Inside Gustavus 

March 21, 2019 | Volume 51, Number 25


March 14 Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Discussion was held regarding the Wednesday, March 13 conversation with Moody's representatives. President Bergman expressed her appreciation to Cabinet members for their outstanding work in preparing the narrative for the written report and answering questions on the call.

2. Discussion was held regarding the proposed service schedule for the 2019 Christmas in Christ Chapel. Members approved changing the 2019 schedule as proposed adding a Thursday evening service and deleting the Sunday evening service. 

3. Members approved the hiring of a Physical Plant replacement position (plumber).

4. Members approved the hiring of a Physical Plant replacement position (Building Services Manager). This position replaces the previously posted Director of Building Services position.

5. Members approved the hiring of an Academic Affairs replacement position (Director of Administrative Information Systems).

6. Members approved the hiring of a Student Life replacement position (Career Development Specialist Pre-Health Cluster).

7. Members approved the hiring of a new Student Life position (Senior Career Development Health Specialist). This is a grant-funded position.

8. Discussion was held regarding the FY 2020 budget.

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Library Hours for Spring Break… Friday, March 29: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., March 30 & 31: Closed; Mon. April 1-Fri., April 5: 12 p.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sat., April 6: Closed; Sun., April 7: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Digital Liberal Arts Workshop... Dr. Celeste Tường Vy Sharpe, historian and academic technologist at Carleton College, will present a talk/workshop from 2:30-4 p.m. on March 27, in the Saint Peter Room titled "What Even Is This? Questioning as Assignment Design in the Digital Liberal Arts." Dr. Sharpe will address how to get started, how to design projects for courses, and ways to lower the barriers of time and effort before conducting a hands-on workshop for participants. Bring your questions and your laptops. Contact Barbara Fister with any questions.

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.

2019 Rydell Scholar-in-Residence... Dr. David Montgomery is 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.

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."

Weekend Home Athletic Events

Women's Tennis hosts MSU, Mankato at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 23
Men's Tennis hosts Saint Mary's at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23
Men's Tennis hosts Saint John's at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23
Women's Tennis hosts Southwest Minnesota State at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23

Tips and Reminders

Saving for Retirement...Retirement savings are an important consideration for all Gustavus employees. TIAA has excellent tools to aid in your plans and savings strategies. Use this tool to view an average savings plan based on your age and income. Bookmark this site for stories of inspiration and valuable insights and resources on topics from money to health to lifestyle to help you live smart in retirement. Are you thinking of retiring in the next five years? Create a Retirement Profile online with TIAA for advice and savings strategies. If you are currently not personally contributing to your 403(b) retirement account and would like to do so, or make a change to your election, complete this form and return it to Nicole Goebel in the Office of Human Resources.

Risk Management Minute: Van Safety… Spring break is almost here and many groups are traveling across the US and we want everyone to return safely. All van drivers need to be aware of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics for 15-passenger van for the years 2007-2016:
 -70 percent of occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained
 -41 percent of the occupants killed were ejected from the vehicle
 -11 percent of fatal rollover crashes were attributed to tire failure
The NHTSA recommends that van drivers insist that all occupants always wear their seat belts; van drivers should be trained and experienced; tires should be checked at least once a week using the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure levels; and no loads should be placed on the van’s roof. Let's all have a Safe Spring Break.

Sustainability tip... At Gustavus, climate change can appear invisible. In many parts of the world, climate change is not easy to detect on a day-to-day basis because it requires tracking change over time. Despite what might feel like the same seasons, climate experts and scientists have documented the following trends in Minnesota:
1. Lakes are getting warmer. Warmer lakes mean chemical and biological changes, as well as a shorter winter ice season. DNR analysis shows inland lakes have about four days fewer of ice cover per decade over the past three decades.
2. Rainfall is increasing across the state, yet we will experience warmer, drier conditions in late summer, including the potential for August dry-out that would crisp plants. According to Dr. Tracy Twine and Dr. Peter Reich, professors at the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources, parts of the state through the upper middle and southeastern corner could see average August rainfall drop by up to 60 percent by the end of the century.
3. Minnesota’s tree population will change as its pine woods retreat north.

You can help reduce the impacts of climate change by calling and/or meeting with your elected officials to encourage their support of policy and legislation that mitigates climate change. You can also take simple actions at home to help reduce carbon emissions, such as biking or walking as a mode of transportation, turning down the thermostat by 1-2 degrees, hanging your clothes up to dry rather than putting them in the drier, and/or choosing to eat less meat.

Off Campus Events of Interest

Saint Peter Chamber Annual Social and Fundraiser…The annual social is from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, April 5 in Cec Eckhoff Alumni Hall. The country western-themed event will feature a silent auction, classic country music by Sheldon Lee Brandt, and dinner. Cost is $40 per person. Make a reservation by contacting the Saint Peter Chamber at 934-3400.

Saints Booster Bash… The second annual Saints Booster Bash will be held Saturday, April 6 from 6:30-11:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall at the Saint Peter Fairgrounds. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 onlineor for $25 at the door. This is a 21+ event. Silent Auction will run 6:30-9 p.m. Dance with the band "Rock of Ages" from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Saint Peter Booster Club. Contact Tracey if you have questions or would like to donate to the silent auction. Go Saints.

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.


Seeking Housing...Two 2015 Gustavus grads moving to Saint Peter in June are looking for a house to rent for one year. Needs room for a baby grand piano. Contact Jana at

Affordable Homes...North Mankato is partnering with Minnesota Housing to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through the Start Up loan program. Start Up offers fixed interest rates and downpayment and closing cost loans up to $15,000 for eligible first-time homebuyers. Buyers can purchase homes in North Mankato that cost up to $271,100. First-time buyers can get started by contacting participating lenders in the North Mankato area. Go online to find approved lenders, current interest rates, and program eligibility info.


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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