The Yellow Sheet for Dec. 8, 2005

December 8, 2005 | Volume 38, Number 13

Volume 38, Number 13

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

News & Announcements

No Newsletter Until Jan. 5... Due to the Christmas recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Dec. 15, Dec. 22, or Dec. 29. Publication will resume Jan. 5.

St. Lucia Named... During the 65th annual Festival of St. Lucia held this morning, one sophomore and four of her classmates were selected to serve as St. Lucia and the Lucia Court. They are:

  • St. Lucia
    Emily Barnard

  • Lucia Court Members
    Alicia Blomquist
    Barbara Guy
    Kathleen LeBlanc
    Carlie Mauss
    Lindsay Peak

St. Lucia and the court are selected based on academic achievement, spiritual leadership, and involvement in community service at Gustavus.

The Personnel Committee Solicits Letters for Candidates as follows:

The following members of the faculty are being considered this spring for promotion to full professor:

  • Denis Crnkovic, modern foreign languages, literatures, and cultures/Russian
  • Colleen Jacks, Biology
  • Michael Jorgensen, Music
  • Paul Saulnier, Physics

Letters written on behalf of promotion candidates should be sent to Dean Eric Eliason and should address the criteria for promotion as stated in the Faculty Manual. Letters are due by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2006. As a reminder, tenured faculty members in a candidate's department are expected to submit letters.

The following members of the faculty are undergoing third-year review this spring:

  • Margaret Bloch Qazi, Biology
  • Priscilla Briggs, Art and Art History
  • Scott Bur, Chemistry
  • Casey Elledge, Religion
  • Patricia English, Communication Studies
  • Deborah Goodwin, Religion
  • Jean Lavigne, Geography
  • John Mattson, Health and Exercise Science
  • Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, Music
  • Sujay Rao, History
  • Alisa Rosenthal, Political Science
  • San Skulrattanakulchai, Math and Computer Science
  • Michelle Twait, Library
  • Esther Wang, Music

Letters written on behalf of third-year review candidates should be sent to Dean Eliason and should reference the criteria for tenure as stated in the Faculty Manual. Letters are due by the end of February. As a reminder, tenured faculty members in a candidate's department are expected to submit letters.

Promotion Nominations Due... Promotion nomination letters for faculty wishing to be considered for promotion to full professor in the spring of 2007 are due in Dean Eric Eliason's office by 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2006.

Template Update for Web... During the week of Dec. 19, Web Services will update the College Web template set to complement the launch of the new Liquid Matrix-enhanced pages and to provide enhanced accessibility and standards compliance. Posting rights for all content publishers will be temporarily suspended and can be restored by contacting Web Services. In order to prevent potential problems and answer questions during this transition, Web Services will hold a series of workshops for authorized content publishers. For further information and updates regarding this project, please refer to the Web Services blog or e-mail

Mileage Rate Increase... Effective Jan. 1, 2006, the standard business mileage rate will be 44.5 cents per mile. The rate, established by the IRS, is used to determine how much an employee's travel expenses (when using his or her own car) are deemed substantiated when the employer provides a mileage allowance under a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement.

Christmas Recess/January Term Voice Mail... This is a reminder to change your voice mail greeting to accommodate your schedule for the upcoming Christmas Recess and/or January Term. To record an extended absence greeting follow the instructions below.

  • Call the system and enter password
  • Press 4, Personal Options
  • Press 3, Greetings
  • Press 2, Extended Absence Greetings
  • Listen to the instructions
  • Press * to exit until hearing "good-bye"

This will enable callers to decide if they should still leave a message. For further assistance, please call telecommunications (x6261).

Upcoming Music Tours... This year nearly 300 students will participate in music tours with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and the Choir of Christ Chapel. The schedule is:

  • The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will tour Eastern Europe Jan. 14-30. Performances are scheduled for Nurnburg and Heidelberg, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Krakow and Bielsko Biala, Poland; Bratislava and Stara Tura, Slovakia; and Salzburg, Austria.
  • The Gustavus Choir will tour Minnesota Jan. 27-Feb. 11, with performances in West St. Paul, Grand Rapids, Duluth, Bemidji, Morris, Marshfield (Wis.), Red Wing, and Winona.
  • The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel will tour during Spring Semester.

Click here to view the complete tour schedules.

Access Employee Account... Gustavus employees can now view their account activity online. From the homepage, click on Campus Community, Online Services, WebAdvisor, Employees, Employee Account Summary. If questions, contact Barb Lundgren ( or x7505).

Book Drive... Alpha Phi Omega is collecting used text books for Better World Books, a nonprofit organization that supplies books to educational programs in third-world countries. As part of the drive, faculty members are encouraged to let their students know about the drive as an alternative for their used text books. There will be collection boxes at the Book Mark, the Information Center, and outside the library. Click here to find out more about Better World Books. If questions, e-mail Nicole Soper Gorden (


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:

  • Dec. 9 -- Warren Friesen, Psalm 80: 1-7
  • Dec. 11 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson, Third Sunday in Advent
  • Dec. 12 -- Jeff Dahlseid, Isaiah 61: 1-3, 10-11
  • Dec. 13 -- Chris Gilbert, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24
  • Dec. 14 -- Morning Praise
  • Dec. 15 -- Taizé
  • Dec. 16 -- Deb Pitton, Luke 1: 26-38
  • Dec. 18 -- Vicar Callista Isabelle, Fourth Sunday in Advent
  • Dec. 19 -- Advent Hymn Sing
  • Dec. 20 -- Litany for Travelers
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 2 -- Christmas Recess

Meet the Author Tonight... Faith Sullivan, author of The Cape Ann, a novel set in the fictitious town of Harvester (near St. Peter), will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church (511 S. Fifth St., St. Peter). Sullivan will discuss her new novel, Gardenias, which was published this fall. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Call the Book Mark for further information (x6017). This event is sponsored by the Book Mark and the St. Peter Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Michael Johnson Concert Friday... Michael Johnson, the singer, song-writer, storyteller, and guitarist who has played to sold-out audiences annually for over 35 years on campus, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 in Bjorling Recital Hall. Johnson has toured internationally eight times and has recorded 11 albums, which include 10 hit singles and two No. 1 country songs of the year. His hits include Bluer Than Blue, Give Me Wings, Ponies, and Rooty Toot Toot for the Moon. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and Gustavus staff and can be purchased at the SAO ticket center (x7590). Tickets will also go on sale one hour prior to the concert at the recital hall box office.

Global Winter Festival Saturday... Enjoy the tastes, colors, and sounds of winter around the world at the Global Winter Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the St. Peter Community Center. The festival, organized by the Crossroads Outward Bound committee, will provide opportunities to view cultural and religious celebrations of winter. This event is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in having a table at the festival should contact

Brassworks Concert Sunday... At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, several brass ensembles, under the direction of Scott Moore and Matt Wilson, will present the annual Brassworks Concert. The Gustavus Trombone Choir will perform Salvation is Created by Pavel Tchesnokov and Bosco Rosco by Tommy Pederson; the Gustavus Horn Choir will follow with J. S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and G. F. Handel's Allegro Moderato; the Christ Chapel Brass will present the four-movement Suite from the Monteregian Hills by Moley Calvert. Following intermission, the Horn Quintet opens with Kerry Turner's The Casbah of Tetouan; the Trombone Choir will perform works by Eric Ewazen and John Henry Hopkins; the Brass Choir will present Robert Elkjer's Coventry Carol/Carol of the Bells before being joined by the Christ Chapel Brass for Giovanni Gabrieli's Canzon Quarti Toni. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

Student Piano Recital Sunday... Pianists Phil Sowden and Beth Stauffer will present their junior recital at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Stauffer will perform Felix Mendelssohn's Song Without Words in E major, Brahms' Drei Intermezzi,and works by Debussy, Bartok, and Barber. Sowden will present Frederic Chopin's Etude in C major and the Nocturne No. 4 in E-flat major by Gabriel Faure, George Gershwin's I Got Rhythm, and Isaac Albeniz's Cantos de Espana. Stauffer and Sowden will then present Scaramouche, a two-piano, three-movement work by Darius Milhaud. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance in the recital hall lobby.

Contemporary Music Ensembles Concert Sunday... The Gustavus Contemporary Music Ensembles, under the direction of Michele Gillman, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Benefit Concert Sunday... All are invited to attend a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 in Christ Chapel. The concert will include the Choir of Christ Chapel, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, Mankato East High School Concert Choir, Mankato West High School Concert Choir, St. Peter High School Concert Choir, and individual musicians. There is no charge or ticket required; however, a free-will offering will be taken. All proceeds will go to benefit Lutheran World Relief, a world service and social justice organization.

Teachers Talking Tuesday... Teachers Talking will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the Three Crowns Room. The topic is: "What is the role of the majors in a liberal arts context."

Cancer Support Group Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

Silent Auction Fundraiser Dec. 19... Friends of Sandi Francis (education) and Bob Francis will hold a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in the Heritage Banquet Room. This will provide financial and emotional support to help them through the next several months in the wake of Bob's cancer diagnosis. Items to be auctioned include a gift basket of fine wines, a weekend at a lake cabin, gift certificates to local businesses, handcrafted wood objects, handmade woven and knit items, Christmas collectibles, antique items, and many more gift possibilities just in time for the holidays. There will also be a donation basket at the door for those who prefer not to bid. Anyone who would like to make a cash donation may issue a check to Gustavus Adolphus College (in the memo area write "Sandi Francis fund") and send the check to the Finance Office. Please note these donations are not tax deductible. For more information on the silent auction, contact John Clementson (x7456) or Carolyn O'Grady (x6148) in the education department.

Faculty and Administration Party Dec. 20... President Jim Peterson and Interim Deans Eric Eliason, Cindy Johnson-Groh, and Mariangela Maguire invite faculty members, faculty emeriti, administrators, and retired administrators and their spouses/partners to a holiday party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 in Alumni Hall. RSVP to Jennifer McCabe by Friday, Dec. 9 (x7675 or

Support Staff Luncheon Dec. 21... The support staff holiday luncheon will take place Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Alumni Hall. The doors open at 11 a.m., with a buffet at 11:30 a.m. and a program at 12:30 p.m. Anyone who has not already done so should R.S.V.P. (yes or no) to Jane Confer via campus mail. Support staff are encouraged to bring an item for the St. Peter Food Shelf.


Musicorum to Perform This Weekend... Musicorum, an 18-member vocal ensemble directed by Gregory Aune (music), will perform a Christmas concert marking its tenth anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Good Counsel Chapel in Mankato. Works by Victoria, Gibbons, Sweelinck, Britten, Rutter, Paulus, and Heitzeg, and more will be presented. Singers include Julie Aune, Jenifer Ward (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German), Ole Karstad ('97), Andrew Thill ('04), and Callista Isabelle (chaplains). The group will be accompanied by Amy Kortuem on harp, David Fienen (music) on organ, and student Laura MacPherson on oboe. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students and are available at the door.

Extraordinary People

Special Thanks... The Gustavus Fund staff would like to thank the students who contacted alumni during this year's phonathon. Special thanks to the Reds, Sigmas, Thetas, Eppies, Chi Kappas, Deltas, TMs, Men's Tennis, Men's and Women's Track, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Women's Rugby, Gymnastics, Softball, Volleyball, Women's Soccer, Men's Hockey, Dance Team, Alpha Phi Omega, Viking Society, Student Educators Association, GusLink, First Floor Pittman girls, The Telemarketers, Team Olivia, and Team Tehle for a sensational effort during Phonathon.

Alumni Receive National Awards... Leslie Brandt ('02), Claire Poppe ('05), Kelly Younge ('05), and Laura Yudt ('01) have been recognized with honorable mention as part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program for 2005. The program provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in all scientific disciplines. Those applicants who merit receiving Graduate Research Fellowships but to whom awards cannot be made because funds are not available are accorded honorable mention. Approximately 10,000 applications were received with 1,024 students receiving awards and 1,993 receiving honorable mention.

Yuki Sakuragi (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/Japanese) had an article, "The relationship between attitudes toward language study and cross-cultural attitudes," published in International Journal of Intercultural Relations, vol. 30, pp. 19-31.

Stan Shetka (art and art history) has been selected as a 2005 VANGUARD Award Nominee by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. He is being recognized for his commitment to the legacy and spirit of entrepreneurship in southern Minnesota. Shetka plans to initiate an International Service Learning Institute during his sabbatical leave next semester. His group plans to raise several million dollars for the project.

Suzanne Wilson (sociology and anthropology) had a book review, "Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy, and War," published in the fall 2005 issue of Latin American Society & Politics.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • The Bicentennial Swedish-American Exchange Fund's Travel Grants for Research Trips... American citizens with research projects in the fields of politics, public policy, economics, science, healthcare, education, media, or culture may apply to the Bicentennial Swedish-American Exchange Fund for travel grants. Grants of up to approximately $3,000 are awarded to support two- to four-week research trips to Sweden. The grant is specifically intended for professional enrichment and is not applicable to work related to academic degrees, programs, or conferences. The application deadline is Feb. 3. For more information or an application, please click here.
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. 24, The Free Press of Mankato published "Flat Art: Artist uses ironing boards as canvases" and "'Almost Home' tells story of Holocaust survivors returning to Vienna," referring to the exhibits currently showing in the Hillstrom Museum of Art. The feature appeared on the front page of the Currents section and included quotes by Museum Director Don Myers and several color photographs.
  • On Nov. 24, the St. Peter Herald published an article on area Gustavus students who are studying abroad and on the Carnegie Foundation's new classification system for higher education institutions.
  • On Nov. 14, the St. Paul Pioneer Press featured an article, "All bets are on a clash of political titans," on the front page of the newspaper which quoted Chris Gilbert (political science).

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


Lund Center Christmas Recess Hours are:

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17
Noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18
7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 and Tuesday, Dec. 20
9 a.m.--6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23
Closed Saturday, Dec. 24-Monday, Dec. 26
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29-Friday, Dec. 30
Closed Saturday, Dec. 31-Sunday, Jan. 1
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2
6 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3


For Sale: Snowbabies Limited Edition Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs lighted set and Thomas Kinkade's "Bridge of Faith" numbered print. If interested, call Sheri (x7527 or 625-2774).

For Sale: Like new Harvard Turbo Air Hockey Table. Asking $250. Call Sheri (x7527 or 625-2774).

Housing Needed: St. Peter resident looking for short-term housing in the area. Call James Baumann (507/382-5391).

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 DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
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 Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

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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