The Yellow Sheet for September 4

September 4, 2008 | Volume 41, Number 1

Volume 41, Number 1

News & Announcements

We're Baaack... With the beginning of a new academic year comes the return of the Yellow Sheet, a weekly internal newsletter that has provided news and information to the campus community since 1975. The Yellow Sheet is distributed online each Thursday afternoon except during academic breaks. Here's some technical stuff regarding submissions and publication that you'll want to know:

  • How should items be submitted? Fill out an online news submission form
    (, click the Yellow Sheet box, and finally click the submit box.
  • What is the deadline? All submissions must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication. (Due to the Nobel Conference on Oct. 7-8, the deadline for that week's edition will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.)
  • Who may submit items? Anyone who has pertinent news or information for Yellow Sheet readers. Keep in mind that the newsletter is not a vehicle for personal thank yous or a market for local businesses, and the editor retains the right to edit material and refuse material deemed inappropriate.
  • How many times may an item run? Generally, twice, so plan your event or plug promotion accordingly. Sometimes, we can run an advance notice (perhaps 6-8 weeks out) and then run two closer to the date of the event. Notices of academic processes and deadlines (e.g., the appeal for support letters for tenure candidates below) are exempt from the two-times rule and can appear additional times upon request.
  • When is the newsletter distributed? Each week of the academic year except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Touring, and Spring breaks.

A New Academic Year... Gustavus begins its 147th academic year with approximately 2,570 full-time students. Around 640 first-year students are enrolled at the College this fall.

How to Submit a Calendar Item... As we begin a new academic term, the Marketing and Communication staff reminds the community of the process for submitting events for the online College Calendar. Departments, student groups, and individuals may submit events to the online College Calendar to keep the campus updated on events and activities offered throughout the year. By using the online College Calendar as a central location for event announcements, the event will show up in a searchable, online calendar, and it will also show up in various locations on the Gustavus Web.
     Submissions to the calendar can be made by clicking on the following link, and entering the appropriate information (date, time, location, event description, sponsor, and contact info): Submit an item. (This can also be found through the Gustavus homepage, clicking on Calendar, Make a Submission, Submit My Event.)
     Once a submission has been made, it will be reviewed and approved by the Office of Marketing and Communication and then posted to the College Calendar. Those who visit the College’s homepage will be able to view the Calendar, which includes events for the day, week, and month.

Letters Sought for Tenure Candidates... The following members of the faculty are currently being considered for appointments with continuous tenure:

  • Margaret Bloch Qazi (biology)
  • Priscilla Briggs (art & art history)
  • Scott Bur (chemistry)
  • Casey Elledge (religion)
  • Elizabeth Jenner (sociology & anthropology)
  • John Mattson (HES)
  • Sujay Rao (history)
  • Michelle Twait (library)

Letters written on behalf of these candidates should be sent to Provost Mary Morton and should address the criteria for tenure as stated in the Faculty Manual (see below). Letters are due by Friday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. All members of the Gustavus community are invited to submit letters. Candidates will have access to their letters. The specific criteria for tenure are as follows:

  1. Excellence as a teacher as reflected in quality of and enthusiasm for work, effectiveness of methods, interest in subject matter, concern for student learning, effective advising of students within and outside the major, and continued academic preparation and improvement.
  2. An emerging pattern of professional activities as reflected, for example, by publications, presentations at scholarly meetings or conferences and, in the arts, by manifestations of creativity demonstrated through exhibits or performances; another example may be involvement in professional and/or public organizations, boards, and commissions related to one's academic fields or college assignments.
  3. An emerging pattern of involvement in the activities of the College.
  4. Continuing evidence of sympathy with the aims and purposes of Gustavus Adolphus College as stated in the Mission Statement of the College.

Emergency Communication Notice... As part of its ongoing and proactive emergency preparedness planning, Gustavus has a multi-layered emergency communication system that enables campus administrators and security professionals to reach out to all members of the Gustavus community within minutes—through phone calls, e-mails, and text messages—with information and updates during unforeseen events or emergencies. To make it most effective, ALL students, faculty, and staff must enter and regularly update their emergency contact information online. To do so, go to the online campus directory at After logging in, click the “Your Profile” tab and proceed to the “Emergency” tab to fill out or change your contact information. All contact information will remain secure and confidential. The system will only be used for emergencies or other unforeseen urgent communications. Currently, 78 percent of the entire campus community has entered personal contact information into the system: students are at 78 percent, faculty at 75 percent, administrators at 83 percent, and support staff at 54 percent. If you are already in the system, please follow the same steps to make any necessary changes. The system will be tested during the school year; such tests will be announced in advance. Questions may be directed to Director of Safety and Security Ray Thrower (x8888 or or Vice President for Marketing and Communication Gwen Freed at (x6355 or

Nobel Conference to Trace Rise of Modern Humans... This year’s Nobel Conference, “Who Were the First Humans?,” to be held on Oct. 7 and 8 in Lund Center Arena, will bring together six esteemed individuals to present the latest findings and thoughts about the first modern humans. This renowned group of field researchers, laboratory scientists, and scholars will also consider what our distant ancestors have to teach us about adaptation to a planet undergoing a life-changing period of dramatic climate change. Click here to read about the presenters and for more information on the conference. Faculty and staff are welcome to pick up their complimentary ticket at the Office of Marketing and Communication, or contact Lorie Siebels by e-mail or by telephone at x7520. Tickets for students will be available at the Ticket and Information Center of the Jackson Campus Center beginning Monday, Sept. 18.

Parking Permits... Beginning on Sept. 1, parking permits must be displayed on vehicles operated by members of the College community and parked on campus. If you have not registered your vehicle yet, please visit the Safety and Security office in the basement of Norelius Hall.

Van Training... To meet the needs of students and employees of Gustavus, the Department of Safety and Security now offers a two-part 10-Passenger Van Training Course. Part 1 of the course consists of a 30-minute online course with two tests. This course can be taken online at times convenient to the participant. Part 2 of the course consists of a brief overview of the Gustavus 10-Passenger Van Policy as well as a hands-on driving course. The process is as follows:

  • Part 1: E-mail your name, student/employee ID#, e-mail address, and phone number to Within three business days, you will receive a username and password to complete the online training. Participants must pass two online exams with a 90 percent or better. Once the online course is completed, print out the Certificate of Completion and bring it with you to Part 2 of the course.
  • Part 2: Once you have completed Part 1, look at the calendar posted on to see when the next scheduled van training is. When you have located a date that fits into your schedule, contact the Department of Safety and Security at x8888, give them your name, e-mail address, phone number, and student/employee ID#, and request to sign up for Part 2 of the course. Participants will attend a brief overview of the Gustavus 10-Passenger Van Policy, as well as drive a van. It is required that participants bring their Certificate of Completion for the online portion of the course as well as a valid driver's license prior to completing Part 2 of the course. Once participants have completed both Part 1 and Part 2, they will be awarded a wallet-sized verification card, which is required to reserve and drive a 10-passenger van.

Bicycle Registration... All students, faculty, and staff who have a bicycle on campus must register upon arrival at the College. Registration of bicycles is accomplished in person at the Safety and Security Office located in the basement of Norelius Hall, Room A35, or you can also register online at There is no fee for registering a bicycle. You will receive a free Gustavus Adolphus College bicycle identification sticker that is to be placed on your bicycle.

Gribly Announcement... Since the 2006-07 academic year, the Gribly has been available online to all members of the Gustavus community. The electronic directory offers photos and up-to-date directory information for all current students, faculty, and staff, along with basic and advanced search capabilities. It may be accessed from any of the College website's OnCampus Community pages (the page is displayed when clicking on Current Student, Faculty Member, or Staff Member on the home page). Look for "Gribly" in the left column.

  • The electronic version of the Gribly is password-protected and its use restricted to current faculty, administrators, and staff; currently enrolled students and graduates for approximately one year following their graduation; and emeriti faculty and retired staff requesting a password.
  • The electronic version is designed to honor all student and employee privacy requests much like the printed version in past years. Therefore, some photos or other information about particular students and employees may not be accessible. (If you are new to the faculty or staff and wish to suppress your photo or home phone number, or if you wish to change your preference, fill out the "Directory Information" form available from the Human Resources Office.)
  • With the advanced search features, students can search for faculty by department or building, and faculty can search for students by residence hall, hometown, and even class e-mail aliases. For example, an advanced search will allow individuals to build complete class and student organization photo rosters with a single search.
  • Questions about the electronic version, search capabilities, access problems, and the like should be addressed to Bruce Aarsvold (x7020 or

While the online Gribly should cover the great majority of the community's queries, some community members may not have easy access to the College's website at all times, and some others may want or need a record of current enrollment for reference in future years. To handle these and similar situations, a printed version of the Gribly will continue to be produced on demand for departments and offices whose requests have been approved by their vice president, and at a cost of $10 per copy for all others. Copies will be available in 4-6 weeks. To reserve a print copy (if not already included in a vice president's request), click here to print and complete the form and send it to Steve Waldhauser (Office of Marketing and Communication or

2009 Linnaeus Arboretum Calendar Available Later this Fall... Featuring the evocative photography of former College comptroller Anders Bjorling '58 and the phenological observations of Minnesota naturalist and Gustavus instructor Jim Gilbert '62, the 13-month calendar of exquisite arboretum and campus scenes will be available in early October. For more information, contact Shirley Mellema at, or call x6181 for an order form.     

Music Director Needed... The Church of St. Peter is seeking a part-time music director to help develop a vibrant and engaged singing congregation. A person with experience in music and liturgy in the Catholic tradition, with keyboard, directing, and music selection skills, is needed. A B.A. in music is preferred. Please send resume and references to Father Phil Schotzko, P.O. Box 522, St. Peter, MN 56082, phone 507-381-2374, or e-mail

Subjects Wanted for Dissertation Research Study... You may qualify for a free qigong (chee gong) course, and a session with a SFQ Master Healer, if you meet the screening criteria and are interested in exploring a self-care modality that may help persons with chronic physical or emotional pain. Qigong is a traditional Chinese medicine breathing and movement exercise similar to tai chi. Utilized for centuries by East Asian cultures, it does not require vigorous exertion and provides many healthful benefits. Research has suggested a positive correlation between regular qigong practice and the reduction of physical (joint, muscle) and emotional (anxiety, depression) pain, the reduction of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and an increase in making neutrophills, the body’s natural immune boosters.
     Potential subjects must have some degree of chronic physical pain (bone, joint, or muscle) or emotional pain (anxiety, depression, stress) for a minimum of two (2) months prior to participation in this study. They must be new to the study/practice of Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) and have an interest in, and be ready and willing to learn, a new self-care practice. Potential subjects also must be able to understand English, hear, read, and move. Participation in the study will require a commitment to practice SFQ for 30 minutes daily for eight weeks and keep a practice record over that time frame. As a study participant, you would not be required to change your nutritional habits or to stop taking any prescription medications, unless recommended by your healthcare provider. Eligible participants will receive all assessments and educational materials at no cost. This study will take place between September and November of 2008, and participation is limited. Inquire now, by contacting the principal investigator Jane Coleman (nursing, emerita) at or at 507-835-1392.

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, Sept. 5 - Provost Mary Morton
  • Sunday, Sept. 7 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, Sept. 8 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 - Ben Hilding, senior
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Sept. 11 - Vicar Peter Bauck
  • Friday, Sept. 12 - TBA

Continuing Education Presentation... The Gustavus Continuing Education Series this year includes a yearlong series of programs and tours relating to the St. Peter community titled "Saint Peter – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7-8 p.m., two members of the Gustavus faculty—Jim Welsh (geology) and Cindy Johnson-Groh (biology)—will present "The Land" at the Melva Lind Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum.
     This session will develop an appreciation of the present-day cultural landscape in south central Minnesota, the landscapes shaped by the people who live here. Why does the place look as it does? What processes created the present scene? One way to begin this inquiry is to look first at some aspects of the physical environment, the setting of the settlement—the geological history (with geologist Jim Welsh) and the vegetative changes that have occurred (with botanist Cindy Johnson-Groh). Finally, changes of land use here will be covered: What did people do with the land resources they encountered? Why did they make these choices?
     These three brief virtual field trips into the physical and cultural history of the St. Peter region are offered at a cost of $9 for the public (free to Gustavus employees and students).

Birdwalks... Join new Gustavus naturalist Bob Dunlap on a birdwalk through the Arb! The Gustavus campus has attracted nearly 150 species of birds, including several rare species. The arboretum serves not only as a haven for these birds but also as a migration fueling stop and is a prime breeding habitat for several species. Each day brings a new surprise; what bird will show up next? Bob, known locally as "Birdman," will teach you how to identify birds by sight and sound. Binoculars are provided, or bring your own. Two birdwalks will occur weekly in September: 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. No birding experience or registration is necessary. Meeting place is outside the Interpretive Center.

First Faculty Shop Talk of New Year... Michele Koomen (education) will present the first Faculty Shop Talk of the 2008-09 academic year. Her talk, titled "Listening to Their Voices: What do regular and special education students tell us about their experiences in learning science?" will be presented on Friday, Sept. 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

Reading in Common Author to Lecture on Campus... John Pomfret, author of Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China, which was selected as this year’s Reading in Common book for the College community and also the St. Peter Reads selection for the wider community, will speak on campus on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Pomfret is an award-winning journalist who lived and worked in China off-and-on for a decade starting in 1980. He was an Associated Press reporter in China during the Tiananmen Square protests in the late 1980s and served as Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post from 1998 to 2003. Pomfret is currently the editor of the Post’s Outlook section and the newspaper’s expert on immigration.
     Pomfret’s lecture on Sept. 15 is also the first Gustavus Global Insight event of the 2008-09 academic year. Gustavus Global Insight is a campuswide themed learning program in which Gustavus students, faculty, and staff will focus on one country, region, or global issue during the academic year. This year’s theme is China. Pomfret’s lecture is open to the public without charge; it will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.

Know Your Trees... Wish you could identify the trees in your backyard, or the kind of wood in your grandmother’s rocker? Or maybe you have a love of trees and just want to learn more about them. Cindy Johnson-Groh (Linnaeus Arboretum and biology) is offering three continuing education courses on tree identification this fall. You can attend one or two or sign up for all three at a discount ($9 per class, or $25 for three classes; free for Gustavus students and employees). The first, "What’s the Name of That Tree?" will be held in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center of Linnaeus Arboretum on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. This class will teach you some of the tricks of identifying trees and help you learn to identify the common trees in southern Minnesota, e.g., to distinguish a mountain ash from a green ash or a balsam fir from a white spruce. No prior experience with plant identification is necessary. Dress for outdoors.

Iraqi Antiquities Expert to Speak on Campus... On Monday, Sept. 22, Dr. Donny George Youkhanna, former director general of research and studies for the Board of Antiquities in Iraq and director general of the National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq, will deliver a public lecture, “Looting the Iraq Museums: Loss of Nation’s Memory,” in Alumni Hall. In the aftermath of the US-led invasion of Baghdad, Dr. George courageously worked to save the treasures of Iraq and to secure Iraq’s 12,500 archaeological sites. During the Bagdad invasion, approximately 15,000 Mesopotamian artworks and artifacts, some as old as 6,000 years, had been looted from the National Museum, a looting that George has called “the crime of the century, because it affects the heritage of all mankind." He was instrumental in recovering almost half of the artworks and artifacts looted from the museum.
     As an archaeologist, George has conducted field investigations in many ancient sites, including Babylon and Nineveh, where his successes earned him international respect. However, within Iraq, George, as a high-profile Christian, was regarded with suspicion for his work with coalition forces and international agencies and for his appearances in Western media. He was increasingly confronted with death threats, the lack of financial support for his staff, and poor security. In August 2006, he and his family fled Iraq. He will speak about his efforts to safeguard the Baghdad museum and to lead international efforts in recovering looted art and artifacts. His lecture begins at 7 p.m.

Make Your Own Handfelted Scandinavian Slippers... Create your own pair of felt slippers using a Scandinavian feltmaking technique with non-woven felt taught by Staci Taylor of Cohasset, Minn., on Friday, Sept. 26, on campus 5:30-9:30 p.m. Class size limited to seven people. The fee is $30 per person (does not include roving material). Advance reservations are required. Contact Kathy at x6514 or to sign up or for more information.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Pottery at the Arts Center of Saint Peter... Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2:30 p.m. for September's Second Saturday Gallery Talk and Demo at the Arts Center of Saint Peter, featuring ceramicists Todd Shanafelt and Les Laidlaw. An exhibition of the two artists' work, "Davis Street Revisited: Ceramics by Todd Shanafelt and Les Laidlaw," is currently showing at the Arts Center and will run through Oct. 12. Shanafelt and Laidlaw are not only colleagues in the art department at the University of Minnesota, Mankato, but are also neighbors—both living on Davis Street in Mankato. The Second Saturday event will also include Clay Center pottery demos at 1 and 4 p.m.

Music for Missions... First Lutheran Church in St. Peter opens its 2008-09 Music for Missions concert series Sunday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. with an organ concert by Christopher Marks from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Admission to the concert is free; a free-will donation will benefit Share Our Strength, an organization devoted to ending childhood hunger in America. Plans for the event include a culinary sampling from local chefs at the concert reception. Contact Chad Winterfeldt (music/chaplains' office) at 934-3060 for more information.

Meet Some Alpacas... All are invited to the fifth annual Nation Wide Farm Tour at Cozy Acres Alpacas on September 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the open-house atmosphere. See, feel, and learn about alpacas. Alpacas, alpaca products, and gifts will be available for sale. Cozy Acres Alpacas is located at 34456 405th Ave. Directions from St. Peter: Head north on Hwy. 169; turn west (left) onto Hwy 22 and go approx. 7 miles. Go right (north) on 403rd Ave., then west (left) on 356th Street. Turn right (north) on 405th Ave. and the farm will be on left hand side of road. Directions from Twin Cities: Going south on Hwy 169 (approx. 40-50 miles), look for Co. Rd 8. Turn right and go west approx 7 miles. Turn left (south) on 405th Ave. and look for the farm on the right hand side of road. If you have any questions, give Kathy Erlandsen (institutional advancement) a call at 952-994-4560. You can also find other farms involved in the farm tour by visiting

Extraordinary People

Mary McHugh (classics) was selected to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's AP Examinations this June in AP Latin. Each year the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college. Approximately 2.8 million examinations in 22 disciplines were evaluated by over 10,000 readers representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.

Douglas Nimmo (music) served as conductor of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy Band, held at Gustavus June 23-July 20. The LSM Academy and Festival involved 150 students from 37 states, more than 30 faculty from colleges and universities around the country, plus a staff of 20. The LSM Academy is an intensive, high-level music endeavor, operating daily for 30 days, and including more than 50 recitals and concerts. In addition, during the week of Aug. 4-9, Nimmo served as conductor of the Minnesota All State Concert Band, held on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The All State Band involved 70 high school juniors and seniors, representing some of the finest student musicians in Minnesota. The week ended in a concert held and UMD. The All State Concert Band will gather again in February at the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Clinic to perform at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

Joy Reese (admission) received a scholarship to attend the national “Guiding Your Way to Inclusion Workshop” held in Minneapolis, July 22-24. Five admission counselors from Minnesota received this honor after their essays on “Why Diversity Recruitment is Important to Their Institution” were chosen. The workshop is sponsored by the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) and focuses on underrepresented populations and how to best guide them in the college search process.

Eric Dugdale (classics) delivered a paper at the American Classical League Summer Institute in Durham, N.H., titled "Fear and pity: fostering personal responses to ancient drama." He also delivered a paper titled "Good Grief: Learning Empathy through Ancient Drama" on July 28 at an international conference in Venice organized by SSIS Venice, University of Copenhagen, and Cambridge University.

Amanda Nienow (chemistry) gave a presentation titled "Abiotic degradation of emerging agrochemicals" at the 236th National American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 20, 2008. The presentation included work by former and current Gustavus students Emily Pelton '08, Mallory Richards '09, Amanda Staker '09, and Ryan Espy '09.

Joe Lencioni (GTS) spent part of the summer working as an assistant director on a film project with Spike Lee and Nokia.


  • Thomas Wayne Johnson was born on Aug. 7, 2008, to Ann Johnson (institutional advancement) and Charles Johnson.

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

  New Administrators

  • Peter Bauck, vicar (Chaplains' Office)
  • Alexander Lindstrom, assistant swim coach (athletics)
  • Daniel Wolfe, assistant women's basketball coach (athletics)

  New Faculty

  • Geoffrey Bowers, visiting assistant professor (chemistry)
  • *Ruth Bowers, visiting lab instructor (chemistry; fall and January)
  • Kyle Chambers, assistant professor (psychology)
  • Baili Chen, assistant professor (MCS)
  • *Molly Clinefelter, visiting instructor (music)
  • Sean Cobb, Assistant professor (English)
  • Ryan Cook, visiting assistant professor (sociology & anthropology)
  • Sarah Hankerson, visiting instructor (biology)
  • *Elizabeth Harsma, visiting instructor (Spanish; fall)
  • Anna Hulseberg, assistant professor/academic librarian (library)
  • Katrina Imison-Mázy, assistant professor (education)
  • *Barbara Leibundguth, adjunct instructor (music)
  • Wei-Xuan Li, visiting instructor (economics & management)
  • Karla Marz, assistant professor (biology)
  • James Patrick Miller, visiting instructor (music)
  • Stephen Miller, visiting assistant professor (chemistry)
  • Rajan Murgan, visiting assistant professor (physics)
  • David Obermiller, assistant professor (history)
  • Stephanie Otto, assistant professor (HES)
  • So Young Park, assistant professor (English)
  • Mira Reinberg, visiting instructor (French)
  • *Adam Rossmiller, visiting instructor (music; fall)
  • *Emily Sapa, adjunct instructor (music)
  • Lianying Shan, assistant professor (Japanese)
  • Dwight Stoll, assistant professor (chemistry)
  • William Teipe, assistant professor (Spanish)
  • Anna Versluis, assistant professor (geography)
  • Todd Zimmerman, visiting assistant professor (physics)
      (* part-time faculty)

  New Support Staff

  • Barbara Bjelland, sexton (Chaplains' Office)

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Darrell Jodock (religion) will speak at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale on the topic, "An Introduction to Rabbinic Judaism."  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.

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:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grants... The National Endowment for the Humanities offers Collaborative Research grants to support 1) original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, or 2) research coordinated by an individual scholar that requires additional staff or resources because of its scope or complexity. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. Awards are made to support full-time or part-time activities for one to three years and normally range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year. Normally NEH support will not exceed 80 percent of total costs for this program. For more information, please see The deadline for electronic applications is November 5. * Because there is an institutional cost-sharing requirement, those who are interested are encouraged to contact Bob Weisenfeld ( or x7049).

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 locally, regionally, or around the nation:

  • The Metro Lutheran printed a front page story about the Nobel Conference in its September 2008 edition.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Sunday, Aug. 31, 10 p.m. newscast about the Gustavus women’s soccer team and its 3-0 win over Univ. of Minnesota-Morris.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Sept. 1 Sports section about the women’s soccer team and its 3-0 win over Univ. of Minnesota-Morris. Head coach Mike Stehlik and senior Ashley Voigtlander were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a Gustavus Adolphus College round-up story in its Aug. 31 Sports section. News briefs were included about the women’s golf team, the men’s soccer team, and the women’s volleyball team.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front of its Aug. 29 Sports section about head football coach Jay Schoenebeck’s planned resignation. Schoenebeck and student Ted Aleckson were quoted in the story.
  • The Star Tribune printed a news brief on Friday, Aug. 29 about Jay Schoenebeck’s planned resignation.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press printed a news brief on Friday, Aug. 29, about Jay Schoenebeck’s planned resignation. The story also made note of a pre-season honor for senior wide receiver Chad Arlt.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Friday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. newscast about Jay Schoenebeck’s planned resignation.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story on Thursday, Aug. 28, about senior wide receiver Chad Arlt. Arlt and coaches Jay Schoenebeck and Tom Brown were quoted in the story.
  • Gustavus was mentioned in a Aug. 27 St. Paul Pioneer Press story about student computer use (Macs vs. PCs) on college campuses.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Aug. 28 edition about Gustavus being ranked in the top 100 liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Aug. 28 edition about the start of Gustavus’s 147th academic year.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story on the front of its Aug. 28 Sports section about the Gustavus football team starting practice.

Anyone who has suggested additions for this list, suggestions for potential future media stories, or interest in being a media source should contact College Relations (x7520 or


Still Looking for a Place to Live?... One large bedroom in Mankato available for rent. It's a great place to live—private location and quiet. Only 15 minutes from St. Peter. $605 per month including utilities (except electricity). Pets allowed. Available immediately. For more information, please contact 763-228-9268.

"Plugs" is maintained as a forum by which members of the Gustavus community may offer goods and services to others in the community, or seek the same from them. It is not meant to accommodate ads or announcements from area businesses such as real estate agents and retailers, although from time to time such announcements may be published when deemed to be of particular interest to the community.

Thank Yous

Thanks for Friends like You... It has been one year since Jeff Lau (physical plant) had surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor. He spent six months recovering and has since returned to work. "I want to thank everyone at GAC that sent get well wishes in cards and telephone calls to see how I was doing. I also want to thank all the generous friends that donated their PTO hours to me so I didn't have to worry about covering my time off. I am so thankful for friends like you and can't ask for a better group of people to work with."

With Thanks... Margi Willmert (dining service) extends her sincere thanks to all in the campus community for the many cards, meals, hugs, kind words, thoughts, prayers, and support following the death of her husband, Randy Willmert, August, 3, 2008.



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: musical showcase Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
2 p.m. Men's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2 p.m. Women's Track & Field at University of Minnesota Icebreaker Open, Minn.
2:303:30 p.m. Mosaic Dialog Speaker Rose Halama for Inclusive Excellence
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Lawrence Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
89 p.m. Sexy Jeopardy Cafe
9:3011:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
1011:59 p.m. Bracelets & Breakfast with Delight Cafe
Tomorrow 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Augsburg Peter, Minn.
15 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Women's Hockey hosts UW-River Falls Peter, Minn.
24 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
3 p.m. Women's Basketball hosts Augsburg Peter, Minn.
4:305:30 p.m. Calvin Gehring Piano Recital Björling Recital Hall
4:306:30 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
6:307:30 p.m. Alex Terpkosh Senior Recital Björling Recital Hall
7 p.m. Men's Hockey hosts Concordia-Wisconsin Peter, Minn.
79 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
Dec 11 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Community Chapel
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
15 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
24 p.m. Theatre Production: Theatre Gallery - and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre
35 p.m. Gusties Will Shine Field
4:306:30 p.m. Dance Production: Shared Space - Tangled Relations Theatre
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worship Community Chapel
Dec 12 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: prayer around the cross Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
23 p.m. Virtual Meeting: INVERSITY Reflection Event - Discuss Module 3 via Google Meet Meeting
Dec 13 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: chapel and chill Chapel
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog & Cat Treat Sale! Campus Center
56 p.m. Gustie Runners Weekly Group Run Center, outside the east/Campus Center-facing entrance, at the semicircle wall/benches
67 p.m. Spruce Top Pot Making Arboretum Interpretive Center
Dec 14 Last Day of Fall Classes
9 a.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marlena Myles - New Works On display at Schaefer Gallery Art Gallery
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: morning praise Chapel
7 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Bethany Lutheran Peter, Minn.
8:3011 p.m. Midnight Express with the PAs Young Dining Room
Dec 15 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: holy communion Chapel
1010:20 a.m. Daily Sabbath: mindfulness mediation multifaith center
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Faculty Meeting Eckhoff Alumni Hall
Dec 16 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Dec 17 Finals
15 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Dec 18 15 p.m. Art exhibition: Making Your Mark, at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Dec 19 Finals

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