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MCAD News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:17am

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Answers in Galaxies Far, Far Away

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:52pm

What could be more exacting than a search for a needle in a haystack? How about a search for a single, faint star trail – millions of light-years from earth – in a boundless universe brimming with stars?

For two and a half years, Dr. Elizabeth Wehner, assistant professor in St. Thomas’ Physics Department, and a small, revolving group of undergraduate physics students (and one English major) have been doing just that.

This year sophomore Maria McQuillan and junior Nick Sinn have joined forces with Wehner to scrutinize images of far-away galaxies taken on a .9 meter telescope housed at Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona.

The trio is analyzing tidal debris – streams of stray, mostly young, stars and gas clouds that shoot out from the core of their main galaxy – in one galaxy and one galaxy cluster.

“This research isn’t going to change the technology of day-to-day life. It’s more about answering big questions, like ‘How do galaxies form?’ ‘Did they change?’ ‘How and why did they change?’” and delving into the mysteries of the universe that bore us, Wehner said.

The galaxy at the heart of her ongoing Kitt Peak project is NGC3310, which Wehner has been studying for a decade. Its name refers to its placement as the 3,310th object in the New General Catalog, an astronomical catalog of star clusters, nebulae and galaxies in the universe. This past summer McQuillan (whom Wehner tasked to analyze images of the galaxy taken last spring) and Wehner made a significant find: a previously undiscovered stream of tidal debris, which compelled Wehner to make NGC3310 the focal point of her project. This year both will continue to analyze the “new” debris.

Sinn, who began working with Wehner last spring, is studying evolutionary patterns in a cluster of galaxies, collectively named HGC44, which means it’s the 44th cluster (of around 100) in the Hickson Compact Group, named after Paul Hickson, the first astronomer to catalog clusters of interacting galaxies. It’s part of an extensive (and also Kitt Peak-related) project for which Wehner is collecting data from other clusters and comparing them.

A brief lesson in colliding galaxies

Galaxies are a lot like dancers in a never-ending dance-a-thon. They’re constantly rotating and moving, and occasionally they bump into each other. One couple might waltz gracefully across the dance floor, remaining happily together the entire evening. While a persistent gentleman might step into the middle of another couple’s dance, shucking the other gentleman who, in turn, lags off to the side.

Galactic collisions can last for millions, even billions, of years – stars and gas clouds continually being plucked from the galaxy with the weaker gravitational force and new stars being born in the resulting streams of tidal debris – only ending when the galaxies merge into one or move out of each other’s orbit.

Dr. Elizabeth Wehner

Perhaps this is why all collisions also are commonly referred to as “interactions,” a gentler term that lends their gravitational tug-o-war meetings with the air of something not as violent.

Collisions between galaxies are vastly different from collisions on earth. When galaxies collide, they are not obliterated in a similar fashion to two cars smashing into each other head on.

When interacting spiral galaxies (like ours, the Milky Way) come to a rest, they often merge into one elliptical shape, “which is more of a squashed spherical shape versus a flat, two-dimensional disc like ours,” Wehner said.

“Stars are really tiny compared to how far apart they actually are from each other. There’s so much empty space between them that when galaxies collide, it’s about forming patterns of stars versus stars smashing into each other,” she noted.

McQuillan added this mind-blowing concept: “Galaxies can actually pass through each other almost, especially if they’re the same size, because they have similar gravitational forces.”

Sinn also was taken aback by what he’s learned. “Looking at galaxies and how they interact with each other is not what you’d expect,” he said. “You think, ‘Huge thing meets another huge thing equals one even huger thing,’ but it’s not like that. That’s what I love about physics. You look at one thing you’ve figured out about one little part of the universe and how it should be acting based on your models, and it doesn’t behave that way. Then you have to ask ‘Why?’ and figure it out.”

Thrown for a loop, happily

Clutching her heart, Wehner gushed: “NGC3310 is my favorite galaxy. I just feel drawn to it.” She even had a coffee mug made with the galaxy’s Hubble image emblazoned on it. The galaxy was one of the darlings of her Ph.D. thesis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

“NGC3310 is attractive to study because it’s close by, relatively speaking, and it’s face on (or perpendicular) to us. So instead of looking at it from the side, we can see the entire galaxy from our perspective,” she said.

To elaborate, she pointed to a cluster of blue and white clumps on the image of the galaxy on her computer monitor and described the scene: “You can tell that this is a starburst galaxy because it’s forming a lot of new (blue) stars.” Then her eyes widened. “Something has caused this galaxy to suddenly ignite in star formation. It doesn’t happen all by itself but you can’t immediately see the cause.”

It was hard not to feel excited with her when she added, “It takes awhile to figure out why it’s doing that.”

“Honestly, part of the motivation to photograph it again this past spring was that the .9-meter telescope we’re using just got a new instrument. I wanted to test it by taking some really deep images of NGC3310 to see if it’d pick up even more of the faint debris streams that I already photographed,” Wehner said.

At first, Wehner asked McQuillan simply to compile data from reduced images of the galaxy she’d previously taken. Then she was going to have her work on a different galaxy. That is, until they made an unexpected discovery: another “tidal loop” (of star debris).

Wehner and her colleagues at Madison had found several tidal loops in their research around 10 years ago, but not this one.

With the discovery, the instrument proved it was at least as good as its predecessor.

“This loop was more prevalent in these new, deeper space images,” McQuillan said. “That was cool to see … this circle of debris going out and coming back around into the galaxy. Elizabeth said it had been in a previous collision with a smaller galaxy, and NGC3310 was so big that it just sort of ate it up. The small galaxy got caught inside and ripped apart in its orbit, so all of these tidal loops are the remnants of this little galaxy that are just circling around.”

It’s painstakingly difficult to spot the new streak of tidal debris on the image with the naked eye. It only becomes clear after mathematical measurements of the stream’s color and other properties are taken. Old stars are red, while newer stars – which tend to be born in tidal debris – are blue.

McQuillan will continue to study the newfound loop this year and see the analysis through to publication with Wehner.

Wehner noted that previous studies on the galaxy have paid most attention to the starburst in the middle. “I’m probably the main person who studies the tidal debris,” she said.

Answers to big questions

NGC3310 is 50 million light-years from earth; the four galaxies that make up HCG44, 59 million. Why study galaxies far, far away from us?

Among the biggest reasons is to discover what could happen to our own galaxy, the Milky Way, which is on a collision course with the galaxy Andromeda. A “mere” 2.5 million light-years from us, it is the closest spiral galaxy to us, and more massive. Analysis of other galaxies helps scientists decipher how the collision process works.

“That’s something we’re working on,” Wehner said. “One thing I’m interested in doing with NGC3310 is to compare the tidal debris with models for our own galaxy. We have streams of tidal debris around our galaxy so things are colliding with us as we speak. This is a way of looking outwardly and seeing that in another system. It can be really hard to see around our own galaxy because if there’s a tidal stream up in the night sky, how do we pick that out from the stars in our own galaxy? It’s hard to see and, therefore, measure it. We can look at other systems and try to understand better what’s going to happen to our galaxy.”

No need to panic or hasten our plans for developing warp speed to bust us out of the Milky Way. Our destined smash-up won’t occur for another four billion years.


McQuillan and Sinn worked 40 hours per week this past summer, thanks to funding from a Minnesota Space Consortium Grant and Physics Department start-up funds allocated to Wehner’s Kitt Peak project, which she negotiated upon her hire. The start-up funds were used to buy into the .9 meter consortium, which entitles Wehner to yearly three-day usage of the Kitt Peak telescope.

Up until now, the pair have studied images taken at the observatory by Wehner and their predecessors, fellow St. Thomas students Marissa Beckers, Rachel Busse (the lone English major), Katrina Korman and Sarah Millholland. But this spring, the pair finally will be able to see the “stars” of their labors up close and personal when they accompany Wehner on her annual date with the telescope.

Saint Mary’s Cardinals hosts Teddy Bear Toss Nov. 9

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:34pm
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University men’s hockey team will hold a Teddy Bear Toss Sunday, Nov. 9, during the Cardinals’ 5 p.m. home game against St. Thomas at the Saint Mary’s Ice Arena. Fans attending are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal—preferably new, but those in good used condition will [&hellip

Yee Chang ’15 and Anh Tran ’16 Receive Mairs & Power Award for Investment Study

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:23pm

Economics majors Yee Chang ’15 and Anh Tran ’16 are the inaugural recipients of the Mairs and Power Award for Investment Study. The award, established this fall by Mark Henneman ’83 and Terri Henneman ’83, will provide scholarships to one junior and one senior student pursuing an education in finance and investment at Gustavus. The award will also give support to the senior recipient to take the Charter Financial Analyst Level 1 Exam in June following graduation from Gustavus.

Associate Professor in Economics and Management Sheng Yang believes the award is important because, in addition to helping and inspiring students, it will raise awareness among students of the CFA certification and the financial industry in general.

“The CFA certification is one of the most difficult and prestigious credentials in the financial industry,” Yang said. “Those financial professionals with the certification will become the most sought after. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the financial industry should definitely consider getting the CFA certification.”

The founders of the award want to encourage and inspire Gustavus students to pursue careers in financial and investment industries. Recognizing the lack of gender diversity in financial investment, the founders want to place a special emphasis on women students to help them succeed as finance professionals.

In addition to the scholarship award, recipients will be partnered with Mark Henneman for the academic year, who will serve as an alumni mentor by answering questions for students and assisting them in their pursuit of a career in investment, as well as helping the senior award recipient in their preparation for the CFA exam. Henneman, a CFA holder himself, is currently Executive Vice President at Mairs & Power, an investment firm based in St. Paul.

Yee Chang ’15

Yee Chang ‘15

Senior award recipient Yee Chang ‘15, a member of the Finance Club, enjoys learning about numbers and how money works, and hopes to pursue a career as a financial analyst. She isn’t sure if she would like to work in corporate finance or an investment firm, but one thing she does know is that she wants to give back to her Hmong community one day.

“Hmong people have just been coming to the United States for the past 40 years and haven’t really been exposed to the financial markets and instruments. They are becoming more successful and their businesses are flourishing, and I wish to use the knowledge I have cultivated now and in the future to assist Hmong people and businesses on how to invest,” Chang said.

Along with the scholarship, as the senior recipient, Chang’s award comes with the resources to take the CFA exam in June. She is thinking about opening her own financial services and investment company one day, and knows that the CFA certification will help her credibility greatly when that day comes.

“Even if I don’t open a business, receiving the CFA certification would open the doors to other opportunities and help me move up in my career, whether it is in corporate finance or in an investment firm,” Chang said.

Chang is excited to be one of the inaugural recipients of the award knows that it will help her achieve her goals to work in the financial industry.

“I feel honored to receive this award knowing how competitive and rare this opportunity is. I will most definitely take the chance to provide knowledge to fellow peers that such opportunities like the Mairs and Power Award are available,” Chang said.

Anh Tran ‘16

Anh Tran ’16

After completing an internship with Standard Chartered Bank in her hometown of Hanoi, Vietnam, junior award recipient Anh Tran ‘16 knew she wanted to pursue a career in finance and investment.

Tran, an international student, is an active member of the Investment Club at Gustavus and enjoys hearing professors’ stories about gaining or losing money in investment. Tran is one of few female members in the club and felt overwhelmed at first, but she hopes to change this dynamic and help empower other women students interested in investment.

“I was amazed to find that the female members rarely asked questions or spoke about the stocks, whereas male members were more vocal about the stocks in which they were interested. This observation made me want to be more active so that our voices, as women, could be heard. I am researching a few stocks that I find interesting so that I can present them in the next meeting. I believe this is a necessary step to be a more involved member of the club,” Tran said.

This award will help Tran pay for her tuition and work toward a career in finance and investment. She also plans to take the CFA certification after her senior year and then get a job as a financial professional.

“I am very grateful and happy to receive this award. When I got the announcement letter, I couldn’t believe the news and had to ask my friend to read it again for me,” Tran said.

For more information about the Mairs and Power Award for Investment Study, contact Sheng Yang, Associate Professor in Economics and Management at or Barb Larson Taylor, Director of the Center for Servant Leadership, at, or visit the Center for Servant Leadership website at


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

<i>The New York Times</i> Uses O’Connor Piece on “The Learning Network”

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:20pm

Peg O’Connor

The New York Times recently used a piece written by Gustavus Adolphus College Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Peg O’Connor on its blog, The Learning Network, which uses Times content to create daily cross-curricular materials that teach skills, invite inquiry and engage students with current events.

On Oct. 22, the Times paired O’Connor’s essay “In the Cave: Philosophy and Addiction” with Plato’s well-known allegory of the cave from “The Republic,” as part of a text to text lesson.

The Times gave this as background to the lesson: “Plato’s allegory is a powerful metaphor for contemplating a divide between ignorance and enlightenment — between the “visible” world and the “intelligible” realm — and writers have applied it to all sorts of subjects. Ms. O’Connor, a professor at Gustavus Adolphus College, uses Plato’s allegory to better understand and explain the crisis of the addicted individual.”

O’Connor’s “In the Cave” piece was originally published on Jan. 8, 2012 on The Stone, a Times forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless.

O’Connor also has a regular blog on Psychology Today focused on philosophy and addiction called “Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken.” She teaches courses at Gustavus such as “Applied Ethics,” “Feminist Controversies,” “Racism and Sexism,” and “Introduction to Women’s Studies.” She is the chair of the 51st annual Nobel Conference, which is titled “Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition.”


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Islamic, Christian and Jewish Congregations to Host Mid-November Series on the Topic of Peacemaking

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:00am

Three Twin Cities congregations – representing the Islamic, Christian and Jewish faiths – are sponsoring a series of four mid-November programs dealing with peacemaking. The programs will be led by Rabbi Amy Eilberg and will be based on her recently published book From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace.

Rabbi Amy Eilberg

Sponsors of the series are the Islamic Center of Minnesota, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Mount Zion Temple. Co-sponsors are the St. Paul Interfaith Network and Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, a partnership of the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University. This marks the fifth year this group has joined to sponsor collaborative programs.

The four programs planned for November are free and open to the public. Titles, dates and locations are:

  • “The Nature of Conflict and Vengeance: Why do we Fight” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Eilberg will speak during Shabbat services at about 8 p.m. and at a question-and-answer session following services.
  • “The Practice of Peace: Training the Heart and Mind for Peace” from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave., St. Paul.
  • “Seek Peace and Pursue It” on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul. Eilberg will speak during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services and will lead a question-and-answer session from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • “Peace Among Religions” at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Islamic Center of Minnesota, 1401 Gardenia Ave. NE, Fridley.

Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. After many years of work in pastoral care and hospice, she now serves as a spiritual director, directs interfaith programs, teaches at United Theological Seminary and is a consultant to the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. Co-chair of the Civility Initiative of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, she teaches the art of listening and peacebuilding throughout the country.

In From Enemy to Friend, she blends ancient Jewish sacred texts on peacebuilding, real-life descriptions of conflict engagement and conflict theory. What emerges is a portrait of peacemaking as a spiritual practice that can guide people seeking peace in their lives and in the world. The book concludes with practical disciplines to cultivate the qualities essential to the art of pursuing peace.


Saint Mary’s faculty to premiere compositions through ‘Words to Music’ project

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:55pm
WINONA, Minn. — Two new works for choir by Saint Mary’s University music professors Dr. Patrick O’Shea and A. Eric Heukeshoven will receive their world premiere by the La Crosse Chamber Chorale as part of the ensemble’s “Words to Music” project. Words to Music is a project in which poetry written by local students is [&hellip

Magazine Names Dwight Stoll to “Top 40 Under 40 Power List”

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:17am

Gustavus Adolphus College Associate Professor of Chemistry Dwight Stoll was recently honored by the magazine The Analytical Scientist when the publication included him on its annual Power List, which this year features 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are already having a big impact on the field of analytical science.

“Last year we profiled the top 100 most influential analytical scientists, shining the spotlight on some of the scientists, engineers, and business leaders at the top of their game,” said Rich Whitworth, editor of The Analytical Scientist. “This year we wanted to shift the focus to the next generation. The new list loses none of the diversity found in our inaugural Power List, and also proves just how bright the future of analytical science is.”

Stoll adds this latest accolade to several other recent accomplishments including being named the 2014 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Dr. Sut Ahuja Young Investigator Award in Separation Science, and receiving a $60,000 unrestricted research grant from the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation as part of its Teacher-Scholar Awards Program.

Stoll is currently in the middle of a six-month sabbatical in Germany working at a research and development site of Agilent Technologies—a leading provider of bio-analytical and measurement solutions in life sciences, chemical analysis, and diagnostics.

Since joining the Gustavus faculty in 2008, Stoll has successfully established an independent research program focused on the development and application of two-dimensional high performance liquid chromatography for the analysis of samples of moderate to high complexity. In addition to authoring 16 journal articles and book chapters since 2009, Stoll has secured 13 external research grants from funders such as the National Science Foundation and the Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources.

The Analytical Scientist launched in January 2013 and encompasses a print magazine, a global website optimized for tablets and smart phones, and an iPad app. You can read more about the publication’s Top 40 Under 40 list on the magazine’s website. For more information about Stoll and his research, you can link to a previous story on the Gustavus website.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Want the Grade? Get Off Your Butt

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:00am

Emily Hulstein knew she wanted to find something meaningful.

That thought underscored everything last year as she dug through research articles, conversed with peers and professors, and tried to determine what she might look into for her required class project. Then a senior in Dr. Lesley Scibora’s Research Methods in Exercise Science course and zeroing in on completing a major in the Health and Human Performance Department, Hulstein discovered the kind of research gap that often means one of two things: “You either have something that no one cares about,” Scibora said, “Or something that is untapped and is important. … I think in Emily’s case it’s very important.”

That gap came between a wealth of studies on how adolescent mental development is tied to physical activity – as well as many similar studies entailing the elderly – but no research regarding college-aged students. She set out to remedy that situation with a 30-participant study gauging the correlation between students’ exercise frequency and intensity, and their GPA. Hulstein used the International Physical Activity Questions form to determine the students’ detailed exercise habits and compared those to self-reported grades.

The findings were decidedly clear: If you want to help your GPA, ditch the books for a bit and get up for some vigorous exercise. While the study worked with female non-athletes, the striking correlation delivered a strong message to all St. Thomas students who cite academic focus as a reason not to exercise at any given time.

“A lot of times I knew if I exercised it would be better for me overall,” Hulstein said. “But to really see that correlation firsthand in the St. Thomas community gives it more validity and volume.”

Community impact

Now an alum and working in the health care sector to help keep people in her community well, Hulstein finds her professional life tied on a daily basis to the ideas her research experience cultivated.

“I wanted to do something that would apply to people I spend my time around every day,” she said. “Something everyday individuals could apply to their life and have it be beneficial.”

Settling on research all her peers could relate to, Hulstein is an example of HHP’s emphasis on having students explore topics they’re passionate about. That not only helps prepare them for what career they may pursue, but fuels their desire to contribute something personally meaningful.

“That is important and empowering for the students,” Scibora said.

It also positions them to tap into their surrounding resources; many students conduct studies that aid in the proficiency of athletic teams they’re on (think, “A study on how one stretch versus another prepares sprinters to run the 100-yard dash.”) Other times – as in Hulstein’s case – the studies can help give knowledge to the entire student community the researchers are part of at St. Thomas.

“It’s likely to impact you more to see a study done with kids you go to school with,” Hulstein said. “A good chunk of students want a higher GPA. If they see evidence that can be as simple as taking a half hour to raise their heart rate, they’ll likely make some time for that. It’s different when it’s close to home.”

While St. Thomas is no longer technically “home” for Hulstein, she remains connected: She and Scibora have continued working with the research this fall and recently submitted the project to the American College of Sports Science’s annual conference. Its continued attention in the scientific community could add even more value to Hulsteins’ contribution, research that yielded exactly what she set out to find: something meaningful.

Outstanding Employees Honored on Founders Day

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:34am

President Bergman, Max Hailperin, Dana Lamb, and Kirk Carlson ’95

Three members of the Gustavus Adolphus College community were honored during the Friday, Oct. 31 Daily Sabbath service as recipients of the College’s annual outstanding employee awards. The awards are given out in conjunction with Founders Day, which recognizes the dedication of Old Main on Oct. 31, 1976.

Dana Lamb, Administrative Coordinator in the Office of Marketing and Communication, received the 2014 Augusta Carlson Schultz Award, given annually to a support staff employee who exemplifies outstanding dedication and spirit of service. Lamb holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwest State University and has worked at Gustavus since 2002. Her duties in the Office of Marketing and Communication include managing the department’s budget, working with the Gustavus Library Associates Board of Directors on their fundraising events including A Royal Affair, logistics and hospitality for many of the College’s signature events including the Nobel Conference and Christmas in Christ Chapel, and working as a marketing partner for the academic departments to help create department brochures, event publicity, and other marketing materials.

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and current chair of the Faculty Senate Max Hailperin received the 2014 Faculty Service Award, given annually to a faculty member whose service has improved the college. Hailperin joined the faculty in 1990 and has served on a number of important committees over the past 24 years, including the Personnel Committee, the Provost Search Committee, the Strategic Framework Planning Committee, and the Nobel Conference committee, among others. He recently worked closely with the College’s Board of Trustees to lead a discussion about and define shared governance on campus. He has also helped to rewrite parts of the Faculty Handbook and Faculty Manual to help make those documents more clear and useful. Hailperin’s colleagues praise him for helping to create a climate of cooperation among different constituencies on campus.

Kirk Carlson ’95, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment, Associate Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, and Tuition Benefit & Exchange Officer, received the 2014 Eric Norelius Award, given annually to an outstanding administrative employee who has demonstrated exceptional service and dedication to the College. Carlson spends much of his time meeting with prospective students and families to ensure that a Gustavus education is affordable for them. Carlson also provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction in helping Gustavus meet its enrollment goals and objectives.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Saint Mary’s Off the Page event explores Western, Eastern music

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:07pm
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University “Off the Page” series invites audiences to explore the intersection of Western and Eastern music with a visit from the Twin Cities-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist, with guest artist Nirmala Rajasekar on veena. “Summer Rain” is a new production, with music developed and performed by Zeitgeist with composer [&hellip

Carleton Professor to Present Documentary on Wednesday Night

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:58pm

Dr. Chérif Këita

Dr. Chérif Këita, Professor of French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures at Carleton College will visit Gustavus Adolphus College on Wednesday, Oct. 29 to present his documentary film Remembering Nokutela. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. in room 127 of Confer Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Remembering Nokutela chronicles Këita’s four-year journey to uncover the story of Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), the long-forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa, and is the latest chapter in Keita’s series on early South African liberation. Woven into this deeply emotional and eerily serendipitous journey are the little-known connections between the director’s hometown of Northfield, Minn., and the birth of an important pro-democracy and social justice movement, the African National Congress, in Inanda (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), in the early 20th century.

Këita, a native of Mali, previously directed Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube (2005), which looks at the life of John L. Dube, founding president of the African National Congress (then called the South African Native National Congress) and an early figure in the struggle against white rule in South Africa; and Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa (2010), a sequel of sorts to Oberlin-Inanda, as Këita charts the connection between Dube and William and Ida Belle Wilcox, an American missionary couple who lived in South Africa in the 1910s.

Dr. Këita’s visit is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and the African Studies Program, and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Garment industry is topic of next Under-Told Stories Project Nov. 11-12 at Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:59am
The next Under-Told Stories Project asks the question, “Is What You’re Wearing Enslaving or Liberating?” A panel of speakers will conduct a public discussion about issues related to the garment industry Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11-12, at Saint Mary’s University’s Twin Cities and Winona Campuses. The event’s keynote speaker is Joe Bozich, CEO of Knights [&hellip

Gustavus to Induct Nine New Members into Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:08am

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has selected nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2014 class of inductees includes Tara Joosten Bubar ’98 (Soccer), Stephen Erickson ’99 (Golf), David Jussila ’91 (Tennis), Melissa Ring ’99 (Track & Field), Luke Schmidt ’99 (Basketball), Aaron Smith ’99 (Track & Field), Bob Southworth ’99 (Football, Basketball), Brent Staples ’99 (Football, Hockey), and Dee Swenson (Benefactor). This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, following the Hall of Fame football game between the Gusties and Bethel University set to take place at 1:00 p.m. on Hollingsworth Field.

Individuals eligible for induction into the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame are athletes, coaches, and benefactors.  Selection of athletes is based on athletic achievements while a student at Gustavus.  Eight of the nine members of the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted for their accomplishments on the playing field, while one will be inducted as a benefactor.

Tara Joosten Bubar, a native of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was a standout goalkeeper on three MIAC Championship teams (1994, 1995, 1996) and three NCAA Tournament teams (1995, 1996, 1997). She played in a total of 75 games compiling a record of 57-15-3 overall with a 0.650 goals against average and a .865 save percentage while also recording 43 shutouts. An all-conference and all-region honoree in 1995, Bubar holds school records in career saves, shutouts, goals against average, and minutes.

Stephen Erickson, a native of Bemidji, Minnesota, played at the top of the Gustavus men’s golf team’s lineup as it shined at both the conference and national levels during the late-1990s. Erickson earned all-conference honors three times — including runner-up performances in 1996 and 1997 — as the Gusties won MIAC Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998. He led the team at the NCAA Championships in three of his four years, earning All-America honors in 1996, 1998, and 1999. He finished a career-best fifth in the nation in 1999.

David Jussila, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, was a key singles contributor and a standout doubles player for the men’s tennis teams of the late 1980s and early-1990s. A three-time All-American (1989, 1990, and 1991), Jussila and his doubles partner, Ryan Skanse, won the 1991 NCAA Division III Doubles Championship over No. 2 seeded Tom Dailey and Steve Tignor of Swarthmore in Claremont, California. With four MIAC titles (2 singles, 2 doubles), Jussila helped the Gusties to four consecutive MIAC Championships.

Melissa Ring, a native of Anoka, Minnesota, was the track & field program’s first shot put specialist to consistently compete on the national stage during the late1990s. Ring was the first Gustie to earn All-America honors in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a fourth place finish in 1999. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Melissa achieved All-America status in the shot put three times, placing eighth in 1997, fifth in 1998, and sixth in 1999. She won the MIAC indoor and outdoor shot put titles in 1999, and tallied a total of six all-conference honors.

Luke Schmidt, a native of New Ulm, Minnesota, established himself as one of the men’s basketball program’s most lethal scorers in just three seasons from 1996 to 1999. A three-time all-conference performer who also earned all-region honors in 1997 and 1998, Schmidt ranks fifth all-time in scoring at Gustavus with 1,607 points. He holds the school-record in career field goals (663), blocked shots (160), single-season points (604) and field goals (245), and sits fourth in rebounding (785). Schmidt helped the Gusties win MIAC championships in 1996 and 1997, MIAC playoff titles in 1997 and 1998. He was also a part of teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Aaron Smith, a native of Jackson, Wisconsin, was the track & field program’s first NCAA champion and still remains one of the most decorated throwers in school history. Highlighted by a gold medal performance in the hammer throw at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Smith compiled a total of six All-America performances over his career including one indoor and five outdoor in the shot put (3), hammer throw (2), and discus (1). At the conference level, Aaron recorded 14 all-conference performances, which included four indoor titles in the shot put (2) and weight throw (2), and five outdoor titles in the shot put (2) and hammer throw (3). He still holds the school-record in the indoor shot put and outdoor hammer throw.

Bob Southworth, a native of Gibbon, Minnesota, stood out as a quarterback on the football team and a shooting guard on the basketball team. A two-time all-conference performer on the gridiron, he graduated as the school-record holder in career passing yards (7,085), touchdowns (59), completions (561), and completion percentage (56.9%), and still holds records for passing TDs in a season with 31 (1998) and passing TDs in a game with six (1998 vs. Hamline). On the hardwood, Bob was a three-year starter and two-time all-conference selection on Gustavus teams that won MIAC championships in 1996 and 1997 and made NCAA tournament appearances in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Brent Staples, a native of Windom, Minnesota, terrorized opposing offenses as a defensive lineman for the football team during the late 1990s. A two-time all-conference performer in 1997 and 1998, Staples graduated ranked third in school history in tackles with 258 (105 solo) and remains the program’s top tackling defensive lineman. In his senior season, Staples received the Mike Stam Award as the MIAC Lineman-of-the-Year, was named a Football Gazette All-West Region First Team honoree, and received honorable mention on the Football Gazette’s All-America team. He is the football program’s all-time leader in tackles for loss with 67 and ranks second in sacks with 21.5.

Delores “Dee” Swenson, a native of Willmar, Minnesota, was the administrative assistant and office manager for the athletics department from 1974 to 2000. Swenson, the cheery and professional public face of the athletics department, juggled an impressive array of responsibilities including budget manager, travel manager, ticket manager, assistant eligibility coordinator, and NAIA/NCAA Championship liaison to name just a few. It was Swenson’s genuine care for the faculty, staff, and student-athletes and her positive, can-do attitude that was the driving force behind the family atmosphere that existed in the athletics and physical education departments during her 25-year tenure.

The selection of inductees to the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame is made by the Gustavus Hall of Fame Board which is a 13-member group consisting of current athletic administrators, and former coaches and alumni.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Gustavus to Host Public Conversation for District 19A Candidates

Gustavus Campus News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:22pm

Clark Johnson and Kim Spears

With election day (Nov. 4) quickly approaching, Gustavus Adolphus College will host a public conversation between Minnesota House District 19A candidates Clark Johnson and Kim Spears at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Three Crowns Room, located in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

The public conversation will be moderated by Gustavus Associate Professor of Political Science Kate Knutson. Those who wish to submit questions for the candidates to address, can do so ahead of time by emailing them to Free pizza will be available for attendees beginning at 6:30 p.m.

House District 19A includes all of Nicollet County and small parts of Le Sueur and Blue Earth Counties. The district includes the cities of Courtland, Kasota, Lafayette, Nicollet, North Mankato, and St. Peter, as well as a portion of Mankato. Johnson is running for a second term after being elected for the first time in a special election in 2013. Spears is a North Mankato City Council Member who is running for state office for the first time.

This event was organized as part of a collaborative effort between the Gustavus College Democrats, the Gustavus College Republicans, and the Office of the Chaplains.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

U of M Professor to Speak on “The Physics of Superheroes”

Gustavus Campus News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:19am

Dr. James Kakalios

Dr. James Kakalios is not your average physicist and his public lectures are anything but average. Kakalios will visit Gustavus Adolphus College on Wednesday, Oct. 29 to deliver his popular lecture, “The Physics of Superhero Comics” at 7:30 p.m. in Wallenberg Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 1988. His class “Everything I Needed to Know About Physics I Learned from Reading Comic Books” is a popular freshman seminar. He is a highly sought after speaker, whose trademark wit penetrates the yawning atmosphere of public speaking platforms for an incredibly funny, immersive learning experience.

In 2005, Kakalios published the popular science general audience book, The Physics of Superheroes, which has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, and Korean. His Spectacular Second Edition was published in 2009 and then in 2010 he published The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics.

The Spectacular Second Edition of Kakalios’ book The Physics of Superheroes.

In 2007, he served as the science consultant for the Warner Bros. superhero film Watchmen. He appears on the DVD version of the film in a special feature that discusses some of the science behind one of Watchmen’s central characters—Dr. Manhattan. In 2009, Kakalios made a video with the University News Service on “The Science of Watchmen,” which has been viewed more than 1.6 million times and in 2009 won a regional Emmy Award in the “Advanced Media: Arts/Entertainment” category. In 2012, he served as one of the science consultants for the Marvel Entertainment American superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man.

Kakalios, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, has given talks at many high schools and colleges and universities, as well as such venues as The Library of Congress, the American Physical Society, the Aspen Center for Science, the Comic Con International, the first National USA Science and Engineering Festival, among others.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

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