Inside Gustavus 

April 18, 2019 | Volume 51, Number 29

President Cabinet Summary

April 8, 2019, Cabinet Meeting Summary
1. Members approved the hiring of a full-time Physical Plant replacement position (Landscape Services Manager).

2. Members approved the hiring of a full-time Academic Affairs replacement position (Software Engineer Web Services).

3. Discussion was held regarding planning for the FY 2020 budget.
April 16, 2019, Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Students Bri Jol, Kendra Held, and Nathan Baring were present to discuss efforts of the Gustavus Groundswell initiative.

2. Conversation was held regarding suggested names received for the Nobel Cafe. The marketing and communication staff will narrow the names further and bring back a recommendation to Cabinet members for their review/approval.

3. Members approved the hiring of a full-time replacement Academic Affairs position (Administrative Coordinator in the Education Department).

4. Discussion was held regarding student employment on campus and the proposed establishment of a HR Accelerator - Student Employment Committee that would support the organizational development and effectiveness of the student employment program at the College. Vice President Tunheim will be facilitating the initial meeting of this group this afternoon and report on the outcome at next week's Cabinet meeting.

5. Members discussed the schedule and program for this spring's faculty/administrators retirement dinner. An invitation to all faculty and administrators will be sent soon.

6. Discussion was held regarding planning for the FY 2020 budget.

OXFAM Hunger Banquet... The Oxfam student organization invites the Gustavus and Saint Peter Community to attend a meal to learn about world hunger and poverty. Oxfam is hosting their first annual Hunger Banquet as a part of a movement of bringing awareness to the unequal distribution of global resources. This event will be held from 6-8 p.m. on May 2 in the Heritage Room of the Jackson Campus Center. Over the past four decades, more than 875,000 people have attended Oxfam Hunger Banquet events around the world. Join the movement because you can change lives.

Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference... The conference will take place on April 27, 2019 at Gustavus Adolphus College. 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 Adolphus College Psychological Science graduate. The title of her keynote is: "The Hidden Costs of Decision Making." If you are interested in attending, you can register at the Gustavus Psychological Science web page, or between 8-10 a.m. the morning of the conference in the Beck Atrium (West Entrance). Please join us for an exciting day of inquiry and research.

Relay for Life… Colleges Against Cancer will hold their annual Relay For Life at Gustavus Adolphus College in Lund Arena on Friday, April 26 beginning at 6 p.m. with registration and activities. There will be a program at 7 p.m. which includes a survivor's story by Megan Ruble and a caregiver's story by Grant Brockhouse. The most powerful part of the evening is the luminaria lighting ceremony at 9 p.m. There are numerous, fun activities from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., with the Chuck Norris burger-eating competition at 10 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Cancer survivors can register at the event, have cake and receive a free "survivor" t-shirt and event lapel pin, as well as lead the first lap of the night.
To support the event, please go to the Gustavus relay webpage

Library Hours for Easter Break... Thursday, April 18: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21: Closed. Monday, April 22: 8 a.m.-1 a.m.

Creations Stories Today Workshop... Join a conversation about creation stories on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 103. Dr. David Montgomery will explore the relationship between catastrophic floods in the distant past and flood legends. Canté Sųtà-Francis Bettelyoun will present the Lakhota Creation Story: Our relationship to Unci Maka (Mother Earth) and Mitakuye Oyasin (all Our Relations) and what it means to be Lakhota.

Digital Project Workshop… Please join us as Celeste Sharpe of Carleton returns to campus for a second workshop, "Creating and Sustaining Digital Projects With Students" on April 23 (right after Easter break) from 2:30-4 the Heritage Room, Jackson Campus Center. We will discuss ways to develop and sustain projects over more than one semester and explore data visualization, composing data-driven essays/podcasts/media presentations, and contributing data to existing collections or projects. All are welcome, whether you attended her first workshop or not. Refreshments will be available. Bring your laptops and your questions. For more information, contact Barbara Fister.

American Swedish Institute book reading... Free Gustavus-related event at the American Swedish Institute: a book reading and signing with Danish author Dorthe Nors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. Dorthe Nors is one of the most original voices of contemporary Danish literature and she was the first Danish writer to have a story published in The New Yorker. She is the 2019 Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus. For more information click here. 

Employee Parking Permits... Employee parking permits are good for three years and this is the last year in the three year cycle. ALL employees will be required to obtain a new parking permit before the first day of classes next fall. Watch for online permit registration this summer. If you take care of it then, it will be delivered to your on-campus mailbox. If not, you will need to visit Campus Safety in August.

Unused Medication... Drop off your extra or unused medication in Health Services on Friday, April 26 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Gustavus Health Service and Campus Safety, this is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Takeback Day 2019 activities.

End of Year Department Purchases...If you or your department are considering technology purchases before the end of the fiscal year, we encourage you to contact Technology Services prior to making any decisions. Our agreements with local and national technology wholesalers routinely result in lower prices, and we're often able to answer questions about your intended purchases to ensure compatibility with pre-existing systems, networks, and software. Allow us to help you make the most of your purchasing decision by contacting Brianne Twaddle at x7180 before May 15, 2019. Purchases made after this date may not arrive in time to be charged to the current budget year.

Fellowship with Community Talks...Afternoons at ASI held the second Wednesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. invites artists, experts, and other fascinating folk to share their knowledge and insight in fellowship with the community. On Wednesday, May 8, retired professor Bob Douglas (Geography) will share about the building and restoration of the Borgeson Family Cabin in Gustavus's Linnaeus Arboretum.

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 and submit the form to the payroll area in the Finance office.

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.

Lindau Residency in Conservative Thought... The campus is invited to attend the Energy Policy and the Global Impact Q & A with Dr. Meghan O'Sullivan happening at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 in the Heritage Banquet Room. This will be a conversation to bridge partisan divides related to U.S. energy policy, environmental sustainability, and foreign relations. Dr. O'Sullivan is the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and the Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. O'Sullivan has extensive experience in policy formulation and in negotiation. She was special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan and vice chair of the All Party Talks in Northern Ireland. During her time at Gustavus in addition to participating in this forum, she will be meeting with nine different classes and student groups. For more information, click here. Students interested in joining one of the group meals with Dr. O'Sullivan should email Barb Larson Taylor.

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.

Gustavus Gratitude Campaign...Share a positive note during the Gustavus Gratitude Campaign. This campaign is sponsored by the College's insurance broker and is active from now through May 3. Click here to learn more. Go ahead, make someone's day today.

MAYDAY! Conference... For our May 1 MAYDAY! conference, "War on the Press at Home and Abroad," classes are adjusted so all are free at 10 a.m. to hear Thomas Friedman. MAYDAY! is a daylong event, so please also join us for afternoon events including:
  • 11:45 a.m. Meet and Greet Lunch with Thomas Friedman (tickets are $25), Sponsored by the Friends of the Library-Gustavus Library Associates
  • 12:45 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. Film Screening: Page One: Inside the New York Times in C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, Three Crowns Banquet Room (free and open to the public)
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Journalism and Peacebuilding Forum
    C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, Three Crowns Banquet room

    The forum will address ethics of journalism, how to be responsible consumers of the news, and the future of the press in a world of blogs and social media. The forum will feature Jane Kirtley, the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at University of Minnesota, with audience discussion led by Gustavus faculty.

For more information visit the MAYDAY! webpage or call 507-933-7520.

2019 Big Speaker RESCHEDULE…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. After this week's weather postponement, Tarana Burke will give her remarks at 7 p.m. on May 6 in Christ Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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

Schaefer Art Gallery
April 23-May 24, "Imprecision: Recent Works by Jenna Hansen"

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

Tips and Reminders

Sustainability Tip… In 2015, the EPA estimated that every American throws away 4.48 pounds of trash per day. With a current population estimate of 328,740,900 people (U.S Census Bureau), that is 736,379.6 tons per day! Celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22 by practicing the 4 Rs in your household: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse ,and Recycle. Another way to celebrate? Participate in community clean up events around the country. In Saint Peter there is an Earth Day Cleanup from 1-3 p.m. (Meet at the Saint Peter Public Library Meeting Room. Volunteers are asked to register with the Recreation Office at On campus, the Linnaeus Arboretum will host a free Earth Day celebration from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.

Upcoming holiday notice… This year, the College calendar does not have Memorial Day as a paid holiday. If you want to take that day off work, please discuss with your supervisor and use appropriate PTO or Vacation time away. For the 2019 Holiday Schedule, click here


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.

Apartment for Rent... Spacious two-bedroom apartment in quiet neighborhood is available June 1 or late May. Just a three-minute drive from campus. $750/month (water and garbage included). Pets allowed. Contact Maggie Falenschek for inquiries. 

Seeking Apartment... Looking for an apartment to sublet for the summer. Quentin Winterfeldt, a very responsible 20-year-old, is interested in subletting a small place for the months June - August. Either in Saint Peter or Mankato. Please contact Chad Winterfeldt if you have a place.


Cynthia "Cindy" Lynn Anderson, mother of Jen Donkin (Dining Service and Health Service), passed away on April 11, 2019. A full obituary can be found online. Please keep Jen and her family in your thoughts.

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"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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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