The Yellow Sheet for Feb. 19, 2004

February 19, 2004 | Volume 36, Number 18

Volume 36, Number 20

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

Library Converting to New Catalog System... The Folke Bernadotte Library is moving to a new online catalog system called MnPALS, a statewide library system mandated and funded by the state legislature. The new system already includes the libraries of the University of Minnesota campuses, which underwent system migration last year. Eventually most libraries that were part of PALS will make the transition to the new system.

Although preparations for the migration from WebPALS to MnPALS have been underway for many months, effects of the change are now evident. The online catalog has been "frozen" in order to transfer and review records. Many areas of library service are affected and service may temporarily be slower. See the library's FAQ for more information. Your patience during this transition is appreciated.

Broadcast Saturday... On this week's edition of "Music from Minnesota," WCAL radio (89.3 FM, St. Olaf) will feature the Grieg String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 from Musica Vitae of Sweden Chamber Orchestra's concert last fall at Gustavus." "Music from Minnesota" will air at 4 p.m. Feb. 21. This performance was part of the Gustavus Artist Series in September 2003.

The Office of Admission received a merit award for its new video/DVD. To view a list of other winners, go to 19th Annual Admissions Advertising Award Winners.

Van Training... In order to drive a college-owned 10-passenger van, campus community members must complete the van training session. Training sessions are usually held twice each month. Dates and times are listed on the College Calendar. After successfully completing the two-hour training, participants will be qualified to operate a 10-passenger van. The session includes both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. Participants should pre-register by calling Safety and Security (x8809).

Ovanlig Nominations due March 12... Nominations for the 2004 Ovanlig Award, that recognizes a junior or senior demonstrating leadership in raising campus awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender concerns, must be submitted by March 12. The primary purpose of this endowed award of $1,100 is to provide encouragement and financial support to young men and women who desire a Gustavus education. Anyone who knows students who fit the criteria should forward their names to Patti Kelly (, and an application will be forwarded to the student. Junior and senior Gustavus students may self-nominate by stopping by the dean of students' office for an application.

Promotion Letter Reminder... Letters on behalf of faculty candidates for promotion are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 23 and should be addressed to Dean John Mosbo.


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:

  • Feb. 22 -- Transfiguration Series, the Rev. Ron Koch
  • Feb. 23 -- Transfiguration Series, the Rev. Ron Koch
  • Feb. 24 -- Transfiguration Series, the Rev. Ron Koch
  • Feb. 25 -- Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • Feb. 26 -- David Larson
  • Feb. 27 -- Student Senate Induction
Gustavus Grad Featured in Seminar Friday... Charles Casey, professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and current president of the American Chemical Society, will present a seminar at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 in Nobel Hall, room 201. His talk will focus on the Ph.D. thesis work of Jeffrey Johnson ('00). Visit for further details on this and other chemistry seminars for Spring Semester. Prior to this seminar, at 2:30 p.m. in the Nobel Hall lobby, the Chemistry Club will host a reception for Casey.

Upcoming Continuing Ed Events... The following "continuing education" lectures that will take place on campus:

  • Jeff Jeremiason (environmental studies and chemistry) will present "The Earth is Warming -- What Should We Do About It?" at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Interpretive Center. He will discuss the warming that has occurred over the last 100 years on earth and possible ways to slow this trend. Cost is $5.
  • Barbara Fister (library) will present "Just the Facts Ma'am: How Crime Fiction Re-Invents Reality" at 6:15 p.m. March 16 in a Campus Center Banquet Room. Fister will focus on the ways that mystery writers use research and their imaginations to create parallel worlds. Soup and sandwich will be served; cost is $7.
  • Arnoldus Gruter, licensed psychologist and former artist-in-residence at Minnesota State University-Mankato, will present a lecture with slides, titled "From Pyramid to Slum: How our Perception of Reality is Shaped by What We See" at 7 p.m. March 23 in the Interpretive Center. He will discuss the significance of visual symbols as selective perception agents in Western culture. Cost is $5.
  • Don Ostrom (political science) will present "Is the U.S. Congress Any Different Than a Generation Ago?" at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Interpretive Center. He will discuss differences and similarities in Congressional life over time. Cost is $5.

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. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 934-3048. These events are Gustavus Adolphus College continuing education programs done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Talk Shop Friday... 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 Wednesday... 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.

St. David's Day Celebration March 5... Gustavus will host its 31st annual St. David's Day observance with a mini-Gymanfa Ganu (hymn sing), reception, presentation, and luncheon on March 5. The public is invited to this annual celebration honoring St. David, the patron saint of Wales, which is one of the largest such events in North America on or around March 1 (St. David's Day). The mini-Gymanfa Ganu will be held at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. A massed choir of more than 200 students will assist the congregation in singing four well-known Welsh hymns. Choral directors from the college's music department will direct the 20-minute hymn sing. A Welsh cake reception will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall, and at 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall, Gareth John (geography), will give a talk, titled "Where is Wales?" discussing the geography of Wales and societal changes occurring recently in the country. The St. David's Day observance will conclude with a Welsh luncheon at noon in a Campus Center Banquet Room. Reservations for the luncheon and reception ($12.50 per person) should be made with the Office of Special Events, c/o Dana Lamb (x7520 or Checks should be made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College. The reservation deadline is March 1.

Safe Zone Training March 10... Safe Zone is a program designed to create a more open and supportive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied (GLBTQA) individuals at Gustavus. New and improved, this year's program will include puppet shows, interactive theater and a newly designed booklet of local resources. The training will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 10 in a Campus Center banquet room. All are invited.


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.

Free Yoga Next Week... St. Peter Yoga and Dance Studio is offering free yoga classes Feb. 23-28. The schedule is:
Feb. 23 -- Hatha Yoga at 5:30 p.m. and Power Vinyasa at 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 -- Intro to Yoga at 5:30 p.m. and Intro to Power Vinyasa at 7 p.m.
Feb. 25 -- Hatha Yoga at 5:30 p.m. and Vinyasa at 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 -- Intro to Yoga at 5:30 p.m. and Intro to Power Vinyasa at 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 -- Yoga for Kids at 1:30 p.m. for 4-7 years, 2:45 p.m. for 8-10 years, and 4 p.m. for 11-13 years. Call to reserve a spot.

The studio is located at 112 Grace St. in St. Peter above the Thrift Store. Use the Grace Street entrance. Contact Tressa Bushaw (934-4433).


Kimberly McArthur, senior religion major, presented a poster, titled "Electrophysiological Characterization of Biologically Relevant Neural Response Properties in the Torus Semicircularis of the Frog," at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Seattle. This work, done in collaboration with Mike Ferragamo (biology), was partially funded by the Merck Undergraduate Science Research Award. Also, McArthur has been selected to present her research, titled "Emergence: Using an Emergence Model of Mind-Brain System to Construct an Emergence Model of the God-World System," at the Upper Midwest meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature on April 16 at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, had a haiku published in Japan by Mainichi Daily News in the monthly haiku selection (No. 656) of Feb. 1, 2004.

Pamela Kittelson, biology, was invited to give a research seminar for the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her talk was titled "Genetic structure in plant populations." She also was invited to the Department of Biology at Colorado State University, Pueblo, to speak on the "Influence of gene flow and natural selection on genetic architecture."

John McKay, music, gave a Master Class Feb. 15 to students at St. Joseph's School of Music in St. Paul.


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat on Feb. 20-21 for Atonement Lutheran Church from Bloomington.

Gustavus Youth Outreach scheduled for Feb. 21-22 at Ortonville. 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... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Brian Beckstrom (x7001).


The first "chiefly musical" program at the College was held Dec. 18, 1879 in chapel at the end of the Fall Semester, as students were leaving for Christmas break. Attended by over 200 friends of the College, the "cornet band" led music.

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


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Humanities Fellowships Available... The National Endowment for the Humanities offers fellowships to pursue advanced work in the humanities. Fellowships support both projects that can be completed during the tenure of the award and work that is part of a long-term endeavor. Tenure normally covers an uninterrupted period from six to 12 whole months with stipends of $24,000 (six to eight months) or $40,000 (nine to 12 months). The deadline is May 1. For more information, see the November 2003 issue of Grant Information at (click on the Bookmarks tab on the left side of the screen, then look under 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:
  • On Jan. 22, the Fiji Sun featured a story on the students who traveled to Fiji for January Term with Leila Brammer and Patricia English (both communication studies). The story included three photographs of the students and Brammer.
  • On Feb. 6, The Business Journal published the Top 25 List of Colleges and Universities, ranked by 2003 fall enrollment. Gustavus ranked 22nd. The list also included a profile (the top 25 list makers) of President Jim Peterson.
  • On Feb. 7, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a story that included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science). The article appeared in the Faith and Values section on page B5 and was titled "Bush has edge on 'religious' vote, but bloc up for grabs."
  • Following are article that appeared recently on the exhibition of painting by Wendell Arneson currently showing in the Hillstrom Museum of Art:
    • On Feb. 8, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a brief article that appeared in the Arts section's "8 Days Out: Highlight of Ongoing Event" calendar.."
    • On Feb. 10, The Free Press of Mankato published a feature that included quotes by Don Myers (art and art history and Hillstrom Museum of Art) that appeared on the front page of the Currents section.
  • Recently, KUAT-TV, a public television station in Tucson, interviewed Mark Lammers (music) for its "Arizona Illustrated" program on the Skyline Brass Quintet of Tucson, of which Lammers is a member, and a Scandinavian music program the quintet performed Feb. 15 in Tucson.
  • On Feb. 15, The Free Press of Mankato featured Bill Larsen (physical plant) on the front page of the Currents section. The article, titled "Garden plotting," included 4 color photographs.
  • On Feb. 15, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran an article that included quotes by Darrell Jodock (religion). The article was titled "'Passion of the Christ' rouses faithful, worries others."
  • On Feb. 15, the Star Tribune of Minnepolis published a story on student Tim Brown. The page C2 story, included a black and white photograph of Brown and was titled "Brown finds his fit at Gustavus."
  • On Feb. 18, the "Midday" program on WCCO radio (830 AM, Twin Cities) featured Chris Gilbert (political science) discussing the Feb. 17 Wisconsin Primary.

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


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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
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 Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

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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