The Yellow Sheet 2002

May 16, 2002 | Volume 34, Number 31

Thursday, May 16,

Volume 34, Number 31

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News & Announcements

Business Card Update... In response to recent discussion among the faculty regarding the new business card design, the Integrated Marketing Team has approved an alternate design. "Option B" is a plain, 1-sided design that does not display the trademark symbols or the tagline. Given the available space, some longer titles and additional phone, address, or Web page information may need to be abbreviated or restricted (as was the case with the old card design used in previous years). Option B will be available at the same cost as the current 2-sided card (Option A): $26.30 for 250, $41.55 for 500, and $70.50 for 1,000. The College will continue to offer both card designs. Those expressing no preference will receive the 2-sided version (Option A). Option B will be ordered upon request. Faculty members who already ordered new business cards and feel that they would prefer Option B may exchange cards at no additional cost. Check with Barb Booren, administrative assistant in the Office of Public Relations (x6213), for viewing and ordering.

Johnsons, First Lady to Receive Greater Gustavus Award... The Greater Gustavus Award -- the highest award given by the alumni association and presented to individuals who have "significantly advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College" -- will be given to Chester and Marian (Swanson) Johnson and Loreli Steuer. The Johnsons have given more than 60 years of service and support to Gustavus, Chester as a longtime geology professor and later as church archivist and Marian as class agent for the class of 1941. The Johnsons remain active with Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus Library Associates, and the annual Scandinavian breakfast. Steuer is being honored for her service as first lady, her involvement with Linnaeus Arboretum and Gustavus Library Associates Author Day, and teaching. Other alumni award winners are below.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:
  • Kevin Kling, '79 of Minneapolis, MN, an actor, storyteller, and playwright, for a citation in the field of performing arts; and
  • Walter Youngquist, '42 of Eugene, OR, geologist, for a citation in the field of geology.
First Decade Awards:
  • Kirsten Tollefson, '92 of Batavia, IL, postdoctoral research associate for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; and
  • Amit Shah, '92 of Hamden, CT, postdoctoral fellow for departments of genetics and therapeutic radiology at Yale University.
All awards will be presented at the Alumni Banquet at 5:30 p.m. June 1 in the Evelyn Young Dining Room.

Author to Speak at Commencement June 2... Minnesota author Bill Holm ('65) will deliver the commencement address at 2 p.m. June 2 on Hollingsworth Field (Lund Center if inclement weather). This will be the largest class to graduate in the school's 140-year history -- approximately 607 students. During the ceremony, honorary degrees will be given to Holm and Earl B. Olson, founder and former owner of Jennie-O Foods of Willmar. Graduating senior John Stephenson Nys has been selected to deliver the traditional senior address.

Summer Communication Notice... This is the final edition of The Yellow Sheet for this academic year. The newsletter will resume next fall. During the summer, the news staff in the Office of Public Relations will publish and distribute a campus newsletter, The Summer Scoop, once each month on the following Thursdays: June 20, July 25, Aug. 15. Once again, the publication will be online and all employees will receive notification of its availability via e-mail. A few copies will be printed and posted on bulletin boards or placed in public areas on campus. To submit items, send them via e-mail to Stacia Senne ( by 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. Submit news announcements, upcoming events, and building or office hours (or locations), as well as plugs (advertisements like for sale or rent items), or off-campus events. Do not submit kudos (professional accomplishments or presentations) but save them for the resumption of The Yellow Sheet. If submissions are received, the gustavus-l news and announcements e-mail list will post items once a week (Tuesdays only) during the summer, beginning June 4. Submissions for this non-emergency e-mail list must be sent to before 8:30 a.m. on the day of distribution. All items included must meet the list criteria, which includes being applicable to the entire campus community or, during the summer, at least all employees. Information that is not published on gustavus-l includes classified ads, thank yous, and kudos. For more information regarding summer communications, contact Stacia Senne (x7510 or

Summer Voice Mail Greeting... All are reminded to change their voice mail greetings to accommodate summer schedules. Creating an extended absence greeting telling callers when one is away will enable callers to decide if they still wish to leave a message. To record an extended absence greeting, do the following:

1. Call the system and enter your password;
2. Press 4 -- personal options;
3. Press 3 -- greetings;
4. Press 2 -- extended absence greetings;
5. Listen to the instructions; and
6. Press * to exit until you hear "good-bye."
Anyone who has questions or needs assistance changing a voice mail message should call the telecommunications office at x6261.

Use the College Calendar... All who are planning campus events for this summer or the upcoming academic year should submit items, at anytime, to the comprehensive College Calendar. To add an event to this central source, fill out and submit an online event form, located at; to change an event, see the instructions at These sites are also accessible from the home page College Calendar link. Note that the calendar is database-driven so searching and updating is easy. Call the news staff at x6213 for assistance or with any questions. Calendar items automatically appear in several locations on the Web, including in the Today@Gustavus listing on the Gustavus home page and in The Summer Scoop and The Yellow Sheet Calendar of Events.


Professors Awarded Research Grants... Julie Maxson (geology) was awarded a $65,871 award from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "Reconstructing Rivers: Fluvial Environments of Cretaceous Strata in Dinosaur National Monument -- an REU site." Maxson and 10 undergraduate students, recruited from Gustavus and colleges and universities around the country, will conduct research this summer on the sedimentary history of fossils in the Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado. Cindy Johnson-Groh (biology) was awarded $34,028 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a project, titled "Permanent Plot Monitoring of Moonworts (Botrychium) in South Coastal Alaska." This 3-year grant will involve monitoring moonwort ferns in Yakutat and surrounding areas in Alaska to determine the rarity and distribution with regard to making conservation recommendations.


Fine Arts This Week... The following upcoming fine arts events are open to the public:

  • "Balm in Gilead" will be presented at 8 p.m. May 16-19 in Anderson Theatre. Tickets are on sale at the Information Center.
  • The Nevskoye String Quartet will present its final concert at 7:30 p.m. May 17 in Bjorling Recital Hall.
  • Hornists Jenny Lingle and Amanda Peterson, accompanied by pianists Brenda Moore, Brian Collins, and Rebekah Richards, will present a joint junior recital at 1:30 p.m. May 18 in Bjorling.
  • Sopranos Emily Johnson and Corrinne Shor, accompanied by pianists Eric Mueller and Eric Wilberg, will present a joint voice recital at 3:30 p.m. May 18 in Bjorling.
  • Pianist Margaret Berndt, assisted by violinist Angela Ziebarth, will present her senior piano recital, at 7:30 p.m. May 18 in Bjorling.
  • Alto Kendra Tersteeg and soprano Elizabeth Kumagai, accompanied by pianist Margaret Berndt, will present a joint senior voice recital at 1:30 p.m. May 19 in Bjorling.
  • Diane Moberg, assisted by organist Eric Mueller, will present her senior organ recital at 3:30 p.m. May 19 in Christ Chapel.
  • Nathan Kennedy will present his junior piano recital at 5:30 p.m. May 19 in Bjorling.
  • Flutist Krista Wilhelmson, assisted by pianists Coni Liljengren and Margaret Berndt and flutist Leslie Carlson, will present her senior recital at 7:30 p.m. May 19 in Bjorling.
Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
  • May 17 -- Ellie Roscher, 1 John 2: 1-17;
  • May 19 -- Pentecost Sunday, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • May 20 -- Jon Dumpys, Joel 2: 18-29;
  • May 21 -- Ricky Schuft, Ezekiel 39: 7-9, 21-29;
  • May 22 -- Morning Praise, Recognition of Axel and Loreli Steuer, Luke 1: 26-38;
  • May 23 -- Senior Blessing, Numbers 11: 24-30;
  • May 24 -- Leila Brammer, Swenson and Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, Galatians 5: 13-26;
  • May 26 -- 1st Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson;
  • May 27 -- Steve Kjellgren, John 14: 15-27; and
  • May 28 -- Litany for Travelers.
Arboretum Walks May 18 and June 1... Jim Gilbert (naturalist and director of the Linnaeus Arboretum) will lead nature hikes from 9-10:30 a.m. May 18 and 10:30 a.m.-noon June 1 in the arboretum. Participants are asked to meet at the Interpretive Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Farewell Reception Monday... The campus community is invited to a reception for JoNes VanHecke (dean of students) from 3:30-5 p.m. May 20 in Banquet Rooms B and C. VanHecke is leaving Gustavus, after 8 years of service, to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. This event is sponsored by the dean of students office.

Farewell Coffee Tuesday... The chemistry department invites everyone to a farewell coffee for Gretchen Hofmeister and Om Malhotra (both chemistry) from 9:30-10:30 a.m. May 21 in the Nobel Hall lobby.

Chapel Farewell for the Steuers Wednesday.. All are invited to attend chapel at 10 a.m. May 22 for a service of blessing for President Axel and First Lady Loreli Steuer. A reception will follow on Eckman Mall. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and Student Senate.

Retirement Reception Wednesday... All are invited to a retirement reception for Howard Cohrt (library) from 2:30-4 p.m. (with a presentation at 2:30 p.m.) May 22 in Banquet Room B. Come and celebrate Cohrt's many contributions to the College.

Employee Picnic June 5... Mark the calendar for the all-employee picnic which will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 5 in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. This year's picnic will be in recognition of President Axel and First Lady Loreli Steuer. Invitations will be sent soon.

Summer Programs... A schedule of the programs and events taking place this summer on campus can be viewed at and on the College Calendar.


Student Receives Bunn-Swenson Scholarship... Junior English major Maria VonArx is the recipient of the Holly M. Bunn and Gregory D. Swenson Scholarship for the 2002-03 academic year. VonArx received the scholarship for her leadership role with the Campus Activities Board, the Collegiate Fellow program, continued involvement with the Womyn's Center, and as a coach for the men's club volleyball team.

Student Receives Seaborg Award. Senior Michael Bradley is the recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Nobel Travel Award. This is the seventh time a Gustavus student has won this award. As a recipient of the award, Bradley will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, in December to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies and related activities. Each year, the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, in partnership with the Nobel Foundation and the Swedish Federation of Young Scientists at the University of Stockholm, brings together 25 outstanding young scientists from around the world to share experiences centered on Nobel Prize Week. Since 1979, this award has been given annually by the Swedish Council of America as a means of honoring the accomplishments of students from Swedish-founded colleges. The award is named in honor of the late Glenn Seaborg, a Swedish-American who earned a Nobel Prize in 1951 and was the discoverer or co-discoverer of several trans-uranium elements, including element #106, Seaborgium. Seaborg served as board chair of the Swedish Council of America for several years.

Students Receive Leadership and Service Award... The annual Paul Magnuson Student Leadership and Service Award has been given to 9 individuals, 3 campus organizations, and 4 student-planned events. Student leaders who received the award are: Kevin Bergeson, Joshua Carter, Emily Dale, Ryan Hanson, Misti Koop, Maisee Ly, Emanda Thomas, Christine Weber, and Michael Wilken. The campus organizations that were recognized were Amigos, a community outreach program for minorities, Common Ground, an outreach program for pre-teens and teens, and the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization, which promotes the African culture and fosters relationships between the organization and the campus-at-large. Events recognized included the Taize Minnesota Pilgrimage, Summit program, "Small Objects, Big Difference: Art for AIDS Support" art exhibit and auction, and the Clothesline Project/Domestic Violence Awareness Week. Awards were presented April 30.

Chris Brunelle, classics, recently published an article, titled "Pleasure, Failure, and Danger: Reading Circe in the Remedia," in the Spring 2002 issue of Helios, a journal devoted to critical and methodological studies of the classics.

Eric Dugdale, classics, delivered a paper on Menander's Dyskolos, Stewart Flory, classics, presented a paper, titled "XXXtreme Greek," and Will Freiert, classics, spoke on Chang-Rae Lee's novel, titled Native Speaker. All presented at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in Austin, TX. Except for major research universities, only 2 institutions had a larger representation on the program than Gustavus.

Harry Dunscombe and John McKay, both music, were guests of the St. Paul Civic Orchestra in its last concert of the season on May 12 in the Landmark Center. Along with violinist Mary Horozaniecki, Dunscombe and McKay performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto, op. 56, for violin, 'cello, piano, and orchestra. The performance will be repeated on July 11 in Bjorling Recital Hall as part of the opening concert of the Minnesota Valley Sommarfest series, which this year celebrates the music of Beethoven in honor of the 175th anniversary of the composer's death.

Michael Haeuser, library, recently published a book, titled "With Grace, Elegance, and Flair: The First 25 Years of the Gustavus Library Associates." Haeuser collected information for this book from more than 30 personal interviews and from researching the GLA archives. The book is available at the Book Mark.

Michael Longan, geography, and co-author Tim Oakes from the University of Colorado have had their chapter, titled "Geography's conquest of history in 'The Diamond Age,'" published in the book titled Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction (2002).

Carolyn Pillers Dobler, mathematics and computer science, and John Klein from South Elementary School in St. Peter had their paper, titled "First-graders, Flies, and a Frenchman's Fascination: Introducing the Cartesian Coordinate System," published in the May 2002 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics. The paper is this month's featured free download article and can be downloaded at

Don Scheese, English, did readings from and gave slide presentations on his most recent book Mountains of Memory: A Fire Lookout's Life in the River of No Return Wilderness this spring at the following locations: Borders Books, Minnetonka; REI, Bloomington; the Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen; Friends of the University of Minnesota Library, Minneapolis; Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Edina; and the Carver County Historical Society, Waconia. Scheese also gave hour-long interviews on public radio stations about the book in the Quad Cities, IA, and Long Prairie, MN. Scheese will read on June 6 at Ruminator Books in St. Paul and give a slide presentation on July 15 at the Plymouth Public Library. Readings are scheduled for September at the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Iowa, and Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City. Scheese's memoir was nominated for a Minnesota Book award in the category of creative nonfiction.

Elmer Suderman, English, attended the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) April 25-27 in St. Cloud. Suderman is a charter member, past president, and former editor of MCTE's Minnesota Journal. On May 10, Suderman read "Icelandic Graveyard," a short story, at the society of Midwestern Studies and Midwest Poetry Festival in East Lansing, MI. Last year, Suderman was awarded the Mid-America Award for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern literature.


  • David Beyer, brother of Kirk Beyer (human resources), died May 11. Funeral arrangements are pending in Vista, CA.
  • Joan Binkley, sister of John Mosbo (academic affairs), died May 13. Funeral services will be held May 18 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, CO.
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).


  • Part-time Custodial Equipment Repair
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • The NEH offers Summer Stipends. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends are opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities. Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Each Summer Stipend provides $5,000 for 2 consecutive, uninterrupted months of full-time independent study and research. All applicants teaching in colleges and universities must be nominated; each institution may nominate 2 members of its faculty. Of the 2, at least 1 should be a junior nominee. The deadline is Oct. 1, 2002. The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty are currently in the process of developing a procedure for nominee selection, which will be posted on faculty-l. If there are any questions in the interim, contact Bob Weisenfeld at For more details about the Summer Stipend program, go to
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or The current edition of Grant Information (aka The Blue Sheet) is available at


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:

Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies) was successfully positioned as a source to discuss the recent mailbox bombings. Larson conducted several interviews and was quoted in the following places:

  • The Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a front-page lead story, titled "Friends of bomb suspect baffled," on May 12.
  • Minnesota News Network (MNN) reports aired between noon and 6 p.m. May 9 on WMNN (1330 AM, Minneapolis) radio and MNN network stations, including KTOE/KDOG (1420 AM and 96.7 FM, Mankato) which aired the interviews May 9 and May 10.
  • KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) aired a top story on the subject at 6 p.m. May 8.
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 for finals are as follows: 8 a.m.-1 a.m. May 23-24; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. May 25; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. May 26; 8 a.m.-1 a.m. May 27; and 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. May 28.


A Celebration... At 2 p.m. June 8 in the Campus Center Banquet Room, Milt and Elaine Brostrom (emeritus mathematics and retired public affairs, respectively) will celebrate their wedding day, June 8, 1952. Join them for a presentation followed by refreshments. No invitation cards have been sent. No gifts; just come.

For Rent: A 2-bedroom home on Lake Washington is available for lease for the Gustavus 2002-03 academic year (end of August to June 1). The lease is for $800 per month and includes all utilities, i.e., gas, electricity, refuse, cable television. If the interested party is a Gustavus contracted staff member, the lease is for $650 with the same conditions. Call 952/758-3430 and leave a message.

For Sale: Furniture for sale, including an ash dinette set with 4 chairs $150; sofa $100; and walnut desk $150. Call Pedro Cordova at 934-9792.

For Sale: Home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sauna, screen porch, large kitchen, full basement with a fireplace, double garage, and private yard. Call 934-0131.

Housing Needed: A faculty member is looking for rental housing in the St. Peter/Mankato area for the 2002-03 academic year. This single person has no pets and is a non-smoker. Contact Michael Klimesh (x7436 or


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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