Inside Gustavus 

February 14, 2019 | Volume 51, Number 20

President Cabinet Summary

February 12, 2019, Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Discussion was held regarding the FY 2020 budget.

2. Members approved the hiring of a Student Life replacement position (Career Development Specialist (11 months)).

3. Members approved the hiring of a Dining Service replacement position (Market Place Supervisor).

4. Provost Kelly reported on recommendations regarding the senior survey. She and Vice Presidents VanHecke and Tunheim suggested eliminating the senior survey this spring and instead focusing on the first destination survey and conducting a new senior survey next year and beyond using the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey. Members concurred.

5. Members briefly reviewed the agenda for the all-employee meeting: update on the 2018-2019 institutional goals, admission report, and a marketing and communication report.

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All-Employee Meeting...An all-employee meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 in Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall. All employees are encouraged to attend to hear a progress report on institutional goals and related topics. Save the date for the next all-employee meeting at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall.

"Thank You and Farewell"...Bonnie and Micheal Jorgensen will be presenting a "Thank You and Farewell" recital at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 in Bjorling Recital Hall.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference...This year's conference will be Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and will feature internationally known author Thomas L. Freidman. Freidman is a writer for The New York Times focused on foreign affairs, global trade, the Middle East, globalization, and environmental issues. A live interview will be held at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel and an 11:45 a.m. lunch will take place in the banquet rooms. Tickets and more information can be found online.

Soup and Sandwich Seminars…Seminars, sponsored by the Linnaeus Arboretum, will be available for registration at the end of the week. Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. with the seminar beginning at 12 p.m. The cost is $8 for Arboretum members and $9 for non-members. Tickets paid by credit card can be found at or by calling the ticketing office at 507-933-7590. For checks, mail to Shirley Mellema, Linnaeus Arboretum, 800 West College Ave. Saint Peter MN 56082.The events offered are as follows:

  • Challenges in Agriculture: Perspectives of Farmers and Consumers
    Dr. Annika Ericksen, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology, Environmental Studies
    11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    Anthropologist Dr. Annika Ericksen shares collaborative research (with geographer Dr. Anna Versluis and her students) to study the impacts of rapid change in agriculture from the perspectives of farmers and other stakeholders. Audience participation will be encouraged.
  • River of Raptors: Hawk Migration Through the Minnesota River Valley
    Dr. Chad Heims, Associate Professor of Biology, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato
    11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    The Bethany Hawkwatch has been counting hawks and other raptors as they migrate through Mankato on their fall journey southward. Come learn about the fascinating behavior of migratory raptors, the Bethany Hawkwatch, and the lessons learned from counting raptors for 15 fall seasons.

For any questions please email or call 507-933-6181.

Gustavus Night as the Minnesota Twins...Have you heard? We're doing Gustavus Night at the Minnesota Twins! Join us and 1,000+ other Gusties, parents, and friends on Monday, June 17 for a night game versus the Boston Red Sox. Following our unique link below is the only way to be part of the Gustavus theme night‒prices include your seat and a co-branded baseball hat. Bring a friend or two‒we're welcoming Gusties and non-Gusties alike. For any more information or questions, visit the online link or email Marissa Haeny.

Nominations for Student Life awards and scholarships...Employees are highly encouraged to take some time in the next few weeks to nominate the stellar students they work with for any number of Student Life awards and scholarships. All of the information you need and the centralized nomination form are available by clicking here. The deadline for all nominations is Friday, February 22. Any questions can be directed to Megan Ruble in the Dean of Students Office. Thank you in advance for helping us recognize deserving student leaders.

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.

Weekend Home Athletic Events 

  • Women's Hockey hosts Saint Benedict at 7 p.m. on Friday Feb. 15
  • Gymnastics hosts UW-Stout at 6 p.m. on Friday Feb. 15
  • Women's Tennis hosts U of Mary at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 16
  • Men's Tennis hosts Bethel at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 16
  • Men's Hockey hosts Saint John's (Senior Night) at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 16

Fine Arts 

Schaefer Art Gallery
 Through February 23, "Inscapes"

Hillstrom Museum of Art
February 18-April 18, "For the Gods: Photographs of India by Priscilla Briggs," and "Recent Acquisitions of the Hillstrom Museum of Art."

Gustavus Choir Home Concert, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 16, in Christ Chapel.
The Gustavus Choir, under the direction of conductor Greg Aune, will perform its 2019 Capitals of Europe Tour Home Concert. The performance is free and open to the public, no tickets are required. This event will be livestreamed.

Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and Gustavus Jazz Ensemble Home Concert, 1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 17, in Bjorling Recital Hall. The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and Gustavus Jazz Band, under the direction of conductors Dr. Ruth Lin and Dr. Dave Stamps, will perform their 2019 Colorado Tour Home Concert. The performance is free and open to the public, no tickets are required. This event will be livestreamed.

Anderson Theatre
Iphigenia and Other Daughters
By Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Matt Trucano 
February 21-23 at 8 p.m. | February 24 at 2 p.m.
In order to go to war, Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia to the gods. Ten years later, his wife Clytemnestra kills him within hours of his triumphant homecoming. Another twenty years go by, and Orestes, their son, avenges his father's death by killing his mother. What does it take to disrupt the cycles of hurt and revenge that tear families and societies apart? The ancient Greeks lay awake at night attempting to answer this question, as we do today. Iphigenia and Other Daughters is a trilogy based on Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris and Sophocles' Electra to give center stage to the women and children whose lives are hijacked by ideologies predicated on their own voicelessness and objectification. When is enough enough?
Tickets are now available online at or by calling 507-933-7590. 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. Tickets not sold before the event will be placed on sale one hour prior to curtain at the Anderson Theatre box office. 

Risk Management Minute

Walking on Slippery Ice...Walk like a penguin. With snow and ice affecting much of the midwest, it's good to have a plan to stay upright. And it's an easy plan, too: walk like a penguin. Wear slip resistant shoes and keep your knees loose. Extend arms to the side to keep your balance and lower your center of gravity. Keep your hands out of your pockets, so you can break your fall with your hands if you start to slip. Spreading your feet out slightly "like a penguin” and shuffling in short, sure, steps while walking on ice increases your stability. If you fall backwards, make an effort to tuck your chin, so your head won't hit the ground. Does it look silly to waddle down the sidewalk? Absolutely. But give it a try, after all, penguins have had a decent amount of experience holding their own on ice in a treacherous climate for centuries.

Off Campus Events of Interest

Immigration & Us: What Do We Know? What Must We Know?...The 2019 Simpson Forum will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Saint Peter. The speakers for the forum will be Jodi Harpstead (CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota), Yusuf Abdi, (LSS Director of Refugee Services,) and Gustavus faculty Dr. Jeff Owen, Dr. Blake Couey, and Dr. Darrell Jodock will cover a wide range of immigration topics from historical and legal to theological and economic. Registration for the day is $15 and includes lunch. Please call Trinity Lutheran Church at 507-934-4786 to reserve your spot by February 19.

Saint Peter Choral Society Concert...The Saint Peter Choral Society presents Songs of Bernstein and Rodgers & Hammerstein at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 17 at the Saint Peter High School Auditorium. Tickets for the general public are $8 in advance at Swedish Kontur, $10 at the door. Students free. Soloist Dr. Michael Jorgensen will sing "Some Enchanted Evening."


For Sale... 620 Inverness Lane, Saint Peter. Four-bedroom, two-bath rambler with full finished basement in great centralized location just off Sunrise Drive a few blocks north of Gustavus. 1536 sq. ft. on main level. Has a cozy hearth room with fireplace just off the kitchen. Open floor plan. 1344 sq. ft finished in lower level. Two-car attached garage. Home located on 1/3 acre, so plenty of room to run! Nice deck and patio in fenced-in rear yard plus storage shed to keep your garage uncluttered. $237,900. Please contact Billy Visto by email or at 507-933-0222.

For Sale...Custom built family home with attached garage and screen porch. 25 ft. cathedral ceiling and open, sunlit floor plan. New furnace. Hardwood maple flooring and cherry kitchen cupboards and island. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, (including Master suite with large, walk-in shower.) Ideal location within walking distance to middle school and College.
Please contact Greg Aune (218-290-5613) or Julie Aune (507-382-6722).

Apartment for Rent...Two-bedroom apartment located above the Swedish Kontur on Minnesota Avenue. Original woodwork and plaster make for old charm. Additional rooms include kitchen, living room, and bathroom in good condition. Rent is $600/month plus tenant pays gas, electric, and garbage/recycling. Utilities generally run $70-85 per month. You are the only tenant in the building. It is very quiet. If interested, please contact Anders Bjorling, owner of the Swedish Kontur, at 952-693-3946.

For Sale...Four-bedroom, two-bathroom home located close to campus on the corner of Valley View Road and Jefferson Avenue. This quiet home across the street Pittman Hall has been owned by the same family since 1952 and includes a basement that opens up to a backyard garden and a one-stall garage. For inquiries, please call Bea Martinson at Ecumen-Prairie Hill at 507-931-2776.

Seeking Room...Room or apartment needed for Mark Johnson, former geology professor at Gustavus and currently professor at University of Gothenburg-Sweden, who will be on campus from April 1 to May 10. Please contact Mark Johnson with information.

Director of Lifelong Learning Opening... First Lutheran Church, Saint Peter, invites applications for a full-time position of Director of Lifelong Learning. This position is full time (40 hours per week; salary/benefits commensurate with experience) and reports directly to the senior pastor. The Director of Lifelong Learning will provide spiritual and practical leadership for the education programs of First Lutheran Church including Sunday School, Confirmation, High School Youth Group, and Adult Education. The full position description is online.


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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