The Yellow Sheet 2002

October 31, 2002 | Volume 35, Number 8

Thursday, Oct. 31,

Volume 35, Number 9

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News & Announcements

Conversation Task Force Announced... A Community-wide Conversation Task Force has been appointed to plan and shape conversations throughout the campus community -- conservations to specifically look at priorities for the College. These conversations are important in informing a new president of issues, challenges, and priorities. They will also be helpful in prioritizing resource allocations for the next budget year. Following is a letter from President Dennis Johnson announcing the employees he has appointed to the task force.
"Thank you to the many employees who voiced a willingness to participate on the Community-wide Conversation Task Force. I very much appreciate your expression of interest in the future of Gustavus Adolphus College. I have appointed the following employees to this task force: Mark Anderson (admission), Steve Bennett (counseling center), Steve Griffith (theatre and dance), Chris Johnson (vocational reflection), Lee Sande (psychology), Kathy Scholl (biology), Mary Solberg (religion), and Phillip Voight (communication studies). I have asked Jolene Christensen (president's office) to facilitate these planning meetings. I look forward to very productive conversations and hope all employees will actively participate in these campus-wide discussions throughout this academic year."
Medical Alert... On Oct. 23, a Gustavus student was diagnosed with chicken pox; the student was sent home to prevent further exposure to the campus community. This is considered an isolated incident, but the following information is provided for individuals who have questions regarding chicken pox.
  • Immunization status: Health Service is alerting the campus community so that individuals may check their immunization status. An individual is considered immune and will likely not develop chicken pox if the individual has a history of having had chicken pox in the past or has had the chicken pox vaccine (varicella). Anyone who has not had the disease or the vaccine may contact the ISJ Clinic-St. Peter at 931-2110 or the Mankato Clinic at 625-1811 to schedule an appointment to obtain the vaccination(s).
  • High risk groups: Higher risk groups include immune-compromised individuals and susceptible pregnant women. (The risk is higher in the first trimester.) Individuals in these groups should contact a medical practitioner or the health service with questions.
  • What is chicken pox? The chicken pox (varicella) virus is highly contagious. It is primarily spread by respiratory secretions that become airborne or from direct contact with the rash. The rash will usually occur between 10-21 days after exposure. Signs and symptoms include blister-like lesions that usually start on the face, neck, and/or between the shoulder blades and spread over the entire body. This rash is very itchy. A classic rash looks like a watery pimple which then becomes crusty in appearance. Rarely does the rash start on the extremities. Symptomatic treatment is available should the rash develop. Significant exposure includes residing in the same household as the infected person or indoor face-to-face contact.

"Quick Facts" Pocket Guide Available... The 2002-2003 Quick Facts cards are now available. Anyone who would like a small quantity (up to about 50) should call Barb Booren in the Office of Public Relations (x6213) and the cards will be sent out. If a larger quantity is needed for mailings or other projects or events, it will be necessary to charge a modest amount to cover printing costs. Call for more information.


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

  • Nov. 1 -- Day of the Dead, Gaston Alzate, Matthew 5: 1-5;
  • Nov. 3 -- All Saints' Sunday, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • Nov. 4 -- Cheryl Hastings, Micah 6;
  • Nov. 5 -- Election Day, Chris Gilbert, Deuteronomy 34: 9-12;
  • Nov. 6 -- Morning Praise;
  • Nov. 7 -- Steve Hogberg, Matthew 24: 1-8;
  • Nov. 8 -- Taize Service; and

  • Nov. 10 -- 25th Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson.
Animal Shelter Appreciation Set... National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is Nov. 3-9 and the Gustavus Pound Pals will distribute information and take donations from 3-7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Econofoods to help raise money for the St. Peter pound, located at Kind Veterinary Clinic. The Gustavus St. Francis Society Pound Pals coordinates volunteers to go to the pound for an hour every week to play with cats and walk dogs. Members also raise funds and awareness for the pound through various on- and off-campus events. For more information about Pound Pals, call the Community Service Center (x6060).

Copyright Seminar Tuesday... A copyright seminar is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Banquet Room C. All members of the Gustavus community are invited to attend 1 of the sessions scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m., or 3-4:30 p.m. Susan Robiner, an attorney specializing in copyrights with the firm Leonard Street and Deinard, will present the sessions. An overview of this complex issue will be followed by a question and answer period. Topics may include use of Web sites and links in syllabi, lectures and presentations, intellectual property rights, student radio broadcasting on campus cable, and transferring images from 1 medium to another. Robiner is willing to accept questions before Nov. 5 to prepare for the presentations. Send any questions or further inquiries about the seminar to Pat Francek ( or Dan Mollner ( This event is sponsored by the Faculty Development Program, Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, and Media Services.

Disability Awareness Panel Tuesday... The campus community is invited to a disability awareness panel discussion from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Linner Lounge. Students and staff with disabilities will share experiences as campus community members. How are disabilities discovered? What are the experiences and challenges of people with disabilities? What sort of academic and programmatic accommodations help to level the playing field? Come and learn more about both visible and "hidden" disabilities. Refreshments will be served. Contact Jane Patchin for more information or to request accommodations. Sponsored by the Academic Advising Center, Diversity Center, dean of students' office, dean of the faculty's office, and admission office.

Library Book Sale Starts Wednesday... The library book sale will be held Nov. 6-10 at the following times:

  • 8 a.m.-noon -- Nov. 6-7
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Nov. 8
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Nov. 9
  • 11 a.m.-noon -- Nov. 10
Prices for hardcover books are $1 and paperback books and miscellaneous items are 50 cents. A bag sale will be held Nov. 9-10; cost is $2 per bag.

Talk Shop Nov. 8... Clark Ohnesorge (psychology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2002-03 academic year. His talk, titled "The Organization of Bilingual Memory," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 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/Faculty Resources/Shop Talks link.

Faculty Forum Nov. 19... Jon Grinnell (biology) will present a faculty forum from 5:30-6:55 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Campus Center banquet rooms. The talk, titled "The Proximate and Ultimate Lion: Consequences and Constraints on Roaring," will tell the story of conflict and cooperation, motherly love and infanticide, and the roles of ecology, evolution, anatomy, and physics in shaping the vocal behavior of a large carnivore. Soup, sandwiches, and dessert will be served; cost is $5 per person. All faculty and staff, as well as retirees, are invited to attend with a guest. R.S.V.P. to Max Hailperin ( or snail mail) by Nov. 14, and indicate whether a vegetarian meal is desired.


Holiday Gatherings... The Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia, MN, will host a lutfisk dinner with serving times at noon and 4-6 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Elim Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Scandia. Tickets are $15 per person and will be sold at the door or in advance. To purchase by mail, send a check payable to Gammelgarden Museum and a self-addressed stamped envelope to 9885 202 St. N., Forest Lake, MN 55025. In addition, there will be a Lucia Fest Dec. 8. For more information on these events and other holiday happenings at the Gammelgarden Museum, call (651) 433-5053.


Steve Bennet, counseling center, Chris Johnson, vocational reflection, David Menk, institutional research, Marie Walker, psychology, and sophomore Heidi Lawson received the Lee Knefelkamp Research Award from the Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA) Oct. 22 at the MCPA's annual conference. The award was for the team's ongoing longitudinal study of vocational identity development in traditional-age college students, which is part of the assessment component of the Lilly vocation grant and the work of the Center for Vocational Reflection. Senior Kristie Campana joined in a presentation of the team's work at the conference.

Mark Bjelland, geography, and senior Lane Cowger presented a paper, titled "How Green is Smart Growth: Evaluating the Environmental Benefits of Alternative Urban Development Patterns," at the Oct. 18 meeting of the West Lakes Association of American Geographers. Co-author of the paper includes junior Michelle Maley.

John Cha, religion, William Freiert, classics, Rick Orpen, music, and Barbara Zust, nursing, were recently recognized for educational excellence as they were chosen to be included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2002.

Will Freiert, classics, presented a paper on his Fulbright experience and interdisciplinary teaching Oct. 11 at the Classical Association of Atlantic States fall meeting.

John McKay, music, played his all-Beethoven program Oct. 20 at the Owatonna Arts Center and Oct. 26 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. McKay will present a concert Nov. 3 at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Nov. 9 on campus, both at 7:30 p.m. The program includes Beethoven's "Diabelli" Variations, the composer's monumental last work for solo piano.

John Mosbo, academic affairs, has been invited to speak at the dedication ceremony for the relocation of Kansai Gaidai University's Katahoko campus in Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan. Mosbo will deliver a congratulatory message and represent all overseas guests at the Nov. 11 ceremony. The Asian Studies Program, which hosts exchange students, is located at this new site. The $700 million relocation is the most dramatic element of the university's 15-year New Era Project, launched in 1986 for the purpose of realizing a better educational environment for its students. Described as one of the most important events in the university's history, the new campus will house approximately 1,000 international students -- more than doubling the number at the former campus.

Don Scheese, English, recently gave 2 presentations. The first, titled "The Masculine Self in David Roberts' 'In Search of the Old Ones,'" was presented at the annual Western Literature Association meeting held Oct. 9-12 in Tucson. The second was an invited lecture, titled "Mountains of Memory: Environmental Studies and Ecocriticism," presented Oct. 17 at the University of Nevada, Reno and sponsored by the Literature and Environment Program.

Jenifer Ward, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, wrote a chapter that has been published in "Balancing Acts: Textual Strategies of Peter Henisch," by Ariadne, a press devoted to Austrian culture.

Linnea Wren, art and art history, and Travis Nygard ('02) co-presented a paper, titled "Monumental Sculpture at Yo'okp: Ecology and Cosmology of a Pre-Columbian Maya City," at the annual meeting of the Southeast College Art Conference held Oct. 23-26 in Mobile, AL.


  • Director of Outreach Ministries in the Office of Church Relations
  • Systems Operations Manager in Administrative Computing
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:
  • Support for NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes... The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides grants to colleges, universities, and other institutions to support national summer seminars and institutes in the humanities. These faculty development activities provide schoolteachers and college and university teachers with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of humanities scholarship and teaching through intensive study of significant topics, texts, and issues. Awards for seminars range from $60,000 to $120,000, and awards for institutes range from $100,000 to $180,000. The deadline for project directors to submit an application is March 1, 2003 for a project beginning no earlier than May 2004. For more information, visit (Scroll down to Summer Seminars and Institutes under 2003 Grant Programs.)
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in 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 Nov. 5, Don Ostrom (political science) and Fred Slocum, a political scientist from Minnesota State University, Mankato, will be featured on KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) during coverage of local and state elections.
  • Following the news of Sen. Paul Wellstone's tragic death, Gustavus individuals provided commentary in several venues, including
    • At 2:15 p.m. Oct. 25, Chris Gilbert (political science) gave a live interview on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR); some of Gilbert's comments were used on NPR's "All Things Considered" later in the day.
    • At 4 p.m. Oct. 25, Gilbert did a live spot with WCCO radio (830 AM, Twin Cities).
    • On Oct. 25, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) interviewed Gustavus students who were working on Wellstone's campaign. The report aired on the evening news.
    • On Oct. 25, Gilbert spoke with The New York Times on possible Democratic replacement candidates.
    • On Oct. 26, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published an article on the Wellstone tragedy that included quotes from Gilbert. The page 1A story was titled "Tragedy may shake state, national power balance."
    • At 10:45 a.m. Oct. 28, Gilbert gave another live interview with WCCO radio.
    • Also on Oct. 28, KEYC-TV and WCCO radio interviewed Gilbert on the impact of Wellstone's death on the Senate and Governor's races.
  • On Oct. 28, MPR interviewed Chris Gilbert (political science) on Fritz Mondale's candidacy for the Senate seat and the remaining days of the campaign.
  • On Oct. 27, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published an article on gubernatorial candidate Roger Moe that featured Don Ostrom (political science), his U.S. government class, and class member James Hauth.
  • On Oct. 25, the Duluth News Tribune published an article, "A group working to keep politics from the pulpits of America's places," that included quotes from Chris Gilbert.
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


  • Christmas displays will begin appearing next week in the Book Mark. Gift suggestions for reading are found in the BookSense 76 list. The new list for November/December will arrive in the store soon. Current titles are always 20 percent off.
  • The Gustavus ceramic snowman ornament that sold out last year will be available again, along with imprinted ball ornaments and traditional Gustie items for gift giving.

For Sale: Townhouse in the Welco addition of St. Peter. Outside unit with windows facing west. Includes appliances. Shown by appointment only. Call 931-4587.


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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