The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 6, 2003

November 6, 2003 | Volume 36, Number 8

Volume 36, Number 10

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Congregational Outreach
Gustavus Tidbits
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News & Announcements

Faculty and Administrator Invitation... President Jim Peterson and Dean John Mosbo invite faculty, faculty emeriti, administrators, and retired administrators and their spouses/partners to a holiday party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Alumni Hall. R.S.V.P. to the dean of the faculty's office by Dec. 8.

Share Holiday Spirit with Gusties in Iraq... Jacob Moen ('03) and Ed Godfrey ('04) are serving the U.S. in Iraq and will not be back in the U.S. for Christmas. Both would appreciate receiving correspondence from the campus community during the holidays spent away from home. Any items sent should be mailed by Nov. 13 to arrive before Christmas. Their addresses are:

Jacob Moen
19th S.C. 3rd COSCOM
APO AE 09302-1686

Edward Godfrey SPC
79th MP CO (CS)/BIAP
APO AE 09335

"Quick Facts" Pocket Guides Available... The 2003-2004 Quick Facts wallet-sized brochures are now available. Anyone who would like a small quantity (up to about 50) should call Barb Booren in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations/News and Publications (x6213) and the cards will be sent out. If a larger quantity is needed for mailings or other projects or events, it will be necessary to charge a modest amount to cover printing costs. Call for more information.


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:

  • Nov. 7 -- Brian Beckstrom;
  • Nov. 9 -- 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson;
  • Nov. 10 -- Steve Haggmark;
  • Nov. 11 -- Jack Niemi;
  • Nov. 12 -- Morning Praise;
  • Nov. 13 -- Chris Johnson;
  • Nov. 14 -- Florence Amamoto; and
  • Nov. 16 -- 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Brian Johnson.

Talk Shop Friday... 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

Friday Night Recital Postponed... The Nov. 7 recital by Naomi Karstad has been postponed and not yet rescheduled.

Recitals Saturday and Sunday... The following recitals will be presented this weekend in Bjorling Recital Hall:

  • At 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8, mezzo-soprano Jillian Hiscock and soprano Darcie Thomsen will perform. They will be accompanied by pianists Eric Wilberg and Rachel Seely and assisted by William Beckstrand, harpsichord; Colin McGuire, violin; and Katie Riggs, 'cello. The program includes works by Haydn, Handel, Schubert, Brahms, Hahn and Berlioz.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Marissa Wold will present her junior flute recital. She will be accompanied by St. Peter pianist Coni Liljengren and assisted by fellow students Johanna Johnson, oboe; Amy Koskela, clarinet; Heidi Lawson, bassoon; and Dorea Ruggles, horn. Wold's recital includes arrangements for the Gustavus student group The Barefoot Five Quintet of J. S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D Minor and Trois Pieces Breves by Jaques Ibert. She will also present solo works for flute by Arthur Honegger and Sergei Prokofiev.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9, the Flute Choir and the Woodwind Choir, under the direction of Ann Pesavento, will present their fall concert. The Flute Choir will present works by Mozart, Barnes, Bethomieu, Neubauer/Weis, and Scarlotti that have been arranged for flute choir. The Woodwind Choir, comprised of 19 musicians on flute, oboe, English horn, bassoon, B-flat and alto clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone, will present works by Vaughan Williams, Jarnefelt, Mozart, and Haydn.

These performances are free and open to the public.

Baumgartner Recital Sunday... In celebration and anticipation of their upcoming retirement from teaching, Helen and Paul Baumgartner will present a 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 public recital in Bjorling Recital Hall. Sunday's performance includes 4 works by Schubert, ending with the Divertimento on a French Motif. This performance is the second of 2 recitals the Baumgartners have developed and presented on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the death of composer Franz Schubert. A reception will follow the recital. The event is free.

Prospective Students to Visit Monday... 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.

November Continuing Ed Events... The public is invited to the following "continuing education" lectures in the Interpretive Center:

  • Denis Crnkovic (modern foreign languages and literatures/Russian) will present "300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg, Russia" at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 11. He will discuss Russia's ongoing struggle to maintain its unique cultural identity, expand its economy, and maintain its commitment to democracy. With growing violence by terrorist groups, Russia continues to make great sacrifices to remain steadfast on its path to the 21st century. Soup and sandwiches will be served; the cost is $7.
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) will present "One Year to November 2004: A Look Ahead at State and National Elections" at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Gilbert will lead a conversation focusing on the year ahead in politics. Coffee and dessert will be served; the cost is $4.

These events are open to the public; pre-registration is required. Register at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 200, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter, MN 56082. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 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.

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Nov. 12 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

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. An informal question and answer session is scheduled with Johnson before the lecture from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Linner Lounge. 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). 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. R.S.V.P. to Jean Heidcamp (x7541or by Nov. 14.


Concert Sunday... 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.


Chris Gilbert (political science) and David Jones ('83) presented "JFK Assassination: The Mystery and Legend," to approximately 200 Twin Cities-area alumni and friends Nov. 4 at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington. Gilbert spoke about the presidency of John F. Kennedy and how his life in public service and the shape of the country would have been if he had not been assassinated almost 40 years ago. Jones presented a balanced look at background information of the assassination that allowed people to make their own judgment about the controversial event.

Brian Koeneman, career center, gave a presentation with Kimberly Betz, director of internships at Oberlin College, titled "Doing More With More: Partnering to Make the Most of Your Internship Program," to a national audience of internship and experiential educators in October at the National Society for Experiential Education, Twin Cities: Many Worlds Conference.

Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, had a haiku printed in the Nov. 1 edition ("Haiku 653") of the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Daily News. Also, an English tan-renga, a "chain" poem in the Japanese tradition written by Ludwig and Dutch author Ingrid Kunschke, was printed in the most recent edition of the journal of the Haiku Society of America, and one of Ludwig's haiku previously published in the Japanese haiku magazine was selected as the best haiku of that number by 2 of 5 Japanese critics.

Julie Maxson, Russell Shapiro, and James Welsh, all geology, and senior Nathan Suurmeyer, presented research Nov. 2-3 at the 115th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Seattle. Maxson presented "Comparative Stratigraphy and Paleohydrology of Channel-fill Deposits of the Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation of Utah;" Shapiro, "Microbial Fossil Record from the Tepee Buttes (Upper Cretaceous, Colorado);" Welsh, "Utilization of Local Geology in the Introductory Course;" and Suurmeyer, "Microfacies Correlation of the Upper Eocene Sandersville Limestone Member of the Tobacco Road Sand to the Ocmulgee Formation on the Coastal Plain of Georgia."

Mary Solberg, religion, along with Kathleen Culhane-Pera, Dorothy Vawter, Phua Xiong, and Barbara Babbitt, co-edited Healing by Heart: Clinical and Ethical Case Stories of Hmong Families and Western Providers, recently published by Vanderbilt University Press. The book contains 14 case stories of searches for culturally responsive health care from U.S. providers, offers resources for delivering culturally responsive health care, and provides extensive information about the health-related beliefs, practices, and values of the Hmong people. The nursing department has ordered a copy for the library, and the Book Mark has several copies on display.


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Nov. 7 for Peace Lutheran Church from Inver Grove Heights.

Gustavus Youth Outreach scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8 includes Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville and All Saints Lutheran Church in Minnetonka. 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... A trio will perform Nov. 9 at United Methodist Church in Princeton. Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Brian Beckstrom (x7001).


  • An Arb is Born... Linnaeus Arboretum was started in 1973 with several thousand seedlings from the Soil Conservation Service.

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


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Grants for Scientific Field Research and Exploration... The National Geographic Society provides funds for scientific field research and exploration. All proposed projects must have a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. The current emphasis is on multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues. Grant amounts vary; most range from $15,000-20,000 for one year's research. Pre-applications must be submitted at least eight months prior to anticipated field dates. For more information, see the September 2003 issue of Grant Information at
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or Current and past editions of Grant Information (aka The Blue Sheet) are available at


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Nov. 2, The Free Press of Mankato published an article about the Page Education Foundation, started by Alan Page and his wife; there are six Page Scholars at Gustavus. The article appeared on the front page of the Currents section and was titled "Justice Page saw need for better education during Vikings days."
  • On Oct. 30, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on Barb Bjelland, wife of Mark Bjelland (geography) who was mentioned in a front-page Currents section story on Barb's painting and drawing exhibit at the Carnegie Art Center in Mankato..
  • On Oct. 30, the St. Peter Herald ran a story on an art exhibit in Schaefer Gallery. The page 2A story was titled "Art exhibit 'Ego" at Gustavus."
  • On Oct. 26, The Free Press of Mankato ran a front-page story on Alan Page's address at the Our Story Conference on campus. The article included a color photograph and was titled "Page talks of civil involvement."
  • The College Sporting News website has published an interview with Jessica Schaetzke ('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 Stacia Senne (x7510 or


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).

For Sale: 1998 Suburban 1500 LT; 112,000 miles; new tires; in excellent condition; $12,700. Call Al (x7622 days or 934-5037 evenings).

Free: Metal swing set with 2 gliders, 2 swings, and a monkey bar; available for pick-up. Call Candy (x7488).

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


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
Volunteers needed to work shifts at Holiday Party
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
12:301:30 p.m. DEIB: Gender Identity/Pronouns "What's the difference between my sex and my gender?" (Lunch and Learn)'s Dining Room (PDR)
2:303:30 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
57 p.m. Destress Fest with the PAs Room
67:15 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
68 p.m. DIY Hot Chocolate Making Event Cafe
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.

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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