The Yellow Sheet for March 9, 2006

March 9, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 22

Volume 38, Number 22

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

Gustavus Day at the State Capitol... Gustavus students have been invited to attend "Gustavus Day at the State Capitol" on Tuesday, March 14. The Student Senate and the financial aid office are co-sponsoring this event with the assistance of the Minnesota Private College Council. This event encourages students to learn more about the legislative process, meet with their representatives and senators, and speak on behalf of the State Grant Program. Approximately 30 Gustavus students will attend.

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 guest 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 be made off campus.

Photo Contest Winners Announced... The first Campus Community Photography Contest received over 150 entries in three categories. From 31 finalists, the winners have been decided. They are:

  • Active People
    • First Place -- "Let it Snow" by Sara Scholin
    • Second Place -- "Ten-Person Toboggan" by Jared Lee
    • Third Place -- "Henna" by Violeta Hernandez
  • Fresh Faces
    • First Place -- "2005 Physics Seniors" by Jared Lee
    • Second Place -- "Laughter after Practice" by Julia Gustafson
    • Third Place -- "Play of Light on Beauty" by Alicia Deadrick
  • Living and Learning
    • First Place -- "Let Epsilon Greater Than Zero Be Given" by Maggie Sagstuen
    • Second Place -- "Silent Night" by Joel Wenzel
    • Third Place -- "Sunset at Gustavus" by Morgan Rapp
  • Overall
    • Best in Show -- "Let Epsilon Greater Than Zero Be Given" by Maggie Sagstuen

Click here to view the online gallery of the winners and finalists.

President's Corner

I just want to say a couple words of thanks. The first is for all of you who are actively and constructively participating in discussions about our future. In our recent Community Conversation, you identified important areas that need attention. They were summarized recently in an all-campus communication. Our future has also been informed by those of you who have responded to various employee surveys. It's another way of letting lots of voices be heard regarding what matters and what needs to change. Many have participated in recent evening forums regarding how we need to think about matters of diversity, or how we discuss difficult subjects together, or what issues actually matter most here at Gustavus. In addition, some of you are directly involved with more formal planning groups, working on the future for our church relatedness, our academic program, fundraising program, the international study program, and others. Thanks for all of this active, constructive, and forward-looking work.

Also, I want to offer a word of thanks to all of you who are about the business of actively creating the future every day, whatever your role may be. We can't even begin to imagine a greater Gustavus if we all, individually and collectively, aren't contributing every day to creating a truly extraordinary learning environment here at Gustavus.

Believe me, I am not naïve about our challenges, those we face today and those coming at us in the future. But I do have this growing sense of optimism for our ability as a community to talk and listen together, to think productively about the future, to engage actively in creating that future, and to enjoy each other's company along the way.



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 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
  • March 13 -- Hannah Johnson, 1 Peter 2: 4-10
  • March 14 -- Kari Lipke, Psalm 77
  • March 15 -- Lenten Worship
  • March 16 -- Vasa Wind Orchestra
  • March 17 -- Katy Warren, John 12: 36-43

Nonviolence Training Tonight... "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 Friday... 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.

Heart Gallery Reception Friday... In connection with the Minnesota Heart Gallery exhibit, Gustavus’ Student Outreach to Foster Care organization will host a reception from 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. Guests are asked to R.S.V.P. for the reception with Callie Kunze (x8428 or

Recitals This Weekend... Several recitals will take place this weekend in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, including:
  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, Steve Wright, trumpet, and Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, piano, will present a joint recital, assisted by Rick Orpen and Jim McGuire (music), and Gary Gauger, Minneapolis-based drummer. They will present Halsey Stevens' Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Litany by Toru Takemitsu, Tiesivorpmi II for Trumpet and Percussion, and a jazz combo.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, Erin Crimmins will present a solo flute recital accompanied by Beth Winterfeldt. Crimmins will perform Bach's Sonata in G minor, KWV 1020, Carl Reinecke's Sonata Undine, Op. 167, Beethoven's Grand Trio for Flutes with flutists Sharon Jaffe and Brittany Krusemark, Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms, My Little Kerry Cow, and Dear Harp of My Country.
  • At 3:30 Saturday, March 11, seniors Jonathan Grimsby, trumpet, and Mark Iverson, euphonium, will present a joint recital. Grimsby, accompanied by pianist Phil Sowden, will present Bach's French Suite #1, Persichetti's The Hollow Men, and Shakhov's Scherzo. Iverson, accompanied by pianist Coni Liljengren, will play De Luca's Beautiful Colorado, Horovitz Euphonium Concerto, and Dewhurst's Panache. The musicians will close with Herbert L. Clarke's duet Cousins.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, Kate Neely and Amanda Nehotte will present a flute recital. Neely will perform Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major, accompanied by pianist Lindsey Reimnitz, and Harty's In Ireland "Fantasy." Nehotte will present Reflections, by Katherine Hoover, and the four-movement Suite Modale by Ernest Bloch, accompanied by pianist Britt Forsberg. They will then join together with an ensemble of dancers to present Luis Alberto Valencia's Three Short Ecuadorian Pieces.

All performances are free, open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

Building Bridges Saturday... 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. 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 Saturday... Gustavus will host the annual Pow Wow at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11 in Alumni Hall. Jerry Dearly, a cultural teacher with the American Indian Education Program for St. Paul Public Schools, will emcee this event. 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. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Slivik ( or x7121) with questions.

Gustavus Music Showcase Sunday… 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. 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 and will be available at the door. For more information about the showcase, click here.

Faculty Forum Tuesday... 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.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship Conference March 16... Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will hold their Leadership and Entrepreneurship Conference from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 16 in Alumni Hall. Gustavus alumni and local business people will talk about starting their own businesses., and the successes, failures, and lessons learned.

Physics Lecture March 20... "The Search for Extraterrestrial Life" is the topic of a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 20 in Olin Hall, room 103. Wendy Hagen-Bauer, professor of astronomy at Wellesley College, will give the lecture. Her visit and lecture are co-sponsored by the Gustavus physics department and the Harlow Shapley Lecture Program of the American Astronomical Society. The lecture is free and open to the public.

MLK Lecture March 21... The 2006 Martin Luther King Lecture, "Partnering for Peace in Colombia: the nonviolent work of the Colombian Peace Sanctuary Churches," will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Panelists will be: the Rev. Isai Presca from Christ the King Peace Sanctuary Church, Cordoba Province; the Rev. Ester Gonzalez from Peniel Peace Sanctuary Church, Bolivar Province; and the Rev. Jasper Rodriguez from Haven for Peace Peace Sanctuary Church, Sincelejo Province.

The evening will focus on the successful peacebuilding model that these churches have fostered at the local level and the partnership that these churches have formed with communities of faith in the United States in order to move toward a change in U.S. policy toward Colombia. For the past two years, Gustavus has been one of six Midwest communities of faith to partner with Lutheran World Relief and the Peace Sanctuary Churches. The Martin Luther King lecture coincides with the release of a video showing the lives of these churches and documents on the peace building process in Colombia. The video and a panel discussion will follow the lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Peace Studies program. If questions, contact Mimi Gerstbauer (x7421 or

Easter Bunny Breakfast March 25... Gustavus Library Associates invites everyone to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The event features the Teddy Bear Band, a hearty breakfast, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $7 per person and can be reserved by calling Dana Lamb (x7520) or online.

"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 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.

Happy 300th Birthday to Linnaeus in 2007... Yes, in 2007. Mark your calendars! In commemoration of the 300th birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the second Linnaeus Symposium will be held April 24-25, 2007. The arboretum is named for Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist. Participating in the symposium will be: Paula Robbins, freelance author who has studied and written about Pehr Kalm, one of Linnaeus' "apostles" to America; Paul Alan Cox, ethnobotanist and the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science in Sweden; Hans Oodo, Swedish actor and Linnaeus impersonator; and Gary Nabhan, currently at Northern Arizona University's Center for Sustainable Environments, whose work integrates conservation biology, agroecology, applied anthropology, and ethnonutrition in creative and unique ways. The symposium is sponsored by Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum. Watch for more information in The Yellow Sheet next fall.

Off-campus Events of Interest

VINE Waffle Feed Sunday... Dad's Belgian Waffle Feed will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Tickets are $7 at the door, but $6 advance tickets are available from Lynn Boehne (x7686) in the Office of Admission. All proceeds benefit VINE Faith in Action, an interfaith volunteer caregiving program serving St. Peter and rural Nicollet County.

Extraordinary People

Barbara Fister (library) delivered the keynote address, "Libraries and the Cartography of Knowledge," Friday, Feb. 24 at the Alaska Library Association annual conference in Anchorage. She also gave three additional presentations at the conference.

Mark Granquist (religion) has been selected by the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa, to be a consultant on the upcoming redesign of their exhibition of Scandinavian-American life and history. This redesign, which is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will begin in the Summer of 2006.

Don Scheese (English) has been invited to submit the following entries for the Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, to be published in 2007 by Facts on File: Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Mary Austin, Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey, and literature in general.

San Skulrattanakulchai (mathematics and computer science) published a paper, titled "Delta-list vertex coloring in linear time," in the journal Information Processing Letters, Volume 98, Issue 3, Pages 101-106.


  • Helen Vikner, wife of former professor of education Carl Filip Vikner, died Thursday, Jan. 23 in St. Peter. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with burial in Green Hill Cemetery. Following burial, lunch will be served at the church, where there will be an opportunity to share remembrances of Helen.

Position Openings

  • Licensed Practical Nurse, Health Service
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat March 10-11 for St. Barnabas Lutheran Church of Plymouth. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat March 10-12 for Pilgrim Lutheran Church from St. Paul, Farmington Lutheran Church from Farmington, and Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis; and March 10-11 for Jackson Lake Lutheran Church from Amboy.

Gustavus Youth Outreach... Upcoming GYO trips include: March 10-11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove and March 11-12 at Camp Waco in Amery, Wis. 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.

Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Research in Undergraduate Institutions... The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program supports research for faculty members of predominately undergraduate institutions through the funding of 1) individual and collaborative research projects, 2) the purchase of shared-use research instrumentation, and 3) Research Opportunity Awards for work with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. All NSF directorates participate in the RUI activity. The overriding purpose of RUI is the support of faculty research. The specific objectives of the program are to support high-quality faculty/student research; to strengthen the research environment in academic departments that are oriented primarily toward undergraduate instruction; and to promote the integration of research and education. The deadlines vary by program. The three RUI programs are described at the NSF website. For further information, contact the NSF program director of the research program to which a proposal might be submitted. Click here to locate the appropriate program officer.
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 March 6, The Free Press of Mankato published "Gustavus to host Pow Wow," which will take place Saturday, March 11 on campus.
  • On March 2, The Free Press of Mankato published "Science for kids featured at Gustavus," which is scheduled for Saturday, March 18 on campus.
  • On March 2, the St. Peter Herald ran a story, "Wisconsin author to visit," referring in part to author Michael Perry's visit to campus as part of the St. Peter Reads series.
  • On Feb. 28, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis did a story on "Capitol contenders." Margaret Anderson Kelliher ('90), Minnesota State Representative, was one of the legislators featured in the article.

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


Garden Plots Available... The Saint Peter Community Garden, located on West Broadway, offers garden plots for anyone living in the St. Peter area. Plots are free, although a $20 donation is suggested. Anyone interested in gardening during the 2006 season should contact Tom Gover ( or Joe Carlson ( for further information and enrollment forms.

For Sale: Vintage 1950s Danish walnut living room chair with back and seat cushions that have been recently recovered. Contact Gretchen Koehler ( or 934-5441).

For Sale: Philips Magnavox 32" Television, with S-video and composite input and stereo speakers. In excellent condition. Asking $150. Call Kristi Borowy (934-5242).

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
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe

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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