The Yellow Sheet 2001

November 29, 2001 | Volume 34, Number 12

Thursday, Nov. 29,

Volume 34, Number 12

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News & Announcements

Carved Celtic Cross... Individuals milling around campus at 8 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 30) may notice something unusual occurring in front of Christ Chapel's main entrance. A 9-ft. Celtic cross made of ice will be put in place and will be carved for the weekend's Christmas in Christ Chapel, celebrating "A Celtic Pilgrimage." The ice sculpture is being made by Ice Carvings Etc. Inc. of Blaine.

Nobel Symphony CD Now Available... The Nobel Symphony, commissioned in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1st Nobel Prizes and composed by Gustavus alumnus Steve Heitzeg, is now available on compact disc. This recording of the premiere on Oct. 2 features the work of more than 350 Gustavus student musicians in the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and massed choirs, 2 children's choruses, and 4 faculty soloists. Recordings may be purchased in the Book Mark. Each CD is $17.95 plus tax, and $4.50 for handling and shipping if shipped. Interest in the symphony came from throughout the nation, as it was featured in a news broadcast on National Public Radio on Oct. 2.

A Study Abroad Leader... Gustavus again ranks #7 in the nation among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students studying overseas. The annual ranking, released Nov. 13 by the Institute of International Education in its "Open Doors 2001" report, was based on study abroad statistics from the 1999-2000 academic year. Gustavus was 1 of 5 Minnesota private colleges to make the list of 20. Gustavus students engage in international learning through various study abroad programs located throughout the world, ranging from Australia to India and Japan to Sweden. At Gustavus, nearly 50 percent of the graduating class of 2001 had an international educational experience. According to the IIE report, the number of U.S. college students receiving credit for study abroad has increased by nearly 11 percent from the previous year and by 61 percent during the past 5 years.

Lund Lot Closed... The Lund parking lot will be closed at 11 p.m. on Nov. 30. This lot will be used for Christmas in Christ Chapel guests only on Dec. 1. Anyone parked in this lot after it has been closed will be towed at the owner's expense. If any questions, contact Safety and Security (x8809).

Nobel Webcasts Now on Web... Presentations given by this year's Nobel participants are now available at

A Revised Look... The Gustavus home page on the Web will have a revised look on Dec. 3. The revisions have been made to:

  • Improve download time
  • Improve accessibility
  • Make the "audience-based" navigation more prominent
  • Incorporate the "Search" box
  • Provide a "Contact Us" link
Any questions may be directed to Jennifer Ringler (, x6365).

Changes in The Gustavus Quarterly... The next Gustavus Quarterly (winter 2001-02, due out in the next week or so) will have a new look. The process started in the last issue by making a few changes in the Alumni section (a different typeface, new class year headers, reunion class “buttons,” and a bit of white space), all aimed at making the news easier to read. And, taking advantage of some cost savings offered by a new printer for producing the magazine in a single, full-color press run, color photos can be run on interior pages to liven up the section. The opportunity to use color throughout the magazine, rather than plan the layout around a few full-color pages inserted into an otherwise 2-color production, allowed a new design and organization of the entire magazine. The design consultant for the Quarterly, ENVISION of St. Peter, developed a new template. After running the prototype past the Alumni Board and several campus publication and marketing committees, incorporating their suggestions, and noting their positive reactions, the Quarterly staff is excited to unveil the “new look.” Nevertheless, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” The plan is still to cover news about the College, its faculty, students, and guests, and to include updates on athletic teams and calendars of concerts and other College events. The Quarterly will continue to represent Gustavus and the quality and innovation for which the College is known. The staff still plans to publish as much information about the greater Gustavus community as possible. Send suggestions, both about design and readability and about story ideas, to Steve Waldhauser (, x7650).

Information Processing Center Partially Staffed... The Information Processing Center will be staffed by student employees only Dec. 10- Jan. 2. The student work schedule will be posted outside the office door. Regular scheduling will begin again after break.


Jim Brandenburg Visits Tonight... Jim Brandenburg, Minnesota's internationally famous nature photographer, will give a slide presentation, titled "Preserving the Prairie: A Photographers Philosophy," at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Brandenburg has worked as a freelance photographer with National Geographic for more than 20 years. His latest National Geographic feature, “North Woods Journal,” was, according to editor William Allen, “the most photographs the magazine has ever published in one feature in its entire history and, by the way, using the least amount of film.” Brandenburg’s photography has been on exhibit in several locations around the country. This event is sponsored by the Environmental Studies program and is free and open to the public.

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

  • Nov. 30 -- Taize Worship;
  • Dec. 2 -- 1st Sunday in Advent, Karen Wight Hoogheem;
  • Dec. 3 -- Eric Dugdale, Numbers 17: 1-11;
  • Dec. 4 -- The Winds of Christmas, Gustavus and Adolphus Bands;
  • Dec. 5 -- Morning Praise, Luke 29: 32;
  • Dec. 6 -- Festival of Saint Lucia, Isaiah 9: 2-7;
  • Dec. 7 -- Carolyn Dobler, Psalm 24; and
  • Dec. 9 -- 2nd Sunday in Advent, Chaplain Rachel Larson.
Talk Shop Friday... Michael Ferragamo (biology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2001-02 academic year at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Interpretive Center. His talk is titled "Timbre, Pitch and Spectral Shape: From Perception to Protein." 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 Talks link.

Hillstrom Art Gallery Tour... Don Myers (art and art history and director of Hillstrom Museum) will introduce 2 exhibitions at 7 p.m. Dec 4 in the Hillstrom Museum of Art. The exhibits include a display of art nouveau ceramics from artists working for the Swedish Rorstrand firm, and a collection of prints and drawings by masters from Rembrandt and Durer to Beckmann and Redon. Cost is $4 per person. Preregistration and payment can be made at the St. Peter Community Education Office, 803 Davis St., St. Peter.

Festival of St. 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. This year's court members are: Erinn Danielson, Ann Humburg, Heather McGregor, Megan Schliep, and Rebekah Towner. This year's luncheon entertainment will feature Neal Hagberg and Leandra Peak, Gustavus grads and a singing duo. 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 from 7:30 a.m.-noon at Trinity Lutheran Church. All proceeds from the bake sale go to the St. Peter High School all-night graduation party.

Northern Exposure Exhibit… "Northern Exposure: Art as Communication, Communication as Art" will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Schaefer Art Gallery. This presentation of visual and performance-based projects is open to the public. The works are examples of the creative process being utilized in diverse and related ways to gain access to understanding. Multiple performances will occur at varied times. The audience is free to come and go.

Faculty and Administrator Holiday Gathering... All Gustavus faculty and administrators, as well as spouses and partners, are invited to a holiday open house from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11 in Alumni Hall. R.S.V.P. by Dec. 5.

American Scandinavian Yuletide Breakfast... All are invited to the American Scandinavian Yuletide Breakfast at 8 a.m. Dec. 13 in the Campus Center Banquet Rooms. The theme of this event is "The Christmas Mystery, Jostein Gaarder's story of a child's journey through history, from Norway to Bethlehem and back." Cost is $7 per person. Reservations must be made by Dec. 11 with Edi Thorstensson (x7137).


Elizabeth Abraham, economics and management, presented "Dynamic Decision Behavior: Competitive Tests of Decision Policies in a class of Two-Armed Bandit Problems" at the annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making in Orlando, FL.

Gaston Alzate, modern foreign languages/Spanish, has published a book on contemporary Mexican theater, titled "Dissident Imaginaries." The book was published by the University of California, Irvine.

Laura Behling, English, presented a paper, "Architecture, Anatomy, and Ethnology: Nineteenth-Century Connections," at the American Studies Association annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Jamison Conley, a senior geography and computer science major, recently took the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and received perfect scores in the analytical and quantitative sections enabling him to score better than 97 percent of all students who took the GRE. Conley was in the top 1 percent in the analytical section, the top 2 percent in the quantitative section, and the top 6 percent in the verbal section.

Bob Douglas, geography, gave a presentation, "The English Landscape Garden in the Bluegrass: Past and Present," at the southwestern division of the Association of American Geographers meeting Nov. 20 in Lexington, KY.

Tom Emmert, history, has been named associate director of the Truth and Reconciliation Project designed to bring Serbian and Western scholars together over the next 3 years to research and write a more objective analysis of a number of controversies associated with the tragic events in the former Yugoslavia during the last decade. Emmert participated in the 1st of the scholars' dialogues which was held in one of Tito's hunting lodges in the Vojvodina (the northern, once-autonomous province of Serbia) during the last week of September. Also, Emmert attended the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Nov. 15-18 in Washington, D.C., where he participated in a roundtable panel devoted to an analysis of Serbia 1 year after the demise of Slobodan Milosevic. He also chaired a session devoted to the Montenegrin writer Miljanov and read a paper devoted to the memoirs of the Serb-American historian, Dimitrije Djordjevic.

Michael Ferragamo, biology, and Janine Wotton, research affiliate in Ferragamo lab-biology, had an article, titled "Computation of Spatial Location by an Echolocating Bat," published in Computational Models of Sensory Function by IOS Press.

Dennis Henry, physics, had the 1st installment of his 3-part autobiographical article, "Were they really for amusement only?," published in the 10th anniversary issue of the Pin Game Journal.

Pamela Kittelson, biology, and John Maron from the University of Montana have a manuscript, titled "Fine-scale genetically based differentiation of life-history traits in the perennial shrub, Lupinus arboreus," published in the December issue of Evolution.

John McKay, music, collaborated with violinist Mary Horozaniecki in a recital on Nov. 18 at the Owatonna Arts Center. The program included sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, and Cesar Franck.

Debra Pitton, education, had a chapter published in the text Reinventing the Middle School, published by Routledge earlier this year. Her chapter, "The School and the Child and the Child in the School," focuses on the perceptions of the middle school student and the need for educators to shift theirviews of students at the middle level. Pitton shared her work in mentoring and middle-level education during a presentation at the National Middle School Conference in November, where she chaired a session, titled "Mentoring New Middle Level Teachers." Pitton also participated in a panel discussion hosted by the National Middle School Association which featured all the authors from the text "Reinventing the Middle School." In addition, she presented a session titled "Communicating Effectively with your Mentor Teacher," at the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) National Education Honor Society's convocation this past month. As the advisor for KDP, Pitton accompanied 2 officers from Gustavus' chapter of KDP who participated in the convocation.


  • Doug Biehn, husband of Corky Biehn (dining service), died Nov. 17. Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at St. Peter's Catholic Church.
  • Joseph Coleman, father of Jane Walgenbach (nursing), died Nov. 20. Funeral services were held Nov. 23 in Boscabel, WI.
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
    JoAnne Heltner, Institutional Advancement
    Ann Hogberg, Institutional Advancement


Old Main History... Did you know that Old Main ceased boarding students in 1902 when the remaining student rooms were converted for academic uses. Also, until about 1920, graduating seniors maintained the tradition of gathering on the roof for a sunrise breakfast. Find out more about the history of Old Main and the upcoming renovation project online at and

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:
  • The December 2001 Metro Lutheran ran an article, titled "Lutheran college premiers Nobel Symphony" on page 16. Also, on page 8 was an advertisement featuring the Festival of St. Lucia at Gustavus and the appearance of Neal and Leandra as the entertainment.
  • The Nov. 22 St. Peter Herald included a photograph of Lygie Hinkle and Rob Willey, 2 of the 15 students participating in raising awareness of homelessness.
  • The Nov. 19 Free Press of Mankato ran an article, titled "Homeless experiment changes student's life" on page 1B. A photograph of students Lindy Hanson, LeslieWilcox, and Kendra Rinas also appeared on page 1A.
  • The Nov. 15 Free Press of Mankato ran an article, titled "'Heartbreak House' still resonates today." The page 2C article also included a photograph.
  • The Nov. 12 issue of The Scientist published a feature story and color photographs from this year's Nobel Conference on pages 12-15. The 4 published photographs were taken by Steve Waldhauser (public relations/publications).
  • An Nov. 4 article in the San Antonio Express-News featured an interview with Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies) about the the fears of bioterrorism and warnings of possible new terror attacks in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The page 1J article was titled "Anxiety? Or paranoia?" and was written by Marina Pisano.
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


New Virus... Another new virus is making its way around the Internet and the information technology staff encourages everyone to watch for e-mail attachments that come from unsolicited sources. Those who ran the virus update and install program that was sent out by information technology on Nov. 15 or were visited by the information technology staff for virus protection installation are already protected and can ignore the rest of this message. Macintosh users can ignore the rest of this message as well. Those who chose not to install the virus protection software that was distributed earlier are encouraged to do so now. Contact the Computer Helpline (x6111) or a member of the information technology staff for instructions for installing the virus protection software. The process will take less than 10 minutes. This process will make the data on computers far less vulnerable to loss from virus attacks and prevent it from spreading to others. Information about the latest virus can be located at


For Sale: Investment property for sale located at College and Washington avenues. Currently set up as a rental property for 8 with 2 kitchens, 3 bathrooms, 7 bedrooms, 3-stall heated garage or rec room. $164,000 or make offer. For more information, contact Schelli or Ambrose McCabe at 931-9218.

Get Well Wishes... Joyce Westphal (custodial) is on an extended medical leave of absence until February 2002. Feel free to send some cheer or stop by and let her know she's missed. Her address is 714 Church St., St. Peter, MN.


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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