The Yellow Sheet for Oct. 21, 2004

October 21, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 8

Volume 37, Number 8

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

News & Announcements

Administrator 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 ( to suggest additional items.

C in CC Help Needed... Ushers are needed for Christmas in Christ Chapel services that are scheduled for:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3
  • 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4
  • 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5

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

Reminders from Marketing and Public Relations...
  • Gustavus-l, which includes college calendar items and announcements, is sent out shortly after midnight each day.
  • Before appearing on the College Calendar or Gustavus-l, all submissions to the College Calendar and Announcements will be reviewed and approved by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, so it is necessary to allow a few days for submissions to be received, reviewed, and approved.
  • Thanks to all campus community members for the many items that have been submitted for the College Calendar and Announcements. We appreciate your willingness to communicate to the campus community all of the events and items of interest happening at the College.

President's Corner

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.

Also, during this week's meeting, the board asked me, and others, to begin considering the long-term future of the College -- beyond our current 5-year initiatives. I am excited by the direction and energy of the board of trustees and look forward to making full use of their wisdom and willingness to work on behalf of this college they all value so much.



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. 22 -- Ryan Yunkers, Luke 11: 1-13
  • Oct. 24 -- 21st Sunday in Pentecost, no Chapel
  • Oct. 25 -- No Chapel
  • Oct. 26 -- No Chapel
  • Oct. 27 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 139: 1-12
  • Oct. 28 -- International Day
  • Oct. 29 -- Founders Day, Jim Peterson
  • Oct. 31 -- Reformation Sunday, guest speaker

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

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:

  • Feb. 15 -- Jim Welsh (geology)
  • March 15 -- Leila Brammer (communication studies)
  • April 19 -- Larry Potts (chemistry)


Art Exhibit... Bruce McClain (art and art history) has an exhibition of paintings at the Arts Center of Saint Peter at 315 S. Minnesota Ave. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 14 and is free and open to the public. The exhibit features oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, including a series of six paint-sketches on paper of the old Arts and Heritage building's third floor before it's loss in the tornado of 1998. Additionally, McClain's recent works of abstraction and interior spaces will be displayed. Gallery hours are 1-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


Laura Behling, English, recently presented her paper, titled "The Character of the Virtual Patient," at the annual meeting of the Society of Literature and Science in Durham, N.C.

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.


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion), who will preach and also present a forum on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Crystal and also present a forum focusing on Martin Luther; and Mary Gaebler (religion), who will preach on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm. 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... 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).


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Fulbright Scholar Program... The New Century Scholars Program of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars brings together academics from a variety of disciplines to examine a major transnational theme and to work collaboratively on an issue of global significance. Under the guidance of an appointed Distinguished Scholar Leader, Fellows from both industrialized nations and developing countries conduct individual research, make an international exchange visit of three months, and participate in a program of seminars to engage in collaborative thinking across cultures and issue communities. Support includes $37,000 to cover travel, seminar and meeting costs, research expenses, and partial salary. This year's theme, "Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response," proceeds from the premise that "we must understand the context of [global] change if we are to develop constructive ways for contemporary institutions [of higher education] to cope with the realities of the 21st century." The deadline is Feb. 1, 2005. To access the program description and application materials, go to
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:
  • The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ran a story, titled "Local Team Solves Ancient Mystery," that included mention of Andy Vaughn (religion), who collaborated with other individuals to confirm the antiquity of two silver scrolls that contained a familiar prayer that dates from around 600 B.C. and to write a report associated with the research project.
  • On Oct. 17, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a story, titled "Count on Congress to toe party line," that included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science).
  • On Oct. 14, the St. Peter Herald published a story and color photograph on the Nobel Conference. The article, titled "Nobel Conference on aging," ran on page 7A and included quotes by Tim Robinson (conference director and psychology).

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


Library Fall Break Hours: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25; 8 a.m.-midnight Tuesday, Oct. 26.


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2004-05":
  • Lois Eklund, Dining Service, x7608 (delete)
  • Nickolaus Kleist, Dining Service, x7608 and (addition)
  • Mary Lager, Athletics, x7693 and (addition)
  • Steve Mathes, Custodial, x7655 (delete)
  • Renee Schmidt, Faculty Development, x6227 and (addition)
  • Dawn Tiede, Dining Service, x7608 and (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


  • The public is invited to a book signing a recently published book by Judy Biederman, titled "Bushy Tail Squirrel's First Day Out," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the hallway outside the Book Mark. The story of Bushy Tail is delightfully told and informational with facts simply put for sharing with a young child.


For Sale: Three-bedroom rambler across from an elementary school in St. Peter. Cathedral-beam ceiling; finished basement with carpeted family room, den, and bath; central air; screened-in porch; and patio. Available Jan. 15. Call 934-3743.


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.

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