The Yellow Sheet for March 17, 2005
March 17, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 24
Volume 37, Number 24
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News & AnnouncementsDean Mosbo Resigns...
To the Gustavus community:
As some of you already know, Dean John Mosbo has resigned from his position as Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The resignation takes effect at the end of August. As always, Dean Mosbo has done not only what he sees as best for himself but also for the college he cares about. I look forward to working with him and his office over the next few months on academic matters while we begin the transition to new leadership. I trust that everyone will continue to give the Dean's office full cooperation and support. Thank you for that.
As a next step, I will be seeking counsel from the faculty and others regarding the transition process including such things as how we ensure a thoughtful and smooth transition, what we plan for interim staffing needs and how we imagine new leadership.
Change is rarely easy but good organizations, like ours, can use it positively to create a brighter and stronger future. I look forward to the continued support and commitment of everyone in the Gustavus community to make this a better and better place -- to work and learn.
To faculty and staff:
Last summer an announcement was made regarding the integration of all of our technology-related functions into one organizational unit called Gustavus Technology Services (GTS). The intent of this action was to bring together related functions, skills, and talents with a resulting increase in efficiency, coordination, and the best use of resources.
Following expressions of concern about process, communication, and the decisions themselves, the faculty appointed a committee to review the new organization and make recommendations. I agreed to a temporary hold on parts of the integration plan during this process. The committee's work is now complete and I have considered its recommendations carefully. We'll complete the organizational changes as follows:
The basic structure will change little from the original outline distributed last summer. Three "units" will report directly to the director of GTS: Core Services, Instructional and Media Services, and Administrative Services.
An advisory committee will be formed to advise the GTS director and help coordinate and communicate major technology decisions.
As the integration moves forward, Bruce Aarsvold will serve as director of GTS; Sarah Daniels will serve as the director of Administrative Services; the directors of the Instructional and Media Services and Core Services units have yet to be named. Both searches will be open to internal applicants with external candidates also being considered for the Instructional and Media Services position.
This has been a long and complicated process. Thank you all for your patience, especially those whose positions are directly involved. The development of a responsive, coordinated technology group will require campuswide cooperation and active support. I look forward to everyone's assistance as we move forward.
Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to the upcoming Spring Break, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, March 31. Publication will resume Thursday, April 7.
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.
During the past year, many people have been actively working on moving our five-year planning initiatives forward. They include focus on the academic program, diversity, technology, church relations, facilities, and enhancing our revenue base. Progress is being made on all of these fronts. But now is an important time for the College to think longer term, perhaps 10 to 20 years out, discussing our institutional directions and priorities, imagining what it is that represents the distinctiveness of Gustavus, and what will truly distinguish us in the future. We need also to wrestle with the notion of institutional priorities for allocating future resources.
A preliminary report from the Dean's office was circulated recently with the intention of initiating this important discussion. That document has been withdrawn in part because of some concerns about process and because it generated unnecessary concerns about cutting back academic programs rather than positive discussions about moving forward. Last night, at a special faculty meeting, it was agreed that the faculty would join in creating a new planning process, with others from across campus and the Board of Trustees. I'm looking forward to these important discussions as part of our collective efforts to create a new future.
I trust that the goal of developing a true "shared vision" of where Gustavus chooses to go in the future and how it intends to get there will serve us well. We'll talk more about this process as it develops and gets underway.
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:
Talk Shop Friday... 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 http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Fine Arts This Weekend... The following recitals will be given this weekend in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall:
The recitals are free and open to the public. A reception will follow each performance in the recital hall lobby.
Ensembles Combine for Twin Cities Event Sunday... 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. 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 http://gustavus.edu/alumni/ and click on Gustavus Music Showcase or contact the alumni office (x7511).
Student Senate Meeting Monday... All faculty members are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming Student Senate meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21 in Olin Hall 103. Community comment is welcome and appreciated. Anyone who would like to be placed on the agenda should contact Mike Marcotte (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nguyen Screening Runs Through April 10... A screening of the acting roles of artist Long Nguyen, whose exhibition, titled "Tales of Yellow Skin: The Art of Long Nguyen," is on view in the Hillstrom museum, will run continuously through Sunday, April 10 in the museum's media gallery. Nguyen has appeared in several films and has also acted in television dramas. Included in the screening are the short films "Running in Tall Grasses" (2004) by Howard Vu and "Apsara" (2003) by Colin McGreal. Excerpts from the following feature films will also be shown: "Heaven and Earth" (1993) by Oliver Stone, "Operation Dumbo Drop" (1995) by Simon Wincer, "Green Dragon" (2001) by Timothy Linh Bui, and "Coyote Waits" (2003) by Jan Egleson. The program also includes scenes from the television show "American Dreams," a collage of excerpts from various other roles and a trailer of an upcoming film. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is open to the public and admission is free.
Off-campus Events of Interest"Jubilant Mass" Performance Friday... 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.
Palm Sunday Performance of Requiem... The Saint Peter Choral Society will present a performance of Mozart's Requiem at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at Union Presbyterian Church, 730 S. Third St., St. Peter. Directed by Sara McKay and accompanied by Vonnie Elker on organ, the performance will feature instrumental soloists Rick Orpen, percussion, Erik Hermanson, trombone, and Tom Nuessmeier and Tom Giles, trumpet, along with vocalists Hayden Duncan (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/Spanish), John Holte (mathematics and computer science), Kristi Reinholtzen (registrar's), and Ron Rietz (mathematics and computer science). Vocal soloists are two husband and wife artist teams: Katha and John Chamberlain and Linda Zelig and James Bohn. Tickets are $8 and are available at Swedish Kontur Imports and at the door. Students are admitted free of charge. This event is made possible by a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council grant from the McKnight Foundation.
Extraordinary PeopleStudent Receives Scholarship... Senior Rachel Batalden, a two-time MIAC All-Conference selection at setter for the women's volleyball team, has been selected as one of 56 student-athletes from across the country to receive a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Batalden's 4,012 assists in her four-year career rank her statistically in the top one percent of setters ever to play Division III volleyball. She has a 3.898 grade point average with a double major in mathematics and secondary education.
Stephen Bennett (counseling center) presented a workshop, "Living, Leading, and Learning: Using Benedictine Values as a Guide," Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Second Annual Conference on the College Male at St. John's University. Bennett was recently elected vice president of the St. John's Alumni Association, working in the area of student preparation.
Mark Bjelland (geography) gave a public lecture, titled "Brownfields and the Janus-faced Spaces of Globalization," on Thursday, Feb. 24 at the London School of Economics (LSE). The lecture was sponsored by the LSE Cities Programme.
Lynn Boehne (admission) has been invited to serve on the marketing and technology committee of the National Association of College Admission Counseling. This three-year appointment will begin in September 2005.
Mimi Gerstbauer (political science) delivered a paper, titled "Forgiveness in International Relations: A Framework for Relevance," at the annual meetings of the International Studies Association the first week of March in Honolulu. At the same meetings, Gerstbauer delivered a paper, titled "The New Conflict Managers: Peacebuilding NGOs," which was published in "New Threats and New Actors in International Security," Elke Krahmann, ed., Palgrave 2005.
Lisa Heldke (philosophy) presented the final lecture, titled "The Examined Meal," on Thursday, March 10 in the Oregon State University Department of Philosophy's annual lecture series.
Congregational OutreachRetreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 for First Presbyterian Church from Mankato.
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:
For more information, please see www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf05559. Faculty interested in the revised program are encouraged to visit with Bob Weisenfeld (email@example.com or x7049) to discuss the specific implications of noted and other program changes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
HoursSpring Break Building Hours... All academic buildings will be locked at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24 and will remain locked until 6 a.m. Sunday, April 3. Students requiring access to academic buildings during this period will need to have a Permission for Admittance card issued by a faculty or staff member. Additional cards can be requested from Deb Swanberg (email@example.com). Administrative buildings will be closed on Friday, March 25 and will be open during normal business hours Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1. If the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs, please contact Swanberg to make the necessary changes.
Telecommunications UpdatesThe following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2004-05":
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