The Yellow Sheet 2003
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News & AnnouncementsCampus-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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
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 (email@example.com).
Spring Semester Exercise Program. The following classes are being offered during Spring Semester in Lund Center to Gustavus employees and spouses at no charge:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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:
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 (email@example.com).
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:
More IT Classes in March... The following classes are being offered by the Department of Information Technology in March:
Faculty Forum March 25...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
Gustavus Youth Outreach
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.
House for Rent: Two-bedroom,
one-bath home with one-car garage, located in Le Sueur. Newly renovated
and in excellent condition. All appliances included. No smokers, no pets.
Available June 1. $800/month plus utilities. Call Dana (612/756-2112).
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