Inside Gustavus 

April 12, 2018 | Volume 50, Number 28

President Cabinet Summary

April 2 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Associate Vice President for Financial Planning and Analysis Kris Hank was present to review the planning for the FY 2019 operating budget.

2. Vice President Rooney updated members on the possible timing of the replacement of the football stadium turf.

3. Although finals are being conducted on Memorial Day, members were reminded that Memorial Day is an employee holiday. Some student-related offices will be open.

4.  Members were reminded of the College gift policy.

5.  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 approved the dates of Wednesday and Thursday, September 28-29 for the 2022 Nobel Conference.

News and Announcements  

Policy Reminder... The Cabinet asks that members of the campus community adhere to the policy barring the use of College funds for gifts or other recognitions. The full policy is listed in the All College Policies as the “Policy Regarding the Use of College Funds to Express Condolences at the Time of a Death or to Recognize an Individual.” Here is an excerpt of the policy: “…expenditures for gifts or flowers that a department would like to make to recognize a colleague or other community friend or family member on any occasion, i.e., birth, retirement, illness, etc., are encouraged and must be paid for by funds personally contributed by members and friends of the department.” Thank you for your cooperation.
Theatre Tickets Available...Tickets are now available online or by calling 507-933-7590 for the Department of Theatre and Dance production of The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Henry MacCarthy. Performances will be held April 20-21 at 8 p.m. and April 22 at 2 p.m. at the St. Peter Yoga Studio (112 Grace Street, Saint Peter). Tickets not sold before the event will be placed on sale one hour prior to curtain at the door. 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.
Are you participating in a Gustavus Health Insurance plan?...Join us for a presentation by Andrew Roos, our Blue Cross Blue Shield representative, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on April 23. He will be sharing information about Preventive Care and ways to maximize your medical insurance benefits. For more information, contact Nicole Goebel.
Submit Your Information to the Parent Blog...Gustavus communicates with its parents electronically via a "Parent Blog" which comes out monthly from August - May. Currently over 2,500 parent emails are subscribed. If you have important information, deadline reminders, etc., that you think parents would be interested to know, send a pre-written post (less than 200 words please) to Megan Ruble. She will communicate with you about timing and appropriateness.

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. 

From Print and Mail Services...Spring is in the air—and so is the spirit of letter writing. April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, an annual celebration of handwritten correspondence. Consider writing a letter to a friend or family member this month.

Campus Happenings

MAYDAY! Peace Conference Featuring Nobel Peace Prize Winner...The MAYDAY! Peace Conference is on Wednesday, May 2 starting at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee will share her inspiring story of working to end the civil war in Liberia and the role women serve in creating peace around the world. Following the keynote address is a luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Library - Gustavus Library Associates. The luncheon will feature the remarks "Me and You, Too: Women Stories in Peace Building" given by Mikka McCracken '09 of ELCA World Hunger. At 1 p.m., there will be a movie screening of the documentary about Ms. Gbowee's life and 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall will be a discussion of the main themes of the day. Gustavus students, faculty, and staff will need to show their Gustavus ID for entrance into Chapel. To learn more about the event, visit the online page.

Lecture on Government...Dr. Walter Williams is serving as the 2018 Lindau Resident in Conservative Thought. His lecture, titled "The Role of Government in a Free Society" is on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall and will be live streamed. Williams is an economist, national media commentator, and academic who is a proponent of free market economics and opposes socialist systems of government intervention believing laissez-faire capitalism is the most moral and productive system. Dr. Williams will address why and how there has been a decline of constitutional values that has permitted the growth of the government. More information about the lecture is available online.

Save the Date: Fourth Annual Matthias Wahlstrom Lecture…Please mark your calendar for 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Beck Hall 101. Marie Walker, Professor of Psychological Science, will present her talk entitled “Liberal Arts and Diversity.” President Rebecca Bergman will introduce Walker, and refreshments will be provided for conversation after the lecture. For more information, visit the online page.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

  • Women’s tennis hosts Southwest Minnesota State at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15
  • Baseball hosts Macalester at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 15
  • Women’s tennis hosts Minnesota State-Mankato at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15

Fine Arts


April 14 at 7:30 p.m., Christian Gustafson, Voice, in Bjorling Recital Hall

April 15 at 5:30 p.m., Jessica Backes, Flute, in Christ Chapel

Schaefer Art Gallery

April 15 – May 19, "Howard Quednau: Dioramas"

Hillstrom Museum of Art

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

Congregational Outreach

Retreats...The Office of Church Relations will host a weekend confirmation retreat for Peace Lutheran of Bloomington, Minnesota and Zion Lutheran of Milaca, Minnesota from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15. The retreat program is a resource offered to ELCA congregations that are also members of the Gustavus Association of Congregations.

The 6th Annual Faith Conference: Doubt and Difference: Finding Faith Through Authentic Engagement, will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Jacqueline A. Bussie and Reverend Munib Younan are the featured speakers. Tickets are $10/person, group rates are available. Buy tickets at One complimentary ticket available for all Gustavus students, faculty, and staff.

In the News

KEYC, WDIO, the Albert Lea Tribune, KIMT 3, and the Bristol Herald Courier, wrote reflections on the Saint Peter tornado.

WFMY News 2 covered a story on Gustavus students traveling to Winston-Salem for Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity.

Off Campus Events of Interest

Celebration of Life for Lorie Siebels…The Catholic Church of Saint Peter will host a celebration of life for Lorie Siebels, administrative assistant in the Office of Marketing and Communication, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

Chipotle Fundraiser...Colleges Against Cancer is holding a Chipotle Fundraiser on Tuesday, April 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Chipotle at 1600 Warren Street, Mankato. Mention the Colleges Against Cancer fundraiser to the cashier or show them the photo from our Facebook page and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Relay For Life of Gustavus. Thank you for your consideration.

Saint Peter Fiesta...Join us for the Saint Peter Fiesta from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at the Saint Peter Community Center. This is a community festival uniting the Saint Peter area to celebrate and learn more about Spanish speaking cultures with cooking demonstrations, singing and dancing performances, educational displays, craft activities, and games. Free and open to all.


Looking for a furnished rental?...Cozy home in Saint Peter available July 2018 to August 2019 academic year. Perfect for a new employee and family. A few blocks away from campus. Four 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 included). Fully or semi furnished. Pets okay. No smoking. Must do own mowing and shoveling. Contact Angelique Dwyer if interested.
Furniture Repair...Seeking a furniture repair guru to shore up a set of seven antique wooden chairs. No re-finishing needed; they are just wobbly and the pegs are coming out of their holes. Contact Tonya Kjerland, x6069, for more information.
"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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.

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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