Inside Gustavus 

November 2, 2017 | Volume 50, Number 10


President Cabinet Summary

October 31 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Director of Campus Safety Carol Brewer and Assistant Director of Campus

Safety-Emergency Preparedness Melinda Heikkinen made a powerpoint

presentation and led a discussion on emergency preparedness and planning,

specifically related to an Incident Command System structure.

2. Members approved a weather/cancellation policy. Vice President VanHecke will ask Campus Safety to include this information on their web page. Cabinet members were asked to share the information with their respective divisions.

3. Members discussed the Tobacco Free Generation Campus Initiative. Vice President VanHecke will ask Nurse Practitioner Nissa Fell to provide more historical data regarding this topic.

4. Provost Kelly gave an update on the Forensics program. 

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 9-10 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 (x6011) with questions or more information about this program.

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...There are limited open enrollment meetings available next week. If you haven't already, 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.

WE BELIEVE Giving Campaign...The 2017 WE BELIEVE Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign is happening from November 2-22. Co-chaired by Michele Koomen (Lind Professor of Education) and Steve Kjellgren '86 (Associate Vice President-Auxiliary Services), our goal is to encourage all employees to support the College. It is All of Us for All of Gustavus. Last year, our campus community rallied and generously raised enough funds to sponsor the first year of three WE BELIEVE Heritage Scholarships. Let's rally together again to fund the second year of our scholarships.

Our WE BELIEVE scholarships were generously matched dollar-for-dollar by a member of our Board of Trustees. The Heritage Scholarship Program at Gustavus forms a fundamental core of our new financial aid funding process for students who are academically well prepared, but for whom a Gustavus education would otherwise be financially out of reach. With the match, each award is $6,000 for a student. Let's do it again this year.

Gustavus Acts Stategic Planning...Please join President Bergman and Kathi Tunheim during one of the upcoming Gustavus Acts Strategic Planning Prioritization Feedback Sessions. This important work, combined with the results of a similar prioritization exercise with members of the Board of Trustees, the Cabinet, and the faculty, will help create a strong path forward for the College. The sessions are scheduled at 8:30-9:30 a.m. or 1:30 -2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Alumni Hall.
Please feel free to email Kathi if you have questions.

Fall Play Tickets Available...Tickets are now available online at or by calling 507-933-7590 for the Department of Theatre and Dance production of Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, directed by Amy Seham. Performances will be held November 16-18 at 8:00 p.m. and November 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets not sold before the event will be placed on sale one hour prior to curtain at the Anderson Theatre box office. Gustavus students and staff are entitled to one free ticket for the production. Other tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and other students.

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

International Festival...At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 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.

Honoring Veterans...On Friday, November 10, we will be honoring veterans during our Daily Sabbath service in Christ Chapel. If you are a veteran or are currently serving in the military and would like to be recognized at this service, please email Jodi Maas in the Chaplains' Office.
We invite the whole campus to join us from 10-10:20 a.m. for this service, which will feature the Gustavus Brass Choir under the direction of Trygve Skaar, who served in the United States Army for 24 years.

Gustavus Women in Leadership...Join us at the Gustavus Women in Leadership Alumnae Education Series, "The Role and Influence of Media in Today's Society," at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the American Swedish Institute. Panelists include: Liz Collin, Reporter at WCCO, Erin Mathe, President and Owner of Mathe Communications and former Reporter and News Anchor, Maria Reitan, Principal/Founder at Topsail Strategies an former News Diretor, Producer and Reporter. Esme Murphy, WCCO Radio Co-Host will serve as the facilitator of the panel. Click to register.

Everyone is welcome. If you have questions, email or Kathi Tunheim.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

• Swimming & Diving hosts UW-Stevens Point and MSU-Mankato at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

• Women’s hockey hosts UW-Eau Claire at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

• Men’s hockey hosts St. Olaf at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

Fine Arts Events

Hillstrom Museum of Art 

Through November 5, Contemporary American Painting [1945] and Focus In/On Reginald Marsh's Manhattan Towers in the Hillstrom Museum.

November 3 at 7:30 p.m., Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert with soloist Michael Jorgensen, Bjorling Recital Hall.
November 4 at 2:30 p.m., Allison Hansen, senior euphonium recital, Bjorling Recital Hall.
November 6 at 7 p.m., Bjorling Music Festival Concert, Christ Chapel. 

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Mount Olivet Lutheran of Minneapolis, MN from Friday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 4, St. Philip the Deacon of Plymouth, MN from Saturday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 5, and Cross of Peace Lutheran of Shakopee, MN on Saturday, Nov 4. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Technology Tip

Loaner Laptop Options...Are you in need of a laptop for a limited amount of time? Traveling to a conference, attending a meeting, or running a demonstration? The Technology Services Office has formalized a Loaner Laptop program for Gustavus Employees. We have a small number of Windows and Macintosh laptops that are available for check out to Gustavus Faculty and Staff. For additional information or to check out a laptop, click here

Risk Management Minute

Smoke Detector Batteries...Remember to change the batteries in your family's home smoke alarms when you turn the clocks back this weekend. Smoke detectors should be installed in every sleeping area, on every level and changed out every 10 years. Never disable a smoke alarm. Have a home fire escape plan with multiple exits and a designated family meeting place. Make sure exit doors and windows open and test your plan.

Off Campus Events of Interest

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.

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.

Swedish Kontur Holiday Open House...Your opportunity to explore Swedish Kontur's annual Holiday Open House is near. They're pulling out all the stops to make sure you get the most out of this year's holiday season.
Complete with the latest decór, Scandinavia's newest winter trends, and the most touching gift ideas, the shop's goal is to make sure that you're ready to celebrate the holidays as best you can.
wedish Kontur will be showcasing their Holiday Open House from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3; from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 4; and from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 4. There will be cookies and coffee for all.


For Sale...2003 Honda CRV, 232,740 miles, $2,650.00. 2.4L, 4-speed Automatic, 2WD, Power windows, Power door locks, Power steering, Cruise control, Tilt Wheel, Dual front air bags, ABS (4-wheel), AM/FM stereo w/ CD and cassette, Reclining front bucket seats, Fold-down 60/40 rear seats, Removable folding picnic table, Alloy wheels, Luggage rack. Contact Tonya at 218-410-9319

For Sale...2002 Ford Taurus 94,000 miles, new tires last fall, new battery, contact Sara at or Jeff at 507-381-7485 for more information

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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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