Inside Gustavus 

September 14, 2017 | Volume 50, Number 3

President Cabinet Summary   

1.  Discussion was held regarding the Board of Trustees meeting in Sweden in June 2018.

2. Members approved the hiring of a Student Life replacement position (Administrative Assistant, Counseling Center).

3. Provost Kelly shared the institutional student learning outcomes draft proposed by the College-wide Assessment Committee. The Committee will be seeking the endorsement of the ISLOs from the faculty and other groups

4. To better reflect the work/activities of the office, members confirmed a name change – Office of Government Grants and Sponsored Programs to Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

News and Announcements   

Identity Theft...For employees impacted by the Equifax data breach and who also carry identity theft insurance through IDShield, you are recommend to go to and set up your online account to begin your monitoring. Afterwards, you may download the IDShield mobile app on your smart phone. IDShield provides licensed private investigators with 24/7 emergency access in the mobile app.

A Royal Affair - A Gustie Gala...Get your crown on for the biennial A Royal Affair fundraiser happening Saturday, November 11, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Mall of America. Enjoy an evening of incredible food, drinks, music, dancing, and spectacular silent and live auctions. Funds raised will create scholarships for first-generation college students with high academic performance and significant economic need, and strengthen the Gustavus library endowment. The night will be emceed by communication studies professor Phil Voight and Twin Cities sports and media personality Carly Aplin Zucker ’07. Radio host and pop/gospel singer Jearlyn Steele, and Gustavus student a capella group, LeGACy, will provide entertainment during dinner. Get your tickets now.

Enter to win a Fitbit from Gustavus...As a part of our commitment to employee health, Gustavus Adolphus College is pleased to offer you the opportunity to win a Fitbit activity tracker. A Fitbit tracks every part of your day—including activity, exercise, food, weight, and sleep—to help you find your fit, stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact. In addition to activity, a significant component of your overall physical wellbeing is preventive care. Click here to learn how your preventative care efforts will help you to win a Fitbit.

Thank You....A heartfelt thank you to everyone in the Gustavus Community for the calls, texts, hugs, and donations received after our July 23 house fire. Your generosity and support have been so amazing and we are very grateful. As we rebuild our home, we are reminded how fortunate we are to have so many thoughtful, caring people in our lives. Please know how much your kindness is appreciated. Diane and Bob Stocker

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   

Alumni Awards...Join the Gustavus Alumni Association in celebrating its Class of 2017 Awardees! Visit with recipients of the First Decade Award, Anniversary Awards, Distinguished Alumni Citation, Greater Gustavus Award, and Honorary Gustie Award as we acknowledge their exemplary contributions to their respective professions, their dedication to their alma mater, and their service to the College.

This year's awardees include:

Warren Beck ’67 | Gabbert & Beck - President/Commercial Real Estate Developer
Eric Espeland ’92 | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Chief, Vaccine Countermeasures
Ben Levy ’07 | Deputy Chief of Aerospace Medicine, Flight Surgeon, Medical Director of Emergency Response Function
Krista Cruse Meierbachtol ’07 | Los Alamos National Laboratory - Staff Scientist
Ian Grant ’91 | The Relic Hunter - TV Host
George Hicks ’75 | Varde Partners, Inc. - Managing Partner
Patricia Pellikka ’79 | Mayo Clinic - Chair for the Division of Cardiovascular Ultrasound

Winner of the Gustavus Service Award
Steven O. Anderson '87 | Ophthalmology Associates, ophthalmologist

Please stop by the open reception on Friday afternoon; contact Philly ( or x7511) in Alumni and Parent Engagement to reserve a seat at the banquet. We hope you are able join us to celebrate these accomplished Gusties!

Friday, September 22
Community Reception: 4-5 p.m. (free of charge)
Awards Banquet: 6-8 p.m. ($15/person)

The Great Gustie Gathering – Homecoming 2017...Gusties of all ages and life stages will be on campus Saturday, September 23. The Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement invites all members of the Gustavus campus community (faculty, staff and current students) to join us in the fun! Community members are welcome to take advantage of the programming, including:

  • A variety of affinity reunions highlighting the Departments of Education, Communication Studies, Nursing, Center for International and Cultural Education, Diversity Center and more
  • The Family Fun Zone with inflatables, a petting zoo, crafts and photos
  • All-Gustie Lunch in the Evelyn Young Dining Room featuring music from the Floodplain Four
  • Homecoming Tent featuring the Gustie Pub beer garden and the Gustie Faire, a marketplace featuring Gustie-owned businesses
  • A special Alumni Dance performance

Children under age 18 are free of charge; employees and students can charge $10 per adult on their Gustavus account at the Information Desk, Jackson Campus Center on Saturday 9/23 which includes an exclusive Gustavus apparel item and access to the full day of events (meals can be purchased separately in the Market Place).

Contact Angela Erickson ’01 at x7595 or for additional information. The full schedule of events can be found at – we hope to see you there! 

Three Weeks and Counting...The 53rd annual Nobel Conference is less than three 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 Soccer hosts Concordia at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

  • Women’s Soccer hosts Concordia at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

  • Women’s Soccer hosts UW-Stout at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19

  • Men’s Soccer hosts Viterbo at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20

  • Volleyball hosts Carleton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20

Fine Arts Events

  • September 16 at 7:30 p.m.,  Leaves of Grass - Illuminated featuring Patrick Scully in Kresge Dance Studio 

Tickets available online at and available tickets available at the door (please note space is limited for the theatre/dance events)

In The News

President Bergman's message to the community regarding DACA also ran in the St. Peter Herald.

The Mankato Free Press covered the selection of Frankenstein as the College's Reading in Common book.

Gustavus students discussed the Reformation in the online edition of Living Lutheran.

Professor emeritus Bob Douglas wrote a piece for the St. Peter Herald discussing Somali immigrant traditions in Saint Peter.

Off Campus Event of Interest

Car Show...The Auto Restorers 41st Annual Car Show and Swap Meet will be 7 a.m - 3:30 p.m. on Sun. Sept. 17, at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds.  


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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