Recent News from Campuses

Theology Professor Terry Nichols Dies

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 5:00pm

Dr. Terence Nichols, a theology professor at St. Thomas for 27 years and the founder and co-director of the university’s Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, died Saturday of cancer.

Nichols, 73, was diagnosed with cancer in January 2013 but continued to teach this academic year and spent spring break in Turkey during the last week of March, giving lectures and seminars. He was hospitalized earlier this month.

“Terry was one of the most important people in the history of the Theology Department,” said Dr. Bernard Brady, who succeeded Nichols as department chair in 2006. “He had an incredible work ethic and was one of the brightest people I have ever met. He introduced and was the first to teach courses at St. Thomas about Christianity and world religions, theology and the environment, and theology and science, and he was influential in developing bridge courses with other disciplines for our third core course requirement.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, followed by lunch at a campus location to be determined. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kok Funeral Home, 1201 Portland Ave., St. Paul Park, and for the hour before the funeral in the chapel.

“We mourn the loss of a brilliant and wonderful colleague today,” President Julie Sullivan said. “On behalf of the university, I extend our sympathy to Terry’s family, friends and colleagues, and ask that they be kept in our prayers in the days ahead.”

A native of Edina, Nichols started college at Harvard and returned home to the University of Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities in 1967, but he did not immediately pursue an academic career. He worked in construction and owned a commercial roofing and waterproofing firm from 1971 to 1982. He and his wife, Mabel, opened Coat of Many Colors, a Grand Avenue shop that imports and sells Third World clothing, in 1978, and she still runs it today.

In 1982, Nichols decided to return to school to study theology at Marquette University. He received his doctorate in 1988 and joined the theology faculty at St. Thomas that fall. He was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and professor in 2003, and was department chair and a member of the Core Curriculum Task Force from 2002 to 2006. He was on the Faculty Affairs Committee from 1997 to 2001, serving as chair in his last year.

Brady said Nichols came up with the idea of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center in the aftermath of 9/11. The center’s mission is to foster mutual understanding and cooperation through academic dialogue grounded in the Quranic and Christian traditions and with the belief that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

“Terry took seriously what popes had said about the need for interreligious dialogue, particularly with Muslims,” Brady said. “He modeled the center off the dialogue that Catholics have had with Protestants for 50 years. He always would look for common ground, and he brought people together for rich discussions.”

The center opened in 2007, and Nichols served as co-director with Dr. Adil Ozdemir of the Theology Department. The center sponsored speakers, panel discussions, workshops and trips to the Mideast to meet with religious leaders.

“Our dialogue partners in both Turkey and Iran are among the intellectual leaders in their countries,” Nichols said in a fall 2012 CAS Spotlight magazine story. “They are doing in their world what we do in ours: trying to teach others about God and pray that our efforts as Christians and Muslims will bring fruits of peace and understanding.”

In the last 27 months alone, Nichols, Brady and other St. Thomas faculty members made five trips to Turkey, Rome and Iran. Brady recalled how on their latest trip Nichols, despite his cancer, “was really engaged in everything we did. I’ll always remember him in front of 300 Muslims, explaining the Trinity to them. That’s how good he was.”

Nichols was a “multifaceted” teacher and scholar, said his son Peter, an adjunct instructor in philosophy at St. Thomas.

“He was involved in so many ways and on so many levels,” his son said. “He loved to teach, interact with colleagues and facilitate the work of the center. He also had a love of learning and an amazing breadth of interests.”

Nichols was the author of three books – That All May Be One: Hierarchy and Participation in the Church (1997), The Sacred Cosmos: Christian Faith and the Challenge of Naturalism (2003) and Death and Afterlife: A Theological Introduction (2010). The latter book was the text this semester for his final class, Death and the Afterlife. His essay, “How to Understand Transubstantiation,” was published in the collection The Best Catholic Writing 2007.

He joined with Dr. Michael Naughton of St. Thomas and Dr. William Cavanaugh in 1999 to co-found Casa Guadalupana, a house of hospitality for homeless Latina women and children, on the West Side of St. Paul. Nichols made a down payment on the house and led a crew of workers to renovate it.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include two daughters, Michele Cella and Theresa Nichols, and a grandson, Anthony.


Concert of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish Music in Chapel April 23; ‘Backstage Preview’ in Roach Center April 22

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:20pm

“Song of Wonder,” a concert of South Indian and Judeo-Spanish music, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Inspired by the poetry of a thousand years in their traditions, vocalists and string musicians Nirmala Rajasekar and David Jordan Harris designed the concert to probe the many facets of wonder as gateways to an illumined and impassioned life.  They will be joined by percussionists Thanjavur Muruga Boopathi and Mick LaBriola, ’ud player David Burk and vocalist Shruthi Rajasekar.

Nirmala Rajaseker and David Jordan Harris

Highlights of the concert will include excerpts from the oldest extant piece of notated Jewish music; improvisational performances by Rajasekar on the veena in both familiar and rare ragas (melodic soundscapes of Indian music); ancient Tamil Sangam poetry; plaintive Judeo-Spanish and Hebrew chants from Jewish communities in Bosnia, Morocco and Turkey; and new musical arrangements flowing from the concert’s cross-cultural collaboration.

In a “backstage preview” of the concert at noon Tuesday, April 22, in the Room 126 auditorium of the John Roach Center at St. Thomas, Rajasekar and Harris will explore the cultural, religious, and musical worlds behind their concert’s repertoire. They will take their audience on a journey through the centuries across the landscapes of South India, Bosnia, Spain, and Turkey.

The concert and the backstage preview, which are free and open to the public, are co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ Sacred Arts Festival and the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, a joint enterprise of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, Collegeville.

Rajasekar is the artistic director of the Naadha Rasa Center of Music in Plymouth, where she teaches the art of South India’s Carnatic music. She made her debut as a solo performer on the seven-stringed veena at age 13 in Bangalore, India, and she has performed with musicians from many backgrounds, including Western classical, Chinese, and jazz. Radio India has pronounced her a Grad A artist for All India Radio since 1990, and she has been featured in many world-renowned venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the United Nations’ Symphony Space, the Music Academy in Chennai, India, and the Rumi International Festival in Konya, Turkey.

Harris is co-founder and artistic director of the Twin Cities-based Voices of Sepharad. He has studied and performed Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) music in many countries and throughout North America. A singer, actor and dancer, he has been a guest artist with Ensemble Espaῆol, Guthrie Theater, Illusion Theater, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, North Star Opera, Rose Ensemble, Walker Art Center and Zorongo Flamenco.

He is the interfaith arts special consultant for the Jay Phillips Center and the executive director of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council.

Three Undergraduates Honored by Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:23am

Cecilia Gentle, a junior majoring in chemistry, and Sarah Millholland, a junior majoring in physics and applied mathematics, have been awarded a 2014-15 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Junior biology major Erik Sathe was given an honorable mention.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater (R-Ariz.), who had served 30 years in the U.S. Senate. The program was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. This year the program awarded 283 scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States.

Dr. Kyle Zimmer, associate professor of biology who is St. Thomas’ Goldwater program chair, said, “The Goldwater Scholarship is a national competition and is one of the most competitive, prestigious awards an undergraduate in the STEM fields can receive.”

Gentle, a St. Michael, Minn., native, said, “As a research chemist or a professor at a research institution, I hope to lead and mentor teams in the development of new materials, such as materials for solar cell technology. Overall, I hope to contribute to solving world problems such as the global search for feasible renewable energy.” After she graduates, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in materials chemistry, and is leaning toward a career in academia or as a research chemist in industry.

Millholland, a physics and applied mathematics double major from Madison, Wis., said, “Although I am unsure exactly which area of research I plan to pursue, I am interested in the application of computationally intensive modeling techniques to the field of quantum cosmology. This field involves the study of quantum mechanical descriptions of the formation and evolution of the early universe.” After graduation she’d like to attend graduate school in astrophysics or particle physics and someday teach at the university level.

Sathe, of Hopkins, Minn., plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, conduct research in biomedical science and teach at the university level.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science, computer science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. A total of 172 of the scholars are men, 111 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Twenty-two scholars are mathematics majors, 191 are science and related majors, 63 are majoring in engineering, and seven are computer science majors. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines.

The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Recent Goldwater scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 117 Marshall Awards, 112 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships. Since 1998, 23 St. Thomas students (including Gentle and Millholland) have received Goldwater Scholarships.

Since 1989, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has awarded 7,163 scholarships worth approximately $46 million.

For more information about the Goldwater Scholarships, contact Zimmer, (651) 962-5244.



Art and Design Students Awarded Scholarships from AIGA Minnesota

Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:16am

Concordia University, St. Paul Art and Design students were awarded three of four scholarships presented at the AIGA (American Institution of Graphic Arts) Minnesota Portfolio 1-on-1 2014, March 28-29. Earning scholarships were CSP seniors Sarah Lerum, Derek Bressler and Angela Niemi.

In its 21st year, Portfolio 1-on-1 is a premiere event for students to interact directly with professionals and other students in the design field. The event included workshops, studio tours, panel discussions and peer reviews.

AIGA Minnesota, who's mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force, was founded in 1977 as the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association. Today, it's one of the largest AIGA chapters in the nation, serving nearly 1,300 members in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

Concordia Names Joey James Men's Head Basketball Coach

Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:15am

Concordia University, St. Paul director of athletics Tom Rubbelke has announced the hiring of Joey James as the ninth head men's basketball coach for the Golden Bears.

James spent last season as interim head coach at the University of South Dakota where he had been an assistant for 11 seasons prior to his interim appointment. James also played for the Coyotes from 1997-99.

"This is an exciting day for Concordia basketball, our campus community and the Twin Cities basketball scene," said Rubbelke. "Joey possesses the character, commitment, desire and basketball acumen to take Golden Bear basketball to a championship level. We are ecstatic to land a coach of Joey's caliber and are looking towards a bright future with him on the sidelines."

"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program at Concordia University," said James. "I would like to thank Tom and the search committee for believing in me and having the confidence in me as their men's basketball coach. My staff and I will work extremely hard to make Concordia a program that competes every night in the highly competitive NSIC. I'm eager to get started and look forward to the challenges of building a championship caliber program on and off the court."

While James joins Concordia after serving as a Division I head coach at USD, he also has a strong Division II background prior to the Coyotes making the jump. In his first five seasons as a USD assistant, the Coyotes reached the NCAA Division II Tournament. In his 12 total seasons as a USD coach, the program produced a 225-137 (.622) record as James was involved in all aspects of USD basketball. He also helped lead the team to seven-straight 20-plus win along with two conference championships.

The Bellevue, Neb. native averaged 24 points per game as a prep at Bellevue West High School before attending Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. He averaged 15 points as a sophomore and transferred to South Dakota. He averaged eight points as a junior in his first year with the Coyotes, leading the team to a 19-8 season. During James' senior season, South Dakota finished 23-7, won the North Central Conference championship and reached the NCAA Tournament.

James graduated from South Dakota in 2001 with a degree in recreational science. He earned his master's degree in athletic administration from USD in 2003.

James and his wife, Jena, have a son, Jaylen (12), and two daughters, Jayci (8) and Jayna (7).

Students Engage in Spring Break Service Trips

Hamline University Campus News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:00am
Hear about the eye-opening experiences of Hamline students who participated in this year’s Catalyst spring break service trips.

2014 Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry

Hamline University Campus News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:00am
Dr. Christy Haynes will present the 2014 3M/Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry on Friday, April 25 at 12:45 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall.

Student-Administration gathering welcomes new changes

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:05pm
At the Senate meeting on April 8, students were notified about the new changes coming to campus. More »

DPT students create children's book

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:35pm
DPT students Elisabeth Wieneke '15 and Laura Vaughn '14 wrote and illustrated a children's book about physical therapy. More »

Biology Students Present Research at Scholars at the Capitol Event

Concordia University Campus News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:30am

A group of Concordia biology students presented research projects to state legislators in the rotunda of the State Capitol building April 8 as part of the 11th annual Minnesota Private College Scholars at the Capitol event, which is designed to recognize the importance of undergraduate student research being conducted at Minnesota’s private colleges.

Biology students Kyle Lohman ('15), Christina Miller ('15) and Michael Taye ('15) presented research on the effects of common skin care ingredients on epidermal cells, while Peter Maas ('14), Alicia Meiser ('15) and Zachary Rengel ('16) shared their studies on the contributions of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and salt solutions in muscle contraction. (Full abstracts listed below story)

As part of Dr. Mandy Brosnahan’s Cell Biology course last fall, the students were required to come up with and conduct an independent research project. Students worked in small groups of three to four people and only had six weeks to carry out their experiments and create presentation posters.

This year’s Scholars at the Capitol event featured a total of 30 research posters and drew 41 students and their advisors from 15 Minnesota private colleges. Research projects covered a wide range of academic disciplines, including: sociology, biology, social work, psychology, history, nursing, chemistry, mathematics, environmental studies, ecology, English and classics.

Research Abstracts:

Effects of Common Skin Care Ingredients on Epidermal Cells
Students: Kyle Lohman, Christina Miller and Michael Taye
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mandy Brosnahan

In this experiment the focus was to observe the effects of three common skincare ingredients on epidermal cells. Niacin, Retinol and vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbate were the skincare ingredients tested on skin cells in this research. It was hypothesized that these ingredients would improve the quality of growth and structure of the skin cells when added to the DMEM the cells were growing in. We introduced Niacin, Retinol and vitamin C to Rat Epidermal Keratinocytes and found that the Niacin and vitamin C improved cell growth and proliferation, whereas the Retinol killed all of the cells. Further tests need to be conducted with differing concentrations of Retinol to observe if it could potentially help cells grow instead of causing them to die so quickly.

Contributions of ATP and Salt Solutions in Muscle Contraction
Students: Peter Maas, Alicia Meiser and Zachary Rengel
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mandy Brosnahan

This experiment was designed to test the motility of a skeletal muscle cell. Eight solutions containing different amounts of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and salt were used to test this  idea. The hypothesis was that the higher the ATP concentration, the higher contraction average was to be observed. As mentioned earlier, eight solutions were concocted of varying concentrations (containing ATP and salt). These solutions were then added to the muscle fibers. The muscle contraction was then noted. The results showed that indeed a high concentration of ATP correlated with more contraction, however, the ATP needed some sort of salt in the solution to show any contraction at all. Also, it was seen that with salt solution concentrations, a threshold was reached in that once a certain concentration  of salt was introduced to the muscle fiber, not only did the concentration plateau but it declined. Overall, two distinct correlations were found. First, the higher the ATP concentration (with salt present), the higher the contraction average was. Secondly, the correlation with salt concentration showed that up to a certain point the contractions increased but then decreased when higher concentrations of salt were introduced.

Higher Learning Commission Renews UST’s Accreditation

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:00pm

The University of St. Thomas received formal notification March 24 that its accreditation has been renewed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The university’s accreditation will continue, with the next scheduled comprehensive evaluation in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The commission’s six-member peer evaluation team visited St. Thomas Nov. 11-13, 2013. The team’s recommendation, published in the “Report of Comprehensive Evaluation Visit,” stated: “The University of St. Thomas is a mature institution with a clear mission, a stable financial base, sound educational programs, and strong leadership from faculty and administrators.”

Accreditation is important, remarked Dr. Lucy Payne, accreditation liaison officer, because it shows that St. Thomas is a high-quality institution and it allows the university to offer federal financial aid.

“Accreditation has been a part of university life for over a century. It is voluntary process that affirms both internally and externally that a university has met a set of established educational standards,” commented Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and provost. “Although the self-study and preparatory process for accreditation is extremely labor intensive, St. Thomas faculty and staff welcome the opportunity to reflect on how they are meeting the criteria set forth by the Higher Learning Commission. It is the appropriate way to let the public know that academic quality makes a difference at the University of St. Thomas.”

The Higher Learning Commission maintains five criteria for accreditation:

  1. Mission
  2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
  4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  5. Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The process of reaccreditation began in earnest about three years ago with a self-study working group that included two faculty co-chairs, five committees comprised of 46 faculty, administrators and staff from across the institution, and Institutional Effectiveness staff members Dr. Marty Johnston (Physics), Dr. Lucy Payne (Academic Affairs) and Dr. Wendy Wyatt (COJO), under the direction of Huber, who led the effort.

The self-study is a focused effort to prepare for the commission’s site visit and document that the institution meets the accreditation criteria. The self-study not only addresses the five criteria but also looks beyond the criteria to help institutions with continuous improvement.

“The work with HLC is ongoing, though, because of what accreditation addresses in terms of quality. Many of our everyday operations, such as faculty qualification and transfer policies, are part of the criteria,” Payne remarked. “The criteria addresses things that we do all the time, but as you approach a reaccreditation visit, you spend two or more years studying yourself and making sure you meet the criteria, and we did that.”

The self-study resulted in a 157-page book detailing how the university meets the commission’s five criteria. Along with self-study, the committees and leadership created an online evidence room that houses all of the documents that support what was written in the self-study.

Accreditation is not just about academics. “It’s truly about the whole institution. … It’s expanded over time from ‘Do you have high-quality academic programs?’ to ‘Are you a high-quality institution?’” Payne said. She credits the university’s full accreditation to the “hard work of everyone across the institution on a day-to-day basis.”

Self-study conclusion

The concluding notes of the self-study featured observations about institutional strengths as well as reflections on moving forward in the years ahead. Among the notes it was written:

The results of our self-study illustrate that we have a lot to be proud of as members of the St. Thomas community. We are an institution with a strong commitment to mission and nearly 2,000 talented and dedicated faculty and staff who bring that commitment to life. We focus on giving our students an education that will prepare them to succeed in their professional lives but also to make their profession and world a better place.

“Not all schools are accredited and not all schools need accreditation,” Huber remarked. “St. Thomas, as a traditional brick-and-mortar institution, will continue to seek accreditation so that it can continue to offer students a quality education.”

Gustavus Announces Reading in Common Selections for 2014-15

Gustavus Campus News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:40pm

Gustavus Adolphus College has selected the books Where Am I Wearing and Where Am I Eating by author and journalist Kelsey Timmerman as its Reading in Common books for the 2014-15 academic year—the 15th year of the program at Gustavus. All first-year students are expected to read one of the two books during the summer before meeting with faculty members and other Gustavus students during New Student Orientation to discuss them. New Student Orientation is also loosely based around the themes found in the books. Timmerman will be on campus September 10 to give a free public lecture.

In his first book, Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes, Timmerman takes readers on a journey through Asia and Latin America. From a 20-something t-shirt maker in Honduras to a single mother of two in Bangladesh, Timmerman humanizes the issues of globalization, intimately describing the connection between impoverished garment workers’ standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle, bridging the gap between global producers and consumers.

In his second book, Where Am I Eating: An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy, Timmerman introduces readers to the farmers and fishermen who grow and catch our food. The book tells fascinating stories of the people who produce the food we eat, explaining what their lives are like and how our habits affect them. The book also explores the global food economy including workers’ rights, the global food crisis, fair trade, and immigration.

Kelsey Timmerman

Timmerman’s reporting has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio and has aired on NPR. He has spoken at more than 70 universities, colleges, and high schools across the country. He empowers students to think globally and act locally, engages them with their education and the world, and helps students see where they fit in as doers, learners, consumers, volunteers, and glocals (local and global citizens).

Books for the Reading in Common program are chosen based on their literary quality, reading manageability, interdisciplinary nature, and the author’s availability for a campus appearance. Copies of Where Am I Wearing and Where Am I Eating will be available for purchase in the Book Mark beginning Friday, April 11 for $16 apiece. For more information about the Reading in Common program at Gustavus can be found online at


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

St. Kate’s students showcase research at the Capitol

St. Kate's Campus News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:06pm
A biology major and two future social workers were among the 41 students who shared their research with legislators. More »

2014 Kelly Scholar-in-Residence: Q and A with Joan Borysenko

St. Kate's Campus News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:24pm
Joan Borysenko, a Harvard-trained medical scientist, a licensed psychologist and a spiritual educator is this year's Kelly Scholar. More »

Forensics Team Places 6th at National Tournament

Gustavus Campus News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:26am

The Gustavus forensics team and their awards at this year’s AFA-NIET.

The Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team earned its best ever finish at the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), when it placed sixth in the Team Sweepstakes on Monday, April 7.

The team earned 261 points during the three-day tournament, which took place at Arizona State University in Tempe. This is the fifth straight year that the team has finished in the top 10 at the AFA-NIET after placing eighth in 2013, ninth in 2012, and back-to-back 10th place finishes in 2010 and 2011. Western Kentucky University took first place in the Team Sweepstakes, with Bradley University, University of Texas at Austin, Illinois State University, and George Mason University rounding out the top five.

Gustavus had three competitors place in the top 20 of the Individual Sweepstakes. Senior Shelby Wilds placed ninth in the individual standings, while senior Kelsey Abele and junior Karin Nordin finished in a tie for 16th place.

Wilds placed second out of 138 competitors in the Informative Speaking category. She also advanced to the semifinals in Communication Analysis and the quarterfinals in both Persuasive Speaking and After Dinner Speaking. Abele placed second out of 126 competitors in Communication Analysis and took fifth place in Prose Interpretation. Nordin placed fourth out of 137 competitors in Persuasive Speaking, took sixth place in Poetry Interpretation, and advanced to the quarterfinals in Dramatic Interpretation.

Senior Mariecus Jarvis placed third in Persuasive Speaking. Junior Brittany Knutson was a semifinalist in Communication Analysis and a quarterfinalist in both Informative and Persuasive Speaking. Junior Kate Spaulding was a quarterfinalist in Impromptu Speaking, sophomore Kari Roll was a quarterfinalist in After Dinner Speaking, and sophomore Emily Meyer was a quarterfinalist in Persuasive Speaking.

Typically, more than 130 individuals compete in each event with only 24 advancing to the quarterfinal round, 12 to the semifinal round, and six to the final round. Other team members who competed at the AFA-NIET included senior Sonja Johnson, sophomore Wilson Fields, and first-year students Kellen Andersen, Lizzie Hjelle, and Chelsie Othoudt.

The full results from the 2014 AFA-NIET are available online at

For more information about the Gustavus forensics program, go online to


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

2013 grad has been awarded a Fulbright

St. Kate's Campus News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 9:36am
An alumna will be teaching English in Laos as a Fulbright scholar. More »

Data Analytics Team Wins Competition

Concordia College Campus News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00pm
Concordia’s data analytics team took first place at the 2014 Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition at Winona (Minn.) State University.

Data Analytics Team Wins Competition

Concordia College Campus News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00pm
Concordia’s data analytics team took first place at the 2014 Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition at Winona (Minn.) State University.
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