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    Ahmed Sirleaf '05

    Life After Hamline

    "It's a competitive world out there. I would not have been able to accomplish what I have without my Hamline education. No other place would have prepared me as well."

    A legal studies major and conflict studies minor, Ahmed Sirleaf came to Hamline already knowing how he would apply his knowledge. A native of Liberia, Sirleaf fled the country because of violence and civil war. At Hamline he was determined to learn the skills necessary to help his people.

    Today Sirleaf, who earned a master's degree from the United Nations University for Peace, helps people around the world as a program associate for the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, implementing justice initiatives in societies that have experienced severe violence. He immediately became involved in the Liberian conflict, working with the Liberian Reconciliation Truth Commission to encourage Liberians living outside the country to participate in an investigation of human rights abuses during the war.

    "University for Peace was extremely intense," says Sirleaf. "I interacted with members of the U.N. and took classes with people from all over the wold and from top schools-- Harvard, Yale, and others. Many students had to drop out, but I found I was a tough competitor. Hamline prepared me with a solid undergraduate education."

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    The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church is pleased to invite nominations for the 2015-2016 Exemplary Teacher Award. The award is open to either full-time or adjunct faculty. Any Hamline University student, staff, or faculty member may be a nominator, and faculty may self-nominate. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 19, 2016.

    Join the Hamline University Gospel Choir for two special performances in February. The Gospel Choir gathers with their dynamic director, Sherri Orr, to immerse singers in gospel tradition.

    Hamline Church United Methodist and Hamline University's Wesley Center are proud to present Robert Robinson, gospel artist, in an evening concert on Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Hamline Church. There is no charge, but a $10 donation is suggested.