The Yellow Sheet for October 11
Volume 40, Number 6
Volume 40, Number 6
- News & Announcements
- Campus Happenings
- Off-Campus Events
- Extraordinary People
- New Faces
- Congregational Outreach
- Funding Opps
- In the Media
- Telecommunications Updates
- Postal Pointers
- Calendar of Events
- Submit an Item Online
Presidential Search Website Now Online... A new website has been created to inform the Gustavus community about the presidential search process. Information on this site includes an overview and timeline of the search process, a list of members on the search committee, and ground rules and a code of ethics that will be followed throughout the search process, as well as updates on search committee activity as they become available.
Check Out GLA's Online Auction... On Saturday, Oct. 27, Gustavus Library Associates will host its 16th gala fundraiser, Razzle Dazzle • A Royal Affair, to benefit Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. The biennial Royal Affair, held again this year at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, is the primary fundraiser for the College library. Nearly $2.5 million has been raised for library endowment through the past 15 benefit events. The evening features gourmet dining, great conversation, a 700-item silent auction, and splendid entertainment, this year featuring the talented and popular Jearlyn Steele and her family. New to A Royal Affair this year is an online auction. The auction is open is everyone—parents, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Gustavus and the library—even if you are not able to attend the Oct. 27 event. The online auction will “go live” on Thursday, Oct. 18, and remain open until Thursday, Oct. 25. The auction catalog is on the A Royal Affair (Signature Events) website for your advanced viewing. Just go to the Gustavus homepage and click on the A Royal Affair button. Reservations for the Oct. 27 gala can be made by contacting Dana Lamb, Office of Marketing and Communication at 933-7550.
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. 12 - Tony Spain, co-president, Gustavus Student Senate
- Sunday, Oct. 14 - Family Weekend, Holy Communion: Chaplain Brian Johnson preaching, Chaplain Rachel Larson presiding, Choir of Christ Chapel (Patricia Kazarow conducting), Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra (Brian Buckstead conducting), Christ Chapel Bells (Chad Winterfeldt conducting), Christ Chapel Brass (Scott Moore conducting) (NOTE: This service is at 10 a.m. rather than the usual 10:30 a.m., to accommodate the Family Weekend schedule.)
- Monday, Oct. 15 - Jim Dontje, director, Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation
- Tuesday, Oct. 16 - Taizé Worship
- Wednesday, Oct. 17 - Morning Praise: Lucia Singers
- Thursday, Oct. 18 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
- Friday, Oct. 19 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
Homecoming and Family Weekend... Family Weekend and Homecoming activities dominate the campus this weekend (Oct. 12-14). The entire College community may find events of interest on the following list; all are open to the public without charge except where indicated.
- Friday, Oct. 12
- Families are invited to attend classes (Students should request permission first).
- Saturday, Oct. 13
- 9 a.m. - 5K Fun Run from Three Flags ($3, payable on site, includes t-shirt)
- 9 a.m. - Seminar: "Outsmarting the Idiot Box: A Critical Approach to TV's Impact on Our Identity," Martin Lang (communication studies), Heritage Banq. Rm.
- 9 a.m. - Seminar: "How Not to Hover," admission staff, St. Peter Banq. Rm.
- 10 a.m. - Morning Praise and Alumni Memorial Service, Christ Chapel
- 10:30 a.m. - Seminar: "Parenting Successful College Students," faculty and staff, St. Peter Banq. Rm.
- 10:30 a.m. - Seminar: "Paying for College," Mary Booker (student financial assistance), Presidents Dining Rm.
- 10:30 a.m.-noon - Book Signing: Esbj! The Heart and Mind of a Professor, by authors Robert Esbjornson (religion, emeritus) and Dennis Johnson (v.p., college relations, and interim president, ret.), Book Mark
- 10:45 a.m. - "International Memories," gathering of alumni who studied abroad and international student alumni, Courtyard Café
- 1 p.m. - Football vs. St. John's, Hollingsworth Field (ticket required; free for faculty, staff, and students)
- 1 p.m. - Women's Soccer vs. Bethel, Soccer Field
- 1:30 p.m. - Discover Linnaeus Arboretum, with an arboretum naturalist, Lind Interpretive Center
- 2:30 p.m. - Seminar: "The Global Terrorist Threat," Tom Maertens, former U.S. Department of State deputy coordinator for counterterorism (parent), Olin 103
- 5 p.m. - Homecoming/Family Weekend Banquet, Jackson Campus Center Banq. Rms. (featuring awarding of First Decade Awards to 1997 grads Alex Hill and Jennifer Pleuss Spande; pre-purchased tickets required)
- 7 p.m. - Chicago Comedy Company, Jussi Björling Recital Hall
- Sunday, Oct. 14
- 10 a.m. Worship Service/Holy Communion, with the Choir of Christ Chapel, the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, Chapel Bells, and Chapel Brass, Christ Chapel
- 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Jazz Brunch, featuring the Gustavus jazz ensembles, Evelyn Young Dining Rm.
- 1:30 p.m. - Family Weekend Showcase Concert (see below), Christ Chapel
- 4:30 p.m. - Diversity Center Banquet, Jackson Campus Center Banq. Rms. (no charge, but advance registration required; e-mail Cheryl Hastings)
Shop Talk... Elizabeth Jenner (sociology/anthropology) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 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 http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Remembering 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 the 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.
Family Weekend Showcase Concert... The Gustavus Department of Music's annual tradition of showcasing major ensembles continues on Sunday, Oct. 14, with a performance for Family Weekend beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The concert opens with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra led by Conductor Warren Friesen, followed by the Gustavus Choir and Guest Conductor Steven Boehlke. Douglas Nimmo and the Vasa Wind Orchestra next take the stage, followed by the Lucia Singers and Conductor Patricia Snapp. The final performance on the program is by the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Nimmo. The showcase concert is free and open to the public.
Artist Series Brings Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra to Campus... The Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, led by artistic director and founder Pavel Prantl, will appear in concert at Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. This Gustavus Artist Series performance is part of the ensemble's 30th anniversary concert tour and includes virtuoso performances by oboist Jana Brozkova and violinist Barbora Kolarova. The orchestra was founded in 1977 under the leadership of Prantl with colleagues of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague's most famous orchestra. Current CPCO membership includes performers from the Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Radio Symphony. Tuesday's performance at Gustavus includes Suite for String Orchestra by Leo Janacek and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major with Kolarova as soloist. The second half of the program opens with Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni's Oboe Concerto in D Minor, featuring Brozkova, and concludes with the Symphony No. 4 in F Major by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf. Tickets for this Gustavus Artist Series presentation can be reserved at the Gustavus Ticket Center, 507-933-7590, or purchased at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Learn about Castro’s Cuba... As part of the Continuing Education Program at Gustavus, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fall Poetry Classic 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. 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 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.
Plant Sale... The Biology Department greenhouse will be hosting a plant sale on Thursday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The greenhouse has hundreds of surplus propagations of many common houseplants and rare tropicals. Check out the selection and support the research endeavors of the greenhouse. The sale will be held inside the greenhouse on the third floor of Nobel Hall of Science. As the outdoor landscape slowly fades into fall, why not add a something green to your surroundings?
Swedish Folksinger to Present Wallenberg Lecture... On Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wallenberg Auditorium in Nobel Hall, the well known contemporary Swedish folksinger Ben Olander will present the annual Peace Studies Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture. Olander will not give a conventional lecture, but instead he will perform songs he has written inspired by the Nazi Resistance hero Raoul Wallenberg, and give a presentation in appreciation and memory of Wallenberg's courage and example. He will speak in English and sing in Swedish and in English, accompanying himself on the guitar.
Monthly Series Focuses on War Propaganda... The School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) will host a screening of the thought-provoking documentary War Made Easy, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Good Counsel Provincial House (170 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato). Using the film, Sister Jeanne Wingenter, SSND, will look at propaganda techniques used by governments past and present to overcome resistance to war at home and disapproval abroad. The film also examines the role of independent media in a democracy and questions the use of information from official sources rather than separate investigative research. 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. The screening is part of a series called “Planting Seeds of Justice,” which addresses 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.
Alum’s Film to Premiere at St. Peter’s Cinemagic Theater... The Haunting of North 3rd Street, a true-life docu-drama produced by Jon Hyers ’85 about the his family’s nine-month experience of living in a haunted house in St. Peter, premieres at St. Peter's Cinemagic Theater on Oct. 19 and will run through Oct. 25. Jon's father, Conrad Hyers, was a professor of religion at Gustavus from 1977 to 1997. While their new home was being built during the fall of 1977, the Hyerses resided for nine months in a 1850s-era home on North 3rd Street. During their stay, a range of unexplainable events happened that led many people to conclude the house was haunted. Jon Hyers will be available after the 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. showings on the film's opening night, Oct. 19, to discuss the film and answer audience questions. See the theater's website, www.cinemagictheatres.com, for other show times.
Gardner Returns to the Stage... Robert Gardner (theatre, emeritus) will be taking to the stage in the performance of Foxfire at Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wis. Gardner plays Hector Nations, the deceased husband of Annie Nations, a 79-year-old Appalachian woman stuck in the past. Although he is gone, Annie lives her life as if he's still there, carrying on daily conversations and sharing memories of the old days with him. Gardner's challenge is to bring the endearing, curmudgeonly ghost of Hector to life. Foxfire, by Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn, was first performed at the Guthrie Theater before transferring to New York, where it began a seven-month run in 1983. Cooper adapted the play for television, a Hallmark production that starred the husband-and-wife team of Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn along with John Denver. You can enjoy this production of Foxfire Oct. 18-Nov. 4 at Festival Theatre. Less than an hour northeast of the Twin Cities, Festival Theatre is in the heart of historic downtown St. Croix Falls, amid a bustling town with small shops and quaint restaurants. Show & Stay packages are available with several area bed and breakfasts. A Dinner & Show package (Date Night package) is also available Oct. 19 and 20. Visit http://www.festivaltheatre.org for more information, or call the theatre box office at 888-887-6002 to reserve your tickets.
Mitch Harris (English) recently published an encyclopedic entry on Annie Dillard's For the Time Being in Masterplots II: Christian Literature, ed. J.K. Roth (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2007).
On October 7, Darrell Jodock (religion) spoke at an evening kickoff for the year's educational events at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He spoke to adults and high school students in the main sanctuary on "The End of the World—An Alternative Vision."
At the 32nd annual European Studies Conference at Omaha last week, Horst Ludwig (MLLC) reported on "The Current Status of the Spelling Reform in European German Speaking Countries."
Bob Douglas (geography) presented a talk, "Joseph Nicollet and GPS," at the MSU geography department colloquium in Mankato on October 12.
- Mimi Gerstbauer (political science) and Fabian Gerstbauer were blessed by the birth of a baby boy, Roan Christopher Gerstbauer, on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Roan joins excited big brother Ian.
The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:
- Jill Fischer, study abroad adviser (international education)
- Aleta Mueller, assistant director of mass marketing, The Gustavus Fund (institutional advancement)
Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled this past week include Darrell Jodock (religion), who gave his talk, "The End of the World—An Alternative Version," on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. 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.
Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for St. Andrew Lutheran Church from Eden Prairie on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18. This 24-hour, 200-student retreat will include programming provided by GYO.
Gustavus Youth Outreach... GYO trips this past week included an Oct. 6 trip to First Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. This program, sponsored by the Office of Church Relations, consists of student team members who develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including church services, family night programs, and leading lock-ins.
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:
- NIH Research Funding... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grants in an effort to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced training and have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. These grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, for feasibility studies, pilot studies, or other small-scale programs that would provide data preliminary to a traditional research project grant or as support for an ongoing program of research. The maximum project award is $150,000 in direct costs, plus facilities and administrative (indirect) costs, and is available for a period of up to three years. Annual deadlines are Feb. 25, June 25, and Oct. 25. For more information, see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or email@example.com).
Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media around the nation:
- The Star Tribune printed a story on the front of its Oct. 5 Business section on the Nobel Conference.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Oct. 4 Valley section on James Hansen’s lecture at the Nobel Conference.
- The following media outlets picked up on an Associated Press story on Oct. 4 about James Hansen’s lecture at the Nobel Conference: the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Brainerd Daily Dispatch, and KAAL (ABC affiliate in Austin, Minn.).
- The Mankato Free Press printed an article on the front page of its Oct. 6 Valley section about the substantial gifts recently given to the College by Soderlund Drug and Walter Youngquist.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Oct. 9 Currents section about the new anthology of Minnesota women poets, To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, co-edited by English professor Joyce Sutphen.
- KEYC ran stories on its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Oct. 10 about the College’s presidential search. Hank Toutain was interviewed for the story.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front of its Oct. 10 Valley section about the College launching its presidential search website. Trustee David Carlson, who chairs the search committee, was quoted in the article.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2007-08"
- Jill Fischer, international education, phone: x7546, e-mail: jfische4 (addition)
- Andrea Junso, student activities, phone: x6282, e-mail: ajunso (addition)
- Aleta Mueller, institutional advancement, phone: x6513, e-mail: amuelle3 (addition)
- Nancy Mwendamseke, international education, phone: x7148, e-mail: nmwendam (addition)
- Andrea Peterson, athletics, phone: x6297, e-mail: apeterso (addition)
- Aaron Strand, custodial, phone: x7655 (deletion)
For further information or corrections, contact Laura McCabe in telecommunications (x6261 or email@example.com).
Online stamp orders can be placed through the College Postal Service website. There is a minimum order of one sheet. Stamps will be charged to your employee account and will be delivered through campus mail. All denomination and types of stamps are available. You can view images of stamps on the USPS.gov website. If you want a specific design, please indicate the design by name or describe the stamp.
For Sale: Plan your weekend get-aways with a 23' Coachman Motor home, Chevy 400, Class C, $4500. Also, see the highways in a 1972 Chevy Corvette (red, of course!), T-top, $15,500. For more details, call Beth at x7297 or cell 507-381-2442.
For Sale: IKEA Lillberg loveseat and rocking chair, white/birch; it was put together, but never used; $300 or best offer. Also, an IKEA Liden wall shelf unit; it was put together, but never used; $25. Finally, an IKEA Flarke coffee table; put together, but hardly was used; $20. Contact Nick Sonsteby (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For Rent: Bonita Springs, Florida, condo for rent January and/or February 2008. 2-BR. 2-bath, 1st floor. On public golf course, 6 miles from Bonita Beach. Close to Naples and Fort Myers. $500/week, 2-week minimum stay. Contact Paula Swiggum, x6127, email@example.com. Faculty/staff only.
For Rent: 3-bedroom, 1-bath home with 2-car attached garage in rural sub-development between Mankato and St. Peter. Big yard, wrap-around deck, quiet neighborhood, tar road. Lease required. Rent is $1,000 per month with all utilities included. No smoking, pets, or parties. Call Tammy for more information, 507-386-1980.
For Sale: One roll (56 yards) of cotton webbing 1 1/2 inches wide, off-white, fairly heavy; would be good for chair webbing, $1. Contact Tom Gover, 934-1895, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free: Three pet watering spouts (two come with plastic bottle, the third just a screw cap); good for guinea pigs, gerbils, etc. Also, a collection of scrap wood, mostly 2- to 3-ft. cut-offs from 2x4 and 2x6 construction lumber 30 years old. Also, two galvanized clothesline posts, dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 90 inches, cross bar has seven hooks for as many as seven lines, in excellent condition with no rust. Also, some molding and trim (oak). Also, one antique scythe in good condition. Finally, several aluminum wire plant supports about 2 ft. long; good to hold the iris up. Contact Tom Gover: 934-1895, email@example.com. (Tom, is anything left in the house?)
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