The Yellow Sheet for March 11, 2004

March 11, 2004 | Volume 36, Number 21

Volume 36, Number 23

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Gustavus Tidbits
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Safety & Security Snips
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Inauguration Responses... The Office of Marketing and Public Relations/Special Events is still accepting response cards for the presidential inauguration. If questions, call Dana Lamb (x7520). To view inauguration information, go to or click on the Presidential Inauguration button on the Gustavus homepage.

View Draft of Technology Plan... The Instructional Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IIAC) invites feedback from the Gustavus community on the Technology Strategic Plan Draft of March 8, 2004, prepared by the Technology Directors Group and Acting Dean Mark Braun, community and faculty, administrative, and web advisory committee input. The six-page document is available at Please communicate your general and specific comments, both positive and negative, to Mark Braun ( by March 19. The technology directors intend to submit the final draft to the Administrative Council on March 23.

Leadership and Service Award Nominations due March 26... Nominations for the 2003-04 Paul Magnuson Student Leadership and Service Award that recognizes leadership and service contributions made by students must be submitted by March 26. Anyone who knows a student who fits the criteria or an event or organization that fits the criteria should submit nominations and a descriptive narrative highlighting the merits of the nominatees to the dean of students' office. If questions, contact Patti Kelly (x7525 or

Ovanlig Nominations Reminder... Nominations for the 2004 Ovanlig Award must be submitted by Friday, March 12 to Patti Kelly (

Faculty and Administrator Retreat... The Center for Vocational Reflection will sponsor the Faculty and Administrators' Church and College Retreat on March 26-27 at Shalom Hill Farm near Windom, Minn. The theme is "Sabbath: Rest, Reflection, and Renewal." Chris Johnson (vocational reflection) and Rachel Larson (chaplains) will talk about the sabbath and lead workshops on reflection and renewal, as well as direction and priorities. There will also be times for socializing and silent reflection. Participants will leave campus at 4:30 p.m. Friday and return by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Transportation is available. If interested in participating in the retreat, contact Florence Amamoto ( by March 19.

Congratulations in Order... Danny Dahn, son of Rick Dahn (custodial) and a student at Le Sueur-Henderson High School, was selected to the academic all-state wrestling team. He is one of 28 high school students selected from across Minnesota.

President's Corner

Yesterday, March 10, many of you attended the community meeting on budget priorities. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, this meeting was about where we are and where we are going -- on April 20 we’ll talk about the numbers for next year’s budget.

I have spoken of the budget priorities with many of you already. They are strengthening the academic program, planning for technology, building diversity, strengthening the relationship between Gustavus and the church (beyond our Lutheran church as well), facilities planning and development, and increasing revenues. These are not just my ideas; but also follow from the February 2003 community conversation and also from conversations I’ve had with many here on campus.

A summary of the budget conversation and the question and answer session that followed are available online.

The budget process this year - and every year - is about evaluating and prioritizing what we want to do and how we do it. I am reminded that we can do anything we want, but we cannot do everything we want.



MLK Lecture Tonight... 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." 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.

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 12 -- Loren VanPatten, Luke 4:1-13
  • March 14 -- 3rd Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • March 15 -- Gustavus Choir, St. Cecelia's Day
  • March 16 -- Matt Schwartz, Luke 12:22-31
  • March 17 -- Lenten Liturgy
  • March 18 -- Mimi Gerstbauer, Luke 13:18-21
  • March 19 -- Building Bridges
  • March 21 -- 4th Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Brian Johnson

Wilderness Immersion Luncheon Friday... 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 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 show up for the luncheon. Lunch will be provided via the Three Crowns Buffet. Direct any questions to trip coordinator Ryan Yunkers (x6282).

Fine Arts Events Sunday... The public is invited to the following Sunday, March 14 free events:

  • At 1:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall, a solo flute recital will be presented by junior Dana Barron. She will perform C.P.E. Bach's Sonata in A Major for Solo Flute. Accompanied by pianist Coni Liljengren, Barron will perform Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Flute and Piano and Jules Mouquet's Sonata for Pan Flute and Piano.
  • At 3:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall, the piano students of Helen Baumgartner will present a group recital of works for solo piano. Students Tessa Anderson, Emily Conlin, Keisha Husby, Karin Hedstrom, Britt Forsberg, Brianna Vaa, Phil Williams, and Erin Deutchman will perform.
  • At 7 p.m. in Christ Chapel, the Gustavus String Orchestra, conducted by Warren Friesen, will perform Josef Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ. One of the most powerful sacred works for string orchestra and quartet will be presented as a candlelight Lenten service.

Talk Shop March 19... Deborah Goodwin (religion) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2003-04 academic year. Goodwin will present "Going Native? Medieval Christian Hebraism, postcolonially speaking" at 4:30 p.m. March 19 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

Building Bridges Conference March 19-20... The ninth annual Building Bridges Conference will be held March 19-20 on campus. This year's theme, titled "Building Community," emphasizes working together and resolving conflict in our own communities and complements last year's theme of international conflict resolution. Workshop topics include "Building a Democratic Community," "Building a Multi-cultural Community," and "Crime and Safety in Our Community." Arun Gandhi, nonviolent activist, racial-issues scholar, and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will give the keynote address. An internationally renowned speaker, Gandhi offers unique insight from his cross-cultural experiences. Also speaking will be urban black popular culture scholar and best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson. A teen father from Detroit who received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, Dyson is currently the Avalon Professor in Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania in Religious and African Studies and is author of the ground-breaking book Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X. The conference is open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

  • March 19:
    • 6-9 p.m. -- Peace coffee in the Courtyard Cafe
  • March 20:
    • 8-9 a.m. -- Registration in Alumni Hall
    • 9-9:45 a.m. -- "I am...We are" theatre company presentation in Alumni Hall
    • 9:45-9:55 a.m. -- Welcome address by co-chairs Linda Lee and Meghan Larson in Alumni Hall
    • 10:05-11:25 a.m. -- "Crime Prevention and Safety in our Community" workshops in the Campus Center
    • 11:15-11:25 a.m. -- Prayer performance in Alumni Hall
    • 11:25 a.m.-12:40 p.m. -- Keynote address by Arun Gandhi in Alumni Hall
    • 12:40-1:10 p.m. -- Q & A session in Alumni Hall
    • 1:10-2:10 p.m. -- Lunch break (on your own)
    • 2:10-3:10 p.m. -- "Building a Democratic Community" workshops in the Campus Center
    • 3:20-4:20 p.m. -- "Building a Multi-Cultural/Pluralist Society" workshops in the Campus Center
    • 4:30-5:45 p.m. -- Keynote address by Michael Eric Dyson in Alumni Hall
    • 5:45-6:15 p.m. -- Q & A session in Alumni Hall
    • 6:20-7:20 p.m. -- Reception for Dyson and Gandhi, book signing, and Hillstrom Museum of Art exhibit: "Testimony" outside the Hillstrom Museum
    • 7:30-8:30 p.m. -- Banquet in Banquet Rooms
    • 9 p.m.-midnight -- Benefit concert: Keith Secola in Alumni Hall

Building Bridges is open to the public, but registration is required. Costs are:

  • Registration
    • Student -- $5 each
    • Non-student -- $10 each
    • High School student and St. Peter resident -- no charge
  • Banquet reservation -- $10 each
  • Benefit concert -- $5 each

To register, contact Gustavus student and conference co-chair Linda Lee ( or x8263) or send payment to the Diversity Center. Checks should be payable to Gustavus Adolphus College. The registration deadline is March 19. The annual Building Bridges conference is a student-led, student-initiated diversity conference organized to promote mutual respect and understanding of diversity and to deal with diversity in a proactive, social, and informative way. For more information, call the Diversity Center at (x7449) or visit the Web site at and click on Building Bridges.


Riverblenders' Contest and Festival Saturday... The Mankato Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus will host and perform in the annual Southwest division chorus and quartet competition beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13 at Fitzgerald Middle School, 110 N. Fifth St. in Mankato. Contact Jon Schwichtenberg (625-6141) or Arv Zenk (625-0620) for more information.

Former Governor to Speak Sunday... 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.

Business After Hours Tuesday... The St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce diplomats invite all Gustavus employees to attend Business After Hours from 5-6:30 p.m. March 16 at St. Peter Lumber, 200 S. Front St., St. Peter. Come for fun, fellowship, networking, and door prizes. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. To make a reservation, call the chamber office (934-3400). Business After Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month.


Gaston Alzate, modern foreign languages and literatures/Spanish, was one of the 15 members of a selective group of American scholars chosen to write about the life of Latin American teens. He will write about Cuba. The result of this extensive research will be a book, titled "Teen Life in Latin America and the Caribbean," published by Greenwood Press.

Mike Ferragamo, biology, co-authored an article, titled "Delay accuracy in bat sonar is related to the reciprocal of normalized echo bandwidth, or Q," in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). His co-authors are from the Departments of Physics and Neuroscience at Brown University and from Chirp Corporation in San Diego.

Pamela Kittelson, biology, and colleague Lynn Adler from Virginia Tech wrote a paper, titled "Variation in Lupinus arboreus alkaloid profiles and relationships with multiple herbivores." The article was accepted for publication in Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 32: 371-390.

Brenda Moore, institutional advancement, was named the 2004 recipient of the Virgil Anderson Award by the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) on Feb. 29 at its annual international educational conference. The prestigious Virgil Anderson Award is presented annually to an active ALDE member who has demonstrated exemplary fund raising and public relations leadership to Lutheran organizations and provided extraordinary service to the development profession.

Scott Moore, music, performed Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" with the Minnesota Orchestra during its recent European tour. Moore performed at the world-renowned Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, and at Barbican Hall in London, England.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Faculty
    Michael Petruconis, Music

    New Support Staff
    Nancy Plamann, Institutional Advancement
    Gerald Willaert, Physical Plant

Position Openings

  • Administrative Assistant, Career Center
  • Head Resident, Residential Life
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a two-day retreat beginning March 12 for a group from the House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield.

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


  • While "The Rock" has been a landmark at Gustavus for many years, the current one is actually at least the third to occupy the space, having been moved in during the fall of 1998 to replace a previous, smaller rock that had in turn relaced one that was "stolen" in 1968. "The Rock" is continually being repainted with political slogans, pre-game encouragement, Greek letters, and other colorful propaganda. Do you know who stole it?

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:
  • Research Opportunity Awards... The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers Faculty Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) through its Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program. ROAs enable faculty members to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. ROAs are usually funded as a supplement to the NSF grant of the host researcher who submits the application. Most frequently, ROA activities are summer experiences but partial support of sabbaticals is sometimes provided. ROAs have a fast turn-around and are only at the discretion of the program officer whose budget provides the funding. The deadline varies with the program. For more information, see the November 2003 issue of Grant Information at (click on the Bookmarks tab on the left side of the screen and 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 March 3, WCCO radio (830 AM, Minneapolis) interviewed Chris Gilbert (political science) about "Super Tuesday."
  • On March 4, The Free Press of Mankato published the following on upcoming events on campus:
    • An article that included a black and white photograph of John McKay (music) and quotes by him. The page C2 story was titled "Not exactly the last song. Gustavus' McKay will play Schubert Saturday (March 6), plans to retire in May."
    • A story, titled "Scandinavian choir will stop at Gustavus," also ran on page C2.

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


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2003-04":
  • Michael Petruconis, Music, x7364, (addition)
  • Nancy Plamann, Institutional Advancement, x7513, (addition)
  • David Schultz, Music, x7364 (deletion)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


Motorcycle and Moped Parking... With warmer weather returning, Safety and Security reminds everyone about motorcycle and moped parking. A full-size parking space in the southwest corner of the Norelius Lot has been split into four spaces and designated for multiple motorcycle parking. The spaces are open to any motorcycle with a current Gustavus parking permit. Vehicles that park in this space will be ticketed. Enforcement of this space begins on Monday, March 15. Mopeds and motorized scooters may be parked in any bike rack on campus but are not allowed to be taken inside buildings or driven on campus sidewalks.


For Rent: Two-bedroom home located on Lake Washington is available to a Gustavus staff member for the 2004-05 academic year for $650 per month. The home is semi-furnished to furnished and includes a washer, dryer, dishwasher, and other amenities. The price includes cable television and one-half of the heat and electricity. Call 952/758-3430.

For Rent: Two 2-bedroom units with office in a duplex on a quiet, wooded lot in St. Peter. Deck, attached garage, air conditioning, microwave. No pets, no smoking. $700 per month plus utilities. Available June 1. Call Denise at 507/243-4135.

For Sale: Two used shop trucks -- 1988 F250 4-wheel-drive with minimum bid of $300 and 1992 Chevrolet 1500 with minimum bid of $800. Trucks to be sold "as is" to the highest bidder. Trucks may be viewed from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 15-19. Submit all bids in writing by March 22 to Ken Westphal in the finance office.

For Sale: A 2003 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer in excellent shape, fully loaded, leather interior, quad captain chairs, 16,500 miles. Call 931-5300 after 5 p.m.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
"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
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: mindfulness mediation multifaith center
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: holy communion Chapel
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

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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