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St. Olaf announces faculty promotions, tenure
FEBRUARY 29, 2012

Six St. Olaf faculty members have been promoted or granted tenure by the St. Olaf Board of Regents.

Bidding to benefit students
FEBRUARY 27, 2012

Oles are gearing up for an evening of good company, celebration, and support for St. Olaf at the Black and Gold Winter Gala Saturday. Can't attend? Then check out the silent auction that opens Wednesday. "We're sensing a lot of anticipation this year," says Nathan Soland '04, director of Alumni and Parent Relations (in photo).

Of Tetrahymena thermophila and tomograms
FEBRUARY 24, 2012

Like many visitors to Colorado, a group of 10 St. Olaf students recently enjoyed visiting museums, skiing, snow-boarding, and snow-shoeing in the Rockies. But unlike most visitors to the "Centennial State," they were spending most of their time using electron microscopy in an elite national facility.

History student heals father's past in modern Cuba
FEBRUARY 22, 2012

Allison Rodriguez's father rarely spoke about leaving Cuba as a child as part of the secret Operation Pedro Pan. This past Interim she had the opportunity to explore her family history and become the first person in her extended family to travel to Cuba — against the wishes of some family members — since they fled the Castro regime in the 1960s.

College pastor elected bishop
FEBRUARY 20, 2012

On Saturday Ann Svennungsen, interim college pastor at St. Olaf, was elected bishop of the Minneapolis synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is the first woman elected to lead the denomination's largest synod, and the first female bishop in Minnesota.

McNair duo to showcase research at capitol
FEBRUARY 20, 2012

St. Olaf students Phoua Xiong '12 and Virginia Ma '12 will soon find themselves one step closer to graduate school by way of the Minnesota state capitol as they showcase the research they've conducted through the college's McNair Scholars Program.

Going with the flow
FEBRUARY 16, 2012

Three groups of St. Olaf math majors recently spent Interim working as consultants for a major food company and a health plan, and — here in Northfield — gathering data on sediment flow and other flooding factors in the Cannon River in order to shed light on the river’s impact on the community. 

VIDEO NEWS: Taking philosophy to the mat
FEBRUARY 15, 2012

On most days in January, by the time students in Interim's Philosophy 127: Zen and the Art of Judo class finally settled down to discuss philosophy, they had already spent a few hours grunting through a variety of physical conditioning exercises and throwing each other to the mats in the Skoglund Center wrestling room.

Alumni couple donates collection to Flaten Art Museum
FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Eugene '52 and Margaret Froiland Skibbe '53 are donating their collection of 180 prints by Japanese artist Yoshida Hodaka to St. Olaf's Flaten Art Museum. "St. Olaf has . . . become an excellent repository for the fine arts," says Eugene Skibbe. "We hope that Hodaka will enhance that." A show that will include donated items opens February 17.

St. Olaf to welcome back 1968-72 men's basketball teams
FEBRUARY 10, 2012

St. Olaf will welcome back members of the 1968–72 men's basketball teams, which reached three national tournaments in four seasons, when the current team hosts Saint John's University Saturday. 

But can you use it in a sentence?
FEBRUARY 8, 2012

What started out as a brainstorming session to come up with library gimmicks resulted in a Rolvaag Library tradition that is celebrated this week with the release of the 100th edition of the popular "Word of the Week" buttons. 

Shows celebrates with Shostakovich
FEBRUARY 7, 2012

Instructor in Music Ray Shows (violin and viola) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ensemble, the Artaria String Quartet. "We're just taking care of chamber music to pass it on to the next generation," Shows told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Annalee Wolf '89 also plays in the quartet.

Theater students 'light up' during Interim
FEBRUARY 6, 2012

While many St. Olaf students went to their Interim class expecting to take notes, Kate Fridley '14 showed up to her Interim class each day without a notebook, ready to put up stage lights and play her clarinet. She was one of 17 students in the advanced Producing Theater Interim course that merged musical and theatrical projects into an academic setting.