21


President Cabinet Summary

1.  Members reviewed the activities surrounding the January Board meeting and expressed appreciation to those employees who made presentations at the Board’s strategic discussion session on Thursday afternoon.

2. Members discussed the final agenda for the February 9 all-employee meeting, including progress of the 2016-2017 institutional goals.

3. Members approved the hiring of a full-time Student Life replacement position (Director of Diversity Center).

4. Members approved the hiring of a full-time Finance Office replacement position (Associate Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis).

5. Vice President Rooney shared a timeline for the preparation of the FY 2018 operating budget.

6. Vice President Young reported that the first weekend in June after Commencement has been confirmed for the timing of all alumni class reunions.  This timing will be evaluated after a five-year cycle.

7. Discussion was held regarding the positive comments about the employee enhancement sessions.  President Bergman and Vice President Rooney will continue discussions on timing and attendance at these sessions.

8.  Discussion was held regarding the residence hall capacity and anticipated enrollment for 2017-2018.  Vice President VanHecke will continue conversations with Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Kirk Carlson and Dean of Admission Rich Aune through the spring semester concerning 2017-2018 enrollment.

News and Announcements

Visit Gustie Newswire for more news...

Join the group...If you are a Gustavus employee and would like to join an informal email list for parents where folks can ask questions, share information, organize get-togethers, etc., please contact Yurie Hong.

High School Tournaments on Campus...Starting next week through mid-March Gustavus is hosting numerous high school basketball and hockey play-off games in Lund Center. These events will happen at least once per week and will bring a large number of off-campus guests as fans for each game. The games start in the late afternoon or evening and will be posted on the College calendar. Please allow extra time to secure a parking location if you are coming to campus during these events.

Garrison Keillor Tickets Available...Garrison Keillor is performing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, in Christ Chapel as part of his Gratitude Tour. The evening with Mr. Keillor will feature a mixture of stories and songs in the style that made him a beloved American icon. Tickets are $25 for general public, $10 for Gustavus employees (limit one per employee), and student tickets are free, but students must request a ticket for this event. Order tickets online. via phone at 507-933-7520, or in-person at the Information Desk in the Jackson Campus Center. Tickets are going fast! If you would like to attend, please order your ticket now.

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

Ballot Bowl Champions Award Reception...Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will honor Gustavus students as winners of the Ballot Bowl at an award reception at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13 in the Anderson Hall Atrium. Sixty three percent of Gustavus students registered to vote as part of the competition, the highest turnout among the 68 colleges and universities competing in Minnesota. All students and employees are invited to attend the short presentation and to meet the Secretary of State. 

Exploring Religious Questions "Faith, Science, and Ethics" will continue from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, February 13 in Olin 103. In session two of four, Gustavus Chaplain Siri Erickson will lead a discussion about models of engagement between science and religion. This course is open to the public but requires registration. Any questions can be directed to Cyndi Berg in the Office of Church Relations.

PASO Film Screening...PASO cordially invites the campus community to attend the screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, 13th, by Ava DuVernay. The event is one of PASO's initiatives for Black History Month. It will be on Wednesday, February 15, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Wallenberg Auditorium. Following the screening, a panel with Gustavus professors Sean Easton, Greg Kaster, Jill Locke, and Kate Wittenstein will reflect on the movie and participate in a question-and-answer session.

Farewell...The Provost's Office invites the Gustavus community to join us as we say goodbye and best wishes to CARE Director, Margo Druschel. We will host a farewell open house for Margo on Friday, February 17 from 1:30-3 p.m. in Anderson Hall's Bruce and Susan Edwards Atrium. Refreshments will be served. We hope you will stop by to wish Margo well in her future endeavors.

Wallenberg Lecture...Climate Refugees: An Unrecognized Challenge at Home and Abroad Lecture

The 2017 Wallenberg Lecture will be given by Dr. Maria Cristina Garcia on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall of Science. During the lecture, "Climate Refugees: An Unrecognized Challenge at Home and Abroad," García will discuss challenges that lie ahead, both for the people who will be displaced by environmental changes, and the countries that will be forced to give them refuge. For more information, visit

According to the International Organization for Migration and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate-driven migration could reach as high as 150 million by 2050. This will have major policy implications for the United States—and the international community— affecting immigration polices, humanitarian aid and economic development programs, health policies, human rights, and foreign relations. Though journalists and aid workers frequently call these displaced persons "refugees,” they are not legally recognized as such by most countries, and therefore not entitled to resettlement or humanitarian assistance.

María Cristina García, PhD, is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History and professor in Latino Studies Program at Cornell University.

Dignity Project: Invitation to Share Your Story and Listen...All employees are invited to participate in circle conversations hosted by the Dignity Project at Gustavus this March. We will facilitate small gatherings for people to share their personal stories of experiencing violations of their dignity in the course of their work here. We believe that in telling and listening to these stories, positive change becomes possible for individuals and we can keep moving toward a culture of renewed trust on campus. Circles will meet for 90 minutes; please indicate your preference for a day/time at this link: Contact Jeff Dahlseid (Biology/Chemistry) or Neal Hagberg (Tennis and Life Camps at Gustavus) for additional information.
What is the Dignity Project?
The Dignity Project at Gustavus affirms the inherent value of all people and asserts that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity. As individuals and as a community, we do at times fail to honor the inherent worth and value of others. We share concern for those in our community who have experienced or are experiencing violations of their dignity and seek to create opportunities for people to courageously and safely tell their stories and be heard by colleagues.

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Gymnastics hosts Hamline at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
  • Women’s hockey hosts Bethel at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
  • Men’s tennis hosts UW-Eau Claire, Hamline, and Northwestern-St. Paul on Saturday, Feb. 11
  • Women’s tennis hosts Hamline and Northwestern-St. Paul on Saturday, Feb. 11
  • Men’s hockey hosts Bethel at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

Fine Arts Events

February 11, 1:30 p.m., Home Concert by the Gustavus Wind Orchestra In Björling Recital Hall

February 11, 7:30 p.m., Home Concert by the Gustavus Choir in Christ Chapel

February 12, 1:30 p.m., Faculty Recital with Karrin Meffert-Nelson, clarinet; Rebecca Arons, cello; Susan Billmeyer, piano
and Szu Ling Wu, piano

February 13, 7-9 p.m., Hillstrom Museum of Art Opening Reception for Made in U.S.A.: Rosenquist/Ruscha, and Recent Acquisitions

In the Media

The St. Peter Herald and Mankato Free Press highlighted Garrison Keillor's upcoming appearance in Christ Chapel this April.

Director of the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation Jim Dontje was quoted in a Mankato Free Press article about renewable energy policies in Minnesota.

Gustavus women's basketball coach Laurie Kelly was profiled in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Chaplain Brian Konkol's latest reflection for the Huffington Post, "The Protest of Protestants is Justified," was published on February 2.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...Church Relations will be hosting a youth group from Cross Lutheran Church of Maplewood from Thursday February 9 until Saturday February 11.


Richard Dahn, Father of Rick Dahn (Custodial), died Thursday, Feb. 2.  Services were held earlier this week.  A 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. 


Housing opportunity -- both long- and short-term -- for new and visiting women faculty, staff, and administrators (including commuters who wish to stay just a few nights a week). I own and live in a beautifully restored Victorian house on Minnesota Square Park, centrally located, perfect for someone who wants to walk to campus (just a few blocks up the hill), downtown, etc. Renter has own private room, shared bath, and use of kitchen and laundry in the house. Non-smoking, no pets. For more information, please email

Housing need...New Gustavus faculty person looking for an affordable two-bedroom rental in the Saint Peter-Mankato area starting mid-February through the end of May. Please contact Anna at

For Sale by owner...Beautifully renovated and updated historic home on N 3rd St. Building was the original Norwegian Lutheran Church of St. Peter. May be used as a single family home or as a duplex as it is set up to be either. Contact Lois Peterson at 507- 380- 5251 or 

CSA Shares for Sale... Dan Zimmerli '16 has some CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for sale for the 2017 season. Get fresh, seasonal produce, delivered weekly grown by Dan. For more information contact

"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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