The Yellow Sheet for Dec. 9, 2004
December 9, 2004 | Volume 37, Number 14
Volume 37, Number 14
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Share your Story, Share Gustavus... Before going home for the holidays, pick up a bag of Gustavus information to share with friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues, and others. Whether you are a Gustavus student, faculty member, or staff member, stop by the Office of Admission in the Campus Center anytime before break to pick up one, two, or 12 bags. Then, this holiday, share your Gustavus story and the bag that includes a Gustavus CD-ROM, DVD or video, poster, and more. Let's share our extraordinary place with more people! For more information, contact the admission office (email@example.com or x7676).
Mileage Rate Increase... Effective Jan. 1, 2005, the standard business mileage rate will increase to 40.5 cents per mile (from 37.5 cents). The rate, established by the IRS, is used to determine how much an employee's travel expenses (when using his or her own car) are deemed substantiated when the employer provides a mileage allowance under a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement.
St. Lucia Named... During the 63rd annual Festival of St. Lucia held this morning, one sophomore and four of her classmates were selected to serve as St. Lucia and the Lucia Court. They are:
St. Lucia and the court are selected based on academic achievement, spiritual leadership, and involvement in community service at Gustavus.
Christmas Break Vehicle Parking... Anyone wishing to leave a vehicle on campus over Christmas Break must park the vehicle in the lower gravel lot west of the football stadium (Campus Drive, Lot N). Any vehicle not moved to this location during break will be subject to towing at the owner's expense. Contact Safety and Security (x8809) with any questions.
No Newsletter Until Jan. 6... Due to the Christmas recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Dec. 16, Dec. 23, or Dec. 30. Publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 6.
Administration and Faculty Party RSVP due Friday... President Jim Peterson and Dean John Mosbo invite faculty, faculty emeriti, administrators, retired administrators, and their spouses/partners to the Faculty and Administrator Holiday Party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21 in Alumni Hall. RSVP to the Dean of Faculty's Office by Friday, Dec. 10.
Christmas Holiday Schedule... The College will observe the following schedule for the remainder of 2004:
*Employees may work or may request a PTO/vacation day.
Choosing a Book... The search has begun for the sixth annual Reading in Common text. All incoming, first-year students are asked to read the book, which is used during orientation and beyond. First Term Seminar instructors often find ways of referring to the book in class discussion. The author whose book is chosen will visit campus during the first month of classes. Additionally, the City of St. Peter has used the chosen book for its fall "St. Peter Reads" initiative for the past two years, creating a unique campus/community partnership. Selection criteria include:
Past selections include:
Suggestions should be sent to Megan Ruble (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. The committee hopes to meet and choose five finalists before the holiday break.
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:
Senior Art Opening Friday... Senior art majors will host an opening reception of their exhibition from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in the Schaefer Gallery. The gallery, located in the art wing of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays.
Biology Research Presentations Monday... The public is invited to a student poster session from 4-5:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 in the Nobel Hall lobby. Biology majors will discuss the results of their research on "Age Structure and Genetic Diversity of Bur Oak Woodlands" and "Bison and Lion Bioacoustics."
Nutcracker to be Performed Dec. 17-19... The Mankato Ballet Company will perform "The Nutcracker" Dec. 17-19 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The schedule is:
Tickets are available by calling the Mankato Ballet Company at 625-7716.
Support Staff Christmas Party Dec. 22... The Christmas Luncheon for the College's support staff will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 in Alumni Hall. In addition to a special meal, service awards will be presented and there will be drawings for prizes (must be present to win). Donations will be accepted for the St. Peter Area Foodshelf. Non-perishable food items, cash, checks, or food vouchers can be donated. If questions, contact Jane Confer (x6165).
Off-campus Events of Interest
Cox House Christmas This Weekend... The annual E. St. Julien Cox House Christmas in St. Peter continues this weekend, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12. Dolls, antique to modern, will be on display. In addition to the special holiday decorations, musical groups and soloists will perform. 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:
Holiday Harmony Sunday... The Minnesota Valley Sweet Adelines and the Mankato Area Riverblenders will present two concerts Sunday, Dec. 12 -- 3 p.m. at the Church of St. Peter (1801 W. Broadway, St. Peter) and 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. Second St., Mankato). Tickets can be purchased in advance and are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, contact Ellis Jones (934-4184) or Dale Mowbray (934-3170). Tickets can also be purchased at the door and are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be used to support VINE Faith in Action in Mankato and St. Peter.
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.
Extraordinary PeopleDenis Crnkovic, modern languages, literatures, and cultures/Russian language and area studies, presented a paper, "Technology in the Future of Slavic Philological Scholarship," as part of the Symposium on Slavic Language and Literature Studies held Sunday, Nov. 7 at Yale University.
Bob Douglas, geography, presented a talk, "The Swedes and Sudanese: Geographical Commonalities of Old and New Immigrants," Friday, Nov. 12 at a Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Geography Colloquium.
Brian O'Brien, chemistry, has been elected secretary and vice-chair of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. This is a five-year commitment, with O'Brien becoming division chair in the fourth year.
Congregational OutreachPartners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion) Sunday, Dec. 12 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Granquist will speak on "Early Christianity and the Observance of Christmas." Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.
Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).
Funding OppsThe Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
In the MediaHere are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
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 email@example.com).
HoursLibrary hours during finals and Christmas break: 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 and Friday, Dec. 17; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19; 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Wednesday, Dec. 22 and Thursday, Dec. 23; closed Friday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 2.
Telecommunications UpdatesThe following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2004-05":
Babysitter Needed: Babysitter needed from 3-6 p.m. Mondays during January Term and Spring Semester in home near campus. Baby will be 6 months old in January. Pay is $20 per day. If interested, contact Aimee or Brian (507/394-6776 or 507/382-3657 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com or x6513).
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