The Yellow Sheet 2002

December 5, 2002 | Volume 35, Number 12

Thursday, Dec. 5,

Volume 35, Number 13

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News & Announcements

Lund Lot Closed... Parking Lot B, adjacent to Lund Center, will be closed from 11 p.m. Dec. 5 until 11 p.m. Dec. 7 as it will be used for guest parking for the Christmas in Christ Chapel presidential dinners.

A Study Abroad Leader... Gustavus is a leading institution for the number of students studying abroad, according to an annual ranking recently released by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Reaffirming the mission of giving students an education that is international in perspective, Gustavus ranked 8th in the "Top 20 Baccalaureate Institutions" list of IIE's "Open Doors 2002" report, based on study abroad statistics from the 2000-01 academic year. The College has been in the top 20 since 1994-95 and in the top 10 for 3 years. Gustavus was 1 of 5 Minnesota private colleges to make the list. During 2000-01, 397 Gustavus students studied abroad. In 2002, 52 percent of the Gustavus graduating class had an international educational experience. According to the report, the number of U.S. college students receiving credit for study abroad has increased 7.4 percent from the previous year and by 55 percent during the past 5 years. More information about the report is available online at

Outside Comment for NCA Accreditation Review... Gustavus is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit March 24-26, 2003 by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Gustavus has been accredited by the commission since 1915. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the commission's Criteria for Accreditation and General Institutional Requirements. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College to: Public Comment on Gustavus Adolphus College, The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs, must be in writing and signed, cannot be treated as confidential, and must be received by Feb. 24, 2003.

Newsletter Break... Due to Christmas recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Dec. 19, Dec. 26, or Jan. 2. Publication will resume Jan. 9.

Cellular Plans for Employees... Once again the telecommunications office has made arrangements with Sprint PCS, Hickory Tech, and Midwest Wireless to provide plans with various discounts and special offers for College employees. Contact JoEllen Schulz (x6262) for more information.

Equipment Sale... The chemistry department is selling the following used equipment:

  • Bench grinder, one-half horsepower;
  • Large vise, 6" jaws;
  • Atlas milling machine, needs some work, chuck included;
  • Two Craftsman band saws, 12" throat;
  • Joiner planer, 6" blades need sharpening;
  • 1950 West Bend lathe, with 3- and 4-jaw chucks, various other lathe tools included, mounted on bench.
The equipment will be sold to the highest bidder. Items can be viewed from 8-10 a.m. Dec. 6 in Nobel Hall 205. All equipment is being sold "as is," without any warranties. Bids must be submitted in writing to Ken Westphal in the Finance Office by 3 p.m. Dec. 6. If questions, contact Westphal (x7499).


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:

  • Dec. 6 -- Steve Bennett, Luke 1: 39-55;
  • Dec. 8 -- 2nd Sunday in Advent with Justin Ayres preaching and Chaplain Brian Johnson presiding;
  • Dec. 9 -- Stewart Flory, Isaiah 11: 1-9;
  • Dec. 10 -- Winds of Christmas;
  • Dec. 11 -- Morning Praise;
  • Dec. 12 -- Festival of Lucia, Isaiah 9: 2-7;
  • Dec. 13 -- Loramy Gerstbauer, Romans 15: 4-13; and
  • Dec. 15 -- 3rd Sunday in Advent, Chaplain Rachel Larson.
NCAA Mascot to Appear Saturday... J.J. Jumper, the official mascot of NCAA basketball, will appear Dec. 7 at the women's and men's basketball games in Lund Forum. J.J. Jumper promotes healthy physical, emotional, and educational values through youth participation in basketball. This appearance will mark the first and only time this season that the mascot will perform at an MIAC college. The women's game versus Concordia starts at 1 p.m. and the men's game will follow at approximately 3 p.m. Admittance is free to children age 11 and under and adults age 63 and over; $1 for children ages 12-18; and $4 for adults.

Computer Classes Tuesday, Wednesday... The Department of Information Technology is offering the following upcoming computer classes:

  • Eudora Basics and Beyond -- From 1:30-2:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in Olin Hall 031, Joyce Aarsvold will explain how to filter messages (including spam), create nicknames, send attachments, and customize Eudora.
  • Creating Personal Webpages -- From 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in Olin Hall 031, Aarsvold will explain how to create personal webpages using GoLive!. Participants can learn how to put course information online and how to create a place on the Web.
To register, go to Contact Aarsvold ( if interested in other courses not currently being offered.

Cancer Support Group Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Dec. 11 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Reception Wednesday... The campus community is invited to a reception for Amy Pehrson and Brian Beckstrom from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in Banquet Room B. On Nov. 1, Pehrson was appointed assistant director for the Center for Vocational Reflection after working in the Office of Church Relations for 5 years. Beckstrom will leave his position in the Office of Admission to assume the position of director for outreach ministries in the Office of Church Relations.

French Chef to Appear Thursday... French chef Christian Guibert, who "has taken the Scandinavian art of lefse baking to a new level," will appear from noon-2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Book Mark. Samples of recipes from his new cookbook, titled OooLaLa! Lefse, will be available.

Ecological Design Lecture Thursday... David Orr, professor and director of environmental studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, will give a lecture, titled "Ecological Design on College Campuses: Oberlin's Lewis Center for Environmental Studies," at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Interpretive Center. Orr is author of many articles and books, most recently The Nature of Design (Cambridge University Press). This event is open to the campus community.

Michael Johnson Concert Dec. 13... Michael Johnson, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and guitarist who has performed to sold-out audiences at Gustavus for 35 years, will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Originally from the Minneapolis area and now living in Nashville, Johnson first performed at Gustavus in the late 1960s with the late John Denver and the Chad Mitchell Trio. Following his departure from the trio 1 year later, Johnson spent a year acting with an off-Broadway company and returned to Minnesota and to singing. Since that time, he has toured internationally 8 times and has recorded 11 albums, which include 10 hit singles and two #1 country songs of the year. Tickets are available in the ticket center and cost $14 for adults; $10 for students, senior citizens, and Gustavus employees; and $5 for Gustavus students. For ticket availability, call the ticket center (x7590) or the fine arts office (x7363). Remaining tickets will go on sale 1 hour prior to the concert at the Bjorling box office.

American Scandinavian Yuletide Breakfast Dec. 17... All are invited to the American Scandinavian Yuletide Breakfast at 8 a.m. Dec. 17 in the Campus Center Banquet Rooms. The theme of the event is "The Light Shines in the Darkness: Advent and Christmas in Sweden" with Mark, Carina, and baby Ellen Johnson. Cost is $8 per person. Reservations must be made by Dec. 13 with Edi Thorstensson (x7554).


Exhibit and Artists' Reception... An exhibit, titled "Digital! Three Photographers," opens Dec. 5 at the Arts Center of Saint Peter, located at 315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26 and features works by Anders Bjorling (retired controller), Dean Curtin (philosophy), and Bill Erickson. An artists' reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 14. Gallery hours are 1-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Christmas at the Cox House... The annual Christmas opening of the historic Cox House is set for 2 weekends: 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15. Visitors may tour the house, which will be decorated in several ethnic themes by the St. Peter Questers. Christmas music will be performed by instrumental and vocal groups each afternoon. Cider and homemade treats will be served, and there will be a bake sale featuring cookies and candies. Admission is $3; free to Nicollet County Historical Society members and children age 12 and under.


Communication Studies Faculty gave presentations at the National Communication Association convention held Nov. 21-24 in New Orleans, as follows: Mark Braun was a panelist for "Finding a Common Center;" Patricia English presented her paper "Regret to Inform: Writing and the Performance of Regret;" Terence Morrow presented his papers, titled "Knowledge, Practice, Law, and Rhetoric: Cicero and Langdell's Debate on Pedagogy" and "Whose Forum is it Anyway? Spatial Restrictions on Free Speech;" Keith Nainby was a panelist for "Implications for Preparing Future Faculty;" and Phillip Voight was a panelist for "Retention Issues and Hopeful Solutions for the Forensics Community."

Eric Carlson, history, has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) for his contributions to inclusion of HIV/AIDS education in the college curriculum. The syllabus from the First Term Seminar that he has taught will be included in the AAC&U online National Leadership Resource Database.

Bob Douglas, geography, and environmental studies students Amit Bohara, Aaron Crowell, Lonnie Ellis, Bjorn Gangenes, Phil Graeve, Katie Hoeschen, and Amanda B. Young attended the Wind Energy Conference on Nov. 21-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Barbara Fister, library, presented a workshop on information literacy for faculty Nov. 19 at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. This workshop was one in a series as Augustana implements a new general education curriculum.

Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, wrote the introduction to a German kasen by Angelika Ortrud Fischer and Erika von Stetten, Der Pfau schlagt ein Rad (ISBN 388996463X). A kasen is a traditional Japanese chain poem of 36 stanzas written by several authors in partnership. Ludwig's "Einfuhrung zum Kasen" should help make this type of poetry better known in German-speaking countries.

Douglas Nimmo, music, had an article, titled "Programming the Perfect Concert," published in the December 2002 issue of Teaching Music. The article addresses the numerous contributing factors that influence a successful concert performance.

Byron Nordstrom, history and Scandinavian studies, has had his book, titled The History of Sweden, published by Greenwood Press. The book is part of "The Greenwood History of Modern Nations" series and is now available at the Book Mark.


  • Katherine Moline, mother-in-law of Carol Moline (international education), died Nov. 26. Funeral services were held Nov. 29 in Maple Plain.

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).


  • The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight: The Macdowell Colony in New Hampshire was founded to provide a place where creative artists could find freedom to concentrate on their work. Artists come to the colony each year to take advantage of uninterrupted time and seclusion in which to work and enjoy the experience of living in a community of artists. Disciplines include architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature and drama, musical composition, and visual arts. Residencies are limited to 8 weeks. Deadlines are Jan. 15, April 15, and Sept. 15. For more information, visit the September 2002 issue of Grant Information at
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in 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:
  • On Dec. 3, ESPN aired a 1-hour special on the 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year banquet held Nov. 2 in Indianapolis. 2002 alum and hockey player Sarah Moe was a finalist for the award and was featured.
  • On Nov. 29, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a story, titled "Private colleges aim to stand out," that mentioned Gustavus and marketing strategies of Minnesota colleges. The story appeared in several other locations as it was distributed by the Associated Press.
  • On Nov. 14, the St. Peter Herald published an article announcing the College's outstanding administrative and support staff employees Steve Waldhauser (public relations/publications) and Linda Hewitt (mathematics and computer science and physics). The article, titled "Hewitt, Waldhauser honored," appeared on page 5A and included a photograph of Waldhauser and Hewitt with their spouses.
  • Also on Nov. 14, the St. Peter Herald ran a story and photograph featuring Bob Douglas (geography) and his recent presentation at the Treaty Site History Center on Joseph Nicollet's 1838 expedition. The page 11A article was titled "Retracing the Steps of Joseph Nicollet."
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 annual Christmas sale in the Book Mark runs from Dec. 9-20.


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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