The Yellow Sheet 2001

January 18, 2001 | Volume 33, Number 13

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Volume 33, Number 16

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News & Announcements

Chapel Update... Christ Chapel is open again.

El Salvador Update... The 18 Gustavus community members who are in El Salvador for the class "Children of Hope: Health Care and Education in El Salvador" have decided to stay in the earthquake-stricken country. On Monday, the 16-student group assisted in relief efforts in the earthquake-damaged village of Santa Tecla. On Tuesday, they visited 2 San Salvador hospitals as previously planned. The class is taught by Mary Solberg (religion) and Donna Westphal (health service). From 1983-86, Solberg was based in El Salvador as program officer in Central America for Lutheran World Federation. Westphal is a certified family nurse practitioner. Mona Rizk-Finne (international education), who has communicated with each student's family, is in regular contact with Solberg. Here is an excerpt of an e-mail Solberg recently wrote to the parents of the participants:

"Greetings from El Salvador! It is Monday morning, Jan. 15, a beautiful, sunny, warm day in the capital. We are all rested, bathed, and have eaten breakfast at Casa Maya, the guest house that has been our home-away-from-home since we arrived last Wednesday.

We were in the community of Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) in the province of Usulutan on Saturday morning at 11:37 when the earthquake struck. We were quite near the epicenter (just off the coast of El Salvador ), so we felt the earth move quite dramatically. We were also fortunate: to be in the countryside, right near an open space, without any tall buildings around, and with people who knew how to respond to this crisis. After ascertaining that the highway to the capital was in driveable shape, we drove back to Casa Maya in San Salvador.

That night we slept in the carport -- which we filled with our mattresses and blankets -- so that we could leave the guest house quickly if that had been necessary. It was not necessary. We have all felt some of the (probably 400 or more) aftershocks. The seismologists (earthquake specialists) say these are part of this natural phenomenon, and that they will continue for some days, perhaps weeks. Some are quite perceptible, but most are not. I think we're all "used to" them now; last night we all slept back up in our rooms.

We have water, both to bathe and to drink; we have electricity for lights, etc. We are all safe, calm, and rested. The guest house shows no signs of being affected by the earthquake or the aftershocks. We know that the schedule for the program here in El Salvador will need to be modified, as some of the resource people we would have been meeting with will be occupied with responding to the "national emergency." But we are already planning alternatives, and are very excited about what we will learn -- on top of what we are learning together, each day we are here.

As parents you can be very, very proud of your daughters. They have responded to all of this with good sense, openness, willingness to share and to take care of one another, and with a sense of compassion for those who have suffered so terribly. We are looking for opportunities to help in the relief work.

The Center for Global Education staff person who has been our guide and facilitator, Cesar Acevedo, has been doing a wonderful job; he deserves deep thanks from all of us; we have applauded him more than once. Donna Westphal, a licensed nurse practitioner, is providing admirable and capable co-leadership. I am re-discovering, even in the midst of this crisis and the terrible suffering it has caused to so many Salvadorans, mostly the poor, what it is about this extraordinary country that has drawn so many of us North Americans back again and again.

At the present time, it seems to us that there is no imminent danger that would require us to cut short our program. We have consulted with the Center for Global Education people in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis, as well as with the U.S. Embassy here in San Salvador. Our best judgment at this point is to continue the program with needed modifications...

Your daughters are in good shape, in good hands, and in good humor. We are all glad to be here, and we are glad you care about us. Thanks for your support!"

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is distributing supplies to El Salvador. LWR staff and local partners are continuing their on-site visits to assess the need for relief items such as food, cooking utensils, and materials for the repair of damaged homes. LWR has over 20 years experience working with local churches and non-governmental organizations in El Salvador. To make a contribution, visit
LWR's Web site, mail a check to ELCA World Hunger Appeal, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL, 60694-1764 (note on the check LWR -- Central America Earthquake), or call 1-800-638-3522.

Gustavus in Top 10 for Study Abroad... Gustavus ranks #7 in the nation among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students sent overseas. The ranking, released in November by the Institute of International Education in its "Open Doors 1999-2000" report, was based on study abroad statistics from the 1998-99 academic year.

Visit Australia With Other Gusties... Virtually share the "Australia -- Astronomy of the Southern Skies" experience with Chuck Niederriter's January Term class participants by visiting Niederriter's picture-laden, trip Web site.

College Calendar Submission Tips... When submitting College Calendar items, carefully fill out the entire submission form. It is important that the dynamic, database-driven Web site be accurate and understood by all viewers -- including the general public. Here are some specific tips:

  • Select an event Category, which enables people to search for events by category. (Note: If none is selected, the item is coded as the first choice, "Academic Deadlines.")
  • Include a Title that is clear and concise. Examples: Environmental Studies Lecture, Movie: Shaft, Honor Code Forum, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Festival of St. Lucia, Family Weekend Movie, CAB Concert, Out of Scandinavia Lecture."
  • Include a Description. Many people are skipping this important step, which provides an explanation and more information about your event. Keep in mind that the calendar is a public Web site so do not assume the audience knows campus jargon or acronyms. Example: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.) monthly meeting to discuss future events.
Clearly communicating each event will help increase awareness and perhaps boost attendance. For assistance, feel free to contact the news office (x6213).

200 Wins... Men's Basketball Coach Mark Hanson picked up his 200th career victory Jan. 8 as the Gusties defeated Concordia College, 82-71. Hanson, who is in his 11th season at Gustavus, has compiled a record of 200-80 for a winning percentage of 71.5. He is the 17th active winningest coach in Division III and ranks 18th all-time in career winning percentage. Under Hanson's direction, the Gusties were the 28th winningest team in Division III in the '90s with a record of 190-81, a winning percentage of .701. Hanson has directed the Gusties to 4 MIAC titles ('91, '92, '96, '97) and 5 NCAA Tournament appearances ('92, '96, '97, '98, '99). His teams have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen 4 times ('92, '96, '98, '99) and the Elite Eight twice ('98, '99). A 1983 Gustavus graduate, Hanson is the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,774 career points. He was a 2-time NAIA All-America and GTE Academic All-America selection, a 3-time Gustie MVP and a 4-time all-MIAC selection.

Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to touring week, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Jan. 25. Publication will resume Feb. 1.


Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
  • Jan. 19 -- Hymns of Unity;
  • Jan. 21 -- 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • Jan. 22 -- Bishop Stanley Olson, Luke 10: 21-24;
  • Jan. 23 -- Sandra Holmberg, John 10: 11-16;
  • Jan. 24 -- Morning Praise, John 14: 25-31;
  • Jan. 25 -- Kristi Reinholtzen, Mark 8: 34-38;
  • Jan. 26 -- Marit Trelstad, 1 Corinthians 14: 1-12;
  • Jan 28 -- No Chapel;
  • Jan 29 -- No Chapel;
  • Jan 30 -- No Chapel; and
  • Jan 31 -- No Chapel.
Employee Enhancement Days are scheduled for Jan. 30-31 in Alumni Hall. On Jan. 30, Robin Getman will present "Laugh from Your Toes" at 8:15 a.m., "Lead From Your Soul" at 9:45 a.m., and "Serve From Your Heart" at 11 a.m. Gretchen Koehler (health and exercise science) will present "Yoga, The Oldest New Exercise" during "Lunch and Learn" at noon in the banquet rooms. On Jan. 31, Andy Weisberg will present a 2-part session, "Learning to Play," at 8:15 a.m., Arlene Vernon will present "Goal the Distance -- Music with a Message" at 11 a.m., and Margi Willmert and Paul Jacobson (both dining services) will present "Lunch and Learn: The Latest in Appetizer Buffets" at noon in the banquet rooms. Pre-registration is requested for the lunches. All Gustavus community members are encouraged to participate in Enhancement Days. Each day's events begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m.


CPR and First Aid Classes... Call St. Peter Community and Family Education to sign up for CPR and First Aid classes to be held Jan. 20, 8 a.m.-noon for CPR and 1-5 p.m. for First Aid at the St. Peter School District office building. Call 934-3048 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up.

TREEmendous City-wide Garage Sale... From 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 10, a city-wide garage sale will be held an Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter, to benefit the TREEmendous Playground Project. Donations of clothing, toys, household items, and more may be dropped off at the church's garage on Myrtle Street (next to the food shelf) between 9-11 a.m. on Feb. 3 and noon-2 p.m. on Feb. 4. To arrange for pick up, call 931-2139.


Chris Gilbert, political science, co-moderated the day-long conference "How Well is Tripartisan Government Working in Minnesota?". The conference was held Jan. 16 at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Brian Johnson, chaplain's,and Carolyn O'Grady, education, have received a 2-year grant in the amount of $15,533 from The Louisville Institute for their book project titled The Spirit of Service: Integrating Faith and Service for Social Justice. This project explores the challenges and promise of faith-based community service. The Louisville Institute is a program of the Lilly Endowment for the study of American religion.

Linnea Wren,art and art history, had an interview published in ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (Dec. 2, 2000). It was titled "Religious Images in Culture: Designing a Seminary Course in Theology and the Arts." The interviewer was Kimberly Becker Vrudney, a '92 Gustavus graduate, art history major, and current associate editor of ARTS. Becker is also a Ph.D. candidate at Luther Seminary. Wren was also named a participant in a semester-long symposium, "Divine Perversities: Religion and Contemporary Art in the Public Sphere," organized by the University of Minnesota. The symposium includes public lectures by Elaine Pagels, Eleanor Heartney, Archie Rand, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Arthur Danto. Wren is a member of 2 panels: "Filiations" and "Heretical Acts: Feminist Performance." The symposium was mentioned by New York Times art critic Amei Wallach in the Jan. 7, 2001 critique of the German artist Wolfgang Laib.


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Support Staff
    William Anderson III, Dining Service
    Lisa Lyons, Custodial
    Hans Pedersen, Dining Service


  • Financial Aid Clerk in the Financial Assistance Office
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


About the 2000 Graduating Class... At Gustavus, 43 percent of the graduating class of 2000 had an international educational experience.

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:
  • News of Gustavus community members in El Salvador spread through the media this week, including reports on television newscasts (Twin Cities' WCCO-TV Ch. 4, KMSP-TV Ch. 9, and KARE-TV Ch. 11; Mankato's KEYC-TV Ch. 12; Fargo's WDAY-TV Ch. 6), in newspapers (Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Mankato Free Press), and on radio stations (Minnesota Public Radio; Minnesota News Network; Mankato's KDOG-FM 96.7 and KTOE-AM 1420; Blue Earth's KJLY-FM 104.5), and many more as stories circulated via the Associated Press wire service. Many interviews were conducted Jan. 16 with Mona Rizk-Finne (international education) and Stacia Senne (news). One TV station aired a telephone conversation with Donna Westphal (health service) in El Salvador and another spoke with a parent of a participating student.
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) has done several interviews recently, including discussion of Senator Wellstone's announcement -- Jan. 17 on Minnesota Public Radio's (MPR) "Morning Edition" and in the Associated Press; Governor Ventura's XFL deal -- Jan. 15 on MPR's "All Things Considered"; President-Elect Bush's cabinet -- Jan. 9 on WCCO radio with Dark Star; and a 2000 political year in review -- Dec. 26 on MPR's "Midday" (the full hour).
  • Steve Griffith (theatre and dance) was interviewed Jan. 17 on the Twin Cities' KSTP-TV Ch. 5 and KSTC-TV Ch. 45 on the scene of the Murphy's Landing fire. Griffith is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Murphy's Landing.
  • A Jan. 11 Free Press of Mankato article, "Learning politics first-hand," quoted 2 of the 21 Gustavus students who are in Washington, D.C., for the "Presidential Inauguration" class. Toby Stalter and Leah Hansen were the students quoted in this page 1A story.
  • Jan and Anders Bjorling (retired controller) and Swedish Kontur Imports were the subject of a feature article in the Jan. 11 St. Peter Herald. The page 3A article, which was accompanied by a photograph of the Bjorlings, 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


For Rent: A very nice, 1-plus bedroom apartment in St. Peter. Asking $425 per month plus heat and electricity. No smoking, no pets, and references required. Call 934-4305.

For Rent: Home in St. Peter with a single-car garage and new flooring. Available Feb. 1. Call 931-5313 (days) or 931-4115 (evenings).

For Sale: 2000 Camry LE Sedan 4-door, V6, 3.0 liter engine, automatic transmission, 21,000 miles, all-power conveniences, and CD player. In excellent, like new condition. Asking $18,900. The owner is having twins and needs to buy a minivan. Contact Bob Neuman at x7681.


Events happening between Friday, January 19, 2001 and Monday, January 29, 2001

Friday, January 19, 2001
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Daily Chapel Christ Chapel
6:00 PM M Swimming vs Macalester Lund Center
6:00 PM W Swimming vs Macalester Lund Center
7:05 PM M Hockey vs St. Johns Lund Center
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Almost Famous Nobel Hall Wallenberg Auditorium

Saturday, January 20, 2001
1:00 PM Gymnastics at UW Osh Kosh
1:00 PM M Swimming at St. John's
1:00 PM W Swimming at St. Benedict
2:05 PM M Hockey at St. John's
3:00 PM M Basketball vs Augsburg Lund Center
7:05 PM W Hockey vs St. Olaf Lund Center
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Almost Famous Nobel Hall Wallenberg Auditorium
8:00 PM CAB Concert The Dive
Nordic Skiing at St. Mary's

Sunday, January 21, 2001
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Holy Communion Christ Chapel
8:00 PM W Hockey at St. Olaf
10:00 PM - 10:45 PM Taize Worship Service Christ Chapel
Board of Trustees Meeting
Nordic Skiing at St. Mary's

Monday, January 22, 2001
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Daily Chapel Christ Chapel
3:30 PM Internship Prep Fair Career Center
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Juggling Assembly Performance Sohre Hall Basement
Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, January 23, 2001
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Daily Chapel Christ Chapel
9:00 PM Proclaim The Dive

Wednesday, January 24, 2001
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Daily Chapel Christ Chapel
3:30 PM Interviewing With Confidence Library AV 1
6:00 PM W Basketball at St. Olaf
8:00 PM M Basketball at St. Olaf Lund Center
8:00 PM The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Bjorling Recital Hall
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Entertainment, Pi, Awareness Courtyard Cafe

Thursday, January 25, 2001
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Daily Chapel Christ Chapel
3:30 PM Social Events for Networking Banquet Room C
7:05 PM W Hockey vs Mankato Lund Center
7:05 PM W Hockey vs Mankato Lund Center
8:00 PM F.C.A. Lund Center
ITF Gustie Invite Lund Center

Friday, January 26, 2001
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Daily Chapel Christ Chapel
6:00 PM Gym at UW River Falls Tourn
7:05 PM M Hockey vs UM Crookston Lund Center
Internship Fair Reg. Deadline
January Term Ends
Job Fair Registration Deadline

Saturday, January 27, 2001
1:00 PM W Basketball at Carleton
2:05 PM M Hockey vs UM Crookston Lund Center
3:00 PM M Basketball at Carleton
Nordic Skiing at Minneapolis
Touring and Activity Period

Sunday, January 28, 2001
7:00 PM W Hockey at Middlebury
Nordic Skiing at Minneapolis
Touring and Activity Period

Monday, January 29, 2001
7:30 PM M Basketball vs St. Mary's Lund Center
7:30 PM W Basketball at St. Mary's
Touring and Activity Period

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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