Fall 2012

Readers can now view St. Olaf Magazine in the new flip pub format by clicking on the cover.

Features stories of current and past issues of St. Olaf Magazine are also available in PDF format through the links below. If you would like a print version, email magazine@stolaf.edu.

St. Olaf Magazine earned six “Excellence Awards” at the 15th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association awards (2011), including Gold for Overall Design and Single Page Design (“A Sense of Place”); Silver for Regular Column (“Almanac”), Feature Design (“Catch & Release”), Spread Design (“World Views 2010); and Bronze for Overall Excellence and the profile article “Bright Green Research” by Greg Breining. St. Olaf Magazine also received a Bronze Award for Best Alumni/Institution Magazine in the 2011 Pride of CASE V Awards.

What’s Inside

The Cost of a College Education: St. Olaf’s Response
Acknowledging concerns about the cost of a college education, St. Olaf President David R. Anderson forthrightly addresses the challenges that families and students are facing – and what St. Olaf is doing about it.
By David R. Anderson ’74

Solid Foundations
Updating aging residence halls has become a priority on Manitou Heights.
By Carole Leigh Engblom

Buried Treasure
Avast! Historian Steve Hahn’s investigation into the real pirates of the Caribbean challenges our romanticized notions of the men who sailed under the Jolly Roger.
By Marla Hill Holt ’88

World Views 2012
Winning student entries from the annual Gimse International and Off-Campus Studies Photo Contest feature images from China, Ecuador, Italy, New York City, New Zealand, and more.
Photo Essay

Portrait: Building Relationships
Kathryn M. Lohre ’99, president of the National Council of Churches, is providing leadership and seeking unity.
By Nancy Crotti

Alumni Achievement
St. Olaf honors three alumni for their lifelong achievements and professional contributions: Mark B. Brown ’78, Samuel L. Hanson ’61, and Steven H. Miles ’72.
By Bradley West ’13, Kyle Schut ’13, Carole Leigh Engblom, J. Trout Lowen

Almanac: The Golden Girl
By Susan Hvistendahl ’68