Inside Gustavus 

October 24, 2019 | Volume 52, Number 8

President Cabinet Summary

October 22, 2019, Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. President Bergman shared the new student recruitment guidelines from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

2. Vice President Tunheim shared a draft policy setting forth guidelines and expectations for the College application and hiring process. Following discussion, Vice President Tunheim will revise and bring back the policy for further review/approval.

3. Discussion was held regarding repercussions for employee failure to complete mandated training. Vice President Tunheim will draft a document outlining consequences to share with the Cabinet at its next meeting.

4. Members discussed the progress on the campus-wide reservation system. Consensus of members is to include all possible locations/rooms on campus on the reservation system.

5. Provost Kelly briefly reviewed a technology update from GTS, including the vulnerability assessment being conducted and Google Groups. Provost Kelly also reported that the update on the College's database is moving forward in a timely manner.

6. Discussion was held regarding the cancellation/delay/closure policy. Members were asked to submit any feedback to Provost Kelly by October 29. Provost Kelly and Vice President Kowaleski will then meet to review suggestions and the appropriate policy owner.

7. Provost Kelly reported that a research staff scientist position in the Chemistry Department has been hired (grant funded). 

8. Members approved the hiring of a full-time Athletics position (Athletic Trainer). This position is grant funded.

9. Vice President Kowaleski briefly reviewed the FY20 budget process and asked members to complete a budget request explanation form for their respective division.

10. Representatives from Farrell Day made a presentation on 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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Christmas in Christ Chapel - Tickets Going Fast...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 and students will continue to receive one free ticket. Tickets are on sale now and going fast! For more information, visit the Christmas in Christ Chapel website.

Gustavus Students in the Community... Students in a Community Mental Health class in the psychological science department are showing their engagement with the Saint Peter Community by organizing the 5th Annual Saint Peter Community Mental Health Wellness Fair on Monday, October 28 at the Saint Peter Community Center. Over 20 mental health and wellness organizations will have booths and Gustavus students/faculty and local organizations will provide meditation, yoga, educational speakers, therapy dogs, face-painting, children's activities, music and door prizes. Come out and support mental health and wellness in your community.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Volunteers Needed... Ushers Needed for Christmas in Christ Chapel at all five services to help host 1,000 attendees. Help is needed from 6-7:45 p.m. Thursday December 5, 6-7:45 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2-3:45 p.m. and 6-7:45 p.m. Saturday, December 7 and 2-3:45p.m. Sunday, December 8. Please contact the marketing office if you can assist at or 507-933-7520. A reminder that employees receive one FREE ticket that must be ordered in advance. For more information and to order tickets, visit

A Royal Affair - Almost Sold Out ...This is your last chance to get tickets for the biennial A Royal Affair fundraiser happening Saturday, November 9 at the JW Marriott Hotel - Mall of America. 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 a special employee ticket price of $75 by calling Cassandra at 933-7577. For more information on the event visit A Royal Affair.

Patricia Lindell Scholarship Application Open...This $1,200 scholarship (established by the Gustavus Library Associates) is open to any junior or senior student to undertake a research project for the library that benefits the wider Gustavus community. The scholarship is awarded upon the successful completion of the project.
Applicants are strongly recommended to apply for independent study credit during the spring semester (up to .5 credits).
This year's project will explore how the library can improve its website to better serve student needs. The recipient will conduct qualitative research, investigate best practices for library websites, and propose changes to the website.
For more information and how to apply, please see attached pdf.
Applications are due Friday, November 1, 2019.

Looking for something to do during Spring Break?...The Community Engagement Center is looking for Gustavus faculty and staff to be trip advisers for upcoming Habitat for Humanity volunteer trips during spring break (April 4-11). This is an exceptional way for employees to grow in community engagement, professional development, and to get to know a fantastic group of students. Trip adviser guidelines are posted on the Community Engagement website. There is no cost to participate and all employees are eligible (see guidelines for approvals needed). Applications are available here: Spring Break Trip Adviser Application (and on the CEC website) and must be submitted by November 8, 2019. Community Engagement Center staff and campus Habitat for Humanity board representatives will review applications and select the individuals who meet the selection criteria. Please contact Amy Pehrson (x6011) with questions or more information about this program.

The Registry: Screening and Q & A...At 9 a.m. on Monday, October 28 in Bjorling Recital Hall, there will be a screening of the movie The Registry. Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with filmmaker Steve Ozone, and one of the film's main subjects, Seiki Oshiro. This event is free and open to the public. Synopsis: During World War II, a select group of Japanese-Americans stayed out of internment camps in exchange for serving in the Military Intelligence Service, a unit of the U.S Army that was based at Camp Savage and Fort Snelling in Minnesota. The Registry captures the seldom-told story of this obscure unit's contributions to Allied victory. It also presents a portrait of these men in their later years, as they gain recognition for their historic roles in the war, and reflect on the themes of identity, adversity, and duty. This event is sponsored by the Departments of Geography and Art & Art History and the Japanese Studies Program, with support from the Gustavus Lyceum Lectures Series. Questions? Contact Jesse McClelland, Department of Geography.

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

Open Enrollment...for benefits will occur October 21 through November 6, 2019.Please plan to attend an Open Enrollment meeting and the other informative sessions offered this year:
Monday, October 28 - Benefit Open Enrollment Meeting: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 30 - Benefit Open Enrollment Meetings: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Health Savings Account Informational Session: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

If you elect to participate in the Medical Flexible Spending account or the Dependent Care Flexible Spending account, you must go online and enroll your 2020 elections.

All other insurance elections will roll over into 2020 unless you go online to make changes. 

To enroll or make changes online to your benefit elections simply visit WebAdvisor, click the link titled "Benefit Enrollment" under Employee HR Information and follow the prompts. 

Also, there will be computer lab sessions for those who would like assistance with online enrollment. 

Please reach out to Nicole Goebel ( in the Office Of Human Resources with any questions.

Minneapolis Gift and Art Expo Tickets... The Office of Human Resources has 200 complimentary tickets for Gustavus employees to this annual event. This event has been coined the "Holiday Market of the Year." Don't miss your chance to start your holiday shopping. The Expo is being held November 1-3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The tickets are on a first come, first serve basis in the Office of Human Resources.

Retirement Informational Meeting...Based on benefit survey feedback highlighting the need for more information about retirement, the College will be hosting a Retirement Readiness meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 13 in the Heritage Room. Included in the meeting will be a live webinar presented by Social Security, presentation from a TIAA representative, and comprehensive information about the benefits Gustavus Adolphus College has to offer retirees. This informational meeting is open to all benefit-eligible employees; spouses are also welcome to attend. Questions may be directed to Nicole Goebel in the Office of Human Resources. 

Sharecare Biometric Screenings...If employees enrolled in Gustavus medical insurance are interested in having a biometric screening done (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.) in order to enter that data into the Sharecare program, the Human Performance Lab will do the screenings free of charge. Please email Bruce VanDueser ( in the HES department to set up an appointment.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Trunk or Treat...John Ireland Catholic School invites you and your family to a Trunk or Treat event. The event is from 5:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 from in the school parking lot. Come in your best Halloween costumes for an evening of fun, fellowship, and treats. The students of John Ireland Catholic School hope to see you. Come out and meet some of the younger members of the Saint Peter community. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Fine Arts 

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"

October 26 at 5:30 p.m., Bless the Beasts, featuring Anna DeGraff, mezzo-soprano, in Björling Recital Hall


Mount Kato Passes... A great way to "ride" out the winter is with a Mt. Kato season pass. I am looking for two people who would like to share a season pass Four Pack, which allows any four people to buy discounted season passes (about $310 each) and saves $50 off the price of each regular adult pass. Please email me at lunddean if you are interested. The deadline is October 31 to buy at the discounted rate. Thanks. 


Sara H. McKay, mother of Elizabeth McKay (Counseling Center), passed away on October 22, 2019. A full obituary may be found online.


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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