December 2019

David Ignat ’63 and Eleanor Ignat

$5 million gift to increase aid for first-generation, low-income students
David Ignat ’63 and Eleanor Ignat help make a Carleton College education possible for first-generation and low-income students while challenging other donors to follow suit.

Open Doors 2019: Report finds study abroad remains a signature program at CSB and SJU
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are ranked in two categories nationally among baccalaureate schools.

students in St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Schulze School of Entrepreneurship ranked by Princeton Review
The University of St. Thomas' Schulze School of Entrepreneurship has been ranked by the Princeton Review on its list of Top Entrepreneurship Undergraduate programs.

Bethel launches initiative to eliminate textbook costs
For participating adult undergraduate programs, Bethel University's Zero Cost Course Resources Initiative eliminates the need to buy textbooks by replacing them with Open Educational Resources.

Louis Epstein and Daniel Groll

St. Olaf music professor shares insight with The New York Times
St. Olaf College Assistant Professor of Music Louis Epstein, a musicologist who also performs original children’s songs, spoke with a New York Times reporter about the music kids enjoy.

Saint Mary’s receives $1.7 million grant for School of Education Character and Virtue Initiative
With a grant from the Kern Family Foundation, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will develop an enhanced curriculum for educational leaders that places a strong emphasis on moral character, virtue and ethics.

Tommy Orange

Acclaimed author Tommy Orange visits St. Scholastica
First-year students at The College of St. Scholastica learned about the creative writing process from best-selling novelist Tommy Orange during his recent visit to campus.

banner at the U.S. Holocaust Museum

A trip for truth
Hamline University's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center sponsored an exploratory experience for campus community members.

Student Danny Reinan and English Professor John Schmit discuss pronouns on WCCO Radio
Professor John Schmit said that student pronouns are now in professors' official rosters at Augsburg University. "We have to think about how people want to be referred to."

Fulbright scholarship brings CSP professor to Cambodia
Dr. Steve Mandersheid, associate professor of organizational management at Concordia University, St. Paul, taught a graduate-level class to students in Cambodia as part of his Fulbright Scholarship.

artwork by MCAD student Sonia Boyer

Inspiring MCAD student creates unique art with her feet
Sonia Boyer, a current student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, spoke with WCCO about creating artwork with no arms.

St. Catherine University names first Mary T. Hill director of data analysis
St. Catherine University has named Monica Brown, MS, as its first Mary T. Hill Director of Data Analysis. This position is supported by a gift from the James J. Hill Center.