Inside Gustavus 

March 2, 2017 | Volume 49, Number 24


News and Announcements

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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 students can attend for free by presenting their Gustavus ID at the door the night of the 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.

Swim Lessons...Swim Lessons with the Gustie's sign up is now open. Maximum class size is three. There will be five classes, each will be 40 minutes beginning April 3 and ending on May 3. Sign up here or contact Luke Weyandt for more information.  

Spring Purposeful Advising and Supervising Workshop Series...Have you ever wanted to have more meaningful interactions with the students you supervise and/or advise? Would you like to get to know them better but aren’t sure how to initiate the conversation? Would you like to help them discover their strengths and passions? If so, this workshop series is for you.

A team of Gustavus faculty and administrators has received a grant to hold a three-workshop series that explores how academic advisers and student employee supervisors can help students more effectively align their talents with their values and goals.

Workshop dates are either Wednesdays from 2:30-4:20 p.m. on March 8, March 15, and April 5 OR Thursdays from 8-9:50 a.m. on March 9, March 16, and April 6. Both sections conclude with a joint event on Friday, May 5 from 8:30-9:50 am.

To apply, complete an on-line application by Friday, March 3:
Student Employment Supervisors:
Academic Advisers:

Guild of St. Lucia Seeking Nominations...The Guild of St. Lucia is seeking nominations of current junior women to be selected for this honor society. The Guild of St. Lucia was established in 1958 to honor women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College. Fifteen juniors are elected each year. Please submit names to Guild adviser, Barb Larson Taylor .

Dance Opportunity for Kids…Karolina Stark ’17, Religion/Dance Honors is excited to be choreographing a dance as a part of the community worship service on Sunday April 30th at 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel. She is inviting children ages 6+ to join her company in dancing to the last verse of Down to the River to Pray. If you know of children who would be interested in participating, please contact her at The tentative plan is to have a two-hour rehearsal on April 23 and another on April 29. A final time schedule will be determined based on the number of participants. No dance experience needed!

Spring 2017 Staff Directories are now available in your departments. Additional copies (lavender in color) are available from the Telecommunications Office. Got extras? Please return them to our office as well. 

Faculty Award Nominations…Each academic year, Gustavus recognizes the contributions faculty make to the life of the institution. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to nominate faculty for the awards listed below. Award nominations are due on April 15, 2017; nominate online at:

Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching: This award is the highest honor granted to a member of the Gustavus faculty. It represents a broadly-shared desire to celebrate one teacher in each academic year who has demonstrated truly outstanding effort, accomplishment, and dedicated service to Gustavus students’ best educational interests.

**NEW** Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence to a Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Member: This award recognizes a Gustavus non-tenure-track faculty member for significant contributions to teaching and learning.

Gustavus Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award: This award is intended to be the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished scholarly accomplishments.

Gustavus Faculty Service Award: This award is intended to be the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished service activities.

Dance Concert Tickets on Sale Friday....Tickets will be available at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 3 either online or by calling 507-933-7590 for the Department of Theatre & Dance production of Between Heaven and Earth: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert. Performances will be held March 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on March 19 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.
Between Heaven and Earth: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert
March 17-18 at 8 p.m. | March 19 at 2 p.m. | Anderson Theatre
Michele Rusinko and Melissa C. Rolnick, Directors
Choreographer Crystal Pite wrote "Dance disappears almost at the moment of its manifestation. It is an extreme expression of the present, a perfect metaphor for life. Dancers sculpt space in real time, working inside a form that is constantly in a state of vanishing.” Please join Gustavus faculty Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, and Melissa Rolnick, student choreographers Samantha Heggem '17, Nicole McGuigan '17, and guest choreographers Kemal Nance and Katy Becker '02, as we capture and present these fleeting moments when body and reath become dance.

It is Scholarship Thank You Time...The Office of Advancement needs your help to remind students that if they were the recipients of a named or endowed scholarship, their thank yous to their donors are due April 4, 2017. It is so important that students take the time to fill out the online form to say thank you. If you would be willing and able to remind your advisees or your student workers, you can send them this email (please feel free to use your own flair):

Please say thank you!

Just a friendly reminder that scholarship thank yous are due April 4, 2017.

Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends have given millions of dollars to establish scholarships at Gustavus because they believe in the importance of a liberal arts education—and they believe fully in you. Their gifts directly impact you and your financial aid, please take a few minutes out to tell them thank you, and that their support means a great deal to you and your family.

The link will be in your email ( if you don't receive a link and wish to say thank you, email Maggie Forster '09, donor relations in the Office of Advancement at or call her at 507-933-6513.

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

Farewell...Please join the campus community at a farewell reception for Jaime Hollis, Director of the Diversity Center from 2:30-4 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017 in the Diversity Center. Jaime has accepted a position in Washington state and will be leaving Gustavus. Stop in to say thanks to Jaime for her contributions to the College and to wish Jaime and her family well.

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.

Reception with the 2017 Lindau Resident in Conservative Thought...Faculty and staff are invited to an informal reception to meet Dr. Robert George, the 2017 Lindau Resident in Conservative Thought at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3 in the Konferensrum. Dr. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the President of the United States Council on Bioethics, a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and a member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. In 2009 the New York Times declared him to be the most influential conservative Christian thinker in America.

Building Bridges...The 22nd annual Building Bridges conference, Uprooting Injustice: Fostering the Growth of Grassroots Movements, is this Saturday, March 4. Tickets are free for all Gustavus students, faculty, and staff, so make sure to get yours! You can get tickets at the Campus Activities Office desk or online.  

We will be hosting Nekima Levy-Pounds, mayoral candidate for Minneapolis, and Winona LaDuke, a renowned environmental activist, as our keynote speakers, and social arts activist Naomi Natale as our highlighted workshop. There will also be assorted workshop speakers and an interactive action piece. For more information and the full conference schedule, check out the Building Bridges page.  

Retirement Celebration...Please join the Office of Marketing and Communication on Friday, March 10, as we say farewell to Al Behrends. Al is retiring after 40 years of service to the College! The reception will be held in the Heritage Room from 2:30-4 p.m. with a program starting at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Men’s Tennis hosts UW-Whitewater at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 4

  • Women’s Tennis hosts Macalester at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 4

  • Men’s Tennis hosts Macalester at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 4

Fine Arts Events

Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m., Bjorling Recital Hall, A Jazz Composition Faculty Recital, featuring David Stamps, trombone; Masayoshi Ishikawa, piano; Donnie Norton, saxophones; with Graydon Peterson, bass and Cory Healey, drums.

Sunday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m., Bjorling Recital Hall, Alvin Kong, piano, student recital.

Sunday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m., Bjorling Recital Hall, Calvin Kong, piano, student recital.

Currently on display through April 23, 2017, in the Hillstrom Museum of Art:
Made in U.S.A.: Rosenquist/Ruscha, and Recent Acquisitions 

In the Media

The Mankato Free Press announced hours for the current exhibition of pop art and recent acquisitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

This weekend's Building Bridges conference on grassroots organization was highlighted by the Mankato Free Press.

KEYC featured Kaitlyn Klein '18, a Gustavus women's hockey player who was named to the All-MIAC team after suffering a serious injury last season.

Julie Gilbert (Library) is mentioned in a Mankato Free Press piece on journalism and "fake news."

Head women's basketball coach Laurie Kelly is profiled in the Star Tribune as the team prepares for the NCAA Division III tournament.


Barbara Marie (Sue) VanDuser, mother of Bruce VanDuser, (Health and Exercise Science), died Sunday, February 26. Services will be held in Texas.


Furniture For Sale...Walnut bed frame, sage green sectional sofa, black leather rocking chair and footstool, IKEA pine high table. Contact Bethany Valentini for more info at

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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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