The Yellow Sheet for Jan. 13, 2005

January 13, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 16

Volume 37, Number 16

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

News & Announcements

Staff in Old Main Moves On... The staff in Old Main has been busy packing up to make way for renovation. Following is a list of new and/or temporary locations for those who have been housed in Old Main.
  • Professors from the following departments have been moved to temporary locations as follows:
    • Classics -- library
    • Philosophy -- library
    • Political Science -- library
    • Religion -- Confer/Vickner, library, Olin, social science center
  • Chaplains -- library (temporary location, moving Monday, Jan. 17)
  • Education, including Sandi Francis -- will move during touring week to the newly constructed P.A. Mattson Hall, the building to the west of Prairie View
  • Nursing, including Linda Elvee -- same as education

All telephone extension numbers remain the same. It may be wise to call or e-mail anyone in this group instead of attempting to find them!

GHP Health Screening... All Gustavus employees and spouses are invited to participate in the 2005 Gustavus Health Promotion (GHP) health screening at no charge. Screening is available from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31-Friday, Feb. 4 and Monday, Feb. 7-Friday, Feb. 11 at St. Peter Community Hospital. Thirty minutes of release time will be granted for the screening and participants will receive a bagel coupon for the Market Place. To sign up, call the Department of Human Resources (x7304) between 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-4:45 p.m. weekdays. Registrants will receive verification of their screening date and time and information describing the procedures via campus mail.

Reading in Common Input Needed... The 2005 First Year Reading in Common committee has chosen five finalists for consideration as this year's text:

"The Freedom Writer's Diary" by Erin Gruwell
"Reserve Police Batallion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland" by Christopher Browning
"Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman
"The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo" by Paula Huntley
"Confederacy of Silence: A True Tale of the New Old South" by Richard Rubin

The committee seeks input from the campus community about any of these books relevant to their selection for this program. Committee members include Leila Brammer (communication studies), Deborah Goodwin (religion), Matt Panciera (classics), Amy Pehrson (vocational reflection), Shawn Reid (admission), Megan Ruble (student activities), Jeff Stocco (career center), Terena Wilkens (theatre and dance/head resident), and students Ben Boline, Julia Gustafson, Hannah Johnson, and Chris Van Fossen. Feedback should be sent to Megan Ruble ( or x7597) by Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Upcoming Music Tours... The Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra (formerly the Gustavus Band), and the Gustavus String Orchestra will perform 37 concerts in 15 states between Jan. 20 and Feb. 13. A complete schedule that includes dates, times, and locations is available online at


On Sunday and Monday, the 23rd and 24th, an important event in the life of Gustavus occurs. Actually, it happens every 3-4 months and has almost since the College was founded. It's a Board of Trustees meeting. The trustees gather here on campus to do the business they were elected to do, such as hire and fire the president (I don't think that's on next week's agenda although planning for my annual review is), ensure solid stewardship of College resources and help to grow them, ensure that institutional policies and procedures are in place, and talk about goals and strategies necessary to address our long- and shorter-term future.

Next week, under the leadership of Board Chair Russ Michaletz, the trustees will be discussing new directions for the board, its committees, and individual trustees. To address a stronger role for the board in fundraising, the Fundraising Task Force will make its report with suggestions for change. To address the board's responsibilities with respect to academics, a new Academic Task Force will report on its first stage of discussions. The Trusteeship Committee will discuss their active efforts to strengthen and support the full engagement of individual trustees and the effectiveness of each of the board committees. We'll also hear about progress on a trustee website that will help the board's work become more accessible and transparent. The Mission Effectiveness Committee will review their discussions on clarifying the board's role in ensuring that the College is carrying out its mission effectively. The Finance and Investment Committees will summarize our financial picture as they do regularly, and will have presentations made by staff regarding athletic fields planning, new facility status, and campus planning in general. (We're planning a similar presentation for the rest of the Gustavus community later that same day.) Many of the trustees will also rise early on Monday to have breakfast and discussions with students.

I write this note simply to let you all know that our Board of Trustees is active and engaged in the work of Gustavus. To a person, they care greatly about the College and they're committed to contributing to its success.


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:

  • Jan. 14 -- Vicar Brian Beckstrom, Habbakuk 1: 2-4, 2: 1-4
  • Jan. 16 -- Second Sunday in Epiphany, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Jan. 17 -- Bruce Bjork, Micah 6: 6-8
  • Jan. 18 -- Rebecca Smith, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Luke 4: 16-30
  • Jan. 19 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 40: 1-11
  • Jan. 20 -- Terri Speirs, Lutheran World Relief, Micah 4: 1-4
  • Jan. 21 -- Tracy Vicory, Hebrews 12: 1-3
  • Jan. 23 -- Third Sunday in Epiphany, Vicar Brian Beckstrom

Flying Foot Forum to Perform Friday and Saturday... As part of the 2005 Gustavus Artist Series, Flying Foot Forum, an internationally renowned, Minneapolis-based percussive dance company under the artistic direction of Joe Chvala, will present the dance concert "Flying Feats" at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 and Saturday, Jan. 15 in Anderson Theatre. A two-week residency in the Department of Theatre and Dance has allowed Chvala to involve Gustavus students in some of the dances with members of the company. Flying Foot Forum uses a variety of dance styles, ranging from flamenco to modern, ballet to tap, clogging to hula, and other dance traditions to tell stories, create characters, and explore ideas. This weekend's concert includes a new collaborative effort by Chvala, composer Peter O'Gorman, and Rick Ausland, performer and artistic director of the group Ten Foot Five. The work juxtaposes sounds of metal on wood with wood on a variety of metal instruments set specially for this piece. Tickets are available at the ticket center (x7590). Tickets remaining at show time will be on sale at the Anderson Theatre box office.

Extraordinary People

Robert Helgeson (student financial assistance) has been elected to serve as president-elect of the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) for 2005-06. MAFAA membership includes most public and private schools in Minnesota. Helgeson will serve as president during 2006-07 and past president in 2007-08. In addition to working on Minnesota financial assistance issues, he will represent Minnesota at regional and national financial assistance conferences and events.

Michael Hvidsten (mathematics and computer science) debuted his new textbook/software, titled "Geometry with Geometry Explorer," at the joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, held Jan. 5-8 in Atlanta. The text and accompanying compact disc were published on Dec. 10 by McGraw-Hill. Hvidsten also presented a poster on the project at this meeting.

Michelle Twait (library) presented a workshop titled "Making Collaborative Marketing Plans" to the Twin Cities Biomedical Consortium on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Fairview Southdale Hospital.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Ethan Sommer, Gustavus Technology Services

    New Faculty
    Justin Holmes, Political Science
    Benjamin Laabs, Geology and Geography
    Christine Metzo, Geography

    New Support Staff
    Amy Braun, Finance

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations... Mark Granquist (religion) will give an adult forum presentation Sunday, Jan. 16 at Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield on the history of Lutheranism. 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 the following retreats: Friday, Jan. 14 for a women's group from St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield; Saturday, Jan. 15-Sunday, Jan. 16 for high school leaders from Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis; and Friday, Jan. 14-Saturday, Jan. 15 for ninth graders from Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids.

Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:

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

  • NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes... Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers college and university instructors opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes. All instructors selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a fixed stipend of $3,000, $3,600, or $4,200 (depending on the length of the seminar or institute, which varies from four to six weeks) to help cover the costs of travel, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. The dates and duration of each project along with application information are listed at The application deadline is March 1, 2005.

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Jan. 11, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a story on the front page of the Daily Life section titled "Ask the Expert: Cultural anthropologist explains how 9/11 changed Americans." The story included an interview with Karen Larson (anthropology and interdisciplinary studies) about her book, "Culture and Terror."
  • On Jan. 11, The Free Press of Mankato featured a story on the front page of the Currents section, titled "Foot Forum Dancers to Perform at Gustavus: Flying Feats." The story included quotes by Al Behrends (fine arts) and Michele Rusinko (theatre and dance) and a color photograph of the group.
  • On Jan. 6, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page story, titled "Conference lets Kids Juggle the Arts," that included mention of Gustavus and juggle master Tom Rudie, who teaches juggling and unicycle riding on campus once a week.
  • On Jan. 6, the St. Peter Herald published an article on Naomi Karstad ('83), titled "Karstad appearing at Ordway," that included a black and white photograph of her.

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

Telecommunications Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2004-05":
  • Amy Braun, finance, x6244, abraun@gustavus (addition)
  • Justin Holmes, political science, x6224, (addition)
  • Lennart Sacredeus, Scandinavian studies, x7423, (addition)
  • Paul Tillquist, institutional advancement, x6042 (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or

Calendar of Events

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.

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