The Yellow Sheet for Feb. 23, 2006

February 23, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 20

Volume 38, Number 20

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

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).


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. 24 -- Rev. Herbert Anderson, Transfiguration Series, Matthew 17: 1-6
  • Feb. 26 -- Rev. Herbert Anderson, Transfiguration of Our Lord
  • Feb. 27 -- Rev. Herbert Anderson, Transfiguration Series, Mark 9: 2-8
  • Feb. 28 -- Rev. Herbert Anderson, Transfiguration Series, Mark 9: 9-13
  • March 1 -- Ash Wednesday with imposition of ashes
  • March 2 -- Barb Larson Taylor, 1 John 1: 3-10
  • March 3 -- St. David's Day
  • March 5 -- First Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Rachel Larson
Talk Shop Friday... 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.

American Horn Quartet to Perform Friday... The American Horn Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Widely recognized as the finest horn quartet in the world, the group's residency at Gustavus (Feb. 22-25) also includes a 1 p.m. clinic Friday, Feb. 24 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall that is free and open to the public. Tickets for the concert are on sale at the SAO ticket center (x7590) and can also be purchased at the door.

Considered unique in the field of chamber music performance, the group offers a repertoire which includes works for horn as well as imaginative arrangements of diverse genres and prize-winning original compositions. With several recordings on the market, the American Record Guide recently described the American Horn Quartet as "the finest brass chamber ensemble in the world." The quartet will present Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture, Bizet's Carmen Suite, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story Suite, Eric Ewazen's Myths and Legends, and works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Kerry Turner.

Saxophone Quartet Recital Sunday... The Minnesota Saxophone Quartet will present a recital at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Quartet members Karen Reinhardt Benson, John Engebretson ('91), Dennis Lindsay and Nancy McMillan are music educators who have studied with some of the most noted saxophonists, including Daniel Deffayet, Frederick Hemke, and Jean-Marie Londeix. The group will perform works by Isaac Albeniz, Pierre Max Dubois, Jean Rivier, and Michael Torke, and Quartet #1 in Three Movements by Bob Mintzer, Four, for Tango by Claude Voirpy, and Euday Bowman's 12th Street Rag. Sunday's recital is free and open to the public.

CVR Lunch and Conversations... The Center for Vocational Reflection invites the campus community to the following lunch and conversations as part of this year's emphasis on "Gustavus as a Mentoring Community:"

  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in Linner Lounge -- Mai Neng Moua, Minneapolis-based author and community builder, who will be on campus in residence all week, will talk about "Cross-cultural Perspectives on Community and Mentoring." Moua is the editor of the first anthology of Hmong-American literature, Bamboo Among the Oaks, and the founder of the Hmong American Institute for Learning. R.S.V.P. to Amy Pehrson (x7169 or by Friday, Feb. 24.
  • 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the St. Peter Room -- Michael Perry, author of Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, the "St. Peter Community Reads" winter read, will speak. R.S.V.P. to Amy Pehrson (x7169 or by Monday, March 6.

Publisher's Weekly did a feature on Perry's book and reported: "When writer Perry returned to his tiny childhood town, New Auburn, Wisc., after 12 years away, he joined the village's volunteer fire and rescue department. Six years later, he'd begun to understand at last that to truly live in a place, you must give your life to that place....Perry's mosaic of small-town life also paints charming portraits of the town's memorable characters, such as the One-Eyed Beagle, another firefighter. Perry's insights into the small-town mentality come from apparent contemplation, and he writes about them with good humor."

Upcoming Community Conversation Forums... The forums to hear the community's reaction to the summary of the Jan. 23 Community Conversation continues. Upcoming dates and locations are:
  • 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

Click here to read the summary.

South Mall Landscape Meeting Tuesday... The campus community is invited to brainstorm about ways to develop the South Mall landscape from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Board Room. In particular, ideas on how to enhance or connect the curriculum to this space are sought. This meeting represents the very early stages of "dreaming" about how the South Mall might be developed. Anyone who has ideas but cannot attend this meeting should contact Warren Wunderlich (x7504 or or Cindy Johnson-Groh (x7043 or

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 to 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? 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.

"Women Celebrating Women" Set for March 28... The third annual St. Peter area "Women Celebrating Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams" is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in the banquet rooms in the Campus Center. The evening will include a social hour, musical entertainment, dinner, and an award ceremony. A keynote address will be given by Dr. Margaret Preska, president emerita of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Held during national Women's History Month, the event is a celebration of all women's accomplishments and will honor area women who make a positive difference in the St. Peter area. The event is open to the public; advance registration is required. To register, contact the office of St. Peter Community Education at 934-3048 or go online. Reservations will be accepted until Friday, March 24. The cost is $18 per person.

During the event, select local women will be honored for their outstanding community service, professional accomplishments, and leadership in helping other women reach their full potentials.

To nominate local individuals for an award, an official nomination form must be submitted to the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce office by 3 p.m. Monday, March 13. Nomination forms are available in the St. Peter Herald, the Minnesota River Valley Shopper, as well as from the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce and the Office of Community Education. This program is sponsored by the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Peter Herald, and St. Peter Community Education. For more information, contact the chamber at 934-3400.


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.

Photography Exhibit Reception March 4... A reception will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday March 4 at the Arts Center of St. Peter (315 S. Minnesota Ave.) for Priscilla Briggs (art) and her photography installation "Market" which is currently showing at the Arts Center. The exhibit will be on view through April 2.

Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics March 11... Everyone is invited to the Area 9 Special Olympics spring games which will be held Saturday, March 11 at Mankato East High School. Events include swimming (morning), volleyball (morning), and basketball (afternoon).

Volunteers are needed to be judges, referees, and timers, and to assist with awards or assist athletes for both the morning (8:30 a.m.-non) and afternoon (noon-4 p.m.) shifts. If interested in volunteering, contact Mary Milbradt ( or x7672).


Doug Huff (philosophy) served as the outside evaluator for the philosophy program Feb. 9 and 10 at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark.

Douglas Nimmo (music) served as a guest conductor for the 15th Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band held Feb. 16-18 at Bethel College and the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Intercollegiate Honor Band is comprised of students from Minnesota colleges and universities and is part of the Minnesota Music Educators Annual Mid-winter Conference. Seven Gustavus Wind Orchestra members were selected to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band. They are: Rachel Braband, Justin Haaheim, Andrew Jensen, Erik Mahon, Ryan Mangan, Amanda Nehotte, and Chris Pons.

Stan Shetka (art and art history) was an invited speaker at the 2006 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Air, Water, and Waste Environmental Conference held Feb. 15. His talk, titled "Engineering with Fibers," depicted the economic impact fiber markets have in Minnesota and what cutting edge creativity can do for world fiber markets.

Steve Wright (music) has performed at recent concerts with the Twin Cities 7 jazz group, including a Feb. 11 concert in Pequot Lakes and Feb. 16 at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Wright played lead trumpet in the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association jazz ensemble reading session and on Feb. 18 he was featured soloist and clinician at the Sun Prairie High School Jazz Festival in Wisconsin.


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Support Staff
    Amy Engebretson, Student Activities
    Humerio Mendez, Custodial


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Feb. 24-25 for the church council from St. John Lutheran Church of Waseca. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat Feb. 24-25 for Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Hopkins and Feb. 25-26 for Faith Lutheran Church of Winona.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program... Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record. Awards provide the opportunity to lecture and/or do research in 13 European countries, two South American countries, Russia, Canada and Australia. Grants 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. Click here for more information.
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. 23, KRBI Radio (1310 AM, St. Peter) featured Ellis Jones (emeritus professor of economics and management) with news director Bruce Davis Cafe 1310. Jones talked about the St. David's Day observance Friday, March 3 on campus.
  • On Feb. 21, The Free Press of Mankato published an article on this year's St. Peter Reads author Michael Perry who will appear on campus during his visit to St. Peter.
  • On Feb. 20, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story on a speech tournament at Bethany Lutheran College that Gustavus students participated in. Gustavus student Alex Knewtson was one of the participants featured. Knewtson was pictured in a large color photograph on the front page of The Valley section and co-coach Kris Kracht (communication studies) was quoted in the article.
  • On Feb. 20, Minnesota Public Radio aired a story, "Renaissance art on a plate," on the Hillstrom Museum's "Marvels of Maiolica" exhibit with quotes by Don Myers (art and art history and museum director) and Ann Pesavento (music).
  • On Feb. 20, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis published an article, "Art spotlight: 'Marvels of Maiolica,'" on the maiolica exhibit in the Hillstrom museum.
  • On Feb. 16, the St. Peter Herald published the following stories:
    • "Importing a sense of summer," the So Be It column by Managing Editor Ed Lee, which mentioned student Funto Okanla, who volunteered during St. Peter's Winterfest. Funto is interning with the Nicollet County Historical Society and helped organize Super Snow Sunday at the Treaty Site History Center. Lee also said "The Gustavus volunteers really helped enhance it (Winterfest)"
    • "Wisconsin author visiting St. Peter," referring to author Michael Perry's visit, which is sponsored in part by the Book Mark, with underwriting by the Center for Vocational Reflection
    • "Bat Boy, The Musical, opens Feb. 17 at Gustavus"
  • On Feb. 16, The Free Press of Mankato did a feature on the front page of the Currents section titled "Extra! Extra! Gustavus Puts on Bat Boy, The Musical," with mention of student Britta Peterson, reference to comments by Michele Rusinko (theatre and dance), quotes by student John Zeiler and Director Amy Seham (theatre and dance), and a color photograph of Marie Williams and Zeiler.
  • On Feb. 15, the Lake Crystal Tribune published a story, "Welsh Observance Slated at Gustavus Adolphus College," referring to the College's celebration of St. David's Day on Friday, March 3.

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


For Rent: Newly remodeled one-bedroom apartment available April 1. Partially furnished; full bath; living room/kitchen with microwave and dishwasher; private entrance; access to deck and grill; five-minute walk from campus. Heat, air conditioning, water, heated garage, and expanded cable included. Rent is $560 per month. Call Renee at 934-2548.

For Sale: Four-bedroom, two bath, 2,440 total sq. ft. home in upper North Mankato. Single-owner home built in 1993 features a large kitchen, vaulted ceiling in living room, large family room, multi-level deck with screened gazebo, large fenced yard, double-stall garage, perennial gardens, insulated shed with electricity, and new flooring throughout. Asking $219,500. Call Stacia at x6395 (weekdays before 5 p.m.) or 387-2739 (evenings and weekends).

Seeking Summer Sitter: Looking for a reliable high school or college student to care for two children (ages 10 and 7) on weekdays during the summer. Will pay and feed the successful candidate. If interested, please call Stacia at x6395 (weekdays before 5 p.m.) or 387-2739 (evenings and weekends).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
"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
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: mindfulness mediation multifaith center
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: holy communion Chapel
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

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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