Recent News from Campuses

History professor receives Huntington Library Fellowship

St. Olaf Campus News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:44pm

After receiving an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) last summer, St. Olaf College Professor of History Gary De Krey ’71 has received a Huntington Library Fellowship to support his ongoing research into the Levellers, a political group during the English Civil War, and their influence.

As with the NEH grant that he received last year, De Krey will use the Huntington award to support his research for a book in progress, tentatively titled Following the Levellers: Radical Ideas in Seventeenth Century England, 1647-1689.

The Huntington Fellowship provides funding for one to five months of residency and full-time research. De Krey will conduct a month of research this January at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

The merit of his project, as he sees it, comes in response to contemporary scholarly arguments that downplay the Levellers’ importance during the English Civil War.

“The Levellers have lost the visibility they formerly held in 17th-century scholarship,” De Krey says. “The extent of their influence has been questioned. Whether the Levellers can be considered as ‘democrats’ has been disputed, and even their emphasis upon individual liberties is no longer seen as an expression of natural rights thinking.”

De Krey hopes that the book he will write with the support of the Huntington Fellowship will become a catalyst for new discussion and interest about the Levellers.

“My findings should arouse interest from early modern historians, from scholars of the ‘long Reformation’ and of 17th-century political ideas, and from students (both undergraduate and graduate) in these fields,” he says.

De Krey earned his baccalaureate degree from St. Olaf, where he majored in history, and his Ph.D. in British and early modern European history from Princeton University. He joined the St. Olaf faculty in 1988 and has since taught courses on British and European history.

De Krey has published three books about the time period: Restoration and Revolution in Britain: A Political History of the Era of Charles II and the Glorious Revolution; London and the Restoration, 1659-1683; and A Fractured Society: The Politics of London in the First Age of Party, 1688-1715. He also directs the St. Olaf Center for College History and is the archivist for the Norwegian-American Historical Association.

The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Its library collections range chronologically from the 11th century to the present and include seven million manuscripts, 420,000 rare books, 275,000 reference works, and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera.

Some 1,700 scholars come from around the world every year to conduct advanced humanities research using the Huntington’s collections. Through a rigorous peer-review program, the institution awards approximately 150 fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science.

De Krey is one of only four 2015-16 Huntington Fellowship recipients from Minnesota.

Honesty Is the Best Policy

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:11pm

When I was pondering what to study in college, my dad suggested I get a degree in business. He argued that no matter what I wanted to do, I’d always need to understand business. He was an architect and, in his limited free time, had to teach himself business so he could run his own firm. At that age I wasn’t in love with business, but I could see his point – it was a very practical choice. Never did I imagine I’d end up as a business school professor!

The first turning point for me was a class in consumer behavior at Wharton where I became fascinated with understanding why people thought, felt and acted as they did in the marketplace. But when my marketing research professor suggested I join their Ph.D. program, I thought the idea was crazy. Instead I went into management at The Four Seasons Hotel, where part of my responsibilities included overseeing the customer satisfaction surveys and internal glitch reports (how the hotel responded to service failures). It didn’t take long before I was again fascinated with understanding consumers – perhaps a Ph.D. program was right for me.

Now 20 years later, I still am fascinated with not only understanding consumers, but also how that understanding can enable more effective strategies and practices. After joining UST in 2007, I started researching word-of-mouth marketing with my colleague Dr. James Heyman.

Consumers have been talking with one another about products for as long as there have been products. When marketers finally realized that these personal recommendations were more credible than advertisements and other firm-based communications, they started finding ways to initiate the conversations. The most common technique involved providing everyday consumers with incentives (e.g., free products) and instructions about how to spread word-of-mouth. Early efforts were often categorized as stealth marketing, as message recipients were largely unaware that peer recommendations were being pushed by marketers. Ethicists loudly condemned these actions, but when James was researching how consumers perceived the fairness of a wide variety of stealth tactics, he discovered that undergraduates – the main age group being targeted – were largely indifferent. Our research then aimed to look at the intersection between ethics and efficacy.

The solution to the ethical issue was disclosure, which involved word-of-mouth agents revealing their relationship with the brand. Industry organizations such as the Word-Of-Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) advocated disclosure, and in 2009 the FTC began mandating disclosure. The problem was that agents were reluctant to disclose their relationship for fear of what their peers would think of them, and firms worried that disclosure would hurt their brands. So while disclosure removed the ethical dilemma, the technique’s effectiveness then came into question – was disclosure really harmful?

When we started this research project, James was teaching consumer behavior and I was teaching marketing communications. As such, word-of-mouth was a topic in both of our classrooms. One of our undergraduates expressed interest in our research and asked to do an independent study with me for a semester. The collaboration proved to be a win-win: She got experience conducting research and we got insights from her interviews with friends and classmates. These insights helped us create realistic word-of-mouth scenarios and develop hypotheses that we then tested in two controlled experiments.

Our findings indicated that disclosure of the agent-brand relationship during the word-of-mouth incident improved the effectiveness of the recommendation relative to no disclosure (i.e., seemingly organic word-of-mouth). More specifically, purchase consideration increased when the agent disclosed that they had received free product (e.g., a case of energy drink or a cellphone) and were asked to tell others about it.

Further, the disclosure caused study participants to feel more knowledgeable and evaluate the product more positively, which in turn increased purchase consideration. If you are wondering why, consider that the firm’s behavior – giving product as an incentive to generate word-of-mouth – might suggest the firm was confident their product was good, which reinforces a positive recommendation. Also consider that learning about a relationship between the agent and the firm might make the message recipient feel closer to the brand, similar to having insider information.

In contrast, we also examined what happened when an agent did not disclose his/her relationship with a brand and that relationship was discovered incidentally at a later time, for example through news media or agent recruiting messages. In this situation, we observed a decrease in the recommender’s credibility relative to situations when disclosure occurred concurrently or the recommendation appeared organic. Study participants also reported feeling deceived and rated the conversation as somewhat unethical. However, the primary negative impact was on the messenger and not the product, as purchase consideration and product evaluation were each relatively unscathed by the deception. This pattern is consistent with prior research findings that consumers process negative tactics separately from message claims. Taken together, the key take-away for marketers who use incented word-of-mouth is to ensure that their agents disclose the relationship in a truthful and timely manner for their mutual benefit.

This research was published in the Journal of Marketing Communications, 2013 (Volume 19, Issue 4) under the title “Honesty is the best policy: The effects of disclosure in word-of-mouth marketing.” Perhaps more importantly, the research has been incorporated into our teaching. With it, we are able to demonstrate to students the importance of understanding consumer behavior, how research enables that understanding, and how it can guide us toward marketing tactics that are both ethical and effective.

Associate professor of marketing Dr. Lisa Abendroth is faculty director of the university’s Evening MBA Program. 

From Exemplars, a publication of the Grants and Research Office.

Alumni in Action: Emil “Bud” Paape ’62

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:00am

Emil “Bud” Paape ’62

High school teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, university instructor
Hometown: Winona, Minn.
Major: History

From 1962 to 1965, Bud Paape taught history, mathematics and English at Hill High School, a Lasallian (Christian Brother-affiliated school) in Maplewood, Minn. However, a few years earlier he was inspired by John F. Kennedy’s challenge to university students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Therefore, from 1965 to 1967, Paape left Minnesota and served in Nigeria as a member of the United States Peace Corps where he taught mathematics and African history.

After returning to the United States, he attended the University of Minnesota and earned an M.A. in journalism/mass communication. From 1968 to 1987, and again from 1989 until 1999, he taught at Grace High School (now Totino-Grace High School) in Fridley, Minn., where he became one of the most respected teachers in the school’s history. He was granted a two-year leave of absence in 1987 in order to do another term in the Peace Corps – this time at the Universite Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. In 1996, he received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. In 1999, after a year working at the American Refugee Committee in Minneapolis, Bud began another career at Saint Mary’s of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he serves as the administrative assistant for the M.A. in Education Wisconsin program.

“Saint Mary’s showed me a path from Winona to a most interesting world,” he said. “The universality of Lasallian educational philosophy served me well in suburban St. Paul, in the bush of Nigeria, at the university in Morocco … and beyond.”

Read more Alumni in Action stories.

Witnessing Resilience in Nepal

Concordia College Campus News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:00pm
Sometimes the best assistance is a listening ear. That’s what Dr. Anne Mocko discovered when she traveled to Nepal this summer.

Blackhawks President, CEO John McDonough returning to Saint Mary’s University Sept. 10

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:07am

Visit to include Stanley Cup viewing and student leadership session

WINONA, Minn. — On Thursday, Sept. 10, John McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, will return to his alma mater, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, for a leadership session with students on the Winona Campus. He’s also bringing with him the Stanley Cup, which will be available for public viewing.

Thanks to a 2-0 Game 6, Cup-clinching victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 15, the Blackhawks became the sixth franchise in National Hockey League history to win three Stanley Cups in a six-year span. McDonough, a 1975 alumnus and a successful and well-respected leader in the sports world, will share his story—and the Cup—with the Saint Mary’s and Winona communities.

“When John McDonough chose to share the Stanley Cup with the Saint Mary’s community and the public in Winona in 2013, we were grateful and honored,” said Brother William Mann, President of Saint Mary’s. “We are even more excited to welcome him back for a second opportunity to celebrate his achievements. John has demonstrated leadership characteristics we hope to instill in our students. We’re thankful he’s not only bringing the Cup, but also sharing an important message about how to inspire others to greatness.”

McDonough has called his time at Saint Mary’s “comfortable, but challenging; competitive, yet inspiring. The faculty and staff provide you with everything to put yourself in position to succeed,” he said. “It was the perfect environment in which to learn, and I was able to carry those skills into my professional life.”

The public is invited to view the Cup between 2:15-3:45 p.m. Due to time constraints, a limited number of public attendees will have an opportunity to have their photos taken with the Stanley Cup. Only those with wristbands will have the opportunity for an up-close photo. Wristbands will be given out beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room in Gostomski Fieldhouse. The public is invited to begin lining up at 1 p.m. All will be allowed into the facility to view and take photos of the Cup from a reasonable distance. For security reasons, large bags and purses will not be permitted into the facility, and smaller bags or purses will be subject to search. Saint Mary’s staff and volunteers will direct attendees on where to park and line up. Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the schedule may be subject to change.

Saint Mary’s at the State Fair

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:00am

While you’re at the Minnesota State Fair, visit our Saint Mary’s University booth and connect with us — we’d love to get to know you better.

From Aug. 27 through Sept. 7, we’ll be at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” in the Education building on the Fair’s east side. Visitors look forward to stopping by the Saint Mary’s booth annually, and this year is no different; from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. each day we’ll be sharing information about our empowering education and handing out giveaways.

We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about any of our undergraduate or graduate programs. From Winona to Minneapolis, and elsewhere, we have something that will fit your needs and lifestyle, helping you move forward. When you stop by our booth, we will have knowledgeable and friendly staff members along with iPad stations set up for you to browse our website and learn more.

Ready for a transformational experience? Come and say hi whether you’re in high school or whether you’re an adult looking to take the next step with your education. Make sure to grab a Saint Mary’s ink pen. If you’re a past graduate, an alumni window cling that will be perfect for your vehicle and if you are wearing Saint Mary’s apparel, you will also receive a tablet stand.

For more information about the university, contact our admission office based in Winona (undergraduate) or Minneapolis (bachelor completion and graduate).

MLIS student named a 2015–2017 ARL Diversity Scholar

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:00am
Edwin Schenk MLIS’16 is among only 18 students nationwide to receive the prestigious scholarship. More »

Home Prices Take Small Seasonal Dip in July

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 7:00pm

For the third year in a row, the median sale price for a Twin Cities home took a seasonal dip in July after peaking in June. That, and a pronounced lack of homes available in the sub-$200,000 range, were among the findings in the monthly housing-market analysis of the 13-county Twin Cities region conducted by the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business.

Each month the center tracks the median price for three types of sales: nondistressed or traditional; foreclosures; and short sales (when a home is sold for less than the outstanding mortgage balance). Here’s what the center found:

Key numbers for July

The median sale price of a traditional home in July 2015 was $231,000. That is down 1.91 percent from $235,500 in June 2015 but up 2.67 percent from $225,000 in July 2014.

“So far in 2015, the traditional median sale price has been running a relatively stable 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent increase over 2014 levels,” said Herb Tousley, director of real estate programs at the university. “We continue to expect a 4 percent to 6 percent overall median sale price increase for 2015. However, our outlook could change to the extent that interest rates increase this fall.”

In the two distressed categories: The median price for short sales dropped 10.2 percent, from $171,500 in June 2015 to $154,000 in July 2015; the median price for foreclosure sales increased 1.75 percent, from $137,591 in June 2015 to $140,00 in July 2015.

The distressed-type sales are comprising a progressively smaller portion of all sales as the housing market returns to pre-crash health. The short sales in July represented just 2 percent of all home sales in the Twin Cities and foreclosures were 5.4 percent.

Low inventory

The Twin Cities housing market saw 6,301 closed sales in July 2015. That’s down slightly from June 2015 but up 19.2 percent from July 2014. In addition, there were 5,736 pending sales at the end of July 2015; that’s up 12.5 percent over July 2014. The 16,998 homes on the market at the end of July 2015 remains historically low.

“Before the market crash of 2005 to 2007, there were many more new listings coming into the market than there were closed sales leaving the market,” Tousley said. “In 2015 the number of closed sales is rebounding to pre-crash levels, yet the number of new listings has not recovered.”

He said that for inventory levels to return to more normal levels, the number of new listings will need to increase to at least 10,000 per month in the peak selling months.

“Until that happens the low levels of homes available for sale will persist. In the meantime, the low number of homes for sale and the high volume of closed sales are being reflected in the higher number of multiple offers and sale prices at more than the original asking price.

“Good news for sellers; bad news for buyers looking for a deal,” he said.

Supply and demand of modest homes

The Shenehon Center examined the median sale price of the homes that actually sold in July (the demand) and compared that with the prices of homes that were for sale in July (the supply).

“We found that in July 40 percent of the homes that were sold were less than $200,000. Yet only 27 percent of the homes available for sale fell into that range,” Tousley said. “That means that in comparison, as a percentage, there were more buyers wanting to purchase a home under $200,000 than there were homes available for sale in that price range.”

For more expensive homes, those selling for $400,000 or more, there were many more homes available for prospective buyers to choose from.

“The conclusion is that there are more buyers chasing a relatively smaller percentage of low- to moderately priced homes available for sale and that is another reason why we are seeing a very active market for moderately priced homes in the Twin Cities market.”

The St. Thomas indexes

As part of its monthly analysis, the Shenehon Center creates a monthly composite index score by tracking nine data elements for those three types of sales (traditional, short sales and foreclosures). The data categories include things like the number of closed sales, how many days that homes are on the market, and what percent of the asking price sellers receive. The center started the index at January 2005 and for that month gave each of the three indexes a value of 1,000.

July’s composite score for traditional sales was 1,128, which is the highest since the index began in 2005.

“We expect increases in the index to moderate as summer moves into fall,” Tousley said. “However, the continued increase of the traditional-sale index is an indicator of expected ongoing improvement in the health and resurgence of the Twin Cities housing market.”

The short-sale index was up a few points, from 971 in June to 974 in July. The foreclosure index was up a couple, from 817 in June to 819 in July.

More information online

The Shenehon Center’s charts and report for July can be found here.

The index is available free via email from Tousley at hwtousley1@stthomas.edu.

Students welcomed at Winona campus Move-In Weekend

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:21pm

The men’s hockey team — along with other sports teams, faculty, staff, and alumni — all pitched in over the weekend to welcome new students and help them move into their residence halls. Classes began Monday, while Welcome Week activities continue to help students settle in, meet each other, engage them in the community, and get a running start on their college careers.

Check out more photos on our Facebook photo album.

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Internship gives student hands-on experience shaping Zambian policy

St. Olaf Campus News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:49am

Tazorodzwa “Tazo” Mnangagwa ’16 takes a selfie in front of the National Assembly of Zambia, where he is working this summer with the support of an internship grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career.

For St. Olaf College student Tazorodzwa “Tazo” Mnangagwa ’16, issues like terrorism and child marriage in his home country of Zambia aren’t simply things he’s reading about in the news.

They’re issues he’s analyzed and authored policy statements on as part of his summer internship with the National Assembly of Zambia.

The experience, supported with an internship grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career, has given Mnangagwa a front-row seat to Zambia’s law-making process.

In the past year, 146 St. Olaf students have received Piper Center funding for unpaid or underpaid internships. Another 47 students have received internship funding through college cohort programs such as the Rockswold Health Scholars Program and the Svoboda Legal Scholars Program. An additional 165 students earned academic credit for their internships.

Working in the National Assembly of Zambia’s Research Division, Mnangagwa has written policy statements for assembly members on topics ranging from “Terrorism: The Need to Enhance Global Cooperation Against the Threat to Democracy and Individual Rights” to “The Need to Ban the Indiscriminate Use of Private Firearms During Elections.”

These topics are then either be debated in the Chamber of the Zambian Parliament Assembly or discussed at national, regional, and global parliamentary forums.

Mnangagwa, a Davis United World College Scholar, has developed a strong passion for international development, particularly that related to issues of governance and public policy in the developing world. His interest began while he was a student at the Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong and has been fostered through a variety of classes he’s taken at St. Olaf.

The National Assembly of Zambia, the country’s legislative body, meets in Lusaka.

His internship this summer has enabled him not only to see the theories he’s studied in action, but to take a hands-on role in crafting legislation that could instigate real change.

“My experience has sharpened my knowledge of government protocol and procedures and how the legislative system works in Zambia and other Commonwealth nations,” says Mnangagwa, who is majoring in economics and political science at St. Olaf.

He’s also come to realize that his work at the Research Division is essential in providing National Assembly members with up-to-date information.

“Everyone in Parliament represents the people and the country; therefore, it is very important that they have appropriate information in relation to Zambia’s development to disseminate and to ensure that there is oversight in Zambia’s governance system,” Mnangagwa says.

The internship has also provided multiple opportunities for Mnangagwa to network with influential policy makers. He’s been involved, for example, in the Southern African Development Community’s initiative to fund efforts aimed at eradicating HIV/AIDS in the region, a role that involves partnering with various stakeholders who have similar interests in the goal of Zambia’s development.

The most significant thing Mnangagwa says he’s taken away from his time at the National Assembly, however, is the opportunity to work and interact with smart, hardworking, and ambitious Zambians. These ordinary citizens, he says, truly believe in Zambia’s ability to achieve full political and economic development.

That patriotism has helped fuel Mnangagwa’s desire to return to Zambia after graduating from St. Olaf and contribute to the development of his country. He also plans on pursuing a master’s degree in public policy or in a field closely related to international development and governance.

“I believe that if young Zambians like me, who are studying abroad, do not apply our unique experience and education back home and contribute to development in whatever aspect, no one else will do so,” he says.

MCA to host open house and ‘Second Chance Dance’ Sale

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:19pm

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its annual Fall Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, just prior to fall classes starting on Sept. 8.

The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administrators, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, enjoy treats, and register for classes. In addition to the usual events, a Second Chance Dance Sale is planned. All funds raised will be used to support the MCA scholarship and program funds. Community members with dance attire no longer being used can donate it to the MCA; MCA families are invited to request a table at no expense to sell or swap items as well.

Younger attendees won’t want to miss the opportunity to test out MCA’s 8-foot floor piano.

For more information about the Open House or the Second Chance Dance Sale, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” them on Facebook, or call 507- 453-5500.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 18 months and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St.

This activity is 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. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

 

Retired Professor of English Steve Swanson ’54 dies

St. Olaf Campus News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:54pm

Retired St. Olaf College Professor of English Steve Swanson ’54, who helped bring the set design of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival to life for more than two decades, died August 23. He was 82 years old.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 31, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior.

Working alongside his wife, Judy Seleen Swanson ’57 — a liturgical artist who designed Christmas Festival backdrops from 1992 to 2014 — and their children, Steve Swanson helped construct the set annually. The family’s work was featured in a St. Olaf Magazine story several years ago.

A graduate of St. Olaf, Swanson earned a theology degree from Luther Seminary and was a parish pastor off and on for many years.

He also followed his love for literature and teaching, earning a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Oregon and teaching literature and creative writing at four Lutheran colleges.

Swanson also wrote a number of books, collaborated with theater faculty on plays, and created metal sculptures.

Read more in his obituary.

Washington Monthly 2015 College Rankings

Hamline University Campus News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:00am
Hamline has once again ranked among the best according to Washington Monthly's annual college rankings.

Presidential Installation Ceremony and Reception Save the Date

Hamline University Campus News - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 12:00am
Please save the date for the installation ceremony and reception of Hamline University's 20th president, Dr. Fayneese Miller on Friday, October 2, 2015. More information regarding the installation and other inauguration events will be forthcoming.

Student joins alumna’s pioneering work through clinical internship

St. Olaf Campus News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 1:05pm

St. Olaf student Emma Fulton ’16 (left) with her supervisor, Eva Mureithi, who is the registered nurse manager for the Positive Health Program clinic.

It’s one thing to have a hands-on internship in an area of medicine you’re passionate about.

It’s another to do that work alongside a St. Olaf College alumna who’s a world-renowned pioneer in the field.

And that’s exactly the opportunity St. Olaf student Emma Fulton ’16 had this summer as part of her internship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) General Hospital’s HIV/AIDS Division, more commonly known as the Positive Health Program.

While there she worked with St. Olaf alumna Diane Havlir ’80, whose research has helped define the most effective treatments for patients with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

Currently the chief of the HIV/AIDS Division at USCF General Hospital, Havlir co-founded the “Getting to Zero” coalition that aims to make San Francisco the first city with zero new HIV infections, zero stigma, and zero HIV-related deaths.

The Positive Health Program is a key component to reaching that goal. The program is the largest HIV clinic in San Francisco, and primarily serves patients who are HIV positive and without private health insurance. Many of the clinic’s patients also cope with issues such as homelessness, mental illness, and drug addiction.

As part of her internship, Fulton worked with Havlir and other staff members to ensure that every patient in the program has the amount of HIV in their blood tested every six months in an effort to examine the efficacy of and adherence to treatment, while also identifying and reaching out to patients who might be drifting out of care.

Fulton was also involved in other initiatives, such as helping host a women’s clinic each week. She and others provided breakfast to patients waiting to see their primary care provider, social worker, and case manager. The goal, Fulton says, is to foster a sense of community between the women who come to the Positive Health Program clinic every week.

“The hope is that by providing this consistent support, patients will be more consistent with their treatment — improving their long-term health while also decreasing HIV transmission in the community,” she says.

Fulton says talking to the women and listening to their stories each week left her humbled by the things they have had to overcome, and astonished by the progress they are making.

“Even in a city as progressive as San Francisco, there is much headway to be made in combatting discrimination based on sexuality, race, and socioeconomic status,” she notes.

Fulton landed her internship after reaching out to Havlir, who delivered a Founders Day Guest Seminar at St. Olaf in the fall of 2013 titled The Beginning of the End of AIDS.

The St. Olaf senior received an internship grant from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career to support her work this summer.

In the past year, 146 St. Olaf students have received Piper Center funding for unpaid or underpaid internships. Another 47 students have received internship funding through college cohort programs such as the Rockswold Health Scholars Program and the Svoboda Legal Scholars Program. An additional 165 students earned academic credit for their internships.

The Positive Health Program internship has given Fulton, a biology major at St. Olaf, unique insight into the various challenges in providing care to an underserved population. From funding issues to clinic overcrowding to simply getting patients to show up to appointments, the scope of obstacles in this work far exceeds the clinical management of HIV.

Despite the challenges, Fulton believes her experience at the clinic has provided her with invaluable preparation for medical school and a career as a health care provider.

“This internship has instilled confidence in me and reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in medicine,”  Fulton says. “Furthermore, it has given me a powerful perspective on the challenges I will someday face as a provider, but more importantly on the overwhelming adversity faced by so many patients.”

Summer intern profile: Lydia Henderson '16

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:54am

Think your summer vacation was exciting? Unless you stood face to face with an elephant on the African plains, Lydia Henderson ’16 probably has you beat.

Visit St. Thomas at the Minnesota State Fair

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 9:32am

The Minnesota State Fair is nearly here and St. Thomas will be stationed under its signature Arches in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street. Volunteers will greet visitors and share information about the university’s academic programs.

Specific programs and offices will be highlighted each of the 12 days of the fair. Program staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Thursday, Aug. 27: Study Abroad
Friday, Aug. 28: School of Engineering, St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan will visit the booth from 10 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Aug. 29: Alumni Association
Sunday, Aug. 30: The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, a life-sized cutout of Pope Francis and “pope on a stick” will be available
Monday, Aug. 31: Music Department
Tuesday, Sept. 1: School of Social Work
Wednesday, Sept. 2: School of Law
Thursday, Sept. 3: The Selim Center for Learning in Later Years
Friday, Sept. 4: Opus College of Business
Saturday, Sept. 5: Art History Department
Sunday, Sept. 6: English Department
Monday, Sept. 7: College of Education, Leadership and Counseling

In addition to visiting the booth, fair goers can share their St. Thomas state fair experience with their friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by snapping photos of themselves with Tommie and sharing them using the hashtag #GoTommies.

And as always, one of the state fair’s most popular giveaway items will be available at the St. Thomas booth. For the eleventh year, volunteers will hand out 20,000 purple St. Thomas tote bags. Giveaways will begin at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the booth early for a chance at getting a tote bag.

For more information, follow St. Thomas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Former St. Olaf Choir Conductor Kenneth Jennings ’50 dies

St. Olaf Campus News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:58pm

St. Olaf College Professor Emeritus of Music Kenneth Jennings ’50, who led the St. Olaf Choir for more than two decades, died August 20. He was 90 years old.

The funeral is planned for September 18.

“The world of choral music lost a great giant,” St. Olaf Choir Conductor Anton Armstrong ’78 tells Minnesota Public Radio. “He was an immense influence on many of the leading choral directors of his time, both those who were able to sing under his baton or his beautiful hands, and those who experienced his performances with the St. Olaf Choir and the other choirs he conducted. We will remember him with great love and great admiration, and most of all, with great appreciation for the beauty he brought to the world of choral music.”

Jennings became the third conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1968, taking the helm of a renowned ensemble that up to that point had only been led by founder F. Melius Christiansen and his son, Olaf Christiansen ’25.

Brilliant Sound

Under Jennings, the choir developed what one reviewer described as “a more vibrant, warm tone — a resonant, lively, brilliant sound that rings with vitality and conviction.” Jennings coaxed his students to reach their highest musical potential with a quiet leadership style and a graceful form of conducting.

Jennings also expanded the choir’s global reach. The St. Olaf Choir celebrated its 75th anniversary with a tour of Asia in 1986, and in 1988 it was one of only five choirs in the world invited to participate in the Olympic Arts Festival in Seoul, South Korea.

“He inherited a treasured musical tradition from the Christiansens, respected it and let it sing, and added his own musical artistry to the growth and enrichment of the St. Olaf Choir,” wrote Joseph M. Shaw ’49, professor emeritus of religion at St. Olaf and the author of The St. Olaf Choir: A Narrative. “What he accomplished will live on through his compositions, recordings of the St. Olaf Choir under his direction, and especially through the hundreds of students he inspired.”

Listen to Armstrong talk with MPR’s Cathy Wurzer about Jennings’ legacy.
Watch videos of Jennings conducting and listen to his music.

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MCAD News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:25pm

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) announces its eighteenth annual art sale. This one-of-a-kind art sale, held every year the weekend before Thanksgiving, presents art for all tastes.

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