The Yellow Sheet 2003

January 9, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 14

Thursday, Jan. 9,

Volume 35, Number 15

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
New Faces
Position Openings
Funding Opps
In the Media
Phone Updates
Book Mark Bits
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Budget Suggestion Feedback... President Dennis Johnson has received a large volume of messages containing suggestions for budget savings and income generation. "I am grateful to each person who responded," Johnson said. The suggestions have been grouped and categorized and each idea will be forwarded to the appropriate person or people for study. A complete report will be made available to the entire community at a later date.

Mileage Rate Change... Effective Jan. 1, the standard business mileage rate is 36 cents per mile (down from 36.5 cents). The rate, established by the IRS, is used to determine how much an employee's travel expenses (when using his or her own car) are deemed substantiated when the employer provides a mileage allowance under a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement.

Computer Operations Manager Named... David Maas of St. Peter has accepted the position of Manager of Computer Operations in the Administrative Computing Center. Maas joined Gustavus on Jan. 2. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Minnesota State University, Mankato and was formerly employed by Onan.

Sign up for Feb. Health Screening... All Gustavus employees and spouses are invited to participate in the 2003 Health Screening. The free screening will be available Feb. 3-7 and Feb. 10-14 at St. Peter Community Hospital. Screening times are from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Thirty minutes of release time will be permitted. This private and confidential screening will include a blood pressure check and the collection of a small amount of blood. Individual results will be sent directly to participants and 1 copy will remain on file at the hospital. Gustavus will not see any individual results. The PSA test is also available for men. Sign up by calling human resources (x7304) between 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:45 p.m. on weekdays. Sponsored by Gustavus Health Promotion.

Apply for a Summer Vocation Workshop... Faculty and administration members are invited to apply for a Center for Vocational Reflection (CVR) sponsored professional development workshop during the summer of 2003. In addition to providing time, space, and resources for participants to consider their own sense of self and calling, the workshop will focus on the relationship of vocation to teaching and learning and on how we can better challenge, guide, and support students in their ongoing vocational journeys. The workshop will be as follows:

  • a 3-day opening session June 9-11;
  • individual and small-group reading, discussion, and course-development work scheduled independently throughout the summer;
  • a 2-day session Aug. 25-26;
  • additional opportunities for reflection, discussion, and mutual support throughout the following year, possibly including a part-day event in October 2003 and an informal evening dinner-discussion in February 2004; and
  • a 1-day wrap-up session the following summer, June 4.
Completed applications are due Feb. 15 to the CVR. A faculty planning committee will select up to 15 participants, who will be notified of their acceptance by Feb. 28. Participants will receive a $2,000 stipend, meals, and materials, and will be eligible to apply for additional funding from the CVR to support course-related expenses that grow out of the workshop. (The workshop and all CVR activities are made possible through the Lilly Endowment's exploration of vocation grant.) Contact Chris Johnson (x7159 or or Amy Pehrson (x7169 or 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:

  • Jan. 10 --Taize Morning Prayer;
  • Jan. 12 -- 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • Jan. 13 -- Joyce Sutphen, Mark 4:21-25;
  • Jan. 14 -- Mark Granquist, Isaiah 42:1-7;
  • Jan. 15 -- Morning Praise;
  • Jan. 16 -- Mark Braun, Isaiah 49:1-6;
  • Jan. 17 -- Epiphany Hymn Sing; and
  • Jan. 19 -- 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, Chaplain Rachel Larson.
Jazz Concert Sunday... Home Free, a vocal jazz group of 5 Mankato-area men, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The group was originally formed at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato to provide music for the church's contemporary worship services. Since that time, it has branched out into the energetic style of rockapella vocal jazz, pop, and rock, reminiscent of the vocal jazz sounds of the Nylons, Rockapella, Manhattan Transfer, and Take Six. This past fall, Home Free appeared at the Rock Bend Folk Festival in St. Peter. Vocalists Chris Rupp, Matt Atwood, Daren Scruggs, and Dan Lemke are backed by vocal percussionist Adam Rupp. Sunday's concert is free and open to the public.


Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, had 5 English haiku published in the current Fall/Winter issue of ko, a Japanese haiku magazine published in English. Also, Ludwig had a short article comparing the causes for differences in German and American haiku criticism ("Amerika, hast du es besser, was Haiku betrifft?") and 1 haiku published in Vierteljahresschrift der Deutschen Haiku-Gesellschaft, XV, December 2002. The same issue also contains an article by Ingrid Kunschke, a prize-winning German haiku poet and critic, on 1 of Ludwig's haiku, "A child in the door," which recently won a 3rd prize at the 2002 Kumamoto Kusamakura haiku contest.

Steve Mellema, physics, is on sabbatical leave as a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Science University of Malaysia and delivered a plenary, invited talk, titled "Using Physlets to Enhance Physics Teaching," at the annual symposium of the Malaysian Institute of Physics held Dec. 21 in Kuala Lumpur.


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Elizabeth Kumagai, admission
    David Maas, administrative computing center
    Paul Tillquist, institutional advancement

    New Support Staff
    Debra Swanberg, safety and security
    Paul Yost, custodial


  • Bakery, 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:
  • NEH Fellowships available... The National Endowment for the Humanities offers fellowships to pursue advanced work in the humanities. Fellowships support both projects that can be completed during the tenure of the award and work that is part of a long-term endeavor. Tenure normally covers an uninterrupted period from 6 to 12 months with stipends of $24,000 (6-8 months) or $40,000 (9-12 months). The deadline is May 1. For more information, see the December 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:
  • From Dec. 20-22, John McKay's (music) Nov. 9 all-Beethoven piano recital was rebroadcast 6 times on St. Peter Public Access (Ch. 7, St. Peter).
  • On Dec. 19, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page article, accompanied by a color photograph, on Evelyn Young (retired dining service) and her well-known rye bread. The article, titled "This is how she loafs," was part of the paper's "In the Holiday Spirit" series. In additon to Young, several other members of the Gustavus community were quoted in this feature story.
  • On Dec. 17, The Free Press of Mankato ran a front-page story on the annual Peer Assistants' Angel Tree. The article, titled "The gift of the tree of giving," included a color photograph of student Kristin Wilking placing gifts under the tree. Judy Douglas (alcohol and drug education and adviser to the Peer Assistants) and Kate Reuer ('99 and who championed the Angel Tree idea in 1996) were quoted in the article, which was part of the paper's "In the Holiday Spirit" series.
  • On Dec. 16, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article that included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science). The page A12 story was titled "Gore's withdrawal leaves the field wide open."
  • On Dec. 13, The Free Press of Mankato published a black and white photograph of Gustavus' 2002 St. Lucia Hannah Julien.
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


Library Hours for January are as follows: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2002-03":
  • x7001 Brian Beckstrom, church relations (change)
  • x6390 Elizabeth Kumagai, admission (addition)
  • x7492 David Maas, administrative computing (addition)
  • x7492 Leon Quiram, administrative computing (delete)
  • x6518 Paul Tillquist, institutional advancement (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


  • On Edge, a new book by Barbara Fister (library), has been published and is available in the Book Mark.
  • Also available are The History of Sweden by Byron Nordstrom (history and Scandinavian Studies) and Nature Writing by Don Scheese (English).
  • Books written by alumni that are available include The Great Caterpillar Adventure by Schelli McCabe ('83), Braveheart and Broomsticks by Elycia Arendt ('00), and Easing Sheets by L.M. Lawson ('71).


For Sale: 1994 Mercury Villager LS Minivan in good condition with 116,000 miles. This 1-owner vehicle was driven by a retired couple. Asking $5,000. Contact Barb ( or x7515) for more information.

Free: Franklin Covey compact-size, zip-around, all-leather planner binder with 3 yearly archive binders (no pages). Contact Sharon ( or 931-6335).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
"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
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
Volunteers needed to work shifts at Holiday Party
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
2:303:30 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
57 p.m. Destress Fest with the PAs Room
67:15 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
68 p.m. DIY Hot Chocolate Making Event Cafe
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
7:05 p.m. Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.

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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