2006-07 Lilly Vocational Scholar
Professor of History James Farrell has been selected as the Lilly Vocational Scholar for 2006-07. Farrell, who is also Director of the History Department and Chair of American Studies, will undertake two interrelated projects as part of his Vocational Scholar activities. He will work on a book titled The Nature of College, in which he hopes to "help students discover what they value -- personally and culturally -- and why." Farrell also will write an essay called "All-Consuming Vocation: The Work of Consumption," in which he plans to expand the notion of vocation from the traditional understanding of being "called to serve" to include being "called to con-serve and pre-serve." "Students are more likely to accept theological and philosophical considerations of vocation when they're embedded in the actual issues of everyday life," Farrell says.
2006-07 Lilly Teaching Fellows
The Lilly grant, “Lives of Worth and Service,” provides funding for up to five Teaching Fellows in each of the five years of the grant. One faculty member in each of the five Faculties of the college may receive one course-release to reflect upon and prepare teaching and other materials about the vocation of and the spiritual implications of working within specific academic disciplines or career paths. Over the first three years of the Lilly Grant Program, eleven faculty colleagues have been designated Lilly Teaching Fellows. Nearly five hundred students have enrolled in the courses these colleagues have developed. The following faculty have been selected for the 2006-07 fellowship.
Summer 2006 Vocational Interns
Doug Casson, Political Science
Doug will develop a course on the vocation of civic leadership that explores the possibilities and limitations of leadership and helps students achieve self-understanding without discouraging ambition.
Eric Fure-Slocum, History
Eric proposes to develop and teach a course on "Dignity at Work," a course that will ask students to broaden their perspective as they consider both their vocation and the place of work in our society.
Rebecca Judge, Economics/Environmental Studies
Beckie will inquire into the connection between vocation and property, exploring the question of the property right itself within the context of vocational discernment.
Dolores Peters, History
Dolores will develop a new course, provisionally entitled "Do No Harm: Medical Vocation in Historical Context," which will be anchored in the history of the modern medical profession in the U.S. and Europe and approach vocation as a lived experience shaped by the values and expectations of practitioner, profession, and society.
Mary Trull, English
Mary plans to develop a course entitled "Against Alienation: Vocation in Twentieth-Century Literature," which will use literature and guest speakers to help students explore ethical issues and vocational discernment within their own lives.
For more information on this opportunity and examples of current teaching fellow courses, click here.
For three years now, the Lilly Program and Office of Church Relations have facilitated a program which allows six St. Olaf students to intern at area churches or service organizations.
These internships are based on the Lutheran Volunteer Corps model of intentional community. Students live at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and intern at Minneapolis and St. Paul area churches that are particularly active in their respective communities. Students work with mentor, Randy Nelson, from Luther Seminary, who helps them gain more from the experience through intentional reflection. Summer 2006 represents the fourth year for the Lilly Summer Vocational Intern Program Listed below are the names of this summer's interns with their congregational assignments.
Theresa (Tracy) Nolan '07, Augustana Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Jennifer (Jenna) Tulman '07, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Christina Shults '07, Galilee Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Glen Rebman '07, Christ Lutheran on Capitol Hill, St. Paul
Emmy Kegler '07, Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Jonathan Swanson '07, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Bible Camp Stipend Recipients
For the past three summers the Lilly Program has offered stipends for students working in Bible Camps. Funds provide stipends for up to 15 students to supplement bible camp salaries. This year, we've awarded thirteen students who will receive stipends.
Kelsey Anderson ’08, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, CO
Joel Bergeland ’08, Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, MT
Ellen Draeger ’07, Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, WI
Tyler Hauger ’08, Camp of the Cross Ministries, ND
Rebecca Huncosky ’08, Pine Lake Camp, WI
Anna Johnson ’08, Camp Shalom, IA
Marija Knudson ’09, Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, MT
Denise Miller ’08, Christikon, MT
Paul Olin ’07, Camp Wapo, WI
John Schwehn ’08, Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, MT
Emily Sonnesyn ’08, Luther Point Bible Camp, MN
Kelly Stratton ’09, Lutheran Island, MN
Angela Ulrich ’09, Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, WI
Urban Pilgrimage to NYC
The Office of Church Relations along with the Center for Experiential Learning , developed an internship program where six St. Olaf students to experience an urban setting through the eyes of the Church. This program immersed students in the work with the poor and marginalized with three congregations—in Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan. Pastors Paul Block '93, Scott Kershner ‘94 and Heidi Neumark helped to guide and support students in this experience. The following students were chosen for this opportunity: Samantha Gruner '06, Jonathan Holtmeier '08, Jeffrey Hyman '07, Emily Moen '06, Nate Preisinger '08, and David Thews '06. Listen to their chapel presentation on 2/27/06 at the following link . Click here for a photo gallery from thier trip.
International Service Learning
In June, Luyen Dinh Phan, (International Student Adviser and Associate Director of Admissions), will lead a group of St. Olaf students to Thailand where they will work with the McKean Rehabilitation Center in Chiang Mai in order to understand how non-governmental organizations work to improve the lives of the people they serve.
The McKean Rehabilitation Center is named after its founder, James W. McKean, an American missionary surgeon who went to Chiang Mai in 1887. McKean's initial work was with leprosy patients. Today the McKean Center continues to work with leprosy patients but also with Thai citizens facing a variety of diseases and disabilities.
Luyen's group will work with disabled elderly who reside in the Buraphaniwet Village. Many of these elderly patients have no homes or families. Luyen and his students will provide non-critical nursing care to the residents, including but not limited to cleaning, feeding, helping with physical activites, and helping the patients attend church or temple services.
Ole Spring Relief Trip
During Spring Break Week (March 25 - April 2) more than 140 students from St. Olaf College took part in the "What a Relief" spring break program offered by Lutheran Disaster Relief (LDR) to assist hurricane victims in Biloxi, Miss., and at Dillard University in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Led by Student Government Association (SGA) President Thomas Rusert '06 and Student Senator Ishanaa Rambachan '08, the group is among the largest student relief projects organized by a liberal arts college.
The Lilly Program Grant contributed $2,200 for a group meal served on March 28 and transportation to the meal with guest speaker Lutheran Bishop Paul Blom '63 of the Texas-Louisiana-Gulf Coast Synod . The dinner was held as a means for the students to reflect on their vocation in relation to this project.
The following photos were shared by Sam Mariotti ’09, CEL Marketing Assistant and Ole Spring Relief trip participant.
A group of 11 of us worked 2 days at the home of "Miss Suzie" (the lady in the middle) gutting it and preparing it for her to rebuild without having to tear it all the way down.
On the first work day, my group of 40 went to a beachside property (home and nextdoor shrimp factory) that had been destroyed. These two are carrying broken pieces of a toilet to the garbage dump.
A hotel, located about 50 yards off the beach. There was more destruction like this along the gulf coast from Biloxi to New Orleans, about 90+ miles.
Interior of the distribution center. It opened at 10 and closed at 5 each day. There were only 5 people/ families allowed in at once and "purchases" were limitied. Families who provide a FEMA number may visit once every four days.
The interior of one of the two tents that all 140 students bunked in. "Tent City", outside the church included these two ;arge tents, a smaller tent smaller groups, a mess tent, port-a-pottys, and two shower trailers. Lights went out at 10 every night and on at 6.
The following quotes about the Lilly funded dinner were solicited by Eric Huseth, student member on the Lilly Program Committee and trip participant.
"Ole Spring Relief as a whole made me realize my passion in life is to workclosely with others who enjoy helping those in need. The entire trip was a success by making me realize how many options are out there, all you need to do is find what fufills you.
"I think Pastor Scott's talk and the week in general taught me to be flexible throughout my life--not to have every year planned out because I never know when God is going to change the plan He has for me (or what I perceive as the plan He has for me). It also taught me to obviously not seek a vocation just because it pays well because accumulating wealth means nothing in the long run."
"I grew up on the mission field in Nigeria, West Africa, so I thought that I had had enough mission work to last me a lifetime. Wrong - I have known for a long time that I wanted to dedicate my life to the less-fortunate, whether that means working for a mission, the World Health Organization, or a non-governmental organization. The amazing feeling of doing something for someone else and the appreciation written on the people's faces that I got from the Ole Spring Relief Trip only helped to fuel this desire in me."
~N. Ladeisha Bhide
"Pastor Scott's talk on the Ole Spring Relief trip helped me understand that finding a vocation doesn't mean putting every available burden on your shoulders. He knew that his vocation was to provide spiritual guidance and support to people in pain, and to help them work through all of the questions that arose from the disaster. He didn't try to save the world; he tried to save individual people."
~ Lauren Benson
Unlike most of the assigned jobs, mine did not focus on manual labor. At first, I felt like I was not helping much, but I soon realized that I was meant to use my time to listen to people's stories and especially to pray for them. This experience affirmed my contempletative lifestyle and is one of many events that has led me to start considering a vocation centered around contemplative and liturgical prayer."
~ Sydney Freedman
Pastor Scott's made me consider that whatever one may 'choose' for a vocation is subject to manipulation by the world around us. When something as life changing as a hurricane directly affects us, we have to be flexible to reevaluate our role. This may, as in Bruce Dalgaard's case, mean struggling to remain honest to our calling while meeting the immediate needs around us.
~ Amanda Daniels