The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 4, 2004

November 4, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 10

Volume 37, Number 10

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Administrator Meeting Monday... A meeting for all administrators is scheduled from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 in the Heritage Room.

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 stay or leave after the service begins. To volunteer, contact Dana Lamb (x7520 or as soon as possible.

Give to the United Way... The campus community is encouraged to support the St. Peter United Way. A goal of $10,500 has been suggested for contributions from the Gustavus community, having exceeded the $10,000 goal in previous years. Pledge cards have been distributed along with an invitation from President Peterson to participate. Donations can be given in an unrestricted way or designated to a particular United Way agency. Anyone who has questions should contact Dean Wahlund (x7521 or

Check Run Reminder... Accounts payable checks will be processed as normal for the week of Thanksgiving. There will be no check run over the Christmas break. The first check run in 2005 will be the week of Jan. 3. If questions, call Sheila Skrove (x7508) or Sandy Grochow (x7500).

New Grants Associate... Lisa Hoffman Wojcik has been named grants associate for the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. For the last seven years, she has served in positions at the Region Nine Development Commission in Mankato, from graduate intern to grantwriter/planner, to director of the Region Nine Prevention and Healthy Communities initiative. Wojcik has a Master of Science degree in Community Health from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in coaching from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She will begin her employment on Monday, Nov. 8.


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:

  • Nov. 5 -- 2 Corinthians 4: 5-12, Day of the Dead, Lillie Hollingsworth
  • Nov. 7 -- Holy Communion
  • Nov. 8 -- Isaiah 43: 1-3a, Mary Solberg
  • Nov. 9 -- Matthew 5: 1-10, Lonnie Graham
  • Nov. 10 -- Psalm 34: 1-10
  • Nov. 11 -- Colossians 1: 9-14, Jack Niemi
  • Nov. 12 -- Luke 15: 11-32, Garrett Paul
Wallenberg Lecture Monday... 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. For more information, contact Mimi Gerstbauer (x7421 or

DNR Seminar Tuesday... Kurt Haroldson from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will present a seminar, titled "Pheasants, Farm Programs, and the Development of Minnesota's Prairie Landscape," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 in Nobel Hall, room 222. This event is sponsored by the Department of Biology and is free and open to the public.

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The Campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 10 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

Talk Shop Nov. 12... Philip Bryant (English) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year. His talk, titled "Jazz and the Dialogic Poem and Jazz," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 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

Author Presentation Nov. 15... The public is invited to a reading and discussion with author Sandra Birdsell at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in the Interpretive Center. Her historical novel, Katya, mirrors Birdsell's own family history as Mennonites in the Russian steppes. Denis Crnkovic (modern longuages, literatures, and cultures/Russian studies) and Tom Emmert (theatre and dance) will provide a background on the history of Russian Mennonites during and after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and their immigration to the United States. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Judy Schultz (x6017 or This event is free and open to the community.

"Miss Firecracker Contest" Nov. 18-21... Rick Snyder (theatre and dance), a member of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will direct the upcoming performances of "Miss Firecracker Contest" scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18-Saturday, Nov. 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 in Anderson Theatre. "Miss Firecracker Contest" is a comedy set in a small Mississippi town in the weeks before its annual beauty and talent pageant. The play takes the audience into the town and the difficulties faced by its inhabitants as they try to either redeem themselves or to escape to a better life. Tickets are available by calling the Ticket Center (x7590) or at the theatre box office beginning one hour before show time.


Hospice Benefit Nov. 13... "A Gift of Love," a benefit for the St. Peter Area Hospice, will be held Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Best Western Garden Inn in North Mankato. The evening begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a live auction at 9 p.m. Anyone interested in attending this event or who wishes to donate to "A Gift of Love" can contact Barb Booren at 934-5784.

Lutfisk and Meatball Dinner Nov. 18... The public is invited to a lutfisk and meatball dinner from noon-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, MN (northeast of St. Paul and home of Jim "Moose" Malmquist (professor emeritus of health and exercise science). Tickets will be sold at the door and are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The menu consists of lutfisk, meatballs, potatoes, lefse, cream sauce, melted butter, homemade rye bread, Swedish brown beans, apple crisp, beverages, and more.


Horst Ludwig, foreign languages, literatures, and cultures/German, won second prize for an English haiku at this year's (the ninth) Kusamakura International Haiku Competition in Kumamoto, Japan. He also published two English haiku in the 2004 fall/winter issue of the haiku journal , the 200th issue of this journal, which is published in Nagoya, Japan.

Paula Swiggum, nursing, presented "A Journey to Cuba: Realities and Questions," at an adult forum on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley.

Rick Walter, physical plant, was elected mayor of Cleveland (MN) on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Congratulations Rick!


Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Chris Gilbert (political science), who will give a presentation on "Religion and Politics in the 21st Century" at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mankato; and Mark Granquist (religion), who will do a two-part presentation, titled "Hymns and Their Stories," from 9:15-10:05 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 14 at St. John Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. 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 lead morning worship services on Sunday, Nov. 7 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wayzata. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Music in Worship... The Gustavus Flute Choir will provide special music Sunday, Nov. 7 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. 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:
  • Short-term Arts and Humanities Visiting Fellowships... The Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library will support 12 short-term fellowships of at least one month in residency at Harvard University from July 2005 through June 2006; the stipend for each fellowship is $2,750. The library's holdings are particularly strong in the following areas: European, English, American, and South American literature; philosophy; religion; history of science; music; printing and graphic arts; dance; and theatre. The deadline for applications is Jan. 14, 2005. Go to for the fellowship program announcement, application guidelines, and a listing of 2004-2005 Visiting Fellows.
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:
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) was recently interviewed as follows:
    • On Nov. 2, twice on WCCO Radio (830 AM, Minneapolis/St. Paul) and once on WGN Radio (720 AM, Chicago) on the Minnesota presidential race
    • On Nov. 3, on KRBI Radio (1310 AM, St. Peter) about the state and national election results; and Minnesota Public Radio's (MPR, St. Paul) "Morning Edition" about the Minnesota House of Representatives results
    • On Nov. 4, on MPR's "Midday" hour-long call-in on the election's aftereffects
  • On Nov. 2, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) featured a segment on Gustavus students helping kids in grades K-12 vote as part of the Kids Voting Minnesota program and Hank Toutain (dean of students) was interviewed.
  • The November issue of the Metro Lutheran ran the following stories:
    • "Gustavus students take on homelessness problem" on its News Digest page
    • "Gustavus travelers make it to Cuba in nick of time" that included quotes by Elizabeth Baer (English) and Steve Griffith (theatre and dance) and a front-page teaser consisting of a quote by Griffith
    • "Safety from terror won't come easily, anthropologist asserts" that included quotes by Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies)
    • "2004 Gustavus Nobel Conference looked at aging" included two stories, including one written by Gustavus student Peter Hedberg
  • On Oct. 31, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a sports story, titled "Washington's pre-election games predict the outcome," that included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science).
  • On Oct. 31, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on St. Peter's Halloween Fun Run that included a color photograph of students Missy Anderson and Heather Rossow and quotes by them.
  • On Oct. 29, The Free Press of Mankato published an article, titled "Campuses Expect Big Turnout," that included quotes by Hank Toutain (dean of students) and appeared on the front page of The Valley section.
  • On Oct. 28, The Free Press of Mankato did a story on "Opera and Olive." Naomi Karstad ('83) gave a concert featuring the music of Olive Fremstad.
  • On Oct. 28, the St. Peter Herald published an article "Karstad to sing Fremstad" on page 5A and included a black and white photograph.
  • On Oct. 27, The Free Press of Mankato published an article, that included a black and white photograph of Kirk Beyer (human resources), who received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources' 2004 Distinguished Service Award.

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... A 2000 Toro two-stage power shift snow thrower. Has a 28-inch clearing width; four-cycle, 10- horsepower Tecumseh engine; electric start; six speeds; light kit and breaker bar. In excellent condition. Asking $1,500. If interested, call Michelle or Tyson (934-6748).

For Sale... An RCA Lyra MP3 player; has 256 MB memory; asking $100. Contact Lynne Johnson (x7688 or 934-3131).


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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