The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 4, 2003
September 4, 2003 | Volume 36, Number 1
Volume 36, Number 1
In the Media
Calendar of Events
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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:
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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:
The following usages should be observed:
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 rankingreleased to the public Friday, Aug. 22 on the Web (USNews.com)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:
To reserve all other locations that have variable schedules and are booked solely by an individual office, call the telephone number listed below:
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).GRANT NEWS:
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 gustavus.edu under the Information for Faculty link/Faculty Resources or by going directly to http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
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 PeopleElizabeth 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).
BirthsBrad 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.
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 FacesThe following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
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
Funding OppsThe Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
In the MediaHere are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
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).
Book Mark Bits
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or x6213).
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