The Yellow Sheet for May 18, 2006

May 18, 2006 | Volume 38, Number 31

Volume 38, Number 30

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Memorial Day Holiday May 29... The College will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

Summer Communication Notice... This is the final edition of The Yellow Sheet for the current academic year. During the summer, the Marketing and Communication and Outreach team will evaluate how it can most effectively provide important news and information to the campus community into the future while at the same time prudently utilizing the College's human and financial resources. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share ideas that they believe would be constructive and instructive regarding internal communications in general and The Yellow Sheet in particular. Please e-mail Stacia Senne at or call her at x6395 with comments and suggestions. Submissions of news and information are encouraged throughout the summer and the Marketing and Communication and Outreach staff will facilitate open communications to the campus community. Best wishes for a terrific summer.

Commencement May 29... Six hundred students will graduate with bachelor of arts degrees from Gustavus during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28 on Hollingsworth Field (Lund Center, if rain). Please note that the commencement procession will begin at 1:45 p.m. Click here to view the commencement weekend schedule.

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

Summer Voice Mail Greeting... All are reminded to change their voice mail greeting to accommodate summer schedules if, necessary. To record an extended absence greeting, do the following:

1. Call the system and enter your password
2. Press 4 -- Personal Options
3. Press 3 -- Greetings
4. Press 2 -- Extended Absence Greetings
5. Listen to the instructions
6. Press * to exit until you hear "good-bye"

This will enable callers to decide if they wish to leave a message. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance changing a message should call the telecommunications office (x6261 or x7025).

Last Call for Cookbook Submissions... This is the last chance for members of the campus community to submit a recipe for the new Gustavus Community Cookbook. Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, May 31 and may be submitted 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.

President's Corner

Wonderful things are happening at Gustavus Adolphus College and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of such an extraordinary team of people. Because we work with each other everyday, we sometimes take for granted the caliber of our faculty when it comes to teaching, inspiring, prodding, and yes, sometimes cajoling students to become the best they can be. We sometimes take for granted the quality of our international studies, our athletics and our fine arts programs and what they do -- not only for educating our students, but also for reaching out and sharing Gustavus with the world. We sometimes take for granted our student life, admissions, fundraising, communications, and finance and business office wizards, our grounds crew and custodial team, our support staff ... the list is truly endless.

As this academic year comes to a close, I want to pause for just a moment to say "thank you." Thanks to each and everyone one of you who are so vital to the Gustavus mission.

Each year, we send out into the world hundreds of the finest graduates you would ever want to meet. As I shake each graduate's hand next week as they receive their diplomas, I'll remind myself that each one of you play a vital role in helping these fine people achieve their dreams. I am deeply appreciative of your efforts.

I am, indeed, proud to be a Gustie and I hope you are, too. Enjoy your summer.



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 19 -­ John Clementson, James 3: 17­18
  • May 21 -- Sixth Sunday in Easter, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • May 22 ­- Chad Winterfeldt, Isaiah 42: 5­9
  • May 23 -­ Litany for Travelers

Summer Program Reception Tuesday... The campus community is invited to a reception welcoming the Summer Programs staff at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 23 in the Heritage Room. Coffee and rolls will be served.

Gustavus Employee Picnic May 30... The President's Office will host the annual employee picnic from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. This annual event is intended to recognize and thank all College employees for their hard work and a successful year. All non-student employees are invited. The event will include food, door prizes, and hypnotist John-Ivan Palmer. RSVP to the President's Office by Friday, May 26.

NYSP Returns in July... Gustavus will again host the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) July 10-29. This year's NYSP will be a three-week academic and athletic enrichment program for approximately 150 youth ages 10-16 from low-income families living within a 45-mile radius of St. Peter. Volunteers are needed for this summer's program in a variety of capacities. For more information, contact NYSP Director Kathryn Bode (x7455).

Off-campus Events of Interest

Plant Sale Saturday... The annual plant sale at the Cox House will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20. All proceeds benefit the Cox House.

Pedal the United Way THIS Saturday... Due to last Saturday's weather, the United Way's Family Fun Bike Rally has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20 in the parking lot at First Lutheran Church at the corner of Sunrise Drive and Traverse Road. The St. Peter Clinic-Mayo Health System will sponsor a bike helmet sale, and The Spoke will host a Cannondale Demo Truck with a variety of bike models available for test riding. Fruit, Intajuice beverages, Culligan water, and pizza will be available. There will be door prizes awarded throughout the morning. There is still time to register for one of four bike rides ranging from 3 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. Bring the whole family on Saturday to test biking skills on an interactive obstacle course, get some quality “road” time in, and have your bicycles inspected for safety and efficiency.

Granlund Dedication May 28... The Arts Center of Saint Peter will host a dedication ceremony for the bronze sculpture Mobius Strip, honoring Paul Granlund and given in his memory by the Granlund family, at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at the center. Contact the center (931-3630 or with questions about this event or any other arts center programming.

Stress Reduction Course Starts in June... The East Ridge Clinic in Mankato will host an eight-week course, "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction," for health and wellness. Modeled after the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and featured in Bill Moyer's PBS Special "Healing and the Mind," the program can be especially helpful to those who experience stress, headaches, heart disease, chronic pain, high blood pressure, asthma, fibromyalgia, diabetes, skin disorders, cancer, GI distress, anxiety and panic, fatigue, or sleep disturbances. Call Liz Power Hawkinson at the St. Peter Clinic (931-2110) to reserve a space at the orientation session or for more information on the course, program fees, or other details. A one-hour orientation session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7 at a time to be determined. The class will run from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings, June 14-Aug. 2 at East Ridge Clinic (101 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Mankato).

Volunteers Needed for 4th of July Picnic... The 4th of July Task Force of the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce is looking “ for a few good” people to help at the old-fashioned July 4th picnic celebration on Tuesday, July 4 at Minnesota Square Park. Volunteers are needed to work at the chicken dinner and brat/hotdog booths, assist with the morning parade, and/or help with the clean-up. To volunteer and pick your preferred two-hour shift, contact Dean Wahlund (x7521) or call the chamber directly at 934-3400 by June 25.

Extraordinary People

Several faculty members within the Department of Health and Exercise Science recently presented papers/sessions at the national conference of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in Salt Lake City. They are:

  • Aaron Banks presented a poster presentation, "Developing student affect in a university self-defense course"
  • Banks and Bonnie Reimann presented a session titled "Curricular offerings to increase adolescent female participation in physical education"
  • Jeanne Herman, along with Joyce Aarsvold (Gustavus Technology Services), presented a seminar titled "Technology, Teaching, and Learning in Health and Physical Education"
  • Karl Larson presented a paper titled "Skill Development, Course Value, and Continued Participation After Required Activity Course Completion"

Helen and Paul Baumgartner (professors emeriti of music) played a dedication recital for a restored 1915 Steinway Sunday, May 7 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in La Crosse. On Sunday, April 30, they appeared at Advent Lutheran Church in Anoka. Proceeds from both events benefited international students at the Global Mission Institute, which is affiliated with Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Mark Bjelland (geography) authored a chapter, titled "Where We Live," in the recently released book, Living the Good Life on God's Good Earth, published by CRC Publications.

Patricia Freiert (professor emerita of classics) will show her shibori scarves June 23-25 at the Minnesota Crafts Festival at the Minnesota History Center. Also this summer Freiert will teach shibori techniques for a forked bamboo stand at the Coupeville Art Center on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. Click here for more information. In April, Freiert's work was displayed at the American Crafts Council show at St. Paul River Centre.

Mimi Gerstbauer (political science) was selected to participate in the summer seminar, "Faith in the Classroom: Christian Perspectives on Teaching and Learning," sponsored by the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, July 17-21 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Deborah Goodwin (religion) was elected president of the Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages at the 40th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies held recently at Western Michigan University. Her book, "'Take Hold of the Robe of a Jew:' Herbert of Bosham's Christian Hebraism," was published this spring in the Studies in the History of the Christian Tradition series issued by Brill Academic Publishers of Leiden, The Netherlands. In July, Goodwin will present a paper at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, England.

Doug Huff (philosophy) has been elected a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University for the 2007-08 academic year.

Jeff Jeremiason (chemistry) recently had a paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology on the link between acid rain and mercury in fish.

Brian Johnson (chaplains) wrote and delivered hymn commentary for "From Everlasting to Everlasting," a hymn festival at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park. The event was a fundraiser for the Metro Lutheran newspaper.

Baker Lawley (English) presented his paper, "Using Technology in the Creative Writing Classroom," at the Pedagogy Forum of the Associated Writing Programs Conference in March in Austin, Texas. Also, Lawley has been selected to serve as the Fiction Writer-in-Residence at the Marist College Summer Writing Institute July 31-Aug. 3 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Stan Shetka's (art and art history) work was included in the May issue of This Old House magazine and Eco-Structure Magazine. Shetka is currently on sabbatical leave.

Edi Thorstensson (library) has been invited to be a presenter at the Minnesota Digital Libraries meeting to be held June 12 at the Minnesota History Center. She will address "Choosing What to Digitalize." Thorstensson has submitted documents from the College archives for the first round of primary source digitalization for a digital collection of the state's unique resources and special collections, Minnesota Reflections. She welcomes inquiries.


  • Myron Falck (emeritus professor of music) died Saturday, May 13 at the St. Peter Community Health Care Center after a brief illness. He was 83 years old. His funeral was held Wednesday, May 17 at Zion Lutheran Church in Morrison, Wis. A memorial service is being planned for a later date on campus.

New Faces

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).

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Support Staff
    Cindi Walrath, Health Service

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Franklin Research Grants... The American Philosophical Society offers Franklin Research Grants toward the cost of scholarly research in all areas of knowledge except those in which support by government or corporate enterprise is more appropriate. "Scholarly research" covers most kinds of scholarly inquiry by individuals leading to publication. A maximum of $6,000 will be available for use during calendar year 2007. The tentative deadlines are Oct. 1 for a January decision and Nov. 1 for a March decision. The website will be updated this summer. Click here for more detailed information.
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 15, The Mercury News (Colorado Springs, Colo.) published a story about the jerseys collected by U.S. presidents, including a Gustavus jersey in the library of Richard Nixon.
  • On May 15, The Free Press of Mankato ran a story on the front page of The Valley section on student Nhung Le, who has been named a Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Scholar for 2006-08.
  • On May 11, The Free Press of Mankato featured a story, "Senior montage: Variety of art decorates exhibit at Gustavus," that included a photograph of the students involved in the senior art show, two photographs of their works, and quotes by Don Myers (Hillstrom Museum).
  • On May 11, the St. Peter Herald published the following:
    • "Environment through art at Gustavus," referring to the visit of public sculptor Kinji Akagawa
    • "Gustavus professor receives award," referring to the Award for Excellence in Education received by Barbara Zust (nursing)
  • On May 10, The Free Press of Mankato did a feature on the front page of the Currents section on Electra, the play presented May 11-14 on campus. "Contemporary classic: Electra's themes ring true in world marred by vengeance" included quotes by director Rob Gardner and Eric Dugdale (classics) who translated the play, mention of Steve Griffith (theatre and dance) who designed the set, and two color photographs of cast members and students Kate Klippen, Kirsten Kuiken, and Amy Veercamp.
  • On May 9, The Free Press of Mankato ran the following:
    • "College commencement season again," a story on the commencement plans at area schools
    • "Those pesky plagiarists: Internet makes it easy to 'borrow', but profs, too, can play that game" in the Currents section's "On Campus segment" and included quotes by Eric Eliason (deans' and English) and Alisa Rosenthal (political science)
  • On May 8, The Free Press of Mankato published a color photograph titled "Special Olympics." The Special Olympics were held Sunday, May 7 on campus, with the help of more than 200 volunteers.
  • The May 2006 issue of Insight, the monthly newsletter of The Triple Gem of the North, featured "A Gift From Gustavus," referring to the April 29 Vesak celebration held on campus.

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


Library Hours for finals are: 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 20; 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, May 21; 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday, May 22; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 23-Friday, May 26; closed Saturday, May 27; noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28; closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

Telecommunications Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2005-06:"
  • Cynthia Walrath, Health Service, x7630, (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


Moving Sale: One-year-old, 13-foot diameter Jump King Trampoline with six-foot tall sides and netting (asking $300); like new EPSON Stylus Photo 2200 printer (asking $500); expandable, sturdy wood dining room table with two leaves and four chairs ($150); matching oak coffee table, sofa table and two end tables ($125); four matching, swivel oak counter stools -- two with backs and two without ($100); four white swivel-rocker patio chairs with cushions for deck or patio ($75); large rustic-style pine trunk with two matching covered end tables and four matching storage units (two each -- three-door and five-drawer) suitable for family room or bedroom ($100); and four Pirelli Italian automobile tires with rims for Audi A4 sized vehicle (make an offer). Everything in good shape and must go before June 8. Call x6395 (work) or 507/387-2739 (home). First come, first served.

For Sale: NAD 7400 Stereo Receiver ($375); Sony CD 100-disc player (CDP-CX153) ($75); JVC surround sound system (RX-518V): $50 for two speakers and receiver; Boston Acoustics speakers (SubSat Six) -- two micro speakers and sub-woofer ($285); Daewoo DVD/VCR player ($30); Daewoo DVD player: ($15); solid oak lateral filing cabinet ($50); tall metal file cabinet ($25); entertainment center (oak color) ($40); three tall, white Ikea bookshelves, two with extensions ($45 and $55); three medium tall brown bookshelves ($20 each); two short white bookshelves ($20 each); large computer desk with filing drawers and back ($60); various kids bikes ($15 each); toddler car ($25); and Nikon 6006 camera body ($155). Call Andy (x7475, 934-1225, or

For Rent: Two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in side-by-side duplex available June 1. Asking $625 per month, plus utilities (gas, electricity, and water). Includes garage space, off-street parking, central air-conditioning, and washer and dryer. Looking for non-smoking, quiet individual(s). No pets. Located at 317 S. Seventh St., two blocks from campus. Contact Kristi Reinholtzen (503/391-4923 or

Wanted to Rent: Visiting professor looking for a one- or two-bedroom apartment or room in a shared home in St. Peter starting around Aug. 1. Must allow two well-behaved cats. Prefer a quiet, no-smoking building. Contact Amihan (

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Book Mark will have extended store hours for Christmas in Christ Chapel weekend.
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
Gustavus Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
Men's Swimming & Diving at Pioneer Invite, Iowa
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
Winter Gear Drive
Women's Swimming & Diving at Pioneer Invite, Iowa
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Gustie Day Campus Center
noon to 2:15 p.m. Holiday Buffet during Christmas in Christ Chapel Rooms in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
1 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Macalester Peter, Minn.
16 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Women's Hockey at Saint Mary's, Minn.
2:304:30 p.m. Christmas in Christ Chapel 2022: Celestial Wonder, Joy Unfolding Chapel

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

The Yellow Sheet is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the news and information staff in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, Spring, and Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online, e-mail submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Public Relations. Items must reach the office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The week of Nobel Conference the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact Barb Booren ( or x6213).

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