The Yellow Sheet for January 25, 2007

January 25, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 17

Volume 39, Number 17

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
New Faces
Congregational Outreach

Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Letters for Promotion Candidates Sought... The following members of the faculty are currently being considered for promotion to full professor: Colleen Jacks (biology), Peg O'Connor (women's studies); Carolyn O'Grady (education); and Debra Pitton (education).

Letters written on behalf of these candidates should be sent to Dean Eliason and should address the criteria for promotion as stated in the Faculty Manual. Letters are due in the Dean's Office by Monday, February 19, at 4 p.m. As a reminder, tenured faculty members in a candidate's department are expected to submit letters.

Fireside Chat... Linnaeus Arboretum will be holding a Fireside Chat on Friday, Feb. 9. The presentation, which will last 20-30 minutes, will be presented twice, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., in the Interpretive Center. Comedian Scott Novotny '75 will share his experiences post-Gustavus and reveal the secret of how to find humor in your own lives. Come enjoy a light-hearted and hilarious lunch! Sandwiches, chips, fruit, and pop will be available for purchase, or participants may bring their own lunches.

Winter Sabbath Retreat... There is still plenty of room for people interested in attending a winter sabbath retreat for employees. This retreat, sponsored by the Chaplains' Office and the Center for Vocational Reflection, will take place Feb. 16-17 at Shalom Hill Farm near Windom, Minn. The focus will be on learning and sharing practices to help maintain a sense of renewal and rest alongside the rhythm of activity and work in one's life. To sign up, contact Kari Lipke, x6077 or Participants are asked to reserve a space with a $5.00 deposit. All other expenses will be covered. If $5.00 is a hardship, the fee will be waived.

Admission Office Seeking Faculty Interviewers... 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 to assist in evaluating the prospective students on academic achievement and potential for future success. The time commitment for interviewers is from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the days of the interviews. E-mail Shawn Reid if you are interested. Morning treats and lunch are provided for interviewers. Contact Shawn if you have any questions regarding the President's Scholarship.

Author Visit... Unicycling pastor Lars Clausen is coming to Gustavus on Monday and Tuesday, March 12-13, 2007. He will be at Gustavus to discuss his book Straight Into Gay America: My Unicycle Journey for Equal Rights. This book is a "coming out" story combining personal exploration with active advocacy. Clausen visited Gustavus a few years ago and spoke with several audiences about his first book, One Wheel, Many Spokes. Clausen is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and holds the Guinness world record for the longest unicycle tour (9,136 miles).

Lars Clausen Guest Speaker Schedule:

March 12:
10:00 a.m. - Chapel Homily
11:30 p.m. - Lunch and conversation, St. Peter Room
5:00 p.m. - Dinner and conversation, St. Peter Room
7:00 p.m. - Public Address: "Straight Into Gay America," Heritage Room

March 13:
11:30 a.m. - Lunch and conversation, St. Peter Room

Faculty who would like Clausen to speak to a class during his visit to Gustavus should contact Amy Pehrson (CVR).

Yellow Sheet Reminder... The Yellow Sheet will not be published during Reading and Touring Week. Publication resumes Thursday, Feb. 8.


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

In addition to the public performances, a special Gala Performance and Cast Party is 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 are on sale now at the Ticket Center for all the performances. Plan to place your order soon, as they are expected to sell out quickly. Special prices for the public performances (Feb. 8 & 9 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 10 & 11 at 2 p.m.) are $15.00 for adults; $12.00 for seniors, students, and Gustavus faculty and staff; and $5.00 for Gustavus students.


Saint Peter Choral Society Presents The Mikado... The Saint Peter Choral Society, directed by Sara McKay, will present a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Mikado with 15-piece orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance at Swedish Kontur Imports. Students are invited to attend free of charge. Gustavus professors in the orchestra include Lara MacLean (music), violin; Ann Pesavento (music), bassoon; and Rick Orpen (music), timpani. Choir members from the Gustavus community include Hyden Duncan (modern languages), Ron Rietz (MCS), and John Holte (MCS). Soloists include Michael Jorgensen (music) as the Mikado, Mary Solberg (religion) as Katisha, and Timothy O'Brien (music) as Pish-Tush. Come and enjoy a comic masterpiece!


Chaplain Rachel Larson hosted the eighth-grade confirmation class from Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minn., on Wednesday evening, Jan. 10. She facilitated a meditative labyrinth walk in Christ Chapel on the Gustavus canvas labyrinth. This experience augmented the confirmands' study and experience of prayer. Their teacher, Pastor Kristi Schiroo, arranged the visit to the Gustavus campus. Larson, who is a trained Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, also facilitated a labyrinth walk for the First Lutheran Church (St. Peter) Congregational Council Retreat the evening of Jan. 12.

Scott Bur (chemistry) contributed an article to the lectronic edition of the Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (eEros). The encyclopedia entry details the use of dimethylthiomethyl sulfonium trifluoromethanesulfonate (DMTST) in the synthesis of complex molecules, primarily sugars.

Darrell Jodock (religion) and Grady St. Dennis (church relations) represented Gustavus at the ninth annual meeting of the Western Mission Network, Jan. 19-21. Jodock has attended all eight of the gatherings held since joining the Gustavus faculty in 1999. The Western Mission Network brings together ELCA colleges, seminaries, centers of continuing education, and other education-oriented projects from the western part of the United States to seek ways to cooperate in support of lifelong learning related to vocation. Quite a number of cooperative endeavors have grown out of this annual consultation. Besides Gustavus, the colleges represented in the Western Mission Network are St. Olaf, Augsburg, Concordia, Augustana (S.D.), Pacific Lutheran University, California Lutheran University, and Trinity Lutheran College (Wash.). The seminaries in the network are Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.

Horst Ludwig (modern foreign languages) has been appointed juror for the German Haiku Yearbook 2006.

The Gustavus chapter of the Society of Physics Students, advised by Tom Huber, has been officially recognized as an Outstanding SPS Chapter for the 2005-06 school year. The selection was based upon the depth and breadth of SPS activities conducted by the chapter in such areas as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings, and providing social interction for chapter members.


Ethan Beaumont Smith was born Tuesday, Jan. 9, to Sheryl and Jonathan Smith (chemistry), the happy parents. Abigail Smith is also pleased to now have a brother.


The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
    New Administrators
    Ryan Rud, Gustavus Technology Services

    New Support Staff
    Amy Hughes-Ashley, Dining Service


Partners in Education... Upcoming presenters include student Luke Royer, who will be preaching at Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Crystal, Minn., on Feb. 4 at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.. Also on Sunday, Feb. 4, Mark Granquist (religion) will be preaching at St. Paul Lutheran Church in LeCenter, Minn., at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Granquist will also be speaking in an adult education class on Wed. Feb. 7 at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn.; he will be giving his talk, "Lutheranism in America." 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.

Pastor-to-Pastor... The Gustavus Adolphus College Associaton of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for the group Pastor to Pastor on Thursday, Feb. 1, and Friday, Feb. 2. This is a pastor sabbath for pastors from the Southwest Minnesota Synod, ELCA.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center will host an adult retreat for St. Lukes Lutheran Church from Bloomington, Minn., on Friday, Jan. 26. In the following week, the center will host a church council retreat for Farmington Lutheran Church from Farmington, Minn., on Friday, Feb. 2.

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 Science Foundation Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program… The National Science Foundation’s Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. The program supports efforts to create new learning materials and teaching strategies, develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, and conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. The program supports three types of projects representing three different phases of development, ranging from small exploratory investigations to large comprehensive projects. Phase 1 projects typically address one of the five program components noted in the guidelines, and involve a limited number of students and faculty members at one academic institution. Grant awards are for one to three years and can be up to $150,000. The next deadline for Phase 1 proposals is May 8. For the 2007 guidelines, 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:
  • The Gustavus homepage was prominently featured (almost an entire chapter) in the 3rd edition of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web--the definitive book on the subject and one of the top-selling books (overall)on Coincidentally, the sample chapter on the publisher's website happens to be the Gustavus chapter:
  • Steinway & Sons magazine for winter 2006 included an article on the All-Steinway Schools designation, "Colleges across the Nation Join the All-Steinway Schools Roster," which featured Gustavus among the schools receiving the designation in 2006. A photo of Gustavus piano students gathered around the Steinway concert grand piano in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall was included, and music chair David Fienen was quoted at length.
  • The Jan. 21 Mankato Free Press ran a feature with photos on the textile art of Pat Freiert (classics) on the front page of its Currents section. Freiert, a shibori artist, has her first gallery show, "Surface Play," running through Feb. 11 at the Arts Center of St. Peter.
  • The Jan. 18 St. Peter Herald ran a feature with multiple color photos titled "A Day with the Arts," which included a profile of pianists Paul and Helen Baumgartner (emeriti music) and an article on technology in the arts highlighting the sound system in Bjorling Recital Hall and the environmental controls recently installed in the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

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 Touring Week... Closed Saturday, Jan. 27, & Sunday, Jan. 28; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29-Friday, Feb. 2; Closed Saturday, Feb. 3, & Sunday, Feb. 4.


The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2006-07":
  • Peter Hiniker, International Education, phone: x7149, e-mail: phiniker (addition)
  • Amy Hughes-Ashley, Dining Service, phone: x7608 (addition)
  • Christopher Parker, Dining Service, phone: x7608 (addition)
  • Anthony Pasiak, Institutional Advancement, phone: x6519, e-mail: apasiak (addition)
  • Ryan Rud, Gustavus Technology Services, phone: x7170, e-mail: rrud (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


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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.

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