Inside Gustavus 

March 1, 2018 | Volume 50, Number 23

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 March 2-3 at 8 p.m. 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.

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

What You Should Know About Social Security...Rhonda Whiteneck, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration will present a comprehensive look at Social Security benefits and the role they play in retirement. The presentation will include a look at how your age at retirement affects your benefits, who else is eligible to receive a benefit, and how you enroll. In addition, Rhonda will discuss Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, touching on penalties, creditable drug coverage and how Medicare affects HSA participation. Are you over the age of 40? Are you unsure how your and your spouse’s Medicare benefits coordinate? Do you have parents who will be retiring and could use a few pointers? Do you have an HSA and wonder what will happen to it when you reach Medicare eligibility age? If you answered yes to any of these, this seminar is for you. This is an excellent presentation you don’t want to miss. There will be two sessions held to accommodate employees, both on Wednesday, March 14; please sign up:

Session 1 – 10:30 to 11:30 | Heritage Room – RSVP here
Session 2 – 12:30 to 1:30 | Heritage Room – RSVP here

Ally Training... This semester we are launching a brand new Diversity Center-sponsored program called Ally Training. We aim to provide the Gustavus community with resources and education on how to be an informed, supportive, and proactive ally to the queer community via a 3-hour interactive workshop. This workshop will cover a variety of topics including terminology and what do do when someone comes out to you. Our first workshop will be on Saturday, March 10 in Beck 101 from 12:30-3:30 pm.

We will have future workshops on Friday, April 13 at 2:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at 12:30-3:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 12 at 12:30-3:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the workshop please feel free to contact either Andie Kukacka ( or Amanda Landaverde (alandav2@gustavus,edu).

Faculty Award Nominations…Each academic year, Gustavus recognizes the contributions faculty make to the life of the institution. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to nominate faculty for the awards listed below. Award nominations are due on April 15, 2018; nominate online.

  • Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching: This award is the highest honor granted to a member of the Gustavus faculty. It represents a broadly-shared desire to celebrate one teacher in each academic year who has demonstrated truly outstanding effort, accomplishment, and dedicated service to Gustavus students’ best educational interests.
  • Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence to a Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Member: This award recognizes a Gustavus non-tenure-track faculty member for significant contributions to teaching and learning.
  • Gustavus Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment Award: This award is intended to be the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished scholarly achievements.
  • Gustavus Faculty Service Award: This award is intended to be the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished service activities.
  • Mansergh Faculty Scientific Research Award: This award is intended to recognize outstanding peer-reviewed publications that contribute to the scholarly achievement and reputation of the faculty and the College

Employee Directories...Spring Employee Directories (yellow) have been sent out to the departments. Please return any extras to the Telecommunications Department. If you need a few more, please contact Nancy Beran.

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

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • Men’s tennis hosts Concordia at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3
  • Women’s tennis hosts Concordia at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3
  • Women’s hockey hosts Hamline at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3 (MIAC Championship)
  • Women’s tennis hosts Northwestern-St. Paul at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3
  • Men’s tennis hosts Northwestern-St. Paul at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3 

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"

March 2 at 7 p.m., the Gustavus Jazz Jamboree in Bjorling Recital Hall

March 4 at 1:30 p.m., Johanna Anderson, Student Recital, Harp, in Bjorling Recital Hall

February 23-March 4, Cabaret, tickets on sale now at

Congregational Outreach

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, March 5 (7-9 p.m., Olin 103). The final session in this series will be a lecture by the Reverend Darrell Jodock (Professor Emeritus) on "Christianity and the Roman Empire: Political and Intellectual Developments". Sponsored by the Gustavus Adolphus College Office of Church Relations; and the Bernhardson Chair.

Off Campus Events of Interest

The St. Peter Kiwanis Chapter is seeking participants for the First Annual “St. Peter’s Got Talent” Contest, which will be held on May 5, 2018 at the High School Auditorium. The St. Peter Kiwanis Chapter is organizing this event to raise money for children’s activities in St. Peter. This event will help fund the creation of an Outdoor Recreation Area at the St. Peter Middle School and to fund other youth activities in St. Peter. Currently no outdoor play area exists at this school site. This area will be available for use by the community when not being used for school purposes.
The event will be modeled after the popular TV show with “celebrity judges” from St. Peter. Although the format is a contest, we strive to make this an enjoyable and fun event for contestants and audience members alike.
We want to display and honor some of the great talent that exists right here in St. Peter. Anybody who lives, goes to school, or works in St. Peter is eligible to participate.
All types of talent like music, dance, magic, theatrical sketches, etc, solo or group, are welcome to the preliminary auditions which will take place on April 21.
From that process we hope to select 15 “acts” to participate in the Finals on May 5 at 7 p.m. If you cannot make the April 21 preliminary round, please let us know and we may be able to make separate arrangements.
There will be prizes of $125 for the “best talent” in 3 age categories and a “People’s choice” award:

1. K-6,
2. Grades 7-12
3. Post HS graduation to age 100
4. “People’s choice” award.

You are invited to the 1st Annual Saints Booster Bash.The Bash will be held at Johnson Hall from 7-11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018. This adult social event will incorporate a Silent Auction, a five-piece band and beer and wine tasting. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at any of the banks in Saint Peter. The proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support Saint Peter Athletic Teams.

Techology Tip

Getting Started with Google Calendar... Every week in March we will post about Google Calendar and how you can use it more efficiently. Never used Google Calendar? That's ok! These blog posts will assist you in learning the basics to the advanced features! Stay tuned for next week when we will post about "Meeting Creation Tips".

Blog Post:

If you want to take a course about Google Calendar, please navigate the Hoonuit course If prompted to login, login with your Gustavus credentials and start learning today!


Youth Ministry Position Open...First Lutheran Church in Saint Peter 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.

"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.


Rodney Craig Block, brother of Todd Block (Facilities Management Plumbing Shop) passed away on February 23, 2018. His full obituary is 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.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 10 am to 1 pm Pound Pals Selling Pet Treats outside the Caf
11:30 am to 1:20 pm Teachers Talking Peter Banquet Room
12:401:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Cardio Strength 224 (Aerobics Room)
2:304:30 pm GusMail Migration Party Hall main floor Computer Lab
3:304:45 pm Winter Holidays Open House of the Provost, Carlson Administration Building
56:30 pm Finish Strong Workshop: Final Presentation Practice Sessions 111
5:456:45 pm La Mesa Young Dining Room, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
68 pm Class of 2019 Mug Decorating Event Den
69 pm Tokyo Chapter Gathering American Club, 2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-8649
78 pm Gustavus Meditation Club Multifaith Center in Anderson Hall
78 pm Gustavus Meditation Club-Canceled Multifaith Center
78 pm Pound Pals Craft Night Cafe
7:308:30 pm A Very GSharp Christmas Recital Hall
7:459 pm Gusties In Business - How to Build a Multi-Billion Dollar Business & Johnson, 8050 W 78th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55439
89 pm Full Body Strengthening with Erin 224 (Aerobics Room)
8:3010 pm Cru Weekly Meeting Dive
8:3010 pm Fika with Viking Society House
Tomorrow Last Day of Classes for Fall Semester Adolphus College Campus
Trot on over, to "The Dotte" Bernadotte Memorial Library
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath at Bonnier Multifaith Center - Praying the Rosary Multifaith Center in Anderson Hall
1010:20 am Daily Sabbath at the Dive: Christmas Carol Sing Along Chapel
10:30 am to noon Tech Bytes: How to become a Whiz @ GusMail 2 Lab - Main Floor of Library
11:40 am to 12:20 pm WE Fitness Class-Core Builder with Rachel 224 (Aerobics Room)
noon to 12:30 pm WE Fitness Class - TRX with Troy 2nd Floor-TRX Room
2:303:30 pm Queer & Questioning Room
2:304:30 pm Faculty Meeting Hall
4:306:30 pm Faculty Shop Talk Center
67 pm Happy Hour Yoga with Ester 224 (Aerobics Room)
78 pm Pound Pals Bingo Dive
Dec 15 Reading Day Adolphus College Campus
11:30 am to 3 pm Gustavus Young Alumni at Feed My Starving Children My Starving Children, 18732 Lake Drive E, Chanhassen, MN
13 pm Pause for Paws - Stress Break Dive
Dec 16 6:307:30 pm Sunday Worship Chapel
Dec 17 Fall Semester Final Exams Adolphus College Campus
68 pm Finish Strong Workshop: BIO+Pizza Study Session 111
Dec 18 Fall Semester Final Exams Adolphus College Campus
9 am to 5 pm Gradingfest Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
56 pm Group Fun Run Info Desk
Dec 19 Fall Semester Final Exams Adolphus College Campus
9 am to 5 pm Gradingfest Board Room, Jackson Campus Center
Dec 20 Fall Semester Ends Campus
Fall Semester Final Exams Adolphus College Campus
23:30 pm Tech Bytes: How to become a Whiz @ GusMail e-classroom
Dec 21 Christmas Recess Adolphus College Campus
Dec 21, 2018 to Jan 6, 2019 Christmas Recess Campus
Dec 21 910:30 am Tech Bytes: How to become a Whiz @ GusMail e-classroom
2:303:30 pm Take pause, take part in contemplative community Multifaith Center in Anderson Hall
Nov 19, 2018 to Feb 1, 2019 Charles E. Burchfield: Oh My Heavens, on view 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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