The Yellow Sheet 2003

January 16, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 15

Thursday, Jan. 16,

Volume 35, Number 16

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Funding Opps
In the Media
Phone Updates
Safety & Security Snips
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

State Funding Cuts... Because of the efforts of the staff in the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Gustavus students will receive their state grant money for Spring Semester 2003. Due to state budget cuts, colleges were told not to award new state grants for the 2nd semester of this year after Jan. 9. Gustavus was one of the few schools that managed to award all of its grant money before the "freeze."

Letters Sought for Promotion... The Faculty Personnel Committee invites members of the college community to submit letters on behalf of candidates for promotion to professor. The candidates include Mark Braun (communication studies and associate dean), Chris Gilbert (political science), and Bruce Johnson (economics and management). Letters should address the criteria for promotion and be addressed to Dean John Mosbo. Promotion files close Feb. 21.

Lund Center Update... Lund Center recreation improvements have been approved after conversations between students and President Dennis Johnson this fall. The amount of cardiovascular equipment will be tripled, the weight area will be improved by adding and replacing equipment, and more workout space will be created by moving the blue lockers. The proposed changes would begin in June 2003 and be ready by next fall. The changes will be paid for by a 1-time student fee.

January Exercise Program... The following classes are being offered during January in Lund Center to Gustavus employees and spouses at no charge:

  • Pilates -- 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays;
  • Yoga -- 6:30-7:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays;
  • Total Conditioning -- 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Tuesdays;
  • Water Aerobics -- 12:40-1:10 p.m. Wednesdays;
  • Step Aerobics -- 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays; and
  • Body Sculpting -- 12:40-1:30 p.m. Fridays.
The classes are designed for all fitness levels. If questions, contact Kari Eckheart (x6414).

Winter Music Tours Set... This month the Gustavus Choir will embark on a 17-day international tour of Italy. The 65-voice choir will tour and learn about Italy Jan. 16-Feb. 3. The choir will participate in Mass at the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome, the Basilica Inferiore of Saint Francesco in Assisi, the Duomo in Florence, and the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice. The tour also includes 6 full concert performances in cathedrals in Rome, Sorrento, Assisi, Florence, and Venice. The choir's tour will conclude with a homecoming performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Christ Chapel. The Gustavus Band will embark on its "To New Mexico and Back" tour Feb. 1. The band's 9-concert tour will consist of performances in New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota, before ending with a home concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in Christ Chapel. The Gustavus String Orchestra will perform in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa March 24-April 7. For detailed itineraries, go to

Employee Enhancement Days... The 2003 Employee Enhancement Days will be held Feb. 4 and 6. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. until approximately noon, followed by a "Lunch and Learn" event. This year's conference, titled "Enhancing Your Health," will concentrate on diet, exercise, and stress reduction. Additional information will be available soon. If questions, contact Jane Confer (x6165 or

Alumni Award Nominations Sought... The alumni office is seeking help in identifying alumni nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Citations which will be selected at the February Alumni Board meeting. Distinguished Alumni Citation "recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor. Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs. While the citation is a professional award, humanitarian achievements may also be weighed." Nominations should be sent to Barb Larson Taylor (


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. 17 -- Epiphany Hymn Sing;
  • Jan. 19 -- 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, Chaplain Rachel Larson;
  • Jan. 20 -- Mahmoud El-Kati, Martin Luther King Jr. Day;
  • Jan. 21 -- Rev. Bob Maharry, Mark 9:33-37;
  • Jan. 22 -- Morning Praise;
  • Jan. 23 -- John Cha, Matthew 2:14-15;
  • Jan. 24 -- Rev. Phil Schotzko, 2 Corinthians 4:5-18; and
  • Jan. 26 -- 4th Sunday after the Epiphany, Kari Lipke preaching, Chaplain Rachel Larson presiding.
MLK Commemoration Jan. 20... Selected speeches made by Martin Luther King Jr. will be played from a CD collection, titled "A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.," from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 20 in Christ Chapel. Speeches include: "Acceptance Address for the Nobel Peace Prize," "I Have a Dream," "I've Been to the Mountaintop," "Address at the Conclusion of Selma to Montgomery March," and "Eulogy for Victims of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing." This presentation is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains. For more information, contact Rachel Larson (x7446).

IT Classes in January... The following classes are being offered by the Department of Information Technology in January. For more information or to register, go to

  • "Departmental Webpages: Level 1" -- 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in Olin Hall 031;
  • "Easy Grade Pro" -- 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 22 in Olin Hall 031;
  • "Creating Personal Webpages" -- 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in Olin Hall 031;
  • "Departmental Webpages: Level 2" -- 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Olin Hall 031;
  • "iMovie Basics" -- 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 29 in the Olin Hall Multimedia Center; and
  • "Scanning for the Web" -- 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Olin Hall Multimedia.
Brass Performance Jan. 24... The Dallas Brass will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in Bjorling Recital Hall as part of the ensemble's 20th anniversary tour. With a blend of traditional brass instruments and a full complement of drums and percussion, the Dallas Brass has established itself internationally with a unique sound, accompanied by a dazzling stage performance. Tickets are available at the ticket center (x7590) and also at the door the evening of the event. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and Gustavus staff, and $5 for Gustavus students. In addition to the concert, area brass musicians are invited to an open clinic beginning at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in Bjorling. Special advance rates to high school groups are available by calling the fine arts office (x7363).

Faculty Forum Feb. 18... Judy Gardner (nursing) will present the next Faculty Forum from 5:30-6:50 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Campus Center banquet room. Her talk, titled "Realities of Perinatal Death: Responses and Needs of Parents and the Nurses Who Care for Them," will examine the findings of several qualitative research studies Gardner has conducted in the 1980s and 1990s reflecting the impact of perinatal death on nurses and parents. According to Gardner, this discussion may be particularly helpful to those who have experienced such losses and to those who wish to be helpful in these times of bereavement. There will be a supper of soup and sandwiches, followed by dessert. All faculty and staff, as well as retirees, are invited to atttend with a guest. With the dean of the faculty's office paying a portion of the cost, the fee is $5 per attendee. Anyone planning to come should send an attendance confirmation along with a check for $5 per person (payable to Gustavus Adolphus College) to Jean Heidcamp in the dean of the faculty's office by Feb. 13.

Scandinavian Author to Visit April 9-16... Swedish writer Stewe Claeson, the 2003 Out of Scandinavia writer-in-residence, will be on campus April 9-16. Active in areas of cultural life in Sweden and in other countries, Claeson will share his insight on his own literature and that of other Nordic writers, the art of translating, his interest in American poetry, the Nordic folk high school movement, and Christian iconography. Claeson's most recent novel, Ronndruvan gloder, a story about the stormy life of Esaias Tegner, the Swedish romantic poet and bishop of Vaxjo, has reaped many awards, including an award from the Swedish Academy and a nomination for the Nordic Prize in Literature. Claeson has been rector of several folk schools in Sweden and is presently rector of Nordiska Folkhogskolan where he has also taught creative writing.


Business After Hours Jan. 21... The St. Peter Chamber of Commerce Diplomats invite all Gustavus employees to attend Business After Hours at 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at Counseling Services of Southern Minnesota, 116 S. Third St., St. Peter. Come for fun, fellowship, networking, and door prizes. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.


Steve Wright, music, served as guest director of the 6th annual East Central Honor Jazz Band held Dec. 2 at South Dakota State University in Brookings. The ensemble included 20 high school musicians from the area. Wright also played assistant principal trumpet with Doc Severinsen and the Minnesota Orchestra Dec. 20-22.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Support for Interdisciplinary Research. The National Science Foundation recently posted a new solicitation for Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions (C-RUI) that provides new opportunities for interdisciplinary research in the biological sciences. The program is explicit in supporting cross-disciplinary research projects that require contributions from biology and at least 1 other disciplinary area. It is intended to catalyze a cultural change in undergraduate research and education by establishing innovative models for collaboration that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. The deadline is March 12. 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:
  • On Jan. 13, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on Richard Weber (music), who is teaching beginning band at Garfield Elementary School, Mankato, as well as a color photograph of Weber and his students. The front-page story was titled "From the din to divine."
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.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2002-03":
  • x6395 -- Susan Andrews, marketing and public relations (delete)
  • x7449 -- Cheryl Hastings, diversity (change)
  • x7688 -- Lynne Johnson, institutional advancement (addition)
  • x8809 -- Debra Swanberg, safety and security (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


  • As of Jan. 13, Debra Swanberg is the new administrative assistant for Safety and Security. Any correspondence regarding Safety and Security issues that went to Cheryl Hastings should now go to


For Sale: 2000 Chrysler Concord LX with 45,000 miles; extended warranty to 75,000 miles; dual air bags; anti-lock brakes; clean, 1 owner car; beige in color; 26-30 miles per gallon; 2.7 V6. Owner is buying a new pickup. Asking $10,500. Contact Dan Rosin ( or 507/232-3874).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Book Mark will have extended store hours for Christmas in Christ Chapel weekend.
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Men's Swimming & Diving at Pioneer Invite, Iowa
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
Winter Gear Drive
Women's Swimming & Diving at Pioneer Invite, Iowa
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Gustie Day Campus Center
noon to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Buffet during Christmas in Christ Chapel Rooms in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
1 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Macalester Peter, Minn.
16 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Women's Hockey at Saint Mary's, Minn.
2:304:30 p.m. Christmas in Christ Chapel 2022: Celestial Wonder, Joy Unfolding Chapel

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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