The Yellow Sheet for March 12

March 12, 2009 | Volume 41, Number 24

Volume 41, Number 24

News & Announcements

Creative Inquiry Submissions Due by March 18... The deadline for student submissions for the second annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry is Wednesday, March 18. This is a great showcase for student research, scholarship, and creativity that will be held on May 1. The submission form is available at the Kendall Center website. Students need to have a faculty sponsor. In April there will be workshops for students who aren't quite sure what a poster should look like or how to put one together for a particular project.

Peace Studies Scholarship Information Night... On Monday, March 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m., an information session on the College's Peace Studies scholarships will be held in the Three Crowns Banquet Room. This past year's scholarship recipients—students Asitha Jayawardena, Geoffrey Alexander, and Gilles Ouedraogo—will share of their experiences in South Africa and Namibia, Peru, and India, respectively. Information and applications will also be available for the 2009-10 Peace Studies scholarships.

Newsletter Publication Reminder... The YS (aka Inside Gustavus) will not be published on March 26, during Spring Break. The next issue after next week's (March 19) will be posted on April 2. Those wishing to announce any events or activities occurring between March 20 and April 2 will need to submit them by March 17 so they may be listed in the newsletter posted on March 19.

Volunteer to Help at the Special Olympics... Volunteers are still needed to help at the Spring Special Olympics on Saturday, March 14, at Mankato East High School. Volunteers will serve as referees, timers, and assistants at the swimming and basketball events. Shifts are from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from noon to 4 p.m. Call or e-mail Jackie Pemble (386-5673 or to volunteer or for more information.

Mental Health Forum... The public is invited to join the League of Women Voters for a forum on mental health, scheduled for Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. Panelists from Sioux Trails Mental Health Center, Counseling Services of Southern Minnesota, and Nicollet County Social Services will discuss the delivery of mental health services in south-central Minnesota. The meeting will focus on funding, access, and the mission of private and public agencies. For further information, contact Helen Baumgartner (music, emerita) at 507-931-3051.

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, March 13 - "Building Bridges": Sarah Halberg and Vwaire Orhurhu
  • Sunday, March 15 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, March 16 - Vicar Peter Bauck
  • Tuesday, March 17 - Ellen Ruiters '97
  • Wednesday, March 18 - Lenten Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, March 19 - Healing Service
  • Friday, March 20 - TBA

'Building Bridges' This Saturday... The 14th annual "Building Bridges" Conference opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, in Christ Chapel. The conference, whose theme is "Liberation through Education," will focus on educational inequality in the U.S. and abroad and the important influence an education has on an individual's future. Erin Gruwell, the real-life hero portrayed in the 2007 film Freedom Writers, and Maria Reyes, one of Gruwell's first students and an original Freedom Writer, are the keynote speakers. Workshop sessions are scheduled for the afternoon. The conference is open to the public, but tickets are required; they are $8 per person, but are complimentary for college students, high school students, and Gustavus students, faculty, and staff with a valid I.D. For more information and to register, visit the conference website at or contact the Gustavus Diversity Center at 507-933-7449.

Dance Company Reveals 'Range of Motion'... The Department of Theatre and Dance presents its 2009 Spring Dance Concert, Range of Motion, in Anderson Theatre March 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and March 15 at 2 p.m. The Gustavus Dance Company will perform a diverse assortment of works by Gustavus faculty members and guest artist Charlotte Adams, professor at the University of Iowa. Tickets are available through the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-933-7590): $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for Gustavus students and staff.

Artist Series Brings Ying Quartet to Campus... The Ying Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, comes to Gustavus Saturday, March 14, through the auspices of the Gustavus Artist Series. The quartet's performance, "A Dim Sum Evening," combines traditional Western string quartet repertoire and contemporary Chinese works in one concert. The performance begins at 8 p.m.; tickets may be ordered by calling the Gustavus Ticket Center at 507-933-7590 or may be purchased at the door one hour prior to the concert.
     Now in their second decade as a quartet, the Yings, four siblings from Chicago, have established themselves as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in their tours across the United States and abroad. They first came to professional prominence in the early 1990s during their years as resident quartet of Jesup, Iowa. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, they played before audiences of 6 to 600, honing their philosophy that concert music and creative endeavor should be meaningful parts of everyday community life.
      The Ying Quartet's recordings reflect the siblings' wide-ranging musical interests. Their 2007 Telarc release of the three Tchaikovsky Quartets and the Souvenir de Florence was nominated for a Grammy Award. In addition, their much-heralded collaboration with the Turtle Island Quartet, Four + 4, explored the common ground between the classic string quartet tradition and jazz and other American vernacular styles and won a Grammy Award in 2005. Dim Sum (Telarc) is the Yings' most recent recording, featuring music by Chinese-American composers that merges the Western string quartet with the aural world of traditional Chinese music. Their concert and residency is part of the College's 2008-09 Global Insight program.

Guest Conductor Leads Wind Orchestras... The Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras welcome interim conductor James Patrick Miller for a concert in Christ Chapel, Sunday, March 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Miller, originally from Winona, Minn., is serving as visiting instructor at Gustavus and is conducting the wind orchestras while Douglas Nimmo is on sabbatical leave. Miller and the Vasa Wind Orchestra will open Sunday's program, performing works by Vaughan Williams, Maslanka, and de Meij. The Gustavus Wind Orchestra follows with music by Mahr, Bach, Husa, and Ives. Miller then brings the Vasa Wind Orchestra back to the stage to perform two works with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, starting with Tschesnokoff's Salvation is Created. The finale to the concert will include Christ Chapel Organist David Fienen and both wind orchestras in a performance of Richard Strauss' Konigsmarsch. Sunday's performance is free and open to the public.

Book Talk... The Continuing Education program invites you to meet Chaska author Jan Dunlap, author of The Boreal Owl Murder, and hear about her inspirations for writing the novel as well as future installments of this fledgling series. She will be on campus on Monday, March 16, 7-8 p.m. in the Lind Interpretive Center. Cost for the program is $9 for the general public, but Gustavus faculty, staff, and students are admitted without charge.

Chair Massages Offered... Employees can enjoy a 17-minute chair massage on Friday, March 20, in the Library Preview Rooms 1 and 2. GHP will be picking up $5 of the cost of the chair massage, so the cost per employee is only $10! Appointments will be spaced every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.; community member must sign up to participate. To reserve your spot, all you need to do is prepay $10 (checks can be made out to Gustavus) and call Kari Eckheart (x6416) for your massage time. Future "massage days" are scheduled for April 17 and May 15.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

New Exhibition at Arts Center of Saint Peter... Opening Friday, March 13, at the Arts Center of Saint Peter (315 S. Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter) is "Signified Notions," an exhibition featuring the recent work of graphic artist Matthew Willemsen. The exhibition will be hosted in the Moline Gallery and will run through April 26. An opening reception will be held at the Arts Center March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.; the event is free and open to the public.
     New to the St. Peter arts scene, Matthew Willemsen earned his MFA in 2000 from the University of Iowa and is now an assistant professor of art in graphic design at the Minnesota State University, Mankato. His recent work focuses on brand characteristics and how these create notions of the value of products, services, and even individuals. "Inspired by the ubiquitous and sometimes pervasive nature of visual communication, I am compelled to explore the perceptions that brands create for themselves."
     Gallery hours at the Arts Center of Saint Peter are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 1-8 p.m. on Thursdays (closed on Mondays). For more information, contact David Goldstein, executive director, at 507-931-3630 or visit the center's website at

Gregorian Singers at First Lutheran... The Gregorian Singers, a choral ensemble from the Twin Cities, will present a “Candlelight Concert Spirituel” at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at First Lutheran Church (1114 W. Traverse Road in Saint Peter). Directed by Monte Mason, the choir will sing a cappella works by Elizabethan and Baroque English composers, and sacred oratorios with period instruments by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Each half of the program will feature an organ solo on the Hendrickson tracker instrument in the nave. This Music for Missions concert is free; however, all free-will donations will benefit the St. Peter Area Food Shelf 100 percent (suggested donation is $10). More information about this concert may be found at or by calling First Lutheran at 507-934-3060.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... The Rev. Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will be giving his talk, "Observing the Speed Limit of Life." at 10 a.m. at Woodlake Lutheran Church in Richfield, Minn., Sunday, March 15. 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.

Retreats... The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Retreat Center, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, will host a retreat for St. James Lutheran Church of Burnsville, Minn., Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14. The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Faith and Our Savior's Lutheran Churches from Madelia, Minn., on Saturday, March 14. Church Relations will also host a retreat for Elim Lutheran Church of Robbinsdale, Minn., Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15; this student retreat will include programming provided by Gustavus Youth Outreach.

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 Distinguished Chairs Program... Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record. Awards provide the opportunity to lecture and/or do research in 12 European countries, 2 South American countries, Russia, Canada, and Australia. Grants are available from 3 to 12 months and vary by country or regional program and type of award. The deadline is August 1. For more information, please see

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:

  • Severed Ties and Silenced Voices, a recent book by Roger McKnight (Scandinavian studies, emeritus) on the fate of two Swedish immigrant families in the 1870s in Watonwan County, was the subject of a two-page feature and review on Feb. 14 in the Säffle-Tidningen, a newspaper published in the Swedish town of Säffle, in southwestern Värmland.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about Gustavus’s participation in the Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge on its Monday, March 2, newscasts. Jim Dontje (Johnson Center) was interviewed for the story.
  • posted a story about the Gustavus women’s hockey team on Tuesday, March 3. Head coach Mike Carroll and students Danielle Justice and Emily Klatt were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the women’s hockey team in its Wednesday, March 4, Sports section. Head coach Mike Carroll was quoted in the story.
  • posted a story about Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak’s speaking appearance at Gustavus on Wednesday, March 4.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about the women's and men's hockey teams winning the MIAC Playoff Championships on its Wednesday, March 4, newscasts.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press printed a story about the Gustavus men's and women's hockey teams winning the MIAC Playoff Championships in its Thursday, March 5, Sports section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the men's and women's hockey teams winning the MIAC Playoff Championships in its Thursday, March 5, Sports section.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story about the Department of Theatre and Dance's Spring Dance Concert in its Thursday, March 5, edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Friday, March 6 about area colleges warning students about spring break travel to Mexico. The story quoted an e-mail that was sent to Gustavus students by the Dean of Students' Office.
  • The Star Tribune printed an opinion piece by Chuck Niederriter (physics) in its Sunday, March 8, Opinion Exchange section. The article included three paragraphs about the Nobel Conference.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's speaking appearance at Gustavus on its Sunday, March 8, newscasts.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief about Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak's speaking appearance at Gustavus on the front page of its Monday, March 9, Currents section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about available health-care jobs in its Monday, March 9, Progress section. The Gustavus Department of Nursing was mentioned in the article.
  • The ABC, NBC, and FOX television affiliates in the Duluth/Superior market all ran stories that mentioned the Gustavus men's hockey team on Monday, March 9, 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


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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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