St. Olaf Magazine

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Welcome to the all-digital winter issue of St. Olaf Magazine! Several months ago, writer Sarah Warren ’99 came to us with an idea: what if we told the stories of Oles through the lens of the popular “How It Started … How It’s Going” trend? The basic concept of the trend is to show how people, places, relationships, and roles have evolved over time — often in surprising ways. We quickly realized that it’s a great way to highlight the often-unexpected path that a liberal arts education can pave. In this issue, read and watch the powerful stories of how the St. Olaf experience has shaped alumni, faculty members, students … and even the Hill itself.

How It Started … How It's Going

How It Started … How It’s Going

Are you the person you thought you would become when you first arrived on the Hill? We didn’t think so. We talked to 10 Oles about how it started … and how it’s going.


Ole Achievers: Meet This Year's St. Olaf Alumni Award Winners

Ole Achievers: Meet This Year’s St. Olaf Alumni Award Winners


The Trailblazing Life of St. Olaf's First Black Faculty Member

The Trailblazing Life of St. Olaf’s First Black Faculty Member

Award-winning sociologist La Francis Rodgers-Rose discusses the path that led her to St. Olaf, the powerful career she’s developed since, and her hopes for the future.


A New Melody: Welcoming St. Olaf Orchestra Conductor Chung Park

A New Melody

Conductor and music educator Chung Park has hit all the right notes since taking the reins of the award-winning St. Olaf Orchestra at the beginning of this year.