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Student project earns Clinton Global Initiative University award

St. Olaf students presented their projects at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University conference.

Six St. Olaf College students who have developed innovative solutions to global challenges recently presented their ideas at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference, where one earned an award that will support her project in Africa.

Seniors Sudip Bhandari, Love Odetola, Joseph Adedigba, junior Angela Amoako, and sophomores Pumla Maswanganyi and Theresia Dewi traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to share their plans for improving education, environmental sustainability, and women’s rights around the globe.


Art Club Mentors Are Making a Difference

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Thirteen peer mentors who volunteered with an art program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum have received the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award for April. The award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

The A+ Art Club: Autism and the Arts provides the opportunity for participants ages 15 to 21 to get together with college students and guest artists each week at the Northfield Arts Guild to work on art projects and develop social skills. The program began in 2009 and is coordinated by Laura Goodwin and Meg Ojala.


Local Volunteer Reports on Rice County MNsure Participation

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As the program was gearing up last fall, several people in Rice County volunteered to become trained certified Navigators to help people through the process of enrolling in MNsure, the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act. Northfielder Joan Janusz is one of those volunteers and is providing this report on the work done in Rice County. She also explains how continuing enrollment is available to certain people between the March 31 end of the previous enrollment period and the next period in November


Sturdevant Presentation to Air on NTV

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Lori Sturdevant, Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist and writer, spoke about her new book, “Her Honor:  Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement” at the League of Women Voters’ Annual Meeting Saturday. The presentation will be aired on Northfield’s Public Access Television, Channels 12 and 16:

Wednesday, April 30th at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7th at 7 p.m.

Rosalie Wahl was the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, a champion of civil rights, including the rights of women.  Born in Kansas in 1924, Wahl earned an undergraduate degree in 1946 and went back to school to earn her law degree at William Mitchell College of law in 1964. Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich, she served on the court from 1977 until she retired in 1994.  She died in July 2013 age 88.


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.


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