The Yellow Sheet for April 22, 2004

April 22, 2004 | Volume 36, Number 26

Volume 36, Number 28

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President's Corner
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News & Announcements

Benefit 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:
April 29 April 30
2:30 p.m. 9 a.m.
3:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m
12:30 p.m.

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:

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.


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:

  • April 23 -- Chris Johnson
  • April 25 -- Third Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • April 26 -- Erinn Danielson
  • April 27 --Tasha Genck
  • April 28 -- MAYDAY! Peace Conference
  • April 29 -- Horst Ludwig
  • April 30 -- Celebration of Women's Week

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

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:

  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, tenor Ntxuam Vang, a student of Michael Jorgensen, will present his senior voice recital accompanied by pianist Philip Williams and assisted by the El Grillo Octet. Ntxuam will perform a program by a diverse range of composers, including Antonio Vivaldi and Charlie Chaplin.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, bassoonist Karen Gennrich, student of Ann Pesavento, will perform her senior recital and will be accompanied by pianist Ana Sietsema and joined by the Fem Kvinnor Spelar Quintet. In addition to works for solo bassoon, Gennrich will premiere two of her own arrangements for woodwind quintet of works written by George Gershwin, titled Promenade and Rialto Ripple.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble will honor the late jazz composer Frank Mantooth in a spring concert under the direction of Steve Wright. Mantooth performed several times with the Gustavus ensembles and worked with the Jazz Lab Band at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. The program opens with the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble performing Blues for Bart by Ralph Gingery and Mike Pendowski's Sweet Punkin'. The concert continues with Federal Blues Express by Mark Taylor, Mike Tomaro's Spring Fling, Dean Sorenson's Beneath the Underdog and Steve Wright's Flyin'. The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band will open with a Mantooth arrangement of Rodgers and Hart's Have You Met Miss Jones? and continues with Sammy Nestico's It's Oh So Nice and Frank Foster's arrangement of Angel Eyes. The program includes You Stepped out of a Dream by Herb Brown, The Cloud by Rick Cornish, and Mantooth's arrangement of Louie Bellson's The Louie Shuffle. The concert ends with a Mark Taylor and Gordon Goodwin arrangement of Miles Davis' Tribute to Miles/Seven Steps to Heaven.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, Amy Koskela, a student of Richard Weber, will present her senior clarinet recital accompanied by pianist Ben Marti. Koskela will present works for solo clarinet by Johannes Brahms and Willson Osborne. She will be joined by senior soprano Rachel Seely to present Franz Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock and the Barefoot Five Woodwind Quintet with Reicha's Blaserquintett Es-Dur.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, an unusual collaboration of small ensembles will present a chamber concert of woodwind instruments. Under the direction of Ann Pesavento and Scott Kallestad, this "Spring Woods" concert is a first-time collection of these five student ensembles. Sunday's concert opens with the Bifloon (two flutes and a bassoon) Woodwind Trio presenting works by George F. Handel and Georg P. Telemann. The trio will be followed by the Saxophone Quartet No. 1, a combination of soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, performing works by J. S. Bach and Ramon Ricker. The Themeus Wind Quintet, a standard wind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, then takes the stage to present Bach's Prelude and Fugue and Lefebvre's Suite, Op. 57. The Saxophone Quartet No. 2 follows with performances of Scarlatti's Sonato No. 44 and Isaac Albeniz's Sevilla. The Gustavus Flute Choir, under the direction of Ann Pesavento, will perform works by Josef Boismortier, Marc Berthomieu, and Sonny Burnette and will close the concert with the Bohemian Dance by Claude Debussy.

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 ( 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:

  • 10 a.m. -- Daily Chapel in Christ Chapel
  • 10:30 a.m. -- Blessing of the flower beds on Eckman Mall with a reception following
  • 11:15 a.m. -- Luncheon in Alumni Hall featuring speaker Gary Johnson, professor of urban and community forestry, University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources
  • 1 p.m. -- A Linnaeus Arboretum Walk departing from the Interpretive Center

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.


Chaplin 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).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Jim Gilbert (Linnaeus Arboretum and environmental studies), who will give his presentation on "Caring for God's Creation" Sunday, April 25 at East Union Lutheran Church in Carver, Minn.. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations where participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentation for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

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).


Christ Chapel was built in the center of campus to symbolize that faith will remain at the center of the College and also to signify the importance of religious life in the Gustavus community.

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:
  • Fulbright Scholar Program... The Fulbright Scholar Program of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars offers grants to lecture and/or conduct research in 140 countries around the world. The purpose is to promote mutual understanding, establish long-term cooperation, and create opportunities for institutional linkages. Faculty at every academic rank are eligible, although applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Fulbright awards are available from two months to an academic year. Grant stipends and benefits vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline is Aug. 1. 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 15, the St. Peter Herald published a front-page story on the inauguration of President Jim Peterson and his first year at Gustavus that included a color photograph.
  • On April 15, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on the front page of the Current section on the Mankato Children's Chorus that is co-directed by Julie Aune (music). The story included quotes by Aune.
  • Stories that ran in the media on the April 18 performance of Steve Heitzig's ('82) Nobel Symphony at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis by VocalEssence and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra include:
    • On April 16, Minnesota Public Radio aired a story
    • On April 16, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a story
    • On April 19, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a review
  • On April 17, the Budgeteer News of Duluth announced that Derrick Hinds ('92) has been named news director of KBJR-TV (Ch. 6, Duluth).
  • On April 17, The Seattle Times ran an announcement in its "Religion Digest" regarding the Choir of Christ Chapel with William Beckstrand appearance Friday, April 23 at Faith Lutheran Church in Redmond.
  • On April 17, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a brief announcing that Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourner and editor of a magazine by the same name, would speak Wednesday, April 21 at the Lilly Conference on Vocation on campus.
  • On April 18, The Free Press of Mankato ran a feature on G.I.V.E. day. A teaser, titled "Many volunteered time for G.I.V.E. Day. Gustavus Adolphus students, alumni, and employees helped out," was published on the front page and the story, titled "Sprucing up," appeared on the front page of The Valley section that included quotes by President Jim Peterson, students Brian Merchant and Allison Wold, and Ann Hogberg (stewardship and donor recognition), mention of Jennifer Ringler (Web publications), and a color photograph of students Therese Gay and Daniel Sellers.
  • On April 21, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article on Ryan Hoag on the front page of the Sports section. The article, titled "An even longer road to NFL. Football prospects from small colleges have much more to overcome than their Division I counterparts," included quotes by Hoag.
  • On April 22, the St. Peter Herald ran the following stories:
    • A front-page story on the inauguration of President Jim Peterson, including two color photographs and quotes from his inaugural speech
    • A front-page story, titled "Gustavus tennis coach claims 800th victory," on Steve Wilkinson's recent accomplishment.
  • The May 2004 issue of Tennis magazine has published a six-page feature the "Youth is Served. 10 Best Junior Camps. " that includes the Tennis and Life Camp at Gustavus directed by Steve and Barb Wilkinson. The story includes quotes by Steve Wilkinson.

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":
  • x7630, Shari Black, Health Service (delete)
  • x7677, Erin DeBlieck, Admission (delete)
  • x7608, Sharon Riesgraf, Dining Service (delete)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Sale: Four-bedroom home at 1748 Riggs Rd., St. Peter. A split-entry built in 1980 with approximately 1800 square feet, new siding, roof, and deck in 2003, central air, two full baths, full-wall built-in china hutch in dining room, extra-wide single-car garage, large storage shed, large corner lot with fenced backyard, great neighborhood. Includes all appliances. Contact Dana Lamb (, x7520, or at home at 934-4237).

For Rent: Three-bedroom character home available for rent for the 2004-05 academic year (some flexibility). Located across the street from a park and walking distance from campus. Includes office, two baths, fireplace, deck, three-car garage, and central air. Rent is $850 plus utilities. Call Mark or Barb (931-0122 or x6283).

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 ( 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).

For Sale: 1989 Honda Accord LX 4-door sedan with 153,000 miles. Driven in the South until 2002 (no rust), new tires, new battery, extremely reliable. Asking Blue Book value: $1700. Contact Susan (934-2292 or


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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