The Yellow Sheet for May 8
Volume 40, Number 31
Volume 40, Number 31
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YS Publication Announcement... The final Yellow Sheet of the 2008-09 academic year will be published on Thursday, May 22. However, submissions of news and information are encouraged throughout the summer, and the Office of Marketing and Communication anticipates publishing two or three issue of the Summer Scoop during the summer months. Best wishes for a terrific summer.
Commencement on June 1... Nearly 600 students will graduate with bachelor of arts degrees from Gustavus during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, on Hollingsworth Field (or Lund Arena if the weather is inhospitable). The commencement procession will begin at 1:45 p.m. (from Eckman Mall if the weather is nice, and from the Lund Center Forum if not). Click here to view the Commencement Weekend schedule.
Hosts Needed for Commencement Exercises... Hosts are needed to assist at commencement exercises. To sign up, contact Dana Lamb at x7550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers should arrive at Hollingsworth Field (or Lund Arena if inclement weather) by noon on Sunday, June 1. Hosts are welcome to stay for the ceremony itself or may leave immediately after it starts at 2 p.m.
Carlson Award Nominations Due... The Provost's Office invites all members of the Gustavus community to nominate a faculty member for the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. Nominations are due by Friday, May 16.
Memorial Day Holiday... Memorial Day (Monday, May 26, 2008) is one of the College's official holidays. However, because finals are scheduled for that day, administrative offices and essential services will try to schedule at least minimal coverage throughout the day.
Summer Voice-Mail Greeting... Community members are reminded to change their voice-mail greetings to accommodate summer schedules as necessary. To record an extended absence greeting, do the following:
- Call the system and enter your password
- Press 4, Personal Options
- Press 3, Greetings
- Press 2, Extended Absence Greetings
- Listen to the instructions
- Press * to exit, until your hear "goodbye"
This will enable callers to decide if they wish to leave a message. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance changing a message should call the Telecommunications Office (x6261 or x7025).
Gustavus Hosts Geographers' Meeting... On April 26, Gustavus Adolphus College hosted the Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium. Nearly 90 students, faculty, and interested members of the public attended the day of presentations, posters sessions, and field trips. Students from five different Minnesota colleges presented their research. Gustavus geography professors led field trips that examined local agriculture, natural landscapes, and small towns.
Fargo Farewell... The Office of Institutional Advancement invites you to join them in thanking Teresa Harland for her work and wishing her well on her move to Fargo. Her farewell reception will be on Tuesday, May 13, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the St. Peter Room of the Jackson Campus Center.
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, May 9 - Dennis Crnkovic (MLLC)
- Sunday, May 11 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
- Monday, May 12 - Father Elias Chacour, Archbishop of the Melkite Church in Israel
- Tuesday, May 13 - Healing Service
- Wednesday, May 14 - Morning Praise
- Thursday, May 15 - Creative Expression Group
- Friday, May 16 - Kristen Burson (senior student)
Theatre Season Closes with 'Fefu and Her Friends'... Just in time for Mother's Day, the Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College completes its 2007-08 season with Fefu & Her Friends, a look into the complexities of women's lives and relationships written by Maria Irene Fornes in 1977. This production of Fefu features a cast of eight diverse women brought together by Director Amy Seham.
In the play, Fefu's friends gather at her home for a meeting that becomes increasingly complex and mysterious. After viewing the first act on the Anderson stage, audience members travel deeper into the women's lives, physically as well as emotionally, as they split into four groups and are guided to four separate areas, moving from scene to scene until everyone has seen each scene. All will then join up for the dramatic conclusion, back on the Anderson stage.
Performances of Fefu & Her Friends are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 8, 9, and 10, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for Gustavus students, faculty, and staff, and may be purchased at the Gustavus Ticket Center/Information Desk in the Jackson Campus Center or by calling the Ticket Center at 507-933-7590.
What's New in Church Relations... A great deal of programming takes place through the Office of Church Relations at Gustavus. Director Grady St. Dennis at a Fireside Chat on Friday, May 9, will highlight some of the exciting things that this office does and the resources it offers to the local area. The session will be repeated at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. Lunch is available for purchase, or bring your own. Questions? Call Emily (x7199).
Joint Concert... The Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vasa Wind Orchestra will present a joint concert on Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The performance is open to the public without charge. The Philharmonic and Conductor Brian Buckstead open the concert with performances of the four-movement Company by Philip Glass and Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony. The Vasa Wind Orchestra and Conductor Douglas Nimmo follow with Don Ricardo by Gabriel Musella and several other pieces including The Wiz by Charles Smalls and Francis McBeth's Masque.
Vesak Observed... Vesak, the celebration of the Buddha's birth, death, and enlightenment is being celebrated Saturday, May 10, at the College. Hosted by Gustavus Meditation with generous support from the Diversity Center and Crossroads Program and organizing support from the Triple Gem of the North Buddhist Center in Mankato, this year's conference focuses on meditative healing. The day's events start in the International Center with meditation at 10 a.m. and a Sri Lankan lunch starting at 11 a.m. The remainder of the events take place in the Jackson Campus Center banquet rooms, with a keynote talk by best-selling author Master Lin starting at noon, followed by healing meditation at 1 p.m. and a panel discussion at 1:15 p.m. featuring Jane Coleman (nursing, emerita), Master Lin, Bhante Sathi, Melissa Shelton-Davies, and Amy Zoet. A candlelight blessing and closing ceremony at 2 p.m. cap the day's events.
Concerto/Aria Concert... The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Warren Friesen, will present its spring concert Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. This concert includes student performances by soprano Karly Slivik, 'cellist Jacqueline Johnson, and bass trombonist Scott Simpkins, selected by audition to perform in the Department of Music's annual Concerto/Aria Concert.
The symphony orchestra opens Saturday's concert with Beethoven's "Egmont Overture." Soprano Karly Slivik then joins the symphony to perform the aria "O luce di quest anima" from Linda di Chamounix by Gaetano Donizetti. The concert continues with 'cellist Jacqueline Johnson's performance of Woldemar Bargiel's Adagio for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 38. The final concerto of the evening is the "Andante con moto - Allegro vivace" movements from Eric Ewazen's Concerto for Bass Trombone, performed by Scott Simpkins. The symphony concludes the concert with a performance of the Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich. The concert is open to the public without charge.
Mother's Day Concerts... The Lucia Singers and St. Ansgar's Chorus will perform in separate concerts in Christ Chapel on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11. Conductor Patricia Snapp directs the Lucia Singers, a women's chorus, at 1:30 p.m. while Conductor Timothy O'Brien leads St. Ansgar's, a men's chorus, in a 7:30 p.m. performance. Both performances are free and open to the public.
The Lucia Singers' annual Mother's Day performance opens with Vivaldi and Mendelssohn and includes works by J.S. Bach and Orlando Gibbons. St. Ansgar's Chorus opens with Africa by William Billings and, with the help of the New Originals and the Gustavus Consort, sings the traditional "Vive L'Amour" and several other works, including a set of three works commissioned by the chorus.
Archbishop Chacour to Visit... Elias Chacour, Archbishop of Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, will visit Gustavus on Monday, May 12. Archbishop Chacour is internationally recognized for his efforts to encourage peaceful co-existence between the diverse cultural and religious groups in the Holy Land. With his help, schools in Palestine are living and learning together as they strive for peaceful coexistence among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Peace is his message and education the common ground by which it is found. Chacour will be giving the homily at the 10 a.m. chapel service on Monday and will be available directly after (10:30-11:30 a.m.) for a question-and-answer session. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., there will be an informal open house in Linner Lounge, where all are welcome to meet and talk with him.
Alumna Returns to Present George Hall Lecture... The Department of Religion invites the community to the 2008 George Hall Lecture, to be delivered by Cathy ten Broeke, a 1991 graduate who is Coordinator to End Homelessness for Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Her presentation, titled "Making Homeless History," is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, in the Presidents Dining Room.
'Little Women'... The St Peter High School Theater Program will present Little Women at 8 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow night (Thursday, May 8, and Friday, May 9) at the High School Theater. General admission tickets are being sold at the door the night of the play, $5 for adults and $3 for students. The play is directed by Colleen Bell (postal services) with technical directors Chuck Niederriter (physics) and Lyn Vavreck and assistant director Kathy Steiner. Several students involved in the production of the play are children of Gustavus employees.
'Pressing Matters'... An opening reception for "Pressing Matters," a group exhibition at the Arts Center of Saint Peter featuring the work of print artists Brad Widness, Erik Waterkotte, Becky Carmody, Denise Friesen, Joel Hansen, Bruce McClain (art & art history), and Joel Moline, will take place on Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the center (315 S. Minnesota Ave.).
Writers Reading... On Friday, May 23, starting at 7 p.m., the Arts Center of Saint Peter presents "Reading Day," a gathering of Gustavus Adolphus College poets and writers reading their own work. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for AC members, with students admitted free.
Relay for Life... The Nicollet County Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 20, 2008, beginning at 6 p.m. Donations are being sought for the silent auction, which will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in donating an auction item, please contact Dana Lamb at email@example.com or x7550. If you would like to participate or volunteer in the Relay for Life, contact Ann Volk at firstname.lastname@example.org or x7577. All cancer survivors and those currently fighting cancer should register by May 15 with Ann Volk to receive a free survivor T-shirt and pin.
Eric Dugdale gave a lecture at the University of Sydney on April 17 titled "Emotions in Athenian Theatre."
Mark Bjelland (geography) presented a paper titled "Beyond the Parish Bounds: The Changing Faces and Spaces of Lutherans in Minneapolis" at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers on April 16 in Boston. The research work was funded by a grant from the Minneapolis Synod of the ELCA and was done in collaboration with student Brad Utecht. Bjelland also was one of 12 individuals selected to participate in a Lilly-funded Summer Seminar at Calvin College. The seminar is titled "Congregations and Religious Diversity in Contemporary America." Bjelland will bring a mapping and spatial analysis component to the group's project.
Douglas Nimmo (music) served as one of four guest conductors/clinicians for the 24th annual Missota Festival, held at Shakopee High School on April 22 and 25. The festival involved 900 students from eight high school departments of music.
Deborah Goodwin (religion) has been solicited to contribute to a volume titled The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, edited by Karla Pollmann of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). Goodwin will contribute an article on Augustine’s views on the Jews and Judaism and the reception of these ideas in later literature. As a contributor to this international and interdisciplinary five-year project, she will also give a paper at a conference this August sponsored by the University of St. Andrews and Århus University of Denmark.
Gustavus students Matt Horton, Brad Utecht, Amanda Varley, Eric Cronin, Julie Landkamer, Amanda Lindholm, Kurt Wayne, and Andew Liska presented research at the Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium held on the Gustavus campus on April 26.
Eight students—Brandon Baartman, Danielle Gergen, Stephen Howard, Asitha Jayawardena, Kristine McGlennen, Nick Murray, Chris Stark, and Amy Veerkamp—presented posters and talks on their research at the Midbrains Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference of the Midwest at Macalester College on May 3. Faculty sponsors included Patricia Costello (psychology), Michael Ferragamo (biology), Heather Wenk (biology), and Janine Wotton (psychology). A number of other Gustavus students attended the event, which in addition to student presentations included faculty seminars, panel discussions, and social activities.
Three Gustavus senior student-athletes have named NCAA Postgraduate Scholars following the winter season. Margaret Dorer (women's ice hockey), Trevor Wittwer (men's basketball), and Connor Ziegler (men's swimming and diving) were among 58 student-athletes from all NCAA divisions competing in 21 winter sports to be awarded the scholarships. Since the start of the 2004-05 academic year, Gustavus ranks third for the most postgraduate scholars among all NCAA schools (Division I, II, and III). Stanford University has the most postgraduate scholars with 26, followed by Emory with 22 and Gustavus with 14. Gustavus has had a total of 24 student-athletes receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships since football player James Goodwin became the first in 1974.
- Administrative Assistant (Office of Multicultural Programs)
- Full- (2) and Part-Time (2) Custodians (Physical Plant)
- Naturalist/Greenhouse Manager (Linnaeus Arboretum/Department of Biology)
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).
Preaching in Congregations... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis will be preaching at the 9 a.m. service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hector, Minn., this Sunday, May 11. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.
Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Grace Lutheran Church from Dawson, Minn., on Tuesday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 14. The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a staff day retreat for Bethlehem Lutheran Church from Mankato, Minn., on Wednesday, May 14.
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
- Franklin Research Grants for All Disciplines... The American Philosophical Society awards grants that support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin Research Grants program typically awards grants to 75 scholars. The program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000, for use in calendar year 2009. The deadlines are October 1 for projects beginning in January and beyond and December 1 for projects beginning in March and beyond. For more information, please see http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/franklin.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:
- KEYC-TV (Mankato) ran a story on its April 30 newscast about the MAYDAY! Conference. Keynote speaker Aaron wolf was interviewed.
- In its May 1 edition, the St. Peter Herald printed a front-page story with color photo about Jack Ohle being announced as the College's next president.
- The May 1 St. Peter Herald printed smaller stories about the senior art show, the Gustavus Triathlon, Greek Week benefiting Union University, and the National Campus Energy Challenge results.
- MinnPost.com quoted Chris Gilbert (political science) in a May 1 story about Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau.
- KEYC-TV ran a story on its 10 p.m. newscast on May 4 about Gustavus hosting a Special Olympics event.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its May 5 Valley section about the Special Olympics event that took place at Gustavus.
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).
Postage Rate Increase: Postage rates will increase May 12, 2008. Postal Services has "Forever Stamps" in stock. They also have rolls and sheets of 42-cent stamps. If you would like to order stamps online, go to the Postal Service website and submit your order. It will be billed to your account and delivered through campus mail.
Babysitter Wanted: Occasional summer babysitter wanted for two children (ages 3 and 22 months) at home in lower North Mankato. Own transportation and references required. If interested contact Anna at 344-8119 or email@example.com.
Apartment for Rent: Furnished one-bedroom apartment in St. Peter. $500.00/month including heat, water, garbage, cable, and internet service. It's very modern and clean but has limited kitchen space. Ideal for a professor or administrator. Call Deb Hentges at 507-317-7270 or Steve at 507-340-0000 for more information.
House for Sale: 1309 S. Washington Ave., St. Peter. Three bedrooms, living room/dining room with wood-burning stone fireplace. New hardwood floors. New interior and exterior paint. Full bath. Kitchen with new cabinets, appliances, floor; with eating area. Great room for den, study, studio, or family room. New energy-saving windows. New screens. New boiler and water heater. Lower-level walkout one-bedroom apartment. Tuck-under garage. Beautifully treed back yard. Close to Gustavus and South Elementary School. Call 507-931-1678 or 507-351-8540, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-time Nanny Wanted: Betsy and Eric (biology) Elias are looking for a responsible, caring individual to come to their home in New Ulm and care for their three children (Will - 3, Iris - 2, and newborn). The position is for approximately 20 hours per week, and the schedule is regular (may have some flexibility regarding days/hours). Start date is late summer and runs indefinitely. For more information please call Eric or Betsy at 507-382-3482 (cell) or 507-359-3331 (home).
House for Rent: Live in the treetops! Beautiful, large home for rent just outside of St. Peter in a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood. Located on a wooded ravine lot, every view has you looking to the trees. Fully to partially furnished, 3- to 4-bedroom, 3-bath home with attached garage has all the comforts of home. Fireplace, hardwood floors, screen porch, tire swing, master suite with claw foot bathtub . . . this house has it all! No smoking, but pets are negotiable. You must see to appreciate the value of this home. $1,250/month plus utilities (energy efficient, of course!). Available as early as July. Please contact Maria Jeremiason at 507-934-1532 or 651-226-1061, or e-mail email@example.com.
For Sale: Compact refrigerator (9.5 cu. ft., Kenmore model 62912), used less than 9 months. $150 or best offer. Contact Amihan Huesmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sublease: Spacious 1-bedroom apartment at Washington Square Apartments (1005 S. Washington Ave.). Near to both Gustavus and St. Peter Library/Community Center. E-mail email@example.com or call 216-0987 for more information. Available for June, July, and August; $400/mo.
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