Recent News from Campuses

CSB and SJU students ‘take over’ @CSBSJU on Instagram

Starting Monday, March 9, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University students will "take over" the official CSB/SJU Instagram account.

St. Kate’s offers Embodying Holistic Living conference March 21

St. Kate's Campus News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 7:15am
The full day conference showcases the broad expertise of Holistic Health Studies alumnae. More »

Nutrition of Olympic proportions: Advice for athletes

St. Kate's Campus News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:30am
Holly Willis from Exercise and Sport Science recently shared nutrition tips with the USA Curling women’s team. More »

CSP Concert Band Embark on Third Annual Tour

Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:01am

The 43-piece Concordia University, St. Paul Concert Band will present numerous concerts
of sacred and traditional wind band music celebrating CSP’s musical ministry March 6-9 to Lutheran congregations in Wisconsin and Illinois.

The third annual tour program covers a wide variety of styles, from classical literature to hymns, contemporary pieces, spirituals, and gospel music. These 70-minute concerts are free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken to support the band’s music ministry.

The band is under the direction of professor Aaron Isaakson.

Tour Dates and Locations

  • Tomah High School, Tomah, Wis.
    •  Friday, March 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.
    • Saturday, March 7 - 5:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, March 8 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Gurnee, Ill.
    • Sunday, March 8 - 1:30 p.m.
  • St. Peter Lutheran Church, Reedsburg, Wis.
    • Monday, March 9 - 7:00 p.m.

U.S. Senator Klobuchar to Speak at Building Bridges Conference

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:45am

United States Senator Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be at Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday, March 7, at the College’s annual Building Bridges Conference, which is titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Recognizing and Rejecting Rape Culture”.

Senator Klobuchar will deliver a welcoming address to conference attendees at approximately 9 a.m. in Christ Chapel and will also discuss some of her work in Congress on issues related to sexual assault.

Access the live stream of this year’s Building Bridges Conference. 

In 2013, Klobuchar cosponsored and helped lead the effort to pass the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which updated the landmark legislation that has had a profound role in protecting women and supporting the victims of sexual and domestic violence.

This will mark Klobuchar’s second appearance at Gustavus in the last six months as she also came to campus in early October to speak at the inauguration of current Gustavus President Rebecca Bergman.

This year’s Building Bridges Conference will feature keynote speakers Jessica Valenti and Kyle Tran Myhre, better known by his stage name, Guante. Valenti is a daily columnist for the Guardian US and the author of four books on politics, feminism, and culture. Guante is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist, educator and writer whose work has appeared on Upworthy, MSNBC, Racialicious, Feministing, MPR, Everyday Feminism, and The Progressive.

Tickets for the Building Bridges Conference are available online at Tickets are free for students and $10 for adults. More information about this year’s Conference is available online.


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

Leading Attorney Endorses Mitchell|Hamline School of Law

Hamline University Campus News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:00am
Highly-respected Minnesota attorney Clifford Greene calls newly announced Mitchell|Hamline School of Law a 'win-win' in Star Tribune commentary.

The Piper Report: Leadership

Hamline University Campus News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:00am
The latest episode of the student-produced Piper Report takes a look at student leaders, the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair, Black History Month events, and Winter WonderJam.

Hamline Men's Hockey Advances to MIAC Championship

Hamline University Campus News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 1:00am
The Hamline men's hockey team has advanced to the MIAC championships and will play St. Mary's at Winona on Saturday, March 7. A fan bus will be available for those who want to cheer on the Pipers.

National Catholic Sisters Week 2015 takes place March 8–14

St. Kate's Campus News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:23pm
The week celebrates contributions of Catholic sisters and the 1,000 women in United States preparing to enter religious life. More »

Exercise and Sport Science partners with USA Curling

St. Kate's Campus News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:00pm
The budding partnership offers students opportunities for collaborative research and real world experience with elite athletes. More »

Saint Mary’s University mourns passing of Dr. Phil Cochran ’77

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:56pm
The Saint Mary’s University community is mourning the loss of Dr. Phil Cochran, biology professor and department chair, who passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 4, surrounded by family. Dr. Cochran, a 1977 alumnus, has taught at Saint Mary’s in the Biology Department since 2000, including courses in environmental biology, zoology, freshwater ecology, botany, and more. Equally gifted [&hellip

Grad, Family Advancing Catholic and Intellectual Traditions One Comic Angel at a Time

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:00pm

A pair of angels lean back against a cloud, hands folded behind their heads and look upward like two 6-year-olds naming animals from passing cumulonimbus on a summer afternoon.

“Now that your human is safely in heaven,” one angel says to the other, “For old time’s sake, do you ever wish he’d do something stupid?”

So starts Louis Hall’s book of “Angelic Twaddle Comics,” a collection of comics the ’88 grad and his children have put together that prompts consideration of all kinds of things, really – life on Earth, guidance from the Catholic tradition, history, philosophy – and all in the accessible and easy-to-digest form of comics.

“It’s a great way to get people to think about harder questions,” Hall said. “It’s easy not to want to pick up a big book to consider these things; it’s nice to have an easier platform for some of these harder ideas.”

Louis Hall and his six children have used comics to help take on difficult issues.

The idea for the comics grew from conversations Hall had raising six children where – no surprise for a studio art major – he realized providing visual context might help make difficult topics easier to digest. What started as a blog became an ongoing family project, with Hall’s kids involved in everything from topic brainstorming to editing.

“It’s been a lot of fun understanding more as you get older, or going and asking Dad what things mean so you understand it,” said 17-year-old Gemma Hall, who is hoping to go into dental work some day. “It’s been very helpful as we’ve grown up.”

Hall said much of the comic’s content and general spirit has been informed by his years at St. Thomas and the intellectual curiosity it instilled in him.

“When the kids need help understanding, it helps me to understand things better myself,” Hall added. “I’ll try to read from the people that have gone before me to help understand things. It’s almost better than journaling for me; I can put it into an image form and then put it in a context for others to understand.”

With the first set of comics published and plenty more on the way there are plenty of possibilities for the future of Angelic Twaddle. The Hall family already has felt the benefits of doing such a project together, making the impact it has outside of themselves a bonus.

“To follow through on the mission of St. Thomas … we’re trying to do good in society. We’re trying to advance a Catholic tradition, a curiosity and a stronger framework about life,” Hall said. “Even though it’s a comic book, young people and older people can look at this stuff and shape the ideas that carry them through life.”

Biology department boasts new high-tech research equipment

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:15pm
A new biosafety cabinet courtesy an anonymous donation opens curriculum and research opportunities. More »

Oldie Moldies to perform March 20 at Signatures

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:59pm
WINONA, Minn. — Catch dinner and a show with the Oldie Moldie All-Stars from Saint Mary’s University on Friday, March 20, at Visions Event Center in Winona. Rock along to your favorite ’50s, ’60s and ’70s tunes. The Oldies are members of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Saint Mary’s. The group consists [&hellip

Rhodes Scholar Finalist Now Fighting Human Trafficking

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:37am

Julia Tindell ’13

Finding one’s vocation is a process. Just ask Gustavus Adolphus College alumna Julia Tindell ’13. After four fruitful and rewarding years at Gustavus and completing the rigorous process associated with being a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Tindell has found her calling at a non-profit organization in St. Paul that serves women and girls involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

After graduating from Gustavus with a degree in English, Tindell was nominated by Gustavus to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship—one of the most prestigious academic scholarships in the world as only 32 are awarded in the United States per year. Throughout the process, Tindell was able to lean on the Gustavus Fellowships Office and other faculty members.

Tindell says that Eric Vrooman, who coordinated the Fellowships Office in 2013, was her ally throughout the process: assisting her with elements of the application, helping to develop her writing process as she put together her personal statement, working on her endorsement letter for the college, and scheduling mock interviews.

“Most importantly, he was my friend and my supporter,” Tindell said. “He helped me to recognize my potential, and worked alongside me every step of the way. I received similar support from Amanda Nienow. Despite just stepping into the role of fellowships coordinator, and not having met during my four years at Gustavus, Amanda and I had a wonderful partnership.”

Tindell said she was also constantly supported by other faculty members including Henry MacCarthy (Theatre & Dance), Amy Seham (Theatre & Dance), Michele Rusinko (Theatre & Dance), Lisa Heldke (Philosophy), Elizabeth Baer (English), Florence Amamoto (English), and Rob Kendrick (English).

“The faculty at Gustavus is incredible,” Tindell said. “I could write volumes about how much I love and appreciate all of these people.”

From an initial pool of 877 candidates, Tindell’s application made it through the district selection committee. She then flew to Chicago along with other finalists for an interview process, but was ultimately not one of the 32 candidates selected for the scholarship.

“It was disappointing at first—to work so hard for something and have it end so quickly is sort of naturally dramatic. Now looking back at the process, I’m just really thankful that I had that experience,” Tindell said. “It took me at least another six months or so to realize that fighting human trafficking was my vocation. It’s not to say that Oxford wouldn’t have been spectacular; I just don’t think it’s where I was supposed to be.”

Today you will find Tindell in the offices at Breaking Free, an organization founded in 1996 by Vednita Carter. Every year, the non-profit helps an average of more than 500 women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education.

Tindell is employed as Breaking Free’s Volunteer and Events Specialist. She is responsible for training volunteers and then connecting them with specific opportunities that align with their skills and passions. She also plans the organization’s special events including its Candlelight Vigil in October and its annual Benefit Breakfast in November. She is currently focused on the organization’s Demand Change Conference, which is scheduled for May 28-30 in St. Paul.

“My favorite thing about Breaking Free is that it is survivor-led, which means that we are receiving direction from women who have escaped the life of sex trafficking and prostitution, and know what it takes to provide programs that are really going to have an impact on our community,” Tindell said. “I think our survivor leadership is what makes Breaking Free such a powerful and effective agent for change in our community.”

Tindell says that her passion for the issue of human trafficking and social justice issues in general grew over time while attending Gustavus and participating in the College’s social justice theatre troupe, I Am We Are.

“I believe that my time at Gustavus set the stage for the work I’m doing today. When I started college in 2009, I knew little to nothing about social justice. I knew that I believed in radical love, but I didn’t know what it looked like,” Tindell said. “My time with I Am We Are—both the organization as an entity and the people in involved in it—taught me that social justice meant value and respect for individuals and communities, and I think it is this understanding that opened my heart up to hurting people around the world, and opened my eyes up to see the people hurting in my backyard.”

Julia Tindell was chosen as the College’s commencement speaker in 2013. During her four years at Gustavus she was involved in a number of theatre productions, the Crossroads Program, and Study Buddies. She studied abroad in England at the University of Oxford during her senior year, served as a tutor in the Gustavus Writing Center, as an academic assistant for the English Department, had several pieces published in the College’s literary magazine Firethorne, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.


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

The Scroll and Humans of St. Thomas: ‘NJ’ (aka Nick Jordan Meyerson)

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:32am

Many of you (thank you!) are submitting magnificent tips about countless cool humans for features in the Humans of St. Thomas (HOST) series. Too fun! While I hope to meet all of them eventually, last week I felt an inexplicable pull to simply sit in the beautiful, sun-drenched atrium of Anderson Student Center. I didn’t know how to go about finding a random HOST victim without seeming weird and creepy; I wanted to just strike up conversation with someone – anyone – and spontaneously persuade him or her to reveal his/her humanness to me (“please speak right into my mini old-school voice recorder, circa 1995? Thank you very much.”).

NJ (Photo by Elena Neuzil ’17)

So, there I sit on the T’s side of the atrium, feeling awkward and conspicuous when out of nowhere, just moments before I would tell my extroverted self this might be a really bad idea, along comes “NJ.” Another student with whom I am chatting greets him and he reciprocates with a gracious, heartwarming smile, but he keeps pace toward the fine aroma of the nearby stir-fry station. To the student I know, I mumble-blurt: “Help me get that guy back here!” “Nick … Hi! Carol here. Do you have a minute?” as I awkwardly make visible my vintage voice recorder.

I have no idea why Nick walked by at that perfect moment. But in the next 28 minutes, I was intensely grateful for not abandoning the plan to find a random human because I met this crazy-cool inhabitant of our UST community. He is a junior music business and business administration double major, a performer, a freakishly mature and soulful young man, an only child raised by his single mom, a guy who spreads kindness and love with intention, and a budding songwriter/musician whose music buddies call him NJ.

Where are you from? Give us a little family background on NJ! I grew up west metro in a small town called Delano. With just me and my mom – just single parent swag. She’s really cool.

Did you always know you’d be a musician? Since I was little I always wanted to perform or do music, but I just probably didn’t want to admit it to myself. In high school I was like, “Oh Mom, I think this is what I want to do.” And she was like, “Duh!” … So when I was 18 I got back into songwriting and piano. I wanted to learn how to do the whole thing. And I found out, you know, nobody’s going to do this for you. You just do it yourself – and connect with the people who will help you shine.

Was St. Thomas your first choice? Yeah! For some strange reason it just bloomed out of nowhere and felt like this might be the place. So, I’m here, kind of uncovering the purpose. You get little glimmers of, “Oh, it makes sense why I’m here.”

What about best moments in your four years at UST? Within the first three days I met one of my really good friends. Her name is Nyasia, who is also a great musician. She was the first person I kind of grew and connected with. I thought she was so cool; we just met at this strange crossroads of our lives. So us colliding right at the start of our journeys at St. Thomas – I feel like was something really special and necessary.

Nyasia sounds pretty darn awesome. Nyasia is very important to me. … When you grow up with mixed descent, there is a societal pressure to pick and choose which parts of your culture to be put on display – as if I had to choose. All parts of my being are worthy of celebration. Still, I had always kind of felt like a weird, brown alien growing up – very displaced. (After meeting Nyasia) I now realized that I wasn’t the only one who got separated when our spaceship crashed on Earth. We now had each other to make up for lost time – to celebrate creativity, blackness and purpose.

Sounds like Nyasia has been an incredible life-changer for you – someone who helped you embrace your full, beautiful self? I’m more in love with her than I have been with anything in my life, because not only is she my best friend and my soul mate, but she and I share a dream together. Without Nyasia, there would be no Nick Jordan. (So, Scroll readers, Nyasia sounded so awesome that I quickly decided she must be our next HOST feature. Check back soon for more on her!)

Anything you cannot live without? Black socks.

What about something you can live without? Snapchat. I deleted it. That was my New Year’s thing.

What’s your dream? I have so many friends who are musicians, so when I think about my dream now I don’t dream it alone! I just love sharing stories and learning to get better and traveling together. Nyasia and I have this thing now – as long as we take a little step and get a little better, that’s what we’re working on. We call each other and just talk about our little steps getting better and better.

Tell me more about your instruments and what you love about your music. I sing and write songs. I write them all on piano. I love seventh chords and stuff. Seventh chords turn me on – they’re really sexy to me.

Three words that describe you? Lover. Learner. Professional Pokemon trainer – because I’m really good at Pokemon. Secret talent. I’m just really good. I’ll play anybody!

What you are working on right now? I’m almost done recording (after two years) what I consider to be my debut EP. I’ve put out stuff before, but it’s nothing compared to this. I’m so happy and proud of it, and it’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’ll just feel good – whatever happens. (EP denotes “extended play” – a term for a recording containing more music than a single, but usually too short to be called a full studio album or LP.)

Tell us more about this EP! “NJ” (the title) is going to be soulful. It’s eclectic in the sense that you have some tracks that have an older feel, and some that feel like they could be more like 2002.

Say more. Like the first single, which is called “Old School.” You’ve got your bass grooves. You’ve got live percussion. You’ve got Pharrell Williams influence (and) Neptune synth-strings. From start to finish, I just thought, this is my voice! I hope it’s catchy and I hope everyone thinks when they’re listening, “Yes, he wrote this,” because I did. (See the link at the end of this post for the debut of “Old School.” Nick, please remember us when you’re on The Voice!)

Could you tell us the target release for “NJ”? I’m hoping the EP is all done by the summer. At this point it has to be! It’s got to be!

Do you have fears? I’m afraid of fear – of fear that paralyzes you and not being able to move past that.

What about things that bug you about other humans? I don’t like ego. I know that’s kind of broad. Ego is like, “Only me, only me.” Especially with music – you can see right through that.

You mentioned first loving Nyasia for her radical ego-lessness! I think we spent our first day together sitting under a tree and discussing the liner notes of Justin Timberlake’s “Justified.” When it came to music making, she virtually had no ego and was so willing to teach me everything she knew. In her company, I felt understood.

The best advice you ever have received? Self-love is where everything starts. If you learn to love yourself you literally don’t have room for hate.

Your answer to: “If you had $100 and one hour to spend it, where would you go and what would you buy?” My friend who is in grad school is really stressed out, and I asked him if he was eating right. He said he didn’t really have time or money to buy good groceries right now. So I would just send him a check with a little list of ingredients and recipes.

What never fails to make you smile? Good smells! I thought for a bit I might want to get licensed in aromatherapy. My room smells like a paradise. I have a secret fragrance that I use that is totally top secret, but it smells like oceans and vanilla.

And if you could go anywhere in the world right now? Hawaii. I would ask for the best island.

What’s the first thing you’d pack? A swimsuit. Because you don’t need black socks there.

You’re hearing it here first: “Old School,” the debut single off Nick Jordan’s upcoming EP, “NJ,” coming later this year.

As always, I sure love hearing your tips about Humans of St. Thomas to feature in the future ( And, fair warning, watch out Minneapolis campus: I’ve been hanging out downtown the last few weeks and chatting with many cool inhabitants in your hip ZIP code – but I’d sure would enjoy your thoughts about who I shouldn’t miss.

Special thanks to student Meredith Heneghan, the newest Scroll blogger, for helping capture and transcribe Nick’s interview.

Two Saint Mary’s students selected for SAI scholarships

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:53pm
WINONA, Minn. — Two seniors in the Saint Mary’s University Music Department, Katie Stein and Kelsey Engesser, were recently selected as this year’s Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) Alumni Scholarship recipients. The Twin Cities SAI Alumni Chapter awards two scholarships through a competitive process to deserving SAI members in the Minnesota/Wisconsin region. Stein, who plays flute, plans [&hellip

Saint Mary’s welcomes Cherish the Ladies March 16

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:50pm
WINONA, Minn. — Prepare for a night of stellar musicianship, breathtaking singing, and lively step dancing Monday, March 16, as Cherish the Ladies takes the stage at Saint Mary’s University. One of the most highly regarded and sought-after Irish-American groups in Celtic music, the all-female band formed in the early 1990s as a one-time concert [&hellip

Conservatory’s Irish, tap dancers to perform March 18

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:25pm
WINONA, Minn. — Keeping the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day alive an extra day, Irish and tap dancers from the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will perform at the Monarch Public House in Fountain City, Wis., at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The performance is free and open to the public. Nestled in the [&hellip
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