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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.


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. 


Students celebrate international cooperation with Project Pengyou

Kyle Obermann (left) and Andy Switzer were among 40 U.S. students selected to attend the Project Pengyou conference.

Inspired by a conference they were invited to attend at Harvard University, St. Olaf College students Kyle Obermann and Andy Switzer are forming a new group on campus to celebrate international cooperation between the U.S. and China.


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.


Three St. Olaf students earn Rossing Physics Scholarships

Owen Puls (left) and Adam Wood each earned a Rossing Physics Scholarship.

St. Olaf College student Lucas Sletten has been named a Rossing Physics Scholar for 2014–15, and Owen Puls and Adam Wood each earned an honorable mention.

Sletten will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation through the Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment. Puls and Wood will each receive a $7,000 scholarship from the foundation.


"Harvest" Documentary Broadcast Saturday on TPT-MN

"Harvest: A Community's History Founded in Bronze," a documentary film by Northfield filmmaker Paul Krause will be broadcast by Twin Cities Public Television four times (1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm) on Saturday, April 26. Dorothy Novak, head of TPT's Program Department said, "I’ve watched the program – VERY well done!  I found the whole process of how to create a sculpture very interesting." TPT-MN may be seen on Charter Cable channel 396 and on Direct TV 17-2. Other documentaries about Northfield may be found on Krause's documentary website: Documentary Northfield


Beverly Bell to Discuss Effects of Responses to Haiti Earthquake, April 21

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Beverly Bell will speak about her recent book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide. The book illustrates how the earthquake compounded pre-existing socio-economic injustices in Haiti. It sheds light on how the exploitative doctrine of “disaster capitalism” has driven the international response to the quake. And perhaps most importantly, it highlights the work grassroots actors are undertaking to resist this influence and define a future based on domestic priorities, rather than imported (and imposed) ones.


Columnist Lori Sturdevant to Speak In Northfield

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant will speak about her recent book Her Honor:  Rosalie Wash and the Minnesota Women’s Movement on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center.  Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey.

A 1967 graduate of William Mitchell Law School, Wahl was the first woman named to the Minnesota State Supreme court, appointed in 1977 by then Governor Rudy Perpich. She is credited with influencing how her fellow justices saw the cases they decided. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl, documenting societal challenges faced by women in the late 20th century and the strategies employed to address them.  


Northfield Historical Society Honors Two Volunteers

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Former board member Judy Sosted and Northfield High School Junior Erin Hahn will be recognized as Volunteers of the Year at the Northfield Historical Society’s Volunteer night.

Executive director Hayes Scriven notes that since 1981, Judy has served in many capacities including a docent on the Posse and working in the store. She has also volunteered for alumni-related tasks at her alma mater, Carleton College, and at the Norwegian-American Historical Society at St. Olaf College.

Erin became involved in eighth grade as a participant in the SCOPE program. She helped write the textbook Our Storythat has since become part of the Northfield School District’s third grade curriculum. This is her fourth year on the Posse and also works in the store. She plans to continue her volunteer work as long as she lives in Northfield.


HCI Invests in Youth – Read about this month’s Investing in Youth Grant recipients

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At their March 2014 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:


St. Olaf sudent awarded Humanity in Action Fellowship

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A passion for using education to foster tolerance and respect throughout the world has earned St. Olaf senior Sudip Bhandari a Humanity in Action Fellowship.

Humanity in Action is an international organization that brings young international professionals and students together together to promote human rights, diversity, and active citizenship. The highly selective fellowship aims to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to create a forum where potential solutions can be considered and discussed.

Bhandari was one of 40 students around the country selected for the fellowship from a pool of 605 applicants.


St. Olaf German professor publishes article in bilingual anthology

An article by St. Olaf College Professor of German Karen Achberger is included in a new German anthology titled Die Waffen nieder! Lay down your weapons!

The book’s title comes from an 1889 novel of the same name by Bertha von Suttner, an author and peace activist in Germany. Like the original novel, in which Suttner explores the relationship between peace and war, this new anthology comprises essays and articles of the same themes.


St. Olaf students spend spring break helping with tornado cleanup

St. Olaf College students who are spending this week helping Illinois communities clean up after a devastating tornado tell the local CBS affiliate that it’s a rewarding way to spend spring break.

“We’ve found that a lot of our students are really transformed by the experience,” says St. Olaf senior Eric Lander, one of the leaders of this year’s Ole Spring Relief trip. “We’re able to hear a lot of really interesting stories, hear from the community, and help them out in whatever way.”


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