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St. Olaf to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with series of events

St. Olaf College - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 9:11am
Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) Executive Director Andrew Williams will speak on campus January 15.

St. Olaf College will celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events January 15 centered on the theme “Bridging the Gap, Catching the Dream.”

The events, hosted by the Center for Multicultural and International Engagement (CMIE), will begin at 10:10 a.m. with a chapel talk by Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) Executive Director Andrew Williams. The chapel service will also feature a special performance by the St. Olaf Gospel Choir, conducted by Paulo Gladney ’19.

Williams will speak again later in the day as he offers a public lecture titled “Epistemologies of Healing: Race, Reconciliation, and Radical Hope in Higher Education” in the Sun and Gold Ballrooms in Buntrock Commons. There will be a reception with Williams from 3:30 to 4 p.m., and then he will speak and answer questions from 4 to 5 p.m. The lecture will also be live streamed and archived online.

In his lecture, Williams will challenge common notions of colleges and universities as open, liberal, and tolerant spaces and argue that racism is deeply entrenched in higher education policies, practices, discourses, and epistemologies. Therefore, that racism is often invisible to those who share cultural and institutional power. He will look at past and present waves of student color activism to map a path forward toward reconciliation, individual and collective healing, transformative justice, and the decolonization of higher education.

He believes that the path higher education chooses will have significant implications not just for college students, but also for our nation’s capacity to develop an authentic and vibrant multicultural democracy.

There will also be several other events on campus throughout the day.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., members of the campus community are invited to a poster-making session in the Buntrock Crossroads focused on the theme “To Engage and Empower.” Participants can use provided materials to express what the Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations mean to them. The posters they create will first be displayed in Buntrock Commons and later in a campus hallway.

From 12 to 1 p.m., a student-faculty panel will discuss “Inclusivity and Excellence in the Classroom” in the the Valhalla Room in Buntrock Commons. Those interested in joining the discussion are welcome to bring their cafeteria trays.

The day will conclude with a spoken word event from 7 to 8 p.m. titled “Still I Rise,” hosted by the Cultural Union for Black Expression (CUBE) in the Lion’s Lair in Buntrock Commons.

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Knights stumble in loss to No. 21 Gustavus Adolphus

Carleton Sports - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:16pm

The Carleton College women’s basketball team could not keep pace with No. 21-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College as the Knights dropped a 72-48 decision on Wednesday. Katie Chavez and Nia Harris had 13 points apiece to lead Carleton, which dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.

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Knights edge Gusties as Grow breaks rebounding record

Carleton Sports - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 9:12pm

After trailing most of the game, the Carleton College men’s basketball team outlasted host Gustavus Adolphus College, 68-67, on Wednesday evening to keep the Knights’ pristine MIAC record intact. Senior standout Kevin Grow broke Carleton’s career rebounding record in the winning effort.

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Three-point woes doom Knights in loss at BLC

Carleton Sports - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 7:45pm

The Carleton College men’s basketball team went cold from three-point range in dropping an 82-69 result at Bethany Lutheran College. The Knights went just 2-of-18 from beyond the arc while the hosts were 10-of-20 from the outside.

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Globetrotter: Claire Mumford ’18

St. Olaf College - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 9:54am
Claire Mumford ’18 says her liberal arts education “gives me the tools to ask questions and analyze critically, and that differentiates me from others in my field.”

Italy. Bulgaria. Ireland. Turkey. Claire Mumford ’18 has been pursuing archaeology in field schools across the globe.

She first discovered her love for archaeological field work while on a St. Olaf summer course in Turkey with Professor of History Tim Howe. “Without this experience, I likely would never have discovered my passion that has opened so many doors for me,” she says.

One such door was Mumford’s opportunity to present her research at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. Another was using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to record half a mile of Dakota religious carvings. She will work with fellow Oles on campus to develop a website so the petroglyphs they recorded using RTI can be viewed interactively.

Mumford has found just as much to do on campus as off campus. She is currently a member of three choirs, including the renowned St. Olaf Choir, and has participated in six choral ensembles over her college career. She also serves as an RA in Mohn Residence Hall and has helped coordinate Ole Spring Relief, a spring break service trip that provides aid to areas affected by natural disaster. She’s majoring in sociology/anthropology and French while also pursuing a concentration in management studies.

None of this would have been possible without support from St. Olaf. Mumford says that the meaningful relationships she formed with professors here “have enriched my college experience in so many ways.” St. Olaf also provided crucial funding for her archaeological studies through the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry program and the Piper Center for Vocation and Career.

Mumford believes that her liberal arts education “gives me the tools to ask questions and analyze critically, and that differentiates me from others in my field.”

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St. Olaf student named to U.S. Bank ‘Future Leaders’ program

St. Olaf College - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:23pm
Chris Casey ’18 (right), pictured with Andrew Petterson ’18, will return to U.S. Bank Stadium to watch the Super Bowl as part of the “Future Leaders” program.

Baseball may be the sport that drew Chris Casey ’18 to St. Olaf College, but this February his focus will be on football.

As one of U.S. Bank’s “Future Leaders,” Casey will not only attend Super Bowl LII but also network with National Football League staff and others working at the game. The prestigious program selected three young leaders from Minnesota who are passionate about achieving their goals and dedicated to giving back to their communities.

Chris Casey ’18 on Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand.

A senior Economics major, Casey is involved with a wide variety of organizations and projects — from serving as a senator in the St. Olaf Student Government Association (SGA) to working as an Admissions Fellow to volunteering with youth and at-risk youth at the Minnesota Twins Youth Camps and adults with disabilities at River Valley Project Explore. He has hosted a campus radio show called “Turning Two” and studied innovation in New Zealand as part of a St. Olaf study abroad course.

“My biggest takeaway was that innovation can come in many different forms and with little resources,” he says. “I also enjoyed seeing a new culture and how that shapes a country. I will say — seeing my first mountain was a pretty cool experience too!”

A native of Eagan, Minnesota, Casey chose to attend St. Olaf because he wanted to be a part of an academically strong community while continuing to play baseball. During his four years on campus, he’s taken rigorous courses, joined many activities, and made countless friends along the way.

“That welcoming culture I wanted so much while on my final visit to campus has definitely become a reality,” Casey says. “Whether it is athletics, student government, or academics, Oles want to do their best, while also not being afraid to help each other out along the way.”

“Being an Ole means that you are a respectful, collaborative individual who takes pride in any task,” says Chris Casey ’18. “Oles do not settle for the bare minimum — we take steps to achieve the best results.”

In addition to his work on campus, Casey has held numerous internships, including one with Schwarz Dygos Wheeler Investment Advisors in downtown Minneapolis, where he learned about the different ways to build client portfolios and experiment with different marketing campaigns.

He also interned for the U.S. Bank Innovation team, where he experimented with technology such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain. “It was a dream come true,” he says. “The team gave me the chance to experiment with many cutting-edge technologies and also taught me how to incorporate innovations into a company’s long-term strategy.” 

This January, Casey will participate in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program. And after graduation, Casey has accepted a role as senior business analyst in Optum’s Consulting Development Program, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group.

Throughout his college career, Casey has been blown away by the strength of St. Olaf’s alumni network. Ole alumni have been instrumental in helping him gain internships and job experience.

“You hear that ‘Oles help Oles’ everywhere, but you don’t realize the power of that phrase until you really reach out to it,” he says. “I know when I graduate, I will be proud to join such an active alumni group.”

As a “Future Leader,” Casey aims to make significant, positive differences in the lives of others. As an Ole grad, his work ethic will always be informed by what he learned on the Hill: “Being an Ole means that you are a respectful, collaborative individual who takes pride in any task,” he says. “Oles do not settle for the bare minimum — we take steps to achieve the best results.”

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