Hamline News

Spring 2013 Happenings on Hewitt


The Kenneth H. Dahlberg Memorial to Service

On October 30, 2013, Hamline dedicated the Kenneth H. Dahlberg Memorial, a large star structure surrounding a tree that honors Hamline’s highest values: service, humanity, education, community, and faith. It pays tribute to the 119 Hamline students who served during the Civil War as well as all Hamline students who served their country in succeeding years. Kenneth H. Dahlberg, a Hamline University trustee emeritus, was a businessman and highly decorated World War II flying ace.

2013 Faculty Retirements


  • Professor Kim Guenther began teaching in the psychology department at Hamline in 1977.
  • Professor Maggie Jensen has taught in the sociology department since 1979. She has also served as director of the criminal justice program.
  • Professor Martin Markowitz has been teaching at Hamline since 1973. He has taught in the sociology department and served as director and co-director of the urban studies program.
  • Professor Russ Christensen has taught German in the modern languages and literatures department since 1987.
  • Professor Barbara Younoszai has been at Hamline since 1964. She has served as director and co-director of the Latin American studies program.
  • Professor Hellen Yin has taught Chinese in the modern languages and literatures department since 1990.
  • Professor Leonardo Lasansky has taught in the art department since 1972. He is an intaglio printmaker who has been elected to the National Academy of Design.
  • Professor Rees Allison has taught in Hamline’s music department since 1970.


  • Professor Mary Bochnak joined Hamline in 1990 as an associate professor and chair of the management and economics department. She has taught classes in finance and accounting.
  • Professor Jim Bonilla began teaching at Hamline in 1996. He has taught in both the organizational leadership and public policy department and the conflict studies program. He has also served as the director of the Race, Gender, and Beyond program.


  • Professor Tony Berman has taught in the Master of Arts in teaching program since 2002.


  • Emeritus Professor Joe Daly began teaching at Hamline School of Law in 1974. His focus areas include arbitration, insurance, labor, ethics, and criminal law. He was a Fulbright scholar from 2004 to 2006.
  • Professor Bill Martin has taught at Hamline School of Law since 1993. His subject areas include labor law and civil litigation.
  • Professor Douglas McFarland taught in areas such as civil procedure, torts, federal courts, and evidence. He began
  • at Hamline in 1974.
  • Professor Mary Jane Morrison began her time at Hamline School of Law in 1981. Her focus areas include constitutional law and criminal law.
  • Professor Jim Pielemeier has taught in areas such as civil procedure, conflict of law, and mass media law. He has taught at Hamline School of Law since 1976.
  • Emeritus Professor Howard Vogel began teaching at Hamline School of Law in 1975.
  • In 2003, he received the John Wesley Trustee Award.

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Recreating Campus Recreation

When asked how he managed to nearly triple participation in Hamline’s campus recreation program in just four years, director Lamar Shingles thought for a moment, then said with a chuckle, “Where else can you throw a dodgeball at staff?”

Approximately seven hundred students, staff, and faculty participate in the program, which includes traditional intramural leagues, sports clubs, a fitness program, informal recreation, and special offerings like the Wesley Center’s annual dodgeball fundraiser and the Madden Football video game league.

Intramural sports, ranging from flag football to volleyball, form the core of the program, but Shingles’s prior position as a Hamline residence hall coordinator gave him a bigger, more inclusive vision for campus recreation. Just as Hamline builds a foundation for lifelong learning, “we’re building a foundation for that healthy, active lifestyle,” he said.

This student-driven, holistic philosophy has yielded impressive results:

  • There are six intramural sports, led by a massive volleyball league that comprises twenty-four teams.
  • More than 225 Hamline community members participate in sports clubs like lacrosse, martial arts, and rock climbing.
  • Fitness offerings, such as Pilates, Zumba, and yoga, have been growing
  • in popularity.
  • At the recreation desk in the Anderson Center, students frequently check out equipment for pickup games and even camping trips.

By Dain Edward MFA ‘15

Ask the Expert:

Professor of Physics Jerry Artz on Going Green

Hamline has been a leader in the green movement since long before it became fashionable. Professor Jerry Artz, who has a background in nuclear physics and also specializes in renewable energy, offers some words of advice for people interested in saving energy and, in many cases, money, through green living.

In what ways is Hamline a “green” campus?

Hamline has recycled since 1991. A Sustainability Task Force coordinates the recycling program and is transitioning Hamline to be more environmentally conscious. The university collects batteries, recycles fluorescent lights, maintains a hazardous waste program, composts organic waste, reuses and reconditions furniture, and coordinates the collection of the commingled recycling waste from bins on campus.

What tips do you have for maintaining a more energy efficient, green home without breaking the bank?

  • What are the benefits of living green?• Caulk around windows and weather-strip around doors leading to the outside.
  • Install flow restrictors on water faucets.
  • Insulate your hot-water heater and hot-water pipes.
  • During winter, open drapes to let the sun warm your home, but close them at night to keep the heat in. In the summer, reverse this.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Lower your thermostat a couple of degrees in the winter and raise it in the summer.
  • Install an energy-efficient furnace or hot-water heater.
  • Insulate the walls of your home if you intend to live there for ten years or longer.
  • Consider solar energy if you plan to live in your home for fifteen years or longer.

There is a finite supply of many resources on this planet—resources such as water, air, and minerals. One would like to think that we might be good stewards of these precious resources for generations that follow.

Hamline Ranks!

For the twelfth consecutive year, Hamline University remains the top-ranked Minnesota university in its class in U.S.News & World Report magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition. Hamline ranks first in Minnesota and ninth among 144 universities in the Midwest region in the magazine’s Best Regional Universities category. Hamline has been listed in the top eleven in the Midwest since it was added to the Best Regional Universities category (formerly titled Best Universities—Masters category) in 2001

In the U.S.News sections entitled “Strong Commitment to Teaching” and “Up and Coming Schools,” Hamline University is fifth in the Midwest. In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” section, in which schools are reviewed in terms of dollar value for the quality of education, Hamline was again among the top fifteen “best value” schools in its category. Hamline also made the list of “A+ Schools for B Students.”

Hamline garnered attention from Forbes.com, The Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, and National Jurist, as well. The university placed twentieth in the nation in Washington Monthly’s “2012 College Rankings,” which celebrate colleges and universities that value service to the community. Hamline was recently named one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review and is again listed among America’s Top Colleges in annual rankings by Forbes.com. Additionally, National Jurist listed Hamline’s School of Law as one of the most innovative law schools in the country.

Student-Faculty Partnerships a Collaborative Success

Early last year, Hamline was awarded the largest science grant in university history—the $1.1 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant. A portion of the grant will fund summer research projects by science undergrads.

But science majors aren’t the only students who have the opportunity to participate in funded summer research at Hamline. Every year, about two dozen students from various disciplines are each awarded a $2,500 grant, housing, and faculty mentorship through Hamline’s Collaborative Research Program.

The list of recent student projects—from “Latino Culture of Honor: Attitudes Toward Domestic Abuse” to “Analysis of Anomalous Lipid Mixing in Membranes”—is testament to the diversity and ingenuity of young scholarship.

Many of these students go on to present at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. The Hamline contingent, usually about forty students, is one of the largest in the nation.

By Ryan Rodgers MFA ’13

Watch a video on students' research and experiences at NCUR in Montana here.

Presses! Journals! Readings! Hamline Writers Enrich Local Literary Scene

What do a funeral chapel, an Indian grocery store, and a skating rink have in common?

All serve as unlikely venues for the Cracked Walnut reading series, started by Satish Jayaraj MFA ’09.

“For the readings we’ve had at grocery stores, writers read about food and farming,” he said. “For the funeral chapel, writers read about loss, recovery, and even rebirth.”

Cracked Walnut is one of many reading series, presses, and online literary journals initiated by MFA graduates and soon-to-be alums. Other examples include:

  • • Alison Morse MFA ’06 founded the organization TalkingImageConnection to link writing and visual art through author readings at art galleries.
  • • John Medeiros MFA ’06 revived the Queer Voices reading series in 2005 and, with Andrea Jenkins MFA ’10, turned it into one of the longest running series of its kind in the nation.
  • • Susan Solomon MFA ’12 runs Sleet Magazine, which publishes difficult to categorize works—“irregulars,” she calls them. “Everyone thinks they’re irregular,” Solomon said. “To me, that’s beautiful—a little mutant work that fits nowhere, an island of misfit toys.”

When asked why so many Hamline writers pursue these endeavors, Mary Rockcastle, director of the Creative Writing Programs, replied, “They leave confident and empowered about their own identities and capacities as working artists.”

By Ryan Rodgers MFA ’13

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