The Yellow Sheet for March 24, 2005

March 24, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 25

Volume 37, Number 25

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

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 Due to the upcoming Spring Break, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, March 31.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.

PLEDGE Diversity Efforts... Following is a letter from President Peterson regarding a new student-led initiative:

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Student Leaders,

I am writing in support of a new student-led initiative to provide support for college diversity efforts through educational programs and related support activities. It's called PLEDGE, which stands for the President's Leadership, Education and Diversity Group Endeavor. Its mission is to positively influence the culture at Gustavus Adolphus College by promoting the respect and awareness of individual differences through educational activities that represent the College's mission and values.

We know that peer influence is a critical element in promoting campus cultural change. This program (PLEDGE Ambassadors) is geared to provide student leaders with the resources and presentation skills to go out to student clubs, organizations and residence halls to spread the message of respect and acceptance of others. The goal is to create a growing corps of students who will model appropriate behavior and serve as a real resource for creating a positive change on our campus.

The PLEDGE committee is hopeful that you will help to identify students who might qualify and be interested in participating in this program. The students you nominate/recommend will be interviewed and 15 students will be selected and be trained during the program's first stage. After the orientation and the training, the PLEDGE Ambassadors can be available for activities during the Fall Semester 2005.

Again, thank you very much for taking the time to recommend students for the PLEDGE program.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Dr. Raj Sethuraju (x7449), who will be supporting this new program. Also stop in the Diversity Center to get the brochure and a copy of the application form.

Thanks for your considerations.

Jim Peterson

Message to Campus Technology Users... Gustavus is in the process of implementing a new system for registering student and wireless computers on campus. (Campus-owned equipment not using a wireless connection will not be affected). This new system is called GReg (short for Gustavus registration) and will be implemented this spring on the residential and wireless network.

When: Monday, March 28, information technology staff will switch the residential (network in the residence halls) and wireless network to GReg.

Who: All computers in the residence halls or accessing the network with a wireless connection (the wireless network in Advancement is excluded) will be required to register with GReg.

How: If you are in the residence halls or using a wireless connection after March 28, the first time you launch a web browser on your computer, you will be automatically redirected to the registration process. It is a series of web pages that will scan your machine for security updates and virus protection. For most people, we anticipate the process to take less than 5 minutes and will only need to be done once. In preparation for registration, if you would like to scan your machine, visit If your scan takes longer than 5 minutes, please contact the Technology Helpline (x6111).

Why: After testing we believe GReg will deliver many advantages to the Gustavus community. These advantages include improvements in bandwidth (speed of the network), security and stability, along with increased flexibility and better management opportunities for virus containment.

Impact: Some network processes like gaming and filesharing might be affected by these changes. It continues to be our goal to deliver a fully networked environment to the campus population. We are looking for your help and feedback on evaluating these processes and their performance as we move forward with this system. Please send any feedback or comments to

Help and Questions: The Technology Helpline will be available to help anyone having problems with this new process, or answer questions. They can be reached at x6111 or

Feedback: Please send any feedback, questions, or comments to

Vocation Workshop in June... The Center for Vocational Reflection announces that the summer workshop on vocation will take on a new twist this year: "mentoring and advising for vocation." Renowned educator, author, and scholar Sharon Parks will be the special guest facilitator for the workshop scheduled for Monday, June 6-Wednesday, June 8. In order to help foster conversation among a wide range of Gustavus employees whose work with students includes a significant mentoring and advising component, the workshop will help launch a year-long campus conversation on Gustavus as a mentoring community. All faculty, staff, administrators, and coaches are welcome to apply to participate in this workshop. In addition to providing time, space, and resources for participants to consider their own sense of vocation, the workshop will focus on how we can better challenge, guide, and support students in their ongoing life-journeys. Participation includes workshop sessions, books and resources, meals and refreshments, and a $1,000 stipend. Applications are available in the CVR and are due by Friday, April 15, 2005. A faculty/staff planning committee will select up to 25 participants, who will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, April 29. Contact Chris Johnson (x7159 or or Amy Pehrson (x7169 or in the CVR with questions.

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.

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).


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 25-April 3 -- No Chapel, Spring Break

Poetry Event April 4... A poetry presentation and lecture by four poets, titled "4 on the 4th," will be held at 7 p.m. Monday April 4 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall in celebration of National Poetry Month. Poets include:

  • Phil Bryant (English), a two-time recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Grants and a past nominee for a Minnesota Book Award, is the author of "Blue Island" and "Sermon On A Perfect Spring Day."
  • Bill Holm ('65), an accomplished Minnesota writer who is nominated for the Minnesota Book Award in poetry for his book "Playing the Black Piano," is the recipient of the Flanagan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Literature of the Midwest, the Minnesota Book Award in Biography, and the Society of Midland Authors Best Nonfiction Book of the Year.
  • John Rezmerski (professor emeritus of English), whose poetry has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, has earned the Devins Award and Rhysling Award, and edited "The Frederick Manfred Reader" in 1996.
  • Joyce Sutphen (English), whose recent book "Naming the Stars" is being considered for this year's Minnesota Book Award in poetry, has been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and a Loft-McKnight Award in addition to numerous other awards for her poetry.

Richard Robbins, professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, will emcee the event. Robbins is also the director of the Good Thunder Reading Series, a regional organization that promotes local and national authors and poets in a series of readings and interviews in Southern Minnesota. For more information, contact Judy Schultz in the Book Mark (x6017 or The event, sponsored by the Department of English and the Book Mark, is free and open to the public.

Student Senate Meeting April 4... All faculty members are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming Student Senate meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4 in Olin Hall 103. Community comment is welcome and appreciated. Anyone who would like to be placed on the agenda should contact Mike Marcotte (

Out of Scandinavia Lecture April 5... Lennart Sacredeus, Swedish politician, visiting faculty member during January Term 2005, and this year's Out of Scandinavia featured guest, will give a lecture, titled "The European Union and the U.S.: Why Don't we Understand Each Other?," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in the Heritage Room, with refreshments following. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Roger McKnight (

Education Fair April 6... A Minnesota Education Fair will be held from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 6 in Lund Center Arena. Approximately 100 colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions will be present. Representatives will be available to answer questions on admission, available majors, financial aid, campus visits, and other areas pertinent to their institutions.

Jerusalem Women to Visit April 6... The Diversity Center and the Campus Activities Board will sponsor a visit by three women who live the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and who will share their experiences in a presentation, titled "Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in the Three Crowns Room. The women, who will discuss their hopes for the future, addressing what must be done to improve today's unsteady situation, are:

  • Diana Kattan, a Christian Palestinian, who lives in East Jerusalem where the separation wall looms across the street from her house. She is the director for the Martin Luther Community Development Centre, which provides area educational, vocational, and recreational programs. Also active in the Sabeel Ecumenical Centre for Liberation Theology, Kattan believes Jerusalem should be "a city for two nations and three religions."
  • Nina Mayorek, a Jewish Israeli, who lives in West Jerusalem and serves as senior biochemist in the Department of Human Nutrition and Metabolism at Hebrew University. As a member of the Israeli women's human rights organization Checkpoint Watch, she monitors checkpoints in the West Bank. Mayorek has also volunteered at a Palestinian school and lectured on women and family health at Bethlehem's Deheisheh refugee camp. She wishes to "persuade public opinion that the ongoing policy of Israeli colonization and supremacy in the West Bank is devastating for both Palestinians and Israelis."
  • Altemad Muhanna, a Muslim Palestinian, who lives in the Gaza Strip where she practices gender and participatory approaches to development issues by working to lessen domestic violence and by establishing a women's micro-credit coalition as well as a coalition against poverty. Engaged in the Palestinian national struggle for twenty years, she is troubled that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is viewed as a religious struggle and hopes for a solution based on equal rights and cultural diversity, not religious discrimination.

This event is part of a national 20-day speaking tour covering issues such as the loss of family and homes, persecution, occupation, suicide bombings, and the separation barrier currently being constructed in the West Bank. The speaking tour is sponsored by Partners for Peace, a Washington, D.C., non-governmental organization endeavoring to help bring about a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event is free and open to the public.

Liberal Arts Lecture April 12... As part of the ongoing conversation about the liberal arts curriculum at Gustavus, John Guillory, professor and chair of the English department at New York University, will deliver a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Guillory will present "'Who's Afraid of Marcel Proust?': The Failure of General Education in the American University." Guillory emphasizes that he speaks as a friend to general education, someone who would like to see it better achieve its goals, but his talk is largely diagnostic, addressing how such goals have been confused in their conception as well as their implementation. This event should be of interest to faculty and students from all disciplines, and is free and open to the public. More information is available online, or contact Scott Newstok (

Pow Wow April 14... The Indigenous Student Association will host the College's fifth annual Traditional Pow Wow at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Alumni Hall in celebration of the Native American culture. The evening begins with the "Grand Entry," followed by traditional dancing and drums, as well as vendors. The event is free and open to everyone.


  • John Lines, father-in-law of John Clementson (education), passed away on Wednesday, March 16. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Crystal Lake Funeral Home, 3816 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis.
  • Margaret (Peggy) Mellema, mother of Steve Mellema (physics) died Saturday, March 19 at the age of 79. Private interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St., Minneapolis. Memorials may be given to Immanuel-St Joseph's Mayo HS Hospice, 1025 Marsh St., Mankato, Minn. 56001.
To inform the campus community of the loss of a current student or employee or trustee, an emeritus professor or trustee, or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the president's office (x7538).

Position Openings

  • Financial Assistance Clerk, Student Financial Assistance
  • Web Communication Coordinator, Gustavus Technology Services
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a day-long Winter Warm Up for approximately 400 confirmation students from Mankato area Lutheran churches from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 in the Campus Center and Christ Chapel. They will take part in a "Sneetches by the Sea" event. Keynote speaker will be Chaplain David Vasquez from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program... The Fulbright Scholar Program of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars offers grants to college faculty to lecture and/or conduct research in 140 countries around the world. The purpose is to promote mutual understanding, establish long-term cooperation, and create opportunities for institutional linkages. Faculty at every academic rank -- from instructor to professor emeritus -- are eligible, although applicants must be U.S. citizens. Fulbright awards are available from two months to an academic year or longer. Grant stipends and benefits vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline is Aug. 1. For more information, 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:
  • The April issue of the MetroLutheran published an article titled "Gustavus MayDay!" on page 5.
  • On March 22, The Free Press of Mankato published information in its Campus Calendar section on the current exhibits in the Hillstrom Museum of Art on page C3.
  • On March 21, The Free Press of Mankato ran an event announcement titled "Folk artist to perform at Gustavus" on page A2.
  • On March 20, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on the front page of The Valley section titled "Gustavus pow wow to be held in April."
  • On March 17, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story titled "Gustavus professor (Bob Douglas) to lecture, guide tour" on page C4.
  • On March 17, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories:
    • "They're looking for a few good houses: Gustavus Inter Greek Senate seeking homes to paint for their 'Paint the Town' project, " on page 5A that included quotes by student Nicole Williams and mention of student Tasha Erickson.
    • "Gustavus Briefs" on page 11A included:
      • "Gustavus to host annual Pow Wow"
      • "John McKay to perform"
      • Weekend of student recitals scheduled"

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


  • Spring Break Hours are as follows:
    • 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 ( Administrative buildings will be closed on Friday, March 25 and will be open during normal business hours from Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1. If the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs, please contact Swanberg to make the necessary changes.
    • Hillstrom Museum will be closed Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27; and open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1 and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Regular hours will resume Sunday, April 3, and they are 1-5 p.m. on weekends and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.
    • The library will be closed Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27; open 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1; closed Saturday, April 2; and open 6 p.m.-midnight Sunday, April 3.
    • Lund Center hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, March 24; closed Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27; open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, March 28-Saturday, April 2 and noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3.


Sublease Wanted: A 27-year-old film editor from Chicago would like to sublease an apartment from the end of May to mid-August in St. Peter. Local (St. Peter) references available. Call Joyce Merino 934-4053.

For Rent: Furnished house available June 1-Aug. 31. Four bedrooms, two baths, large fenced-in yard, dishwasher, microwave, washer, dryer; utilities, cable, and internet included. Responsible individuals only. If interested, call Jessica at 934-7399.

Calendar of Events

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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