The Yellow Sheet for April 7, 2005

April 7, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 26

Volume 37, Number 26

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Promotion Nomination Letters Due... Promotion nomination letters for faculty wishing to be considered for promotion in the spring of 2006 are due in the dean of the faculty's office by Friday, April 15.

Class Schedule Change for May 4... In connection with this year's MAYDAY! Conference on May 4 and by action of the faculty, a MAYDAY! lyceum lecture hour has been scheduled from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. that day. Classes starting at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will meet at the regularly scheduled times. Classes starting at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. that day will be shortened to 30 minutes each with 10 minutes between classes. Normal scheduling will resume at 1:30 p.m. The revised schedule is as follows:

Normal Start Time
Adjusted Start Time
10:30-11:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
12:10-12:40 p.m.
12:30-1:20 p.m. 12:50-1:20 p.m.

Faculty are reminded to adjust their courses accordingly.

Nominations Sought for Faculty Awards... All faculty, administrators, support staff, and students are invited to nominate one faculty member each for the following awards:

  • The Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching: This award is the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for teaching.
  • The Gustavus Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment Award: This award is intended to be the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished scholarly accomplishments.
  • The Gustavus Faculty Service Award: This award is intended to be the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished service activities, either on- or off-campus.

Complete the nomination forms distributed through campus mail or available online. Deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, April 19.

Vocation Workshop in June... The Center for Vocational Reflection's summer workshop on vocation will take on a new twist this year with the theme "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.

Pastor-to-Pastor Program Receives Grant... The Louisville Institute, a program of the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment, Inc. based at the Louisville Seminary, has awarded a grant to the Pastor-to-Pastor program administered by Gustavus, in conjunction with the ELCA's Southwestern Minnesota Synod. The grant will fund the program, primarily covering basic expenses and creating the potential to expand the program to more area clergy. The grant of more than $35,000 will continue the program, which currently includes 35 pastors from Southwest Minnesota, for an additional two years. Previous funding has been through the synod, Gustavus, and a Thrivent grant. The program was approaching a phase-out when funding was in question last year. Created to help pastors overcome isolation in rural ministries, coupled with the idea that healthy pastors make for healthy congregations, the program will now augment its capacity to 60 clergy members. Administrators for the program include Darrell Jodock (religion), Jack Niemi, (church relations), and Brian Beckstrom (chaplains). Clergy meet in regional groups once a month and discuss issues regarding ministries and recent literature about ministry, including the newly updated and translated Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

President's Corner

Long-range planning has been going on for many aspects of our campus from the academic program to the physical plant. One area of focus has been the Linnaeus Arboretum. The task force working on these plans includes Ann Basset, Jim Gilbert, Cindy Johnson-Groh, Dean Wahlund, Warren Wunderlich, and me.

The plans include expansion of programming and research opportunities utilizing the restored prairie areas, matters related to leadership and volunteer involvement, and planning for future land use and stewardship.

A draft of this plan will be forwarded to the campus community in the coming weeks for comment and suggestions prior to a community meeting in mid-May. Please take some time to review this document and provide your feedback. Comments can be sent to me or any of the other task force members. Thank you for your help as we continue moving forward.



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:

  • April 8 -- Shawna Weaver, John 20: 19-31
  • April 10 -- Third Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • April 11 -- David Fienen
  • April 12 -- Steve Bennett, Ruth 1: 1-19a
  • April 13 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19
  • April 14 -- Clothesline Project
  • April 15 -- Anne-Marie Kruse, Genesis 50: 15-21
  • April 17 -- Fourth Sunday in Easter, Vicar Brian Beckstrom

Recitals this Weekend... The Department of Music has five student recitals scheduled this weekend with new compositions and performances on violin, piano, French horn, and voice. These recitals will be held in Jussi Bjorling Recital and are free and open to the public.

  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, senior Paul Fraser will present a program consisting of six of his compositions. These works vary from solo piano to piano and combo to a 39-piece chamber ensemble. The chamber ensemble will premiere Fraser's work "Chimera" for which Fraser won the 2005 Caltech Composition competition.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, seniors Megan Strom, horn, and Erin Deutchman, piano, will present a combined recital. Strom will present works by Richard Strauss, Persichetti, and Glazunov. Deutchman will open with two sonatas by Scarlatti and continue with the "Waldstein" sonata by Beethoven and Chopin's "Grand Waltz."
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, senior violinists Zach Armstrong and Emma Jordan will present a joint recital. Their recital includes works for solo violin, violin and piano, and violin duet by Bela Bartok, Felix Mendelssohn, Fritz Kreisler, and Max Bruch. They will be assisted by pianist John McKay (professor emeritus of music).
  • At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, senior soprano vocalists Elizabeth Wojahn and Sara Butwinick, assisted by senior pianists Anna Shallue and Britt Forsberg, junior violinist Stef Arndt, and senior 'cellist Shannon Schultze, will present works by Vivaldi, Schubert, Brahms, Dubussy, Mozart, and others.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, senior Beth Andert will give a solo viola recital accompanied by senior pianist Janet Jansen and assisted by senior violinists Sarah Yrjanson and Jenn Trygg and senior 'cellist Shannon Schultze. Andert's recital includes works by J. S. Bach, John Dowland, and Luigi Boccherini. Andert and her sister, sophomore Becky Andert, will then sing a Richard Walters' arrangement of Randall Stroop's "How Can I Keep From Singing."

Holden Evening Prayer Sunday... During the Easter season, the Sunday evening contemplative service will use the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy, a setting of vespers that follows the traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language. It was written in 1985-86 by Marty Haugen while he was the musician-in-residence at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in Washington state. Holden Evening Prayer services will be held from 9 to 9:45 p.m. on Sundays -- April 10, 17, and 24 and May 1 and 8 -- in Christ Chapel. Taize contemplative services will conclude the academic year on May 15 (Pentecost) and May 22. The Sunday evening services are open to the public.

Liberal Arts Lecture Tuesday.... 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 (

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Wednesday, April 13 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

Pow Wow April 14... The college will host the fifth annual Native American Pow Wow at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Alumni Hall. This cultural and educational experience highlights the history and ceremonial symbolism of the Native American people. It will include traditional dance, music, and costume, as well as vendors selling Native American crafts and products. Dave Larsen, a respected and well-known Dakota from the Morton area, will emcee the event. Midnight Express will provide host drums. The pow wow, coordinated by senior Kimberlee Kautzer, is held in St. Peter as part of the College's Indigenous Student Association's commitment to learn more about the local Native American community. Says Kautzer: "To me, coordinating the pow wow means solidarity. It is a way for me and other members of the Indigenous Student Association to stand in support of Native Peoples and concerns in that community." Students also meet throughout the year to study the Dakota language, participate in story telling, and discuss indigenous cultures. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Diversity Center. Contact Kautzer with questions (x7113 or

"Battle With a Conscience" April 15... The Gustavus chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Campus Activities Board will host "Battle With a Conscience," a music festival featuring a battle of the bands contest, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 15 on Eckman Mall. The event is expected to be the largest battle of the bands in Gustavus history. The local bands will compete for radio spots, gift certificates, entry in the Gustavus Earth Jam concert, and other prizes. Guests at the event will include Minnesota State Representative Ruth Johnson, State Senator John Hottinger, and representatives from the midwest regional Habitat for Humanity. "Battle With a Conscience" is the conclusion of the international Habitat for Humanity Act! Speak! Build! Week. The week-long celebration is designated to focus attention on the homelessness and poverty problems around the world. As a result of its fundraising efforts, the Gustavus Habitat chapter will present a large check to a representative from Ghana, Africa, to build a complete home to aide with Ghana's housing crisis. For more information, contact Nick Green ( or x8173).

Speech and Debate Presentation April 17... The public is invited to an "Evening of Champions" at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 17 in the Heritage Banquet Room. The event will feature the nationally award-winning Evan Anderson Forum speech and debate team, who will present events ranging from public address to oral interpretation of literature.

Meet the Author April 19... The public is invited to meet Sue Leaf ('75), author of the book Potato City: Nature, History, and Community in the age of Sprawl, on Tuesday, April 19. There are two events:

  • At 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center banquet rooms, the public will have the opportunity to meet Leaf and hear a short talk during a "Meet the Author" dinner. Reservations for the dinner are $10 and can be made by calling the Office of Special Events (x7520) by Friday, April 15. This event is sponsored by Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum and Gustavus Library Associates.
  • At 7 p.m. in the Interpretive Center, the public is also welcome to hear Leaf's presentation on her insights into the nature, history, and community in the age of sprawl. She will discuss the stories that lie beneath the veneer of a developing American suburb. Cost is $5 and includes coffee and dessert. Register at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday or register online at For more information, call 934-3048 and press zero for the operator. This event is a Gustavus continuing education program done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program, in collaboration with the Book Mark.

Leaf has been a resident of the Anoka Sand Plain -- in North Branch, Minn., nicknamed "Potato City" -- for 20 years. "As the Twin Cities' urban sprawl began to engulf once-rural North Branch, Leaf became an environmental activist, inspired by her education, her love of family and community, and her religious convictions. Hoping to inspire others, she advises us all to discover our own communities' natural treasures before, through ignorance, we lose them," according to the Boston Globe.

Faculty Forum April 19... The final Faculty Forum for the year will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in the Campus Center banquet room. Larry Potts (chemistry) will present "A Chemist's Perspective on Water Quality in the Minnesota River." 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 by Friday, April 15.

MAYDAY! May 4... The College will hold its annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, titled "Energy for Peace" with speakers Mark Hertsgaard and Terry Tempest Williams, on Wednesday, March 4. Hertsgaard, an accomplished author in the field of environmental study and an environmental correspondent for The Nation, will speak. His latest book, The Eagle's Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World, has placed him among numerous independent journalists and critics with whom the Bush Administration must reconcile in respect to environmental policy. Williams is highly regarded as one of the nation's best speakers on the environment and a contributing author to such publications as The New Yorker and The Nation. Williams is best known for her book, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, in which she brings the subject of environment close to home by chronicling her mother's fatal battle with ovarian cancer, which Williams attributes to nuclear testing carried out in the Nevada desert near her home in Salt Lake City. The MAYDAY! Peace Conference was established by Florence and the late Raymond Sponberg of North Mankato. Florence Sponberg was awarded an honorary degree by Gustavus at last year's conference in recognition of her work for the College both as a benefactor and trustee from 1986 to 2003. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dana Lamb in the Office of Special Events (x7520).

Extraordinary People

2005 St. Ansgar Members Named... The following graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding excellence in scholarship, exceptional leadership, and diversified participation in extra-curricular activities have been named to the Guild of St. Ansgar for 2005: Jennifer Abrahamzon, Claire Anderson, Elizabeth Appleton, Kimberly Assad, Elizabeth Baranowski, Rachel Batalden, Megan Beltz, Andrew Brown, Cory Christenson, Stefanie Cossalter, Kiri deLaubenfels, Renee Donahue, Kimberly Eisenreich, Andrew Erickson, Britt Forsberg, Nicole Fuerstenberg, Carrie Hibbard, Bethany Hirst, Heidi Hope, Jennifer Ingraham, Leah Jarvis, Johanna Johnson, Emma Jordon, Hannah Julien, Kristin Kachelmeyer, Katrina Kleinwachter, Rebecca Kuehl, Melissa Laine, Jamie Larson, Joseph Lencioni, Matthew Lieser, Katherine MacQueen, Ellen Muggli, David Myers, Amanda Parker, Nichole Petersen, Lynnea Piotter, Jessica Prody, Kendra Rinas, Jessica Schrieber, Maisie Stish, Ann Syverson, Anne Tupy, Joshua Winter, Elizabeth Wojahn, and Marissa Wold.

Student Receives Honor... Gustavus gymnast Amanda Parker was recently named Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year by the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA). The award is given for outstanding accomplishments in gymnastics, academics, and public service. Parker has been a national champion in the all-around (2002) and vault (2002) as well as earning All-America honors nine times. She holds virtually every Gustavus individual event record. Parker's all-around score of 38.05, which she recorded at the 2004 national meet, is the third highest score recorded in the 21-year history of the NCGA. She maintains a 3.987 grade point average with a major in political science and will attend law school next year. A two-time First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, Parker is a candidate for a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship which will be announced in mid-April, and she is also a member of Gustavus' Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Parker has taught English and math classes to adults in the English as a Second Language program, served as a legal aid providing free legal services to underprivileged families, and served as a tutor for English students at St. Peter High School.

Award-winning Design... Gustavus Adolphus College and Sharon Stevenson (marketing and public relations, design) recently received two awards in the 2005 Graphic Design USA "American Inhouse Design Awards." The 2005 Gustavus Department of Music brochure and the 2004-05 Department of Fine Arts Programs Artist Series mailer were the design projects recognized.

Laura Behling (English) has been awarded a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing. The Anderson Center provides artists and scholars a space to work on a particular project. During her residency, Behling will complete the final writing and editing of her monograph on anatomy and American literature.

Deane Curtin (philosophy) has published a book titled Environmental Ethics for a Postcolonial World (Rowman and Littlefield). The book uses two literary works to raise questions about the present state of the global environment: Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Each literary text presents a "creature" that is between human culture and nature and is therefore able to understand both, yet their visions of culture and nature differ profoundly.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Support Staff
    Victor Cerritos, Dining Service

Congregational Outreach

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host the following confirmation retreats: April 8-9 for St. Paul Lutheran Church from Wyoming (Minn.); and April 9-10 for Faith Lutheran Church from Winona.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Research Publication Grants... The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers eight-week Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants for women college faculty to prepare research for publication. The award is $6,000. Applicants must have received their doctorates by the application deadline of Nov. 15, 2005 and may be tenure track, part-time, or temporary faculty. This grant program is intended for faculty who have not yet established strong publishing records. For more information, please see the third bulleted item at Note that the website will have updated applications after Aug. 1.
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 April 4, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a story titled "One Minnesotan honors another." The writer talked about sculptures created by the late Paul Granlund (former sculptor-in-residence).
  • On April 2, The Free Press of Mankato ran a brief titled "Poetry event (scheduled for April 4) at Gustavus postponed."
  • The March/April 2005 edition of Home & Away included a feature, titled "Art and Hearth," on art galleries and hospitable inns. The Hillstrom Museum of Art was one of the galleries included in the story. The article included a photograph of the museum, as well as an interview with Director Don Myers.
  • On March 31, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story, titled "Gustavus to host poetry event," on page E3.
  • On March 31, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories:
    • "Pastor-to-pastor receives grant" included mention of Brian Beckstrom (chaplains), Darrell Jodock (religion), and Jack Niemi (church relations)
    • "Poetry event kickoff slated for April 4" included a quote by Judy Schultz (Book Mark) and mention of Phil Bryant (English), Bill Holm ('65), John Rezmerski (emeritus professor of English), and Joyce Sutphen (English).
  • On March 29, The Free Press published a story on Laurie (Aadland) Helgoe ('83). The article, titled "The dating doctor: GA grad went on to earn Ph.D., writes book," ran on the front page of the Currents section.
  • On March 28, The Free Press ran a story, titled "Gustavus gets grant for pastor program," referring to the College's Pastor-to-Pastor program, on the front page of The Valley section.
  • On March 24, the St. Peter Herald published a story on page 2A, titled "Gustavus to host annual Pow Wow," and included quotes by student coordinator Kimberlee Kautzer.

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


Looking to Borrow: Ryan Yunkers would like to borrow a metal detector for a day. Anyone willing to loan one out should contact Yunkers (x6282).

For Rent: Duplex in St. Peter. Available May 1. Quiet, wooded lot. Attached garage, air conditioning, dishwasher, two bedrooms plus den or office. Rent is $700 per month plus utilities. Call 507/243-4135 for an appointment to view.

For Sale: 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra four-door sedan in good condition; low mileage; 6,400 miles on the tires; 3100 V6 engine; automatic transmission; power windows; and power locks. Call 934-5784.

For Sale: Three-bedroom, split-level home at 815 W. Skaro St.; 2,100 square feet, custom designed for academic family, newly remodeled kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances, large family room with wet bar/kitchenette, study with floor-to-ceiling oak bookshelves, and more. New roof, soffits, fascia, gutters, and doors in 1998. Price is $185,00. If interested, contact George Georgacarakos (

For Sale: Small oak library table; 36 inches long by 24 inches wide by 31 inches high with small drawer and shelf underneath. Open oak shelf 22 inches long by 11 inches wide by 39 inches high. If interested, call Gretchen (934-5441).

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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