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Nursing homes, hospitals and churches are popular locations for St. Olaf students to share their musical talent off the Hill, but two Oles are adding an unexpected and underserved location to that lis
The members of Radiohead are masters of the unconventional album release. In 2007, for In Rainbows, they were the first major act to utilize the pay-what-you-want download model that has since been ad
diences with their production of the opera Der Vampyr. Luckily for everyone who left that show wanting more, Lyric Theater is back at it again with their 2016 spring show, Light. This year’s product
In the shadow of a town’s insecurities, an awkward but honest quest for human affection and affirmation is laced through with humor and wonder at the stars. Ian Sutherland ’18 directed 10 student acto
On Sunday, May 8, senior art majors will have their final pieces on display throughout Dittman Center during “Lasting Legacy” and “The Senior Art Show.” There are more featured artists than ever bef
Recent St. Olaf College graduate Zequn (Charlie) Li ’16 says he was drawn to a career in consulting for a very simple reason: it’s all about problem-solving.
And Li, who landed a position with consulting powerhouse Deloitte before graduating, notes that the liberal arts education he received at St. Olaf provided the perfect training ground for a career centered on creative and analytical problem-solving.
“I learned how to formulate questions and hypotheses, how to apply different statistical methods to different scenarios, and how to think thoroughly in order to convince people with my evidence,” he says.
He’s not the only member of this year’s graduating class to find that these skills are highly sought after in the world of consulting.
Mariah DuBose landed a position at Accenture Consulting, Roger Ntawukulityayo at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Alec Paulson at Analysis Group, and Laura Schmiel at The Huron Consulting Group.
These 2016 graduates are the most recent class of students to have successfully landed careers in the consulting field. They join a stream of St. Olaf graduates who have also realized their ambitions in this most competitive of sectors, including Tim Tuscher ’15 and Shannon Cordes ’14 at The Boston Consulting Group, Zihao (Daniel) Pan ’15 at Deloitte, and Nick Evens ’14 at McKinsey & Company.
“The college and its faculty have introduced these students to a broad range of disciplines, have helped them develop and understand differing points of view, and have underscored the role that values and belief play in shaping human life and work,” says Leslie Moore ’77, director of the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career. “These students are well-prepared to listen to and respond to their clients, while keeping in mind the needs and interests of the broader community.”
Schmiel, who majored in mathematics and economics, notes that consulting places a high degree of importance on collaboration and teamwork.
“St. Olaf prepared me for this type of work because of the emphasis that many of my professors placed on group work,” she says. “Consulting is never done alone, and I know that I am well-equipped to handle any issues that may come my way.”
In addition to helping students sharpen their skills in the classroom, St. Olaf provides a wide range of resources and experiential learning opportunities that have helped many students make the transition from college to consulting.
The Piper Center’s Connections Program, for example, enables students to explore careers and network with alumni in cities across the country. Each city focuses on several career tracks and invites alumni in those fields to meet with current students.
Students who find consulting an intriguing career choice can go on the program that is offered in Chicago to meet alumni working in the Windy City.
DuBose, an economics and mathematics major with a concentration in management, was one of those who went on the Chicago program.
“It gave me the opportunity to connect with alumni at various consulting firms, one of which was Accenture,” she says. “Also, being able to get this exposure early helped me to discern my vocational interests in consulting and Accenture.”
St. Olaf students are also able to obtain experience in their chosen field before they step foot into the job market.
Paulson, an economics and mathematics major with a concentration in statistics, participated in research through both the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) programs — developing skills that will be invaluable in his job.
CURI and CIR each offer St. Olaf students the opportunity to work closely with professors and other students to conduct research. Working with Assistant Professor of Economics Ashley Hodgson, as part of a CURI project, Paulson studied the rates at which hospitals adopted technology. The results were presented at the international Atlantic Economic Conference in Boston.
In a world where companies are expanding into new markets at a rapid rate, a global perspective is becoming more and more important. Ntawukulityayo, an economics and chemistry major, participated in study abroad programs in China, Peru, and Panama during his time at St. Olaf. He also completed several internships — most notably one in Kigali, Rwanda, with Global Communities as a monitoring and evaluation analyst.
Those experiences played an important role in preparing him for his new career.
“The Boston Consulting Group is known for valuing a global perspective in their consultants,” he says. “St. Olaf helped me enhance my well-rounded personality, which is something that all major consulting firms are looking for.”
St. Olaf College Vice President for Enrollment and College Relations Michael Kyle ’85 has announced the appointment of Katie Warren ’95 as its first chief marketing officer.
Warren, who is currently president and director of strategy at the Minneapolis-based marketing services agency Gabriel deGroodBendt (GdB), will begin at St. Olaf July 5.
Warren has spent the past 16 years leading brand strategy, innovation, and marketing communications plans in both the advertising and retail industries.
Prior to joining GdB, she was vice president of brand marketing at SuperValu, where she led banner brand marketing and advertising, private brands marketing, health and wellness marketing, and strategic planning. She also worked at Campbell-Mithun and Br&nd Innovators, assisting clients like Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Land O’Lakes.
“Katie is strategic, accomplished, and down-to-earth,” Kyle says. “The experience she brings will drive stronger integration across campus, enabling the group she leads to provide effective, authentic, and compelling communications.”
This new role at the college is intended to strategically elevate the role of marketing in the college’s communications plan to increase awareness and visibility of the college and support the college’s strategic plan.
“St. Olaf has long had a place in my heart and I’m thrilled with the opportunity to leverage my skills and experience to take the St. Olaf brand to the next level,” Warren says.
Warren holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf, where she majored in English, and a master of marketing communications certificate from the University of St. Thomas.
Recent Carleton College graduate Ruth Steinke ’16 has been tabbed as the school’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year. This award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
Carleton College track and field stars Hart Hornor ’16, Amelia Campbell ’16, and Ruth Steinke ’16 were selected to the Academic All-America® Division III Track and Field/Cross Country Teams. This is the first time in school history that a trio of Knights received this award in the same academic year.
By day, Mike Fuerstein is an associate professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College. By night, he lays down a beat like nobody’s business.
Fuerstein plays drums in a band named, appropriately enough to anyone who dabbles in philosophy, The Counterfactuals. He is joined in the band by three more professors, all of whom teach at neighboring Carleton College.
The band recently released its second album, eponymously titled The Counterfactuals.
Daniel Groll, the band’s vocalist, and Jason Decker, the guitarist, also teach philosophy. Thus, one would be forgiven in assuming the fourth and final member of the band also happened to be a philosophy professor, to complete a very philosophical quartet. Yet one would be wrong in making that assumption — in fact, they would be counterfactually thinking. Andy Flory, the bassist, teaches music at Carleton.
Fuerstein did not follow the typical path to becoming a professor of philosophy. He completed a dual-degree program in philosophy and saxophone performance from Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
After years on the New York City jazz scene, playing and teaching the saxophone, while also completing a Ph.D. at Columbia University, he joined the St. Olaf faculty.
Upon arriving in Northfield, he came to find out about a band named The Counterfactuals that was in need of a drummer. So, of course, the saxophone-playing philosopher signed up to play drums.
The band released its debut album, Minimally Decent People, in 2013. The album garnered critical acclaim, leading Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current to label it “must-hear music.”
A string of tour dates all across Minnesota, in addition to profiles and reviews in a raft of publications, including the Star Tribune, cemented the band’s position among the finest of the burgeoning Northfield music scene.
On the back of the first album, the band had every reason to take a break and return to their “normal” lives. However, its members were still committed to practicing as much as they could — culminating in the band’s new album.
If the band’s first album represented a bubbling to the surface, their recently released second album is an explosion of artistry and musicality. The band will play an album release show on Saturday, June 25, at Icehouse in Minneapolis. The show will feature Joey Ryan and the Inks as their special guest.
The eponymous album title is normally reserved for an group’s first album. Fuerstein admits that the decision to self-title the band’s second album was a “recognition that we were trying to be a little quirky and a fruitless bout of toying with other titles.”
Nonetheless, there is no evidence of a lack of ideas when it comes to the important business: the music. An eclectic range of sounds pervades onto each of the nine songs on the album — no surprise, given the eclectic methods of making music that the band employed.
“We’ve used stairwells to get echoes, recorded in offices to get more of a dry sound,” Fuerstein says.
Evidently, the band is as resourceful as it is talented.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Winter/Spring 2015-16 Academic All-Conference honorees today, with Carleton College student-athletes earning distinction a school-record 60 times. To qualify for recognition, student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior, or senior, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Both of the Carleton College men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs were once again designated as Scholar All-America teams by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Knights earned this recognition for the 23rd consecutive year.
In conjunction with Carleton College’s Alumni Reunion activities, four new members will be welcomed into the 'C' Club Hall of Fame during the 41st annual induction ceremony on Saturday, June 18. The 2016 inductees include multi-sport athlete James Schuldt ’91, football player Chris French ’96, women’s basketball star Megan (Vig) Barrymore ’06, and All-American distance runner Stephen Harris ’06.
Eleven recent St. Olaf College graduates have been named Fulbright fellows for 2016–17.
The recipients of the prestigious award include eight members of this year’s graduating class, as well as three 2015 graduates.
Six will use their Fulbright awards to conduct research, and the other five will take on English teaching assistantships.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the Department of State and awards more than 1,500 grants to U.S. students every year. The program operates in more than 140 countries, seeking to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries” and “contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.” Program participants are chosen based on many factors, including leadership potential and academic merit.
The St. Olaf Fulbright recipients and their projects:
Elizabeth Bews ’15 will conduct research on the archeological record in the Middle Strymon River Valley in Southwestern Bulgaria, whose history has been neglected despite its pivotal position in the ancient world. She will compare patterns of surveys and excavations in this area with Bulgarian governmental nationalist trends in order to determine why some sites have been neglected. She hopes that her research will encourage collaboration between Bulgarian and American archaeologists, as well as a renewed focus on archaeology in the Middle Strymon River Valley. While at St. Olaf, Bews majored in French, history, and Russian area studies.
Mason Braden ’15 will work as an English Teaching Assistant in Mexico. He has also proposed a supplemental project that will involve creating and coaching a local basketball team. Having spent four years as a member of the St. Olaf basketball team, he has experienced the power of athletics to bridge cultural and linguistic differences. Braden majored in Spanish and psychology at St. Olaf.
Sophia Butler ’15 will work as an English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. She also plans to lead a community music ensemble that she hopes will build strong relationships among people with many different backgrounds. She majored in music at St. Olaf.
Andrew Hoffman ’16 will analyze the atmospheric chemistry of surface snow layers of Northeastern Greenland’s ice sheet. He will conduct this research as part of the East Greenland Project Ice Core while studying for a master’s degree in climate change at the University of Copenhagen. He majored in mathematics and physics.
Lisa Koetke ’16 will travel to Dehradun, in the state of Uttarakhand in India, to study the diet composition of livestock and wild ungulates through the Wildlife Institute of India. Her research will be used to determine whether the two groups compete for food and whether such competition affects their diets. The results will inform management decisions in the Indian Himalayan region. She majored in biology at St. Olaf.
Sophia Magro ’16 will study teacher-student interactions in elementary schools in Kiel, Germany. The research will examine how communication between native German teachers and Syrian refugee students is related to the development of students’ self-control. She majored in music and psychology with a concentration in educational studies.
Mari McClelland ’16 will conduct research on forest tenure and national forest policy at the local level in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. Last year, she was named a Udall Scholar, an award given to students who have demonstrated leadership, public service, and a commitment to careers related to the environment. She majored in Asian studies and environmental studies at St. Olaf.
Erin McHugh ’16 will work as an English Teaching Assistant at the University of Osijek in Croatia, which gives only one teaching grant to a U.S. citizen. During the 2016 Interim, she taught U.S history at Kalani High School and Kamehameha Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii. She majored in history with a concentration in educational studies.
Cameron Rylander ’16 will work as an English Teaching Assistant in South Korea. In furthering his experience while in South Korea, he hopes to immerse himself in Korean culture by engaging in K-pop dance performances and joining middle-aged communities to cook authentic Korean cuisine. He majored in Asian studies.
Christa Schmidt ’16 will work as an English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. In addition to her classroom work, she hopes to create a music ensemble that will allow for mutual sharing and teaching. She plans to teach choral pieces commonly sung in America and have her students, in turn, share music they learn and perform in their community. She majored in music education at St. Olaf.
Nora Uhrich ’16 will investigate Norway’s response to victims of sexual violence seeking asylum from other countries. Her research involves examining the factors that influence policies and practices for accepting or rejecting refugee women as well as interviewing women who have gone through the asylum process. In conjunction, she will take psychology courses at the University of Oslo. She majored in psychology, religion, and Norwegian.
St. Olaf College student Oleksandr (Sasha) Dmytrenko ’17 has been selected to conduct cutting-edge stem cell research this summer through the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program.
Dmytrenko will spend 10 weeks in the laboratory of Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Vijay Sankaran. Sankaran and his colleagues are studying hematopoiesis, or blood cell production, in order to develop potential treatments for blood diseases.
Dmytrenko, who received funding from the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career for the internship, is looking forward to the active role that he will play in such important research.
“They really want to get the student involved in all of the aspects of the project,” he says. “The lab is very interested in me actually learning and doing things.”
An essential component of Dmytrenko’s work is modern genome editing through the CRISPR/Cas9 system, a powerful tool for modeling diseases and testing drugs. Dmytrenko explains that it is “unusual for an undergraduate student to work on a project of this scope and to use techniques this novel.”
What excites Dmytrenko most about the HSCI internship, though, is the opportunity to collaborate with Sankaran, who holds both Ph.D. and M.D. degrees. As a student planning to become a physician-scientist himself, “working with someone who is bridging two fields is an amazing experience” for Dmytrenko.
“I would like to combine the fields of clinical medicine and basic science in my profession, which I believe allows researchers to better guide their research toward patient needs,” he says.
Dmytrenko’s participation in research projects at St. Olaf has prepared him well for the HSCI program. Through the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program, he and St. Olaf Professor of Biology Eric Cole spent a summer studying the single-cell organism Tetrahymena. “I was exposed to molecular biology, microscopy, biochemical research — all of these things while working with the same organism,” says Dmytrenko.
“I saw how all of these interdisciplinary tools line up together and how they can be used to answer bigger questions. That was definitely something that allowed me to grow,” he says.
Dmytrenko, a chemistry major with concentrations in biomolecular science and statistics, has taken several courses at St. Olaf that have also prepared him for HSCI. He says that his upper-level classes in cell biology, genetics, and bioanalytical chemistry have “really allowed me to see what’s out there beyond the textbook examples.”
In addition to their laboratory research, HSCI interns participate in a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. They present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at an end-of-program symposium.
Dmytrenko says that he can’t wait “to participate in an entirely new project in an entirely new setting, working in the field that I’m passionate about.”
The Harvard Stem Cell Institute is a unique scientific enterprise that brings together leading scientists and clinical experts working to advance the use of stem cells in basic research and regenerative medicine.
Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a vigil and service on Sunday, April 19 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Author Peter Grose will be the featured speaker and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service, which begins at 5 p.m. A vigil/name reading of Holocaust victims will precede the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. For a detailed schedule of the event, visit go.carleton.edu/calendar. This event is free and open to the public.
Founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ Arsalan Iftikhar will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 17 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. An international human rights lawyer, global media commentator, and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era, Iftikhar has been called Islam’s “It” guy by many in the global media and is a much sought-after interview or commentator for those seeking the American-Muslim perspective. NPR host Michel Martin calls Iftikhar “…the voice of a new era: hip, funny, smart and globally aware” and New York best-selling author Deepak Chopra wrote, “The world needs more Muslim Ghandi’s like Arsalan Iftikhar.”
Becky Morrison, a proponent of collecting and refurbishing electronic waste and converting it into usable instruments around the globe, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 10th from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “ Revolutionary Ideas: How to Achieve the Impossible,” Morrison’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.
World renowned classical and jazz pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform in concert on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. A Van Cliburn gold medalist, Nakamatsu is considered to be one of the most sough-after pianists of his generation. Bernard Holland of the New York Times wrote, "This young American pianist has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants." Nakamatsu’s not-to-be-missed performance will feature selections by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin—and is free and open to the public.
Spring term exhibit opens Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3 in Weitz Center for Creativity.