The Yellow Sheet 2002

February 14, 2002 | Volume 34, Number 19

Thursday, Feb. 14,

Volume 34, Number 19

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News & Announcements

Letters Sought for Promotion... The following faculty members have been nominated for promotion to full professor: Helen Baumgartner (music), Barbara Fister (library), Bruce Johnson (economics and management), Steve Mellema (physics), Doug Nimmo (music), and Brian O'Brien (chemistry). The Personnel Committee invites letters that address the criteria for promotion to full professor. Any single letter should address only one candidate. Letters should be addressed to Dean John Mosbo and sent to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by Feb. 22.


Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
  • Feb. 15 -- Donna Westphal, Jonah 4: 1-11;
  • Feb. 17 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson, 1st Sunday in Lent;
  • Feb. 18 -- Angela Ziebarth, Exodus 34: 1-28;
  • Feb. 19 -- Hank Toutain, Psalm 42: 1-5;
  • Feb. 20 -- Lenten Liturgy, Matthew 18: 21-28;
  • Feb. 21 -- Paul Tiemann and Anita Hill, Exodus 23: 20-33;
  • Feb. 22 -- Jack Niemi, Hebrews 5: 11-14; and
  • Feb. 24 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson, 2nd Sunday in Lent.

Talk Shop Friday... John Cha (religion) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2001-02 academic year at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Interpretive Center. His talk is titled "On The Radical Reorientation of Consciousness: The Concept of Awakening in Classical Indian Buddhism." 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.

Concerts This Weekend... Two music ensembles will present home concerts this weekend. The Gustavus Choir, under the direction of Gregory Aune, will present the final concert of its annual winter tour at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel. The Gustavus String Orchestra, with conductor Warren Friesen, will present its home concert at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Both concerts are free and open to the public. The Gustavus Choir completes its winter tour of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota with this performance. The Gustavus String Orchestra performs on campus after a 10-day tour through Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, and Iowa. In addition to 8 concerts, the ensemble prepared a number of quartets for distribution to local churches for Sunday worship in the Fargo/Moorhead and Des Moines areas.

Baumgartner Piano Recital. Helen Baumgartner (music) and Paul Baumgartner (emeritus professor of music) will open the spring recital season with a piano duet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Bjorling Recital Hall. A reception will follow the recital.

Technology Review... The campus community is invited to an information session on the campus-wide review of the technology environment from 3:30-4 p.m. Feb. 19 or 9-9:30 a.m. Feb. 20, both in Banquet Room B in the Campus Center. Then, from Feb. 25-28 Charles Thomas will be on campus to conduct the comprehensive, campus-wide review. Thomas is a senior consultant with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and has more than 30 years of experience in reviews of this type. Additional information, including a schedule, will be forthcoming.

Technology Bridge Program Begins... A new faculty development opportunity, titled "Technology Bridge," begins next week with 2, 1-hour demonstrations from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and Feb. 21 in Olin Hall 103. Six faculty "IT Fellows" will give a 20-minute presentation that shows how each IT Fellow has integrated technology into teaching. The primary goal of the IT Fellow is to help colleagues conceptualize how information technology may be integrated into courses and to serve as a guide in the selection of appropriate software and equipment. For more information, contact Steve Griffith (x7344 or or Joyce Hiscock (x7044 or

Threepenny Opera and Dinner Feb. 22... The public is invited to "Threepenny Opera" at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Interpretive Center. Amy Sehan (theatre and director of "Threepenny Opera") will discuss the play and the audience will then view the play. The cost is $18, which includes dinner. Pre-registration is required. Register at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, 803 Davis St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 931-3048. This is a Gustavus continuing education program done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Autobiographer to Lecture Feb. 26. Ika Hugel-Marshall will read from her autobiography, Invisible Woman. Growing up Black in Germany, and lecture at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in Crossroads Lounge in the International Center. The reading is free and open to the public. Hugel-Marshall was born in Germany in 1947 to a white German mother and an African-American father, a married serviceman stationed in Germany during the postwar occupation. Initially living with her mother, from the age of 6 to 15 she was raised in a children's home. She was "led from her home to a religious institution to have the 'black demon' exorcised" from her. Hugel-Marshall struggled with the life she knew among people who disavowed her existence; she did not discover her own identity until age 39 when she met other Afro-Germans. Emboldened by them, she became involved in setting up the "Initiative of Black Germans" and also sought out, found, and met her father. Having studied social work and having worked as a counselor, Hugel-Marshall has published many articles on anti-racist education and psychology. She has also taught courses on such topics as anti-racist consciousness-raising and intercultural social work at Berlin universities. The lecture, and a following reception, is sponsored by modern foreign languages and literatures, Women's Studies program, Diversity Center, and AAL Crossroads Lecture Series.

Annual MLK Lecture Set. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture will be given at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Nobel Hall's Wallenberg Auditorium by Philip Bryant (English). The title of his lecture is "Martin Luther King's Dream and Mapping a Geography of the Free Range." Bryant will explore the possibility of a common American culture that, although very racially and ethnically diverse in its make up, can bridge differences and divisions that exist and have existed historically between the various people in this country in order to form a "more perfect union." This lecture, sponsored by the Peace Studies program, is free and open to the public.

Sculptural Exhibit and Auction March 1-2. Students from the Art History Club have been sending out blocks of clay asking people to create miniature sculptures to be sold at an auction to raise money for Minnesota AIDS charities. The sculptural art exhibit and silent auction, titled "Small Objects, Big Differences: Art for AIDS Support," will be held March 1-2 in Schaefer Gallery. All are invited to a free preview of the donated sculptures from 2-9 p.m. on March 1 and a silent auction from 4-8 p.m. on March 2. To date, sculptures have come in from sculptor Marisol Escobar, ceramic artist Gary Erickson, photorealist/sculptor Audrey Flack, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, activist artist Sue Coe, ceramic artist Verne Funk, talk show host Phil Donahue, Minnesota Rep. Ruth Johnson, and others.

Pakistan Slide Show March 4. Documentary photographer Johnette Stubbs will present a slide show at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Nobel Hall's Wallenberg Auditorium. Stubbs will present images from her current series, titled "Barely There: Pakistan's Invisible Populations." The event is free and open to the public. Stubbs recently returned from Pakistan, where she photographed women, men, and children from 2 of Pakistan's least visible communities: newly arrived Afghan refugees and Makranis, people of African descent who have been integrated into Pakistan during the last 500 years. During November and December, Stubbs visited the regions around the northern cities of Islamabad and Quetta and the southern cities of Gwadar and Turbat. This event is sponsored by the history, modern foreign languages and literatures, and political science departments, Curriculum II, Women's Studies program, Diversity Center, and Center for Vocational Reflection. Stubbs will also meet with students to talk about how she found her vocation.

Youth to Discuss Tough Questions. High school students will come together to discuss tough questions related to faith during Youth Day 2002. The April 13 event is titled "Questioning Faith: God and the Tough Stuff." Youth Day will feature a viewing of Questioning Faith and discussion with the film's creator Macky Alston, making this the first event in the Midwest to utilize the film as a youth discussion tool before its national premiere in May 2002 on HBO/CINEMAX. The day will include small group discussions, workshops, and worship, and conclude with a concert by top Christian band Burlap to Cashmere and the opening act Copper Coin. The concert, which is open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lund Arena; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost for Youth Day is $20 per person, which includes 2 meals and a concert ticket. For more information, call church relations (x7001) or visit the Web site. Tickets for the concert only are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance concert ticket sales begin Feb. 15 and are available by calling 800/965-9324 or online at or Youth Day 2002 is sponsored by Gustavus Youth Outreach and the Office of Church Relations, in collaboration with the Center for Vocational Reflection, the Office of the Chaplains, and the Office of Admission, as well as AAL/Lutheran Brotherhood.


19th Century Pioneer Presentation... The public is invited to a lecture and slide presentation at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Treaty Site History Center, 1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. John Christenson, director of the Traverse des Sioux Library System, will present "Joe, Joe, Tom, Joe, and Little Crow: Minnesota River Valley Saints, Settlers and Sinners," a story of the pioneers, Dakota Indians, fur traders, and missionaries living, fighting, and preaching together along the Minnesota River Valley in the 19th century. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $3; free to Nicollet County Historical Society members and children under age 12.


The Eta Theta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma was recognized as the chapter with the highest grade point average of all 104 Sigma chapters throughout the world. The Gustavus sorority achieved an average GPA of 3.447 for last spring semester's grades.

Choir Invited to Perform... On March 14 the Gustavus Choir will perform as the featured choir at the North Central American Choral Directors' Association convention in Des Moines. This performance is the result of months of preparation and an audition that presented the choir with this invitation to perform.

The Office of Admission received a bronze in the Direct Mail Advertising category of the 17th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards for the office's recently published and distributed postcard series. The awards are sponsored by the Admissions Marketing Report, the national newspaper of admissions marketing.

Barbara Fister, library, was interviewed for a story that appeared in Library Journal Academic Newswire on Jan. 31 on the subject "Librarians Question OCLC Alliance with Booksellers."

Michael Jorgensen, music, was a soloist in the official world premiere of "Barnum's Bird" on Feb. 1-2 in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The production received a glowing review in the Washington Post and was attended by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Congressman Martin Sabo, and Swedish Ambassador Jan Eliasson, among others. A recording of the performance is scheduled for broadcast this summer on National Public Radio's "World of Opera."

Steve Mellema, physics, presented an invited lecture, titled "Islam and Human Rights," on Jan. 28 at the University of Minnesota's Elder Learning Institute.

Don Scheese, English, has been informed that his book, Mountains of Memory: A Fire Lookout's Life in the River of No Return Wilderness, was selected as a final nominee for the 14th Annual Minnesota Book Awards sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission. Winners will be announced on April 12 at an awards ceremony at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. The book was one of nearly 250 submissions received; 37 nominees in 10 award categories were chosen. Scheese's book is 1 of 4 nominees in the category of autobiography/memoir.

Joyce Sutphen, English, gave poetry readings during touring week in Winona, Minneapolis, and Northfield. Also, her poems appear in current issues of Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Water-Stone, and several other journals. One of Sutphen's poems was selected as part of the Billy Collin's POETRY 180 project with the Library of Congress.

Paula Swiggum, nursing, had an article, titled "Proposed Standards for Transcultural Nursing," published in the January issue of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

Janine Wotton, research affiliate in the Ferragamo lab-biology, co-wrote "Transformation of Spectral Cues into Time-Domain Biosonar Images by the Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus" published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, a peer-reviewed journal.


  • James McPherson, father of Judy Biederman (biology), died Feb. 10. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Union Presbyterian Church, St. Peter.
  • Robert Schulz, father of Glenda Schulz (vocational reflection), died Feb. 9. Funeral services were held on Feb. 13 in Carson City, NV.
  • The father of Doug Nimmo (music) died recently.
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 Faculty (Spring Semester)
    Michele Gillman, Music
    Miriam Kragness, Psychology
    Jeffrey Langstraat, Sociology and Anthropology
    Amy Roisum, Music
    Miwako Sakurai, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
    Richard Snyder, Theatre and Dance
    Erik Voss, Scandinavian Studies


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Feb. 7, the St. Peter Herald published an article, titled "Variety, creativity color January Term." The front-page article talked about the robotics and the creative problem solving (CPS) classes and included a color photograph of CPS students and their paper boat in the Lund pool.
  • The Jan. 31 St. Peter Herald featured "A true leader at the college," an editorial written in tribute to President Axel Steuer.
  • On Jan. 31 in the St. Peter Herald, new staff writer Allison Maas ('01) wrote fondly about Gustavus in her "Ramblings" column.
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


For Sale: Black leather La-Z-Boy rocker/recliner. For more information or to make an offer, contact Stacia Senne (x7510 or

For Sale: Black leather, swivel recliner chair on metal frame with ottoman. Call Gretchen Koehler (x7613).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Book Mark will have extended store hours for Christmas in Christ Chapel weekend.
"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
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Men's Swimming & Diving at Pioneer Invite, Iowa
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
Winter Gear Drive
Women's Swimming & Diving at Pioneer Invite, Iowa
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Gustie Day Campus Center
noon to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Buffet during Christmas in Christ Chapel Rooms in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
1 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Macalester Peter, Minn.
16 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Women's Hockey at Saint Mary's, Minn.
2:304:30 p.m. Christmas in Christ Chapel 2022: Celestial Wonder, Joy Unfolding Chapel

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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