The Yellow Sheet for May 7

May 7, 2009 | Volume 41, Number 31

Volume 41, Number 31

News & Announcements

Benefit Enrollment Reminder... Benefit enrollment forms are due in the Office of Human Resources on Friday, May 8.

Reserve Your Place for the Service Awards Dinner... The annual Faculty and Administrator Service Awards dinner will be held on Thursday, May 21, in Alumni Hall, beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The College and the Gustavus Alumni Association will recognize 2009 retirees and the commitment of faculty and administrators who have served the College 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years. Cost for the dinner is $10 per person. All are welcome to attend but should make reservations with the Office of Alumni Relations by Friday, May 15.

Two More 'Yellow Sheets' This Year... The Yellow Sheet will be published two more times this academic year, on May 14 and 21. During the summer months, announcements and events will be carried in the Summer Scoop, which will be published once a month, generally between the 20th and 25th of the month.

Academic Deans Resign... Eric Eliason and Mariangela Maguire have resigned their positions as academic deans and will return to their faculty positions for the Fall 2009 semester. Deans Eliason and Maguire were appointed interim deans of the faculty in 2005 prior to their appointment as academic deans in the Office of the Provost in 2007.  Eliason will return to the Department of English in September; Maguire will return to the Department of Communication Studies after taking a sabbatical leave in the fall.

Farewell Reception for Jay Schoenebeck... The Gustavus athletics department is hosting a farewell reception for Jay Schoenebeck, who has been the head football coach and an instructor in the health and exercise science department for the past 15 years. Jay is leaving Gustavus to spend more time with his family and pursue other career opportunities. The reception will take place on Tuesday, May 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Three Crowns Room in the Jackson Campus Center. All are welcome to attend.

Market Research Findings to be Presented... Gustavus has completed a lengthy and in-depth market research initiative with help from the Washington, D.C.-based higher education market research firm of SimpsonScarborough. The firm's president, Elizabeth Scarborough, will be on campus on Monday, May 18, to make presentations to the Gustavus community. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to attend either of two sessions she will lead. They are scheduled in Alumni Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2 p.m., respectively. The presentations will cover the project's scope, goals, research design, and key findings regarding how Gustavus is perceived by its target audiences and SimpsonScarborough's recommendations on how the College might best position itself to raise its visibility and realize ambitious mission and business goals through effective marketing. Refreshments will be served.

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 follows:

  • Friday, May 8 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Sunday, May 10 - Vicar Peter Bauck
  • Monday, May 11 - John Cha (religion)
  • Tuesday, May 12 - Gustavus Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller, interim conductor
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Morning Praise
  • Thursday, May 14 - Ahna Gilbertson (senior student)
  • Friday, May 15 - Schwalm-Brostrom Leadership in Service Awards

Tree Identification Classes Canceled... The two Continuing Education classes on identifying common trees in southern Minnesota advertised in last week's YS for May 7 and 13 have been canceled due to insufficient reservations.

Bill Holm Tribute... Friends of acclaimed writer Bill Holm '65, who died unexpectedly in February, gather for a tribute tonight (Thursday, May 7), 7-9 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Around a dozen presenters will give brief tributes or readings, and John Rezmerski (English, emeritus) will emcee. Copies of Holm's books will be available for purchase and donations to the Bill Holm Fund will be gratefully accepted. (This fund is helping to develop a public library in Holm's hometown of Minneota, Minn.) All are welcome. For more information, contact John Rezmerski at

Arb Volunteers Needed... Volunteers are needed for the Linnaeus Arboretum Volunteer Day, to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 8. In order to maintain the Arboretum as a place for recreation, reflection, and education, volunteers will take on a variety of jobs, including weeding, pruning, mulching, removal of invasive species, and trash pickup. People interested in volunteering can report to the Melva Lind Interpretive Center on the day of the event. For more information, contact arboretum naturalist Bob Dunlap at 507-933-7199 or

Final Faculty Shop Talk of the Year... Horst Ludwig (MLLC) will present the last Faculty Shop Talk of the 2008-09 academic year. His talk, titled "Haiku and Haiku in Germany," will be presented on Friday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Ensembles in Action... Student music ensembles from the Department of Music fill the the weekend of May 8-10 on the campus as the semester nears completion. On Friday, May 8, the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Brian Buckstead, and the Vasa Wind Orchestra, conducted by James Patrick Miller, present a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The Lucia Singers, conducted by Patricia Snapp, present their annual Mother's Day Concert on Sunday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel, and Brassworks!, with conductors Paul Budde and Scott Moore and featuring performances by the Gustavus Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, the Christ Chapel Brass, and the Gustavus Trombone and Brass Choirs, follows in Björling Recital Hall at 3:30 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.

Choreography in Response to Genocide... The Department of Theater and Dance, in collaboration with the Community Service Office, STAND-GAC, and the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, presents the creative work of student choreographers in response to genocide and stories of Holocaust survivors. There will be two performances: Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the Saint Peter Community Center and Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kresge Dance Studio on campus. The event is free and open to the public and is made possible in part by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Religion Majors to Discuss Thesis Research... The Spring 2009 Senior Religion Majors' Poster Presentation takes place Thursday, May 14, 7-8 p.m. in Linner Lounge. Nine senior religion majors will present their thesis research in a poster session. Theses cover the rise of Pure Land Buddhism in Kamakura, Japan; the Catholic Church and slavery in the Americas; Christian theologies and immigration; Luther's "angelology"; Emanuel Hirsch and the German Christian movement in Nazi Germany; and much more! Refreshments will be served.

Off-Campus Events of Interest

Cox House Plant Sale... The Cox House's annual Heritage Plant Sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the E. St. Julien Cox House (500 North Washington, St. Peter). Old fashioned perennials, bulbs, herbs, rhubarb, raspberry plants, and small shrubs will be for sale. There will also be master gardeners at the Cox House to answer questions about gardening. Anyone interested in donating plants may bring potted plants to the Cox House on Thursday, May 14, or Friday, May 15, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Need extra pots? Pick up a few by the Skaro Street garden gate two weeks before the sale. Money raised from the sale will support the E. St. Julien Cox House and Gardens. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, call Bev Wetherill (934-4417), Susan Stenson (931-0912), or Jen Baxa (934-4075).

Organ Concert in Rochester... David Fienen (music) will play a dedication recital on the new pipe organ at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. (810 3rd Avenue SE) on Sunday, May 17, at 4 p.m. The instrument, somewhat larger than the Christ Chapel Organ, was originally built in 1963 as the demonstration/studio organ at the Wicks Organ Company Studio in Highland, Ill. It has now been refurbished, enlarged, revoiced, and installed at Bethel. Fienen's recital will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Jan Bender, and Gerhard Krapf, and conclude with the magnificent Cesar Franck Choral #1 in E Major.

Gerstbauer Is ASI Forum Lecturer... The resolution of conflict by peaceful means, the protection of weaker nations against aggression by the more powerful, and an independent foreign policy based on peaceful neutrality have long been cornerstones of Swedish foreign policy. On Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis (2600 Park Avenue), invited lecturer Mimi Gerstbauer (political science and peace studies) will explore the richness of the Swedish peace tradition and its accomplishments at the ASI Forum, "Pieces of the Swedish Peace." This year, Sweden is celebrating 200 years of peace, dating from September 17, 1809, when its war with Russia ended and Sweden signed the Fredrikshamn agreement that resulted in the separation of Sweden and Finland. This was the last armed conflict to occur on Swedish soil to date.
     The ASI Forum presentations are free for ASI members and included with museum admission for nonmembers. Freewill contributions are welcomed for refreshments after the talk. Reservations are encouraged but not mandatory; for reservations, call 612-871-4907. More information is available at

Extraordinary People

Mark Bjelland (geography) served as an external reviewer of the geography and environmental studies department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

This spring, David Fienen (music) has been serving on a committee, with Philip Gehring and Donald Armitage, charged with selecting the winner of the Raabe Prize in Composition and the Faithful Servant Award for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Both awards will be presented during the Association's biennial conference in Milwaukee in August.

Douglas Nimmo (music) was interviewed with his sabbatical colleague, Craig Kirchhoff (U of Minn.) by Jukka Viitasaari, Finnish composer, teacher, and author, as part of their collaborative sabbatical project in Helsinki, Finland. The interview was published this spring in two Finnish music journals, Pllpari and Puhallinorchesteri.

Lianying Shan (Japanese studies) received a Japan Foundation grant to support participation in the Japanese-Language Program for Specialists (2-month course) for the period from June 17 to August 12 at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai.

An essay by Deborah Goodwin (religion), " 'Nothing in our histories': A Postcolonial Perspective on Twelfth-Century Christian Hebraism," appears in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue. Goodwin will also represent Gustavus at Transylvania University's summer seminar, "Twenty-First Century Liberal Education," in Lexington, Ky., along with 14 other faculty members selected from liberal arts colleges.

Don Roberts To Receive 'Legends of Hockey' Award... Former Gustavus men’s hockey coach Don Roberts (HES, emeritus) has been named the 2009 recipient of the Hobey Baker Legends of Hockey Award in recognition of his outstanding service to college hockey. The award, presented by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation, will be given to Roberts at the foundation's annual banquet on May 7 at 317 On Rice Park in St. Paul, Minn. Roberts will be honored at the banquet along with the 2009 Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy of Boston University. The men’s hockey coach at Gustavus for 33 years, Roberts retired in 1997 as the winningest coach in college hockey history with 532 wins. 

Student News

Congratulations to Gustavus neuroscience students Lor Moua, Cathryn Nelson, Nick Murray, Erin Watt, and Abbe Paulhe, who attended the Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference of the Midwest (MidBrains) on Saturday, May 2, at Macalester College. The students presented the results of their research at the conference: "Effects of simulated hearing loss on vowel discrimination," by Lor Moua, Cathryn Nelson, and Nathan Heggem; and "Detecting auditory change blindness in sound sequences," by Erin Watt and Abbe Paulhe.

The Diversity Center has announced that the following graduating senior students have been awarded "Diversity stoles" to be worn at commencement exercises in recognition of their leadership in diversity initiatives and community building on campus: Angela Allen, Paula Arciga, Jessica Bates, Gregory Boone, Raelene Caswell, Abby Chapman, Shana Clarke, Amanda Dillenburg, Andrew Evenson, Christine Grotjohn, Sara Halberg, Nathan Heggem, Angela Hernandez, Sonia Hernandez, Evan Hilsabeck, Laine Hudak, Asitha Jayawardena, Erin Koppang, Gretchen Libbey, Alexandra Linn, Laura Luce, Leanna Marking, Katherine Mason, Ryan Mather, Mikka McCracken, Mai Nhia Moua, Rhea Muchalla, Emily E. Nelson, Maria Niemuth, Vwaire Orhurhu, Emily Pickford, Heather Rusk, Marissa Schon, Marlinda Sherbert, Carla Shutrop, Anthony Spain, Rita Stevermer, Nicholas Stamp, Jessica Sussman, Jill Suurmeyer, Donovan Thorgrimson, Anna Tibstra, Lindsey Van Hoven, Mai Lee Vang, Mayci Yang, Nathan VanVleet, Jessica Wegner, Andrew Winn, and Kacy Wothe.

Forty-two Gustavus students—35 with senior standing and 7 with junior standing—are Spring 2009 inductees in Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, which recognizes performance in fields of liberal learning. Elected by a faculty committee of chapter members of the local Eta Chapter of Minnesota were: Daniel Barthell, John Bussey, Rebecca Carlson, Sarah Cowles, Alysha Dicke, Breanna Draxler, Benjamin Eriksson, Stephanie Erlandson, Emma Espel, Elizabeth Faldet, Lauren Fulner, Ahna Gilbertson, Gwendolyn Gillson, Kathryn Goodpaster, Kaley Gordon, Laura Gosewich, Nathan Heggem, Laurel Hoch, Sarah Hulke, Emma Iverson, Emily C. Johnson, Carissa Keith, Kristin Knudson, Jenny Koffski, Erica Koos, Rebecca Krocak, Laura Luce, Melissa Mackley, Sarah Manke, Rochelle Molitor, Rhea Muchalla, Emily E. Nelson, Kaitlyn O'Bryan, Laura Ofstad, Elizabeth Olson, Kristin Osterman, Anthony Spain, Rita Stevermer, Jill Suurmeyer, Jessica Wegner, Kacy Wothe, and Hannah Wunsch.

Congregational Outreach

Preaching in Congregations... On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, Grady St. Dennis (church relations) will provide pulpit supply and preaching at First Lutheran Church in Winthrop. Minn., at the 9 a.m. worship service. This program is coordinated by the Office of Church Relations.

Retreats... The Office of Church Relations will host a confirmation retreat for Salem Lutheran Church from Montevideo, Minn., Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9.

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:

  • Lindbergh Foundation Grants... Each year the Lindbergh Foundation awards grants in amounts of up to $10,580 each to individuals whose initiative seeks to actively further a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment. Historically, this program has been a provider of seed money, and credibility, for a variety of innovative research and educational projects. Grants are made in a wide range of categories, including the following: conservation of natural resources, education, and waste minimization and management. For funding beginning in July of 2010, applications are due June 11, 2009. For application information and a listing of past grantees, 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:

  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story and photo in its Tuesday, April 28, edition about Cindy Johnson-Groh (biology and environmental studies) being awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant. Johnson-Groh is quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief in its Tuesday, April 28, edition about the documentary Tank Man being shown at the College.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about the MAYDAY! Peace Conference on its Wednesday, April 29, newscasts. Keynote speaker Yang Jianli was shown speaking.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Wednesday, April 29, edition about the Rev. Gary Anderson '63 receiving the GACAC's 2009 Covenant Award.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a news brief in its Wednesday, April 29, edition about Phil Bryant (English) appearing at the Mankato Barnes & Noble to read from his new book, Stompin' at the Grand Terrace.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story and photo in its Thursday, April 30, edition about the opening of the Theatre and Dance Department’s production of The Impresario from Smyrna.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Thursday, April 30, newscasts about Tommy Valentini '02 being named head men’s tennis coach.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed news briefs about softball player Rachel Click being named Division III National Softball Player of the Week and swimmer Dave Pearson being awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in its Thursday, April 30, Sports section.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a feature story about student-athlete Jordan Seebach in its Thursday, April 30, edition. Seebach is quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, April 30, edition about the opening of the Theatre and Dance Department’s production of The Impresario from Smyrna.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, April 30, edition about members of the Phi Alpha fraternity handing out free compact fluorescent light bulbs .
  • The St. Peter Herald printed news briefs about Cindy Johnson-Groh’s Fulbright award, the senior honors recital, and the wind orchestra in its Thursday, April 30, edition.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Friday, May 1, Sports section about Tommy Valentini '02 being named head men’s tennis coach. Valentini is quoted in the story.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the forensics team in its Sunday, May 3, edition. Kristofer Kracht (communication studies) and student Kavan Rogness were quoted in the story.
  • WCCO-TV ran a feature story about Steve Wilkinson on its Rosen’s Sports Sunday show on Sunday, May 3. Wilkinson and students Eric Ice and Ashok Jethwa were interviewed for the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story on its Sunday, May 3, newscasts about Gustavus hosting the Special Olympics.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Monday, May 4, edition about the Bill Holm tribute event on campus.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Monday, May 4, edtion about Gustavus hosting the Special Olympics.

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


House for Rent: Academic year 2009-10, available mid-August. Well-kept Victorian, 3+ bedrooms, 2 baths, all hardwood floors, fully furnished (with grand piano), herb and vegetable gardens. Walking distance to campus, downtown, parks, and schools. 1108 South 4th Street. $1,100 per month, plus utilities. Contact Mike at

For Sale or Rent: 3-bedroom, 2-bath house built in 1890. All 3 bedrooms are on 2nd floor. Huge detached, heated 2-car garage + workshop. Open floor plan includes large 30x13 living room, which opens to four-season porch with tons of natural light, and 18x10 dining room. Kitchen has tons of cabinets and a newish refrigerator with ice and water in the door. Partially finished basement makes a great office. Near St. Peter Library/Community Center. See for pictures. E-mail or call 469-8574 for more information. Available Aug. 1; $169,000 or $900/mo. to rent.

'Ladies Time' on May 9: Experience a unique shopping extravaganza with all of your favorite products in one location on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1804 N. Riverfront Dr. in Mankato (the old Cenex station). Enjoy free treats and beverages while you browse with your friends. Products will be available from Avon, Partylite, Creative Memories, Celebrating Home, Daisy Blue Naturals, Lia Sophia (retired items at a discount), Mary Kay, Silpada, Minnesota SnoFlakes, Pampered Chef, and Schulz's Superior Woodworking. Register for drawings, including a grand prize to be given away at 1:50 p.m. (need not be present to win). Contact Lisa at 382-2295 if you have any questions.

"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.



Upcoming events
Date Event
Today "Escape The Zoom"
Men's Golf at Saint John's Invitational (Cancelled), Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at St. Catherine Invite (Cancelled), Minn.
66:30 p.m. 48-Hour Theatre Project Online
6:307:30 p.m. Sunday Worshipping Community: Virtual Edition
Tomorrow "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 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
"Escape The Zoom"
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 "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 "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.
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 Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"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.
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.
Sep 29 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
34 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Tuesday Meeting:
4 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. Augsburg (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
6 p.m. Women's Soccer at Luther (Cancelled), Iowa
Sep 30 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art

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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