The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 17, 2005

November 17, 2005 | Volume 38, Number 11

Volume 38, Number 11

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Position Openings

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News & Announcements

Sexual Assault Report... In the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 13, a sexual assault was reported to Safety and Security and the St. Peter Police Department by a female student. The student reported that she was walking home from an off-campus party just after midnight. While she was crossing the lawn to the south of North Hall, a man grabbed and sexually assaulted her. The alleged assailant is described as a white, college-age male, approximately 6 feet tall, with sandy blond hair, blue eyes, and a stocky build. The student reported seeing her assailant at an off-campus party earlier in the evening. This incident remains under active investigation. Anyone who knows of someone who has been sexually assaulted should contact any of the following:

  • Dean of Students Office, x7526 (Hank Toutain, Patti Kelly)
  • Counseling Center, x7027 (Steve Bennett, Jackie Alvarez, Stacey Gerken)
  • Chaplains' Office, x7446 (Brian Johnson, Rachel Larson)
  • Safety and Security, x8888
  • St. Peter Police Department, 931-1550
  • Crime Victim Services, Inc., serves Nicollet County (800) 630-1425
  • Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital (507) 345-2983

Anyone who needs assistance after regular business hours can contact a residential life staff member or a dean -- on call seven days a week. These individuals can be reached through Safety and Security (x8888).

Carnegie Classification Changes... Today, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released a new classification system for institutions of higher education. The new classifications describe five aspects of colleges and universities: instructional programs, enrollment profile, undergraduate demographics, size, and setting. Gustavus Adolphus College's classification is Arts & Sciences plus Professions, indicating that 60 to 80 percent of Gustavus students complete a traditional liberal arts major such as political science, classics, or biology. This category, along with the designations small (under 3,000 students), exclusively undergraduate (no graduate students), four-year, highly residential, selective, and low transfer rate, complete the foundation's profile of Gustavus.

More explanation of the new classifications can be found online or by contacting the Deans of Faculty Office.

Gustavus Ranks in Top 20 for Study Abroad... Gustavus ranks seventh in the number of students studying abroad from baccalaureate institutions, according to Open Doors, 2005, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with funding from the State Department's Bureau of Educational Affairs. The report measures numbers for the 2003-04 academic year. Other Minnesota colleges in the top 20 include St. Olaf (1), Concordia-Moorhead (10), and Carleton (15).

Building Hours... All campus buildings will be locked at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 and will remain locked, unless otherwise requested, until 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Students requiring access to a closed building will need a campus permission card. Contact Deb Swanberg ( or x8809) to request a permission card or if the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs.

Publication Reminder... Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, The Yellow Sheet will not be published next Thursday, Nov. 24. It will be published Thursday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 8, followed by a three-week hiatus due to the Christmas recess. Publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 5.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Ushers Needed... Ushers are needed for all Christmas in Christ Chapel services (schedule below):

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
  • 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
  • 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4

Ushers need to be at Christ Chapel an hour and a half before the service and may stay or leave after the service begins. To volunteer, contact Dana Lamb (x7520 or as soon as possible.


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:

  • Nov. 18 -- Mary Solberg, Matthew 18: 1-9
  • Nov. 20 -- Christ the King, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Nov. 21 -- Vicar Callista Isabelle, Revelation 7: 9-12
  • Nov. 22 -- Hymn Sing
  • Nov. 23 -- Morning Praise
  • Nov. 24 -- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 25 -- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 27 -- Thanksgiving Break

Media Ethics Professor to Lecture Tonight... The public is invited to a lecture by Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Interpretive Center. Kirtley is a much-cited expert on ethical issues facing the news media. Her presentation, titled "Shooting the Messenger, or Shooting Ourselves in the Foot? Challenges to a Free and Independent Press," will address the effect of the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act and other laws and practices on the flow of information to the public. Kirtley's visit is co-sponsored by the Lecture Series committee and the library. The presentation is an extension of The September Project, a grassroots effort involving nearly 500 libraries in more than 20 countries and all 50 states to provide a public forum for discussion about freedom, citizenship, and democracy. For more information, contact Barbara Fister (x7553 or

Concert and Conversation Tonight... As part of Hunger and Homelessness Week, Jeshua Erickson will present "Faith and Poverty: Concert and Conversation" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Courtyard Café. Erickson is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter who writes and performs songs about justice, peace, faith and ordinary life. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and the Center for Vocational Reflection and is free and open to the public.

Children's Hour Opens Tonight... American playwright Lillian Hellman's Children's Hour will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 in Anderson Theatre under the direction of Rob Gardner. The play is based on a 19th-century court case in which two teachers at a boarding school for girls were accused by a student of having a lesbian relationship. Hellman explores the power of a lie and society's readiness to accept it and pass judgment, especially when the lie is told by a child. Lives and longstanding relationships are destroyed as the lie gains acceptance and a community turns its back on its own members. Hellman's play is set in 1934, but it has interesting resonances for today. Tickets are available at the ticket center (x7590) and also at the theatre box office one hour prior to each performance.

Talk Shop Friday... Barbara Zust (nursing) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2005-06 academic year. Her talk, titled "Listening to the Voices of Abused Women Describe an Intervention of Self Discovery," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 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

Orchestra Concert Friday... The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will premiere Light of My Soul, a newly written work commissioned by the College for the orchestra's January 2006 Eastern European concert tour, at a 7:30 p.m. concert Friday, Nov. 18 in Christ Chapel. The work is based on the hymn tune Beautiful Savior, written by composer David Gillingham.

The Vasa Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, will open with works by Joseph Curiale, Alfred Reed, Robert Spittal, and James Curnow. The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, in addition to presenting the premiere of Light of My Soul, followed by Prophecy of the Earth, will perform works by Alfred Reed, Steven Schmidt, Eric Whitacre, and Peter Tchaikovsky. The concert is free and open to the public.

Jazz Ensembles Present Concert Saturday... The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Wright, will present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public and is free of charge.

The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble will perform Blues for an Elm, one of Wright's compositions, an Ellington, Redmond, and Mills' tune I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, and works by Ellington, Redmond, Matt Harris, Gregory Yasinitsky, and Mongo Santamaria. The Jazz Lab Band will continue with Magic Flea by Sammy Nestico, Footprints by Wayne Shorter, and The End of a Love Affair by Edward Redding. The Gustavus Jazz Quartet will join the concert to present 500 Miles High by Chick Corea before the full ensemble concludes the concert with a new work by Wright, written for this fall's Nobel Conference Concert, titled the Numbers.

Student Recitals This Weekend... The following student recitals are scheduled for this weekend in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.:

  • At 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Ana Sietsema (piano) and Glade Sietsema (trombone) will give a recital. Ana will present works by Claude Debussy and Fantasie-Impromptu by Frederic Chopin. Glade will perform two mazurkas by Chopin, the Cavatine by Camille Saint-Saens, and the Sonata for Trombone and Piano (Vox Gabrieli) by Stjepan Gulek.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Dorea Ruggles (horn) and Erika Galazen (guitar) will give a recital. Ruggles will perform Fantasy for Horn by Malcolm Arnold, works by Richard Strauss and Franz Strauss, and The Casbah of Tetouan by Kerry Turner. Galazen will present works by Robert Johnson, Francisco Tarrega, Leo Brouwer, and Miguel Llobet.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Briana Monson (soprano) will give a recital, accompanied by Lindsey Reimnitz (piano). She will present works by Puccini, Bononcini, Bacon, Hundley, Debussy, Berlin, Webber, and others. Monson will be assisted by Luke Royer (baritone), Lauren Alms (alto), and Krista Monson (mezzo-soprano).
  • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Seyward Mattson (soprano) and Charlotte Seibel (mezzo-soprano), along with pianists Britt Forsberg and Emily Najjar, will present a voice recital. The program will include works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Faure, Schumann, Mozart, Menotti, and works for musical theatre by Stephen Schwartz, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and pop tunes by Billy Joel and Bobby Sherman.

Art Exhibits Open Monday... The Hillstrom Museum of Art will host two installation exhibitions this fall. "Almost Home: The Return of Holocaust Survivors and Resisters to Postwar Vienna" by Nancy Ann Coyne and "Story Tellers: An Installation" by Connie Herring will be shown Nov. 21-Jan. 20. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, and both artists will be present to make comments on their works. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. weekends. All events and programs are free and open to the public. For further information, call x7200 or visit the museum's website.


Seussical the Musical Opens Tonight... The theater department at St. Peter High School (SPHS) will present Seussical the Musical at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in the SPHS theater. Tickets are $5 and are reserved seating. Tickets may be purchased beginning Monday, Nov. 7 at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. All remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Several of the cast and crew members in the production are children of Gustavus employees.


Kim McArthur ('04), Amit Bohara ('04), Janine Wotton (psychology), and Michael Ferragamo (biology) presented "Modeling Neural Adaptation in the Frog Auditory System" at the 150th Acoustical Society of America meeting. Ferragamo chaired a session on "Topics in Animal Bioacoustics."

Judy Douglas (alcohol and drug education) received the 2005 outstanding advisor award for caring and dedicated service to peer educators at the BACCHUS general assembly held Nov. 10-13 in Orlando.

David Fienen (music) gave a workshop on "Easy Organ Repertoire and Service Music" for the Southeast Minnesota Chapter American Guild of Organists Saturday, Nov. 12 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Ray Thrower (safety and security) is a co-presenter for IACLEA's webcast on preventing acts of terrorism on campuses. College campuses are unique entities with characteristics that make them attractive targets for terrorist operations and activities. Campus and law enforcement officials must take proactive steps to reduce the risk of campus-related terrorist activity, while enhancing preparedness. Federal homeland security grant funding has enabled IACLEA to develop Threat & Risk Assessment Tools, which are available to the campus public safety community. This web seminar addresses how to identify potential threat elements, how to perform a threat assessment and a risk assessment, and how to implement solutions identified during the assessment process. John Guido, who developed the instrument, is the main presenter. Three campus public safety leaders who field-tested the Threat & Risk Assessment Tools share what they learned in the process and how these tools can enhance campus preparedness.


  • Sally Pedlow, sister of Gregory Mason (English), died Friday, Nov. 11. Her funeral will be held Thursday, Nov. 24 in Windlesham, Surrey, England.

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).

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Evelyn Carrasco, ChYLI Youth Counselor, Education


  • Administrative Assistant, Nursing
  • Administrative Assistant, Classics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host the following retreats: Friday, Nov. 18 for the Chancel Choir from Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis; and Saturday, Nov. 19 for 15 students from Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Apple Valley.

Gustavus Youth Outreach... Upcoming GYO trips include: Nov. 19-20 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sherburn and Nov. 20 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including church services, family night programs, and leading lock-ins.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Newberry Library 2006-2007 Short- and Long-term Fellowships in the Humanities... An independent research library and educational institution, the Newberry Library has collections that span the history and culture of Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century and the Americas from the time of first contact between Europeans and Native Americans. Short-term fellowships of one week to two months are primarily intended to assist post-doctoral scholars or Ph.D. candidates with a need to examine specific items in the Library's collection. Stipends range from $1,200 to $4,000 per month, depending on the fellowship. Long-term fellowships of six to 11 months are available to post-doctoral scholars to support individual research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Library's scholarly activities, including a biweekly fellows' seminar. Stipends range from $15,000 to $40,000, depending on the fellowship. Most of the Newberry Library fellowships are residential. Deadlines for the long-term fellowships are in January and March, while the deadline for the short-term fellowships is March 1. For a listing of fellowships or for past awardees, 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 Nov. 14, The Free Press of Mankato did a feature titled "Students Begin Annual Homelessness Simulation: Without a Home," that included a color photograph of students Megan Buckingham and Whitney Hohman and quotes by Buckingham, Jess Gehrke, Emily Murphy, and Eric Nelson.
  • On Nov. 11, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article, titled "Dark tales at Bryant Lake Bowl," about the theater series "London After Midnight." The first episode features "Varney the Vampire" played by Robert Gardner (theatre and dance).
  • On Nov. 10, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories:
    • "International Festival at Gustavus Nov. 11" and other upcoming events on campus in the same article
    • "Gustavus honors employees," the Outstanding Support Staff Employee, Outstanding Administrative Employee, and the Faculty Service Awards

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


Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break: The library will close at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 and reopen at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.


For Sale: Seven-foot-tall oak laminate bookcase in excellent condition with six adjustable shelves. Asking $80. Contact Christine ( or 931-0167).

Wanted: Babysitter needed for 18-month-old child in family's home near Gustavus. Sitter is needed 1:30-6 p.m. Mondays during January Term and Spring Semester. Pays $5 per hour. Call Aimee or Brian (934-6776).


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.

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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