The Yellow Sheet for April 6, 2006

April 6, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 25

Volume 38, Number 25

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News & Announcements

Class Schedule Change for MAYDAY! Peace Conference... In connection with this year's MAYDAY! Peace Conference on April 19 and by action of the faculty, a MAYDAY! lyceum lecture hour has been scheduled from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. that day. Classes starting at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will meet at the regularly scheduled times. Classes starting at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. that day will be shortened to 30 minutes each with 10 minutes between classes. Normal scheduling will resume at 1:30 p.m. The revised schedule is as follows:

Normal Start Time
Adjusted Start Time
10:30-11:20 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
12:10-12:40 p.m.
12:30-1:20 p.m. 12:50-1:20 p.m.

Faculty are reminded to adjust their courses accordingly.

Yellow Sheet Reminder... Due to Easter Recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, April 13. Publication will resume Thursday, April 20.

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

  • Good Friday -- Friday, April 14, 2006
  • Memorial Day -- Monday, May 29, 2006
  • Fourth of July -- Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Web-based Gribly... A web-based campus directory was developed and made available to College employees on an experimental basis this year. Based upon the reported success of the prototype, it has been proposed that the paper version of the Gribly be discontinued and replaced with an on-line version beginning next fall.

The proposed web-based Gribly would:

  • include personal and some departmental information currently available in the printed Gribly
  • permit students and employees to withhold photos or all personal information from the directory
  • be password protected
  • be available only to current employees and currently registered students

Peer institutions that have moved from paper to electronic campus directories report general satisfaction, few technical problems, and no regrets at having made the switch. Comments or concerns about the transition to an electronic version of the Gribly should be sent to

Guest House Reopens... After having a sprinkler system installed, the Almen-Vickner Guest House is now open again. Guest House reservations can be made through the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (x7520 or

A few reminders about Guest House policy

  • The Guest House is for invited guests of the College and is not available for employee or student use.
  • Reservations need to be made by a Gustavus employee (not students).
  • Keys should be picked up at the Office of Marketing and Public Relations on the day before or the day of the guest's arrival.
  • Check-out time is 10 a.m. Late checkouts must have prior approval.

Nominations Sought for Guild of St. Lucia... The campus community is asked to submit nominations for the Guild of St. Lucia. The Guild of St. Lucia honors women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College. Names of current junior women who should be considered for this honor should be submitted to Barb Larson Taylor (

Nominations Sought for Faculty Awards... All faculty members, administrators, support staff, and students are invited to nominate one faculty member each for the following awards:

  • Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching -- Nominate a faculty member for the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for teaching. The nomination form was distributed via campus mail or is available online.
  • Gustavus Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment Award -- Nominate a faculty member for the highest accolade a Gustavus faculty member can receive for distinguished scholarly accomplishments. The nomination form was distributed via campus mail or is available online.
  • The Gustavus Faculty Service Award -- Nominate a faculty member who has established a record of professional service accomplishments, for Gustavus service and wider-community or professional service. The nomination form was distributed via campus mail or is available online.

Nomination forms must be received in the dean of the faculty's office by Tuesday, April 18.

Friends of Sandi Francis (education) are offering opportunities to provide financial and emotional support in the wake of her husband's cancer diagnosis and recent death. The following options are available and proceeds will be matched by the St. Peter Thrivent Chapter.

  • Purchase a family-size, one-topping Papa Murphy's Take 'N Bake Pizza (cheese, pepperoni, or sausage topping) for $15: pre-sales will be taken through Friday, April 7 for pick up from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room.
  • Purchase Papa Murphy's peel-a-deal discount cards for $5: available for sale through Tuesday, April 11. Discount card offers $20 in savings (8 stickers with $3+ savings on pizza choices plus free cheesy bread), no expiration date, at several Minnesota locations.
  • Bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room and during the pizza pick-up.

Anyone who would like to donate baked goods for the bake sale is asked to deliver items to the dean of students office or at the bake sale tables (outside the Evelyn Young Dining Room) by 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 11.

Individuals who are not contacted by someone in their building should feel free to contact Barb Rodning (x7617 or by Friday, April 7.

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.


Throughout this year I've described the many planning processes underway at the College. In addition to many on-campus colleagues, the Board of Trustees has been a major part of these discussions. Our work to date is available on the following website: I encourage you to review this site periodically and let the authors or me know if you have any thoughts or comments about the content. We're hoping that the website provides easy access to ongoing work for anyone who is interested.

One of the important aspects of this planning work has been an articulation of what we're calling our 'defining traditions' -- our liberal arts focus and our relationship to the Lutheran Church. In this regard, I formally invite you to participate in informal and relaxing discussion particularly on these two parts of the planning process. We're thinking that these conversations might take the form of dinner or luncheon discussions with colleagues who have interest and want to contribute to the process.

I ask you to indicate your interest in attending such a luncheon/dinner, and/or your interest in hosting one of them. (Hosts will be reimbursed for costs associated with such an event.) Please e-mail Pat Leagjeld at with your interest by Thursday, April 13, so we can plan and coordinate these gatherings.

Please take some time to read these documents on the website in order to provide thoughtful reflection. Certainly there will be other opportunities to contribute to this conversation, but I hope you can participate.




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:

  • April 7 -- Doug Huff, Commemoration of Bonhoeffer's death, John 18: 33-38
  • April 9 -- Passion/Palm Sunday, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • April 10 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson, John 12: 1-11
  • April 11 -- Vicar Callista Isabelle, John 12: 20-36
  • April 12 -- Lenten Worship
  • April 13 -- Maundy Thursday
  • April 14 -- No Chapel, Easter Recess
  • April 16 -- No Chapel, Easter Recess
  • April 17 -- No Chapel, Easter Recess
  • April 18 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson, Luke 24: 1-12
  • April 19 -- Morning Praise
  • April 20 -- World Council of Churches
  • April 21 -- Faculty Tenure Service, Jerome Del Pino
  • April 23 -- Second Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson
New Hillstrom Exhibit... "Clay Bodies by Student Bodies" is on view April 3-26 in the Hillstrom Museum of Art. Conceived by Lois Peterson (art and art history), the exhibition serves to recognize the work of emerging clay artists during their student years. It is a juried exhibit open to students in undergraduate and graduate programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The juror for the exhibition is James Watkins, professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a noted ceramicist and author. The exhibition will include over 50 works by 39 student artists studying at 17 colleges and universities. These were selected from the submissions of over 160 works by 63 different artists. "Clay Bodies by Student Bodies" is supported by the Continental Clay Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota Clay Company USA of Bloomington, Minn., North Prairie Tileworks of Minneapolis, and the Ethel and Edgar Johnson Endowment for the Arts at Gustavus. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. weekends.

Discuss Campaign Finance Reform Thursday... Money in Politics: Boring? Learn why it is important to care about campaign finance reform at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in Linner Lounge. This event is sponsored by Democracy Matters. If questions, contact Andy Twiton ( or x7975).

Symphony and Jazz Home Concerts This Weekend... The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band will present their home concerts in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, as the ensembles return from their annual Spring Break concert tours.

  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Warren Friesen, will perform works by Mozart, Verdi, Georges Bizet, and Johannes Brahms. The orchestra will also perform Nemesis, a work by Michele Gillman (music), 1982 graduate Steven Heitzeg's Symphony to a Prairie Farm, Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished) by Franz Schubert, and Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by Max Bruch, with concertmaster Colin McGuire of Mankato as the soloist.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band ensemble, under the direction of Steve Wright, will perform works for traditional big band and contemporary jazz ensemble by Dizzy Gillespie, Mike Tomaro, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Sammy Nestico, Chick Corea, and others. Appearing with the band will be guest jazz trombonist, Dave Graf, who is considered the finest player in the Twin Cities.

The concerts are free and open to the public.

Employee Enhancement Presentation Friday... The Signature Project, a mural measuring 76 feet by 36 feet, is a digital tapestry that can be completed only by collaborating with over one million people. The finished painting will be a collection of layered images, one of which is composed entirely of individual signatures, while other layers are revealed by using x-rays, magnetic fields, or ultraviolet lights. While the images evoke strongly the artist's Irish heritage, the mural also tells stories about many of those who sign it, the multiple stories expressing the richness of world cultures.

Patrick Dunning, artist-in-residence at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, conceived The Signature Project. A live performance brings the mural to life, with Dunning ingeniously weaving stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. The live performance of The Signature Project also offers the opportunity for the audience to join over 300,000 people whose signatures already comprise the fabric of this monumental artwork. Performances on campus will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in Alumni Hall for the campus community, including students and the general public, and at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 7 in Alumni Hall for the campus community as part of this year's employee enhancement days.

If questions, contact human resources (x7304).

Talk Shop Friday... Peg O'Connor (women's studies) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2005-06 academic year. Her talk, titled "Morality and Our Complicated Form of Life: Feminist Wittgensteninia Metaethens," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7 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.

LineUs Finale Friday... The campus improv comedy troupe, LineUs, will present their final on-campus show of the year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7 in the Courtyard Cafe. The show is free.

Women Refugee Exhibit Opens Saturday... "Photographs and Stories of Refugee Women: Perseverance, Dignity, Strength, Hope, and Peace" will be on display April 8-June 29 in Linner Lounge. Jane Kramer, an English as a Second Language instructor in a nursing assistant training program for new Americans in St. Paul, met the five women featured in the display as they trained in the program. This exhibit illustrates the difficulties of being a refugee and adapting to American culture. Fleeing political and religious persecution and war in their homelands, these women face new obstacles each day in their integration into American culture. After hearing the stories of these women and admiring their strength, Kramer wanted to share their lives with others through photographs and the women's own words. She spent a year compiling photographs and interviews for this exhibit. "I am hopeful that you will see these women not as immigration statistics, but instead as mothers, sisters, classmates, co-workers, neighbors and fellow citizens who are contributing to the fabric of American society," says Kramer.

Kramer dedicates this exhibit to the memory of her father, the Rev. Ronald Koch ('61). He served on the Gustavus Board of Trustees for 10 years and coordinated Pastor-to-Pastor, a pastoral support program co-sponsored by Gustavus and the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA.

Volunteer for Saturday Spring Clean-up... The Community Service Center and VINE Faith in Action are organizing three yard clean-up dates -- April 8, 22, and 29. This is an opportunity to help elderly St. Peter residents clean up their yards, and will include tasks such as raking, gutter cleaning, preparing gardens, moving lawn furniture, and cleaning porches and garages. The project replaces this year's St. Peter GIVE (Gusties in Volunteer Endeavors) Day. Gather a group of friends and sign up ahead of time by contacting Paige Petersen (934-1666 or or Kari Lipke (x6077 or

Gil Gutknecht to Speak Monday... Hear Congressman Gil Gutknecht speak from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 10 in Alumni Hall. He will talk in support of the Republican Party for the November 2006 elections. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Gustavus College Republicans. For further information, contact Lindsay Franta.

Political Activist to Speak Wednesday... Angela Davis, an internationally known political activist and public intellectual, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Alumni Hall. This free, public lecture is made possible by the Robert and Karin Moe Lectureship in Women's Studies.

Davis' activism began as a child growing up in Alabama and stayed with her through her high school years in New York. However, she did not enter the national spotlight until 1969 when she was removed from her teaching position in the philosophy department at University of California, Los Angeles. This removal was a direct result of her social activism and her membership in Communist Party USA. In 1970, she was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Her arrest led to one of the most famous trials in recent U.S. history, in which she was acquitted in 1972. Davis remains a dedicated activist for the oppressed, focusing on women's issues and prisons.

In 1994, she was appointed to the University of California Presidential Chair in African American and Feminist Studies, which she held until 1997. Davis has written five books, including Women, Culture, & Politics (1989), Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003), and Abolition Democracy (2005). Today, she is a tenured professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Wellness Wednesday... Gretchen Koehler (emerita professor of health and exercise science) will kick off the Wellness Wednesday for April at the St. Peter Co-op. She will lead a few exercises and discuss her new book "The Little Book of Stress Management" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The book will also be for sale at the St. Peter Co-op.

Cancer Support Group Meets Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday, April 12 in the Leadholm Room. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

View Oscar-nominated Film April 18... As a preview to the MAYDAY! Peace Conference, a screening of the Oscar-nominated film Yesterday can be viewed at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library AV Room. Darrell James Roodt's film is a moving and heartfelt portrait of a young, devoted mother named Yesterday who learns that she is HIV positive and remains determined to stay alive until her daughter is old enough to go off to school.

Meet MAYDAY! Speaker April 18... The campus community is invited to an open house for Marjorie Mbilinyi from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the Diversity Center. Mbilinyi is one of the featured speakers during the MAYDAY! Peace Conference. This event is sponsored by the Diversity Center and the Women's Studies program.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display... Six of nearly 45,000 panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display Tuesday, April 18 until Sunday, April 23 in Alumni Hall. The quilt, a creation of the NAMES Project Foundation established in 1987, is a visual, living memorial to a generation of nearly 100,000 individuals lost to the AIDS epidemic worldwide. The display is part of this year's MAYDAY! Peace Conference which focuses on "AIDS + AFRICA: The Unfolding Crisis." Public viewing times are:

  • April 18: 5-7 p.m.
  • April 19: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • April 20 and 21: 5-7 p.m.
  • April 22: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • April 23: 1-3 p.m.

HIV and AIDS -- Part 2 April 18... Dr. Robert Gallo, recognized for his co-discovery of the HIV virus as the cause of AIDS, will give a lecture, "The Story of a Modern Plague: HIV and AIDS -- Part 2: The Scientific and Social Response," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in Wallenberg Auditorium. This is the second of three public lectures Gallo is presenting as part of his residency at Gustavus through the Rydell Distinguished Professorship. The Rydell Distinguished Professorship at Gustavus is a scholar-in-residence program designed to bring Nobel laureates and similarly distinguished scholars to the campus as catalysts for enhancing learning and teaching. It was established in 1995 by Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell of Minnetonka, Minn., to give students the opportunity to learn from and interact with leading scholars.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference April 19... The College will hold its 26th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, titled "AIDS + Africa: The Unfolding Crisis," with Robert Gallo and Marjorie Mbilinyi on Wednesday, April 19.

Gallo is recognized for co-discovering the HIV virus as the cause of AIDS and directs the Institute of Human Virology and Division of Basic Science at the University of Maryland's Biotechnology Institute. This is Gallo's third visit to campus. He is in residency for two weeks this spring as The Rydell Professorship at Gustavus Adolphus College funded by Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell.

Mbilinyi, a social activist and professor from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, writes and speaks on women's concerns, education, AIDS, and politics. She is one of the most influential figures in women's studies in Africa, and is a founding member of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme. Mbilinyi has numerous publications on women and work, healthcare issues, and the social and political effects of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

The schedule for the day is:

  • 8:30-10 a.m. -- Registration in Linner Lounge
  • 10 a.m. -- Welcoming service and opening keynote in Christ Chapel
    • "HIV/AIDS: Understanding One of the Greatest Pandemics of All Time" by Robert Gallo
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. --
    • Resource Center open in Alumni Hall
    • Public viewing of The AIDS Memorial Quilt in Alumni Hall
    • Screening of the Oscar-nominated film Yesterday in Linner Lounge
  • 1 p.m. -- Afternoon keynote in Alumni Hall
    • "Gender Struggles Over HIV/AIDS in Tanzania" by Marjorie Mbilinyi
  • 2:30-4 p.m. -- MAYDAY! Forum, "AIDS + Africa: What can WE Do?," in Alumni Hall. The forum is an opportunity for these individuals to talk about each project, followed by a question-and- answer session. Forum speakers and their projects are:
    • Lorraine Teel, executive director of the Minnesota AIDS Project
    • Cynthia Gustafson, parish nurse -- "Parish Nursing on the Ground in Africa"
    • Jim Gelbmann, state director for U.S. Senator Mark Dayton -- "Political Activism"
    • Eric Byington, founder of the Elias Fund -- "Activism Through Non-profit Organizations"
  • 4:15 p.m. -- Closing reception and ceremony in Alumni Hall

The conference is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact marketing and public relations ( or x7520).

GACAC Convention April 22... "Earth and All Stars: Our Place in God's Creation" is the theme for the 19th annual convention of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations. The convention coincides with Earth Day. The schedule is:

  • 9:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel -- Worship with the Rev. Gary Anderson, currently serving as chaplain at Luther Seminary
  • 10:10 a.m. in Christ Chapel -- Welcome by President Jim Peterson, followed by the GACAC business meeting
  • 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel -- Presentation of the 2006 Covenant Award
  • 10:45 a.m. in Christ Chapel -- Keynote address by Larry Rasmussen on "Discipleship in Today's World: Religion and Ecology"
  • 12 p.m. -- Luncheon in the Campus Center (make a reservation by contacting Marilyn Beyer (x7001 or
  • 1 p.m. in the Campus Center -- Teach-in sessions on the care of the earth, featuring Mary Gaebler, Jim Gilbert, Jeff Jeremiason, Bob Moline, and Andy Vaughn

Please note that times are approximate.

Arbor Week April 24-28... "Trees for Heart, Trees for Mind, Trees for Spirit" will be a week-long celebration of trees and the Linnaeus Arboretum the week of April 24-28. Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. that week in the arboretum, there will be four 30-minute sessions given by members of the campus community. Participants will be able to elevate their cardiovascular rate, learn something about trees or birds, and simply contemplate the wonder of a dandelion. Attend one or all sessions; registration is not required. Sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase or bring your lunch. This is a 'tree'mendous opportunity to visit the Interpretive Center to check out the new interpretive displays, frost your own tree cookie, or sign up to join the Friends of the Arboretum at a special introductory rate. So, make like a tree and 'leaf' your office for a walk in the arboretum! The schedule for the week will be available in the April 20 Yellow Sheet.

Faculty Forum April 25... Matt Panciera (classics) will present "Cleopatra's Socratic Suicide in Horace Odes 1.37" at the final faculty forum of the academic year on Tuesday, April 25. 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, April 21. For more information, contact Russell Shapiro.


2006 St. Ansgar Members Named... The following graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding excellence in scholarship, exceptional leadership, and diversified participation in extra-curricular activities have been named to the Guild of St. Ansgar for 2006: Megan Aageson, Rose Baumann, Eric Boyum, Autumn Capelle, Jonathan Carlson, Laura Carr, Erin Crimmins, Anders Eckman, Emily Eddy, Matthew Forbes, Justin Haaheim, Sarah Hawkins, Kee Her, Greta Hofmann, Sharon Jaffe, Hannah Johnson, Audrey Joslin, Shawn Kamesch, Callie Kunze, Adam Langenfeld, Michelle Linbo, Marisa Mancini, Rebecca Plagens, Gina Quiram, Lindsey Reimnitz, Dorea Ruggles, Ana Sietsema, Allison Stocco, Javen Swanson, Matthew Swenson, Christopher Van Fossen, Constance Van Kley, Katherine Warren, Michelle Weber, Matthew Whittaker, Eric Wilberg, and Hallie Wunsch.

The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Wright, completed its nine-day tour of Minnesota, Nebraska, and Colorado during Spring Break. In addition to performing concerts in Fairmont, Minn., and Lincoln and North Platte, Neb., the band spent four days in the Denver area, performing three concerts, appearing on a local television program, and doing three high school jazz clinics. Click here to view a streaming film clip of the band's appearance on the local NBC affiliate.

The work of Jessica Stresemann Bell ('94) is featured in the current issue of the Center for Cancer Research "Frontiers in Science." Click here to read the article online. The article, "The Slinky as a Ubiquitous Pathogen Recognition Structure," describes Bell's work on the structure of the Toll 3 receptor which could lead to an understanding of how the recognition of pathogens by TLRs occurs could aid in the development of TLR agonists and antagonists for use as adjuvants in vaccine development, or as anti-inflammatory drugs.

Michael Hvidsten (math and computer science) gave an hour-long invited address, "Concrete Abstractions: Teaching College Geometry using Software Projects," to the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics held March 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

Jill Locke (political science) will be a Visiting Fellow at the Murphy Institute Center for Ethics and Public Affairs (Tulane University) during the 2006-07 academic year.

Scott Newstok (English) was the invited chair of the "Seventeenth Century Queens" panel at the recent University of Nebraska-Lincoln conference "Queens & Power in Medieval and Early Modern England."

Eric Vrooman's "Acknowledgments" was a finalist for Passages North's Just Desserts Short-Short Fiction Award and will be published in Vol. 28, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 2007).


  • Gerald Brekke (emeritus professor of education) died Tuesday, March 28. A memorial service was held April 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. The family requests memorial donations be made to the Dr. Gerald Brekke Scholarship in Education at Gustavus.
  • Martin Seham, father of Amy Seham (theatre and dance), died Saturday, April 1 after a 20-year battle with Parkinson's Disease.
  • Charles Pihl (former trustee) died Wednesday, April 5. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 9 at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home, Edina Chapel, at 5000 W. 50th and Highway 100, and the memorial service is at 1 p.m. Monday, April 10 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, at 5025 Knox Ave. So., Minneapolis. Memorials welcomed to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Gustavus Adolphus College, or the donor's choice.
To inform the campus community of the loss of a current student or employee or trustee, an emeritus professor or trustee, or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the president's office (x7538).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion) Thursday, April 6 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and Doug Huff (philosophy) Sunday, April 9 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. 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 Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat April 7-8 for St. Paul Lutheran Church from Wyoming, Minn., and for Family of God Lutheran Church from Duluth.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Research Publication Grants... The American Association of University Women offers eight-week Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants for women college faculty to prepare research for publication. The award is $6,000. Applicants must have received their doctorates by the application deadline of Nov. 15, 2006 and may be tenure track, part-time, or temporary faculty. This grant program is intended for faculty who have not yet established strong publishing records. For more information, click here to view the third bulleted item. Note that the website will have updated applications after Aug. 1.
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 April 2, The Free Press of Mankato published "Gustavus dealing with its own bias issues," that included quotes by Hank Toutain (dean of students). The story was published in conjunction with a front-page feature, "The state of hate," focusing on programs and events at Minnesota State University Mankato, where Gustavus was also mentioned.
  • The April issue of the Metro Lutheran of Minneapolis included the following stories:
    • Darrell Jodock (religion) was mentioned in a story about an April 17 Jewish-Christian seminar that he will speak at.
    • "101 years in the Gustavus religion department," about professors emeriti of religion Clair Johnson, Bernhard Erling, and Robert Esbjornson, whose careers, added together, equal 101 years of teaching at the College, and included a black and white photograph of the three individuals.
    • "Lutheran colleges embracing Martin Luther's call to Christian vocation," which includes quotes from Chris Johnson (vocational reflection).
    • College News Notes included the announcement of student Lindsey Reimnitz as the first recipient of the Ronald S. and Rolf S. Christenson Scholarship in Political Science.
  • On March 30, the St. Peter Herald published "Gustavus Gatherings," announcing several upcoming events on campus.
  • On March 30, The Free Press of Mankato ran the following stories:
    • "Sculptural diversity: Students from 17 colleges submit ceramics for exhibit," referring to the current showing of "Clay Bodies by Student Bodies" in the Hillstrom Museum of Art. The article quoted Don Myers (museum director and art and art history) and mention of Lois Peterson (art and art history) who conceived the project to highlight the work of emerging ceramics artists.
    • "GA students discuss trip to Brazil Tuesday," a continuing education event presented by Erin Bettendorf, Tina Erickson, Lauren Fulner, and Laura Pierce, students who made the trip to the Assembly of the World Council of Churches.
    • "Photography exhibit starts April 8 at GA" refers to "Photographs and Stories of Refugee Women" Perseverance, Dignity, Strength, Hope, and Peace" display
  • On March 29, KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) featured Don Myers in its Community Update program in a spot about upcoming exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art.
  • On March 28, Minnesota Public Radio interviewed Kathryn Wolford, president of Lutheran World Relief on the station's Mid-morning show. Gustavus was the only higher education partner mentioned by Wolford in her interview about the Partnering for Peace in Colombia project.
  • The March 27 issue of Hispanic Outlook did a feature on "Gustavus Adolphus Targets Hispanic Immigrants." The story quoted President Jim Peterson, Veronica Alba (ChYLI), and Mark Anderson (admission), mentions Evelyn Carrasco (ChYLI), and includes photographs of Peterson and Anderson.
  • On March 22, The Free Press of Mankato published an article, "HIV co-discoverer at GA tonight," about the lecture given by Robert Gallo. The story ran on the front page of The Valley section.
  • On March 12, Denver's, produced by the Rocky Mountain News, did a feature titled "Gustavus Adolphus College Jazz Band to Benefit Denver Teen," referring to the Jazz Lab Band's Spring Break tour visit to Denver and one of their performances. The online article included a color photograph of the band and mentioned that two Denver students -- Mark Iverson and Erik Mahon -- are members of the band.

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


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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Festival of St. Lucia luncheon tickets on sale
"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
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
2:303:30 p.m. INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 Dining Room (PDR), Jackson Campus Center
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.

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