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EWO student research explores public speaking issues

St. Kate's Campus News - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 3:56pm
Issues unique to women in public speaking are being researched by an award-winning Evening/Weekend/Online student. More »

Grad puts creative faculties into practice at first job

St. Kate's Campus News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:32pm
Our second Friday Feature of recent grads highlights studio arts and French major Hilary Stein ’14. More »

Take a look at Saint Mary’s!

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 8:00am
Real-World Experience When it comes to getting experience that will help you get a great job, you can do it at Saint Mary’s. Our students and faculty work very closely together to develop research projects or find internships that give you knowledge you can only gain by EXPERIENCE. The Winona area has many opportunities for

Chrysalis Stage: Presenting the 2014 MFA Fall Exhibition at Whittier Gallery

MCAD News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:28pm

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is pleased to present Chrysalis Stage, the upcoming 2014 Master of Fine Arts Fall Exhibition at Whittier Gallery.

Thu, 2014-07-24 - Sun, 2016-07-24

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Auditions for St. Catherine Choral Society 2014–15

St. Kate's Campus News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:02pm
Choral Society Director Patricia Connors will start hearing auditions for the coming season beginning August 1. More »

Mechademia: Conference on Asian Popular Cultures

MCAD News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:44am

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This internationally recognized three-day conference explores the global innovations and creative and cultural implications of Japanese anime and manga. The session combines the vibrancy of fan practices, the fashion show, and anime screenings with the presentations and discussions of academic papers, resulting in an enriching and unique experience.

Wed, 2014-07-23 - Sat, 2016-07-23

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Conquering your own Mount Everest

St. Kate's Campus News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:30pm
Mountaineer Jon Kedrowski will discuss climbing outside your personal comfort zone Tuesday, July 29. More »

Hamline Names Sr. VP for business, finance and technology

Hamline University Campus News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:00am
Hamline University is pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Tungseth as senior vice president for business, finance and technology.

Phillips Scholar Works With New Americans

Concordia College Campus News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:00pm
Students are living out the Concordia’s mission statement and impacting their communities with the help of the Phillips Scholarship, a program that provides funding for community improvement projects.

Adjunct Faculty Vote ‘No’ on Union Representation

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:00pm

Adjunct faculty members who teach undergraduate classes at St. Thomas have voted against representation by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today counted ballots submitted by adjunct faculty, who voted “no” by a 136-84 margin. About 300 adjunct faculty were eligible to vote, and the majority of votes cast determined the outcome.

SEIU challenged the eligibility of 24 voters’ ballots during the counting process, and those ballots were not opened. Because they are insufficient to change the result, those ballots will remain sealed and will not be counted.

The union has through July 28 to file formal objections about the campaign or election, and if that occurs the NLRB will gather evidence and likely hold a hearing to determine the merit of the objections.

Under the law, the election results must be certified by the NLRB before St. Thomas can resume its work to address adjunct faculty concerns. If no objections are filed, the NLRB will certify the election results by July 29. If objections are filed, the certification will be delayed indefinitely while the NLRB works through its standard processes to address the objections.

St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan said she is pleased with the decision and is prepared to communicate and initiate an action plan addressing the top-level adjunct faculty priorities identified over the past year. Sullivan said she would like to share details of the plan now but must respect the seven-day period in which the NLRB holds open the certification pending the filing of objections.

“I want to thank each of the adjunct faculty, who held varying opinions about union representation, for participating in the constructive dialogue that has occurred since the petition was filed two months ago,” Sullivan wrote in an email to them. “I am grateful that the administration had the opportunity to hear firsthand from so many of you about the election as well as the pleasure you derive from teaching at St. Thomas.

“I also appreciate the trust so many of you have placed in me and our new administration. We look forward to working together with you to find solutions to meet your needs and provide the best education for our students as we create One University where all members feel included, respected and valued for their contributions.”

Giving real voice to computers

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:00am
Taniya Mishra ’01 knew she wanted to study computer science in college. Yet the native of India admits with a quiet laugh that she had never touched a computer before she arrived on campus. While in high school, she read computer books and tediously wrote out programming language in a notebook. When she started school

Chemistry majors share research at ACTC symposium

St. Kate's Campus News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:21pm
St. Catherine University hosts the ACTC Summer Chemistry Research Symposium for the first time. More »

St. Catherine University names new Dean for Enrollment Management

St. Kate's Campus News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:03am
A national search has yielded a higher education leader from Minnesota. More »

Virgil Wiebe Urges White House to Act Carefully on Refugee Crisis

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:58pm

University of St Thomas School of Law Professor Virgil Wiebe, along with a group of professors and researchers who teach or practice in the areas of immigration, human rights, and international law, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama this week, urging him to act carefully on the growing refugee emergency involving unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico.

Noting that the courts, Congress and the executive branch “have long recognized that children must be treated differently under the immigration laws due to their particular vulnerability and lesser culpability,” the letter calls on the White House to preserve and properly apply the protections allowed under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) to unaccompanied children from Central America, and to level the legal playing field for unaccompanied children before asylum officers and immigration courts rather than expediting the removal process and putting children at risk of abuse.

The letter opposes calls to modify the current treatment of Central American children under the TVPRA, which now calls for them to be cared for by child welfare organizations and allows them full access to regular removal proceedings.

Wiebe said calls to treat Central American children in a similar fashion to Mexican children is unwise.

The letter is critical of the current enforcement of TVPRA, which signatories argue pressures Mexican children to withdraw their applications for admission to the United States, does not allow these children adequate time or resources to prove their eligibility for relief from deportation, and has subjected them to abuse and mistreatment while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Weibe and the other letter writers argue that TVPRA should be carried out as the law intended for Mexican children. While there are currently fewer protections for Mexican children, even those are not being properly applied.

The letter also discourages extension of “expedited removal” to unaccompanied children, arguing that the process currently puts adult immigrants at risk of abuse and coercion at the hands of border officers, who have been given the authority to detain and deport individuals at the border with little accountability and transparency without consideration of asylum eligibility. The letter writers fear the same could happen to unaccompanied children facing an expedited removal process.

Ultimately the signatories propose that President Obama use his existing powers under section 207 of the Immigration and National Act to permit a limited number of individuals to enter the United States as refugees, calling the current situation an emergency situation that is justified by “grave humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest.”

Weibe said the same idea has been applied in the past in World War II, when millions of people – most of them children – were shipped to rural areas in Britain and overseas (including the U.S.), and in the 1960s when more than 14,000 Cuban youths were provided safe sanctuary in the United States.

Read the full letter here.

CSP Theatre Chair's Play to Premiere at 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Concordia University Campus News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:16am

Mark Rosenwinkel (’77), Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Concordia University, St. Paul, will premiere his new play, CURSED, at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival during the month of August.

Celebrating its 21st year, the Minnesota Fringe Festival is an annual 11-day performing arts extravaganza that connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. This year’s festival takes place July 31 through August 10 at multiple venues throughout the Twin Cities.

The play is a modern retelling of the play To Damascus, Part I by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. The story concerns a self-destructive musician who runs away with a young doctor’s wife. Convinced that he is destined to destroy them both, he embarks on a surreal journey of the soul as he attempts to find the meaning of suffering and tests the power of love.

A long-time member of Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center, Rosenwinkel has won numerous awards for his work, including a Jerome Fellowship, the Writers’ Digest Award for best original play, as well as various productions, workshops and readings with theatre companies across the United States. He has also had a notable career as an actor with many Twin Cities theatres, including The Guthrie, Chanhassen, History Theatre, Pillsbury House, and Park Square.

Featured in the cast are Bruce Abas, Natasha Roy, Elizabeth Streiff, and Rosenwinkel himself in supporting roles. Roy is currently a junior majoring in Theatre at Concordia.

CURSED will perform at the Huge Theater in Minneapolis (3037 S. Lyndale Ave.) Aug. 1 (7 p.m.), Aug. 2 (8:30 p.m.), Aug 3 (1 p.m.), Aug. 8 (4 p.m.), and Aug. 9 (10 p.m.).

For ticket prices and more information about the Fringe Festival, visit,

All-Star Game – An Economic Home Run for Minneapolis?

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:23pm

With all of the activity going on around the Twin Cities for the last few days surrounding the 2014 All-Star Game we reached out to some of our faculty experts to comment on the economic impact of major (sporting) events like this.

John T. Wendt, J.D., M.A. is a professor of ethics and business law and serves on the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission among other anti-doping panels. His research centers on the intersection of sports and business:

There are a number of reasons for bidding and hosting major sporting events. First is the argument for economic development. Economists will argue about the economic value forever (though, see professor Spry’s thoughts below).

Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors bureau said that the MLB All Star Game could bring in 160,000 fans to the Twin Cities. They also say that it will have an economic impact of $75 million during All-Star Game week. It is also part of about $395 million that Meet Minneapolis says that special events will bring in during 2014.

There will be a lot of activity at hotels, retail, restaurants and tourist attractions and it will showcase our new transit system. The city will allow bars to stay open until 4 a.m. on the Monday and Tuesday night of the All-Star Game bringing in additional revenue. Some will counter that argument saying that the spending during the All Star Game and Super Bowl still would have taken place without the game in town.

Still, Major League Baseball keeps virtually all the revenue from ticket sales, parking, merchandise and concessions. MLB also got veto power over who would get temporary permits [for advertising] in most of downtown, northeast Minneapolis and some blocks around TCF Stadium. (This is similar to what will happen with the Super Bowl.)

Events do come with a cost, including security and overtime for the Minneapolis Police, Metro Transit, Hennepin County, state and federal agencies including ATF and Homeland Security.

From the Twins perspective it is a source of additional revenue while they have been struggling on the field. After losing seasons, the Twins can “sell” to their tickets holders a rare opportunity – a chance to buy tickets to the All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby and other events. All for about $1000 a ticket. As Kevin Smith, Minnesota Twins’ senior director of corporate communications and broadcasting said, “This is really a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It hasn’t happened since 1985, and it’s not coming back here anytime soon.”

Beyond the economics there are other reasons for bidding and hosting especially on the social intangible impacts on the community. First, there is increased community visibility. How many times will they say “Minneapolis” or “Minnesota” with beautiful shots of the city? That is worth millions in positive public relations fees. It is a tremendous marketing tool.

Second it can enhance the community image, trying to sell the image of Minneapolis to make it more attractive to businesses, tourists and inhabits. Sports are a highly visible symbol – symbolic of the city as a whole. Major events make a tremendous impression of this market. They bring visibility to the Twin Cities for days leading up to, during and even after the game.

Think of the events that we are either hosting or bidding to host – the All-Star Game, the Super Bowl, the Women’s and Men’s NCAA Final Four, NCAA and WCHA Hockey, the NBA and WNBA All Star Games. All these events come with national and international recognition and bring tens of thousands of people to the Twin Cities.

Finally, there is “psychic income” or the emotional and psychological benefits that Twin Cities’ residents perceive they receive even though they do not physically attend the game or other events or are even involved in them. It is the internal city pride and community solidarity that has a community consciousness and creates social bonding.

For the Super Bowl, think of the costs that we have incurred. Have we gone over the tipping point?First, look at the costs of building the nearly $1 billion cost of the stadium: $348 million from the State of Minnesota, $150 million from the City of Minneapolis, $200 million from the NFL, $177 million from the team, $100 from personal seat licenses. Compare that with the $1 billion cost of the new Atlanta stadium where it’s been reported that the owner Arthur Block will pay 80% of the financing and the city of Atlanta, 20%.

Then there is the new news that the costs of hosting the Super Bowl may be staggering: Here are some of the NFL demands.

John A. Spry Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Finance Department and has conducted analyses of the economic impact of major events on local economies:

Don’t expect to have any more money in your wallet because of Target Field and the All-Star game. While Meet Minneapolis “is predicting that the game will bring in about $75 million for businesses in the city,” this is a public relations statement that not supported by the economic evidence. As research in the Southern Economic Journal has found:

Sports leagues, franchises, and civic boosters tout the economic benefits of professional sports as an incentive for host cities to construct new stadiums or arenas at considerable public expense. Past league-sponsored studies have estimated that new stadiums, franchises, and mega-events such as the Super Bowl increase economic activity by potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in host cities. A detailed regression analysis of taxable sales in Florida over the period extending from 1980 to 2005 fails to support these claims. New stadiums, arenas, and franchises, as well as mega-events, appear to be as likely to reduce taxable sales as increase them.

For most people the largest economic impact of building Target Field to host an All-Star game and Twins games, will be the extra 0.15% sales tax they pay year-round on each taxable purchase in Hennepin County.

Putting aside the host city economics, we asked Spry, what’s the business case for MLB putting on the All-star game – aren’t they forgoing revenue from every team that could be playing over the All-star break?

The players need a break. Playing a 162 game season is a lot of work and it puts a lot of stress on players’ bodies. As Twins fans know too well, the vast majority of major leaguers are not All-Stars. Most baseball players get a vacation for the All-Star break. It doesn’t make sense to add even more games to the long 162 game baseball season.

Do you agree with the opinions of professors Wendt and Spry? Was last night’s late-night fireworks display too high of a cost for your well-being? Let us know in the comments.

Death and the Afterlife

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:14am

Death and the Afterlife? I thought to myself, with uncharacteristic hesitation. Is this really the topic I want to spend my semester studying?

In February 2014, I found myself seated with 20 other students who had likely asked themselves the same question. Yet despite fleeting reservations and a lot of careful thinking about what I could learn from a class focused on what humans don’t know and can’t prove with science, I was convinced that this was the place to be.

I also knew that taking this class would help me in a practical way, by opening up a dialogue about death, which until that point, was unfamiliar to me.

What I didn’t know is that Dr. Terry Nichols’ course would teach me how to live, and live well.

We stared inquisitively at the front of the room, waiting for his first words.

“Good afternoon!” Dr. Nichols bellowed with gusto and self-assuredness. We murmured awkwardly. He tried again, with a hint of impatience at our failure to echo the courtesy. “Good afternoon!” he said, louder. We answered, startled. He commanded our attention, and I immediately appreciated his style.

We began with a get-to-know-each-other activity, weaving through the rows and sharing names, majors and year in college. After a few minutes, we finished and looked up at him expectantly. Dr. Nichol’s surveyed the room, as if to say, “My turn.”

“I have cancer,” he said. He went on to explain that he might have to miss some classes after chemotherapy. Then he moved on to the syllabus. Not only was this declaration nonchalant, it was unusual to the extreme, especially given the topic of the course.

This is incredible, I thought to myself. How can someone battling for life right now stand before us and discuss mortality?

The following weeks answered that question. Dr. Nichols was an extraordinary man with extraordinary courage and a passion for knowledge. He was consumed with curiosity about the world around him, and he simply had to share it.

We studied world religions, and how the cultures associated with them handle death. We read countless chapters on everything from Buddhist monks to Jewish burials, from pilgrimages to Mecca to the properties of grace. There were memoirs about near-death experiences and recorded interviews from theology scholars. We pondered purgatory and discussed how to die well. We asked questions about science and its compatibility with faith.

Yet what sticks with me was our first book, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. In it, Morrie, a brilliant professor much loved by his classes for his spunk and charm, is reunited with one of his former students, who is now hardened by the world and searching for meaning in life. The two sit together week after week as Morrie dies from ALS, a debilitating illness that results in degeneration and paralysis of muscle. In one final “class,” they discuss the big topics in life.

As a class, we worked through the text, page by page, discussing the various themes and ideas, but Dr. Nichols dwelled on one theme longer than the rest.

“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live,” he read to us from his usual spot, perched on the edge of his desk in the front of the room.

He paused, looking up at us. “What do you think?” he asked, an intense expression on his face. At the time, I was unsure. While my classmates had a few ideas, our collective understanding of Morrie’s wisdom had a long way to go.

On April 12, a month before the end of the term, Dr. Nichols died.

More than a teacher, he helped me understand that the ultimate goal of this life is to be constructive; value every moment and simply love the people around you. His own life was an example of how to acknowledge our brief time here and make the most of it.

In pondering our own mortality, we discover how to live fully and love wholeheartedly. When we die, our “mission” is complete; we have loved and contributed.

At the time of this writing, the semester still presses on. And I am changed for the better. Dr. Nichols and his passion for seeking the truth will have an immeasurable impact on the lives of 21 students who had the courage to join him on this exploration of death and the afterlife.

Ask any one of us, and we’ll tell you that it was life-changing.

By my own definition, he has loved and contributed, in so many ways. And he will be missed.

In the last chapter of his book, Death and Afterlife, Nichols writes, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor death, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-9)

Because of Dr. Nichols, I’m convinced of that, too.

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Annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale Raises over $31K for Area Non-Profits

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:29pm

Carleton's annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale raised a whopping $31,923 over the weekend, with proceeds of approximately $10,600 being given to each the Northfield Special Olympics, Project Friendship, and the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key). "We had a record year...despite our challenging circumstances," noted Kelly Scheuerman, Program Director for Civic Engagement Pathways. The popular annual sale typically takes place during Carleton's reunion weekend, but this year's event was postponed due to campus flooding caused by the Cannon River.

MCA presents 2014 Summer Dance Intensive Showcase

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:08am
WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present the Summer Dance Intensive showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Valéncia Arts Center Academy Theatre, 1164 West 10th St. The showcase, which is free and open to the public, features works that the students participating in the Summer Dance Intensive have

Taking gaming to a new level

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 8:00am
John “J.J.” Williams ’00 can tell you that the mouse has clout. After 10 years in the video game design industry, Williams can drop lots of respected and recognizable names in the gaming world; he’s worked on Mortal Kombat and Rockband, titles that resonate with more than a few avid players. “I have to say
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