The Yellow Sheet for October 23

October 23, 2008 | Volume 41, Number 8

Volume 41, Number 8

News & Announcements

Just Released for Holiday Gift-Giving... The 2009 Linnaeus Arboretum calendar has arrived from the printer. The 13-month calendar features the photography of Anders Bjorling '58 and the phenological notes by Jim Gilbert '62. This is the first year that the arboretum staff has decided to produce a calendar, and once you see it you mayl find it a perfect holiday gift. You can purchase copies now online at for $16 (tax included; members of Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum receive a one dollar discount). Contact Shirley Mellema at or dial x6181 with any questions.

Campus Happenings

Chapel Schedule... All are invited to the worship services at 10 a.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. Sundays in Christ Chapel. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 24 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Sunday, Oct. 26 - Reformation Sunday: Vicar Peter Bauck
  • Monday, Oct. 27 - Larry Parks Daloz, CVR scholar-in-residence
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28 - David Vikner, Gamelin China Studies Lecturer
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Oct. 30 - Founders Day: President Jack Ohle
  • Friday, Oct. 31 - TBA

Faculty Shop Talk... Julie Gilbert (library) is featured in the next Faculty Shop Talk. Her talk, titled "Beyond Wikipedia: Exploring a Research Agenda in Information Literacy," will be presented on Friday, Oct. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lind Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive anytime after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Nobel Laureate to Speak on Campus... Leon Lederman, winner of the Nobel Prize for physics in 1988 and the Pritzker Professor of Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will give a free public lecture at Gustavus on Friday, Oct. 24. Lederman’s lecture is titled “Why Did the U.S. Collaborate to Build an $8 Billion Particle Accelerator?” and will start at 7:30 p.m. in Room 103 of F.W. Olin Hall. As is the custom for Nobel laureates visiting the campus, Lederman will receive an honorary degree from the College prior to his lecture.

Theatre Department Opens 2008-09 Season... The Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2008-09 season this weekend with Topsy Turvy Mouse. Written by Peter Gil-Sheridan and directed by Amy Seham, this award-winning play will be performed in Anderson Theatre on Oct. 24, 25, and 31 and Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on October 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available through the Gustavus Ticket Center at 507-933-7590. Adult tickets are $7, student and senior citizen tickets $5, and Gustavus students and staff free of charge. Tickets not purchased in advance may be purchased at the Anderson Theatre Box Office beginning one hour prior to curtain.

Laurent Parks Daloz Is CVR Scholar-in-Residence... Author, scholar, and educator Laurent A. Parks Daloz will be in residence on campus for four days in late October and will give a public presentation, “From Armored Boy to Wise Old Man: How Men Grow Up . . . or Don't - Men for the 21st Century,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in Alumni Hall. Daloz is senior fellow and co-director of the "Powers of Leadership" program at the Whidbey Institute in Clinton, Wash., and co-author of Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World. His visit comes in conjunction with Gustavus's selection as one of 15 colleges in the country to take part in a grant from the Lilly Endowment to develop pilot projects and disseminate best practices for increasing the level of college men's engagement in leadership, service, spirituality, and vocational reflection.

Gamelin China Studies Lecturer in Residence... David W. Vikner, an educator with an impressive resume of teaching and church posts in China, will be in residence next week as the first Francis C. and Ruth Vikner Gamelin China Studies Lecturer. He will present a public lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall on “The Church in China” and will also speak in chapel that morning. From 1989 to 2000, Vikner was president of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, an autonomous agency related to nine protestant denominations in North America. The United Board works with more than 80 colleges and universities in Burma, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. He became president of the Japan International Christian University (ICU) Foundation in 2002.
     The Gamelin Endowment Fund for China Studies was established in 2000 to provide support for students and faculty members to study China’s culture, economy, politics, and international relationships, and to share their learning with Gustavus and a wider community. It honors Francis Gamelin ’38, a former instructor and registrar at Gustavus (1940-1947), and Ruth Vikner Gamelin ’37. The Gamelins’ interest in China goes back to Ruth’s early years as the child of missionary parents in that country. An additional gift allowed the College to invite David Vikner (who is a nephew of Ruth) for a week-long residency marking the initial use of the Gamelin China Studies Fund.

Brother Act for GLA Author Day... Gustavus Library Associates cordially invites you to its 2008 Fall Author Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Edina Country Club beginning at 9:30 a.m. Minnesota authors Leif and Lin Enger, who wrote Peace Like a River and Undiscovered Country, respectively, will share stories and their passion for writing. The cost is $20 for brunch and the presentation. Contact Dana Lamb at 933-7550 by Wednesday, Oct. 29, for reservations.      

Chill Out... It's the eighth annual Gustavus Adolphus College Chill Out and Wellness Fair, coming on Nov. 6! Put on by the Center for Vocational Reflection and many other contributors, this event provides what every member of the Gustavus community needs half-way through a busy first semester: a chance to chill out. There will be as many as 100 vendors there offering anything from educating people on healthy relationships and sexual assault awareness to back massages, DDR, free food, and so much more. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Jackson Campus Center banquet rooms!

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Annual Lutefisk Feed... Scandian Grove Lutheran Church will host its annual Lutefisk Fall Supper on Saturday, Nov. 1. On the menu are meatballs, mashed potatoes, green beans, lefse, buns, apple and pumpkin dessert, milk, coffee . . . and of course lutefisk. They're actually open for both lunch and dinner, serving 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Cost is $14 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

Extraordinary People

Chris Johnson (CVR) facilitated a series of consultations on the intersections of service, experiential learning, leadership, spirituality, and reflection on vocation in higher education at Washington University in St. Louis, Sept. 21-24. Participants included faculty and staff associated with residential life, leadership development, the career center, community service/service-learning, campus ministries (Lutheran, Catholic, and Jewish), and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service. On Oct. 11 he led a workshop, "Living on Purpose: Seeds, Seasons, and the Undivided Life," as part of a fundraiser/retreat for the Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization Open Arms of Minnesota.

Ann Pesavento, Richard Weber, Joseph Rodgers, and Sharon Mautner-Rodgers (all music) participated in the "Tribute to Harry Dunscombe" concert Sunday, Oct. 19, at Halling Recital Hall on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. Dunscombe was an adjunct instructor of 'cello at Gustavus, one of the founders of the Minnesota Valley Sommarfest, and a longtime professor of music at MSU Mankato. 

Student News

Four Gustavus students have been selected to participate in the Greater Mankato Collegiate Leadership Academy (CLA). This collaborative leadership development program is a partnership between Gustavus, four other area colleges, and Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. The purpose of the program is to develop leadership capacity and skills within area college students in order to equip them to lead and serve their campus communities, local communities, the country, and the world. The four Gustavus students participating are senior Sonja Anderson, and juniors Katelyn Johnson, Kyle Johnsrud, and Alexandra Prahl. The CLA held its first event on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Adventure Education course—a high-ropes course intended to promote positive growth and development through adventure-based and team-building activities. The CLA’s next event will be hosted by Gustavus on Thursday, Nov. 13, when members of the academy will take part in a workshop on emotional intelligence and leadership. For more information about the Greater Mankato Collegiate Leadership Academy, go online to or contact co-founder Steve Bennett (student affairs) at


  • Gloria Dietz, mother of Tracey Peymann (health service), died on Oct. 17 at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato. Her memorial service was held on Oct. 20 at St. Peter Funeral Home-Klein Chapel with the Rev. Alan Bray officiating.

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.

Position Openings

  • Administrative secretary, Office of the Dean of Students

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

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26, include Mary Solberg (religion), who will be giving her talk, "A Fresh Look at Martin Luther," at 9:15 a.m. at Faith-Lilac Way Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale, Minn. Mimi Gerstbauer (political science and peace studies) will be giving her talk, "International Issues Facing Our New U.S. President," at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Minn., at 9:25 a.m. Garrett Paul (religion) will give his talk, "God and Politics," at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis as part of a series on discerning our role in public life. Darrell Jodock (religion) will be giving a talk about Martin Luther at 9:45 a.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minn. Presenters scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29, include the Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations), who will be giving his talk, "Observing the Speed Limit of Life," at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis at 6:30 p.m. Also on the 29th, Karl Larson (HES) will be giving a talk on "Basics in Stress Management" at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn. 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.

Preaching in Congregations... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will be preaching at the 9:30 a.m. Reformation Sunday service at St. John Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Minn., Sunday, Oct. 26. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church from New Prague, Minn., Friday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 25. Church Relations will also host Woodlake Lutheran Church from Richfield, Minn., on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Partners in Music ... The Woodwind Choir, directed by Ann Pesavento (music), will be playing at All Saints Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, Minn., Sunday, Oct. 26 at the 8:15, 9:30, and 11 a.m. services. The Brass Choir, led by Scott Moore (music), will be playing during worship on Reformation Sunday at the 9 a.m. service at First Lutheran Church in Hector, Minn., Sunday, Oct. 26. 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:

  • Support for Host Institutions for NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes... The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provides grants to colleges, universities, and other institutions to support national faculty development programs in the humanities for high school teachers, or college and university faculty. These summer seminars and institutes provide the opportunity to deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities through intensive study of significant topics, texts, and issues, and to promote effective links between teaching and research in the humanities. Awards for seminars range from $45,000 to $120,000, and awards for institutes range from $80,000 to $200,000, depending upon the length of the seminar or institute. The deadline for project directors to submit an application is March 2, 2009, for a project beginning in summer 2010. Guidelines for this spring’s competition will be posted early this winter; in the meantime, interested faculty can refer to last year’s program announcement at

For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or

In the Media

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

  • Kirk Beyer (human resources) was quoted in an Oct. 10 Chronicle of Higher Education story about the credit crisis affecting colleges.
  • The Gustavus Adolphus College Archives had a picture used for an article about Bill Ayers and guilt by association in the Oct. 16 Life & Relationships section of the Anchorage Daily News.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Thursday, Oct. 16, Sports section about situation with the Don Roberts Ice Rink. Brett Petersen (athletics) was quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a news brief about Tim Robinson (psychology) stepping down as director of the Nobel Conference in its Thursday, Oct. 16, edition.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about the football team’s 30-29 victory over Carleton on its Saturday, Oct. 18, newscasts. Head coach Jay Schoenebeck and junior Jordan Becker were interviewed.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about men’s tennis player John Kauss winning the ITA Division III National Singles Championship on its Saturday, Oct. 18, newscasts.

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


House for Rent Starting January 2009: Three-bedroom home 1/2 block from Gustavus and South Elementary. Fireplace, office, three-season porch, open kitchen/living area, family room, lots of storage. Great yard, great views from the top of the valley. Responsible renters only; references required; six-month lease okay. Contact or Sharon at 507-351-8637.

For Sale: Table and four chairs, $25. Also giving away a recliner couch. Call David at 934-4683 after 1 p.m. for details.

College Surplus Sale: Top-load and front-load clothes washers, multi-drawer cabinets, chairs, possibly additional items. Oct. 30, 3-5 p.m., and Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-noon. Physical Plant Shop, Building E. Check

"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.



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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.
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

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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