The Yellow Sheet for March 22, 2007

March 22, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 24

Volume 39, Number 24

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Extraordinary People
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News & Announcements

Workshop Registration Extended... The deadline to apply for this summer's "Mentoring and Advising for Vocation: Gustavus as a Mentoring Community" workshop has been 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.

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Named... By unanimous vote, the trustees of Gustavus Adolphus College have approved the appointment of Mary E. Morton, Ph.D., as provost and vice president of academic affairs, effective July 1, 2007. In this position, Morton will oversee academic programs and strategic planning for the college. She will also be responsible for representing and advancing the college' s academic programs to internal and external constituencies. Morton, who holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Dartmouth Medical School, also earned bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and Romance languages from Bowdoin College.

Library Hours for Spring Break... Closed Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, April 2-Thursday, April 5; Closed Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8. Regular library hours resume on Monday, April 9.

Mugs Wanted... Ahhh...the Vernal Equinox. The lengthening of daylight, the return of waterfowl and songbirds. The anticipation of new life and the unmistakable fragrance of adjacent farmlands. The sights, sounds, and smells of our collective experience. Enjoy! And speaking of collections, please be so kind as to check around your offices and departments for white, stoneware Market Place coffee mugs. "We've lost about 150 of them since last fall," says Director Steve Kjellgren, "and I suspect they may have migrated for the winter but are anxious to return home now that spring has arrived!"

Yellow Sheet Reminder... The Yellow Sheet will not be published during Spring Break (April 5). Publication resumes on April 12. Those wishing to announce events occuring between April 6 and April 13 are reminded to submit them by March 27 for the March 29 issue.


Mary Solberg (religion) has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend of $5,000 for two months to work on "German Christians in Print: a Reader." The "German Christian movement," which welcomed Hitler and sought to wed Christianity to National Socialism, articulated in print and broadcast propaganda their desire to eradicate all traces of Judaism from Christianity. The project involves tracking down extant German Christian publications, translating into English a representative selection, and preparing an introduction that sets out their historical and theological context and significance.


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:

  • March 23 -- Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • March 25 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent, Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • March 26 -- Tami DeVine, ELCA wellness coordinator
  • March 27 -- Brian Fahey, senior student
  • March 28 -- Lenten Worship
  • March 29 -- Gustavus Wind Orchestra
  • March 30 -- Luke Royer, Chaplains' Office intern

Japanese Economics Lecture... Tokyo University Professor Tamio Hattori will lecture on the historical events leading to the current Japanese economic situation at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in Olin 103. Hattori is professor of Korean studies in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo. The author of nine books, Hattori was an economist in the Japanese government's Institute of Developing Economies and a professor of international business and of sociology at other Japanese universities before moving to the University of Tokyo. The lecture is sponsored by the Hanson-Peterson Chair of Liberal Studies, the Department of Economics and Management, and the Japanese Studies Program.

Linnaeus Turns 300—Happy Birthday!... The year 2007 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish taxonomist and ethnobotanist who invented the naming system for plants and animals and is considered "the Prince of Botany." He was also a medical doctor, mineralogist, ethnographer, economist, adventurer, and a most prolific writer. The Gustavus Arboretum is named in his honor. He was a dedicated teacher whose students went to every continent to bring back exotic plants and animals for him to name, to further their master's field of natural history. Roland Thorstensson (Scandinavian studies) and Linnaeus Arboretum Director Cindy Johnson-Groh (biology) will help you get better acquainted with Linnaeus at a Continuing Education program on Monday, March 26, 2007, at 7 p.m. in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. ($8.00-public; free-Gustavus students/employees). This presentation will be a preview of the upcoming Linnaeus Symposium.

Strings and Supersymmetry... At 7:30 p.m. March 29, in Wallenberg Auditorium of Nobel Hall of Science, Scholar-in-Residence Sylvester James Gates Jr., the 2007 Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College, will present a public lecture titled "SUSY & The Lords of the Ring."


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.

Celtic Music at the Arts Center... Harpist Amy Kortuem and her Celtic Band will perform at The Arts Center of Saint Peter (315 S. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter.; phone 931-3698) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Amy's music has delighted varied audiences from festival goers to dignitaries. Her band's unique style of traditional Irish and Celtic music is perfect for welcoming in the spring. Adults $10, AC members $9, students $6 (purchased at the door).

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 woman 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

St. Peter Early Childhood Initiative... Help decide how St. Peter will invest in children from birth to 5 years old in our community by participating in the following community sessions:

  • Monday, April 9, 6-8 p.m. in the the Community Center, Senior Center - Come to determine the three areas of focus for the Early Childhood Initiative in St. Peter. A family literacy program? Outdoor education? Kindergarten readiness? Infant/toddler extended hour care? Transportation issues? Outreach efforts to young families? Infant/toddler mental health services? Family friendly business practices? You can decide where our attention and funding will go.
  • Monday, April 23, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Center, Senior Center - Put the projects in motion! Share ideas for a bilingual learn-to-read project, a home-visit program for toddlers, a library of curriculum packets for in-home daycare providers, special education playground equipment, or whatever you've been dreaming of for our youngest children, and make them happen!

A session focusing on the results of the Community Profile Survey was held on March 19. There is no cost to attend either of the remaining sessions. Refreshments and childcare are also free of charge. Call Anna Reid at 934-7379, or e-mail, to reserve childcare or to receive more information about any of these upcoming events.

"Luck of the Irish" Benefit... A benefit for the John Ireland School will be held on Saturday, 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 by calling Maureen Carlson at x7334. As alcohol is being served, you must be over 21 years of age to attend.


Paula Swiggum (nursing) had an article, titled "Being in Another World: Transcultural Student Experiences Using Service Learning with Homeless Families," published in the current issue of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing. The article was co-authored with Robert Hunt from the College of St. Catherine.

Patricia Costello (psychology) co-authored an article appearing in the April issue of Psychological Science. The article is titled "Processing of Invisible Stimuli: Advantage of Upright Faces and Recognizable Words in Overcoming Interocular Suppression." Her co-authors are from the University of Minnesota.

Student News

Gustavus senior math majors Dan Johnson and Tyler Kramer have been notified that their statistics project, "Numbers Don't Lie," has received national recognition through the Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition (USPROC) sponsored by CAUSE (Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education). They will present their results at the United States Conference On Teaching Statistics in May, where they will learn whether they have won first place ($750), second place ($500), or third place ($250). Professor Carolyn Dobler, (mathematics and computer science), was their project supervisor.

Gustavus Adolphus College student-athletes Hailey Harren (cross country) and Alex Zupan (cross country) have been selected as two of 58 student-athletes from across the country competing during the fall sports season to receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Harren and Zupan were the only student-athletes from a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference institution selected to receive the $7,500 awards this fall.

Ellen Bergman (senior English major), Kate Ellingsen (senior English and communication studies major), Jared Walz (junior English major), and faculty members Baker Lawley (English) and Rebecca Fremo (English) presented a panel at the annual MNScU Conference on Composition at Century College on Saturday, March 17. The panel title was "Teaching (and) Writing Without Composition," and all presented individual papers related to this theme.


  • Dorothy Burg, mother of Jan Reid (custodial) passed away on March 15, 2007. Visitation will be Monday, March 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Peter Catholic Church on West Broadway, and funeral services will be Tuesday, March 27, at 11:30 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at the St. Peter Catholic Church. .
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).


Partners in Education... Mark Granquist (religion) will be giving his talk, "Pluralism in America," at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 25. He will be speaking at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Minn.

Student Visits... The Office of Church Relations will host a high school group with an interest in Lutheran higher education from The Lutheran Youth Organization of Southwestern Minnesota on Saturday, March 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:
  • Curriculum Development and Instructional Materials Support... The National Endowment for the Humanities offers support for projects that improve specific areas of humanities education through the development of new or revised curricula (up to $100,000 for periods of 12-18 months) and instructional and learning materials (up to $200,000 for a maximum of three years). The deadline is October 1, 2007. Guidelines for 2007 will be available in early summer. In the interim, the 2006 online guidelines can be used for reference. For more information, please see Because there are institutional cost-sharing and electronic submission requirements, those interested should contact Bob Weisenfeld ( or x7049).
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:
  • Katie Halvorson and the rest of the Gustavian Weekly crew were featured in the managing editor's column in the St. Peter Herald on Thursday, March 15, for their Gustavus version of the popular Monopoly game.
  • Gustavus students Siddarth Selvaraj, Michael Sielaff, Chriss Bacon, and Matt Fillmore were featured in the the Mankato Free Press on Thursday, March 15, for their documentary, "The Changing Face of America," a film that documents the issue of immigration throughout the United States.
  • The Hillstrom's Museum's latest exhibit, "Don Palmgren, A Retrospective Exhibition," was featured in the Mankato Free Press on Thursday, March 15.
  • The wheelchair basketball benefit held at Lund Center was featured in a KEYC-TV story on the 10 p.m. newscast on Friday, March 16.
  • The Gustavus "Working For Change" conference was featured in a KEYC-TV story on the 10 p.m. newscast on Saturday, March 17. Gustavus students Tim Lamanna, Lindsay Peak, and Amy Waldner were interviewed for the story.
  • On March 20, the Mankato Free Press ran Robb Murray's article on the appointment of Mary Morton, currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton , as provost of Gustavus Adolphus College (see News & Announcements for more information).

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


Postage Rate Change Approved... The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved an increase in the price of a first-class mail stamp to 41 cents, authorized the Forever Stamp, and approved shape-based pricing for first-class mail. The cost of a postcard will be increase to 26 cents. Other classes of mail will also have rate increases. The Board of Governors set Monday, May 14, 2007, as the effective date for the new rates and fees except periodicals, which are effective on July 15. Stamp stock cannot be returned to the USPS. If you will need a significant number of two-cent stamps, or if you would like more information on the rate changes, please contact Naomi Quiram, x7599.


Seeking Summer Sitter: Looking for a reliable high school or college student to care for two children (ages 11 and 8) on weekdays during the summer. Will pay and feed the successful candidate. If interested, please call Stacia at x6395 or e-mail

For Rent: Large house 2 blocks from campus with 3,700 sq feet of finished space, 4 bedrooms (1 in basement), 2- 1/2 baths, wood floors, lots of natural light. Furnished if desired. Rent negotiable depending on size of family, etc. Available 2007-08 academic year and both summers. Small, fenced yard. Contact David Wolfe or Susan Hirshberg,, 507-934-5694.


The Office of Alumni Relations would like to thank President Jim Peterson and Jeff Jeremiason (environmental studies/chemistry) for speaking at three events in Tucson, Phoenix, and Sun City, March 16-18. Jeremiason, chair of the 2007 Nobel Conference, spoke about the environmental studies program, campus energy conservation initiatives, alternative energy sources including wind turbines for the campus, and scheduled speakers for 2007 Nobel Conference, "Heating Up: The Energy Debate." The president updated alumni on the state of the College.


Last week's Yellow Sheet announcement may have been hard to find among your e-mails, as it showed up with a date stamp of January 15 rather than March 15 due to a glitch in the originating work station related to the change in going to Daylight Saving Time. No kidding...


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office
Save the date - Gustavus Employee Holiday Party
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

The Yellow Sheet is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the Office of Marketing and Communication. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during the week of Thanksgiving, the Christmas breqk, Touring Week, and the Spring and Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online, e-mail submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Communication. Items must reach the office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The week of Nobel Conference the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact Steve Waldhauser ( or x6413).
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