The Yellow Sheet for April 14, 2005
April 14, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 27
Volume 37, Number 27
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News & AnnouncementsTenure Service Set... The following persons will be installed as tenured members of the faculty during the 10 a.m. chapel service on Friday, April 22:
Employee Meeting April 28... An all-employee meeting has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in Alumni Hall. A presentation on the 2005-06 budget will be made by Vice President for Finance Ken Westphal. Director of Human Resources Kirk Beyer will review the changes in the medical plan.
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.
Award Nomination Reminder... The campus community is reminded that the nomination forms for the Diversity Honors Awards for students, faculty, and staff must be completed and returned to the Diversity Center by Friday, April 15.
Employee Cell Phone Deals... The Office of Telecommunications has negotiated a new employee discount from Sprint on personal cellular phones and service plans. Beginning Sunday, April 17, Sprint cell phone users can receive a 14 percent discount on their monthly bill. Current employees who are Sprint personal cellular customers must call Sprint to request the new discount. New customers must request this discount when signing up for personal cellular phone service. There are also specials on phone handsets purchased through Sunday, May 8. If questions, contact telecommunications (x6262) or Sprint (385-1000).
Vocation Workshop Reminder... Gustavus employees are reminded that applications to participate in the summer workshop on vocation community are available in the Center for Vocational Reflection and are due by Friday, April 15. Contact Chris Johnson (x7159) or Amy Pehrson (x7169) for more information.
Artist Exhibit Runs Through April 25... The public is invited to view an exhibit of watercolors by New Ulm artist Robyn Sand Anderson through April 25 in Linner Lounge. Sand Anderson's watercolors include a body of work on the Psalms, as well as "Restored Images in Watercolor," a re-creation of old black and white photos. Inspired by life in general, Sand Anderson finds people in ordinary life moments to be the most intriguing subjects to paint, although she also paints florals and landscapes, as well as a variety of spiritual and liturgical art. Sand Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in fine art and art education from Luther College. In addition to painting for 20 years, she also teaches high school art. For more information, contact the chaplains' office (x7446).
Body Image and Unhealthy Behaviors Presentation Thursday... The campus community is encouraged to hear speakers and pick up information on body image and unhealthy behaviors from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 on Eckman Mall (or, in case of poor weather, in the St. Peter Banquet Room). There will be information available on less well-known behaviors and conditions such as muscle dysmorphia, compulsive eating/exercise, and disordered eating, as well as general exercise and nutrition. Sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
Pow Wow April Thursday... The fifth annual Native American Pow Wow will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Alumni Hall. Dave Larsen, a respected and well-known Dakota from the Morton area, will emcee the event. Midnight Express will provide host drums. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Diversity Center.
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:
Faculty Conversation Friday... To foster discussion of the liberal arts at Gustavus and in conjunction with John Guillory's April 12 lecture, copies of Will Freiert's 2004 Hanson-Peterson Chair Lecture "LiARS Speak with Forked Tongue: The Liberal Arts Paradox" were distributed to full-time faculty through campus mail and a faculty conversation is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 in the Interpretive Center. What do you tell prospective students about a Gustavus education? Do you agree with Will Freiert that we all know what the liberal arts are? What do you think about John Guillory's ideas about the failure of general education? Hopefully, faculty will have an opportunity to read Freiert's talk and were able to attend Guillory's lecture -- but these are not prerequisites for joining in the conversation on Friday. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served. If questions, contact Florence Amamoto (x7399 or firstname.lastname@example.org). This conversation is sponsored by the Hanson-Peterson Chair in Liberal Studies.
"Battle With a Conscience" April 15... The Gustavus chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Campus Activities Board invites everyone to the "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. Guests include Minnesota State Representative Ruth Johnson, State Senator John Hottinger, and representatives from the midwest regional Habitat for Humanity. 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 aid with Ghana's housing crisis. For more information, contact Nick Green (email@example.com or x8173).
Speech and Debate Presentation Sunday... 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.
Holden Evening Prayer Continues on 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. The services will be held from 9 to 9:45 p.m. on April 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.
Student Senate Meeting Monday... All faculty members are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming Student Senate meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 18 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).
Manhattan Project Seminar Monday... "The Manhattan Project revisited -- an interdisciplinary seminar" will be presented by Richard Fuller (professor emeritus of physics) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18 in Olin Hall 103. All are welcome. The seminar is sponsored by the Department of Physics.
Population Expert to Lecture Tuesday... Werner Fornos, an internationally recognized authority on population issues and winner of the 2003 United Nations Population Award, will give a lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Fornos, president of the Population Institute, will speak on a wide range of population issues, including global security and terrorism, environmental degradation, global climate change, hunger, poverty and illiteracy, voluntary family planning, women's empowerment, and socio-economic underdevelopment. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture, and materials concerning population issues will also be available. This event, sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Population Institute, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact student organizer Maren Anderson (x7833 or email@example.com).
Meet the Author Tuesday... 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:
Faculty Forum Tuesday... The final Faculty Forum for the year will be held from 5:30 to 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.
Benefit Enrollment Meetings Next Week... Following is a schedule for employee benefit enrollment meetings that have been scheduled in Alumni Hall:
GACAC April 23... On Saturday, April 23, 2005, Gustavus will host its 18th annual Association of Congregations convention. "Our Church in a Divisive Time" will bring pastors and delegates from 490 ELCA congregations to campus primarily from the Midwest but also New York, California, and Florida. The assembly's keynote speaker, the Rev. Kelly Fryer of Luther Seminary, will speak on "Daring to Be the Church Again." Darrell Jodock (religion) will provide the opening homily. Annually, the convention also addresses administrative issues, most importantly, the election of members to the Gustavus Board of Trustees and the election of members to the Board of Directors for the association. In addition to Fryer, presenters will include several Gustavus faculty members; Diane Brady, former director of the Volunteer Resource Center in Minneapolis; Elaine Brostrom (retired director of public affairs); and Jack Niemi (church relations). Brady will focus on the concepts of volunteer management, a skill many church leaders will find useful, Brostrom will walk participants through a guided tour of the Granlund sculptures on campus, and Niemi will explain the Three Crowns Ambassadors Project and explore the relationship between Gustavus and the church.
Faculty presenters and their topics include:
Politics of Media Parenthood April 25... As part of the Evan Anderson Lecture Series, Mary Vavrus, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Minnesota, will deliver a presentation titled "NASCAR Dads and Opting Out Moms: The Politics of Media Parenthood and the Value of Gendered Brands," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25 in Wallenberg Auditorium. In the last decade or so, media catch phrases like "Soccer Moms" and "NASCAR Dads" have appeared with increasing frequency. At the same time, the media environment has become increasingly dominated by fewer conglomerated corporations. Vavrus will explore the relationship between these two trends, arguing that media catch phrases such as these function as gendered brands that work to connect everyday life experiences of real people with these large and growing corporations, helping the corporations generate profit and expand their market share while gaining influence with various other organizations, including the Republican and Democratic parties. This event should be of interest to faculty and students from across the disciplines and is free and open to the public. The lecture will be hosted by the Department of Communication Studies. For more information, contact Meghan Krause (x7346).
Lecture on Swedish Painter April 25... Swedish-American art historian Agneta Nordmark will give a lecture, "A Swedish Painter's Sense of Snow: Gustaf Fjaestad as Artist and Athlete," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25 in the Fine Arts Lecture Hall. Fjaestad (1868-1948) collaborated with Carl Larsson on murals for the National Museum in Stockholm. He is perhaps best known for his studies of snow and ice, but he also designed tapestries, furniture, and musical instruments, and was a champion ice skater and bicyclist (in the early days of bicycle racing) as well. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Scandinavian Studies and the Hillstrom Museum of Art and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paul Norlen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upcoming Continuing Education Events... The public is invited to the following continuing education events:
Pre-registration is required for these events. 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 www.stpetercommunityedonline.com. For more information, call 934-3048 and press zero for the operator. These events are Gustavus Adolphus College continuing education programs done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.
GLA Author Day May 12... Celebrated novelists Pete Hautman and Mary Logue will speak at the Gustavus Library Associates' Spring Author Day at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 12 at the Edina Country Club (5100 Wooddale Ave., Edina). The two have been together since meeting in 1989 at a fiction class taught by Logue and share their lives in two homes: a Golden Valley rambler and a rural Stockholm, Wisc., farmhouse. Combined, the couple has produced more than 20 books, winning numerous prizes. Hautman's novel Godless won the 2004 National Book Award in the Young Adult Novel category. His Sweetblood won the 2003 Minnesota Book Award. He has also published more than 100 non-fiction works for children under the name Peter Murray. Logue's Dark Coulee, one of her Claire Watkins mystery series, won a Minnesota Book Award in 2000. Logue, in addition to her numerous mysteries and thrillers, has also published nearly a dozen children's non-fiction books and a memoir/biography of her grandmother. Logue's new poetry book Meticulous Attachment and Hautman's new young adult novel Invisible are scheduled for release in April. Additionally, the pair is co-authoring a potential series of mystery novels for young adults. The first in the series, titled Snatched, will be published this fall. Author Day includes brunch, speakers, and book signing. Contact special events (x7520) for more details.
Off-campus Events of InterestShetka to Speak Saturday... Stan Shetka (art and art history) will speak at "Bridging the Water Gap," an international water conference, to be held April 15-17 at the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins. Shetka will give his presentation, titled "Who Dwells in the Flood," at 1 p.m. Saturday. He also will participate on a science panel centered around regional water issues at 3 p.m. Saturday. The conference is open to the public. For more information, go to www.aquaessenceresource.com.
Chamber Music Concert Saturday... The public is invited to a concert of chamber music at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at First Lutheran Church, 1114 W. Traverse Dr., St. Peter. As part of the church's Music for Missions concert series, a free-will offering will benefit the St. Peter Area Food Shelf. The guest artists for this concert are flutist Christina Jennings, violist Matthew Dane, and pianist Beth Winterfeldt. The program includes music by J. S. Bach, Maurice Durufle, and Cecille Chaminade. Praised for her virtuoso technique, Jennings enjoys a reputation as one of the top flutists of her generation. Winner of the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, she recently performed a Carnegie Recital Hall solo debut and was featured in a Flute Talk magazine cover story. Dane teaches at the University of Oklahoma and serves as principal violist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Married to Jennings, he collaborates with her as a member of the Harpswell Trio and as cofounder of Brightmusic, a chamber music series in Oklahoma City. Known for her versatility as a collaborative pianist, Winterfeldt has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout the Midwest. She currently teaches privately in St. Peter.
Musicorum to Perform April 22... Musicorum, a 20-member vocal ensemble directed by Gregory Aune (music), will perform a joint concert with the Mankato Children's Chorus High School Choir, directed by Julie Aune (music), at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 423 W. Seventh St. in Mankato. Works by Barber, Handel, Elgar, Schuetz, Mozart, and Dickau will be presented. Singers include Julie Aune, Jenifer Ward (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German), Ole Karstad ('97), and Andrew Thill ('04). The group will be accompanied by David Fienen (music) on organ and a Gustavus student ensemble on oboe and strings. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students and are available at the door.
Learn About Pioneer Log Buildings April 23... The public is invited to a slide lecture and field trip on pioneer log buildings by Bob Douglas (geography) at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Ney Learning Center. The center is located between Henderson and Le Sueur. To sign up, call Arlys Graff at 507/665-6244.
"Winnie the Pooh" Auditions in May... Auditions for the musical "Winnie the Pooh" will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21 and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22 in room 219 (the senior center) of the St. Peter Community Center (600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter). The St. Peter Players will present this play under the auspices of Chautauqua Aug. 18-20 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Needed are actors, stage hands, scenery painters, ushers, and ticket sellers. Adults, teenagers, and children may audition for 20 roles. If questions, call Elsa Cornell (934-3036).
Extraordinary PeopleThe Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Wright (music), toured Iowa, Kansas City, Wisconsin, and Minnesota over spring break. A highlight of the tour was participating in the annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival, a competitive and educational event, where the band placed second. The Jazz Lab Band has participated many times before and has always placed in the top three, competing with college and university jazz ensembles from a six-state area.
Senior Forensicator Becky Kuehl was recently one of 14 students from across the country to be named to the 2004-05 American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament All-American Team. Kuehl was one of nine students to earn Pi Kappa Delta All-American, receiving the L.E. Norton Scholarship, which goes to the most outstanding All-American. Both honors are based on academic excellence, forensics success, and community involvement. She is the first Gustavus student to receive either of these prestigious honors.
Senior Joe Lencioni recently won the A. Albert Clark award for the best undergraduate essay in religion. His essay was based on research he undertook for his senior thesis. The award is presented annually by Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies/Theology. Founded in 1976, Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society for those involved in the study of religion and/or theology at both the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels of higher education. Honoring excellence in these academic fields is its primary purpose.
Gregory Aune (music) was the featured guest conductor at the MacPhail Center for Music annual Concerto and Aria Concert held Sunday, April 3 at Hamline University. Aune led featured student soloists and a professional orchestra in performances of movements from the Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor by Sergei Prokofieff, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor by Max Bruch, Violin Concerto in D Major by Peter Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens, the Capriccio Brilliant for piano in B Minor by Felix Mendelssohn, and the Piano Concert in D Major by Wolfgang Mozart.
Laura Behling (English) had an essay, "Replacing the Patient: The Fiction of Prosthetics in Medical Practice," published in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Spring 2005.
Darrell Jodock (religion) has been appointed to chair the ELCA consultative panel on Lutheran Jewish relations for a three-year term beginning April 1. He succeeds Franklin Sherman, who has held that position since the panel was formed in the early 1990s. The panel formulated the "Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Jewish Community," which was adopted by the ELCA in 1994. That declaration rejected the anti-Judaic statements made by Luther late in his life. The panel produced "Guidelines for Lutheran-Jewish Relations" in 1998 and "Talking Points: Topics in Christian-Jewish Relations" in 2002. Currently, it participates in an ongoing dialogue with Reform Jews, is involved in a joint effort by major Jewish organizations and the National Council of Churches to foster peace in the Middle East, and is producing a book which will update church leaders about Jewish-Christian dialogue. Jodock has served on the panel since 2001.
Gareth John (geography) attended the Association of American Geographers annual national meeting last week in Denver, where he presented a paper from his doctorate as a national finalist in the prestigious J. Warren Nystrom Dissertation Competition. As part of this achievement, John has been invited to submit his paper to The Professional Geographer, an internationally recognized journal.
Horst Ludwig (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German) and Max Verhart of The Netherlands published their bilingual rengay series Zwolf Monde - Twaalf manen - Twelve Moons with English translations and an introduction by Charles Trumbull, president of the Haiku Society of America, 't schrijverke, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (ISBN 90-809482-2-5). A rengay is an American type of chain poem based on traditional Japanese poetry written by more than one author. Also, a haiku by Ludwig was selected by Mainichi Daily News, a national Japanese newspaper, for its April column on haiku (MDN, Apr. 2, 2005 [No. 670]).
Steve Wright (music) performed with the Pete Whitman X-tet for a Twin Cities Jazz Society "J to Z" concert event on Friday, April 8. The performance was held at the Chautauqua Fine Arts Center at Mahtomedi High School. Also, on Saturday, April 9, the 18-piece Steve Wright Big Band played for the annual Gustavus President's Ball at International Market Square.
Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host the following confirmation retreats: April 15-16 for Nordland Lutheran Church from Paynesville and Christus Victor Lutheran Church from Apple Valley; and April 16-17 for Messiah Lutheran Church from North Mankato.
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 email@example.com).
HoursChange in Library Hours... The library will be open additional hours Sunday through Thursday. Hours will be: 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday.
Telecommunications UpdatesThe following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2004-05":
For Rent: Furnished house available June 2-Aug. 31. Four bedrooms, two baths, large fenced-in yard, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer; utilities, cable, and internet included. Responsible individuals only. If interested, call Jessica at 934-7399.
For Sale: 1997 Pontiac Bonneville four-door sedan in good condition. New tires. Price $3,200. Call 385-0688.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank YousFrom Lynn Beaty (custodial)... "While I continue to recover from hip surgery I would like to extend my appreciation to all the wonderful people in the Gustavus Community. Special thanks to all those who donated their hours, came to the hospital, brought food, visits, flowers, and phone calls. It has truly meant a lot. Thank you to each and every one of you. We couldn't have made it through without all your help. God Bless You!"
Lynn and Kaia Beaty
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