Recent News from Campuses

Students celebrate National Chemistry Week during Saint Mary’s Chemistry Nights

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:08pm
WINONA, Minn. — Many area high school juniors and seniors will perform hands-on chemistry projects during upcoming Chemistry Nights at Saint Mary’s University, which will run 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29. Chemistry Night, sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Department of Chemistry and the La Crosse-Winona local section of the American Chemical [&hellip

Saint Mary’s invites community to submit ‘to-do’ lists for ‘Make a Difference Day’

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:33pm
WINONA, Minn. — In recognition of national “Make a Difference Day,” Saint Mary’s University’s Volunteer Mentors group is inviting Winona residents and nonprofit agencies to submit requests for service. The university hopes to get as many students as possible out into the community between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Students are willing [&hellip

Football Team Takes Undefeated Record Into Homecoming Game

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:19pm

The Gustavus Adolphus College football team will host Carleton College for its Homecoming game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hollingsworth Field. Gustavus enters the game with a record of 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the MIAC–the team’s best start since 1998 when the Gusties started 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the MIAC. Carleton enters the game with a record of 1-2.

Gustavus’s hot start is due in part to the team’s prolific passing game through the first four games of the season. Junior quarterback Mitch Hendricks has completed 78.8 percent of his passes so far this season for 1,584 yards and 20 touchdowns. He set single game school records in last week’s 55-31 victory over Augsburg for passing yards (504) and touchdown passes (7).

The team also has a pair of wide receivers who are putting up big numbers, who happen to be twin brothers. Junior Matt Boyce has 35 receptions for 559 yards and nine touchdowns through four games. His brother, junior Gabe Boyce has 36 receptions for 467 yards and five touchdowns.

You can read more about Saturday’s game as Sports Information Director Ethan Armstrong has posted a preview story on the Gustavus Athletics website.


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

Author James Silas Rogers to visit campus and discuss new book

James Silas Rogers, author of "Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead," will be having an informal conversation about his new book at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Saint John's Pottery on the Saint John's University campus.

‘Celebrate sUSTainability’ Week 2014 Offers Events Starting Oct. 6

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:20am

The University of St. Thomas will point a spotlight on the expansive sustainability efforts its students, faculty and staff practice with the fourth annual Celebrate sUSTainability Week.

“Celebrate sUSTainability week is an opportunity to highlight some of the sustainable initiatives of campus and bring into better focus the importance of being a sustainable university,” said Bob Douglas, chair of the UST Sustainability Committee. “Sustainability is a broad topic that is more than just reducing carbon emissions. What we do now to sustain our environment determines what kind we will be living in the future and what our children will have for their lives.”

The UST Sustainability Committee invites all students, staff and faculty to events scheduled throughout the week.

Monday, Oct. 6-Thursday, Oct. 9: The UST Scavenger Hunt runs four days and all UST students are eligible to participate. Work in teams or on your own to track down sustainability efforts on campus. Details about registration, rules, prizes and scavenger hunt items are available online.

Monday, Oct. 6-Wednesday, Oct. 8: The annual Office Supply Swap will coincide this year with Sustainability Week, showcasing the practice of passing on materials instead of trashing them. From 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday bring new or gently used general office supplies to Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center 207. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday visit the AARC lobby to shop through (for free) what others have dropped off.

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Witness for Peace: Cactus speakers Josefa Gomez and Leonardo Luna Alzate will discuss the human rights crisis in the Colombian flower industry. They will speak noon-1 p.m. in McNeely Hall 100.

Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 9: Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability will be selling coffee mugs for discounted coffee refills in the Anderson Student Center over convo hour, eliminating future need for the purchase and trashing of paper cups. Contact Margaret Chelsvig for details.

Thursday, Oct. 9: A brown bag lunch discussion will be held noon-1 p.m. at the Anderson Student Center James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall South. Speakers Adam Kay, Bob Douglas and Sarah Ramler will discuss a wide range of sustainability topics from around campus, including an overarching look at practices already in place, the Sustainability Committee’s work and the Recycling Team’s efforts.

Friday, Oct. 10: The last UST Farmer’s Market of 2014 will feature the season’s final chance to buy fresh produce and flowers. The market will run from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. outside of ASC’s main doors. In the case of poor weather the event will be inside on the second floor.

For more information about conservation efforts at St. Thomas see the Sustainability at UST website and the Recycling Program website.

For more information about Sustainability Week contact Bob Douglas, chair of the UST Sustainability Committee, (651) 962-6388.

Dr. Kevin Hall Named Dean of College of Business & Organizational Leadership

Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:14am

Concordia University, St. Paul has announced that Dr. Kevin Hall has agreed to serve a three-year term as the school’s Dean of College of Business and Organizational Leadership. Dr. Hall had served as Concordia’s Coordinator of the Director of Christian Education Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Ministry since 2006.

Since joining Concordia’s faculty in 1996, Dr. Hall has taught in a variety of settings: online, blended, and in-class, and has worked collaboratively to redevelop CSP’s Christian Ministry major and the DCE certification program.

Prior to Concordia Dr. Hall provided 17 years of progressive leadership at Camp Omega where he oversaw an increase in enrollment from 600 to over 2,000 campers.

Dr. Hall completed his MBA at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1998 and in earned his Ed.D. in Leadership from St. Thomas University in 2012. He earned a B.A. in Education and his Director of Christian Education Certificate from Concordia in 1983.

“Kevin brings a significant skill set to the role of Dean of the College of Business and Organizational Leadership,” said Concordia Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Eric E. LaMott. “He has extensive knowledge and a solid background in leadership development and management and brings a unique perspective on Concordia University’s mission and promise to students and has a history of thoughtful leadership and faithful service.”

Former Dean Bruce Corrie stepped down in February 2013, after having been appointed Associate Vice President for University Relations and International Programs. Since then, Vice President for Academic Affairs Lonn Maly has served in the role of interim dean as a search committee was formed and new leadership was identified to search for a permanent dean.

Dr. Hall will continue to serve as an advisor to students in the Director of Christian Education program and will continue to teach in this program until a suitable replacement has been identified. 

Inauguration Day at Gustavus

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:45am

President Rebecca M. Bergman

Gustavus Adolphus College will inaugurate Rebecca M. Bergman as its 17th President during a 2:30 p.m. investiture ceremony on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel. Governor Mark Dayton and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be among the speakers at today’s ceremony, which will be live streamed on the Gustavus website.

Bergman, who officially began her duties as President on July 1, 2014, is the first female to serve as President in the College’s 152-year history. Prior to accepting the presidency, Bergman spent the previous 26 years at Medtronic, Inc., including the last 14 years as a senior executive. Her most recent position was Vice President of Research, Technology, and Therapy Delivery Systems for the company’s Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management business, where she led a research and development team of scientists and engineers.

Bergman earned her B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and undertook graduate study in a Ph.D. program in chemical engineering and material science at the University of Minnesota. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2001, and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sigma-Aldrich, and on the Board of Directors of The Bakken Museum. Bergman also served on the Gustavus Board of Trustees for seven years from 2007 to 2014.

A 4 p.m. reception will follow the inauguration in Lund Center. Both the investiture ceremony and the reception are free and open to the public.


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

Lyle Koski receives excellence in teaching award

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:57pm
Brother Julius Winkler ’36, FSC, was well known for decades at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for his teaching excellence and for being a superb model of Lasallian values. Now, dedicated in his memory, the Brother Julius Winkler Faculty Recognition Award is awarded annually to teachers at Saint Mary’s who exemplify the late Brother’s qualities [&hellip
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