The Yellow Sheet 2003

March 27, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 24

Thursday, March 27,

Volume 35, Number 25

News & Announcements
Cost-Cutting Responses
Grant News
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

North Central Association Accreditation News... The campus site visit for the College's renewal of accreditation ended the morning of March 26 with an exit meeting at which the visiting consultant-evaluators reported their recommendations. These recommendations were good news for the College: the team will recommend our accreditation be renewed for 10 years, without stipulation, and that the next comprehensive evaluation take place in 2012-13. The report also identified strengths and concerns. A full account of these will be published soon. Many thanks to all who helped with the self-study and whose participation in the site visit led the consultant-evaluators to such a positive conclusion about the College's programs and efforts.

Gus Moves Friday... At 10:20 a.m. March 28, 1 day short of the 5th anniversary of the March 29, 1998 tornado, President Dennis Johnson will turn old "Gus" so he again faces east, as he did before the tornado. According to Johnson, "Facing east is a sign of looking to the future, but on the day of the tornado Old Gus turned around to look for the storm, the clouds." He was knocked over by a backhoe during the cleanup.

Community Conversation Follow-up... The community is invited to 1 of 3 sessions to hear and respond to summaries of the Community Conversation and evaluation ranking forms filled out by the community members. President Dennis Johnson will make the presentation and will invite further conversation. Times are:

  • 10:30 a.m.-noon April 8
  • 3:30-5 p.m. April 8
  • 7-8:30 p.m. April 8
All sessions will be held in Banquet Room B.

Student Receives Truman Scholarship... Kate Johansen, junior political science major, has been awarded a Truman Scholarship. The Truman is one of the prestige scholarships, and only 85 scholars from across the nation are chosen for this scholarship each year. The award is given for academic excellence, a record of public and community service, a commitment to a career of public service, outstanding leadership potential, and communication skills. It provides $30,000 for the last year of college and for graduate or professional school. Johansen is the 3rd Gustavus student in the past 6 years to win the Truman Scholarship and the 6th in Gustavus history. The 1st winner, in 1983, was Chris Johnson (vocational reflection).

Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to Spring Break, The Yellow Sheet will not be published April 3. Publication will resume April 10. Also, due to Easter Recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published April 17. Publication will resume April 24.

Parking Lots Closed... Campus parking lots will be cleaned/swept April 1-3. Lots will be closed as follows:

  • April 1: Lot A (green/red/yellow), E and G.
  • April 2: Lot A (visitor), B, C, M, L, O, and P.
  • April 3: Lot J, I, H, F, K, D, Q, and R.
Closed lots will be blocked off and cleaning will begin at 6 a.m. each day. Students who have to leave a vehicle on campus during Spring Break must move the vehicle to Lot N or P (gravel sections) for the duration of the break. Questions can be directed to Safety and Security (x8888).

State Park/Fishing License Challenge... All employees and spouses are encouraged to sign up for the 2003 state park/fishing license challenge. Participants must keep track of the minutes they exercise. If required minutes are accumulated, a participant receives a state park sticker or a fishing license. Registration runs from March 31-April 7, and the challenge will take place April 6-May 3. Information packets can be picked up at the Lund Center information desk or by contacting Kari Eckheart ( or x6416).


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

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

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

Answer: It is important to note that, unlike administrators, faculty are limited to $500 for conference attendance each year, with an additional $400 if a faculty member presents a paper or is on the program. As anyone who has traveled to a conference recently knows, this seldom pays for registration, travel, food, and lodging. It should also be noted that professional conference attendance and presentation of research/creative projects is expected of faculty for tenure and promotion.
-Steve Griffith


Grant Received for Research... Paul Saulnier (physics) has been awarded $50,000 from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society for a project, titled "Application of Time-Resolved Photon Correlation Spectroscopy to Fundamental Systems." With this 3-year award, each summer Saulnier and 2 undergraduate students will be able to conduct light scattering experiments, the purpose of which is to study the dynamical behavior of small particles suspended in a fluid.

Grant Received for Visiting Lectureship... Under the direction and leadership of Roland Thorstensson (Scandinavian studies), Gustavus has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for a visiting lectureship during January Term and Spring Semester 2004. In addition to teaching 2 courses, 1 on Sami culture and 1 in cross-cultural indigenous studies, the visiting lecturer will also be involved in several planned outreach activities.


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 28 -- Student Senate Induction; and
  • March 30-April 6 -- No Chapel.
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 (see next item); 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.

Svenska Kaffe April 10... Gustavus Library Associates invites members and friends to Svenska Kaffe with Stewe Claeson, the 2003 Out of Scandinavia writer-in-residence, from 3:30-5 p.m. April 10 in the Interpretive Center. R.S.V.P. by calling Special Events in the Office of Public Rrelations (x7520) by April 7.

Talk Shop April 11... Jim Rauch (economics and management) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2002-03 academic year. His talk, titled "Developing a Formal Credit Market for Vietnamese Small Businesses," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. April 11 in the Interpretive Center. 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.


"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. Admission is free. For more information or to volunteer, call Susan Hirshberg (507/665-6948 or or go to


  • Jacqueline Baumgartner, mother of Becky Miller (academic dean's office) and grandmother of Mike Miller (senior student), died March 22. Services were March 26 in North Mankato with burial in Mankato.
  • Richard Allen Jenner, father of Elizabeth Jenner (sociology and anthropology), died March 10 in Walnut Creek, CA. He was a professor at San Francisco State University and the Director of the Center for Global Competitiveness, as well as the co-director of the Ohrenschall Center for Entrepreneurship, both at the San Francisco State University College of Business. Jenner was a native of Chicago but often visited Minnesota with his parents as his mother was a native of Minneapolis.
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).


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • SIR Grants Available...The Worldwide Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program brings visiting scholars and professionals from abroad to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities for 1 semester or an academic year. The program is especially appropriate for small liberal arts colleges. In addition to teaching courses, scholars may give campus-wide and community lectures and contribute to curriculum development. Although preference is given to proposals in the humanities or social sciences, other fields focusing on international issues will be considered. Gustavus has had success with this program in recent years, hosting Beneduct Der from Ghana in 1999-2000 and Desmond D'Abreo from India in 1995-1996. The deadline is Nov. 1. Anyone interested in this program should contact Bob Weisenfeld (x7049 or
The current edition of Grant Information (aka The Blue Sheet) is available at


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • The April 2003 issue of The Lutheran features an opinion piece written by Gustavus students Mary Duvall and Ellen Muggli, who were in a January Term class, titled "Changing the World," taught by Chris Johnson (vocational reflection). A photograph of each student accompanied the piece.
  • The April 2003 issue of Metro Lutheran included a news brief on the College's new president Jim Peterson. The page 3 article, titled "Peterson will head Gustavus Adolphus," included a photograph of Peterson.
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


Spring Break Hours are as follows:
  • Hillstrom Museum... The Hillstrom Museum of Art will remain open 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... 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.
  • Lund Center... 7 a.m.-7 p.m. March 28; 1-7 p.m. March 29; 1-5 p.m. March 30; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 31-April 4; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. April 5; 1-10:30 p.m. April 6. The pool and weight room will close at 1 p.m. March 28 and reopen April 7.
  • Academic and Administrative Buildings... 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 and 6. If the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs, contact Swanberg to make the necessary changes.


For Sale: Samick 48" black upright piano, approximately 12 years old, in excellent condition. Price is $2,000. Contact Jeff Rosoff (x7476 or 931-4943).


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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