Marni Kaldjian – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Music Entertainment Committee Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
I’ve been in Northfield slinging bagels, making art, and playing nerdy board games.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I’d like this to be a year of experimentation for our committee. In fact, I’m not only excited for the successes, but ready for the failures that will give us something to laugh at and learn from. I’m beyond excited to experiment with bringing a diverse range of musicians, genres, venues, formats and more to campus, and I hope we’ll get continued feedback from students on whether or not we’re succeeding at this goal.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Daily crossword puzzles.

Emma Lind – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
President

What have you been doing over the summer?
I have been interning at the Department of Justice this summer in Washington DC. I was able to get a sneak peek into the legal profession and interact with many types of lawyers. Living in DC meant that I also had the opportunity to try a lot of yummy food (shoutout to Founding Farmers) and meet tons of neat people! Word to the wise- if you are a cat person, there’s a cat cafe with foster cats in Georgetown!

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I’m really looking forward to working with this awesome team to create a memorable year for Oles. From addressing campus issues to planning the Fall and Spring Block Parties, I believe SGA can make a meaningful impact on student life at Olaf. I can’t wait to see where this year takes us!

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
PAUSE PIZZA. Anybody who knows me knows that my love for Pause Pizza is second to none. You might see me chowing down on a pineapple pepperoni pizza in my pizza costume or my pizza bucket hat (or both!).

Abbie Haug – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Executive Assistant

What have you been doing over the summer?
I’ve been spending my summer on the hill working in the admissions office! Although campus feels pretty bare in the summer, it has been great showing prospective students around campus and meeting with class of 2020 students (although walking by the Pause everyday while going on 3 months without Pause Cookies has been pretty tough). This summer I’ve also been working with the Big Discovery Project interviewing alumni around the twin cities. This means I get paid to do my two favorite things, drink coffee and meet with other Oles!

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I loved being a part of SGA last year and am excited to continue being a part of SGA as executive assistant this year, where I will get to work closely with the exec team and all of SGA to help make sure everything runs smoothly, so all of our awesome events and important conversations can continue to run without a hitch. In my role, I want to help make SGA a place where everyone feels at home and can find awesome friends fast, that means helping first-years and new members navigate the crazy big group we are, by building connections and organizing information as soon as the school year gets started. My goal is that everyone feels welcome and invited to join this fun group I’ve come to love!

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Since I have been on the hill this summer I’ve gotten my fill of sunsets in the natural lands, St. Olaf cookies, and Reference Room time but it’s been weird not doing it with everyone else. I am getting more and more excited for everyone to be back for caf family dinners, chats on Old Main hill, and yes I’m even excited for classes to get started again!

Elijah Verdoorn – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Webmaster

What have you been doing over the summer?
This summer I’ve enjoying working as a Software Development Intern at Proto Labs, a digital manufacturing company that making Molded, Machined, and 3D-Printed parts. Every day I get to work with really smart people to solve problems and help improve business efficiency; it’s a very satisfying job! When not at Proto Labs, I’ve enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and my two dogs.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I am super excited to work to increase student engagement with SGA, no matter what their interests are. I know that there’s something for every student in SGA, and I am so glad that I get to help connect them with this great organization. I also get to work with amazing teams of people! I’m especially looking forward to helping guide the Oleville Development Team as we work to improve our processes, and explore new ways to connect with campus life.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Late night pizzas

Charlie Bahnson – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Student Organizations Committee Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
I work just about every day all summer long. During most of the work week, I am an Operations & Investments Associate for Guardian Wealth Strategies, a wealth management firm in Minneapolis. When I’m not in the office, I spend my time at the St. Louis Park Aquatic Center, where I am a Lead Lifeguard. Other than that, I spend the rest of my time enjoying the lakes and spending time with family and friends.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I can’t wait to pick up where we left off last Spring. Towards the end of the year, SOC took a major step in being transparent by making our funding decisions with Org Leaders present in the room. This upcoming year, I hope to continue this theme by publishing our funding decisions and budget on Oleville. We also will help implement the new Check I’m Here software, which will give Orgs tons of tools to better manage their day to day operations.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Chicken Tender Melts & Pause Pizza.

Suzanne Hanle – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Volunteer Network Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
This summer, I interned at the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington, MN and watched all five seasons of Girls on HBO-Go (which I highly recommend). I also half-heartedly trained for a mini-marathon and literally suffered the consequences for 13.1 long miles (which I highly do not recommend).

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I am excited to expand the boundaries of volunteerism at St. Olaf! I hope that this upcoming year is an opportunity for Oles across the board to take action on our campus and within our community. There is something for everyone be it a one-day project or a year-long commitment!

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
Long dinners in Stav fueled by good conversation, great friends, and a very strong will to procrastinate.

Lauren Lussenhop – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Student Activities Committee Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
I have been working in the Performance Improvement area of the Alexandria Clinic. Chlamydia is on the rise in rural Minnesota, and I am on the committee that is trying to combat this issue in Alexandria. I am the person making sure that all girls are checked for the disease so… GET TESTED. At night I work as a waitress at a restaurant called Doolittles. The people are awesome, the experience is fun, and I get incredible food for half price. What else can you really ask for??

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I am so excited about being SAC coordinator because I have the ability to bring fun activities to campus. SAC creates fun events that allow Oles to make the memories they won’t want to forget. Whether it be something big like Pres Ball or Highlighter, or something small like Tulle Time Tuesday or Affirmations, the goal of SAC is to help Oles come together. This year, SAC would like to add more variety to the types of events that are offered. We want to make sure that ALL Oles have a fun and creative outlet.

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
I know that it’s cheesy, and that everyone says it, but I have honestly missed the people. Not just my best friends but Oles in general. It is an incredible experience to be on the hill with so many intelligent, passionate, and kind people, and I have missed it. I have also missed cold presses from the Cage, late night Pause pizza, my library spot, and Pause dances. St. Olaf is the best!

Anna Linden – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Marketing and Communications Director

What have you been doing over the summer?
This summer, I’m working on a research study at the University of Minnesota focused on military families and how parenting styles change after deployment. My other job is interviewing St. Olaf alumni as part of our Big Discovery Project- I absolutely love spending my days connecting with fellow Oles and hearing their campus stories (the class of ’77 has some wild ones, let me tell ya). Miscellaneous summer activities include camping on the north shore, forcing my dog to spend quality time with me, and chasing the perfect ice cream cone.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
Besides a deep commitment to the art of hashtags and the craft of punmaking, I’m passionate about this job because I’m passionate about SGA as a whole. In this position, I hope to inform and connect students with organizations, events and ideas that speak to them, and give them a way to engage with that community. Also I think we need more dog videos in the world, so I’ll work on that. Everything I get to do as MCD is exciting: working with great people (shoutout to my partner in crime Maria Lind), solving creative challenges, and mostly just obsessing over which font captures the right “plz come to our event” vibe. I couldn’t be more pumped about this upcoming year!

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
I miss the panini presses in the caf more than words, and the Cage’s espresso chip ice cream is a close second. Farther down on the list are non-food related things, like lounging in Adirondack chairs with friends, finding notes from my roommate in my P.O. box, or late night pizza and dance parties (still food-related. Typical). Mostly I miss seeing all of my favorite people on a daily basis, and I can’t wait to get back to that!

Tanner Block – Summer Update

SGA Exec possition
Pause Co-Coordinator

What have you been doing over the summer?
I got back from my study abroad in New Zealand at the end of June, so my summer was shorter than usual. I still had time to get out backpacking in the Bob Marshall wilderness, ride in a charity bike race, and spend time up at Flathead lake.

Why are you excited about your position & what do you hope to accomplish this year in that role?
I am extremely excited to be a CoCo this year because I love working in the Pause. To me, the Pause is a really unique and awesome work environment because it is student run. This year, I want to continue working with the rest of the Pause team and the other CoCo to hold awesome concerts, host creative student activities, and serve great pizza. Another goal I have is to continue making the Pause more sustainable in its practice. We would love to hear your ideas and feedback!

What have you missed the most while being off the hill this summer?
I haven’t been on the hill since January, so I am extremely excited to go back. I’ve definitely missed the St. Olaf community, but the Caf will always hold a special place in my heart. There’s just something about Carla’s omelets on a Friday morning that makes the whole week worth it.

Featured VN Org: Project Friendship

Project Friendship focuses on building self esteem and self worth in children in grades 2-7. We match these children with student mentors from Carleton College and St. Olaf College. Mentoring relationships benefit children that may be struggling with stress from their family, are new to the community, or may simply have trouble making friends at school. Most relationships last for two or more years.

College students, who want to make a difference in the lives of children, volunteer to share one hour per week doing fun activities with their “buddy”. The student and child establish a consistent weekly meeting time, usually on the college campus and participate in informal activities, either individually or in groups.┬áTheir activities are most often informal and determined by interests, time, and energy. Group activities are also a part of Project Friendship, including seasonal group parties and activities. Most importantly, individual attention and unconditional acceptance are the corner stones of this program.

We recently had a successful 50th anniversary celebration on May 7th! If anybody is interested in getting involved, check out projectfriendshipmentoring.org.