The Yellow Sheet for Jan. 12, 2006

January 12, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 15

Volume 38, Number 15

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Funding Opps
In the Media
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News & Announcements

Community Conversation Facilitators Needed... Additional volunteers are needed to serve as facilitators for the community conversation which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 in Lund Forum. As in the initial community conversation in 2003, facilitators will explain the objectives of the sessions, guide the group discussion, record the comments and suggestions presented by group members, and encourage participation. It is intended that two facilitators will partner to assist each small group of about 10 persons. Three facilitator training sessions are planned for Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Board Room. Times are 9-10 a.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Anyone willing to serve as a facilitator and is able to attend one of the training sessions should respond to Pat Leagjeld ( by Monday, Jan. 16.

The Interim Experience (formerly January Term) at Gustavus is an integral part of the curriculum. Each year a theme is selected, and this year vocation was chosen as the theme. Throughout the term, students will learn more about vocation through various activities both in and out of the classroom. Among the many classes offered, more than 30 are directly tied to the theme of vocation. Some of the classes offered include:

  • Vocation and Information Professions
  • Changing the World: Justice, Action, and the Meaning of Life
  • Nonprofit Management

Each of these classes exemplifies vocation in a different way, so students have unique experiences along their journeys throughout the month.

There are many experiences away from the College during January as well. Two groups are taking part in the hurricane clean-up and rebuilding efforts along the Gulf of Mexico -- a group of 33 students will be in Ocean Springs, Miss., and another group of 46 students will be in Key West, Fla. Approximately 300 students are participating in an internship, and more than 300 students are participating in one of the many study-abroad experiences offered throughout the month. Although there are many students away from the campus, a full schedule of events is taking place at Gustavus.

The Diversity Center is sponsoring several events tied to vocation:

  • Jan. 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. -- Women of Civil Rights
  • Jan. 18 and 19 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. -­ Spoken word workshop session, "Pulse of the Twin Cities"

The Center for Vocational Reflection is also sponsoring several events:

  • Jan. 17 -- Pre-health care event, "Calling of Professions"
  • Jan. 23 -- Alumni author Kian Dwyer, Living Your Chosen Eulogy

This year's Interim Experience ends Friday, Jan. 27.

Wind Orchestra on Tour... The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will leave Saturday morning (Jan. 14) on its 2006 international concert tour to Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria. Click here to view the orchestra's tour schedule.

Health Screening... All Gustavus employees and spouses are invited to participate in the 2006 health screening at no charge. Screening is available from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30 through Friday, Feb. 3 and Monday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 11 at St. Peter Community Hospital. Thirty minutes of release time will be available for the screening, and participants will receive a Market Place coupon for a bagel at the time of the screening. To sign up, call the Department of Human Resources (x7304) 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-4:45 p.m. weekdays. Those who register will receive confirmation, via campus mail, of their screening date and time and information describing the procedures.


It's been said that there is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. I believe that's true. This is an invitation to the entire Gustavus community to gather and talk together about what it is that we care about.

Three years ago this entire college stopped all of its normal work for what was called a "community conversation." Students, faculty members, administrators, support staff, and others from all parts of the College met together for the better part of a day to talk about what kind of place Gustavus is and what it wants to become. Important ideas came out of that day. They were pursued further by special task forces on topics such as energy use and environmental issues, student campus employment issues, information dissemination, and efficient and effective use of the Market Place, Courtyard Cafe, and the Dive. The Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity was also created. All of this work made a difference. It created change, and there is more to do.

So we're going to gather again. On Monday, January 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lund Forum, all members of the community are invited to a second community conversation. The primary purpose for the gathering is to talk to each other about what we care about -- what matters now and what matters as we plan our future. Prepared questions will help to frame the discussions. Moderators will help to guide them. I hope to see all of you, as well as the Board of Trustees, at this gathering. The Faculty Senate has encouraged all professors to attend with their students.

As we develop our long-range plans for the College, we need to imagine a "shared vision" of the future to provide direction and guidance. The first community conversation helped to do that. Ongoing planning work is helping to do that. A rapidly changing external environment will influence that also. Background information on all of those factors is available online and will be sent via campus mail to all employees. My hope is that this gathering will help to provide direction and guidance as well.

Welcome to this important conversation. I am very much looking forward to your participation.



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. 13 -- Taizé Worship
  • Jan. 15 -- Second Sunday in Epiphany, Vicar Callista Isabelle
  • Jan. 16 -- Olivia Washington, Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan. 17 -- The Rev. Dean Wolf, Ephesians 4: 1-6
  • Jan. 18 -- Morning Praise
  • Jan.19 -- The Rev. Todd Buegler, John 13: 1-15
  • Jan. 20 -- The Rev. Phil Schotzko, Acts. 1: 12-14
  • Jan. 22 -- Third Sunday in Epiphany, Chaplain Brian Johnson


Business After Hours Tuesday... 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.

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.


Eric Dugdale (classics) chaired a panel on "Classical Drama as Political Drama" at the American Philological Association Conference in Montreal.

The Advent/Christmas 2005 issue of The Cresset included an essay by Lisa Heldke (philosophy) titled "Robert Maynard Hutchins, John Dewey, and the nature of the liberal arts," which was based on her remarks made at the 2005 Gustavus commencement exercises.

Doug Huff (philosophy) gave an invited talk on his play, "Emil's Enemies," at Oxford University's International Conference on Dietrich Bonhoeffer held Jan. 4-6 at Harris-Manchester College. The play was also given a staged reading at the conference.


  • Ruth Haukoos, mother-in-law of Nadine Haukoos (human resources), died Saturday, Jan. 7. Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 11 at United Lutheran Church in Walters, Minn.
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).


  • Operating Engineer, Physical Plant/Heating Plant
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships... National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Fellowships support both projects that can be completed during the tenure of the award and work that is part of a long-term endeavor. Tenure normally covers an uninterrupted period lasting from six to 12 months. In 2005, stipends were $40,000 for nine to 12 months or $24,000 for six to eight months. The deadline is May 1, 2006. For more information, click here. *Note that guidelines for the 2006 competition will be posted in February.
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. 10, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story in the Best Bets column titled "Lao weaving lecture Wednesday at Gustavus."
  • On Jan. 8, The Free Press of Mankato published the following stories that ran on the front page of The Valley section:
      January Term
    • "Weaving 101," a feature on Edi Thorstensson's January Interim Experience weaving class that included color photographs of students Molly Faricy, Nick Schreiber, and Ann Solinger and Thorstensson
    • "Author coming to St. Peter: Residents are reading Perry's 'Population' book" (as part of the St. Peter Reads program) that included quotes by Judy Schultz (Book Mark)
  • On Jan. 7, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on students traveling to help victims of Hurricane Wilma. The article, titled "Students taking road trip for good cause: Some Gusties using January Term to help out," was published on the front page of The Valley section.
  • On Jan. 5, the St. Peter Herald ran a story on an upcoming illustrated lecture by a Laotian weaver. The page 3A story was titled "Lao weaving arts and textiles lecture Jan. 11."
  • On Jan. 5, The Free Press of Mankato featured the following:
    • "Retracing steps" and "On the orchestra trip: Architecture, music, tourism," front-page stories on the Gustavus Wind Orchestra's trip to Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Austria, which included quotes by students Erin Crimmins and Aaron Hanson, Al Behrends (fine arts), and Doug Nimmo (music) and three color photographs.
    • "Spring theatrics: Colleges Prepare for Busy Theater Season," where Gustavus was one of the colleges featured for upcoming productions, including "Bat Boy" in February and "Electra" in May.
  • On Jan. 4, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis did a feature on Eric Butorac ('03) that appeared on page C2 of the Sports section.
  • On Dec. 29, the St. Peter Herald included the demolition of Wahlstrom Hall and construction of Southwest Hall in the newspaper's Year in Review.

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 "Office Phone Directory 2005-06":
  • Old Main Academic (including Classics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion), phone x7548 (change)

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2005-06":

  • Janine Genelin, Old Main Academic (including Classics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion) phone x7548 (department change 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 Megan McCready ( for photos or if questions.


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.

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