Recent News from Campuses

Elena Anderson Named Newman Civic Fellow 2015 Award Winner

Hamline University Campus News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:00am
Hamline University is honored to announce that Elena Anderson, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts, was chosen as a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award recipient.

<i>Campaign Gustavus</i> Reaches $145 Million Following Philanthropy Dinner Announcements

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:43pm

Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees Chair George Hicks announced Friday, April 24, that Campaign Gustavus has reached $145 million in total commitments toward its goal of $150 million. Hicks made the announcement at the College’s annual philanthropy dinner—a gala event held to show appreciation for many of the institution’s top donors.

Campaign Gustavus is the largest fundraising campaign ever undertaken by the College in its 153-year history,” Hicks said. “Thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors, we are setting the College up for success for the foreseeable future through enhancements to campus facilities, student scholarships and financial aid, academic programs, and teaching resources.”

President Rebecca Bergman announced several new seven-figure commitments at the dinner including a major commitment from Adeline and the late Rev. Drell Bernhardson to help renovate the College’s A.H. Anderson building, which will house the Education Department, several administrative offices, and a multi-faith space.

The Bernhardson family has deep roots at Gustavus, dating back to the late 1950s when the Rev. Drell Bernhardson, along with many other local Augustana Lutheran Pastors in Minnesota, raised money for the building of Christ Chapel. Through the years, Drell and his wife, Adeline, have been generous philanthropists to the College; establishing the core endowment for the Nobel Conference, an endowed scholarship program that has already supported more than 900 students, and the Bernhardson Chair in Lutheran Studies in 1996—the first of its kind, which has now been emulated by several of our Lutheran collegiate institutions.

“This latest generous gift from the Bernhardson family means that we have raised over $6.25 million toward a $7.5 million fundraising goal for the renovation of the Anderson building,” Bergman said. “Now that the Board of Trustees has authorized completion of the final construction documents, we are poised to start renovations as soon as the fundraising goal for the project is met.”

The Bernhardson family gift announcement comes just days after the College announced a separate $3 million gift from the Lind Family that also supports the renovation of the Anderson building as well as other aspects of the College’s Education Department.

Vice President for Advancement Thomas W. Young expressed optimism at the dinner that Campaign Gustavus will surpass the $150 million goal by the fall of 2015.

“As we look down the homestretch of this campaign we have three main priorities in front of us,” Young said. “We will look to establish two more endowed faculty positions to bring us to a total of 10 during this campaign; we will seek an additional $1.5 million in contributions toward the renovation of the Anderson building; and we will seek significant funding toward the future renovation of the Nobel Hall of Science.”

Anyone interested in giving to Campaign Gustavus can do so by calling the Advancement Office at 507-933-7512 or by going online to gustavus.edu/give.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
mthomas@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

Jazz Lab Band Honored at UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:55pm

The 2014-15 Gustavus Jazz Lab Band

The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, led by director Dave Stamps, won first place in the Collegiate Big Band Division at the 2015 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Festival, which was held April 17-18. This is the third time that the ensemble has taken first place at the festival, and the first time under the leadership of Stamps.

As a result of taking first place in their category, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band was invited to perform at the State Theatre in Eau Claire on April 17 during the festival concert in front of an audience of 1,100.

Four individuals in the ensemble were also recognized with Outstanding Performance Certificates including Hannah Walters (voice), Daniel Felton (alto saxophone), Ryan Masso (trumpet), and Bryan Voigt (drums).

Since 1967, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival has maintained a standard of excellence in jazz education and performance. This educational and cultural jazz festival has earned its distinction as one of the oldest and largest events of its kind by providing local, national, and international artists the opportunity to showcase their creative work and by highlighting the enduring elements and important directions in this distinctly American music.

Since 1970, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band has built its reputation of performance excellence based on a varied repertoire from traditional big band standards to modern compositions. As its reputation has grown, the ensemble has received well-deserved attention for musical excellence. In addition to being invited to the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival, the group has performed at the prestigious Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival and has performed live on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. The group recently performed its annual Home Concert on April 19 when it performed works by Duke Ellington, Don Gibson, Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, Michel LeGrand, and others.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
mthomas@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

Salgado ready to help youth in crisis

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:52pm

Armando Salgado ’15 will be the first to admit that, at first, he struggled in college. As a First Generation Scholar (FGI) at Saint Mary’s University, he wasn’t meeting his grade-point-average requirements and was close to losing his scholarship.

But, Salgado said, administrators like Dr. Jane Anderson in the FGI program believed in him and saw his potential; instead of giving up, he said they urged him to find his passion. In psychology, Salgado found that passion.

With graduation nearing in May, Salgado is now faced with a new predicament, deciding between two graduate school acceptances: Roosevelt University in Chicago (where he would study for a master’s in clinical psychology); or a doctoral program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Chicago.

One decision that has been made is his career path. After completing an internship with Family & Children’s Center this past year in Winona, Minn., he solidified his desire to work with adolescents.

“I had worked with high-schoolers in Saint Mary’s Countdown to College summer college prep program,” he said. “And I loved it. It was awesome to see the kids so full of energy and willing to learn. But I knew I wanted to see the other side of this population, ones who are struggling.”

At Family & Children’s Center, in Adolescent Day Treatment, he worked with 12- to 16-year-olds who have experienced trauma and behavioral disorders, which could range from abuse to early death of family members. He also worked with the Youth Night Campus, which consisted of teens ages 15 to 18 who are court-mandated to participate in the program because of crimes they have committed. But, he said, most of their behavioral issues also relate back to early trauma.

“The experience was rewarding but also emotionally draining and difficult at times,” he said. “Looking back, I can see that the progress was there but during the internship it was sometimes difficult to see.” This spring, Salgado will present his research on trauma and adolescents and how social support is crucial in an intervention plan.

After graduate school, he eventually hopes to work with youth back in Chicago, where there is a significant need for bilingual mental health practitioners.

As a graduate of St. Patrick High School in Chicago, Salgado was familiar with the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their mission. “It was nice seeing the mission at Saint Mary’s and seeing it played out through the FGI program,” he said. “The FGI program really reflects Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s work. It’s also nice seeing how the program has improved and evolved through the years. The Countdown to College aspect would have really helped me in high school.

“The First Generation program provided me with a huge support system,” he said. “College was a big culture shock and that sense of family was huge. I’ve made friendships that are going to continue past graduation. And the four-year scholarship was a huge blessing to my family who otherwise couldn’t have afforded it.”

 

Library Fundraiser Books in Bloom Set for May 1-3

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:44pm

Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) will host its fifth annual Books in Bloom event at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on May 1-3. The event is free and open to the public.

Books in Bloom is a distinctive event that highlights books, media, technology, and other resource material within the library through floral arrangements and artistic expression. This year’s event will feature 24 different “blooms” that will be arranged and spread throughout the first two floors of the library. Blooms are sponsored by individuals, families, book clubs, foundations, and organizations and are designed by professional florists, master gardeners, or friends with a knack for creativity.

This year’s event will feature books and films such as Let Love Serve by the late legendary Gustavus tennis coach Steve Wilkinson, The Andy Warhol Diaries by Andy Warhol, Disney’s wildly popular film Frozen, and A String of Pearls by Gustavus alumnus Richard Arthur DeRemee ’55.

Attendees can choose to join a tour led by a student ambassador, or simply wander from bloom to bloom on their own with the help of a program and map.

This year’s Books in Bloom event will be open to the public according to the following schedule:

  • Friday, May 1: 3-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

GLA is a friends-of-the-college organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the College’s Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Since organizing in 1977, GLA has raised more than $2.5 million for the library endowment fund, acquisitions, and non-budgeted special collections.

Questions about this year’s Books in Bloom event can be directed to the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
mthomas@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

Phi Beta Kappa welcomes 17 new members

St. Kate's Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:18pm
The St. Kate’s students included eight double majors, five Antonian scholars, and two future doctors. More »

Doing a Bit of Good With Bitcoin

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:00pm

Bitcoin, the world’s first decentralized cryptocurrency, is met with an even mix of fear, skepticism or excitement by those familiar with the virtual form of money. Introductions usually are greeted with a mere scratch on the head. According to a recent survey by Bitcoin organization Coin Center, 65 percent of its respondents have never heard of Bitcoin.

Eight years after its launch in 2007, still not much is known. Even the identity of its creator (or creators) – known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto – remains an unsolved mystery.

Its detractors are vocal and bold. Is Bitcoin safe? Trustworthy? Convenient? Will it, can it, succeed as a mainstream currency? Even Frank Abagnale Jr., the infamous imposter and scam artist depicted in the 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can,” singled out Bitcoin as “the greatest scam of all time” in The Atlantic.

One person who is excited about Bitcoin is David Duccini ’94, ’99 M.S.S.E. He believes in Bitcoin’s promise so much he founded a charitable organization based solely in Bitcoin. Do a Bit of Good serves as a conduit between nonprofits and pro-social causes and their supporters. Duccini also hopes it will help “change the conversation” about Bitcoin.

“There’s been a lot of negative press around Bitcoin. It’s been used for illicit purposes, for instance, like that Silk Road thing that was in the news quite a bit last year, so I wanted to start creating some positive buzz and energy. You could definitely say I’m optimistic about the value of cryptocurrencies.”

A charity is born

As cryptic as Bitcoin is to the minds of many, the way Do a Bit of Good works is surprisingly simple. Perhaps it’s because Duccini, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in software engineering from St. Thomas and an M.B.A from Carlson School of Management from the University of Minnesota, understood the concept of Bitcoin from the get go.

“Between the two advanced degrees, I got it right away. I got the technical side, the software piece of it, the consensus and the distributive nature of it. Then from the M.B.A. side I could see why it had value and how it could work,” he said.

According to Duccini’s model, organizations register, for free, with Do a Bit of Good’s directory. Then, they upload their own photo albums and link them to as many funding campaigns as they want to create. The organizations’ supporters then may download a patent-pending screen saver program that runs in tandem with a Bitcoin generation system, together developed by Duccini. When a supporter’s computer is idle, the screen saver displays the campaign’s images and triggers the program to “mine” the Internet for Bitcoins, which are then donated to their favorite charities.

Duccini helps the organizations in setting up an exchange of their choice, like BitPay or CoinBase, which is basically the same concept as PayPal but using Bitcoins. The coins are sent to whatever payment address the organizations want and they can convert them to U.S. dollars themselves.

Do a Bit of Good is technically a for-profit, but Duccini has never made money off it. He’s in the midst of setting up the Strength in Numbers Foundation, a nonprofit parent organization, to the charity’s brand and system. It soon will be granted 5013c status.

“I wanted to do Do a Bit of Good as a for-profit because, in my mind, the only real difference between for- and nonprofit is a tax designation,” he said. “Fundamentally all organizations are interested in sustainability. In the end we feel that having a nonprofit itself own and manage the system feels better and aligns with stakeholder expectations.”

A handful of animal shelters were among the first to try out his idea.

“The cool thing, particularly with animal rescues, is that this supports their core mission of finding homes for adoptable pets,” Duccini said. “Our screen savers are flashing a picture of a different adoptable pet every five or 10 seconds, so someone could walk by their screen, see a dog or cat that they or someone they know might be interested in, and call the shelter for more information.”

Participating organizations needn’t have a working knowledge of Bitcoin, just a means to accept them, which Duccini’s organization facilitates, like crowdfunding but on a micro scale. The dozen or so organizations in Duccini’s network, which also includes food shelves, a homeless shelter and a clean water initiative, currently make around 50 cents a day, “but it’s money they wouldn’t have had anyway,” Duccini said.

A bit about Bitcoin

At the dawn of Bitcoin, a computer processor could handle the energy load required to solve the math puzzles, a process known as mining, that secure the public ledger. These days only specialized hardware and software designed specifically for Bitcoin mining will do the trick.

“The hardware is customized, so you just plug it in and point it at an IP address and it will make guesses all day long,” Duccini explained. “The puzzle acts like a throttling mechanism or traffic light that leaks money into the economy consistently every 10 minutes and keeps the network secure. That’s all the puzzle is there for.”

Duccini’s bitcoin mining equipment is liquid cooled.

When an individual’s computer solves a puzzle (algorithm), she/he is awarded a share of 25 Bitcoins; however, because most computers can’t solve the problem on their own, it’s de rigueur for groups of people to work together, chipping away at the puzzle bit by bit, so to speak.

“What you’re doing is like taking random guesses at winning lottery ticket numbers,” he said. “There’s math behind it, of course, but basically everyone who’s mining with you is taking random guesses at the solution to the algorithm. The first person who finds it gets the reward for that round. So let’s say I helped, my share would be based on the number of guesses my computer can make per second or per minute.”

Duccini thinks if the future doesn’t favor Bitcoin, it will favor something else like it, which is why he was compelled to get in on the act.

“For me, it was never about the money. It was just fun to learn the underlying technology, which is so cool, and then the fact that it has value was just a side benefit,” he said. “When I first started mining, it was just an experiment. I didn’t think Bitcoin would become a new currency, but I thought it was disruptive enough … it turns the notion of money completely on its head because most monetary transactions are private affairs between buyer and seller,” Duccini said.

In the Bitcoin model, everyone who participates in the Bitcoin economy has a copy of the ledger, which protects it against counterfeiting. Duccini explained, “So let’s say I’m account number one, and I’m going to pay $5 to account number two. I tell everybody, and they dutifully write that down in their copy of the ledger. So although no one knows who account one and two belong to, they do know the values exchanged, and that’s what miners do. They verify these transactions to make sure people can’t spend money they don’t have.”

The total number of Bitcoins in existence, found and yet to be discovered, is capped at 21 million tokens. (There are eight decimal places, and most people can transact using micro payments.) Once they’ve all been mined, the Bitcoin market will cease to grow and only those who already are in possession of Bitcoins can take part in their exchange. Despite its limited life cycle, Bitcoin prospects still may have time to board the Bitcoin wagon. As the puzzles get harder, fewer Bitcoins are released into the market each successive year. With each solved puzzle, miners are awarded mere fractions of a Bitcoin, with one Bitcoin now worth about $200, down from a peak of more than $1,200 in late 2013.

Despite a 60-percent drop in its value in 2014 Duccini is still in good company as more entrepreneurial powerhouses throw their hats into the ring.

In December Microsoft began to accept Bitcoins as a payment option to buy apps, games and other digital content from Windows, Window Phone, Xbox Games, Xbox Music or Xbox Video Stores. Even the New York Stock Exchange recently stepped into the Bitcoin arena, backing CoinBase, a U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange that opened in January, and will work to bring increased stability to the Bitcoin ecosystem. The same month, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twins of early Facebook notoriety, announced their plans to take Bitcoin mainstream as they unveiled “Gemini,” a Bitcoin exchange for U.S. consumers they hope will grow into the “Nasdaq of Bitcoin.”

“We have that top 1 percent thing happening in Bitcoin,” he said. “Only the top 1 percent can really afford to mine now. It’s the dirty little secret of Bitcoin, you could say – as the puzzles get harder, your hardware burns up a huge amount of energy.”

His hardware, purchased just a year ago, already is antiquated, so he plans to discontinue mining in the near future but will continue to grow Do a Bit of Good.

Despite Bitcoin’s rarefied outlook, Duccini, who also teaches in St. Thomas’ Mini MBA program and works in security architecture for Target, said he will continue his research in a new cryptocurrency named Givecoin – using his own customized water-cooled computers that help keep the high-end graphics cards cool and efficient.

He also may reward himself in downward dogs and sun salutations. Duccini recently convinced his favorite yoga studio, Bliss Yoga in St. Paul, to accept Bitcoins.

Seniors to Showcase Artwork at Hillstrom Museum

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:22am

Thirteen senior studio art majors at Gustavus Adolphus College will have their work displayed at the College’s Hillstrom Museum of Art beginning May 2 through May 31. The exhibition is titled Free Art Tasting (And False Advertising): Senior Art Majors Exhibition 2015 and will feature an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. as part of the College’s Honors Day festivities on Saturday, May 2.

This exhibition is a culminating event in the curriculum of the graduating senior studio art majors and is a required component of their studies. It demonstrates the diversity of styles and approaches taken by the student artists, some of whom intend to continue studying or working in art after graduation. On display are works by Jordan Bergman (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Amy Harvey (New Prague, Minn.), Thi Hoang (St. Louis Park, Minn.), Cameron Jarvis (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Kory Kolis (Eau Claire, Wis.), Maren Legeros (Edina, Minn.), Malika Makhkamova (Minneapolis, Minn.), Isaac Tapp (Stewartville, Minn.), Blake Van Oosbree (Long Lake, Minn.), Amy Vang (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Rebecca Vick (Newport, Minn.), Beatrice Winter (Glencoe, Minn.), and Xiong Yang (St. Paul, Minn.).

Their works were created using a variety of different media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache painting; charcoal, pen, pencil, pastel, and oil crayon drawing; video and still photography; bronze; ceramic; and mixed media. Each artist is represented by artwork and by a personal statement reflecting her or his artistic goals and aesthetic philosophy. Faculty from the College’s Department of Art and Art History served as jurors for the exhibition, selecting the strongest works from a group of submissions by each student. The exhibit was installed with the assistance of the student artists, and a number of the works on view are being offered for sale.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The Hillstrom Museum of Art’s regular hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at gustavus.edu/finearts/Hillstrom.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
mthomas@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

St. Thomas Students’ Act of Kindness Earns Recognition

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:21am

Maura Shea and Lauren Keller

St. Thomas sophomores Lauren Keller and Maura Shea recently were awarded the Chief’s Award from the City of St. Paul for their actions when they encountered a woman in distress last spring.

The two were walking along Mississippi River Boulevard on May 20, 2014, when they noticed a woman lying on the ground down an embankment. At first, they thought she had fallen, but when they stopped to help, she indicated she was trying to kill herself.

Keller called 911. “I overheard her talking to Maura about having suicidal thoughts. That’s when I got very nervous and asked for professional assistance immediately,” Keller said. The woman was going in and out of consciousness, but continued to try to move herself down the embankment toward a drop-off to the river.

They stayed with the woman to prevent her from harming herself until medics arrived. Although the ordeal lasted about 30 minutes, it felt much longer. “It seemed like we were there forever, time was moving so slowly because each moment was so important,” Shea said.

In his letter to Shea and Keller, St. Paul police Chief Thomas Smith said: “Your courage and compassion displayed for this distraught individual is admirable. If you had not assisted her, it is unknown how long she would have lied there and if she would have survived … My sincere appreciation for your fine performance, as it reflects most credibly on you and the citizens of St. Paul.”

The experience is something the two will not soon forget. According to Shea, “It’s a reminder to be active in the community and especially from this unique experience, to be supportive and kind to those around us because you never know the struggle someone is going through.”

Katie Sayre ’80 Receives GACAC Covenant Award

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:34am

Katie Sayre ’80

Katie Sayre ’80 received the 2015 Covenant Award at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations (GACAC) on Saturday, April 25.

Since 1991, the Covenant Award has been bestowed annually in recognition and celebration of the efforts of individuals who have made significant contributions in strengthening the presence of the College in the Church and the presence of the Church in the College. Past recipients include former Gustavus Presidents John Kendall (1991) and Dennis Johnson (2003), former religion professors Robert Esbjornson (1992) and Ron Christenson (1997), former Senior Pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis Paul Youngdahl ’59 (2000), and Bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod in the ELCA Jon V. Anderson (2011).

Sayre is being celebrated for her contributions to the life and growth of both Gustavus and the Church, most notably through her board level leadership, passion for Gustavus Church Relations, and philanthropic vision and commitment. She served on the GACAC Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011, serving one year as secretary and two years as vice president. Since 2012, she has chaired the GACAC Nominating Committee. During her time on the GACAC Board of Directors, Sayre played a key role in leading the board into long range planning for the Association, the launch of the Three Crowns Ambassador Program, and the establishment of the Covenant Award Endowment Fund.

Sayre was born and raised in Bloomington, Minn., and currently lives in Eden Prairie. She graduated magna cum laude from Gustavus in 1980 with a double major in religion and psychology, and was inducted into the Guild of St. Ansgar for her extracurricular involvement and leadership. Sayre was married for 29 years to Steve Sayre ’80, until his death in 2010 from lymphoma. Katie and Steve have two children, David and Carolyn. As a family they have established the Steve Sayre Scholarship Endowment Fund at Gustavus, to support students with academic promise, integrity, and community and church engagement.

Sayre has devoted her professional career to health care administration, serving in various executive leadership roles. She is Senior Vice President of Health Plan Operations and Government Programs for HealthPartners in Minneapolis—the largest consumer governed, non-profit health care system in the nation, serving more than 1.5 million members nationwide.

Since graduation, Sayre has actively supported Gustavus, participating in various planning, philanthropy, and mentoring initiatives, as well as supporting her husband Steve as a 30-year class agent. An active member of her community and church, she has served in leadership roles at several Lutheran congregations. She is currently a member of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Currently, Sayre and her golden retriever Stella are a registered therapy dog team with North Star Therapy Animals. She and Stella are frequent volunteers, including working with children as a Reading Education Assistance Dog team at local libraries.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas
mthomas@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

Study Abroad Program Offers Unique Student Experience

Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:09am

Known for coordinating all of Concordia’s service learning, volunteering, leadership and study abroad programs, the CALL Center strives to provide students with the support they need to explore the world around them. In 2010 the CALL Center took the lead on expanding Concordia’s study abroad services. With study abroad opportunities in over 50 countries around the world, students are given a wide range of opportunities for short-term, semester, or yearlong study abroad programs.

The CALL Center’s featured programs for the 2015-2016 academic year include semester long trips to South Africa, Germany/Italy, South Korea, China, and the United Kingdom as well as three short-term trips to London, Mexico, and Israel.

Director Kelly Mathias described the benefits of study abroad stating that when students are immersed in a new culture they are able to gain self-awareness, global understanding, and increased cultural sensitivity. 

“So many students will come back and say their life is changed,” Mathias said, “In the last five years I have never heard a student say they regretted the experience.”

Senior Anna Paulson, who traveled to Galway, Ireland during the Fall 2014 semester, said she began the study abroad program feeling both excited and scared. It was when she arrived in Galway that she discovered the rewards of the risk she had taken.

“Studying abroad changed me as it forced me to find comfort outside of my comfort zone,” Paulson said. “It challenged my biases and cast light, both painfully and pleasingly, on my identity. Most of all, it blessed me with new friendships and amazing adventures.” 

For more study abroad testimonials visit the CALL Center’s student travel blog at cspabroad.csp.edu.

story by Laura Olson

Carleton Invites Community to Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service and Vigil

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:22pm

Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a vigil and service on Sunday, April 19 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Author Peter Grose will be the featured speaker and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service, which begins at 5 p.m. A vigil/name reading of Holocaust victims will precede the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. For a detailed schedule of the event, visit go.carleton.edu/calendar. This event is free and open to the public.

Arasalan Iftikhar, founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ to present Carleton convocation

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:51am

Founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ Arsalan Iftikhar will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 17 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era, Iftikhar has been called Islam’s “It” guy by many in the global media and is a much sought-after interview or commentator for those seeking the American-Muslim perspective. NPR host Michel Martin calls Iftikhar “…the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware” and New York best-selling author Deepak Chopra wrote, “The world needs more Muslim Ghandi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar.”

Convocation highlights global recycling innovation

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:04pm

Becky Morrison, a proponent of collecting and refurbishing electronic waste and converting it into usable instruments around the globe, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 10th from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Entitled “ Revolutionary Ideas: How to Achieve the Impossible,” Morrison’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.

World renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu makes rare Northfield appearance

Carleton College Campus News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:02pm

World renowned classical and jazz pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform in concert on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. A Van Cliburn gold medalist, Nakamatsu is considered to be one of the most sough-after pianists of his generation. Bernard Holland of the New York Times wrote, "This young American pianist has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants." 

Nakamatsu’s not-to-be-missed performance will feature selections by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin—and is free and open to the public.

"Swing Low" opens in Perlman Teaching Museum

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

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

History Lecture Maps Urban European Histories of Slavery

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

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

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

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

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

Both events are free and open the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Carleton Names Emory's Livingston As New Dean of Students

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

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

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