Inside Gustavus 

February 22, 2018 | Volume 50, Number 22

President Cabinet Summary

February 13 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Discussion was held regarding the agenda for the all-employee meeting.

2. Discussion was held regarding the FY 2018 budget forecast and FY 2019 budget planning.

3. Members approved the hiring of a Dining Service replacement position (PM kitchen cook).

4. Members approved the hiring of a Tennis and Life Camps position (a two-year pilot program covered by the TLC budget) (Recruitment and Outreach Specialist).

5. Members approved the hiring of a Facilities position (budgeted) (Director of Maintenance Services).

6. Continued discussion was held regarding moving to a tobacco free campus. Vice President VanHecke will ask Nurse Practitioner Nissa Fell for additional information.

7. Provost Kelly shared a draft of the 2018 senior survey. Vice President VanHecke will send comments regarding last year‘s survey to Cabinet members. Further conversation will be held at the next Cabinet meeting.

February 20 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Associate Vice President for Human Resources Julie Kline was present to discuss the implementation of an “Emerging Leaders” professional development program at the College. 

2. Title IX Coordinator Patty Dawson was present to discuss the proposed revisions to the College’s Title IX policy. Following discussion, Patty and Provost Kelly will continue conversation regarding concerns/questions raised by Cabinet members. Patty will also add a table of contents, flow chart, and confidential resources section to the document.

3. Discussion was held regarding the 2022 dates for Nobel Conference. Given that the date of Yom Kippur is Wednesday, October 5 and Rosh HaShanah is Monday and Tuesday, September 26-27, members discussed alternative options for dates for Nobel 2022. Provost Kelly will discuss suggested dates with Nobel Conference Director Lisa Heldke and then review options with the Academic Operations Committee.

4. Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alisa Rosenthal shared key performance indicators and tactics for Gustavus Acts strategy 1.1. Special Assistant to the President for Strategy Kathi Tunheim shared the agenda for the February 22 SPUR (strategic, planning, update, reflection) meeting.

5. Vice President Kennedy shared plans for the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the tornado. Former Gustavus President Axel Steuer will be the homilist in Christ Chapel on March 29. The City of Saint Peter, Saint Peter School District, Nicollet County, and Gustavus are planning an event at the high school on March 29 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Former WCCO anchor Don Shelby has accepted an invitation to emcee this event. Recollections/ reflections from a number of community members will be given; church bells will ring at 5:29 p.m., and the Saint Peter choir will sing. Members discussed holding other campus/student events on that day or the week before, including showing the tornado video, displaying pictures, etc. Vice President VanHecke will discuss options with the Student Senate.

6. Members approved a full-time Student Life grant-funded position (Executive Director of the Career Center).

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.

• March 22, 2018 at 2-3 p.m.
• April 27, 2018 at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
• May 15, 2018 at 2-3 p.m.

Cabaret Tickets...Tickets are now available online or by calling 507-933-7590 for the Department of Theatre and Dance production of Cabaret, directed by Amy Seham. Performances will be held February 23-24 and March 2-3 at 8 p.m. and February 25 and March 4 at 2 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.

Student Awards...Employees are highly encouraged to take some time in the next few weeks to nominate the stellar students they work with for any number of Student Life awards and scholarships, including:

The Paul Magnuson Award for Leadership and Service
Ovanlig Award (includes a $2,500 cash award)
Guilds of St. Ansgar and St. Lucia
Swenson-Bunn scholarship
Lindell Scholarship

All of the information you need and the centralized nomination form are available online. The deadline for all nominations is Friday, February 23. Any questions can be directed to Megan Ruble in the Dean of Students Office. Thank you in advance for helping us recognize deserving student leaders.

Camps at Gustavus...Tennis and Life Camps at Gustavus are offering partial and full scholarships to junior campers and families. Players in grades 9-12 are ineligible due to NCAA bylaws. Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors, including financial need, demographics, hardship, essays, and recommendations. To apply, please click here. The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 31, 2018. Please address any questions to

Submit your Feedback: Employee Enhancement Days...The Office of Human Resources would like to thank faculty and staff for attending Employee Enhancement Days. We had 30 hours of professional development training available. Now is the time to submit your feedback. We are encouraging your feedback through this survey so we may begin planning for next year’s programming. Submit your feedback online.

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

Lunar New Year...A Lunar New Year event will be held from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on February 23 in the Heritage Banquet Room. There will be food, prizes, and fun galore. Please consider celebrating with us.

Human Resources...Human Resources is happy to announce we will be offering HR102 next week. This is a follow-up to HR101 last year. At this event, we will be sharing the exciting initiatives that Human Resources will be leading for the College this year. We encourage you to be active participants in your employment. One of the ways you can do this is by attending this session, sharing it with others and offering feedback. This session is for everyone. Please consider attending one of the five, repeated sessions.

  • Monday, February 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room
  • Tuesday, February 27, 1-2 p.m. in the Heritage Room
  • Wednesday, February 28, 8-9 a.m. in the Heritage Room
  • Thursday, March 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the St. Peter Room
  • Thursday, March 1, 4-5 p.m. in the St. Peter Room

Please reach out to Human Resources at x7304 with any questions.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • Men’s hockey hosts Concordia at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22
  • Men’s tennis hosts the ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25
  • Gymnastics hosts Winona State at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23
  • Women’s hockey hosts a MIAC semifinal game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Fine Arts

Hillstrom Museum of Art

Through April 22, "Scharftopia: The Far-Out World of Kenny Scharf" and "Georges Rouault: Cirque de L'Etoile Filante"


February 22 at 7:30 p.m. Gustavus Wind Orchestra at the Minnesota Music Educators Convention in the Main Ballroom at the Minneapolis Convention Center

February 22-March 4, Cabaret tickets on sale now at 

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Christ Lutheran of Blaine from Friday, Feb. 23 to Saturday, Feb. 25. Chisago Lakes Lutheran of Center City from Saturday, Feb. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 25. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

Exploring Religious Questions Series..."The Side-by-Side Development of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism: From Jesus to 500 AD/CE." This four-week course continues on Monday, Feb. 26 (7-9 p.m., Olin 103). The third session in this series will be a lecture by the Reverend Darrell Jadock (Professor Emeritus) on "The Transformation of Christianity." Sponsored by the Gustavus Adolphus College Office of Church Relations; and the Bernhardson Chair.

Risk Management Minute

AED's...Do you know where the closest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is? There are 19 AED’s on campus and an AED map has been created to show each location. In honor of American Heart Month, take the challenge to find where these life saving devices are found on and consider being trained in CPR, AEDs and First Aid. Gustavus Adolphus College has been recognized as a Heart Safe Community since 2012.

In The News

Next Thursday's screening of communication studies professor Martin Lang's documentary, (Mid)West of Somalia, was covered by the St. Peter Herald.

Off Campus Events of Interest

Father/Daughter Dance...
“Passport to Paris”: The annual Daddy-Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, March 3, 6–8 p.m. in the Saint Peter Community Center. Get your “Passport to Paris” at the Recreation & Leisure Department. Pre-registration is $25 per couple. At the door $30 per couple. (More than two participants is an additional $5 per guest). Cost includes a picture, activities, refreshments, and dance. Contact 507-934-0667 or go online if you have questions. Viens te joindre à nous.

Softball Leagues...Adult softball leagues now forming. Returning and new teams welcome. Get your friends, family and colleagues together and play ball. League information and registration forms are available at the Recreation Department in the community center. Call 934-0667 or e-mail the Recreation Office to request softball information and registration materials.
Men’s League–Mondays. 12-game season. Double elimination tournament to follow end of regular season. Sponsor fee: $300, Team fee: $250. Approximate start date: April 30
Co-Rec League–Thursdays. 10-game season. Double elimination tournament to follow end of regular season. Sponsor fee: $275, Team fee: $250. Approximate start date: May 3. 

Documentary Showing...The Saint Peter High School will be showing the Documentary (Mid)West of Somalia and having a conversation afterwards. The reception will be at 6:30 p.m. and the screening is to begin at 7 p.m. on March 1 in the new Saint Peter High School Performing Arts Center. The Q&A panel will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. with the film's "stars" discussing their experiences with the audience. The film, made by communication studies professor Martin Lang and recent graduate Noah O'Ryan, shares stories of nine local Somali-Americans, from career aspirations to the joys of the hijab, from bigotry in the shopping aisle to surprising encounters with bacon. You are sure to discover insights you aren't likely to find on the evening news. Somali tea will be served at the reception.


Youth Ministry Position Open...First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, MN, is accepting applications for the position of Youth Ministry Director, part-time, 20 hours a week. The successful candidate will supervise all youth ministries of the church which consists of grades 7-12 and includes ministries that assist parents in their roles of parenting faithful children. First Lutheran Church is a dynamic and engaged congregation that is welcoming for all people as a Reconciling in Christ congregation. The complete position advertisement is available online.

Eggs for sale...Pastured, free range, cage free, high in omega-3s, riboflavin and rich in flavor. $3.50/dozen. Contact Dan Zimmerli for more information at 507-779-1123 (call or text).

Seeking Summer Housing...Two former Gusties, now retired, are seeking furnished housing for summer 2018 in the St. Peter or Metro area. The couple would be happy to house sit for you if you will be absent. Their needs are few: bed, bath with shower, kitchen, hopefully Internet, and maybe cable. They are non-smoking, have no pets, and are real "clean freaks." Contact LeAnn (Peterson) or Kirk Metzger if interested.

Looking for a furnished rental?...Cozy home in St. Peter available July 2018 to August 2019 academic year. Perfect for a new employee and family. A few blocks away from campus. 4 bedroom historic home, 1 and 1/2 bath, big kitchen, lots of windows, big back yard with beautiful ferns and a pond. $1,500 a month + utilities. Fully furnished. Pets OK. No smoking. Must do own mowing and shoveling. Contact if interested.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and 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 and 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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