The Yellow Sheet for January 25, 2007
Volume 39, Number 17
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News & AnnouncementsLetters 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
March 12: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 http://gustavus.edu/alumni/reunion/Theatre/cherryOrchard.cfm.
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.
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.
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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).
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