< November 2004
January 2005 >

Selling WCAL was the 'difficult' but 'necessary' choice, says Regent
DECEMBER 28, 2004 — The decision to sell WCAL to Minnesota Public Radio, though sad, was the right thing to do. So says St. Olaf College alumnus and Regent Mark Johnson in a commentary piece in the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune.

More students' course work includes travel
DECEMBER 27, 2004 — St. Olaf sent a higher percentage of its students abroad in 2002-03 that any other baccalaureate institution in the nation, according to Open Doors 2004, the annual report on international education. St. Olaf was mentioned for its international studies programs in the Star Tribune.

Gisselman named outstanding director of a musical for 2004
DECEMBER 26, 2004 — St. Olaf artist-in-residence Gary Gisselman was named the year's outstanding director of a musical, by the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune.

Removing a cross from a chapel is sign of respect, professor argues
DECEMBER 26, 2004 — Professor of Religion Anant Rambachan defends the decision of Regents Hospital in St. Paul to remove a cross from its chapel. St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Joe Soucheray said a chapel, by definition, has to have a cross. Rambachan argues, however, that Minnesota "is home to all of the world's major religions" and that our institutions should reflect that fact.

Twin Cities Public Television re-runs Carter Peace Prize Forum speech
DECEMBER 25, 2004 — Tune into Twin Cities Public Television, Channel 17 in the metro area, at 10 p.m. to see a special holiday broadcast of former President Jimmy Carter's Peace Prize Forum speech.

"Performance Today" to feature portions of 2004 Christmas Festival
DECEMBER 25, 2004 — On Christmas Day "Performance Today" will feature a portion of the 2004 Christmas Festival, "Child of Light, Be Born in Us." Highlights will include "I Saw Three Ships," sung by the five mass choirs, "A Spotless Rose," sung by the St. Olaf Cantorei and "All My Heart This Night Rejoices" sung by the Manitou Singers. Please check your local listings for the time of broadcast in your area.

Enjoy "Christmas at St. Olaf" on Twin Cities Public Television
DECEMBER 24, 2004 — Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) will air the 2001 St. Olaf Christmas Festival concert, "Christmas at St. Olaf" tonight at 7 p.m. on TPT 2, Channel 2 in the metro area. DVD copies of "Christmas at St. Olaf" are available from St. Olaf Records.

Photographer, art professor Meg Ojala displays her work in Minneapolis
DECEMBER 24, 2004 — The 'intimate landscapes' of photographer and St. Olaf Associate Professor of Art Meg Ojala will be on display at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis through Jan. 15. Alumnus and Star Tribune art critic Mary Abbe praised the show.

KARE 11 Extra story features music at St. Olaf
DECEMBER 23, 2004 — Tune in KARE 11 News this evening at 10 p.m. when reporter Joe Fryer and photojournalist Jim Douglas tell the story of music at St. Olaf and the making of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival in a special KARE 11 Extra.

Social Security is 'investment' only in preventing poverty, professor says
DECEMBER 23, 2004 — In the midst of attempts at 'reform,' government should regard Social Security as an insurance policy that can prevent poverty and enhance the dignity of senior citizens, not as a 'diversified investment,' says Professor of Political Science Dan Hofrenning.

St. Olaf to expand nursing program, enhance role in addressing nursing shortage
DECEMBER 21, 2004 — St. Olaf will streamline and expand its nursing program in an effort to help meet an increasing demand for nurses. In addition to graduating 20 percent more nursing students annually,faculty are coming up with creative solutions to teach differently and offer courses to all St. Olaf students, according to Nursing Department Chair Rita Glazebrook.

Ole Store, for years a beloved campus neighbor, announces plans to close
DECEMBER 21, 2004 — For 115 years, the Ole Store has been a Northfield landmark to college students and townspeople and the home of the famous "Ole Roll." Owners Bob and Susan Stangler have announced their plans to close on Dec. 30, 2005.

Boxer Jack Johnson defied the color line, professor writes
DECEMBER 20, 2004 — Former boxer Gordon Marino, who holds the Boldt Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at St. Olaf College, wrote in an article in that controversial fighter Jack Johnson's "sheer pugilistic genius is sometimes muted by all the social commentary that his life story understandably provokes."

Faculty art show features sabbatical work
DECEMBER 15, 2004 — Irv Dell and Mary Griep, associate professors of art and art history will show their sabbatical work in Dittmann Center, Flaten Art Museum, through Dec. 15. Dell will be showing his last commissioned work in addition to his new puppets and object art. Griep's work features large drawings of sacred spaces. Museum hours are M,T,W,F 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Th 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekends, 2 to 5 p.m.

Christmas with the Norwegians and the Last Chapel of Semester I to have joint celebration
DECEMBER 14, 2004 — Two traditional chapel services come together this year as the last chapel service of the semester and the annual Norwegian Advent Service are celebrated together at 11:10 a.m. on Dec. 14 in Boe Memorial Chapel. Norwegian exchange students Linn and Janne Dale, with the help from the Norwegian classes, will share some of their traditional Norwegian Christmas traditions, including music, carol-singing and candy canes for all. Free and open to the public.

Herbert Brokering to receive Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree
DECEMBER 13, 2004 — During the 10:10 a.m. chapel service in Boe Memorial Chapel, Dr. Herbert Brokering will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters. Dr. Brokering is author of "Earth and All Stars," a hymn written especially for St. Olaf College. Free and open to the public.

St. Olaf names Dec. 13 Don Sahling Day
DECEMBER 13, 2004 — After 41 years of serving St. Olaf, Assistant Vice President for Advancement Don Sahling will retire this month. The college has declared Monday, Dec. 13, "Salute to Don Sahling Day." Join St. Olaf faculty and staff as we raise our coffee cups to Don on Monday at 3 p.m. in the Trollhaugen room of Buntrock Commons.

St. Olaf students get private lecture from Nobel-winning economist
DECEMBER 10, 2004 — Students in Terry Fitzgerald's economics class were thrilled to get a private lecture from 2004 Nobel winner Edward Prescott only days before he presented the same lecture during an acceptance ceremony in Sweden. "I'm proud that St. Olaf has faculty like Professor Fitzgerald who are able to arrange for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like this," says David Sluis '05.

Rosalyra String Quartet to present concert
DECEMBER 10, 2004 — The Rosalyra String Quartet, the internationally acclaimed ensemble will present a concert at 8:15 p.m. in Christiansen Hall of Music, Urness Recital Hall. After 16 years, Rosalyra will be playing their final concerts this December. The group is comprised of principal-chair players from the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra: Sarah Kwak and Vali Phillips, violins; Sabina Thatcher, viola; and Beth Rapier, cello. The concert is free and open to the public.

Chemistry professor receives grant for DNA study
DECEMBER 9, 2004 — St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeff Schwinefus has received a $35,000 Cottrell College Science award grant from Research Corporation for his project, "Stability of the DNA Double Helix in Mixed Cosolvent Systems," that strives to understand the role water plays in stabilizing the DNA double helix. The grant, which will impact summer research in 2005 and 2006, is designed to aid the professional and scholarly development of faculty -- along with their students -- at undergraduate institutions.

Senior dancers to present concert
DECEMBER 9, 2004 — St. Olaf senior dance students work will be highlighted in two performances on Dec. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., in the Speech-Theater Building, Kelsey Theater main stage. These concerts feature seven pieces choreographed by the seven senior students and will be performed by 21 dancers. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Candlelight Vigil to be held at St. Olaf College
DECEMBER 9, 2004 — St. Olaf Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be hosting a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Buntrock Commons, Valhalla Room. The vigil is in memory of those who have died as a result of alcohol-related crashes, in honor of those who have survived, and with the hope of raising awareness for all of us about the consequences of our actions. The public is invited to come light a candle for a loved one and stay for a dessert reception.

Jim Farrell to give lecture "Love Story: My Romance with America"
DECEMBER 8, 2004 — Jim Farrell, the director of American studies and professor and chair of the history department will give a "last lecture" titled "Love Story: My Romance with America" at 7:30 p.m. in Holland Hall, room 501, prompted by a question posed to him by one of his current American studies students "What DO you love about America?" Farrell, the student noted, often says he loves America, but the classes are often in a critical mode. This lecture is a partial answer.

The idea of the "last lecture series" is for professors to sum up all the knowledge and wisdom of their teaching careers and offer it all in an hour or so, an event usually observed during the annual Celebration Weekend. This lecture is free and open to the public.

German Advent Service to be celebrated
DECEMBER 7, 2004 — The annual German Advent service will be celebrated in Boe Memorial Chapel at 11:10 a.m., led by the German classes. The service will include German hymns, including "Silent Night," with scripture readings and benediction all in German. Free and open to the public.

St. Olaf to host pianist Lydia Artymiw and Rosalyra String Quartet
DECEMBER 6, 2004 — Hailed by the New York Times as "a pianist with beautiful touch," pianist Lydia Artymiw has appeared with more than 100 orchestras and performed recitals with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. She will perform with the Rosalyra String Quartet at St. Olaf on Friday.

Memorial services scheduled for missing junior Nic Harter of Hopkins
DECEMBER 6, 2004 — Poet and scuba diver Nicholas Harter, described by his mother as "a sweet soul and a very giving person," will be honored in a memorial services on campus Tuesday evening (Dec. 7) at 7 p.m. at Boe Memorial Chapel. This follows a service last Friday at his home church in Edina. Harter, 21, an English and ancient studies major from Hopkins, Minn., went missing during a five-person diving expedition on the Mississippi River in St. Paul on Sunday, Nov. 21.

American Public Media to produce 2004 St. Olaf Christmas Festival
DECEMBER 2, 2004 — A live broadcast of the 2004 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, "Child of Light, Be Born in Us," will be broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m. on WCAL 89.3, on KJSN 99.5 in the Twin Cities and on the entire Minnesota Public Radio classical music network in the Upper Midwest. The festival, a beloved tradition at St. Olaf, features more than 500 student musicians performing and attracts thousands of alumni and visitors each year.

Wilson, Theater Department receive archival grant
DECEMBER 2, 2004 — St. Olaf Associate Professor of Theater and Theater Department Chair Karen Peterson Wilson '77 and the St. Olaf Theater Department have received a Nygaard Foundation Grant that will support the preservation of historic photos and documents.

St. Olaf Bookstore to have four December book signings
DECEMBER 2, 2004 — The St. Olaf Bookstore will have four book signings, one scheduled for each of the days of the 2004 Christmas Festival. Lise Lunge-Larsen, author of "The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Gnomes, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings," will be at the bookstore on Thursday, Dec. 2, 6 to 7 p.m. Martin Marty will sign copies of his book "Martin Marty" on Friday, Dec. 3, 6 to 7 p.m. Bruce Roberts and Craig Rice, co-authors of "Where in the World is Integrity: The Challenge of Doing What is Right," will sign copies of their book on Saturday, Dec. 4, 6 to 7 p.m. "The Greatest Game: Football at St. Olaf College 1893-2003" by Tom Porter and Bob Phelps will complete the book signings on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2 to 3 p.m.

Annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival held this weekend
DECEMBER 1, 2004 — This year the 93rd annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival will be performed on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Skoglund Auditorium and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m. Although tickets are no longer available for the performances this weekend, Minnesota Public Radio will carry the Sunday broadcast live on 89.3 FM and 99.5 FM (KSJN), as well as on the classical music stations of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR).