The Yellow Sheet 2001

April 5, 2001 | Volume 33, Number 22

Thursday, April 5,

Volume 33, Number 25

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Position Openings
In the Media
Book Mark Bits
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Open Forums for Academic Dean Candidates... President Axel Steuer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Search Committee Chair Larry Potts, and the entire search committee, announce that 3 finalists for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty will be on campus for interviews this week and next week. The itineraries and candidate resumes are available to the entire community via the campus Web site at All Gustavus community members are invited and encouraged to attend the Open Campus Session for each candidate. The participation and feedback is a valued part of this important process.

Tenure Service April 20... The following people will be installed as tenured members of the faculty on April 20 during 10 a.m. Chapel Service:

  • Jennifer Ackil -- Department of Psychology;
  • Cindy Johnson-Groh -- Department of Biology;
  • Terence Morrow -- Department of Communication Studies;
  • Debra Pitton -- Department of Education; and
  • David Wolfe -- Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Bishop Stanley Olson, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, will perform the installation.

Nominations Sought for Carlson Teaching Award... Faculty members, administrators, and students are invited to nominate a faculty member for the prestigious Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. This award is the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for teaching. Individuals are asked to think about the teacher who has made the biggest difference in their academic life at Gustavus and why. This year paper nomination forms will not be sent. Instead, an electronic nomination form is available on the Gustavus Web site at The submission deadline is April 20. Questions to consider in supporting a nomination include: How does this faculty member demonstrate competence in her/his discipline, and in generating enthusiasm, insight, and thought in the classroom? Is this person particularly creative, stimulating and/or responsive? How does this faculty member reflect the College's emphasis on teaching that is collaborative, supportive, and innovative, in providing mentoring and helpful advising, in instilling academic excellence, and in supporting student research? In other words, what makes this faculty member such an effective teacher? Why has she/he earned special respect? Be specific and provide concrete examples, if possible.

Publication Break Reminder... Due to Easter Recess, the newsletter will not be published April 12; it will continue April 19. Note that The Yellow Sheet submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication.


IT Review Team Visit... All are invited to meet with the consultants who will be reviewing the Department of Information Technology during an April 4-6 campus visit. Refer to the online IT Review Consultants' Schedule and attend the appropriate session (separate times are specified for faculty, administrators and support staff, and students). Questions or concerns should be directed to Bruce Aarsvold at

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

  • April 6 -- Charlie Strey, 1 John 2: 18-28;
  • April 8 -- Palm Sunday, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • April 9 -- Kari Lipke, Recognition of Service Day, Genesis 34: 1-31;
  • April 10 -- President Axel Steuer, Judges 19: 22-30;
  • April 11 -- Lenten Liturgy, 2 Samuel 13: 1-22;
  • April 12 -- Maundy Thursday;
  • April 13-16 -- No Chapel;
  • April 17 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson, 2 Samuel 6: 1-15;
  • April 18 -- Morning Praise, Luke 24: 1-12;
  • April 19 -- Megan Ruble, Psalm 90: 1-6;
  • April 20 -- Bishop Stanley Olson, Tenure Service for Faculty, Revelation 12: 1-12; and
  • April 22 -- 2nd Sunday of Easter, Chaplain Linda Roal.
Talk Shop Friday... Amy Seham (theatre and dance) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2000-01 academic year at 4:30 p.m. April 6 in the Interpretive Center. Her talk is titled "Walk Like a Man: See Jane Improvise." Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed on the Gustavus homepage under the Events/Faculty Shop Talks links.

Juggling Bonanza Friday. The Juggling Assembly of Gustavus is hosting the Second Annual Great Juggling Bonanza from 5-9 p.m. April 6 in Alumni Hall. The event will include free juggling lessons, demonstrations, live entertainment by Annie Baril and the internationally acclaimed Dew Drop Jugglers, a raffle, the sale of juggling equipment, and refreshments. Admission is free to Gustavus community members as well as to children under age 12. All others are $2 per person. For more information, contact Ingrid Edstrom (

Student Recitals This Weekend... The following 5 student recitals are scheduled for this weekend in Bjorling Recital Hall:

  • Senior Lisa Veenhuis will present a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. April 6. A student of John McKay, she will present works by Bach, Ravel, Liszt, and Copland.
  • Junior Courtney Walker will present a solo voice recital at 1:30 p.m. April 7.
  • Senior Julie Fossell will present a piano recital at 3:30 p.m. April 7. A student of Helen Baumgartner, she will present works by Bach, Haydn, Brahms, and Robert Starer.
  • Senior Melissa Bateson, flute, and sophomore Nathan Kennedy, piano, will present a joint recital at 1:30 p.m. April 8. Bateson will be accompanied by pianist Chris Krug and joined by flutist Anna Garbisch.
  • Junior Krista Wilhelmson will present a flute recital at 7:30 p.m. April 8. A student of Ruth Giles, she will be accompanied by pianist Coni Liljengren.
All the performances are free and open to the public. Each will be followed by a reception for the student musicians in the recital hall lobby.

Orchestra Concert Saturday Night... The Gustavus Orchestra will present its home concert at 7:30 p.m. April 7 in Christ Chapel. This free concert concludes the group's Spring 2001 Concert Tour of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The 48-member orchestra will perform works by Haydn, Donizetti, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, and others. The performance will feature solos by Gustavus Concerto/Aria Competition Winners Marissa Kolander, soprano, and Arno Merkle, 'cello. The orchestra is conducted by Warren Friesen.

Cancer Support Meeting... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon April 11 in the Campus Center's Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Physics Seminar Announced... Karl Unruh from the University of Delaware will present a physics seminar titled "How Nanometer-Sized Particles Melt" at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in Olin Hall 220. All are invited to attend.

Academic Summer Camps Set. Gustavus is offering 12 academic summer camps this year for high school students. The 1- or 2-week camps scheduled include Art, Astronomy, Computers and the Internet, Environmental Studies, Geology, Journalism, Law and Mock Trials, Percussion and Drum, Piano, Today's World Issues, Theatre, and Writing. The camps will be offered July 8-14, July 15-21, and July 8-20. The camps are taught by Gustavus community members. Students who will be in grades 8-12 during the 2001-02 school year are invited to attend. Each camp is priced individually with fees ranging from $200 to $375 for students who commute daily and from $450 to $875 for students who will live on campus for the duration of the class session. Financial aid is available for qualifying families. Students whose registration is postmarked before May 1 will receive discounts of $15 for the 1-week resident camps and $30 for the 2-week resident camps. Registrations will be accepted through June 1 as space permits. For more information, contact Kate Martens (x7544 or or visit the academic summer camps' Web site.


Week of the Young Child... St. Peter's Community and Family Education will host a "A Great Celebration" in honor of the Week of the Young Child at 6:30 p.m. April 17 in the Gustavus Campus Center. Parents, teachers, day care providers, and community members are invited to register for this event, complete with dinner and a guest speaker. The cost is $10 per person and the registration deadline is April 10. To register, contact Community and Family Education, 803 Davis St., St. Peter, MN 56082 or for more information call 934-3048.

The Teddy Bear Band is Back... All are invited to attend the Teddy Bear Band performance from 6:30-7:15 p.m. April 19 at South Elementary in St Peter. This spring early childhood concert, sponsored by St. Peter Community and Family Education, is free and open to all. Come to sing, dance, tap toes, and laugh together with family members and friends. For more information, call 934-3048.

American Swedish Institute Event... Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Sweden's Ambassador to the U.S., will discuss "The European Union -- United States Relationship: The Road Ahead" at noon April 20 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis (35 S. 7th St.). The cost is $25 per person, which includes a spring lunch. Seating is limited, so sign up by April 17 by contacting the American Swedish Institute ( or 612/871-4907).

Barbershop Chorus Show... All are invited to the Mankato Area Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus 2001 show on April 21, with performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at East High School in Mankato. The theme is "Feelin' Fine," and the program will focus on gospel music. Tickets may be purchased from Ellis Jones (x7540) or Bruce Gray (934-2372).

Help Build the Treemendous Playground April 25-29... A major community playground is being built in St. Peter's Gorman Park and volunteer builders are needed. The entire playground will be built in 5 days, all by volunteers. Building times are from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. April 25-29. Free child care will be provided. For more information, contact Barb Larson Taylor (x7515 or


The Department of Geography produced maps on historic, ethnic, and population distribution for the recently opened exhibit "Early History of Nicollet County" at the Treaty Site History Center, St. Peter. Those involved included Bob Douglas (geography) and students Jon Bjork, Mitch Brinks, and Ben Puder.

Barbara Fister, library, served on a panel and presented 2 papers at the March 17 Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference titled "Information Literacy: Connecting Standards and Objectives to Programs and Curriculum: Case Studies of Early Implementors." Fister presented the paper "Collegial Leadership in Academic Libraries" with David Lesniaski, Kris Huber MacPherson, and Steve McKinzie, and "From BI to IL: The Paths of Two Liberal Arts Colleges" with Elizabeth Hutchins and Huber MacPherson. Both papers have been published in the conference proceedings.

Chris Gilbert, political science, and students Devin Colvin, Martin Kaduc, and Jaclynn Moen, presented a paper titled "Political Discussion in Churches" at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, held March 15-17 in Las Vegas.

Lisa Heldke, philosophy, had the article "Do You Really Know How to Cook? A Critique of Plato's Gorgias" published in the March/April issue of Philosophy Now, a special issue on the philosophy of food.

Dennis Henry, physics, gave the luncheon talk "Some Magnetics Tales and Demonstrations" March 28 at the Twin Cities Chapter of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Society of IEEE.

Michael Jorgensen, music, sang the role of Jesus in "The St. John Passion" by J.S. Bach on April 1 at Jehovah Lutheran Church in St. Paul. The performance, conducted by David Mennicke of Concordia University, also featured Christopher Cock of Valparaiso University as the Evangelist and Gerard Sundberg of Wheaton College as Pilate, as well as soloists Monical Murray of Concordia and Jo Anne Taylor of Minnehaha Academy.

Jill Potts, education, has been named recipient of the annual Kappa Delta Pi Honor and Educator Award. Kappa Delta Pi is the first and only honor society dedicated specifically to education and educators. The award was instituted in 1996 to recognize educators who have made a consistent and ongoing contribution to the preparation and mentoring of future teachers. Potts has served as a teacher, mentor, and student teacher supervisor.

Stacia Senne, news, taught the class "Photojournalism: Communicating with Photographs and Words" at the Young Writers Conference, held on campus March 28-30. The annual conference, sponsored by South Central Service Cooperative, was for high-achieving students from a 9-county area in grades 3-12. Senne taught the Wednesday and Thursday sessions and Allison Maas ('01) taught the Friday sessions. Maas, who worked for the news office, The Gustavian Weekly, and the St. Peter Herald, finished her coursework in January and is now employed as a writer and editor at the Fairmont Sentinel.

Paula Swiggum, nursing, wrote a chapter, "Culture Care," that was recently published in the nursing textbook titled An Introduction to Community Based Nursing, (Lippincott, 2001).

Linnea Wren, art and art history, participated in the March 22 panel discussion "Female Heresies," which was part of the semester-long symposium "Divine Perversities: Junctures between Religion and Contemporary Art." The symposium was organized by the University of Minnesota and held in academic, religious, and community locations throughout the Twin Cities. The panel included Amalia Mesa-Bains, a contemporary artist, as well as UM faculty members Jane Blocher and Lynn Lukkas.


Mark Robert Neuman, 6 lbs., 8 oz., and Andrew Guettler Neuman, 6 lbs., 3 oz., were born March 23 to Becky and Robert Neuman (admission). The twins have a 17-month old brother, Peter.


  • International Student Services Coordinator
  • Safety and Security Officer
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:
  • Gustavus was included in a March 30 Wall Street Journal feature on "College Admissions: The New Safety Schools." Gustavus was listed among the "safest" schools for high-achieving students to get into. Gustavus was one of 11 schools in the "safest" list and one of 50 in the entire Dow Jones Safety School Index chart, which ranged from the New Ivies to the safest fallbacks. Only a few Midwestern schools and only one other Minnesota college were included in the chart. (St. Olaf was also in the "safest" category.) The Weekend Journal section article was written by Elizabeth Bernstein, began on page W1, and continued on page W14.
  • A March 28 KEYC-TV Ch. 12 (Mankato) news report on the recently proposed Northern Plains Dairy feedlot site included comments from President Axel Steuer.
  • Gustavus' 28th annual St. David's Day hymn sing, held March 2 in Christ Chapel, was broadcast at 11:10 a.m. March 27 on Northfield-based WCAL radio (89.3 FM).
  • A March 25 Star Tribune of Minneapolis article, titled "David Esbjornson's dramatic journey," featured 1975 Gustavus graduate David Esbjornson's career as a director. The article included quotes from Rob Gardner (theatre and dance).
  • A March 24 Minneapolis Star Tribune article, titled "Lawmakers conflicted about what makes a conflict," included quotes from Don Ostrom (political science).
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


  • Swedish Book Available... The recently published book Swedes in the Twin Cities: Immigrant Life and Minnesota's Urban Frontier, which includes essays by Gustavus' Mark Granquist (religion) and Byron Nordstrom (history and Scandinavian studies), is available in the Book Mark. The book is a detailed portrait of Swedish immigrant life and culture in the Twin Cities as told in 22 essays by leading scholars from the U.S. and Sweden.


For Rent: House at 811 S. Fifth St., 3 blocks from campus. Two student apartment units are available. Rent is $780 per unit per month. Call Al at x7622 if interested.

For Rent: 3-bedroom, 1 1/2-bathroom townhouse with a single, attached garage and a view. Available June 1. Call Becky Taylor at 934-2368 or e-mail

For Sale: Loaded 1998 Chevrolet Suburban LT that has 50,000 miles, a cellular phone, and oversized off-road tires. Call Al at x7622 if interested.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe

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.
Home | News & Info | Yellow Sheet Archives | Submit an Item Online