The Yellow Sheet 2003

April 24, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 26

Thursday, April 24,

Volume 35, Number 27

News & Announcements
Cost-Cutting Responses
Grant News
Upcoming Events
New Faces
osition Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Phone Updates
Book Mark Bits
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

State Grant News... The legislature is reaching a crucial stage for committee recommendations on financial issues. Gov. Pawlenty has recommended an increase in the State Grant program; the House of Representatives has been supportive. Almost 40 percent of Gustavus students receive a State Grant. Total student assistance from this program is $2.7 million. State grants help the most needy students at both public and private colleges. Support Gustavus students by contacting representatives. It is especially important to contact Sen. Hottinger because of his leadership role in the Senate. Letters, phone calls, and e-mails supporting the State Grant program will be appreciated by our students. One way to reach representatives in the legislature is by using the Private Colleges website (, clicking on the "Government Affairs" and "Action Center" links. Contact Owen Sammelson (x7685 or if questions.

Reception Reminder... 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 the Johns Family Courtyard (Courtyard Cafe if inclement weather). All are invited to come, meet, and welcome them. Jim's appointment becomes effective July 7.

New Travel Policy... This month, the College adopted a new Travel Policy. It is available online in the Faculty Book under in All-College Policies. Questions related to this policy should be directed to Kelly Waldron (x7506).

New Technology Policy... A Technology Acceptable Use Policy has been drafted and was approved by the Administrative Council on April 15. It is available online in the Faculty Book under in All-College Policies.

Gustie a Potential NFL Draftee... Gustavus student Ryan Hoag is a potential candidate to be selected for the NFL Draft this weekend. First day drafts will be chosen April 26 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (CT). Second day drafts will be chosen April 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (CT). The draft will be televised on ESPN. More information on Hoag and the draft is available on the NFL draft website and the Hoag draft page on the college website.

Volunteer for G.I.V.E. Day... The college's 6th annual Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day will be held May 10, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Community Service Center. On that date, students, employees, alumni, and friends of the College will join together in volunteer endeavors and a celebration of the past, present, and future of service. All are invited to participate in service projects (as individuals or as teams) in the St. Peter-Mankato area from 1-5 p.m. Projects include yardwork, painting, and supervised light construction. Anyone who would like to volunteer on G.I.V.E. Day should call or stop by the Community Service Center (x6060) by April 28. All participants are invited to attend the Community Service celebration and lunch in Alumni Hall from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. R.S.V.P. for this lunch and a G.I.V.E. Day T-shirt when registering. These events are sponsored by the Community Service Center, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Center for Vocational Reflection. In addition to G.I.V.E. Day projects in the St. Peter area, alumni will also participate in service in Madison (WI), Fargo (ND), and Seattle (WA).

Nominations Sought for Carlson Award... All faculty, administrators, support staff, and students are invited to nominate a faculty member for the prestigious Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. This award is the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for teaching. Complete the online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is April 30.

Summer Schedule... The schedule for summer programs at Gustavus for 2003 is now available and is posted online. The schedule, as well as links to information about summer academic workshops and athletic camps is also online at

Long-Term Care Meetings... Long-term care insurance is once again available to Gustavus employees, their family members, and retirees and spouses. The open enrollment period is April 15-May 31, 2003. On-campus individual meetings with interested employees and family members may be scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 13, May 21, and May 22. To schedule an individual meeting, contact human resources (x7304).

Cost-cutting Responses

Cost Plan Question/Suggestion: Get rid of the guaranteed cost plan.

Answer: The budget committee discusses the continuation of the Guaranteed Cost Plan every year. We need to give prospective students a year's notice on possible elimination. The loss of the immediate (the premium) is always a factor. Participants in the plan have a higher retention rate than non-participants.
-Owen Sammelson

Summer Question/Suggestion: Offer academic summer programs.

Answer: We do need to get back to academic programs for summer. They have great recruiting value. In the past they have not been revenue producers, but they could in fact add dollars to the College.
-Owen Sammelson

Pass Question/Suggestion: Do away with the free activity pass. Most would go anyway even if they had to pay admission.

Answer: On the issue of paying for an activity pass, it has long been part of the Gustavus culture to have free events. Perhaps we have reached the time to reconsider this issue. Or, is it time to charge a fee for use of Lund Center?
-Owen Sammelson

Towel Question/Suggestion: Charge a fee for towel service in Lund Center.

Answer: There is a fee for towel service in Lund or individuals must bring their own.
-Owen Sammelson

Free Lunch Question/Suggestion: Charge a nominal fee for lunches on campus visit days. People don't expect everything to be free.

Answer: The admission office has moved to limit the amount given to a prospective student when visiting. Some of what we do is based on what our competitors are doing.
-Owen Sammelson


Paul Saulnier, physics, has been awarded $118,618 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "RUI: Time-Resolved Photon Correlation Spectroscopy: A New Approach in the Study of Particle Dynamics." This grant will be used in conjunction with a recent ACS-PRF award ($50,000) to support 4 undergraduate students each summer for the next three years. Saulnier and the student researchers will conduct light scattering experiments, the purpose of which is to study the dynamical behavior of small particles suspended in a fluid.


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 25 --Tenure Service, John 21:4-8;
  • April 27 -- 2nd Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • April 28 -- Jane Walgenbach, John 20:24-29:
  • April 29 -- Gustavus Band;
  • April 30 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 146
  • May 1 -- Lonnie Ellis, II Corinthians 5:16-21
  • May 2 -- Barb Larson Taylor, John 21:1-14; and
  • May 4 -- 3rd Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson.

Annual Arbor Day Celebration Friday... All are invited to the annual Arbor Day Celebration on April 25. At Arbor Day this year, the Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum will kick-off the Linnaeus Arboretum's 30th Anniversary Celebration. The anniversary celebration will continue with events during the next 15 months. Campus Arbor Day events include a tree-planting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the arboretum and a following reception to honor alum Anders Bjorling, whose photography exhibit is on display in the Interpretive Center until June 3. Bjorling's photography exhibit features landscapes and includes scenes from his Swedish homeland, the American Southwest, and campus, including the arboretum. The Arbor Day celebration at Gustavus is free and open to the public.

Faculty Talk Shop Friday... Barbara Zust (nursing) will present the last Faculty Shop Talk of the 2002-03 academic year. Her talk titled, "INSIGHT -- a meaningful interaction with survivors of intimate partner violence?," at 4:30 p.m. April 25 in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive anytime after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this talk may be viewed online under the Information for Faculty link/Faculty Resources.

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

  • The Gustavus Brass will open the weekend at 7:30 p.m. April 25 with BRASSWORKS, conducted by Scott Moore. The concert includes performances by the Gustavus Brass Choir, the Brass Trio, the Christ Chapel Brass, and the unusual combination of the Tuba/Euphonium Quartet.
  • Senior Elizabeth Axtell will present her senior horn recital April 26 at 1:30 p.m. Accompanied by pianist Coni Liljengren and assisted by the members of her brass quartet, she will present works by Eugene Bozza, Handel, Mozart, Bernstein and Richard Strauss.
  • Fresh off their performance on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and a concert tour to the Northwest, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and director Steve Wright will be joined by the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. April 26. As with all of Wright's concerts, the performance includes works for big band ranging from the earliest days of jazz through today.
  • Robert Adney's Gustavus Percussion Ensembles will perform at 1:30 p.m. April 27, featuring a variety of instruments and compositions programmed to display the diverse sounds and forms of today's large percussion ensembles.
  • Brian Akira Collins will present his senior piano recital at 3:30 p.m. April 27. Assisted by Deborah Kuhn, Brian will present works by Bach, Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Debussy and completes the program with Sergei Rachmaninoff's BARCAROLE from FANTASY SUITE NO. 1 FOR TWO PIANOS.
  • Senior violist James Knowles, accompanied by pianist John McKay, will present his recital at 7:30 p.m. April 27. The program includes Ernest Bloch's SUITE HERBRAIQUE, Paul Hindemith's DER SCHWANDENDREHER and Johannes Brahms' SONATA IN E FLAT MAJOR.

Lyle Schaller to Speak at Convention Saturday... The 16th annual convention of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations (GACAC) will be held April 26 on campus. The daylong convention, titled "From the Vertical to the Horizontal, "will feature keynote speaker Lyle Schaller. A church scholar and consultant, he will present "From the Vertical to the Horizontal: The Institutional Church in a Collaborative Age," which will focus on the changing nature of relationships in post-industrial American culture. One of the nation's leading interpreters of congregational systems and their vitality, Schaller has written more than 50 books and 1,500 articles on what the church will look like in the future. The public is invited to Schaller's lecture at 11 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Consistent with Schaller's message about future church leadership, high school youth have been invited to campus to participate in the convention's youth track, which will focus on empowering participants as leaders in the church. The convention will also be the stage for an announcement of a $5 million campaign to endow the ministries and facility of Christ Chapel. The mission of GACAC is to strengthen the presence of the College in the Church through a partnership that embraces the Lutheran heritage of faith and learning. Gustavus is one of a few colleges of the church to invite local congregations to have direct involvement in the life and governance of the College. Gustavus has the largest association of this kind.

Administrators Meeting Monday... A meeting for all administrators will be held at 3 p.m. April 28 in Banquet Room B.

MAYDAY! Conference Wednesday... All are invited to attend the 23rd annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, titled "World Religions: Waging War or Promoting Peace?," on April 30. The free, daylong conference will begin with a keynote address by Krister Stendahl, emeritus professor of divinity at Harvard University and former Bishop of Stockholm, Sweden, at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Riziki Shahari and Shabnam Siddiqui, both with the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will open the afternoon session at 1 p.m. with an address in Alumni Hall. In addition to the main lectures, the following workshops will be held from 2:30-3:45 p.m.:

  • "Buddhist Peace Fellowship" by Lee Lewis, executive director of Clare Housing in St. Paul, and guest panelists;
  • "Faith Perspectives on Peace and War" by Rebekah Smith and other Gustavus students; and
  • "Islamic Perspective on Peacemaking" by Meena Sharify-Funk and Nathan Funk, American University, Washington, D.C.

The conference will conclude with a closing ceremony and reception at 4 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Registration for the conference will be held in Linner Lounge, beginning at 9 a.m. The annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference was established at Gustavus in 1981.

Choir of Christ Chapel Tour, Home Concert... After a short spring concert tour in the Midwest this weekend, the Choir of Christ Chapel (formerly Christ Chapel Choir) will present a home concert at 7:30 p.m. May 2 in Christ Chapel. This concert is free and open to the public. Under the direction of conductor Patricia Kazarow, the choir will be joined by the Christ Singers, a string quintet, and Christ Chapel organist David Fienen. The 70-member combined Choir of Christ Chapel and the Christ Singers will perform "Music from Christ Chapel: Ljus för andra (Light for others)." The choral, string, and organ selections will be those used in daily and weekly worship services. In addition to psalms, hymns, and anthems, choral works to be performed include: "Every Word and Thought" by Dieterich Buxtehude; "Visions of St. John" by John Ness Beck; "Kontakion" by Rupert Lang; "Sing Me to Heaven" by Daniel Gawthrop; and "Jubilate Deo" by Johan Helmich Roman. The program will include organ music by Oskar Lindberg and string music by Haydn.

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture May 5... The annual Sigma Xi Distinguished lecture will be at 7 p.m. May 5. Pamela Willoughby from the University of Alberta, Edmonton will discuss "Mitochondrial Eve and the Middle Stone Age: The African origin of modern humans." This lecture is open to the public. More information about the speaker is available at the Sigma Xi website ( or at

Arboretum Rededication May 9... Everyone is invited to attend the rededication ceremony of the Linnaeus Arboretum on May 9. To commemorate the arboretum's 30th anniversary, the Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum has designated 2003 the "Year of Visibility." The May 9 celebration will include a 10 a.m. worship service in Christ Chapel, a 10:30 a.m. rededication of the arboretum, and an 11:15 a.m. luncheon with Sweden's Linnaeus Gardens Director Magnus Liden. At the luncheon in Alumni Hall, Liden will speak on the "Legacy of Linnaeus." During the next 15 months, the arboretum friends committee will host a series of outdoor concerts, a Linnaeus Symposium, art exhibitions, continuing education events, and special dedications to honor 30 years of Linnaeus Arboretum. Upcoming arboretum events to note include:

  • Student dance recital at 5:30 p.m. May 16;
  • "Linnaeus Arboretum Walk" with Jim Gilbert from 9-10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon May 17; meet at the Melva LInd Interpretive Center; and
  • "Music of Spring" concert with the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra at 4 p.m. May 18.

All events are open to the public. The cost for the May 9 luncheon is $16 per person. For luncheon reservations, send names and a check make payable to Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum to the Office of Public Relations. The luncheon reservation deadline is May 7. For more information, call Dana Lamb at x7520.

Middle Eastern Photo Exhibit Continues... All are invited to visit an exhibition of photographs of contemporary Morocco taken by Gustavus faculty member Deane Curtin (philosophy). The exhibit, which runs through the end of the semester in Linner Lounge, includes images made during a January Term 2003 travel course in Morocco and Spain with Gustavus students. The motivation for the course and the photographs was to challenge contemporary ideas about the distance between Christianity and Islam, Europe and Africa, and the Western and non-Western world.


Student Wins at Speech Tournament... Senior Richard "Jay" Reding recently won the National Championship in Impromptu Speaking and placed second in Communication Analysis, at the Phi Kappa Delta National Tournament.

Aaron Banks , health and exercise science, recently had an article, titled "Applying Mass Media to Self-Defense Instruction in Physical Education," published in the February 2003 Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (JOPERD). Banks orally presented the manuscript "Developing Health Literate Students Through National Standard #4" at the 2003 National Convention and Exposition for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Philadelphia April 1-5.

Laura Behling, English, recently had her article, "Generic Multiculturalism: Hybrid Texts, Cultural Contexts," published in College English. In March, she presented a lecture, titled "The Menace of the Hour: The U.S. Woman Suffrage Movement and Twentieth-Century American Literature," at Palacky University in Olomouc, the Czech Republic.

Leila Brammer, communication studies, attended the Oxford Round Table on Human Rights and Gender Discrimination March 30-April 4 at the University of Oxford, England. The Oxford Round Table gathers 35 scholars and educational leaders to discuss educational issues in a think-tank environment. Brammer presented a paper, titled "Thirty Years of Title IX: A Review of Gender Equity in American Education," and served as a respondent to 2 papers. The purpose of the Oxford Round Table is to promote human advancement and understanding through the improvement of education. To this end, the round table provides a forum for the study and consideration of current issues facing state and national systems of education. It meets periodically and at each session is comprised of a small, select group of leaders from both the public and private sectors of several countries.

Michael Jorgensen, music, appeared with Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers on "Saint Paul Sunday," Minnesota Public Radio's nationally broadcast classical music program. The April 20 program included music by Minnesota composers Dominick Argento and Stephen Paulus alongside works of David Willcocks, Calvin Hampton, Chris DeBlasio, William Hawley, John Rutter, Mykola Leontovych, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, and Carlos Guastavino.

Mark Lammers, music, and Mark Kruger, psychology, had an article accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the NACWPI Journal, a quarterly published by the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. The article, titled "Second Instrument Study," reports results of a study done on student practice habits at liberal arts colleges and schools of music at major universities in the United States, and conservatories in Japan and Norway.

Douglas Nimmo, music, served as guest conductor for the Missota Festival Select Band April 8 and 11 in Minneapolis. The ensemble included 80 select high school musicians, representing 5 Twin Cities high schools.

Barbara Zust, nursing, presented " Nursing Non-Violence: Transforming Attitudes Through Advocacy Training and Academics" at the Violence and Women's Health Conference in Vancouver, B.C., April 5. The presentation concerned the January Term partnership between Gustavus and the CADA women's shelter.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Support Staff
    Sheila Gerlich, Dining Service

Position Openings

  • Market Place Supervisor
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations... Mark Granquist (religion) will preach on "World Christianity" April 27 at First Lutheran Church in Le Sueur. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat on April 26 for Our Saviour's Lutheran Church from Naperville, IL.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • The NCUR/Lancy Initiative is a joint effort of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Alice and Leslie E. Lancy Foundation to help institutions develop summer undergraduate research programs with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research. The program focus is on helping to build communities of student and faculty scholars spanning the academic disciplines by working on a unifying theme. The program will give grants to institutions to have a cadre of faculty supervise six to eight undergraduates for a period of 8 to 10 weeks during the summer. The initial award will be $40,000 for the summer of 2004, to be used primarily for the support of student creative and scholarly work. Awardee institutions will receive an additional $22,500 for the summer of 2005, providing the institution has made acceptable progress during the first year of the award. If interested, faculty are encouraged to review examples of unifying research themes and past awardees from the first 5 rounds, which can be viewed at (click on NCUR/Lancy). Interested interdisciplinary teams of faculty or individual faculty should contact Bob Weisenfeld (x7049 or by May 15. The deadline is Aug. 18.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or The current edition of Grant Information (aka The Blue Sheet) is available at

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • Recently, feature stories on Gustavus student-athlete Ryan Hoag have appeared in the following:
  • News of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live radio broadcast from Gustavus appeared in the following:
    • On April 17, as the lead article on the front page of the St. Peter Herald in the form of a color photograph and a feature story.
    • On April 14, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page feature story and color photograph of the show at Gustavus.
    • On April 14, The Brookings Register of Brookings, SD, published an article, titled "A behind-the-scenes look at 'A Prairie Home Companion.'" The page A3 story included a black and white photograph of Keillor warming up for the show on campus.
    • On April 12, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) aired a story on the 10 p.m. news, which included a brief interview with President Dennis Johnson.
    • An advance feature story was published on page 28 in the April 2003 edition of Applauze, a Southern Minnesota arts and entertainment magazine.
  • On April 12, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a news brief on student and Truman scholar Katherine Johansen. The page B13 story, titled Gustavus Adolphus student wins a Truman, included a photograph of Johansen.
  • The April 2003 edition of Applauze included an article on Hillstrom Art Museum's spring exhibits. It was on page 33.

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

Phone Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2002-03":
  • x7520 Dana Lamb, Marketing and Public Relations (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or

Book Mark Bits

  • A free party will precede the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Fun starts at 10:30 p.m. June 20 with the release of the book at 12:01 a.m. June 21.There is still time to preorder your book at the discount price of $17.99 (suggested retail price is $29.99). Contact the store at x6017 or x7587.


Housing needed for a writer who will be in town off and on from June 2003-June 2004. A room with kitchen privileges would be ideal, as would an inexpensive studio. Contact Nancy Hanway at x7388 or 931-8709.

Home for Rent: Fully or partially furnished house for rent, Summer 2003 to Summer 2004. 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2 story home with private backyard on a ravine lot. Attached double garage; central heating and air conditioning. 15 minutes from Gustavus. No smokers or pets. $825 a month (includes water and city services), may be negotiable. Contact Kevin Byrne, Department of History, by e-mail at or phone (507) 388-3855 evenings.

Home for Rent: Spacious 3-bedroom home, 2 blocks from North Elementary School. Has formal dining room, 3-season room, full basement. No smoking, no pets. Available May 1st. $925/month plus utilities. Call after 5 p.m. or leave a message anytime at 934-0187.

For Sale: Honda motorcycle (Twinstar CM200T) with low miles and in excellent condition. Blue book value is $920; make an offer. For a test drive, call (507) 387-2739.

Calendar of Events

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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