The Yellow Sheet 2003

March 20, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 23

Thursday, March 20,

Volume 35, Number 24

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News & Announcements

All-employee Meeting Rescheduled... Due to a change in President Johnson's schedule, the all-employee meeting scheduled for March 20 has been changed to 4 p.m. March 26 in Alumni Hall.

Basketball Team in Final Four... The Gustavus men's basketball team will play Hampden-Sydney College of Hampden-Sydney, VA, in the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III Final Four at 7 p.m. (CST) March 21 in Salem, VA. This is the Gusties first Final Four appearance. If Gustavus wins, they will play the winner of the Williams College (MA)/College of Wooster (OH) game for the national championship at 3:30 p.m. (CST) March 22. If the Gusties lose, they will play for 3rd place at 2:30 p.m. (CST) March 22. The games will be broadcast as follows:

  • KRBI Radio (1310 AM, St. Peter) will broadcast both games.
  • KRBI's broadcast can be accessed via Teamline free of charge over the telephone by calling 1-800-846-4700, enter the Gustavus team code (3943), and then be directly connected to the broadcast over the telephone.
  • On the Internet, go to Internet Explorer (not Netscape Navigator), go to and, if using a Macintosh, it may be necessary to copy the listen link mms:// into the Media Player.
  • FOX has purchased the rights from CBS to broadcast the championship game on Saturday afternoon.The game will be available on Fox Sports Net South. Fans living outside of the Fox Sports Net South coverage area can view the game via satellite dishes. The semi-final games and the 3rd place game will not be televised.
North Central Association Accreditation Visit... 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 the College's comprehensive evaluation. The visiting team will evaluate the institution as a whole, not particular departments, divisions, or units. The team's goal is to see the big picture, to understand how what we do and what we are responsible for fits into the mission and goals of the College. The team will see if the College fulfills the criteria for accreditation, evaluate effectiveness as an institution and make suggestions for improving as an institution. During the past 2 years, a committee of faculty and administrators, with the help of many individuals and offices, has compiled a self-study that provides a detailed look at how the College meets the criteria for accreditation. That self-study is available online at A printed copy is on reserve in the library.

Whatever your role in the community -- staff, student, faculty, administrator -- you have ideas and information about how your work and activities fit and contribute to the College's mission and goals. This accreditation visit will be a good chance for you to explain your understanding of the big picture and for the consultant-evaluators to evaluate the coherence of the many different activities and initiatives that take place on campus. An open session for the campus community will be held 9-9:45 a.m. March 25 in Alumni Hall. For more information, contact self-study coordinator Eric Eliason (

Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to Spring Break, The Yellow Sheet will not be published April 3. Publication will resume April 10.

Spring Break Voice Mail Greeting... All are reminded to change voice mail greetings to accommodate Spring Break schedules. To record an extended absence greeting do the following:

  • Call the system and enter your password;
  • Press 4 - Personal Options;
  • Press 3 - Greetings;
  • Press 2 - Extended Absence Greeting;
  • Listen to the instructions; and
  • Press * to exit until you hear "good-bye".
Doing this will give callers the option of leaving a message or waiting for your return. If questions, contact Laura in telecommunications (x6261 or

Cell Phone Availability... The Office of Telecommunications has cellular phones available for employee check-out while traveling for College business. The phones are small hand-held units that can be used in a vehicle or carried in a purse or coat pocket. Additional features include voice mail and a handsfree accessory. There is no charge for the use of the phones. Users pay only if a call is placed, at a cost of approximately 13 cents per minute. There is no roaming fee in the entire multi-state home area; but outside of the home area the roaming fee is a flat rate of 50 cents per minute. Normal long-distance charges will be applied only when placing a call from outside the home area. If questions, contact Laura in telecommunications (x6261 or

Dance Concert Tickets on Sale Now... Tickets are now on sale at the ticket center for a dance concert to be presented at 8 p.m. March 21 and 22 and at 2 p.m. March 23 in Anderson Theatre.


Question/Suggestion: Encourage people to give dollars for scholarships to help with the financial aid crisis.

Answer: Gift planning staff more than doubled the number of endowed scholarships created this year compared with last year. Anniversary Class giving is focusing on creating an endowed class scholarship in the name of the class, with the Class of 1962 leading that initiative. The emphasis of the Building a Greater Gustavus campaign on encouraging donors to include Gustavus in their estate plans and offering scholarships along with other prioritized and endowable programs as recipients of their legacy is creating a culture of expectation for significant giving at Gustavus that will result in a greater foundation for support and giving.
-Steve Hogberg

Question/Suggestion: Does the College catalog need to be redone each year? Perhaps place on a 2-year cycle, online, or on CD? The same for the parent handbook?

Answer: Fewer College catalogs are printed each year. Admission still sees the need for some paper copies in high school offices. Campus use is primarily online.
-Owen Sammelson

Question/Suggestion: Determine before designing, printing, and mailing if a full-color expensive piece is more effective than a simple personal letter in an envelope or if the message cannot be stated in the Quarterly as effectively as an additional promotional magazine.

Answer: Four-color printing has greatly decreased in cost. Admission tries to do as many things in-house as possible. Discussion is always held before design and print. Admission now prints most pieces on 2-color so the pieces can be done on campus. Another savings is to use lighter paper on brochures. Using 60# paper rather than 80# can save thousands. Everything going in an envelope must fit regular College envelopes; no special order envelopes. Planning in advance on printing means no expensive last minute changes.
-Owen Sammelson

Question/Suggestion: Review value of conference attendance by administrators and faculty. Set a limit on the number of conferences and the dollar amount for everyone.

Answer: An excellent point on conference attendance. Consideration should be given to staff making presentations or appearing in a program. Also, subject matter is important. Many new, and good, ideas can come from attending. Most areas restrict staff to 1 conference a year.
-Owen Sammelson

Question/Suggestion: Look at "no-need" students being given a scholarship. Ask the parent if they would consider foregoing the scholarship. Tell the parent the funds would go back into the scholarship account to assist other students with higher or stronger needs. Those students getting need-based financial aid should get more and not have the cutbacks that everyone else has. Those not needing financial assistance should be able to take out loans but not receive all the grant benefits that other students desperately need and rely on.

Answer: No-need scholarships, offered by almost all Minnesota colleges and universities, have become a necessity in recruiting top students. Our policy in financial aid is to move more of our scholarship dollars each year back to need-based awards.
-Owen Sammelson


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 21 -- Taize Morning Prayer;
  • March 23 -- 3rd Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • March 24 -- Chris Johnson, Mark 11:15-19;
  • March 25 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson, Psalm 132;
  • March 26 -- Lenten Liturgy;
  • March 27 -- Garrett Paul, Mark 8:31-38;
  • March 28 -- Student Senate Induction; and
  • March 30 -- No Chapel.
Talk Shop Friday... Suzanne Wilson (sociology and anthropology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the academic year at 4:30 p.m. March 21 in the Interpretive Center. Her talk is titled "From Cartels to Narcoguerillas: The War on Drugs in Colombia." 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.

Student Flute Recital Friday... Leslie Carlson will present her senior flute recital at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Carlson, along with pianist Coni Liljengren and a number of student musicians, will present works for solo flute, flute and piano, flute duet and chamber ensemble of flute, violin, viola, and 'cello. The recital opens with Mozart's Flute Quartet in D and Katherine Hoover's Kokopeli for Solo Flute. Then, assisted by Sandy Valnes, flute, and Coni Liljengren, piano, Carlson will present The Further Adventures of Two Flutes and will conclude with Sonatine for Flute and Piano. A reception will be held in the recital hall lobby following the performance. This recital is free and open to the public.

Healing and Peace Service Sunday... Prayers for the healing of body, mind, and spirit may be offered and received at this week's Taize Contemplative Worship Service. Prayers for the world, for the reconciliation of all people, and for peace will also be a part of this service. The service is at 9 p.m. March 23 in Christ Chapel and is sponsored by the Chaplains Office.

Silent Auction Fundraiser Monday... The campus community is invited to a fundraiser sponsored by the Tri Sigmas March 24 in Banquet Rooms B and C. Bidding for the silent auction will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., and there will be a live auction from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Some of the auction items include a DVD player, Timberwolves tickets, a microwave, and gift certificates from St. Peter and Mankato area businesses. All auction proceeds will go toward the sorority's national philanthropic effort for the Robbie Page Memorial "Supporting Play Therapy for Hospitalized Children."

Faculty Forum Tuesday... 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.

Out of Scandinavia Residency April 9-16... Swedish novelist and short story writer Stewe Claeson will be the 2003 Out of Scandinavia writer in residence April 9-16 at Gustavus. The public is invited to the following events, which are free:

  • "Afternoon with the Author" from 3:30-5 p.m. April 10 in the Interpretive Center; and
  • A public lecture at 7 p.m. April 14 in Banquet Room A.
During the weeklong residency, Claeson will also visit various classes. Active in areas of cultural life in Sweden and other countries, he 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 work of fiction, 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 currently rector of Nordiska Folkhogskolan where he has also taught creative writing.


Presentation on Swedish-American Colony April 6... In the early years of the 20th Century, a Swedish-American doctor, Alfred Lind, established a Swedish-American colony in Cuba that had direct ties to Minnesota. Lind, who lived in Nicollet County for 10 years and attended Gustavus, visited the island in 1904 and envisioned a settlement that would offer immigrants a common Swedish Lutheran heritage in a warm and healthful climate. Marilyn McGriff, whose article about the colony appeared in the Spring 1999 issue of Minnesota History, will give a presentation on Lind at 2:30 p.m. April 6 at the Treaty Site History Center, 1851 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. This event is free to Nicollet County Historical Society members; non-member admission is $4. For more information, call 934-2160.

Garden Plots Available... Anyone who would like to have a garden at the St. Peter Community Garden should contact Kelly Kunkel at the Nicollet County Extension Services (931-6800) for an application. Garden plots are free and available to all St. Peter area residents. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. The garden is located at 1801 W. Broadway, across from the Church of St. Peter.
-Also, the Garden Bud program matches young gardeners (ages 11-13) with an adult or older teen gardener. Anyone interested in participating in this project or knows someone who might be interested should also contact Kunkel.
-The St. Peter Community Garden is a joint venture of Gustavus, the Nicollet County Extension Services, and St. Peter Community and Family Education. For more information, contact Kunkel or Lisa Heldke (933-7029 or


Guild of St. Lucia Announced... Each year, the Guild of St. Lucia honors 15 junior women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College. The 2003-04 Guild of St. Lucia members are Elizabeth Bockman, Hope Crenshaw, Ellen Doyle, Crystal Gildea, Easten Higgins, Ann Humburg, Signe Jordet, Emily Kofoed, Sarah Lippert, Micah McDonough, Ann Morris, Elizabeth Oberg, Megan Schliep, Zosia Stanley, and Maggie Stolp.

Al Behrends, fine arts, was recently selected as interview adjudicator for the Minnesota Academic Decathlon State Tournament on March 4 and 5. The 2-day event ended with St. Peter's Academic Decathlon team placing 3rd in state and Yoshi Ludwig, daughter of Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, earning several medals in individual competition and the overall bronze medal for the tournament.

Mark Bjelland, geography, presented a paper, titled "Environmental Sustainability Indicators Applied to Rural Cluster and New Urbanist Developments," at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers March 3 in New Orleans. Bjelland also co-organized and served as a panelist in a session on geographic education at liberal arts colleges.

Axel Steuer, former president, was named president of Illinois College March 15. He will assume his duties on June 1. Illinois College is located in Jacksonville, IL, and is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church.


Paschal Kyoore (modern foreign languages and literatures/French) and Martha Kyoore announce the birth of a son, Zechariah Muomaalme Siekyoghrkure Kyoore, on March 13.


  • Violet Schulz, mother of Dee Waldron (retired public relations) and grandmother of Kelly Waldron (finance) died March 19. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. March 21 at the Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago and funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. March 22 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Amboy.
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).


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat March 21 for First Lutheran Church from Blooming Prairie.

Gustavus Youth Outreach scheduled for March 22-23 includes Zion Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids. 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:
  • Academic Research Enhancement Awards Available... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grants (R15) in an effort to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced training but that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. These grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, either for feasibility studies, pilot studies, and other small-scale programs that would provide data preliminary to a traditional research project grant or as support for an ongoing program of research. A maximum of $150,000 in direct costs, plus facilities and administrative costs, may be awarded for a period of up to 3 years. The deadlines are May 25, Sept. 25, and Jan. 25. For more information, see the September 2002 issue of Grant Information at (Note the September 2002 issue does not reflect the increased maximum amount of direct costs of $150,000, which took effect 1/9/03.)
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:
  • News of James Peterson being named Gustavus' 14th president appeared in the March 13 and 14 St. Paul Pioneer Press and Star Tribune of Minneapolis and also in numerous other media outlets as the announcement ran on the Associate Press newswire. Locally, feature stories appeared in The Free Press of Mankato on March 14, on the front page of the St. Peter Herald on March 20, on the front page of The Gustavian Weekly, and on KRBI Radio (1310 AM, St. Peter).
  • Stories on this year's Building Bridges Conference ran in the following:
    • At 8:35 a.m. March 10, students Mary and Anne Wenstrom were interviewed live on Mankato's KDOG (96.7 FM) morning show. During the 10-minute interview, they discussed the Building Bridges Conference and mainly discussed the benefit concert. (In addition, 20 30-second benefit concert ads aired on the station.)
    • From 10:30-10:50 a.m. on March 14, students Mary and Anne Wenstrom were interviewed live on St. Peter's KRBI "Cafe 1310" radio show. During the 20-minute interview, they discussed the Building Bridges Conference, the benefit concert, and the Wellstone dedication.
    • On March 15, student Mary Wenstrom was interviewed by WCCO Radio (830 AM). The news story focused on the Building Bridges Conference Wellstone dedication.
    • At 10 p.m. March 15, KEYC-TV in Mankato aired a story on the Building Bridges Conference.
  • On March 1, The North American Welsh Newspaper published a story about Ellis Jones (emeritus economics and management) being named 2002 Barbershopper of the Year by the Mankato Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus. The article, which included a photograph of Jones, was titled "Ellis Jones Awarded Choral Honor."
  • The International Herald Tribune/The Asahi Shimbun printed haiku by Horst Ludwig (modern foreign languages and literatures/German), and some notes about his haiku theory in the newspaper's haiku section on Feb. 5 and 12. The same section brought also haiku by 2 of Ludwig's students, by Jason Rogowski on Feb. 12 and by Jennifer Klohs on March 12.
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


Hillstrom Museum Hours for Spring Break... The Hillstrom Museum of Art will remain open during Spring Break due to the popularity of the current exhibitions, titled "A Community of Artists: The Collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum" and "Landscapes and Cityscapes on Loan and from the Permanent Collection." During break, weekend hours will be 1-5 p.m. and weekday hours will be 1-4 p.m.

Library Hours for Spring Break are 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. March 28; closed March 29-30; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. March 31-April 4; closed April 5; and 6 p.m.-midnight April 6.

Building Hours for Spring Break... Safety and Security will lock all academic buildings at 6 p.m. March 28. All academic buildings, unless otherwise requested, will remain locked until 6 a.m. April 6. Students requiring access to campus buildings during this time period will need to have a "Permission for Admittance Card" that is issued by a faculty or staff member. Additional cards can be requested from Deb Swanberg (x8809). Administrative buildings will be open during normal business hours March 31-April 4 and will be closed March 29 and 30 and April 5. If the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs, contact Swanberg to make the necessary changes.


Information Technology Launches New Website... Information Technology announces the launch of its new website: Some notable features are a news section, new documentation, updated downloads, and improved organization. For those curious about the status of the Internet Connection, a real-time graph showing current load has been incorporated into the page design as well. Feedback regarding this page should be sent to


For Rent: One-bedroom apartment available this summer. Remodeled in 2002. Located about 5 blocks from campus. Rent includes everything but phone and cable. Off-street parking available. No smokers, no pets. If interested, call Michelle (934-6748).

For Sale: A 3-bedroom, contemporary, walk-out home with 2 bathrooms, great room, jacuzzi, fireplace. Built in 1993 on 3-wooded acres in the country. For sale by owner. Contact Mona Rizk-Finne (507/665-2088 or

For Sale: Sony DSC-P30 digital camera. Never used. Best Buy service plan. USB interface kit. Call JoEllen (x6262).

For Sale: Samick 48" upright piano, approximately 12 years old, in excellent condition. Price is $2,250.


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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