Dedication Schedule of Activities

Monday, September 29, 2008

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art Exhibition: “Science, Art, and the Imagination”
Flaten Art Museum, Dittmann Center
An exhibit that brings art and science together, with an emphasis on the role of the imagination in the creation of work and pursuit of science. The exhibition includes the work of Daniel Kelm (book art), Amanda Means (photography), Merrill Steiger (painting), S. B. Woods (video, painting and performance), and other art from the college’s permanent collection.
7:30 p.m. Keynote Address: “At the Crossroads of Science and the Arts”
Boe Chapel
Dr. Alan Lightman
Physicist, novelist and essayist                   CANCELED
8:15 p.m. Reception and Book Signing by Dr. Lightman 
Buntrock Commons Crossroads                  CANCELED

Thursday, October 2, 2008

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Traveling Exhibit: The NASA “Vision for Space Exploration Experience”
Mellby Hall parking lot, adjacent to the Speech-Theater Building
NASA’s “Vision for Space Exploration Experience” Traveling Exhibit begins with a simulated visit to the moon where explorers build a lunar outpost and touch an actual moon rock. Visitors also will explore a virtual model of the moon, interacting with the lunar surface to learn about NASA’s research and future plans for exploration. The second section of the exhibit features a hexagonal, interactive theater that introduces visitors to NASA’s plan to return to the moon in new vehicles currently being developed. This will create a working environment that will help ensure safer, more effective future exploration into the solar system. Dr. Jeevan Perera, current Risk Manager for the Orion space vehicle, and other NASA staff members will be on hand to answer questions.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art Exhibition: “Science, Art, and the Imagination”
Flaten Art Museum, Dittmann Center
An exhibit that brings art and science together, with an emphasis on the role of the imagination in the creation of work and pursuit of science.

Friday, October 3, 2008

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Traveling Exhibit: The NASA Vision for Space Exploration Experience
Mellby Hall parking lot, adjacent to the Speech-Theater Building
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art Exhibition: “Science, Art, and the Imagination”
Flaten Art Museum, Dittmann Center
An exhibit that brings art and science together, with an emphasis on the role of the imagination in the creation of work and pursuit of science.
2 – 3:30 p.m. Poster Session: St. Olaf Student-Faculty Research in the Sciences
Regents Hall atrium
Students discuss research projects conducted in collaboration with faculty mentors from across the science disciplines.
3:30 – 5 p.m. Alumni Science Symposium
Regents Hall Room 150
Panel Discussion: “What Impact Can St. Olaf Students Make in the Advancement of Issues Related to Math and Science?”
(A light reception will follow.)Moderator: Anne Walter, Professor of Biology

Dr. Theresa Hull Wise ’89
Chief Information Officer, Northwest and Delta Airlines

Dr. Alison Wallace ’89
Professor of Biosciences, Minnesota State University-Moorhead

Dr. Helen Piwnica-Worms ’79
Gerty T. Cori Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Kathryn Anderson Wahl ’87
Research Materials Scientist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Dr. Roger Stolen ’59
Distinguished Visiting Professor in Material Science and Engineering, Clemson University

6 – 8 p.m. Dinner of Appreciation for Donors and Special Guests
(By Invitation Only)
Black and Gold Ballroom, Buntrock Commons
7:30 p.m. Theatre Production: “The Aerodynamics of Accident”
Haugen Theater, Speech-Theater Building
Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Karen Peterson Wilson ’77. A comedy by playwright Deborah Stein set in 1897. An ambitious young girl crashes to her death in an experimental flying machine and returns to haunt the house of a reclusive widow and upstart professor. Ticket information is available through the Box Office (507-786-8987).

Saturday, October 4, 2008

10 – 11 a.m. Regents Hall Dedication Ceremony
Main entrance to Regents Hall (rain site: Boe Chapel)
Remarks and Ribbon Cutting
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:30 – 5 p.m. Building Tours
Tours gather at the central atrium entrance of Regents Hall
Though guests are welcome to explore the new building on their own, St. Olaf students and faculty members will offer guided tours of the facility throughout the afternoon. A limited number of tickets are available for each tour. Tours leave in half-hour increments from the central atrium entrance. Tickets are available in the Buntrock Commons lower level Homecoming and Family Weekend registration area on Friday noon–5 p.m. and Saturday 7–9:30 a.m. After 9:30 a.m., check in at the central atrium entrance of Regents Hall to register and pick up your tickets.
11 – 4 p.m. Traveling Exhibit: The NASA Vision for Space Exploration Experience
Mellby Hall parking lot, adjacent to the Speech-Theater Building
11 – 5 p.m. Regents Hall Festival
Campus-wide picnic and celebration.11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Picnic Lunch
Campus green (rain site: Stav Dining Hall, Buntrock Commons)
Wristbands are required for the all-community picnic lunch, featuring locally grown, low-carbon foods. All waste will be separated for composting; watch for specific receptacles and on-site volunteers to help with disposal. A lunch wristband may be purchased at the Buntrock Commons lower level Homecoming and Family Weekend registration area or at the picnic site.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Physics Force Show
Regents Hall patio (rain site: Buntrock Commons lower level)
Physics Force is a small troupe of University of Minnesota physicists and Twin Cities area high school physics teachers who have been educating audiences on the principles of physics for more than a decade through a unique and entertaining blend of slapstick, prop comedy and science.

11:15 a.m. – 5 p.m. Documentary: “Science Scenes: Snapshots from the Past”
Regents Hall Room 390
A 45-minute documentary video, narrated by Gary De Krey, Professor of History and Director of the Shaw-Olson Center for College History and Jeff Sauve, Associate College Archivist, portraying the history of science education at St. Olaf. The documentary plays at 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Festivities and Demonstrations

Interactive Science Demonstrations
Regents Hall
St. Olaf student science clubs put on demonstrations of scientific phenomena and laboratory experiments in the showcase classrooms located at both ends of Regents Hall. Among the planned exercises is a hands on demonstration of how to make liquid nitrogen ice cream, with taste testing highly encouraged.

Displays of Visual Art
Regents Hall
Artwork created by St. Olaf students, faculty and alumni is mounted throughout Regents Hall. These works respond creatively to aspects of science, mathematics, and the world around us. One exhibit, titled Retracing the 1838 Undine Expedition of J. N. Nicollet, features images from the collaborative interdisciplinary project retracing Nicollet’s mapmaking expeditions led by professors Paul Jackson (Chemistry), Meg Ojala (Art) and Charles Umbanhowar (Biology).

Raptors
Campus green (rain site: Old Science Center foyer)
A live presentation introduces interested audiences to these magnificent birds of prey.

ZENN Cars
Campus green
Learn about Zero Emission No Noise Cars and their breakthrough design and technology.

Turtle Racing
Campus green (rain site: Regents Hall)
Resident turtle expert and Assistant Professor of Biology Steve Freedberg will bring his freshwater turtles for racing. Races will be held on the hour. On-site registration for young racers.

Sustainable Building Construction
Campus green (rain site: Regents Hall)
An exhibit by the Oscar J. Boldt Construction Company and Holabird & Root architects reveals the process of designing and constructing a “green” building, from the selection of construction materials to the harvesting of natural light.

Green Machine Bicycle Program
Buntrock Commons patio (rain site: Regents Hall)
This student-run program recycles used and discarded bikes for use by our campus community. Find out more about this creative and fun way to cut down on unnecessary car use for short trips across college grounds and into historic downtown Northfield.

Health Care Station
Campus green (rain site: Regents Hall)
Health care is important both as an industry and as a way of life. Learn more at this interactive booth about simple steps you can take for a healthier life.

STOGROW and Local Vendor Market
Buntrock Commons patio (rain site: 2nd floor Buntrock Commons)
The St. Olaf Garden Research and Organic Works (STOGROW) farm project is a student-run community initiative that provides fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers to the Bon Appétit kitchens. STOGROW students will be selling their produce alongside local farmers and food suppliers.

2 – 3 p.m. Dedication Plenary Address: “Liberal Education and Science for the 21st Century”
Boe Chapel
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III
President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
(A light reception will follow.)A nationally recognized advocate for improvements in science and math education, with a special emphasis on minority participation and performance, Dr. Hrabowski graduated at age 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his M.A. in mathematics and four years later, at age 24, his Ph.D. in higher education administration/statistics. Dr. Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. He also serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally.
2 p.m. Theatre Production: “The Aerodynamics of Accident
Haugen Theater, Speech-Theater Building
A comedy by Deborah Isobel Stein, directed by Karen Peterson Wilson ’77. Ticket information is available through the Box Office (507-786-8987).
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Art Exhibition: “Science, Art and the Imagination”
Flaten Art Museum, Dittmann Center
An art exhibit that brings art and science together, with an emphasis on the role of the imagination in the creation of work and pursuit of science.
7:30 p.m. Theatre Production: “The Aerodynamics of Accident”
Haugen Theater, Speech-Theater Building
A comedy by Deborah Isobel Stein, directed by Karen Peterson Wilson ’77. Ticket information is available through the Box Office (507-786-8987).
7:30 p.m. St. Olaf Band Concert: “Celebrating the Sciences”
Skoglund Center Auditorium
Timothy Mahr ’78 conducting
An evening of musical selections representing a scientific theme, including Don Freund’s Exotic Particles and the Confinement of Quarks; Timothy Mahr’s Pride, Promise and Progress; and Roger Cichy’s Heptomical Infusions from “Geometric Dances.”