|FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS
For the last couple of years, I have been asking parents of new students to send me a letter introducing me to their daughters and sons.
These letters have been fascinating, providing me with a unique view on how parents see their children and what expectations they have of St. Olaf College. The letters and e-mail messages I receive sometimes include photographs, running commentary from the student who is the subject of the letter and -- a recent favorite -- greetings from the family dog. Messages include the biography of success that seems to be so common of our gifted student body. They also include success stories in progress, as students deal with loss or struggle with learning disabilities, chronic medical concerns, or mental health challenges.