The Yellow Sheet for May 10, 2007

May 10, 2007 | Volume 39, Number 30

Volume 39, Number 30

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

Corpse Flower Visitation... A rare Amorphophallus titanum (Titan Arum, commonly named the corpse flower--this one nicknamed "Perry") is about to bloom in the biology department greenhouse in Nobel Hall of Science, the first corpse flower to bloom in the state. All college employees are invited to five-minute private "visitations" with biology professor Cindy Johnson-Groh at 8:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 4 p.m. Friday, May 11; meet on the third floor at the greenhouse. Assuming it blooms as anticipated, public viewing (and smelling) will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. To sign up to volunteer during the public viewing hours, please contact greenhouse manager Emily Hoefs at People are needed to assist with staffing the greenhouse, greeting people, answering questions, directing traffic, etc. For more details on the flower, visit the website. Greenhouse staff estimate that more than 1,000 people have visited, and GTS staff indicate that the website has had more than 75,000 unique hits.

Library Hours for Finals... 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 19; 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, May 20; 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday, May 21; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 22.

Fiesta Sale in Book Mark... The Book Mark will be holding the Final Days Fiesta Sale beginning on Monday, May 14, through Wednesday, May 23. Most items are 20 percent off. Some exclusions apply.

Remembrance of Former Band Director Myron Falck... On Friday, May 18, during the daily chapel service in Christ Chapel at 10 a.m., the College will be hosting a time of remembrance for the late music professor Myron Falck, who taught from 1954 to 1988 and led the Gustavus Band from 1954 to 1981. A reception will be held following the service in the Lund Music Library of the Schaefer Fine Arts Building. For further information, please contact Chaplain Brian Johnson at x7447 or by e-mail at

Farewell Reception... David Wicklund, registrar, will be retiring on May 31, 2007, after 37-1/2 years of dedicated service to Gustavus. Staff from the Office of the Dean of Faculty and Office of the Registrar invite the campus community to wish him farewell at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 21, in Linner Lounge. There will be a short program at 3 p.m.

Upcoming Events

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, May 11 - Chris Bacon, senior
  • Sunday, May 13 - Chaplain Rachel Larson, Sixth Sunday in Easter
  • Monday, May 14 - Deb Pitton (education)
  • Tuesday, May 15 - Sally Peterson
  • Wednesday, May 17 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, May 17 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Friday, May 18 - TBA

Senior Art Exhibition... The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents questions, comments, concerns: Senior Show 2007, on view May 5-27. The exhibition highlights the student careers of 11 studio art majors and is a culminating event in their curriculum, and a required component of the major. The exhibition demonstrates the diversity of styles and approaches taken by the artists, some of whom intend to continue studying or working in art after graduation. On display are works by Eva Christopherson, Melissa Friebe, Katie Leaf, Brianna Monahan, Abby Pedersen, Sarah Pedersen, Matt Port, Becca Thompson, Matthew Mark Van Dusen, Toua Vang, and Leah Wynveen. Regular Museum hours are weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Motivational Seminar on Living with Diabetes... Type-1 Motivational Performer Noah Moore, a type-1 diabetic, and Insulindependence co-founder and 2002 graduate Peter Nerothin combine to present a motivational lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in Alumni Hall on living with diabetes. Featured topics include "Healthy Living, Healthy Attitude, and Team Insulindependence's Cause" and "The Wall Between a Curse and a Blessing." The presentation is geared toward a general audience.

The Tempest Continues through Sunday... Tickets for the final performances of the Department of Theatre and Dance's 75th-anniversary production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest in Anderson Theatre are on sale at the Ticket Center in the Student Activities Office. Capping a yearlong celebration of 75 years of Gustavus theatre, The Tempest features retiring theatre professor and director Rob Gardner as Prospero and and a cast under the direction of Amy Seham. The production opened on Wednesday, May 9, with additional performances scheduled for Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m., and a special performance added for area schools on Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m. Tickets are going briskly.

George Hall Lecture... The Gustavus community is invited to the annual George Hall Lecture, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the St. Peter Banquet Room. "Reflections on My Experiences in the Military Chaplaincy" will be presented by Dean Johnson. Johnson resides in Willmar, Minn., and is a minister in the ELCA. He is a graduate of Luther College, Luther Seminary, and has a master degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a chaplain holding general's rank in the National Guard. In 2007 Johnson , who formerly was the majority leader of the Minnesota Senate, was selected as a Regent of the University of Minnesota.

Service Awards Dinner Scheduled for May 17... The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, May 17, in Alumni Hall beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The Alumni Association will recognize 2007 retirees and the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years at the College. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person. All are welcome to attend. Reservations should be made by Friday, May 11, with the Alumni Office.

Off-campus Events of Interest

Rose Ensemble at First Lutheran... The Rose Ensemble will present "Courtly Pleasures in Baroque Stockholm and Rome : Music for Christina Vasa, Queen of Sweden ," a series of six statewide concerts highlighting the life of the remarkable 17th-century queen and lifelong patron of the arts. The concerts, performed between May 4 and May 13, include one on Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Tickets for the St. Peter concert at $20 and $12 for general seating. For these concerts, the 12-voice Rose Ensemble will be joined by five period instrumentalists. Special guest narrator Patricia Hampl will present tales of the life and times of King Gustavus Adolphus and St. Birgitta, and the program also features a new work by Twin Cities composer J. David Moore. To seek out music for this project, Artistic Director Jordan Sramek traveled to Sweden in January 2007 with Gustavus graduate Tim O'Brien ('99), a musicologist and Rose Ensemble member, to transcribe music from original sources and facsimiles. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance through The Rose Ensemble at 651-225-4340 or

'Reading Day'... The Arts Center of Saint Peter (315 S. Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter; will host "Reading Day: a gathering of Gustavus poets and writers," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Come celebrate original works by eight members, current or emeritus, of the Gustavus Department of English: Philip Bryant, Rebecca Taylor Fremo, Baker Lawley, Al Learst, Matt Rasmussen, John Rezmerski, Don Scheese, and Joyce Sutphen. Seats can be reserved by calling the Arts Center at 931-3630. Tickets also may be purchased at the door: adults $5, AC members $4, students free.


Naomi Quiram (Postal Services) was a guest presenter at the Twin Cities Postal Customer Council on May 2, 2007. She was a resource on the May 14, 2007, rate case as well as non-profit postal standards.

Peg O'Connor (philosophy and women's studies) presented "Knowing Our Obligations of Justice in the Context of Hurriance Katrina" at the Feminist Epistemology, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies Conference at Arizona State University and again at the Society for Analytic Feminism at the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association. The paper is forthcoming in Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non-Ideal, an edited collection published by Kluwer Press.

Dennis Henry (physics) is the author of the article "Classification Yards: How Humping Works" in the Encyclopedia of North American Railroads, just published by Indiana University Press.


  • Richard D. Neuman, 84, father of Bob Neuman (admission), passed away on May 3 in Wayzata, Minn. Funeral services were held n May 9 at Minnetonka Lutheran Church.
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 and 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 .


Speaking in Congregations... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis (Church Relations) will be preaching at St. Paul Lutheran Church in LeCenter, Minn., at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, May 13. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Minnetonka Lutheran Church from Minnetonka, Minn., on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. Lands Lutheran Church from Zumbrota, Minn., will also have a confirmation retreat on campus on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12.

Student Visits... The Office of Church Relations will host the following high school groups from churches with an interest in Lutheran higher education: Community of the Cross Lutheran Church from Bloomington, Minn. will be on campus Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12.

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:
  • Howard Foundation Fellowships... The George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation provides fellowships to support assistant and associate professors who are engaged in independent projects in music composition, performance, musicology, playwriting (excluding TV and film scripts), and theatre studies. Stipends are $25,000 and augment paid sabbatical leaves. There are no residency requirements. Individuals must be nominated by their department chair. Applicants should have a significant record of publication beyond the dissertation. The deadline is November 15. For application materials, 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:
  • An article by Robb Murray in the May 9 Mankato Free Press previewed the College's 75th-anniversary production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, featuring interviews with retiring professor Rob Gardner, who is cast in the lead role, and department chair Amy Seham, who directs.
  • An article on the construction of athletic fields on a 14-acre site on the west side of the campus that will be part of a cooperative-use venture involving the College, the city, and the St. Peter school district was published on the front page of the Sports section of the Free Press on May 6.
  • The front page of the Valley section of the May 6 Free Press contained a feature with color photos on a Continuing Education program led by naturalist Jim Gilbert (environmental studies) that took a group on a wildflower walk in Seven-Mile Creek County Park.
  • The imminent blooming of the corpse flower was featured in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article on May 5.
  • Mark Braun (academic affairs) was quoted on the new question of iPods as a reference source for "high-tech cheaters" on college and university campuses in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article on May 3.
  • Senior art majors Eva Christophesen, Melissa Friebe, Katie Leaf, Brianna Monahan, Abby Pederssen, Sarah Pedersen, Matt Port, Becca Thompson, Matthew Mark Van Dusen, Toua Vang, and Leah Wynveen were featured in a St. Peter Herald article on May 3 about the opening of the senior art show.
  • On May 3 the Mankato Free Press published an article on the MAYDAY! conference and keynote speaker Janet Poppendieck, who argued that reform in food production, healthy eating, and increase in organic and local foods should begin in the public school system.
  • KEYC ran a story on Wednesday, May 2, about Gustavus receiving a grant of nearly $30,000 from the NCAA for an alcohol education program. Athletics director Al Molde was interviewed.

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":
  • Dana Lamb, Marketing and Communication, phone: x7550 (change)
  • Lorie Siebels, Marketing and Communication, phone: x7520 (change)

For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or

Reminder about Extended Absence Messages... Remember to change your voicemail greeting to accommodate your summer schedule. If you will not be on campus, you may want to record an Extended Absence Greeting. This will enable callers to decide if they should still leave you a message.

  • Extended Absence Greeting Instructions:
    1. Call the system and enter your password
    2. Press 4 - Personal Options
    3. Press 3 - Greetings
    4. Press 2 - Extended Absence Greetings
    5. Listen to the instructions
    6. Press * to exit until you hear "Good-Bye."

If you have any questions or need assistance in changing your message, call the Telecommunications Office at x6261 or x7025.


For Sale or Rent: 2-bedroom, 2-bath townhome with attached 2-stall garage in quiet St. Peter neighborhood. If interested, please contact Patricia at 507-382-0228 or Unit available August 1.

For Sale: Reel push mower from the '60s. This was Montgomery Ward's best in 1963. A little rust showing but it still cuts like a champ. Comes with like-new grass catcher. $10. E-mail or phone 933-7319 or 934-1895.

For Rent: Two-bedroom home on Lake Washington available for lease to a Gustavus staff member for the 2007-08 academic year. The lease is for $800 per month. Heat, electricity, cable TV, refuse, snow removal, washer/dryer, and insulated garage are all included in the lease price as well as many other amenities. Available as partly to totally furnished. Phone 952-758-3430.


Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel - Ushers still needed
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
DEIB Event: Worldly Ears - Bringing a Sense of Belonging in Music by Esther Wang
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 Technology Services is Hiring!
Winter Gear Drive
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAB Goose Chase around campus
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
Class of 2023 Graduation Applications Due for Review Before Spring Semester
Tomorrow "Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection", on exhibition at the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets Still Available
Flu Shots Available in the Health Service Office

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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