The Yellow Sheet for Feb. 24, 2005

February 24, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 21

Volume 37, Number 21

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Extraordinary People
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News & Announcements

MIAC Basketball Playoff Tickets... The Gustavus men's basketball team will host a MIAC Playoff game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Lund Center. Since this is a post-season playoff game, tickets are required. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night. There will be no pre-sale of tickets.

Staff Reclassification Committee to Meet... The next meeting of the Staff Reclassification Committee will be held Wednesday, March 23 to evaluate requests for grade changes for support staff positions. In order to be considered at this meeting, a complete request for position review must be received in the Office of Human Resources by Friday, March 18.

Upcoming Holiday Schedule... The College will observe the following holidays:

  • Good Friday -- Friday, March 25, 2005
  • Memorial Day -- Monday, May 30, 2005
  • Fourth of July -- Monday, July 4, 2005

Award-winning CD-ROM... The college's recently produced CD-ROM has received a 2004 Crystal Communicator Award for Video/Film/Multimedia production. The project, an integrated marketing effort launched at the 2004 Minnesota State Fair, incorporates video testimonials, photographs, and information into a graphical interface that is driven by student, parent, or alumni interest . It encourages them to visit or reconnect with Gustavus. The communicator awards program, founded by communication professionals, is an annual international competition that recognizes excellence in the communication field. The CD-ROM was produced in conjunction with James Tower, a Mankato-based marketing and communication firm. The offices of admission and advancement worked together on this project. Stacia Senne (marketing and public relations) served as project lead and Jonathan Kraatz (news and information) was project coordinator.


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:

  • Feb. 25 -- Lars Clausen, Acts 3: 1-10
  • Feb. 27 -- Third Sunday in Lent, Vicar Brian Beckstrom
  • Feb. 28 -- Judy Gorman, John 13: 3-9
  • March 1 -- Mike Schut, 1 Peter 4: 8-11
  • March 2 -- Lenten Liturgy
  • March 3 -- Richard Hughes, Mark 10: 35-45
  • March 4 -- St. David's Day

MLK Lecture Thursday... In honor of Black History Month, the Peace Studies program will present its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture. Maj. Brent Beardsley will deliver a speech titled "Lessons from the 1994 Rwandan Genocide" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in Nobel Hall's Wallenberg Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Farewell Party Friday... The campus community is invited to a reception for Janet Huikko (physical plant) from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 in the Heritage Room. Huikko's last day of work at Gustavus is Wednesday, March 2.

Faculty Collaboration Symposium Monday... The Center for Vocational Reflection invites you to be a part of "Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Liberal Arts and the Good Life," an interdisciplinary symposium featuring Pam Kittelson (biology), Joyce Sutphen (English), and Leila Brammer (communication studies) at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 in the Heritage (Banquet) Room. Symposium : "a convivial party at which there is free exchange of ideas accompanied with dinner." If you want to join the conversation (and eat), RSVP to Amy Pehrson ( After RSVPing, a copy of their paper will be sent to you to review prior to the symposium.

Lilly Conference on Vocation Starts Monday... Living "the good life" has become the goal of millions of Americans. But, what do we mean when we use that term, and how do we determine what's "good"? The Center for Vocational Reflection at Gustavus wants to help the Gustavus community answer those questions and more. The speakers and events scheduled for the center's fourth annual Lilly Conference on Vocation, scheduled for the week of February 28-March 5, explore some provocative, timeless, and profoundly human questions: What is "the good life," and why? "Good" for whom, and at whose expense? What is the nature and place of creativity, truth, beauty, justice, faith, sustainability, community, and care in the good life? Of pain and suffering? What threatens the good life—or our conversation and deliberation about it? The Lilly Conference is one of many aspects of the college's mission-driven vocation initiative, which seeks to equip the entire campus community to be more intentional in thinking of their lives in terms of a calling to make a difference in the world. The conference features a number of events and activities for the entire campus community, many of which are also open to the public. For more information on the conference, contact the CVR's director, Chris Johnson, by telephone (507/934-4863), or visit the CVR's website.

St. Peter Reads Event Tuesday... Unity in Community-St. Peter Reads will feature award-winning Minnesota author Lise Lunge-Larsen at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 in the Senior Center at the St. Peter Community Center. Lunge-Larson has written a number of books, including "Race of the Birkebeiners." This will be a delightful evening of myth, metaphor, and creativity. The event is free and open to all and will be of special interest to parents, Scandinavians, educators, and anyone who loves a good tale. For more information, call Judy Schultz (x6017) at the Book Mark.

Safe Zone Training Wednesday... This year's Safe Zone ally training program, sponsored by Queers & Alliesis scheduled for 6-9 p.m. March 2 in the Heritage Banquet Room. The purpose of Safe Zone is to inform and educate the Gustavus community about how to respond to queer concerns. Most importantly, participants learn how to make Gustavus a safe and welcoming community for all people.

Faculty Shop Talk... Doug Huff will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year. His talk titled "The Crucible and Aristotelian Moral Authority: A Case Study in Virtue Ethics," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 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

St. David's Day Celebration... On Friday, March 4, Gustavus Adolphus College will host its 32nd annual St. David's Day observance with a mini-Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn sing), reception, presentation, and luncheon. The public is invited to this annual celebration honoring St. David, the patron saint of Wales, which is one of the largest such St. David's Day celebrations in North America.

  • 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel -- mini-Gymanfa Ganu
  • 10:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall -- reception, featuring Welsh cakes and fruit
  • 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall -- the Rev. Neal Lloyd of First Presbyterian Church in Rochester, will give a talk, titled "Who was St. David?"
  • Noon in the Campus Center -- Welsh luncheon

Cost is $13.25 per person for the reception and luncheon. Reservations should be made with the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, c/o Dana Lamb, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Ave., St. Peter, 56082-1498. Checks should be made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College. For more information, call 507-933-7520 or e-mail The reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 28.

Faculty/Staff Retreat March 4-5... As part of the annual Lilly Conference on Vocation, the campus community is invited to the Church-and-College Faculty/Staff Retreat Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 at the Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna. On Friday evening, Richard Hughes, Distinguished Professor of Religion and director of the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine University, who will speak Thursday as part of the conference, will help the retreat attendees explore their individual values and how they shape their lives at Gustavus. On Saturday morning, drawing on his expertise on church-related higher education, Hughes will also help attendees think about Gustavus' particular character and strengths and the vision of its mission. The retreat will run from dinner on Friday through lunch on Saturday. Contact Florence Amamoto (x7399 or by Monday, Feb. 28 to sign up or for further information. For those who are signed up for Scholarship Day on Saturday, March 5 but want to come for the Friday workshop, transportation arrangements can be made to return to campus for Saturday's interviews. The retreat is sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection.

Building Bridges' 10th Anniversary... Building Bridges extends an invitation to its tenth annual conference. This student-initiated, student-led conference will take place on Saturday, March 12. The conference will feature a keynote address by Jody Williams, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize; workshop sessions, panel discussion, and a theatrical performance. For more information contact the Gustavus Diversity Center (x7449).

"Women Celebrating Women" Event Set for March 15... The second annual "Women Celebrating Women: St. Peter Area Women Change America" event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 in the banquet rooms of the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center at Gustavus Adolphus College. The event will include a social hour, musical entertainment, dinner, awards ceremony, and keynote address by the Honorable Mary Pawlenty, district court judge and Minnesota First Lady.

Held during national Women's History Month, the event will honor area women who make a positive difference in the St. Peter area. The event is open to the public, but advance registration is required. To register, contact the office of St. Peter Community Education at 934-3048 or, under the Winter General Interest category. Reservations will be accepted until March 10. The cost is $18 per person.

During the event, the 2005 St. Peter Area ATHENA Award recipient and other local women will be honored for their outstanding community service, professional accomplishments, and leadership in helping other women reach their full potentials. To nominate local individuals for this award, an official nomination form must be submitted to the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce office by 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. Nomination forms are available in the St. Peter Herald, the Minnesota River Valley Shopper, as well as from the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce and the Office of Community Education. This program is sponsored by the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Peter Herald, and St. Peter Community Education.

The ATHENA Award Program is a national program that promotes women's leadership. More information about the national program is available online .


The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Wright, performed at the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association conference on Feb. 18. The group was the only college jazz ensemble chosen by recording from dozens of applicants. The band will tour during Spring Break, traveling to Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Included on the tour will be a competitive performance at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

Chris Gilbert, Political Science, and Paul Djupe '93, Denison University, have had their article "The Resourceful Believer: Generating Civic Skills in Church" accepted for publication in The Journal of Politics.

Paul Norlen, Scandinavian Studies, has been awarded the 25th annual ASF Translation Prize for his English rendition of portions of A Toast to Your Ashes:The Life of the Poet Bellman from Beginning to End by the Swedish author Ernst Brunner. Norlen's translation already has a committed publisher, Canongate in Edinburgh, Scotland. Excerpts from both translations will appear in upcoming issues of Scandinavian Review, the journal published by The American-Scandinavian Foundation.


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist ,who will be presenting the second installment of his four-part series on "Lutheran Distinctives" at United Lutheran Church in Red Wing.

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.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus Association of Congregations, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will hold a retreat on Feb. 25 for St. John Lutheran Church, in Waseca. This meeting of their Church Council is lead by Pastor Vicki Holtine.

The Office of Church Relations will be hosting the following confirmation retreats:

  • Deronda & Little Falls Lutheran Churchs on Feb. 25-26, they are lead by Pastor Jerry Schultz.
  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church, lead by Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres on Feb 25-27.
  • Community of the Cross Lutheran Church Feb 25-26 and are lead by Bob Windel.

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:
  • Minnesota Humanities Commission "Works in Progress" Grants... In 2005, the Minnesota Humanities Commission (MHC) will fund up to 10 $2500 "Works in Progress" grants in support of humanities-centered scholarly research that will result in a scholarly publication and will also reach a wider, public audience in some way. Up to five projects will be funded through a special "We the People: Significant Events in American History and Culture" initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Five additional awards will support research and writing in other humanities content areas. Draft applications are due by April 15, 2005, and final applications are due no later than May 13. Awards will be made on June 10. Application forms are available on the MHC website at For a list of previously funded grants, including some to faculty at other liberal arts colleges, please see
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Feb. 22, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on the front page of The Valley section titled "Students Take Class on Conversational Dakota: Language barrier," which took place on campus as part of a spring semester course. The story included quotes by Glenn Wasicuna, who is teaching the class, and students Jessica Gourley and Kimberlee Kautzer.
  • On Feb. 18, The Free Press of Mankato featured a story on the front page titled "Gustavus Reworks a Landmark Building: New Old Main." The article included two color photograph and one black and white, and quotes by Jonathan Kraatz (news and information) and Warren Wunderlich (physical plant).
  • On Feb. 1, the Ninnau, the North American Welsh Newspaper, published a front-page story on "Gustavus Adolphus Holds 32nd St. David's Observance."

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


Interested in locally grown, fresh, organic produce? Join August Earth CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), located in Hutchinson. Produce will arrive weekly to a St. Peter drop-off site. Contact Shawn Reid ( or x6363) if interested.

For Rent: Newly remodeled one-bedroom apartment now available. Good size for two college students. Easy five-minute walk from campus; full bathroom with new tub; living room/kitchen with dishwasher; cable television; partially furnished; private entrance; and access to new flagstone deck and grill. Rent is $450 per month. Call Renee Schmidt at 507/382-6412.

For Sale: Five-drawer maple dresser ($50). ProForm Air Walker and Nordic Track WalkFit ($100 for both). Call 931-5913 evenings.

For Sale: Solid pine Broyhill bedroom set with dresser and mirror, armoire, queen headboard and footboard, and bedside table. $500 or best offer. Call Becky at 934-2368.

For Rent: Duplex available June 1. Two bedroom with den/office and attached garage. Very private, wooded lot in town. Includes dishwasher, microwave and deck off the living room. No pets. No smoking. $750/month + utilities. Call Denise 507-243-4135.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
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 Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
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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