The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 30, 2004

September 30, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 5

Volume 37, Number 5

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

Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Nobel Conference Notes...
  • Background information and schedules for the conference are available on the Nobel website.
  • KTOE radio (1420 AM, Mankato) will broadcast live from the conference.
  • Campus community members may watch the lectures on any of the campus televisions that have cable access (local cable, Ch. 8).
  • Campus community members are needed to usher. To sign up for a 2-hour time period, contact Dana Lamb ( or x7520).
  • Lund Lot will be closed to faculty, staff, and students from 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 through 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6. Campus Drive will be one way counter-clockwise. Signs will be posted, and personnel will be stationed at College entrances to direct traffic.

Publication Reminder... Due to the Nobel Conference on Oct. 5-6, the deadline for next week's edition of The Yellow Sheet will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4.

Nobel Symphony on MPR... From Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) will broadcast last spring's presidential inaugural concert of the Nobel Symphony, featuring VocalEssence and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, on its Open Air website. VocalEssence presented Gustavus alumnus Steve Heitzeg's Nobel Symphony in concert Sunday, April 18 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The concert also included soloist's baritone Michael Jorgensen (music), mezzo soprano Lisa Drew, and the Minnesota Boychoir. The website presentation features a 70-minute audio recording of the entire symphony, a 22-minute video and recorded performance of the symphony's "Peace Movement," an eight-minute audio interview with Heitzeg, and a two-minute video, titled "The Making of Nobel Symphony," produced by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The VocalEssence presentation of the Nobel Symphony was also broadcast at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 on all MPR classical music stations, including KSJN radio (99.5 FM, Twin Cities). The symphony, created to honor the 100th anniversary of the first Nobel Prizes, was originally commissioned by Gustavus and premiered during the 2001 Nobel Conference. The audio appears on the MPR site courtesy of the Twin Cities Musicians Union.

Deadline for Tenure Letters... 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.


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:

  • Oct. 1 -- Kari Lipke, Genesis 1: 20-25, St. Francis
  • Oct. 3 -- 18th Sunday in Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Oct. 4 -- Tim Robinson, Psalm 71: 1-9, 17-19a
  • Oct. 5 -- Nobel Conference, no Chapel
  • Oct. 6 -- Nobel Conference, no Chapel
  • Oct. 7 -- Rev. Richard Elvee, Psalm 90: 1-6, 10, 12
  • Oct. 8 -- Taizé Service, Psalm 8
  • Oct. 10 -- 19th Sunday in Pentecost, Vicar Brian Beckstrom

Talk Shop Friday... Carolyn Dobler (mathematics and computer science) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year. Her talk, titled, "Chartjunk? How to rid your graphs of excess without sacrificing substance." will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 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

Homecoming and Family Weekend... This coming weekend (Oct. 1-3), Gustavus will host its first combined Homecoming and Family Weekend. The public is invited to attend the following events:

Saturday, Oct. 2:

  • A 10:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade that will wind through campus on Campus Drive, on the east side of campus
  • A 1 p.m. football game versus Concordia College
  • A 3:30 p.m. men's soccer game versus Carleton College
  • An 8 p.m. concert by Kurt Elling and the Laurence Hobgood Trio in Bjorling Recital Hall; tickets are available at the ticket center in the Campus Center (x7590); the cost is $15 for adults and $5 for Gustavus students (see Elling item below)
  • An 8 p.m. comedy show featuring the Chicago Comedy Company in Alumni Hall

Sunday, Oct. 3:

  • A 12:30 p.m. Granlund sculpture tour that will depart from the Information Center in the Campus Center
  • 1:30 p.m. music performances in Christ Chapel, which is free and open to the public, features the Gustavus Choir conducted by Greg Aune, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Warren Friesen, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Vasa Wind Orchestra conducted by Doug Nimmo, and the Lucia Singers conducted by Patricia Snapp

For more information on these events, contact student activities (x7598).

Waterfalls Dedication Saturday... All are welcome to the dedication of the Johnson Waterfalls Garden at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in Linnaeus Arboretum.

Kurt Elling Concert Saturday... Six-time Grammy nominee and Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year Kurt Elling ('89) returns to Gustavus for a Homecoming concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Elling has performed throughout the world in jazz festivals and as a featured performer. Appearing with Elling will be the Laurence Hobgood Trio, a Chicago-based group. Tickets can be reserved by calling the ticket center (x7590). Any tickets remaining on the day of the concert will be on sale in the recital hall lobby beginning one hour prior to show time.

October Continuing Education Events... The public is invited to the following continuing education lectures:

  • Steve Mellema (physics) and Shirley Mellema (Linnaeus Arboretum) will present "Malaysia -- Crossroads of Asia" at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 in Banquet Room C in the Campus Center. Dinner will be served; the cost is $16.
  • Richard Leitch (political science) Jeff Jeremiason (chemistry), and Ron Boluan, activist for Minnesota River reclamation issues, will hold a panel discussion, titled "Activist Environmentalism," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the Interpretive Center.
  • Bob Moline (professor emeritus of geography) will present "The Colorado River: Many Uses, Major Problems" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the Interpretive Center.

Pre-registration is required for these events. The cost for each event is $5 per person, which includes coffee and dessert, unless otherwise noted. 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 an operator. These events are continuing education programs done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Tim Penny Appearance Oct. 7... Former Minnesota Congressman Tim Penny will speak at a community forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at the North Mankato Police Annex meeting room, 1001 Belgrade Ave., North Mankato. Penny's talk, titled "The Election: What about Congress?" will focus on the current situation in Congress and how he views the upcoming Congressional elections and the potential impact on the country. These community forums, sponsored by the North Mankato Public Library, are held monthly and are free and open to the public.

Halloween Fun Run Oct. 30... St. Peter Recreation and Leisure Services will host its first annual Halloween Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 30. The 5K (3.1 miles) run and walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Gorman Park in St. Peter. The entry fee is $12 if registered by Friday, Oct. 15; and $15 after that date. On-site registrations will be taken during the race check-in time (7:30-8:30 a.m.). Those registered will receive a race T-shirt and a goodie bag, and will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Proceeds from the race will benefit the St. Peter Food Shelf and the REC Scholarship Fund that provides opportunities for youth to participate in activities that encourage physical activity and teach youth leadership skills. Free "little goblins" races will be held at 10 a.m. for children 12 and under. Pumpkin decorating, face painting, and other family oriented activities are also scheduled. Participants and spectators are encouraged to wear costumes, as prizes will be awarded for the best dressed. Everyone is also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the food shelf. Stop by the recreation office, located in the St. Peter Community Center, to pick up a registration form or call 934-0667 for race details.

Extraordinary People

Helen and Paul Baumgartner, professors emeriti of music, have been invited to give five piano duet recitals Oct. 19-Nov. 3 in the Tokyo area. Venues include a formal recital in a concert hall in Yokohama, a recital at a Lutheran church to benefit international students in Japan, a program for children in a library, a guest appearance with a women's chorus, and a recital at the home of a former piano student. Anyone interested in hearing a preview of the Japan tour program is welcome to attend an informal play-through at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. A formal pre-tour recital is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis, and a post-tour program at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 in the Seattle area at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, about which Gustavus alumni are being contacted.

Karen Larson, anthropology and interdisciplinary studies, presented a briefing on domestic terrorism to representatives from the Departments of State and Human Resources, the FBI, Congress, and the Rand Corporation in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Smith, chemistry, presented a talk, titled "Cluster-based molecular modeling to enrich the undergraduate chemistry curriculum," at the 228th National American Chemical Society Meeting in Philadelphia, as part of a symposium on NSF catalyzed innovations.


Joseph Spani, father of JoEllen Schulz (telecommunications), died Monday, Sept. 27 in Dodgeville, Wisc. His funeral service will be Friday, Oct. 1 in Dodgeville.

Marjorie Welsh, mother of Jim Welsh (biology), died Friday, Sept. 24. Her funeral service was Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Crystal.

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).

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Emily Hadland, Athletics
    Andrew Kestly, Athletics

    New Support Staff
    Bonna Gostomczik, Book Mark
    Stacy Hahn, Admission
    Joseph Lencioni, Information Technology
    Karin Steckman, Dining Service
    Lisa Westphal, Fine Arts

    Carol Lawrence to Fine Arts
    Jennifer Tollefson to Confer-Vickner, Languages

Position Openings

  • UNIX Specialist, Technology Services
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations... Chris Johnson (vocational reflection) will give a presentation, titled "Vocation, Calling, Meaning, Passion, and Purpose in Work and Daily Life," on Sunday, Oct. 3 at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights. Johnson 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 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:
  • Creativity Fellowships Offered... The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center offers four Creativity Fellowships each summer to individuals from all disciplines and areas of interest, including the arts, sciences, and humanities. Projects should be new and innovative and have the potential for impact in their field. The 10-week residency is on the Midland, Mich., campus of Northwood University. Awards include travel, room/studio, board, and a $750 stipend. The deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, see
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:
  • The October 2004 issue of On-Campus Hospitality magazine listed the top 20 colleges and universities for food service, and Gustavus Dining Service is ranked 13th. The rankings are based on a survey of students during the 2003-04 academic year and was conducted by The Princeton Review.
  • The Third Quarter 2004 issue of Luther Seminary's The Story included an excerpt of Darrell Jodock's (religion) remarks as he accepted an award for the family of his long-time friend the Rev. Gudina Tumsa. Tumsa posthumously received the Christus Lux Mundi Award, Luther Seminary's highest honor. The article included a color photograph of Jodock as he spoke.
  • On Sept. 28, The New York Times published an article with mention of Andy Vaughn (religion). "Solving a Riddle Written in Silver" was published on the front page of the Science Times section on two silver scrolls that contained a familiar prayer that dates from around 600 B.C. The article also appeared in the Oakland Tribune (Oakland, Calif.) and The International Herald Tribune (the IHT online). Vaughn collaborated with other individuals to confirm the antiquity of the scrolls and to write a report/associated with the research project.
  • On Sept. 28, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page story on the campus appearance by Nancy Yeide who talked about her research on the Hermann Goering art collection. The article, titled "Continuing to right Nazi wrongs," also included a color photograph of Yeide.
  • On Sept. 27, The Free Press of Mankato published two stories in its Best Bets column: "GA lecture focuses on Nazi-era art collection" and "Book discussion held in St. Peter" (a continuation of the Unity in Community program). The stories appeared on page 2.
  • On Sept. 26, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a story on the current exhibit in the Hillstrom Museum of Art. The article was titled "Art spotlight: Swedish paintings."
  • On Sept. 26, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on college students and voting. The article, titled "Rocking the vote," ran on the front page of The Valley section and mentioned the appearance of "Moms with a Mission" on campus.

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: Solid oak, slat-back rocking chair for $30; and a 74-inch by 108-inch rust-colored rug for $20 or best offer. Contact Eric Carlson ( or 931-5503 evenings).

For Sale: Small, dark pine desk made in New England; 30 inches high, 17 inches wide, and 35 inches long with a small drawer. If interested, call Gretchen Koehler (934-5441).

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Book Mark will have extended store hours for Christmas in Christ Chapel weekend.
"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
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Men's Swimming & Diving at Pioneer Invite, Iowa
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
Winter Gear Drive
Women's Swimming & Diving at Pioneer Invite, Iowa
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Gustie Day Campus Center
noon to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Buffet during Christmas in Christ Chapel Rooms in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
1 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Macalester Peter, Minn.
16 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Women's Hockey at Saint Mary's, Minn.
2:304:30 p.m. Christmas in Christ Chapel 2022: Celestial Wonder, Joy Unfolding Chapel

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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