The Yellow Sheet 2003

January 23, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 16

Thursday, Jan. 23,

Volume 35, Number 17

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News & Announcements

Campus-wide Conversation Feb. 14... All members of the campus community are invited and encouraged to attend "The Heart of Gustavus: A Community Conversation," a conversation to discuss the future of the College -- the goals, visions, concerns, priorities, and needs. This is a chance for all valued members of the Gustavus community -- including all students, faculty, support staff, administrators, retirees, and trustees -- to join in this important discussion. Quoting President Dennis Johnson: "Your role at this College is important. Your participation in this conversation is important for the future of this College. Please accept this invitation to make a contribution to this moment in the history of Gustavus Adolphus College." The schedule is as follows:
  • 10-10:20 a.m. -- Daily Chapel in Christ Chapel;
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. -- Welcome by President Dennis Johnson in Lund Forum;
  • 10:45 a.m.-noon -- Discussion Session I in Lund Forum;
  • Noon-12:30 p.m. -- Lunch in Lund Center will be provided for all participants;
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. -- Discussion Session II in Lund Forum; and
  • 1:45-2:20 p.m. -- Closing remarks.
To facilitate attendance, classes, college activities, and many services will be suspended during this time. Individuals planning to participate are asked to R.S.V.P. by Jan. 31. Return response cards accordingly:
  • Administrators -- Office of the President
  • Faculty -- Office of the President
  • Retirees -- Office of the President
  • Students -- Student Activities Office
  • Support Staff -- Supervisor
If questions, contact the Office of the President (x7538).

Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to touring week, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Feb. 6. Publication will resume Feb. 13.

Scholarship Available... Luther Seminary invites nominations for its full-tuition Presidential Scholarship. This merit-based scholarship is available to students in the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Ministry, or Master of Arts program. The application deadline is Feb. 1. Contact Brian Beckstrom ( or x7001) or the seminary admission office ( or 1-800-Luther3) for details.


Faculty Members Receive Grants...

  • Michael Hvidsten, mathematics and computer science, was awarded a $66,707 award from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "Exploring Geometry: Integrated Textbook and Software for College Geometry." With this 2-year award, Hvidsten will develop textbook and software materials that integrate discovery-learning and the use of technology for teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
  • Janine Wotton, psychology, received a $10,000 award from the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation for a project titled "Auditory Processing of Spatial Information in Reverberant Conditions: Implications for Normal-Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Listeners." Wotton will conduct research to gain insight into the computational mechanisms underlying sound localization.

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. 24 -- Rev. Phil Schotzko, 2 Corinthians 4:5-18;
  • Jan. 26 -- 4th Sunday after the Epiphany, Kari Lipke preaching, Chaplain Rachel Larson presiding;
  • Jan. 27 -- Jeff Stocco, 1 Samuel 3:1-10;
  • Jan. 28 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson, Jonah 3:1-5, 10;
  • Jan. 29 -- Morning Praise;
  • Jan. 30 -- President Dennis Johnson;
  • Jan. 31 -- Barbara Anthony, Psalm 12:1-8; and
  • Feb. 2-9 -- Touring and Activity Period.
Dallas Brass Performs Friday... The Dallas Brass will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the ticket center (x7590) in the Campus Center and 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 and youth.

Lecture on Holy Land Tuesday... Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will present a lecture, titled "Palaces, Temples, and Fortresses -- The Holy Land as Jesus Knew It," at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in Confer Hall 128. Netzer is one of the world's leading authorities in the archaeology and architecture of ancient Israel. His 40-year career has contributed to understanding some of the most important archaeological sites in the Holy Land, including Masada, Herodium, Caesarea Maritima, Jericho, Caesarea Philippi, Sepphoris, and Jerusalem. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection, church relations, classics, Curriculum II, dean of the faculty, international education, January Term office, Lecture Series, and president's office. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Birthday Celebration Jan. 30... On Jan. 30, the campus community is invited to celebrate Chester Johnson's (longtime synod archivist, emeritus professor of geology and raconteur) 90th birthday. The celebration will start with chapel at 10 a.m. with President Dennis Johnson as homilist, followed by cake and punch at 10:30 a.m. in the library. Sponsored by the Office of Special Events.

Employee Enhancement Days are scheduled for Feb. 4 and 6. The campus community is invited to "Enhancing Your Health," which will concentrate on diet, exercise, and stress reduction. All sessions will be held in Alumni Hall, except "Lunch and Learn," which will be held in Banquet Room B in the Campus Center. The 2-day schedule is as follows:

Feb. 4
-8-8:50 a.m. -- "Heart of a Healthy Life" by Cheryl Zorn;
-9-9:50 a.m. -- "Fitting in Fitness" by Chip Gay;
-10-10:50 a.m. -- "What do I do Now?" by June Kloubec (health and exercise science);
-11-11:50 a.m. -- "Healthy Eating: Your Way" by George Elliott; and
-Noon -- "Healthy and Delicious Recipe Modifications," a "Lunch and Learn" session.

Feb. 6
-8-9:30 a.m. -- "Embracing the Full Catastrophe: Mindfulness and Stress Management in Every Day Life" by Stephen Bennett (counseling center) and William Shores;"
-9:30-9:45 a.m. -- Break;
-9:45-10:45 a.m. -- "Managing Stress for the Health of It" by Amy Haberman;
-10:45-10:55 a.m. -- Stretch;
-10:55 a.m.-noon -- "Skeletal Health and Injury Avoidance" by Kevin Hardesty; and
-12:15 p.m. -- "So Where do I go From Here?," a "Lunch and Learn" session.

To sign up for the "Lunch and Learn" sessions, contact Jane Confer (x6165 or The cost is $6.50 per person for each lunch.

Continuing Ed Events in February... The public is invited to the following "continuing education" events during February:

  • The Flood Plain Four Jazz Band will perform at "A Valentine's Day Celebration" at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Campus Center banquet room. Enjoy a candlelight meal while listening to blues and Dixieland music. The cost is $13 per person.
  • Doug Nimmo (music) will present "American Winds Across the Sea: The Gustavus Band in Scandinavia" at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Interpretive Center. Nimmo will focus on the many preparations and arrangements required to produce a musical tour to Scandinavia. He will also discuss the lifelong benefits of a music tour for students and the College. The cost is $4 per person, which includes coffee and dessert.
These events are open to the public; pre-registration is required. Register at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 934-3048. These events are Gustavus continuing education programs done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.


"Souper Bowl" Fundraiser Saturday... The public is invited to the annual "Souper Bowl" fundraiser from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25 at The Arts Center of Saint Peter, 315 S. Minn. Ave., St. Peter. There will be a silent auction featuring art work donated by members of the Arts Center. Items will be available for viewing and bidding from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., when the silent auction ends. A handmade bowl may be purchased for $8, and it will be filled with a free serving of soup. Beverage and bread will be provided. For more information, call 931-3630.

Book Study Starts Feb. 4... Author Mary Pipher's "The Middle of Everywhere" will be the subject of an upcoming book study, sponsored with financial support by a CHESP grant, a community partnership to explore changing and diverse lives. A copy of the book is available for viewing at the Community and Family Education office. Participants must attend all 4 book club meetings, which are scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 18 and March 4 and 18 at a location to be announced. The book will be available for participants at the first class at no cost. Attendance certificates will be available at the final session. Call the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education with any questions or to make reservations. The reservation deadline is Jan. 28.


Mark Bjelland, geography, recently served as the brownfields policy expert-in-residence to the city of Brantford, ON. In addition to consulting with local officials, planners, and conservation officials, Bjelland gave speeches to the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, and a city hall wine and cheese reception, and delivered a public lecture on "Brownfields and Watershed Health" at Wilfrid Laurier University-Brantford.

Darrell Jodock, religion, presented a 1-day seminar on Jan. 19, titled "A Lutheran Understanding of how God Relates to the World: The Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and Their Importance to Luther." The audience consisted primarily of board members on campus for the Board of Trustees meeting. Trustee Florence Sponberg originally initiated the request which was then coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Brian Johnson, chaplains, served as the worship leader for the national gathering of the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry in Albuquerque, NM.

Kay Moline, nursing emerita, and Barbara Zust, nursing, had an article, titled "Identifying Underserved Ethnic Populations Within a Community: The First Step in Eliminating Health Care Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities," published in the January 2003 issue of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing. The article identifies the health needs of Mexican American seasonal farm workers and their families in a rural Minnesota county.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars' Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program (separate from the Fulbright Scholar Program) offers awards for distinguished faculty to lecture or do research in 11 European countries, Russia, and Canada. Awards are available from 2 months to an academic year or longer. Grant stipends and benefits vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline for required letter of interest, sample syllabus, and curriculum vitae 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:
  • On Jan. 24, KRBI (1310 A.M., St. Peter) news director Bruce Davis will interview Max Hailperin (mathematics and computer science) between 10-11 a.m. on "Cafe 1310" about public policy issues in the digital rights management area.
  • On Jan. 21, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on the MLK Jr. keynote address by Macalester professor Mahmoud El-Kati, as well as a black and white photograph of El-Kati. The article, titled "MLK speaker: America's contradictions unresolved," was located on the front page of the Local Section.
  • On Jan. 20, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on a Gustavus January Term class, titled "Global Diversity in Minnesota," as well as a black and white photograph of student Kim Lutz and a Sudanese immigrant interacting one-on-one in the ESL class that 20 Gustavus students are participating in as part of a January Term service-learning class. The story was located on the front page of the Local Section, was titled "Breaking down the barriers," and included quotes by Bob Douglas (geography) and student Dan Kueffer.
  • At 6 p.m. Jan. 20, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) aired a story on the Gustavus MLK Jr. commemorative events, that included quotes from Phil Bryant (English), who was the day's Chapel homilist, and Cheryl Hastings (diversity center), peace march participant.
  • On, Jan. 20, Larry Wohl (economics) was featured on KRBI's "Cafe 1310."
  • On Jan. 18, the Brantford Expositor published an article summarizing Mark Bjelland's (geography) research and findings on contaminated industrial lands.
  • On Jan. 17 and 19, Mark Bjelland (geography) was featured in 2 radio programs on environmental issues aired by CKPC (1380 AM, Brantford, ON).
  • At 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17, President Dennis Johnson was interviewed on KRBI's "Cafe 1310." The 30-minute live interview was a "state of the College" interview with the station's news director Bruce Davis.
  • On Jan. 16, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on the Gustavus Choir's trip to Italy, as well as a black and white photograph of Greg Aune (music). The story was on page 2C and was titled "Music for the masses."
  • On Jan. 16, the St. Peter Herald ran a story on Clair Johnson (emeritus religion ), who has watched 45 years of Gustie men's basketball, and included a black and white photograph of Johnson. The "Pat's Pitches" feature was titled "Always a Gustie."
  • At 7:45 a.m. Jan. 16 on the "Today" show, as Al Roker reported the weather outside and complained about the temperature, which was 20 degrees, the camera "panned" the crowd, which included a sign with a message like "You think this is cold; we're from Minnesota." Roker said, "Gustavus Adolphus College, huh." It was evident Roker had earlier visited with the people holding the sign, since it was not evident that they were wearing Gustavus apparel.
  • In the January 2003 Twin Cities Monthly, an article was published on the DNA sequencer awarded to the College last fall. The article, titled "Fully Equipped at Gustavus," included quotes by Pamela Kittelson (biology).
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


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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
DEIB: Gender Identity/Pronouns "What's the difference between my sex and my gender?" (Lunch and Learn)
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "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
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

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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