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Gustavus Earns Community Engagement Classification from Carnegie Foundation

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:38pm

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Gustavus Adolphus College to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Gustavus is now one of 361 campuses out of 4,634 eligible institutions of higher education in the country that have the designation.

The classification is an elective, voluntary distinction involving data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity, and commitments. According to the Carnegie Foundation, community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

“This is a significant distinction that we will celebrate as a campus-wide achievement,” said Gustavus President Rebecca Bergman. “Gustavus is a mission-driven organization that prepares students for fulfilling lives of leadership and service to society. Being honored on a national level by an organization as prestigious as the Carnegie Foundation affirms the strong alignment that Gustavus has between community engagement and its institutional mission, core values, commitments, and practices.”

The Foundation announced Wednesday that 83 institutions have received the classification for the first time. Gustavus is one of 17 private baccalaureate colleges to receive the classification for the first time during this year’s selection process and one of 10 institutions in the state of Minnesota that now holds the classification.

Central to the College’s dedication to community engagement is the Office of Community-Based Service and Learning (CBSL), which is dedicated to engaging students, faculty, and community in mutually beneficial relationships based in partnership and reciprocity. More than 75 percent of Gustavus students participate annually in community service. The CBSL also supports nine local, on-going, student-led service programs that allow Gustavus students to work in partnership with more than 15 community-based organizations to address needs in areas such as youth development, affordable housing, adult outreach, healthy living/lifestyles, academic achievement, intercultural understanding, and animal rights and advocacy. One of those programs is the Big Partner Little Partner program, which pairs a Gustavus student with a child from the community who will benefit from building a friendship with a Gustie. The program recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary.

In addition, Gustavus successfully integrates community engagement in its academic curriculum. During the 2012-13 academic year, 1,192 Gustavus students (48.6%) enrolled in one of 71 community-based learning courses that were offered in 18 different academic departments by 35 different faculty members. One example is the nationally recognized Public Discourse class in the Communication Studies Department. Students in the course are asked to identify a problem in the community, research it fully, examine ways to address the problem, and ultimately take action in the community.

Another example of the College’s dedication to community engagement is the Nobel Conference, which for 50 years has brought Nobel laureates and other world renowned scientists to Southern Minnesota to discuss deep questions at the intersection of science and society in front of an audience of more than 5,000 people annually.

“The Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification is a sign that Gustavus possesses both excellence and expertise in community-engaged teaching, service, and scholarship, as well as community outreach and partnerships,” said Jeffrey Rathlef, Director for Community-Based Service and Learning and Associate Director of the Center for Servant Leadership. “Due to the extensive nature of the selection criteria, and the representation of diverse campus and community-wide contributions and partnerships, receiving this classification is a significant honor for the Gustavus community and its partners.”

Gustavus will hold the Community Engagement classification for 10 years and will need to apply for re-classification in 2025.

About the Carnegie Foundation

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals, and institutions to advance teaching and learning. It joins together scholars, practitioners, and designers in new ways to solve problems of educational practice. Toward this end, the Foundation works to integrate the discipline of improvement science into education with the goal of building the field’s capacity to improve.


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Saint Mary’s online graduate programs recognized nationally

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:58pm
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers students exceptional online graduate programs. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program rankings, released today, include Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as a top school in its “Best Online Programs: Business (Graduate)” category. CAPTION: Brother William, president, with Brooke Anderson M’13 and Diana-Christine Teodorescu, director of M.A. [&hellip

Former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses brings his passion for cooking and nutrition, along with his culinary expertise, to Carleton

Carleton College Campus News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:39pm

Bill Yosses, the official executive pastry chef at the White House from 2007 to 2014 and coauthor of the book “Desserts for Dummies,” will visit Carleton College January 15-18 to participate in a residency with the College’s Firebellies Cooking Club and to present a variety of workshops for students and community members.

St. Kate's receives national community engagement classification

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:00am
St. Catherine University receives Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. More »

MCA announces Jan. 17 auditions for spring dance concert

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 11:21am
WINONA, Minn. — Auditions for “AbunDANCE: A Woman’s Influence,” the 2015 Dance Repertory Company spring concert, will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ Dance Repertory Company will present its annual spring dance concert April 16-18 at Saint Mary’s University [&hellip

Minnesota Conservatory open house is Thursday

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:57am
WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its semester II open house and registration from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St. Here are five reasons to attend: ▪ It’s a great opportunity to visit the facility, tour the studios and classrooms, [&hellip

Weather Update

Hamline University Campus News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:00am
Hamline University will be OPEN today, Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Classes, events, and activities will be held as scheduled.

River History

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 3:28pm
Saint Mary’s alumni remember the Hydro-biology station and the Saint Mary’s “duck.” Enjoy these photos and feel free to share your memories in the comments. Thank you for sharing your memories with other alumni &nbsp

Please Remember David Koch in Your Prayers

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 12:22pm

Please remember David Koch in your prayers. He was a St. Thomas graduate, a longtime member of the university’s Board of Trustees, and a generous friend and benefactor to the university.

A Wayzata resident, Koch died at age 84 on Jan. 1. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the Church of St. Bartholomew, 630 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. Visitation will be held at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8.

A 1948 graduate of Wayzata High School, he attended the University of Notre Dame from 1948 to 1951 on a football scholarship. He played on Notre Dame’s 1949 undefeated national football championship team before transferring to St. Thomas, where he was a standout pitcher. He graduated in 1952 with a business administration degree.

After serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, he worked at Kalman & Co. and then joined Graco Inc., a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of pumps and spray equipment. He spent the next 45 years there and was its president and CEO from 1962 to 1996. He retired as chairman of Graco’s board in 2001.

Koch served on the St. Thomas board from 1978 to 2006 and was very active helping Monsignor Terrence Murphy and Father Dennis Dease shape the growth of the university in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was a member of St. Thomas’ Center for Catholic Studies board and served as its founding chair. He chaired the university’s Century II capital campaign from 1984 to 1991, which raised $83 million. At the time it the most successful private-college fundraising effort in Minnesota history.

Gifts from Dave and his wife, Barbara, to St. Thomas included:

  • Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics (1989);
  • founders of the Minneapolis campus (1992);
  • an endowed chair and an endowed scholarship fund, both in Catholic Studies (1995);
  • Koch Commons (1998);
  • Koch Diamond (artificial turf on the St. Thomas baseball field (2006);
  • Sitzmann Hall expansion (2009).

Dave and Barbara also were benefactors of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, where they established a Scholar in Residence Program in 2008.

Dave received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the St. Thomas Alumni Association in 1981, and Barbara and Dave both received the St. Thomas Distinguished Service Award in 1985.

They were featured in the 2009 book, 125 Years: A Look at Interesting and Influential People in the History of St. Thomas. They were lauded as “the source of benefactions that have enhanced the university’s academics, student life and Catholic educational mission,” and Barbara once explained their generosity to St. Thomas and nonprofit groups this way: “Our treasures are a gift from God. Since God has entrusted us … we need to be good stewards. We feel deeply about our responsibility to make these gifts count.”

“Every time I get a chance to speak to a St. Thomas MBA class or to a Law School class to share my philosophy on business, I tell them to remember that businesses exist to serve a wide variety of people and not just satisfy the shareholders,” Dave said in a 2005 interview published in Perspectives magazine. The full interview can be found here.

Koch is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Leil, Kaylin, Eann and Stephen; a sister, Judy; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorials are preferred to St. Thomas’ Center for Catholic Studies, the St. Thomas-based Center for Ethical Business Cultures, and the Minnesota Historical Society.

More information also can be found in his newspaper obituary.

Winona vocalist, ‘X Factor’ finalist Tim Olstad to perform at Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:38am
WINONA, Minn. — Tim Olstad, a top 10 finalist from Season 3 of FOX’s “The X Factor,” returns to his hometown of Winona Friday, Jan. 23, for an evening of soulful originals and cover songs that showcase the versatility of one of America’s most beloved up-and-coming male vocalists. The event, part of Saint Mary’s University’s [&hellip

Saint Mary’s 10K Nordic ski races scheduled for Jan. 25 on campus

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:28am
WINONA, Minn. — This year’s Saint Mary’s 10K Nordic ski races will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Saint Mary’s University. The public is invited to compete in three separate races: a 10K classic-style citizens’ event at 11 a.m., a kids’ Minnesota Youth Ski League race at noon; and a 10K skate-style race at [&hellip

Murray Hall Roof Among J-Term Construction Projects

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 7:11am

Several construction projects, including the re-roofing of a portion of Murray-Herrick Campus Center, will begin over the holiday break and extend through January Term.

The Murray-Herrick project will begin Dec. 29 and run until at least Jan. 9, weather permitting. Crews will put a new roof on the southern, flat portion of old Murray Hall. Equipment and dumpsters will be located in Lot G, and a path to the Murray loading dock will be maintained.

Other January Term projects include:

  • Carpeting and painting in the reading room of Ireland Library.
  • Carpeting, painting and ceiling work in Brady Educational Center.
  • Renovation of 304 Murray, which was used for large meetings, receptions and dinners before the Anderson Student Center opened. ELS (English Language Services) will move from the Summit Avenue Classroom Building to 304 Murray at the end of the spring semester.

Renovation work continues on the building at 44 N. Cleveland Ave., the former home of the International Education Center. The Art History Department will move from the house at 2057 Portland Ave. to 44 N. Cleveland at the end of the spring semester. No decision has been made on who will occupy the Portland house.

Minnesota Author Leif Enger Featured Speaker at 2015 Heginbotham Literary Lecture

Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 7:24am

Minnesota author Leif Enger will be the featured speaker at Concordia University, St. Paul’s 2015 Heginbotham Literary Lecture, Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., in the Buetow Music Center Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Enger’s debut novel Peace Like a River (2001), which was selected as Concordia’s Book of the Year for 2014-15, follows the story of a father raising his three children in 1960s Minnesota, including 11-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder.

The best-selling novel earned numerous accolades, including being named one of Time Magazine’s top five books of the year, as well as being named the Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post and Los Angeles Times best book of the year.

Enger, who worked as a reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio for 20 years, lives on a farm in Minnesota with his wife and two sons.

Presented by CSP’s Department of English and Modern Languages and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Heginbotham Literary Lecture Series is made possible by private donors who established an endowment to honor Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham and her distinguished record of teaching and scholarship at Concordia University as well as her many contributions to the literary community in the Twin Cities.

Dr. Heginbotham is a professor emeritus of English and Mondern Languages at CSP, an award-winning Emily Dickinson expert and a Senior Fulbright Scholar who served at Concordia for 10 years until her retirement in 2004.

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