The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 9, 2004

September 9, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 2

Volume 37, Number 2

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
In the Media
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Tenure Letters Sought... The following members of the faculty are currently being considered for appointments with continuous tenure: Glenn Barnette (economics and management), Laura Behling (English), Jon Grinnell (biology), Pamela Kittelson (biology), Jonathan Smith (chemistry), and Marie Walker (psychology). Letters written on behalf of these candidates should be sent to Dean John Mosbo and should address the criteria for tenure as stated in the Faculty Manual. Letters are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. As a reminder, tenured faculty members in a candidate's department are expected to submit letters.

Student to be Honored Friday... Junior Zong Xiong will be honored on KARE-TV's (Ch. 11, Twin Cities) "Eleven Who Care" program at 9 p.m. Sept. 10 live from Orchestra Hall. To view information about the program, go to

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.

Logo Usage... All campus offices and departments are requested to use the new college wordmark for all external uses -- on letterhead, envelopes, brochures, business cards, etc. For intra-campus mailings, stationery and envelopes bearing old logos are permissable. Questions regarding the wordmark and usage should be directed to Design Director Sharon Stevenson (x7540 or

President's Corner

To all of you who are a part of this Gustavus community of learners, welcome back to a new academic year. This is only my second experience with the start-up of a new year, but I can certainly feel the energy and anticipation as campus changes rhythm. I like it!

I spoke in chapel on Wednesday about this major shift in activity level. My intent was in part to acknowledge our collective return to a new year. It was also to remind us all, however, that beyond classes, sports, studying, playing, research activities, building friendships, and the rest of what we expect of the year, we have larger and more significant reasons for being here. I simply wanted to call out some of this world's significant troubles, like poverty, environmental problems, and the horrible effects of war, hunger, and greed; and to remind us that with some of the privileges we enjoy here come obligations, obligations to the world community to help in our own small ways, here or elsewhere in the world, now or in the future.

Life is good, for us, here on this campus as we start a new year. Let's keep others in mind too.



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. 10 -- John Mosbo, Acts 17:16-28a
  • Sept. 12 -- 15th Sunday in Pentecost
  • Sept. 13 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson, Luke 5:27-32
  • Sept. 14 -- Eric Eliason, John 3:13-17, Holy Cross Day
  • Sept. 15 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 116:1-8, and commissioning of musicians and religious group leaders
  • Sept. 16 -- Laura Behling, Romans 15:1-6
  • Sept. 17 -- Will Freiert, II Timothy 2:1-7
  • Sept. 19 -- 16th Sunday in Pentecost

Book Signing Friday... 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.

Upcoming Continuing Education Lectures... The public is invited to the following continuing education lectures:
  • 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 and 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.
  • A lecture and demonstration on T'ai Chi Chuan will be presented by Gretchen Koehler (professor emeritus of health and exercise science) at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Interpretive Center. Participants will learn about the soft martial arts of T'ai Chi Chuan and the western version of T'ai Chi Chih, and review the history, medical benefits, and applications of both forms of martial arts. The class will practice exercise that can be included in a personal routine.

Pre-registration is required for each event; the cost is $5 for each lecture and includes coffee and dessert. Register at the office of 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. These lectures are part of the Gustavus Adolphus College continuing education series coordinated by Gustavus in partnership with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Hillstrom Museum Exhibition Opens Wednesday... "Nexus: Paintings by Karl Momen," an exhibition of 40 works by the acclaimed Swedish artist, will be on view from Sept. 15-Nov. 10 at the Hillstrom Museum of Art. The public is invited to view the exhibition and to attend the opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 15. There will be a brief presentation at 7:30 p.m., including comments from a representative from the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., that helped to sponsor the exhibition, and by the artist, who will be on campus several days next week. Momen's art, in its abstract, geometrical approach, stylistically relates to Russian and Soviet Suprematist and Constructivist artists such as Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953),and El Lissitzky (1890-1941), artists whom Momen studied and copied during his youthful tutelage under Russian painter Urie Popov. A certain mysterious, surreal quality may also at times be detected in Momen's work, relating to his friendship with Dada artist Max Ernst (1891-1976), with whom Momen studied in Germany.

Shop Talk Sept. 17... Paul Saulnier (physics) will present the first Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year. His talk, titled "And now for something completely different," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

GLA Membership Tea Sept. 20... Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) will host its Fall Membership Tea from 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 20 at the President's House. Please accept this announcement of the event as an invitation to attend -- all are welcome. GLA, celebrating its 28th year as a "friends of the library" organization, has provided significant financial resources to the acquisitions and endowment funds of the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.

Welsh Weekend of Song Sept. 25-26... The public is invited to the following events as part of the Grand Welsh Weekend of Song:
  • A concert featuring "the greatest Welsh harpists in North America," Bron and Katherine Journey, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the ticket center in the Campus Center (x7590). Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for Gustavus students with a student ID.
  • A two-hour Welsh Hymn Fest (Gymanfa Ganu) will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the First Presbyterian Church at 220 E. Hickory, Mankato. There is no charge for this event.

Contact Ron Green (934-4122) or Ellis Jones (934-4184) for more information on these events.


Rock Bend Festival This Weekend... The public is invited to attend the 14th annual Rock Bend Festival that starts at noon Sept. 11 and 12 at Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter. There is no admission charge. For more information, go to

Arts, Crafts, and Antiques Sale Sept. 24-25... A unique indoor sale, featuring arts, crafts, and antiques, will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24 and 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 25 at 1960 E. Welco Dr. in St. Peter. Dried flower artist Dorothea Carlson, watercolor artist Dee Engebretson, and potter and primitive furniture maker Gretchen Koehler will sell their wares. If questions, contact Gretchen Koehler ( or 934-5441).


Student Wins Competition... Junior Elizabeth Wojahn, granddaughter of Ellis Jones (professor emeritus of economics and management) recently won first place in two categories of competition at the Eisteddfod, a fine arts competitive event held during the 2004 North American Festival of Wales in Buffalo, N.Y. Wojahn competed in the storytelling and adult solo voice categories against other contestants from Canada and the United States.

Stephen Bennett, counseling center, recently had a chapter published in an edited book, titled "Crisis and Trauma in Colleges and Universities" (2004 Chevron Publishing). Bennett's chapter is titled "Case Study of the Tornado at Gustavus Adolphus College."

Barbara Fister, library, had an article, titled "Academic Authors and the Crisis in Publishing," published in a special issue of Against the Grain. Fister also presented a talk, titled "The Point-and-Click Generation Goes to the Library," June 3 at Linfield College in McMinville, Ore., as part of the celebrations surrounding the opening of the college's new library.

Will Freiert, classics, was elected to the board of directors of the Minnesota Humanities Commission, the NEH-affiliated state organization that provides leadership, resources, and programs to advance the study of the humanities.

Mark Granquist, religion, presented a paper at the joint meeting of the Lutheran Historical Conference and the Anglican historical societies held June 20-23 in Chicago. The paper addressed some of the historical relationships between American Lutherans and Episcopalians. Granquist was also elected to the board of the Lutheran Historical Conference at this meeting.

Anne-Marie Gronhovd, modern languages, literatures, and cultures/French, presented a paper at the Ninth International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas held Aug. 2-7 at the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Her paper was titled "Albert Camus and Hélène Cixous Caught in the Metaphor of Algeria."

Pamela Kittelson, biology, and 2004 Gustavus graduates Beth Bockman, Jim Eckberg, and Stephen Handler co-presented two research projects at the Ecological Society of America Conference in Portland, Ore. Bockman, Eckberg, and Kittelson's poster focused on the effects of adding nitrate to manage the non-native, Melilotus officinalis. Handler and Kittelson's research was titled "Estimation of genetic diversity in isolated tallgrass populations of Lithospermum canescens using AFLPs."

Brian O'Brien, chemistry, presented a paper, titled "Phthaloylphosphide as a Reagent for Preparation of Fluorinated Phosphorus Compounds," in July at the 16th International Conference on Phosphorus Chemistry in Birmingham, England. Gustavus co-authors were Matthew Hennek ('03) and Carolyn Gamble ('04), along with two co-authors from the University of Alabama.

Russell Shapiro, geology, was the primary author of "First Occurrence of an In Situ Anthaspidellid Sponge in a Dendrolite Mound (Upper Cambrian; Great Basin, USA)," published in the Journal of Paleontology, v. 78, n. 4. Co-author was J. Keith Rigby (Brigham Young University, Utah).


Thomas Mattson ('54), father of John Mattson (health and exercise science), passed away. His funeral service was Sept. 4.

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).


  • Administrative Secretary, Faculty Development Program
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Preaching in Congregations... Chris Johnson (vocational reflection) will give a presentation on "Vocation, Calling, Meaning, Passion, and Purpose in Work and Daily Life" on Sept. 12 at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. He will address a wide range of issues and questions surrounding the idea of vocation or "calling" and each person's giftedness for ministry in daily life, offering theological insights of the Lutheran tradition and society's changing attitudes toward work and community. This educational 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 Marilyn Beyer (x7001).


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • The September issue of The Lutheran magazine included the following stories:
    • Mary Nelson ('61) featured in "Mary Nelson: Fostering leadership is strength of community developer," that included a color photograph of Nelson
    • Ellis Jones (professor emeritus of economics and management) being named "Welsh Person of the Year"
  • On Sept. 8, Minnesota Public Radio (91.1 FM, St. Paul; 91.5 FM, St. Peter and Mankato) interviewed Chris Gilbert (political science) on the attention focused by candidates and the media on Minnesota regarding the national election.
  • On Sept. 6, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a front-page story on the community service learning project and immersion trip for first-year Gustavus students, titled "You can't learn these lessons in a classroom or a textbook." The article featured students Christine Beatty, Ben Birks, Courtney Covey, and Christa Saeger, and Leila Brammer (communication studies) and included two black and white photographs, one of Beatty and student Taren Reker and the other of Reker and student Samantha Costumbrado.
  • On Sept. 5, The Free Press of Mankato featured an article, titled "Discovering the landscape," on the front page of the Currents section. The story included a color photograph of the Borgeson family log cabin, located in the arboretum, a black and white photograph of Bob Douglas (geography), and an interview with Douglas.

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


Knitters are encouraged to bring their latest project to work on (lunch optional) at noon on the 15th of each month in the Faculty and Staff Center in the Campus Center. Come early if you have a 12:30 p.m. class or stay late if you have an 11:30 a.m. class. If questions, contact Lynn Boehne, Barbara Kaiser, or Judy Schultz. To be added to the "knitters" e-mail list, send a message to

For Rent: Very large two-bedroom duplex at 822 1/2 W. Skaro; central to high school and middle school. Includes garage plus off-street parking; washer and dryer; dishwasher; air conditioning. Rent is $600 per month; references required. Available immediately. Contact Sandee Brekke (x7558 or

For Sale: Beautiful wooded ravine lot, 1.4 acres, in quiet neighborhood. Call (209) 552-0291 or 382-0690.

For Sale: Two-story, three-bedroom, 1,700 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).


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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