The Yellow Sheet for April 22, 2004
Volume 36, Number 26
Volume 36, Number 28
News & AnnouncementsBenefit Changes Meetings... The college is making several benefit changes and enhancements that will be explained at meetings taking place Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30 in Alumni Hall at the following times:
Enrollment booklets will be distributed, and a representative from Blue Cross and Blue Sheild will be present to address changes and will be available to answer questions. Spouses/domestic partners are encouraged to attend.
College Budget Approved... At its Spring meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the College budget for 2004-05 as presented by President Jim Peterson and the Administrative Council. A summary of the budget was presented during an open meeting on Tuesday, April 20. A summary of the meeting is available online
Yearbook Orders... Final orders for the 2003-04 Gustavian Yearbook must be placed by Friday, April 30. Cost of the book is $48 plus $5 for shipping if the book needs to be sent to an off-campus location. Contact the alumni office (x7511) to place an order.
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:
Now that last week's inaugural events are completed, I have a little time to slow down a bit well, not really. Because there is much to do. These special events are a great way for Gustavus to celebrate some of the extraordinary things we regularly do as a community as well as reflect and talk about our future. But it's our everyday work, directed toward that future that actually moves us ahead. Thanks for that everyday effort.
The Inaugural Symposium, opened by the Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, highlighted the thinking and discourse of our faculty in a way that allowed many in our community to learn from their research and their interest in inquiry. I appreciate their dedication and vocation. We're going to find a way to continue that kind of discourse. I must also thank the many students, staff, administrators, and faculty who, with elegant graciousness, made all the events, concerts, discussions, and worship services so welcoming, thought provoking, and inspiring. Thanks for that special effort.
The direction for the College takes root in our traditions, history, values, and the promise we continue to make to our students and ourselves to create an even better Gustavus. This must be evident not only in what we say, but in how we lead, how we teach and counsel, how we budget and plan for the future, and how we all play our own important roles in making Gustavus work.
There is a lot of hard work in store for us over the next few years. But this is a good time for us. I look forward to your help in continuing to build a stronger, more vibrant future for Gustavus.
NSF Grant Received... The University of Minnesota Medical School has received $25,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support Mike Ferragamo (biology) in his research on sensory processing in the vertebrate brain as part of its host research team. This grant was made possible through NSF's Research Opportunity Award program, which provides funding for faculty at undergraduate colleges to work on university-based projects.Fellowship Awarded... A $40,000 fellowship at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute has been awarded to Peg O'Connor (women's studies). She will give two public lectures and will teach a graduate seminar on meta-ethics.
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:
Talk Shop Tomorrow... Brian O'Brien (chemistry) will present the last Faculty Shop Talk of the 2003-04 academic year at 4:30 p.m Friday, April 23 in the Interpretive Center. His talk is titled "Slippery, Fiery Phenomena -- Forays into Fluorine and Phosphorus Chemistry." Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this talk may be viewed at http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Fine Arts Events This Weekend... The public is invited to several student recitals and ensemble concerts taking place this weekend in Björling Recital Hall. They include:
This weekend's recitals are free and open to the public.
Bunche Screenings Monday and Tuesday... The public is invited to view two screenings of "Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey," the award-winning documentary film by William Greaves, from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 26 and from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 in the Dive. Appropriately, the film will be shown the week of this year's MAYDAY! Conference, the focus of which is the United Nations. Bunche 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. Bunche was also an activist for civil rights here in the United States. In 1950, Bunche became the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This event is sponsored by the Peace Studies program. Contact Mimi Gerstbauer (email@example.com or x7421) with questions.
MAYDAY! Wednesday... The 24th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, "The United Nations at the Crossroads," will be held Wednesday, April 28. This full-day conference is open to the public at no charge. This annual conference series was founded and is sustained by Florence and the late Raymond Sponberg. The schedule can be viewed online.
Arbor Month Celebration May 7... The campus community is invited to Arbor Month activities on Friday, May 7. The schedule is:
Luncheon tickets are $16 and can be reserved by calling the Office of Special Events by Wednesday, May 5. All other events are free.
Art Sale Sunday... Former St. Peter resident John Seitzer and his wife Lynne will have a one-day-only showing of their most recent works from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the lower level of the Arts Center of St. Peter, 315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter. See images of Southern Minnesota, Maine (where John now resides), the Southwest, and Europe in oil, acrylic, mixed media, and watercolor. This event is free and open to the public.
100th Birthday Celebration Sunday... The public is invited to the 100th birthday party for Adeline Johnson (wife of long-time synod archivist Emeroy Johnson) from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter.
Mardi Gras May 1... The public is invited to "Mardi Gras in May" at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in the Campus Center. There will be a buffet, silent auction, live auction, and music by the Flood Plain Four. Dress is casual with costumes optional. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office (934-3400). This event is sponsored by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce.
Silent Auction May 1... A silent auction will be held at 7 p.m. May 1 at Hilltop Hall, 206 First St. N., 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.
Play Reading May 1... A reading of Doug Huff's (philosophy) new play, titled "Ophelia -- A Love Story," will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at the Arts Center of St. Peter.
Deane Curtin, philosophy, was the keynote speaker April 16 at the annual meeting of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, an association of the 13 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. His talk, titled "What Population Problem?," was taken from chapters of his forthcoming book Greystoke's Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield) expected to be published in August. Also, on Feb. 21, Curtin spoke and taught classes on this subject at Baylor University. He will speak on "Ecological Citizenship" at a May 24-27 workshop co-sponsored by New York University and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.
Pamela Kittelson, biology, was appointed to a four-year term on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner's Advisory Committee. This committee recommends natural areas for state protection, attempts to conserve unique communities, landforms, and rare species, and advises the DNR on research and management considerations.
David Koppenhaver, education, and colleagues at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina had their paper, titled "Parent Reading Behaviors and Communication Outcomes in Girls with Rett Syndrome," published in the Winter 2004 issue of Exceptional Children.
ObituariesChaplin Tyler, grandfather of Chris Gilbert (political science), died Sunday, Feb. 29 in Hockessin, Del., at the age of 105. A memorial service was held Thursday, March 18.
Roger Lammers, brother of Mark Lammers (music research professor), died Friday, April 16 in Le Sueur. His funeral service was held Sunday, April 18 at Zion Lutheran Church in Le Sueur.
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 couples retreat Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 for Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Mankato.
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: Large two-bedroom apartment at 422 W. Wabasha, St. Peter. Rent is $700 per month plus all utilities and includes one garage space. For more information, call Janet Anthony (934-5711).
For Sale: Simmons Beautyrest queen-size mattress and box spring in good condition (6 years old). Asking $200 or best offer. Contact Chris Gilbert (email@example.com or x6093) if interested.
For Sale: Two-story, three-bedroom, 1700 square foot home in excellent, completely remodeled, move-in condition. 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).
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