Inside Gustavus 

December 14, 2017 | Volume 50, Number 15

News and Announcements  

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Book Mark Holly Days Sale...The Book Mark is hosting its annual Holly Days Sale from November 27-December 21. See the calendar of daily deals online.

Newman Civic Fellowship...Students are invited to apply for the Newman Civic Fellowship. As a Campus Compact member, President Bergman can nominate one student to become a Newman Civic Fellow, who will then represent Gustavus Adolphus College in a national group of public problem solvers. The Newman Civic Fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact's founders and a tireless advocate for the civic engagement of higher education. Fellows are students from across the nation who engage in collaborative action with others in order to create long-term social change; take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization; and demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement. The Fellowship is a one-year experience during which students have access to learning opportunities, networking, and mentoring. Fellows are invited to attend a national gathering, as well as state and regional gatherings. If they choose to attend one of these gatherings, the Fellow may apply for a CBSL mini-grant to help cover travel costs. To learn more about the fellowship program components visit the CampusCompact webpage.

USPS Announces 2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines...The United States Postal Service is expecting to deliver about 15 billion pieces of mail and 850 million packages this holiday season. With an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, the USPS is no longer predicting a "busiest day" for holiday shipping. Instead, it states that the busiest time is two weeks before Christmas.
To ensure your packages and cards get to where they need to be on time, follow these key USPS suggested deadlines:
• Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground
• Dec. 19: First Class Mail (including greeting cards)
• Dec. 20: Priority Mail
• Dec. 22: Priority Mail Express

Parking Info for Christmas Break, January, and Touring Week...If you are leaving your vehicle on campus during Christmas break you must park in the designated break parking in the Bjorling lot directly west of the music building or, if that fills up, the designated break parking section in the Arbor View lot. Any vehicles not moved to this location during break will be towed at the owner's expense. Look for the break parking signs to park in the correct area. Cars parked in the wrong rows of Arbor View/Bjorling will still be towed at owner's expense ($80 minimum).
Regular parking enforcement is in effect finals week, all of January, and Touring week; always assume parking is enforced. Please register your vehicle with Campus Safety and have a valid permit displayed before parking. Always park according to permit color and note that visitor parking is closed to students and employees at all times. Green permit parking lots are always no parking 2-7 a.m., seven days a week; as are the red permit parking rows in the Stadium (Beck) parking lot.
Please contact Campus Safety with any questions at 507-933-8888. Emails are answered during business hours.

Academic Building Hours...Academic buildings will be open normal hours through Tuesday, December 19 and from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21. All academic buildings will be closed December 22 through January 1 (check Lund Center for different posted hours). Building hours will be 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, January 2 through Friday, January 5. Normal building hours resume Monday, January 8.
Students requiring access to academic buildings outside of these hours or when buildings are closed will need to have a gold "Permission for Admittance" card issued by a faculty or staff member. Supervisors can request cards in advance from Lisa Octigan, or contact their department's Administrative Assistant.

Library Hours for Finals and Christmas Break...The library will be open 8 a.m.–1 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16; 11 a.m.–1 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17; 8 a.m.–1 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18; 8 a.m.– 4:45 p.m. from Tuesday, Dec 19–Thursday, Dec. 21; and closed from Friday, Dec. 22–Monday, Jan. 1. Happy Holidays.

Something to Watch For...Employee Health Screens will happen again in January 2018. Watch for more details to come in your PO box the first week of January. You will NOT be able to sign up until January 8. Please wait until you receive your letter to call. For more information, please contact Health Services.

Employee Enhancement Days...Save the date: The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce that February 5-9 is Employee Enhancement Days. Stay tuned as session registration and information will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Taylor Ziemke.

Share Your Talents...The Office of Human Resources would like to hold Lunch 'n Learn sessions during Employee Enhancement Days and throughout the year. The concept is for employees to bring their own lunch to a meeting room where they would listen to a 20 minute presentation from a colleague about a talent, hobby or special interest. We need YOUR help in making this happen. Are you an artist, master gardener, crafts person, or special interest enthusiast? As a faculty member, would you like to share your unique area of expertise with the Gustavus community? We are looking for a variety of topics for these Lunch 'n Learn sessions. Click this link to volunteer your time and talent with the Gustavus employee community. You will be contacted by Nicole Goebel in Human Resources about your submission.

Donation request...Gustavus employees who would like to donate paid time off/vacation hours to a fellow employee who is on an approved FMLA leave, and will run out of paid time off (PTO) prior to the end of the leave, should stop by the Office of Human Resources and complete a request for hours transfer form.

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

Staff Holiday Parties...Please bring non-perishable food items, turkey/ham certificates, and/or monetary donations for the Saint Peter Food Shelf to your employee Holiday Party. The College will match cash donations up to $500 again this year. This is a way to really make your dollars count. There will be a collection table at the Faculty/Administrators Holiday gathering and at the Staff Holiday Luncheon.

  • Faculty and Administration Holiday Party: Tuesday, December 19, 4 p.m., Alumni Hall
  • Support Staff Holiday Luncheon: Wednesday, December 20, 11 a.m., Alumni Hall

If you are unable to attend your holiday celebration, please feel free to drop off food items or monetary donations to Heidi Wobbrock (Book Mark). Thank you in advance for your donation, and happy holidays.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture...Join us on Monday, January 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture. Civil rights leader and sociologist Dr. Joyce Ladner will provide a keynote address titled, "The Civil Rights Movement, Still Marching After All These Years" which will include personal stories as a leader in the movement and reflections on work that continues to be needed. The event will also be live streamed and archived at
The class schedule is modified so all students and faculty may attend.

Risk Management Minute

Protect Yourself from the Flu...Do you know how to protect yourself and others during flu season? Follow these steps to stay healthy: get vaccinated. Stay at home if you are sick. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve(s). Throw used tissues into a wastebasket. Always clean your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Stay in shape. Eat a healthy diet. Get plenty of rest, exercise, and relaxation.

In The News

Jennifer Nevitt (Art and Art History) was featured in the Star Tribune for her current exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Jill Locke (Political Science/GWSS) was quoted in a Star Tribune piece discussing the #MeToo movement and recent sexual harassment/misconduct conversation taking place across the country.

Photos and a story from last week's Festival of St. Lucia ran in today's edition of the St. Peter Herald.

Off Campus Events of Interest

Winter Coat Drive...The Nicollet County Homeless Response Team is sponsoring a winter coat drive. Please bring new or clean gently used winter coats and snow pants for men, women and children to Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 South 5th Street, St. Peter from 1-8 p.m. on Sunday, December 17 or from 8 a.m.-3 p.m on Monday, December 18. For more information, please contact Deb or Gloria at 507-934-5224.

Housing Survey...The City of St. Peter is conducting a housing survey of the employees of Gustavus Adolphus College. This survey is part of the city's effort to help promote its affordable housing subdivisions. If you are interested in learning more about those subdivisions, please indicate so when you answer the last question of the survey.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and/or services to others in the community, or seek the same from them. It is not meant to accommodate ads or announcements from area businesses such as real estate agents or retailers, although from time to time such announcements may be published when deemed to be of particular interest to the community.


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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