Recent News from Campuses

Jace Riggin ’16: A Champion for Justice in His Home State

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:27pm

Jace Riggin ’16

While growing up in Devils Lake, North Dakota, Gustavus Adolphus College junior Jace Riggin ’16 says he was an “outsider” for many reasons. He was the blond haired and blue eyed Caucasian who grew up on an American Indian reservation. He was the stepson of a mixed race marriage between his Native American stepfather and white mother. He was the gay Christian who tried to make sense of two identities that many told him couldn’t exist together. Today, Riggin is using his life experiences and passion for justice to help others in his hometown who might consider themselves as “outsiders”.

“I still remember where I grew up,” Riggin said. “It is my family, my upbringing, and my intersections with being an outsider and trying to blend in that fuel my passion for LGBT advocacy, protection of Native children, and concern for those who have the least among us.”

Choosing Gustavus

Riggin looked at a large number of schools during his college search process and Gustavus was actually the last school he decided to visit. Once he stepped on campus he recognized that Gustavus was an institution with a strong community and collection of people that would accept him for who he was and foster the growth he needed to succeed in the future.

“Gustavus has been the absolute right choice for me. I have grown tremendously during my time on the hill,” Riggin said. “Gustavus has fostered in me an ability to understand others, think critically about complex issues, seek sustainable solutions to pressing matters, and understand what I am passionate about and would like to focus on after life on the hill.”

Academically, Riggin is a political science and communication studies double major. Outside the classroom, Riggin has immersed himself in a number of student organizations across campus during the past three years. He is a member of the Epsilon Pi Alpha fraternity, the College’s Judiciary Board, and the Choir of Christ Chapel. He is a Peer Assistant, on the Diversity Leadership Council, a Safe Zone Coordinator, and a member of Queers and Allies. He has been involved in the Gustavus Crossroads Program, the Diversity Ambassadors Program, and the Order of Omega.

“Jace is a leader, both on and off campus. Whatever the cause, when there is an event on our campus, Jace is inevitably at or near the center of leadership,” Professor of Communication Studies Phil Voight said. “On public policy issues as varied as gay marriage, electoral politics, free speech, anti-violence coordination, and race relations, Jace has been at the forefront in challenging his fellow students to become more involved, and in encouraging the campus to adopt change.”

“In my opinion, the true mark of a Gustavus education is the commitment to excellence that I have experienced in and out of the classroom,” Riggin said. “All students are encouraged to have insatiable minds to seek to build bridges. Not only have I found this to be true in the classroom, but also while singing in the choir, spending time with my fraternity brothers, and simply meeting one-on-one with a professor.”

LGBT Advocacy Work

 In the fall of 2013 while taking Public Discourse—a core class in the Communication Studies Department’s curriculum—Riggin asked the question, “what is it like for LGBT students at Devils Lake High School?” He surveyed 167 students at the school and discovered that less than one in five students reported that they would feel safe revealing their identity as LGBT at the school.

For the next seven months, Riggin engaged in research, spoke to school officials in an attempt to enact policy changes, and collaborated with officials at the University of North Dakota to develop policy and programming aimed at protecting LGBT identified students.

Riggin at the community forum he organized in his hometown of Devils Lake, ND.

After running into some roadblocks from district administrators, Riggin took his advocacy to another level. In September of 2014 he organized a community forum titled, “What is Happening at DLHS: The Atmosphere for LGBT Students.” He invited the first openly gay North Dakota legislator, Joshua Boschee, to help moderate and present at the forum.

“When the event was over, 30 community members along with DLHS faculty, students, and administrators had engaged in a conversation that many wanted to avoid,” Riggin said. “I have never felt as fulfilled as I did while watching that conversation unfold and listening to personal stories of the community members present.”

Riggin says that while the school district has not yet implemented policies that would properly protect LGBT students, the district has agreed to allow staff to attend training sessions regarding LGBT identified students. He says that while it is far from ideal, it is a step in the right direction.

Riggin says that he plans to continue his advocacy for LGBT students in North Dakota and will continue to draw from the knowledge he has learned in several of his Gustavus classes including Public Discourse, Sex, Power, and Politics, and Campaign Political Communication. He plans to serve on a newly formed North Dakota Statewide LGBT Coalition as a regional representative. While he and his fellow advocates have steep hill to climb politically in North Dakota, Riggin hopes to one day see the state implement an anti-bullying and harassment policy on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity within public schools.

“With continued work and focus, North Dakota and similar communities will become safer for LGBT identified individuals,” Riggin said. “That is why it is important for college level students to not only educate and advocate on their college campus, but also in communities outside of their campus grounds.”

Riggin’s work in the area of LGBT advocacy has not gone unnoticed. Along with being a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar Finalist, Riggin was the recipient of Gustavus’s 2015 Ovanlig Award, which is given annually to a junior or senior student who has demonstrated leadership in raising campus awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender rights and concerns.

A Bright Future

After graduating from Gustavus in 2016, Riggin says he plans to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in social policy or non-profit management.

“I believe that non-profit organizations are agents of change within society, and that sound public policy that is built from the ground up can be used as a tool that effectively solves systemic problems within communities,” Riggin said. “When people from the communities that policy effects contribute to and execute policy, that is when we succeed.”


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

Next Stop for Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House: New York’s Hudson River Valley

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:30am

While the University of St. Thomas doesn’t know who bought its Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House, they do know roughly where it is going and that the new owners have pledged to preserve it.

The house was sold at an online, three-minute auction Tuesday for $750,000. An additional $155,000 was added to the price for what is called the “buyer’s premium,” bringing the total to $905,000.

Dr. Victoria Young, professor of modern architectural history and chair of Art History Department at St. Thomas, said she was informed by Wright, the Chicago-based auction house, that the home’s new owners wish to remain anonymous.

“But they did say they are moving it to private property in the Hudson River Valley of New York, which would be roughly 1,200 miles from its current location in Owatonna, Minnesota,” she said. “The best news is that the owners have pledged to restore and preserve the home. That is wonderful to hear.”

When auctioneer Richard Wright declared the home was sold at $750,000, he called it “a real bargain for an architectural masterpiece.”

The Hudson River Valley will be the third address for the guest house. Mike and Penny Winton commissioned world-renowned architect Frank Gehry in 1982 to design a guest house for their Lake Minnetonka property. When it was finished in 1987, the 2,300-square-foot structure won House and Garden magazine’s design award of the year and made Time magazine’s “Best of 87” design honor roll.

When real estate developer Kirt Woodhouse purchased the Winton property in 2002, he subdivided the land and donated the Winton Guest House to St. Thomas. It took several years, but the home, which is composed of five separate geometrically shaped rooms, was divided into sections and moved 110 miles to the university’s Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center just south of Owatonna.

When St. Thomas sold the conference center last summer to Meridian Behavioral Health Services, the university retained ownership of the Winton Guest House and was given until August 2016 to move it to a new location. Those bidding on the home knew that it had to be moved.

Young said it’s not yet known if the new owners will try to move the home this year, or wait until 2016. Judging from the effort involved with moving the home from Minnetonka to Owatonna, a 1,200-mile move to the Hudson River will be challenging. An 11-minute video of the home’s first move can be viewed here.

News of the auction was carried nationally and even internationally. Here’s a list of some of the publications that ran articles about the sale: Italy’s Architectural DigestOwatonna People’s PressVanity FairFinancial Times of LondonArchitecture MinnesotaWall Street JournalArchitectural DigestArchitectural Record and the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune. The Wright auction house  featured considerable information about the Winton Guest House.

May 30 gala designed to elevate the sciences at Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:23am

John Hoffman

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Two NASA scientists and alumni of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will be honored during the university’s Celebration of Excellence Saturday, May 30.

The event—to be held at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis—is designed to celebrate the university’s longstanding legacy of excellence in the sciences, but also to advance the sciences at Saint Mary’s.

At 5 p.m. attendees are invited to talk with current students and view their research during a cocktail reception. At the 6 p.m. dinner and program, Saint Mary’s administration will detail their vision for the future (including plans for a new science center at its Winona Campus). Additionally Dr. John H. Hoffman, a 1951 alumnus, and Dr. Robert A. Hoffman, a 1956 alumnus, will be presented with Presidential Awards for Outstanding Merit.

The Hoffmans are the only set of brothers (or any immediate family members) who have had instruments on the same NASA satellites, Atmosphere Explore C and D. The Hoffmans grew up in Winona and both majored in the sciences at Saint Mary’s. A magnetic ion mass spectrometer was John’s contribution to the NASA satellite missions and a low-energy electron detector was Robert’s. The two were inspired by their father, Professor John Hoffman, a longtime science educator at Saint Mary’s who stated the chemistry and physics departments.

Robert Hoffman

Saint Mary’s has long been a place where the study of science comes alive for men and women—whether it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream or a newly discovered passion. In Saint Mary’s small classes, students study alongside professors whose commitment to research is matched by their dedication to teaching.

Saint Mary’s is gearing up to significantly increase the capacity of its science program and unleash its full potential. With financial support of the evening’s attendees, the university plans to attract more students, meet the demands of ever-evolving fields, maintain its highly personal approach, and prepare graduates for leadership roles.

Tickets are $150 per person ($100 per person for undergraduate alumni from 2010 or later). For more information or to register, go to or call 507-457-6647.

Senior Esther Jandrich Competing at 2015 NCAA Track & Field Championships

Concordia University Campus News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:09am

Senior pole vault athlete Esther Jandrich is competing at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week, becoming the first Concordia track and field athlete to attend the national outdoor and indoor meets in the same year. The NCAA meet takes place on May 21-23 on the campus of Grand Valley State University.

After four Golden Bears attended the indoor national meet, Jandrich’s participation this season makes it five on the year. Before the 2014-15 season, Concordia had never had more than two attendees in a single year.

In the indoor season, Jandrich became the first pole vault athlete to attend the national meet. Now she is the first outdoor pole vaulter, as well as the third women’s outdoor qualifier in school history and first since 2003-04 (Emily Shoop, 1500m). She is also the first outdoor track and field participant for either gender since Kawaskii Bacon for qualified for the men in 2006-07. Jandrich will be Concordia’s fifth overall outdoor qualifier in the school’s NCAA Division II track and field history (1999-2000 to present).

Jandrich’s qualifying mark of 12’6 was set on May 2 at the Warrior Open and came as a surprise. “I didn’t see it coming,” said track and field head coach Sam Johnson. “She had cleared 12 feet the previous week so that was a step in the right direction, but it’s been so much of a mental game recently, I just wasn’t sure if we were going to put it all together.”

The former gymnast from Forest Lake, Minn. earned All-Conference honors at the NSIC Championships and is ranked 14th in the country.

Annual First Generation breakfast raises more than $100,000

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:26pm

Attendees at the third annual Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota First Generation Scholars S.O.A.R. Breakfast on May 20 saw the direct benefactors of their generosity when Nancy-Leon Morales ’15 and Jennifer Hernandez ’15 spoke at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis.

“If it were not for the First Generation Initiative (FGI) scholarship, I would not be here in front of you,” said Hernandez, who received a bachelor’s degree during the university’s Winona Campus commencement ceremony on May 9.

Morales and Hernandez represented the second class of FGI scholars to graduate from Saint Mary’s. Continuing an annual trend of generosity, attendees at the breakfast donated more than $100,000 with the help of a matching donation from Will and Shirley Oberton of Winona. The funds will go directly toward supporting FGI scholars while studying at Saint Mary’s.

Betsy Hodges, mayor of Minneapolis, attended the event and provided brief remarks regarding her vision for the city’s youth and how it aligns with the Saint Mary’s FGI program.

“It’s important that every one of us has the opportunity to succeed,” Hodges said. “This organization and this university have been putting in a lot of extra time, attention, and care to make sure that our first-generation students have the opportunity to move forward and accelerate their lives and community.”

Brother William Mann, FSC, president of Saint Mary’s, also spoke of the importance of providing opportunities to all through education. The FGI philosophy, he said, has roots in Saint Mary’s Lasallian heritage of access to education.

“I’m very proud of what we do at Saint Mary’s,” Brother William said. “My dream is to give hope to some families. Let’s provide an awesome experience, so that this university can do its part in this country which has blessed so many of us.”

To make a contribution to the First Generation Initiative, visit the website.

St. Thomas Explores Two-Year College Option

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:47pm

The University of St. Thomas, as part of the flexible pathways priority in its strategic plan, will explore whether to open a two-year Catholic college as a way to increase access and affordability and ultimately lead to four-year degrees for Minneapolis and St. Paul area high school students.

The St. Thomas Board of Trustees earlier this month expressed enthusiastic support for the exploration, which will begin this summer. A two-year Catholic college opened by a four-year Catholic university would be the second in the United States; Loyola University Chicago will open Arrupe College this fall.

“The concept of a two-year college aligns with St. Thomas’ mission as a Catholic university,” President Julie Sullivan said. “We are committed to expanding access to a personalized and holistic learning experience, reducing student debt and contributing to eliminating the college education gap in the Twin Cities.

“Our flexible pathways strategic priority seeks to respond to fluctuations in demographics and economic challenges by identifying new and alternative ways for students to enroll at St. Thomas, complete a St. Thomas education and succeed in the job market,” she said. “A two-year college is an intriguing concept to provide a debt-free, two-year pathway to a four-year degree.”

Sullivan will ask a group of St. Thomas faculty and staff to explore the two-year college concept. The group will work as part of the Flexible Pathways Task Force, a 15-member group co-chaired by Dr. Kendra Garrett, professor in the School of Social Work, and Dr. Michael Jordan, associate vice president for undergraduate studies and academic advisement.

Objectives of a two-year college could include:

  • To provide an opportunity for a small cohort of motivated students who want to pursue a college education but have limited resources to initially enroll at St. Thomas or other four-year institutions.
  • To provide strong instruction, academic counseling, personal interaction and a support system in preparing students to earn associate’s degrees and subsequently enter St. Thomas or other four-year institutions to complete bachelor’s degrees.
  • To increase the number of low-income, first-generation, minority and immigrant students attending college, and improve their retention and graduation rates.

One model that St. Thomas will explore is Arrupe College, which Loyola University Chicago will open this fall with an initial cohort of 100 students. The two-year Arrupe program intends to provide maximum student aid through Pell and state grants, small scholarships and no loans; enroll students with ACT scores of 17-22 and high school GPAs of 2.5; and concentrate on a standard core curriculum for four-year institutions. Students will be in class 40 weeks a year and seminars will be offered on pertinent topics during the two-week breaks between the five eight-week sessions. Ultimately, Arrupe expects to enroll a total of 400 first- and second-year students.

St. Thomas initially will explore housing the two-year college on its Minneapolis campus because of its public transportation access and available daytime space. Specific timetables have not been set to make a decision on whether to open a two-year college or when one would open if the decision were made to move forward.


Tommies Together Volunteers Pack 109,080 Meals

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:32am

The university celebrated its first Tommies Together St. Thomas Day of Service by hosting a Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event on May 6 and 7.

The MobilePack attracted 415 volunteers, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors of St. Thomas. Over the course of three two-hour volunteer shifts, 109,080 meals were packed for malnourished children in the developing world. That amount of food is enough to feed 298 children for an entire year.

Vice President for Mission Father Larry Snyder, who initiated the Tommies Together MobilePack in conjunction with the university’s annual St. Thomas Day celebration, was pleased with its success. “This is indicative of the culture of service that is growing on campus and a sign of the university’s commitment to create a better world by working for the common good,” said Snyder.

According to FMSC, 504 of the 505 boxes packed by St. Thomas volunteers have shipped to the organization’s partner Food for the Poor in Jamaica.

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MJ Sun ’15 Takes Unique Path to Veterinary School

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:58am

MJ Sun ’15

When Gustavus Adolphus College senior Mengyuan (MJ) Sun crosses the stage to receive her diploma on May 31, she will be more than 7,000 miles from her hometown of Sichuan, China. Her decision to attend Gustavus has paid off in more ways than one as she will leave the College with degrees in nursing and biology along with offers to attend eight different colleges of veterinary medicine.

Schools that wanted Sun to join their veterinary medicine program included Cornell University, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Georgia, Michigan State University, Colorado State University, and Ohio State University. When it came time to make a decision, Sun chose Cornell University—the No. 2 ranked vet school according to U.S. News & World Report.

“The compelling reason for me to choose Cornell was not its sheer ranking, but something more personal,” Sun said.

When she was seven years old, Sun recalls watching a documentary about elephants. At the end of film, Cornell was credited for the research in animal science. From that point on, she says she wanted to attend the school in Ithaca, New York.

“I also really like how they use a problem-based learning approach,” Sun said. “Traditionally, vet students attend lectures for two or three years and then do clinical time for a full year at the end. Instead, Cornell has the problem-based approach that encourages students to put their lecture learning to case studies. This type of teaching better suits my learning style.”

In order to be accepted into eight prestigious veterinary schools, Sun had to build an impressive resume of accomplishments and experiences during her four years at Gustavus. After developing a passion for both animals and public health during her youth, Sun made the decision during her first year at Gustavus to pursue a challenging double major in nursing and biology.

She spent the summer after her freshman year studying bison behavior in South Dakota alongside biology professor Jon Grinnell. During January of 2014 she traveled back to her hometown in China and researched the perceptions of nursing in China. Last summer, she completed a 10-week internship with the Alaska Sealife Center, working as a veterinary lab assistant. Along with compiling an impressive 3.78 grade point average at Gustavus, she has received a number of honors and distinctions during her four years. She served as president of the Gustavus Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club and was coordinator of the Gustavus Pound Pals Program. She is a President’s Scholarship recipient, a member of the Guild of St. Lucia, a Phi Beta Kappa inductee, and a member of the Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honors Society. She was the recipient of the Francis M. Uhler Scholarship for 2014-15 and the winner of the Charles L. Hamrum Award, which recognizes the achievements of biology majors. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and received the Biology Department Outstanding Service Award for 2015.

“The wide scope of experiences I have gained at Gustavus have prepared me for vet school. My experiences as a research student, intern, TA, tutor, student worker, and club leader, along with the liberal arts education has built me into a well-rounded person,” Sun said. “Gustavus helped foster my passion for learning, listening to others, discussing, and reading, regardless of whether the topic aligned with my own beliefs or interests. I have acquired an open mind during the past four years, which I think will lead me to a very open future career path.”

Most students interested in pursuing veterinary school don’t major in nursing, but Sun quickly discovered several benefits from doing so including learning about holistic care and improving her interpersonal communication skills.

“My experience in the Gustavus nursing program has really been rewarding,” Sun said. “The idea of holistic care helped me to identify many aspects of wellbeing other than physical soundness. Being able to assess a problem from multiple points of view gave me a robust foundation for my future in veterinary medicine. My patients won’t be able to tell me where it hurts, so I need to put together as many pieces of the medical puzzle as possible. Nursing also equipped me with skills to build relationships and solve conflicts with my future clients who are pet owners.”

Sun says that when she thinks about her future career path she would like to devote herself to a career that can help reduce both animal and human suffering through disease prevention. To that end, she plans to serve as a public health veterinarian who can contribute globally.

“While I work toward my Doctor in Veterinary Medicine degree, I am hoping to also pursue a Master in Public Health degree to aid my potential future career in public health,” Sun said. “For the first 20 years of my career I would like to practice and learn veterinary medicine, but my long term goal is to collaborate with physicians, nurses, medical researchers, and environmental conservationists in China or East Asia to improve the life quality of all beings.”


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

Doing Ethics: The Communication and Journalism Capstone

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:32am

“This is it,” I thought. The Communication and Journalism (COJO) Department’s equivalent to the MLB’s World Series and the culmination of our major, the Ethics Bowl 2015 was about to commence.

Amidst a palpable energy in the foyer of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center the morning of Saturday, May 9, soon-to-be graduating COJO majors, myself included, mulled about, some sipping coffee and some rocking side to side in the hopes of harnessing those game-day jitters.

The bowl becomes a staple

Dr. Wendy Wyatt, current COJO Department chair who arrived at St. Thomas in 2003, began the Ethics Bowl as a classroom activity inspired by the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl for which she served as a judge for many years. The bowl – “ a moral reasoning competition in which teams analyze and reach an ethically justifiable position about real cases in communication ethics,” as the rules state – piqued fellow ethics professor Dr. Kris Bunton’s interest, and she encouraged Wyatt to apply for a grant to fund a larger, inter-class ethics bowl. Upon the success of and enthusiasm for the first inter-class Ethics Bowl in spring 2005, the department incorporated it as a staple of the COJO capstone course, Communication Ethics.

In recent years, this right of passage for all COJO majors has gained a bit of a mythic quality among students. I recall hearing whispers about the event in my introductory communication course, and as I participated in both the Advertising Federation club and the online campus newspaper TommieMedia, I witnessed seniors feverishly studying for and fretting over the bowl. What precisely it was, other than a gnarly source of nerves, I wasn’t quite sure.

Getting ready to bowl

Well, this spring, as a graduating COJO major enrolled in Wyatt’s capstone course, I finally found out.

Communication ethics professors Wyatt and Bunton as well as Dianne Blake and Patrick File, two adjunct professors, had spent the year collecting real-life cases that raised a swath of communication ethics issues. They eventually chose the 10 most “compelling cases (that) represent the toughest dilemmas,” Wyatt said.

Released to students collectively mid-semester, this year’s cases challenged us with some harrowing questions, including: Should the media, such as The New York Times, publish a photo capturing the gruesome murder of two girls in a remote village in India? If so, when and on what platforms? Are reality TV shows featuring child contestants, such as MasterChef Junior and Child Genius, ethical? And, how can the media cover Bruce Jenner’s transition with integrity and respect?

We were divided into teams of three and charged with analyzing the nuances and implications of each case and, eventually, formulating a five-minute oral argument outlining and providing evidence for our ethical position. As we began prepping for the Bowl, our vague fears grew into anticipatory, “let’s-do-this” nerves. Katie Tomsche, Katie Peterson and I, collectively named “Ladyboss.” (period intentional), staked out study coves in the nooks of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library and Anderson Student Center where we combed through and debated each detail of the 10 cases.

‘Let’s bring home the win’

As all of the seniors traveled deeper and deeper into the Ethics Bowl vortex and the adrenaline began pumping, we encountered another layer of the bowl experience.

Over the years, the Ethics Bowl has fostered some serious competition among the classes. For the past six bowls, the winning team has risen from Bunton’s class. “She’s like the Yankees. She’s good. Her teams are stacked,” said Shane Kitzman ’10, a former student of Wyatt, an Ethics Bowl runner-up and one of the judges of the 2015 Bowl.

Bunton does, indeed, appreciate the competitive spirit that accompanies the academic fun of the bowl: “I tend to say two things (to my students on the first day of class): Number one, you’re actually going to find out (the Ethics Bowl is) fun as an intellectual challenge. And number two, we are going to win.”

Wyatt, on the other hand, has been more reserved in her approach to the class competition. “I really did try to say, ‘It isn’t about the competition; it doesn’t matter who wins,’ … which is all true,” she assured me. “But then there’s always this little bit like, ‘OK, let’s bring home the win.’”

Needless to say that this go-round, the teams in Wyatt’s class, myself included, were working for a win.

Going bowling

After hours spent conversing about pertinent stakeholders, moral duties and potential consequences as well as several additional hours sifting through our heaps of analysis to create cohesive, tight and articulate oral arguments, Tomsche, Peterson and I walked into O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Saturday morning with a cocktail of confidence and nerves. We were ready.

Throughout the morning, 28 teams of three rotated simultaneously through four rounds in which each went head-to-head against another. During a round, teams took turns to present their five-minute oral arguments for a given case and field two five-minute question sessions, one from their opposing team and the other from a judging panel of two communication professionals, many of whom were COJO and Ethics Bowl alumni. After the second team presented and defended their argument for their respective case, both teams left the room and the judges chose a winner.

After the morning rounds, students and judges chowed on pizza, allowing our shoulders to fall and our stress to subside. Most of us, at this point, were finished. But two cases had yet to be argued, as they were saved for the top two teams who would compete in the final round on the OEC auditorium stage.

It was a tight, competitive bowl, as six teams had gone 4-0 during the morning, making the judges decision of which two teams would compete in the final a bit thorny. Ultimately a decision was reached, and two Wyatt teams – “Kant Beat Us” and “#TheConsultants” – dueled it out on stage. The students of “Kant Beat Us,” Lauren Smith, Rebecca Mariscal and Missy Smith, were named the 2015 Ethics Bowl champs, and after six years, Wyatt’s class finally got a win. Pretty sweet, indeed.

Why do ethics?

The Ethics Bowl is, as Wyatt, Bunton and several other contributors and participants can attest, a lot of work. So, why do we do it?

“For our department, one of the primary pieces of our mission is to help foster in students the ability to do really solid ethical reasoning and to be aware of the kinds of ethical issues they’ll face as communicators in their professional and personal lives” Wyatt said.

The Ethics Bowl cases don’t identify the ethical issues or dilemmas. That’s work we, as students, must do. What’s more, the structure of the Bowl requires that we communicate our arguments clearly and persuasively to an audience that responds to and counters. It really is, as Kitzman explained, “a test that talks back, a test that changes every minute.”

So too, the bowl emphasizes collaboration and community, placing alumni and students together in a classroom, discussing issues that really matter. “It extends that learning process. So in that way Ethics Bowl has become a little bit of continuing education for our alumni,” Bunton said. “I love that.”

The Ethics Bowl is, ultimately, a “human endeavor” as Wyatt described it. The scoring system isn’t perfect. Sure, winning is fun and the competition adds some spark to the event, but it’s much more than the results of a one-day competition. “It’s about sitting with your teammates and grappling with these issues and … hearing ideas that you wouldn’t have come up with on your own,” explained Wyatt, whose words seem even more relevant in my post-bowl reflections.

At its heart, the Ethics Bowl is a shared experience during which students, faculty and alumni engage with and do ethics, choosing to opt into the moral life. We learn to discern those instances when values we hold close to our hearts clash and conflict. We practice processing and responding to those dilemmas. And, ultimately, we become more astutely and intimately cognizant of our roles and responsibilities to others as we move through and participate in this world.


Concordia in Top 10 for Campus Conservation Nationals

Concordia College Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:00pm
A student energy conservation competition was a winner in two ways this spring – it lowered the college’s carbon use and placed it in the top 10 in the Campus Conservation Nationals.

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Saint Mary’s University Winona campus 2015 undergraduate commencement list

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 5:38pm

These undergraduate students are candidates for graduation between December 2014 and August 2015 at Saint Mary’s University and will receive Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Sarah Adams, Mankato, Minn.

Marta Aleszewicz, Luban, Poland

Zachary Algren, Prior Lake, Minn.

Abdulelah Alsanouna, Winona, Minn.

Samantha Amatuzio, Eagan, Minn.

Christopher Anderson, Middleton, Wis.

Miriam Aragon, Minneapolis, Minn.

Mariana Arriaza, Faribault, Minn.

Emily Babikan, Mount Prospect, Ill.

David Barry, Apple Valley, Minn.

Mary Barthel, Watertown, Minn.

Nicholas Beaudoin, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Nicole Becher, Winona, Minn.

Reikel Biechler, Winona, Minn.

Dannielle Bierly, Minnesota City, Minn.

Kallie Biermaier, Maplewood, Minn.

Aleah Bingham, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Nathan Bitterman, South St. Paul, Minn.

James Boggia, Elmwood Park, Ill.

Ashley Bollig, Saint Croix Falls, Wis.

Jacquelyn Bongard, Eagan, Minn.

Maya Booker, Saint Paul, Minn.

Samantha Borawski, Stickney, Ill.

Octavia Brown, Broadview, Ill.

Jacob Bruce, N. St. Paul, Minn.

Kathleen Bryant, Carson City, Nev.

Joseph Budin, Le Center, Minn.

Luke Buehler, Altura, Minn.

Stacey Buss, Chicago, Ill.

Kacey Carlson, Chanhassen, Minn.

Daniel Carroll, Mahtomedi, Minn.

Jose Castellanos, Chicago, Ill.

Haley Childers, Ladysmith, Wis.

Ana Cholico, Cicero, Ill.

Jeremy Ciconte, Melrose Park, Ill.

Shelby Clarke, Warwick, R.I.

Mary Coghlan, Kankakee, Ill.

Taylor Collins, Apple Valley, Minn.

Sarah Collova, Maplewood, Minn.

Sampson Davis, Bayport, Minn.

Mary DeBartolo, Chicago, Ill.

Drew Denning, Saint Paul, Minn.

Kaitlyn Dickison, Chaska, Minn.

Luara Doak, Winona, Minn.

Jessica Drake, N. St. Paul, Minn.

Meredith Duda, Saint Paul, Minn.

Robeson Edwards, Walker, Winona, Minn.

Conner Ellinghuysen, Winona, Minn.

Timothy Ellis, Santa Clara, Calif.

Arielle Ems, Cornelius, Ore.

Kelsey Engesser, Blue Earth, Minn.

Christian Esposito, Saint Charles, Ill.

Matthew Faucett, Menominee, Mich.

Audrey Ferris, Austin, Minn.

Aaron Fimon, Crystal, Minn.

Skylar Finkelstein, Naperville, Ill.

Daniel Fino, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Christian Fontaine, Oakland, Calif.

Morgan Fournier, Maple Lake, Minn.

Janae Fry, Burr Ridge, Ill.

Chad Fuller, Thiensville, Wis.

Christian Gaffy, Scandia, Minn.

Ryan Gager, Woodbury, Minn.

Gregory Gardiner, Calgary, Canada

Rebecca Garrigan, Wabasha, Minn.

Cody Gill, S. St. Paul, Minn.

Kilian Gordon, Winona, Minn.

Joseph Graphenteen, Minnetrista, Minn.

Molly Grover, Zumbrota, Minn.

Sara Haecherl, Becker, Minn.

Aaron Haley, Lake City, Minn.

Alexis Hamilton, Victoria, Minn.

Keara Hannan, Roseville, Minn.

John Hansen, Edina, Minn.

Taylor Hanson, Winona, Minn.

Daniel Haugen, Waseca, Minn.

Kelsey Haugh, Box Elder, S.D.

Bridget Hayes, Chicago, Ill.

Mary Hayes, Chicago, Ill.

Michelle Heins, Theilman, Minn.

Colin Hennessy, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Tracey Her, St. Paul Park, Minn.

Jennifer Daniel Hernandez, Minneapolis, Minn.

Aide Hernandez, Chicago, Ill.

Jose Herrera, Hillside, Ill.

Jacob Holzer, Mc Henry, Ill.

Otto Holzer, Wheeling, Ill.

Nelson Hough, Long Prairie, Minn.

Marissa Jacob, Lewiston, Minn.

Benjamin Johnson, Oshkosh, Wis.

Peter Johnson, Spring Grove, Minn.

Tiffany Johnson, Harmony, Minn.

Kimberley Juncewski, Dassel, Minn.

Erin Kaus, Lakeville, Minn.

EhSoe Ken, Saint Paul, Minn.

Mara Keyes, Saint Paul, Minn.

Jack Kiesner, Saint Michael, Minn.

Samantha Kleese, Kenyon, Minn.

Mackenzie Klimek, Hastings, Minn.

Joshua Korver, Little Falls, Minn.

Sean Kozuszek, Fenton, Mo.

Rebecca Kring, Littleton, Colo.

Tyler Krysiak, Bloomington, Minn.

Lucas Kubic, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Kacie Kusinski, Chicago, Ill.

Theresa LaValla, Saint Charles, Minn.

Bryan Lampkin, Weston, Wis.

Sadie Lange, Caledonia, Minn.

Brandon Larsen, Rochester, Minn.

Mitchell Lawler, Anoka, Minn.

Hannah Lawson, Park Ridge, Ill.

Katie Leisen, Kellogg, Minn.

Nancy Leon-Morales, Minneapolis, Minn.

Xin Li, Xi’an, China

Amanda Lindholm, Bloomington, Minn.

Michael Louiselle, Burnsville, Minn.

Janie Maki, Roseville, Minn.

Maia Maksymkiw, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Christopher Malay, Indian Head Park, Ill.

Robert Marx, Sioux City, Iowa

Naomi Mathias, Minneapolis, Minn.

Corrine McCallum, Shoreview, Minn.

Haylie McComb, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Jedidiah McGlasson, Kenai, Alaska

Elena McHugh, Chicago, Ill.

Patrick McKenna, Danville, Ill.

Rachel McQuiston, Minnetonka, Minn.

Christine Meeds, Marine On St Croix, Minn.

Ashling Meehan, Glenview, Ill.

Jazmine Mendez-Velasco, Minneapolis, Minn.

Jacob Merkle, Mahtomedi, Minn.

Andrew Meyer, Vail, Ariz.

Benjamin Meyer, Wabasha, Minn.

Meghan Meyers, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Michael Mielenhausen, Saint Paul, Minn.

Brody Miller, Green Bay, Wis.

Katie Miller, Rochester, Minn.

Joseph Miskowic, St. Anthony, Minn.

Zachary Mleczek, Chicago, Ill.

Mary Moats-Biechler, Roland, Iowa

Colleen Morgan, Houston, Texas

Amy Mullen, Winona, Minn.

Daniel Murphy, Woodbury, Minn.

William Murphy, Chicago, Ill.

Minh Nguyen, Rochester, Minn.

Theresa Niedzwiecki, Long Prairie, Minn.

Molly Nocera, Providence, R.I.

Mary Nordick, Dresser, Wis.

Brenna Norton, Kellogg, Minn.

Christina O’Connor, Wheeling, Ill.

Tessa Oberle, Fridley, Minn.

Stephanie Olvera, Cicero, Ill.

Amanda Patt, Cedarburg, Wis.

Lindsey Paul, Chicago, Ill.

Sarah Pawlik, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Elizabeth Pawlowski, Chicago, Ill.

Zane Pekron, Milesville, S.D.

Nicole Pellegrene, Maple Grove, Minn.

Trevor Peterson, Rochester, Minn.

Breanna Peterson, Waterloo, Iowa

Joseph Petrich, Elk River, Minn.

Michael Picard, Green Bay, Wis.

Stephanie Pinal, Saint Paul, Minn.

Thomas Plante, Fridley, Minn.

Chanviraktola Prak, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Danielle Pues, Lakeville, Minn.

Melissa Radermacher, Plymouth, Minn.

Anne Raecker, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Rodrigo Ramirez, Chicago, Ill.

Maija Rannikko, Duluth, Minn.

Alexandra Raske, Chicago, Ill.

Patrick Regan, Minnetrista, Minn.

Lindsey Reinisch, Hastings, Minn.

Madeline Rice, W. St. Paul, Minn.

Meagan Rice, Champlin, Minn.

Raquel Romo, Chicago, Ill.

Sandra Sahl, Nerstrand, Minn.

Armando Salgado, Chicago, Ill.

Lauren Salonek, Watertown, Minn.

Christopher Sanchez, Tucson, Ariz.

Jon Schlemmer, De Pere, Wis.

Paul Schmitt, Sebeka, Minn.

Sara Schoenthaler, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Laura Schommer, Hutchinson, Minn.

Megan Schulz, Andover, Minn.

Hannah Schwarze, St. Paul, Minn.

Anna Segner, Owatonna, Minn.

Sean Serres, Cannon Falls, Minn.

Kelly Seymour, Aurora, Ill.

Thomas Sigwalt, Geneseo, Ill.

Reid Smithe, Winona, Minn.

Krystal Souhrada, Ostrander, Minn.

Austin Steffen, Cuba City, Wis.

Katie Stein, Rochester, Minn.

Rachel Stetenfeld, McFarland, Wis.

Madelyn Stiehl, Cannon Falls, Minn.

Danielle Swanson, Oak Grove, Minn.

Patrick Sweet, Aurora, Ill.

Dana Testa, Hometown, Ill.

Brianna Theis, Dundas, Minn.

Paul Thompson, Holmen, Wis.

Robert Thompson, Lino Lakes, Minn.

Anthony Tillman, Saint Paul, Minn.

Michaela Todd, Delano, Minn.

Jenna Trio, Mapleton, Minn.

Emily Trudeau, Apple Valley, Minn.

Manire Vaughn, Chicago, Ill.

Christine Volk, Champlin, Minn.

Daniel Volturo, Westchester, Ill.

Matthew Wagner, Stillwater, Minn.

Ashley Walz, Monticello, Minn.

Ryan Weis, Long Grove, Ill.

Sydney Wilkins, Seneca, Wis.

Richard Williams, Apple Valley, Minn.

Natalie Williams, Chicago, Ill.

Nicholas Wojtynek, Westchester, Ill.

Timothy Wolande, Oak Brook, Ill.

Colton Wolf, Plainview, Minn.

Mae Yang, Minneapolis, Minn.

Santiago Zarate, Milwaukee, Wis.

Amy Zawacki, Eau Claire, Wis.

Eric Zeitlin, La Grange Park, Ill.

Scott Zengri, Cicero, Ill.

Jia Gang Zhang Zhu, Yuheng, China

Minneapolis Mayor to speak at Saint Mary’s University fundraiser for First Generation Scholars

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 5:06pm

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will speak at the Scholars S.O.A.R. (Support, Opportunity, Accountability, and Responsibility) Breakfast in support of the First Generation Initiative (FGI) at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Wednesday, May 20.

Saint Mary’s First Generation Initiative was created to break down barriers to higher education by providing high potential students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with not only financial support, but also academic support.

The fundraiser event will be held at Saint Mary’s campus in Minneapolis.

Mayor Hodges has been an avid spokesperson for improving equity in Minneapolis and has focused her administration on reducing the education and economic gaps in Minneapolis. She states: “Our city can only live up to its economic and moral potential if we tap the talents of every individual, and call each individual in every community to work toward their best selves. Healthy and creative partnerships with our schools can help thousands more of our children receive a quality education and ready themselves for the workforce of the future. If Minneapolis is going to unite and become the city it’s meant to be, we need to do it with everybody, by everybody, and for everybody.”

Sharing that mission, the First Generation Initiative is making the dream of a college education possible to high-potential students from urban, under-resourced communities—like Minneapolis. Many of these students, after graduation, want to return to their hometowns to work and give back, helping to strengthen their communities.

Other speakers at the event will include graduates of the First Generation Initiative,  Nancy Leon-Morales and Jennifer Hernandez-Daniel, both of Minneapolis, who will speak about what the scholarship and support has meant to them.



Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House Has a New Owner

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:12pm

Predictions that the bidding wouldn’t take long proved correct.

The virtual, live auction for the St. Thomas-owned, Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House began at 12:14 p.m. Tuesday. Three minutes later, the home had a new owner.

Bidding for the 28-year-0ld home started at $450,000. It quickly jumped to $600,000 and stalled there for about a minute. It then went to $700,000 and finally $750,000. “And that’s a real bargain for an architectural masterpiece,” said auctioneer Richard Wright as he closed bidding with the wooden “clack” of his gavel.

Dr. Victoria Young, professor of modern architectural history and chair of Art History Department at St. Thomas, said the identity of the buyer is not yet known. The new location for the guest house also is not known.

“It’s a bittersweet moment. I’ve always wanted to keep the house and use it for student engagement and public outreach,” Young said. “There were many who gave much to this project over the last seven years. I am hopeful that the new owner of the house continues the stewardship of Gehry’s legacy that I’m so proud we’ve been a part of.”

The winning bid for the home was $750,000. An additional $155,000 was added to the price for what is called the “buyer’s premium,” bringing the total to $905,000.

Mark Vangsgard, St. Thomas’ vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer, said just prior to the sale that he hoped it might go for $1 million, or more. “I wish it could have been sold for more,” he said after the auction, “but as long as it is going to a good home, I’m happy with how it turned out.

He said proceeds from the sale will go to St. Thomas’ Art History Department.

The auction, conducted by Wright’s Chicago-based auction house, was the latest in an unusual series twists and turns in the life of a most unusual home. Mike and Penny Winton commissioned world-renowned architect Frank Gehry in 1982 to design a guest house for their Lake Minnetonka property. When it was finished in 1987, the 2,300-square-foot structure won House and Garden magazine’s design award of the year and made Time magazine’s “Best of 87” design honor roll.

When real estate developer Kirt Woodhouse purchased the Winton property in 2002, he subdivided the land and donated the Winton Guest House to St. Thomas. It took several years, but the home, which is composed of five separate geometrically shaped rooms, was divided into sections and moved 110 miles to the university’s Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center just south of Owatonna.

When St. Thomas sold the conference center last summer to Meridian Behavioral Health Services, the university retained ownership of the Winton Guest House and was given until August 2016 to move it to a new location.

The house was sold at today’s auction with the stipulation that it had to be moved from the Owatonna property. Vangsgard said he hoped the move could be done yet this summer while weather conditions are favorable.

News of the auction was carried nationally and even internationally. Here’s a list of some of the publications that ran articles about the sale: Italy’s Architectural Digest, Owatonna People’s Press, Vanity Fair, Financial Times of London, Architecture Minnesota, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record and the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune.

The Wright auction house website featured considerable information about the Winton Guest House. Just prior to the auction, Richard Wright thanked Dr. Victoria Young for her help with the sale. “St. Thomas had a great team and this project was a lot of fun,” he said.

Students named to Saint Mary’s second semester 2014-15 Dean’s List

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:10pm

WINONA, Minn. — The following undergraduate students were named to the second semester, 2014-15 Dean’s List at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Winona campus. The list includes 322 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has about 5,800 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in Winona, the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, Jamaica and Nairobi, Kenya.  At Saint Mary’s residential campus in Winona, the undergraduate curriculum combines traditional liberal arts and sciences with career preparation in a student-centered environment.


Kristen Ackerman, Champlin, Minn.

Emily Ahart, Stewartville, Minn.

Marta Aleszewicz, Luban, Poland

Brenden Amiotte, Rapid City, S.D.

Ashley Anderson, Owatonna, Minn.

Mariana Arriaza, Faribault, Minn.

Elizabeth Atneosen, Woodbury, Minn.

Besufekad Azage, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Mary Barthel, Watertown, Minn.

Sheyenne Bauer, Cannon Falls, Minn.

Marissa Bay, Holmen, Wis.

Nicholas Beaudoin, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Nicole Becher, Winona, Minn.

Michael Beery, Bloomington, Minn.

Carter Bernier, Downers Grove, Ill.

Regina Bettag, Sheboygan, Wis.

Lindsay Beyer, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Lindsay Beyer, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Liam Bickerstaff, Hahira, Ga.

Reikel Biechler, Winona, Minn.

Kallie Biermaier, Maplewood, Minn.

Luke Bing, Gallatin Gateway, Mont.

Aleah Bingham, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Brittney Birkhauser, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Jessica Bjick, Jordan, Minn.

Preston Black, Cave Creek, Ariz.

Emily Blaser, Sycamore, Ill.

Allison Blazek, Owatonna, Minn.

Kyle Blondin, Kent, Wash.

Jacquelyn Bongard, Eagan, Minn.

Emily Bonner, Centennial, Colo.

Maya Booker, Saint Paul, Minn.

Kathleen Bowlin, Winona, Minn.

Octavia Brown, Broadview, Ill.

Jacob Bruce, N. St. Paul, Minn.

Emily Brumm, Mabel, Minn.

Kathleen Bryant, Carson City, Nev.

Jessica Buckbee, Lewiston, Minn.

Joseph Budin, Le Center, Minn.

Ben Buerkle, Roseville, Minn.

Sean Butcher, Cave Creek, Ariz.

Chad Cagle, Washington, Ill.

Meagan Campbell, Mayer, Minn.

Kacey Carlson, Chanhassen, Minn.

Scott Carnahan, Saint Cloud, Minn.

Jose Castellanos, Chicago, Ill.

Cinthya Cazares, Waukegan, Ill.

Chad Cesarz, Jackson, Mich.

Kathleen Chamberland, Roseville, Minn.

Marit Christianson, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Jeremy Ciconte, Melrose Park, Ill.

Mary Coghlan, Kankakee, Ill.

Anne Colling, Jordan, Minn.

McKayla Collins, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Megan Collins, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Taylor Collins, Apple Valley, Minn.

Sarah Collova, Maplewood, Minn.

Alysa Cross, Ramsey, Minn.

Maetzin Cruz-Reyes, Taopi, Minn.

Marais Culp, Winona, Minn.

Jessica Cwik, Chicago, Ill.

Sampson Davis, Bayport, Minn.

Mary DeBartolo, Chicago, Ill.

Katherine Dean, Campbellsport, Wis.

Brandon Deutsch, Lino Lakes, Minn.

Catherine Deysach, Eagan, Minn.

Emily Diercks, Red Wing, Minn.

Laura Doak, Winona, Minn.

William Doll, Stevens Point, Wis.

Erin Doyle, Albany, Minn.

Alyssa Drake, Eau Claire, Wis.

Jessica Drake, N. St. Paul, Minn.

Marisa Eftefield, Minneapolis, Minn.

Katie Ehlenfeldt, Beaver Dam, Wis.

Madaline Eichers, Independence, Minn.

Conner Ellinghuysen, Winona, Minn.

Philip Emmerich, Mondovi, Wis.

Kelsey Engesser, Blue Earth, Minn.

Reed Evers, Appleton, Wis.

Mackenzi Fadness, Eau Claire, Wis.

Sarah Fanning, Sparta, Wis.

Matthew Faucett, Menominee, Mich.

Daniel Fino, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Stephen Fishbune, Rochester, Minn.

Rowan Flynn, Wausau, Wis.

Morgan Fournier, Maple Lake, Minn.

Alyssa Fox, Batavia, Ill.

Brittany Friedrich, Rice, Minn.

Carina Friend, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Carrie Gabrielson, Orr, Minn.

Ryan Gager, Woodbury, Minn.

Gregory Gardiner, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Brendan Garvey, Pewaukee, Wis.

Crystal Gehring, Waseca, Minn.

Gabrielle Geissler, Stamford, Conn.

Brett Giesen, Cato, Wis.

Shawn Gilbert, Rice Lake, Wis.

Aidan Goodman, Livingston, Mont.

Liam Gorman, Orland Park, Ill.

Taylor Greco, Hillside, Ill.

William Grillo, Hermantown, Minn.

Chelsea Gritz, Portland, Ore.

Molly Grover, Zumbrota, Minn.

Carly Guerra, Bloomington, Minn.

Sara Haecherl, Becker, Minn.

Aaron Haley, Lake City, Minn.

Alexis Hamilton, Victoria, Minn.

Keara Hannan, Roseville, Minn.

Misty Hanson, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Hanson Grand Rapids, Minn.

Taylor Hanson, Winona, Minn.

Andrew Hanzelka, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kelsey Haugh, Box Elder, S.D.

Brad Hauser, Gurnee, Ill.

Bridget Hayes, Chicago, Ill.

Mary Hayes, Chicago, Ill.

Diana Haynes, Surprise, Ariz.

Alex Hefel, Winona, Minn.

Laura Hegland, Utica, Minn.

Peter Hegland, Utica, Minn.

Jeremy Heinle, York, Pa.

Michelle Heins, Theilman, Minn.

Jamie Henderson, Madison, Wis.

Grace Hendrickson, Madison, Minn.

Colin Hennessy, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ellen Hinck, Lake City, Minn.

Ryan Hippman, Bolingbrook, Ill.

Kirsten Hoffmann, Apple Valley, Minn.

Alexander Holm, Red Wing, Minn.

Otto Holzer, Wheeling, Ill.

Kathryn Homan, Mankato, Minn.

Callum Hubka, Rochester, Minn.

Evan Huebl, Jordan, Minn.

Marilyn Hughes, McKinney, Texas

Marissa Jacob, Lewiston, Minn.

Benjamin Johnson, Oshkosh, Wis.

Jared Johnson, Hartland, Wis.

Alyssa Johnson, Paola, Kan.

Tiffany Johnson, Harmony, Minn.

Darvell Jones, Chicago, Ill.

Haley Jorgensen, Yankton, S.D.

Claire Judeh, Eagan, Minn.

Kimberly Juncewski, Dassel, Minn.

Erin Kaus, Lakeville, Minn.

Brady Keller, Nashua, Minn.

Ruba Kenyi, Rochester, Minn.

Mara Keyes, Saint Paul, Minn.

Robert Kinyon, Rapid City, S.D.

Samantha Kleese, Kenyon, Minn.

Tyler Kline, North Saint Paul, Minn.

Kayleigh Kloncz, Zimmerman, Minn.

Matthew Kornegay, Glendale, Ariz.

Joshua Korver, Little Falls, Minn.

Peter Kostecka, Pequot Lakes, Minn.

Jakub Koziuk, Cary, Ill.

Samuel Kreutzfeldt, Mahtomedi, Minn.

Rebecca Kring, Littleton, Colo.

Lucas Kubic, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Theresa LaValla, Saint Charles, Minn.

Danielle Laferriere, Franktown, Colo.

Abby Lafko, Gilbert, Ariz.

Isaac Landsteiner, Fairmont, Minn.

Brandon Larsen, Rochester, Minn.

Sydney Larson, Winona, Minn.

Sarah Laska, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Anna Lattos, West Salem, Wis.

Katie LeTourneau, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Jordan Lehr, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Elizabeth Leif, Sacramento, Calif.

Peter Liavas, Niles, Ill.

Kenzie Lind, Rushford, Minn.

Sara Lind, Peterson, Minn.

Amanda Lindholm, Bloomington, Minn.

Emily Loof, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Janie Maki, Roseville, Minn.

Maia Maksymkiw, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Alejandro Martinez, Chicago, Ill.

Eric Mashak, Ridgeland, Wis.

Mathews Faribault, Minn.

Haylie McComb, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Amanda McCormick, Saint Charles, Minn.

Kory McDonald, Minnesota City, Minn.

Rachel McQuiston, Minnetonka, Minn.

Christine Meeds, Marine On St Croix, Minn.

Angela Messer, Saint Paul, Minn.

Jordyn Messling, Holmen, Wis.

Michael Mezzano, Woodbury, Minn.

Michael Mielenhausen, Saint Paul, Minn.

Katie Miller, Rochester, Minn.

Maria Missurelli, Franklin, Wis.

Ena Moats, Roland, Iowa.

Mary Moats-Biechler, Roland, Iowa.

Sherman Moga, Shoreview, Minn.

Shawn Morris, Saint Michael, Minn.

Amy Mullen, Winona, Minn.

Sarah Munns, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Jake Muzzarelli, Normal, Ill.

Minh Nguyen, Rochester, Minn.

Vianney Nguyen, Rochester, Minn.

Thao Nguyen, Da Nang Vietnam

Connor Nicholas, Las Vegas, Nev.

Theresa Niedzwiecki, Long Prairie, Minn.

Mary Nordick, Dresser, Wis.

Emily Norton, Kellogg, Minn.

Taylor Novak, West Salem, Wis.

Celeste Nygren, Seattle, Wash.

Sarah O’Connell, Spring Valley, Minn.

Daniel Olajonlu, Rogers, Minn.

Stephanie Olvera, Cicero, Ill.

Bryan Ortman, Chicago, Ill.

Olivia Osterbauer, Minneapolis, Minn.

Molly Palecek, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Richard Palermo, Westchester, Ill.

Kendra Palkowski, Arcadia, Wis.

Monikaben Patel, Caledonia, Minn.

Amanda Patt, Cedarburg, Wis.

Sarah Pawlik, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Elizabeth Pawlowski, Chicago, Ill.

Zane Pekron, Milesville, S.D.

Victoria Perez, Upland, Calif.

Kayla Perri, Plymouth, Minn.

Joseph Petrich, Elk River, Minn.

Kalee Petron, Royalton, Minn.

Katarzyna Plawiak, Nowogrodziec, Poland

Hanna Potter, Winona, Minn.

Paula Preo, Ramsey, Minn.

Benjamin Preusser, Henderson, Minn.

Danielle Pues, Lakeville, Minn.

Madeline Puppe, Rochester, Minn.

Rachel Putnam, Dodge Center, Minn.

Melissa Radermacher, Plymouth, Minn.

Maija Rannikko, Duluth, Minn.

Gabrielle Reinartz, Rosemount, Minn.

Lindsey Reinisch, Hastings, Minn.

Timothy Reither, Elk Mound, Wis.

Meagan Rice, Champlin, Minn.

Cassandra Ricker, Oakdale, Minn.

Megan Ringsred, Bloomington, Minn.

Thomas Ripplinger, Burtrum, Minn.

Chazz Robinson, Milwaukee, Wis.

Aaron Romportl, Stillwater, Minn.

Sydney Rudquist, Hudson, Wis.

Sandra Sahl, Nerstrand, Minn.

Marcin Sak, Lobez, Poland.

Lauren Salonek, Watertown, Minn.

Christopher Sanchez, Tucson, Ariz.

Analiese Schadler, Ankeny, Iowa.

Emma Schaefer, Falcon Heights, Minn.

Chad Schlosser, Stillwater, Minn.

Elizabeth Schmidt, Plainview, Minn.

Stephanie Schmidt, Plainview, Minn.

Paul Schmitt, Sebeka, Minn.

Sara Schoenthaler, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Megan Schulz, Andover, Minn.

Mark Schumacher, Perham, Minn.

Hannah Schwarze, St. Paul, Minn.

Mary Scott, Rochester, Minn.

Anna Segner, Owatonna, Minn.

Kelly Seymour, Aurora, Ill.

Thomas Sigwalt, Geneseo, Ill.

Noah Simmons, Algoma, Wis.

Thomas Skaja, Rice, Minn.

Matthew Smaron, Maple Plain, Minn.

Constance Snyder, Johnston, Iowa.

Raelynn Speltz, Altura, Minn.

Austin Steffen, Cuba City, Wis.

Elizabeth Steffes, Rochester, Minn.

Katie Stein, Rochester, Minn.

Bailey Steinke, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Kelsey Stenzel, Wabasha, Minn.

Rachel Stetenfeld, McFarland, Wis.

Madelyn Stiehl, Cannon Falls, Minn.

Erika Stumo, Andover, Minn.

Jenna Sullivan, Woodbury, Minn.

Patrick Sweet, Aurora, Ill.

Corrie Swenson, Houston, Minn.

Michael Tabar, Elgin, Ill.

Clarice Tack, Saint Charles, Ill.

Brianna Theis, Dundas, Minn.

Alexandra Thiel, Burr Ridge, Ill.

Colton Thomas, Greenfield, Minn.

Lance Thomas, Granton, Wis.

Colleen Thul, Hutchinson, Minn.

Michaela Todd, Delano, Minn.

Erik Tollefsrud, Janesville, Wis.

Erika Torres, Moline, Ill.

Jenna Trio, Mapleton, Minn.

Haley Trom, Hampton, Minn.

Megan Vandenberg, De Pere, Wis.

Manire Vaughn, Chicago, Ill.

Michael Vered, Canada

Evelin Vergara Zuniga, Richfield, Minn.

Gabriel Verges, Littleton, Colo.

Samuel Vetch, Rapid City, S.D.

Luis Villadolid, Palatine, Ill.

Kiya Virgin, Rochester, Minn.

Nathin Voeller, East Grand Forks, Minn.

Christine Volk, Champlin, Minn.

Abigail Wales, North St. Paul, Minn.

Rachel Waletzko, Albany, Minn.

Ashley Walz, Monticello, Minn.

Amber Wasmund, McHenry, Ill.

Kelsi Watters, Chetek, Wis.

Quinlyn Waulters, Minneapolis, Minn.

Michelle Wegrzyn, Chicago Heights, Ill.

Christina Weldai, United Kingdom

Zachary Wiechman, Freeport, Minn.

Sydney Wilkins, Seneca, Wis.

Nicolas Wilson, Dunlap, Ill.

Acacia Wimmer, St. Charles, Minn.

Emily Winter, St. Paul, Minn.

Nicholas Wojtynek, Westchester, Ill.

Jordan Wolfe, Wabasha, Minn.

Andrew Wright, Esko, Minn.

Mae Yang, Minneapolis, Minn.

Arion Yedinak, Huntley, Ill.

Saron Yifru, Addis Abab, Ethiopia

Alexander Zappa, Richfield, Minn.

Amy Zawacki, Eau Claire, Wis.

Scott Zengri, Cicero, Ill.

Alexander Zuzek, Hastings, Minn.

Abigail Zuzek, Hastings, Minn.


Commencement Scheduled for May 31

Gustavus Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:34am

At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, members of the class of 2015 will receive their bachelor of arts degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College during commencement exercises at Hollingsworth Field.

No ticket is required if the ceremony is held outdoors. If weather forces college officials to move the ceremony inside, each student will be given three tickets for family and friends to attend the ceremony inside Lund Center. An overflow area will be available for people to watch a telecast of the ceremony. For those unable to attend this year’s commencement, the ceremony will be live streamed at

Senior Rosalie Repke of Orono, Minnesota, will deliver this year’s commencement address. The Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching will be presented to a faculty member by the 2014 winner of the award, Associate Professor of Classics Matt Panciera.

Graduates will receive their diplomas from the faculty chair in their respective majors, a tradition that began in 1973. For more information about commencement, including a list of answers to frequently asked questions, go online to Questions can also be directed to the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

Earlier in the morning, the College will host a pair of baccalaureate services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel. Complimentary tickets for the baccalaureate services can be reserved online at A Commencement Buffet will be held in the Evelyn Young Dining Room in the Jackson Campus Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $16 each and $7 for children under 6 years of age. Buffet tickets can also be purchased online at

Social Media Tip: Use the hashtag #gusties15 when tweeting pictures or thoughts on commencement day.


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Reception for Bunton Postponed

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:34am

A farewell reception for Dr. Kris Bunton, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences scheduled Thursday, May 21, has been postponed.

Bunton has been named dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University.

TCU announced Bunton’s appointment, effective July 1, earlier this month. The college is named after Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent of CBS News since 1982 and moderator of the network’s public affairs show “Face the Nation” since 1991.

Bunton joined the St. Thomas Journalism and Mass Communication Department in 1993. She chaired the department, helped to oversee its merger with Communication Studies to form the Communication and Journalism Department, and served as its first chair. She oversaw the transition from The Aquin, a weekly student newspaper, to TommieMedia, and became associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2011.


A Helping Hand Across Campus

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:00am

It’s 3:34 p.m. on a Thursday, and seniors Sophie Gottsman and Jordan McGowan are the only people in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center cardio room not on their way to breaking a sweat. Watch them for a couple of minutes, though, and it’s clear they’re not avoiding work of their own.

The crisp polo shirts they’re wearing help signal that the pair are here for business. A clipboard and pencil add to the picture of professional attention. With a water bottle dangling from her left hand, Gottsman walks along a line of four men see-sawing their arms and legs on elliptical machines.

“How did those last two sets of intervals feel?” she asks one, cocking her head to the side and flashing a half smile that hints at the unsaid follow-up: I know they were tough.

The response – despite coming mid-workout – is a positive one: “It felt good. Better than it would have a month ago.”

That type of exchange will play out several more times in the next half-hour before Gottsman and McGowan head down the hall to an empty aerobics room. A sweaty crew of men will trail behind them like ducks in a row.

The men are a dozen students at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St. Thomas’ graduate seminary program located on the souanieth campus; Gottsman and McGowan are undergraduate students in the Health and Human Performance Department’s Exercise Science 432 class. Together, the seminarians and HHP students are part of the Fit For Ministry program, a first-of-its-kind experiment at St. Thomas offering seminarians a comprehensive health and training experience and HHP students the opportunity to design, implement and lead real training. At first glance, the two groups at St. Thomas are quite different, yet together they have created something incredible: a semester-long illustration of collaboration, education, friendship and growth.

‘The program just exploded’

Catholic priestly training includes four pillars of formation: intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human. A large part of the human pillar is being physically healthy, and the lack of training in physical wellness at the Saint Paul Seminary seemed like a pressing need to Father Allen Kuss. Kuss was a military priest for 20 years before coming to the Saint Paul Seminary in 2011, so some of the lack of attention to physical fitness and diet at his new civilian posting was obvious to him from the beginning.

“I saw it right away,” Kuss says. “But I didn’t know what to do about it.”

He found his answer last summer across Cretin and Summit avenues on north campus at the AARC, where he approached HHP Department faculty about putting together some kind of training program for the seminary.

“He described it very beautifully and it resonated with us. He sees their health and wellness as an integral part of their spiritual health,” HHP professor Lesley Scibora says. “We just said, ‘Absolutely.’”

HHP department chair Bridget Duoos adds, “He knows these individuals are preparing for a very stressful career and would need to deal with their health as they moved along. This was a great opportunity for us to say, ‘Yes, we have the knowledge and skill to help you out.’”

Soon after offering to work with Kuss and the seminary, the HHP faculty learned they were going to have more of a challenge than they had expected.

“We invited the seminarians to participate thinking we would maybe get 20, 25,” Scibora says. “We ended up getting 59. The program just exploded.”

That meant some major design shifts in how HHP students and faculty would handle the project. Each student in the Exercise Science 432 class took on about four seminarians instead of one or two. “Everyone was a little nervous about that at first,” senior HHP student Alex Altenbernd says. HHP also pulled in students enrolled in a bio-mechanics class to do gait analysis for each seminarian and asked St. Thomas’ health services to do blood profiles of the seminarians.

“It really has been a huge collaborative effort,” says adjunct professor Angela Effertz, who teaches Exercise Science 432 and took the lead in organizing the student training portion of the project.

Initial testing came at the outset of the fall semester, giving the seminarians and their trainers a baseline to work from for the next few months. It also provided data for an ongoing research project that will show the results of, by all accounts, a first-of-its-kind experiment anywhere with seminarians.

The study – titled simply, “Fit For Ministry” – has been approved by the university’s Institutional Review Board for research involving human subjects. It will use data from both the pre- and post-assessments to gauge “how a student-led fitness program impacts cardiovascular, strength and other fitness aspects for a group of seminarians,” Scibora says. That data will be evaluated throughout the spring and help inform the feasibility of continuing similar studies both at and outside St. Thomas.

“It’s not every day you get almost 60 people from one group willing to take part in a semester-long study like this,” Scibora says. “They’re very representative of the overall population, which is great for a study to make a valuable scientific contribution.”

Growing students

Once the baseline numbers were in place for each seminarian, the work on improving them began. Under the guidance of Effertz, HHP students designed weekly workout routines that helped move each seminarian toward his individual health goal. For some, the goal was to lose weight. For others, it was to learn more workout routines they could use in the future. For others, it was to gain a better understanding of an overall view of their health.

“They’re all varied and it can be hard to create a workout that suits everyone,” Gottsman says. “There are a few guys who ran the last Twin Cities Marathon next to some guys who are obese. Trying to accommodate all that is a skill.”

“Right away it was kind of overwhelming,” Altenbernd says. “You’re kind of playing it by ear and seeing how each day went.”

Effertz, Scibora and Duoos all described seeing – over the course of the first few weeks and throughout the semester – the HHP students embracing this professional role and its complex demands.

“I’ve really seen that come through in them. It’s fascinating watching them and how it has forced them to embrace this as a clinical situation as opposed to just a lab class,” Effertz says. “We teach, teach, teach all this stuff in the classroom, and then when it comes to the application it’s, ‘How do we connect it? How do we really take our students’ brilliance so they can use it to talk to someone else about what’s going on in their body?’ That’s what they’re doing with Fit For Ministry.”

Scibora seconds that view. “It was fun to see how much they grew in terms of professional development, skill development and their ability to interact in different situations with people they hadn’t met before,” she says. “It was very real world for them. They took it seriously and stepped up.”

The students also saw their own growth.

“My first day, I was so nervous. I was scared of my verbiage, how to approach (the seminarians) in a personal matter,” Gottsman says. “Once we got in there … we fell into the role and I wasn’t nervous. It has become very natural to be able to do this.”

Part of the reason Fit For Ministry could happen, Effertz says, is because HHP faculty already emphasize students’ active learning, rather than acquiring knowledge solely through lecture. Because hands-on learning has long been a benchmark of the department, giving students the responsibilities required for this project wasn’t exactly plotting a new course.

“This whole department excels in that area, giving students the opportunity to do things realistically,” Effertz says. “That’s what this program is built upon. It’s rare throughout the exercise science discipline. This is a very student-driven department … and what we saw in FFM is a representation of what other faculty do here in all of their classes. It’s so amazing. And the students really appreciate and recognize that.”

HHP students and faculty said a huge part of the program’s success was the buy-in from the seminarians.

“This was much needed. There hadn’t been much talk about physical fitness at the seminary because we have so much else to focus on,” seminarian Barry Reuwsaat says. “But it’s so important. It helps us relieve stress, work with mental clarity and just be healthier. I’m really thankful Father Kuss got this rolling.”

Kuss also secured the funding to equip every one of the participants with fitness trackers, which generated friendly competition as the seminarians counted their steps. More importantly, the program created a renewed focus on the importance of these men developing healthy habits they can carry forward when they are on their own as church leaders.

“You can’t just live a healthy lifestyle if you have no knowledge to draw from. This is setting us up for the future,” Reuwsaat says. “The connection of the body and soul, you can’t disconnect the two. We’re helping that (connection).”

Crossing campus

Duoos says HHP students were pleased to help foster that connection, too. “Our students have had this impact on a group who will go out into the community and will have an opportunity to make huge differences from their leadership positions. Sort of like teaching, you don’t realize how wide your net is cast when you train someone here who then goes out and influences a whole different group of people.”

Conversations have also allowed HHP students to learn about the seminary, an area of their university they otherwise might have never known, and about priests-in-training who showcase a high level of discipline and determination.

“As we are able to teach and guide the seminarians, I know many of the student trainers have learned a lot from them,” senior Sam Sutton says. “They show up to each training session with a positive attitude. Their schedules are very busy and each day is most likely not their best day, but they always show up motivated to work out.

“They not only want to learn about exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle choices, but they are genuinely interested in learning about us as people,” he adds. “This helped me better see the importance of relationships you make with others around you, no matter what type.”

Seminarians also benefitted from getting to know the HHP students. “I think initially we were maybe a little scared of them and they were maybe a little scared of us. Some of these guys are on the football team, in great shape, and we’re seminarians from south campus,” seminarian TJ McKenzie says. “They’re hopefully seeing we’re not weird or anything, and we’re seeing them as people who have a lot to offer. We can learn a lot from each other.”

As St. Thomas continues to emphasize cross-collaboration between departments and groups across campus, Fit For Ministry has proven to be a showcase of what’s possible when two seemingly different groups of people come together.

“It’s a great example of how different disciplines can find a common language. In this case that common language is health and fitness, and a way to bring these seemingly disparate groups together to learn from each other,” Scibora says. “Our students learn from the seminarians and see the way they interact with one another, and the way they approach life and their health. The seminarians were able to see a completely different side of how they might view health and fitness. They came together on these topics and had a really interesting dialogue.”

Still climbing

Back in the aerobics room, Gottsman and McGowan lay down their workout mats as the seminarians spread out in a curving row across from them.

“We’re going to run through some of the same core exercises we’ve done in the past,” Gottsman says. “Let’s start with the bridge.”

Ten minutes later a fresh sweat gleams on the foreheads of most everyone in the room. Aloe Blac’s voice pumps over the speakers: “I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man, yes I am, yes I am, yes I am!”

“I can really feel that in my lower abs,” one seminarian admits as the seconds crawl by and he maintains a plank pose.

“Make sure you’re continuing to breathe and engaging your core,” Gottsman reminds them from her own planked position.

At the end of the session most of the seminarians linger, visiting with one another and their trainers before heading off in ones and twos to the locker room. It’s the final workout before Thanksgiving break and there are large meals all over the country to look forward to, after dietary indulgences during the fall have been much less common for the seminarians in Fit For Ministry.

Two months later Gottsman sits outside T’s in the Anderson Student Center, thinking back through that pre-holiday session and so many others that made up a semester’s worth of dedication and payoff.

“Saying goodbye to the seminarians was bittersweet. It was a lot of work off my shoulders, but it was sad because I enjoyed them so much,” she says. “It was a really, really good experience and an awesome opportunity. I’ve heard from other students that have taken this class last year and it was, ‘Wow, I’m bummed I didn’t get to do this.’”

If all goes well more students will get to take part in the future: HHP faculty and Kuss met after the semester to break down how things went and everyone came away hoping they can put together a similar program again.

“I asked Father Kuss to give me a sense on a continuum of how were your expectations met, or not met. He said, ‘Far exceeded,’” Scibora says. “That just spoke volumes to me. I thought, ‘OK, wow, this was really, really fantastic.’ He was just really pleased with how the men responded, we were so pleased with how our students stepped up to this professional challenge, and it all came together and exceeded expectations. It was a home run.”

Duoos notes, “To be able to see the pride (the HHP students) took in what they were doing, there was just so much student growth. They learned so much and to discover that what they learn can really make a difference, that’s such an important takeaway for them. They’re so proud of what they’re doing.”

There’s plenty to be proud of already and – with nearly 60 seminarians and seminary faculty ready to use what they’ve learned on a daily basis – there’s almost certainly going to be more to be proud of. Thousands of miles from the AARC in January, McKenzie and his peers were in the midst of proving that in Rome.

“I’m still wearing my Garmin Vivofit (fitness tracker) and I’m averaging 15 miles a day, but I’m not too sore because Fit For Ministry got me ready for it,” McKenzie says in an email. “Yesterday we climbed to the top of St. Peter’s (Basilica) and we didn’t choose to take the elevator since we wanted more steps in.”

There are 320 steps to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. And it’s a good bet the members of the Fit For Ministry program won’t stop their climbing there.

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Words of Wisdom from Graduates

Hamline University Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:00am
What words of wisdom to graduating seniors have for current and future Hamline students? Emma Scott, who studied anthropology, Latin American studies, and Spanish, shared some sage advice earned during her time at Hamline.

Words of Wisdom from Graduate Miiko Taylor

Hamline University Campus News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:00am
Graduating seniors have gained a lot of wisdom and experiences during their years at Hamline, we asked political science and communication studies double major Miiko Taylor to share some of his advice for current and future students.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum teams with Minnesota Conservatory to offer new camp

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:11pm

WINONA, Minn. — Art, music, and theatre collide in the first integrated arts summer camp in Winona. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) are teaming up to offer an exciting weeklong arts camp where students will explore the theme of rhythm through music and dance lessons, hands-on art making activities, and theatre games. “Winona Arts Camp: Feel the Rhythm” will run Aug. 10-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to students in grades two through eight.

From slinging paint to strumming a harp, from stomping in tap shoes to comedy improv, camp participants will build capacities of the imagination. Students will gain valuable knowledge of multiple art forms, as well as build skills such as teamwork and confidence as they prepare for a final showcase on the last day of camp. At the end of each camp day, campers will be treated to a live demonstration or performance by a local artist or group in each of the four arts disciplines. Families will be invited and encouraged to join their camper to enjoy this special experience. The camp will be offered at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th Street in Winona, but will also include a tour of the MMAM.

The cost is $150 (by June 1) and $175 (after June 1) per camper, this fee includes a camp T-shirt, daily snack, and admission to the MMAM. Thanks to the generous support of the Winona Fine Arts Commission, five students will receive full scholarships and five will receive partial scholarships. To register for camp or for scholarship information, families should call MCA at 507-453-5500 or visit

MMAM is a nonprofit art museum and education center supported by more than 1,000 members, donors, granters, and sponsors. MCA, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit organization that offers programing in dance, music, visual art, and theatre.


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