The Yellow Sheet for March 1, 2007
March 1, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 21
Volume 39, Number 21
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News & AnnouncementsSt. David's Day Celebration Postponed... The St. David's Day hymn sing and related events scheduled for Friday, March 2, have been postponed due to weather. The celebration has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday, March 9.
Continuing Education Event Postponed... Phil Bryant's presentation on Duke Ellington originally scheduled for March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 8, at the same hour and location.
Women's Hockey Playoff Postponed... The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Hockey Playoff Semifinal between Gustavus and Hamline scheduled for Thursday evening has been postponed until Friday, March 2, at the same hour and location.
Easier Writing Center Appointments... The Writing Center proudly announces its new Web-based system! Now all Gustavus students can make Writing Center appointments directly from their home computers and Gustavus computer labs (they can even make them from off-campus locations). Thanks to a new software package, WCOnline, students can register as "new users" (go to gustavus.edu/writingcenter and click on the "WCOnline" icon on the left), read all about staff members online, select their own tutors and appointment times, and enjoy their sessions in 232 Confer. Students even get an automatic reminder about their appointment! By registering before they come to the Writing Center, students can start to work with tutors even more quickly than before. The system also assists in conducting research related to Writing Center usage patterns. Students are asked to register as "new users" directly on our website. Contact Rebecca Fremo if you want additional information about the system.
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 p.m. 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.
Reception for New Advancement Staff... Join the Advancement Office in welcoming new staff professionals Kari Clark, a 1991 Gustavus graduate who has been named a director of gift planning, and Tony Pasiak, associate director of the Gustavus Fund, at a reception on Tuesday, March 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Linner Lounge.
Announcing a New Communicator... The Office of Marketing and Communication is pleased to welcome Jerry Nowell as its new director of Web communications. Nowell, who has been with Gustavus Technology Services since the summer of 2005, will lead the College's strategic online marketing and communications efforts.Participate in 'Day at Capitol'... Did you know that...
On March 8, you are invited to join Gustavus Adolphus College students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and other constituents who will visit the Minnesota State Capitol to make the case for state support of higher education. Hundreds of
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:
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 http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Strategic Direction Discussions Set... Last month, President Jim Peterson shared with the College community a draft pre-planning document called "Strategic Directions for Gustavus Adolphus College." (The document remains available for review at http://gustavus.edu/strategicdirections.) President Peterson invited review and comments through a dedicated Strategic Directions e-mail box. Many members of the campus community have responded through this vehicle, and this thoughtful input has been very helpful. As a next step in the process, four open-forum sessions have been scheduled for next week. In these one-hour meetings, feedback received so far will be shared and further dialogue on the Strategic Directions document solicited. This is a good opportunity for people on campus to remain engaged with a process that will culminate with a concrete operational strategic plan in the coming months. The following sessions have been scheduled in the Heritage Room of the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center:
Augsburg Fortress CEO to Visit... On Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday, March 8, Beth Lewis, president and CEO of Augsburg Fortress Publishing House, will be on campus. She will be speaking in classes both Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, Lewis will be giving a talk to staff members titled "Called to Serve" at 3:30 p.m. in Linner Lounge. At 8 p.m., she will be speaking at a "Listening Post" at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. She will also be delivering the homily at the 10 a.m. daily chapel service on Thursday and will meet informally with other groups. Lewis is a guest of the Bernhardson Chair in Lutheran Studies. For more information about Lewis's visit, contact Dr. Darrell Jodock (religion) at x7472, or by e-mail.
St. David's Day... The 34th annual St. David's Day celebration at Gustavus Adolphus College has been postponed due to the inclement weather. It is now tentatively scheduled to take place on Friday, March 9 (pending confirmation of reserved spaces at this writing). Honoring the patron saint of Wales, the event begins with a 20-minute hymn sing at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Four hymns from the National Gymanfa Ganu hymnal will be sung, led by a 200-voice massed student choir and conductors Gregory Aune and Patricia Kazarow. The celebration 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 (by advance reservation only). 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.
Spring Dance Next Weekend... Tickets are now on sale at the Gustavus Ticket Center (933-7590) for the spring dance concert, To Touch, To Move, To Inspire, March 9-11 in Anderson Theatre. This concert is directed by Michele Rusinko and Maria Gomez-Tierney and choreographed by Sue Gunness, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Maria Gomez-Tierney, Suzanne Wiltgen, Matt Dittes, Taylor Rocheford, and Tiffany Plante. Joining the faculty and student choreographers will be guest choreographer and new visiting instructor Laura Selle Virtucio, a performer with Shapiro & Smith Dance and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, and guest choreographer Allison Easter, who is returning to Minnesota from New York City where she performed in and directed the cast of the Obie Award-winning Off-Broadway show Stomp. Also included in this eclectic show is a guest performance by Twin Cities dance company Three Dances. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with IDs; members of the Gustavus community may receive one ticket at no cost with their ID.
Speaking of Dance... Dance, by its very nature, is ephemeral, making it an especially challenging art form to try to capture by any means. Is it possible to gain insight into the essence of a dance, or the history of a dance program, in the hundredths of a second of a photographer’s flash? A new exhibition, “Capturing the Moment: Documenting Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College, 1990-2006, Photographs by Stan Waldhauser and Terena Wilkens,” answers that question with a resounding “Yes.” For the past 16 years, both professional photographer Stan Waldhauser and Gustavus Adolphus College technical director and lighting designer Terena Wilkens have been taking documentary photographs of the students’ spring dance concerts. “Capturing the Moment” displays the athleticism, beauty, and sheer magic that has taken place on Anderson stage over those years. The legendary Merce Cunningham once wrote, “You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on a wall and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive. It is not for unsteady souls.” These fleeting moments of feeling alive are made visible in these remarkable photographs on display at the Arts Center of Saint Peter, March 8-April 8. Opening reception is Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 4 p.m..
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: gustavus.edu/vocation). 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.
Activist Pastor to Visit... Author and activist Lars Clausen returns to Gustavus Monday and Tuesday, March 12 and 13, for a series of events and conversations open to the entire Gustavus community. Clausen, an ordained ELCA pastor and record-holding unicyclist, will discuss his most recent book, Straight Into Gay America: My Unicycle Journey for Equal Rights, which explores the often deep cultural, political, and religious divisions over GLBT rights and the role of GLBT people in the church. Clausen's schedule includes class visits, meetings with student organizations and student affairs staff, the homily in Chapel on Monday, meals and conversation (lunch at 12:30 p.m. Monday, dinner at 5 p.m. Monday, and lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday), and a public address at 7 p.m. Monday in the Heritage Banquet Room. (RSVP for the lunch and dinner conversations to Amy in the CVR, x7169 or e-mail apehrson, by Friday, March 9). Clausen's visit is cosponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection, Q & A, the Chaplains' Office, Church Relations, the Counseling Center, Department of Political Science, and the Women's Studies program.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (933-7044). Community Day is Saturday, March 3.
All-Shostakovich Concert... The Mankato Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ken Freed, will present a concert of music by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) at Mankato West High School on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. Included in the program are Opus 96: Festive Overture in A major for orchestra (1954); Opus 107: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major (1959), with Anthony Ross, principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra, as soloist; and Opus 47: Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937). Gustavus students Lindsay Schultz (horn) and Mark Wirbisky (viola); alums Ben LeRoy (horn soloist in the Cello concerto), Zach Armstrong (viola), Amy Olsen (trombone), and Colin McGuire (principal second violin); and Gustavus faculty Richard Weber (clarinet), Ann Pesavento (bassoon), and David Fienen (piano and celeste) are all performing as part of the orchestra in this concert. On Feb. 26, the orchestra performed the Festive Overture and the Symphony at the Mankato Armory in a free concert for families with soldiers deployed to Iraq. That concert was broadcast live via Internet to Iraq. Tickets for Sunday's concert are available at the door or by calling the Mankato Symphony office (507) 625-8880.
Irish Music and Dance... "A Celebration of Irish Music & Dance" will be held at the LeCenter High School Auditorium on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. Featured dancers include the Conney School of Irish Dance and the Green Fire Irish Dancers; the group Heritage and soloist Shelly Conlon will supply the music. Tickets are $2 at the door.
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), a vase of daffodils ($10), or a bunch and a Boyd's stuffed bear ($25). 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.
Business After Hours... The St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce Diplomats invite Chamber members (Gustavus is one) to the March installment of "Business After Hours," to be held on Tuesday, March 20, at Realife Cooperative. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Make reservations by calling 934-3400.
Janine Wotton (psychology) attended the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Honolulu in December to present her lab's research. Kristin Welsh '06, Crystal Smith, Rachel Elvebak, and Samantha Haseltine all worked last year on a pilot project to better understand the influence of room echoes on speech perception. This year Elvebak has been working hard on this project for her honors thesis and has made great progress. She will present her research at the annual spring Psychology Symposium and the Sigma Xi symposium.
Michael Hvidsten (mathematics and computer science) gave an invited presentation at the International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Education, held February 18-20 in Boston. The title of his talk was "Creating Truly Interactive Web Pages for the Exploration of Mathematical Ideas."
Patricia Freiert (classics emerita) exhibited her shibori work at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore February 23-25. In the fall show of the Minnesota Crafts Council she received honorable mention for best-in-show. Her next show will be in St. Paul at the American Craft Council show, April 13-15.
Student NewsForensics Team Places at State Meet... The Gustavus forensics team collected 30 individual awards at the 23rd Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association (MCFA) State Championships held on Feb. 17-18 on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University , Marshall . Gustavus finished second in the Team Sweepstakes among the ten colleges and universities participating in the event. The team of Henry Stokman (sr., Minnesota Lake , Minn. ) and Alex Knewtson (jr., Mapleton , Minn. ) won the state championship in Parliamentary Debate. A Gustavus team has won the championship in four out of the past five years. Stokman and Knewtson had also finished first in 2005 and second in the 2006 state debate competition. Gustavus speakers stood out in the oratory competition, sweeping the top four places and five of the top seven, which had the MCFA checking their record book. Andrea Carlile (sr., Chatham , Ill. ) placed first, and Bridget Traut (sr., Sartell , Minn. ) finished second, both qualifying for the 135th Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest, to be held in Santa Fe , N.M. , in April. The Interstate Oratorical Association's national contest, which is the nation's oldest annual public speaking contest, brings together 60 of the top collegiate persuasive speakers in the country, with each state allowed to qualify a maximum of only two competitors. Carlile qualified for the Interstate contest for an unprecedented third consecutive year; she had made the semi-final round of last year's contest. Individual awards are below:
Gustavus will host the 2008 MCFA State Championships next February.
Students Present at Online Conference... Sophomore Molly Beernink, senior Krista Cruse, junior Nate Erickson, and senior Mike Kamrath presented a paper, "Computational and Spectroscopic Investigation of 7-Azaindole: Solvation and Intermolecular Interactions," based on their physical chemistry research with Jonathan Smith (chemistry), at the fourth annual Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Online Conference sponsored by Carleton, Hope, Macalester, and Gustavus.
BirthsRyan Yunkers (student activities), wife Molly, and big brother Ethan welcomed Connor Lee Yunkers on February 11. He was 8 lbs., 3 oz. and 21-3/4" long at birth.
Anne Patneaude, health professions coordinator, Career Center
Ann Studniski, athletic trainer, Athletic Training
Matt Thomas, media relations manager, Marketing and Communication
New Support Staff
Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for St. Barnabus Lutheran Church from Plymouth, Minn., on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3.
Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).
In the MediaHere are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
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 email@example.com).
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