February 2012 campus news
- The Chronicle of Higher Education published the feature, "In an Old School Building, Carleton College and Its Community Enjoy New Lessons" about Carleton's new Weitz Center for Creativity. The story tells the history of the building and shows how many of the old spaces morphed into the new.
- The College of Saint Benedict has become the first college in Minnesota and the fourth in the nation to sign on to the St. Francis Pledge, a nationwide effort being led by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change.
- Saint John's University will now be burning natural gas through 2014 as its primary fuel for heating, cooling and electrical generation. This shift in fuels will cut the CO2 emissions by about 58 percent. The St. Cloud Times recently featured this news.
- Hashim Yonis, a Saint Mary's University of Minnesota graduate student, visited Washington D.C. in December with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to tell President Barack Obama about his journey from refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. In January, Hashim met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
- Hamline University introduces a Middle East Studies minor for undergraduates this spring. It is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the region's culture, history, religion, politics and society, and introductory study of any of its four major languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi and Turkish).
- Dr. Jeff Burkart, professor emeritus at Concordia University, St. Paul, is the 2012 recipient of the Lutheran Education Association (LEA) Christus Magister (Teacher of Christ) award. The most prestigious honor given by the LEA, the award is presented to Lutheran educators who have made significant contributions to Lutheran education.