Hi everyone!

I’m Maria Macaulay, SOC Coordinator, rising math and physics major, alto in Cantorei, and volunteer at Head Start preschool. I hope you are all having amazing summers, and I’m so excited for the return of Oles to the Hill!

This summer, I’ve been dividing my time between Physics CURI with Matt Wiebold on the use of plasma in spacecraft propulsion and a cozy dorm room in Mohn, which functions mainly as a Gilmore Girls-streaming hotspot and a barbecue pizza consumption zone. Research has been awesome; we have been finishing up building the experiment, which has introduced me to tools such as the bandsaw, the CNC mill, the soldering iron, the screwdriver, the wrench, and more. It’s been a very enlightening experience. We also just recently made our first plasma, which basically means we turned a Pyrex tube into a giant purple and blue neon light for a few minutes. It’s really cool, and it’s a huge milestone. Now, we are writing computer programs to process and analyze our data. We also make sure to keep our lab snack cupboard well-stocked, so my toddler-like need for Teddy Grahams has been consistently satisfied. Needless to say, I’m having a blast.

As much as I love talking about physics, I’m really excited for the return of students to campus so I can hear about the cool stuff that you all love. My favorite thing about the St. Olaf student body is how varied our interests are, and how determined we are to do what we love.

As SOC Coordinator, I get to be on the forefront of helping students pursue their passions. To help kick off the new semester, SOC puts on the co-curricular fair, your perfect opportunity to peruse the student organizations that Olaf has to offer. For the rest of the year, SOC oversees and provides resources for all student organizations on campus, which means that we have the awesome job of helping students find their passions and get involved in activities and pursuits that they love.

Our central goal this year is to do as much as possible to encourage student participation in our organizations. We want to do as much as we can to make your student organization the best it can be. From this point forward, consider SOC your resource in making your student organization dreams a reality. We are here to help!

If you have any questions about student organizations, or if you are super interested in something and just want to talk, shoot me an email at macaulay@stolaf.edu.

I can’t wait to hear from you!
Maria Macaulay
SOC Coordinator, Student Government Association