The Yellow Sheet 2001

September 6, 2001 | Volume 34, Number 1

Thursday, Sept. 6,

Volume 34, Number 1

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
New Faces
Position Openings
Gustavus Tidbits
Book Mark Bits
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Newsletter Purpose, Guidelines... With the beginning of the academic year comes the resumption of The Yellow Sheet, a weekly newsletter providing news and information to the campus community since 1975. This employee newsletter is distributed online each Thursday except during academic breaks (specified below).
  • When is the newsletter distributed? Every week of the academic year except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, Spring/Easter breaks. (Thus, it will not be published the following Thursdays: Nov. 22; Dec. 20, 27; Jan. 3; Feb. 7; and April 4. The final issue for this school year will be published May 23.)
  • How is it distributed? When each issue is published, an e-mail message will be sent (via employee-l) notifying employees of its availability and providing a link to the current issue's online location. Supervisors of employees who do not have e-mail accounts or Internet/Web access are again asked to print out and post a copy of the newsletter each week on a centralized employee bulletin board, circulate copies within the department, or encourage employees to read/view the newsletter on a campus computer. Past issues of the newsletter will again be archived online.
  • What's the deadline? All submissions must be received by the news staff in the Office of Public Relations no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. Due to the Nobel Conference on Oct. 2-3, the deadline for that week's edition will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.
  • How should items be submitted? Fill out an online Yellow Sheet submission form or send items via e-mail to Electronic submissions are preferred, but items may also be submitted typewritten. Send �snail mail� items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Public Relations.
  • Who may submit items? Anyone who has pertinent news or information for Yellow Sheet readers. Keep in mind that the newsletter is not a vehicle for personal thank yous, and the editors retain the right to edit material and refuse material deemed inappropriate.
Individuals who have questions or comments about The Yellow Sheet, should contact Stacia Senne (x7510) or Barb Booren (x6213). The Office of Public Relations is located in the Carlson Administration Building, second level, next to the Office of the President.

Be Included... Planning an event on campus? Be sure to include it in the online College Calendar. By doing so, the event will show up in the searchable, online campus calendar, and it will also show up in various locations on the Gustavus Web. For example, on the date the event occurs it will automatically show up in the "Today@Gustavus" box on the Gustavus home page and 10 days before the event it will automatically show up in The Yellow Sheet. To add or change an event on the calendar, fill out an online College Calendar event form. To view or search the calendar, go to the Gustavus home page and select the Browse or Search links. For assistance using the calendar, or for help in planning and promoting a campus event, contact the Office of Public Relations (x7520 or x6213).

Room Reservation Information... All campus individuals who need to use facilities throughout the academic year are asked to call the person or number designated for the specific location as follows:

  • To reserve classrooms between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the academic year, contact the registrar's office (x7495).
  • To reserve classrooms after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends during the academic year, call the telephone number designated below:

  • CONFER/VICKNER -- Carol Lawrence x7391
    LIBRARY SEMINAR ROOMS -- Sylvia Straub x7556
    LUND CLASSROOMS -- Larry Zelenz x7699
    NOBEL -- Kathy Scholl x7333
    OLD MAIN -- Linda Elvee x7317
    OLIN -- Linda Hewitt x7483
    Fine Arts (art) -- Colleen Hanson x7019
    Fine Arts (music) -- Nancy Sanderson x7364
    Fine Arts (speech/theatre) -- Pat Kewitsch x7353
    SOCIAL SCIENCE CENTER -- Connie Baum x7414
  • To reserve all other locations that have variable schedules and are booked solely by an individual office, call the telephone number listed below:

  • CAMPUS CENTER -- Laura Martens x7598
    CHRIST CHAPEL -- Kathy Matz x7446
    CONFER COMPUTER CLASSROOMS -- Carol Lawrence x7391
    DINING SERVICE ROOMS -- Sharon Anderson x7608
    FACULTY CENTER -- Faith Hawkins x6295
    INTERNATIONAL CENTER -- Linda Shaw x7545
    INTERPRETIVE CENTER -- Shirley Mellema x6181
    AV Classrooms -- Ginny Bakke x7571
    Conference Rooms -- Sylvia Straub x7556
    Facilities and fields -- Larry Zelenz x7699
    RETREAT CENTER -- Amy Pehrson x7001
    Anderson Theatre -- Terena Wilkens x6280
    Bjorling Recital Hall -- Barbara Anthony x7363
    Alumni -- Laura Martens x7598
    Linner Lounge -- Laura Martens x7598
    The Dive/Conference Room -- Laura Martens x7598
When booking the facilities, note that reservations only secure the space: they do not ensure that the rooms will be set up and unlocked. The person reserving the room is responsible for making all arrangements. For assistance or to receive an event planning checklist, contact the Office of Public Relations (x7520).

Need Business Cards? If so, contact the Office of Public Relations. The office orders business cards for faculty, staff, and administration members. The College receives a volume discount from an area printing vendor to imprint business cards of a standard format that are embossed with gold Three Crowns. While the public relations staff provides this service, it does not pay for the cards. To place an order any time throughout the year, contact Barb Booren (x6213) or Steve Waldhauser (x7650).

Keep up with News... To keep up on the official Gustavus news, all are invited to view news releases online at

Gustavus Named Best Buy... Gustavus has been named one of the best colleges in America and a Best Buy by The Fiske Guide to Colleges. In the 2002 guidebook, the College is one of 300 best American colleges and one of 43 Best Buys nationwide. Within Minnesota, Gustavus is among seven best colleges and is one of two private college Best Buys. To determine which colleges make the annual Best Buy list, Fiske researchers combine cost data with academic and lifestyle information about each college and university. Those institutions named to the Best Buy colleges list are said to offer �remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively modest cost.� Gustavus is also included in The Princeton Review�s 2001 edition of The Best 331 Colleges.

Name Changes... The College's central public relations and communications office is now known as the Office of Public Relations. Located in the Carlson Administration Building next to the Office of the President, the office includes the formerly distinct offices of Public Affairs, News Services, and Publications in the division of Marketing and Communication. Now part of Institutional Advancement, the public relations staff functions include marketing/advertising, news/media relations/internal communications, publications/editing, special events planning/hospitality, sports information, fine arts programs, and Web communications. The division of Institutional Advancement includes all these public relations functions plus alumni relations, church relations, gift planning, advancement services, Gustavus Fund/Gustavus Alumni Fund, and corporate and foundation relations. Church relations remains in the retreat center and all other non-public relations functions of institutional advancement are now in the lower level of Carlson Administration Building. This means many words in the Gustavus culture should be retired, including "development" (now gift planning, advancement services, etc.), "news services" (now specifically news or more generally public relations), and "public affairs" (specifically special events or more generally public relations).

Parking Reminder... Everyone is reminded that no parking is permitted in the Three Flags Circle at any time. This area can be used for pick up and drop off only. Any unattended vehicle may be ticketed and/or towed. The same is true for all fire lanes. Even though not all curbs are painted yellow, they are considered no parking areas unless striped by white paint to indicate a parking space. Also, be aware that employees and students are prohibited from parking in Visitor lots 24 hours a day. These areas are for visitors only. Questions should be directed to safety and security (x8809).


Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
  • Sept. 7 -- Hank Toutain, Hebrews 13: 7-21;
  • Sept. 9 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson, 14th Sunday after Pentecost;
  • Sept. 10 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson, Genesis 39: 1-23;
  • Sept. 11 -- Mark Granquist, Philippians 3: 7-16;
  • Sept. 12 -- Morning Praise;
  • Sept. 13 -- Will Freiert, Numbers 22: 21-35;
  • Sept. 14 -- Faith Kirkham Hawkins, 1 Timothy 3: 14-4:5; and
  • Sept. 16 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson, 15th Sunday after Pentecost.
Go Fish Concert... All are invited to attend the Go Fish concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Lund Arena. A Minnesota band, Go Fish is a Christian, acoustic pop vocal group. Formed in 1996, the 3-member band started out as an a capella group but has since branched out to include a band. This tour comes after 5 years of work as an independent group and celebrates the release of the trio's first inpop Records release "Infectious." Go Fish members are Jamie Statema, Andy Selness, and Jason Folkman. Advance tickets are $5 for Gustavus faculty, staff, and students and Bethany Lutheran College students and $10 for others. Only one ticket per three crowns ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Office of Church Relations or at the Lighthouse Bookstore in Mankato. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12 per person. For more information on the Go Fish "Infectious" tour, contact the Office of Church Relations (x7001) or e-mail student Lindsay Zumbrunnen ( or Ryan Hanson ( The concert is sponsored by several groups and departments on campus.

Thank a High School Teacher... Stop by the table outside the admission office from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. during the week of Sept. 10 to thank a high school teacher (or mentor or counselor or coach). Send them a GustieGram in addition to a poster.

Cancer Support Group Meeting... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Sept. 12 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Poetry Reading Wednesday... All are invited to a poetry reading and reception with poet Joyce Sutphen (English) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in Confer Hall 127. This event celebrates the re-publication of Sutphen's first published book of poetry Straight Out of View. All are invited to this free event which is sponsored by the Gustavus Writer-in-Residence Program.

Homecoming Office Decorating Contest... This year for Homecoming CAB is sponsoring an "Office Decorating Contest" to get employees involved in the festivities. Individuals are asked to decorate their offices in the spirit of the week and have a chance to win the best office award. A panel of student judges will award the winner with a catered complimentary breakfast. Decorating may begin Sept. 14 and must be finished by 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Judging will take place Sept. 20. To participate, sign up by calling the Student Activities Office (x7598).

Nobel Conference Set... The future of science, new discoveries in genetics, cell biology, and chemistry, and the societal and ethical implications of these discoveries are the focus of the 37th annual Nobel Conference®, titled "The Second Nobel Century: What Is Still to Be Discovered?" and set for Oct. 2-3 on campus. A special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prizes, the conference features a distinguished group of speakers, including 5 Nobel laureates, 2 highly regarded science writers, and the secretary general of the Swedish academy that awards 3 of the Nobel Prizes. The speakers and their topics are:

  • Gunter Blobel, recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, �Protein Targeting�;
  • Edmond Fischer, recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, �How Proteins Speak with One Another in Cell Signaling�;
  • Roald Hoffmann, recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, �Science and Ethics: A Marriage of Necessity and Choice for This Millennium�;
  • Sir Harold Kroto, recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, �Science, a Round Peg in a Square World�;
  • Stanley Prusiner, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, �Mad Cow Disease, Demented People, and the Biology of Prions�;
  • Cornelia Dean, editor of science news at The New York Times and author of Against the Tide: The Battle for America�s Beaches (1999), conference moderator and responder;
  • Sir John Maddox, former editor of Nature and author of What Remains to Be Discovered: The Agenda for Science in the Next Century (1998), �What Remains to Be Discovered�; and
  • Erling Norrby, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, �A Century of Nobel Prizes.�
The annual conference, sanctioned by the Nobel Foundation, is open to the public and lecture tickets are again free for all campus community members. Faculty, staff, and administration members may pick up their tickets in the Office of Public Relations. For more information, call x7520. More details on each speaker, as well as a conference schedule, is available on the Nobel Conference Web Site.


The Community Service Center received the 14th Annual Minnesota Student Services Award, presented Aug. 27 at the Minnesota State Fair. This award honors student service learning programs that have contributed significant services to their communities. This is the 7th governor's student service award received by the Community Service Center for its programs during the past 9 years. This year's award was for all Community Service Center programs. Past awards were for specific programs (Study Buddies, Big Partners/Little Partners and After-School Clubs, FLEX (Foreign Language Exploratory), and MAGIC).

The Department of Physics was well represented at the Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) held in July. Tom Huber presented a paper, "Incorrect Results from Weighted Fits to Experimental Data"; Steve Mellema presented a paper, "The Physlet Virtual Pre-Laboratory"; and Chuck Niederriter represented the Minnesota section of AAPT and gave a paper, "Physlets in Introductory Astronomy Courses."

Mark Braun, associate dean and communication studies, has been named to the executive board of the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota (CTAM) and will serve as editor of the CTAM Journal.

Judy Gardner, nursing, presented a research poster, "Needs and Responses of Perinatal Nurses Who Care for Bereaved Parents," at the national conference of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses in June in Charlotte, NC.

Nancy Hanway, modern foreign languages/Spanish, had her short story titled "Paradise Place" published in the Spring/Summer 2000 Portland Review.

Lisa Heldke, philosophy, has been awarded the 2000 Acts of Kindness: Governor's Citizen Award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service in St. Peter. Heldke formed "The Breakfast Club," which donates practical supplies to Somali refugees, and she and her students tutor in ESL programs. Heldke also helped with the formation of the Community Garden. The award was presented Aug. 27 at the Minnesota State Fair.

Steve Mellema, physics, had a paper titled "A Physics Lecture for the 21st Century" published in the July issue of the international journal Physics Education. The paper is currently available on that journal's Web site.

Heather Patchett, gift planning, was awarded the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive by the CFRE Professional Certification Board.

Don Scheese, English and environmental studies, gave a presentation at the meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in Flagstaff, AZ, in June. His presentation, "Wilderness from a Higher Perspective," was based on his forthcoming book, Mountains of Memory: A Fire Lookout's Life in the River of No Return Wilderness, to be published in November.

Paula Swiggum, nursing, presented the results of a research study conducted among 6 of the baccalaureate nursing programs in the State of Minnesota this summer to the 4th National Nursing Skills Conference.

Jenifer Ward, modern foreign languages/German, has had a chapter on the Margarethe von Trotta film "The Promise" published in the Textual Responses To German Unification (2001 vol.) by Walter de Gruyter Press.


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Janice Koppenhaver, Career Center
    Alicia Tromiczak, Admission

    New Faculty
    Heather Bailey, History
    Steven Benzel, Mathematics and Computer Science
    Kathryn Bode, Education
    Christopher Brunelle, Classics
    Jessica Daniels, Biology
    Maren Drews, Music
    Eric Dugdale, Classics
    Daniel Emery, Communication Studies
    Patricia English, Communication Studies
    Debby Filler, Biology
    Pamela Freeman, Biology
    Loramy Gerstbauer, Political Science
    Deborah Goodwin, Religion
    Geoffrey Gorham, Philosophy
    Jon Grinnell, Biology
    Steven Haggmark, Religion
    William Hardwig, English
    Alexander Hertich, French
    Elizabeth Jenner, Sociology and Anthropology
    Michael Klimesh, Economics and Management
    Om Malhotra, Chemistry
    Paola Marin, Spanish
    Rebecca McConnaughey, Music
    David Olson, Economics and Management
    Kyle Riedel, Art and Art History
    Lorna Sopcak, German
    Darren Walhof, Political Science
    Kenneth White, Japanese

    New Support Staff
    Allen Wortman, Fine Arts


  • Administrative Assistant in the Department of Information Technology
  • Supply Buyer in the Book Mark
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


  • Mindset... According to a "Class of 2005 Mindset List," most students starting college this fall were born in 1983 -- the same year as the PC and the Mac; to them there has always been Diet Coke, Ron Howard and Rob Reiner have always been balding older film directors, major newspapers have always been printed in color, and beta is a preview version of software, not a VCR format; and they have always used e-mail and probably never used carbon paper and do not know what "cc" and "bcc" mean. The Mindset list is compiled each year by Beloit College. The complete list is at
To submit items (questions or answers) for consideration in this section, contact Stacia Senne (x7510 or


Back-to-School Specials... Find many back-to-school specials happening now in the Book Mark:
  • backpacks and briefcases are 20 percent off through Sept. 15;
  • books in the "Classics" section are 25 percent off through the end of September;
  • silks (journals, scarves, and cosmetic purses) in gifts are 30 percent off through the end of the month; posters are reduced 40 percent through September;
  • pink and yellow Dixon Highlighters are now specially priced, 3 for 99 cents; and
  • the Merge Left cap and T-shirt set is now specially priced at $19.95 (XXL $21.95).


Apartment for Rent: 1 bedroom, newly updated apartment across the street from campus on 7th Street, includes off-street parking and a view of the valley. Contact Mike or Colleen at 934-4428.

For Sale: 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 10-year-old house with a large yard, 3-season porch added on 3 years ago, on a cul-de-sac in the Daun Addition. Call Tammy Kamm at x6034 or 931-4214.

Homecoming Convertibles Needed... Homecoming 2001, "The Gustavus World Tour," is only 2 weeks away and plans are shaping up for a bigger and better parade to cap off the week of festivities. In order to support the number and type of units to be included this year in the campus and community parade, convertibles are needed. Anyone who has a convertible (or knows someone who has one) is asked to consider donating it for use in the parade. The owner may drive it or the Office of Student Activities can find a staff member or trusted student to pick up the vehicle from its owner, drive it in the parade, and return it. Contact Megan Ruble (x7597, with names and contact information.

Labrador Needs a Home... One-year-old black Labrador (approximately 50 pounds) needs a home with space to run. Would make a great hunting and companion dog. Has received all shots, is spayed, comes with kennel, dog dishes, leash, tie-out cable, and toys. Only stipulation: must be allowed annual visitation rights by original owners. Call Mary at x6161.


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 news staff in the Office of Public Relations. 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 Public Relations. 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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