Inside Gustavus 

October 31, 2019 | Volume 52, Number 9

President Cabinet Meeting Summary

October 29, 2019, Cabinet Meeting Summary

1. Discussion was held regarding an updated draft of a proposed progressive discipline policy. Members approved the document. The Board of Trustees will be asked to review/approve this all-college policy at its February meeting.

2. Members discussed possible repercussions for employee failure to complete mandated training.

3. Members discussed materials related to weather/emergency essential employees. Memos will be sent to those employees considered “essential.” Members also recommended including “essential employee” language in employees’ job descriptions, when appropriate.

4. Discussion was held regarding the annual Yuletide Breakfast hosted by the Scandinavian Studies Department, usually held in early December.

5. Vice President Kowaleski briefly reviewed the FY20 budget process and asked members to complete a budget request explanation form for their respective division by November 29. Since minor suggestions were made for additions to the form, Kowaleski will update the template and send it to Cabinet members.

6. Members approved the Cabinet Covenant with the agreement that the Cabinet will review the document on an annual basis at the Summer Cabinet Retreat.

7. Discussion was held regarding priority for future capital projects, including the music building, Christ Chapel, and residence halls.

News and Announcements

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Spooky Campus Clean-up!... Please join the Environmental Action Coalition (EAC) this Sunday, November 3, for a spooky campus clean-up before we are covered in snow! We will meet at 12 p.m. in the Courtyard Cafe, head out to do some pick-up around campus, and meet back around 1 p.m. for a pizza lunch (thank you, Dining Service!). Bags and gloves will be provided, and we encourage you to wear a costume! All are welcome!

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.

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 marketing@gustavus.edu 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 gustavus.edu/ccc.

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.

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.

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

2020 Benefit Enrollment... Reminder: the Open Enrollment system will be active until next Wednesday, November 6. Please plan to go online and confirm your benefits for 2020 during this period. 

Below are benefits that you must enroll in for 2020: 
Medical Flexible Spending Account
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

If you do not make changes to any other benefit elections such as medical, dental, vision, etc., you will be automatically enrolled in the same election for 2020. 

For those who would like assistance in online benefit enrollment, please stop by the Office of Human Resources. Benefit guides for 2020 are conveniently located online here when you are logged into the Gustavus website.

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. 

Weekend Home Athletic Events

  • Football vs. Carleton at 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Men's soccer vs. Macalester at 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Swim and Dive vs. MSU-Mankato, UW-Stevens Point 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Volleyball vs. Saint Mary's 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Women's soccer vs. Macalester 3:30 p.m. Saturday

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"

Schaefer Art Gallery
November 6–December 11, "On morning softness and calm: Works by Mara Duvra"', Opening reception November 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Music
November 1 at 7:30 p.m., Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert in Björling Recital Hall
November 2 at 1:30 p.m., Paige Reiners, Piano, Student Recital in Björling Recital Hall
November 4 at 7 p.m., Bjorling Music Festival: Honor Bands and Orchestra Finale Concert in Christ Chapel

Theatre
October 31-November 3, Into the Woods, in Anderson Theatre

Plugs

Director of Lifelong Learning Opening... First Lutheran Church, Saint Peter, invites applications for a full-time position of Director of Lifelong Learning. This position is full time (40 hours per week; salary/benefits commensurate with experience) and reports directly to the senior pastor. The Director of Lifelong Learning will provide spiritual and practical leadership for the education programs of First Lutheran Church including Sunday School, Confirmation, High School Youth Group, and Adult Education. The full position description is online.

Obituaries

Aaron Bernard Everett, Emeritus Professor of French, passed away on October 27, 2019. A full obituary can be found online. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5 at the Church of St. Peter, 1801 Broadway Ave, Saint Peter. Visitation will be at the church at 10 a.m.

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 jnoren@gustavus.edu). 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
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Today Employee Parking Permits - New Registration Requiredhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/employee-parking-permits-new-registration-required-2Online
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45 p.m. Employee Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, July 9 at 4 p.m.https://gustavus.edu/calendar/employee-town-hall-meeting-on-thursday-july-9-at-4-pm-2Via Zoom
Jul 10 Employee Parking Permits - New Registration Requiredhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/employee-parking-permits-new-registration-required-2Online
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2:304:30 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyounhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/reconciliation-circle-with-cnt-stfrancis-bettelyoun-4via video conference
Jul 16 Employee Parking Permits - New Registration Requiredhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/employee-parking-permits-new-registration-required-2Online
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