Knights Swept by Saint Mary’s in Home Opener

Carleton Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:40pm

A late rally in the first game came up short and the Cardinals’ offense proved too much to handle in game two as the Carleton College softball team dropped both games in its home opener against Saint Mary’s University by tallies of 4-3 and 14-5 (6 innings).

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Rohrbach leads Knights at Camp Lejeune Championship

Carleton Sports - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:58am

Over break, the Carleton men’s golf team participated in the 44th Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championship at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The Knights finished 10th out of 14 teams and junior Ned Rohrbach (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) led the squad with a three day total of 224. Rohrbach finished in a tie for 12th out of 70 competitors and turned in an impressive even par round of 72 on day two of the tournament.

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Reece named Boldt Distinguished Teaching Professor

St. Olaf College - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:53am

St. Olaf College Professor of Classics Steve Reece has been named the O.C. and Patricia Boldt Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities.

Reece’s teaching and research focus on Homeric studies, New Testament studies, comparative oral traditions, and historical linguistics.

His scholarly work includes research done at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Lord Fellowship), the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition at the University of Missouri (National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship), the American Academy in Rome (Fulbright Fellowship), and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Reece is the author of a book about the rituals of ancient Greek hospitality titled The Stranger’s Welcome: Oral Theory and the Aesthetics of the Homeric Hospitality Scene and a monograph on early Greek etymology titled Homer’s Winged Words: Junctural Metanalysis in Homer in the Light of Oral-Formulaic Theory, for which he received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

He is currently engaged in two projects: one on handwriting styles among ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish letter writers, the other on allusions to classical literature in the letters of St. Paul.

Reece chaired the St. Olaf Department of Classics and directed the programs in Medieval Studies and Ancient Studies for two years. He earned his baccalaureate and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii and his Ph.D. in classics from the University of California-Los Angeles. He joined the St. Olaf faculty in 1994.

The Boldt Chair was established in 1994 by contractor Oscar C. Boldt and his wife, Patricia Hamar Boldt. It is offered to a current faculty member whose scholarship and professional endeavors advance the teaching and learning of humanities at the baccalaureate level.

The Boldt Chair is awarded for terms of three years; prior holders are James Farrell (History), Carol Holly (English), Edward Langerak (Philosophy), Gordon Marino (Philosophy), Diana Postlethwaite (English), Solveig Zempel (Norwegian), and John Barbour (Religion).

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Bats Power Knights to Sweep at Augsburg

Carleton Sports - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45pm

After starting the season with games in Texas, Illinois, and Arizona, the Carleton College baseball team got to play its first contests within the state of Minnesota and opened the MIAC schedule with a sweep at Augsburg College by scores of 11-7 and 11-6. Senior Nolan Baker continued his hot hitting, going 5-for-10 with two doubles, a home run, and eight RBI on the day

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Hayden Tsutsui Voted MIAC Player-of-the-Week

Carleton Sports - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:10pm

Carleton College’s Hayden Tsutsui had a big finish to his team's spring trip to Arizona and made program history in the process. He was 9-for-12 (.750) with four runs, three RBI, three doubles, two walks, and a home run in three games. For his performance, he was honored Monday with the MIAC Baseball Player-of-the-Week award. In addition to this recognition, Tsutsui was named the catcher of the D3Baseball national team of the week.

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"Swing Low," a collection of unique hanging landscapes, opens in the Perlman Teaching Museum

Carleton College News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:23am
Arts staff at Carleton College are busy installing a new exhibit in the Perlman Teaching Museum that literally ‘hangs’ in the Braucher Gallery. “Swing Low,” opening Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3, features sculptural works from four talented artists that hang from the space’s ceiling grid, creating a unique and varied visual landscape. “Swing Low” features the work of three Minnesota artists—Elizabeth Simonson, Alison Hiltner, and HOTTEA (aka Eric Rieger)—along with Massachusetts artist Rebecca Hutchinson. All four artists will speak about their work at the exhibit’s opening event, Friday, April 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Room 236, followed by a reception in the Weitz Commons from 8 to 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
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History Lecture Maps Urban European Histories of Slavery

Carleton College News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:21am
Thursday, April 2, from 5 to 6 p.m., University of Amsterdam history professor Dienke Hondius will present “Mapping Urban European Histories of Slavery” at Carleton College in Leighton Hall Room 304.
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Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell presents Convocation and Community Sing

Carleton College News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:16am
Friday, April 3, Carleton's convocation series returns with a special presentation by Sweet Honey in the Rock’s Ysaye Maria Barnwell. From 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, Barnwell will present “Building Vocal Communities,” a lecture that traces the evolution of African American communal vocal music from Africa through Spirituals and work songs to the music of the Civil Rights Movement. And later that evening at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Dr. Barnwell will conduct a Community Sing, bringing together voices of all ages from across the campus and greater communities. Both events are free and open the public. Convocations are also recorded and archived online at
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Knights Cruise Past Concordia

Carleton Sports - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 7:51pm

The Carleton College women’s tennis team returned home from spring break and picked up a decisive, 9-0, victory over host Concordia College. All six players in the Knights’ lineup won in both singles and doubles.

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Knights Wrap Up SoCal Spring Break Against Top Competition

Carleton Sports - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 10:25pm

On Saturday, the dozen members of the Carleton College women’s track and field team that traveled to Southern California over spring break concluded their three days of competition at the SDSU Aztec Invitational. The Knights got to test themselves against a field comprised mostly of Division I athletes, as well as some former Olympians.

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Bats Stymied as Knights Swept in MIAC Opener at Hamline

Carleton Sports - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 8:37pm

The Carleton College softball team managed just a single tally in both ends of the conference-opening doubleheader at Hamline University. The Knights lost the games by identical 9-1 scores. Cassie Clarke had the highlight for Carleton, belting her fourth home run of the season to account for the Knights’ run in the first game.

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Ruth Steinke Wins Steeplechase at Aztec Invite

Carleton Sports - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:33pm

Ruth Steinke won the 3000-meter steeplechase in convincing fashion at the Aztec Invitational. A total of 11 members of the Carleton College women’s track and field team competed Friday at the meet, which is comprised mostly by Division I and II programs.

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Knights Close Spring Break With Win Over UW-Eau Claire

Carleton Sports - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:09pm

Fresh off earning its first regional ranking of the season, the No. 12 Carleton College men’s tennis team celebrated with a 6-1 victory over No. 15 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The win was the Knights’ 16th straight to open the year.

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Student-Athlete Profile: Dylan Saline '17

Carleton Sports - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:30pm
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Knights Lose Twice on Final Day in Florida

Carleton Sports - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:28pm

The Carleton College softball team concluded its spring break trip with a pair of frustrating defeats. Missed opportunities haunted the Knights in a 4-3 walkoff loss to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to begin the day. Carleton then managed only three hits in a 7-3 setback at the hands of Middlebury College.

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Knights Ground Bluejays in Primetime Showdown

Carleton Sports - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:50pm

Quite possibly because the Knights are off to the best start in program history, the Carleton College men’s tennis team got to play under the lights on Wednesday and prevailed, 7-2, in a primetime matchup against Elmhurst College. This was the Knights’ fourth victory over a regionally-ranked opponent this season as the Bluejays were slotted at No. 13 in the central region.

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Hayden Tsutsui Sets Career Hits Mark, but Knights Drop Arizona Finale

Carleton Sports - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:28pm

Carleton College catcher Hayden Tsutsui now owns the program's highest recorded career hit total, but his 3-for-4 day was not enough to spark the Knights to victory as the squad dropped its spring trip finale against Oberlin College by a final tally of 7-5.

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Knights Invade Puerto Rico, Leave with 9-0 Win

Carleton Sports - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:23pm

The No. 31-ranked Carleton College women’s tennis team saw its first competition in 18 days but showed little sign of rust as the Knights handed host University of Puerto Rico-San Piedras, a Division II program, a 9-0 defeat. The Knights improved to 8-1 overall and bested a D-II squad for the third time this season.

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St. Olaf Handbell Choir returns from Annual Tour

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:15pm

Upon return from a three-day tour around the Midwest, the St. Olaf Handbell Choir performed its home concert in Urness Recital Hall on March 9. The tour, an annual event for the bell choir, included stops in Austin, Minn., Omaha, Neb. and Waverly, Iowa.

The students traveled in buses and slept in the homes of their patrons. When asked how she would describe the tour, Madelyn Woolums ’17, a biology major, said, “It’s really good group bonding. We always feel so much closer to the other ensemble members when we come back from tour.”

This group bonding is important to any handbell choir, as it is a kind of music that requires communication and cohesion among members to create their sound.

“They are very tight. It’s been fun over twenty years to watch it develop. They really have to interact,” Jill Mahr, director of the St. Olaf Handbell Choir and Chapel Ringers, said.

Mahr teaches flute and conducts the handbell choirs at St. Olaf, leads a youth program for handbells at her church and is a member of Handbell Musicians of America. The St. Olaf Handbell Choir was founded in 1983 under the direction of Robert Thompson, taken over by Norman Heitz in 1985, later directed by Karl Zinsmeister and since 1995 has been directed by Mahr. The program has grown to now include three handbell ensembles: the St. Olaf Handbell Choir, the Chapel Ringers and the Manitou Handbell Choir, a student-directed group.

The Manitou Handbell Choir is directed by Gabrielle Sanderson ’15, a math and physics major. She spoke highly of the ensemble under her direction.

“They’re a really good group of ringers, and they’re especially good at rhythm,” Sanderson said.

Sanderson is also involved in the handbell quartet on campus, a student group that, upon suggestion from Mahr, began this year with a group of seasoned ringers.  The quartet played two songs on the St. Olaf Handbell Choir’s program this year, “Fanfare for an Uncommon Instrument,” a Susan T. Nelson piece that reminisces Aaron Copland’s similarly titled song “Fanfare for a Common Man” and “Roundup,” a brief, upbeat André Previn piece arranged by Erin K. Downey.

In addition to these, the St. Olaf Handbell Choir performed a great variety of music for its concert. Their pieces were diverse in era of composition, genre and style, demonstrating a full range of the musical possibilities for handbells.

From a Bach fugue to a new arrangement of “What a Wonderful World,” the choir exhibited a wide selection of music as well as interesting sound elements incorporated into the concert such as a flute, drums, various kinds of chimes and even a bell tree. “De Profundis,” one of the more contemporary pieces on the program, was written for the St. Olaf Handbell Choir by Jason Krug, and the group premiered it on this tour. The piece used unique ways to make music, including swirling wooden blocks around the bells to produce sound.

“Audiences are always surprised, because they don’t know that handbells can be so versatile,” Sanderson said.

The St. Olaf Handbell Choir also works in the community, doing events such as a biannual children’s concert as well as putting on a concert for a  local nursing home. The ensemble has a Christmas concert earlier in the year and a spring concert wherein all three handbell choirs play.  In regard to the unique opportunity handbell choir presents, Mahr said, “I think it’s really cool that St. Olaf is a liberal arts school, so students have a chance to experience so many different things.”

For more information on getting involved in the handbell choir, students can contact Mahr at or Sanderson at

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Phil Lundin leads running revolution

Manitou Messenger - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:07pm

The St Olaf men’s track and field team has experienced another remarkable season. Paul Escher ’16 and Jake Campbell ’16 both took first place in events at the NCAA Division III National Championships, with Escher winning the mile and Campbell the 3000 meter race. The Oles also placed second in the MIAC Championships on March 7. After the Oles qualified for NCAA Nationals only twice between 1979 and 2007, Head Coach Phil Lundin joined the team and turned its luck around.

Lundin began his coaching career at Burnsville high school, where he taught physical education and health. There he worked as an assistant track and cross country coach under Dave “Griff” Griffith, his current assistant coach. After about ten years at Burnsville, Lundin was asked to join the University of Minnesota team as an assistant coach in 1986. Ten years later, he was promoted to head coach and stayed at Minnesota for 14 more years. In 2003, Lundin was named the USTFCCCA Division I coach of the year.

After 24 years at the University of Minnesota, Lundin came to St. Olaf and took over for retiring men’s track and cross country coach Bill Thornton.

“[St. Olaf] is a great place to work,” Lundin said. “So yeah, I think [taking the job] had to do with wanting a little change in regards to lifestyle and environment. I’d had enough of the rat race at Division I, so I took a chance and it turned out to be a good move.”

Lundin is thoroughly enjoying his time coaching at St. Olaf, especially being able to work with his old friend and colleague Dave Griffith once again.

“When I took the job here, Griff had moved back to Northfield, and I said ‘come on back! Let’s work together again,’ and we did,” Lundin said. “It’s the best part of coming to St. Olaf. I get to work with him. He’s probably the best distance coach in the U.S.”

Lundin ran track in high school and college. Coaching runs in Lundin’s family, and he was sure that he wanted to be a coach from a young age.

“I was in grade school, the third grade, and I think I read the Bob Mathias story, who was an Olympic gold medalist in 1948 and 1952, and I was always just intrigued. My mom and dad were physical education teachers and coaches, so the whole family grew up with sports. I never really thought too far outside the box. I just assumed I’d be a teacher and coach, and, my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing,” Lundin said.

Since beginning to coach at St. Olaf seven years ago, Lundin has led the team to NCAA Nationals five out of the past six years. The team won the Division III national title in fall of 2013. Lundin was recently named MIAC Indoor Coach of the Year after the team came in second at the MIAC championships this spring. This honor added to his growing collection of awards. Lundin has received six MIAC coaching honors in track, four in cross country, and has also received four Big Ten Coach Of The Year awards during his time at Minnesota.

“Coaching at St. Olaf has been a joy,” Lundin said. “It’s a little hard for Griff and I to get our arms around some of the culture. I mean, sometimes the culture doesn’t enhance performance level, but overall, everybody’s very kind and very supportive and friendly. I think it’s a great environment to work in. Obviously, for students, it’s a great place to go to school, so I have no complaints.”


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