Inside Gustavus 

October 26, 2017 | Volume 50, Number 9


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

New Service-Learning and Travel Opportunities for Employees...The offices of Community-Based Service and Learning (CBSL) and Human Resources are offering Gustavus faculty and staff the opportunity to be Trip Advisers for upcoming Habitat for Humanity volunteer trips during spring break (April 1-April 8). This is an exceptional way for employees to grow in community service learning and professional development. Trip Adviser guidelines are posted on the CBSL website. There is no cost to participate and all employees are eligible (see guideline for approvals needed). Applications are online here (and on the CBSL website) and must be submitted by November 10, 2017. CBSL staff and campus Habitat for Humanity board representatives will review applications and select the individuals who meet the selection criteria. Please contact Amy Pehrson ( or x6011) with questions or more information about this program.

Gustie Recognition Postcards...Have you recently noticed that someone in the Gustavus community is doing great things? Maybe someone went out of their way to help you with a project and you want to thank them. The Office of Marketing and Communication has several different postcards designed to send to people within the community to express your thanks and appreciation for their work. To request quantities of the postcards, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 933-7520 or

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets On Sale...Employees and students each receive one free ticket for Christmas in Christ Chapel, happening December 1, 2, and 3. Tickets are available now. Christmas in Christ Chapel 2017: Life Abundant: A Celebration of Christmas during the 500th year of the Reformation will celebrate the nativity through the rich and diverse heritage of music, word, and art inspired by the global Lutheran movement – both historic in depth and continually emerging in scope. Ushers are also requested for each service. All ushers may stay for the service at no cost (a great way for family members to attend for free). For more information, visit or contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520. 

Open Enrollment...You are invited to benefit Open Enrollment meetings the week of October 30. Please plan to attend an informative session about your benefits for 2018. Click here to sign up for a session. Reminder: the timeline to enroll for 2018 benefits will occur October 30-November 10.

Prize Winners...Congratulations to the following Gustavus employees, selected by random drawing, who each won a Fitbit Charge 2 in the Preventive Care contest!
Jennifer Kruse, Jean Noren, Carol Brewer, Teresa Mirabile-Dettmer, Nick Sonsteby, Maureen Carlson, David Menk, Sheng Yang, Kate Knutson, Laura McCabe, Marlys Huber, Jeff Jeremiason, Karri Anderson, Anna Deike, and Pamela Kittelson.
Look for more fun activities promoting wellness in 2018!

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

Founders Day…Please join the College community for an award ceremony at 10 a.m. on October 31 in Christ Chapel. This ceremony will recognize the contributions three exemplary employees as well as the outstanding work of the many Gustavus employees across the campus. The community is invited to a reception in Alumni Hall in honor of the recipients following the award ceremony.
At the ceremony, the Augusta Carlson Schultz Award for the Outstanding Support Staff Employee of 2017 will be awarded to Mr. Bruce Volek, Director of Landscape Services in Facilities Management; the Eric Norelius Award for the Outstanding Administrative Employee for 2017 will be given to Ms. Kelly Waldron, Controller in the Finance Office; and the Faculty Service Award for 2017 will be given to Dr. Chris Gilbert, Professor in Political Science.

International Festival...On Saturday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m., the International Cultures Club will sponsor its International Festival in Alumni Hall. The festival is an annual event featuring music, dancing, cultural displays, world cuisines, and a fashion show. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • Football hosts St. Olaf at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Men’s Soccer hosts Macalester at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Volleyball hosts Saint Mary’s at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
  • Women’s Soccer hosts Macalester at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

Fine Arts Events

Hillstrom Museum of Art

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


  • October 28 at 3:30 p.m., Avery Bather, senior voice recital in Bjorling Recital Hall.
  • October 29 at 7:30 p.m., Reformation Vespers featuring Choir of Christ Chapel, Chapel Brass, Chapel Ringers, and Chad Winterfeldt, organ in Christ Chapel.
  • October 31 at 7:30 p.m., Chad Winterfeldt and members of the Gustavus Organ Studio in Christ Chapel.

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Bethlehem Lutheran of St. Cloud, MN from Friday, Oct. 27 to Saturday, Oct. 28. 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. 30 (7-9 p.m., Olin 103). The final session in this series will be a lecture by Samuel Deressa (Ethiopian Church Leader and Visiting Professor at Concordia University in St. Paul) and Nelly Van Doorn-Harder (Professor of Religious Studies at Wake Forest University and at the Center for Islamic Theology (CIT), the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam) on "Africa and Asia: Missionaries, Social Activists, and Interfaith Leaders." Sponsored by the Gustavus Adolphus College Office of Church Relations; and the Bernhardson Chair.

In The News

The Mesabi Daily News of Virginia, Minn. (paywall) covered the Gustavus Habitat for Humanity group's fall break service trip to the Iron Range.

The Mankato Free Press ran a photo of fall colors in the Linnaeus Arboretum last week.

Linnaeus Arboretum director Scott Moeller penned an article for the St. Peter Herald discussing the increase in ladybug numbers this time of year.

Off Campus Events of Interest

Attention Hunting Widows...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.

Somali Museum Artifact Presentation in Saint Peter...The Somali Museum brings Somali culture to you with its Mobile Culture Show, a traveling exhibition of traditional Somali artworks. Enjoy an exhibition of artifacts from the Somali Museum’s permanent collection; including a “petting zoo” selection of objects available to touch and handle. Museum staff will share about the history, use, and creation of certain artifacts from the exhibition; including discussion about the changing role of traditional arts. This presentation made possible through grant funding by Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund in partnership with City of Saint Peter Senior Center, Public Library, Recreation Department and Community and Family Education. The event will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on November 8, 2017 in the SPCC room 219. Admission is free.

Trunk or Treat...John Ireland Catholic School invites you to join us this Saturday, October 28, for Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. All are invited to a spooktacular time. Put on your best Halloween costume, check out our car trunks decorated for Halloween, grab some goodies and take a picture in our photo area. We hope to see you there! The event will be in the Church of St. Peter parking lot.

Lutefisk and Meatballs...Scandian Grove Lutheran Church, Norseland, Minn., will hold its annual Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Supper this year on Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost is $17.00 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Scandian Grove Lutheran Church is located 10 miles west of St. Peter (take Hwy. 22 to Co. Rd. 52, turn north and go about a half mile). Take-outs are available.

Emeritus Professor David Fienen (Music) will present an Organ Recital at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 490 N. Fourth Street, Bayport, Minn. His program will consist of repertoire he played in two recitals at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany during the first week of September. Compositions will include pieces by Bach, Gerald Near, Jan Bender, Paul Manz, Larry Long, and Hans F. Micheelsen. The recital is free and open to the public--a freewill offering will be received. Fienen was consultant for the installation of the Walker tracker action instrument at Bethlehem in the mid-1980s.


Jerry C. Salfer, father of Jerry Salfer Jr. (Facilities), passed away on October 19, 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.


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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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