Students showcase theatrical talent at conferences
Ben Golden '12, Libby Porter '13, and Ben Olsen '13 showcased their theater design work at the regional United States Institute for Theatre Technology conference and earned scholarships to attend the national conference, while Ryan Evans '12 was one of three undergraduate students invited to showcase their work at the Mid-America Theatre Conference.
St. Olaf names new college pastor
St. Olaf President David R. Anderson '74 has announced that Matthew Marohl has been called to serve as college pastor. Anderson says Marohl is a "gifted preacher, an inquiring intellect who welcomes the diversity of religious expression, and an experienced spiritual guide."
Bringing health care to rural Honduras
St. Olaf students are already making plans to return to Honduras next year following the success of the first Ole Global Medical Brigade, which provided health care to nearly 400 people in one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere.
Two students awarded Goldwater Scholarships
Benjamin Keisling '13 and Sarah Ludwig '13 each earned a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2012–13 academic year. They are among the 31 St. Olaf students who have been awarded the scholarship since 1995.
Speaking of space
After internships with both NASA and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, Bjorn Mellem '12 is more excited about the future of human space exploration than ever before — and he shared his vision for that future during this weekend's STO Talks.
Discussing mathematics in the Middle East
St. Olaf Professor of Mathematics Paul Zorn, who also serves as president of the Mathematical Association of America, recently traveled to Kuwait and Bahrain to meet with students and faculty interested in how mathematics is taught at colleges in the United States.
STO Talks brings 'ideas worth spreading' to campus
This weekend 15 members of the St. Olaf community will deliver short, inspirational speeches about everything from modern dance to biomolecular science as part of STO Talks, a one-day conference inspired by the popular TED Talks.
Student earns humanitarian award for music
The Global Music Awards recently honored singer-songwriter Megan Makeever '12 with its annual award that recognizes musicians dedicated to social justice, humanitarian causes, or environmental issues.
Van Wylen to deliver Mellby Lecture
Professor of Biology Dave Van Wylen '80 will talk about a dualistic understanding of the human heart Thursday when he delivers the spring Mellby Lecture, titled "Murmurings of the Heart."
Frozen pops business comes into fruition
JonnyPops, the frozen gourmet treats being sold on campus and in downtown Northfield, are the creation of budding entrepreneurs — and St. Olaf sophomores — Erik Brust, Connor Wray, Andrew Sather, and Kilian Wald.
Barjasteh, Narvaez receive Hilleboe Award
The Student Life Division has named Associate Professor of French Jolene Barjasteh and Professor of Spanish Leon Narvaez this year's winners of the Gertrude Hilleboe Award for Faculty Involvement in Student Life that honors the memory of longtime faculty member Gertrude Hilleboe (in photo).
The law of connections
Looking to explore a career in law, Will Raun '14 sent an email to several alumni he met at last year's Ole Law event — and ended up with seven job-shadowing experiences and an internship this summer. "I don't think anyone can appreciate how much alumni are willing to help students until you experience it," he says.
New grant helps add environmental focus to Asian studies
St. Olaf College will use a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to develop initiatives focused on integrating Asian and environmental studies.
Emeritus faculty member John Maakestad dies
Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History John Maakestad '50 died of pneumonia and other complications April 10 while visiting the Ozarks with his wife, Bobbie. He was 83.
Priore named editor of antique firearm series
Science Librarian Charles Priore Jr. has been named editor of Yellowstone Press' two-volume monographic set titled Magnificent Colts, Selections from the Robert M. Lee Collection.
English faculty receive Arts Board grants
St. Olaf College English faculty members Jenny Dunning and Kaethe Schwehn recently received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board's Artist Initiative program.
Student honored by Anne Frank Center for work in Nepal
Sudip Bhandari '14 recently received the Anne Frank Center's Outstanding Educator Award for his efforts to teach students in Nepal about the Holocaust. His work also earned him a ticket to the Clinton Global Initiative University, where he had lunch with former President Bill Clinton.
The philosophy of architecture
As an architect with the nationally renowned firm VJAA, Nathan Knutson '89 has designed buildings around the globe using innovative techniques and technology. VJAA recently was named the recipient of this year's Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.
VIDEO NEWS: Etiquette lesson
When the time comes for St. Olaf students to leave the Hill, they are equipped with numerous skills that can take them far in the professional world. But one thing that's not taught in the classroom and that perhaps not all students have picked up in the St. Olaf cafeteria is the finer points of dining etiquette.
Pianist places first in Schubert competition
Jeremy Krahn '12 took first place in the piano portion of the Schubert Club's national Student Scholarship Competition.
St. Olaf wins Rube Goldberg competition
The St. Olaf Rube Goldberg team took first place at the 2012 National Rube Goldberg competition hosted by Purdue University. The win gives St. Olaf two first-place performances plus a second-place finish since first competing in 2009.