The Yellow Sheet for Feb. 12, 2004

February 12, 2004 | Volume 36, Number 17

Volume 36, Number 19

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Grant News

Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People

New Faces
Position Openings

Gustavus Tidbits
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Budget Process Update... A Community Discussion of Budget Priorities for 2004-05 will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 10 in Alumni Hall. Prior to this discussion, President Jim Peterson and members of the Budget Committee will meet with numerous groups on campus to begin discussing the seven priorities as explained in this update. All members of the campus community are invited to the March meeting. A second community meeting will be held on April 20 to present the College's final budget for 2004-05.

New Residence Hall... In January, the Board of Trustees approved construction of a new residence hall at Gustavus to be ready in June 2005. Construction of the new facility, to be located to the west and south of the international center, is scheduled to begin in May. The residence hall will house approximately 200 students and provide a hostel space for off-campus groups and summer programs in the future. A proposed design is available for viewing in a display case located in the upper level hallway of the Campus Center or in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations.

Letters Sought for Promotion... The following members of the faculty are being considered for promotion during the Spring Semester: Anne-Marie Gronhovd (modern foreign languages and literatures/French), Lisa Heldke (philosophy), Greg Kaster (history), and Kate Wittenstein (history). Letters written on behalf of candidates should be addressed to Dean John Mosbo. Letters should address the criteria for promotion as stated in the Faculty Manual. Letters are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 23.

President's Corner

This week we celebrate not only reaching -- but exceeding -- the fundraising target for the Building a Greater Gustavus Capital Campaign -- the largest fundraising effort in our history. I am grateful for the many gifts that have been given to sustain and advance the College.

But what does this campaign mean for the students of today . . . and tomorrow?

  • More than $22 million given or pledged to endow over 100 scholarships
  • Creation of the Center of Vocational Reflection
  • More than $2 million to enhance student/faculty research, technology, scientific equipment, and musical instruments
  • $23 million to help fund improved campus facilities including the Campus Center, the International Center, the Swedish House, and the track and soccer complex
  • The upcoming renovation of Old Main

Everyone on campus has played a role in this monumental project. I thank each of you for your time, talents, and dedication to Building a Greater Gustavus.



Eric Dugdale (classics) has been chosen to teach at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome during 2004-05. ICCS is a study-abroad program run by Duke University for a consortium of member institutions comprising many of the top classical programs in the U.S.


Plant Sale Tomorrow... The biology department and Gustavus Greens are sponsoring a plant sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Campus Center. Plants from the Nobel Hall greenhouse will be for sale, with prices starting at $1.

Business After Hours Tuesday... The college will host this month's St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in a Campus Center banquet room. Gustavus employees are invited to come for fun, fellowship, networking, and door prizes. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. To make a reservation, call Dean Wahlund (x7521). Business After Hours is held the third Tuesday of each month.

Faculty Forum Tuesday... Michele Rusinko (dance) will present the next Faculty Forum on "Developmental Movement: Foundations for Growth" at 5:30 p.m. in a Campus Center banquet room. Rusinko will provide an introduction to the basic neurological patterns that children experience from pre-birth through the first year of life. Drawing on her background as a high school biology and chemistry teacher, over twenty years experience teaching dance, and her study with movement pioneer Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Rusinko will discuss the progression of movement patterns from both a phylogenetic (evolutionary progression through the animal kingdom) and ontogenetic (progression of the human infant) perspective. 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. with payment by Feb. 13 to Jean Heidcamp ( or x7541).

JFK Lecture Feb. 19... Forty years after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Americans continue to debate and discuss the events that occurred that day and after. Join David Jones ('83) for "JKF Assassination: The Mystery and Legend," a balanced discussion about the assassination, from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the St. Peter Community Center, room 217. Jones engages the participants with the basics of the assassination and with background information as to why this event has been so controversial. He presents the material in a way that encourages the audience to participate, to ask questions, and to arrive at their own conclusion as to what happened on that day. Cost is $5. To register, contact the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education (934-3048 or go to

Talk Shop Feb. 20... Tom Huber (physics) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2003-04 academic year. His talk, titled "Sound Production in Reed Organ Pipes," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 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

Black History Month Lecture Feb. 25... Darlene Clark Hine from Michigan State University will speak on "Blacks in the Medical and Legal Professions, 1890-1950" at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Olin Hall, room 103. For more information, contact Kate Wittenstein (x7433).

Pow Wow Feb. 26... The public is invited to the third annual Native American Pow Wow at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Johnson Hall at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 Union St., St. Peter. The evening will include traditional dance, music, and costume, as well as vendors selling Native American crafts and products. Dave Larsen, a respected and well-known Dakota from the Morton area, will emcee the event. Buffalo Lake and Eugene Red Day will provide the host drums. This event is free and is sponsored by the Diversity Center. Contact Rebecca Smith (x7449 or with questions.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Chili Feed Feb. 21... The St. Peter Kiwanis invites everyone to its annual chili feed from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the American Legion Club in St. Peter. Tickets can be purchased from Dana Lamb in Special Events (x7520). Tickets are $2.50 for children age 6 and under and $5 for all others. All profits will go to The Third Floor youth center.

Extraordinary People

Linda Lee, a junior criminal justice and sociology and anthropology major, is the recipient of a 2003-05 scholarship from the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation that provides $14,000 toward her college education. As a recipient of this scholarship, Lee is charged with creating a community service project that addresses an unmet need in a Minnesota community. She is planning a summer project to join forces with the Hmong American Parnership in St. Paul to provide Hmong American adolescents with valuable college preparation. This scholarship is managed and administered by the Minnesota Private College Fund for students studying at Minnesota's private colleges and universities.

Elizabeth Zappetillo, a junior biology major, was a candidate for Miss Mankato in a competition held Feb. 7 in Mankato. She performed a jazz dance in the talent portion of the competition and her platform was "Asset building in children."

Mark Anderson, admission, was elected chair of the executive committee of the ELCA Enrollment Managers.

Svetlana Madzar, economics and management, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Refugee Committee (ARC). Every year, ARC provides assistance to hundreds of thousands of uprooted people around the world. ARC programs provide assistance in primary health care delivery, improved water and sanitation, shelter reconstruction, environmental rehabilitation and psychosocial services. ARC beneficiaries are mostly women and children in countries such as Sierra Leone, Sudan, Guinea, Iraq, and Rwanda. ARC headquarters is in Minneapolis. Madzar will serve on the Human Resources and Advocacy subcommittees of the ARC.


Charles Johnson, father of Cindy Johnson-Groh (biology), passed away Dec. 27 at his home in Rochester. A family memorial service was held Dec. 30.

Agnes Peterson, mother of Lois Peterson (art and art history), died on Feb. 1 in Sparta, WI. Services were held Feb. 4 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sparta.

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 Faculty
    Lencho Bati, Geography
    Vincent Delaney, Theatre and Dance
    Michelle Gillman, Music
    Angelynn Grabau, Nursing
    Amanda Greene, Nursing
    Lori Carsen Kelly, Political Science
    Mary O'Brien, Education
    George O'Clock, Physics
    James Reinertson, Music
    Kaylee Spencer-Ahrens, Art and Art History
    Jay Wendelberger, History

    New Support Staff
    Jill Brandt, Custodial
    Brenda Johnson, Custodial
    Erlinda Johnson, Custodial
    Connie Lang, Custodial
    Brenda Mayen, Dining Service
    Nancy Stewart, Dining Service

Position Openings

  • Research Associate/Laboratory Manager, Biochemistry
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Gustavus Tidbits

The Gustavus Frisbee Club, formed in 1975, sent its first participant to a national tournament when Timothy John Olson ('77) participated in the U.S. National Frisbee Tournament in the spring of 1977.

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

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Lindbergh Grants Available... Each year the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation awards grants of up to $10,580 each to individuals whose initiative seeks to actively further a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment. Historically, this program has been a provider of seed money, and credibility, for a variety of innovative research and educational projects. Grants are made in the following categories: conservation of natural resources, education, exploration, health, waste minimization and management, agriculture, and aviation/aerospace. The deadline is June 10. For additional information, see the November 2003 issue of Grant Information at (click on the bookmarks tab on the left of the page and look under Research & Fellowships).
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:
  • Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies) was quoted or featured in the following articles:
    • On Feb. 7, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story on the front page that included a color photograph of Larson and was titled "GA prof: Small-scale terror often unrecognized."
    • On Feb. 3, WCCO Radio (830 AM, Twin Cities) interviewed Larson on terrorism.
  • The following articles appeared with quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science):
    • On Feb. 7, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article, titled "Bush has edge on 'religious' vote, but bloc up for grabs," that appeared on page B5 in the Faith & Values section.
    • On Jan 28, WCCO Radio (830 AM, Twin Cities) aired comments by Gilbert on the New Hampshire primary results.
    • On Jan. 20, the morning after the Iowa caucuses, Gilbert was a guest commentator on MPR's "Midday" program with Gary Eichten. The focus was on candidate Wesley Clark.

Anyone who has suggested additions for this list, suggestions for potential future media stories, or interest in being a media source should contact Director of News and Information Jonathan Kraatz (x7510 or


For Rent: Large, bright 1-1/2 bedroom walk-out apartment located on 5th Street in St. Peter. Washer/dryer hook-up, large yard, and private driveway. Rent includes utilities. Available March 1. Call Jud (x7606 or

For Sale: Built in 1880, this is a two-story brick Italiante home with 4 bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths on the second floor; one bedroom and a bath on the first floor. Living, dining, and family rooms, kitchen, and laundry on the first floor. Also has attic, basement, attached garage, deck, and storage shed. Property is on a corner on two lots. If interested, call 934-3036 and leave a message with a phone number and a convenient time to be reached.

For Sale: Two choice tickets to the Feb. 29 matinee of "Passion" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul. It will be sung in English with English captions projected above the stage. If interested, contact Linda Elvee (x7317) or Sandee Georgacarakos (x7558).

For Sale: The American Cancer Society is pre-selling daffodils for $7 per bunch of 10 or $15 for a "Gift of Hope" for someone battling cancer. The daffodils will be available for pick-up the week of March 8 on campus, with payment due at pick-up. To pre-order, call Ann Volk (x7577 or Sponsored by CARE (Cancer Awareness Resistance and Education).

For Sale: Older home with a formal dining room; living room with hardwood floors and wood-burning fireplace; 3 bedrooms and bathroom upstairs; double garage; large trees, stream, perennials, and fruit trees; quiet location. Call 934-3650 for details.

For Sale: 1988 Toyota Corolla with 111,394 miles. Best offer. Call 931-4139 or x6081.

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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