The Yellow Sheet for Feb. 9, 2006
February 9, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 18
Volume 38, Number 18
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News & AnnouncementsNo Mail Feb. 20... There will be no incoming or outgoing mail on Monday, Feb. 20 due to Presidents' Day. Fed Ex and UPS will provide pick-up and delivery.
Senior Day Feb. 20... The Office of Admission will host Senior Day Monday, Feb. 20. Between 150-175 students, along with their parents, will visit campus to take another look at Gustavus before making their final college choice. Admission has arranged for the visitors to sit in on classes, attend special interest sessions, tour residence halls, and have lunch in the Campus Center banquet rooms with faculty and other members of the Gustavus community. The visitors should have a campus map and schedule of events; however, anyone who sees them looking lost or confused is asked to help with directions. The Office of Admission thanks everyone in advance for their assistance and kindness.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 www.Smart-Pay.com, click on the Help button at lower right, select Minnesota and St. Peter. If questions, contact alumni relations (x7511).
Spring Schedule for Archives Office... The College Archives office will only be open on Wednesdays during spring semester, as Mike Haeuser is on sabbatical leave. Haeuser asks that anyone needing service should leave a voice message (x7572) or e-mail him and he will contact those individuals the following Wednesday.
President's CornerTwo weeks ago, over 700 people gathered in Lund Arena for a “Community Conversation.” All parts of the campus community were represented -- students, faculty, administrators, support staff, and alumni -- and the entire Board of Trustees. While not startlingly new, the results of discussions around 70 tables were very constructive, instructive, and forward-looking. Importantly, we also had the opportunity to simply spend a bit of time together, getting to know others we don’t normally encounter on campus. We took a little time out to listen to and learn from each other.
The discussions have been summarized and are available at the Community Conversation website. If you have any comments or additional perspectives you wish to add (especially those who were not able to attend), please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other opportunities to offer feedback about the community conversation summary will be provided through open meetings (dates/times to be determined) with me and/or one or more of the deans and vice presidents. All of the original notes from each of the tables are available through Director of Institutional Research Dave Menk if you wish to review them.
The results of this conversation are being fed into our long-range planning process as we think about a “shared vision” for Gustavus. My hope is that we can weave this perspective on our future into all of our planning work from academic program planning, to thinking about our college/church relationship, to fundraising priorities, student life experiences, budget planning and other components of our strategic plan.
Special thanks to all those committed people who believed enough in the value of this exercise to plan and execute it so very well.
Edi Thorstensson (library) was awarded $5,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a project titled "Overall General Collections Needs Assessment Survey for the Lutheran Church Archives." This 18-month award will enable the library to hire a consultant to conduct a general collections needs assessment survey for the referenced archives located in the College's library. The survey will address immediate conservation and preservation issues and provide guidelines for a long-term plan for the ongoing preservation of collections as a whole. The survey will also make recommendations as to how artifacts and rare books might be used for research, teaching, and exhibits without causing harm to fragile items.
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:
Talk Shop Friday... Chris Gilbert (political science) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2005-06 academic year. His talk, titled "The Political Influence of American Congregational Life," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. Click here to view the abstract for this and future talks.
Guest 'Cello and Piano Recital Friday... Guest artists Regina Mushabac and Nancy Paddleford will perform a 'cello and piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. They will present Bach's Adagio from Toccata in C Major for Organ, works by Franz Schubert, David Popper, Justin Merritt, and Loris Chobanian, and Astor Piazzolla's Three Tangos for Violoncello and Piano. Mushabac is professor of 'cello at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. She has studied with many influential 'cellists and plays the entire standard repertoire of concertos and recital material for 'cello. Paddleford is a member of the music department at St. Olaf College and is a recipient of the Pro Lingua Award for promoting cross-cultural understanding between the United States and Mexico. The recital is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in the recital hall lobby.
Hip Hop Saturday... 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.
Wind Orchestra and Choir Home Concerts Saturday... Returning to campus after concert tours that spanned central Europe and the Midwest, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Gustavus Choir will present their annual home concerts Saturday, Feb. 11 in Christ Chapel.
These home concerts are free and open to the public and will be followed by receptions.
Art Lecture Sunday... In conjunction with the "Marvels of Maiolica" exhibition in the Hillstrom Museum, Catherine Hess, associate curator in the Department of Sculpture and Works of Art at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, will discuss "Italian Renaissance Maiolica and the Corcoran Gallery of Art Collection" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Hess has researched and published extensively on maiolica, and she wrote the catalogue of the collection in the Getty Museum. Her lecture is supported by the College's Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.
Vocation Conference Starts Monday... How do stories, songs, and other art forms affect understanding of the world and one's place within it? And how can the power of all forms of narrative make the world a better place? These questions and others will be addressed during the College's fifth annual vocation conference, "The Meaning of it All: Narrative, Character, and the Common Good," which will be held Feb. 13-19. The conference invites participants to explore the power of stories to shape lives for and in the world; the ways that narrative can form and reform community; the relationship of memory and imagination, time, and place in working toward truth and reconciliation; and multiple forms of narrative and meaning-making across the liberal arts.
The following events are open to the public:
R.S.V.P. for the Monday and Thursday luncheons and the Wednesday dinner to Amy Pehrson (x7169 or email@example.com). The conference is sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection
Bat Boy, The Musical opens Feb. 17... Tickets for Bat Boy: The Musical are now on sale at the SAO ticket center (x7590). The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18 and 23-25 and 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 in Anderson Theatre and is directed by Amy Seham (theatre and dance).
St. David's Day Celebration March 3... Gustavus Adolphus College will host the 33rd annual St. David's Day observance with a mini-Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn sing), reception, presentation, and luncheon on Friday, March 3. The public is invited to this celebration, one of the largest such events in North America on or around March 1 (St. David's Day). The schedule is:
Cost is $13.50 per person for the reception and luncheon. Reservations should be made with the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, c/o Dana Lamb (x7520 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Payment should be made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College. The reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 27.
Save the Date -- March 10... Gustavus Student Outreach to Foster Care and Adoption (S.O.F.A.) invites the campus community to a reception for Minnesota's Heart Gallery Exhibit at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 in Linner Lounge. The Heart Gallery is a project that brings together volunteer professional photographers to help recruit families for children who need permanent homes. The photographers donate their time and talents to take the children's portraits which are displayed at exhibits. If questions, contact Callie Kunze (email@example.com). Save the date!
Music Showcase Tickets on Sale... Following the success of its inaugural showcase concert in the Twin Cities last spring, the music department is taking its 2006 Music Showcase to Orchestra Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12. The showcase will feature the Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students 18 and under. Call the Orchestra Hall box office at 612/371-5656 or 800/292-4141 for ticket information and reservations. Handling fees may apply.
Off-campus Events of InterestSt. Peter's Winterfest 2006 starts this weekend and the campus community is invited to join the Student Senate and the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce in celebrating this annual event. Winterfest buttons are now available at the Student Activities Office for $5 each. Receive reduced admission to some events with a button. A complete list of events is available online and Winterfest event calendars are available at the Student Activities Office. Some of the highlights include:
The St. Chamber of Commerce thanks the on-campus sponsors of Winterfest 2006 -- Student Senate, Inter-Greek Senate, GAC TV, Diversity Center, Peer Assistants, Dean of Students Office, Office of International Education, and Student Activities Office.
Students in the Media... Students from the January Interim Experience class "Introduction to Graphic Design with a Working Artist," taught by Kristin Higginbotham, designed the cover and feature layouts for the February issue of STATIC, a free Southern Minnesota arts and culture magazine. The students are Danielle Abel, Lindsey Beyer, Katie Bjorum, Amanda Brown, Nicole DuCane, Benjamin Eriksson, Laura Groenjes, Melissa Mills, Brianna Monahan, Erin Parker, Monica Ramirez, Brian Regan, Karen Schleper, Tania Schueller, Jerry Thao, and Patrick Young. Also, Karen Schleper designed the poster for the upcoming theatre and dance department's production of Bat Boy, The Musical.
Elizabeth Baer (English), Laura Behling (English), and Noreen Buhmann (community service) recently presented "Service Learning for Social Justice: A Pedagogy of Engagement" at the annual conference of the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
Mark Granquist (religion) has his article, "Between Pietism, Revivalism, and Modernity: Samuel Simon Schmucker and American Lutheranism in the early Nineteenth Century," accepted for publication in the volume edited by Daniel Lindmark, "Pietism, Revivalism, and Modernity, 1650-1850," Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.
Steve Mellema (physics) presented a lecture, "Human Rights in Islam," Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the University of Minnesota's Osher Life-Long Learning Institute in the Twin Cities. On Sunday, Feb. 5, Mellema presented a talk, titled "Islam: A Personal Journey," at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Ray Thrower (safety and security) has been selected as president-elect of the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators. He is currently director of IACLEA's mid-America region.
Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Feb. 10-11 for the church council from St. James Lutheran Church of Burnsville.
In the MediaHere are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
Looking for Room to Rent: Individual interning in the Office of International Education this semester is searching for a room to rent until early June in St. Peter or Mankato. Contact April Valentine (x7545 or email@example.com).
For Rent: Two-bedroom, two bath home March 26-April 2 on the beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Accommodates up to six people. Rent is $960. Contact John Bungum (507/327-1278 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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