The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 18, 2004

November 18, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 12

Volume 37, Number 12

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Position Openings

Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Ushers Still Needed... The Office of Marketing and Public Relations/Special Events is still looking for ushers for any/all Christmas in Christ Chapel services Dec. 3-5. This means that anyone interested can usher at any service and can stay and watch the service without a ticket. Contact Dana Lamb (x7520 or to volunteer.

Gustavus Ranks in Top 20 for Study Abroad… Gustavus ranks eighth in the number of students studying abroad from baccalaureate institutions, according to Open Doors 2004, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with funding from the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The report measures numbers for the 2002-03 academic year. Other Minnesota colleges in the top 20 include St. Olaf (1), Concordia-Moorhead (5), and Carleton (18).

Publication Reminder... Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, Nov. 25.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.

Nominations for All-USA College Academic Team... USA TODAY invites Gustavus administration, faculty members, and staff to nominate students for the 2005 All-USA College Academic Team. Criteria and a nomination form are available at Nominations must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 30.

TIAA-CREF Rep Visit... A TIAA-CREF consultant will be available Monday, Nov. 22 on campus for personal financial counseling sessions. To schedule a session, sign up at the TIAA-CREF website or call 800/877-6602.

Snow Emergency Notice... When College facilities will be closed or classes delayed or canceled during a work day due to inclement weather conditions, announcements will be made by 6:30 a.m. on the following radio stations: KRBI (1310 AM, St. Peter), KYSM (103.5 FM/1230 AM, Mankato), and WCCO (830 AM, Twin Cities). Announcements will also be made by 6:45 a.m. on campus voice mail and e-mail. If the College makes the decision to close, individuals will be paid for regularly scheduled hours for that day. If individuals choose to leave early due to inclement weather, the time off should be taken as unpaid leave or PTO/vacation time, with supervisor approval. Factors that influence the College's decision to delay or cancel classes include the following: expected precipitation, road conditions, visibility, and wind-chill factor. The College recognizes that its decision to delay/cancel may differ from local area K-12 schools. Gustavus is influenced by the needs of the more than 2,000 students who live in campus housing, as contrasted to different factors and conditions at K-12 schools (e.g., busing, young children, etc.).

Upcoming Holiday Schedule... The College will observe the following holidays for the remainder of 2004:

  • Thanksgiving Day -- Thursday, Nov. 25
  • Day after Thanksgiving -- Friday, Nov. 26
  • Christmas Day holiday -- Friday, Dec. 24
  • Floating holiday -- Monday, Dec. 27
  • Floating holiday -- Tuesday, Dec. 28
  • Floating holiday -- Wednesday, Dec. 29
  • *College open -- Thursday, Dec. 30
  • New Year's Day holiday -- Friday, Dec. 31

*Employees may work or request a PTO/vacation day.

Administration and Faculty Party... President Jim Peterson and Dean John Mosbo invite faculty, faculty emerti, administrators, retired administrators and their spouses/partners to the Faculty and Administrator Holiday Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21 in Alumni Hall. RSVP to the Dean of Faculty's Office by Friday, Dec. 10.

Upcoming Events

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. 19 -- Luke 16:19-31, Mimi Gerstbauer
  • Nov. 20 -- Holy Communion
  • Nov. 22 -- Matthew 6:25-33, Jenifer Ward
  • Nov. 23 -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Jeff Jeremiason
  • Nov. 24 -- Psalm 148
  • Nov. 25 -- No chapel
  • Nov. 26 -- No chapel
  • Nov. 28 -- Holy Communion
  • Nov. 29 -- Mark 13:32-37, Casey Elledge
  • Nov. 30 -- 2 Peter 3:8-14, Tim Kennedy
  • Dec. 1 -- Psalm 122
  • Dec. 2 -- Isaiah 2:1-5, World AIDS Day, Eric Carlson
  • Dec. 3 -- Matthew 6:5-13

International Festival Friday... The International Cultures Club invites the public to this year's International Festival, "Heal the World," at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 in Alumni Hall. Experience many cultures of the world with food, country displays, music, dancing, and a fashion show.

Fine Arts Events This Weekend... Concerts taking place this weekend on campus include:
  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 in Christ Chapel, the Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras, under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, will perform. The orchestras (formerly the Gustavus and Adolphus Bands) will perform works by Howard Hanson, Frank Ticheli, John Philip Sousa, Dmitri Shostakovich, John Williams, and others.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in Bjorling Recital Hall, pianist Janet Jansen will present her senior recital.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in Bjorling Recital Hall, flutist Marissa Wold will present her senior recital.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in Bjorling Recital Hall, Steve Wright and the Gustavus jazz ensembles will present their fall concert. The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble will open with works by Matt Harris, Count Basie, Bob Washut, and others. The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band perform works by Thelonius Monk, Mike Tomaro, Sammy Nestico, Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini, and Frank Mantooth.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 in Bjorling Recital Hall, the Gustavus Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of Robert Adney, will present a work based on a Ghanaian drum theme, a concert piece for two marimbas and eight hands, along with combined works for multiple percussion instruments.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 in Christ Chapel, the Birgitta Singers, St. Ansgar's Chorus, and Gustavus Chamber Singers will perform. Directed by Julie Aune and Gregory Aune, "Let the Music Resound!" includes a variety of compositions ranging from Baroque and sacred works, to the jazz and pop tunes of contemporary American culture.

These concerts are free and open to the public.

DNR Endangered Species Seminar Tuesday... Bonita Eliason, from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage and Nongame Research, will present a seminar, "Endangered Species Conservation in Minnesota," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Nobel Hall, room 222. This event is sponsored by the Department of Biology and is free and open to the public.

Talk Shop Dec. 3... Anne-Marie Gronhovd (modern foreign languages, literatures, and cultures/French), Greg Mason (English), Deb Pitton (education), and Sujay Rao (history) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year. Their talk, titled "The Twilight of Castro's Cuba," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 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

Yule Tide Breakfast Dec. 7... The public is invited to the annual American Scandinavian Yule Tide Breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in the Heritage Banquet Room. "A Pastor's Child Remembers" will be presented by Florence Sponberg, who will share her memories of growing up in an Augustana Lutheran Minister's household. Cost is $8 per person. To make a reservation, send a check, made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College, to Edi Thorstensson, Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Reservations must be made by Friday, Dec. 3.


Breakfast with Santa Dec. 4... Little Saints Preschool of St. Peter will hold its 23rd annual "Breakfast with Santa" from 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Church of St. Peter's Social Hall located at 1801 W. Broadway in St. Peter. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, and fruit. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-10. There is no charge for children under the age of two. Tickets for adults are $6 at the door. Each child can choose a small gift from Santa's workshop. Bring your family and have pictures taken with Santa. The event is sponsored in part by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, St. Peter Area Chapter. To purchase tickets, contact Sara (x7502).

Extraordinary People

Aaron Banks and June Kloubec, both health and exercise science, recently published "Pilates & physical education: A natural fit" in The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 75(4), pages 34-37, 51. Banks recently co-published the following articles: "Knowing me, knowing who?: Getting to know your students' preferred learning style" in Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 15(4), pages 25-27; "Benefits of a sport specific warm-up in the gymnasium" in Strategies, 18(2), pages 13-15; and "Creative mass media ideas for the gymnasium" in Strategies, 17(3), pages 7-9.

Laura Behling, English, recently presented "Lab Work: Teaching the 'Science' of American Studies" during the Focus on Teaching Day at the American Studies Association Annual Conference.

Barbara Fister, library, had a commentary, titled "Go Ahead, Book Me," published in the Nov. 15 issue of Library Journal. The commentary is part of a cover story on the future of university presses.

Lois Peterson, art and art history, has her work, "Our Ecological Footprint," featured in a solo exhibition at the Waseca Art Center in Waseca that runs through Saturday, Nov. 27.

Russell Shapiro, geology, published a paper, "Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Microbialite Record," in a book, titled "Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Biological Revolutions," published by the Paleontological Society, v. 10, pages 5-15.

San Skulrattanakulchai, mathematics and computer science, published his second paper of 2004, titled "Acyclic colorings of subcubic graphs," in the journal Information Processing Letters in November.

Bronwen Wickkiser, classics, gave two lectures Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12 at Oberlin College, her alma mater, on "Health Care in Ancient Greece: Doctors, Diseases, and Divine Intervention" and "The Periclean Building Program."

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Christopher Eckheart, Athletics

    New Support Staff
    Kyhl Thomson, Dining Service

Position Openings

  • Student Receivables Assistant, Finance Office
  • Tennis Coordinator, Swanson Tennis Center
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Chris Gilbert (political science) on Sunday, Nov. 21 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. He will present "Religion and the 2004 Election." 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.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Friday, Nov. 19 for the youth of the Mount Olivet Chancel Choir from Minneapolis.

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:
  • Another Fulbright Opportunity... The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program, which is separate from the Fulbright Scholar Program, offers awards for distinguished U.S. faculty and professionals to lecture or do research in 15 countries. These awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Program; candidates should have a prominent record of scholarly accomplishment. Awards are available from two months to an academic year or longer. Grant stipends and benefits vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline for letters of interest, sample syllabus and curriculum vitae is May 1, with an Aug. 2 full application deadline. For more information on the Distinguished Chairs program, see (For information about the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, see
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

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Nov. 17, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page color photograph of student Kristen Heider. She was sleeping in front of Christ Chapel as part of Richard Leitch's Politics of Homelessness class during Hunger and Homelessness Week.
  • On Nov. 14, The Free Press of Mankato published an article, titled "MSU, Gustavus take steps to curb drinking." Patti Kelly (dean of students) was quoted in the article.
  • On Nov. 7, The Santa Fe New Mexican published an article on Ophelia, a play written by Doug Huff (philosophy) that opened Friday, Nov. 5 in Santa Fe. The article included an interview with Huff.

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: Three-bedroom rambler across from an elementary school in St. Peter. Has two baths, finished basement, central air, screened-in porch, and a patio. Available January 2005. Call 934-3743.

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: Videotapes of Nov. 14 performance of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast in Alumni Hall by the St. Peter Choral Society and Orchestra. The cost is $20 for the VHS tape and $25 for the DVD. Contact All Star Video (Jim Marousis) at 934-9310.

Free: Refinished and refurbished 1921 reed/pump parlor organ #6368 built by W. W. Putnam & Co. of Staunton, Va. First come, first served. Call 934-2830 or x7062.

Wanted: Used piano. Contact Jeff (x6235).

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
Volunteers needed to work shifts at Holiday Party
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
57 p.m. Destress Fest with the PAs Room
67:15 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
68 p.m. DIY Hot Chocolate Making Event Cafe
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
7:05 p.m. Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
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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