Learning from visitors

Source: Flikr Creative Commons One of the privileges of teaching at CSB|SJU is the opportunity to hear from a variety of visitors. The governor came to campus last week, a distinguished scientist spoke in February, a former senator gave the McCarthy Lecture in October; there’s always an event to attend where I know I’ll learn something. Paul Grangaard, chief executive officer of Allen Edmonds … [Read more...]

Public policy and policy entrepreneurs

Photo: Governor Dayton recruiting children to his evil empire (Source: Flikr Creative Commons, ) I started reading a piece in MinnPost by Kim Crockett, vice president of Center of the American Experiment, entitled, ""Dayton’s plan for raising great ‘workers’: Turn your kids over to the state." I almost spit out my morning coffee; here are a couple of excerpts: Dayton is demanding that all of … [Read more...]

A person’s reach

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,. Or what's a heaven for?" -- Robert Browning I first read this quote in Elmer Andersen's memoir A Man's Reach (with Lori Sturdevant) and it has stuck with me. It applies well to William E. (Bill) Clemens, benefactor of the St. Cloud area, generally, and the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (CSB|SJU), in particular. Clemens … [Read more...]