The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 9, 2006

November 9, 2006 | Volume 39, Number 10

Volume 39, Number 10

News & Announcements
President's Corner
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Christmas in Christ Chapel will celebrate "American Odyssey" on the weekend of Dec. 1-3. This year's liturgy explores how journals, diaries, and artistic voices in North America have reflected the birth of Christ. Through Holy Scripture and narrative, with music from the oldest of American hymnals to the creativity of living composers and arrangers, worshipers will travel a geography of heritage and discovery as the greater Gustavus community celebrates the Nativity of our Lord. Employees who have not already ordered their complimentary ticket should do so now as seating is limited. Think about sharing Christmas in Christ Chapel with a friend or spouse. For ticket information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication (x7520).

Christmas in Christ Chapel Ushers Needed... Ushers are needed for all Christmas in Christ Chapel services (schedule below):

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1
  • 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
  • 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Ushers need to be at Christ Chapel an hour and a half before the service and may stay or leave after the service begins. To volunteer, contact Dana Lamb (x7520 or as soon as possible.

Publication Reminder... Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, Nov. 23.

Thanksgiving Baking Offer... The Dining Service is again offering to help Gustavus community members with holiday baking. To order pies, breads, and rolls, pick up a form in the Market Place. Orders and payment must be received at the Dining Service Office by Wednesday, Nov. 15. Ordered items will be available for pick up between noon and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 in the Market Place.

Relax in the Chairs... The Adirondack chairs seen around campus were built by Aaron Bank's (health and exercise science) First Term Seminar class, Leisure Quest. During fall semester, the class has been examining "the most precious commodity in America: time...the role and meaning of leisure time in the United States."

President's Corner

Earlier this week, I submitted an article for the Gustavus Quarterly and it occurred to me that a condensed version of that article would be appropriate to share with you here.

Visitors to campus sometimes have an idea about this place. They see our small town setting, the impressive view of the Minnesota River Valley, the beautiful gardens, and well-maintained buildings and they imagine the possibility of a slower, saner, more harmonious mode of living. Gustavus can seem like a place whose main virtue is that it is so different from the rest of the world. It's easy to imagine that Gustavus is an extraordinary place because it preserves a mode of living that seems to have been lost almost everywhere else, because it is a protected enclave, rich in quality of life...small, safe, and secluded.

This idyllic perspective misses something important about what sort of place this is. What makes Gustavus an extraordinary place is not its separation from the world and its challenges, but the way we engage the world and our reasons for not hiding from it.

In the Quarterly, I give a variety of examples. For The Yellow Sheet, let me just say that, every day, the people who make up this College bring with them their different interests, economic and social statuses, cultural heritages, and faith traditions. Together, as we pursue our common mission and our many common goals, we try to figure out what it means to address our diversity as part of a residential, church-related, liberal arts college.

We seek to create an extraordinary learning environment as varied, as interesting, as colorful and challenging as the world our students will enter when they leave this hill. We'll struggle with how to do that in the very best way we know how. We cannot do less for our students, for the church, and for society.



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. 10 -- Mark Granquist
  • Nov. 12 -- 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Nov. 13 -- Ellie Roscher
  • Nov. 14 -- Gustavus Choir
  • Nov. 15 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 51
  • Nov. 16 -- Hunger and Homelessness, Richard Leitch
  • Nov. 17 -- Megan Buckingham
  • Nov. 19 -- 24th Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson

Play This Weekend... 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 (theatre), 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 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 through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 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 Friday... 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.

Wind Orchestras Honor Myron Falck Friday... The Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras will present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 in Christ Chapel. This performance, directed by Douglas Nimmo (music), will be dedicated to the work of Myron Falck (professor emeritus of music), conductor of the Gustavus Band from 1954 through 1982, who passed away earlier this year. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Vasa Wind Orchestra will perform Ron Nelson's Lauds, Spoon River by Percy Grainger, Curiale's Forgiveness, Bartok's Allegro Barbaro, Missing Man by Jerker Johansson, and Gustav Holst's A Moorside Suite.

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will then present Giannini's Symphony No. 3, and student saxophone soloist Matt Bergman will lead the ensemble with the performance of Leon Russell's This Masquerade. In recognition of Falck, the wind orchestra will perform the National Emblem March by E. E. Bagley and edited by Frederick Fennell. In May 2003, in his last conducting appearance with the Gustavus Band, Falck conducted the Gustavus Alumni Band in this work as part of the band's 125th anniversary celebration. The concert will conclude with the Battle Hymn of the Republic, arranged by Luigi Zaninelli.

Jazz Concert Saturday... The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Wright, will present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall.

The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble will perform Jeff Jarvis' Flashpoint, Watch What Happens by Michael Legrand, The Duke, My Foolish Heart, Molly Meander, and Lennie Niehaus' Flashback.

The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band will present John LaBarbera's For Them All, works by Sammy Nestico (Hava Nice Day), Tadd Dameron, Alan Baylock, Thelonius Monk (Straight, No Chaser), Thad Jones' Us and Rain, a composition by Wright. In addition to these works, the Gustavus Jazz Quartet will perform a number of pieces.

Saturday's concert is free and open to the public.

Autumn Warmer Sunday... 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?" at the Friends' annual meeting. This event is free and open to the public.

Student Recital Sunday... Two student recitals are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall:
  • At 1:30 p.m., Luke Royer will present his senior voice recital, accompanied by Christine Schulz and assisted by fellow Gustavus students. Royer will present works by John Rutter, Antonio Caldara, Alessandro Scarlatti, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Felix Mendelssohn, and contemporary works, with various instrumentation, by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan. Royer is a student of voice professor Nicholas Wayne.
  • At 7:30 p.m., Joel Beachey and Mark LaVoie will give their junior piano recital. Beachey and LaVoie will perform works by Beethoven -- LaVoie will present the Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 and Beachey the Pathetique Sonata Op. 13. The duo will play Chopin's Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 17, Brahms' Rhapsody No. 1 in B minor, Op. 17, and Norman Dello Joio's Piano Sonata No. 3. Both Beachey and LaVoie currently study privately with Yumiko Oshima-Ryan.

Both recitals are free and open to the public with receptions following the performances.

Woodwind Ensembles to Perform Sunday... Two Gustavus woodwind ensembles, the Gustavus Flute Choir and the Gustavus Woodwind Choir, will present their combined fall concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall. This concert, conducted by Ann Pesavento (music), is free and open to the public.

The flute choir opens with works by Neubaur and Weis, Canon in D by Pachelbel, Pierre Max Dubois' Quatuor and ends with a traditional Irish jig arranged by Kibbe.

The Woodwind Choir, a mixed ensemble of flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, contra-bass clarinet, and saxophone, will perform works by Vaughan Williams, Jarnefelt, Alfred Reed, Barthe, and Frackenpohl.

Faculty Shop Talk Nov. 17... Brian Johnson (chaplains) and Carolyn O'Grady (education) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2006-07 academic year. Their talk, titled "The Spirit of Service," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 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.

Internationally Recognized Doctor and Author to Visit Nov. 20-21... Esther Sternberg, chief of the Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health, director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program, and author of The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions, will be on campus Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21 to give two public lectures, visit classes, have conversations with students and faculty members, and serve as homilist. The schedule includes:

  • Monday, Nov. 20
    • 10 a.m. Daily Chapel homily in Christ Chapel
    • 11:30 a.m. lunch and conversation in the St. Peter Room
    • 5 p.m. dinner in the Presidents Dining Room
    • 7 p.m. public lecture, "How Stress Can Make You Sick and Believing Can Make You Well: The Science of the Mind-Body Connection," in Alumni Hall, with a reception and book signing to follow
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21
    • 12:30 p.m. lunch and conversation in the St. Peter Room
    • 5 p.m. dinner in the Presidents Dining Room
    • 7 p.m. public lecture, "Brain-Immune Connections in Health and Disease," in Alumni Hall

Sternberg is widely recognized for her work in mind-body health and holistic medicine. Known for her ability to make complex scientific subjects accessible, she has lectured on a wide spectrum of topics including stress and illness, spirituality, love, and health as they relate to brain-immune interactions. Sternberg is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and is the recipient of the Public Health Service Superior Service Award, the FDA Commissioner's Special Citation, and many other accolades. Though direct connections have not yet been proven between areas of the brain that control immunity and those that generate feelings and thoughts, Sternberg's work has helped to demonstrate how they work and what the implications can be for treatable and chronic diseases.

Sternberg's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry (through a grant from the Merck Foundation), Nursing, and Psychology; along with the Center for Vocational Reflection, the Counseling and Advising Centers, the Health Service, and the Offices of Church Relations and the Chaplains.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Holiday Fare Saturday... 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!

Gustavus Grad to Perform Sunday... The national award-winning band Brother Mule, 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.

Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser Nov. 18... A Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Mankato. The fundraiser is being held in honor of five-year-old "Nate the Great" (aka Nate Johnson), the son of Amie and Brad Johnson (printing services), who is currently living with juvenile diabetes. There will be food, face painting, movies, a coloring contest, and a prize drawing at 8 p.m. Tickets for more than 30 prizes can be purchased for $5 or five for $20. Anyone who would like to donate but cannot attend can send checks payable to JDRF to Brad via campus mail.

Extraordinary People

Patric Giesler (sociology and anthropology) published a review of Susan Rasmussen's book, Those Who Touch: Tuareg Medicine Women in Anthropological Perspective, in Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (Oct. 12 online and to be listed in the journal's hard copy, Vol. 35, No. 4, December 2006).

Mark Kruger (psychology) and Mark Lammers (music) had an article, titled "Brass and Woodwind Student Practice Habits in Norway, Japan and the United States," published as the lead article in the Summer 2006 edition of the NACWPI Journal (Vol. LIV No. 4).

Yumiko Oshima-Ryan's (music) article, "Not Always by Memory," was published in the November 2006 issue of Clavíer, one of the major keyboard magazines in the United States published by The Instrumentalist Publishing Company.

David Wolfe (mathematics and computer science) was an invited speaker at the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America on Saturday, Oct. 28. His talk, titled "On New Games," covered recent advances in combinatorial game theory.


  • Ethel Pehrson (emeritus professor of music), who taught at Gustavus from 1950 to 1976, died Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Los Angeles.
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).

Position Openings

  • Cashier, Dining Service
  • Finance Coordinator, International Education
  • Registrar
For more information on the aforementioned positions, call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education presenters scheduled for this week include Mark Granquist (religion) on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on "Religion and Politics in America" and Mary Solberg (religion) on Sunday, Nov. 12 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Bloomington.

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.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Harry Ransom Center Humanities Research Fellowships... Research fellowships for 2007-08 are available at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, located at the University of Texas at Austin. The Harry Ransom Center houses thirty-six million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photographs, and more than a hundred thousand works of art. Priority will be given to projects that concentrate on the center's collections and that require substantial on-site use of them. Each year, the fellowship program has a special topic. This year's topic is "In Times of War." Special consideration will be given to research proposals that address and investigate the transatlantic cultural exchange of ideas, particularly those affected by times of war. Please note that research proposals do not have to relate to the special topic to be eligible for fellowship support. Approximately 40 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. The fellowships range from a month to two to four months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Travel stipends of $1,000 to $1,500 are also available. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2007. Information about the fellowships, application process, and the Ransom Center's collections is available online.
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:
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) took part in/or was interviewed in the following media regarding the Nov. 7 election:
    • Live commentary on election night on KEYC-TV (Ch.12, Mankato)
    • WCCO Radio (830 AM, Twin Cities) on Nov. 8
    • Nov. 8 Star Tribune of Minneapolis story, "State voter turnout apparently led nation"
  • Hank Toutain (dean of students) was quoted in an article titled "Today's college kids stay tied to apron strings" that appeared in the Nov. 7 Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
  • Kevin Byrne (history) and student Holly Andersen were featured on "Gustavus Students Dance with Profs for Fundraiser" on the 6 and 10 p.m. news Thursday, Nov. 2 on KEYC-TV (Ch.12, Mankato).
  • Student Ma Lee Vang was one of the Phillips Scholars mentioned in a story that ran on the Education page of the Nov. 1-14 Asian Pages newspaper.
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) was quoted in an article, "Obama knows how to attract a crowd," that ran in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis on Oct. 31.
  • Beth Schnell ('82 and Gustavus trustee) was featured in an article, "Relationship Sales: Sparboe Companies: New strategy began taking shape decades ago, when Beth Schnell learned about selling from her dad" that appeared in the November 2006 issue of Twin Cities Business.
  • Peter Hoogenboom ('82) was featured in a front-page story, "Peddling good health," in a special supplement, "Fall into Good Health," in the Oct. 26 St. Peter Herald.
  • Stan Shetka (art and art history) was featured in the Oct. 19 St. Peter Herald in an article titled "Trash to treasure: ShetkaStone shines."
  • Mark Anderson (admission and financial aid) was quoted in "Colleges aim to ease admissions stress" which appeared in the Oct. 2 St. Paul Pioneer Press.
  • Gustavus is mentioned in Touring Swedish America, Where to Go and What to See -- Second Edition, a book published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Click here to view more information on the book.
  • The 2006 Nobel Conference was the subject of the following:
    • "Designer medicine ahead?: Stay tuned, experts say: this year's Nobel Conference focused on medical advances" that appeared in the November 2006 Metro Lutheran
    • "Speaking of medicine," a black and white photograph of presenter J. Michael Bishop as he spoke to the conference audience, ran in a special supplement, "Fall into Good Health," in the Oct. 26 St. Peter Herald

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 are 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22; closed Thursday, Nov. 23-Saturday, Nov. 25; 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26.


For Sale: Color ink jet cartridges for HP 810C printer #HPC1823D. Call Gretchen (934-5441).

For Sale: Oak round table with leaves and six chairs and matching hutch, $425; burgundy sectional sofa with hide-a-bed, $650; oak desk, $75; deluxe weight bench with weights, $140; three-piece white dresser set with desk, $150; glass top patio table with chairs, $75; framed Night on the Town by Terry Redlin, $175; new seven-foot lighted artificial tree, $250; air hockey table, $145; black music stand, $30; one-student-owner Yamaha trumpet, $400; clarinet (played two years), $375; and open-hole flute, $600. Contact Robert Helgeson ( or x7530).

Calendar of Events

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.

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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