The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 8, 2005

September 8, 2005 | Volume 38, Number 1

Volume 38, Number 1

News & Announcements
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Extraordinary People
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News & Announcements

With Record Enrollment, New Academic Year Begins... The College has begun its 144th academic year with 2,570 full-time students. Approximately 710 first-year students are enrolled at Gustavus this fall -- constituting the largest incoming class in the College's history.

Gustavus Hurricane Responses... In response to Hurricane Katrina's destruction in the South, Gustavus employees are lending a hand to officials at Dillard University, a private, residential college of 2,100 students based in New Orleans. With the campus underwater and without power, Dillard officials are trying to react and respond to their community members -- employees, students, and alumni. Vice President Ken Westphal and others have shared what the Gustavus community learned from our 1998 tornado recovery in order to help Dillard employees during this difficult time.

Hurricane relief efforts on campus include:

  • Chapel offerings from Septemer and October will be donated to a hurricane relief agency.
  • To provide financial assistance for Katrina victims in general, go to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army donation sites at 1-800-HELP-NOW or and, respectively.
  • The Disaster Services unit of Lutheran Social Services is also providing aid to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Go to

Anyone who has ideas or questions about how we, as a community, might help in the recovery should contact Dean of Students Hank Toutain.

Information about other events, fundraisers, and programs planned for upcoming weeks will be shared as it becomes available.

Parking Reminder to All... All vehicles must be registered, display a current permit, and be parked in the appropriate parking lot. View the campus map to make yourself familiar with all available parking spaces. For complete information, detailed instructions, and parking and traffic rules, please refer to the Safety and Security website.

Open Forums on College Ministries... Former Interim President Dennis Johnson is leading a series of conversations about how the College might think creatively about the collective future(s) of the ministries of Christ Chapel and related matters of faith life on campus, the Center for Vocational Reflection, the Office of Church Relations, and Community Service Center. Johnson has met several times with the involved departments, as well as a variety of interested parties on and off campus over the summer, including the leadership of the college's Association of Congregations, clergy members of the Board of Trustees, and alumni class agents.

To broaden this dialogue to include the entire campus, three opportunities are scheduled for faculty and staff to enter the conversation regarding the future of the College's campus ministries on Tuesday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., or 4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Jackson Campus Center. Additionally, you may schedule a personal meeting with Dennis via e-mail at to share your perspective on this important initiative.

A report with ideas, new directions, and recommendations will be provided to President Peterson by the end of September.

Room Reservation Information... All campus individuals who need to use facilities throughout the academic year are asked to call the person or number designated for the specific location as follows:

To reserve classrooms between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the academic year, contact the registrar's office (x7495).

To reserve classrooms after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends during the academic year, call the telephone number designated below:

  • CONFER/VICKNER -- Jennifer Tollefson x7391
  • LIBRARY SEMINAR ROOMS -- Sylvia Straub x7556
  • LUND CLASSROOMS -- Larry Zelenz x7699
  • MATTSON -- Linda Elvee x7317
  • NOBEL -- Kathy Scholl x7333
  • OLD MAIN -- Linda Elvee x7317
  • OLIN -- Linda Hewitt x7483
    • Fine Arts (art) -- Colleen Hanson x7019
    • Fine Arts (music) -- Nancy Sanderson x7364
    • Fine Arts (speech/theatre) -- Pat Kewitsch x7353
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE CENTER -- Jane Chouanard x7414

To reserve all other locations that have variable schedules and are booked solely by an individual office, call the telephone number listed below:

  • CAMPUS CENTER -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
  • CHRIST CHAPEL -- Kathy Matz x7446
  • DINING SERVICE ROOMS -- Kevin Birr or Margi Willmert x6245
  • ECKMAN MALL -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
  • INTERNATIONAL CENTER -- Linda Shaw x7545
  • INTERPRETIVE CENTER -- Shirley Mellema x6181
    • Alumni Hall -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
    • Linner Lounge -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
    • The Dive -- Cassandra Nelson x7598
    • AV Classrooms -- Ginny Bakke x7571
    • Conference Room -- Sylvia Straub x7556
    • Non-classroom facilities and fields -- Larry Zelenz x7699
  • RETREAT CENTER -- Marilyn Beyer x7001
    • Anderson Theatre -- Terena Wilkens x6280
    • Bjorling Recital Hall -- Carol Lawrence x7363

To reserve facilities in the summer, call Kevin Birr or Margi Willmert in Summer Programs (x6245).

When booking the facilities, note that reservations only secure the space: they do not ensure that the rooms will be set up and unlocked. The person reserving the room is responsible for making all arrangements. For assistance or to receive an event planning checklist, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (x7520).

Newsletter Purpose, Guidelines... With the beginning of the academic year comes the resumption of The Yellow Sheet, a weekly newsletter providing news and information to the campus community since 1975. This newsletter is distributed online each Thursday afternoon except during academic breaks (specified below).

  • How should items be submitted? Fill out an online Yellow Sheet submission form at Electronic submissions are preferred, but items may also be submitted typewritten. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Public Relations.
  • What is the deadline? All submissions must be received by the news and information staff in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. Due to the Nobel Conference on Sept. 27-28, the deadline for that week's edition will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.
  • Who may submit items? Anyone who has pertinent news or information for The Yellow Sheet readers. Keep in mind that the newsletter is not a vehicle for personal thank yous, and the editors retain the right to edit material and refuse material deemed inappropriate.
  • When is the newsletter distributed? Every week of the academic year except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, and Spring breaks. Thus, it will not be published the following Thursdays: Nov. 24; Dec. 15, 22, and 29; Feb. 2; and March 30. The final issue for this school year will be published May 18.
  • Individuals who have questions or comments about The Yellow Sheet should contact Jonathan Kraatz ( or x7510). The Office of Marketing and Public Relations is located in the Carlson Administration Building, second level, next to the Office of the President.

Gribly Alert... Individuals who wish to have their photograph and/or home telephone number excluded from the 2005-06 Gribly but have not already indicated their wishes must complete the bright orange form titled "Directory Information," available from the Department of Human Resources, as soon as possible.

Pick up Nobel Conference Tickets... Complimentary Nobel Conference tickets are now available for Gustavus employees and students. Students may pick up their tickets at the SAO desk with their student ID. Employees may request a ticket by contacting Dana Lamb in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations ( or x7520). Tickets for the Sept. 28th Nobel Banquet are also available in marketing and public relations for $25.

For information about this year's conference, go to


Hillstrom Exhibits Open Monday... “Pressure Points: Recent Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” and “Recent Acquisitions of the Hillstrom Museum of Art” will be on view Monday, Sept. 12-Nov. 6 in the Hillstrom Museum. There will be a public reception for these exhibits will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 during the Nobel Conference.

"Pressure Points" features over 50 works in a variety of printmaking media, including lithography, etching, silkscreen, and woodcut. Among the “pressure points” considered in the exhibition and its catalogue are personal memory, stereotypes, social and political engagement, and a number of others.

The smaller, concurrent exhibit of "Recent Acquisitions" initiates the museum’s new FOCUS IN/ON program, in which the expertise of colleagues across the campus is engaged for an extended consideration of a particular work in the museum’s collection. The museum's regular hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. weekends. The museum and its programs are free and open to the public.

GLA Tea Monday... “Come one, come all” to the Gustavus Library Associate’s Fall Membership Tea from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Interpretive Center. President Jim and Susan Peterson will host the event which will welcome special guest speaker Roger MacDonald, M.D., author of A Country Doctor’s Chronicle: Further Tales from the North Woods. All friends and friends of friends are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Continuing Education Events... The public is invited to register for the following continuing education events:

  • "Preview of Nobel Conference": Tim Robinson (psychology) and Chuck Niederitter (physics) will give a preview of the conference at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Interpretive Center. Cost is $5 and includes coffee and dessert.
  • "Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum": Jim Gilbert (environmental studies) will lead this trip. The bus leaves the Interpretive Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 from the Interpretive Center parking lot. Cost is $23 and includes transportation, juice and rolls. (Lunch will not provided.)
  • "By the Youth for the Youth: The Third Floor": Sandie Fish and center's executive board will give a presentation on mentoring youth in the community at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the Interpretive Center. Cost is $5 and includes coffee and dessert.

Register at least one week in advance of an event at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, 600 S. Fifth St., Suite 207, St. Peter. If questions, call the office at 934-3048 and press zero for an operator. The office is open 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Business After Hours Tuesday... Gustavus will host Mankato Business After Hours at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Three Crowns Room in the Jackson Campus Center. President Peterson will bring a greeting and campus update to the business people, civic leaders, and educators from Mankato. Business After Hours is a "meet and greet" program of the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce. Please join us if your schedule permits.

Cancer Group Meeting Wednesday... Campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the Leadholm Room. This group is open to anyone who has been affected by cancer in their life. Bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Talk Shop Sept. 16... Marie Walker will present the first Faculty Shop Talk of the 2005-06 academic year. Her talk, titled "Vocational Identity Development in College Students: Cross-sectional and Preliminary Longitudinal Evidence for a Theoretical Model," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Einstein Lecture Sept. 16... In advance of this year's Nobel Conference, Professor Arthur Fine, University of Washington Department of Philosophy, will present a lecture, titled "What Was He Thinking? Einstein and the Quantum," at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in Olin Hall, room 103. Fine is the author of The Shaky Game: Einstein, Realism and the Quantum Theory, and editor of Bohemian Mechanics and Quantum Theory: An Appraisal. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Democracy and Conflict Resolution to be Discussed Sept. 20... The public is invited to "Sustaining Democracy Through Conflict Resolution," an informal exchange about ways in which democracy can be nourished through conflict resolution. The conversation will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the library on the first floor (north end). Roisin McLaughlin, director of HECUA's Northern Ireland program Democracy and Social Change.


Alpacas of Minnesota State-wide Farm Tour Oct. 1-2... Enjoy an open house atmosphere; see, feel, and learn about alpacas; purchase alpaca products and gifts. Visit five farms within 30 minutes of Gustavus.
  • Cozy Acres Alpacas -- Le Sueur*
  • North Country Alpacas -- Le Sueur
  • Kita Kaze Alpacas -- Mankato
  • Creeks Bend Alpacas -- Le Center
  • Cream Alpacas -- Pemberton

Visit for directions and information.

*Kathryn Erlandsen (Gustavus Fund) and her husband own Cozy Acres Alpacas.


Scott Bur, chemistry, had a paper titled "Sequential Aminodiene Diels-Alder Approach to the Ergoline Skeleton" published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Molecules that have the "ergoline" structure are used for treating a variety of health problems ranging from migraine headaches to Parkinson's disease.

Barbara Fister, library, has published an article titled "'Reading as a Contact Sport:' Online Book Groups and the Social Dimensions of Reading" in Reference and User Services Quarterly, Summer 2005.

A recent U.S. Forest Service publication recognized Gustavus for research by Cindy Johnson Groh, biology, and Gustavus students used to develop program to identify, monitor, and manage rare plant species in Alaska's national forests.

John Lammert, biology, presented two concurrent sessions on "Innate immunity: The Toll-like system and antimicrobial peptides" at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators held June 3-5 at Emory University in Atlanta. He also offered a pre-conference workshop on "Immunology experiments for the teaching laboratory."

Scott Newstok, English, had his article "Touch of Shakespeare: Welles Unmoors Othello" published in the latest issue of the Shakespeare Bulletin. Completion of this essay was supported by a Presidential Faculty-Student Collaborative Grant last summer with Marissa Wold ('05).


  • Harry Jensen, father of Laurie Bickett (disability services) passed away on Aug. 31 at the age of 87. He served Grand View College for 40 years as business manager and vice president for finance. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines.
To inform the campus community of the loss of a current student or employee or trustee, an emeritus professor or trustee, or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the president's office (x7538).


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators

    Betsy Anderson-Elias, Counseling Center
    Jeffrey Annis, Athletics
    Britt Forsberg, Arboretum
    Amanda Frie, Admission
    Sarah Moe, Athletics
    Sarah Sanford, Library
    Thomas Young, Institutional Advancement

    New Faculty
    Edward Armstrong, Sociology and Anthropology
    Judith Biederman, Biology
    Thomas Breitenbucher (fall), Psychology
    Thia Cooper, Religion
    Patricia Costello, Psychology
    Rita Curtin (fall), Education
    Karen Dang, Classics
    Leslie Dwyer (fall), Nursing
    Jeanne Flaherty-Gonzalez (fall), Spanish
    Jennifer Frisch, Biology
    Amy Fry, Library
    Brandon Gillette, Communication Studies
    Michele Gillman, Music
    Pierre Hecker, English
    Dayong Huang, Economics and Management
    Meghann Jarchow, Biology
    Martin Lang, Communication Studies
    Karl Larson, Health and Exercise Science
    Baker Lawley, English
    Allen Learst (fall), English
    James Leighter, Communication Studies
    James Miller, Physics
    Kyle Momsen, Health and Exercise Science
    Rachel Niemer, Chemistry
    Juanita Olsen (fall), Nursing
    Adriana Ransom, Music
    Rebekah Richards, Music
    Brandy Russell, Chemistry
    Travis Sletta, Music
    Brian Spitzer, Biology
    Katherine Stenger, Political Science
    Nicholas Wayne, Music
    Sarah Wolter, Communication Studies

    New Support Staff
    Maureen Carlson, Post Office
    Tracey Peymann, Student Health Service
    Daniel Richards, Dining Service
    Rebecca Welp, Dean of Students
    Tammi Zupfer, Post Office


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Bush Foundation Artist Fellows Program... The Bush Foundation Artist Fellows Program provides artists with significant financial support that enables them to further their work and their contribution to their communities. Fellows may decide to take time for solitary work or reflection, engage in collaborative community projects, embark on travel or research, or pursue any other activity that contributes to their lives as artists. Artists may use the fellowship to explore new directions, continue work already in progress, or accomplish work not financially feasible otherwise. Fellows receive $48,000 for fellowships that may last from 12 to 24 months. Grants are made in eight categories that rotate on a two-year cycle. Current categories and deadlines include:

    • Visual Arts: Two Dimensional -- Deadline: Oct. 28, 2005
    • Visual Arts: Three Dimensional -- Deadline: Oct. 21, 2005
    • Choreography/Multimedia/Performance Art-Storytelling -- Deadline: Oct. 21, 2005
    • Traditional and Folk Arts -- Deadline: October 28, 2005

For application materials and additional information, please see

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Sept. 5, WCCO-TV (Ch. 4, Minneapolis) aired a story on its 5, 6, and 10 p.m. news by reporter Mary Tan on the College's record enrollment and Southwest Hall that included quotes by student Elizabeth Braun, Mark Anderson (admission), and Charlie Strey (residential life).
  • On Sept. 1, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on the front page of the Currents section on "A season of firsts: College theaters ready for another busy year." The story listed upcoming fine arts events that will take place on campus.
  • On Sept. 1, the St. Peter Herald published the following:
    • "Speak Your Mind" question: Are you sad to see Wahlstrom Hall being torn down? which was answered by employees Mary Solberg, Terena Wilkens, and Janet Demars, and student Paul Carlson.
    • "Wahlstrom Hall falls, Southwest Hall rises" ran on the front page and included quotes by students Paul Carlson and Annie Tremain and Bob Petrich (physical plant), and two color photographs.
    • "New exhibits to open at Hillstrom Museum" included a color photograph of one of the prints on display.
  • The August issue of U.S. News and World Report included a quote/quotes by Mark Anderson (admission). Gustavus also ran an ad in this issue.
  • On Aug. 25, The Free Press of Mankato published a color photograph on the front page of The Valley section. "Taking it Down" featured the demolition of Wahlstrom Hall.
  • On Aug. 19, The Free Press of Mankato ran the following:
    • On the front page of the Currents section, there were two articles:
      • "Does the Valley Rock? Rolling Stone names St. Peter, Mankato as 'rockin' college towns." The article quoted Al Behrends (fine arts), student Gary Vu, and 2005 graduates Peter Hedberg and Travis Lennox .
      • "GA also recognized for music program in college guide book: Director of fine arts program agrees with synopsis written by author." Behrends, Vu, and Lennox were quoted in the article.

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: Room on College Avenue, close to campus. Quiet setting. No utilities. Includes internet, phone, cable. Fully furnished. Available immediately. Call 934-5054.

For Rent: Three-bedroom, two-bath home with attached double garage located on Highway 22 between Mankato and St. Peter. Rent is $1200/month plus utilities. No smoking, no pets. Includes dishwasher, washer and dryer, and air conditioning. Call 931-1930.

For Rent: Spacious, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, lower level apartment with fireplace, living room, eat-in kitchen with all appliances, laundry room with washer and dryer, and storage room. Rent is $700 per month, plus utilities, garbage, gas, cable, phone. For more information, contact Janet Anthony (934-5711).

For Sale: Forty-two inch oak dining room table with two leaves and four captain chairs. Call Gretchen Koehler (934-5441).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
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 Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

The Yellow Sheet is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the news and information staff in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, Spring/Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online, e-mail submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Public Relations. Items must reach the office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The week of Nobel Conference the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact Barb Booren ( or x6213).

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