The Yellow Sheet for Oct. 21, 2004
Volume 37, Number 8
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News & AnnouncementsAdministrator Meeting... There will be a meeting for all administrators from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 in the Heritage Room in the Campus Center. Proposed agenda items include updates from the board of trustees meeting, GTS integration review, fundraising, and the 2005-06 budget planning process. Also, be prepared for on the spot updates of current projects. Contact Jolene (firstname.lastname@example.org) to suggest additional items.
C in CC Help Needed... Ushers are needed for Christmas in Christ Chapel services that are scheduled for:
Ushers need to be at Christ Chapel an hour and a half before the service and may leave after the service begins. To volunteer, contact Dana Lamb (x7520 or email@example.com).Reminders from Marketing and Public Relations...
Last Sunday and Monday, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees met on campus, as they do at least quarterly. Many are actually here far more often. At the meeting, they set some new expectations for themselves and their interactions with the life of the College. There is new leadership for the board with Russ Michaletz as its chair. Seven new members are now active. A new focus and energy for each of its committees has been created. And two new task forces were established to explore ways the board can better serve Gustavus as a whole and individually over the 2004-05 academic year and beyond.
One of these task-force initiatives focuses on fundraising, led by board member George Hicks. The group will look at what roles and responsibilities the trustees have in helping to attract financial resources for the College. The second task force is examining the board of trustees' role and responsibility in the academic work of the College. This group is led by board member Dr. Tom Annesley, a professor at the University of Michigan. He intends to actively engage members of the faculty with trustees in this work.
These refocused efforts, along with a new electronic communication system that will increase the efficiency and transparency of the board's work, will help ensure that the board members' time and talents are being well used, that they are appropriately engaged, and that they are being good stewards of that with which they have been entrusted.
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:
Autumn Warmer Sunday... 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, followed 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.
Talk Shop Oct. 29... John Cha (religion and international education) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year. His talk, titled "Crafting Fields of Wisdom: Indian Buddhist Conceptions of Reality and the Paths to its Awakening," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 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/.
Breast Cancer Benefit Nov. 7... The public is invited to a benefit for breast cancer sponsored by Delta Phi Omega at noon on Sunday, Nov. 7 in the Campus Center banquet rooms. Tickets are $15 and include lunch. All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In addition to lunch, there will be speakers, a silent auction, and a tupperware fundraiser. Reservations can be made by sending a check to Tosha Christoffer via campus mail by Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Wallenberg Lecture Nov. 8... The 2004 Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture, titled "Saddam on Trial," will be presented by Diane Orentlicher of American University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 in Nobel Hall's Wallenberg Auditorium. Orentlicher, international law professor, will share imperatives and formidable challenges for justice in cases of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, particularly in the context of Iraq. She is an expert on international criminal justice and serves as the director of the War Crimes Research Office at American University. Orentlicher has appeared several times on "The News Hour" on Public Broadcast Service to speak about the ongoing war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia and possibilities of prosecution for Saddam Hussein and Iraqi war criminals. She was recently appointed as the United Nations' independent expert on combating impunity for war criminals and in 1998 served as a delegate to the Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of a Permanent International Criminal Court. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Faculty Forum Nov. 16... The first Faculty Forum of the 2004-05 academic year will be held from 5:30-6:55 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the Campus Center banquet rooms. Don Scheese (English) will present "The Allure of the Anasazi: Representations of Ancestral Puebloans in Art and Literature." Euroamericans have long been fascinated with the prehistoric cultures of the Americas, particularly the "Cliff Dwellers" of the Four Corners region who, as legend has it, "mysteriously vanished" around 1300 A.D. The focus of Scheese's current book project is on American writers, painters, and photographers who have romanticized and mythologized the "Anasazi," now known as "Ancestral Puebloans," since around 1850 to the present. He will discuss writers such as Willa Cather, painters from the Taos/Santa Fe schools in the 1920s, and the work of photographers like Laura Gilpin and Ansel Adams. Scheese will also discuss the cultural forces that led to a virtual "Cliff Dweller Craze" in the late 19th century American culture, as well as speculate on some of the legacies of the Anasazi that are part of our contemporary cultural milieu. There will be a buffet dinner, including vegetarian fare; cost is $5 per person. All faculty and staff, as well as retirees, are invited to come with a guest. R.S.V.P. to Jean Heidcamp by Wednesday, Nov. 10. The schedule for upcoming Faculty Forums is:
Kirk Beyer, human resources, received the 2004 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources distinguished service award at its national convention Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Salt Lake City.
Denis Crnkovic, modern foreign languages, literatures, and cultures/Russian language and area studies, has had his review of Riccardo Picchio's Slavia Orthodoxa: Literatura i iazyk (Moscow, Znak 2003) published in the Winter 2003 issue (vol. 47, no. 4) of the Slavic and East European Journal.
Mark Lammers, music, and Mark Kruger, psychology, have had a book review accepted for publication by the Psychology of Music Journal. They reviewed Musical Excellence: Strategies and techniques to enhance performance" by Aaron Williamon, published by Oxford University Press.
Preaching in Congregations... Chris Gilbert (political science) will give a presentation on "Religion and Politics in the 21st Century" Sunday, Oct. 24 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Bloomington. His talk will offer insights to help in the understanding of how interrelationships between religion and politics affects American public life, both in the actions of government and in the lives of citizens. 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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