The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 20, 2003

November 20, 2003 | Volume 36, Number 10

Volume 36, Number 12

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

News & Announcements

News and Information Director Named... Jonathan Kraatz, a communications specialist in university relations for 6 years at Texas A&M University in College Station, has been named director of news and information at Gustavus. Kraatz will assume this marketing and public relations position Dec. 1. He has a B.A. in journalism from Texas A&M University and professional expertise in media relations and crisis communications. In the wake of the 1999 Aggie bonfire collapse, Jonathan was a member of the university's crisis communications team. He is an active member in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Kraatz fills the position vacated by Stacia Senne, who on Aug. 1 became assistant vice president for integrated marketing. He will be joined in St. Peter with his wife, Monica, and daughter Sarah.

Ushers Needed... Ushers are needed for all services of Christmas in Christ Chapel Dec. 5-7. To volunteer, contact Dana Lamb ( or x7520).

Choosing a Book... The search begins for the 5th annual "Reading-in-Common" text. Selection criteria include: manageable length; the author should be living; and a theme related to transitions, new environments, learning, and developing identity. Anyone who has a suggestion should send it to Megan Ruble ( by Nov. 21.

JFK Memories Shared... Many members of the Gustavus community have shared recollections of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who died 40 years ago Nov. 22. These recollections can be found at Additional memories will be posted as received.

Nativity Sets Needed... Interesting nativity sets, preferably from different countries, are needed for the nights of Dec. 5 and 6. The sets will be used as decorations and centerpieces at the President's Dinners during Christmas in Christ Chapel. Anyone who is interested in loaning a nativity set for the weekend should contact Ann Hogberg ( or x6515) in institutional advancement.

United Way Update... To date, the campus fund for the 2004 St. Peter United Way campaign has reached the $6,000 mark of the $10,500 goal. To those who are still considering, this is a gentle reminder that a gift or pledge in the days ahead is welcome. The local $60,000 United Way campaign will close in early December. See Dean Wahlund (marketing and public relations/special events) or Barb Lundgren (finance) for a pledge card and information.

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 during the Christmas recess. Publication will resume Jan. 8.


New Play Premieres Tonight... Indian playwright Vijay Padaki's new play, Footprints, will be performed under the direction of Rob Gardner (theatre and dance) at 8 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in Anderson Theatre. A mystery thriller advocating the importance of biodiversity, Footprints pits shadowy government agents against a cult viewing humanity as nature's "great mistake." Encouraged by Barbara Simpson (psychology) and Doug Huff (philosophy) to have his play performed in the U.S., Padaki arrived at Gustavus on Nov. 16 for a week-long theatre residency, made possible by a grant from the Ethel and Edgar Johnson Endowment for the Arts, that culminates in the premiere of his play. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Center (x7590). The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and students; remaining tickets can be purchased at the door 1 hour prior to the show.

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. 21 -- Chris Gilbert
  • Nov. 23 -- Christ the King, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Nov. 24 -- Amy Pehrson
  • Nov. 25 -- Jennings Ellis
  • Nov. 26 -- Morning Praise
  • Nov. 27-30 -- No Chapel, Thanksgiving Recess

Concerts this Weekend... Internationally renowned trumpet soloist Allen Vizzutti is on campus for a week-long residency and will perform with Gustavus jazz and wind ensembles as follows:

  • The Gustavus Wind Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Christ Chapel
  • The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in Bjorling Recital Hall

He will also give a brass performance seminar at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in Bjorling Recital Hall that is open to brass players of all ages and abilities. Vizzutti, who contributed to the Star Trek and Back to the Future soundtracks and has recorded with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Chick Corea, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and many others, earned a Grammy Award for his recording with The Tonight Show Band. Both performances and the seminar are free and open to the public. Vizzutti's visit is funded by Yamaha Corporation of America and the Gustavus Artist Series.

Garage Sale Saturday... The physical plant will sell an antique pump organ, 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).

Student Piano Recital Sunday... Eric Wilberg, a student of John McKay (music), will present his junior piano recital at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Wilberg's recital includes works by Haydn, Debussy, Chopin, and Beethoven. A reception will follow the performance. The recital is free and open to the public.

Choral Concert Sunday... Three vocal chamber ensembles will present a combined fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in Christ Chapel:

  • The Birgitta Singers, under the direction of Julie Aune, will open the concert with works by Clereau, Gluck, Lohman, and David Childs. Their part of the program will end with Glenn McClure's Kyrie from St. Francis of the Americas, a Caribbean Mass.
  • The St. Ansgar's Chorus, directed by Gregory Aune and accompanied by Philip Williams, will perform Bradley Ellingboe's How Can I Keep from Singing, Felix Mendelssohn's Laudate Pueri, and the traditional Viva L'Amour.
  • The Chamber Singers, also directed by Gregory Aune, will perform Blue Car, Blue Night by Bruce Sled, God Only Knows by Wilson/Love, and 2 jazz tunes, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, arranged by Gene Puerling, and Anders Endroth's Chili Con Carne.

The concert will conclude with a presentation of Jerry Herman's We Need a Little Christmas by all 3 ensembles. The performance is free and open to the public.

Tuition Benefit Meeting Tuesday... All interested employees are invited to an informational meeting on tuition benefits that will be presented by Kirk Carlson (financial assistance) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 25 in the Dive. Contact Carlson (x6362) with any questions.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Holiday Fare Saturday... The public is invited to a "Holiday Fare" show and sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Arts Center of St. Peter, 315 S. Minn. Ave., St. Peter. Artisans will show works in wood, glass, ceramics, fiber, and metal, and there will be a lefse and bake sale.

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 6... Little Saints Preschool of St. Peter will hold its 22nd annual "Breakfast with Santa" from 7:30-11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Church of St. Peter Social Hall, 1801 W. Broadway Ave., St. Peter. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, and fruit. Advance meal tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-10; free to children under 3. Each child will choose a small gift from Santa's Workshop. Families can have pictures taken with Santa. The event is sponsored in part by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, St. Peter Area Chapter. To purchase tickets, contact Sara Orth (x7502).

Extraordinary People

Brian O'Brien, chemistry, is principal author (along with coauthors John Hauptfleisch, Joseph Thrasher, and senior Matthew Hennek) of a paper, titled "Preparation of Polyfluoroalkylphthaloylphosphines via Irradiation with Diazo Blue Light," that was presented at the 55th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society Nov. 16-18 in Atlanta. Also, O'Brien coauthored 2 further presentations, titled "Reduction of Methanol Crossover in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells" and "Morphological Studies of Nafion® Doped with Polyamidoamine Dendrimers."

Pam Kittelson, biology, Charles Pastor, mathematics and computer science, and 2002 January Term students were featured on the University of California's new system-wide television magazine program, "State of Minds." The interview focused on the value of the university's Natural Reserve System (NRS) to research and experiential education. The program is currently available for viewing 24 hours a day on Direct Broadcast Satellite's Dish Network channel 9412 and at The NRS segment is approximately 12 minutes into the show.

Svjetlana Madzar, economics and management, was on the panel to respond to a speech by Richard Boucher, spokesman for the State Department, at a foreign policy town meeting, where Minnesota citizens exchanged views with U.S. Department of State officials.


  • Rosemary Brekke, wife of Gerald Brekke (emeritus education) and mother of Sandee Georgacarakos (library), died Nov. 16. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 21 at St. Peter Funeral Home-Klein Chapel and 1 hour prior to the funeral service at the church. The funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter.
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

Music in Worship... The Gustavus Woodwind Quintet will perform Nov. 23 at First Lutheran in St. Peter. Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Brian Beckstrom (x7001).

Gustavus Tidbits

  • In 1881, the Gustavus Band made its 1st concert tour by train and horse-drawn wagon to East Union and Carver.

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:
  • Student Summer Research Opportunities and Internships... Three student opportunities with upcoming deadlines (January through March) are: NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (, the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (, and internships at the Smithsonian Institution ( The first two primarily target students in mathematics, computer science, and the physical and life sciences, and offer sessions in research laboratories with stipends and other support. The third crosses many disciplines with most internships offering limited or no stipends. Bob Weisenfeld ( or x7049) can provide assistance with the application process or otherwise answer questions for faculty or students.
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 additional stories on Peter Krause ('87), who visited campus on Nov. 7:
    • On Nov. 14, The Gustavian Weekly featured a front page article, titled "HBO star Peter Krause arrives with little fanfare," that included a black and white photograph of Krause.
    • On Nov. 13, the St. Peter Herald ran a story, titled "Famous actor returns to his roots," that included a black and white photograph of Krause.
  • Stories written about Hunger and Homelessness Week at Gustavus include:
    • On Nov. 20, the St. Peter Herald ran a story that included a black and white photograph of students Andrea Carlile and Tessa Carlsen sleeping in a cardboard box outside Christ Chapel. The article, titled "Homeless for a week," also included quotes by Richard Leitch (political science) and students Carlile, Erin Greenlee, and Eric Lewanski.
    • On Nov. 19, The Free Press of Mankato published a story that included a front-page teaser. The story, titled "Gustie homeless project will head to St. Paul this week," included quotes by Leitch and student Katie Hoesche. The article appeared on the front page of The Valley section and included a black and white photograph of student Heather Kay at the site where students slept outside.
  • On Nov. 18, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on writer Sarah Smith, who appeared on campus Nov. 18. The article, titled "Mystery writer pays much ado about authorship," ran on the front page of the Currents section and included 2 color photographs as well as quotes by Deborah Downs-Miers (English).
  • On Nov. 16, The Free Press of Mankato published an article that included a quote by student Richard Lucas and a black and white photograph of student Meghan Chamberlain juggling, both members of the Juggling Assembly of Gustavus, who performed at the opening of a circus exhibit at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter.
  • On Nov. 15, Library Journal ran a story quoting Barbara Fister (library). The page 52 story was titled "Amazon Dreams; More reasons why librarians wish they were the online bookseller."
  • The November issues of Applauze magazine and Static featured a story on trumpet soloist Allen Vizzutti's week-long residency and performances at Gustavus. Both articles, titled "World class trumpeter soloist Vizzutti at Gustavus," included a black and white photograph of Vizzutti.

    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


    Building Hours during Thanksgiving break are as follows: All academic buildings will be locked at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 and will remain locked, unless otherwise requested, until noon Nov. 30. Students requiring access to a closed building will need to have a "Permission for Admittance" card that is issued by a faculty or staff member. Contact Deb Swanberg ( or x8809) to request admittance cards or if the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs.

    Library Hours during Thanksgiving break are as follows: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Nov. 26; closed Nov. 27-29; and 6 p.m.-midnight Nov. 30.


    For Sale: Size 9-10 three-quarter length light grey mink coat and matching hat for sale. Call Gretchen Koehler (x7613 or 934-5441) if interested.

    For Sale: Four horsepower Toro snow thrower (Model CCR 2400) with electric start; used 3 times. Contact John Lammert (x7330).

    For Sale: Family room furniture, including 1-2 couches, 2 chairs, and 2-3 tables. Sturdy crate design with rust-color corduroy cushions. Available to best offer in early to mid-December. Call 931-3163.

    Calendar of Events

    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
    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.
    7:05 p.m. Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.

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

    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 ( or x6213).

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