The Yellow Sheet for March 4, 2004

March 4, 2004 | Volume 36, Number 20

Volume 36, Number 22

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Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
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Gustavus Tidbits
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News & Announcements

Inauguration Response by Friday... Response cards for the presidential inauguration must be returned to the Office of Marketing and Public Relations/Special Events by Friday, March 5.

Staff Reclassification Committee... The next meeting of the Staff Reclassification Committee will be held Wednesday, March 24. The committee evaluates requests for grade changes for support staff positions. In order to be considered at this meeting, a complete request for position review must be received by Friday, March 12 in the Office of Human Resources.

"Haunted Ground" Broadcast... St. Peter Public Access Television will broadcast the Jan. 22 "Unity in Community -- St. Peter Reads" campus event with author Erin Hart on her book "Haunted Ground." Master of Irish traditional music Paddy O'Brien is also featured. Broadcast times are:

  • 8 p.m. on Friday, March 5
  • 8 a.m., 3 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 6
  • 8 a.m., 3 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 7

New Library Catalog Goes Live... The library's new catalog system, MnPALS, is now up and running. The new interface allows for searches by keyword, author, title, or subject heading, and adds some interesting features such as phrase searching, searching by publisher, and a more powerful advanced search. Through this interface, you can search the University of Minnesota libraries as well as PALS libraries. The new catalog can be accessed at A quick guide to searching MnPALS (requires Adobe Acrobat) is available at

Note: MnPALS is not currently connected to our interlibrary loan system, though it will be soon. For the duration, you may print out references to books you need and drop them off at the Interlibrary Loan desk, use the online interlibrary loan form from the library's home page, or use the "request" button on Minnesota's union catalog, MnLINK, found at

We ask for your patience as library staff troubleshoot problems and train student employees on the new system. Feel free to contact any of the librarians for assistance, or call the reference desk (x7567).

Craig Johnson Updates... For updates on the condition of The Rev. Craig Johnson (former Vice President for Church Relations), go to

Ultrasound Health Screenings... Gustavus is sponsoring ultrasound screenings March 24 and 25 in Linner Lounge. The screenings are appropriate for men and women age 40 or older. Each screening takes approximately 10 minutes and costs $125. Although not covered by insurance, the cost of the test qualifies for reimbursement from medical reimbursement accounts. Immediate results are given to the participant on the day of testing and are later confirmed by a local Board of Certified radiologist. Each participant also receives copies of their scan images on the day of testing to share with their personal physician. Call HealthScreen Plus at 1-800-404-8566 to schedule an appointment. Additional information about the screening tests may be accessed at Ultrasound enables individuals to have completely painless, low-cost screenings for stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, vascular disease, and osteoporosis. Because there is currently no insurance for these preventative screenings, a physician typically will not order an ultrasound evaluation on someone who displays no symptoms for these conditions. Having these tests performed at a doctor’s office or clinic normally will cost $500-800.


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:

  • March 5 -- St. David’s Day
  • March 7 -- 2nd Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • March 8 -- Mark Granquist, Amos 5:18-27
  • March 9 -- Frank Cordaro
  • March 10 -- Lenten Liturgy
  • March 11 -- Megan Ruble, Matthew 7:1-5
  • March 12 -- Loren VanPatten, Luke 4:1-13
  • March 14 -- 3rd Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Rachel Larson

St. David's Day Celebration Friday... Gustavus will host its 31st annual St. David's Day observance Friday, March 5. The public is invited to the mini-Gymanfa Ganu (hymn sing) 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 during the 20-minute hymn sing. Other events, including a reception, presentation, and luncheon, require reservations.

GHP Registration Through Friday... Travel the United States on a health trip, Gustavus Health Promotion's newest program being offered this spring. The reward to this challenge is not just learning about your health and making changes to improve your life, but you will also be rewarded with a prize after you reach each city. This program is open to all Gustavus employees, spouses, and partners. Registration runs through March 5, and the program dates are March 8-26. Registration packets can be picked up at the Lund Center Information Desk. For questions about the program, contact Kari Eckheart (x6416 or

Talk Shop Friday... Leila Brammer (communication studies) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2003-04 academic year. Her talk, titled "Exclusionary Politics of Social Movements," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. on March 5 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

Concert Featuring Schubert Saturday... John McKay (music), with Mankato area flutist Ruth Giles and baritone Michael Jorgensen (music) will present "Schubertiade," an evening of the music of Franz Schubert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in Björling Recital Hall. Five of these songs, which lyrics include the poetry of Goethe and Rückert, will be performed by Jorgensen and McKay. Giles will then join McKay to perform "Trockne Blumen" ("Withered Flowers"), the only Schubert composition written for flute and piano. Following intermission, McKay will present Schubert's Piano Sonata in B Flat Major. D. 960. A special reception for McKay, who will retire in May, follows the performance in the lobby of Björling. The recital is free and open to the public.

Swedish Ensemble Here Sunday... The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble, with The Global Percussion Network, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7 in Björling Recital Hall. The vocal ensemble consists of 16 professional singers from the northern region of Sweden and is directed by Erik Westberg, who founded the ensemble and has conducted it for the past ten years. The Global Percussion Network, a trio of keyed percussionists under the direction of Anders Åstrand, will accompany the choir on a portion of the program and contribute "Nattetid" ("Night Time"), a solo composed by Åstrand. The vocal ensemble will perform in Swedish, Latin, and English. The ensemble's comprehensive choral smörgåsbord of contemporary Swedish choral music promises to mesmerize music lovers of all ages and persuasions. Tickets for this Gustavus Artist Series event can be reserved by calling the ticket center (x7590) or purchased at the door one hour prior to the show. Cost is $12 for adults, $8 for non-Gustavus students, senior citizens, and Gustavus staff.

"Passion of Christ” Conversation Monday... A public conversation on theological and ethical issues raised in the film “The Passion of Christ” will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 in Alumni Hall. Jack Neimi (church relations) will moderate the discussion, and President Jim Peterson will deliver a brief welcome address. Expert speakers will discuss various aspects of the film. Jonathan Paradise, professor emeritus of classical and near eastern studies at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the film from the perspective of a Jewish Scholar. Deborah Goodwin (religion) will give a brief history of passion plays. Darrell Jodock (religion) will address theological issues for Jewish/Christian relations. Casey Elledge (religion) will address issues raised about historical research on Jesus. Andrew Vaughn (religion) will discuss the role of history and story in religious narratives and dramas. This conversation is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Office of Church Relations, the Department of Religion, and the Office of the President. To obtain more information, contact Jonathan Kraatz (x7510 or

Budget Process Update Wednesday... A Community Discussion of Budget Priorities for 2004-05 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 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. A second community meeting will be held on April 20 to present the College's final budget for 2004-05.

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The Campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Wednesday, March 10 in the Leadholm Room. This group is open to anyone on campus. Bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Safe Zone Training Wednesday... 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. Wednesday, March 10 in a Campus Center banquet room. All are invited.

MLK Lecture March 11... William Greaves, African-American filmmaker, actor, and writer, will present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11 in Alumni Hall. He will screen and discuss his documentary, titled "Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey." The film has been called "one of the rare cases where a documentary manages to combine really powerful material with an appealing and truly engrossing presentation." Greaves has produced more than 200 documentary films and won over 70 international film festival awards, as well as an Emmy and four Emmy nominations. "An American Odyssey" focuses on the life of Ralph Bunche, who served as Under-Secretary General of the United Nations in the two decades following World War II and is considered by many to be the first Black American to have "crossed over" into the American mainstream in a field other than sports or entertainment. In 1950, Bunche became the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Bunche was awarded an honorary degree by Gustavus the same year. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Gustavus Peace Studies program. Prior to the lecture, there will be a reception for Greaves at 3 p.m. in the Diversity Center, followed by an informal discussion from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the African-American experience in film. Contact Mimi Gerstbauer (x7421) with questions.

Wilderness Immersion Luncheon March 12... All Gustavus employees are invited to attend an informational luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, March 12 in the Three Crowns Room (formerly Banquet Room A) to learn about facilitator opportunities for the Fall 2004 Wilderness Immersion trip. Each year, the Office of Student Activities coordinates a trip to the Minnesota Boundary Waters where up to 21 incoming students and six Gustavus employee facilitators canoe and hike through the unspoiled beauty of these northern lakes. Anyone who has an interest in going as a facilitator or is just interested in the program in general should R.S.V.P. to student intern Ashley Brabec ( or just show up at the luncheon. Lunch will be provided via the Three Crowns Buffet. Direct any questions to trip coordinator Ryan Yunkers (x6282).


Former Governor to Speak March 14... Former Governor Al Quie will be in St. Peter on Sunday, March 14. He will preach that morning at Trinity Lutheran Church and then will talk about his inspirational book, titled Riding the Divide, at 3:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. His talk will include slides of his horseback travels along the Rocky Mountains. He will sign books following his talk. Refreshments will be served.


Horst Ludwig, modern foreign languages and literatures/German, has been invited by Hamburg Haiku Verlag [Publishers] to submit an article on his theory of haiku for a collection featuring about 30 German haiku authors who explain their haiku theories. The book is planned for publication in 2005. It will be edited by Andreas Wittbrodt of the University of Mainz in Germany.


Owen Hewitt, father-in-law of Donna Hewitt (administrative information systems) died of cancer on Tuesday, March 2 at his home. Visitation will be Friday, March 5 at Mankato Mortuary in Mankato. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 6 at Belgrade Avenue United Methodist Church in North Mankato, with a one-hour visitation before the service.

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).


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host an overnight retreat Friday, March 5, for Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church from Minneapolis.

Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Brian Beckstrom (x7001).


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The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Summer Undergraduate Research...The NCUR/Lancy Initiative is a joint effort of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Alice and Leslie E. Lancy Foundation to help institutions develop summer undergraduate research programs with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research. The program focus is on helping to build communities of student and faculty scholars spanning the academic disciplines by working on a unifying theme. The program will make grants to institutions to have a cadre of faculty supervise six to eight undergraduates for a period of eight to 10 weeks during the summer. The initial award will be $40,000 for the summer of 2005, to be used primarily for the support of student creative and scholarly work. Awardee institutions will receive an additional $22,500 for the summer of 2006, providing the institution has made acceptable progress during the first year of the award. If interested, faculty are encouraged to review examples of unifying research themes and past awardees from the first six rounds, which can be viewed at (click on NCUR/Lancy). Interested interdisciplinary teams of faculty or individual faculty should contact Bob Weisenfeld (x7049 or by May 15. The deadline is Aug. 16.
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 Feb. 27, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on a discussion that took place on campus regarding "The Passion of the Christ." The front page story, titled "'Passion talk," included two color photographs and quotes by Casey Elledge, Deborah Goodwin, and Andy Vaughn (all religion) and Chaplain Brian Johnson.
  • The following stories were published on Carole King's appearance on campus on behalf of the John Kerry presidential campaign:
    • On Feb. 28, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on the front page of The Valley section that was titled "Carole King to rally for Kerry in St. Peter."
    • On March 1, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on the front page that included two color photographs, quotes by student Matt Klaber, and was titled "He's got a friend. Popular songwriter touts Massachusetts senator at Gustavus."
  • On Feb. 29, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ran a story about the Gustavus Tennis and Life Camps and the Men's Tennis Team. The article, titled "Second-chance jocks," included quotes by Steve Wilkinson, Dan McLaughlin, and mention of Jennie Edlund, Jon Farnsworth, Neal Hagberg, and Leandra Peak.

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


Food Shelf Thank You... The Gustavus support staff made a contribution to the St. Peter Area Food Shelf at Christmas. Human resources received the following letter from the food shelf in response to the contribution: "Our sincere thanks for your donation of $121 cash, $110 in St. Peter Chamber Bucks, and 83 pounds of food. Your contribution is gratefully received and used to serve the needs of many area residents who come for assistance. The need is great. Last year, we served 784 household visits -- 2,498 persons. Of these, 1,109 were children. We distributed 88,262 pounds of food and necessities. Thanks again for your help."


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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