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Hill Museum & Manuscript Library awarded $500,000 grant from Henry Luce Foundation

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John's University has been awarded a $500,000 three-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support HMML's development of an online Reading Room.

Connecting Through Brainwaves

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:26am

When Robin Willenbring graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2012, one of the things she was saddest to leave behind was Junior Achievement. She volunteered through the organization and went to local schools to teach good business practices to elementary school students.

Luckily, upon arriving at her Ph.D. program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, she quickly found an outlet: Brainwaves. Brainwaves is a relatively new, student-run program at Mayo, which focuses on science education outreach to local schools and community organizations.

“Exposing kids at a really young age about what science is, and that the concept of science is so different than what’s taught in school, can really help kids learn,” Willenbring said. “It helps them to know that no matter what their background, race, creed, socioeconomic status, whatever the mold of what they think they should do can be broken if that’s what they desire.”

Willenbring graduated from St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Through the McNair Scholar’s Program, she realized that she wanted to go to graduate school. She landed on Mayo, saying it had a “homey” feel that reminded her of St. Thomas and that it provides an incredibly supportive environment.

Now at Mayo in her third year, she is in biomedical sciences in the Virology and Gene Therapy Program. Her thesis project looks at how viruses induce blood-brain barrier disruption – which is if a virus infects your brain, how the blood vessels begin to break apart, which can eventually lead to death.

The research was what she expected out of graduate school. What’s surprised her more was learning how to juggle other aspects, including how to properly mentor people. That’s where Brainwaves comes in. Willenbring joined her first year of graduate school, and has served as co-director in her second and third years.

Robin Willenbring ’12

The little brain

Brainwaves works with elementary- through high-school-aged students in the Rochester area with a particular focus on disadvantaged youth. They hold about an event a month. Most of the work is done in collaboration with schools, but they also join up with community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers go to the school and give a science-based lesson, usually centering on something connected to neuroscience.

For elementary and middle school students, an hour with a Brainwaves volunteer might entail learning basic brain anatomy, studying what different parts of the brain can do, looking at animal brains, such as a sheep’s, and playing tag to replicate how neurons work.

“We go to local schools and excite kids about science, about something more than recess and lunchtime,” Willenbring said. “We use neuroscience and the brain to jump-start that. The brain tends to be something that is tangible, but still abstract and exciting.”

The volunteers are all connected to Mayo. The majority are graduate or medical students, but can come from a range of programs, including the neurology residence and physical therapy programs.

“We bring in a wide variety of people that these kids can connect with,” Willenbring said. “So they can think, ‘I look like that person, maybe I can be like that person one day.’”

At first, Brainwaves would reach out school principals, asking if they could come into the classroom. But now in its third year, Willenbring said they have schools that have started to reach out to them, who have begun to expect Brainwaves every year.

“Schools are welcoming, inviting us,” Willenbring said.

Willenbring said she has a “particular soft spot” for teaching the first- and second-graders.

“It re-energizes me about life,” Willenbring said. “You teach them about the cerebellum – we call it the little brain – and that it handles balance and agility, and then you have a quiz at the end. You ask them, ‘What part of the brain helps balance?’ To hear really little first-graders yell, ‘Cerebellum!’ is the sweetest thing.”

She added that you should never underestimate the questions they might ask.

“Once I was asked, ‘What do dragon brains look like?’’” Willenbring said. “And I had to answer, “‘I’ve never seen a dragon brain.’”

But she said most of the questions are smart and “flooring.”

“Part of what’s really great is to acknowledge that that’s a really smart question,” Willenbring said. “When you tell them, “‘I’m glad you thought of and asked that,’ you just see the appreciation – that light bulb go on. That’s the reason why I keep doing it.”

Big events for big kids

For high school students, Brainwaves, through trial and error, has found that it needs a different format than simply going into the classroom, Willenbring said. Instead, the group holds big events and invites high school students.

This year, in March, Brainwaves held Brain Awareness Week and invited 100 high school students to Mayo. Brainwaves reached out to teachers to select the students.

“You can pick students you feel could get the most of the events – that’s who you bring,” Willenbring said. “Bring students who fit that profile … We didn’t only get students who were gung-ho about science.”

The high school students were treated to a keynote speech by Dr. Kendall Lee, were able to see the human anatomy lab, which included human brain and spinal cord specimens, visited two of six Mayo labs opened for the event, and had a career panel session, which allowed students to learn about day-to-day tasks and education of various Mayo consultants.

“Surprisingly, at 8:30 in the morning, I didn’t see a single high school student fall asleep,” Willenbring said. “I think that’s an accomplishment in and of itself.”

As co-director, Willenbring was part of the committee that planned Brain Awareness Week. The committee had to start from scratch, but Willenbring said the payoff was huge. Brainwaves plans for Brain Awareness Week to become a biennial event. Willenbring said she felt the event was successful and that, in the future, it will be the same format, but with a few tweaks, such as maybe giving students a worksheet so they have something to take home or allowing students to pick in advance what labs they are able to see, so the event will run more smoothly.

In 2015, Brainwaves will hold a mocktail event for high school students. The event will provide students with various mocktail drinks while examining what alcohol does to the brain from a scientific point of view and why the drinking age is 21. Drunk goggles – which are supposed to simulate alcohol effects – will be featured.

“We’ll look at why it’s bad to binge drink, why people slur their words or stumble, why they can potentially black out, the difference between shots and beer and how they affect the brain differently,” Willenbring said. “We’re getting them to start thinking about the message of don’t drink at the age, and if you do drink, drink responsibility. We’re spreading awareness. It’s not a typical lecture.”

The event, which is being adapted from a similar one done by a Mayo colleague in Madison, Wisconsin, will be hosted in the spring before prom. Parents and teachers also are invited.

Continuing on her path

Willenbring said she hopes Brainwaves will continue to expand.

“Expanding the program is really important, especially to communities who might not have a program like this,” Willenbring said, recalling her own experience of attending school in Princeton, Minnesota. “When I was there, there was no program where professionals in the science field came in. My health class had a doctor come in, and that was my only exposure to science. … I never had a science group, I didn’t think science was cool. I didn’t think science was a thing you should do until high school. A middle school wood shop teacher recommended a science novel to me, and I thought, ‘Wow, science can actually be cool.’ That intrigued me, got me to ask questions. Prior to that, I had no reason to motivate me to think about science.”

In her own future, Willenbring hopes to end up being a principal investigator in her own research lab, whether in an industry or academic setting.

“I keep coming back to how I really enjoy mentoring and teaching and writing,” Willenbring said. “I really enjoy thinking about science and how to do science.”

Wherever she ends up and whatever she ends up doing, she says she intends to keep doing community involvement, like Brainwaves.

“It kind of encompasses my whole pathway that I have been interested in since high school,” Willenbring said.

MCAD Presents the Master of Fine Arts 4th Annual Open Studio Night

MCAD News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:57pm

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) presents the Master of Fine Arts 4th Annual Open Studio Night at Whittier Studios. Forty-three artists and designers are forging the new face of contemporary art and design, investigating new approaches to their creative practices, and doing this in an environment that nurtures innovation, ambition, and dynamism across disciplines.

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Christmas in Christ Chapel is Dec. 5-7

Gustavus Campus News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 10:03am

Christmas in Christ Chapel, the annual celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Gustavus Adolphus College, will be held Dec. 5-7 and is themed “Tender Rose, Starry Night.” Through these worship services, the College will continue its 42-year tradition of helping people prepare themselves for Christmas by telling the story of Jesus’ birth through innovative, beautiful, and spiritually moving musical, dance, and spoken word presentations.

This year’s worship services will ponder the cosmic significance of Jesus’ humble birth in light of scientific discoveries about the vastness and magnificence of the universe.

“Since the first century of the Common Era, Christians have made cosmic claims about Jesus: that in him the Word of God, present with God in the creation of the universe, became incarnate in a material body,” Gustavus Chaplain Siri Erickson said. “And that, through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God is at work redeeming the whole creation. The Nativity has always been a cosmic story, not just a human one.”

Dates and times of the services for Christmas in Christ Chapel are as follows:

  • Friday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 6 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Information

Tickets for both Saturday services are SOLD OUT. A limited number of tickets remain for Friday’s service and both Sunday services. Tickets are $30 apiece and can be purchased online at or by calling the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

Live Stream Information

For the first time in the 42-year history of the event, Christmas in Christ Chapel will be live streamed to the public on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 6. Heroic Productions, which annually provides audio, video, and lighting solutions for both Christmas in Christ Chapel and the Nobel Conference, will produce the live stream with the use of at least six different cameras.

“While there is nothing like attending Christmas in Christ Chapel in person, we now have the technology available to share this beautiful event all over the world,” President Rebecca Bergman said. “We hope this will allow alumni and friends of the College who live in all corners of the world as well as families of students who perform in the service to enjoy this special Gustavus tradition.”

If you plan to live stream the service on Saturday evening, you can access the video player by going online to Please note that due to copyright laws, the service on Saturday evening will not be archived for viewers to watch at a later date. A test page has been set up at so viewers can determine if their computer and internet connection can support the live stream.

Program PDF

You can view a PDF of this year’s 24-page Christmas in Christ Chapel Program on the event page.

Preview Video

Gustavus students in music and dance ensembles spend countless hours during the Fall Semester preparing for Christmas in Christ Chapel. In the video below, you can hear from several of the students and conductors participating in this year’s services talk about what the experience of Christmas in Christ Chapel means to them.

About Christmas in Christ Chapel

A tradition since 1973, Christmas in Christ Chapel is a time for the Gustavus community to celebrate the holidays with one another through music, spoken word, and prayer. Approximately 350 students, faculty, and staff bring the program to life each year through the use of music and visual art. A new theme is chosen each year in order to educate participants and audiences alike about faith and cultural traditions. Choirs and orchestras lead the five services, with approximately 1,200 people attending each one.


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Up-and-Coming Entrepreneurs: Beyond Bandages

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 6:07am

Susan Wuollett ’11 M.B.A. and her husband Michael Wuollett ’11 M.B.A. came to St. Thomas determined to climb their respective corporate ladders, with no intention of following in the footsteps of their entrepreneurial families. But then they entered the Fowler Business Concept Challenge for a shot at a $10,000 scholarship … and won.

Four years later, ClotIt, the patent-pending product the team now sells as Protégé Biomedical, is being sold to veterinarians and pet owners. Made from a combination of two powdered minerals that rapidly stops bleeding when applied to a cut or laceration, it evolved from the concept for a “styptic fibrin bandage” they submitted in the Fowler Business Concept Challenge. After the judges encouraged them to dig deeper into the concept, the Wuolletts found a gap in the marketplace without a patent and decided to turn their concept into a company. Protégé Biomedical draws its name from the idea that they are the protégés of many talented mentors and advisers they connected with at St. Thomas while building the company.

Today, the company operates out of the Schulze Hall Business Development Offices on the Minneapolis campus. It has secured three investments from the William C. Norris Institute, which led to an additional $500,000 investment from an outside investor in January 2014.

Michael, a veteran of the medical device industry, works full time as the CEO. Susan works full time at a Fortune 100 company but spends her “free time” as Protégé’s president. “Being married, having a business, but not both working in it full time is a unique challenge,” Susan said. “We established some rules. We don’t talk about the company when we’re at home unless we make an appointment. We’ll go to our home office and say ‘Okay, let’s start the meeting,’ and end ‘Okay, meeting adjourned.’ This keeps a little sanity in the business for us.”

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Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House: On the Move Again

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:01am

The Winton Guest House will be on the move again.

St. Thomas must move the guest house – designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry for Penny and Mike Winton from 1983 to 1987 – from the former Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center property in Owatonna, Minnesota, by the end of August 2016. St. Thomas sold the Gainey Center earlier this year.

Kirt Woodhouse donated the Winton Guest House to St. Thomas in 2007 as a work of art, with the provision that the distinctive, sculptural home be relocated from its original site on Lake Minnetonka. The house is composed of five separate geometrically shaped rooms projecting from a central 35-foot-tall pyramidal living space. The building was divided into eight sections for the 110-mile move south to Owatonna in 2008; the heaviest piece weighed 80 tons.

Gehry spoke at the dedication of the restored home in October 2011, saying, “It’s a special treat to have one [of my buildings] moved … They did an incredible job putting it together.”

St. Thomas hopes the moving process will commence during the summer of 2015, although the final destination for the building is undetermined. St. Thomas is exploring options for the future of the guest house, including moving it to the St. Paul campus or selling it to a conservation-minded owner who can successfully relocate the house.

“I am committed to the architectural legacy of Frank Gehry in Minnesota,” said Dr. Victoria Young, professor of modern architectural history and chair of the art history department at St. Thomas. “We are working with a number of professional and scholarly organizations to ensure the continued good stewardship of the building. We saved the building once, and we are going to do it again.”

Here are previous Newsroom stories on Gehry and the Winton Guest House:

Frank Gehry: From Architect to Icon

The House as Art: Learning from Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House

University Dedicates Famed Architect Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House at the Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna

After a Long Trip and Total Restoration, Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House is Ready for its Grand Opening


Annual Candlelight Christmas Concert December 6

St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:23pm
The University’s Women’s Choir and String Chamber Orchestra join forces with “Come, Let Us Adore!” More »

Students energized by solar panel project

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 4:28pm
Saint Mary’s University students Conner Ellinghuysen, Peter Hegland, and Reikel Biechler were excited to shed some light on the topic of solar panel installation. After more than a year of researching, presenting, and fundraising, student organizers of the solar panel initiative at Saint Mary’s felt a mixture of excitement and relief on Nov. 25, as [&hellip

Tommie Traditions: Up ’til Dawn

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 1:32pm

Celebrating its 10th year, the University of St. Thomas branch of Up ’til Dawn hosted its annual all-night fundraising event Nov. 14 and raised more than $46,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That makes a total of more than $500,000 that St. Thomas students have raised over the years.

Up ’til Dawn is St. Jude’s student-led, nationwide philanthropic program. At St. Thomas, approximately 150 students gathered from midnight to dawn, participating in individual and team challenges and last-minute fundraising pushes in honor of the children and their families who seek cancer treatment at St. Jude. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude’s mission is “to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.”

Of the $46,000 raised at St. Thomas, 80 percent goes directly to serving the children treated at St. Jude, who are never turned away because of a family’s inability to pay. With the money raised, St. Thomas covered five hours of physical therapy; seven chest X-rays; two days in the Intensive Care Unit; 10 days of chemotherapy; one week of oxygen; and five spinal taps for patients.

Reasons for participating in the event vary among St. Thomas students, from honoring a best friend fighting cancer to wanting to contribute to a cause they admire. Paige Pipal ’15, executive director of the student organization and an entrepreneurship major, explained why she participates: “For me, (Up ’til Dawn) means sacrificing a night of sleep in honor of families who are up all night worrying that their child may not survive or they might not be able to pay for (treatment). … It means really helping with what I can imagine would be one of the darkest times in a parent’s life.”

To participate in Up ’til Dawn, individuals must raise at least $100 before the event, although they can continue to raise funds afterward.

Led by coach Glenn Caruso’s love of St. Jude’s work and mission, the St. Thomas football team did its part to raise funds. Although they couldn’t attend the all-night event (something about a game the next day), players gathered after practice one evening to call and email friends and family for donations.

Some healthy competition ensued, Pipal recalled. Taunts such as “Well, I’m gonna raise more than you” flew across the room. In just 30 minutes, the team raised $2,000 and has since raised more than $12,000. “That was really cool to see,” Pipal said.

Pipal and 10 fellow students coordinated the Up ‘til Dawn event, working with Public Safety, Campus Life, STAR, a St. Jude representative and local businesses. Their roles took some Up ’til Dawn student leaders beyond the St. Paul city limits. Last summer, Pipal and another student attended the St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar in Memphis. They toured the St. Jude campus; listened to organization leaders, including chief executive officer James Downing, M.D.; attended workshops on planning and executing the event; and, what was most memorable for Pipal, visited with St. Jude patients and their families.

“(Patient families) were honored to meet me, (as) I was supporting their child who I had never met. I was honored to meet them, (as) they had gone through this extraordinary thing and were still so humble,” Pipal said.

Yes, Up ’til Dawn is partly a social gathering. Students win fancy prizes and eat good food, all donated by local sponsors; however, the event is more than this. Whether a group decides to shave their heads in honor of patients or simply fights to stay awake as the first light of dawn appears, year after year, the Up ’til Dawn fundraising event cultivates solidarity and hope, uniting St. Thomas students with children fighting for their lives. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night.

Concordia Presents an Evening with Donald Jackson, Feb. 12, 2015

Concordia University Campus News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 5:23am

Concordia University, St. Paul presents An Evening with Donald Jackson, February 12, 2015, as part of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program. The presentation will take place from 7-8:45 p.m. at CSP’s Buetow Music Center Auditorium. This event is free and seating will be on a first come first served basis. 

Mr. Jackson, a British calligrapher, occupies the position of official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He created the calligraphic text typeface and acted as lead calligrapher, illuminator and artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, the first completely handwritten Bible created since the sixteenth century.

Concordia University is hosting an exhibition of all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition on campus during the entire month of February 2015, and two volumes from August 2014 through July 2015. The volumes are located on the main floor of the Library Technology Center at 1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

If you are planning to bring a group to visit the exhibit, please leave a voicemail at 651.641.8383 with the type of group, number of people, date and time that you would like to visit the exhibit. Please be sure to include a phone number where we can contact you. Additional information can be found at

General exhibit hours
Mon–Thurs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Sun 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

Hands-on exhibit hours
Mon-Wed-Fri 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 
Tues-Thurs 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sat 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Marching to the Light of Their Own Drums

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:17pm

Joey Nesbitt ’12, a Broncos fan, admits that he wasn’t in a great mood by halftime during the last Super Bowl. That wouldn’t last long. (Not because the Broncos turned the game around; they didn’t.) Sharing the stage with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers was DrumLite, which Nesbitt and Jeff Sevaldson ’11 invented.

The pair was together at Sevaldson’s place during the Super Bowl, which Sevaldson describes as “pretty surreal.”

“It didn’t dawn on me until like a week afterward, those lights that touched our hands were seen by so many people,” Sevaldson said.

Opening doors

Two drums that have been outfitted with DrumLite. (Photo provided)

DrumLite, started when both Sevaldson and Nesbitt were roommates at St. Thomas, is intended to bring focus to the drummer: an LED light is inserted into the drum, and comes in a range of different colors and effects.

Their clients include Lester Estelle from Kelly Clarkson and Pillar; Greg Garman from Selena Gomez; Steve Goold from Sara Bareilles and Owl City; Zac Hanson from Hanson; Mikey Martin from Shiny Toy Guns; and Mike McKee from Delta Rae. Amazon and dealers from Ontario to Florida carry their products.

They launched DrumLite after raising a mere $500 and quickly had to learn how to balance classes, exams and projects with the rigor of an up-and-coming business.

“We were limited on time and budget,” Sevaldson said. “It set us up good though. We weren’t spending on things we didn’t need. We just focused on the important things for the initial year really.”

Both also have adjusted to getting little sleep – all lessons that have aided them as their company continues to grow. (And as they both have full-time “day” jobs to occupy their schedules.)

Being featured in the Super Bowl has helped open doors to their company, particularly in the arena of brand awareness.

“We hadn’t been commercialized even though this technology had been around,” Nesbitt said. “A lot of people didn’t exactly know what we were doing. Then, instantly, millions of people could see what our company was about.”

DrumLite has a shop in St. Louis Park, and Nesbitt and Sevaldson now have three part-time people working for them.

One of their main undertakings is releasing a new controller, which will make it so that drums light up when they are hit. (A popular request, according to Nesbitt.) They’ve also been working on redoing the product line, which will involve upgrading the quality of their product to make it more “tour ready,” as Sevaldson said.

“We went through everything we didn’t like,” Nesbitt said. “We went back to the drawing board. We’re making it so you can gig with it seven days a week, throw it in a drum case and still be bulletproof all the time.”

A community of drummers

A huge part of their business is artist interaction. Their network, thanks to the Super Bowl and attending trade shows, has grown. Both Nesbitt and Sevaldson put emphasis on having a personal connection with their customers or potential customers. Nesbitt said having that kind of relationship is helpful, because they can help their musicians when they’re on tour if they need something for their drums or even just need to find a place to stay.

“Really, we’re centered on our artists,” Nesbitt said. “Our customers are really part of a family, a community, of drummers.”

They’ll also be able to continue to grow through that network by reaching out to popular artists with the hope of getting them to use their product.

In the mean time, they make sure to support customers who already used DrumLite. Nesbitt and Sevaldson frequently attend shows coming through the Minneapolis area that feature DrumLite. Nesbitt said, to him, it’s become the norm to see a drumset with their lights.

“The reverse is almost true now,” Nesbitt said. “If I don’t see the lights, I think it’s an opportunity, and we have to talk to this guy.”

For Sevaldson, he said that going to a show where DrumLite is being used is still a reminder of the impact they have on other people.

“As soon as I see the lights again in person – the stage goes dark, the drum lights pop on for the first song, and the crowd goes, ‘Ooh,’ – I’m like, oh yeah,” Sevaldson said.

Both admit they enjoy seeing their product on television, but seeing other people’s excitement is still a prime reward for them.

“The Super Bowl was pretty sweet,” Nesbitt said. “But I love getting a picture of a younger artist – a 12-year-old – in their laundry room with their drums on. Maybe their parents take the picture. They’re grinning ear to ear. I feel like I really helped that young drummer. They’re not dreading practice. They’re excited to turn the light on and rock out. We want to make drumming fun.”

Success in the form of a good partner and dedication

Although their business has grown and their lives have changed, Nesbitt said they still carry the workload “50/50.” Nesbitt, who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, works on the operations side of things while Sevaldson, who majored in entrepreneurship and communication, focuses on sales.

They describe their strengths as complementary, an important factor to the success of the business.

“I’m good at reading his mind, we’ve known each for so many years,” Sevaldson said. “It’s challenging to work with someone whose strengths are your weaknesses. Joey is very linear and mathematical. He’s good at the engineering stuff and how to make the product better. I wouldn’t have a clue. I’m more of a creative thinker.”

Nesbitt also said that it’s important that they hold each other accountable.

“I don’t recommend starting a business with a partner who isn’t equally invested,” Nesbitt said.

That kind of dedication is a vital component to their business, and they offer up the same advice to anyone else who is looking to start up their own company: Go ahead and do it.

“People get hung up on, ‘I need investors, I need this, I need that,’” Sevaldson said. “People told us we would need five grand and we looked at each other and went, ‘Crap.’ You just need to get out there with the product.”

“The biggest hurdle is not starting,” Nesbitt said. “You start small and get feedback from your customers. You can always change things as you go on. If you never get started, you can’t.”

Project Management program PMI re-accredited

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:47pm
The Master of Science in Project Management at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has again been approved for accreditation with the Project Management Institute (PMI), the leading professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession. PMI’s Global Accreditation Center board of directors renewal indicates that Saint Mary’s project management program is top-notch. [&hellip

Gender Summit to feature research from students, faculty

Presentations on gender issues take place from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at Gorecki Center, CSB.

600 students attend ‘Mugsgiving’ giveaway

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:01am
On Nov. 23, 600 students raised their newly acquired mugs of hot cocoa in a warm toast to each other and to Saint Mary’s University during the first “Mugsgiving” celebration. Through the event, hosted by the Future Alumni Committee and Office of Alumni Relations, all undergrad students were invited to receive special commemorative mugs, as well [&hellip

CSP's Keith Williams Named Fellow of the Council for the NCECA

Concordia University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:06am

Professor Keith J. Williams, long-standing Chair of Concordia’s Department of Art and Design, was recently named as a Fellow of the Council for the National Council on Education for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

The Fellow of the Council award is given to those who have served the organization in an extraordinary manner. Williams served on the council’s Board of Directors for eight years, first as Director at Large and then in its six-year presidential cycle. In that time Williams led the comprehensive revision of the organization’s Constitution and Bylaws, built strong connections between the council and high school clay educators, restructured the board to be more inclusive and representative of the membership, and helped in the transition involved in hiring the council’s first long-term Executive Director. The council also established a healthy donor base and more than doubled its net worth under Williams’ leadership.

Williams joins such notable contributors as Warren MacKenzie as one of only 30 living NCECA Fellows world-wide.

The NCECA is the international professional organization representing professors and students as well as potters, professional artists from dozens of countries. Its inclusive educational mission is unique and the council produces the largest annual arts conference in the world.

Teacher Education Programs Request Third Party Comments for CAEP Review

Concordia University Campus News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:16am

The Department of Education at Concordia University, St. Paul is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on March 29 – April 1. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the EPP – Education Program Provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). No anonymous testimony will be considered.

  • In CAEP’s performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPP’s must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education unit that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

We invite you to submit written testimony by March 1, 2015 to:

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Two Gustavus Students Receive Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad

Gustavus Campus News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 2:44pm

Alexa Giebink ’16

Gustavus Adolphus College students Alexa Giebink ’16 and Samantha Vang ’16 are two of the 800 American undergraduate students from 356 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2015 academic term.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Giebink is a junior history major who will be studying abroad this spring through Gustavus’s Semester in Sweden program. Giebink and other program participants will have an opportunity to experience Sweden through a variety of excursions, activities, lectures and tours with an emphasis on discussion, reflections, and writing. Participants will begin the semester in January in northern Sweden and travel progressively south, spending time in Mora and Stockholm, among other places, before ending in Skåne, a province in southern Sweden.

“I want to study abroad to experience other cultures and bring what I learn back home to better inform my actions,” Giebink said. “I chose the Gustavus-led Semester in Sweden because it allows me to see the entire country throughout the semester and explore Gustavus’s roots of Swedish heritage. I am particularly interested in meeting and learning about the Sami indigenous people.”

Samantha Vang ’16

Vang is a junior majoring in communication studies, political science, and Japanese studies who is spending the entire 2014-15 academic year studying in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University. Vang is immersed in the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai which involves rigorous Japanese language studies as well as courses in the social sciences, humanities, and business/economics pertinent to Japan and Asia.

“I wanted to study abroad simply because I wanted to see the world beyond the United States. Through encouragement of my friends and my teachers and the excitement of it motivated me to study abroad. I chose Japan because I’ve been studying the language for a few years now and I want it to become my third language,” Vang said. “Kansai Gaidai University seemed like a perfect fit because it has a well established relationship with Gustavus, so they are experienced in working with international students. The university is also between two major cities–Osaka and Kyoto–so traveling to two distinct cities is a plus and the food varieties are even better. I also hope to learn more about Japan’s food culture, and food issues because I hope to participate in food advocacy work later in my career.”

The Gilman Scholarship is named for Benjamin A. Gilman, a former Congressman from the state of New York who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years from 1973-2003. Gilman chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee, served as a Congressional delegate to the United Nations, was a member of the Ukraine Famine Commission, a member of the U.S., European, Canadian, and Mexican Interparliamentary conferences, and a Congressional Advisor to the U.N. Law of the Sea Conference.


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Canney Announces Resignation

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:01am

Dr. Jane Canney, vice president for student affairs at St. Thomas since 2004, has announced her resignation, effective Dec. 31.

Dr. Karen Lange, dean of students, will assume the additional responsibilities of interim vice president for student affairs until a permanent successor to Canney is named, said Dr. Richard Plumb, provost and executive vice president.

In an email to colleagues, Canney called it “an honor and a privilege” to have served as a vice president at St. Thomas and that she has loved “this amazing experience.” She plans to pursue other interests next year.

“One of my greatest joys has been the opportunity to work with superb Student Affairs staff, in collaboration with students, staff, faculty, trustees, families and donors across the St. Thomas community and beyond,” she said. “Throughout this time, I was most fortunate to have benefited from visionary leaders who respected this work.”

President Julie Sullivan praised Canney’s efforts in creating and implementing a tobacco-free campus, a new sexual misconduct policy, a student health insurance program and the Dease Scholarship Program. She helped to design crisis management resources, including the University Action and Response Team and the UST Cares website.

Canney also was involved in developing and operating four buildings that opened during her tenure – Anderson Student Center (2012), Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (2010), Flynn Residence Hall (2005) and Child Development Center (2005).

“Jane is a superb leader who always has had, as her No. 1 priority, the welfare of our students and working across our campuses to provide the best possible education for them,” Sullivan said. “I want to thank her for her vision and her leadership, and on behalf of the entire university community I wish her the best.”

Canney said she will most miss the students and colleagues who collaborated with her on countless projects over the past decade. She holds two degrees from St. Thomas – a master of arts degree in teaching and a doctorate in organization development.

“Special thanks to each of you for the good counsel and support which you have provided me during these exciting times,” she said.

Grant to Allow Psychology Students to Work in Living Lab

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:14am

Students in Professor Kyle Chambers’ Advanced Research Methods class had a chance to pilot the Living Lab model last year.

The Center for Developmental Science (CDS) at Gustavus Adolphus College and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) in Mankato have been awarded a $3,000 stipend from the National Living Laboratory Initiative in Boston that will create unique opportunities for Gustavus psychology students.

The stipend will allow the CDS and the CMSM to create a permanent Living Laboratory in the new location of the Children’s Museum, which is scheduled to open in early 2015. Living Laboratories aim to educate the public about child development by immersing museum visitors in the process of scientific discovery.

According to the National Living Laboratory Initiative’s website, in the Living Laboratory’s educational model, scientists recruit participants and conduct their studies within dynamic exhibits at their local museum, rather than behind closed doors. Families visiting the museum are invited to participate in on-going research projects and to engage in one-on-one conversations with the scientists. Collaborating scientists work closely with informal science educators to communicate the questions and methods of their work to parents and other caregivers via informal conversations and hands-on activities that illustrate recent child development research.

“To our knowledge, this will be the first Living Lab partnership established in Minnesota,” said Kyle Chambers, Associate Professor of Psychological Science and Co-Director of the College’s Center for Developmental Science. “It’s also noteworthy that most Living Lab collaborations involve children’s museums and research universities with graduate programs, not liberal arts colleges, so this is a very special opportunity for our undergraduates.”

Associate Professor Kyle Chambers is the Co-director of the College’s Center for Developmental Science.

Chambers says that being involved in a Living Lab partnership has several advantages for developmental psychology students and researchers including access to a larger and more diverse subject pool and the opportunity for students to hone their communication skills with various audiences at the CMSM.

Junior Janey Ross is one Gustavus student who will be taking advantage of the Living Lab collaboration. Last spring, Ross took Chambers’ Advanced Research Methods in Developmental Science course which used the Living Lab model to conduct replications of previous experiments conducted at museums. That class laid the groundwork for the stipend application and recent award.

“It was a small class of 10 students so we got split into three groups and each assigned an experiment,” Ross said. “We re-created the experiment by building the materials ourselves and then we brought the experiment to the Living Lab and did research on our own. It’s a unique and challenging experience. We gained a lot of experience working with the public because we had to approach parents who had no idea what a Living Lab was and explain our research to them.”

Ross has been busy this Fall Semester preparing for the CMSM’s eventual opening by working with Museum staff to iron out the logistics of the relationship and also using the stipend to buy supplies and have professional signage made. She is looking forward to the Spring Semester when she and other Gustavus students can start collecting more data through experiments.

“I’ve always wanted to work with kids, but I didn’t want to be a teacher, so that’s why I decided to study developmental psychology,” Ross said. “Working in a museum has exposed me to another potential career path within the field of developmental psychology.”

Other Gustavus students who are involved with the Center for Developmental Science include Kate Belschner ’16, Allison Birnschein ’17, Alli Conrad ’15, Caroline David ’16, Andrea Garcia ’16, Nick Herzog ’16, Sarah Leavens ’16, Maren Kind ’15, Alyssa Maxson ’16, Gretchan Menze ’15, Neo Mpunga ’15, Emma Nystadius ’15, Allie Renneke ’15, Lili Rothschild ’17, Taylor Sommers ’15, and Callie Van Cleve ’17.

The National Living Lab Initiative is supported by a grant to the Museum of Science, Boston from the National Science Foundation. For more information about the Living Lab model or the Center for Developmental Science at Gustavus, contact Chambers at or visit the CDS website at


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New Hillstrom Museum Exhibition to Feature Works by Patrick Blaine

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:18pm

Fluid Chromatic #53, 2003, epoxy on wood, 36 x 24 inches

The Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College will present Fluid Chromatics: Epoxy Paintings by Patrick Blaine, from November 24, 2014 through January 30, 2015, and FOCUS IN/ON: Everett Shinn’s Magician with Shears, from December 5, 2014 through January 30, 2015 and February 16 through April 19, 2015.

There will be an opening reception for Fluid Chromatics: Epoxy Paintings by Patrick Blaine from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, with comments from the artist at 7:30 p.m.

Fluid Chromatics: Epoxy Paintings by Patrick Blaine features fifty paintings by St. Paul artist Patrick Blaine, created in an epoxy medium that he developed through long and dangerous experimentation. The effect of these works, which feature imagery that is related to natural forms such as shells, leaves, pools of water, or clusters of frog eggs, is of rich, deep colors that seem to glow from within and that have a visually intense effect similar to that of paintings on copper. The primacy of color in his works is evident in the uniform title, Fluid Chromatic, Blaine has given to all the paintings in the exhibit.

Recently the artist has begun to combine his interest in nature photography, including that made during regular outings on bodies of water such as the Mississippi River, with his concern for color and for the epoxy medium. This exhibition includes his video titled Memories on the River Lethe, in which Blaine introduced hundreds of small, colorful epoxy globules, or resin stones as he calls them, into flowing water and recorded the effect.  These globules were made by an accidentally discovered free-form molding process to create colorful, jewel-like cabochons of epoxy.

Blaine studied in doctoral programs in history and the history of science but left those pursuits to concentrate on art, having been a casual painter for many years.  To date, Blaine has had few exhibitions, which include showings at the Marziart Internationale Galerie in Hamburg, Germany, and at the Blue Moon Café and the Frank Stone Gallery in Minneapolis.

FOCUS IN/ON: Everett Shinn’s Magician with Shears is another of the Museum’s FOCUS IN/ON projects, in which a single work from the Hillstrom Collection is analyzed in depth, in collaboration with a colleague from across the Gustavus Adolphus College curriculum.  An oil painting titled Magician with Shears by American Ashcan painter Everett Shinn (1876-1953) is the subject of an exhibition and essay co-written by Micah J. Maatman, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Hillstrom Museum of Art Director Donald Myers, which considers the artist, his career, and his strong interest in theatre, in particular vaudeville, through the painting, and will also reconsider the painting’s likely date and suggest the identity of the particular magician depicted by Shinn.

Admission to the Hillstrom Museum of Art, including all receptions and special events, is free and open to the public. Regular Museum hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends.  Please visit the Museum’s website at for further information.


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