The Yellow Sheet 2002
Volume 34, Number 15Thursday, Jan. 10,
Volume 34, Number 15
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News & AnnouncementsMileage Rate Change... Effective Jan. 1, the standard business mileage rate increased to 36.5 cents per mile (from 34.5 cents). The rate, established by the IRS, is used to determine how much an employee's travel expenses (when using his or her own car) are deemed substantiated when the employer provides a mileage allowance under a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement.
Web Structure Revisions... During the holiday break, web communications and information technology updated and improved the organizational structure of the Gustavus Web site. Some Web directory locations have changed and, as a security measure, some of the permissions to these directories have been reset. Individuals who previously had permission to write/publish pages to a Web directory may need to contact web communications or information technology to have them reinstated and to receive the new publishing paths. Also, report to them any broken links or other services that do not work. To do so, contact Jennifer Ringler (x6365 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeremy Carlson (x6394 or email@example.com).
Winter Music Tours Set... Within the next several weeks the Gustavus Band, the Gustavus Choir, and the Gustavus String Orchestra will embark on their annual winter tours. The concert band will take its 6th international tour Jan. 16-Feb. 10, performing "Music from America" in Sweden and Norway. After performing in the Norway communities of Trondheim, Orskog, Bergen, Haugesund, and Oslo, and Sweden's Gothenberg, Kungalvs, Angelholm, Vaxjo, Karlstad, Sandviken, Danderyd, and Stockholm, the 15-concert tour will conclude with a performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel. The band will play music written exclusively by American composers, including John Philip Sousa's "Hands Across the Sea," Vaclav Nelhybel's "Symphonic Movement," John Williams' "The Cowboys," and Leonard Bernstein's "Profanation-Jeremiah Symphony." The 2002 international tour includes performances in 3 professional venues -- the renowned Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway, the new 1,200-seat Vaxjo Konsert Hus in Vaxjo, Sweden, and the historic 400-seat Former Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. The Gustavus Choir will perform Feb. 1-10 in Naperville, Lincolnwood, Love's Park, and Moline, Ill.; La Crosse, Madison, and Wauwatosa, Wis.; and Edina and West St. Paul. The choir's home concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel. The Gustavus String Orchestra will perform Feb. 1-10 in Fargo, N.D.; Sioux Falls, Yankton, and Spearfish, S.D.; Wheatridge, Colo.; Newton, Kansas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Eden Prairie, and Moorhead. The orchestra's home concert will be held at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Bjorling Recital Hall.
Exercise This Month...
month employees may participate in many Gustavus Health Promotion exercise
Tuesdays, step aerobics will be offered at 11:40 a.m. in the Lund
Aerobics Room. On Wednesdays, water aerobics is being offered from 12:40-1:10
p.m. in the Lund Pool. On Thursdays, cross country skiing will be offered
at 11:40 a.m. On Fridays, stretching and toning will be offered at 12:40
p.m. in the Lund Aerobics Room. Also, everyone is reminded to sign up for
the 2002 GHP Health Screening. Dates for the screening are Feb. 4-8 and
11-15. No registration is necessary.
Michael Johnson Concert Friday... Michael Johnson, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and guitarist who has performed to sold-out audiences at Gustavus for more than 30 years, will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Originally from the Minneapolis area and now a Nashville resident, Johnson first performed on campus in the 1960s with John Denver and the Chad Mitchell Trio. Since then he has toured internationally, recorded 11 albums, and had 10 hit singles and 2 top country songs of the year. Tickets are still available in the Campus Center's Information Center and cost $10 for faculty and staff and $5 for Gustavus students.
Stressed Out?... The Mindfulness Meditation Series is an introduction to the techniques and procedures of mindfulness and relaxation. This is an opportunity for Gustavus students, faculty, and staff who are feeling burned out, wishing to reduce the impact of life stresses, suffering from chronic medical conditions, experiencing anxiety, depression or panic attacks, and/or wanting to be more intentional about daily living. The class will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22 in Linner Lounge. The focus will be on techniques such as sitting meditation, walking meditation, and body scan. Discover the relationship of stressors to the mind and body and make time to practice new ways of responding to these stressors. This program is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and described in his book, Full Catastrophe Living. For more information, contact Steve Bennett (x7539 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Annual Rydell Professor to Lecture... Prominent historian Lawrence W. Levine will give 2 public lectures on campus this month. At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in Olin Hall 103, Levine will present a lecture titled "FDR, the Fireside Chats, and the American People." At 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Interpretive Center, Levine will lead a discussion of his recent book The Opening of the American Mind (1997). All are invited to these free events. Winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Levine is internationally known for helping create the field of African American history and for his current work on American cultural history. Levine has also written Black Culture and Black Consciousness (1989), Highbrow/Lowbrow (1990) and, with his wife Cornelia the forthcoming FDR, The Fireside Chats, and the American People. He is professor of history at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and emeritus professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. As this year's Rydell Nobel Conference Distinguished Professor, Levine will be on campus this month teaching the class "The Film and the Culture of the Great Depression, 1929-1940." He is team teaching the class with Greg Kaster (history). The Rydell visiting professorship was established in 1995 by Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell of Minnetonka to give students the opportunity to learn from and interact with leading scholars.
Lilly Conference on Vocation... The Center for Vocational Reflection announces that Parker Palmer will visit Gustavus March 13-14 for the inaugural version of the annual Lilly Conference on Vocation. Palmer is a renowned teacher, activist, and author of such widely influential books as The Courage To Teach, Let Your Life Speak, The Company of Strangers, and The Active Life. A highly sought-after speaker and facilitator, he works on issues in education, community, spirituality, and social change around the world. Palmer is a senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education, senior adviser to the Fetzer Institute, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. More details are to follow, but the proposed schedule includes a major public address on the evening of March 13 and events for students, staff, and faculty throughout the day on March 14. For more information, contact Chris Johnson (x7159) or Glenda Schulz (x7169) in the Center for Vocational Reflection.
Lutheran Summer Music
Festival... Gustavus will
host the Lutheran Summer Music Festival June 23-July 21. The Chester String
Quartet, one of America's most distinguished and sought after chamber ensembles,
will serve as faculty artists-in-residence. The Quartet was hailed by the
Boston Globe as "one of the best and brightest of the country's
young string quartets." The festival is sponsored by Lutheran Music Program,
Inc., an independent Lutheran agency founded to develop musical excellence
for society and the church. This mission is addressed primarily through
Lutheran Summer Music, an intensive 4-week national music festival for
students who have completed grades 8-12. The program is held on a different
Lutheran college or university campus each year.
Queen of Sweden in Minneapolis... Queen Silvia of Sweden, founder and honorary chair of the World Childhood Foundation, will present the next Distinguished Carlson Lecture at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Northrop Memorial Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. Mother of 3, Queen Silvia is committed to the welfare of children. She has worked to help young people with disabilities for more than 20 years and is active in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children. After the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, the queen helped found the World Childhood Foundation to promote better living conditions for children all over the world. Dedicated to helping vulnerable children worldwide, the foundation's first efforts are directed toward children in Brazil, Russia, and the Baltic counties of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The queen's speech on the rights and needs of children in developing nations and around the world is free and open to the public. Tickets are available by calling 612/625-5002. To learn more about the foundation, see www.childhood.org. The Carlson lectures are made possible by a gift from Carlson Companies, Inc.
Dennis Henry, physics, is the author of a commissioned resource letter article, titled "Teaching Electronics," in the January 2002 issue of The American Journal of Physics.
Chris Johnson, vocational reflection, presented a paper, titled "Teaching and Learning for Life: Service-Learning, Vocation, and Social Justice," at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion on Nov. 18 in Denver, Colo.
modern foreign languages and literatures/German, won the Ritsumeikan University
Peace Museum Award (a 1st prize) with a German haiku in a contest held
on the occasion of the 35th A-Bomb Memorial Day Haiku Meeting in Kyoto.
His text, "Grauer Gedenkstein/Namen -- fur mich ohne Klang --/wirklicher
Menschen" (Gray memorial stone/the names -- for me without sound --/of
real people), was translated into Japanese and, after an introduction,
recited at the conference.
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Event Planning Tips...
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Events Checklist at http://gustavus.edu/news/eventschecklist.cfm.
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