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Etiquette expert offers tips for St. Olaf students, employees

Navigating the place setting for a five-course meal may seem overwhelming, but etiquette expert Anthony Cawdron insists that the rules guiding good manners aren't rocket science.

In several presentations filled with useful etiquette information and sprinkled with bits of wry British humor, Cawdron helped St. Olaf College students, faculty and staff brush up on their manners. He touched on everything from the most basic of good behavior, such as never chewing with your mouth full, to some of the more refined points of etiquette, such as never salting your food before you taste it.

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere: Lion or Lamb? edition

273191146_3dc2dd21c1_m1991 Yearbook; Gardening in February; Eating local grocery list; Dahle on the transportation bill

It's March 1, 2008 and March has entered like a lamb this year, unless you count the fact that everyone in town is sick.  Most people have "Adult" sicknesses, while I have been saddled with an ear infection like some two year old.  I was going to go to the doctor, but I feared being scheduled for a tonsillectomy and tubes being put in my ears.  Enough complaining - onwards!

St. Olaf announces faculty promotions, tenure

St. Olaf Provost and Dean of the College Jim May has announced that 10 St. Olaf faculty members have been promoted to professor or associate professor, and five have been granted tenure.

The faculty members who were promoted to full professor are Mary Carlsen, Julie Legler, James McKeel, Meg Ojala, Steve Reece and Janice Roberts. Faculty members Jason Engbrecht, Rika Ito, Karil Kucera and Jeffrey Schwinefus were promoted to associate professor. Ariel Strichartz, as well as Engbrecht, Ito, Kucera and Schwinefus were granted tenure.

Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

Film expert, archivist to speak at St. Olaf

Mar 6 2008 7:30 pm
Mar 6 2008 9:00 pm

Those who heard film expert and archivist Jeanine Basinger speak at St. Olaf College several years ago know that audience members at her upcoming appearance on the Hill are in for a wealth of up-close-and-personal anecdotes about Hollywood.

Basinger, currently the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University, will speak at St. Olaf on Thursday, March 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Viking Theater in Buntrock Commons. The lecture, sponsored by the Boldt Teaching Chair in the Humanities, is free and open to the public.

Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

Student video of Just Food

ScreenShot030 The Just Food Co-op blog has a short entry with a video made by a Carleton student of the JFC.  It's about a minute long, but very well done.  Click here to view the video.

Please note: Northfield.org is a member of the E.O.G.V.C. (Equal Opportunity Grocery Video Consortium) and we'll be happy to link to any other videos of local grocery stores, whether it be the "Plastic OK?" video from Econo, puzzling over where to buy spaghetti sauce from Cub ("Is that considered 'Ethnic'?"), or buying seven pounds of bananas for $1.07 from Kwik Trip.

Scholar, presidential adviser to speak at St. Olaf Thursday

Feb 28 2008 11:30 pm

Political philosopher, activist and author William Galston will speak at St. Olaf during a public presentation Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the Buntrock Commons Ballroom. Galston will discuss his book, Liberal Pluralism: The Implications of Value Pluralism for Political Theory and Practice, with specific attention paid to questions of civic engagement. Galston will discuss ways to develop engaged citizens in a diverse world and what that means for St. Olaf as a liberal arts college.

St. Olaf to show Singing in the Rain

Mar 3 2008 7:00 pm
Mar 3 2008 9:00 pm

St. Olaf Classic American Film Festival is showing Singing in the Rain Monday, March 3, 2008 at 7:00 PM at Viking Theater in Buntrock Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

World-class organ virtuoso to perform at St. Olaf

Feb 26 2008 7:30 pm
Feb 26 2008 9:30 pm

Bradley Welch has turned his childhood intrigue with the organ into a talent that led The American Organist to describe him as a "world-class virtuoso." He will showcase his musical skills in an organ performance at St. Olaf College on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The organ recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. It is free and open to the public. Parking is limited, however, so guests are advised to arrive early.

Read the rest of the story at stolaf.edu.

St. Olaf College reaches science campaign goal, names building

successSt. Olaf College Board of Regents Chair O. Jay Tomson '58 and President David R. Anderson '74 have announced that the college has met its goal of raising $33 million for new science and mathematics facilities. As of the third week of February 2008, $33.1 million in gifts and pledges had been received.

And while meeting on campus this week the college's board named the new building, which will be called the Regents' Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

"The tremendous outpouring of support for the science campaign shows the depth of commitment by alumni, faculty and staff, and friends to the educational needs of our students," says Anderson. "The new Science Complex, designed to promote interdisciplinary learning, will take St. Olaf's already strong science programs to the highest level."

Read more at stolaf.edu ...

Weather Advisory for Rice county

winter-weatherThere's a wind chill advisory until noon Wednesday for Rice County.  From the advisory:


(Emphasis added)  The link for the wind chill advisory may change - the Weather Underground is a good source of Northfield weather.  See also: WCCO weather.

Applications for 2008 WINGS grants being accepted

WINGS logoWINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield-area non-profit organizations to apply for a 2008 WINGS Grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefiting women and children in the Northfield area. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2008. To obtain a grant application form, go to the WINGS web site at www.wings-mn.org or call the WINGS office at 507-664-3541.

Applicants for WINGS grants must be non-profit organizations or have a sponsoring fiscal agent. WINGS supports educational, physical, emotional, social and artistic endeavors that encourage women and children in the Northfield area to reach their full potential.

St. Olaf to host conference on globalization and social responsibility

Feb 22 2008 10:14 am
Feb 23 2008 3:00 pm

What is work? How is it changing as a result of globalization? What kinds of relationships between workers, employers, labor unions and the government promote social justice? These are the questions at the heart of a conference that will be held at St. Olaf College Feb. 22-23 titled "Globalization and Social Responsibility: Working for the Common Good."

A best kept Secret for Recycle Opportunities in Northfield/Faribault

Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff You List FREE

One of the local best kept Northfield secrets on-line is Freecycle through Yahoo groups:


In the last few weeks this online Northfield/Faribault group has advertised on their page and placed, such free items as a guitar with a broken key, many plants, new bras, beds, PJ, purses, backpack, a day bed, DVDs, treadmill, a cappuccino maker and more.

It is the perfect vehicle for those who need to re-home an item through the frenzy of pre-spring cleaning, or find an item. The only rule is the item must be for FREE.

Peace Corps Week

Many Northfielders have served in the Peace Corps since its beginning in 1961...you may not recognize them as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteers as now they appear to be teachers, professors, college administrators, a Malt O Meal employee, a mom working at home. But, you most likely won't need to know them for long before a story of their experience comes up. For most, the years serving in the Peace Corps have been the most challenging and life changing.

Carleton and St Olaf have also sent record numbers percentage wise into the Peace Corps, thank you to these two fine colleges for their contribution. With the wide number of students doing study abroad, this gives fertile ground for wanting to do more and Peace Corps is a logical next step.

Your first Valentine?

heartsLet's take a break from the hustle and bustle of this week to reminisce about your very first Valentine - the first time you realized that this wasn't just a holiday for eating colored bits of blackboard chalk with words on them.  That knee-buckling, stomach-flipping moment when you put a Valentine out for that little red-headed girl, eh Charlie Brown?

Feel free to add your own stories in the comments attached to this story.  You don't have to use real names either, if you don't mind sullying the reputations of John and Jane Doe.

Since I suggested it, I'll go first...

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