The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 16, 2006

November 16, 2006 | Volume 39, Number 11

Volume 39, Number 11

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
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News & Announcements

Christmas in Christ Chapel Ticket Update... A limited number of tickets are still available for this year's Christmas in Christ Chapel services. To purchase tickets for the 7:30 p.m. service on Friday, Dec. 1 or Sunday, Dec. 3, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication/Special Events (x7520).

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 Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Thursday, Nov. 23.

Assistant Dean of Students Named... Steve Bennett, director of the Counseling Center, has accepted appointment as assistant dean of students. Bennett joined the Counseling Center staff in 1997 as a staff psychologist and was appointed assistant director and director/assistant dean in 1999 and 2002, respectively. It is expected that he will transition out of his current role and into his new one within the next four to six weeks.


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. 17 -- Megan Buckingham
  • Nov. 19 -- 24th Sunday after Pentecost, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Nov. 20 -- Esther Sternberg
  • Nov. 21 -- Peter Shea
  • Nov. 22 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 127
  • Nov. 23 -- Thanksgiving Break, no chapel
  • Nov. 24 -- Thanksgiving Break, no chapel
  • Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving Break, no chapel
  • Nov. 27 -- Darrell Jodock
  • Nov. 28 -- Healing Service, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Nov. 29 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 146

Faculty Shop Talk Friday... 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.

Living History Speeches on TV... Speeches by students in the Public Speaking class taught by Sarah Wolter will air on St. Peter Public Access (Ch. 7) at the following times:

  • Friday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 a.m.

The speeches are part of a living history interview project, where students interviewed volunteers from the St. Peter Senior Center and compiled the information into an informative speech.

Improv Comedy Show Friday... The public is invited to watch the LineUs Improv Comedy Troupe perform "The Disease" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the Arts Center of St. Peter. The group will perform with the new youth improv comedy troupe that is supported by the Arts Center. LineUs is attempting to raise funds to attend the Miami Improv Festival early next year.

Internationally Recognized Doctor and Author to Visit Monday and Tuesday... 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'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.

Fireside Chat Dec. 1... Fireside Chats, a new initiative of the Linnaeus Arboretum, are intended to be informal, though informative, opportunities to share topics of interest with the entire campus community. Presentations will last 20-30 minutes and will be presented twice, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sandwiches, chips, fruit, and pop will be available for purchase at the Interpretive Center, or participants may bring their own lunch. The first Fireside Chat will be held Friday, Dec. 1 with Warren Wunderlich, who will talk about the campus master plan for buildings and grounds.

Sigma Sigma Sigma Auction and Raffle Dec. 2... The annual silent auction and raffle to benefit the Robbie Page Memorial, a foundation that provides play therapy for hospitalized children, will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Dive. A portion of the funds raised will also be donated to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Auction items include gift certificates, fine jewelry, gift baskets, spa packages, sporting goods, outdoor equipment, Timberwolves tickets, an i-Pod, and a Palm Pilot. This event is sponsored by the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.


"Imagining Namibia" Photo Exhibit and Reception... Gustavus faculty and staff who traveled to Namibia this summer as part of the Faculty Development Program's Service Learning for Social Justice seminar will exhibit their photographs Nov. 16-Jan. 7 at the Arts Center of St. Peter. A reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the center. Refreshments will include African food.

High School Play This Weekend... The St. Peter High School Theater Department will present the comedy "The Romancers" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at the high school theater. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Several students who are children of Gustavus employees will perform in the play.

Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser Saturday... 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.

Guest Organ Recital Nov. 25... As part of its Music for Missions series, the First Lutheran Church in St. Peter (1114 W. Traverse Rd.) will present an organ recital by Leon Couch III at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. Couch, from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., is an internationally recognized scholar and performer of the music of Dietrich Buxtehude. His program will feature music by Buxtehude, Bach, Franck, and Ives. A free-will offering will benefit the St. Peter Area Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity local housing project. For more information, contact Chad Winterfeldt at 934-3060.

Holiday Harmony Benefit Concerts Dec. 10... The Minnesota Valley Sweet Adelines and the Mankato Area Riverblenders will perform Christmas concerts, titled "Holiday Harmony," to benefit VINE Faith in Action. The concerts are Sunday, Dec. 10 -- at 3 p.m. at the Church of St. Peter (1801 W. Broadway, St. Peter) and at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (720 S. Second St., Mankato). For tickets or more information, contact Lynn Boehne (x7686). Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.


The Gustavus Peer Assistants attended the BACCHUS National Peer Educator Conference in California where they received an "Outstanding Network Affiliate" award. This is the eighth time since 1989 that the Peer Assistants have received this honor recognizing their efforts in peer education. The Peer Assistants were one of two groups chosen from over 70 nominations from colleges with an enrollment of under 7,500.

Mark Granquist (religion) delivered a series of lectures Oct. 17-19 at Vaxjo University in Vaxjo, Sweden. Granquist lectured to undergraduate classes on topics relating to religion in American society and delivered a public lecture about the typology of new religious movements.

Horst Ludwig (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German) had a haiku, "Die Stufen empor / zur Allerseelenmesse / langsam der Alte," added to the World Kigo Database for the kigo (season word) All Souls Day.

Peg O'Connor (philosophy and women's studies) presented a paper, "The Christian Right and the Reconstructionists: Eliminating the Separation between Church and State," at the national conference of the Radical Philosophy Association.

Paula Swiggum (nursing) presented "Being in Another World: Developing Cultural Competence through Service Learning" at the Transcultural Nursing Society Conference held Nov. 1-4 in Annapolis, Md. Swiggum also presented "An Experience in Tanzania" at the Fall Research, Education and Practice Day's "Caring Across Cultures" held Oct. 28 at the College of St. Catherine.


  • Dish Room, Dining Service
  • Catering Supervisor, Dining Service
For more information on the aforementioned positions, call human resources (x7304).


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat Friday, Nov. 17 for the chancel choir from Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and a church youth retreat Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 for St. Paul Lutheran Church from Le Center.

Speaking in Congregations... Mark Granquist (religion) will give part two of his talk, "Religion and Politics in America," Thursday, Nov. 16 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship... The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program (NIST-SURF) for students majoring in physics, materials science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors. Students participate in one of seven laboratories and receive a $4,000 stipend for 12 weeks or $3,000 for nine weeks. The deadline is Feb. 15, 2007. This proposal includes a portion completed by an institutional representative (see below) and a set of materials provided by each student applicant. As a point of information, Gustavus students have secured NIST-SURF grants for five of the last six summers. Bob Weisenfeld serves as the institutional representative and is available to assist students in proposal preparation. Click here for more information about the NIST-SURF program.

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:
  • The recent announcement of the College's ranking in the top 20 baccalaureate schools in the country for student participation in study abroad programs was published an article, "State colleges noted for overseas studies," that appeared in the StarTribune of Minneapolis on Nov. 14.
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) was quoted in several stories relating to Mike Hatch and his reasons for losing the gubernatorial race that went out on the Associated Press and appeared or aired Nov. 13 or 14 in the following:
    • La Crosse Tribune, Winona Daily News, Crookston Daily Times, and St. Paul Pioneer Press
    • KSTP-TV (Ch. 5) Eyewitness News, KARE-TV (Ch. 11), and WCCO-TV (Ch. 4)
    • Minnesota Public Radio
  • Max Hailperin (mathematics and computer science) was interviewed for an article, "Wikipedia: Internet resource exploding in popularity," that appeared in The Free Press of Mankato on Nov. 14.

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


Thanksgiving Break Building Hours... All campus buildings will be locked at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 and will remain locked, unless otherwise requested, until 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Students requiring access to a closed building will need a campus permission card issued by a staff or faculty member. Contact Deb Swanberg ( to request permission cards or if the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs.

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break are 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22; closed Thursday, Nov. 23-Satuday, Nov. 25; and 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26.


For Sale: Vito alto saxophone includes hard case and a (never been used) soft case. Asking $550. Contact Lynn Burg ( or x7690).

For Sale: Kenmore, 13-gallon, whole-house humidifier; used one winter so practically brand new; $120 new, asking $75 or best offer. Call Kathy Erlandsen (x6514 days or 507/246-5027 evenings).


There was an error in Ethel Pehrson's obituary in last week's Yellow Sheet. The obituary should have read:

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


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.

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