The Yellow Sheet face="Times New for Times">Thursday, January 11, 2007

January 11, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 15

Volume 39, Number 15

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Faculty Interviewers Sought... The admission office is looking for additional faculty interviewers for Scholarship Days. On Feb. 24 and March 3, finalists for the college's President's Scholarships come to campus to interview with faculty members and write an essay. Faculty members are paired with another faculty member from a different academic discipline. Each interviewer is asked to evaluate the prospective student on academic achievement and potential for future success. The time commitment for interviewers is from approximately 9 a.m-3 p.m. on those days. Please e-mail Shawn Reid if you are interested. Some morning treats and lunch are provided for interviewers. Contact Shawn with any questions regarding the President's Scholarship.

No Mail on MLK Holiday... There will be no incoming or outgoing mail on Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday. FedEx and UPS will provide pick up and delivery.

Vacation Donations Being Accepted... Employees who would like to donate vacation hours for a Gustavus employee who is on an approved FMLA leave and will run out of paid-time benefits should complete and sign a request for transfer of vacation hours available at the Office of Human Resources (x7304).

Music Ensembles Embark on Tours... Three of the college's major music ensembles are touring in January or Touring Week. The Gustavus Choir will represent Gustavus internationally on a 20-day visit (Jan. 11-20) to Portugal and Spain , while the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Gustavus String Orchestra will embark on one-week domestic tours on Jan. 26.

Celebrating its 75th year as an ensemble, the Gustavus Choir, under the direction of conductor Gregory Aune, makes its 13th international tour. Prior to the trip, the 66 members of the choir spent two weeks on campus preparing both musically and academically. Students studied the art, architecture, food, language, history, religion, and culture of the region with Hayden Duncan, who will also accompany the group on tour. While on tour, the ensemble will explore the region and perform five full concerts in cathedrals in Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Granada, and Madrid. A home performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.

Douglas Nimmo, conductor of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, will lead the 50-plus-member ensemble through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, performing in churches, art centers, and high schools. The wind orchestra tours Jan. 26 through Feb. 4 and will perform notable and challenging pieces by Percy Grainger, Aaron Copland, Morton Gould, and The Suite for Wind Music by Yukio Kikuchi. Their home concert begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel at Gustavus.

Traveling farther west, the 40-member Gustavus String Orchestra will perform in Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota under the direction of conductor Warren Friesen. The string orchestra will perform in churches, art centers, and other venues on its Jan. 26-Feb. 4 tour. The group's opening performance is Jan. 26 at the Fairmont Opera House in Fairmont, Minn. The string orchestra's tour repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary and includes works by Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, Morton Gould, and Minnesota composer William Beckstrand. The string orchestra's home performance is 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Bjorling Recital Hall.

Tour schedules may be found on the Gustavus website.


Alumni Return for The Cherry Orchard... Anton Chekhov's masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard, will be performed in Anderson Theatre Feb. 8-11. This is Professor Rob Gardner's final directing work before retirement. A cast of professional theatre alumni will join the student actors for this very special production. The alumni cast includes: Kevin Kling '79, Karen Esbjornson '80, Scott Novotny '75, Alisa Pritchett '85, Peter Breitmayer '87, and Michael Glenn (Waldhauser) '97. The alumni cast will be on campus for three weeks working with the student actors and interacting in the Gustavus community.

A special gala performance and cast party is being planned for Saturday, Feb. 10 with an 8 p.m. show followed by the cast party. For more information on the gala and cast party, contact the Alumni Office or go to

Tickets, on sale at the Ticket Center for all the performances, are expected to sell out quickly. Plan to place your order soon. Special prices for this unique production in Anderson Theatre are $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors, students, and Gustavus faculty and staff, and $5.00 for Gustavus students.

Mixed Blood's Jackie Robinson Here on January 18... Mixed Blood Theatre's acclaimed stage biography of baseball immortal Jackie Robinson will be presented at 7 p.m. Thurs., 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.

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. 12 -- The Rev. Alan Bray, Romans 12:1-5
  • Jan. 14 -- Epiphany 2, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Jan. 15 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Virgil Jones, Amos 5:21-24
  • Jan. 16 -- Doug Nimmo, Exodus 3:1-12
  • Jan. 17 -- Morning Praise, Psalm 36:5-10
    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Begins:
  • Jan. 18 -- Confession of Peter, John Mattson, Matthew 16:13-23
  • Jan. 19 -- Father Phil Schotzko, John 1:1-5


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 Thurs., Jan. 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The program runs Thursday evenings, Jan. 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.

Organ Recital at First Lutheran... Gregory Peterson will perform an organ recital on the Hendrickson organ at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter on Sun., Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. as part of the church's Music for Missions concert series. Greg plans a program of music associated with the season of Epiphany. Greg joined the Luther College faculty in September 2005 as assistant professor of music and college organist; some may remember him from his time at Gustavus as visiting professor of music and Christ Chapel organist. Admission is free; a free-will offering will support Nicollet County VINE Faith in Action. First Lutheran is located at the corner of Traverse Road and Sunrise Drive. For more information, please contact Chad Winterfeldt at 934-3060.


L7-Filter, software written by Ethan Sommer (GTS), was featured as one of the major topics in the book Designing and Implementing Linux Firewalls with QoS using netfilter, iproute2, NAT and l7-filter by Gheorghe Lucian, which dedicated more than a chapter to the software's use.

Scott Newstok (English) published an edition of Kenneth Burke's Shakespeare criticism (Parlor Press, 2007). Preliminary work on the volume was completed with the assistance of English majors Britta Johnson ('04), Will Sutor ('05), Kate Neely ('06), Erica Hedstrom ('06), and Paul Carlson ('07).

Andy Vaughn (religion) was recently named as co-editor for Near Eastern Archaeology, an academic journal published by the American Schools of Oriental Research. His term began on Jan. 1, 2007.

Barbara Fister (library) has published an article, "Wikipedia and the Challenge of Read/Write Culture," in Library Issues.


Nolan Douglas Ostby, son of Teresa Harland (institutional advancement) and her husband, Chad Ostby, was born on Dec. 9.

Welcome the arrival of Abigail Evelyn Erlandsen, daughter of Kathy Erlandsen (institutional advancement) and her husband, Tyler, who was born on Dec. 22. An open house is scheduled January 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Linner Lounge.


  • Nurse/Medical Assistant, Student Health Service
  • Media Relations Manager, Marketing and Communication
For more information on the aforementioned positions, call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Steve Haggmark (religion) who will be giving his talk, "Understanding Islam," at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar, MN on Thurs., Jan. 11. On Sun., Jan. 14, Garrett Paul (religion) will be giving his talk "Religion and Politics in the 21st Century" at 9:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Jordan, Minnesota. 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.

Preaching in Congregations... Mark Granquist (religion) will be providing pulpit supply preaching at Cross of Christ and Cannon River Lutheran Churches, a 2-point parish, on Sun., Jan. 14, 2007. Cross of Christ and Cannon River Lutheran Churches are members of the Asssociation of Congregations (GACAC).

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Salem Lutheran Church from Montevideo, MN on Friday, Jan. 12 and Sat., Jan. 13.

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 Start-up Grants... As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) new digital humanities initiative described in last week's Yellow Sheet, the NEH invites proposals for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in all areas of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-up Grants may involve research of new digital approaches, development of new digital modes of publication, exploration of digital methods for preservation or archival of humanities materials, planning new digital tools, or creating programs that address using innovative digital technologies in formal and informal educational settings. Grants of up to $30,000 are available for no longer than 18 months. Up to 20% of the total grant may be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software. The deadline for proposals is April 3. Projects are expected to begin in September 2007. For more information and the guidelines, please see

  • The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is pleased to announce the availability of the winter edition of Grant Information (a.k.a. the Blue Sheet), an electronic newsletter that provides information on funding opportunities. As you review this issue, please feel free to contact Bob Weisenfeld (x7049 or with questions you may have or for grant-related assistance. You can find the Winter 2007 Blue Sheet at From this link, you can view The Blue Sheet and the deadline page, which is a summary of opportunities from the current issue.
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:
  • Al Behrends (college relations) and Douglas Nimmo (music) were quoted in a front-page article with photos in the Currents section of the Mankato Free Press on Dec. 6, marking the 40th year that singer/guitarist Michael Johnson has performed at Gustavus.
  • The photography exhibit at the Arts Center of St. Peter mounted by members of the "Service Learning for Social Justice" faculty development group that visited Namibia during June 2006 was featured on the front page of the Currents section of the Mankato Free Press on Dec. 13.
  • An article and photos in the St. Peter Herald on Dec. 14 covered the "Living History Interview Project" undertaken by Sarah Wolter's (communication studies) Public Speaking class. Students in the class interview senior citizen volunteers from the community and develop oral presentations based upon the interviews.
  • An article and photos appearing on the front page of the Valley section of the Mankato Free Press on Dec. 17 featured "Back to El Ed Day," a stress-relieving event that was the brainchild of some education majors and Student Education Association members. One photo showed John Clementson (education) reading a children's story to a group of participating students. The event had also been previewed in the Free Press on Dec. 14.
  • An article on Grady St. Dennis's appointment as director of church relations ran on the front page of the Valley Section of the Mankato Free Press on Jan. 5.

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


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2006-07":
  • Eric Coleman, admission, phone: x7663, e-mail: ecoleman (addition)
  • Ellie Flory, Counseling Center, phone: x7156 (phone # change )
  • Amanda Nienow, chemistry, phone: x7327, e-mail: anienow (addition)
  • Timothy Schroer, Dining Service, phone: x7608 (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


For Sale: Like-new foosball table, oak frame, very good condition, $150.00; call 7538


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