The Yellow Sheet for Dec. 2, 2004

December 2, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 13

Volume 37, Number 13

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Newsletter Break... Due to the Christmas recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Dec. 16, Dec. 23, or Dec. 30. Publication will resume Jan. 6.

Cellular Phone Special Offers... Once again the Office of Telecommunications has made arrangements with local cellular vendors to provide plans with various discounts and special offers for College employees. For more information, contact telecommunications (x6261 or x7025).

Career Exploration Award Announced... The Career Center, in partnership with the Center for Vocational Reflection, is offering a new opportunity for students participating in a January Term career exploration. The Nancy Pautz Memorial Career Exploration Award is open to students of all majors exploring vocation through a month-long, full-time experience. This pilot program awards a small number of students up to $500 to cover expenses incurred while participating in a January Term career exploration. Students demonstrating financial need, commitment to genuine exploration, and the ability to participate in required workshops are given priority consideration. A completed application and one-page statement are due by Wednesday, Dec. 15. Pautz worked her last 16 of 21 years at Gustavus in the Career Center as the Internship Program Assistant. By establishing this award, the Career Center and Center for Vocational Reflection hope to honor Pautz’s countless contributions to the career exploration program.

United Way Update... To date, the campus fund for the 2005 St. Peter United Way campaign is at the $8,350 mark of the $10,500 goal, or 80%. To all who have participated so far this fall, a special thanks. To those who are still considering, here is a gentle reminder that we welcome your gift or pledge in the days ahead. Please know that payroll deduction is a great way to go. The local $60,000 United Way campaign is slated to close in mid-December. Contact Dean Wahlund in special events (x7521) or Barb Lundgren (x75-5) in the finance office for more information. "Working Together Matters -- the United Way!"

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.

President's Corner

Hej! Hur mår du. Trävligt att treffas. Tack för maten. I'm practicing a little bit of Swedish. (My tutor, senior Jennifer Stromberg, might say a very little bit.) I'm trying to learn at least a little of the language as Susan and I prepare for a trip to Stockholm next week to be a part of the Nobel Prize ceremonies. While there are a couple of grand formal events we'll be attending, the purpose of our visit is more than that. Cementing ties with The Nobel Foundation is important to the continuing relationship that supports our Nobel Conference here on campus. We'll also be visiting with a number of alumni and attending a reception for Gusties at the Nordic Museum. Additional stops will include the Wallenberg Foundation, financial supporter of a number of projects here at Gustavus, and lunch with Mr. Stig Ramel, former head of The Nobel Foundation and former Gustavus trustee.

Our history and some of our important traditions are connected to Sweden. We honor those roots. But more importantly, we stay connected to Sweden for current and future reasons. Our Nobel Conferences, student exchanges, scholarly interactions, staff and faculty collaborations of various sorts are all a part of our present and our future. So Sweden is certainly not our single international connection as it was many years ago, but it is important to us today, and we will continue to value it, cultivate it, and be strengthened by it.

Nej. Jag talar inte svenska.



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:

  • Dec. 3 -- Vicar Brian Beckstrom, Matthew 6: 5-13
  • Dec. 5 -- Second Sunday in Advent, Kari Lipke
  • Dec. 6 -- Amy Pehrson, Isaiah 40: 21-31
  • Dec. 7 -- Winds of Christmas
  • Dec. 8 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 130
  • Dec. 9 -- Festival of St. Lucia
  • Dec. 10 -- Leah Jarvis, Luke 1: 46-56
  • Dec. 12 -- Third Sunday in Advent, Chaplain Rachel Larson

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.

Fair Trade Fair Saturday and Sunday... The campus community is invited to a sale of fairly traded crafts, toys, and holiday items by artisans from around the world from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Campus Center. This event is sponsored by Students Helping Integrate Fair Trade (SHIFT).

Religion Majors' Presentation Tuesday... Ever wonder what those religion majors think about all semester? They think about such diverse topics as spiritual warfare, women pastors, Christians in the military, post-modernism, Indian thinkers and pluralism, Jesus' consciousness, and Buddhist and Christian philosophers. The public is invited to a presentation from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in Linner Lounge by senior religion majors who will show and discuss the posters they have created to bring their research findings to life.

Concert Tuesday... Swedish jazz musician Nils Lindberg will perform in concert with Philip Brunelle's VocalEssence and the Gustavus Faculty Jazz Combo at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Lindberg returns to Gustavus after 25 years to present this concert of holiday and jazz traditionals, with a touch of Lindberg's own jazz arrangements. The concert opens with VocalEssence singing traditional Christmas carols with Lindberg at the piano. Following intermission, members of the Faculty Jazz Combo (Steve Wright, trumpet; Jim McGuire, guitar; Rick Orpen, bass; and Minneapolis drummer Gary Gauger) will join Lindberg and close out the program playing traditional jazz favorites. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and staff, and $5 for Gustavus students with ID and will be available at the door.

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus community is invited to the Cancer Support Group meeting at noon Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Author Reading Dec. 9... Daniela Kuper will read from her novel, “Hunger and Thirst,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in the Interpretive Center. “Hunger and Thirst” is Kuper’s debut novel, in which she explores life in Chicago’s Jewish culture of the 1950s through the eyes of the Trout family. Kuper is the recipient of five literary fellowships and was nominated for the 1997-98 Pushcart Prize. Her short stories have been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals. Her novel is available for purchase in the Book Mark. The event is free and open to the public.

Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Dec. 9... Richard Leppert, Samuel Russell Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at the University of Minnesota, will give a lecture, titled "Food for Thought: Representation, Eating, and the Imaginary Self," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in Confer Hall, room 127. The lecture, part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program, is free and open to the public. Leppert will also be available for class visits and meetings with interested students and faculty on Thursday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 10. To make arrangements, contact Sujay Rao ( Leppert's work focuses on the relations of music and imagery to social and cultural construction, principally revolving around issues of gender, class, and race. His research addresses Western music and visual culture from early modernity to the present.

Shared Space Performances Dec. 9-11... The 2004 Shared Space Dance Concert, "Love the Space You're In," which runs Dec. 9-11 in the Kresge Dance Studio in Schaefer Fine Arts, is sold out. The performance is choreographed, produced, directed, and performed by students in the dance program. A preview performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 in Kresge Dance Studio. A ticket is not required to attend this preview.

Michael Johnson Concert Dec. 10... Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and storyteller Michael Johnson will perform his annual campus concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the ticket center (x7590) or can be purchased at the door.

Astronomy and Stargazing Dec. 14.... The public is invited to a presentation by Mike Lynch, broadcast meteorologist at WCCO (830 AM, Minneapolis) radio, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in Olin Hall, room 103 and the Olin Observatory. “An Evening With Mike Lynch” will include his talk about astronomy, as well as stargazing. Lynch’s new book, "Minnesota Star Watch: The Essential Guide to our Night Sky," will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required; cost is $5 per person or $15 for families. Register at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, call 934-3048 and press zero for an operator. This is a Gustavus continuing education program done in cooperation with the St Peter Community and Family Education program.


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).

Cox House Christmas in December... Everyone is invited to the annual E. St. Julien Cox House Christmas in St. Peter from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4-5 and 11-12. Dolls, antique to modern, will be on display. In addition to the special holiday decorations, there will be musical groups and soloists performing. Admission is $3 for adults and 50 cents for students. Nicollet County Historical Society members and children 12 and under are free. The schedule for the performers is:

  • Saturday, Dec. 4
    1-2:30 p.m. -- Bonnie Jorgenson, piano
    2:30-4 p.m. -- Emily Kracht and Erin McDaniel, vocal and piano
  • Sunday, Dec. 5
    1-2:30 p.m. -- Church of St. Peter Quartet, including Nancy and Jerry Torrison, Kay Zarn, and Bill Johnson
    2:30-4 p.m. -- Aurorali, a string trio, including Aubrey, Bethany, and Ceri Benson
  • Saturday, Dec. 11
    1-2:30 p.m. -- Rebekah Richards, piano, and Sarah Hvidsten, violin
    2:30.-4 p.m. -- Folky Dokey, including Bruce Davis, and Don and Joni Myers.
  • Sunday, Dec. 12
    1-2:30 p.m. -- Jim and Donna Bakken, piano, flute, and reed organ
    2:30- 4 p.m. -- Katy Young, vocal

Live Nativity Dec. 17... First Lutheran Church of St. Peter invites the public to the "Live Nativity" from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 surrounding the church at the corner of Traverse Road and Sunrise Drive. This is a free event but donations to the St. Peter Area Food Shelf are welcome.


Mark Granquist, religion, gave two lectures -- "Religion and Politics in Contemporary America" and the other on religious aspects of Swedish immigration to the United States -- Nov. 22 at Vaxjo University, Vaxjo, Sweden.

Lisa Heldke, philosophy, presented as part of a panel on "Teaching Against Empire," at the biennial national conference of the Radical Philosophy Association, held Nov. 4-7 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. At the same conference, Kimberlee Kautzer, senior philosophy major, presented "The Ethics of Spectatorship: The Curious Predicament of an American Student in India."

Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, music, recently presented a lecture recital, titled "Akira Miyoshi: Contemporary Piano Works from Japan," Nov. 3-7 at the College Music Society's annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Embaracadero Center, San Francisco.

Don Scheese, English, published a review of "Conserving Words: How American Nature Writers Shaped the Environmental Movement" (University of Virginia Press, 2004) by Dan Philippon in the October 2004 issue of Environmental History.


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Support Staff
    Thad Ehlenfeldt, Dining Service


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Overseas Regional Research Fellowships... The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) announces a fellowship program that supports advanced regional research for scholars in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences who wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. It is anticipated that approximately ten awards of up to $9,000 each will be given to scholars. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Please see the website at for the locations of these centers and details on required application materials. Given changing restrictions to many countries, applicants should contact CAORC before preparing a proposal. Application materials must be received by Jan. 14, 2005.
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. 29, The Free Press of Mankato published a story announcing that Kirk Beyer (human resources) received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources' 2004 Distinguished Service Award. The story ran on the front page of The Valley section and was titled "Gustavus employee wins national honor."
  • On Nov. 26, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article, titled "Colleges harness Wind Power to Cut Energy Costs," that mentions Gustavus and its effort to raise money to put up two wind turbines.
  • On Nov. 25, the St. Peter Herald published a black and white photograph on page 3A, titled "Kind (Veterinary) pound pals," that included students Ty Haschig, Ashley Takekawa, and Kelly Weir, who are pound pal volunteers.
  • On Nov. 22, The Free Press of Mankato ran two stories:
    • "Three Gustavus employees honored for their work"
    • An article on alumni who are currently lawmakers, that indicates Gustavus currently has four
  • On Nov. 21, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis included an article about two exhibits now featured in the Hillstrom Museaum of Art: "Images of New York City" and "The Prairie Print Makers."
  • On Nov. 18, the Brooklyn Center Sun Post published an article about the annual TwinWest Chamber of Commerce's Making a Difference Luncheon. Freshman Grace Bury was chosen to receive the Karen Gibbs Memorial Scholarship at this event that honors women in the area who have made a difference.
  • On Nov. 18, the St. Peter Herald published a front page story on Gustavus students who were part of a sleepout in conjunction with Politic of Homelessness class taught by Richard Leitch (political science). The article included two black and white photographs; one of Leitch and one of students Christina Strey and Carla Thielbar. The article included quotes by Strey, Leitch, and student Andrea Carlile.

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":
  • Christopher Eckheart, Athletics, x6145 (addition)
  • Pam Johnson, Health Services, x7630 (deletion)
  • Chris Pouliot, Geography, x6054 (deletion)
  • Jessica Sellner, Health Services, x7630 (deletion)
  • Kyhl Thomson, Dining Service, x7608 (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Sale: 1998 Chevy Blazer LT. Four-door, four wheel-drive, leather interior, CD, cassette, air conditioning, cruise control, power everything. Asking $7,500. Contact Mik Gusenius ( or x6513).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe

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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