The Yellow Sheet for April 9

April 9, 2009 | Volume 41, Number 27

Volume 41, Number 27

News & Announcements

Upcoming Holidays... Good Friday - Friday, April 10, 2009; Memorial Day - Monday, May 25, 2009; Fourth of July - Friday, July 3, 2009.

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, April 10 - NO SERVICES (Easter Break)
  • Sunday, April 12 - NO SERVICES (Easter Break)
  • Monday, April 13 - NO SERVICES (Easter Break)
  • Tuesday, April 14 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Wednesday, April 15 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, April 16 - Carl Rabbe (senior student)
  • Friday, April 17 - Stillwater High School Choir

Race and Identity in the 2008 Presidential Election... Kate Wittenstein (history) will deliver a talk for the Continuing Education program on Tuesday, April 14, 7-8 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Her talk examines the success of President Obama's "transracial" politics as an electoral strategy and explores the potential impact of such a strategy on Black politics and racial identity in the post-2008 period. Cost is $9 for the public; however, Gustavus faculty, staff, and students are admitted without charge.

Faculty Shop Talk... Brandy Russell (chemistry) will present the next Faculty Shop Talk of the 2008-09 academic year. Her talk, titled "Molecular origami: Stories of protein folding," will be presented on Friday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Celebrating Cancer Survivors... Cancer does not discriminate and knows no boundaries—Relay for Life is your chance to fight back! Join hundreds of Gustavus students and staff for the sixth annual Relay for Life on Friday evening, April 17, in Lund Center. Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event (7 p.m.-7 a.m.) designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer, and empower individuals to fight back against this disease.
     During the Relay, teams will gather to take turns walking laps and to stand in solidarity with those fighting cancer. Each team will have at least one member walking on the track at all times. The evening will also feature performances by the Gustavus Choir, Lineus Comedy Troupe, the Gustavus Dance Company, Gustavus Dance Team, and several other student bands and ensembles. There will be a number of special activities throughout the night, including team relays, a cookie-eating-contest, and trivia. Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers and winners of activities.
     In 2008 the Gustavus Relay for Life raised over $54,000 for the American Cancer Society ranking first in the Midwest division and fourth in the nation for dollars raised per capita. We are leading colleges our size in our fundraising and involvement with Relay for Life and hope to continue this tradition this year. Stop by Lund Center to see students and staff working together to fight cancer, go to to make a donation, or come walk any time between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. to honor your loved one(s) impacted by cancer.

Watercolor Workshop... There's still time to sign up for "Watercolor Trees," the watercolor painting workshop scheduled for Sunday, April 19, 1-5 p.m. and Monday, April 20, 5-9 p.m. in conjunction with the Linnaeus Symposium (April 22) and led by alumna artist Gail Speckmann '73. The workshop, to be held at the Melva Lind Interpretive Center, is open to anyone with an interest in painting, regardless of actual experience; cost is $50 ($40 for Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum members). Contact Shirley Mellema AT 507-933-6181 for more information or to reserve a place, or visit

Presentation on Traditional Chinese Medicine... On Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Nobel Hall, Room 201, Dr. Hua Zhu, a board-certified, Minnesota-licensed acupuncturist who has practiced for 10 years in the United States, will headline a presentation on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) titled "What's Chi Got to Do With It?" Zhu, a clinical instructor at Northwestern College of Natural Health, will discuss concepts involved in TCM—such as chi, yin and yang, qigong, and the five elements—and will demonstrate acupuncture. She will be joined by Jane Coleman (nursing, emerita), an advanced-practice holistic nurse who recently completed her Ph.D. dissertation on Spring Forest Qigong, an ancient movement and meditation modality used to combat chronic pain. Selected Eastern and Western case studies will be compared and reviewed. The presentation, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Departments of Nursing, Biology, Health and Exercise Science, and Education.

Traditional Pow-wow... Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University, Mankato, will co-host their second annual Traditional Pow-wow (wacipi) on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, in the Swanson Tennis Center (NOTE: This is a change from the previously announced Lund Center Arena.) The event features Native American drumming, dancing, and singing. Crafts and other gift items will be available from vendors. The grand entry of indigenous peoples will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. and will be repeated on Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. The event is open to the public without charge.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Scuba Diving Classes... St. Peter Community and Family Education is offering a scuba diving class on two Sundays, April 19 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Licensed instructor Tom Rogers will teach the basics of scuba diving. Participate in classroom instruction and an underwater dive at the St. Peter High School Pool. The class is aimed at proficient swimmers who are 14 years and older. Bring a sack lunch or plan to dine out. Contact the Community and Family Education office at 934-3048 (ext. 0) for class fees and to register.

Extraordinary People

Kyle Chambers (psychology) and colleagues Melanie Khu, Danit Nitka, and Kris Onishi from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, presented a poster, "The effect of phonotactic regularities on infant word learning," at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Denver, Colo. A PDF copy of the poster can be viewed at

Mimi Gerstbauer (political science and peace studies) has published two journal articles. "The Whole Story of NGO Mandate Change: The Peacebuilding work of World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, and Mennonite Central Committee" will appear in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. "Transnational Peacebuilding: Bringing Salt and Light to Colombia and the United States" will appear in Development and Practice. The latter article focuses on the Sal y Luz partnership between peace sanctuary churches in Colombia and Lutheran communities in the Midwest, including Gustavus Adolphus College. Sal y Luz is a program of Lutheran World Relief.

A manuscript by Daniel Moos (education) was recently accepted for publication in Metacognition in Learning. The manuscript presents findings from a study examining how the use of metacognitive processes mediates the relationship between students' motivation and learning outcomes. Additionally, Moos just received news that two of his papers were accepted for presentation at an international conference in Amsterdam this coming August.

Laura Behling (English) and Mariangela Maguire (academic dean) recently presented on "Leadership Along the Way: Preparing Faculty Leaders through a Faculty Development Program" at the AAC&U Conference on "Shaping Faculty Roles in a Time of Change." This past fall, they also presented “Program Development and Sustainability through On-Campus Partnerships" at the Annual Conference of Professional and Organizational Development (POD), the national faculty development conference.

Mark Bjelland (geography) co-chaired two conference sessions titled "Reflections on the Geography of Religion: Faith, Place, and Space" at the national meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Las Vegas on March 24. His own paper was titled "Congregations and the Geographies of Religious Diversity."

Eric Dugdale (classics) presented a paper, titled "From choreut to chorodidaskalos: when students are left to their own theatrical devices," and served as presider for the Euripides panel at the national Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) conference held in Minneapolis. Yurie Hong (classics) presented her paper, "The Belly of Hesiod and the Womb of Zeus: The Authority of Male Pregnancy in the 'Theogony'," at the same meeting and presided over a panel on Herodotus and Greek historiography. Colleagues Sean Easton, Stewart Flory, Will Freiert, and Mary McHugh also presented and presided at the conference.

Nissa Fell (health service) presented her master's thesis this past week at the National Women's Health Conference in Washington, D.C. Her work, titled "College Males' Knowledge of Oral Contraceptives in a Midwestern University," highlights the limited knowledge young adult males have regarding contraception. Watch for a new program, coming this fall to the Health Service through a federal grant, that will specifically address the longstanding concern of limited contraceptive knowledge for males (and females) on the Gustavus campus. E-mail Fell at for more details.

Kate Knutson (political science) presented a paper titled "Religion, Sex, and the 2008 Presidential Campaign" at the Midwest Political Science Association's annual conference in Chicago.

Amanda Nienow (chemistry) and senior chemistry major Amanda Staker attended the American Chemical Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 21-26. The two presented a poster titled "The photolytic and hydrolytic degradation of imazethapyr," which was based on work completed by senior chemistry major Ryan Espy and Emily Pelton '08.

On Wednesday evening, April 1, Steve Mellema (physics) gave an invited talk titled "Muslims and Non-Muslims Living Together in Western Society" at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The talk was a part of the Islamic Awareness Week sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato Muslim Students' Association.

Haiku by Horst Ludwig ( MLLC) were selected for the January, February, and March issues of Haiku heute (Haiku Today). His haiku also appeared in the haiku section of the Japanese Asahi Shimbun February 6, February 20, and March 6, 2009, and in the Spring issue of Vierteljahresschrift der Deutschen Haiku-Gesellschaft (Quarterly of the German Haiku Society), which also printed a "haibun" (short haiku prose piece) and German versions by him of two Japanese haiku, as well as "Über ein Haiku von Horst Ludwig," a short discussion of one of Ludwig's haiku by Hamburg haiku author Heinrich Kahl. Also, the winter issue of the World Haiku Review included a haiku by Ludwig and a tan-renga (short chain poem) written by Carola Matthiesen (Germany) and him. Recently, he also attended the "Cradle of American Haiku" Festival in Mineral Point, Wis., one session of which centered on teaching haiku in schools and colleges.

Student News

Fifteen junior women are elected in the spring of each year to the Guild of St. Lucia, which was established in 1958 at the College to honor women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College and others. New Guild members announced earlier this week are Bria Aamot, Amara Berthelsen, Katherine DeSantis, Jokotola Edu, Maggie Hansvick, Pauline Jackson, Katelyn Johnson, Susan Kramer, Cathryn Nelson, Hayley O'Connell, Rebekah Schulz, Nina Serratore, Megan Thompson, Hannah Twiton, and Kristen Weller.

The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Wright (music), placed second in the Big Band division of the 42nd annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival on April 3. Four performers—Jonathan Monk, Andrew Haaheim, Erik Mahon, and Tom Oelfke—were singled out for Outstanding Performance awards. The Jazz Lab Band has participated in the festival around six times in the past 19 years and has always placed in the top three, competing this year against groups from St. Olaf, Iowa State University, UW-Superior, and UW-Whitewater, among others. The Jazz Lab Band toured during spring break to Minnesota, Illinois (Chicago) and Wisconsin. The Lab Band's Spring Concert is Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Björling Recital Hall.

The Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team participated in the 32nd  American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) April 4-6 on the University of Akron campus, placing 18th in the nation out of 81 participating schools. Gustavus has now placed in the top 20 three consecutive years. Sophomore Phil Helt became the first Gustavus student to qualify two events for the quarterfinal round. Quarterfinalists (i.e., among the top 24 competitors in each event) were Helt, in Communication Analysis (110 total competitors) and After Dinner Speaking (131 total competitors); senior Tasha Carlson, in Prose Interpretation (155 total competitors); and first-year Chloe Radcliffe, in Program Oral Interpretation (139 total competitors).  

Three students—Annie Berger, Cat Osterhaus, and Amy Knutson—were selected by the Department of Health and Exercise Science to represent Gustavus in the American Association of Health Education's (AAHE) Case Study Competition at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAPHERD) National Convention this year in Tampa. The competition allows teams of three students from a variety of institutions to display their ability to solve problems and communicate a health message. This year, the case study given to the students was to propose a conference program plan to coordinate a two-day conference in Wisconsin aimed at decreasing the rate of fall-related deaths and injuries among the senior population. The Gustavus team created a "virtual conference" in which speakers from all over the world would provide the training and was awarded second place in the nation for their plan. The team was advised by Karl Larson (HES).

New Faces

The following people have recently joined the Gustavus community:

    New Support Staff

  • Mary Miller (Dining Service)

Position Openings

  • Counseling Center director (student services)
  • Donor relations associate (advancement)
  • Director of campus safety (student services)

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

Gustavus Tidbits

Curious Gustavus Connection... Q. What's the connection between Gustavus and the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Championship game played last Monday night?  A. Patrick Moody, who played in the game for North Carolina, is son of Mark Moody, a 1980 Gustavus grad. But that's not all: Isaiah Dahlman, who played in the game for Michigan State, is the son of Nate Dahlman, also a 1980 Gustie grad! (Thanks to Tim Kennedy for supplying that tidbit.) 

To submit items (questions or answers) for consideration in this section, contact Stacia Senne (x6395) or

Funding Opps

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:

  • Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)... The Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program supports research for faculty members of predominately undergraduate institutions through the funding of 1) individual and collaborative research projects, 2) the purchase of shared-use research instrumentation, and 3) Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) for work with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. Please note that Gustavus faculty have secured ROA support to supplement their sabbatical leave salary. All NSF directorates participate in the RUI activity. The specific objectives of the program are to support high-quality faculty/student research; to strengthen the research environment in academic departments that are oriented primarily toward undergraduate instruction; and to promote the integration of research and education. The three RUI programs are described at ( For further information on the RUI program, including deadline for the proposed research area, contact the NSF program director of the research program to which a proposal might be submitted. To locate the appropriate program officer, click on

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 Mankato Free Press printed a front-page story on Wednesday, April 1, about private college enrollment and financial aid. The article focused on Gustavus and Bethany Lutheran College. Mark Anderson was quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story on Gustavus student-athlete Mike DesLauriers on the front page of its Wednesday, April 1 Sports section. DesLauriers and head baseball coach Mike Carroll were quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief about Emily Klein being named MIAC Player of the Week in softball in its Wednesday, April 1, Sports section.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story on Thursday, April 2, about men’s basketball players Jesse Van Sickle, Bobby Johnson, Ryan McPartland, and Sam Paulson and men’s hockey players David Martinson, Josh Swartout, Ross Ring-Jarvi, Matt Lopes, and Mitch Carlson, who all received post-season conference honors.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story on Gustavus student-athlete Rachael Click in its Friday, April 3 Sports section. Click and head softball coach Jeff Annis were quoted in the story.
  • Paula Swiggum (nursing) was quoted in a Sunday, April 5, Mankato Free Press article about nurses being in demand despite layoffs.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story on Sunday, April 5, about the College’s annual "Science Saturday" event. Students Nick Hefty and Ashley Baumann were quoted in the story; student Frida Dannberg was pictured.

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 Easter Break... Thursday, April 9 - 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Good Friday, April 10, through Easter Sunday, April 12 - CLOSED; Monday, April 13 - 8 a.m.-1 a.m.

Lund Center Hours for Easter Break... Thursday, April 9 - 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12 - CLOSED; Monday,  April 13 - 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Dining Service Hours for Easter Break... Thursday, April 9, through Saturday, April 11 - 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, April 12 - 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday, April 13 - Regular hours


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For Rent: One-bedroom, furnished apartment near Swede Park (Minnesota Square). Available after July 1. Suitable for one person only. Call Craig at 934-5878 for more details and/or tour.

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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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