The Yellow Sheet 2003

February 27, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 20

Thursday, Feb. 27,

Volume 35, Number 21

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News & Announcements

Campus-wide Conversation Follow-up... Data that compares Gustavus with institutions regarded as peers (based on reputation, size, etc.), plus the results from the Feb. 14 community conversation and results of questionnaires to be distributed in about a week, will be presented to the Gustavus community through open forums. President Dennis Johnson will make the presentations and request feedback from the community. The information will help inform budget committee decisions for the 2003-04 academic year. All feedback will be provided to a committee yet to be established. This committee will follow up and identify other appropriate information, including the possibility of conducting some focus groups. The committee will submit a report to President Johnson by the end of Spring Semester. The information will be furnished to the new president when he/she comes on board. It will provide the president with an understanding of the visions that the campus community has for Gustavus. President Johnson's intent is that the committee be a representative group of all on-campus constituents. He is asking the Faculty Senate to nominate faculty members; the Staff Personnel Committee to nominate staff members; the Student Senate to nominate students; and administration members to nominate administrators. The committee will be made up of 3 faculty, 2 support staff, 2 administrators, and 2 students. From those nominated, President Johnson will select a representative group. Administrators only should submit nominations for administrators to Jolene Christensen (x7538 or by March 5.

Computing Equipment Update... A majority of the computer equipment purchased by Gustavus in the spring of 1998 will go out of warranty in March. The Office of Information Technology asks that the campus community evaluate their desktop computing equipment to determine if it needs repair. Problems that typically go unreported are:

  • A monitor that is increasingly dim or no longer shows colors correctly.
  • A keyboard with sticky or non-functioning keys
  • Loud or noisy operating sounds in a computer's internal fan or hard drive.
Anyone aware of these problems should report them to the Helpline (x6111 or Also, anyone who has an old Dell computer should contact the Helpline so that the computer can be scheduled for renewal.

Guild of St. Lucia Nominations Sought... The Guild of St. Lucia is seeking nominations of current junior women for this honor society. The Guild of St. Lucia was established in 1958 to honor women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College. Fifteen juniors are elected each year. Submit names to guild co-advisor Barb Larson Taylor (

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

  • Fitness 110 - 1:10-1:45 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays;
  • Total Conditioning - 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Mondays;
  • Yoga - 6:40-7:30 a.m. Tuesdays;
  • Water Aerobics - 12:40-1:10 p.m. Tuesdays;
  • Body Sculpting - 12:40-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays;
  • Step Aerobics - 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays; and
  • Pilates - 12:40-1:30 p.m. Fridays.
The classes are designed for all fitness levels. If questions, contact Kari Eckheart (x6414).


Pow Wow Tonight... All are invited to a traditional Native American Pow Wow at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Johnson Hall at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 W. Union, St. Peter. This cultural and educational experience of the history and ceremonial symbolism of the Native American people will also include vendors selling Native American crafts and products. Dave Larsen, a respected and well-known Dakota from the Morton area, will emcee the event. Larsen also spoke at a presentation and discussion about the Pow Wow and Native American issues at 2:30 p.m. in the International Center lounge. The event is free and sponsored by the Diversity Center. If questions, contact Morgan Barkus (x8228 or

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:

  • Feb. 28 -- Transfiguration Series, Rev. Cheryl Mathison;
  • March 2 -- Transfiguration Series, Rev. Cheryl Mathison;
  • March 3 -- Transfiguration Series, Rev. Cheryl Mathison;
  • March 4 -- Transfiguration Series, Rev. Cheryl Mathison;
  • March 5 -- Ash Wednesday;
  • March 6 -- Thiel College Choir; and
  • March 7 -- St. David's Day.
Senior Horn Recital Saturday... The public is invited to a senior French horn recital by Jenny Lingle at 3:30 p.m. March 1 in Bjorling Recital Hall. She will be accompanied by senior pianist Nathan Kennedy. For this recital, Lingle has selected works by Beethoven, Marais, Poulenc, Bozza, and D'Rivera. This recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the recital hall.

Administrators' Meeting March 6... Due to President Johnson's travel schedule, a meeting for all administrators scheduled for Feb. 27 has been changed to 10:30 a.m. March 6 in Banquet Room B in the Campus Center. Agenda items should be submitted to Jolene Christensen (

Talk Shop March 7... Terry Morrow (communication studies) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the academic year at 4:30 p.m. March 7 in the Interpretive Center. His talk is titled "How a Bigamist Prince and Amorous Princess Ruined the Legal Profession." Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed on the Gustavus Web site under the On-Campus Community/Faculty/Shop Talks link.

MLK Memorial Lecture March 11... Miroslav Volf, professor of systematic theology at Yale Divinity School, will present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 11 in Wallenberg Auditorium. His speech, titled "Living With the Other," will focus on reconciliation and the idea of "others" in our lives. Volf will discuss the questions: Whom do we consider "other" or different from us? Who are we? How do we relate to the "other" in our midst -- as neighbor or stranger? Volf is a native of Croatia and an internationally recognized human rights advocate and theologian. His quest for a resolution to the violence in his native country led him to an intense theological exploration of identity, "otherness," and exclusion. Volf is known for his provocative reflections of the Yugoslavian conflict and his ability to speak to both theological liberals and conservatives. Volf has lectured widely in the U.S. and Europe and has written several books, the most popular of which is Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation (Abingdon Press, 1996). This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Gustavus Peace Studies program.

Phi Beta Kappa Lecture March 13... Visiting scholar William Reinhardt will give a lecture, titled "Physical and Mathematical Images in Literature and Vice-Versa: Jorge Luis Borges meets Stephen Hawking," at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in Olin Hall 103. Reinhardt is professor of chemistry and adjunct professor of physics at the University of Washington and has held positions at Harvard, the University of Colorado/Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics and the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa.

Building Bridges Conference March 14-15... "Conflict Resolution: International, National, and Local" is the theme of the 8th annual Building Bridges Conference to be held March 14-15 on campus. Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez, former president of Costa Rica and a spokesperson for Third World countries, will give the keynote address. Arias drafted the Procedure to Establish a Firm and Lasting Peace in Central America, a peace plan that culminated in the alliance of all Central American presidents in 1987. Arias invested his Nobel Prize money in the establishment of the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress. Now an internationally renowned speaker, Arias advocates human development, democracy, and demilitarization and applies his knowledge of these issues to current worldwide conflict. At Gustavus, Arias will receive an honorary doctorate. The conference schedule is:

  • 10 p.m. March 14 -- kick-off dance in the Dive;
  • 8-9 a.m. March 15 -- registration in Johnson Student Union;
  • 9-9:45 a.m. March 15 -- "I am.We are" theatre company presentation in Alumni Hall;
  • 10-11 a.m. March 15 -- "Workshop Session #1" in various campus locations;
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. March 15 -- "Workshop Session #2" in various campus locations;
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 15 -- lunch break (on your own);
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m. March 15 -- honorary degree ceremony for Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez in Alumni Hall;
  • 2:15-3:45 p.m. March 15 -- keynote address by Oscar Arias Sanchez in Alumni Hall;
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m. March 15 -- reception for Oscar Arias Sanchez in Linner Lounge;
  • 4:30-5:45 p.m. March 15 -- banquet in the Banquet Room in the Campus Center;
  • 6-7 p.m. March 15 -- dedication of a bronze bust of the late Senator Paul Wellstone in Alumni Hall; and
  • 8-10 p.m. March 15 -- benefit concert for the non-profit CADA House and the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building in Lund Center.
Building Bridges is open to the public. Conference lectures are free for campus community members, while the banquet is $5 for employees and students and $10 for the benefit concert. Reservations may be made by stopping in the Diversity Center (x7449) or by contacting conference chair Jenny Yang (x7083 or Checks should be made payable to Gustavus. The registration deadline is March 12. The annual Building Bridges conference is a student-led, student-initiated diversity conference organized to promote mutual respect and understanding of diversity and to deal with diversity in a proactive, social, and informative way. For more information, call the Diversity Center (x7449) or visit and click on Building Bridges.

More IT Classes in March... The following classes are being offered by the Department of Information Technology in March:

  • "New Employee Datatel Training" -- 8-10 a.m. March 18 in Olin Hall 031;
  • "Scanning for the Web" -- 9-10:30 a.m. March 19 in Olin Hall Multimedia Center;
  • "Creating Personal Web pages" -- 2:30-4 p.m. March 20 in Olin Hall 031;
  • "Filemaker Pro" -- 2:30-4 p.m. March 25 in Olin Hall 031; and
  • "Department Web pages: Level 1" -- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 26 in Olin Hall 031.
For more information, a complete list of classes, or to register, go to

Faculty Forum March 25... Jim Rauch (economics and management) will present a faculty forum from 5:30-6:50 p.m. March 25 (note the date change) in Banquet Room B. His talk is titled "Contemporary Vietnam." Rauch will share his thoughts, experiences, and pictures from his 3-month trip to Vietnam last spring. While there, he visited Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and many other cities and villages. Rauch's talk will focus on Vietnam's current economic condition and what steps are needed to create a higher standard of living for the average Vietnamese citizen. Other topics include religion, family structure, traditions, food, travel tips, and geography. To accompany the forum, a light supper and dessert will be served. All faculty and staff, as well as retirees, are invited to come with a guest. The Dean of the Faculty will pay a portion of the cost, with a charge of $5 per attendee covering the remainder. Anyone planning to attend should send an attendance confirmation along with a check for $5 per person, made payable to the order of Gustavus, to Jean Heidcamp in the dean of the faculty's office. To facilitate meal planning, R.S.V.P. to Heidcamp by March 20.


Garage Sale Feb. 28-March 1... The 3rd annual indoor city-wide garage sale will start Feb. 28 with an "early-bird" sale ($5 entry) from 6-9 p.m. and continue from 8 a.m.-noon March 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Tax-deductible donations of clothes, toys, baby items, books, and household miscellaneous are needed. Donations can be brought to the church from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 or anytime before 2 p.m. on Feb. 28. Proceeds from this year's sale will go to the Yellow Ribbon Youth Board of St. Peter High School and the St. Peter Healthy Community Alliance. For more information, contact Wendy Bachman (931-2139).

Yellow Ribbon Event March 3... To learn more about depression, suicide, risk factors, how to ask for help, and what to do if someone asks you for help, join the Yellow Ribbon Youth Board of St. Peter High School, along with representatives from the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, for an evening of education at 7 p.m. March 3 at the high school theatre. This event is free and is open to the entire community. Sponsors for this event include the Kiwanis Club of St. Peter, the St. Peter Healthy Community Alliance, and St. Peter School District 508. For more information, contact Kelly Jensen (934-4210, x409).

Piano Recital March 9... The public is invited to a piano recital by James Johnson at 4 p.m. March 9 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. There is no admission charge, but there will be a free-will offering for the St. Peter Food Shelf. Johnson has earned an international reputation through his performances and recordings with the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Soloists and the Boston Pops, as well as many other performing groups. This event is sponsored by First Lutheran Church.


Lisa Heldke, philosophy, recently had her book, Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer, published by Routledge.

Steve Mellema, physics, conducted a workshop on innovations in physics education Feb. 21-22 at the Sultan Idris University of Education in Tanjung Malim, Malaysia. The 60 participants were high school teachers, university students, and faculty from around Malaysia. Mellema is currently a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Science University of Malaysia.

Douglas Nimmo, music, along with Virginia Nimmo of Mankato Area Public School District 77, presented a session at the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Clinic Feb. 14 in Minneapolis. The topic was "Judicious Discipline: A Philosophy for Musicians." Also, Doug Nimmo conducted the Gustavus Band in a concert performance Feb. 14 at the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Clinic in Minneapolis.


  • Administrative Assistant, Office of Marketing and Public Relations
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Feb. 28 for First Lutheran Church from Fairfield, IA.

Gustavus Youth Outreach scheduled for Feb. 28 includes Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel; and Feb. 28-March 1 at Salem Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including leading lock-ins, family night programs, and church services.


Check out the College's new "Faith and Learning" Web site at


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • NEH Humanities Focus Grants... The National Endowment for the Humanities offers Humanities Focus Grants of $10,000 to $25,000, which allow large or small groups of faculty to focus on significant humanities topics. This grant program, with an expedited review cycle and no external review, supports a wide range of activities, including guest scholars or consultants, program or course development, development of digital materials, and curriculum revision or development. The deadline is April 15. To get a better sense of the variety of possible opportunities, see a list of previous grants at 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 Feb. 23, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article on the state's budget which included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science). The article was in the Metro/Region section.
  • Also in the Feb. 23 Star Tribune, an article was published on the Hillstrom Museum of Art's current exhibit from the Provincetown (MA) Art Association and Museum. The article appeared in the Variety section.
  • On Feb. 22, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article announcing that Edina Schools Superintendent Kenneth Dragseth ('67) was named national Superintendent of the Year.
  • On Feb. 20, KTOE/KDOG radio (1420 AM/96.7 FM, both in Mankato, announced that Gustavus had narrowed its presidential search to 3 candidates. The story also ran on the state's Associated Press wire, and thus aired on WCCO radio (830 AM, Twin Cities, at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21) and other radio stations.
  • On Feb. 20, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ran an article on the state's budget which included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science).
  • On Feb. 20, the St. Peter Herald ran several articles relating to things happening at the College:
    • An article announcing that 3 candidates for the College's presidency had been chosen. The front-page story was titled "Gustavus to name president."
    • A color photograph of participants in discussion at "The Heart of Gustavus: A Community Conversation." The short explanation of the photograph was titled "Creating a vision."
    • A short story and color photograph of a barbershop quartet singing to President Dennis Johnson at the community conversation on Valentine's Day. The story, titled "Valentine surprises," appeared on the front page. The barbershop group includes Bruce Gray (retired institutional advancement) and Ellis Jones (emeritus professor of economics and management).
    • A story on the upcoming Native American Pow Wow. The page 5A article was titled "Pow Wow coming to fairgrounds Feb. 27."
    • An article on the Hillstrom Museum of Art and a color photograph of museum director Don Myers. The page 11A story was titled "Treasure on the Hill at Gustavus Adolphus."
  • Last week, KRBI radio (1310 AM, St. Peter) News Director and Cafe 1310 host Bruce Davis interviewed student Noah Johnson about Common Ground. Excerpts of the interview were broadcast on KRBI's local news throughout that week.
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
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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