St. Olaf Magazine

St. Olaf Magazine - Fall 2018
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St. Olaf Magazine earned 12 “Excellence Awards” at the 22nd annual Minnesota Media & Publishing Association Excellence Awards 2018 Gala. In the Education category, St. Olaf Magazine was recognized with awards in Feature Writing and Design, including Single Page or Spread Design “Oles Can. Oles Will.”, Best Feature Article and Design “Mother Nature’s Daughter” by Erin Peterson, Best Feature Article “One Nation” by Marla Hill Holt, and Profile Article “Great Explorations” by Erin Peterson, as well as for Overall Excellence, Overall Design,  Regular Column (“Almanac”), and Best Use of Photography “Globally Engaged” and “In Focus.” And, for the fourth year in a row, St. Olaf Magazine was a finalist for the MMPA Magazine of the Year award.

What’s Inside

Table of Contents

Ole Achiever

By Renata Erickson ’19

Emily Carr ’19, catcher for the St. Olaf softball team, not only created her own major, she created her own MIAC internship.

Oles Can. Oles Will.

By Renata Erickson ’19

Summer research conducted by CURI students Bethany Tritz ’20 and Diane Vargas ’19 examined the importance of local milkweed varieties in monarch migration.

Global Engagement

Photo Essay

The 35th annual Gimse International and Off-Campus Studies Photo Contest features images from around the world.

Superior Sailing

By Kim Ode

Ron ’60 and Bonnie Schardin Dahl ’61 sailed Lake Superior for 43 years, and while their sailing days have ended, their love of adventure is as strong as ever.

Eighty Years of Asia at St. Olaf

By Marla Hill Holt ’88

St. Olaf offered its first course about Asia in 1938. Eighty years later, the Department of Asian Studies is illuminating Asia’s wealth of cultural, historical, religious, and political diversity for 21st-century students.

An Animated Life

By Marla Hill Holt ’88

Retired Simpsons animator Utit Choomuang ’75 has traveled full circle. His curiosity and artistic talents catapulted him to opportunities thousands of miles from his Thai jungle village before bringing him back to his birthplace nearly 50 years later.

Beyond the Hill

Class Notes, On the Shelf, Future Oles, Weddings, Deaths, and Alumni & Family Travel

STOries: The First Batch of Students on the Hill

By Jeff Sauve

Almost 140 years have passed since photographer Ira E. Sumner captured the moment depicting the earliest days of St. Olaf and its inaugural class of Oles.