The Yellow Sheet for Jan. 26, 2006

January 26, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 17

Volume 38, Number 17

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to touring week, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, Feb. 2. Publication will resume Thursday, Feb. 9.

Gustavus Choir on Tour... The Gustavus Choir will leave Friday (Jan. 27) on its 2006 Midwest Concert Tour. During the tour the choir will premier Stephen Paulus' "I Will Be With You," a work commissioned for the Gustavus Choir by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The commission is in memory of Gustavus graduate Courtney Walker who worked as a development officer for the Kennedy Center and sang with the Gustavus choir for two years, from 2000 to 2002. Click here to view the choir's tour schedule.

Faculty Needed for Admission Events... On Saturday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, March 4, the Office of Admission's top academic applicants will be on campus interviewing with faculty members to compete for the President's Scholarship. These two days will help shape the Gustavus class of 2010. Admission still needs faculty members to conduct these interviews. Please contact Shawn Reid ( or x6363) to sign up for one or both days.

Van Training... Van training courses for spring semester have been scheduled. Those needing to drive a 10-passenger Gustavus van are required to take this course. See the college calendar for dates and times. After completing the two-hour class, participants will be qualified to operate a 10-passenger van. The session includes both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. To register, call x8809.

President's Corner

Monday we had a great gathering of many of you from across the campus for the Community Conversation. Support staff, students, faculty members, and administrators came together to talk about what matters here at Gustavus now and what we might imagine for the future. We talked about our individual and collective roles on campus, and we talked about what they might become as we move forward. I am very, very pleased with the event, and I heard much the same from other participants. We are going to have a summary of the major areas of discussions available during the first week of the spring semester for your review on the Community Conversation webpage.

We were able to have this good conversation because of the great work of many people from all segments of the College who volunteered to prepare for it, organize it, and serve as facilitators. I am so very grateful for the dedication and hard work of the planning group and for the active participation of so many others. Those of you who couldn't come on Monday and want to have a say in this work can do so. Click here to find the questions and background information. Send your responses to the questions and any comments to



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:

    January Term
  • Jan. 27 -- Blessing of the January Interim Experience
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 5 -- No Chapel, Touring and Activity Period

Reconciliation Conference to be Broadcast Monday-Wednesday... Trinity Institute's 36th National Conference titled "The Anatomy of Reconciliation -- from Violence to Healing" will be broadcast Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in the St. Peter Room. Reflection group discussions will be woven between the keynotes and panel discussions to expand awareness of the anatomy of reconciliation, to open the possibility of the inner work of reconciliation, and to explore the call as agents of God's reconciling work. Explore the polarities that have brought social conflicts to a fevered pitch in recent years. The meaning of reconciliation and its cost will be examined, as well as the perseverance and patience demanded by that process. For more detailed information, visit Trinity Institute's website. Please note that the schedule is given in the Eastern time zone, so the times listed would be one hour earlier.

The conference is being made available at no cost by the Office of Church Relations to provide theological renewal for clergy and laity. All are welcome but, due to limited seating and for facilitator planning, please contact Marilyn Beyer ( or x7001) by Thursday, Jan. 26 to register.

"Almost Home" Exhibit Will Re-open Feb. 6... "Almost Home: The Return of Holocaust Survivors and Resisters to Postwar Vienna" by Nancy Ann Coyne which was on view Nov. 21-Jan. 20 in the Hillstrom Museum, will again be shown Feb. 6-March 12 in the museum.

The Office of Diversity, which helped support this exhibition, also supports the annual, student-run Building Bridges Conference. The keynote speaker this year is concentration camp survivor Inge Auerbacher, who spent three years as a young child interned in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.

Cancer Support Meeting Feb. 8... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Hip Hop Feb. 11... The second annual Hip Hop Festival starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 in Alumni Hall. The event will feature dance, rap (including performances by The CORE, Manifesters, Flipside Rockers, DJMV, and more), and a fashion show. Sponsored by the Pan Afrikan Student Organization, the event is free and open to the public.

February Continuing Ed Events... The public is invited to the following continuing education events:

  • There will be a special Valentine's Day celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Alumni Hall. Dinner will accompany a special appearance by the Gustavus Swing Club. The group will perform the Charleston, Lindyhop, Jitterbug/East Coast Swing, and more. Cost is $15 and includes dinner and entertainment.
  • "Armistice Day -- November 11" will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 in the Interpretive Center. Ron Green (professor emeritus of education) will talk about the causes of World War I, describe some of the fiercest battles -- including Ypres, Verdun, and the Somme, and will speculate on the legacies of the war after the Armistice brought an end to the conflict. Cost is $5 and includes coffee and dessert.
  • "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" will be presented at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Three Crowns Room. Following a traditional creole New Orleans dinner, Bob Douglas (geography) will give a talk titled "Why the French Got it Right," followed with traditional Dixieland music by the Flood Plain Four. Cost is $15 and includes dinner and entertainment.

Pre-registration is required for these events. Register online or at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, call 934-3048 and press zero for the operator. These are Gustavus continuing education events done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Lutheran Night with the Timberwolves Feb. 10... Join Lutheran churches and schools at a Minnesota Timberwolves game and help support hurricane relief efforts. The game against the Utah Jazz is at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Target Center. Second level seats are $24 and $40; lower-level seats are $55 and $65. The congregations in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod will receive $10 from each ticket sold to aid in their recovery from the 2005 hurricanes. To reserve/order tickets, contact the Minnesota Timberwolves Christian Community Program (612/673-1225 or online).

Sweetheart Dinner Feb. 11... First Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter will host the annual Sweetheart Dinner Saturday, Feb. 11 at First Lutheran Church. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with entertainment until 7:30 p.m. This year's dinner will benefit 15 youth from both churches who will attend the ELCA's national youth gathering in July. Tickets are $12.50 per person and are available at the churches in advance or at the door on Feb. 11. Tables with seating for four to eight people are available. Groups of six or more are encouraged to reserve a table and indicate time of arrival when purchasing tickets. Child care, including a meal, is available and may be requested when purchasing tickets.

Scene Acting Course Starts March 4... "Scene Acting for Adults" is being offered through the St. Peter Community and Family Education program and will be taught by Elsa Cornell. Participants will work on scenes from various plays, increasing an awareness and appreciation of "how to get there" and finding out that "yes, we can act." Classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays -- March 4, 11, 18, and 25 -- and will take place in room 217 of the St. Peter Community Center. Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 27. Click here to register and to find out more about other community education classes or call 934-3048.

Extraordinary People

Mark Bjelland (geography) spoke at the January chapter meeting of the Graduate Christian Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. His topic was "One World, Many Peoples: Theology, Geography, and the Problem of Unity and Diversity."

Max Hailperin's (mathematics and computer science) textbook "Operating Systems and Middleware: Supporting Controlled Interaction" was published Thursday, Jan. 19 by Thomson Course Technology.

Ray Thrower (safety and security) recently taught two blocks of instruction, incident command and a tabletop exercise, at the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute recertification school in South Padre Island, Texas.

Position Openings

  • Part-time custodian, Custodial
  • Plumber, Physical Plant
  • User Services Coordinator, Library
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Chris Johnson (vocational reflection), who will speak on "Christian Perspectives on War and Peace" Sunday, Jan. 29 at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Pastor-to-Pastor... Pastor-to-Pastor, a support group for pastors in the Southwest Minnesota Synod ELCA, will gather Jan. 26-27 on campus to explore the topic "Rekindling the Flame." Speakers include Drew Brooks from the Rush Center of the Johnson Institute, who will discuss dealing with addictions, abuse, and related concerns, and Christopher Nelson, senior pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, on the subject of "Models for Purpose in Congregations." Pastor-to-Pastor includes more than 40 pastors and is sponsored by Gustavus in partnership with the Southwest Minnesota Synod ELCA. The program is largely funded by a grant from the Louisville Institute's Lilly Endowment Program for the Study of American Religion based at the Louisville Seminary.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a church council retreat for St. Andrew Lutheran Church of Eden Prairie Jan. 27-28 and a church council retreat for Atonement Lutheran Church of Bloomington Jan. 27-29.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program... The Council for International Exchange of Scholars' Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program (separate from the Fulbright Scholar Program) offers awards for distinguished faculty to lecture and/or do research in 13 European countries, two South American countries, Russia, Canada, and Australia. Awards are available from three months to 10 months and vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline for required letter of interest, sample syllabus, and curriculum vitae is May 1. Those invited to submit full applications have an Aug. 1 deadline. For more information, click here.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Jan. 20, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a story on the American Historical Association's annual meeting featuring the Scholars' Initiative, a project that looks at all sides of conflict in the Balkans by scholars in Europe and the United States. The article quotes Tom Emmert (history) who is co-director of the project.
  • On Jan. 17, The Free Press of Mankato did a feature on the front page of the Currents section on the College's study abroad program. The article, "Hundreds of Gusties Abroad: Studies scatter students across globe," included quotes by Carol Moline (international education) and seven color photographs taken by students during their study abroad experiences.
  • On Jan. 15, The Free Press of Mankato published an announcement on the front page of The Valley section, "MLK event planned at Gustavus," about a panel discussion on Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream and what progress has been made in achieving it.

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 touring week are: closed Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30-Friday, Feb. 3; closed Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5.


For Sale: Well-maintained 2001 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 with extended cab (rear doors open). One-owner truck with low miles, new tires, and bed liner. Asking $10,250. Call 931-5205 (days) or 934-6850 (nights).

For Sale: Burgundy leather couch, oak Grandfather clock with built-in shelves and a light; matching oak end tables, coffee table, and sofa table; children's computer desk; Skiers Edge downhill ski machine; pine furniture -- trunk, two end tables, three- and five- drawer compact disc storage units, and rounded-top armoire with drawers suitable for use as an entertainment center or bedroom dresser. All in excellent condition. Call Stacia at x6395 to see or negotiate.

For Sale: Home for sale at 606 N. Fourth St. in St. Peter. Built in 1941, this is a one-and-a-half story home with a single car garage; living room, dining room, kitchen, half bath, and sunroom on the main floor; two bedrooms and bathroom on second floor; finished family room in basement. Includes all appliances. Contact Linda Elvee (934-8836).

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
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 Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

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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