Fall 2017

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St. Olaf Magazine earned nine “Excellence Awards” at the 21st annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association Excellence Awards 2017 Gala. In the Education category, St. Olaf Magazine was recognized with awards in Feature Writing and Design for “Artistic Inspiration in the Internet Age” by Erin Peterson, “From the Heart” by Marla Hill Holt, and “Line of Inquiry” by Joel Hoekstra, as well as for Overall Excellence, Overall Design,  Regular Column (“Almanac”), and Cover Design. And, for the third year in a row, St. Olaf Magazine was a finalist for the MMPA Magazine of the Year award.

What’s Inside

Table of Contents

Oles Can. Oles Will.

U. S. Senator Amy Klobuchar addresses the Class of 2017, the first senior class since 1957 to graduate from the top of Manitou Heights.

Finding DeeDee

By Sarah Gruidl ’17

Ole Achiever Colin Scheibner ’17 is part of the research team credited with the discovery of a new dwarf planet.

Globally Engaged

Photo Essay

The 34th annual Gimse International and Off-Campus Studies Photo Contest features images from around the world.

World Citizens

By Marla Hill Holt ’88

Global Semester, St. Olaf’s longest-standing faculty-led study abroad program, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. Since its inaugural study abroad program, nearly 1,200 students have participated in Global, creating life-changing memories.

Reaching Out

By Joel Hoekstra ’92

Five students from Rwanda, their advocate Donna Wiederkehr, and Harvin Furman ’89, a Chicago alumnus whose St. Olaf experience led to a bigger commitment in the world, exemplify the college’s mission to provide a global experience.

Mother Nature’s Daughter

By Erin Peterson

Anne Christianson ’07, one of 76 women in science selected from around the world to participate in the Antarctica Homeward Bound expedition, takes a wide-ranging approach to environmental justice.

Why Martin Luther is Still Relevant

Interview by Gaju Aline ’19

A conversation with religion professor and Luther scholar Anthony Bateza.

Beyond the Hill

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

Almanac: Sizing Up Roommates

By Jeff Sauve

Generations of first-year Oles have often pondered how they are paired up with their roommate.