The Yellow Sheet 2002
Volume 35, Number 1Thursday, Sept. 5,
Volume 35, Number 1
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News & AnnouncementsNewsletter Purpose, Guidelines... With the beginning of the academic year comes the resumption of The Yellow Sheet, a weekly newsletter providing news and information to the campus community since 1975. This employee newsletter is distributed online each Thursday except during academic breaks (specified below).
Campaign Launch Saturday... On Sept. 7, Gustavus will launch the largest capital campaign in history. The "Building a Greater Gustavus" campaign goal is to raise $100 million. The campaign kick-off includes an 11:30 a.m. picnic lunch, a 12 p.m. program, and a post-program dessert reception on the Johns Family Courtyard (in Alumni Hall if raining). The campaign focuses on 5 priorities that are essential to the core of the College's tradition of being a leading national liberal arts college of the church. They are:
1. Recruiting, retaining, and graduating a talented and increasingly diverse student body (scholarships).During the last comprehensive campaign, the Three Crowns campaign that ended in 1997, the College was successful in exceeding its $32.5 million goal by receiving $35 million. All are invited to the public launch, but reservations are required for the picnic lunch. Any campus community member who plans to attend the picnic lunch may make last minute reservations on Sept. 5 or 6 by calling Alumni Affairs at x7511.
9/11 Observance... A variety of activities for members of the community who want to remember and reflect upon the Sept. 11 anniversary have been planned by various campus individuals, organizations, and departments. The "Remember, Reflect, Renew" program includes the following:
Search Update... The Presidential Search Committee would like to keep the campus community informed as the committee begins the process of selecting the 14th president of the College. Check for updates on the Gustavus Web site at http://gustavus.edu/president/search/.
Tenure Letters Sought for Review... The following members of the faculty are being considered for tenure during the fall semester: Gaston Alzate (modern foreign languages and literatures/Spanish), Jon Cha (religion), Svjetlana Madzar (economics and management), Peg O'Connor (women's studies), and Mary Solberg (religion). Letters written on behalf of candidates should be addressed to Dean John Mosbo. Letters should address the criteria for tenure as stated in the Faculty Manual. Tenure files close at 4 p.m. Oct. 9.
Multicultural Programs Appointment... Nadarajan (Raj) Sethuraju was appointed associate dean for multicultural programs in July. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in education from the University of Louisiana and a Ph.D. in sociology from Texas Women's University. Sethuraju was most recently an adjunct member of the graduate and undergraduate faculty and associate director of Multicultural Student Services at the University of St. Thomas. Watch for details on an upcoming welcoming reception.
Moving On... Steve Titus (executive assistant to the president) has been appointed president of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE. Midland Lutheran College is a 4-year, liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the ELCA. More than 1,000 students choose from nearly 50 majors and preprofessional programs. Titus earned a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Virginia, a J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School, and a bachelor's degree from Southwest State University. Prior to joining Gustavus, Titus served as a tenured professor of leadership studies and organizational behavior at Southwest and, as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corp, he held several positions. Steve, his wife, Sara, (institutional advancement), and daughter Emma will will move in October. A farewell reception is forthcoming.
Alumni Fund Chairs Announced... The Office of Alumni Relations and the Gustavus Fund Office recently announced that Robert Peterson '58 and his family have accepted the invitation to serve as the 2002-03 Alumni Fund chairs. Peterson retired in 1996 after serving the College for 38 years. He last held the position of vice president for development and college relations. Peterson's wife, Ranae, also served the College, teaching French and mentoring Curriculum II students. The Peterson family consists of a son Mark '88, his wife, Brenda, and son Erik Henry and son Kip '94, his wife, Heidi Hayer '96 Peterson, and son Cole Robert. The Gustavus Alumni Fund is in the middle of its 50 by 50 Campaign. The campaign is striving to increase participation to 50 percent by the 2004 fund year, which is the 50th anniversary of the Alumni Fund. Welcome the Peterson family for its continued service to the College.
Hand Sculpture on Campus... This year, Nobel Conference director Tim Robinson wanted a "subliminal" message to reach Gustavus students and lead them to wonder about and become excited for this year's Nobel Conference. The "Guiding Hand," an 8-foot hand holding a child, the main graphic element on this year's conference materials, was recently installed on the Johns Family Courtyard and it is hoped that the sculpture will spark discussion on the age-old question: Nature or Nurture? The sculpture is made of wood, foam, and fiberglass and was created by Gustavus alumni Dave Leak and Tim Quady of Blue Rhino Studio in Bloomington. (See In the Media section for news coverage the sculpture has generated.)
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Room Reservation Information... All campus individuals who need to use facilities throughout the academic year are asked to call the person or number designated for the specific location as follows:
LIBRARY SEMINAR ROOMS -- Sylvia Straub x7556
LUND CLASSROOMS -- Larry Zelenz x7699
NOBEL -- Kathy Scholl x7333
OLD MAIN -- Linda Elvee x7317
OLIN -- Linda Hewitt x7483
Fine Arts (art) -- Colleen Hanson x7019
Fine Arts (music) -- Nancy Sanderson x7364
Fine Arts (speech/theatre) -- Pat Kewitsch x7353
SOCIAL SCIENCE CENTER -- Jane Chouanard x741
CHRIST CHAPEL -- Kathy Matz x7446
CONFER COMPUTER CLASSROOMS -- Teri Bauman x7391
DINING SERVICE ROOMS -- Margi Willmert x6245
FACULTY CENTER -- Faith Hawkins x6295
INTERNATIONAL CENTER -- Linda Shaw x7545
INTERPRETIVE CENTER -- Shirley Mellema x6181
AV Classrooms (and equipment) -- Ginny Bakke x7571
Conference Rooms -- Sylvia Straub x7556
Facilities and fields -- Larry Zelenz x7699
RETREAT CENTER -- Amy Pehrson x7001
Anderson Theatre -- Terena Wilkens x6280
Bjorling Recital Hall -- Barbara Anthony x7363
JOHNSON STUDENT UNION
Alumni -- Laura Martens x7598
Linner Lounge -- Laura Martens x7598
The Dive/Conference Room -- Laura Martens x7598
Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the 10 a.m. worship services in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
All-staff Budget Meeting... All Gustavus employees are invited to attend a meeting concerning the 2002-03 budget from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Banquet Room B in the Campus Center.
Talk Shop... Eric Dugdale (classics) will present the first Faculty Shop Talk of the 2002-03 academic year. His talk, titled "Out of Bounds in Sophocles' Electra," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 in the Interpretive Center. 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.
Coffee for a Nickel... In honor of Evelyn Young, President Dennis Johnson has proclaimed Sept. 20 (the first day of Homecoming Week) as Nickel Coffee Day. While Young was director of the campus food service, coffee was 5 cents a cup. She believed that hospitality was essential to community life and that the friendships made over coffee were so important that no student should forsake it because of cost. The tradition remained alive until rising coffee prices necessitated its demise in 1998.
Reclassification Requests Due Sept. 16... The Staff Reclassification Committee (SRC) will meet Sept. 23 to review and evaluate complete reclassification requests received in the Department of Human Resources by Sept. 16. Complete requests are those submitted on the "Position Description Questionnaire" form (normally completed by the employee) and accompanied by a "Request for Job Description Review" form completed by the supervisor. Both forms are available in human resources. Requests for reclassification received after Sept. 16 will be carried to the next SRC meeting in March 2003.
Nobel Conference Set... The ancient question of the role of heredity and environment in child development will be the focus of the 38th annual Nobel Conference®, titled "The Nature of Nurture," to be held Oct. 1-2 on campus. This year's conference will address the most important forces in shaping a child's personality, gender identity, and cognitive abilities, including the role of parenting and brain development. A panel of 7 child development experts will show how the past 30 years of research in developmental psychology, behavior genetics, cognition, and neuroscience have begun to clarify how life experiences contribute to individual development in conjunction with biological makeup. The speakers and their topics are:
Jane Confer (ombudsperson) was elected to a 1-year term as president of the Mankato Area Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to funding community projects in the greater Mankato area. Also, in July, Confer was elected to a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The Guthrie is a regional theater with worldwide connections in the theater world.
Bill Heidcamp (biology) was elected to a 3-year term to the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Academy of Science.
Dennis Henry (physics) has authored the second edition of the booklet "Planning for Graduate Studies in Physics and Related Fields," published by the American Association of Physics Teachers. The online version is available at http://www.psrc-online.org/curriculum/gradstudies/.
David Koppenhaver (education) and colleagues Karen Erickson and David Yoder of the University of North Carolina edited "Waves of Words: Augmented Communicators Read and Write," an international collection of case studies published last month by the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Horst Ludwig (modern foreign languages and literatures/German) won with an English text a Supplementary Award (1 of 3 second prizes, ¥ 100,000.--) in the International Section of this year's Hoshi to Mori Tanka Competition. (No first prize was given in this section.) A tanka is an old Japanese poetry form; its 31 syllables are distributed in 5 lines with the system 5-7-5/7-7. Ludwig was invited to attend the award ceremony in Tokyo but was unable to attend; however a video of the ceremony was prepared for him. Anyone interested in such cultural ceremonies of an old foreign tradition should contact Ludwig. The award winning poems had been set to music and were performed in an impressive (and expensive) ceremony. Also, Ludwig received an award for 1 of the 3 best haiku in 2001 in "Ko: Haiku Magazine in English."
Jenifer Ward (modern
foreign languages and literatures/German) was a plenary speaker at the
Association of Departments of Foreign Languages summer seminar for department
chairs in Long Beach, CA. Ward's presentation looked at the incorporation
of service learning components in study abroad experiences.
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