The Yellow Sheet for April 28, 2005

April 28, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 29

Volume 37, Number 29

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Employee Reminder... Employee benefit enrollment forms are due in the Office of Human Resources by Friday, May 6, 2005.

Order Tickets for Honors Day... Nearly 870 students will be recognized during the annual Honors Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7 in Christ Chapel. Honored students, faculty, and administrators may order their complimentary ticket for the 11:30 a.m. luncheon buffet by contacting Dana Lamb in the Office of Special Events ( or x7520). Other Honors Day events include the Senior Studio Art Majors' Exhibition, Honors Recital, and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert. Click here for the day's complete schedule.

President's Corner

Last week the Gustavus Board of Trustees held a productive meeting here on campus. Their primary order of business was to review and approve our budget for next year. It’s an important process every year and they did it well. Also addressed was the approval of fundraising for a new football stadium that, when complete, will make way for a planned Social Sciences building.

The budget development process leading up to the Board’s approval incorporated a great deal of thought, discussion, and debate. Sustaining support for current programs was considered as well as many ambitious ideas and proposals. Among the items that next year’s budget accomplishes are increases in support for our international study program; facility improvements for Southwest Hall, Old Main, Norelius Hall, and Christ Chapel; additional faculty; and a substantial commitment to financial aid. As always, compensation at 63% of our total budget is also a key cost component. A number of other items were discussed, but we are unable to do everything we’d like to and keep the budget in balance, including additional support for faculty development and travel, additional funding for campus technology, and faster debt reductions on capital projects.

I commend the budget committee for their many hours and dedication, coming up with a balanced budget that reflects our best efforts at attracting and allocating the College’s resources. The budget committee will continue its work this summer, looking at options for the 2007-08 financial picture. This will allow for more extended conversation and analysis of financial priorities for our next fiscal year and beyond.



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 29 -- Arbor Day, Joe Robinson, Genesis 2: 46-49
  • May 1 -- Sixth Sunday in Easter, Vicar Brian Beckstrom
  • May 2 -- Brian Ward, Romans 13: 8-10
  • May 3 -- Steve Hogberg, Psalm 16
  • May 4 -- Morning Praise, MAYDAY! Peace Conference
  • May 5 -- Betsy Appleton, Luke 24: 44-53
  • May 6 -- Beth Wojahn, Matthew 7: 7-12
  • May 8 -- Seventh Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Rachel Larson

Joe Robinson Appearances This Weekend... Following are the events taking place this weekend that conclude the visit by Joe Robinson, principal oboist for the New York Philharmonic:

  • At 10 a.m., April 29 in Christ Chapel, Robinson will be the guest artist, accompanied by the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, in the performance of The Flower Clock
  • At 7:30 p.m. April 29 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, Johanna Johnson will present her senior recital with Robinson
  • At 7:30 p.m. April 30 in Christ Chapel, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will perform its spring concert, accompanied by Robinson

Transportation Expert to Speak Thursday... The Sigma Xi Club Distinguished Lecturer Series will sponsor a lecture by Martin Wachs, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in Wallenberg Auditorium. His lecture, titled "Financing the Future of the American Transportation System," will be followed by a reception at 8:30 p.m. in the Nobel Hall lobby. The lecture is free and open to the public.

"All's Well..." Thursday-Sunday... The public is invited to the production of William Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well" under the direction 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 Friday... 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 (reservations required) in Alumni Hall will feature a talk by biogeographer Susy Ziegler from the University of Minnesota, 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.

Talk Shop Friday... Jeff Jeremiason (chemistry) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2004-05 academic year at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Interpretive Center. His talk is titled "Hydragyrum Hysteria: The Whole Truth About Mercury Science and Policy." Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Tickets on Sale for John Heffron's Performance Friday... Tickets are on sale for an appearance by John Heffron, winner of "Last Comic Standing," at 9 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. The event will also feature Tammy Pescatelli, a finalist on the series. Tickets can be purchased between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and cost $5 with student ID and $10 for faculty, staff, and general public.

Student Recitals this Weekend... The following student recitals will take place this weekend in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall and are free and open to the public:

  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Kathryn Riggs, 'cello, and Chantal Stecker, soprano, will present a joint recital. Riggs and Stecker will open with a duet, In Trutina, from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, accompanied by pianist Clarissa Renken. Stecker will perform solo works by Thoma Linley, Charles Gounod, Bourget, Puccini, Granados, and Dvorak's Quartet No. 6 in F Major ("American"). Riggs will perform Edward Elgar's Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, with Esther Wang, piano, Colin McGuire, violin, Stefanie Arndt, violin, and Mark Wirbisky, viola.
  • At 1:30 Sunday, May 1, Joshua Carlson will present his senior recital as part of the Gustavus Percussion Ensemble Concert. The ensemble opens with works by Steve Winstead and William Bolcom. Carlson will follow with works by Marty Hurley for snare, John Beck for timpani and percussion ensemble, and Fritz Kreisler's Tambourine Chinois, a work arranged for xylophone and piano, accompanied by pianist Laura Johnson. The ensemble will complete the program with Textures by George Frock.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, senior Travis Lennox will present a double bass recital, accompanied by pianist Matthew Polski. Lennox will perform Koussevitzky's Valse Miniature, Telemann's Sonata in E minor, and the Andante Sostenuto movement from Giovanni Bottesini's Elegy.

Receptions will follow each senior recital in the recital hall lobby.

Spaghetti Fundraiser Sunday... The women's basketball team invites everyone to a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1 at Patrick's on Third. The team is raising funds for its trip to England and Ireland this summer for nine days of travel and basketball. Tickets are $10. There will be prize drawings, but it is not necessary to be present to win. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Kim Eisenreich ( or at the door.

Cinco de Mayo Sunday... The public is invited to a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 2-10 p.m. Sunday, May 1. The schedule is: 2 p.m. -- Aztec dance performance in Alumni Hall; 2:30 p.m. -- State Rep. Carlos Mariana talk in Alumni Hall; followed by food and crafts in the International Center; 6 p.m. -- dance in The Dive. This event is sponsored by OLAS (Orgulla Latino Association). For more information, contact Violeta Hernandez ( or x7845).

Gustavus Choir Concert Sunday... The Gustavus Choir, under the direction of Gregory Aune, will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1 in Christ Chapel. Assisting the choir will be a small chamber ensemble of students from the string program. The choir will perform chamber works for voice and chamber ensemble, including the Kyrie from Mass for Double Chorus by Frank Martin, Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei from the Adagio for Strings, In Virtutae Domini (In Thy Strength, O Lord) by Grzegorz Gorczycki, Mozart's Regina Coeli, Benjamin Britten's Flower Songs, and works by Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre, Ennio Morricone, and an Alice Parker arrangement of Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal. The concert is free and open to the public.

Psychology Symposium Monday... The third annual psychology symposium will take place from 3-5:30 p.m. Monday, May 2 in the Social Science Center (SSC). Research posters by methods students, research apprentices, and those conducting directed research will be on display from 3-4 p.m. in the lower level of SSC; and brief oral research presentations by honors psychology majors will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. in SSC 28. Everyone is encouraged to stop by to view the research being done by the psychology students.

Student Senate Meeting Monday... All faculty members are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming Student Senate meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2 in Olin Hall 103. Community comment is welcome and appreciated. Anyone who would like to be placed on the agenda should contact Mike Marcotte (

MAYDAY! Wednesday... The College will hold its annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, titled "Energy for Peace," with speakers Mark Hertsgaard and Terry Tempest Williams, on Wednesday, May 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 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, contact Dana Lamb in the Office of Special Events (x7520).

Latino Theater Company to Perform May 5... Teatro del Pueblo, a Latino theater based on the West Side of St. Paul that produces a wide-range of educational and artistic programming, will perform "Help Wanted" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in Alumni Hall. The play is a representation of the struggles immigrants from Latin America experience when they arrive in the United States. This event is sponsored by OLAS (Orgulla Latino Association). For more information, contact Violeta Hernandez ( or x7845).

Off-campus Events of Interest

Meet One of St. Peter's Founders May 7... One of St. Peter's founders will come back to life at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter. Captain William Dodd, aka Bob Douglas (geography), will talk about St. Peter's founding, serve coffee and cookies, and lead a field trip to historic sites in St. Peter that Dodd was instrumental in developing. Call the history center (934-2160) to sign up.

"Winnie the Pooh" Auditions in May 21 and 22... 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). Under the auspices of Chautauqua, the St. Peter Players will present the play 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).

Harkin Store Sunday Event... From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 29, the Harkin Store near New Ulm will host full-time musician Bill Cagley, who will perform on various instruments, as part of the store's regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon program. The Harkin Store opens for the season on Sunday, May 1 and will celebrate the 177th birthday of Alexander Harkin with cake and coffee that day. The store is located nine miles northwest of New Ulm on Nicollet County Road 21 and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, contact the store (507/354-8666) or the Treaty Site History Center (934-2160).

Extraordinary People

Mark Anderson (admission) and Valerie Estrada (senior sociology and anthropology and criminal justice major) are the 2005 recipients of the Diversity Honors Award. This is the second year the Diversity Leadership Council has presented this award that recognizes the assiduous efforts and accomplishments of a student, faculty member, or staff member who embodies and exemplifies the value of diversity at Gustavus. This award not only recognizes but also fosters future acceptance and integration of all communities. This year's award recipients were honored and recognized at Daily Chapel on Tuesday, April 26.

Gareth John (geography) has been offered a funded position in the Spatial Perspectives on Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement (SPACE) workshop, titled "Introducing GIS for Undergraduate Social Science Courses," to be held Aug. 1-6 at San Francisco State University.

Horst Ludwig (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German) gave a slide lecture on "The History of German Architecture: Features of the Styles" on Friday, April 8 to approximately 80 people at a Germanic American Institute meeting in St. Paul.

Position Openings

  • Head Resident, Residential Life
  • Information Desk Monitor, Lund Center
  • Licensed Practical Nurse, Health Service
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education presenters scheduled for Sunday, May 1 include Jim Gilbert (Linnaeus Arboretum and environmental science), who will speak at 9:45 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna on "Caring for God's Creation;" and Garrett Paul (religion), who will speak at 9:55 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on "The Spiritual Dimensions of the Medical Cost Crisis." Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Pastor-to-Pastor, a program co-sponsored by Gustavus and the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, will gather April 28-29 on campus. This program provides an opportunity for pastors to come together regularly to enhance their pastoral gifts. Doug Huff (philosophy) will present "Bonhoeffer: Theology, Ethics, and Resistance" and Tricia Spitzmueller, who has a spiritual direction practice, will present "An Introduction to Soul-directed Energy Healing -- Healing the Heart of Humanity One Heart at a Time" to the group.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat April 29-30 for Epiphany Lutheran Church from Eagle Lake.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • NEH Summer Stipends... The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend program provides individuals with an opportunity to pursue research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Each stipend provides $5,000 for two consecutive, uninterrupted months of full-time independent research and writing. All applicants teaching in colleges and universities must be nominated; each institution may nominate two members of its faculty, one of whom should hold the rank of instructor or assistant professor. The online application deadline is Oct. 1. Please see for access to last year's guidelines, which can be used for reference, and other relevant information. Guidelines for the 2006 competition will be available in late spring 2005.

**Faculty interested in submitting an application should send an e-mail so indicating to Bob Weisenfeld ( by July 1. In the event that two or more faculty wish to be nominated, Weisenfeld will follow up in July with those who have indicated an interest.

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 24, The Free Press of Mankato published a black and white photograph of a student attending Tubonium3 last weekend on campus.
  • On April 22, The Free Press of Mankato published an article titled "Saturday for Science at Gustavus Adolphus" on the front page of The Valley section.

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 for Housing... Single, responsible, educated male in his mid-30s is looking for a room to rent or a house to share. Contact David Tiger ( or 512/913-6069). For a recommendation, contact Stan Shetka ( or x7376) or Kiersten (507/744-2913).

For Rent: Room in St. Peter house for summer 2005 and/or the 2005-06 academic year. Reasonable rent. If interested, call Charles (934-6694).

For Sale: 1895 brick Victorian home in St. Peter; 2,400+ square feet; 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths; hardwood floors; high ceilings. Spacious yard with mature maple tree; detached garage. Contact Sharon (507/665-6434).

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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