Saberi Book Tour Comes to Concordia
President Pam Jolicoeur will host "A Conversation
with Roxana Saberi" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15,
in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center.
The event is part of Saberi's six-week national tour to promote her book, "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran." A book signing and reception in the atrium will follow the conversation.
Saberi's book describes the freelance journalist's fourmonth imprisonment in Iran, which made headlines around the world. She was released from Evin Prison May 11, 2009. The 1997 Concordia graduate writes of the ordeal, her faith and the struggles of her fellow prisoners, many jailed for their pursuit of human rights.
Published by HarperCollins, the book is available at the Cobber Bookstore and will also be sold at the event.
Research Draws National Audience
Nine students will be taking their research April 15-17 to the University of Montana
in Missoula. Led by Dr. Susan Larson, director of Undergraduate Research,
Scholarship and National Fellowships, they'll be presenting at the 24th National
Conference on Undergraduate Research. They'll also be discussing their research
during an April 15 alumni event in Missoula.
Three other students presented their projects Feb. 25 at the Private College Scholars at the Capitol in St. Paul.
Ellen Sobieck '11, Grand Marais, Minn., shared her research, "Biodiversity of the Long Lake Restoration Project." She helped create a biodiversity index of Concordia's Long Lake woodlands, unrestored prairie and restored shoreline. Dr. Michelle Marko (biology) and Dr. Bryan Bishop (biology) served as faculty advisers.
Students Megan Wilkes '12, Aurora, Minn., and Tallack Dosdall '12, Morris, Minn., made the presentation "Service-Learning's Impact on Web Design." They discussed their class' experience performing service-learning projects to learn more about an organization for which they redesigned a Web site. Dr. Amy Watkin (English) served as their faculty adviser.
"Providing students the opportunity to travel to events like NCUR and Scholars at the Capitol helps to build a community of scholars among our students," Larson says. "I believe that these activities increase the intellectual vibrancy on our campus, and allow students to see their academic work as making important contributions to their field of study."
Read more about undergraduate research at Concordia at www.ConcordiaCollege.edu/Academics/research1.php.