The Yellow Sheet 2001

March 1, 2001 | Volume 33, Number 18

Thursday, March 1,

Volume 33, Number 21

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
New Faces
Congregational Outreach
In the Media
Book Mark Bits
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Data Now Online... Campus community members may now access some of the data in the college's integrated administrative software database system, called Datatel, via the Web. From the
On-Campus Community homepage, people may access the data by selecting one of the 3 blue buttons in the top right hand corner, marked For Students, For Faculty, and For Employees. Using personalized user names and pin numbers, faculty currently have access to their advisees, their class roster, their schedule, and a searchable list of all classes. Using personalized user names and pin numbers, college employees have access to a summary of the leave plan under the For Employees section. Everyone may use the Search for Classes feature, provided under the For Students and For Faculty sections and to do so requires no user name or password. Using personalized user names and pin numbers, students may check their grades, check their class schedule, view their transcripts, and search for classes. More data screens from the Datatel system will be added in the future: Final grading, degree audit, proposed student program, and advisee detail will be available soon on the Gustavus Web. Later, the system will enable students to register for classes online. This project was implemented by a Datatel Web Services Implementation Committee, chaired by David Wicklund (registrar) and consisting of Bruce Aarsvold (information technology), Lynn Boehne (admission), Mark Braun (associate dean and communication studies), Jolene Christensen (president), Sarah Daniels (administrative computer services), and Jennifer Ringler (Web communications).

Award-Winning Scholarship Site... The Gustavus Scholarship Web site has been selected by Lightspan's StudyWeb as one of the best educational resources on the Web. It will be included in StudyWeb's "Applying for Scholarships" section, located under its "School and Education"/"College" links. Study Web, located at, is one of the Internet's premier educational resources for students and teachers. Since 1996, Lightspan's reviewers have scoured the Internet to select the finest sites to be included in their StudyWeb listing of educational links. The Gustavus Scholarship Web site is maintained by Judy Roberts (dean of the faculty).


Lutheran World Relief President Lectures Today... Kathryn Wolford, president of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), continues her visit as a guest of the Rev. Drell and Adeline Bernhardson Professorship in Lutheran Studies at Gustavus. At 4 p.m. today (March 1) in the Interpretive Center, Wolford will speak to the faculty and staff about LWR, an international charitable organization presenting programs to 50 countries around the world. All are invited to this free, informal lecture and refreshments will be provided. At 7 p.m. tonight (March 1) in Linner Lounge, she will talk with students about LWR. If questions, contact Darrell Jodock (x7472 or

Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • March 2 -- St. David's Day Hymn Sing;
  • March 4 -- Chaplain Linda Roal, 1st Sunday in Lent;
  • March 5 -- Tim Wheatley, 1 Chronicles 21: 1-7;
  • March 6 -- Student Senate Induction, James 2: 14-24;
  • March 7 -- Lenten Liturgy, Luke 21: 34-22:6;
  • March 8 -- Building Bridges, Job 1: 1-22;
  • March 9 -- Hashi Egal, 2 Peter 2: 4-21; and
  • March 11-- Chaplain Brian Johnson, 2nd Sunday in Lent.
St. David's Day Celebration Friday... The 28th annual St. David's Day will be held on campus March 2. The 4-hour celebration will feature a mini-Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn sing) at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel, a Welsh foods reception at 10:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall, a video presentation on Wales at 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall, and a Welsh foods luncheon at noon in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. The Chapel service and video presentation are free. The cost for the reception and luncheon is $11 per person. For more details, contact Ellis Jones (x7540,, or P.O. Box B47).

Term in Germany Reception Friday... Imke Lode of the Institute for German Language and Culture in Wittenberg, Germany, is on campus through March 4. The institute is the College's partner in the "Term in Germany" semester abroad, and Lode will be here to support efforts to educate the campus about the program on her way to meet with ELCA officers in Chicago. All faculty potentially interested in serving as the Term in Germany's field supervisor in coming years, as well as all community members who wish to learn more about Wittenberg, are welcome to join Lode at a reception in her honor from 4-5:30 p.m. March 2 in the International Center. Inquiries may be directed to program director Jenifer Ward (modern foreign languages and literatures/German) or Mona Rizk-Finne (international education).

Talk Shop Friday... David Koppenhaver (education) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2000-01 academic year at 4:30 p.m. March 2 in the Interpretive Center. His talk is titled "Reading Stories, Reading Kids: Interaction Supports for Girls with Rett Syndrome and Their Mothers." 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 site under the Events/Faculty Shop Talks links.

Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Monday... Giles Gunn, professor of English and global and international studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will deliver the annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture 7 p.m. March 5 in Confer Hall 127. Gunn will speak on "Rethinking Human Solidarity: The Difference That Difference Makes in a Global World." His talk addresses the question of the importance and value of diversity in the ever-shrinking global community. The program includes an opportunity for members of the audience to engage in discussion with Gunn.

Open Forum Tuesday... Giles Gunn, professor of English and global and international studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will conduct an open forum on "Global Studies, Meaning and Applications" from 10:30 a.m.-noon March 6 in the Phi Beta Kappa Room in Vickner Hall. This is an informal drop-in session, so feel free to come with questions and observations for some or all of the time.

Jewish-Christian Conversation Set... All campus community members are invited to "Jewish-Christian Understanding: A Conversation," from 5:30-8 p.m. March 12 in the Campus Center Banquet Room, but reservations are required. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to have dinner with the Jewish and Christian scholars who will participate in a national consultation on Lutheran-Jewish Relations on campus, March 11-13. About 15 Jewish and Christian leaders from around the U.S. will be at the dinner. They will be introduced and given the opportunity to identify contemporary issues and to answer questions. During dinner, each table will be able to talk informally with 1 or more of the resource people. Possible topics include: identifying the major issues in contemporary Jewish-Christian relations, seeking areas of agreement and common purpose, and exploring whether a deep commitment to a specific religious tradition can be combined with openness to the other. To register, contact Linda Elvee (x7317 or This event is sponsored by the Lilly project on vocation and the Bernhardson Chair. The contact person is Darrell Jodock. Additional details on the March 11-13 consultation will be provided next week.

Medical Physicist to Lecture... Hear about the "New Technologies in Radiation Treatment of Cancer" at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in Olin Hall 103. Discussing the latest technological developments in radiation therapy, the lecture will be given by William Hendee. Hendee will also present a physics seminar at 1:30 p.m. March 15 in Olin Hall 220. Certified in radiologic physics and health physics, Hendee is Senior Associate Dean and Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the college, and also a faculty member. He teaches radiology, biophysics, radiation oncology, and bioethics, as well as bioengineering. Hendee has written more than 20 books and 350 scientific articles. He is director of the American Board of Radiology and president of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Hendee has received numerous awards for his work and currently researches diagnostic imaging and technology assessment in medicine. These events are sponsored by the physics department.


Messiah Performance Sunday... The St. Peter Choral Society, directed by Annette Meeks, will present Handel's Messiah at 3 p.m. March 4 at the Church of St. Peter, 1801 W. Broadway, St. Peter. Tickets are $7 and available at Swedish Kontur Imports in St. Peter or at the door. Gustavus students are invited to attend free of charge. Members of the Gustavus community performing include Michael Jorgensen (bass), Shari Speer (soprano), Mary Solberg (contralto), Armaiti Prosch, Warren Friesen and Matt Dobosenski (violin), Harry Dunscombe (cello), Ann Pesavento (bassoon), Rick Orpen (timpani), David Fienen (organ) and choir members, Kristi Reinholtzen, John Holte, and Ron Rietz.

Latino and Somalia Conversations... Spend 2 evenings discovering more about some new local school district members. Come to hear about their history, culture, and stories and to share some tasty ethnic treats. Session 1, "Latino Conversations," will be held from 7-8 p.m. March 8 in the St. Peter High School Cafeteria (enter on Lincoln Drive off from Broadway). Session 2, "Somalian Conversations," will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. March 27, also in the school cafeteria. Call St. Peter Community and Family Education at 934-3048 by March 5 and March 22 respectively. Both sessions are free.

Lifeguard Training and WSI Classes... St. Peter Community and Family Education is offering lifeguard training and water safety instruction (WSI) classes in March and April. Call 934-3048 to check on space availability. Lifeguard training classes are from 3:30-9 p.m. March 14-15 and March 19-22 at the St. Peter High School Pool. The lifeguard class cost is $125, which includes textbooks and a pocket mask. WSI classes are from 6-8 p.m. March 16, 5-9 p.m. March 26-29, 4-9 p.m. March 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31, and 12-5 p.m. April 1 at the St. Peter High School Pool. The WSI class cost is $120, which includes all required textbooks.


Michael Ferragamo, biology, had the article, titled "Functional Circuitry of the Cochlear Nucleus: In Vitro Studies in Slices" and written with Donata Oertel from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, published in the Handbook of Auditory Research: from Behavior to Molecular Biology by CRC Press. He also presented a paper, "A Time-Domain Model Using Cells of Bat Inferior Colliculus and Auditory Cortex: Support for Psychophysical Evidence of Submicrosecond Precision in Ranging Acuity," recently at the annual conference of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology in St. Petersburg Beach, FL. The presentation was co-authored with Jan Wotton (research affiliate in the Ferragamo lab-biology), Mark Sanderson (Brown University), and alumna Christine Torborg ('00).

Judy Gardner, nursing, and Mayo Perinatal Nursing Center clinical nurse specialist Jeri Sehl presented recent research findings, "Needs and Responses of Perinatal Nurses Who Care for Bereaved Parents," at the 10th Annual Nursing Research Conference "Research in the Clinical Setting: Issues and Relevance" Feb. 19 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Findings from Gardner's previous research on "Transcultural Perinatal Research in England, Japan, and the U.S." was quoted in the February edition of Lifelines, an official publication of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses.

Craig Johnson, church relations, will begin teaching a 5-week Bible series, titled "Stepping through the Scriptures," March 7 at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, Plymouth.

Michael Jorgensen, music, sang with the Ensemble Singers under the direction of Philip Brunelle at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester in a concert presented by the Mayo Center for Humanities in Medicine. The Feb. 26 performance featured A Garland for Linda, a multi-movement work by British composers in memory of Linda McCartney and designed to raise donations to fight breast and colon cancer. Jorgensen also performed with the same group in the annual Witness Concert at Orchestra Hall on Feb. 18. Jorgensen soloed in the Jester Hairston arrangements of Amen and Give Me Jesus.

Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, had 1 haiku of his own in German and the German translation of a haiku by Yukio Kotani (professor of comparative literatures at Rissho University) published in the most recent issue of HI, the journal of the Haiku International Association (No. 42 [2001], p. 12 and p. 14).

Douglas Nimmo, music, served as rehearsal/artistic clinician Feb. 21 for the Springfield High School Band.


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Support Staff
    Barbara Boutwell, Student Financial Assistance
    Victoria Kennedy, Admission


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion) at Minnetonka Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, March 4. 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.

Preaching in Congregations... Bernhard Erling (emeritus professor of religion) will preach at Zion Lutheran Church, Arlington, March 4. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Eagle Lake, March 2-4. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Christ Lutheran Church, South Minneapolis, March 3-4.

Gustavus Youth Outreach scheduled for March 3-4 includes Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. 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.

Music in Worship... Piano duettists Paul and Helen Baumgartner (both music) will play a benefit concert for the Luther Seminary Global Mission Institute at 4 p.m. March 4 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Craig Johnson (x7661).


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • A March 2001 Metro Lutheran front-page article, titled "Gustavus students caught in El Salvador earthquake," featured quotes from trip leaders Mary Solberg (religion) and Donna Westphal (health service), as well as student Bridget Hundt. The article was accompanied by a color photograph of Gustavus students sorting clothing in Santa Tecla, which was taken by Solberg. Kathryn Christenson wrote the article.
  • A Feb. 26 Free Press of Mankato front-page article, "Are we not Mensa? Well, probably not," included quotes from Gustavus students Sarah Grabau and Joe Riska.
  • A Feb. 25 Star Tribune of Minneapolis article featured alumna Dennie Gordon ('74). The story was titled "Behind the camera."
  • The Feb. 22 St. Peter Herald "What's Up with That" column by Laura Westphal featured the Gustavus January Term class in El Salvador. The page 9A article, titled "Children of hope share stories," quoted several trip participants -- students Renae Dressel, Stephanie Flinn, Annie Oakes, and Mindy Reitz, as well as administrator Donna Westphal -- who spoke Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel of their experiences. Two photographs were included.
  • A Feb. 22 St. Peter Herald story on Governor Jesse Ventura's St. Peter visit included quotes by Gustavus President Axel Steuer. The page 2A article was titled "Visit evokes varied reactions."
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


  • New Engagement and Wedding Section... The Book Mark now has a wedding and engagement section in the gift area. There's a full line of cards, gift wrap, table decorations, bridal shower paper goods, and inexpensive gift items. Some items may be ordered in bulk at a discount.
  • Turbo Tax software programs will soon be available. Also, Lori Lawson's ('71) nautical mystery Green Flash, which was highlighted in the current Gustavus Quarterly, is available.
  • Attention Harry Potter Fans...Two J. K. Rowling books for Comic Relief U.K. will be on sale March 12. The store will have copies, but reserving them is advised due to their popularity. To reserve a copy, call x6017 or e-mail No discounts will be honored.
  • Purchase Office 2001 for the Mac or Microsoft Office 2000 and receive a coupon for a free 200-minute phone card. Purchases must be made by March 15.
  • The Book Mark Continues to participate in Talking Volumes, the virtual book club sponsored by The Loft, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio. The just-released book by Amy Tan, The Bonesetters Daughter, is the featured book and will be discounted 20 percent. Tan will give a public lecture March 10 at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul.


Wanted: A 2- or 3-bedroom apartment or house in the St. Peter area, beginning May 1. The occupant would have no pets. Contact Becky Miller at x7675.


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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