Recent News from Campuses
Three Carleton alumni share their insights into incorporating a global dimension into their careers.
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Presented by John Keller, executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.
Written by Emily Severson ’17
It was hard not to smile as I stood on the third floor of the beautifully restored Minnesota State Capitol Building, in a room packed full of current and graduated Gusties of different ages and stages, all sitting and mingling, leaning in closer to hear one another over the bubbling conversations taking place all over the room. Everyone took turns sharing their stories — alumni recounting the types of jobs they had after graduation that led them to where they are today, and current students sharing their dreams and fears for the future. Each and every person at the 2017 Gustavus Adolphus College Day at the Capitol was different, but it was clear that our Gustavus experience united us more deeply than we could ever imagine.
The morning started out in eager anticipation for the full day that lay ahead. One by one, each student in their blazers, skirts and ties filed onto the bus and we left while the sun was rising to make it to the capitol. Vice President for Marketing and Communication Tim Kennedy bopped around the bus, stopping to connect with various groups of students and ask them about their expectations for the day. Some knew exactly what to expect because they had attended Day at the Capitol before, but the vast majority had never been to the Capitol, let alone to lobby for higher education and have individual meetings with their own legislators. The day became real when we exited off of 35E and I saw the beautiful dome of the Capitol standing strong, welcoming us and putting butterflies in my stomach.
There was no shortage of incredible and inspiring people who were making their lives count to talk to during the day. From meetings with the legislators in charge of our own district like John Considine, Clark Johnson, and Nick Frentz, all the way to a conversation in the Governor’s Reception Room with Linden Zakula ‘05 and Matt Swenson ‘06, who are both currently senior staffers for Governor Dayton. The entire room burst into laughter as Matt told us about his sophomore year when he sprinted down Old Main Hill as Gus the lion, covered in sweat and blood, and was told he had to keep his mascot head on because he was scaring the kids. It was clear that their Gustavus education meant the world to them, and they didn’t just stop when they left the Hill, but they brought their experience with them and continue to draw from their time on campus.
One of the most unique parts of the day is that each and every student gets a personal meeting scheduled with their senator and representative from their home district. How powerful it must be to these legislators to see students from their own constituencies make the drive all the way from Saint Peter up to the cities and share with them why the Minnesota State Grant Program is indispensable to students in Minnesota. Students shared their own stories, stories from their roommates, or stories of their friends who currently receive the grant, and how their college experience wouldn’t be the same without this help. The Minnesota State Grant is the only type of state aid that a student can take to any Minnesota college they want, private or public. As we sat with our senators and representatives in their offices (or, since they are so busy, caught them in the hall on the way to their committee meeting), we practiced and developed our own advocacy skills with the people who could really make a change.
The end of our afternoon concluded with my favorite part of the day: a networking event with some of the most incredible Gustie alumni who are working in the public sector. Some alumni were familiar faces to me, like Scott Croonquist ‘85 and Leslie Rosedahl ‘03, as they have been involved with Day at the Capitol for years now. But some alumni, like Clara Wicklund ‘16 and Paget Pengelly ‘16, had just graduated and were excited to share their own experience with current students. You could see the excitement in our eyes as we listened to Gusties who had lived in the same dorms and same professors as us, but are now in the real world (and even seem happy to be there!). Tim Kennedy said it best when he shared with our group the reason that he has stuck around Gustavus for so long: it’s the people like the Gusties we got to connect with at Day at the Capitol who really are making their lives count that make Gustavus the incredible place we know it to be.
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WINONA, Minn. — Local businesswomen will address the challenges and opportunities of being an entrepreneur in a panel discussion Wednesday, March 29, hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Mary’s University.
Women own more than 10.6 million businesses in the U.S., and their businesses account for $2.5 trillion in sales. In the past two decades, the number of women-owned businesses has grown 68 percent.
Lynita Docken-Delaney and Laura Delaney Roessler of Elmaro Vineyard of Trempealeau, Wis., along with Mary, Sara, and Jess Ecker of Ecker’s Apple Farm near Centerville, will talk about unique challenges for women in business. These women will share personal stories of triumph and tribulations, what they’ve learned, and highlights of their successful family business ventures.Mary Ecker and her daughters, Jess and Sara, have run the orchard since Mary’s husband Peter, who had managed the land since 1970, died in 2009. The apple orchards boast 15 varieties of apples with an expansive range of tastes, textures, and subtle flavors. The crop is Tru Earth Certified, grown with conscious thought to people and the environment. Visitors to the farm can pick their own apples in the apple orchards, then stop in to the retail store for locally produced specialty products, Wisconsin apples, caramel, and baked goods made right at Ecker’s
The mother-daughter winemaking team of Lynita Docken-Delaney and Laura Delaney Roessler, along with their husbands, opened Elmaro Vineyard in 2011. The Delaney’s were first inspired to grow grapes and make wine while on a trip to northern Italy in 2003 to watch Laura compete in a curling tournament. Lynita fell in love with the vineyards and wanted to plant grapes back in Wisconsin. Today, the vineyard has grown to 9 1/2 acres of grapes, a medium-sized vineyard for Wisconsin. Wines from Elmaro are made from grapes grown by more than 10 different vineyards in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and one in Arkansas. Juice from the Finger Lakes region of New York is brought in to craft a wine as well. Elmaro has been recognized with 10 gold medals and is a sweepstakes winner at national and international competitions for their wines.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel—free and open to the public—begins at 7 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center.
About the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial StudiesThe Kabara Institute aims to incite a passion for entrepreneurial spirit in students across Saint Mary’s University, regardless of their major field of study, by providing opportunities for students to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society.
Photo captions: Lynita Docken-Delaney and Laura Delaney Roessler of Elmaro Vineyard will share their experiences during the Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel discussion Wednesday, March 29, at Saint Mary’s University.
Eckers Apple Farm is family run by Mary Ecker (back left) and her daughters Sarah, left, and Jess, right, along with Jess’s husband, Simon DeGabriele. The Ecker women will also join the Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel discussion Wednesday, March 29, at Saint Mary’s University.
The St. Thomas community will again celebrate Global Engagement Week (March 27-April 1). Under the guidance of the strategic themes of Globalization and One University, the events aim to recognize the many global engagement efforts already taking place at the university in teaching, learning, research and service. This celebrations planned throughout the week aim to highlight how each member of our community can engage globally and how we can support the St. Thomas vision for a better world.
Join President Julie Sullivan on Tuesday, March 28, at the One University speaker event featuring Dr. Aaron Bruce, who serves as the chief diversity officer at San Diego State University, and focuses on campuswide global understanding, social justice, and strategies related to diversity and inclusion. He will be delivering the keynote address, “Global Citizen – Engaging the World for the Common Good.” The event begins at 3 p.m. in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall North, third floor of the Anderson Student Center.
Other Global Engagement Week events include:
- “Wear Your Culture,” a Diversity Activities Board T-shirt-making event for students, March 29, 5:30 p.m. in ASC 202
- The International Celebration Fair, March 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Father Dorsey Way, second floor of ASC. The fair is an opportunity for international students, returning study abroad students and ELS students to share information about their home countries or study abroad experience.
- International Eats at T’s and The View: Dining Services will be serving international foods throughout the week at The View’s World Eats Station and T’s LaSalle Action Station.
- Globally Minded Student Association 28th Annual International Dinner will be held April 1 at 6 p.m. Join us for an evening of delicious food and entertainment. The International Dinner theme this year is #YOUAREWELCOMEHERE. The tickets are free but must be reserved through University Tickets.
Please visit the Global Engagement Week website for a full schedule and more information.
Al Montero is going to do his best to pop your political bubble.
I have heard from a number of people in recent days who continue to be concerned about the post-election environment on college campuses.
Strong feelings as a result of the election are being expressed everywhere, and the discourse happening on our campus is similar to what we see happening in many other communities across the country. We welcome diversity in all of its forms, including political ideology, and we strive to create an environment that promotes the free and respectful exchange of ideas.
When reactions cross this line and lead to bullying, harassment, or other behavior that violates our community standards, we have and will continue to enforce our code of conduct. There is no place for bullying of any kind at St. Olaf, including student-on-student bullying because of a student’s political views. We also do not permit faculty/staff imposing their own views in an academic setting. Here is a link to our policy on harassment and discrimination.
In each case where a complaint was reported to the Dean of Students or Provost, prompt action was taken to address that behavior with the student or faculty/staff member and appropriate sanctions were imposed.
In the days immediately following the election, two separate messages — one from me and another from leaders of College Republicans and College Democrats — affirmed the college’s commitment to honoring and encouraging the diversity reflected in our community.
My message said, in part:
Please remember that, regardless of how you view the results of the election, each of you is a valued member of our community. Seeking to understand different views, and finding ways to support one another is a requirement of life in community with others. I encourage you to continue to engage with one another.
Meanwhile, the commitments of the College remain firm. Access and inclusion remain guiding values. We welcome and respect diversity of persons, of thought and of opinion, and we promote dialogue among those with competing views. As always, we pursue excellence in everything we do.
In the coming days as we as individuals, we as a college, and we as a nation go forward, take care of yourself, take care of each other, and take care of this place.
In their bipartisan message, leaders of College Republicans and College Democrats noted:
Every person on this campus, regardless of race, nationality, creed, sexual orientation, gender, or political affiliation, is an equal part of our community, and deserves to be respected, heard, and to feel safe on campus. We encourage open, civil dialogues across campus and we believe there is a lot we can learn from each other. We condemn any and all instances of hatred and intolerance.
Tensions are high, but at the end of the day we should be able to turn to each other and recognize the special bond we all share as Oles. The sun will rise tomorrow, and we should face the new day as students united, beyond our labels, who ultimately know that our strength lies in what we share, not what divides us.
As we welcome students back from spring break next week, we look forward to continuing to provide an environment where the broadest range of ideas get a full and fair hearing.
President David R. Anderson ’74
WINONA, Minn. — The 30th annual Page Series at Saint Mary’s University concludes with a three-day residency by Ragamala Dance Company, culminating in a 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday, April 8, at the Page Theatre.
Now in its 23rd season, Ragamala has been hailed by The New York Times as “soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious … [Ragamala] showed how Indian forms can provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.” Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company’s work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the personal. As choreographers and performers, Ranee and Aparna create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition—secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness—to find the transcendence that lies in between. As mother and daughter, each brings her generational experience to the work—the rich traditions, deep philosophical roots, and ancestral wisdom of India meeting and merging with their hybridic perspective as Indian-American artists.
For their Page Series performance, Ragamala will perform their signature work, Sacred Earth. Sacred Earth explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environment that shapes them. Performed with live music, the dancers create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth is the company’s singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man.
The Page Series will offer several free events April 6 and 7, which will give community members the opportunity to learn more about Ragamala Dance Company and their work. Events include:
- Introduction to Bharatanatyam: Thursday, April 6, at 12:15 p.m., Page Theatre. This event will offer an introduction to the South Indian dance form that inspires Ragamala’s work.
- A Page in History: Friday, April 7, at 12:05 p.m., Winona County History Center. This event will give attendees insight into company members and how they develop their work, including a demonstration.
- Indian Dance Master Class: Friday, April 7, at 4 p.m., Vaéncia Arts Center. This class is recommended for those ages 7 and older. No experience is necessary, but community members wishing to participate are asked to register in advance at pagetheatre.org.
- Discussion of Sustainability in Life and Art: Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m., Figliulo Recital Hall. This discussion provides an introduction to the folk art forms featured prominently in Sacred Earth.
Tickets to the April 8 performance are $24 for adults and $21 for students and senior citizens. For additional information or to order tickets, visit pagetheatre.org or call 507-457-1715 (noon-6 p.m., weekdays).
Activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, as well as an Arts Tour grant, funded through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Xcel Energy Foundation and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.
Katie (Leisen) Spring ’15 knows it’s all about finding ways to set yourself apart.
As an undergraduate biology student, Spring applied for a summer undergraduate research opportunity, which enabled her to work at Mayo Clinic.
That foot in the door led to another. She inquired with a doctor at the Mayo Clinic about volunteering in a lab in the Anesthesia Department where Alzheimer’s research was being done. This inquiry developed into an internship her senior year.
Now working for the Mayo Clinic full time, Spring has returned to Saint Mary’s to earn a master’s in Business Administration because she knows it will give her an edge as her career advances.
“There is such a demand, from my perspective, for students to have the combination of business and science,” she said. “The combination is so rare. I think it would definitely set students apart.”
Spring hopes to continue working in the science community, but is planning for a future that could someday include an administrative role such as an operations manager of a research department.
Finding Saint Mary’s fully online M.B.A. program was a perfect fit for her hectic schedule.
“I am really enjoying the different way of thinking,” she said. “The principles can be applied directly to life: how to manage finances, how to set up spreadsheets. It’s all very useful information. The courses are very condensed, so there’s a lot of information but it’s totally doable. I’m a fan of lifelong learning.”
Spring said it’s been an adjustment for her; she’s had to change her way of thinking because science and business are often complete opposites. Yet, she knows that they are frequently connected.
“When I started my current job at the Mayo Clinic, I was the very first hire in this position,” she said. “We are targeting genes in a genome to make them resistant to HIV. I am a research technologist, so I am responsible for many experiments in the labs but I also do quite a bit of laboratory management, like ordering supplies and doing inventory management. I manage finances, making sure we aren’t over-spending. That’s what got me interested in business.”
In March, Spring was able to share her experience and advice with students during a job fair in the Twin Cities area.
She stressed that students need to find ways to set themselves apart. “I really believe my internship helped me get my position,” she said. “Getting your foot in the door helps so much. All research investigators are willing to take on people they don’t have to pay. Mainly it’s about getting your name out there. Networking is the biggest thing I pushed.”
Spring also encourages students at Saint Mary’s to talk to Mike Hagarty from the Career Services and Internships Office. “He is so helpful and genuinely cares, and that’s awesome. I really think he can do a lot to help students. When I was doing my internship at the Mayo Clinic, he visited me and made time to see how it was going. I like the community feeling I got from Saint Mary’s, which is why I chose to do my master’s through Saint Mary’s too.”
Regardless of where her career path takes her, Spring plans to continue working in science.
“There are so many options out there, and I’m learning what those are,” she said. “But I really enjoy science, the ever-changing environment and the fact that no two days are ever the same. I love the dynamic atmosphere. I like the collaboration. I fell in love with science when I was really little, and at Saint Mary’s, with the uncommon emphasis on laboratory work, I fell in love with research.”
And, she still hopes her efforts are part of a collaboration that can one day find a cure and save lives.
“That’s everybody’s hope,” she said. “Everything you do is contributing in some way. I am very passionate about helping people and I believe that I’m doing so through research.”
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
“He intended to spur an academic discussion but ultimately wound up triggering a historic and theological earthquake that changed the world. The repercussions – positive and negative – can still be seen today,” says St. Olaf College Director of Government, Foundation, and Corporate Relations Helen Warren. “Events and exhibitions to showcase this protagonist of German and European history and to discuss his impact are taking place in Germany, in the U.S. and all over the world.”
St. Olaf will join in the worldwide celebrate of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation by hosting a series of events over the course of the next month. All events and exhibits are free and open to the public.
The event series, Dissonance and Resolution: Musical and Moral Legacies of the Reformation, is supported in part by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
“What we hope St. Olaf students, as well as faculty, staff, alumni and community members, gain from the events is greater understanding of the breadth and sometimes controversial complexity of Martin Luther’s impact in diverse spheres,” says Assistant Professor of German Amanda Randall. “In this way, the event series is a chance not only to highlight, but to give further dimension to the college’s Lutheran heritage.”
The events, public exhibits, and other activities will include:
- A chapel talk by Gustavus Adolphus College Professor Emeritus of Religion Darrell Jodock ’62 on Thursday, March 30, at 11 a.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel, followed by a discussion during community time.
- A performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion (Johannes Passion) by St. Olaf Cantorei, members of the St. Olaf Orchestra, and guest musicians, directed by St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Music James Bobb. The performance will be held during Vespers on Palm Sunday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel, and will be followed by a reception in the Undercroft.
- A Luther-related book display in Rolvaag Memorial Library from March 20 to April 20.
- A “Here I Stand” poster exhibit on the life and work of Martin Luther in the hallway leading to Boe Memorial Chapel beginning the last week of March and going through the month of April.
- A weekly student reading group led by James Bobb examining Lutheranism, Anti-Judaism and Bach’s St. John Passion by Michael Marrisen. This weekly reading group will be held throughout the month of March and is solely open to students and faculty of St. Olaf.
Minnesota Public Radio comes home to Saint John’s University April 25 -26 to mark its 50th anniversary
WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is inviting current sophomore and junior undergraduate students from throughout the three-state region who are majoring in the sciences to apply for a two-week workshop on Advancing Regenerative Medicine. The workshop will be held May 29-June 9, 2017 at Saint Mary’s Winona Campus. Students selected to take part in this state-of-the-art educational experience—focused on advancing clinically relevant scientific discovery in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering—will receive $1,000 and obtain complimentary room and board for the two-week workshop.
Focused on an evolving area of science, this workshop will feature innovative learning and hands-on activities on the Saint Mary’s Winona Campus, including in modern classrooms and labs in the university’s new Science and Learning Center. The workshop will also include a tour of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in nearby Rochester, Minn., and guest speakers. A speaker from Karolinska Institute from Stockholm, Sweden, is being solidified.
The transitional and groundbreaking discipline of regenerative medicine has tremendous potential to impact the treatment of diseases affecting different organ systems—from tissue growth for burn victims to growing new vital organs, like hearts and kidneys.
The application deadline is April 14, 2017. To apply, or for more information, visit smumn.edu/arm. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, the number of participants is limited. Specific questions may be directed to Professor of Biology Debra Martin, Ph.D., at Saint Mary’s by calling 507-457-1628.
This workshop is supported by a nearly $100,000 grant, from the Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Program.