Inside Gustavus 

September 27, 2018 | Volume 51, Number 4

President Cabinet Summary

September 18 Cabinet Meeting Summary:

1. Director of Institutional Research David Menk was present to review this year’s edition of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

2. Discussion was held regarding setting the FY 2020 tuition, room, and food rates. Consensus was to increase the comprehensive rate by 3.4%, following a conversation with the Internal Budget Committee.

3. Discussion was held regarding moving forward with the faculty retirement incentive program. Materials to those eligible faculty will be sent soon.

4. Provost Kelly shared her current thoughts regarding the future structure and associated searches for the Provost’s Office. Two full-time, permanent Deans will be hired; the searches will happen concurrently.

September 25 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Benefits Specialist Nicole Goebel was present to discuss a proposal for the College’s 2019 medical benefits plan. Members approved one of the options presented.

2. Discussion was held regarding the vacancy in Facilities Management (Associate Vice President) and the upcoming vacancy in Human Resources (Associate Vice President), including the timing of the searches. Members approved the hiring of both of the above positions.

3. Members discussed the topics for the strategic discussion session at the October Board of Trustees meeting.

4. Provost Kelly asked members for feedback regarding the draft revised/new policies on non-discrimination and anti-harassment/bullying.

News and Announcements

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Gustavus Student Exclusive: Meet the Nobel Conference Speakers...Gustavus students can meet Nobel Conference 54 speakers in a small group discussion and question-and-answer session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 on the first floor of Beck Hall. Discussion topics include Soil: Past, Present, and Future with Frank Uekotter and David Montgomery; Soil and Carbon with Claire Chenu and Rattan Lal; The Microbiome of Soil with Suzanne Simard and Jack Gilbert; and Soil and Agriculture with Ray Archuletta. Students may come with a question or just your curiosity and interest to meet some of the world’s top scholars.

Nobel Conference Tickets...The 2018 Nobel Conference will be taking place on October 2 and 3. This year’s conference, Living Soil: A Universe Underfoot, invites participants to consider the vast diversity and complexity of soil, and to ponder the challenges we face in protecting this most fundamental resource. All employees and students may request a FREE ticket to attend. To learn more and to request a ticket, visit the Nobel Conference website or call 507-933-7520.

Christmas in Christ Chapel -- Tickets on sale now...Christmas in Christ Chapel is happening November 30, December 1 and 2. There is an exciting, significant change in how tickets will be sold this year. New this year, guests will select specific reservable seats in Christ Chapel at the time of ticket purchase. There will no longer be general admission seating. Employees will continue to receive one free ticket. Tickets are on sale now! For more information and to get your tickets, visit the Christmas in Christ Chapel website.

Nobel Conference Parking...The 54th annual Nobel Conference will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2-3. Employees should allow extra time for arriving on campus and parking during the Conference. It is critical for the safety of all that everyone obeys traffic directions given at entrances and intersections by College personnel. One-way traffic on Ring Road will start at 7 a.m. on both days of the Conference.

The Lund parking lot and one marked row of the Stadium/Beck lot will close at 11 p.m. on Monday, October 1 and will remain closed through Wednesday, October 3 due to the Conference. The Norelius visitor lot will be closed both days of the Conference for valet parking. The Norelius green parking will be closed at 7:30 a.m. each day of the Conference. If you want to park there, please arrive prior to 7:30 a.m.

With the exception of the above spaces, all other red and green parking lots will be considered "open parking" during the Conference. Vehicles may be parked in any red or green parking space without regard to permit color. Visitor parking is closed to students and employees and will be enforced. Specially marked parking spaces (handicap, 30-minute, maintenance, residential life, etc.) are always enforced.

Please contact the Department of Campus Safety at 507-933-8809 if you have any questions about parking and traffic during the Nobel Conference. Please contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520 if you have general or ticket questions about the Conference.

Book Sale at the Library...The Library will be holding a book sale from Monday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 7. Paperback books will be 25 cents and hardcover will be 50 cents (with the weekend bringing discounted prices). Come in with quarters and leave with books!

New Room Reservation System...Gustavus is moving to a new room reservation system called ReServe. In the past there was a "scheduler" website to make requests for a limited number of spaces on campus. This site is not longer active. To request a room reservation, contact the coordinator in each building found at Later this fall an online request form for many room requests will be available.

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 

Nobel Conference Film Festival...The Reading in Common Program, Campus Activities Board, and Nobel Conference present Dirty: The Soil Film Festival. The second film in the series, Interstellar, will be presented by CAB at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Watch this popular theatrical movie that connects Reading in Common and the 54th Nobel Conference by telling the story of individuals who engage in space exploration, searching for a new planet that can sustain plant and human life, due to extreme soil degradation on Earth.

Flu Shot Clinic... Available to students and current employees as well as to employees’ spouses, partners, and dependents over the age of 18. Not available to retirees or employees with Medicare. Bring your insurance card, or pay cash/write a check (students may charge their student account) for $35. This year's flu shot clinics will be held from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10 and from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 11. Both events will take place in the Heritage Room.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

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

• Men’s tennis hosts the ITA Midwest Regional Championship Friday-Monday
• Women’s soccer hosts Augsburg at 1 p.m. Saturday
• Men’s soccer hosts Augsburg at 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Fine Arts


September 29 at 3:30 p.m. Esther Wang, Faculty Recital in Bjorling Recital Hall

October 2 at 8 p.m., Nobel Concert in Bjorling Recital Hall

Schaefer Art Gallery

Through November 1, "What to Do When Lost in the Woods"

Hillstrom Museum of Art

Through November 4, "10 AM, Zero One, and Other Settings: Paintings by Tony Martin" and "FOCUS IN/ON: Cameron Booth’s Toilers"


We need your shoes...Would you ever think that your gently worn, used, and new shoes could provide scholarships to SPHS graduates? Well they can and here's how. Saint Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars is participating in a fundraiser where there is nothing to buy or sell. All we need is your support and your gently worn, used, and new shoes. Start in your family's closets and gather pairs of shoes that are out of style, out of season, or that you've outgrown. Please ask your neighbors and co-workers to do the same. These shoes will help support our program as well as micro-entrepreneurs (small business owners) in developing nations like Haiti, Columbia, and Tanzania.

Can we count on you? Every pair helps. We have until September 30 to collect 2,500 pairs.

Collection boxes are located at all four public schools in Saint Peter, First Lutheran Church, and the Saint Peter Public Library. To arrange a pick up, call 507-317-7337 or email Kayley Ronnkvist.

Car for Sale... 2008 Buick LeSabre 3800 V6, 170k miles, full maintenance records, good tires, excellent condition. Asking $2,800. Email Jane Chouanard for pictures or more information.
“Clamoring for Change” Social Media Platform...Dr. Guy Nave, professor of religion at Luther College, developed Clamoring for Change, a new social media platform, during his recent sabbatical. Guy is ready for a soft launch of the platform, which is designed to foster civil discourse about challenging issues. He hopes “…the site will initially be used by academics…” and that faculty in the NECU community will agree to become contributors. The project will be introduced through a webinar on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. CST. To register for the webinar, email Melinda Valverde. Faculty or administrators interested in the project may also visit online to learn more, or they may contact Professor Nave directly.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and/or 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 or 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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