The Yellow Sheet for May 11, 2006

May 11, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 30

Volume 38, Number 29

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Grant News
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Vacation Donations Being Accepted... Employees who would like to donate vacation hours for a Gustavus employee who will be on an approved FMLA leave and will run out of paid-time benefits should complete and sign a request for transfer of vacation hours available at the Office of Human Resources (x7304).

One More Yellow Sheet... The final issue of The Yellow Sheet for this academic year will be published Thursday, May 18. To have items included, submit them by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 by filling out an online submission form.

Computer Security... As part of the continuing initiative to improve the security of the campus computing systems, unsecured e-mail access to the Gustavus e-mail systems will end June 1, 2006. To prevent from being unable to send or receive e-mail on June 1, Gustavus Technology Services encourages the campus community to do the following:

  • Check if your e-mail client is secure by contacting the Helpline (x6111 or The Helpline should be able to verify immediately if your e-mail connection is secure
  • If you discover your connection is not secure, there are three options to correct it:
    • Click here to secure your e-mail connection with screen captures of the different e-mail clients and the required settings.
    • Contact the Helpline (x6111) and a consultant will help change settings over the phone.
    • Contact the Helpline (x6111) to set up an appointment for a consultant to make the necessary changes at your computer or to bring a personally-owned machine in to have the changes made.

What about WebMail?
All connections to the WebMail server are already secure.

What will happen if I don't make the requested changes?
Your e-mail client will stop working on June 1, 2006. You will still have the option of using WebMail.

What e-mail clients are recommended?
The transition to secure e-mail will necessitate the use of up-to-date e-mail clients. Following is a list of recommended e-mail tools:

  • Thunderbird for Windows
  • Mail for Macintosh version 2.x or better
  • Eudora 6.5.2 for Windows (Eudora 7 is not recommended)

For older operating system (Windows 9x, Me or Macintosh before OS X) with old e-mail clients, Webmail may be the best option.

What if I have other questions?
Contact the Helpline (x6111 or or any member of GTS.

Commencement Ushers Needed... Ushers are needed for Commencement on Sunday, May 28. Ushers are asked to arrive at noon and stay until commencement starts at 2 p.m. or stay for the entire ceremony. If interested in ushering, contact Dana Lamb (x7520 or dlamb@gustavus).

President's Corner

Next week Gustavus will honor several members of the faculty and administration for their service to the college. Four individuals will be retiring after nearly 140 years of collective service. Ruth Giles, who joined the music department in 1965, is retiring from teaching, coaching, and performing at Gustavus as a flute instructor. Carol Moline, who joined the international education office in 1986, is retiring from working with international and domestic students who study on campus or abroad. Al Pearson, who joined the education department in 1973, retires from teaching, advising, conducting research, and twice chairing the department. Owen Sammelson, who was employed by Gustavus in 1960, is retiring from his post as vice president for administration post, from which he oversaw admission, financial aid, intercollegiate athletics, and more. For their varied and substantial contributions to the College we are so very grateful.

Thanks also are due to all of the other people who will be recognized next week for their many years of continuing service. Their record here is one of remarkable achievement, constant commitment, and deep affection for Gustavus. I truly have no doubt that their continuing work on behalf of the College, together with the good efforts of all of the rest of us, will bring Gustavus into a strong and vital future.

After all is said and done, it is not finances, buildings, policies and procedures, or campaigns that have made, and continue to make, this College as successful as it is today. It's people. And we celebrate those who have helped to make it so.



Bob Douglas (geography) has been selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, titled "Regional Study and the Liberal Arts: An Appalachian Exemplar," June 5-30, 2006.


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 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
  • May 15 -- Darrell Jodock, Isaiah 65: 17-25
  • May 16 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson, Galatians 5: 16-26
    May 17 -- Morning Praise
  • May 18 -- Anders Peterson, John 14: 18-24
  • May 19 -- John Clementson, James 3: 17-18
  • May 21 -- Sixth Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson

Chapel Healing Service Friday... On Friday, May 12, prayers for healing will be offered during daily chapel. Everyone is invited to send the names of people they would like mentioned in the prayers for healing to Chaplain Brian Johnson ( or x7447). Only first names will be used. Prayer requests can be for healing of body, mind, spirit, relationships, grief, and all parts of creation. Please submit your requests by 9 a.m. Friday, May 12. There will also be opportunity for prayer and anointing with oil during the worship time itself. During a time of quiet music, prayer leaders will be stationed in various places in the chapel to pray with people individually.

Senior Art Exhibition 2006 Continues... The annual exhibition of artworks by graduating studio art majors continues through Sunday, May 28 in the Hillstrom Museum of Art. The exhibition will demonstrate the diversity of styles and approaches taken by the artists, some of whom intend to continue studying or working in art after graduation. On display will be works by Lindsey Beyer, Brianna Chies, Kelsey Feldmann, Brittany Guildner, Kerstin Hodne, Allison Lloyd, Katherine Machowski, Missy Mills, Erin Parker, Gwendolyn Peterson, Christine Rasmussen, Anders Schmidt, and Alli Stocco. Several works are being offered for sale by the individual artists.

Electra on Stage This Weekend... Sophocles' classic tragedy Electra, under the direction of Rob Gardner, will be presented May 11-14 in Anderson Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. May 11-13 and at 2 p.m. May 14. Eric Dugdale (classics) has completed his translation of Electra for a new series on Greek theatre for Cambridge University Press. While the imprint from the Cambridge press is not due out until January 2007, Dugdale's version, written in contemporary English, will be used for this production and the music has been choreographed by Maria Gomez Tierney (theatre and dance). Electra draws its story from the mysteries of mythology in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the SAO Ticket Center (x7590). Remaining tickets will be on sale at the Anderson Theatre box office one hour prior to curtain.

Learn About African Culture Friday... 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 open to the public and is sponsored by the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization.

Music This Weekend... The following musical events will take place in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall, unless otherwise noted. All events are free and open to the public.

  • At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12 , the Vasa Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert, under the direction of Douglas Nimmo and Warren Friesen.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, student ensembles will present a concert, under the direction of Michele Gillman and Scott Kallestad.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, percussionist Todd Swingle will give his senior composition recital, accompanied by an eight-piece percussion ensemble and members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra.
  • At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, junior baritone Greg Dokken and senior soprano Jamie Hultgren, accompanied by senior Katie Fillius, will present a recital.
  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14 in Christ Chapel, the Lucia Singers will present its annual Mother's Day concert, under the direction of Patricia Snapp, and accompanied by pianists Chad Fothergill and Sam Eckberg.
  • At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14, senior Aaron Hanson, saxophone, with accompanist Beth Winterfeldt, will perform.

Classics Alumni Lectures Saturday... The classics department will hold a classics alumni reunion to celebrate the renovation of Old Main at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13 in Old Main, room 005. Mary Jaeger (professor at the University of Oregon, Eugene), Pedar Foss (professor at DePauw University, Green Castle, Ind.), and Christopher Tillquist (professor at the University of Louisville, Ky.) will each give a short lecture and discuss their current research projects. There will be a reception hosted by classic majors and the Gustavus Career Center, where classic majors will have the opportunity to chat with alumni about life after graduation.

Art and the Environment Monday... Internationally respected public sculptor Kinji Akagawa will visit campus at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 15 in the Fine Arts lecture hall for a round-table discussion, slide presentation, and introduction of his current research topic, “Eco-aesthetics and the Environment” -- how contemporary art relates to the appreciation of beauty, living, and eco-philosophy. Akagawa is professor of fine arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is regarded as one of the premier public artists in the nation. As a professor, he enjoys sharing his concern with art education and the future relevance of art in society. Akagawa combines the simplicity of traditional Japanese art with a deep interest for the impact of his art on the public. Most of his public art incorporates local materials and the principle of utilization. Many of his sculptures are either tables or benches that invite the viewer into his creation. Some of Akagawa’s pieces have been installed in galleries, museums, and universities throughout the country. Sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cheryle Melander (art and art history) at x7376.

George Hall Lecture Monday... The annual George Hall Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15 in the St. Peter Room. "Transforming Urban Ministry: The Experience of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Minneapolis" will be presented by the Rev. Carol Stumme, Been Vang, and Nengyia Her. All are invited to this free lecture.

Scandinavian Studies Colloquium Monday... The Scandinavian Studies Senior Colloquium will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15 in the Interpretive Center. This colloquium celebrates the work of graduating Scandinavian studies majors who present papers and projects and discuss "their journey" through Scandinavian studies at Gustavus and, in most cases, including study in a Nordic country as well. Student Karin Hedstrom will discuss her translation of a journal dealing with her Swedish grandfather's memories of his childhood and emigration to America and student Peter Hughes will talk about the Swedish health care system. Hedstrom has just been given a teaching assistantship at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she will begin her graduate studies this fall. Hughes was the recipient of the Jacobson Award for pre-medical students last year and spent a month in Sweden as an intern at hospitals in Stockholm and Mora, Sweden. This event is sponsored by the Department of Scandinavian Studies and is open to anyone interested in Nordic studies.

Farewell Reception Wednesday... A reception will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 in the lobby of Nobel Hall for the following staff and faculty who are leaving Gustavus: Elizabeth Eibs, Britt Forsberg, Jennifer Kreps, Amy Kresta, Jean LaVigne, Rachel Niemer, Russell Shapiro, and Nadine Zuhlsdorf.


Pedal the United Way Saturday... The first United Way Family Fun Bike Rally will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13 in the parking lot of First Lutheran Church at the corner of Sunrise Drive and Traverse Road. There is still time to register for one of four bike rides ranging from three miles (St. Peter Trails Ride) to 35 miles (The Spoke Ride). Event day registration is open until 10:30 a.m. There is a modest registration fee, with the proceeds benefiting the St. Peter United Way. The St. Peter Clinic-Mayo Health System will sponsor a bike helmet sale and The Spoke will have a variety of bike models available for test riding. Fruit, Intajuice beverages, Culligan water, and pizza will be available. There will be lots of door prizes awarded throughout the morning. Bring the whole family on Saturday to test biking skills on an interactive obstacle course, get some quality "road" time in, and have bicycles inspected for safety and efficiency.

Musicorum to Perform Saturday... 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 Tuesday... 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.

Early Childhood Event May 18... Learn about early childhood development, programs for children, and the link between development and the economy Thursday, May 18 at Shoreland Country Club. Activities for the day include:

  • 11:45 a.m. -- Soup and sandwich buffet
  • Noon -- Talk by Mark Scally, CEO of Mulcahy, Inc. and a Minnesota Business for Early Learning board member

Pre-registration is required, cost is $5 per person. Register at the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce office, 101 S. Front St., St. Peter or call 507/934-3400. The registration deadline is Monday, May 15.

Extraordinary People

Sophomore Nhung Le has been named a Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Scholar for 2006-08. This is the sixth time in six years a Gustavus student has won this award. Le, a resident of Ha Noi, Vietnam, was among six students named as Phillips Scholars this year. The Phillips Scholarship supports outstanding students intending to dedicate a portion of their lives to community service. Phillips Scholars are selected on the basis of potential leadership and academic credentials. The two-year scholarships provide $5,000 during each of the junior and senior years, as well as a $4,000 summer stipend to develop and implement a self-designed service project that addresses unmet needs in Minnesota communities. Le's project, "Beautiful Cultures and Love is All Around," consists of activities and workshops planned for first through fourth grade students during the summer of 2007 in St. Peter. The eight-week program will help the children, specifically targeting those of Somali and Hispanic descent, learn about and understand each other's cultural background. "The main goals of my project," says Le, "are to establish an appreciation of different heritages and cultures through community interaction and to enhance close relationships between children from different backgrounds."

Junior Alexander Zupan has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for his studies in mathematics. Zupan acknowledges Mike Hvidsten (mathematics and computer science) for assisting with the application process and Jeff Rosoff (mathematics and computer science) for his support and encouragement.

Rebecca Taylor Fremo (English) presented a paper, titled "Writing Center and Diversity Center Partnerships: A Case Study," at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March in Chicago. Also, Fremo contributed an essay, titled "Shifting Contexts and Reshaping Ethos: Rethinking Rhetorical Approaches to Writing Program Administration," which appears in Untenured Faculty as Writing Program Administrators: Institutional Practices and Politics. The book is forthcoming from Parlor Press in the fall of 2006.

Patric Giesler (sociology and anthropology) gave an invited talk, "Ethnographer as Detective: Unraveling the Rise and Fall of a Brazilian 'Cave Goddess' Cult with Ritual Human Sacrifice," in March at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The subject was his current research on a Brazilian messianic movement in Northeast Brazil.

Jenifer Ward (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German) recently conducted an external review of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.

Position Openings

  • Technical Coordinator, Biology Department
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Karen Larson (interdisciplinary studies) Sunday, May 14 at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe. On Sunday May 7, Mark Granquist (religion) gave a presentation at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe titled "Contemporary Issues and Movements in American Lutheranism." 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 May 12-13 for Minnetonka Lutheran Church.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Howard Foundation Fellowships... The George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation provides fellowships to support assistant and associate professors who are engaged in independent projects in painting, sculpture, or art history. Stipends are normally $25,000 and augment paid sabbatical leaves. There are no residency requirements. Individuals must be nominated by their department chair. Applicants should have a significant record of publication beyond the dissertation. The deadline is mid-October. Please check the website this summer for updated deadline information and the nomination form.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • On May 6, The Free Press of Mankato published a feature on the front page of The Valley section on the Sigma Xi research symposium held Friday, May 5 on campus. The story, "Sound of science: Symposium whets research appetite of undergrads," included a color photograph of student Dorrea Ruggles, quotes by Ruggles and Larry Potts (chemistry), and mention of students Adam Hoffarber and Benjamin Galbrecht.
  • On May 4, the St. Peter Herald published a black and white photograph of artwork done by graduating studio art majors.

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 Sale: Computer desk in good condition; and a navy blue sofa bed in good condition. Asking $50 for each. Prices are negotiable. Call Amy Kresta (934-3915).

For Sale: 2004 Pontiac Montana Minivan four-door with AC, PS, PW, PL, cruise, compact disc, roof rack, and 39,950 miles (almost all highway). Asking $11,400. Call Sandi (x7457).

Calendar of Events

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.

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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