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Catherine Jelsing, (Drama kings, p. 41), a staff writer at North Dakota State University, has spent a good portion of her professional career writing about the arts. One piece of regional theatre lore that’s always intrigued her is NDSU’s Lincoln Log Cabin. So, in reporting for this story, she was thrilled to tour the historic hideaway where NDSU drama club members once entertained international celebrities. Little Country Theatre artistic director Don Larew provided the tour, and, more importantly, full access to his research on the history of dramatic arts at NDSU. He’s spent a year’s leave of absence gathering reams of material with the notion that someday he’ll write a book.

For someone who can barely see the big “E” on an eye chart without her glasses or contact lenses, Carol Renner finds it amusing that she contributed the article about visual neuroscience research (In depth, p. 26). In the Office of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer at NDSU, Renner serves as a conduit for translating scientific research information into understandable language for general media channels. Although new to NDSU, her award-winning writing career spans multiple years in multiple settings – first as a reporter and anchor at radio stations in the Upper Midwest, then in public relations across a variety of sectors including healthcare, utilities, financial services and Capitol Hill. The genesis of her writing career can be traced to her very brief stint as a play- wright at age 10, when her touching, dramatic, yet playful story about elves was published in a local high school newspaper in Richardton, North Dakota. She still corresponds with her fifth grade English teacher.

(Best of sho , p. 12 ) seated Tessa Pelkey, Lourdes Hawley, Arion Poitra standing Andrea Fagerstrom, Amanda Henderson, Jennifer Brandel, Kathy Hagstrom


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