The Yellow Sheet for October 2

October 2, 2008 | Volume 41, Number 5

Volume 41, Number 5

News & Announcements

Offices Closing for Inauguration... President Ohle’s investiture ceremony will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, in Christ Chapel. So that members of the community may attend, all academic and administrative offices on campus will be closed 3-5 p.m. that day. Support staff employees who are normally scheduled to work during those hours may attend the ceremony or choose to use PTO.

Parking Restriction Reminder... The Lund parking lot and the visitor parking lot adjacent to the Campus Center will be closed starting at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 5, due to the Celebrate Gustavus/Inauguration and Family Weekend events. The Lund parking lot will close again at 11 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 6, through Wed., Oct. 8, due to the Nobel Conference. Anyone arriving on campus during Nobel Conference should allow additional time for travel and parking around campus. Traffic will be directed by College personnel at each entrance. With the exception of the Lund and visitor lots, all parking lots will be considered "open parking." Vehicles may be parked in any red, yellow, or green parking space without regard to permit color from Thursday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 5, and again from Tuesday, Oct. 7, through Wednesday, Oct. 8. If you have questions, contact Safety and Security (x8809).

Greet Prospective Students during 'Explore Gustavus' Days... On Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16 and 17, the Admission Office will host its Explore Gustavus event. More than 400 prospective students, along with their families, will be visiting the campus over the two days to take a look at what Gustavus offers. It's an open-house setting, with visitors coming and going throughout the day, attending special interest sessions, and touring the campus. As you encounter them on campus, greet them and offer any directions or assistance they may need.

Strategic Plan Working Group Reports Available... Reports from Gustavus Adolphus College Strategic Plan Working Groups are now available to the campus community through a password-protected website. Follow this link to access the site: You may also type or copy and paste the address into your Web browser’s address field.

Research Study for Faculty... A member of the psychology faculty at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind., is recruiting faculty members from across the country to participate in a study concerning student stalking of faculty. The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence of student stalking of faculty in colleges and universities across the United States. The survey developed by Robin K. Morgan ( consists of a series of questions to determine if the faculty member has experienced stalking, the step(s) taken since the incident(s) has occurred, and the faculty member’s reactions to the incident(s). Since Morgan is trying to get an accurate estimate of incidence, she is interested in getting as many faculty members as possible to participate, regardless of whether or not they believe they have ever been stalked. To participate in this anonymous Internet survey (which has been approved by her campus Intuitional Review Board), follow the link: (If clicking the link does not work, copy and paste the URL into your browser.) Participation is completely voluntary, and since it is anonymous, no one here or there would be aware of who might choose to participate.

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 (except Oct. 5, below). The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 3 - "Celebrate Gustavus": basso/baritone Simon Estes
  • Sunday, Oct. 5 - Family Weekend: Chaplain Rachel Larson (NOTE: the Family Weekend service starts at 10 a.m. rather than the usual 10:30 a.m.)
  • Monday, Oct. 6 - Nobel Conference Preview: Tim Robinson (psychology)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 - NO CHAPEL (Nobel Conference)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 - NO CHAPEL (Nobel Conference)
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 - Healing Service: Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Friday, Oct. 10 - Becky Carlson (senior student)

Simon Estes to Sing in Chapel... Internationally acclaimed bass/baritone Simon Estes will perform at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Christ Chapel. His performance will be in lieu of the regular 20-minute daily worship service in Christ Chapel and will set the tone for a day of celebration as Jack R. Ohle will be installed later that day as the College's 16th president.
     Estes is a distinguished professor and artist-in-residence at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He also is a professor of music at Boston University and is the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist in Residence at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Born in Centerville, Iowa, and the grandson of a slave, Estes has become one of the world's most accomplished opera singers and continues to pave the way for other African Americans in the classical music genre. Known for his humanitarian efforts, Estes has been particularly involved in advocating for youth around the world and has helped many underprivileged students attend the Julliard School of Music in New York City. His performance in Christ Chapel is free and open to the public. For more information on his appearance at Gustavus, contact the Office of the Chaplains at x7446.

Alumna to Speak on Foreign Aid... Miho Ihara, a member of the Gustavus Class of 1998 who is returning to Gustavus this weekend to accept a First Decade Award from the Alumni Association, will present a lecture, "Foreign Aid: Will More Money Help the Poor? Logistics and Real Problems," on Friday, Oct. 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Olin Hall, Room 103. The community is invited; refreshments will be provided.
     Following graduation from Gustavus in 1998 with a self-designed peace studies major, Ihara earned an M.A. in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked extensively in developing countries to help develop primary infrastructure and provide related services in order to facilitate economic and social development as well as to enhance ongoing poverty reduction efforts. Her experience includes working directly for the World Bank in Washington, D.C.; residing in Vietnam on a long-term basis and managing donor-funded infrastructure development projects on behalf of a large international engineering firm; and conducting extensive social impact assessment fieldwork in remote areas of Timor-Leste. She currently resides in Canada, where she is employed as a senior consultant by CPCS Transcom Limited.

Neal & Leandra in 'Coming Home' Concert... Minneapolis folk duo (and Gustavus alumni) Neal & Leandra return for a special Homecoming/Family Weekend concert this weekend. The Red House Recording artists, with seven successful CDs on the market and concert tours taking them from coast to coast, will appear in concert on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Tickets for the performance ($12.50 for adults; $10 for Seniors, children 4-18, and Gustavus employees; and $5 with Gustavus student ID) are available at the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-933-7590) or at the door. Tickets remaining at showtime will be on sale in the recital hall lobby one hour prior to their appearance on stage at 7:30 p.m.
     Following their marriage in 1989, singer/song writers Neal Hagberg '81 and Leandra Peak '83 started touring as a duo full time. Since that time, they have earned a reputation as one of the country's finest folk duos. Critics around the country have praised their work and noted that several of their original works are destined to become folk classics. One of their first successes, "Old Love," quickly earned "classic" status and is well-known to Minnesota Public and National Public Radio listeners; it is listed as the most requested song on MPR's Morning Show.

Creationist to Speak... In an effort to encourage open discourse and critical thought, a student group has taken the initiative to bring in speaker Jon Kaus to present a lecture titled "Evolution Exposed: A Creationist's Look at the Evidence." After a day filled with lectures at the Nobel Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 7, members of the College community as well as conference guests are invited to attend this lecture beginning at 6 p.m. in Nobel Hall of Science's Wallenberg Auditorium. It is open to the public without charge, but seating is limited.

Euripides Scholar to Lecture on Campus... K.O. Chong-Gossard, lecturer at the University of Melbourne, will present an invited public lecture on campus Monday, Oct. 13. His lecture, titled "Pavane for a Dead Infant: Consolation in Euripides’ Hypsipyle," begins at 7 p.m. in Confer Hall, Room 128. It is sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Curriculum II.
     Euripides is perhaps best known as an avant-garde playwright whose plays (Medea, Bacchae, Trojan Women) offer powerful female protagonists, bold new handlings of myth, and an interest in psychology. Chong-Gossard will discuss a lesser known Euripidean tragedy, his Hypsipyle, a play preserved only in fragments. Chong-Gossard is currently working on the first major study of the Hypsipyle as a work of drama. His lecture explores the theme of consolation, demonstrating that the play dramatizes consolatory gestures in an innovative way, and makes a bold statement about forgiveness in the face of human tragedy.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

'Compassionate Carnivore' at Food Coop... Meet Zumbrota author and shepherd Catherine Friend at the St. Peter Food Co-op on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Her latest book is titled The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald’s Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat. Read her first-hand experiences that gently lead consumers toward adopting a sustainable approach to buying beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. She even has one chapter devoted to the "F" word—feedlot! It’s not a bad word, but she maintains that there’s a big difference between 50 animals and 50,000 animals. Sign up through St. Peter Community Education: 507-934-3048.

Extraordinary People

Brian Koeneman (Career Center) has received the Educator of the Year award from INROADS, a nationally recognized internship program for ethnic minority students. INROADS presented the award at its annual awards banquet at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Minneapolis in July. INROADS seeks to increase business career opportunities and knowledge for promising ethnically diverse students, while giving corporations the opportunity to develop diverse managerial talent.

Lisa Heldke (philosophy) was one of four featured speakers at a special colloquium on "The Ethics of Diet" held Friday, Sept. 26, at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. The symposium focused on food and energy and the future of food.

Don Scheese (English) is reading a piece of creative nonfiction, "The (Once) Inhabited Wilderness: Ruminations on Visiting an Anasazi Ruin," at the annual meeting of the Western Literature Association held in Boulder, Colorado, Oct. 1-4. This essay has been accepted for publication in a future issue of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature & Environment, and is part of a collection of personal essays Scheese is working on based on explorations of southwestern prehistoric ruins over the last ten years. His review of two books, Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge, by David Roberts, and House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization across the American Southwest, by Craig Childs, appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of ISLE. Scheese is also publishing an essay on the Minnesota writer and conservationist Ernest Oberholtzer in the reference work Modern American Environmentalists, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009.

Position Openings

  • Head football coach (athletics)

For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Mary Solberg (religion), who will be giving her talk, "Whatever Happened to Martin Luther?" at 9:45 and 11 a.m. at Crown of Glory Lutheran Church in Chaska, Minn., this Sunday, Oct. 5. 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.

Speaking in Congregations... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will be preaching at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services at St. James Lutheran Church in Crystal, Minn., this Sunday, Oct. 5. He will also be leading the adult forum Bible study at 9:45 a.m. 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).

In the Media

Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:

  • KEYC-TV led its 10 p.m. newscast on Monday, Sept. 22, with a story about the visit of Donny George Youkhanna, former director general of the National Museum of Iraq, to Gustavus.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Tuesday, Sept. 23, Currents section about homecoming traditions at area colleges. A color photo of the Gustavus homecoming football game from last year accompanied the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Wednesday, Sept. 24, Valley section about the passing of longtime Book Mark manager Jeanette Larson. Karen Zins (Book Mark) was quoted in the story.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press website posted the Mankato Free Press story about Jeanette Larson on on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story about 2008 alumnus Matt Seiffert and his canoe trip from St. Peter to Hudson Bay in its October 2008 edition. Seiffert was quoted in the story.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story about the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Commission on Worship that was held at Gustavus in its October 2008 edition.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story about the Amethyst Initiative in its October 2008 edition. President Ohle was quoted in the story.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story about Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship recipients in its October 2008 edition. Gustavus students Jing Han and Asitha Jayawardena were mentioned in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front-page story about the Nobel Conference on Thursday, Sept. 25. Tim Robinson (psychology) and Karen Larson (sociology/anthropology and interdisciplinary studies) were quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a front-page story about the Gustavus football chain gang in its Thursday, Sept. 25, edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Inauguration Week in its Thursday, Sept. 25, edition.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press, KSTP-Channel 5, WCCO-TV, KARE-11, and the Star Tribune all posted stories about the Nobel Conference on their websites on Friday, Sept. 26. Karen Larson (sociology/anthropology) was quoted in all of them.
  • Lisa Heldke (philosophy) was quoted in the Saturday, Sept. 27, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an article covering Washington University's forum on "The Ethics of Diet," at which Heldke was a featured speaker.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the men’s tennis team’s performance in the ITA Midwest Regional Tournament in its Saturday, Sept. 27, Sports section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed an opinion piece written by Lisa Heldke (philosophy) about college cafeterias going trayless on its Sunday, Sept. 28, editorial page.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about Out of Scandinavia artist-in-residence Lars Löfgren '58 on the front page of its Sunday, Sept. 28, Valley section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story about men’s tennis player John Kauss '09 in its Sunday, Sept. 28, Sports section. Kauss, fellow tennis player Mike Burdakin '10, and Coach Steve Wilkinson were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a front page story about the T3 vehicles that are now being used on campus by the Office of Safety and Security. Ray Thrower (safety & security) was quoted in the story.

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


Help Wanted: A kind person to take into his or her home and care for a sweet, de-clawed, neutered, 12-year-old Siamese cat while the owner is in Africa during the January Interim teaching. Contact Lois Peterson (art & art history) at or 507-380-5251.

Free to a Good Home: Crestline tandem bicycle, 21 gears, nice seats, small carry bag behind rear seat. Includes Yak rack attachment. Left crank is a bit loose, easy fix at a bike shop, otherwise in great shape. Lots of fun but we found a vintage Schwinn tandem, so this is yours for the taking! Contact Megan Coe (admission) at or x7695.

For Sale: Treo 700P (Palm) Sprint Smart Phone with all manuals and software, $80. Also includes 1 Gig SD card, charging cable, computer sync cable, and belt carrier. Contact Troy Seppelt (residential life) at

For Sale: Drop-leaf pine kitchen table (21x33 inches with 9-inch drop leaves) and four chairs. Chocolate painted pine with small rosemahl design on back of chairs. $99 for the set. Call Gretchen Koehler (HES, emerita) at 934-5441 if interested.

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Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 29 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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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