Inside Gustavus 

September 21, 2017 | Volume 50, Number 4

President Cabinet Summary  

1. Discussion was held regarding advising student organizations. Following discussion, members approved the following addendum to the adviser agreement:

“The College will defend and indemnify a College employee for claims arising from his/her alleged negligent act or omission while acting within the scope of employment. Intentionally harmful acts are not within the scope of employment and are not covered. “Acting within the scope of employment” refers to the actions or activities an employee might reasonably undertake as part of his/her job. The advising of Gustavus student organizations, although voluntary, lies within the scope of employment for College employees.” 

All advisers of student organizations will be informed of this additional language in the agreement.

2. Members approved the hiring of an Advancement replacement position (Gift Planner).

News and Announcements  

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.

United Way Kick Off...The week of September 25 through October 2 will be our Greater Mankato Area United Way Kick Off and fundraising drive. Please watch your mailboxes and email for more information. There will also be tabling outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room on Wednesday, September 27. Stop by, grab a cookie, learn more about the United Way and become a supporter! Contact Ann Johnson with questions.

Student Office Hours…an opportunity for current students to meet with the Provost. Stop by to share feedback, ask questions or enjoy a conversation with Provost Brenda Kelly. All meetings will take place in the Provost’s Office on the main floor of the Carlson Administration Building.

The following dates and times are available as walk-in meetings on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment necessary! Meetings can be with individual students or with groups of up to three students. To accommodate as many students as possible, each student or group will have about a 15-minute visit.

• Mon., Sep. 25, 2017 from 9-10 a.m.
• Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 from 9-10 a.m.
• Wed., Nov. 15, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Mon., Dec 11, 2017 from 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Tuition Benefits Explained...Kirk Carlson and Richard Aune will provide information about admission, tuition benefit, and tuition exchange options, Thurs., Oct. 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Dive. There will be a short presentation with time for questions after. Feel free to bring your lunch. All employees with current high school juniors or seniors are encouraged to attend. Contact Kirk Carlson at x6362 if you have questions.

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  

Rosh Hashanah Observance...The Chaplains' Office invites all members of the Gustavus community to attend the Rosh Hashanah Interfaith Observance on Fri., Sept. 22, in the chapel during Daily Sabbath. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration of the Jewish new year that begins the time known in Judaism as the High Holy Days. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Wed., Sept. 20, and it ends at sunset on Fri., Sept. 22. The new year celebration begins a 10-day period of prayer, reflection and self-examination that culminates in the observance of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. We encourage members of the Gustavus community to be aware of this holiday, to make accommodations for Jewish employees and students if they request it, and to wish Jewish members of our community blessings for the new year. Click here for more information about Jewish Life at Gustavus.

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

Gusties today, Gusties for Life: Distinguished Alumni Meet and Greet (Students and Awardees)
2:30-3:30 p.m. 
Heritage Room

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! 

.Benefits 102...Please plan to attend one of the Benefits 102 sessions next week. You will receive insights into our 2018 benefits, tips on how to maximize your benefits and information about the Learn to Live program now available to all Gustavus employees and their families. Click here to see the schedule of sessions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Nobel Conference - Exclusive Event for Employees...A reception with the conference speakers and employees will happen on Wednesday, October 4 from 5-6 p.m. in the Edwards Atrium, Anderson Hall. A short program at 5:30 p.m. will include a dance piece choreographed just for this event that explores the balance between rapidly advancing technologies and inequities in availability. This new event provide all faculty and staff the opportunity to talk with the speakers.

Two Weeks and Counting...The 53rd annual Nobel Conference is less than two 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:

  • Women’s Tennis hosts the ITA Midwest Regional Friday-Sunday
  • Football hosts Hamline at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23
  • Men’s Soccer hosts St. Thomas at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23
  • Volleyball hosts Northwestern-St. Paul at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23
  • Women’s Soccer hosts St. Thomas at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23
  • Men’s Golf hosts the Twin Cities Classic Saturday-Monday (Monday’s round at Le Sueur Country Club)

Fine Arts Events


  • September 23 at 2:30 p.m., Encore: An Alumni Dance Celebration in Bjorling Recital Hall


  • September 25 at 7:30 p.m., Faculty Recital: Rolf Erdahl, String Bass in Bjorling Recital Hall
  • September 29 at 2:30 p.m., Zeitgeist (featuring Kevin Kling '79) in Bjorling Recital Hall

In The News

Geography professor Joaquin Villanueva was interviewed by KEYC Television about Hurricane Maria and its effect on Puerto Rico.

ESPN covered the Gustavus-Cancun connection. Several students and head football coach Peter Haugen were interviewed.

Numerous media outlets across the country ran the results of the College's survey on male contraception, which was commissioned in anticipation of the upcoming Nobel Conference on reproductive technology.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations is hosting youth retreats for St. John's Lutheran Church from Northfield, St. Paul's Lutheran Church from Wyoming, and Trinity Lutheran Church from Owatonna from Sept. 22 - 24. 


Steve Myhra, husband of Sue Myhra (Residential Life), passed away on Wed., Sept. 13, 2017. A full obituary can be read online.

Dennis Weis, father of Lindsey Owens (Admission), passed away on Thurs., Sept. 14, 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 campus-wide e-mail list, and published in the Inside Gustavus or Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in theInside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l. 

Technology Tips

Gustavus Technology Services is pleased to announce a partnership with Spirion to offer a solution to all employees that will discover, classify and protect sensitive data on their Gustavus owned computers. This solution will assist you with identifying and removing sensitive data that may no longer be necessary or may be inadvertently stored on your computer. Sensitive data can include but is not limited to Personally Identifiable Information such as Social Security Numbers.

Spirion is one of the layers of security that will help protect us from data breaches such as the recent Equifax breach. GTS encourages all employees to install and run a scan with Spirion on their Gustavus owned computer by following the instructions linked below.

In addition to running a Spirion scan, add a critical layer of security to your Gustavus account by enabling DUO two-factor authentication.

To learn more about sharing or storing sensitive data, please review the page linked below.

If you have any questions, please contact the Technology Helpline (507-933-6111 or or any member of the Technology Services staff.

Off Campus Events of Interest

The St. Peter Choral Society welcomes singers to prepare the Mozart REQUIEM for two concerts on March 11 and 18, 2018.
Rehearsals begin Monday evening, September 25 from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 South Fifth Street. For more information contact director Sara McKay 934-6176. 


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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