The Yellow Sheet for Oct. 30, 2003

October 30, 2003 | Volume 36, Number 7

Volume 36, Number 9

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Congregational Outreach
Gustavus Tidbits
Funding Opps
In the Media
Phone Updates
Book Mark Bits
Weekly Web Weavings
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Flu Shots Tuesday... Gustavus Health Promotion has contracted with Nicollet County Health Services to provide flu shots to Gustavus employees and their spouses at no charge. The flu shots will be given from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Heritage Banquet Room (Banquet Room B) in the Campus Center.

Prospective Students to Visit Nov. 10... The Office of Admission has invited high school seniors to attend their first "Shadow Day" on Nov. 10. These prospective Gustavus students will have the opportunity to experience campus life with a current Gustie host, beginning with an overnight stay in the residence halls on Nov. 9. Another part of this experience will be following current students to their usual Monday morning classes. The admission office asks the permission of the faculty members to have these students sit in on classes and hopes these guests will be a welcome part of the classroom experience.

Community Service Director Named... Noreen Buhmann has been appointed Director of Community Service and Service Learning at Gustavus. Buhmann has an extensive background in community service and service learning and a passion for successful service-based campus and community collaborations. Since 1993, Buhmann has helped develop and manage youth, family, and community development programs as outreach worker, program coordinator, program director, and most recently as branch manager for the YMCA of Minneapolis. She has also worked extensively with faculty, students, and community members involved in service learning at the University of St. Thomas, where she has served as adjunct instructor. Buhmann will assume her new position on Dec. 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:

  • Oct. 31 -- President Jim Peterson, Founders Day;
  • Nov. 2 -- All Saints' Sunday, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • Nov. 3 -- Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead);
  • Nov. 4 -- Taize Worship;
  • Nov. 5 -- Morning Praise;
  • Nov. 6 -- Ramadan;
  • Nov. 7 -- Brian Beckstrom; and
  • Nov. 9 -- 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson.

Taize Prayer Service Sunday... Taize Evening Prayer with prayers for healing and peace will be held at 9 p.m. Nov. 2 in Christ Chapel.

Linnaeus Symposium Tuesday... Wade Davis, noted anthropologist and botanical explorer, will be on campus as the first Linnaeus Symposium lecturer-in-residence. Davis will be here 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).

JFK Presentation Tuesday... The Office of Alumni Relations invites the campus community to a presentation on a balanced look at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Chris Gilbert (political science) and David Jones ('83) will make the presentation at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington. This event coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Nov. 23, 1963 assassination, one of the most controversial and significant events in our nation's history. There will be a van providing transportation at 6 p.m. from Three Flags. Register with the alumni office (x7511).

Talk Shop Nov. 7... Mark Granquist (religion) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2003-04 academic year. His talk, titled "Gustavus and the Church from which it came," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7 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

Library Book Sale... The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library will hold a book sale during regular library hours Nov. 5-9, including a bag sale Nov. 8-9.

Wallenberg Lecture Nov. 13... Douglas Johnson, executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis, will give the annual Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Alumni Hall. Johnson's lecture, titled "Human Rights Denied: Human Dignity Restored," will address the pioneering work of the center in providing healing for survivors of torture and developing strategies to combat torture worldwide. The center in Minnesota was the first of its kind in the U.S. and one of the first in the world. The Center works directly with torture survivors; trains health, education, and other professionals who work with survivors; and engages in public policy work. Johnson has been involved in grass roots advocacy campaigns for most of his life. He is an expert on tactics and strategies used by the human rights movement and has served as a consultant to human rights organizations in Latin America and to U.N. agencies such as UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Johnson was an original member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's advisory panel on the Prevention of Torture that was established in 1998; he continues to serve on the panel. This event is sponsored by the Peace Studies program and is free and open to the public.

Faculty Forum Nov. 18... The Gustavus faculty members who participated in the Guatemalan social justice experience this past summer will present the next Faculty Forum of the year from 5:30-6:55 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Heritage Banquet Room (Banquet Room B) in the Campus Center. The talk, titled "Social Justice in Guatemala: Stories from the Field," will describe the work going on in Guatemala to right current and past injustices. There will be a buffet dinner, including vegetarian fare; cost is $5 per person. All faculty and staff, as well as retirees, are invited to come with a guest. RSVP to Jean Heidcamp (x7541or by Nov. 14.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Concert Nov. 9... The public is invited to the St. Peter Choral Society and Orchestra performance of Mass for our Time, composed and directed by John Biggs, and J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 140, "Sleepers Wake," directed by Annette Meeks, at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Church of St. Peter, 1801 W. Broadway, St. Peter. Soloists include baritone Michael Jorgensen (music). Tickets are $8 for adults; students are free. Tickets are available at Swedish Kontur, 310 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter, or at the door. This event is made possible by grants from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, and friends of the St. Peter Choral Society.

Extraordinary People

Mark Granquist, religion, authored 2 chapters examining the Word Alone movement and ethnic diversity among Lutherans in Lutherans Today: American Lutheran Identity in the 21st Century (Eerdmans, 2003), a new book on contemporary American Lutheranism. The book includes 12 chapters spanning the range of American Lutheran groups and topics. Granquist also presented a session, titled "College History in a First-Year Seminar," at the 67th Annual Conference of the Association of Lutheran College Faculties held Oct. 3-4 in Roanoke, VA. Other faculty members attending the conference were Steve Griffith, theatre and dance, Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, and Paula Swiggum, nursing.

David Koppenhaver, education, co-edited an article, titled "Enhancing Literacy in Individuals with Autism and Severe Communication Impairments," in the October-December issue of Topics in Language Disorders, an interdisciplinary journal. He also co-authored one of the papers in that issue, titled "Natural Emergent Literacy Supports for Preschoolers with Autism and Severe Communication Impairments."


  • Rodney Davis, emeritus history professor who taught at the College from 1953-90, died Oct. 27 in Apple Valley. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at First Memorial Chapel, 4343 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Rd., Apple Valley. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Rodney O. and Jackie S. Davis Scholarship Fund at Gustavus or to a memorial fund of choice.
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 Support Staff
    Andy Biedermann, Printing Services
    Peggy Borgmeier, Lund Center
    Clifford Marx, Lund Center

Congregational Outreach

Gustavus Youth Outreach schedule for last weekend was: Oct. 24-25 at Christ Lutheran Church in Maple Plain and Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids; and Oct. 25-26 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including leading lock-ins, family night programs, and church services.

Music in Worship... The Gustavus Flute Choir will perform Nov. 2 at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park. Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Brian Beckstrom (x7001).

Gustavus Tidbits

  • The A.H. Anderson Social Science Center was originally built in 1948 as the campus library. It became the social science center in 1973 after the new library opened.

To submit items (questions or answers) for consideration in this section, contact Stacia Senne (x7510 or

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Support for International/U.S. Relations... The Cooperative Grants Program of NAFSA: Association of International Educators provides seed funds, as well as programming and grant writing resources, for innovative projects that creatively involve post-secondary international and U.S. study-abroad students at U.S. campuses and communities. There are 2 levels of funding: incentive grants (Jan. 15 deadline) range from $2,001 to $10,000; and mini-grants (March 1 and Oct. 1 deadlines) are awards of up to $2,000. Both levels require dollar-for-dollar cost sharing. For more information, see the September 2003 issue of Grant Information at Click on the Bookmarks tab on the left side and toggle to Program Development.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in 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:
  • Following are several Our Story Conference articles that have recently appeared in the news media:
    • Comments Alan Page, Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, gave at the conference appeared in the Oct. 26 Star Tribune of Minneapolis. The AP story, mentioning Gustavus, was titled "Page says he would have run in Wellstone's place."
    • On Oct. 26, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page story, titled "Page talks of civil involvement," that included a color photograph of Page.
    • On Oct. 25, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) aired a story that included an interview with student Manal Elattir, a coordinator of the event. The story ran on the 10 p.m. news.
    • On Oct. 24, the St. Peter Herald ran a "Gustavus Brief" on the conference.
  • The November issue of the Metro Lutheran included a story on the late Paul Granlund (emeritus sculptor-in-residence). The page 20 feature, titled "Paul Granlund shaped a new artistic landscape," included 3 color photographs and quotes from Will Freiert (classics) as well as a front-page teaser of the article by Kathryn Christenson. The issue also included several Gustavus events in its MetroCalendar for November.
  • The November issue of The Lutheran magazine published the following:
    • "Not your typical spring break," a story about 9 Gustavus nursing students who spent their spring break volunteering in Guatemala. The story included quotes by 2003 graduates Erin Elling, Joanna Olson, and Kassie Stecker, as well as a color photograph of Stecker.
    • A Gustavus advertisement.
  • On Oct. 24, the St. Peter Herald published the following:
    • Ed Lee, in his "So Be It" column, talked about the Gustavus Quarterly and the efforts of Randy Stuckey (alumni), and Steve Waldhauser (publications) to get and print alumni news. The title of the column was "Have you heard any news?"
    • "Gustavus Briefs," including the Rose Ensemble and Tim O'Brien's ('99) appearance and Elisabeth Axtell's senior recital.
  • On Oct. 23, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story on the Rose Ensemble and alum Tim O'Brien. The page C2 article included a black and white photograph of O'Brien.
  • On Oct. 22, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a story on entrepreneur Phil Hotchkiss ('91). The story, titled "Seeking a repeat," ran on the front page of the Business section and included a color photograph of Hotchkiss. The article mentioned that he was a 2001 first decade award winner.
  • On Oct. 21, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, via the Associated Press, ran a story that included quotes from Owen Sammelson (administration). The article was titled "Cost of private, public college education rises again."
  • On Oct. 19, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published an article on Wellstone remembrances. It included mention of the bronze bust of Wellstone, sculpted by the late Paul Granlund (emeritus sculptor-in-residence) that was dedicated at Gustavus.
  • On Oct. 18, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ran a story that included an interview regarding the prescription drug price issue with Chris Gilbert (political science). The front-page article was titled "Pawlenty's drug stand shows savvy."
  • The College Sporting News website has published an interview with Tim Nesvig ('04) as part of its MIAC Profiles of Excellence. View it online at

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 2003-04":
  • Wendy Bachman, Book Mark, x7587 (change)
  • Callie Benefield, Dining Service, x7608, (addition)
  • Andrew Biedermann, Printing Services, x6272, (addition)
  • Peggy Borgmeier, Lund Center, x6660, (addition)
  • Dallas Grant, Dining Service (remove)
  • Clifford Marx, Lund Center, x6660, (addition)
  • Timothy Swenson, Custodial, x7655, (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or

Book Mark Bits

  • Hair-raising Retail Friday... Be sure to stop by the Book Mark Oct. 31 for Halloween goodies. Peek in the coffin for bargains at the Dead Merchandise Sale.


Read about two recent Gusties who are traveling across the country in their grease-powered vehicle online at The site includes a story, color photographs, and journal entries of Aaron Crowell and Phil Graeve (both '03). The site is also accessible from the Alumni site and the News site.


For Sale: 1991 Toyota Camry SE, 154,000 miles; 4-door automatic transmission; air conditioning; cruise control; cassette player; power windows and locks; very dependable; $2,000. Call Brian or Josie Beckstrom (x8681).

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

Wanted: Roommate wanted for home on College Avenue. No utilities; low rent; available Nov. 1; quiet setting. Call Nancy (934-5054).

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
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
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 Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

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