Inside Gustavus 

February 21, 2019 | Volume 51, Number 21

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Tickets on Sale...Please note that tickets for the 24th Annual Building Bridges Conference, Immigration: Demolishing the Legacy of Bigotry in the Land of Opportunity, are now available. The conference begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Christ Chapel and involves two keynote speakers, several workshops, an expert panel, and interactive walk-through exhibits. Tickets are free for students and faculty; go online to learn more about the conference and to get your ticket. Please contact Bri Jol with any questions.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference...This year's conference is titled War on the Press: At Home and Abroad and will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The morning will feature a live interview internationally known The New York Times journalist and author Thomas L. Freidman. Following the interview is an 11:45 a.m. lunch with audience Q & A. The afternoon includes a movie screening about journalism and the freedom of the press and concludes with a journalism and peace building forum 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.

If you have questions please emailor call 507-933-6181.

Gustavus Night at 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 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, 2019. 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.

Faculty Award Nominations...Each academic year, Gustavus recognizes the contributions faculty make to the life of the institution. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to nominate faculty for the awards listed below. Award nominations are due on April 15, 2019 and you can nominate online.
 -Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching: This award is the highest honor granted to a member of the -Gustavus faculty. It represents a broadly-shared desire to celebrate one teacher in each academic year who has demonstrated truly outstanding effort, accomplishment, and dedicated service to Gustavus students best educational interests.
 -Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence to a Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Member: This award recognizes a Gustavus non-tenure-track faculty member for significant contributions to teaching and learning.
 -Gustavus Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment Award: This award is intended to be the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished scholarly achievements.
 -Gustavus Faculty Service Award: This award is intended to be the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished service activities.
 -Mansergh Faculty Scientific Research Award: This award is intended to recognize outstanding peer-reviewed publications that contribute to the scholarly achievement and reputation of the faculty and the College.

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 

Gymnastics hosts Hamline on Friday at 7 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts University of Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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."

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 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. 

In the News

KEYC covered the Gustavus symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble’s home concert.

The St. Peter Herald wrote about music professor and conductor of the Gustavus Choir Greg Aune retiring after 24 years at Gustavus.

Tips and Reminders

Sustainability Tip...Energy Consumption: The United States, as a country, consumes about 18 percent of the total world's energy consumption, the second highest country in the world after China. Here are some simple ways that individuals can reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions while cutting down on their electricity bill at the same time:
1. Unplug appliances when they are not in use. These appliances can use up to 10 percent of total energy consumption for a household when plugged in, even though they aren't in use.
2. Turn down the heat, especially when you leave the room. Turning heat down by just two degrees can cut your electricity bill by 10 percent.
3. When doing laundry, wash your clothes in cold water. 90 percent of the energy used in a load of laundry goes to heating up the water, so 90 percent of energy can be saved by simply using cold water.

Snowplow Safety...
This winter more than 40 Minnesota snowplow vehicles have been struck by motorists. These trucks can weigh more than 70,000 pounds and the outcome for these collisions is not in favor of the motorist. MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:

-Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
-Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don't drive into a snow cloud. Stay Back, Stay Alive.
-Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
-Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
-Turn off the cruise control.
-Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
-Don't drive distracted. You can always check MnDOT's road conditions map online.

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.


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).

For Rent...Nice old Victorian in Mankato Lincoln Park Historic District . Three bedrooms, fully furnished, one car garage, available fall semester 2019. Exact dates negotiable. Very reasonable in exchange for light maintenance (small lawn to mow, sidewalk to shovel). Suitable for family. Non-smokers only. Sorry, no pets. Contact Denis or Kathy at 507-387-2622 or


Cynthia Cooper, mother of Thia Cooper (Religion), died Saturday, February 9, 2019. A private service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Parkview Manor in Saint Peter. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CADA House in Mankato.

Dr. Amado M. Lay, Professor Emeritus of Spanish, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019, in Aurora, Colorado. His full obituary can be found online.

To inform the campus community of the death of a current student, employee, or trustee; an emeritus professor or trustee; or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or Death announcements and funeral notices for students, current and emeritus faculty and employees, and trustees will be sent to the community via written notice from the president, posted on community-l, the official campuswide e-mail list, and published in Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in Inside Gustavus or the Summer Scoop. 


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

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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