The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 28, 2006

September 28, 2006 | Volume 39, Number 4

Volume 39, Number 4

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

Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Nobel Conference Notes...

  • The 2006 Nobel Conference, "Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow," will again have a sold-out crowd. It begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 with an academic procession and opening ceremony, including the conferral of an Honorary Degree upon 1989 Nobel Laureate J. Michael Bishop.
  • The full schedule of events and details are available on the Nobel Conference website.
  • Campus community members may watch the lectures on any of the campus televisions that have local cable access on Channel 8.
  • Employees may request their complimentary ticket by contacting the Office of Marketing and Communication (x7520 or Students may pick up their ticket at the SAO ticket center.
  • Tuesday evening events are open to the public without charge; no ticket is required. Details about these events are available on the Nobel Conference website and include:
    • Art reception from 6-8 p.m. in the Hillstrom Museum of Art;
    • Minnesota Medicine Showcase, which will feature five Minnesota researchers and clergy who will speak at concurrent sessions, at 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Lund Center Arena and Alumni Hall; and
    • Nobel Conference Concert: "Healers, Quacks, and Madmen"at 8:15 p.m. in Christ Chapel. (See submission in Upcoming Events for more information.)
  • Gustavus' Habitat for Humanity chapter is providing "valet" parking for conference visitors.
  • The Inter Greek Senate and Gustavus sororities and fraternities are providing hospitality to conference guests by ushering, hosting, helping with parking, and working behind-the-scenes.

Publication Reminder... Due to the Nobel Conference on Oct. 3-4, the deadline for next week's edition of The Yellow Sheet will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2.

Holiday Schedule... The College will observe the following holidays for the remainder of 2006:

Thanksgiving Day -- Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006
Day after Thanksgiving -- Friday, Nov. 24, 2006
Christmas Day -- Monday, Dec. 25, 2006
Floating Holiday -- Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006
Floating Holiday -- Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006
*College Open -- Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006
Floating Holiday -- Friday, Dec. 29, 2006
New Year's Day -- Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 (NOTE: This date was incorrect in last week's Yellow Sheet. )

*Employees may work or may request a PTO/vacation day.

Harland Promoted in Advancement... The Office of Institutional Advancement announces that Teresa Harland ('94) has been promoted from gift planner to associate vice president for advancement effective Oct. 2. In the new role, she will lead the work of the Gustavus Fund, Alumni Relations, and Advancement Services. Prior to beginning her work as a gift planner in 2002, Harland served as associate director of admission for Gustavus.

Feature on Golf Channel... Below are the dates and times that a feature on the College's golf program (men's and women's) will appear on the Golf Channel's new "College Central" program. All are Eastern times.

Thursday, Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m.


ChYLI Conference On Campus... The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Institute (ChYLI) is hosting its annual conference Sept. 28 and 29 in the Campus Center. ChYLI is a culturally specific leadership and youth development program for Latino high school students in south-central Minnesota. The annual conference brings together 70 high school students and 15 bilingual adult facilitators. A Brazilian percussion group, Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial arts dance group), and Armando Cepeda from Arte Ganas (a team-esteem muralist from Los Angeles) will entertain. Participants will have the opportunity to work on team-building, decision-making, and action planning to help their local community. ChYLI is a program of the Gustavus Department of Education. For more information, contact Veronica Alba (x7198).

Art Blessing Friday... Two new pieces of art will adorn Christ Chapel and be blessed at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The artists will speak and a reception will follow. A ceramic tile mural was created by Lois Peterson (art and art history) and student David Goldstein. Made of hand-cut white clay, the abstract mural is on the front of the choir loft of Christ Chapel. The other piece is a painting by William Bukowski, artist and professor at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. He’s created a figurative piece using medieval techniques. The pieces are site specific and created to aid in people’s reflection in the space regardless of their beliefs, ideas, ages, etc. They were commissioned by Art and Art History Professor Linnea Wren and her Art History senior seminar during Fall Semester 2005-06 in collaboration with the St. Peter Arts Center and the Gustavus Office of the Chaplains. Funding for the project came from the Trunnell family in support of art history activities, the Office of the Chaplains, and the Center for Vocational Reflection.

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. 29 -- Lois Peterson and Bill Bukowski
  • Oct. 2 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Oct. 3 -- Tim Robinson
  • Oct. 4 -- Nobel Conference, no chapel
  • Oct. 5 -- Nobel Conference, no chapel
  • Oct. 6 -- Barb Larson Taylor
  • Oct. 7 -- Commemoration of St. Francis

Talk Shop Friday... Debra Pitton (education) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk. Her talk, titled "English Language Learners: Support for cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP)," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 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.

McKay Recital Saturday... John McKay (professor emeritus of music) will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. McKay's program includes Mozart's Sonata in D major. K. 576, Chopin's Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58, Claude Debussy's Bruyeres and Reflets dans l'eau, and Cesar Franck's Prelude, Chorale and Fugue. This recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the recital hall lobby.

Crime-fiction Author Here Monday... The public is invited to a conversation with Icelandic crime-fiction author Arnaldur Indridason at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 in the Interpretive Center. Indridason will discuss his work, including Jar City and Silence of the Grave, two mysteries that have recently been translated into English. Indridason has written as a journalist and film critic for Morgunbladid, a daily newspaper in Reykjavik, Iceland, and as a freelance scriptwriter. He received the Glass Key Prize from the Crime Writers of Scandinavia two years in a row, and the Golden Dagger Award from the Crime Writer's Association for Silence of the Grave. This event is free.

Nobel Conference Concert Tuesday... Themes of medicine found in music will be showcased during the annual conference concert Oct. 3 at 8:15 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The program includes two world premieres, the "Transformation" scene from the Jekyll and Hyde musical, and advertising tunes for patented medicines. The first premiere is a symphonic score by Michele Gillman to accompany Thomas Edison's 1910 film "Frankenstein." The second premiere is Jeff Kowalkowski's "T'HEM HERA CHEPY" for percussion. The concert performers include the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, the Gustavus Chamber Singers, and members of the music faculty. The concert is free and open to the public.

Build a Scarecrow Next Week... The first annual Fall Fest in the arboretum will feature a scarecrow contest. The campus community is encouraged to gather their department, student organization, and friends to build a creative scarecrow. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that construct the most original scarecrows. Straw for decorating will be provided beginning Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Borgeson Cabin. The scarecrows should be positioned near the Borgeson Cabin and ready for judging by 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Those planning to build a scarecrow should contact Emily Beatty ( by Monday, Oct. 2 to insure that an adequate amount of straw is available.

Blessing of the Animals Oct. 6... The annual blessing of the animals will take place during Daily Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6. To include animal friends, contact Kari Lipke ( by noon on Thursday, Oct 5. There are options: bring your animal to Chapel that day (please pre-register), submit your animal's name, and/or submit a photograph of your animal. Names and/or photographs of animals that have passed away in the last year may also be submitted for the memorial reading.

Continuing Education Events... The public is invited to register and attend the following continuing education events in the Interpretive Center:

  • "The Beauty and Wonder of Birds:" What are the birds we encounter in the Minnesota River Valley area? How do we attract them to our feeders? What about bird flu and how is this tied into bird migration? Join Jim Gilbert (environmental studies) and learn about these things at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12
  • "Immigration:" Katy Stenger (political science) will examine the complicated issue of immigration reform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. She will provide a brief overview of the history of immigration, an examination of current immigration reform proposals, and a discussion of the role of public opinion and group mobilization in the current debate, with particular attention paid to the role of religious groups in the debate over immigration reform.

The cost for each of these events is $8 per person and includes coffee, tea, and dessert. Pre-register at the office 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. These are Gustavus continuing education programs done in cooperation with the St. Peter Community and Family Education program.


Alpacas of Minnesota Tour... See and touch alpacas and products made from alpacas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8. Kathy Erlandsen (Institutional Advancement/Gustavus Fund) will host tours at her farm -- Cozy Acres Alpacas, located at 34456 405th Ave., Le Sueur. Directions from St. Peter are: Take highway 169 north to highway 22 west; turn right onto 403rd Avenue; turn left at the T intersection, and turn right onto 405th Avenue. The farm is the only one on the left-hand side of the road. Click here to view more Minnesota farms participating in the open house statewide tour.

Art Fair in Motion... Discover the spirit of fall and the fine arts in the beautiful bluffs of the Minnesota River Valley at RiverCrossings: art fair in motion to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Browse through artists' studios and local sponsoring businesses for original works of art, artist demonstrations, improv by St. Peter Area Children's Theatre, audience participation dance workshop by Good Cooks Dance, Windforest Choral presentation, and music by the Sweet Adelines, Sunday Punch, Soundsation, and Katie Young. Click here for more information and locations.

Extraordinary People

Award Winning Project... The Minnesota Digital Library Coalition (MDLC) received a National Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) at that organization's annual meeting Saturday, Sept. 16 in Phoenix. recognizes the MDLC for "broadening access to historic images through 'Minnesota Reflections.'" The Blue Earth and Nicollet County Historical Societies and Gustavus were among the first organizations to join in the development of "Minnesota Reflections." The AASLH selection committee chose the MDLC for this award because of its "ability to collaborate with so many institutions to improve public access to historic images using the highest digital standards." "Minnesota Reflections" is a collection of more than 10,000 digitized photographs and documents. Click here to view digital copies of the collections. For more information, contact Edi Thorstensson (x7554).

Gregory Aune (music) served as the conference choral director at the biannual Augustana Heritage Association meeting held Sept. 14-17 at the Chautaqua Institute in upstate New York.

Karl Knight (mathematics and computer science) placed second in the weapons competition in his age bracket held this summer at the 2006 Songahm Taekwondo World Championships.

Jill Locke (political science) delivered a lay sermon, "Politics as Therapy?," Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist of New Orleans.

Scott Newstok (English) edited and published a lecture by American literary critic Kenneth Burke on A Midsummer Night's Dream. Burke's lecture and Newstok's prefatory note appear in the current issue of Shakespeare Quarterly.


Tobias Dean Twait, son of Michelle Twait (library) and Tyson Twait was born Monday, Sept. 18.

Cecily Anne Winterfeldt, daughter of Chad Winterfeldt (music) and Beth Winterfeldt, was born Wednesday, Sept. 20 at North Memorial Hospital.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    David Newell, Community Service

Position Openings

  • Director of the Office of Church Relations
  • Part-time Custodian
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion), who will make two presentations during adult education forums Sunday, Oct. 1 at Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield. His presentation, "Why We Call Ourselves Lutheran," is the first of a four-part series. 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 on Saturday, Sept. 30 for Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church from Waconia.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • American Association of University Women Fellowships and Publication Grants... The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers Post-doctoral Research Leave Fellowships and Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants. The former provides $30,000 for one year of support for women in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The latter provides $6,000 to support eight consecutive weeks of final writing, editing, and other preparation of research for publication. All applicants must have received their doctorates by the application deadline of Nov. 15. Click here for more 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:
  • Student-athlete Hailey Harren, who has been named the College's 2005-06 Female Athlete of the Year, was featured in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis on Sept. 27 in an article titled "Hailey Harren: A winner despite herself."
  • The Sept. 26 campus visit of political commentator David Horowitz was featured as follows:
    • on the front page of The Free Press of Mankato on Sept. 27. "Horowitz takes aim at profs: College students getting robbed of education dollar'" also included interviews with students Lindsey Kubash and Siddarth Selvaraj, as well as Alisa Rosenthal (political science) and
    • on KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) on the station's news at 10 p.m. on Sept. 26 and noon on Sept. 27
  • Elizabeth Jenner (sociology and anthropology) was interviewed on WCCO Radio (830 AM, Minneapolis/St. Paul)
  • This year's Nobel Conference was featured on the front page of The Free Press of Mankato on Friday, Sept. 15. The article, "Medicine the focus of Nobel Conference: High turnout among interested adults expected at Gustavus event," included interviews with Nobel Conference Director Tim Robinson (psychology), and John Lammert (biology).
  • Graduate Steve Epp ('80) was the topic of a feature story, "The miser and the hypocrite," in the Sept. 15 Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Epp has lead roles in two upcoming productions at Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis. The article also mentioned Epp's wife, Nancy Olesen ('81), and Kevin Kling ('79).

Anyone who has suggested additions for this list, suggestions for potential future media stories, or interest in being a media source should contact Media Relations Manager Jonathan Kraatz (x7510 or

Telecommunications Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2006-07":
  • David Newell, community service, x6069, (addition)
  • Jeanne Ogaard, dining service, x7608 (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


Looking for Singers: The Saint Peter Choral Society has openings for singers. The group is preparing a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, to be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Rehearsals are from 7:15 to 9 p.m. on Mondays at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. For further information, contact Sara McKay (934-6176).

For Sale: Renovated historical house at 125 N. Minn. Ave., St. Peter. Newly remodeled, including refinished hardwood floors. Has four bedrooms, side porch, central air, and high efficiency furnace. Over 2,000 square feet of living space, not including basement, shed, and porch. Asking $169,000. Contact seller at 507/381-1604, 507/934-4826, or for pictures.

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
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe

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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