The Yellow Sheet for May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 28

Volume 38, Number 28

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News & Announcements

Employee Reminder... Employee benefit enrollment forms are due in the Office of Human Resources by Friday, May 5, 2006.

Recognition and Thanks of Scholarship Donors... Scholarship thank you sessions for students who received financial aid through scholarships during this past academic year will be held from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 in the Heritage Room in the Campus Center. Students are encouraged to attend one of these sessions and write a note of thanks to the donor of their scholarship. This is a great way for donors to stay in touch with the campus and to see how their generosity benefits a particular student at Gustavus. The Office of Institutional Advancement encourages faculty members, administration, and support staff to talk with students they interact with on a daily basis about this opportunity to show their appreciation for the generosity of donors. All students who have a scholarship with a living contact have received a note via campus mail about these sessions. Institutional advancement thanks everyone for their assistance. If questions, contact Ann Hogberg (x6515).

Valleyfair Tickets... Valleyfair discount tickets are available for purchase in the Office of Human Resources.


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:

  • May 7 -- Fourth Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • May 8 -- Kari Lipke, Psalm 95
  • May 9 -- Chris Van Fossen, 1 Peter 5: 1-5
  • May 10 -- Morning Praise
  • May 11 -- Kelly Taunton and Breton Harris, Luke 2: 41-52
  • May 12 -- Healing Service, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • May 14 -- Fifth Sunday in Easter, Vicar Callista Isabelle

Student Recitals This Weekend... The public is invited to the following free student recitals this weekend in Jussi Björling Recital Hall:

  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, baritones Sam Eckberg and Brian Fahey will perform a combined junior voice recital, accompanied by pianist Britt Forsberg. They will perform duets -- Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and Stephen Adams' The Holy City -- and works by Bach, Vaughan Williams, and Brahms.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Sara Burns will present her senior flute recital, accompanied by pianist Coni Liljengren. Burns will present Bach's Sonata in E-flat Major, Albert Roussel's Joueurs de Flute pour Flute et Piano, and Prokofiev's Sonata in D Major.

Honors Day Saturday... Honors Day, the annual event that recognizes the academic excellence and achievements of students, will take place Saturday, May 6. Click here to view the day's event.

Honors Recital Saturday... The Honors Recital will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6 in Christ Chapel. Participation in this recital is determined by audition before the music department faculty and is limited to graduating seniors. Those chosen include:

  • Sara Butwinick (soprano) will perform works in French by Venezuelan composer Reynaldo Hahn
  • Colin McGuire (violin) will perform Cantabile in D Major by Niccolo Paganini and the "Meditation" from Thais by Jules Massenet
  • Chad Fothergill (organ) will present Praludium in D, BuxWV 139 by Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Kathryn Filius (soprano) will perform Standchen by Brahms and Die Nacht and Standchen by Strauss
  • Shannon Schultze ('cello) will perform Variations on a Slovakian Theme, written by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu
  • Eric Wilberg (piano) will perform a work by Franz Liszt, the Etude in D-flat Major, commonly known as "Un Sospiro"

The recital is free and open to the public.

Festival of Dionysos Saturday... The third annual Festival of Dionysos will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6 in the Linnaeus Arboretum, in the open air area behind the Interpretive Center. Students will perform scenes of exciting ancient theatre productions including sparagmos, omophagia, and ekstasis. Food and drink will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Department of Classics and Eta Sigma Phi.

Speech and Debate Showcase Saturday... The campus community is invited to attend a showcase featuring the award-winning Evan Anderson Forum speech and debate team at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6 in Confer Hall, room 128. Speeches will range from public address to interpretation of literature.

Wind, Percussion, and Choral Concerts This Weekend... Concerts scheduled for this weekend include:

  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6 in Christ Chapel, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Doug Nimmo, will present their spring concert. The orchestra will open with Ron Nelson's Savannah River Holiday, followed with works by Jeffrey Brooks, Luigi Zaninelli, Sir Malcolm Arnold's Four Cornish Dances, Dello Joio's From Every Horizon, Claude Smith's Fantasia for Alto Saxophone, featuring senior saxophonist and section leader Aaron Hanson, Morton Gould's Santa Fe Saga and the Sousa march, The White Rose.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, the Gustavus Percussion Ensembles will perform. Under the direction of Robert Adney and Paul Hill, the program includes works from Tom Brown's Lovely Lady to the adagio and allegro movements from George Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 3, Four Caribbean-South American Dances by Steve Primatic, Steve Reich's Drumming Part II and Music for Pieces of Wood, and Sonny Rollins classic St. Thomas.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7 in Christ Chapel, the St. Ansgar's Male Chorus and the women's Birgitta Chorus will perform. Under the direction of Greg Aune and Travis Sletta respectively, the vocal ensembles will present a variety of works for a cappella chorus, accompanied and combined choruses.

The concerts are free and open to the public.

ELCA Hearing Sunday... An open hearing on the proposed ELCA Social Statement on Education will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 7 in Alumni Hall. This hearing will be chaired by Paul Dovre, co-chair of the national ELCA committee that prepared the statement. Dovre was formerly president of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. A copy of the proposed statement, titled "Our Calling in Education: A First Draft of a Social Statement," is available online. Click to download the education statement's first draft. This event is being held on campus to invite people who have interest or concern to participate. The hearing is sponsored by the Southwestern Minnesota Synod ELCA and the Office of Church Relations.

Undergraduate Research Symposium Monday… The Department of Psychology will hold its annual Undergraduate Research Symposium from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 8. Students who have participated in psychological research over the course of the academic year will present posters from 3 to 4 p.m. in the main hall in the basement of the social science center, immediately followed by oral presentations from senior honors students in SSC, room 28. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact David Rudek (x7063).

Lecture by Classicist Monday... The public is invited to a free lecture by world-renowned classicist James Morwood, dean of Wadham College at the University of Oxford, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 8 in Confer Hall, room 127. His lecture is titled "Sophocles, Euripides and Shakespeare: Three Master Playwrights at Work." Morwood has published and co-produced many books, including the "Oxford Latin Course." Refreshments will be served. The lecture is sponsored by the Departments of Classics and English.

Pottery Sale Tuesday... There will be a student pottery sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 in the Campus Center by the Book Mark. This sale is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History/studio art club.

Religion Poster Presentations Tuesday... Thirteen senior religion majors will present their research work at the Spring Semester Poster Event at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 in the Presidents Dining Room. Research topics range from a historical investigation of the origination of Islam to the role of Lutheranism in a liberal arts education. The presenters will show and discuss the poster representing their research papers. Refreshments will be served.

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon Wednesday, May 10 in Linner Lounge. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus. Note change of location.

Learn About African Culture May 12... The public is invited to participate in events to learn more about the vast array of cultures that are represented on the continent of Africa. African Culture Night will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 12 in Lund Arena. Experience a taste of Africa at a free buffet and listen to keynote speaker John Wright, an African/African-American studies professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Entertainment includes the Universal Dance Destiny Studio, Oromo Dancers, Zeta Chi Phi Sorority, Paschal Kyoore, Punta Dancers, and a fashion show, featuring the latest African and traditional African clothing. This event is sponsored by the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization.

Retirement and Service Dinner May 18... The Retirement and Service Dinner will be held Thursday, May 18. In addition to recognizing the retirement of Al Pearson (education) and Owen Sammelson (administration), Gustavus will honor Ruth Giles (music) and Carol Moline (international education) on their retirement. Also, please note that the correct title for Kathie Martin, being honored for 35 years of service, is inter library loan manager. Tickets for the dinner are $10 per person. Reservations are being taken by the Alumni Office (x7515).


Upcoming LineUs Comedy Performances:
  • 7 p.m. Friday, May 5 at The Arts Center of St. Peter. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at What's Up Lounge (701 N. Riverfront Dr., Mankato). Doors open at 7 p.m. LineUs will open for the blues-funk band Possibly Bailey from Minneapolis. Tickets are $6 and the show is for all ages.

For more information, contact Tane Danger.

Musicorum to Perform May 13... Musicorum, a 14-member vocal ensemble directed by Greg Aune (music), will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church (423 W. Seventh St. in Mankato). Works by Swedish and Norwegian composers will be presented, as well as the "Missa Brevis" by Palestrina. The ensemble includes Julie Aune, Jenifer Ward (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German), Ole Karstad ('97), and Callista Isabelle ('00 and chaplains). Tickets will be available at door. Cost is $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students.

Business After Hours May 16... The St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce Diplomats invites everyone to Business After Hours from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at Hartman Chiropractic Clinic (206 W. Walnut, St. Peter). There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Call 934-3400 to make a reservation.


Junior student Andrea Carlile advanced to the semi-final round of the 134th Interstate Oratorical Association (IOA) national contest held April 20-23 on the campus of the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla. The IOA National Contest is the oldest annual intercollegiate competition in North America. Each state can qualify two representatives. Carlile's performance places her amongst the likes of Robert M. LaFollette, Albert J. Bevridge and Otta A. Hauerback. Contestants in the Interstate contests have gone on to establish themselves meritoriously in a number of professions. It would be impossible to enumerate all of the accomplishments of former contestants. It would be hard, indeed, to overestimate the influence that this association has had on public speaking throughout the nation.

Mike Ferragamo (biology) and Janine Wotton (psychology) published an article, "Processing Neuroethological Signals in the Central Auditory System: An Advanced-Level Electrophysiology Laboratory," in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. Wotton also authored a review of the book, "Behavioral Neurobiology: An Integrative Approach" (by Gunther Zupanc; Oxford, 2004) in the previous issue.

Chris Gilbert (political science) presented a paper, "Churches, Institutional Treatment, and Gender Differences in Civic Resources," co-authored with Paul Djupe ('93) from Denison University and Anand Sokhey from Ohio State University, at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting held April 20-23 in Chicago.

Lisa Heldke (philosophy) attended the Central Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association April 27-29, where she presented a paper, titled "Newcomers Need Not Apply: A Racialized Reading of Wendell Berry."

John Holte and David Wolfe (mathematics and computer science) presented papers at the meeting of the Mathematical Association of America North Central Section April 22 in Mankato. Holte presented "The Pascal Fractal at the Other End of the Rainbow" and Wolfe presented "An Odd Checkerboard Problem and Its Solution." Preceding this section meeting, on April 21, Mike Hvidsten (mathematics and computer science) organized a professional development workshop for new faculty members.

Anna Hulseberg and Michelle Twait (library) presented "Designing Library Websites to Support Student Learning: A User-centered Approach" at the 2006 Academic and Research Libraries Division Day on April 28 in Chanhassen.

Andy Vaughn (religion) has recently been elected to several leadership positions in scholarly societies. He was named vice-president of the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature and will assume the role of president in two years. In addition, he was recently named to the executive committee of the American Schools of Oriental Research and will serve as head of publications.


  • Administrative Secretary, chemistry and geography
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Upcoming Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host the following confirmation retreats: Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 for Edina Community Lutheran Church from Edina and Christus Victor Lutheran Church from Apple Valley. The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for the staff of St. James Lutheran Church from Burnsville Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Spring Blue Sheet... The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is pleased to announce the Spring 2006 issue of Grant Information, also known as the Blue Sheet. Click here to view it. For those not familiar with this e-newsletter, it provides information about funding programs sponsored by various government agencies and private funders, and includes programmatic, research, and fellowship opportunities. This issue highlights grant programs with deadlines primarily from June through November. Anyone who has questions about any of the noted funding announcements or needs assistance in the development of a proposal should contact Bob Weisenfeld (x7049 or


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On May 2, The New York Times published "Archaeologists Debate Whether to Ignore the Pasts of Relics," an article that included several quotes from Andy Vaughn (religion).
  • On April 30, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis did a feature, "Strapped in the middle: Too wealthy for need-based financial aid; too poor to have $80,000 to spare. How the Crouses will pay for college," on the front page of the Money and Business section.
  • On April 30, Twin Cities Public Television rebroadcast the 2005 Nobel Conference lecture by Wendy Freedman. TPT continues to air the Nobel Conference lectures with more scheduled on May 7 (Thorne), 14 (Ketterle) and 21 (Gates).
  • On April 28, KARE-TV (Ch. 11, Minneapolis/St. Paul) aired a story that featured Kurt Bauerly ('04) in a story about "Battery powered cars gaining in popularity as gas prices rise."
  • On April 28, The Free Press of Mankato published a story on the front page of The Valley section titled "Gustavus celebrates Buddhism: Monks from across state to pay tribute to Vesak." The article included interviews with student Kelsey Payne, John Cha (religion and international education), and Raj Sethuraju (diversity).
  • On April 27, the St. Peter Herald did a feature on the front page of the newspaper on Jim Gilbert (environmental studies) and his work with students at St. Peter's South Elementary School. "Kids honor retiring naturalist: Special program and tree planting held in his honor" included quotes by Gilbert.
  • On April 27, The Free Press of Mankato published the following stories on the front page of The Valley section:
    • "Relay for Life set for Friday at Gustavus" included quotes by student Emily Gunderson
    • "Reading in Common book chosen at Gustavus: Freshmen asked to read 'Honky'"

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


For Rent: Bedroom in Kasota. All utilities included; rent negotiable; no lease. Contact Brett Christensen (931-8852 or for details.

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

For Sale: Tandem kayak made by Current Designs. Equipped with dry storage and rudder system. Excellent condition. Asking $800.00 ($1,800 new). Contact Lois Peterson (x7378).

For Sale: Cape Cod style home built in the 1940s, with three bedrooms, two baths, hardwood floors, fenced yard, heated garage, and finished basement. The house has been well maintained. Call Jean (934-6072) to arrange a showing.

For Sale: Apple computer -- iMAC OS9 operating system; clear and ready to use. Call Gretchen Koehler (934-5441).

For Sale: Nice house in great shape at 417 W. Nassau, St. Peter available this summer. Three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and central heat and air conditioning. Large detached garage. Highly motivated rhubarb patch in back. Walking distance to everything. Call Russell (934-9423) for more details.

Trip To Egypt: Samiha Ibrahim (emerita professor of mathematics and computer science) will lead a trip to Egypt Oct. 25-Nov. 6, 2006. After leading UMAIE student travel courses for many years, Ibrahim offers this adult group experience to her home country to a wide range of interested travelers. Participants will explore monuments, museums, and religious and archeological sites in Cairo, Luxor, and on a Nile cruise to Aswan. Tour cost is $3,795 including air fare to Cairo. Click here for more information or contact Ibrahim (, 612/940-4456, or 952/884-0608).


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
DEIB: Gender Identity/Pronouns "What's the difference between my sex and my gender?" (Lunch and Learn)
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

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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