The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 13, 2003

November 13, 2003 | Volume 36, Number 9

Volume 36, Number 11

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Extraordinary People
Congregational Outreach
Gustavus Tidbits
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Presidential Inauguration Announced... President Jim Peterson will be inaugurated as the 14th president of the college at a 3 p.m. ceremony April 16 in Christ Chapel. A tentative list of inaugural events follows:

  • April 15
    • 7-9 p.m. -- Inaugural symposium
  • April 16
    • 8 a.m.-noon -- Board of Trustees business meeting
    • Noon-1:30 p.m. -- Inaugural luncheon
    • 1:30-2:30 p.m. -- Delegate check-in
    • 3-4:30 p.m. -- Installation service
    • 4:30-7 p.m. -- Inaugural reception
  • April 17
    • 9 a.m.-noon -- Association of Congregations meeting
    • Noon-1:30 p.m. -- Community picnic
    • 1:30-4:30 p.m. -- Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)
    • 7:30-9 p.m. -- Gustavus Wind Orchestra concert
  • April 18
    • 10-11 a.m. -- Worship
    • 1:30-3:30 p.m. -- Twin Cities reception
    • 4-5:30 p.m. -- Nobel Symphony, performed by the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and VocalEssence, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis
  • Throughout Weekend
    • Student research exhibit
    • Gustavus history exhibit
    • Hillstrom Museum of Art exhibit

Inaugural sub-committees formed and chairs selected are:

  • Academic Events -- Will Freiert
  • Installation -- Brian Johnson
  • Local Arrangements -- Dean Wahlund
  • Meals and Receptions -- Jolene Christensen
  • Print and Publicity -- Stacia Senne
  • GACAC Day/G.I.V.E. Day (tentative) -- Jack Niemi

Task Force Update... As a follow-up to last year's cost-cutting and revenue-producing suggestions, "The Heart of Gustavus: A Community Conversation," and the post-evaluation process, a number of task forces have been formed to review and make recommendations concerning a number of issues on campus. The task forces began meeting in early September. The results of their work will be provided as recommendations to the Administrative Council by the end of fall semester. Task forces and chairs are as follows:

  • Efficient and Effective Use of the Market Place, Courtyard Cafe, and the Dive -- Ryan Yunkers
  • Energy Use and Environmental Issues -- Jeff Jeremiason
  • Student Campus Employment Issues -- Kirk Carlson
  • Information Dissemination -- Leila Brammer
  • Review/Reward System for All Employees -- Bruce Aarsvold

Publication Reminder... Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Nov. 27. It will be published Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, followed by a 3-week hiatus due to Christmas recess. Publication will resume Jan. 8.

Thanksgiving Baking Offer... The Gustavus Dining Service is offering to help Gustavus community members with holiday baking. To order, pick up a form in the Market Place. Orders and payment must be received at the Dining Service Office by Nov. 19. Ordered items will be available for pick up from noon-3 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Market Place.

Give to the United Way... The campus community is encouraged to support the 2004 St. Peter United Way campaign by completing the pledge card recently sent out with a letter from President Peterson, who has suggested that an employee goal of $10,500 be set. Individuals can make a direct gift or have a designated amount deducted from their paycheck. Donations can be given in an unrestricted way or designated to a particular United Way agency. This year's goal for the St. Peter United Way campaign is $60,000.


Wallenberg Lecture Tonight... Douglas Johnson from 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 is titled "Human Rights Denied: Human Dignity Restored." An informal question and answer session is scheduled with Johnson 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.

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. 14 -- Florence Amamoto, Exodus 40:34-38;
  • Nov. 16 -- 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Brian Johnson;
  • Nov. 17 -- Richard Leitch, Ephesians 4:25-5:2;
  • Nov. 18 -- Carolyn Dobler, Hebrews 12:1-2;
  • Nov. 19 -- Morning Praise;
  • Nov. 20 -- To be announced;
  • Nov. 21 -- Chris Gilbert; and
  • Nov. 23 -- Christ the King, Chaplain Rachel Larson.

Faculty Forum R.S.V.P. Friday... The next Faculty Forum of the year will be held from 5:30-6:55 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Heritage Banquet Room (Banquet Room B). The presentation, titled "Social Justice in Guatemala: Stories from the Field," will be given by Gustavus faculty members who participated in the service learning for social justice experience in Guatemala this past summer. 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.

Piano Recital Friday... John McKay (music) and Stephen Carlson ('92) will present a 2-piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Bjorling Recital Hall. They will present the area premiere of Lowell Liebermann's Variations on a Theme by Mozart for Two Pianos, written in 1993 and based on a theme from the opera The Abduction from the Seraglio. McKay and Carlson will also present the Sonata in F Major by Jan Ladislav Dussek, Sonata in F Minor by Johannes Brahms, and the Three Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak. This recital is the 2nd in a series of 3 recitals planned by McKay in anticipation of his retirement from full-time teaching at the end of the year. Carlson studied piano with McKay at Gustavus and is in his 4th year as assistant professor of music and coordinator of the music program at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance.

Student Piano Recital Saturday... Hannah Brandts and Janet Jansen, students of Helen Baumgartner (music), will present their junior piano recital at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Brandts will present J.S. Bach's French Suite #6 in E Major, Joseph Haydn's Fantasia in C, and Frederic Chopin's Berceuse in D Flat, Op. 57. Jansen will present Robert Schumann's Papillons (Butterflies) Op. 2 and will combine efforts with Brandts for a performance of Claude Debussy's Petite Suite for Piano Four Hands. The performance is free and open to the public.

Faculty Vocal Recital Saturday... The public is invited to a free recital by Rebecca Hiatt McConnaughey (music) at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Bjorling Recital Hall. She will be accompanied by Twin Cities pianist Barbara Brooks. McConnaughey's performance, titled "Must A Song Always Be A Song?" will include works by Mozart, Hugo Wolf, Gabriel Faure, Henri Duparc, John Cage, Charles Ives, and William Bolcom. She will be joined by junior pianist Britt Forsberg for Cage's The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs. A reception will follow in the recital hall lobby.

Orchestra Concert Sunday... The Gustavus Symphony and the Gustavus Philharmonic orchestras, conducted by Warren Friesen, will present a combined fall concert at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The concert will open with the philharmonic performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 in 4 movements, followed by the symphony's presentation of "Danse Bacchanale" from Camille Saint-Saens' Samson et Delila. The symphony orchestra will conclude with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F Minor. The performance is free and open to the public.

Author Reading Tuesday... Sarah Smith, mystery writer and 2-time winner of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year award, will read from and discuss her most recent novel, Chasing Shakespeares, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Faculty and Staff Center in the campus center. According to Deborah Downs-Miers (English), Chasing Shakespeares "is a most provocative novel, very accessible to all kinds and levels of readers." It explores the Shakespeare authorship controversy and the mysteries of history, scholarship, and romantic relationships. Smith will be on campus Nov. 18-20 and her visit will include meeting with students in classes. She is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. This event, sponsored by the Gustavus Department of English, Writing Program, and Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Garage Sale Nov. 22... The physical plant will sell used chairs, classroom desks, and miscellaneous cabinetry from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 22 at the college's Nichols Warehouse, 300 W. Nichols St., between Alumacraft Boat Company and Keeley Landscaping in St. Peter. If questions, contact Bob Petrich (x7574).

American Scandinavian Breakfast Dec. 2... All are invited to the American Scandinavian Yuletide Breakfast at 8 a.m. Dec. 2 in the Campus Center Banquet Room. Curt Pedersen, curator of collections at the American Swedish Institute, will discuss "Christmas Traditions at the American Swedish Institute." The cost is $8 per person; advance registration is required by Nov. 28. For reservations, send a check, made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College, to Edi Thorstensson (library) via campus mail.

Fundraiser Dec. 6... The Gustavus women's gymnastics team will hold a fundraiser Dec. 6. Participants can spend a day at the Mall of America while members of the gymnastics team provide child care. A coach bus will take participants to the mall. Cost is $60 and includes the bus ride, a shopping bag, and a Mall of America Super Savings coupon book offering savings of up to $1,500. Contact Kris Glidden ( or x6409) to register or for more information; registration deadline is Dec.1.

Extraordinary People

Mark Braun, communication studies and associate dean, published a chapter titled "Examining Race and Gender in Student Use and Evaluation of New Technologies" in the new book Technological Issues in Broadcast Education: Critical Challenges (Praeger). Rebecca Lind, assistant vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois-Chicago, coauthored the chapter.

Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, is represented with a haiku in a new German haiku anthology, 77 Haiku mit Kopfchen (haiku with brains), Hamburg, 2003 (ISBN 3-937257-04-7). These texts were selected from around 850 submitted for consideration, mostly from the countries of central Europe, where German is common, but a few came also from Asia and North and Central America.


  • The Rev. Theo Kotze, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1979 from Gustavus, passed away July 4 in Cape Town, South Africa. He was a guest lecturer on campus in the fall of 1979 and he presented the Wallenberg Lecture in March 1984. Letters of condolence may be sent to his wife, Helen Kotze, at 75 The Rathfelder, Alnwick Rd., Diep River, Cape Town 7800, South Africa.
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).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Chris Johnson (vocational reflection) at an adult forum Nov. 16 at Woodlake Lutheran Church. His topic is "Vocation and Calling: Meaning, Passion, and Purpose in Work and Daily Life." Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations where participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentation for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church from Hopkins Nov. 20.

Music in Worship... The Woodwind Choir will perform Nov. 16 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove. Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Brian Beckstrom (x7001).

Gustavus Tidbits

  • The school was moved from Red Wing to East Union in 1863 and finally to St. Peter in 1876. Gustavus was first named Minnesota Elementar Skola in 1863 and changed to St. Ansgar's Academy in 1865. In 1876, it was renamed Gustavus Adolphus College to honor Swedish king Gustav II Adolf (1594-1632).

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:
  • Academic Research Enhancement Grants Available... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants to support faculty/student research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences at institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. These awards enable scientists to receive support for small research projects, either for feasibility studies, pilot studies, and other small-scale programs that would provide data preliminary to a traditional research project or as support for an ongoing program of research. A maximum of $150,000 in direct costs may be awarded for a period of up to 3 years. The deadlines are May 25, Sept. 25, and Jan. 25. For more information, see the September 2003 issue of Grant Information at Click on the Bookmarks tab on the left side of the page and toggle to Government Opportunities.
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:
  • Following are stories on Peter Krause ('87), an actor on the critically acclaimed HBO drama "Six Feet Under," who visited campus Nov. 8:
    • On Nov. 8, The Free Press of Mankato featured an article that included a black and white photograph of Krause speaking to a theatre class. The page B1 story was titled "Now-famous actor returns to his alma mater: HBO's Krause appreciates Gustavus days."
    • On Nov. 7, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) aired a story on Krause on the 6 p.m. news.
  • On Nov. 9, The Free Press of Mankato featured a story on the changes to the college's admission application process. The story included a black and white photograph of Mark Anderson (admission) and prospective students Andy and Jennie Hedberg, as well as quotes by Anderson and Owen Sammelson (administration). The page B5 article was titled "Gustavus simplifies admissions."
  • The November issue of Connect Business Magazine features an article on Gustavus trustee Al Annexstad, CEO and president of Federated Insurance. In addition to mention of his mother, Alice Welsh, and her career in the food service at Gustavus, he talks of the many employees he has hired that are Gustavus graduates, the Annexstad Family Foundation that partners with Gustavus to offer full-ride scholarships to underprivileged youth, and Evelyn Young (food service).

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

Telecommunications Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2003-04":
  • Mary Henry, WNGGA (remove)
  • Ellis Jones, WNGGA (remove)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Rent: Three-bedroom apartment on 2nd floor of duplex; hardwood floors; separate entry; $750 plus electricity; available Dec. 1. Call 931-7936.

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).

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.

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