The Yellow Sheet for Oct. 16, 2003
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Amended Weapons Policy... The College recently amended its weapons policy to the following:
"It is the College's intention to bar firearms from its property. Absent express written authorization -- from the President or a Vice President of the College -- students and employees are prohibited from using, storing, or possessing weapons, fireworks, or explosives on property owned or controlled by the College and/or in the course of any College program or employment responsibility during the term of enrollment or employment. Weapons may include, but are not limited to, firearms, pellet guns, bows and arrows, martial arts equipment, switchblade knives, swords, large knives, and clubs. Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with College policy and procedures."
At this time, signs banning guns will not be posted at every entrance to every building on campus. But the following notice to campus guests and visitors will be posted at entrances to the College, in parking lots most frequently used by visitors:
Members of the campus community who become aware of firearms on campus should contact Safety and Security (x8888) immediately with details. Security personnel will follow up on these reports, seeking to enforce College policy applicable to students and employees and, with the assistance of the St. Peter Police Department, if necessary, the request made of all campus visitors. Visitors who fail to comply with the request regarding weapons will be asked to leave campus. Anyone who has questions or comments about these new measures should contact Vice President Hank Toutain (x7526 or email@example.com) or President Jim Peterson (x7538 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Theft from Automobiles... The St. Peter Police Department and Safety and Security are investigating several vehicle break-ins and related thefts across campus and the surrounding city streets over the past several weeks. Direct any information, concerns, or questions to Safety and Security (x8888) or the St. Peter Police Department (931-1550).
Alumni Award Nominations Sought... The alumni office is seeking help in identifying alumni nominees for the Greater Gustavus Award, Distinguished Alumni Citations, and First Decade Awards. Awards will be presented by the Gustavus Alumni Association in 2004. Past award recipients may be reviewed at http://gustavus.edu/alumni/alumni_assoc/awards.cfm. A description of each award follows:
Anyone wishing to make a nomination should contact Randy Stuckey (email@example.com). Information to substantiate each nominee would be appreciated. Nominations should be submitted by Nov. 1.
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:
Upcoming Administrator Meetings... Meetings for all administrators have been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in the Heritage Room (Banquet Room B). Submit suggestions for agenda items to Jolene Christensen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mark Twain Lecture Tuesday... Paleontologist and historian Stephen Rowland from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will present a lecture, titled "Geology and Paleontology in the Writings of Mark Twain," at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in Nobel Hall, room 125. Rowland's presentation will examine Twain's musings on the fossil record and the scientists themselves. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Russell Shapiro (x7307).
Colombian Women Visit Tuesday... All are welcome to 1of 2 presentations by 3 Colombian women at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Alumni Hall or 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in Linner Lounge. The women will speak about personal experiences with the conflict in Colombia, how communities are building peace every day, and how U.S. communities can support peace building in Colombia through prayer and advocacy. The women are touring the Midwest through the efforts of Lutheran World Relief. These presentations are sponsored by Women's Studies, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, the Chaplains Office, the Community Service Center, and the Center for Vocational Reflection.
Animal Blessing Oct. 23... The Blessing of the Animals will take place during Chapel at 10 a.m. Oct. 23. Animals that cannot be present will be blessed by name and recently departed animal companions will be remembered by name. To bring an animal, register the animal ahead of time and plan to leash, kennel or otherwise control the animal during the service. All names and registrations may be sent to Kari Lipke (email@example.com or x6077).
Theatrical Dance Concert Opens Oct. 23... Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project explore the death of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student, in "The Laramie Project," a theatrical dance concert showing at 8 p.m. Oct. 23-25 and 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in Anderson Theatre. Shepard was beaten and left to die near Laramie, WY. The presentation will explore the meanings of this tragedy and answer questions, like: Why did this happen? Why in Laramie? Talk-backs and panel discussions will follow most performances. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the ticket center (x7590).
Talk Shop Oct. 24... Janine Wotton (psychology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2003-04 academic year. Her talk, titled "A Mathematical Model of Auditory System Processing," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 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 the Gustavus homepage under the Information for Faculty link/Faculty Resources or by going directly to http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Our Story Conference Oct. 24-25... The 4th annual Our Story Conference, titled "An American Dilemma: The Growing Gender Gap in the African American Community," will take place Oct. 24 and 25 on campus. Keynote speaker will be Alan Page, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court. Historical strides on campuses and in the workplace, along with professional progress, are making African Americans rethink old notions of race, class, and romance. The Pan Afrikan Student Organization has adopted this topic and is hopeful that through the various speakers, meetings, workshops, and celebrations, participants will walk away with a better understanding of this complex issue. Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and their stories. This conference is sponsored by the Office of Diversity.
Linnaeus Symposium Nov. 4... Wade Davis, noted anthropologist and botanical explorer, will be coming to campus as the first Linnaeus Symposium lecturer-in-residence. Davis will be on campus for 2 days meeting with students and participating in the classroom. He will also present a public lecture, titled "The Healing Forest: The Ethnobotanical Search for New Medicines." A book-signing and reception will follow the lecture. Davis is a well-known ethnobotanist, photographer, and best-selling author. His fieldwork has taken him to remote areas of Peru, Tibet, Kenya, and the high Arctic. He spent more than 3 years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer and lived among 15 indigenous groups in 8 Latin America countries while gathering some 6,000 botanical collections. Samplings of his recent writings include One River (1996) and Shadows in the Sun (1998). Davis has published scientific and popular articles on subjects ranging from Haitian voodoo to the global biodiversity crisis. The Linnaeus Symposium is the final event this year in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Linnaeus Arboretum. This visit is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum. For more information, contact: Dana Lamb or Dean Wahlund (x7520).
Off-campus Events of Interest
Farm History Presentation Oct. 26... Stephen Hoffbeck, author and associate professor of history at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, will present a program based on his book, titled The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Treaty Site History Center. A fascinating and moving story for anyone interested in agriculture, history, and farm family life on the land, Hoffbeck will describe the history of haymaking in Minnesota from the mid-1800s to the farm crisis in present times. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free for Nicollet County Historical Society members and children under 12; $4 for non-members.
Extraordinary PeopleBruce Aarsvold, information technology, Richard Aune, admission, Kristi Reinholtzen, registrar's, and Jeffrey Stocco, career center, participated in the Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 5.
Bob Douglas, geography, presented a talk, titled "Early Geographical Explorations of the Minnesota River Valley," Oct. 7 at the Le Sueur County Historical Society annual meeting. Also, Douglas presented "Joseph Nicollet's Map and GPS" Oct. 9 at the Minnesota Geographic Information Systems/Land Information Systems Consortium in St. Paul.
Dennis Henry, physics, presented an invited paper, titled "An Illustrated History of St. Paul Union Depot," to the annual meeting of the Lexington Group in Transportation History Oct. 8 in St. Paul.
New FacesThe following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
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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).
Library Hours for fall break are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 16-17; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18; noon-6 p.m. Oct. 19; and 8 a.m.-midnight Oct. 20.
Safety and Security SnipsPrevent Thefts from Autos... Everyone is asked to protect their vehicles and property by locking cars and removing all valuables from plain sight. Stereo equipment, CDs, car phones, etc. are popular items for thieves.
Wanted: Host family needed for German high school student during Fall Semester 2004. This offers an opportunity for exchange visit to lovely old farmhouse in scenic black forest area. Contact Max Hailperin (x7466 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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