The Yellow Sheet for April 29, 2004

April 29, 2004 | Volume 36, Number 27

Volume 36, Number 29

News & Announcements
Grant News
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Gustavus Tidbits
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Service Awards Dinner May 20... The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, May 20 in Alumni Hall, with a social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The College and the Alumni Association wish to recognize 2004 retirees and the commitment of faculty and administrators that have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years to the College. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person. An invitation will be forthcoming to faculty and administrators, although all are welcome to attend. A list of those being honored follows.

Helen Baumgartner, professor of music
Gretchen Koehler, professor of health and exercise science
John McKay, professor of music
Don Ostrom, professor of political science
Don Palmgren, professor of art and art history
Gary Reinholtz, adjunct lecturer in health and exercise science

35 Years
Claude Brew, professor of English
Tim Robinson, professor of psychology

30 Years
Lynn Boehne, director of admission services
Doug Huff, professor of philosophy
Byron Nordstrom, professor of history and Scandinavian studies
Brenda Reinholtz, associate professor of health and exercise science

25 Years
John Bungum, associate professor of economics and management
Steve Griffith, professor of theatre and dance
Beverly Gustafson, adjunct instructor of music
Dennis Henry, professor of physics
David Reese, associate professor of economics and management
Stan Shetka, professor of art and art history
Jim Welsh, associate professor of geology

20 Years
Donita Clifton, benefits coordinator
Denis Crnkovic, associate professor of Russian studies
Barbara Kaiser, associate professor of mathematics and computer science
Patricia Kazarow, professor of music

15 Years
Phil Bryant, associate professor of English
Jon Carlson, women's tennis coach and men's and women's swimming coach
Eric Eliason, professor of English
Cynthia Favre, associate director of the career center
Tom Huber, associate professor of physics
Lois Peterson, associate professor of art and art history

10 Years
Bruce Aarsvold, director of information technology
Janet DeMars, Swanson Tennis Center manager
Steve Kjellgren, director of dining services
Mariangela Maguire, associate professor of communication studies
Scott Moe, men's golf coach and assistant men's hockey coach
Carolyn O'Grady, associate professor of education
Toshiyuki Sakuragi, associate professor of Japanese
Barb Larson Taylor, associate director of alumni relations

Contact the alumni office with the name of any person that should be included in the list or with any questions.


Scholar's Award... Mark Bjelland (geography) will receive a Scholar's award of 10,000 (British) pounds from the Fulbright Scholar Program of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. With this eight-month grant, Bjelland will conduct research on inner-city brownfield sites in United Kingdom cities with host faculty in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University in Wales.


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 30 -- Celebration of Women's Week
  • May 2 -- Fourth Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • May 3 -- Karen Martinson
  • May 4 -- Rebecca Smith
  • May 5 -- Morning Praise
  • May 6 -- Deb Pitton
  • May 7 -- Arbor Month Celebration, Patricia Baglien
  • May 9 -- Fifth Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Rachel Larson

Student Reseach Symposium Friday... The annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium will be held from 2:30-5:15 p.m. on Friday, April 30. The event provides an opportunity for others to find out about research done by Gustavus students during the past year. Several oral presentations and a poster session will be held in Nobel Hall 201, Nobel Hall 222, and Nobel Hall Lobby, respectively. For more information and this year's schedule, consult the Sigma Xi Chapter website.

Upcoming Fine Arts Schedule... The public is invited to the following upcoming fine arts events:

  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30 in Björling Recital Hall, oboist Johanna Johnson and violinist Emma Jordan will present their combined junior recital. Johnson opens the concert with the Barefoot Five Woodwind Quintet in a performance of Three Shanties by Malcom Arnold, followed by a solo performance of Six Metamorphoses After Ovid by Benjamin Britten. Jordan continues with The Lindelë String Quartet, presenting Beethoven's String Quartet No. 7 in F Major. Jordan will then be joined by pianist Coni Liljengren to perform the "Allegro non troppo" movement from Edouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21. The recital concludes with Johnson, Jordan, and Liljengren presenting the Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor by J. S. Bach. Johnson is a student of Sarah Erickson Lume (music) and Jordan studies with AnneMarie Lai-Carlson (music). A reception follows in the recital hall lobby.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in Björling, Honors Recital 2004 will take place in conjunction with the College's Honors Day festivities. This recital features a small group of students who were selected by audition to perform. The recital opens with clarinetist Amy Koskela performing a Willson Osborne composition, titled Rhapsody, for solo clarinet. She is followed by vocalist Rachel Blunk, who will present three works by Virgil Thompson accompanied by pianist Ben Marti. Bassoonist Karen Gennrich then will perform Ballade by Marcel Poot with pianist Ana Sietsema. Soprano Rachel Seely, accompanied by Marti, will perform Hugo Wolf's Auch Kleine Dinge. The final performance will be given by Elisabeth Axtell, who will present Gilbert Vinter's French Horn solo Hunter's Moon, accompanied by pianist Coni Liljengren. A reception follows the recital in the recital hall lobby.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in Björling, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra will present its first major concert since returning from its historic 17-day concert tour in China. Under the direction of conductor and artistic director Warren Friesen, the program will open with the "Overture" to Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin. Solo violinist Zachary Armstrong will then lead the orchestra in a performance of the "Andante" movement from the Violin Concerto in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn. Senior soprano soloist Staci Stringer then joins the orchestra for a performance of Mozart's "Ach, ich fühl's" from the Magic Flute. Following intermission, the orchestra takes the stage for the final time this season to present Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in Christ Chapel, the Gustavus Choir, under the direction of Gregory Aune, will present its annual spring concert as part of the Honors Day activities. A number of works will showcase the Choir's versatility, including "Kyrie" from Beethoven's Mass in C Major, "Agnus Dei" from Schubert's Mass in G Major, Mozart's "Alma Dei Creatoris" and "Misreicordias Domine," and pieces by Paul Christiansen, Knut Nystedt, Leland Sateren, and Gyorgy Deak-Bardos. The Gustavus Choir will be joined by Warren Friesen (music) and Gustavus Symphony Orchestra members Beth Andert, Zachary Armstrong, Stefanie Arndt, Jill Carpenter, Andrea Dobosenski, James Knowles, Paula Knutson, Shannon Schultze, and Sarah Yrjansen.
  • Next weekend, at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 6-8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9 in Anderson Theatre, "Scenes from an Execution" will be performed under the direction of Amy Seham (theatre and dance). The play, written by Howard Barker, centers on a woman artist in Renaissance Venice who has been commissioned by the city fathers to create a large painting to celebrate a recent victory at sea. But instead of glorifying the battle, she paints the horror, ugliness, and atrocity of war. The city fathers protest that this is not what they intended for her to do. She replies that artists must paint "the truth." The conflict of this tension between the artist and the patron continue throughout the play. Along the way, complex discussions of the relationship of art, the artist, the patron, "truth," money, gender, politics, power, and society become a part of the drama. Due to the subject of the play, adult situations, violence, and strong language may be offensive to some audience members. Tickets are available by calling the ticket center in the Campus Center (x7590) and can be picked up at the Anderson Theatre box office one hour prior to show time; the cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Memorial Service Wednesday... Nancy Pautz, longtime member of the Career Center staff, will be remembered at a memorial service and tree dedication at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 near Johnson Student Union. Rain location is Christ Chapel. The service will be followed by a reception in the Three Crowns Room. All members of the community are invited to join in the celebration of Nancy's life and work at the College.

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 (x7520) by Wednesday, May 5. All other events are free.

Poetry Reading May 10... Joyce Sutphen (English) will read from her just published book of poetry, titled "Naming the Stars," at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10 in the Interpretive Center. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Department of English.

Linnaeus Walk May 18... The public is invited to a "Spring Walk in Linnaeus Arboretum" with Jim Gilbert (campus naturalist and director of Linnaeus Arboretum) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18. Cost is $5, and pre-registration is required. Contact St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 200, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter to register. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 934-3048. This event is a Gustavus Adolphus College continuing education program done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Author Day May 22... Gustavus Library Associates welcomes New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman for Spring Author Day at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 22 at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul. Tickets are $18 and are available from the Office of Special Events (x7520).

Off-campus Events of Interest

Festival of Authors and Books Saturday... The Blue Earth County Library in Mankato will host a Festival of Authors and Books from 10 a.m.-to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Among the events will be a reading by poet John Rezmerski (English) and a panel featuring novelists Faith Sullivan, Barbara Fister (library), and others. Admission is free. For more information, see

Walking Tour Saturday... Bob Douglas (geography) will give a walking tour of historic sites in St. Peter at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1. Meet at Levee Park for a prompt departure. Douglas will offer insight to St. Peter's location, style of the era, and business locations. This event is free and open to the public. Walking shoes are recommended.

Comumunity Unity Fundraiser Saturday... A benefit for Montgomery's displaced Latino families will be held Saturday, May 1 at Hilltop Hall, 206 First St. N., Montgomery. The event, including a supper (from 7-9 p.m.), silent auction (from 7-10 p.m.), and a dance (from 9-11:30 p.m.), is being sponsored by several Montgomery businesses and Catholic Charities. Anyone wishing to make monetary contributions can send checks, made payable to "Community Unity," to Catholic Charities at 105 N.W. Third St., Montgomery, Minn. 56069. Accounts have been set up at Rural American Bank Montgomery and First National Bank. If questions, contact Elsa Cornell (934-3036).

Self Defense for Women Starts Tuesday... St. Peter Community and Family Education is offering two self-defense classes for women. Learn self-defense moves, home and car safety, conflict management, assault prevention, and how to avoid being a target,. The "Self Defense for Women" class is for women ages 16 and older from 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, May 4 through May 25. The "Self Defense for Senior Women" will be offered from 8-10 a.m. on Thursdays, May 7 through May 28. All classes will be held at the St. Peter Community Center's Senior Center. Class fee for either class is $20. Registration begins on Monday, May 3. Call 934-3048 with questions or to register, or stop by the office in the St. Peter Community Center.

Preschool Open House May 17... The Little Saints Preschool staff will host an open house for 2004-05 enrollments from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 17. The preschool offers a 2-day morning program for children age 3 by Sept. 1 and a 3-day morning or 4-day afternoon program for children age 4 by Sept. 1. The preschool is located at, but not affiliated with, the Catholic Church of St. Peter. For more information, call 931-4314.

Extraordinary People

Stephen Bennett, counseling center, will participate in the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer.

Michael Hvidsten, mathematics and computer science, was an invited participant in the conference "Innovation and Impact in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education" held April 16-18 in Washington, D.C. The conference was jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The focus of the conference was to highlight innovative programs developed as part of the NSF's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program.

Elizabeth Jenner, sociology and anthropology, presented two papers at the April 15-18 Pacific Sociology Association's 75th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, titled "Nurses' Professional Identity Narratives: An Ethnography of a Virtual Community" and "Paragons and Courtesans: Cultural Representations of Nurses in 1900-1945."

Horst Ludwig, modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German, had one of his haiku published April 14 on the haiku page of the Asahi Simbun, one of the three national daily newspapers in Japan.

Krister Stoor, American Scandinavian Foundation Visiting Lecturer, and Roland Thorstensson, Scandinavian studies, performed and presented papers at the 95th Annual Scandinavian Studies Conference held April 15-17 in Los Angeles. The conference, this year hosted by Berkeley and UCLA, included presentations by three Gustavus graduates: Glenn Kranking ('98 and presently at the University of Tartu, Estonia), Kjerstin Moody ('98 and presently at the University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Nicole Sterling ('97 and presently at Berkeley).

Krister Stoor, American Scandinavian Foundation Visiting Lecturer, presented "When Music is Not Just Music: Sami Oral History Through the Yoik Singing Tradition" on April 27 at the Minnesota International Center on the University of Minnesota campus.


Lowell Holte, father of John Holte (mathematics and computer science), died April 28 at the age of 89. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon, Wash. Memorials may be made to Luther Seminary for the Holte Brothers Scholarship Fund.

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).

Position Openings

  • Design Director, Marketing and Public Relations
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Casey Elledge (religion), who will give a presentation, titled "Decoding the DaVinci Code," at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Cleveland, 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.

Preaching in Congregations... On Sunday, May 2, Brian Beckstrom (church relations) will preach at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Eagle Lake, and Jack Niemi (church relations) will preach at Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

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

Gustavus Tidbits

Gustavus functioned without an academic dean for 83 years. In 1945, Elmer B. Siebrecht became the first dean of the College.

To submit items (questions or answers) for consideration in this section, contact Jonathan Kraatz (x7510 or

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Research Experience for Teachers Supplements to Current NSF Awards... This program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) enables K-12 teachers to participate in current faculty research and education projects funded by the Directorates of Biological Sciences or Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering. The intent of this initiative is to facilitate professional development of K-12 science teachers through strengthened partnerships between institutions of higher education and local school districts. Projects may be carried out during the summer months, the academic year, or both. The total cost of the supplement is limited to $10,000 per teacher. 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, then 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

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • During the Gustavus Wind Orchestra's 2004 spring tour, stories on the orchestra's appearances ran in several newspapers, including:
    • On March 27, The N'West Iowa Review (Sheldon, Iowa)
    • On March 28, the Daily Herald (suburban Chicago)
    • On April 1, in the Daily Herald (suburban Chicago) "Best Bets"
    • On April 1, the Kane County Chronicle
    • On April 3, the Marshfield (Wisc.) News-Herald, as well as an ad on April 3 and 6
    • On April 8, the Marshfield (Wisc.) News-Herald's "Central Wisconsin Weekend" edition's "Best Bets" section, that included quotes by student Dorea Ruggles, whose hometown is Marshfield. "Gustavus Wind on page 3" also appeared on the cover of this piece.
  • On April 22, the St. Peter Herald published a brief story and two color photographs on a waterfalls tour conducted by Bob Douglas (geography). Douglas was included in one of the photos. The story ran on page 9A and was titled "Falling water."
  • On April 22, The Free Press of Mankato featured the Mankato Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and David Fienen (music). Fienen was guest soloist at MSO's concert on Sunday, April 25 in Christ Chapel. The article, titled "Performing a pipe dream," was published on the front page of the Currents section and included quotes by Fienen.
  • On April 22, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story on "Mardi Gras in May" that will be held on campus on May 1 and is sponsored by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce.
  • On April 24, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a story on Minnesota's evangelicals and their political views that included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science).
  • On April 25, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on a guided tour of the 19-century structures of St. Peter led by Bob Douglas (geography).
  • On April 25, The Free Press of Mankato featured a story on the disc golf course that is being created by student Mark Apfelbacher, who persuaded St. Peter city officials that he could build it. Apfelbacher was quoted in the article and his cousin, student Kris Apfelbacher, was mentioned since Kris will continue work on the project next year.
  • On April 26, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on the College's MAYDAY! Peace Conference. The story ran on the front page of The Valley section and was titled "Gustavus to celebrate peace on Wednesday (April 28)."
  • Several stories on the march for abortion rights held Sunday, April 25 in Washington, D.C., that mentioned Gustavus and students Katie Erickson and Megan Wille, ran on April 26 and was titled "Minnesotans March by the Thousands for Abortion Rights." The media who ran the story include:
    • KARE-TV (Ch. 11, Minneapolis)
    • KAAL-TV (Ch. 6, Austin)
    • The St. Paul Pioneer Press published the story and included quotes by Erickson

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


For Sale: Four-bedroom home at 1748 Riggs Rd., St. Peter. A split-entry built in 1980 with approximately 1,800 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, and a large storage shed; all on a large corner lot with fenced backyard in a great neighborhood. Includes all appliances. Contact Dana Lamb (, x7520, or at home at 934-4237).

For Sale: Home located at 629 N. Fifth, St. Peter with 3,300 square feet that includes a two-bedroom, one-bath walk-out apartment. Main living space has three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths. The apartment has an income of $600+ per month or it can be incorporated into the total living space. The home has lots of big windows, a sunroom, deck, and air conditioning. Close to schools and parks. Ready to move in. Call Jud (934-7274 or x7606).

Found: Unique red and ? winter scarf found on tar road by soccer fields. Call Diane (x7629) to describe and claim.

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
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
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.
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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