Duo tours local prisons

Manitou Messenger - 29 min 6 sec ago
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
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How To Disappear Completely

Manitou Messenger - 29 min 6 sec ago
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
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Lyric Theater’s muscial revue recieves positive reviews

Manitou Messenger - 29 min 6 sec ago
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
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Myswyken production of Middletown muses on life and death

Manitou Messenger - 29 min 6 sec ago
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
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Senior art majors to end year with double-show

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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
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Knights Earn ABCA’s Inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award

Carleton Sports - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:47pm

The Carleton College baseball team earned the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award. The Knights were one of only 35 NCAA Division III programs to take home this accolade and are also the lone representatives from the MIAC to receive the honor.

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Knights Earn NABC Academic Excellence Award, Six Knights Named to Honors Court

Carleton Sports - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:27am

The Carleton College men's basketball team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.43 for the 2015-16 academic year. John Eckert ’16 and Patrick England ’16 were named to the Honors Court for the second consecutive year, while Peter Bakker-Arkema, Mitch Biewen, Beau Smit and Tianen Chen were named to the Honors Court for the first time following their junior years.

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Journal cover features work of St. Olaf researchers

St. Olaf College - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 9:00am

The cover of the most recent issue of the Journal of Chemical Education features a paper written by St. Olaf College Associate Professor of Biology John Giannini and continuing education student Chris Stewart.

The piece, titled “Inexpensive, Open Source Epifluorescence Microscopes,” explains how to modify or build microscopes for viewing fluorescent cells or other samples by using 3D printing technology or parts available at most hardware stores.

Two models of the microscope that St. Olaf researchers describe in this month’s Journal of Chemical Education.

Although similar commercial microscopes typically cost thousands of dollars, a school or research lab could make the models that Stewart and Giannini describe for only a few hundred dollars.

As a result, their article has the potential to greatly expand the use of fluorescence microscopy — and the valuable insights that it can provide — in the classroom and teaching or research lab.

Ultimately, Giannini and Stewart hope that their article will be especially useful in places that have historically lacked the funds for more advanced scientific equipment, such as schools in inner cities, rural areas, or developing nations.

Stewart and Giannini have designed other low-cost scientific instruments and equipment for educational purposes as well, and they are currently working on a series of papers and a website to disseminate these ideas more widely.

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Four St. Olaf students named Graduate School Exploration Fellows

St. Olaf College - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:45pm

Marnicia Johnson ‘18

St. Olaf College students Jasmin Aramburu ‘18, Emily Hynes ‘18, Marnicia Johnson ‘18 and Zoua Lor ‘18 have been awarded Graduate School Exploration Fellowships (GSEF) through a new program that brings together some of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges and research universities.

The four are part of the first cohort of students selected for the two-year fellowship, which will provide students with a robust set of mentoring, career development, and experiential research opportunities beginning in the fall of their junior year.

Zoua Lor ‘18

The goal of the Fellows Program is to encourage students from backgrounds underrepresented in the professoriate to pursue graduate degrees and careers in academics, particularly as faculty members at liberal arts colleges.

The Fellows Program is a collaboration of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and the research universities in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, which is a consortium of the members of the Big Ten Conference, plus the University of Chicago. 

Emily Hynes ‘18

The ACM and Big Ten Academic Alliance received an $8.1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the new program.

Each fellow will participate in a paid research internship next summer at a major research university. They will each be provided with a St. Olaf faculty mentor during their junior and senior years, and they will attend two development conferences alongside other fellows, graduate students, and faculty.

The inaugural Fellows Program Summit on August 18-19 in Chicago will be the first GSEF activity for the students.

The Fellows Program is part of a wider seven-year initiative by the ACM that seeks to break down the barriers to faculty diversity, especially at liberal arts colleges. The Fellows Program grant will support five undergraduate cohorts totaling 280 GSEF fellows, with up to 20 students drawn from each ACM college.

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Wang nabs academic honor from WGCA

Carleton Sports - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:40am

Ziyi Wang has been named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America Scholar team. She's one of only nine players in NCAA Division III to earn All-America and All-America Scholar honors.

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New internship gives students a glimpse of life as a physician

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 10:39am

Eliza Thompson ’17 (right) and Colten Yahn ’17 were the first St. Olaf students to participate in a new internship program designed by two alumni who want to give Oles an up-close look at the day-to-day work of a physician.

“Most students must make the decision to become a physician before they know what it is like to actually be a physician,” St. Olaf College alumnus and medical doctor Peter Stiles ’05 says.

So Stiles — along with his co-worker and fellow Ole physician Marc Tompkins ’99 — developed an internship that aims to give St. Olaf students an up-close look at the day-to-day work of a practicing physician.

The two doctors recently started an academic internship for two St. Olaf pre-medical students at their place of employment, TRIA Orthopaedic Center. Eliza Thompson ’17 and Colten Yahn ’17 were the first students selected for the program at TRIA, an orthopaedic and sports medicine practice located in Bloomington, Minnesota.

“Our internship is geared to expand the students’ minds, knowledge, and insight, while also providing a realistic look at the daily life of a practicing doctor,” Stiles says.

St. Olaf consistently prepares its students for a successful application process to medical school. The college’s Pre-Health Program, along with the Piper Center for Vocation and Career and the Health Professions Committee, provide resources and hands-on learning opportunities designed to prepare St. Olaf students for a career in medicine.

Marc Tompkins ’99 (left), an orthopaedic and sports medicine surgeon, and Peter Stiles ’05, an anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist, created an internship for St. Olaf students at their place of employment, TRIA Orthopaedic Center.

Stiles and Tompkins started the TRIA internship to increase these opportunities for Oles — and as a way to “pay it forward.”

“I have always felt very fortunate for my St. Olaf education, including many opportunities provided by St. Olaf alumni, and I wanted a chance to both educate St. Olaf students and to give back,” Tompkins says.

The students were able to shadow the doctors in every aspect of the job, from forming meaningful relationships with patients to the more mundane tasks of filling out insurance paperwork. They also spent time discussing the practice of medicine, medical school, and the students’ goals and interests.

“Before this internship, I thought about a career as a physician as a sort of ‘dream’ and could really only imagine what it might look like,” Thompson says. “This internship helped me think through my interests and create a clearer vision for my future.”

Yahn agrees.

“This was the most impactful experience I have had thus far in my academic career,” he says. “It felt like a full immersion into health care. As a result, I really feel like I have a more complete understanding of the health care system.”

The internship is rewarding for the mentors as well.

“The students ask wonderful questions that get me thinking about important issues and remind me of the open-minded curiosity fostered at St. Olaf,” Stiles says.

The two doctors plan to continue the program into the foreseeable future.

“They are incredible professionals and better people,” Yahn says. “If nothing else, I would recommend this internship solely to encourage other students to meet these doctors. Their insight and mentorship will continue to be invaluable for my future career.”

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Two St. Olaf students named Smaby Peace Scholars

St. Olaf College - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 8:51am

St. Olaf students Jauza Khaleel ’18 (right) and Paul Sullivan ’17 are participating in the Peace Scholars Program in Norway this summer.

St. Olaf College students Jauza Khaleel ’18 and Paul Sullivan ’17 have been named Smaby Peace Scholars.

The Peace Scholars Program is designed to expand students’ awareness of current issues relating to peace, justice, democracy, and human rights through a series of educational experiences in Norway. Two students from each of the six Norwegian-American Lutheran colleges — Augsburg, Augustana, Concordia, Luther, St. Olaf, and Pacific Lutheran University — are chosen to participate.

Students at St. Olaf receive funding to participate in the program through the Philip C. Smaby Peace Scholars Endowed Scholarship.

The 2016 program began with five days at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, where the scholars participated in transformative dialogue sessions with students from the Balkans and Caucasus regions.

The scholars then moved to the University of Oslo International Summer School, where they will spend six weeks deepening their understanding of the history and theories regarding conflict, war, and peace. In addition to lectures and seminars, they will visit some of the leading peace organizations in Norway, including the Nobel Peace Center and the Peace Research Institute.

Scholars also have an opportunity to take an additional undergraduate course of their choice. Khaleel will take a course in Scandinavian government and politics, while Sullivan will study Norwegian history.

Khaleel, a native of the Maldives who attended the United World College in Swaziland before coming to St. Olaf, hopes the Peace Scholars Program will enable her to learn about different forms of conflict resolution and how peacebuilding processes occur.

“I have developed a strong interest in international development, and the importance of efficient dialogue in conflict resolution and peacebuilding,” she says. “I am interested in learning about the ways we can reduce human rights violations across the globe and the implementation of international law justly across all states.”

A political science and sociology/anthropology major at St. Olaf, Khaleel is involved with a wide range of campus organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Wellness Center, and the International Student Organization. She plans to integrate some of what she learns through the Peace Scholars Program into her work on campus.

Sullivan agrees, noting that he hopes to incorporate what he learns into his work with St. Olaf’s Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice — an organization he co-founded — as well as in his support of student social activism on race, gender, and LGBTQ rights.

A native of Decorah, Iowa, Sullivan is majoring in Asian studies with a concentration in China studies. He spent a semester studying at East China Normal University in Shanghai, and participated in a Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry project on campus last summer that examined the migration of Japanese Americans from the American internment camps of World War II to Minnesota.

Sullivan plans to go into foreign policy work after graduating, whether with the US government or with an international nongovernmental organization. He says his experience with the Peace Scholars Program should help inform his career plans.

“I’m incredibly excited for this opportunity and hope it will help shape my sense of vocation for after St. Olaf,” Sullivan says.

The Smaby Peace Scholars fund was established in honor of the late Philip Carlyle Smaby, a Minneapolis-St. Paul philanthropist who attended St. Olaf and three of whose children are alumni (Mark Smaby ’66, Gary Smaby ’71, and John Smaby ’76).

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Carleton Invites Community to Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service and Vigil

Carleton College News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:22pm
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 This event is free and open to the public.
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Arasalan Iftikhar, founder of ‘TheMuslimGuy.Com,’ to present Carleton convocation

Carleton College News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:51am
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.”
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Convocation highlights global recycling innovation

Carleton College News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:04pm
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
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World renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu makes rare Northfield appearance

Carleton College News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:02pm
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.
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"Swing Low" opens in Perlman Teaching Museum

Carleton College News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:23am
Spring term exhibit opens Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3 in Weitz Center for Creativity.
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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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Carleton Names Emory's Livingston As New Dean of Students

Carleton College News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:48am
Dr. Carolyn H. Livingston, currently senior associate vice president for campus life and Title IX coordinator for students at Emory University (Ga.), has been named Carleton College’s new vice president for student life and dean of students. Livingston replaces Hudlin Wagner, who announced her retirement in September, effective at the end of the current academic year. Livingston will assume her new post June 22, 2015.
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