Inside Gustavus 

September 19, 2019 | Volume 52, Number 3

President Cabinet Summary

September 17, 2019, Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Discussion was held regarding the planned Global Climate Strike activities on Friday, September 20. Cabinet members were encouraged to participate as they are able.

2. The agenda for the September 26-27 Board of Trustees meeting was discussed, including the presentations planned for the strategic discussion session on Thursday afternoon.

3. The Cabinet meeting on October 22 will be extended one hour to hear a presentation by representatives from Farrell Day regarding their MARKETview platform that aggregates, normalizes, and enriches student record-level data, allowing colleges/universities to compare their own performance with peers in real time.

News and Announcements

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Fall Fest in the Arb... Enjoy a fun-filled day of outdoor activities in the Linnaeus Arboretum with live music, live animals, and alpaca and border collie agility and herding demonstrations. Participate in the arboretum's unique treasure hunt. There will be games, hayrides, face painting, crafts, and more. Come join us from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the Linnaeus Arboretum. 

Nobel Conference Tickets...The conference is sold out, but a number of viewing parties have been arranged across campus. They will take place in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center of the Linnaeus Arboretum (, Olin Hall 103 (, Beck Hall 101 (, and Nobel Hall 1412 ( Email the contact listed with any questions. Visit the Nobel Conference website to see a complete schedule. Tickets may be ordered at the ticket request website or call 507-933-7520.

Alcohol and Other Drug Information...Gustavus Adolphus College seeks to enhance the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff by providing support and resources that encourage healthy lifestyles. To that end, and in accordance with the federal Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, students and staff are encouraged to visit the GustieWELL's Alcohol and Drug Information webpage. This site includes information about the prevention of substance abuse, state and federal laws, Gustavus standards of conduct, health risks, and resources that are available to students and employees. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Herbst-Johnson in the GustieWELL office (formerly Peer Education).

Christmas in Christ Chapel - Reservable seating...Plans are already well underway for Christmas in Christ Chapel, happening December 5-8. New this year is that the opening night will be on Thursday and the last service will be on Sunday afternoon. Like last year, guests will select specific reservable seats in Christ Chapel at the time of ticket purchase. There will no longer be general admission seating. Employees will continue to receive one free ticket. Tickets go on sale October 1. For more information, visit online.

A Royal Affair - A Gustie Gala...Get your crown on for the biennial A Royal Affair fundraiser happening Saturday, November 9 at the JW Marriott Hotel - Mall of America. This is a fun party with food, drinks, music, dancing, an auction, and amazing entertainment by Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling ’89 and Hollywood actor Peter Breitmayer ’87 serving as emcee. Funds raised will fund scholarships for first-generation college students with high academic performance and significant economic need, and strengthen the Gustavus library endowment. Get your tickets now using this link.

Book Sale at the Library...The Library will be holding a book sale from Monday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 28. Paperback books: 25 cents; hardcover: 50 cents (with the weekend bringing discount prices). Come in with quarters and leave with books.

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.

Tips and Reminders

Risk Management Minute... Minnesota's Hands Free Law: In an effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes and fatalities due to distracted driving, Minnesota passed a "hands-free" law that went into effect on August 1 applicable to drivers of motor vehicles with moblie communication devices. The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. You may not hold your phone in your hand while operating a motor vehicle except when calling 911 in an emergency. Also, a motor vehicle driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation apps, reading texts, and scrolling or typing on the phone. Smartwatches have the same restrictions as cell phones. Two way radios are exempt. The requirements of this law apply to all motor vehicles on campus including, but not limited to, College-owned and motorpool vehicles, personal vehicles, utility/golf carts, lifts, mowers, etc. National Safety Council and Insurance Federation data has reported that in 12 of 15 states with hands-free laws, motor vehicle fatalities have decreased by an average of 15 percent. Please help us make this campus a safer place to learn, teach, work, and play by going "hands-free" today.

Weekend Home Athletic Events

• Women's tennis hosts ITA Midwest Regional Friday-Monday
• Men's soccer hosts Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. Saturday
• Women's soccer hosts Saint Mary's at 3:30 p.m. Saturday 

Fine Arts 

Schaefer Art Gallery
Through October 18, "Mykitas Epoch“ Fungal Expansion Within the Plastisphere: Works by CV Peterson

Hillstrom Museum of Art
Through November 10, "Industry, Work, Society, and Travails in the Depression Era: American Paintings and Photographs from the Shogren-Meyer Collection"

September 22 at 3:30 p.m., Colloquium Concert: Susan Chou, piano in Bjorling Recital Hall
September 24 at 8 p.m., Recitations and Meditations on the Earth in Bjorling Recital Hall

In the News

The Mankato Free Press previewed the upcoming Nobel Conference on Climate Change.

The Mankato Free Press wrote on local colleges, including Gustavus, hosting talks on Constitution Day.

The Mankato Free Press printed a feature on the current exhibit in the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

The Mankato Free Press reported on Gustavus being named Minnesota's best value liberal arts college.


House and Cat Sitter Needed...
Seeking: house and cat-sitter for the month of January (exact dates are Jan. 2-Feb. 1, 2020). I'm leading a January course abroad and need someone to stay in my house and watch my cats while I'm gone. It's a lovely cabin on a lake, 20 miles from both Saint Peter and Mankato. All the comforts of home (WiFi, laundry, etc.), but remote enough to get back to nature (great skiing and snowshoeing), get some writing done, or relax away from your usual January grind. Please contact Lisa Dembouski with questions or for more information.


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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