2004 Graduate Michelle Eng named Braulick Entrepreneurial Student Scholar for 2003-04

Michelle Eng ’04 has shown outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship. Throughout 2003, Michelle has demonstrated the spirit of an entrepreneur as a risk taker, leader and change agent. She is the President of Ole Ventures, St. Olaf’s Student entrepreneurial Club. As the leader, she has redefined the mission of the club, its activities and organized a trip to visit with other student entrepreneurial club leaders in Chicago at the national Collegiate Entre-preneurial Organization (CEO) conference. Michelle also started her own business — Cachitos Mexican Imports. The company markets a wide variety of Mexican arts and crafts — from clothing to jewelry to ceramics. Its purpose is to promote awareness of Mexican goods and culture among the St. Olaf community and to support Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an organization that cares for orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

2003 Graduate Receives Teaching Assistantship through French Embassy

The French section received the news that Hilary Savage, Ole Class of 2003, from Hutchinson Kansas received a grant from the French Embassy to serve as an Assistante at the Academie de Nancy-Metz.

2000 Graduate is a Junior Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service

Briana L.M. Saunders, Washington D.C., was recently sworn in by Secretary of State Colin Powell as a junior officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. She hopes “to make a real impact, wake up every day to new challenges and be involved in our nation’s diplomacy during this critical time in history.” An economics and french major, Briana received a master’s in International Economic Policy from American University, Washington D.C. She will serve her first tour of duty in Mumbai, India.

1994 Graduate authors book entitled “Writerly Identities in Beur Fiction and Beyond”

Laura Reeck, ’94, Associate Professor of French, Allegheny College, analyses established Beur authors, classics of that literature, and more recent writers and works. A must-read for anyone interested in contemporary French Studies, immigrant literature, comparative literature, postcolonial studies, and Arab studies. Examines novels by Azouz Begag, Farida Belghoul, Leïla Sebbar, Saïd Mohamed, Rachid Djaïdani, and Mohamed Razane.

Erica Cray Accepts Management Position

Erica Cray, graduating major in French, recently accepted a management position with TCF banks. In her words: “I will be working with investments and annuities, as well as overseeing others. The position has much potential for growth and continued education.”