The Yellow Sheet 2003
Volume 35, Number 25Thursday, April 10,
Volume 35, Number 26
News & AnnouncementsReception for the Petersons... The campus community is invited to a reception for President-elect Jim Peterson and Susan Peterson from 3:30-5 p.m. April 25 at a location to be announced. All are invited to come, meet and welcome them. (Watch the College Calendar and the April 24th edition of The Yellow Sheet for the reception location.)
A Prairie Home Live... Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" will be broadcast live from the Gustavus campus on April 12. Tickets are sold out for seats in Lund Center Arena, but individuals may listen to the show from 5-7 p.m. Saturday on Minnesota Public Radio's classical music stations (90.5 KGAC-FM in the St. Peter/Mankato area) and from 5-7 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 13 on all MPR news and information stations (91.5 KNGA-FM in the St. Peter/Mankato area). This long-running variety show features comedy sketches, acoustic-based music, and Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon." Some Gustavus individuals will be involved in this show, which is one of a 3-stop spring "college tour." See this week's YS Tidbit for an interesting fact -- a Garrison-Gustavus connection.
Lund Parking Lot Closing... In preparation for "A Prairie Home Companion" (see item above), Lund Parking Lot "B" will close beginning at 11 p.m. April 11 and remain closed until 9 p.m. April 12. All vehicles must be moved from the lot by 11 p.m. Friday or they will be towed.
Tenure Service Set... The following people will be installed as tenured members of the faculty during the 10 a.m. Chapel service April 25:
Gaston Alzate -- Department of Modern Foreign Languages and LiteraturesHow Are World Events Affecting Study Abroad? While the Office of International Education has not had any telephone calls from parents or students relevant to the current war situation, a few questions have been raised regarding the impact on study abroad during these troubling times. As Mona Rizk-Finne wrote in a recent letter sent to study abroad students and their parents: "We are of course monitoring the world situation and staying in regular contact with our hosts and program providers abroad. The security and safety of our students is first and foremost. We would not send a student or group to a location deemed unsafe by the U.S. State Department. We also subscribe to the Department of State's Overseas Advisory Council and receive daily briefings on world events. Moreover, Gustavus is an active institutional member of a number of professional organizations, which give us immediate access to a worldwide network of international education professionals. Members of this group work together closely and share accurate information as well as provide assistance in case of problems abroad." Prior to travel, students are briefed about health and safety issues related to studying and living abroad, as well as being instructed not to bring attention to themselves as Americans. Rizk-Finne also addressed the value of studying abroad in her letter: "I am convinced that the best possibility for peace in the future will depend on each one of us willing to learn about one another and accept differences, personal, political, and national. Students studying abroad are making a personal investment toward that future world."
Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to Easter Recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published April 17. Publication will resume April 24. Deadline for submissions to The Yellow Sheet is 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication.
Service Awards Dinner May 22... The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards Dinner will be held May 22 in Alumni Hall, with social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The College and the Alumni Association wish to recognize the commitment of faculty and administrators that have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years to the College as well as those retiring. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person. An invitation will be forthcoming to faculty and administrators, although all are welcome to attend. A list of awardees follows. Contact the alumni office with the name of any person that should be included in the list of honorees or with any questions.
RetireesCommunity Conversation Analysis Committee Named... As a follow-up to the Feb. 14 community conversation, the Analysis and Interpretation Committee has been formed and the following people have been appointed to the committee: faculty members Carolyn Dobler (chair), Russ Shapiro, and June Klubec; students Signe Jordet and Adam Barrett; administrators Robert Helgeson and Joyce Aarsvold; and support staff Amy Brown and Rick Dahn. The committee will be assisted by David Menk and Jolene Christensen. The committee's charge is to examine the data from the Data Comparison book, the recorded conversations on Feb. 14, and the follow-up evaluation/ranking form. Further, the committee intends to provide interpretation of the data, insofar as the data lends itself to interpretation and conclusions. Complete written results of the Feb. 14 conversation and the follow-up evaluations will be available soon at the reference desk in the library.
Sub-Task Forces Set, Nominations Sought... As President Dennis Johnson mentioned at the community conversation follow-up meetings on April 8, several task forces are being formed as a result of the Feb. 14 community conversation and evaluations (40% of which were responses from non-Feb. 14 participants). The task forces are:
New Employee in Public Relations... Dana Lamb, database coordinator and gift processor in advancement services of Institutional Advancement, has been hired as administrative assistant in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, supporting special events and marketing and public relations. She fills the position previously held by Debbie DeMaris and, prior to that and in the interim, Dee Waldron. Lamb will begin this new position April 14.
GIVE Day Projects and Volunteers Sought... The Community Service Center is celebrating its 10th birthday on May 10. On that date, current students, alumni, and staff of the College will join together for a celebration of the past, present, and future of service, as well as an afternoon of service projects in St. Peter and surrounding communities. Homeowners who are willing to host a volunteer group from 1-5 p.m. that day are being sought. Yardwork, painting, and supervised light construction are examples of projects with which volunteers can help. Workers must bring their own gloves and must have already eaten lunch. Any other supplies needed for the project should be provided by the homeowner, someone from the home should be present to work with or supervise volunteers, and the homeowner should provide enough work to keep the team busy for at least 3 and up to 4 hours. Anyone who would like to be a part of GIVE Day by hosting a team should call Kari Lipke (x6077) by April 30. Anyone who wishes to sign up to volunteer should stop by the Community Service Center to pick up a volunteer form or call x6060 to request that a form be mailed. The deadline for volunteer sign-up is April 28. All participants in GIVE 2003 -- volunteers, homeowners, and others -- are welcome to attend the Community Service celebration and lunch from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 10. R.S.V.P. when registering. These events are sponsored by the Community Service Center, the alumni office, and the Center for Vocational Reflection.
Gustavus Band 125 Year Celebration... What started as 13 silver instruments in 1878 has evolved into the Gustavus Band, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary May 3-4. Highlights will include the commissioned work, titled Of Wind and Wood, by composer Steve Heitzeg ('82) that will be premiered by the current Gustavus Band on May 3 and the performance of the 100+ member alumni band on May 4. For more information, visit gustavus.edu/academics/music/gband/125years.cfm. The Gustavus Band is the oldest, continuing instrumental ensemble in Minnesota.
New Student Common Reading
Selection Made... The Reading
in Common selection committee has chosen the book that all incoming 1st
year students will be asked to read this summer. The book, titled "The
Things They Carried," was written by Minnesota native Tim O'Brien. More
information about the book is at www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=0767902890.
The Reading in Common selection committee included Pat Freiert, Greg Kaster,
Elizabeth Baer, Carolyn Ross Isaak, Terena Wilkens, Brian Johnson, Karl
Erickson, Hannah Julien, and Amy Svendsen.
Answer: Before making such a decision, input should be sought from everyone in the community. This was done with this winter's internal communications survey, which is in the process of being analyzed. Also, some questions should be raised, including: Is e-mail the best way to communicate? Is it less expensive and more efficient than other methods of communication?
Using one central source of communication would probably be more effective and more efficient if everyone would agree to use that source. This could in fact be accommodated now if "faculty and staff" would agree to use the existing central source, The Yellow Sheet. This weekly employee newsletter is already distributed via employee-l to all who have e-mail access and subsequently printed and posted in departments where employees do not have access to e-mail (physical plant, custodial, dining service). To accommodate the exclusive use of this Web-based newsletter -- which would be more efficient and effective (reasons follow) -- would require a change in culture so that people would become strategic, proactive, and not "entrepreneurial."
Having one source, funneled through the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, would be more efficient and effective than having multiple e-mail lists for several reasons:
Advertising Question/Suggestion: Place smaller ads for position openings.
need to be aware of different needs for advertising jobs in different areas.
Many can be done through Web-based organizations.
Ad Campaign Question/Suggestion: Student-produced advertising campaigns.
interns in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations are very involved
in the ideas behind and the production of ads.
Faculty Receives Travel Grant... Moira McDermott, mathematics and computer science, has been awarded a Mentoring Travel Grant from the Association for Women in Mathematics and the National Science Foundation. McDermott will work with Craig Huneke, Henry J. Bishoff Professor at the University of Kansas, on problems involving prime characteristic methods in commutative algebra.
Students Receive NSF Fellowships...
National Science Foundation has just announced the 2003 Graduate Fellowship
winners and honorable mentions. One winner and 3 honorable mentions from
Gustavus were named. The winner of a graduate fellowship is Mike Bradley,
in biophysics. The honorable mentions are: Steve Backues ('03),
biochemistry; Keely Johnson, geosciences; and Louisa Kempema
('03), plant pathology.
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:
Student Recitals This Weekend... The following student music recitals will be held this weekend:
Lilly Conference... The second annual Lilly Conference on Vocation, titled "Growing Self, Building Community," runs through April 15. Upcoming events are:
Teacher/s Talk(ing) Monday... Faculty members are invited to "Teacher/s Talk(ing): Quizzes, Tests, Projects, and Papers -- Assessment in the Classroom" at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 14 in the Faculty and Staff Center. Faculty will share ideas about embedding assessment into class requirements. Teacher/s Talk(ing) sessions are open to all faculty. Free lunch certificates are provided to attendees. See the website at: gustavus.edu/facdev/events/teacherstalking.cfm for more information.
Out of Scandinavia Lecture Monday... Swedish novelist and short story writer Stewe Claeson, the 2003 Out of Scandinavia writer-in-residence, will present a lecture, titled "A School for all People -- The Evolution of Popular Education in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden," at 7 p.m. April 14 in Banquet Room A. Claeson is a sought-after lecturer on topics concerning public education and how it has evolved. This lecture is free and open to the public.
IT Classes in April and May... The following classes are being offered by the Department of Information Technology in April and May:
Faculty Forum Tuesday... Bob Moline (emeritus professor of geography) will present the next Faculty Forum from 5:30-6:50 p.m. April 15 in the Campus Center banquet rooms. His talk, "titled "The Owens Valley, California: Landscapes from Water and Power," will examine the Owens Valley, on California's eastern edge. What has happened to this valley through the land/water manipulation, the Japanese "Relocation Camp" at Manzanar in the middle of the valley, the complex restoration of Mono Lake, and the emergence of tourism is a landscape story to ponder. There will be a light supper, followed by dessert. All faculty and staff, as well as retirees, are invited to come with a guest. The Dean of the Faculty will be paying a portion of the cost, with a charge of $5 per attendee covering the remainder. Anyone planning to attend should send attendance confirmation along with a check for $5 per person (payable to the order of Gustavus) to Jean Heidcamp in the dean of the faculty's office by April 11.
Minnesota Crime Wave to Appear Tuesday... The public is invited to attend a "continuing education" lecture by Carl Brookins, Ellen Hart, William Kent Krueger, and Deborah Woodworth, a diverse group of award-winning mystery writers, at 7 p.m. April 15 in the Interpretive Center. This group of local authors of crime fiction, dubbed "The Minnesota Crime Wave," will present a program about their writing processes, novels, lives, and experiences. The novelists' interesting backgrounds and unusual disguises readily engage audiences in a humorous fashion. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $5 per person, which includes coffee and dessert. Register at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 934-3048. These events are Gustavus continuing education programs done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.
Presentation on Higher Ed Wednesday... All faculty are invited to hear a presentation at 11:30 a.m. April 16 in Banquet Room A by Bruce Johnson, Patricia Kazarow, and Jenifer Ward, who attended an Association of American Colleges and Universities conference in January. They will share what they learned about what is going on in higher education -- issues, opinions, trends, etc. The theme of the conference was "The Courage to Question: to learn, to lead, to act."
Koinonia Bible Study will be held April 21 in the Interpretive Center. This is a monthly event for pastors and is presented by Luther Seminary and hosted by the Office of Church Relations.
Contemporary Islam Discussion April 23... All are invited to "In Our Own Voices: The Experience of Contemporary Islam" at 5:30 p.m. April 23 in Linner Lounge. Living in the 21st century will require all to gain a greater understanding of contemporary Islam and the diversity of Middle Eastern cultures. At 5:30 p.m., opening remarks will be made by President Dennis Johnson; at 5:45 p.m., Gustavus students will embark on a discussion of their experience of Islam. The group includes Gustavus international Muslim students as well as American students who have traveled to experience contemporary Islam. The conversation will be coordinated by Manal Elatir, from Morocco, and Aliya Mohammed, from Kenya. Also, an exhibition of photographs of contemporary Morocco by Deane Curtin (philosophy) opens April 23 in Linner Lounge. The exhibit runs through the end of the semester. These images were made during a January Term 2003 trip to Morocco and Spain with Gustavus students. The motivation of the course and the photographs is to challenge contemporary ideas about the distance between Christianity and Islam, Europe and Africa, the Western and non-Western world. Spain and Morocco are only 9 miles apart, and they have influenced each other profoundly. These events are co-sponsored by the Office of International Education and Gustavus students.
Upcoming Linnaeus Arboretum Events... The public is invited to the following events:
Budget Meeting May 5... A meeting for all employees regarding the 2003-04 budget will be held at 2 p.m. May 5 in Alumni Hall.
Fulbright Faculty Workshop May 7... Gustavus will host a Fulbright Faculty Workshop from 5-6:30 p.m. May 7 in Linner Lounge. Margo Cunniffe, program manager at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), will offer a workshop on the Fulbright Program for Faculty and Professionals. She will address:
Be Vigilant... A student was hit by an automobile the morning of April 9 while crossing a campus drive on foot. The student received immediate medical attention on campus, was subsequently treated at St. Peter Community Hospital and released without any major injuries. Be vigilant while crossing any campus drive and adhere to all campus traffic policies, including campus vehicular speed limits and traffic signs.
Keillor a Gustie? Garrison Keillor, the star of Minnesota Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" received an honorary doctorate from Gustavus in 1978, making the college among the first, if not the first, college to recognize his extraordinary talents. Keillor went to work for MPR in 1969 on the morning program named after the Prairie Home cemetery in Moorhead, MN. It was after he began work on an article for the New Yorker magazine about the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville that he developed an idea for a radio show with musical guests and commercials for imaginary products. And on July 6, 1974, Keillor hosted the first live broadcast of the show (drawing about 12 people). Today, the show is heard by approximately 3.9 million U.S. listeners each week on more than 511 public radio stations, and is heard abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks In Europe and the Far East.
St. Ansgar Members
2003... The following senior
students have been selected for membership in the Guild of St. Ansgar for
2003: Adetutu Adenle, Emily Ament, Christine Anderson, Jody Anderson
Kevin Birr, dining service, returned from the U.S. Mixed Curling National Championships with a bronze medal. Team Minnesota, which Kevin plays for, finished the round robin play tied for 1st but lost to Team Washington in the 1st game of the Final Four. Washington went on to win the National Championship. Birr is looking forward to next season when the National Championships will be decided in Mankato.
Brian Johnson, chaplain, presented a retreat day for Luther Seminary faculty, staff, and students, titled "Exploring Biblical Text in Artistic Expression." He also presented 2 adult forums at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter on the "Lutheran Liturgy: History and Renewal."
a research paper, titled "Preparation of Difluorophosphines and Tetrafluorophosphoranes
from Primary Phosphines," at the 225th national meeting of the American
Chemical Society March 23-27 in New Orleans. Alumnus Philip Sass ('01)
(click on Grant Programs at the bottom of the page).
Spring Sale... The Book Mark's annual spring clearance sale begins at 9 a.m. April 14 and continues through April 16.
for the 2003-04 academic year (and possibly longer) for a single faculty
member (without pets). An apartment or a house (including house sitting)
could work. Looking for a place in or near St. Peter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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