Hamline News

Fall 2013 Happenings on Hewitt

Hamline School of Law Rockets Twenty-Five Places in Rankings

At a time when the employment rate for law school graduates has plummeted to near depression level, 93 percent of 2013 Hamline School of Law graduates landed jobs in their field.

It’s no coincidence, then, that the Hamline School of Law also jumped twenty-five places on the US News & World Report “Best Law Schools” rankings, surpassing other local schools like William Mitchell College of Law and positioning it in the first tier of U.S. law programs.

“Our march up in the rankings was really due to our large improvement in employment statistics,” said Dave Jarzyna, associate vice president of marketing.

The Career Services Office and a successful dispute resolution program also contributed to the spike in rankings.

“We have an incredibly holistic, integrated approach to career services,” Jarzyna said. “That approach starts on the first day a law student arrives here and continues throughout their entire student career.”

Hamline’s alternative dispute program, anchored by the internationally renowned Dispute Resolution Institute, ranked fourth in the nation—the thirteenth consecutive year that the program has placed in the top five.

The School of Law also was named one of the top five “Best Value” private law schools in America by The National Jurist.

—Zachary Knudson ’15

New Associate Provost, VP of Marketing Bring Wealth of Experience

Mike Reynolds was named associate provost effective July 1. Previously, he served as associate dean of Hamline’s College of Liberal Arts. He also has been a faculty member in Hamline’s English department since 2001. His leadership has extended to roles as director of the Undergraduate Collaborative Research Program and co-director of faculty development involving issues of diversity and
civic engagement.

Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Lawrence University and a PhD. from the University of Southern California.

Ann Ness began her position as vice president of marketing and enrollment management on May 17. In that role, she leads marketing and strategic communications, enrollment, and financial aid.

Ness brings to Hamline thirty years of experience growing and shaping global brands such as Cargill and Radisson Hotels Worldwide. Most recently, she spent twelve years at Cargill, a $130 billion privately held agri-food enterprise based in Minnesota, where she served as director of advertising and brand management and vice president for corporate
brand management.

Ness also served for three years as a member of the Hamline University Board of Trustees. She resigned that position to begin her new role.

Ness earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University. She also completed a Mini-MBA through the University of St. Thomas and the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Hamline Assistant Professor Experiences Life on the Seas

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime sort of gig,” Bill Lindquist, assistant professor and associate chair of Hamline’s Department of Teacher Education, said about his two-week stint aboard the research vessel Rainier.

Lindquist was one of twenty-five teachers in the nation selected to participate in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program, which gives teachers hands-on research experiences.

For two weeks in May, Lindquist sailed the Gulf of Alaska from Ketchikan to Petersburg helping to gather information about the ocean and the ocean floor for mapping purposes.

It was the native Minnesotan’s first visit to Alaska. “I think that the majesty and grandeur of that part of the world is just incredible,” he said.

But for Lindquist, it was more than pretty scenery or something to cross off his bucket list. He spent considerable time reflecting on how to bring the lessons he learned back to the classroom. He also blogged about his experiences on the NOAA Teacher at Sea website.

“I think it reinforced for my students, for Minnesotans, the importance of being globally literate,” Lindquist wrote in a blog post. “The ocean has significantly impacted our lives.”

—Tori Liston ’15

The Purple Onion Is Now the Hamline Bookstore

The Hamline Bookstore has moved into new digs on the corner of Snelling and Minnehaha avenues.

Relocating from the Bush Center to 722 Snelling Avenue allows the bookstore to be more community-centered and visible, said Bookstore Director Melanie Farley. “The campus starts here,” she said.

There are other changes, as well, including the way customers shop. Previously, students navigated through stacks of books to find what they needed. Now they simply show a bookstore employee their class schedules, and the employee retrieves the books for them.

Farley also announced the launch of a local authors book club called The Purple Onion.

“The reason why we chose that name for the local authors book club is because that is the name of the pizza parlor that used to be here,” Farley said. “Bob Dylan would actually perform at The Purple Onion.”

Farley said she plans to host events at the bookstore throughout the year and get involved in charities like Better World Books and Books for Africa, which accept book donations to help improve literacy around the globe.

—Zachary Knudson ’15

Ask the Expert: Professor Jenny Keil on Women and Money

Jenny Keil is a department chair in the Hamline School of Business and teaches undergraduate courses in economics and management, as well as leadership and management courses for MBA students. The common theme throughout her research is how women interact with and are impacted by the economy. Her first book, Earn More, Move Up: A New Look at the Gender Pay Differential, was published in 2006.

Do men and women differ when it comes to how they think about money and plan for the future? If so, in what ways?

Research shows that men typically invest their retirement portfolios in more risky ways than women, which often leads to higher payouts. However, women make most of the spending decisions for households,
so women do have the ability and power to stick to a budget that includes saving for the future.

What are some common mistakes women in particular make concerning their finances?

It’s easy to underestimate how much needs to be saved for retirement. Women should think of retirement as a thirty-year prepaid vacation. This takes significant planning and the discipline to save as soon as a woman starts her career. Or, as Suze Orman says, don’t be fooled into thinking a spouse is a financial plan. Be responsible for your own financial future.

What’s your best financial advice for women just starting their career, mid-career, and later in life?

My best advice for every stage of career is to spend less than you make. It sounds too simple to be helpful, but it’s true. The only way to accumulate savings, wealth, and security for the future is to always find a way to live within your current income level. Pay yourself first.

What about the fact that women have always earned less than men? Is there anything a woman can do?

While the gender pay differential has always existed in most occupations, there are actions that will increase a woman’s financial security:

  • Find a career you are passionate about.
  • Stay in the labor force, even when your kids are young. Women who opt out of the labor force often never recover the lost wages.
  • Ask for what you want (a raise, flexible work hours, etc). 

Alumnus Wins MTV Video Music Award for Work on 'Safe and Sound' Video

Derek Johnson ’03 won the 2013 MTV Video Music Award for best visual effects. He post-produced the “Safe and Sound” music video for the group Capital Cities.

The video features more than seventy dancers and visual effects ranging from head replacement to complex representations of different eras of dance. Johnson worked with designers, animators, compositors, and others. “It was my job to build the team that was going to put the video together,” he said.

Now an associate producer at Mirada Studios in Los Angeles, Johnson’s career has taken him to places he dreamed of as a theatre major at Hamline. “Who would’ve thought I would move to California with a bunch of Hamline guys and get caught up in the visual effects industry, let alone be nominated for a pretty cool award?” he said.

He credits Professor Bill Wallace, chair of the Theatre Department, with helping him pursue the area of study he was most passionate about.

—Taylor Williams ’14

Great School, Great Price

For the thirteenth consecutive year, Hamline University is the top-ranked Minnesota university in its class according to U.S. News & World Report. Hamline ranked first in Minnesota and eleventh among 147 universities in the Midwest region in the magazine’s Best Regional Universities category. Hamline has been ranked first in Minnesota and in the top eleven in the Midwest since it was added to the Best Regional Universities category in 2001.

In the U.S. News section entitled “Great Schools, Great Prices,” in which schools are ranked in terms of dollar value for the quality of education, Hamline was ranked tenth for “Best Value” schools among the universities in its class. Hamline also made the list of “A+ Schools for B Students.”

The university ranked fourteenth in the nation in its category in Washington Monthly’s 2013 College Rankings, which highlight institutions that value service to the community. Hamline was named one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review and is again listed among America’s Top Colleges by Forbes.com.

—Gail Nosek MFA ’12

HSB Alumni Association Keeps Alumni Connected

HSB graduates, did you know you’re already a member of the Hamline School of Business Alumni Association?

The group, which recently marked its first anniversary, was created to provide HSB undergraduate and graduate alumni opportunities to network, stay connected to Hamline and former classmates, and support both fellow alumni and current students, said Alumni Relations Director Molly Glewwe. It also serves as a voice of the alumni body to the university.

Glewwe offered other ways for alumni to stay engaged with their alma mater:

  • Visit Hamline Everywhere, the online alumni directory (everywhere.hamline.edu), where you can network with former classmates.
  • Watch for news from Hamline and your fellow alumni through email, web, social media, and The Network, HSB’s alumni e-newsletter.
  • Find HSB on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Also, watch for an announcement of the launch of an HSB alumni blog, with opportunities to post articles and write about your work and educational experiences.
  • Attend or host an alumni event. For a list of upcoming events, visit www.hamline.edu/hsbalumni.
  • Discover the many opportunities for you to volunteer your time and talent with the School of Business and the university as a whole.
  • Spread the word. Tell your colleagues and friends about your Hamline experience.