The Yellow Sheet for Jan. 4, 2007

January 4, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 14

Volume 39, Number 14

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Student News

New Faces
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

New Church Relations Director Named... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis, a 1992 Gustavus graduate who is has been a pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis since 1999, has been named director of church relations at Gustavus. In his new position, St. Dennis will lead the college's relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its congregations, particularly those in the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations. An ordained minister of the ELCA, St. Dennis holds a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary. During his six years at Mt. Olivet, he developed and implemented several programs, including outreach ministry programs for young adults. In addition to helping build, strengthen, and support Lutheran higher education in general and Gustavus in particular in his new position, he will represent the college at ELCA gatherings, synod assemblies, and other church-related gatherings. St. Dennis is married with two children and lives in Edina. He will begin his duties Feb. 19, 2007.

How to Submit a Calendar Item... The Office of Marketing and Communication strives to make the Gustavus community aware of events and activities offered throughout the year. Student groups and individuals may submit events to the online College Calendar to keep the campus updated on these events. By using the online College Calendar as a central location for event announcements, the event will show up in the searchable, online campus calendar, and it will also show up in various locations on the Gustavus Web. The College Calendar is the centralized source of all events at Gustavus.

Submissions to the calendar can be made by clicking on the following link, and entering the appropriate information (date, time, location, event description, sponsor, and contact info). Submit an item. (This can also be found through the Gustavus Homepage, clicking on Calendar, Make a Submission, Submit My Event.)

Once a submission has been made, it will be reviewed and approved by the Office of Marketing and Communication and then posted to the College Calendar. Those who visit the College’s homepage will be able to view the Calendar, which includes events for the day, week, and month.


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:

  • Jan. 5 -- Ryan Yunkers, Jeremiah 1:4-10
  • Jan. 7 -- Baptism of Our Lord, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Jan. 8 -- Lydia Davitt, John 13:3-9, 12-17
  • Jan. 9 -- Kari Lipke, Acts 16:11-15, 40
  • Jan. 10 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 27:1-6 (Chapel Dancers)
  • Jan. 11 -- Esther Mulder, Esther 4:9-17
  • Jan. 12 -- The Rev. Alan Bray, Romans 12:1-5
Cancer Support Group Meeting... The campus Cancer Support Group will meet at noon in Linner Lounge on Wednesday, January 10. Bring a lunch and join the conversation. This group is open to anyone on campus.

Mixed Blood's Jackie Robinson to be Performed on January 18... Mixed Blood Theatre's acclaimed biography of baseball immortal Jackie Robinson will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in Bjorling Recital Hall. The show covers the life and career of the first African American in major league baseball. Set in the Brooklyn Dodgers' World Series locker room, Jackie Robinson is much more than a collection of baseball anecdotes. It is the spellbinding story of a man overcoming extraordinary obstacles. It illuminates not only Robinson's career, but also brings to life his childhood, college years, and Army service. What emerges is a portrait of a fiery competitor and courageous individual whose leadership and influence reached far beyond the confines of the baseball diamond. This nationally toured production is free and all are welcome.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course... St. Peter Clinic-ISJ-Mayo Health System is hosting a mindfulness-based stress reduction course for health and wellness, modeled after Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering and highly successful work at University of Massachusetts Medical School. The program has been helpful to those experiencing stress, headaches, chronic pain, high blood pressure, asthma, fibromyalgia, diabetes, cancer, GI distress, anxiety, fatigue, and more. Participants will practice seated meditation, body awareness meditation, and moving meditation (gentle yoga) and explore mindfulness in daily life. Orientation to the program is Thursday, January 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The program runs Thursday evenings, January 25-March 22, 5-7:30 p.m. All meetings are at the St. Peter Community Hospital Conference Room. For more information or to reserve a space at the orientation, call Michael Callahan, St. Peter Clinic, (507) 385-6367. The program facilitator is Liz Power Hawkinson, A.C.S.W.


Horst Ludwig (modern foreign languages) had seven of his German haiku accepted for and, with translations into French, English, and Japanese, published in D'un ciel à l'autre: Anthologie de Haïku de l'Union Européenne (From one sky to another: Haiku anthology of the European Union), 2006; ISBN 2-9522178-0-7. Only three (of all together 66) European haiku poets were represented with more haiku in this anthology.

Steve Wilkinson (athletics) was named winner of the 2006 United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTA) College Coach of the Year Award at the USPTA National Convention in Las Vegas in December 2006. Wilkinson, a USTA Northern Hall of Famer, has built a tennis dynasty at Gustavus over the last 37 years. Under his leadership, the team has won 18 conference titles in a row and 33 of the last 36 conference titles. He has amassed an impressive 325-1 conference record and an 885-253 overall mark. His team finished third at the 2006 NCAA Division III Championships and won the ITA Division III Indoor Championships.


  • Carol Honetschlager, mother of Teri Knutson (custodial), sister of Nancy Petrich (physical plant) and sister-in-law of Bob Petrich (physical plant), and aunt of Carl Gessner (custodial), passed away on January 1, 2007 . Funeral services will be Friday, January 5 at the Church of St. Peter.
  • Erwood Jonason, father of Pam Rogich (custodial) passed away on January 1, 2007 in Mankato. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 6 at Scandian Grove Lutheran Church in Norseland.

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).


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Administrators
    Mary Booker, Student Financial Assistance
    Eric Coleman, Admission
    Gwendolyn Freed, Marketing and Communication

    New Faculty
    Shelia Brandt, Psychology
    Aaron Nienow, Math and Computer Science
    Amanda Nienow, Chemistry

    New Support Staff
    Krystal Hoffman, Custodial
    Timothy Schroer, Dining Service


Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Vinje Lutheran Church of Willmar on Friday-Saturday, January 5-6. The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center will host a day retreat for the church council of Hope Lutheran Church of Jordan, MN on January 6, and an overnight staff retreat for Family of Christ Lutheran Church of Chanhassen on January 8-9.

Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).


The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Initiative... In 2006, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) launched a new digital humanities initiative aimed at supporting projects that utilize or study the impact of digital technology. NEH is interested in fostering the growth of digital humanities and lending support to a wide variety of projects, including those that deploy digital technologies and methods to enhance understanding of a topic or issue; those that study the impact of digital technology on the humanities; and those that digitize important materials. The five programs that are part of this initiative are Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants; Advancing Knowledge: The Institute of Museum and Library Services/NEH Digital Partnership; Digital Humanities Challenge Grants; Digital Humanities Workshops; and Digital Humanities Fellowships. We will feature those programs with upcoming deadlines in the next two yellow sheets. In addition to these five programs, there may be opportunity for support of digital humanities projects through the other grant programs of the NEH (e.g. Research and Development, Reference Materials, Scholarly Additions). For more information about this initiative as well as examples of digital humanities projects funded by various NEH grant programs, please see
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:
  • Bruce McClain (art) was interviewed for KEYC's (Channel 12, Mankato) 6 p.m. newscast on Nov. 20 to mark the opening of his retrospective exhibit in the Hillstrom Museum of Art.
  • Jeff Jeremiason (chemistry, environmental studies) was named in a KEYC report airing Nov. 21 on an MSU student rally promoting the use of wind power after the students sought out Jeremiason for information and advice.
  • Mark Anderson (admission) was among a few area admission officers interviewed and quoted for a feature article on the self-promotion generated by "college rankings mania," which ran in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Nov. 27.
  • Several photos of the College and College events, along with text on our Swedish heritage and the work of late sculptor-in-residence Paul Granlund, were included in a new book, Swedish Touches: Recipes and Traditions (a revision and expansion of Superbly Swedish), released last October by Penfield Books.
  • A Dec. 31 article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on new Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher included some reminiscences on her years at Gustavus. Kelliher, a 1990 graduate, is just the second woman Speaker in the history of the Minnesota Legislature.
  • Mark Bjelland (geography) was interviewed for an article about the Twin Cities leading a nationwide urban comeback appearing in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and on on Dec. 26. Bjelland, who has studied the transformation of the Minneapolis riverfront, was quoted on the high level of public investment in riverfront projects.

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 January... 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday; 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Sunday.


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2006-07":
  • Steve Bennett, dean of students, phone: x7526 (phone # change)
  • Mary Booker, financial assistance, phone: x7527, e-mail: mbooker (addition)
  • Barb Booren, college relations, x6213 (delete)
  • Sheila Brandt, psychology, phone: x7425, e-mail: sbrandt (addition)
  • Evelyn DeLaRosa, ChYLI, phone: x7197 (name change from Carrasco)
  • Mary Everett, modern languages, literatures, and cultures, x7419 (delete)
  • Gwendolyn Freed, college relations, phone: x6355, e-mail: gfreed (addition)
  • Alan Gishlick, geology, phone: x7307, e-mail: agishlic (addition)
  • Robert Helgeson, financial assistance, x7527 (delete)
  • Sheri Helgeson, financial assistance, x7527 (delete)
  • Emily Hoefs, arboretum, phone: x7199 (name change from Beatty)
  • Krystal Hoffman, custodial, phone: x7655 (addition)
  • Lisa Krueger, financial assistance, phone: x7527, e-mail: lkrueger (addition)
  • Monika Moyrer, modern languages, phone: x7419, e-mail: mmoyrer (addition)
  • Aaron Nienow, math & computer science, phone: x7464, e-mail: anienow2 (addition)
  • Charles Pastor, math & computer science, x7464 (delete)
  • Cindi Walrath, Student Health Services, x7630 (delete)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Rent: 3-bedroom, 1-bath house with double garage located about 3 blocks from campus. This house is available Jan-May for $850 a month. Please contact Aaron at (507) 933-6144 if interested.


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.

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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