The Yellow Sheet for March 10, 2005

March 10, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 23

Volume 37, Number 23

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

Order a Yearbook... Order a 2005 Gustavian Yearbook between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room, at the Office of Alumni Relations in the Carlson Administration Building, or online. Cost is $48 (seniors add $5 for shipping). Yearbooks will be distributed on campus at the beginning of fall semester and graduates will receive theirs by mail.

Want to be a Partners in Education Presenter? Partners in Education is a program in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA. Partners are compensated for their presentations and mileage. The goal of the program is "to strengthen the presence of the Church in the College and the presence of the College in the Church" (from the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations mission statement). Any faculty or staff member who has an interest in participating in this program should contact the Office of Church Relations (x7001).

Parking Lot Closings... The college parking lots will be closed for overnight cleaning as follows. Vehicles parked in these locations during cleaning hours will be towed at the owner's expense.

  • Lots closed from 11:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, March 29 are:
    • Norelius lot (green, red, and yellow sections)
    • Arboretum lot (between Fine Arts and the Interpretive Center)
    • Sorensen lot (west of North/Gibbs/Sorensen)
  • Lots closed from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 30
    • Visitor lot (north of Campus Center)
    • Lund lot (south of Lund Center)
    • Olin lot (south of Olin and the International Center)
    • Uhler lot
    • Swanson Tennis Center lot
    • Chapel Circle (west of Christ Chapel)
    • Stadium lot
  • Lots closed from 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 to 5 a.m. Thursday, March 31
    • Nobel lot (west of Nobel)
    • Heating Plant lot (east of Heating Plant)
    • Rundstrom lot
    • Wahlstrom lot
    • College View lot
    • Bjorling lot (west of Bjorling and south of Prairie View)
    • Arbor View lot
    • Pittman lot

Students leaving vehicles on campus over Spring Break must park in the campus drive lot (lower gravel lot) west of the stadium. If that lot fills up, vehicles must park in the red section of the stadium lot (gravel part) directly west of the stadium. Any vehicle not moved to one of these two locations for Spring Break will be subject to towing at the owner's expense.


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:

  • March 11 -- Jon Grinnell, 1 Kings 19: 4-13a
  • March 13 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent, Vicar Brian Beckstrom
  • March 14 -- Carolyn Dobler, Luke 13: 10-17
  • March 15 -- Kari Lipke, Matthew 11: 28-30
  • March 16 -- Lenten Liturgy, Psalm 63: 1-8
  • March 17 -- Patricia Kazarow
  • March 18 -- Vasa Wind Orchestra
  • March 20 -- Palm Sunday, Chaplain Rachel Larson

"Thinking Historically" Lecture Tonight... Sam Wineburg, professor of education at Stanford University and author of "Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past" (Temple, 2001), awarded the Frederic W. Ness Book Award by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, will give a public lecture titled "Forrest Gump and other Keys to Young People's Historical Understanding" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in Social Science Center 101. In 1996, funded by the Spencer Foundation, Wineburg undertook a "longitudinal study of how ordinary people conceptualize their lives as historical beings." His talk will incorporate video clips from some of his current research. Wineburg is visiting campus in connection with the Department of History's year-long "Thinking Historically" project. This event is sponsored by the Department of History with support from the Faculty Development Program and is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Fine Arts Events... The following events are free and open to the public:

  • At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in Christ Chapel, the University of Minnesota Brass Choir, under the direction of David Baldwin, will present an evening of brass.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, Yumiko Oshima-Ryan and Esther Wang (music) will present a duo piano recital.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, seniors Carmen Leger and Brady Krusemark will present their senior trumpet recital. They will be accompanied by pianist Megan Strom.
  • At 7 p.m. Sunday, March 13 in Christ Chapel, one of the most powerful sacred works for string orchestra and quartet, Josef Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, will be presented as a candlelight Lenten service.

Spring Dance Concert This Weekend... The public is invited to the annual Matching Tights Dance Company spring dance concert which will be held March 11-13 in Anderson Theatre. Under the direction of Michele Rusinko and Maria Gomez Tierney, "JUMP!" will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The concert will showcase the work of guest choreographer Joe Chvala, director of the Flying Foot Forum, Megan Flood, Rusinko, Tierney, and students. Tickets for the concert are on sale at the SAO ticket center (x7590). Tickets can be reserved in advance or purchased at the door prior to the concert; cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Building Bridges Conference This Weekend... Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams will help celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Building Bridges Conference Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 on campus. This year's keynote address and corresponding workshops are guided by Mahatma Gandhi's quote "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Williams is an outspoken advocate for peace and human rights. As the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), Williams has worked with the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the international committee of the Red Cross to achieve the ICBL's goal of an international treaty to ban antipersonnel landmines now ratified by 122 countries. She now serves as campaign ambassador for the ICBL and speaks internationally about these issues. Williams was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with ICBL. She will be the keynote speaker at the conference at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, March 12 and participate in the closing panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. that day. Three workshop sessions will focus on how individuals can effect change in the world. Workshop presenters include Vanita Vactor, creator of Gustavus' "I Am...We Are theatre;" Vernon Bellecourt, with the American Indian Movement; and State Representative Ruth Johnson of St. Peter. The annual Building Bridges conference is a student-led, student-initiated diversity conference organized to promote mutual respect and understanding of diversity and to deal with diversity in a proactive, social, and informative way. For more information, contact Building Bridges chairperson Kee Her at or the Diversity Center (x7449), or visit the Building Bridges website.

Lecture on Ancient Rome and Judea Monday... L. Michael White will give a public lecture titled "Power Politics 101: Herod the Great and the Rise of Augustus" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14 in Olin Hall's Wallenberg Auditorium. White directs the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin. He also directs excavation of the ancient synagogue in Ostia outside Rome and has co-written two PBS documentaries, "Apocalypse!" and "From Jesus to Christ." White has just published a book titled "From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries and Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Faculty Forum Tuesday... The next faculty forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 in the banquet rooms in the Campus Center. Leila Brammer and Patricia English (both communication studies) will discuss their research on the influence of Western culture on gender and intercultural communication in developing countries. Specifically, the talk will focus on Fiji and the influence of colonialism via missionaries and the media. In the last decade, Harvard researcher Anne Becker identified what she refers to as the "Fiji Effect." Becker discovered that importation of Western media influenced young women's perceptions of body image, resulting in the emergence of disordered eating in Fiji. Through their research in Fiji, Brammer and English have found other implications of media influence on the culture of Fiji, including violence against women, increased crime rate, and adaptation of Western ideas of beauty. There will be a buffet dinner, including vegetarian fare; cost is $5 per person. All faculty and staff, as well as retirees, are invited to come with a guest. RSVP with payment to Jean Heidcamp ( or x7541) by Friday, March 11.

Presentation on Happiness Tuesday... Mark Chekola, philosophy professor at the University of Minnesota, Moorhead, will deliver a paper titled "What is Happiness" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 in Olin Hall 103. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Special Faculty Meeting Wednesday... A special faculty meeting will be held Wednesday, March 16 to discuss the Dean's planning report that was recently distributed to the faculty. The report is for discussion purposes and is meant to be a starting point for considerations of future academic directions. In addition to the discussion at the March 16 faculty meeting, faculty are invited to provide responses (anonymously if they wish) to one of the designated members of the faculty senate (Leila Brammer, Byron Nordstrom, and Kate Wittenstein) or to Becky Miller's attention in the Dean of Faculty's office.

Talk Shop March 18... Marie Walker (psychology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year. Her talk, titled "Vocational Identity Development in College Students: Cross-sectional and Preliminary Longitudinal Evidence for a Theoretical Model," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 18 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

Ensembles Combine for Twin Cities Event March 20... On Sunday, March 20, three touring ensembles from Gustavus will combine for the first time in concert in the Twin Cities at the Gustavus Music Showcase. The event will start at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, with an audience of more than 1,300 anticipated. Building on more than 125 years of musical tradition at Gustavus, the event showcases the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, the Gustavus Choir, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, three premier concert ensembles that tour nationally and internationally. Each ensemble will perform individually, and the showcase finale, Ralph Vaughan William's Sine Nomine, will feature the massed groups with the audience joining in. A reception following the concert provides opportunity for prospective students to speak to the performers and conductors and for alumni to visit with College personnel and each other. The concert is open to the public at no charge. A freewill offering will be received. Directions to St. Andrew Lutheran Church at 13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie are: take the Prairie Center Drive exit off of Highway 5. For more information about the concert, visit the Alumni website at and click on Gustavus Music Showcase or contact the alumni office (x7511).

Off-campus Events of Interest

Movie Tonight... The St. Peter Public Library will present "Wilby Wonderful," a Canadian comedy at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 in the library's meeting room. Next month's film will be "Antares," an Austrian drama.

"Jubilant Mass" Performance March 18... The Nebraska Wesleyan University Jazz Choir "Touch of Class" will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. The concert features the newly composed "Jubilant Mass" created by the director of the 14-member group, Boyd Bacon. An established composer and arranger of sacred music, Bacon has combined English and Latin texts from the traditional Catholic Mass, as well as sections of the Jubilate text, in a vibrant, multi-movement work that uses jazz harmonies and rock rhythms. Tickets for the concert are available at the door; admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Extraordinary People

Laura Behling (English), Carolyn Dobler (mathematics and computer science), Patricia English (communication studies), and Mariangela Maguire (communication studies) presented "Making it Meaningful: Using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Assessment," at the Assessment Conference sponsored by the Collaboration for the Advancement for Teaching and Learning in February in Bloomington, Minn. This presentation was developed from the participants' work this year as part of the faculty development program.

Jane Coleman (nursing) and 40 senior nursing students from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium attended Nurses Day at the Legislature on Thursday, March 3. Mike Hatch was the keynote speaker, and a panel of four nurse legislators spoke to the group of student and nurse attendees. Students met with Representatives Ruth Johnson ('69) and John Dorn and Senator John Hottinger, and attended a House session for which the Rev. Susan Peterson ('65) led the opening prayer. Student participation was made possible through the generosity of the Fifth District Minnesota Nurses Association. In addition, Gustavus students were mentored through the event by Becky Otterness ('69).

Mark Granquist (religion) delivered a paper titled "The Transplantation of European Pietism to North America: the Swedish Example" to the winter meeting of the American Society of Church History held in January in Seattle. This paper will be published in the March issue of the Covenant Quarterly.

Lisa Heldke (philosophy) had her paper, titled "A Du Boisian Proposal for Persistently White Colleges," published in the latest issue of The Journal of Speculative Philosophy.

Douglas Nimmo (music) recently served as a guest conductor and clinician at two instrumental music events, including the Augustana College Band Festvai in Sioux Falls and the Long Prairie/Gray Eagle High School band clinic in Long Prairie, Minn.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Support Staff
    Bridget Phillips, Finance Office

Position Openings

  • Laboratory Technician, Chemistry
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion) who will speak Sunday, March 13 at United Lutheran Church in Red Wing in the third part of a four-part series on "Lutheran Distinctives." 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 Office of Church Relations will host the following confirmation retreats: Friday, March 11-Sunday, March 13 for First Presbyterian Church of Mankato; Friday, March 11-Saturday, March 12 for Hosanna Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake; and Saturday, March 12 for Cross of Peace Lutheran Church of Shakopee.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Artist Residencies Available... The Yaddo Mansion artists' community in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., offers residencies to creative artists including highly qualified writers, visual artists, composers, choreographers, performance artists, filmmakers, and video artists. Qualified applicants must be working at a professional level in their fields. Residencies vary in length from two weeks to two months with an average stay of five weeks. There is no residency fee. Limited funds are available for travel expenses or equipment rental. Separate funds are available to provide financial aid for writers. Deadlines are Aug. 1, 2005 (for residencies taking place anytime from late October to May) and Jan. 1, 2006 (for residencies taking place anytime from mid-May to February). For more information, please see
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On March 8, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story on Becky Buller (x97) on the front page of the Currents section. The story, "St. James girl, Gustavus student finds herself in bluegrass land," included a color photograph of Buller.
  • On March 7, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story titled "Gustavus history chair to discuss Vietnam War." Greg Kaster (history) presented the lecture.
  • On March 6, The Free Press of Mankato did a feature on the newspaper's front page titled "Area Colleges see a Shrinking Pool of Students: Slim pickings." The story included quotes by Mark Anderson (admission) and a black and white photograph of Veronica Alba and Virgil Jones (both admission).
  • On March 5, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article titled "Giving/Support of Higher Education: U of M is top gift-getter among Minnesota schools," which indicated that Gustavus ranked 11th.
  • On March 3, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) ran a story on "Minnesota Colleges Receive Generous Donations" that included video of the campus and an interview with Brenda Moore (institutional advancement).
  • On March 3, the St. Peter Herald published the following:
    • "Library Study Buddies offers homework help," a program that is a collaboration between the St. Peter Recreation and Leisure Office and the college's Community Service Center
    • "Women's History Month," that included information on "Women Celebrating Women: St. Peter Area Women Change America," an event that will be held March 15 on campus
    • "St. David's Day Friday at Gustavus"
    • "History Department chair (Greg Kaster) speaking Monday"
  • On March 1, The Free Press of Mankato did a feature on Ellie Merritt ('95). The article, "From KEYC to Columbus, Ohio, Merritt is moving up the TV ladder," ran on the front page of the Currents section.

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 Rent: Duplex available April 1. Newly remodeled, large one bedroom with heated garage, dishwasher, microwave, deck, and flagstone patio. Cable television and utilities included. Five-minute walk to campus. Rent is $450 per month. For more information, contact Renee (507/382-6412 or

For Sale: Three-bedroom home adjacent to college with large, private backyard and panoramic view of St. Peter and valley. Amenities include maple floors, one wood and two gas fireplaces, sunroom, and large backyard deck. For more information, contact Steve (x7539 or

For Sale: 1995 Pontiac Grand Am with good tires; transmission replaced in 2000; automatic; four-door; AM/FM cassette; 170,000 miles; $1,500. Contact Meghan at x7346.

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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