Recent News from Campuses
On Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Gustavus Adolphus College’s Linnaeus Arboretum will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a ceremonial tree planting, luncheon, and featured remarks from noted Minnesota naturalist and former director of the arboretum Jim Gilbert.
In preparation for the celebration, we sat down to ask Gilbert five questions…
Gustavus: What first sparked your fascination with the natural world?
Jim Gilbert: My parents. They fed birds and had a garden, took us on trips up north. They had a cabin and I always looked forward to seeing the wilderness, the loons, and other birds.
Gustavus: What is special about our Minnesotan environment? Is Minnesota facing any unique challenges within the current climate?
JG: The fact that we have three biomes: the boreal forest, deciduous forest, and prairie areas. All those biomes plus all the beautiful lakes make Minnesota so special. As for challenges, my research is on global warming. I’ve worked on it for like 40 years. People are always asking, “What’s global warming? It’s so cold out.” Many places on the earth are much warmer even though we are much colder. It’s climate change overall that is dangerous.
Gustavus: How have you seen the Linnaeus Arboretum change and grow in the past 45 years?
JG: I was there when it first started. I had just started working for Gustavus when the tornado hit 20 years ago. The tornado took probably half the trees in the arboretum. I think the whole campus, and the arboretum in particular, look much different. But I think it looks so good, it has come back so nicely. 20 years of growth on trees really makes the environment look great. We’ve come back from a major tornado hitting Gustavus and Saint Peter, and I think it looks absolutely wonderful since coming back from that.
Gustavus: What can we learn from studying the natural world?
JG: We can learn that we are actually part of nature. Once you realize that we a part of it all, you can understand that we need to do our best to be good stewards… Because we are a part of this whole thing, it’s our responsibility to be good stewards.
Gustavus: What is your favorite part about the nature at Gustavus?
JG: I like the fact that the arboretum continues onto the campus. You can walk the trails of the arboretum and see the campus buildings. Similarly, you can be on Hello Walk, or somewhere else on campus, and see the nature surrounding it. I’ve been to a lot of schools, but Gustavus is so unique to have an arboretum attached. Buildings are important, but the setting… I think the arboretum alongside the campus is just a neat setting.
Tickets for the Linnaeus Arboretum’s 45th anniversary event can be purchased at the Information Desk or at gustavustickets.com. Tickets are $10.00 for Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum members and $15.00 for non-members.
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On Thursday, April 19, a jury gathered to hear opening statements, watch as witnesses were questioned by prosecution and defense, and to ultimately make a decision on the fate of one man and the charges against him—all in the name of learning.
This was a mock trial organized by Bethany Lutheran College Legal Studies Professor Sara Edwards, J.D., with the help of adjunct instructor Dan Birkholz, J.D., and attorney Ryan Drea, J.D.
The 6th Annual Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Faith Conference will take on two key issues: doubt in matters of faith, and confronting differences as a living expression of faith. This year, Dr. Jacqueline Bussie and Bishop Munib Younan will highlight the half-day conference hosted by the Association of Congregations and the Gustavus Office of Church Relations.
Taking the stage at 10:15 a.m., Dr. Bussie is the director of the Forum on Faith and serves as a professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She is the author of Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking Faith’s ‘Rules’ and the forthcoming Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for Love with No Exceptions.
Bishop Munib Younan is the former bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land and has deep experience working across religious, cultural, and racial divisions to seek peace. The former head of the Lutheran World Federation, Younan will speak at 11:15 a.m.
Gustavus Faith Conference Schedule | Christ Chapel:
- 9 a.m. Doors Open – Enjoy coffee, treats and fellowship
- 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Ceremony
- 10:15 a.m. Featured Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline Bussie
- 11:15 a.m. Featured Speaker: Bishop Emeritus Dr. Munib Younan
- 12:15 p.m. Faith Conference concludes
To learn more about the annual Faith Conference, visit the Office of Church Relations website. Following the Faith Conference, the 31st Annual Association of Congregations Business Meeting will take place on campus.
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World-renowned neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky will present “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Stress and Disease.”
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Saint Mary’s recognized faculty and staff at the annual Employee Service Awards Ceremony April 17. The ceremony recognizes the dedication and service of our faculty and staff who uphold the Lasallian mission by creating meaningful and lasting relationships with our students.
- Five years: Niels Anderson, Stacey Bakke, Amanda Bauer, Virginia Copeman, John Currie, Jodie Heim, Jackie Kiecker, Michael Ratajczyk, Jamison Rusthoven
- 10 years: Dr. Patricia Calton, Audrey Kintzi, Brother William Mann, William Moore, Dr. Jaime Mueller, Lawrence Price, Tammy Schmidt, Kevin Stark, Dr. Robyn Wangberg, Nancy Wiltgen
- 15 years: Jan Dimmitt-Olson, Dr. Rebecca Hopkins, Jeffrey Knopf, Dr. Melissa Luedtke, Dr. Ruth Mathews, Deborah Nahrgang, Lori Pesik, John Reszka
- 20 years: Steven Butler, Jeffery Halberg, Clarence Hemmelman, Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson, Robert McColl, Tracy McRae, Joseph Wener
- 25 years: Betty Kube, Tracy Lehnertz, Dr. Debra Martin
- 30 years: Dr. Gary Diomandes, JoAnn Frahm, A. Eric Heukeshoven
- 35 years: James Bedtke, Nicolette Richmond
- Retirees (and years of service): Jean Auman (21), Mary Becker (23), Robert Conover (33), Peggy Ebert (31), Dr. Mary Fox (28), Christopher Kendall (31), Robert Mueller (26), Dr. Roger Peckover (28), Dr. John Poling (18), Dr. Richard Tristano (27), Joseph Wener (20)
Photo caption: Some of the Saint Mary’s retirees with Brother William Mann, who is completing his term as president at the end of May, include, from left: Robert Conover, Peggy Ebert, Dr. John Poling, Christopher Kendall, Brother William Mann, Joseph Wener, and Dr. Richard Tristano.
The Saint Mary’s Volunteer Committee would like to thank Athletics and Chartwells for sponsoring the Let’s do Lunch fundraiser held on April 19 in the ice arena. The tailgate event raised $290 for the Athletics Initiative, $48 of which came from the chuck a puck competition. Congrats to Brother Frank Carr, our chuck a puck champion! Thank you to everyone who attended and donated!
The Department of Communication hosted two alumni guest speakers April 12-13. Journalism alumnus Michael Flicek ’17 spoke to Dean Beckman’s Beginning Newswriting class on April 12 about his role as editor of the Plainview News. Flicek addressed the challenges of being editor at a small newspaper and shared some of his favorite news stories with the students.
On April 13, Public Relations alumnus Rick Palermo ’16 provided advice to the Public Relations/Business Club about what it takes to make it in the sports media business. Palermo is a production assistant with Fox Sports North, a freelance broadcaster in the Twin Cities, and the co-host of a podcast on the Minnesota Sports Podcast Network. Read more about Palermo and his work.
Photo caption: Michael Flicek ’17 (front, center) with students from Beginning Newswriting class.
We’re now at the critical last two weeks prior to the Candidates’ Reply Deadline on May 1, when admitted students make their final college choice. Having looked at the April 15–May 1 confirmed numbers over the past five recruitment cycles, we’ve experienced a low of 46 additional confirmations and a high of 114 in this two-week period. The only conclusion I can draw is that the Office of Admission will continue to work hard on recruiting the class. My sense is that, somewhere between these two figures is where you’ll find the number of new deposits we will add. Prayers are welcome in pursuit of our desired enrollment objectives.
The next meaningful update from this office will occur on May 15, when the dust settles a bit and we have a firmer handle on where the class stands. Regardless of the outcome, know that we will continue to recruit both new first-year and transfers right up until move-in day.
I want you to be aware that our final Admitted Student Day is this Friday, April 20, with 30 students pre-registered for this event. It’s one of our primary goals to have 70-80 percent of these students commit on Friday. As always, we appreciate all that you do to assist our recruitment efforts!
— Daniel Meyer, vice president for enrollment
Admitted Student Day
Friday, April 20
30 students, 42 guests
Spring Preview Day
Saturday, April 28
34 students, 68 guests
On Saturday, April 21, Saint Mary’s University’s Department of History will host the 5th annual Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium. Students from Bethel University, Bethany Lutheran College, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Martin Luther College, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will present an array of research papers and projects in history. After three sessions of concurrent student panels, the day will conclude with a plenary session on “Students’ Religious Literacy in a Pluralistic Society,” featuring Dr. Amy Poppinga (Bethel) and Dr. Erich Lippman (Saint Mary’s). The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Science and Learning Center. Registration begins at 8 am. Please contact Tycho de Boer (email@example.com) for more information.
Caleb Kormann, a senior Theology major, had his research accepted to present at the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion conference, April 14 in St. Paul (which was canceled due to a blizzard). His research, “The Word of Our Lives: Nouvelle Theologie and Dei Verbum,” was prepared through coursework in Contemporary Catholic Thought with Dr. Greg Sobolewski.
WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University will offer a wide variety of camps and community programs for youth and adults this summer.
- Three sessions of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) enrichment classes where students ages 8–14 can make their own video games, mobile apps, or create virtual reality worlds. These classes are offered June 18–22, June 25–29, and July 23–27.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes Youth Sports Camp for grades 2–8, June 26–28.
- Cross Country Camp for grades 7–12, June 26–30.
- Hockey Camp for Bantam, Midget, and high school players of all ages, July 4–18.
- Team Volleyball Camp for grades 9–12, July 22–25.
- Individual Volleyball Camp for grades 7–12, July 26–28.
- Men’s Soccer ID Camp for grades 9-post-high school, Aug. 4.
- Ceramics class for ages 12 and up, June 11, 18, 25, and July 2, 9, 16.
For more information or to register for these events, visit camps.smumn.edu or call the Saint Mary’s University Office of Event Services at 507-457-6921.