Inside Gustavus 

March 14, 2019 | Volume 51, Number 24


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2019 Rydell Scholar-in-Residence... Dr. David Montgomery will be at Gustavus through mid-May serving as the 2019 Rydell Professor (a visiting scholar-in-residence program). Dr. Montgomery provided the opening lecture last fall's Nobel Conference. He is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. He is teaching a course on campus based on telling the story of science. Dr. Montgomery is available to visit other classes and to meet faculty or students for informal conversation. To schedule a class visit, contact Jim Dontje. Faculty and student may also reach out to arrange more informal meetings by connecting with Dr. Montgomery directly. He will have an office in Mattson Hall with the geology faculty.

GAC Talks…Taking after the well-known TED Talks series, the GAC Talks conference is a series of brief, educational, and rewarding presentations from inspiring Gustavus professors, staff, students, and alumni who are driven by their passion to share their outstanding "ideas inspiring action". This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on March 21 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Don't miss out on an opportunity to learn from your peers! Speakers for the event include:
Sarah Wolter- Media in the 21 Century
Ashley Haxton- Rising Above the Standard American Diet
Joren Tengesdal- Gentlemen Fighting Against Sexual Assault
Charlie Potts- The Glorification of Busy
Tori Franciosi- The Intersectional Impacts of the Pebble Mine
Peter Stark- Navigating Chaos: Exercising Leadership in an Artificially Intelligent Multi-Reality Future

2019 Big Speaker…The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is proud to announce that this year's Big Speaker is Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist who was the original founder of the "Me Too" movement, which she started in 2006. It later became a global phenomenon that has raised awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society. Follow CAB on social media for upcoming updates about this event. Tarana Burke will give her remarks at 7 p.m. on April 11 in Christ Chapel.

Scholarship Thank Yous...
Just a friendly reminder that scholarship thank yous are due April 23, 2019. Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends have given millions of dollars to establish scholarships at Gustavus because they believe in the importance of a liberal arts education and they believe fully in you. Their gifts directly impact you and your financial aid, please take a few minutes out to tell them thank you, and that their support means a great deal to you and your family.
The link will be in your email. If you don't receive a link and wish to say thank you, email Maggie Forster '09, donor relations in the Office of Advancement or call her at 507-933-6513.

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. Submit the form to the Payroll area in the Finance office.

54th Annual Psychology Conference...Save the date for the 54th Annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC), taking place from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on April 27, 2019 at Gustavus. This year the keynote speaker is Dr. Kathleen Vohs, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Land O'Lakes Chair in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She is also a Gustavus psychological science graduate. The title of her keynote is "The Hidden Costs of Decision Making." The lecture will take place in Bjorling Recital Hall at 10:15 a.m. Please visit here for more information on conference registration and details.

Dean Search On-Campus Visits…On March 18-20, we will welcome to campus three more finalists for our open Academic Dean positions. Please join us in welcoming the candidates to campus. Candidate information will be posted on the search website ( The schedule for open sessions is also below.

Open Sessions for Faculty:
March 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room
March 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room
March 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room

Open Sessions for All Campus Constituents:
March 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the Heritage Room
March 19 at 10:30 a.m. in Beck Hall 101
March 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Confer Hall 127

Thank you again for your participation in this important process.

Fifth Annual Matthias Wahlstrom Lecture... Please mark your calendar for 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Beck Hall 101. Debra Pitton, Professor of Education, will present her talk entitled "The embedded skills within a liberal arts education -- the key to future success." President Bergman will introduce Pitton, and refreshments will be provided for conversation after the lecture. More information can be found online.

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.

Fine Arts

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."
Gallery talk at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 featuring Associate Professor in Art and Art History Priscilla Briggs, who spent January in Bangalore, India taking photos for the exhibit. Her pieces intend to create questions of cause and effect, and reinforce the urgency of global environmental issues. Briggs will give a gallery talk about her photography and her time abroad.

Gustavus Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds Winter Concert
Saturday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall, the Gustavus Wind Symphony and Gustavus Chamber Winds present their winter concert. The afternoon performance will include classics such as W.A. Mozart’s “Serenade in C. Minor, K. 388 for Winds,” and more contemporary works including Steven Bryant’s 2004 piece “Dusk,” and “Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice” by Ron Nelson. The program also features soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw performing “Evening Music” by Jayce Ogren.

Sunday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall, retired faculty member Barbara Leibundguth will perform a recital of flute repertoire accompanied by pianist Elizabeth Mueller Grace. The program includes an array of pieces, including “Sonata” by Walter Piston and “Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 14” by Robert Muczynski. 

Student Recitals
Saturday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall, Emma Myhre, mezzo-soprano
Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall, Amy Specker, soprano/flute, and Sam O'Neill, tenor

In the News
Gustavus was highlighted in a MinnPost report on Pell Grant graduation rates and the achievement gap. Alisa Rosenthal and Kirk Carlson were interviewed for the piece.

Tips and Reminders

Environmental Sustainability Minute... Water softener salt conservation. Chloride (originating from salt) is a permanent pollutant, toxic to fish and aquatic life. About 50 Minnesota water bodies are considered impaired because of excess chloride levels. Water softeners have been identified as a major contributor of chloride into lakes and rivers. Experts say there are some steps you can take to help reduce your salt use, so you're not using more than necessary to soften hard water.
Four ways to stop wasting water softener
1) Decide if you really need a softener - Have your water tested to determine its hardness, or how many minerals such as calcium or magnesium it contains. Some cities centrally soften their water, so you probably don't need a separate softener in your home in those cities.
2) Upgrade to a high-efficiency, on-demand water softener - Those models only soften the water and recharge when it's needed, which reduces your salt use. And make sure it's the correct size for your household.
3) Use the least amount of salt necessary - Make sure your softener is set according to your water hardness. If you have an old softener that operates on a timer, extend the time between regeneration cycles. Don't soften water that goes to outdoor faucets and hoses.
4) Hire a professional - Water softeners should be inspected and maintained regularly to make sure they're working properly and efficiently.
Let's all do our part to protect our environment!

Sustainability Tip... Worldwide, the climate is shifting to warmer temperatures due to increased carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. In just the past two decades, autumn and spring temperatures in northern latitudes have increased by 1 degree, and by the end of the century, temperatures are likely to increase from 4-7 degrees. Don't be fooled, this seemingly small temperature increase can have a large impact on your life!
1) A warmer climate could decrease food production; Iowa corn yields are likely to decrease 10-20 percent by the end of the 21 century because of climate change.
2) Today, Minnesota rarely experiences days when heat exceeds dangerous levels. By 2050, the state is projected to see an average of more than 15 danger days a year.
3) Climate change will likely shift the production, distribution, and timing of aeroallergens, thus increasing the severity and prevalence of human allergies.
4) Climate-dependent diseases that were once absent from Minnesota, such as Lymes disease and other tick and mosquito borne diseases, are shifting northward into Minnesota and Canada, potentially impacting our health.
To show that our campus cares about climate change and wants to see our administration act on it, join students, staff and faculty alike in a campus march that begins in the chapel at 10 a.m. on March 22 for Groundswell. Look for the digital signs on campus for more Groundswell events and make the choice to participate!

Off Campus Events of Interest

Irish Fun Run Fundraiser... The Luck of The Irish Fun Run was started to help promote and raise funds for John Ireland Catholic School in Saint Peter. We are excited about this growing family event. Over the past five years, we have raised close to $25,000 for John Ireland with this race. The 7K is a chip timed race and all participants, young and old will receive a t-shirt. Taking place on Saturday, March 23, the 7K starts at 9:30 a.m. and the kids race will begin at 10:30 a.m. All races will begin and end at the Church of Saint Peter parking lot in Saint Peter. Join us for this family fun, community event. To register click here.For more about John Ireland Catholic School, you can visit our website.


For rent... One bedroom (sleeps four) at Point Place at Breezy Point on Pelican Lake, Minn. Just steps from the beach, this unit has a full kitchen, hot tub, and has access to indoor pools and a waterslide. Available June 7-14, 2019. $800 for the week. ($1100 if you rent from the resort). Contact Dana Lamb for more information.


Merwin Williams, husband of Joan Williams (Advancement, retired), passed away on March 5, 2019, in his home. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Saint Peter. Family interment will be held in Lake Crystal Cemetery. A full obituary can be found online.


Upcoming events
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2:304:30 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun video conference
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