The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 7, 2006

September 7, 2006 | Volume 39, Number 1

Volume 39, Number 1

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Position Openings

Funding Opps
Calendar of Events
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New Academic Year... The College has begun its 145th academic year with 2,560 full-time students. Approximately 670 first-year students are enrolled at Gustavus this fall.

Newsletter Purpose, Guidelines... With the beginning of the academic year comes the resumption of The Yellow Sheet, a weekly newsletter providing news and information to the campus community since 1975. It is distributed online each Thursday afternoon except during academic breaks.

  • How should items be submitted? Fill out an online Yellow Sheet submission form. Electronic submissions are preferred, but items may also be submitted typewritten. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Communication.
  • What is the deadline? All submissions must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. (Due to the Nobel Conference on Oct. 3-4, the deadline for that week's edition will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2.)
  • Who may submit items? Anyone who has pertinent news or information for The Yellow Sheet readers. Keep in mind that the newsletter is not a vehicle for personal thank yous, and the editor retains the right to edit material and refuse material deemed inappropriate.
  • When is the newsletter distributed? Each week of the academic year except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, and Spring breaks.

Gribly Announcement... Effective with the 2006-07 academic year, the Gribly is available online to all members of the Gustavus community. The electronic directory, which was tested among faculty and administration members last year, offers photos and up-to-date directory information for all current students, faculty, and staff, along with basic and advanced search capabilities. It may be accessed from any of the College website On-Campus Community pages (the page is displayed when clicking on Current Student, Faculty Member, or Staff Member on the home page). Look for Gribly in the left column.

  • The electronic version of the Gribly is password-protected and its use restricted to current faculty, administrators, and staff; currently enrolled students and graduates for approximately one year following their graduation; and emeriti faculty and staff requesting a password.
  • The electronic version is designed to honor all student and employee privacy requests much like the printed version in past years. Therefore, some photos or other information about particular students and employees may not be accessible.
  • With the advanced search features, students can search for faculty by department or building, and faculty can search for students by residence hall, hometown, and even class e-mail aliases. For example, an advanced search will allow individuals to build complete class and student organization photo rosters with a single search.
  • Questions about the electronic version, search capabilities, access problems, and the like should be addressed to Bruce Aarsvold (x7020 or

While it is expected that the online Gribly will cover the great majority of the community's queries, it is also recognized that some community members may not have easy access to the College's website at all times, and that some others may want or need a record of current enrollment for reference in future years. To handle these and similar situations, a printed version of the Gribly will continue to be produced on demand for departments and offices requesting copies through their vice president, and at a cost of $10 per copy for all others. To reserve a print copy (if not already included in a vice president's request), click here to print and complete the form and send it to Steve Waldhauser (Office of Marketing and Communication or

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).

Staff Reclassification Committee to Meet... The Staff Reclassification Committee will meet Tuesday, Sept. 26 to evaluate requests for grade changes for support staff positions. In order to be considered at this meeting, a complete request for position review must be received in the Office of Human Resources by Thursday, Sept. 21.

Faculty Tenure Considerations... The following faculty members are currently being considered for appointments with continuous tenure:

  • Aaron Banks, Health and Exercise Science
  • Eric Dugdale, Classics
  • Mimi Gerstbauer, Political Science
  • Steve Wright, Music

Letters written on behalf of these candidates should be sent to Dean Eliason and should address the criteria for tenure as stated in the Faculty Manual. Letters are due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. As a reminder, tenured faculty members in a candidate's department are expected to submit letters.


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:

  • Sept. 8 -- Eric Eliason
  • Sept. 10 -- 14th Sunday in Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Sept. 11 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Sept. 12 -- Luke Royer, Psalm 15
  • Sept. 13 -- Morning Praise
  • Sept. 14 -- Katy Stenger
  • Sept. 15 -- Jackie Alvarez, Revelations 22: 1-5
  • Sept. 17 -- 15th Sunday in Pentecost, Chaplain Brian Johnson

Talk Shop Friday... Stewart Flory (classics) will present the first Faculty Shop Talk of the 2006-07 academic year. His talk, titled "The Archaeology and Psychology of Ancient Literacy: Silent Reading," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. Click here to view the abstract for this and future talks.

Register for Sept. 14 Continuing Ed Event... The public is invited to a preview of this year's Nobel Conference, "Medicine, Prescription for Tomorrow," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in the Interpretive Center. John Lammert (biology) will give the presentation. Medical practice has changed significantly over the past 300 years, but it is poised to change even more in the decades to come. Public health has been improved through the knowledge of infectious agents and how to control them, while the development of a host of pharmacological agents has improved the treatment of many diseases. Genetic advances of the past century, coupled with immunology and biotechnology, open new possibilities for diagnosis, treatment, and even prevention of those diseases not amenable to the past treatments; cancer, neurodegeneration, and genetic disorders are all within the scope of the future of medical science intervention. With these new techniques, however, will come a host of public policy and medical care delivery problems, from cost to decisions on who will receive the treatments. Moral and ethical issues abound.

The cost for the event is $8 per person and includes coffee, tea, and dessert. Pre-register at the of St. Peter Community and Family Education, Suite 207, 600 S. Fifth St., St. Peter. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 934-3048. This event is a Gustavus continuing education program done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.

Fienen Organ Recital Sept. 16... David Fienen (music) will present his fall faculty organ recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in Christ Chapel. His program will open with the Pièce d'Orgue, the only French-titled organ composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. Continuing with a foretaste of the 300th anniversary of the death of Dieterich Buxtehude next year, Fienen will play two variations on a chorale by Buxtehude and then revive the Toccata, Aria and Fugue by Jan Bender. To further acknowledge anniversaries, Fienen will then play the Fantasie in F Minor by the 250 year-old Wolfgang Mozart. Originally composed for a mechanical barrel organ (like a music box with organ pipes) just a few months before he died, this magnificent composition is glorious when transcribed for a human player of a large organ -- the instrument that Mozart dubbed the "king of instruments." After a brief pause, the recital will conclude with the Cèsar Franck Grande Pièce Symphonique, the first large-scale organ symphony that became such a staple of 19th and early 20th century French organ composition.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Benefit Concert Friday... The Riverlights and The Echos will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Enjoy an evening of vocal jazz and music from the Big Band Era. Suggested contribution is $10; all proceeds will be donated to St. Peter Area Hospice.

Open House at Kasota Prairie Saturday... Explore the Kasota Prairie and learn more about preservation and restoration of this unique area at an open house from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 9. This event is hosted by Save the Kasota Prairie (SKP) and Unimin Minnesota. There will be displays and guided walking tours with representatives of SKP, Unimin, and Prairie Restorations. To get to the Kasota Prairie, take Highway 22 south from St. Peter to Kasota. After one mile on County Road 21, turn right on Township Road 140 (468th St.), a gravel road. This event is free and open to the public.

VINE Waffle Feed Sunday... Dad's Belgian Waffle Feed will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Tickets are $7 at the door, but $6 advance tickets can be purchased from Lynn Boehne (x7686) in the Office of Admission. All proceeds benefit VINE Faith in Action, an interfaith volunteer caregiving program serving St. Peter and rural Nicollet County.


Look for these starting in next week's issue.


  • Marilyn Jorgensen, mother of Michael Jorgensen (music), passed away Saturday, Sept. 2. A memorial service will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at Rastrelli's Restaurant, 238 Main Ave. in Clinton, Iowa. The family prefers no flowers.
  • Siegfriede Kraatz, mother of Jonathan Kraatz (college relations), passed away Thursday, Aug. 24. Services were held Aug. 28 in Fort Worth and Winters, Texas. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
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 Administrators
    Joshua Forsythe, Communication Studies
    Megan Harris, Education -- ChYLI
    Patrick Quade, International Education
    Naomi Stohlmann, Athletics

    Support Staff
    Edna Hawbaker, Book Mark (on call)
    Beverly Michael, Custodial
    Todd Ruble, Dining Service
    Lori Zabel, Post Office

    New Faculty
    Sidonia Alenuma, Education
    Joel Carlin, Biology
    Lisa Coons (fall), Women's Studies
    Cathryn Dowd, Geography
    Brian Duren (fall), French
    Mary Everett (fall), Spanish
    Julie Gilbert, Library
    Andrea Gross, Theatre and Dance
    Mitchell Harris, English
    Amihan Huesmann, Physics
    Maria Kalbermatten, Spanish
    Brian Kubin, Music
    Deborah Mattson, Health and Exercise Science
    Timothy O'Brien, Music
    Jeffrey Owen, Economics and Management
    Silva Roca-Martinez, Spanish
    John Roper, Music
    Karen Rosenflanz, Russian
    Peter Shea (fall), Philosophy
    Bryan Spiegelberg, Chemistry
    Mayra Taylor, Spanish
    Paul Turpin, Communication Studies
    Heather Wenk, Biology

Position Openings

  • Unit Director, Instructional Services
  • Cashier, Dining Service
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:

NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grants and The Blue Sheet... As part of a new digital humanities initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites proposals for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in all areas of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve research of new digital approaches, development of new digital modes of publication, exploration of digital methods for preservation or archival of humanities materials, planning new digital tools, or creating programs that address using innovative digital technologies in formal and informal educational settings. Grants of up to $30,000 are available for no longer than 18 months. Up to 20 percent of the total grant may be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software. The two deadlines for this program are Nov. 15, 2006 for projects beginning in July 2007 and April 3, 2007 for projects beginning in September 2007. Click here for more information and the guidelines.

Other than this start-up grant program, the new NEH digital humanities initiative provides funding for digital projects through its regular grant programs. For more on this initiative, click here.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is pleased to announce the availability of the first issue this academic year of Grant Information (aka The Blue Sheet), an electronic newsletter that provides information on funding opportunities. Faculty and other interested grantseekers can now access The Blue Sheet from off campus. There was restricted access in the past due to proprietary issues that are no longer relevant. Contact Bob Weisenfeld (x7049 or with questions or for grant-related assistance.

Click here to view the first Blue Sheet of the academic year. From this link, view The Blue Sheet and the deadline page, which is a summary of opportunities from the current issue and the Spring 2006 issue.

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
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 Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "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
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

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 Office of Marketing and Communication. 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 Communication. 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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