The Yellow Sheet for Oct. 19, 2006

October 19, 2006 | Volume 39, Number 7

Volume 39, Number 7

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Thank Yous
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Gustavus a Leader... Gustavus is in good stead with its decision in May to adopt a test-optional admission practice. This week two more national liberal arts colleges, Gettysburg College and Union College, joined the growing list of top schools nationwide to make SAT and ACT test scores optional for high school seniors who apply for admission. There are now 27 schools from the U.S. News and World Report's 100 Best Liberal Arts Colleges list that have test-optional admission policies. Other schools include Bowdoin, Middlebury, Hamilton, Bates, Mount Holyoke, College of the Holy Cross, Connecticut, Bard, Franklin and Marshall, Dickinson, and Sarah Lawrence. Click here to read more about the Gustavus decision. Based on research, the best predictor of performance during a student's first year in college is their high school coursework and GPA. So far this year, application numbers are up at Gustavus and 13 percent have opted not to submit test scores.

Stadium Construction Begins... Construction of the new football stadium will begin Saturday, Oct. 21. For four days, starting that day, the portion of Circle Drive between Campus Center Drive and the entrance to Collegeview/Swanson Tennis Center will be closed. The Campus Center Drive closure will enable asphalt to be removed and recycled prior to the construction. Once reopened, there will be a short detour of this road segment for approximately four weeks, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 24. During that timespan, access to the College's motor pool and the Physical Plant shops will be through the College View parking lot. A realignment of Circle Drive will be done to accommodate the stadium construction. Construction of the stadium is scheduled to continue steadily through the next nine or 10 months. The stadium is expected to be used for the opening football game of the 2007 season. A decommissioning of the current stadium will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 in conjunction with the final home game of the season.

More Athletic Field News... With the new football stadium project, other athletic fields are moved or created. New collegiate baseball and practice football fields will occupy the two practice soccer and some intramural softball fields. Work to the west of these fields will be done to replace existing fields lost in this shuffle. This western portion (behind the President's House and west of the shop fields) will have four large fields for soccer, rugby, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, as well as other club and intramural sports, and summer programs and camps. It will also have intramural softball diamonds. And, as a result of longstanding "town-gown" relationships and numerous meetings between the College, the city, and the school district, the plan is to share these fields in the following ways: for Community Recreation activities primarily in the summer, for junior high and high school athletics principally in the fall, for city/community recreation sports in the spring and summer such as soccer and softball. Conversations are continuing on this sharing agreement, but according to Physical Plant Director Warren Wunderlich, the project may include fencing, some lighting to extend the hours of use, a parking lot, and access off of Broadway. These items, which were proposed and would be paid for by the other entities, are being discussed. Estimated completion time for this entire project is next fall.

Nobel Conference Online... Click here to view the 2006 Nobel Conference lectures and question-and-answer sessions online in audio and video format.

Support Staff Meetings... The support staff fall divisional meetings with Jim Peterson, Ken Westphal, and Kirk Beyer are scheduled as follows:

  • Custodial -- 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23 in the Heritage Room
  • Physical Plant and Safety and Security -- 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 in Shop Building B
  • Book Mark, Library, and Office Staff -- 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 in the Heritage Room
  • Dining Service -- 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the Heritage Room

Dining Service Goes "Passionately Pink"... October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and "Passionately Pink for the Cure" is a new fundraising program from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The idea is to see pink everywhere, reminding everyone of the crucial need to eradicate breast cancer. The Dining Service has chosen Thursday, Oct. 26 as its day to go "Passionately Pink." To join in this fundraising effort, make a donation to the Komen Foundation and wear pink on Thursday, Oct. 26. To make a donation, contact Candy Witte in the Dining Service office (x7488).

And the Winner Is... The winner of the Sysco Food Services trip to Palm Springs, Calif., is Margaret Derner (chaplains).


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. 20 -- Taize Service
  • Oct. 22 -- Reading Break, No Chapel
  • Oct. 23 -- Reading Break, No Chapel
  • Oct. 24 -- Reading Break, No Chapel
  • Oct. 25 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 87
  • Oct. 26 -- Ramadan, Fardosa Ali
  • Oct. 27 -- Liz Jaede, senior, Psalm 119: 17-24
  • Oct. 29 -- Reformation Sunday, Mary Gaebler

Ramadan Celebration Oct. 26... The campus community is invited to celebrate the end of the Fifth Annual Ramadan Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 in the Heritage Room. Omid Safi, assistant professor of Islamic Studies at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., will speak on "Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism." This event is sponsored by Pan-Afrikan Student Organization, Crossroads, and the Campus Activities Board. Come for the lecture and ethnic food. RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 19 to Fatima-Zahra Elattir (x7449 or

Darfur Lecture Oct. 26... "Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur: Perspectives from the Field" will be presented by Hugh 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, 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 and is free and open to the public.

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." 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 restored 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.

Faculty Piano and Guest 'Cellist Recital Oct. 29... A recital featuring guest artist and 'cellist David Carter and faculty pianist Esther Wang will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. Works by Beethoven, Faure, and Tchaikovsky will be performed. The recital is free and open to the public.

Why Read Lecture Nov. 1... Mark Edmundson will deliver the 2006-07 Lefler Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Alumni Hall. Edmundson, Daniels Family Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the author of "Why Read?," "Teacher: The One Who Made a Difference," and other books. In his lecture, Edmundson will explore the vital role that reading plays in the making of engaged citizens and will challenge the audience to understand why it is necessary to read. The event is free and open to the public.

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).


Benefit Concert Sunday... First Lutheran Church in St. Peter will present a Music for Missions concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. The guest pianist will be Nathan Knutson, a member of the adjunct faculty at Minnesota State University Mankato. The program will feature the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 by Franz Liszt, as well as works by Brahms and Poulenc. A free-will offering will benefit the Levi Selly family, whose home was destroyed by the August tornado. For more information, contact Chad Winterfeldt (934-3060).


Laura Behling (English) has published "Politics and the Pandemic: HIV/AIDS, Africa, and the Discourse of Disability," in the Review of Disability Studies. The article appears in a special forum on "Disability and Deliverance in the Wake of Disaster."

Julie Gilbert (library) presented a poster session, "Am I Dusting Those Shelves for Nothing? Reference Book Use in a Small Public Library," at the Minnesota Library Association Conference in September.

Andy Vaughn (religion) recently published the following items:

  • “LMLK and Official Seal Impressions from Tel Beth-Shemesh,” which will be Chapter 12 in "Tel Beth-Shemesh -- A Border Community in Judah. Renewed Excavations 1990-2000: The Iron Age"
  • “Fakes, Forgeries and Biblical Scholarship” in "Near Eastern Archaeology"
  • “A Provenance Study of Hebrew Seals and Seal Impressions -- A Statistical Analysis,” an essay in "I Will Tell Secret Things from Long Ago"
  • The following dictionary entries: Beth-Shemesh, Carpenter, and Debir in the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Support Staff
    Wanda Enter, Custodial
    Joleen Nickels, Communication Studies and Theatre and Dance


  • Director of Student Financial Assistance
  • Financial Assistance Clerk, Student Financial Assistance
  • Health Professions Coordinator, Career Center
  • Multicultural Recruitment and Admission Counselor/Assistant Director, Admission
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Retreat... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat Saturday, Oct. 21 for First Lutheran Church from Le Sueur.

Student Visit... The Office of Church Relations will host the following church high school group with an interest in Lutheran higher education: Easter Lutheran Church from Eagan on Thursday, Oct. 19 and Friday, Oct. 20.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • 2007 Smithsonian Fellowships... Fellowships to conduct research in a wide variety of disciplines are available to support research at Smithsonian facilities or field stations. Field-based fellowships include environmental science; anthropology; earth sciences and paleobiology; evolutionary and systematic biology; history of science and technology; history of American, contemporary, African and Asian art; social and cultural history of the U.S.; and materials research (see website for complete listing). The term of the fellowship is three to 12 months (postdoctoral fellowships in science may be awarded for up to 24 months). Fellowships are available for senior scholars (defined as more than seven years beyond the Ph.D.) as well as postdoctoral scholars (defined as up to seven years beyond the Ph.D.). Both fellowships offer a stipend of $40,000 per year ($45,000 for fellows in earth and planetary science), plus allowances. The deadline for all fellowships is Jan. 16, 2007. Click here to view additional information and application materials.
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:
  • Wind energy was the subject of a news story, "Wind turbines graduating to college campuses," that aired on KARE-TV (Ch. 11, Minneapolis/St. Paul) Oct. 16 and mentioned that Gustavus is working to build two commercial wind turbines.
  • Author Michael Perry's upcoming visit to St. Peter was featured on the front page of The Valley section of The Free Press of Mankato on Oct. 16. The article included an interview with Judy Schultz (Book Mark).
  • News of the College's sixth "Fittest" campus ranking in Men's Fitness magazine appeared in the following:
    • "Gustavus Adolphus College is fit" in the Oct. 14 St. Paul Pioneer Press
    • "Magazine: Gustavus is sixth fittest college in U.S." in the Oct. 12 St. Peter Herald
  • The Oct. 12 St. Peter Herald published the following stories:
    • "First-ever scarecrow contest at Gustavus" that included an interview with Emily Beatty (arboretum) and three photographs
    • "Sky high at halftime" -- a photograph of the Gustavus Dance Line during halftime

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


Library Hours for Fall Break... 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23; and 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.


For Sale: Two desks ($35 each); two office chairs ($35 each); gas grill with gas tank ($40); wing back chair ($30); old dresser ($5); wardrobe ($25); two white bookshelves ($30 each); six-foot fiberglass step ladder ($50); full-size mattress set ($200); work bench ($20); and TV stand/entertainment center ($25). Contact Andy (x7475 or

For Rent: New four-bedroom, two and one-half bath town home close to campus. Large living room, kitchen with island, dining area; master bedroom and three additional bedrooms located upstairs. Rooms are carpeted with exception of kitchen, bathrooms, and entry way. Spacious two plus car garage is located across from front door. Rent is $1,200 per month; rent does not include utilities or heat. No pets allowed. Call (952) 881-1198 (ask for Barb or Bob) to see the property or if questions.


Cheri Brown (institutional advancement) thanks everyone who donated hours during her recovery. "I appreciated all of the kindness and support which made recovery much less stressful. Again, many thanks," she says.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
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 Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

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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