The Yellow Sheet for December 11

December 11, 2008 | Volume 41, Number 14

Volume 41, Number 14

News & Announcements

YS Publication Reminder... With the end of fall semester and the holiday break, the Yellow Sheet will not be published for two weeks following the Dec. 18 issue. The next YS after next week's will be posted on Jan. 8, 2009. Those wishing to announce any events or activities occurring between Dec. 19 and Jan. 8 will need to submit them by the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 16, so they may be listed in the issue posted on Dec. 18.

Donations for the St. Peter Area Food Shelf... St Peter Area Food Shelf donations will again be accepted at this year's Support Staff Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 19. Bring any items you wish to donate with you to the luncheon—non-perishable food items, personal care items and monetary donations are all appreciated.

Print Room Holiday Closing... Printing Services will be closed Dec. 29-31. Counting in the College's designated holidays, this means that print jobs will not be processed between Dec. 20 and Jan. 4. Please plan your printing needs accordingly.

In the Event of a School Closing or Delay... Now that we've had our first significant snowfall and more is forecast, it seems like a good time to remind the community of the College's policies and procedures in response to inclement weather conditions.
     When College facilities will be closed or classes delayed or canceled during a work day due to inclement weather conditions, announcements will be made as soon as possible on the following media:

  • WCCO radio, television, and Web, Twin Cities (830 AM, Ch. 4, and
  • KEYC-TV (CBS/Fox), Mankato (Ch. 12 and
  • Three Eagles’ four radio stations—KRBI (105.5 FM or, KEEZ (99.1 FM or, KQYK (95.7 FM or, KYSM (103 FM or
  • KNUJ radio, New Ulm (860 AM/107.3 FM or
  • Announcements will also be made on campus via e-mail, Web, and voice mail.

     If the College makes the decision to close, individuals will be paid for regularly scheduled hours for that day. If individuals choose to leave early due to inclement weather, the time off should be taken as unpaid leave or vacation, with supervisor approval.
     Factors that influence the College's decision to delay or cancel classes include the following: expected precipitation, road conditions, visibility, and wind-chill factor. Be aware that the College's decision to delay/cancel may differ from local area K-12 schools. Gustavus is influenced by the needs of the more than 2,000 students who live in campus housing, as contrasted to different factors and conditions at K-12 schools (e.g., busing, young children, etc.).

Farewell Party... Join the Office of Marketing and Communication on Friday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon in Linner Lounge to wish Design Director Sharon Stevenson farewell and good luck on her upcoming move to Oregon.

Book Mark Sale... The annual Book Mark Christmas Sale continues through Friday, Dec. 19, during store hours (M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for Student Appreciation Day)—20 percent off most items!

Holiday Gift Suggestion... The 2009 Linnaeus Arboretum Calendar, featuring the photography of Anders Björling ’58 and phenological notes by Jim Gilbert ’62, is now on sale at a special price. This is the first year that the Arboretum has offered a calendar, and once you see it you will find it a perfect holiday gift! It is stocked by the Book Mark, where it's currently available at a 20% discount during the store's Christmas Sale, or you can purchase your copy directly from the Arboretum by calling Shirley Mellema (x6181), stopping by the Arboretum Interpretive Center, or going online at Direct cost is now $13 (tax included; $12 if you are a member of Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum); the calendars are offered at a 20% discount in keeping with the Book Mark sale, so buy a bunch!
The 13-month calendar can be used immediately, as it begins with December 2008.

Don't Get Towed... The City of St. Peter reminds the campus community about its snow emergency ordinance: Snow emergencies will be declared before 5 p.m. and announced on local radio. When a snow emergency is declared, there is NO PARKING on any of the posted SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES for the entire 48-hour period. Beginning at midnight, for two days, there is NO PARKING on residential streets from midnight until 7 a.m. Vehicles parked in violation of the snow emergency ordinance will be ticketed (fined $15-50) AND towed at the owners' expense. For more information about this ordinance and which streets are considered snow emergency routes, click here to visit the City of St. Peter's website.

Campus Happenings

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

  • Friday, Dec. 12 - The Virgin of Guadalupe: Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Sunday, Dec. 14 - Vicar Peter Bauck
  • Monday, Dec. 15 - Advent Hymn Sing
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16 - Taizé
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, Dec. 18 - Litany for Travelers
  • Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, through Sun., Jan. 4, 2009 - NO SERVICES (Holiday Recess)

Celebrating Scandinavia Twice... Two displays currently mounted in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library celebrate Scandinavia. On the first floor, lower level, is history professor Byron Nordstrom’s fascinating exhibit, “Sweden and America, 1638-1988: A History Celebrated.” And, on the Library’s third floor, just outside the Lutheran Church Archives, is a display, "Jultidningar and Julehefter: Fifty Years of Culture," featuring beautiful Christmas annual publications from Sweden and Norway. Both will be on view through January.

Michael Johnson Returns for Annual Winter Concert... Michael Johnson, singer, songwriter, storyteller, and guitarist, returns to Jussi Björling Recital Hall for a 40th Anniversary Concert Celebration, Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. Johnson first performed at Gustavus in April 1968 with the late John Denver as part of the trio of Denver, Boise, and Johnson. Following his departure from the trio one year later, he spent a year acting with an off-Broadway company doing Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well . . . and then started honing his solo act. Since that time, he has studied and toured internationally eight times and recorded 11 albums. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, senior citizens, and Gustavus faculty and staff. Call the Gustavus Ticket Center at 933-7590 or go online at Any tickets remaining will go on sale one hour prior to the concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall box office.

Library Display Features Blind Alum's Life Work... A new display in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library features a remarkable Gustavus graduate. Claire Hobart (1914-1993) was a blind man who graduated from Gustavus in 1935. He devoted his life to spreading the gospel through song and teaching blind students in Laredo, Texas, and was recognized by the Gustavus Adolphus College Associations of Congregations, which bestowed its Service Award upon him in 1993. This library's display is located near the reference desk. Displayed materials include photographs, clippings, song books, poetry, and hymns. The Claire Hobart collection of songs and poems is held by the College Archives. More information about Hobart is contained in the collection's finding aid, which may be found online at

Off-Campus Events of Interest

A Victorian Christmas at the Cox House... Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, are the final days to catch the Victorian Christmas at the historic Cox House in St. Peter. The house will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Guests may tour the house, sing carols around the piano or old reed organ, and hear special music by local musicians. Spiced cider and homemade cookies will be served in the kitchen. All are welcome.

Stevensen Benefit... A benefit for Pat Stevensen (telecommunications) and her husband, Russ, will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Red Men Club of St. Peter. Russ has received radiation and chemotherapy over the past few months for throat cancer and is not able to work. Pat has had to take a leave to assist at home, and their son Tom, who had medical issues, died unexpectedly in October. The benefit includes a silent auction from 3 to 8 p.m., bingo from 4 to 6 p.m. (must be 18 to play), and a pork sandwich supper served 4-9 p.m. For more information, contact Becky Barnes (telecommunications) at or x7025.

Extraordinary People

Sarah Dille (religion) presented a paper at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, Nov. 25, titled "Zion's Redeemer: Isaiah 54:1-8 in Light of Levirate Custom."

Chris Gilbert (political science) just completed his third and final year as a member of the external evaluation team for the Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Awards at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Michelle Twait, Sonja Timmerman, and Sarah Sanford (all library) presented at the Minnesota Library Association annual conference on Nov. 21. Their presentation, "Staff Development 2.0: Evolving toward Excellence," reported on a yearlong staff development initiative planned and led by the presenters.

Kevin Byrne (history) has been selected to serve a three-year term on the editorial board of the Magazine of History, a quarterly publication of the Organization of American Historians. He previously served as full-time editor of the publication from 2004 to 2006. On Oct. 24, Byrne delivered a paper titled "Redesigning U.S. History: Revising Periodization and Coverage in the Advanced Placement U.S. History Course" at the Social Science History Association annual meeting in Miami, Fla.

Jeff A. Jenson (library/archives) attended a workshop on Encoded Archival Description sponsored by the Society of American Archivists in Minneapolis on Oct. 30-31.

Student News

During the 68th annual Festival of St. Lucia held this morning, Rachel Schmitt, a sophomore from Excelsior, Minn., was named St. Lucia. Members of the Lucia Court are fellow sophomores Kimberly Braun, Sarah Cartwright, Amber Kirk, Megan Myhre, and Bergit Nerheim. Nomination of the women to the court is based upon academic achievement, spiritual leadership, and involvement in community service at Gustavus.

Position Openings

  • Manager of the Gustavus Annual Fund (institutional advancement)
  • Director of advancement services (institutional advancement)

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

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Mary Gaebler (religion), who will be giving her talk, "Affluenza," Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9:45 a.m. at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, and the Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations), who will present his talk, "Observing the Speed Limit of Life" at 9:15 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio, Minn., also on Sunday, Dec. 14. 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... Sarah Dille (religion) will be preaching at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services at First Lutheran Church in Le Sueur, Minn., on Sunday, Dec. 28. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Hosanna Lutheran Church from Forest Lake, Minn., this Friday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 14.

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:

  • Research Opportunity Awards... The National Science Foundation offers Faculty Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) through its Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program. ROAs enable faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions such as Gustavus to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions, who request an ROA supplement on a current award or when submitting a new or renewal proposal. Most frequently, ROA activities are summer experiences, but partial support of sabbaticals may also be provided. ROA supplements are usually about $25,000. For information about the ROA program, please see Section II D of the RUI 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:

  • The St. Cloud Times printed a story on Wednesday, Dec. 3, previewing the MIAC women’s basketball season. Head coach Mickey Haller (Athletics) was quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Wednesday, Dec. 3, newscasts about the vacant head football coach position.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story and color photo on the front page of its Thursday, Dec. 4, Currents section about Christmas in Christ Chapel. Patricia Kazarow (music) and Brian Johnson (chaplains' office) were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on the front page of its Thursday, Dec. 4, Sports section about the College narrowing its search for a new head football coach to two candidates. Al Molde (athletics) was quoted in the story.
  • Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman noted that the College had narrowed its search for a new head football coach to two candidates. In the same article Hartman also noted that senior tennis player John Kauss will play in the International University Challenge in France.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about football player T.J. Ridley being named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division Second Team in its Thursday, Dec. 4, edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about men’s tennis player John Kauss being selected to play in the International University Challenge in Poitiers, France, in its Friday, Dec. 5, Sports section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief about Don Roberts Ice Rink being ready for the men’s and women’s hockey teams to play on in its Friday, Dec. 5, Sports section.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about Christmas in Christ Chapel on its Friday, Dec. 5 newscasts. Brian Johnson (chaplains' office) was interviewed for 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


Library Hours for Final Week of Fall Semester: Friday, Dec. 12 - 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 13 - 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14 - 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Monday, Dec. 15, through Wednesday, Dec. 17 - 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Thursday, Dec. 18 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


Got an Empty Apartment? The College's assistant baseball coach, who will be commuting from Shoreview three to four nights per week, is looking for a short-term, temporary sleeping room/apartment for the months of February, March, and April. Contact head coach Mike Carroll, x6297 or e-mail

For Sale: Charming 3-4 bedroom, 1.5 bath home. Completely remodeled with new flooring, paint, and kitchen. Has dining room with patio doors to very large, shaded back yard with alley access. Single attached garage. Contact or call 380-8885.

"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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Cross Country at St. Olaf Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Volleyball at UW-River Falls (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
1 p.m. Football at Carleton (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball at UW-Eau Claire (Sandy Schumacher Tournament) (Cancelled) Claire, Wis.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at Saint Mary's (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 20 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 21 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 22 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Sep 23 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
4 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Sep 24 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
12:301:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session
3:305 p.m. Reconciliation Circle with Cânté Sütá-Francis Bettelyoun videoconference or telephone
4:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Luther (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Sep 25 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Homecoming Adolphus College Campus
10 a.m. Volleyball at Monmouth (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
noon Volleyball at Coe (Mabel Lee Invite) (Cancelled) Rapids, Iowa
1 p.m. Football hosts St. Thomas (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Catherine (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1011:59 p.m. Peer Assistants host SNL Arena
Sep 27 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Sep 28 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.

To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.


To add or change items on the calendar, please fill out and submit a College Calendar event form. View the entire College Calendar online.

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