The Yellow Sheet 2001

April 19, 2001 | Volume 33, Number 23

Thursday, April 19,

Volume 33, Number 26

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News & Announcements

Service Awards Dinner Set... The College and the Alumni Association will recognize the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years, and those who are retiring. The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards Dinner will be held May 17 in Alumni Hall, beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person. Respond to the alumni office by May 11. A list of awardees is listed below; but contact Randall Stuckey in alumni relations (x7514 or with the name of any person that should be included in the list of honorees.
Bob Bellig, professor of biology
John Braun, associate professor in communication studies
Norm Walbek, associate professor of political science

35 Years
Keith Carlson, professor of geology
Allan Splittgerber, professor of chemistry

30 Years
John Braun, associate professor in communication studies
Kevin Byrne, professor of history
Rob Gardner, professor of theatre and dance
Kathleen Martin, interlibrary loan manager
Greg Mason, professor of English
Larry Potts, professor of chemistry
Ron Reitz, professor of mathematics and computer science
Barbara Simpson, professor of psychology
Roland Thorstensson, professor of Scandinavian studies

25 Years
John Holte, professor of mathematics and computer science
John McKay, professor of music
Gary Reinholtz, lecturer in health and exercise science, athletic trainer
Norm Walbek, associate professor of political science
Candace Witte, assistant director of dining services
Linnea Wren, professor of art

20 Years
Sarah Daniels, director of administrative computer services
Sandra Georgacarakos, library circulation manager
Michael Haeuser, college archivist and research librarian, professor
Mark Kruger, professor of psychology
John Lammert, associate professor of biology
Rick Orpen, professor of music
Jeffrey Rosoff, professor of mathematics and computer science

15 Years
Warren Bidwell, computer/electronics specialist
Hayden Duncan, associate professor of Spanish
Paul Estenson, associate professor of economics and management
Mark Hanson, men's basketball coach, director of outdoor education, instructor in health and exercise science
Bruce Johnson, associate professor of economics and management
Greg Kaster, associate professor of history
Donna Loken, loan funds manager
Steve Mellema, associate professor of physics
Kate Wittenstein, associate professor of history
Larry Zelenz, director of intramurals and recreation, men's soccer coach

10 Years
Jackie Alvarez, assistant dean of students, director of the counseling center
Ellis Bell, associate professor of biochemistry
Tom Brown, assistant football coach, instructor in health and exercise science
Jon Carlson, head coach, women's tennis, women's and men's swimming
Kellery Francek, library processing/cataloging
Chris Gilbert, associate professor of political science
Jill Heaberlin, adjunct instructor of theatre and dance
Joyce Hiscock, assistant director of information technology
Denise Iverson-Payne, special assistant to the president for diversity
Michael Jorgenson, associate professor of music
Paschal Kyoore, associate professor of French
Barb Lundgren, payroll director
Janice Nordstrom, library serials manager
Axel Steuer, president
Loreli Steuer, first lady


Clothing Drive Underway... Gusties Against Poverty is holding a clothing drive in the lower level of the Campus Center from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through April 20. Clean used clothing, sheets, and towels, as well as toiletries, will be accepted. All donations will be given to shelters in Mankato.

Annual Earth Day Lecture Thursday... At 7:30 p.m. April 19 in Olin Hall 103, the Environmental Studies Program will sponsor its annual Earth Day lecture. This year the speaker is Dan Flores, Hammond Professor of Environmental History at the University of Montana. Flores is author of several books, including Horizontal Yellow: Nature and History in the Near Southwest, and many articles about environmental history, particularly of the American West. The title of his lecture is "Loving the Sensuous: Coming Home to the Continent." Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Physics Seminar Thursday... 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.

Chilstrom to Discuss Sexual Fulfillment Friday... Herbert Chilstrom, former bishop of the ELCA and former pastor at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, will be on campus April 20. As co-author of the new book Sexual Fulfillment: for Single and Married, Straight and Gay, Young and Old, Chilstrom will meet with student groups and others interested. From 9-10 a.m. he will be in the Book Mark for a book signing and from 10:30 a.m.-noon he will lead an open forum for the campus community in Linner Lounge. All are invited; refreshments will be provided.

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

  • April 20 -- Bishop Stanley Olson, Tenure Service for Faculty, Revelation 12: 1-12;
  • April 22 -- 2nd Sunday of Easter, Chaplain Linda Roal;
  • April 23 -- Steve Kjellgren, 1 Samuel 17: 1-23;
  • April 24 -- Adolphus Band;
  • April 25 -- Morning Praise, Luke 12: 4-12;
  • April 26 -- Rev. Carol Wise, Yom ha Shoah, Judges 4: 17-23; 5: 24-31a;
  • April 27 -- Arbor Day;
  • April 29 -- 3rd Sunday of Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson; and
  • April 30 -- Craig Johnson, Acts 12: 1-19.
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.

Final Faculty Talk Shop Friday... Greg Mason (English) will present the last Faculty Shop Talk of the 2000-01 academic year at 4:30 p.m. April 20 in the Interpretive Center. His talk is titled "Politics and Psychology, Acknowledgement and Denial: World War II Exhibited in Japanese and United States' Peace Museums." 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 under the Events/Faculty Shop Talks links.

Arts Events Abound This Weekend... A busy weekend is scheduled for the music and dance departments, with the following public events:

  • At 7:30 p.m. April 20, the Nevskoye String Quartet will perform a concert in Bjorling Recital Hall. The quartet, with students Angela Ziebarth (violin), Arianne Waseen (violin), Tyson Acker (viola), and Arno Merkle ('cello), will perform works by Prokofiev, Schubert, and a Handel arrangement by Johan Halversen. This performance is in preparation of the quartet's month-long concert tour to the East Coast in June.
  • At 8 p.m. April 20, the college's Matching Tights Dance Company will present its 1st of 3 spring concert performances. This annual event includes works choreographed and performed by Gustavus dance faculty, students, and guest artists. Additional performances will be held at 8 p.m. April 21 and 2 p.m. April 22. All performance will be in Anderson Theatre. The dance concert is open to the public; tickets are required as all seats are reserved. Tickets are available from the Information Center in the Campus Center (x7590).
  • At 1:30 p.m. April 21, soprano Erin Cederlind will present a student voice recital in Bjorling Recital Hall. Cederlind will be accompanied by pianist Nathan Kennedy and will present a number of works for voice by Handel, Purcell, Debussy, Faure, Sjogren Alfven, and others.
  • At 3 p.m. April 21, the Gustavus Band, conducted by Douglas Nimmo, will perform in Christ Chapel for the Gustavus Association of Congregations annual meeting. This performance is open to the public as well as association delegates.
  • At 7:30 p.m. April 21, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble will present a concert in Bjorling Recital Hall. The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and director Steve Wright recently returned from a 10-day tour of the East Coast and will present a variety of works ranging from traditional Big Band to contemporary jazz compositions.
  • At 3:30 p.m. April 22, Emily Ireland will present a piano recital, which includes works by Bach, Mozart, Bartok, and Schubert. This student recital will be held in Bjorling Recital Hall.
All of the music events for the weekend are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Matching Tights Dance Concert are available in the Campus Center or at the door.

Association Meeting Saturday... "Facing the Darkness, Igniting Hope for Communities in Crisis" is the theme for this year's Gustavus Association of Congregations meeting, to be held on campus April 21. The campus community is invited to attend a worship service at 9:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel featuring the Rev. Owen Christianson, former senior pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Moose Lake, MN, and pastor to Katie Poirer's family after her disappearance. His congregation became the center of activity for the search. After worship, a keynote address will be given by the Rev. David Jensen of Littleton, CO. Pastor Jensen of Christ Lutheran has been instrumental in recovery efforts following the Columbine shootings. One of his parishioners was severely wounded in the tragedy. The Gustavus community is also invited to attend afternoon workshops beginning at 1 p.m. Workshops include: David Jensen and Roger Haug: "Building Hope Amidst Evil" in Alumni Hall; Eric Natwick, Patricia and Tim Baglien: "Bringing Hope to Communities After Natural Disaster" in Linner Lounge; Owen Christianson: "Bringing Hope to Individuals Living in Darkness" in the Presidents Dining Room; Steve Bennett: "Helping Young People Face the Darkness and Move Through Crisis" in the Faculty and Staff Center; and Gustavus students: "Bringing Hope in the Aftermath of the El Salvador Earthquake" in the Dive. The day concludes with the Gustavus Band concert at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

Tuesday Conversation on Being Jewish... A Tuesday Conversation on "Being Jewish at Gustavus: Personal Reflections" will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. April 24 in the Dive. Panelists include Max Hailperin (mathematics and computer science), Michelle Rusinko (theatre and dance), Amy Seham (theatre and dance),and David Wolfe (mathematics and computer science). This religion department conversation will be moderated by Darrell Jodock (religion). All campus community members are invited to attend.

Arbor Day Celebration Scheduled… Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum invites everyone to its annual Arbor Day Celebration April 27. This year’s “The Flowering of Spring” celebration will begin with a 10 a.m. worship service in Christ Chapel, followed by a reception on Eckman Hall, an 11 a.m. luncheon in Alumni Hall, and a 1:30 p.m. tree planting in St. Peter’s Levee Park with students from St. Peter’s North Elementary School. The Chapel service will include special Arbor Day music provided by the Christ Chapel Choir, a homily by Chaplain Linda Roal, and a flower for each attendee. At the luncheon, Jim Gilbert (Linnaeus Arboretum and environmental studies) will discuss “Spring in Linnaeus Arboretum"; Janet and Janice Robidoux of Coon Rapids, whose gardens were featured in last summer’s Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum garden tour, will present an illustrated talk, titled “Our Favorite 100 Wildflowers”; and a Gustavus marimba ensemble will provide music. The Arbor Day Celebration is open to the public. The cost for the luncheon is $15 per person; there is no cost for the other events. For luncheon reservations, contact the Office of Public Relations (x7520). The luncheon reservation deadline is April 24.


Community Garden Announced… St. Peter’s Community Garden is starting its second year. A joint project of Gustavus, St. Peter Community and Family Education, and the Nicollet County Extension Office, the garden will be located across from the Catholic Church of St. Peter. Gardeners, volunteers, and donations are currently being sought. Information about each follows:
  • Gardening: Anyone living in the St. Peter area may have a garden plot. To reserve space to garden, contact Lisa Heldke (x7029), Gaston Alzate (x6079), or Kelly Kunkel (931-6800). For adult gardeners, a meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 8 at the St. Peter Food Coop. A meeting for children gardeners and an accompanying grownup will be held at 7 p.m. May 22 at the St. Peter Food Coop. There is no cost for gardening and seeds and plants will be available.
  • Volunteering: Two work days in the garden are set for 10 a.m. May 12 to prepare the garden for planting and 10 a.m. May 19 to assist gardeners in their planting. Volunteers should come dressed for working in the dirt; bring gloves and other tools.
  • Donations: Donations are requested to help defray the cost of seeds, plants, tools, and a storage shed. Make checks payable to ISD 508/Community Garden and mail to Nancy Penn, Community and Family Education, 803 Davis St., St. Peter, MN 56082 Donations of tools, flower seeds, canning jars, and a permanent storage shed will also be accepted.


Guild of St. Ansgar... The following seniors have been selected for membership in the Guild of St. Ansgar for 2001: Melissa Bateson, Cassie Carver, Hal DeLaRosby, Margaret Dimpfel, Amy Dolin, Wesley Duke, Karena Erickson, Julie Fossell, Mary Grams, Jason Haaheim, Michael Henderson, Erika Houtz, Bridget Hundt, Stacey Hunt, Ashley Jensen, Elise Kahl, Amy Katzenmeyer, Rebecca Knudsen, Dawn Krabbenhoft, Erin Larson, Sara Lindberg, Rachel Mathison, Ferial Mohamed, Rachel Peterson, Amy Pfeffer, Amanda Saveland, Peter Scherer, Jessica Schultz, Dehlia Seim, Melinda Siedschlag, Rebecca Smith, Benjamin Thompson, Emily Trnka, Jessica Wagner, Amber Wobschall, and Emily Youngman. The Guild of St. Ansgar is named for the first Christian missionary to the Scandinavians. It is an honorary society for seniors and was established in the spring of 1952. It recognizes overall achievements -- scholarship, leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities -- of graduating seniors.

Laura Behling, English, recently served as a consultant for a 13-episode Canadian television documentary. She provided an on-camera interview detailing how automobiles were marketed to and for women in popular press advertisements, essays, and fiction during the early 20th century.

Ellis Bell, biochemistry, chaired the symposium "The Biochemistry Ph.D.: Does it take too long?" at the 2001 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. In the symposium, Bell presented the talk "Do Undergraduate Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Programs Prepare Students for Graduate School." In a separate session on science education, Bell presented the paper "Why Physical Chemistry is an Essential Core Course in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology." Biochemistry students David Savage, Michael Bradley, and Stacy Horner had their research projects with Bell presented in the session "Enzymes, Regulation and Allosterism." Bradley, Savage, and Bell presented a poster, titled "Experimental and Computational Investigation of Substrate Induced Conformational Changes in Glutamate Dehydrogenase," while Horner and Bell presented a poster, titled "Investigation into the anomalous kinetic and biophysical behaviour of Malate Dehydrogenase." In addition, Bell has been appointed by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to be its representative at the "Academic Excellence" conference on the Role of Research in the Natural Sciences at Undergraduate Institutions, sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the W.M. Keck Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Research Corporation, and the Welch Foundation.

Nancy Butler, biology, and student Nick Domer ('03) attended the winter meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in Albuquerque, where Domer presented a poster titled "Spatial distribution and diurnal swarm dispersal by the coral reef crustacean Mysidium gracile." Butler also had a paper published in the current issue of Aquatic Microbial Ecology. Co-authored with R. Adrian and S. Wickham, the paper is titled "Trophic interactions between zooplankton and the microbial community in contrasting food webs: the epilimnion and deep chlorophyll maximum of a mesotrophic lake."

Barbara Fister, library, had an article, titled "Elmore Leonard's Legman: A Full-Time Researcher Helps the Reknowned Mystery Writer Keep it Real," published in American Libraries.

Lisa Heldke, philosophy, had her paper "Let's Cook Thai" published in Pilaf, Pozole, and Pad Thai: American Women and Ethnic Food (University of Massachusetts Press).

Gretchen Hofmeister, chemistry, recently presented a seminar, titled: "Molecular Architecture: Unsymmetrical Titanium and Aluminum Complexes of ortho-Linked Trisphenols," in the chemistry department at St. Olaf College.

David Koppenhaver, education, and colleagues from 5 other universities had their paper, "Storybook-Based Communication Intervention for Girls with Rett Syndrome and Their Mothers," published in the most recent issue of International Journal on Disability and Rehabilitation. Koppenhaver also presented an invited short course, "From Literacy Imbalance to Literacy in Balance," at the recent Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference in Dearborn.

Terry Morrow, communication studies, published an article, titled "Representation and Deliberation in the Massachusetts Constitutional Ratification Debate," in Rhetoric and Public Affairs (Winter 2000).


Joe Pope (safety and security) and his wife, Sue, are proud to announce that the transition period of their adoption is underway. Twelve-year-old Korrina is expected to move in permanently at some point after this academic year.


Noah Gabriel Barbosa was born at 6 p.m. April 13 to Francis and Beth Barbosa (The Gustavus Fund). Noah weighed 5 lbs., 14 oz. and was 18 inches long.


  • Wanda Kleist, mother of Paul Kleist (dining service), died April 3. The funeral was April 6 in Madison Lake.
  • Toni Ruble, mother-in-law of Megan Ruble (student activities) and mother of Jeff Ruble (student), passed away March 29 in Red Wing. Funeral services were April 2 in Red Wing.
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 Secretary in Physical Plant
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Gustavus on The Tonight Show... On March 28, Gustavus students Susan Harding, Jena Hipp, Nicole Hurt, and Alison Witmer -- in Gustavus attire -- were part of the television audience of "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno at the NBC studios. Harding was chosen to be a part of the "Ask Jay Anything" segment where each participant is given a written question to ask Leno. As Leno approached Harding, he asked, "Gustavus Adolphus [mispronounced]? What kind of college is that?..." Harding's replied, "It's a nice college."
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:
  • An April 15 St. Peter Herald front-page article and photograph featured Robert Esbjornson (emeritus professor of religion) and was titled "Man stores memories in cyberspace."
  • Roland Thorstensson (Scandinavian studies) was quoted in an article in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis on April 14. The front Variety section feature, titled "How Swede It Is," included an article on the mark Swedish immigrants have left on Minnesota life and an article on the Swedish perspective of Minnesota. Thorstensson was quoted in the latter story.
  • An April 12 article in The Free Press of Mankato featured Jim McGuire (part-time music) and his teaching classical music by day and playing music by night. The page 1C feature included 2 color photographs -- 1 of McGuire and 1 of his musical group, the Jim McGuire Trio.
  • Gustie Dennie Gordon ('74) was a guest speaker April 11 on Cities 97.1. She is a well-known movie director who recently completed "The Adventures of Joe Dirt."
  • An interview with President Axel Steuer and Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) President David Laird aired on KRBI Radio's (1310 AM, St. Peter) "Cafe 13-10" on April 11. They discussed private college funding issues in an interview taped earlier at the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce office as part of the MPCC's visit to media and chamber offices around the state.
  • Managing Editor Ed Lee's "So Be It" column in the April 5 St. Peter Herald quoted Gustavus women's soccer coach Mike Stehlik. The page 4 story revealed Stehlik's idea to travel from Beijing, China, to Moscow next year.
  • An April 2001 Metro Lutheran article, "Gustavus student assisted," gave a follow up of Gustavus' Delta Phi Omega sorority recent fundraiser for student Nicole Draeger. (The amount raised was listed at $2,700; however, since then donations have exceeded $5,000.)
  • On March 22, the nationally syndicated Paul Harvey "News and Comment" mentioned "a Minnesota school that sent students to Indiana for Habitat Homes." The program was heard locally on KRBI radio (1310 AM). It is believed that this was referring to Gustavus' Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Work Trip that was written up in The Indianapolis Star. (See the next item).
  • A March 20 article in The Indianapolis Star Metro West Section featured Gustavus students who spent Spring Break in Martinsville, IN, helping build a Habitat for Humanity house. The page 1W article, titled "Their free labor of love," included quotes from students Amy Hiscock and Beth LaZerte and 2 photographs including students LaZerte, Erin Jorgenson, and Jaime Quam.
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 following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2000-01":
  • x7520 -- Debrah DeMaris, Marketing and Public Relations (addition)
  • x7688 -- Wendy Deutsch, Prospect Research (change from Eckdahl)
  • x7512 -- Clair Rogers, Institutional Advancement (addition)
  • x7626 -- Dean Willaert, Physical Plant (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact telecommunications (x6261 or


  • Academic Planners are available for the 2001-02 school year. Be sure to stop by the Book Mark to pick one up while the selection is good.


For Rent: House close to campus (918 S. Washington), starting July 2001. For details, e-mail Mark at

For Rent: House with 4-5 bedrooms at 601 S. Front St., St. Peter. Rent is $900-1,000. Call Trevor Brovold at (507) 625-8152.

For Rent: 2-bedroom unit with a garage on N. 3rd; and 2-bedroom unit on S. 7th. Available June 1. Call (507) 964-5621.

For Rent: Very large, 1-plus bedroom, walk-out basement apartment with a large driveway and yard available mid-April. Pets are negotiable. Very clean. Asking $600 (includes most utilities). Located in St. Peter (629 N. 5th). Contact Jud (x7606 or 931-5615).

Housing Needed for July and August. Call Pat at x7538.


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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