The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 11, 2004

November 11, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 11

Volume 37, Number 11

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Student News

New Faces
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Alumni Award Nominations Sought... The alumni office is seeking help in identifying alumni nominees for the Greater Gustavus Award, Distinguished Alumni Citations, and First Decade Awards to be presented by the Gustavus Alumni Association in 2005. Past award recipients can be reviewed at Alumni Award Winners. A description of each award follows:
  • The Greater Gustavus Award is awarded to those "who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College." It is the highest award given by the alumni association. The alumni office requests that nominees not be made aware of their nomination.
  • The Distinguished Alumni Citation "recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor. Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs. While the citation is a professional award, humanitarian achievements may also be weighed." The alumni office requests that nominees not be made aware of their nomination.
  • The First Decade Award "recognizes early professional achievement" to one male and one female in the 10th anniversary class. Nominees this year will be from the Class of 1995. Ten men and ten women are selected by a committee of classmates. The nominees are notified and asked to provide a resume or curriculum vita.

Anyone wishing to make a nomination should contact Randall Stuckey ( Information to substantiate each nominee would be appreciated. Nominations should be submitted by Friday, Nov. 19.

College Mission Statement Review... The Mission Effectiveness Committee of the Board of Trustees is considering shortening the College's mission statement. This would be a change in the statement, not in the mission itself. In addition to a shorter mission statement, the committee is considering adding material after the mission statement that would help describe the College to those less familiar with it.

Click here to review three versions of the mission statement: the current statement and two alternatives suggested thus far. Possible additional, descriptive statements are also included. The Mission Effectiveness Committee will appreciate feedback from faculty, staff, and alumni regarding these materials. Send thoughts to Becky Miller at

If unable to open this document, contact Becky Miller (x7675 or

Students Help Fight Homelessness... For the second year in a row, Gustavus students will join "Bob's Sleep-Out," a winter sleep-out on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Wayzata. Organized by Bob Fisher to raise money to fight against homelessness, nearly $2 million has been raised in the sleep-out's seven-year history. The students, primarily first-year students from Richard Leitch's First Term Seminar "The Politics of Homelessness," will also participate in a three-day sleep-out Nov. 14-16 on campus during National Hunger and Homelessness week. Other campus community members will participate as well; particularly members involved with the campus outreach group Action Supporting All People.

C in CC Update... The Office of Marketing and Public Relations/Special Events has the following updates on "Seasons of Promise" -- Christmas in Christ Chapel which will take place Friday, Dec. 3-Sunday, Dec. 5:

  • Tickets remain for Sunday's 7:30 p.m. service
  • All Christmas buffets are sold out
  • Ushers are needed for any/all services -- this means that anyone interested can usher at any service and can stay and watch the service without a ticket or charge

Publication Reminder... Due to theThanksgiving holiday, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, Nov. 25. It will be published Thursday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 9, followed by a three-week hiatus due to the Christmas recess. Publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 6.

Thanksgiving Baking Offer... The Gustavus Dining Service is again offering to help Gustavus community members with holiday baking. To order, pick up a form in the Market Place. Orders and payment must be received at the Dining Service Office by Wednesday, Nov. 17. Ordered items will be available for pick up from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 in the Market Place.

United Way Update... To date, the campus fund for the 2005 St. Peter United Way campaign is nearly to the $5,000 mark of the $10,500 goal. To those who are still considering, a gift or pledge in the days ahead is welcome. The local $60,000 United Way campaign will close in early December. Contact Dean Wahlund (marketing and public relations/special events) or Barb Lundgren (finance) for a pledge card or more information.

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).


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. 12 -- Luke 15: 11-32, Garrett Paul
  • Nov. 14 -- Holy Communion
  • Nov. 15 -- 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15, Lee Brammer
  • Nov. 16 -- Isaiah 58: 6-12, Richard Leitch
  • Nov. 17 -- Micah 4: 1-5
  • Nov. 18 -- James 2: 14-17, Steve Wilkinson
  • Nov. 19 -- Luke 16: 19-31, Mimi Gerstbauer
  • Nov. 21 -- Holy Communion

Talk Shop Friday... 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

Guest Piano Recital Friday... Pianist Robert Palmer will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in Bjorling Recital Hall. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Minnesota, Palmer's many awards include prizes in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the U.S. Information Agency National Piano Competition. He is the Mauzy-Porter Distinguished Professor of Music at Ball State University. Palmer has selected Beethoven's "Andante in F Major" and Debussy's "Preludes," Chopin's "Polonaise in F# Minor," and Johannes Brahms' "Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24." The concert is free and open to the public.

Orchestra Concert Saturday... The Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, directed by Warren Friesen, will present a concert at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The Philharmonic Orchestra will open the concert with Ernst Bloch's "Concerto Grosso" and the Symphony Orchestra will follow with Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnola" and Johannes Brahms' "Symphony No. 2." The concert is free and open to the public.

Choral Society Concerts Saturday and Sunday... The St. Peter Choral Society and Orchestra will celebrate its 25th anniversary with performances at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in Alumni Hall. The concerts will featuring Coleridge-Taylor's "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast" and Howard Hanson's "Song Of Democracy," directed by Sara McKay. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $8. Gustavus faculty and staff members taking part in the choir are John Holte, Kristi Reinholtzen, Ron Reitz, and Barb Rodning, and in the orchestra Harry Dunscombe, Warren Friesen, Ruth Giles, Mark Kruger, Scott Moore, Ann Pesavento, Rick Orpen, and Richard Weber. Students participating include Josh Carlson, Brady Krusemark, Colin McGuire, and Nate Orpen, as well as recent graduate Ben LeRoy.

Fall Flute Concert Sunday... The Flute Choir and three quartets, under the direction of Ann Pesavento, will present a concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The Flute Choir will present works by Bach, Telemann, and Zempleni. The RRJL Saxophone Quartet will then perform Arthur Franckenpohl's "Fanfare, Air and Finale;" the Clarinet Quartet will perform Bach's "Fugue in G Minor;" the HJBA Saxophone Quartet will continue with Rivier's "Grave et Presto;" and ends the concert with an arrangement of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing." The concert is free and open to the public.

Faculty Piano Quintet Concert Sunday... Gustavus' newly formed Faculty Piano Quintet will present its first performance at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Led by Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, the quintet includes Mia Lai-Carlson and Lara MacLean, violin; Warren Friesen, viola; and Jonas Carlson, 'cello. With the exception of Friesen, all of the performers are recent additions to the music department. The concert opens with a duet, the "Sonatensatz 'Scherzo,'" by Johannes Brahms, by MacLean and Oshima-Ryan, followed by a solo piano work, Johannes Brahms' "Klavierstucke, Op. 119," performed by Oshima-Ryan. The entire quintet will present Robert Schumann's "Piano Quintet Op. 44 in E Flat Major," in the concert finale. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception for the performers will follow the concert in the recital hall lobby.

Author Presentation Monday... 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 (history) 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 public.

Long-term Care Insurance Meeting Wednesday... A meeting for Gustavus employees and family members who have purchased long-term care insurance (LTC) through the Gustavus Long-term Care Insurance program will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the St. Peter Room. The purpose of the meeting is to inform LTC participants about a decision by Aegon Insurance, holder of current Gustavus program LTCi policies, to discontinue selling long-term care insurance and what, if any, effects this decision may have on current policies. Representatives from Benefits Management Consultants, Inc. will be available to answer questions.

Hillstrom Museum Exhibits Open Wednesday... Two new exhibitions, both of which provide focus on the Hillstrom Museum of Art's permanent collection, will open next week. "Images of New York City" and "The Prairie Print Makers" will remain on view through Friday, Jan. 28 and Wednesday Jan. 19, respectively. The public is invited to an opening reception which will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.

In conjunction with "The Prairie Print Makers," the museum will sponsor a lecture by Karal Ann Marling of the University of Minnesota. Marling is a noted art historian and scholar of American Studies and is one of the essayists for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition. Her lecture, titled "The Prairie Print Makers: Five-dollar Culture in the Great Depression," is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 in Nobel Hall's Wallenberg Auditorium.

Physics Seminar Nov. 18... Russell Palma from Minnesota State University, Mankato and the University of Minnesota will present a talk, titled "The Sun and Early Solar System: Genesis and Stardust," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in Olin Hall, room 220. Palma is involved in research on NASA's Genesis and Stardust missions, the goal of which is to study the solar system's origin and evolution. This event is sponsored by the Department of Physics and is free and open to the public.

Philosophy Presentation Nov. 18... Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy and head of the Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, will present a paper, titled "The Distinction Between Despair and Depression in Kierkegaard's Writings," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in Confer Hall, room 128. Marino's presentation will include discussion on Soren Kierkegaard's book "The Sickness Unto Death." The talk is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and is open to the public.

St. Lucia Festival Dec. 9... The 63rd annual Festival of St. Lucia will be held Thursday, Dec. 9. The chapel service will be held at 10 a.m. with tenor soloist Dan Felton ('86); the Gustavus Library Associates' Swedish smorgasbord is sold out.


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, Minn., 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.


Denis Crnkovic, modern foreign languages, literatures, and cultures/Russian language and area studies, has published his review of "The Gesta principum Polonorum: The Deed of the Princes of the Poles" that was published in the Summer 2004 issue (vol. 48, no. 2) of the Slavic and East European Journal.

Ophelia, a play by Doug Huff, philosophy, opened Friday, Nov. 5 at Theaterwork in Santa Fe, N.M.

Michael Hvidsten, mathematics and computer science, was the invited speaker at the Minnesota State University, Mankato math department seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 27. His talk was titled "A Project Approach to Teaching College Geometry."

San Skulrattanakulchai, mathematics and computer science, published a paper, titled "Coloring Algorithms on Subcubic Graphs," in the International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science, Special Issue on invited papers from the 8th annual International Computing and Combinatorics Conference in February 2004.

Rebecca Taylor, English, and students David Baldes, Andrew Brown, and Jessica Prody presented papers Friday, Nov. 5 at the Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference in St. Cloud. Their panel was titled "Ethical Issues and Writing Center Practice: Scenes from a Small Lutheran College." Taylor also has two publications forthcoming in the journal Composition Studies. Her article, "Preparing Writing Program Administrators for the Small College Context," and her review of Tutoring Writing will appear in the December issue.

Steve Wright, music, performed Saturday, Nov. 6 with the Twin Cities Seven at the historic Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie, Wisc., in a "Tribute to Billy Holiday" jazz concert. Wright recently appeared with the Ellington Echoes band, led by jazz veteran Percy Hughes. Last summer, Wright premiered a piece for 12 trumpets, titled "Three Impressions for Trumpet Choir," at the International Trumpet Guild conference in Denver; and also taught a jazz camp at Southern Wesleyan and a jazz week at the International Music Camp.


Kallie Gray, a sophomore education major from Tacoma, Wash., was featured in the October issue of the Mankato Family YMCA Volunteers newsletter.

Anyone who has suggested additions for the student news section should contact Director of News and Information Jonathan Kraatz (x7510 or

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Lisa Wojcik, Institutional Advancement

    New Support Staff
    Michael Boelter, Custodial
    Alexis Donath, Dining Service
    Michael Husnick, Custodial
    Jeremy Walter, Physical Plant


Preaching in Congregations... Richard Leitch (political science) will preach Sunday, Nov. 14 at All Saints Lutheran Church in Minnetonka and will speak on the issues of hunger and homelessness. Chris Johnson (vocational reflection) will give a presentation on "Vocation, Calling, Meaning, Passion and Purpose in Work and Daily Life" on Sunday, Nov. 14 at East Union Lutheran Church in Carver. Jack Niemi (church relations) will preach Sunday, Nov. 14 at Servant of Christ Lutheran Church in Champlin. (The Barefoot Five Quintet will perform at the same services. See Music in Worship below.) 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 a retreat Saturday, Nov. 13 for All Saints Lutheran Church from Norwood. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat Saturday, Nov. 13 for Epiphany Lutheran Church from Eagle Lake; and a confirmation retreat Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14 for Cross of Peace Lutheran Church from Shakopee.

Music in Worship... The Barefoot Five Quintet will perform Sunday, Nov. 14 at Servant of Christ Lutheran Church in Champlin. The group consists of Gustavus students Kate Ellingson (horn), Heidi Lawson (bassoon), Johanna Johnson (oboe), Rebecca Palermo (clarinet), and Marissa Wold (flute). 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:
  • NIH Grants Available... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Academic Research Enhancement Award grants to support faculty/student research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences at institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. These awards enable scientists to receive support for small research projects, either for feasibility studies, pilot studies, and other small-scale programs that would provide data preliminary to a traditional research project or as support for an ongoing program of research. A maximum of $150,000 in direct costs may be awarded for a period of up to three years. The deadlines are May 25, Sept. 25, and Jan. 25. For more information, visit
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 Nov. 10, The Free Press of Mankato did a front-page story, titled "Election analysis: It was 2000 II," as a follow-up to Chris Gilbert's (political science) Nov. 9 continuing education presentation "Explaining the 2004 Elections." The article included a black and white photograph of Gilbert at the event.
  • On Nov. 10, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Duluth News Tribune published a story, titled "Election casts doubt on third parties' prospects," that included an interview with Gilbert.
  • On Nov. 9, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story on the front page of The Valley section, titled "Still wanna talk politics? Gustavus gives you the chance," about upcoming continuing education events, particularly a presentation, titled "Explaining the 2004 Elections," by Gilbert.
  • On Nov. 9, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a front-page article, titled "Green, Independence parties experience decline in status," that included quotes by Gilbert.

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":
  • Marilyn Beyer, Church Relations, x7001 (change from x7170 in the Gribly only)
  • Michael Boelter, Custodial, x7655 (addition)
  • Philip Brauer, Swanson Tennis Center, x6185 (delete)
  • Adrienne Donath, Dining Service, x7608 (addition)
  • Michael Husnick, Custodial, x7655 (addition)
  • Cynthia Johnson, Dining Service, x7608 (change from x7689)
  • Dawn Tiede, Dining Service, x7608 (delete)
  • Lisa Wojcik, Corporate and Foundation Relations, x7045 and (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Sale: 1997 Chevrolet Venture with 112,000 miles; well maintained; loaded with options; $3,500. Call Jeff (x6235).

For Sale: A vacation time-share with Resort Condominiums International. It is flexible, so it can be used every year or traded for a different date or location for a vacation; $900. Contact Greg Mason (x7398 or

For Sale: Two used 220-volt electric baseboard heaters and a wall-mount thermostat; six-foot, 1,500-watt unit and four-foot, 1,000-watt unit; both in good condition. Needs to be installed by an electrician or experienced homeowner. Asking $20 for both or best offer. Call Dennis Henry (x7314 or 931-2784).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
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 Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "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
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

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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