Spring 2013

Readers can view St. Olaf Magazine in flip pub format by clicking on the cover.

St. Olaf Magazine earned six “Excellence Awards” at the 16th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association awards (2012): Gold for Overall Excellence; Gold for Overall Design; Gold for Feature Article (Call of the Wild); Gold for Profile Article (Counter Balance); Gold for Feature Design (Call of the Wild); and Bronze for Single Topic Issue (It’s Saturday Night!).

What’s Inside

The Future Is Now
By Erin Peterson

From designing innovative educational modules on parallel computing to empowering students to create custom applications for faculty, Professor Dick Brown is placing St. Olaf at the forefront of computer science education.

Portrait: Top Flight
By Erin Peterson

To help millions of passengers get to their destinations safely, Delta Air Lines relies on a vast technological infrastructure – and the brains of Chief Information Officer Theresa Wise ’89.

The Social Realities of South Africa
By David Gonnerman ’90

Twenty-four St. Olaf students traveled to South Africa on Interim with Professor Mary Carlsen ’78. Their interests ranged from social welfare and race relations to human rights and the empowerment of women and children. South Africa is beautiful – the land, the water, the people.  Yet everywhere they went, the question persisted: “Whose land is this?”

Into the Field
By Marla Hill Holt ’88

From New York City to Houston to Washington, D.C., St. Olaf’s Connections Program brings students into alumni workplaces to explore career possibilities and broaden their perspective on what they can do with a liberal arts education.

Elephant Man
By J. Trout Lowen

A passion for finding out why certain viruses cause cancer has led Paul Ling ’84 to transition from human to zoological research, with groundbreaking results. *MMPA Silver Award for Best Profile Article

Almanac: Chalk it up!
By Jeff Sauve

For nearly 130 years, Oles have inscribed their names in Old Main Tower. *MMPA Gold Award for Best Regular Column