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Simple question leads to big internship
JANUARY 30, 2011

When Bethany Olson ‘11 saw an environmental group working along the Gulf Coast, she approached its director to see if they needed an extra hand. They did, and Olson’s simple inquiry led to an Interim spent working and learning in the Mobile Bay watershed.

MPR notes influential D.C. Oles
JANUARY 26, 2011

Two St. Olaf alumni are included on Minnesota Public Radio’s list of 25 Influential Minnesotans in Washington: Mary Kendall ‘78 (at right), inspector general of the Interior Department, and Robert Petzel ‘65, under secretary for health at the Veteran's Administration.

Learning the economics of dough
JANUARY 26, 2011

Students taking Classical Studies in Greece are learning about how tradition — such as making phyllo dough by hand — has shaped Greek culture for generations. “Students have the opportunity to see for themselves how humans balance the competing needs to preserve and innovate,” says Associate Professor of History Timothy Howe.

Grant enables students to network in D.C.
JANUARY 26, 2011

A $10,000 grant from the Target Foundation will enable St. Olaf students to travel to the nation’s capital to connect with alumni, shadow entrepreneurs, meet with political leaders, and visit organizations that are taking new approaches to addressing social problems.

Jacobel completes eighth Antarctic field season
JANUARY 21, 2011

Professor of Physics Bob Jacobel recently completed a challenging seven-week field study of an area of fast-moving ice in West Antarctica. Working with him was his former student Knut Christianson ’05.

WSJ zooms in on St. Olaf's indoor marathon
JANUARY 20, 2011

This year's annual Zoom! Yah! Yah! indoor marathon at St. Olaf attracted the attention of Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer Kevin Helliker. "A new badge of hardship is gaining popularity among marathoners," he writes.

View from the Holy Land
JANUARY 18, 2011

Students traveling through Israel and the Palestinian territories this Interim — the first group from St. Olaf to travel there in more than 11 years — recently met up with Rev. Mark Brown '78 for a tour of the Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem.

VIDEO NEWS: Rolvaag Library secrets revealed
JANUARY 17, 2011

Take a video tour of Rolvaag Library's "vault" that holds the college's collection of old and rare books.

Ojala publishes, shows new photos
JANUARY 13, 2011

Professor of Art/Art History Meg Ojala has contributed photos — including the cover image — to the newly published book This Perennial Land: Third Crops, Blue Earth, and the Road to Restorative Agriculture. She also is showing a collection of photos in an exhibit in Flaten Museum.

Students talk politics with celebrity Slovenian
JANUARY 11, 2011

St. Olaf students participating in the Interim program in Slovenia and the Balkans, Changing Political Identities in Coastal Central Europe, met recently with Peter Bossman, mayor of the Slovenian city of Piran. Bossman garnered recognition last year as the first black mayor elected in the region of the former Communist Bloc.

Achberger presents at 'Writing Against War' symposium
JANUARY 11, 2011

Professor of German Karen Achberger presented a paper at an international symposium titled Lay Down Your Weapons: Writing Against War that was held at Syracuse University to celebrate the life and legacy of Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann.

Rambachan attends Beijing forum, elected to global council
JANUARY 10, 2011

Professor of Religion Anantanand Rambachan has been elected to the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, where he represents Hinduism, and recently discussed religion with academic leaders in the humanities and social sciences at the Beijing Forum.

Mellon awards St. Olaf $600,000 faculty grant
JANUARY 5, 2011

A second Mellon grant will allow the college to hire additional faculty members in advance of pending retirements. "These grants enable St. Olaf to accelerate the generational shift that we’re seeing within our faculty, but in an intentional and orderly way," says President David R. Anderson '74.

Spreading the word on eating well
JANUARY 3, 2011

Students from St. Olaf and Carleton will work with local schools and community groups on nutrition issues as part of a new program backed by a $25,000 grant.