Recent News from Campuses

Carleton welcomes class of 2019

Carleton College Campus News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 7:16pm

This week, Carleton College welcomed the Class of 2019 to campus; the 498 students were selected from a pool of 6,721 applicants.

A summer at a Russian news desk

St. Olaf Campus News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 4:19pm

Cameron Judge-Becker ’17 is one of a number of St. Olaf students who spent their summer working or interning abroad.

On the first day of his summer internship at Russia Direct, a news outlet in Moscow, St. Olaf College student Cameron Judge-Becker ’17 was told by a colleague that “it’s a fun place to work because we are accused of being both CIA and SVR.”

And that, Judge-Becker quickly realized, is the news site’s true challenge: providing expert-oriented analysis of events and developments concerning Russia and the United States while simultaneously avoiding being labeled as “Western propaganda” or a “Kremlin mouthpiece.”

“This can be an extremely delicate dance when the current political atmosphere is so volatile, with headlines of economic sanctions, proxy wars, and blacklists dominating both American and Russian media,” Judge-Becker wrote in a piece for the site describing his first week on the job.

Striking the right balance also required overcoming his own stereotypes about Russia and its people, which Judge-Becker says a summer working in the country helped him do.

Judge-Becker is one of a number of St. Olaf students who spent their summer working or interning abroad, an experience in line with the college’s commitment to helping students become knowledgeable world citizens.

Defying Western stereotypes
An analytical media outlet focused on U.S.-Russia relations, Russia Direct features original reporting and writing by a wide variety of experts around the world who deliver insight that is often missing from the contemporary media landscape. The nature of the outlet itself, Judge-Becker notes, defies most Western stereotypes of Russian media.

During his time at Russia Direct, Judge-Becker performed a variety of tasks, from voice-overs for the “RD News Minute” videos to proofreading news pieces to assisting with upcoming infographics. He also had the opportunity to interview Russian political and scientific experts in and around Moscow.

The staff of Russia Direct, a news outlet in Moscow where St. Olaf student Cameron Judge-Becker ’17 interned for the summer.

“I’ve analyzed topics I previously knew little about, such as Arctic competition, Russian mass surveillance technology, Eurasian immigration, and FIFA corruption,” Judge-Becker says, noting that editors and writers at Russia Direct assigned him challenging tasks and made him feel like an equal counterpart, shattering many perceptions of Russia that he was told before he set foot in the country.

Almost everyone he met in Moscow was also anxious to bridge the cultural gap, showing Judge-Becker aspects of Russia that might not be shown in American media stories and challenging the notion that most Russians are closed and private people.

Learning beyond the classroom
Judge-Becker, who is majoring in political science and Russian language at St. Olaf, says interning abroad offers students majoring in a language — or any discipline, really — the chance to see the “real world” beyond the classroom studies. It also enable students to use the skills they have learned in college to enact real, positive change throughout their surroundings, wherever that may be.

And perhaps most importantly, he says, is that the length of time spent abroad can become the biggest factor in breaking down misconceptions and building up real understanding.

“A short trip could serve to confirm stereotypes. With more time, however, friendships form and experience builds up, and the travelers can begin to understand how skewed their ‘knowledge’ of the country was,” he says.

Judge-Becker will return to Russia this fall to continue his Russian language studies at Novgorod State University

CSB and SJU highly rated in national rankings of liberal arts colleges

CSB and SJU were again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the country in the U.S. News and World Report 2016 college rankings and 2015 Washington Monthly rankings.

St. Olaf welcomes Class of 2019

St. Olaf Campus News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:33am

St. Olaf College recently welcomed the Class of 2019, a talented group of 764 first-year students that is the most diverse in the college’s history.

Hailing from 493 high schools in 41 states and 29 countries, these new Oles include 146 domestic students of color and 65 international students. The class also includes 15 Davis United World College Scholars, 19 National Merit finalists, and a National Hispanic Scholar.

Thirteen members of the class were admitted last year and chose to defer, spending a gap year in places ranging from China to Sweden and doing things ranging from performing with Disney on Ice to training for a possible Olympic bid.

And while these numbers provide some insight into the incoming class, each new group of students is more than just a compilation of statistics and figures. The Class of 2019 also includes:

  • One student who sang for Pope Benedict at the Vatican
  • Another who can list every Bruce Springsteen studio album in order
  • A student who can recite 115 digits of Pi
  • Another who can recite the entirety of The Big Lebowski by heart
  • A student who can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 30 seconds

“I’m excited to welcome the Class of 2019 to campus,” says St. Olaf Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Chris George ’94. “Their passion, perspectives, and energy will enrich the conversations, activities, and learning that take place in our community.”

Watch a video of members of the Class of 2019 settling in on campus:

Alumni in Action: Sarah Bellingham Laitinen ’07

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 3:00am

Sarah Bellingham Laitinen ’07

Middle school teacher, Lasallian educator, Lasallian Volunteer
Hometown: Harmony, Minn.
Major: Childhood/Early Adolescence Education K-8

From August 2007 to June 2009 Laitinen was a Lasallian Volunteer at San Miguel Middle School for urban boys in the Greater Providence, R.I. area. This school is dedicated to the belief that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty, a philosophy Laitinen strongly embraces. In June 2009, she was hired full-time as a 6th grade teacher and was asked to co-moderate the Lasallian Youth Group and the school dance team. Her desire to be part of the Lasallian world continues as a participant in the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies and work on an M.A. in Education. In 2010, Laitinen was invited to participate in the Regional Young Lasallian Formation Program for the United States and Canada, and in 2011 she was asked to be a delegate at the District of Eastern North America’s Mission Assembly.

She is currently a member of the coordinating committee of the Rhode Island Lasallian Association. Laitinen is a proud 100 FOR 100 daughter of a 1979 alum, Jane (Doyle) Sagen.

“I feel blessed for having received a Lasallian education from Saint Mary’s. I am proud to be a Lasallian educator in association with the Christian Brothers and Lasallians all over the world who provide a human and Christian education to the children entrusted to our care.”

Read more Alumni in Action stories.

Summer research at Carleton

Carleton College Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:01pm

Undergraduate research doesn't end with the completion of the academic year.

First Generation Initiative provides opportunity, names new leader

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 5:52pm

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a university that prides itself on empowering individuals through education and a key to doing so is making that education accessible. Through our First Generation Initiative (FGI), a Saint Mary’s education is made possible for some high school students who otherwise could not afford it.

Saint Mary’s is home to an FGI Scholars program that today includes 21 individuals who have graduated from our undergraduate, residential College in Winona, as well as another 35 current students—five students who are seniors, six juniors, 12 sophomores, and 12 first-year students. These students as FGI Scholars receive scholarship and support throughout their time at Saint Mary’s to thrive in school and beyond.

Also home to a summer program, called Countdown to College (C2C), Saint Mary’s brings 25 high school students to the 400-acre Winona Campus for two weeks each year for four years to help them experience a college campus firsthand and receive college preparatory instruction. It is hoped that these 9th through 12th grade students one day become FGI Scholars at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona.

These FGI programs formally began in 2010 with the initial FGI Scholars at Saint Mary’s. This fall, the Saint Mary’s FGI Scholars and C2C programs will be under new leadership. Alisa Macksey will serve as Executive Director for the First Generation Initiative at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. Macksey has most recently been interim executive director and regional programs director for the Christian Brothers Conference, based in Washington, D.C. Macksey served at the Christian Brothers Conference regional office for 12 years. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., Macksey also served as a Lasallian Volunteer and later director of that program.

Alisa Macksey

In her role at Saint Mary’s, Macksey will work with FGI and C2C students and faculty in the academic and co-curricular areas. She will also work with current and future benefactors to ensure ongoing support of these programs that provide the opportunity to experience a Saint Mary’s University education that empowers.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom—whether in person or online—a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at

Sharon Sobotta Named Director of Diversity Center

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 4:45pm

Sharon Sobotta

Sharon Sobotta has been named the Director of the Diversity Center at Gustavus Adolphus College. A 2000 graduate of St. Cloud State University, Sobotta will begin her new duties on Monday, September 21. She succeeds Pearl Leonard-Rock who resigned this past June.

Sobotta comes to Gustavus from Saint Mary’s College of California where she has served as the Director of the Women’s Resource Center since 2004. For the past five years she has also been a member of the Saint Mary’s faculty, serving as an adjunct communications professor teaching radio broadcast journalism with an emphasis on social justice communications.

“I am excited to join the Gustavus community as the Director of the Diversity Center. During my interview, I had a chance to spend time with amazing students, faculty and staff. I was struck by how invested the entire community is in the position and in the work of the Diversity Center. I absolutely loved the energy and commitment of the students. I am excited about the community ideals and values of social justice.”

During her tenure at Saint Mary’s, Sobotta worked in close collaboration with faculty and staff across campus and particularly with the Intercultural Center to address the interconnectedness of the elements of diversity – gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation/identity, and ideology in a manner that allowed for fruitful dialogue with the aim of creating a community that embraces and values difference. Sobotta looks to continue that collaboration at Gustavus. “I come at social justice and diversity work from the position of an ally, and I am humbled and honored to be able to serve and join the Gustavus community in this capacity.”

Sobotta earned both a bachelor of science degree in mass communications and a master of science degree in social responsibility at St. Cloud State University. During her undergraduate work, Sobotta spent her senior year as an Associate of International Education in Japan at the National University of Akita where she earned a certificate in Cultural Language Studies.

“We are excited for Sharon to join the Gustavus Student Life division,” stated Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students JoNes VanHecke. “Sharon brings with her a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion coupled with experience in and out of the classroom that provides her with a solid foundation as a multicultural educator. Along with a new Assistant Director of the Diversity Center, who we hope to hire in late September, I anticipate a dynamic and committed team of multicultural educators who will lead the campus and continue to build upon the significant Diversity Center programs already in place.”


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Summer research at Carleton

Carleton College Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 4:31pm

Research doesn't take a break at Carleton during the summer.

Saint Mary’s ranked in top tier of U.S. News “Best National Universities”

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:09am

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is once again ranked in the top tier of the annual U.S. News & World Report ratings of best colleges and universities.

Saint Mary’s is ranked 180th in the National Universities category of the U.S. News Best Colleges 2016 guidebook. Saint Mary’s is one of only three public or private schools in Minnesota ranked in this elite category. The annual rankings were released today, Sept. 9, and are available online at

“Saint Mary’s is nationally recognized for its excellent educational experience on an ongoing basis,” said Brother William Mann, President of Saint Mary’s. “As a top-tier university, we meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our students at every level, from undergraduate and master’s to doctoral. At Saint Mary’s, we provide students of all ages with a person-centered, relationship-driven education. Plus, we believe education empowers individuals to ethical lives of leadership and service, which benefits them, their families, their communities, and the world.”

U.S. News ranks Saint Mary’s in the “National Universities” category, which includes schools that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Saint Mary’s is in good company as top honors in the “National Universities” category were Princeton University, Harvard University, and Yale University.

Other main U.S. News institutional groupings are “National Liberal Arts Colleges,” “Regional Universities,” and “Regional Colleges.” U.S. News categorizes schools primarily by mission and region, and ranking data is gathered from each institution on indicators of academic excellence.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom—whether in person or online—a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at

Sullivan Encourages Concepts for the Common Good

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:08am

President Julie Sullivan Tuesday encouraged the St. Thomas community to join with her to define ways in which the university should live out its mission statement to advance the common good.

Sullivan issued her challenge during the president’s annual academic convocation address, which was held for the first time on the Minneapolis campus (in Schulze Hall Auditorium) and on the 130th anniversary of the opening of St. Thomas.

“What is your concept of advancing the common good?” she asked the audience of mostly faculty during her 27-minute address (watch video here). “How do you prepare and inspire our students to advance the common good? Because that’s what we say we are doing in our mission statement. I invite you, as you start this academic year, to take a few minutes to reflect on it.”

Readers: What are your ideas on advancing the common good? Please share them at the bottom of this story, in the comment box.


Sullivan spoke about several books she had read over the summer, including The Road to Character by David Brooks. In the book, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 20 weeks, “we experience true joy by discovering what life is asking of us and living purposefully,” she said.

It is important to live with a core purpose and a willingness to ask why we exist, Sullivan said. She spoke about the vision of Archbishop John Ireland, founder of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, who sought to educate immigrants and “embraced the philosophy of liberal education and a commitment to others.”

That was a tall task for Ireland, with just 62 students and five faculty showing up for classes on Sept. 8, 1885, but he persevered and he succeeded, Sullivan said. More than a century later, she values how the institution that became a college in 1894 and a university in 1990 still “echoes” Ireland’s vision through its mission statement to educate morally responsible leaders who “think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.”

Sullivan traced the meaning of “the common good” from Vatican II in the mid-1960s to the recent words and actions of Pope Francis, based in Catholic social thought principles such as authentic human development, the dignity of all human persons and how we are all part of one human family. She also told of her conversations over the summer with people around campus to discern how they defined the common good: “using our talents to create a new and better world for all people,” “doing well, and doing good,” and having a “love of God and love of neighbor.”

On a practical level, Sullivan touched on important strategic plan components that will receive extra attention this year, including revision of the undergraduate core curriculum, examination of whether to open a two-year college, a new branding initiative and new campus master plans.

“Healthy organizations have good communication habits,” she said, and she promised to be more present in the lives of students, faculty and staff by doing a better job of “listening and sharing.” She and Dr. Richard Plumb, executive vice president and provost, will spend more time on the Minneapolis campus – she one afternoon a week and he every Thursday. They also will have regular faculty lunches and will hold three brown bag luncheons this fall (on the two-year college, the campus master plans and branding).

Healthy organizations also create a culture of good habits, she said. She cited the need to empower faculty, staff and students, to value and respect the work of all, and to continue to work as “One University,” one of five themes in the strategic plan, in order “to act as a unified community to fulfill our vision.”

Sullivan closed her speech with the same words that she used at the conclusion of her 2014 convocation address, recalling again the words of Ireland when he once was asked to address a meeting of American bishops on what the future would be like:

“For as we will it,” Ireland said, “so shall the future be!”

“God bless you,” Sullivan added, “and Godspeed to the University of St. Thomas.”

DPT Professor awarded University’s highest honor

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 10:47am
Laura Sisola Gilchrist is the 2015 Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Award for Faculty Excellence. More »

Depth of Field: Opening Celebration

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:00am

On Sept. 8, St. Thomas welcomed 1,651 new Tommies with the annual March Through the Arches. President Julie Sullivan proclaimed the day was special, not only because of the Class of 2019, but also because on Sept. 8, 1885, Archbishop John Ireland welcomed the first class of 62 to what is now known as the University of St. Thomas.

The march was followed by an assembly and blessing, and a campus-wide picnic. Sullivan also delivered her first academic convocation address on the Minneapolis campus. The day wrapped up with a viewing of “Inside Out” on the football field.

Read more from Depth of Field.

St. Thomas Ranking in U.S. News Survey Remains Stable

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 1:01am

St. Thomas has maintained a stable position in the “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

The university ranks No. 115 among 280 schools in the National Universities category, compared with No. 113 last year and No. 112 in 2013. St. Thomas previously was ranked No. 113 in 2012, No. 115 in 2011, No. 124 in 2010 and No. 137 in 2009.

The undergraduate engineering program ranks No. 46 among 200 schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees but not doctorates – a drop from No. 34 last year and higher than No. 81 in 2013 and No. 69 in 2012. The survey was based solely on peer assessment – deans and senior faculty ranking other programs – and only schools with accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology were eligible.

The Opus College of Business undergraduate program ranks No. 156 among more than 400 programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The survey also was based solely on peer assessment. St. Thomas ranked No. 155 last year.

In the National Universities category, St. Thomas ranked No. 6 for highest average debt, at $37,131 for the 65 percent of 2014 graduates with loans. Four other Minnesota Private College Council institutions (St. Scholastica, St. Catherine, St. Benedict and St. John’s), which are in different survey categories, have slightly higher average per-borrower debt than St. Thomas.

(The debt numbers can be misleading. If you don’t count the $60,000 or more in loans taken out by 11 percent of graduates, the remaining 89 percent have an average loan of $27,761, according to a recent St. Thomas study. The median student debt of all 2014 graduates was $28,000.)

U.S. News announced the rankings today (Wednesday). They are published on the magazine’s website and in the 2016 print edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook, which will be available later this month in bookstores.

The institutional rankings are based on seven measures: assessment by peers and high school admissions counselors (22.5 percent of overall score), graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (7.5 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

“National Universities” are defined as offering a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Princeton remains in the top spot, and the University of Minnesota is No. 69. Among Catholic universities in this category, Notre Dame (No. 18), Georgetown (21), Boston College (30), Fordham (66), Marquette (86), San Diego (89), St. Louis (96), Chicago Loyola (99), and Dayton and San Francisco (both 108) rank higher than St. Thomas. Duquesne also is at No. 115. Catholic universities ranked lower than St. Thomas include Catholic, DePaul, Seton Hall, St. John’s of New York and St. Mary’s of Winona.

All other Minnesota colleges are ranked in three other institutional categories: 245 National Liberal Arts Colleges, which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences; 618 Regional Universities, which provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral programs; and 363 Regional Colleges, which focus on undergraduate education but grant less than half of their degrees in the arts and sciences.

Hamline Ranks Well in U.S News and World Report

Hamline University Campus News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 12:00am
Hamline University remains the top-ranked Minnesota university in its class according to U.S. News & World Report magazine’s America’s Best Colleges edition.

Rubbelke Announces Retirement Following 2015-16 Academic Year

Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:52am

Tom Rubbelke has announced that the 2015-16 academic year, his 12th as director of athletics, will be his last at Concordia. Rubbelke will retire at the conclusion of the athletics season having spent parts of four decades in the department.

Rubbelke was named to the post on December 27, 2004 after serving as assistant athletic director and compliance coordinator since May 1, 2002. He came to Concordia in 1983 as an assistant softball coach until he was named head softball coach in 1998, leading the team for seven years before his appointment to the AD post.

"We are so pleased to be able to celebrate over the next academic year the dedicated service which Tom has brought to Concordia, first as a softball coach and as the athletic director," said Dr. Eric LaMott, Concordia Senior Vice President and Chief Operator Officer. "The university has undergone significant and substantial changes and the marvelous leadership Tom has brought to the athletic program has been a blessing and an integral part of Concordia's strategy."

In his time leading Concordia athletics, the Golden Bears captured an NCAA (all divisions) record seven volleyball national championships, earned 12 appearances at the Division II championships (Elite Eight or comparable), 19 Sweet Sixteen appearances, 34 NCAA Tournaments and 26 Northern Sun championships (regular season & tournament).

"I really appreciate the confidence that President Holst, Dr. Eric LaMott and President Ries have had in me. I've been privileged to be part of CSP since 1983, but especially in my roles here in the last 10 to 15 years," said Rubbelke. "I want to recognize the great coaches and administrative staff I've had, without them we would not have had the success we've had. At this time my main focus is on the 2015-16 season, the student-athletes here really mean a lot to me and I appreciate the relationships I've been able to build through the years with graduates and alumni."

The 2011-12 NACDA Under Armour Region Athletics Director the Year also secured the largest donation in Concordia's history, a $5 million donation for the construction of Sea Foam Stadium, along with another large private donation for the construction of Carlander Softball Field that came with naming rights to the Sea Foam Stadium concourse.

"The championships have been great, and will live on for years to come, and the awards and recognition from my peers have been special. But to me, the biggest accomplishment we've had is the addition of Sea Foam Stadium. Being able to bring our football, soccer and track & field student-athletes a permanent home on campus is really special, and it's something that truly has benefited all of our student-athletes."

Under Rubbelke's leadership, Concordia athletics served as host for seven NCAA regional championships on campus, numerous NSIC Tournaments but the crowning achievement was when the NCAA accepted Rubbelke's bid to host the Division II Championships in volleyball in 2008 and 2009, with the Golden Bears winning the title on their home court in front of the CSP students, staff, alumni and families.

Aside from the tremendous athletics success, the Golden Bears have earned high honors academically consistently throughout Rubbelke's tenure as athletics director. Concordia's teams have earned 46 team academic awards by their respective coaches association, had 11 teams ranked in the top-10 in the country for team grade point average while producing six teams who had the highest ranked GPA in Division II in their sport.

He's become an influential member of the Northern Sun, the NCAA, an active member of NACDA and also serves on the Division II Athletic Director's Board of Directors.

His career as an athletic director has been defined by a commitment to the student-athlete experience as reflected by his popularity among Concordia student-athletes and alumni. He has gone above and beyond to increase student-athlete scholarship funding while improving facilities across the board for training, competition and studying.

He has overseen and planned special events for breast cancer awareness as well as the award-winning Military Appreciation Day event. The 2009 event drew a Mayoral Proclamation from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and the 2012 Day of Heroes event captured the NCAA Game Environment Award that included a pre-game speech from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Concordia's dignitaries extended beyond the Military Appreciation Day events, as Minnesota's U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar assisted the 2012 volleyball team in unveiling its sixth NCAA championship banner.

Rubbelke spent his first 15 years at Concordia as an assistant softball coach before being named head softball coach of the Comets in 1998. Under Rubbelke, the softball team transitioned to NCAA Division II play as the Golden Bears and quickly won NSIC regular season and tournament championships in 2001 in just the second year of league and DII membership. In seven years as head softball coach, Rubbelke's Golden Bear clubs combined for a 220-124 overall record including a 56-24 mark in NSIC play. The team had five 30-plus win seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet Sixteen each time including a regional championship (Elite Eight).

Tom and his wife, Barb have two children, Bryan and Teresa as well as four grandchildren.

Gaitan Making an Impact for Team Colombia at U19 World Championships

Concordia University Campus News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:44am

Concordia University, St. Paul head women's lacrosse coach Mo Gaitan has had a productive summer, serving as assistant coach for the U19 Colombian Women's National Team at the FIL Rathbones Women's 2015 U19 Lacrosse World Championships at the University of Edinburgh.

While Gaitan will be breaking new ground as Concordia starts a women's lacrosse program (the first offering scholarships in Minnesota), she's also helping break ground in the sport on a larger scale. Colombia's U19 Team is the first women's lacrosse team in Latin America and Gaitan helped the team to its first-ever win against the Republic of Korea on Friday, July 24.

The team continued its run as an emerging lacrosse player at the World Championships by picking up a 15-8 win on Wednesday over Israel before falling in a competitive contest to the Czech Republic today. Colombia will square off with Finland in the 11th place game tomorrow (Friday) to conclude its World Championships tour.

"To be an emerging country and play for 11th place (of 14) is amazing for us!" explained Gaitan. "Our team's spirit and passion to be here has transformed Colombia into the darling team that many here at the championships who were not already affiliated with us are now cheering for Team Colombia!"

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