The Yellow Sheet 2002

January 24, 2002 | Volume 34, Number 17

Thursday, Jan. 24,

Volume 34, Number 17

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News & Announcements

President Announces Resignation... Axel Steuer, the 13th president of the College, announced this week that he will resign at the end of the current academic year. He agreed to remain in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees through May 2003. "While it is difficult to leave this wonderful job at Gustavus Adolphus College, I am ready for new challenges and hope eventually to return to my first love of teaching bright college students," Steuer said. "These past 11 years have been very rewarding years for Loreli and me, and we will miss the special contacts we have had with the many extraordinary people who constitute the extended Gustavus family." Appointed in 1991, Steuer's tenure will be noted by marked advances in the College's national academic standing and a significantly strengthened financial condition. He also led the institution through a major rebuilding process after the devastating 1998 tornado that resulted in more than $60 million in damage to campus. A founding president of Minnesota's acclaimed Campus Compact for community service, he was awarded a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Presidential Leadership Grant in 1999 and in the same year was honored by the Templeton Foundation as one of 50 Presidents Effectively Promoting Character Building at Their Colleges. He was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in 1996 and was presented the Greater Gustavus Award by the Alumni Association "for having notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College." For a copy of the full news release, click here.

Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to touring week, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Feb. 7. Publication will resume Feb. 14.

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Multicultural Programs Associate Dean Interview... Joseph D. Diaz, coordinator of the sociology program at Southwest State University, will be on campus Jan. 24-25 for conversations in connection with his candidacy for the position of Associate Dean for Multicultural Programs. All members of the Gustavus community are invited to a public presentation by Diaz at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in Banquet Room B of the Campus Center. In addition to meeting with administrative and support staff at 2:15 p.m. today (Jan. 24), students were invited to meet with Diaz from 8-9 p.m. Jan. 24 and faculty from 9-9:45 a.m. Jan. 25 in Banquet Room C. The Associate Dean for Multicultural Programs position description and a copy of Diaz's resume are available at the reference desk of the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.

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

  • Jan. 25 -- Jenifer Ward, Matthew 26: 6-13;
  • Jan. 27 -- 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • Jan. 28 -- Rev. David Kester, Exodus 3: 1-20;
  • Jan. 29 -- Gaston Alzate, Judges 6: 1-24;
  • Jan. 30 -- Morning Praise, Matthew 4: 23-25; and
  • Jan. 31 -- Michael Hvidsten, Judges 7: 15-25.
Come to the Fiesta... The campus community is invited to a "Carnaval Latino" from 9 p.m.-midnight Jan. 25 in Alumni Hall. Live music will be provided by the band Sabor Tropical. Come to enjoy the music, dancing, and food. Sponsored by Gaston Alzate's January Term class.

Marian Anderson String Quartet to Perform... The nationally recognized Marian Anderson String Quartet (MASQ) will be on campus Jan. 26-28 presenting the following free public performances in Bjorling Recital Hall:

  • a formal concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26;
  • an informal recital at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27; and
  • a workshop performance at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
MASQ is the first African American music ensemble in history to win a classical musical competition. Reflecting the belief that classical music is meant for everyone, the quartet performs in venues ranging from the concert stage to soup kitchens and from presidential inaugurals to juvenile correctional facilities. The Jan. 28 workshop performance will include several short pieces by student ensembles under the coaching of MASQ. It will conclude with a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis" by MASQ, high school students from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and members of the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra.

Alternative Nutritional Practices Lecture... Dr. William Shores of the Allina Medical Clinic in St. Peter will speak about "Alternative Nutritional Practices" at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in Olin Hall 103. The lecture is sponsored by the "Chemistry of Nutrition" January Term class and the Peer Assistants.

Spanish Documentary... The January Term class "Cuban Women and Queer Writers," taught by Gaston Alzate (modern foreign languages and literatures/Spanish), will sponsor the movie "Gay Cuba," an official documentary, at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in Confer Hall 127. The movie will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles. The campus community is welcome.

Paper Boats Tests Problem Solving... Students enrolled in the new "Creative Problem Solving" January Term course will display creative potential and problem solving skills with the final project, "The Paper Boat Scenario," from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 30 in the Lund pool. Three teams of 5 students each will take turns trying to successfully escape from a fictitious evil enemy using a boat made primarily of paper. To make the task more difficult, a team member must be transported across the water in the boat while all other team members remain in continual contact with the boat. Rules also dictate that a maximum of 3 secondary materials may be used but may not be glass, plastic, metal, or wood. The scenario stipulates that the escape occurs during a festival, so a craft's deceptive and festive appearance will be a plus. Taught by Michael Klimesh (economics and management), the course is designed to make the students think outside the box and look beyond the obvious for better results and more fun in life, management, and leadership. The male and female students from a variety of academic disciplines are studying personalities and styles, models and processes, tools and techniques. The students are using teamwork, exercises and projects, and lessons from the arts, sciences, and businesses.

RoboPong Tournament Set. Student-built robots will compete in a "RoboPong" tournament at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Wallenberg Auditorium. The tournament concludes the month-long January Term course, "Robotics Workshop," taught by Max Hailperin (mathematics and computer science). All are invited to this free event. Note: Flash and autofocus photography and videotaping are forbidden to avoid interference with the robots.

Employee Enhancement Days are scheduled for Feb. 5 and 7. The complete schedule can be viewed online (in the College Calendar).

Technology Bridge Program Begins Spring Semester. A new faculty development opportunity, titled "Technology Bridge," is being offered to all faculty in the spring. "IT Fellows" are William Heidcamp, Jeanne Herman, David Koppenhaver, Eric Dugdale, Michael Hvidsten, and Kyle Riedel. The IT Fellows will serve as a "bridge" between the Department of Information Technology by working one-on-one with faculty. The primary goal of the IT Fellow is to help faculty colleagues conceptualize how information technology may be integrated into courses and to serve as a guide in the selection of appropriate software and equipment. A limited amount of funding will be available to buy software and hardware to accomplish the projects identified by the participants. All faculty members are invited to attend two 1-hour demonstration sessions from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 21. More information about the sessions will be sent to faculty. In addition, each IT Fellow has agreed to serve for at least 10 hours during the semester as a resource for colleagues. The Department of Information Technology and Faculty Development Program are sponsoring this program with support from the Dean of the Faculty's office. For more information, contact Steve Griffith (x7344 or or Joyce Hiscock (x7044 or

AIDS Fundraiser... The Art History Club is sponsoring an art exhibition and fundraiser, titled "Small Objects, Big Differences: Art for AIDS Support," in late February or early March. Available for sale will be small ceramic sculptures created by various faculty and administrators. The profits will go toward the Art History Club's AIDS Walk Team. Anyone interested in creating a ceramic sculpture should contact Madeline Rislow (


Benefit Recital for Mankato Lutheran Home... Helen Baumgartner (music) and Paul Baumgartner (emeritus professor of music) will play a 4-handed piano recital at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in Bethany Lutheran College's Anna Silber Recital Hall of the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center in Mankato. There will be a coffee hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. that day. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for students. The proceeds will go toward a stained glass window for the Mankato Lutheran Home Chapel.


Student Receives Award... Senior biochemistry major Matthew Lunning was awarded the Janis Giorgi Young Investigator Award at the 16th Annual Clinical Applications Of Cytometry in Orlando, FL. Along with a publishing of an abstract, Lunning also presented a poster and gave an oral presentation to the attendees. Lunning's research was performed this past summer while working at the Food and Drug Administration in Bethesda, MD. His work within image analysis in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia has opened the door for a more exact subclassification of the disease. Recently, Lunning also received the Student Investigator Award and an invitation to attend the International Society of Applications in Cytometry's XXI International Congress on May 4-9 in San Diego, CA. At the conference he will again address the attendees with an abstract, poster, and oral presentation.

Students Receive Scholarship... The Minnesota Private College Fund has announced that seniors Mary Moua and Vidya Sivan have received $5,000 St. Paul Companies, Inc. Urban Education Scholarships for the 2001-02 academic year. Moua is an elementary education major; Sivan is a social studies teaching major. During the summer of 2001, Moua and Sivan participated in a 6-week service-learning experience provided by the St. Paul Public Schools and the Hamline University Center for Excellence in Urban Education. The program enhances the abilities of teachers to work with students in urban, suburban, or rural areas. Participants learn techniques for dealing with a wide range of situations, including language barriers; differing racial, cultural, religious, or economic backgrounds; and family violence, abuse, and abandonment. The St. Paul Companies, Inc. Urban Education Scholars Program was developed to increase the number of teachers of color in the St. Paul and Minneapolis urban schools.


Ellen Elisabeth Johnson was born at 3:46 a.m. Jan. 12 to Carina Mathiasson and Mark Johnson (geology, on leave). Ellen Elisabeth weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long. Go to and search Johnson and click on 9-12januari to see a photograph.


  • Carolyn Fienen, mother of David Fienen (music), died Jan. 18 in Louisville, KY. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 in Louisville and burial will be Jan. 25 in Independence, KS.
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:
  • News of President Axel Steuer's Jan. 21 resignation announcement ran in various media, including on the Associated Press wire, in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, in The Free Press of Mankato, in the St. Peter Herald, on Minnesota Public Radio, on KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato), and in the Duluth News Tribune .
  • On Jan. 17, The Free Press of Mankato published an article, titled "Newcomer is a veteran to folk-singing venues." The page 2C article also included a black and white photograph of Newcomer.
  • On Jan. 3 and 6, KARE-11 TV (Ch. 11, Twin Cities) aired a story on first-year student Jason Scherer, who carried the Olympic Torch on Jan. 5 in Milwaukee.
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


Turning Off Automatic Lists in Word... To turn off the automatic list creation feature when typing numbered or bulleted lists in Microsoft Word documents, go to the Tools menu and select AutoCorrect, click on the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab, and uncheck "Automatic Bulleted Lists" and "Automatic Numbered Lists." Word will no longer automatically add numbers or bullets to lists of items. For more tips, call the Helpline at x6111.


For Rent: A modern, well-kept, single-family townhouse 2 blocks from campus, is available for rent for faculty and staff only. Has 2 bedrooms, washer and dryer, and off-street parking. Rent is $540 per month. Contact John or Kathy Muellerleile (507/451-9651 or

Housesitter Needed: Looking for a housesitter for February through May for a 4-bedroom house. Pay utilities and phone only. Contact Nancy Hanway (931-8709, x7388 or


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
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 Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

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