St. Olaf Campus News
- St. Olaf ‘On the Road’ program hits Minneapolis, Seattle
St. Olaf College kicked off the new year with new On the Road events in Minneapolis and Seattle.
In Minneapolis, three highly accomplished alumni — former Mayo Clinic Health System CEO Rob Nesse ’73, LifeSource CEO Susan Gunderson ’79, and Zipnosis CEO Jon Pearce ’01 — provided insight into the issues facing America’s health care system during a panel discussion moderated by St. Olaf Associate Professor of Biology and Health Professions Committee Chair Kevin Crisp. (Listen to the full discussion here.)
In Seattle, St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ’74 sat down with David Rossow ’05 — a senior officer for program-related investments at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — for a conversation about strategic philanthropy.
More than 400 people attended the two January St. Olaf On the Road events, which followed the inaugural event in New York City this fall that featured a conversation with economist Dean Maki ’87.
The On the Road program — which brings alumni, parents, and friends of the college together with prospective students for conversation and networking — will hold its final event of the year in Denver on March 19.
Watch the full Seattle On the Road conversation below.
- St. Olaf to award honorary degree to composer David Maslanka
The honorary degree convocation, which will begin at 10:10 a.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel, will be streamed and archived online.
The St. Olaf Band has performed and recorded many of Maslanka’s pieces, including Give Us This Day and A Child’s Garden of Dreams, as well as having performed consortium premieres of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 5, 7, 8 & 9.
Most recently, the St. Olaf Band commissioned Maslanka to compose a piece for its 125th anniversary tour. The band performed the world premiere of that piece, Angel of Mercy, at the January 23 concert that kicked off the anniversary tour. The commission was supported by the Miles Johnson Endowment.
A graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory, Maslanka spent a year studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, before earning master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from Michigan State University.
Maslanka has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and since 1990 has been a freelance composer.
Among his more than 130 works are 48 pieces for wind ensemble, including seven symphonies, 15 concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces. His chamber music includes four wind quintets, five saxophone quartets, and many works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces.
Maslanka has received three National Endowment for the Arts Composer Awards, five resident fellowships from MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and the National Symphony Orchestra regional composer-in-residence award. He is also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
“Vibration is the core of everything, and musical vibration is the element that allows for transformation at the entry level of our being — spiritual, emotional, physical,” Maslanka noted in an interview posted on his website. “My music has been an important focusing element for many, many people, especially young people, as they move through transformation points in their lives.”