The Yellow Sheet for May 12, 2005

May 12, 2005 | Volume 37, Number 31

Volume 37, Number 31

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events

Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Position Openings

In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

One More Yellow Sheet... The final issue of The Yellow Sheet for this academic year will be published Thursday, May 19. To have items included, submit them by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 by filling out an online submission form. During the summer, watch for The Summer Scoop, a campus newsletter that will be published once a month.

Service Awards Addendum... The following retirees and faculty members have been added to the list published in the April 21 issue of The Yellow Sheet and will be honored at the annual Faculty and Administrator Service Award Dinner.

  • Retirees
    Jim Gilbert, executive director of Linneaus Arboretum and adjunct instructor in environmental studies
    Jack Niemi, vice president for church relations
  • Forty years
    Horst Ludwig, associate professor of German
    Bruce McClain, professor of art and art history
  • Thirty-five years
    Barbara Simpson, professor of psychology

The 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 who 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. For reservations, please contact the Alumni Office (x7511).

Vicar Appointed for 2005-06... The Office of the Chaplains is pleased to announce the appointment of Callista Brown Isabelle as vicar for the 2005-06 academic year. Isabelle is a 2000 Gustavus graduate and is a 2005 graduate of Yale Divinity School where she has served as chapel minister, teaching assistant, research assistant, and multifaith council coordinator. Prior to attending Yale, she worked for two years at Holden Village near Chelan, Wash., as worship music coordinator and food service coordinator. She is affiliated with Luther Seminary and plans to seek ordination in the ELCA.

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.

President's Corner

Next week Gustavus will honor several members of the faculty and administration who will be retiring after nearly 80 years of collective service. Dennis Raarup and Brenda Reinholtz have been teaching in the Department of Health and Exercise Science for 37 and 31 years, respectively. Additionally, Raarup served as head football coach from 1971 to 1987. From the College's administration, Jack Niemi (church relations) and Jim Gilbert (Linnaeus Arboretum) will also retire. Jim is stepping down after seven years directing the arboretum and its programs but has agreed to continue some of his masterful teaching for at least the near future. For their varied and substantial contributions to the College, we are grateful.

Thanks also are due to the other people who will be recognized next week for their many years of continuing service. Their record here is one of remarkable achievement, constant commitment, and deep affection for Gustavus. I truly have no doubt that their continuing work on behalf of the College, together with the good efforts of all of the rest of us, will bring Gustavus into a strong and vital future.

After all is said and done, it is not finances, buildings, policies and procedures, or campaigns that have made, and continue to make, this College as successful as it is today. It's people. And we celebrate those who have helped to make it so.



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 13 -- Hannah Julien, Acts 1: 6-14
  • May 15 -- Pentecost, Vicar Brian Beckstrom
  • May 16 -- Kari DenOtter, John 14: 18-27
  • May 17 -- Vicar Brian Beckstrom, John 20: 19-23
  • May 18 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 104: 24-34
  • May 19 -- Johanna Johnson, Romans 8: 18-25
  • May 20 -- Megan Wille, Romans 8: 26-28
  • May 22 -- Holy Trinity Sunday, Kari Lipke

May Art Show... Artist Jackie Carlson ('55) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her graduation with an art show, titled "fiber, metal, glass," this month in Linner Lounge. Carlson has studied bronze casting with Nick Legeros ('77).

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

  • At 7:30 p .m. Friday, May 13, vocalists Melissa Laine and Claire Anderson will present their senior recital, with accompanists Lindsey Reimnitz and Lynette Schwagerl. They will present works by Schubert, Saint-Saens, and Bizet, along with traditional folk tunes and selections ranging from the operas "Samson and Delilah" and "Carmen" to musicals "Chicago" and "Ragtime."
  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, senior pianist Hannah Brandts will perform two works by Domenico Scarlatti, Frederic Chopin's "Berceuse in D flat Major," and Ludwig van Beethoven's "Sonata in E flat Major."
  • At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, the Lindele String Quartet will perform works by Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, and Felix Mendelssohn, and "Two Tangos" by Astor Piazzola. The quartet consists of violinists Zach Armstrong and Emma Jordan, violist Jolene Johnson, and 'cellist Sara Given.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, tenor Kevin Hansen will perform a combination voice recital and senior theatre project. Hansen will present vocal works by Paolo Tosti, Nicola Vaccai, John Elliott, and Reynaldo Hahn and a series of works for musical theatre with the assistance of friends from the College's theatre and music departments. Included are selections from "Rent," "Chicago," and "Wicked."
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, senior violist Zach Armstrong, accompanied by pianist Esther Wang (music), will perform Bach's "Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat Major," Johannes Brahms' "Sonata for Viola and Piano in E flat Major," and "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" by J. S. Bach.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, mezzo soprano Jillian Hiscock will present her senior recital accompanied by pianist Alex Zupan, with works by Mozart, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Bizet, and Poulenc. She will be joined by tenor Neo Moroka to present the South African freedom song "Let There Be Love" and Hiscock will conclude with Landau and Gordon's "Finding Home."
  • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, senior violinist Anna Stenson and flutist Carrie Lingle will present a joint recital. Lingle will perform Vivaldi's "Concerto for Piccolo in D Major," and works by Francis Poulenc and Peter Tanner, accompanied by Benjamin Marti. Stenson will perform works for solo violin, Bach's "Sonata No. 1 in G minor" and "Bartok's Rumanische Volkstanze," and Samuel Barber's "Concerto for Violin, Op. 14," accompanied by pianist Coni Liljengren (music).
  • At 9 p.m. Monday, May 16, the Gustavus Chamber Singers' spring concert, directed by Greg Aune, will perform well-known standards such as "Moon River," "Trickle, Trickle," "Misty," "Embraceable You," and "Birdland."

Clark Memorial Service Sunday... A memorial service for Jack Clark (former professor of religion) will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15 in Christ Chapel. Clark died Monday, March 7 in St. Peter at the age of 76. The family prefers memorial gifts to the newly established Dr. Jack Lowell and Esther Strege Clark Scholarship Endowment Fund at Gustavus.

"Ride the Orange Wave" Day Monday... Those who bought a "Do You Hate Me/I Respect You" T-shirt are encouraged to wear it on "Ride the Orange Wave" Day on Monday, May 16. Proceeds from shirt sales benefit relief organizations in Darfur, but the message of the shirt is directed at "campus climate change" and encourages all members of the campus community to respect each person's differences and individuality.

Student Senate Meeting Monday... All faculty members are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming Student Senate meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16 in Olin Hall 103. Community comment is welcome and appreciated. Anyone who would like to be placed on the agenda should contact Mike Marcotte (

George Hall Lecture Monday... The campus community is invited to the annual George Hall Lecture, titled "Behold, I Will Tell You About New Things, Women and Religion in Croatia," at 7:15 p.m. Monday, May 16 in the Interpretive Center. The lecture will be presented by Lidija Novakovic, assistant professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul.

Van Training Offered Tuesday... The last two van training courses for this school year are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Safety and Security. Those who need to drive a Gustavus van over the summer, or at the beginning of the next school year, should take advantage of one of these classes. After completing this two-hour training, participants will be qualified to operate a 10-passenger van. The session includes both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. To register, call x8809.

Farewell Blessings Tuesday... On Tuesday, May 17, there will be a senior and farewell blessing service during Daily Chapel. Seniors, retirees, those going on sabbatical, and those leaving Gustavus for positions or adventures elsewhere are invited to this service. It will also be an opportunity to thank Vicar Brian Beckstrom for his year of service in the Office of the Chaplains. That day, Beckstrom will give the Chapel talk, and the chaplains' office will host a reception for him from 3-4:30 p.m. in Linner Lounge. A memory book will be available at the reception, so bring stories and reflections to share with him.

Executives Forum Meeting Wednesday... 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 titled "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.

Teaching Pond Celebration May 19 In recognition of Jim Gilbert's service to the College and the arboretum, including his leadership in creating a wetlands preserve and his legacy of teaching Gustavus students and the hundreds of schoolchildren and arboretum visitors he so frequently meets, the Board of Trustees recently voted to name the “teaching pond” in the formal area of the arboretum the Jim Gilbert Teaching Pond. A naming celebration is planned for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at the pond. A reception will follow at the arboretum pavilion.


Student Film Festival to Air This Weekend... The first Gustavus student film festival, featuring original student productions, will be aired beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13 on St. Peter Public Access (SPPA) cable channel 7. Students with an interest in videography have put together this production. For more information on how residents of St. Peter can take advantage of community television, contact Pat Rosenow, SPPA coordinator (934-0669 or

Plant Sale Saturday... 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 its gardens. Donations of potted plants are welcome and may be brought to the Cox House by noon on either Thursday, May 12 or Friday, May 13. For more information, contact Marilyn Robertz (934-3883).

Shapiro to Present Lecture May 19-20... Russell Shapiro (geology) will present his research on stromatolites, rock structures built by bacteria, at the 39th annual meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America on May 19-20 at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Shapiro's lecture, "Stromatolites: A 3.5 Billion Year Ichnologic Record," argues that stromatolites should be thought of as "ichnofossils," or recorders of organism-environment interactions, akin to dinosaur "trackways." "Viewed this way," notes Shapiro, "we can then use the three and a half billion year fossil record of stromatolites to gain insight into bacterial evolution, climate change, and Earth's history." The event will be hosted by the Minnesota Geological Survey and Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Minnesota and is expected to attract approximately 800 geoscientists.

"Winnie the Pooh" Auditions on 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).


Senior Kimberly Assad earned the annual Donald G. Paterson Award for the presentation of her psychology research at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference on Saturday, April 23. "The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage high achievement psychology at the undergraduate level. It is given to the outstanding senior among Minnesota colleges who is planning a career in psychology," Richard Martin (psychology) says. Gustavus customarily nominates its most outstanding upper-class psychology student, determined by a number of different factors, including research and presentation skills. Assad is the fourth Gustavus student to earn the award. Click here to read more about Assad and the award.

Sophomore Kyle Marti has been selected the 2005 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldier of the Year. Marti participated in a three-day competition at Camp Ripley in April with twelve other Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers. The contest included events that evaluated physical fitness, marksmanship, training, and academic skills. "It was a tight competition; anyone could have won," Marti says. "I used lots of study guides, and the training I received from my unit really helped." Marti will compete at the 1st Army Regional competition May 12-15 at Camp Ripley. Click here to read more about Marti.

Junior Gina Quiram has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for her studies in biology. Quiram plans to earn her undergraduate degree in biology and continue her academic work, ultimately receiving a Ph.D. in conservation botany. “Receiving the Goldwater Scholarship will allow me to focus on my research with Cindy Johnson-Groh (biology) at Gustavus this summer,” Quiram said in an e-mail from Vietnam where she is completing a semester-long study abroad program. The scholarship is a federally endowed program distributed annually through The Goldwater Foundation and assists with tuition, fees, books, room, and board expenses. Junior Trevor Potter received an honorable mention from the foundation. Click here to view photographs and to read more about Quiram and the scholarship.

Chris Johnson (vocational reflection) and Marie Walker (psychology) are part of a collaborative five-person team (with members from Macalester and Augsburg Colleges) that was selected in a national search to conduct a $70,000 research study of "Holden Village as a mentoring community." The three-year study, part of a larger Lilly Endowment grant recently awarded to Holden Village, will investigate the processes of vocational discernment, renewal, and mentoring experienced by staff and visitors to Holden, and the long-term impact of these processes on the contributions of former villagers in the church and the world. Holden Village is an ecumenical center for retreat, learning, and renewal, rooted in the Lutheran tradition and located in the Cascade Mountains of western Washington.

Pamela Kittelson (biology) was awarded a National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award for $19,000, to pursue sabbatical studies next year at the University of Montana. Her research will examine how native species richness influences community susceptibility to invasion, with a focus on the expression of physiological traits among assemblages of native and invasive species common to the intermountain west. This grant also allows a Gustavus student to participate in research during January Term.

Christine Metzo (philosophy) successfully defended her master's thesis in geography at the University of Kentucky. Also a doctoral candidate in philosophy, in her thesis Metzo applies her expertise in phenomenology to advance new ways of thinking about globalization and spatiality in geography.

Peg O'Connor's (women's studies) book, "Oppression and Responsibility," has been nominated for the biennial book award from the American Philosophical Association.


Fabian (to be called Ian) Conrad Gerstbauer, son and first child born to Mimi Gerstbauer (political science) and Fabian Gerstbauer, was born May 2. Ian weighed 8 pounds, 15.6 ounces.


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Support Staff
    Sheri Meyer, Financial Assistance


  • Unit Director, Instructional and Media Services
  • Web Technical Coordinator, Technology Services
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On May 12, The Free Press of Mankato featured a story on the front page of the Currents section that included mention of Kathy Matz (chaplains), who is a member of the cast for "The Mousetrap," to be presented in Mankato this weekend.
  • On May 12, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories in "Gustavus Briefs" on page 8A:
    • "Assistant professor presents on stromatolites"
    • "Student wins award in psychology"
    • "Gustavus closes music season with eight recitals"
  • On May 10, The Free Press of Mankato featured a story on the front page of the Currents section titled "Let's get physical: Elementary kids get active; college kids get educated." The feature included two color photographs of the home-schooled students in Lund Center as part of a "home schooling gym time experience." The story included quotes by student Kelly Holland, Aaron Banks (health and exercise science), and Deb Johnson, wife of Mark Hanson (basketball, outdoor education, and health and exercise science), coordinator of the home-schooled group.
  • On May 10, The Free Press of Mankato published a story, also on the front page of the Currents section, titled "Colleges lure students with high-tech, convenient perks." The story included a color photograph of Alison Glenn, who plans to attend Gustavus.
  • On May 9, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on Russell Shapiro (geology) on the front page of The Valley section titled "Gustavus prof to lecture at geology conference."
  • On May 8, The Free Press of Mankato ran two stories in its "Best Bets" section titled "Free music all day long at Gustavus" and "High school band to hold spring concert (at Gustavus)" at the top of page A2
  • On May 7, The Free Press of Mankato listed several upcoming events and descriptions in the "Your Weekend" section on page B3, including:
    • "Gustavus Adolphus College Brassworks!"
    • "Gustavus Adolphus College Honors Recital"
    • "Senior Art Exhibition Reception at Gustavus"
    • "Mother's Day Concert at Gustavus"
    • "Gustavus Adolphus College Voice Recital"
  • On May 6, The Free Press of Mankato published an article, titled "The Return of the Firethorne: After hiatus, Gustavus student lit publication back," that included a color photograph of students Andrew Bennett, Peter Hedberg, and Dan Rude, as well as quotes by Hedberg and mention of student Nicholas Knutzen.
  • On May 6, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published a list of the high school students who are this year's Minneapolis Athena Award winners. Three of the winners, Sarah Cowles of Burnsville, Mollie Kelly of Shakopee, and Sarah Wright of Forest Lake, listed Gustavus as their college choice.
  • On May 5, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories in "Gustavus Briefs" on page 11A:
    • "Sutphen wins author award; Holm nominee"
    • "Gustavus to present honors recital May 7"
  • On May 5, The Free Press of Mankato published the following stories:
    • "Senior showcase: Gustavus holds annual senior art exhibition" on the front page of the Currents section; students Laurie Decknatel and Rebekah Smith and Don Myers (Hillstrom Museum of Art) were quoted; there were four color photographs, including one of Decknatel, one of Smith, and one of student Ryan Taylor with their works
    • "R & B artist Kip Blackshire to play May 14 at Gustavus Adolphus College on page C3
    • "Joint voice recital to be held at Gustavus" on page C3
    • "Ensemble concerts planned for weekend" on page C3
    • "Honors Recital Saturday at Gustavus" on page C3
  • On May 2, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a story, titled "Sixty years after victory, the loss still feels real," on Floyd Dahl, who came to Gustavus to sign up for the Army.

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


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2004-05":
  • Sheri Meyer, financial aid, x7527, (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Sale: Campsite in Campground B and parking passes for the Winstock Country Music Festival June 3 and 4 in Winsted, Minn. Cost is $60. Contact Nancy Plamann (x7513 or

For Sale: Baldwin Acrosonic Piano for $250. Buyer must move the piano. Contact Edi (x7554 or 934-2345).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
"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
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
Volunteers needed to work shifts at Holiday Party
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
2:303:30 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
57 p.m. Destress Fest with the PAs Room
67:15 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
68 p.m. DIY Hot Chocolate Making Event Cafe
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
7:05 p.m. Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.

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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