The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 2, 2006

November 2, 2006 | Volume 39, Number 9

Volume 39, Number 9

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

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

News & Announcements

Financial Counseling Sessions Dec. 6-7... A TIAA-CREF consultant will be on campus Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 7 for personal financial counseling sessions. To schedule a counseling session, sign up on the TIAA-CREF website or call 800-877-6602.


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:

  • Nov. 3 -- International Day
  • Nov. 5 -- All Saints' Sunday, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Nov. 6 -- Day of the Dead
  • Nov. 7 -- Victoria Barnett, Psalm 3
  • Nov. 8 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 119: 1-8
  • Nov. 9 -- Tim Strommer
  • Nov. 10 -- Mark Granquist

Talk Shop Friday... Mark Bjelland (geography) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2006-07 academic year. His talk, titled "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Competing Models for the U.K.'s Urban Renaissance," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 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.

Tonic Sol-fa Concert Saturday... One of the Midwest's most sought-after a capella groups, Tonic Sol-fa, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. This Twin Cities group has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest for the past 11 years and has established itself not only as the most in-demand vocal group in the Midwest, but also as one of the most successful independent acts in America. They have appeared on the "Today Show" and Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion." In addition to substantial CD sales of its own independent releases (one million copies sold), the group has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Tickets are available by calling the SAO ticket center (x7590). Cost is $15 for adults and $12 for students, Gustavus faculty and staff, and senior citizens. Tickets not reserved before Saturday will be on sale in the recital hall lobby one hour prior to show time.

Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras to Perform Sunday... The Gustavus Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, under the direction of Warren Friesen, will perform their fall concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. This performance is free and open to the public.

Lecture on Bonhoeffer's Legacy Tuesday... Victoria Barnett will give a lecture on "Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Legacy in a Post-Holocaust World" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the Heritage Room. Barnett is staff director of church relations at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a general editor of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's complete works and the English translation series of these works. She is author of "For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest Against Hitler" and "Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust," and the editor/translator of Wolfgang Gerlach's "And the Witnesses were Silent: the Confessing Church and the Jews" and "Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography." The lecture is sponsored by the Drell and Adeline Bernhardson Chair in Lutheran Studies, the FTS program, and the Departments of History and Religion.

Cancer Support Meeting Wednesday... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Linner Lounge. Bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Chill Out and Wellness Fair Nov. 9... The sixth annual Gustie Chill Out and Wellness Fair is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the banquet rooms in the Campus Center. The Chill Out, a campus-wide event for students, faculty, and staff, is intended to promote wellness, stress management, education, and health. Live music, free chair massages, reiki, yoga, education on personal health, fitness, wellness topics, and confidential screening for anxiety and depression will be available. Contact Steve Bennett (x7539 or in the Counseling Center for more information.

"An Experiment With An Air Pump" Nov. 9-12... "An Experiment With An Air Pump" opens the 75th anniversary season of theatre at Gustavus with performances Nov. 9-12 in Anderson Theatre. Directed by Rob Gardner, "An Experiment With An Air Pump" confronts essential, moral and ethical questions in the development of understanding of the human race in situations which, although similar, are separated by 200 years. The play is set in 1799 and 1999 and moves between those two periods in the same house in England. The players are scientists, their families and their friends, all of whom are confronted by the critical issues of their day which threaten or promise to change the future. The issues concern those changes and the scientific advances that accompany them, whether they be for the greater good or for evil. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 9-11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Tickets are available by calling the SAO ticket center (x7590). Tickets remaining on the day of the performance will be on sale at the Anderson Theatre box office one hour prior to show time.

International Festival Nov. 10... Experience many cultures at this year's International Festival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 in Alumni Hall. There will be food, country displays, music, dancing, and a fashion show. This event is sponsored by the International Cultures Club and is free and open to the public.

Autumn Warmer Nov. 12... The Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum invites everyone to its annual Autumn Warmer and 2007 Membership Kick-off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. Events start with a dessert reception, followed by a multimedia presentation by Chuck Niederriter (physics), titled "Will the Gustie Wind Ever Turn into Electricity at Gustavus?" and the Friends' annual meeting. This event is free and open to the public.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Lutefisk and Swedish Meatball Supper Saturday... Everyone is welcome to enjoy lutefisk and/or Swedish meatballs at Scandian Grove Lutheran Church's annual supper Saturday, Nov. 4. Meals will be served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Cost is $13 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under. Takeout meals are available.

Mozart Recital Sunday... Helen and Paul Baumgartner (emeriti professors of music) will present a four-hand all-Mozart program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 in Trinity Chapel at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. This event is part of the Bethany concert series and there will be a charge.

Fun Run Nov. 11... Everyone is invited to participate in the Thrivent Habitat 5/10 K Run/Walk beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The event begins at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. The proceeds will be donated to the St. Peter Habitat for Humanity. For registration and information, contact Cynthia Porter at the St. Peter Thrivent office (934-5304). All participants will receive a race stocking cap.

Holiday Fare Nov. 11... The Arts Center of Saint Peter's annual Holiday Fare will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Senior Center in the St. Peter Community Center. The event will include an artisans' sale featuring 26 local artists, a lefse and bake sale, and a coffee shop. Purchase unique gifts for the holidays and start holiday baking preparations the easy way.

Deep Valley Book Festival Nov. 11... The third annual Deep Valley Book Festival, a celebration of authors, books, and reading, will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center in Mankato. This event promotes Minnesota authors and illustrators, and visitors will be able to meet with authors for conversation and book signings. There will be various programs and events, including "An Evening with Lorna Landvik" at 7 p.m. Landvik, an actor and comedian who has written and produced plays in which she also performs, is the author of "Patty Jane's House of Curl," "Your Oasis on Flame Lake," "The Tall Pine Polka," "Welcome to the Great Mysterious," "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons," and "Oh My Stars." There is no admission charge for the festival, but tickets are required for the Lorna Landvik presentation. Tickets may be purchased for $15 at the door or ordered in advance for $10. For tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and check to Deep Valley Book Festival: Tickets, P.O. Box 94, Mankato 56002-0094. This is an event for the entire family; however, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Julie (

Gustavus Grad to Perform Nov. 12... Brother Mule, a band consisting of Brian Wicklund (fiddle/mandolin), Ben Winship (lead vocals, mandolin), and Eric Thorin (bass), will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Eagles Club (708 N. Riverfront Dr. in Mankato). Wicklund is a St. Peter native and a 1987 Gustavus graduate. The band won an Indie Music Award for their "Big Twang" CD in 2005. The group's motto, "Playing the music of yesterday and today like there's no tomorrow," fits their mix of original and traditional tunes. Cost is $15 for the general public and $12 for The Bothy Folk Club members.

Extraordinary People

Mark Granquist (religion) will chair a session at the annual meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature to be held Nov. 18-21 in Washington, D.C.

Darrell Jodock (religion) was one of three Americans invited to give a paper at an international conference, "After 100 Years: Modernism and Anti-Modernism in the Catholic Church," which met Oct. 25-28 in northern Italy. Scholars were invited from Germany, Italy, and France, as well as the United States. The purpose of gathering was to enable those doing research in one country to hear from scholars engaged in similar projects in another country, thereby overcoming the isolation caused, at least in part, by language barriers. Jodock reported on the work done between 1976 and 1999 by the Roman Catholic Modernism Group of the American Academy of Religion. Also, Jodock was re-elected vice-chair and a member of the executive committee of the Board of the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at its annual meeting held Oct. 19-20. He was also appointed chair of the board's development committee and interim chair of its finance committee. Jodock has served on the board since 1999.

John Lammert (biology) is the author of "Techniques in Microbiology: A Student Handbook," published and released recently by Prentice-Hall/Pearson.

Don Myers (art and art history and Hillstrom Museum) and Lois Peterson (art and art history) had a feature article published in the November issue of Ceramics Monthly. The article, "Clay Bodies by Students Bodies," discusses the exhibition program of the same title that Peterson started in 1998 for college students in the Midwest. Ceramics Monthly has an international readership and is a leading magazine in the field of the ceramic arts.

Scott Newstock (English) gave a lecture, "'Here Lies': The English Renaissance Epitaph Beyond the Gravestone," Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center.

Lois Peterson (art and art history) had an opening of her ceramic work Friday, Oct. 27 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The exhibition, titled "Nature Calls," will be on display through Wednesday, Nov. 22. Peterson's work was also featured in an exhibition of Minnesota college art faculty held in October at Concordia College in Moorhead.

Don Scheese (English) presented a paper, "The Presence of the Prehistoric in Literature About Bandelier National Monument," at the Western Literature Association meeting held Oct. 25-28 in Boise, Idaho. The paper was drawn from a chapter in Scheese's current book project, "The Allure of the Anasazi: Representations of Ancestral Puebloans in Art & Literature."

Paul Turpin (communication studies) has won the American Society for the History of Rhetoric's 2006 dissertation award for his doctoral dissertation, "Liberal Political Economy and Justice: Character and Decorum in the Economic Arguments of Adam Smith and Milton Friedman."

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Administrators
    Brian Fry, Athletics

    New Support Staff
    Raoul Blackman, Safety and Security On Call Officer
    Raymond Jacobson, Safety and Security On Call Officer
    Jennifer Warren, Custodial

Position Openings

  • Banquet Wait Staff, Dining Service
For more information on the aforementioned position, call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education presenters scheduled include:
  • On Sunday, Nov. 5:
    • Mark Granquist (religion) will give a talk, "Religion and Politics" (part 2), at United Lutheran Church in Red Wing
    • Garrett Paul (religion) will give a talk, "God and Politics" (part 2), at St. John Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine
    • Darrell Jodock (religion) will speak at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley
    • Mary Solberg (religion) will give a talk, "Just Peace," at First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights
    • Karen Larson (interdisciplinary studies) will give a talk, "Terrorism in America," at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna
  • Mark Granquist (religion) will present "Religion and Politics in America" Thursday, Nov. 16 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis

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 an overnight confirmation retreat Friday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 5 for St. Barnabas Lutheran Church from Plymouth, Minn., and an overnight confirmation retreat Friday, Nov. 3-Saturday, Nov. 4 for Zion Lutheran Church from Appleton, Minn.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Support for host institutions for NEH summer seminars and institutes… The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides grants to colleges, universities, and other institutions to support national faculty development programs in the humanities for high school teachers, or college and university faculty. These summer seminars and institutes provide the opportunity to deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities through intensive study of significant topics, texts, and issues. Awards for seminars range from $45,000 to $120,000, and awards for institutes range from $80,000 to $200,000, depending upon the length of the seminar or institute. The deadline for project directors to submit an application is March 1, 2007, for a project beginning in summer 2008. Guidelines for this spring’s competition will be posted early this winter; in the meantime, interested faculty can refer to last year’s program announcement at
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:
  • Mary K. Nelson ('61) received the Association of Congregations Award and was featured on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts Monday, Oct. 30 on KEYC-TV (Ch.12, Mankato)
  • Gustavus student Kou Xiong, who participated in a panel on a variety of issues connected to the topic of generosity, was featured in an article, "Downtown voices: pondering the meaning of generosity" in the Oct. 30 Skyway News/Downtown Journal
  • Mitchell Winiecki, who attended Gustavus, climbed to the summit of Denali (Mount McKinley) and was featured in "Mountain climber learned to summon courage, retain respect" in the Oct. 30 St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • "Gustavus Plays Last Game on Original Field" ran on the 6 and 10 p.m. news Saturday, Oct. 28 on KEYC-TV (Ch. 12, Mankato) and mentioned Dennis Raarup (professor emeritus of health and exercise science) and Todd Raarup ('88)
  • Brian Koeneman (career center) was quoted in an article, "Time to budget for internship," in the Oct. 26 Star Tribune of Minneapolis
  • Oct. 19 St. Peter Herald:
    • David Fienen (music) was interviewed in "Gustavus now an All-Steinway School" that also included two color photographs of the arrival of the new piano and Fienen at the piano
    • Stan Shetka (art and art history) was featured in "Trash to treasure: ShetkaStone shines" in the newspaper's Business & Industry section
  • "Ticket splitters favor Pawlenty, Klobuchar" appeared on the front-page story in the Oct. 12 Star Tribune of Minneapolis and included quotes by Chris Gilbert (political science)

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


Tickets For Sale: Two third-row tickets to see Leo Kottke Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Civic Center in Mankato. Tickets are $25 each. If interested, call 933-7545.

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.

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