The Yellow Sheet for October 4, 2007

October 4, 2007 | Volume 40, Number 5

Volume 40, Number 5

News & Announcements

Sacred Space Discussion... On Thursday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m., the Committee of the Sacred Space of Linnaeus Arboretum invites the faculty to Linner Lounge to learn more about the space. This is a great opportunity to learn about and give feedback on the plans for a new meditation garden in the arboretum.

Change Your Clothes, and Change the World!... Join in the fight to end breast cancer by supporting and/or participating in the second annual Passionately Pink for the Cure Day. The Dining Service is supporting the fight against breast cancer by going Passionately Pink for the Cure on Thursday, Oct. 11. By wearing pink and making a donation to "Susan G. Komen for the Cure," you'll be making a difference in the lives of millions. Donations to the Dining Service team may be made in advance (see Candy Witte) or at the Market Place cash registers on Oct. 11. "Pick your pink" and play your part in the mission to end breast cancer.

The Arboretum Needs Your Help... On Saturday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m., the Arboretum will host a Chinese Elm Removal Party. Chinese elm is an alien species that is not native to Minnesota, but which readily seeds in many places where it is not wanted, namely the Linnaeus Arboretum. The elms are abundant and prevent native plants from getting established, hence the need to control them. The task is simple: cutting and treating the stems of pre-marked trees. No need to know how to identify them—the staff will show you what to do! Everyone is welcome to chip in for an hour or so. Volunteers are asked to “register” by e-mailing Emily Hoefs ( or Shirley Mellema (, so that they can anticipate equipment needs, and report to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center at 2 p.m. for “duty." (In the event of rain, the "party" will be moved to Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m.)

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, Oct. 5 - Vanessa Young, ELCA Global Missions
  • Sunday, Oct. 7 - Chaplain Rachel Larson, Holy Communion
  • Monday, Oct. 8 - Paula Swiggum (nursing)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Darrell Jodock (religion)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 - Breton Harris, Coming Out Day
  • Friday, Oct. 12 - Tony Spain, Student Body Co-president

Friday Night Shabbat Dinner... Everyone is welcome to join Sara Bourne and the Jews of the Gustavus community for a free Kosher dinner, held every Friday in the Carlson International Center, 7-8 p.m. It's an opportune time to: 1) not cook Friday, 2) celebrate the Jewish Sabbath, even if you're not Jewish, 3) share stories and jokes among faculty and students, and/or 4) do a mitzvah. Bring the kids!

Ceramics Demonstration on Friday... On Friday, Oct. 5, Liza Domeier will be presenting a demonstration and lecture on her ceramic sculpture in the ceramics studio in the Schaefer Art Building. Domeier's work is nature-based, much of it influenced by her farming. She will be on campus from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The campus community is welcome.

Know Your Trees... The second of three Continuing Education "tree classes" offered this fall, titled "Tree: Growth, Wood Characteristics and Uses," is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-noon in Linnaeus Arboretum. This class will focus on different types of wood and their uses. Participants will learn to identify commonly used woods. Participants should be dressed to be outside. Class fee is $12.00 for the public (pre-register at the St. Peter Community and Family Education office) and free for Gustavus faculty, staff, and students (pre-register by e-mail:

New York Times Editorial Board Member to Lecture... New York Times editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg visits the campus on Tuesday, Oct. 9. He will lecture on “The De-Democratization of the American Landscape” at 7 p.m. in Room 103 of F.W. Olin Hall.

Join Bob the Birdman for a Bird Walk in Linnaeus Arboretum... The birding expertise of senior student Bob Dunlap is nothing short of amazing. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 a.m. (please note day and time—a.m. is correct ), he will teach you how to identify birds not only by sight but by sound as well. Gather at the Interpretive Center. Fee is $8 for the public (pre-register at the St. Peter Community and Family Education Office) and free for Gustavus faculty, staff, and students (pre-register ay e-mail:

Peru—Andes to the Amazon... Enjoy a travelogue featuring some highlights of the natural history and human history of the third largest country in South America. Last October Jim (environmental studies) and Sandy Gilbert were hosts for an eco-tour in the Peruvian Amazon, and in 2001 they led a tour visiting the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, the lost city of the Incas— Machu Picchu—and Lake Titicaca. On Thursday, Oct. 11, starting at 7 p.m., they will present a Continuing Education program on Peru at the Interpretive Center. Program cost is $8.00 for the public (pre-register at the St. Peter Community and Family Education office) and free for Gustavus faculty, staff, and students (pre-register by e-mail:

Scarecrow-Building Contest... Linnaeus Arboretum is hosting its second annual Fall Fest Scarecrow-Building Contest on Oct. 12. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that have constructed the most original scarecrows. Straw will be provided at the Borgeson Cabin starting Wednesday, Oct. 10, for your scarecrow-building needs. Scarecrows should be positioned near the Borgeson Cabin ready for judging by 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12. Please notify Emily Hoefs (ehoefs) of your intent to build a scarecrow by Monday, Oct. 8, to ensure an adequate straw supply.

Shop Talk... Elizabeth Jenner (sociology/anthropology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2007-08 academic year. Her talk, titled "More Than Words: Goffman's Gender Advertisements and the Social Tableaux of Nursing Images," will be presented on Friday, Oct. 12, 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

Remembrance of Bethany Hartung... A "time of remembrance" of Bethany Hartung, class of 2007, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13. Her name, along with those of other alumni who have died in the past year, will be read at the Alumni Memorial Service at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. This service is an annual event during Homecoming and Family Weekend. After this service, friends will gather in Old Main for a light brunch, remembrances, and a viewing of a photo montage of Bethany's life. Contact Chaplain Rachel Larson (x7446 or rlarson) for more information.

Learn about Castro’s Cuba... Sujay Rao (history) will provide a brief history of the Cuban Revolution on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, 7 p.m., in the Interpretive Center, explaining its origins, its successes and failures over the years, its current crisis due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and its future prospects with the eventual departure of Fidel Castro from the scene. The talk will identify the ideals that shaped the Revolution as well as the most serious criticisms of Castro's government. Program cost is $8 (pre-register at the St. Peter Community and Family Education Office) and free for Gustavus faculty, employees, and students (pre-register by e-mail:

Poetry Reading Features Minnesota Women Poets... The English Department is sponsoring a poetry reading on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7-9:30 p.m., in Alumni Hall that will showcase the new anthology of Minnesota women poets, To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present. Joyce Sutphen (English) served as one of the editors of the volume, which has recently received two awards—the 2007 Midwest Booksellers' Association Honor Award for Poetry and the 2007 WILLA Award for Poetry (Women Writing the West). The Fall Poetry Classic will bring several of the poets included in the anthology to campus, including Candace Black, Nancy Paddock, Thom Tammaro, Katrina Vandenberg, Connie Wanek, and Cary Waterman. The poets will work with students and speak with faculty members during the day and then participate in the poetry reading in the evening. The reading is open to the public without charge; it is sponsored by the Department of English, the Lecture Series, the President's Office, and the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Neal & Leandra to Perform in Mankato... Neal & Leandra, Gustavus alumni and renowned Minnesota musical duo, will be performing at the Bothy Folk Club in Mankato on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the Eagles Club (708 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato). The evening will begin with John Rezmerski, poet and retired Gustavus English professor, doing a front-set poetry reading. General admission is $15; Bothy Club members pay $12.

Say Hi to an Alpaca... The fourth annual Statewide Alpaca Farm Tour takes place on Oct. 6 and 7, 2007, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit Gustavus employee Kathy Erlandsen (Gustavus Fund) at her farm, Cozy Acres Alpacas, just 15 minutes from St. Peter. Enjoy the open-house atmosphere while viewing, feeling, and learning about alpacas. Purchase beautiful alpaca products and gifts. Cozy Acres is located at 34456 405th Ave., Le Sueur (952-994-4560). Directions: From St. Peter, take MN 22 West (at the north end of St. Peter off US 169) approx. 7 miles to 403rd Ave. Turn right (north), then left (west) on 356th Street and right (north) on 405th Ave. Theirs is the only farm on the left hand side of the road. For more information, visit or e-mail Kathy at

Rummage for Kids... Bethany Alliance Church of St. Peter is hosting a Community Kids Rummage Sale with all proceeds benefiting the St. Peter Early Childhood Initiative toward creation of a local indoor "Creative Play Place." You may donate clothes, toys, books, puzzles, games, movies, and children's furniture and decor (suitable for ages infant-10) by dropping off items at the church (1400 N. Washington Ave.) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays from now through Wednesday, Oct. 10. You can also call Brian and Maegan Mayo at 351-3574 for home pickup of items at your convenience. The sale will be held at the church on Friday, Oct. 12, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gyil Music at the Arts Center of Saint Peter... On Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m., the Arts Center of Saint Peter (315 S. Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter) presents "Music of West Africa" performed by Paschal Kyoore (MLLC) on Dagara xylophone. Kyoore, who hails from Nandom in northern Ghana (West Africa), will be playing an instrument called a "gyil" in the language of the Dagara people, who live in Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast. Kyoore learned how to play the instrument when he was growing up in his village, and he will be playing a variety of songs, both religious and secular. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for Arts Center members, and $5 for students. This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation.

Food Justice Conference at Good Counsel Announced... "Changing the World One Bite at a Time" is the title of a conference exploring the issue of food justice to be held at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Conference Center (170 Good Counsel Drive) in Mankato on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lisa Heldke (philosophy) is scheduled to deliver the keynote address, "Just FOOD or JUST Food?" Sessions include "Taking Action for Local and Regional Food Systems," "Myth: Fast Foods Are Faster," "Shaping Local Food Efforts," and "Digging Deeper, Growing Together." Conference fees are $15 for the general public and $10 for students (fee includes a delicious organic, local menu for lunch as well as organic fair-trade coffee and made-from-scratch muffins in the morning). Registration is due by Oct. 31 to Lisa A. Coons, Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato, MN 56001 (phone 507-389-4272 or e-mail

St. Peter Choral Society Preparing to Sing St. Matthew Passion... Members of the Gustavus community are invited to join the St. Peter Choral Society to prepare Bach's St. Matthew Passion for one performance at 2 p.m. Palm Sunday, March 16, in Christ Chapel. The role of Jesus will be sung by Timothy O'Brien (music) and alumnus Roy Heilman will sing the role of the Evangelist. Mary Solberg (religion) will sing the contralto reflective arias. Many other Gustavus faculty are members of the choir and orchestra. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (511 S. Fifth St., St. Peter). Rehearsals stop at Thanksgiving and resume on Jan. 7, 2008. The St. Peter Choral Society, now in its 28th season, welcomes all interested singers to participate without audition or membership fees. For further information, contact director Sara McKay (934-6176).

Extraordinary People

Naomi Quiram (Postal Services) received EMCM certification from the United State Post Office on Sept. 26, 2007.

Borba, a Belgrade newspaper ("News with Tradition"), printed a Serbian translation of a haiku by Horst Ludwig (MLLC) on Sept. 20.

Aaron Banks (HES) will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., Saturday, Oct. 6. Banks was a three-time national champion and an 11-time All-American in track and field while a student at Concordia.

On Sept. 23, Steve Wright (music) performed with the Ellington Echoes band for a celebration of Leigh Kamman's 34-year career as host of MPR's "Jazz Image" program, which had aired every Saturday night. The event, which was held at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, included several jazz groups. Portions of the concert were broadcast on Kamman's last show on Saturday, Sept. 29. Wright was featured as trumpet soloist on a composition written by the late Twin Cities trumpeter Red Wolfe, who formed the band in the 1980s.

Lynn Boehne (admission) co-presented a session on technology, "The Amazing Race," at the National Association for College Admission Counseling's National Conference (Sept. 27-29) in Austin, Texas. She also moderated the Datatel Special Interest Group session.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

New Administrators

  • Andrea Junso, interim assistant director of student activities, student affairs
  • Andrea Peterson, assistant women's hockey coach, athletics

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Paul and Helen Baumgartner (music, emeriti), who will be giving a 3:30 p.m. recital at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN. Steve Mellema (physics) will be giving his talk, "Understanding Islam," for the Lakeland Conference at the Bethesda Conference Center in Willmar, MN, on Sunday, Oct. 7. Partners in Education is a program coordinated by the Office of Church Relations where participating faculty and staff members prepare topical presentations for adult forums, workshops, and seminars in congregations of the ELCA.

Speaking in Congregations... Pastor Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will be preaching at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls, MN, at 9 a.m. and at Hazel Run Lutheran Church in Hazel Run, MN. at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Peace Lutheran Church from Bloomington, MN, on Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6. They will host day retreats for Woodlake Lutheran Church from Richfield and First Lutheran Church from LeSueur on Saturday, Oct. 6, and a confirmation retreat for First Lutheran Church from Red Wing, MN, on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7.

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:

  • 2008-09 Fellowships at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for Natural Scientists and Mathematicians... Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic disciplines, professional fields, and creative arts. Stipends are funded up to $70,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University. Residence in the Boston area and participation in the Institute community are required during the fellowship year, which extends from September 2008 through June 30, 2009. There are two types of fellowships. The next deadline is December 3 for the competition for natural scientists and mathematicians. For more information and application materials or to see a list of past fellows, please see

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:

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front-page story with two color photos on Oct. 3 about Steven Chu’s opening lecture at the Nobel Conference.
  • KEYC ran stories on its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Oct. 3 about day one at the Nobel Conference. Steven Chu and conference director Tim Robinson (psychology) were interviewed.
  • The following media outlets picked up on an Associated Press story on Oct. 3 about the Nobel Conference: WCCO, KSTP, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Red Wing Republican Eagle, The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, and the Willmar West Central Tribune.
  • Chris Gilbert (political science) was quoted in an Oct. 3 Star Tribune article about Governor Tim Pawlenty’s approval rating.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed an article on Oct. 1 about the economic impact of the Nobel Conference to the St. Peter area.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press printed an article on Oct. 1 about the increased use of Macintosh computers on college campuses. GTS director Bruce Aarsvold and Macintosh coordinator Steven Vogt were quoted.
  • Director of Career Management Cynthia Favre and senior student Holly Bernstetter were interviewed for a Sept. 28 KEYC story about employers using the Internet to research potential employees.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front-page article on Sept. 27 previewing the Nobel Conference.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed an article and color photo on the front of its Sept. 27 Currents section about the Ladysmith Black Mambazo performance.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed an article on Sept. 27 about the current exhibitions in the Hillstrom Museum of Art.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed blurbs about the Nobel Conference and President Peterson's retirement announcement in its October 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



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 22 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 23 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 24 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
4:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Luther (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Sep 25 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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. Peer Assistants host SNL Arena
Sep 27 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 28 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
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

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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