Recent News from Campuses

2014 Fine & Performing Arts Christmas Concert, "The Word Became Flesh"

Concordia University Campus News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:27am

Celebrate the Christmas season in Word and song with Concordia University, St. Paul at its annual Fine and Performing Arts Christmas Concert, December 5-7, 2014, at the Buetow Music Center Auditorium. This year’s concert, “The Word Became Flesh”, features performances by Concordia’s Christus Chorus, Jubilate choir and Handbell Ensemble.

Concert times:

  • Friday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 6, 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7, 3 p.m.


  • Adults $12
  • Students/Seniors $10

Concordia University Faculty & Staff: To order your special Christmas Concert tickets with your University ID number, please call the Concordia University Ticket Hotline at 612-326-1813 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon – Fri)

Call Ticketworks at 612-343-3390 or on the web at

Alumni in Technology

Hamline University Campus News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:00am
A Hamline alumna recently returned to campus to share her professional experiences in the tech industry with current Digital Media Arts students.

John Paulson Big Band reunites for Nov. 23 event

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:08pm
WINONA, Minn. — John Paulson’s 17-piece contemporary jazz big band returns to Winona Sunday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m. They will be performing two sets of all-original music at Wellington’s Pub & Grill. The concert will feature exciting contemporary big band music composed and arranged by Paulson, who taught jazz and woodwinds at Saint Mary’s [&hellip

CSB and SJU exceed goals in 24-hour fundraising challenge

Both CSB and SJU held their largest 24-hour fundraisers in school history on Wednesday, Nov. 12, with 1,653 donors contributing to the two schools.

A German Push

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:00am

German is awesome. And Susanne Wagner wants you to know about it.

Two months into just her second year as an assistant professor, the Cologne, Germany, native has firmly positioned herself as a leading force for her home country’s language not only at St. Thomas, but throughout the Midwest. It hasn’t gone unnoticed: Deutsche Welle – Germany’s international broadcaster (think BBC in 30 different languages) – recently named Wagner their German Teacher of the Month, an award that cites standout teachers all over the world.

“It’s a huge honor,” Wagner said.

Susanne Wagner (Photo by Mike Ekern)

That honor came after Wagner spent two weeks last summer in Bonn, Germany, as part of a 20-person delegation of teachers from all over the world. Invited by the German government, the teachers participated in an intensive seminar highlighting “German for the profession.” As the only member of the delegation from the Americas, Wagner was in a unique position to provide perspective on what it’s like to be a German professor in the United States.

“It was interesting to have people from all over the world,” she said. “We even had two people there from Russia and one from Ukraine, which was when everything was happening there between those two countries. That was very interesting.”

The focal point of the seminar (how to use German in different career settings) also fit perfectly with Wagner’s goals thousands of miles away in her new home, St. Paul.

Practical application

Wagner came to St. Thomas by way of master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a teaching stint at Agnes Scott College in Georgia and five more years teaching at the University of Arkansas. (“I still know nothing about football,” she said of her time in the pigskin hotbed.) Some of the advantages of teaching German in Minnesota were evident immediately: “The majority of my students have some German connection, a grandfather or a father who studied in Germany or Austria,” she said. “And there are so many Germans here, and events and things going on. There are a lot of those connections I didn’t have in Arkansas.”

Challenges were evident as well though, with a German department at St. Thomas that wasn’t as robust as it had been in the past.

“We’re definitely trying to rebuild the program,” she said.

A huge part of that effort is tied directly to the experience she had this summer in Bonn: showing her students that speaking German is a transferable skill that can help open up career paths and, in general, be used all over in real life. That is built into her curriculum in many ways, from requiring students to seek out German-specific interactions (“I call them my ‘Close Encounters of the German kind,’” she said) to connecting them with German clubs, jobs or social events, such as with the upcoming German-inspired Minneapolis Holiday Market. A grant Wagner secured helped bring many events and speakers to campus as well last year, diversifying the offerings students can take part in.

“I’m trying to make them see that (speaking German) is applicable, that they can use it,” Wagner said. “We’re trying to prepare them for life. The St. Thomas mission is fantastic because it’s just exactly that.”

Wagner also recognizes a strong business tradition is part of St. Thomas’ identity, and she aims to tap into that with more direct links for students. Plans for a German for Business course are part of that, which could be another positive development in Wagner’s strategy for moving her department forward.

“It’s obvious she has a lot of energy and is really motivated,” said Derrin Pinto, chair of the Modern and Classical Languages Department. “She’s tireless.”

“I’m giving myself some time to build some of these things; it’s probably a three- to five-year plan,” she said. “More than anything the students need to see it’s exciting.”

For 17 students this J-Term that means a trip to Berlin, the first study abroad for the German Department in more than a decade, Wagner said. With a professor like Wagner leading such classes and the overall charge for German at St. Thomas, seeing excitement may just continue getting easier and easier.

Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra concert planned for Sunday

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:00am
WINONA, Minn. —The Saint Mary’s University Chamber Orchestra will perform “The Magical French Horn” 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in Saint Mary’s Performance Center. Under the direction of Dr. David Leung, the orchestra will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn and contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The event features Saint Mary’s [&hellip

Lynn Casey Leads the Conversation

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:55am

In the public relations industry, two-way digital communications changed everything, according to Lynn Casey ’86 M.B.A. She would know. With more than three decades of industry experience, Casey is leading that change and, in the process, making the Twin Cities a national hub for the communications industry.

Casey entered the agency world in 1983 and has since risen through the ranks to chair and CEO of PadillaCRT, the largest independent PR firm in Minnesota. Casey began her most recent journey as CEO amid a turbulent, post-Sept. 11 economy at the end of 2001.

“It was a tough year, but a year that probably helped me grow more than three or four normal years would have,” Casey said. “I learned a lot. I had to make some really tough calls right away.”

Casey has made her mark on the Twin Cities. “You can’t think of the PR industry in Minnesota without Lynn’s name coming up,” said Doug Spong, owner of his agency, Spong, which is a competitor of PadillaCRT. This summer Twin Cities Business magazine added Casey to the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. In the magazine’s profile, Adam Platt wrote, “By any objective measure, and many subjective ones, she’s the consummate success story.”

Casey now oversees 200 employee-owners in offices in Minneapolis; New York; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles, with global reach through the Worldcom Group. Revenue for 2013 was $32.3 million.

The importance of engaging in the community

At first, the responsibilities of simultaneously leading the firm and representing it in the community were difficult to juggle. “There was no such thing as balancing those first few years,” Casey said. “I had a big learning curve about what it means to be in a community like Minneapolis-St. Paul. Fortunately, a couple of CEOs took me under their wing and made sure I understood that the founders of our firm, Don Padilla and Dave Speer, were extraordinarily active in the community. So the challenge for me was managing the overcommitments that I made in my first few years in the local community with everything else that was going on, including learning how to be a CEO.

“People who buy your services want to know that you have the ability to see beyond the task at hand and bring a bigger worldview to whatever issue they’re asking you to help solve,” Casey explained. “I think that people want to do work with people they trust, and people who have an interest beyond the bottom line of their businesses.”

With this in mind, PadillaCRT has remained dedicated to public service. “When we say we’re committed to the community, we’re committed to the community. And that goes well beyond the CEO,” she added. “There hasn’t been a year, no matter how the economy is doing or how our business is doing, that we haven’t been able to fulfill our commitments to pro bono support.”

Casey sees giving back to the community as a valuable return on investment of the agency’s time and money. “It really is a virtuous circle,” she said. “A for-profit company that gives back meaningfully to the community knows that their contributions are going to result in a better quality of life, happier employees, and as long as those businesses keep their eye on the ball, investors will be proud to invest.”

Padilla acquires CRT/tanaka

Casey did, indeed, keep her eye on the ball. Last year, she orchestrated Padilla Speer Beardsley’s acquisition of CRT/tanaka, creating one of the top 10 independent public relations and communications firms in the country: PadillaCRT. A strong cultural alignment contributed to a smooth merging of the two.

“We had known each other for a while and had actually talked about and explored the idea earlier of combining forces,” Casey said. Since their initial conversations, CRT/tanaka had made two acquisitions in New York, “in the exact space that I wanted to be, and so I said it was probably time that we explored getting together,” Casey said. “We were both known for doing right by our people, extraordinary client service and a real passion for measurable results. Any one of those pieces could be up for debate in an acquisition or merger, but we were completely aligned on what was most important to us and that has made it work. We’ve accomplished more in these first nine months than I thought we would be able to accomplish in twice as much time.”

Spong reflected on the acquisition, “This merger is just part of the evolution of how the industry in Minnesota has matured and evolved. Lynn is certainly helping to lead that.”

Having earned her St. Thomas M.B.A. degree in 1986, Casey appreciates the value of a business education. “Especially if you’re in a corporate environment, the opportunity to understand the business of business that you get with an advanced degree is really valuable,” she said.

She noted two primary reasons for this: “Communications people often are accused of not being able to speak the language of business, and that can sometimes put up an unnecessary barrier between the ideas that they are trying to bring forward and the ability of senior management to really listen to them,” Casey explained. “Also, if you have some grounding in the numbers and in the business of business, it’s just a lot easier to get traction and to do the best work.”

Communications industry shift

In the last decade, the communications industry has experienced a shift from distinct types of firms to more all-in-one agencies. Today, “it is hard to distinguish between ad agencies, public relations firms, so-called branding firms, digital firms … the list goes on and on,” Casey said. “Most good agencies understand that the idea, if it’s driven by some insight that provides a point of difference for the company and a way to engage whoever’s important to them, should be executed in the best way possible through the best channel possible.” Sometimes the best channel is a paid ad and sometimes it’s through the third-party credibility of articles written by the media. Other times, it’s interacting directly with a consumer, which Web tools enable.

PadillaCRT was able to move fairly quickly in using Internet tools, “and we haven’t looked back,” Casey said.

The latest evolution in the communications industry is native advertising, sometimes called sponsored content. Native ad formats match both the form and function of the user experience in which they are placed. This might be a paid article appearing alongside traditional news content on the Internet, instead of a banner ad on the side. The intent is to make the paid advertising feel less intrusive and increase the likelihood users will click on it. Native advertising allows companies “to deliver something of value that was yes, paid for,” Casey explained, “but was still valuable information to consumers.”

As with any emerging field, the industry, including PadillaCRT, is continually learning more about native advertising and other channels. “There have been, and there will be, many
attempts until we develop a body of knowledge about what really works and what doesn’t,” Casey said. Whether it’s targeting the right people or the right channel among the myriad options, “It is tempting to see the Internet as open season on the consumer and hit them with everything you’ve got.” Instead, Casey suggests a good litmus test for native ads: “Can you seriously look yourself in the mirror after you have copywritten a native ad and answer yes to the question, ‘Did I deliver something of value to a reader?’”

In the process, communicators are building a body of knowledge and, thanks to analytics, have an opportunity to learn from actions and put that knowledge to use and improve the craft. “For people like me who can tolerate a fair amount of ambiguity and trial and error, this is a fantastic time to be in our business,” Casey said.

Bringing revenue to Minnesota

Experimentation such as this keeps Twin Cities firms at the forefront of the national communications industry. The PR, advertising and creative communications industry in town is disproportionately large given the size of our population. The Twin Cities rank as the 14th largest media market in the country, yet, according to Spong, “When you look at the revenue from the public relations industry in Minnesota and you compare that with other markets, we rank as the sixth or seventh largest PR market in the country. That means a lot of revenue comes to Minnesota because those clients believe they’re getting better service and higher value work from [our] firms in Minneapolis.”

What sets our market apart? We have a special camaraderie in the Twin Cities, Spong said, “where we cheer each other’s successes despite the fact that we also will compete with each other for business.”

“I think Lynn was way ahead of her time in terms of coopetition,” Spong said. “She is more concerned with raising the tide, because she knows if the tide rises, it’s going to float the PadillaCRT boat, but it’s also going to float everybody else’s boat. And if Minnesota looks like this great magnet for where some of our country’s best public relations work is coming out of, it’s going to benefit everybody. It attracts a stronger talent base from which we can all pick and choose. It attracts better clients who want to bring their business to Minnesota. Most of the clients of Lynn’s firm and mine are not even based in Minnesota and that [brings] economic wealth to the state.”

Even though the industry has changed, what Casey seeks in employees has not: “Curious people who are lifelong learners who have an innate ability to grasp concepts quickly and can function at a high level with several competing interests on their plate,” she said. “In addition, of course, the core skills of writing and critical thinking.” Casey looks for people who are engaged in outside activities, preferably at a leadership level, who are juggling a part-time job in addition to a full-time education or are over-scheduled with extracurricular commitments. “Because that shows me they are alive, they are engaged, they think about things other than the task at hand and they might be able to handle a very demanding job … of which anything in the PR business is,” she said.

The same qualities can be seen in Casey, whose direction and commitment to her agency and the Twin Cities have taken her to the top.

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Concordia Launches Online Computer Science Degree Program

Concordia University Campus News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:11am

Concordia University, St. Paul has announced the approval of a bachelor of science in computer science degree program beginning in January 2015. Courses will be offered fully online to both adult undergraduate and traditional undergraduate students. Additionally, the University Academic Policy Committee approved the addition of a minor in computer science.

The new 55-credit academic major will prepare students for a variety of modern computer-related jobs, including software programming, Web design, mobile application development, and database design. Courses will educate students in subjects such as object-oriented programming, server-side development, discrete mathematics, language design and implementation, and distributed system architecture.

“Computer Science students at Concordia will gain the practical skills necessary to navigate the changing technological landscape in today’s workplace,” said CSP Professor of Mathematics Rob Krueger. “This program allows the flexibility of online learning along with the technological advances of online communication that are relevant in the computer industry.”

Students opting to pursue a minor in computer science (20 credits) will receive foundation skills in Web design and software development, including the application of skill and methodologies currently used in the field of Computer Science.

The addition of the bachelor’s in computer science degree is another example of the responsive programming Concordia continues to offer students seeking a challenging educational experience and relevant career preparation.

For more information about the computer sciences program visit:

Tomhave Named to All-State School Board

Concordia College Campus News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:00pm
Dr. Bill Tomhave, professor of mathematics, has been named to the 2015 All-State School Board, which is the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) most prestigious award.

Hailperin Receives NASS Medallion Award

Gustavus Campus News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:16pm

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Gustavus Professor Max Hailperin.

Gustavus Adolphus College Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Max Hailperin received the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award on Friday, Nov. 21 from Minnesota’s Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Ritchie presented Hailperin with the Medallion and also give a talk regarding voter turnout in Minnesota titled “Keeping Minnesota #1.”

The NASS Medallion Award allows individual Secretaries of State to recognize outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of NASS within the states. It was created to honor individuals, groups, or organizations with an established record of promoting the goals of NASS in several areas including elections, civic education, service to state government, and a commitment to giving.

Hailperin was recognized for being an invaluable resource for the Minnesota Secretary of State Office in matters related to technology and elections. Hailperin provided legislative testimony regarding electronic rosters (also known as electronic pollbooks) in 2011 and 2014, and regarding online voter registration in 2014. He served by appointment of Governor Dayton on the Electronic Roster Task Force in 2013 and 2014, and in 2014 performed a security assessment of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) for the Secretary of State.


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

CSB and SJU highly ranked in Open Doors 2014 report

CSB and SJU are ranked among the top baccalaureate schools nationally for total number of study abroad students, as well as international students studying in the U.S.

The CSB/SJU Opera Workshop presents ‘The Four Note Opera’

The CSB/SJU Opera Workshop will be performing Tom Johnson's minimalist work "The Four Note Opera" beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in the Colman Black Box Theater.

Everything. Is. Awesome.

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:40am

What do you think when you hear the word LEGO? Building? Imagination? Awesome?

The LEGO Group is owned by the third and fourth generations of the Kristiansen founding family: Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and his three children. It was founded in the 1930s, and the LEGO brick as we know it launched in 1958. For decades, the LEGO brand has been a household name and favorite of children and parents alike. Children love the possibilities that it offers, and parents love the creativity it inspires.

Recently, Rico Ferrarese, a senior strategic risk manager at LEGO, gave us an inside look at his role and what it’s like to work for a company with a much-loved brand such as LEGO.

Rico Ferrarese

Do you have a strong memory of the LEGO products?
I do indeed. My mom, who is a kindergarten teacher, has always enjoyed the LEGO products in her work as well as at home. I still have my LEGO train from my childhood. I’m also a fan of some of the newer LEGO products, including LEGO Architecture and LEGO Technic [expert builder series].

What makes LEGO such an enduring brand?
LEGO has been around for generations. The product is incredibly versatile and can be reused over and over again. The clutch power of the bricks, the play within the play – these are a few of the reasons the LEGO brand has endured over the years. The brand and product offer something everyone is looking for – endless possibilities. The LEGO Group seeks to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.” The organization’s culture is based on five values: fun, creativity, learning, caring and quality.

FACT: On average, each person on Earth owns 94 LEGO bricks.

How does The LEGO Group define risk?
When looking at opportunities and threats, a risk is something that can affect a planned outcome in a negative way. When we are able to mitigate the risk before it becomes a serious issue, we have turned it into an opportunity. Awareness of potential risks and opportunities allows the organization to plan what and when a response is necessary versus when an issue can be ignored. We call this a conscious choice. Our mission in strategic risk management is to drive conscious choices.

What does your title mean? What does your typical work day look like?
I’m a senior strategic risk manager. Senior means that I am experienced and valued as a business partner. Strategic means that I am involved in must-win battles and long horizon projects and large business impact changes. The risk manager part of my title defines my responsibilities within all those changes and projects.

Overall, my job is to balance the perspectives and to support business teams to prioritize risks and opportunities. At the end of the day, my role is part of the CFO’s stewardship agenda where our mission statement is to drive conscious choices – a fantastic way of saying that we want the leaders and managers to consciously focus on the choices that they will implement. My role is primarily to be part of project teams and support the project leads in running and managing the risks and opportunities within their roles and responsibilities.

I do not have any days that look alike. Normally I read emails and look through the agenda when I get up in the morning and am in and out of meetings all day long. My tasks include everything from marketing and IT to supply chain management, building factories and developing new products. I also prepare reports and challenge briefs to management teams around The LEGO Group.

FACT: There are 915 million ways to combine six LEGO bricks of the same color.

What is a risk manager’s most important job?
The most important part of my job is to drive conscious choices in a way that manages the uncertainty for the business. We, as risk managers, have to support and push the business unit managers to make conscious choices instead of relying solely on their gut.

What types of risks does LEGO face?
The big challenge of a toy company in the major leagues is that time is a scarce resource and, therefore, we need to stay relevant to our consumers – the kids and builders of tomorrow. Nowadays, time to play is not always an acceptable way to learn and grow. We at LEGO Group believe that by building with our toys, children have an opportunity to stimulate creativity and problem solve in a way that inspires them to create something totally new. But the biggest challenge we are facing is the fight for kids’ time.

As with any global company, I think the risk of not getting the right talent and developing them to become the leaders of tomorrow is one big risk. It is also important that our culture promote failure; not every endeavor will find success. Accepting that and creating an environment that fosters learning from failure will help ensure our continued success.

FACT: As of 2013, LEGO had ZERO product recalls for the fourth year running.

What brought you to LEGO and this role?
The LEGO Group has been my daily work life for the last nine years. I’ve had several different responsibilities at the executive level ranging from key account management, marketing and now strategic risk management. When approached about the opportunity to join a newly established function [under] Hans Læssøe – with a knowledge and mindset that just blow me away – I just had to say yes.

During the last five years we have had different organizational reports, but Hans and I have managed to track changes and manage the process to the benefit of The LEGO Group. I accepted the position because of Hans’ open-minded approach toward how to lead and how to manage. In his words, leading and guiding are the ways to inspire and to motivate his employees. Together, we have designed, developed and implemented the processes that we now have, ranging from enterprise risk management (ERM) reports, project risk management and the creation of a strategic development toolbox.

Can you share an experience that most shaped the professional you are today or role you are currently in?
Definitely my years in the army as an officer as well as meeting Hans Læssøe. The years in the military helped me understand the power of leading people instead of managing them. It also provided me with the ability to identify and direct conflicts to find mutual ground. Hans has been my mentor in understanding The LEGO Group and my role as a risk professional.

What’s the most interesting part of your job?
Many aspects of my job are interesting, such as working with those from other cultures and parts of the world, interacting with new managers, understanding the rationales and reasons behind big decisions, and so much more. If I had to choose one, it is certainly the variety of projects and business plans that I am involved in and see come to life.

FACT: More than 5 billion mini figures have been produced – making it the world’s biggest population group.

What’s something unexpected about your job?
That, even though I am a specialist in strategic risk management, I am involved in the whole business – not just in corporate finance, but also in the development of products, logistics, facilities, etc. The variety of tasks and insights is sometimes overwhelming and makes me humble.

What’s your favorite part of the job?
The dialogue and the process of digging into a subject and developing an understanding of challenges, problems, uncertainties and, of course, risks and opportunities. The best days are those when I have transformed a risk into a positive change or even an opportunity.

FACT: The LEGO name is made from the first two letters of the Danish words “leg godt,” meaning “play well.”

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Carleton’s Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale Returns to the Weitz Center

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 3:58pm

Carleton College will hold its annual Craft and Custodial Bake Sale on Friday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Class of 1980 Commons of the Weitz Center for Creativity. A wide variety of hand-crafted items and baked goods will be available for purchase, including wool mittens, birdhouses, garden art, glass ornaments, rugs, quilts, jewelry, Kenyan products, wooden bowls and toys, baskets, outerwear, candles, and much more. This popular annual event is free and open to the public.


Saint Mary’s takes 3rd on education leaderboard for Give to the Max Day

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 3:15pm
WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University was one of the top three higher education institutions to receive donations Nov. 13 through Give to the Max Day, a statewide giving blitz designed to increase giving to Minnesota-based nonprofits. According to early estimations, in just 24 hours, Saint Mary’s raised $45,242 with 227 gifts. Gifts ranged from [&hellip

Creation of a Sacred Space

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:47pm

Just as they did in the 1950s when they invited Marcel Breuer to Collegeville to design their sacred space, the Benedictines of Saint John’s Abbey welcomed Victoria Young, professor and chair of the St. Thomas Art History Department, to tell the story of the abbey church.

Young’s book, Saint John’s Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space, was released by the University of Minnesota Press in October. It illuminates the story of how the Saint John’s monks chose the Hungarian-born architect, an untested religious designer, to produce a work of modern sculptural concrete architecture that re-envisioned what a church could be and set a worldwide standard for midcentury religious design.

The book documents the dialogue of the design process: Breuer instructed the monks about architecture and they, in turn, guided him and his associates in the construction of sacred space in the crucial years of liturgical reform.

“It’s the story of a really important building moment at a time when the whole church is in upheaval. This is right on the cusp of Vatican II,” Young said. “At the time they commissioned Breuer, Saint John’s Abbey was the biggest Benedictine house in the world. They were leaders of the liturgical reform movement, which was reshaping the way the church is going to be laid out.” According to Young, it was important their new facility reflect that transformation.

While the monks were interested in finding the right designer, for them it was more about finding the right person. Young said they liked Breuer because he was humble. “There was one note I found that one of the monks had written on a piece of scratch paper, ‘He didn’t say anything until the end of the day.’ They really liked that. He was really listening, looking and observing,” she said. “He had this very unassuming way about him. They felt like he was a really good designer but that there would be an ability to help shape that design.”

That opportunity for collaboration is what won the job for Breuer. “I really saw how much back and forth there was. Even the littlest details, like the design of a lavabo or a washing station down in the lower level, went through five or six iterations,” Young said. “The Benedictines would send his office Catholic and liturgical documents to read, and Breuer was always talking to them about architecture, and it was just kind of this really lovely relationship that allowed for a great building like this.”

Studying Breuer’s design of the abbey church was a natural fit for Young. As an undergrad at New York University, one of her faculty members was Renaissance art historian Isabelle Hyman, who was Breuer’s personal secretary during the construction of the abbey church. As Young continued her studies, the architect’s work became the focus of her dissertation at the University of Virginia.

When she moved back to her home state of Minnesota to work at St. Thomas, she was able to continue her research in Collegeville. That was when the idea of a book came to fruition. “It was a really important moment for me, to think about it as a story to tell rather than an exercise to complete. I want to put the reader there in that seat at the opening Mass,” she said, noting that a book will be more widely accessible to the Saint John’s community than simply publishing her dissertation.

What began more than 50 years ago as a grand collaboration between the Benedictines and Breuer continued in that spirit through the production of Young’s book.

“It means a lot to them to have something like this in perpetuity to go back to. They have been so incredibly supportive,” she said. “I hope that they think it represents them really well.”

Young also hopes the book helps put Minnesota and Midwestern architecture on the map. “I hope it gets some traction in architectural history in general, so people know this place exists here,” she said. “I teach here but I’m also really wedded to things that are going on here. We’ve got fantastic architecture in Minnesota. We are a gold mine.”

Young will sign copies of Saint John’s Abbey Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Tommie Shop in the Anderson Student Center.

Read a review of the book from The Catholic Spirit and a profile on Young from Saint John’s University.

For more information, visit University of Minnesota Press. Copies also can be purchased on Amazon.

October at Gustavus In Pictures

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:23am

October is always one of the most exciting months at Gustavus Adolphus College and this year was no different. October events included the inauguration of President Bergman, Homecoming festivities, the 50th Nobel Conference, Family Weekend, Fall Fest, the Theatre & Dance Department production of Angels In America, and many others. You can relive all of these October moments by watching the following video slideshow, produced by sophomore Caroline Moynihan ’17.


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

Hamline Holiday Events

Hamline University Campus News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:00am
Mark your calendar for the upcoming holiday concerts and events with the Hamline Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Women's Chorale, A Cappella Choir, and the holiday tree lighting.

Exemplary Woman in Public Service Honored

Hamline University Campus News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:00am
In its continuing efforts to honor remarkable public servants in the state of Minnesota, Hamline University is pleased to announce the recognition of Ruby Hunt, a woman who has left an indelible mark on the sector.

Gustavus Receives 2014 Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:26pm

Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, President Bergman, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Nobel Conference Director Scott Bur, and Todd Hauschildt ’87.

Gustavus Adolphus College received the 2014 Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) at the Tekne Awards celebration on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Minneapolis. Gustavus received the award for its work and ongoing commitment to the Nobel Conference, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this past October.

Founded in 1963, the Nobel Conference is the first ongoing educational conference in the U.S. to be authorized by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. It was conceived with a vision to bring cutting-edge science issues to the attention of the public. For 50 years, Gustavus and the Nobel Conference have brought together thousands of world-class industry professionals, students, and citizens to engage in dialogue around issues and developments in the natural and social sciences.

The Nobel Conference has brought more than 100 Nobel laureates to the campus of Gustavus, including the likes of Steven Chu (Physics ’97), Eric Kandel (Medicine ’00), Robert Mundell (Economics ’99), Sir Harry Kroto (Chemistry ’96), and Glenn T. Seaborg (Chemistry ’51). The first Nobel Conference in 1965 was titled “Genetics and the Future of Man.” Since then, the Conference has tackled topics such as “The Destiny of Women” (1973), “Darwin’s Legacy” (1982), “The Evolution of Sex” (1987), “Unveiling the Solar System: 30 Years of Exploration”  (1997), “The Legacy of Einstein” (2005), “Heating Up: The Energy Debate” (2007), and “H2O Uncertain Resource” (2009).

The Nobel Conference celebrated 50 years at Gustavus in October.

“With the Nobel Conference, Gustavus Adolphus College ignites questions that lie at the heart of science and society—and it’s been doing so for half a century,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. “It’s this kind of dedication that embodies the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“After 50 years, the College’s Nobel Conference continues to follow its original vision,” said Gustavus President Rebecca Bergman. “The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the continued innovation, leadership, and cutting-edge science the Nobel Conference represents—for the College, for the state, and for audiences that now reach around the world. We are extremely honored to receive such recognition.”

The MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. It helps bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and leads the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size—involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application, and education in Minnesota.

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