The Yellow Sheet 2003

April 10, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 25

Thursday, April 10,

Volume 35, Number 26

News & Announcements
Cost-Cutting Responses
Grant News
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Gustavus Tidbits
Funding Opps
In the Media
Phone Updates
Safety & Security Notes
Book Mark Bits
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Reception 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 Literatures
John Cha -- Department of Religion
Svjetlana Madzar -- Department of Economics and Management
Margaret O'Connor -- Department of Women's Studies
Mary Solberg -- Department of Religion
How 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.

-Claus Buechmann, associate professor of English
-Stewart Flory, professor of classics
35 Years
-Claus Buechmann, associate professor of English
-Gretchen Koehler, professor of health and exercise science
-Dennis Raarup, professor of health and exercise science
30 Years
-Bob Douglas, professor of geography
-Tom Emmert, professor of history
-David Fienen, professor of organ and church music
-Bill Heidcamp, professor of biology
-Al Pearson, professor of education
25 Years
-Mark Anderson, dean of admission
-Deane Curtin, professor of philosophy
-Stewart Flory, professor of classics
-Jeanne Herman, professor of health and exercise science
-Richard Hilbert, professor of sociology and anthropology
-T.J. Morrison, professor of mathematics and computer science
-Ann Pesavento, professor of music
20 Years
-Karl Knight, associate professor of mathematics and computer science
-Garrett Paul, professor of religion
-Larry Wohl, professor of economics and management
15 Years
-Tami Aune, residential computing consultant/Helpline coordinator
-Laurent Dechery, associate professor of French
-Pat Francek, director of media services
-Anne-Marie Gronhovd, associate professor of French
-Nancy Hardesty, director of advancement services
-Lisa Heldke, associate professor of philosophy
-Colleen Jacks, associate professor of biology
-Carol Moline, study abroad advisor
-Dan Mollner, associate professor, government documents and reference librarian
-Kristi Reinholtzen, associate registrar
-Michele Rusinko, associate professor of theater and dance
-Jay Schoenebeck, football coach, instructor in health and exercise science
-Ken Westphal, vice president for finance and treasurer
10 Years
-Kirk Beyer, director of human resources
-Mike Boschee, women's golf coach, assistant men's basketball coach, instructor in health and exercise science
-Judy Gardner, associate professor of nursing
-June Kloubec, adjunct instructor in health and exercise science
-Mike Miller, professor of education
-Paul Saulnier, associate professor of physics
-JoEllen Schulz, director of telecommunications
-Richard Seely, adjunct instructor of psychology
-Nancy Walbek, adjunct professor of psychology
-Terena Wilkens, technical director
Community 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:

  • Efficient and Effective use of the Market Place, Courtyard Cafe, and the Dive during evening hours.
  • Energy use and Environmental Issues on campus, including electrical use, recycling, etc.
  • Student campus employment issues -- in particular, student campus employment positions in which time actually spent working may be minimal.
  • Review/Reward System for All Employees, including looking into salary structures for all employees, designing a set structure for administrative employees, and the evaluation of the structure that has been used for the support staff and faculty.
  • Information Dissemination in regard to "best use practices," redundancy and how to create a "centralized culture" of where to find information.
  • Stewardship of Resource Allocation and Consumption, identifying, on a broad level, what issues should be addressed in "fair" resource allocation and usage.
Each task force will meet to make recommendations for future changes. To volunteer or nominate someone, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or by April 17.

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 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 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.


Communication Question/Suggestion: Use e-mail exclusively to communicate with faculty/staff.

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:

  • People would know where to look for information.
  • Because it is Web-based, people could readily access the information any time and easily access it again at other times in the future.
  • It would reduce confusion caused by too many methods of communication. Fourth, it would reduce waste from individuals using multiple e-mail lists to communicate with on-campus groups, which also means individuals often receive duplicate messages on different lists.
  • Funneling communication through the Office of Marketing and Public Relations adds value because this service-office then becomes engaged in communicating information that may merit broader visibility (such as media coverage that ultimately raises awareness of Gustavus and enhances the reputation of the College).
In the upcoming days when the results of the internal communication survey are analyzed, more will be known about what information employees, and students, value and how they want to receive information. However, to accommodate future changes, the College leadership needs to model and encourage proactive and strategic communication and also provide the necessary resources for internal communication. For example, if campus constituents (faculty, staff, and students) wanted a daily internal newsletter, more staff resources would be required. All this said, the importance of face-to-face communication should not be forgotten or ignored.
-Stacia Senne

Advertising Question/Suggestion: Place smaller ads for position openings.

Answer: We need to be aware of different needs for advertising jobs in different areas. Many can be done through Web-based organizations.
-Owen Sammelson

Ad Campaign Question/Suggestion: Student-produced advertising campaigns.

Answer: Student interns in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations are very involved in the ideas behind and the production of ads.
-Owen Sammelson


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... The 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:

  • April 11-- Keith Pflager, Disability Awareness;
  • April 13 -- Palm Sunday, Chaplain Rachel Larson;
  • April 14 -- Mary Rose O'Reilly, Vocation Conference, Psalm 34:1-6;
  • April 15 -- Paul Rogat Loeb, Vocation Conference, Amos 5:11-24;
  • April 16 -- Lenten Liturgy, Matthew 26:1-13;
  • April 17 -- Maundy Thursday;
  • April 18 -- No Chapel;
  • April 20 -- No Chapel;
  • April 21 -- No Chapel;
  • April 22 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson, Matthew 28:1-10;
  • April 23 -- Morning Praise, John 20:19-23;
  • April 24 -- Jay DeLaRosby, Clothesline Project, John 15:12-17;
  • April 25 -- Tenure Service, John 21:4-8; and
  • April 27 -- 2nd Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson.
Talk Shop Friday... Jim Rauch (economics and management) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk. 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.

Student Recitals This Weekend... The following student music recitals will be held this weekend:

  • Eric Parrish, bass, will present his senior recital at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in Bjorling Recital Hall. He will be accompanied by student pianist Rachel Seely and assisted by student Staci Stringer.
  • Rachel Seely, soprano, and Andrew Hasty, tenor, will present a joint recital at 1 p.m. April 13 in Bjorling. Seely will be accompanied by student pianist Darcie Thomsen, and Hasty will be accompanied by student pianist Nathan Kennedy.
  • Several students of Helen Baumgartner will present a piano recital at 3:30 p.m. April 13 in Bjorling. A variety of selections, including works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Brahms, and Schumann will be presented.
  • Cassandra Holst, soprano, will present her recital at 8 p.m. April 13 in Bjorling. Holst will be accompanied by student pianist Benjamin Marti and student soprano Ginny Miatech.
These events are free and open to the public. A reception for the recitalists will follow each of the solo events.

Lilly Conference... The second annual Lilly Conference on Vocation, titled "Growing Self, Building Community," runs through April 15. Upcoming events are:

  • April 11-12
    • New faculty retreat at Shalom Hill Farm, Windom
  • April 14
    • 10-10:30 a.m. -- Daily Chapel with homily by Mary Rose O'Reilley.
    • 11:30a.m.-1:20 p.m. -- Lunch with Paul Loeb for student leaders in Banquet Room B. RSVP required.
    • 12:30-2:30 p.m. -- Lunch with Mary Rose O'Reilley for faculty and administrators in the Presidents Dining Room.
    • 3:30-4:30 p.m. -- "Living with Conviction" workshop for support staff with Paul Loeb in Linner Lounge.
    • 5:30-7 p.m. -- "Langdans fro Sogn: an Ecology of Vocation" dinner and keynote with Mary Rose O'Reilley in the Presidents Dining Room. RSVP required.
  • April 15
    • 8:30-10 a.m. -- Breakfast and reflection with Paul Loeb and Student Affairs staff in Banquet Room B.
    • 10-10:20 a.m. -- Daily Chapel with homily by Paul Loeb.
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Lunch for captains and coaches of athletic teams with Paul Loeb in the Presidents Dining Room. RSVP required.
    • 3:30-5 p.m. -- "Teaching for Engagement" workshop for faculty and administrators with Paul Loeb in Confer Hall 128.
    • 7- 8:30 p.m. -- "Soul of a Citizen - Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time" keynote address by Paul Loeb in Banquet Room A.
Questions about the conference should be directed to Chris Johnson (x7159,

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: 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:

  • "Departmental Webpages: Level 2" -- 2:30-4:30 p.m. April 15 in Olin Hall 031;
  • "TechTalk" -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 23 in Banquet Room C;
  • "iMovie Basics" -- 2:30-4 p.m. April 24 in Olin Hall Multimedia Center;
  • "Presentations with PowerPoint" -- 1:30-3 p.m. April 29 in Olin Hall 031;
  • "Scanning for the Web" -- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 1 in Olin Hall Multimedia Center; and
  • "Presentations with PowerPoint" -- 9-10:30 a.m. May 7 in Olin Hall 103.
Register online at

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:

  • "Linnaeus Arboretum Walk with Jim Gilbert" -- 8:30-10 a.m. April 25. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Discover what is happening in the arboretum.
  • "Wildflower Walk with Jim Gilbert in Gluek Park" -- 6-7:30 p.m. April 30. Meet at the Interpretive Center and carpool to Gluek Park. Check out the spring woodland wildflowers.
  • "Discover Linnaeus and Linnaeus Arboretum" -- 7-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the Interpretive Center followed by a walk in the Arboretum. This lecture will be presented by Magnus Liden, director of the Botanical Garden and Linnaeus Garden at Uppsala University in Sweden, and Jim Gilbert. Reservations needed for the event; call Shirley Mellema (x6181).
  • "Linnaeus Arboretum Walk with Jim Gilbert" -- 9-10:30 a.m. and repeated 10:30 a.m.-noon May 17. Meet at the Interpretive Center.
Administrators Meeting April 28... A meeting for all administrators will be held at 3 p.m. April 28 in Banquet Room B. Agenda item suggestions for this quarterly administration meeting should be submitted to Pat Leagjeld (x7538 or

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:

  • Lecturing and research opportunities in 140 countries;
  • Applying to and making contacts abroad;
  • Preparing the Fulbright application; and
  • Hosting visiting foreign Fulbright scholars.
There is no charge for the workshop. Fulbright campus representatives and interested faculty are encouraged to attend. RSVP by April 29 to Kristi Borowy ( Contact Mona Rizk-Finne (x7545 or or Linda Shaw (x7545 or with any logistical questions.


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.


Riverblenders Spring Show Saturday... The Mankato Riverblenders will celebrate its 30th year with a spring show, titled "Thirty Years of Harmony," at 3 and 7:30 p.m. April 12 in the Mankato East High School auditorium. The Young Men in Harmony Chorus, comprised of young men from high school choirs from the Mankato area, will sing 2 numbers as a group and then 2 numbers with the Riverblenders, including the finale. Tickets can be purchased from any Riverblender member or by calling (507) 625-1200.


The Mankato Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus won the Southwest Division competition of the SPEBSQSA held March 15 in Mankato. This is the 2nd straight year the chorus has won this competition. Ellis Jones (emeritus professor of economics and management) is a member of the Riverblenders.

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
Laurie Brown, Valerie Bukstein, Leslie Carlson, Joshua Carter, Lindsey Christensen, Aaron Crowell
Lonnie Ellis, Anna Felkey, Stephanie Flinn, Andrew Hamp, Ryan Hanson, Kristina Harter, Andrea Jesperson, Dana Langer, Jessica Lundquist, Maisee Ly, Emily Mamun, Whitney Mathers, Ambryn Melius, Bethany Mueller, Semonti Mustaphi, Lauren O'Connor, Joanna Olson, Monica Paulson, Nicole Polanco, Anne Potts, Elizabeth Powers, Dan Roeder, Abby Roen, Laura Schultz, Nicole Shay, Aeleah Soine, Hans Sviggum, Kristen Swanson, Andrea Tessar, Maria VonArx, Anne Wenstrom, Leslie Wilcox
Lindsay Wright, Vanessa Young, Lindsay Zumbrunnen.

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."

Brian O'Brien, chemistry,presented 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) was coauthor.


  • Admission Counselor, Office of Admission
  • Area Coordinator, Residential Life
  • Associate Director, The Gustavus Fund
  • Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Athletic Department
  • Head Resident, Residential Life
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Gustavus Youth Outreach scheduled for April 11-12 includes Trinity Lutheran Church of North Branch at Luther Point Bible Camp. 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:
  • Undergraduate Faculty Sabbatical Grants Program. The Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society is accepting applications to help support year-long, full-time research sabbaticals for faculty at undergraduate institutions. This 1:1 matching grants program provides up to $45,000 in salary and benefits, and up to $5,000 in relocation and research expenses. Applications must be received by the end of August. For more information, see

  • (click on Grant Programs at the bottom of the page).
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (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:
  • On April 3, the Chronicle Daily News Report published an article with quotes by Kirk Beyer (human resources). The online article was titled "Administrators' Salaries Rose at Slower Pace in 2002-03 than in Previous Year."
  • On April 2, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran news of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" being broadcast April 12 from Gustavus. This event has resulted in much publicity for the college.
  • On March 29, The Free Press of Mankato ran a feature titled "Tornado: Five years later." Stories that mentioned Gustavus included:
    • "Gus back to facing the sunrise" on page 1B, which included a black and white photograph of Brian Johnson (chaplains) blessing Gus.
    • "City's trees just a shade of past" on page 4A;
    • "St. Peter rebuilds, but the memories are fresh" on page 1A; and
    • "St. Peter: Five years later" and "Gustavus: Five years later" on page 4.
  • On March 28 at 8:30 a.m., Minnesota Public Radio's "Midmorning" ran a story on Gus being turned east in commemoration of the 5-year anniversary of the tornado. That same day, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) and KARE-TV (Ch. 11, Twin Cities) also ran Gustavus footage, including on Gus facing east again.
  • On March 27, the Nordstjernan featured an article on Jim Peterson, as well as a black and white photograph of him. The page 7 article, titled "James L. Peterson Named New President of Gustavus Adolphus College," was also mentioned in a teaser on the front page of the newspaper.
  • On March 24, The Free Press of Mankato published an article about student Johan Eriksson starting a business from his dorm room. The article ran on the front page of the Business section and included a color photograph of Eriksson. The article was titled "Dorm dweller dreams big."
  • The March 2003 issue of the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly published a story on the College receiving a DNA sequencer. The page 104 article was titled "LI-COR to Again Award DNA Sequencer to Undergraduate Research Institution."
  • The January/February 2003 issue of Thrivent included a story about Jennifer Cords ('97), who works at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
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":
  • x6245 Kevin Birr, Catering and Summer Programs (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


Spring Sale... The Book Mark's annual spring clearance sale begins at 9 a.m. April 14 and continues through April 16.


Housing Needed 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 or x7436.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
Volunteers needed to work shifts at Holiday Party
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
57 p.m. Destress Fest with the PAs Room
67:15 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
68 p.m. DIY Hot Chocolate Making Event Cafe
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
7:05 p.m. Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

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