News & Announcements
Gustavus Responds... In
typical Gustavus fashion, the College and its community members are doing
many things to provide support and outreach following Tuesday's tragedy.
Here are some of the responses:
Gustavus in Tier 2... Gustavus
is listed among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S.
News and World Report's 15th annual "America's Best Colleges"
rankings. Gustavus is again in the 2nd tier for national liberal arts colleges.
Gustavus is 1 of 4 Minnesota colleges included in the 63-college, 2nd tier
listing and 1 of 6 Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 114. The 2002 rankings
were released Sept. 7 on the Web (www.usnews.com)
and are published in the U.S. News and World Report's guidebook.
(Note: Some recent local media reports said, "Last year Gustavus was ranked
among a more selective list of 80 college in the top 2 tiers." It is true
that the top 2 tiers include more schools this year due to a reclassification
by U.S. News, it does not mean that Gustavus has dropped in the
President Axel Steuer
reminded us yesterday of the following: "In times of crisis and challenges,
we are reminded in many ways that Gustavus Adolphus College is a community
that cares for its members and that seeks to reach out in service to our
brothers and sisters around the world -- even as they reach out to us...
In the face of cruel terror and emotionally trying times ahead, I ask you
to reach out both to comfort anyone in distress and to those whose presence
and words will be a source of healing and hope for you. We decided to keep
Gustavus open at this time because you will find here an extended family
that cares deeply for all its members. We encourage you to respond warmly
to any opportunity to help those near and far who are in pain, either by
listening with an open heart or giving blood to save lives still in danger.
We cannot and we will not give in to fear or despair. We pray for all families
directly affected by Tuesday's horrible acts of terror to which we are
witnesses, and we pray for renewed strength and commitment to bring into
being a peaceful and more just world."
An all-community teach-in
about the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, as well as
U.S. and international responses will be held Friday (Sept. 14) from 10:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. All members of the Gustavus community are
invited to participate in this teach-in. Some of the questions to be addressed
include: How do we as a country even think about responding to these acts
in the midst of such grief, anguish, and anger? What would be an appropriate
response? Do we seek deterrence, retribution or revenge? How well do comparisons
to Pearl Harbor work? Where is God in this? How do we think about good
and evil? Anywho who would like to be a speaker should contact the Chaplains'
Office (x7446). For additional information, contact Peg O'Connor (x7573,
or Brian Johnson (x7446, firstname.lastname@example.org)
who are coordinating this event.
Student Senate and Delta
Phi Omega have joined forces to raise money for the Red Cross and its efforts
in Manhattan. For this "Miles to Manhattan" campaign people are
asked to help the College "reach Manhattan" by buying a mile for $1 at
a table in the Campus Center Friday (Sept. 14) from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Progress
will be tracked on a map. The goal is to travel the 1,227.5 miles from
Gustavus to Manhattan to provide relief to victims and their families.
Christ Chapel is
open for silence or reflection and candles are available for lighting near
the front entrance.
A large candle and
a "Peace and Hope" book in which people may write thoughts or prayers
are located in the Campus Center, just outside the dining room. This candle
will stay in Vigil for the next several days.
Members of the student
services staff and the chaplains' office are available for conversation
and support. The Chaplains' Office number is x7446 and the Counseling
Center number is x7027.
Any athletic contests
to be hosted at Gustavus during a national day of prayer or days of official
national mouringing will be postponed. Also, a moment of silence will mark
the beginning of any home athletic event. Note that no home contests were
planned for on campus this weekend.
Also see the "In the Media"
section of this newsletter for all that Gustavus source Karen Larson
(anthropology) has done to spread the word that we need to pull together
as a culture to get through this tragedy and beyond.
Committee... The Reclassification
Policy in Chapter 3 of the "Support Staff Handbook" has been revised to
establish a Staff Reclassification Committee (SRC) to act on requests for
reclassification of support staff positions. The revised policy was endorsed
by the Staff Personnel Committee June 5, 2001 and became effective Aug.
13. The SRC is composed of not less than 3 and not more than 5 members
appointed by the President. The Director of Human Resources will serve
as an ex officio member of the SRC. The SRC will meet in March and September
of each academic year. Requests for reclassification must be submitted
at least 5 business days prior to the review date, which will be announced
in advance. Requests received after that date may be carried to the next
SRC meeting. The SRC will evaluate positions using the Support Staff Position
Evaluation Instrument adopted by the College. The employee and supervisor
have the option of appearing before the SRC. The revised policy will be
included in the "2001-2002 Staff Handbook." Copies may be obtained from
human resources. In accordance with the revised policy, the SRC has been
scheduled to meet Sept. 25. The SRC will review complete requests that
are received in the Office of Human Resources not later than Sept. 18.
Complete requests are those submitted on the "Position Description Questionnaire"
form (normally completed by the employee) and accompanied by a "Request
for Job Description Review" form completed by the supervisor. Both forms
are available in human resources. Requests for reclassification received
after Sept. 18 will be carried to the next meeting of the committee to
be scheduled for March 2002.
Get Nobel Conference Tickets
Now... The future of science,
new discoveries in genetics, cell biology, 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 annual conference, sanctioned by
the Nobel Foundation, is open to the public and lecture tickets are again
free for all campus community members. Students may pick up their tickets
at the Information Center, Campus Center. Faculty, staff, and administration
members may pick up their tickets in the Office of Public Relations, Carlson
Administration Building. For more information, call x7520 or visit the
Conference Web Site.
Chapel Schedule... All
are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming
schedule is as follows:
Homecoming Fun Run...The
Homecoming Fun Run sign-up table will be set up Sept. 17-20 in the Campus
Center. A "Royal Stomp" T-shirt is available for $3. The Fun Run is sponsored
by the Peer Assistants and will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 22. For other
Homecoming events, refer to the College
Calendar listing, also linked from the Gustavus homepage under Upcoming
Sept. 14 -- Chaplain Brian
Johnson, Amos 7: 16;
Sept. 16 -- 15th Sunday
after Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson;
Sept. 17 -- Faith Kirkham
Hawkins, 1 Timothy 3: 14-4:5;
Sept. 18 -- Eric Eliason,
Jonah 3: 1-10;
Sept. 19 -- Morning Praise,
Luke 22: 31-33, 54-62;
Sept. 20 -- Julie Johnson,
Job 42: 1-6;
Sept. 21 -- Jon Cha, 1
Timothy 1: 1-11; and
Sept. 23 -- 16th Sunday
after Pentecost, Chaplain Brian Johnson.
Talk Shop... Joyce
Sutphen (English) will present the first Faculty Shop Talk of the 2001-02
academic year at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Interpretive Center. Her talk
is titled "Treading Air: One Way of Writing Poems." 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 On-Campus Community/Faculty/Shop
Welsh Concert... At
7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, the
North American Welsh Choir will present a concert in Bjorling Concert Hall.
The concert is part of the Welsh Weekend of Song which has been organized
by the Minnesota Gymanfa Ganu Association. Tickets are $8 for students
and senior citizens and $12 for adults and are available at the Information
Center (x7590) in the Campus Center.
Frontier Artist Presentation...
public is invited to attend a lecture and slide presentation by John Christenson,
titled "Frontier Artist at Traverse des Sioux: Frank Blackwell Mayer,"
at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Treaty Site History Center, 1851 N. Minnesota
Ave., St. Peter. Mayer was at the site during the signing of the Treaty
of Traverse des Sioux 150 years ago. Admission is $3; free to Nicollet
County Historical Society members and children under age 12.
Wall Street Journal
Awards Announced... A listing
of the 2001 Student Achievement Award Winners was published on page A13
of the The Wall Street Journal's Sept. 12 issue. Gustavus junior
Schrandt is among the students
receiving this honor.
The Religion Department
represented at the Convocation of Teaching Theologians of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America Aug. 17-19 at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI.
Mary Solberg were on the
planning committee for the event and Mark
Granquist was in attendance.
psychology, and Mark Lammers,
music, presented a paper at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition
Conference Aug. 9-11 at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The title of the paper was "Beginning trombone players: What skills do
Book Mark, had an article, titled "A Home Caregiver's Lament," published
in the Sept. 2001 issue of the Journal of Holistic Nursing.
chemistry, and current research student Philip
Sass, with alumni co-authors
Jeffrey Johnson ('01) and Ryan Nelson ('01), presented a paper, titled
"Preparation of Primary Alkylphosphines by a Phospha-Gabriel Route," at
the 222nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society Aug. 26 in
Chicago. The abstract may be read online at http://gustavus.edu/~bobrien/ACS_Chicago_abstract.html.
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).
finance office employee from 1964-1991, died Sept. 8 in Mankato. Survivors
include her husband, Ralph, and son, Paul ('80). Services were held Sept.
12 in Christ Chapel. The family requests that memorials be directed to
Gustavus or to the Neighbor to Neighbor Foundation.
For more information on
the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).
PM Cook in the Dining
IN THE MEDIA:
Here are some noteworthy
Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media
around the nation:
Karen Larson (anthropology
and interdisciplinary studies) was successfully positioned as a source
to discuss the effect Tuesday's (Sept. 11) terrorists attacks will have
on American culture and the mental health of Americans. Larson has studied
and published works on domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Theodore
Kaczynski. She is currently teaching the First Term Seminar "Cultural Evolution:
Coming Full Circle," where McVeigh, Kaczynski, and others are discussed.
Larson conducted the following interviews, which were aired/published this
Other recent stories mentioning
St. Peter Herald on
Sept. 13 (story by Natalie Albers and Ed Lee)
Fairmont Sentinel on
Sept. 13 (story by Allison Maas '01)
KDOG/KTOE Radio in Mankato
(96.7 FM/1420 AM) on Sept. 12
Minnesota News Network
(MNN) radio on Sept. 12
Star Tribune of Minneapolis
Sept. 12 (story by Eric Black)
The Free Press of Mankato
on Sept. 12 (story by Tim Krohn)
KEYC-TV news in Mankato
(Ch. 12) on Sept. 11
KXLP/KYSM Radio in Mankato
(103.5 FM/93.1 FM/1230 AM) on Sept. 11
KEEZ/Z99 Radio in Mankato
(99.1 FM) on Sept. 11
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 email@example.com).
A look into the life of
a college president, featuring President Axel Steuer, was published
on the front page of the Sept. 8 Free Press of Mankato. The story
was written by Rachael Hanel, who shadowed/observed the president for 2
days during the opening of the 140th academic year. Several color photographs
by John Cross were included.
A feature story on Go
Fish Concert student organizer Ryan Hanson was published in the
Sept. 8 Free Press. This page B1 story was written by Joe Tougas
and also included a photograph.
stories aired on KEYC-TV Mankato (Ch. 12) at 6 and 10 p.m. Sept. 5. Both
included interviews with Pres. Steuer; the 10 p.m. report also aired interviews
with 2 students.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
To add or change
items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College
Calendar event form. View the entire College
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