The Yellow Sheet for March 11, 2004
Volume 36, Number 21
Volume 36, Number 23
News & AnnouncementsInauguration 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 http://gustavus.edu/inauguration/ 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 http://gustavus.edu/provost/technologyplan.pdf. Please communicate your general and specific comments, both positive and negative, to Mark Braun (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ovanlig Nominations Reminder... Nominations for the 2004 Ovanlig Award must be submitted by Friday, March 12 to Patti Kelly (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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:
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 (email@example.com) 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:
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 http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
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:
Building Bridges is open to the public, but registration is required. Costs are:
To register, contact Gustavus student and conference co-chair Linda Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 gustavus.edu/diversity and click on Building Bridges.
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.
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 FacesThe following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
Michael Petruconis, Music
New Support Staff
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).
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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.
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