The Yellow Sheet for March 15, 2007

March 15, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 23

Volume 39, Number 23

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Extraordinary People
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News & Announcements

Magnuson Award Nominations Sought... The Paul Magnuson Student Leadership and Service Award was established in 1991 to recognize leadership and service contributions made by current Gustavus students. Nominations are currently being sought for student-planned events, programs, or individual expressions of leadership by students during the 2006-07 academic year. Nomination forms for the Magnuson Award are available at the Dean of Students' Office or at the Student Activities Desk. Nominations must be returned to the Dean of Students' Office by Wednesday, March 28, to be given consideration. Please contact Assistant Dean of Students Steve Bennett ( or x7739) if you have any questions.

Workshop Registration Extended... The deadline to apply for this summer's "Mentoring and Advising for Vocation: Gustavaus as a Mentoring Community" workshop is being extended to Friday, March 23. 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 workshop, to be held Monday, June 11, through Wednesday, June 13, 2007. All faculty, staff, administrators, and coaches are welcome to apply; a maximum of 40 applicants will be selected to participate. Completed applications (available on the Web at are due to the CVR by Friday, March 23. Please contact Chris Johnson (phone x7159, or e-mail cjohnso5) or Amy Pehrson (phone x7169 or e-mail apehrson) in the CVR with questions.


Michele Koomen (education) was part of a University of Minnesota-based team that secured a major award from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education's Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program. Funding will allow Koomen to instruct an insect ecology class this summer for middle and secondary school science teachers as part of this teacher enhancement program.


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, March 16-- Mary Gaebler (religion)
  • Sunday, March 18-- Fourth Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Monday, March 19 -- Bob Neuman (admission)
  • Tuesday, March 20 -- Heather Rusk, coordinator, Spring Break Work Trip
  • Wednesday, March 21 -- Lenten Liturgy
  • Thursday, March 22 -- Taizé
  • Friday, March 23 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson

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 Rolling 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.

Conference to Focus on Working for Change... Gustavus Adolphus College will host a one-day conference, titled "Working for Change: Creating Career Paths to Make a Difference," that focuses on exploring careers in the social justice field. Attendees will gain a better understanding of career options, learn what it takes to work for change while getting paid, and network with those who have similar interests and values. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will take place Saturday, March 17. The schedule of events includes:

  • 10:30-11 a.m. -- Registration and check-in the Heritage Banquet Room, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
  • Free brunch available in Jackson Campus Center
  • 11-11:30 a.m. -- Keynote Speaker: Karen Bossart Rusthoven, Founder of Community of Peace Academy
  • 11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m. -- Breakout Sessions #1
  • 12:30-1:10 p.m. -- Breakout Sessions #2
  • 1:10-2:20 p.m. -- Lunch on your own
  • 2:20-3 p.m. -- Breakout Sessions #3
  • 3:10-3:50 p.m. -- Breakout Sessions #4
  • 4-4:30 p.m. -- Tene Wells, president of the non-profit organization WomenVenture
  • 4:30-5 p.m. -- Closing Performance by "I Am . . . We Are" social justice theater group in Anderson Theatre
  • Optional -- Nighttime concert by Ingram Hill in Alumni Hall in the Campus Center; advanced tickets are required (cost is $10 per person).

The event will include speakers, workshops, and panels, all of which will be centered on the idea of working for change. Presenters at the workshop are employed in a variety of non-profit organizations, schools, and other organizations that represent pathways to social change. A few of the selected presenters are Karen Rusthoven, Tene Wells, Matt Swenson, Hannah Julien, Gustavus Professor Richard Leitch, Ruth Johnson, and Kathy Salzman.

Wellness Conversation... The campus community is invited to take part in a meal and conversation on whole-life wellness and "fostering wellness at Gustavus," Monday, March 26, over breakfast at 8:30 a.m., or lunch at 12:30 p.m. Special guest for these conversations will be Tammy Devine, wellness coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA). RSVP for either (or both) of the meals to Amy in the CVR by Friday, March 23 (phone x7169 or e-mail apehrson). Tammy will also be giving the homily in Chapel on Monday and visiting classes.

Celebrating Women... St. Peter Community Education, the St. Peter Herald, and the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring "Women Celebrating Women: Moving History Forward," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center. The event will feature author, journalist, and business women Ann Burckhardt. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and an award ceremony following Burckhart's presentation. Cost is $20. Reservations are required; contact St. Peter Community Education at 934-3048 or visit


Buddy Holly Tribute... On Saturday, March 17, a St. Patrick's Day '50-'60s dance remembering Buddy Holly will be held at the KATO Ballroom from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The Kato was the second-to-last place that Buddy played before the plane crash in 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa. The dance features Richie Lee & the Fabulous '50s band from Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door (507-625-7553, or

Music for Missions Concert... Organist Chad Winterfeldt (music) will present a Music for Missions concert on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. The program celebrates the birthday of J. S. Bach (March 23) and the 300th anniversary of Dietrich Buxtehude's death. As a family-friendly event, the program includes favorites such as the Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Bach, and children of all ages will be encouraged to sit in the choir loft to get a closer look at the workings of the Hendrickson organ. Local organ builder Charles Hendrickson will be present to demonstrate the construction of an organ, and birthday cake will be served at intermission. Childcare will be provided. Admission is free; a free-will offering will benefit the Saint Peter Area Food Shelf. Call 934-3060 for more information.

Presentation Focuses on Combat Trauma... The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) will host a showing of the DVD The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends, on Wednesday, March 21, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Good Counsel Provincial House, 170 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato. The presentation gives a glimpse of the life-changing trauma soldiers experience through a visit to a Marine Corps boot camp and combat footage from Iraq. It will shatter the sanitized images found on the nightly news and challenge us to move beyond slogans and yellow ribbons to take responsibility for the suffering of these young veterans. This session will be held in the SSND conference center and is free and open to the public. The presentation is part of a monthly series called "Planting Seeds of Justice," which will address issues such as immigration, global warming, a culture of peace and nonviolence, understanding Islam, trafficking, and our relationship with the Earth. The sessions are scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month during 2007. Each session will be facilitated by Sister Jeanne Wingenter, SSND, coordinator of the Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation for the Mankato Province of SSND. For more information call the Provincial House at 507-389-4200.

Celtic Music at the Arts Center... Harpist Amy Kortuem and her Celtic band perform at the Arts Center of Saint Peter (315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter) on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Amy's music has delighted varied audiences from festival goers to dignitaries, and her band's unique style of traditional Irish and Celtic music is perfect for welcoming in the spring. Tickets may be purchased at the door (adults $10, AC members $9, students $6). Seats can be reserved by calling the Arts Center at 931-3630.

"Luck of the Irish" Benefit... A benefit for the John Ireland School will be held on March 24 at Johnson Hall, Nicollet County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 4 p.m. and a pork dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m., with a live auction starting at 8 p.m. Hundreds of items will be available to bid on, including a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, quilts, theme baskets, and much more. A full list can be seen at by clicking on the Luck Of The Irish link at the bottom of the page. Tickets for the dinner or sweepstakes tickets for the cash drawing can be purchased at the door, or call Maureen Carlson at ext. 7334. As alcohol is being served, you must be over 21 years of age to attend.


Alison Morley, a senior athletic training major, and Kyle Momsen (health and exercise science), representing the Gustavus Athletic Trainers Association, were recognized as Public Relations Award Winners at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting. The award is given to recognize the best effort from each state to promote the profession at the grass ro ots level.

Bronwen Wickkiser (classics) published an article titled "Chronicles of Chronic Cases and Tools of the Trade at Asklepieia," about the nature of illnesses treated by the Greco-Roman healing god Asklepios, and about medical instruments found in his sanctuaries, in the current volume of Archiv für Religionsgeschichte.

Mimi Gerstbauer (political science and peace studies) presented a paper, "Transnational Peacebuilding: Bringing Salt and Light to Colombia and the United States," at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Feb. 28-March 3 in Chicago. The paper focused on the Sal y Luz partnership in which Gustavus participates.

Fifteen tanka (a type of poem in the Japanese tradition) in English by Horst Ludwig (modern foreign languages), appeared in the haiku magazine Simply Haiku, Winter 2006, vol. 4, no. 4. (Simply Haiku is "a showcase for Japanese short form poetry written in the English language.")

Mark Kruger (psychology) and Mark Lammers (music) had a review of the book Musical Communication, by Miell, MacDonald and Hargreaves, published in the January 2007 issue (Volume 36, Number 1) of Psychology of Music, a quarterly journal of SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research).

Paul Budde (music) and the music department's fifth annual tuba conference, Tubonium 5, held March 9-10, garnered rave reviews on TubeNet, an Internet forum for tuba players, including praise from the two headliners, Alan Baer, the principal tubist of the New York Philharmonic, and University of Arkansas professor Benjamin Pierce

Student News

Fulbright Scholarship Awarded...The Gustavus Fulbright Committee (Lisa Heldke, Richard Leitch, Linnea Wren, and Laurent Déchery, Fulbright adviser) is proud to announce that Erica Duin, senior French and international management major, has been granted a Fulbright Scholarship to do research in Morocco during the school year 2007-08. Erica will be studying water policy and policy reforms in the Sebou River Basin. Erica will first assess this region's current water management practices and programs through the 1995 Water Law policies. She will also analyze the effectiveness of these policies in the three areas of distribution, depletion, and sustainability. During the summer of 2006, Erica worked with both the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Rabat, Morocco, where she had the opportunity to work with water projects. Erica will also pursue coursework at the Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, as well as an internship at the Ecole Nationale d'Agriculture of Meknès.

USA Today Honoree... Senior student Alex Zupan has been selected as one of the country's "Top 60" students by USA Today, recognizing significant, broad-based accomplishments among an extermely selective group of scholars, studetn-athletes, and campus leaders.

Forensics Team Shines at Pi Kappa Delta Nationals... The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team finished second in the nation in the Individual Events Team Sweepstakes among 57 competing schools at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and convention, held on March 8-10 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The squad broughtr home more than 20 awards. Brittany Lovdahl (junior) tied for the natiuonal championship in Informative Speaking. Maria Siegle (sophomore) likewise tied for the national championship in Impromptu Speaking and also placed fifth in Informative Speaking and ninth in Persuasive Speaking. Mary Cunningham (first-year) was second in Persuasive Speaking (Gustavus speakers finished 2nd, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 15th among 82 entries in this category.) Tasha Carlson (sophomore) placed third in Prose Interpretation and was selected to the Pi Kappa Delta National Council as the At-Large Student Representative. Andrea Carlile (senior) was one of 10 students named to the 2007 Pi Kappa Delta All-America Team, and Phillip Voight (communication studies) was elected president-elect of the organization.


Wendell Myers, age 81, father of Don Myers (art and art history, Hillstrom Museum of Art), died on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Funeral services were held March 6 at the Lutheran Retirement Home, Truman, Minn., with interment at Lake Belt Cemetery near Ceylon, Minn. Any memorials can be made to the performing arts program of the Arts Center of Saint Peter.

Beth Downs, mother of Deborah Downs-Miers (English), died on Friday, March 9, in Mineral Wells, Texas, at the home of her son. A memorial service will be held later this month.

To inform the campus community of the loss of a current student or employee or trustee, an emeritus professor or trustee, or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the president's office (x7538).


  • Area Coordinator, Residential Life
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).


Partners in Education .... Mark Granquist (religion) will be speaking at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Minn., at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 18. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations for which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Speaking in Congregations... Darrell Jodock (religion), David Fredrickson (Luther Seminary), and Harry Wendt (Crossways International) will be co-presenting in sessions and workshops on the topic of "One God, Two Testaments--Any Connection?" at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minn. The seminar will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2007.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for Family of Christ's pre-school program from Chanhassen, Minn., on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17. The Office of Church Relations will also host:

  • day retreats for Grace Lutheran Church from Mankato, Minn., on Sunday, March 18, and Monday, March 19;
  • a confirmation retreat for Faith Lilac Way Lutheran Church from Robbinsdale, Minn., on Friday, March 16, through Saturday, March 17;
  • a retreat for Jackson Lake Lutheran Church from Amboy, MN on Friday, March 16, through Saturday, March 17; and
  • a retreat for Diamond Lake Lutheran Church from Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday, March 17, through Sunday, March 18.

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:
  • Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grants.... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants in an effort to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced training and have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. These grants support small-scale research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, either for feasibility studies, pilot studies, or other small-scale programs that would provide data preliminary to a traditional research project grant or as support for an ongoing program of research. Active involvement of undergraduate students in the proposed research is encouraged. A maximum of $150,000 in direct costs, plus facilities and administrative costs per grant, is available. Upcoming deadlines for AREA grants are June 25, October 25 and February 25. For more information, 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:
  • On March 7, the Mankato Free Press featured an article titled "LineUs Improv Troupe Holds Festival Benefit" on the front page of its Valley section. It profiled the LineUs Improv Troupe's lastest endeavor, helping raise funds for the Third Floor Youth Center in St. Peter through Mirth Jam, a daylong comedy and music festival held last Sunday.
  • A March 9 story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on potential risks of international study (picked up by the Mankato Free Press on March 13) included comments and statistics about the Gustavus program from Patrick Quade (international education).
  • The March 11 Free Press featured a story on Lisa Ling's appearance at the "Building Bridges" Conference on March 10. The story, with a color photo, summarized Ling's remarks to a crowd of several hundred about keeping an open mind regarding how othe rcultures live.
  • On March 13, the Free Press covered a lecture on the previous evening by Lars Clausen, an ordained Lutheran pastor who has been making unicycle trips to raise awareness for the struggle for equal rights for gay s and lesbians.

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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