The Yellow Sheet for May 21

May 21, 2009 | Volume 41, Number 33

Volume 41, Number 33

News & Announcements

Last YS... This is the last campus newsletter of the 2008-09 academic year. Weekly publication will resume on Thursday, Sept. 3. To announce events and information to the College community during the summer months, the Office of Marketing and Communication will publish the Summer Scoop on a monthly basis (tentatively June 17, July 15, and Aug. 19).

Still Looking for Ushers... Hosts are still needed for Commencement on Sunday, May 31. Volunteers would need to arrive at the stadium by noon (assuming the weather is cooperative; at Lund Arena if it's rainy or blustery) and stay at least until the ceremony starts at 2 p.m. A few people are needed to stay through the ceremony, but if you need to leave, we would still welcome your help at the beginning. To volunteer or for more details, contact Dana Lamb at

Annual Employee Picnic... The 2009 Gustavus Staff Picnic will be held on Tuesday, June 2, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. Entertainment will be provided by guitarist Billy McLaughlin. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend. To reserve your place, contact Pat Leagjeld in the President's Office by Friday, May 29.

Commission Recommendations Online... The eight task forces of Commission Gustavus 150 have submitted 439 recommendations to the Gustavus Board of Trustees as a result of their deliberations during the past six months. These recommendations are now available for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to view and to provide input on the level of importance of each recommendation at The Board will meet in August to prioritize the recommendations. Input will significantly help the Board plan for the College’s future advancement. To learn more about Commission Gustavus 150, go to

Looking for Legos... The Starfish Project, a grassroots community service program providing support for both the Steenkamp Primary School in Namibia and also an orphanage located close to the school, has been asked if used Legos building blocks could be sent to the orphanage. A collection box has been placed in the Community Service Center in the Johnson Student Union. If you have any Legos that are no longer being played with in your homes, their donation would be greatly appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Lois Peterson (art & art history) at 933-7378.

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

Contribute to A Royal Affair... From cars to canoes, vacation homes to weekend getaways, shopping sprees to gift baskets, original art to homemade quilts, silent and live auctions are the centerpieces of A Royal Affair, the biennial benefit gala presented by Gustavus Library Associates in support of the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library and scheduled again this year for Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. GLA is now seeking auction items; to contribute, call or e-mail one of the co-chairs: Susan Wilcox, 952-944-5972,; or Jan Michaletz, 952-945-9669, The gala is open to all alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and friends of the College.

Valleyfair Ticket Deals... Gustavus is participating in the “Good Any Day Discount Program” at Valleyfair. Employees may purchase tickets for the early/late season at $23.50 (savings of $14.49), regular admission (48” or taller) at $25.50 (savings of $12.49), and Junior (3 years & older but less than 48” tall) or Senior (ages 62 & older) at $16.99, to be used any day of the Valleyfair 2009 operating season. Tickets are available for purchase in the Office of Human Resources.

Safety Survey... In an attempt to increase pedestrian safety during the winter months, Campus Safety is requesting that you take five minutes to complete this parking survey: Please complete this survey prior to May 29; contact Campus Safety at x8809 if you have any questions.

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, May 22 - Mark Bjelland (geography)
  • Sunday, May 24 - Chaplain Rachel Larson
  • Monday, May 25 - Taizé
  • Tuesday, May 26 - Litany for Travelers
  • Sunday, May 31 - Baccalaureate Services (9 and 10:30 a.m.): Chaplain Brian Johnson (tickets required)

Summer Programs Announced... The Office of Summer Programs has announced the schedule of programs to be hosted on campus during the months of June, July, and August by the College. The current schedule is listed below for your reference.

  • June 4-Aug. 9 - Tennis and Life Camps
  • June 6 - Gustie Basketball Day Camp
  • June 7-11 - Gustie Basketball Camp 1
  • June 9-11 - Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp 1
  • June 12-14 - Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
  • June 14-17 - Gustie Basketball Camp 2
  • June 14-18 - Gustavus Golf Camp
  • June 14-18 - Robotics
  • June 14-18 - Sanneh Soccer Camp
  • June 15-16 - Southern Minnesota Throwers Camp 2
  • June 15-20 - Especially for Youth
  • June 17-18 - Southern MInnesota Throwers Camp 3
  • June 17-20 - Gustie Basketball Camp 3
  • June 17-21 - Gustavus Swimming Camps 1
  • June 19-21 - U.S. Marine Corps
  • June 21-25 - Gustie Soccer Camp 1
  • June 21-25 - Gustie Basketball Camp 4
  • June 21-27 - MSHSL All-Star Football Practice
  • June 22-26 - Minnesota Private College Week
  • June 24-25 - Minnesota Guidance Counselors (admission)
  • June 24-28 - Gustavus Swimming Camps 2
  • June 28-July 2 - Gustie Basketball Camp 5
  • June 29-July 1 - Farm Bureau
  • June 30-July 2 - New Student Registration

  • July 5-9 - Gustavus Hockey and Leadership Camp 1
  • July 6-10 - Gustie Soccer Camp 2
  • July 6-10 - Gustie Basketball Camp 6
  • July 6-11 - Minnesota Youth Forum
  • July 10 - Admission "Summer Snapshot"
  • July 10-11 - Gustavus Hockey Day Camp
  • July 10-12 - Doxology
  • July 12-16 - Gustavus Hockey and Leadership Camp 2
  • July 12-16 - Gustie Basketball Camp 7
  • July 16-25 - Minnesota Wings Civil Air Patrol
  • July 20-22 - Jostens Yearbook Camp
  • July 24 - Admission "Summer Snapshot"
  • July 25-26 - Gustavus Volleyball Camp
  • July 26-30 - Gustie Gymnastics Camp 1
  • July 26-Aug. 1 - Summer Speech Institute (& Coaching Institute)
  • July 27-28 - Gustie Volleyball Day Camp
  • July 27-30 - MASC/MAHS
  • July 30-Aug. 1 - State Baseball Tournament
  • July 30-Aug. 2 - Minnesota DeMolay
  • July 31-Aug. 1 - LWML Retreat

  • Aug. 2-4 - MACAC College Counseling Institute
  • Aug. 2-6 - Gustavus Golf Camp 2
  • Aug. 2-6 - Gustie Gymnastics Camp 2
  • Aug. 5-9 - Gustavus Swimming Camps 3
  • Aug. 7 - Admission "Summer Snapshot"
  • Aug. 10-13 - Gustavus Softball Camp

Off-Campus Events of Interest

'Reading Day' at Arts Center... Friday, May 22, is the date of this year's staging of the Arts Center of Saint Peter's annual "Reading Day"—a gathering of Gustavus Adolphus College poetry and prose writers reading to you! This year's gathering will feature Gustavus English professors and acclaimed writers Philip Bryant, Rebecca Fremo, Baker Lawley, John Rezmerski, Matt Rasmussen, Donald Scheese, and Joyce Sutphen as well as award-winning students Abby Travis and Ingrid Greenlee. The writers will be reading from their personal collections as well as published works. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (315 S. Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter); reading begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: $5 adults / $4 Arts Center members / students free. For more information, visit or call 507-931-3630.

Gerstbauer to Lecture at ASI Forum... 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/peace studies) will explore the richness of the Swedish peace tradition and its accomplishments at the ASI Forum, "Pieces of the Swedish Peace."
     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

Attend a Concert—Buy a Cow... The second annual "Livestock: A Celebration of Giving and Music" is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, from noon until 9 p.m. at 1409 Rockbend Parkway, St. Peter. All are invited to an outdoor benefit concert to raise money to purchase livestock for those in need around the world through the nonprofit organization World Vision. This is a family event featuring activities for kids, live music, and a variety of foods and beverages available for purchase. All proceeds go to buy livestock. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a friend! Contact Kate Knutson ( with any questions.

Extraordinary People

Mike Ferragamo (biology/neuroscience) recently published an article to be included in NSF Research Highlights. The NSF will send a summary of the work with accompanying pictures to the U.S. Congress as an example of how the NSF applies funding. The highlight will be posted on the NSF website later this summer.

Debra Eckerman Pitton (education) has been invited to speak at the "Edge 2009: Inspiration and Innovation in Teacher Education" conference this coming October at St. John's University in Newfoundland, Canada. The Edge 2009 International Conference on Teacher Education will provide opportunities for researchers, teachers, administrators, and policy makers to span traditional boundaries and generate new knowledge in the area of teacher education. Pitton will be speaking about middle level education and mentoring novice teachers. She also presented this past February at the ATE (Association of Teacher Educators) Conference, where she shared her current work on the use of case studies in teacher education. This work will form the basis of a book she is currently writing for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Barbara Fister (library) wrote a cover story for the May 1 issue of Library Journal, "Publishers and Librarians: Two Cultures, One Goal." She has also become a weekly columnist for Library Journal's Academic Newswire.

Steve Wright (music) attended the annual Iowa Bandmasters Association convention in Des Moines on May 14 and 15 as an exhibitor for his jazz and trumpet publications. On May 17, he played with the Burlington (Iowa) High School jazz ensembles as soloist. The next day, he rehearsed and performed with the BHS Symphonic Band as soloist. The event was the 25th annual Maurice Wright Festival concert and Steve's appearance helped raise money for the music camp scholarship fund named for his late father, a prominent music educator in Iowa.

David Tôbaru Obermiller (history) has been invited to present a paper for the conference "Revisiting Postwar Japan as History: A Twenty Year Check-up on the State of the Field," to be held at the Institute of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, on May 31. The title of his paper is "Inventing Shurei-mon: The American Imagination of Okinawan Nationalism." The conference papers will be printed in a forthcoming edited book And, on June 1, he will be conducting a workshop on Okinawa history and culture for the IES Abroad Program in Tokyo, Japan.

Jeff A. Jenson (College archives/library) was elected to the executive board of the Twin Cities Archives Round Table (TCART) at the organization’s spring meeting held at the Dakota County Historical Society. He will serve as editor of the organization’s newsletter. Founded in 1982, TCART includes members from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, as well as out-state Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Members include archivists, manuscript curators, librarians, records managers, and historians representing government agencies, county and state historical societies, colleges and universities, religious organizations, private historical organizations, and corporations.

Funding Opps

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

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships... The ACLS Fellowship Program supports research in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or on any cultural or linguistic group. Six to twelve consecutive months must be devoted to full-time research initiated between July 1, 2010, and February 1, 2011. Stipends are set at three levels based on academic rank. The deadline for applications will be late September or early October 2009. For more information, please see These guidelines should be used only for reference, as criteria are subject to change each year. Updated application guidelines will be available on the ACLS website in summer 2009.

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:

  • USA Today quoted Kristofer Kracht (communication studies) in a story published on Wednesday, May 13, about what makes a good graduation speech .
  • The Mankato Free Press printed news briefs in its Wednesday, May 13, Sports section about student-athlete Rachael Click being named MIAC Softball Player of the Year and the softball team playing in the national championships.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a feature story about Phil Bryant (English) and his new book, Stompin' at the Grand Terrace, on Thursday, May 14. Bryant is quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a feature story about women’s tennis player Sierra Krebsbach in its Thursday, May 14, edition. Krebsbach is quoted in the story.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a story in its Thursday, May 14, Sports section about the softball team advancing to the NCAA championships.
  • The St. Peter Herald printed a guest column by student Erica Dobson in its Thursday, May 14, edition about the Doggie Dash 5K.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story in its Thursday, May 14, Sports section about the women’s golf team's national tournament appearance.
  • The Mankato Free Press printed a story about the women’s golf team in its Friday, May 15, Sports section.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about the Gustavus softball team on its Saturday, May 16, newscasts.
  • The Star Tribune printed a front-page story on Sunday, May 17, about Gustavus seniors and their job search . Cynthia Favre (Career Center) and students Rebecca Carlson, Ben Musgjerd, Andy Leer, Ahna Gilbertson, Jake Holstein, Katie McGowan, and Tom Wick were all quoted in the story.
  • KEYC-TV ran a story about the Gustavus softball team on its Sunday, May 17, newscasts.
  • The Star Tribune referred to Jim Gilbert (environmental studies) in a story about lilacs on Monday, May 18.
  • Student Julio Zeleya was mentioned in a Monday, May 18, Mankato Free Press article about a student-led recycling effort at St. James High School.

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


Free Moving Boxes and Packing Material: Kyle Chambers (psychology) has moving boxes of various sizes (book, 3 cubit , 4.5 cubit , 6 cubit, and dish packs) along with packing material. Please come take as many as you need. Contact him at or 507-995-5988.

For Sale: 19'5" wood/canvas square-stern guide (Grand Laker) canoe on 2007 Shorelend'r trailer. Holds up to 9.9 hp motor (not included). Read about Grand Laker Canoes at Beautiful craftsmanship of white cedar, black walnut, and mahogany. $2,500. Can send photos upon request. Contact or 802-579-4558.

Free for the Taking: 32" Panasonic CT-32G8 television free to anyone who will come take it away. Contact Anna at

For Sale or Rent: 3-bedroom, 2-bath house built in 1890. All bedrooms are on second floor. Huge detached, heated, 2-car garage + workshop. Open floor plan includes large 30'x13' living room, which opens to four-season porch, and 18'x10' dining room. Kitchen has tons of cabinets and 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 $800/mo. to rent.

Swing Set Needed: Nicole Hoiland (art & art history) is looking for a small swing set for her backyard. "Any old one would be great!" Contact her at

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

Jeff Rathlef's Garage Sale: Many hand and power woodworking tools: sanders, router, grinder, clamps, power nailers, dust collection accessories, bits, lawn care equipment, fishing and camping equipment, and more. Saturday, May 30; 404 Swift Street, St. Peter. Begins at 7 a.m.

Apartment for Rent: Available July 1. Contact Lois Peterson, 507-380-5251.

Lake Home for Rent: Two-bedroom home on Lake Washington including a two-car garage is available for lease to a Gustavus staff member for the 2009-10 academic year. Many amenities are included in the package. Call Mike Biehn at 952-758-3430 or e-mail him at for details and to answer any questions you may have. 

"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"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Tomorrow "Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
99:50 a.m. Teachers Talking on Nobel 2020
7 p.m. Boom Boom Bingo Forum
7 p.m. Volleyball at Cornell (Cancelled) Vernon, Iowa
Sep 26 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Women's Golf at D3 Classic (Cancelled), Minn.
"Escape The Zoom"
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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. Glowga: Peer Assistants 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 Men's Golf vs. Twin Cities Classic (Cancelled) River, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
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
45 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Wednesday Meeting:
7 p.m. Volleyball at St. Catherine (Cancelled) Paul, Minn.
Oct 1 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
56 p.m. Fall 2020 Career Expo! Thursday Meeting:
Oct 2 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. St. Scholastica (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
Oct 3 Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
1 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
1 p.m. Football at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Hamline (Cancelled) Peter, Minn.
3:30 p.m. Men's Soccer at St. Olaf (Cancelled), Minn.
Oct 4 Men's Golf at MIAC Championship (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Women's Golf at MIAC Championships (Postponed) Rapids, Minn.
Cancer-themed exhibitions at the Hillstrom Museum of Art Museum of Art
2 p.m. Men's Soccer at UW-Whitewater (Cancelled), Wis.

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.

The Yellow Sheet is a newsletter for Gustavus Adolphus College employees produced by the Office of Marketing and Communication. It is published weekly during the academic year (except during the week of Thanksgiving, the Christmas break, Touring Week, and the Spring and Easter breaks). Anyone may submit items by filling out an online submission form. While online submissions are preferred, items may also be submitted typewritten on a letter-sized sheet of paper. Send "snail mail" items to: The Yellow Sheet, Office of Marketing and Communication. Items must reach the office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication. The week of Nobel Conference the deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday. For more information, contact Steve Waldhauser ( or x6413).

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