The Yellow Sheet for February 22, 2007

February 22, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 20

Volume 39, Number 20

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Position Openings
Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Calendar of Events
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News & Announcements

Welcoming Reception for Rydell Professor on Wednesday... Theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates Jr., a string theory expert from the University of Maryland, is this year's Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. He is co-teaching a general education physics course this spring with Steve Mellema (physics) on "Super String/M-Theory: The DNA of Reality?" A welcoming reception in Alumni Hall is scheduled following the faculty meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28. Gates was one of the popular featured speakers at the 2005 Nobel Conference on the legacy of Einstein. Take the opportunity to welcome Gates back to the campus. RSVP to Shanon Nowell by Monday, Feb. 26.

Safe Zone Training... The campus community is invited to Safe Zone Training 2007. There are two sessions from which to choose: Thursday, March 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m., or Tuesday, March 13, 7-9 pm. Both sessions are in the St. Peter Room, Jackson Campus Center. Safe Zone is a program that helps build a supportive campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as those in the process of defining their sexuality or gender identity. Training is prepared and put on by Gustavus Queers and Allies. Participants may choose to display a Safe Zone sticker in their office following the training, but it is not required.

Guest House Reservation Reminder... The College Guest House reservations and key distribution are now being handled by Marilyn Beyer in the Church Relations Office. All reservation requests and key pickups should be arranged by contacting Marilyn at x7001 or


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:

  • Feb. 23 - Jeff Jeremiason
  • Feb. 25 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Feb. 26 - The Gustavus Choir
  • Feb. 27 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Feb. 28 - Lenten Liturgy
  • March 1 - Brian Evans, senior student
  • March 2 - St. David's Day, gymanfa ganu

Evening Chapel Worship... The Office of the Chaplains offers a Taize Contemplative Worship service on Wednesdays during the season of Lent starting at 9 p.m. in the Chapel All are welcome!

Why Didn't Duke Ellington Win The Pulitzer Prize?... Phil Bryant (English) shares his interest and views of the famous composer during a Continuing Education program on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Interpretive Center ($8 - general public; free - Gustavus students/employees). During his lifetime Duke Ellington was this country's most popular, important, and revered composer. His achievements were never formally recognized or seriously acknowledged by his native country's musical establishment. This attitude has changed, and currently Ellington and his music have taken their rightful place along with other great masters of 20th-century music. The evening will be a meditation on Ellington's music, art, and the tenuous yet seminal relationship to American culture.

Faculty Shop Talk... Elizabeth Jenner (sociology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2006-07 academic year. Her talk, titled "More Than Words: Goffman's Gender Advertisements and the Social Tableaux of Nursing Images," will be presented on Friday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Building Bridges... The College's 12th annual "Building Bridges" Conference will be held on March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The theme of this year's student-organized diversity conference is "Find Your Voice: Putting Awareness into Action," emphasizing the power of individual voices in effecting change. The keynote speaker is Lisa Ling, special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show, host of the award-winning documentary series Explorer on the National Geographic Channel, and contributor to the Oxygen Network, who is scheduled to speak at noon . Workshops and two performances by the "I Am . . . We Are" troupe fill out the schedule. For more information, access the "Building Bridges" website.

Sign Up Now for CVR Summer Workshop... The Center for Vocational Reflection is pleased to announce that this summer's biennial staff/faculty workshop will revisit the very successful theme and format of the 2005 workshop, "Mentoring and Advising for Vocation: Gustavus as a Mentoring Community." Renowned educator and scholar Sharon Parks, author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith and co-author of Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World, will return as special guest facilitator for the 2007 workshop, which is scheduled for Monday, June 11, through Wednesday, June 13. In addition to providing time, space, and resources for participants to consider their own sense of vocation, the workshop will focus on how to better challenge, guide, and support students in their ongoing life-journeys. In order to help foster conversation among a wide range of Gustavus employees whose work with students includes a significant mentoring and advising component, and to help reinvigorate the ongoing campus conversation on "Gustavus as a mentoring community," all faculty, staff, administrators, and coaches are welcome to apply. A maximum of 40 applicants will be selected to participate. A limited number of up to 15 stipends of $300 each will be available to those who indicate that they would not otherwise be able to participate. If you would like to participate but are willing to do so without the stipend, please indicate that on the application. (Applications are available in the CVR, or on the CVR website: Completed applications are due to the Center for Vocational Reflection by Thursday, March 15, 2007. A faculty/staff planning committee will select this year's participants, who will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, March 30. Please contact Chris Johnson (phone x7159, or e-mail cjohnso5) or Amy Pehrson (phone x7169 or e-mail apehrson) in the CVR with questions.


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.

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.

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.

Daffodil Days... The Community Service Center is partnering with Daffodil Days in St. Peter, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Sales begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 5, and run through Friday, March 9. Stop by the Community Service Center in Johnson Student Union to purchase a bunch of daffodils ($8.00), a vase of daffodils ($10.00), or a bunch and a Boyd's stuffed bear ($25.00). Usher in spring, and give to a good cause!

Wheelchair Basketball Benefit... The Gustavus Community Service Center is partnering with the St. Peter Kiwanis Club and the Southwest State Rolling Mustangs to bring a wheelchair basketball benefit game to Lund Center. Join the Mustangs on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m., as they take on Gustavus men's and women's teams, St. Peter High School girls and boys teams, Noon Ball players, and Community League players. Tickets, available at the door, are $6/adults and $3/students. Proceeds will be split between Kiwanis Youth Programs and the Rolling Mustangs team.

Extraordinary People

Andy Vaughn (religion) presented an invited lecture for the Hebrew Bible Colloquium at Duke University on February 8. The lecture was titled "The Success of Hezekiah: A New Look at Hezekiah's 'Success' following Sennacherib's Campaign in 701 BCE."

Steve Wright (music) was a guest jazz director, clinician, and soloist at the Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, Fla.) for three days in January. While there, he worked with the students from the OCSA jazz ensembles and directed an all-district 11-12 jazz ensemble. On the final day, the district high school groups and the all-district bands performed at a jazz festival in Disney World. Wright was also a clinician/soloist at the annual Sun Prairie High School (WI) Jazz Festival on February 17, 2007. The festival is a non-competitive, educational event, with ten bands and ten clinicians participating. At the evening concert, the clinicians solo with one of the bands, perform a set together as a group, and then join the host ensemble for a finale.


Announcing the arrival of Felix Dunbar Vrooman-Locke, 7 lbs. 6 ozs., born Jan. 30, 2007, to Jill Locke (political science) and Eric Vrooman in New Orleans, La. (while on leave).


  • Counseling Center Director, Student Affairs
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for St. John Lutheran Church from Waseca, Minn., on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Jackson Lake Lutheran Church from Amboy, Minn., on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, and for Faith Lutheran Church from Winona, Minn., on Saturday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 25.

Student Visits... The Office of Church Relations will host a student visit for Christ Lutheran Church from Faribault, Minn., on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24.

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:
  • NSF 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 projects is May 8. For more specific information, 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:
  • Fatimah in America, the installation by Saudi woman artist Hend Al-Mansour currently showing in the Hillstrom Museum of Art (through March 4), was featured in a number of area media outlets: In addition to a report on Feb. 12 on Minnesota Public Radio (listed last week in YS #19), the installation was previewed with four color photos in the Mankato Free Press on Feb. 1. The St. Peter Herald ran stories on both Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, and Hillstrom Museum director Don Myers was interviewed about the exhibition on KTOE Radio's weekly arts program, Artcetera, on Feb. 15. On Feb. 13 KEYC-TV reporter Nathan Harrington interviewed the artist for a segment that ran on that evening's 6 p.m. newscast.
  • The Feb. 17 edition of the Lena , a new touring production about three heroes of the Civil Rights Movement brought to the campus by the Gustavus Artist Series.
  • Rob Gardner's final turn as director of a mainstage play at Gustavus and his casting of six former students into roles in that play, The Cherry Orchard, were highlighted in feature articles in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Mankato Free Press in early February. Strib theater critic Rohan Preston's story, "Goodbye, Mr. Gardner," appeared on the front page of the Arts section on Sunday, Feb. 4, with a color photo of Gardner and quotes about his influence from 1979 graduate Kevin Kling, who returned at Gardner's invitation to appear in The Cherry Orchard. The Free Press ran a large spread titled "Final Curtain" on the front page of the Currents section on Feb. 7 with photos of Gardner and the six alumni in the cast.

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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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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