Recent News from Campuses
After 40 years, Kosmo Machine is investing $1 million in new equipment and adding jobs | Richmond Times-Dispatch | December 10, 2017
The top-seeded #3 Concordia-St. Paul volleyball team (34-3) claimed their ninth NCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship in 11 years with a sweep of Florida Southern (30-7) at UWF Field House on Saturday night.
The Golden Bears made it back-to-back titles to bring their total to nine, putting them within one of Division III Washington-Louis’s NCAA record 10 volleyball championships.… Read More
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St. Olaf College may be ranked No.1 in the number of students who study abroad, but the opportunities for world travel and meaningful global engagement have never been limited to just students. Study Travel has been providing trips for alumni, parents, families, and the public for decades, and has been recently renamed Alumni and Family Travel.
“As the parent of a first-year student, I know most families are focused on study abroad opportunities for their Ole children,” says Alumni and Family Travel Director Heidi Quiram. “With our name change, we wanted to cut through the confusion and differentiate Alumni and Family Travel from student study abroad.”
For each of the destinations, Alumni and Family Travel provides lodging, transportation, and the camaraderie of an Ole community in groups no larger than 25 travelers. Most trips are led by a professor knowledgeable about the destination, giving a unique educational spin to vacations.Travelers on the “Divas and Delights: An Opera Tour of Italy” program, led by Instructor in Music Karen Wilkerson and Pastor Gary Wilkerson, enjoy the sights during their March 2017 trip.
“Alumni and Family Travel makes it possible for you to change the way you see the world,” Quiram says. “Indulge your curiosity, grow your knowledge, and experience more.”
Destinations range from Minnesota’s own Boundary Waters to countries like Cuba, Jordan, Switzerland, or New Zealand.
“It’s your desire to continually change the way you see other cultures, to remain curious, and to always be learning that makes it possible for us to do what we do,” Quiram says. “Thanks for letting us share the world with you.”
Professor Emeritus Erling Teigen, Bethany Lutheran College archivist, wrote a terrific story for our most recent edition of the Bethany Magazine about alumni legacy families at Bethany. It’s a wonderful testament which demonstrates, in part, why Bethany is such a special institution of higher education. What follows are excerpts from the story. You may read the entire story (with photos) in the December 2017 issue on the Bethany Magazine webpage.
Ten exceptional former student-athletes will be honored as 2018 Today’s Top 10 Award winners at the NCAA Convention, including recent Concordia St. Paul volleyball graduate Riley Hanson.
The award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community.… Read More
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The University of St. Thomas English Department has a new master’s program, Creative Writing and Publishing.
Fresh off the unveiling of a new Professional Writing Emphasis track in its undergraduate major, the department is adding its new master’s degree with the goal of fulfilling creative writers’ need to be trained in publishing. The program also will look to leverage the Twin Cities’ robust publishing infrastructure, which Publishing Trendsetter called “the publishing capital of the Midwest.”
“Everybody is excited by this growth and development. It’s always empowering when you can take your vision for the future and make it manifest,” said Associate Professor Matthew Batt, who helped guide the program’s development over the past five years. “It’s an exciting time for all the programs in the graduate English Department.”
The MA program in Creative Writing and Publishing is focused on intensive practice in the craft of creative writing, as well as training in the theory and practice of publishing. In addition to participating in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction workshops, students have the opportunity to take courses in literature, pedagogy and cultural studies. Classes are capped at 14 students, which should allow for lively classroom engagement and personalized attention.
Students also will tap into the area’s publishing scene, building on faculty members’ relationships to some of the region’s best publishers.
“A lot of people are realizing this is the golden age for small, independent presses. … We’re hoping to cultivate a relationship with them and work with some of the best presses in America that just happen to be in the Twin Cities,” Batt said.
In emphasizing publishing to support creative writing master’s students, St. Thomas is filling a major void in the Midwest.
“There are fewer than five programs nationwide that focus directly on publishing,” Batt said. “Ours is intended to be a degree for creative writers who want to study publishing along the way.”
Enrollment is open for students looking to begin in the fall, and a summer publishing institute will begin this year and be a cornerstone of the program in the future.
“We’re hoping to engage current students, prospective students and community members nationwide,” Batt said. “We want to do something that isn’t really being done in the Midwest, despite the fact we have this powerhouse of publishing forces in the Twin Cities.”
Gustavus Adolphus College sophomore Joy Dunna was crowned St. Lucia at the College’s 77th annual Festival of St. Lucia Celebration on Thursday, December 7. After being nominated along with five other sophomore women based on service to others, strength of character, courageous leadership, and compassion, Dunna was selected as the 2017 honoree after a campus-wide vote.
“Gustavus means a lot to me, so it’s always been a natural thing to be a presence, to connect with people, and to give back to the community,” Dunna said. “I’ve seen the women on the court being active on campus and I’m proud to be among them. All of the women are equally deserving, so it’s an honor to be chosen as St. Lucia.”
Dunna, a graduate of Hill-Murray High School, studies nursing and gender, women, and sexuality studies. She is involved on campus as a member of the Gustie Greeters, Building Bridges, Feminist Bible Study, and serves as secretary of the Women’s Action Coalition. In addition, Dunna introduces prospective students to Gustavus as an admission tour guide, is a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, and recently joined the Cribbage Club. Dunna, who counts her brother Miles among her biggest influences, seeks to be her best self and live a life of charity, integrity, and selflessness.
The day of celebration at Gustavus included the St. Lucia court members singing carols throughout the College’s residence halls, the breakfast with members of the Guild of Lucia, the annual chapel service in Christ Chapel, and a traditional Scandinavian smorgasbord luncheon sponsored by the Gustavus Library Associates. This year’s luncheon was highlighted by speaker John Noltner, who discussed his A Peace of My Mind project, which explores the concept of peace through photography and personal interviews.
The College’s celebration of the Swedish tradition began in 1941 and commemorates the courage shown by the legendary St. Lucia, who is known for her faith and service to others. In homes throughout Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia by preparing and serving baked goods and coffee to her family at sunrise. Lucia is a day celebrating community, light, and the end to long winter nights as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season.
The 2017 St. Lucia court included Dunna, from St. Paul, Minn.; Greta Dupslaff from Harris, Minn.; Sarah Anderson from Roseville, Minn.; Carly Miller from Brainerd, Minn.; Joyce Amakoue from Bloomington, Minn.; and Nicole Willis from Farmington, Minn.
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For many people, the celebration of the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season begins with the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a century-old tradition of the college.
The theme of this year’s Christmas Festival, held on campus November 30–December 3, was “Ris’n With Healing in His Wings.” Thousands of visitors flocked to campus for the renowned festival, and viewers from around the world watched the college’s livestream of the event. Audio and video downloads are also available on the Christmas Festival website.
Enjoy photos of this year’s festival below.Click to view slideshow.