The Yellow Sheet for March 2, 2006

March 2, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 21

Volume 38, Number 21

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News & Announcements

Almen-Vickner Guest House Closing... To meet current building and insurance requirements, the guest house is schedule to be closed March 19-April 10 so that a sprinkler system can be installed. Anyone needing campus housing should contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001) for reservations in the Church Relations Retreat Center. If the retreat center is not available, reservations will have to made off campus.

Photo Contest Voting... Vote for your favorite campus photograph hanging in Linner Lounge now through Friday, March 3. All campus community members are invited to vote in each of three categories (Active People, Fresh Faces, Living and Learning) and for an overall winner in the 2006 Campus Community Photography Contest. Voting is private but individuals are asked to provide their Gustavus ID number to ensure that only one vote per person is cast. Click here for further information and results. This contest is sponsored by web services in conjunction with the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. More than 180 entries were submitted and 31 were selected as finalists.

Griffith Leaving... Steve Griffith, longtime faculty member in the theatre and dance department, has accepted a position as vice president and dean for academic affairs at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. He will begin there in July. Simpson College is a small, church-related, liberal arts college 12 miles south of Des Moines.

Maintenance Requests... All maintenance requests must be submitted to the physical plant office via, phone x7504, fax x6007, or campus mail at least one working day in advance for projects requiring carpentry, plumbing, electrical, grounds, or moving crews. To ensure more timely and efficient responses, all work requests must be logged and tracked in the maintenance management database system. Contacting individual workers or calling the shops directly causes the system to be inefficient and ineffective. Emergencies should be reported to the physical plant (x7504) between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and to Safety and Security (x8888) all other times. Students should continue to submit work requests for residence halls through the appropriate CF and/or area coordinator. Contact Bob Petrich ( or x7574) with questions.

Collegiate Fellow Candidates... Below is the list of Collegiate Fellow candidates for the 2006-07 academic year. Administrators, faculty members, and support staff have an excellent perspective for offering feedback about these individuals. Each year, residential life receives informal feedback (positive and negative) from a variety of individuals within the campus community about CF applicants. In order to fairly and consistently offer the opportunity for community comment, note that candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to the substance of information that may hinder their ability to be considered hirable. Everyone is encouraged to thoughtfully consider each individual and candidly express their support or concerns. Information must be received in the Office of Residential Life no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 6 to be included in the selection process. Anyone who has questions about either the written comments or CF selection process should contact Charlie Strey (x7529 or

Katherine Ajer
Erik Anderson
Jessica Bates
Benjamin Birks
Chad Block
Gregory Boone
Joy Braband
Kristen Burson
Alex Burum
Ying Cao
William Chester
Briana Christensen
Shana Clarke
Sarah Creighton
Benjamin Friesen
David Goldstein
Emily Gunderson
Breton Harris
Peter Heim
Stephen Howard
Mohamed Hussein
Danielle Koopman
Brittany Krusemark
Lindsey Kubasch
Abhir Kulkarni
Anthony Lapakko
Nhung Le
Maika Leier
Scott Lundberg
Joel McGuire
Kevin Oberg
Vwaire Orhurhu
Timothy Ronning
Michael Rueckert
Stephanie Soiseth
Christina Strey
Kiersten Supina
Benjamin Treichel
Evan Wilcox
Kelly Wyttenhove


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:

  • March 3 -- St. David's Day
  • March 5 -- First Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • March 6 -- Katy Stenger, Ephesians 2: 1-10
  • March 7 -- Sharon Bangsund, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Psalm 82: 3-4, Job 29: 13-16, Matthew 25: 34-40
  • March 8 -- Lenten Worship
  • March 9 -- Callista Isabelle, 1 Peter 3: 18-22
  • March 10 -- Mimi Gerstbauer, Matthew 4: 1-11
  • March 12 -- Second Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Brian Johnson

Campus Caucus Tonight... In light of the recent senate election and issues raised over this semester, the Student Senate, in conjunction with the Offices of the President and Dean of Students, will sponsor a "Campus Caucus" at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 2) in the St. Peter Room. The goal of this first discussion is to listen to what issues and concerns students, faculty, and staff want to examine further when it comes to campus diversity, community, discrimination, free speech, civility, and related topics. The hope is to launch an ongoing series of campus forums within which the campus community can confront complex and challenging issues in a positive and respectful manner. The campus community is welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Student Recitals This Weekend... The following student recitals are scheduled for this weekend in Jussi Björling Recital Hall:
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Sharon Jaffe will give her senior flute recital, accompanied by pianist Beth Winterfeldt and assisted by Erin Crimmins on flute. Jaffe will present works by Bach, Hindemith, Poulenc, Doppler, and Krentz-Organ.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, Alex Nelson will give his senior voice recital, accompanied by pianist Lindsey Reimnitz and assisted by the Snowbound Jazz Ensemble. Nelson has selected works by Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Robert Schumann, and Schubert, as well as contemporary works by Stephen Sondheim and Bart Howard for his recital.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, Javen Swanson will present his senior piano recital. Swanson will perform Beethoven's Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3, Schubert's Impromptu in A-flat Major, D. 899, No. 4, Two Preludes by Debussy, and Grande Valse Brillante in A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1 by Frederic Chopin.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, soprano Sandra Stehman and bass-baritone Ben Richter will present a voice recital. Stehman will perform works by Vaughan Williams, accompanied by pianist Katie Fillius. Richter will perform works by Mozart, Schubert, and Fischer, accompanied by pianist Kristin White. Stehman and Richter will continue with works by Beethoven, Offenbach, and Barber, and works from the Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and The Secret Garden, and jazz works by Cary John Franklin and Vernon Duke.

The recitals are free and open to the public.

Final Community Conversation Forum Monday... The last forum to hear the community's reaction to the summary of the Jan. 23 Community Conversation will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 6 in the St. Peter Room. Click here to read the summary.

Heart Gallery Opens Monday, Reception Friday... Student Outreach to Foster Care and Adoption (SOFA), a newly formed Gustavus student organization, will sponsor Minnesota's Heart Gallery exhibit 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6-11 in Linner Lounge. A reception for the exhibit will take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 in Linner Lounge. The Heart Gallery brings together volunteer professional photographers to help recruit families for children in need of permanent homes. The photographers donate their time and talents to take the children's portraits which are displayed at exhibits throughout the country. Several states have found success at finding homes for children through The Heart Gallery. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Guests are asked to R.S.V.P. for the reception with Callie Kunze (x8428 or

St. Peter Reads Author Visits Tuesday... 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. 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.

CVR Lunch and Conversations Tuesday and Wednesday... The Center for Vocational Reflection invites the campus community to the following lunch and conversations with Michael Perry, author of Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, the "St. Peter Community Reads" winter read:
  • 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the St. Peter Room, with an emphasis on service, community, following your passions, and servant-leadership
  • 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the St. Peter Room, with a focus on the idea of a "mentoring community"

R.S.V.P. for both to Amy Pehrson (x7169 or by Monday, March 6.

Poetry Reading Tuesday... Japanese poet Yuko Taniguchi will read from her collection, "Foreign Wife Elegy," and from her current work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the Interpretive Center. Her writing is in English. The daughter of a Hiroshima survivor, Taniguchi was born in Yokohama in 1975, came to the United States at age 15 and eventually married into the country and culture. Her poetry gives an intimate view of her own past in Japan and present a world seen through the eyes of a foreigner struggling with issues of identity and displacement in the United States. This reading is free and open to the public.

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday, March 8 in the Leadholm Room. This group is open to anyone on campus. Feel free to bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Nonviolence Training March 9... "Peacemaking in the Real World: Training in Nonviolence" is scheduled for 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 9 in Linner Lounge and will be facilitated by Lutheran Peace Fellowship youth coordinator and trainer Sara Collins. The workshop is designed to explore the principles and practices of nonviolence, based on the Christian tradition and the lives of leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Group discussions, interactive exercises, audiovisuals, and role playing will be used to help participants learn about the scope of nonviolence and the practical tools for nonviolent communication and action. The workshop, sponsored by the Peace Studies program and the Office of the Chaplains, is open to the entire campus community and there will be free pizza. Individuals are invited to all, or part, of this workshop.

Talk Shop March 10... Tim Robinson (psychology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2005-06 academic year. His talk, titled "What Happens to Shy Children," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 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.

Building Bridges March 11... Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher will keynote the 11th annual Building Bridges Conference, "Unspoken Voice," Saturday, March 11. Click here to view the day's events. 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).

Pow Wow March 11... Gustavus will host the sixth annual Traditional Pow Wow at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11 in Alumni Hall. This cultural and educational experience highlights the history and ceremonial symbolism of the Native American people and will include traditional dance, music, and costume, as well as vendors of Native American crafts and products. Jerry Dearly, a cultural teacher employed with the American Indian Education Program for St. Paul Public Schools, will emcee this event. There will be performances by the Lakota Nation and the All Nations drum groups and dancers -- traditional male style, grass, fan and shawl, and jingle dress. The pow wow, coordinated by students Teal Slivik and Amanda Johnson, is held as part of the Indigenous Student Association's commitment to learn more about the local Native American community. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Slivik ( or x7121) with questions.

Faculty Forum March 14... Andy Vaughn (religion) will present "An Altian View of the New, Low Chronology of Jerusalem" at the next faculty forum on Tuesday, March 14. 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, March 10. For more information, contact Russell Shapiro (

Sabbath Retreat March 17-18... Exhausted? Need some time away? Looking for ways to bring more balance into your life? The Chaplains' Office and the Center for Vocational Reflection has a deal for you.
Gustavus employees are invited to escape March 17-18 to southwestern Minnesota for a weekend of Sabbath time and practices. Join Rachel Larson, Jeff Stocco, and Kari Lipke on Shalom Hill Farm near Windom. Shalom Hill Farm is a church-related retreat center founded and built using principles of sustainability. It is a peaceful location to take some time away to reflect. Options include, but are not limited to, walks, yoga, prayer, meditation, journaling, naps, quiet conversation around the hearth and table, and time with the farm animals. The group will depart at 4 p.m. Friday, March 17 and return by 9 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Contact Rachel Larson ( or x7450) or Kari Lipke ( or x6077) with questions or to sign up. R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 13.

Sign up for March 18th Science on Saturday... Elementary school students in grades one through six are invited to Science on Saturday, a half-day event featuring science experiments and demonstrations, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Chemistry, biology, geology, and physics club members will share the importance of science through fun and educational demonstrations. All activities are free and parents are also welcome to attend. Registration for this event is required by Sunday, March 5. Contact Kevin Oberg ( or x7113) to register. This annual event is sponsored by the Chemistry Club. The schedule for the day is:

  • 8:30-8:55 a.m. -- Check in at Wallenberg Auditorium
  • 9 a.m. -- Introduction
  • 9:10-9:50 a.m. -- Demonstration I
  • 9:55-10:35 a.m. -- Demonstration II
  • 10:40-11:10 a.m. -- Break for liquid nitrogen ice cream treats
  • 11:15-11:55 a.m. -- Demonstration III
  • 12-12:40 p.m. -- Demonstration IV
  • 12:45-1 p.m. -- Fun and games
  • 1 p.m. -- Students dismissed from Wallenberg Auditorium

Register for Upcoming Continuing Ed Events... The public is invited to the following continuing education events that will be held in the Interpretive Center:

  • "A Terrible Beauty: Irish History, Politics, and Religion" will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. Steve Griffith (theatre and dance) will talk about the ongoing peace process in Northern Ireland and the connection between the history, politics, and religion.
  • "Where the Clouds Meet the Water" will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. Kimberly Contag and Jim Grabowska will talk about their book, "Where the Clouds Meet the Water." This book follows the history of Contag's grandfather when he and his family were forced to move to Germany during World War II.

The cost for each event is $5 per person and includes coffee and dessert. Pre-registration is required for these events. Register at the office of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or register online. For more information, call 934-3048 and press zero for the operator. These events are Gustavus continuing education programs done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.


The Creation to be Performed Sunday... The Saint Peter Choral Society, directed by Sara McKay, will present the oratorio The Creation by Joseph Haydn at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at the Church of Saint Peter, 1801 W. Broadway, St. Peter. The chorale includes faculty members Hayden Duncan, John Holte, John McKay, and Ron Rietz. The orchestra includes faculty members Ruth Giles, Lara MacLean, Rick Orpen, Ann Pesavento, and Richard Weber and student Colin McGuire. Vocal soloists include faculty member Nicholas Wayne and Gustavus graduate Timothy O'Brien ('99 and a member of the Rose Ensemble which has just completed a tour of Europe). Tickets are $8 at the door. Students are admitted free of charge. A reception will follow the concert.


A haibun by Horst Ludwig (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German) has been accepted for publication in the upcoming Romanian yearbook Hermitage for literature in the style of traditional Japanese haiku culture. (A haibun is a very short prose piece where concentration on the essential is such at passages that it takes haiku form.) Ludwig also worked as a juror for the selection of texts for the German Haiku Yearbook 2005 and has also been invited to submit haiku for the Haiku Ireland Newsletter.

Debra Pitton (education) and Noreen Buhmann (community service programs) co-facilitated a workshop on service learning at the Association of Teacher Educator's national conference Feb. 18-21 in Atlanta. The workshop, "Service learning connections for middle level teacher preparation: How to make it work!," focused on the development of service learning opportunities as a part of the curriculum in teacher education courses.


  • Administrative Secretary, Office of the Registrar
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education presenters for this week include: Darrell Jodock (religion) on Thursday, March 2 at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore, Minn., and Casey Elledge (religion) on Sunday, March 5 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Minn. 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.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Saturday, March 4 for Women of Faith from Madison Lake, Wisc. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat March 3-4 for First Presbyterian Church from Mankato.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World... The Council for International Exchange of Scholars is accepting applications for the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World, to host a visiting specialist from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and several countries in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe. Designed to promote understanding of the Muslim world and civilization, this program supports three to six weeks of intensive lecturing and public outreach during the spring semester of 2007. The application deadline is June 1. Those interested in this program should contact Bob Weisenfeld ( or x7049). For further information including program guidelines, click here.


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On Feb. 23, The Free Press of Mankato published "Gustavus Adolphus College students hope to 'Cover Mississippi,'" in reference to the student effort to collect 48,000 square miles of blankets and towels for the people in Mississippi. The feature included quotes by student Rosemary Shultz and mention of student Jennifer Patnode, who is coordinating this project with Shultz.
  • On Feb. 23, the St. Peter Herald ran a story, titled "Chicano-Latino leadership conference," sponsored by the Chicano-Latino Youth Leadership Institute on campus, and a black and white photograph of high school students who attended the conference.
  • Tom Emmert (history) was the guest on Jamaica Public Radio's "Breakfast Club" from 5:30 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 where he discussed Kosovo and its current status as a U.N. administered territory.

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":
  • Tracie Bjorklund, Health Service, x7630 (delete)
  • Istahil Hussein, Custodial, x7643 (delete)
  • Humerio Mendez, Custodial, x7655 (add)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Sale: Gretchen Koehler's "Little Book of Stress Management" is now available in the Book Mark and will soon be available in St. Peter at Total Entertainment and Contents.

For Sale: 1880s mint condition Hoosier cabinet with the original porcelain and the original flour sifter. Asking $1,200. Call Tom Emmert (x7432 or 931-5913).

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 (934-2548).

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. Call Linda Elvee (934-8836).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
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 Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
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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