Fall 2016

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St. Olaf Magazine earned eight “Excellence Awards” at the 20th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association Excellence Awards gala. In the Education category, the magazine was recognized with Gold awards in feature writing and feature design for “La Géographie Musicale de Paris 1924” (The Musical Geography of Paris 1924) by Joel Hoekstra, Silver for “The Power of Story” by Jan Hill, and Bronze for Overall Excellence, Overall Design, Spread Design (“Vintage Cuba”), Regular Column (“Almanac”), and Cover Design. And, for the second time, St. Olaf Magazine was named a semi-finalist for the MMPA 2016 Magazine of the Year award.

What’s Inside

Table of Contents

Spotlight: CURI Research

Global Engagement

Photo Essay

Winning entries from the 33rd annual Gimse International and Off-Campus Studies Photo Contest feature images from around the world. Students participating in these off-campus programs provide personal insights into their often life-changing global experiences.

Politics and Prose

By Joel Hoekstra ’92

Talking to movers and shakers in Washington D.C. is something C-SPAN’s on-air host Peter Slen ’85 does almost daily. At C-SPAN, everyone has a chance to voice their opinions and to question politicians and policymakers directly, says Slen. It’s a vital premise in today’s media mix of cable television, traditional and social media, and more.

Spotlight: Tulsa Douglas’18, Ultimate Recognition

Vortex, the St. Olaf Woman’s ultimate team of which Tulsa Douglas ’18 is captain, is one of five college ultimate teams in the United States to receive national attention.

Politico Insider

By Erin Peterson

Anna Palmer ’04 has always been ready and willing to go wherever the story is. Among the most tenacious and successful reporters for Politico, covering Capitol Hill and the historic 2016 election, she just landed one of the most prestigious positions in political journalism today as one of two writers for Politico’s daily newsletter, Playbook.

From the Heart

By Marla Hill Holt ’88

A pastor’s first job is to “take care of our people,” says Thomas Rusert ’06. Sometimes, he has learned, “our people” are those we have never met.

Beyond the Hill

The 2016 Alumni Award recipients, By Marla Hill Holt ’88 — William Collins ’84, Dean Maki ’87, Joseph Shaw ’49, and Douglas Koons ’71 and Jane Baker Koons ’71 — are recognized for their exceptional achievements and professional contributions, leadership, and service.

Spotlight: Magnum Chorum: We Sing with Joy in our Hearts, By Kim Bowman ’88

Ole Paddlers, By Liam Jon Ransom ’19

Spotlight: Class of 2016 Fulbrights, Plus Class Notes, On the Shelf, Future Oles, Weddings and Deaths, Alumni & Family Travel

Almanac: Cherishing Peace

By Jeff Sauve

Almanac looks back at the tumultuous spring of 1970.