Recent News from Campuses

Saint Mary’s theatre alums make it big in Hollywood

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:02pm
They’ve advertised Acuras, peddled Doritos, and promoted everything from lottery tickets to fitness centers. The faces of two 2006 Saint Mary’s theatre alumni, Ed Gelhaus and Andy Greene, are becoming nationally recognizable as their acting careers take off in Hollywood. Tonight you can tune in to find Gelhaus playing a “strong man” on a national [&hellip

Alumna wins MLA Distinguished Career Award

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:42pm
Gretchen Hintz Wronka '66 has worked at the Hennepin County Library since 1981. More »

Catholic Theologian to Speak About Interfaith Encounters in India on Oct. 29

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:50am

Bradley Malkovsky, associate professor of comparative religion at the University of Notre Dame, will present “God’s Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love and Holiness in Sacred India” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Woulfe Alumni Hall South in the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Bradley Malkovsky

The lecture, sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, is free and open to the public. The Jay Phillips Center is a joint enterprise of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, Collegeville.

Drawing from his recently published book with the same title as his lecture, Malkovsky will explain how years of first-hand encounters with Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims in India caused him to develop a more expansive understanding of God’s presence outside his own Catholic tradition. He will give special attention to questions raised through interfaith experience about the universal significance of Christ.

Malkovsky earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Tübingen in Germany and he studied Sanskrit and Hindu thought at the University of Poona in Pune, India.

In his teaching at Notre Dame, Malkovsky focuses on doctrinal and spiritual issues in the relationship of Christianity with Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Specializing in the field of Hindu-Christian dialogue, he has been the editor of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies for 13 years.

The 2013 book on which the lecture will be based won the Huston Smith Publishing Prize. Huston Smith, one of the world’s preeminent scholars of the comparative religion, called God’s Other Children “the most interesting and inspiring book that I have read in a very long time.”

Commenting on the same book, the renowned Hindu scholar Anantanand Rambachan said that “Malkovsky takes us on a journey that illumines both heart and mind as he invites our own reflection on the significance of our encounters with people of other faiths.”

Prominent Jesuit scholar of Hinduism Francis X. Clooney said that “Malkovsky has written a classic for our time, a testimony matching our best efforts to keep the faith and celebrate the diversity around us.”

Former CIA Officer to Discuss Current Terrorism Threats in Oct. 28 Lecture

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:32am

Michael Hurley, a former CIA officer and co-author of The 9/11 Commission Report who spent seven years on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, will share his perspective on the current terrorism threats facing America when he speaks at the University of St. Thomas School of Law this month.

Michael Hurley

Hurley will present “Terrorism in America: What are the Current Threats, and is the U.S. Government Doing Enough to Defend Us?” from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the school’s downtown Minneapolis campus. The event is sponsored by the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, and is free and open to the public.

Hurley was on year 18 of his 25-year career with the CIA when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. He spent the next seven years of his CIA career on “the hunt” – searching for bin Laden during three tours of duty in Afghanistan, as director of counterterrorism policy for the 9/11 Commission and co-author of The 9/11 Commission Report, and later through his work for the State Department.

A native of Edina, Hurley began his legal career as a trial attorney in Minneapolis. He has served as a leader on the ground in U.S. interventions in the conflicts in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo, and has twice served on the National Security Council staff at the White House, where he was director for the Balkans and a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. He was a counterterrorism adviser to former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and philanthropist Ted Turner for their Nuclear Threat Initiative. Today he is president of the consulting firm Team 3i, and lectures on national security and counterterrorism strategy around the world.

Attendees may earn 1.5 hours of continuing legal education credit. A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation. Register online here.

CSB/SJU to host 13th Annual Red Mass

The 13th Annual College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Red Mass will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn.

University mourns professor emerita

St. Kate's Campus News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:59am
Professor Emerita Catherine Pribyl Lupori died Monday. More »

Gustavus Students Benefit from Internships in Sweden

Gustavus Campus News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:53am

Gustavus senior Lindsay Rothschiller ’15 (middle) with her host family in Sweden.

Story by Amanda Dyslin, Special to Gustavus

College is a time for young adults to explore opportunities near and far. For Gusties Nate Paulsen ’15 and Lindsay Rothschiller ’15, that meant spending the summer of 2014 in Sweden as part of Gustavus’s Wallenberg Scholars Program.

The Wallenberg Scholars program was made possible thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, as well as various Gustavus alumni and those with connections to the College who live and work in Sweden. The program provides an opportunity for Gustavus students to study, research, and intern in Sweden. For Paulsen and Rothschiller, the experience turned out to be an invaluable one.

Eradicating carbon lock-in

Rothschiller is double majoring in Environmental Studies and Physics. So, yes, you could definitely say that the issue of carbon lock-in is of particular interest to her.

Carbon lock-in refers to our reliance on fossil fuel-based energy and the difficulty of introducing alternative energy sources. It’s the challenge Rothschiller got to tackle over the summer when living in Husaby, Västra Götalands Län, Sweden, thanks to her Wallenberg scholarship.

“I loved it there,” said Rothschiller, who is a member of the Society of Physics Students at Gustavus.

Rothschiller worked for a man named Magnus Fredricson. Her professor at Gustavus, Jeff Jeremiason, knew him and helped arrange the internship. Fredricson’s work involves creating a model for implementing a sustainable design for rural development.

It was Rothschiller’s job to research how to “use the least amount of effort and get the most amount of response” regarding ideas for implementing systems that would mitigate our reliance on carbon. She researched, read and analyzed numerous articles, and she applied the theories and methods to ideas for breaking through the carbon lock-in cycle.

“My paper was about what I thought the best approach for mitigating the lock-in cycle was,” she said.

Fredricson will be visiting Gustavus in November, and he and Rothschiller will present their work to the College community and discuss sustainable development.

Rothschiller wants to be an engineer after graduating from Gustavus, so she said the internship provided an interesting hands-on look at the field of civil engineering. And while her family doesn’t have roots in Sweden, she said it was a great experience to recognize so much of Gustavus’s history and traditions in the country.

‘A stereotypical Gustie’

Paulsen couldn’t possibly find any more time in his schedule for activities at Gustavus. He’s a Collegiate Fellow, he plays varsity hockey, and he’s heavily involved in campus ministry, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and running Bible studies, among other things. Paulsen was even named Mr. Gustavus last spring at the pageant sponsored by the Theta Xi Gamma Sorority.

Not that Paulsen deems all this involvement in the College as unusual. In fact, he calls himself a “stereotypical Gustie,” meaning involvement in one’s community and the concept of giving back are simply part of the fabric of Gustie culture.

Gustavus senior Nate Paulsen ’15

Paulsen, an International Management major, had always been interested in studying abroad, but because of his hockey schedule, that wasn’t possible. That’s why he was so thrilled to learn the news of receiving a Wallenberg scholarship to study in Sweden over the summer.

“It’s an amazing blessing, and it helps students find a way over there,” said Paulsen, who said he couldn’t have afforded such a trip without the generous scholarship and help from Tom Young (Advancement) and Vincent Thomas (Center for Servant Leadership).

After receiving the scholarship, Paulsen landed an internship in Stockholm at a real-estate management company called Hestia. His job was to conduct market research for the purposes of expanding Hestia’s reach into the United States market.

“My job was to look at how we can better, as a company, reach American investors,” Paulsen said. “My initial reaction was, ‘You need me to do this in a month?’”

Paulsen embraced the challenge of the tight timeline and got to work researching international law, trade, finance, and marketing issues related to the project. He created a presentation and paper that outlined his findings. And despite the fact that he’s not considering a career in real estate, Paulsen learned a great deal about the cultural implications related to international business, among various other things.

“It was an amazing, amazing experience,” he said.

Following the four-week internship, Paulsen spent a couple of weeks in Amsterdam volunteering with the service organization Youth With a Mission, and he then spent time in Romania working with Stepping Forward Ministries, an organization dedicated to empowering children.

This year Paulsen will be busy at school ushering in new leaders in all of the organizations that he’ll be sad to leave behind when he graduates.

“The last year of school is about handing it off to the people younger than you, building up the young adults that are behind me,” Paulsen said.

About the Author

Amanda Dyslin is a freelance journalist and editor who worked for the Mankato Free Press for 12 years, including several as the newspaper’s higher education beat reporter. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in communication studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.



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Five minutes with Emily Donohoue

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 8:00am
Emily Donohoue is enjoying the start to her junior year at Saint Mary’s. The women’s soccer player is majoring in Biology with a focus toward Pre-Physical Therapy and a Sports Business minor. She was born and raised in Centennial, Colo. When she is not busy with school and soccer, she enjoys spending time outdoors. She [&hellip

CSP English Professor Eric Dregni's New Book on Shelves this Month

Concordia University Campus News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 7:36am

CSP English professor and author Eric Dregni has a new book coming out in October from the University of Minnesota Press. By the Waters of Minnetonka uncovers hidden facts about the lake and those who have lived on its shores, from the region’s original Dakota inhabitants to the present. 

Dregni, who grew up in Minnetonka, sheds light on intriguing, if at times unsettling, aspects of the lake’s history, challenging myths and revisiting forgotten or glossed over elements of the past. He also relates—and sometimes pokes fun at—the opulent, glamorous, and sometimes raucous moments that have made Lake Minnetonka an icon of splendid resort living in Minnesota. 

A free book launch party will take place at Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Jake O'Connor's Public House (200 Water Street, Excelsior, Minn.) Other events will occure on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Magers and Quinn Bookstore (3038 Hennepin Ave., Uptown Minneapolis) and Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Subtext Bookstore (Selby and Western Ave., St. Paul).  In addition, Dregni will be presenting a program based on his 2011 book Vikings in the Attic to the Sons of Norway in Owatonna Oct. 20.

From Here to Eritrea

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:08am

In a room with 11 White House Champions of Change, Semhar Araia ’99 was meeting with the president.

Her cohort that day in April 2012 included individuals who had dedicated their lives to causes such as veterans’ issues, housing and health care. They had an hour with President Barack Obama and each was given the opportunity to describe their work. Semhar Araia ’99 was the last to present.

When it became her turn to speak, Araia described her life’s work. As the daughter of Eritrean immigrants, she is an advocate for the African diaspora. Her professional background is a collection of assignments resulting in a rolodex that includes names such as the late Nelson Mandela, President Jimmy Carter and other national and world leaders. On this particular day, she was talking about the importance of community organizing for underrepresented voices to another child of an African immigrant who is, perhaps, the best-known community organizer in the world.

“It was just one of those humbling, deeply inspiring moments. It’s a complete honor and validation of not just my story, but of the immigrant story,” said Araia (pronounced Ah-Rey-Ah) of her meeting with the president.

The journey that led her to the meeting at the White House, however, was one that she never planned.

Araia’s mother left Eritrea in 1968 amid a war of independence from Ethiopia, to earn a nursing degree in the United States. She planned to return home, but after marrying and having children, her home country was still at war and unsafe.

Instead, her parents became activists within the diaspora. They felt compelled to do everything they could in the United States to help their family back home.

“Today we see a lot of spaces where the diaspora are organized,” said Araia. “But in the ’70s, it was so new. Brown people and immigrants were just beginning to organize.”

From a young age she developed a global mindset. Her parents brought her to activist events supporting Eritrea’s struggle for independence. “I would go to demonstrations and would be the only child there,” she said, describing how her parents and she embodied the “Afro-hippie” lifestyle of the 1970s and 80s. “I’ve always felt connected to Eritrea because it was our reality and our existence.”

Even Araia’s name is significant to her parents’ lives as activists. Semhar is a coastal province in Eritrea that was a battleground during the country’s war for independence. “My parents chose the name because in 1978 while Eritrea was fighting Ethiopia, Ethiopia wanted access to the sea,” she said. “It was a reminder of our existence. To this day, Semhar is very symbolic.”

As a family, they agreed that her mother and father needed to stay in Washington, D.C., where the pulse of decisions were being made about Eritrea. They were living in D.C., when, at age 10, Araia and her brother Fnan ’05, M.A. ’07 were sent to Minnesota to live with their aunt and uncle. She describes the experience as a jolt.

While life with her parents involved a lot of activity and moving around, her life in Minnesota provided stability. “In hindsight, I really needed it because it gave me a sense of roots and foundation of family in a healthy, stable way,” she said. Despite the distance, Araia remained in close contact with her mother.

Her parents’ struggle and Eritrea’s struggle were always forefront in her mind. Then, on her 13th birthday, her mother called with good news. “She said to me, ‘Happy Birthday. Eritrea is free.’ Being raised in that consciousness, it kind of shapes your whole existence,” she said. “This thing that I had been exposed to my whole life was supposedly over. It’s surreal looking back at it.”

In high school, Araia attended football games and was voted homecoming queen. She graduated as salutatorian from Coon Rapids High School, but it was not always easy to relate to her peers. “My consciousness was always going back to how I could help Eritrea,” she said. For her 14th birthday, she donated all cash gifts to the newly independent country.

She did well in school and had aspirations of attending an international university. She wanted to travel the world studying international business and human rights. After skipping a grade, she was on track to graduate high school a year early, a week after her 17th birthday.

Those plans came to a halt when Araia’s mother died six months before graduation.

Araia was forced to re-evaluate her future. “Her loss was a hugely influential moment in my life,” she said.

Remaining close to her family became a priority in her college choice. Although St. Thomas offered the international curriculum she wanted to study, she was not convinced it was the place for her until she and her aunt visited campus.

Araia’s tour guide was Ryan Schlief ’97. The two hit it off immediately. “My aunt and I walked around the campus and fell in love with the school because it was warm and beautiful. But it was Ryan’s graciousness and kindness that showed me what exists at St. Thomas,” she said.

“When we first met, Semhar knew what questions to ask about St Thomas. She cared about the academics and the campus life for students of color,” said Schlief. “I could tell there was something special about her immediately. She was dedicated to education for a greater purpose.” Schlief was the 1997 Tommie Award winner and, as an alumnus, has earned the St. Thomas Day Humanitarian Award. He and Araia have been friends for 20 years.

Araia works in the incubator space where she has her office in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mike Ekern ’02)

A commuter student, Araia felt out of place at first. But it did not take long for her to find space to thrive. “I decided to become really involved because you have to work with the environment you’re in and help make it better,” she said.

She began a work-study position with the Multicultural Student Services office, where she met staffers Onar Primitivo, Alice Grider, Carla Peraza and Sonia DeLuca. “They were the welcoming committee that every student needs,” she said. “They created a community in the multicultural office that attracted everyone.”

Araia became involved in the Center for Student Leadership and Activities and held leadership roles with the All College Council and Hana (a student group that cultivates multicultural awareness on campus). As a senior, she was an R.A. in Morrison Hall. St. Thomas Dean of Students Karen Lange recalled Araia’s prolific involvement. “If there was an opportunity for an in-service, program or anything student-related that she could learn outside the classroom, Semhar was there,” said Lange, noting that Araia also was an exceptional student academically. “She really took advantage of every opportunity that students have on campus and made the most of her experience at St. Thomas.”

Despite living in an environment where she saw herself as different from her peers, Araia was able to surround herself with a network of inclusion. “We had such a vibrant community of changemakers, those of us who came from different backgrounds,” she said. “We saw it as an opportunity to really learn from each other, but also learn from everyone on campus.”

In some ways, becoming so involved served as a way to help cope with the loss of her mother. “I realized my freshman year I was numb, my sophomore year I was sad, my junior year I was angry and my senior year I was busy,” she said. “But I think that out of tragedy, you realize your possibilities. I’m passionate and ambitious because I know what I could lose. If you have time on this world, why can’t you wake up every day and make the most of it?”

As a senior, Araia was honored with the Multicultural Student Services Medal of Courage for actions that helped to create an inclusive, civil and welcoming campus community. “I came out of St. Thomas with this huge honor after entering school thinking, ‘What am I doing here? Why am I in Minnesota? What happened to my mom?’” she said. “To be able to come through the pain and still be able to get up the next day means that you can actually do more. Because it didn’t break you.”

Creating spaces for conversation and collaboration for herself and others became a priority – and it was a conviction she would carry forward throughout her career.

From St. Thomas, Araia went on to Marquette University Law School in Wisconsin. She had been accepted to the law schools at American University and Michigan, but again chose to remain closer to her Minnesota family.

During her time in law school, Eritrea was embroiled in a border dispute with Ethiopia. Araia’s thoughts remained with her family’s homeland. “I was born in the United States but I still had this immigrant reality,” she said. After she completed her degree, an opportunity arose to apply her professional abilities to something that was most personal to her.

As an attorney, she volunteered for the Eritrean Claims Commission. She signed on for a summer in Eritrea to help sort out the legal aftermath of establishing a border between Eritrea and Ethiopia. She did not expect to remain in the country for three years. “It turned into a full-time job,” she said. She had visited Eritrea as a child shortly after the country became independent, and again after her mother died. But experiencing it as an adult gave her a different perspective.

“Going back as an attorney was fascinating because I was no longer a visitor,” she said. “I was paying bills, I knew the bus lines, taxi drivers knew me – I was a resident, but a privileged resident because I had this exposure from abroad.”

Araia described her time in Eritrea as transformative. “I found a certain sense of peace and place in my heart as an Eritrean,” she said. In the claims commission office, where attorneys from all over the world were employed, her Eritrean-American identity allowed her to serve as a conduit and interlocutor among her colleagues.

That idea of serving as a bridge inspired Araia. She returned to the United States in 2005 with a fresh outlook on what she, as a member of the diaspora, could do to support her home country while using the resources she had as an American.

After returning from Africa, Araia began to add to her already impressive resume. She spent time as a foreign affairs legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives, worked under former President Jimmy Carter with The Elders and served on the Obama-Biden presidential transition team.

With each appointment, she encountered women who viewed Africa with her same excitement, hope and commitment. She also discovered that some of the loudest voices speaking on behalf of Africa did not look like her or see things through her unique lens. She found it troubling.

“After living on the continent, I came to know an Africa full of promise and possibility,” she said. “But I returned to the United States and noticed that a lot of people want to be fixers and diagnose a problem that might not need it, but actually needs partnership.”

She created a solution. In 2007, she began the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN).

“As a woman sitting at a table trying to make a recommendation, to put your voice in the conversation, it can be challenging,” she said. She recognized a need to create a space for connecting African women to network for professional purposes.

“Women are really adept at creating safe spaces,” she said. “We don’t realize it when we invite someone for dinner at our house, when we offer to take a walk with someone and listen to them, when we sit for coffee on the weekend.” She wanted to apply the type of relationship building women do as friends as a way to build trust.

DAWN started out with the primary goal of diversifying the African Affairs workforce. “I was sorely irritated at the lack of African diaspora leadership on conversations about Africa,” Araia said. “I wanted more brown people at the table and I wanted more brown women at the table.”

For the first three years, DAWN focused primarily on social programming.

Since then, the organization has evolved and now helps advance women’s leadership in the workplace. “I’ve been told by employers that they will give someone an interview if they see DAWN listed on their resume,” she said. As more women joined, DAWN became a sought-after resource. “We’ve really become a reliable source for understanding what the role of the African diaspora is in the continent’s growth and development,” she said.

To Schlief, it is no surprise that his friend has been able to make such an impact. “Semhar and DAWN are harnessing the expertise and energy of African diaspora women,” he said. “You just need to meet another ‘DAWNer’ to see how the work trains and inspires the next generation of women community leaders.”

Araia devotes a significant amount of her time to DAWN and its members. But as a nonprofit, she and her entire staff of 10 are unpaid. “Of course we are working toward eventually making an income, because that’s what we need,” she said. “But our goal is for members to understand that this is for them.” To make a living, she pieces together a number of consulting jobs and also works as an adjunct instructor at George Washington University.

In 2012, she traveled to Mexico for a meeting of social entrepreneurs. While there, she ran into a friend: then-provost of the University of San Diego Julie Sullivan. It was near that time that Sullivan was being contacted by the Board of Trustees to be considered as a candidate for the next president of the University of St. Thomas.

Araia’s story is one that holds personal resonance for Sullivan, who, along with her husband, has two Ethiopian children. “I was very fortunate to grow up in a family that gave me a very strong sense of self-esteem and a sense that I could do whatever I wanted to do. But many women don’t grow up in that environment,” said Sullivan, punctuating the importance of Araia’s work building connections among women of the diaspora.

“Sometimes we see problems as huge and we throw our hands up and say we can’t do anything about it,” Sullivan said. “But one life at a time, one person at a time, we really can make an enormous difference.”

And Araia is making a difference. In addition to receiving recognition from the highest office in the country, DAWN recently was honored with the Diaspora African Forum Bridge Builder Award from the African Union. For Araia, the recognition is validation that what she has dedicated her life to matters.

But perhaps more meaningful are casual nods she receives. On July 10, Araia, a prolific Twitter user, tweeted “Was in line for coffee this morning, when the woman behind me told me she’s a member of @DAWNInc & that she loves the org. Best. Day. Ever.”

Throughout her life, Araia has felt what she describes as a duty to do what she can from her place of privilege to give back to Eritrea. “My parents instilled in me a sense of not just activism, but ownership in my own life and also a sense of obligation to help others who are in need,” she said. But to talk to her is to understand that it is less of an obligation, and more of a calling.

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Graduate looks forward to helping others in China

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 5:31pm
As Brother William Mann, FSC, President of Saint Mary’s University encouraged the 270 Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs graduates who commenced on Sunday, Oct. 12, “go out and make the world better,” Sister Mary Mao M’14 sat among her fellow graduates and nodded in agreement. Sister Mary’s been working toward that purpose for five [&hellip

A Jump in Graduate Students Bolsters 2014 International Enrollment

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:39pm

International enrollment at the University of St. Thomas continues to rise with the help of graduate students, according to the fall 2014 international enrollment report by International Student Services. New, incoming, degree-seeking undergraduate international students total 36, a 5.2 percent decrease from fall 2013; but their new graduate, professional and law counterparts increased 48.4 percent with 95 students.

The total international population at the university this fall is 489, which is an increase of 11.7 percent from last year’s total, 436, and at 56 percent increase since fall 2009.

International students account for 4.7 percent of all students enrolled St. Thomas.

Undergraduates this fall accounted for 205, or 42 percent, of the total international population, while graduate, professional and law students accounted for 284, or 58 percent.

“The increase in graduate enrollment is due in large part to the growing engineering program as well as a new LL.M. degree through the law school that started this fall,” said Lori Friedman, director of International Student Services at St. Thomas.

There are an additional 55 students on Optional Practical Training apart from the 487 students enrolled at St. Thomas. These students have been granted permission to work anywhere in the U.S. in their field of study after they’ve completed their degrees at St. Thomas, according to Friedman.

Students from Saudi Arabia remained the most-represented group at 120 students, down one student from last year’s total of 121. China remained the second most-represented with 81 students, and India third with 60. The other top countries included Uganda (27), as well as Norway and Nepal (both with 13), which replaced Canada in the top five.

Saudi Arabia is the fourth country of origin nationwide as the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Higher Education continues to offer scholarships to Saudi students who wish to study in the United States and abroad.

Report highlights

  • International students represent 65 countries.
  • They represent six of the seven continents (Antarctica, of course, the exception).
  • Most international students are in the School of Engineering (198; 40.4 percent), followed by:
    • Opus College of Business (124; 25.3 percent)
    • College of Education, Leadership and Counseling (64; 13.5 percent)
    • College of Arts and Sciences (58; 11.8 percent)
    • Non-degree (11; 2.2 percent)
    • School of Divinity (11; 2.0 percent)
    • School of Social Work (1; .02 percent).

St. Thomas has been ranked fifth in international student enrollment in Minnesota and the highest among Minnesota private colleges and universities, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors report, which will be released Nov. 17. Open Doors reports on the previous school year’s findings. Other top Minnesota schools for international enrollment have been the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State University Mankato and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Read the entire ISS fall 2014 report on the ISS website.

Carleton to host Spanish Cartoonist Miguel Brieva

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:39pm

In conjunction with a display of his work now on exhibit in the Carleton Gould Library, the College will host renowned Spanish cartoonist Miguel Brieva on Friday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. The artist’s presentation about his work will be in Spanish, with English translation provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Convocation Addresses Farming Technologies and Poverty in the Developing World

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:41am

Carleton College’s weekly convocation will be presented by Robert Paarlberg ’67, a food and agricultural researcher, on Friday, Oct. 17 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Political Fight Over Food and Farming: Who Is Winning?”, Paarlberg’s presentation will address farming technologies and poverty in the developing world. Convocations are free and open to the public. They are also recorded and archived online at

Study abroad experience leads to graduate school in Australia

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:44am
Ever since Shauna Stephens ’14 adopted her first baby toad, she was predestined for a career in biology. Now a graduate student in Australia, she is more apt to study the native environment of koalas or track the seasonal migration of wallabies. The Norwood, Minn., native said, “As a kid I was always curious as [&hellip

WAI presents Fiber Arts: Women’s Work or Feminist Statement?

St. Kate's Campus News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:00am
Three internationally known textile artists address the topic of fiber arts as a form of feminist art in a panel discussion at St. Kate’s on November 5. More »

Depth of Field: Homecoming 2014

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 6:32am

Brilliant sunshine and warming temperatures greeted Homecoming 2014 guests. Here are a few images recapping the morning events.


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Nobel Peace Prize winner featured on Under-Told Stories Project

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 4:44pm
The Under-Told Stories Project at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota regularly rubs elbows with world leaders and agents of change. Most recently, a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights activist who was featured on the Under-Told Stories Project in July 2013, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Fred de [&hellip

The Scroll: Fall is in the Air

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:22pm

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf becomes a flower.”

– Albert Camus, French philosopher

Kim Rueb

Fall has officially arrived in Minnesota. The leaves have turned from green to brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, and are falling from the trees. The air is crisp and students are pulling out their scarves and sweaters. The change of seasons brings a host of fun traditions at St. Thomas. Here are just a few of my favorite ways to celebrate autumn:

Walk along the Mississippi River. At St. Thomas, we are so lucky to have a beautiful campus situated between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and just a short walk from the Mississippi River. This time of year is perfect for a walk on the path along Mississippi River Boulevard. There is a marvelous view of the river and the beautiful fall colors.

Visit an apple orchard on Tuesday, Oct. 14. St. Thomas Activities and Recreation (STAR) organizes a ton of great events for students throughout the year, including numerous opportunities to celebrate the different seasons. One quintessential fall activity is a trip to a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch to take advantage of the fall harvest. Pick your own apples, drink warm apple cider and eat delicious apple treats to really get yourself into the spirit of autumn. Buses will leave at 4 p.m. on Tuesday from Flynn Hall.

Celebrate St. Thomas at Purple on the Plaza. Put on your purple and show your Tommie pride at Purple on the Plaza during home football games. Nothing screams fall quite like football and grilling out with Tommie.

Get scared at Haunted Cretin. When talking about fall, you can’t forget Halloween, and St. Thomas does this holiday justice with Haunted Cretin. This will be the 25th year that south campus offers ghostly tours of Cretin and Grace halls.

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