The Yellow Sheet for Nov. 30, 2006

November 30, 2006 | Volume 39, Number 12

Volume 39, Number 12

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Vice President for Marketing and Communication Named... Gwendolyn Freed has been named Vice President for Marketing and Communication. In her new position, she will lead the college’s strategic communication efforts and oversee the Division of Marketing and Communication, including marketing, public relations, media relations, online and print communications, special events, fine arts promotion, sports information, and internal communications. She will begin her duties Dec. 18, 2006. Freed comes to Gustavus from Best Buy and has a background in corporate and higher education communications, journalism, fund development, and nonprofit leadership. As Senior Community Relations Specialist at Best Buy, her chief responsibilities were corporate communications and Twin Cities grant making through the Best Buy Children’s Fund. Previously, Freed was the Executive Director of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and Major Gifts Officer at the Minnesota Orchestra. Her journalism background includes staff reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she wrote about business and the arts. Her freelance work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday and The Detroit News. Freed is completing a master’s degree program in public and nonprofit leadership and management as a Thomas Swain Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She holds a master’s degree in music from The Julliard School in New York and a bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin College in Ohio. She is a board member and former lay counselor for Crisis Connection, a Twin Cities mental health agency. Freed is married to Kenneth Freed, a violist for the Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. They live in Edina, Minn., with their three children.

Newsletter Break... Due to the Christmas recess, The Yellow Sheet will not be published Dec. 14, Dec. 21, or Dec. 28. Publication will resume Jan. 4.

Lund Parking Lot Closing... The Lund parking lot will be closed at 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2 to accommodate Christmas in Christ Chapel guest parking. With the exception of the visitor lots, which are always closed to employees and students, all parking lots will be considered "open parking." Vehicles may be parked in any red, yellow, or green parking space without regard to permit color Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. If questions, contact Safety and Security (x8809).

Mileage Rate Increase... Effective Jan. 1, 2007, the standard business mileage rate will be 48.5 cents per mile. The rate, established by the IRS, is used to determine how much an employee's travel expenses (when using his or her own car) are deemed substantiated when the employer provides a mileage allowance under a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement.

Check Out Stadium Progress... A web camera is now set up to show progress on the football stadium construction project. To access the live web camera visual, click here to visit the football stadium web site and click on Webcam in the left-hand column.

Sabbath Retreats... The Office of the Chaplains will lead two Sabbath retreats -- Feb. 16-17 for employees and March 2-3 for students -- at Shalom Hill Farm near Windom. Sabbath, an ancient concept of rest and renewal, can be invited into lives in many ways. On these retreats, formal and informal practices of renewal will be explored. Up to 25 participants will be accepted for each retreat. To sign up, contact Kari Lipke ( or x6077). A $5 deposit will hold a space for individuals who sign up. All other expenses will be covered. If financial resources are a problem, the $5 fee will be waived. These retreats are co-funded by the Center for Vocational Reflection.

Twelve Days of Wellness... To help Gustavus employees and their spouses survive the holidays, Gustavus Health Promotion is offering a 12 Days of Wellness challenge. The challenge is easy to follow and offers several activities to complete. For the challenge, participants will be given a calendar which will include several wellness activities to complete in 12 days. Registration continues until Tuesday, Dec. 5. Program dates are Dec. 1-12. To sign up, pick up a packet at the Red Information Desk in Lund Center or contact Kari Eckheart (x6416 or


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:

  • Dec. 1 -- Christ the King Hymn Sing
  • Dec. 3 -- Kevin Bergerson preaching, Chaplain Brian Johnson presiding
  • Dec. 4 -- Garrett Paul
  • Dec. 5 -- Winds of Christmas
  • Dec. 6 -- Morning Praise
  • Dec. 7 -- Festival of St. Lucia
  • Dec. 8 -- Taize Service

Fireside Chat Friday... 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. in the Interpretive Center. Sandwiches, chips, fruit, and pop will be available for purchase, or participants may bring their own lunches. 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 Saturday... 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 iPod, and a Palm Pilot. This event is sponsored by the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

Research Work Presentations... Seven senior religion majors will present their research work at the Fall Semester Poster Happening to be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in the Dive. Topics will range from African churches' responses to HIV to clergy involvement in politics.

International Debt Cancellation Lecture Wednesday... The public is invited to "Breaking the Chains of International Debt: Justice and Jubilee" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Wallenberg Auditorium. Kristin Sundell, outreach and congregations coordinator for the Jubilee USA Network, will give the lecture. The Jubilee USA Network describes itself as an alliance of 75 religious denominations and faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor, and community groups working for the definitive cancellation of crushing debts to fight poverty and injustice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Click here for further details. Sundell's talk will introduce this international campaign and focus on the case of Haiti in particular. Sundell's visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Religion; the Community Service Center; Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies; Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Peace Studies program; and the Office of Diversity.

Book Signing Dec. 7... Lise Lunge-Larsen, this year's St. Lucia luncheon speaker, will autograph her newest book, Noah's Mittens, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Book Mark.

Yule Tide Breakfast Dec. 14... The public is invited to the annual American Scandinavian Yule Tide Breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the Campus Center. Anders Bjorling and Roland Thorstensson will present "Skane to Lappland -- Travels Through Sweden with Carl Linnaeus." Cost is $8.50 per person. To make a reservation, send a check, made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College, to Edi Thorstensson via campus mail. Reservations must be made by Monday, Dec. 11.

Faculty and Administrator Party Dec. 19... President Jim Peterson and Interim Deans Eric Eliason and Mariangela Maguire invite faculty, faculty emeriti, administrators, and retired administrators and their spouses/partners to a holiday party from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Alumni Hall. RSVP to Jennifer McCabe (x7675 or by Friday, Dec. 8.

Teachers Talking Jan. 18... "Changing Conceptions of Faculty Work" will be the topic of January's Teachers Talking. Faculty members are invited to join colleagues for a free lunch and conversation at one of two sessions -- 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. -- Thursday, Jan. 18 in the St. Peter Room. Sign in at the buffet.

Off-campus Events of Interest

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.

Extraordinary People

Laura Behling (English) and Mariangela Maguire (dean of the faculty) published "Liberal Arts Colleges and the Spellings Commission Report: Carpe Diem" in LiberalArtsOnline, a publication of the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College. Also, Behling recently presented a paper, "Meeting the Millennial Student Halfway: Experiential Education for Students and Faculty," at New York University's Faculty Resource Network's annual symposium.

Horst Ludwig's (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German) German haibun (highly concentrated "haiku prose") "Christus mansionem benedicat" has been translated into Turkish by Turgay Uçeren for the website Yazimhane at

Scott Newstok (English) gave a lecture to the Department of English at Yale University on "The Place of the Renaissance Lyric."

Paul Saulnier (physics), together with Nancy Butler of the University of Pennsylvania at Kutztown, recently had a paper, titled "The use of radial distribution and pair-correlation functions to analyze and describe biological aggregations," published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. Co-authors also included five Gustavus graduates, including Kelly Younge ('05), Brendan Johnston ('05), Cory Christenson ('05), Amit Bohara ('04), and Joshua Jacobson ('06).

Barbara Zust (nursing) and co-researcher Tracy Evanson from the University of North Dakota published the results of their two-year follow-up study concerning the long-term impact of an international service experience. The article, titled "Bittersweet Knowledge: The Long-Term Effect of an International Experience," is in the October issue of the Journal of Nursing Education.


Luke William Banks, son of Heather Banks (career center) and Aaron Banks (health and exercise science) was born Saturday, Nov. 11.

Position Openings

  • Associate Director of The Gustavus Fund
  • Custodian
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Andy Vaughn (religion) who will present "Different Sides of Christmas" Sunday, Dec. 3 at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe. 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.

Student Visits... The Office of Church Relations will host the following high school groups from churches with an interest in Lutheran higher education: Family of God Lutheran Church from Brooklyn Park on Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church from Apple Valley on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 and for St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church from Burnsville on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Retreats...The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a two-day board meeting for the GACAC Board of Directors.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • Travel funding for music, theatre and visual arts... The Jerome Foundation's Travel and Study Grant Program awards grants to emerging artists who create new work (music -- composers and sound artists; theater -- playwrights and creators of performance art and experimental theater; and visual artists). Support is available for periods of travel for such activities as research leading to the creation of new work, the development of collaborations, participation in specific training programs, time for reflection and individualized study, investigating artistic work outside of Minnesota, and dialogue on aesthetic issues. Awards range from up to $1,200 for travel of three to six days to up to $5,000 for trips of one week or longer. Applicants must have lived in Minnesota for at least one year. The deadline is Feb. 2. For more information, please see
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

Telecommunications Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2006-07":
  • Sharon Hoffman, custodial, x6119 (delete)
  • Ann Johnson, institutional advancement, x6515 (name change from Hogberg)
  • Sarah Monson, library, x7562 (name change from Sanford)
  • John Roper, music, x7341 (change)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Rent: Spacious three-bedroom, two-bath town house in St. Peter, with a formal dining room, laundry facilities, outdoor patio, and two-car detached garage available now. Rent is $1300 plus utilities. Call Bill Riebesell (507/381-1083).

For Sale: Oak medicine cabinet with three mirrored doors (48" W X 29.5" H); light bar that matches the medicine cabinet (48" W); two oak towel bars (24" L and 30" L). First $100 takes all four. Call John Lammert (x7330 or 934-4767).

For Sale: Victorian home with landscaped yard in Uptown Minneapolis neighborhood. Priced to sell. Click here for details. Call Jill Locke (612/824-7372).

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
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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