Recent News from Campuses

'The Francis Effect' comes to SJU

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University presents a Salt and Light production of “The Francis Effect” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at the Pellegrene Auditorium, SJU.

Educators in training share tips at state conference

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Three education majors shared their google drive techniques with science teachers. More »

CSB/SJU Chamber Choir to perform homecoming concert

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University Chamber Choir concludes its spring concert series at 8 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Great Hall on the SJU campus, Collegeville.

Professor Featured on BBC

Concordia College Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:00pm
Expertise on NATO thrust Dr. Rebecca Moore, professor of political science, into the international airwaves recently.

Day at the Capitol Scheduled for March 19

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:35pm

On Thursday, March 19, Gustavus Adolphus College students and financial aid supporters will travel to St. Paul to meet with state legislators to show continued support and appreciation for the Minnesota State Grant Program, as part of the College’s annual Day at the Capitol event.

The program directly supports more than 30 percent of Gustavus students. All Gustavus students benefit from the Minnesota State Grant Program because State Grant money frees up financial aid to be used for other students. Day the Capitol allows students to learn how to become effective advocates while urging state legislators to support Minnesota students. Participants will speak with key lawmakers about the importance of the Minnesota State Grant Program, hear from Gustavus alumni who work in the legislature, tour the Capitol building, and meet alumni who work in government and public service at a networking event.

The day is free of charge for Gustavus students and includes lunch, dinner, and transportation to the Capitol. To sign up to participate in Day at the Capitol events, go online to gustavus.edu/events/capitol.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 8 a.m. / Board bus at Three Flags
  • 9:30 a.m. / Arrive at State Office Building
  • 10 a.m. / Check in and training
  • 10:30 a.m. / Meetings with legislators and lunch
  • 1 p.m. / Tour of the Capitol, free time, sit in on committee meetings
  • 3 p.m. / Alumni networking event at the University Club in St. Paul
  • 7 p.m. / Arrive at Gustavus

If you have questions about Day at the Capitol, contact student coordinator Nusla Mohamed at nmohame2@gustavus.edu or Vice President for Marketing and Communication Tim Kennedy at tkennedy@gustavus.edu.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
mthomas@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

Gustavus to Host TEDx Event on April 18

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:15pm

The Center for Servant Leadership at Gustavus Adolphus College will host the College’s 2nd annual TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18 in Wallenberg Auditorium. The conference is titled “Leading the Way Forward: Being, Seeing, Doing” and will feature nine live speakers and two TED Talks via video.

Tickets for the independently organized event, licensed by TED, are $5 for Gustavus Students and $15 for the general public, and are limited to only 100 tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at gustavustickets.com. The presentations will be recorded and archived online following the event.

Speakers will give presentations between eight and 18 minutes, followed by a brief opportunity for audience members to discuss and share new learning and insights with each other. Scheduled presenters and topics for the TEDx event at Gustavus include:

Jenny Evans

Jenny Evans
Talk Title: “Looking Back to Move Forward: Use your primitive hard-wiring to conquer today’s stress and build your resiliency”

Evans is a speaker, author, and on-air expert on resiliency, stress, performance, exercise physiology, nutrition, and health. She is the founder and CEO of PowerHouse Performance and author of the book The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life – 60 Seconds at a Time. Working with thousands of C-suite executives, leaders, and employees worldwide, her dynamic presentations inspire and educate audiences to increase their capacity for stress and to recover from it more quickly and effectively. Clients improve their performance and productivity, all while enhancing their health.

Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson ’90
Talk Title: “21st Century Leadership: The 3 Intersections Dimensions of Focus”

Jackson has dedicated his career to the development of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities that seek to maximize influence, leadership, and change at every level. After graduating from Gustavus, Jackson earned master’s degrees in psychology, business administration, organizational development, and public administration from Harvard University and went on to earn his doctorate in human and organizational systems. His research derived a new model for leadership: Attentional Leadership Theory (ALT). Bruce is the founder of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence and author of Finding Your Flow.

Barbara McAfee

Barbara McAfee
Talk Title:  “Bringing Your Full Voice to Life – A Playful Introduction to the Five Elements Framework”

McAfee is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynoter, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformative power of sound. Her book, Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence was a number one Amazon bestseller in business communication. The book is based on her more than 20 years as a voice coach, supporting all kinds of people in learning how to access the full power of their voices. McAfee appears frequently with authors Margaret Wheatley and Peter Block. She is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer hospice choir.

Nicole LaVoi

Nicole LaVoi ’91
Talk Title: “Now You See Her, Now You Don’t: The (In)visibility of Girls and Women in Sport”

LaVoi ’91, is a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, and Associate Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. LaVoi focuses her research on barriers experienced by women coaches, and media representations of females in sport. She serves on the national advisory boards for espnW, the Alliance of Women Coaches, Gustavus Athletics, and Tennis & Life Camps. As a passionate advocate of gender equity, she has focused on reversing the decline of women in positions of leadership in sport so that young women have strong, active, visible female role models.

Brian Konkol

Brian Konkol
Talk Title: “Why F-Words Work: Toward a Conversion of Connections”

Konkol was appointed Chaplain of the College at Gustavus in August of 2013. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Konkol previously served international assignments in Guyana and South Africa, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics. With a focus on globalization, pluralism and public policy, Konkol is an avid writer and community advocate, and has represented the college and church as a speaker and teacher throughout the United States and beyond. He serves on the Board of Advisors at Viterbo University (La Crosse, Wisc.), the Executive Board for the Joint Religious Legislative Council of Minnesota, and advises numerous other local and global organizations.

Meghan Krause

Meghan Krause
Talk Title: “The Problem with Sarcasm? #Yeah, right”

Krause is a wellbeing professional who helps people and organizations enhance their health, joy, and success. As Director of Wellbeing at Gustavus, she helps the community thrive through courses, workshops, and programs that create positive change. She has spent the last 15 years advancing lifestyles of health and sustainability in consumer packaged goods, food service, education, environmental nonprofits, and professional sports. Krause is founder of The Merry Fishmonger, a seasonal distributor of wild Alaskan fish. She lives in Minneapolis, where activities such as rowing, volleyball, and singing remind her of the importance of self-care, movement, and creativity.

Pete Machalek
Talk Title: “How Leaders Use Story”

Pete Machalek

Machalek is a speaker, coach, trainer and facilitator with a passion for helping people live self-designed lives in synergy with others, both personally and professionally. With two degrees in communication and a background in film, Machalek brings his unique perspective to the professional world by helping people present themselves powerfully, lead productive conversations, forge valuable relationships, and design compelling futures—all through the power of story. In 2001, Machalek co-founded SagePresence, a boutique learning and development company dedicated to helping organizations thrive by building their team’s communication and presentation skills.

Lisa Dembouski
Talk Title: “Hello. I’m Lisa, and I fake it.”
Talk Subtitle: “It’s okay to be where we are; it is not okay to stay here.”
Talk Sub-subtitle: “Leaders as Allies: Empowering you to create inclusive spaces”

Lisa Dembouski

Dembouski is an educator, activist, gardener, ally, traveler, introvert, and a really bad dancer. This is her eighth month teaching in the Gustavus Education Department, where she sharpens her own pedagogical skills through her efforts preparing Gustie teachers-to-be. Her research and scholarship interests address topics of dis/ability, lived experiences as relayed through narrative, and excellence in teacher education and preparation. Lisa thanks you in advance for the ways you support and are an ally for those of us who fake it every day.

Leila Brammer
Talk Title: “Finding Your Voice: Leadership, and Transformational Personal and Community Change”

Leila Brammer

Brammer is a professor of communication studies at Gustavus. Deliberation, civility, social movements, and rhetoric/argument are among her research interests. She is the author of Excluded from Suffrage History: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Nineteenth Century American Feminist.  She spearheaded the development of Public Discourse, a nationally recognized model for teaching deliberative discourse and citizenship, and is working on a textbook for the course. Brammer has won multiple teaching awards, including two at Gustavus.

For more information on tickets or the conference in general, please email tedx@gustavus.com, call organizer Dave Newell at 507-933-6069, or visit tedxgustavusadolphuscollege.com.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference was held in October 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

Information for Media

Members of the media can attend the TEDx event at Gustavus, however video and audio recording of the speakers will not be permitted. To inquire about attending the TEDx event at Gustavus, contact Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas at 507-933-7510 or mthomas@gustavus.edu.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
mthomas@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo to tour Ireland

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:41pm
Local performance is March 11 WINONA, Minn. — The octet sounds of Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo 1 will be heard in a series of performances across Ireland during the university’s spring break week. Tour selections include an exciting set of new arrangements in the West Coast “Cool” style as well as favorite jazz standards from [&hellip

Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers to tour Ireland

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:03pm
Local performance is March 12 WINONA, Minn. — The Chamber Singers of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will perform in Ireland as part of their 2015 concert tour. The 26-voice select ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea, associate professor of music. Tour performances will include the following liturgies and concerts: St. Francis Xavier Parish, [&hellip

Slaggie Family Foundation gift enhances Conservatory

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:05am
WINONA, Minn. — Thanks to the generous donation by the Slaggie Family Foundation, the Music Division at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will be able to update and purchase new equipment. The purchase of a new keyboard, amp, keyboard stand, and travel case that are easy to transport will allow the thriving Jazz Combo program [&hellip

Church Work Intern Spotlight: Brian Weyers

Concordia University Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:29am

Five church work students currently serving year-long internships at LCMS churches recently returned to Concordia University for a mid-year retreat with classmates and faculty. The retreat gives interns time to reflect with each other on what they’ve learned and experienced thus far and give them the opportunity to set goals for the remainder of their internship. Preparations are also made for their transition back to CSP next fall. 

Unique to CSP, students pursuing either a Director of Christian Education (DCE)or Director of Christian Outreach (DCO) certification at CSP complete a year-long internship of full time ministry experience during their fourth year of studies rather than fifth. Students return to campus for a final year of continued learning, fieldwork experiences, and reflection prior to receiving a call to serve as a professional DCE or DCO in an LCMS congregation. 

Over the next few weeks Concordia is spotlighting these church work interns to get a glimpse of what they’ve been doing the past year and learn about their experiences.

 

Brian Weyers

Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin
Major: Director of Christian Education (DCE)
Internship: Redeemer Lutheran Church (Rochester, Minnesota)

Q: What type of things are you doing as part of your internship at Redeemer Lutheran Church?

A:I have had many experiences here at Redeemer. I have taught Sunday school, confirmation, and adult Bible study. I've run our midweek youth nights called Ignite as well as lead several youth events here and there. I take an active part in worship by doing Children's messages as well as reading the Gospel from time to time. While I do a lot with youth my supervisor is striving to make sure I get as much varied experience as possibly in preparation for a call. My biggest program is helping to form and continue a youth outreach group that has the goal of spreading the Love of Christ to our surrounding community in acts of kindness.” 

Q: Can you describe the makeup of the congregation and how they responded to having you serve with them?

A: “Redeemer is a larger congregation. We have a large population of older members as well as a growing number of younger families as well as younger members. Redeemer has been extremely supportive of me and everything I am doing there. They are right behind new ideas pushing them forward towards success or being there to help me should they fall through a bit. They are also understanding and supportive as I go about trying out new experiences of programs and events they've had for years. I could not ask for a better place to learn the ins and outs of becoming a Director of Christian Education.”

Q: What were some fun or challenging opportunities you experienced?

A:Like I mentioned earlier my youth outreach program has been a very fun challenge so far on internship.  PYROS (Passionate Youth Revealing Our Savior) has been a blessing both to me learning how to run it, and to those we serve. We have done many random acts of kindness for people ranging from cleaning windows to making homeless care packages. A great opportunity I had was attending the UKANDU mission trip with some of our youth early on in my internship. Also being a part of Redeemer this year I've seen them burn a $1.5 million dollar mortgage because they paid it back in half the amount of time. God is working some miraculous things through Redeemer and I feel blesses and privileged to be a part of them.”

Q: How have your classes at Concordia prepared you for this internship?

A: “I would say that the training from CSP has really helped me see the potential I have for ministry. It helped me to see the passions and skill I have and hone them as I move towards professional church work.”  

Vaughn focuses internship on empowering victims

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:23am
Manire Vaughn ’15 is managing his days to the minute. He has learned to always carry his electronic calendar, to keep good notes, and to “have a legal pad for everything.” The senior Human Services and Criminal Justice major is juggling his last semester of coursework, a full set of extracurricular activities and events, as [&hellip

Undergraduate Tuition Rates Will Rise 3.9 Percent; Graduate Increases Will Average 3.4 Percent

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:26am

Tuition rates will rise 3.9 percent beginning this summer for undergraduate students – the same increase as this year and tied for the second-lowest rate increase in 21 years – and graduate program tuition will rise an average of 3.4 percent.

The St. Thomas Board of Trustees approved the increases Thursday as part of the university’s 2015-16 budget, which also calls for a 1.5 percent increase in overall funding for the faculty and staff salary pool if undergraduate and graduate enrollment targets for this fall are met.

Day undergraduate tuition and fees of $38,105, when combined with 2 percent and 3 percent increases in room and board rates, will result in a comprehensive fee of $47,525. The comprehensive fee increase of 3.6 percent, the same as this year, also is the second lowest since 1994-95 and trails only 2010-11, when both tuition and the comprehensive fee rose by 3.5 percent.

Next year will be the fifth consecutive year the comprehensive fee increase has declined or held even; the increases were 4.9 percent in 2011-12, 4.6 percent in 2012-13, 4.1 percent in 2013-14 and 3.6 percent this year. (See tables for details on tuition, room and board increases.)

As in recent years, undergraduate tuition of $1,164.50 per credit will cover all courses except business, statistics, computer and information sciences, and information and decision theory. Those courses will be $1,223 per credit, or 5 percent higher, because of the higher cost of faculty in those areas.

Graduate and professional programs have flexibility on tuition increases, depending on their markets and competition. There will be no tuition increase in three programs – M.S. in Accountancy, Ed.D in Leadership and Ed.D in Organizational Development. School of Law tuition for returning students will not increase ($36,884 per year) but first-year students will pay 2 percent more ($37,580 per year). In total, all graduate programs averaged a 3.4 percent increase.

“All of our programs are in highly competitive markets, and we sought from the beginning of our budget process to keep tuition increases under 4 percent again,” said Mark Vangsgard, vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer.

Tuition rates for next year have not been set at all of Minnesota’s private colleges, but St. Thomas will remain moderately priced for its undergraduate programs. This year, St. Thomas ranks eighth in comprehensive fee, seventh in tuition and eighth in room and board among the 17 institutions that are members of the Minnesota Private College Council. St. Thomas’ comprehensive fee of $45,882 this year is 2.3 percent higher than the MPCC average of $44,833. (See table for details.)

More than 90 percent of undergraduate students – and virtually every freshman – receive financial aid through scholarships, grants, loans and campus employment. St. Thomas subsidizes the education of all students, including those who do not receive financial aid, because tuition covers only 80 percent of operating expenses. The remaining 20 percent comes from gifts, endowment and investment earnings, and contributed services of religious personnel.

Net undergraduate tuition, after financial aid, will provide 53 percent ($129 million) of next year’s $243 million in operating revenue, Vangsgard said. Graduate programs will provide 21 percent ($51 million), and the remaining 26 percent ($63 million) will come from sources such as room, board, bookstores, seminars, gifts, fees and endowment income.

Here are other highlights of the 2015-16 budget:

Salary and fringe benefit increases

Compensation and fringe benefit costs will amount to 74.4 percent of the operating expenses’ budget next year.

The medical plan at St. Thomas is self-funded, meaning costs are determined by actual experience rather than the projected national average. For calendar year 2015, the university’s costs are projected to increase by 8.2 percent. St. Thomas will continue to cover 71 percent of budgeted medical costs, with employees covering 29 percent.

Enrollment projections

Undergraduate enrollment is projected to increase slightly this fall, with a target of 1,720 new students, including 1,455 freshmen and 265 transfer students. Credit hours will increase from a projected 185,300 to 187,700.

Graduate enrollment also is projected to grow for the second straight year, with credit hours increasing from 62,200 to 63,700, excluding Bisk online learning enrollment.

Building projects and equipment

The university expects to spend $6.6 million in building renovation projects and $1.8 million for capital equipment in the new fiscal year.

Major projects include the final phase of the upgrades to fume hood controls in Owens Science Hall laboratories; installation of compactors to accommodate single sort recycling system; installation of LED light fixtures in Flynn and Morrison parking garages; painting exterior windows on Aquinas Hall and John Roach Center; masonry restoration on the exterior façade of Aquinas Hall; replacement of the north gym floor in McCarthy Gym; replacement of the roof on McCarthy Gym; replacement of hand dryers in restrooms on the Minneapolis campus with an energy-efficient model; and energy-efficiency mechanical upgrades to Brady Hall, Dowling Hall and JPII Hall.

Technology improvements

St. Thomas will continue the phased implementation of an enterprise constituent relationship management solution for the university. The initial phase will be used by Enrollment Management to recruit and admit new students. Subsequent phases will see the solution deployed in alumni engagement and potential support of student retention goals.

Internet bandwidth will be increased to best meet the combined academic, administrative and student life uses, which continue to grow at a steady rate. The university’s connection to the Internet is an increasingly vital component to all aspects of campus activities.

St. Thomas will continue to enhance the technology security infrastructure on campus in order to protect data and systems, as well as to help ensure the availability of the technology services. As part of these updates, new next-generation firewalls and intrusion-detection systems are being implemented into the campus network.

Libraries

St. Thomas libraries will support the university’s strategic plan with instructional and research services, rich electronic and print collections and dynamic learning spaces.

Eighty percent of the libraries’ materials budget is dedicated to the acquisition of electronic content – books, journals, and streaming audio and video resources – that are available 24 hours a day from anyplace with an Internet connection. The new budget will allow the libraries to continue with existing subscriptions and current levels of book acquisition.

Information session

Vangsgard will review the St. Thomas FY15 budget as part of his presentation, “Financial Challenges Facing Higher Education,” at a brown bag luncheon Tuesday, March 24. The discussion will be in Room 252 of Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus, with simulcast to James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus.

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Summer Term Tuition Rate Reduced

Concordia University Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:56am

Concordia University, St. Paul has announced that for the second consecutive year it will reduce its tuition rate per credit for summer term enrollment. Beginning Summer 2015 courses will cost $420 per credit, a decrease of 12 percent from the per credit price in 2013. The reduced price point for summer courses provide students an opportunity to complete general education courses, accelerating their path towards graduation.

Students interested in this opportunity should speak with their Academic Advisor. Registration deadlines for the first part of the term is May 10, 2015 with courses running from May 11 – June 26. The registration deadline for courses taking place over the second part of the term is July 5, 2015 with classes running from July 6 – August 21.

Financial aid offerings for summer courses are different than fall and spring semesters. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity you should speak with your academic advisor and financial aid counselor. Courses that are available for summer terms can be viewed through the campus portal.

Hamline Alumni Make Their Mark

Hamline University Campus News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:00am
Hamline students and alumni make their mark in countless ways. The new Make Your Mark campaign captures and shares those stories.

Alumnus publishes leadership book

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:01pm
Reinvention is something that executive coach Chuck Bolton ’80 knows about firsthand, and it is the topic of his latest book. In 2000, Bolton transitioned from a 20-year career as a senior executive at one of the world’s largest medical device companies to found The Bolton Group, LLC, an executive assessment and development firm. The [&hellip

An exciting time for Cardinal athletics

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:39am
Saint Mary’s qualifies three teams for MIAC playoffs When a Saint Mary’s sports team qualifies for postseason play, the entire Saint Mary’s community rallies around that group and the atmosphere on campus turns electric. Imagine that excitement times three and you’ll get a feel for what the Saint Mary’s campus is like this week. Can’t [&hellip

Visiting Artist Series feature potter Victoria Christen

St. Kate's Campus News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:00am
St. Kate’s welcomes Victoria Christen this week as artist-in-residence for the 2015 Amy Marie Sears Memorial Visiting Artist Series. More »

Depth of Field Icons: Rosa Parks

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:00pm

Anticipation swept the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1986. At 1:05, as part of a weekly lecture series sponsored by the student government, the St. Thomas community welcomed civil rights activist Rosa Parks to campus.

In an article for The Aquin the following week, reporter Sean Higgins wrote, “Parks was not bitter, but spoke with a great deal of regret for the ‘oppressive racial segregation’ in the (U.S.).” She also “spoke hopefully of the current movement,” he said, quoting the activist: “I have faith and hope and confidence that one day, the good will overcome the evil and we will know what we call and what Dr. King mentions as the ‘beloved country.’”

Parks accepted cards from elementary school students in attendance and an award from the Minnesota State Legislature. Her encouraging words added to “Apartheid Awareness Week,” the campus-wide event to recognize the atrocities transpiring in South Africa at the time.

Historical myth often portrays Parks, born in 1913, as an unassuming, quiet seamstress whose tired feet motivated her to refuse her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama; however, Parks, in her 1992 autobiography, “Rosa Parks: My Story,” gives a more salient version of those December 1955 events: “I was not tired physically … No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” After a childhood filled with stories about the fight for equal rights, Parks had spent her adult life defending unjustly accused African-Americans throughout Alabama, hosting Voters’ League meetings and serving in the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP, where she investigated and documented cases of racism and sexism.

Following Parks’ refusal of her seat and consequent arrest, the Montgomery African-American community, under the galvanizing leadership of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., organized a boycott of city buses, which ended a year later with the November 1956 Supreme Court ruling that bus segregation was unconstitutional.

Parks moved to Detroit in 1957 and continued to work toward equal rights and fair treatment for all, including the creation of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in 1987 as a tribute to her late husband. She died in 2005 at the age of 92.

Positivity permeated Parks’ life work, as she showed the St. Thomas crowd on that frigid February 1986 afternoon: “It is very gratifying to know … that if we continue the struggle, perhaps there would be, in time, no need for the type of demonstration, the type of struggle that we have had to face over the years.”

While the struggle isn’t yet complete, perhaps Parks’ words can continue to touch each of us as we work for justice and peace.

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services is hosting events throughout February in celebration of Black History Month. Find the details here.

Depth of Field Icons brings you historical images of noteworthy cultural, political or artistic personalities who have visited campus.

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Deputy Director of the North Korea International Project presents “How Do We Know What We Think We Know About North Korea?”

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:55pm

On Tuesday, March 3 from 5 to 6 p.m., Carleton College will present a public lecture by James F. Person, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center North Korea International Documentation Project, entitled “How Do We Know What We Think We Know About North Korea? Using Archival Records of Former Communist Allies to Challenge the Received Wisdom.” Person’s presentation will take place in Leighton Hall, Room 304.

Gary Wynia Memorial Lecture uncovers "The Crisis of Political Representation in Latin America"

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:53pm

The 2015 Carleton College Gary Wynia Memorial Lecture, entitled "The Crisis of Political Representation in Latin America," will be presented on Friday, Feb. 27 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum by esteemed Cornell University professor Ken Roberts. A reception will follow Roberts' presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

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