The Yellow Sheet for Sept. 13, 2007

September 13, 2007 | Volume 40, Number 2

Volume 40, Number 2

News & Announcements

Presidential Search Committee Organized... On Sept. 9, the Gustavus Board of Trustees created a presidential search committee and charged it with assisting the Board in selecting a successor to Jim Peterson. The following members were named:

  • Trustees: Tom Annesley, David Carlson, Ardena Flippin, George Hicks, Terry Morehouse, Marilyn Olson, Wayne Peterson, Sally Turrittin, and Dan Zismer;
  • Faculty: David Fienen (music), Lisa Heldke (philosophy), and Matthew Panciera (classics);
  • Administration: Tim Kennedy (college relations) and Hank Toutain (student affairs);
  • Support Staff: Sylvia Straub (library);
  • Students: Greg Boone and Maari Hanson.

The board elected Trustee David Carlson to chair the committee. The committee will hold an organizational meeting soon. Throughout the process, the Board and the Committee will report to the community about the search.

Letters Sought for Tenure Candidates... The following members of the faculty are currently being considered for appointments with continuous tenure:

  • John Clementson, education
  • Patricia English, communication studies
  • Patric Giesler, sociology & anthropology
  • Deborah Goodwin, religion
  • Elizabeth Jenner, sociology & anthropology
  • Jeffrey Jeremiason, chemistry/environmental studies
  • Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, music
  • Matthew Panciera, classics
  • Alisa Rosenthal, political science
  • Esther Wang, music
  • Janine Wotton, psychology

Letters written on behalf of these candidates should be sent to Provost Mary Morton and should address the criteria for tenure as stated in the Faculty Manual. Letters are due by Friday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. As a reminder, tenured faculty members in a candidate's department are expected to submit letters.

New Emergency Notification System... The College is enhancing its emergency notification system and is seeking cooperation from the campus community to do so. All employees (faculty, administrators, and support staff) and students are asked to go online to the electronic Gribly ( to update their information and provide additional information, particularly cellular/mobile telephone numbers. In the event of a major emergency, the College will need this information to contact you through a new emergency notification system that maximizes a variety of channels, including land lines, mobile phones, text messaging, and e-mail. Our success with this advanced, multi-layered system will depend, in large part, on the accuracy of the contact information provided (and which you will update as needed in a timely manner).

Create an Online Profile... Faculty and staff are now invited to create professional profiles online via their web browser (e.g., Firefox). Log in at to get started. Add your background information and photo, list your areas of interest and expertise, and upload your complete CV. Edit and save your profile at any time and the changes will be immediately reflected online. Your profile may appear in various spots throughout the Gustavus website—department pages and elsewhere—so some degree of customization is highly recommended. Take a tour of currently available profiles at or contact Web Services ( or x6365) for more information.

Emily Gentholts Memorial Service on Saturday... The campus community is invited to a memorial service for Emily Gentholts on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Family and friends will be gathering to mourn her death and to celebrate her life. The service will be followed by a blessing of a tree in her memory, a luncheon served in the Heritage Room with the bestowal of a posthumous degree, and some outdoor frisbee activities.

Campus Happenings

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, Sept. 14 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Sunday, Sept. 16 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Mark Bjelland, geography
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Mary Gaebler, religion
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 - Taizé
  • Friday, Sept. 21 - Amy Pehrson, CVR

Shop Talk... Joyce Sutphen (English) will present the first Faculty Shop Talk of the 2007-08 academic year.  Her talk, titled "About Poetry," will be presented on Friday, Sept. 14, 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

Residency in Historical Keyboard Instruments... Trevor Stephenson, historical keyboard scholar, will present a day-long residency on historical keyboard instruments on Friday, Sept. 14, culminating with a recital at 7:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall. Using his replica 17th-century Flemish harpsichord (modeled after Couchet) and replica late 18th-century fortepiano (modeled after Stein), Stephenson will perform music by Scarlatti, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert. Stephenson's residency at Gustavus begins on Friday morning from 9-10:30 a.m. with a lecture/demonstration exploring the dramatic shift in aesthetics, beliefs, and conceptions of sound that occurred during the 18th century as the harpsichord was popularly supplanted by the fortepiano. Beginning at 11 a.m., he will conduct a master class with local students. This event is made possible in part by a local association grant from the Music Teachers National Association and is co-sponsored by the Mankato Area MTA, Sioux Valley MTA, the Minnesota Valley MTA, and Gustavus. For more information, contact Rebekah Richards, or 507-934-9117. The residency activities and the recital are free and open to the public.

Join a Labyrinth Walk... Chaplain Rachel Larson has recently received training as a labyrinth facilitator through Veriditas, a ministry of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. This past year she has been working on her certification by leading labyrinth walks for various campus and community groups. Walking the labyrinth is a meditative practice used in a variety of settings such as religious communities, schools, hospitals, prisons, and retreat centers. Join Chaplain Larson next Monday, Sept. 17, for an introduction to labyrinths and a meditative walk on the Gustavus canvas labyrinth. The event is in Christ Chapel, 8-9:30 pm. All are welcome to discover the labyrinth.

'In the Know' Week... Get the facts you need on health and safety. Events are scheduled daily, Monday, Sept. 17-Friday, Sept. 21.

  • Monday - Lemonade Table with the Counseling Center and the Peer Assistants outside the Market Place.
  • Tuesday - "In the Know" health kits table
  • Wednesday - "Don't Share Your Germs" table with Health Services and the Peer Assistants.
  • Thursday - "Can I Kiss You?" Dating Expert, Mike Domitrz at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall
  • Friday - Sober Driver Demo

Tour Linnaeus Arboretum... The Linnaeus Arboretum staff is offering three opportunities for the campus community and their families to attend a guided tour with arboretum naturalist Emily Hoefs. Tours will be offered on three days at a variety of times to maximize the opportunity for all to attend. Tours will last about an hour and will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept, 21, at noon; and Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 4:30 p.m. Come enjoy the beautiful fall weather and learn about the many ways you can utilize this special place.

Dating Expert Returns... Mike is back! On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m., Mike Domitrz, a healthy-dating expert who inspires students through the combination of his hilarious sense of humor and his uncanny ability to draw hard-hitting emotion from each student, will speak in Alumni Hall. Male and female students constantly rave about what a lasting impression he has on their lives. Last year Alumni Hall was filled to capacity—ask anyone who attended how meaningful it was to them. He is a speaker you have to come hear! P.S. Don’t be late . . . the first 100 students to arrive get a free “Can I Kiss You?” t-shirt.

Noted Theologian to Deliver Lefler Lecture... Theologian John Haught, who was a featured speaker at the 2003 Nobel Conference, returns to Gustavus to deliver this year's Lefler Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Haught, a Roman Catholic theologian and the Landegger Distinguished Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, is considered one of the nation's leading experts on the evolution versus creation debate.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Here on Sept. 28... The 2007-08 Artist Series is bringing the Grammy Award-winning South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Gustavus on Friday, Sept. 28, for a performance in Christ Chapel at 8 p.m. The ensemble has performed with Paul Simon (including on his album Graceland), at two Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies, for Pope John Paul II and South African presidential inaugurations, at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and at many musical award shows from around the world and has become the musical voice of traditional culture in South Africa, perhaps for all of Africa. The September 28 performance marks the ensemble's first performance on the Gustavus campus. More information and tickets for each event are available online or by calling 507-933-7590. Tickets remaining at concert time will be available at the door.

43rd Nobel Conference Focuses on Energy... Interest in this year’s Nobel Conference on “The Energy Debate” is truly “heating up”! Reservations for the two-day conference, to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2 and 3, reached the 3,500 mark this week. Invited speakers include several internationally recognized experts on energy and resource development: James E. Hansen, lead climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Joan Ogden, co-director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program at the University of California, Davis; Lee Rybeck Lynd, engineering professor, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College; Kenneth Deffeyes, professor emeritus of geosciences, Princeton University; Nobel laureate Steven Chu, director of the Lawrernce Berkeley National Laboratory; Paul Joskow, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, MIT; and polar explorer Will Steger. Click here to read about the presenters and for more information on the conference. The College will also host an Energy Exhibition in the Lund Center Forum in conjunction with the conference, with displays, demonstrations, and a couple of alternative-energy vehicles. Faculty and staff may pick up their complimentary ticket at the Office of Marketing and Communication, or contact Lorie Siebels by telephone (x7520) or e-mail ( Tickets for students will be available at the Information Center of the Jackson Campus Center beginning Monday, Sept. 17.   

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Monthly Justice Presentation Resumes... The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) will host a presentation focusing on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007 from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Good Counsel Provincial House, 170 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato. Sister Jeanne Wingenter, SSND, will share her thoughts on the goals particularly pertaining to poverty and hunger. Discussion will also include ongoing efforts of the JubileeUSA Cancel Debt fast and the ONE Campaign to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty. This session will be held in the SSND conference center and is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be collected. This series, called “Planting Seeds of Justice,” will address issues such as immigration, partisan politics, trafficking, homosexuality, democracy, and Earth spirituality. Each session will be facilitated by Sister Jeanne, who is the 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.

VINE Waffle Feed Slated for Sept. 23...  Dad's Belgian Waffle Feed will be held from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Tickets are $7 at the door, but $6 advance tickets are available from Lynn Boehne (x7686 or in the Office of Admission. All proceeds benefit VINE Faith in Action, an interfaith volunteer caregiver program serving St. Peter and rural Nicollet County.

Extraordinary People

Mark Bjelland's (geography) research on micropolitan communities in outstate Minnesota was cited in an editorial written by Jack Geller of the Center for Rural Policy Development. The editorial appeared in the Sept. 1 edition of the Mankato Free Press.

John Cha (religion) presented a paper at the 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Paris, France (July 17-20 2007). The title of his paper was "Buddhist Intellectual History at the Crossroads of Theory: Foucault, Bourdieu, and the Re-visioning of Vasubandhu."

Matt Panciera (classics) is the author of an article, "Alicaria in Plautus, Festus, and Pompeii," published in the May volume of Classical Quarterly.

Lencho Bati (geography) lectured at the Global Issues Forum at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis on May 17, 2007, on "The Political Situation in the Horn of Africa." 

Roger McKnight (Scandinavian studies, emeritus) published an article titled "Night Buckets and Trick-or-Treaters: Notes on Swedish-American Inmates in Minnesota State Prison, 1858-1914" in the January 2007 issue of The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly

"Magie des Bildes: Eine Haiku-Besprechung im kulturellen und literarischen Kontext" (Magic of the image: discussion of a haiku in its cultural and literary context), an essay by Beate Conrad discussing a haiku by Horst Ludwig (MLLC), was accepted earlier this year for publication in the fall 2007 issue of Vierteljahresschrift der Deutschen Haiku-Gesellschaft (quarterly of the German Haiku Society).

Student News

Anne Bortscheller, a senior geography major, has been awarded a prestigious internship with the National Geographic Society. Anne is spending the fall semester working at the Society's headquarters in Washington, D.C.


  • Rebecca Taylor Fremo (English) and Brian Fremo welcomed new baby Cyrus Albin on Sept. 2, 2007. Cyrus weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz., and he's now enjoying time at home with his big brothers Winston and Ellet.


  • Bernice Norman, mother of Wayne Norman (athletics), died on Monday, Sept. 3, at the age of 80.  She is survived by her husband, Marvin, one sister, and Wayne. Funeral services were held on Sept. 7 at Dilworth 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.

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-up Grants... The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites proposals for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in all areas of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve research of new digital approaches, development of new digital modes of publication, exploration of digital methods for preservation or archival of humanities materials, planning new digital tools, or creating programs that address using innovative digital technologies in formal and informal educational settings. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation. There are two levels of funding depending upon the stage of the project: Level I grant awards range from $5,000 to $25,000, while Level II grant awards range from $25,001 to $50,000. Up to 20 percent of the total grant may be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software. The two deadlines for this program are Oct. 16, 2007 (for projects beginning in March 2008), and April 2, 2008 (for projects beginning in September 2008). For guidelines and more information, see This grant program is part of the NEH’s new digital humanities initiative. For more on this initiative, please go to

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:

  • KARE-11 ran a story on its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Sept. 8 about the dedication and opening of the new football stadium. Athletics director Al Molde was quoted extensively. KEYC, the Mankato Free Press, WCCO Radio, the Star Tribune,, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press also had coverage of the opening of the stadium.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of the Valley section on Sept. 11 about the College receiving a $1 million gift to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning from Karin and Robert Moe.
  • KEYC ran a story on its 6 p.m. newscast on Sept. 10 about the current exhibit at the Hillstrom Museum of Art. Museum director Don Meyers was interviewed.
  • Metro Lutheran printed two paragraphs in its September edition regarding 1958 Gustavus graduate James McPherson receiving the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a preview story about the Nobel Conference in its Sept. 6 edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a full page of photos from first-year move-in day in its Sept. 6 edition.

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


Looking for a Ride, Carpool... Jessie Twaddle's (GTS) wife is looking for someone to give her a ride to work at ISJ Hospital in Mankato, M-F around 2 p.m. and/or give her a ride back to St. Peter at 10:30 p.m. She will help pay for gas. If you or someone you know is heading to or from Mankato during these times, please give Jessie a call at x7443 or e-mail him at

Free to a Good Home: Pieces of deeply historic Kasota stone, ranging in size from "fit-in-your-pocket" to "it-took-eight-of-us-to-get-it-out-of-the-truck." These pieces were among those salvaged from the Catholic church in town destroyed by the tornado. Own a piece of history! Please! Contact Lisa Heldke ( or 7029). (Sorry, she doesn't deliver.)



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Homecoming Adolphus College Campus
10 a.m. Volleyball at Monmouth (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
noon Volleyball at Coe (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
1 p.m. Football hosts St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Catherine (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1011:59 p.m. Glowga: Peer Assistants SNL Arena
Sep 27 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 28 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 29 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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


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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