The Yellow Sheet 2003

March 6, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 21

Thursday, March 6,

Volume 35, Number 22

News & Announcements
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Off-Campus Events
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
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News & Announcements

Presidential Update... On March 4 the Board of Trustees met with the Presidential Search Committee and, after several hours of thoughtful discussion, identified a top candidate for the presidency. A verbal offer was extended to one of the candidates and it was accepted. The name shall, and must, remain confidential until a public announcement is made after a letter of intent is signed. The intention is to announce the new president to the campus community in Chapel and also host an on-campus press conference. The Office of Public Relations will alert the campus community via Community-L when this will occur. It is tentatively set for 10 a.m. March 13 in Christ Chapel.

North Central Association Accreditation Visit... A team of visiting consultants from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will be on campus March 24-26 as part of a normal comprehensive evaluation. The most recent of these evaluations took place in the spring of 1993. The college has prepared a self-study as part of the preparation for the visit. An electronic version can be found at, and a printed copy will be on reserve in the library. All faculty and staff are asked to take time to review the self-study that describes and evaluates how well the college fulfills the criteria for accreditation. (Before printing it, however, note that it is about 150 pages in length.) The consultant evaluators will want to meet with groups and individuals. Make every effort to attend and to be well-informed at those meetings. If questions, contact Eric Eliason (

Nominations for Conversation Review... Work is progressing on tabulating information gathered at the community conversation. Once all the information is entered, the information will be sorted to show like responses and patterns in thinking by participants. A committee is being formed to review this information. President Dennis Johnson has requested that the Staff Personnel Committee (SPC) submit names of support staff interested in serving on this committee. From these submissions, Johnson will select 2 names. Contact an SPC committee member or a division representative, namely, Mike Kolek ( or Sandi Francis ( Faculty Senate was asked to nominate faculty members; the Student Senate was asked to nominate students; and administration members are asked to nominate administrators by contacting Jolene Christensen (x7538 or as soon as possible. The committee will be made up of 3 faculty, 2 support staff, 2 administrators, and 2 students.

Prairie Home Companion Ticket Update... Ticket sales for the Prairie Home Companion live broadcast on campus will begin at noon March 11 through Ticketmaster (612/673-0404) or The Fitzgerald Theater box office (651/290-1221). Fitzgerald's hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. The show will take place at 4:45 p.m. April 12 in Lund Center Arena. Student tickets are on sale now at the Information Desk.

Staff Handbook Distribution... An updated staff handbook is currently being distributed to all administrative and support staff employees and their faculty supervisors. Upon receiving the handbook, sign and date the tearout sheet inside the front cover and return it to the Department of Human Resources to acknowledge receipt of the handbook. Anyone who does not receive a handbook by March 14 or has questions should call human resources (x7304).


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:

  • March 7 -- St. David's Day;
  • March 9 -- 1st Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • March 10 -- Tim Kennedy, Matthew 4:1-11;
  • March 11 -- Cherian Puthiuphi, Proverbs 30:1-9;
  • March 12 -- Lenten Liturgy;
  • March 13 -- Presidential Announcement;
  • March 14 -- Building Bridges; and
  • March 16 -- 2nd Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Rachel Larson.
St. David's Day Celebration Friday... On March 7, Gustavus will host its 30th annual St. David's Day. The public is invited to a mini-Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn sing) at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. A massed choir of 200 students will assist the congregation in singing 4 traditional Welsh hymns. The 20-minute hymn sing will be directed by Karen Jones Wojahn ('79). Wojahn is the daughter of longtime St. David's Day coordinator Ellis Jones. In addition, Wojahn's daughter will sing with the choir. A Welsh reception will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall.

Talk Shop Friday... 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 website under the On-Campus Community/Faculty/Shop Talks link.

Guest Piano Recital Friday... Turkish pianist Zeynep Ucbasaran is the guest recitalist at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Ucbasaran will present 3 preludes from Adnan Saygun's Opus 45, the "Wanderer" Fantasy by Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt's Fantasy and Fugue on the Theme "Bach," and Vallee d'Obermann. A reception will follow in the recital hall lobby. This event is sponsored by the music department and is free and open to the public.

Teacher/s Talk(ing) Monday... Faculty members are invited to "Teacher/s Talk(ing): Tax Tips for College Professors" at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. March 10 in the Faculty and Staff Center. Laurie Dietrich (institutional advancement) will facilitate the session. Sharemethods for keeping records, taking professional deductions, and other hints regarding income tax filing. Free lunch certificates will be provided to attendees.

Business Issues Discussion Monday... Anyone interested in discussing ethical and regulatory issues in business in this post-Enron era is invited to visit with Dan Currell ('94) from 2:30-4 p.m. March 10 in Linner Lounge. Currell is employed by a management research firm focusing on global corporations in Washington D.C.

GHP Lunch and Learn Tuesday... "Back Basics" will be presented by physical therapist Denise Jerome at Gustavus Health Promotion's "Lunch and Learn" from noon-1 p.m. March 11 in a Campus Center banquet room. Cost is $3.50 for the meal. Reservations are required; call Kari Eckheart (x6416).

MLK Memorial Lecture Tuesday... 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. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Gustavus Peace Studies program.

Physics Seminar Tuesday... James Lawler of the University of Wisconsin will present a physics seminar, titled "Research Opportunities for Physics Graduate Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison," at 7:30 p.m. March 11 in Olin Hall 220. This event is free and open to the public.

Cancer Support Group Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon March 12 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

Safe Zone Training March 12-13... Safe Zone is a program designed to help create a more supportive and aware environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (GLBTQA) individuals at Gustavus, as well as for those in the process of defining their sexuality. The Safe Zone training will be held March 12-13 and is free. The schedule is as follows:

  • 7-9 p.m. March 12 in a Campus Center banquet room -- an educational session led by Rebecca Hostetler of OutFront Minnesota, a state organization that provides training sessions for groups and businesses to help reduce heterosexism and homophobia in our society; and
  • 6-8 p.m. March 13 in a Campus Center banquet room -- dessert and discussion will address the GLBTQA community in life and at Gustavus.
Anyone who would like to participate in this training should contact Angela Janda (x8002 or by March 7.

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. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Unsinkable Women to be Performed March 15... Unsinkable Women -- Stories and Songs from the "Titanic," written and performed by Deborah Jean Templin ('73) and called "the most affecting and truthful version of the Titanic story to date," will be presented at 8 p.m. March 15 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Based on the true story of the most "unsinkable" ocean liner ever launched, Unsinkable Women tells the stories of 8 women who survived and the remarkable lives they lived after that night in 1912. Based on diaries, letters, and interviews, the play showcases the lives before, during, and after the Titanic sank. Templin wrote the play during the national tour of the Broadway musical Titanic. Tickets may be purchased at the Ticket Center (x7590) or at the door beginning at 7 p.m. that evening. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students.

Benefit Concert March 15... A benefit concert will be held at 8 p.m. March 15 in Lund Center Arena. The Big Wu, a jam band popular in Minnesota, and Shannon McNally, a nationally known pop singer, will perform. Proceeds will benefit the CADA House and the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center and Neighborhood House for Community Building. The CADA House is a shelter for battered women in the Mankato area and the Wellstone Center is a meeting and gathering place in St. Paul for people of all cultural and economic backgrounds. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for all students. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Center (x7590). Doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert is the culminating event of the 2003 Building Bridges Conference. For more information on the conference, click on the Building Bridges 2003 button on the Gustavus homepage.

Daffodil Sale March 17-21... The Cancer Awareness Resistance Education (CARE) organization will sponsor the American Cancer Society's "Daffodil Days" March 17-21. Bundles of 10 daffodils are $7. An anonymous donation of daffodils in a vase can be made to a cancer patient for $15. To pre-order, contact Ann Volk (


"A "Carnival of Fools" will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29, the 5th anniversary of the tornado, at the St. Peter Community Center. This community-based April Fool's Day festival will celebrate inventiveness, creativity, and the fusion of ideas. Artists, performers, community organizations, dreamers, and thinkers of all ages are invited to participate or attend. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, call Susan Hirshberg (507/665-6948 or


  • Pearl Knight, mother of Karl Knight and mother-in-law of Barbara Kaiser (both mathematics and computer science), died Feb. 26. Funeral services were held March 1 in Wisconsin. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. March 8 at Union Presbyterian Church in St. Peter. Memorials are preferred to Habitat for Humanity or the American Bible Society.
To inform the campus community of the loss of a current student or employee or trustee, an emeritus professor or trustee, or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the president's office (x7538).


  • Banquet Staff, Dining Service
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Jim Gilbert (campus naturalist and director of the Linnaeus Arboretum) speaking on "Caring for God's Creation" March 9 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Crystal, and Mark Granquist (religion) speaking on "Cults, Sects, and New Religious Movements" March 9 at Central Lutheran Church in Winona. Granquist is making 2 presentations; 1 at an adult forum and the other for a confirmation retreat. Scott Olson ('76) is pastor at Central Lutheran. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations where participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentation for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat March 7 for Our Savior's Lutheran Church of New Ulm.

Gustavus Youth Outreach scheduled for March 7-8 includes First Lutheran Church in Pine River. 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.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Faculty Research Opportunity Awards Available... The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers Faculty Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) through its Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program. ROAs enable faculty members to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. ROAs are usually funded as a supplement to the NSF grant of the host researcher, who submits the application. Most frequently, ROA activities are summer experiences, but partial support of sabbaticals is sometimes provided. ROAs have a fast turn-around and are only at the discretion of the program officer whose budget provides the funding. The deadline varies with the program. For more information, see the September 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 March 2, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis featured a story on the Hillstrom Museum of Art's current art exhibit, titled "A Community of Artists," from the Provincetown, MA, Art Association and Museum. The article appeared in the Variety section.
  • In the March 2003 issue of the Metro Lutheran, Gustavus was mentioned in an article on the DNA sequencer awarded to the College. The article included a black and white photograph of Colleen Jacks and Pam Kittelson (both biology) and students Monica Paulson and Phil Graeve. The page 3 story is titled "New DNA sequencer for Gustavus."
  • The March 2003 Mpls.St.Paul magazine published a story on high school counselors and private college consultants advising students on how to prepare for college. Mark Anderson (admission) was quoted regarding college planning.
  • On Feb. 27, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) aired a story on the 10 p.m. news on the Gustavus-sponsored Pow-wow held at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds earlier that evening. Native American dancers came together to show their talent and teach others about their heritage.
  • In the February 2003 issue of Static, an article was published on the Gustavus Band. The story, titled "Gustavus Adolphus College Band Celebrates 125th Anniversary," appeared on page 19.
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


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2002-03":
  • x6550 -- Cheryl Peterson, Marketing & Public Relations (deletion)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix goes on sale June 21. The Book Mark will sell the books for $17.99. Pre-orders are now being taken, so look for the sign-up sheet at the register. Watch for details about a Harry Potter party June 20, with books available 1 minute after midnight.


For Rent: 1 1/2-bedroom apartment available in walk-out basement of house at 629 N. 5th, St. Peter. Large front room, newly remodeled bathroom, and large backyard. Available May 1. Rent includes utilities. Contact Jud Keim (x7606 or


3/7/2003 Events for Mar 7 - Mar 16, 2003
Friday, March 7
Celebration - St. David's Day
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Athletic - Track at MIAC Championships
Campus Event - Pilates Exercise Class 12:40 PM
Workshop - Church and College Retreat 4:00 PM
Lecture - Faculty Shop Talks 4:30 PM
Athletic - Gymnastics @ UW-Stout Tourney 7:00 PM
Campus Event - Open Gaming Night 7:00 PM
Fine Arts - Visiting Pianist 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 8
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Athletic - Track at MIAC Championships
Academic - LSAT Practice Examination 9:00 AM
Athletic - Men's tennis vs. Macalester Co 10:00 AM
Athletic - Women's tennis @ Claremont 12:30 PM
Athletic - Men's tennis vs. UW-Whitewater 2:00 PM
Workshop - Church and College Retreat 4:00 PM
Special Event - President's Ball 6:30 PM
Athletic - M. Basketball @ UW-Stevens Poi 7:00 PM
Fine Arts - St. Peter High School Concert 7:30 PM
Athletic - W. Basketball @ Pacific Luther 9:00 PM
Athletic - Men's baseball @ Northland Col 9:45 PM
Sunday, March 9
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Athletic - Women's tennis @ Pomona-Pitzer 9:00 AM
Worship - Taize: Contemplative Worship 9:00 PM
Monday, March 10
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Workshop - Teacher/s Talk(ing) 11:30 AM
Campus Event - Total Conditioning Exercise 11:40 AM
Campus Event - Fitness 110 1:10 PM
Lecture - Ethics in Business Discussion 2:30 PM
Campus Event - Open Juggling and Lessons 6:30 PM
Lecture - International Law Forum 7:00 PM
Lecture - Psychology Gradudate School 7:00 PM
Meeting - Pre-Law Society Meeting 8:00 PM
Athletic - Men's baseball @ Wartburg Coll 10:00 PM
Tuesday, March 11
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Campus Event - Yoga 6:40 AM
Workshop - Van Driving Instruction 9:00 AM
Campus Event - Lunch and Learn 12:00 PM
Campus Event - Fitness 110 1:10 PM
Workshop - Excel Basics 2:30 PM
Workshop - Van Driving Instruction 3:30 PM
Lecture - Universal Literacy Today 7:00 PM
Academic - LSAT Preparation Session #1 7:00 PM
Lecture - Martin Luther King Lecture 7:30 PM
Workshop - Physics Seminar 7:30 PM
Worship - Proclaim 9:00 PM
Wednesday, March 12
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Special Event - Gustavus Internship Fair 10:00 AM
Meeting - Campus Cancer Support Group 12:00 PM
Campus Event - Body Sculpting 12:40 PM
Workshop - Taming the Email Monster 2:30 PM
Campus Event - G.O.L.D. Leadership Series 6:00 PM
Workshop - SafeZone Training 7:00 PM
Meeting - Gustavus Greens Meeting 8:30 PM
Thursday, March 13
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Workshop - Advanced Word 9:00 AM
Campus Event - Step Aerobics 11:40 AM
Workshop - SafeZone Training 6:00 PM
Campus Event - Film: The Pinochet Case 7:00 PM
Lecture - Phi Beta Kappa Lecture 7:30 PM
Meeting - College Democrats Meeting 9:00 PM
Friday, March 14
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Alumni - Tucson Area Campaign Event
Campus Event - Pilates Exercise Class 12:40 PM
Meeting - Study Abroad Information 2:30 PM
Conference - Building Bridges Conference 3:00 PM
Athletic - Gymnastics @ NCGA Regionals 6:00 PM
Campus Event - Films: Human Rights Watch 6:30 PM
Campus Event - Special Olympics Fundraiser 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 15
Campus Event - Gus Bus to the Twin Cities
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Alumni - Phoenix campaign event
Conference - Building Bridges Conference 8:00 AM
Athletic - Men's tennis @ Bethel College 8:30 AM
Athletic - Men's tennis @ Hamline Univers 11:30 AM
Campus Event - Building Bridges Concert 7:00 PM
Athletic - Men's tennis vs. St. Olaf Coll 7:30 PM
Fine Arts - Unsinkable Women: Titanic 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 16
Fine Arts - Hillstrom Museum Art Exhibit
Alumni - Sun City campaign event
Campus Event - Juggling Bonanza 12:00 PM
Fine Arts - Seven Last Words Concert 7:00 PM
Worship - Taize: Contemplative Worship 9:00 PM

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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