The Yellow Sheet 2002

October 17, 2002 | Volume 35, Number 6

Thursday, Oct. 17,

Volume 35, Number 7

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Position Openings
Funding Opps
In the Media
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IT Tips
Weekly Web Weavings
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News & Announcements

Gustavus-L Revamped... In an effort to enhance campus communications by centralizing them, Gustavus-l will undergo some changes beginning Oct. 21. This moderated news-and-announcement reminder list will become an automated events list. More details follow.
  • Gustavus-l will be e-mailed to the Gustavus community in the morning, 7 days a week.
  • The daily posting will include events for 2 days -- for that day and the next day.
  • To appear on the daily Gustavus-l, items must be submitted to the online College Calendar and approved. Allow a few days for items to be received, reviewed, and approved. Items should be submitted using the online College Calendar event form at Unless the event submitter has unchecked the Gustavus-l box on the online submission form, the item will automatically appear on Gustavus-l. Because the College Calendar is database-driven, items will also be included in various locations on the Gustavus Web. For example, calendar items are automatically published in an abbreviated form in the "Calendar of Events" section of The Yellow Sheet.
  • Individuals may unsubscribe to Gustavus-l.
  • Announcements that are not calendar items won't appear on Gustavus-l, so it is suggested that these items be submitted to The Yellow Sheet. Use the online submission form at
  • Gustavus-l serves as a reminder tool and should not be used as the main vehicle to communicate an event. For publicity assistance, contact Barb Booren (public relations) at x6213.
Community-L, Employee-L Update... At the same time as the Gustavus-l change, the official campus e-mail lists set up for emergency notices, such as community-l and employee-l, will be restored to their original purpose. Individuals may not unsubscribe from these lists. Anyone who has questions or comments should contact Susan Andrews (public relations) at or x6395. A description of the list is as follows:
  • Community-l: This emergency list goes to all faculty, support staff, administrators, and students who have e-mail accounts. The list is moderated by Jolene Christensen in the Office of the President. Individuals may not unsubscribe.
  • Employee-l: This "need-to-know" list for employee-related issues goes to all College employees who have e-mail accounts. It is moderated by the Office of Public Relations.
  • Faculty-l: This "need-to-know" list that goes to all faculty who have e-mail accounts is for official announcements and matters related to academic affairs. This list is moderated by Associate Dean Mark Braun. Individuals may not unsubscribe. Faculty-d is an unmoderated discussion list for faculty.
  • Students-l: This "need-to-know" list that goes to all students with e-mail accounts is for official College announcements. It is moderated by Dean of Students Hank Toutain. Individuals may not unsubscribe.
  • Gustavus-l: See new description above.
Anyone who is not receiving the "need-to-know" list notices should contact the Helpline (x6111).

Gustavus Fund Goal is $1.7 million... The Gustavus Fund announces its plans to raise $1.7 million in unrestricted gifts for the 2002-03 academic year. Bob Peterson ('58) and his family will serve as the 2002-03 Alumni Fund chairs. Several new societies will be introduced this year with a focus on recognizing consistent donors, as well as donors at or above the $1,000 annual giving level. The societies are: President's Leadership Circle ($5,000 or more annually), Ren Anderson Society ($1,000 to $4,999 annually), and Cec Eckhoff Society, which focuses on participation and recognizes donors willing to make a pledge to continuously give to the Alumni Fund. This year's goal is to achieve 45 percent alumni participation. Gifts to the Gustavus Fund support faculty, staff, and administration salaries, student scholarships, and the everyday operating budget of the College.

Alumni Award Nominations Sought... The alumni office is seeking help in identifying alumni nominees for the Greater Gustavus Award, Distinguished Alumni Citations, and First Decade Awards. Awards will be presented by the alumni association in 2003. Past award recipients may be viewed at A description of each award follows:

  • The Greater Gustavus Award is awarded to those "who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College." It is the highest award given by the alumni association.
  • The Distinguished Alumni Citation "recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor. Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs. While the citation is a professional award, humanitarian achievements may also be weighed."
  • The First Decade Award "recognizes early professional achievement" to 1 male and 1 female in the 10th anniversary class. Nominees this year will be from the Class of 1993.
Anyone wishing to make a nomination should contact Randall Stuckey ( Information to substantiate each nominee would be appreciated. Nominations should be submitted by Nov. 1.

College Receives Automated DNA Sequencer... Gustavus has been awarded an automated DNA sequencer and related software from LI-COR Biosciences, valued at nearly $70,000. The College was chosen from a pool of 30 applicants at undergraduate institutions in the nation to receive this equipment. The sequencer, which utilizes infrared technology to detect DNA, will be a valuable tool for students and faculty in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and chemistry. In laboratory courses, students will learn to sequence genes and identify the protein the gene encodes, as well as study the genetic differences between local populations of the same species. Conducting research with faculty, students will use the equipment to address questions of gene expression in plants and yeast, as well as answer ecological questions through DNA analysis. The sequencer's complete automation makes it faster and more accurate than past methods to sort DNA. Professors Colleen Jacks (biology), Pamela Kittelson (biology), and Jeffrey Dahlseid (biology and chemistry) wrote the award-winning proposal. LI-COR Biosciences, a Nebraska-based company, is a leader in the design and manufacture of instrument systems for biotechnology, plant biology, and environmental research. This award is part of an effort by LI-COR to help educate future scientists through its undergraduate research assistance program.

Middle East Connections Web Page... The ELCA has a Web page site available at The Middle East Connections site provides education resources, prayer and worship ideas, information about accompaniment and advocacy, church statements, and more. Individuals may subscribe to the ELCA Middle East Networking e-mail list at this Web site as well.


Teacher/s Talk(ing) Oct. 17... Faculty members are invited to "Teacher/s Talk(ing): Active Learning" at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Faculty and Staff Center. Colleagues who participated in the Bush Teaching and Learning Workshop on Active Learning in 2001 will discuss active learning strategies and techniques. Free lunch certificates are provided to attendees. See the Web site at for more information.

Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the daily worship services in Christ Chapel at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 18 -- No Chapel, Reading Break;
  • Oct. 20 -- No Chapel, Reading Break;
  • Oct. 21 -- No Chapel, Reading Break;
  • Oct. 22 -- David Feinen, Romans 8:1-6;
  • Oct. 23 -- Morning Praise;
  • Oct. 24 -- International Day;
  • Oct. 25 -- Garrett Paul, Romans 8:35-39; and
  • Oct. 27 -- 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Reformation Sunday, Chaplain Brian Johnson.
Tuition Benefits Meeting Wednesday... A tuition benefits informational meeting will be held at noon Oct. 23 in the Dive. Owen Sammelson (administration) and Kirk Carlson (financial assistance) will present the latest information concerning this benefit.

Harassment, Discrimination Training Oct. 24... Fran Sepler from Sepler & Associates, a firm specializing in training to prevent harassment and discrimination, will conduct 2 programs on sexual harassment prevention Oct. 24 in Banquet Room B. A program targeted to all employees will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. A second program, with important information for employees with supervisory responsibilities, will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Because of the importance of the programs, paid time will be extended to support staff who attend this training. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions.

Lecture Thursday... Sebastian Bemile from the University of Ghana-Legon and the Ghana Institute of Languages will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Confer Hall 128 on "Anton Wilhelm Amo: The Ghanaian Slave who became a German Professor of Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century." This lecture is open to the public and is sponsored by the Gustavus Lecture Series, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of History, and Diversity Center. For more information, contact Paschal Kyoore (x 6078 or ).

"Spinning Into Butter" Opens Thursday. The controversial play by Rebecca Gilman, titled "Spinning Into Butter," will be presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 24-27 in Anderson Theatre. Gilman's play is set on the campus of a small, liberal arts campus, deep into topics of racism, diversity, political correctness, and tolerance. While the college moves along into the culture of acceptance and moves toward cultural and ethnic diversity, the underlying currents of racism and intolerance come into view. The play centers on a single incident with an African-American student and forces the characters to confront personal feelings regarding every other character not like themselves. When "Spinning Into Butter" opened 2 years ago, reaction to it from members of the white and black communities were mixed and, in some cases, very heated. Special conversations about the play have been scheduled following the play on Oct. 25 in Anderson Theatre and again at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Linner Lounge. Tickets for "Spinning Into Butter" are on sale at the ticket center (x7590). Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Gustavus faculty, staff, and students may each receive 1 ticket at no cost.

Mexican Folk Ensemble to Perform Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Chuchumbe, an internationally renowned Mexican folk ensemble, will bring a taste of Hispanic culture to Gustavus as part of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, a traditional Latin American holiday celebrated Nov. 2. Chuchumbe's 2-day visit will include a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in Bjorling Recital Hall and participation at 10 a.m. daily chapel Nov. 1. Chuchumbe interprets and recreates music in verse and dances from the fandango tradition of southern Veracruz, Mexico. Founded in 1990, the group is dedicated to the diffusion of the fandango tradition through workshops that teach traditional music "zapateado," a form of tap dancing, writing of verses, and construction of musical instruments. The Son Jarocho style that Chuchumbe performs is a multicultural mix of Spanish, African, and indigenous influences. It is distinguished by percussive rhythms, syncopation, call-and-response vocal style, and improvisation. Chuchumbe has organized traditional Son Jarocho festivals, gathering musicians and dancers to interpret and perform this ethnic folk music. Chuchumbe has performed throughout the world. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gaston Alzate (x6079).


David Fienen, music, wrote a biographical essay, titled "Jan Bender: A Church Musician of the 20th Century," that was published Oct. 6 in the Festschrift for Heinrich Fleischer. This issue of Festschrift celebrates the 90th birthday of Heinrich Fleischer. Jan Bender was composer-in-residence at Gustavus from 1979-81, and Fleischer and Bender were classmates in Leipzig in the early 1930's. Fleischer was also Fienen's teacher and advisor at the University of Minnesota. The Festschrift, edited by faculty at Martin Luther College in New Ulm and an editor from Germany, contains a dozen articles by both American and German authors.

John Holte, mathematics and computer science, presented his paper, "Properties of O-regularly Varying Sequences: Elementary Proofs," at the International Congress of Mathematicians, at its quadrennial meeting in August in Beijing.

Chris Johnson, vocational reflection, authored a chapter in the book "From Cloister to Commons: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Religious Studies" which was recently published in the American Association of Higher Education's series on service-learning in the disciplines.

John Mosbo, academic affairs, recently received the William R. Ross Award for Science, a 2002 Honored Alumni award, from the University of Northern Colorado, where he received his B.A. in chemistry in 1969.

Lawrence Potts, chemistry, presented a paper, titled "Chemisorption of Poly(N,n-octadecylacrylamide) at an Aluminum Oxide Surface," at the 34th Great Lakes regional meeting of the American Chemical Society held June 2-4 in Minneapolis.


  • Cashier in Dining Service
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:
    Religion and Public Life Fellowships Available... The University of Virginia's Center on Religion and Democracy supports research addressing the complex and dynamic relationship between religion and democratic ideals, institutions, and practices. Residential and non-residential fellowships are available for the 2003-04 academic year and offer a stipend of $35,000 each. Applicants may be from any discipline but must be working on a project concerned with religion and public life. Preference will be given to projects that address the current cycle theme "Religion, Pluralism, and Public Discourse." The deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, see the May 2002 issue of Grant Information online at (Click on Bookmarks on the left side of the screen and look under Fellowships.)
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies) has recently been quoted in regional, national, and international media on terrorism, domestic violence, and the impact such incidents as 9/11 have had on American culture. Following is a list of recent coverage quoting Larson:
    • On Oct. 11, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an article, titled "Home-grown Terrorists Remain a Threat to U.S., Authorities Say Oklahoma City Bombing, Unabomber Show Havoc, Deaths They Can Cause," by Ken Leiser. This article featured quotes by Larson.
    • On Sept. 24, Moscow's major daily newspaper, Isvestja, published the story "Karen Larson: 'In order to deal with terrorism, America needs to look at itself more often.'" The story, quoting Larson exclusively, appeared in the paper's international section.
    • On Sept. 12, the St. Peter Herald published a front-page story, "9/11: A day to remember," quoting Larson exclusively.
    • On Sept. 11, Minnesota News Network (MNN) aired post-9/11 interviews with Larson throughout its radio network of more than 60 stations in Minnesota. The story aired on WMNN (1330 AM, Minneapolis), KDOG (96.7 FM)/KTOE (1420 AM, both in Mankato), and many others.
    • On Sept. 11, Larson was interviewed live on KYSM Radio (103.5 FM and 1230 AM, North Mankato) at about 8 a.m. and on its sister station, KXLP Radio (93.1 FM, North Mankato), at about 8:10 a.m.
    • On Sept. 8, the Daytona Beach News Journal published "Analysis: Perspectives on a changed world since Sept. 11." Larson was one of 3 sources quoted in this article by Thad Rueter.
    • Stories quoting Larson have also appeared in major newspapers in Argentina, Australia, the Caymans, Lebanon, Pakistan, and others. This global coverage was the result of an Aug. 28 Agence France-Presse (AFP) wire distributed article, titled "September 11 echoes in the minds of U.S. Generation," written by writer Francis Temman. AFP is the world's oldest news agency that reaches newspapers, radio, and television stations throughout the world. Headquartered in France, it distributes news in 6 languages.
  • On Oct. 15, the Star Tribune published an article announcing that Steve Titus, formerly executive assistant to the president, began his duties as the 13th president of Midland Lutheran College.
  • The October 2002 issue of Metro Lutheran ran an article, titled "Gustavus Adolphus College faculty, students get a close look at the tense world of Northern Ireland," quoting Mimi Gerstbauer (political science), Steve Griffith (theatre and dance), Chris Johnson (vocational reflection), and Kate Wittenstein (history).
  • KMSU (89.7 FM, Mankato) at Mankato State University aired 3 separate stories about Nobel Conference. A pre-conference story aired Sept. 30 summarizing the slate of speakers and topics. Two more stories aired on Oct. 1 and 2. The 2nd story was part summary and part encouragement to go to the Gustavus Web site for conference details.
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


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2002-03":
  • x7555 Sara Titus, Institutional Advancement (remove)
  • x7538 Steve Titus, President's Office (remove)
  • x6462 Toni Wolff, Athletics (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


Should a computer and monitor be turned off at night?
The short answer is yes. Combined, a computer and monitor uses approximately 150 watts of electricity per hour. Turning them off for nights and weekends will significantly reduce the annual electricity costs of these units.

Will this make a computer wear out faster?
No. Although this wasn't the case 10 years ago, computers manufactured in the last 5 years are not susceptible to early failure by being turned on and off. The user is, however, strongly encouraged to use the shutdown feature of the the computer's system software. Simply turning off the computer without closing documents and exiting applications is never a good idea and often results in data loss.

Does a screen saver save energy?
No, the energy used by a computer monitor is a constant. If the monitor is on it is using electricity.

Is there a way to reduce the electricity a computer uses during the day?
Yes, turning the monitor off during times when it is not being used will save electricity. For many users at Gustavus, this can be done automatically through software settings. This software allows the computer and monitor to enter a low energy mode after a certain period of inactivity and reduces the power the computer is using by almost 90 percent. Anyone who would like to know if their computer supports the low energy mode or who would like assistance in setting it up should contact the Helpline (x 6111).


Calendar Viewing Tip... See what is happening this month on campus by using the "View by Month" feature on the College Calendar or select any upcoming month from the "Jump to Month" pull-down menu. To do this, click here: "View by Month is in the top right corner, and "Jump to Month" is in the bottom left corner. When using either of these features, one receives all items that have been submitted and approved to date. Remember, when viewing the College Calendar, use a newer browser, such as Internet Explorer 5.x or 6.x (6.x not available for Mac) or Netscape 6.x or 7.x.


City of St. Peter Phone Clarification... The telephone prefix for all City of St. Peter offices (city government offices only), with the exception of the police department's emergency line ( 931-1550), has changed to 934. The city administrator's office asks that everyone change their address books and speed dials accordingly. If questions, call 934-0663.


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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