The Yellow Sheet for January 29

January 29, 2009 | Volume 41, Number 19

Volume 41, Number 19

News & Announcements

No YS Next Week... As much of the community will be away from campus during the week between the end of the January interim on Jan. 30 and the start of the Fall 2009 semester on Feb. 9, the Yellow Sheet will not be published on Thursday, Feb. 5. The next issue of the College's internal newsletter will be published on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Coming/Going/Returning Celebrated in the Provost's Area... The Provost’s Office invites the Gustavus community to gather with them as they bid farewell to Kathy Scholl and mark the arrival of Leslie Weber and the return of Shanon Nowell to the office. They also extend thanks to Judy Roberts for her work these past months. Please join them for an open house on Friday, Jan. 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. in their newly rearranged reception area. Refreshments will be served.

Student Recommendations Sought... The Student Affairs area is seeking assistance from faculty, administrators, and support staff in identifying students who have the interest and necessary skills to be Collegiate Fellows (CFs) and Peer Assistants (PAs). CFs are leaders and campus resources in the residence halls who play a critical role in community development and support of students in their transition from their homes to the Gustavus community. Current first-year, sophomore, and junior students who have full-time student status and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better are eligible. Some who have not have considered the position might do so if you take the time to talk to them about it, or you may submit names to Troy Seppelt (res. life) by Feb. 20. Two open houses are scheduled, on Feb. 19 and March 18. Applications are available at, and are due by April 1.
     PAs serve as resource people, role models, and referral agents regarding alcohol, drug, and health-related issues and promote healthy lifestyles through programmed activities, theme weeks, workshops in residence halls and classes, etc. Submit recommendations of service-oriented student leaders to Judy Douglas (alcohol & drug education) by Feb. 11.

Human Rights Award Nominations Sought... The St. Peter Human Rights Commission annually recognizes an individual or organization in St. Peter that has furthered human rights in the community with its Human Rights Award. If you know of an individual or organization who you believe has worked to further human rights in St. Peter, consider nominating that person or group. Call or e-mail Michelle Twait (x7563 or mtwait) for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 19. (Past winners of the Human Rights Award include the St. Peter League of Women Voters and the "Building Bridges" conference.)

Creative Inquiry II... Planning has begun for the second annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry, an event that highlights the creative and scholarly work done by Gustavus students. The event will be held Friday, May 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. Students may apply to present their projects at the event by using an online submission form. Each application must have a faculty sponsor. The deadline for applications is March 18. (See a slide show or read the abstracts from last year's event. There will be a workshop for putting project posters together in mid-April.)

Recognized Student Organization Website... A new student organization website is available to the Gustavus community. The site,, allows students, staff, and faculty to browse the 100+ student organizations on campus and provides additional information regarding individual organizations and their missions, members, contact information, programs, and constitutions.

Announcing a Royal Affair... On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis, Gustavus Library Associates will present its 17th benefit, Shine * A Royal Affair, an evening of entertainment, fine dining, and live and silent auctions, also including an online auction. A Royal Affair is the biennial benefit gala of Gustavus Library Associates, which supports Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Watch for further information.

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, Jan. 29 - Peter Shea (philosophy)
  • Sunday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 8 - NO SERVICES (Reading and Touring Week)

Employee Enhancement Days... The 2009 Employee Enhancement Days will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Wednesday, Feb. 4. The annual event, which is open to all employees of the College, starts at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday with the keynote presentation, "Self-Destructive Habits of Otherwise Brilliant People: Pulling Together in a World of Change," featuring Anna Maravelas. Sessions on harrassment in the workplace and environmental safety, led by Kirk Beyer (human resources) and Jason Stratman (safety & security), respectively, fill out the morning, with a workshop led by Maravelas taking up the afternoon. A presentation by Mike Lane, "When You Finally Start Paying Attention, Life Takes On New Meaning," leads off Wednesday's schedule at 8:15 a.m., followed by repeat presentations of the harassment and safety sessions; Lane's presentation and the harassment session will be repeated in the afternoon for those who can't make earlier times. All sessions will be held in Alumni Hall. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources (x7304).

Library Events... The first week of the spring semester will be a busy one for visitors and celebrations in Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, Minnesota writer William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series set in northern Minnesota in the borderlands of Anishinaabe/Anglo culture, will be on campus to speak about his books and discuss the writing process. Join the library staff at 2:30 p.m. in the Courtyard Café to talk with this four-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award. He will also make a public presentation at Trinity Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. as part of the ongoing St. Peter Reads program. The library is one of the sponsors of his visit.
     Then, on Thursday, Feb. 12, come to the library between 2 and 4 p.m. to celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday. It's the 200th anniversary of his birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. More information will follow.

Continuing Education Focuses on St. Peter's Future... "The Future of Saint Peter: Where Do You Want to Be Tomorrow?" is the topic of Todd Prafke, administrator of the City of St. Peter, when he headlines a continuing education event on Thursday, Feb. 12, 7-8 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. His talk will focus on St. Peter today as well as the current planning and future trends. These plans shape our future not only in the physical sense but also how we choose to govern ourselves. Pictures, maps, and charts will be used, with time devoted to questions about self-governance in a technological world including questions about going "forward to the past." The basis for the talk is Prafke's weekly column on the city's website called "Makes Me Wonder.” Cost is $9 for the public; however, Gustavus faculty, staff, and students ar admitted without charge.

Back by Popular Demand... The Continuing Education program's annual Valentine event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Where else can you have an award-winning three-course romantic dinner and listen to a live band on Valentine’s Day? St. Peter’s own big band, "The Echo's," brings back the music of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Bring a friend or a “dear heart” for good music, good company, and a good meal. Cost is $25 per person; wine and beer will be available for purchase. Win a door prize! Parties who wish to share a table (6/table) should contact Shirley Mellema (, 507-933-6181). (In the event of inclement weather this event will be rescheduled to Friday, February 20, 2008. To check on the status of a Continuing Education event due to inclement weather, call 507-933-6181 or check online at

Poker Ski Run... Come ski, snowshoe, or walk the groomed trails of the Linnaeus Arboretum for a "Poker Ski Run" on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. Playing-card stations will be placed along the trail, and the best hand on return to the Interpretive Center wins! Enjoy hot chocolate, cider, and cookies inside the Interpretive Center.

Lectures on Contemplative Practices... Arthur Zajonc, Amherst physicist and author of several books on meditation and physics, will lecture at Gustavus on Feb. 15-16. On Sunday, Feb. 15, he will deliver a public lecture titled "Contemplative Mind in Society" at 7:30 p.m. in Olin 103. Zajonc, who is academic program director at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, will address the movement to integrate contemplative awareness into public life. Respondents are Elizabeth P. Hawkinson, MSW, LICSW, St. Peter Clinic; John Bipes, Mobile Engineering; and the Rev. Tom Harries, Church of the Holy Communion. The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.
     On Monday, Feb. 16, Zajonc will present a chapel talk in Christ Chapel at 10 a.m. He will also be the guest speaker at a 4 p.m. "Teachers Talking" faculty seminar, where he will discuss his work in incorporating contemplative practice in his teaching. Gustavus faculty respondents are John Cha (religion), Carolyn O’Grady (provost's office), and Brian Johnson (chaplains' office). His appearance at the seminar is sponsored by the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. Finally, at 7:30 p.m., Zajonc will present another public lecture, "Quantum Mechanics and the Dalai Lama," in Olin 103. He has coordinated and published symposia with the Dalai Lama on questions in contemporary physics.
      Professor Zajonc’s appearance is sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection, the Hanson-Peterson Chair, the Chaplains' Office, and the Departments of Physics and Religion. Contact William Freiert (classics) for more information.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Public Meeting on the State Budget Deficit... On Saturday, Jan. 31, beginning at 10 a.m., the League of Women Voters of St. Peter is hosting a conversation in the Senior Citizens Room in the St. Peter Community Center with area legislators regarding the challenges of dealing fairly and responsibly with the nearly $5 billion dollar deficit in the Minnesota state budget. Sen. Kathy Sheran, Rep. Terry Morrow, and Rep. Kathy Brynaert all plan to attend. There will be an opportunity for questions from the public, and attendees will be encouraged to offer ideas and suggestions for budget-balancing strategies and priorities.

Weight Watchers Series Offered... Scholarship America invites interested Gustavus community members to join their Weight Watchers "At Work" series, a 17-week program that includes free e-tools. Cost for the series, which runs from Feb. 12 to June 11, is $186. Scholarship America has a tremendously successful group going—25 members have lost more than 1,000 lbs! For more details, attend an open house meeting on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 12:15 p.m. at Scholarship America, or contact or Lorie Siebels at 507-933-7520.

Meet New Gustavus Football Coach Peter Haugen... Community members and Gustavus football alumni and friends are invited to a Twin Cities reception to meet new Gustavus football coach Peter Haugen. The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 12, 5-8 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place at 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 and Hwy. 100). Reserve by Feb. 10 with the Office of Alumni Relations (x7511 or 800-487-8437).

Extraordinary People

Seán Easton (classics) had his review of Wayne Ambler's translation (from Ancient Greek to English) of Xenophon's The Anabasis of Cyrus published in the October (2008) issue of The Journal of Military History. At the annual convention of the American Philological Association in Philadelphia (January 2009), he delivered a paper on Lucan's "Pharsalia," a Roman epic poem from the Neronian era, titled "Becoming a Scelerum Vindex, or Why Lucan's Pompey Is Better Off Dead."

Larry Wohl (E/M) has been appointed to a two-year term on the Minnesota State Advisory Committee (SAC) to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. SACs inform the Commission on civil rights issues of state and national concern related to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, voting rights, or the administration of justice, and provide advice and recommendations on specific matters they have studied.

Jeff Owen (E/M) will speak at a symposium titled "The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games: Public Diplomacy Triumph or Public Relations Spectacle?" on Friday, Jan. 30, at the University of Southern California. Owen will speak about the economic significance of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Student News

January IEX Art Classes Exhibit in Schaefer... Shibori Design students and Three-dimensional Drawing students will have an opening of their art work produced during J-Term at the Schaefer Gallery (in SFAC's Art Wing) tonight (Thursday, Jan. 29) from 6 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to come and see their work.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Lisa Heldke (philosophy) will speak on the topic of "Radical Listening: A Tool for Social Change" at Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn., at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. 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... Mary Gaebler (religion) will be preaching at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Gaylord, Minn., at 8:30 a.m. and at Trinity Lutheran, rural Gaylord, at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday, Feb. 1. The pulpit supply program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for the church council, staff, and strategic planning team of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Bloomington, Minn., on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31. Their workshops will be held in the St. Peter Room.

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:

  • Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World... The Council for International Exchange of Scholars is accepting applications for the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World, to host a visiting specialist from Africa, East Asia, Europe or the Middle East (see website for specific countries). Designed to promote understanding of the Muslim world and civilization, this program supports three to six weeks of intensive lecturing and public outreach during 2010. The deadline for proposals is April 1. For further information including program guidelines, please visit

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:

  • Joyce Sutphen (English) was quoted in a Tuesday, Jan. 20, Star Tribune story about Barack Obama’s decision to commission a poem for his inauguration ceremony.
  • Leila Brammer (communication studies) was quoted in a Ragan Communications story on Tuesday, Jan. 20, about what makes a successful inaugural address.
  • Gustavus student Andrea Nelson was interviewed live on the phone from Washington D.C. by KTTC, the NBC affiliate in Rochester on Tuesday, Jan. 20, about her experience at Obama’s inauguration.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Wednesday, Jan. 21, about the Gustavus January IEX class that attended Obama’s inauguration. Kate Knutson (political science) and junior Jake Partridge were quoted in the story.
  • Leila Brammer (communication studies) was quoted in a Wednesday, Jan. 21, nationally distributed Associated Press story by Ted Anthony analyzing Obama’s inaugural address.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Thursday, Jan. 22, about Gustavus being ranked by the Peace Corps for the number of volunteers who are alumni. Erin Luhmann ’08, currently serving in Krygyzstan, was featured in the story. Jeff Stocco (Career Center) and Luhmann were quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed two color photos on the front page of its Thursday, Jan. 22, edition of Gustavus students and staff watching Obama’s inauguration.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Gustavus competing in RecycleMania in its Thursday, Jan. 22, edition. Jim Dontje (Johnson Center) was quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Continuing Education events in its Thursday, Jan. 22, edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about Gustavus being ranked by the Peace Corps in its Thursday, Jan. 22, edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief about the $1 million gift from the Greater Gustavus Fund on the front page of its Saturday, Jan. 24, Valley section.
  • The Metro Lutheran printed a story about Semonti Mustaphi ’03 being named Michelle Obama’s deputy press secretary in its February 2009 edition.
  • Gustavus was mentioned in a Sunday, Jan. 25, St. Paul Pioneer Press article about Envision Academy of the Arts in Burnsville. Gustavus is helping the magnet school create its ballet curriculum.

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


Limited Lund Building Hours during Touring Week... Lund Center will observe special building hours during Touring Week: Saturday, Jan. 31 - 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb.  1 - noon-6 p.m.; Monday-Friday, Feb. 2-6 - 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 7 - 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 8 - noon-10 p.m. Pool and weight room hours will be posted at the Red Desk.

Library Hours for Touring Week... Friday, Jan. 30 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 31, & Feb. 1 - CLOSED; Monday-Friday, Feb. 2-6 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 7 & 8 - CLOSED.


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Dell Desktop Computer for Sale: Dell Dimension 2400 Series desktop computer, 2.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 512 MB RAM, 80GB hard drive, 2 CD drives (one CD and one CD-RW), 3-1/2” floppy drive, stereo speakers, 17” monitor; Microsoft Windows XP Home Ed. (SP3) operating system, Norton Internet Security, 2009 Microsoft Office. Contact Lynn at 934-6514.

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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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