Inside Gustavus 

May 2, 2019 | Volume 51, Number 31

President Cabinet Summary

April 30, 2019, Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Director of Campus Safety Carol Brewer was present to discuss updates to the College’s emergency preparedness plan and strengthening our relationships with key community partners. Carol will keep the Cabinet up to date on next steps.

2. Carol also led a conversation regarding challenges with the current policy/procedures related to the use/loss of Gustavus keys, including security risks and cost of replacing locks and keys. She reviewed possible solutions to mitigate some of these challenges.

3. Members approved the hiring of a full-time replacement Advancement position (Donor Relations Manager).

4. Vice President Tunheim presented the positive results of the Gallup employee engagement survey. She reported that Gustavus numbers are up in every category since last year. We had 433 respondents, for a percentage of 67 percent (up from 66 percent in 2018). Gustavus overall engagement score was 3.83, which is up from 3.68 last year. Results will be presented in an employee-l message and more specific results will be reported at the all-employee meeting in May. More discussion on the Gallup results will be held at the summer Cabinet retreat.

5. Vice President Kowaleski asked that Cabinet members submit any FY 2019 budget variances to him at their earliest convenience.

Winner of President's Award for Values in Actions... The President's Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PCDEI) congratulates this year's inaugural winner of the President's Award for Values in Action, Daniella Habib. Daniella was selected from a robust list of nominees for the many ways she embodies and lives out Gustavus' five pillars and values, with particular talents in the areas of Justice and Community. This award, presented during D-Ball, includes a $500 cash award. Future President's Awards will again include a student winner, but will also recognize an outstanding employee and event that highlights, embodies, or creates greater awareness about the College's core values. Please watch for opportunities to nominate your favorite student, staff, or event in the 2019-20 academic year.

Rock Sale… The Gustavus Gelology Club is selling rocks, fossils, minerals, and more. Most samples are priced between 25 cents and $5, prices negotiable. We are also offering a rock cutting service for an additional fee if requested on any purchased samples. All proceeds will be used to purchased new scientific equipment for the Geology Department. The sale will be held in the Geology Museum on the first floor of Nobel Hall, room 122. Dates and times are as followes: 2:30-5 p.m. Friday, May 5, and , 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Come by to purchase some rocks and learn more about the Geology Club.

Scandinavian Studies Lecture and Reading... Join the Department of Scandinavian Studies as we welcome our 2018-19 Out of Scandinavia Artist in Residence, the contemporary Danish author Dorthe Nors. One of the most original voices in contemporary Danish literature Nors has written two celebrated short story collections, one novella, and five novels. Her short stories have appeared in countless publications, including The New Yorker. Her novel Mirror, Shoulder, Signal was a finalist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. While on campus May 6-10, Nors will visit classes and interact with students. She will also present the talk "From Denmark, via Sweden--to the World," at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 9, in the Interpretive Center in Linnaeus Arboretum. Copies of her books will be for sale through the Book Mark and a reception in her honor will follow her talk. As this year's Out of Scandinavia Artist in Residence Nors will also give a reading and book signing at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 7. Both evening events are free and open to public. All welcome.

Royal Kids Camp supplies... The Community-Based Service & Learning Center is gathering Summer Camp Supplies for Royal Kids Camps. Stop by the CBSL office to pick up a card (or two) and return items by May 22. All supplies will go to these campers. In Minnesota, there are approximately 2,253 children ages 6-12 in the foster care system. Royal Kids Camps currently have two camps in Minnesota serving these children, with wonderful volunteers who have dedicated thousands of hours to reach America's orphaned and abandoned children.

Retirement Celebration... The Gustavus community abounds with employees who dedicate themselves to their vocation and serve our mission with a steadfast commitment to the institution's core values. Each year, as members of our Gustavus family retire, we take time to show our gratitude for all they have done by hosting a celebration in their honor. This year, please join the Office of Human Resources in expressing our heartfelt thanks to the following individuals for their service to this institution:

Gregory Aune
Eric Carlson
Denis Crnkovic
Barbara Fister
Colleen Jacks
Cindy Johnson
Michael Jorgensen
Michele Koomen
Debra Pitton

This special evening promises touching tributes and emotional reflections on the lives and careers of our honorees. We hope you will help us celebrate their accomplishments and show support for all they have given our community as they mark this important milestone.

This event will take place Thursday, May 23, 2019 in Banquet Rooms, Jackson Campus Center
Doors Open at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.

$20/person (includes dinner and wine service) Please register online to reserve your seat.

Thank you for being part of our community.

Farewell Reception for Rydell Professor David Montgomery… The campus is invited to a farewell reception for David Montgomery from 2:30-4 p.m. on Friday, May 10 in the Konferensrum in the Jackson Campus Center. Dr. Montgomery has been on campus this spring serving as the Rydell Professor, a scholar-in-residence program. During his time on campus he taught a course and visited with many other classes. The reception open to students, faculty, and staff.

Books in Bloom event... Friends of the Library - Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) is proud to present our seventh Books in Bloom event. This event takes place 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Joanna Carlson Swanson '64 will present about her book, Bold Visions, Daring Dreams, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. All events are in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Books in Bloom features floral arrangements by designers and florists who interpret a book, film, or other academic resource selected from the library's holdings. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.

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... Held the second Wednesday of each month from 1-2 p.m., afternoons at the American Swedish Institute 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.

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 inaddition 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.

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.

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

May 3 at 7:30 p.m., Heather Blahut, soprano, in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 4 at 1:30 p.m., Senior Honors Recital in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 4 at 7:30 p.m., Spring Jazz Showcase: Gustavus Jazz Ensemble and Adolphus Jazz Ensemble in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 5 at 1:30 p.m., Spring Jazz Showcase: Vocal Jazz in Bjorling Recital Hall
May 5 at 5:30 p.m., Duncan Matthew, baritone, in Bjorling Recital Hall

Hillstrom Museum of Art
May 4 - June 1, Fruition: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2019
May 4 from 4-6 p.m., Opening Reception for Fruition: Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition 2019

Schaefer Art Gallery
April 23- May 24, "Imprecision: Recent Works by Jenna Hansen"
May 3 from 5-7 p.m., Opening reception for Imprecision: Recent Works by Jenna Hansen"

Tips and Reminders

Sustainability Tip... Spring is a time of weather change for Minnesota and a time to think about how we adapt to change. Since 2008, an average of 25 million people have been displaced by catastrophic weather disasters. As climate change worsens, weather events become more extreme and resources more scarce. This number is expected to reach 1 billion in just a few decades. Not only is this a worldwide issues, individuals in the US are being added to this list of people.
1. Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana is the first location in the U.S. to have to entirely relocated due to the effects of climate change - making them the United States first internal climate refugees. (link).
2. By 2100, 13 million individuals living in US coastal cities will be required to evacuate their homes due to climate change effects. Read more here. 
3. The United Nations recently found that more individuals in the world are displaced due to the effects of climate change versus war and conflict issues. Read more here.

Risk Management Minute... "Hierarchy of Controls" is a system used to eliminate or minimize exposure to identified hazards in the workplace. This system is used as a guide to implement feasible and effective solutions to prevent incidents. The premise behind hierarchy of control is to follow a systematic approach in identifying the most effective methods to prevent incidents. There are five levels to the hierarchy of controls:
1) Elimination - Physically remove the hazard
2) Substitution - Replace the hazard with nonhazardous solutions
3) Engineering controls - Isolate people from the hazard
4) Administrative control - Change the way people work
5) Personal protective equipment (PPE) - Protect the worker with PPE

To use the hierarchy, start at the top with the most effective control (hazard elimination) and move down each level to the least effective control method (PPE). When implementing corrective actions, first consider the feasibility of completely eliminating the hazard. If elimination is not feasible move down a level in an attempt to find another solution. Eventually you may use administrative controls and/or PPE to protect your workers. These least effective controls should not be considered until we have considered the more effective controls of elimination and substitution. Always start at the top of the hierarchy of controls (hazard elimination) and work your way down. This ensures due diligence, and that the most effective controls are adopted to protect the workplace environments of all our campus community members.


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.


Jeanne Miller, Market Place server and cook, died on Saturday, April 27, at the age of 56. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at Mankato Mortuary. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at 12 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mankato with visitation for the hour preceding. A full obituary is available 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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