Inside Gustavus 

May 17, 2018 | Volume 50, Number 33

President Cabinet Summary

May 15 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alisa Rosenthal and Consultant Ann Duffield were present to discuss progress on Gustavus Acts Strategies 1.1 and 1.3 and on the key performance indicators/goals for each priority strategy.

2. The agenda for the May 24 all-employee meeting was discussed. Highlighted will be results of the Gallup Survey, progress on 2017-2018 institutional goals, FY 2018 budget, FY 2019 budget, and an enrollment update.

3. Continued discussion was held regarding developing a plan to leverage funds from the current accumulated surpluses for future growth ideas for the College.

4. The summer Cabinet retreat will be held August 20-21.

5. A proposed restructuring of the Building Services Department was presented and affirmed.

6. Members reviewed documentation outlining an assessment process and criteria for helping to make a decision on whether to have the presence of armed security at campus events. 

News and Announcements  

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All-Employee Meeting...Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the All-Employee Meeting for a progress report on institutional goals and an update on the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 operating budgets. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

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

Donation request...Gustavus employees who would like to donate paid time off/vacation hours to a fellow employee who is on an approved FMLA leave, and will run out of paid time off (PTO) prior to the end of the leave, may access the donation form here and submit the form to the payroll area in the Finance Office.

Technology Rentals...Video camera kits, tripods, and/or projectors will not be available for checkout from the library from June 1 through August 31. If you were planning on using such equipment during these summer months, please contact Mark Kump, x7571, prior to May 31 to make permissible arrangements.
Please also expect a delay with the processing and availability of books and DVDs purchased from June 1st through August 31. If you need materials for fall semester courses, please plan accordingly.

Gustavus Employee Picnic...The Gustavus Employee Picnic will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. There will be a full picnic menu and entertainment by the Hootenanny Annies. Invitations will be mailed via campus mail. Please return the bottom portion of the invitation as your RSVP to Jean Noren, Office of the President. Your RSVP will qualify you for door prize drawings.

Reception for Newly Promoted Faculty…Fourteen faculty members have received promotions in the 2018 spring semester. Provost Brenda Kelly will host a special reception honoring these individuals on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 8:30-10 a.m. in the President’s Dining Room.
The following faculty members have been promoted from Associate to full Professor:
• Julie Bartley
• Thia Cooper
• Jeff Jeremiason
• Dan Moos
• Amanda Nienow
• Alisa Rosenthal
• Dwight Stoll
The following faculty members have been promoted from Continuing to Senior Continuing status:
• Laura Bowyer
• Eric Elias
• Heather Haemig
• Kiki Harbitz
• Jessica Imholte
• Aaron Nienow
• Eric Vrooman

Library Hours for Spring Finals...Thursday, May 24 & Friday, May 25: 8 a.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday, May 26: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, May 27: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Monday, May 28: 8 a.m.-1 a.m.; Tuesday, May 29-Friday, June 1: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

College Post Office Summer Window Hours...The College Post Office will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 30 through August 10, 2018. The Mailroom and Print Services will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes!...Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes with Jen Donkin, RD, CDE and Nicole Boelter, MS. Trained life style coaches will help you learn how to create a healthier lifestyle and prevent diabetes in this diabetes prevention program. Classes are held weekly for 16 weeks and then monthly for eight months. These classes will be held on Wednesdays, starting August 29, 2018 at the Helen White conference center (River's Edge Campus). Cost is $75, with incentives offered for regular participation. To register, call Jen at 934-7694. 

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

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 share in a final conversation and to thank them for their time on campus.

Benefits 103...The Office of Human Resources is pleased to invite you to a Benefits 103 session next week. 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

Lecture on Brexit and Where It Leaves Us...On Monday, May 21, Dr. Robert Geyer from Lancaster University will speak in the Heritage Room at 3:30 p.m. His talk is titled "The road to Brexit: How did it happen, where are we now, how will it affect the EU, and does it relate to Trump?" Dr. Geyer is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Lancaster University. His academic background is in international political economy, European politics, policy and integration, Nordic politics, and complexity theory in public policy.

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 from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25 in the Heritage Room for some treats and to wish Sue well in her next adventures. We will have a short program at 3:30 p.m.

Farewell for Lisa Rinehart...The Student Life Division invites the Gustavus community to join us as we say goodbye and best wishes to Lisa Rinehart, Director of the Counseling Center, who will be leaving Gustavus at the end of this academic year. Refreshments will be served. We hope you will stop by on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 between 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Dean of Students office to wish Lisa farewell.

Documentary Showing...The Center for International and Cultural Education has organized a special screening of the much-anticipated documentary film, Talking Black in America, from 7-9 p.m. on May 18 in Alumni Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Talking Black in America follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality. Filmed across the United States, Talking Black in America is a startling revelation of language as legacy, identity and triumph over adversity. With Reverend Jeremiah Wright, DJ Nabs, Professor Griff, Quest M.C.O.D.Y., Dahlia the Poet, Nicky Sunshine and many others.
Please also join us for a post-screening discussion, with the following invited panelists: Bukata Hayes, Executive Director, Greater Mankato Diversity Council; Tiffnie Jackson, Director of Racial Justice, Mankato YWCA; Brian Lozenski, Professor of Urban and Multicultural Education, Macalester College; and Abdi Sabrie, Community Leader, Mankato Area.
Contact Carly Overfelt for more information, and visit online for trailers.

Fine Arts


May 18 at 6 p.m., Vocal Jazz Solo Night, in Courtyard Cafe
May 18 at 7:30 p.m., Christian Gustafson, Baritone, in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 19 at 1:30 p.m., Gustavus Wind Symphony, in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 19 at 5:30 p.m., Emily Komperud, Trumpet, in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 19 at 7:30 p.m., Oran Clay, Tuba, in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 20 at 1:30 p.m., Gustavus Jazz and Adolphus Jazz Ensembles, in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 22 at 7:30 p.m., G Sharp, in Bjorling Recital Hall

Schaefer Art Gallery

April 15 to May 19, Howard Quednau: Dioramas

Hillstrom Museum of Art

May 5 to June 2, Adieu: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2018


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 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.

Seeking Housing...I am a retired teacher looking for a two or more bedroom rental-sublet/house-sit starting fall semester until the end of school year or through summer. Please contact Patricia D.

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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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