The Yellow Sheet for April 21, 2005
April 21, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 28
Volume 37, Number 28
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News & AnnouncementsGACAC Convenes Saturday... The Office of Church Relations will host the 18th annual Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Convention on the theme "Hope for One Church in a Divisive Time" from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The day includes elections to the College's Board of Trustees and the Association's Board of Directors. The Rev. Kelly Fryer of Luther Seminary will keynote the convention at 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel, speaking on "Daring to Be the Church Again." The Covenant Award will be presented during the midday luncheon. The afternoon will feature nine concurrent sessions on a variety of topics, some of which will be led by Elaine Brostrom, Kelly Fryer, Jim Gilbert, Mark Granquist, Steven Haggmark, Karen Larson, Jack Niemi, and Diane Brady with Mark Hiemenz.
Faculty Meeting April 27... An informational meeting for faculty on the 2005-06 budget will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in Wallenberg Auditorium. President Peterson will do part of the presentation.
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.
Make-A-Wish Mentor, Cancer Survivor Perform Together -- Again... Gustavus senior Johanna Johnson remembers a large group of national media waiting for her at Lincoln Center, where she was going to meet Joe Robinson, principal oboist for the New York Philharmonic. Johnson was 16 at the time and a passionate oboe player who had been diagnosed with lymphoma. She made the trip from her hometown in California to New York to realize a dream of not only rehearsing with the New York Philharmonic, but to sit in with the orchestra during a performance made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She learned of Robinson on the Internet and was amazed at his varied career and eclectic interests -- from his humanitarian interests to his accomplishments as the nation's foremost oboist. Johnson will perform her senior recital on April 29 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall -- accompanied by Robinson. They keep in touch often. To some degree, Robinson says, he's simply returning a favor by performing in her town, as she did in his. Events planned during Robinson's campus visit include:
For more information, click here to read a recent news release sent out by the Office of News and Information.
Service Awards Dinner May 19... The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, May 19 in Alumni Hall beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The College and the Alumni Association will recognize 2005 retirees and the commitment of faculty and administrators that have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years at the College. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person. All are welcome to attend. A list of the 2005 service awardees follows. Please contact the Alumni Office with the name of any person that should be included in the list of honorees (including yourself) or with any questions.
Geography Trivia Thursday... The campus community is invited to participate in international geography trivia at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in the Courtyard Cafe. The audience will be divided into teams, and the winning team will be treated to a meal prepared by international students on Sunday, April 24.
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:
Demfest 2005 Saturday... Join the Gustavus Democrats from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23 in the Courtyard Cafe for Demfest 2005, featuring food, entertainment, and speakers from the Minnesota DFL Party. Dome Skwad and Line-Us will perform, and speakers include Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch, U.S. Senate candidates Amy Klobuchar and Patty Wetterling, Rep. Ruth Johnson, Sen. John Hottinger, and many more.
Woodwind and Flute Concert Sunday... Under the direction of Ann Pesavento, the Woodwind Ensembles and the Flute Choir will present a spring concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. The Gustavus Flute Choir opens the concert with by Molter, Mendelssohn, and Christensen. Their final work is "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from G. F. Handel's "Solomon." The Woodwind Themeus Trio (flute, oboe, and clarinet) will then present works by deWailly and Kriens, the BJMO Clarinet Quartet (Bachmeyer, Jaede, Mack, and Ofstad) will present Anthony Donato's "Pastorale and Dance" and the "Suite for Four Equal Clarinets" by T. Stewart Amith, and "Drastic Measures" by Russel Peck will be presented by the ABHJ Saxophone Quartet (Appleton, Bergman, Hanson, and Johns). The concert is free and open to the public.
Choir of Christ Chapel Concert Sunday... The Choir of Christ Chapel, directed by Patricia Kazarow, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24 in Christ Chapel. This home concert concludes the choir's spring tour, titled "The Labyrinth: The End is in the Beginning," will include choral and organ music as well as hymns that have been inspired by collective life journeys. In addition to the premiere of a new work by Minnesota composer William Beckstrand, "Within the Circles of Our Lives," choral music included in the program will be "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit" arranged by Moses Hogan, "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl, and "How Can I Keep From Singing" by Gwyneth Walker. These choral works, as well as the hymn and organ selections, are those used in the daily and weekly worship services on campus.
Take Back the Night Sunday... The public is invited to "Take Back the Night" from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24 in Johns Family Courtyard. The bands Three-Oh-Six, Dome Skwad, Chris Bacon, and Organ Donors will play. Between sets, there will be discussion in an effort to empower the victims of sexual assault, a Nicollet-Sibley County advocate will speak, and I Am, We Are will perform. Luminaries, made by students, will be set up around the courtyard. A candle-lit march around campus will close the event.
Student Recital Sunday... At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, junior tenor Anders Eckman and junior violinist Colin McGuire will give a recital. Eckman will open the recital, accompanied by pianist Sally Johnson, and will present works by Caccini, Tosti, Duke, Lalo, and Weill. McGuire, accompanied by Coni Liljengren, will present works by Bartok, Szekely, Ponce, Elgar, Kreisler, and Rachmaninov. With Eckman, McGuire will present "Oh, cease thy singing, Maiden Fair" by Sergei Rackmaninov and "Senza Catene," as recorded by the Righteous Brothers and adapted for the recital by the Eckman and McGuire. A reception for the musicians will be held in the recital hall lobby following the performance. This recital is free and open to the public.
Senior Art Exhibition Opens Monday... The annual exhibition of works by graduating studio art majors will open Monday, April 25 at the Hillstrom Museum of Art. The exhibit is a culminating event in their careers as art students at Gustavus. The exhibition will demonstrate the diversity of styles and approaches taken by the students, some of whom intend to continue studying or working in art after graduation. On display will be works by Susannah Carlson, Tiffany Clark, Brady Cotton, Laurie Decknatel, Megan Fehlandt, Heidi Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Gwendolyn Koenig, Jennifer Lemmage, Molly Lundberg, Elizabeth Seefeldt, Rebekah Smith, and Ryan Taylor. The works were created using a variety of different materials, including traditional media such as painting on canvas, ink on paper, ceramics, and photography in color and black and white. Others media includes videos and interactive computer programs displayed on monitors, installation pieces made from mixed media, masks made of plaster and paper, and works that combine ceramic figures with natural materials such as dolomite or tree branches. A number of the works are being offered for sale by the individual artists. The exhibition will remain on view through May 29, with a public reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Honors Day, May 7. Museum hours are weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 1-5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Fictitious Landscapes Lecture Monday... The public is invited to a lecture, titled "Collaborations in Contemporary Art," at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 Schaefer Fine Arts-art lecture hall. The project, with the assistance of artists Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican, pushes the students to contemplate their natural surroundings and find locations where, with the addition of a sign or some other object, the site takes on new meaning. Originally developed as a project to comment on the impact of the corporate world on our "visual" everyday life, Carothers and Wrbican created TIREFIRE as a means to look at this impact and to make artistic comments on our visual world. With St. Peter's proximity to the Mall of America and the corporate world of the metropolitan area, much of the Gustavus project will involve research and interviews with residents to discover how mega-businesses and shopping centers have affected the lives of people who live many miles from these centers.
Author to Speak on Hmong-American Writers Monday... Mai Neng Moua will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25 in the Interpretive Center about the challenges Hmong-American writers face and the successes they have achieved. In 1994, Moua founded Paj Ntaub Voice, a Hmong literary arts journal. In 2002, her book, Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans, the first Hmong-American anthology, was published and featured in The New York Times. In 2003, Mai Neng founded the Hmong American Institute for Learning (HAIL). HAIL publishes Paj Ntaub Voice, develops Hmong writers and artists, and focuses on the Hmong oral arts. This event is free and open to the public.
Politics of Media Parenthood Monday... 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 Monday... Swedish-American art historian Agneta Nordmark will give a lecture, titled "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).
Medical Plan Meetings Wednesday, Thursday... Follow-up informational meetings to review the changes in the Gustavus medical plans will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27 and at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 28 in Alumni Hall.
"All's Well..." April 28-May 1... The public is invited to the production of William Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well," under the director of Rob Gardner. Performances are at 8 p.m. April 28-30 and 2 p.m. May 1 in Anderson Theatre. Tickets are available at the Gustavus ticket center or by calling x7590. Tickets remaining unsold on the day of the performance will go on sale one hour prior to show time in Anderson Theatre's box office.
Arbor Day April 29... Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum invite everyone to "Arbor Day 2005 -- The Celebration of Spring" on Friday, April 29, beginning with 10 a.m. Daily Chapel where the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and artist-in-residence Joe Robinson will present The Flower Clock symphony. The 11 a.m. luncheon in Alumni Hall will feature biogeographer Susy Ziegler from the University of Minnesota. Her talk is titled "Telling Time with Tree Rings." The day's festivities will conclude at approximately 1:30 p.m. with a tree planting ceremony at St. Peter's Gault Park. Luncheon tickets are $14. Reservations can be made through Wednesday, April 27. To make reservations or for additional information, please contact the Office of Special Events (x7520).
"Last Comic Standing" Winner to Perform April 29... John Heffron, winner of NBC's 2004 "Last Comic Standing" reality show, is scheduled to perform live at 9 p.m. April 29 in the Campus Center. The event will also feature Tammy Pescatelli, another finalist from the show. General admission for those 17 and older is $10. Admission for Gustavus and Minnesota State University, Mankato students is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket center or with a credit card (Mastercard or Visa) by calling x7590.
GIVE Day April 30... On Saturday, April 30, Gustavus will sponsor its annual GIVE (Gusties in Volunteering Endeavors) Day in the St. Peter area and the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis in which Gustavus volunteers will assist with cleanup and renovation projects. At the Minneapolis location, Gustavus volunteers will assist Phillips residents with spring yard work and cleaning. These projects will be done in association with the American Swedish Institute (ASI), which is located in the Phillips neighborhood, and the Phillips West Neighborhood Organization's annual spring clean-up, strengthening Gustavus' relationship with the ASI and continuing a commitment to community service. New additions to GIVE Day include a Big Partner/Little Partner component, where Gustavus students may bring their Little Partners to participate and youth from ROCK (Reaching Out to Christ's Kids), a collaboration of four St. Peter Christian churches, will participate with Gustavus volunteers. St. Peter projects will include assistance and work with the St. Peter Community Garden, the CADA (Committee Against Domestic Abuse) House, Treemendous Playground, individual homeowners, city parks, and wooded areas. Those interested in participating in the Phillips neighborhood projects can register online. Questions may be directed to the Alumni Office. For more information about GIVE activities in the St. Peter area, contact Kari Lipke in the Community Service Center (x6077 or email@example.com).
Science on Saturday, April 30... St. Peter students from grades 1 through 6 are invited to join the Gustavus Adolphus College science department for Science on Saturday, a half-day event featuring science experiments and demonstrations, on Saturday, April 30. During the event, students will participate in a number of science experiments and demonstrations in the areas of chemistry, biology, geology, and physics -- all led by Gustavus students. The students will learn the fundamentals of science as well as have fun. Registration for this event is required by Saturday, April 23. Parents are invited to attend as well. Registration and questions should be directed to Amy McKeehan (x8731 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The schedule for the day is:
Off-campus Events of InterestMusicorum to Perform Friday... 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 Saturday... 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.
Library Event April 30... Parents, educators, education students, and music lovers are invited to attend a workshop and sing-to-read event by Ginger Acopiado, author of "Over the Rainbow with Joey," 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at the St. Peter Public Library. Cost is $5 before Thursday, April 28; cost is $10 after that date. To register, contact Jane Timmerman (email@example.com ox 934-0667).
Extraordinary PeopleTwo senior English majors have been selected from a statewide pool of contestants to read their essays at the University of Minnesota's "Shakespeare and the World" symposium on Saturday, April 23. Marissa Wold was a finalist with her paper "The American Tragedy: Othello and Race in America," a project which emerged from her work with Scott Newstok (English) last summer through the Presidential Student/Faculty Collaboration Grant. Andy Brown was awarded third place for "The Tainted World and its Tragic Function: Setting in Titus Andronicus, Hamlet and Othello." In addition to the honor of reading his paper, Brown will receive $100 and a copy of the Riverside Shakespeare. Brown and Wold both presented earlier versions of their projects at the St. Olaf "Winter Will Power Undergraduate Shakespeare Colloquium" on Saturday, Feb. 26, along with fellow senior English major Loren Hansen, who shared his essay "Poignantly Funny: Shakespeare's Directed Use of Humor in Romeo and Juliet." Brown, Hansen, and Wold were among only seven undergraduates in the state invited to participate in this conference.
Guild of St. Lucia Selections... The following junior women have been named to the Guild of St. Lucia: Laura Carr, Erin Crimmins, Kee Her, Sharon Jaffe, Hannah Johnson, Marisa Mancini, Elaine Mans, Molly McGovern, Briana Monson, Gina Quiram, Lindsay Reimnitz, Dorea Ruggles, Megan Strom, Laura Warn, Zong Xiong. The Guild of St. Lucia was established in 1958 and honors women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College.
Michelle Weber (junior German and education major) is one of 15 students chosen to participate in the inaugural "Graduate School Experience" program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in August at the University of Pennsylvania. Seventy professors nominated students, who were chosen on the basis of letters of support, transcripts, and scholarly essays in German. Participants will spend a week in Philadelphia, doing an intensive interdisciplinary graduate-level study of the city of Wittenberg. Grants from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Max Kade Foundation will pay for student participation. Weber was nominated by Jenifer Ward (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German).
Laura Behling (English) has been selected as one of eight ELCA college faculty selected to participate in a two-week research seminar on "AIDS/ HIV and Gender." The seminar will take place at various sites in Tanzania. Behling will present her work on AIDS/HIV rhetoric in American literature and culture.
Barbara Fister and Michelle Twait (both library) presented a poster session at the Association of College and Research Libraries national conference on "Assessment as Opportunity: Knowing Your Students, Reaching Your Faculty." Fister also presented a paper, co-authored by Kathie Martin (library), titled "Embracing the Challenge of Change Through Collegial Decision-Making."
Gareth John (geography) was named editor of the newsletter "Past Place," a semiannual publication of the Association of American Geographers' Historical Geography Specialty Group which includes short essays, discussion forums, book reviews, and conference reports.
Brian Johnson (chaplains) presented a paper, titled "The Changing Technological Milieu and Ritual Studies," selected by Yale University Science and Religion faculty at a forum sponsored by the Yale Divinity School Initiative in Religion, Science, and Technology. Johnson also led a retreat for Yale Divinity School students, guest lectured in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and is providing liturgical leadership training for Lutheran students.
Stan Shetka (art and art history) spoke at "Bridging the Water Gap," an international water conference, held April 15-17 in Hopkins. Shetka's presentation was "Who Dwells in the Flood." He also participated on a science panel centered around regional water issues.
Joyce Sutphen (English) was the poetry winner at the 17th annual Minnesota Book Awards, held Saturday, April 16, for her collection "Naming the Stars" published by Holy Cow! Press. The ceremony was hosted by Don Shelby (WCCO-TV) and presenters included Sen. Mark Dayton. The Minnesota Book Awards is a program of the Minnesota Humanities Commission.
Linnea Wren (art and art history) was an invited speaker at the 23rd annual Maya Weekend, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and held April 8-10. The symposium topic was "Maya Chocolate and Precious Delights." The subject of Wren's paper was "Dressing for Dinner: Costumed and Uncostumed Bodies of Maya Kings."
BirthsRiston Scott Wojcik, the son of Lisa Wojcik (corporate and foundation relations) and Scott Wojcik was born April 13 and weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. and was 21 inches long. Riston has an older brother, Konnor.
Congregational OutreachRetreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat April 22-23 for Gethsemane Lutheran Church from Minneapolis. A Gustavus Youth Outreach team, consisting of student members who develop relational youth ministry programs, will also work with the Minneapolis group.
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).
Telecommunications UpdatesThe following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2004-05":
For Lease: A beachfront two-bedroom home on Lake Washington is available for lease to a Gustavus staff member for the 2005-06 academic year. Many amenities available. May be partly or totally furnished. Please call 952-758-3430 or e-mail email@example.com.
For Rent: Apartment in old Victorian house in Kasota. Available June 1. Call Wayne or Deanna Glover (931-1117). No students, please.
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.
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