The Yellow Sheet for Jan. 8, 2004
January 8, 2004 | Volume 36, Number 13
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"Building a Greater Gustavus" Reaches Target... Gustavus celebrates reaching its $100 million fundraising target for the "Building a Greater Gustavus" capital campaign. The campaign includes campus reconstruction projects following tornado damage in 1998, the creation of the Center for Vocational Reflection, growth of the Christ Chapel Endowment, the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center, the Barbro Osher Svenska Huset and creation of more than 100 new scholarships. Efforts continue to raise funds for campaign projects such as renovation of Old Main, Gustavus Alumni Fund, and further endowment growth. Thank you for all your hard work and support.
Collegiate Fellow Recommendations... The Office of Residential Life is currently accepting applications for Collegiate Fellow (CF) positions for the 2004-05 academic year. CF responsibilities include planning and coordinating programs for her/his floor and the entire building, creating and constructing informational and educational bulletin boards, implementing and enforcing college policies, and performing administrative duties including health and safety checks and occupancy reports. Administrators, faculty, and staff are asked to recommend sophomores and juniors with the strengths and talents, academically and socially, to be effective CFs. Send recommendations to the Office of Residential Life by Jan. 14.
Gustavus Among Leaders in Academic All-Americans... The College Sports Information Directors of America have recently released a list of institutions with the highest number of Academic All-Americans over the past three years. Gustavus ranks 14th out of all programs competing at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, and NAIA levels. For a listing of Gustavus Academic All-Americans and the ranking of top schools, visit http://gustavus.edu/athletics/news.cfm?view=home&id=270.
2004 GHP Health Screening... All Gustavus employees and spouses are invited to participate in the 2004 Gustavus Health Promotion (GHP) health screening at no charge. Screening is available from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Feb. 2-6 and Feb. 9-13 at St. Peter Community Hospital. Thirty minutes of release time will be granted for the screening and participants will receive a bagel coupon for the Market Place. To sign up, call human resources (x7304) between 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-4:45 p.m. weekdays. Registrants will receive verification of their screening date and time and information describing the procedures via campus mail.
GHP Class Opportunities... The campus community is invited to join in the Gustavus Health Promotion (GHP) classes offered this month. Designed to challenge all fitness levels, the classes are:
Classes are free to employees and spouses. Registration is not required unless otherwise noted above. Contact Eckheart (x6416) for more information.
Reading in Common Input Needed... The Reading in Common committee, which selects the text for new students to read each summer, seeks input from the campus community about the following books and authors that are considered as finalists this year:
Send feedback to Megan Ruble by Feb. 1 (email@example.com, x7597, or campus mail). The Reading in Common committee includes faculty Elizabeth Baer (English), Patricia Freiert (classics), and Sujay Rao (history); staff Shawn Reid (admission), Jeff Stocco (career center), and Terena Wilkens (theater and dance/head resident); and students Ben Boline, Kiri deLaubenfels, and Amy Svendsen.
Just a few words to let you know what's going on with our budget process... The Budget Committee is currently working on next year's budget. As we begin to make decisions on major budget allocations, priority will be given to 1) compensation levels for all employees, and 2) our planning priorities from the parallel strategic planning efforts, namely: strengthening the academic program, building technology, enhancing diversity, and building our revenue base. As the process continues, there will be opportunities for discussion of these priorities and their implications. Stay tuned to The Yellow Sheet for details.
Also, we must look hard at enhancing existing revenue sources, develop new ones, and reallocate current spending where appropriate. This will be a priority, and EVERYONE'S best thinking and good work will be required to make it happen. Most importantly, the intent of all budget decisions is to maximize the quality of the student experience.
The timeline for budget development includes approval by the Budget Committee around April 1 and taking the final budget to the Board of Trustees on April 16.
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:
Weight Watchers Meeting Monday... The entire campus community is invited to join the on-campus Weight Watchers group for an informational open house at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 12 in Linner Lounge. Weight Watchers is offering 11 weeks of meetings for the price of 10 weeks; cost is $119.50. Meetings will be held at 12:15 p.m. each Monday in Linner Lounge.
Open House Wednesday... The Office of Marketing and Public Relations, including fine arts, integrated marketing, news and information, publications and The Gustavus Quarterly, special events, sports information, and Web communications, will host an open house on Jan. 14 in the Carlson Administration Building to introduce new staff, including Jonathan Kraatz (hired Dec. 1 as news and information director), Dana Lamb (administrative assistant for integrated marketing and special events), and Stacia Senne (promoted Aug. 1 to associate vice president for the area) and acquaint the campus community with its services. The campus community is invited to attend any time between 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. that day.
Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Jan. 14 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.
Campus Technology Meeting Jan. 15... The campus-wide Technology Directors Group, including Sarah Daniels (administrative information systems), Bruce Aarsvold (information technology), Dan Mollner (library), Pat Francek (media services), JoEllen Schulz (telecommunications), and Jennifer Ringler (Web communications), is working to develop a strategic plan for campus technology by Mar. 15. The Technology Directors Group has gathered input from the Instructional Infrastructure Advisory Committee (faculty), the Administrative Technology Advisory Committee, the Web Advisory Committee, and the Student Senate regarding priorities for the technology over the next 3-5 years. The input from these groups will be publicly discussed at an open meeting at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Heritage Banquet Room (formerly Banquet Room B) in the Campus Center.
Employee Enhancement Feb. 3-5... Employee Enhancement Days will take place Feb. 3-5. Sessions will run from 8:30 a.m.-noon in Alumni Hall with a "Lunch and Learn" session from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Watch for more details through campus mail. This year, as part of Employee Enhancement Days, CPR training will be offered Feb. 4. A recertification session will be held from 8 a.m.-noon, and a beginner session will be held from noon-4 p.m. Interested employees should contact their supervisor or call Jane Confer (x6165).
Piano Recitals Jan. 18 and 24... Helen and Paul Baumgartner (both music) will give benefit duet piano recitals in January. At 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter the recital will benefit the Global Mission Institute of Luther Seminary. At 10:30 a.m. Jan 24 at Silber Recital Hall at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato the recital will benefit the Mankato Lutheran Home's grand piano fund.
Business After Hours Jan. 20... The St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce diplomats invite all Gustavus employees to attend Business After Hours from 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Erbert and Gerbert's at 224 S. Minnesota Ave. in St. Peter. Come for fun, fellowship, networking, and door prizes. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. To make a reservation, call the chamber office (934-3400). Business After Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Zong Xiong, sophomore from St. Paul, won the National Community Education Association Youth Leadership Award for her work in community education while attending St. Paul Central High School. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ran this story in its Around St. Paul column in December.
David Koppenhaver, education, co-authored a chapter, titled "Word Identification and Text Characteristics," with colleagues from the University of North Carolina. The chapter appears in "The Texts in Elementary Classrooms," published by Erlbaum.
Myrna Peters, Health 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 Jonathan Kraatz (x7510 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
For Rent: One-bedroom apartment in a St. Peter 4-plex. Appliances furnished, laundry on premises, off-street parking. Call 931-5601.
For Sale: The biology department is selling A.O. Monocular Microscopes for $150 each plus tax (total of $159.75). If interested, contact Beth Eibs (email@example.com or x7334). Funds raised will be used to purchase new microscopes for the department.
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