St. Olaf project on Asia and the environment attracts Luce Foundation award

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The Henry Luce Foundation awarded St. Olaf College $400,000 to refine and expand an interdisciplinary project on environmental issues in Asia.

Environmental Connections began in 2012 with an exploration grant from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment. This program aims to train the next generation of experts on global environmental challenges by coupling the study of Asian culture and language with knowledge about environmental systems and practices to promote sustainability.

Pursued jointly by the departments of Asian Studies and Environmental Studies, Environmental Connections creates new opportunities for faculty and students to conduct research in and about Asia and the environment. The project also promotes awareness of environmental concerns and solutions in Asia among students, faculty, and the greater St. Olaf community. Finally, the project deepens current collaborations between St. Olaf and partner institutions in Asia, including Lanzhou University in China and the Asian Rural Institute in Japan.


St. Olaf student receives Davis Projects for Peace grant

Kelly Meza Prado will use a Davis Projects for Peace grant to address agricultural issues in rural Peru.

St. Olaf College student Kelly Meza Prado received a grant from the Davis Projects for Peace initiative that she will use to build rustic greenhouses aimed at addressing agricultural issues in rural Peru.

The $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grants are awarded to students who use creativity and innovation in the development of a project that both promotes peace and addresses the root cause of conflict among parties. Over the past five years, eight St. Olaf students have received the prestigious award.

Meza Prado, who hails from Concepcion, Peru, will use her grant to construct rustic greenhouses for the Chicche population in a rural area of the Peruvian Andes. She plans to use the greenhouses as a way to counteract agricultural challenges.


Coach McDonald reaches 500th victory with St. Olaf baseball team

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St. Olaf College head baseball coach Matt McDonald reached his 500th win with the team’s two-game sweep over Gustavus Adolphus College.

McDonald, who is also the director of athletics at St. Olaf, is among the winningest NCAA Division III coaches. He entered this season ranked 34th among active coaches in win percentage and 40th among active coaches in total number of victories.

Under McDonald, St. Olaf has won four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and three conference tournament championships.


90 New Members in 90 Days!

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“90 new members in 90 days!” is the motto for the Friends of the Northfield Public Library spring membership campaign.  The new member drive launched during National Library Week and extends through the summer Books and Stars concert series in city parks.  All new members will receive a free Friends t-shirt along with their membership card and special bookmark.

Membership dues start at $10/year. All the dues support library programs, like the Summer Reading Program for over 700 children, and services such as door-to-door book delivery.  Dues and donations from Friends pay for new computers, eBooks, digital magazines, business databases and more. 

Seniors and students become members at $10, individuals at $15, families of any size at $25, and sustaining members sign up for $10/month for a total of $120/year.


Carleton Players present acclaimed playwright David Mamet’s explosive drama, Race

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The Carleton Players will present acclaimed American playwright David Mamet's explosive drama, Race, with performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 and 9-10 in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Directed by David Wiles, Race forces audiences to consider their own beliefs regarding race, sex and guilty. The thought-provoking play questions numerous assumptions and stereotypes of American society and race relations.  Performances are free and open to the public but reservations are recommended and can be made online at https://carleton.tixato.com/buy.

Celebrated playwright David Mamet often gets his best results by writing about people at their worst. Race tells the story of two attorneys, charged with defending a white man accused of raping an African-American woman. In the face of unraveling evidence, the lawyers' own uncomfortable beliefs about race rise to the surface. It's a crime mystery that's both dramatic and darkly comedic, riddled with Mamet’s signature barbed one-liners. Mamet himself has said that the “theme is race and the lies we tell each other on the subject.”


Award-Winning Minnesota Writer Kao Kalia Yang to present Carleton Convocation

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Acclaimed Minnesota writer and community activist Kao Kalia Yang, member of the Carleton Class of 2003, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 2 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Yang's appearance is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Although now a Minnesotan, Yang’s remarkable story stretches across the globe. The daughter of Hmong immigrants to Minnesota, Yang was born in a Thai refugee camp, Ban Vinai, in 1980.  Her family came to Minnesota when she was seven.  In her book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, Yang recounts her family's journey from Laos to Minnesota – from her parents' first encounter and unceremonious marriage in the jungles of Laos, to their harrowing escape into Thailand, and subsequent relocation to Minnesota.  In The Latehomecomer, Yang struggles to feel a sense of home – new to Minnesota, and cultural heir to centuries of homelessness.


NUTRITION PROGRAM AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY -- THE FATS THAT KILL!

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Come to the library on Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 pm and learn all about fats.  What fats should be in my diet?  What fats should be avoided?  Should more or less fat be eaten?    Dr. Noel Aldrich will review which fats promote health and the how to add them to your proactive health strategy.  He will present tasty, healthful recipes that use quality fats.

This program is the final talk in a series of five talks on nutrition, given by local nutritionist Noel Aldrich.  The presentation is free and open to the public.


Layl McDill, visiting artist, to teach polymer clay workshops at Arts Guild

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You have probably seen Layl McDill's fantasy sculptures and wall hangings at local art fairs. (If you haven't, go to http://www.claysquared.com for a sampling.

Layl is coming to the Northfield Arts Guild at the end of May to teach two workshops so that you can create your own polymer clay fantasies.  Both workshops are on Saturday, May 31st.

Make a Flower Wall Sculpture in her 3 hour afternoon workshop. Your 8 inch polymer clay flower will really bursts from the wall! Learn the mysterious fluffiness technique and the new "McDill Twist".  Then play in the glitter! Who doesn't love glitter!?


Three Links Seeks Cinco de Mayo Performers

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Angie Taylor, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Three Links Care Center, is looking for volunteers who will perform for residents at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th at 2:30 p.m. at the Three Links Care Center.  If you could share some fiesta musical talents or if you know of anyone willing to perform, call her at 664-8839. 


From WCCO-TV - Prep Blog: Carleton Hosting Girls Basketball All-Star Series

A recent article on WCCO-TV's Prep Blog highlights the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association's 2014 All-Star Series taking place this weekend at Carleton College. The games, which will be played at West Gym on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., feature 40 of the state's top high school girls basketball players. See the full article here.


Three Links Receives Grant to Advance Dementia-Friendly Work

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Three Links has received a grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help make Northfield a more dementia-friendly community. Northfield is one of 12 new action communities working to prepare Minnesota for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are 88,000 Minnesotans age 65 and older with the disease and many thousands more with other dementias.

ACT on Alzheimer’s is a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration preparing Minnesota for the personal, social and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s. Working with communities striving to become dementia-friendly is one of ACT’s key strategies.


The Library's Teen Advisory Board is seeking donations of GREAT stuff!

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Are you spring cleaning? Would you like to help out teens in Northfield?

For the second year in a row the members of the  Northfield Public Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB)  will be helping out at the city wide clean up events on 8- noon Saturday, May 3 and May 12 at the City Maintainance Facilty.  Donations for TAB along with your city clean up items can be brought to 1710 Riverview Lane. (Turn off Hwy 19 at Perkins and go just past the new Safety Center to the building with diamond windows! There will be signs. 


Arts a la Carte Friday at Northfield High School

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Karna Hauck reminds the public that the 14th annual “Arts a la Carte” Evening of the Arts will be held on Friday, April 25th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Northfield High School.  Nearly 1000 students and community members attended last year's event making it a huge success!


Three St. Olaf faculty members receive grants for new artistic works

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Three St. Olaf College faculty members have received grants that will help them bring their newly created artistic works before an audience.

Professor of Music Timothy Mahr, Professor of Music James McKeel, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Film Studies Cecilia Cornejo each received funding from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.

Mahr will use the grant to compose a work based on mythological creatures or characters for the Pavia Wind Quintet, a Twin Cities-based semi-professional ensemble. The multi-movement composition will be presented at an afternoon school residency recital at Northfield Middle School, and later that evening in recital at St. Olaf College.


Hauck inducted into Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame

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St. Olaf College swimming and diving coach Bob Hauck has been inducted into the Minnesota Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Hauck has co-led the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at St. Olaf alongside his father, Dave Hauck, for the past 25 years. He has led 13 women’s teams and 16 men’s teams to conference championships. Under his guidance, the men’s team has had 11 top 10 finishes and the women’s team three top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Hauck has also coached nine NCAA Division III individual national champions and 131 All-American swimmers and divers.


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