The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 4, 2003

September 4, 2003 | Volume 36, Number 1

Volume 36, Number 1

News & Announcements
Grant News
Upcoming Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Position Openings

Funding Opps
In the Media
Book Mark Bits
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Gustavus-L and College Calendar Revamping... As a result of a campuswide internal communication survey conducted last spring, Gustavus-l and the College Calendar have been revamped to accommodate announcements as well as events. Gustavus-l postings will now include events and announcements (i.e., tickets on sale now for next week's play or intramural sign up for next semester). Also, in the daily Gustavus-l e-mails, submissions will appear shorter in length than last year, and provide clickable links to more information. Individuals may submit items using an Announcements Form or an Events Form, both available on the College Calendar homepage. Announcements and events may also be viewed on the Web by selecting either choice on the Calendar site. Here are some tips for submitting items:

  • Events must have a specific time, date, and place. If a submission does not have a time, date, and place, then submit it as an announcement. For example, the men's basketball game at St. Olaf is an event, but reservations for the fan bus to the game is an announcement. Or, the performance of the musical Carousel is an event, while information about tryouts for the musical is an announcement.

The news and information staff in the Office of Marketing and Publications receives ands approves submissions and reserves the right to edit or deny items. Allow a few week days for review and approval.

Newsletter Purpose, Guidelines... With the beginning of the academic year comes the resumption of The Yellow Sheet, a weekly newsletter providing news and information to the campus community since 1975. This employee newsletter is distributed online each Thursday except during academic breaks (specified below).

  • When is the newsletter distributed? Every week of the academic year except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, and Spring/Easter breaks. (Thus, it will not be published the following Thursdays: Nov. 27; Dec. 18, 25; Jan. 1; Feb. 5; and April 8. The final issue for this school year will be published May 20.)
  • How is it distributed? When each issue is published, an e-mail message will be sent (via employee-l) notifying employees of its availability and providing a link to the current issue's online location. Supervisors of employees who do not have e-mail accounts or Internet/Web access are again asked to print out and post a copy of the newsletter each week on a centralized employee bulletin board, circulate copies within the department, or encourage employees to read/view the newsletter on a campus computer. Past issues of the newsletter will again be archived online.
  • What's the deadline? All submissions must be received by the news and information staff in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. Due to the Nobel Conference on Oct. 7-8, the deadline for that week's edition will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.
  • How should items be submitted? Fill out an online Yellow Sheet submission form. Electronic submissions are preferred, but items may also be submitted typewritten. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Public Relations.
  • Who may submit items? Anyone who has pertinent news or information for Yellow Sheet readers. Keep in mind that the newsletter is not a vehicle for personal thank yous, and the editors retain the right to edit material and refuse material deemed inappropriate.
  • Individuals who have questions or comments about The Yellow Sheet should contact Barb Booren ( or x6213). The Office of Marketing and Public Relations is located in the Carlson Administration Building, second level, next to the Office of the President.

Cardio-fitness Center Opens... Lund Center has opened its new cardio-fitness center, which has been under construction over the summer. The cardio-fitness center features more than 40 pieces of equipment that may be used for personal workouts. In addition, users who have "walkman radios" will be able to tune in to any one of several television monitors that will show a variety of programs. Because this new cardio-fitness center has largely been financed by Gustavus students, non-student users will be assessed an annual fee of $35 which applies only to the cardio-fitness center. Spouses, and dependents between the ages of 16 and 22, will also be required to pay the annual fee. Community members must have a current Lund Center membership as well. New community memberships to Lund have been discontinued. All non-student users will be required to wear a colored wrist band while using the cardio-fitness equipment as a means of identification. Users may pick up a wrist band daily from the Red Desk personnel in Lund. Hours of use will coincide with the schedule for open hours in Lund. Users may contact Red Desk personnel for a current Lund Center schedule and/or to pay the cardio-fitness center annual fee. The Red Desk telephone number is x6660.

Logo Usage... All campus offices and departments are requested to use the new college wordmark for all external uses -- on letterhead, envelopes, brochures, business cards, etc. For inter-campus mailings, stationery and envelopes with old logos are permissable. Questions regarding the wordmark and usage should be directed to Publications Director Steve Waldhauser (x7650 or For specific information on usage and cost of envelopes available in the campus print shop, see the below item.

Envelope Usage Information... The Office of Printing Services has the following envelopes available:

  • Envelopes pre-printed with the Gustavus wordmark, provided at no charge to departments;
  • Lined interdepartmental envelopes, provided at no charge to departments; and
  • Plain white envelopes, charged to departments.

The following usages should be observed:

  • Envelopes with the current wordmark should be reserved for external mailings; and
  • Internal campus communication should make use of any of the following:
    • interdepartmental envelopes
    • previously used envelopes
    • envelopes which bear previous iterations of the Gustavus wordmark. Printing services has a limited quantity of 10 x 13-inch manila envelopes with old logos.

There may be logical cost effective exceptions to this practice (e.g., mass mailings like special event invitations and fundraising solicitations that go to both internal and external constituencies). If questions, call Print Services (x7536) or the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (x7650).

Rankings... Gustavus again ranks among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings. The 17th annual ranking—released to the public Friday, Aug. 22 on the Web (—was published in U.S. News & World Report magazine and in the annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook, both of which are available at newsstands and book stores.The national liberal arts list included 214 schools and Gustavus was in the top one-third for overall quality listings of this group. Gustavus was also 1 of 6 Minnesota colleges included in the ranked list, which includes 110 colleges.

Gribly Alert... Individuals who wish to have their photograph and/or home telephone number excluded from the 2003-2004 Gribly but have not already indicated their wishes must complete the bright orange form titled "Directory Information" available from the Human Resources Office as soon as possible.

Room Reservation Information... All campus individuals who need to use facilities throughout the academic year are asked to call the person or number designated for the specific location as follows:

To reserve classrooms between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the academic year, contact the registrar's office (x7495).

To reserve classrooms after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends during the academic year, call the telephone number designated below:

  • CONFER/VICKNER -- Carol Lawrence x7391
  • LIBRARY SEMINAR ROOMS -- Sylvia Straub x7556
  • LUND CLASSROOMS -- Larry Zelenz x7699
  • NOBEL -- Kathy Scholl x7333
  • OLD MAIN -- Linda Elvee x7317
  • OLIN -- Linda Hewitt x7483
    • Fine Arts (art) -- Colleen Hanson x7019
    • Fine Arts (music) -- Nancy Sanderson x7364
    • Fine Arts (speech/theatre) -- Pat Kewitsch x7353
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE CENTER -- Jane Chouanard x7414

To reserve all other locations that have variable schedules and are booked solely by an individual office, call the telephone number listed below:

  • CAMPUS CENTER -- Laura Martens x7598
  • CHRIST CHAPEL -- Kathy Matz x7446
  • DINING SERVICE ROOMS -- Margi Willmert x6245
  • INTERNATIONAL CENTER -- Linda Shaw x7545
  • INTERPRETIVE CENTER -- Shirley Mellema x6181
  • AV
    • Classrooms (and equipment) -- Ginny Bakke x7571
    • Conference Rooms -- Sylvia Straub x7556
    • Facilities and fields -- Larry Zelenz x7699
  • RETREAT CENTER -- Brian Beckstrom x7001
    • Anderson Theatre -- Terena Wilkens x6280
    • Bjorling Recital Hall -- Barbara Anthony x7363
      Alumni -- Laura Martens x7598
      Linner Lounge -- Laura Martens x7598
      The Dive/Conference Room -- Laura Martens x7598

To reserve facilities in the summer, call Kevin Birr in Summer Programs (x6245).

When booking the facilities, note that reservations only secure the space: they do not ensure that the rooms will be set up and unlocked. The person reserving the room is responsible for making all arrangements. For assistance or to receive an event planning checklist, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (x7520).


Theological Reflection Grant... Under the initiative and direction of Darrell Jodock (religion), Gustavus has been awarded $35,000 from The Louisville Institute of the Louisville Seminary for a project, titled "A Program to Enhance Mutual Theological Reflection Between Teaching Theologians and Congregational Leaders." This project will provide support for a 4-day theological convocation that will bring together ELCA teaching theologians, pastors, lay leaders, and ecumenical guests for mutual theological learning and conversation.

NSF Grant... Paul Saulnier (physics) has been awarded $198,435 from the National Science Foundation for a project, titled "MRI/RUI: Acquisition of an Ultrafast Laser and Detection System for Optical Scattering Studies." This grant will support the purchase of an ultrafast-pulsed laser and gated detection system, which will be used to conduct light scattering experiments, thereby greatly enhancing student research opportunities on campus.

Petroleum Research Fund Award... Jonathan Smith (chemistry) has been awarded $35,000 from The Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society for a project, titled "Probing Electronic Structure and Dynamics of Stilbene Derivatives." This 2-year award, involving undergraduate student researchers in the summer and academic year, will enable Smith to extend his research using laser spectroscopy to understand unique ways in which molecules interact, including potential molecular machines.

Another NSF Grant... Jonathan Smith (chemistry) has been awarded $108,551 from the National Science Foundation for a project, titled "Molecular Modeling as a Theme in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum." This 3-year grant, involving student researchers the first 2 summers and all 3 academic years, will incorporate molecular modeling throughout the chemistry and biochemistry curriculum through the development of a Linux computational cluster.


Business After Hours Tuesday... All faculty members and administrators are invited to the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Three Crowns Room. President Jim Peterson will be the featured guest at this informal gathering for refreshments and conversation.

International Concerns Presentation Tuesday... Mahmoud Sadi, professor of sociology and social work at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX, will present "Islam/Iran/Iraq and International Concerns" at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Interpretive Center. Sadi's research interests include sociological theory, sociology of culture, and sociology of religion. This event is open to the public; pre-registration is required. The cost is $4 per person, which includes coffee and dessert. Register at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. 5th 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.

Appreciation Gathering... As a thank you for everyone's assistance this summer, the Office of the Summer Programs invites all staff for coffee and caramel croissants at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 10 in the Heritage Room (Banquet Room B).

Talk Shop Sept. 12... Rob Gardner (theatre and dance) will present the first Faculty Shop Talk of the 2003-04 academic year. His talk, titled "An Actor Prepares" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 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 at under the Information for Faculty link/Faculty Resources or by going directly to

Dance Season Begins Sept. 12... The public is invited to a performance of solo and ensemble dance works, titled "Refuge: Mostly Solos," at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 in Anderson Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket center (x7590) or at the Anderson Theatre Box Office prior to the concert.

Granlund Exhibit Opens Sept. 15... "Paul Granlund: A Retrospective Exhibition" will run from Sept. 15-Nov. 9 in the Hillstrom Museum of Art ,with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. October 6. The exhibit features 63 sculptures and 17 sketches and drawings, the works ranging over the entirety of Paul Granlund's (retired sculptor-in-residence) career, the earliest work dates to 1950, and the most recent are from this year, including his portrait of Senator Paul Wellstone. In collaboration with the Hillstrom Museum, the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is having its own exhibition of Granlund's work, titled "Paul Granlund -- Spirit of Bronze," on view through Oct. 12.

Bishop to be Installed Sept. 27... The campus community is invited to the installation of the Rev. Jon Anderson as the new bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod at 4 p.m. Sept. 27 in Christ Chapel. The Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the ELCA, will preach.

Extraordinary People

Elizabeth Baer, English, completed a 2-week seminar on "Literature and the Holocaust" in June which was conducted by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. The seminar provided an in-depth examination of Holocaust literature, both fiction and non-fiction, and how it can be used in Holocaust education. Participants explored how history and memory are represented in literature; the relationship between oral testimony and literature; and the potentially therapeutic value of using literature to confront the emotional trauma left behind following the genocide.

Kirk Beyer, human resources, received the Outstanding Service Award for his contributions of time and energy to the Minnesota Chapter of CUPA-HR at its regional conference.

Steve Bennett, counseling center, and Mark Braun, dean's office, participated in a 10-day seminar in June at Midland Lutheran College, in conjunction with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the ELCA, hosted the event. The conference featured numerous speakers, including Steven Titus (president at Midland and formerly at Gustavus).

Eric Carlson, history, published "Good Pastors or Careless Shepherds? Parish Ministers and the English Reformation" in the July 2003 issue of History: The Journal of the Historical Association.

Jim Isaak, Gustavus Fund, spoke at the Gonser, Gerber, Tinker, Stuhr 2003 Summer Workshop Aug. 7 and 8 in Chicago. The workshop focused on the fundamentals of effective advancement programs. Isaak's topic, titled "The Annual Fund -- Vital to the Advancement Program," addressed the strategies that are fundamental to a successful annual fund program.

Jeff Johnson, 2000 graduate, received the Emmanuil Troyansky Graduate Fellowship, administered by the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry. This fellowship, in the amount of $20,000, is for the 2003-04 academic year.

Stacia Senne, marketing and public relations, was an invited panel member for the Aug. 21 Mankato Convention and Visitors Bureau Community Meeting, which focused on how the community and businesses can embrace the area's college students.

Nadarajan (Raj) Sethuraju, multicultural programs, has been selected to serve on the 2003-04 Minnesota College Personnel Association Board of Directors as chairperson of the Diversity Programs and Initiatives.

Russell Shapiro, geology, presented a paper, titled "Fossilized Bacteria from Methane Seeps as an Analogue for an Extraterrestrial Fossil Record," as part of the monthly seminar series at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, NASA, on June 9 in Houston.

Jenifer Ward, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, had her essay, titled "Serving the Mission: A Study-Abroad and Service-Learning Case Study," published in the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin (Vol. 34, No. 3, 2003).


Brad Johnson (printing services), wife Amie, and brother Nathan announce the birth of Nickolas Adam on Aug. 7. Nickolas weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.


  • Roger Devine, father-in-law of Chris Johnson (vocational reflection), died Sept. 1. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church at 212 N. Chestnut in Belle Plaine.
  • Gertrude Mollner, age 83, mother of Dan Mollner (library) died June 25 in St. Paul.
  • Emeritus English professor Elmer Suderman died Aug. 30 at his home. His funeral service was Sept. 3 at Union Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Norma Suderman (retired Book Mark).

To inform the campus community of the loss of a current student or employee or trustee, an emeritus professor or trustee, or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the president's office (x7538).

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Faculty
    William Beckstrand, music
    Margaret Bloch Qazi, biology
    Benjamin Bousquet, physics
    Priscilla Briggs, art and art history
    Scott Bur, chemistry
    Mark Dennis, religion
    *Jeanne Flaherty-Gonzalez, Spanish
    Mary Gaebler, religion
    Joseph Harsh, biology
    *Beth Janetski, theatre and dance
    *Gareth John, geography
    *Steven Jones, education
    Meghan Krause, communication studies
    Jean Lavigne, geography
    *Jacob Lunderby, art and art history
    Paula Mann, theatre and dance
    Julie Maxson, geology
    *Beth Muellner, German
    Scott Newstrom, English
    Preston Nichols, mathematics and computer science
    Sujay Rao, history
    *James Robinson, psychology
    Amit Ron, political science
    Jane Schuck, education
    Eugenia Skirta, mathematics and computer science
    San Skulrattanakulchai, mathematics and computer science
    *Steven Smith, theatre and dance
    Bruce Wells, religion
    Bronwen Wickkiser, classics
    *Nicolas Windschitl, education
    *Dorothy Wrigley, biology
    *Petronella Ytsma, art and art history


Position Openings

  • Textbook Assistant, Book Mark
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • NSF Award Opportunity... The National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) assists in the acquisition of major research instrumentation; the maintenance and technical support associated with these instruments is also supported. Awards for instrumentation will range from $100,000 to $2 million. Cost sharing is no longer required for non-Ph.D. granting institutions. The deadline is Jan. 22. For more information, see Note that a solicitation to this program may be submitted as a Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) proposal. See the May 2003 issue of Grant Information at for more information on the RUI program.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Aug. 28 at 6 and 10 p.m., KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) news aired stories on Gustavus international student orientation.
  • On Aug. 23 in the state edition and Aug. 19 in the metro edition, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article on a camp for children with heart disease and included a quote by student Amber Rathman. The article was titled "Odayin: A Minnesota camp with a heart."
  • On Aug. 22, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article on the U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings. The article was titled "Minnesota colleges ranked among best by magazine."

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

Book Mark Bits

  • Nancy Hanway (modern foreign languages and literatures/Spanish) has authored a new book, titled Embodying Argentina: Body, Space and Nation in 19th Century Narrative, which was published in May. The Book Mark has the book available for purchase.


For Sale: 15-drawer, oak CD storage unit in like-new condition; $150. Contact Bill or Jean Heidcamp (x7325 or 934-6769).

Cat Needs Home: Friendly 7-year-old spayed and declawed female tiger cat needs a new caretaker because of allergies. Call Denise Jerome (931-9042).

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
DEIB: Gender Identity/Pronouns "What's the difference between my sex and my gender?" (Lunch and Learn)
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
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.

The Yellow Sheet is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the news and information staff in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, Spring/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 Marketing and Public Relations. Items must reach the 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, contact Barb Booren ( or x6213).
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