Inside Gustavus 

May 10, 2018 | Volume 50, Number 32

President Cabinet Summary

May 8 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Associate Vice President for Human Resources Julie Kline was present to continue conversations regarding a Gustavus compensation philosophy and a performance management philosophy. Julie will revise the philosophies and distribute to the Cabinet for final review/approval. Members also discussed the proposed performance evaluation process.

2. An enrollment update was given, and members briefly discussed the FY ’19 operating budget.

News and Announcements  

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HSA Contribution Update...In an effort to keep you informed of the latest changes, the Office of Human Resources has just been informed of another adjustment to the HSA family maximum contribution. For 2018, the maximum contribution limit to an H.S.A. for those with family coverage on the qualified high deductible plan will return to $6,900. As background, on March 2, 2018 the IRS announced a reduction in the family contribution limit to $6,850 from the initial maximum of $6,900 set mid-year in 2017 to keep pace with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In response to concerns received by the IRS on the administrative burdens the reduction to $6,850 created, it has been determined that the initial maximum of $6,900 can remain in place for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year. If you need to make adjustments to your maximum contribution, please complete this formand return to Nicole Goebel.

Benefits 103...As part of our continuing education, the Office of Human Resources is pleased to invite you and members of your family to a Benefits 103 session. We will discuss the current state of our medical health care, future plans, tutorials on helpful tools, and advice for preventive care. We encourage ALL employees utilizing the Gustavus medical insurance to take part in this important conversation. Please bring your smart phone or tablet as we will be downloading applications and tools that help keep you informed. For those unable to attend one of these dates, we will also make the information available online.

  • Monday, May 21 - 1-2 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Board Room
  • Wednesday, May 23 - 9-10 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Board Room

CBSL Collecting Camp Supplies...The CBSL is gathering summer camp supplies for Royal Kids Camps! Stop by the CBSL office to pick up a card (or two) and return items by May 22. All supplies will go to these campers. In Minnesota, there are approximately 2,253 children, ages 6-12 in the foster care system. Royal Kids Camps currently have two camps in Minnesota serving these children, with wonderful volunteers who have dedicated thousands of hours to reach America’s orphaned and abandoned children. You can help.

Commencement Ushers Needed...Ushers are needed to provide hospitality to approximately 4,000 guests coming to celebrate the graduating seniors. Come be part of the festivities of Commencement on Saturday, June 2 and usher from noon-2 p.m. If you are willing to help, email

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

Gustie Entrepreneur Cup...The 2018 Gustie Entrepreneur Cup will take place starting at 2 p.m. on May 12, 2018. Teams will compete for $10,000 in prizes. The first-prize winner will receive $5,000 and will advance to the semi-finals of the Minnesota Cup. Visit the website to learn more. All Gustavus students and employees are invited to attend the cup.

Rydell Professors Farewell Reception...Dr. Alison Murdoch and Dr. Helen King have spent a month on campus this year serving as the Rydell Professors. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a farewell reception from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, May 18 in the Konferensrum. Please come to to share in a final conversation and to thank them for their time on campus.

"Doctors, Nurses, and Patients: Then and Now"...Dr. Helen King will present a lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14 in Confer Hall Room 127. This event is free and open to the public. Helen King, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at the Open University in England. She is a leading expert on ancient medicine and its influence throughout the Renaissance and the early modern period. Dr. King is at Gustavus as a Rydell Professor, a scholar-in-residence program designed to bring Nobel laureates and similarly distinguished scholars to the campus as catalysts to enhance learning and teaching.

Retirement for Sue Myhra... Join us as we celebrate Sue Myhra's retirement! Sue is retiring this summer after 39 years of service to the Residential Life office and Gustavus. Stop by the open house on Friday, May 25, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room for some treats and to wish Sue well in her next adventures. We'll have a short program at 3:30 p.m.

Fine Arts


May 12 at 7:30 p.m., Gustavus Wind Orchestra 140th Anniversary Concert in Christ Chapel
May 13 at 3:30 p.m., TJ Zemlin, Tenor, in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 13 at 6:00 p.m., Gustavus Women's A Capella, in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 13 at 7:30 p.m., Gustavus Handbell Ensemble Concert in Christ Chapel

Theatre & Dance

May 11 & 12 at 8 p.m., May 13 at 2 p.m., Falling Toward Beginning: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert, in Anderson Theatre
Schaefer Art Gallery
Through May 19, Howard Quednau: Dioramas

Hillstrom Museum of Art

Through June 2, Adieu: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2018

Weekend Home Athletic Events 

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

  • Men’s tennis hosts the NCAA Division III Regional Thursday, May 10-Saturday, May 12
  • The Golden Gusties All-Athlete Awards Banquet is 7 p.m. Monday, May 14

In the News

The Mankato Free Press wrote on senior art students displaying their pieces in the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

Minnesota Public Radio News reported on Gustavus alum Tim Nelson getting a three crowns tattoo after his daugher, Emma Nelson, committed to attending Gustavus for next year.

The Jackson County Pilot ran a story on Gustavus alum Eunice Woodberry becoming the new pastor for Salem Lutheran Church in Jackson.


Housing Database...Faculty and staff from HERC institutions who are going on sabbatical or will be away from their homes for extended periods may post their homes for rent to the University of Minnesota’s temporary housing database. Likewise, new HERC member employees who are relocating to Minnesota and Wisconsin are encouraged to access the database to identify housing opportunities. Contact Mary Everley with questions.

Seeking Housing...Visiting faculty member in political science and spouse are seeking housing for the 2018-19 academic year. If you're looking to lease while away next year, please contact Jill Locke in Political Science or Arturo Lopez-Levy.

Looking for Rental...Hi, my name is Patrick Clark, a 2012 graduate, and a current assistant coach for the Men’s Tennis Team at Gustavus. I am inquiring about housing/renting opportunities starting August 2018. If you know of something or someone please reach out to me via email or by cell: 630-930-7799. Thanks.

Seeking Housing Starting August...I will be joining the faculty in the economics and management department this August. My wife and I are looking for a 2 to 3 bedroom home to rent for the academic year. We have an older dog and cat that need a home too. Please contact me (Lonnie Hosman) by email or at 605-440-1825. Thanks.
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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

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