The Yellow Sheet for Feb. 15, 2007

February 15, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 19

Volume 39, Number 19

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
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News & Announcements

Change in Guest House Administration... The College Guest House reservations and key distribution now will be handled by Marilyn Beyer in the Church Relations Office. Effective Friday, Feb. 16, all reservation requests and key pickup should be arranged by contacting Marilyn at x7001 or

College Fact Book Is Online... The 2006-07 Fact Book is now available on-line at:

No Mail on Presidents' Day... There will be no outgoing mail on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, in observance of Presidents' Day. FedEx and UPS will have provide regular service.

Guild of St. Lucia Seeking Nominations... The Guild of St. Lucia is seeking nominations of current junior women to be selected for this honor society. The Guild of St. Lucia was established in 1958 to honor women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College. Fifteen juniors are elected each year. Please submit names to Guild co-advisor Barb Larson Taylor at

Senior Day... On Monday, Feb. 19, the Admission Office will be hosting Senior Day. Between 125 and 150 students along with their parents will be visiting campus to take another look at Gustavus before making their final college choice. We have arranged for them to sit in on classes, attend special interest sessions, tour residence halls, and have lunch in the Campus Center Banquet Room with faculty and other members of the Gustavus community. In order for our guests to experience what it is like to be a Gustavus student, most of them will be finding their own way around campus. The visitors will have a campus map, schedule of events, and detailed information about the location of classes and sessions, but if you see them looking lost, please help them with directions. Thank you in advance for your assistance and kindness.

Strategic Directions Feedback... The College community is encouraged to provide feedback regarding the strategic directions document recently posted on the College's website. To facilitate responses, a special e-mail alias has been set up at

Deadline for Promotion Support Letters... Letters written on behalf of members of the faculty currently being considered for promotion to full professor are due in the Deans' Office by Monday, February 19, at 4 p.m. The candidates are Colleen Jacks (biology), Peg O'Connor (women's studies); Carolyn O'Grady (education); and Debra Pitton (education). As a reminder, tenured faculty members in a candidate's department are expected to submit letters.

Curriculum Committee Reminder... The Curriculum Committee reminds faculty of these important deadlines for course proposals:

  • New courses for Fall 2007 - Feb. 23
  • FTS proposals for Fall 2007 - Feb. 23
  • Changes in majors or minors - March 15
  • Interim Experience 2008 on-campus courses - March 23

All proposals should be submitted to Mark Braun, Deans' Office.

New Chapel Hymnals... On Friday, Feb. 16, a blessing and dedication of the new ELW (Evangelical Lutheran Worship) hymnal will take place in Christ Chapel. This hymnal will replace the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW; the "green hymnal"), With One Voice, and the Hymnal Supplement 1991. Because this is a nationwide church shift, the old hymnal is obselete and therefore can't be donated to an area congregation. The old hymnals will be recycled, but before doing so, community members are invited to take copies of them for their personal use. The hymnals are available for the taking from Feb. 16 through 19. The LBW can be found on the window ledges of the chapel, and the With One Voice and Hymnal Supplement may be removed from the pews.


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:

  • Friday, Feb. 16 - Epiphany Hymn Sing; dedication of ELW hymnals
  • Sunday, Feb. 18 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Monday, Feb. 19 - Transfiguration Talk: Grady St. Dennis, Director of Church Relations,
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 - Transfiguration Talk: Grady St. Dennis, Director of Church Relations,
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Ash Wednesday
  • Thursday, Feb. 22 - Ben Richter, senior student
  • Friday, Feb. 23 - TBA
Civil Rights Movement Heroes Chonicled in New Play... The JENA Company's production of Jackie, Vi, and Lena, a new play by David Barr III , will be staged in Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The play tells the stories of three key figures in the Civil Rights Movement: Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Viola Liuzzo, the Detroit housewife who drove 1,000 miles to take part in the march from Selma to Montgomery and is the only white woman enshrined on the National Civil Rights Monument, and Lena Horne, brilliant singer and Broadway and movie star who fought for civil rights with the full force of her celebrity and fame. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, Gustavus faculty and staff, and students from other schools; and $5 for Gustavus students.

Lakota Artist to Speak on Campus... Francis Yellow will present a lecture, "Art as Lifeway," on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the FAA Lecture Hall. Yellow is a Lakota artist from Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota who is now based in Minneapolis. Yellow draws upon both his mainstream education and his Lakota heritage. His artwork, which is known nationwide, incorporates humor even as it addresses difficult subjects. Upon recommendation of the fall semester art history seminar, Yellow is being considered for a commission to create an original artwork for Christ Chapel.

Yellow's lecture is free and open to the public. His visit is sponsored by the Gustavus Lecture Series and the Department of Art and Art History. The art commission is sponsored by the Ethel and Edgar Johnson Endowment for the Arts; the offices of the President, the Academic Deans, and the Chaplains; the Center for Vocational Reflection; and the Trunnell Endowment in Art History, all of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Alumna to Present Documentaries, Lecture... The Women’s Studies Program is sponsoring two events featuring Sara Puotinen, a 1996 alumna who holds a Ph.D. in women’s studies from Emory University. She will be showing two short documentaries she made about her family’s farm in Michigan on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in Olin 103. There will be discussion after the films.

On Tuesday Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Olin 103, she will be presenting a lecture titled "Moral Saints or Sinners: The Troublemaker, Outlaw, and Storyteller as Feminist Role Models." For more information, please contact Peg O’Connor at 507-933-7573 or . Events are free and open to the public.

Hip Hop Night... Saturday, Feb. 17, is a night to appreciate the soul of hip hop. Rapper Sims and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will perform in Alumni Hall beginning at 8 p.m. The scene then shifts to the Dive, where you can dance the night away.

Lunar New Year... Gustavus Adolphus College's International Cultures Club (ICC) will host a Lunar New Year Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Alumni Hall marking the beginning of the year of the Fire Pig. The event will include speeches, music, performances, costumes, food, and cultural displays.

Lunar New Year is celebrated annually in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and elsewhere. It is the most important and meaningful spiritual festival for people in these countries. As a celebration of the change of nature, it marks the transition from winter to spring. During this reunion time, people show their faith and respect to ancestors and older people, express love and care for friends and relatives, show forgiveness to one another, and, most of all, relax and celebrate after a year of hard work.

This celebration is free and open to the public. For additional information on the program, contact Nhung Le, secretary of ICC, at 507-933-8501 or

Fireside Chat... The Linnaeus Arboretum will be holding another Fireside Chat on Friday, Feb. 16. As part of the Linnaeus@300 observance at Gustavus this spring, Roland Thorstensson will explore the many faces of the pioneering botanist in a presentation titled "Would the Real Linnaeus Please Stand Up." The chat lasts 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.

February Warmer... Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum will host a February Warmer on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 11:30 a.m. in the Jackson Campus Center Banquet Rooms. Join the "Friends" for a soup, breads, and dessert buffet and a presentation on "The Last Ice Age in Minnesota: Stories from the Dirt and Lakes, and Perspectives on Global Climates of the Past and Present" by assistant professor of geology Ben Laabs. His talk will describe geologic evidence of the last ice age in Minnesota and provide insight on climates of the geologic past and why they indicate that Earth's present climate is warming up at an alarming rate. Call the Office of Marketing and Communication/Special Events at x7520 no later than Friday, Feb. 16, for reservations. The cost of the buffet is $8.00.

St. David's Day... Friday, March 2 marks the 34th annual St. David's Day celebration at Gustavus Adolphus College. Honoring the patron saint of Wales, the event begins with a 20-minute hymn sing at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel and continues with a 10:30 a.m. "Welsh Cakes etc." reception in Alumni Hall. At 11 a.m. Mark Bjelland (geography) will speak on "Wales 2007" in Alumni Hall. (During the 2004-05 academic year, Bjelland lived in Cardiff, Wales, while he was a Fulbright Scholar.) The final event of the 2007 St. David's observance is a "Welsh Luncheon" in the Jackson Center Banquet Rooms. The cost for the luncheon and the reception is $14.25. Reservations should be made with the Office of Marketing and Communication, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082-1498. For more information, call 507-933-7520 or e-mail Payment should be made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College. The reservations deadline is Monday, Feb. 26.

This unique event was founded and continues to be coordinated by Ellis Jones, emeritus professor of economics and management at Gustavus and a past executive director for the Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association.


Sustainable Farming Conference... The Sustainable Farming Association's 16th annual conference, "Sustainable Farming Systems: State of the Art," will be held on the Gustavus campus on Sat. Feb. 17. Gustavus students will participate in a breakout session on sustainability issues. The campus community is invited to attend. It is free for students if they don't sign up for the noon meal; otherwise, it's $15.00. Regular registration fees are $45 for SFA of MN members and $55 for non-members. Registration materials may be found at; pre-registration is appreciated.

Double Your Money AND Help Fight Breast Cancer!... Purchase a $5 Herberger’s Community Day coupon book and receive $10 off any purchase, plus eight additional store coupons! All proceeds will go towards the Breast Cancer 3Day walk, to be held in August 2007. Coupon books can be purchased for $5 from Joyce Aarsvold. Requests can be made via e-mail ( or by phone (933-7044). Community Day is Saturday, March 3.

Colleen Kent Show Mounted at Arts Center... A special show and sale of Colleen Kent’s prints and drawings, "Colleen's Subtle World: prints and drawings by Colleen Kent (1939-1992)," will be held at the Arts Center of Saint Peter from February 15 through March 4, with an opening reception scheduled for Feb. 24, 3-5 p.m. Kent,a driving force in the old Arts and Heritage Center, is remembered for her creative writings, rich madrigal voice, and subtle silk screen prints. She also worked as the Schaefer Gallery director at Gustavus, was a member and choir member of Union Presbyterian Church, worked at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, and sang with their Celebration Singers and also with the St. Peter Madrigal group.When she died in an automobile accident, the gallery in the old AHC building was named in her honor as she had given so much time to that venue.

This show will be an opportunity to once again view her work in one place. Phillip Kent has given the Arts Center many of her prints and drawings that remain, and the Arts Center has chosen to first show them and then allow them to be purchased for a life again among those who will cherish her work.

Business After Hours... Faculty and staff are invited to the St. Peter Chamber Diplomats' February installment of "Business After Hours," to be held on Feb. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Daniels Health Center on the north edge of St. Peter. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available as well as tours of the clinic and an opportunity to meet and greet the healthcare providers.

Augustana Choir at First Lutheran... The Augustana Choir, a 68-voice collegiate choir from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., will perform in concert at First Lutheran Church, 1114 W. Traverse Rd., in St. Peter on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the church’s nave. Directed by Dr. Jon Hurty, the choir will perform a concert of sacred and secular music, including classical, folk, and spiritual arrangements. St. Peter is one of the stops on the choir’s spring tour of Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The concert is open to the public, free of charge. Call Chad Winterfeldt at 507-934-3060 for more information.

Breakfast Fundraiser for SPHS Graduation Party... The 21st annual St. Peter High School All Night Graduation Party Pancake and Sausage Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, from 8 noon at the St. Peter American Legion. Tickets are $5.00 for Adults, $4.00 for students 6-11 years of age, and under 6 years free. All proceeds help sponsor the St. Peter High School All Night Graduation Party. The event is sponsored by the St. Peter Masons, Nicollet Lodge #54.


Douglas Nimmo (music) served as guest conductor for the Tri-Metro Conference Fine Arts Festival Band, held at St. Croix Lutheran High School on Feb. 5. Participating schools included Blake, Breck, Concordia Academy, DeLaSalle, Minnehaha Academy, Mounds Park Academy, St. Anthony Village, St. Croix Lutheran, St. Bernard's, and Visitation.

Michael Klimesh (economics and management) accumulated a page of notes relating to his "summer to remember" in 2006 before submitting to the YS. On June 3, he realized a dream in connecting an accomplished organist with the historic 1876 organ in his hometown church, St. Wenceslas in Spillville, Iowa, the oldest (1860) Czech Catholic Church in America. a few days later, he embarked on an 11-week trip to the Czech Republic. On June 19 the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic awarded him the Artis Bohemiae Amicus (Friend of Bohemian Art) ". . . on behalf of his efforts promoting the good name of Bohemian culture." On June 20-21, Klimesh attended a colloquium in Prague sponsored by the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic and the International Dvorak Society, where he presented a paper on "Early Northeast Iowa Czechs Connected to the Present." From June 25 to 30 he attended the International Congress of the Chechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in Ceske Buidejovice, Southern bohemia, where he presented two papers--"The Most Historic Czech Village in America" and "Origins and Numbers of Buelah Falls-Watson (Iowa) Czech Settlers." Back home in the fall, he learned that an audio production about Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, for which he had participated in on-site production and interviews, had won the "Radio Music - Work on Music" category award at the prestigious 58th Prix Italia in Venic, Italy. Finally , Klimesh received word that he is credited generously (in the same paragraph as Peter Drucker) in a new book, Integrated Sales Process Management, by Michael Lodata.


  • Part-time Custodian, Physical Plant
  • Study-Abroad Adviser, International Education
  • Unit Director - Instructional Services, GTS
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church from Apple Valley, Minn., on Sunday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 19. They will also host a retreat for Bethel Lutheran Church from Hudson, Wis., on Sunday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 19.

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:
  • Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World... The Council for International Exchange of Scholars is accepting applications for the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World, to host a visiting specialist from Africa, East Asia, Europe, or the Middle East (see website for specific countries). Designed to promote understanding of the Muslim world and civilization, this program supports three to six weeks of intensive lecturing and public outreach during 2008. The deadline for proposals is May 1. For further information, including program guidelines, please visit
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:
  • On Feb. 12, MPR carried a report on the current exhibition in Hillstrom Museum of Art, "Fatimah in America: An Installation by Hend Al-Mansour." The online version plus a link to the audio can be found at:
  • The October 2006 issue of The Diapson, a monthly international journal devoted to organ and church music, carried announcement of Walter and Elizabeth Youngquist's significant gift to endow music scholarships at Gustavus. Similar notice appeared in The American Organist.

Anyone who has suggested additions for this list, suggestions for potential future media stories, or interest in being a media source should contact Marketing and Communication (x7520 or


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For Sale: Small ,dark pine desk with one drawer, and pine night stand with natural wood top and green legs, also has one drawer. Call Gretchen at 934-5441 for more information.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
"Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
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 Employee Engagement Survey - Closing Soon!
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3
Tickets for Theatre & Dance Productions
Vote for the St. Lucia Court
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
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
12:302 p.m. The Arts Administration Salon Series Studio Arts, Lecture Hall (LEC)
4:306:30 p.m. "Indigenous Salon" featuring Artist Marlena Myles, Public Reception at Schaefer Gallery of Art Art Gallery
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art

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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