The Yellow Sheet 2000

November 30, 2000 | Volume 33, Number 9

Thursday, Nov. 30,

Volume 33, Number 12

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
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New Faces
Position Openings
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News & Announcements

International Festival Online... A Webcast of the Nov. 2 Gustavus International Festival is available on the Mankato-based Lakes Internet (under Video Event Webcast, Gustavus International Festival).

Temporary Parking Restrictions... The Lund Lot (Lot B) will be closed from 11 p.m. today (Nov. 30) until 11 p.m. Dec. 2 for Christmas in Christ Chapel parking. Also, as of 8 a.m. this morning (Nov. 30), the road by Olin and Nobel halls will be blocked off to allow a crane to accomplish work in the area. Questions regarding parking or traffic patterns should be directed to safety and security at x8888.

Show Pride and Double or Triple a Gustavus Gift... The Gustavus Pride campaign is now underway and all campus community members are asked to show their pride in Gustavus by making a gift and doubling or tripling the impact with matching gifts. Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) has a new opportunity where all members of the Gustavus community (faculty, staff, and students) are eligible to become associate members of AAL, regardless of religious affiliation. For $10 a year, associate members have access to a variety of benefits and services, including free books and matching gift opportunities. Lutheran Brotherhood (LB) also has expanded its membership terms to include all Gustavus employees, alumni, and current students and their parents. All may now purchase LB products and therefore qualify for matching gift dollars. For enrollment information or other questions, contact Heather Patchett in the Office of Development at x7518.

Snow Emergency Notice... When College facilities will be closed or classes delayed or canceled during a work day due to inclement weather conditions, announcements will be made by 6:30 a.m. on the following radio stations: KRBI (1310 AM), KEEZ (99.1 FM), KYSM (103.5 FM/1230 AM), and WCCO (830 AM). Announcements will also be made by 6:45 a.m. on campus voice mail and e-mail. If the College makes the decision to close, individuals will be paid for their regularly scheduled hours for that day. If individuals choose to leave early due to inclement weather, the time off should be taken as unpaid leave or vacation, with supervisor approval. Factors that influence the College's decision to delay or cancel classes include the following: expected precipitation, road conditions, visibility, and wind chill factor (generally colder than -50 degrees). The College recognizes that its decision to delay/cancel may differ from local area K-12 schools. Gustavus is influenced by the needs of the 1,900 students who live in campus housing, as contrasted to different factors and conditions at K-12 schools (e.g., busing, young children, etc.).

Flu Shot Notice... This year the College contracted with Nicollet County Health Services to again provide employee flu shots; however, the county was unsuccessful in securing enough vaccine to meet all of its commitments so, at this time, it is uncertain whether or not Gustavus will be able to provide employee flu shots this year. Consequently, employees may want to take advantage of other flu shot clinics in the area.

Is Your Personal Greeting User Friendly? Gustavus' voice mail system allows individuals to record one Personal Greeting to play when the telephone is busy and another for when the telephone is not answered. The latter may be changed daily to inform callers of one's schedule, or it may remain the same. It is recommended that everyone use the 2 separate greeting options. This will allow the caller to make a more informed decision as to the content of the message they leave. To do so:

-Call the system and enter your password
-Press 4 -- Personal Options
-Press 3 -- Greetings
-Press 1 -- Personal Greeting
-Press 2 -- Record Greeting
-Press 1 to change/record a greeting that will be played to callers when
the phone is not answered
-Press 2 to change/record a greeting that will be played to callers when
you are on the phone
-Listen to and follow the instructions
-Press * to exit until hearing "Good-bye".
For more information, call telecommunications at x6261.

Newsletter Break... Due to Christmas recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Dec. 14, Dec. 21, or Dec. 28. Publication will resume Jan. 4.

United Way Update... To date, the campus fund for the 2001 St. Peter United Way campaign has reached $9,000 of the $10,000 goal -- once again showing the generous spirit of the people in the Gustavus community. United Way president Dean Wahlund extends his congratulations and thanks to all who have participated so far. Individuals who are still considering, gifts and pledges will be accepted in the days ahead. The local United Way campaign is slated to close by Dec. 15. See Dean Wahlund in the Office of Public Affairs or Barb Lundgren in the Finance Office for a pledge card. Know that direct gifts and payroll deductions are options.


Long-term Care Enrollment Meetings... Long-term care enrollment meetings have been scheduled for Dec. 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the President's Dining Room. Note the change in date and location. To schedule an individual appointment, call human resources (x7304).

Biotechnology (Genetics) Roundtable Dec. 6... Participate in the discussion on genetic engineering by attending a Biotechnology Round Table from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Banquet Room of the Campus Center. The event will include dinner, a panel discussion, and a question and answer session. Round table panelists will discuss both sides of the biotechnology issue. Participants include:

  • State Rep.-elect Ruth Johnson of St. Peter;
  • State Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum of Kenyon;
  • Dr. David Sommers of the University of Minnesota and genetic engineer of soybeans;
  • Organic farmer Everett Meyers of Stillwater; and
  • Novartis Seed Vice President Tony Miunichoffer of Golden Valley.
The event is open to the public. The advance cost for the dinner is $5 for current Gustavus community members or $8 per person for the general public and $6 or $10 respectively at the door. To R.S.V.P., contact Matt Lunning (x7022 or today (Nov. 30). The Biochemistry Club and the Greens sponsor this event.

Clay Sale... On Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the annual Art Club Clay Sale will be held. Functional, handmade, stoneware pottery made by Gustavus students and many raku and saggar fired pieces will be for sale in the lower level of the Campus Center by the post office boxes.

Learn About Financial Trends Dec. 13... Faculty and staff are invited to a presentation on financial and financial aid trends and comparisons at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Alumni Hall. The information, presented by Vice President for Finance Ken Westphal and Vice President for Administration Owen Sammelson, will be similar to an earlier presentation given to the Board of Trustees.


Clothing Drive... The St. Peter High School Honor Society is organizing a clothing drive and is seeking clothing for all ages. The clothing will be given to the Sabathani Shelter in Minneapolis and redistributed to homeless individuals and families. To make donations, put clothing in black bags and place them on the street curb before 10 a.m. Dec. 2.


The Gustavus Peer Assistants, working out of the Office of Alcohol/Drug Education, were selected to give 2 workshop presentations at the national Bacchus/Gamma peer educator conference Nov. 16-19 in St. Louis, MO. The conference was attended by 907 undergraduate students from throughout the nation. Their workshops addressed the issues of diversity and the prevention of sexual assault.

Elizabeth Baer, English and Sponberg Chair in Ethics, and daughter Hester Baer coedited the first English translation of The Blessed Abyss: Inmate #6582 in Ravensbrueck Concentration Camp for Women. Released in September and originally written by Nazi concentration camp prisoner Nanda Herbermann, the memoir provides insight into the experiences women had in Nazi camps. A journalist and Catholic, Herbermann was arrested by the Gestapo in Feb. 1941 and spent nearly 2 years in Ravensbrueck, the largest concentration camp for women. Herbermann's account was first published in Germany in 1946. The English translation, published by Wayne State University Press, has already received praise from noted Holocaust scholars.

Laurent Dechery, modern foreign languages and literatures-French, presented a paper on poets as art critics in the session "Reponses aux aieux" (19th and 20th Century French Literature) at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, held Nov. 10-12 in Birmingham, AL.

David Koppenhaver, education, and a colleague from the University of New Hampshire, Karen Erickson, recently presented a paper, titled "Literacy for Students with Severe Communication Disabilities," at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in Washington, D.C. The invited, interdisciplinary session was co-sponsored by the Language, Learning, and Education Division and the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Division of ASHA.

Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures-German, won a 3rd prize in the Kusamakura Haiku Contest 2000 of the City of Kumamoto, Japan. The contest was held in honor of a centennial celebration of the author Natsume Soseki, who taught at Kumamoto. Also, Ludwig attended the meeting of the deans of Lutheran colleges and universities Nov. 12-14 in Savannah, GA. As current president of the Association of Lutheran College Faculties, he informed the deans about the upcoming ALCF conference on "The Impact of Computer Culture on Liberal Arts Education" (Oct. 5-7, 2001) at Gustavus.

Brian O'Brien, chemistry, and coauthors Ryan Nelson ('00), Jeffrey Johnson ('00), David Congdon ('93), and Jonathan Nedrelow ('94) had a paper, titled "Alkali Phthalyolphosphides: Easily-Prepared Phosphide Reagents for Coordination and Main-Group Chemistry," accepted for publication in Organometallics, the main organometallic chemistry journal of the American Chemical Society.

Julie Rabaey, international education, co-presented and co-facilitated an 8-hour Professional Practice Workshop on immigration regulations for experienced international student advisers on Nov. 15 at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region IV Conference in Iowa City, IA.

Gustavus Graduate Christine Torborg, Class of 2000, authored a poster, "Neural Network Model of Temporal Precision at the Inferior Colliculus and Auditory Cortex of an Echolocating Bat," at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The work presented in the poster was completed at Gustavus.

Andy Vaughn, religion, gave 2 presentations last week at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Nashville, TN. He served as a respondent in the Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology Consultation and he presented a paper, titled "The Silver Amulets From Ketef Hinnom and the Priestly Blessing in Numbers 6."


Rosanne "Rosie" Thomas, a Gustavus student from Bloomington, IN, died Nov. 16 at St. Peter Community Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 21 in Christ Chapel. Memorials may be given to the Gustavus Newman Club in Rosie's name. Expressions of sympathy and support may be sent to Rosie's family through her parents, John and Nancy Thomas, at 2310 Plateau Place, Bloomington, IN 47401.
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 Support Staff
    Jane Kennedy, Dining Service
    Jason Schuur, Custodial


  • Administrative Assistant in the Office of Admission
  • Director of the Center for Vocational Reflection
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion) at St. John Lutheran Church, Northfield, on Dec. 3. 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 the Gustavus Association of Congregations Board of Directors meeting Dec. 1-2. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Dec. 1-3.


  • The Amazing Jacob... At the last minute, Ron Timmerman (alumni affairs) played Jacob (Joseph's father) in the Nov. 16-18 St. Peter High School production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat." Timmerman filled in for 2 performances after the high school cast member who was playing Jacob broke his leg.
  • St. Lucia... The Festival of St. Lucia, customarily celebrated in Sweden on Dec. 13, originated as a family celebration where the oldest daughter in each household took on the role of St. Lucia. Wearing a crown of lighted candles, Lucia represents the return of light that ends the long winter nights and serves as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season. A festival has been held at Gustavus since 1941.
To submit items (questions or answers) for consideration in this section, contact Stacia Senne (x7510 or


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • Gustavus was mentioned in a Nov. 20 Star Tribune of Minneapolis "Business Forum Reader Response" letter regarding liberal arts colleges in Minnesota with "superb undergraduate computer science programs."
  • Pam Kittelson (biology) was quoted in a Nov. 18 front page article in The Free Press of Mankato. Titled "Minnesota now a population magnet," the article discussed migration to the Midwest from states like California (where Kittelson is from) and Texas.
  • An article, titled "Redbone's unique outlook at GAC," appeared in The Free Press of Mankato on Nov. 18. The page 1C feature article included quotes by Al Behrends (fine arts), as well as a color photograph of Leon Redbone, who performed on campus Nov. 20.
  • Gustavus first-year students Paul Sellers, Elizabeth Wheatley, and Kate Johansen and their recent project of predicting election outcomes for professor Don Ostrom's (political science) class were featured in a Nov. 18 Mankato Free Press story, titled "Gustavus freshmen polish their electoral crystal ball." The page B1 article included a photograph of the students in front of Old Main.
  • The Nov. 16 St. Peter Herald published an article and photograph on Gustavus' Hunger and Homelessness Week activities. The page 3A feature, titled "Taking it to the streets -- students raise awareness about hunger," quoted Gustavus students Marcus Schmidt and Joe Carlile and the picture showed Schmidt, Carlile, Owen Busse, Karla Nelson, and Andrej Maczka huddling around a barrel of burning wood to keep warm outside of Christ Chapel.
  • Also in the St. Peter Herald on Nov. 16, Ed Lee's "So Be It" column, "What's the buzz with this java," featured the socially conscious Peace Coffee served on campus. Gustavus student Kinsey Nelson was quoted.
  • An article on this year's Nobel Conference, "Globalization's Onward March," was published in the Nov. 15 The Progressive Populist, a twice monthly newspaper. The article by Ken Jerome-Stern is also in the paper's online version.
  • The November 2000 Connect Business Magazine published a brief article featuring Gustavus alumnus Steve Bloom, CEO of PRAGMATEK Consulting Group, who presented a Gustavus Executives Forum in September. The news brief, titled "Beer Kegs at Work!," appeared in the Minnesota magazine's "Stretch Your Brain Section."
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


  • The Christmas Sale in the Book Mark, with 20 percent off storewide (some exceptions apply), begins Dec. 4.
  • New Titles Available... The Book Mark is now a partner in 2 book programs -- Book Sense and Talking Volumes. These programs make some titles available and at a discount. Stop by the Book Mark to see the books that are on display in the front of the store.


Church Office Coordinator Wanted for First Lutheran Church, 1114 Traverse Road, St. Peter. The full-time position includes benefits and wage commensurate with education and experience. Position description and application forms are available at the church office. Applications must be received in the church office by 3 p.m. Dec. 4. For more information, call 934-3060.

For Rent: 2+ bedroom house available Jan. 1, 2001. Located at 610 W. College Ave., St. Peter. Call (507) 334-3668 evenings or JoEllen at x6262 weekdays.

Room for Rent in a quiet, smoke-free house in Le Sueur, close highway access. Asking $25 per night, but is negotiable. Call 931-7850 weekdays between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and (507) 665-2953 evenings and weekends.


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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