The Yellow Sheet for Feb. 16, 2006

February 16, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 19

Volume 38, Number 19

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Community Conversation Forums... President Peterson and the Administrative Council will hold a series of forums to hear the community's reaction to the summary of the Jan. 23 Community Conversation. Click here to read the summary. Dates and locations are as follows:
  • Friday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. -- St. Peter Room
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. -- St. Peter Room
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. -- Board Room
  • Monday, Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. -- Presidents Dining Room
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. -- Presidents Dining Room
  • Monday, March 6 at 2 p.m. -- St. Peter Room

GTS Maintenance Friday... At 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Gustavus Technology Services will perform system maintenance on the internet connection. All access to off-campus internet resources will be unavailable. Sending and receiving e-mail to and from Gustavus addresses from computers on campus and access to the Gustavus website will continue to function. E-mail to and from off-campus addresses will be queued until the maintenance is complete. It is anticipated the maintenance will take no more than 30 minutes. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance should contact the Technology Helpline (x6111 or

Spotlight on You... The Gustavus admission office has a new look and customizable content on the web to better engage prospective students. This summer a similar system, ActiveAlumni, will launch to better engage Gustavus graduates. As part of these tools, spotlights featuring faculty, students, staff, and alumni will be provided to prospective students and alumni, based on their interests. For example, a prospective student who is interested in majoring in music, will receive spotlights on faculty, students, and alumni who are (or were) involved in music. To populate the database, all faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to fill out a brief survey, located under Gustavus profiles online. A variety of stories are needed to make these tools most effective. For more information, please contact Barb Larson Taylor ( or x7515) or Stacia Senne ( or x6395).

Staff Reclassification Committee... The next meeting of the Staff Reclassification Committee will be held Tuesday, March 14 to evaluate requests for grade changes for support staff positions. In order to be considered at this meeting, a complete request for position review must be received in the Office of Human Resources by Tuesday, March 7.

Students Hope to "Cover Mississippi"... Twenty-three Gustavus students spent January in Ocean Springs, Miss., helping residents recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Now these students are joining with St. Peter Public Schools and First Lutheran Church in St. Peter to recruit others in the community to help as well. "The people of Mississippi are still in desperate need of assistance," says student Rosemary Shultz. "The distribution center we worked in has run out of blankets and towels to give to families in order to keep them warm." Shultz and fellow student coordinator Jennifer Patnode hope to collect 48,000 square feet of blankets and large towels (Mississippi is approximately 48,000 square miles) to "Cover Mississippi." These students are asking the campus and St. Peter communities to support this mission and donate blankets and towels so St. Peter can help keep Mississippi warm. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Service Center through Wednesday, March 15.

Interested in Old Newspapers? The biology department has a selection of old newspapers from the 1940s through the 1970s to give away to anyone interested. The newspapers were used in the herbarium, so some are wrinkled or torn. If questions, call Britt Forsberg (x6306).

Holiday Schedule... The College will observe the following upcoming holidays:

  • Friday, April 14, 2006 -- Good Friday
  • Monday, May 29, 2006 -- Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2006 -- Fourth of July

Faculty Review Reminders...

  • Letters written on behalf of promotion candidates are due to Dean Eric Eliason by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2006.
  • Letters written on behalf of third-year review candidates should be sent to Dean Eliason by the end of February.
  • The deadline for faculty members to request consideration for promotion to full professor has been changed. For consideration in the spring of 2007, letters stating their interest must be submitted to Dean Eric Eliason by April 1, 2006.

No Mail Monday... 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 Monday... 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.


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:

  • Feb. 17 -- Mariangela Maguire
  • Feb. 19 -- Vicar Callista Isabelle, Seventh Sunday in Epiphany
  • Feb. 20 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Feb. 21 -- Taize Morning Prayer
  • Feb. 22 -- Morning Praise
  • Feb. 23 -- Rev. Herbert Anderson, Transfiguration Series, Luke 9: 28-36
  • Feb. 24 -- Rev. Herbert Anderson, Transfiguration Series, Matthew 17: 1-6
  • Feb. 26 -- Rev. Herbert Anderson, Transfiguration of Our Lord

Bat Boy, The Musical Opens Friday... Bat Boy: The Musical will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18 and 23-25 and 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 in Anderson Theatre. The play is directed by Amy Seham (theatre and dance). One complimentary ticket is available for each Gustavus student and staff member and can be picked up or reserved at the ticket center (x7590).

The Vagina Monologues Opens Friday... The Vagina Monologues will be performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-19 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 and are on sale at the SAO ticket center. All proceeds will go to Crime Victim Services, Inc. and the Intersex Society of America.

Business After Hours Tuesday... Gustavus will host Business After Hours at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Three Crowns Room. The campus community is invited to attend this hour of social conversation and networking with St. Peter and Mankato vendors, business professionals, store owners, and educators that are members of the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce. Beverages and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Faculty Forum Tuesday... Svjetlana Madzar (economics and management) will present "Effect of interplay of national and organizational cultures on subordinates' information inquiry in uncertain times" Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the next Faculty Forum. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in a banquet room in the Campus Center and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. R.S.V.P. with a check for $5 to Jean Heidcamp before Friday, Feb. 17. For more information, contact Russell Shapiro.

Meditate on Tuesdays... The campus community is invited to meditate with Buddhist monk Bhante Sathi at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 16 in Linner Lounge. Participants will learn the purpose and benefits of meditation. Sathi is an ordained Sri Lankan Buddhist monk who has taught meditation and Buddhism in Britain and the United States since 1996. The Office of Diversity is sponsoring the event.

Transfiguration Talks Begin Feb. 23... The 19th annual Transfiguration Series, on the theme "Ambiguity and Awe: The Art of Transfigured Living," will be held Thursday, Feb. 23-Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the 10 a.m. Daily Celebration and the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Holy Communion service in Christ Chapel. The Rev. Herbert Anderson will present the series. Anderson ('58) received his master of divinity from Augustana Seminary, Rock Island, Ill., and his doctorate from Drew University, Madison, N.J. He has served as professor of theology and counseling at many seminaries in the country, most recently at Yale Divinity School and now at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif. Anderson is said to be one of the most prolific writers in the area of pastoral care and counseling. His books are available for purchase at the Book Mark.

Talk Shop Feb. 24... David Wolfe (mathematics and computer science) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2005-06 academic year. His talk, titled "A Taste of Recreational Mathematics," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 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.

Improv Comedy Workshop Feb. 25... The LineUs Improv Comedy Troupe will host Elena Maria Garcia, one of the founders and the artistic director of Underdog Productions Inc., at a professional improv workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Lund Center aerobics room. Garcia has founded several improv troupes over her 15-year career, including Florida's only all-female troupe "Big Purse and Matching Shoes" and one of the country's only Spanish-speaking troupes "Quien Sigue a Quien." In addition, she has been teaching improv for 16 years at the New World School of the Arts in Miami and American Heritage Preparatory School. There is no charge to participate in the workshop, but those interested should R.S.V.P. to Tane Danger ( or x8993).

Saturday Night in Christ Chapel... The Office of Diversity invites the campus community to a non-denominational Christian church service at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in Christ Chapel. Bishop Wayne Felton of In the Word Church, a non-denominational and multi-racial church, will preside.

Book Discussion on Christianity Starts March 6... The campus community is invited to join a discussion of Douglas John Hall's book Why Christian? For Those on the Edge of Faith. The group will meet Mondays at 8:30 p.m. March 6, 13, 20 and April 3 in Linner Lounge and consider questions such as What is your relationship with Christianity? Are you outside of it? Fully within it? Are you on the edge of faith? All are invited to share, question, and grow as a part of this discussion. Hall's book is available in the Office of the Chaplains. R.S.V.P. by Friday, Feb. 24 to Chaplain Rachel Larson or Dorea Ruggles.

St. Peter Reads Author Visit... As part of the St. Peter Reads program, author Michael Perry will appear at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter for a discussion and book signing. This event is free and open to the public. Perry, author of Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, writes about his return to his hometown of New Auburn, Wis., and his commitment to the New Auburn volunteer fire and rescue squad. Perry has a degree in nursing and experience as a medical technician. Perry's writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, and Utne. His essays and humor are often heard on Minnesota Public Radio. Perry will make other appearances during his visit to St. Peter, including several classroom presentations at St. Peter High School and gatherings with emergency personnel and Gustavus groups. The theme for his visit is "Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time." For more information, contact Judy Schultz (x6017) at the Book Mark. Sponsoring Perry's visit are the St. Peter Public Library, St. Peter Community and Family Education, and the Book Mark, with underwriting by the Center for Vocational Reflection.

Building Bridges March 11... Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher will keynote the 11th annual Building Bridges Conference, "Unspoken Voice," Saturday, March 11. Auerbacher, imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia from 1942 to 1945, wrote the lyrics to "We Shall Never Forget," which was presented at the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust survivors in 1981. She has been the subject of two documentary films, Inge and the Yellow Star and All Jews Out. Auerbacher is also the author of more than 50 published poems and three books, including I am a Star, Beyond the Yellow Star to America, and Running Against the Wind. She is currently working on her fourth book, The Discovery of Streptomycin, and a Life it Saved. Auerbacher is a world traveler, travel writer, and avid photographer.

The conference is open to the public. Admission is free for Gustavus students, faculty, and staff, high school students, and St. Peter residents; cost is $5 for college students and $10 for non-student adults. This excludes tickets for the banquet, which can be purchased separately for $10 per person. For more information and to register, contact the Office of Diversity (x7449).


St. Peter's Winterfest 2006 continues. Winterfest buttons are 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.

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Feb. 26... The public is invited to a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 26 at the St. Peter American Legion. Sponsored by the St. Peter Masons/Nicollet Lodge #54, the breakfast is a fundraiser for the St. Peter High School annual All-night Graduation Party. Tickets are $5 for adults and children 12 and over, $4 for children 6-11, and free for children under 6. Tickets can be purchased in advance from St. Peter High School students or at the door.

Extraordinary People

Eric Dugdale (classics) has been appointed chair of the American Philological Association's Committee for Ancient and Modern Performance.

Richard Martin (psychology) will participate in an adult forum, "Moral Development in Children," Sunday, Feb. 19 at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Roseville.


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Feb. 17-18 for a men's group from St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Gustavus Youth Outreach... Upcoming GYO trips include: Feb. 17-18 at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield; Feb. 18-19 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dunnell; and Feb. 19 in Madelia. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including church services, family night programs, and leading lock-ins.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • NSF Course Curriculum Laboratory Improvement Program... The National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development, ranging from small, exploratory investigations to large comprehensive projects. There is no longer a cost-sharing requirement for any proposal submitted as a CCLI request. The next deadline is for Phase 1 projects and is May 9. Faculty interested in the revised program are encouraged to visit with Bob Weisenfeld ( or x7049). For more specific information, please click here.
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 Feb. 14, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on the front page of the Currents section on "College, One Facebook at a time: The New Social Scene." Among other area colleges, the article mentioned Gustavus and noted more registered Facebook users (3,137) than students (2,571).

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":
  • Cindy Enter, Community Service, x6018 (correction)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Rent: Two-bedroom, two-bath home available 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


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
Volunteers needed to work shifts at Holiday Party
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
57 p.m. Destress Fest with the PAs Room
67:15 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
68 p.m. DIY Hot Chocolate Making Event Cafe
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts St. Olaf Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Women's Basketball at St. Olaf, Minn.
7:05 p.m. Women's Hockey at UW-River Falls Falls, Wis.
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

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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