The Yellow Sheet for April 16
Volume 41, Number 28
Volume 41, Number 28
Flexible Benefit Enrollment Meetings... All College employees are invited to attend one of the following flexible benefit enrollment meetings. The College has made medical-plan design changes in addition to changing the levels of medical premium pricing. The Office of Human Resources would like to explain these changes to you and distribute enrollment booklets at the following meetings:
Tuesday, April 28, Heritage Room: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 29, Heritage Room: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., or 2:30 p.m.
We encourage you and your spouse/domestic partner to attend one of the group meetings to ensure that you are informed of the benefit changes for the coming year.
Vacation Donations Being Accepted... Employees who would like to donate vacation hours for a Gustavus employee who will be on an approved FMLA leave and will run out of paid-time benefits should complete and sign a request for transfer of vacation hours available at the Office of Human Resources (x7304).
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 17 - Stillwater (Minn.) High School Choir
- Sunday, April 19 - Chaplain Brian Johnson
- Monday, April 20 - Lauren Fulner, senior student
- Tuesday, April 21 - Asitha Jayawardena, senior student
- Wednesday, April 22 - Morning Praise
- Thursday, April 23 - Shane Claiborne, The Simple Way
- Friday, April 24 - Recognition of Tenured Faculty
Fireside Chat... The April Fireside Chat, on Friday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Interpretive Center, features Tim Kennedy, sports information director, who will be presenting "NCAA Division III Athletics – The Gustavus Model." Learn how and why Gustavus has become one of the premier small college athletic programs in the United States. Bring a lunch or purchase one at the Interpretive Center. For more information, contact Bob at 507-933-7199 or email@example.com.
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 gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.
Relay for Life ... 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. There will be a number of special activities throughout the night, including team relays, a cookie-eating-contest, and performances by the Gustavus Choir, Lineus Comedy Troupe, Gustavus Dance Company, and several other student bands and ensembles. Stop by Lund Center to see students and staff working together to fight cancer, go to relayforlife.org/gustavusadolphus 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.
Jazz Lab Band Presents Home Concert... Following a 10-day concert tour through the Midwest and an appearance at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, the Gustavus Adolphus College Jazz Lab Band will present its home concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The Lab Band, directed by Steve Wright (music), will perform music by jazz giants Thad Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Thelonius Monk, Mike Tomaro, Charles Mingus, Henry Mancini, and Duke Ellington. Their concert also features compositions by Gustavus composers Rick Orpen and Steve Wright. The band's recent tour included performances at the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Conference, Fitzgerald's Jazz Club in Chicago, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, and concert performances in Albany, Chaska, and Eden Prairie, Minn.; Naperville and Wheaton, Ill.; and Sun Prairie, Wis.
Darfur Week... April is Genocide Prevention Month. At Gustavus the campus chapter of STAND, the student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network, is observing "Darfur Week: Protect, Prevent, Prosecute, Remember." To learn more about genocide and to participate in putting a stop to genocide in Darfur, attend these events:
- Monday, April 20 - "Camp Darfur," Eckman Mall, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; A.H. Anderson Social Science Center, 6:30-8 p.m. Featured speakers are Gabriel Stauring and Katie-Jay Scott, directors of Camp Darfur and Stop Genocide Now, and aid workers in refugee camps on the Sudan/Chad border.
- Tuesday, April 21 - Interactive tabling in the Campus Center
- Wednesday, April 22 - Sand and Sorrow documentary and discussion, St. Peter Room, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 23 - All-day fast for Darfur
- Friday, April 24 - Petitions to President Obama, Sen. Klobuchar, and Rep. Walz, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Sunday, April 26: "Day for Darfur: The Faces of Genocide," 1-3 p.m., Minnesota State Capitol Mall, St. Paul. For more information, call the Gustavus Community Service Center at 507-933-6060, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is co-sponsored by the Gustavus STAND chapter; the Gustavus Community Service Center; the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Univ. of Minnesota; STAND and the Genocide Intervention Network-Minnesota; and Campus Progress.
Presentation on Traditional Chinese Medicine... On Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Nobel Hall, Room 201, Dr. Hua Zhu, a board-certified 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 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. The presentation, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Departments of Nursing, Biology, Health and Exercise Science, and Education.
'King's Dream and Obama's Presidency'... The annual Peace Studies-Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 21, in Wallenberg Auditorium. Harry M. Williams, the Laird Bell Professor of History at Carleton College, will speak on the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream and the Obama presidency.
Watercolor Exhibition Opening Reception... A reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center to mark the opening of a watercolor exhibition, "In the Spirit of Trees," featuring "wet-on-wet" works by Gail Speckmann '73. The exhibition has been mounted in conjunction with the 2009 Linnaeus Symposium but will run throughout the year.
'Global Trees'... The 2009 Linnaeus Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22. Featured speakers include Margaret Lowman, Ph.D., adventurer and tropical rainforest canopy biologist, speaking on "Life in the Treetops" at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, and Patrick Hossay, Ph.D., author and political scientist, posing the question, "Can Saving Trees Save Us?" at 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The symposium will also feature a watercolor exhibition by Gail Speckmann '73, arboretum tours, and a video on fair trade. For more information please visit gustavus.edu/arboretum/LinnaeusSymposium.php.
Christian Author-Activist to Speak on Campus... Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and founder of the Philadelphia-based faith community The Simple Way, will speak in Alumni Hall on Thursday, April 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. His address is titled "Another World Is Possible."
Claiborne's ministry experience is varied, ranging from a 10-week stint working alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta to a year spent serving the wealthy mega-congregation of Willow Creek Community Church outside of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President. His visit is sponsored and coordinated by the Center for Vocational Reflection and the Chaplains' Office and is made possible in part by a grant Gustavus received from the Philip N. Knutson Endowment in Lutheran Campus Ministry. For more information about his appearance at Gustavus, contact the Center for Vocational Reflection at 507-933-7169 or go online to gustavus.edu/vocation.
Second Annual Pow-wow... Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University, Mankato, will co-host their second annual Traditional Pow-wow on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, in the Swanson Tennis Center. 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.
Association of Congregations Gathers on Campus... The 22nd annual convention of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations will be held Saturday, April 25. Gustavus will host pastors and delegates from the 539 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations from the state and across the country that are current member congregations of the association. Terence E. Fretheim, Th.D., the Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, will deliver the keynote address, titled “Implications of a God in Relationship,” at 11 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel will feature the Rev. Terry Morehouse as homilist and will include music by the Choir of Christ Chapel and the Christ Chapel Bells. At a noon luncheon, the Rev. Gary F. Anderson will receive the Association’s Covenant Award, given annually to an individual who has made distinctive contributions toward strengthening the partnership between Gustavus and member congregations. The schedule for the day is as follows:
- 8:30 a.m. - Registration and coffee, C. Charles Jackson Campus Center (lower level)
- 9:30 a.m. - Morning Worship, Christ Chapel
- 10:10 a.m. - Welcome and GACAC Business Meeting, Christ Chapel
- 11 a.m. - Keynote Address by Dr. Terence E. Fretheim, Christ Chapel
- Noon - Luncheon, Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union
- 1:10 p.m. - Workshops, Campus Center Banquet Rooms
- 3 p.m. - Closing Reception, O.J. Johnson Student Union foyer
Linnaeus Arboretum Bird Hike... On Saturday, April 25, 9-10:30 a.m., join Gustavus naturalist Bob “the Birdman” Dunlap for a bird hike in the arboretum. Mid- to late April is an exciting time for birding in Minnesota. Ducks, geese, and swans are still moving through the state on their northward migration while other new arrivals, such as brown thrashers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and white-throated sparrows, are just beginning their journey north. Bob will teach you how to identify birds not only by sight but by sound as well. During spring migration, every new day brings a surprise. What will it be April 25? Bring your binoculars and come to the Linnaeus Arboretum to find out! As with other Continuing Education events, there is a fee ($9) for the general public; however, Gustavus faculty, staff, and students may participate without charge.
MAYDAY! Preview... As a pre-MAYDAY! event, a 90-minute documentary titled The Tank Man will be shown Tuesday, April 28, starting at 7 p.m. in Olin 103. The film focuses on a solitary, unarmed protester who, on June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers watching nearby, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the fight for freedom around the world. Veteran filmmaker Antony Thomas investigates the mystery of the "tank man"—his identity, his fate, and his significance for the Chinese leadership. The search for the tank man reveals China's startling social compact—its embrace of capitalism while dissent is squashed—designed to stifle the nationwide unrest of 1989. This policy has allowed educated elites and entrepreneurs to profit handsomely while the majority of Chinese still face brutal working conditions and low wages, and all Chinese must endure strict political and social controls. Some of these controls regulate speech on the Internet—and have generated criticism over the involvement of major U.S. corporations such as Yahoo!, Cisco, Microsoft, and Google. The screening is open to the public without charge.
And MAYDAY! Itself... “Tiananmen + 20 Years” is the topic of the College's 29th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference, to be held Wednesday, April 29. Andrew Nathan, a professor of political science at Columbia University and a leading expert on Chinese affairs and politics, opens the daylong conference at 10 a.m. in Christ Chapel. The afternoon keynote speaker is Yang Jianli, a human rights activist and participant in the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. His talk and the closing ceremony will also be hosted in Christ Chapel. Conference organizers are planning several topic-related workshops, a Democracy Wall, a film festival, and other social-action activities. The conference, an annual event designed to educate the campus community and beyond about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice, is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communication at Gustavus (call 507-933-7520 or e-mail email@example.com).
'Friends of Bill Holm' Broadcast... The Minnesota Public Radio presentation of "Friends of Bill Holm" will be broadcast at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, on all Minnesota Public Radio stations. The broadcast is the audio of the MPR-sponsored tribute to the late Gustavus grad and SMSU English professor that was held on April 14 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.
"Friends of Bill Holm" features authors Robert Bly and Jim Harrison and is hosted by Fred Child, host of American Public Media’s Performance Today. Dan Chouinard and Bill Chouinard, along with a special appearance by soprano Maria Jette, will pull together a variety of musical elements that Holm would have enjoyed. Presenters include:
- Poet and translator Robert Bly, who was Holm’s mentor and close friend.
- Jim Harrison, Holm’s longtime friend, sounding board, and dining companion, who is a novelist, essayist, poet, screen writer, and food writer.
- Emilie Buchwald, publisher of Milkweed Editions from 1979 to 2003 and Bill’s publisher/editor for more than 25 years.
- Phebe Hanson, a poet who toured the state with Holm in the 1970s as part of the Minnesota Poetry Out Loud series sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board.
- Jim Lenfestey, Holm’s good friend who has worked in academia, advertising, and journalism.
- John Calvin Rezmerski (English, emeritus), poet laureate of the League of Minnesota Poets who taught creative writing and journalism at Gustavus for more than 30 years.
- Bart Sutter, the only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories.
- Ross Sutter, Bart’s brother, who will perform Bill’s work musically.
Fish Frye at the Arts Center... The Arts Center of Saint Peter will present an intimate, live performance from Fish Frye (not the food, the band) on Friday, April 24. The one-of-a-kind concert features the original songwriting of duo Joe Tougas and Ann Fee, who have been performing together since 2003. This live recording show features a standout menu of eclectic pop, old country, and fresh originals. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for Arts Center members, $10 for adult general admission, and $5 for students and are available at the door. Tickets are first-come, first-serve, so be sure to get there early. For more information on the band check out: www.myspace.com/mankatofishfrye or www.fishfrye.com.
Play Bingo for Breast Cancer Research... On Saturday, April 25, the St. Peter Red Men Club (412 So. 3rd St.) will host a bingo benefit with proceeds donated to the Susan G. Komen Mother's Day Race for the Cure. $1 per card (must be 18 to play). $1 for munchies. The event is sponsored by Candy Witte (Dining Service), friends, and family.
Medical Expense Benefit... A benefit hog roast and silent auction will be held at the Morson-Ario VFW Post 9713 in Mankato (1900 Riverfront Dr.) on Saturday, April 25, noon-4 p.m., to assist with medical expenses for Carter Klause, son of Leon and Angie Klause, who was diagnosed with AML leukemia in November 2008. Tickets are $10 each; matching funds will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Cash donations may be mailed to First National Bank of St. Peter (226 Nassau), in care of Carter Klause.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour... The Continuing Education program invites you to join Bob Douglas (geography) for a walk through historic downtown St. Peter on Tuesday, April 28, 5-7:30p.m. Visit some of Saint Peter’s oldest buildings and learn the stories behind them. The tour will begin at the old steamboat landing (at the "Pearly Gates" near the Minnesota Hwy. 99 bridge and Chamber of Commerce building) and will end at Richard's Restaurant in the historic Konsbruck Hotel. Enjoy the ambiance and historic charm of the fully renovated 1901 Richard’s Restaurant. Stay for dinner (at your own expense) and enjoy the season's new array of delicious appetizers, entrées, and desserts. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rain gear as needed. Cost is $10, but there is no charge to Gustavus faculty, staff, and students.
Pamela Kittelson (biology) and seven biology alumni—Christopher Pinahs '06, Joshua Dwyer '05, Angela Ingersoll '05, Elaine Mans Clinton '06, Jennifer Rieke Groehler '06, Brady Rutman '06, and Matthew Volenec '05—published a paper in the April issue of American Midland Naturalist titled "Age Structure and Genetic Diversity of Four Quercus macrocarpa (Bur Oak) Populations in Fragmented Oak Savanna along the Central Minnesota River Valley." They found that local oak populations have few middle-aged individuals and that younger individuals are less genetically diverse. However, they also found evidence that active restoration that re-introduces fire and reduces grazing has potential to enhance oak regeneration and genetic diversity.
Lisa Heldke (philosophy) presented a paper, titled "Cultivating Cosmic Patriotism by Cultivating Cosmos: Urban Gardening and the Creation of Community," at the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, in College Station, Texas.
Douglas Nimmo (music) and Craig Kirchhoff, professor of music at the University of Minnesota,Minneapolis, are working on a collaborative sabbatical project, studying the instrumental conducting program at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. (The program at SA is considered to be one of the finest in the world.) Early in the semester, Nimmo and Kirchhoff were in residence at the Sibelius Academy, where they observed classes, interviewed faculty, administrators, and students, and attended concerts. They returned with more than 40 hours of digital video and are now heavily engaged in reviewing and editing the video for use in instrumental conducting classes and professional presentations. In addition, they served as consultants to the student conductors while in residence.
Baker Lawley and Rebecca Fremo (both English) presented papers at the Minnesota Colleges and Universities English Discipline Conference on Saturday, April 4, at the University of Minnesota Conference Center in St. Paul. Their panel was titled "Cross Disciplinary Possibilities: Helping English Majors Analyze 'Our' Conventions."
Lynn Boehne (admission) moderated a panel titled "The Paperless Chase: Imaging in the Admission Office" at the Datatel User Group conference in Washington, D.C., on April 7. She also presented a poster session on "Those Darn Dupes."
- Head men's tennis coach (athletics)
For more information on the aforementioned position(s), call human resources (x7304).
Speaking in Communities... Darrell Jodock (religion) will give three lectures on the topic "Theology of Creation in an Age of Darwinian Science" at the Cedar Valley Northern Iowa Forum in Charles City, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 21. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.
Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Chisago Lakes Lutheran Church from Center City, Minn., from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. Church Relations will also host a retreat for Saint Paul Lutheran Church from Wyoming, Minn., on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, and will host day retreats for Messiah Lutheran Church from North Mankato and Vasa Lutheran Church from Welch, Minn., this Saturday, April 18.
Gustavus Youth Outreach... Upcoming GYO trips include overnight retreats to American Lutheran Church in Worthington, Minn., and American Lutheran Church in Gaylord, Minn., this Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18. This program, coordinated by the Office of Church Relations, involves student teams that develop relational youth ministry programs in congregations, including family night programs and youth-group lock-ins.
Music in Worship... Any Gustavus music ensemble or soloist is welcome to perform in congregations. For more information, contact Marilyn Beyer (x7001).
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations' weekly program or funding opportunity highlight:
- Research Publication Grants... The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers eight-week Summer/Short-term Research Publication Grants for women college faculty to prepare research for publication. The award is $6,000. Applicants must have received their doctorates by the application deadline of November 15, 2008, and may be tenure-track, part-time, or temporary faculty. This grant program is intended for faculty who have not yet established strong publishing records. For more information, please see the third bulleted item at http://www.aauw.org/fga/fellowships_grants/american.cfm. Note that the website will have updated applications sometime this summer.
For more information on grants or proposal preparation, contact Bob Weisenfeld in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (x7049 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are some noteworthy Gustavus-related stories that recently appeared in print or broadcast media locally, regionally, or around the nation:
- KEYC-TV ran a story about two Holocaust survivors who spoke at Gustavus on its Tuesday, April 7, newscast.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief about two Holocaust survivors speaking at Gustavus on the front page of its Tuesday, April 7, Currents section.
- The St. Paul Pioneer Press mentioned Gustavus and John Rezmerski (English, emeritus) in a Tuesday, April 7, story about the Bill Holm memorial scheduled for April 14.
- The Lake Region Times in Madison Lake, Minn., printed a story about the Gustavus triathlon that will benefit Insulindependence in its Wednesday, April 8, edition.
- The St. Peter Herald printed a story about the MAYDAY! Peace Conference in its Thursday, April 9, edition.
- The St. Peter Herald printed a feature story on Jim Dontje (Johnson Center)and solar energy in its special Home and Garden section on Thursday, April 9. Dontje is quoted in the story.
- The St. Peter Herald printed a story about the Nobel Conference in its Thursday, April 9, edition.
- The St. Peter Herald printed news briefs about the GACAC Convention and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band in its Thursday, April 9, edition.
- The St. Peter Herald printed a feature story on softball player Raquel Davis in its Thursday, April 9, Sports section. Davis is quoted in the story.
- The St. Peter Herald printed a story about softball players Emily Klein and Betsie Collins earning Player of the Week honors from the MIAC in its Thursday, April 9, Sports section.
- The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the new Reading in Common book on Friday, April 10. Megan Ruble (student activities) was quoted in 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 email@example.com).
Situation Wanted: Former adjunct professor seeking a house to house-sit during the academic year 2009-10. Woman with two children; very responsible. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missing: The Community Service Center is missing their dry-erase easel. The brand is Quartet. The easel is silver and dark gray. If you have seen it, please call x6060 and we will come pick it up!
Lake Home for Rent: A two-bedroom home on Lake Washington is available for lease to a Gustavus staff member for the 2009-10 academic year. The lease is $800 per month. Heat, electricity, cable TV, refuse, washer/dryer, storage space, and insulated garage are all included in lease price, as well as many other amenities. Available as partly or totally furnished. E-mail email@example.com or call 952-758-3430.
"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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