The Yellow Sheet for April 20, 2006
Volume 38, Number 26
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News & AnnouncementsService Awards Dinner May 18... The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, May 18 in Alumni Hall beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The College and the Alumni Association will recognize the 2006 retirees and the commitment of faculty and administrators that have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years at the College. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person. All are welcome to attend. Reservations should be made by Friday, May 12 with the Alumni Office. A list of the 2006 service awardees follows. Please contact the Alumni Office with the name of any person that should be included in the list of honorees (including yourself) or with any questions.
Lightening Season... The Thorguard lightening detection prediction system detects lightning strikes within a defined geographical area. The system is located on the roof of Lund Arena. When the sensors detect conditions for a lightening strike, the system will sound a 15-second blast from its horns (sounds like a large truck horn) and a yellow strobe will activate and stay on until danger has passed or at least 10 minutes after the last detection of lightning. Once the system has detected an all-clear, the system will sound three short (five second) blasts and the yellow strobe will go off. The lightning detection will be operational daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mark Lammers, music, has been awarded a grant of 15850 Euros ($19,250) by the Nordic Cultural Fund to update the catalog he published in 1991, titled "Nordic Instrumental Music for Colleges and Universities." Last year, the catalog was placed on the internet by the World Association of Symphonic Band Ensembles at www.wasbe.com/en/resources/index.html. Lammers will spend six weeks in August and September to complete the project while visiting Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
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:
The AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display... Six of nearly 45,000 panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display 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. Public viewing times are:
Earth Day Lecture Tonight... John Tallmadge, well-known nature writer and ecocritic, will give the annual Earth Day lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the Interpretive Center. Tallmadge will read from his book, "The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City." The lecture, sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the Department of English, and the Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.
View Short Films Tonight... "Zones Unknown: Short Films" by Dave Ryan of St. Olaf College can be viewed starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in Schaefer Fine Arts-Art Lecture Hall. Ryan's video works have gained recognition at some of the most important venues for experimental film and video, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Video Festival, and the Locarno (Switzerland) Video Art Festival. A review of his video Haptic Nerve appears in Laura U. Marks' book Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media.
Student Recitals This Weekend... The public is invited to the following student recitals this weekend in Jussi Björling Recital Hall:
Reminder for Saturday Spring Clean-up... The Community Service Center and VINE Faith in Action are looking for volunteers for two more yard clean-up dates -- April 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kari Lipke (x6077 or email@example.com).
GACAC Convention Saturday... "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.
Fun Run/Walk Saturday... The Wellness Week Fun Run/Walk around Campus Drive will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Three Flags. Free smoothies will be available following the run/walk.
Woodwind Concert Sunday... At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall, the Gustavus Woodwind Ensembles will present their spring concert. Conducted by Michele Gillman and Scott Kallestad, the performance includes works by the Gustavus Flute Choir and the Gustavus Saxophone Quartet.
African Music Concert Sunday... Featuring Bernard Woma, xylophonist and master drummer from Ghana, a concert of African music will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23 in Alumni Hall. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Lecture Series, Office of Diversity, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and International Cultures Club.
Arbor Week Starts Monday... "Trees for Heart, Trees for Mind, Trees for Spirit" is a weeklong celebration of trees and the Linnaeus Arboretum from Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28. Each day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 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, or 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 own lunch.
This is a 'tree'mendous opportunity to visit the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to check out the new interpretive displays, frost your own tree cookie, and sign up to join the Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum at a special introductory rate. So, make like a tree and 'leaf' your office for a walk in the arboretum! The full schedule for the week is:
Gay, Former NFL Player to Speak Monday... Esera Tuaolo, author of the book Alone in the Trenches, will present "Creating a World of Tolerance" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24 in Alumni Hall. A former NFL lineman, Tuaolo will discuss the difficulties he experienced in hiding his homosexuality as a professional football player and how he learned to balance two seemingly irreconcilable aspects of his life. Tuaolo came out publicly during an interview for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in 2002. Tuaolo played for the Green Bay Packers from 1990 to 1992 and for the Minnesota Vikings from 1993 to 1999. His story has been featured in People magazine, NPR's Weekend Edition, and CNN's Saturday Morning. This free, public lecture is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Queers and Allies, and the Book Mark.
Physics Seminar Monday... Glennys Mensing ('89) will present the physics seminar "Finding Success in Science at the Microscale" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 in Olin Hall, room 220. Mensing is a research project coordinator in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, contact Steve Mellema (x7306 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Faculty Forum Tuesday... 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.
Meeting for All Staff on Wednesday... President Peterson invites faculty members, administrators, and support staff to meet with him for approximately 45 minutes to talk about the College's strategic planning status and process, the search processes for new leadership positions that will help to move the College into the future, and key elements of next year's budget, which also moves the College into the future. Times are:
Tree Dedication April 27... The dedication of a tree in memory of Finance Office employee Sheila Skrove is planned for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the northeast corner of Old Main. A reception will follow.
Lecture on Peace in Columbia April 27... The public is invited to a lecture, titled "Kathy Hollander's Journey into Colombia: One Citizen's Faithful Advocacy in U.S. Foreign Policy," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in the Three Crowns Room. Hollander will talk about her advocacy efforts as part of the Sal y Luz partnership for peace in Colombia and about her trip to Colombia in February. She is an incredible example of citizen activism and is an engaging and knowledgable speaker on Colombian issues and how to effectively lobby for a change in U.S. foreign policy. This lecture is sponsored by the Peace Studies program.
Lecture on Manhattan Project April 27... Dick Fuller (emeritus professor of physics) will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 in Olin Hall, room 220 on the history of the Manhattan Project. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Talk Shop Talk April 28... Mike Hvidsten (mathematics and computer science) will present the last Faculty Shop Talk of the 2005/06 academic year. His talk, "Concrete Axiomatics: Designing Software for the Study of Non-Euclidean Geometry" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Vesak Celebration April 29... This year marks the 2,550th Vesak Celebration or Buddha Day, a commemoration of the life of the Buddha -- his birth, enlightenment, and death. The College will host a celebration Saturday, April 29 in the International Center. The schedule includes:
This event is sponsored by Gustavus and the Triple Gem of the North, a non-profit organization that studies and practices the teachings of Buddha. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for the luncheon. If questions, call the Gustavus Office of Diversity (507/933-7449).
Sign up for Continuing Education Events... The public is invited to the following continuing education events at Gustavus:
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.
TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions... A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus for individual counseling sessions from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 4 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 8 in the Board Room. To schedule a counseling session, sign up on the TIAA-CREF website or call Sue at 1/800-877-6602.
Jazz Lab Band and Uppsala University Jazz Orchestra Perform Wednesday... The Uppsala University Jazz Orchestra from Uppsala, Sweden, directed by Ulf Johansson Werre, and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at Park Center High School (7300 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park). The Uppsala University Jazz Orchestra is comprised of students, teachers, and alumni of the university. This performance is presented by the Twin Cities Jazz Society, the American Swedish Institute of Minneapolis, and the Uppsala-Minneapolis Sister City Committee. The performance is free but contributions toward the Uppsala band's travel expenses are welcome.
MS Bike Tours This Summer... The national MS Society, Minnesota Chapter is organizing two bike tours to raise funds to help fight multiple sclerosis. The MS 150 Bike Tour, a two-day, 150-mile bike tour, will take place June 9-11 from Proctor (near Duluth) to the Twin Cities. The MS TRAM Bike Tour, a weeklong bike tour, will take place July 23-28 through southeastern Minnesota, including La Crescent, Lanesboro, Winona, Wabasha, River Falls, Wis., and Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. For more information, call 1/800-FIGHTMS (1/800-344-4867) or go to the MS website.
Three Gustavus Adolphus College students returned with honors from the 18th annual National Black Graduate Student Conference, "Positively Facing the Rising Sun," held March 15-19 in Las Vegas. Students honored at this conference include Mohamed Hussein, who won first place with his paper "New Immigrant Populations and the Challenges They Face: Somali Populations in Minneapolis," Amran Farah, who won second place with her paper, "Consequences and Prevention of Malnutrition," and Carla Smith, who won third place in the poster presentation session with her paper and poster on "The Effects of a Familiar or Novel Environment on Classroom Learning."
Michael Bradley ('03) presented an invited talk, "Determining the mechanism of allosteric regulation of NikR binding to DNA activated by Ni," at the Macromolecular Structure and Dynamics Meeting of the 2006 meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The talk was awarded a prize for the best talk by a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow at the meeting. Bradley is a third-year graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis and is supported by an NSF Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
Brian Johnson (chaplains) gave a presentation, "Recognizing the other in Liturgy and Preaching," to the Commission on Interreligious Affairs of Reform Judaism and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He also was an invited preacher at Good Friday services at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul.
Mark Kruger and Richard Martin (both psychology) will present their research on gender, depression, and friendship processes at the May 2006 meeting of the Association for Psychological Science to be held in New York.Steve Mellema (physics) gave a talk, "Islam in America," at the adult education forum Sunday, March 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. On Friday, April 7, Mellema delivered the keynote speech, "Living as a Muslim in Post-9/11 America," at the 10th anniversary dinner of the Al-Shifa Clinic at the Islamic Center of Minnesota in Fridley. Al-Shifa is a free clinic, open to the public, at which Muslim physicians and other health professionals donate their time and services to help anyone who cannot otherwise afford health care.
Scott Newstok (English) published an essay on Kenneth Burke's Shakespeare criticism in the online journal Literature Compass. Work on this article was supported by an RSC grant.
Eric Vrooman's (English) "Bridge" is a finalist for Carve Magazine's 2006 Raymond Carver Short Story Award and will be published in Vol. 7, No. 3 (May 2006).
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.
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