The Yellow Sheet for April 15, 2004

April 15, 2004 | Volume 36, Number 25

Volume 36, Number 27

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Position Openings

Gustavus Tidbits
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events

News & Announcements

Together, we live the promise... At 3 p.m. today, Friday, April 16 in Christ Chapel, Gustavus will celebrate the inauguration of its 14th president, Dr. James L. Peterson. For the schedule of other events, please go to the college calendar.

Class Schedule for Inauguration... The class schedule for Friday, April 16 has been condensed to allow the entire Gustavus community to participate in the investiture of Jim Peterson. Classes starting at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will meet at the regularly scheduled times. All other classes will be shortened to 40 minutes. The schedule is as follows:

Normal Start Time
Adjusted Start Time
10:30-11:20 a.m.
10:30-11:10 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
11:20 a.m.-12 p.m.
12:30-1:20 p.m.
12:10-12:50 p.m.
1:30-2:20 p.m.
1-1:40 p.m.
2:30-3:20 p.m. 1:50-2:30 p.m.

Community Budget Meeting Reminder... A community-wide presentation and discussion of the College budget for 2004-05 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20 in Alumni Hall. Please plan to attend.

Memorial Service... A memorial service and tree dedication for Nancy Pautz, administrative assistant in the Career Center and the Department of Economics and Management for over 20 years, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 on Eckman Mall. A reception will follow. Contributions to the tree memorial may be sent to Nancy Hardesty (institutional advancement). Questions regarding the service and reception should be directed to Jeff Stocco (x7586 or

MAYDAY! Class Schedule... A MAYDAY! lyceum lecture hour has been scheduled for 10:30-11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28. Classes that start at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will meet at the regularly scheduled times. Classes that start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. on that day will be shortened to 30 minutes each with 10 minutes between classes. Normal scheduling will resume at 1:30 p.m. The revised schedule is as follows:

Normal Start Time
Adjusted Start Time
10:30-11:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
12:10-12:40 p.m.
12:30-1:20 p.m. 12:50-1:20 p.m.

Students Participate in Work Trips... Each year during spring break, many Gustavus Adolphus College students participate in the College's service-oriented Spring Break Work Trips. In 2004, for the 15th year, volunteers traveled to Fort Smith, Ark.; Greeley, Colo.; Jacksonville and Naples, Fla.; Meridian, Miss.; Los Lunas, N.M.; Washington, Pa.; and San Antonio, Texas. Between eight and twenty volunteers participated in each of the student-led trips. According to Gustavus student and previous work trip volunteer Emily Wenzel, "On my trip to North Carolina, I learned invaluable lessons about the importance of serving our neighbors in need, and saw firsthand their appreciation. The sense of accomplishment and pride, not to mention the practical skills, that I gained from this experience will last a lifetime." The student volunteers worked with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, Christian housing ministry whose goal is to eliminate poverty and homelessness worldwide by building or renovating houses that are sold under interest-free mortgages. Gustavus has sponsored Habitat for Humanity spring break projects since 1990.

Reading in Common Selection Made... "On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her house, and matter of factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert." When The Emporer Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka, has been selected as the Reading in Common book for incoming first-year students. Otsuka will speak Sept. 22 on campus. The book can be purchased in the Book Mark.


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:

  • April 16 -- Tenure Installation, Bishop Jon Anderson
  • April 18 -- 2nd Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • April 19 -- Claudia Horwitz
  • April 20 -- Carrie Newcomer
  • April 21 -- Morning Praise
  • April 22 -- Jim Wallis
  • April 23 -- Chris Johnson
  • April 25 -- 3rd Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson

GACAC Convention Saturday... The 17th annual Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations (GACAC) Convention ( will appropriately occur on Saturday, April 17. The theme of this year's convention, titled "Together, we live the promise," celebrates the inauguration of President Jim Peterson by focusing on his commitment to both faith and service. The campus community is invited to kick off the convention with worship at 9:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Herb Chilstrom and to also participate in Saturday afternoon's G.I.V.E. day ( service projects throughout St. Peter. Other highlights of the day include:

  • Youth-track events for high school students from GACAC churches, including afternoon G.I.V.E. projects
  • State-of-the-College address by President Peterson
  • Election of the board of trustees
  • Report on the GACAC's ongoing mission and vision process
  • Presentation of the Covenant Award to the Rev. Dr. Clair Johnson (emeritus professor of religion)
  • Lunch featuring reflections on service and faith by the Rev. M. Susan Pepin Peterson and current Gustavus students
  • Afternoon workshops on Volunteer Gift Assessment and Management
  • On-campus service projects supporting Bundles of Love and CADA House

Questions about the convention should be directed to Brian Beckstrom (x7170 or and questions about G.I.V.E. day to Barb Larson Taylor (x7515 or

Lilly Conference Monday-Saturday... "Stirring the Waters: Faith, Community, and Social Justice," the third annual Lilly Conference on Vocation, will take place Monday, April 19-Saturday, April 24 and will explore how our deepest questions and commitments, gifts and passions can be lived out in meaningful lives of action, community involvement, and making a difference. The conference will feature three renowned guest presenters -- Jim Wallis, Claudia Horwitz, and Carrie Newcomer, and a number of events and activities for the entire campus community, many of which are open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection, the conference is one of many aspects of the College's mission-driven vocation initiative that seeks to equip the entire campus community to be more intentional in thinking of their lives in terms of a calling to make a difference in the world.

Jim Wallis is the founder and executive director of the Sojourners Community in Washington, D.C., editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, author of several books (including The Soul of Politics: Beyond "Religious Right" and "Secular Left"), an activist-preacher, and convener of "Call to Renewal," a national movement to overcome poverty and ignite social change. Named by Time magazine as one of the "50 faces for America's future," Wallis has spent more than 30 years helping to mobilize communities of faith around issues of racism, economic justice, disarmament, urban renewal, and peacemaking. He has been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School and has taught at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Claudia Horwitz is the founder and director of Stone Circles, an organization that helps individuals and organizations integrate spiritual and reflective practice into the work of social transformation and social justice, and the author of The Spiritual Activist: Practices To Transform Your Life, Your Work, and Your World. Her work is focused where contemplative practice, creative expression, the insights and questions of multiple faith traditions, and social justice intersect. Horwitz is a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow and teaches Kripalu yoga.

Carrie Newcomer is a contemporary folk singer/songwriter and social activist who has long incorporated spiritual reflection and community action into her music. Drawing on her Quaker roots, as well as on other religious traditions, she writes and performs music that evokes a calling to all people to be engaged in the world around them. RollingStone magazine observes that "her material asks all the right questions and refuses to settle for easy answers." Author Barbara Kingsolver writes of Newcomer, "To my mind ­- a writer's mind -­ she is much more than a musician. She's a poet, story-teller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, and minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace."

Click here to view the conference schedule.

Women's History Lecture Monday... At 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19 in Social Science Center 101, Katherine French (SUNY-New Paltz) will speak on "Women and the Late Medieval Parish." French, a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, is one of the most distinguished historians on medieval women and religion. She is author of The People of the Parish: Community Life in a Late Medieval English Diocese (2001), as well as several articles on women's roles in medieval parish life. She has held a fellowship at Harvard Divinity School, a visitorship at the Institute of Advanced Study, and a full year fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of History, the Women's Studies program, and the Gustavus Lecture Series.

Faculty Forum Tuesday... Clark Ohnesorge (psychology) will present the final talk in this year's Faculty Forum series from 5:30-6:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in the Campus Center banquet rooms. His presentation is titled "About Face: Using Morphed Images to Evaluate Hemispheric Differences in Self-Recognition." 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 to Jean Heidcamp by Friday, April 16.

Master Gardener to Speak Tuesday... Carolyn Harstad, advanced master gardener and author, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in the Interpretive Center. In her new gardening book Got Shade? A "Take it Easy" Approach for Today's Gardener (2003), Harstad recommends methods on how to grow an interesting, well-balanced, low-maintenance shade garden. Harstad's books are on sale at the Book Mark and will also be available for purchase and signing following the lecture. Pre-registration is required; the cost is $5. To register, contact 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. This event is part of the Gustavus Adolphus College continuing education lecture series coordinated by Gustavus in partnership with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Talk Shop April 23... Brian O'Brien (chemistry) will present the last Faculty Shop Talk of the 2003-04 academic year. His talk, titled "Slippery, Fiery Phenomena -- Forays into Fluorine and Phosphorus Chemistry," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 23 in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this talk may be viewed at

GLA Author Day May 22... Make reservations for Gustavus Library Associates' spring Author Day. New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman will be the featured speaker. "Breakfast with Tom Friedman" will be held at 8:15 a.m. May 22 at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul. To make reservation, contact Dana Lamb ( or x7520).


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. April 20 at Parkview Manor, 1010 S. Fourth St., St. Peter. Come for fun, fellowship, networking, and door prizes. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. To make a reservation, call the chamber office (934-3400). Business After Hours is held the third Tuesday of each month.


Student Wins Grant... Sophomore physics major Dorea Ruggles was awarded a $6,387 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). During the nine-week program in Gaithersburg, Md., Ruggles will conduct research in one of the seven NIST research laboratories that participate in this program. She is the third Gustavus student in four years to win this research grant.

Student Places at National Contest... Senior classics major Matthew Haugen placed third in the Advanced Greek category of the nationwide 2004 Eta Sigma Phi Sight Translation Contest.

Students Attend Conference... Five students attended the 2004 National Black Graduate Student Association Conference March 24-28 in Cincinnati. Attending were Akwasi Boateng, Hope Crenshaw, Manal Elattir, Valerie Estrada, and Christian Okoh. This year's winners in the conference's paper competition included Boateng in the science division for his paper, titled "Franck-Hertz Experiment," and Estrada, for her paper, titled "Successful Latinos: Role Models or a Contributing Factor to Greater Social Inequalities."

Students Present... Classics majors Tasha Genck and Kaija Hupila presented papers on Virgil's Aeneid to an audience of 120 at the national Eta Sigma Phi Convention held March 19-21 in New Orleans.

St. Ansgar Members 2004... The following senior students have been selected for membership in the Guild of St. Ansgar for 2004: Elizabeth Anderson, Elisabeth Axtell, Brian Beckmann, Amit Bohara, Adele Burk, Erinn Danielson, Katherine Dorn, Jennifer Edlund, Jonah Evenson, Crystal Gildea, Melissa Habedank, Matthew Haugen, Nicole Hinds, Katherine Hoffman, Ann Humburg, Angela Janda, Katherine Johansen, Britta Johnson, Sarah Jorgenson, Emily King, Emily Kofoed, Patria Lawton, Micah McDonough, Katherine Metzroth, Ann Marie Miller, Ann Morris, Marnie Nelson, Jodi Parks, Ashleigh Penrod, Signe Peterson, Daniel Pioske, Christian Quie, Rebecca Reinhart, Katherine Sandvig, David Schaps, Megan Schliep, Rachel Schwingler, Zosia Stanley, Kathleen Stauble, Maggie Stolp, Adam Stubbendick, Amy Svendsen, Kimberly Swanson, Alison Thomas, Loren VanPatten, Lucas Winskowski, and Allison Wires.

Mark Bjelland, Gareth John, and Jean Lavigne, all geography, presented papers at the national meeting of the Association of American Geographers March 12-19 in Philadelphia. Bjelland's paper was titled "Smart Growth and the Quest for Authentic Place," John's was "Yellowstone Embodied: Truman Everts 'Thirty Seven Days of Peril'" and was part of the session titled "Theorizing the Body through Environmental Practice," and Lavigne's was "Selling Environmental Preservation: Pristine Nature as a Strategic Essentialism." Bjelland also chaired a session on "International Perspectives on Brownfield Sites."

Judy Gardner, nursing, presented her research on "Significant Nursing Interventions for Bereaved Parents Following Perinatal Loss" to the Shiga Prefecture Midwives Association April 3 in Otsu, Japan; and to students and faculty of the St. Luke's Hospital Graduate School of Nursing April 5 in Tokyo. Gardner continued her research on responses to perinatal loss with midwives in Kansai, Japan.

Clair Johnson, emeritus professor of religion, will receive the Covenant Award during the 17th annual GACAC convention Saturday, April 17. This award goes to an individual who has strengthened the connection between the church and the College. In addition to teaching at Gustavus from 1958-1995, some of his other areas of service include chaplain at the Mankato Lutheran Home, vice pastor at churches in Alden, Le Sueur, Mankato, St. James, and New York City, a participant in 32 elderhostels sponsored by Gustavus, a speaker at Sunday forums at various churches for 44 years, and a participant in the Partners in Education program sponsored by the Gustavus Office of Church Relations.

David Koppenhaver, education, and colleagues from Lesley University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, authored a chapter, titled "Word Identification and Text Characteristics," in the recently published book The Texts in Elementary Classrooms (Erlbaum).

Joyce Sutphen, English, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Associated Writing Programs held March 23-28 in Chicago. Sutphen's third book of poetry, titled Naming the Stars (Holy Cow! Press), has just been released. Her work has been anthologized in Poetry Daily: 366 Poems, In Praise of Fertile Land, O Taste and See: Food Poems, The POETRY Anthology 1912-2002, and Good Poems. Also, Sutphen's article on poet Yusef Komunyakaa appeared in American Writers and her poems have been set to music by composers Lori Laitman, Carolyn Jennings, and Libby Larson. On April 8, Sutphen made the "Poet's Pick" for the 30,000 readers of Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor read poems from her new book recently on "The Writer's Almanac."

Rebecca Taylor, English, presented two papers at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Antonio, titled "Jarring Reminders of 'U'" and "When Students Draw the Maps and Genre Drives the Bus: Matters of Form in Three Writing Classes."

Steve Wright, music, was a guest jazz trumpet soloist with the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the USAF Bands in Washington, D.C., at their March 31concert at Mankato West High School. Wright played and toured as lead trumpet with the band from 1968-72. Wright also was a guest clinician for the First Annual Princeton High School Jazz Festival on April 2. The host for the event was Lee Peterson ('97). On April 6, Wright was an adjudicator for the Iowa Jazz Championships in Des Moines, at which nearly 60 high school jazz ensembles participate in five classes.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrator
    Amanda Stonehouse, biology and chemistry


  • Tennis Coordinator, Swanson Tennis Center
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Gustavus Tidbits

The Dive is in a space that used to be occupied by the old Union swimming pool, a handball court, and locker rooms before the Union was remodeled in 1985, hence the name.

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:
  • Grants for Teaching and Learning and Curriculum Development... The National Endowment for the Humanities offers support for projects that improve specific areas of humanities education through the development of new or revised curricula (up to $100,000 for periods of 12-18 months) and instructional and learning materials (up to $200,000 for up to three years). The deadline is Oct. 15. Because there is an institutional cost-sharing requirement, those interested are encouraged to contact Bob Weisenfeld ( or x7049). For more information, see
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 April 2, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on the Gustavus students who competed in the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament April 2-5. The students attending were listed in the April 1 issue of The Yellow Sheet.
  • On April 4, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a story, titled "Gov. Pawlenty: From opponent to proponent," that included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science).
  • On April 4, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page story, titled "Thank God it's Thursday," that included quotes by Mark Braun (academic dean).
  • On April 5, the Monticello Times published an article, titled "Nursing home bell choir rings in good cheer," that mentioned Kristin Shields ('96), a music therapist at the Monticello-Big Lake Nursing Home.
  • On April 8, the St. Peter Herald ran a front-page story on the wind test towers on campus. The article, titled "Gustavus wants to move forward with wind turbine," included quotes by Chuck Niederriter (physics) and mentioned Bob Douglas (geography).
  • On April 8, the St. Peter Herald ran a page 7A story on Gustavus students on spring break work trips, with quotes by student Emily Wenzel.
  • On April 9, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a story on an Italian ceramics collection, titled "Marvels of Maiolica," that is on a six-city tour. The collection will be on display Feb. 6-March 19, 2006 in the Hillstrom Museum of Art.
  • On April 11, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a story on a project by Minneapolis College of Art and Design students that will add computer-generated visual accompaniment to the Sunday, April 18 performance of Steve Heitzig's ('82) Nobel Symphony at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis by VocalEssence and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra.

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":
  • x7651 -- Amanda Stonehouse, NSF Grant (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


Donations Needed... A silent auction will be held at 7 p.m. May 1 at Hilltop Hall, 206 First St. N. in Montgomery to help Latino families currently living in Montgomery to relocate by May 31. Anyone interested in donating new or antique items should contact Elsa Eckhoff (934-3036). Items must be delivered to Eckhoff by Thursday, April 29. This event is being sponsored by several Montgomery businesses and Catholic Charities.

For Sale: Yamaha (PSR-80) electronic keyboard. Call Cindy (x7043).

For Sale: Two-story, three-bedroom, 1700 square foot home in excellent move-in condition. Recently the home was completely remodeled. Close to campus and downtown. New mechanicals, including new central air, new dishwasher, and newer furnace. Beautiful hardwood floors; family room; office; dining room; hot tub in fenced-in back yard. Contact Lois Peterson (934-6955).

For Rent: One-bedroom apartment available June 1. Remodeled in 2002. Located 5 blocks from campus. Rent is $325 per month and includes everything but phone and cable. Off-street parking available. No smokers, no pets. If interested, contact Michelle (934-6748 or

For Sale: Beautiful wooded 1.4 acre ravine lot for sale by owner, in quiet neighborhood near golf course. Call 382-0690.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
Volunteers needed to work shifts at Holiday Party
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
2:303:30 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
57 p.m. Destress Fest with the PAs Room
67:15 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
68 p.m. DIY Hot Chocolate Making Event Cafe
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
7:05 p.m. Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.

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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