The Yellow Sheet for Oct. 27, 2005

October 27, 2005 | Volume 38, Number 8

Volume 38, Number 8

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

2005 Employee Awards... The following individuals will receive the 2005 employee awards:
  • Jan Jensen -- Augusta Carlson Schultz Award for the Outstanding Support Staff Employee
  • Bob Neuman -- Eric Norelius Award for the Outstanding Administrative Employee
  • Will Freiert -- Faculty Service Award

The award ceremony will take place during the celebration of Founders Day at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in Christ Chapel. The campus community is encouraged to attend the ceremony and the reception immediately following in Alumni Hall.

Flu Shot News... Due to the uncertain supply of flu vaccine through the College's supplier, flu shots will not be offered this year on campus. Employees are encouraged to obtain a flu shot through their local clinic or on a walk-in basis at Now Care in Mankato. Now Care anticipates having the vaccine in November. The cost for the flu shot is covered under the Gustavus Health Plan Preventive Care benefit at Blue Cross and Blue Shield providers. Local clinics, including Now Care, are usually Blue Cross and Blue Shield providers while shot clinics at local merchants are usually not.

Photo Contest Deadline Extended to Dec. 1... Web Services' staff in conjunction with the Office of Marketing and Public Relations' staff is conducting a Campus Community Photography Contest. This contest is open to anyone who wishes to submit a photograph taken of campus life at Gustavus Adolphus College and in the surrounding community. Categories for this contest include: Active People, Fresh Faces, Living and Learning. Photos will be judged according to the category, and finalists in each category will be displayed for voting by the campus community. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category, and the grand prize winner will receive an iPod nano. Photos submitted in each category may also appear with photo credit on the Gustavus website, in the Gustavus Quarterly, or in other College publications. Before submitting a photograph, please carefully read the submission guidelines.

Friends of Music... A new alumni-initiated affinity group is in the process of being created to support music programs at Gustavus. The group is being formed based on a long-running conversation between the department's faculty and alumni and members of the advancement staff. The initial goals of the group are to ensure the educational benefit of the College's touring programs and provide scholarship assistance for students. Michael Jorgensen, Doug Nimmo, Greg Aune, and David Fienen have been instrumental in shaping this group and its priorities to best meet greater goals established by the College.

At the Movies... To help increase the College's visibility in the Twin Cities, this fall Gustavus has ads appearing on movie theatre screens in three venues: Lakeville, Andover, and Plymouth. Designed to appeal to a movie-theater audience and to illustrate a moment in the development of a thinking individual, the digital video-and-audio ad features Gustavus junior Katie Stoeckel. The 30-second ad will air September through November in Lakeville and September through February in Andover and will have an expected viewing audience of more than 500,000. The third location, Plymouth, is not yet digitally equipped so a 15-second slide show features Gustavus student Amran Farah and recent alumnus and Fulbright Scholar Aaron Flohrs. This ad endeavor is one aspect of a coordinated effort to increase the College's visibility in the Twin Cities. Some studies indicate that theatre goers experience an advertising recall rate of about 80 percent. For more information about the Gustavus movie theatre advertisement, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (x6395 or

Scholarship Funds... This fiscal year, $158,138 has been received for annual, non-endowed scholarships. This includes seven individual scholarships that will provide $2,500 assistance per year over four years to seven students. In addition, scholarship endowments have increased by $270,983 so far this fiscal year, including the creation of two new endowed scholarships.

Alumni Mentoring Program... The Alumni Office continues to work with the Career Center to expand the Alumni Mentoring Program, focusing on geographic and vocational areas of high interest by current students. Many alumni are eager to connect with current students by providing internships, conducting mock interviews, attending networking events and Job Fairs, or being an individual mentor. For more information on this program, contact either the Alumni Office of the Career Center.

Honor Roll of Donors... The success of Gustavus is dependent upon the gifts from our alumni, parents, employees, friends, corporations, and foundations. These gifts, in support of the Gustavus Fund, endowment, scholarships, and capital, make a difference in the lives of today's students. Click here to view the 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors.


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:

  • Oct. 28 -- Vicar Callista Isabelle, Psalm 43
  • Oct. 30 -- Reformation Sunday, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Oct. 31 -- Founders Day, President Jim Peterson
  • Nov. 1 -- Gaston Alzate, Day of the Dead, Psalm 27
  • Nov. 2 -- Morning Praise
  • Nov. 3 -- Mary Hayes Greico, Chill Out, Psalm 32: 1-7
  • Nov. 4 -- International Day
  • Nov. 6 -- All Saints Sunday, Chaplain Brian Johnson

Celtic Faculty Recital Sunday... Music faculty members Rebecca McConnaughey (soprano) and Esther Wang (piano) will present a recital with a distinctly Scots Gaelic sound at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Warren Friesen (viola), Ruth Giles (flute), Adriana LaRosa-Ransom ('cello), Sarah Erickson Lume (oboe), and Richard Weber (clarinet) will accompany the recitalists. The recital includes Elegy by Samuel Arnold, Invocation to Nature by George Pinto, Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber, and Let Evening Come by William Bolcom, and concludes with an arrangement that will be sung in the traditional Scots Gaelic by McConnaughey. The recital is free and open to the public.

Administrator's Meeting Monday... A meeting for all administrators has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in the Heritage Banquet Room.

Student Senate Meeting Monday... The Student Senate cabinet welcomes all administrators and faculty members to the next full meeting of the Student Senate at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in the Board Room in the Campus Center. Members of the campus community are invited to speak during the community comment portion of the meeting and should notify the senate of their wish to speak via e-mail ( For more information on what the Student Senate is doing this semester, check out

Divisional Staff Meeting Tuesday... A divisional staff meeting with President Jim Peterson, Ken Westphal, and Kirk Beyer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Heritage Banquet Room. All Book Mark, library, and support staff are encouraged to bring any questions, suggestions, or concerns to the meeting or to send them to their Staff Personnel Committee representative.

Out of Scandinavia Events Tuesday and Wednesday... Swedish author Jonas Khemiri is the 2005 Out of Scandinavia writer-in-residence and will be on campus Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The public is invited to the following events with Khemiri, which are free:

  • "Jalla, Jalla" -- A comedy about cultural difference in Sweden will provide background for a discussion of multicultural Sweden from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Heritage Banquet Room
  • "Meet the Author" -- A discussion of current issues from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the International Center

Khemiri will also visit various Gustavus classes. Khemiri's literary debut, Ett Öga Rött (An Eye Red), is a story about a young Swede born to Moroccan parents living in Stockholm. It recounts the pressures a teenager feels to fit into, as well as stand out from, mainstream society. The book has gained attention for its depiction of the "New Swede" born in Sweden with one or two immigrant parents. The Out of Scandinavia writer-in-residence program gives students the chance to directly interact with Nordic writers and authors and is one way the college recognizes and continues its Swedish legacy. The specific goals of the Out of Scandinavia program are to enhance the College's academic program, develop stronger cultural ties with the Nordic countries, and make American audiences better aware of Scandinavian contributions to the arts.

Physics Seminar Tuesday... The public is invited to a physics seminar at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Olin Hall, room 220. Joerg Schmalian, associate professor of physics at Iowa State University, will present a talk titled "Electronic Mayonnaise: Uniting the Sciences of 'Hard' and 'Soft' Matter."

Association Service Award Events Wednesday... The Association of Congregations Service Award 2005 will be presented to Jean-Paul Bigirindavyi ('00) Wednesday, Nov. 2. This award recognizes Gustavus alumni who, through a mature understanding of the Christian faith, have distinguished themselves in their commitment and contributions to the service of others, a sense of community, international perspective, and behaviors that work toward a free and peaceful world (as expressed in the College's mission statement). Bigirindavyi, a Burundi native, created Youth Intervention for Peace International (YIPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing cooperation and dialogue among rivaling groups in Burundi, Rwanda, and the Congo. It is a model that is also being used to address urban gang violence in the United States. The day's events include:

  • 9 a.m. -- Reception in Linner Lounge for Bigirindavyi and his family
  • 10 a.m. -- Presentation of the award by President Jim Peterson in Christ Chapel
  • 11:15 a.m. -- Luncheon in the Heritage Banquet Room; call x7001 to make a reservation
  • 10:30 a.m. -- Bigirindavyi will speak in Mimi Gerstbauer's Politics of Developing Nations class
  • 12:30 p.m. -- Bigirindavyi will speak in Richard Leitch's Environmental Politics class

For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer in the Office of Church Relations (x7001).

Talk Shop Nov. 4... Mimi Gerstbauer (political science) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2005-06 academic year. Her talk, titled "The Quality of Mercy: Forgiveness in International Relations," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 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

Organ Recital Nov. 5... David Fienen (music) will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in Christ Chapel. The program will include works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Bender, and Bingham. Fienen's recital will include the first area performance of Jan Bender's last large-scale composition for organ solo, Prelude, Voluntary, and Recessional opus 63, no. 3, and Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue. The recital is free and open to the public.

Autumn Warmer Nov. 6... Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum invite everyone to their annual Autumn Warmer at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 in the Interpretive Center. Events start with a luncheon, followed by a presentation, titled "San Francisco: the City and its Region," by Robert Moline (professor emeritus of geography), and the Friends annual meeting. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Nov. 1 with the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (x7520). Tickets are $8.

Faculty Forum Nov. 15... Jill Locke (political science) will present "Unraveling Tocqueville's America: Marital virtue and the affairs of Andrew Jackson" Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the next Faculty Forum. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in a banquet room in the Campus Center and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. RSVP with a check for $5 to Jean Heidcamp. For more information, contact Russell Shapiro ( Future forums will be held Feb. 21, March 14, and April 25.


"Big Twang" Concert Thursday... St. Peter native and Gustavus graduate Brian Wicklund (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals), with national musicians Ben Winship (mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Eric Thorin (bass), will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Arts Center of Saint Peter. Tickets are $12; seniors and children age 14 and under are $6. To make a reservation, call 931-3630 or e-mail

Extraordinary People

Student Ma Lee Vang has been named a Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Scholar for 2005-2007. This is the fifth time in five years a Gustavus student has won this award. Vang was among just six students in Minnesota named Phillips Scholars. The Phillips Scholarship supports outstanding students intending to dedicate a portion of their lives to community service. Phillips Scholars are selected on the basis of potential leadership and academic credentials. As part of the award, they also implement a self-designed service project that addresses unmet needs in Minnesota communities. Vang plans to improve reading development and comprehension through Project Read, an eight-week program designed to inspire third and fourth grade average readers to take their skills to the next level.

Hayden Duncan (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/Spanish) led a workshop, titled "Unraveling Myths: Culture and Diversity in Don Quixote," Friday, Oct. 14 at Minnesota State University Mankato as part of "Unraveling Myths: Don Quixote Across the Disciplines," one of the many national and international conferences being held to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes' "Don Quixote de la Mancha, Part I."

Bruce McClain (art and art history) was selected to receive the 2005 Arts and Letters Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The award was presented at a banquet during UWP's homecoming, the weekend of Friday, Oct. 14. A committee of faculty, administrators, and alumni made the selection for the third year of the award. A maximum of one award per year is granted to an alumnus who is an accomplished artist, author, or poet in the fine arts and humanities. McClain received his bachelor of science degree in art and English at UWP.

Paula Swiggum (nursing) presented "The Greek Connection: Teaching Transcultural Caring through Leininger's Theory in a Travel Experience Course with Baccalaureate Nursing Students" at the International Transcultural Nursing Society's 32nd annual conference Oct. 20-22 in New York City.

Rebecca Taylor (English) delivered a paper, titled "Writing Center and Diversity Center Partnerships: An Emerging Case Study," Friday, Oct. 21 at the International Writing Centers Association Conference in Minneapolis.


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30 include Mark Granquist (religion) at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park; Karen Larson (interdisciplinary studies) at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley; and Darrell Jodock (religion) at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 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.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host the following confirmation retreats: Oct. 28-29 for Trinity Lutheran Church from Cyrus, Minn.; and Oct. 29 for St. John's Lutheran Church and Cross of Peace Lutheran Church, both from Shakopee.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellowships in the Humanities... The Rockefeller Foundation offers resident fellowships at host institutions selected for their potential to promote new work in the humanities. The fellowships are meant to serve scholars who are testing disciplinary boundaries or moving into newer fields of inquiry within the humanities. Although the majority of the fellow's time will be spent pursuing his or her own research toward publication, the residency may involve participation in seminars, conferences, or other collaborative activities within the host program. The deadlines vary by institution with most being in January and February and one in November. Complete information about eligibility, stipends, and procedures for application is available directly from current host institutions, as described on the foundation's website at
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 Oct. 21, The Journal-Standard published an article on an upcoming (Sunday, Oct. 24) recital by David Fienen (music) in Freeport, Ill., as part of the Stateline Music Foundation's fall concert series.
  • On Oct. 20, the Library Journal published an article about the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) launching an official blog, authored by ACRL's Blog Advisory Board, of which Barbara Fister (library) is a member.
  • On Oct. 20, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article, "Small Business: Reinventing by redeveloping" that mentioned Gordy Engel ('69) and two of his daughters (Nicole Chose '97 and Keri Engel '99) and their family-owned clothing store in Wayzata.
  • The Fall 2005 issue of Minnesota Meetings and Events did a feature, titled "The VIP Treatment: Navigating the High-Stakes World of Celebrity Event Planning." The first half of the article deals with Al Behrend's (fine arts) experience managing the Gustavus Artist Series and the pitfalls of negotiating high profile artist's contracts. The article was written by Shannon Andreson ('95).

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

Telecommunications Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2005-06":
  • Veronica Alba, ChYLI, x7198 (change)
  • Sarah Daniels, Administrative Services, x7533 (delete)
  • Debra Hruby, Custodial, x6696 (delete)
  • Sarah Moe, Athletics, x6301 (change)
  • Scott Moore, Music, (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


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Calendar of Events

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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