The Yellow Sheet 2002

October 24, 2002 | Volume 35, Number 7

Thursday, Oct. 24,

Volume 35, Number 8

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News & Announcements

Take action on behalf of State Grant and Work Study Programs... All members of the campus community need to take action to help restore the state grant and state work study programs in the future. To learn how, read the following letter from President Dennis Johnson and Vice President Owen Sammelson.
"We write to you with a matter of some urgency. This letter concerns the future of the Minnesota State Grant and State Work Study Programs.
    • Since 1967, the Minnesota State Grant Program has been the cornerstone in Minnesota's efforts to provide financial aid to college students.
    • 739 Gustavus students are recipients of state grants, almost 40% of our Minnesota students.
    • State grants represent about 10% of higher education expenditures; the remaining 90% goes directly to public institutions as a direct subsidy.
    • About 30% of all full-time college students in Minnesota are enrolled at private colleges; about one-third of all baccalaureate recipients come from Minnesota's private colleges.
    • 2.7% of higher education expenditures go to needy students at private 4-year institutions in Minnesota.
    • Median family income at Minnesota private colleges is between $40,00 and $50,000 -- below the median family income at the University of Minnesota and about the same as that of students attending state universities, according to recent data from the Higher Education Services Office.
    • The State Work Study Program was eliminated this year to finance the shortfall in the state grant program. The net result was a loss of over $300,00 by Gustavus students, about 13% of our campus employment budget.
    • Given the economy and the shortfall in the state grant program, there is a possibility that state legislators and the new governor may choose to cut the size of grants to needy students -- when they should be making up the shortfall.
    • State grants and work-study are important factors in helping students to attend the college of their choice; in our case, Gustavus.
    • You can help by contacting gubernatorial and legislative candidates and tell them how important the state grant program is to needy students at Gustavus.
    • You can find out more about these issues by going to the Minnesota Private College Council Web site at and clicking on the "Government Affairs" and "Action Center" links.
    Private colleges do public work. Let candidates know of your concern."
Outstanding Employees... The Augusta Carlson Schultz Award for the Outstanding Support Staff Employee of 2002 will be awarded to Linda Hewitt (mathematics and computer science and physics) and the Eric Norelius Award for the Outstanding Administrative Employee of 2002 will be awarded to Steve Waldhauser (public relations/publications). All members of the College community are invited to the award ceremony as part of the 10 a.m. worship service on Founders Day, Oct. 31, in Christ Chapel. A reception in honor of this year's recipients will follow in Alumni Hall.

Immunization Initiative... In hopes of gaining support and assistance in increasing the immunization rates of Gustavus students, the college will again offer meningococcal meningitis and influenza immunizations and asks faculty, administrators, and staff to encourage students to take advantage of this important initiative. The immunization clinic is scheduled from 1-7 p.m. Nov. 6 in Banquet Room B in the Campus Center. Fees for the immunizations are $85 for the meningococcal vaccine and $20 for the influenza vaccine and can be paid by billing to the student account (must present valid Student ID) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). For more information about bacterial meningitis, influenza, the vaccine(s), or this program, contact VACCESSHealth at or toll free at 1-877-482-2237 or contact Lori Lindgren (health services).

Gribly Corrections... Note the following e-mail address corrections in the faculty/staff section of the Gribly:

  • Jon Grinnell -- should be "grinnell" instead of "jgrinnell"
  • Robert Moline -- should be "rmoline" instead of "rmloine"
  • Brenda Moore -- should be "bmoore" instead of "bpeters3"
  • D. Scott Moore -- should be "smoore" instead of "dmoore"
Also note the following correction in the departmental section, under Student Activities and Ticket Center:
  • Ticket Center -- should be x7590 instead of x7598


Lecture Tonight... Sebastian Bemile, from the University of Ghana-Legon and the Ghana Institute of Languages, will give a lecture, titled "Anton Wilhelm Amo: The Ghanaian Slave who became a German Professor of Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century," at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Confer Hall 128. Bemile will be available from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Diversity Center, and faculty members are encouraged to stop to visit with him. This visit is sponsored by the Gustavus Lecture Series, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of History, and Diversity Center and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paschal Kyoore (x 6078 or ).

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

  • Oct. 25 -- Garrett Paul, Romans 8:35-39;
  • Oct. 27 -- 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Reformation Sunday, Chaplain Rachel Larson;
  • Oct. 28 -- Mark Granquist, Psalm 11;
  • Oct. 29 -- Chris Johnson, Isaiah 61:1-3;
  • Oct. 30 -- Morning Praise; and
  • Oct. 31 -- Founder's Day, President Dennis Johnson.
Faculty Voice Recital Friday. Soprano vocalist Shari Speer will present a faculty voice recital at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Speer, long-time voice instructor at Gustavus and Twin Cities free-lance musician, will be accompanied by pianist Roderick Kettlewell. Speer's performance includes Charles Griffes' Three Poems of Fiona Macleod, followed by a set of American spirituals and a set of contemporary works by Charles Ives, Ricky Gordon, George Gershwin, and Marc Blitzstein. The final set of the recital is a set of "Song Slides" with the music of various composers programmed with a set of old glass picture slides. Magic Lantern "Song Slides" includes works by George Cohan, Otto Fessler, and others. A reception follows the recital in the hall lobby. This recital is free and open to the public.

Trio to Perform Saturday. Mankato Symphony concertmaster violinist Armaiti Winberg (music), 'cellist Harry Dunscombe (music), and pianist David Viscoli will present a faculty recital of works for trio by Franz Schubert and Maurice Ravel at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Winberg, Dunscombe, and Viscoli are well known throughout the region as solo performers, as members of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, and instructors at Gustavus and Minnesota State University, Mankato. For Saturday's concert, the trio will perform the Trio In B Flat Major, OP. 99 by Franz Schubert and Trio by Maurice Ravel. A reception will follow the program in the recital hall lobby. This recital is free and open to the public.

Mathematician to Serve as Rydell Professor Oct. 27-Nov. 8... Prominent mathematician Stephen Smale will be on campus Oct. 27-Nov. 8 to teach, engage in conversation with faculty and students, and give 2 public lectures as the 2002-03 Rydell Nobel Conference Distinguished Professor. The public lectures are as follows:

  • At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Olin Hall 104, Smale will present a lecture titled "Creativity and its Obstructions." This talk will describe how new ideas are repressed by the leaders of science and the arts.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Olin Hall 104, Smale will present "What is Chaos, the new science of unpredictability?." Smale was the primary speaker at the college's 1990 Nobel Conference on "Chaos" theory.
Smale will team teach with and be hosted by Thomas LoFaro (mathematics). A long-time college mathematics professor, Smale has held teaching and research appointments at various institutions, including the University of California, Berkeley from 1964-94. Smale's many honors include a Fields Medal awarded in 1966 and the National Medal of Science awarded in 1996. In addition to math, Smale's strongest interests concern learning, intelligence, and the evolution of language. Smale joins other highly regarded scientists, such as Philip Anderson, Susan Coppersmith, Freeman Dyson, Margaret Geller, Philip Morrison, and historian Lawrence Levine as visiting Rydell professors. The Rydell visiting professorship was established in 1995 by Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell of Minnetonka to give students the opportunity to learn from and interact with leading scholars.

Communicate Better Wednesday... Anyone who does publications or communications (Web or print) for an office or department on campus is invited to attend a Communications Summit at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 in Banquet Room B in the Campus Center. Lunch will be provided (at no charge), but space is limited so R.S.V.P. by contacting Debbie DeMaris ( or x7520) by Oct. 28. This event is sponsored by the Office of Public Relations.

Award-winning Filmmaker to Visit Oct. 31... The public is invited to attend a film screening of the award-winning Jakob der Lugner (Jacob the Liar) at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in Alumni Hall. Filmmaker Frank Beyer will be in attendance to discuss his film at a reception immediately following in Linner Lounge. Jacob the Liar is the only East German film to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The movie centers on Jakob Heym, a Jewish person trapped in a Polish ghetto, who overhears news of a nearby Russian victory on Gestapo radio. Pretending to have heard the good news on his own radio, Heym passes the message onto his neighbors. Clinging to this newfound hope, neighbors ask for regular reports of the Russian Army's advance. Jakob feels obligated to continue his stories in order to provide his community with courage. Beyer was born in Germany, where he studied theater science. Beyer made his debut as a professional director in 1959. He then spent a few years directing a series of historical films taking place in Nazi concentration camps, including his 1966 movie Spur der Steine (Traces of Stones). This 1966 film was banned by German Democratic Republic State officials for being "politically inappropriate" and for 8 years Beyer was not allowed to work as a film director. He returned to the film industry in 1974 with Jakob der Lugner. This event, which is free, is sponsored by the Gustavus Lecture Series, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Florence and Raymond Sponberg Chair in Ethics, Department of History, Curriculum II, and Chaplains' Office.

"Barrymore's Ghost" to be Presented Nov. 1. On Nov. 1, the ghost of John Barrymore will haunt Anderson Theatre as actor Richard Figge presents Jason Miller's "Barrymore's Ghost." Figge is a character actor whose credits range from Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest and Rostrand's Cyrano de Bergerac, to modern comedy and drama. John Barrymore, who lived from 1882-1942, was perhaps the most famous member of an American theatrical dynasty. With brother Lionel and sister Ethel, as well as granddaughter Drew, John Barrymore was the leading man of the "Royal Family of American Theatre." Figge is perhaps best known for his one-man performance of Clarence Darrow, which he toured the U.S. and Europe in 1985 under the sponsorship of President Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Figge is a faculty member of the College of Wooster, where he teaches German literature and language, and theatre, and appears at Gustavus under the sponsorship of the Johnson Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are not required. The play is open to the public.

Percussion Ensemble Concert Nov. 3. The Gustavus Percussion Ensemble will perform its fall classic concert at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Bjorling Recital Hall under the direction of Robert Adney. This 60-minute concert will include Dichotomy, recognized as one of the finest compositions for percussion octet and written by Indiana University professor Anthony Cirone. In anticipation of the internationally acclaimed Nexus Percussion Ensemble's appearance in the Twin Cities in April 2003, Adney has programmed one of Nexus' signature pieces, Marubatoo, for mallet quintet. Of special note for this program is the inclusion of a work, titled In Praise of Johnny Appleseed, by American composer Lou Harrison. This rarely played piece is for dancers and percussion. The instrumentation for this piece is unusual as the list includes wooden box, redwood marimba, clock coils, and 6 lengths of pipe. Choreography for this work is designed by junior Ryan Gillespie. Admission is free and open to the public.


Barbara Fister, library, served on a panel at the annual Oberlin Group Conference. Fister's presentation, titled "In Reference to Reference: How do Students Seek Information? What Can Reference Services Do to Help?," drew on the work of Gustavus faculty involved in previous grant-funded library summer workshops.

Stewart Flory, classics, gave a lecture, titled "Elipses of the Sun and Moon in Thucyides' History," Oct. 1 at Creighton University in Omaha. The event was sponsored by the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, as well as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, whose daughter coincidentally is a first-year student at Gustavus.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Grant Promoting European/American Cooperation... The Campus Fellowship Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) brings approximately 10-14 prominent European politicians, journalists, and civic leaders to small liberal arts colleges in the U.S. for week-long exchanges with students, faculty, administration, and the host university community. The program is an opportunity for American students and faculty to learn about modern-day Europe and transatlantic relations, and for European visitors to learn about small liberal arts colleges and communities in America's heartland. Continued connections between the fellows and host campuses have become an intrinsic part of the program. There is an ongoing deadline. For more information, see the May 2002 issue of Grant Information (click on Bookmarks, then look under Program Development) at
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:
  • On Oct. 17, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page story, titled "College officials plan while awaiting cuts," which quoted President Dennis Johnson and included a large, color photograph of 2 Gustavus students, junior Dan Brandt and senior Adam Britz.
  • In the Oct. 12-18 issue of The Economist, Chris Gilbert (political science) was quoted in a 1-page story titled "Paul Wellstone's appeal."
  • In the Web-based national journalist wire service Newswise, Gustavus had 2 top stories in August and September.
    • In the August 2002 LifeWire, the release titled America in a Post-9/11 Haze was the No. 1 story for the month with 614 hits.
    • In the September 2002 SciWire, Nature/Nurture Question to be Debated Oct. 1-2 at Nobel Conference, was the 7th most-read item with 301 hits.
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 Rent: Home with 2+ bedrooms, study, and garage parking only 2 blocks from campus. Available February through June 2003. Rent $400/month, utilities not included. Prefer non-smokers and no pets. Contact Mariangela at 931-3177.

For Sale: Brown suede leather chair (Swedish style) and ottoman. Contact Gretchen Koehler (x7613).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe

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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