Inside Gustavus 

August 31, 2017 | Volume 50, Number 1

President Cabinet Summary   

August 22 Minutes:

1.  Associate Vice President for Human Resources Julie Kline was present to review the new employee orientation program.   

2.  Discussion was held regarding the draft 2017-2018 institutional goals that will be presented to the campus community at the Opening Reception on August 30 and shared with the Board of Trustees at its September meeting.

3.  The 2018 holiday schedule was approved:

Good Friday                        Friday, March 30, 2018
Memorial Day                      Monday, May 28, 2018
Fourth of July                      Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Thanksgiving Day                Thursday, November 22, 2018
Day after Thanksgiving        Friday, November 23, 2018
Floating Holiday                   Monday, December 24, 2018
Christmas Day                     Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Floating Holiday                   Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Floating Holiday                   Thursday, December 27, 2018
Floating Holiday                   Friday, December 28, 2018
Floating Holiday                   Monday, December 31, 2018
New Year’s Day                   Tuesday, January 1, 2019

4.  Discussion was held regarding the agenda for the August 30 Opening Reception.

5.  Following a review of the policy by Provost Kelly, members approved the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Policy as presented.

6.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Academic Affairs position (Grants and Contracts Administrator).

7.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Advancement replacement position (Assistant Director of the Gustavus Fund).

8.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Advancement replacement position (Assistant Director of Programs and Engagement).

9.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Advancement replacement position (Director of Prospect Management).

10.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Dining Service replacement position (PM Cook).

11.  Members approved the hiring of a full-time Admission replacement position (Visit Coordinator).

12.  Members were asked to confirm their participation in the strategic planning work at next week’s faculty retreat.

13.  Members reviewed the dashboard information shared with the Board of Trustees.

14.  Discussion was held regarding a summary of recommendations for improving Gustie Gear-Up developed by the CARE staff (based on feedback from student/parent/employee surveys and a focus group of employees with children who attended the event). Brenda will ask Director of CARE Tom McHugh to facilitate a task force to review and implement, if appropriate, the recommendations provided in the summary.

August 29 Minutes:

1.  President Bergman reviewed the agenda for the September 21-22 Board of Trustees meeting.

2.  Members reviewed a proposed bereavement policy for all employees. Further discussion will be held at the next Cabinet meeting.

3.  Members reviewed a proposed college cancellation/delay/closure policy.  Following discussion, Provost Kelly was asked to facilitate a meeting with Vice President Kennedy, Vice President Rooney, and others to further refine the policy.

4.  Provost Kelly reviewed a draft model of a five-year plan for faculty compensation with a goal of achieving 50th AAUP percentile at all faculty ranks.

5.  Members approved the Employee Technology Use Policy as submitted.

News and Announcements   

Welcome to the Gustavus Class of 2021...First-year students and their families will be on campus on Fri., Sept. 1 for the beginning of orientation weekend. Gustavus faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the hashtag #gusties21 on Move-In Day for any social media posts.

Parking Reminders...Please park according to permit color. Citations for non-registered vehicles in red and green permit lots begins at 7 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 5. Vehicles parked without displaying a valid parking permit or in the wrong colored lot will be cited. Visitor parking is always closed to students and employees and is always enforced. Register in person in the Campus Safety office before parking your vehicle. Campus Safety is reachable 24 hours a day at 507-933-8888 if you have any parking questions.

Please note that on Sat., Sept. 2 the Olin lot is closed for the annual Square Dance. Any vehicles in the Olin lot when setup begins for the dance will be towed at owner's expense. Please park in alternate lots on Saturday.

Reminder to all users of Gustavus Motor Pool Vehicles: 
Certification is required for all Gustavus Motor Pool Vehicle drivers:
-Drivers of cars and 7-person minivans will need to be Defensive Driver online certified before keys will be issued. This certification level is valid for four years.
-Drivers of 8- or 10-person large vans will need to have the online certification as well as behind the wheel instruction through the Motor Pool office. This certification level is valid for two years.

Please take care of your certification needs and plan ahead for fall semester to complete this in a timely manner. To initiate certification, please fill out the web form at the following link:

To check the expiration date of a prior certification or to renew an expired certification, contact Nancy Beran.

State Fair...Remember to wear your Gustie gear to the great Minnesota get together this year. Make sure you stop and visit the Gustavus booth in the Education Building as well.

Campus Activities/Reservations...Please be mindful that the Campus Activities Office and Information Desk will be busy welcoming and orienting more than 600 students to campus from Friday through Monday and to wait with requests for room and table reservations, poster and flier approval, equipment rentals, office keys for students, and the like. Regular office services are, as much as possible, suspended on move-in day. Thank you for your understanding and for the wonderful commitment and support of so many offices over the holiday weekend. Orientation is truly a College-wide effort and new students and families often comment on their positive experience on day one. Thank you! Here is a link to the schedule of events for the weekend.

Help Wanted...An Employee Referral Program is now being offered at Gustavus. Check out this link for details about the program. 

Postal Service Eyes January Rate Hikes...The USPS will raise rates for both market-dominant mail (such as First Class and Marketing Mail) and competitive mail (such as Priority Mail) on Jan. 21, 2018, postal officials told mailing-industry representatives last week. The average rate increases for market-dominant classes are limited by an inflation-based cap, currently close to 2%. 

Save the Date...2017/2018 Remaining All-Employee meetings include:
Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 3:30 pm in Alumni Hall
Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 2:30 pm in Alumni Hall

Gustie Cup Update...We're excited to share the recent Minnesota Cup announcement. As we have just learned, JC Westerlund, winner of the 2016 Gustie Entrepreneur Cup, has advanced to the finalist round of the Minesota Cup. JC's Outdoor Advisor will now compete against two other teams for the title of Student Division Winner and $30,000. JC wasn't the only Gustavus student competing in the MN Cup this summer. We were also represented by Rotimi Edu '17, who made terrific progress on his Venew App. We want to congratulate Rotimi on all the progress he has made with his business this summer. 

Library Hours for Labor Day...Friday, Sept. 1: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 2 & 3: Closed
Monday, Sept. 4: 8 a.m. - 4:45 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   

The Opening Convocation...The opening of the 156th Academic Year at Gustavus Adolphus College will be from 10-10:20 a.m., on September 5, in Christ Chapel. The faculty will process in academic regalia, President Rebecca Bergman is preaching. All are welcome.  

Title IX Training...In campus mail you recently received an updated copy of the brochure entitled “2017-2018 Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students Who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct or Harassment”.  

Please be reminded that all College employees must participate in this required training every academic year. This year, the required Title IX annual training and post-training assessment must be completed before Friday, October 9, 2017.

If you need another copy of the “2017-2018 Faculty and Staff Guide to Helping Students who Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct or Harassment” or have any questions, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Patty Dawson at 507-933-6360 or

If you have not already done so, please attend one of the remaining training sessions:
Thurs., Sept. 7, 9-9:45 a.m. Heritage Room
Wed., Sept. 13, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Heritage Room   

Five Weeks and Counting...The 53rd annual Nobel Conference is less than five weeks away. Be sure to visit for information and answers to most of your questions. Faculty, staff, and students are reminded to secure their one complimentary ticket by going online to The 53rd Nobel Conference invites participants to consider how continuing innovations in reproductive technology challenge us to think about what it means to be human.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • Men's Football hosts Westminster at 1 p.m. Saturday 

In The News

Gustavus football player Karim Ortiz, a native of Cancun, Mexico, was featured in the Star Tribune sports section because of his unique path to the College.

Several Gustavus retirees are quoted in a St. Peter Herald piece about retiring First Lutheran Church pastor Alan Bray, who also mentions the church's partnership with the College.

Two more student-produced Media Literacy Project pieces ran in the Mankato Free Press over the past two weeks.


  • Barbara Blackstad, mother of Rick Blackstad of Campus Safety, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017. A full obituary can be read online
  • Norman Fienen, father of Emeriti Professor David Fienen, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017. 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 campuswide e-mail list, and published in Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop.

Technology Tips

The Technology Helpline is open for the campus community throughout First Year Orientation weekend. 

Our hours are:
Friday, Sept. 1: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2: 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 3: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 4: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

If you have any technology requests or questions, please call 507-933-6111 or email us. We are also available via our Live Chat on the GTS web page.


Housing Opportunity...The Lodge in Saint Peter is now open offering multiple fully-furnished living options on a nightly/weekly/monthly basis. All rooms are beautifully furnished and include most everything you should need for your stay. Cable and wireless internet included. No smoking/no pets. Significant discounts for weekly/monthly rates. View listings on Airbnb or contact Scott Moe (507)382-8338

January Housing Opportunity...I'm leading a January Interim Experience study-abroad for most of January, 2018, and am looking for someone to live in my house and take care of my cats while I'm gone. I can offer you a remote, rent-free cabin on a lake, with a wood burning stove (for ambience and extra heat, there is a propane-fueled furnace and I've pre-bought all the gas you'd need for the month), and affectionate purring creatures to pet as you think, read, or write your next masterpiece. All the comforts of home (snow blower, laundry, roads are plowed, etc.), and just 30 mins. from Saint Peter, and Mankato, and Faribault! The two things I'd ask are no smoking indoors, and no dogs (because of aforementioned cats). If you're interested in a get-away this January, please contact me.

Home for Sale...Retired professor's home for sale, walking distance to Gustavus and South Elementary. Quiet dead end, four bedrooms, computer room, large closets and shelves, new carpet downstairs, smoke free, beautiful grounds. Ready to move in! $135,000. Contact Sara McKay 507-934-6176.

Parenting Group...There is an informal email list for Gustavus employees who are parents of young children to share information about schools and childcare, borrow equipment, etc. Please email Yurie Hong  if you or someone you know would like to be added to the list.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and 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 and 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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