The Yellow Sheet for April 27, 2006
Volume 38, Number 27
Volume 38, Number 27
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News & AnnouncementsReading in Common Book Chosen... The Gustavus Reading in Common book for 2006-07 is Honky by Dalton Conley, a coming of age memoir about community, diversity, and justice. The book, a record of Conley's childhood as one of the few white boys in a neighborhood of mostly black and Puerto Rican housing projects on Manhattan's Lower East Side, presents serious social issues such as race, class, and privilege in a non-threatening way. Conley is scheduled to visit Gustavus Sept. 20-21, 2006 to provide opportunities for interaction with students about the book's content. The St. Peter Reads program has also chosen Honky as its fall reading for members of the St. Peter community.
Cookbook Submissions Needed... The new Gustavus community cookbook needs the campus community's help. Recipes may be submitted to the Book Mark or to Karri Anderson. Please include your name, phone number, department, pan size, oven temperature, and amount of servings. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks, after expenses, will go back to the College, possibly to the endowment fund.
Reminder for Saturday Spring Clean-up... The Community Service Center and VINE Faith in Action are looking for volunteers for yard clean-up on April 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).
I would like to thank all of you who participated in the two employee meetings this week. There were good questions both during and after each meeting from faculty, administrators, and support staff. The following is a summary of the information presented for those who were unable to attend.
Open and frequent communication has been a common theme from Community Conversation I and II, student surveys, and surveys of faculty, administrators and support staff. This report to the community has been scheduled in support of that need. The three main points for this meeting are planning for the future (the state of our strategic planning process), building leadership for the future (changes in the leadership portfolios), and budgeting for the future (next year’s budget).
The framework for strategic planning has been developed to help us determine as a College: who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. Two years ago six areas of focus were identified in numerous venues both on and off campus:
Progress has been made on several of these issues and current, more focused planning efforts will refine these and related initiatives. A summary of these planning efforts can be found online. Responses to these documents and comments in general are welcome and encouraged
This leads into the second item changing leadership roles in positions that will continue to shape the future and play important parts in leading the College.
During last week’s Board of Trustees' meeting, the board approved the College’s proposed budget for next year. Spending priorities this year included compensation, student financial aid, facilities (including debt service and utilities), marketing and public relations, and technology. On the revenue side this included tuition increases, fundraising expectations, and growth of the College’s endowment. For more details on the budget or budget process contact the Finance Office.
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:
Lecture on Peace in Columbia Thursday... 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 knowledgeable 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 Thursday... 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.
Arbor Day Friday... The Arbor Day schedule is:
"Trees for Heart, Trees for Mind, Trees for Spirit" sessions continue. Attend one or all sessions; registration is not required. Sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase, or bring your own lunch. This is an 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!
Talk Shop Talk Friday... 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. Click here to view the abstract for this talk.Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert Friday... The Choir of Christ Chapel will present its annual home concert, "Music from Christ Chapel: MarkingsMass: The Way Chose You," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in Christ Chapel. Under the direction of Patricia Kazarow and Chaplain Rachel Larson, narrator, choral music will include Vagmarken (Markings) by Colorado composer George Lynn, We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace arranged by Moses Hogan, Salmo 150 by Ernani Aguiar, I Want Jesus to Walk With Me by Ken Berg, and vocal jazz and African settings of the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. These choral works, as well as the hymn and organ selections, are those used in the daily worship services in Christ Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.
Vesak Celebration Saturday... 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).
Student Recitals This Weekend... The public is invited to the following free student recitals this weekend in Jussi Björling Recital Hall:
Receptions for the performers will be held in the recital hall lobby following each recital.
Ensemble Concerts This Weekend... Concerts scheduled for this weekend in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall include:
The concerts are free and open to the public.
Gustavus Choir and Orchestra to Perform Sunday... The Gustavus Choir and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Aune, will perform W.A. Mozart's Requiem at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30 in Christ Chapel. The choir and orchestra will perform the work in Latin. Soloists for the performance are for members of the music department: soprano Christina Smith, mezzo soprano Patricia Snapp, tenor Nicholas Wayne, and baritone Michael Jorgensen. The performance is free and open to the public.
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture Monday... Ronald Graham, professor of computer and information science at the University of California, San Diego, will visit Gustavus as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar program. He will give a free, public lecture, "Mathematics in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1 in Olin Hall, room 103, as well as speak with classes and student groups. His lecture will describe math problems that are difficult to solve and discuss the possibility that computers of the future might or might not aid in the solving of them. Graham worked as a researcher at Bell Labs for 37 years, while holding visiting positions at Princeton University, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and working as a part-time University Professor at Rutgers University. At the University of California, San Diego, he holds the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair of Computer and Information Science. Among the many awards he has received are the Pólya Prize in Combinatorics from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society's Steel Prize for lifetime achievement.
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.
Off-campus Events of InterestLineUs Comedy May 5... LineUs Improv will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5 at The Arts Center of St. Peter. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. For more information, contact Tane Danger.
Extraordinary PeopleEric Dugdale, Stewart Flory, and Will Freiert (all classics) presented papers at the CAMWS conference in Gainesville, Fla. Dugdale presented "Teaching Classics for Social Justice," Flory presented "Rethinking Havelock and McLuhan Again," and Freiert presented "Epic Themes in Khalid Hosseini's The Kite Runner. Gustavus graduates Katherine Bukowski and Amy Sommer also presented papers at the conference.
Patric Giesler (sociology and anthropology) and anthropology student Darin Faber presented papers in the same session at the meeting of the Central States Anthropological Association April 6-9 in Omaha. Giesler reported on one of his comparative studies in Brazil in a paper titled "When the Thaumaturge Becomes Millennial Prophet: A Comparative Study of the Early Stages of Backlander Brazilian Revitalization Movements." Faber developed his own theoretical angle on an aspect of Giesler's dissertation research in a paper titled "African Slave Identities in the Colonial Period as Reflected in Brazilian Candomble's Syncretic Variations."
Brian Koeneman (career center) gave a presentation, "Job Search Resources & Strategies," at the "Working for Change" Conference at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. The conference was sponsored by the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs addressing careers with a focus on social justice, nonprofits, and other organizations that represent pathways to careers in social change.
Chuck Niederriter (physics) gave an invited talk at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His talk, "Will the Gustie Wind Ever Turn Into Electricity at Gustavus?" focused on the physics behind the wind power study.
David Rudek (psychology) will present his paper, "Mental Verb Use During Reminiscing is Associated with Children's Early Memory Skills," at the 18th annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science to be held May 25-30 in New York.
Mary Solberg (religion) is one of twenty North American seminary faculty and professors of religion accepted as participants in a seminar sponsored by the Committee on Church Relations and the Holocaust of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum May 17-23 in Washington, D.C. The seminar, titled "Complicity and Confession: Post-Holocaust Christian Interpretations of Guilt and Forgiveness," comprises lectures and discussions on the behavior of Christian clergy and theologians in Nazi Germany, and the legacy of this behavior for post-war Christian theological discourse.
Katy Stenger (political science) presented a paper, "Breaking the Chains? Constraint and the Political Rhetoric of Religious Interest Groups," at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.
ObituariesPhil Lindau ('58) former chair of the Gustavus Board of Trustees (1992-95) and chair of the Building a Greater Gustavus campaign, died Tuesday, April 25. Following his time as a trustee (1988-97), Lindau continued to serve as an adviser to the Board Fundraising Committee and the College's Office of Advancement (institutional advancement/Office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement). He was recognized by Gustavus in 2003 with that year's Greater Gustavus Award. Lindau fought lung cancer with the same kind of determination, optimism, vigor, and faithfulness that he brought to each day of his life, and he will truly be missed. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, 50th Street and Highway 100, Edina. The funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday, April 28 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Minneapolis.
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).
New FacesThe following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
Cindy Enter, Community Service Center
Support Staff Transfer
Congregational OutreachPartners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include:
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.
Preaching in Congregations... Mark Granquist (religion) will preach Sunday, April 30 at Trondhjem Lutheran Church in Lonsdale. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.
Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host the following:
Funding OppsThe Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends... The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends program provides individuals with an opportunity to pursue research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Each stipend provides $5,000 for two consecutive months of full-time independent research and writing. Summer Stipends support projects that can be completed during the tenure of an award or those that are part of a long-term endeavor. Applicants must be nominated by their institutions; only two faculty members may be nominated each year, at least one of whom should hold the rank of instructor or assistant professor. The online application deadline is Oct. 2. Click here for more information.
*Faculty interested in submitting an application should send an e-mail so indicating to Bob Weisenfeld by July 1. In the event that two or more faculty wish to be nominated, Weisenfeld will follow up in July with those who have indicated an interest.
In the MediaHere are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
The May 2006 issue of the Metro Lutheran featured the following stories:
The April 2006 issue of Lutheran World Relief's TOTO (To others, through others) magazine featured a story on student Luke Royer, titled "College student helps 'World in Need' through concert to benefit LWR." Royer raised approximately $7,000 at a concert he organized in December on campus.
KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) recently aired the following stories:
On April 25, The Free Press of Mankato published "Former Viking spreads message of tolerance: Tuaolo was in NFL nine years." Robert Irvin (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/Spanish) and student Carly Ernst were quoted in the article.
On April 23, The Free Press of Mankato did a feature on the front page of the Sports section on the Gustavus ultimate Frisbee team's Thrill on the Hill tournament that took place last weekend on campus. The story included two color photographs of students Nick Palmer and Trevor Potter and quotes by students Peter Hughes and David Garfunkel.
On April 22, The Free Press of Mankato featured Jim Gilbert (environmental studies) on the newspaper's front page. "Elementary school says farewell to college professor: Gustavus' Jim Gilbert 'our friend, teacher, mentor,' says principal" included quotes by Gilbert and a color photograph of him.
On April 21, Robert Gallo was a featured guest on Minnesota Public Radio's "Midmorning" program. Gallo's connection to Gustavus and the Rydell Distinguished lectureship were mentioned.
On April 20, The Free Press of Mankato published a front page story on this year's MAYDAY! Peace Conference. The feature, "AIDS Research Pioneer Addresses Gustavus Conference: The unfolding crisis," included two color photographs and quotes by Robert Gallo (2006 Rydell Distinguished Professor).
On April 13, the St. Peter Herald ran "Gustavus students honored at conference" in its Region Roundup column. The article explained that students Mohamed Hussein, Amran Farah, and Carla Smith returned with honors from the National Black Graduate Student Conference.
The following articles were published on the Jazz Lab Band's Spring Break tour visit to Denver.
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).
Telecommunications UpdatesThe following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2005-06":
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or
For Rent: Two-bedroom apartment with attached garage, central air, dishwasher, living room, kitchen, washer and dryer; about one mile from campus. Contact Joe (email@example.com).
For Rent: Home in Northfield from end of June until first week of August. Central air, hardwood floors, plenty of gardening possibilities. No pets, please. Looking for one or two adults; rent negotiable, as is the rental period. Contact Esther Wang (507/645-9212 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
For Sale: Small, apartment size, upright General Electric freezer in excellent condition. Asking $50. Contact Tom Gover (x7319, 934-1895, or email@example.com).
For Lease: A beachfront two-bedroom home on Lake Washington available for lease to a Gustavus staff member for the 2006-07 academic year. The lease is for $800 per month. This includes all utilities: heat, electricity, cable TV, snow removal, etc. It is available partly to totally furnished. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 952/758-3430.
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