Recent News from Campuses

Convocation focuses on law, internet policy

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 2:55pm

Morgan Weiland '06 is a First Amendment, media, and communications scholar and attorney.

Alyssa Mastromonaco to give address during CSB commencement ceremonies

Alyssa Mastromonaco, the youngest woman to be deputy chief of staff of operations at the White House, will deliver the commencement address during the CSB ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in Clemens Field House on the CSB campus.

Joe Cavanaugh to give address during SJU commencement ceremonies

Joe Cavanaugh, founder and CEO of Youth Frontiers and a 1981 SJU graduate, will deliver the Saint John’s University commencement address at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in Saint John’s Abbey and University Church.

St. Olaf student awarded Humanity in Action Fellowship

St. Olaf Campus News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:02am

A passion for human rights, a commitment to meaningful dialogue, and an enthusiasm for connecting with others who hope to create change has earned St. Olaf College student Merve Mert ‘17 a Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Humanity in Action is an educational organization that has established an international network of leaders, young professionals, and students who are committed to promoting human rights and democratic freedom.

The organization sponsors a summer fellowship that brings together students from Europe and the United States to study histories of discrimination and resistance as well as contemporary challenges to human rights and democracy.

Mert, who first heard about Humanity in Action through information provided by the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career, was drawn to the opportunity to explore these issues, particularly those related to minority rights, as well as to study with like-minded students.

“Having the chance to meet passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds who care about human and minority rights and who are willing to take action to help fight discrimination is one of the things that excites me most,” says Mert, who will spend the summer in Amsterdam as part of the program.

As a co-captain of the St. Olaf Debate Team, a moderator of Sustained Dialogue, and an Inclusivity Advocate, Mert is deeply involved in the St. Olaf community. These commitments speak to her dedication to meaningful dialogue and her belief that “interaction is one of the first steps to understand the ‘other’ and meaningfully live together with people who are not necessarily like us.”

In addition, Mert has accumulated influential professional and academic experiences that will serve her in the fellowship program. Two summers ago, she interned at a think tank in her home country of Turkey called the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, where she worked with minority rights issues. And last summer, Mert was a Peace Scholar studying peace, dialogue, and conflict in Norway.

“Humanity in Action is the perfect next step for me after the Norway Peace Scholars program,” says Mert, who hopes to earn her master’s degree in a field related to international relations or human rights.

“I’m hoping that Humanity in Action will allow me to broaden my perspective, expand my knowledge on the rights issues pertaining to minorities, and connect with passionate young people who want to make a change in the world.”

St. Thomas’ Artika Tyner to Give Keynote at Conflict Resolution Conference at U of M April 29

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 8:31am

Dr. Artika Tyner, the new associate vice president of diversity and inclusion at the University of St. Thomas, will give the keynote address later this month at the annual conference of Conflict Resolution Minnesota.

Tyner will discuss “A Call to Leadership: Strategies for Building Restorative Communities” on Friday, April 29,  at 9 a.m. at the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Education Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

That afternoon, Tyner will lead a conference session on “Leadership for Social Justice,” and Dr. Michael Klein, an assistant professor of justice and peace studies at St. Thomas, will lead a session on “Conflict in Democratizing Leadership.”

The conference is open to the public and fees vary. For more information visit Conflict Resolution Minnesota’s website or call (952) 858-8875.

2016 Community Economic Development Symposium

Hamline University Campus News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:00am
The Hamline School of Business invites you to the 2016 Community Economic Development Symposium on Friday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m in the Anderson Center. Early-bird registration rate is $85 (register by April 8), $100 regular conference rate, $30 for Hamline students, faculty, and staff. Continental breakfast and lunch included.

Historian David Wright to Discuss Contested Discovery of Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) in Lecture Here April 28

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 1:59pm

Historian and author David Wright will discuss “Lejeune’s Legacy: The Contested History of Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)” on Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by St. Thomas’ Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy. The institute is a collaboration between the university’s School of Law and Center for Catholic Studies.

Those attending are asked to make an online reservation at this website.

David Wright

Wright is professor of history and Canada Research Chair in the History of Health Policy at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of Downs: The History of a Disability (Oxford University Press, 2011), which examines society’s response to Down syndrome over the course of modern history. The book was awarded the 2013 Dingle Prize for the best scholarly work in the history of science and medicine accessible to a general audience.

His April 28 lecture is based on one chapter of the book, which explores the complicated world of scientific discovery and its sometimes unpredictable and ambiguous impact on social values and ethics.

The 1959 discovery of the first human trisomy (trisomy 21, later renamed Down syndrome) has traditionally been attributed to the French cytogeneticist Jérôme Lejeune, who received the Kennedy Medal of Honor for “Contributions to Mental Retardation.”

However, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of this landmark discovery, one of his colleagues, Marthe Gauthier, claimed that Lejeune elbowed her aside and stole credit for what had been largely her own work. This assertion, coming years after he had died, adds yet another layer to the mystery of Lejeune – a devout Catholic who became personally troubled by the inadvertent contribution of “his” discovery to the rise of genetic testing in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Jerome Lejeune

Lejeune gradually became marginalized by many of his own colleagues for his public championing of pro-life positions. He would achieve some degree of recognition – becoming a confidante and scientific adviser to Pope John Paul II – but the inability of the medical community to find a cure for this chromosomal anomaly and the concurrent rise of the selective abortion of Down syndrome fetuses led him to lament that much of his life’s academic work had been in vain.

Lejeune has been named a “Servant of God” by the Catholic Church and his cause for sainthood is being promoted.

(For lawyers: this program has been approved for a continuing legal education credit (event code 218761).(

Alumni in Action: Sister Katharine Donohue, OP M’71

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:15am

Giver, Caretaker, Teacher
Hometown: Watertown, N.Y.
Major: M.S. in Biology

Sister Katharine Donohue, OP, has been a Catholic Sister for 57 years. Her religious name was Sister Julitta. Born in Watertown, N.Y., she is the daughter of the late Edward and the late Julia (High) Donohue. She graduated high school from the Academy of our Lady, Peoria, Ill., in 1956. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. Her ministry has been dedicated to health care. Sister Katharine served in administration at Visitation High School in Chicago from 1971-1974, and as a registered nurse at Columbus Hospital in Chicago from 1976-1977. She worked at St. Dominic Villa in Dubuque, Iowa, as a nurse aide from 1974-1975, and as director of nursing and registered nurse from 1977-1982. Sister Katharine then served as home health nurse with the Public Health Department of Kingstree, S.C., from 1983-1985. She ministered as a family nurse practitioner in Hyden, Ky., from 1987-2006, and has been at Prevea Health, Sheboygan, Wis., since 2009. Sister Katharine has also ministered in Nebraska.

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Caroline David ’16 Receives Top Honor from Minnesota Psychological Association

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 7:58am

Caroline David ’16

Gustavus Adolphus College senior Caroline David was recently named the 2016 winner of the Donald G. Paterson Award in Psychology by the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA).

The Paterson Award recognizes and encourages high achievement in psychology at the undergraduate level and is given to an outstanding college senior planning a career in psychology. Each college in Minnesota nominates one senior student for the award every year. David is the fifth Gustavus student to be honored with the Paterson Award by the MPA.

“Just being nominated for the award indicates excellence, as the requirements are high academic achievement, successful research experiences, acceptance into graduate programs, and research and academic awards,” Gustavus psychological science professor Marie Walker said. “The fact that Caroline won this award shows she has been recognized above and beyond her peers with similar accomplishments across Minnesota.”

With a father who teaches business and management classes at Baldwin Wallace University, David was familiar with liberal arts colleges and looked for a similar campus community. She chose Gustavus because she wanted a school where she could do undergraduate research, study science and religion, and also participate in the music program.

“Every semester, it was so difficult to select only four classes,” David said. “I have been fortunate to have my wide variety of interests encouraged, allowing me to take classes in philosophy, religion, neuroscience, French, music, and psychology.”

During her time at Gustavus she’s had success in multiple areas, serving as a research assistant in the Center for Developmental Science and the developmental neuroendocrinology lab, completing a summer of research at the University of Alabama, playing herald trumpet during the Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services, and taking part in the annual Building Bridges conference.

“Caroline is a fun student to teach — the kind of student professors are excited to have in class,” religion professor Sarah Ruble said. “She makes connections across disciplines, bringing into her religion courses, for example, insights from her classes in psychology. She does a great job integrating her experiences and asking insightful questions about them.”

A religion and honors psychological science double major, David will head to the University of Massachusetts Boston after graduation to pursue a doctorate in developmental and brain sciences. During her time in Boston, she will focus her research on behavioral neuroendocrinology in Dr. Jin Ho Park’s lab.

“Caroline is a mature, ambitious, creative, and highly intelligent young woman,” Gustavus psychological science professor Kayla De Lorme said. “She has played an essential role in setting up my neuroscience lab and has great potential for becoming a prolific, high-impact scientist and educator in psychological science.”

“Thanks to some incredible professors including Kayla De Lorme, Kyle Chambers, Patty Reeder, Sarah Ruble, and Laurent Dechery, I have learned to think critically, read, and write in many disciplines,” David said. “But most importantly, I am so appreciative of the relationships I have developed while at Gustavus.”


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Hamline Student Wins Newman Civic Fellow Award

Hamline University Campus News - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:00am
Hamline University is honored to announce that Wuang Yang, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts, was chosen as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow Award recipient.

How to Thrive With a Changing Workforce is Topic of Economic Development Summit Here April 20

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 7:00pm

What are employers doing to understand and attract diverse talent to their workplaces? How do managers and colleagues handle the generational divide at work? How do we talk about diversity and inclusion without shame, blame or finger-pointing?

Those are among the questions to be addressed at the third annual Economic Development Summit, presented by the Midway Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas.

The event will be held Wednesday, April 20, from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Anderson Student Center on St. Thomas’ main campus in St. Paul.

Author and civil rights attorney Dr. Artika Tyner, associate vice president of diversity and inclusion at St. Thomas, will kick off the morning with a presentation about unconscious bias.

In a recent presentation on the topic, Tyner – whose books include The Lawyer as Leader – challenged her audience of managers and supervisors with two questions:

  • What are the biases I grew up with that I hold to be true?
  • What efforts have I made to make awareness of my privilege a “lived reality”?

Following Tyner’s interactive presentation, Barbara Raye will break the audience into small groups for a discussion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Raye, who is executive director and founder of the Center for Policy, Planning and Performance in St. Paul, also will lead the group through a 21-point tool kit that will detail strategies for creating an inclusive environment at work.

The lunchtime speaker is Peace Coffee CEO and self-described “queen bee” Lee Wallace, whose company aims “to continue coffee’s centuries-old tradition as a centerpiece of conversation and community.”

Tickets are $50 for the session or luncheon only, $75 for both. For more information, contact Beth Breidel at the Midway Chamber of Commerce, (651)646-2636. Registration is available online here.

Brother Jerome to receive lifetime achievement award from Nordic Ski Association

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:47pm

The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association will posthumously honor 11 individuals with the Minnesota Nordic Skiing Lifetime Achievement Legacy Award during an awards banquet Saturday, April 9, in Mora, Minn. The late Brother Jerome Rademacher, Saint Mary’s physics professor and founder and caretaker of the Saint Mary’s ski trails, will be honored. This award honors deserving individuals who passed away before the award was established in 2006 or died unexpectedly after 2006. This award is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of Nordic skiing in Minnesota.

Yang '03 pens memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet

Carleton College Campus News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:29pm

Kao Kalia Yang's '03 second memoir focuses on the life and art of her father

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Announces 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

MCAD News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:10pm

PDF Version of Press Release

Minneapolis, MN —April 11, 2016—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the culminating exhibition of graduating Master of Fine Arts candidates. Presenting a variety of disciplines including photography, painting, animation, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, performance, and graphic design, the exhibition will feature work by 32 artists and designers. This exhibition is the result of a two-year interdisciplinary journey of intensive research and studio practice. Whether you’re interested in contemporary sculpture and illustration or cutting-edge graphic design, this exhibition will challenge viewers with fresh perspectives and visual structures.

St. Olaf student wins national music competition

St. Olaf Campus News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 1:58pm

St. Olaf College student Samuel Viguerie ’17 won first place in the string division at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition in San Antonio, Texas.

Viguerie, who studies cello with St. Olaf Professor of Music David Carter, will receive a $3,000 award from the MTNA Foundation Fund. His accompanist for the competition was pianist Matthew Harikian ’16, who studies with St. Olaf Professor of Music Kent McWilliams.

In addition to winning the MTNA competition, Viguerie recently won first place in the college strings division of the 2016 Thursday Musical Competition.

A member of the St. Olaf Orchestra, Viguerie was featured as a soloist on the ensemble’s 2015 West Coast tour.

His performances have also been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio. In addition, he has performed at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul as a winner of the 2015 Schubert Club’s Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition.

Last summer, Viguerie attended the the Centre d’Arts Orford in Quebec and the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia, where he studied with renowned musicians Richard Aaron, Laurence Lesser, and Amit Peled.

Viguerie is a music performance and computer science major at St. Olaf, and he also serves as secretary of the student Honor Council.

Keohen, Meyer and student LINK drivers earn recognition at reception

Student Employees and Student Team of the Year honored April 12 as 135 CSB and SJU students were nominated for awards.

Saint Mary’s to expand program offerings at Cascade Meadow

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:43am

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Starting May 1, the Saint Mary’s University School of Education and School of Business and Technology graduate­-level (master’s and doctoral) courses currently offered at the Heintz Center, 1926 College View Road East, in Rochester will move to Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, 2900 19th Street N.W., in Rochester.

Saint Mary’s bachelor­-completion courses will continue to be offered at RCTC/Heintz Center, and the Graduate School of Health and Human Services programs will transition to Cascade Meadow at a future date yet to be determined. While Saint Mary’s will retain a presence at RCTC, its Rochester Center location and staff will transition to Cascade Meadow during the coming months.

Saint Mary’s plans to continue to serve students in this growing region with its person-centered education. University officials believe these changes will help the university to continue to provide an excellent and affordable education as well as to better utilize its resources.

Cascade Meadow is located just north of Hwy 14 and west of Hwy 52. The facility includes free and ample parking, as well as a stellar environmental setting where students can enjoy nature and walking trails before and after class as well as during breaks. The classrooms will be equipped with technology and flexible furniture options to meet the needs of adult learners.



Caped crusaders support Cassidy family

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:28am

Jogging for Jack Superhero 5K at Saint Mary’s

raises money for coach’s 2-year-old son

WINONA, Minn. — Some superheroes wore capes; others simply wore tennis shoes.

More than 300 people came out to support Jack Cassidy, the 2-year-old son of Saint Mary’s University women’s soccer coach Neil Cassidy, by participating in the Jogging For Jack Superhero 5K on the Saint Mary’s Winona Campus April 10.

The Cassidy family recently discovered that Jack has a tumor on his jaw, diagnosed as Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). Jack is currently being treated with chemotherapy, steroids, and steroid injections.

And on Sunday, the Saint Mary’s community, members of the Winona community, and friends of the Cassidy family turned out to show their support. As Jack is a fan of Superman, and showing heroic courage as he battles cancer, participants were asked to wear their superhero costumes in support.

“My family and I were overwhelmed and truly thankful for everyone that showed up to support Jack,” Neil Cassidy said. “Words cannot express our gratitude for everyone who traveled to Winona for the 5K.

“The Saint Mary’s community is a very special community to be a part of—the support directly from this community has been amazing,” Cassidy added. “We have to say a special thanks to (student-athlete) Jase Pater and (athletic director) Nikki Fennern for doing an amazing job with the 5K! We also want to thank the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Pete Watkins and his Sport Management class, and all the volunteers that helped make the event happen.

“And a special, thankful shout-out to my women’s soccer team, who all showed up to take part—you are awesome!”

According to Fennern, Sunday’s 5K, along with a campus “Tailgating For Jack” fundraiser on April 7, raised more than $7,000 for the Cassidy family.

“It’s amazing how several communities—Saint Mary’s, Winona, Rochester and others—can come together for such a great cause,” Fennern said. “It was amazing to see so many people in their superhero outfits in support of the biggest superhero of all—Jack Cassidy. This event could not have happened without the hard work of so many.”

Fennern also noted that donations continue to be accepted on Jack’s behalf. To donate, contact the Saint Mary’s athletic department by calling 507-457-1579 or emailing

To see photos from the day, go to

Photo caption: The Saint Mary’s University soccer team joined their coach Neil Cassidy and his family April 10 in the Jogging for Jack Superhero 5K fundraiser for Neil’s son, Jack.




Saint Mary’s Choirs to perform April 23

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:01am

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Choirs will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels.

Under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, Saint Mary’s Choirs offer a variety of choral music at their annual spring performance. Both accompanied and a cappella works will be presented, spanning 500 years of musical history.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

Five Observations From a ‘Bad Feminist’

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:35am

Roxane Gay

When National Public Radio legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg had to bow out of her speaking engagement at St. Thomas, author and cultural critic Roxane Gay stepped in. Gay, the author of a book of essays titled Bad Feminist, spoke April 6 as this year’s Women’s History Month speaker. This is the 23rd year the Luann Dummer Center for Women has invited a speaker to campus in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Haitian immigrants, Gay incorporates her childhood and heritage into her writing. She is the author of Ayiti, a collection of essays; An Untamed State, a novel; and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, which will be published this summer by HarperCollins.

She holds a Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University and an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently is an associate professor of English at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

At St. Thomas, Gay read a few of her essays to the more than 450 audience members, who were mostly students. Her witty and thoughtful essays touched on topics such as her first year as a professor, her crush on her UPS delivery man, how to be friends with another woman, how life is not like the Sweet Valley High books and her essay titled “Bad Feminist.”

As she answered audience questions, Gay spoke candidly about her take on the complexities and nuances of being a feminist writer.

Here are five observations from her talk.

What does it mean to be a bad feminist?

It’s the No. 1 question Gay is asked, but it’s a phrase still hard to explain. She doesn’t consider herself a “mainstream” feminist. “I thought feminists were a certain kind of women: heterosexual, white women,” she said.

“I’m utterly human and flawed,” she continued. “Pink is my favorite color. I read Vogue, and I don’t mean that ironically. I know nothing about cars. I call my dad with car questions. I don’t care. Good feminists are independent enough to care.”

She admits her love for pop culture and expands the term “feminist” to include it. She enjoys rap music but naturally questions some of the language. “We can do better,” she said. “I would never challenge an artist’s right to create. It reflects the music industry as a whole, not individual artists.”

Being known as a feminist writer elicits both positive and negative reactions from people.

“Being a feminist, I know that I and all women are equal to men, and I have confidence to stand up for myself,” Gay said. “I think ‘what would an average dude do?’ in any situation. I believe I deserve the best.”

When an audience member asked why people question the meaning of feminism, Gay said that those people don’t want to understand. “When they hear ‘equality,’ they think something will be taken away,” she explained.

On the negative side, Gay said she experiences a lot of pressure to fulfill people’s expectations of her. She has been attacked online, especially for her blog.

Sexist remarks need to be dealt with immediately.

When a student in the audience repeated a derogatory remark that a male student made about a woman, there were some gasps of disbelief from the audience. Gay advised anyone who faces situations such as this to respond immediately. “That’s not acceptable in the classroom,” is one possibility. As a professor, Gay knows that teachers don’t want to ostracize the person in front of their peers. She suggested having a conference with the person after class.

Although often misinterpreted, the dictionary definition of feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men.

Two men in the audience asked how they can be aware of injustices to women and be proactive. “Be aware that your masculinity allows you privileges that women will never know,” Gay said. “Don’t allow toxicity to be part of your masculinity. We’re all human. Just be considerate. Notice who’s speaking more in class – women or men? Maybe just don’t talk!”

You can’t wait for inspiration to write.

Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Oxford American, American Short Fiction and many others. She is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, and teaches creative writing, so she knows what it’s like for a writer to stare at a blank page. But she said she doesn’t have time to wait for inspiration, so her writing is based on her deadlines.

She advised aspiring writers to treat writing “as a job that you take seriously and show up for it every day.” She also suggested networking, such as attending writers’ conferences.

But she admits that she’s a workaholic who needs to take better care of herself, and recommended that others not follow her example.

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