The Yellow Sheet for Oct. 7, 2004

October 7, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 6

Volume 37, Number 6

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

News & Announcements

Registrar Office External Review Meeting... All administrative staff are invited to attend an open meeting with the external reviewers for the Office of the Registrar. The meeting is from 3-3:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 in Linner Lounge. Individuals who are not able to attend this meeting are welcome to the open meeting for faculty from 4-4:45 p.m. that day in Linner Lounge.

2004 Nobel Conference Visibility... The following Nobel Conference coverage has appeared recently:

    • On Oct. 7, the St. Peter Herald published "Nobel explores science of aging" on its front page and included a color photograph.
    • On Oct. 6, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published "Scientists look for the ultimate age limit" on the front page of the Metro/State section.
    • On Oct. 6, The Free Press of Mankato ran a front-page story, titled "Age-old issue," that included a color photograph of presenter S. Jay Olshansky and quotes by Tim Robinson (conference director and psychology) and
      • Also a front-page story, titled "Baby-sitting geniuses is a job full of perks," that included an interview with Chuck Niederriter (physics) and a color photograph of him.
    • On Oct. 5 and 6, KTOE Radio (1420 AM, Mankato) broadcast 12 two-minute Nobel Conference related interviews from campus.
    • On Oct. 5 and 6, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12 Mankato) ran stories on the conference.
    • On Oct. 4, The Free Press of Mankato featured "Nobel Conference starts Tuesday" on the front page of The Valley section.
    • KRBI Radio (1310 AM, St. Peter) did the following interviews on its Cafe 1310 program:
      • On Oct. 4, Robinson talked about the conference.
      • On Oct. 1, Stacia Senne (marketing and public relations) reported that there would be a sell-out crowd and shared information on Tuesday evening's free events that were open to the public.
    • On Sept. 30, the St. Peter Herald published an article announcing the free public events on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
    • Stories are expected in the Metro Lutheran, The Gustavian Weekly, and the Gustavian Yearbook.
    • Other media appearing included KAAL-TV (Ch. 6, Austin), and KRBI Radio (1310 AM, St. Peter).
Greek Rush Shortened... On Monday, Dean of Students Hank Toutain halted the annual fall rush for the social fraternities and sororities four days early after consulting with the student leaders of the Greek organizations. This action was taken because the safety of Gustavus students was being placed at risk by fraternity and sorority practices. Details of the specific instances have not been disclosed due to ongoing investigations into reports of conduct violations and to respect the privacy of those directly involved.

President's Corner

President's Corner... I want to start by saying "Thank you!" to all the people on this campus who made this year's Nobel Conference such a wonderful success. It was great learning experience for the Gustavus students and guests in attendance as well as for me personally. This year's panelists repeatedly commented on the amazing hospitality they were shown and how the Nobel Conference is so drastically different from other conferences they have participated in -- an "almost magical" interaction to quote a couple of them.

I want to personally thank each of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators who played roles in this event from organizing and setting up, to playing music and directing traffic, to preparing meals and volunteering to host the nearly 6,000 guests on campus this week. At last night's closing banquet you also received an enthusiastic round of applause for all of your work -- including all of you whose work is not directly apparent.

I look forward to the continued success of the Nobel Conference and look forward to next year.



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. 8 -- Taizé Service, Psalm 8
  • Oct. 10 -- Ninth Sunday in Pentecost, Vicar Brian Beckstrom
  • Oct. 11 -- Matt Klaber, Job 19: 1-10, Coming Out Week
  • Oct. 12 -- Deborah Goodwin, Mark 4: 35-41
  • Oct. 13 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 111
  • Oct. 14 -- Paul Lutter, Galatians 2: 16-20
  • Oct. 15 -- Psalm 13
  • Oct. 17 -- 20th Sunday in Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

Former Yugoslav President Tito's Granddaughter to Speak Oct. 14... Svetlana Broz will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in Olin Hall 103 on "When Push Came to Shove: People who Saved the Lives of Others During the Bosnian War." Broz is director of the Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Garden of the Righteous in Sarajevo, president of the board of the First Children's Embassy in the World, and a member of various other NGOs. Her recent book, titled "Good People in an Evil Time: Complicity and Resistance," tells of Bosnians of all faiths who were starkly confronted with the limits and possibilities of their own ethical choices during the recent war. In their own words, they describe how people helped one another across ethnic lines and refused the myths promoted by the engineers of genocide. Sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Talk Shop Oct. 15... Jill Locke (political science) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year. Her talk, titled "Marriage in America," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 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

Autumn Warmer Oct. 20... Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum invite everyone to their annual Autumn Warmer and 2005 Membership Kickoff at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 in the Interpretive Center. Events start with a reception, following by a slide presentation, titled "Linnaeus Arboretum Through the Seasons," by Anders Bjorling (retired controller), and the annual meeting of the Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum.


Waterfalls Trip Saturday... Bob Douglas (geography) will lead a waterfalls field trip Saturday, Oct. 9. This trip is part of the LeSueur-Henderson-St. Peter adult education program. To register, call Arlys at 507/665-6244. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at the St. Peter Community Center parking lot.

Upcoming Cookery Classes... Crossroads and the St. Peter Food Co-op are offering a series of classes highlighting regional and ethnic cuisines. The first class, "Masa Madness," will be presented by Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 in the kitchen of the International Center. To register for the class, contact St. Peter Community and Family Education at 934-3048.


Barbara Fister, library, published an article, titled "Common Ground: Libraries and Learning," in "Library Issues" (September 2004).

Pamela Kittelson, biology, published an article, titled "Sources of variation in insect density on Lupinus arboreus populations: effects of environment and plant genotype," in the October issue of "American Midland Naturalist."

Mark Kruger, psychology, and Mark Lammers, music, presented a paper, titled "Autobiographical Memory for Musical Experiences," at the Eighth International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition held Aug. 3-7 at Northwestern University. Jennifer Ackil, psychology, co-authored the paper.

Bruce McClain, art and art history, has an exhibit of his paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor -- a series of six paint-sketches on paper of the old Arts and Heritage building's third floor before its loss in the March 1998 tornado which runs through Nov. 14 at the Arts Center. Opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 16.

Don Scheese, English, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Western Literature Association in Big Sky, Mont., Sept. 28-Oct.2. His presentation, titled "The Allure of the Anasazi: Representations of Ancestral Puebloans in Art and Literature," is part of his current book project.

Ray Thower, safety and security, was featured in the July/August 2004 issue of "Campus Law Enforcement Journal." Thrower is the newest member of the board of directors of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

    Position Openings

    • Lead Custodian, Custodial
    • Part-time Custodians, Custodial
    • Temporary Plumber, Physical Plant
    For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


    Partners in Education scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion), who will present "Christianity and Islam" Sunday, Oct. 10 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. 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... Kirk Carlson (financial assistance) will present "Financial Planning for College" Sunday, Oct. 10 at Christiania Lutheran Church in Lakeville. This 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 an overnight retreat Friday, Oct. 8 for a women's group from Cross of Peace Church of Shakopee. This is a program 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).


    The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
    • Humanities Resident Fellowships... In 2004-05, Rockefeller Resident Fellowships in the Humanities and the Study of Culture will be offered at 21 host institutions selected for their potential to promote new work in the humanities. Host institutions include academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, museums, research libraries, and community cultural centers. The fellowships are meant to serve scholars who are testing disciplinary boundaries or moving into newer fields of inquiry within the humanities and the study of culture. Complete information about eligibility, stipends, and procedures for application are available directly from the host institutions as described at Deadlines vary by fellowship but most occur in January.
    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


    Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
    • On Oct. 7, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page story, titled "Gustavus official stops 'rush' activities," that included quotes by Hank Toutain (dean of students), students Lyncee Davies, Austin Sponsel, and Will Sutor.
    • On Oct. 7, the St. Peter Herald published a black and white photograph of "Gus" at the college's homecoming parade.
    • On Oct. 3, The Free Press of Mankato published a "Your View" letter submitted by Terence Morrow (communication studies) on its opinion page. The column was titled "Sign-stealers show contempt for politics."
    • On Sept. 30, The Free Press of Mankato featured "Growing older and getting news -- Kurt Elling returns to Gustavus Adolphus College" on the front page of the Currents section. The story included quotes by Al Behrends (fine arts) and two color photographs of Elling.
    • On Sept. 30, the St. Peter Herald published a front-page story on the appearance by author Julie Otsuka as part of the Unity in Community -- St. Peter Reads program. The article included two color photographs of Otsuka and quotes by student Angela Rolle, Megan Ruble (student activities), and Judy Schultz (Book Mark).

    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


    The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2004-05":
    • Jeff Engelhardt, Technology Services, x7042 (delete)
    • Emily Hadland, Athletics, x7693 (change)
    • Andrew Kestly, Athletics, x7693 and (addition)
    • Sharon Mace, Dining Service, x7608 (delete)
    • Patricia Pehrson, Dining Service, x7608 (delete)
    • Karin Steckman, Dining Service, x7608 (addition)
    • Lisa Westphal, Fine Arts, x7163 and (addition)
    For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


    For Sale: Oak dining room table and chairs handcrafted by a Minneapolis woodmaker; like new; $495. Call Tom Emmert (931-5913).


    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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