The Yellow Sheet for Jan. 12, 2006
Volume 38, Number 15
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News & AnnouncementsCommunity 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
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:
The Center for Vocational Reflection is also sponsoring several events:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com).
The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2005-06":
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for photos or if questions.
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