The Yellow Sheet for March 24, 2005
March 24, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 25
Volume 37, Number 25
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News & AnnouncementsYellow 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 Due to the upcoming Spring Break, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, March 31.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.
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 http://greg.gustavus.edu/. 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 AskGReg@gustavus.edu.
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 email@example.com.
Feedback: Please send any feedback, questions, or comments to AskGReg@gustavus.edu.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amy Pehrson (x7169 or email@example.com) 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.
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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:
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 (email@example.com).
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.
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 OppsThe Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
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).
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
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