The Yellow Sheet 2001

Volume 33, Number 11

Thursday, Jan. 4,

Volume 33, Number 14

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News & Announcements

Parking Lot Closed... The heating plant parking lot will be closed Friday, Jan. 5. Heavy equipment is being brought in for work to replace the boiler.

Chapel Spire Update... During Christmas Recess problems developed with the Christ Chapel spire and action was taken immediately to secure it. The chapel is temporarily closed and access to the area immediately adjacent to it is restricted to allow for additional structural assessment and possible reinforcement. Events scheduled to take place in the chapel will be relocated elsewhere until work is complete. Daily worship services will be held in Alumni Hall at 10 a.m. until further notice. Everyone's patience and cooperation during this time is appreciated.

NSF Grant... Mike Hvidsten and Charles Pastor (both mathematics and computer science) recently were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) matching grant of $21,300 for their project "Enhancing Student Preparation for Calculus via a Web-based Homework System." Project objectives include enhancing student learning in introductory calculus courses and improving faculty assessment of student performance through a flexible, Web-based system.


Chapel Schedule… All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Alumni Hall. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
  • Jan. 5 – Chaplain Brian Johnson, Ezekiel 43: 1-12;
  • Jan. 7 – 1st Sunday in Epiphany, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • Jan. 8 – Kris Kelly, Luke 2: 22-32;
  • Jan. 9 – Marti Crouch, Luke 2: 33-38;
  • Jan. 10 – Morning Praise, Luke 11: 33-36;
  • Jan. 11 – Chaplain Linda Roal, Luke 2: 41-51;
  • Jan. 12 – Leila Brammer, Luke 3: 15-17; and
  • Jan. 14 – 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, Chaplain Linda Roal.
Cancer Support Group Meeting... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Jan. 10 in the Leadholm Room. Come and bring a lunch.


The Gustavus Dance Team finished first out of 5 collegiate teams in its category at the Midwest Region competition Dec. 9 in Brainerd. The team ended the competition with a perfect ranking score. The team, whose captains are Betsy Kumagai and Kendra Tersteeg, danced to the song "We're Gonna Party." Choreography was done by Michelle Larkin and Jenny Raiche.

Dennis Henry, physics, had an article "Enhancing electromagnetism experiments with clamp-on ammeters," published in the January 2001 issue of The American Journal of Physics.

David Koppenhaver, education, had an article, titled "Literacy in AAC: What Should Be Written on the Envelope We Push?," published in the December issue of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Mike Miller, education, has been named chair of the Accountability Focus Council for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). The Focus Council will complete an ongoing study of accountability contexts and complete white papers to guide the work of the organization and profession. Miller currently serves on the Board of Directors for AACTE. Miller was also recently elected president-elect for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE). His term will begin after the national meeting in late February. His 2-year term as president will begin a year later.

Stacia Senne (news services), Randall Stuckey (alumni affairs), Dean Wahlund (public affairs), and Steve Waldhauser (publications) presented the session "Crisis Communication: Managing the Unpredictable as a Team" Dec. 12 at the 26th Annual CASE V Conference in Chicago. CASE is the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.


  • Grace Karstad, former voice instructor at Gustavus and spouse of Richard Karstad (retired custodian), died Dec. 13. The memorial service was held Dec. 19 at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter.
  • Darwin Palmquist, husband of Mary Palmquist (formerly classics, philosophy, religion, nursing, and political science), died Dec. 7. His funeral service was Dec. 11 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Le Center. Expressions of sympathy and support may be sent to Mary at Route 1, Le Center, MN 56057.
  • Emeritus Professor of Biology Ward Tanner died Dec. 7. Tanner taught from 1953-84. Services were held Dec. 27 at Larson Mortuary, Minneapolis.
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).


  • Administrative Assistant in the Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations
  • Director of the Center for Vocational Reflection
  • PM Cook in Dining Services
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • News of the "tilting" spire on Christ Chapel circulated through the media between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, including reports on Twin Cities' television newscasts (WCCO-TV Ch. 4, KSTP-TV Ch. 5, KMSP-TV Ch. 9, and KARE-TV Ch. 11), in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, in the Mankato Free Press, on Mankato's KEYC-TV Ch. 12, and in the St. Peter Herald. News also was circulated broadly via the Associated Press and Minnesota News Network (radio).
  • The Dec. 22 Star Tribune published a news brief (with photograph) announcing the display of Gustavus' sculpture-in-residence Paul Granlund's sculpture "Repose" at Premier Gallery.
  • Gustavus students Robyn Borre and Nate Heintzman were part of an article titled "Home for the holidays" in the Dec. 18 Star Tribune of Minneapolis, which also included a color photograph.
  • A Dec. 11 Free Press of Mankato article, "'Tis the season of giving: The Angel Tree is one of several gifts-for-the-needy programs in the area," featured the Peer Assistants' successful Angel Tree program. The page 1B story quoted Deb Reichel (alcohol and drug education) and included a photograph of Gustavus student Zosia Stanley decorating the Angel Tree.
  • A black and white photograph of 2000 St. Lucia Rebecca Harrington with the caption "Honoring St. Lucia" appeared in the Dec. 8 Free Press of Mankato.
  • A color photograph of the Dec. 2 Christmas in Christ Chapel service was published in the Dec. 7 St. Peter Herald on page 12A.
  • Steve Wilkinson (men's tennis) was the subject of a feature article, "Wilkinson remains a force," in the Dec. 7 St. Peter Herald. The page 2A article, which was accompanied by a photograph of Wilkinson, was written by intern Laura Westphal.
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


Campus Center Information and Ticket Center Hours until Feb. 5 are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Library Hours for January Term are as follows: Monday-Thursday -- 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday -- 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday -- noon-10 p.m.


Apartment for Rent... A 2-bedroom duplex apartment with a garage and cable television is available at 325 Skaro in St. Peter. Call 934-4305.

Holden Village Trip... A St. Peter group is going to Holden Village in late June 2001. Anyone interested in going on this trip or knowing more about Holden Village should contact Johann Liljengren (931-9387 or

Need a Calendar? Free 2001 calendars provided by AAL are available in the Office of Public Affairs. Stop by to pick one up in the Carlson Administration Building.

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
TodayMay 31 Spring Reunions Adolphus College Campus
Today 2:304:30 pm Senior Week: Twins Tailgating Bergman's House
711 pm Senior Week: Twins Game Field
Tomorrow 89:30 pm The 2015 Season Finale with Gustavus Symphyony Orchestra and Concerto/Aria Winners Recital Hall
9:3010:30 pm Senior Week: Celebration of Light Chapel
May 431 Free Art Tasting (And False Advertising): Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2015, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
May 31 2015 Linnaeus Arboretum Nature Adventure Camp
Commencement Campus
Jun 15 First Term Seminar Faculty Workshop Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum
Jun 2 11 am to 1 pm Gustavus Employee Picnic Young Dining Room
Jun 89 First Term Seminar Advising Workshop Main Hall
Jun 910 2015 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit Adolphus College Campus
Jun 11 noon to 1 pm HERC Webinar: "The Diversity Advantage: Incorporating Diversity Principles into the Search Committee Process” Hall 121
68 pm Summer Gatherings - Summit, NJ
Jun 1617 Jun 16 at 8 am to Jun 17 at 5 pm 2015 Linnaeus Arboretum Nature Adventure Camp Arboretum

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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