The Yellow Sheet for March 19

Volume 41, Number 25

Volume 41, Number 25

News & Announcements

Residential Life Seeks Head Residents... Head Residents are an integral part of the educational experience at Gustavus Adolphus College. They are live-in, salaried faculty or staff who are charged with actively creating and sustaining living environments conducive to the learning, growth, and development of students. To be considered for the Head Resident position, candidates must submit an application letter, resume, a letter of support from their department or office head including a completed Head Resident Reference Form (found in Residential Life Office), and names and contact information of three references. Applications are due on or before March 30. Interviews will begin during the week of March 30. For more information, contact the Residential Life Office at x7529.

Spring Break Parking... If you are leaving your vehicle on campus during Spring Break, you MUST park in the CAMPUS DRIVE LOT (gravel lot), north of Southwest Hall. If that lot fills up, park in the BJORLING LOT (gravel lot) west of the Music building. Any vehicle not moved to one of these two locations during Spring Break will be subject to towing at the owner's expense. 

Parking Lots to Be Closed for Cleaning... The listed parking lots will be closed for overnight cleaning according to the following schedule. Vehicles parked in these locations during cleaning hours will be towed at the owner's expense. Questions? Contact Safety & Security at x8888.

Lots CLOSED from 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, until Wednesday, March 25, at 4 a.m.
•    Norelius Lot (Green section)
•    Norelius Lot (Red section)
•    Arboretum Lot (between Fine Arts/Interpretive Center)
•    Sorensen Lot (west of North/Gibbs/Sorensen)

Lots CLOSED from 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, until Thursday, March 26, at 4 a.m.
•    Visitor Lot (north of Campus Center)
•    Lund Lot (south of Lund Center)
•    Olin Lot (south of Olin / International Center)
•    Uhler Lot
•    Swanson Tennis Center Lot
•    Chapel Circle  (west of Christ Chapel)
•    Stadium Lot

Lots CLOSED from 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, until Friday, March 27, at 4 a.m.
•    Nobel Lot (west of Nobel)
•    Heating Plant Lot (east of Heating Plant)
•    Rundstrom Lot
•    Wahlstrom Lot
•    College View Lot
•    Bjorling Lot (west of Bjorling/south of Prairie View)
•    Arbor View Apartments Lot
•    Pittman Lot

Newsletter Reminder... The YS will not be published next week (Thursday, March 26) during Spring Break. Publication will resume on April 2, with a redesigned format.

Mental Health Forum... Join the League of Women Voters for a forum on mental health 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 20 - TBA
  • Sunday, March 22-Sunday, March 29 - NO SERVICES (Spring Break)
  • Monday, March 30 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
  • Tuesday, March 31 - Mary Solberg (religion)
  • Wednesday, April 1 - Lenten Morning Prayer
  • Thursday, April 2 - TBA
  • Friday, April 3 - TBA

WCW Awards Dinner... The St. Peter Area Women Celebrating Women (WCW) will hold their sixth annual award dinner on Tuesday, March 31, in the Jackson Campus Center Banquet Rooms, with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner following at 6:30 p.m. An award presentation at 8:15 p.m. will recognize a local woman for her outstanding service, professional accomplishments, and leadership. The event's theme is "Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet," and the featured speakers are Sr. Kay and Sr. Annette Fernholtz, SSND, Earthrise Farm. The cost is $20; reservations are required. To reserve a place, call St. Peter Community Education (934-3048) or visit before March 25. The award dinner is sponsored by the St. Peter Herald, the St. Peter Area Chamber of Commerce, and St. Peter Community Education.

Poet to Read... The Department of English is pleased to present poet and editor Patricia Kirkpatrick, reading from her book, Century's Road (Holy Cow! Press), and talking about her work. Her reading will take place in the Interpretive Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. Kirkpatrick teaches in the MFA program at Hamline University where she is also poetry editor for Water~Stone Review. Her interviews with notable poets, including Adrienne Rich, Brenda Hillman, Lucille Clifton, Li-Young Lee, Eavan Boland, and Sharon Olds, have been published widely. This event is free and open to the public. Come and enjoy poems that Jane Hirshfield says are filled with "unsentimental tenderness."

Youth Sustainability Confabulation... If you are college student, teenager, young farmer, aspiring farmer, or just a regular person under the age of 35 who wants to shape your own future, you are invited to attend the Youth Sustainability Confabulation (YSC) on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Jackson Campus Center)
     YSC is a youth-driven event sponsored by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota* and the Gustavus Community Service Center that brings together young people from across the state to discuss important issues surrounding sustainable food, farming, energy, and the environment. Among the goals of the Confab are to create a forum to amplify the voice of youth and to identify and promote youth leadership aspirations and ability. The YSC also wants to connect you with other concerned young adults who may share your world view, but who also bring their own unique perspective to the Confab.
     At the Confab, a World Café setting will guide you through rotating informal small group discussions. You will have the chance to discuss a wide range of sustainability issues, along with the forces that are driving change in the world today. There will also be a panel discussion featuring youthful speakers who are knowledgeable about sustainable agriculture, sustainable design/architecture, renewable and alternative energy, policy, and local foods. The awards ceremony for Youth Sustainability Writing Competition will be held and all winning entries will be read.
     This event is free to all and pre-registration is not required. Lunch will be on your own in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. For more detailed information visit or contact Anne with SFA at or 320-226-6318. You can also visit the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota on Facebook.
     *The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFA) is a non-profit organization with a wide range of farmer and non-farmer members across Minnesota. It supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through innovation, demonstration, education, and farmer-to-farmer networking. SFA is also working to develop and expand on-campus and on-farm experiential learning opportunities in sustainable agriculture for college-age youth.

Speaker Encourages Dialogue on Depression and Suicide... The Peer Assistants and the Counseling Center are bringing Ross Szabo to campus on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Szabo has been encouraging college students to open dialogue about depression and suicide for years with his presentation, "What Happy Faces Are Hiding." Diagnosed bipolar at age 16, Ross has learned first-hand about the intricacies of mental disorders. The program focuses specifically on mental health, and how the societal stereotypes can lead to increased loneliness, isolation, and suicide. Ross uses tasteful humor and insights to help participants understand common mental health conditions and individual differences. He also covers warning signs that students can look for in their friends and peers, as well as resources that can provide guidance in these sensitive situations.

Potter on Campus... Mike Helke, an award-winning potter, will be on campus on Tuesday, April 14, from 1:30 to 4:20 p.m. All are welcome to come to the Art Wing of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center to watch him create his work on the wheel.

Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture... On Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Wallenberg Auditorium, Harry Williams, Laird Bell Professor of History at Carleton College, will present the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture. Williams will speak of the legacy and dream of Dr. King in relation to the Obama presidency. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

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). 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.

Extraordinary People

Denis Crnkovic (MLLC) has been accepted to the NEH Summer Seminar "The Reformation of the Book," to  be held in Antwerp and at Oxford this upcoming June and July. This is a direct result of his leave projects.

Tom Huber (physics) has been awarded a grant of nearly $220,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will allow him and two Gustavus students to study ultrasound excitation of microcantilevers during the next three summers. Huber has been working with a group from the Mayo Clinic during the past four years to develop an ultrasonic technique for vibrating small objects such as microcantilevers. By using two ultrasound beams focused onto the microcantilever, they can vibrate it without any physical contact. Compared to conventional techniques, this ultrasound excitation method may offer significant increases in resolution and improve the sensitivity for mass sensing. Huber and his students will be working on campus, as well as traveling to the Mayo Clinic and Purdue University, where the microcantilever samples are being fabricated.


  • Russ Stevensen, husband of Pat Stevensen (telecommunications) died on March 17. Visitation has been scheduled for Friday, March 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 21, for one hour before the funeral at 11 a.m. at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Nicollet.

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.

Congregational Outreach

Partners in Education... Presenters scheduled for this week include Darrell Jodock (religion), who will be giving a talk at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato, Minn., this Sunday, March 22. 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... This 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 Scandian Grove Lutheran Church from Norseland, Minn., this Sunday, March 22.

Student Visits... The Office of Church Relations and the Office of Admissions will host a student visit for Bethany Lutheran Church from Denver, Colo., Sunday, March 29.

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:

  • Artist Residencies Available... The Yaddo Mansion artists' community offers residencies in Saratoga Springs, New York, to creative artists including highly qualified writers, visual artists, composers, choreographers, performance artists, filmmakers, and video artists. Residencies vary in length from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio. Limited funds are available for travel expenses or equipment rental. Separate funds are available to provide financial aid for writers. Deadlines are August 1, 2009, for residencies taking place anytime from late October 2009 to May 2010; and January 1, 2010, for residencies taking place anytime from mid-May 2010 to February 2011. For more information, 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:

  • The Star Tribune printed a feature story about women’s hockey coach Mike Carroll and the women’s hockey team on the front page of its Tuesday, March 10, Sports section. Carroll and students Melissa Mackley and Jenny Pusch were quoted in the story.
  • The St. Cloud Times printed a story on Tuesday, March 10, about the Gustavus Choir’s upcoming performance at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about Shane Claiborne’s speaking appearance on campus in its Wednesday, March 11, Valley section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about Tom Huber (physics) receiving a $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in its Thursday, March 12, Valley section.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press posted a story on its website about Tom Huber receiving a $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation on Thursday, March 12.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed news briefs about the Physics Department’s Society of Physics Students being selected as an Outstanding Chapter, Gustavus Greeks' food drive, and a visit to campus by author Geoff Herbach in its Thursday, March 12, edition.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a color photo of the men’s and women’s track and field teams reading the St. Peter Herald in Barbados.
  • The Star Tribune printed an article about the latest exhibition in the Hillstrom Museum of Art in its Friday, March 13, Variety section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the Gustavus spring dance show on the front page of its Friday, March 13, Currents section.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story about women’s hockey player Melissa Mackley on the front page of its Saturday, March 14, Sports section. Mackley and head coach Mike Carroll were quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about the "Building Bridges" Conference on its Saturday, March 14, newscasts. Senior Rita Stevermer, one of the conference chairs, was interviewed for the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the "Building Bridges" Conference on Sunday, March 15. The article quoted keynote speakers Erin Gruwell and Maria Reyes along with Gustavus student and conference co-chair Alli Linn.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press printed a blurb about Tom Huber receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation in an Education Notes story on Sunday, March 15.
  • The Superior Telegram printed a story about the men’s hockey team’s 2-0 victory over UW-Superior in its Sunday, March 15, Sports section.
  • The Duluth News-Tribune printed a story about the men’s hockey team’s 2-0 victory over UW-Superior in its Sunday, March 15, Sports section.
  • The St. Paul Legal Ledger featured Gustavus alumnus and state representative Kory Kath in a Monday, March 16, story. Kath and Richard Leitch (political science) are quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about new construction and building improvements at the College over the past two years in its Progress 2009 section about education on Monday, March 16. Al Molde (athletics) was quoted in the article regarding the new football stadium.

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 Spring Break... Friday, March 20 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22 - CLOSED; Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, March 28 - CLOSED; Sunday, March 29 - 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Spring Break Building Hours... All academic buildings will be locked at 6 p.m. Friday, March 20, and will remain locked until 6 a.m. Sunday, March 29. Students requiring access to academic buildings during this period will need to have a "Permission for Admittance Card" issued by a faculty or staff member. Additional cards can be requested from Lisa Octigan (safety & security). Administrative buildings will close on Friday, March 20, at 6 p.m. and
will reopen for normal business hours Monday, March 23. If the closing schedule conflicts with programming needs, please contact Lisa Octigan (x8809) or Safety and Security to make the necessary changes.


House for Rent: 318 Myrtle, within a block of grocery store and walking distance to Gustavus. Lease runs June 4, 2009-May 31, 2010. 5-bedroom, 2-bath, w/ full laundry, 1-car detached garage. Call or e-mail for more details. Scott or Sarah Moe, 507-779-9251,

"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.



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