Inside Gustavus 

March 9, 2017 | Volume 49, Number 25

President Cabinet Summary

February 21

1.  The tentative dates for the summer Cabinet retreat are August 9-10.

2.  The following Cabinet meetings will be held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. to focus on the FY 2018 operating budget and the Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan: April 4, May 2, and May 30.

3.  Discussion was held regarding speakers invited to campus and exploring ways during programming of these events to present multiple perspectives of thought. 

4.  Members discussed projected occupancy in residence halls in FY 2018.  

March 7

1.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Academic Affairs replacement position (Director, Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement).

2.  Members approved the hiring of two full-time Enrollment Management replacement positions (Admission Counselor).

3.  Provost Kelly reviewed the March 13-14 campus visit schedule for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) team of evaluators.

4.  Vice President Rooney reviewed the working draft of the FY 2018 revenue budget that will be shared with the Internal Budget Committee at its meeting this afternoon.

5.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Facilities replacement position (Facilities Office Manager).

6.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Human Resources replacement position (Benefits Specialist).

News and Announcements

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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.  

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 30, 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!

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...Tickets are now available, 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!

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.

Celebration of Learning and Development Call for Proposals...Are you interested in student learning? Have you or your office made a change to a program (e.g., study away, a major, Honors Day, first-year registration etc.) based on feedback or other evidence? Have you made improvements to a course, major, or program in student life? Have you enhanced the development of student leadership or well-being? Have you launched a new initiative that you would like to share with the broader campus?

We invite you to submit a proposal for the inaugural Celebration of Learning and Development!
When: April 19, 3-4:30 p.m.
Where: The Heritage Room, Campus Center
Purpose: To bring together faculty and administrators in an informal event focused on learning and development broadly understood, including student learning and development as well as development of programs and initiatives.
Description: Share your idea in an informal poster session and modeled on the annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry event for students held in May.
The format of your presentation is up to you; your presentation need not be a professional-grade poster, but could involve handouts describing your idea or a live demonstration of your initiative.
Who can present: All faculty, staff and administrators are welcome.

Interested? Just send a brief description (50 words max) of your proposed idea to a member of the organizing committee by March 22.

Organizing Committee:
Eric Dugdale, Angela Erickson, Kasey Linde, Dan Moos, So Young Park, Patricia Reeder

Need help finding funding? Gustavus has a membership to the Grants Resource Center, a database of funding opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Everyone on campus has access. Just contact Sarah Bridges in the Grants Office ( to request login information.

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

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.

HLC Review Team On-Campus Schedule...The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Peer Review Team will be on campus to conduct our accreditation review March 13-14, 2017. The complete schedule for the review is available online at In particular, we ask you to note the open sessions listed below.

  • Monday, March 13, 2017
    10:30-11:20 a.m. Open session in the Heritage Room: Criterion 1 & 2 (Mission & Integrity)
    3:30-5 p.m. Open session in the Heritage Room: Criterion 3 & 4 (Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support & Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement)
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    8-8:50 a.m. Open session in the Heritage Room: Criterion 5 (Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness)
    10:30-11:20 a.m. Drop-in session in the Board Room: If you would like to meet with/provide feedback on a more individualized basis, please use this time. There will be no scheduled/organized program during this session

If you have a Gustavus name tag, please wear it when you meet with reviewers.

The team may request additional meetings during the course of their visit. For this reason, we ask that employees be available during working hours (8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.) these two days in case the Peer Review Team wishes to meet with them.  Please visit for complete information on the site visit and Assurance Argument. Please contact Eric Dugdale ( or Brenda Kelly ( if you have any questions.

2017 Christenson Lecture...The Political Science Department invites all members of the campus and Saint Peter community to the 2017 Ronald S. and Kathryn K. Christenson Lectureship in Politics and Law, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in Wallenberg Auditorium. The Honorable Tanya M. Bransford ’80, Hennepin County District Court Judge, will present on “Confronting Implicit Bias in an Explicitly Biased World.” Judge Bransford will examine the increase in bias-motivated incidents throughout our country, discuss the effect that bias has on our subconscious mind and address strategies to challenge. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the Christenson Lecture, the Bias Prevention Education Committee and student workers from the Diversity Center will be tabling outside the Marketplace during the week of the lecture and outside the upper doors to Wallenberg prior to the lecture. Gustavus community members and lecture attendees can pledge to the Gustavus Unites campaign and state their action to interrupt bias on campus. These statements will be posted in the Jackson Campus Center the week following the lecture, in keeping with the Gustavus Unites goal to demonstrate “unity of the Gustavus campus community against acts of discrimination, bias, and hate in all forms.” 

Teach-In Refugee Policy...Curious about immigration and refugee policy? Concerned about its recent developments? Wondering what will happen next? Come to a Teach-In on March 22, 6:30-8 p.m. in Beck Hall 101 to discuss these topics and learn about the past, present, and future of immigration and refugee policy. Maddalena Marinari (History), Angelique Dwyer (Modern Languages), Bryan Messerly (CICE), and Joaquin Villanueva (Geography) will provide a broad range of perspectives on recent developments before opening the discussion to the floor.

Congregational Outreach 

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host weekend confirmation retreats for Jackson Lake Lutheran Church from Amboy and Bethlehem Lutheran Church from Minneapolis. Students form Jackson Lake Lutheran Church will be on campus from March 10-11. Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be on campus from March 11-12.

Home Athletic Events

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

  • Gymnastics hosts UW-La Crosse at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 10
  • Men’s Tennis hosts St. Olaf at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11
  • Men’s Tennis hosts Saint Mary’s at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11
  • Women’s Tennis hosts Saint Mary’s at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11
  • Women’s Tennis hosts Luther at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11
  • Men’s Tennis hosts Luther at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11
  • Baseball hosts Martin Luther at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 (weather pending)
Fine Arts Events

Saturday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m., Bjorling Recital Hall, The Gustavus Wind Symphony and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra in Concert. 

Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m., Bjorling Recital Hall, Noah Grothe, bass trombone, senior 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.

Last week's blood drive was documented by KEYC as part of their piece on National Red Cross Month.

KEYC covered the 2017 Building Bridges Conference, interviewing keynote speaker Nekima Levy-Pounds.

Technology Tips

Alternate email address -- Do you have one on file?  It is important to have an alternate email address on file in your Gustavus User Settings. An alternate email address recorded allows you to self-reset your Gustavus User Account password. This quick and easy reset option is extremely useful if you forget your Gustavus email password when you are off-campus, traveling abroad, after-hours, or when the College is on break and GTS is unavailable. To set up an alternate email address or modify your alternate email address, please visit: and click on Contact Information.  For more information, please contact the Technology Helpline.
507-933-6111 or


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

Off Campus Event of Interest

Dollars for Scholars...Eat Wings Raise Funds for St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars. On Monday, March 20 from 5-9 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings© will donate 15 percent of your total bill (not including tax, gratuity, alcohol or promotional discounts) to our organization. Funds will be used to provide scholarships to 2017 Saint Peter High School graduates.

Stick it to Cancer...All are welcome to the "Stick it to Cancer" fundraiser in honor of John Wilson, husband of Marie Walker (Psychology). Sponsored by Bulldog Hockey. It is from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, March 10 at the LeSueur Community Center. Open Skate $4/person. Silent Auction. Pizza/Drinks. Skills/Shoot Challenge. Hockey Stick Raffle. All proceeds benefit the Wilson family.
Contact: Sabrina:

Public Forum...Gustavus staff, faculty and students are invited to the following event at 7 p.m. on March 21, at River's Edge Medical Office Building Conference Room, River's Edge Hospital, 1900 N Sunrise Drive, Saint Peter, MN. The River Prairie Network of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light is sponsoring a public forum on a new plan to offer Saint Peter residents the opportunity to subscribe to shares in electricity generated by solar power. This plan grows out of discussions of renewable energy goals developed by the City. Residents will have a chance to learn more about the goals, the subscription plan, fee structures, and other energy options. 

Luck of the Irish...The annual Luck of the Irish, a fundraiser for John Ireland Catholic School, will be held on March 25, at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds. There will be silent and live auctions, a delicious pork dinner from 5-7 pm, Bingo and more. If you are interested in buying a $30 raffle ticket, or $12 dinner ticket, call the school office 507-931-2810 or talk to any John Ireland Family. Tickets will also be available at the door. Everyone age 21 and older is welcome!  The 4th annual Luck of the Irish 7K Fun Run will be held the morning of March 25. A kids .7 mile run will follow the 7K. Register on (search ‘Luck St. Peter’ to find the race).  John Ireland School appreciates the St. Peter community and enjoys welcoming you to our school events! 


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

"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"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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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