The Yellow Sheet for April 26, 2007

April 26, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 28

Volume 39, Number 28

News & Announcements
Upcoming Events
Off-Campus Events
Extraordinary People
Student News

New Faces
Position Openings

Congregational Outreach
Funding Opps
In the Media
Telecommunications Updates
Calendar of Events
Submit an Item Online

News & Announcements

Fall 2007 Academic Calendar Change... By action of the faculty earlier this semester, the College's academic calendar has been modified beginning with the fall 2007 semester. The calendar modification--which results in New Student Orientation beginning a day earlier than has been the case in recent years--was made in order to begin the Thanksgiving recess one day earlier (i.e., on Wednesday rather than Thursday). Please note the following for this coming fall semester:

  • Entering students are scheduled to arrive on campus for the beginning of New Student Orientation on Friday, August 31;
  • Transfer students are scheduled to arrive on campus beginning at noon on Sunday, September 2;
  • Returning students will be permitted to move into residence halls on Monday, September 3.
  • Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4, for the fall 2007 semester;
  • The Thanksgiving recess for the fall 2007 semester runs from Wednesday, November 21, through Sunday, November 25.
  • Detailed information about employee parking on Friday, August 31, and Monday, September 3, will be announced in late summer in the Summer Scoop.
Newly Tenured Faculty to be Officially Installed... The following persons will be installed as tenured members of the faculty on Friday, April 27, 2007, during Chapel Service at 10 a.m.:
  • Aaron Banks, Department of Health and Exercise Science
  • Eric Dugdale, Department of Classics
  • Loramy Gerstbauer, Department of Political Science
  • Steve Wright, Department of Music

Budget Review Presentations... Please join President Jim Peterson and Vice President and Treasurer Ken Westphal for this year's annual budget review presentation. The one-hour session will be offered in the Heritage Room of the Jackson Campus Center at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 3, and repeated in the same location at 3 p.m. Friday, May 4. The presentation will feature a review of the College's current overall financial position and will outline key budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2008.

Gustavus Choir Celebrates 75 Years... Alumni and friends are invited to the 75th-anniversary celebration of the Gustavus Choir Saturday, May 5. Scheduled events include alumni choir rehearsals at 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., an anniversary banquet ("The Gustavus Adolphus College Church Basement Buffet") in Alumni Hall at 4:30 p.m., and the choir's concert at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel, which includes three selections sung by a massed choir of current and alumni singers. For more information, or to reserve a place, contact Al Behrends at x7013 or e-mail

And, Celebrating 75 Years of Theatre... The Department of Theatre and Dance celebrates 75 years of theatre at Gustavus with a reunion on May 11 and 12. Highlights of the weekend will include an afternoon program sharing memories and monologues from the past 75 years and viewing a performance of The Tempest in Anderson Theatre. For more information and to register, go to the theatre reunion section of the Alumni website at or call the Office of Alumni Relations at x7511.

'Reading in Common' Book Selected... The Student Activities Office and the Reading in Common selection committee have chosen the "Reading in Common" book for the 2007-08 academic year. The selection is Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder. At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant, and world-class Robin Hood. Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life's calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Watch for announcement in the fall of various events relating to theReading in Common program.

Wednesday Evening Chapel Services... All are welcome for evening worship in Christ Chapel on Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m. The service includes music, reading, eucharist, and fellowship. For April, the "Unfailing Light" liturgy will be followed, and for May "Holden Evening Prayer" will be used.

Upcoming Events

'The Truth about the War in Iraq'... Master Sergeant Putnam and Sergeant First Class Moore are coming to campus to speak about the war and their first-hand experiences on multiple tours. The presentation will be held in Confer 127, Thursday, April 26 at 5 p.m.

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, April 27 -- Installation of Newly Tenured Faculty (the Rev. Kelly Chatman, trustee)
  • Sunday, April 29 -- Chaplain Rachel Larson, Fourth Sunday of Easter
  • Monday, April 30 -- Paula Swiggum (nursing) and Carrie Joines (senior student)
  • Tuesday, May 1 -- Doug Huff (philosophy)
  • Wednesday, May 2 -- May Day
  • Thursday, May 3 -- Morgan Randstrom (senior student)
  • Friday, May 5 --Pastor Bheki Mathe, South Eastern Diocese of the ELCA in South Africa

Faculty Shop Talk... Yuki Sakuragi (modern languages, literatures, and cultures) will present the final Faculty Shop Talk of the 2006-07 academic year. His talk, titled "Attitude toward language study and cross-cultural attitude: a survey of students at Gustavus and other universities," will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, 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

GACAC Annual Convention... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations' annual convention will take place Saturday, April 28. Gustavus will host pastors and delegates from the 518 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations from the region and across the country that are current member congregations of the association. The theme for the day is "Living a Life of Leadership: Intersecting with Christ." Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by morning worship and the keynote address. The 9 a.m. Chapel service features the Rev. David L. Johnson ('62) as homilist and includes the installation of the Rev. Grady St. Dennis ('92) as the College's director of the Office of Church Relations. Mary K. Nelson ('61) will deliver the keynote address, titled "Leadership Towards Community," at 10:15 a.m., also in Christ Chapel. At a noon luncheon in Alumni Hall, the Rev. Dr. Darrell Jodock, Bernhardson Distinguished Professor in Lutheran Studies, will receive the association's Covenant Award. This award is given annually to an individual who has made distinctive contributions toward strengthening the partnership between Gustavus and member congregations. Afternoon teach-in sessions will showcase several inspirational faculty and student community projects in the areas of teaching, service, and student-led initiatives. These sessions are open to the public and will take place at 1:10 p.m. The day will conclude with a reception at 2:15 in the Student Union foyer.

MAYDAY!... The College's 27th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, focuses on "Community Food Security." Events include an opening keynote address by writer and educator Janet Poppendieck on "School Food at the Crossroads: Business as Usual or Maximum Food Security?" following the welcoming service in Christ Chapel at 10 a.m.; social activist and researcher Mike Hamm speaking on "Community Food Security and Sustainable Development: What's Our Children's Legacy?" at 1:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall; a "locavore" meal of foods grown or produced in the greater St. Peter area served by the Market Place; and a resource fair running all day in the Jackson Campus Center Banquet Rooms. All events are open to the public without charge.

Religion Research Presentations... Senior religion majors will present their research work at the Spring Semester Poster Happening 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Dive. Topics range from speaking in tongues to Islamic extremism. The senior presenters will show and discuss their posters representing their research papers. Refreshmentswill be served.

Gustavus Student Film Festival... Several student films produced this year will be screened in Wallenberg Auditorium of Nobel Hall of Science Saturday, May 5, beginning at 7 p.m., with prizes to be awarded based on an audience poll. The event is sponsored by CAB, GAC TV, and the Film Society.

Lindau Symposium on May 8... The inaugural Lindau Symposium will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2007, in Alumni Hall. Featured speaker is the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a conservative Catholic intellectual whose topic will be "Religion in American Public Life." Fr. Neuhaus argues that religious ideas and voices--particularly Christian ones--have a place in American public life. For 30 years an activist pastor at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., Neuhaus grew disillusioned with cultural revolution and liberation theology in the mid-'70s and became a leading advocate of "democratic capitalism" and a critic of liberalism. In 1984 he published The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America, in which he asserted that secular voices and big government had crowded religion out of the "public square." Neuhaus, who converted to Catholicism in 1990, is founder and director of the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City. The symposium, established with a gift from the late Phil Lindau, alumnus, board member, and campaign volunteer, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment. Future symposium topics may encompass economics, politics, and stewardship, according to Chris Gilbert (political science), who is coordinating the program.

For the Dogs... Gustavus Pound Pals will host a car and dog wash to raise money for the St. Peter Dog Park from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the spectator entrance of Lund Center. The event is aimed at anyone with either a car or dog . . . no need for both! The organization is in need of car wash materials (sponges, rags, towels, and tubs); donations can be brought to the Community Service Center.

"Travels of Carl Linnaeus" Exhibition Continues at Arts Center... Last summer Anders Bjorling, photographer, and Roland Thorstensson (Scandinavian studies), writer, traveled together in Sweden, retracing the 18th-century travels of Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. The result of this venture is an exhibition of Anders' stunning photographs, accompanied by Roland's writing relating them to Linnaeus' travels. The exhibition runs through April 29, 2007, at the Arts Center of Saint Peter. Regular gallery hours at the Center are Tuesdays-Sundays, 1-5 p.m., and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.

Off-campus Events of Interest

A Celebration of Word and Song... Musicorum, an 18-member vocal ensemble directed by Gregory Aune (music), will present a joint concert and reading with the Southern Minnesota Poetry Society at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 423 West 7th Street in Mankato. Works by Johannes Brahms, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Paulus, and more will be presented. The concert will feature the premiere performance of a new piece commissioned by Musicorum, a poem by Minnesota poet Susan Stevens Chambers set to music by Minnesota composer David Dickau. Singers include Julie Aune, Jenifer Ward (modern languages, literatures, and cultures/German), Rebecca McConnaughey (music), Ole Karstad ('97), and Brian Fahey ('07). Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students and are available at the door.

View Spring Wildflowers... On Thursday, May 3, the College's Continuing Education series offers "Wildflowers of Seven-Mile Creek County Park," a walk on the park's trails led by Jim Gilbert (environmental studies), Cindy Johnson-Groh (Linnaeus Arboretum/biology), and Emily (Beatty) Hoefs (Linnaeus Arboretum). Seven-Mile Creek is located four miles south of St. Peter and seven miles north of Mankato on US 169. Two sessions will be offered, at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Meet in the visitors' parking lot of Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus ($8-public; free-Gustavus students/employees).

Cancer Benefit... Steve Holcomb, a longtime member of Gustavus Adolphus College community in custodial, has been diagnosed with cancer. A benefit has been scheduled for Friday, May 4, beginning at 4 p.m. at Taders Bar & Grill (formerly the Blue Moon) in Kasota. Food with $5.00 donation and raffles. Karoake will begin at 7 p.m.

Support the Susan Komen 3-Day... Kathy Larson, wife of Karl Larson (HES), and nine other St. Peter women will be walking in the Breast Cancer 3-Day event in the Twin Cities August 24-26. The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust, which fund important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment. Participants agree to raise money for the cause, and this team has a fundraising goal of just under $20,000 (about $2,200 per walker). To make a donation (of any amount), you may go to Kathy's fundraising webpage at

Extraordinary People

Paul Saulnier (physics) delivered an invited seminar at Saint Olaf College titled "A journey from light scattering to biophysics . . . ."

Kevin Birr (Dining Services), his brother Todd Birr, and their teammates from Wisconsin took the bronze medal at the World Men's Curling Championships in Canada. Kevin and his team qualified to represent the United States at the world championship after winning the National Championship. Their third-place finish also gave the U.S. 10 points toward qualifying for the 2010 Olympics.

Eric Dugdale (classics) gave the keynote lecture at the Athenaze event at the University of Georgia, Athens. His lecture was entitled "Athenian Men Watching Trojan Women: the Role of Tragedy in Athens."

Tom Emmert (history) was the keynote speaker on Sunday, April 22, at Minnesota State University, Mankato for their history department's annual award convocation. His address was titled "Southeastern Europe at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Challenging the Past and Looking for a Rainbow."

Mark Bjelland (geography) attended the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in San Francisco. He presented a paper titled "Millennial Dreams: The Challenges of Creating Sustainable Communities in the United Kingdom."

Bronwen Wickkiser (classics) has been awarded a Margo Tytus Summer Residency Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati to complete her manuscript on the cult of Asklepios.

The meetings of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South (including some Canadian provinces), which took place in Cincinnati April 11-14, featured a number of Gustavus faculty, past, present and future, as well as two students, one current and one a recent graduate. Senior classics major Andrew Howard gave a well-received paper on "The Runner and the Iliad." Katie Bukowski ('04) delivered a paper titled "Direct Intercourse in Indirect Discourse: Sexual nomoi in Herodotus' Histories." She is completing an M.A. in classics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Also at the meeting was Sue Shapiro, who taught classics for a year in the '80s and is now an assoc. professor at Utah State. Sue gave a paper on Catullus and also chaired a session at which Sean Easton, just hired as a tenure track classicist at Gustavus, gave a paper on Lucan. Sean has been hired as part of a joint conract; his wife, Yuri Hong Easton, also gave a paper, on Herodotus, in a different session. Also, at the meeting was Mary McHugh, also just hired on tenure track by the College. Mary taught at the College for a year recently, and has been a visitng professor at Hamilton College. This meeting gave Mary and the Eastons their first opportunity for a meeting, an amicable one as it turned out. Finally, Stewart Flory (classics emeritus) chaired a lively session on Plato and gave a paper on "Silent Reading in Antiquity."

Student News

The Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team participated in the 30th American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament April 6-9, hosted this year by Minnesota State University, Mankato. Viewed by many as the most competitive national forensics tournament in the country, the AFA-NIET awards team sweepstakes trophies to only the top 20 schools among the 83 competing this year. For the first time in the history of the College, the Gustavus team earned a top 20 ranking. (And, it is worth noting that 14 of the top 20 schools are Division I institutions.) The Gusties also earned their first-ever individual event placings. Andrea Carlile qualified for the quarterfinal round (top 24) in Communication Analysis (123 competitors) and Tasha Carlson qualified for the quarterfinal round in Persuasive Speaking (126 competitors). With their placings in the quarterfinal rounds, Andrea and Tasha rank among the top 16 competitors in the country in their respective events. Carlile was named to the 2007 American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament All-American Team, becoming only the second Gustie (following Rebecca Kuehl, 2005) to earn this prestigious honor.

The following students have been selected for membership in the Guild of St. Ansgar. This senior honorary society, named for the first Christian missionary to Sweden, honors those senior students who have distinguished themselves through excellence in scholarship, service to the College, and broad participation in College activities. 2007 inductees are Karin K. Anderson, Maren C. Anderson, Melissa R. Anderson, Christopher K. Bacon, Erin M. Bettendorf, Marissa A. Bonde, Megan J. Buckingham, Andrea M. Carlile, Tessa L. Carlsen, Michelle A. Clark, Sarah E. Demke, Erica L. Duin, Katherine S. Ellingsen, Jo M. Ellison, Nicole L. Gergen, Kallie A. Gray, Kristen N. Heider, Karen J. Hoeg, Andrew P. Howard, Sarah J. Hudson, Rachelle M. Jakobs, Stacey L. Johnson, Maxwell D. Leither, Yoshi B. Ludwig, Jill A. McDuffee, Travis L. Michelson, Sara J. Olmanson, Eric D. Olson, Christina C. Pakola, Rebecca J. Palermo, Elizabeth M. Petersen, Laura E. Pierce, Nicole R. Radotich, Katelyn C. Reschetz, Megan R. Richards, Luke D. Royer, Amy L. Schmidt, Marcus A. Schmit, Nicole L. Soper-Gorden, Jenna A. Stevens, Elizabeth A. Suskovic, Rachel B. Tuil, Brianna E. Vaa, Linh D. Vu, Joshua P. Wahlstrom, Alexander M. Zupan.


  • Elizabeth Bach, mother of Philly Kauffmann (alumni relations), died April 19 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Her funeral was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Minnesota Lake April 25.
  • Gordon "Gordy" Thom, who worked in the safety and security department 1970-1990, died April 2 at Queen of Peace hospital in New Prague. He was 87 years old. His funeral was held April 24 at the Nicollet Funeral Home.
To inform the campus community of the death of a current student, employee, or trustee; an emeritus professor or trustee; or an immediate family member of a current employee, contact the Office of the President (x7538 or Death announcements and funeral notices for students, current and emeritus faculty, current employees, and trustees will be sent to the community via written notice from the president, posted on community-l, the official campus-wide e-mail list, and published in the Yellow Sheet or Summer Scoop. Notices for immediate family members of current employees will be published in the Yellow Sheet or the Summer Scoop unless they occur during a publication break, in which case they will be posted on employee-l .

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Support Staff
    Amelia "Amy" Fude, Student Health Service

Position Openings

  • Admission Counselor, Admission
  • Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Market Place Cook/Server (Pizzeria), Dining Services
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Steve Haggmark (religion). He will be giving his talk, "Understanding Islam," at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at Richfield Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minn. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations in which participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
  • New ELCA Stipend for Study in Germany... The Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD) is offering two three-month stipends to ELCA members and full-time professors at ELCA-related colleges and universities for study in Germany in 2008. The stipend may be used for dissertation research, pastoral and academic sabbatical projects, and teaching, as well as various forms of immersion into the language, culture, and religious life of Germany. The EKD stipend includes airfare to and from Germany as well as a monthly stipend of approximately 960 euros ($1,300 USD) to cover living expenses in Germany. The deadline for applications is September 15. Interested individuals can contact the ELCA Wittenberg Center at for the 2008 application materials.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
  • Gustavus' Linnaeus @ 300 Symposium was mentioned in an April 23 article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
  • English professor Joyce Sutphen was featured in a Mankato Free Press article on Monday, April 23. Sutphen's poetry has been included in a new anthology, titled "Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry."
  • Gustavus was featured in a Saturday, April 21, Mankato Free Press article about the College's Chapel service to honor the victims of the Columbine and Virginia Tech tragedies. Chaplain Brian Johnson and students Sara Halberg and Ben Martin were quoted.
  • Gustavus professor of anthropology and interdisciplinary studies Karen Larson had an article, titled "We get response right, but social ties need strengthening," published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press ( on Thursday, April 19.
  • Author Barbara Ehrenrich was featured in a Mankato Free Press article titled "Author Details Working on Low-end of the Scale," covering her lecture on campus April 25 on minimum wage, poverty, and the growing gap between the rich and poor in the United States.
  • Gustavus students were featured in a Free Press article on April 25 for their participation with the Soulforce Equality Riders protesting perceived GLBT discrimination at Bethany College.
  • Gustavus professors and Virginia Tech alumni Rebecca Fremo and David Reese were featured in a St. Peter Herald article titled "Virginia Tech Shooting Hit Home," on April 19.
  • Ray Thrower was quoted in a St. Peter Herald article on April 19 for his thoughts on safety at college campuses after the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

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

Telecommunications Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2006-07":
  • Amelia Fude, Student Health Services: 7630, e-mail: afude (addition)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or


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Housesitting Arrangement Sought: Single, 53-year-old woman writer/college instructor seeks housesitting arrangement in St. Peter/Mankato area beginning mid- or late summer for at least 6 months, preferably one year. Has elderly parents residing at Grandview Care Center. Responsible, quiet, flexible. Has 2-yr-old short-haired, healthy exceptional cat. Please contact Emily Kretschmer at 859-539-3836.

For Sale: 2-bedroom, 2-bath townhome with attached 2-stall garage in quiet St. Peter neighborhood. If interested please contact Patricia at 507-382-0228.

Calendar of Events

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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