The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 2, 2004

September 2, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 1

Volume 37, Number 1

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

In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Bag Meals on Saturday... On Saturday, the Student Activities Office will provide tickets for a bag meal to first-year students and their families. Departments and other activities requiring students to return to campus early will be able to charge meals to departments and programs. While the Market Place will only be open for distribution of bag meals over the lunch hours, Gustavus faculty and staff will be able to purchase these meals for $6.50 at the door, but pre-ordering is suggested. Student meal plans become effective for the evening meal on Saturday.

Reminder to Campus Community... All decisions regarding changes in the use of campus facilities and College property must be brought to the Administrative Council for approval.

Gribly Alert... Individuals who wish to have their photograph and/or home telephone number excluded from the 2004-05 Gribly but have not already indicated their wishes must complete the bright orange form titled "Directory Information," that is available from the Department of Human Resources, as soon as possible.

Newsletter Purpose, Guidelines... With the beginning of the academic year comes the resumption of The Yellow Sheet, a weekly newsletter providing news and information to the campus community since 1975. This employee newsletter is distributed online each Thursday except during academic breaks (specified below).

  • When is the newsletter distributed? Every week of the academic year except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, and Spring/Easter breaks. Thus, it will not be published the following Thursdays: Nov. 25; Dec. 16, 23, and 30; Feb. 3; and March 31. The final issue for this school year will be published May 19.
  • What is the deadline? All submissions must be received by the news and information staff in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. Due to the Nobel Conference on Oct. 5-6, the deadline for that week's edition will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4.
  • How should items be submitted? Fill out an online Yellow Sheet submission form at Electronic submissions are preferred, but items may also be submitted typewritten. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Public Relations.
  • Who may submit items? Anyone who has pertinent news or information for Yellow Sheet readers. Keep in mind that the newsletter is not a vehicle for personal thank yous, and the editors retain the right to edit material and refuse material deemed inappropriate.
  • Individuals who have questions or comments about The Yellow Sheet should contact Jonathan Kraatz ( or x7510). The Office of Marketing and Public Relations is located in the Carlson Administration Building, second level, next to the Office of the President.

Room Reservation Information... All campus individuals who need to use facilities throughout the academic year are asked to call the person or number designated for the specific location as follows:

To reserve classrooms between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the academic year, contact the registrar's office (x7495).

To reserve classrooms after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends during the academic year, call the telephone number designated below:

  • CONFER/VICKNER -- x7391
  • LIBRARY SEMINAR ROOMS -- Sylvia Straub x7556
  • LUND CLASSROOMS -- Larry Zelenz x7699
  • NOBEL -- Kathy Scholl x7333
  • OLD MAIN -- Linda Elvee x7317
  • OLIN -- Linda Hewitt x7483
    • Fine Arts (art) -- Colleen Hanson x7019
    • Fine Arts (music) -- Nancy Sanderson x7364
    • Fine Arts (speech/theatre) -- Pat Kewitsch x7353
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE CENTER -- Jane Chouanard x7414

To reserve all other locations that have variable schedules and are booked solely by an individual office, call the telephone number listed below:

  • CAMPUS CENTER -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
  • CHRIST CHAPEL -- Kathy Matz x7446
  • DINING SERVICE ROOMS -- Kevin Birr or Margi Willmert x6245
  • INTERNATIONAL CENTER -- Linda Shaw x7545
  • INTERPRETIVE CENTER -- Shirley Mellema x6181
    • Alumni -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
    • Linner Lounge -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
    • The Dive -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
    • AV Classrooms -- Ginny Bakke x7571
    • Conference Room -- Sylvia Straub x7556
    • Facilities and fields -- Larry Zelenz x7699
  • RETREAT CENTER -- Marilyn Beyer x7001
    • Anderson Theatre -- Terena Wilkens x6280
    • Bjorling Recital Hall -- Carol Lawrence x7363

To reserve facilities in the summer, call Kevin Birr or Margi Willmert in Summer Programs (x6245).

When booking the facilities, note that reservations only secure the space: they do not ensure that the rooms will be set up and unlocked. The person reserving the room is responsible for making all arrangements. For assistance or to receive an event planning checklist, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (x7520).

Staffing Update for Office of the Chaplains' ... During the 2004-05 academic year, Chaplain Brian Johnson will be on sabbatical at Yale Divinity School working on a Master of Sacred Theology degree. He will continue as artistic director of Christmas in Christ Chapel. Brian Beckstrom will serve as vicar this year, as he fulfills his internship year in the Luther Seminary Master of Divinity program, and Chad Winterfeldt, a church musician who recently joined the ministry team of First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, will lead the music in Daily Chapel two days each week.

Emergency Exercise Oct. 9... Gustavus will cooperate with local emergency management/homeland security personnel in conducting a full-scale emergency exercise from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 9 on campus. This will be a comprehensive test of the regional emergency response system and will simulate a business day environment at the College in which a disaster occurs in or around Lund Center and Old Main. The test will involve all major responding agencies in a three-county area, including fire, law enforcement, EMS, and hospitals.

This also provides an opportunity to test the College's emergency response system. In order for the College to get the most out of this exercise, it will be important for those who have key roles within the College's emergency response plan to either be "at work" or available by phone off campus on Oct. 9 to respond to simulated situations as they occur and develop during this time. The Office of Marketing Public Relations will coordinate advance and timely campus-wide communication about the emergency exercise so as to avoid undue concern or confusion on campus during the exercise. Lunch will be served in the Campus Center immediately after the exercise, followed by a debriefing, to which everyone is invited. If questions, contact Hank Toutain (x7526).

Gustavus Ranks Again... Gustavus Adolphus College is again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings. The rankings were published in the Aug. 30 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine and in the annual America's Best College's guidebook. The College was ranked 77th this year and is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality. Gustavus has an 89 percent retention rate (freshmen who return for their sophomore year) and a 79 percent four-year graduation rate.


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:

  • Sept. 3 -- Community Eucharist, Rachel Larson, Luke 14:7-14
  • Sept. 4 -- New Student Convocation, President Jim Peterson, Romans 12:1-13
  • Sept. 5 -- New Student Sunday, Chapel Rachel Larson, 14th Sunday in Pentecost
  • Sept. 6 -- No Chapel
  • Sept. 7 -- No Chapel
  • Sept. 8 -- Opening Convocation, President Jim Peterson, Deuteronomy 30:15-20
  • Sept. 9 -- Hank Toutain, Proverbs 2:1-10
  • Sept. 10 -- John Mosbo, Acts 17:16-28a
  • Sept. 12 -- 15th Sunday in Pentecost

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The Campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Sept. 8 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Book Signing Sept. 10... Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies) will sign copies of her new book, titled "Culture and Terror: The Jackal and the Phoenix in America," from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 in the Courtyard Cafe.

Continuing Education Lecture Sept. 10... Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies) will speak about her recently published book, titled "Culture and Terror: The Jackal and the Phoenix in America," at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Interpretive Center. American culture produces terrorism from within. It also responds to terrorist attacks from outside. Since Sept. 11, America has been in a cultural haze. New levels of despair about American character are mixed with impulses toward cultural regeneration. America continues to struggle with its identity in relationship to terrorism, from coming to terms with its own snipers to reorganizing for homeland security. Larson will sign copies of the book following her talk. Pre-registration is required; the cost is $5 and includes coffee and dessert. To register, contact St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, call 934-3048 and press zero for the operator. This event is part of the Gustavus Adolphus College continuing education series coordinated by Gustavus in partnership with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.


Invitation to Join Choral Society... Area singers are invited to join the St. Peter Choral Society as it prepares for "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast" by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and "Song of Democracy" by Howard Hanson for two performances with orchestra on Nov. 13 and 14 in celebration of the society's 25th anniversary. The Choral Society welcomes all interested singers to participate without audition or membership fees. Rehearsals will be held from 7:15-9 p.m. starting Sept. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 South Fifth Street, St. Peter. For further information, contact director Sara McKay (934-6176).


Glenn Barnette, economics and management, was the primary author of "Electric Utility Competition and Total Factor Productivity" that has been accepted for publication in the Research Journal of Business Disciplines. Co-authors are John Norsworthy (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.) and Ender Gurgen (Mersin University in Mersin, Turkey).

Mike Hvidsten, mathematics and computer science, had his pre-publication textbook, titled "Exploring Geometry," selected by the Oakland University Summer Math Institute for its 2004 summer program. The institute is designed to give bright and gifted pre-college students the opportunity to interact with university faculty and each other. Each year, students explore a topic from an advanced undergraduate mathematical subject with the goal of expanding the horizons and confidence of the students, thus encouraging them to work to their fullest potential.

Larry Potts, chemistry, was one of the authors of a paper, titled "Infrared Study of the Kinetics and Mechanism of Adsorption of Acrylic Polymers on Alumina Surfaces," that was published in Langmuir, a journal for surface science and chemistry.


  • Marilyn Devine, mother-in-law of Chris Johnson (vocational reflection), died Aug. 23. Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine.
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).


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Joseph Palmer, Athletics
    Richard Schreiner, Athletics

    New Faculty
    James Andresen (fall and January), Political Science
    Lynn Bedard, Biology
    Paul Budde, Music
    John Clementson, Education
    David Crowe, Biology
    Megan Flood (fall), Theatre and Dance
    John Genter, Ecomomics and Management
    Kiki Harbitz, Biology
    Jason Haugland, Geography
    Suzanne Hequet, Religion
    April Herndon, Women's Studies
    Amy Kresta, Biology
    Milan Larson, Economics and Management
    Lisa Lindley, Economics and Management
    Paul Lutter (fall and January), Religion
    John Mattson, Health and Exercise Science
    Mary McHugh, Classics
    David Molnar, Mathematics and Computer Science
    Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, Music
    Bonnie Reimann, Health and Exercise Science
    Leo Riegert, German
    Alisa Rosenthal, Political Science
    David Rudek, Psychology
    Frank Simer, Economics and Management
    Richard Snyder, Theatre and Dance
    Todd Swanson, Chemistry
    Michal Tal (fall), Geology
    Phala Tracy, Music
    Esther Wang, Music
    Matthew Wilson, Music

    New Support Staff
    Jayne Bibbs, Dining Service
    Philip Brauer, Swanson Tennis Center
    Mary Fahning, Dining Service
    Amy Lindgren, Dining Service
    Russell Nachreiner, Dining Service


  • Administrative Assistant in English; Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures; and Scandinavian Studies
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • In the Sept. issue of the MN Monthly magazine, Lisa Heldke (philosophy) was featured in an article that discussed her first-term seminar titled "Good Food" and her January Term class.
  • In the same issue, student Linda Lee was featured in a full-page color ad highlighting her community research project.
  • On Aug. 30, the online "Daily Report" from The Chronicle of Higher Education included an article in its "Magazines and Journals" section written by Mark Bjelland (geography) titled "A Place for Geography in the Liberal-Arts College?" that was published in the August issue of "The Professional Geographer."
  • On Aug. 27, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a story on the appointment of G. Barry Anderson ('76) to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
  • On Aug. 26, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ran a story, titled "Stuck on sticks at the Fair," that mentioned "Gustavus on a Stick," the interactive CD-ROM being used to promote the College at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • On Aug. 26, The Free Press of Mankato featured an article on the front page of The Valley section about "Gustavus on a Stick."
  • On Aug. 26, the St. Peter Herald ran a brief on the new Meditation Area in Linnaeus Arboretum that will be dedicated on Sept. 12.
  • On Aug. 23, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article in which Kirsten Kaufmann ('04) was quoted on the topic of overcrowding in the nursing field. The article was also published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Free Press of Mankato.
  • On Aug. 22, The Free Press of Mankato ran a front-page article, titled "Fund-raising is in their blood," about Becca Gurney ('98) and her family who have raised $31,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • On Aug. 22, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published the following articles:
    • "A night to celebrate for black artists," an article about the Black Arts Ball that included quotes from June Wilson ('89), an honoree at the awards gala.
    • "Art spotlight: Minnesota artist Elof Wedin," that mentioned the College for having many of Wedin's works in its collection.
  • On Aug. 20, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article on page B3 about U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges."
  • On Aug. 20, The Free Press of Mankato featured Gustavus in a front-page article, titled "Gustavus and MSU hold steady in rankings," that was also about the U.S. News and World Report. The article included quotes by David Menk (institutional research).
  • On Aug. 20, Terry Morrow (communication studies) was interviewed via phone for KCRW radio's (89.9 FM) national radio show "To the Point" about free speech and security at the Republican National Convention. KCRW is based in Santa Monica and broadcasts throughout the Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
  • On Aug. 19, the St. Peter Herald featured a story on page 2A, titled "Writer finds unique path to publishing," about Judy McPherson Biederman (formerly biology) and the publishing of her new book Bushy Tail Squirrel. The article included two color photographs.

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


Upcoming Book Mark hours are:
  • Sept. 3 -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Sept .4 -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sept. 5 -- closed
  • Sept. 6 -- 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (regular hours)
  • Sept. 8 -- 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. (for the convenience of students, the Book Mark will be open until 6 p.m. on this day only)


For Rent: A 2-bedroom duplex with a partially finished basement, one stall of garage, washer and dryer, central air, close to campus, $575 plus utilities. Contact Stacey Gerken (x6067 or 934-1040) or Kristi Reinholtzen (x7495 or 931-4295).


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.

The Yellow Sheet is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the news and information staff in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, Spring/Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online, e-mail submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Public Relations. Items must reach the office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The week of Nobel Conference the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact Barb Booren ( or x6213).

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