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Research Keeps Gusties Busy During the Summer

Gustavus Campus News - 2 hours 48 min ago

At Gustavus, the classroom provides a valuable and rigorous learning environment, but to expand knowledge itself requires imagination, dedication, and risk. In many academic fields, this means conducting research. The summer months provide an opportune time for Gustavus students and faculty to collaborate on real investigations into real questions and problems.

“Student-faculty collaborative research, often referred to as “undergraduate research” has been identified as a high-impact educational practice. It has been shown to enhance many of the student learning outcomes that are hallmarks of the liberal arts, such as critical and integrative thinking and skillful communication,” said Gustavus Provost and Dean of the College Mark Braun. “While it demands a considerable investment in terms of time and effort, the rewards for the students involved can be life-changing. Gustavus is proud of its long history of engaging students from across the College in high-level research and we intend to continue to make this a priority into the future.”

Below you will read about the experiences of some of the Gustavus students who spent the summer conducting research alongside a Gustavus faculty member.

Invasive Species in Rivers

Sophomore Russell Krueger ’17 and Professor Laura Triplett.

Sophomore Russell Krueger ’17 and junior Rachel Mohr ’16 spent the summer working with geology professor Laura Triplett on her continuing research focused on silica in rivers, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Rivers transport silica to oceans, where it is a limiting nutrient for coastal phytoplankton such as diatoms that can be the base of marine food chains.

“Our research focused on the effect that an invasive species of grass, Phragmites australis, has on the silica cycle in western rivers of the United States,” Krueger said.

Krueger wanted to work this summer with Triplett to help him decide whether he wanted to major in geology or chemistry. After this summer’s experience with Triplett, he plans to declare a geology major this fall.

“Our working relationship with Professor Triplett was surprisingly hands-off. She was always available to answer questions and outline the tasks that were most important,” Krueger said. “As the summer progressed, the amount of trust she had in us grew. This trust increased my confidence, allowing me to grow as both a scientist and a student.”

Identifying Cancer Genes

This summer senior Shelby Roles ’15 conducted research in the field of bioinformatics, using a method called data mining. Roles has been working with biology professor Sanjive Qazi for the past year as the pair has been utilizing various genetic databases and software to conduct extensive analysis on specific genes. Their goal is to identify genes that potentially play a major role in cancer development and progression, specifically leukemias and lymphomas.

Shelby Roles ’15

“This summer I focused on the MYC gene, as well as several genes that interact with it,” Roles said. “My analysis included looking at interaction pathways, interrogating probesets, and examining the gene expression data in several different leukemia and lymphoma studies.”

During the fall semester, Roles and Qazi intend to make connections between the human cancer genes and the data for a transgenic mouse model, and then tie it with the effects of potential cancer treatment drugs.

“With all the recent technology developments in the world, the future of medical research could lie in fields such as bioinformatics and gene therapy,” Roles said. “As an aspiring doctor, I feel that experience in such a growing area of medical research will give me a head start in any future research endeavors that I might partake in.”

Roles also knows that having a mentor like Qazi will also help her down the road after she graduates from Gustavus.

“It has been great working with Sanjive. When I started working with him last fall, I thought I was in over my head, but his guidance helped me understand the concepts and resources I have been working with,” Roles said. “During the school year we work with several other students, but this summer was a good opportunity for us to focus on developing my aspects of the project.”

Exploring Geologic Materials on Mars

Serenity Mahoney ’15 and some of the images she was working with.

Senior Serenity Mahoney ’15 spent the summer working with geology professor Julie Bartley exploring the origin of geologic materials on Mars, specifically breccias, which are rocks made of collections of broken rock. Using digital images from the Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, Mahoney compared breccias on Mars to breccias on Earth.

“I worked on identifying important characteristics of Martian breccias and how these materials might have formed,” Mahoney said. “Ultimately we want to distinguish breccias related to water movement from those created during meteor impact. Identifying areas of past water activity and meteor impacts will give insight into the evolutionary history of Mars, including areas on the Martian surface that might have been habitable in the distant past.”

Because Mars has only been imaged through either large-scale satellite imagery or through the eyes of the Mars rovers, Mahoney’s research experience was a unique one.

“Interpreting Mars through these mediums has proved difficult, provoking me to expand both my imagination and patience,” Mahoney said. “Working with Julie has only supported my decision to continue on with planetary geology, and her constant wisdom and recommendations allowed this research to become a reality. Julie’s vast knowledge and contacts were essential to developing both my thesis and research; I desperately hope to work with her again in the future.”

Assessing the Outcomes of Public Discourse

Mariah Wika ’15 and Professor Leila Brammer.

Senior Mariah Wika ’15 and Professor of Communication Studies Leila Brammer collaborated this summer by studying and analyzing the longitudinal outcomes of Public Discourse as a course in public advocacy and civic engagement. Public Discourse—which replaced Public Speaking as a Communication Studies Department class offering in 2007—teaches argument, public advocacy, and speaking through a semester long civic engagement project in which students identify and address an issue in their community.

This summer, Wika and Brammer used data from the College’s Senior Survey and the National Survey of Student Engagement to determine if students who took Public Discourse respond differently to questions about their college experience and future plans. The two also developed a survey for alumni who took either Public Speaking or Public Discourse that asks about their perceptions of civic engagement and their community involvement in their life beyond Gustavus. Wika and Brammer then compared the results of alumni who took Public Discourse to those who did not.

“Collaborating with Professor Brammer on her research has been one of the most meaningful components of my Gustavus experience,” Wika said. “I hope to pursue my PhD and become a professor of communication studies in the future, so the opportunity to be part of the development of a textbook, view a course from so many different perspectives, and learn from Professor Brammer both in the classroom and as a trusted partner in research has been invaluable.”

Thin Polymer Film Formation

Sophomore Nathan Huber ’17

Thanks to a First-Year Research Experience Grant, sophomore Nathan Huber ’17 spent the summer working with physics professor Chuck Niederriter studying thin polymer film formation.

“I am very grateful for this experience. Our 10-week project centered on the deposition of polymer films in a DC plasma,” Huber explained. “One application of this technique is corrosion prevention. The goal of this project is to better understand how the polymer films form on aluminum slide samples, how to analyze the polymer surface, and how to create the films in a consistent manner.”

Huber said that the experience was beneficial to because it showed him new applications and perspectives toward classroom physics studies. Professor Niederriter also introduced him to vacuum systems, a scanning tunneling microscope, interferometry, Arduino coding, creating plasma, and astrophotography.

“Professor Niederriter was a great mentor throughout the research project,” Huber said. “When I had questions or challenges, he was always present for help. His research techniques helped me improve my critical thinking techniques and gave me a broader understanding of what it’s like to do physics research.”

Unfolding Proteins

Sophomores Anna Krieger ’17 and Kristin Podratz ’17 spent the summer working with chemistry professor Brandy Russell on her ongoing protein unfolding experiments. The trio conducted fluorescence experiments on the unfolding process of the metalloprotein Myohemerythrin, a simple oxygen transport protein with a diiron center. Fluorescence data was taken for both the oxidized and reduced forms of the protein to determine the role of the diiron site in the unfolding process.

The research team did additional work optimizing the purification process of the protein and in the setup and maintenance of the oxygen-free glove box. Further experiments involving NMR and mutagenesis have begun to confirm unfolding structures.

“This experience allowed me to widen my experience working in a lab, as well as diversify and strengthen my lab skills and techniques,” Krieger said. “It also exposed me to a branch of chemistry and biochemistry that I had not been exposed to in the classroom.”

Krieger and Podratz plan to continue to work with Russell on the protein unfolding project this coming semester.

“Brandy is very friendly and approachable. She mentored Kristin and I during the first few weeks on techniques until we were able to independently conduct protocol and experiments,” Krieger said. “She thoroughly explained concepts and worked to incorporate both Kristin’s and my own interests into the work we were doing.”

What Other Students Are Saying

“I am not yet sure what I would like to do after my time at Gustavus, so participating in research was a great way to be fully immersed into the type of environment that, in a future career, I could potentially be working in. I also learned and improved upon skills that I will use in other research and coursework—some more technical, like microscopy and writing scientifically, and others more cognition-focused, like problem solving and critical thinking.”
        -Sophomore Bailey Hilgren ’17, who worked with geology professor Julie Bartley

“I hope to go to graduate school after Gustavus, and having prior research experience helps when applying to grad schools. I also hope to go into biomedical engineering, which is largely a research and design dominated field, so I wanted to gain some experience conducting research to help prepare myself for that. Overall, it was a great experience that taught me a lot and strengthened the relationship between me and my advisor.”
        -Senior Patrick Ernst ’15, who worked with physics professor Jessie Petricka

“This was my second year doing research over the summer and both times that I have been involved with it I learn so much about what it takes to really develop a question and take time to answer it. I learn the right skills to do field work, whether it’s going out and collecting data, fixing equipment, or listening to what the environment is saying. Research has also helped me sort out what I like and do not like, which has helped me decide what I would like to pursue in the future.”
        -Senior Emily Ford ’15, who worked with professor Laura Triplett

“This summer I worked on a continuation of research I began last summer as a freshman. I was able to continue developing the research project and try to polish off any experiments that needed shoring up as well as develop my skills in scientific research. These skills include gleaning information from articles related to the research, developing experiments as well as the analysis of the data collected.”
        -Sophomore John Danforth ’17, who worked with chemistry professor Dwight Stoll

“Spending the summer researching has provided me an opportunity that many undergraduates are unable to experience. It gave me the opportunity to help advance knowledge in this scientific field and to gain personal knowledge of the researching world that will be beneficial when I apply to graduate school or for future jobs.”
        -Junior Rachel Weitz ’16, who worked with chemistry and environmental studies professor Jeff Jeremiason

“The difference between course work and research is much greater than I anticipated. Course work focuses on the development of mathematical tools that can be applied to problem solving, whereas research requires these tools to be utilized in new, not necessarily obvious ways at the same time they are being developed. Becoming familiar with this process has increased my mathematical intuition and helped problem solving become more natural for me. Dr. LoFaro was very supportive and made himself easily available throughout the summer. He was very patient in answering the questions I had and helped point me in the right direction.”
        -Junior Eric Hanson ’16, who worked with mathematics professor Tom LoFaro

“Not many students begin their sophomore year with a summer of research under their belt, and I feel confident that the knowledge and experience I gained this summer will be valuable in both my second year of physics study and future research positions.”
        -Sophomore Mikaela Algren ’17, who worked with physics professor Jessie Petricka


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Professor Dwight Stoll Earning Accolades for Solving Chemical Puzzles

Gustavus Campus News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 1:41pm

Chemistry professor Dwight Stoll and Gustavus junior Matt Sorensen in Stoll’s laboratory (Photo by Stan Waldhauser ’71).

If you’re part of the Gustavus community and you don’t know who Professor of Chemistry Dwight Stoll is, you should acclimate yourself with his work—because the scientific community, and specifically those interested in separation science, are starting to take note.

Since joining the Gustavus faculty in 2008, Stoll has successfully established an independent research program focused on the development and application of two-dimensional high performance liquid chromatography for the analysis of samples of moderate to high complexity. In addition to authoring 16 journal articles and book chapters since 2009, Stoll has secured 13 external research grants from funders such as the National Science Foundation and the Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Stoll’s latest award is a $60,000 unrestricted research grant from the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation as part of its Teacher-Scholar Awards Program. It is the second such award Stoll has received during his time at Gustavus.

“Dwight was a strong candidate for the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program because he has a well-established record of original, high-quality scholarly research with undergraduates and has exhibited a strong commitment and dedication to excellence in undergraduate education,” said Gustavus Professor of Chemistry Brenda Kelly. “His work has been commended by professional colleagues at the forefront of the field of analytical chemistry.”

In addition to the Dreyfus Foundation grant, Stoll was notified this past June that he had been selected as the recipient of the 2014 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Dr. Sut Ahuja Young Investigator Award in Separation Science. The award is given annually to a young scientist who has made unique and outstanding contributions to the field of separation science.

“This award dates back to 2004 and Dwight is the first recipient from a primarily undergraduate college,” said Gustavus Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Larry Potts. “The fact that he has won recognition for a research program in a college with high expectations for classroom teaching and campus and community involvement is a testimony to his dedication, diligence, and keen interest in science.”

If you are interested in meeting Stoll on the Gustavus campus you will have to wait until Spring Semester. He is currently spending a six-month sabbatical in Germany working at a research and development site of Agilent Technologies—a leading provider of bio-analytical and measurement solutions in life sciences, chemical analysis, and diagnostics.

Stoll’s relationship with Agilent has benefitted him and his Gustavus understudies as the company has installed $500,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment in his laboratory in the Nobel Hall of Science. The equipment includes a two-dimensional liquid chromatograph and a mass spectrometer for analyzing separated samples.

Stoll’s work with Agilent and his collaborative research with undergraduate students at Gustavus is the cover story in the latest edition of The Gustavus Quarterly. Veteran and award-winning journalist Sharon Schmickle chronicles Stoll’s journey to prominence in the separation science field. That story can be read in its entirety online at


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Ice Water and Donations for ALS Expected to Flow on Lower Quad Thursday Afternoon

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:17pm

The John P. Monahan Plaza on the University of St. Thomas campus is expected to be a sea of purple buckets, ice water and shivering participants who show up for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4.

Think how refreshing this bucket of ice and water is going to feel.

St. Thomas students, staff, faculty and neighbors are all welcome to participate. Buckets, water, ice and even towels will be provided. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is designed to raise awareness and research funds for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”).

The challenge will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. outside the Anderson Student Center.

Registration starts at 3 p.m., and the mass ice-water dousing is scheduled to take place at approximately 3:30 p.m.

If you want to participate, here’s how:

  • First, go to the John P. Monahan Plaza starting at 3 p.m. and look for the two registration tents that are next to the plaza fountain. To register and participate, you must sign a waiver. When you do that, you’ll receive a purple UST bucket.
  • Once you have a bucket, volunteers will direct you to a trough where you can fill your bucket with water and ice. It’s up to you how much you want to pour on your head.
  • After you have your ammo, volunteers will show you where to stand. The idea is to have participants line up to form the letters “UST.” Once the letters are formed, any extra participants will form rows underneath the letters. The diagram below shows how things will look.
  • At this point, wait for further instructions. As you can see from the diagram, the second and third floors of the Anderson Student Center will provide a good bird’s-eye view of the action.

Dr. Carol Bruess, professor of communication and journalism, director of the university’s Family Studies Program, and an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge veteran (you can read her Newsroom blog here) will be the emcee and introduce St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan and Dr. Deb DeMeester, director of St. Thomas’ Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership Graduate Programs.

DeMeester is a friend and colleague of Dr. Bruce Kramer, former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling. Kramer has ALS and frequently has been interviewed about living with the disease on a series of programs broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio with Cathy Wurzer.

Dr. Bruce Kramer, pictured at his 2012 retirement party.

When Kramer heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at St. Thomas, his reply: “My face hurts from smiling.”

Tommie, the St. Thomas mascot, has the honor of launching the first bucket of ice water. Tommie’s target: the head of President Julie Sullivan.

And now’s when the ice water really starts flowing. Dr. Richard Plumb, executive vice president and provost, will be the first to go. He’ll be standing at the top of the “U”in “UST.” Participants will be asked to dump their buckets in a wave, starting the top of the letters and progressing toward the bottom. Once the wave reaches the bottom, it will continue to the lines formed beneath the letters.

After everyone is soaked, volunteers will distribute purple UST towels. Participants are welcome to keep their buckets and towels as souvenirs.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenges usually are filmed, and the St. Thomas challenge will be no exception. Film crews from Web and Media Services, and Photo Services, will be stationed to record the action. Videos and photos will be posted on St. Thomas’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles, as well as the Newsroom website.

Since most everyone will be soaked by the end of the challenge, the event will be held rain or shine.

Donations to the ALS Association are voluntary. Representatives from the association will be at a tent on the plaza. You can make a donation there, either before or after getting soaked, or later on the ALS Association website. You aren’t required to make a donation to participate in the event, and you aren’t required to dump ice water on your head to make a donation.

Concerns have been raised about participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge because while the Catholic Church is not opposed to research using adult stem cells, it is opposed to research using embryonic stem cells. Signs posted at the ALS donation tent will state: “Donations collected at the Sept. 4 Ice Bucket Challenge at the University of St. Thomas will be sent to the ALS Association with the stipulation that the money will not be used to support embryonic stem-cell research.”

For more information about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, there’s background about it here on Wikipedia. As of late last week, the challenge has raised nearly $100 million for ALS research.

St. Thomas was “challenged” to hoist the bucket by the ALS Association Center of Excellence at the Hennepin County Medical Center and by Dr. Bruce Kramer’s congregation, the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church of Edina.

Diagram for the Sept. 4 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at St. Thomas. The Anderson Student Center is in the upper-left-hand corner; the plaza fountain is at the bottom.


The Scroll: We’re All Guilty

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:13pm

Carol Bruess

Of caring.

Yep, we are.

As humans, we all care about others. It’s indisputably in our nature and at our very core. Sometimes we don’t show it fully or properly, but it’s in us. Really. Deeply.

As most of you are well aware, our tendency to care about and for others has been witnessed in a viral way the past few weeks. If you have been one of those multiple millions of people who already have participated in helping raise nearly $100 million toward the devastating disease of ALS, you’re guilty of caring, too. You’re guilty of helping rid the world of another nasty, heart-wrenching, painful killer.

As expected in a world of smart, critical thinkers, there has been criticism of the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge: What about all of the other nasty diseases, syndromes and killers? What about the other causes that need and deserve funding? What about the way the millions of dollars will be used? What about wasted clean water? And related social questions: Are people participating and posting funny, ouch-worthy videos because they are narcissistic? Because they are mindlessly bowing to the social pressure to do what is trendy? Because they just want to get more “likes” on their video than the person before them?

Good questions. I don’t have all of the answers, but I can explain why I personally was among those happily doused with 20 gallons of icy water last week and donated funds to support the care of current ALS patients and their families: Our colleague Bruce Kramer, former dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, has the use of 0 limbs, 0 fingers and 0 toes because of ALS, and he can’t bounce his new granddaughter on his knee. Our family’s closest friend, Richard Johnson – grandfather to UST sophomore Janie Swingle – died last fall after his courageous battle with ALS.

Thanks, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for giving me the chance to witness our friend end up with 0 use of his body while his mind was at 100 percent strength. Thanks for leaving us helpless and hopeless. Almost everyone I know has a story of _______ (fill in name and relationship) who is living with, has died from, is or has been affected by ALS. If you can’t fill in that blank yet, don’t worry; you will some day.

The UST community is guilty of caring, too. On Thursday (Sept. 4) at 3:30 p.m., hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alums and neighbors will gather on the quad with purple buckets filled with bone-chilling ice water. Why? Because we CARE! It’s not because we care about one particular disease more than others – but because we at St. Thomas care about reducing suffering of those we know and those we don’t know. We care about raising awareness about many diseases and the importance of ethical, life-saving research of all kinds … the very research skills we are teaching our graduate students and undergrads. We care about each other exactly the way our founder Archbishop John Ireland hoped and prayed we would when he founded St. Thomas 129 years ago this week.

We also care about teaching and learning. I see the lessons we are learning by watching a social and human campaign go so viral so quickly as an incredibly opportunity for studying how innovations, social change and messages can be effectively diffused across multiple populations, states, countries and even continents. Sounds like a great case study for a number of our courses and conversations in many corners of camps, eh? I for one will critically examine the nature of successful snowball messaging in my own communication courses; I’m confident we can learn much from the ALS Ice Bucket campaign to help us critically examine the power of social media to inspire (and/or thwart) multiple types of social action and change.

You might have objections to the Ice Bucket Challenge because some ALS research involves use of embryonic stem cells. The Catholic Church opposes such research, and the ALS association has agreed to UST’s request that funds raised in the Ice Bucket Challenge on campus will not be used for embryonic stem cell research.

If you still have objections, here’s a fact: You surely and absolutely care about many things that have to do with making life better for others, right? Yep, we’re all guilty as charged – of caring. Because we’re human, just the way we were designed to be.

See you on Thursday! Buckets, water, ice and towels will be provided, as will an inspiring message from President Julie Sullivan, who cares about humans and alleviating suffering.

And, seriously, how often do you get to see our president soaking wet? I, for one, am not going to miss the chance.


Rain or shine: International student orientation

St. Kate's Campus News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:57pm
St. Kate’s welcomes 16 international students from 15 countries this fall. More »

Saint Mary’s University named one of the ‘Best in Midwest’ by Princeton Review

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:55am
WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University is one of 159 schools receiving the “Best in the Midwest” designation for 2015 from the Princeton Review, a national college guide and ranking program. Results were announced this week. Each year, the Princeton Review profiles colleges and universities that “stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning.” [&hellip

Page Series offering brings graphic novel to life

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:00am
Science-fiction, radio play drama, and a graphic novel combine to bring Robot Planet’s Intergalactic Nemesis to the Page stage Friday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Using the sound effects of radio drama, super-sized projections of a graphic novel, a live keyboard player, and live actors playing various parts, the premise is simple: a period adventure [&hellip

Sweet Samples Lead to High-Level Research

Concordia College Campus News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:00pm
Dr. Thelma Berquó, assistant professor of physics, led three Concordia students in research that delved into the properties of iron oxides this summer.

Move-in Day Traffic Reminders

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:09pm

Students and families will enter campus through the Jefferson Avenue and Sunrise Drive/Grace Street entrances this year instead of the College Avenue entrance.

Gustavus Adolphus College is excited to welcome the class of 2018 to campus on Friday, Aug. 29. With ongoing road construction in the St. Peter area, here are a few things to keep in mind as you make your way to campus:

Weather permitting, the detour on Highway 169 between St. Peter and Le Sueur is expected to be removed on Thursday, Aug. 28. Two-way traffic will be carried on the northbound lanes of Highway 169 until early October.

First-year students and their families should still use the Jefferson and Sunrise/Grace entrances to enter campus on the morning of Friday, Aug. 29. The College Avenue entrance will be EXIT ONLY for that morning.

Students and families coming from the NORTH on Highway 169 should turn right onto Broadway Avenue (first stop light in St. Peter on Highway 169, Taco Johns and Cornerstone Wellness are two of the businesses on that corner) and proceed up the hill, then turn left onto Sunrise Drive to use the Sunrise/Grace entrance.

Students and families coming from the SOUTH on Highway 169 should turn left onto Jefferson Avenue (Subway and Kwik Trip gas station are businesses on that corner) and proceed up the hill to enter via the Jefferson Avenue entrance.

Gustie Greeters and Campus Safety personnel will be at both entrances to help direct students and families to their respective residence halls.

The College Avenue entrance will be routed as EXIT ONLY from campus so please do not plan on driving up College Avenue to enter campus.  Attempting to enter on College Avenue will result in you being re-routed to either the Jefferson or Sunrise/Grace entrances.


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

CSB’s President Mary Dana Hinton’s inauguration set for Sept. 21

The College of Saint Benedict formally welcomes Mary Dana Hinton as the 15th president at her inauguration on Sunday, Sept. 21, in St. Joseph.

Join the Welcome Week Celebration

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:21am

The University of St. Thomas will usher in the 2014-15 school year with a host of Welcome Week events that will begin with the residence hall move-in Saturday, Aug. 30, and continue through the Opening Mass and Reception on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Welcome Week events are open to all students, faculty and staff. The events will be held on the St. Paul campus unless otherwise noted. Mark your calendar and plan to attend these Welcome Week events:

Tuesday, Sept. 2

March Through the Arches 
11 a.m., lower quadrangle

Welcome the newest St. Thomas students! New first-year, transfer and international students will gather on the Summit Avenue side of the Arches at 10:45 a.m. After a brief welcome from St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan, Daniel Meyer, vice president of enrollment management, and Ryan Smith, president of the Undergraduate Student Government, students will walk through the Arches to the applause of faculty, staff, fellow students and some families.

(Students will assemble at 10:45 a.m. To all those who will applaud the new students, meet in the lower quad before 11 a.m.)

Interfaith Blessing for the New School Year 
11:30 a.m., Schoenecker Arena, Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex

People of all faiths are welcome to meet in the arena for a service to mark the beginning of the new academic year. Speakers will include President Julie Sullivan; Richard Plumb, executive vice president and provost; Jane Canney, vice president for student affairs; and Father Erich Rutten, director of Campus Ministry.

Opening Picnic
 John P. Monahan Plaza, following the Interfaith Blessing

This annual picnic will be held on the John P. Monahan Plaza, Anderson Student Center. Rain site: Field house, Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. All other food service locations will be closed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

President’s Opening Convocation 
1:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium

President Sullivan will give her annual academic convocation address. Seating on the main floor of OEC auditorium is reserved for participating faculty. All staff are invited but balcony seating is limited.

Thursday, Sept. 4

Minneapolis Campus Opening Celebration and Luncheon
12:30 p.m., School of Law, Schulze Grand Atrium, Minneapolis campus

Faculty and staff are invited to join President Julie Sullivan for a buffet luncheon to celebrate the new academic year. RSVPs required to Helen Hunter.

Sunday, Sept. 7

Opening Mass and Reception
 11 a.m., Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

All are welcome to attend the Opening Mass and Reception. An outdoor reception will follow. Rain site: O’Shaughnessy Educational Center lobby.


#TommieLink Events Open to all Students

#TommieLink is a fall welcome program that connects students to events, services and one another. Students who participate have the chance to win prizes including one of four $150 Tommie Shop gift cards and the final prize, an iPad mini. Follow UST Student Affairs on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the #TommieLink website to learn more.

More information on events taking place throughout the fall semester is available in the 2014 Fall Welcome Brochure (PDF) from Campus Life.

Conservatory registration open house planned for Sept. 3

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:00am
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its winter 2014 registration open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Valencia Arts enter, 1164 West 10th St. Here are five reasons to attend: It’s a great opportunity to visit the facility, tour the studios and classrooms, and meet the talented instructors [&hellip

Psychology students present at APA session

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:00am
Elizabeth Seebach’s collaborative lab just presented a poster at the American Psychological Association (APA) in the Division of Health Psychology Poster session. The study, “The Body as a Temple:  Attachment to God and Health Behaviors” by Elizabeth Niedbala, Maija Rannikko, Ashley Walz, Christine Meeds, Lauren Salonek, and Elizabeth E. Seebach, was well received. CAPTION: Maija [&hellip

Chicago artist to display work at next Saint Mary’s exhibit

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:38pm
Chicago artist Cherith Lundin will display her work in “An excess of ground,” the next Saint Mary’s art show Aug. 28 through Oct. 10. Lundin’s work will be on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 [&hellip

Five tips for eliminating back to school anxiety and stress

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:48pm
Women's development and transpersonal psychology expert Julie Gohman MAED'09 reviews simple practices to ease back to school tension. More »

Washington Monthly Rankings

Hamline University Campus News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:00am
Hamline ranks first in Minnesota in its category by Washington Monthly for its commitment to service, research, and social mobility.

Jenny Marquette ’15: A Senior Leader

Gustavus Campus News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:24pm

Jenny Marquette made a presentation at the 2014 NACA National Convention in Boston.

Athletic coaches like to use the term “senior leader” when referring to an experienced player on their roster who leads not only verbally but by example for the overall benefit of the team. Gustavus Adolphus College senior Jenny Marquette ’15 doesn’t play any varsity sports, but the “senior leader” term describes her perfectly.

Marquette’s story begins in the small town of Foley—population 2,600—just Northeast of St. Cloud. As a high school senior, she had no idea where she wanted to attend college, but had heard about Gustavus from a couple of her friends on the speech team.

“My dad, two of my friends, and I took advantage of Minnesota Private Colleges Week and decided to make Gustavus one of our stops,” Marquette said. “I ended up touring Gustavus three different times and fell in love with the campus a little bit more each time.”

That love for the campus has only grown over the last three years as Marquette has immersed herself in a lengthy list of student organizations. On the top of that list is the Gustavus Campus Activities Board—known by most Gusties as CAB. The mission of CAB is to enrich the campus life experience for Gusties by encouraging the involvement of all students in entertainment that is engaging and enjoyable.

“At the fall involvement fair during my freshman year I stopped at the CAB booth and I just knew that it was what I wanted to do,” Marquette said.

She signed up for two committees and became highly involved with CAB’s Special Events committee. By spring semester of her freshman year she was already accompanying senior executives to the Landmark Center in St. Paul to help plan for the College’s annual President’s Ball.

Marquette and Gus the Lion

During her sophomore year, Marquette served as a special events executive and began planning events and activities for the College’s student body. She and several other students helped develop the event D.A.N.C.E. (Dance All Night Challenge for Everyone) which has become a popular event on campus.

“Completely creating a new event and seeing it be so successful was definitely one of the highlights of my sophomore year,” Marquette said. “Serving as an executive on CAB helped me with my communication skills as well presenting myself professionally. Because I would love to be an event coordinator one day, there are some obvious parallels to how this will help me in the future.”

Last year Marquette served as the Co-President of CAB and will do so again this year along with Andrew Paul ’16. This experience has helped Marquette develop her leadership and team development skills.

“Anyone can see within the first minutes of meeting Jenny that her enthusiasm and dedication to CAB is through the roof,” said 2013-14 Co-President Grace Balfanz ’14. “Her passion and hard work has made CAB what it is today. This year’s CAB Executive Board is lucky to have such an experienced and devoted leader by its side.”

Due to her experience and success working with CAB, Marquette has seized an opportunity to gain additional experience by working with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA).

Last year she was one of seven nationally selected board members who regularly participated in meetings to provide input to the NACA Board of Directors regarding issues and concerns from the student perspective. She also had an opportunity to travel to Boston to give a presentation about the Gustavus CAB training retreat at NACA’s national conference. This past summer, Marquette was selected to serve as a National Student Advisory Group Facilitator for NACA. She was the only student in the nation who had the privilege to attend NACA’s Board of Directors meetings to provide input from the student perspective.

Despite her many commitments on campus, Marquette was able to study abroad in Peru during the College’s January Term in 2014.

In addition to her work with CAB and NACA, Marquette has been involved with G.O.L.D. (Gusties in Ongoing Leadership Development), the Gustavus Mentoring Program, Gustavus Women in Business Leadership, the Crossroads Program, Gustie Guides, the Gustavus Tobacco Free Initiative, the Cultural Reclamation Program, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and the Inter-Greek Senate. She was inducted into the College’s Guild of St. Lucia during the spring of 2014 and the Order of Omega in the winter of 2013.

“Jenny is the epitome of a well-rounded, liberal arts college student,” said Gustavus Director of Campus Activities Andrea Junso. “She is deeply respected by her peers, is wildly passionate about the organizations she represents, and is a known leader among her peers.”

Extra-curricular involvement is of course only one half of the experience at Gustavus. Marquette is on track to graduate this spring with a double major in communication studies and business management. Marquette says that classes taught by professors such as Sarah Wolter from the Communication Studies Department and Kathi Tunheim, Kristian Braekkan and Sheng Ping-Yang from the Economics and Management Department have been particularly valuable to her.

“I really loved Sarah Wolter’s Media and Society and Communication and Gender courses. Taking Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management with Kathi Tunheim has been amazing,” Marquette said. “Having Sheng Ping-Yang as my advisor has been incredibly helpful. As a first-year in his Micro- and Macro-economics classes, he really helped me not only with those classes, but helped me decide to declare a management major. Whenever I need help with anything I know that I can go to him for advice. I highly recommend that underclassmen take at least one class with Sheng.”

When Marquette starts to apply for jobs this winter and spring in the event planning field, she will have several advantages on her side. Along with her double major and proven leadership experience, Marquette spent the past five months working as a Summer Events Intern with the Children’s Cancer Research Fund in Edina and as the Marketing and Client Development Intern for Good Leadership Enterprises.

“Preparing for my last CAB retreat and my last year at Gustavus has given me a lot of time to think back on and remember all of the amazing experiences that Gustavus has given me. From each and every CAB event I’ve worked on, to helping students discover their leadership abilities with GOLD, to traveling to Peru, South Carolina, Boston and Florida,  I know I have been very lucky to be a part of so many amazing programs at such a great school,” Marquette said. “Gustavus has given me so much these past four years and I could not be more thankful. I know everything I have learned and worked on out of the classroom will help me out down the road, and that’s what you come to a school like Gustavus for: an education that stretches outside of the classroom and shapes your life. It’s weird when I think about it that I once wasn’t sure if Gustavus was the right place for me, but as Sheng would say, ‘It’s so obvious.’”


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

Carleton Welcomes Class of 2018; 526 Students Hail From 47 States and 19 Countries

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:10pm

On Tuesday, September 9, Carleton College welcomes the Class of 2018 to campus. There are 526 students in the class, selected from a pool of 6,296 applicants. The students represent 47 states and 19 countries, with 70 students coming from Minnesota, followed by California (62), New York (38), Illinois (36), Washington (26), Massachusetts (25), Texas (19), and Wisconsin (18). Twenty-nine students hail from China.

Alumnus Eric Butorac ’03 Named President of ATP Player Council

Gustavus Campus News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:22pm

Eric Butorac ’03

Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus and professional tennis player Eric Butorac ’03 has been elected by his peers to serve as the next President of the ATP Player Council. Butorac will succeed Roger Federer, who served as President of the Council since 2008.

The 12-member ATP Player Council meets several times a year to make recommendations to ATP management and the ATP Board of Directors. Besides Butorac, current Council members include Stan Wawrinka, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Gilles Simon, Jurgen Melzer, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Raven Klassen, Bruno Soares, Andre Sa, Yves Allegro and Claudio Pistolesi.

Butorac was a three-time All-American at Gustavus who won the NCAA Division III singles and doubles titles in 2003. The Rochester, Minn., native compiled a 24-4 singles record and 23-5 mark in doubles during his senior year en route to the pair of national titles.

Since turning professional in 2003, Butorac has tallied a 215-197 career doubles record and has won 15 titles throughout his 12-year career on the ATP Tour. He has been ranked as high as No. 17 in the world, and is currently ranked No. 28. Butorac and his current playing partner, Raven Klassen of South Africa, advanced to the finals of this year’s Australian Open—one of four major tournaments on the ATP schedule. Butorac and Klassen are the No. 12 seed in the men’s doubles draw at the U.S. Open, which begins play today.


Butorac’s election as President of the ATP Player Council was featured by The New York Times on Aug. 29 by reporter Ben Rothenberg.

Butorac and his doubles partner, Raven Klaasen of South Africa, are into the quarterfinals at this week’s U.S. Open–the fourth and final grand slam tournament of the 2014 season. Butorac and Klaasen will face the unseeded duo of Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram in the quarterfinal round in a match that will likely be played on Tuesday, Sept. 2. If they can beat Lipsky and Ram, Butorac and Klaasen would likely face the top-seeded tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan in the semifinals.


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

Dr. Michael Walcheski Appointed to NCFR Future of Family Science Task Force

Concordia University Campus News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:30am

Dr. Michael Walcheski (’83), Chair of Concordia University, St. Paul’s Department of Child and Family Education and Professor of Psychology and Family Science, has been appointed to the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Future of Family Science Task Force.

This Task Force will consider the future of the Family Science discipline with a focus on the establishment of a clear identity, enhancement of professional and leadership development initiatives, and the enhancement of the visibility of Family Science and its relevance at all levels of academia and in the public arena.

Established in 1938, the NCFR is a nonpartisan, nonprofit professional organization focused solely on family research, policy and practice. The organization’s 3,500 members represent leading family researchers, educators, and practitioners from around the world.

Dr. Walcheski is a nationally recognized expert in Family Life Education who conducts presentations and professional training sessions at academic conferences, family life education seminars and workshops. He was named Certified Family Life Educator of the Year by the National Council on Family Relations in 2008. He is co-author of numerous publications, including journal articles, training monographs and books.

Along with his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Walcheski is active in the practice of marriage and family therapy, family life education, and parent and family coaching. He was selected was selected as a 2011-2012 Fellow in the Thrivent Fellows Program, a program dedicated to the development of leaders in Lutheran Higher Education.

Dr. Walcheski brought his professional expertise in psychology, family and marriage therapy, family life education and Christian education to Concordia in 1998.

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