Recent News from Campuses

The Weaving of Vocation and Values

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 9:09am

For some, the law is all about theoretical ideas and legal concepts. It’s about crafting the perfect argument and winning. For others, it’s the people who matter. They see the faces behind the ideas, recognize the individuals who inhabit the concepts and value the lives that change for the better.

Many alumni of the University of St. Thomas School of Law fall into the second category. For them, the legal skills they learned blend inextricably with the school’s focus on social justice and their own personal values. And because of them, the world is a better place.

Jessica Slattery: Fighting for Justice Around the World

Jessica Slattery ’06 is reminded of the importance of her job every time she gets dressed. She thinks about the garment workers who made her clothes, knowing that her work as a foreign affairs officer in the U.S. State Department is making a difference in their lives.

She remembers a 19-year-old woman she met in Dhaka, Bangladesh, who works in a garment factory. Like other women throughout the world bucking the trend of culturally conservative or limited gender roles, earning her own income helps her have more say in her life and that of her family. But these benefits are hard fought. The more than 4 million garment workers in Bangladesh work long hours in unsafe conditions and earn the lowest minimum wage in the world. In November 2012, a garment factory fire in Dhaka killed 112 workers. The following April, more than 1,100 workers were killed when a several-story garment factory collapsed.

Now, Bangladesh is a case study about globalization, governance and responsible business conduct, and Slattery is working to engage stakeholders and find solutions to these important issues. The U.S. government; the European Union; the Bangladesh government; and International Labor Organization, a specialized U.N. agency that works on labor issues; have signed an agreement to cooperate on worker safety and workers’ rights in Bangladesh.

Slattery’s path to the State Department started at the UST School of Law, which she chose because of its emphasis on social justice. As a student, she studied employment and labor law. “Work is closely linked to identity and dignity – it’s a big part of life,” she said.

After graduation, she clerked at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and worked briefly at a Twin Cities firm until she found something that intrigued her – a summer course in Montenegro on legal reforms necessary for Balkan countries to join the European Union. Slattery was invigorated by the experience. “I found what made my heart sing,” she said.

After earning master’s degrees in history and international relations through the Atlantis Program, much of which took place in Estonia and Poland, Slattery participated in the Presidential Management Fellows program, a two-year program for high-performing graduate and law students designed to create the next generation of civil service leaders. It included two international rotations, which she spent as a human rights officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, and in Dhaka.

“I was working on the ground with the people whose lives I was trying to affect,” she said. “It was an incredibly fulfilling experience.”

Back in Dhaka last summer, Slattery met with the 19-year-old garment worker and others trying to organize. They thanked her and the U.S. government for their efforts to improve working conditions. “They said they finally have clean water and (take) breaks,” Slattery said. “I told them about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which in many ways started the American labor movement. As our ambassador to Bangladesh often says, sometimes tragedies have silver linings. We’re working to make that happen here.”

A New Generation of St. Thomas Lawyers

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 9:05am

There’s something different here, they say. Something that makes this place feel special. It’s what drew them in, made them feel at ease and pushed them to work harder. Cohesion. Camaraderie. Fellowship. Authenticity.

For the newest classes of students at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, the experience of attending law school here is difficult to put into words. The school itself is charting new territory, for the first time opening its doors to non-J.D. students in fall 2014, and welcoming lawyers from around the Twin Cities and around the world into its two new LL.M. programs.

So, who are these new students? What brought them here, and where will they go when they leave? Here, we profile six of the newest crop of students making an impact at UST School of Law.

Faculty & guest musicians present "eclectic music for unique sonorities"

Carleton College Campus News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 8:37am

On Sunday, Feb. 8 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall, faculty and guest artists Gwen Anderson (horn), Connie Martin (double bass), and David Hagedorn (Xylosynth) will present a program of "eclectic music for unique sonorities."

Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer to Speak on the Legacy of WWI

Carleton College Campus News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 8:27am

Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer Tom Hanson will present "The Legacy of World War I" on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304 on the Carleton College campus. In light of the recent centennial of the war, Hanson's presentation is especially interesting and relevant.

Winona Area Homeschoolers display art at MCA gallery

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:44pm
WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is filled with 28 unique pieces of artwork created by members of Winona Area Homeschoolers. Visitors to the gallery, located at 1164 W. 10th St., will be exposed to work in a variety of mediums including watercolor, photography, pencil, and mixed media. This [&hellip

Carleton presents world-renowned musicians Rolf Haas and Miki Aoki in concert

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

On Friday, Feb. 6 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Carleton College is pleased to present a special appearance by world-renowned musicians Rolf Haas on violin and Miki Aoki on piano. This rare appearance is free and open to the public.

Danish architecture and design residency culminates with N55 project launch and reception

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 2:00pm

The public is invited to celebrate the launch of a new collaborative project by Carleton art students along with members of the Danish architecture and design collective, N55, on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Perlman Teaching Museum of the Weitz Center for Creativity. This exhibit opening and reception with the artists is free and open to the public.

Spoken word poet Javon Johnson presents convocation merging race and gender theory with comedy and lyricism

Carleton College Campus News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:54pm

Spoken word poet Javon Johnson will present the weekly Carleton College Convocation address on Friday, Feb. 6 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled, "And, Your Kids Will Be Painted Black!,” Johnson’s presentation merges race and gender theory with comedy and lyricism. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

University Launches Comprehensive Brand Initiative

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 8:27am

A brown bag luncheon to discuss St. Thomas’ efforts to develop a comprehensive brand strategy for the university will be held at noon on Thursday, Feb. 5, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus.

Kimberly Motes, senior vice president of institutional advancement, is leading the branding initiative and will be joined at the luncheon by Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo, a Minneapolis-based advertising and marketing agency that is working with the university. The luncheon will be simulcast to room 252 in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus.

The branding project falls within the parameters of “Enhanced Visibility and Profile,” one of the eight priorities of the university’s new strategic plan. The priority calls for St. Thomas to “improve our marketing and branding strategy to bolster public recognition and visibility across all of our academic programs.” Recognizing the crucial role that branding plays in other areas of the strategic plan and in marketing the university, planning for the branding initiative was initiated last summer.

President Julie Sullivan and Motes said the project will accomplish the following:

  • Provide greater understanding of the St. Thomas brand and clarity for how we are perceived
  • Refresh and evolve the comprehensive brand to create an overall institutional brand that can house sub-brands for schools/colleges, centers, departments and programs
  • Focus our efforts to market and communicate in a cohesive manner
  • Create a shared understanding and consistency in our marketing
  • Execute the brand through marketing, messaging, positioning and graphics

“The university has great momentum as we launch new initiatives to achieve the goals of our strategic plan,” Sullivan said. “This is an exciting time, and it is a priority for us to be able to convey the impact of a St. Thomas education as compellingly and consistently as possible.”

In August, Motes established a working group with representatives from across the St. Thomas community. Thirteen firms – both local and national – received requests for proposals from St. Thomas. Eight responded and the working group evaluated them for fit, experience, qualifications, process and cost. The working group made a recommendation to Sullivan, who made the final selection.

Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo (BD’D) is an independent, full-service agency based in Minneapolis, with offices in Chicago and San Francisco. Recognized in 2009 as the “Best Small Agency in the U.S.” by the American Association of Advertising Agencies, BD’D has earned the trust of a roster of blue chip clients. For more information, visit bdd.us

All three leaders at BD’D have substantial, stellar experience and will serve as principals on the creative team for St. Thomas:

  • Kevin DiLorenzo, president and director of client services and brand strategy, is a 1988 St. Thomas alumnus and a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors. DiLorenzo is a seasoned brand strategist with significant agency experience working with numerous clients; notably, he led the University of Minnesota “Driven to Discover” brand campaign and has worked with Rice University and the University of Virginia.
  • Bob Barrie, executive creative director, is a 30-year veteran in advertising. He has been voted to ADWEEK’s All-Star Creative team five times and has won a record 43 pencils at The One Show.
  • Stuart D’Rozario is chief executive officer and chief creative officer. His numerous accolades include the Grand Prix and Gold Lions at Cannes, an Emmy Award nomination, Gold Effies and five films in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. His work has been featured for copywriting craft in British D&AD.

“Having an internationally respected branding firm as BD’D leading this process will bring us a result that is forward-facing yet grounded in the pillars of this university,” Motes said. “It is rare that you find the right firm through a national search that also has an alum perspective. With Kevin DiLorenzo involved, I feel even more confident that the results will be authentic to the university.”

BD’D has divided the scope of work into six phases, to be finished by mid-2015:

  • Discovery: research, interviews, focus groups and on-campus observation
  • Brand strategy development: build a brand position and a value proposition
  • Creative concepts: preview how the visual elements of the St. Thomas brand could evolve
  • Go-to-market plan: propose how best to reach our target audiences
  • Brand rollout plan: how to communicate the components of an updated brand
  • Final visuals: review and approve the visual side of a brand

For this effort to be successful, the involvement and support of the St. Thomas community is important. Interviews, focus groups and surveys – as part of the discovery phase – will play a large part in that response. The Feb. 5 brown bag lunch will be facilitated by Motes and representatives from BD’D to gain additional perspective from the campus community. As updates on the branding initiative become available, they will appear in the Newsroom.

Branding Initiative Working Group

Kimberly Motes, Institutional Advancement, working group chair
John Bannigan, Development
Jane Beauchamp, IRT
Peter Breuch, University Relations
Craig Bryan, Elected faculty representative, College of Arts and Sciences
Michael Cogan, Office for Institutional Effectiveness
Julie Gacnik, Marketing, Academic Affairs
Kathryn Hasslinger, Student representative
Doug Hennes, University Relations
Karen Lange, Student Affairs
Stefanie Lenway, Dean representative, Opus College of Business
John Mau, University Relations
Kate Metzger, University Relations
Dan Meyer, Enrollment Services
Meg Nodzon ’99, Alumni representative
Richard Plumb, Office of the Provost
Steve Vuolo, Elected faculty representative, Opus College of Business
Wendy Wyatt, Faculty and Department Chair, College of Arts and Sciences
Mark Zesbaugh, Board of Trustees
Liz Zupfer, Alumni Association

The Scroll: Winners Abound in Schoenecker Arena

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:43am

I shook my head last month when I read a headline on a Minneapolis Star Tribune sports column that fans looking for a winning Minnesota team were in a tough spot because of the losing seasons of several teams in professional sports or at the University of Minnesota.

“They want winners?” I groused to myself. “They just need to stop by Schoenecker Arena.”

Now that the spring semester is underway after the two-week holiday break and January Term, I will say the same thing to St. Thomas students, faculty and staff: Spend some time in Schoenecker Arena watching the hottest Division III basketball teams in town – and in the country, for that matter.

Their records are astounding and, for this point in a season, they represent the best combined start in St. Thomas history. The Tommie women, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, are 19-0. The men’s team, ranked No. 2 in the country, is 17-1. That adds up to 36-1, for a winning percentage of .973.

That one loss? Coach John Tauer’s men’s team lost 68-65 at Gustavus on Dec. 3. I saw that game, and it’s fair to say we did not play well. But we since have rattled off 13 straight wins, including a 64-52 win over Gustavus last week, so all is well.

St. Thomas has had strong basketball teams since 1977-78, the first season the women played, and both teams have made deep runs into the NCAA playoffs on several occasions. It’s certainly too early to predict how this season’s squads will do in the playoffs, but if they stay healthy and continue to play this soundly, we will be watching basketball well into March.

Athletic director Steve Fritz played and coached St. Thomas basketball for 44 seasons, closing his career with a national championship in 2011. He now watches from a corner in Schoenecker Arena, and he is impressed with what he sees.

“Both teams play very good defense more than anything,” he said, “and you always put yourself in a good position because of that. They shoot well, they have few turnovers and they have great players coming off the bench. That balance is so important. Good coaching, too!”

Everyone expected Ruth Sinn’s Tommies to have a banner season. She returned a veteran team, including three of the MIAC’s top players in seniors Maggie Weiers, Jenna Dockter and Anna Smith, and they dominate play. They are big, fast and aggressive. Their closest game has been nine points (vs. UW-Stevens Point), and their average margin of victory is 24 points. They rank No. 2 in Division III both in field goal shooting (47 percent) and No. 2 in scoring defense (45.7 points).

Tauer had a few question marks going into his fourth year, coming off a 22-6 season that ended with three losses in the last four games. The Tommies played unevenly in their first few games, including the disappointing loss at Gustavus, but have improved markedly and are a resilient bunch focused on winning the program’s 10th consecutive MIAC regular-season title. They lead Division III in three-point field goal percentage (44.4) and have six players averaging double figures in points.

But enough with the statistics. Another compelling reason to go to games is the atmosphere. Schoenecker Arena was jammed a week ago Saturday when we beat St. John’s, and it sure was fun to see the fans storm the floor after the final buzzer. It wiped out, if momentarily, that recurring nightmare I have of all that red filling our football field after the Johnnies defeated us last fall.

There’s no reason we can’t fill Schoenecker again as we head into the regular-season stretch and the MIAC and NCAA playoffs, always hoping that either the men or women will return to the Final Four. Or maybe both? That would be another first.

Don’t like basketball? Maybe you need to check out hockey. The men’s team, ranked No. 14 in Division III, is 9-1-1 since Thanksgiving.

Want winners? You know where to find them!

Twin Cities Campus open house on Feb. 10

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 6:17am
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will host an Open House from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at its Twin Cities Campus. All are invited to attend the event, but especially individuals who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degree completion or advanced degrees offered in Minneapolis. Click here to register. [&hellip
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