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Dig music? High school students can explore musical options April 10

Music Exploration Day at CSB and SJU gives students a chance to attend breakout sessions on specialty areas, hear several CSB/SJU ensembles perform.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference to Focus on Veteran Reintegration

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:30am

The 35th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College is titled “The War Within: Can the Soldier Be at Peace?” and will be held Wednesday, April 29.

This year’s Conference will feature a morning keynote address by Major Matthew Scherer ’93, an afternoon keynote address by photographer Devin Mitchell (Veteran Vision Project), and three panel discussions focusing on the challenges veterans face upon returning from military service. All events are free and open to the public.

Major Scherer, who will deliver the morning keynote address, titled “Identity, Loss, and Reintegration in the Decade of Heroes,” is a 1993 graduate of Gustavus who currently serves as detachment commander at the Andrew Radar U.S. Army Health Clinic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology and philosophy from Gustavus, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Baylor University, and his Ph.D. in rehabilitation science from the University of Maryland.

Major Matthew Scherer ’93

Scherer accepted his commission in the U.S. Army in May of 1993 and subsequently served four years with the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York. In 1997, Scherer and his wife, Anastasia Norton ’94, joined the Peace Corps and served in Suriname for two years. After returning to active duty in 2001 and completing his master’s degree in 2003, Scherer was assigned to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Over the past decade, he has served in a variety of clinical and leadership positions including a two-year assignment as the Chief of Amputee Physical Therapy at Walter Reed (2005-07), Team Leader of the first Amputee Provider Training Team to Iraq in 2006, Research Physical Therapist at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (2010-12), Deputy Director of Rehabilitation Science Research for the Extremity and Amputee Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (2013), and Chief of Physical Therapy at the Andrew Radar U.S. Army Health Clinic (2013-14).

The afternoon keynote address by Los Angeles-based photographer Devin Mitchell is titled “Veteran Sociology and Parallel Integration to Society.” In August of 2014, Mitchell began to photograph subjects for his Veteran Vision Project, which has been featured by numerous media outlets including The Washington Post, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, and Buzzfeed. Mitchell identifies military veterans as his subjects and then takes two photographs of them in a room with a mirror. One is a picture of the subject in uniform, while the other is a picture of the subject in civilian attire. Mitchell then uses Photoshop to create a final image that aims to both empower veterans and enlighten the public about the issues veterans face upon returning home from duty. A number of Mitchell’s photographs will be on display at this year’s conference.

The entire schedule for this year’s MAYDAY! Peace Conference is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. / Welcoming Service; Keynote Address by Major Matthew Scherer / Christ Chapel
  • 11:45 a.m. / Lunch Break
  • 1 p.m. / Keynote Address by Devin Mitchell / Alumni Hall
  • 2:15 p.m. / Concurrent Panel Discussions / Jackson Campus Center and Johnson Student Union
  • 3:30 p.m. / Closing Reception

The annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference was founded at Gustavus 1981 by the late Florence and Raymond Sponberg of North Mankato, Minn., and is designed to educate the campus community about issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice. The conference occurs every year on the last Wednesday in April or the first Wednesday in May. Previous conference themes have focused on land rights, violence in community, hunger, the banning of landmines, food security, global water issues, and political policies relating to peace issues.

For questions or more information about this year’s conference, contact the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520 or


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

Gustavus Announces Reading in Common Selection for 2015-16

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:11am

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was published in 2010 and has been a popular common reading selection ever since.

Gustavus Adolphus College has selected The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot as its Reading in Common book for the 2015-16 academic year—the 16th year of the program at Gustavus. All first-year students are expected to read the book during the summer months before meeting with faculty members and other Gustavus students during New Student Orientation to discuss it.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks touches on themes such as race, trust, ethics, human culture, and social standing while telling the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor, southern, African American farmer diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s. Months before her death in 1951, samples of Lacks’ cells were taken without her knowledge. Those cells eventually became known as HeLa cells and became one of the most important tools in medicine, assisting scientists in key developments such as the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. The book also explores how Henrietta’s family continued to live in poverty and frequently poor health, and when they discovered her unknowing contribution decades later, it left them full of pride, anger, and suspicion.

Two members of the Lacks family are scheduled to come to Gustavus on September 15 for a Q&A and meet and greet. More information will be released as details are confirmed.

Besides being a New York Times bestseller, the book garnered several awards including the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing, and the 2011 Audie Award for Best Non-Fiction Audiobook.

Books for the Reading in Common program are chosen based on their literary quality, reading manageability and interdisciplinary nature. Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will be available for purchase in the Book Mark beginning April 10 for $16 (new) and $11 (used) apiece. More information about the Reading in Common program at Gustavus can be found online at


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

Concordia Theatre Student Lends Craft to Community

Concordia University Campus News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 7:20am

One of the many benefits Concordia University, St. Paul gains from its Twin Cities location is access to abundant internships or training opportunities for students to gain real life experiences. Junior theatre major Marisa Tejeda is a great example of a CSP student taking full advantage of this opportunity and making an impact in the community. 

From January to the middle of March Tejeda volunteered her time at the Youth Production Company in Minneapolis as musical director for an all-female production of the musical Hair. As part of this role, she oversaw the entire musical production side of the play, including all arrangements.

“Because this was an all female production of this classic musical I had to get creative, so I came up with different arrangements for some of the more famous songs to make it more exciting to a modern audience. “ Tejeda said.

The musical, which played to six sellouts in March, also featured current Concordia students Maria Markman (’17), Rachel Lindemann (’15) and alumnae Tara Schwichtenberg (’14).

Active in numerous CSP theatre productions, Tejeda has been involved with the Youth Production Company (YPC) since she was in high school. She has also performed with the Stages Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre to name a few.

Although she had stage experience prior to coming to Concordia, Tejeda credits her theatre classes and professors at CSP for allowing her to take her craft to the next level.

“My coursework with the music and theatre department has helped me grow immensely the past three years,” Tejeda said. “Theatre professor Mark Rosenwinkel has taught me how important it is to make bold choices and that has helped my with my work as a performer, director and music director for this production of Hair.”

Hamline School of Law Leadership Change

Hamline University Campus News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:00am
School of Law Dean Jean Holloway has accepted a new role, although she will continue to be involved in the American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation process for Mitchell|Hamline School of Law. Professor and former associate dean, Marie Failinger, will serve as interim dean of Hamline School of Law.

Creating Conversations

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:49pm

Sarah Hayes ’10 M.A. is looking to create conversations. Hayes, a doctorate student at the University of Florida, is preparing to defend her dissertation, which examines the relationship between prisons and American Indian boarding schools.

To Hayes, early American and Native American literature is particularly fascinating because of the conversation opportunities that arise.

“Putting two literatures together, whether Native American or African-American with Euro-American literature, can create conversations about a national narrative, nation building or citizenship,” Hayes said.

Putting the pieces together

Hayes’ interest in early American and Native American literature began at St. Thomas, where she took classes with Heather Bouwman and Elizabeth Wilkinson, and wrote her master’s thesis on Zitkala-Ša. Ša wrote about her experiences at the Carlisle Industrial Indian School. When Hayes arrived at the University of Florida, she took a seminar on prison literature, and began to notice the similarities.

“Prison narratives examined the space of prison and space of the prison cell. It’s very similar to how Ša describes the space of her dormitory,” Hayes said. “Prisons in the 19th century and early 20th century attempted to transform people through architecture and space, and so did the boarding school.”

The more she read, the more Hayes noticed the prison metaphors in contemporary Native American literature. So, she decided to go back to the roots of the American Indian boarding schools and start from the beginning.

“No one really talks about the origins: prisoner-of-war camps,” Hayes said.

Captain Richard Henry Pratt and students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. / Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Hayes studied Richard Henry Pratt, founder of the Carlisle School, by looking at his relationship with the prisoner-of-war camp at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. There, Hayes argued, Pratt experimented with space and the transformation of individuals into citizens. She read Pratt’s autobiography, but also had the opportunity to visit the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University when she was awarded a fellowship. For a month she explored Pratt’s papers, magazine articles and newspaper clippings.

“It was exciting seeing the direct evidence that Pratt was inspired by the second prison reform movement,” Hayes said. She said she found letters where Pratt would write to generals and members of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. “(He thought you could) learn citizenship through labor, education, surveillance and different regimes of the penitentiary. … He created his regimes in St. Augustine and took the regimes to Carlisle.”

Hayes then turned her attention to literature written by the first boarding school students, such as Ša, including Daniel La France and Francis La Flesche. Hayes said these writers often were responding to boarding schools as something being praised. They pointed out how traumatizing and violent the schools were and “challenge(d) the popular characterization of the reservation as a savage space and the boarding school as a civilized space.”

Finally, Hayes examined contemporary Native American literature, looking at writers such as Leslie Marmon Silko and Louise Erdrich.

“What we see is the descendants are remembering and reimagining more of a space for their ancestors to resist the victim narrative. It’s more a narrative of survival and resistance,” Hayes said. They represent the boarding school as a carceral space, she argued.

Still relevant

Hayes is finishing her dissertation and preparing to defend it in April. She hopes to one day turn it into a manuscript. (She also noted that, in the papers she read at Yale, there was mention of how slavery influenced Pratt; she said she might like to explore how slavery was used as a model for assimilation as well.) In the meantime, she’s also job searching, hoping to land a position as an assistant professor so she can keep facilitating those conversations.

She’s taught some classes at the University of Florida already, predominantly early American literature. She pairs the “more canonical” with the “less canonical” to help the class see where they each fall into “the idea of the national narrative, how America was created, for whom it was created and what role people play.”

For example, she taught John Smith’s letters in juxtaposition with Disney’s “Pocahontas.”

“We started conversations about rhetoric and how we create stories for particular audiences,” Hayes said. “We discussed how early stories are reappropriated, and how this story became a part of national mythology when the story isn’t even really true, or at least very exaggerated.”

Even though some of what Hayes has been studying has been around for a long time, she said her work is still relevant today. She noted the American Indian education system is steeped in a long history of colonization and imprisonment, and cited a recent editorial series by the Star Tribune, poignantly titled, “Separate and unequal: Indian schools, a nation’s neglect.”

“I am also hoping that people think about the links between the quality of current Indian schools and the high incarceration rates for Native peoples and how this link is embedded within the history of the boarding school and represented in literature,” Hayes said. “It’s not a new issue. It’s something we’ve needed to address for the last 150 years.”

Community invited to submit ‘Spruce Up Winona’ requests

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:41pm
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Volunteer Mentors are encouraging individuals, organizations, and churches in Winona to submit requests for service for the ninth annual Spruce Up Winona event. This year university organizers are happy to extend the event’s reach into the Winona community by working in collaboration with Winona State University. Spruce Up [&hellip

Alumna's DNP project earns national recognition

St. Kate's Campus News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:37am
The brainchild of Doctor of Nursing Practice 2013 graduate Jane Peterson, Witaya Care has been named a semi-finalist in a prestigious national awards program. More »

"Swing Low" opens in Perlman Teaching Museum

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:23am

Spring term exhibit opens Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3 in Weitz Center for Creativity.

History Lecture Maps Urban European Histories of Slavery

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:21am

Thursday, April 2, from 5 to 6 p.m., University of Amsterdam history professor Dienke Hondius will present “Mapping Urban European Histories of Slavery” at Carleton College in Leighton Hall Room 304.

Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell presents Convocation and Community Sing

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:16am

Friday, April 3, Carleton's convocation series returns with a special presentation by Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell. From 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Barnwell will present “Building Vocal Communities,” a lecture that traces the evolution of African American communal vocal music from Africa through Spirituals and work songs to the music of the Civil Rights Movement. And later that evening at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Dr. Barnwell will conduct a Community Sing, bringing together voices of all ages from across the campus and greater communities.

Both events are free and open the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Three 2015-16 Scholarships Available at Tuition Exchange Schools

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:00pm

St. Thomas is seeking applications by April 15 for three scholarships that will be awarded to dependent children of eligible employees for the 2015-16 academic year at Tuition Exchange institutions.

The university recently joined the Tuition Exchange, a competitive scholarship program available to the dependent children of eligible faculty and staff at more than 600 participating member institutions. Through the program, institutions offer an average of 6,000 scholarship awards a year.

Because St. Thomas joined the Tuition Exchange late in the process for the 2015-16 school year, only a pilot program of three students will be in the first year. The member school at which the student is accepted will determine the scholarship amount.

The university’s selection criteria for application acceptance will be based on the eligible employee’s length of service at St. Thomas using a weighted lottery. For example, if an employee has 15 years of service, his or her name will be placed in the lottery drawing 15 times for a chance to be selected, while an employee with four years of service will have his or her name in the drawing four times.

Applications that cannot be approved because of the quota system of three scholarships will be placed on a waiting list and will be processed should spaces become available.

To be eligible to apply, all the following must be met:

  • The St. Thomas employee must have been employed at the university for at least three years on a continuous full-time (1.0 FTE) basis as a regular (non-temporary) employee.
  • The student must qualify as a dependent under the Internal Revenue Service definition.
  • The student must apply to an undergraduate program of a Tuition Exchange member school. Students are responsible for meeting the admissions requirements and for being accepted as a Tuition Exchange student by the host school.

Applications are available in the Human Resources Office, Aquinas 217, and must be submitted to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

If you have questions about the application process or want to obtain an application, please contact

Additional information on participating colleges and universities can be found at

Rod Burwell, Former St. Thomas Trustee, Dies

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:00pm

Rod Burwell, a former member of the St. Thomas Board of Trustees and the School of Law Board of Governors, died Sunday.

Burwell joined the St. Thomas board in 2004 and served until 2013. He also was a founding member, from 2001 to 2004, of the law school board. He was a generous donor of need-based scholarships to the Opening Doors capital campaign, and received the John F. Cade Award from the Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship in the Opus College of Business in 2007.

Born in Minneapolis, Burwell earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Dakota in industrial engineering (1960) and business administration (1961). He served as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany from 1961 to 1964, returned to the United States to teach in the ROTC program at Pursue, and then worked on military construction in Vietnam.

After his discharge, he bought into his father’s janitorial business in Minneapolis and worked as the general manager of a fiberglass company. In 1969, Cargill came to Burwell with a request – to make a barge cover out of fiberglass – and his success led him to found Proform. The company and its successor company, Xerxes, developed other fiberglass products, including covers for rail cars and underground gasoline storage tanks.

Burwell had many diverse business interests. He purchased and sold Chippewa Springs, a water bottling company, and UnderWater World at the Mall of America. He also owned an environmental testing company, a dozen John Deere dealerships in five states and two hotels at Snowmass Village in Colorado, and his interest in movies led to an investment in a production company.

“I’m an opportunist,” he told St. Thomas magazine in a spring 2006 profile. “And an entrepreneur. I see opportunities and it’s hard to stay out of them. I like to buy value assets and I like tangible things. Sometimes when I see a business in trouble, I said, ‘I can fix that,’ and I do.”

He received the Sioux Award from the University of North Dakota in 1983 for outstanding career achievement and distinguished public service, and was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame two years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, and their three sons, Peter, Blake and Michael.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Christ Presbyterian Church, West 70th Street and Highway 100 in Edina. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, also at the church.

Carleton Names Emory's Livingston As New Dean of Students

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:48am

Dr. Carolyn H. Livingston, currently senior associate vice president for campus life and Title IX coordinator for students at Emory University (Ga.), has been named Carleton College’s new vice president for student life and dean of students. Livingston replaces Hudlin Wagner, who announced her retirement in September, effective at the end of the current academic year. Livingston will assume her new post June 22, 2015.

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