The Yellow Sheet 2001

April 26, 2001 | Volume 33, Number 24

Thursday, April 26,

Volume 33, Number 27

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News & Announcements

New Dean and V.P. Named... John Mosbo has been appointed dean of the faculty and vice president of academic affairs, effective July 1. Mosbo is currently provost, dean of the faculty, and professor of chemistry at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). Before joining UCA, Mosbo held teaching and administrative positions at Ball State University and James Madison University. In an April 23 memo to all College employees, President Axel Steuer said, "In appointing Dr. Mosbo, I concurred with the strong recommendation of the Dean of Faculty/VPAA Search Committee, which conducted an extensive search and conscientiously pursued questions raised by various members in the Gustavus community about the finalist candidates both prior to and after their visits to campus. We can be grateful for the hard work and thoroughness with which search committee members pursued and successfully concluded the important task assigned to them. At its April 20 meeting, the Gustavus Board of Trustees expressed its support of the good work of the search committee and of the president's appointment by electing Dr. Mosbo to this senior College officer position. We are confident that Dr. Mosbo has the abilities, experience, and commitment to work closely with his new faculty and administrative colleagues to continue Gustavus' progress to the forefront of American liberal arts colleges."

Vocational Reflection Director Hired... The first director of the Lilly Endowment-funded Center for Vocational Reflection will be Christopher Johnson. A 1985 alumnus and the College's first Truman Scholar, Johnson is currently assistant professor of religion and director of service learning at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA. He brings an extensive history of teaching, scholarship, and service that emphasizes engaged reflection on questions of meaning, purpose, and vocation. Johnson also has a record of program development and leadership in a range of relevant activities that will serve him well in developing this program on vocation. Johnson will be on campus the first week of June for a Lilly grant-sponsored faculty development workshop, to begin the process of hiring an administrative assistant, and to tend to other preliminary matters. He will formally begin employment July 15. Questions about Johnson or the Lilly program should be directed to Bob Weisenfeld (x7049 or

A Promotion... Bob Weisenfeld has been promoted to assistant vice president for corporate and foundation relations. In making the announcement, Vice President Brenda Peterson noted that Weisenfeld has served the Office of Institutional Advancement with much fund-raising success as director of corporate, foundation, and government relations during the past 12 years and manager of the College's various relationships with philanthropic foundations and government grantmakers. Effective immediately, Weisenfeld's additional responsibilities include an increased level of leadership for the cultivation and solicitation of public and private corporations.


Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
  • April 27 -- Arbor Day;
  • April 29 -- 3rd Sunday of Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • April 30 -- Rev. Gordon Bratz, Acts 12: 1-19;
  • May 1 -- Erika Houtz, Acts 26: 1, 12-18;
  • May 2 -- MAYDAY!, Luke 5: 1-11;
  • May 3 -- Joshua Roever, Romans 8: 18;
  • May 4 -- Erin Dana, Revelation 5: 1-10; and
  • May 6 -- 4th Sunday of Easter, Chaplain Linda Roal.
Annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference Wednesday… All are invited to attend the College's 21st annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference on May 2. This year’s theme is “Revisiting the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux after 150 Years.” The conference, which is free, will include a 10 a.m. lecture in Christ Chapel by Winona LaDuke, a prominent native American rights activist, author, and vice presidential candidate for the Green party in the 2000 presidential election, and a 1:15 p.m. lecture by Lenor Scheffler, attorney and member of the Lower Sioux community, and Dallas Ross, chair of the Upper Sioux Tribal Council. In addition to the main addresses, the following workshops will be held at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on campus: "Environmental Justice," "Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives," "Seeking Common Ground," and "Self-determination, Rights, and The Law." Throughout the day, a resource center will provide information in Linner Lounge. At 7 p.m., there will be a powwow and closing pipe ceremony. Registration will be held in Linner Lounge, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at x7520. In conjunction with the conference, a sweat lodge will be built and used for two "sweats" this weekend.

Lunch and Learn May 7... "Stress Busters," the final Lunch and Learn session for the year, will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 7 in the Campus Center Banquet Room. The Gustavus Health Promotion program will absorb half of the cost of lunch, so the cost per person is $3.50 and will be collected at the door. Come ready to play, because this session will be hands on. Call Kari Eckheart at x6416 to reserve a spot.


What to Take to America Event Sunday... The Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS) invites the public to an immigration event, “Going to America: What to Take?,” at 2 p.m. April 29 at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter. Lynn Blomstrand Moratzka from Gammelgarden Swedish Immigrant Museum in Scandia, MN, will explain what some Swedish immigrant families choose to bring to Minnesota. Admission for the program and the museum is $3 for the public and free for NCHS members and children under age 12. Currently on exhibit at the center is a new exhibit, "Early History of Nicollet County, 1858­1900," which includes Nicollet County artifacts from the immigration years. A family program sponsored by the historical society, this will be of interest to children reading the American Girl series and, in particular, Kirsten.

Rave Lecture Tuesday... Come, learn about rave parties and their affect on youth at "RAVE Parties: Teen Fun? Parent Nightmares" from 6:30-9 p.m. May 1 at St. Peter High School. The event is planned for parents, adult members of the community, as well as middle school, high school, and college students. The schedule includes open displays from 6:30-7 p.m. and 8:30-9 p.m., and a 7-8:30 p.m. presentation by WCCO reporter Rick Fuentes, ART Counselor Mike McGinnis, and St. Peter High School student Emmy Powers. The event is sponsored by Friends of Families, Parents Communication Network, and ESAA Target.


Students Named Fellows... Eight Gustavus students have been named 2001 Undergraduate Fellows by the Fund for Theological Education, Inc. (FTE). They are: Dana Anderson, Kevin Bergeson, Adrienne Donath, Sharene Gossen, Ryan Hanson, Shelly Hochhalter, Joshua Rinas, and Tracy Vicory. These students are among the 70 new undergraduate fellows in FTE's Partnership for Excellence Program. For 3 years, FTE has awarded fellowships to college students who demonstrate superior academic achievement and exceptional promise for ministry, with the aim of introducing them to theological education and encouraging their vocational discernment. This group of 26 men and 44 women represent 18 denominations, 49 undergraduate institutions, diverse geographical regions, and a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend to be used for educational expenses or for a special project to explore ministry. Each fellow will also attend the Partnership for Excellence 2001 Summer Conference, "The Call of the People of God," June 21-24 at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, TN, and participate in a variety of worship experiences and roundtable discussions with practicing clergy and theological educators.

Ellis Bell, biochemistry, recently presented an invited seminar, titled "The Role of alpha Helices in the Folding of the Thiol Protease Inhibitor Cystatin," to the chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Bell also had an editorial, titled "Laboratory Experiments," accepted for publication in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

Barbara Fister, library, was a panelist at a Minitex conference, "Merging Tradition and Innovation: A Visionary Future for Libraries," held April 17 in Plymouth.

Chris Gilbert, political science, and students Devin Colvin ('01), Martin Kaduc ('01), and Jaclynn Moen ('01) presented a paper, titled "Political Discussion Partners: The Religious Dimension," and a poster, titled "Religious Indicators of Local Political Involvement," at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, held April 19-22 in Chicago.

Michael Jorgensen, music, sang in the Octet in the first 4 performances of Libby Larsen's new opera, "Barnum's Bird." Based on Swedish soprano Jenny Lind's 1850 tour of America (presented by P.T. Barnum), the show ran April 19-22 in the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis. Reviewed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press as "an instant classic" and "an unabashed triumph for all involved," the opera will receive its official world premiere at the Library of Congress on Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C.

Mark Lammers, music, had a new music review published in the Spring 2001 edition of the ITA Journal. He also lectured April 24 to graduate music students at Arizona State University and March 11 to the Danish Club of Tucson.

Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, had his article "Ein ausserordentliches Haiku deutscher Sprache" ("An Extra-Ordinary German Haiku") accepted for publication in the next issue of Mitteilungen des Pegnesischen Blumenordens in Nuremberg, Germany. The Pegnesischer Blumenorden, of 1644, is believed to be the oldest society in the world dedicated to the care of language.

John McKay, music, gave a master class for piano students April 22 at St. Joseph's School of Music in St. Paul. This was a return engagement for McKay, who has been invited to come back next year.

Terry Morrow, communication studies, published an essay on forensic (legal) rhetoric in the Oxford UP Encyclopedia of Rhetoric (2001).

Debra Pitton, education, presented a workshop at the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development's National Conference in March in Boston. Pitton's session focused on the development of mentoring skills for educators working with beginning teachers and was titled "Dealing with Dilemmas in Mentoring." In addition, Pitton was elected president-elect for Minnesota ASCD and will begin her term as president in 2002-03.


  • William Friedrichs, father of Diane Harman (institutional advancement), died April 20. His funeral service was April 24 at SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Mankato.
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).


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Jeff Anderson, International Education

    New Support Staff
    Kolleen Johnson, Safety and Security
    Milo Rogers, Dining Service


  • Staff Psychologist in Counseling Center
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


  • MAYDAY... The annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference was established at Gustavus in 1981. The name MAYDAY! carries a dual significance: the international distress call for help and the return of spring, bringing renewal and hope. The conference was found and is sustained by Florence Sponberg and the late Raymond Sponberg of North Mankato.
  • Preview Day... Admission's 19th annual Preview Day (formerly called Junior Day) will bring several visitors -- high school students and their parents -- to campus on Saturday. The event was changed to Preview Day because high school sophomores and juniors are now invited.
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:
  • At 4:45 p.m. April 20, Minnesota Public Radio aired a story on Gustavus' use of fair trade or "peace" coffee in conjunction with an April 17 lecture by Rosario Castellon Garcia, an international leader in the "Fair Trade" movement and former general manager of PRODECOOP, a group of 71 Nicaraguan coffee farmer cooperatives. A Gustavus student was quoted in the story and it mentioned that Gustavus was the first college in Minnesota to use fair trade coffee, purchased from Minneapolis-based Peace Coffee.
  • An April 16 St. Paul Pioneer Press article, titled "Heavy Traffic," mentions that Gustavus and other private Minnesota colleges have installed Packet Shaper, a Web-traffic-management tool.
  • An April 12 St. Peter Herald photograph captured Gustavus students Caleb Lauritsen and Paul Hanson biking near a flooded road. The feature photo was on page 3A.
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: House close to campus (918 S. Washington), starting July. For details, e-mail Mark at

For Rent: Spacious 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment available June 1. Asking $600 per month, plus utilities. Garage space is available for $50 per month. Call Janet Anthony at 934-5711 during business hours.

For Sale: Nordic Track Achiever ski machine; hardly used and in excellent condition. Asking $200 or best offer. Call x6080 or 934-4494.

For Sale: Spacious family home with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on 3 levels of finished living space. Detached double garage and garden shed. Located at 506 W. College Ave., St. Peter. Call Janet Anthony at 934-5711 during business hours.

House for Sale: 1920s 3-bedroom home that has been completely updated and renovated. It features hardwood floors and new appliances. Call Barbara Anthony at x7363 or 934-8897.


Events happening between Friday, April 27, 2001 and Monday, May 7, 2001

Friday, April 27, 2001
10:00 AM Worship: Daily Chapel Christ Chapel
10:30 AM Special Event: Arbor Day Reception Eckman Mall
11:00 AM Special Event: Arbor Day Luncheon Alumni Hall
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Special Event: Arbor Day Tree Planting St. Peter Park
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Workshop: Chemistry Seminar Nobel Hall 201
7:00 PM - 9:15 PM Campus Event: Asian Cultures Club Show Alumni Hall
7:30 PM Fine Art Event: Student Recital: Melanie Kelly Bjorling Recital Hall
Athletic: Men's Golf

Saturday, April 28, 2001
10:00 AM Academic: Men's Tennis
1:00 PM Athletic: Baseball vs St. John's
1:00 PM Athletic: Softball vs Bethel College
1:30 PM Fine Art Event: Student Recital:Andrea Wentzel Bjorling Recital Hall
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Special Event: APO Kid's Fest Interpretive Center
3:00 PM Athletic: Men's Tennis
3:30 PM Fine Art Event: Student Recital: Erin Bonitz Bjorling Recital Hall
7:30 PM Fine Art Event: Student Recital: Chris Krug Bjorling Recital Hall
Admission: Admission's Preview Gustavus
Athletic: Outdoor Track & Field
Athletic: Women's Golf

Sunday, April 29, 2001
10:00 AM Worship: Holy Communion Christ Chapel
10:00 AM Athletic: Women's Tennis vs Concordia
2:00 PM Athletic: Women's Tennis vs Hamline Univ
3:30 PM Fine Art Event: Christ Chapel Choir Concert Christ Chapel
10:00 PM - 10:45 PM Worship: Taizé Worship Christ Chapel
Athletic: Women's Golf

Monday, April 30, 2001
10:00 AM Worship: Daily Chapel Christ Chapel
2:30 PM Athletic: Baseball vs Southwest State
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Campus Event: Student Senate Outdoor Concert
7:00 PM - 7:00 PM Campus Event: Senate Rocking Chair Marathon
Athletic: Baseball vs Southwest State

Tuesday, May 1, 2001
6:45 PM - 7:15 PM Campus Event: Ice Cream Social Eckman Mall
9:00 PM Worship: Proclaim The Dive

Wednesday, May 2, 2001
9:00 AM Conference: MAYDAY! Registration Linner Lounge
10:00 AM Conference: MAYDAY! Welcoming Service Christ Chapel
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Campus Event: Frost Your Own Cookie
2:30 PM Athletic: Baseball vs Hamline University
4:00 PM Athletic: Softball vs St. Thomas
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Meeting: Marshall Scholarships Meeting Linner Lounge
9:00 PM Fine Art Event: Center Stage Collegiate Chorus Bjorling Recital Hall
Conference: MAYDAY! Conference

Thursday, May 3, 2001
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Campus Event: Take Your Professor to Lunch Evelyn Young Dining Room

Friday, May 4, 2001
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Campus Event: Sigma Xi Research Symposium Nobel Hall and Olin Hall
4:00 PM Athletic: Softball vs Macalester College
7:30 PM Fine Art Event: Student Recital: Beth Gusenius Bjorling Recital Hall
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM Campus Event: Halloween in May Dance The Dive
Athletic: Men's Tennis
Athletic: Outdoor Track & Field
Athletic: Outdoor Track & Field

Saturday, May 5, 2001
9:30 AM Special Event: Honors Day Coffee Courtyard Cafe
10:30 AM Special Event: Honors Convocation Christ Chapel
1:00 PM Athletic: Baseball vs St. Thomas
1:00 PM Campus Event: Gustie Basketball Hoopla Outdoor Basketball Courts
1:30 PM Fine Art Event: Honors Recital Bjorling Recital Hall
3:30 PM Fine Art Event: Gustavus Choir Spring Concert Christ Chapel
7:30 PM Fine Art Event: The Gustavus Band in Concert Bjorling Recital Hall
Campus Event: Honors Day
Athletic: Men's Tennis

Sunday, May 6, 2001
1:30 PM Fine Art Event: A Gustavus Brass Festival Bjorling Recital Hall
3:30 PM Fine Art Event: Concert: Percussion Ensembles Bjorling Recital Hall
6:30 PM Campus Event: Student Senate Banquet Banquet Room
10:00 PM - 10:45 PM Worship: Taizé Worship Christ Chapel

Monday, May 7, 2001
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Campus Event: Sigma Mother's Day Card Sale Outside Evelyn Young Dining Rm
2:30 PM Athletic: Gustavus vs Concordia-St. Paul
7:00 PM Campus Event: Education Minnesota Speaker Banquet Room
Athletic: Men's Golf

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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