Recent News from Campuses

Annual Candlelight Christmas Concert December 6

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:23pm
The University’s Women’s Choir and String Chamber Orchestra join forces with “Come, Let Us Adore!” More »

Students energized by solar panel project

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 4:28pm
Saint Mary’s University students Conner Ellinghuysen, Peter Hegland, and Reikel Biechler were excited to shed some light on the topic of solar panel installation. After more than a year of researching, presenting, and fundraising, student organizers of the solar panel initiative at Saint Mary’s felt a mixture of excitement and relief on Nov. 25, as [&hellip

Tommie Traditions: Up ’til Dawn

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:32pm

Celebrating its 10th year, the University of St. Thomas branch of Up ’til Dawn hosted its annual all-night fundraising event Nov. 14 and raised more than $46,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That makes a total of more than $500,000 that St. Thomas students have raised over the years.

Up ’til Dawn is St. Jude’s student-led, nationwide philanthropic program. At St. Thomas, approximately 150 students gathered from midnight to dawn, participating in individual and team challenges and last-minute fundraising pushes in honor of the children and their families who seek cancer treatment at St. Jude. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude’s mission is “to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.”

Of the $46,000 raised at St. Thomas, 80 percent goes directly to serving the children treated at St. Jude, who are never turned away because of a family’s inability to pay. With the money raised, St. Thomas covered five hours of physical therapy; seven chest X-rays; two days in the Intensive Care Unit; 10 days of chemotherapy; one week of oxygen; and five spinal taps for patients.

Reasons for participating in the event vary among St. Thomas students, from honoring a best friend fighting cancer to wanting to contribute to a cause they admire. Paige Pipal ’15, executive director of the student organization and an entrepreneurship major, explained why she participates: “For me, (Up ’til Dawn) means sacrificing a night of sleep in honor of families who are up all night worrying that their child may not survive or they might not be able to pay for (treatment). … It means really helping with what I can imagine would be one of the darkest times in a parent’s life.”

To participate in Up ’til Dawn, individuals must raise at least $100 before the event, although they can continue to raise funds afterward.

Led by coach Glenn Caruso’s love of St. Jude’s work and mission, the St. Thomas football team did its part to raise funds. Although they couldn’t attend the all-night event (something about a game the next day), players gathered after practice one evening to call and email friends and family for donations.

Some healthy competition ensued, Pipal recalled. Taunts such as “Well, I’m gonna raise more than you” flew across the room. In just 30 minutes, the team raised $2,000 and has since raised more than $12,000. “That was really cool to see,” Pipal said.

Pipal and 10 fellow students coordinated the Up ‘til Dawn event, working with Public Safety, Campus Life, STAR, a St. Jude representative and local businesses. Their roles took some Up ’til Dawn student leaders beyond the St. Paul city limits. Last summer, Pipal and another student attended the St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar in Memphis. They toured the St. Jude campus; listened to organization leaders, including chief executive officer James Downing, M.D.; attended workshops on planning and executing the event; and, what was most memorable for Pipal, visited with St. Jude patients and their families.

“(Patient families) were honored to meet me, (as) I was supporting their child who I had never met. I was honored to meet them, (as) they had gone through this extraordinary thing and were still so humble,” Pipal said.

Yes, Up ’til Dawn is partly a social gathering. Students win fancy prizes and eat good food, all donated by local sponsors; however, the event is more than this. Whether a group decides to shave their heads in honor of patients or simply fights to stay awake as the first light of dawn appears, year after year, the Up ’til Dawn fundraising event cultivates solidarity and hope, uniting St. Thomas students with children fighting for their lives. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night.

Concordia Presents an Evening with Donald Jackson, Feb. 12, 2015

Concordia University Campus News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 5:23am

Concordia University, St. Paul presents An Evening with Donald Jackson, February 12, 2015, as part of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program. The presentation will take place from 7-8:45 p.m. at CSP’s Buetow Music Center Auditorium. This event is free and seating will be on a first come first served basis. 

Mr. Jackson, a British calligrapher, occupies the position of official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He created the calligraphic text typeface and acted as lead calligrapher, illuminator and artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, the first completely handwritten Bible created since the sixteenth century.

Concordia University is hosting an exhibition of all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition on campus during the entire month of February 2015, and two volumes from August 2014 through July 2015. The volumes are located on the main floor of the Library Technology Center at 1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

If you are planning to bring a group to visit the exhibit, please leave a voicemail at 651.641.8383 with the type of group, number of people, date and time that you would like to visit the exhibit. Please be sure to include a phone number where we can contact you. Additional information can be found at

General exhibit hours
Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Sun 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

Hands-on exhibit hours
Mon-Wed-Fri 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Tues-Thurs 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sat 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Hamline Holiday Events

Hamline University Campus News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:00am
Mark your calendar for the upcoming holiday concerts and events with the Hamline Winds, Orchestra, Women's Chorale, A Cappella Choir, and the holiday tree lighting.

Marching to the Light of Their Own Drums

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:17pm

Joey Nesbitt ’12, a Broncos fan, admits that he wasn’t in a great mood by halftime during the last Super Bowl. That wouldn’t last long. (Not because the Broncos turned the game around; they didn’t.) Sharing the stage with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers was DrumLite, which Nesbitt and Jeff Sevaldson ’11 invented.

The pair was together at Sevaldson’s place during the Super Bowl, which Sevaldson describes as “pretty surreal.”

“It didn’t dawn on me until like a week afterward, those lights that touched our hands were seen by so many people,” Sevaldson said.

Opening doors

Two drums that have been outfitted with DrumLite. (Photo provided)

DrumLite, started when both Sevaldson and Nesbitt were roommates at St. Thomas, is intended to bring focus to the drummer: an LED light is inserted into the drum, and comes in a range of different colors and effects.

Their clients include Lester Estelle from Kelly Clarkson and Pillar; Greg Garman from Selena Gomez; Steve Goold from Sara Bareilles and Owl City; Zac Hanson from Hanson; Mikey Martin from Shiny Toy Guns; and Mike McKee from Delta Rae. Amazon and dealers from Ontario to Florida carry their products.

They launched DrumLite after raising a mere $500 and quickly had to learn how to balance classes, exams and projects with the rigor of an up-and-coming business.

“We were limited on time and budget,” Sevaldson said. “It set us up good though. We weren’t spending on things we didn’t need. We just focused on the important things for the initial year really.”

Both also have adjusted to getting little sleep – all lessons that have aided them as their company continues to grow. (And as they both have full-time “day” jobs to occupy their schedules.)

Being featured in the Super Bowl has helped open doors to their company, particularly in the arena of brand awareness.

“We hadn’t been commercialized even though this technology had been around,” Nesbitt said. “A lot of people didn’t exactly know what we were doing. Then, instantly, millions of people could see what our company was about.”

DrumLite has a shop in St. Louis Park, and Nesbitt and Sevaldson now have three part-time people working for them.

One of their main undertakings is releasing a new controller, which will make it so that drums light up when they are hit. (A popular request, according to Nesbitt.) They’ve also been working on redoing the product line, which will involve upgrading the quality of their product to make it more “tour ready,” as Sevaldson said.

“We went through everything we didn’t like,” Nesbitt said. “We went back to the drawing board. We’re making it so you can gig with it seven days a week, throw it in a drum case and still be bulletproof all the time.”

A community of drummers

A huge part of their business is artist interaction. Their network, thanks to the Super Bowl and attending trade shows, has grown. Both Nesbitt and Sevaldson put emphasis on having a personal connection with their customers or potential customers. Nesbitt said having that kind of relationship is helpful, because they can help their musicians when they’re on tour if they need something for their drums or even just need to find a place to stay.

“Really, we’re centered on our artists,” Nesbitt said. “Our customers are really part of a family, a community, of drummers.”

They’ll also be able to continue to grow through that network by reaching out to popular artists with the hope of getting them to use their product.

In the mean time, they make sure to support customers who already used DrumLite. Nesbitt and Sevaldson frequently attend shows coming through the Minneapolis area that feature DrumLite. Nesbitt said, to him, it’s become the norm to see a drumset with their lights.

“The reverse is almost true now,” Nesbitt said. “If I don’t see the lights, I think it’s an opportunity, and we have to talk to this guy.”

For Sevaldson, he said that going to a show where DrumLite is being used is still a reminder of the impact they have on other people.

“As soon as I see the lights again in person – the stage goes dark, the drum lights pop on for the first song, and the crowd goes, ‘Ooh,’ – I’m like, oh yeah,” Sevaldson said.

Both admit they enjoy seeing their product on television, but seeing other people’s excitement is still a prime reward for them.

“The Super Bowl was pretty sweet,” Nesbitt said. “But I love getting a picture of a younger artist – a 12-year-old – in their laundry room with their drums on. Maybe their parents take the picture. They’re grinning ear to ear. I feel like I really helped that young drummer. They’re not dreading practice. They’re excited to turn the light on and rock out. We want to make drumming fun.”

Success in the form of a good partner and dedication

Although their business has grown and their lives have changed, Nesbitt said they still carry the workload “50/50.” Nesbitt, who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, works on the operations side of things while Sevaldson, who majored in entrepreneurship and communication, focuses on sales.

They describe their strengths as complementary, an important factor to the success of the business.

“I’m good at reading his mind, we’ve known each for so many years,” Sevaldson said. “It’s challenging to work with someone whose strengths are your weaknesses. Joey is very linear and mathematical. He’s good at the engineering stuff and how to make the product better. I wouldn’t have a clue. I’m more of a creative thinker.”

Nesbitt also said that it’s important that they hold each other accountable.

“I don’t recommend starting a business with a partner who isn’t equally invested,” Nesbitt said.

That kind of dedication is a vital component to their business, and they offer up the same advice to anyone else who is looking to start up their own company: Go ahead and do it.

“People get hung up on, ‘I need investors, I need this, I need that,’” Sevaldson said. “People told us we would need five grand and we looked at each other and went, ‘Crap.’ You just need to get out there with the product.”

“The biggest hurdle is not starting,” Nesbitt said. “You start small and get feedback from your customers. You can always change things as you go on. If you never get started, you can’t.”

Project Management program PMI re-accredited

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:47pm
The Master of Science in Project Management at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has again been approved for accreditation with the Project Management Institute (PMI), the leading professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession. PMI’s Global Accreditation Center board of directors renewal indicates that Saint Mary’s project management program is top-notch. [&hellip

Gender Summit to feature keynote speaker, research

Sumaya Farooq Samie will speak at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on how the media misrepresented Muslim women athletes who competed at 2012 Summer Olympics.

600 students attend ‘Mugsgiving’ giveaway

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:01am
On Nov. 23, 600 students raised their newly acquired mugs of hot cocoa in a warm toast to each other and to Saint Mary’s University during the first “Mugsgiving” celebration. Through the event, hosted by the Future Alumni Committee and Office of Alumni Relations, all undergrad students were invited to receive special commemorative mugs, as well [&hellip

CSP's Keith Williams Named Fellow of the Council for the NCECA

Concordia University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:06am

Professor Keith J. Williams, long-standing Chair of Concordia’s Department of Art and Design, was recently named as a Fellow of the Council for the National Council on Education for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

The Fellow of the Council award is given to those who have served the organization in an extraordinary manner. Williams served on the council’s Board of Directors for eight years, first as Director at Large and then in its six-year presidential cycle. In that time Williams led the comprehensive revision of the organization’s Constitution and Bylaws, built strong connections between the council and high school clay educators, restructured the board to be more inclusive and representative of the membership, and helped in the transition involved in hiring the council’s first long-term Executive Director. The council also established a healthy donor base and more than doubled its net worth under Williams’ leadership.

Williams joins such notable contributors as Warren MacKenzie as one of only 30 living NCECA Fellows world-wide.

The NCECA is the international professional organization representing professors and students as well as potters, professional artists from dozens of countries. Its inclusive educational mission is unique and the council produces the largest annual arts conference in the world.

Teacher Education Programs Request Third Party Comments for CAEP Review

Concordia University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:16am

The Department of Education at Concordia University, St. Paul is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on March 29 – April 1. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the EPP – Education Program Provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). No anonymous testimony will be considered.

  • In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPP’s must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education unit that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

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Master of Arts in Education Alumna Wins Prestigious Award

Hamline University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:00am
Amy Vatne-Bintliff a Master of Arts in Education alumna won the prestigious 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Education from the Southern Poverty Law Center for her work in reducing prejudice, and promoting fairness in her school and community.

Two Gustavus Students Receive Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad

Gustavus Campus News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 2:44pm

Alexa Giebink ’16

Gustavus Adolphus College students Alexa Giebink ’16 and Samantha Vang ’16 are two of the 800 American undergraduate students from 356 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2015 academic term.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Giebink is a junior history major who will be studying abroad this spring through Gustavus’s Semester in Sweden program. Giebink and other program participants will have an opportunity to experience Sweden through a variety of excursions, activities, lectures and tours with an emphasis on discussion, reflections, and writing. Participants will begin the semester in January in northern Sweden and travel progressively south, spending time in Mora and Stockholm, among other places, before ending in Skåne, a province in southern Sweden.

“I want to study abroad to experience other cultures and bring what I learn back home to better inform my actions,” Giebink said. “I chose the Gustavus-led Semester in Sweden because it allows me to see the entire country throughout the semester and explore Gustavus’s roots of Swedish heritage. I am particularly interested in meeting and learning about the Sami indigenous people.”

Samantha Vang ’16

Vang is a junior majoring in communication studies, political science, and Japanese studies who is spending the entire 2014-15 academic year studying in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University. Vang is immersed in the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai which involves rigorous Japanese language studies as well as courses in the social sciences, humanities, and business/economics pertinent to Japan and Asia.

“I wanted to study abroad simply because I wanted to see the world beyond the United States. Through encouragement of my friends and my teachers and the excitement of it motivated me to study abroad. I chose Japan because I’ve been studying the language for a few years now and I want it to become my third language,” Vang said. “Kansai Gaidai University seemed like a perfect fit because it has a well established relationship with Gustavus, so they are experienced in working with international students. The university is also between two major cities–Osaka and Kyoto–so traveling to two distinct cities is a plus and the food varieties are even better. I also hope to learn more about Japan’s food culture, and food issues because I hope to participate in food advocacy work later in my career.”

The Gilman Scholarship is named for Benjamin A. Gilman, a former Congressman from the state of New York who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years from 1973-2003. Gilman chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee, served as a Congressional delegate to the United Nations, was a member of the Ukraine Famine Commission, a member of the U.S., European, Canadian, and Mexican Interparliamentary conferences, and a Congressional Advisor to the U.N. Law of the Sea Conference.


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

Canney Announces Resignation

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:01am

Dr. Jane Canney, vice president for student affairs at St. Thomas since 2004, has announced her resignation, effective Dec. 31.

Dr. Karen Lange, dean of students, will assume the additional responsibilities of interim vice president for student affairs until a permanent successor to Canney is named, said Dr. Richard Plumb, provost and executive vice president.

In an email to colleagues, Canney called it “an honor and a privilege” to have served as a vice president at St. Thomas and that she has loved “this amazing experience.” She plans to pursue other interests next year.

“One of my greatest joys has been the opportunity to work with superb Student Affairs staff, in collaboration with students, staff, faculty, trustees, families and donors across the St. Thomas community and beyond,” she said. “Throughout this time, I was most fortunate to have benefited from visionary leaders who respected this work.”

President Julie Sullivan praised Canney’s efforts in creating and implementing a tobacco-free campus, a new sexual misconduct policy, a student health insurance program and the Dease Scholarship Program. She helped to design crisis management resources, including the University Action and Response Team and the UST Cares website.

Canney also was involved in developing and operating four buildings that opened during her tenure – Anderson Student Center (2012), Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (2010), Flynn Residence Hall (2005) and Child Development Center (2005).

“Jane is a superb leader who always has had, as her No. 1 priority, the welfare of our students and working across our campuses to provide the best possible education for them,” Sullivan said. “I want to thank her for her vision and her leadership, and on behalf of the entire university community I wish her the best.”

Canney said she will most miss the students and colleagues who collaborated with her on countless projects over the past decade. She holds two degrees from St. Thomas – a master of arts degree in teaching and a doctorate in organization development.

“Special thanks to each of you for the good counsel and support which you have provided me during these exciting times,” she said.

Saint Mary’s ‘Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is Dec. 6

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:04pm
WINONA, Minn. —The joyous and uplifting Christmas service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented by the Saint Mary’s University Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by [&hellip

Saint Mary’s basketball team invites community to bring toys for Gifts for Winona program

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:58pm
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University’s women’s basketball team is partnering with the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program to collect toys on Saturday, Dec. 6. On Dec. 6, the women’s team will play Augsburg at 1 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s gymnasium. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a variety of new toys [&hellip

Grant to Allow Psychology Students to Work in Living Lab

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:14am

Students in Professor Kyle Chambers’ Advanced Research Methods class had a chance to pilot the Living Lab model last year.

The Center for Developmental Science (CDS) at Gustavus Adolphus College and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) in Mankato have been awarded a $3,000 stipend from the National Living Laboratory Initiative in Boston that will create unique opportunities for Gustavus psychology students.

The stipend will allow the CDS and the CMSM to create a permanent Living Laboratory in the new location of the Children’s Museum, which is scheduled to open in early 2015. Living Laboratories aim to educate the public about child development by immersing museum visitors in the process of scientific discovery.

According to the National Living Laboratory Initiative’s website, in the Living Laboratory’s educational model, scientists recruit participants and conduct their studies within dynamic exhibits at their local museum, rather than behind closed doors. Families visiting the museum are invited to participate in on-going research projects and to engage in one-on-one conversations with the scientists. Collaborating scientists work closely with informal science educators to communicate the questions and methods of their work to parents and other caregivers via informal conversations and hands-on activities that illustrate recent child development research.

“To our knowledge, this will be the first Living Lab partnership established in Minnesota,” said Kyle Chambers, Associate Professor of Psychological Science and Co-Director of the College’s Center for Developmental Science. “It’s also noteworthy that most Living Lab collaborations involve children’s museums and research universities with graduate programs, not liberal arts colleges, so this is a very special opportunity for our undergraduates.”

Associate Professor Kyle Chambers is the Co-director of the College’s Center for Developmental Science.

Chambers says that being involved in a Living Lab partnership has several advantages for developmental psychology students and researchers including access to a larger and more diverse subject pool and the opportunity for students to hone their communication skills with various audiences at the CMSM.

Junior Janey Ross is one Gustavus student who will be taking advantage of the Living Lab collaboration. Last spring, Ross took Chambers’ Advanced Research Methods in Developmental Science course which used the Living Lab model to conduct replications of previous experiments conducted at museums. That class laid the groundwork for the stipend application and recent award.

“It was a small class of 10 students so we got split into three groups and each assigned an experiment,” Ross said. “We re-created the experiment by building the materials ourselves and then we brought the experiment to the Living Lab and did research on our own. It’s a unique and challenging experience. We gained a lot of experience working with the public because we had to approach parents who had no idea what a Living Lab was and explain our research to them.”

Ross has been busy this Fall Semester preparing for the CMSM’s eventual opening by working with Museum staff to iron out the logistics of the relationship and also using the stipend to buy supplies and have professional signage made. She is looking forward to the Spring Semester when she and other Gustavus students can start collecting more data through experiments.

“I’ve always wanted to work with kids, but I didn’t want to be a teacher, so that’s why I decided to study developmental psychology,” Ross said. “Working in a museum has exposed me to another potential career path within the field of developmental psychology.”

Other Gustavus students who are involved with the Center for Developmental Science include Kate Belschner ’16, Allison Birnschein ’17, Alli Conrad ’15, Caroline David ’16, Andrea Garcia ’16, Nick Herzog ’16, Sarah Leavens ’16, Maren Kind ’15, Alyssa Maxson ’16, Gretchan Menze ’15, Neo Mpunga ’15, Emma Nystadius ’15, Allie Renneke ’15, Lili Rothschild ’17, Taylor Sommers ’15, and Callie Van Cleve ’17.

The National Living Lab Initiative is supported by a grant to the Museum of Science, Boston from the National Science Foundation. For more information about the Living Lab model or the Center for Developmental Science at Gustavus, contact Chambers at or visit the CDS website at


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

Up-and-Coming Entrepreneurs: Mother Necessity

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:22am

If necessity is the mother of invention, as the English proverb attests, then it makes sense that a mother imbued with passion, a biology background and an M.B.A. would invent a new line of products to help keep children healthier.

Jane Kramer ’14 M.B.A. launched LouLou Ingredients in 2012, a blog dedicated to educating people about the ingredients found in food and other products commonly found in the home, and how those ingredients could affect one’s health. Her comments and recommendations often came as a result of her own frustrations in attempting to locate healthy and tasty snacks for her own family, including a young son allergic to corn syrup and some other preservatives.

Posting recipes and tips, as well as sharing her homemade snacks with other families, she soon developed a loyal following. At the same time, Kramer was enrolled in the Evening UST MBA program with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. A requirement of her class with Alec Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of entrepreneurship, was entering a business plan into the Fowler Business Concept Challenge.

It was a perfect recipe. “I had been working on a business concept, thinking that perhaps there was a way to turn LouLou Ingredients into a real venture. Then I took Alec’s class and that really kickstarted everything.” Kramer won the graduate-level division at the 2013 competition, earning the top prize of $10,000 and some valuable supporters from among the panel of judges. One judge offered to act as her mentor while another had connections to an allergy-free kitchen in which to test her recipes and develop the final products.

The result is Escape 8, a reference to the top eight ingredients that make up 90 percent of children’s allergies. After winning the Fowler prize, Kramer spent months refining her business, locating an allergy-free packing facility and fine-tuning her recipes and meal plans. She hopes to develop Escape 8’s reputation as a trusted source of information (and snacks) and, eventually, open her own café-style shop. In the meantime, Kramer sells her goods through fairs and special events, and includes recipes and meal plans on her blog:

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Eighteen Seniors Nominated for Tommie Award

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:32am

Eighteen seniors have been nominated by students, faculty and staff for the 2015 Tommie Award. The nominees are:

Harrison Aslesen
Chad Berg
Joshua Corbin
Kara Gamelin
Michaela Hughbanks
Brittanie Hundt
Kody Kantor
Mariann Kukielka
Megan Lauzon
Joseph Lewis
Heather Meeks
Jennifer Murtha
Christine Robbins
Caroline Rode
Peter Scheerer
Jade Schleif
Lisa Thao
Tanesha Williams

To view profiles of the 18 seniors nominated for the 2014 Tommie Award, please visit the Tommie Award website. Profiles include a picture of each nominee along with a resume and testimonials.

Preliminary voting for three Tommie Award finalists will take place Dec. 8-10. Undergraduate students, faculty and staff will receive an email containing voting instructions.

For more information, please contact the Tommie Award coordinator, Vern Klobassa, by phone, (651) 962-6464, or email, or visit the Tommie Award website.

The Division of Student Affairs is the proud sponsor of the Tommie Award.

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