Faculty and Staff
International Service Learning
The Lilly Program provides funds to "build upon St. Olaf's longstanding tradition of looking outward internationally, to provide opportunities for service-learning abroad which will encourage students to reflect on their faith and lead them to live out their vocation in the context of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity." Thus, the goal for the Summer International Service-Learning program is to connect these service activities to academic work. A faculty or staff mentor organizes the experience, links the experiential learning with the academic learning through readings and reflection, and brings the experiences back to campus to enlighten and enrich St. Olaf's learning community.
Both faculty and professional staff are eligible to apply. Faculty must be full-time with a tenure, tenure-track or term appointment. Professional staff must be at least .75 FTE. Students must be enrolled at St. Olaf during the 08-09 and 09-10 academic years and on campus during 09-10. Faculty/professional staff and students apply as a team. Receipt of funding during the earlier Lilly Grant period does not preclude application in this grant cycle. Click here for the Call of Proposals information. Deadline: March 30th
La Iglesia Cristiana Luterana de Honduras was host to staff member David Wagner ’03, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, and six current St. Olaf students during a three-week service-learning trip to Honduras this June. Alumna Lindsay Mack ’02 facilitated the experience in Honduras, which focused on service to congregations and communities throughout the country.
The group traveled extensively throughout the country to develop awareness of the different roles that the Lutheran Church and other organizations play in working with communities and dealing with different social issues in the diverse regions. A wide range of experiences throughout the country helped broaden the perspective of the program so students could explore connections to their personal vocation in varied settings. Click here for photos and essays.
Service learning involved volunteering with the Health for Life program, leading and participating in worship, working with youth and women’s groups, engaging in fellowship, participating in educational programming sponsored by churches, volunteering at a local kindergarten, and interacting with pastors and leaders in local communities. Students had the opportunity to reflect on personal vocation by journaling, leading conversations, and facilitating educational activities that are related to their own area of study.
Hallelujah Honduras! - David Wagner ’03, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, alumna Lindsay Mack ’02, and students
Chiang Mai, Thailand - Luyen Phan '92, International Student Adviser and Associate Director of Admissions, and students
Ingria Pilgrimage, Russia - Prof. Paul Niemisto and students
Chen'nai, India - Profs. Anne Walter, Matt Richey and students
Cusco, Peru - Prof. Ted Johnson, Doug Tate ’70 and students
Staraya, Russia - Prof. Marc Robbinson
Rabat, Morocco -
Jenny Howenstine '98, Assistant Director of Admission and Renne Sauter '95, former Coordinator of Wellness Programs
Sara Fruehling, Assistant Professor of Biology, will lead a group of five students to Chennai, India, to work with the InterChurch Service Agency at their invitation. Students will assist ICSA in upgrading their computer training program for disabled students and will work on health/human services projects coordinated through ICSA. One of these projects involves expanding a medicinal garden to enable the organization to market nontraditional herbal medicines.
ICSA and St. Olaf College have been in partnership since the mid-1980s. ICSA is a Christian church organization with a mission to serve the Christian community and the marginalized in South India. Sara Fruehling has been involved with the program since 1991.