Fall 2009


St. Olaf Magazine earned seven awards at the 13th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association Excellence Awards, including Gold for Overall Excellence, Bronze for Overall Best Design, Bronze for Best Feature Article (Amazing Graze), Silver for Best Regular Column (Almanac), Silver for Best Cover (Fall 2008), Silver for Best Use of Photography (Game Changer), and Bronze for Best Single Topic Issue (World Views, Fall 2008). St. Olaf Magazine also received a Bronze Award for Best Alumni/Institution Magazine in the 2009 Pride of CASE V Awards.

Mr. O’s World
By J. Trout Lowen

Minnesota Teacher of the Year Derek Olson ’88 creates a classroom environment that is alive with possibilities for his students.

The Miracle of Life
By Kim Ode

Genetic Counselor Barbara Bowles Biesecker ’79 is mentoring the next generation of students entering the most deeply personal aspect of medicine.

Matters of Faith
By L. DeAne Lagerquist

Reflections on the place of theological literacy in the liberal arts.

World Views 2009
Photo Essay

Winning entries from the annual Gimse International and Off-Campus Studies Photo Contest feature images from Egypt, Ghana, Japan, Morocco, Tanzania, Thailand, and more.

Alumni Portraits
By Suzy Frisch

St. Olaf honors six alumni who are a testament to the college’s tradition of excellence: Robert N. Munson 64 (Distinguished Alumni Award); Richard Rortvedt ’69 (Distinguished Alumni Award); Ronald Caple ’60 (Alumni Achievement Award); Jean Leppen Kinsey ’63 (Alumni Achievement Award); Norman L. Cadman ’49 (Distinguished Service Award); Glenn W. Jeffrey ’71 (Distinguished Service Award).

Almanac: St. Olaf Cleans Up
By Jeff Sauve

The fall of 1892 marks the advent of the bathtub at St. Olaf.