Inside Gustavus 

October 12, 2017 | Volume 50, Number 7

President Cabinet Summary

September 26 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Members reviewed the activities of the September 21-22 Board meeting and Homecoming on September 23.

2. Discussion was held regarding the October 7 Parents Council meeting agenda and the role of the Cabinet in that meeting.

3. Discussion was held regarding the planned activities surrounding the Nobel Conference and the specific instructions for the processional.

4. Members approved the hiring of a full-time Human Resources position (Business Partner).

October 10 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Discussion was held regarding Gustavus Acts, including priorities, funding, governance structure, and development of dashboards. Further conversation will be held at next week’s meeting, including planning employee meetings regarding prioritizing strategies.

2. Associate Vice President for Human Resources Julie Kline was present to review the proposed benefit structure for 2018. Consensus was to hold additional benefit sessions to help educate employees on benefits and to create a communication plan moving forward regarding topics surrounding benefits, including medical, dental, and other benefits.

3. Members reviewed the proposed Employee Compensation Committee charter. Minor revisions were suggested and members were asked to give any final comments regarding the document to Provost Kelly by Friday.

News and Announcements  

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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.•

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

Postal Increase...The Postal Service submitted a request for an increase that would go into effect on January 1, 2018. The request needs to be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. This information is for budget planning only. When the increase is finalized, the information will be shared with you. It is proposed that the price of a letter stamp will go up to .50 and postcard to .35. Presorted First-Class letter and card rates will increase about 1.6%. Standard Mail letters will increase about 2.0%, and flats by 2.1%. Some categories and specific rates will change by different degrees, and some even go down.

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

Swedish History Lecture... Please join us for a lecture by renowned Swedish scholar, Sverker Oredsson. Oredsson is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of History at Lund University and is considered a leading scholar in Sweden on Gustav II Adolph and the Swedish Great Power Period. In addition to work around the Great Powers period, Sverker has also done significant work in Swedish modernization and democratization. Recently he launched a book about Nils Eden on the 100th anniversary of the passage of full voting rights in Sweden which has received quite a bit of attention in the press, and among political leadership. Sverker is a regular contributor to media debate and opinion editorials in leading journals including Svenska Dagbladet and Expressen.

Sverker Oredsson Lecture
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Saint Peter Room
7-8 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Benefits 102 Encore Presentations... If you missed the previous Benefits 102 sessions - the benefits preview before Open Enrollment - please plan to attend an encore session next week:
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 17 in the Board Room, JCC
10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 18, Board Room, JCC

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • Swimming & Diving hosts Alumni Meet on Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Football hosts Bethel at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Men’s Soccer hosts Saint John’s at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Women’s Soccer hosts Saint Benedict at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Volleyball hosts UW-Stout at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17

Fine Arts Events

Hillstrom Museum of Art

  • Open until November 5, Contemporary American Painting [1945] and FOCUS IN/ON: Reginald Marsh's Manhattan Towers, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

Art/Art History

  • Open until October 25, Cristi Rinklin: Solastalgia at Schaefer Gallery
  • Lecture and reception from 4 - 6 p.m. on October 12: Cristi Rinklin, Solastalgia, at the Schaefer Gallery in the Schaefer Studio Art Building 

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Holy Cross Lutheran of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Shepherd of the Hills of Shoreview and St.Philips Lutheran of Fridley from Friday, Oct. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 14. St. John Lutheran of Montgomery from Saturday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 15. First Lutheran of Le Sueur on Saturday, Oct 14. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Exploring Religious Questions Series... "Lutheran Reformers (1517-2017): Then and Now, Here and Abroad". This four-week course continues on Monday, Oct. 16 (7-9 p.m., Olin 103). The second session in this series will be a lecture by Gracia Grindal (Professor Emerita at Luther Seminary, Poet, and Hymn Writer) and Mark Granquist (Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Luther Seminary) on "Scandinavia: Philosophers, Hymn Writers, and Radical Pietists". Sponsored by the Gustavus Adolphus College Office of Church Relations; and the Bernhardson Chair.

In The News

The St. Peter Herald was on campus to photograph Fall Fest in the Linnaeus Arboretum as part of Family Weekend's slate of activities.

This afternoon's artist lecture by Cristi Rinklin on environmental art was previewed by the St. Peter Herald. See the fine arts section above for more information about the lecture and reception.

Senior geology and geography major Casey Decker was featured in a KSTP piece focusing on his glacier research with professor Jeff La Frenierre.

Technology Tip

Gustavus Technology Services is pleased to announce a partnership with DUO Security to offer two-factor authentication to all employees. This relationship is part of the ongoing effort to provide enhanced security for Gustavus users and their accounts. A username and password are no longer considered a secure mechanism for authentication. Two-Factor Authentication adds an additional layer of security to your Gustavus account by requiring a supplemental method for authentication such as a mobile device or hardware token. GTS strongly recommends all employees enable two-factor authentication on their Gustavus account to add a layer of protection against data breaches like the most recent one at Equifax.

To learn more about or to enable two-factor authentication, please visit the following page.

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

Off Campus Events of Interest

  • All hunting widows and women looking to get away from it all, join us for a day away retreat. Bring your quilting, knitting, scrapbooking, painting or any other project you want to work on and let us pamper you with a wonderful breakfast, lunch and late afternoon high tea. If you don't have a project, join us with a puzzle, a book, or just come and socialize the day away with your friends. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 11 at First Lutheran Church in Le Sueur. To pre-register and for more information, click here. Sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter EA. All proceeds go to projects supporting women's education.
  • It's Student Discount Day at Swedish Kontur! In addition to lining the shop with mittens, wool socks, blankets, and mugs, we're giving students a fun way to take a study break. Students can enjoy fika and 20 percent off their entire purchase on Wednesday, October 18. We will be open late from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. We'll be ringing in the holiday season with two more days for students to save in November and December.


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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