The Yellow Sheet for Oct. 12, 2006

October 12, 2006 | Volume 39, Number 6

Volume 39, Number 6

News & Announcements
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New Faces
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News & Announcements

Incentives Requested for Student Phonathon… Starting Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Gustavus Fund will kick off another annual Student Phonathon, where students from various campus organizations will make calls for the annual fund. These volunteers will join GusLink, a group of student employees who make nightly phone calls throughout the academic year inviting gifts to the Gustavus Fund and gathering information for the Gustavus Quarterly and class letters. The campus community’s help is needed. Even though the student volunteers enjoy helping the College, in a show of appreciation for all they do, donations are being sought to reward their hard work. Items such as tickets to sporting or theatre events, frequent-flyer miles, hotel stays, electronic devices, televisions, DVD players, or anything a student may enjoy, are needed. Donations will be received and receipted as a gift-in-kind to the College. Anyone willing to donate items, or anyone who has a good lead on someone with resources that would be of value for this purpose, should contact Assistant Director of the Gustavus Fund Lindsey Christensen ( or x6513).

New Director of Multicultural Programs... Virgil Jones (admission) has accepted appointment as Director of Multicultural Programs. In addition to his work at Gustavus since 2004, Jones brings with him to this new position an advanced degree in education and leadership, and professional experience in student affairs at the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University. He will transition into his new role over the next several weeks.

Collegiate Fellow Positions... The Office of Residential Life will continue to accept nominations for 2007-08 Collegiate Fellow (CF) positions through Friday, Oct. 13. Submissions may be sent to Jeff Thomae (

Department Chairs... A list of department chairs for the 2006-07 academic year is available online at:

Scarecrow Contest Winners... The First Annual Scarecrow Contest in the Linnaeus Arboretum was a huge success. Awards were as follow:

  • Grand Champion -- Gustavus Post Office
  • Most Creative Use of Corn -- Tri-Beta
  • Ray Bolger Memorial Award -- Book Mark
  • Best Represents Their Office/Organization -- Gustavus Post Office
  • Most Strategic Planning Involved -- Office of Marketing and Communication
  • Captures the Spirit of the Arboretum -- Department of Biology
  • Least Likely to Scare a Crow -- Gustavus Greens

A special thanks to the panel of judges: Lisa Heldke, Julie Johnson, President Jim Peterson, Jeff Stocco, Theresa Stogdill, and Warren Wunderlich , as well as and to all who participated!


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:

  • Oct. 13 -- Mary Gaebler, Romans 11: 25-32
  • Oct. 15 -- 19th Sunday in Pentecost, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Oct. 16 -- Mark Bjelland, Hebrews 4: 12-16
  • Oct. 17 -- Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Rachel Van Scoy, Micah 6: 3; 6-8
  • Oct. 18 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 129
  • Oct. 19 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Oct. 20 -- Taize
  • Oct. 22 -- Reading Break, No Chapel

Talk Shop Friday... Scott Bur (chemistry) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 in the Interpretive Center. Bur's talk is titled "The Art of Synthesis: Reproducing the Beauty in Nature." Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. Click here to view the abstract for this and future talks.

Music of Japan Friday... "The Music of Japan: The Past into The Future," a concert of traditional and modern music from Japan, will be presented by guest artists in residence -- vocalist Mika Kimula and bamboo flutist David Wheeler -- and pianist Yumiko Oshima-Ryan (music) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. The selections range from 10th century folk songs to the use of traditional Japanese vocal techniques in contemporary works. This performance gives a rare opportunity for a Midwestern audience to experience traditional Japanese music performed by those who have lived it and know it best. Tickets are available at the SAO ticket center (x7590) and will also be available at the door one hour prior to the performance. This event is sponsored by the Gustavus Artist Series, Diversity Center, the Dean of the Faculty, and the Office of International Education.

Lecture on the Bible Monday... Lori Anne Ferrell, professor of history and English at Claremont Graduate University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Her lecture, "The Bible and the People: Learning the Bible from Manuscripts and Magazines," will address aspects of her research into the ways in which the publication and circulation of the Bible has changed over time and how it has been shaped by social trends and popular media. The research on which this talk is based is part of a book soon to be published by Yale University Press. Ferrell's visit is sponsored by the Department of History, Curriculum II, and the Gustavus Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Eric Carlson (x7692 or

Gallery Talk Tuesday... In conjunction with the Hillstrom Museum of Art's current exhibition, "Architecture of Silence: Cistercian Abbeys of France (photographs by David Heald)," Deborah Goodwin (religion) will give a talk, titled "The Cistercian Life and Spirit," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Hillstrom Museum. Goodwin will consider the aesthetic choices of the Cistercians as well as many other aspects of their order and how these manifested themselves in the lives of the order's members. The talk is free and open to the public.

Farewell Party Wednesday... The Career Center will host a farewell party for Health Professions Coordinator Karen Ryan from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Career Center. The campus community is invited to this gathering to honor Ryan for her work at Gustavus.

"Health Care Mess" Lecture Wednesday... Kip Sullivan, J.D., author of "The Health Care Mess: How We Got Into It and How We'll Get Out of It," will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Olin Hall, room 103. Sullivan has been writing and speaking about the health care crisis in the United States since 1986. A graduate of Harvard Law School and author of more than 100 articles, Sullivan is well known for his thorough knowledge of health care policy. Sullivan's lecture will review the three major contenders in the health policy debate: single-payer (or Medicare for all), managed care, and high-deductible policies. He will focus not only on the history and evolution of the U.S. health care system but also on the ways the current system can be improved. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments and a book signing will follow. Sullivan's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Nursing and Scandinavian Studies and the Women's Studies program.

Wallenberg Memorial Lecture Oct. 26... "Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur: Perspectives from the Field" will be presented by Hugh Q. Parmer, the president of the American Refugee Committee, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 in Wallenberg Auditorium. The American Refugee Committee, a Minnesota-based humanitarian aid agency, operates humanitarian relief operations in 12 countries around the world. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Parmer worked for the Clinton administration in Washington as assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Humanitarian Response, where he led major U.S. humanitarian relief operations required by the war in Kosovo, Hurricane Mitch in Honduras and Nicaragua, and famine relief in Ethiopia and Eritrea. This lecture is sponsored by the Peace Studies program.

Author Michael Perry Returns Oct. 27... As a part of the St. Peter Reads program, author Michael Perry will appear at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. This event is free and open to the public. Perry, who presented his book “Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time” in March 2006 in St. Peter, will share his latest book, “Truck: A Love Story,” which will be released to the public Oct. 17. Like his former book, he delivers an account of his idiosyncratic life and times in the small Wisconsin town of New Auburn. He writes about how he fixed up his old pickup truck and, at the same time, fell in love with the woman who became his wife. There will also be a dinner with the author at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Whiskey River. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Judy Schultz at the Book Mark (x6017). This event is sponsored by the Book Mark and endorsed by Unity in the Community -- St. Peter Reads.

Lunch and Learn Nov. 3... The campus community is invited to the November Lunch and Learn at noon Friday, Nov. 3 in a banquet room in the Campus Center. Kelly Banyai, a health services coordinator from Life Line Screening, will explain what the risk factors are for a stroke and how many non-symptomatic diseases, such as carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and osteoporosis can be prevented. Cost is $5; reservations can be made with Kari Eckheart (x6416).


John Clementson (education) and Laura Behling (English) recently presented at the "Accreditation, Accountability, and Quality" professional development conference sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and NCATE. Their presentation was titled "Relationship Building Between Education and Arts and Sciences Faculty."

Barbara Fister (library) had an article, "Smoke and Mirrors: Finding Order in a Chaotic World," published in the most recent issue of the journal "Research Strategies."

John Holte (mathematics and computer science) gave a talk, titled "Discrete Multifractals," at the International Congress of Mathematicians in August in Madrid.

Horst Ludwig (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German) had a piece of haiku prose and four haiku published in the Romanian haiku yearbook Hermitage (2006 [vol. III]). Also, he had a haiku published in the haiku section of the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun (Sept. 30/Oct. 1).

Dayong Huang (economics and management) co-authored a publication for "The Journal of Financial Economics," one of the few "top-rated" academic journals in Huang's area of study. The paper was orginially 40 pages long but, after referee comments, the final version turned out to be 70 pages long.

Brian Johnson (chaplains) and Carolyn O'Grady (education) co-edited The Spirit of Service: Exploring Faith, Service, and Social Justice in Higher Education, a collection of accounts from professors and administrators as they reflect on their experiences.

Megan Ruble (student activities) was selected as one of three recipients nationally of the Ron Binder Scholarship by the Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA). This scholarship covers her professional registration fee to the AFA National Convention, to be held this winter in New Orleans.

Jenifer Ward (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German) presented a session to graduate students and faculty of the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota. She discussed the nature of faculty work at liberal arts colleges and the changing job market in language and culture studies.


  • Kathy McKenna, mother of Megan Harris (ChYLI) and mother-in-law of Mitch Harris (English), died Wednesday, Oct. 4. The funeral service was Monday, Oct. 9 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale.
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
    Abby Randall, athletics
    Garrison Whyte, athletics

    New Support Staff
    Michael Mallen, custodial, part-time
    Ronald Statham, custodial, part-time
    Aaron Strand, custodial, part-time


Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include: Darrell Jodock (religion) will present Sunday, Oct. 15 at Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield. 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 Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a seventh grade retreat for Woodlake Lutheran Church from Richfield and a ninth grade retreat for East Union Lutheran Church from Carver on Saturday, Oct. 14. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Immanuel Lutheran Church from Auburn on Sunday, Oct. 15 and a retreat for St. Andrew Lutheran Church from Eden Prairie on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 19.

Gustavus Youth Outreach... Upcoming GYO trips include: Friday, Oct. 13 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lakefield and on-campus confirmation retreats for East Union Lutheran Church from Carver on Saturday, Oct. 14 and St. Andrew Lutheran Church from Eden Prairie on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 19. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including church services, family night programs, and leading lock-ins.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Online Database of Grant Programs... COS is a comprehensive database of funding opportunities for faculty across all disciplines which the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations subscribes to. It is available to faculty with a Gustavus e-mail address. It includes opportunities from private foundations, public agencies, national and local governments, and corporations. COS allows for a multitude of searches including a free-text search, a more detailed main search, and a guided Search Wizard tool. These searches solicit general to very specific information. COS also allows individuals to search by sponsor or geographically. It goes beyond keyword searches and allows for a more customized and targeted search of funding opportunities. For specific funding opportunities, visit from on-campus or from off-campus, to be redirected to a login page that will allow access to COS. For any questions or assistance regarding COS searches, please contact Lisa Wojcik ( or x7045).
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or


Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • News of the College becoming an All-Steinway School was the subject of a front-page feature story Oct. 11 in The Free Press of Mankato. The feature included photos of and quotes from David Fienen (music). KEYC-TV (Ch. 12) of Mankato also aired a story on the subject on the 6 p.m. news on Oct. 10.
  • This year's Nobel Conference was featured in the following media:
    • Oct. 5 St. Peter Herald:
      • A photograph of President Jim Peterson, John Lammert (biology), and Brenda Kelly (biology and chemistry) giving presenter J. Michael Bishop an honorary degree, with a caption titled "Nobel Conference honors"
    • "Nobel Prize Winners Visit" on the KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) noon news on Oct. 4
    • "Gustavus to host 42nd annual Nobel Conference" on Sept. 28 on the front page of the St. Peter Herald
  • News of the College's sixth "Fittest" campus ranking in Men's Fitness magazine appeared in the following media:
    • "On the fit list" included interviews with Aaron Banks (health and exercise science), Steve Kjellgren (dining service), Al Molde (athletics) and students Tom Johnson and Harald Van Gaasbeek and mention of student Hailey Harren on Oct. 9 in The Free Press of Mankato
    • "Gustavus Students Among Nation's Fittest" aired Oct. 9 on WCCO Radio's (830 AM, Minneapolis and St. Paul) local news reports
    • "Report: Gustavus students among fittest" on Oct. 9 in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) discussed the upcoming elections in the following media:
    • Minnesota Public Radio's (MPR, St. Paul) "Midday" on Oct. 5
    • Minnesota Public Radio's (MPR, St. Paul) "Morning Edition" and other times on Oct. 6
    • The Washington Post on Oct. 6
  • "Ready for summer? Fall is the time to land a summer internship. It's also the time to start budgeting for one." was featured in the Oct. 6 Star Tribune of Minneapolis mentioned Gustavus and included an interview with Brian Koeneman (internships)
  • "Past meets present: Gustavus Adolphus Theatre and Dance celebrates 75 years" ran Oct. 4 in The Free Press of Mankato on the front page of the Currents section and included interviews with Rob Gardner (theatre and dance) and Al Behrends (college relations/fine arts) and color photographs of alumni
  • "Lutheran theologians exchange views at Gustavus gathering" in the October 2006 issue of the Metro Lutheran featured the Aug. 11-13 gathering of ELCA colleges and seminaries and an interview with Darrell Jodock (religion).

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


Costume Sale... The Department of Theatre and Dance Costume Shop will hold a garage sale from 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 in the lobby of the Anderson Theatre. No item will cost more than $5. A bag sale starts at 6 p.m. Find formal dresses, vintage clothes, pants, skirts, shirts, jackets, and accessories.

Babysitter needed for an infant 4-6 hours per week, November through January, at a home one mile from campus. References required. Contact Anna (507/344-8119 or

Looking for homes for kittens. For photographs and more information on three kittens and their one-year-old mother, contact Thia (

For Sale: Maternity clothes, size medium. Asking $30 for 20+ items. If interested, contact Nicole ( or 934-3213).


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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