The Yellow Sheet 2000

October 26, 2000 | Volume 33, Number 5

Thursday, Oct. 26,

Volume 33, Number 8

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News & Announcements

Outstanding Employees Named... The Augusta Carlson Schultz Award for the Outstanding Support Staff Employee of 2000 will be awarded to Dee Waldron (public affairs) and the Eric Norelius Award for the Outstanding Administrative Employee of 2000 will be awarded to Tim Kennedy (sports information). All members of the College community are invited to the award ceremony at 10 a.m. on Founders Day, Oct. 31, in Christ Chapel. A reception in honor of this year's recipients will follow in Alumni Hall.

Rides Offered to Memorial Service... Any campus community member interested in attending the 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28 memorial service in Duluth for John Monson, a Gustavus student who died Oct. 11, should contact the Office of the Chaplains today (Oct. 26). The service will be held at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 45th Ave. E. and Colorado St. Expressions of sympathy and support may be sent to John's family through his parents, Mark and Grace Monson, at 410 Aspen Lane, Duluth, MN 55804-1706.

International Festival Invitation... Everyone is invited to the annual International Festival, beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 in Alumni Hall. The International Cultures Club (ICC), with support of the Crossroads program, has planned the following free events:

  • A 4 p.m. "silent auction" of international gifts, articles of clothing, and/or services, with proceeds going toward 2 international charitable organizations;
  • At 4:30 p.m., "Rakugo" -- Japanese comic storytelling -- with John Braun (communication studies);
  • At 5:30 p.m., the international food and display booths open;
  • From 5:30-8 p.m., entertainment consisting of international music, dance, skits, and an ethnic fashion show; and more.
In addition to attending, faculty and staff are invited to participate by donating items for the charity auction benefiting Child Relief and You (CRY) and Amnesty International headquarters; sponsoring a "country" table for either display or serving food (with all costs for food being reimbursed by ICC); or wearing a traditional outfit/ethnic dress from another country in the fashion show. To participate, contact ICC co-presidents Anaya Mitra (x8252, or Jennifer Lopez (x7816, by Oct. 28.

Out of Scandinavia Next Week... Linn Ullmann, Norwegian columnist, literary critic, and novelist will be on campus Oct. 29-Nov. 3 as this year's Out of Scandinavia writer in residence. Besides talking to students and faculty in a number of classes, Ullmann will give 4 public presentations and discuss her many roles as a writer. All are invited to the following public Out of Scandinavia events:

  • At 10 a.m. Oct. 30 in Christ Chapel, Ullmann will be the homilist.
  • At 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the International Center Community Room, Ullmann will participate in an informal discussion about storytelling.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Alumni Hall, Ullmann will give a lecture titled "Rhapsody in Blue Books, Boys and Rhythm -- They Can't Take That Away From Me."
  • On Nov. 3 at the Edina Country Club, Ullmann will be the featured guest for Gustavus Library Associates' Author Day. This event will include a 9:30 a.m. reception, a 10 a.m. brunch, and a 10:30 a.m. lecture and book signing.


Theatre Performances Oct. 26-29... The first main stage performance of the season will feature Romulus Linney's Heathen Valley at 8 p.m. Oct. 26-29 in Anderson Theatre. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Ticket Center (x7590). Set in the 1840s, the award-winning play is a powerful, poetic drama that traces the efforts of a bishop bringing the word of God to an Appalachian Valley so remote and untamed that the people live lives of brutal violence, incest, and grinding poverty. Written with lyricism, humor, and simple theatrical means, Heathen Valley is a complex allegory of religion and culture.

Recital Canceled... Due to an unfortunate accident, Richard Weber's faculty recital for Oct. 27 has been canceled.

Talk Shop... Pedro Cordova (modern foreign languages and literatures-Spanish) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2000-01 academic year at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Interpretive Center. His talk is titled "Does students' performance on an exam differ from what they think ought to be in the exam?" Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed on the Gustavus Web under the Events/Faculty Shop Talks links.

Coming to Life... The Offices of Church Relations and Admission will host over 200 7th-9th graders and their church youth leaders on Oct. 28 in a day-long event, "Coming to Life." This event replaces the annual Lutheran Youth Day and introduces young people to a church college and encourages them to expand their servanthood through music, interaction with Gustavus Youth Outreach in small groups, fun in Lund Center, and speakers.

Tenor to Perform Saturday... Tenor Christopher Scholl, who recently returned to the U.S. after a 20-year concert and operatic career in Europe, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Scholl will be accompanied by pianist John McKay (music). For the past 2 decades, Scholl has had a highly successful career in opera, oratorio, and vocal recitals throughout Europe. The Eastman School of Music graduate has an operatic repertoire that embraces music from Baroque to 20th Century to Broadway. This Gustavus Artist Series recital will include selections by Rossini, Bellini, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Reynaldo Hahn, Mead, Britten, Isabelle Firestone, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, and others. A reception will follow the performance. Tickets for the recital will be available at the door for $7 (adults) and $5 (students and senior citizens).

Reformation Service Sunday... A special Reformation Service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 in Christ Chapel. Steve Hogberg (development/gift planning) will be the guest preacher at this specially recognized Holy Communion Service. Before returning to his alma mater in 1999, Hogberg served the church for many years as a bishop's assistant and as a parish pastor. This special celebration will also feature Dean Billmeyer as guest organist. Billmeyer is a professor of organ studies and university organist at the University of Minnesota. The Gustavus Choir will lead the congregation in worship under the direction of Gregory Aune. The choir will be featured in an anthem titled "Laudate Dominum" by Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901).

Storm, Johnson to Debate... Minnesota Representative 24B candidates Julie Storm and Ruth Johnson will publicly debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in Alumni Hall. Storm (R) is the incumbent, elected in 1998. Johnson (D) previously served as District 24B's representative, elected in 1996. Johnson left office to run as lieutenant governor with Mike Freeman in 1998. The debate is open to all and people are encouraged to bring questions for the candidates. This event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

Library Book Sale... The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library will hold its fall book sale Oct. 30-Nov. 5. Hard cover books will be $1 and paperback books will be 50 cents. A bag sale ($2 per bag of books) will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

P.R. Office Open House... All members of the campus community are invited to an open house in the Offices of News Services, Public Affairs, and Publications from 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in the upper level of the Carlson Administration Building. Come for refreshments, hospitality, and to see the new public relations space.

U.S. Representative Candidate Debate... Three of the 4 candidates for Congressional District 2 seat -- incumbent David Minge (D), Mark Kennedy (R), and Gerald Brekke (I) -- will participate in a forum at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 in Bjorling Recital Hall. This public forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of St. Peter, Mankato, and New Ulm and the Free Press of Mankato. Audience members may submit written questions.

Physics Seminars Set... "The Search for Extra Dimensions" is the title of a physics seminar set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Olin Hall 220 and to be presented by John Hauptman of Iowa State University. Another physics seminar, "Photovoltaic-cells," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Olin 220 by Jim Sites of Colorado State University.

Annual Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture Nov. 8... The Peace Studies Program will present this year's Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture, "Raoul Wallenberg, The Man and the Myths; Some Reflections on the Social Responsibility of the Historian," at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Wallenberg Auditorium. This year's speaker is Paul Levine of the Uppsala Programme for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Centre for Multiethnic Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. Levine is author of From Indifference to Activism: Swedish Diplomacy and the Holocaust, 1938-1944 (1996) and Tell Ye Your Children: A Book About the Holocaust in Europe 1933-45 (1998). Both books are on overnight reserve in the library under "Wallenberg Lecture/Paul Levine." Levine is currently working on the first biography of Raoul Wallenberg that makes use of Swedish archival materials. Through his heroic courage and personal intervention in 1944 Budapest, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved the lives of perhaps 100,000 Jews who would otherwise have perished in Nazi concentration camps. In January 1945, he was taken into custody by the Soviet authorities and has since disappeared. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Historical Halloween... K­6 graders and an accompanying adult are invited to attend "A Historical Halloween" -- complete with visits from ghosts of the past, old-time games, ghost stories, hay rides, treats, and prizes -- from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Treaty Site History Center, 1851 N. Hwy. 169, St. Peter. The cost is $1 for each child and adult. Bring a flashlight if possible.

Craft and Vendor Fair... The 4th Annual Fall Craft and Vendor Fair Open House will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 4 at Shoreland Country Club. Vendors include Stampin' Up rubber stamps, The Good Nature Co., Creative Memories, Discovery Toys, Longaberger baskets, Tupperware, Partylite candles, Mary Kay, Home Interiors, Pampered Chef, The Country Peddler, HomeMakers Idea Co., Shaklee Products, and many crafters. There will be many door prizes and special discounts.


CAB Events Win Awards... The Campus Activities Board, advised by Megan Ruble, won 3 programming awards from the Upper Midwest Region of the National Association of Campus Activities at its recent conference in Rochester. The college's award-winning events include: Earth Jam 2000, in the "One and Only" program category; the International Arts Festival, recognized in the "Celebrating the Human Spirit" category; and Arts and Crafts Night in the Dive, in the "Priceless Program" category.

Laura Behling, English, recently presented a paper, "'Fulfilling all the requirements of the natural': Loss and Restoration in Civil War Fiction and Artificial Limb Testimonials," at the American Studies Association Annual Convention in Detroit.

Hal Crimmel, English, recently presented slides and his paper "Caulked Boots and Snow-Swollen Rivers: Logging and Identity in American Forests" at the 54th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in Boise, ID.

Bob Douglas, geography, chaired a session on landscapes and presented a paper, "The English Landscape Garden and Kentucky's Bluegrass," at the 2000 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, held Oct. 19-21 at Miami University, Oxford, OH.

David Fienen, dean of faculty, will be the organist for a hymn festival, sponsored by Mankato area Lutheran churches, at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Chapel of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (Good Counsel) in Mankato.

Eileen Holz, printing services, created the Gustavus Homecoming 2000 logo, T-shirt, button, and cheer clicker that won first prize in the theme design category at the Upper Midwest Regional Conference of the National Association of Campus Activities, held recently in Rochester.

David Koppenhaver, education, recently presented a pre-conference workshop with Karen Erickson (University of New Hampshire) and Janet Sturm (University of North Carolina) titled "Technologies, Talk-nologies, and Text-nologies to Support Writing Development in Children with Disabilities" at the Closing the Gap Conference on Computer Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation, held in Minneapolis.

Brian O'Brien, chemistry, and student co-author Ashley Jensen have had an article, titled "Simple Preparation and NMR Analysis of mer and fac Isomers of Tris (1,1,1-trifluoro-2,4-pentanedionato) cobalt (III): An Experiment for the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory," accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Education, the official chemical education journal of the American Chemical Society.


Emma Christine Jerome was born to Denise and Scott Jerome, head cross country and nordic skiing coach, Oct. 16 in St. Peter. Emma weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. Denise and Emma are home from the hospital and doing very well.


  • Gaston Alzate D'Cossio, father of Gaston Alzate, modern foreign languages and literatures-Spanish, died Sept. 19 of a heart attack in Cali, Colombia. He was 73. Services were held Sept. 22 in Colombia.
To inform the campus community of the loss of a current student or employee or trustee, an emeritus professor or trustee, or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the president's office (x7538).


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Elizabeth Eden, Athletics

    New Support Staff
    Ruth Chabot, Custodial
    Deanna Meyers, Dining Service
    Rebecca Miller, Dean of Faculty


  • Information Systems Developer in the Office of Administrative Computer Services
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Jim Gilbert (arboretum and environmental studies) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Sauk Center Oct. 29. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations where participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentation for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for St. Luke's Lutheran Church from Bloomington Oct. 27-29. The Office of Church Relations will host a retreat for older adults from Zion Lutheran Church, Lake Crystal Nov. 1. Chris Gilbert (political science) will discuss religion and the election with them; after lunch, Jim Gilbert (arboretum and environmental studies) will give a slide presentation on fall in the arboretum. Church Relations will also host a confirmation retreat for Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Menomonee Falls, WI, Oct. 26.

Gustavus Youth Outreach schedule includes Faith Lutheran Church of Coon Rapids Oct. 27-28 and a Coming to Life event Oct. 28 on campus. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including leading lock-ins, family night programs, and church services.


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) has been quoted often in recent Star Tribune of Minneapolis election coverage articles, including Oct. 25th's "Grams attacks what he says is 'me too' strategy and Oct. 18th's "Ventura visits UMD to rally young voters."
  • The Oct. 19 issue of the East Coast-based Swedish-American newspaper Nordstjernan included two Gustavus articles and a photograph. The page 2 "Nobel Foundation President speaks at Nobel Conference" article was accompanied by a photograph of Michael Sohlman speaking at this year's conference. The other article was "Gustavus Adolphus receives grant from Lilly Endowment."
  • During the 6 p.m. Oct. 17 KEYC-TV (Channel 12, Mankato) newscast, Jim Gilbert (arboretum and environmental science) explained why ladybugs are so prevalent this fall.
  • An Oct. 17, front page Star Tribune article, titled "College Costs Rising Faster Than Inflation," referred to Gustavus and its guaranteed cost plan and quoted Owen Sammelson (administration). Gustavus was the only individual college mentioned in the story.
  • An article titled "Hillstrom museum ups the ante" appeared in The Free Press of Mankato on Oct. 12. The page 1C feature article included quotes from Al Behrends (fine arts) and Don Myers (art and Hillstrom Museum), as well as color photographs of the museum, Myers, and a piece from the Hillstrom collection.
  • California-based Swedish-American newspaper Vestkusten published an article and picture highlighting Gustavus' May 28 Commencement. The June 15 published article was titled "Gustavus Adolphus honors Barbro Osher with honorary degree."
Anyone who has suggested additions for this list, suggestions for potential future media stories, or interest in being a media source, should contact News Director Stacia Senne (x7510 or


For Rent... A 3-bedroom house in St. Peter, located on N. Washington Ave. For more information, call x7554.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
DEIB: Gender Identity/Pronouns "What's the difference between my sex and my gender?" (Lunch and Learn)
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom 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.

The Yellow Sheet is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the Office of News Services. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, Spring, and Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online,e-mail submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of News Services. Items must reach the news office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The week of Nobel Conference the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, call Stacia Senne at x7510 or Barb Booren at x6213.
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