The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 23, 2004

September 23, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 4

Volume 37, Number 4

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Gustavus Technology Update... Following is an update on the consolidation of Gustavus technology offices:
  • Gustavus Technology Services (GTS), under the direction of Bruce Aarsvold, will include all units and personnel as originally designated except for the proposed Instructional Services unit and will report to John Mosbo.
  • Pat Francek and Matt Dobosenski, formerly identified with Media Services, will be located outside of GTS and, for the time being, will again come under the name of Media Services. Francek will serve as director and report to Mark Braun.
  • Joyce Aarsvold will be located outside of GTS and will be responsible for instructional support, such as Blackboard and technology training, and will report to Mark Braun.
  • The budget for which the Instructional Infrastructure Advisory Committee makes recommendations will be administered through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Who to contact:

  • Emergencies (e.g., equipment failure during a class) will be addressed by the GTS or Media Services staff in a timely manner.
  • Requests for hardware and software assistance should be directed to the Technology Helpline, or to Media Services for classroom support.
  • Administrative Information Systems, Telecommunications, or Web Communications questions should be directed to Bruce Aarsvold.
  • Requests for audio-visual and multi-media presentations outside classrooms should be directed to Pat Francek.

At present there are two vacancies, one in the Culpeper lab and the other in UNIX system support, which may delay responses to requests normally supported by those positions.

Nobel Conference Tickets... Since the Nobel Conference is selling out, all administrators, faculty, and staff members are reminded that they can pick up one complimentary Nobel Conference ticket, and purchase additional tickets, from the Office of Marketing and Public Relations in the Carlson Administration Building. The conference will be broadcast on cable access (local cable, Ch. 8), but a ticket will be required for arena seating. For more conference information, visit the Nobel Conference website.

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.

Safety and Security... The annual security compliance report is now available at The report contains information on campus security and personal safety including crime prevention, safety and security enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security on campus, as well as information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. A copy of the "Safety and Security Report" booklet that contains the same information as the website can be picked up in the Safety and Security office (Norelius Hall 35A) or by calling x8809.

President's Corner

President's Corner... As this new school year begins, we also begin to see the effects of the College's planning work. For example, construction of a new residence hall on the west side of campus is on time and on budget -- both good signs.

And other improvement and building projects are slated to begin in the near future: renovation of Old Main and the addition of air conditioning to Christ Chapel. Planning is also underway for the construction of a new social science building and athletic fields. We are also exploring options for the renovation and re-use of Anderson Social Science Center. Steering these facilities projects are cross-campus task forces comprising faculty members and administrators. Initial meetings for two interrelated teams -- social science, led by John Mosbo, and the athletic fields, directed by Owen Sammelson, have begun laying the groundwork to proceed with each of these projects.

The current and future space needs of the departments to be housed in Old Main after its renovation (classics, philosophy, religion, political science, and the chaplains' office) are being reviewed and discussed. Future space needs for all academic departments are currently being reviewed as part of the Dean's Planning Advisory Task Force.

Keep watching for updates. In future Yellow Sheets, I will specifically address what we are doing to advance other initiatives and report on progress.


Upcoming Events

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. 24 -- Mary Gaebler, 1 Samuel 18:1-5
  • Sept. 26 -- 17th Sunday in Pentecost
  • Sept. 27 -- John Cha, Luke 6:27-36
  • Sept. 28 -- Brian Beckstrom, Galatians 5:1, 13-26
  • Sept. 29 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 103:1-5, 20-22
  • Sept. 30 -- Barb Larson-Taylor, Psalm 137

Welsh Events This Weekend... 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. Saturday, 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. Sunday, 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.

Book Reading Monday... Bill Lychack will read from his novel, titled "The Wasp Eater," at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 in the Interpretive Center. "Just when the dysfunctional family drama seems entirely wrung out, along comes a book so freshly original that it seems to have invented the genre.... ("The Wasp Eater") is bitter-sweet, small-scale yet deeply affecting -- not a symphony but rather a Beethoven quartet. Highly recommended." --Library Journal

Lecture on Art Collecting Monday... The public is invited to a lecture by Nancy Yeide, titled "The Goering Collection: The Reichsmarschall's Passion," at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27 in Nobel Hall, Wallenberg Auditorium. Yeide is curator of records and head of the Department of Curatorial Records at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and is an internationally recognized expert on issues of art provenance research, especially as it relates to Nazi-era ownership issues. Her efforts in this field have led to the return of art works that were illegally seized during the Nazi era to their rightful owners. Yeide's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Hillstrom Museum of Art with assistance from the Gustavus Lecture Series.

Nobel Conference Preview Tuesday... The public is invited to hear Dick Martin (psychology) and Tim Robinson (psychology and Nobel Conference director) give a preview of the 40th Nobel Conference, "The Science of Aging," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the Interpretive Center. This year's Nobel Conference will focus on the emerging science of gerontology. Current research is causing re-evaluation of attitudes, opportunities, and challenges related to aging in the 21st century. Pre-registration is required for this event; the cost is $5 per person 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. This event is part of the College's continuing education series coordinated by Gustavus in partnership with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Blessing of the Animals Oct. 1... On Oct. 1, Daily Chapel will include the Blessing of the Animals. There are several ways to participate:

  • Submit the name of the animal companion(s). The animals will be named during the service.
  • Submit a photograph of the animal companion(s). All photographs will be returned after the service.
  • Submit the names of departed animal companion(s). They will be honored during the service.
  • Bring the animal companion(s) to the service.

All animals should be pre-registered by contacting Kari Lipke ( or x6077). Submit names and photos to Lipke as well. All submissions and registrations are due by Thursday, Sept. 30.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Ceramic Works on Display Through Oct. 31... Lois Peterson (art and art history) and Lindsey Penn ('04) have ceramic work in the exhibition College Bowl II at the Northern Clay Center located at 2424 Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The opening for the exhibition will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. The exhibition will run through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Reading in Common Events... The public is invited to the following Unity in Community -- St. Peter Reads book discussions on the program's current selection, titled "When the Emperor was Divine," by Julie Otsuka:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at RiverRock Coffee
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Whiskey River Emporium
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at the St. Peter Food Co-op

Extraordinary People

John Braun, professor emeritus of communication studies, was the keynote speaker at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys, PCUSA, held Sunday, Sept. 19 in St. Cloud.

Mary McHugh, classics, had her article, titled "Historiography and Freedom of Speech," included in a volume on "Free Speech in Classical Antiquity," published by Brill.

Paula Swiggum, nursing, presented "The Greek Connection: Teaching Transcultural Caring in Ancient and Modern Greece" at the Nurse Educator Conference of the Rockies held July 28-31 in Breckenridge, Colo. Swiggum also presented "Cultural Competence in Holistic Nursing" Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association meeting in Minneapolis.

Position Openings

  • Director, Culpeper Multimedia Language Center
  • Bakery, Dining Service
  • Cook/Server, Dining Service
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) on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Mankato. He will speak about the history of the conflict in the Israel-Palestine region and what is behind it. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations where participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Preaching in Congregations... Jack Niemi (church relations) will preach on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wayzata. 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 Marilyn Beyer (x7001).

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • On-campus International Exchanges... The Campus Fellowship Program of The German Marshall Fund brings approximately 10-14 prominent European politicians, journalists, and civic leaders to small liberal arts colleges in the United States for week-long exchanges with students, faculty, administration, and the host college community. The program provides an opportunity for American students and faculty to learn about modern-day Europe and transatlantic relations and for European visitors to learn about small liberal arts colleges and their communities. The deadline is ongoing. For more information, see the September 2003 issue of Grant Information at
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

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Sept. 23, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis did a feature on wind turbines. Jeff Jeremiason (chemistry and environmental studies) was quoted in the article that was published on the front page of the Metro/State section and was titled "School power. New technology, environmental concern, and financial allure are spurring colleges and even a high school in Minnesota to embrace wind energy."
  • On Sept. 23, the Free Press of Mankato published the following stories:
    • "Goering art focus of lecture" by Nancy Yeide ran on page C3.
    • "A Wales of a good time," including quotes by Ellis Jones (professor emeritus of economics and management), ran on page C2.
    • "Otsuka tells her story," about the appearance by author Julie Otsuka as part of the Unity in Community -- St. Peter Reads program. The article was published on the front page of The Valley section and included a black and white photograph of Otsuka.
  • On Sept. 23, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories:
    • "2004 Welsh Weekend of Song scheduled" on the front page.
    • "Nobel Conference examines aging" on page 5A.
    • "Art expert speaking at Gustavus," referring to Nancy Yeide from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on page 9A.
  • On Sept. 20, KARE-TV's 10 p.m. news (Ch. 11, Minneapolis) aired an interview on the upcoming election with Chris Gilbert (political science).
  • On Sept. 19, The Free Press of Mankato published the following stories:
    • "From Broad Street to the high court. Gustavus grad and Mankato native to join Minnesota Supreme Court" on the appointment of G. Barry Anderson ('76) on page B2.
    • "Discovering the landscape" (Part 4 of 4) on the front page of the Currents section. The story included a color photograph of Bob Douglas (geography) and an interview with Douglas.
  • On Sept. 16, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories:
    • Unity in Community -- St. Peter Reads program included:
      • On page 4A, the "Pegboard" column featured the Sept. 22 Daily Chapel appearance by Julie Otsuka, author of "When the Emperor was Divine," and the Sept. 20 Taiko Drumming performance by Mu Daiko on campus.
      • On page 6A, "Drumming interest in book" featured the Asian culture group Mu Daiko performance on campus.
    • Al Annexstad (trustee) who received the Connection with Youth Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from Gov. Tim Pawlenty on behalf of the Minnesota Business Partnership. The article included a black and white photograph of Annexstad and Pawlenty.

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


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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
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 Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
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.

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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