The Yellow Sheet 2002

January 10, 2002 | Volume 34, Number 15

Thursday, Jan. 10,

Volume 34, Number 15

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News & Announcements

Mileage 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 or Jeremy Carlson (x6394 or

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... This month employees may participate in many Gustavus Health Promotion exercise options. On 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.


Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
  • Jan. 11 -- Martha Swift, Psalm 83: 1-4, 13-18;
  • Jan. 13 -- The Baptism of Our Lord, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • Jan. 14 -- Kristi Reinholtzen, 2 Samuel 23: 1-7;
  • Jan. 15 -- Abby Ludvigson, Jeremiah 1: 4-10;
  • Jan. 16 -- Morning Praise, Matthew 12: 9-21;
  • Jan. 17 -- Chris Gilbert, Isaiah 51: 7-16;
  • Jan. 18 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson, John 17: 5-8; and
  • Jan. 20 -- 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, Chaplain Rachel Larson.
Panel Discussion on Diversity... Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities are invited to participate in a panel discussion about being a diverse member of the Gustavus community. A planning meeting will be held from 3-4 p.m. Jan. 11 in Linner Lounge. The "Village Meeting," where the panel will present in an open forum, will be held from 3-4 p.m. Jan. 18 in Linner Lounge. Contact Jane Patchin (x6124) for more information. Sponsored by the Academic Advising Center.

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

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.


Preschool Open House... Little Saints Preschool will have open houses from 5:30-7 p.m. on Jan. 21 and from 9:30-11 a.m. on Feb. 2. All parents interested in preschool for children ages 3-5 for the 2002-03 school year are welcome.

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 The Carlson lectures are made possible by a gift from Carlson Companies, Inc.


Student Carries Torch... First-year student Jason Scherer carried the Olympic torch for .2 miles at 6:26 p.m. Jan. 5 in downtown Milwaukee as part of the cross-country relay to Salt Lake City for the start of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 8. Scherer is one of 11,500 torchbearers.

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.

Horst Ludwig, 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.


    • Charles Francek, father of Pat Francek (media services) and father-in-law of Kellery Francek (library), died Dec. 16 in Avoca, Mich. Funeral services were held Dec. 20.
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).


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • The January 2002 edition of The Lutheran featured an article, titled "Study this!" The page 10 article talked about ELCA colleges offering students opportunities to explore and process the Sept. 11 events. It mentioned that Gustavus added a January Term class on Islam and the culture, as well as a spring class on terrorism.
  • On Jan. 8, KRBI Radio (St. Peter) News Director and Cafe 1310 Host Bruce Davis interviewed Larry Wohl (economics and management). They discussed the economy. The show airs daily on 1310 AM.
  • On Jan. 5, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a front-page article on first-year student Jason Scherer. Scherer carried the Olympic Torch on Jan. 5 in Milwaukee. The story included a color photograph of Scherer. (See Kudos.)
  • This year's Christmas in Christ Chapel will air on St. Peter Public Access Television, Ch. 7, at 10:05 p.m. Jan. 10, 11:35 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 11, and at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13. It has already aired at 10 p.m. Jan. 7 and at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 on Channel 7. Note: The local broadcast was originally scheduled to air Jan. 4-6 but technical difficulties prevented it.
  • On Jan. 3 and 4, Minnesota Public Radio interviewed Chris Gilbert (political science) in regard to Gov. Jesse Ventura's State of the State address. On "All Things Considered" at 5 p.m. on Jan. 3, Gilbert provided pre-speech commentary and predictions, and during the 9 a.m. "Midmorning" program on Jan. 4, he provided live post-address reactions and answered call-in questions.
  • On Dec. 30, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a front-page article, "The day we changed" on the Sept. 11 aftermath, that included quotes from Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies).
  • In the Dec. 21 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, a letter from Barbara Fister (library) appeared in "Letters to the Editor" on page B4. The subject was "Should We Worry if Some Libraries Seem to be Attracting Fewer Students?"
  • On Dec. 20, Owen Sammelson (administration) interviewed with The Free Press of Mankato on the effect state grant program cuts would have on Gustavus.
  • On Dec. 20, the St. Peter Herald ran a photograph, titled "Amazing math," on page 9A, that included student Luke McGuire and mentioned students Perry Howes, Adele Burk, and Martha Kvithrud, and professors Barbara Kaiser and Carolyn Dobler (both math) .
  • On Dec. 19, The Christian Science Monitor published an article, titled "The search for common ground," that included quotes from Darrell Jodock (religion) on holiday interfaith issues.
  • On Dec. 18, The Free Press of Mankato featured an article, titled "A Taste of Somalia," on the front page of the Accent Section. The article quoted Somalian immigrants Jamila Said and Nurto Hirsi (both custodial). Tom Gover (emeritus chemistry) is pictured in 1 of the 3 color photographs that accompanied the article.
  • On Dec. 18, KRBI Radio (St. Peter) News Director and Cafe 1310 Host Bruce Davis interviewed Jerry Davila (history). They discussed challenges in foreign policy since 9-11. Cafe 1310 airs daily on 1310 AM.
  • On Dec. 17, The Free Press of Mankato ran an article, titled "Celebrating a long, lively life story," on page 1B, that featured Rosemary Brekke, wife of Gerald Brekke (emeritus education).
  • On Dec. 16, the Star Tribune ran an article, titled "Politics changed but little by events of Sept. 11," that quoted Chris Gilbert (political science). It was on page 1A.
  • On Dec. 13, the St. Peter Herald ran an article, titled "Transit program brings Gusties away, home safely," on page 3A.
  • On Dec. 13, the St. Peter Herald front page featured a color photograph of St. Lucia Heather McGregor.
  • On Dec. 10, Minnesota Public Radio featured an interview with Shelley Ecklund Olson, sister of David Ecklund ('95), who was also interviewed.
  • On Dec 5, Minnesota Women's Press featured an article, titled "Memoir recounts horrors of Nazi concentration camp," that included quotes from Elizabeth Baer (English).
  • The Fall-Winter 2001 Newsletter of Lutheran Fellowship featured an article, titled "LPF Awarded Wheat Ridge Grant, Hires Full-Time Youth Trainer." The new youth trainer is Kate Reuer ('99).
  • On May 7, 2001, Industry Week ran an article, titled "Vanishing Breed," that quoted Larry Wohl (economics and management).
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


Library Hours During January are as follows: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday.


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2001-02":
  • x7149 -- Larry Levine, Rydell Chair (addition)
  • x7661 -- Jack Niemi, Church Relations (addition)
  • x7305 -- Stephanie Johnson, Psychology (delete)
  • x7305 -- Janine Wotten, Psychology (addition for January Term only)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


Dictionary, Thesauraus Look-up... Confused about what a word means? Visit This site provides an online dictionary and thesaurus in a number of different languages.


Event Planning Tips... Planning a campus event and don't know where to start? There's now a helpful Campus Events Checklist at


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
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 Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

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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