The Yellow Sheet for April 6, 2006
Volume 38, Number 25
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News & AnnouncementsClass 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:
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 Due to Easter Recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, April 13.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:
The proposed web-based Gribly would:
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
A few reminders about Guest House policy
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 (email@example.com).
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, April 7.
Maintenance Requests... All maintenance requests must be submitted to the physical plant office via email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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: gustavus.edu/president/progress/. 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 email@example.com 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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com) or Kari Lipke (x6077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
The conference is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact marketing and public relations (email@example.com 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:
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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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