The Yellow Sheet for December 13

December 13, 2007 | Volume 40, Number 14

Volume 40, Number 14

News & Announcements

Faculty-Administrator Holiday Reception... President Jim Peterson, Provost Mary Morton, and Academic Deans Eric Eliason and Mariangela Maguire invite faculty, faculty emeriti, administrators, and retired administrators and their spouses/partners to a holiday party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Alumni Hall. Even if you didn't call or e-mail by last Friday's reservation deadline, Jennifer Schmidt (x7675 or will accept just about any excuse for your being late.

Get-Away Winner... The winner of the Sysco Get-Away trip to St. Petersburg, Fla., is Michelle Sampson (political science).

2007 Christmas in Christ Chapel Broadcasts... The 2007 Christmas in Christ Chapel service, or portions of it, will be broadcast on a number of radio stations during the next two weeks, including the following:

  • Friday, December 21, 8-9 p.m. - The Minnesota-Iowa Christian Broadcasting Network, based in Blue Earth at KJLY-FM (104.5), will broadcast the service to its entire system, including KJYL-FM, Eagle Grove, Iowa (100.7); KJCY-FM, Mason City, Iowa (95.5); KJIA-FM, Spirit Lake, Iowa (88.9); and translator stations in Storm Lake/Okoboji (96.3 FM), Austin (98.3 FM), Mankato (107.1 FM), New Ulm (94.1 FM), Mason City (92.5 FM), Owatonna (93.5 FM), St. Peter (97.9 FM), and Sleepy Eye/Springfield (92.3 FM)
  • Monday, Dec. 24, noon-2 p.m. - KMSU-FM at Minnesota State University, Mankato (89.7) will broadcast the service, and the broadcast will also be streamed at
  • Monday, Dec. 24, 12:30-1 p.m. - KNUJ-AM, New Ulm (860), will broadcast selections.
  • Check with the following stations' websites for broadcast dates and times: KTOE-AM, Mankato (1420, selections), KSUM-AM, Fairmont (1370, selections); KDHL-AM, Faribault (920, selections); KRFO-AM, Owatonna (1390, selections); KQAD/KWOA-AM, Worthington (730,complete service); KLJR-FM, Redwood Falls (97.7, complete service); KLJR-AM, Redwood Falls (1490, complete service); KDNW-FM, Duluth (97.3, selections), and KDNI-FM, Duluth (90.5, selections).
  • John Gaddo of Wisconsin Public Radio (formerly with MPR's KGAC when that station was housed on campus) has asked for a complete copy to pass on to the WPR programming director for broadcast consideration for next year.

Business Mileage Rate Change... Effective Jan. 1, 2008, the standard business mileage rate will increase to 50.5 cents per mile (from 48.5 cents). The rate, established by the IRS, is used to calculate the portion of an employee's travel expenses (when operating his or her own vehicle for business purposes) that are deemed substantiated when the employer provides a mileage allowance under a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement.

Donations for the St. Peter Area Food Shelf... Employees are reminded that non-perishable food items, cash, and gift certificates will again be collected at this year's Support Staff Holiday Luncheon, on Dec. 21.

Financial Counseling Sessions January 23 & 24... A TIAA-CREF consultant will be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Thursday, Jan. 24, for personal financial counseling sessions. To schedule a counseling session, sign up on the TIAA-CREF website or call 800-877-6602.

Community Service Initiative Working Group Forming... Co-chairs Jeff Stocco (Career Center) and John Clementson (education) invite interested Gustavus employees to join the working group charged by Provost Mary Morton with the community service strategic initiative. This working group will study current practices and policies and develop visions for community service and service-learning at Gustavus. The working group will develop recommendations that will be forwarded to Provost Morton. It will meet regularly during the spring semester. If you are interested in participating in this process, contact John ( or Jeff (

No More Yellow Sheets This Year... With the end of the fall semester and the Holiday Break, the Yellow Sheet will not be published again until Jan. 3, 2008.

Kitchen Cabinet Survey... You may still participate in the online survey regarding the "To-Go Box" issue, being conducted by the Kitchen Cabinet, an advisory committee to the Dining Service comprising interested students, faculty, and staff. Link to the following address by Thursday, Dec. 20, to fill out the 10-question survey: If you would like to learn more about the work of the Kitchen Cabinet, contact Lisa Heldke ( or Andi Twiton (

Read about Food... Would you like to join a reading group on food this spring? Groups are in the process of forming, and book selections have yet to be made, so you've still time to get in on the ground floor. This fall, two different groups met monthly, one reading The Omnivore's Dilemma and the other reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Contact Lisa Heldke (philosophy) at if you'd like to be involved in one beginning in February.

Upcoming Music Tours... in the new year, more than 250 students will participate in concert tours with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, the Gustavus Choir, and the Choir of Christ Chapel. Their basic itineraries follow:

  • Conductor Warren Friesen leads the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra on its second tour in China, Jan 18-Feb. 1, 2008 (concert dates/itinerary may be found on the Web).
  • The Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Conductor Douglas Nimmo will tour in Florida during Spring Break, March 21-30, 2008.
  • Conductor Gregory Aune and the Gustavus Choir will embark on an abbreviated tour to venues in the Chicago area on April 24-27, 2008.
  • Conductor Patricia Kazarow and the Choir of Christ Chapel are planning concert dates in Texas on April 17-20.

January Interim Book Discussion Groups... After two hugely successful years of CVR-sponsored staff/faculty book discussion groups during the January Interim, the Center is pleased to announce that they'll be happening again in '08! Join your colleagues for one or more of these weekly conversations during January Interim to reflect together on your mentoring, teaching, advising, scholarship, life-work integration, and more. Options include the following (the CVR will plan sessions around the top two “vote-getters” for January, and may try for the third during spring semester):

  • Mary Rose O’Reilley, The Love of Impermanent Things: A Threshold Ecology
  • Juliet Schor, The Overworked American
  • David Whyte, The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

Books and refreshments will be provided. Meeting schedule and locations will be determined based on the groups’ interest and availability. Please contact Amy in the CVR (x7169, or e-mail by Friday, Dec. 28, to indicate your top two choices, and if you have preferences or constraints as to meeting times. Also during January Interim, CVR intern Barbara Guy will be facilitating weekly discussions, primarily intended for students but open to the entire campus community, of Po Bronson's bestselling book, What Should I Do with My Life? Watch for details about time and place, and consider recommending it to students you know who might benefit from and be able to contribute to this kind of conversation.

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, Dec. 14 - Charlie Strey (residential life)
  • Sunday, Dec. 16 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Dec. 17 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 - Advent Carol Sing
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Dec. 20 - Litany for Travelers
  • Friday, Dec. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 6 - Holiday Recess, no chapel services

Michael Johnson Visits Again... Michael Johnson, the singer, songwriter, storyteller, and guitarist who has become a holiday tradition on campus, performing to sold-out audiences annually for nearly 40 years, returns to Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Friday, Dec. 14, for one of only two performances he will present in Minnesota this season. Tickets are still available for the concert, at $16 for adults and $13 for students, senior citizens, and College staff. For ticket purchases, call the Gustavus Ticket Center at 933-7590 (credit cards accepted at the Ticket Center). Tickets will go on sale one hour prior to the concert in Björling Recital Hall box office. The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Now Open... The Pulse, personalized training and fitness studios, has recently opened in St. Peter in the Mary Lou's/Woolen Mill building. You are invited to check out their group fitness classes. With offerings ranging from "Boot Camp" to Pilates, the Pulse offer many choices to get the workout that fits you. Spinning will be offered within the coming weeks, and there are always one-on-one personal training and a variety of cardio machines and select weight training equipment. The Pulse offers a welcoming and energizing atmosphere. Mention that you read this in the Yellow Sheet and, if you sign up for a year, there will be no enrollment fee. Think of the Pulse for giving the gift of health this year—gift certificates in any amount. For more information, call 934-1157.

Extraordinary People

Darrell Jodock (religion) is featured in two recently released sets of DVDs. The first is a 5-hour series on Luther's Legacy for Laity, produced by Select Multimedia Resources: Lutheran Voices for Leadership Formation. In addition to Jodock, the series includes David Lose of Luther Seminary, Timothy Wengert of the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, and Kathryn Kleinhans of Wartburg College. The second is a series of six 25-minute sessions about Christian vocation, titled Down and Out: Where Grace Takes You, produced by Luther Productions. In addition to Jodock, the vocation series includes Rick Bliese, Marc Kolden, Lois Malcalm, and Rollie Martinson, all of Luther Seminary.

Barbara Fister (library) was the featured speaker at a daylong workshop for librarians on faculty/librarian collaborations for information literacy held Dec. 6 at the Ohio State University.

Research conducted by Amy Fry (library) on interlibrary loan and collection building was described in the most recent issue of MINITEX Messenger, a newsletter that goes out to libraries in three states (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; The director of the regional library consortium urged libraries to consider it while making innovative choices—listing Gustavus as one of the schools that has already set the bar.

Sujay Rao (history) has had his article "Arbiters of Change: Provincial Elites and the Origins of Federalism in Argentina's Littoral, 1814-1820" accepted for publication in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History.

Thia Cooper (religion) will serve as inaugural chair of the new American Academy of Religion Consultation on Liberation Theologies. The proposal to set up this new consultation was accepted earlier this week.


  • The Rev. Allan Knight, father of Karl Knight (MCS), died Nov. 30 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter at the age of 95. A memorial service was held on Dec. 3 at Union Presbyterian Church in St. Peter. Memorials are preferred to Union Presbyterian Church, American Baptist Churches USA, or Habitat for Humanity.
  • Clinton Schultz, father of Sylvia Straub (library), died Nov. 30 at the Gardenview Nursing Home in Le Sueur, Minn. Funeral services were held on Dec. 3 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Le Sueur. The family is planning a special memorial for the Gardenview Nursing home, and those wishing to contribute may send memorial gifts to Sylvia.

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.

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis will be speaking at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn, Minn., on Sunday, Dec. 16. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

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:

  • Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program... The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars’ (CIES) Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program provides travel awards for Fulbright Visiting Scholars currently in the United States to accept guest lecturing invitations at colleges and universities. Appropriate activities include, but are not limited to, department- or campus-wide lectures to students or faculty (or both); classroom lectures in which the scholar can make a contribution to the discipline; and meetings with community organizations or religious groups that have a special interest in international relations. The awards, paid directly to the scholars, are granted at three different levels ($250, $500, and $750), depending on the travel distance involved. For more information about the program, including how to contact a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, see To view a list of available visiting scholars, please visit

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 St. Peter Herald ran a story in its Nov. 29 edition about Professor Emeritus Ellis Jones (economics and management) receiving the National Leadership Medallion Award from Delta Pi Epsilon.
  • Minnesota Public Radio ran a story on Friday, Nov. 30, about campus security issues. Gustavus's emergency communication plan was highlighted, and Ray Thrower (safety and security) was interviewed for the story.
  • posted a story on Friday, Nov. 30, about the high number of college students who are studying abroad. Gustavus's study abroad programs were mentioned, and Patrick Quade (international education) was quoted in the story.
  • Librarian Barbara Fister was quoted in a Dec. 2 Philadelphia Inquirer article about software called LibraryThing.
  • Gustavus was mentioned in a Dec. 2 Star Tribune article about Christmas-themed concerts at Minnesota colleges.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Dec. 4 about GAC TV. Professor Martin Lang (communication studies) and students Katie Mason and Sid Selveraj were quoted in the story.
  • Political science professor Chris Gilbert appeared on MPR’s Midday show on Dec. 4 to discuss issues that will define the 2008 presidential race.
  • The Apple Valley-Rosemount Sun Current printed an article on Dec. 5 about student Jen Syverson and her efforts to raise money for fibromyalgia research.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a picture of the crowning of St. Lucia in its Dec. 7 edition.
  • A Dec. 8 letter to the editor by student Colin Gettle about reducing pollution in Minnesota lakes appeared in the Star Tribune. The newspaper specified that Gettle was a student at Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Dec. 9 about student Rebecca Andert, who helped to secure a $110,000 grant for the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Rice Lake, Wis.
  • A Dec. 10 letter to the editor in the Mankato Free Press about alternative fuels mentioned Gustavus and the Nobel Conference.

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 Finals and Holiday Break... The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library will observe the following hours during finals and the Holiday Break:

  • Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 16: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 17, through Wednesday, Dec. 19: 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 20, and Friday, Dec. 21: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22, through Wednesday, Dec. 26: CLOSED
  • Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 29, through Tuesday, Jan. 1: CLOSED
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 4: 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Early Book Mark Closing... The Book Mark will be closing at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, for plumbing repairs, and will remain closed through the following week, opening again on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008.

Academic and Administrative Building Hours for Holiday Recess... Academic buildings will be locked at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, and will remain locked until 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, with the exception of Olin Hall, which will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28. Students requiring access to academic buildings during this period will need to have a "Permission for Admittance Card" issued by a faculty or staff member. Additional cards can be requested from Deb Swanberg ( If the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs, please contact Deb Swanberg, safety and security, to make the necessary changes. Administrative buildings will close on Friday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. and will reopen for normal business hours Thurs., Dec. 27, and Fri., Dec. 28. They will again be closed at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, with the exception of the Jackson Campus Center, which will be open Monday, Dec. 31, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. If the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs, again please contact Deb Swanberg to make the necessary changes.

Telecommunications Updates

The following are changes and additions for the "Personnel Phone Directory 2007-08"

  • Anna Barklow, custodial, phone: x6172 (addition)
  • Lisa Fine, student financial aid, phone: x7527 (name change from Lisa Krueger)
  • Shari Jacobson, Dining Service, phone: x7608 (addition)

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

Holiday Recess/January Interim Voice Mail... This is a reminder to change your voice mail greeting to accommodate your schedule for the upcoming Holiday Recess and/or January Interim. To record an "extended absence" greeting, follow the instructions below.

  • Call the system and enter your password.
  • Press 4 - Personal Options.
  • Press 3 - Greetings.
  • Press 2 - Extended Absence Greetings.
  • Listen to the instructions and record your message.
  • Press * to exit until hearing "good-bye."

This will enable callers to decide if they should still leave a message. For further assistance, please call Telecommunications (x6261).

Postal Pointers

Campus P.O. Holiday Hours and Services... The College Post Office will be open on the Thursday and Friday following Christmas, Dec. 27 and 28, receiving and delivering mail and parcels on both days and also processing outgoing FedEx, UPS, and United States mail. On Monday, Dec. 31, the College Post Office staff will pick up and sort mail from the St. Peter Post Office. Departments wishing to pick up their mail should feel free to come to the front window of the College Post Office by noon. There will be no campus delivery, outgoing mail, UPS, or FEDEX on Jan. 31. On days between Christmas and New Year not listed above, the College Post Office will be closed.



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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