The Yellow Sheet
May 13, 2003 | Volume 35, Number 29
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Information Wanted... Between midnight and 2 a.m. on May 2-3, a series of events took place in and around the Dive, Johnson Student Union, and Eckman Mall that appear to have involved violations of College regulations with regard to alcohol, disorderly conduct, racial bias, and physical assault. An investigation is currently underway to determine the nature and extent of these incidents and the identity of individuals involved in them so that the College can respond to these events appropriately and unambiguously. Individuals who have direct information about the above incidents are urged to share that information as soon as possible with any of the following individuals:·
One More... The final issue of The Yellow Sheet for this academic year will be published May 22. To have items included, submit them by 4:30 p.m. May 20 by filling out an online submission form. During the summer, watch for The Summer Scoop, a campus newsletter that will be published once a month.
Summer Voice Mail Greeting... All are reminded to change their voice mail greetings to accommodate summer schedules. To record an extended absence greeting, do the following:
1. Call the system and enter your password;
Sabbatical Question/Suggestion: Sabbaticals.
Leave Question/Suggestion: Place a 2-year moratorium on semester- and 2-year leaves.
Answer: The dean believes this would have a negative effect on faculty development, engagement of faculty in their disciplines, and the enrichment of classroom instruction.
Touring Week Question/Suggestion: Reduce the number of students touring during touring week. Shorten the schedule of concert tours.
Answer: The music ensembles at Gustavus have long been considered curricular programs, not extracurricular as we are all used to in the high school world. Concert tours are, in effect, the laboratory experience of our music program. Reducing or eliminating it would be similar to eliminating geology field trips. It would have a detrimental effect on the academic program. Reducing the size of the ensembles would also have a negative impact on their ability to perform the music. The size of the ensemble is determined by the number of voices or instruments needed to perform the music and is necessary for that performance. Only 130-150 students currently tour with the Gustavus Choir and Band during touring week. Reducing the size of the ensembles would have little or no effect on the cost of the concert tour. Reducing the length of the concert tours would have a modest effect on a modest budget. The musicians are hosted by churches and schools. They do not stay in hotels or eat most meals in restaurants. Since the tours are developed to have the greatest impact possible with regard to admission, alumni, church relations, and advancement, reduction in length would be detrimental to that effort. Most tours are in the 7- or 8-state region, but longer domestic and international tours are scheduled only once every 4 years for these ensembles. For these longer tours, the students assume all additional expenses, including flights, meals, housing, and transportation. There is not an additional cost to the College.
Question/Suggestion: More strategically use touring ensembles for continuing new fundraising initiatives.
Answer: I've been cooperatively planning concert tours for the past 20 years with admission, alumni, church relations, advancement, etc. I have been front and center in advocating this type of planning. It is the only way to develop a quality experience with limited budgets. It builds ownership and awareness in the tours and allows the different offices to make informed contacts with their constituencies. However, the music ensembles were never intended to be vehicles for fundraising. My long-term plan for touring includes strategic locations for advancement, and we can certainly plan those tours to include the appropriate stops along the tour. Unfortunately, the budgets or touring schedules don't allow us to hop around an area and certainly do not include flights as an option. Like Bilbo, we need to get there and back again in a limited time frame. Concert tours are first and foremost the experiential component of music performance. Quality performance venues and appropriate routing provide the best opportunities for better locations that are strategic to the entire campus, while insuring the success of the concert component of the touring program.
Question/Suggestion: Reduce the amount spent on athletic teams and facilities.
Answer: In a rural location, athletics, music, and other co-curricular activities are more important in recruiting and retaining students than they are in an urban situation. Athletic travel outside the state is often financed by fundraising and student contributions.
Answer: Pre-season travel for training is usually financed by fundraising and student contributions.
Svjetlana Madzar (economics and management) has been awarded $8,900 from the National Science Foundation for supplemental support of a project, titled "RUI: Subordinates' Information Inquiry in Turbulent Environments: Cross-Cultural Differences Between the U.S. and the European Union." This award will provide additional time and resources to expand a cross-cultural study, involving 2 undergraduate students, which examines various aspects of employee/employer dynamics in the U.S. and 4 other countries.
Final Weekend of Music... The following recitals will be presented in Bjorling Recital Hall:
These recitals are free and open to the public. Each recital will be followed by a reception in the recital hall lobby.
Lunar Eclipse Thursday... The Olin Observatory will be open from 9 p.m. until midnight May 15 for viewing the Lunar Eclipse. The public is invited to look through binoculars and telescopes to view this celestial event. The eclipse officially begins at 8:05 p.m. May 15 when the moon enters the outer portion of the Earth's shadow, known as the penumbra. However, it won't be dark enough to observe a marked change until 9:03 p.m., when the eastern edge of the moon enters the inner, darker part of Earth's shadow, called the umbra. Totality, as the phase when the entire moon is inside the umbra is known, begins at 10:14 p.m. and will last until 11:07 p.m. The moon will fully exit the Earth's umbra at 12:17 a.m. and make last contact with the penumbra at 1:15 a.m. The next chance to catch a total lunar eclipse will be Nov. 9. This event is sponsored by the physics department.
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:
Arb Event, A Change... At 5:30 p.m. May 16, the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra will present Music of Spring, featuring Vivaldi's "Spring," in the Linnaeus Arboretum. The group will share the spotlight with the student dance recital. Come, watch and listen to this free, public event. (Originally scheduled as 2 separate events for May 18 and May 16, respectively, these performances are part of the arboretum's 15-month long 30th anniversary celebration.) The event is free and open to the public.
Reception Monday... The campus community is invited to a reception for Margi Willmert (dining service) and her recently adopted son James Richard who was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is 6 months old. The reception will be held from 2-3 p.m. May 19 in Banquet Room B and will be hosted by the Dining Service.
George Hall Lecture Monday... The religion department invites the campus community to the annual George Hall Lecture, titled "What Gustavus Needs to Hear," by Linda Elvee ('92 and Old Main departments) at 7:15 p.m. May 19 in the Interpretive Center.
Farewell Open House May 22... The campus community is invited to a farewell open house from 9-10 a.m. May 22 in the lobby of Nobel Hall. The event will honor Judy Biederman (biology), Mark Johnson, (geology), Colleen Keen (geography), and Todd Swanson (chemistry) and wish them well in their new endeavors.
Campus Conversation May 22... "What does it all mean?" The final step in President Dennis Johnson's process in the "campus conversation" will be a report from the Data Analysis Committee. This presentation will be made at 2 p.m. May 22 in the Evelyn Young Dining Room and is open to the entire campus community. The presentation will be based on the information gathered at "The Heart of Gustavus: A Community Conversation," post-evaluation data, and the peer institution comparison data.
GLA Author Day May 23... Actor, playwright, and storyteller Kevin Kling ('79) will speak at Gustavus Library Associates' Author Day at 9:30 a.m. May 23 at the Edina Country Club (5100 Wooddale Ave., Edina). Kling's popular Christmas show, titled Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, is presented annually at the Guthrie Theatre. Kling is also notorious for his humorous storytelling on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. A performer with strong ties to the Midwest and a noticeable Minnesotan accent, Kling has a flair for making observations that touch upon universal human experiences. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $18 per person, which includes a reception, brunch, and CD signing. Reservations may be made by calling public relations/special events at x7520. The reservation deadline is May 19.
Retirement Party May 24... The campus community is invited to a retirement party for Wes Rydeen (dining service), who has retired after 17 years of service, from 5-7 p.m. May 24 at the Redman Club in St. Peter. Rydeen requests no gifts.
Day Camp July 14-17... Kindergarten-grade 5 children are invited to participate in a day camp at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Camp staff from Shetek Lutheran Ministries near Slayton, MN, will lead the experience. It is not necessary to be a member of First Lutheran Church (or any church) to participate in this faith-filled week. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 14-17, with a program for parents at 7 p.m. July 16. The cost is $25 per child or $40 per family. If questions, or to get a registration form, contact Dana Lamb (x7520 or 934-4237).
KudosStudent Presents Paper... Senior geology major James Foote presented his research paper, titled "Lithology and Paleontology of the Sandersville Limestone Member of the Tobacco Road Sandstone on the Coastal Plain, Georgia," at a joint meeting of the South-Central and Southeastern sections of the Geological Society of America March 12-14 in Memphis.
Philosophy Majors Make Presentations... Students John Birkland, Brandon Gillette, Benjamin Hageseth, and Kimberlee Kautzer presented papers at the Minnesota Philosophy Society Undergraduate meeting held April 16 at the University of Minnesota.
Laura Behling, English, recently presented a paper, titled "Some/Sum of Its Parts: Theorizing the Historical and Modern Body," at an international conference on the body at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Also, Behling will present another paper, titled "The U.S. Woman Suffrage Movement and American Literature," as part of a conference on American politics, literature, and art, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, in Prague, Czech Republic.
Eric Carlson, history, delivered invited lectures in April at 3 British universities (London, Warwick, and York) on various aspects of his research on 16th century English clergy.
Michael Ferragamo, biology, currently has some of his research on the psychophysical and neurophysiological attributes of bat echolocation on display in the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History exhibit, titled "Bats in My World."
Deborah Goodwin, religion, had her article, titled "Herbert of Bosham and the Horizons of 12th-Century Exegesis," accepted for publication by Traditio, an international journal of early and medieval thought, history, and religion, issued annually by Fordham University. Goodwin wrote her dissertation on Herbert, a Christian who used medieval Jewish sources in his commentary of the Book of Psalms.
Chris Johnson, vocational reflection, presented a paper, titled "Teaching and Learning that Matters: Service-Learning, Vocation, and Social Justice," at the spring service-learning conference of Iowa Campus Compact, titled "Celebrating Campus and Community Engagement," May 2 in Des Moines.
Paschal Kyoore, modern foreign languages and literatures/French, presented a paper in April at the annual College Language Association convention in Washington, D.C. His paper was titled "History and Narrative Strategies in Ahmadou Kourouma's 'Allah n'est pas oblige."
Gregory Mason, English, presented his research on Japanese and U.S. peace museums at the 4th International Conference of Peace Museums May 5-9 in Flanders, Belgium. A longer version of this work, titled "Moving Beyond Accusation and Self Pity," appeared in a recently published article, co-authored with Paul Joseph of Tufts University, in Peace Review 14:4 (2002) 465-480.
Roger McKnight, Scandinavian studies, was the consolation winner in the USTA Northern Tennis Tournament on April 20.
Don Scheese, English, served as outside evaluator of the environmental studies program May 8-9 at the University of St. Thomas.
Mary Solberg, religion, has been accepted as 1of 15 participants in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on "Feminist Epistemologies," for 5 weeks beginning in early July at Penn State. Also, on April 1, Solberg delivered the annual Spring Lecture, sponsored by the Stanley L. Olson Chair in Moral Values, at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. Her lecture was titled "All Bets Are Off: Theological Reflections on Living in Troubled Times."
Michelle Twait, library, presented "Toss the Bag of Tricks: Fostering Motivation in Library Instruction," at the 31st national LOEX (Clearinghouse for Library Instruction) Conference May 8-10 in Madison, WI.
Partners in Education Needed... The Office of Church Relations is seeking faculty members willing to participate in the Partners in Education program. The program connects faculty members with churches interested in providing educational opportunities for its members. Topics do not have to be faith related, although many are. Current offerings include "The Wisdom of the Body," "Hildegard de Bingen, Medievel Mystic," "The U.S.-China Relationship," and "God and Politics." Typically, requests are made for Sunday mornings and a $125 honorarium plus mileage is offered as compensation. Most opportunities last about 1 hour and are within a 70-mile radius of St. Peter . (Some are even on campus.) There is no obligation for inclusion in the resource guide. Requests can be accepted or rejected. For more information, contact Brian Beckstrom (x7001or email@example.com).
Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat May 16 for Trinity Lutheran Church from St. Peter.
The May issue of Grant Information can be found at http://gustavus.edu/cfrelations/fundingsources/grantinfo.cfm. For those not familiar with this e-newsletter, it provides information about funding programs sponsored by various government agencies and private funders, and includes both programmatic and fellowship opportunities. This issue focuses on a wide range of programs with summer and fall deadlines.For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com).
For Sale: Classic Victorian home with major updates. 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, large kitchen, formal dining room, oak floors with inlay, air conditioning and fireplace. New roof, windows, siding, and attached double garage. Corner lot at 405 N. 4th St. Contact Don Ostrom (x7437 or 934-5486).
Looking to Rent: A new professor in the physics department for the 2003-04 academic year would like to rent a 1-bedroom or studio apartment beginning Aug. 1. Contact Ben Bousquet (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wanting to Rent: A 2- or 3-bedroom house or apartment in St. Peter beginning Aug. 3. Call Jean at (859) 229-3370.
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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