Recent News from Campuses

Lawyer turned documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter to present convocation

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:28pm

Dawn Porter, an attorney, civil justice crusader and award-winning documentary filmmaker, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 16 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films and the director of the acclaimed documentary, “Gideon’s Army,” which portrays the lives of three young public defenders working in the Deep South. Following the personal stories of their clients, the film shows first-hand the realities of—and inequalities in—the American criminal justice system. The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an eye-opening insight into a judicial hellhole world that ordinary citizens can never imagine” and Village Voice called it “HBO’s most illuminating crime drama since ‘The Wire.’”

Entitled “Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Porter’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at

Artist Sean Connaughty opens new exhibit

The CSB/SJU Fine Arts Series presents Sean Connaughty's O2 on Friday, Jan. 23 - Friday, Mar. 20 in the Gorecki Gallery, Benedicta Arts Center, CSB.

CSP Hosts 12th Annual High School Honors Exhibition

Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 7:05am

The Department of Art and Design at Concordia University, St. Paul is hosting the 12th Annual High School Honors Exhibition January 16-28, 2015 at the Concordia Gallery. The exhibit will feature work by students from Simley High School (Inver Grove Heights), Highland Park High School (St. Paul), Perpich Center for Arts Education (Golden Valley) and Trinity School at River Ridge (Eagan).

Members of Concordia’s art faculty select which schools participate in the show on a rotating basis. Each school is asked to submit eight to ten pieces from their top juniors for inclusion to the exhibition. Faculty will present awards to the top works at the exhibition’s opening reception Thursday, Jan. 15 at 5:30 p.m. 

The Concordia Gallery, located in the Concordia Art Center at 1301 Marshall Avenue, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is open to the public. 

The Scroll: Humans of St. Thomas and Steven Winkel

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:06pm

Carol Bruess

The first installment of our very own “Humans of St. Thomas” was received (hurrah!) with great enthusiasm. And so, as promised, here goes another portrait of a very cool human in our midst.

Meet Steven Winkel, a St. Thomas inhabitant who, despite a busy finals week that made his work ever more challenging, graciously granted me a peek into his hobbies, life, loves, fears and passions – as well as a few of the super gross (some not printable in The Scroll) realities that are just part of the job he loves.

When you are on the first floor of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library or O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, you benefit from Steve’s high-sheen polish and perfectly positive demeanor. In just 25 minutes with Steve, an eight-year employee, I discovered there’s so much more to him – not surprisingly – than his fabulously sparkling floors and superbly disinfected bathrooms. The jolly janitor, when not making OEC and OSF inhabitants’ days cleaner and neater, is a dutiful and dedicated dad of three teens, an avid video gamer, extremely afraid of spiders, a champion of Minnesota winters, recently married, a cat lover, and sustains a burning passion for Civil War non-fiction and reenactments. With his contagious and hearty laughter, he shared more on all of the above:

Steve Winkel

About his love of reading (maybe it’s why he ended up working in a library?) For sure, he admits, “I’m a big reader.” But it’s not why he enjoys vacuuming amongst the books. “I just was trying to stay on days. It works out so much better being a father, working during the day.”

On being a dad of a 17-, 15- and 13-year-old: “I have three kids. I have two children from a past marriage, and another child I have custody of. My kids are really, really good, to be honest. … Once I got a divorce, my ex-wife moved down to Hastings, and I couldn’t have that. So I moved with them. And I was like no. I did not have children to pay child support. I had children to become a father. … For better or for worse, it doesn’t matter. They’re with me.” He explained that moving into an apartment near his ex was, without a doubt, the right thing for a dedicated dad to do.

Was there anything special on their Christmas wish lists? “One [wanted] her iPod fixed, because it has cracks; the spider thing in front. My son wanted a game – Grand Theft Auto 5. But he’s only 13, so no. No. I’m not going to buy you this, kid.”

On how his passion for fatherhood has always been in him: “It’s funny – when most people asked, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ – it certainly wasn’t, ‘A janitor.’ That was not my first choice. The only thing I ever said, growing up, was to be a good dad. And, I believe I fulfilled my promise to myself.” 

On his position at St. Thomas, now five years on the St. Paul campus after three years on the Minneapolis campus: “I clean first floor library, first floor OEC, pretty much all of ’em. I really love my job.”

And on the dirty parts, especially the bathrooms: “There’s a reason why we wear gloves and look like we’re Darth Vader sometimes going into them! We don’t want to touch anything, either. Really, we don’t – we disinfect things for a reason.” Steve shared more at my prompting, but I will leave the rest to your wildest, grossest imaginings. And after you do – or even if you don’t – I encourage you to thank every janitor you see, for it’s work most of us don’t enjoy even when such messes are made by relatives. (Really, I mean big ewww on some of what these folks have to do.)

On being a newlywed: “I just got married in June! (At) Forbidden Falls in Hastings. It’s right off Highway 61 right by the big mill. This is my second time around so I know exactly what not to do.”

And so, of course, I had to press: What exactly shouldn’t husbands do? “Everything I did in my first marriage.”

On why he and Emily Rose chose a Friday the 13th and a full moon for their wedding day? “June 13. It was actually a Friday the 13th – and a full moon! It was the only one in 2014, and we found out that the next there’s going to be a full moon with a Friday the 13th is 2048. Dead serious.”

A bit about his cats Oscar, Shadow and Mystery: “Mystery is 33 pounds. We call him the lap warmer because he’ll come over – and you can’t even see your lap. We have to give him baths because he can’t groom himself properly.”

On his Civil War interests and hobby: “I love reading about the Civil War. I used to be part of the infantry division that goes to Gettysburg and Vicksburg and does all the reenactments for the Civil War. And if I could say anything – it’s that everybody should try it. It’s really surreal.”

Why’s that? “There’s just a courage those guys had to have to stand there. You’re watching the guy across from you, packing his musket as quickly as he can so he can kill you. But in the reenactments we always aim high, just in case.”

On his favorite video game: “Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance 2. It’s pretty much a guy with a sword runnin’ around trying to battle the forces of evil.”

Maybe the goal is similar to Steve and his mop attacking those high-traffic library floors? He wasn’t so sure my analogy was apt. He did grant (with our simultaneous laughter): “The forces of evil keep coming back every day – if we’re going to look at it that way!”

On growing up in Roseville and why he fully embraces the frigid winters: “I love the change of the seasons. I’ve you’ve ever gone down to Louisiana in the summer, you’ll find out you can’t take off enough clothes to keep comfortable.” In Minnesota, “You can layer up as much as you want to feel comfortable. And there’s no problem with that.”

On his greatest fear: “Spiders. Out of control. No. Out of control. Like, daddy longlegs – makes me run.”

As always, if you know a human at UST, do tell ( I’d sure love to meet them and share their stories in 2015.


Concordia Partners with Northwestern Health Sciences University

Concordia University Campus News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 5:18am

Concordia University, St. Paul has announced a mutually beneficial partnership with Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington, Minn.), allowing direct transfer opportunities for graduates of both schools beginning in January 2015.

Concordia will provide a $2,000 scholarship, waive admission fees and grant priority admission status for each graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) who enrolls in an accelerated cohort-delivered degree program at CSP. In addition, Concordia will provide personalized academic advising and success coaching for as long as a student is enrolled in one of its programs.

Likewise, students graduating from Concordia will receive a $2,000 stipend, priority admission status, an admission fee waiver, and academic advising if they elect to enroll in one of NWHSU’s academic programs.

“Concordia is exited to partner with Northwestern affording a seamless transition opportunity for students into their doctorate program,” said Concordia Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Eric LaMott. “This partnership leverages the strengths from both institutions for the benefit of students both in quality of program and time to completion.”

The partnership also features a 3+3 program that allows CSP students to complete their undergraduate degree and earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in just six years. Through this unique arrangement, students will complete their first three years of courses at Concordia before transferring to NWHSU to begin their Chiropractic program while finishing their undergraduate course work.

An additional highlight of the partnership provides NWHSU students who have completed an Associates degree in Massage Therapy a seamless transition into either a B.A. in Exercise Science or B.A. in Health Care Administration program at Concordia.

“We are delighted and proud that we can now offer a broader array of educational opportunities for our students, and for the students of Concordia,” said Dr. Mike Wiles, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Concordia’s partnership with NWHSU strengthens its commitment to local colleges as it continues to arrange articulation agreements that allow students to transfer credits toward a four-year degree at CSP.

Please Remember in Your Prayers Father Charles Froehle

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:45pm

Father Charles L. Froehle, a parish priest and for 25 years a professor, dean and rector at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, was with family and friends when he died at age 77 on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Our Lady of Peace Home in St. Paul.

Father Charles Froehle

The son of Leo and Catherine Froehle, he was born April 20, 1937, in St. Cloud and grew up in St. Paul. He completed studies at Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary in 1957 and graduated from the St. Paul Seminary in 1963. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Feb. 2, 1963. After serving two years at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis he began studies in Rome. He received a Licentiate and Doctorate in Theology from the Angelicum, the University of St. Thomas in Rome, in 1968.

He returned to the St. Paul Seminary where he served as professor of sacramental theology, dean of studies and vice rector. In 1980 he was appointed rector and was one of the major architects — along with Monsignor Terrence Murphy and Dr. Charles Keffer from St. Thomas and Archbishop John Roach from the archdiocese — of the 1987 affiliation of the seminary with the then College of St. Thomas. That year he became the vice president of St. Thomas for the School of Divinity. He also oversaw the design and construction of the seminary’s new administration center and residence hall as well as the renovation of St. Mary’s Chapel.

After retiring as rector of the seminary, he served as pastor of the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Buffalo from 1994 to 2001 and of Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis from 2001 until 2012.

When he left the seminary in 1993, St. Thomas awarded him an honorary doctorate. A citation that accompanied the degree described Froehle’s “remarkable expertise, sensitivity and patience in dialogue with all those who had stake in this new School of Divinity” and noted that “Hundreds of priests and lay ministers who today proclaim the good news are indebted to you as their role model and guide. … You also have engendered a sense of trust in faculty, staff and students. As one graduate said: ‘We were always impressed with your grace and dignity, the respect you earned from the students, your insights when preaching, and your gentleness and pastoral skills.’”

Froehle was included in a volume about the “interesting and influential people in the history of St. Thomas” that was published for the university’s quasquicentennial in 2010. It noted that as a supporter of ecumenical cooperation, Froehle headed the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools and welcomed into the School of Divinity the St. Thomas Center for Jewish-Christian Learning (now Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning) and its interfaith programming.

Froehle loved to spend time at his cabin in Wisconsin. His love of woodworking is seen there in the remodeling of the interior and the addition of a screen porch. He was a man who loved nature in all its forms. He enjoyed taking a cruise around the lake, listening for the loons and pointing out where the eagles nested. He particularly loved birds and watched as they flocked to the many feeders on the property. He was a humble man who loved the priesthood and touched the lives of countless parishioners as well as the many priests he mentored as seminarians, lay students preparing for pastoral ministry, and his faculty and staff colleagues from his years at the seminary.

He is survived by his brother John of Colorado Springs, and his sisters Margaret McCarty Cournoyer, and Jean, both of St. Paul, along with many nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews. In addition, he is survived by his friend John Kinney, bishop emeritus of St. Cloud.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at O’Halloran Murphy Funeral Home, 575 S. Snelling Ave. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Mary’s Chapel at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 2260 Summit Ave. Visitation also will be held at St. Mary’s Chapel an hour and a half prior to the Mass. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity or Our Lady of Peace Home.

Gustavus Earns Community Engagement Classification from Carnegie Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Carnegie Foundation

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


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Saint Mary’s online graduate programs recognized nationally

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

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

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

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

St. Kate's receives national community engagement classification

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

MCA announces Jan. 17 auditions for spring dance concert

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

Minnesota Conservatory open house is Thursday

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

Weather Update

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

River History

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

Please Remember David Koch in Your Prayers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information also can be found in his newspaper obituary.

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

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

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

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

Murray Hall Roof Among J-Term Construction Projects

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

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

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

Other January Term projects include:

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

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

Minnesota Author Leif Enger Featured Speaker at 2015 Heginbotham Literary Lecture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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