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 1:302:30 pm Director of Residential Life candidate open interview session Dive
TomorrowJun 22 Gustie Gear-Up! 2018 Hall, Evelyn Young Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center, Johnson Student Union
Tomorrow 5:308:30 pm Gustavus Young Alumni at Stella's Fish Cafe's Fish Cafe, 1400 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Jun 25 9:30 am to 5 pm Minnesota Private College Week Campus Center
noon to 6 pm 18th Annual Whitey Skoog Gustie Open and Golf Team Benefit Sueur Country Club, Le Sueur, MN
Jun 26 9:30 am to 5 pm Minnesota Private College Week Campus Center
24 pm Finance and Administration Team Meeting Beta Kappa Room
Jun 27 9:30 am to 5 pm Minnesota Private College Week Campus Center
Jun 28 9:30 am to 5 pm Minnesota Private College Week Campus Center

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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