The Yellow Sheet for Jan. 5, 2006

January 5, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 14

Volume 38, Number 14

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

News & Announcements

New Postage Rates... Most postal rates and fees will increase by approximately 5.4 percent across-the-board on Sunday, Jan. 8. Among the rate adjustments, the single-piece rate for first-class mail will increase from 37 cents to 39 cents, and the postcard rate will increase by one cent to 24 cents. Additional rate changes may be found at Stamps currently in inventory may not be returned or exchanged. The campus post office has the new stamps (39 cents) and the makeup stamps (one and two cents) available now.

Hear Nobel Lectures... Taped lectures of the 2005 Nobel Conference: The Legacy of Einstein will air on Twin Cities Public Television (Ch. 17) as follows:

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 -- "Bose-Einstein Condensates and Other New Forms of Matter Close to Absolute Zero" by Wolfgang Ketterle
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 -- "Is Cosmic Concordance in Concomitance with Superstring/M-Theory?" by Sylvester James Gates Jr.

    (Note: Due to image rights, Thomas Levenson's lecture, "The Education of Albert Einstein," will not be broadcast. Click here to listen to his lecture on the Nobel Conference website.

    United Way Update... Congratulations! Thanks to the thoughtful and generous response of the Gustavus community, the campus campaign for the 2006 St. Peter United Way has reached and exceeded the $11,000 goal. To all who participated -- a very heartfelt special thanks! To those who are still considering, here is a gentle reminder that gifts and pledges are still welcome. It is also possible to make a gift via payroll deductions. The local $60,000 United Way campaign is slated to close by the end of this month. Contact Dean Wahlund in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (x7521) or Barb Lundgren in the Finance Office to make a donation, for a pledge card, or more information. "Working Together Matters -- the United Way!"

    Order the Gustavian Yearbook... Orders are now being taken for the all-color 2005-06 Gustavian yearbook. The yearbook staff is excited about producing and offering this first-ever all-color book. To order, go to, click on the Help button at lower right, select Minnesota and St. Peter. If any questions, contact alumni relations (x7511).


    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:

    • Jan. 6 -- Vicar Callista Isabelle, Ephesians 3: 2-12
    • Jan. 8 -- The Baptism of Our Lord, Chaplain Rachel Larson
    • Jan. 9 -- Gregg Levoy, 1 Samuel 3: 1-9
    • Jan. 10 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson
    • Jan. 11 -- Morning Praise
    • Jan. 12 -- Mark Braun, Isaiah 41: 14-20
    • Jan. 13 -- Taizé Worship
    • Jan. 15 -- Second Sunday in Epiphany, Vicar Callista Isabelle

    January Yoga Classes... Yoga classes for administrators, faculty members, and support staff will be offered during January Term in Alumni Hall as follows:

    • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays -- Jan. 10, 17, and 24
    • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays -- Jan. 5, 12, and 19

    This class is a gentle introduction to basic yoga stretching and breathing and is geared toward people who haven't practiced before, although everyone is welcome. Participants may choose to attend Tuesdays only, Thursdays only, or both. Wear comfortable clothes to move in and a blanket to sit on. If questions, contact Kari Lipke ( or x6077). The yoga classes are sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and Gustavus Health Promotion.

    Upcoming Vocation Events... Gregg Levoy, author of "Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life," will be on campus Jan. 9-11. His visit is sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection in connection with the January Term 2006 theme "Vocation." The following events will be presented by Levoy:

    • Homily at Daily Chapel at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9 in Christ Chapel
    • "Callings: The Power of Passionate Work," a workshop for all Gustavus employees, will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 in the St. Peter Room
    • Breakfast workshop for the student affairs division staff and mentoring community participants will take place from 8-10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the St. Peter Room
    • Pizza buffet and conversation, open to the entire campus community, will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the St. Peter Room

    Concert Tuesday... In conjunction with the Hillstrom Museum exhibition "Almost Home: The Return of Holocaust Survivors and Resisters to Postwar Vienna," a program of music composed by Austrian-born composer Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Björling Recital Hall. Vocalist David Harris and pianist Craig Randal Johnson will present "Burning and Never Going Cold: The Music of Hanns Eisler."

    Eisler was the father of painter Georg Eisler, who is profiled in the Almost Home exhibition. Hanns Eisler left Europe because of the rise of the Nazis and settled in California where he later became a target of the Hollywood "witch hunt." He appeared before the Un-American Activities Committee in September of 1947 and was forced to leave the United States in 1948.

    The program is a joint project of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, the Department of Music, and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and is free and open to the public. For further information regarding this program or other programs of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, contact Director Donald Myers (x7171 or

    Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

    Teachers Talking Jan. 12... Teachers Talking, "Millennials in the Classroom," is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 in the Three Crowns Room.


    Business After Hours Jan. 17... The St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce Diplomats invites everyone to Business After Hours at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 in the Heritage Room. The event is sponsored by the St. Peter Clinic Mayo Health System. Hors d'ouevres and beverages will be provided. To make a reservation, call 934-3400.

    Stress Reduction Course Starts Jan. 19... The St. Peter Clinic is offering an eight-week course, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, for health and wellness. Modeled after the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and featured in Bill Moyer's PBS Special "Healing and the Mind," the program can be especially helpful to those who experience stress, cancer, GI distress, headaches, heart disease, chronic pain, high blood pressure, asthma, fibromyalgia, diabetes, skin disorders, anxiety and panic, fatigue, or sleep disturbances. Call Liz Power Hawkinson at the St. Peter Clinic (931-2110) to reserve a space at an orientation session or for more information on the course, program fees, or other details. Orientation sessions are Jan. 5 or 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. The class runs Thursday evenings, Jan. 19-March 16.

    Great Decisions Discussion Starts Jan. 26... The Foreign Policy Association, a national independent, non-partisan organization, has created a program called Great Decisions and St. Peter Community and Family Education will offer a local discussion group. Each participant will receive a briefing book which provides information on eight topics. At the conclusion of each meeting, participants will fill out opinion ballots which are tabulated by the Foreign Policy Association. A national opinion ballot report is published and presented to the White House, the Departments of State and Defense, and members of Congress. To register, call 934-3048, ext. 0 or go online. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 18. The sessions will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays -- Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 9, 16, and 30 in room 217 of the St. Peter Community Center. The fee is $20.


    Jessica Stresemann Bell ('94), a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, was featured in the most recent issue of the NIH "Catalyst" for her work on the innate immune system. Having published the first structure of a toll-like receptor, TLR-3, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year, Stresemann Bell has accepted a faculty position in the biochemistry department at Virginia Commonwealth University with a joint appointment in the VCU Cancer Center.

    Helen and Paul Baumgartner (professors emeriti of music) gave several four-hand piano recitals this fall -- Sept. 24 for the Lutheran Home in Mankato, Oct. 14 for the Mu Phi Epsilon international music fraternity in Edina, Nov. 18 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Minneapolis as featured performers in a new chamber music series, and in November a recital on board the Star Victoria, cruising through the Three Gorges on the Yangtse River as part of an 18-day trip through China with other members of the Smith College Alumnae Association.

    Laura Behling (English) has been elected to the Modern Language Association's Executive Committee on Teaching as a Profession (2006-10) and as a delegate representing Disability Issues in the Profession (2006-08). She also has been appointed by the American Association of University Women to the American Fellowships award review panel. For the spring, she has been selected as an Association of the American Colleges and Universities/Washington Internship Institute Faculty Fellow and is spending the semester in Washington, D.C.

    Lisa Heldke (philosophy) has been appointed to the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Status of Women.

    New Faces

    The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
      New Administrators
      Joy Reese, Admission

      New Support Staff
      Lisa Koppelman, Nursing
      Tessa Donato, Communications Studies and Theatre and Dance

      Support Staff Transfer
      Janine Genelin to Old Main Academic


    Preaching in Congregations... Mark Granquist (religion) will preach Jan. 7 and 8 at St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna and will speak for their adult forum between the services. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.


    The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
    • Support for Host Institutions for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes... The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides grants to colleges, universities, and other institutions to support two- to six-week national summer seminars and institutes in the humanities. These faculty development activities provide school teachers or college and university faculty with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of humanities scholarship and teaching through intensive study of significant ideas, texts, issues, eras, and events. Awards for seminars in 2005 ranged from $45,000 to $120,000, and awards for 2005 institutes ranged from $80,000 to $200,000. The deadline for project directors to submit an application is March 1 for a project beginning no earlier than May 2007. *Please note that guidelines for the current competition should be posted in early 2006.
    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 Jan. 2 on KRBI Radio (1310 AM), Don Myers (Hillstrom Museum of Art) was interviewed by News Director Bruce Davis on the station's Cafe 1310 program. They discussed the current exhibitions, an upcoming music program the museum is sponsoring with the Departments of Music and Modern Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the upcoming maiolica exhibition.
    • On Dec. 30, KAAL-TV (Austin) Carla Johnson ('86) interviewed Myers about the Connie Herring exhibition and the upcoming maiolica exhibition.
    • On Dec. 19, The Free Press of Mankato ran an item in its Best Bets section on the exhibits currently showing in the Hillstrom Museum of Art.
    • On Dec. 15, The Free Press of Mankato published the following:
      • "Creative Outlet: LineUs improvising its way to campus fame," that ran on the front page of the Current sections, included two color photographs -- one of student Taylor Metz and two St. Peter High School students and the other of students Brandon Boat and Tane Danger, and quotes by Danger
      • "Student raises $6,000 for charity," a benefit organized by student Luke Royer and included performances by the Choir of Christ Chapel, Christ Chapel Brass, the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gustavus Choir, several high school choirs, and individual musicians
    • On Dec. 15, the St. Peter Herald published the following:
      • "St. Lucia guides the light," that included two color photographs and quotes by student Emily Barnard, the recently crowned St. Lucia
      • "Outstanding Advisor Named," referring to Judy Douglas (alcohol and drug education) being chosen Outstanding Advisor of the Year by the BACCHUS-GAMMA Peer Education Network
      • "Students work with real world clients," that included a black and white photograph of students Brent Prososki, Adam Decknatel, and Samantha Lewis and Michael Klimesh (economics and management)
    • On Dec. 10, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis did a feature, titled "Two guys and a camera," on Eric Jenson ('05) and Scott Jenson ('05). The article mentions that the Jensons have worked with Rick Snyder (formerly theatre and dance). All three were quoted in the article.
    • On Dec. 9, The Free Press of Mankato published the following:
      • "Giving back: College student puts together charity benefit concert" ran on the front page and included a color photograph of student Luke Royer, organizer of the benefit, and mention of students Maren Magsam and Jenna Stevens (see the Dec. 15 Free Press listing above)
      • "A Crown of Candles for St. Lucia" ran on the front page of The Valley section and included a color photograph of St. Lucia Emily Barnard, the Lucia court, and Brian Johnson (chaplains)
      • "Lutheran World Relief benefit concert set," again referring to the event organized by student Luke Royer
    • On Dec. 8, the St. Peter Herald ran the following:
      • "Four Gustavus students (graduates) honored," referring to Leslie Brandt ('02), Claire Poppe ('05), Kelly Younge ('05), and Laura Yudt ('01) who were recognized with honorable mention in the 2005 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
      • "Minnesota author coming to St. Peter," about the visit by Faith Sullivan who was available at a book signing Dec. 8 on campus
    • On Dec. 3, The Free Press of Mankato, in its Our View section, published "Senior Housing on Campus Benefits All."
    • On Dec. 1, the St. Peter Herald published the following:
      • "Getting in the holiday spirit" that talked about several upcoming events, including Christmas in Christ Chapel
      • "Improv Comedy Troupe to hold workshop," which the Line Us Improve group held at St. Peter High School

    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 2005-06":
    • Tessa Donato, Communications Studies and Theatre and Dance -- x7353, (addition)
    • Linda Elvee, Nursing and Old Main Academic -- x7317 (deletion)
    • Carolyn Isaak, Admission -- x7603 (deletion)
    • Patricia Kewitsch, Communication Studies and Theatre and Dance -- x7353 (deletion)
    • Lisa Koppelman, Nursing -- x7317, (addition)
    • Rachel Kronlokken, Dining Service -- x7608 (addition)
    • Joy Reese, Admission -- x7603, (addition)
    • Lennart Sacredeus, Scandinavian Studies -- x7423, (addition for January Term only)
    For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


    For Rent: New, spacious two-bedroom apartment available Feb. 1. Eat-in kitchen and large dining room. Heated underground parking, low utilities, view of park, close to Gustavus and downtown. Quiet, secure building with laundry on same floor, a community/party room, and a small exercise room. Contact for photos or if questions (

    For Sale: Penn racquetballs, standard ultra-blue in sealed cans of two balls each. $2.75 per can. Contact Kyle Momsen ( or x 6062).


    From John Clementson and Carolyn O'Grady... Thanks to the outpouring of support from members of the community, the silent auction to benefit Sandi Francis (education) and Bob Francis raised a little over $5,000. We deeply appreciate the generosity of those of you who gave an item to be auctioned and/or helped to make the bidding so productive.


    Upcoming events
    Date Event
    Today "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
    Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
    1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
    2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
    2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
    2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
    7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
    79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
    89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
    9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
    1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe

    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, and 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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