The Yellow Sheet for May 5, 2005

May 5, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 30

Volume 37, Number 30

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News & Announcements

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

Review and Comment on Arboretum Report... The Linnaeus Arboretum Task Force solicits comments on a draft of the long-range planning report for the arboretum. Click here to review the report. Task force members include Ann Basset, Jim Gilbert, Cindy Johnson-Groh, Jim Peterson, Dean Wahlund, and Warren Wunderlich. The task force solicits comments and questions regarding this report by Tuesday, May 10. Following this comment period, the task force will review all suggestions and modify this report in accordance with any changes accepted by the task force. Comments should be directed to any task force member noted above. In addition to written comments, there will be opportunities to meet with task force members to ask questions from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 9 in Linner Lounge or 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 in Linner Lounge.

Reading in Common Selection Made... The Reading in Common selection committee is pleased to announce its book choice for 2005-06 as "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. In his debut novel, Hosseini "manages to provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil -- in this case, Afghanistan -- while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with readers." More information about the book and author is available at The author will be invited to speak at Gustavus in early spring. This year's committee included Lee Brammer (communication studies), Deborah Goodwin (religion), Matt Panciera (classics), Amy Pehrson (vocational reflection), Jeff Stocco (career center), Shawn Reid (admission), Megan Ruble (student activities), Terena Wilkens (theatre and dance), and students Ben Boline, Hannah Johnson, and Chris Van Fossen.

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.

Giving Tree Items Needed Soon... Thanks to everyone who donated to this year's Spring Giving Tree. This project benefits two St. Peter programs -- MVAC's Headstart and ECFE's K-Jump -- that serve children from low-income families and/or children who have demonstrated risk factors that would jeopardize their success in school. Seventeen child-sized backpacks are still needed. These packs are for four- and five-year-olds who have "graduated" from Headstart and K-Jump and will enter kindergarten in the fall. Anyone who is going shopping this weekend, and is able, is asked to consider purchasing a child-size pack (preferably without media characters). Donations can be dropped off at the Community Service 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:

  • May 6 -- Beth Wojahn, Matthew 7: 7-12
  • May 8 -- Seventh Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • May 9 -- Linnea Bjorkman, Matthew 5: 13-16
  • May 10 -- Don Myers, Ephesians 1: 3-14
  • May 11 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 66: 5-12, 16-20
  • May 12 -- Neo Moroka, Revelation 21: 1-7
  • May 13 -- Hannah Julien, Acts 1: 6-14
  • May 15 -- Pentecost, Vicar Brian Beckstrom

Firethorne Release Party Friday... After lapsing in publication for two years, the Firethorne literary magazine, showcasing student poetry, prose, and visual artwork, will make its appearance at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the Interpretive Center. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Firethorne are free and will be distributed during the event. Remaining copies will be placed in distribution boxes in the upper level of the Campus Center and the second floor foyer of Confer-Vickner Hall. For further information, contact Peter Hedberg (x7069 or

Concerts This Weekend... The following concerts will take place this weekend and are free and open to the public:

  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, the Vasa Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, will present works by Malcolm Arnold, Daniel Kallman, John Paulson, Warren Barker, and Robert Smith.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, Brassworks!, under the direction of Scott Moore, will include performances by the Gustavus Brass Choir, the 4-tet, the Veritas Brass Quintet, the Gustavus Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and the Christ Chapel Brass.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, will present a spring concert under the direction of Warren Friesen. The Gustavus Philharmonic will present works by G. F. Handel and W. A. Mozart, and the Gustavus Symphony will perform Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring."
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8 in Christ Chapel, the Lucia Singers will present their annual Mother's Day concert. Under the direction of Patricia Snapp, the women's chorus will be joined by student pianists Chad Fothergill and Sam Eckberg, members of the Gustavus Percussion Ensemble. The concert includes works for women's chorus, madrigal, and vocal jazz ensembles.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8 in Christ Chapel, the Birgitta Singers, directed by Julie Aune, and the St. Ansgar's Chorus, directed by Gregory Aune, will perform works for women and men's chorus ranging from Felix Mendelssohn to "Les Miserables." The ensembles will be accompanied by student pianist Alex Zupan and student organist Chad Fothergill.

Honors Recital Saturday... The annual Honors Recital will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Five seniors, selected by audition, will participate in the recital.

  • Mezzo soprano Amanda Lodermeier, with student accompanist Britt Forsberg, will perform Fanny Hensel's "Die Sommernacht" ("The Summer Night"), Tchaikovsky's "None But the Lonely Heart," and Kurt Weill's "Lonesome Dove" from the musical "Down in the Valley."
  • Flutist Dana Barron will perform the first movement from Sergei Prokofiev's "Sonata for Flute" and "Piano in D Major, Op. 94," accompanied by pianist Coni Liljengren (music).
  • Flutist Marissa Wold will perform Henri Dutilliex's "Sonatine," accompanied by Liljengren.
  • Violist Zach Armstrong will perform "Suite IV for Unaccompanied 'Cello" (for viola) by Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • Oboist Johanna Johnson will perform the "Sonata in D Major, Op. 166" by Camile Saint Saens, accompanied by Liljengren.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Student Voice Recital Sunday... At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, senior soprano Ellen Muggli and junior mezzo soprano Laura Carr will present a joint recital.

  • Carr will perform J. S. Bach's "Et exultavit spiritus meus" from the "Magnificat," accompanied by student Sally Johnson, harpsichord, and student Libby Spehar, 'cello, works by Franz Schubert and Robert Schuman, accompanied by Sally Johnson, piano, and a set of works by Samuel Barber set to the poetry of James Agee, A. E. Housman, and James Joyce.
  • Muggli, accompanied by student pianist Ana Sietsema, will present de Falla's "Siete canciones populares espanolas," "Elle a fui, la tourterelle" from "Les Contes d'Hoffman" by Jacques Offenbach, Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5," with a 'cello orchestra from the Gustavus string program, and works by Libby Larsen and Andre Previn.

Theatre Troupe Show Sunday... The I Am, We Are Social Justice Theatre troupe will perform its spring show at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8 in Anderson Theatre. The performance is open to the public.

Senior Religion Presentations Tuesday... Senior religion majors will present their research at the Spring Semester poster presentations from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 in Linner Lounge. Some of the topics are:

  • "Justification or 'cheap grace'? Luther and Bonhoeffer"
  • "What's the Catholic Church doing in Cuba?"
  • "Universal infant salvation and Luther's baptismal regeneration"
  • "What is Christianity doing for Africans?"
  • "Guess who's come to our town: Somalis in our neighborhood"

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Wednesday, May 11 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

NACUBO Webcast Wednesday... All faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend a live NACUBO webcast, titled "Trends and Issues in Recruiting and Retaining Women and Minority Faculty," at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday May 11 in Mattson Hall 102. This webcast is co-sponsored by the Associate Dean of the College and the Associate Dean for Multicultural Programs. Refreshments will be served. If planning to attend, RSVP to Becky Miller ( or x7675) by Monday, May 9.

What participants will learn:

  • Current research that identifies demographic shifts among female and minority faculty members in higher education
  • Barriers to successful female and minority faculty retention and advancement
  • Strategies institutions are using to recruit and retain underrepresented faculty
  • Policies and programs that encourage career satisfaction and professional development
  • Administrative cultures that encourage academic departments to hire more women and minorities
  • Implications for higher education if the current trends persist

"People, Policies, and the Planet" Wednesday... A forum, titled "People, Policies, and the Planet: A Discussion on Global and Domestic Reproductive Health," will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 in Linner Lounge. The campus community is invited to join the Sierra Club, Population Connection, and Planned Parenthood for a forum on the impact of the Bush administration's policies on reproductive health and the rights of women and families around the world. Find out how to become more involved in ensuring that the United States fulfills its commitment to family planning -- for women, their families, and the planet. Take what is learned at this event and apply it as part of local initiatives to ensure that sex education is accurate, comprehensive, and accessible to all.

Farewell for Sandee Brekke May 12... The campus community is invited to wish Sandee Brekke (library) farewell and good luck after 25 years of service to the College at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Lobby.

Farewell for Becky Miller May 12... The campus community is invited to a reception for Becky Miller (dean of faculty) from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in the Heritage Banquet Room. Miller's last day of work at Gustavus is Friday, May 13. Please join us in expressing good wishes.

Executives Forum Meeting May 18... Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota state demographer, will be the guest speaker at the South Central Minnesota Executives Forum breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 in the Heritage Banquet Room. His presentation is "The Impact of Demographic Change on Business and Higher Education in South Central Minnesota." This event is sponsored by the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and is by invitation only.


Girl Scout Cookies on Sale Saturday... The St. Peter Service Unit of the Girl Scouts will sell the last of the Girl Scout cookies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Traverse Des Sioux Garden Center. Cookies are $3 per box and all varieties are available. Call x6539 for further information.

Meet One of St. Peter's Founders Saturday... 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.

"Let the Church Say Amen" May 12... The St. Peter Public Library will present a documentary, "Let the Church Say Amen," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in the library's meeting room.

Plant Sale May 14... The annual Heritage Plant Sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the E. St. Julien Cox House, 500 N. Washington, St. Peter. There will be old-fashioned perennials for sale, as well as herbs and rhubarb and raspberry plants. Money raised will go to support the E. St. Julien Cox House and gardens. Donations of potted plants are welcome and may be brought to the Cox House by noon on Thursday, May 12 or Friday, May 13. For more information, contact Marilyn Robertz (934-3883).

Pentecost Service May 15... Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (1669 N. Arcade St., St. Paul) will host Pentecost 2005 on Sunday, May 15. At 3 p.m., artist Elaine Ostroot's series of paintings, "A Missionary's Journey in Africa," will be on display; at 5 p.m., there will be a worship service -- music, scripture, prayers, and message by different nationalities, followed by fellowship. For more information, call the church (651/774-5954) or AGORA (952/888-5197).


Laura Behling (English) has published "Hospital Transports: A Memoir of the Embarkation of the Sick and Wounded from the Peninsula of Virginia in 1863" (SUNY Press). Behling edited and wrote the introduction for this Civil War medical text that compiles letters written by the men, including Frederick Law Olmsted, and women who offered care to wounded soldiers.

Mark Bjelland (geography) was awarded an instructional development grant from the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science. The grant is to develop spatial analytical exercises that can be used at Gustavus and other institutions. Also, on April 27, Bjelland presented a public lecture at Cardiff University's School of City and Regional Planning titled "Stumbling Towards Sustainability: Smart Growth and the American Dream."


Martin Heywood Anderson, son of Jeff Anderson (international education) and Sheila Anderson (formerly health service), was born Tuesday, April 26. His birth weight was 7 pounds, 10 ounces.


Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host retreats May 6-7 for First Presbyterian Church from Mankato, led by the Rev. Dawn Carder, and Minnetonka Lutheran Church from Minnetonka, led by the Rev. Mark Vinje.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • NEH Collaborative Research Grants... National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research grants support 1) original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars; 2) research coordinated by an individual scholar that requires additional staff or resources because of its scope or complexity; or conferences that benefit ongoing humanities research. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. Awards are made to support full-time or part-time activities for one to three years and normally range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year. Generally, NEH support will not exceed 80 percent of total costs. The application deadline is Nov. 1. For more information, please see (scroll down to the appropriate link). The updated application guidelines will not be posted until summer 2005. The current guidelines should only be used for reference. For a listing of 2004 awards, please see

**Because there is an institutional cost-sharing requirement, those who are interested should contact Bob Weisenfeld ( or x7049).


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • The May 2005 Metro Lutheran published the following articles:
    • "Clark memorial service May 15 at Gustavus," referring to Jack Clark (former professor of religion), ran on page 4
    • "Area Lutheran pastor's son in new major motion picture: Steve Zahn, one of the stars of currently running action film, "Sahara," attended high school in Robbinsdale" features Zahn (x90) on page 12
    • "Faith in the City combines efforts of six ministry groups" that will serve eight ELCA colleges, including Gustavus, and will provide a living and learning environment in an urban setting for students from eight ELCA colleges -- through a seminar, urban studies classes, and an internship
  • On May 1, The Free Press of Mankato published the following:
    • "Professor brings Dodd back to life for event," with Bob Douglas (geography) portraying Dodd at the event on Saturday, May 7
    • "Action expected for Gustavus 'Rush': Task force findings show complaints against 10 of 11 greek organizations" included quotes by Cynthia Favre (career center) and Hank Toutain (dean of students)
  • On April 29, The Free Press of Mankato published the following stories:
    • "Student Reunites With Make-A-Wish Mentor: Together again," a front-page feature that included a color photograph of student Johanna Johnson and New York Philharmonic oboist Joe Robinson and quotes by Johnson and Robinson
    • "Spring concert planned at Gustavus" referring to the Gustavus Choir's concert on May 1 on page C3
  • On April 28, The Free Press of Mankato published the following stories:
    • "'Last Comic Standing' coming to Gustavus" and the April 29 appearance by John Heffron ran on the front page of The Valley section and included a color photograph of Heffron
    • "Obscure Shakespeare: Gustavus to feature 'All's Well That Ends Well,'" performed April 28-May 1 on campus, ran on page C2, and included two black and white photographs, one of student actor Nick Dillenburg and student actress Kirsten Kuiken, and one of play director Rob Gardner (theatre and dance), who was also quoted in the story
    • "Robinson to appear with wind orchestra" and the appearance by New York Philharmonic oboist Joe Robinson with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra under the direction of Doug Nimmo (music) on page C3
  • On April 28, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories:
    • "Cancer survivor, renowned oboist reunite at college" on the front page of the newspaper included a color photograph of student Johanna Johnson and New York Philharmonic oboist Joe Robinson and quotes by Johnson and Robinson
    • "Fire strikes College Avenue home: Electrical cause blamed," also on the front page of the newspaper, included the fact that the home's owners were preparing for Gustavus students to paint the home on "Paint the Town" day on Saturday, April 30
    • "Gustavus Briefs" on page 8A included:
      • "Senior Art Exhibition opening at Hillstrom" and a black and white photograph of student Tiffany Clark's "6 photographs from Guilty" and Susannah Carlson's "Variations of a Theme"
      • "'Last Comic Standing' star featured April 29"
      • "Spring Author Day event scheduled"
      • "May Continuing Education events"
      • "More than 800 (will be) praised on Honors Day May 7"
      • "Volunteers to assist in annual GIVE Day"
      • "St. Peter kids taught science fundamentals"
  • On April 27, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on Joyce Sutphen (English), who received the Minnesota Book Award. The story ran on the front page of The Valley section.
  • On April 26, the Chicago Tribune published an article that included mention of an incoming first-year student who decided on coming to Gustavus because of its amenities (she states that amenities are not her first priority, however), in an article titled "Welcome to campus; have an iPod." This same story has appeared in at least 19 other publications across the country.
  • On April 26, The Free Press of Mankato published a front-page story on "St. Peter Couple Loses Home to Fire: A step back" and mentioned that the couple was preparing their home for painting by Gustavus students' during "Paint the Town" day on Saturday, April 30.

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


For Rent: Apartment in old Victorian house in Kasota. Available June 1. Call Wayne or Deanna Glover (931-1117). No students, please.

For Sale: Dark green velvet, round chair-and-a-half. Just like new; two matching pillows. New $600, but will part with it for $300 or reasonable offer. Contact Sharon (x7540 or


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe

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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