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This and That
from the Winter 2006 Times magazine

Larry Aitken, tribal historian and former president of Leech Lake Tribal College, offered an Ojibwe worldview to students in a late November talk in Somers Lounge.

On the nature of man and woman: “We don’t give pats on the back to women because we’re afraid they’ll steal our thunder.”

On the cyclical way of life: “Everything in our world is in a cycle. What once was will be again. As an infant you couldn’t speak or feed yourself. If you live 99 years, you will end that way, unable to feed yourself. You will return to the Earth.”

On the power in our spirit to overcome any adversity: “There was a man in your society, in California. The doctor told him he was going to die. So he watched endless comedies, thinking, ‘I’m going to go out laughing.’ In the end, he laughed himself well. When those endorphins are stimulated continually, they’re like ‘scrubbing bubbles’ on the inside, cleaning everything.

“You ought to spend 85 percent of your day laughing and only 15 percent being serious,” Aitken advised. “We spend so much time being gloomy and negative. We’re supposed to be enjoying ourselves. Make every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, you’re going to be right.”

Jazz Band

The St. Scholastica Jazz Band Ensemble has bid farewell to a special member – 81 year old drummer Glenn Martin, whose career extends back to the Swing era.

At the College’s Christmas concert Marianne Sandstrom, director of bands and instructor of Music Education, presented Martin with a College afghan to thunderous applause from the audience and from his fellow band members.

Martin and his wife planned to move from Duluth to the Twin Cities to be nearer their children. Martin had joined the band the previous year because a student drummer graduated and another who was supposed to join became captain of the soccer team.

Sandstrom thought of Martin, who she had met at a community band performance.

“I always use our students first, but then it became look outside or cancel Jazz Band and have 18 very disappointed young people.

“Once Glenn came in and played with the students he was hooked. He wanted to work with them, and share some of his stories with them. They just totally adopted him, and vice versa. He could actually tell us ‘here’s what Ellington would do with this,’ because he's from that era.”

Martin was delighted to provide the perspective. “It's been a riot,” Martin said. “They accepted me. They completely forgot I was an old person.”

LeAnn House

LeAnn House, professor of music, spotted a problem while volunteering as part of the College’s Community Day in October. The CHUM Food Shelf where she was sorting donations had cases upon cases of canned pumpkin taking up valuable shelf space. Her solution: a pumpkin pie sale.

She and four other volunteers baked 55 pies that, thanks to media publicity, sold in less than an hour. They raised nearly $400 for CHUM, which is a social outreach ministry of 35 Duluth churches.

Despite the success the food shelf still had an excess of canned pumpkin. The following month, a few days before Thanksgiving, House decided to raise the rolling pin again. This time she and her friends made 69 pies. They raised a bit over $400. Grand total donation to CHUM: $800 in the coffers – and shelves cleared of canned pumpkin.

Women in mines during ‘North Country’ era speak

Women in mines during North Country eraJudy Johnson (left) and Lynette Randy, who worked in Iron Range taconite mines in the 1970s, spoke at the College in October. Johnson, who was a truck driver at the Sherman Mine near Buhl in the mid-1970s, was a consultant to the makers of the movie “North Country.” The film, released in October, is a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States – Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, in which a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a taconite miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. Johnson and several other Iron Range women were hired to assist the filmmaker on location in New Mexico, as well as when filming took place on the Iron Range. Randy, who built railroad tracks at the Minntac mine near Virginia in the late 1970s, is the mother of Elyse Carter Vosen, assistant professor in the Languages and International Studies department at St. Scholastica. The presentation was sponsored by the Women’s Studies program and by the student groups Third Wavers and Speak Up!

Richard Burns and Larry Goodwin
St. Scholastica supporter Richard Burns and President Larry Goodwin enjoyed a light-hearted moment at the College’s Holiday Party in December. For more views of the festivities, see the Imagine Tomorrow insert in the center of the magazine.

Bud Nornes and Larry Goodwin
In late November St. Scholastica president Larry Goodwin hosted a visit to campus by State Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, chair of the Higher Education Finance Committee of the Minnesota House. The purpose was to better inform Nornes and legislative staff members about St. Scholastica’s programs and services that benefit Minnesota residents.


The College conducted a combined baccalaureate and master’s commencement on Dec. 17 in the Lake Superior Ballroom at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). It marked the first time a December commencement was held off campus. There were 250 candidates for graduation, of whom 155 were awarded bachelor’s degrees and 95 were awarded master’s degrees. The commencement address was given by Robert Schroeder ’75, president and CEO of Warehouse Specialists Inc. of Appleton, WI. Schroeder was a member of St. Scholastica’s Board of Trustees from 1990 to 2002. The baccalaureate student address was given by Scott Wiggins, director of government relations and strategic planning for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. He received his bachelor’s degree in management. The master’s student address was given by Eric Klavetter, director for privacy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He received his master’s degree in health information management.

Winter 2005 Commencement
It’s hard to tell who was happiest – graduate Angela Locker of Duluth, son Josh or daughters Kaitlyn (in mortarboard) or Taylor.

Winter 2005 Commencement
St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington (left) attended commencement to congratulate his employee Amy Brown, an ADEP graduate from the St. Paul Police Department cohort group.
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