November 2019 newsletter
As you make your travel plans for the holidays, download or subscribe to a few of our colleges' podcasts. Then learn how Hamline University and the University of St. Thomas are tackling food insecurity on campus or more about Concordia University, St. Paul’s Building Cultural Bridges Camp, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
In the last year or so, a number of our member institutions have launched a podcast. Sure, you can follow a college on Instagram or read the alumni magazine. But what about if you want to hear, not see, the story? Several of our colleges offer podcasts that draw on staff and faculty expertise; below is the current list of podcast options. Maybe you’re curious about the importance of the U.S. Census, the power of the spoken word, what it is like to perform at Carnegie Hall or how Christianity and politics fit together. Find out more about what is happening on campus and around the world by listening to private college podcasts.
Hear Augsburg University faculty and staff share stories of their work with students in their own words. Launched last year, “The Augsburg Podcast” offers a variety of perspectives on the university’s most important work: educating students for the future.
“Whole & Holy” is a new podcast from Bethel Seminary that seeks to help ministry leaders become more effective by providing discussion on relevant ministry topics. The goal is to provide easily accessible content on a monthly basis from experts in areas of interest to pastors and ministry leaders. Topics so far include social media and relationships, children’s ministry, New Testament, Christians and politics, finances and leadership.
Concordia University, St. Paul
The Office of Alumni Relations podcast for CSP alumni, as well as faculty, staff, students, donors and the broader community launched its first episode in September with new episodes released every two weeks. Hosted by Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Billy Schultz, BA '08, MA '11, topics include alumni interviews, career and life skills and current events from a CSP perspective. This platform is intended to provide listeners a deeper connection to the university and a benefit for their lives and careers as we celebrate the legacy of those who have called CSP their home.
The “Big Questions” series is our attempt to try something different. These are glimpses into the minds and hearts of the people who comprise Macalester: a collection of their thoughts about the things that matter to them and, we hope, to you. You might think of these short episodes as a stripped down, “acoustic” version of Macalester communications and as a way to see what truly animates the college. A video version of the interviews is also available.
St. Olaf College
“From the Hill to Real Life” is a new podcast from St. Olaf College that dives deep into the Ole experience and shares what it really means to make a difference with a liberal arts education. To hear episodes, subscribe on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.
University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business has partnered with Twin Cities Business (TCB) magazine to launch "By All Means," a weekly podcast spotlighting faculty experts from Opus College of Business and local entrepreneurs. Hosted by TCB editor-in-chief Allison Kaplan, the podcast features in-depth conversations with entrepreneurs and businesspeople, along with a “Back to the Classroom” segment with Opus College of Business professors who will provide insight and analysis on various topics. Episodes can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and Google.
Food insecurity is a growing issue on many college campuses. In Minnesota, a statewide basic needs survey of college students conducted this past year found that 40 percent of respondents had experienced food insecurity in the prior 30 days.
The repercussions of food insecurity are severe and impact students in many ways, from lowering their ability to achieve academically to decreasing college graduation rates. Attention to the issue has been growing, with any institutions in Minnesota taking steps to support students. Last month Gov. Tim Walz signed a proclamation that recognized Oct. 24 as College Food Insecurity Awareness Day; colleges across the state hosted events and worked to reduce the stigma surrounding food insecurity.
For this Q&A we interviewed two college staff members to discuss what their institutions are doing and ways to support students facing food insecurity. Emma Kiley, a recent graduate from Hamline University, received her bachelor’s in environmental studies with a concentration in sustainable food systems; she is now the university’s campus food access AmeriCorps VISTA. Casey Gordon is the program manager at the Center for the Common Good at the University of St. Thomas; her work focuses on supporting students and managing the Tommie Shelf.
Q: What has driven attention to this need on your campus?
Kiley: There was a student teach-in where students expressed their concerns about not being able to afford healthy, culturally appropriate food on campus, but also off campus. In an initial survey we found out that over 70 percent of Hamline undergrads identified as food insecure. Food insecurity at Hamline certainly exists on a spectrum so there are more severe cases and less severe cases, but we did not expect the percentage to be so high.
Gordon: We chose to trust students and trust the literature . . . when starting Tommie Shelf. We respect our students’ privacy at our Tommie Shelf events, and therefore all conversations about personal struggles are off the record. The turnout at our monthly event, however, speaks volumes, and we continue to collect data in order to strengthen the program and fight food insecurity in more robust ways.
Q: What are some ways that efforts are underway at your institutions to reduce the stigma around food insecurity?
Kiley: There's a lot of education advocacy work going on at Hamline. For example, Dr. Susi Keefe’s ‘Health and Environment’ course is hosting a series of Food & Chats. [These] are an opportunity to really dive into topics related to food insecurity while also providing a free meal to the Hamline community. I also think that the culture of our Pop-Up Pantry events have helped a lot with reducing stigma because the turnout is so high so it's hard to feel like you are outing yourself as food insecure.
Gordon: I think one of the kind of tenants of our marketing for Tommie Shelf is [that] it's just kind of a fun program. It's got a fun name. And we partnered with our marketing department here to make the marketing and the logos for it. I think that the way we present it makes a lot of people think it's just another student club. And so, I think that by the way that we present it, doesn't feel like a charity a lot of times to students.
Q: How is attention to food insecurity changing?
Kiley: I think Hamline is in a really unique position to be able to say that we've done the research. We have done a significant amount of research on this campus that not a lot of other campuses like ours have done. We do have an opportunity here to take the lead and make significant changes.
Gordon: Anecdotally, I can say that when I was in college, both as an undergraduate and a graduate student, I never once heard talk of food insecurity. As a graduate student . . . I would watch for leftover food from meetings in the English department office and walk home with plates of leftover meat and cheese to have for lunch and dinner. I didn’t know I was food insecure, and I certainly didn’t know of any programs that addressed food insecurity on campus. Perhaps it’s because it’s my job now, or perhaps it’s a more educated, aware student body and administration, I couldn’t say, but it seems as though there is definitely a vast awareness of the issue at St. Thomas that I haven’t experienced before. I’m really proud to be part of that.
By Aaisha Abdullahi
Reposted with permission from Concordia University, St. Paul. View original article.
This year marks the 15th year of the Building Cultural Bridges Camp which is a two week camp held at Concordia University, St. Paul’s campus. The camp was formerly called the Hmong Culture and Language Summer Program; recently, it was renamed due to the inclusion of as many as 20 different language groups.
Many families have children who have grown up in this program since its beginnings in 2004 all the way into the present. Families of Nao Thao, Chao Vang, and Panyia Ly (co-developers of the program who were initially students in the Southeast Asian Teacher Program directed by Dr. Sally Baas), and many other families have been campers who have grown into youth clan leaders and eventually camp instructors.
Seven years ago, the Fang family encouraged their children Mitchell, Pearl, Claire, and Kai to learn about their Hmong roots by attending the Hmong Culture and Language Program summer camp.
Pearl Fang reflected on the program’s impact on her understanding of her culture and the sacrifices so many made:
“Although I was always taught to be proud of my Hmongness, as a young Hmong-American woman raised in a primarily white suburb of the Twin Cities, my navigation through life was always inhibited by the silent compromise of my culture in a population that knew nothing of it. Without external affirmation, I neglected the tension of my interwoven identities and fixated on my high academic performance. In the summer of 2011, I was enrolled in the Hmong Culture and Language Program (HCLP) summer camp and when I learned about the history of the Hmong and the genocide from which they fled as refugees of the Vietnam War, I was brokenhearted and vehemently sought more information. Upon returning home that afternoon, I pressed my parents for the stories I had been told my entire life, finally able to comprehend the anecdotes of orphans sabotaged so extended families were absolved of their care while fleeing, infants sedated with opium and permanently brain-damaged to prevent their cries, and elders abandoned in the jungle because their senility hindered their family’s successful escape. And for the first time, I wept with them—at the suffering and unimaginable decisions our people were coerced to make to survive. Their stories mended my conflict and catalyzed my ambition to achieve. Humbled, grateful, and so proud of their sacrifices, I have affirmed in my heart that I will work to serve people in need.”
Each of the Fang children is focused on using their knowledge from their ethnic background and building their educational careers while sharing their talents and skills in various volunteer ways with the Building Cultural Bridges Camp through leading youth, teaching music, sharing their organizational skills, all the while, bringing their joy faith, boundless energy as models for other youth and young campers.
The mission of the Hmong Culture and Language Program is to preserve the Hmong culture through storytelling, gardening, and the arts. The program grew out of needs in the Hmong community and has grown to also meet the needs of our university students for pre-service teaching and cross-cultural experiences. This opportunity has been based on and filtered through Concordia University, St. Paul’s mission, “As a university of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, which is to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, for enlightened care of God’s creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel.”
The program was initiated through the Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) Program, a teacher education completion program for Southeast Asians and other persons of color from underrepresented populations in education who are currently employed in Minnesota school districts as paraprofessional, educational or teacher assistants who are seeking teacher licensure. This program provides licensed teachers for students who better understand the life and culture of the urban and urban-like and Hmong students, specifically. In addition, the program creates greater access and equity for communities of color and helps to close the gap between the number of students of color and the number of teachers of color in the school systems.
The Hmong Culture and Language Program serves as a service arm of the Department of Teacher Education (DUTE) where it resides . . . Concordia’s vision is to strive to provide education within a global perspective and to structure integrated learning experiences in which students/faculty/community not only recognize and accept responsibility for their own intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual growth but also share in that of fellow students/colleagues. This opportunity has had a locally global focus to the Hmong and various other communities of color while providing opportunities for social, emotional and spiritual growth with a focus on intellectual growth through a variety of opportunities to create curriculum and teach K-12 students and their families.
More than 80,000 Minnesota residents received a State Grant to help keep college affordable in the 2017-18 academic year. That’s one in four Minnesota undergraduates enrolled in college here. Students receiving these need-based grants attend two- and four-year institutions, both public and private, and 90 percent of all State Grant recipients have a family income of less than $80,000.
Over 11,400 students at our 17 member colleges— that’s one in three Minnesota college students enrolled at our schools — were State Grant recipients, with an average award of $4,826.
Full rides to med school: Three AFROTC cadets earn prestigious scholarships
Three AFROTC cadets from the University of St. Thomas were selected to receive full scholarships for medical school through the Air Force Health Professions program.
St. Scholastica renames Stender School of Business and Technology in honor of former president
Members of The College of St. Scholastica’s campus community joined area business leaders recently to celebrate President Emeritus Bruce Stender's impact on the region.
MCAD alumni awarded Minnesota Center for Book Arts Jerome Fellowship
Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni Sarah Evenson, Jade Herrick and Shun Jie Yong are recipients of this year's prestigious fellowship.
CSB, SJU communities band together to help Bahamas
A number of efforts were held at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University to aid those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Prof. Barbara Allen receives award for book exploring lies in political advertising
The book recognizes 11 former Carleton College students who worked with Allen on election study.
Bethel professor explores benefits of model-based learning
Using a National Science Foundation grant, Bethel University Professor of Biological Sciences Sara Wyse and a research team are devising ways to implement model-based learning.
Students present research in Washington D.C.
Concordia College seniors Alexis Guttormson and Elli Strand presented at the international mammalogy conference.
Three Gustavus students win national Gilman Scholarship
Three Gustavus Adolphus College students are using the competitive Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Peru, Thailand and Nepal this semester.
Macalester English Prof. Marlon James’s novel named a finalist for the National Book Award
The Macalester College professor's book “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” is one of the five fiction finalists for the National Book Award which will be announced on Nov. 20.
Hamline launches comprehensive campaign
Hamline University, Minnesota's first university, announced a campaign to raise $110 million.
Urban Adventure is moving to Augsburg University and will become Urban Investors
Through Urban Investors, Augsburg University student fellows will learn how they can have a constructive part in improving economic conditions in urban neighborhoods.
CSP’s Dr. Cheryl Chatman Receives ABWHE Lifetime Achievement Award
Concordia University, St. Paul Executive Vice President and Dean of Diversity Dr. Cheryl Chatman was awarded the Association of Black Women in Higher Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
St. Olaf focuses on the importance of internships
Internships allow St. Olaf College students to test drive careers while sharpening their skills, defining their interests and applying classroom knowledge to the real world.
Report shows St. Kate’s student voting engagement higher than national average
St. Catherine University has a much higher percentage of voting students than college students nationwide. In 2018, St. Kate’s voting rate was 60.1 percent; nationally it was 39.1 percent.
Saint Mary’s awarded $187,926 grant to encourage diverse teachers
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has been awarded a Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color Grant, which will primarily fund scholarships for diverse teacher licensure students.
2019 holiday event schedule released
Many of our member colleges hold holiday concerts, theater performances and even an art sale that are open to the public. Check out our list and make plans to attend.
Council report on post-graduation outcomes of recent graduates now available
The report summarizes results for the class of 2018 based on surveys conducted by our member institutions
Larry Pogemiller awarded Edgar M. Carlson Award
Former commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education under Gov. Mark Dayton, Larry Pogemiller is also a former state senator and representative. He received the award from the Minnesota Private College Council in honor of his life-long commitment and service to higher education in the state.
Left to right: President Paul C. Pribbenow (Augsburg University), Larry Pogemiller, President Mary Hinton (College of Saint Benedict) and President Paul Cerkvenik (Minnesota Private College Council)
Varied friendships make students more tolerant
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 15, 2019
Two decades of change in federal and state higher education funding
The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oct. 15, 2019
The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors
The Washington Post, Oct. 19, 2019
Are job skills and an education the same thing?
The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 29, 2019
Five facts about student loans
The Brookings Institution, Nov. 12, 2019
Is college worth it? Um, yes!
Forbes, Nov. 12, 2019
Return on students' investments varies over time
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 14, 2019