The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 16, 2004
September 16, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 3
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News & AnnouncementsNobel Conference... On Oct. 5-6, the College will host the annual Nobel Conference. It is anticipated that more than 5,000 guests will be on campus. Faculty, administration, and staff are invited to be part of the College's "Hospitality Team" by volunteering to usher at the conference. To sign up for a two-hour time period, contact Dana Lamb (email@example.com or x7520).
Holiday Schedule... The College will observe the following holidays for the remainder of 2004:
*Employees may work or may request a PTO/vacation day.
Personnel Update... Sarah Daniels (administrative information systems) will be on leave Fall Semester 2004 as she completes her master's degree in software engineering at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. During her leave, Bruce Aarsvold (technology services) will work directly with the Administrative Informations Systems (AIS) staff. Daniels will return to her role as AIS director on Jan. 3, 2005.
Staff Reclassification Committee... The Staff Reclassification Committee (SRC) will meet Wednesday, Sept. 22 to review and evaluate complete reclassification requests received in the Department of Human Resources by Friday, Sept. 17. Complete requests are those submitted on the "Position Description Questionnaire" form (normally completed by the employee) and accompanied by a "Request for Job Description Review" form completed by the supervisor. Both forms are available in the Department of Human Resources. Requests for reclassification received after Sept. 17 will be carried to the next meeting of the committee scheduled for March 2005.
Children in the Workplace... In an effort to provide a professional work environment, to maintain safety for children, and in response to expressed employee concerns, the Administrative Council developed the following guideline.
The College strives to provide employees with a professional environment that is conducive to work while at the same time wanting to support family needs when unusual circumstances arise. In general, it is inappropriate for minor children and other minor relatives of employees to be in the workplace during normal working hours. A child visiting an employee in the workplace is the responsibility of the employee/parent and must be accompanied and supervised by the employee/parent at all times during the visit.
Related questions or concerns should be addressed to area vice presidents.
Meditation Area News... The new meditation area in Linnaeus Arboretum, honoring Nancy Baker and Steve and Barb Wilkinson, was dedicated Sunday, Sept. 12. All are invited to visit this area for insight and wisdom to seek harmony and balance in life. A brochure detailing the design and symbols used in the area is available at the Interpretive Center. Area designer Gretchen Koehler (professor emeritus of health and exercise science) is willing to give tours if there is a group or personal interest. Contact her at 934-5441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Shop Talk Friday... 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. Friday, 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 http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
GLA Membership Tea Monday... Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) will host its Fall Membership Tea from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, 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.
Reading in Common Events... Unity in Community -- St. Peter Reads invites the campus community to the following events offered in conjunction with the Reading in Common program:
Upcoming Continuing Education Events... The public is invited to the following continuing education presentations that will take place in the Interpretive Center:
Pre-registration is required for each event; the cost is $5 for each 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 College's continuing education series coordinated by Gustavus in partnership with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.
Speech and Debate Tournament Oct. 17... The Evan Anderson Forum, the speech and debate team, will host an intercollegiate speech and debate tournament on Sunday, Oct. 17 on campus. The tournament will feature top programs from across the country and will include events in oral interpretation, public address, and debate. Tournament schedules can be obtained on Oct. 17 in the Campus Center.
Zong Xiong, a junior from St. Paul, was honored on KARE-TV's "Eleven Who Care" program Friday, Sept. 10. She was honored for her many volunteer projects, including her work with hunger awareness, at-risk youth, Regions Hospital, and Asian diversity awareness while also serving as a peer mediator, volleyball coach and tutor.
Laura Behling, English, and Barbara Fister, library, led a workshop for Carleton College faculty, titled "Information Literacy: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation," on Sept. 9 in Northfield.
Mike Ferragamo, biology, and Janine Wotton, psychology, recently published a paper, "The emergence of temporal hyperacuity from widely tuned cell populations," describing their model of the neural processing of sonar by bats. The paper was selected for inclusion in the Institute of Physics Select, an online collection of journal articles.
Yuki Sakuragi, Japanese studies/modern languages, literatures, and cultures, published an article, titled "Association of culture with shyness among Japanese and American university students," in Perceptual and Motor Skills, v.98, pp. 803-813.
Cheryl Brown, Institutional Advancement
Pulpit Supply... Jack Niemi (church relations) preached and conducted services Sunday, Sept. 12 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Mound. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.
Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Sept. 24-25 for the Rev. M. Susan Peterson and a group of 20 women from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul.
Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).
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 email@example.com).
America's Walk for Diabetes... Brad Johnson (printing services) and his family have started a team to raise money for America's Walk for Diabetes, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. The Johnson's team, Nathan's Sonshine Walkers, is sponsoring three-year-old Nathan Johnson (Brad's son), who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last spring. Visit the team website to join the team or to make a donation.
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