Inside Gustavus 

May 11, 2017 | Volume 49, Number 33

News and Announcements

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King Lear Tickets...Tickets are available online at or by calling 507-933-7590 for the Department of Theatre & Dance production of William Shakespeare's King Lear. Performances will be held May 12 & 13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on May 14 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.

On the wings of soaring Elizabethan poetry, Shakespeare confronts utterly contemporary questions of identity. We witness dramatic struggles between power and madness, parents and children, honesty and betrayal. At its core, the play explores our eternal battle with that unrelenting adversary – time. In the title role, Professor Emeritus Robert Gardner will join our talented Gustie actors in what many critics call Shakespeare's greatest masterpiece.

Nobel 2017 Sneak Peek...Invite Nobel Conference fans in your circle of friends to join Gustavus faculty on campus for a Nobel Conference Sneak Peek weekend August 4-6. Margaret Bloch Qazi, Colleen Jacks and Mary Gaebler, along with conference chair Yurie Hong, will give attendees a "crash course" in some of the scientific and ethical concepts that will be explored during the conference. Conference-related movies, small group conversations, and good food will round out the weekend's activities. See details at the conference website

Gustie Virtual Book Club...Join the over 375 Gustavus alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students who have already joined the Gustie Virtual Book Club! Initial registration closes on May 14. Once you register your email, you'll receive notification of the first title and instructions for next steps.  Participation is COMPLETELY FREE for Gustie students, staff, alumni and friends!  Visit to learn more and join today!

Title IX Website...Title IX and the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Task Force have worked diligently this spring semester to create a brand new Title IX website for sexual misconduct prevention and resources. Please take time to explore the new addition to the Gustavus website at

Commencement Ushers...Any students or staff who are willing to serve as commencement ushers this year should contact Lorie Siebels in the Office of Marketing and Communication at 933-7520. Plan to arrive by 11:45 a.m. and stay through the start of the ceremony at 2 p.m. 

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

Gustie Cup...The 2017 Gustie Entrepreneur Cup will take place on May 13, 2017, starting at 2 p.m. This year the judges will allocate $10,000 in prizes and the first-prize winner will automatically progress to the semi-finals of the Minnesota Cup. Click here for details. All Gustavus community members are invited to attend the cup and the subsequent dinner. Please register here if you're planning to attend. 

Faculty and Administration Service Awards...The Alumni Association will honor and recognize 2017 faculty and administrator retirees and years of service, with a reception and dinner, starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 in the Campus Center Banquet Rooms. The cost is $15/person and registration is available online at Please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at x7511 or with any questions. Those who will be recognized at the dinner include:

     10 Years of Service

  • Ana Adams, associate professor of Spanish; LALACS, and gender, women and sexuality studies
  • Kari Clark ‘91, principal gift officer in advancement and gift planning
  • James Dontje, chair and director of Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation
  • Sean Easton, associate professor in classics and director in peace studies
  • Eric Elias, continuing lab instructor in biology
  • Rolf Erdahl, adjunct assistant professor of bass in music and music instrumental
  • Yurie Hong, associate professor in classics and gender, women and sexuality studies
  • Jessica Imholte, lab instructor in chemistry
  • Jeff Jenson, associate professor in library and college and Lutheran church archivist
  • Andrea Junso, director of campus activities
  • Kent Kalm, visiting instructor in health and exercise science
  • Kristen Lowe, associate professor in art and art history
  • Micah Maatman, associate professor and dean of arts and humanities in provost’s office
  • Henry MacCarthy, associate professor in theatre and dance and LALACS
  • Sharon Mautner-Rodger, ajunct instructor of cello in music and music instrumental
  • Mary McHugh, associate professor of classics
  • Daniel Moos, associate professor in education, assessment director in education
  • Rachel More, visiting instructor in health and exercise science
  • Amanda Nienow, associate professor in chemistry
  • Aaron Nienow, adjunct instructor and technology coordinator in math, computer science/statistics
  • Lindsey Owens, senior associate dean of admission
  • Neely Prenzlow, director of design services in marketing and communication
  • Sanjive Qazi, continuing lab instructor in biology
  • Lisa Rinehart, director of the counseling center
  • Melissa Rolnick, associate professor in theatre and dance
  • Sarah Ruble, associate professor in religion
  • Corey Shea, assistant football coach, co-defensive coordinator
  • Grady St. Dennis ’92, chaplain and director of church relations
  • Laura Triplett, associate professor in geology and environmental studies
  • Kathi Tunheim, associate professor in economics and management and special assistant to the president for strategy

     15 Years of Service

  • Aaron Banks, professor of health and exercise science
  • Jeff Dahlseid ’90, associate professor of biology and chemistry
  • Casey Elledge, associate professor of religion
  • Jeffrey Jeremiason, associate professor of chemistry and environmental studies
  • Brenda Kelly, provost and dean of the faculty and associate professor in chemistry and biology
  • Matthew Panciera, associate professor in classics
  • Janine Wotton, associate professor in psychology science and neuroscience

     20 Years of Service

  • Steve Bennett, associate dean of students
  • Leila Brammer, professor in communication studies and gender, women and sexuality studies
  • Mike Carroll, head women’s hockey coach
  • John Cha, associate professor in religion and Japanese studies
  • Donna Hewitt, director of admission operations in admission
  • Debra Pitton, professor in education
  • Amy Seham, professor in theatre and dance and gender, women and sexuality studies

     25 Years of Service

  • Jolene Christensen, assistant to the president and secretary to the board of trustees
  • Naomi Quiram ’78, director in print and mail services
  • Donald Scheese, professor in English and environmental studies
  • Patricia Snapp, associate professor in music and voice area coordinator
  • Bruce VanDuser, associate professor in health and exercise science 

     30 Years of Service

  • Barbara Fister, professor in library science
  • Michael Hvidsten, professor in math, computer science and statistics

     40 Years of Service

  • Al Behrends ’77, director of fine arts


  • Al Behrends ’77, director of fine arts
  • Deborah Goodwin, associate professor in religion and environmental studies
  • Douglas Huff, professor in philosophy
  • James Welsh, associate professor in geology and environmental studies
  • Donald Scheese, professor in English and environmental studies 

Farewell for Chaplain Brian Konkol...Wednesday, May 17 daily sabbath will feature the Morning Praise Liturgy and a special sending for Chaplain Brian Konkol. Chaplain Konkol has accepted an offer to serve as Dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse Univesrity in New York. He will begin on July 15. In order to celebrate his service to the college, we will follow the Morning Praise liturgy featuring the Gustavus Choir, and will also include remarks from President Rebecca Bergman and Chaplain Konkol. We will serve light refreshments following the service at the north entrance of Christ Chapel.  For more information on Chaplain Konkol's appointment at Syracuse University, please see:

All-Employee Meeting...The meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 in Alumni Hall. All employees are encouraged to attend to hear a progress report on the 2016-17 institutional goals and an update on the 2017-18 operating budget.

Gustavus Employee Picnic 2017...The Gustavus Employee Picnic will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. There will be a full picnic menu and entertainment by Jared Sherlock, illusionist and comic magician.

Home Athletic Events

  • Men’s Tennis hosts the NCAA Regional Tournament Friday, May 12-Sunday, May 14

  • Athletics Department hosts the Third Annual Golden Gusties Awards Banquet at 6:15 p.m. Monday, May 15

Fine Arts Events 

The Hillstrom Museum of Art 

May 6 – 28, 2017

Studio Art Majors Exhibition - Vanishing Point: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2017

Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday


Saturday, May 13, 1:30 p.m.  Gustavus Wind Symphony, Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor 

Saturday, May 13, 3:30 p.m. Hannah Jakel, soprano, student recital

Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. Gustavus Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller, conductor

Sunday, May 14, 1:30 p.m. Brassworks! 2017

Sunday, May 14, 3:30 p.m. Emma Johnson, soprano & Jessica Backes, flute, junior honors recital

Sunday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. Spring Handbell Choir Concert, Chad Winterfeldt, conductor


May 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. and May 14 at 2 p.m.  - King Lear, featuring Rob Gardner, guest performer
Tickets are now available online at or by calling 507-933-7590.

In the Media

KEYC Television covered the Linnaeus Arboretum's woodland wildflower planting with students from John Ireland Catholic School.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune was on campus for the MAYDAY! Peace Conference and ran a Sunday feature focusing on speaker Thomas Drake, an NSA whistleblower.


John Wilson, husband of Marie Walker (Psychological Science) and father to Alex and Sofie, died on Tuesday, May 9 after an intense and courageous battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be shared via John's Caring Bridge site .

Virginia Farrell, former employee of Gustavus, died on May 7. Her full obituary can be read online.  

Joyce Elaine Berna (Gustafson) Olsen, mother of Cinde Wiebusch (CARE, CICE) died on May 7. A full obiturary can be read online.  

Technology Tip

Phishing is the process of asking for sensitive information (usernames/passwords/bank account numbers) through email with the intent of fraudulently using this information. For more information, please visit:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding a suspicious email message, please call 507-933-6111 or email the Technology Helpline

The Technology Helpline will never ask you for your email password.

Off Campus Event of Interest

25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive...America’s largest one-day food drive is Saturday, May 13. Help #StampOutHunger on Sat., May 13—place a bag (or bags) of non-perishable food for your letter carrier to take to a LOCAL food pantry.

Senior Summer Safety at the Saint Peter Community Center...Officers Travis Sandland and Dave Arpin will present a short program on scam prevention, general safety, and being vigilant over the long summer months. Don’t forget that school-age children will have a whole extra month off this summer! Light refreshments will be served. Wednesday, May 17 from 11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m., Saint Peter Community Center Room 219. Free.

LIFE: Learning is ForEver Presents ‘The Irish Famine and its Effect on Irish and American history, 1845-1945’ at the Saint Peter Community Center...For seven years, from 1845-1852, Ireland experienced a devastating famine that killed approximately one million people and forced another million to leave the country in the hopes of survival. The majority of those who left came to America. This program examines the period 1845-1945 and explores how “The Great Hunger” changed the course of history, not only of Ireland but of the United States as well.  Tue., May 9, 9–11 a.m., Saint Peter Community Center, Rm. 219, Register in person, by phone 934–3048 or online at, $5.

Swedish Kontur Showcase...The Swedish Kontur is hosting a showcase of Finnish designer Oiva Toikka's art glass birds on Friday, May 12. In addition to learning about Toikka's masterpieces, shoppers can enjoy delicious Swedish beverages and treats. Toikka's Ruddy Duck, a limited collection of 300, will also be available. Each Ruddy Duck is signed and numbered. Enjoy this wonderful event with us.

Check out ther summer reading program at the St. Peter Library May 19 – July 29...This summer, we will build a better world through books, activities, art and more. Every child; preschooler, school age, Tween or Teen is sure to enjoy this summer’s program.  

Free Family Events:  See the calendar of events posted on the library website, or at the library. There is something for everyone.

Storytimes: Guest storytime readers will be at the library most Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Check out Evening Storytimes with Annie on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Reading Logs, Brag Tags, and Read Beads: Pick up a Brag Tag and Necklace or Key Chain and a reading log.  Read for 10 days, receive 10 read beads for your necklace or key chain! Keep reading all summer long to build your unique keepsake.

Teen Program: Those going into grades 6 and up will receive scratch-off tickets when they check out books.  One in four tickets is a winner.  Big Winners in each category and non-winning tickets go into a drawing for a Fire Tablet.

Join us we build a better world this summer! 

Lego Day • Lower Sioux Agency Pottery • Moo! Storywalk • MN Center for Book Arts:  Pop-up Books • Climb Theatre • Folding Block Workshop • David Landau, Musician • Reading Marathon •Ten Pigs Storywalk • LumpWorld STEM Challenge •Battle of the Books •Family Box Building Event Draw a Better World Drawing Class

The St. Peter Library is found at 601 S. Washington St., St. Peter. 507/382-2796


Housing opportunity...Both long and short-term -- for new and visiting 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

For Rent…Summer Sublease June 1 - Aug. 15, 2017, $640/month but we will negotiate it.  Ashland Apartment, 443 Ashland Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102, quiet one bed room Apt. Perfect for one person, studio type apt. Walking distance to very nice restaurants. Furnished, AC, you pay only electricity. No smoking, no pets please. We prefer to rent to the person who commits to the entire summer.  Contact Yumiko Oshima-Ryan

For Sale...I'm moving back to China after May and have three pieces of furniture to sell. The ad for desk is here. The original price was $340+ and now it's valued at least $160. If you are determined to buy it and pay $30 in advance, I can lower the price to $120, and the lamp & clock are free. The ad for dresser is here. Originally it was $70 and now I only ask for $30. *Both of them are available after 5/24 and please pick them before 5/26.* (The dresser can go a little earlier.) I also have a mattress Queen size which only ask for $30. It's in good condition. If you are interested and have questions please contact me at

Looking for treasures? Cleaning out your house or res hall room? Love supporting a great cause?...A Garage Sale Fundraiser for Royal Family Kids Camp will be held on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 in Lund Center (Blue Forum). Please consider donating items, coming to shop, or volunteering your time!

TO DONATE: Donations of items will be accepted all day Thursday, May 18 (10am-8pm) in the Lund forum (no electronics, TV's, refrigerators, microwaves, large furniture). Items should be clean and in good condition.

TO SHOP: The sale will be open from 12-6pm on Friday, May 19 and from 9am-1pm on Saturday, May 20.

TO VOLUNTEER: Please contact Lindsey Owens. We have many shifts available!

Royal Family Kids Camp serves local youth who are connected to the social services system. We provide a week-long all-expenses paid summer camp experience where these vulnerable kids are celebrated and treated "royally."

"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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