Spring 2013

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St. Olaf Magazine earned six “Excellence Awards” at the 16th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association awards (2012): Gold for Overall Excellence; Gold for Overall Design; Gold for Feature Article (“Call of the Wild”); Gold for Profile Article (“Counter Balance”); Gold for Feature Design (“Call of the Wild”); and Bronze for Single Topic Issue (“It’s Saturday Night!”).

What’s Inside

The Future Now
From designing innovative educational modules on parallel computing to empowering students to create custom applications for faculty, Professor Dick Brown is placing St. Olaf at the forefront of computer science education.
By Erin Peterson

Portrait: Top Flight
To help millions of passengers get to their destinations safely, Delta Air Lines relies on a vast technological infrastructure – and the brains of Chief Information Officer Theresa Wise ’89.
By Erin Paterson

The Social Realities of South Africa
Twenty-four St. Olaf students went to South Africa with interests in social welfare, race relations, human rights, and the empowerment of women and children. South Africa is beautiful – the land, the water, the people.  Yet everywhere the students went, the question persisted: “Whose land is it?”
By David Gonnerman ’90

Into the Field
From New York City to Houston to Washington, D.C., St. Olaf’s Connections Program brings students into alumni workplaces to expore career possibilities and broaden their perspective on what they can do with a liberal arts education.
By Marla Hill Holt ’88

Elephant Man
A passion for finding out why certain viruses cause cancer has led Paul Ling ’84 to transition from human to zoological research, with groundbreaking results.
By J. Trout Lowen

Almanac: Chalk it up!
By Jeff Sauve