The Yellow Sheet 2001

November 1, 2001 | Volume 34, Number 9

Thursday, Nov. 1,

Volume 34, Number 9

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Congregational Outreach
In the Media
Phone Updates
Book Mark Bits
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Get a Flu Shot... The Gustavus employee wellness program will sponsor flu shots at no charge for employees, retirees, and spouses later this month (to be announced when known). Those who want to get a flu shot earlier are welcome to attend the student influenza immunization clinic which will be held from 1-7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Campus Center's Banquet Room B. However, those choosing to get the shot on Nov. 2 will have to pay an upfront fee of $20. Participants in the Aware Gold employee health plan may be reimbursed for the cost of the shot by obtaining an insurance reimbursement form and submitting it to Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BC/BS); those in the $300 deductible employee health plan may also submit a reimbursement form to BC/BS and will receive reimbursement for the shot from the participant's $250 annual wellness benefit; those in the $700 deductible employee health plan are not eligible for flu shot reimbursement; and those in other health insurance plans should check with their provider to see if they can be reimbursed. Contact human resources (x7304) for more information.


Dorian Wind Quintet Concert Friday... The Dorian Wind Quintet, considered by many to be 1 of the finest woodwind quintets in the world, will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in Bjorling Recital Hall. This performance marks the 40th anniversary of the quintet and the 2nd visit to Gustavus by the world-renowned ensemble. The program includes works by Lee Hoiby, Bruce Adolphe, George Perle, Billy Childs, and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. Individual works by each composer will be performed, as well as a commissioned work, titled Anniversary Variations (2001), which includes a movement by each composer. Tickets for the concert are available by calling the Information Center (x7590) or tickets may be purchased at the door. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for Gustavus students.

"Our Story" African American Conference Saturday… All are invited to celebrate African American heritage through music, dance, interactive workshops, and lectures at the Nov. 3 “Our Story” Conference. The theme of this year's conference is “The Biblical Basis of Pan-Afrikanism.” The schedule includes:

  • 9-9:50 a.m. -- Conference registration in Linner Lounge.
  • 10 a.m. -- Conference welcome: A praise presentation by Twin Cities Christian vocal musician Charlotte Mackbee Belton in Alumni Hall.
  • 11-11:50 a.m. -- Three “Session 1” workshops will be held focusing on the issues facing African people, their religion, and the foundation of Pan-Afrikanism. Workshop presenters include professors and scholars from Gustavus and other institutions.
  • 2:15-3 p.m. -- Four “Session 2” workshops will be held on the topics of “Pan-Afrikan Theology” and “Pan-Afrikanism,” as well as a repeat of 2 workshops from "Session 1." Workshop presenters include professors and scholars from Gustavus and other institutions.
  • 3:15-4 p.m. -- An address by Cain Hope Felder, professor of New Testament Language at Howard University, in Alumni Hall.
  • 4:15-5 p.m. -- An exhibit of praise dance known as "worship art" by Charlotte Mackbee Belton and Me’Lea Mackbee in Alumni Hall.
  • 6:15-7:15 p.m. -- The keynote address will be presented by Peggy Brooks-Bertram, 2001 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to African American History and Culture from Morgan State University. An educator, administrator, and community and political activist, Brooks-Bertram received her master's and doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and is near completion of a 2nd doctorate in American Studies from State University of New York in Buffalo. She is nationally known for her work with Prader Willi Syndrome.
  • 7:15-8 p.m. -- A moderated panel discussion in Alumni Hall.
  • 8:15-8:45 p.m.-- Conference closing: The conference will close with a book sale and signing with Bible author Cain Hope Felder in Linner Lounge.
This conference is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Diversity Center (x7449). “Our Story” is sponsored by the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization.

Percussion Concert Sunday... "One of the most unusual concert performances of the Gustavus music department's fall season" is scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The Gustavus Percussion Ensemble, directed by Robert Adney, will combine the talents of 9 students and varied instrumentation, to perform works by rock 'n roll bands Salty Fish Flesh, Head Talk, Stubernic, and Six Slick Stix Click Licks (or Fugue for Fun). The concert is free and open to the public.

Reading Nov. 5... Author Alan Davis will give a reading at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Interpretive Center. His visit is sponsored by the Writer-in-Residence Program of the English department and by the Book Mark. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Lecture on Russia Tuesday... Denis Crnkovic (Russian) will gave a lecture on “Putin’s Russia in 2001 -- Update” at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Interpretive Center. Cost is $4 per person. Preregistration and payment can be made at the St. Peter Community and Family Education at 803 Davis St., St. Peter. Gustavus students may attend free of charge.

State Census Presentation Nov. 7.... Join state demographer R. Thomas Gillaspy from noon-1 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Campus Center as he reviews current census information for St. Peter, southern Minnesota, and the state. He will review ethnic, economic, and age trends that will assist in planning for the future of Minnesota and its workforce and the impact this will have on family functioning. Gillaspy has been Minnesota's state demographer since 1979. His Ph.D. from Penn State specializes in economic demography. A lunch buffet will be offered at a cost of approximately $7. Register by calling St. Peter Community and Family Education at 934-3048 by Nov. 6 or pay at the door.

International Cultures Club Festival Nov. 9... All are invited to the International Cultures Club Festival on Nov. 9 in the banquet rooms of the Campus Center. At 5 p.m., there will be display booths with samples of authentic cuisine representing countries from around the world. At 6:30 p.m., a program with international music, dances, an American folk band, and a cultural fashion show will take place. At 8:30 p.m., the festival moves to the Dive for music and dancing. This event is sponsored by the International Cultures Club. If questions, contact Aliya Mohamed (

"Making the World My Oyster" Lecture... Mona Rizk-Finne (international education) will present a lecture, “Making the World My Oyster,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the International Center. Her talk will focus on how Gustavus prepares students to live and work with people of any nation and culture. Cost is $4 per person. Preregistration and payment can be made at the St. Peter Community Education at 803 Davis St., St. Peter.

Technology Talks Set... Information technology will host monthly "Technology Talks" from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 14 in the Faculty and Staff Center. The purpose of "Technology Talks" is to provide a forum for Gustavus employees to informally discuss technology issues as it pertains to their professional and personal lives. Early suggestions for topics include: "Maintaining Departmental Web Pages," "Pros and Cons of Windows 2000," "How Can I Protect My Data from Viruses," and "What is DSL?" Information technology staff will facilitate the discussion and answer questions. Input is needed and wanted. If there is a topic that is of interest, e-mail Joyce Hiscock ( so that it can be included in the schedule.

Emmy Award-Winning Satirist to Speak… All are invited to attend “An Evening With Michael Moore” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Christ Chapel. Moore, a consumer advocate and political satirist, offers a down-to-earth and refreshingly candid view of the American economic scene and national politics. Moore is most widely known for his groundbreaking series, TV Nation. The show, which featured Moore as host, writer, director, and executive producer, won an Emmy Award as Best Informational Series. His books and films have earned him a large following and a very recognized voice as he speaks concerning real contemporary issues in American politics and economics. Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $2. The Campus Activities Board sponsors this event.

Prairie Slide Presentation Nov. 29... Jim Brandenburg, internationally famous nature photographer and author of American Safari, Chased by the Light, Once a Wolf, White Wolf, and other books, will be giving a slide presentation, "Preserving the Prairie: A Photographer's Philosophy," from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Interpretive Center. This event is sponsored by the Environmental Studies program.

Place Orders Now for Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets... The 29th presentation of Christmas in Christ Chapel is 5 weeks away and tickets are going fast. Service times and dates for "A Celtic Pilgrimage" are 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2. The buffet is available at 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2.The cost is $15 per person for the service and $15 per person for the buffet. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations (x7520).

Festival of Saint Lucia Set... The College's 60th annual Festival of St. Lucia will be held Dec. 6. The day begins with a special St. Lucia ceremony at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel, followed by a traditional Scandinavian luncheon at 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall. Lunch reservations may be made until Dec. 4 by contacting the Office of Public Relations (x7520). Lunch is $15 per person. Gustavus Library Associates sponsors this annual event, which also includes a holiday bake sale beginning at 8 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.


Candidates Forum and Voting... The public is invited to the Candidates Forum for St. Peter City Council and District 508 School Board at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the St. Peter High School Media Center. The forum is jointly sponsored by the St. Peter League of Women Voters and the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce. It will be carried live by KRBI Radio (1310 AM) and will be videotaped by St. Peter Public Access (channel 7) which will replay the forum 5 times -- at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 3, and 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Remember to vote on Nov. 6.

Craft and Vendor Fair... The 5th annual Fall Craft and Vendor Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 3 at Shoreland Country Club, St. Peter. There will be door prizes, one-day only discounts, and Christmas gifts to buy. Vendors include Longaberger Baskets, Home Interiors, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay Embrace Life gifts, Tupperware, Stampin' Up rubber stamps, Partylite candles, Mary Kay cosmetics, Creative Memories, and Avon. Crafters will also be in attendance. More vendors and crafters are welcome. Contact Tammy Kamm (931-4214, for more information.


Mark Bjelland, geography, and Jayme Arezzo, senior, and Beth Yttri, junior, attended the Minnesota Geographic Information Science/Land Information Systems Conference Oct. 12-13 in Duluth, MN.

Mike Ferragamo, biology, co-wrote "Octopus Cells of the Mammalian Ventral Cochlear Nucleus Sense the Rate of Depolarization Journal of Neurophysiology" with Donata Oertel from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, WI. Ferragamo also gave a presentation, titled "Temporal Estimation by a Model Big Brown Bat Symposium ''Animal Bioacoustics and Signal Processing in Acoustics: Role of Signal Processing in Understanding Echolocation,'" at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Chicago, IL, with Janine Wotton, research affiliate, senior Tim Sonbuchner, and Mark Sanderson from Brown University.

Chris Johnson, vocational reflection, presented a paper, "An Interdisciplinary Study of Service-Learning Outcomes," at the International Service-Learning Research Conference in Berkeley, CA, Oct. 21-23 with Peggy Fitch of Central College.

David Koppenhaver, education, and Melissa Pebly, a colleague from Oregon, co-wrote an article, "Emergent and Early Literacy Interventions for Students with Severe Communication Impairments," that was recently published in the journal Seminars in Speech and Language.

Don Scheese, English, gave a reading from his new book, Mountains of Memory, at the Western Literature Association meeting Oct. 18-20 in Omaha. Scheese also chaired a panel and read a tribute to Minnesota writer Paul Gruchow.

Rebecca Taylor, English, has been elected to the nominating committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Taylor also presented a paper at the Third Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference on Oct. 18 at Millikin University. Her paper was titled "Shifting Contexts: Interdisciplinary Possibilities in a Liberal Arts Curriculum."

Steven Titus, executive assistant to the president, was recently appointed to the Education Legislation Process Action Team, the committee charged with developing legislation to provide statutory protection for college students who are members of the Minnesota National Guard and Reserve forces should they be called to active duty during the school year. The appointment was made by Major General Eugene Andreotti, the Adjutant General and Commander of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard.

Emily Tremain, a junior geology major, is the recipient of the Winifred Goldring Award for excellent female paleontology from the Association of Women Geoscientists. The award will be presented during the annual convention of the Geological Society of America on Nov. 6 in Boston.

Barbara Zust, nursing, presented "Issues encountered by professional nurses on the front lines doing domestic violence screening" Oct. 24 at the American Public Health Association 129th annual meeting and exposition in Atlanta.


  • Robert Henry, father of Dennis Henry (physics), died Oct. 27 in Northfield. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the First United Church of Christ, Northfield, with a reception immediately following. Burial will follow at German Union Cemetery in Rice County. Memorials may be made to Wabash College or the American Heart Association.
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).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion) at East Union Lutheran Church, Carver, on Nov. 4. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations where participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentation for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Gustavus Youth Outreach scheduled for Nov. 2-3 includes Bethany Lutheran Church, Onamia. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including leading lock-ins, family night programs, and church services.

Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Amy Pehrson (x7001).


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • The November Metro Lutheran ran an article on the Nobel Conference. The page 18 article, "Some research is best left unexplored," included a photograph of Nobel Conference participant Raold Hoffmann and Jonathan Smith (chemistry). The article was written by Kathryn Christenson.
  • On Oct. 31, KEYC-TV (channel 12, Mankato) aired a Founders Day/Old Main story on the news at 6 and 10 p.m. President Axel Steuer was interviewed.
  • On Oct. 30, KRBI Radio in St. Peter broadcast live from the Evelyn Young Dining Room. From 10-10:15 a.m. KRBI News Director and Cafe 1310 Host Bruce Davis interviewed President Axel Steuer about Founders Day, the 125th anniversary of Old Main, and upcoming renovation plans for the historic landmark, as well as the annual outstanding employee awards. From 10:15-10:30 a.m. Don Myers spoke about the Hillstrom Museum of Art and upcoming events. Cafe 1310 airs daily on KRBI's AM station on 1310.
  • The Express Section of the Oct. 27 St. Paul Pioneer Press featured an article, "Up North," about the national crisis and its effect on Minnesota residents located in remote areas. Gustavus graduate Heather Brandon ('01) was one of the people interviewed and pictured.
  • On Oct. 24, KARE-11 TV (channel 11, Twin Cities) did its "Extra" feature on people flocking back to church in relation to the Sept. 11 attacks. Minneapolis Synod Bishop Craig Johnson, a 1969 Gustavus graduate and formerly church relations, and alumni Liz and Jeff Couchman (both '97) and Nate Slinde ('98) were interviewed in the 5-minute segment, which aired at 10 p.m.
  • The Oct. 4 Nordstjernan ran a front-page article, "Annual Nobel Conference to celebrate 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prizes."
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 2001-02":
  • x8809 -- Kolleen Johnson, Safety and Security (delete)
  • x7605 -- Daire Frank, Information Technology (delete)
  • x7605 -- Teri Bauman, Information Technology (addition)
  • x7554 -- Edith Thorstensson, Library (change)


  • Christmas items will arrive daily in the store, beginning Nov. 5. Many gifts, wrapping papers, cards, and books will be stocked.


For Sale: Price reduced on a 4-bedroom home with 2 bathrooms, family room with gas fireplace, hardwood floor in the kitchen/dining area, screened-in porch overlooking a large back yard with a rose garden and flower gardens. On a quiet cul-de-sac in the Daun Addition. For more information, contact Tammy Kamm (931-4214, or Pell Real Estate (931-1703).

For Sale: A 3-bedroom rambler with 2 bathrooms, new carpet on main floor, full finished basement, large family room, woodburning stove, large utility room, double garage, in a quiet neighborhood. For more information, contact Diane Harman (x6512).


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 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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