The Yellow Sheet 2002

December 12, 2002 | Volume 35, Number 13

Thursday, Dec. 12,

Volume 35, Number 14

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Position Openings
Gustavus Tidbits
Funding Opps
In the Media
Phone Updates
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Budget Suggestions Due... Cost-saving and/or revenue-producing ideas for future budgets, including the 2003-04 budget that is in its early planning stages, should be sent to President Dennis Johnson ( by Dec. 20. All campus community members are invited to send suggestions. For more information, refer to Johnson's Dec. 2 letter sent to the Gustavus community.

St. Lucia Named... During the 61st annual Festival of St. Lucia held this morning, 1 sophomore and 4 of her classmates were selected to serve as St. Lucia and the Lucia Court. They are:

St. Lucia
Hannah Julien, Minnetrista, MN

Lucia Court Members
Linnea Bjorkman, Colorado Springs, CO
Leah Jarvis, Scandia, MN
Claire Anderson, Colorado Springs, CO
Elizabeth Wojahn, Windom, MN

St. Lucia and the court are selected based on academic achievement, spiritual leadership, and involvement in community service at Gustavus.

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 Due to Christmas Recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Dec. 19, Dec. 26, or Jan. 2.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.

Decorations Alert... Safety and Security would like to remind all departments with Christmas lights and decorations to be safe. The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for fires. Make sure to turn off or unplug lights when leaving for the day.

Broadcasting of Swedish Christmas... This year's Christmas in Christ Chapel will be broadcast (in full or in part) on the following radio stations as indicated:

  • The FAN (1230 AM, Mankato), formerly KYSM, from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 23;
  • KRBI (1310 AM, St. Peter) at 8 p.m. Dec. 23;
  • WCAL (89.3 FM, Northfield) from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 28 -- the "Music from Minnesota" holiday special will include Gustavus, Augsburg, and Luther; and
  • KNUJ (860 AM, New Ulm) -- time and date to be determined.


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. 13 -- Loramy Gerstbauer, Romans 15: 4-13;
  • Dec. 15 -- 3rd Sunday in Advent, Chaplain Rachel Larson;
  • Dec. 16 -- Horst Ludwig, Micah 5: 2-5a;
  • Dec. 17 -- Carol Sing;
  • Dec. 18 -- Morning Praise;
  • Dec. 19 -- Litany for Travelers; and
  • Dec. 20-Jan. 5 -- Christmas Recess.
Campus-wide Conversations Meeting Friday... A meeting for all administration and staff members is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 13 in Alumni Hall. The primary topic will be the campus-wide conversations. Note: This meeting was previously on the College Calendar for Dec. 12 but due to a conflict in President Dennis Johnson's travel schedule, it has been changed to Dec. 13. Anyone who has suggestions for agenda items should contact Jolene Christensen (x7538 or


Live Nativity Saturday... First Lutheran Church of St. Peter will again host its Live Nativity from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 14. The Gustavus community is invited to drive by the 4 scenes and see the Christmas story portrayed by First Lutheran Church members. Enter the church parking lot on Traverse Road. Donations will be collected for the St. Peter Food Shelf.

"The Gift of the Magi" Wednesday-Friday... The St. Peter Players will present "The Gift of the Magi," based on the story by O. Henry. Directed by Elsa Cornell, it will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 18-20 in the Senior Room at the St. Peter Community Center. General admission is $5; senior citizens $4.


Peer Assistants WIn Award, Speak... For the 5th time since 1996, the Peer Assistants were presented with an "Outstanding Affiliate" award for colleges with an enrollment below 7,500 at the annual National Peer Educator Conference, held Nov. 14-17 in Orlando. Gustavus was 1 of 3 recipients of the award. Also at the conference, Crystal Gildea, Andrew Hamp, Shivaun Iten, Ambryn Melius, Andy Odden, Katie Phillippe, Aeleah Soine, Zosia Stanley, and Jenny Yang, health education intern Anne Potts, and adviser Judy Douglas were selected to present 2 workshops.

Helen Baumgartner, music, and Paul Baumgartner, emeritus professor of music, have made the following appearances: a faculty recital Sept. 28 and the Nobel Concert Oct. 1 on campus; a program for Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP) clients Sept. 14 at the Mankato Civic Center; a program, in collaboration with Naomi Karstad ('83), Nov. 3 at the St. Peter Health Care Center; a Music for Missions recital Oct. 29 at Luther Seminary in St. Paul; the rededication of the sanctuary piano Nov. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter; and the Founders Day Banquet for Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity Nov. 16 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.

Barbara Fister, library, spoke on the subject of "Assessment: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go" at an "Instructional Dialogue" Dec. 9 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Paul Granlund, emeritus sculptor-in-residence, was honored Nov. 13 by the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee in a meeting at the Commodore Hotel for his sculpture "Constellation Earth." The piece was placed in the Nagasaki, Japan, Peace Garden in 1992 and remains the only sculpture from the U.S. in the garden. This was mentioned in a "Faces and Places" brief in the Nov. 15 Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

Lisa Heldke, philosophy, served as program committee chair for the biennial national conference of the Radical Philosophy Association in November at Brown University. Heldke also presented a paper at the program (but recused herself from voting on whether it should be accepted).

Bruce Johnson, economics and management, gave a presentation, titled "Scandinavian Social Welfare -- Will It Work Here?," to an adult forum Dec. 8 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waconia.

David Koppenhaver, education, is on leave in Australia and has conducted a series of 8 workshops for educators and speech-language pathologists in Townsville, Brisbane, and Ipswich on technology-supported literacy for children with disabilities.

Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, won the "Special Prize" (1st prize) in the English section of this year's Iga City Board of Education haiku contest. Iga is the hometown of Basho, the most famous haiku poet. Ludwig's text was a free form haiku: "A breath of wind. / Leaves of grass bending - / and trembling back."

Douglas Nimmo, music, served as guest conductor of the 6th annual East Central Honor Band held Dec. 2 at South Dakota State University in Brookings. The honor band included 75 high school musicians representing 24 high schools.

Paula Swiggum, nursing, was an invited speaker on the topic of "Cultural Competence in Nursing" Nov. 12 at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Steve Titus, former executive assistant to the president, was recently awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army. The award recognizes his exceptionally meritorious service as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Minnesota from June 1999-October 2002. Titus is now president of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE.

Linnea Wren, art and art history, and Travis Nygard ('02) have co-authored a contribution on Heinrich Wolfflin for the volume "Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century," edited by Chris Murray and published by Routledge.


  • Custodians (full-time and part-time)
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Christmas in Christ Chapel Nuggets...
  • The 18 large stars, representing Swedish welcome lights and hanging in the chapel, depict the colors of how people perceive the stars in the heavens -- about 70 percent yellow, 10 percent blue, 10 percent white, and 10 percent red. Created for the 30th annual Christmas in Christ Chapel, the lights were made of plywood and baker's paper. Each star has a unique design, but all were inspired by the architecture of the cross in the front of chapel.
  • The bundles of oats decorating chapel were grown by Norwegian-American farmer Luther Tostengard of Walnut Grove, MN. Tostengard grew the oats along the banks of Plum Creek.
To submit items (questions or answers) for consideration in this section, contact Stacia Senne (x7510 or


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight: 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. 9, The Free Press of Mankato's front-page story was on the 30th annual Christmas in Christ Chapel. Covering 75 percent of the front page, the article, titled "A Swedish Christmas," included 3 color photographs from the service and a story quoting Dean Wahlund (public relations/special events), Clyde Allen (alumni and former trustee chair), Heather McGregor (student and St. Lucia 2001), Will Freiert (classics, who played St. Ansgar) and Brian Johnson (chaplain). The story and photographs are online at:
  • Amy Pehrson (vocational reflection) was the guest on KRBI's "Cafe 1310" radio program Dec. 9. Pehrson was on the 20-minute show to talk about items at her church and ended up also being interviewed on the College's Center for Vocational Reflection and Christmas in Christ Chapel.
  • At 10 p.m. Dec. 7, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) aired a story on the 30th annual Christmas in Christ Chapel. To read or watch the story online, visit
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":
  • x6550 Cheryl Peterson, News (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


Christmas Gift Ideas:

  • The Gustavus Library Associates' Gustie Gourmet Cookbook is a collection of recipes from Almond Glazed Brie to Nana's Bread Pudding and is available at the Book Mark for $20. Proceeds benefit the Folke Bernadotte Library.
  • "Storm Buckets" for winter travel contain an emergency flag, a thermal blanket, a large candle and matches, a "Call Police" windshield sign, candy bars, a mug for melting snow to drink, Band-Aids, and safety pins. Cost is $14.95 (plus $5 if shipped). This is a fundraiser for the Gustavus Student Nursing Association. To order a bucket, call the nursing department (x7317) or send a check to Gustavus Student Nurses' Association, c/o Department of Nursing via campus mail.


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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