The Yellow Sheet for October 18

October 18, 2007 | Volume 40, Number 7

Volume 40, Number 7

News & Announcements

Alum Funds Two Major Scholarship Endowments... Alumnus Walter L. Youngquist (Class of 1942) recently made two separate gifts to the College, totaling $500,000. One gift, in the amount of $200,000, will be added to the Robert Eric Youngquist Memorial Scholarship Endowment, which was established earlier this year to assist students who have overcome physical or mental challenges to be successful at Gustavus. The second gift, in the amount of $300,000, honors Youngquist’s father by establishing the Walter R. Youngquist Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. The elder Youngquist graduated from Gustavus in 1916 and, after serving in World War I, entered the savings and loan business in Minneapolis, where he eventually expanded the First Federal Savings and Loan Association to a $160 million organization. He didn't forget his alma mater, as he established and raised funds for the Greater Gustavus Endowment Corporation (now the Greater Gustavus Fund), served on the College’s board of trustees, and provided the first $5,000 to establish an arboretum on campus. He also sent his two children—Walter L. and Jeanne (Class of 1952)—to Gustavus. Walter L. Youngquist is now responsible for five different endowed funds at Gustavus. Besides the two endowment funds associated with his most recent gift, he also established the Chester O. Johnson and Walter L. Youngquist Geology Student Research/Field Study Endowment Fund, the Chester O. Johnson Geology Scholarship Endowment Fund, and the Elizabeth Pearson Youngquist Music Scholarship Endowment Fund, which is named in honor of his wife (Class of 1942) and administered through the College's Jussi Björling Music Scholarship program.

Check Out the Scarecrows... The second annual Scarecrow Contest in the Linnaeus Arboretum was a big success, and the Gustavus community is invited out to admire the finished scarecrows, which are displayed near the Borgeson Cabin. Judging took place on Friday, Oct. 12. Grand Champion was the Dining Service entry, for their towering scarecrow "cooking" up the competition. Reserve Champion was the Postal Services entry, for their Pony Express mail carrier "Flat Rate" riding "Zippy" the horse. A special thank you to the panel of judges: Naomi Quiram (Postal Services), James Dontje (Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation), Paul Matzke (Dining Service), and student Chris Edelbrock (Student Senate co-president).

Online GLA Auction Now Live... New to GLA's biennial Royal Affair library fundraiser this year is an online auction, 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 is live effective Thursday, Oct. 18, and will remain open until Thursday, Oct. 25. To view the online catalog (and the larger event catalog too) or bid on an online offering, go to the Gustavus Library Associates Web page and click on "online auction." Reservations for the Oct. 27 gala itself may still be made by contacting the Office of Marketing and Communication at 933-7550. 

Fall Break... Fall Reading Break runs from Oct. 20 through Oct. 23. Classes will not meet on Monday (Oct. 22) or Tuesday (Oct. 23).

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. 19 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Sunday, Oct. 21 - No Service, Fall Reading Break
  • Monday, Oct. 22 - No Chapel, Fall Reading Break
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 - No Chapel, Fall Reading Break
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Oct. 25 - Laura Gosewich, Center for Vocational Reflection intern
  • Friday, Oct. 26 - TBA

Fireside Chat in the Interpretive Center... Provost Mary Morton will be on hand for a Fireside Chat in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center on Friday, Oct. 26, to discuss her role in the Gustavus community and answer any questions you might have. The Fireside Chats are meant to informal and informative; two presentations are scheduled, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch, or purchase one at the event. Contact Emily (ehoefs) with any questions.

Shop Talk... Paschal Kyoore (MLLC) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2007-08 academic year. His talk, titled "Speaking Wisdom, Listening to Wisdom: Proverbs among the Dagara People of West Africa," will be presented on Friday, Oct. 26, 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

Pianist to Perform Solo Recital in Campus... Mankato pianist David Viscoli will present a guest recital in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Friday, Oct. 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Minnesota State University, Mankato, associate professor will present works by Faure, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, and Liszt. His recital is free and open to the public.

Swedish Folksinger to Present Wallenberg Lecture... The annual Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture takes place this year on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wallenberg Auditorium in Nobel Hall. The presenter is Ben Olander, a well-known contemporary Swedish folksinger, who will not give a conventional lecture but instead will perform songs he has written inspired by the Nazi Resistance hero Raoul Wallenberg. He will speak in English and sing in Swedish and in English, accompanying himself on the guitar. The event, sponsored by the Peace Studies program, is open to the public without charge.

'Our Story' Conference Addresses Debt Forgiveness... "Debt Forgiveness for Underdeveloped Nations" is the theme of this year's student-run "Our Story" Conference, scheduled for Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Guest speaker is John Ruach Jal Wang, former chairman of the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association in London and Paris who is being touted as a candidate for president of South Sudan in 2011. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Pan Afrikan Student Organization (PASO) and CAB.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Gyil Music at the Arts Center of Saint Peter... On Friday, Oct. 19, beginning at 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.

Join in PCN Fundraiser for Post Prom Party... St. Peter High School's Parents Communication Network (PCN) invites you to Bingo and Concessions on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Red Men's Club in St. Peter to support the St. Peter High School Post Prom Party. Bingo is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. and concessions from 4 to 9 p.m. All proceeds from bingo and concessions will go toward prizes for this PCN-sponsored event, which is promoted as a healthy and safe alternative for high school juniors and seniors. Join in and spread the word. Any questions, please contact Post Prom Party chairperson Ann Volk at 931-5816.

Lutefisk!... Scandian Grove Lutheran Church, Norseland, Minn., will hold its annual Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Supper this year on Saturday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Cost is $13.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. The event is co-sponsored by Thrivent. Scandian Grove Lutheran Church is located 10 miles west of St. Peter; take Hwy 22 to Co. Rd. 52, turn north and go about a half mile. Take-outs are available.

Extraordinary People

Matt Panciera (classics) gave a presentation titled "The Sexual Graffiti in the Brothel of Pompeii" at the 13th International Conference on Greek and Latin Epigraphy, which was held Sept. 2-7 at Oxford University.

Sujay Rao (history) presented a paper titled "Arbiters of Change: Provincial Elites and the Origins of Federalism in Argentina's Littoral, 1814-1820" at the conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA) in Eau Claire, Wis. on Oct. 12-13.

Rob Gardner (theatre, emeritus) will be appearing for the next three weekends in Foxfire at the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wis. The play tells the story of a 78-year-old Appalachian Mountain woman who is conflicted about leaving her home and her husband. The Festival Theatre is a professional theatre located directly across the St. Croix River from Taylors Falls, Minn. (30 minutes north of Stillwater, 1 hour from St. Paul). Performances run Oct. 18, 19, 20, 26, anf 27 and Nov. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.; and Oct. 18 and 21 and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, contact the box office at 715-483-3387.

Three haiku by Horst Ludwig (MLLC) were published by, the "Haiku Magazine in English" (vol. 22, No. 4 [Autumn/Winter 2007]) of the kô Poetry Association in Nagoya, Japan.

Student News

Senior geography majors Nick Jost and Kurt Wayne presented research posters at the Minnesota Geographic Information Systems Consortium meeting in Rochester on Oct. 11-12. Nick's poster was titled "Housing Growth in Mankato," and Kurt's was "Street Connectivity in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area."

The 2007-08 Gustavus students who will participate as interns in the Mayo Scholars Program have been announced. The internships are designed to give students first-hand research and marketability experience with leading inventors and researchers employed by Mayo. Nine students have been selected to work with the Pharmacogenomic Discoveries project conducting SWOT analyses for several pending patents under the supervision of  Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, et. al., and Mayo licensing manager Leif R. Nelson. Due to the large nature of the Pharmacogenomic Discoveries project, the interns from Gustavus will be divided into two teams; one student, Jason Pitt, will serve as the bioethics representative for both teams. The Gustavus faculty sponsor for the project is Sanjive Qazi (biology). The students have the option of signing up for one Interim career exploration credit or up to 1.5 spring semester internship credits; they will present their findings at a two-day conference at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on March 11 and 12, 2008. The Gustavus Mayo Scholars interns are Emily Barnard, Dan Chargo, Rachel Dorr, Carly Ernst, Rochelle Molitor, Vwaire Orhurhu, Jennifer Pelowski, and Amy Waldner, as well as the previously mentioned Jason Pitt.

Senior English majors Rebecca Andert and Jonathan Peasley recently presented papers at the Midwest regional conference of Sigma Tau Delta (the National Honor Society for English majors). Andert's paper, "Coquettish Allure and Benign Egocentric Admiration: What Is Wrong with Hetty Sorrel?," examines women's social transgressions in George Eliot's Adam Bede. Peasley's paper, "Escape and Reentry: The Powers of Love and Death in John Keats' 'The Eve of St. Agnes,'" argues that Keats's poem is a meta-commentary on the act of writing poetry and thereby suggests that mortality imposes limits on the transcendent effects of Romantic poetry.

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team placed first among 12 schools at the South Dakota State University Jackrabbit Jousts forensics tournament on Oct. 5-6 and followed up on Oct. 13-14 by taking first out of 10 schools at the Talk of the Tundra Invitational hosted by Concordia College, first out of 10 schools at the Lyle Huseby Invitational hosted by North Dakota State University, and first overall out of 10 schools competing for the combined tournament sweepstakes. The Gusties won 6 of the 11 events at the Jackrabbit Jousts and amassed 279 points, while Kansas State University took second place with 157 points. Gustavus also was awarded the 2007 Harlold Widvey Comprehensive Award, which recognizes a program that displays excellence in oral interpretation, public address, and debate. Student competitors earning first-place honors at SDSU were Kavan Rogness and Kelly Nelson in Dramatic Duo, Emma Moreau in Dramatic Interpretation, Mary Cunningham in Impromptu Speaking, Kavan Rogness in Poetry Interpretation, and Tasha Carlson in both Program Oral Interpretation and Prose Interpretation. Gustavus speakers won 10 events this past weekend, earning 556 points overall. Emma Moreau won individual sweepstakes for the Talk of the Tundra Tournament and Maria Siegle won individual sweepstakes for the Lyle Huseby Tournament. First-place honors at Concordia went to Paula Wiggam and Phil Helt in Duo, Maria Siegle in Persuasion, Kavan Rogness in Poetry, Brittney Lovdahl in Oral Interpretation, and Emma Moreau in Prose. First places at NDSU went to Brittney Lovdahl in Communication Analysis, Paula Wiggam and Phil Helt in Duo, Kavan Rogness in Poetry, and Maria Siegle in both Impromptu and Persuasion.

Congregational Outreach

Speaking in Congregations... Sarah Dille (religon) will be preaching at First Lutheran Church in LeSueur, Minn., on Sunday, Oct. 21, at both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a women's retreat group for Hope Lutheran Church from Jordan, Minn., from Friday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 21.

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 Smithsonian Fellowships... Fellowships in a variety of disciplines are available to support research at Smithsonian facilities or field stations. Field-based fellowships include environmental science; anthropology; earth sciences and paleobiology; evolutionary and systematic biology; history of science and technology; history of American, contemporary, African, and Asian art; social and cultural history of the United States; and materials research (see website for complete listing). The term of the fellowship is 3 to 12 months (postdoctoral fellowships in science may be awarded for up to 24 months). Fellowships are available for senior scholars (defined as more than seven years beyond the Ph.D.) as well as postdoctoral scholars (defined as up to seven years beyond the Ph.D.). Both fellowships offer a stipend of $40,000 per year ($45,000 for fellows in earth and planetary science) plus allowances. The deadline for all fellowships is January 15, 2008. Additional information and application materials are available at

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 was featured in an Oct. 15 New York Times editorial, titled “ Politeness and Authority at a Hilltop College in Minnesota.”
  • Gustavus alumna Cathy ten Broeke '91 was featured in an Oct. 17 Star Tribune article.
  • Paul Bruning (athletic training) and his family were featured in an article about tailgating at Vikings games in the October/November edition of Mankato magazine.
  • Bob Douglas (geography) was quoted in an Oct. 14 St. Paul Pioneer Press article about Minnemishinona Falls.
  • Bob Douglas (geography) was interviewed on WCCO Radio on Oct. 15 about Minnemishinona Falls.
  • KEYC ran a story on its 10 p.m. newscast on Oct. 11 about the student exchange agreement with United International College (UIC) of Zhu Hai, China.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed an article on the front of its Oct. 14 Valley section on the student exchange agreement with UIC.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Oct. 16 Valley section about the GLA library fundraiser A Royal Affair. Dean Wahlund (college relations) was quoted.

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


Library Hours for Reading Days... 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20; Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22; 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Postal Pointers

Beware of Check Scams... The Postal Service is investigating recent counterfeit check scams. They have intercepted more than $2.1 billion in counterfeit checks since January but cannot stop the scams without public help. The scams have originated in Nigeria, the Netherlands, England, and Canada as well as other countries. A staff member recently received a $2,500 check that appeared to be from State Farm. The individual took the check to the bank and was told it appeared to be a legitimate check. When the number on the check was called, it was answered. However, as soon as the caller started asking questions, the call was ended. An Internet search found a State Farm Office in Tennessee, at the address listed on the check. The letter, which originated in Canada, announced that the recipient had won a foreign lottery and asked that money for taxes be sent to receive winnings of $125,000. Students have also contacted the College Post Office and shown us similar letters. Fake check scams have common patterns: victims are contacted through the mail and are sent checks or money orders along with a request that some portion of the money be sent back to cover "taxes" or other fees. This is a growing problem, and letters likely will continue to be sent to staff and students. You can protect yourselves. Remember, if you cash the check, it is likely that you will be financially liable for the fake check. The scam checks may take months to clear and the money initially looks like it’s in your account. Meanwhile the check sent to the scammer clears and at a later date the check that was deposited from the scammers is returned as a fake and the money is deducted from your account. You can learn more and report fraudulent activity at


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Thank Yous

From the Dining Service Staff... "The Dining Service's 2nd annual 'Pink Day' was both fun and successful. Over $600 has been sent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thank you to all who participated and donated!"



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.

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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