Carolyn Forche shares her poetry at Saint Leo 

Poet and human rights advocate Carolyn Forche learned a lot about life and language from her paternal grandmother, Anna, an immigrant from the former Czechoslovakia. Her grandmother spoke five languages, said Forche, but her English was inventive. She described a colander as “macaroni stop water go head.” Forche paid attention. “I thought, ‘Oh, you can play with language, make things up.’ … [Read more...]

A doctor, a dean, and a determination to help others

Some people take years into their adult life to figure out what career they want to have. But Dr. O. John Maduko, academic dean at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. It wasn’t a job at a college. He wanted to be a doctor. “At an early age I just knew what I wanted to be, to go into medicine,” he said. And that’s exactly what Maduko — … [Read more...]