Welcome, Class of 2016 Oles!
Urn! Ya! Ya! No one really knows what this old Norwegian saying means, but over the next four years, you will come to love it. This is only one of the many quirks you will soon find after moving in on the Hill.
Meeting your roommate for the first time, signing up for classes and finding your way around campus may seem nerve wracking now as you're packing up your things, but don't worry; we've been there too. In the whirlwind of activity during the first week, you will be making new friends and learning about all St. Olaf has to offer. Now that you are an Ole too, you will come to love it just as much as we do.
Oles have always been involved. There is never an excuse to be bored on campus. With such a wide array of interests, St. Olaf students make this place exciting and incomparable. The Student Government Association (known around campus as SGA) sponsors a wide variety
of activities on and off campus throughout the year. You will find yourself engaged in dinner
debates, comedians, game shows, volunteer and awareness events, concerts, dances, open mic nights, movies, political speakers, or even late night laser tag. SGA oversees over 200 clubs that are all student run. So, if you are interested in debate, grilling, knitting, politics, fitness, tutoring, Taiko drumming or even Quidditch, you will definitely fit right in!
We are so excited to see all of you on the Hill and to help you find your niche. To get started, visit our great student-run website, Oleville.com, to learn more about SGA and all that it has to offer. To explore all of the student organizations, click on the "Search All Orgs" button at the top of the page. Finally, don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have about starting your first year on the Hill.
See you on move in day!
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St. Olaf College Student Congregation
The St. Olaf Student Congregation welcomes you to St. Olaf and invites you to join us in:
The college pastors are available to you for all kinds of resources whether or not you worship with the congregation. Call the Pastors’ Office at 507-786-3092 or e-mail Lisa Brown (administrative assistant) at firstname.lastname@example.org
“In recognition that God is working at St. Olaf College, a community of varied religious and social backgrounds in which students are challenged by questions and faced with decisions, the St. Olaf College Student Congregation seeks to become an intentional and self-conscious expression of God's gathered people, providing opportunity for the ministry of word and sacraments, extending a call for responsible membership in the community of faith as well as in the community of learning, and showing a genuine and active concern for the work of the Church both on and off the campus. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
—Preamble to the Constitution of the St. Olaf College Student Congregation
Though committed to basic Lutheran teachings and liturgical forms, the congregation seeks to carry on an ecumenical ministry. The Student Congregation constitution states that, “All members who participate in the life of the Student Congregation are considered members.” Therefore, while it is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it is not for Lutherans only, and all members of the St. Olaf community are actively encouraged to participate.
In the spring of 1952, St. Olaf students voted to become a congregation. In the spring of 1989, the congregation voted to become a Reconciled in Christ congregation by accepting an “affirmation of welcome” which publicly welcomes and affirms gay and lesbian people as children of God and participating members of our congregation. You can find more information about Reconciled in Christ congregations at the chapel office.
Student Congregation Council
The Student Congregation Council is made up of the following officers: President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP of Stewardship, VP of Life & Growth, VP of Worship, VP of Extra-Campus Activities, CAN (Christian Activities Network) Representative, and two representatives each (one male and one female) for the Senior, Junior, Sophomore and First Year classes.
Check out our web site at www.stolaf.edu/orgs/stucong to see who’s on the Student Congregation Council for 2012-13. First Year Reps for 2012-13 will be selected in the fall of 2012, so, if you’re interested, be sure to fill out the application that will appear in the first Sunday bulletin.
For more information on the history and current activity of the St. Olaf student congregation, please visit our website at: http://www.stolaf.edu/orgs/stuccon