From Waldorf to Hollywood
Mar11

From Waldorf to Hollywood

Not everyone realizes the nature of their vocational calling while they are still in high school. Dawn Schulz Schaefer ’93 was one of the lucky ones. She knew one day she wanted to design sets in Hollywood and wasn’t about to let anyone or anything stand in her way. Through hard work and sheer determination, Schaefer landed her dream job 15 years ago as executive art director at CBS Studios in Television City, Los Angeles. One of her...

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Waldorf Graduate Fought Social Injustice
Feb24

Waldorf Graduate Fought Social Injustice

Waldorf alumnae Marion Helland has been an activist most of her life and has encountered several incidents of social injustice. Perhaps the most scary and memorable moment occurred in 1965 while she was working in Alabama. She tells it best in this partial account from the Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement site: In 1965 I clipped an ad titled: “Teachers WANTED To Teach FREEDOM” in an American Federation of Teachers...

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Couple Shares Waldorf Legacy of Learning
Feb12

Couple Shares Waldorf Legacy of Learning

James Williams, of Nora Springs, Iowa, recently revisited the Waldorf College campus with his family for an open house event. Williams, who graduated from Waldorf in 1995 with an associate in arts degree in secondary education, recalled some memories of the school. “Where the library is at now used to be the art building where I took a sculpture class,” James said. “I enjoyed showing my family around and reliving some of my good...

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Happy 100th Birthday, Alma Mater!
Jan09

Happy 100th Birthday, Alma Mater!

Its doubtful students Marie Malmin, John R. Amundson, and Carl Granskou could have imagined the impact their lyrics would have on generations of Waldorf students, faculty and staff when they took on the task of writing the school song in 1915. Indeed, these three students, along with Alice Heiberg who wrote the music, hit a home run with the Waldorf College Alma Mater as it has remained unchanged for 100 years! It has been sung...

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Christmas Memories at Waldorf
Dec10

Christmas Memories at Waldorf

For nearly a century, the wafting smell of lutefisk (Norwegian fish) has signified the arrival of the much-anticipated annual Christmas dinner enjoyed by Waldorf guests, faculty, staff and students alike. In the early years, the feast consisting of fish, Swedish meatballs, boiled potatoes, lefse, peas, kringla and more was held in Waldorf’s original dining room located in the basement of Salveson Hall. In the 6os, the dinner moved to...

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Waldorf Takes Over San Diego
Dec09

Waldorf Takes Over San Diego

Waldorf alumni from Southern California gathered at Mission Bay Park in San Diego for lunch, good conversation, updates on the College and fun! The picnic was held in conjunction with a Columbia Southern University (CSU) alumni / student event.  Alumni director Rita Gilbertson ¹79 and her husband Mark Gilbertson ¹79, assistant director of financial aid ­online, attended from the Waldorf campus. Questions were answered regarding the...

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